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Thousands celebrate Easter in Holy Land

JERUSALEM (AP) — Thousands of pilgrims from around the world are celebrating Easter in the Holy Land, commemorating the day when according to Christian tradition Jesus was resurrected in Jerusalem two millennia ago.

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Delay in ferry evacuation puzzles maritime experts

Delay in ferry evacuation puzzles maritime experts

FILE - In this April 16, 2014 file photo, South Korean coast guard officers try to rescue passengers from the Sewol ferry as it sinks in the water off the southern coast near Jindo, south of Seoul, South Korea. It is a decision that has maritime experts stumped and is at odds with standard p…

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Delay in ferry evacuation puzzles maritime experts

Delay in ferry evacuation puzzles maritime experts

FILE - In this April 16, 2014 file photo, released by South Korea Coast Guard via Yonhap News Agency, South Korean rescue team boats and fishing boats try to rescue passengers of the sinking Sewol ferry, off South Korea's southern coast,near Jindo, south of Seoul. It is a decision that has m…

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Delay in ferry evacuation puzzles maritime experts

Delay in ferry evacuation puzzles maritime experts

MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — It is a decision that has maritime experts stumped and is at odds with standard procedure: Why were the passengers of the doomed South Korean ferry told to stay in their rooms rather than climb on deck?

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Pope Francis, huge crowd joyously celebrate Easter

Pope Francis, huge crowd joyously celebrate Easter

Pope Francis incenses the faithful as he arrives to celebrate an Easter Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Sunday, April 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

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Pope Francis, huge crowd joyously celebrate Easter

Pope Francis, huge crowd joyously celebrate Easter

Pope Francis, center, arrives to celebrate an Easter Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Sunday, April 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

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Pope Francis, huge crowd joyously celebrate Easter

Pope Francis, huge crowd joyously celebrate Easter

Cardinals hold lit candles during the Easter vigil service celebrated by Pope Francis in St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican Saturday, April 19, 2014. Pope Francis baptized 10 people Saturday as he presided over an Easter Vigil in St. Peter's Basilica, fulfilling a ritual deep in meaning on…

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Pope Francis, huge crowd joyously celebrate Easter

Pope Francis, huge crowd joyously celebrate Easter

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is celebrating Christianity's most joyous day, Easter Sunday, under sunny skies in St. Peter's Square.

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Transcript reveals confusion over ferry evacuation

JINDO, South Korea (AP) — A transcript released Sunday of communications with the South Korean ferry that sank details crippling confusion and indecision, with a crew member questioning whether an evacuation was the right move well after the ship began listing dangerously.

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Hamilton wins third straight F1 race at Chinese GP

Hamilton wins third straight F1 race at Chinese GP

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain leads at the start of the Chinese Formula One Grand Prix at Shanghai International Circuit in Shanghai, Sunday, April 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

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Hamilton wins third straight F1 race at Chinese GP

Hamilton wins third straight F1 race at Chinese GP

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain leads the field into turn three at the start of the Chinese Formula One Grand Prix at Shanghai International Circuit in Shanghai, Sunday, April 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

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Hamilton wins third straight F1 race at Chinese GP

Hamilton wins third straight F1 race at Chinese GP

Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton of Britain, left, and Nico Rosberg, right, stand on a double decker during the driver's parade prior to the start of the Chinese Formula One Grand Prix at Shanghai International Circuit in Shanghai, Sunday, April 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan)

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Hamilton wins third straight F1 race at Chinese GP

Hamilton wins third straight F1 race at Chinese GP

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain leads the field into turn three at the start of the Chinese Formula One Grand Prix at Shanghai International Circuit in Shanghai, Sunday, April 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

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Hamilton wins third straight F1 race at Chinese GP

Hamilton wins third straight F1 race at Chinese GP

Williams driver Felipe Massa of Brazil, center left, and Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg of Germany, right, collide into turn one at the start of the Chinese Formula One Grand Prix at Shanghai International Circuit in Shanghai, Sunday, April 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

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Hamilton wins third straight F1 race at Chinese GP

Hamilton wins third straight F1 race at Chinese GP

SHANGHAI (AP) — Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton captured his third straight Formula One race with ease on Sunday, leading from start to finish to win the Chinese Grand Prix.

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Palestinian rock throwers arrested at holy site

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police say they entered the compound at Jerusalem's holiest site to disperse Palestinians who were throwing rocks.

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APNewsBreak: Africa land grabs endanger elephants

APNewsBreak: Africa land grabs endanger elephants

FILE - This June 21, 2103 file photo shows a steamroller and a backhoe used to crush seized elephant tusks during a destruction ceremony at the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Quezon city, northeast of Manila, Philippines. Politic…

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APNewsBreak: Africa land grabs endanger elephants

APNewsBreak: Africa land grabs endanger elephants

FILE - This Jan. 21, 2014 file photo shows Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe in Zvimba, Zimbabwe. Political and military elites are seizing protected areas in one of Africa’s last bastions for elephants, putting broad swaths of Zimbabwe at risk of becoming fronts for ivory poaching, accordi…

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APNewsBreak: Africa land grabs endanger elephants

APNewsBreak: Africa land grabs endanger elephants

FILE This Sept. 29, 2013 file photo shows rotting elephant carcasses in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe, wildlife officials said animals were poisoned with cyanide by poachers who hack off the tusks for the lucrative illegal ivory market. Political and military elites are seizing protected ar…

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APNewsBreak: Africa land grabs endanger elephants

APNewsBreak: Africa land grabs endanger elephants

WASHINGTON (AP) — A nonprofit research group says political and military elites are seizing protected areas in one of Africa's last bastions for elephants — and that's putting lots of land at risk for ivory poaching operations.

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Orthodox Patriarch: Syria's Christians won't yield

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The Greek Orthodox Patriarch in Syria says Christians in the war-ravaged country "will not submit and yield" to extremists who attack "our people and holy places."

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4 French journalists freed from Syria captors home

PARIS (AP) — Four French journalists kidnapped and held for 10 months in Syria have returned home to France.

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NASA: Engineer vital to moon landing success dies

NASA: Engineer vital to moon landing success dies

File-This Oct. 9, 2003, file photo shows John C. Houbolt explaining the size of different rockets required to launch various methods for landing on the moon at Grainger Engineering Library in Urbana, Ill. Houbolt, an engineer whose contributions to the U.S. space program were vital to NASA's…

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NASA: Engineer vital to moon landing success dies

NASA: Engineer vital to moon landing success dies

SCARBOROUGH, Maine (AP) — John C. Houbolt, an engineer whose contributions to the U.S. space program were vital to NASA's successful moon landing in 1969, has died. He was 95.

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