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Taliban tunnels at least 480 out of Afghan prison
Publish Date : 4/25/2011 10:11:00 AM
  • KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - Taliban militants tunneled at least 480 inmates out of the main prison in southern Afghanistan overnight, whisking them through a 1,000-foot-long underground passage they had dug over months, officials and insurgents said Monday.
  • Officials at Sarposa prison in the city of Kandahar, the birthplace of the Taliban, say they only discovered the breach at about 4 a.m., a half hour after the Taliban said they had gotten all the prisoners out.
  • The diggers finally broke through to the prison cells around 11 p.m. Sunday night, and a handful of inmates who knew of the plan unlocked cells and ushered hundreds of inmates to freedom without a shot being fired.

Study: Some happy states have high suicide rates
Publish Date : 4/25/2011 10:04:00 AM
  • WASHINGTON - Does misery really love company?
  • Researchers who study how people's sense of well-being varies from place to place decided to compare their findings with suicide rates.
  • Or, put another way by co-author Stephen Wu of Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y., those surrounded by unhappy people may not feel so bad for themselves.

Rescuers discover body of trapped Idaho miner
Publish Date : 4/25/2011 9:26:00 AM
  • BOISE, Idaho - For nine days, miners more than a mile underground burrowed around the clock to reach one of their own caught in a cave-in - never wavering from calling the effort a rescue mission.
  • That changed Easter Sunday as officials announced the death of 53-year-old Larry Marek.
  • His body was discovered in a collapsed portion of the Lucky Friday silver mine where he had been working with his brother.

With 12,000 still missing, Japan keeps searching
Publish Date : 4/25/2011 9:26:00 AM
  • SHICHIGAHAMAMACHI, Japan - A line of somber soldiers walked methodically through a drained swamp Monday, with each step sinking their slender poles into the muck beneath.
  • "Bodies feel very distinctive," said Michihiro Ose, a spokesman for the Japanese army's 22nd infantry regiment.
  • The men were among 25,000 troops given the morbid duty of searching the rubble, the seas and the swamps of northeastern Japan for the bodies of the nearly 12,000 people still missing in last month's earthquake and tsunami.

Syria uses army to crush uprising; at least 5 dead
Publish Date : 4/25/2011 9:18:00 AM
  • BEIRUT - Syria sharply escalated its already deadly campaign to crush a five-week uprising early Monday, sending troops backed by tanks, snipers and knife-wielding security forces into the southern city where the rebellion began.
  • The offensive into Daraa was the most intense in a series of actions to put down dissent and appeared part of new strategy for pre-emptive strikes against the opposition to President Bashar Assad's regime rather than reacting to marches and protests.
  • Another witness said people were using mosque loudspeakers in Daraa to summon doctors to help the wounded as busloads of security forces and troops conducted house-to-house searches, causing panic in the streets.

Taliban tunnels more than 480 out of Afghan prison
Publish Date : 4/25/2011 9:06:00 AM
  • KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - Taliban militants tunneled more than 480 inmates out the main prison in southern Afghanistan overnight, whisking them through a 1,000-foot-long underground passage they had dug over months, officials and insurgents said Monday.
  • Officials at Saraposa prison in the city of Kandahar only discovered the breach about 4 a.m., about a half hour after the Taliban said they had gotten all the prisoners out.
  • The militants began digging the tunnel about five months ago from a house within shooting distance of the prison guard towers.

Texas may strip away transgender marriage rights
Publish Date : 4/25/2011 8:30:00 AM
  • AUSTIN, Texas - Two years after Texas became one of the last states to allow transgendered people to use proof of their sex change to get a marriage license, Republican lawmakers are trying to roll back the clock.
  • One of the Republican sponsors of the legislation said he's simply trying to clean up the 2009 law in a state that bans same-sex marriage under the Constitution.
  • "The Texas Constitution," Sen. Tommy Williams said, "clearly defines marriage between one man and one woman."

5 killed in new Syria clashes, witnesses say
Publish Date : 4/25/2011 7:58:00 AM
  • BEIRUT - Syria sharply escalated its already deadly campaign to crush a five-week uprising early Monday, sending troops backed by tanks, snipers and knife-wielding security forces into the southern city where the rebellion began.
  • The offensive into Daraa was the most intense in a series of actions to put down dissent and appeared part of new strategy for pre-emptive strikes against the opposition to President Bashar Assad's regime rather than reacting to marches and protests.
  • Another witness said people were using mosque loudspeakers in Daraa to summon doctors to help the wounded as busloads of security forces and troops conducted house-to-house searches, causing panic in the streets.

New clashes in south Yemen as deal seems doomed
Publish Date : 4/25/2011 6:56:00 AM
  • SANAA, Yemen - Forces loyal to Yemen's embattled president attacked protesters calling for his ouster in a southern city Monday, injuring dozens, according to an opposition activist.
  • The latest violence comes as a Gulf Arab proposal for President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down appears increasingly doomed, raising prospects of more bloodshed and instability in a nation already beset by deep poverty and conflict.
  • The near-daily protests against Saleh, the country's ruler of 32 years, have demanded he relinquish power immediately.

Kelly: Giffords cleared to attend shuttle launch
Publish Date : 4/25/2011 6:41:00 AM
  • HOUSTON - Doctors have given Rep. Gabrielle Giffords the go-ahead to travel to Cape Canaveral this week to watch husband Mark Kelly's space shuttle launch, Kelly says.
  • Kelly said during an interview with CBS' Katie Couric that Giffords will witness the launch of Endeavour, which is scheduled for 3:47 p.m. Friday.
  • James Harsfield, spokesman for NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, referred all questions about Giffords to the congresswoman's office, where there was no immediate comment.

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