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5/18/2014 6:17 PM
Bus fire in Colombia kills at least 32 children
BOGOTA, Colombia — Colombian authorities say a bus carrying young people home from a church service caught fire on a street in a northern city and at least 32 children are dead.

5/18/2014 5:25 PM
Brazilian inmates end revolt, free hostages
SAO PAULO — Inmates released four prison officers today after holding them hostage for more than a day during an uprising at a Brazilian penitentiary in the northeastern city of Aracaju. Authorities said they had met the rebellious inmates’ main demand that some prisoners be transferred to other jails.

5/18/2014 4:28 PM
Renegade Libyan troops attack parliament
TRIPOLI, Libya — Militias apparently backing a renegade Libyan general attacked the country’s parliament today, kidnapping some 20 lawmakers and officials in an assault that threatened to further splinter a country dominated by the armed groups that overthrew dictator Moammar Gadhafi three years ago.

5/18/2014 1:50 PM
1 killed in Calif. railroad bridge collapse
RIVERSIDE, Calif. — A railroad bridge has collapsed onto a closed freeway in Riverside, killing a construction worker.

5/18/2014 1:42 PM
Obama Cabinet could boost rising Texas mayor
FORT WORTH, Texas — President Barack Obama’s expected nomination of San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro as secretary of Housing and Urban Development could test the 39-year-old’s ability to navigate Washington ahead of 2016 elections, Texas Democrats say.

5/18/2014 12:55 PM
Wildfires worse due to global warming
WASHINGTON — The devastating wildfires scorching Southern California offer a glimpse of a warmer and more fiery future, according to scientists and federal and international reports.

5/18/2014 12:24 PM
2 killed in Ariz. wrong-way crash
MESA, Ariz. — Two people are dead and two others were injured following a head-on collision, making it the third fatal wrong-way accident on a Phoenix-area freeway in a week.

5/18/2014 11:39 AM
Kerry to speak at Yale's 313th commencement
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry is scheduled to be the featured speaker at Yale University’s 313th commencement.

5/18/2014 11:32 AM
Mich. Senate eyes gasoline tax increase
LANSING, Mich. — Under pressure to mend roads and bridges, Michigan senators are considering whether to significantly increase gasoline taxes within five years and then allow annual increases to keep pace with construction costs.

5/18/2014 9:08 AM
Swiss voters reject minimum wage plan
GENEVA — Swiss voters overwhelmingly rejected a plan today to create the world’s highest minimum wage, siding with government and business leaders worried about the costs to the nation’s strong economy.