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Pet Rock creator dies

Apr 1, 2015 / 12:35 pm

Gary Ross Dahl, the creator of the wildly popular 1970s fad the Pet Rock, has died at age 78 in Oregon. Dahl's wife, Marguerite Dahl, confirmed Tuesday that her husband of 40 years died March 23 of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The smooth stones came packed in a cardboard box...

Calif. water crisis deepens

Apr 1, 2015 / 12:28 pm

California Gov. Jerry Brown ordered state officials Wednesday to impose mandatory water restrictions for the first time in history as the state grapples with a serious drought. In an executive order, Brown ordered the state water board to implement measures in cities and towns that cut usage by...

'Magnificent victory' in Iraq

Apr 1, 2015 / 12:21 pm

The government declared victory in Tikrit on Wednesday over extremists of the Islamic State group, and it warned the militants holding other Iraqi provinces that they would be the next to fall. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi walked triumphantly along a street in Tikrit, carrying an Iraqi flag...

He really wanted that burger

Apr 1, 2015 / 10:27 am

A West Texas man has been charged with impersonating an officer by using sirens and flashing lights to skip to the head of the drive-thru line at a fast-food restaurant. Odesa police say Michael Chico was arrested after an off-duty officer spotted a truck with law-enforcement trappings. Cpl....

Diplomat's son killed

Apr 1, 2015 / 10:23 am

The ex-husband of a Canadian diplomat said Wednesday that one of their sons has been killed and another has been arrested in a Miami drug deal gone bad. Germano Wabafiyebazu said their 17-year-old son, Jean, was killed when he went into a house to buy marijuana, and that police arrested their...

Lotto luck strikes twice

Apr 1, 2015 / 10:22 am

A couple from northern England has defied the odds — again — by winning a million pounds ($1.5 million) in the lottery for a second time. David and Kathleen Long won the money — and a car — in the EuroMillions Mega Friday Draw, having already scooped up 1 million pounds...

Diplomat's son killed

Apr 1, 2015 / 7:35 am

The ex-husband of a Canadian diplomat says one of their sons has been killed and another has been arrested in a Miami drug deal gone bad. Germano Wabafiyebazu says his 17-year-old son Jean was killed when he went into a house to buy marijuana. His 15-year-old son Marc was arrested by...

World's oldest dies at 117

Apr 1, 2015 / 6:23 am

The world's oldest person, a Japanese woman, died Wednesday, a few weeks after celebrating her 117th birthday. Misao Okawa died of heart failure and stopped breathing as relatives and nursing home workers stood by her side and praised her for achieving a long, healthy life, said Tomohiro...

Airline grilled on pilot health

Apr 1, 2015 / 6:16 am

Lufthansa's chief executive said Wednesday it will take "a long, long time" to understand what led to a deadly crash in the French Alps last week — but refused to say what the airline knew about the mental health of the co-pilot suspected of deliberately destroying the...

Religious-objections law

Mar 31, 2015 / 9:05 pm

Indiana's governor said Tuesday that he wants legislation on his desk by the end of the week to clarify that the state's new religious-freedom law which has triggered a nationwide outcry does not allow discrimination against gays and lesbians. Meanwhile in Arkansas, lawmakers defied...

Jail for accused child killer

Mar 31, 2015 / 8:16 pm

An Alabama woman who blamed the death of her infant son on her toddler daughter has been sentenced in Pennsylvania to 15 to 30 years in prison. Thirty-two-year-old Wendi Stanford, of Florence, wept and trembled in court on Tuesday as she again professed her innocence in the November 2003 death...

2 dead in murder-suicide

Mar 31, 2015 / 7:20 pm

A man stormed into a medical office building in downtown Fresno and fatally shot the mother of his five children before he killed himself, police in central California said Tuesday. In a chaotic scene, people hid in bathrooms at the Eye Medical Clinic and were seen climbing from the...

Airline knew pilot depressed

Mar 31, 2015 / 10:52 am

Lufthansa knew six years ago that the co-pilot of the passenger plane that crashed in the French Alps last week had suffered from a "serious depressive episode," the German airline said Tuesday. The airline said that as part of its internal research it found emails that Andreas Lubitz...

Man calls 911 over bar bill

Mar 31, 2015 / 10:49 am

Police say a northern Idaho man called 911 a dozen times to report being overcharged at a bar and now faces a $1,000 fine and a year in jail. Post Falls police Capt. Pat Knight says an officer gave Phillip Poissonnier of Post Falls a ride home after he was kicked out of Club Tequila just after 1...

Girl gets 3-D printed hand

Mar 31, 2015 / 6:31 am

Seven-year-old Faith Lennox never thought she needed a left hand; after all, she couldn't remember losing hers when she was only 9 months old. But when it came to getting one custom made in a day by a 3-D printer, that was a different story. Particularly when she got to pick the colours...

Festivals ban selfie sticks

Mar 30, 2015 / 9:54 pm

You can bring your beach towels and floral headbands, but forget that selfie stick if you're planning to go to the Coachella or Lollapalooza music festivals. The devices, which grasp cellphones to allow people to take pictures of themselves farther away from their faces, are banned at this...

US to cut emissions 28%

Mar 30, 2015 / 9:50 pm

The United States will offer a roughly 28 per cent emissions cut as its contribution to a major global climate treaty nearing the final stages of negotiation, according to people briefed on the White House's plans. The U.S. plans to announce its commitment Tuesday, the informal deadline for...

Jurors see gruesome pics

Mar 30, 2015 / 8:30 pm

Prosecutors rested their case against Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Monday after jurors in his federal death penalty trial saw gruesome autopsy photos and heard a medical examiner describe the devastating injuries suffered by an 8-year-old boy killed in the 2013 terror attack. But...

Solar plane reaches China

Mar 30, 2015 / 7:30 pm

A groundbreaking solar-powered plane successfully flew from Myanmar to central China early Tuesday as part of an historic round-the-world journey promoting renewable energy use. The organizers of the Solar Impulse 2 flight wrote in a statement that the plane landed in Chongqing, China, at 1:35...

A throne fit for the Pope

Mar 30, 2015 / 5:06 pm

Salem Hajdarovac says he didn't sleep for a week when he heard his workshop had been granted the honour of carving a special chair that Pope Francis will sit on during his visit to Bosnia. Hajdarovac, 61, and his 33-year-old son Edin, both devout Muslims, started working on the chair on...

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