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87 Dead in China Coal Mine Explosion

Rescuers worked in frigid cold to reach 21 miners trapped underground Sunday as the death toll from a huge gas explosion in a northern Chinese mine jumped to 87 — the deadliest blast to hit the beleaguered industry in nearly two years.

Iran to Hold War Games to Protect Nuclear Sites

Iran will begin large-scale air defense war games Sunday aimed at protecting its nuclear facilities from possible attack, a senior military commander said.

Spanish Crew Return Home After Pirates Hijacked Ship

The Spanish crew members of a tuna trawler who spent 47 days as hostages of Somali pirates before they were freed for a reported $3.3 million ransom returned home to emotional reunions at their home port Saturday.

Astronaut on Spacewalk Awaits News on Birth of Daughter

Atlantis' astronauts are taking another spacewalk outside the International Space Station.

Woman's Body Found in Lake 12 Years After Disappearance

The body of a Broward County woman missing for 12 years has been found — at the bottom of a lake near her home.

Russian President Criticizes Ruling Party Over Vote

Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev on Saturday sharply criticized officials in the ruling Kremlin-backed party for manipulating recent regional votes, saying it must learn to win fairly.

Hasan Won't Plead Guilty, May Use Insanity Defense

The defense attorney for the Army psychiatrist charged with killing 13 people at Fort Hood reportedly has said his client will probably plead not guilty and that an insanity defense is possible.

Scientists Circulate Proton Beams in Big Bang Machine

Scientists switched on the world's largest atom smasher Friday night for the first time since the $10 billion machine suffered a spectacular failure more than a year ago.

Army Reversal on Coverage of Palin

Book signing at Fort Bragg will now be open to media despite claims it will turn into political grandstanding