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U.S. embassy in Cuba

Jul 1, 2015 / 10:39 am

President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that the U.S. and Cuba will reopen their embassies in Havana and Washington, heralding a "new chapter" in relations after a half-century of hostility. The embassy agreement marks the biggest tangible step toward normalizing relations since the...

Humanitarian emergency

Jul 1, 2015 / 9:55 am

The United Nations has declared its highest-level humanitarian emergency in conflict-torn Yemen, where more than 80 per cent of the population need assistance. UN officials have said the country is one step away from famine. UN deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said humanitarian chief Stephen...

Nurse drops newborn

Jul 1, 2015 / 6:34 am

Authorities in Pennsylvania say a nurse has dropped a newborn boy at a hospital, fracturing his skull. The baby's mother says a doctor told her the nurse was "drowsy." The hospital and Uniontown police say the 30-year veteran nurse at Uniontown Hospital was holding the baby at...

U.S. wildfire roundup

Jul 1, 2015 / 6:32 am

People returned to find their homes reduced to rubble following a destructive wildfire in Washington state, while crews battled blazes in California and Nevada. Here's a look at hotspots around the West: WASHINGTON Just days after a wildfire near Wenatchee destroyed homes and forced...

Residents still on alert

Jun 30, 2015 / 8:59 pm

Residents of about 4,000 homes in the Wenatchee area remain under orders to be prepared to evacuate immediately, officials say. A wildfire that began Sunday is the worst so far this season as the state struggles with a severe drought. Mountain snowpack is extremely low, and about one-fifth of...

Greece defaults on IMF loan

Jun 30, 2015 / 3:25 pm

Greece slipped deeper into its financial abyss after the bailout program it has relied on for five years expired at midnight Tuesday and the country failed to repay a loan due to the International Monetary Fund. With its failure to repay the roughly 1.6 billion euros ($1.8 billion) to the IMF,...

Hilton's crazy plane prank

Jun 30, 2015 / 11:57 am

An Egyptian TV show is being criticized for going too far in pranking Paris Hilton, after staging a fake airplane emergency. The show, Ramez Wakel el-Gaw (Ramez in Control), took Hilton up in a plane over Dubai and put the plane into a nose dive, as if the engines had failed. The plane hurtles...

He wants to be president

Jun 30, 2015 / 6:17 am

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who spent three years as president of his high school class, is returning to his alma mater to announce he's running for president of his country. The Republican governor is set to launch his campaign Tuesday in the old gymnasium of Livingston High School in...

Vegas goes for video games

Jun 30, 2015 / 6:15 am

Bragging rights are usually the only reward at the end of a well-played video game. But what if high scores came with cash, too? Nevada is on the cusp of what could be a casino revolution, drawing up plans to introduce arcade-style video games that would pay winnings based on a gambler's...

Ball card could fetch $50K

Jun 30, 2015 / 6:09 am

For decades, a circa 1860s Brooklyn Atlantics team baseball card was tucked away, first inside a secret drawer of a bedroom set and then between the pages of a photo album. Now the pre-Civil War card that's been in the same family for over 150 years is going on the auction block where it...

SpaceX - what went wrong?

Jun 30, 2015 / 6:04 am

A rocket's dead, blown to bits in public view. Now it's time for "Rocket Science CSI." After 18 straight successful launches, SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket broke apart Sunday morning minutes after soaring away from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Lost with the rocket was a capsule...

Wheelchair bank robber

Jun 30, 2015 / 6:00 am

It may not have been the fastest getaway, but police are searching for a man in a wheelchair who robbed a bank in New York City. It happened at the Santander Bank in Queens shortly after 2 p.m. Monday. Police say a man in his late 20s and wearing a grey hoodie wheeled into the bank and passed...

Homes reduced to ashes

Jun 30, 2015 / 5:57 am

Tom Bryant watched the central Washington state wildfire advance up a hillside toward his home, then turned to tell his wife it was time to evacuate. That's when the front door burst open and a firefighter rushed in. "He doesn't knock," Bryant recalled Monday. "He ran...

Residents weigh destruction

Jun 30, 2015 / 5:45 am

From just across the Wenatchee River, Dominick Bonny watched a whole neighbourhood in his central Washington town burn as a wildfire destroyed two dozen homes and forced hundreds to flee. "With the wind blowing away from us, it was like we were watching a natural disaster within arm's...

Escapees wanted Mexico

Jun 29, 2015 / 8:00 pm

Two convicted murderers who eluded a massive manhunt for three weeks planned to drive to Mexico after escaping prison but ended up walking toward Canada when their ride backed out — finally splitting up in their final days of freedom, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday. David Sweat, 35, was...

No vaccination, no school

Jun 29, 2015 / 7:02 pm

California lawmakers on Monday sent the governor a contentious bill that would impose one of the strictest school vaccination laws in the U.S. in reaction to a recent measles outbreak at Disneyland. The Senate reaffirmed the bill striking California's personal belief exemption for...

Wenatchee ablaze

Jun 29, 2015 / 3:46 pm

A 3,000-acre blaze sparked Sunday afternoon in Washington state, destroying everything in its path. The Sleep Hollow fire is still burning out of control Monday, now having destroyed at least 24 structures including businesses and homes – forcing more than 1,000 residents of Wenatchee to...

Heat alert hits Europe

Jun 29, 2015 / 10:10 am

Spain and Portugal both issued weather alerts Monday, advising residents to take extra care as temperatures soared above 40 C in some southern areas. The Iberian Peninsula was sweltering in a heat wave brought on by a mass of hot air flowing north from Africa to Europe in recent days, though...

Prosecutor assassinated

Jun 29, 2015 / 6:32 am

UPDATE 6:30 a.m. Egypt's official news agency says the country's state prosecutor has died of wounds sustained in a bomb attack on his convoy in a Cairo suburb. MENA says the 65-year-old Hisham Barakat died in a Cairo hospital on Monday after undergoing a critical surgery. He is...

Escapee 'critical but stable'

Jun 29, 2015 / 6:05 am

The escaped murderer who was shot by a state trooper near the Canadian border is in "critical but stable" condition at an Albany hospital, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday. Cuomo told CNN that David Sweat's condition initially was listed in stable condition but was downgraded...

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