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Running out of mussels

Aug 28, 2016 / 8:59 am
New England is running out of mussels. The Gulf of Maine's once strong population of wild blue mussels is disappearing, scientists say. A study led by marine ecologists at the University of California at Irvine found the numbers along the gulf coastline have declined by more than 60 per cent...

Burkinis set campaign tone

Aug 28, 2016 / 8:58 am
The national identity crisis exposed by France's burkini controversy is threatening to set the tone for the country's presidential campaign. Along with the economy, the relationship between France's Muslims and non-Muslims has been a recurring theme as presidential hopefuls kick off...

Hurricane Gaston no threat

Aug 28, 2016 / 8:50 am
Hurricane Gaston is gathering strength as it moves northwestward in the Atlantic, but forecasters say it poses no threat to land. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says Gaston reformed as a hurricane Saturday night. On Sunday, Gaston was clocking maximum sustained winds of 105 mph (165...

Were buildings up to code?

Aug 28, 2016 / 7:51 am
Bulldozers with huge claws pulled down dangerously overhanging ledges Sunday in Italy's quake-devastated town of Amatrice as investigators worked to figure out if negligence or fraud in building codes had added to the quake's high death toll. The quake that struck before dawn Wednesday...

Crickets, worms on subway

Aug 28, 2016 / 7:40 am
A woman who caused chaos aboard a subway train by releasing a container of crickets and worms says it was all a prank. Zaida Pugh tells the New York Post she had the episode videotaped "to show what homeless people go through." The NYPD says it's still looking into whether...

A fictional cop keeps watch

Aug 28, 2016 / 7:34 am
The hero, a police inspector, prowls a city known more for its political malevolence than its street crime. If you read the local newspapers, you could think it's a city with almost no crime at all. There have been no murders reported there for years, no bank robberies, no muggings, no...

Slain nuns remembered

Aug 28, 2016 / 7:26 am
Friends and colleagues who knew two nuns killed in their Mississippi home are gathering Sunday to remember them, as authorities continue to investigate the harrowing crime that shocked people in the small communities where the women committed their lives to helping the poor. Rodney Earl Sanders,...
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Airliner engine explodes

Aug 28, 2016 / 7:17 am
A Southwest Airlines flight made an emergency landing Saturday, after one of its engines exploded over the Gulf of Mexico. The Boeing 737-700, registration N766SW, had just taken off from New Orleans, en route to Orlando, when its left engine came apart in flight as it was climbing, about 80...

Britain charts EU exit

Aug 28, 2016 / 6:52 am
British Prime Minister Theresa May is bringing her cabinet together at her rural retreat to plot Britain's first steps on leaving the European Union. Officials at May's Downing Street office say May will oversee a daylong brainstorming session with cabinet colleagues Wednesday at...

Grief overwhelms Italy

Aug 27, 2016 / 9:29 pm
Mourners in Italy prayed, hugged, wept and even applauded as coffins carrying victims of the country's devastating earthquake passed by at a state funeral Saturday, grieving as one nation after three desperate days of trying to save as many people as possible. In the central town of Ascoli...

Crash brings down bridge

Aug 27, 2016 / 7:17 pm
Witnesses and British emergency services say a truck has struck an overpass and collapsed a pedestrian bridge onto one of England's busiest highways, injuring one person. Witnesses say a truck hauling construction vehicles appeared to clip the bridge Saturday on the London-bound M20 highway...

Warehouse fire kills 17

Aug 27, 2016 / 7:16 pm
A fire swept through a Moscow printing plant warehouse on Saturday, killing 17 migrant workers from Kyrgyzstan, Russia's emergency services said. A representative of the Kyrgyz community said the victims were all young women trapped in a dressing room while changing into their work...

Trump focuses on farmers

Aug 27, 2016 / 4:25 pm
Donald Trump warned Saturday of a "war on the American farmer," telling a crowd in Iowa that rival Hillary Clinton "wants to shut down family farms" and implement anti-agriculture policies. Trump's speech at the annual "Roast and Ride" fundraiser for Republican...

Police kill Canadian in raid

Aug 27, 2016 / 8:23 am
Police in Bangladesh killed three suspected militants Saturday, including a man they identified as a Canadian accused of masterminding a deadly attack on a cafe in Dhaka last month. Top counterterrorism official Monirul Islam said police raided a two-story house in Narayanganj district near...

Step away from the screen

Aug 27, 2016 / 8:14 am
One of Britain's leading broadcasters has blacked out its programs for an hour in hopes of spurring viewers to get some exercise. ITV shut down broadcasts on several of its channels Saturday morning as part of its effort to entice UK citizens to sports clubs, which are being opened for free...

Highway cat chase

Aug 26, 2016 / 10:30 pm
Highway experts say a cat chase on a busy Houston-area tollway should serve as a warning about what not to do when animals get loose in traffic. Tuesday's surveillance video from the Harris County Tollway Authority shows an unidentified woman trying to trap a cat on a road full of cars and...

Restroom-access win

Aug 26, 2016 / 10:22 pm
A federal judge ruled Friday that two students and an employee must be allowed to use restrooms matching their gender identity at University of North Carolina campuses, and he said they have a strong chance of proving the state's bathroom-access measure violates federal law, a judicial rebuke...

Two years for protest leader

Aug 26, 2016 / 8:47 pm
A leader of the group that organized the protest where a sniper killed five law enforcement officers in Dallas was sentenced Friday to prison for unrelated probation violations. State District Judge Gracie Lewis revoked probation for Dominique Alexander and sentenced him to two years in prison...

Reeling from child's death

Aug 26, 2016 / 7:54 pm
The killing this week of a 10-year-old Albuquerque girl who was drugged, raped and dismembered is just the latest horrific child slaying case for New Mexico, which has the nation's highest youth poverty rate and a state government that has had heavily publicized difficulties protecting children...

Mom died saving son

Aug 26, 2016 / 4:38 pm
A mother was enjoying a family boat trip across Lake Powell when she heard a scream and splash. Her two-year-old son had slipped off their houseboat and into the water. Chelsey Russell, a 35-year-old mother of two from Lakewood, Colo., jumped in to rescue her son. She managed to keep the toddler...

Branson survives bike crash

Aug 26, 2016 / 4:07 pm
Billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson said Friday he thought he was going to die after flying head first off his bicycle in the British Virgin Islands. The Virgin Group boss hit a hump in the road on Virgin Gorda, one of the islands in the Caribbean, catapulting him into the road. The...

Totem's journey of protest

Aug 26, 2016 / 12:32 pm
A Pacific Northwest tribe is travelling nearly 5,000 miles across Canada and the United States with a 22-foot-tall totem pole on a flatbed truck in a symbolic journey meant to galvanize opposition to fossil fuel infrastructure projects they believe will imperil native lands. This is the fourth...

Burkini bans overturned

Aug 26, 2016 / 12:05 pm
France's top administrative court overturned a ban on burkinis in a Mediterranean town, in a decision Friday that should set legal precedent regarding a swimsuit crackdown that has divided the country and provoked shock around the world. The ruling by the Council of State Friday specifically...

Access slows quake help

Aug 26, 2016 / 6:50 am
Strong aftershocks damaged two key access roads into quake-struck Amatrice on Friday, threatening to isolate the tiny hilltop town as hopes dimmed that firefighters would find any more survivors from the earthquake that killed at least 267 people. Some crumbled buildings in Amatrice cracked even...

Haze blankets Singapore

Aug 26, 2016 / 6:36 am
Six Indonesian provinces have declared states of emergency as forest fires blanketed a swath of Southeast Asia in a smoky haze. Singapore's air quality deteriorated to unhealthy levels on Friday as winds blew smoke from fires on Sumatra, where millions of people are already affected by haze,...

Poll supports veil ban

Aug 26, 2016 / 6:32 am
A poll in Germany suggests that a large majority favours at least a partial ban on the face-covering veils used by some Muslim women. Security officials from Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative bloc last week proposed a ban on wearing the burqa and other face-covering veils in public...

SpaceX heads back to Earth

Aug 26, 2016 / 6:11 am
A SpaceX Dragon capsule is on its way back to Earth with a load of science experiments and gear. Astronauts at the International Space Station used the big robot arm to release the capsule Friday morning. SpaceX is aiming for a splashdown in the Pacific, just off Mexico's Baja California...

Brutal killing detailed

Aug 26, 2016 / 6:08 am
On the day Victoria Martens was going to celebrate her 10th birthday, she was found dead in her family's apartment by Albuquerque police officers, her dismembered remains wrapped in a burning blanket. Details of what New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and law enforcement officials described as...

Bus crash kills 20+

Aug 26, 2016 / 6:05 am
At least 20 people were killed and another 17 hurt when a bus drove off a highway in Nepal and plunged into a river on Friday, police said. Police office said the bus rolled about 100 metres down the slope early Friday and crashed into the fast-flowing Trishuli river near Chandibhanjyang, about...

Self-driving taxis debut

Aug 25, 2016 / 10:16 pm
The world's first self-driving taxis began picking up passengers in Singapore starting Thursday. Select members of the public can hail a free ride through their smartphones in taxis operated by nuTonomy, an autonomous vehicle software startup. While multiple companies, including Google and...

Malnourished seals rescued

Aug 25, 2016 / 10:07 pm
Four malnourished Hawaiian monk seals have been taken from remote atolls to a Big Island hospital for the endangered animals to be fed fish and fluids to boost their weight, officials said Thursday. The seals are likely to stay for at least a few months while they gain strength, said Dr. Shawn...

Striking miners kill minister

Aug 25, 2016 / 10:04 pm
Striking informal miners in Bolivia kidnapped and beat to death the country's deputy interior minister on Thursday after he travelled to the area to mediate in the bitter conflict over mining laws, officials said. Government Minister Carlos Romero called it a "cowardly and brutal...

Zipliner falls to death

Aug 25, 2016 / 10:02 pm
A woman who fell 35 feet to her death from a zip line platform had disconnected herself from the safety system, the attraction's operator said Thursday. Delaware State Police investigators are investigating how Tina Werner tumbled off the platform at the Go Ape Tree Top Adventure attraction...

Clinton: Trump's a racist

Aug 25, 2016 / 4:10 pm
One of the Internet's most fertile sites for racist political posts was ready for action Thursday. Amid word Hillary Clinton was planning a speech about the spread of racism in American politics, the popular message board known as 4Chan was awash in images of her with swastikas. She...

Aftershocks rattle Italy

Aug 25, 2016 / 11:12 am
Aftershocks in central Italy rattled residents and rescue workers alike Thursday, as crews worked to find more earthquake survivors and the country anguished over its repeated failure to protect ancient towns and modern cities from seismic catastrophes. A day after a shallow quake killed 250...

Epic argument delays flight

Aug 25, 2016 / 11:00 am
An easyJet flight from London's Gatwick Airport to Belfast faced an hourlong delay after two crew members got into an epic shouting match. Shocked passengers tweeted about the argument that grew so heated that the two crew members had to be removed from Wednesday's flight. Dan Lobb, a...

Brexit boss joins Trump rally

Aug 25, 2016 / 7:00 am
Republican nominee Donald Trump is linking his "movement to take back the country" to Britain's surprising vote to leave the European Union. The architect of the withdrawal campaign, known as Brexit, joined the GOP presidential nominee on stage during a rally late Wednesday in...

Searching through rubble

Aug 25, 2016 / 6:53 am
Rescue crews aided by sniffer dogs dug through crumbled homes Thursday looking for earthquake survivors as Italy again anguished over how to secure its ancient towns and modern cities from the country's highly seismic terrain. After a night of uninterrupted, flood-lit search efforts,...

University attack kills 13

Aug 25, 2016 / 6:38 am
A brazen, hours-long militant attack on the American University of Afghanistan ended early Thursday after at least 13 people were killed and dozens were wounded in the assault on the sprawling campus on Kabul's outskirts, a government spokesman said. The attack underscored how despite...

Boy crossed sea for sick bro

Aug 25, 2016 / 6:36 am
Egypt's Foreign Ministry says the family of an Egyptian boy who crossed the Mediterranean Sea on his own to find medical help abroad for his sick brother, will leave for Italy within days to join him there. The 13-year-old sneaked out of Egypt with the help of human traffickers earlier this...
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