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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) \u2014 An Indiana lottery official says the sole winning ticket for an estimated $435 million Powerball jackpot was sold in an Indiana city.

Hoosier Lottery spokesman Dennis Rosebrough says the name of the business in Lafayette where the winning ticket was sold will be announced Thursday. Lafayette is about 60 miles northwest of Indianapolis.

Rosebrough says the winner has 180 days to claim the prize and can claim anonymously in Indiana through a limited liability corporation or other means. Rosebrough says the single winning ticket means \"no one will have to share.\"

The winning numbers in Wednesday's drawing were 10-13-28-52-61 and Powerball 2.

Powerball is played in 44 states, plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The top prize falls to $40 million for the next drawing Saturday.

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) \u2014 A Connecticut judge has ordered a mentally ill man charged with killing a Yale University doctor to be forcibly medicated so he can stand trial.

Superior Court Judge Thomas O'Keefe Jr. originally ordered Lishan Wang to be forcibly medicated in November 2015, but Wang's attorneys appealed, calling it \"cruel and unusual punishment.\"

The state Supreme Court upheld the ruling in September, and the defense appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. The New Haven Register reports that the court declined the case, so O'Keefe reiterated the order Wednesday.

Wang maintains he is not mentally ill.

Wang is charged with killing Dr. Vajinder (vah-JIHN'-der) Toor in 2010 and trying to kill Toor's pregnant wife. Authorities say the killing stemmed from a dispute at a New York hospital where the two had previously worked together.

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Information from: New Haven Register, http://www.nhregister.com

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AMARILLO, Texas (AP) \u2014 Firefighters in New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas are bracing for a busy day as unseasonably warm temperatures, gusty winds and low humidity are expected to create dangerous wildfire conditions.

The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, says \"extremely critical\" fire conditions are expected Thursday in eastern New Mexico, western Texas and the Oklahoma Panhandle. The risk area covers 117,000 square miles and includes the cities of Roswell, New Mexico, and Lubbock and Amarillo in Texas.

Forecasters say some areas could see temperatures in the 70s and 80s and wind gusts up to 65 mph.

Critical fire conditions are also expected throughout Oklahoma, western Kansas and southeastern Colorado, and forecasters have issued red flag warnings discouraging any outdoor burning.

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LONDON, Ky. (AP) \u2014 Authorities say 12 children were taken to the hospital after a church bus crashed in southern Kentucky.

Laurel County Sheriff John Root says in a statement that the crash happened about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday on a road near London when the driver lost control of the Lick Fork Missionary Baptist Church bus in a curve and hit an embankment.

Root says a female passenger had to be extricated and was flown to the University of Kentucky Medical Center with serious injuries. He said 11 other child passengers were taken to the hospital to be checked for possible injures. Two children weren't injured.

The statement says the driver of the bus, pastor Charles Kirby, wasn't injured.

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GENEVA (AP) \u2014 The Latest on developments in Syria and the Geneva talks (all times local):

2 pm.

The Turkish defense minister has confirmed that Turkish troops and allied Syrian fighters have entered the center of the Islamic State-held town of al-Bab.

Fikri Isik told reporters on Thursday that the forces were continuing sweeping the area for remaining insurgents, adding that the town would soon be totally cleared of the extremists.

\"Al-Bab is almost totally taken under control and (the forces) have entered the center,\" Isik said. \"We will be able to say that al-Bab is fully cleared of Daesh once the sweeping activity is concluded.\"

He was using the Arabic name for the IS group.

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1:55 p.m.

The U.N. envoy for Syria has held a moment of silence with a group of Syrian women bearing a message that expressed hope that the fate of detainees, abducted people and the missing will be discussed in new intra-Syrian peace talks.

Staffan de Mistura told reporters \"you can be sure that we will be constantly raising detainees, abducted and missing people\" during talks between government and opposition envoys. He said he hoped to start later Thursday the \"bilateral\" talks between the two sides.

De Mistura said he was waiting for delegations to arrive and was planning \"some type of welcoming opportunity\" for them, without elaborating.

He said the women were \"Syrian mothers, Syrian wives, Syrian daughters, who are representative symbolically all those Syrian men, women, sometimes children who are being arrested, abducted, or are missing.\"

\"There are thousands and thousands of mothers, wives, daughter who are hoping that at least this aspect will be one of the benefits of any negotiation,\" he added.

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12:45 p.m.

Turkey's state-run news agency says Turkish troops and allied Syrian fighters have seized the center of the town of al-Bab from the Islamic State group.

Anadolu Agency, quoting a Syrian opposition force commander Ahmed al Shahabi, said Thursday the troops were clearing mines and other explosives left behind by the IS militants.

Turkey sent troops across the border into northern Syrian in August to help Syrian opposition forces battle IS and halt the advances of U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish fighters.

The troops had become bogged down in a grueling battle over al-Bab, one of the few remaining IS strongholds in northern Syria.

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10:45 a.m.

Syrian peace talks under the auspices of the United Nations have resumed in Geneva, 10 months after they fell apart over escalating bloodshed in the war-torn country.

U.N. Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura is convening his first morning meeting with the delegation of the Syrian government, headed by Bashar al-Ja'aafari, on Thursday.

He is then expected to meet with Nasr Hariri, a senior member with the largest opposition group, the Syrian National Coalition.

Opposition delegates have been arriving in Geneva since Wednesday and some held late night meetings in preparation for the talks.

This is the fourth round of negotiations since early last year.

The talks are taking place amid a hard-won, fragile truce brokered by Turkey and Russia, which have backed opposite sides in the six-year civil war.

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) \u2014 The Latest on the investigation into the killing of Kim Jong Nam, the half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (all times local):

5 p.m.

The owner of a Korean restaurant in Malaysia says the North Korean leader's brother who died at Kuala Lumpur's airport was a frequent customer, and he sent his dishes to the South Korean Embassy for DNA testing to confirm his identify.

Alex Hwang said he first met Kim Jong Nam in 2012 at his Koryo-Won restaurant in Kuala Lumpur, and they met a total of eight times. He said Kim visited the restaurant with his wife but never gave his name.

Hwang, from South Korea, said he recognized Kim and collected his dishes after a meal and sent them to the South Korean Embassy for fingerprint and DNA tests that confirmed his identity.

Kim, who was often accompanied by two female bodyguards, was a \"very humble, very nice guy\" who was soft-spoken and well-mannered, Hwang said.

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1 p.m.

Malaysia's national police chief Khalid Abu Bakar says help has been sought from Interpol to issue an alert for the four North Korean suspects who left Malaysia on the same day Kim Jong Nam, a half brother of North Korea's leader, was killed.

It is not known what Interpol can do, as the four are believed to be back in Pyongyang and North Koreas is not a member of Interpol.

Khalid also said there were no plans to send officers to Macau to collect a DNA sample from Kim Jong Nam's family. Kim had a home in Macau and was about to fly there when he was killed.

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8 a.m.

North Korea says Malaysia's investigation into the death of one of its nationals is full of \"holes and contradictions\" amid speculation that its agents masterminded the assassination of leader Kim Jong Un's half brother.

Malaysia police have not directly pinpointed North Korea as being behind the death of Kim Jong Nam, but they are searching for several North Korean suspects over his killing at a Malaysian airport this month.

The Korean Jurists Committee said in a statement Thursday that the Malaysian investigation lacks fairness and has been influenced by the South Korean government, which blames Pyongyang for the death.

The North has not acknowledged that the dead man is Kim Jong Nam. Thursday's statement described the man only as a North Korean citizen bearing a diplomatic passport.

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VATICAN CITY (AP) \u2014 Pope Francis's chief alms-giver is on a shopping spree in quake-struck central Italy, buying up prosciutto, cheese and local produce from struggling local businesses and donating the bounty to Roman soup kitchens.

The Vatican said Monsignor Konrad Krajewski's expedition Thursday was a concrete gesture of Francis' belief that \"when you can't earn a living you lose your dignity.\"

The Vatican released photos of Krajewski visiting local prosciutto makers and buying up rounds of cheese and other typical produce. The region is known for its lentils.

Central Italy has been rocked by a series of powerful earthquakes that have driven thousands of people from their homes and devastated the local economy. Italian farm association Coldiretti has estimated damage to the agricultural sector alone of at least 52 million euros ($55 million).

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) \u2014 Relatives of a 91-year-old Ohio woman who died this week are giving her the last word with a sassy, occasionally profane obituary that starts with the basics \u2014 \"I was born. I lived. I died.\" \u2014 and instructs people to \"wait the appropriate amount of time\" before trying to claim her stuff.

They wrote it in Jean Oddi's perspective, recapping the people important to her, adventures she had and her favorite activities, including playing cards and teaching her granddaughter \"dirty songs.\"

Her daughter, Casey Oddi Clark, tells The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/2lOhoLc ) the obituary celebrates a blunt woman who lived unapologetically.

It also promises an \"after-party\" following the funeral but warns: \"If you are sick, don't bother to come. I might be dead, but I still don't want your germs.\"

___

Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

1. DIVIDED U.S. REACTS TO NEW TRANSGENDER POLICY

Conservatives praise the Trump administration's rollback of public school bathroom requirements for transgender students, while transgender rights advocates vow to overcome a major setback.

2. UNEASE HANGS OVER MEXICO DIPLOMACY

Resentment over the proposed border wall and immigration crackdown in the U.S. threatens to sour a meeting between Mexico's president and Trump's chiefs of diplomacy and homeland security.

3. IRAQIS ADVANCE IN FIGHT TO DRIVE MILITANTS FROM MOSUL

Iraqi forces enter Mosul International Airport and take over the runway amid fierce clashes with Islamic State militants in the country's second-largest city.

4. WHERE PYONGYANG'S PR MACHINE SPUTTERS

North Korea exerts total control over its message at home. Abroad, in cases like the Malaysia killing of leader Kim Jong Un's half brother, not so much.

5. SYRIA PEACE TALKS CONVENING

Hanging over government and opposition envoys is whether the \"Geneva IV\" talks will be just another sequel to chronically fruitless negotiations.

6. LOST HOPE: HOW FAR VENEZUELA HAS FALLEN

The economy is so crippled that tens of thousands are going hungry or even starving and the average shopper spends 35 hours a month waiting in line, while the murder rate is among the highest in the world.

7. OIL INDUSTRY AWAITS OPPORTUNITY IN FAR NORTH

Petroleum drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge was not a consideration under President Barack Obama but it's getting renewed attention under the new administration.

8. WHAT SCIENTISTS ARE BUZZING ABOUT

Astronomers discover seven Earth-size planets orbiting a single nearby star \u2014 and these new worlds could hold life.

9. ALL EYES ON BAO BAO AFTER 16-HOUR FLIGHT

The panda, born at the National Zoo in Washington, starts settling into her new home in southwest China where she will eventually join a breeding program.

10. WHY PROF IS KNOWN AS 'FATHER OF THE SELFIE'

Every day for three decades, long before they were called selfies, Boston College's Karl Baden snapped a photo of himself to document the aging process.

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) \u2014 A disabled Navy veteran who says he was beaten up when he tried to get three young men to stop torturing a turtle got a nice surprise from a Florida car dealership.

On Wednesday, 45-year-old Garry Blough was given the keys to a 2012 Kia Forte from Daytona Kia-Mitsubishi.

Blough says his family didn't have a car and it often took him all day to take a bus to the Veteran's Administration for an appointment.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal (http://bit.ly/2kPNd6y ) reports the three men accused of beating Blough were arrested last week. Blough says his wife and young daughter saw the three hurting the turtle near their apartment. They told him and he confronted the men. But they attacked Blough.

Marine veteran Paula Mongeon heard about Blough's plight and contacted the dealership.

___

Information from: Daytona Beach (Fla.) News-Journal, http://www.news-journalonline.com

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BERLIN (AP) \u2014 Chancellor Angela Merkel says a rapidly debunked story that a German soldier serving as part of a NATO mission in Lithuania raped a teenage girl shows the need to be vigilant about fake news.

Following talks with Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis in Berlin, Merkel was asked about the rape claim, which was made last week in an anonymous email to a Lithuanian lawmaker and media outlets, and quickly investigated and found to be fake.

Merkel says \"for us it was important that it could be quickly cleared up.\"

Lithuanian authorities have suggested Russia may have invented the claim to discredit the new NATO force on its borders.

Merkel didn't speculate, but said \"it shows we need to remain very vigilant about the possibility of false reports.\"

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GENEVA (AP) \u2014 Syrian peace talks under the auspices of the United Nations resumed in Geneva on Thursday, 10 months after falling apart over escalating bloodshed in the war-torn country.

The talks come as Turkish troops and Syrian opposition forces seized the center of the Islamic State-held town of al-Bab, breaking a weeks-long deadlock between the two sides at the periphery of the town, according to Turkey's state news agency.

Pro-government forces are just 3 kilometers (2 miles) south of al-Bab, though clashes with the opposition forces in the area have so far been limited.

The Geneva talks are the latest bid to end Syria's catastrophic six-year war that has killed hundreds of thousands of people and displaced some 11 million more.

U.N. Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura convened separate meetings with representatives of the government and opposition delegations Thursday morning. He said he hoped to convene a \"sort of welcoming ceremony\" and bilateral talks later in the day.

De Mistura also met with a group of Syrian women who came to push for the discussion of the fate of detainees and abducted people in the Syrian conflict. They held a symbolic moment of silence together.

\"There are thousands and thousands of mothers, wives, daughters who are hoping that at least this aspect will be one of the benefits of any negotiation,\" De Mistura told reporters.

A day earlier, he played down expectations for the talks, saying he did not expect any breakthroughs, but all parties are aware that the dynamics in Syria have changed since talks were last in Geneva in April.

Abdulahad Astepho, a member of the opposition delegation, said rebels would feature in a \"greater role\" in this round of talks, reflecting the changing dynamics inside Syria, where factions are drifting away from the exiled opposition leadership and closer to ultraconservative groups like Ahrar al-Sham and the al-Qaida-linked Fatah al-Sham Front.

The Geneva talks come after cease-fire discussions in Astana, Kazakhstan, that were coordinated largely by Turkey, the opposition's closest state backer in the civil war, and Russia, whose air power has supported Assad's forces. In those meetings, the rebels sat face-to-face with a government delegation \u2014 a first \u2014 and the exiled political opposition was present only on the sidelines. They have not yet sat face-to-face under U.N. auspices.

This is the fourth round of U.N.-mediated talks since early last year.

Despite the cease-fire, violations nevertheless occur on a daily basis, in part because of the ambiguous wording of the original agreement, signed in Ankara in late December.

On Thursday, activists reported heavy clashes across the southern city of Daraa between pro-government forces and opposition factions headed by a Qaida-linked group.

Opposition media agencies also reported government air raids around the Hama countryside, in central Syria.

The government has insisted that the cease-fire does not protect al-Qaida-linked groups, while rebels say the agreement they signed in Ankara says it does. Rebels have found themselves dependent on al-Qaida's battle-hardened factions since 2015 to rebuff government advances around the country.

In al-Bab, 30 kilometers (18 miles) south of the Turkish border, Turkish troops and Syrian opposition forces were sweeping the town center for mines left over by retreating Islamic State militants, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group.

The Syrian government has repeatedly decried Turkey's troop presence as a violation of Syrian sovereignty and an act of aggression, but the two sides have not faced off.

Government forces are instead focusing their efforts on forcing out the opposition from positions around the capital, Damascus and fighting rebels in Daraa, and the Islamic State group in the north and east of the country.

Assad's forces were able to expel rebel fighters in December from a longtime stronghold on the eastern side of the city of Aleppo, which was Syria's economic capital and largest city before the war began.

Speaking ahead of the Geneva meeting, an opposition delegation member told AP that they hoped to achieve \"at least something at the human dimension: lifting the siege in certain areas, getting aid to those who are besieged.\"

He also hoped there would be serious work on the issue of political transition, a sticking point of past talks. \"The world has to end this saga. The world has to end these brutalities,\" said Yahya al-Aridi.

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Associated Press writer Philip Issa contributed to this report from Beirut.

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HENRYETTA, Okla. (AP) \u2014 Kick off the Sunday shoes: Dancing in public is now legal throughout Henryetta.

City leaders voted Tuesday to abolish an ordinance on dancing, the Tulsa World (http://bit.ly/2lprhhr ) reported. The dance ordinance, with a penalty of $25, prohibited dance halls within 500 feet of a church or public school.

In February, resident Joni Insabella decided to host a dance above her store, which is within 500 feet of a church. The city's Chamber of Commerce posted about the event and called Insabella a rule breaker on Facebook and accused her of getting special treatment, because of her husband, who's the city's attorney.

\"We wanted just a good, clean, fun event. As I said, we know we're in the Bible Belt. We weren't having alcohol or anything. We just wanted it to be fun for the community,\" Insabella said.

After the event was canceled, Mayor Jennifer Clason decided to look over the ordinance.

Clason, the city's first female mayor, said when the dance ban resurfaced it received national attention for its similarity to the 1980s film \"Footloose,\" which tells the story of a small town banning dancing and rock music. She said prior to the cancelled event, she'd never heard of the ordinance preventing dancing.

Previously, dances were held at the city's churches and schools without repercussions, said Clason.

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Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com

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(AP) - A few dozen people still occupying a sprawling encampment on federal land to protest construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline will have another chance to leave peacefully Thursday, North Dakota's governor said, after public officials pleaded with the self-named \"water protectors\" to leave so the site can be cleared.

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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) \u2014 A government official says Afghanistan is ready to seek United Nations sanctions against suspected terrorist networks and their supporters, a veiled reference to neighbor Pakistan \u2014 whom Kabul accuses of aiding Taliban insurgents, particularly the Haqqani network.

At a conference Thursday, Shekib Mustaghni, Afghanistan's foreign ministry spokesman, said it's still waiting for Pakistan to act on a list of wanted terrorists Kabul says are hiding in Pakistan as well as 23 insurgent sanctuaries on Pakistani soil.

Pakistan, meanwhile, has sent a list of 76 suspected insurgents it says have found a safe haven in Afghanistan.

Still, Mustaghni said Afghanistan wants to see tensions between the two neighbors reduced adding Kabul wanted Islamabad to re-open its borders, which were closed after a series of bombings left at least 125 Pakistanis dead.

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MADRID (AP) \u2014 The brother-in-law of Spain's King Felipe will avoid imprisonment but must show up in court in Switzerland, where he lives, once per month while he waits for the Supreme Court to rule on an appeal to a fraud and tax evasion guilty verdict, a court ruled Thursday.

The provincial court of the Balearic Islands sentenced Inaki Urdangarin on Feb. 17 to six years and three months in prison, but the decision must be reviewed by the higher court.

The provincial court absolved Cristina but ordered her to pay a fine for benefiting from her husband's deals. The decision is final in her case because all the parties have rejected appealing the ruling.

The prosecutor had requested precautionary imprisonment for both Urdangarin and his former business partner, Diego Torres, avoidable with bails of 200,000 and 100,000 euros respectively ($211,000 and $105,000).

A panel of judges in Palma de Mallorca maintained provisional freedom for both after a two-hour debate following Thursday's hearing.

For Urdangarin, the court required that it must be informed of residency moves or any travel plans outside of the European Union and imposed regular monthly appearances before a court in Geneva, where the former Duke and Duchess of Palma moved with their four children from Barcelona when the first allegations of wrongdoing emerged in 2012.

The judges ordered Torres to surrender his passport and required for him to appear before a Spanish court on the first day of every month. His original sentence of 8 1/2 years in jail on various corruption charges will also be reviewed by the Supreme Court in the coming months.

Carrying only a backpack, Urdangarin walked out of the court in Palma alone, without his lawyer. The 49-year-old former handball Olympic medalist jumped into a car and drove away, leaving behind dozens of reporters and some protesters shouting \"thief.\"

In the verdict that ended a year-long case that captivated Spain, the judges ruled that Torres and Urdangarin broke the laws when they used the latter's status to obtain public contracts in the Balearic Islands related to sports events.

The wide-ranging tax fraud case brought a member of the royal family before the judges for the first time since the monarchy was restored in 1975.

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BOURGES, France (AP) \u2014 In a story Feb. 22 about a restaurant mistakenly given a Michelin star, The Associated Press misspelled its name. The restaurant's name is \"Le Bouche a Oreille,\" and not \"Le Bouche a Oreilles.\"

A corrected version of the story is below:

Michelin Guide misguided as local cafe gets star in error

The Michelin Guide has accidently awarded one of its coveted stars to a lowly local cafe that shares its name with a gastronomic restaurant

BOURGES, France (AP) \u2014 It's a case of culinary mistaken identity.

The Michelin Guide has accidently awarded one of its coveted stars to a lowly local cafe that shares its name with a gastronomic restaurant 150 kilometers (93 miles) away.

In the annual restaurant list unveiled Feb. 9, the publishers confused \"Le Bouche a Oreille\" in Bourges, which serves up burgers and fries, with the restaurant of the same name in Boutervilliers that boasts an award-winning chef.

Calling it \"impossible,\" cafe owner Veronique Jacquet said she laughed when the local radio called her to break the news.

Jacquet, who seemed to be enjoying her 15 minutes of fame, said humbly she has \"a small brasserie open from Monday to Friday, serving workers, so nothing to do with a gourmet restaurant.\"

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CANBERRA, Australia (AP) \u2014 Australia's highest-paid public servant announced his resignation Thursday, two weeks after the revelation that he made 5.6 million Australian dollars ($4.3 million) last year sparked a public furor and created a political headache for the government.

Australia Post managing director Ahmed Fahour said he was quitting the national mail service on the same day the government-owned corporation announced a profit of AU$131 million for the six months through December. The figure was a big jump from the AU$16 million profit the corporation made in the same period a year earlier.

The Lebanese-born former banker said he was leaving because Australia Post had transformed from a traditional mail service to a parcel and e-commerce business during his seven years at the helm.

His resignation was not caused by the public outrage over his high salary, he said.

\"Clearly, this has been a very difficult and emotional decision for me and my family. But I've come to the conclusion that the timing is right. As the half-year results show, the transformation has worked,\" Fahour said.

Fahour, 50, said he would leave Australia Post in July following the announcement of his successor.

The government later said an independent tribunal that decides the salaries of lawmakers, judges and government department bosses will rule on how much Fahour's replacement is worth.

While the Australia Post board of directors will continue to decide the managing director's salary package, it will now have to persuade the Remuneration Tribunal that the pay is consistent with what other senior public servants are paid.

Earlier this month, a Senate committee revealed Fahour's pay despite objections from Australia Post that making it public could damage the corporation's brand.

His AU$4.4 million salary plus an AU$1.2 million bonus in the last fiscal year was more than 10 times the prime minister's salary of AU$507,000.

By contrast, U.S. Postal Service Chief Executive and Postmaster General Megan Brennan's salary was $286,137 last year.

Fahour said Australia Post should not be compared to the loss-making U.S. Postal Service.

\"They are a letters company and, by the way, they lose $20 billion a year and have done so now for a number of years,\" Fahour said.

\"That's not the right comparison. We need to be compared to other parcels logistics companies, e-commerce companies \u2014 and those companies are global,\" he said.

When Fahour's pay was made public, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, a former merchant banker with a personal fortune estimated at exceeding AU$200 million, said he told Australia Post Chairman John Stanhope that the salary was too high.

\"As someone who spent most of his life in the business world before I came into politics, I think that is a very big salary for that job,\" Turnbull told reporters.

The highest-paid Australian public servant after Fahour was Bill Morrow, chief executive of Australia's government-owned NBN Co., who was paid AU$3.6 million last year, including an AU$1.2 million bonus. NBN is rolling out Australia's national broadband network.

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CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) \u2014 A few dozen people still occupying a sprawling encampment on federal land to protest construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline will have another chance to leave peacefully Thursday, North Dakota's governor said, after public officials pleaded with the self-named \"water protectors\" to leave so the site can be cleared.

Most of the protesters marched out of the area ahead of the 2 p.m. Wednesday deadline imposed by the Army Corps of Engineers. Authorities arrested 10 people who defied the order in a final show of dissent. North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum said law enforcement officers remained outside the camp.

\"They will have every opportunity again to leave tomorrow without arrest,\" Burgum said Wednesday evening, referring to the estimated 25 to 50 remaining protesters.

Burgum said law enforcement will decide Thursday morning what to do, noting that cleanup of the site was scheduled to resume at 9 a.m. Corps Col. John Henderson said the taxpayer-funded cleanup could take about a month and cost as much as $1.2 million. The Corps had warned that the protesters need to leave the site before the spring melt floods the land.

The camp \u2014 known as Oceti Sakowin \u2014 near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation has been home since August to sometimes thousands of demonstrators trying to thwart construction of the final section of the $3.8 billion pipeline. The Standing Rock Sioux and Cheyenne River Sioux, whose reservation is downstream, say Dakota Access threatens their drinking water and cultural sites. Pipeline developer Energy Transfer Partners disputes that.

When complete, the project will carry oil through the Dakotas and Iowa to a shipping point in Illinois.

Early Wednesday, protesters burned down some wooden structures on site in what they described as a leaving ceremony. Authorities said about 20 fires were set and a 7-year-old boy and a 17-year-old girl were taken to a Bismarck hospital to be treated for burns.

Shortly before the deadline passed, about 150 people marched arm-in-arm out of the soggy camp, singing and playing drums as they walked down a highway. One man carried an American flag hung upside-down. It was not clear where they were headed. New camps have appeared on private land, including one the Cheyenne River Sioux set up about a mile from the main camp.

Police said that as many as 75 people outside the camp taunted officers. Police then took 10 people into custody for obstructing a government function, authorities said.

Authorities sent buses to take protesters to Bismarck, where they were offered fresh clothing, bus fare home, and food and hotel vouchers. Officials said at least 70 protesters asked about transportation.

Nathan Phillips, a member of the Omaha Tribe in Nebraska who has been in North Dakota since Thanksgiving, said he was moving to a new camp in the area because \"there's still work to be done.\"

Protester Matthew Bishop, from Ketchikan, Alaska, said he too was headed to a camp on private land.

\"We're going to regroup and see what we can do,\" Bishop said.

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BENI, Congo (AP) \u2014 Congo's army has killed at least 16 former members of a rebel group after they re-entered the country's east, the military's spokesman said Thursday.

Fighting near Rutshuru began Wednesday and by Thursday the army had captured 68 former M23 rebels and 39 others surrendered, said Maj. Ndjike Kaiko.

\"We are tracking the fleeing M23 fighters who are seeking to infiltrate Kinyandoni and into the Virunga National Park,\" he said.

M23 launched its rebellion in eastern Congo in April 2012, becoming the latest group of Tutsi rebels dissatisfied with Congo's government. It was repulsed by U.N. forces and Congo's army in 2013. Many rebels fled to Rwanda and Uganda before a 2013 peace agreement was signed with the government and the group disbanded.

But in January Congo's government warned that the former rebels in Uganda were re-grouping and crossing back into Congo.

Uganda's government said that hundreds of members of the rebel group in January fled a military camp there where they had been awaiting amnesty, and cautioned that many had been quietly infiltrating into the general public.

Congo residents said Thursday they are terrified of the group's return. Eastern Congo has been plagued by many armed rebel groups since the Rwandan genocide in 1994.

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CAIRO (AP) \u2014 The head of the Red Crescent in Libya says 13 African migrants died of suffocation inside a shipping container while being transported over four days between two Libyan towns.

Osama al-Fadly, the head of the Red Crescent in Libya, told The Associated Press on Thursday that the deceased were among 69 migrants, many from Mali, who were packed into the container.

The locked container was then transported from the central town of Bani Walid to Khoms in western Libya, from where the migrants were to be taken across the Mediterranean.

Instead, the traffickers unloaded the human cargo near an anti-trafficking force in Khoms on Tuesday.

Al-Fadly says many of the survivors had their limbs broken when they were thrown out of the container. A five-year-old girl was among the survivors.

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PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) \u2014 Kosovo prosecutors have formally charged five suspects for a violent attack on a Turkish consulate.

A statement Thursday said the five suspects, identified only by their initials, have \"endangered persons under international protection.\" The charges could result in up to 10 years' imprisonment.

In November suspects threw a Molotov cocktail and cement stones at the Turkish consulate in the western city of Prizren, 85 kilometers (50 miles) west of the capital, Pristina, causing an explosion. The consulate suffered minor damage and no one was injured.

Surveillance cameras and testimony from witnesses showed a vehicle believed to have been used in the attack. The five suspects were arrested the same day.

Prosecutors did not give details on the reason for the attack.

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LAKE ALFRED, Fla. (AP) \u2014 A man is dead following a four-hour standoff with law enforcement that ended with a SWAT team blowing a hole in the side of his central Florida house.

Polk County Sheriff's officials say deputies were serving a search warrant at the Lake Alfred home Wednesday afternoon when they found 28-year-old Kevin Johnson hiding behind a fake wall in a bedroom.

An incident report says he refused to come out, pointed a gun at deputies and fired. Deputies returned fire. A SWAT team was called in. Just before 6 p.m., authorities blew a small hole in the house and found Johnson dead.

Deputies say Johnson's mother was arrested after refusing to cooperate with deputies. She's accused of tampering with evidence.

Johnson was white.

Three deputies are on administrative leave, pending an investigation. Authorities have not released their names or races.

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MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) \u2014 Somalia's new President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed on Thursday appointed a political newcomer as the prime minister, shortly before departing to Saudi Arabia for his first foreign trip since his inauguration.

Somali-born Norwegian national Hassan Ali Khaire, a former executive of British energy explorer Soma Oil & Gas, was appointed as prime minister.

His selection is a nod to balancing clan interests in this Horn of Africa nation. Khaire is a member of the Hawiye clan, as is former President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, whom Mohamed defeated in the election earlier this month. Mohamed is with the Darod clan.

Khaire also served as the Horn of Africa regional chief for the Norwegian Refugee Council aid group from 2011-2014. In June 2012, he was in a motorcade that was attacked by armed men on the Somalia-Kenya border, the Norwegian daily Verdens Gang reported. The incident led to criticism of the aid group's security.

Mohamed, who was inaugurated on Wednesday, also holds U.S. citizenship. His election was a key step toward establishing Somalia's first fully functioning central government in a quarter-century. The international community has praised the peaceful transfer of power.

Somalia, with an estimated population of 10 million, has a diaspora of more than 2 million people scattered by a quarter-century of conflict and drought at home. Many of the more than 20 presidential candidates held dual citizenship.

The new president has vowed to make security a priority in a country where Somalia's homegrown Islamic extremist group, al-Shabab, still carries out deadly attacks in the capital, Mogadishu, and elsewhere. On Sunday, a car bomb in the capital killed at least 34.

Al-Shabab earlier this week denounced Mohamed's election, calling him an apostate, and vowed to keep fighting. Fighters affiliated with the Islamic State organization also have emerged in Somalia.

Mohamed's trip to Saudi Arabia is viewed as signaling a significant shift in Somalia's regional alliances.

\"Having travelled to Saudi Arabia for his first foreign trip as a president, the new Somali president is breaking the long tradition by Somali leaders who have paid their very first foreign trips to Ethiopia, which is called by many as the Mecca of Somali leaders,\" said Mohamed Sheikh Abdi, a Somali political analyst based in Mogadishu. \"This indicates that the new president now favors an alliance with Arab countries more than others.\"

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Jan M. Olsen in Copenhagen, Denmark, contributed to this story.

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