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Global outrage over IS group attack on ancient Iraqi site

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's most revered Shiite cleric joined UNESCO Friday in decrying the Islamic State group's attack on the renowned archaeological site of Nimrud, a nearly-3,000 year-old city in present-day Iraq whose treasures were one of the 20th century's most significant discoveries. The destruction is part of the Sunni extremist group's campaign to enforce its violent interpretation of Islamic law by purging ancient relics they say promote idolatry. Last week, the group released video of its fighters smashing artifacts in the Mosul museum, and many fear that Hatra, another ancient site near Mosul, could be next.


IS group erasing history, culture in Syria, Iraq

BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group's destruction of the ancient city of Nimrud in northern Iraq is part of a systematic campaign to destroy archaeological sites it says promote apostasy. Some of the world's most precious cultural treasures, including ancient sites in the cradle of civilization, are in areas controlled by the group and at the mercy of extremists bent on wiping out all non-Islamic culture and history.


Obama: Ferguson report exposed broken racially biased system

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — President Barack Obama says the Justice Department investigation into police in Ferguson, Missouri, has exposed a "broken and racially biased system." Obama says it's now up to the city to decide whether officials want to enter an agreement with the Justice Department to fix it. He says the country's top goal has to be preventing similar circumstances elsewhere.


'Eurabia' fears rise after terror strikes: Myth or reality?

BERLIN (AP) — The headlines would suggest Europe is under siege: Thousands of Germans march against the continent's "Islamization." French readers flock to read a novel about a Muslim president who imposes Sharia law on their country. Commentators warn darkly about an encroaching age of "Eurabia" in the wake of the Paris terror attacks. But is Europe actually heading toward Islamization?


Solid US jobs report: 295K positions added; rate at 5.5 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A burst of hiring in February underscored the resilience and confidence of U.S. businesses, which are adding workers at the fastest pace in 17 years. Yet the strong job gains did little to raise wages last month. U.S. employers added 295,000 jobs, the 12th straight monthly gain above 200,000, the government said Friday. And the unemployment rate fell to 5.5 percent from 5.7 percent. But the rate declined mainly because some people out of work stopped looking for jobs and were no longer counted as unemployed.


Greeks still hope for change despite government's stumble

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Cleaning ladies who have waged Greece's longest-running anti-austerity protest have camped outside a finance ministry building in Athens for nearly two years with one goal — getting their state-paid jobs back. Anna-Maria Zoumbou is one of the hundreds of tax office cleaners laid off in 2013 as part of spending cuts imposed as part of conditions imposed by international bailout since 2010.


Lakeside communities in Chad live in fear of Boko Haram

N'GOUBOUA, Chad (AP) — The Boko Haram militants attacked N'gouboua before dawn, marking the first time the Nigerian extremist group had hit a town inside Chad. Crying "Allahu akbar" or God is Great into the pre-dawn darkness, they opened fire indiscriminately and burned scores of mud-brick houses with gasoline, killing at least eight civilians and two security officers. Nearly six years into its insurgency in Nigeria, the Islamic extremist group is now attacking villages in the other countries bordering Lake Chad — Chad, Niger and Cameroon — and local officials say the motive is greed, not a drive to establish an Islamic caliphate.


Harrison Ford's love of flight marked by mishaps, service

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When a man battles Darth Vader, Nazis and other evildoers for work, what does he do for fun? Harrison Ford finds his answer in a pilot's license and the freedom to take to the skies. But with adventure comes risk, just as Han Solo, Indiana Jones and other daring movie characters Ford brought to life realized. On Thursday, one of Hollywood's pre-eminent stars added a plane crash to an aviation record that includes both mishaps and service to others.


NTSB has plenty of questions to answer in NYC runway slide

NEW YORK (AP) — As the National Transportation Safety Board begins its investigation into a Delta jetliner that slid off a runway while landing during a snowstorm at LaGuardia Airport, there is no shortage of questions to pursue: How big a factor was the snow? Was the runway too slippery? Could it have been a mechanical problem? Did the pilot come in too fast?


5 things about the 50th anniversary of the Selma marches

WASHINGTON (AP) — This weekend marks the 50th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday," a civil rights march in which protesters were beaten, trampled and tear-gassed by police at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama. On March 7, 1965, marchers were walking from Selma to the state capital, Montgomery, to demand an end to discriminatory practices that robbed blacks of their right to vote. It took two more attempts for marchers to successfully complete their journey. Images of the violence during the first march shocked the nation and turned up the pressure to pass the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which helped open voter rolls to millions of Southern blacks. Five things to know about Bloody Sunday:










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