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Boston bounces back from 2 feet of snow after blizzard

BOSTON (AP) — Boston bounced back quickly Wednesday from the Blizzard of 2015, with subways, buses and trains up and running again the morning after …

Castro is not 'a monster,' attorney says

The man accused of running a house of horrors in Cleveland is not the monster he has been portrayed as, his defense team says<p>CLEVELAND – Attorneys for Ariel Castro say he plans to plead not guilty if a Cuyahoga County grand jury indicts him on kidnapping and rape charges in connection with the …

Angelina Jolie praised for revelation over double mastectomy

Bradley Wiggins capped his remarkable sporting year by taking home the big prize at the ceremony in London<p>A glass of wine with a rough sleeper, Santa …

A new Indian-made vaccine is proving successful in tackling the second-biggest cause of death in children

Almost seven million children under five died in 2011, according to the World Health Organization, but the biggest culprits are not, as you might expect, AIDS, malaria and measles. Pneumonia is the biggest killer globally. And, the number two threat—diarrhea—kills 100,000 children annually in India …

2,300-year-old Mayan pyramid bulldozed for roadworks

A "vigorous" investigation has been launched after one of the largest Mayan pyramids in Belize was bulldozed for a road project.<p>The Ministry of Tourism and Culture expressed outrage at the demolition of the Nohmul complex in northern Belize to extract crushed rock for the road project. It said it …

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Man Dribbling a Soccer Ball from Seattle to São Paulo Killed by a Truck in Oregon

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Richard Swanson, a 42-year-old embarking on what was supposed to be an inspirational, life-changing …

Cleveland Kidnaps Suspect Will Plead Not Guilty, Lawyer Says

Saying that their client is not a "monster," attorneys for Ariel Castro have told Cleveland's WKYC-TV that the man accused of kidnapping three young women, holding them captive and repeatedly raping them over the course of about a decade will plead not guilty to all charges if he is indicted by a …

Military Recruiters, Sex Assault Responders To Be Retrained

All branches of the U.S. military have been ordered "to retrain, re-credential and rescreen all sexual assault prevention and response personnel and military recruiters," the Pentagon confirmed Wednesday morning.<p>That order from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel follows Tuesday's news that an Army …

North Dakota abortion clinic launches legal bid to combat new state laws

Lawyers for the only abortion clinic in North Dakota launched a legal bid on Wednesday to try and combat a new law that critics say is aimed at …

Texas fire investigators to release findings on West blast that killed 14

When they saw 30ft flames licking the sky inside a massive fertilizer plant, firefighters in the tiny Texas town of West rushed to evacuate nearby …

OJ Simpson speaks in court in attempt to overturn armed robbery sentence

More than four years after the world last heard from OJ Simpson in court, one of the most famous prisoners in the US will speak again on Wednesday, …

Wal-Mart And Gap Refuse To Sign Legally Binding Bangladesh Safety Plan

The country's government is talking about raising the minimum wage for garment workers, and major companies such as H&M and Inditex (which owns fast-fashion brand Zara) have agreed to a legally binding safety accord that also requires a financial commitment from the retailers that sign on.<p>But …

North Carolina Birth Control Bill Protested By Women In 'Mad Men' Garb

Donning vintage outfits from the 1960s, a group of North Carolina women sent the message to state lawmakers on Wednesday that while they enjoy watching AMC's "Mad Men," they don't want to live in an episode of it.<p>The costumed protest, organized by Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina, took …

Why the military hasn't stopped sexual abuse

A female soldier is groped inside a barracks, another in a base supply room, a third on a shooting range.<p>A sailor is molested by her defensive-tactics instructor; a female Marine lance corporal is raped by a gunnery sergeant who's also a recruiter.<p>Two male soldiers, in separate hazing incidents, …

Publisher Threatens Librarian With $1 Billion Lawsuit

A scholarly publisher has issued a warning to Jeffrey Beall, a librarian who writes about what he calls "predatory" practices in the scholarly publishing industry, threatening him with a $1 billion lawsuit for his blog posts criticizing the company.<p>Beall is an academic librarian at the University …