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Lava on track to hit marketplace

Dec 18, 2014 / 11:10 pm

Lava from an active volcano on Hawaii's Big Island slowed slightly but stayed on track to hit a shopping centre in the small town of Pahoa. The molten rock was 1,200 to 1,300 yards away from the edge of Pahoa Marketplace on Thursday and had advanced about 165 yards from the previous day,...

8 children killed in Australia

Dec 18, 2014 / 8:44 pm

Eight dead children and a woman suffering from stab wounds were found inside a home in a northern Australian city on Friday, police said. Queensland state police said they were called to the home in the Cairns suburb of Manoora on Friday morning after receiving a report of a woman with serious...

Girl to stand trial in stabbing

Dec 18, 2014 / 10:50 am

One of two girls accused of stabbing a classmate in a southeastern Wisconsin park to please a fantasy character known as Slender Man is competent to stand trial for attempted homicide, a judge ruled Thursday. A state psychiatrist determined the girl was able to assist in her defence, but her...

Extremists blamed for kidnapping

Dec 18, 2014 / 10:30 am

Islamic extremists killed 35 people and kidnapped at least 185, fleeing residents said Thursday of an attack near the town where nearly 300 schoolgirls were taken hostage in April. Most of those kidnapped Sunday were young women, children and members of a civilian defence group that is fighting...

Cubans hope for better future

Dec 18, 2014 / 7:30 am

Cubans cheered the surprise announcement that their country will restore relations with the United States, hopeful they'll soon see expanded trade and new economic vibrancy even though the 53-year-old economic embargo remains in place for the time being. "This opens a better future for...

Convicted of shooting trespasser

Dec 18, 2014 / 7:00 am

A man who shot and killed a German exchange student caught trespassing in his garage was convicted of deliberate homicide in a case that attracted attention as a test of "stand your ground" laws in the U.S. that govern the use of deadly force against attackers. Cheers erupted in the...

Sony cyberattack unprecedented

Dec 18, 2014 / 5:12 am

A U.S. official says North Korea has been linked to the unprecedented act of cyberwarfare against Sony Pictures that exposed tens of thousands of sensitive documents and escalated to threats of terrorist attacks that ultimately drove the studio to cancel all release plans for the film at the heart...

TV meteorologist shot

Dec 17, 2014 / 7:14 pm

Authorities from multiple law enforcement agencies are combing the area around a remote Central Texas television studio where a morning meteorologist was shot in a parking lot after an argument. The Texas Department of Public Safety says the shooting occurred around 9:15 a.m. Wednesday outside...

Sony cancels movie release

Dec 17, 2014 / 7:13 pm

Update 7:00 p.m. Under the threat of terrorist attacks from hackers and with the nation's largest multiplex chains pulling the film from their screens, Sony Pictures Entertainment took the unprecedented step of cancelling the Dec. 25 release of the Seth Rogen comedy "The...

Storms unleash freeway mudslide

Dec 17, 2014 / 7:09 pm

The latest in a string of storms noisily marched across Southern California on Wednesday, hurling lightning bolts, coating mountains with snow and unleashing downpours that triggered a freeway-blocking mudslide before mostly moving on. "It was rather rare to see lightning all night long as...

Executed teen was innocent

Dec 17, 2014 / 4:54 pm

More than 70 years after South Carolina sent a 14-year-old black boy to the electric chair in the killings of two white girls in a segregated mill town, a judge threw out the conviction, saying the state committed a great injustice. George Stinney was arrested, convicted of murder in a one-day...

US to normalize relations with Cuba

Dec 17, 2014 / 11:20 am

President Barack Obama announced the re-establishment of diplomatic relations as well as an easing in economic and travel restrictions on Cuba Wednesday, declaring an end to America's "outdated approach" to the communist island in a historic shift that aims to bring an end to a...

Hostage planned daring escape

Dec 17, 2014 / 6:20 am

The siege at the Sydney cafe had been going on for more than five hours and 82-year-old John O'Brien had become convinced the gunman was insane and they would likely all end up dead. And so he made a decision, one he knew came with a cost: he was going to try to escape. O'Brien...

Obama mistaken for a waiter

Dec 17, 2014 / 6:20 am

He may be president now, but Barack Obama says he's a black man who has been mistaken for the valet. "There's no black male my age, who's a professional, who hasn't come out of a restaurant and is waiting for their car and somebody didn't hand them their car keys,"...

Security system failed

Dec 17, 2014 / 5:00 am

Australia's prime minister acknowledged Wednesday that the nation's security system failed to keep track of a gunman responsible for a deadly siege at a Sydney cafe, and promised a transparent investigation into why the man was not on any terror watch list despite having a long criminal...

Preparing for potential flooding

Dec 16, 2014 / 8:10 pm

Another storm moved in to water-logged California on Tuesday, with the potential to create more flooding and trigger mudslides. The evening commute was wet and chaotic in the San Francisco Bay Area and elsewhere in Northern California, with the rain expected to continue through Wednesday. The...

Cosby won't be charged

Dec 16, 2014 / 4:36 pm

Los Angeles prosecutors on Tuesday declined to file any charges against Bill Cosby after a woman recently claimed the comedian molested her around 1974. The rejection of a child sexual abuse charge by prosecutors came roughly 10 days after the woman, Judy Huth, met with Los Angeles police...

Jeb Bush to explore presidency

Dec 16, 2014 / 4:35 pm

Jeb Bush answered the biggest question looming over the Republican Party's next campaign for the White House on Tuesday, all but declaring his candidacy for president more than a year before the first primaries. Bush, the son and brother of Republican presidents, is the first potential...

Gunman found dead

Dec 16, 2014 / 12:00 pm

Update -- 12 p.m. A body has been found in the woods near the suburban Philadelphia home of a Marine veteran suspected of killing his ex-wife and five of her relatives. Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman says the body was found Tuesday afternoon by police looking for...

Suicide bombers ram checkpoint

Dec 16, 2014 / 10:00 am

Two suicide car bombers rammed their vehicles into a Shiite rebels' checkpoint and a house south of the Yemeni capital Tuesday as a school bus was travelling nearby, killing at least 25 people including at least 15 primary school students, according to the Yemeni government, rebels and...

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