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U.S. search expands for Iraq war vet wanted for six murders

Dec 17, 2014

U.S. search expands for Iraq war vet wanted for six murders

U.S. police stepped up a manhunt Tuesday for an Iraq war veteran accused of murdering his ex-wife and five members of her family on a killing spree near Philadelphia. Bradley William Stone, 35, is “armed and dangerous” and Pennsylvania state police ordered residents in ...

Pregnancy-related infection killed endangered orca

Dec 17, 2014

Pregnancy-related infection killed endangered orca

An endangered orca found dead off Vancouver Island, British Columbia, earlier this month died after a failed pregnancy caused a bacterial infection, officials said Tuesday. Preliminary necropsy results show the 19-year-old killer whale known as J-32 was pregnant with a nearly full-term female calf ...

Dec 17, 2014

15 children among 25 dead in Yemen car bomb attack

Fifteen children on a school bus were among at least 25 people killed in a suicide car bomb attack in central Yemen targeting a Shiite militia leader on Tuesday, security sources said. The children were killed when their school bus was caught up in ...

Dec 16, 2014

U.S. dictionary Merriam-Webster picks 'culture' as word of year

Whether popular, corporate or entitled, “culture” was named word of the year by U.S. dictionary Merriam-Webster on Monday as a flexible catch-all that can easily identify a subject, idea or issue. Merriam-Webster defines culture as the beliefs, customs and arts of a “society, group, ...

From the U.S. to Uruguay, cannabis use hits a high

Dec 16, 2014

From the U.S. to Uruguay, cannabis use hits a high

It has been something of a breakthrough year for marijuana, the once shunned intoxicant that is steadily gaining ground as a legal high in parts of the world. In 2014, Uruguay may have been the only country to fully legalize pot, but growing number ...

Dec 16, 2014

Rogen defends lampooning of Kim in movie

Actor-director Seth Rogen defended the choice to parody North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in raunchy comedy “The Interview,” the movie that sparked a real-life threat from the country and has been suspected as the possible cause of a damaging cyber attack on Sony Pictures ...

Russia hikes rates in risky effort to halt ruble's fall

Dec 16, 2014

Russia hikes rates in risky effort to halt ruble's fall

The Bank of Russia raised its key interest rate to 17 percent from 10.5 percent in a desperate move to boost the ruble, which has sunk roughly 50 percent since January amid Western sanctions and plunging worldwide oil prices. The aggressive move reflected fears ...