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Obama offering Japan security, economic assurances as Ukraine crisis vies for his attention

TOKYO - Facing fresh questions about his commitment to Asia, President Barack Obama will seek to convince Japan's leaders Thursday that he can deliver on his security and economic pledges, even as the crisis in Ukraine demands U.S. attention and resources elsewhere.

California Supreme Court refuses to review conviction of Michael Jackson's doctor

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The California Supreme Court refused Wednesday to review the involuntary manslaughter conviction of Michael Jackson's doctor, rejecting his lawyer's petition without comment.

Oklahoma high court rejects death row inmates' drug secrecy claims, lifts stay of execution

OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled late Wednesday that two death row inmates are not entitled to know the source of the drugs that will be used to kill them.

Syrian activists, medics accuse Assad government of chlorine gas attacks; Syria denies it

BEIRUT - Syrian government forces have attacked rebel-held areas with poisonous chlorine gas in recent weeks and months, leaving men, women and children coughing, choking and gasping for breath, according to Associated Press interviews with more than a dozen activists, medics and residents on the opposition side.

Oklahoma inmates' delayed execution gives rise to legal quandary, efforts to impeach justices

OKLAHOMA CITY - Two death row inmates who want to know the source of drugs that will be used to execute them have placed Oklahoma's two highest courts at odds and prompted calls for impeaching justices on the Oklahoma Supreme Court.

WHO concerned by sharp rise in MERS cases; 75 per of recent cases human spread

The World Health Organization expressed concern Wednesday about the recent sharp rise in MERS cases in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Apple to split stock, increase stock buyback program, raise dividend as revenue growth slows

CUPERTINO, Calif. - Apple plans to buy back an additional $30 billion of its stock, raise its quarterly dividend by 8 per cent and split its stock for the first time in nine years.

Singer Chris Brown's DC assault trial is delayed for months; judge says singer to stay jailed

WASHINGTON - Singer Chris Brown's trial on an assault charge was put on hold for months Wednesday after prosecutors declined to grant immunity to his bodyguard, who would be a key witness in the case.

Florida executes man convicted of killing 2 relatives to prevent one's testimony against him

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

Atlanta boy abducted from driveway says he sang gospel song until his kidnapper freed him

ATLANTA - A 9-year-old Atlanta boy who police say was abducted for a short time from his driveway is being praised by community leaders for his calm as he sang the gospel song "Every Praise" until the man released him.

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