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April 18, 2014 - 7:44am
17 min 7 sec ago

Around the world, Christians are coming together in observance of Good Friday, which they believe was the day Jesus was crucified.

In the Philippines, Asia's largest Roman Catholic nation commemorated the occasion by re-enacting the crucifixion. Devotees have themselves nailed to wooden crosses, rituals that church leaders do not condone but that draw huge crowds. Undeterred, some penitents participate in the practice year after year.

Devotees...

April 18, 2014 - 7:18am
17 min 6 sec ago

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's small moon-orbiting spacecraft LADEE (pronounced LAH'-dee) is no more. Flight controllers confirmed early Friday that LADEE crashed into the back side of the moon.

Researchers believe the robotic explorer vaporized upon contact because of its high orbiting speed of 3,600 mph, possibly smacking into a mountain or side of a crater. As of late Thursday afternoon, the spacecraft was flying 300 feet above the lunar surface. Its altitude had...

April 18, 2014 - 6:41am
17 min 6 sec ago

ATLANTA (AP) — Residents are objecting to the Archdiocese of Atlanta's plans to renovate a house in the city's upscale Buckhead neighborhood so it can be a home for a group of priests.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (http://bit.ly/19h2mCB ) reports the dispute involves Atlanta Catholic Archbishop Wilton Gregory's former residence.

It's the latest controversy involving church properties in Atlanta. Earlier this month, Gregory said he would sell a...

April 18, 2014 - 6:40am
17 min 6 sec ago

HOMOSASSA, Fla. (AP) — Sheriff's deputies in north Florida say a man suffocated his young, crying son so he could play video games.

Authorities say 24-year-old Cody Wygant is charged with third-degree murder and child neglect. He was being held Friday without bail at the Citrus County Jail.

Sixteen-month-old Daymeon Wygant wasn't breathing when emergency crews arrived at the home Thursday morning. He was pronounced dead at a hospital....

April 18, 2014 - 6:15am
17 min 7 sec ago

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Metro-North, the nation's second-largest commuter railroad, has been fined $552,000 over the past decade for safety violations and defects, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal said Friday.

The Connecticut Democrat called it a shameful record that shows an urgent need for immediate attention to safety and reliability.

There were 139 violations since 2004, Blumenthal said, citing data he received from the Federal Railroad...

April 18, 2014 - 6:06am
17 min 6 sec ago

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

1. UKRAINIAN MILITIA DENIES CALLS TO FREE BUILDINGS

Pro-Russian insurgents in the east who have been occupying government buildings say they will only leave them if the interim government in Kiev resigns.

2. SEARCH CONTINUES FOR SURVIVORS OF SUNKEN SOUTH KOREAN SHIP

Officials say they're looking at whether...

April 18, 2014 - 3:56am
57 min 6 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Archives is releasing about 7,500 pages of documents Friday from former President Bill Clinton's administration.

The records will cover a wide range of topics, including former first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton's role in health care reform, the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing and foreign policy involving Rwanda, Iran and the Middle East.

Other topics will include papers from presidential speechwriters, meetings and phone...

April 18, 2014 - 3:37am
17 min 6 sec ago

ORLAND, Calif. (AP) — Most of the 911 calls from witnesses to last week's fiery truck-bus collision that killed 10 were matter of fact. Then there was the one from a passenger: With shrieks in the background, the student struggled to recount how a truck came roaring toward them.

"What did the bus hit?" the dispatcher asked.

The student who had just escaped from the bus started to explain that the truck smashed into its left side.

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April 18, 2014 - 3:33am
2 hours 7 min ago

EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) — What began as a hate crime investigation two years ago has led to the murder conviction of an Iraqi immigrant, whose wife was found badly beaten with a threatening note labeling her a terrorist.

The verdict delivered Thursday against Kassim Alhimidi, who shook his head and wagged his finger as jurors were polled, spurred more of the drama that has surrounded the case from the start.

His oldest son stood, shouted obscenities...

April 18, 2014 - 3:30am
17 min 6 sec ago

A new Obama administration privacy policy released Friday explains how the government will gather the user data of online visitors to WhiteHouse.gov, mobile apps and social media sites, and it clarifies that online comments, whether tirades or tributes, are in the open domain.

"Information you choose to share with the White House (directly and via third party sites) may be treated as public information," the new policy says.

The Obama administration...

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