• Mother found pushing dead toddler on swing in Maryland park

    (Reuters) - A Maryland mother was found early on Friday pushing her dead 3-year-old boy on a park swing, authorities said. Deputies responded to a call around 7 a.m. to check on a woman who witnesses said had been pushing a child for hours on a swing at Wills Memorial Park in La Plata, about 35…

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  • Popular Yellowstone and Grand Teton trails closed for now

    JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Two of the most heavily used day-hiking routes in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks in northwest Wyoming are closed for the time being because of weather damage and maintenance.

    Associated Press
  • One-sided death toll in Mexico gunfight raises questions

    Puddles of blood and bullet shells are some of the remnants of an intense gunfight on a western Mexico ranch that killed 42 criminal suspects and one police officer. The authorities say superior training and equipment explains the one-sided death toll in one of the bloodiest battles in Mexico's…

    AFP
  • US 'deeply troubled' by Russia's NGO law

    The United States said it was "deeply troubled" after Russian President Vladimir Putin officially enacted a controversial law banning what Moscow deems to be "undesirable" non-governmental organizations. Under the highly controversial law, passed by the Russian parliament this week, authorities can…

    AFP
  • Rebel commander 'killed in eastern Ukraine'

    A separatist commander in eastern Ukraine was killed along with several other fighters after their car came under attack Saturday, rebel authorities announced. The defence ministry of the self-proclaimed Lugansk republic confirmed that Alexey Mozgovoy, the commander of a police battalion in the…

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    Ireland legalizes gay marriage in landslide vote (25 photos)

    Irish voters backed same-sex marriage by a landslide in a referendum marking a dramatic social shift in the traditionally Catholic country, government ministers and opponents of the bill said on Saturday. Ministers predicted Ireland had become the first country to adopt same-sex marriage via a…

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  • Eleven year-old earns three degrees one year after finishing high school

    At eleven years old, most American kids are finishing 5th grade and nervously anticipating middle school.

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Milwaukee man pronounced dead, then moves and breathes - authorities

    (Reuters) - First responders preparing to take the body of a Milwaukee man pronounced dead to the morgue got a jolt when the man suddenly began moving and noticeably breathing, authorities said on Friday. About 50 minutes later, the medical examiner arrived and notified the man's family of his death.

    Reuters
  • What we know right now about the deadly Amtrak derailment

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Nearly two weeks after a deadly Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia killed 8 people and injured more than 200 others, investigators are still trying to piece together what led the train to enter a sharp curve at more than double the 50 mph speed limit.

    Associated Press
  • Dutch immigrant kids take to street demanding 'white' classmates

    Faced with an increasingly segregated education system, Dutch immigrant children have taken to the streets of their ethnically mixed Amsterdam neighbourhood seeking "white" pupils to attend their schools and help their integration.

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    Fierce gun battle in cartel territory (13 photos)

    The latest in a series of clashes between Mexican authorities and a powerful, fast-growing drug cartel turned into the deadliest confrontation in recent memory, with 42 suspected gang gunmen and one Federal Police officer killed during a three-hour firefight at a remote western ranch. The battle on…

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  • German woman, 65 and mother of 13, has quadruplets

    A 65-year-old German woman, who already has 13 children, has given birth to quadruplets after undergoing an artificial insemination procedure in Ukraine, RTL television reported early on Saturday. Annegret Raunigk had three boys, named Dries, Bence and Fjonn, and one girl, Neeta, who were born…

    AFP
  • 50 million gallons of water lost after California dam vandalized: newspaper

    Some 50 million gallons of water were lost after an act of vandalism damaged an inflatable dam near San Francisco, the local Oakland Tribune newspaper reported on Friday. The loss comes as the state is in its fourth year of a devastating drought that has prompted Governor Jerry Brown to impose the…

    Reuters
  • Georgia trooper shoots traveler after speeding stop

    TIFTON, Ga. (AP) — A traffic stop on a south Georgia freeway Friday morning ended with a state trooper shooting a passenger after getting into a confrontation with him as the driver was being taken into custody.

    Associated Press
  • Federer brings curtain up on French Open

    Roger Federer begins his 62nd consecutive Grand Slam tournament at the French Open on Sunday against a man who once almost condemned him to his worst loss at a major. The second seeded Swiss takes centre stage on the opening day of Roland Garros when he faces Alejandro Falla of Colombia. Falla, who…

    AFP
  • Dentist accused of running 'house of horrors' agrees to quit

    ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida children's dentist accused of running a "house of horrors" that included performing surgical procedures without anesthetic agreed late Friday to stop practicing dentistry.

    Associated Press
  • Shipping Containers Are Having a Second Life as Mini Farms

    Built out of repurposed shipping containers, the new plug-and-play mini farms are the newest means of repurposing industrial waste. When Jon Friedman and Brian McNamara began to consult on agricultural projects in Boston, they noticed a theme: Whether their clients were in food distribution, a…

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