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Space tourism rocket crashes

Oct 31, 2014 / 1:42 pm

Update -- 1:40 p.m. A Virgin Galactic space tourism rocket exploded Friday during a test flight, killing a pilot aboard and seriously injuring another while scattering wreckage in Southern California's Mojave Desert, witnesses and officials said. Ken Brown, a photographer who witnessed...

Athletes charged in attack

Oct 31, 2014 / 12:44 pm

Five football players from a state university in western Pennsylvania were arrested and suspended from the school after police say they beat and stomped a man outside an off-campus restaurant, then fled yelling "Football strong!" The victim was in intensive care Friday with severe brain...

Survivalist arrested

Oct 31, 2014 / 7:24 am

A survivalist accused of ambushing two state troopers, killing one and seriously wounding the other, was captured by U.S. marshals near an abandoned airplane hangar, ending a seven-week manhunt that had rattled the nerves of area residents. Prosecutors will seek the death penalty for Eric Frein,...

French state radio fire

Oct 31, 2014 / 7:09 am

A fire at the Paris headquarters of French state radio is sending columns of thick black smoke out of more than a dozen windows. Photos of the scene Friday afternoon showed smoke pouring from the upper stories of the massive Maison de la Radio in the capital's 16th arrondissement. No one...

2 boys sue Malaysia Airlines

Oct 30, 2014 / 10:15 pm

Two Malaysian teenage boys on Friday sued Malaysia Airlines and the government over the loss of their father on Flight 370, the first lawsuit filed by the family of a passenger of the jetliner that mysteriously disappeared eight months ago. Jee Kinson, 13, and Jee Kinland, 11, said in the suit...

Human rights officially invited

Oct 30, 2014 / 8:56 pm

North Korea on Thursday said it has invited European Union's top human rights official to visit the country, but it threatened to drop recent offers of visits by United Nations rights officials unless a U.N. resolution on the country removes any reference to the International Criminal Court...

Death penalty sought

Oct 30, 2014 / 8:52 pm

A survivalist accused of ambushing two state troopers, killing one and seriously wounding the other, was captured Thursday by U.S. marshals in an abandoned airplane hangar, ending a seven-week manhunt that had rattled the nerves of area residents, authorities said. Prosecutors will seek the...

Troops sent to lava site

Oct 30, 2014 / 7:21 pm

The Hawaii National Guard is deploying troops to a rural Hawaii town as lava makes a slow crawl toward a major road and threatens to further isolate the community that got its start during the lumber and sugar-plantation heyday. Hawaii County Civil Defence Director Darryl Oliveira said the...

Four dead in plane crash

Oct 30, 2014 / 12:58 pm

Update -- 1 p.m. Officials say only the plane's pilot was on board at the time of the crash, but it wasn't immediately clear how many people were inside the building at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport where at least four people were found dead. Four more people remained unaccounted for...

Foreigners to be quarantined

Oct 30, 2014 / 8:20 am

North Korean officials have announced they will quarantine foreigners for 21 days over fears of the spread of the Ebola virus. An announcement distributed to foreign diplomatic missions in Pyongyang said that, regardless of country or region of origin, all foreigners will be quarantined under...

UK opens sperm bank

Oct 30, 2014 / 7:17 am

Britain opened a National Sperm Bank on Thursday to help meet rising demand for donors. Officials said it is designed to help single women, men with fertility problems and same-sex couples to build families. The bank was set up to counter a national shortage of sperm donors at a time when the...

Nurse defies Ebola quarantine

Oct 30, 2014 / 7:12 am

A nurse who vowed to defy Maine's voluntary quarantine for health care workers who treated Ebola patients followed through on her promise Thursday, leaving her home for a bike ride. Kaci Hickox and her boyfriend stepped out of their home Thursday morning and rode away on bicycles, followed...

Red hot lava threatens home

Oct 29, 2014 / 7:00 pm

Rain fell Wednesday on a red-hot river of lava as it threatened to consume its first home on its slow advance into a rural Hawaii town. A breakout of the lava flow was about 100 feet (30 metres) from a Pahoa residence — about the length of a basketball court, said Hawaii County Civil...

Cheaper by the dozen + 1

Oct 29, 2014 / 11:34 am

A western Michigan couple with 12 sons is expecting baby No. 13, and even though they're sticking to their tradition of not finding out in advance whether they're having a boy or girl, they said they'd be shocked if their streak is broken. Jay and Kateri Schwandt's baby is due...

21-day quarantine for US troops

Oct 29, 2014 / 9:15 am

Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel on Wednesday approved a recommendation by military leaders that all U.S. troops returning from Ebola response missions in West Africa be kept in supervised isolation for 21 days. The move goes beyond precautions recommended by the Obama administration for civilians,...

250 missing after mudslide

Oct 29, 2014 / 6:46 am

A mudslide triggered by monsoon rains buried scores of workers' houses at a tea plantation in central Sri Lanka on Wednesday, killing at least 10 people and leaving more than 250 missing, an official said. The military mobilized troops to help with the rescue operation as rain continued to...

Hidden princess attends banquet

Oct 29, 2014 / 6:44 am

Japan's Crown Princess Masako attended a banquet for the visiting Dutch royals on Wednesday in her first such appearance since developing a stress-related illness. The Imperial Household Agency said Masako accompanied her husband, Crown Prince Naruhito, at an imperial banquet for visiting...

Lava threatens to destroy homes

Oct 28, 2014 / 8:45 pm

After weeks of slow, stop-and-go movement, a river of asphalt-black lava was less than the length of a football field from homes in a Big Island community Tuesday. The lava flow easily burned down an empty shed at about 7:30 a.m., several hours after entering a residential property in Pahoa...

Spy agency solves Kim mystery

Oct 28, 2014 / 7:16 pm

South Korea's spy agency believes it has solved the mystery of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's 6-week public absence that set off a frenzy of global speculation, a lawmaker who attended the agency's closed-door briefing said Wednesday. The National Intelligence Service told...

NASA rocket explodes

Oct 28, 2014 / 4:24 pm

An unmanned commercial supply ship bound for the International Space Station exploded moments after liftoff Tuesday evening, with debris falling in flames over the launch site. No injuries were reported following the first catastrophic launch in NASA's commercial spaceflight...

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