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Captain and two crew members are arrested in Korean Ferry sinking

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Authorities said that the captain and two crew members of a ferry that capsized which left more than 270 people, most of who were students dead, were arrested on Saturday. The captain, 69-year-old Lee Jun-seok was charged with abandoning the boat and its passengers at a time of crisis, among other counts, according to prosecutors. Lee, a 26-year-old woman who ...

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Magnitude 7.2 earthquake shakes Mexican capital

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A powerful magnitude 7.2 earthquake shook central and southern Mexico on Friday. Some walls cracked and fell but there were no reports of major damage or casualties. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake which began at about 9:30 am was centered on a long dormant fault line northwest of the Pacific resort of Acapulco. Many Mexicans are reportedly vacationing ...

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Mother drove into river trying to kill 3 kids

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On Thursday, the father of three teens said that they used their cell phones to frantically call for help after their troubled mother drove them into a river. After one sibling kicked out a window, a passerby helped all four escape from the cold Delaware River in Florence Township, New Jersey. The father of the teens, Jeffrey Smith said, “They ...

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Beau Biden announces run for Delaware governor

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The son of US Vice President Joe Biden has announced plans to run for governor of the state of Delaware in 2016. On Thursday, 45-year-old Beau Biden said he would not seek a third term as Delaware’s attorney general. He will seek the seat currently held by Governor Jack Markell who will be vacating after two terms. Joe Biden is ...

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Fate of kidnapped Nigeria schoolgirls still unknown

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The fate of more than 100 kidnapped schoolgirls believed by authorities to be in the hands of a militant Islamist sect in northern Nigeria remained uncertain Thursday. The West African nation’s military issued disputed figures about the number of girls still being held captive. On Monday, armed men dressed in military fatigues burst into a girl’s boarding school in the ...

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India court recognizes transgender people as third gender

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India’s Supreme Court has recognized transgender people as a third gender in a landmark ruling. The court said, “It is the right of every human being to choose their gender.” The court also ordered the government to provide transgender people with quotas in jobs and education in line with minorities as well as key amenities. According to one estimate, India ...

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Pakistan judge dismisses charges against 9 month old accused of attempted murder

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A Pakistan judge dismissed an attempted murder case Saturday that police lodged against a 9 month old boy. The case drew new criticism to the country’s troubled criminal justice system. The family of toddler Mohammed Musa had kept the boy in hiding after authorities pressed charges accusing him of trying to kill police officers after a neighborhood brawl in Pakistan’s ...

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Ukraine gunmen seize two buildings in Sloviansk

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Armed men have seized a police station and a security services building in eastern Ukraine, said officials. Police said the men fired shots and used stun grenades to seize the offices in Sloviansk, near the Russian border. The interior minister called the gunmen “terrorists” and said special forces would repel the attack. Pro-Russian activists have seized government buildings elsewhere in ...

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President Obama announces new health secretary nominee

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President Barack Obama nominated Sylvia Matthews Burwell, the White House budget director on Friday to replace embattled Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Sebelius resigned after overseeing the troubled rollout of the 2010 health-care law, Obamacare. The change in leadership at the agency kicks off an election year confirmation fight. It provides opponents of Obama’s health-care overhaul with a ...

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10 killed after bus and truck collide in Northern California

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A FedEx tractor-trailer on a Northern California freeway and slammed into a bus carrying more than 40 high school students that ended in an explosive crash which left 10 people dead, according to authorities. Among the students was 18-year-old Steven Clavijo, a senior at West Ranch High in Santa Clarita. Just as Clavijo was trying to catch a nap Thursday ...

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