Most talked about Associated Press stories

Judge OKs Oklahoma's lethal injection protocol

bigstory.ap.org — OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A federal judge plans to rule whether the lethal injection formula that Oklahoma used for the first time in a botched execution last spring is constitutional. U.S.
Dec 22, 2014

@AP: BREAKING: Federal judge upholds Oklahoma's lethal injection protocol, rules executions can resume: apne.ws/16KAZRe

Dec 22, 2014

RT @AP: BREAKING: Federal judge upholds Oklahoma's lethal injection protocol, rules executions can resume: apne.ws/16KAZRe

Dec 22, 2014

RT @AP: BREAKING: Federal judge upholds Oklahoma's lethal injection protocol, rules executions can resume: apne.ws/16KAZRe

Dec 22, 2014

RT @AP: BREAKING: Federal judge upholds Oklahoma's lethal injection protocol, rules executions can resume: apne.ws/16KAZRe

Dec 22, 2014

RT @AP: BREAKING: Federal judge upholds Oklahoma's lethal injection protocol, rules executions can resume: apne.ws/16KAZRe

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Late at night, Christie doing 2016 foreign policy homework

bigstory.ap.org — NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - It's after 9 p.m. on a Sunday night in late November and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is deep into a conference call, talking about nuclear weapons and Iran. One voice is advocating a hard line, arguing against allowing Iran any capability to enrich uranium.
Dec 22, 2014

RT @AP: Undeterred by Jeb Bush, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie staying up late to study foreign policy: apne.ws/1GOV7hI

Dec 22, 2014

Late at night, Christie doing 2016 foreign policy homework, from @colvinj apne.ws/1AzbSM4

Dec 22, 2014

RT @AP: Undeterred by Jeb Bush, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie staying up late to study foreign policy: apne.ws/1GOV7hI

Dec 22, 2014

Among those leading @GovChristie's policy prep efforts: Bob Grady, Bob Zoellick and Brian Hook bigstory.ap.org/article/88e16b…

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Pope issues blistering critique of Vatican bureaucracy

bigstory.ap.org — VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis issued a blistering critique Monday of the Vatican bureaucracy that serves him, denouncing how some people lust for power at all costs, live hypocritical double lives and suffer from "spiritual Alzheimer's" that has made them forget they're supposed to be joyful men of God.
Dec 22, 2014

Pope in blistering critique of Vatican bureaucrats apne.ws/16IBgnB

Dec 22, 2014

In Christmas greeting, Francis lays into Vatican bureaucracy like it's the worst high school clique ever. From @AP: bit.ly/1GOtYeN

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Blagojevich brother: I was fed 'pawn' to get then-governor

bigstory.ap.org — CHICAGO (AP) - The brother of imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich says in a new book that prosecutors tried to use him as a pawn to get his younger sibling on charges he sought to sell or trade an appointment to President Barack Obama's vacated U.S. Senate seat.
Dec 22, 2014

RT @AP: Brother of imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich writes that prosecutors tried to use him as a pawn: apne.ws/1vhK9Kc

Dec 22, 2014

RT @mtarm: Robert #Blagojevich book describes growing tension w Rod during 1st trial; now relationship a"completely broken." bit.ly/1zOXPR0

Dec 22, 2014

RT @mtarm: Robert #Blagojevich book describes growing tension w Rod during 1st trial; now relationship a"completely broken." bit.ly/1zOXPR0

Dec 22, 2014

RT @mtarm: Per our advanced copy of Rob #Blago book,he traveled frm Nashville 2 Denver 2see imprisoned Rod;Rod refused 2 see him bit.ly/1zOXPR0

Dec 22, 2014

RT @mtarm: Rod #Blagojevich brother in new book:I was fed 'pawn.'More detail on my advanced reading of Rob Blagojevich's book: bit.ly/1zOXPR0

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Cuba: We're open to every part of Obama's detente

bigstory.ap.org — HAVANA (AP) - Cuba is open to all of U.S. President Barack Obama's moves to improve relations and strengthen private enterprise and civil society on the island, the country's head of North American affairs said Monday. In Cuba's first detailed public response to Obama's historic announcement last week, Josefina Vidal told The Associated Press that Cuba welcomes "the entire package" offered by Obama.
Dec 22, 2014

Cuba says it has a right to grant asylum to US fugitives apne.ws/1t2sMSw

Dec 22, 2014

RT @AP: Cuba says it's open to every one of U.S. President Barack Obama's moves to improve relations: apne.ws/1wBUXaz

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AP’s long history of reporting from Cuba

blog.ap.org — As the United States and Cuba move to restore diplomatic relations for the first time in more than 50 years, a look at The Associated Press' long and unparalleled history on the island reflects the tensions that have marked the relationship between the two countries. Valerie Komor, director of the AP Corporate Archives, prepared this...
Dec 22, 2014

RT @AP_CorpComm: .@AP's long history of reporting from Cuba. See our blog: apne.ws/1CwvbF5

Dec 22, 2014

RT @AP_CorpComm: .@AP's long history of reporting from Cuba. See our blog: apne.ws/1CwvbF5

Dec 22, 2014

RT @AP_CorpComm: .@AP's long history of reporting from Cuba. See our blog: apne.ws/1CwvbF5

Dec 22, 2014

RT @AP_CorpComm: .@AP's long history of reporting from Cuba. See our blog: apne.ws/1CwvbF5

Dec 22, 2014

RT @PDColford_AP: Favorite detail: monitoring Radio Havana. RT @AP_CorpComm: @AP's long history of reporting from Cuba. On our blog: apne.ws/1vhmklU

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Railroads seek one-person crews for freight trains

bigstory.ap.org — OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - When American freight trains delivered cargo after World War II, the steam-belching beasts commonly had seven people aboard - an engineer, a conductor, up to four brakemen and a fireman. Trains have since grown much longer, seemingly stretching to the horizon and often taking 20 minutes to pass through a crossing.
Dec 22, 2014

RT @AP: U.S. railroads seek permission to put a single person in charge of miles-long freight trains: apne.ws/1zcouVi

Dec 22, 2014

RT @AP: U.S. railroads seek permission to put a single person in charge of miles-long freight trains: apne.ws/1zcouVi

Dec 22, 2014

RT @AP: U.S. railroads seek permission to put a single person in charge of miles-long freight trains: apne.ws/1zcouVi

Dec 22, 2014

RT @GlobeTrotScott: Railroads seek one-person crews for freight trains - story by @Funkwrite ow.ly/Gjfv7

Dec 22, 2014

Railroads seek one-person crews for freight trains - story by @Funkwrite ow.ly/Gjfv7

Officials: 22 indicted in multistate dog-fighting ring

bigstory.ap.org — BALTIMORE (AP) - Authorities say they've broken up a violent, multistate dog-fighting ring involving hundreds of dogs forced into brutal combat. Authorities said Monday that a Baltimore grand jury returned indictments against 22 people involved in the ring, 14 of whom are in custody. They're all charged with animal cruelty, dog fighting and conspiracy.
Dec 22, 2014

SCUM!!! Authorities say 22 people indicted in a violent, multistate dog-fighting ring involving 100s of dogs: apne.ws/1CpWL9T - @AP

Dec 22, 2014

RT @AP: Authorities say 22 people indicted in a violent, multistate dog-fighting ring involving hundreds of dogs: apne.ws/1CpWL9T

Dec 22, 2014

RT @AP: Authorities say 22 people indicted in a violent, multistate dog-fighting ring involving hundreds of dogs: apne.ws/1CpWL9T

Dec 22, 2014

RT @AP: Authorities say 22 people indicted in a violent, multistate dog-fighting ring involving hundreds of dogs: apne.ws/1CpWL9T

10 years after tsunami, victim's mom learns body wasn't lost

bigstory.ap.org — SEINT PAING, Myanmar (AP) - Of all the moments to chase a dream, May Aye Nwe chose the morning of Dec. 26, 2004. A child of rural Myanmar, she boarded a small boat seeking a better life in Thailand, just as the Indian Ocean tsunami raced in.
Dec 22, 2014

RT @AP: 10 years after the Indian Ocean tsunami, victim's mom learns body wasn't lost and was buried in unmarked grave: apne.ws/1GOzsX3

Dec 22, 2014

RT @bcarovillano: 10 years after tsunami, victim's mom learns body wasn't lost apne.ws/1Cwuhsc

Dec 22, 2014

10 years after tsunami, victim's mom learns body wasn't lost apne.ws/1Cwuhsc

Dec 22, 2014

10 years after the Indian Ocean tsunami, victim's mom learns body wasn't lost and was buried in unmarked grave: apne.ws/1GOzsX3

Dec 22, 2014

RT @AP: 10 years after the Indian Ocean tsunami, victim's mom learns body wasn't lost and was buried in unmarked grave: apne.ws/1GOzsX3

Police departments on alert after cop killings

bigstory.ap.org — NEW YORK (AP) - Big-city police departments and union leaders around the country are warning the rank and file to wear bulletproof vests and avoid making inflammatory posts on social media in the days after a man ambushed two officers and shot them to death inside their patrol car.
Dec 22, 2014

RT @JonLemire: Latest @AP on aftermath of NYPD murders + @BilldeBlasio pleading for calm about growing rift with police (w/@ctlong1) bigstory.ap.org/article/10bae3…

Dec 22, 2014

Latest @AP on aftermath of NYPD murders + @BilldeBlasio pleading for calm about growing rift with police (w/@ctlong1) bigstory.ap.org/article/10bae3…

Dec 22, 2014

RT @AP_Politics: NYC mayor: Halt protests and political debate until after funerals for 2 police officers, reports @APtomhays. apne.ws/1CqMaLZ

Dec 22, 2014

RT @AP_Politics: Police departments on alert after NYC cops killed by man who hated law enforcement and government. apne.ws/16JKHmK

Dec 22, 2014

Police departments around the country on alert after #NYC officers killed, @AP rpts: apne.ws/1zaO3Gb pic.twitter.com/XoqWNtCx3x

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Al-Jazeera shuts down its Egypt channel

bigstory.ap.org — CAIRO (AP) - The Doha-based Al-Jazeera satellite station has shut down its Egypt channel, which has been at the center of tensions between Egypt and Qatar. The closure of Al-Jazeera Mubasher Misr comes amid a Saudi-led effort to reconcile between Egypt and Qatar over the latter's support for the Muslim Brotherhood.

Bills' loss extends playoff drought to 15 seasons

pro32.ap.org — ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) - Last week, Bills rookie receiver Sammy Watkins complained how all anyone in Buffalo wanted to focus on was the team's 14-season playoff drought. Make that 15, Sammy. Bills players young and old are dealing with the all-too-familiar frustrations of being on the outside looking in Monday, a day after extending the NFL's longest active playoff drought following a 26-24 loss at Oakland.
Dec 22, 2014

At least #Bills WR Watkins could crack a smile. Joined rookies to deliver gifts/make crafts at Children's Hospital. pro32.ap.org/article/bills-…

Dec 22, 2014

RT @john_wawrow: What else is new? #Bills loss extends drought to 15 seasons -- tied for 10th longest in NFL history. pro32.ap.org/article/bills-…

Dec 22, 2014

What else is new? #Bills loss extends drought to 15 seasons -- tied for 10th longest in NFL history. pro32.ap.org/article/bills-…

Flip: Minnesota fans won't forgive Kevin Love

bigstory.ap.org — MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - When the Minnesota Timberwolves walk into Quicken Loans Arena on Tuesday night to face the Cleveland Cavaliers, they will be staring their former franchise player right in the face for the first time since he was traded last summer.
Dec 22, 2014

Good preview for #Twolves vs. its former star. RT @APkrawczynski: Flip: Minnesota fans won't forgive Kevin Love apne.ws/1HrSaSD

Oldest of zoo gorillas turns 58 at Ohio facility

bigstory.ap.org — COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The first gorilla born in a zoo is turning 58 with a celebration broadcast live to online viewers from her Ohio home. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium says the female western lowland gorilla, named Colo, is celebrating her birthday Monday with an Ohio-shaped cake made of peanut butter, applesauce, honey, shredded carrots with Greek yogurt frosting.
Dec 22, 2014

RT @AP: Colo, the oldest of zoo gorillas, celebrates her 58th birthday with special cake, live video from Ohio home: apne.ws/1CuMkPz

Dec 22, 2014

RT @AP: Colo, the oldest of zoo gorillas, celebrates her 58th birthday with special cake, live video from Ohio home: apne.ws/1CuMkPz

Dec 22, 2014

RT @AP: Colo, the oldest of zoo gorillas, celebrates her 58th birthday with special cake, live video from Ohio home: apne.ws/1CuMkPz

Manziel's season over for Browns, Hoyer hurt

pro32.ap.org — CLEVELAND (AP) - Johnny Manziel's rookie season is over for the Browns, who may have to start rookie Connor Shaw in the season finale. Manziel injured his hamstring in Sunday's loss to Carolina and coach Mike Pettine said Monday that the first-round draft pick will need several weeks to recover.
Dec 22, 2014

RT @twithersAP: UPDATES: Manziel's season over for Browns, Hoyer hurt | Pro32: Head to Head pro32.ap.org/article/manzie…

Dec 22, 2014

UPDATES: Manziel's season over for Browns, Hoyer hurt | Pro32: Head to Head pro32.ap.org/article/manzie…

Dec 22, 2014

Manziel's season over for Browns, Hoyer hurt | Pro32: Head to Head pro32.ap.org/article/manzie…

News from The Associated Press

hosted.ap.org — CHICAGO (AP) -- Doctors joke that if you're going to have a heart attack, the safest place would be at a big national gathering of heart specialists. But a new study suggests some older hospitalized heart patients may fare better when these doctors aren't around.
Dec 22, 2014

RT @AP: Study suggests heart patients may do better when specialists are off at big medical meetings: apne.ws/13WrkWy

Dec 22, 2014

RT @AP: Study suggests heart patients may do better when specialists are off at big medical meetings: apne.ws/13WrkWy

Skiers have reservations over airbag safety system

bigstory.ap.org — VAL GARDENA, Italy (AP) - Some skiers are concerned they will turn into the puffy "Michelin Man" when they are not supposed to. Others are afraid they will lose precious hundredths of a second due to slightly more wind resistance. And still more believe that their movements will be restricted.

Appeals court strikes down NC abortion law

bigstory.ap.org — RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A North Carolina law requiring abortion providers to show and describe an ultrasound to the pregnant woman is "ideological in intent" and violates doctors' free-speech rights, a federal appeals court ruled Monday. Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge J.
Dec 22, 2014

RT @AP_Politics: Federal appeals court strikes down North Carolina ultrasound mandate for abortions, reports @LarryOatAP. apne.ws/1vhwsLf

Dec 22, 2014

RT @AP_Politics: Federal appeals court strikes down North Carolina ultrasound mandate for abortions, reports @LarryOatAP. apne.ws/1vhwsLf

Iraq TV show makes 'terrorists' confront victims

bigstory.ap.org — BAGHDAD (AP) - Haider Ali Motar was convicted of terrorism charges about a month ago for helping to carry out a string of Baghdad car bombings on behalf of the Islamic State extremist group. Now, the 21-year old is a reluctant cast member in a popular reality TV show.
Dec 22, 2014

RT @AjitPaiFCC: Popular Iraqi TV reality show "brings convicted terrorists face-to-face with victims in surreal encounters." bigstory.ap.org/article/6d8549…

Dec 22, 2014

The worst kind of reality stars. RT @AP: Victims confront convicted Islamic State militants in Iraqi reality TV show: apne.ws/16HXTsh

Dec 22, 2014

RT @AP: Victims confront convicted Islamic State militants in Iraqi reality T.V. show: apne.ws/16HXTsh

Dec 22, 2014

Read on how #Iraq state TV brings convicted militants face-to-face with their victims at scenes by @AP's @vmsalama. apne.ws/13TGLPi