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In this Thursday, June 19, 2014 photo, Babar Suleman and son Haris Suleman, 17, stand next to their plane at an airport in Greenwood, Ind. before taking off for an around-the-world flight. On Wednesday, July 23, 2014, a single-engine plane with two aboard crashed in waters off American Samoa, with a registration number matching the plane flown by the Indiana teen attempting to fly around the world in 30 days. (AP Photo/The Indianapolis Star, Robert Scheer)

Teen pilot, father in around-the-world bid die in ocean crash

Thursday, July 24, 2014

PLAINFIELD, Ind. — His pilot’s license fresh in his hands, an Indiana teenager set out in June for the adventure of a lifetime: an around-the-world flight with his father designed to break a record and raise money to build schools in his father’s native Pakistan. Just days before the father and son were to return home to Indiana, the trip … 0

Young Dutch victim had eerie premonition of plane crash

Thursday, July 24, 2014

In a bedroom in a townhouse near Amsterdam, Miguel Panduwinata reached out for his mother. “Mama, may I hug you?” Samira Calehr wrapped her arms around her 11-year-old son, who’d been oddly agitated for days, peppering her with questions about death, about his soul, about God. The next morning, she would drop Miguel … 0

Senate approves PAC disclosure bill

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Senate has approved a bill designed to tighten reporting requirements for independent political expenditures, including those made by political action committees known as super PACs. Under the bill, corporations, labor unions and political committees would be required to file a campaign finance report within seven days of making an independent expenditure — or within 24 hours if the … 0

Airliner shot down in Ukraine Malaysia Airlines jet carrying 298 people

Thursday, July 17, 2014

HRABOVE, Ukraine — Ukraine accused pro-Russian separatists of shooting down a Malaysian jetliner with 298 people aboard Thursday, sharply escalating the crisis and threatening to draw both East and West deeper into the conflict. The rebels denied downing … 0

Israel invades Gaza

Thursday, July 17, 2014

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The heavy thud of tank shells, often just seconds apart, echoed across the Gaza Strip early Friday as thousands of Israeli soldiers backed by tanks launched a ground invasion, escalating a 10-day campaign … 3

Typhoon kills 38 in Philippines

Thursday, July 17, 2014

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A typhoon that barreled through the northern Philippines left at least 38 people dead and knocked out power in entire provinces and forced more than half a million people to flee its lethal wind … 0

Gunmen, hostage die in Calif. bank robbery

Thursday, July 17, 2014

STOCKTON, Calif. — Misty Holt-Singh had just popped into the bank, leaving her 12-year-old daughter in the car, when the horror began. An hour later, the mother of two lay dead after a bank robbery and planned hostage-taking … 0

Caught on video: Couple swipe $10,000 dinosaur replica from museum

Thursday, July 17, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. — Missing: One duck-billed dinosaur. Made of resin. Snatched from the nest. Wanted: Two young troublemakers, possibly lovers, in Raleigh’s felony museum heist. That’s the state of things after a girl in short shorts and a boy in a striped shirt ran amok, according to security … 0

Sides agree to pause Gaza fight

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israel and Hamas agreed to a five-hour U.N. brokered “humanitarian” pause to their 9-day-long battle, offering the most encouraging sign yet that the fierce fighting could come to an end. Israel’s bombardment of … 0

Assad declares victory; forces advance steadily

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

BEIRUT — In a lavish ceremony, a smiling and confident President Bashar Assad was sworn in for a third seven-year term on Wednesday, praising his supporters for “defeating the dirty war” and denouncing insurgents who have “failed in … 0

Man goes overboard killing spider

Thursday, July 17, 2014

SEATTLE (AP) — A man who used a can of spray paint and a lighter as a makeshift blowtorch to kill a spider in his laundry room started a blaze that caused $60,000 worth of damage, Seattle fire … 0

Democrats lose vote, seek wider gains on birth control

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats suffered what looked like a difficult setback on birth control Wednesday, but they hope it pays big political dividends in November. Republicans blocked a bill that was designed to override a Supreme Court … 0

Rebels, Ukrainian forces gear up for urban warfare

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

KIEV, Ukraine — Insurgents bade tearful farewells Wednesday as they loaded their families onto Russia-bound buses and began hunkering down for what could be the next phase in Ukraine’s conflict: bloody urban warfare. While the pro-Russian rebels in … 0