• Massive fire engulfs Mexican oil rig, 4 dead

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — A massive ball of flames engulfed an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday, killing four people and sending terrified workers jumping into the sea.

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  • Iraq minister says Tikrit massacre burial sites found

    Iraqi forces which retook Tikrit from the Islamic State group found burial sites Wednesday believed to hold victims of a June massacre in which hundreds of army cadets were executed. Interior Minister Mohammed al-Ghaban told AFP that a burial site had been discovered in a freshly retaken palace…

    AFP49 mins ago
  • Porsche blames driver in crash that killed actor Paul Walker

    By Ben Klayman DETROIT (Reuters) - The driver was to blame in the fiery crash of a Porsche sports car that killed actor Paul Walker in California in 2013, not design defects with the car, attorneys for the German automaker said this week. Walker was a passenger in a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT driven…

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  • Lufthansa chief visits crash area as 'cabin video' emerges

    The heads of Lufthansa and Germanwings paid their respects Wednesday near the spot where one of their planes slammed into the French Alps, following reports that a video has emerged showing the final terrifying seconds in the cabin. Descriptions of the chilling mobile phone footage in French and…

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  • Illinois convicted killer overpowers guard, escapes

    By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - A convicted murderer awaiting sentencing in Illinois overpowered a jail guard early Wednesday, took his keys and uniform and fled in his SUV, authorities said. Kamron Taylor, 23, escaped the Jerome Combs Detention Center in Kankakee, about 60 miles south of Chicago,…

    Reuters
  • Deadly Ukraine rocket strike another shot in propaganda war

    On a deserted road in east Ukraine, a missile strike briefly became the focus of the propaganda war that rages unabated despite the lull in fighting between pro-Russian rebels and the government. "The shot could not have been fired from the sea or from the fields (where the rebels have dug…

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    Photos of the day - April 1, 2015 (23 photos)

    Mount Sinabung releases pyroclastic flows seen from Tiga Serangkai, North Sumatra, Indonesia, an Indian migrant laborer girl works at a brick factory in Lalitpur, Nepal and a worker tying rows of crackers together in a fireworks factory in Sri Lanka are some of the photos of the day.…

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  • Jeremy Brown, Scott Weiland & the Wildabouts guitarist, dies

    NEW YORK (AP) — Musician Jeremy Brown, a guitarist for Scott Weiland & the Wildabouts, died a day before the release of the band's debut album. He was 34 years old.

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  • SUV crashes into shed, killing sleeping man, pregnant woman

    PALMETTO, Fla. (AP) — When a horrific boom ripped Cristian Carlos out of a deep sleep early Wednesday, he wasn't sure what to think.

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  • Nigeria's Buhari says to 'spare no effort' in squashing Boko Haram

    By Alexis Akwagyiram ABUJA (Reuters) - A day after becoming the first politician in Nigerian history to succeed a sitting leader by ballot, president-elect Muhammadu Buhari promised on Wednesday to "spare no effort" to defeat Islamist militant group Boko Haram. "Boko Haram will soon know the…

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  • Convicted drug dealer testifies against 6 former officers

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Michael Casciolo had left his penthouse apartment with a black laundry bag stuffed with high-grade marijuana when he saw a half-dozen men in dark clothes and ski hats pick up the pace down the hallway.

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  • Report of plane passenger video overshadows exec visit to crash site

    BERLIN/LE VERNET, France (Reuters) - A video of the final seconds aboard the Germanwings plane that crashed in France last week has been discovered, reports said on Wednesday, just hours before executives visiting the crash site dodged questions about the mental health of the pilot. The video was…

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    Former boyfriend of slain Durham high school student appears in court

    Seventeen-year-old Kelton Fox is charged with first-degree murder

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  • Cuba fears 'tens of thousands' of US yachts

    Tens of thousands of American yachts could descend on Cuba if US President Barack Obama authorizes boat travel to the island, which is not ready for the influx, an official said Wednesday. Pleasure cruises from the United States to Cuba have virtually halted since former president George W. Bush…

    AFP
  • Hamster decapitation video prompts Mississippi university student to leave school

    By Therese Apel JACKSON, Miss. (Reuters) - The family of a University of Mississippi student withdrew him from the school on Tuesday after a video appearing to show him biting the head off a hamster while on spring break this month was posted online. Brady Eaves, 18, appears in the video to snap…

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  • Coroner: Death of Andrew Getty appears natural or accident

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The death at a Hollywood Hills home Tuesday of Andrew Getty, one of the heirs to the fortune of one of the wealthiest and best-known families in American history, was most likely from natural causes or an accident, authorities and family members said.

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  • Obasanjo writes to Nigeria's Buhari, indicates availability

    Former Nigerian head of state Olusegun Obasanjo on Wednesday reached out to president-elect Muhammadu Buhari, in a possible sign that he is prepared to help the country's leader-in-waiting. "I am sure there are men and women of goodwill, character and virtue... that you can mobilise to join hands…

    AFP