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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.

Suspect in Kansas shootings faces murder charges

Frazier Glenn Cross has been charged with one count of capital murder for the deaths of a 14-year-old boy and his grandfather outside the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City.

Tributes planned to mark Boston Marathon bombing

The anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings started with a solemn wreath-laying ceremony Tuesday morning at the site of twin explosions.

Army General upholds Chelsea Manning's 35-year sentence

An Army General is upholding Private Chelsea Manning's conviction and 35-year prison sentence for giving reams of classified U.S. government information to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.

Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps ending retirement

Michael Phelps is coming out of retirement, the first step toward possibly swimming at the 2016 Rio Olympics. He'll be competing for the first time since the 2012 London Games at a meet in Mesa, Ariz., on April 24-26.

Robotic submarine deployed in search for plane

Search crews sent a robotic submarine deep into the Indian Ocean for the first time Monday to begin scouring the seabed for the missing Malaysian airliner.

A gold obsession pays dividends for Indian women

Gold is not just about ornamentation in India. It's an insurance policy against bad economic times and bad marriages. Enterprising Indian women are using it to get loans to start small businesses.

Drought could complicate already difficult food crisis in Syria

The World Food Programme is moving about 40,000 tons of food around Syria each month, navigating conflict zones and checkpoints. And now a potential drought could hurt food production in the country.

3 dead in shooting near Kansas City Jewish center

There is a heavy police presence at the Jewish Community Center complex in Overland Park and the entrance is blocked off, but it's not yet clear if the shooting took place there.

Huge fire kills at least 11 and destroys hundreds of homes in Chile

In Chile, a large fire has reportedly killed at least 11 people and destroyed 500 homes. Thousands of residents have been forced to evacuate areas near the port city of Valparaiso.

Early Afghan election results point to a runoff

Despite a small sample of results released Sunday, the two leading candidates took the opportunity to posture about the final outcome.