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  • NYPD Special Victims hunting for rapist of 12-year-old

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York police are still searching for the rapist who attacked a 12-year-old school girl almost three years ago. The little girl was grabbed in the Bronx as she got off… The post NYPD Special Victims hunting for rapist of 12-year-old appeared first on WTOP.

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  • 17 killed in garbage dump collapse in Mozambique

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Heavy rains triggered the partial collapse of a huge mound of garbage in Mozambique’s capital on Monday, killing as many as 17 people who were buried by debris. Authorities believe more bodies… The post 17 killed in garbage dump collapse in Mozambique appeared first on WTOP.

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  • Moroccan king orders inquiry into deadly train crash

    PARIS (AP) — Morocco’s king has ordered an investigation into a deadly train crash that killed six people. In a statement Monday, Morocco’s interior ministry said King Mohammed VI is creating a joint commission to… The post Moroccan king orders inquiry into deadly train crash appeared first on WTOP.

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  • 5.9 quake hits southern Mexico, days after more powerful one

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey says an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.9 has struck the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca, days after a more powerful temblor hit the same area.… The post 5.9 quake hits southern Mexico, days after more powerful one appeared first on WTOP.

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  • Main chapel unaffected by weekend fire at Tibetan monastery

    DHARMSALA, India (AP) — The Tibetan government-in-exile says a weekend fire at the sprawling Jokhang monastery in Tibet did not affect the main chapel at the 1,300-year-old religious site, considered the spiritual heart of Tibetan… The post Main chapel unaffected by weekend fire at Tibetan monastery appeared first on WTOP.

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  • Indonesia's Sinabung volcano unleashes towering ash column

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Rumbling Mount Sinabung on the Indonesian island of Sumatra shot billowing columns of ash more than 5,000 meters (16,400 feet) into the atmosphere and hot clouds down its slopes on Monday.… The post Indonesia’s Sinabung volcano unleashes towering ash column appeared first on WTOP.

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  • Iranian rescue teams find site, wreckage from plane crash

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian search and rescue teams on Monday reached the site of a plane crash the previous day that authorities say killed all 65 people on board, Iran’s Press TV reported. The… The post Iranian rescue teams find site, wreckage from plane crash appeared first on WTOP.

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  • Stewart-Haas teammates Almirola, Busch distraught at Daytona

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Teammates Aric Almirola and Kurt Busch had better-than-decent shots at winning the Daytona 500. Both were wrecked while at or near the front late in “The Great American Race.” They… The post Stewart-Haas teammates Almirola, Busch distraught at Daytona appeared first on WTOP.

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  • Bolivia blames both Carnival blasts on dynamite

    LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivian authorities now say that both of the explosions that killed 12 people during recent Carnival celebrations were caused by dynamite, not exploding gas tanks as initially thought. Interior Minister… The post Bolivia blames both Carnival blasts on dynamite appeared first on WTOP.

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  • The Latest: All 66 people aboard killed in Iran plane crash

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Latest on the crash of an Iranian passenger plane in southern Iran (all times local): 11:50 a.m. A spokesman for Iran’s Aseman Airlines spokesman has told state TV that an… The post The Latest: All 66 people aboard killed in Iran plane crash appeared first on WTOP.

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  • Iran's Aseman Airlines spokesman tells state TV that airplane crash in southern Iran has killed all 66 people on board

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s Aseman Airlines spokesman tells state TV that airplane crash in southern Iran has killed all 66 people on board. The post Iran’s Aseman Airlines spokesman tells state TV that airplane crash in southern Iran has killed all 66 people on board appeared first on WTOP.

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  • Report: Plane carrying 66 people crashes in southern Iran

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian commercial aircraft carrying 66 people crashed on Sunday in southern Iran, a semi-official news agency reported. There was no immediate word on casualties. The ATR-72, a twin-engine turboprop used… The post Report: Plane carrying 66 people crashes in southern Iran appeared first on WTOP.

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  • Iran's semi-official Fars news agency says an Iranian commercial airliner has crashed in southern Iran

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency says an Iranian commercial airliner has crashed in southern Iran. The post Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency says an Iranian commercial airliner has crashed in southern Iran appeared first on WTOP.

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  • 13 killed in helicopter crash after Mexican quake

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — A military helicopter carrying officials assessing damage from a powerful earthquake crashed Friday in southern Mexico, killing 13 people and injuring 15, all of them on the ground. The Oaxaca state… The post 13 killed in helicopter crash after Mexican quake appeared first on WTOP.

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  • Fire erupts at major Tibetan monastery; no injuries reported

    BEIJING (AP) — A large fire broke out Saturday at the Jokhang monastery in Tibet, raising fears of severe damage to a 1,300-year-old religious site that’s considered the spiritual heart of Tibetan Buddhism. Jokhang, located… The post Fire erupts at major Tibetan monastery; no injuries reported appeared first on WTOP.

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  • Strong quake rekindles memories of past disasters in Mexico

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — A powerful earthquake that rattled south and central Mexico caused little apparent destruction but rekindled fears in a population that still sees daily reminders of deadly earthquakes five months ago. Maricarmen… The post Strong quake rekindles memories of past disasters in Mexico appeared first on WTOP.

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  • The Latest: 5.8 aftershock shakes buildings in Mexico City

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — The latest on the magnitude 7.2 earthquake that hit southern Mexico (all times local): 7 p.m. A magnitude 5.8 aftershock in southern Mexico has caused tall buildings in Mexico City to… The post The Latest: 5.8 aftershock shakes buildings in Mexico City appeared first on WTOP.

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  • Police: Man crashes truck into Planned Parenthood clinic

    EAST ORANGE, N.J. (AP) — A Massachusetts man has been accused of deliberately crashing a stolen bakery delivery truck into a Planned Parenthood clinic in New Jersey, injuring a pregnant woman and two other people.… The post Police: Man crashes truck into Planned Parenthood clinic appeared first on WTOP.

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  • Ceremony to mark deadly nightclub fire postponed due to snow

    WEST WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — A ceremony to mark the 15th anniversary of a Rhode Island nightclub fire that killed 100 people has been postponed because of an expected snowstorm. The Station Fire Memorial Foundation… The post Ceremony to mark deadly nightclub fire postponed due to snow appeared first on WTOP.

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  • Vandals torch at least 25 trucks in southern Chilean region

    SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — At least 25 trucks were torched in a southern region of Chile that the Mapuche indigenous community claims as its ancestral territory, authorities said Friday. The Chilean equivalent of the FBI… The post Vandals torch at least 25 trucks in southern Chilean region appeared first on WTOP.

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  • TransCanada's Keystone Pipeline spill cleanup on schedule

    AMHERST, S.D. (AP) — TransCanada Corp. says cleanup of a massive on-shore oil spill from Keystone Pipeline in South Dakota is halfway finished. Last November, the pipeline leaked 210,000 gallons of crude oil onto agricultural… The post TransCanada’s Keystone Pipeline spill cleanup on schedule appeared first on WTOP.

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  • Guilty plea for teen accused of sparking Oregon wildfire

    HOOD RIVER, Ore. (AP) — A teenager who started a massive wildfire in Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge last fall by tossing a lit firecracker into the woods pleaded guilty Friday in a deal that spares… The post Guilty plea for teen accused of sparking Oregon wildfire appeared first on WTOP.

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  • Authorities: Boy burned after following dad's suicide advice

    CLAREMORE, Okla. (AP) — Authorities have arrested an Oklahoma man for allegedly giving his 12-year-old son advice on how to kill himself. Authorities said Friday that the boy suffered minor burns after following his father’s… The post Authorities: Boy burned after following dad’s suicide advice appeared first on WTOP.

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  • Man convicted of beating boy to death, tossing body in river

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man has been convicted of beating a 14-month-old boy to death and tossing his body into a creek with the help of the child’s mother. The woman told jurors… The post Man convicted of beating boy to death, tossing body in river appeared first on WTOP.

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