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An Afghan policeman prevents journalists from approaching Cure International Hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, April 24, 2014. The U.S. embassy in Afghanistan says three American doctors have been killed at by an Afghan security guard who opened fire at a hospital in Kabul. The shooting at Cure International Hospital in western Kabul was the latest attack on foreign civilians in the Afghan capital this year. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)

Afghan hospital guard kills 3 American doctors

Thursday, April 24, 2014

KABUL, Afghanistan — An Afghan government security guard opened fire Thursday on a group of foreign doctors at a Kabul hospital, killing three American physicians and wounding a U.S. nurse, officials said. The shooting at Cure International Hospital in western Kabul was the latest in a string of deadly attacks on foreign civilians in the Afghan capital. Two of the … 0

Israel halts peace talks with Palestinians

Thursday, April 24, 2014

JERUSALEM — Israel broke off Mideast peace talks and brought the U.S.-brokered process to the brink of collapse Thursday, protesting a reconciliation agreement between the Western-backed Palestinian Authority and the militant group Hamas, the Jewish state’s sworn enemy. Israel’s Security Cabinet made the decision during a marathon emergency meeting convened to discuss the … 0

US proposes pay-for-priority Internet standards

Thursday, April 24, 2014

LOS ANGELES — The nation’s top telecoms regulator is proposing to allow a pay-for-priority fast lane on the Internet for movies, music and other services to get to people’s homes. The proposed rules come after a federal appeals court struck down previous “net neutrality” rules designed to prevent Internet access providers such as Comcast from discriminating against certain traffic flowing to their customers. … 0

The ‘Russian Zuckerberg’ flees country

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

MOSCOW — The founder of Russia’s leading social media network — a wunderkind often described as Russia’s Mark Zuckerberg — has left his post as CEO and fled the country as cronies of President Vladimir Putin have made … 0

Study: Gene therapy may boost cochlear implants

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

WASHINGTON — Australian researchers are trying a novel way to boost the power of cochlear implants: They used the technology to beam gene therapy into the ears of deaf animals and found the combination improved hearing. The approach reported Wednesday isn’t ready for human testing, but it’s part … 0

Bashtag: NYPD Twitter PR campaign backfires

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

NEW YORK — To put it in social media terms, the New York Police Department got trolled. The nation’s largest police force learned the hard way that there are legions online devoted to short-circuiting even the best-intentioned public … 0

Medal of Honor nominee recounts attack

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — For U.S. Army Sergeant Kyle White, the firefight began without warning. White’s platoon left a meeting with village elders in Afghanistan after an interpreter heard suspicious chatter on an Army radio. On the way back … 0

Rail safety effort marred by squabbling

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

WASHINGTON — Spurred by a series of fiery train crashes, a push by government and industry to make safer tank cars used for shipping crude oil and ethanol has bogged down in squabbling and finger-pointing over whether they’re … 0

Former Iron Curtain still barrier for deer

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

PRAGUE — The Iron Curtain was traced by an electrified barbed-wire fence that isolated the communist world from the West. It was an impenetrable Cold War barrier — and for some inhabitants of the Czech Republic it still … 0

Airport security vulnerabilities not uncommon

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

SAN JOSE, Calif. — For all the tens of billions of dollars the nation has spent on screening passengers and their bags, few airports made a comparable investment to secure the airplanes. As the case of the San … 0

Insurgents hold US journalist captive in Ukraine

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

DONETSK, Ukraine — Pro-Russian gunmen in eastern Ukraine admitted on Wednesday that they are holding an American journalist, saying he was suspected of unspecified “bad activities.” Simon Ostrovsky, a journalist for Vice News, has not been seen since … 0

Scientists watch enormous Antarctic iceberg drift

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

WASHINGTON — Scientists are watching an iceberg bigger than the island of Guam as it slowly moves away from an Antarctic glacier. NASA scientist Kelly Brunt said it is more a wonder than a worry and is not … 0

Court approves Manning name change

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

LEAVENWORTH, Kan. — An Army private convicted of providing classified documents to WikiLeaks won an initial victory Wednesday toward living as a woman when a Kansas judge granted a petition to change her name to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning. … 0