TOKYO — Helicopter surveys show more extensive damage than earlier thought from an overnight earthquake in the mountainous central Japan area that hosted the 1998 Winter Olympics. At least 37 homes are destroyed and 39 people injured. By Ken Moritsugu and Mari Yamaguchi. SENT: 510 words, photos.


MANILA, Philippines — Five years after gunmen flagged down a convoy of cars and massacred all 58 occupants, including scores of journalists, in a southern Philippine province, the body count continues to rise. Just days before the Philippines marked Sunday's anniversary of the carnage with prayers and calls to end impunity, another potential witness in the ongoing trial against the politically powerful suspects was gunned down. A Q&A on what has and has not changed with the trial. By Jim Gomez. SENT: 850 words, photos.


BEIJING — A strong earthquake that hit a sparsely populated, mountainous area of western China has killed at least four people and injured 54 others, including schoolchildren in a stampede, officials say. SENT: 225 words, photo.


MACAU — Manny Pacquiao got the big knockdowns he desperately craved, battering Chris Algieri around the ring on his way to a decision win in a lopsided welterweight title fight. By AP Boxing Writer Tim Dahlberg. SENT: 115 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words by 0700 GMT.


SYDNEY — Police in Australia are questioning a 20-year-old woman whose newborn baby was found abandoned in a drain near a Sydney freeway. SENT: 256 words.


TAIPEI, Taiwan — A Chinese-French film about blind masseurs and Chinese actor and director Chen Jianbin has scooped the most accolades at Taiwan's 51st Golden Horse movie awards, considered the Chinese-language equivalent of the Oscars. SENT: 335 words, photos.



NAIROBI, Kenya — One gunman shot from the right, one from the left, each killing the non-Muslims lying in a line on the ground. When the shooting stopped, 28 people who could not recite an Islamic creed were dead, and one man who survived told The Associated Press about how he escaped the massacre by Somalia's extremist rebels. By Tom Odula. SENT: 880 words, photos.

— AP PHOTO NAI103 — The bodies of some of the victims lie in a line on the ground, at the location of the attack in Kenya.


BEIRUT — Teenagers carrying weapons stand at checkpoints and busy intersections in Iraq's second largest city, Mosul. In the Syrian city of Raqqa, boys attend training camp and religious courses before heading off to fight. The Islamic State group is actively conscripting children for battle and committing abuses against the most vulnerable at a young age. By Zeina Karam and Vivian Salama. UPCOMING: 1,300 words by 0800 GMT, photos.


WASHINGTON — U.S. troops in Afghanistan may once again engage Taliban fighters, not just al-Qaida terrorists, under new guidelines quietly approved by President Barack Obama, administration officials say. By Lolita C. Baldor and Julie Pace. SENT: 505 words, photo.


FERGUSON, Missouri — Barricades surround the building where a grand jury has been considering whether to indict the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown, though the decision seems unlikely over the weekend. By John O"Connor and Jim Salter. SENT: 390 words, photos, video, audio.


SAN DIEGO — The Associated Press takes a look at people around the United States for a picture of who wins and loses under changes to the U.S. immigration system proposed by President Barack Obama. By Elliot Spagat. SENT: 875 words, photos.


An evolving cultural understanding of the crime of sexual assault, and increased empathy toward those claiming to be victims, may be one reason why the allegations against Bill Cosby have exploded into public consciousness now so much more than they did when they emerged a decade ago. By Jocelyn Noveck. SENT: 1,195 words, photo.




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