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October 1970: A fictional take on the October Crisis that pays off for readers

Forty-three years ago this month, Montreal was transformed into a battleground by the October Crisis. For most Canadians, then as now, the narrative was simple, if shocking: a small group of terrorists of the Front de la liberation du Québec – the FLQ – attempted to "accelerate history" using …

Masked gunmen tighten grip on eastern Ukraine | Reuters

HORLIVKA, Ukraine (Reuters) - Masked gunmen in military fatigues took control of a government building in another Ukrainian town on Wednesday, as pro-Russian separatists tightened their grip on a swathe of the country’s industrial east largely unopposed by police.<p>Pro-Russian armed men stand at the …

Kiev: Forces helpless to restore order in east

HORLIVKA, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's acting president conceded Wednesday that his police and security forces were "helpless" to stifle unrest in the …

Hundreds rescued from floodwaters in Fla., Ala.

PENSACOLA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — People were plucked off rooftops or climbed into their attics to get away from fast-rising waters when nearly 2 feet of …

Democrat Urges Supporters to Call 911 on ‘Tea Partiers’ to Harass Them — But His Plan Could Seriously Backfire

Mike Dickinson, the Virginia Democrat who recently vowed to wage “war” on the Tea Party, urged his followers on Twitter to call police on “tea partiers” Monday just to harass them. He also posted pictures of license plates allegedly belonging to Tea Party members and asked supporters to identify …

12 Disturbing Photos Of Pro-Russia Separatists Taking Over East Ukraine

Events in eastern Ukraine are becoming progressively more unstable with each passing day. Pro-Russian separatists have now seized government buildings in at least 10 cities throughout the eastern part of the country.<p>Pro-Russian activists have also shot the mayor of Kharkiv, Ukraine's second-largest …

How Scientists Hope to Improve Tornado Forecasting

Can warnings be issued as much as 30 minutes ahead?<p>Tornadoes have claimed 29 lives in six states since Sunday, while warnings remained in place for 75 million Americans on Tuesday. The devastation is a reminder that forecasting still needs to get better, says a leading government scientist.<p>Louis …

Deadly Tornadoes in Pictures

Death toll from severe storms at 35

Myra Hilliard heard it before she saw it: The roar of what she believes was a tornado forming in her Stedman, North Carolina, neighborhood on Tuesday.<p>Then she opened her front door to see it chew through the tree line across the street from her house.<p>"I grabbed my phone, and I ran and jumped in the …

Pictures: Social Media Capture Tornado Destruction

People in affected areas are posting to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.<p>Tornadoes have slashed across the U.S. South and Midwest over the past two days, leaving at least 31 dead, while 75 million Americans remain under severe weather warnings. More tornadoes may come Tuesday night.<p><b>Many in affected</b> …

Recent Tornadoes Highlight Vast Strike Zone

Last week's storms are typical for this time of year in the United States.<p>When Americans imagine tornadoes, many tend to think of them churning through plains states like Kansas or Oklahoma. But destructive twisters strike hard in a very broad area of the eastern United States.<p>The tornadoes that …

Pro-Russian activists detain foreign military observers in eastern Ukraine

A pro-Russian insurgency leader in eastern Ukraine said Saturday that foreign military observers detained as suspected NATO spies could be released in exchange for jailed pro-Russian activists.<p>Outside Slovyansk, a city some 90 miles west of Russia, Ukraine government forces continued operations to …

Hospice hosts teen's high school graduation so mom can attend

A terminally ill woman with inoperable pancreatic cancer was able to see her 17-year-old daughter graduate from high school during a special ceremony held in her hospice room.<p>Evie Shumaker was supposed to graduate from Newark Digital Academy in central Ohio on May 31.<p>But when she told her teachers …

11-month-old boy dies after severe weather in North Carolina

An 11-month-old North Carolina boy died Sunday from injuries that he suffered when weather and tornadoes tore through the state on Friday, his family says.<p>Gavin Soto’s family in Edenton told WAVY that the child was set to turn 1 year old on May 1.<p>On Sunday, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory visited …

Atari 'E.T' game cartridges unearthed in New Mexico desert

A decades-old urban legend was put to rest Saturday when workers for a documentary film production company recovered "E.T." Atari game cartridges from a heap of garbage buried deep in the New Mexico desert.<p>The "Atari grave" was, until that moment, a highly debated tale among gaming enthusiasts and …

India test-fires anti-ballistic missile | Reuters

BHUBANESWAR, India (Reuters) - India successfully test-fired an anti-ballistic missile on Sunday capable of intercepting targets outside the earth’s atmosphere, a major step in development of a missile defense system that is available to only a handful of nations.<p>Sharing borders with nuclear armed …

Philippines, U.S. to sign new military pact, part of U.S. pivot | Reuters

MANILA/KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - The United States and the Philippines will sign a new 10-year security pact on Monday that will allow for a larger U.S. military presence as it struggles to raise its defense capabilities amid territorial disputes with China.<p>Members of the Philippine marines are …

North Korea says army must develop to be able to beat U.S. | Reuters

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un urged the army to develop to ensure it wins any confrontation with the United States, the reclusive country’s news agency said on Sunday, a day after U.S. President Barack Obama warned the North of its military might.<p>North Korean leader Kim Jong Un …

Ukraine rebels free Swedish hostage; Obama seeks unity against Russia | Reuters

KUALA LUMPUR/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine (Reuters) - Pro-Russian rebels paraded European monitors they are holding in eastern Ukraine on Sunday, freeing one but saying they had no plans to release another seven as the United States and Europe prepared new sanctions against Moscow.<p>U.S. President Barack Obama …

Pentagon: Russian spy ship operating near US

A Russian intelligence-gathering ship has been operating off the U.S. East Coast and near the Gulf of Mexico for the past month, the Pentagon said Thursday.<p>"We are aware that the Russian ships Viktor Leonov and Nikolay Chiker are currently operating in waters that are beyond U.S. territorial seas …

Ukraine moves against insurgents in the east

SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (AP) — Russia announced new military exercises Thursday involving ground and air forces near its border with Ukraine, swiftly …

Dutch fighter jets intercept 2 Russian bombers in their airspace

Dutch fighter jets scrambled Wednesday to intercept a pair of Russian military aircraft that entered their airspace, a fairly routine action that comes amid heightened tensions between Russia and NATO, a Dutch official said.<p>Maj. Wilko Ter Horst said that the military learned around 3:50 p.m. (9:50 …

US, Russia trade warnings on Ukraine; Russia told it has 'days, not weeks' to abide by accord

Russia has "days, not weeks" to abide by an international accord aimed at stemming the crisis in Ukraine, the top U.S. diplomat in Kiev warned Monday as Vice President Joe Biden launched a high-profile show of support for the pro-Western Ukrainian government. Russia in turn accused authorities in …

Ukraine crisis prompts Sweden's government to boost military spending by $830M a year

Following the crisis in Ukraine, Sweden's government has proposed increasing the Nordic country's military spending by 5.5 billion Swedish kronor ($830 million) a year.<p>The four-party center-right coalition said Tuesday it is deeply concerned by the recent events in Ukraine and wants to raise the …

Analysis: Putin has few reasons to heed West's calls to defuse crisis in Ukraine

Since he took over Crimea, President Vladimir Putin has seen his popularity soar and his opposition fall silent. So when the U.S. vice president told Russia to defuse tensions in Ukraine, Putin had few reasons to listen.<p>Emboldened by the national euphoria over the annexation of Crimea, Putin has …

Chunk of Africa found underneath Southeastern US

Geoscientists have identified a chunk of Africa stuck onto the southeastern United States.<p>A long mysterious zone of unusual magnetism that stretches from Alabama through Georgia and offshore to the North Carolina coast appears to be the suture between ancient rocks that formed when parts of Africa …

Republicans warn BLM eyeing land grab along Texas-Oklahoma border

Texas officials are raising alarm that the Bureau of Land Management, on the heels of its dust-up with Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, might be eyeing a massive land grab in northern Texas.<p>The under-the-radar issue has caught the attention of Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, who fired off a letter …