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Crewman Reconsiders Job after Pirate Attack

Updated: 04/13/2009 - When ATM "Zahid" Reza left in late January on his latest voyage aboard a cargo ship, he told a friend he knew there was a risk of pirates but thought the problem was over-hyped.

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Italian Jews aid World War II saviors hit by quake

Updated: 04/13/2009 - More than 65 years after villagers provided shelter to Italian Jews fleeing from the Nazis, a group of those who evaded capture rushed to repay that sacrifice in rural communities hard-hit by an earthquake.

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Women plead not guilty in LA funeral scam case

Updated: 04/13/2009 - Two women accused of staging sham funerals to collect hundreds of thousands of dollars in life insurance payments have pleaded not guilty in federal court in Los Angeles.

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Coal Mines Leases Could Mean Riches for Montana

Updated: 04/13/2009 - A new appraisal of vast state-owned coal in southeastern Montana finds the state would reap $1.4 billion in royalty payments over the next four decades if it leased the property for mining.

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Owners call on faith after Christian center fire

Updated: 04/13/2009 - Owners of summer cottages in a tight-knit Christian community gathered to console each other Monday after a massive fire roared through the property on Easter Sunday, destroying dozens of buildings that brought families together for generations.

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Shipper says piracy needs multinational solution

Updated: 04/13/2009 - The president of Mobile-based International Shipholding Corp., which manages the M/V Maersk Alabama for owner Maersk USA, said Monday a multinational coalition must respond to Somali piracy.

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Madonna Still Hopes to Adopt Malawian Child

Updated: 04/13/2009 - Madonna has told a newspaper in Malawi that she still wants to adopt a girl from the poor African nation despite legal obstacles, to educate her and empower her to help people in her country.

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Blaze at Homeless Shelter Kills 21 in Poland

Updated: 04/13/2009 - A fast-moving fire tore through a three-story building housing homeless families in northwestern Poland early Monday, killing 21 people and injuring 20 more, including some who leaped from windows to escape the flames, officials said.

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Pakistan Leader Under Pressure To Back Swat Deal

Updated: 04/27/2009 - Pakistani lawmakers passed a resolution Monday urging that the president sign a regulation that imposes Islamic rule in a northwestern valley in exchange for peace with the Taliban.

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Street Battles in Thai Capital Leave 2 Dead

Updated: 04/27/2009 - Thousands of troops fired warning shots and tear gas to turn back rampaging anti-government protesters Monday night, forcing retreating demonstrators into one neighborhood where residents furious at the chaos turned against them.

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Obama Pledges to Fight Piracy

Updated: 04/13/2009 - President Barack Obama promised Monday to work with other nations "to halt the rise of piracy," while Somali pirates vowed revenge for the deaths of three colleagues shot by snipers during the daring high-seas rescue of an American sea captain.

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Security Council Agrees To Condemn N. Korea Launch

Updated: 04/27/2009 - All 15 Security Council nations have agreed to a statement that would condemn North Korea's rocket launch and toughen U.N. sanctions against the reclusive communist nation, a spokesman for the council president said Monday.

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Shells Fired At Somali Airport

Updated: 04/27/2009 - Mortar shells were fired toward Mogadishu airport as a plane carrying a U.S. congressman took off safely from the Somali capital on Monday, a police officer said. A hospital official said 19 civilians were injured in residential areas.

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Angel Cabrera wins 3-way playoff at Masters

Posted: 04/13/2009 - AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) -- Angel Cabrera won a three-way playoff on the second extra hole after taking advantage of a late collapse by 48-year-old Kenny Perry, who lost a two-stroke lead with two holes to play with back-to-back bogeys. That caused a three-way playoff that included Chad Campbell, who was eliminated on the first playoff hole.

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Obamas host first White House egg roll

Posted: 04/13/2009 - WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama officially opened the annual Easter Egg Roll Monday, calling it "one of the greatest White House traditions."

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