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'Zombie' event staged at Oklahoma Capitol to support taxes

'Zombie' event staged at Oklahoma Capitol to support taxes

OKLAHOMA CITY — Anti-tax "zombies" in Oklahoma were stopped outside the entrance to the state capitol on Saturday in a staged event by groups supporting tax increases to prevent cuts to health, education and other services.

Foo Fighters postpone Kentucky show at last minute

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Foo Fighters postponed a concert in Kentucky, hours before the band was expected to take the stage, because of an unspecified family emergency.

Parents complain after Ohio school sings cotton picking song

TOLEDO, Ohio — Some parents at an Ohio middle school have said they were shocked to hear an eighth-grade choir sing about picking cotton just days after other students in the district took photos and videos of themselves with a Confederate flag outsi
Spanish PM aims to take over Catalan govt; residents aghast

Spanish PM aims to take over Catalan govt; residents aghast

BARCELONA, Spain — Spain announced an unprecedented plan Saturday to sack Catalonia's separatist leaders, install its own people in their place and call a new local election, using previously untapped constitutional powers to take control of the pros
To learn how to say New Zealand leader's name, just call her

To learn how to say New Zealand leader's name, just call her

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — When an Australian journalist wanted to find out how to correctly pronounce the name of New Zealand's incoming prime minister, he — unwittingly — went straight to the top.
WHO chief now 'rethinking' Mugabe 'goodwill ambassador' post

WHO chief now 'rethinking' Mugabe 'goodwill ambassador' post

GENEVA — After widespread shock and condemnation, the head of the World Health Organization said Saturday he is "rethinking" his appointment of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe as a "goodwill ambassador.
54 Egyptian police killed in ambush, say officials

54 Egyptian police killed in ambush, say officials

CAIRO — At least 54 policemen, including 20 officers and 34 conscripts, were killed when a raid on a militant hideout southwest of Cairo was ambushed, officials said Saturday.
Malta offers $1.18 million to discover who killed reporter

Malta offers $1.18 million to discover who killed reporter

VALLETTA, Malta — Malta's government on Saturday offered an "unprecedented" 1 million euro ($1.18 million) reward and full protection for anyone with information on who killed an investigative reporter with a car bomb.
Syria troops capture central town recently taken by IS

Syria troops capture central town recently taken by IS

BEIRUT — Syrian government forces and their allies regained control Saturday of a predominantly Christian central town that sleeper cells of the Islamic State group captured late last month.
Somalia readies for 'state of war' as death toll up to 358

Somalia readies for 'state of war' as death toll up to 358

MOGADISHU, Somalia — Somalia's president on Saturday urged troops to prepare for a "state of war" against the al-Shabab extremist group blamed for the country's deadliest attack, as the toll reached 358 with dozens still said to be missing a week aft