TOKYO - A serial killer who mutilated the bodies of four young girls and reportedly drank the blood of one of his victims was among three convicted murderers executed in Japan on Tuesday for crimes an official called indescribably cruel.
The swift action of Jim Smith stopped a juvenile little hawk from possibly drowning after it fell in a sea of sludge and chemicals. Luckily, Smith, an operator at Statesboro's water treatment plant, was nearby and quickly netted him out and rinsed him off with a hose. Many hawks are not so lucky and often do not survive a fall into the murky water at the treatment plant. Smith contacted Debbie Baca at Raven Oaks Bird Sanctuary, a nonprofit rescue organization located just outside of Statesboro. Baca arrived 15 minutes later and found the Coopers Hawk sitting in the ...
MANILA, Philippines - Al-Qaida-linked militants extended a Tuesday deadline for a ransom payment to free a popular TV news anchor and her cameraman kidnapped in the southern Philippines, a negotiator said.
SAN DIEGO - The fate of the prosecution of a Marine officer accused of failing to probe the killings of 24 Iraqis rests on whether a military judge finds a four-star general was wrongfully influenced by an investigator when he decided to file charges.
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - The architect of Pakistan's nuclear program on Tuesday rejected a report alleging that his network may have shared blueprints for an advanced nuclear weapon with countries such as Iran and North Korea.
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Gaza's Hamas rulers on Tuesday said they have reached a long-awaited cease-fire with Israel meant to end months of Palestinian assaults on Israeli border towns and bruising Israeli retaliation.
SAN FRANCISCO - County clerk offices opened their doors Tuesday to hundreds of gay and lesbian couples with appointments to secure marriage licenses and exchange vows on the first full day same-sex nuptials were legal throughout California.
Authentic New Orleans Dixieland Jazz will take over the Averitt Center for the Arts Saturday night.
TURLOCK, Calif. - Police on Monday identified a man who was fatally shot by an officer for allegedly refusing to stop beating a toddler to death along a remote road.
WESTMORE, Vt. - From the beach of Lake Willoughby's Southwest Cove, the sheer cliffs of Mount Pisgah tower over the deep, frigid water. Across the narrows, Mount Hor's peak completes the look of a Scandinavian fjord.
To hear many students tell it, law school is a guaranteed ticket to a well-paying career. So a recent milestone must have sounded like good news.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The United States and China must increase their cooperation on energy issues in the face of increased demand and record high oil prices, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said Tuesday as he opened a meeting of high-level economic officials from the two countries.
WASHINGTON - Wholesale prices barreled ahead while housing and industrial activity faltered - a blend of high-costs and slow growth that ensures the Federal Reserve's most likely move on interest rates next week will be no move whatsoever.
KASHGAR, China - Tight security surrounded the Olympic flame Tuesday as it began its journey through China's restive Muslim western region of Xinjiang.
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