• Gas blast wrecks Mexico children's hospital, killing 3

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Injured and bleeding, mothers grasping infants in their arms fled from a maternity hospital shattered by a powerful gas explosion Thursday, and rescuers began smashing sledgehammers through fallen concrete hunting for others who might be trapped. A nurse and a baby...

  • Families plead for lives of IS hostages as swap hopes fade

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    TOKYO (AP) — A deadline of sunset Thursday for a possible prisoner swap purportedly set by the Islamic State group holding a Japanese journalist and a Jordanian military pilot passed with no sign of whether the two men were still alive. Japanese officials had no new progress to report...

  • Factory data shows Japan economy turning corner on recession

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan's industrial output edged higher in December, suggesting the world's third-largest economy may be turning the corner on a recession brought on by a hefty sales tax hike. Data released Friday showed manufacturing output increased 0.3 percent in December from a year...

  • 1 of 4 remaining World War II Doolittle Raiders dies at 94

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    SEATTLE (AP) — Lt. Col. Edward Saylor, one of four surviving Doolittle Raiders who attacked Japan during a daring 1942 mission credited with lifting American morale during World War II, has died. He was 94. Rod Saylor said his father died of natural causes on Wednesday in Sumner,...

  • Former soldier charged with stealing $250,000 in benefits

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    SEATTLE (AP) — A former Idaho National Guard soldier who is also an official in the Washington city of Snoqualmie has been indicted on charges that he lied his way to a Purple Heart and more than $250,000 in government benefits. Investigators wrote that in claims for benefits, Darryl...

  • Most of Hawaii's coral recover from mass bleaching

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    HONOLULU (AP) — Coral rely on algae for food and their survival. So when the stress of warmer-than-average ocean temperatures prompted many of Hawaii's corals to expel algae last year — a phenomenon called bleaching because coral lose their color when they do this — many were worried...

  • Texas executes man for 1996 strangling, beating death

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas man convicted of killing a 38-year-old woman nearly two decades ago while he was on parole for a triple slaying years earlier was executed Thursday evening. Robert Ladd, 57, received a lethal injection after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected arguments he...

  • Balloon crew surpasses distance record in Pacific flight

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two pilots soaring over the Pacific Ocean made history Thursday, first matching and then surpassing the 5,209-mile (8,383-kilometer) official world distance record for human flight in a gas balloon. "There it is! There it is!" shouted team members at the...

  • Men who beat Giants fan at Dodger park guilty of gun crime

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The two men who savagely beat a San Francisco Giants fan outside Dodger Stadium face up to 10 years in federal prison on firearms convictions. City News Service said Louie Sanchez pleaded guilty Thursday in Los Angeles federal court to being a felon in possession of...

  • John Kerry fined $50 for failing to shovel snow outside home

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    BOSTON (AP) — John Kerry has many titles — secretary of state, former senator, one-time Democratic candidate for president. The globe-spanning diplomat can add one more: snow shoveling scofflaw. After a blizzard dumped two feet of snow on his city this week, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh...

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