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12 missing in floods

May 26, 2015 / 6:41 am

Recovery teams were resuming the search Tuesday for 12 members of two families who are missing after a rain-swollen river in Texas carried a vacation home off its foundation, slamming it into a bridge downstream. A holiday weekend of storms dumped record rainfall on the American heartland,...

Terrorists to lose citizenship

May 26, 2015 / 6:07 am

Australia plans to pass a law within weeks to give the government power to strip citizenship from dual nationals who are suspected terrorists even if they are not convicted of a crime, the prime minister said Tuesday. More than 100 Australians are suspected to be fighting with the Islamic State...

Waterspout sends kids flying

May 26, 2015 / 6:00 am

Two of the three children tossed onto a South Florida beach from a bounce house sent flying by a waterspout have been sent home from a hospital with minor injuries, hours after the inflatable was sent airborne above palm trees and a four-lane road, police said. Authorities said the two children...

Seniors home fire kills 38

May 26, 2015 / 5:55 am

A fire that swept through a privately run home for the elderly in central China killed 38 people and left much of it a charred ruin, raising concerns over the safety of facilities housing the country's rapidly aging population. The fire broke out Monday night in the Kangleyuan Rest Home,...

Tornado kills 10

May 25, 2015 / 9:22 am

A tornado raged through a Mexico border city early Monday, destroying homes, flinging cars like matchsticks and ripping an infant from its mother's arms. At least 10 people were killed, authorities said. In Texas, 12 people were reported missing after flash flooding from a line of storms...

Storm tears through Texas

May 25, 2015 / 7:33 am

An evacuation order has been lifted for people living near a reservoir north of Houston after weather improved and work crews made progress shoring up threatened areas along a levee weakened by recent heavy rains. Montgomery County authorities allowed residents back into their homes in...

The real prom queen

May 25, 2015 / 6:32 am

Math teacher Carol Pitkewicz sees a common thread running through prom fashion over her decades at a Long Island high school. And she has that thread in her purse. For years, the soon-to-retire Pitkewicz has brought a travel-sized sewing kit to the Bayport-Blue Point High School prom in New York...
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Arab nations team up

May 25, 2015 / 6:23 am

Army chiefs of staff of Arab countries have drafted a protocol for a new joint force to intervene in Middle East hotspots on missions ranging from fighting Islamic militants to Iran-backed groups — despite lingering disagreements on some details, including where to base the force's...

Aloha brouhaha

May 25, 2015 / 6:17 am

Some Native Hawaiians disapprove of the name of a movie filmed and set in Hawaii, saying that titling it "Aloha" is a disrespectful misappropriation of culture and simplifies a word that's rich with meaning. The Cameron Crowe film starring Bradley Cooper, Rachel McAdams and Emma...

Tokyo rocked by quake

May 25, 2015 / 6:03 am

A magnitude-5.5 earthquake rattled Tokyo and its suburbs Monday, shaking buildings and temporarily stopping trains but causing no apparent damage or injuries. Office high-rises in the capital swayed, and trains that stopped automatically as a precaution resumed running in about 10 minutes after...

Capitol bomb scare

May 25, 2015 / 5:56 am

A bomb squad safely destroyed a pressure cooker found in a "suspicious" vehicle left unattended Sunday afternoon on the National Mall near the U.S. Capitol building and the vehicle's owner was located and arrested, a U.S. Capitol Police spokeswoman said. Police Lt. Kimberly A....

Homes washed away

May 24, 2015 / 8:09 pm

Record rainfall wreaked havoc across a swath of Texas and the Midwest on Sunday, causing flash floods in normally dry riverbeds, spawning tornadoes and forcing at least 2,000 people to flee. Tornadoes struck, severely damaging an apartment complex in Houston, Texas. A firefighter in Oklahoma was...

A real head scratcher

May 24, 2015 / 6:43 pm

Nine brains were found along a street in a northern New York village, but authorities say there's nothing to fear. The brains are believed to have been part of a collection for educational or research purposes. No criminal activity is suspected. Residents discovered the brains on a street...

170 kids on their own

May 24, 2015 / 6:34 pm

It was just the two of them, brother and sister, out on the open ocean with hundreds of other desperate migrants, mostly Rohingya Muslims fleeing their homes in Myanmar. For nearly three months, the siblings comforted each other when rolling waves thrashed their boat, when their empty bellies ached...

Rainfall wreaks havoc

May 24, 2015 / 3:46 pm

Record rainfall was wreaking havoc across a swath of the U.S. Midwest on Sunday, causing flash floods in normally dry riverbeds, spawning tornadoes and forcing at least 2,000 people to flee. Tornadoes struck, severely damaging an apartment complex in Houston, Texas. A firefighter in Oklahoma was...

Letterman tribute at Indy

May 24, 2015 / 2:41 pm

David Letterman has a new No. 1 on his personal Top Ten list of reasons he loves the Indianapolis 500. The freshly retired Letterman was all grins early Sunday as his IndyCar team paid tribute to the former "Late Show" host by putting a gap-toothed, smiling caricature of his face and...

Whale washes up on beach

May 24, 2015 / 2:31 pm

The carcass of a 28-foot juvenile grey whale washed on Portuguese Beach this weekend. The Press Democrat reports that park officials say the whale came ashore on the Sonoma Coast on Friday night or Saturday morning. California State Parks Ranger Damien Jones says the whale was decomposing and...

Gay couples celebrate

May 24, 2015 / 11:26 am

The gay couples of Ireland woke up Sunday in what felt like a nation reborn — some with dreams of wedding plans dancing in their heads. Many weren't rising too early, however, after celebrating the history-making outcome of Ireland's referendum enshrining gay marriage in the...

A beautiful mind silenced

May 24, 2015 / 8:33 am

The Nobel Prize-winning mathematician whose struggle with schizophrenia was chronicled in the 2001 movie "A Beautiful Mind" has died in a car crash along with his wife in New Jersey. John Forbes Nash Jr. was 86. Police say John and Alicia Nash were killed in a taxi crash on the New...

Alone and vulnerable

May 24, 2015 / 7:12 am

It was just the two of them, brother and sister, out on the open ocean with hundreds of other desperate migrants, mostly Rohingya Muslims fleeing their homes in Myanmar. For nearly three months, the siblings comforted each other when rolling waves thrashed their boat, when their empty bellies ached...
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