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U.S. power grid vulnerable, experts warn
U.S. power grid vulnerable, experts warn
“The destruction of more than three transmission substations would cause long-term blackouts in many areas of the country,” energy industry experts said in a report to Congress in June 1990.
Michaels confirms breach of up to 2.6M cards
Michaels confirms breach of up to 2.6M cards
Michaels Stores Inc. said Thursday that about 2.6 million cards, or about 7 percent of all debit and credit cards used at its namesake stores, may have been affected in a security breach.
Police: Man ate pot candy before shooting wife
Police: Man ate pot candy before shooting wife
A Denver man accused of killing his wife while she was on the phone with a 911 dispatcher ate marijuana-infused candy before the attack, according to search warrants released Thursday.
Town honors 15 killed in year-ago explosion
Town honors 15 killed in year-ago explosion
Rev. Terry McElrath heard the deafening boom. The pastor spun around and saw a column of smoke billowing into the sky above his small Texas town. He immediately thought, "Somebody has died tonight."
Late sign-ups improve outlook for health law
Late sign-ups improve outlook for health law
A surge of eleventh-hour enrollments has improved the outlook for President Barack Obama's health care law, with more people signing up overall and a much-needed spark of interest among young adults.
Student fought bureaucrats for Holocaust justice
Student fought bureaucrats for Holocaust justice
After beginning her crusade in 2011, Charlotte van den Berg has possibly won a battle for Jewish Holocaust survivors against Amsterdam. The city was forcing them to pay back taxes and late payment fines on property seized after they were deported to Nazi death camps.
Sub search for missing jet to be finished soon
Sub search for missing jet to be finished soon
A robotic submarine looking for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet is expected to finish searching a patch of the Indian Ocean seabed within a week after so far coming up empty.
Brewers seek to rekindle Belgium's love of beer
Brewers seek to rekindle Belgium's love of beer
The ruby lettering on the front of the old corner pub "In de Welkom" has peeled almost beyond recognition. Owner Leza Wauters, a tough 87-year-old, is holding on to her business but can't say how much longer. Sooner or later, yet another bar with a warm "Welcome" will be gone.
Ukrainian militia deny calls to free buildings
Ukrainian militia deny calls to free buildings
Pro-Russian insurgents in Ukraine's east who have been occupying government buildings in more than 10 cities say they will only leave them if the interim government in Kiev resigns.
Rescuers rush to reach hundreds in SKorean ferry
Rescuers rush to reach hundreds in SKorean ferry
Rescuers scrambled to find hundreds of ferry passengers still missing Friday and feared dead, as fresh questions emerged about whether quicker action by the captain of the doomed ship could have saved lives.
12 killed, 3 missing in avalanche on Everest
12 killed, 3 missing in avalanche on Everest
An avalanche swept Mount Everest's slopes on Friday along a route used to climb the world's highest peak, killing at least 12 Nepalese guides and leaving three missing in the worst disaster to hit climbers on the mountain, officials said.
Pope washes feet of elderly, disabled in ritual
Pope washes feet of elderly, disabled in ritual
Pope Francis has washed the feet of 12 elderly and disabled people - women and non-Catholics among them - in a pre-Easter ritual designed to show his willingness to serve like a "slave."
5 students among 9 dead in ferry sinking
5 students among 9 dead in ferry sinking
An immediate evacuation order was not issued for the ferry that sank off South Korea's southern coast, likely with scores of people trapped inside, because officers on the bridge were trying to stabilize the vessel after it started to list amid confusion and chaos, a crew member said Thursday.
290 missing, 6 dead in ferry disaster
290 missing, 6 dead in ferry disaster
A ferry carrying 462 people, mostly high school students on an overnight trip to a tourist island, sank off South Korea's southern coast on Wednesday, leaving more than 280 people missing despite a frantic, hours-long rescue by dozens of ships and helicopters. At least four people were confirmed dead and 55 injured.
Official says sub will be used in search for jet
Official says sub will be used in search for jet
Search crews will for the first time send a robotic submarine deep into the Indian Ocean on Monday to try to determine whether underwater signals detected by sound-locating equipment are from the missing Malaysian jet's black boxes, the leader of the search effort said.
Pistorius breaks down on stand in murder trial
Pistorius breaks down on stand in murder trial
The chief prosecutor in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius on Monday accused him of tailoring his version of how he killed his girlfriend to fit evidence at the scene, exhaustively listing alleged inconsistencies in the athlete's account of the fatal shooting of Reeva Steenkamp.