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Body found after U.S. park manhunt for ranger killer

Police hunting a gunman who killed a ranger in Mount Rainier National Park found a body on Monday, a spokeswoman said. It was not immediately confirmed that the corpse was that of suspected gunman Benjamin Colton Barnes, 24, who fled into the forest after the New Year’s Day shooting in…

Worst drought in 60 years hits 10 million in east Africa

Ten million people in the Horn of Africa have been hit by the worst drought in 60 years, with the situation deteriorating to the point of famine in some areas, the UN said Tuesday. “Over ten million people are affected by the drought in one way or other,” said Elisabeth…

Death toll expected to rise in Amtrak collision

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Federal transportation safety investigators on Saturday were investigating the Nevada crash between a tractor-trailer rig and an Amtrak train, where authorities believe more bodies may be found in the wreckage. At least two people were confirmed killed and dozens injured in the Friday morning collision at…

Bombs explode in Ikea stores across Europe

Small explosives concealed in alarm clocks detonated at Ikea furniture stores in Belgium, France and the Netherlands, Belgian authorities said on Tuesday. The explosions in stores in the Belgian city of Ghent, Lille in northern France and Eindhoven in The Netherlands caused no damage or injuries. “The information we have…

Romney says he’ll “hang” Obama at GOP group dinner

In a speech at the pro-GOP Americans for Prosperity dinner, former Massachusetts governor and contender for the GOP presidential nomination Mitt Romney said he would “hang” Obama, then immediately realized his gaffe and tried to smooth over his mistake. His spokeswoman said the blunder was not meant to be malicious.…

Israel closes probe on Gaza civilian deaths

JERUSALEM — Israel’s military advocate general is to close an investigation into the shooting deaths of four Palestinian civilians who were carrying a white flag, a military spokeswoman told AFP on Tuesday. “Due to lack of evidence, the army advocate general Avishai Mendelblit is to close the inquiry into the…

Scare over IV food after nine die in US hospitals

WASHINGTON – An inquiry is underway after nine US hospital patients died, and 10 others fell ill, having being fed intravenously with apparently contaminated liquid food, a spokeswoman said Wednesday. The 19 people were patients at six Alabama hospitals, and health authorities in the southern state have called on the…

Reese Witherspoon marries Hollywood agent Jim Toth

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Oscar-winning actress Reese Witherspoon and her talent agent fiance Jim Toth tied the knot over the weekend in Southern California, her spokeswoman told celebrity magazine People. The 35-year-old actress, who scored box office hits with her “Legally Blonde” movies, and Toth, 40, were married on Saturday at her ranch in Ojai,…

Apple delays iPad 2 release in Japan

NEW YORK – Apple said Tuesday that it was delaying next week’s release of the iPad 2 in Japan because of the earthquake and tsunami which devastated the country. “We are delaying the launch of the iPad 2 in Japan while the country and our teams focus on the recovery…

Swine flu kills 12 in Hong Kong in under a month

HONG KONG — At least 12 people have died from swine flu in Hong Kong in less than a month, the territory’s health authority said on Thursday, after the latest death from the disease. A spokeswoman for the health authority said one elderly person had died of confirmed swine flu,…

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