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Ceasefire extended

May 1, 2016 / 8:29 pm
Syria's military extended a unilateral cease-fire around the capital for another 24 hours on Sunday, as relative calm set in across much of the country after days of heavy fighting concentrated in the northern city of Aleppo. Aleppo, the country's largest city and a key battleground in...

Bones found in music hall

May 1, 2016 / 7:57 pm
Workers renovating a century-old performance hall discovered human remains under the orchestra pit and now archeologists are planning to analyze the bones. The property under Cincinnati Music Hall was a public burial ground in 1818, and bones have been popping up since construction began for the...

Cruising to Cuba

May 1, 2016 / 6:30 pm
Passengers set sail Sunday from Miami on an historic cruise to Cuba, the first in decades to depart from a U.S. port for the communist island nation. Carnival Corp.'s 704-passenger Adonia left port at 4:24 p.m., bound for Havana. Carnival's Cuba cruises, operating under its Fathom brand,...

U.S. asks Russia for help

May 1, 2016 / 5:50 pm
Scrambling to resuscitate a nearly dead truce in Syria, the Obama administration has again been forced to turn to Russia for help, with little hope for the desired U.S. outcome. At stake are thousands of lives and the fate of a feeble peace process essential to the fight against the Islamic...

Six dead in car accident

May 1, 2016 / 4:42 pm
Six people, including four children, have died from a weekend crash on a South Florida interstate, the Florida Highway Patrol said. The crash involved a minivan and an SUV on Interstate 95 in Jupiter about 9:30 p.m. Saturday, according to authorities. Highway Patrol Sgt. Mark Wysocky said...

Car bomb kills two cops

May 1, 2016 / 3:23 pm
A car bomb struck the entrance of a Turkish police station Sunday in the southern city of Gaziantep, killing two police officers and wounding 22 other people in a day marred by violence and May Day protests. Four civilians were among those wounded in the explosion, according to Gov. Ali...

5 year old mauled to death

May 1, 2016 / 2:25 pm
Greek police say a five-year-old boy has died after being mauled by two Rottweiler dogs. Police said the boy and his mother were visiting a friend for the Orthodox Easter festivities in the northern village of Argilos on Sunday afternoon, when the dogs attacked the child. The dogs had been...

Miss Indian World crowned

May 1, 2016 / 10:31 am
An Arizona State University law student has been crowned Miss Indian World. Pageant officials say 25-year-old Danielle Ta'Sheena Finn was announced the winner Saturday night at the 33rd Annual Gathering of Nations at the University of New Mexico arena in Albuquerque. Finn, of Porcupine,...

Gap year then Harvard

May 1, 2016 / 10:12 am
President Barack Obama's daughter Malia will take a year off after graduating high school in June before attending Harvard University in 2017, the president and his wife said Sunday in a long-awaited announcement. Harvard encourages admitted students to defer for one year to travel, pursue a...

Feud disrupts tradition

May 1, 2016 / 10:08 am
Jean-Marie Le Pen, a founder and the decades-long leader of France's far-right National Front, declared Sunday that his daughter, the party president who has expelled him, will lose next year's presidential race if she fails to unify the party. The bitter division between the 87-year-old...

Prince recently fought pains

May 1, 2016 / 7:51 am
On stage, Prince was still captivating audiences at recent performances in Australia and California. He hosted a pop-up party at his Paisley Park studio, and there were few outward signs in his final months that anything was wrong. But off stage, something was different. Prince began wanting...

Pope fighting child abuse

May 1, 2016 / 7:44 am
Pope Francis is insisting that pedophiles who abuse children be severely punished. Speaking to faithful in St. Peter's Square Sunday, he greeted an Italian organization dedicated to fighting child abuse. Calling pedophilia a "tragedy," Francis says "we mustn't tolerate...

Train derails in Washington

May 1, 2016 / 7:34 am
A CSX freight train derailed near a Metro stop in Washington, D.C., on Sunday morning, sending about 10 cars off the tracks and spilling hazardous material from one of them, officials said. No injuries were reported and no evacuations were ordered. The train derailed Sunday about 6:40 a.m....

Airliner skids to halt

May 1, 2016 / 7:27 am
An airliner skidded to a stop on its nose in Italy, Saturday, when its landing gear failed to lower. The Air Vallee Fokker 50 was on approach to the Catania airport, en route from Rimini, when the crew could not lower the nose gear. Aviation website aeroinside.com reports the aircraft...

Ringling drops elephant act

May 1, 2016 / 7:09 am
Elephants will perform for the last time at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus on Sunday. The move closes the circus' chapter on a controversial practice that has entertained audiences since circuses began in America two centuries ago. Six Asian elephants will deliver their...

Rescued lions airlifted

Apr 30, 2016 / 9:31 pm
The roars of lions filled the cargo section of Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport Saturday evening as 33 lions rescued from South American circuses landed in South Africa, where they will be released into a bush sanctuary for big cats. It was the largest airlift of lions in...

Goldfish insect control

Apr 30, 2016 / 9:21 pm
More than one million goldfish now have a giant fishbowl to call home in a Phoenix suburb. Tempe officials dumped roughly 1.2 million goldfish and minnows into Tempe Town Lake on Friday. They say the fish will serve as a natural insect control for midge flies' larvae, which are at the...

Jesuit priest, activist dies

Apr 30, 2016 / 7:11 pm
The Rev. Daniel Berrigan, a Roman Catholic priest and peace activist who was imprisoned for burning draft files in a protest against the Vietnam War, died Saturday. He was 94. Berrigan died at Murray-Weigel Hall, a Jesuit health care community in New York City after a "long illness,"...

Killer big-rig driver flees

Apr 30, 2016 / 2:27 pm
Authorities say the driver of a big-rig that crushed a pickup truck in a Los Angeles suburb unhitched the trailer and fled the scene after the fatal crash. Police are looking for the trucker. Police say the 18-wheeled rig was involved in a minor crash about a block away before it ran a red...

Flooding deaths

Apr 30, 2016 / 10:59 am
A 64-year-old woman and four grandchildren were killed early Saturday after a creek overflowed its banks, flooding an East Texas neighbourhood as many residents slept. Capt. James Muniz of the Palestine Police Department told The Associated Press that six to 10 homes in a Palestine cul-de-sac...

Fighting rages in Aleppo

Apr 30, 2016 / 10:22 am
The Syrian government launched new airstrikes Saturday on insurgent-held neighbourhoods in Aleppo while rebels shelled government-held parts of the northern city, as a truce in other parts of the country appeared to be holding on its first day. Contested Aleppo, Syria's largest city and...

Taking action on ivory trade

Apr 30, 2016 / 7:42 am
Kenya's president Saturday set fire to 105 tons of elephant ivory and more than 1 ton of rhino horn, believed to be the largest stockpile ever destroyed, in a dramatic statement against the trade in ivory and products from endangered species. Uhuru Kenyatta put a flame to the biggest of 11...

10 dead in building collapse

Apr 30, 2016 / 6:50 am
A six-story residential building collapsed in heavy rain in Nairobi, killing 10 people and injuring at least 134, Kenyan officials said Saturday. Interior Minister Joseph Nkaissery confirmed the deaths. The Kenya Red Cross said 150 building units and adjacent homes were affected. Rescuers said...

Protesters storm parliament

Apr 30, 2016 / 6:42 am
Hundreds of protesters climbed over the blast walls surrounding Baghdad's highly-fortified Green Zone for the first time on Saturday and stormed into parliament, carrying Iraqi flags and chanting against the government. The breach marked a major escalation in the country's political...

Hindu man hacked to death

Apr 30, 2016 / 6:34 am
A Hindu man was hacked to death in central Bangladesh on Saturday, police said, following a spate of similar attacks in the Muslim-majority South Asian nation. Authorities are investigating whether the killing of Nikhil Joarder was connected to a 2012 complaint against him for alleged comments...

Kidnapped children freed

Apr 30, 2016 / 6:26 am
Authorities in South Sudan said they have recovered 32 of the 125 Ethiopian children who the Ethiopian government said were abducted from its Gambela region two weeks ago during a deadly cattle raid blamed on a South Sudanese militia. Ogato Chan, acting governor of South Sudan's Boma state...

American jailed for spying

Apr 30, 2016 / 6:08 am
North Korea sentenced a U.S. citizen of Korean heritage to 10 years in prison with hard labour after convicting him of espionage and subversion, the second American it has put behind bars this year. Kim Dong Chul was sentenced Friday after a brief trial in Pyongyang by North Korea's Supreme...

Ex-priest gets 20-40 years

Apr 29, 2016 / 9:15 pm
Victims confronted a former Roman Catholic priest in court Friday as he was sentenced to at least 20 years in prison for sexually abusing students at a Michigan high school in the 1980s. A judge heard more than two hours of testimony from six men who described in detail how James Rapp molested...

UN quashes allegations

Apr 29, 2016 / 8:37 pm
The American-led UN command on Saturday dismissed as unsubstantiated accusations from North Korea that U.S. troops at a border village tried to provoke its frontline troops with "disgusting acts." A North Korean military statement Friday warned U.S. soldiers to stop what it called...

100 years for cutting baby

Apr 29, 2016 / 7:23 pm
A judge on Friday sentenced a Colorado woman to 100 years in prison for cutting a nearly 8-month-old fetus from a stranger's womb. A jury convicted Dynel Lane, 36, in February of attempting to kill Michelle Wilkins in 2015. Lane also was convicted of assault and unlawful termination of a...

Foster girls found safe

Apr 29, 2016 / 6:16 pm
The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office says authorities have found four girls who apparently ran away from a facility for foster children near Tampa. Spokeswoman Debbie Carter said in an email that the children were found Friday evening as they tried to climb back over a fence at the...

Circus lions in the jungle

Apr 29, 2016 / 4:36 pm
Thirty-three lions rescued from circuses in Peru and Colombia headed back to their homeland Friday to live out the rest of their lives in a private sanctuary in South Africa. The largest-ever airlift of lions was organized by Animal Defenders International. The Los Angeles-based group has for...

Children treated like dogs

Apr 29, 2016 / 1:51 pm
Authorities have rescued eight unsupervised children from a San Antonio home where a two-year-old boy was chained to the ground in the backyard and a three-year-old girl was tied to a door with a dog leash, sheriff's officials said Friday. Deputies arrived at the home after receiving a call...

Sad song over barred violin

Apr 29, 2016 / 12:49 pm
A concert musician who was not allowed to board a flight with her violin says she hopes the incident will raise awareness of regulations that permit violins and other small instruments as carry-on luggage. Rachel Barton Pine was told by a flight attendant and captain of an American Eagle flight...

Weasel busts $4.4B collider

Apr 29, 2016 / 12:42 pm
It's one of the physics world's most complex machines, and it has been immobilized — temporarily — by a weasel. Spokesman Arnaud Marsollier says the world's largest atom smasher, the Large Hadron Collider at CERN outside of Geneva, has suspended operations because a...

Huge natural gas fireball

Apr 29, 2016 / 11:51 am
The state Department of Environmental Protection says a man who was burned after a natural gas explosion at a Pennsylvania pipeline complex was in a home that caught fire nearby. Flames shot into the sky Friday morning when officials say an explosion traced to a 36-inch natural gas pipeline...

Worshippers killed in attack

Apr 29, 2016 / 6:46 am
Insurgents shelled a mosque in a government-held neighbourhood of Aleppo, killing at least 15 people as they left Friday prayers, while government airstrikes struck rebel-held parts of Syria's largest city — even as the army unilaterally declared a brief truce in other parts of the...

11 dead in chopper crash

Apr 29, 2016 / 6:44 am
A rescue official says 11 bodies have been found after the crash of a helicopter on an island off the coast of western Norway. Two people are still missing. Jon Sjursoe, a spokesman for Norway's Joint Rescue Coordination Center, said there were 11 Norwegian nationals, one Briton and one...

Auschwitz guard apologizes

Apr 29, 2016 / 6:35 am
A 94-year-old former SS sergeant admitted in court Friday that he had served as an Auschwitz death camp guard, apologizing to Nazi Holocaust survivors looking on in a German courtroom that even though he was aware Jews were being gassed and their corpses burned, he did nothing to try to stop...

Roman treasure unearthed

Apr 29, 2016 / 6:25 am
Workers laying pipes in a southern Spanish park have unearthed a 600-kilogram trove of Roman coins in what culture officials say is a unique historic discovery. The Seville Archaeological Museum said the construction workers came across 19 amphoras containing thousands of unused bronze and...
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