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  • Taiwan pilot shut off engine before air crash: report

    The pilot of a passenger plane that crashed into a river in Taiwan killing 43 people shut down the plane's only working engine after the other failed, a new report confirmed Thursday. TransAsia Airways Flight GE235 plunged shortly after take-off from Taipei's Songshan airport in February with 53…

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  • Wisconsin Governor Walker signs bill banning microbeads

    By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker on Wednesday signed a bill into law that bans the manufacturing and sale of personal care products containing tiny plastic beads that are known to pollute waterways. The law makes Wisconsin one of seven states including Illinois and New…

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  • Own goal gives Japan 2-1 win over England in World Cup semi

    EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — England defender Laura Bassett was inconsolable as she lay face down on the field, sobbing.

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  • Boy chained up with dead chicken around neck tells his story

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Handcuffed and shackled to a block of steel, the young boy would brace himself when he heard footsteps outside his bedroom door. He knew that once the grown-ups entered, the abuse would begin.

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  • We can't print drachmas, says Greece's finance minister

    With speculation swirling that Greece might be forced out of the euro and have to print its own money after a weekend referendum, its finance minister on Thursday said the country no longer had the presses to make drachmas. "We don't have the capacity," Yanis Varoufakis told Australian public radio…

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  • Nurse drops newborn at hospital, fracturing his skull

    UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Authorities in Pennsylvania say a nurse has dropped a newborn boy at a hospital, fracturing his skull. The baby's mother says a doctor told her the nurse was "drowsy."

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  • Born in 1980? A mathematical surprise awaits you in 2025

    Finally, people born in 1980 have something amazing over those young'ins who came into the world in the year 2000 or on a Leap Day.

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  • Woman falls 400 feet to death in Colorado's Royal Gorge

    A 44-year-old woman plummeted 400 feet (120 meters) to her death from an observation deck overlooking the Royal Gorge canyon in the mountains of south-central Colorado, authorities said on Wednesday. The victim fell from a platform at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park, just northeast of a landmark…

    Reuters
  • Bodyboarder fights for life after Australia shark attack

    A bodyboarder was fighting for his life on Thursday after being attacked by a shark on Australia's east coast, close to where a Japanese surfer was killed earlier this year, rescue officials said. "The 32-year-old local was bodyboarding with two friends when he was bitten by a shark, suffering…

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    Man bitten by shark while swimming off North Carolina coast

    A seventh shark attack has been reported in North Carolina when a man swimming in Outer Banks’ Ocracoke Island was bitten on Wednesday.

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  • US warns of Russia, China military threat amid growing chaos

    America's new military strategy singles out states like China and Russia as aggressive and threatening to US security interests, while warning of growing technological challenges and worsening global stability. A somber report released Wednesday by General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint…

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    Church fire in Greeleyville, S.C. (14 photos)

    A fire that destroyed a black church that 20 years ago was a target of the Ku Klux Klan was not the work of an arsonist, a federal law enforcement official said Wednesday. Preliminary indications are that the fire at the Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church in Greeleyville was not…

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  • Robot kills man at Volkswagen plant in Germany

    BERLIN (AP) — A robot has killed a contractor at one of Volkswagen's production plants in Germany, the automaker said Wednesday.

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  • Death of Maryland boy pushed in swing for three days ruled homicide

    Officers found the boy, Ji’Aire Lee, around 7 a.m. on May 22 after witnesses reported seeing a woman pushing a child on a swing for an unusually long time at a park in La Plata, about 35 miles (55 km) south of Washington, Richardson said. The boy was alive Wednesday when he was placed in the swing…

    Reuters
  • Readers Defend Parents Who Disapprove Of Cohabitation

    DEAR READERS: On May 5, I printed a letter from a parent, "Against the Tide in New Jersey." He said his "independent, intelligent, loving" daughters (both in their late 20s) have dated their boyfriends for five years and had recently moved in with them. The man also said he and his wife approve of…

    Dear Abby
  • Macy's and Costa Rica dump defiant Trump

    Macy's became the latest company to sever ties with Donald Trump, and Costa Rica decided to pull out of his Miss Universe competition following the mogul's controversial remarks about Mexican immigrants. The move by Macy's comes on the heels of announcements by Univision and NBC to cut relations…

    AFP
  • Toyota's top female executive resigns after arrest in Japan

    TOKYO (AP) — Julie Hamp, Toyota's most senior female executive, has resigned following her arrest in Japan on suspicion of drug law violations, the automaker said Wednesday.

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  • More than 100 dead as militants, Egyptian army clash in North Sinai

    By Yusri Mohamed and Ahmed Hassan ISMAILIA, Egypt/CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's army said on Wednesday more than 100 militants and 17 soldiers were killed after simultaneous assaults on military checkpoints in North Sinai, in the deadliest fighting in years in the restive province. By late Wednesday,…

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