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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

Britain OKs controversial gene-editing experiments

Monday, February 1, 2016

LONDON — In a landmark decision that some ethicists warned is a step down the path toward “designer babies,” Britain gave scientists approval Monday to conduct experiments in which they will try to edit the genes in human … 0

WHO declares global emergency over Zika virus

Monday, February 1, 2016

GENEVA — The World Health Organization declared a global emergency over the explosive spread of the Zika virus, which has been linked to birth defects in the Americas, calling it an “extraordinary event” that poses a public health … 0

Amtrak engineer recalls opening throttle before 2015 fatal Penn. crash

Monday, February 1, 2016

WASHINGTON — The last thing Amtrak engineer Brandon Bostian remembers before last May’s fatal crash in Philadelphia is pushing the throttle forward to pick up speed and then braking when he felt the train going too fast into … 0

Former district attorney could be key witness at Cosby hearing today

Monday, February 1, 2016

PHILADELPHIA — Bruce L. Castor Jr. has said he thought Bill Cosby was guilty. But Castor has also said his declaration that he would not charge Cosby in 2005 — when he was the Montgomery County district attorney — might prevent prosecutors from now pursuing their sexual assault … 0

China company accused of fleecing investors of $7.6 billion in Ponzi scheme

Monday, February 1, 2016

BEIJING — Police arrested the maverick founder of China’s largest online finance business on suspicion of fleecing 900,000 investors of $7.6 billion, in what could be the biggest financial fraud in Chinese history. State media outlets reported the … 0

Nation and World Briefs, Feb. 2

Monday, February 1, 2016

EU: 10,000 young migrants unaccounted for THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Authorities dealing with Europe’s migrant crisis have lost track of about 10,000 unaccompanied children amid fears that organized crime gangs are beginning to exploit the vulnerable youngsters, a … 0

Turnout name of the game in Iowa

Sunday, January 31, 2016

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — In a final frenzy to inspire supporters to turn out for Monday’s Iowa caucuses, the presidential contenders scrambled to close the deal with the first voters to have a say in the 2016 race … 0

Zika virus separates sick from healthy, and poor from rich

Sunday, January 31, 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO — Two Brazilian women, two pregnancies, one nightmare. But two very different stories. Regina de Lima and Tainara Lourenco became pregnant at a scary moment — the dawn of an extraordinary Zika outbreak, as authorities … 0

Witness to migrant disaster that killed 37 describes screams

Sunday, January 31, 2016

AYVACIK, Turkey — A witness to the drowning of 37 people including babies and other young children off Turkey’s coast described the horror and screams in the moments after the boat carrying the migrants slammed into rocks, saying … 0

Nigerian Boko Haram extremists burn homes with villagers still inside

Sunday, January 31, 2016

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — Boko Haram, the extremist militia allied with the Islamic State, killed dozens of people, including children, in a weekend attack on a village in northeastern Nigeria, a sign the group may be reasserting itself after a series of retreats. Boko Haram extremists attacked the … 0