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Amanda Knox talks on a phone in the backyard of her mother's house Friday, March 27, 2015, in Seattle. Italy's highest court overturned the murder conviction against Knox and her ex-boyfriend Friday over the 2007 slaying of Knox's roommate, bringing to a definitive end the high-profile case that captivated trial-watchers on both sides of the Atlantic. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Amanda Knox murder conviction overturned

Friday, March 27, 2015

ROME — Italy’s highest court on Friday overturned the murder conviction against Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend in the 2007 slaying of Knox’s roommate, bringing to a definitive end the high-profile case that captivated trial-watchers on both sides of the Atlantic. “Finished!” Knox’s lawyer Carlo Dalla Vedova exulted after the decision was read out late Friday. “It couldn’t be better …

European air authority recommends 2 crew in cockpit

Friday, March 27, 2015

COPENHAGEN, Denmark — The European Union’s aviation safety agency recommended Friday that airlines always have two people in the cockpit of a flying aircraft after it emerged that the co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525 had apparently locked himself in alone to crash the plane. European airlines, such as the Lufthansa Group that includes …

Co-pilot may have hidden illness

Friday, March 27, 2015

MONTABAUR, Germany — Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz appears to have hidden evidence of an illness from his employers, including having been excused by a doctor from work on Tuewsday, the day authorities say he crashed a passenger plane into a mountain, prosecutors said. The evidence came from searches of Lubitz’s homes in two …

Rebels call for Yemen offensive

Sunday, March 22, 2015

ADEN, Yemen — Yemen’s Shiite rebels issued a call to arms Saturday to battle forces loyal to the country’s embattled president, as U.S. troops were evacuating a southern air base crucial to America’s drone strike program after al-Qaida …

Ted Cruz to become first major presidential candidate for 2016

Sunday, March 22, 2015

WASHINGTON — Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz will become the first major candidate for president when he launches his campaign Monday, kicking off what’s expected to be a rush over the next few weeks of more than a …

US spraying carcinogenic herbicide on coca crops

Sunday, March 22, 2015

BOGOTA, Colombia — New labeling on the world’s most popular weed killer as a likely cause of cancer is raising more questions for an aerial spraying program in Colombia that underpins U.S.-financed efforts to wipe out cocaine crops. …

Attacker at New Orleans airport had machete, Molotov cocktails

Sunday, March 22, 2015

KENNER, La. — A machete-wielding attacker who died hours after being shot by a sheriff’s deputy who stopped his rampage at New Orleans’ international airport had a bag loaded with Molotov cocktails, authorities say. Richard White, 63, had …

Suicide bombings in Yemeni mosques kill nearly 140

Saturday, March 21, 2015

ADEN, Yemen — Quadruple suicide bombers on Friday hit a pair of mosques controlled by Shiite rebels in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, unleashing blasts through crowds of worshippers that killed at least 137 people and wounded around 350 …

Like Keystone, Energy East Pipeline is raising concerns

Friday, March 20, 2015

Dear EarthTalk: The proposed KeystoneXL oil pipeline from Canada into the U.S. seems to get all the headlines, but shouldn’t we also be worried about the Energy East pipeline? – Art Shea, Troy, New York The Energy East …

Netanyahu backtracks; White House unmoved

Thursday, March 19, 2015

JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, fresh from a victory in Israel’s elections, tried Thursday to walk back a campaign statement that no Palestinian state would be established on his watch, saying he still endorsed a two-state solution …

Islamic State says it carried out Tunisia attack

Thursday, March 19, 2015

TUNIS, Tunisia — The Islamic State group claimed responsibility Thursday for the attack that killed 21 people at a museum. But Tunisian authorities said the two slain gunmen had no clear links to extremists, and analysts said existing …

Sky gazers flock to Faeroes for total solar eclipse

Thursday, March 19, 2015

TORSHAVN, Faeroe Islands — For months, even years, hotels on the remote Faeroe Islands have been fully booked by fans who don’t want to miss an almost three-minute-long astronomical sensation. Now the sky gazers just hope the clouds …

Secret Service chief forcefully disputes reports of crash

Thursday, March 19, 2015

WASHINGTON — The new director of the Secret Service went on the offensive Thursday on Capitol Hill, disputing characterizations in news reports that two senior agents crashed a government vehicle into a security barrier at the White House …