Asia Pacific

Report: Earthquake kills 3 in China

BEIJING (AP) — An earthquake hit a mountainous area in southwestern China Saturday morning, killing at least three people injuring several more, according to state media and the China Earthquake Administration.   The quake, which measures 5.9 on the Richter scale by the administration and 5.8 by the U.S. Geological Survey, shook several counties in […]

North America

Breast-feeding gets boost with airport lactation station

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. — A Burlington company has opened its first breast-feeding and pumping station at Burlington International Airport, hoping to replicate the experience at airports and workplaces across the country.   Mamava co-founders Sascha Mayer and Christine Dodson have dealt with the difficulties of trying to breast-feed their babies and travel, both for work […]

North America

Wildfire survivor won’t second-guess 19 who died

PRESCOTT, Ariz. — The lone member of a hotshot firefighting crew to escape a raging wildfire says he'll never second-guess the decisions his 19 colleagues made two months ago.   Brendan McDonough was serving as a lookout for his Prescott-based Granite Mountain Hotshots that Sunday when flames forced him to retreat before the Yarnell Hill […]

North America

Soldier who fought ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ dies in crash

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — A gay combat medic who challenged the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy while serving in Iraq, died this week in a car crash in New York.   Darren Manzella, 36, a former Army sergeant, went on national television in 2007 to reveal his sexual orientation, becoming the face of gay servicemen […]

North America

Marijuana movements likely to get a boost from new guidelines

Marijuana movements already simmering across the country could get a big boost from the Obama Administration's announcement Thursday that it would take a laid-back approach to states with softer laws on marijuana.   "This is one of the most significant milestones in the movement toward ending marijuana prohibition in this country," says Mason Tvert, spokesman […]