Pope dons helmut to enter earthquake-hit cathedral in Italy

CAMERINO, Italy (AP) — Pope Francis has donned a white firefighter's safety helmet to enter a damaged cathedral during a visit to central Italy, where he is giving encouragement to people still strugg...

Magnitude 7.4 earthquake hits island chain in New Zealand

The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck an arc of islands in New Zealand. The agency says the earthquake hit a spot about 872.6 kilometers (541.0 miles) nor...

10 Things to Know for Today

Your daily look at late breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. US NAVY ASSISTING 2 TANKERS TARGETED IN GULF OF OMAN Two ...

Earthquake tests new wireless network in far-flung Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The police chief of Alaska's largest city hurried out of the department's glass building after the ground began to shake. Phone lines jammed and even police radios were spotty...

Sewing for sport: Handmade workout clothes make strides

If necessity is the mother of invention, then pending motherhood may have given Sarah Vander Neut a creative boost. The Aurora, Colorado, seamstress was pregnant with her first daugh...

Charity watchdog condemns Oxfam for Haiti behavior

LONDON (AP) — England's charity watchdog has condemned Oxfam for having a "culture of poor behavior," in connection with the sexual misconduct scandal involving workers in Haiti following the 2010 ear...

When disaster hits, Indonesia's Islamists are first to help

PALU, Indonesia (AP) — The two flags hanging outside Anwar Ragaua's house have gotten him police warnings but the wiry 50-year-old vows he's not taking them down. After all, the poli...

When disaster hits, Indonesia's Islamists are first to help

PALU, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's Islamic Defenders Front is perhaps best known for its vigilante actions against gays, Christmas decorations and prostitution. But over the past 15 ...

Correction: Japan-Energy story

TOKYO (AP) — In a story June 7 about Japan's energy policy, The Associated Press referred incorrectly to the plutonium reduction target cited by a policy research group. The target it mentioned was th...

Magnitude 4.5 earthquake jolts eastern Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- A magnitude 4.5 earthquake rocked eastern Taiwan's Hualien County at 3:27 a.m. this morning (June 6), according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB). The epicenter of the...

Western Iranian province jolted by 2 earthquakes

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's state-run news agency says two consecutive earthquakes, magnitude 4.4 and 4.9, have jolted the country's western province of Kermanshah. IRNA's report says...

Magnitude 5.6 earthquake rocks SE Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- A magnitude 5.6 earthquake shook southeastern Taiwan's Taitung County at 5:46 p.m. this afternoon (June 4), according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB). The epicenter ...

Italy's Mount Etna volcano spews lava in new active phase

CATANIA, Sicily (AP) — Mount Etna, the largest of Italy's three active volcanoes, is spewing ash and lava once again, but officials say the activity is taking place at its summit and does not pose a r...

Tremors rattle southeast Albania, damaging houses

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian authorities say an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.3 has struck rural areas southeast of the capital, damaging some houses. Local media r...

Tokyo Olympics torch relay includes quake, tsunami-hit areas

TOKYO (AP) — The organizing committee of the 2020 Olympics said Saturday the torch relay next year will pass through major Japanese landmarks, including World Heritage sites and areas devastated by re...