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Planes crash in mid-air

Feb 5, 2016 / 5:56 pm
Two small planes collided in midair Friday and plunged into the ocean off of Los Angeles harbour. There was no immediate word of any survivors, authorities said. The planes collided at around 3:30 p.m. and apparently went into the water about two miles outside the harbour entrance, U.S. Coast...

Earthquake rocks Taiwan

Feb 5, 2016 / 5:45 pm
Update: 5:45 p.m. Authorities in the southern Taiwanese city of Tainan say three people — including a 10-day-old — have been killed and 154 hospitalized following a shallow 6.4-magnitude earthquake. Firefighters and soldiers scrambled to the site of two collapsed residential...

Chinese buy stock exchange

Feb 5, 2016 / 12:41 pm
The Chicago Stock Exchange, founded more than a century ago, said it has agreed to be acquired by a Chinese-led investor group. The buyers are considering opening a stock exchange in southwest China and also hope to list Chinese stocks in the U.S., Chicago Stock Exchange CEO John Kerin said in...

Syrian troops push ahead

Feb 5, 2016 / 12:30 pm
Syrian government forces and allied militias, backed by what an aid official said were "hugely increased" Russian airstrikes, pushed ahead with a major offensive in northern Syria on Friday, moving a step closer to encircling contested Aleppo, Syria's largest city. The offensive...

Zika - careful with kisses

Feb 5, 2016 / 9:23 am
A Brazilian health official warned pregnant women to think twice before giving a kiss as global measures mounted Friday against the Zika virus suspected of a link to birth defects. The UN human rights agency called for some nations to loosen strict laws against abortion and U.S. health...

1 dead in crane collapse

Feb 5, 2016 / 9:03 am
One person died and two others were seriously injured when a crane collapsed Friday morning in Lower Manhattan, smashing the roofs of parked cars, authorities said. Mayor Bill de Blasio said the crane was being lowered as a precaution because of high winds when the accident occurred. The...

Spectacular eruption

Feb 5, 2016 / 7:02 am
One of Japan's most active volcanos erupted spectacularly Friday evening with a fiery blast that sent lava rolling down its slope. Japan's Meteorological Agency said Sakurajima on the southern island of Kyushu erupted about 7 p.m. Japanese television showed an orange burst out of the...
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Zika flares in Tonga

Feb 5, 2016 / 6:45 am
The tiny South Pacific kingdom of Tonga said Friday it has a Zika epidemic after five people tested positive for the virus and another 265 are suspected of having it. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in addition to Tonga, the Pacific islands of American Samoa and Samoa have...

Dolphin filmer deported

Feb 5, 2016 / 6:42 am
The star of an Oscar-winning documentary that shows how dolphins are hunted in a Japanese village was deported to the U.S. on Friday after Tokyo airport officials barred his entry and he was held in detention for more than two weeks. Ric O'Barry said he was determined to come back to Japan...

$63M jackpot lost

Feb 5, 2016 / 6:27 am
Luck may have run out for the winner of a California Lottery jackpot: The person has apparently let $63 million slip away. Nobody showed up at a state lottery office by 5 p.m. Thursday with the ticket or submitted a verified claim for the prize, lottery spokesman Alex Traverso said. A lawsuit...

$10B pledged for Syrians

Feb 5, 2016 / 6:22 am
World leaders pledged more than $10 billion Thursday to help fund schools, shelter and jobs for refugees from Syria's civil war, money that British Prime Minister David Cameron said "will save lives, will give hope, will give people the chance of a future." But participants at the...

Fireworks fly in debate

Feb 4, 2016 / 9:40 pm
Fireworks flying in their first one-on-one debate, Hillary Clinton accused Bernie Sanders Thursday night of subjecting her to an "artful smear" while Sanders suggested the former secretary of state was a captive of America's political establishment. The two Democrats embraced a...

Funeral to draw large crowd

Feb 4, 2016 / 9:00 pm
The funeral for the man killed by law enforcement during the armed takeover of an Oregon wildlife refuge is expected to draw supporters from around the West to a small Utah town. Robert "Lavoy" Finicum, 54, was shot during a Jan. 26 traffic stop after authorities say he reached for a...

2 officers shot in NYC

Feb 4, 2016 / 8:00 pm
Two police officers were shot while on patrol in a public housing project on Thursday night and suffered non-life-threatening injuries, and a suspect was in custody, authorities said. The officers were at an apartment building in the Melrose Houses complex in the Bronx when they were shot, Mayor...

6 dead in Chicago home

Feb 4, 2016 / 7:40 pm
Chicago police on Thursday found the bodies of four men, one woman and a child inside a home on the city's South Side in what police said was being investigated as an apparent multiple homicide. Interim Chicago Police Superintendent John Escalante said it appeared to be an isolated incident...

Slipped in with 90 others

Feb 4, 2016 / 10:38 am
The Belgian who led the Nov. 13 attacks on Paris bragged that he slipped into France with a group of 90 extremists from Europe and the Middle East, according to testimony from the woman who tipped police to his location. In an interview aired Thursday by RMC television and confirmed by her...

Buy a nuclear bunker?

Feb 4, 2016 / 7:01 am
It has no windows — but offers unrestricted views of Armageddon. Northern Ireland is selling its Cold War-era nuclear bunker, an underground installation with room for 235 beds that sellers imagine could be transformed into a tourist attraction or blast-proof storage...

Attack suspects raided

Feb 4, 2016 / 6:45 am
German police conducted raids and arrested two suspects on Thursday in an investigation of four Algerian men who are suspected of planning attacks in Germany and having ties to the Islamic State group. The arrests were made in Berlin and at a refugee home in the western town of Attendorn, Berlin...

Migrant tide not slowing

Feb 4, 2016 / 6:35 am
More than 91,000 asylum seekers arrived in Germany last month, the government said Thursday, underlining the pressure the country faces to diminish the influx of migrants. The Interior Ministry said 91,671 people were registered as asylum seekers in January, compared to 127,320 who arrived in...

Deadline to claim $63M

Feb 4, 2016 / 6:29 am
With hours to go and $63 million on the line, the mystery remains: Where's the winning California Lottery ticket and why hasn't somebody cashed it? Lottery spokesman Alex Traverso said Wednesday that even he wants to know why the SuperLotto Plus winner let six months pass without...

Cosby case not thrown out

Feb 4, 2016 / 6:26 am
A judge refused to throw out the sexual-assault case against Bill Cosby on Wednesday, sweeping aside a former district attorney's claim that he granted the comedian immunity from prosecution a decade ago. Common Pleas Judge Steven O'Neill issued the ruling after a hard-fought two-day...

Meteor streaks the sky

Feb 3, 2016 / 2:50 pm
A meteor streaking across the sky above the eastern U.S. and Canada over the weekend was witnessed by hundreds of people. One was an airplane pilot who had a bird’s-eye view of the fireball. Mike Grossman was flying 1,500 feet above the Hudson River near New York City in his Piper Archer...

Florida Zika emergency

Feb 3, 2016 / 2:36 pm
Gov. Rick Scott declared a health emergency in four counties Wednesday after at least nine cases of the mosquito-borne Zika illness were detected in Florida. Health officials believe all of the cases are from people who contracted the disease while travelling to affected countries. "We...

Lawyer thought Cosby clear

Feb 3, 2016 / 10:26 am
Bill Cosby's top legal adviser said Wednesday that he never would have let the comedian testify in a 2005 lawsuit if he thought Cosby could still face sexual assault charges in the matter. Lawyer Jack Schmitt testified that Cosby's legal team considered the criminal case...

The quest for fusion

Feb 3, 2016 / 10:25 am
UPDATE: 10:15 a.m. Scientists in Germany flipped the switch Wednesday on an experiment they hope will advance the quest for nuclear fusion, considered a clean and safe form of nuclear power. Following nine years of construction and testing, researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma...

Glitter, feathers, Mardi Gras

Feb 3, 2016 / 6:44 am
It's glitter season in New Orleans. A time for feathers, paper mache, sequins, paint, bailing wire, bones, and just about any other item that can be used for decoration. Across garages, kitchen tables and warehouses, residents are feverishly sewing elaborate costumes, painting floats and...

Airliner survives bombing

Feb 3, 2016 / 6:34 am
The pilot of a passenger plane that was damaged in an explosion from a suspected bomb over Somalia described on Wednesday how the crew jumped into action to fly the plane back to Mogadishu airport and keep the passengers calm as smoke enveloped the passenger cabin. In a telephone interview with...

Insurgents kill child fighter

Feb 3, 2016 / 6:25 am
A 10-year-old Afghan boy who was declared a hero after fighting the Taliban has been shot dead by insurgents while on his way to school, officials said Wednesday. Wasil Ahmad, who had fought the Taliban alongside his uncle on many occasions, was killed Monday near his home in Tirin Kot, the...

72-year-old killer executed

Feb 3, 2016 / 5:56 am
Georgia executed a 72-year-old man, its oldest death row inmate, early Wednesday for the killing of a convenience store manager during a robbery decades ago. Brandon Astor Jones was pronounced dead at 12:46 a.m. Wednesday after an injection of the barbiturate pentobarbital at the state prison in...

Utility charged for gas leak

Feb 2, 2016 / 8:43 pm
Los Angeles prosecutors filed misdemeanour criminal charges Tuesday against a utility for failing to immediately report a natural gas leak that has been gushing nonstop for nearly 15 weeks. District Attorney Jackie Lacey said the charges aren't a solution to the problem, but Southern...

Teens arrested in murders

Feb 2, 2016 / 7:50 pm
Three teen brothers are suspected in a drug-related shooting that left two people dead and three wounded at a well-known Seattle homeless camp, a crime that comes as the city struggles with a surge of people living on the streets. The suspects — ages 13, 16 and 17 — were arrested...

Clinton wins Iowa

Feb 2, 2016 / 4:10 pm
Hillary Clinton tried to turn a narrow victory in Iowa into a bit of momentum for her battered Democratic campaign, and Ted Cruz sought to lock in his spot at the top of the Republican field as the presidential candidates packed up Tuesday and sped to New Hampshire. The contenders arrived in the...

Standoff leader still defiant

Feb 2, 2016 / 4:09 pm
The jailed leader of an armed group that took over an Oregon wildlife preserve struck a defiant tone Tuesday while again urging four holdouts to leave, saying local residents should control the federally owned property and U.S. officials do not belong there. Ammon Bundy said the FBI and Oregon...

Storm wallops Midwest

Feb 2, 2016 / 1:02 pm
A howling storm that dumped more than a foot of snow on some parts of Colorado was laying it on thick in Nebraska and Iowa Tuesday, bringing with it the potential for severe thunderstorms and even tornadoes elsewhere. The heavy snowfall and powerful winds knocked out power for some people and...

Zika sexually transmitted

Feb 2, 2016 / 12:42 pm
Health officials say a patient in Texas has acquired the Zika virus through sexual transmission. Dallas County Health and Human Services said Tuesday it received confirmation from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The patient was infected after having sexual contact with an...

Cosby 'untouchable'?

Feb 2, 2016 / 12:38 pm
The former district attorney who declined a decade ago to bring sex-crime charges against Bill Cosby testified Tuesday that he believes his decision is binding on his successors and forever closes the door on prosecuting the comedian. Former Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce Castor took...

Pope's no actor: Vatican

Feb 2, 2016 / 12:22 pm
The Vatican is disputing a U.S. film studio's claim that the pope is making his movie debut, saying no scenes were shot for the venture and that the pope isn't an actor. Los Angeles-based AMBI Pictures headlined its press release: "Film Will Mark First Ever Big Screen Participation...

Eagles vs drones

Feb 2, 2016 / 12:19 pm
It may sound like a flight of fancy, but Dutch police are considering using birds of prey to swoop down and pluck rogue drones out of the sky. Police are working with a Hague-based company that trains eagles and other birds to catch drones to investigate whether the birds can be used above large...

Cosby arrives in court

Feb 2, 2016 / 6:52 am
Bill Cosby arrived Tuesday at the courthouse where his lawyers will ask a judge to throw out the only criminal case lodged against him from the dozens of accusations that he molested women. Cosby emerged from a black SUV just before 9 a.m., dressed in a tan suit and tie. Two men held his arms...

Breastfeeding in parliament

Feb 2, 2016 / 6:33 am
Lawmakers can now breastfeed in the Australian Parliament after the government changed the rules on Tuesday to make politics more family-friendly. But none of the nursing mothers appeared keen to take up the opportunity. The rule change in the House of Representatives — where 40 of the 150...
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