Jun 20, 2014

Volcanic beast begins to stir anew in Hawaii

Mauna Loa, the world’s largest active volcano, has rumbled back to life in Hawaii over the past 13 months with more seismic activity than at any time since its last eruption, scientists say, while calling it too soon to predict another blast. The volcano, ...

Jun 18, 2014

China weapons facility blast kills 17 soldiers: Xinhua

At least 17 Chinese soldiers have died in an explosion at a weapon storage facility, state media said Wednesday. The blast Tuesday afternoon occurred in Hengyang city in central China’s Hunan province as “soldiers were piling up ammunition,” the official Xinhua news agency reported. ...

Jun 14, 2014

U.S. air controllers still challenged for sleep

More than three years after several U.S. air traffic controllers were found sleeping on the job, many are still working schedules that make it likely they will get little or no sleep before overnight shifts, according to a government-sponsored report released Friday. The report ...

S. Korean police storm compound in search of fugitive ferry owner

Jun 11, 2014

S. Korean police storm compound in search of fugitive ferry owner

Thousands of South Korean police forced their way into the compound of a Christian splinter group Wednesday in their search for a fugitive businessman wanted over April’s ferry disaster. Live television reports showed police officers, some in full riot gear, streaming into the sprawling ...

Afghanistan friendly fire kills elite U.S. troops

Jun 11, 2014

Afghanistan friendly fire kills elite U.S. troops

A U.S. airstrike killed five American troops with a special operations unit after they called in air support following a Taliban ambush, officials said Tuesday. The incident in southern Afghanistan was one of the deadliest cases of friendly fire in nearly 14 years of ...

South Korean ruling party avoids ferry backlash

Jun 5, 2014

South Korean ruling party avoids ferry backlash

South Korea’s ruling party breathed a sigh of relief Thursday after a stronger-than-expected showing in local elections seen as a referendum on President Park Geun-hye’s handling of April’s ferry disaster, which killed about 300 people. Despite fears of a voter backlash, Park’s Saenuri Party ...

May 31, 2014

It might take 32 hours to exit Shimane in nuclear emergency

It could take as long as 32 hours to evacuate all residents within 30 km of the Shimane nuclear power plant if a severe accident occurs, the Shimane and Tottori prefectural governments estimated Friday. The estimate, presented at a meeting of the central government’s ...

South Korea hospice blaze kills 21; patient detained

May 28, 2014

South Korea hospice blaze kills 21; patient detained

A fire swept through a South Korean hospice for elderly, infirm patients early Wednesday, killing 21 people in what police said appeared to be an act of arson by an 81-year-old Alzheimer’s sufferer. Seven were injured in the blaze, which broke out shortly after ...

Train collision kills at least 40 in northern India

May 27, 2014

Train collision kills at least 40 in northern India

An express train slammed into a parked freight train in northern India on Monday, killing at least 40 people and reducing cars to a heap of torn and twisted metal, officials said. The Gorakhpur Express passenger train was traveling at high speed and slammed ...