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1 child dead, 11 hurt in Florida day care crash

Wednesday, 09 April 2014 18:30
WINTER PARK, Fla. (AP) — A Florida hospital says a child has died from injuries suffered when a car slammed into an Orlando-area day care center. A spokeswoman for Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children said she couldn't release any more information about the victim, including the age and gender. One person at the hospital is in critical condition and five others in serious condition. One has been discharged. Overall, 12 children and at least one…
11 kids hurt in Fla. day care center crash
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 17:30
WINTER PARK, Fla. (AP) — A car smashed into an Orlando-area day care Wednesday, injuring 15 people, at least 11 of them children, and authorities were looking for the SUV that started the chain-reaction crash, officials said. Several of the injured were reported to be in "very, very serious condition," said highway patrol spokeswoman Wanda Diaz. The injured include 13 people taken to hospitals and two treated at the scene, Orange County Fire Rescue said…
NATO strategy might send U.S. troops to front lines near Russia
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 16:15
PARIS (AP) — NATO's top military commander in Europe, drafting countermoves to the Russian military threat against Ukraine, said Wednesday they could include deployment of American troops to alliance member states in Eastern Europe now feeling at risk. U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove told The Associated Press he wouldn't "write off involvement by any nation, to include the United States." Foreign ministers of the 28-nation alliance have given Breedlove until Tuesday to propose steps…
Kerry ‘betrayed and surprised’ by McCain onslaught
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 16:15
Secretary of State John Kerry felt “betrayed and surprised” by Republican Sen. John McCain’s withering and highly personal remarks at a congressional hearing, a senior administration official tells Yahoo News on Wednesday. Kerry “felt betrayed and surprised to see McCain so angrily rooting for failure against one of the most internationalist members of the administration,” said the official, who is close to the secretary and requested anonymity to speak candidly about the top diplomat’s reaction.
Obama comforts base twice struck by tragedy
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 15:01
FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — President Barack Obama says the nation is drawing strength from relatives of the victims of the fatal shootings last week at Fort Hood. He says the tragedy tears at wounds that are still raw from a deadly mass shooting on the sprawling Army post five years ago. Obama told relatives of the victims that he's there to honor their loved ones and offer whatever comfort he can.
Vatican hires hawk to protect pope's doves after attack horrified crowds
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 15:01
Vatican City (AFP) - The Catholic weekly Credere (Believe) has been caught in a delayed April Fools' prank about the Vatican recruiting a hawk to protect the pope's doves after two were killed by a crow and a seagull. The publication said a bird of prey named "Sylvia", who was specially trained for the task in northern Italy, has been taken on by the Swiss Guards following the incident in January.
Twin bombings kill 25 in Syrian battleground city
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 14:00
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Two car bombs exploded Wednesday in a government-held district of Syria's battleground city of Homs, killing at least 25 people and wounding more than 100, state media said. The blasts hit a commercial street inhabited mostly by members of President Bashar Assad's minority Alawite sect in the central city, where government forces have been imposing a heavy siege on rebel-controlled districts. Syria's uprising, which began with largely peaceful protests against Assad's…
Students, assistant principal hailed as heroes in Pa. stabbing spree
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 13:00
An assistant principal and several students were hailed as heroes today for their quick thinking after a student allegedly went on a stabbing spree inside a Murrysville, Pa., high school. Thomas Seefeld, the Murrysville police chief, said at a news conference this morning that an assistant principal at Franklin Regional High School tackled the 16-year-old suspect, who is now in police custody. The police chief said he did not know the motivation for the mass…
Alarms sounded on Brazil's readiness to host 2016 Olympics
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 13:00
BELEK, Turkey (AP) — With sports federations demanding a "Plan B" because of the chronic delays in Rio de Janeiro, the International Olympic Committee said Wednesday it was "premature" to speculate about taking the 2016 Games away from Brazil. IOC president Thomas Bach and other Olympic officials said the construction holdups and political paralysis have reached a critical point, requiring the IOC to take special measures to save the games. "It is about time for…
Senator's Crimea plan: Don't redo our maps
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 13:00
What can the United States do to reverse Russia’s annexation of Crimea? The short answer is, not much. Inside President Obama’s administration, it’s hard to find much unfeigned optimism about getting Vladimir Putin to give up the strategic peninsula. But Senator Dan Coats (R-Indiana) introduced legislation on Wednesday that aims to ensure that U.S. impotence doesn’t turn into complacency. “The American response must be much greater than a verbal slap if we want Putin to…