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U.S. mulls ransom policy for families of overseas hostages: ABC TV

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration is considering changing a U.S. policy prohibiting families of hostages held overseas from making ransom payments to abductors, according to a television report on Sunday. Continue reading

Two dead, five boaters missing after storm hits Alabama

(Reuters) – At least two people are dead and five are missing after a powerful storm capsized several vessels off the Alabama coast, including sailboats participating in a regatta, Coast Guard officials said on Sunday. One of the bodies of those killed was found on Sunday morning and the other was located the night before in or near the waters in Mobile Bay, where severe weather struck the Dauphin Island regatta on Saturday afternoon, said Coast Guard Captain Duke Walker Continue reading

Fighting rages in Yemen’s 3rd-largest city, strikes continue

By AHMED AL-HAJ, Associated Press SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Deadly street battles raged in Yemen’s third-largest city on Sunday, as airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition battling Shiite rebels struck targets in several cities, security officials said. Continue reading

No time to lose: Global response to Nepal quake gears up

By GREGORY KATZ, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — There is still time to save lives — that’s why governments and aid agencies Sunday rushed doctors, volunteers and equipment to Nepal without waiting for the dust to settle. Substantial logistical hurdles remain, but there were hopeful signs as Kathmandu’s international airport reopened after Saturday’s crushing earthquake, and some aid vehicles were able to travel overland from Indian to the stricken Nepalese city of Pokhara. Continue reading

NYPD’s Bratton: Less tension between city officials, union

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton says there’s “much less tension” between the police union and city officials now than there was in the aftermath of the chokehold death of a Staten Island man last year. Bratton spoke Sunday on the CBS program “Face the Nation.” New Yorkers protested the death last July of Eric Garner after police placed him in a chokehold on a Staten Island street Continue reading

Technology and outdoor sports converge at drone conference

By MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer Santa Cruz, Calif. (AP) — Surfers catching waves and mountain bikers pedaling through forests are used to the occasional low flying pelican or diving hawk, but these days outdoor recreationalists can find what’s up in the air isn’t a bird at all, it’s a drone. Continue reading

Cards ace Wainwright placed on 15-day DL with ankle injury

MILWAUKEE (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left Achilles and left ankle injury, the team says, and could be out much longer. Continue reading

Quake agony revealed quietly on trip from Nepal airport

By TODD PITMAN, Associated Press KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Soon after landing at Kathmandu airport, the Thai Airways captain made a bizarre announcement to passengers: Nobody is in the control tower. That meant we could taxi no farther, and we were trapped on the tarmac. Continue reading

‘Furious 7′ tops ‘Adaline’ to lead box office for 4th week

By JAKE COYLE, AP Film Writer NEW YORK (AP) — “Furious 7″ enjoyed a victory lap over the weekend, becoming only the third film ever to make $1 billion internationally and leading the domestic box office for the fourth straight week. Continue reading

Internet billionaires face off in renewed Texas space race

By MICHAEL GRACZYK, Associated Press VAN HORN, Texas (AP) — A remote operation that resembles the Air Force’s famously secret Area 51 is one of two Texas sites playing host to a 21st-century space race. The private ventures at opposite edges the state are backed by Internet billionaires whose strategies and personalities seem worlds apart Continue reading