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Russia Ukraine clashes 4_17

Reuters

Base attack overshadows Russia, Ukraine talks

Ukrainian, Russian and Western diplomats held emergency talks in Switzerland on Thursday, in the hope of resolving a deepening crisis that has seen armed pro-Russian protesters seize swaths of Ukraine.

The unrest in the restive east, which shares a bo...

Hoppie the sea lion

Courtesy Marine Mammal Center

Lost sea lion pup found in California orchard

Up a river without a paddle.

South Korean ferry sinks, search efforts

Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

Questions mount in South Korean ferry disaster

Anguished relatives of missing South Korean ferry passengers waited sullenly for answers Thursday as rescuers fought bad weather, murky water, darkness and time to find a way deep into the capsized ship.

Family members of missing ferry passengers

REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

Mother's grief: 'My daughter's in the water'

Through the unrelenting rain, with the biting winds whipping against her tear-stained face, Christine Kim stands on the cold, gray harbor. "Inside that water," she says, pointing to the choppy waters of the Yellow Sea, "there is my own child."

Oscar Pistorius

Deaan Vivier/Media24/Pool

Pistorius defense witness contradicts athlete

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel went on the attack again Thursday, trying to discredit a defense witness for Oscar Pistorius on the last day of testimony before the court takes a two-and-a-half week break.

Snowden meets with human rights activists

Human Rights Watch

On TV, Snowden asks Putin about surveillance

Months after accepting asylum in Russia, fugitive U.S. intelligence leaker Edward Snowden on Thursday asked Russian President Vladimir Putin about Moscow's own surveillance practices.

"Does Russia intercept, store or analyze in any way the communicati...

Police lights file

Van with children hits river; mother charged

A New Jersey woman accused of driving a van with her three teenage children into a river has been charged with attempted murder, weeks after a Florida woman drove a minivan with her three children into the Atlantic Ocean.

driver's hand on car steering wheel

cylonka Bsg/SXC

An accidental car thief: Mom takes wrong car

What started out as a simple mother-daughter favor in New York City ended up as grand theft auto. Well, kind of.

West Texas explosion crater

REUTERS/Adrees Latif

Texas town tighter than ever year after blast

West, Texas, isn't just a town. It's a family. That's why it hurt so much one year ago Thursday when an enormous explosion at a fertilizer plant claimed 15 lives while destroying 120 homes and damaging 200 others across 37 blocks, shattering windows well beyond that.

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    Swimming accident law: The basics

    It's that time of year when the 6 o'clock news leads far too often with the most tragic stories about childhood drowning deaths, near deaths and injuries.

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