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A refueling truck exploded outside a maternity and children’s hospital in Mexico City on Thursday, killing two people, including a baby, and wounding dozens, the authorities said.

Randal C. Archibold
The Senate on Thursday passed a bill to force construction of the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline, which President Barack Obama is certain to veto in his first official clash with the new Republican-majority Congress.Coral Davenport
The young man who was operating the drone that crashed onto the White House lawn early Monday had been playing with the $500 device in his living room when he decided to open the window and fly it around outside, according to a friend who is familiar with the events.Michael D. Shear
Anthropologists exploring Manot Cave in Israel have uncovered a rare 55,000-year-old fossil skull that they say has a story to tell of a reverberating transition in human evolution, in the time and place when some early humans were moving out of Africa and apparently interbreeding with Neanderthals.John Noble Wilford
As Alaska politicians bluster over the Obama administration's actions on the development potential for ANWR and the Arctic Ocean, one question should be on everyone's mind: which location actually has the most potential? The answer, of course, is complicated.Alex DeMarban,Yereth Rosen
As “American Sniper” continues to spawn think pieces, internecine celebrity squabbles and diatribes from hand-wringing lefties and chest-thumping righties, it’s interesting to remember the naysaying about the film’s prospects that swirled just last month.Cara Buckley
The U.S. Energy Information Administration on Tuesday predicted an average price of $58 per barrel of oil in 2015, and $75 per barrel in 2016, spelling more bad news for the oil-loving Alaska budget.Alex DeMarban
Chevron and BP said Wednesday that they would work together to explore, appraise and, possibly, develop 24 offshore leases in a deepwater part of the Gulf of Mexico known as the lower tertiary.Stanley Reed
One of the two hostages who died during a 17-hour siege of a downtown Sydney cafe by a lone gunman in December was killed by police bullet fragments, a coroner’s inquest into the siege and the police assault that ended it was told on Thursday.Michelle Innis
Ohio Rep. Bob Gibbs rose to the defense of the late William McKinley Wednesday with the latest in a long series of Buckeye State bills aimed at ending the Denali discussion and preventing a name change for North America's highest mountain.Dermot Cole