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’47 killed’ in Taiwan plane crash

A plane landing in stormy weather has crashed outside an airport on a small Taiwanese island, with 47 people feared dead. Transport minister Yeh Kuang-shih was quoted by the government’s Central News Agency as saying another 11 people were injured when the plane crashed and caught fire while making a second landing attempt. The agency had earlier cited a local ...

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Costa Concordia Towed Away For Scrap

GIGLIO ISLAND, Italy (AP) — The Costa Concordia cruise liner began its final voyage Wednesday, slowly being towed away from the tiny Italian island where it capsized more than two years ago, killing 32 people. Boat sirens wailed and bells tolled on the island just before two tugboats pulled the Concordia away from Giglio’s port, where the luxury liner ended ...

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Survey finds sharp increase in teen use of HGH

NEW YORK (AP) — Experimentation with human growth hormones by America’s teens more than doubled in the past year, as more young people looked to drugs to boost their athletic performance and improve their looks, according to a new, large-scale national survey. In a confidential 2013 survey of 3,705 high school students, being released Wednesday by the Partnership for Drug-Free ...

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Gaza blockade key to any Israel-Hamas truce deal

KARIN LAUB Associated Press= GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Ibrahim Zain was driven from his home by Israeli tank fire this week, but says he’d rather endure more Israel-Hamas fighting than accept an unconditional cease-fire he fears will leave in place the blockade of the Gaza Strip. Like Zain, many Gaza residents say the closure, imposed by Israel and ...

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Heroin antidote Naloxone offers US hope against overdose

23 July 2014 Last updated at 00:02 BST “To call heroin an epidemic is an understatement,” says Camden, New Jersey, Police Chief Scott Thomson. “Our cops were out on the street and they didn’t have any tools to help the people there.” But in recent years, Camden police officers have joined a police in a growing number of cities across ...

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Wall St. gains on earnings, data; conflicts still eyed

By Ryan Vlastelica NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. stocks rose on Tuesday as some positive earnings and economic data pointed to a market that still had room to rise despite the S&P 500 hitting an intraday record. Investors continued to pay close attention to unstable regions abroad, and while violence persisted in the Gaza Strip, hopes rose for an easing ...

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Mexico’s circuses caught up in animal rights spat

Travel Deals $1325 & up — Rome, Florence & Venice 7-Nts. from Philly   See all travel deals » The Associated Press Posted: Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 4:30 PM MEXICO CITY (AP) – Mexico’s “circus wars” are heating up, as a growing movement to ban circus animals meets growing anger from circus workers. The head of the nation’s circus owners’ ...

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Brooklyn Bridge ‘white flags’ stump police

Authorities in New York are investigating who raised two large white flags on the towers of the Brooklyn Bridge early on Tuesday. The flags briefly flew atop two towers at either end of the storied landmark in the place of two American flags apparently removed by the perpetrators. As many as five people were caught on CCTV on the bridge ...

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US, European airlines halt flights to Israel due to instability

US and many European airlines have suspended flights for 24 hours to Tel Aviv after a rocket attack near Ben Gurion International Airport. Photo: iStockphoto US air carriers Delta Air Lines, American Airlines Group and United Airlines on Tuesday halted flights to Israel under directions from the US Federal Aviation Administration to ensure passenger safety as turmoil in the region ...

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