Government and politics
WARSAW, Poland - Historians at the Auschwitz memorial and high school officials in central Poland are trying to determine how a list of 15 Polish and Jewish inmates of the Nazi death camp made it into a school library book.
A typewritten page, stained, with edges burnt was found last month inside a 1923 Polish book on the history of warfare, during a library stock-taking at the 2nd Lyceum in Lodz, some 200 kilometres (120 miles) from the former camp.
"We have no idea how or when it came to be in this book," school director Jadwiga Ochocka told The Associated Press.
KIEV, Ukraine - Ukraine's president acted to quell a potential source of fresh political unrest Wednesday by dismissing the truculent billionaire governor of a region neighbouring areas where fighting is still taking place between government and separatist forces.
The confrontation between oil and banking tycoon Ihor Kolomoysky and the authorities has highlighted the struggle Ukraine will face in diluting the influence of super-rich businessmen in public life.
SINGAPORE - Singaporeans stood in silence Wednesday as Lee Kuan Yew's coffin travelled on a ceremonial gun carriage a short distance from the presidential palace to Parliament, where thousands waited for hours to pay respects to the city-state's founder before a funeral this weekend.
FOND DU LAC, Wis. - Authorities say a Wisconsin state trooper was shot and killed in an exchange of gunfire with a person who matched the description of a bank robbery suspect. Police said the suspect also was killed.
Fond du Lac Police Chief William Lamb said at a brief news conference late Tuesday that the Wisconsin State Patrol trooper was following the suspect's vehicle about 5:30 p.m. when the incident occurred.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Supporters of the Wright Brothers, including one of their descendants, on Tuesday applauded state legislation defending the famous aviators' place in history as the first in flight.
Amanda Wright Lane, the great-grandniece of Wilbur and Orville Wright, impressed an Ohio House committee by brandishing a photograph of their famous Dec. 17, 1903, flight and pieces of wood from the Wright Flyer that travelled with fellow Ohio native Neil Armstrong to the moon and back.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is expressing condolences to Germany and Spain and the victims of a plane crash in the Alps.
Obama said Tuesday that he had spoken to German Chancellor Angela Merkel about the crash. The White House said he had also spoken to Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to convey his condolences.
Obama called the tragedy a "terrible airplane crash" and noted that its victims included children and infants. He spoke during an appearance at the White House with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.
WASHINGTON - Congress on Tuesday awarded its highest civilian honour to golfing great Jack Nicklaus, who accepted the gold medal with a few tears, humility and humour.
In a ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda, the House and Senate leadership bestowed the award on Nicklaus, winner of 18 major championships that Speaker and avid golfer John Boehner called the "gold standard."
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama announced Tuesday that the U.S. will slow its military withdrawal from Afghanistan, maintaining 9,800 troops in the country through the end of 2015 instead of cutting the number by about half as originally planned.
WASHINGTON - Congress has awarded its highest civilian honour to golfing great Jack Nicklaus, who accepted the gold medal with a few tears, humility and humour.
In a ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday, the House and Senate leadership bestowed the award on Nicklaus, winner of 18 majors that Speaker John Boehner called the "gold standard."
SOMERSET, Pa. - A Pennsylvania man who skipped out on jury duty 11 times in the last two years has been arrested inside a courthouse while seeking relief from a child support ruling.
Somerset County Judge D. Gregory Geary told 32-year-old Owen Fazenbaker III on Monday that he found it "ironic" that Fazenbaker could find his way to court for that but not for jury duty.
Fazenbaker promised to serve on future juries if the judge would not impose a $500 fine and 10 days in jail for each time he has missed jury duty.