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'Going to explode': Quake in Canberra stuns locals

A 3.1 magnitude earthquake has been felt by locals in Canberra in the ACT today.According to Geoscience Australia, the earthquake occurred at approximately 10.05am AEDT near the northern suburb of

Mexico, US to identify development projects

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mexican foreign minister Marcelo Ebrard will host his U.S. counterpart Mike Pompeo at the end of this month to work on development projects in Central America and southern

AP Photos: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

A female panda, still unnamed after being born in a Malaysian zoo, celebrates her first birthday with an ice cake.In other images from the Asia-Pacific region this week, a man wears a mask along the

Comment: Five myths about conspiracy theories

Comment by Rob Brotherton of the Washington Post Conspiracy theories have always been with us. As the prevalence of conspiracy thinking amongtheelectorate and even within the highest offices of

Rescuers begin digging tunnels in frantic search for Spanish toddler trapped in well

More than four days have passed since 2-year-old Julen Rosello slipped into a hole in the Spanish countryside, falling more than 30 stories and igniting a search-and-rescue effort that has consumed

Court rules Texas can bar Planned Parenthood from Medicaid

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal appeals court panel on Thursday lifted a lower-court ban that prohibited Texas from eliminating Planned Parenthood from the state's Medicaid program.The 5th U.S. Circuit

Pence defends wife's teaching job at school that bars gays

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence says the criticism of Christian education in America should stop.Pence is responding to media reports of his wife returning to teach at a school that says

The lotto curse could be enough to put you off entering

Many of us may be feeling a little jealous of the Aussie woman who just scooped $107 million (NZ$114 million) in the Powerball overnight.Sure, the record winnings will completely change her life, give

Experts urge UN to remind Yemen government on corruption

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. experts monitoring sanctions against Yemen are recommending that the Security Council remind its government that corruption threatens peace and urge rival Shiite rebels to

AP Explains: Can Trump ground Pelosi's plane?

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump canceled House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's planned trip to Belgium and Afghanistan just hours before the congressional delegation, known as a CODEL, was set to

The enduring appeal of Pamela Smart, the misunderstood murderess

The sound of Pamela Smart arrives before she does.Down the prison hallway it comes. Boot heels clattering on floor tiles. Moving fast.They call her "Tinker Bell" here, she says, because she flits from

US government files appeals notice after 2020 census ruling

NEW YORK (AP) — The Justice Department began its appeal Thursday of a New York judge's ruling stopping the Trump administration from adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census for the first time

Sears creditors challenge hedge fund chairman's winning bid

NEW YORK (AP) — A group of Sears creditors are challenging Chairman Eddie Lampert's hedge fund's winning $5.2 billion bid to buy the business in a bankruptcy auction and wants to air their grievances

Trump administration proposes higher 'Obamacare' premiums

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Thursday announced proposed rule changes that would lead to a modest premium increase next year under the Affordable Care Act, potentially handing

Toddler with fentanyl, cocaine in system revived at hospital

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A man has been charged with child endangerment after his 14-month-old son arrived unresponsive at a hospital with fentanyl and cocaine in his system and was resuscitated with a

Hawaii's Gabbard apologizes for past LGBTQ statements

HONOLULU (AP) — Presidential candidate U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard on Thursday responded to criticism about her past work advocating against gay rights by apologizing in a video.The nearly

Grand jury charges 4 Audi managers in emissions case

DETROIT (AP) — A federal grand jury in Detroit has indicted four Audi engineering managers from Germany in a widening diesel emissions cheating scandal.Richard Bauder, Axel Eiser, Stefan Knirsch and

Aboriginal woman receives sickening racist note from driver who hit her car

If you accidentally scratch or bump someone's car, it's common courtesy to leave a note with your contact details so the owner can follow it up.But an Aboriginal woman from Brisbane received a

Minnesota mom charged after toddler tumble caught on video

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Prosecutors in Minnesota have charged a woman whose 2-year-old child tumbled from the back seat of a moving vehicle while still strapped in a car seat.Forty-year-old Maimuna

Migrant caravan begins to cross peacefully into Mexico

CIUDAD HIDALGO, Mexico (AP) — Hundreds of mainly Honduran migrants began crossing peacefully into Mexico on Thursday without the confrontations that marked last fall's migrant caravans.People simply