In Pakistan, survivors survey the devastation


Pakistani students Waqar Ahmad, left, and Uwais Naser, who survived Tuesday's Taliban attack on a military-run school, stand at the site Thursday, one holding a picture of headmaster Tahira Kazi, 58, who was killed in the attack in Peshawar,...

Pedestrians struck outside California church

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Boston Marathon bombing suspect appears in court

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Trauma expert: Kidnapping, rape victims can thrive

Despite the grim picture painted by court documents this week, a trauma expert said Thursday there’s every reason to believe a New Hampshire teenager who was kidnapped and sexually assaulted over nine months will not only recover but thrive.\n

Feds sue NYC over Rikers Island jail violence

Federal prosecutors sued New York City on Thursday to speed the pace of reforms at the Rikers Island jail complex and address what a Justice Department investigation found was a “deep-seated culture of violence” toward young inmates.\n

2 astronauts will set out on 1-year spaceflight

The two men assigned to a one-year spaceflight said Thursday that their upcoming mission will allow the world to push deeper into space.\n

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Why is no one walking the Amistad plank?

Chief State's Attorney Kevin Kane should investigate Amistad America finances.

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Suspected Islamic extremists kidnap 185 in Nigeria

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Sydney hostage risked death as he planned daring escape

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Pakistan school: Devastation where 148 were slain

The Taliban massacre that killed 148 people — mostly children — at a military-run school in northwestern Pakistan left a scene of devastation and carnage as the nation mourned and mass funerals for the victims got underway Wednesday.

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