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U.S. Automakers Beat Europeans For Reliability

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GM waited years to recall faulty Saturns

Government documents show that General Motors waited years to recall nearly 335,000 Saturn Ions despite getting thousands of complaints.

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French journalists held hostage in Syria freed

Four French journalists held hostage in Syria for 10 months have been released in what has become the world's deadliest conflict for the media.

Nepal Everest Avalanche

Avalanche sweeps down Everest, killing at least 12

Sherpa guides had gone to fix ropes for other climbers when the avalanche struck an area known as the "popcorn field" for its bulging chunks of ice at about 6:30 a.m.

7.2 earthquake rattles Mexico: How to get updates

The USGS has confirmed that there have been no significant earthquakes within the Guerrero Seismic Gap since 1911. They have referred people to various resources for up-to-date information.

7.2 earthquake shakes Mexican capital

A powerful magnitude-7.2 earthquake shook central and southern Mexico on Friday, sending panicked people into the streets, where broken windows and debris fell, but there were no early reports of major damage or casualties.

California's unemployment rate rises to 8.1 percent in March

More than two-thirds of the states reported job gains in March, as hiring improves for much of the country during what has been a sluggish but sustained 4 1/2-year recovery.

Police in Canada make arrest related to 'Heartbleed' bug

A 19-year-old computer science student was taken into custody for allegedly exploiting the bug to steal sensitive information from government servers.

Weekly jobless claims stay near 7-year low

The 304,000 applications filed last week means they were close to the lowest level since May 2007. Analysts say the news is another sign that the economy continues to grow.

Ukraine crisis: Diplomats meet, Putin admits Russia's role in Crimea

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is among those gathering in Geneva to see if they can find a diplomatic solution. The prospects for progress appear to be slim.

Fate of girls abducted in Nigeria now uncertain

About 100 girls were grabbed Monday. Officials have blamed a radical Islamist group. Late Wednesday, Nigeria's military said almost all the girls had been accounted for.

No sign yet of hundreds missing after South Korean ferry disaster

Divers are having trouble getting into the ship. It was sailing to a resort island Wednesday when it capsized. Most of the passengers were students on a school trip.

Bloomberg seeks to alter gun debate with $50 million, moms

Former NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg is committing more of his considerable fortune to getting gun safety laws passed. The initiative will support a grass-roots effort that seeks to enlist women.

Iraq's infamous Abu Ghraib prison temporarily closed

The country's Justice Ministry made the announcement that it was moving the prison's 2,400 inmates because of fears that Sunni insurgents might overrun the complex.

Ferry sinks off South Korea; 6 dead, 290 missing

Six people are now confirmed dead after South Korean ferry carrying nearly 500 people sank Wednesday — many of the passengers were high school students.

Dozens of girls abducted in Nigeria; militants blamed

The Islamist group Boko Haram is suspected. It is also being blamed for Monday's bomb attack that killed more than 70 people in Nigeria's capital.

Boston Marathon: Man charged with hoax sent to psychiatric facility (updated)

Kevin "Kayvon" Edson was arrested Tuesday after carrying a backpack containing a rice cooker on the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings.