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Havana sees new life for seedy industrial port

Havana’s harbor has long been an unsightly jumble of piers left to crumble into piles of rusty, twisted rebar. Its dominant feature is a refinery smokestack across the bay that belches smoke and flame 24 hours a day.

Bus overturns in southwest Ohio; 35 injured

A Greyhound bus drove off an interstate highway in southwest Ohio early Saturday, struck a tree and a fence and flipped on its side before sliding to a stop in a cornfield, injuring at least 35 people.

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Slave who died in 1798 finally buried ‘not as slave, but child of God’

A slave who died more than 200 years ago in Connecticut but was never buried was given an extraordinary funeral Thursday that included lying in state at the Capitol and calls for learning from his painful life.

 
Washington teens plead not guilty in vet beating death

Two 16-year-old boys pleaded not guilty Thursday to murder and other charges in the beating death of an 88-year-old World War II veteran in Spokane nearly seven decades after he was shot in Okinawa and survived.

 
Water, then fire: Two New Jersey shore towns suffer again

Two Jersey shore communities that share an iconic boardwalk find themselves having to rebuild it and help scores of businesses pick up the pieces for the second time in less than a year after a massive fire roared along the wooden walkway Thursday.

 
37 dead in fire at Russian psychiatric hospital

A pre-dawn fire swept through a Russian psychiatric hospital Friday, killing 37 people, officials said. Authorities had long warned that the mostly wooden building dating to the 19th century was unsafe.

 
4 men sentenced to death in India gang rape

An Indian court Friday sentenced to death four men for the gang rape and murder of a young New Delhi woman, ordering them to the gallows for a brutal attack that riveted India.

 
Colorado flooding cuts off mountain towns, kills 3

Heavy rains sent walls of water crashing down mountainsides Thursday in Colorado, cutting off remote towns, forcing the state’s largest university to close and leaving at least three people dead.

 
American jihadi killed in Somalia by rivals

An American who became one of Somalia’s most visible Islamic rebels and was on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorist list with a $5 million bounty on his head was killed Thursday by rivals in the al-Qaida-linked extremist group al-Shabab, militants said.

First lady urges America to ‘drink up’ more plain water

Michelle Obama has pushed Americans to eat healthier and to exercise more. Now she says we should “drink up” too. As in plain water. And as in more of it.

 
Fire rages along NJ boardwalk damaged by Sandy

A massive fire raging for hours burned several blocks of boardwalk and businesses Thursday in a New Jersey shore town that was still rebuilding from damage caused by Superstorm Sandy.

‘Up’ balloon cluster used in trans-Atlantic crossing

Hundreds of multicolored balloons used Thursday to launch a balloonist for a trans-Atlantic crossing look like a page taken from the script of the movie “Up.”