Pope faces balancing act in Egypt amid security fears

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis is facing a religious and diplomatic balancing act as he heads to Egypt this weekend, hoping to comfort its Christian community after a spate of Islamic attacks while seeking to improve relations with Egypt's Muslim leaders. Security has been tightened, with shops ordered closed and police conducting door-to-door checks in the upscale Cairo neighborhood where Francis will stay Friday night.

After Damascus blasts, Israel intercepts 'target' from Syria

BEIRUT (AP) -- An apparent Israeli missile attack on a Syrian military installation near Damascus International Airport shook the capital early on Thursday morning and raised tensions between the two hostile neighbors. After nightfall, the Israeli military deployed its Patriot missile defense system to intercept a projectile incoming from Syria above the Golan Heights.

Pakistan raises death toll to 14 in Taliban roadside bombing

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) -- A roadside bomb targeting a minivan in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region on Tuesday killed 14 people, a local official said, raising an earlier reported death toll of nine killed. The attack was claimed by a breakaway Taliban faction. The blast ripped through the van travelling through a minority Shiite region of the Kurram tribal area, which borders Afghanistan, said Arif Khan, a tribal administration official in the town of Parachinar.

Roadside bomb in Somalia kills 8 soldiers, police say

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- A Somali police official says a roadside bomb in a remote town in Somalia's semiautonomous state of Puntland has killed eight soldiers and injured three others. Ahmed Mohamed tells The Associated Press that Sunday's blast targeted a military convoy in Galgala. Security forces have been battling Islamic State-linked fighters in the region. The al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab extremist group claimed responsibility for the blast.

US: Operative linked to Istanbul bombing has been killed

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. military says it has killed an Islamic State operative from Uzbekistan linked to the New Year's Eve attack on an Istanbul nightclub that killed 39 people. The operative, Abdurakhmon Uzbeki (abdoo-rakman ooz-beki), is alleged to have been a "close associate" of IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (ah-boo oh-mar ahl bahg-dahd-ee). Central Command spokesman, Col.

AP Explains: How suspected bus bomber hoped to make millions

LONDON (AP) -- As get-rich-quick plans go, it wasn't well thought out. The man accused of bombing the bus carrying the Borussia Dortmund soccer team allegedly hoped to make millions off an expected slump in the team's share price by using an obscure financial trade, a "put option." These trades are typically used by professional traders at banks or investment firms, suggesting the bomber had some experience with financial markets.

The Latest: Dortmund bus attack suspect bet against the team

BERLIN (AP) -- The Latest on the Borussia Dortmund team bus bombing (all times local): 1:10 p.m. German prosecutors say they believe a 28-year-old German-Russian man suspected of carrying out a bombing attack on the Borussia Dortmund soccer team's bus acted alone. Prosecutors' spokeswoman Frauke Koehler told reporters Friday that according to the latest information, there are "no indications of possible helpers or accomplices." Suspect Sergej W.

Germany: Suspect bet against Dortmund then bombed its bus

BERLIN (AP) -- A 28-year-old German-Russian citizen took out a five-figure loan to bet that Borussia Dortmund shares would drop, then bombed the soccer team's bus in an attack he tried to disguise as Islamic terrorism in a scheme to net millions, German officials said Friday. The suspect, identified only as Sergej W.

Divisions abound 22 years after Oklahoma City bombing

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Remembering the Oklahoma City bombing has taken on a new meaning for Brian Martinez in the era of Donald Trump. His father, a pastor, was among the 168 people killed in the explosion at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building on April 19, 1995, that remains the deadliest act of domestic terrorism on U.S. soil.

The Latest: Israel says Assad still has chemical weapons

BEIRUT (AP) -- The Latest on the Syrian conflict (all times local): 9:30 p.m. Israeli defense officials say that Syrian President Bashar Assad still has up to three tons of chemical weapons. The officials delivered the assessment on Wednesday, weeks after a chemical attack in Syria killed at least 90 people. Israel, along with much of the international community, believes that Assad's forces carried out the attack.

Syria resumes reciprocal evacuations after deadly bombing

BEIRUT (AP) -- The evacuation of thousands of Syrians from four besieged areas resumed Wednesday, state media and activists said, days after a bombing killed more than 120 evacuees and delayed the widely criticized population transfer. The Central Military Media says 3,000 residents of two pro-government villages, Foua and Kfarya, left Wednesday in 45 buses bound for government-controlled Aleppo.

Tuesday's Sports in Brief

COLLEGE SPORTS RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The NCAA has awarded coveted men's basketball tournament games and other events to North Carolina, effectively ending a boycott that helped force the state to repeal parts of a law that limited protections for LGBT people. The governing body announced decisions for events through 2022, two weeks after the NCAA said it had "reluctantly" agreed to consider North Carolina again for hosting duties.

Adidas sorry for email saying 'you survived' Boston Marathon

BOSTON (AP) -- Adidas has apologized for sending out a marketing email praising customers it said "survived" this year's Boston Marathon. The subject line of the email sent Tuesday by Adidas Running read: "Congrats, you survived the Boston Marathon!" On social media, customers quickly reminded the company about the real survivors of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.

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NBA--PLAYOFFS Indiana seeks to tie Cleveland in NBA playoffs CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Indiana Pacers hope to get another spark tonight when they seek to tie their NBA playoff series against the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers. Pacers guard Glenn Robinson III could play tonight. Robinson, who has missed the past 12 games with a sprained left calf, took part in the team's shoot-around ahead of Game 2.

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BOSTON MARATHON BOSTON (AP) -- Patriots' Day? It was more like Kenyan Day at the Boston Marathon. But it wasn't a bad day to be an American, either. Geoffrey Kirui (JOFF'-ree key-ROO'-ee) and Edna Kiplagat -- both making their Boston debuts -- ran to victory in Monday's 121st running of the race. Kirui outran Galen Rupp of the U.S. to take the men's race in an official time of 2 hours, 9 minutes, 37 seconds.

The Latest: Kenyans have a banner day at the Boston Marathon

BOSTON (AP) -- The Latest on the 121st running of the Boston Marathon (all times local): 12:25 p.m. Patriots' Day? It was more like Kenyan Day at the Boston Marathon. But it wasn't a bad day to be an American, either. Geoffrey Kirui (JOFF'-ree key-ROO'-ee) and Edna Kiplagat -- both making their Boston debuts -- ran to victory in Monday's 121st running of the race. Kirui outran Galen Rupp of the U.S.

Former Afghan President: Massive US bomb was an 'atrocity'

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Monday that the U.S. is using Afghanistan as a weapons testing ground, calling the recent use of the largest-ever non-nuclear bomb "an immense atrocity against the Afghan people." Last week, U.S. forces dropped the GBU-43 Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) bomb in eastern Nangarhar province, reportedly killing 95 militants.

Kenyans sweep Boston Marathon on a good day for US runners

BOSTON (AP) -- The Kenyans are back in Boston after a relative lull that saw them shut out in the world's most prestigious marathon twice in the past three years. More surprisingly, so are the Americans. Geoffrey Kirui won the 121st Boston Marathon on Monday, pulling away from three-time U.S. Olympian Galen Rupp with two miles to go to give Kenya its first men's victory in five years.