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Jet crash investigators need to scrutinize wreckage

As looters reportedly removed pieces of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, crash experts said investigators need to get to the scene quickly and examine parts of the jet to determine what happened.<p>The Boeing 777-200ER was shot down by a missile Thursday with 298 people aboard, according to U.S. …

Obama to speak on Ukraine crisis from White House

WASHINGTON -- President Obama confirmed Friday that one American was killed in a missile attack against a Malaysian passenger jet over Ukraine, calling the deaths of all 298 aboard "an outrage of unspeakable proportions."<p>Obama also said the United States has "increasing confidence" that the missile …

A Positive Example of the Internet Comforting a Grieving Stranger

A bereaved parent turned to Reddit for comfort. Reddit, in return, proved that online condolences can be more substantial than just "likes."<p>Yesterday a parent posted this photo (right) on Reddit with a request:<p>"My daughter recently passed away after a long battle in the children's hospital. Since …

An Obscure Commission Just Voted To Shorten The Sentences Of 46,000 Federal Drug Offenders

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Sentencing Commission on Friday afternoon voted unanimously to allow federal prisoners behind bars for certain drug trafficking crimes to petition to have their sentences reduced. The change is expected to impact around 46,000 current federal prisoners, and to lower sentences …

Typhoon Batters Chinese Island, Heads For Vietnam

The strongest typhoon to hit China in years battered the island of Hainan on Friday.<p>Typhoon Rammasun killed 54 people as it passed across parts of the Philippines Wednesday and gained strength as it crossed the South China Sea.<p>It was categorized as a super typhoon by China and has had winds in …

Pro-Russian Militants Pick Through Debris at Jet Crash Site

World<p>A pro-Russia militant holds up a stuffed animal as others look on at the site of the crash of a Malaysian airliner carrying 298 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur in Grabove, in rebel-held east Ukraine, on Friday. Pro-Russian separatists in the region and officials in Kiev blamed each other …

Man, allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes, dies after chokehold by NYC police

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A man, described as an asthmatic father of six, died after New York police tackled him in front of a beauty parlor and put him in a chokehold on suspicion of selling untaxed cigarettes.<p>The New York Police Department said that Eric Garner, 43, was selling bootleg cigarettes in …

Iran nuclear talks: gaps remain as deadline approaches

Nuclear negotiations with Iran in Vienna stalled in recent weeks following disagreements over limits on Iran's enrichment capacity and how long those limits should last. All sides at the talks are prepared to extend them beyond Sunday's deadline, but an extension faces significant opposition in the …