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Cat lures man off ledge

Oct 9, 2015 / 6:46 am

After San Francisco police officers spent three hours unsuccessfully trying to talk down a suicidal man on a window ledge, they switched to a more effective negotiator: the man's cat. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that hostage negotiators were trying to reassure a suspected car thief...

Another university shooting

Oct 9, 2015 / 6:24 am

An early morning fight between two groups of students escalated into gunfire in the parking lot outside an Arizona university dormitory, leaving one person dead and three others wounded, authorities said Friday. The suspected shooter, identified by police as 18-year-old Steven Jones, was in...

China's smoking emergency

Oct 9, 2015 / 6:20 am

Research published in the medical journal The Lancet says one in three of all the young men in China are likely to die from tobacco use. The studies, conducted by researchers from Oxford University, the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and the Chinese Center for Disease Control, show that...

Dam explosion injures 6

Oct 8, 2015 / 8:44 pm

An explosion at a hydroelectric dam on Washington's Columbia River Thursday injured six workers but did not compromise the dam's structure, officials said. The utility workers were hurt in an electrical explosion at about 4:15 p.m. at the Priest Rapids Dam near the central Washington...

Phasing out microbeads

Oct 8, 2015 / 8:38 pm

Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Thursday requiring California to phase out the use of microscopic exfoliating beads in personal care products sold in the state starting in 2020 to protect fish and wildlife. The tiny plastic beads found in soap, toothpaste and body washes are so small that...

Drinking water dwindling

Oct 8, 2015 / 2:39 pm

South Carolina's capital city had too much water. Now, officials are racing to make sure it has enough. A canal that serves as the main source of drinking water for about half of the Columbia water system's 375,000 customers collapsed in two places following historic rainfall and...

Coast evacuation urged

Oct 8, 2015 / 11:26 am

In a terse warning, South Carolina's governor urged thousands of people in low-lying areas near the coast to evacuate Thursday before a mass of water rumbling back toward the ocean floods some places for up to two more weeks. Gov. Nikki Haley said at a news conference that people in...

Hero comes home, stabbed

Oct 8, 2015 / 9:49 am

A U.S. airman who helped subdue an attacker on a French train in August, was stabbed and is in stable condition in California, the Air Force says. Spokesman, Lt. Col. Christopher Karns, said details are sketchy, but Spencer Stone is being treated in a hospital in the Sacramento area. The...

Clinton roasts trade deal

Oct 8, 2015 / 6:49 am

Hillary Clinton has scrambled the political picture for the Trans-Pacific Partnership by coming out Wednesday against ratification of a trade initiative she enthusiastically participated in. The sudden opposition from the prominent presidential candidate indicates the long, hard road ahead for...

Fukushima's cancer legacy

Oct 8, 2015 / 6:26 am

A new study says children living near the Fukushima nuclear meltdowns have been diagnosed with thyroid cancer at a rate 20 to 50 times that of children elsewhere, a difference the authors contend undermines the government's position that more cases have been discovered in the area only because...

Politician beaten over beef

Oct 8, 2015 / 6:22 am

Lawmakers from India's ruling Hindu nationalist party in Kashmir kicked and punched an independent member of the state assembly on Thursday for hosting a party where he served beef. Hindus consider cows to be sacred, and slaughtering the animals is banned in most Indian states. Bharatiya...

Coming home to heartbreak

Oct 8, 2015 / 6:14 am

The pungent stench of mildew greeted Asiah Lewis when she came home to her apartment, her footsteps making squishing sounds on the carpet as she picked through soggy clothes piled on a bed and a lifted a mouldy shoe from the floor. Three days after Lewis, her four children and her mother fled...

Hunter wakes to bear biting

Oct 8, 2015 / 6:06 am

A hunter asleep in the remote Idaho wilderness woke up when he felt something tugging on his hair. Then he heard the black bear breathing. Stephen Vouch, 29, reached behind his head and felt it was wet. He yelled when he realized a bear was biting at his head. "He got a hold of my head,...

Wounded shooter killed self

Oct 8, 2015 / 6:02 am

The gunman in last week's rampage at an Oregon community college was wounded in a shootout with police officers before he killed himself in the classroom where his victims lay dead and wounded, authorities said. It was authorities' most detailed account yet of the death of 26-year-old...

Wildfire finally contained

Oct 8, 2015 / 5:55 am

A destructive wildfire in Northern California that killed four people and destroyed more than 1,000 homes has been fully contained more than three weeks after it broke out. Cal Fire said Wednesday the blaze that began in Lake County is now 100 per cent contained. The blaze that started on...

ISIS using mustard gas

Oct 7, 2015 / 2:16 pm

Several Iraqi Kurdish troops tested positive for mustard gas after battles this summer with the Islamic State group in northern Iraq, a spokesman for the paramilitary group said Wednesday. Blood samples from the Kurdish peshmerga fighters sent to a Baghdad lab revealed traces of the toxic gas,...

Search ends for survivors

Oct 7, 2015 / 12:42 pm

The Coast Guard plans to end its search at sunset for 33 missing crew members from a U.S. cargo ship that sank last week during Hurricane Joaquin, officials announced Wednesday afternoon. Coast Guard officials made the announcement at a 3 p.m. news conference. Robert Green, father of missing...

Carolina still waterlogged

Oct 7, 2015 / 10:00 am

Rivers rose and dams bulged Wednesday as South Carolina faced another anxious day of waiting for the floodwaters to recede, and dive teams searched for two people who disappeared in waters after they drove around a barricade. Along the coast, residents prepared for a second round of flooding as...

Putin's birthday faceoff

Oct 7, 2015 / 6:35 am

Russian President Vladimir Putin is spending his 63rd birthday on the ice, playing hockey with NHL stars against Russian officials and tycoons. Earlier Wednesday Putin was debriefed by Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu about the Russian air force operation in Syria. Shortly after that, Putin and...

Nobel win aids cancer fight

Oct 7, 2015 / 6:27 am

Three scientists from Sweden, the U.S. and Turkey won the Nobel Prize in chemistry on Wednesday for showing how cells repair damaged DNA, work that's inspired the development of new cancer treatments. Swedish scientist Tomas Lindahl, American Paul Modrich and U.S.-Turkish national Aziz...

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