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Zika fears at Rio Olympics

May 27, 2016 / 10:53 am
Health experts on Friday urged the World Health Organization to consider whether the Rio de Janeiro Olympics should be postponed or moved because of the Zika outbreak. The 150 experts — including a former White House science adviser — issued an open letter to the U.N. health agency,...

A man's worst nightmare

May 27, 2016 / 9:25 am
A Thai man is recovering from a bloody encounter with a 3-meter (10-foot) python that slithered through the plumbing of his home and latched its jaws onto his penis as he was using a squat toilet. Attaporn Boonmakchuay was smiling as Thai television stations interviewed him in his hospital bed...

Search for airliner narrows

May 27, 2016 / 6:58 am
The search for the EgyptAir plane which crashed last week killing all 66 people on board has narrowed to a five-kilometre-wide area in the Mediterranean Sea, based on signals from the craft's emergency beacon, Egypt's chief investigator said. The chief investigator, Ayman al-Moqadem,...

Engine fire airliner evac

May 27, 2016 / 6:41 am
An engine fire broke out on a Korean Air jet about to take off from a Tokyo airport Friday, and seven people may have been injured, an official said. Firefighters put out the blaze within the hour, and all 302 passengers and 17 crewmembers were evacuated, said Kyosuke Okada, a government...

'Derelict' refugee housing

May 27, 2016 / 6:31 am
The United Nations refugee agency is expressing concerns that migrants and refugees who have been moved to several sites with "sub-standard conditions" after being evacuated from a makeshift camp near Greece's border town of Idomeni. UNHCR says some evacuees were taken to...

Cavers escape floodwaters

May 26, 2016 / 10:33 pm
Gary Russell was a mile deep in a Kentucky cave Thursday afternoon, leading a group of geology students on a five-hour tour, when he turned a corner and saw water rushing by where water wasn't supposed to be. He had no way to communicate with the outside world. He had no idea that a flash...

45-90 for kidnap, rape

May 26, 2016 / 10:23 pm
A man who kidnapped a 14-year-old girl when she accepted his offer of a ride home from school because her feet were sore, held her captive for nine months and raped her repeatedly at his trailer acknowledged his crimes on Thursday and apologized. The girl, who was in court to hear his admission,...


Liquor store loader chase

May 26, 2016 / 10:19 pm
Alaska police say a man used a stolen front-end loader to break into a liquor store and then led officers on a low-speed chase early Thursday. A witness flagged down Anchorage police about 3:20 a.m. to report a front-loader with forklift attachments had ripped off most of the front entrance to a...

You're worried? Good

May 26, 2016 / 2:56 pm
The prospect of a Donald Trump presidency is apparently sending eyebrow-furrowing ripples of consternation across the globe. There's statistical evidence, and anecdotal. New surveys show that people in Canada and elsewhere are, by an overwhelming majority, concerned about the populist...

Rising waters trap 19 in cave

May 26, 2016 / 2:40 pm
Authorities say rising water from heavy rains has trapped 19 people in a Kentucky cave. Horse Cave Fire Chief Donnie Parker says Thursday that two tour groups are trapped in Hidden River Cave in south-central Kentucky. Parker says two local police officers who tried to rescue the tourists are...

4,000 rescued in one day

May 26, 2016 / 1:23 pm
More than 4,000 would-be refugees were rescued at sea Thursday in one of the busiest days of the Mediterranean migrant crisis, and at least 20 died trying to reach Europe as Libyan-based smugglers took advantage of calmer seas to send desperate migrants north. The death toll was likely to grow...

Obama is house hunting

May 26, 2016 / 1:13 pm
Real estate circles buzzed Wednesday over reports that President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, have decided to lease a nine-bedroom mansion in one of Washington's poshest neighbourhoods when he leaves office in January. With a sprawling terrace and a castle-like exterior, the home...

Fighter jets collide

May 26, 2016 / 12:55 pm
Two Navy jet fighters collided off the coast of North Carolina during a routine training mission on Thursday, sending four people to the hospital, officials said. The F/A-18 Super Hornet jet fighters, based in Virginia Beach, collided about 10:40 a.m. off the coast of Cape Hatteras, said Navy...

Spielberg speaks to Harvard

May 26, 2016 / 12:06 pm
Filmmaker Steven Spielberg is scheduled to deliver the commencement speech at Harvard University. The three-time Academy Award winner will address graduates at a ceremony Thursday afternoon. Harvard President Drew Faust has praised Spielberg as an extraordinary storyteller, adding that...

Miss transgender Israel

May 26, 2016 / 11:45 am
Contenders in Israel's first transgender pageant have been polishing their moves this week ahead of Friday's competition. The 12 finalists are aiming to become Israel's first "Miss Trans Israel." They have spent long hours this week practicing their routines, strutting in...

Trump clinches nomination

May 26, 2016 / 10:21 am
Donald Trump reached the number of delegates needed to clinch the Republican nomination for president Thursday, completing an unlikely rise that has upended the political landscape and set the stage for a bitter fall campaign. Trump was put over the top in the Associated Press delegate count by...

NASA inflatable hits snag

May 26, 2016 / 6:53 am
NASA hit a snag while releasing air into an experimental inflatable room at the International Space Station on Thursday and put everything on hold for at least a day. Mission Control ordered astronaut Jeffrey Williams to call it quits after the operation had dragged on for more than two hours,...

959 killed in hospital attacks

May 26, 2016 / 6:36 am
Nearly 960 people have been killed worldwide in attacks on medical facilities in conflicts over the past two years, the World Health Organization said in a report Thursday that highlighted an alarming disrespect for the protection of health care in war by both governments and armed groups. The...

Smoke bombs at protest

May 26, 2016 / 6:33 am
Thousands of dock workers poured into a public square in the French port city of Le Havre on Thursday, setting off smoke bombs as part of escalating nationwide protests against a labour bill that would loosen protections for French workers. As union activists disrupted fuel supplies, trains and...

Four shot at T.I. concert

May 25, 2016 / 8:47 pm
Police say four people have been shot inside a concert venue in New York City, where hip-hop artist T.I. was performing. It happened around 10:15 p.m. Wednesday at Irving Plaza, near Manhattan's Union Square. Police say a 34-year-old man was shot in the chest and a 33-year-old man was...

'El Chapo' seeks payday

May 25, 2016 / 3:21 pm
A lawyer for Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman said Wednesday that he will sue television networks if they air a new series on the imprisoned Mexican drug lord's life without paying him. Netflix and Univision announced on May 17 that they will co-produce the drama series "El...

Paintballed horse adopted

May 25, 2016 / 2:10 pm
A horse adopted by Jon Stewart and his wife reported to have been shot more than 100 times by a paintball gun was instead used as a canvas for children's finger-painting parties, the former owner of the horse said. Doreen Weston said the horse was never injured. Her comments came on the same...

No Gawker-Hogan rematch

May 25, 2016 / 1:23 pm
A Florida judge on Wednesday denied Gawker's motion for a new trial in the Hulk Hogan sex-video case and won't reduce a $140 million jury verdict. Judge Pamela Campbell did elaborate on her decision, the latest development in a yearslong legal fight between Hogan, whose real name is...

9 years for backpacker rape

May 25, 2016 / 6:36 am
An Australian man who kidnapped, drugged and raped a German backpacker was sentenced to nine years in prison on Wednesday for an attack that has drawn comparisons to the grisly Australian horror film "Wolf Creek." Peter Van de Wetering, 48, had previously pleaded guilty to multiple...

New Taliban leader named

May 24, 2016 / 9:57 pm
The Afghan Taliban has confirmed that its former leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a U.S. drone strike last week and appointed a successor. In a statement sent to media Wednesday, the insurgent group said its new leader is Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada, one of two Mansour's...

Washington backs Trump

May 24, 2016 / 9:30 pm
Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton and presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump each won primaries in Washington state Tuesday. Trump's win helps him inch closer to clinching the GOP nomination for president. He is within 41 delegates of the number needed to become the Republican...

Deaf boy a top speller

May 24, 2016 / 8:35 pm
Making it to the Scripps National Spelling Bee is an amazing achievement for any kid, but for 11-year-old Neil Maes, being born deaf made his journey especially unlikely. After receiving cochlear implants in both ears as a baby, he had to train his brain to understand spoken words. It took...

SWAT team at LA airport

May 24, 2016 / 12:38 pm
UPDATE: 12:30 p.m. A SWAT team with guns drawn screened a jet as a precaution Tuesday at Los Angeles International Airport after a non-credible threat was received about the flight from Houston, officials said. Four crew members and 76 passengers were escorted from an American Airlines...

Cosby to stand trial

May 24, 2016 / 12:04 pm
Bill Cosby was ordered Tuesday to stand trial on sexual assault charges after a hearing that hinged on a decade-old police report in which a woman said the comedian gave her three blue pills that put her in a stupor, unable to stop his advances. District Judge Elizabeth McHugh ruled that...

Reliving Paris terror

May 24, 2016 / 10:54 am
Survivors and families of the 130 victims of last November's Islamic extremist attacks in Paris have met for the first time with six magistrates investigating what happened that horrifying night. The emotional meeting Tuesday in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower revived painful questions about...

'Proper war' needed: Blair

May 24, 2016 / 6:47 am
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair says the Islamic State group will be defeated only with a ground war involving Western troops. Blair says air strikes alone will not defeat the militants. He said Tuesday that "you are going to have to go and wage a proper ground war," with...

Refugee camp evacuated

May 24, 2016 / 6:34 am
Greek authorities sent hundreds of police into the country's largest informal refugee camp Tuesday to support the gradual evacuation of the Idomeni site on the Macedonian border. The left-led government has pledged that police will not use force, and says the operation is expected to last...

12 dead in landslide

May 24, 2016 / 6:31 am
A landslide in northern Myanmar's jade mining region Tuesday killed at least 12 people and injured about 50 others, witnesses and officials said. Volunteer rescuer Naw Li told The Associated Press by telephone that 12 bodies have been recovered "but we don't know how many are...

31,000 set dance record

May 24, 2016 / 6:27 am
China's dancing grannies have taken their moves to the record books. Guinness World Records says more than 31,000 Chinese participants have set a record for mass plaza dancing in multiple locations. Some 31,697 people in Beijing, Shanghai and four other cities set the new mark on Saturday...

India tests space shuttle

May 24, 2016 / 6:17 am
WATCH: India launches its first indigenous space shuttle, the RLV-TD from Sriharikota(Andhra Pradesh)https://t.co/G0SxiQbJgw — ANI (@ANI_news) May 23, 2016 India has successfully tested its first small space shuttle as part of its efforts to make low-cost reusable spacecraft. The...

Council bans satan's prayer

May 23, 2016 / 8:29 pm
Officials say Scottsdale will bar the Satanic Temple from leading a scheduled prayer at a city council meeting in July. City spokesman Kelly Corsette says Scottsdale informed the Satanic Temple's Arizona chapter that only representatives from institutions that have a substantial connection...

5 killed in small plane crash

May 23, 2016 / 3:11 pm
Five people died in a fiery plane crash on Kauai Monday morning, officials said. The small plane crashed about 9:30 a.m. during a skydiving tour just outside Port Allen Airport, the Kauai Fire Department said in a statement. The pilot, two skydive instructors and two tandem jumpers were believed...

Acquitted in Freddie death

May 23, 2016 / 10:20 am
A Baltimore officer was acquitted Monday of assault and other charges in the arrest of Freddie Gray, dealing prosecutors a significant blow in their attempt to hold police accountable for the young black man's death from injuries he suffered in the back of a police van. A judge also found...

Death sentence thrown out

May 23, 2016 / 10:08 am
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled decisively in favour of a death-row inmate in Georgia on Monday, chastising state prosecutors for improperly keeping African-Americans off the jury that convicted him of killing a white woman. The justices ruled 7-1 in favour of death row inmate Timothy Tyrone Foster...

Bomb blasts kill 80

May 23, 2016 / 7:40 am
A series of co-ordinated explosions including suicide bombings rocked two normally quiet coastal government strongholds in Syria Monday, killing more than 80 people and wounding 200 others, state media and opposition activists said. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the...
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