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In this Feb. 24, 2015 photo, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine agents patrol along the Rio Grande on the Texas-Mexico border near Rio Grande City, Texas. Drowning deaths have spiked since last fall as a surge of law enforcement along the Mexico border prompts immigrants, desperate to avoid detection by a surge of law enforcement, to choose more dangerous and remote crossings into South Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Rio Grande drownings spike as US ups patrols

Sunday, March 29, 2015

MISSION, Texas — A U.S. surveillance helicopter hovering over the Rio Grande spots a body floating near a muddy bank on the Mexican side of the river. Soon another body turns up, then another. A Mexican investigator arrives and holds up his hand confirming the grim tally: four men and a woman. The grisly discovery last month is part of …

Air Canada plane makes hard landing

Sunday, March 29, 2015

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia — An Air Canada plane made a hard landing short of the runway at the Halifax airport during a snowstorm, crashing into a bank of antennas and shearing off its main landing gear, nose cone, and an engine as it skidded on its belly, officials said. The airline said Sunday …

Crash victim’s dad: care for pilots

Sunday, March 29, 2015

SISTERON, France — The father of one of the victims of this week’s plane crash in the French Alps called Saturday for airlines to take greater care over pilots’ welfare. Prosecutors say they believe German co-pilot Andreas Lubitz deliberately slammed the Germanwings aircraft into a mountain, and that he hid an illness from …

German town mourns loss of teens, teachers

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

HALTERN, Germany — Lara Beer waited at the train station, looking forward to seeing her best friend Paula returning from a 10th-grade exchange trip to Spain. The train came but her friend was not on it. “I just …

Boko Haram said to abduct ‘human shields’

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

ABUJA, Nigeria — Hundreds of civilians, including many children, have been abducted and are being used as human shields by Boko Haram extremists, a top Nigerian official confirmed Wednesday. The news of the mass kidnappings comes as Nigeria …

Plane crash in French Alps kills 150

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

SEYNE-LES-ALPES, France — A black box recovered from the scene and pulverized pieces of debris strewn across Alpine mountainsides held clues to what caused a budget airliner to take an unexplained eight-minute dive Tuesday midway through a flight …

US to slow pullout from Afghanistan

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama agreed Tuesday to slow the U.S. military pullout from Afghanistan at the request of its new government but insisted the delay won’t jeopardize his commitment to end America’s longest war before leaving office. …

US counterterrorism strategy in Yemen collapses amid chaos

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

WASHINGTON — Once hailed by President Barack Obama as a model for fighting extremism, the U.S. counterterrorism strategy in Yemen has all but collapsed as the country descends into chaos, according to U.S. and Yemeni officials. Operations against …

’Tis the season for ... manhole explosions?

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

WASHINGTON — Call it another form of March Madness: Not flying basketballs, but flying manhole covers. Scientific literature traces manhole explosions back nearly a century, but a series of such incidents in Indianapolis, host of the NCAA basketball …

Charge: Pa. officer killed man, 59, lying facedown

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A Pennsylvania police officer was charged Tuesday with criminal homicide after investigators concluded she shot an unarmed motorist in the back as he lay facedown after a traffic stop over an expired inspection sticker. Authorities …

Fossil of mighty salamander found

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

LONDON — Fossil remains of a previously unknown species of a crocodile-like “super salamander” that grew as long as a small car and was a top predator more than 200 million years ago have been found in southern …

Case dismissed for woman who spent 22 years on death row in son’s killing

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

PHOENIX — An Arizona woman who spent 22 years on death row in her son’s killing before her conviction was thrown out said Tuesday she doesn’t know why the 4-year-old was murdered and had nothing to do with …

Women’s media group honors photographer Levine

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

WASHINGTON — Photographer Heidi Levine, who has spent 30 years covering war zones and revolutions in the Middle East, Libya and Syria, was named Tuesday as the inaugural winner of an award for courage named for Associated Press …