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Swiss find signs of spying linked to Turkish community

GENEVA (AP) -- Swiss federal prosecutors say they have "concrete indications" pointing to alleged political espionage by people linked to the Turkish community in Switzerland. Attorney General Michael Lauber's office says it opened a criminal investigation into suspicions of such spying on March 16, after having received permission from the federal government. Under Swiss law, prosecution of political offenses generally requires authorization by Switzerland's seven-member executive, the Federal Council, according to Lauber's office.

Panthers sign Jonathan Stewart to 1-year contract extension

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- The Panthers have signed veteran running back Jonathan Stewart to a one-year contract extension, keeping him with the team through the 2018 season. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed Friday. Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman says the 30-year-old Stewart "is still playing at a very high level." Stewart played in 13 games last season for Carolina and ran for 824 yards with nine touchdowns. He averaged 3.

Arkansas inmates make longshot bid to avoid double execution

VARNER, Ark. (AP) -- Two Arkansas inmates scheduled for back-to-back lethal injections next month asked the parole board Friday to spare their lives, a longshot bid as the state prepares for an unprecedented four nights of double executions over a 10-day period. While Texas has executed eight people in a month -- twice in 1997 -- no state has executed that many prisoners in 10 days.

Prince George to attend Thomas's Battersea school in London

LONDON (AP) -- Kensington Palace says Prince George will attend the Thomas's Battersea prep school beginning in September. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announced their choice Friday. The palace says the couple is "delighted to have found a school where they are confident George will have a happy and successful start to his education." Thomas's Battersea is a private school with more than 500 children aged 4 to 13.

Iran says renewing UN special rapporteur mandate 'spiteful'

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's foreign ministry spokesman, Bahram Ghasemi, has condemned as "selective and spiteful" the U.N. Human Rights Council's resolution to renew the mandate of the U.N. special rapporteur on the human rights situation in Iran, saying it was a politically-motivated move by a few countries abusing U.N. mechanisms, according to state TV. Ghasemi said Friday that the U.N.

Trump touts jobs commitment first made in 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump on Friday praised a plan by cable company Charter Communications to hire 20,000 American call center workers, but the hiring initiative dates back to 2015 as part of the company's successful efforts to merge with Time Warner Cable. It's the latest corporate jobs announcement made at the White House that capitalized on plans made before Trump won the presidency.

Barry Manilow joins concert to help human rights groups

NEW YORK (AP) -- Barry Manilow is adding his legendary voice to a concert series in New York City that raises money for human rights organizations. The Grammy-winning singer of songs such as "Mandy," ''I Write the Songs" and "Looks Like We Made It" will appear at the next monthly "Concert for America: Stand Up, Sing Out!" on April 18 at The Town Hall. It also will be streamed live on Facebook.

Serbia says no to NATO on alliance's airstrikes anniversary

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) -- Serbia's prime minister pledged on Friday that the Balkan country will never join NATO or any other military alliance as Serbia marked the 18th anniversary of the start of NATO airstrikes that stopped its crackdown in Kosovo. Aleksandar Vucic spoke at a ceremony near a railway bridge in southern Serbia where the Western military alliance's missiles struck a passenger train, killing at least 28 people and injuring dozens.

California Guard helps Sierra town remove huge snowpack

MAMMOTH LAKES, Calif. (AP) -- The Eastern Sierra town of Mammoth Lakes got so much snow this winter that it had to get removal help from the California National Guard. Faced with more than 40 feet (12 meters) of snow, the Mono County community declared a state of emergency and a request for snow removal assistance was sent to the state Office of Emergency Services, which called in the Guard earlier this month.

North Carolina's unemployment rate drops slightly

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina's unemployment rate for February has dropped to 5.1 percent. The state Commerce Department said Friday that's slightly lower than January's revised rate of 5.3 percent. The state says it's also slightly lower than the February 2016 rate. However, it's above the current national rate of 4.7 percent. There are about 4.

US imposes sanctions on China, North Korea entities, people

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Trump administration announced sanctions Friday on 30 foreign companies and people from 10 countries, including China, and accused the entities of engaging in proliferation activity. "These determinations underscore that the United States continues to regularly impose sanctions under existing authorities, as warranted, against entities and individuals that engage in proliferation activity with Iran, North Korea, and Syria," the State Department statement said in a statement.

A look at victims of the attack outside London's Parliament

LONDON (AP) -- The four victims killed and at least 30 wounded in the attack in Westminster were a cosmopolitan snapshot of one of the world's most cosmopolitan cities. The dead were a British policeman stabbed to death, an American tourist celebrating his 25th wedding anniversary, a British school administrator adored in the Spanish town where she spent summer vacations with her family, and a retired window cleaner. The injured came from 12 countries.

BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Friday. A full Sports Digest will be sent by about 3 p.m. All times EDT: -- Four men's Sweet 16 games: New York: South Carolina-Baylor (7:29 p.m.), Wisconsin-Florida (10 p.m.); Memphis, Tenn.: Butler-North Carolina (7:09 p.m.), Kentucky-UCLA (9:40 p.m.). -- Four women's Sweet 16 games: Oklahoma City: Mississippi State-Washington (7 p.m.), Baylor-Louisville (9:30 p.m.); Lexington, Ky.: Notre Dame-Ohio State (7 p.m.), Texas-Stanford (9:30 p.m.).

How the House GOP health care bill compares to Obama-era law

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House health care bill repeals major parts of former President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, or ACA, as Republicans push to scale back the federal government's role in health care. Some elements of the Obama-era law are maintained in the House GOP legislation. For example, parents can keep young adult children on their plans until age 26. And insurers can't turn away people with pre-existing medical problems.

Apple: Software flaws in latest WikiLeaks docs are all fixed

NEW YORK (AP) -- Apple said purported hacking vulnerabilities disclosed by WikiLeaks this week have all been fixed in recent iPhones and Mac computers. The documents released by the anti-secrecy site Thursday morning pointed to an apparent CIA program to hack Apple devices using techniques that users couldn't disable by resetting their devices. The iPhone hack was limited to the 3G model from 2008.

Bettman: Concessions needed for NHL to go to Olympics

CHICAGO (AP) -- The International Olympic Committee and hockey's governing body will have to make concessions before the NHL sends the world's best players to the Winter Games in South Korea next year, commissioner Gary Bettman said on Friday. "As things stand today, you should assume we're not going," he said.

The Latest: Appeals court sets hearing in travel ban case

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) -- The Latest on challenges to President Donald Trump's proposed travel ban (all times local): 11:30 a.m. A federal appeals court will hear arguments in May in a challenge to President Donald Trump's revised travel ban targeting six predominantly Muslim countries. The Richmond, Virginia-based 4th U.S.

Man pleads guilty in 'pizzagate' shooting in DC

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A man who police said was inspired by false internet rumors dubbed "pizzagate" to fire an assault weapon inside a Washington pizzeria pleaded guilty Friday to two charges. Edgar Maddison Welch of Salisbury, North Carolina, said during a hearing in U.S. District Court in Washington that he had agreed to plead guilty to interstate transportation of a firearm and assault with a dangerous weapon.