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  • Sinkhole threatens to swallow Florida neighborhood
    Sinkhole threatens to swallow Florida neighborhood

    A massive sinkhole that opened up in Florida over the weekend is threatening to swallow several Tampa-area homes.

  • Q&A: How Malaysia Airlines can salvage its brand
    Q&A: How Malaysia Airlines can salvage its brand

    Malaysia Airlines is in uncharted territory after the disappearance of Flight 370 in March with 239 people aboard was followed this week by the downing of another of its jets, carrying 298 people, over ...

  • Police union: Video shows woman attacked officer
    Police union: Video shows woman attacked officer

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — More pictures and video have surfaced showing what happened before a city officer punched a woman at the city's gay pride parade and festival last month, which the city's police union contends show the officer was justified.

  • China's secretive military cracks open door for glimpse inside

    By Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) - With dancing robots and smiling soldiers and to the strains of British singer George Michael, China cracked open the door on its secretive armed forces on Tuesday during Beijing's annual attempt to assuage worries about its growing military might. China has jangled regional nerves over the past few months with an increasing assertiveness over territorial disputes in the East and South China Seas, set against the backdrop of rising defense spending. I think the People's Liberation Army's development is in line with China's overall development," base commander Xu Hang told reporters. "In China soldiers get respect and now my dream has come true." The base, though, exists for a more serious purpose -- to train up and coming officers for leadership with a specific focus on tanks.

  • Rebels hand over MH17 black boxes
    Rebels hand over MH17 black boxes

    Rebels controlling the crash site of Malaysian flight MH17 on Tuesday handed over the plane's black boxes, and declared a localised truce to allow international experts full access to the forensic minefield in east Ukraine. The remains are to be taken to the Netherlands which had 193 citizens on board when the flight went down on Thursday, a disaster that has taken Ukraine's bloody three-month conflict to the doorstep of countries as far away as Malaysia and Australia. Pro-Russian separatists -- who stand accused of downing the aircraft, possibly with a missile supplied by Moscow -- conceded to a furious international clamour for the bodies and black boxes to be released to investigators. The rebel concessions came as European foreign ministers were to meet in Brussels to weigh possible new sanctions against Russia for its perceived support of the insurgency rocking ex-Soviet Ukraine.

  • Israeli mood turns dark with mounting casualties
    Israeli mood turns dark with mounting casualties

    JERUSALEM (AP) — For almost two weeks, Israel practically bristled with confidence and pride: The Iron Dome air defense system was dependably zapping incoming Hamas rockets from the skies, the military was successfully repelling infiltration attempts on the ground and from the sea, and the conflict with Hamas was causing almost no casualties in Israel.

  • Marathon suspect's friend guilty of impeding probe
    Marathon suspect's friend guilty of impeding probe

    BOSTON (AP) — A college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) has been convicted of impeding the investigation into the attack.

  • World marks hottest June since 1880: US scientists
    World marks hottest June since 1880: US scientists

    The combined average temperature over land and ocean surfaces was a "record high for the month at 61.20 Fahrenheit (16.22 Celsius)," said the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Taken alone, the ocean's global surface temperature in June was the highest for any month on record, breaking the past record set in 1998, NOAA added. "Most of the world experienced warmer-than-average monthly temperatures, with record warmth across part of southeastern Greenland, parts of northern South America, areas in eastern and central Africa, and sections of southern and southeastern Asia," NOAA said in a statement. Sea ice in the Arctic declined faster than normal for June, and was nearly five percent below the 1981-2010 average, NOAA said.

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