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Man shoots family, kills 5

Apr 17, 2015 / 9:00 pm

Authorities removed five bodies from a Phoenix home Friday where they say a man shot and killed his mother, two brothers and one of their wives before taking his own life. Police identified the shooter as 50-year-old Driss Diaeddinn, and investigators said he had been arguing with his brothers...

Rotten teeth, rotten dad

Apr 17, 2015 / 8:57 pm

The father of a six-year-old Pennsylvania girl whose teeth were so rotten her life was endangered has pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment. The Morning Call newspaper in Allentown reports Kenneth Wanamaker Jr. pleaded guilty Friday weeks before a scheduled trial in the case. The newspaper...

Wolf population down to 3

Apr 17, 2015 / 8:31 pm

The grey wolves of Isle Royale National Park, which scientists have studied closely for more than half a century along with the moose on which they feed, are on the verge of disappearing as the most recent census showed that only three remain, scientists said Friday. Inbreeding and illness...

Gas blast injures four

Apr 17, 2015 / 7:30 pm

A large gas pipeline exploded into a tower of fire Friday in Central California, closing both directions of a major highway in the region and injuring at least 15 people, four of them critically, authorities said. It was not clear what caused the explosion at the Fresno County Sheriff's gun...

Elephants sent off course

Apr 17, 2015 / 6:22 pm

A Seattle zoo says the two aging female elephants it dispatched earlier this week on a 2,000-mile road trip to an Oklahoma zoo have been diverted by a storm — and are now resting at the San Diego Zoo. The Woodland Park Zoo said the elephant caravan had to change course in Salt Lake City...

I-5 abuzz as truck spills bees

Apr 17, 2015 / 1:36 pm

A semitruck carrying millions of honeybees overturned on a highway north of Seattle early Friday, scattering hives and sending white-suited beekeepers scrambling to save as many insects as they could. The truck had just merged onto Interstate 5 around 3:30 a.m. when it tipped on its side,...

Sunken aircraft carrier found

Apr 17, 2015 / 12:59 pm

Scientists have rediscovered a mostly intact Second World War aircraft carrier used in atomic bomb tests and then sunk off the Northern California coast decades ago. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration located and recorded video of the U.S.S. Independence as part of a mission to...

Measles outbreak 'over'

Apr 17, 2015 / 11:12 am

California health authorities declared an end Friday to a large measles outbreak in the U.S. that started at Disneyland and triggered a broader debate about vaccinations. Disease detectives for months raced to contain the highly contagious disease, which surfaced at Disney theme parks in...

World's biggest stew?

Apr 17, 2015 / 9:06 am

Bosnian chefs hope to break a Guinness World Record for the biggest chicken stew in the world by cooking up the meal for 14,000 people. Some 100 cooks and volunteers used 1,000 kilograms (2,205 pounds) of chicken meat and about 300 kilograms of vegetables to prepare the traditional dish, known...

911 call from inside plane

Apr 16, 2015 / 8:21 pm

A baggage handler who fell asleep inside the cargo hold of an Alaska Airlines jetliner called 911 after takeoff to say he couldn't get out and needed someone to stop the plane, according to a 911 call released Thursday. "I'm inside a plane, and I feel like it's moving in the...

Doctors want Dr. Oz gone

Apr 16, 2015 / 8:20 pm

Columbia University has not removed TV celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz from his faculty position as a group of top doctors has demanded. The group cites his "egregious lack of integrity" for promoting what they call "quack treatments." "Dr. Oz has repeatedly shown disdain...

Quake strikes near Crete

Apr 16, 2015 / 12:16 pm

A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck near the Greek island of Crete late Thursday, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or serious damage. The Athens Geodynamic Institute said the undersea quake occurred at 9:07 p.m. No tsunami warning was issued. The institute's seismologist...

Christians thrown overboard

Apr 16, 2015 / 10:08 am

Italy's migration crisis took on a deadly new twist Thursday as police in Sicily reported that Muslim migrants had thrown 12 Christians overboard during a recent crossing from Libya, and aid groups said another 41 were feared drowned in a separate incident. Palermo police said they had...

Flight 370 search to double

Apr 16, 2015 / 6:14 am

The search area for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 will be expanded by another 60,000 square kilometres (23,000 square miles) in the Indian Ocean if the jetliner is not found by May, officials said Thursday, affirming their commitment to not give up until it is located. Malaysian...

$400,000 in artwork stolen

Apr 15, 2015 / 7:58 pm

Authorities are asking the public's help in finding two paintings — one of them by famed American Roy Lichtenstein — that were stolen from a Malibu foundation established by the late co-creator of "The Simpsons." City News Service says the Los Angeles County...

Elephants transfer zoos

Apr 15, 2015 / 7:58 pm

A Seattle zoo has sent its two elephants, Bamboo and Chai, on their long journey to a new home in Oklahoma City after a federal appeals court declined to block the transfer. A flatbed truck carrying the elephants' climate-controlled crates left the Woodland Park Zoo early Wednesday evening...

How to speak 'cat'

Apr 15, 2015 / 4:21 pm

When it comes to cats, those meows mean ... well, a lot of things. With each purr, yowl or even blink, felines are saying, "Hello," ''Let's snuggle" or "Beat it, Mom." For the increasing number of pet owners who want to connect with their often-aloof fur...

Copter lands on Capitol Hill

Apr 15, 2015 / 11:48 am

Police arrested a man who steered his tiny, one-person helicopter onto the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol Wednesday, astonishing tourists and prompting a temporary lockdown of the Capitol Visitor Center. Capitol Police didn't immediately identify the pilot or comment on his motive, but a...

NFL star found guilty

Apr 15, 2015 / 8:10 am

Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez was found guilty Wednesday of first-degree murder in a deadly late-night shooting, sealing the downfall of an athlete who once had a $40 million contract and a standout career ahead of him. Hernandez, 25, looked to his right and pursed his lips as...

Graves to be exhumed

Apr 15, 2015 / 6:23 am

Tom Gray's family has waited for more than 70 years to bring home the remains of his cousin who was killed in the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941. On Tuesday, they got a step closer when the military announced it would exhume and attempt to identify the remains of almost 400 sailors...

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