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UN: Violence must stop

Apr 23, 2014 / 8:33 pm

The UN Security Council on Wednesday viewed "horrific pictures of corpses" from the scene of last week's massacre in South Sudan and discussed taking actions that could include sanctions, diplomats said. The UN has said hundreds of civilians were killed in the massacre last week in...

The NYPD bashtag

Apr 23, 2014 / 7:01 pm

The largest police department in the U.S. learned the hard way that there are legions online devoted to short-circuiting even the best-intentioned public relations campaign — in this case, the NYPD's Twitter invitation to people to post feel-good photos of themselves posing with New...

4th graders deal pot

Apr 23, 2014 / 6:59 pm

School officials in northern Colorado are asking parents to take care with their newly legal recreational marijuana, after fourth graders were caught dealing the drug on an elementary school campus. John Gates, director of safety for Weld County School District 6, said Wednesday that the...

Abducted boy saved by song

Apr 23, 2014 / 1:01 pm

A 9-year-old boy who police say was abducted for a short time from his driveway is being praised by community leaders for his calm as he sang the gospel song "Every Praise" until the man released him. Willie Myrick recounted the story at a recent gathering in his honour. He says as he...

Violence spills out of slum

Apr 23, 2014 / 6:52 am

Rio de Janeiro slum erupted in violence late Tuesday following the killing of a popular local figure, with angry residents setting fires and showering homemade explosives and glass bottles onto a busy avenue in the city's main tourist zone. Intense exchanges of gunfire were heard when...

Freight train derails, 30 dead

Apr 23, 2014 / 6:46 am

Officials in Congo say a freight train has derailed in the country's southeast, killing at least 30 people. Government spokesman Lambert Mende said Wednesday that the death toll could be much higher. It is common in Congo for people to jump onto freight trains for a free ride. A union...

Ferry toll hits 156

Apr 23, 2014 / 6:43 am

As the 156th body was pulled from waters where the ferry Sewol sank a week ago, relatives of the nearly 150 still missing pressed the government Wednesday to finish the grim task of recovery soon. But the work was reaching a new, more complicated phase, with an official saying divers must now rip...

Cops kill woman with gun

Apr 22, 2014 / 7:00 pm

A 19-year-old woman suspected of stealing a truck was shot and killed during a chase with Albuquerque police, making her the third person in five weeks to be killed by officers and the first since the department was put under federal orders to reduce the use of deadly force and reform a culture of...

'Piles and piles' of bodies

Apr 22, 2014 / 2:55 pm

The townsfolk believed the mosque was safe. They crammed inside as rebel forces in South Sudan took control of the town from government troops. But it wasn't safe. Robbers grabbed their cash and mobile phones. Then gunmen came and opened fire on everyone, young and old. The U.N. says...

3 more accused of sex assault

Apr 21, 2014 / 9:00 pm

A man who has accused "X-Men" director Bryan Singer of sexually abusing him when he was a teen sued three more entertainment industry figures Monday, claiming they also molested him. The allegations in the latest lawsuits filed by Michael Egan III are substantially similar to his legal...

Inmate starves to death

Apr 21, 2014 / 8:00 pm

A prison doctor has been fired and two other staffers are in the midst of being dismissed after an inmate at the Kentucky State Penitentiary starved himself to death, a case that has exposed lapses in medical treatment and in how hunger strikes are handled at the facility. Prison officials have...

Ferry death count at 104

Apr 21, 2014 / 7:30 pm

One by one, coast guard officers carried the newly arrived bodies covered in white sheets from a boat to a tent on the dock of this island, the first step in identifying a sharply rising number of corpses from a South Korean ferry that sank nearly a week ago. Dozens of police officers in neon...

White House warns Russia

Apr 21, 2014 / 2:06 pm

The White House says the U.S. government is still trying to determine who was responsible for Sunday's deadly shootout in eastern Ukraine and did not specify when Russia would have to meet the terms of a Geneva agreement for containing tensions in the former Soviet state. White House...

Defendant shot in court

Apr 21, 2014 / 1:23 pm

A U.S. marshal shot and critically wounded a defendant on Monday in a new federal courthouse in Salt Lake City after the man rushed at a witness with a pen, authorities said. Defendant Siale Angilau, 25, was hospitalized with at least one chest wound, FBI spokesman Mark Dressen said. Under...

Sherpas consider boycott

Apr 21, 2014 / 10:30 am

Buddhist monks cremated the remains of Sherpa guides who were buried in the deadliest avalanche to hit Mount Everest, a disaster that has prompted calls for a climbing boycott by Nepal's ethnic Sherpa community. A Sherpa boycott could critically disrupt the Everest climbing season, which is...

American wins Marathon

Apr 21, 2014 / 9:44 am

Update -- 9:45 a.m. American Meb Keflezighi has won the Boston Marathon, a year after a bombing at the finish line left three dead and more than 260 people injured. Keflezighi is a former New York City Marathon champion and Olympic medallist. He ran the 26.2 miles from Hopkinton to the...

Teen's wheel well flight

Apr 21, 2014 / 8:47 am

Update -- April 21, 8:45 a.m. Officials say a 16-year-old boy is "lucky to be alive" and unharmed after flying from California to Hawaii stowed away in a plane's wheel well, surviving cold temperatures at 38,000 feet and a lack of oxygen. "Doesn't even remember the...

234 girls kidnapped

Apr 21, 2014 / 7:40 am

Some 234 girls are missing from the northeast Nigerian school attacked last week by Islamic extremists, significantly more than the 85 reported by education officials, parents told the state governor Monday. The higher figure came out a week after the kidnappings when the Borno state governor...

Car plows through church

Apr 20, 2014 / 9:34 pm

Authorities say a driver trying to park before an Easter concert at a packed Florida church inadvertently drove into the building and through several pews, injuring about 20 people. Fort Myers police Lt. Victor Medico says the car struck the Second Haitian Baptist Church on Sunday night. He says...

Insurgents ambush convoy

Apr 20, 2014 / 4:15 pm

Islamist insurgents ambushed an Algerian military convoy in a mountainous region, killing 11 soldiers and wounding five others, the Defence Ministry said Sunday. But five other deaths from injuries reported by a hospital official could raise the toll to 16 in the attack that came two days after...

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