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  • A bus that straddled traffic was supposed to solve this Chinese city's traffic woes. What could go wrong?

    A bus that straddled traffic was supposed to solve this Chinese city's traffic woes. What could go wrong?

    The contraption straddles half of a four-lane road. Arctic blue and nearly a quarter the length of a football field, the bus-train hybrid looks like a prop built for a “Transformers” sequel. A passenger compartment hovers above the asphalt, designed so cars can zip beneath as riders glide above...

  • Bomb blast in Pakistan market kills 20, wounds 50

    Bomb blast in Pakistan market kills 20, wounds 50

    A bomb exploded Saturday in a market in a northwest tribal region that borders Afghanistan, killing 20 people and wounding at least 50, officials said.  Dr. Sabir Hussain at the main hospital in Parachinar, the capital of Pakistan's Kurram tribal region, said two wounded victims died during treatment,...

  • 50 firefighters killed in Iran as burning high-rise collapses

    50 firefighters killed in Iran as burning high-rise collapses

    A historic high-rise in the heart of Tehran caught fire and collapsed Thursday in a giant cloud of smoke, killing dozens of firefighters who were battling the blaze, Iranian news media reported. At least 50 firefighters were killed in the collapse of the 17-story Plasco Building, a symbol of modernity...

  • Who's tracking casualties in Iraq? A California high school teacher

    Who's tracking casualties in Iraq? A California high school teacher

    Joel Wing, a high school social studies teacher in Oakland, was at home working on his MacBook Air one recent afternoon when he saw troubling news out of Baghdad. The United Nations had just released its estimate for the number of soldiers and other fighters killed in Iraq in November: 1,959 security...

  • Survivors found in Italian hotel buried by avalanche; rescuers cry 'Bravo'

    Survivors found in Italian hotel buried by avalanche; rescuers cry 'Bravo'

    Ten people were found alive Friday under the debris of a spa hotel in central Italy, two days after an avalanche started by earthquakes flattened the building. Among those rescued was an 8-year-old boy pulled out 42 hours after he was buried alive. Rescuers ruffled his hair, clapped and cried,...

  • Student shoots teacher and classmates before killing himself at Mexican private school

    Student shoots teacher and classmates before killing himself at Mexican private school

    A 15-year-old student opened fire at a private school in the northern Mexican city of Monterrey on Wednesday, shooting a teacher and two other students in the head before killing himself. Another student suffered lesser injuries in the shootings, which were captured on a chilling video posted to...

  • 16 killed as bus carrying students crashes and burns in Italy

    16 killed as bus carrying students crashes and burns in Italy

    Police say 16 people died when a bus carrying Hungarian students returning home from France left a highway and crashed near Verona, Italy. Thirty-nine people survived.  Police Cmdr. Girolamo Lacquaniti said the bus crashed and burst into flames just before midnight. No other vehicles were involved...

  • Drug lord 'El Chapo' extradited to the U.S.

    Drug lord 'El Chapo' extradited to the U.S.

    Mexico’s most notorious drug kingpin, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who gained fame for his daring prison escapes and an interview with Hollywood stars while a fugitive, has been extradited to the United States to face trafficking and other charges, authorities from both countries said. A plane carrying...

  • Car plows into pedestrians in Melbourne, Australia; 4 dead and 15 hurt

    Car plows into pedestrians in Melbourne, Australia; 4 dead and 15 hurt

    A man with a history of mental health and drug abuse issues drove into a street crowded with pedestrians in Australia's second-largest city on Friday, killing at least four people, including a child, and injuring around 15 others, police said. The chaos began in the early afternoon, after a man...

  • How Trump will deal with America's longest war is anyone's guess

    How Trump will deal with America's longest war is anyone's guess

    Donald Trump has minced few words about his plans to  build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and  end the threat from Islamic State extremists. But the president-elect has been virtually silent on his plans when it comes to Afghanistan, home to America’s longest war. With 8,400 U.S. troops leading...

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