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UK report: Spy agencies should seek female recruits online

LONDON (AP) — British lawmakers say the country’s intelligence agencies, which inspired James Bond, are not doing enough to promote real-life Jane Bonds. Continue reading

Libya says 11 oil fields non-operational after IS attacks

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Libya’s state-run oil corporation has declared 11 oil fields in the country non-operational after attacks by suspected Islamic State militants, opting for a force majeure clause that exempts the state from contractual obligations. The statement posted on Wednesday on the corporation website also warns of danger to other terminals and facilities. The National Oil Corporation says that despite pleas for the authorities to ensure safety of Libya’s oil installations, “theft, looting, sabotage and destruction” of the oil fields have been on the rise. Continue reading

India says it will act against BBC for airing banned film

The shadow of an Indian couple is cast on a road at the bus stop where the victim of a deadly gang rape had boarded the bus on Dec. 16, 2012, in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, March 4, 2015 Continue reading

Md shootings: Suspect’s divorce petition dismissed this week

By MEREDITH SOMERS and AMANDA LEE MYERS, Associated Press MILLERSVILLE, Md. (AP) — The man accused of firing at five public places in Maryland learned his petition for divorce was dismissed at the height of the shooting streak. Hong Young, 35, of Beltsville, was informed of the case dismissal Monday, the same day calls were reported of shots fired at a Wal-Mart and a movie theater in central Maryland Continue reading

IPhone 6’s popularity drives Apple’s China share to record

By YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A consumer survey showed the popularity of the iPhone 6 has driven Apple’s market share in China to its highest ever while Samsung has continued to lose ground. Kantar Worldpanel ComTech said Thursday that its latest survey of 15,000 people living in Chinese cities showed Apple’s market share reached 25.4 percent in the November-January period, up from 20.9 percent a year earlier. That was a record for Apple in the world’s largest smartphone market, but not enough to catch up Chinese maker Xiaomi, which claimed 27.6 percent. Continue reading

Strange circumstances surround gold heist on Interstate 95

By JONATHAN DREW, Associated Press WILSON, N.C. Continue reading

Spain sees energy deal as EU step to cut Russia dependence

BRUSSELS (AP) — Spain says that a new agreement to connect its energy networks with Portugal and France is a major step toward breaking Europe’s dependence on Russian gas supplies. Spanish Energy Minister Jose Manuel Soria said Thursday that the deal to double the electricity interconnection capacity between the three countries and kick start a major gas project is “a very important political agreement.” He said the MIDCAT project linking gas infrastructure through Spain’s northeast Catalonia region to southern France would help ensure that “Europe reduces its dependence on Russian gas.” His comments came as European Union energy ministers gathered in Brussels to discuss increasing the interconnectivity of EU networks to 10 percent by 2020. Continue reading

Ukraine bans Russian media outlets from official events

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian news agency Tass says that Russian media outlets are no longer granted access to official events in Ukraine. Continue reading

Fate of Obama health law subsidies rests with 2 justices

By MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court argument over subsidies that help millions of people afford their health insurance suggests that the Obama administration has two chances to attract one critical vote. The justices will gather in private Friday to cast their votes in the case. The outcome after Wednesday’s argument appears to be in the hands of two conservative justices — one who voted with the court’s four liberals to uphold the law in 2012 and the other who joins the liberals more often, but who would have killed the whole thing three years ago Continue reading

Clinton emails inject Obama’s administration into 2016 fray

By JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton’s use of private email has thrust the Obama administration into the 2016 presidential campaign fray, forcing the White House to defend — or at least explain — the former secretary of state’s conduct. Since the revelations surfaced this week, the Obama administration has been pummeled by endless questions about Clinton, who hasn’t formally announced a run Continue reading