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Strong quake jolts China’s Sichuan, killing 113

Gallery: Strong quake jolts China’s Sichuan, killing 113 DIDI TANG , The Associated Press Posted: Saturday, April 20, 2013, 5:08 AM BEIJING – A powerful earthquake struck the steep hills of China’s southwestern Sichuan province on Saturday, leaving at least 113 people dead and more than 2,600 injured, nearly five years after a devastating quake wreaked widespread damage across the ...

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After Long, Tense Day Boston Suspect in Custody

BOSTON — Police in Boston apprehended one of the men suspected of having planted the bombs that exploded earlier this week at the Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring 170. The arrest followed a massive manhunt in which nearly a million people in Boston and neighboring towns were placed under lockdown. …

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Earthquake in China kills 56

A strong 6.6 magnitude earthquake has hit southwestern China’s Sichuan province, killing at least 56 people and injuring about 600 close to where a big quake killed almost 70,000 people in 2008. The earthquake occurred at 8.02am in Lushan county near Ya’an city and the epicentre had a depth of 12km, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The quake was felt ...

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Italy parliament fails again to tap president

FRANCES D’EMILIO Associated Press= ROME (AP) — Italy’s polarized Parliament failed in a second day of balloting Friday to elect a president, as the high-profile candidacy of ex-Premier Romano Prodi fell far short of the votes needed. The rebuff deepened the political paralysis gripping the eurozone’s third-largest economy. Prodi, the only politician to defeat media mogul Silvio Berlusconi for the ...

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Pro- and anti-Islamist protesters clash in Egypt

SARAH EL DEEB Associated Press= CAIRO (AP) — Clashes erupted Friday between several hundred opponents and supporters of Egypt’s Islamist president during a rally by his allies calling on him to “cleanse the judiciary” of alleged supporters of the old regime. The violence, in which the two sides pelted each other with stones and a bus was set on fire, ...

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China’s Sichuan Hit by Earthquake

BEIJING (AP) — A 6.9-magnitude earthquake has hit China’s Sichuan province, the site of a massive earthquake in 2008. There was no immediate word on any casualties in the quake that happened at 8:02 a.m. (0002 GMT) Saturday. The official Xinhua News Agency says it was felt in the provincial capital, Chengdu, 115 kilometers (70 miles) away….

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Boeing 787 may fly again soon

Boeing’s revolutionary 787 airliner moved significantly closer to returning to service on Friday when the Federal Aviation Administration approved design modifications for a malfunctioning battery system that caused a world-wide grounding of the new planes. “These changes to the 787 battery will ensure the safety of the aircraft and its passengers,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. Resources for your ...

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Youths and police skirmish in Bahrain before Grand Prix

MANAMA (Reuters) – Bahrain police fired tear gas in clashes with rioting youths after thousands of opposition supporters rallied peacefully for democracy on Friday, two days before a Formula One car race that puts the Gulf Arab kingdom in the global spotlight. An authorized rally attended by men, women and children west of the capital Manama was orderly but as ...

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Serbia, Kosovo reach tentative deal on relations

BRUSSELS – The prime ministers of Serbia and Kosovo reached a tentative deal Friday to normalize relations between the Balkan neighbors and end years of acrimony. EU negotiator Catherine Ashton said the deal culminated months of tense negotiations and showed determination of both Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic and Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaci. “What we are seeing is a ...

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Wall Street Opens Higher

The broad Standard & Poor’s 500 index opened higher early Friday, on the heels of a volatile few days in stock markets. Stocks of technology companies were the big movers shortly after the market opened. Several industry bellwethers reported quarterly earnings late Thursday, including IBM and Google. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 2 points to 1,543. The index ...

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