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Cease-fire appears to hold

Sep 18, 2014 / 8:30 am

Ukraine's cease-fire appears largely to be holding, with one killing reported in the last two days in Donetsk, one of the hardest-hit cities in the conflict, officials said Thursday. The city council in Donetsk said no deaths were reported in fighting overnight on Wednesday, one of the...

3 arrested in subway bombing

Sep 18, 2014 / 7:41 am

Chilean police arrested three suspects on Thursday in the country's worst bomb attack in more than two decades. Interior and Security Minister Rodrigo Penailillo announced the arrests of two men and a women. One is suspected of carrying out the Sept. 8 bomb attack at a shopping area...

Scottish voters make decision

Sep 18, 2014 / 7:07 am

Breaking up is hard to do, especially after 307 years. The entire United Kingdom will find out just how hard if Scotland chooses independence in Thursday's vote. WHAT'S AT STAKE A Yes vote will trigger 18 months of negotiations between Scottish leaders and London-based politicians on...

Dog found 3,000 miles away

Sep 17, 2014 / 8:33 pm

A Jack Russell terrier that went missing from its Pennsylvania home has turned up at an animal shelter nearly 3,000 miles away. A good Samaritan this month spotted the 7-year-old dog named Gidget wandering in the Portland suburb of Tualatin, and brought her to the Bonnie L. Hays Animal Shelter,...

2,000+ threatened by wildfire

Sep 17, 2014 / 8:01 pm

Teams of firefighters went house-to-house on Wednesday to pin down damage done by a wildfire that officials estimated had destroyed 110 homes and damaged another 90 in the small town of Weed while another Northern California blaze east of Sacramento was threatening more than 2,000 homes as it...

46-years-later stolen Jag found

Sep 17, 2014 / 8:00 pm

Forty-six years ago Ivan Schneider, successful Manhattan lawyer, bought himself the Jaguar convertible that would feature in a most unusual tale of unrequited love. It was the first (and "prettiest") of many luxury cars he would own, his companion on fast drives — and the only...

Wanted for killing state trooper

Sep 17, 2014 / 7:45 am

Authorities say a heavily armed survivalist with a vendetta against law enforcement is the suspect in an ambush that killed one Pennsylvania State Police trooper and wounded another in a heavily forested region of northeastern Pennsylvania. State police have warned the public that 31-year-old...

Lava flows from volcano

Sep 17, 2014 / 7:20 am

The Philippines' most active volcano has sent more huge lava fragments rolling down its slopes in an ongoing gentle eruption that has prompted authorities to evacuate thousands of villagers, officials said Wednesday. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology has warned that a...

Red tide threatens Florida

Sep 17, 2014 / 7:15 am

It's like Florida's version of The Blob. Slow moving glops of toxic algae in the northeast Gulf of Mexico are killing sea turtles, sharks and fish, and threatening the waters and beaches that fuel the region's economy. Known as "red tide," this particular strain called...

6.7 earthquake near Guam

Sep 17, 2014 / 7:04 am

A strong earthquake struck off the coast of Guam on Wednesday, causing minor damage and power outages. The magnitude-6.7 quake was about 30 miles north-northwest of Guam and 80 miles deep, reported the U.S. Geological Survey. A tsunami warning was not in effect. The Pacific Daily News...

Researchers examine rare squid

Sep 16, 2014 / 8:24 pm

It was a calm morning in Antarctica's remote Ross Sea, during the season when the sun never sets, when Capt. John Bennett and his crew hauled up a creature with tentacles like fire hoses and eyes like dinner plates from a mile below the surface. A colossal squid: 770 pounds, as long as a...

Ebola declared a global threat

Sep 16, 2014 / 7:00 pm

President Barack Obama declared Tuesday that the Ebola epidemic in West Africa could threaten security around the world, and he ordered 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the region in emergency aid muscle for a crisis spiraling out of control. The question was whether the aid would be enough and...

Tropical storm batters Baja

Sep 16, 2014 / 8:45 am

Odile weakened to a tropical storm Monday night after blazing a trail of destruction through Mexico's Baja California Peninsula that levelled everything from ramshackle homes to luxury hotels, and left entire neighbourhoods as disaster zones. About 30,000 tourists were being put up in...

Shooting in courthouse

Sep 16, 2014 / 8:18 am

A 67-year-old gunman opened fire in a Copenhagen courthouse Tuesday, killing a lawyer and seriously wounding the father of his 3-year-old grandchild in connection with a custody dispute, authorities said. The victims were a 57-year-old lawyer and his client, a 31-year-old man who was in a...

Suicide bomber kills 3

Sep 16, 2014 / 8:10 am

A Taliban attacker detonated his car bomb next to an international military convoy on Tuesday, killing three members of the NATO-led force and wounding nearly 20 troops and civilians, officials said. Security forces in full battle gear administered CPR to wounded comrades shortly after the early...

Nearly $1B needed to stop Ebola

Sep 16, 2014 / 7:15 am

The number of Ebola cases in West Africa could start doubling every three weeks and it could end up costing nearly $1 billion to contain the crisis, the World Health Organization warned Tuesday. Even as President Barack Obama was expected to announce the deployment of 3,000 American troops to...

Scotland's path to the vote

Sep 16, 2014 / 6:57 am

On Calton Hill, overlooking Edinburgh, stands Scotland's National Monument. A colonnade of classical stone pillars modeled on the Parthenon in Athens, it's grand, inspiring — and unfinished, ever since the money to build it ran out two centuries ago. It's a fitting image for...

Wildfires destroy 100 homes

Sep 15, 2014 / 8:10 pm

A fire driven by fierce winds raced through a small town near the Oregon border on Monday, burning a church to the ground, damaging or destroying 100 homes and prompting evacuation orders for at least 1,500 people, authorities said. This tiny town near the base of Mount Shasta in the Cascade...

Vikings bring back Peterson

Sep 15, 2014 / 1:43 pm

Adrian Peterson is coming back to the Minnesota Vikings two days after he was charged with child abuse for using a wooden switch to spank his 4-year-old son, and the star running back said Monday he is not a child abuser and wants "everyone to understand how sorry I feel about the hurt I have...

Drugs smuggled in frozen fish

Sep 15, 2014 / 8:30 am

Two Canadian-Vietnamese dual citizens have been charged with smuggling heroin and methamphetamine worth 75 million Australian dollars ($68 million Canadian) hidden in a consignment of frozen fish fillets shipped from Kuala Lumpur to Sydney, officials said Monday. The men, aged 57 and 55,...

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