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Car plows through church

Apr 20, 2014 / 9:34 pm

Authorities say a driver trying to park before an Easter concert at a packed Florida church inadvertently drove into the building and through several pews, injuring about 20 people. Fort Myers police Lt. Victor Medico says the car struck the Second Haitian Baptist Church on Sunday night. He says...

Insurgents ambush convoy

Apr 20, 2014 / 4:15 pm

Islamist insurgents ambushed an Algerian military convoy in a mountainous region, killing 11 soldiers and wounding five others, the Defence Ministry said Sunday. But five other deaths from injuries reported by a hospital official could raise the toll to 16 in the attack that came two days after...

No prom for Miss America

Apr 20, 2014 / 2:04 pm

Miss America is asking a Pennsylvania school district to reconsider the punishment of a high school senior who asked her to be his prom date during the question-and-answer portion of an assembly. The York Dispatch newspaper reported Sunday that Nina Davuluri posted a statement on the Miss...

Sinking ferry confusion

Apr 20, 2014 / 2:00 pm

The South Korean ferry that sank was crippled by confusion and indecision well after it began listing, a radio transcript released Sunday showed, suggesting the chaotic situation may have added to a death toll that could eventually exceed 300. About 30 minutes after the Sewol began tilting, a...

Space station delivery

Apr 20, 2014 / 7:53 am

Space station astronauts have received a special Easter treat: a cargo ship full of supplies. The shipment arrived Sunday morning via a Dragon, versus a bunny. The SpaceX company's cargo ship, Dragon, spent two days chasing the International Space Station following its launch from Cape...

The Queen's birthday gift

Apr 20, 2014 / 7:51 am

A portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by renowned British photographer David Bailey has been unveiled to mark the monarch's 88th birthday. The black-and-white photograph, taken at Buckingham Palace in March, shows the queen smiling broadly. Bailey described his subject as a "very strong...

Shootout in eastern Ukraine

Apr 20, 2014 / 7:49 am

Ukraine and Russia traded blame Sunday for a shootout at a checkpoint manned by pro-Russia insurgents in eastern Ukraine that left at least three people dead and others with gunshot wounds. The identity of the attackers remained unclear. Russia blamed militant Ukrainian nationalists and the...

70 yrs. of holding hands

Apr 20, 2014 / 7:44 am

A couple who held hands at breakfast every morning even after 70 years of marriage have died 15 hours apart. Helen Felumlee, of Nashport, Ohio, died at 92 on April 12. Her husband, 91-year-old Kenneth Felumlee, died the next morning. The couple's eight children say the two had been...

The Pope's Easter Mass

Apr 20, 2014 / 7:37 am

Marking Christianity's most hopeful day, Pope Francis made an Easter Sunday plea for peace and dialogue in Ukraine and Syria, for an end to terrorist attacks against Christians in Nigeria and for more attention to the hungry and neediest close to home. Well over 150,000 tourists —...

Everest's deadly avalanche

Apr 20, 2014 / 12:26 am

Nepal's authorities temporarily halted climbing on Mount Everest while search teams dug through snow and ice Sunday for three Sherpa guides missing in the deadliest avalanche on the world's highest peak that killed 13 others. A section of the route over the dreaded Khumbu Icefall, a...

Missing jet Q and A

Apr 19, 2014 / 9:30 pm

Travellers at Asian airports have asked questions about the March 8 disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Here are some of them, followed by answers. Samuel Rogers, a 20-year-old German on a backpacking trip, in Bangkok and on his way to...

Diver finds 13 more bodies

Apr 19, 2014 / 7:24 pm

Divers recovered 13 bodies from inside a ferry that sank off South Korea, pushing the confirmed death toll to 46, officials said Sunday. The discovery came after rescuers finally gained access to the inside of the ship following three days of failure and frustration caused by strong currents and...

Liam Neeson's home picketed

Apr 19, 2014 / 1:20 pm

Animal rights activists protesting outside Liam Neeson's home say they don't agree with him that New York's carriage horses should keep working. Neeson didn't appear Saturday as about 50 demonstrators filled the sidewalk in front of his Manhattan apartment building. They held...

Head of censorship board resigns

Apr 19, 2014 / 1:15 pm

The head of Egypt's censorship board has resigned after the country's prime minister overruled his decision to allow a film starring a sultry Lebanese singer to be shown. The film, titled "Roh's Sweetness," had already been in theatres for over a week. It tells the story of...

Robonaut is getting legs

Apr 19, 2014 / 9:43 am

Robonaut, the first out-of-this-world humanoid, is finally getting its space legs. For three years, Robonaut has had to manage from the waist up. This new pair of legs means the experimental robot — now stuck on a pedestal — is going mobile at the International Space...

7.5 earthquake

Apr 19, 2014 / 8:33 am

A powerful earthquake has struck off the South Pacific nation of Papua New Guinea. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, but a tsunami warning was in effect. The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude-7.5 earthquake that struck late Saturday was located 75 kilometres (47...

French journalists freed

Apr 19, 2014 / 6:54 am

Four French journalists held hostage in Syria since June have been released, France's presidential palace said Saturday. President Francois Hollande's office said in a statement he felt "immense relief" after learning of the release of Edouard Elias, Didier Francois, Nicolas...

Fortifying positions at Easter

Apr 19, 2014 / 6:42 am

Pro-Russian forces in eastern Ukraine on Saturday prepared to celebrate Orthodox Easter at barricades outside government offices seized in nearly a dozen cities, despite an international agreement to disarm and free the premises. In Donetsk, Denis Pushilin, spokesman for the self-appointed...

Sharp jump in SARS cases

Apr 18, 2014 / 8:07 pm

It’s beginning to feel like SARS revisited. For some of the scientists and doctors who helped the world battle the 2003 SARS outbreak, the recent rapid rise in human infections in several Middle Eastern countries caused by a cousin virus is creating a sense of sharp unease. Cases of...

Sunken ferry capt. arrested

Apr 18, 2014 / 7:58 pm

The captain of the ferry that sank off South Korea, leaving more than 300 missing or dead, was arrested early Saturday on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need — three of whom were seen lifeless in the drowned vessel by a diver who was unable to get them out. Rescuers...

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