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Search for survivors in Phillipine ferry crash suspended

By Enrique de Castro CEBU, Philippines (Reuters) – Worsening weather and sea conditions on Saturday forced the Philippines to suspend a search for survivors of a ferry disaster that killed at least 32 people and left 170 missing, authorities said. The ferry sank on Friday after a collision just outside…

UPS jet in Alabama crash was on autopilot seconds before impact

By Verna Gates BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Reuters) – The UPS cargo jet that crashed in Alabama this week, killing its two crew members, was flying on autopilot until seconds before impact, even after an alert that it was descending too quickly, authorities said on Saturday “The autopilot was engaged until the…

Mexico captures leader of influential Gulf Cartel

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican security forces on Saturday caught the leader of the cocaine-trafficking Gulf Cartel, local media reported, the second major gang boss capture in just over a month as President Enrique Pena Nieto fights cartel violence. Mario Ramirez Trevino, known as X-20 or “The Bald One,” was…

‘Missing’ French tourists found safe at home after prompting a manhunt

French tourists believed missing after their abandoned canoe was discovered at a popular holiday spot, sparking an expensive manhunt, were safe at home all along, police said Saturday. The discovery of an empty canoe floating in the Lac de Sainte-Croix in the heart of Provence triggered fears for a couple…

Flooding in eastern Russia could force 100,000 to be evacuated

More than 17,000 people have been evacuated in Russia’s flood-hit Far East, a minister said Saturday, warning this figure could reach 100,000 as floodwaters wreak havoc across the region. The deluge has been declared a natural disaster in the worst-affected regions of Amur and Khabarovsk, where Russian President Vladimir Putin…

British police studying new information on Princess Diana’s death

LONDON (Reuters) – British police said on Saturday they were assessing new information about the deaths of Princess Diana and her friend Dodi al Fayed in a Paris road crash in 1997. London’s Metropolitan Police did not elaborate on the information, or its source, but Britain’s Sky news television station…

Virginia Gov. McDonnell’s first lady held stock in campaign donor’s company

By Brendan O’Brien (Reuters) – The first lady of Virginia bought and held Star Scientific stock when she and her husband Governor Robert McDonnell were promoting the nutritional supplements maker, the Washington Post reported on Saturday. The relationship between the McDonnells and Star Scientific has been the subject of criminal…

Mellow mood at first Seattle Hempfest since pot legalization

By Jonathan Kaminsky SEATTLE (Reuters) – Pot smoke wafted over thousands of revelers gathered at Seattle’s downtown waterfront to kick off the first Hempfest rally since Washington state and Colorado passed initiatives to legalize marijuana for recreational use last November. The mellow mood among the revelers swaying to reggae music…

America ready for female president: Michelle Obama

US First Lady Michelle Obama says in remarks published Friday that America is ready for a woman president, but would not comment on prospects for Hillary Clinton getting the job. Obama’s comments came in an interview with Parade magazine, excerpts of which were published on its website. Asked if she…

IAAF makes Swedish ‘gay rights’ high jumper Emma Green-Tregaro repaint rainbow nails

Swedish high jumper Emma Green-Tregaro has repainted her nails after being warned by the IAAF that the rainbow colours she sported in qualification in support of gay rights were a breach of regulations. Russian pole vault gold medallist Yelena Isinbayeva has provoked a furore at the World Athletics Championships over…

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