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Probe deepens over blast that killed diplomat

PRAGUE (AP) — The mystery behind a booby-trapped safe that exploded and killed the Palestinian ambassador has kept investigators working around the clock Thursday.


Pope draws 6.6 million at Vatican in 2013

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican says Pope Francis drew more than 6.6 million people to his audiences, Masses and other Vatican events in 2013, more than twice as many as his predecessor Benedict XVI did in his first year as pope.

Cheerful passengers live Tweet their Antarctic rescue

All of the 52 passengers aboard a ship that's been stranded in the Antarctic ice for the last week were safely transferred by helicopter to a nearby Australian icebreaking vessel on Thursday. The Chinese Xue Long — the "Snow Dragon" — and the Australian Aurora Australis both abandoned attempts to approach the stranded ship through unusually dangerous conditions — risking becoming stuck in the ice themselves. Fortunately, Xue Long had a helicopter on board. The ship's passengers, a mix of tourists, journalists, and scientists, created a makeshift landing spot for the Chinese helicopter just before the New Year.


Seattle museum celebrates silver ball revival

For $13, you can play pinball until your arms fall off at Seattle's working pinball museum. The two-story storefront in Seattle's International District is filled with games from every era from the 1960s ...


Passengers rescued from icebound Antarctic ship

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A helicopter rescued all 52 passengers from a research ship that has been trapped in Antarctic ice since Christmas Eve after weather conditions finally cleared enough for the operation Thursday.


Rwandan leader accused in killing of ex-spy chief

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Rwanda's former spy chief has been found dead, possibly strangled, in a hotel in South Africa, police said Thursday, and opposition leaders immediately accused President Paul Kagame of ordering his assassination.

Report: Spike in mass shootings means police need new approach

America’s angst over shootings in public places is growing, and with good reason. According to a study obtained by Yahoo News, rampages like the Washington Navy Yard and Los Angeles airport shootings have tripled in recent years.


Fierce winter storm bearing down on northeast US

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Light snow was falling Thursday in parts of the Northeast as a winter storm bore down on the region, promising significant snowfall, strong winds and frigid temperatures that will make commutes hazardous for the first work day of the new year.


1st big winter storm bears down on northeast US

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Light snow was falling Thursday in parts of the Northeast as a winter storm bore down on the region, promising significant snowfall, strong winds and frigid temperatures that will make commutes hazardous for the first work day of the new year.


Kerry in Israel for new round of Mideast talks

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived Thursday in Israel to broker Mideast peace talks that are entering a difficult phase aimed at reaching a two-state solution between the Israelis and Palestinians.


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