Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
Updated at 6:53 AM

BEIJING (AP) " With fighter jets roaring overhead, China's leader presided Thursday over a massive parade of tanks, missiles and troops that displayed growing military might, but also pledged to reduce the army by 300,000 troops in a bid to show his country poses no expansionist threat.

Updated at 6:49 AM

TOKYO (AP) " An international body that monitors fisheries in most of the Pacific Ocean ended a meeting in Japan on Thursday without agreement on fresh measures to protect the dwindling bluefin tuna.

Updated at 6:41 AM

KOTZEBUE, Alaska (AP) " President Barack Obama brought no grand policy pronouncements, new legislative proposals or major tranches of federal aid with him to Alaska. Instead, he sought to use the power of his own celebrity to command attention to...

Updated at 6:40 AM

MIAMI (AP) " Exploring a presidential campaign, Vice President Joe Biden is presenting himself as a natural heir to President Barack Obama's policies, previewing his potential pitch to voters during a trip to the crucial swing state of Florida.

Updated at 6:40 AM

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) " Is it a savvy strategy or a campaign gimmick? Many presidential candidates see a path to success in Iowa by visiting all 99 counties in the leadoff caucus state.

Updated at 6:31 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) " The police response to unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, last summer offers lessons in how not to handle mass demonstrations, according to a Justice Department report that warns such problems could happen in other places roiled by...

Updated at 6:30 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) " Student performance on the SAT college entrance exam is lagging, continuing a mostly downward trend over the last five years.

Updated at 6:20 AM

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) " A lost, overgrown sheep found in Australian scrubland was shorn for perhaps the first time on Thursday, yielding 40 kilograms (89 pounds) of wool " the equivalent of 30 sweaters " and shedding almost half his body weight.

Updated at 6:15 AM

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) " Residents of a Native village threatened by erosion were thankful for President Barack Obama's attention to their plight, saying they hope his visit to Alaska will help them secure funding to build a critical evacuation road...

Updated at 5:58 AM

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) " Migrants poured into Budapest's Keleti train station Thursday as police ended their blockade, but there were no trains running to Western Europe, the goal of many of the migrants.

Updated at 5:38 AM

MAYSVILLE, Mo. (AP) " The demanding daily chores of a farmer were always a little different for Alda Owen, who is legally blind, able to see some blurry shapes and very close objects but not much else.

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