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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 “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
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
In the biggest retrenchment in the United States as oil prices fall, Sasol has delayed an expansive $14 billion project in southwestern Louisiana to make diesel out of natural gas.Clifford Krauss
Tourists who fly to Colorado, home of legal pot, can forget about buying souvenir boxer shorts, socks or sandals with a marijuana leaf on them when passing through the Denver airport. The airport has banned pot-themed souvenirs, fearing the kitsch could taint the state’s image. Kristen Wyatt
Sarah Palin’s odd, rambling speech last weekend before an audience of committed conservative activists in Des Moines, Iowa, has many influential voices on the right saying that the time has come to acknowledge that the romance has gone cold and the marriage is dead.By Karen Tumulty
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