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  • Frenchman gets 15-year term in Indonesia drug case
    Frenchman gets 15-year term in Indonesia drug case

    BALI, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesia court sentenced a Frenchman to 15 years in prison on Wednesday for smuggling methamphetamine onto the resort island of Bali.

  • Woman who stopped to save ducklings on highway gets $100 ticket

    A woman who stopped on a New Hampshire highway to help a group of ducklings whose mother had been struck and killed by a car was given a $100 ticket by state police for stopping on the median.

  • Hamas Rockets Found in Second United Nations School
    Hamas Rockets Found in Second United Nations School

    We're officially through the looking glass here with rockets and United Nations Relief and Works Agency schools in Gaza. For the second time in a week, the United Nations agency disclosed that rockets were discovered in one of their vacant schools. Today, in the course of the regular inspection of its premises, UNRWA discovered rockets hidden in a vacant school in the Gaza Strip. As soon as the rockets were discovered, UNRWA staff were withdrawn from the premises, and so we are unable to confirm the precise number of rockets.

  • Tropical depression moving westward in Atlantic

    MIAMI (AP) — A tropical depression is moving west in the Atlantic and is expected to degenerate over the next couple of days.

  • Chinese Officials Seal Off 'Plague' City, Puzzling US Experts
    Chinese Officials Seal Off 'Plague' City, Puzzling US Experts

    A city in China has reportedly been sealed off after one resident died from bubonic plague, but this way of trying to contain the disease is puzzling to infectious disease experts, who say the response seems extreme given the information released about the case. Plague is an infectious disease caused by the bacteria Yersinia pestis that is carried by rodents, and can be transmitted to people through flea bites or by direct contact with the tissues or fluids of an animal with plague, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Today the illness is treatable with antibiotics, the CDC says.

  • Why the economy is worse than you think
    Why the economy is worse than you think

    Milken fellow and Wall Street strategist Komal Sri Kumar on why the economic picture isn't as rosy as it looks

  • And America’s most-hated social media company is…

    Social-media networks like Facebook and LinkedIn rank low—barely ahead of airlines—in a national customer satisfaction survey.

  • Italy's cruise ship wreck begins final voyage
    Italy's cruise ship wreck begins final voyage

    Italy's once-luxurious Costa Concordia cruise ship embarked on its last voyage on Wednesday, as tug boats began towing it from island wreck site to scrapyard grave in one of the biggest salvage operations in maritime history. Hundreds of onlookers on the Mediterranean island of Giglio, including survivors from the nighttime disaster two and a half years ago that left 32 people dead, watched from shore as the crippled giant began its crawl up the coast. "This is a big day for Giglio but we'll only be able to relax once it reaches Genoa", Nick Sloane, the South African salvage master in charge of the operation, was quoted by Italian news agency Ansa as saying. The rusting liner, roughly twice the size of the Titanic and now hoisted afloat by massive air chambers, will be tugged to the port of Genoa in northwest Italy, where it will be dismantled and scrapped.

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