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No solution for boat people

May 29, 2015 / 8:33 pm

A regional conference called to address the swelling tide of boat people in Southeast Asia ended with no major breakthroughs, with Myanmar deflecting blame for fueling the crisis and warning that "finger pointing" would not help. But delegates agreed on one thing at least— the...

Man impaled by fish

May 29, 2015 / 7:00 pm

Hawaii fire officials say a man is dead after he was apparently impaled by the bill of a fish. West Hawaii Acting Battalion Chief John Whitman says witnesses reported that a man in his 40s jumped from a Kailua-Kona pier Friday in an attempt to catch a billfish, likely a short nose spear...

Beaches remain closed

May 29, 2015 / 1:43 pm

A seven-mile stretch of Southern California coastline where globs of oily goo washed ashore will remain closed until officials determine the water is safe for swimmers and surfers, authorities said Friday. The popular beaches on Santa Monica Bay will stay shut down indefinitely as crews collect...

FIFA president re-elected

May 29, 2015 / 10:45 am

ZURICH - Sepp Blatter has been re-elected as FIFA president for a fifth term, chosen to lead world soccer despite separate U.S. and Swiss criminal investigations into corruption. The 209 FIFA member federations gave the 79-year-old Blatter another four-year term on Friday after Prince Ali bin...

Love locks coming undone

May 29, 2015 / 8:56 am

Any hope that the love locks clinging to Paris' famed Pont des Arts bridge would last forever will be unromantically dashed by the city council's plan to dismantle them Monday — for good. The padlocks — signed and locked by lovers on the metal grills on the bridge's sides...

God's credit rating

May 29, 2015 / 8:52 am

A Russian-born man whose first name is God has settled a lawsuit with a credit reporting agency that had refused to recognize his name as legitimate. Under the agreement reached in Brooklyn federal court this week, Equifax will enter God Gazarov's name into its database. The terms of the...

Spectacular eruption

May 29, 2015 / 6:26 am

A volcano erupted in spectacular fashion on a small island in southern Japan on Friday, spewing out rocks and sending black clouds of ash nine kilometres into the sky. Authorities told people on the island to evacuate. One person was reported to have suffered minor burns from falling debris...

Tire-slashing bingo fight

May 29, 2015 / 6:12 am

Police have arrested an 82-year-old Lake Wales man for slashing a woman's tires because he claimed she was sitting in his favourite bingo seat. WTVT-TV reports Fred Smith was charged with criminal mischief last Monday when police say he took an ice pick to 88-year-old Ethel Britt's van...

Quake strikes off coast

May 29, 2015 / 5:53 am

A strong earthquake has struck in a remote region off the coast of Alaska and officials say there is no tsunami threat or immediate report of damage. The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude-6.7 quake struck at 9 p.m. Thursday and was centred in the ocean about 35 miles beneath the seabed...

Death toll passes 1,800

May 29, 2015 / 5:50 am

Dizzying temperatures caused water shortages in thousands of Indian villages and killed hundreds more people over the past day, driving the death toll from a weekslong heat wave to at least 1,826, officials said Friday. Meteorological officials called the heat wave "severe" and warned...

Plastic pollution problems

May 28, 2015 / 6:45 pm

About 80 per cent of human-made debris found in the Great Lakes is plastic, ranging from tiny micro-beads found in cosmetics and clothing fibers to bottles and plastic wrap, scientists said Thursday during a meeting of Great Lakes scientists being held at the University of Vermont. While the big...

Own a piece of Letterman

May 28, 2015 / 5:16 pm

You can own a piece of Late Night history. Over the 33-year run of David Letterman’s talk show, there were many iconic and memorable moments. Among them, the “bumpers” that were used to transition the show in and out of commercial breaks. These were creative photographs that...

Soccer's defiant boss

May 28, 2015 / 1:24 pm

As defiant as ever, Sepp Blatter resisted calls to resign as FIFA president Thursday and deflected blame for the massive bribery and corruption scandal engulfing soccer's world governing body. "We, or I, cannot monitor everyone all of the time," Blatter said in his first public...

No more 'mankinis'

May 28, 2015 / 12:32 pm

It was one small ban for mankinis, one giant step for an English seaside resort town. Officials in Newquay say crime has fallen since they cracked down on stag parties with revelers wearing the revealing one-piece garments. The town in southwest England is a haven for surfers and also...

Heat toll passes 1,400

May 28, 2015 / 6:03 am

Eating onions, lying in the shade and splashing into rivers, Indians were doing whatever they could Thursday to stay cool during a brutal heat wave that has killed more than 1,400 in the past month. But some had no choice but to venture into the heat. "Either we have to work, putting our...

Thief misses $1M ticket

May 28, 2015 / 5:57 am

A Seattle couple didn't realize they had a Powerball ticket worth $1 million for three months, leaving it to almost be stolen in their car. The Seattle Times reports that the couple bought the ticket Feb. 10, the day before the $350 million jackpot drawing. They did not check the ticket...

Impaled sea lion rescued

May 27, 2015 / 9:06 pm

A giant sea lion impaled by a homemade spear is recovering at SeaWorld after being rescued just off the Southern California coast. Los Angeles news station KNBC-TV reports that a team spent much of Tuesday searching Channel Islands Harbor before spotting the injured male sea lion nicknamed...

Cops behaving badly

May 27, 2015 / 8:02 pm

A former Chicago police detective is suing to get his job back after being fired for posing in a photograph with another officer holding rifles over an unidentified black man lying on a floor and wearing deer antlers. The photograph, which is believed to have been taken between 1999 and 2003,...

Death penalty abolished

May 27, 2015 / 3:16 pm

Nebraska abolished the death penalty on Wednesday in a landmark veto-override vote backed by an unusual coalition of conservatives who oppose capital punishment. Senators in the one-house Legislature voted 30-19 to override Gov. Pete Ricketts, a Republican who supports the death penalty. The...

U2 manager found dead

May 27, 2015 / 12:40 pm

Dennis Sheehan, U2's longtime tour manager, has died at a Southern California hotel, a day after the band kicked off a five-night stint in the Los Angeles area. U2 frontman Bono posted a statement Wednesday on U2's website about Sheehan's death. "We've lost a family...

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