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Peggy Ray, right, hugs her daughter, Shayla Kline, 15, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, at a church where students were taken following a shooting at Marysville Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

School gunman was Homecoming prince

Saturday, October 25, 2014

MARYSVILLE, Wash. — A student recently crowned freshman class Homecoming prince walked into his Seattle-area high school cafeteria Friday and opened fire, killing one person and shooting several others in the head before turning the gun on himself, officials and witnesses said. Students said the gunman was staring at students as he shot them inside the cafeteria at Marysville-Pilchuck High …

Google exec sets records with leap from near-space

Friday, October 24, 2014

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — Google executive Alan Eustace broke the sound barrier and set several skydiving records over the southern New Mexico desert early Friday after taking a big leap from the edge of space. Eustace’s supersonic jump was part of a project by Paragon Space Development Corp. and its Stratospheric Explorer team, …

NY doctor has Ebola

Thursday, October 23, 2014

NEW YORK — An emergency room doctor who recently returned to the city after treating Ebola patients in West Africa has tested positive for the virus, becoming the first case in the city and the fourth in the nation. Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday urged residents not to …

Graduation speech by cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal spurs new victim rights law in Pennsylvania

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

People in Pennsylvania can now take civil action against offenders for conduct that causes a “continuing effect of the crime,” drawing the ire of civil rights advocates who say the law violates the First Amendment. Standing at the scene where Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner was killed in …

N. Korea frees US man; two more still detained

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

WASHINGTON — North Korea’s reclusive government abruptly freed an American man Tuesday, nearly six months after he was arrested on charges of leaving a Bible in a nightclub, but Pyongyang refused to hand over two other U.S. citizens …

Canada sees terrorist ideology in car attack

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

SAINT-JEAN-SUR-RICHELIEU, Quebec — A young convert to Islam who killed a Canadian soldier in a hit-and-run had been on the radar of federal investigators, who feared he had jihadist ambitions and seized his passport when he tried to …

FBI: Denver girls left US, may have tried to join jihadis

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

DENVER — Three teenage girls from suburban Denver may have been trying to join Islamic State militants in Syria after stealing their parents’ money and flying to Germany, authorities said Tuesday. The girls — two sisters, ages 17 and 15, and their 16-year-old friend — were reported missing …

Website contests child slavery lawsuit

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

SEATTLE — A lawyer told the Washington Supreme Court on Tuesday that a lawsuit filed by three young girls who were sold as prostitutes on a website that which carries personal ads for people looking for sex should …

Accused White House intruder ‘not competent’

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

WASHINGTON — The man accused of running into the White House last month after scaling the fence and evading Secret Service officers has been found “presently not competent” to stand trial, according to a preliminary competency evaluation. But U.S. District Court Judge Rosemary L. Collyer said Tuesday that …

With US campaign, Assad shifts focus

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

BEIRUT — Syrian President Bashar Assad is taking advantage of the U.S.-led coalition’s war against the Islamic State group to pursue a withering air and ground campaign against more mainstream rebels elsewhere in the country, trying to recapture …

Anti-government cleric ends protest in Islamabad

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

ISLAMABAD — A fiery anti-government cleric has ended his 65-day long sit-in protest in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad Tuesday. Tahirul Qadri announced he will now tour major Pakistani cities holding sit-ins and agitating for the launch of a “revolution …

US expands Ebola checks

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

WASHINGTON — Fending off demands to ban travel from Ebola-stricken West Africa, the Obama administration instead tightened the nation’s defenses against Ebola by requiring that all arrivals from the disease-ravaged zone pass through one of five U.S. airports. …

Nepal vows new rules after trekking disaster

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

KATMANDU, Nepal — Nepal on Tuesday said it will introduce new rules, improve weather forecasts and better monitor the movement of trekkers after the Himalayan country’s worst hiking disaster left dozens dead last week. Tourism Department official Tulasi …