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Rescuers are seen entering an office building that collapsed on its side from an early morning earthquake in Tainan, southern Taiwan, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016. A 6.4-magnitude earthquake has struck southern Taiwan, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. (AP Photo)

Strong quake hits Taiwan, many trapped in toppled building

Friday, February 5, 2016

TAIPEI, Taiwan — A 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck southern Taiwan early Saturday, toppling at least one high-rise residential building where rescuers pulled out more than 120 people. Dozens of others are still believed to be inside. Firefighters scrambled to the site with ladders, cranes and other equipment and pulled survivors from the building in the southern city of Tainan, footage from … 0

Manhattan crane topples into street killing 1, injuring 3

Friday, February 5, 2016

NEW YORK — A huge construction crane being lowered to safety in a snow squall plummeted onto a Lower Manhattan street Friday, killing a Wall Street worker and leaving three people hurt by debris that scattered as the rig’s lengthy boom fell, officials said. The mobile crane’s boom landed across an intersection, smashed … 0

Many see cause for optimism despite slower US job growth

Friday, February 5, 2016

WASHINGTON — Consider looking past January’s so-so job growth. At first glance, Friday’s government report on U.S. hiring was a downer — 151,000 added jobs, well below the pace of the previous few months. Yet once you take a fuller view, a brighter picture of the job market emerges: A sub-5 percent unemployment … 0

Nation and world news briefs

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Number of undocumented Cubans entering US up sharply in 2015 FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — More than 51,000 undocumented Cubans entered the United States last year — a dramatic surge over 2014. Newly released immigration numbers for the final … 0

Democrats set 4 more debates over next 3 months

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

WASHINGTON — Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Florida congresswoman who heads the Democratic National Committee, bowed Wednesday to days of pressure from the party’s two presidential candidates and agreed to schedule four additional debates over the next three … 0

Tornadoes in the South; snow in Plains and Upper Midwest

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

JACKSON, Miss. — A trail of damage was left at an Army post, schools and businesses were closed for a second day, and a damaged women’s prison was running partly on backup power Wednesday after two days of … 0

Social contagion: Women more likely to yawn in response to others, study says

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Italian scientists who documented humans interacting in everyday situations have found that women are more susceptible to catching the urge to yawn from others than men are. The findings, published in the journal Royal Society Open Science, may … 0

FBI joins Flint drinking water investigation

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

DETROIT — The FBI is now investigating the contamination of Flint’s drinking water, a man-made public health catastrophe, which has left an unknown number of Flint children and other residents poisoned by lead and resulted in state and … 0

Should women have to register for the draft?

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

WASHINGTON — The top Army and Marine Corps generals told senators Tuesday that it will take up to three years to fully integrate women into all combat jobs, adding that women also should have to register for the … 0

Clinton wins in Iowa, campaigns turn to N.H.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

NASHUA, N.H. — Hillary Clinton tried to turn a skin-of-her-teeth victory in Iowa into a bit of momentum for her battered Democratic campaign, and Ted Cruz sought to lock in his spot at the top of the Republican … 0

Former DA believes Cosby can’t be prosecuted

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

NORRISTOWN, Pa. — The former district attorney who declined to arrest Bill Cosby on sex-crime charges a decade ago testified Tuesday that he believes his decision shields the comedian from ever being prosecuted in the case. Former Montgomery … 0

Nation and World Briefs, Feb. 3

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

India’s Supreme Court says it will re-examine gay-sex ban MUMBAI, India — India’s Supreme Court said Tuesday that it would re-examine its decision criminalizing gay sex, giving hope to activists who have called the law a violation of … 0

Races run extra-tight in Iowa

Monday, February 1, 2016

DES MOINES, Iowa — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a fiery conservative loathed by his own party’s leaders, swept to victory in Iowa’s Republican caucuses Monday, overcoming billionaire Donald Trump and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. Among Democrats, Hillary Clinton … 0