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Rescuers struggle to find survivors from capsized ship in China’s Yangtze River

Jianli County, China (CNN)More than a day and a half after a cruise ship carrying more than 450 people capsized in China's Yangtze River, rescuers are struggling to find survivors.The vast majority of the people who were on board the ship remained missing Wednesday, leaving their families anxiously waiting for news. Fifteen survivors have been rescued, according to the Chinese Transportation Ministry. Eighteen dead bodies have been recovered, state media reported.That leaves more than 420

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Texas Inmate Set for Execution in Slayings 31 Years Ago

Condemned prisoner Lester Bower Jr., convicted of fatally shooting four men more than 31 years ago, has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to keep him from becoming the oldest Texas prisoner put to death if his execution is carried out as scheduled Wednesday evening. Bower, 67, faced lethal injection for the October 1983 fatal shootings at an airplane hangar on a ranch near Sherman, about 60 miles north of Dallas. He'd be the eighth inmate

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Where Caitlyn Jenner found her Vanity Fair style inspiration

NEW YORK: The stealth Caitlyn Jenner cover shoot for Vanity Fair sprang from her chats with the magazine's fashion and style director, Jessica Diehl, about inspirations ranging from Lauren Bacall to "The Thomas Crown Affair." In an interview released by the magazine, Diehl called Jenner "all-American in so many ways," style wise. "She has certain ideas about what she feels great in. But those ideas are still forming and taking shape. There will be some

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ECB to take cautious tone on economy at policy meeting: analysts

© AFP/File Robert MichaelPresident of the European Central Bank (ECB), Mario Draghi (2nd L), arrives for a symposium during the G7 summit of finance ministers in Dresden, eastern Germany, on May 28, 2015Frankfurt (AFP) - The European Central Bank, convinced that its controversial bond purchase programme is working, will nevertheless remain cautious about the outlook for growth in the euro area at its meeting on Wednesday, analysts said. The ECB's decision-making governing council is unlikely

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Blatter quits FIFA; under investigation by US prosecutors, FBI

ZURICH/NEW YORK Sepp Blatter rocked the world of soccer on Tuesday by saying he would step down as FIFA president in the wake of a corruption investigation that now includes the 79-year-old chief himself.Blatter, who has led soccer's world governing body since 1998, is being investigated by U.S. prosecutors and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, a person who spoke on condition of anonymity told Reuters late on Tuesday. An FBI spokesman declined comment.News of Blatter's

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Divers comb capsized China ship, death toll jumps to 18

JIANLI, China Scores of divers searched a capsized ship in the Yangtze River on Wednesday for more than 400 missing people, many of them elderly tourists, as the death toll in what could be China's worst shipping disaster in almost 70 years jumped to 18.State television showed rescuers, some standing on the upturned hull of the Eastern Star cruise ship, working through the night. So far their efforts have yielded few successes, with only 14

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Boston man killed by authorities was being watched by terrorism task force

Law enforcement officials with the Boston police and the fbi shot and killed a man Tuesday morning after they tried to interview him as part of a terrorism investigation and he brandished a large knife, police and federal officials said. Usaama Rahim, 26, had been under 24-hour surveillance by a Joint Terrorism Task Force and was "a known suspect wanted for some terrorist-related information we had received," Boston Police Commissioner William B.

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Boston man shot by police was target of terrorism probe: officials

BOSTON Law enforcement officers in Boston shot dead a man on Tuesday who came at them with a large knife when they tried to question him as part of a terrorism-related investigation, authorities said, describing him as a "threat."The 26-year-old man, identified as Usaamah Rahim, brandished a knife and advanced on officers working with the Joint Terrorism Task Force who initially tried to retreat before opening fire, Boston Police Superintendent William Evans told reporters."We believed

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