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Canadian wins Nobel Prize

Oct 6, 2015 / 7:52 am

Takaaki Kajita of Japan and Arthur McDonald of Canada have won the Nobel Prize in physics for the discovery of neutrino oscillations. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said the two researchers had made key contributions to experiments showing that neutrinos change identities. "The...

Gunman's last words

Oct 6, 2015 / 7:40 am

The gunman who killed nine people at an Oregon community college last week complained in writings he left behind that everyone else was crazy and ranted about not having a girlfriend, a law enforcement official said. The mother of shooter Christopher Harper-Mercer, 26, has told investigators...

Storm too much for lifeboats

Oct 6, 2015 / 6:28 am

Crew members who trained in calm waters to handle lifeboats would have likely struggled against huge 50-foot waves, a vessel taking on water and listing to one side and winds of up to 140 mph, the U.S. Coast Guard says of the sinking of a cargo ship during Hurricane Joaquin. Life rafts can get...

Pilot dies, co-pilot lands

Oct 5, 2015 / 9:20 pm

An American Airlines captain became gravely ill and incapacitated while flying from Phoenix to Boston and later died, but his first officer safely diverted and landed the nearly 150-passenger plane, an airline spokeswoman said. Passengers on the flight were told the pilot was sick and it was...

Way out for terminally ill

Oct 5, 2015 / 7:00 pm

California will become the fifth U.S. state to allow terminally ill patients to legally end their lives using doctor-prescribed drugs after Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday he had signed one of the most emotionally charged bills of the year. Brown, a lifelong Catholic and former Jesuit...

Gunman's manifesto rant

Oct 5, 2015 / 5:24 pm

The gunman who executed nine people at an Oregon community college before killing himself ranted in a manifesto he left behind about not having a girlfriend and thinking everyone else was "crazy," a law enforcement official said Monday. The official also said the mother of 26-year-old...

60M displaced by conflict

Oct 5, 2015 / 5:20 pm

When Antonio Guterres became the UN refugee chief almost 10 years ago, the world counted 38 million people displaced by conflict and persecution and the number was declining. Today, it's more than 60 million and rising. As he prepares to step down at the end of the year, Guterres delivered a...

Embracing the pain

Oct 5, 2015 / 2:24 pm

Some faculty, staff and students embraced or brought flowers to a makeshift memorial Monday as they returned to an Oregon community college for the first time since a gunman killed eight students and a teacher. Although classes do not resume until next week, the campus reopened to students and...

Body found from cargo ship

Oct 5, 2015 / 8:54 am

UPDATE 9 a.m. The Coast Guard says it found the body of one crew member from a U.S.-based cargo ship that sank during a hurricane off the Bahamas. Capt. Mark Fedor said Monday that an airborne crew spotted several survival suits floating amid debris from the El Faro. Most were empty but one...

Oregon begins healing

Oct 5, 2015 / 6:47 am

People in this southern Oregon timber town sought solace in church services following last week's deadly shooting rampage — including one congregation where the pastor's daughter survived because the gunman mistakenly believed she was dead. More than 100 people gathered to hear...

Smog closes schools

Oct 5, 2015 / 6:46 am

Malaysia on Monday shut most schools nationwide for two days to protect children from a thick, noxious haze caused by smoke from burning forests in neighbouring Indonesia. The haze, which has shrouded parts of Malaysia and Singapore for about a month, also spread to Thailand on Monday, the first...

Road menace: 1,600 tickets

Oct 5, 2015 / 6:37 am

A Kuwaiti driver who apparently thought having license plates from another Gulf country would help avoid more than 1,600 traffic citations has been hit with a huge fine. The state-run Kuwait News Agency says the driver racked up 1,645 different driving violations while travelling under the...

Prepping for Mars

Oct 5, 2015 / 5:56 am

As NASA contemplates a manned voyage to Mars and the effects that missions deeper into space could have on astronauts, it's tapping research from another outfit with experience sending people to the deep: the U.S. Navy submarine force. The space agency is working with a military laboratory...

Clues in missing cargo ship

Oct 4, 2015 / 6:58 pm

The search for a U.S. cargo ship that was lost during Hurricane Joaquin off the southeastern Bahamas turned up more clues Sunday but no word yet on the fate of the vessel or its 33-member crew. Aircraft and ships taking part in the search located a container that appears to have come from the...

Healing after campus deaths

Oct 4, 2015 / 6:41 pm

A pastor whose daughter survived last week's deadly rampage in a college classroom told his congregation on Sunday that "violence will not have the last word" in this southern Oregon timber town. More than 100 people gathered to hear pastor Randy Scroggins speak at New Beginnings...

Man found in freezer

Oct 4, 2015 / 3:46 pm

A Kentucky woman is under arrest after her boyfriend's body was discovered in a freezer inside the couple's living room. WLEX-TV reports a missing persons report was filed for 68-year-old Gary Ray Jenks last Tuesday. Fifty-one-year-old Teresa Owens was arrested the following day after...

Hurricane lashes Bermuda

Oct 4, 2015 / 3:32 pm

HAMILTON, Bermuda - The latest on Hurricane Joaquin and the storm's predicted path. (All times local): 6:20 p.m. Emergency services have been placed on alert and officials in Bermuda are reporting scattered power outages as Hurricane Joaquin lashes the island with winds and pelting...

ISIS recruiters arrested

Oct 4, 2015 / 7:46 am

Spanish and Moroccan police have arrested 10 people on suspicion of recruiting jihadi fighters for the Islamic State group, Spain's officials said Sunday. All 10 allegedly formed part of a "very important recruitment platform" also dedicated to the indoctrination, radicalization...

No end in sight

Oct 4, 2015 / 7:34 am

One month after the body of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi washed up on a Turkish beach — and a week after the European Union agreed to secure its borders — the migrant crisis has largely fallen off the front pages and reporters are going home. But the human tide keeps rolling northward...

Deadly flash flooding

Oct 4, 2015 / 7:17 am

Flash flooding around the French Riviera has killed at least 16 people, including some trapped in cars, a campsite and a retirement home, the president said. Torrents of muddy water also inundated buildings, roads and railway tracks, disrupting car and train traffic along the Mediterranean...

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