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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. Tokyo studying new message allegedly from hostage  The audio recording, purportedly in Kenji Goto’s voice, extends the deadline for Jordan’s release of an Iraqi prisoner linked to a terror attack and says failure to do so will result Read More…

NYC mayor’s vibrant deaf interpreter creates his own storm

In this video frame grab released by New York City Office of The Mayor, Sign-language Interpreter Jonathan Lamberton, left, translates during a news conference by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (AP Photo/ New York City Office of The Mayor)

NEW YORK (AP) — They were hanging on his every word — and gesture, body movement, and definitely the facial expressions. Jonathan Lamberton, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s sign language interpreter, is getting a blizzard of attention for his highly animated ways that were on full display during recent weather briefings. Standing a short distance away Read More…

New deadline approaches in Islamic State hostage crisis

A man comforts the wife of Jordanian pilot, Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh, who is held by the Islamic State group militants, during a protest in front of the Royal Palace in Amman, Jordan, Wednesday. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)

TOKYO (AP) — A sunset deadline was approaching Thursday in the Middle East for Jordan to release an Iraqi prisoner or face the death of a captured Jordanian air force pilot, according to the latest threat purportedly issued by the Islamic State group. The audio message, read in English by a voice the Japanese government said Read More…

Openings expected in murder trial of ex-Patriot Aaron Hernandez

In this Dec. 22, 2014 file photo, former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, left, attends a pretrial hearing in Fall River, Mass. Hernandez is accused of murdering semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd. (AP Photo/Brian Snyder, Pool, File)

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Prosecutors in Massachusetts are expected to lay out their case against former New England Patriots star player Aaron Hernandez, as they deliver opening statements in his murder trial days before Hernandez’s old team is due to play in the Super Bowl on Sunday. Hernandez, 25, has pleaded not guilty to killing semiprofessional football player Read More…

Study: Insurers may using drug costs to discriminate

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Insurance companies, perhaps more than previously thought, may be charging the sickest patients extra for drugs under the federal health law, in an effort to discourage them from choosing certain plans, according to a study released Wednesday. One of the cornerstones of President Obama’s signature health law forbids insurance companies from turning away people Read More…

Top US colleges push for more diverse students from China

Yale University sophomore Yupei Guo, left, walks with friend Joseph Lachman on the school's campus in New Haven, Conn. With more undergraduates coming from overseas than ever, some Ivy League universities are reaching out in new ways to attract international students of more varied backgrounds -- and particularly from China, which sends more students to the U.S. than any other country. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Yupei Guo does not fit the mold of the traditional Ivy League student from China: Her journalist parents are neither rich nor members of the governing elite. Growing up, she thought the cost would make it impossible for her to attend one of the famed American universities. But by the time she applied Read More…

Attorney General nominee moves closer to confirmation

Challenged by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch defends President Barack Obama's decision to shelter millions of immigrants from deportation though they live in the country illegally but she said they have no right to citizenship under the law, as she testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday during her confirmation hearing before the committee. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators weigh Loretta Lynch’s nomination for attorney general for a second day at a hearing certain to pile criticism on President Barack Obama and Eric Holder, the current occupant of the job. Thursday’s hearing brings a roster of outside witnesses to the Senate Judiciary Committee, including several invited by Republicans to showcase opposition to Obama’s Read More…

Raul Castro: US must return Guantanamo for normal relations

Cuba's President Raul Castro, left, holds the keys to the city alongside Costa Rica's President Luis Guillermo Solis during the summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) in San Antonio de Belen, Costa Rica, Wednesday. (AP Photo/Enrique Martinez)

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — Cuban President Raul Castro demanded on Wednesday that the United States return the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, lift the half-century trade embargo on Cuba and compensate his country for damages before the two nations re-establish normal relations. Castro told a summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States Read More…

Israeli center-left alliance looks to unseat Netanyahu

In this Dec. 3, 2014, file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a faction meeting at the Knesset, Israel's parliament in Jerusalem. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, File)

JERUSALEM (AP) — When Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dissolved his unwieldy coalition and called new elections last month, he appeared almost certain to be returned once more to office. But a new center-left alliance has surged past his Likud party in the polls, turning the March 17 contest into a toss-up. After joining forces with former Foreign Read More…

‘Never felt guilty’: Civil rights convictions tossed in SC

In this Jan. 23, 2009, file photo, Elwin Wilson, left, and Friendship 9 member Willie McCleod, right, look over pictures from civil rights incidents in Rock Hill, S.C., in the 1960s. (AP Photo/Herald, Andy Burriss, File)

ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — For a moment, Clarence Graham’s heart raced. Fifty four years after he and eight fellow black men served a month of hard labor for sitting at a whites-only lunch counter, a judge declared that they had been wrongly convicted of trespassing and their records would be tossed. “In my heart, Read More…