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Bolivia approves downing of drug-smuggling planes

A new Bolivian law authorizes the country's military to shoot down planes suspected of smuggling cocaine, though it cannot yet be put into practice because it doesn't have sufficient radar coverage.

Camilla's brother dies in US after head injury

The brother-in-law of the Prince of Wales died Wednesday after falling outside a hotel bar and suffering a head injury, police said.

Apple increases stock buyback, will split stock

Apple is doling out more of its cash to shareholders and preparing to split its stock for the first time in nine years in an attempt to win back investors fretting about the iPhone maker's slowing sales growth and pace of innovation.

Florida executes man convicted of murdering 2

Florida has executed a man convicted of murdering two relatives to prevent one of them from testifying against him in a burglary trial.

Small Wyoming town evacuated after gas explosion

A small town in southwest Wyoming was evacuated Wednesday after an explosion and fire at a natural gas processing facility and major national pipeline hub. There were no reports of injuries.

Ohio women held captive seek Joan Rivers' apology

Attorneys for two women held in a Cleveland home and abused for a decade say Joan Rivers should apologize for comparing living in her daughter's guest room with the captivity they experienced.

Airport official: Teen had no clue he was in Maui

Long flights can leave anyone a little unsteady, but a teenager who defied the odds, surviving a flight from California to Hawaii tucked in a jetliner's wheel well, was disoriented, thirsty and could barely walk after the freezing, low-pressure ordeal, airport officials who reviewed video of his arrival said Wednesday.

Former AP reporter Robert Heard dies at age 84

Robert Heard, who reported on Texas state government, politics and sports for The Associated Press, including the 1966 University of Texas tower shootings and a groundbreaking series on race and integration of Longhorns football, has died. He was 84.

AP News in Brief at 5:58 p.m. EDT

Facebook's 1st-quarter soar to surpass expectations, CFO to step down

Facebook 1Q results soar; CFO to step down

Facebook's earnings nearly tripled and revenue grew sharply in the first quarter, surpassing Wall Street's expectations thanks to an 82 percent increase in advertising revenue.

Administration Opens Clemency Door for Thousands of Low-level Drug Offenders

In a dramatic move aimed at restoring equal justice, the administration announced on April 23rd an initiative under which President Barack Obama could grant clemency to hundreds, even thousands of drug abusers and other nonviolent federal prisoners who’ve served 10 years or more.

Chile aims to end dictatorship-era election rules

President Michelle Bachelet is determined to make Chile's democracy more representative, and for the first time in a quarter century, there may be just enough votes in Congress to achieve it.

Oceanographer Ballard elected to American Academy

The University of Rhode Island oceanography professor best known for discovering the wreck of the Titanic has been elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Defense: FBI probe in 9/11 trial has implications

The defense team for five people facing trial before a Sept. 11 war crimes tribunal claimed implications of the FBI's questioning of one of its members are "staggering" and called on the court to probe the incident aggressively, according to a motion unsealed on Wednesday.

Supreme Court hears crucial N.C. water pollution case

If CTS Corp. and its Obama administration allies win, as they well might, a number of North Carolina-related environmental lawsuits and health claims will fail.

NTSB head: Action needed now on oil train safety

The Obama administration needs to take steps immediately to protect the public from potentially catastrophic oil train accidents even if it means using emergency authority, National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah Hersman said Wednesday.

US Sen. Boozman recovering from heart surgery

U.S. Sen. John Boozman's office says the Republican senator from Arkansas remains hospitalized Wednesday after undergoing unexpected heart surgery a day earlier for a tear in his aorta.

6 fired for closing Arizona child abuse reports

Five senior Arizona child welfare employees were fired Wednesday for orchestrating a plan that led to more than 6,500 Arizona child abuse and neglect cases being closed without investigations, officials said.

Conservative group drops image of Obama from ad

Parents whose children were killed in a Colorado theater shooting on Wednesday demanded a conservative group stop running ads featuring an image of Democratic Sen. Mark Udall visiting a hospital where other victims were recovering.

Hagel seeking to deepen US-Mexico ties

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Wednesday he is exploring ways to deepen U.S.-Mexican defense ties, including the possibility of training exercises with Mexican forces.

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