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Fireworks explosion on Chinese highway kills 26

BEIJING (AP) — A truck carrying fireworks ahead of Chinese New Year celebrations exploded and destroyed part of an elevated highway Friday in central China, killing at least 26 people as it sent vehicles plummeting 30 meters (about 100 feet) to the g…

Fireworks explosion on Chinese highway kills 26

BEIJING (AP) — A truck carrying fireworks ahead of Chinese New Year celebrations exploded Friday on a bridge in central China, killing at least 26 people as it sent vehicles plummeting dozens of meters (yards) to the ground, state media said.

14 dead, at least 100 hurt in Mexico oil co. blast

MEXICO CITY (AP) — An explosion at the office headquarters of Mexico's state-owned oil company killed 14 people and injured 100 on Thursday as it heavily damaged three floors of a building, sending hundreds into the streets and a large plume of …

Cambodians mourn former king in funeral procession

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Thousands of mourners accompanied a gilded chariot carrying the body of former King Norodom Sihanouk — the dominant figure of modern Cambodia — in a funeral procession Friday to a cremation ground next to the palace wher…

Civil libertarians challenge Anchorage sidewalk-sitting ban

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) – Civil libertarians filed suit in Alaska on Thursday to challenge an Anchorage ban on sitting or lying on public sidewalks they said was enacted partly as a response to one man’s prolonged protest outside City Hall. The law…

Cambodians mourn former king in funeral procession

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Thousands of mourners have accompanied a gilded chariot carrying the body of former King Norodom Sihanouk in a funeral procession through the streets of the capital to a cremation ground.

Boeing Engineers’ Union Votes To Put Strike Authorization On Ballot

The union also recommended that its members reject the company’s latest contract offer. Members have until 5 p.m. on Feb. 19 to cast their vote.

LA Archbishop Relieves Retired Cardinal Mahony Of Duties, Releases Abuse Files

Archbishop Jose Gomez said Mahony will no longer have any administrative or public duties, and that Thomas Curry, a former aide to Mahony, had stepped down from his post as regional bishop of Santa Barbara. The files amount to thousands of pages related to the abuse of children by priests.

U.S. skeptical about Argentina-Iran "truth commission"

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Thursday voiced doubt that Argentina and Iran’s planned “truth commission” would bring to justice those responsible for the deadly 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish community center. Argentine courts have…

California’s Hispanic population projected to outnumber white in 2014

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – California’s Hispanic population will equal that of whites this year before becoming the state’s largest demographic group in 2014 for the first time since statehood in 1850, a government report showed on Thursday. That change i…

Relentless, Despite Losses: Congressman’s Climb To The Hill

Rep. James Clyburn talks to his granddaughter about his long road to becoming a U.S. congressman. After many losses, he never gave up, even when others suggested it was time to move on. Today, he’s the highest-ranking African-American in Congress.

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