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Postcard from Brazil: Touring the Fernando de Noronha archipelago

On Saturday, we decided to take a flight to Fernando de Noronha, a 21-island archipelago in the Atlantic, 300-plus miles from Recife for a four-night stay. Noronha’s natural beauty holds its own against any tropical locale in the world.

Prime minister vows ‘tough action’ in dead Israeli teen case

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed tough action. “Hamas is responsible, and Hamas will pay,” he said in a statement, adding the teenagers “were kidnapped and murdered in cold blood by human animals.”

North Korea to try 2 ‘hostile’ American tourists

North Korea said Monday it is preparing to try two Americans who entered the country as tourists for carrying out what it says were hostile acts against it.

High court rejects Google appeal in snooping case

The Supreme Court has declined to hear Google’s appeal of a ruling that it pried into people’s online lives through their Wi-Fi systems as part of its drive to collect information for its Street View mapping project.

GM won’t limit payments in ignition switch crash cases

Kenneth Feinberg is prepared to pay out billions of General Motors’ money to victims of crashes in GM small cars — provided they can prove the cars’ ignition switches caused the crash. GM links 13 deaths to a defective ignition switch, but lawyers say claims could total in the hundreds.

Emergency slide inflates mid-flight on United jet

An evacuation slide inflated inside a United Airlines plane as it flew from Chicago to California, filling part of the cabin and forcing the pilot to make an emergency landing in Kansas, the airline and passengers said.

High court: Employers can refuse to pay for birth control

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that some corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law requirement that they cover contraceptives for women.

Obama’s VA secretary pick: former Procter & Gamble exec McDonald

President Barack Obama plans to nominate former Procter & Gamble executive Robert McDonald as the next Veterans Affairs secretary, as the White House seeks to shore up an agency beset by treatment delays and struggling to deal with an influx of new veterans returning from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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