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Earthquake kills 77 in Ecuador; emergency workers rush in

Sun, 04/17/2016 - 01:00

In addition, more than 570 people were injured and the damage stretched for hundreds of miles.

Powerful earthquake kills at least 77 in Ecuador

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 22:58

The 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck off Ecuador's Pacific coast and was felt hundreds of miles away.

Powerful earthquake kills at least 41 in Ecuador

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 20:49

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — A powerful, 7.8-magnitude earthquake shook Ecuador's central coast on Saturday, killing at least 41 people and spreading panic hundreds of kilometers (miles) away as it collapsed homes and buckled a major overpass.

Strong Ecuador quake kills at least 28

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 19:34

At least 28 people were killed when a powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Ecuador, knocking down buildings in the country's largest city Guayaquil and cutting power in the capital Quito. Vice President Jorge Glas said that a state of emergency had been declared across the Andean nation. "We have 16 people dead in the city of Portoviejo, 10 in Manta and two in the province of Guayas," in the west of the country, Glas told a news conference.

Rescuers race against landslides to reach Japan quake victims

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 19:13

The US military was set to join Japanese rescuers Sunday racing against the threat of more landslides to reach people still trapped by two big earthquakes. Rain hit the area around Kumamoto overnight, where officials have warned quake-loosened hillsides could be at risk of collapse as aftershocks continued to roil the ground. The weather brought further misery to those who survived Thursday's initial quake and the bigger, more powerful tremor that hit early Saturday.

Ted Cruz wins Wyoming Republican presidential nominating contest

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 13:56

By Ginger Gibson CASPER, Wyo. (Reuters) - Republican U.S. presidential hopeful Ted Cruz won all 14 delegates at stake on Saturday in Wyoming, besting rival Donald Trump, who made little effort to win the rural state, and further narrowing the gap in the race for the party's nomination. Cruz is trying to prevent Trump from obtaining the 1,237 delegates needed to secure the Republican nomination at the July convention in Cleveland. By continuing to rack up small wins, Cruz is gaining ground on the New York real estate mogul, who has thus far failed to shift his focus on the local-level campaigning necessary to win delegates.

Spring snowstorm ramps up in the Rockies

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 13:29

Forecasters in Oklahoma warn of severe thunderstorms in western Oklahoma and northwest Texas.

US transfers nine Yemenis from Guantanamo to Saudi Arabia

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 13:15

Nine Yemeni inmates have been transferred from Guantanamo Bay to Saudi Arabia, the Pentagon said on Saturday, bringing the controversial military prison's remaining population down to 80. It is the largest transfer from the facility since 10 Yemenis were sent to Oman in January and the first time Saudi Arabia has taken any Guantanamo inmates. The men's release -- just ahead of President Barack Obama's visit to Saudia Arabia next week -- is the result of years of negotiations with the Saudi government and they will all participate in a Saudi rehabilitation and de-radicalization program.

Clinton pitches minimum-wage boost while fundraising in L.A.

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 13:02

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hillary Clinton detoured Saturday from a weekend of big-dollar fundraising in California to pitch her plans to raise the federal minimum wage and refresh her criticism of rival Bernie Sanders in advance of Tuesday's New York primary.

Trump on Zuckerberg’s comments: ‘He never mentioned me by name, so perhaps he’s talking about somebody else’

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 12:11

The Republican frontrunner also responded to a report that the social network's employees voted to ask CEO Mark Zuckerberg whether the company had a "responsibility" to try and "prevent" him from being elected president. "I can’t imagine them doing anything," Trump said. "I'm one of their great stars."

Pope brings 12 Syrian refugees to Rome after visit to migrant hotspot

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 11:54

Declaring "we are all migrants," Pope Francis visited the Greek island of Lesbos on Saturday with a message of hope for those seeking asylum in Europe, 12 of whom he took home with him to the Vatican. The pope told reporters that his gesture was "a drop in the ocean" but hoped that afterwards, "the ocean will never be the same again". "All refugees are children of God," he said aboard the papal plane on its flight back to Rome.

Finance leaders pledge forceful response to boost economy

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 11:15

Finance officials on Saturday pledged a more forceful effort to stimulate a sluggish global economy. The hope is that stronger growth can boost long-stagnant wages and combat a rising backlash against ...

Second deadly quake hits Japan, 'race against time' to find survivors

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 09:37

By Shinichi Saoshiro and Kiyoshi Takenaka TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese rescuers were digging through the rubble of buildings and mud on Saturday to reach dozens believed trapped after a powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck a southern island, killing at least 32 people and injuring about a thousand. Residents near a dam were told to leave because of fears it might crumble, public broadcaster NHK said. NHK said about 150,000 people in total across the affected region had received evacuation orders amid fears that heavy rain could trigger more landslides as the two quakes have made the ground unstable.

Saudis threaten to sell $750 billion US assets if Congress passes bill that would let 9/11 victims sue Saudi Arabia

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 09:30
Saudi Arabia threatened to sell up to $750 billion worth of US assets held by the Kingdom if...

Pope says it’s crazy to see his meeting with Bernie Sanders as political

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 09:13

Pope Francis said on Saturday that his meeting with Bernie Sanders, contesting the Democratic candidacy for the U.S. Presidency, was not meddling in politics and that anyone who thought otherwise should “look for a psychiatrist”. Sanders and the pope met briefly on Saturday morning at the Vatican guest house where Francis lives and where Sanders and his wife spent the night after he addressed a Vatican conference on social justice. This is called good manners and it is not getting involved in politics,” the pope told reporters in answer to a question aboard the plane returning from the Greek island of Lesbos, where he visited a refugee camp.

Pope Francis brings 12 Syrian Muslim refugees to Italy

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 06:32

The three families, including six children, met with Francis on the tarmac on the island of Lesbos and boarded the plane.

Rescuers rush to trapped residents as Japan quakes kill 32

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 02:42

Army troops and other rescuers rushed Saturday to save scores of people.

Bernie Sanders says he met with Pope Francis

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 01:32

Sanders described the meeting as a "real honor."

Pope makes provocative trip to Greece as EU deports migrants

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 00:37

Pope Francis traveled to Greece to meet with refugees at a detention center as the European Union implements a controversial plan to deport them back to Turkey.

Cosby lawyer must show accuser his emails with ex-prosecutor

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 21:10

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A woman accusing Bill Cosby of sexual assault is entitled to any documents or emails the comedian's criminal lawyer shared with a former prosecutor who has become a key defense witness, a federal judge ruled Friday.