Washington Monument to Reopen Almost 3 Years After Quake Damage

The damage to the 130-year-old, 555-foot-tall obelisk from an unusual 5.8-magnitude earthquake in 2011 has taken nearly three years of repairs that have totaled $15 million, half of which was donated by philanthropist David Rubenstein The Washington Monument is set to reopen Monday after three years of repairs and restoration following damage from a 2011 earthquake. The monument was damaged […]

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Sterling: I Made a ‘Terrible Mistake’

The Los Angeles Clippers owner apologized for racist comments that landed him a lifetime ban from the NBA, calling them a “terrible mistake” Updated 7:12 a.m. ET on May 12 Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling expressed contrition about racist comments that landed him a lifetime ban from the NBA, calling them a “terrible mistake” in his first interview since […]

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Ukraine Guardsmen Opened Fire Amid Referendum Vote, Rebels Say

Violence broke out in Krasnoarmeisk after guardsmen shut down voting in a referendum on the regions’s sovereignty Ukrainian national guardsmen shot at a crowd and killed an unspecified number of people in eastern Ukraine Sunday, officials for the area’s insurgency told the Associated Press. The violence occurred in the town of Krasnoarmeisk after guardsmen tried to stop a referendum on […]

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Postal Service Loses Almost $2 Billion

The government-backed mail carrier is still losing truckloads of money, despite cost-cutting efforts and recent delivery deals with Amazon. The Postal Service faces significant challenges as first-class mail and other sources of revenue decline The United States Postal Service netted a loss of $1.9 billion in the second quarter of its 2014 fiscal year, it said Friday. Despite cost-cutting and […]

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U.N. Official: Syria’s Last Chemical Weapons Are ‘Inaccessible’

Fighting between rebel groups and government forces is blocking the removal of Syria’s last chemical weapons, says mission chief Sigrid Kaag, who is calling for a truce The last chemical weapons slated to be removed from Syria are “inaccessible” because of fighting between rebels and the government, a U.N. official said Thursday. The 16 containers of dangerous chemical agents are […]

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Prison, 1,000 Lashes For Saudi Web Forum Founder

A state-linked Saudi newspaper says a Saudi blogger has been sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes on charges related to accusations that he insulted Islam on a liberal online forum he created. The Jiddah Criminal Court also ordered Raif Badawi to pay a fine of 1 million Saudi riyals, or about $266,000. Badawi was previously sentenced to […]

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Vatican Reveals It Punished Thousands of Priests For Sex Abuse

The Vatican’s ambassador released comprehensive figures during the second day of grilling by a U.N. committee that monitors an international convention against torture, claiming to have defrocked hundreds and sanctioned thousands of priests in the last decade The Vatican on Tuesday revealed a rare, year-by-year tally of how many priests it had disciplined over the past decade for alleged sexual […]

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