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Indonesian plane carrying 54 goes missing in remote area

Sun, 08/16/2015 - 02:04

A twin-turboprop aircraft lost contact with air traffic control as it flew over the remote, forested eastern Papua region.

U.S. civil rights leader Julian Bond dies at 75

Sat, 08/15/2015 - 23:24

Bond died in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, the Southern Poverty Law Center announced in a statement. Bond was the civil rights organization's first president. "Julian was a visionary and tireless champion for civil and human rights," SPLC said of its former president who held the post from 1971 to 1979.

Longtime civil rights activist Julian Bond dead at 75

Sat, 08/15/2015 - 23:00

FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Julian Bond, a civil rights activist and longtime board chairman of the NAACP, died Saturday night, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

China blast zone blocked over contamination fear; 112 dead

Sat, 08/15/2015 - 19:35

TIANJIN, China (AP) — Authorities pulled more bodies from a massive blast site in the Chinese port of Tianjin, pushing the death toll to 112 on Sunday as teams scrambled to clear dangerous chemical contamination.

Trump says he'd deport undocumented immigrants as U.S. president

Sat, 08/15/2015 - 18:13

Republican presidential contender Donald Trump would deport all undocumented immigrants and rescind U.S. President Barack Obama's executive orders on immigration if he is elected to the White House, he said in an interview with NBC News that will air on Sunday. "We're going to keep the families together, but they have to go," Trump told NBC's "Meet the Press," according to an excerpt released on Saturday. Asked by host Chuck Todd about illegal immigrants who might have nowhere else to go, Trump said: "We will work with them.

FAA site shows flight delays of 15 minutes or less

Sat, 08/15/2015 - 17:45

WASHINGTON (AP) — Air traffic was snarled and passengers' tempers frayed on Saturday as many flights to and from airports throughout a large swath of the Northeast stretching from New York down to the Carolinas were delayed or cancelled.

High pressure system cranks up the heat across the West

Sat, 08/15/2015 - 16:55

Much of the West was smothered in a blanket of heat Saturday with triple-digit temperatures hitting Phoenix, Los Angeles and other cities.

Front-runners Clinton, Trump descend on Iowa State Fair

Sat, 08/15/2015 - 12:49

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — As Hillary Rodham Clinton walked among the booths of funnel cakes and corn dogs at the Iowa State Fair, trailed by a massive pack of media and onlookers, Donald Trump's helicopter circled the fairgrounds in the air above.

AT&T helped U.S. NSA in spying on Internet traffic: N.Y. Times

Sat, 08/15/2015 - 10:43

Telecommunications powerhouse AT&T Inc has provided extensive assistance to the U.S. National Security Agency as the spy agency conducts surveillance on huge volumes of Internet traffic passing through the United States, the New York Times reported on Saturday, citing newly disclosed NSA documents. The newspaper reported that the company gave technical assistance to the NSA in carrying out a secret court order allowing wiretapping of all Internet communications at the headquarters of the United Nations, an AT&T customer. The documents date from 2003 to 2013 and were provided by fugitive former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, the Times reported.

Flights grounded along U.S. East Coast due to tracking problem: FAA

Sat, 08/15/2015 - 09:56
More than 100 flights were grounded at airports along the U.S. East Coast on Saturday due to a problem with a flight-tracking system in the Washington, D.C. area, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. There were 134 flights canceled at airports in Baltimore and Washington as of 1 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, according to, which monitors global air traffic. Several hundred flights had also been delayed up and down the East Coast, with some the worst waits seen at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, which saw departure delays of about 2-1/2 hours, it said.

Sheriff's deputy fatally shot in Nevada, suspect dead

Sat, 08/15/2015 - 09:14
The deputy was fatally shot when a male suspect came out of the house and opened fire on officers who were responding to the domestic violence incident that left a woman injured, the department said in a Facebook post. Three children, between the ages eight to 13, and one adult were subsequently evacuated from the residence in Carson City, Nevada, about 30 miles south of Reno.

Italy: At least 40 migrants dead at sea, 320 others rescued

Sat, 08/15/2015 - 08:23
ROME (AP) — At least 40 migrants died Saturday in the hold of an overcrowded smuggling boat in the Mediterranean Sea north of Libya, apparently killed by fuel fumes, and some 320 others aboard were saved by the Italian navy, the rescue ship's commander said.

Queen Elizabeth II leads ceremonies in Britain for VJ Day

Sat, 08/15/2015 - 07:48

LONDON (AP) — Veterans wearing medals, some in wheelchairs festooned with the Union flag, paraded through central London on Saturday to mark the 70th anniversary of the victory over Japan and the end of World War II.

Families' fury over China blast missing

Sat, 08/15/2015 - 07:30

Furious, frustrated and fearful, relatives of the missing in giant explosions in Tianjin besieged officials Saturday demanding answers on their loved ones’ fates – only for security to intervene instead. Three days after vast explosions lit up the night sky and left scenes of utter devastation across an industrial zone in the northern Chinese city -- and scores dead -- a father said he had yet to hear from his firefighter son. "The authorities have not contacted us," he said in flat tones, wearing a blue worker's cap typical of the Maoist era.

U.S. military looks into moving some Guantanamo detainees to military sites: media

Sat, 08/15/2015 - 06:28

The U.S. Department of Defense is sending a team to military installations in Kansas and South Carolina to investigate the possibility of relocating some Guantanamo Bay prisoners to U.S. soil, media outlets reported on Saturday. Fox News and CNN said the Pentagon on Friday notified the U.S. Congress that the team was already visiting the disciplinary barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and would then survey the naval brig at Charleston, South Carolina, in the coming weeks. Republicans, who control Congress, swiftly condemned the idea of moving detainees into the United States and close to major military posts, according to Fox News.

With hot dogs and hugs, mothers take stand against Chicago violence

Sat, 08/15/2015 - 04:09

Every afternoon this summer, on a street corner in one of Chicago's most violent neighborhoods, visitors have been able to find an unusual block party. A dozen volunteers armed with lawn chairs, a barbecue grill and canopies have taken over the corner of 75th and Stewart in Englewood, a roughly three square mile neighborhood that has averaged almost one shooting a day this year. Across Chicago, violence has reached alarming levels this year, confounding city leaders and activists, particularly in the poorest neighborhoods.

At least 40 migrants 'suffocated' in hold of boat off Italy

Sat, 08/15/2015 - 03:28

More than 40 migrants have died in the Mediterranean Saturday, the Italian navy said, after apparently suffocating below deck on the boat taking them to Europe. "Operation underway... many migrants saved. At least 40 dead," the navy said on Twitter, while the Corriere della Sera newspaper said those who died were found in the hold of the vessel.

Wind change at China blast site raises fears of toxic spread

Sat, 08/15/2015 - 00:54

By Megha Rajagopalan TIANJIN, China (Reuters) - China warned residents near the site of two huge explosions who had taken refuge in a school to evacuate on Saturday after a change in wind direction stoked fears that toxic particles could be blown inland. The evacuation came as a fire broke out again at the site of Wednesday's deadly blast in the northeastern port city of Tianjin, a warehouse specially designed to store dangerous chemicals, the official Xinhua news agency said. Evacuees were advised to wear long trousers and face masks, according to a post on the official microblog of the Tianjin branch of the National Health and Family Planning Commission of China.

U.S. female hostage raped by Islamic State leader before death: U.S. officials

Fri, 08/14/2015 - 21:58

Kayla Mueller, the U.S. aid worker killed this year while being held hostage by Islamic State militants, was raped repeatedly by the group's leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, while in captivity in Syria, U.S. officials said on Friday. Mueller was 26 at the time of her death and would have turned 27 on Friday.

Western wildfires: Wind, heat, dry land fueling large blazes

Fri, 08/14/2015 - 21:52

Winds in the West are helping stoke wildfires sweeping across the Northern Rocky Mountains, Pacific Northwest and elsewhere, posing problems for firefighters trying to contain the flames fed by drought.