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In this Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014 photo, workers in Benjina, Indonesia, load fish into a cargo ship bound for Thailand. Seafood caught by slaves mixes in with other fish at a number of sites in Thailand, including processing plants. U.S. Customs records show that several of those Thai factories ship to the United States. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Is the fish you buy caught by slaves?

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Editor’s note: The Associated Press notified the International Organization for Migration about men in this story, who were then moved out of Benjina by police for their safety. Hundreds of slaves remain on the island and five other men were in the cage this week. BENJINA, Indonesia — The Burmese slaves sat on the floor and stared through the rusty … 0

Report: France jet audio shows pilot was locked out of cockpit

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

SEYNE-LES-ALPES, France — The first half of Germanwings Flight 9525 was chilling in its normalcy. It took off from Barcelona en route to Duesseldorf, climbing up over the Mediterranean and turning over France. The last communication was a routine request to continue on its route. Minutes later, at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, the Airbus … 0

‘Vote-a-rama’

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — Senators from Kansas and Missouri are preparing to pull a possible all-nighter today to vote on dozens of budget amendments ranging from a call to arm Ukrainian troops against the Russians, to a bid to cover “virtual colonoscopies” under Medicare. The marathon voting session known on Capitol Hill as a “vote-a-rama” … 0

Bombings in Yemeni mosques kill more than 130

Friday, March 20, 2015

ADEN, Yemen — Suicide bombers attacked a pair of mosques Friday in the Yemeni capital, unleashing monstrous blasts that ripped through worshippers and killed 137 people in the deadliest assault yet targeting Shiite rebels who have taken over … 0

Ring of light: Total eclipse over Svalbard islands in Arctic

Friday, March 20, 2015

LONGYEARBYEN, Norway — Sky-gazers looked up in awe Friday as the moon blocked the sun in a total solar eclipse that momentarily darkened a slice of northern Europe. The most spectacular viewing came on Norway’s Svalbard islands near … 0

Wild life

Monday, March 23, 2015

By STEVE JOHNSON Chicago Tribune CHICAGO — When red pandas go on exhibit for the first time at Brookfield Zoo in July, they’ll be housed around a broad tree that looks like a giant bonsai and has magical … 0

Operation to retake Tikrit from Islamic State stalls

Monday, March 23, 2015

ISTANBUL — The much ballyhooed Iraqi government operation to capture the central city of Tikrit from the Islamic State has stalled three weeks after it began, amid widespread reports that Shiite Muslim militias and the government are badly … 0

Herring rules could change as feds look to protect key fish

Monday, March 23, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine — The health of the Atlantic herring — a little forage fish that lives in massive schools that can number in the billions — is critical to the future of the New England fishing industry, and … 0

FDA OKs genetically engineered potatoes, apples as safe

Monday, March 23, 2015

BOISE, Idaho — Potatoes that won’t bruise and apples that won’t brown are a step closer to grocery store aisles, but some food suppliers say they don’t want any part of it and others are staying silent. The … 0

Is your face the future of computer passwords?

Monday, March 23, 2015

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Tired of trying to remember a different password for each of your online accounts? Or worried about re-using the same password too many times? You’re not alone. Tech experts agree that traditional passwords are … 0

NC State halts fraternity parties after pledge book with rape, lynching jokes surfaces

Friday, March 20, 2015

North Carolina State University announced an immediate halt to all fraternity activities involving alcohol Friday, less than 24 hours after campus officials obtained a copy of a “pledge book” filled with jokes about sexual assault and lynching black men. The Pi Kappa Phi fraternity was suspended Thursday night, … 0

FBI asks for patience in black man’s hanging in Mississippi

Friday, March 20, 2015

PORT GIBSON, Miss. — An FBI agent appealed for patience Friday after a black man was found hanging from a tree in Mississippi, saying 30 federal, state and local agents were working intensively to determine whether he was … 0

Boehner off to Israel; Netanyahu’s ties to Obama hit new low

Friday, March 20, 2015

WASHINGTON — House Speaker John Boehner is heading to Israel as already strained relations between the White House and newly re-elected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hit a new low this week. On the surface, the Republican leader’s … 0