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A refrigerated train loaded with bodies of the passengers of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 departs Kharkiv railway station, Ukraine, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. The train carrying the remains of people killed in the Malaysia Airlines crash arrived in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv on Tuesday on their way to the Netherlands, a journey which has been agonizingly slow for relatives of the victims. (AP Photo/ Sergei Chizavkov)

Plane crash bodies taken from war zone

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

KHARKIV, Ukraine — A train bearing the dead from the downed Malaysian airliner finally reached Ukrainian government-held territory Tuesday, but the pro-Russian separatists in control of the crash site showed little willingness to allow the full-scale investigation demanded by world leaders. Five days after the plane was blown out of the sky, refrigerated railcars bearing victims’ bodies — gathered up … 0

Courts split on health law clash

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s health care law is snarled in another big legal battle, with two federal appeals courts issuing contradictory rulings on a key financing issue within hours of each other Tuesday. But the split rulings don’t necessarily mean another trip to the Supreme Court for the Affordable Care Act. And … 0

Airlines halt flights to Israel after rocket strike

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

JERUSALEM — A Hamas rocket exploded Tuesday near Israel’s main airport, prompting a ban on all flights from the U.S. and many from Europe and Canada as aviation authorities responded to the shock of seeing a civilian jetliner shot down over Ukraine. Israel declared that Ben-Gurion Airport was safe and said there was … 0

Cease-fire proposed for Gaza

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

JERUSALEM — Egypt presented a cease-fire plan Monday to end a week of heavy fighting between Israel and Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip that has left at least 185 people dead, and both sides said they were … 0

Church of England gives OK to women bishops

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

LONDON — The Church of England ended one of its longest and most divisive disputes Monday with an overwhelming vote in favor of allowing women to become bishops. The church’s national assembly, known as the General Synod, voted … 0

Shipwrecked Concordia floated for tow to Genoa

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

GIGLIO, Italy — The shipwrecked Costa Concordia was successfully refloated Monday in preparation to be towed away for scrapping, 30 months after it struck a reef and capsized, killing 32 people. Authorities expressed satisfaction that the operation to … 0

US, Iran seek progress in nuclear negotiations

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

VIENNA — The top U.S. and Iranian diplomats searched Monday for a breakthrough in nuclear talks, their efforts complicated by crises across the Middle East and beyond that have Washington and Tehran aligned in some places but often … 0

Giant African snails seized at LA airport

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

LOS ANGELES — U.S. Customs and Border Protection inspectors at Los Angeles International Airport seized 67 live giant African snails that are a popular delicacy across West Africa. The snails — which are prohibited in the U.S. — … 0

Bus hit by stolen car going wrong way on Ind. highway

Sunday, July 13, 2014

RICHMOND, Ind. — A car that collided with a Greyhound bus on an Indiana highway, killing the car’s driver and injuring 19 people on the bus, had just been stolen and was headed in the wrong direction, authorities … 0

Jails struggle with role as treatment centers, makeshift asylums

Sunday, July 13, 2014

CHICAGO — Peering through the chain link of a holding pen at the Cook County Jail, a man wrapped in a navy varsity jacket leans toward clinical social worker Elli Petacque Montgomery, his bulging eyes a clue that … 0

Teachers union targets education secretary

Sunday, July 13, 2014

LOS ANGELES — A national teachers convention on Sunday called for President Barack Obama to put Education Secretary Arne Duncan on an “improvement plan” as a prelude to replacing him. The action was taken by the American Federation of Teachers, which is meeting in Los Angeles. It represents … 0

Obama seeks governors’ support on immigrant children

Sunday, July 13, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Matthews Burwell met privately with dozens of governors Sunday as the Obama administration tried to get support from the leaders of states that will host thousands of the Central … 0

NJ gunman kills rookie cop

Sunday, July 13, 2014

JERSEY CITY, N.J. — A gunman who killed a rookie officer responding to a report of an armed robbery at a drugstore early Sunday never tried to rob the store and instead lay in wait for police, telling … 0