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BEIJING (AP) " Bolstering his status as China's most powerful leader in decades, Chinese President Xi Jinping has assumed a more direct role as head of the country's powerful armed forces with the new title of commander in chief of its Joint Operations Command Center, state media and analysts said Thursday.

Updated at 5:01 AM

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) " Iran's state TV says scores of candidates have begun campaigning for runoff parliamentary elections scheduled for April 29.

Updated at 4:36 AM

NEW YORK (AP) " "I love it," Oprah Winfrey shouted, pumping her fist in the air.

Updated at 4:15 AM

NEW YORK (AP) " Four months after negotiating a global climate agreement in Paris, government officials are coming to New York on Friday to sign the pact in a ceremony at the United Nations.

Updated at 3:39 AM

Curt Schilling helped the Boston Red Sox end an 86-year championship drought and then immediately started squandering the goodwill he had earned.

Updated at 3:36 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) " Writer and activist Gloria Steinem is slated to visit the Ohio Statehouse and meet with Democratic female lawmakers during a stop in the political battleground state.

Updated at 2:13 AM

Sometimes you have to walk through a valley to get to the top and, after Wednesday's episode of

Updated at 1:39 AM

ST. LOUIS (AP) " The Latest on shooting that injured at least one person on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis (all times local):

Updated at 1:35 AM

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) " The five-week fraud trial of Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley drew to a close Wednesday, with prosecutors calling it a "plain case of fraud and a cover-up" and the defense team describing it as a "disaster."

Updated at 1:27 AM

ST. LOUIS (AP) " A school employee who was shot in the arm while riding in a car on the Washington University campus told investigators that road rage was behind the incident that led to a 90-minute lockdown Wednesday, suburban St. Louis police said.

Updated at 12:55 AM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) " Thousands sent up a cheer and a collective plume of marijuana smoke at the stroke of 4:20 p.m. Wednesday in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.

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