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It might be fair to describe the major changes that are coming in 2016 to the nation's most-recognizable college-admissions test, the SAT, as "intense."
MOKPO, South Korea - Fears rose Thursday for the fate of 289 passengers still missing more than 24 hours after their ferry flipped onto its side and filled with water off the southern coast of South Korea.
MURRYSVILLE, Pa. - Attendance was at more than 90 percent as students, met by teachers, therapy dogs, and counselors, returned to the halls of Franklin Regional High School on Wednesday, one week after authorities say a mass stabbing attack carried out by a 16-year-old sophomore left nearly two dozen wounded or hurt.
BOSTON - The man arrested near the Boston Marathon finish line Tuesday carrying a backpack containing a rice cooker was sent to a state psychiatric facility for an evaluation yesterday after an initial court appearance.
PERTH, Australia (AP) - A robotic submarine has completed its first full 16-hour mission scanning the floor of the Indian Ocean for wreckage of the missing Malaysian airliner after two previous missions were cut short by technical problems and deep water, authorities said on Thursday.
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - An expert witness called by the defense team of South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius testified about bullet wounds, blood spatter, bruises, ballistics, sound, light, fibers and a toilet door - but acknowledged Wednesday that he wasn't a pathologist or ballistics expert and had no training in analyzing blood spatters.
A story Saturday on a fund-raiser for the Durand Foundation wrongly stated the role to be played by musician Eddie Berner. He will be a performer and cook in the event, which will be hosted by the foundation. The story also incorrectly described Berner's marital status; he has never been married. In addition, photo captions with the story misstated where the photographs were taken, outside Durand's offices and Community Services Center in Mount Laurel. The Durand Academy is in Woodbury.
North Dakota's law banning abortions after six weeks of pregnancy is unconstitutional, a federal judge ruled Wednesday, striking down what critics had called the nation's most extreme limit on the procedure.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Portland officials are once again preparing to flush millions of gallons of treated water because someone urinated in a city reservoir.
When Sage Piszek heard that the first barrel of used cooking oil was full, he was puzzled. Already? Maybe rain had somehow seeped in.
ANSAN, South Korea - In the auditorium of Danwon High School in this Seoul suburb, relatives and friends gathered in an agonizing wait for answers about loved ones on the sunken ferry. For many, there were only questions.
PARIS (AP) - Jacques Servier, the founder of France's second-largest pharmaceutical group who became ensnared in a scandal over a diabetes drug widely used for weight loss, has died.
BEIJING (AP) - A labor group says a strike at the world's biggest athletic shoe maker is snowballing, with about 30,000 of its Chinese workers protesting over insufficient benefits.
MOKPO, South Korea (AP) - Kim Jeong-keun woke up on his cabin bed to find out his friends had smeared lipstick on his face while he had been asleep, a prank harking back to their school days.
MOSCOW (AP) - Russia's President Vladimir Putin has dismissed claims that Russian special forces are in eastern Ukraine as "nonsense."
MOKPO, South Korea (AP) - An immediate evacuation order was not issued for the ferry that sank off South Korea's southern coast, likely with about 290 people trapped inside, because officers on the bridge were trying to stabilize the vessel after it started to list, a crew member said Thursday.
PERTH, Australia (AP) - A robotic submarine completed its first successful scan of the seabed Thursday in the hunt for the missing Malaysian plane, and investigators were analyzing the sub's data while also trying to identify the origins of a nearby oil slick.
MOSCOW (AP) - Putin rejects claims of Russian forces' presence in eastern Ukraine as "nonsense"
PHUKET, Thailand (AP) - Thai authorities on Thursday charged two journalists with defaming Thailand's navy in an online news report about the trafficking of refugees from Myanmar, amid concerns about press freedom in the country.
HONG KONG (AP) - As China's growth inexorably slows, manufacturers such as Linan Meite Cable are discovering that being an efficient low cost producer is no longer enough to prosper.
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) - International rights groups said Thursday that parts of a bill proposed by the Nepal government should be rejected because it could provide amnesty to people who committed serious human rights violations during the country's Maoist insurgency.
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) - The prosecutor at the murder trial of double-amputee Olympian Oscar Pistorius is continuing his cross-examination of one of the defense's forensic experts.
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) - This bustling center of Palestinian life is just a 20-minute drive from Jerusalem, but for Israelis it might as well be on the other side of the world.
HONG KONG (AP) - Asian stock markets were subdued on Thursday, with Japan's Nikkei faltering as investors locked in profits after a strong rally.
BEIJING (AP) - China's automakers are the underdogs heading into next week's Beijing auto show, where foreign and domestic brands will jostle for attention in a market that is increasingly difficult for homegrown models.
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) - Oscar Pistorius' lawyers tried to roll back the prosecution's momentum at his murder trial Wednesday following the star athlete's shaky testimony, presenting a forensic expert who quickly found his own credentials and findings sharply questioned.
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