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Nation/World

Typhoon rains flood Philippine capital, kill 16

HRVOJE HRANJSKI and JIM GOMEZ,Associated Press

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Manila residents waded through waist-deep floodwaters and dodged flying debris Tuesday as a powerful typhoon struck the Philippines, killing at least 16 people and sending waves as tall as palm trees crashing over seawalls.

Freed hikers: Iran held us because we're American

VERENA DOBNIK/Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Two American hikers held for years in an Iranian prison came home Sunday, declaring that they were detained because of their nationality, not because they might have crossed the border from Iraq.

Police: 5 people found dead at 2 rural Indiana homes

LAUREL, Ind. (AP) — Five people were found dead Sunday at two homes in rural southeastern Indiana, and authorities warned residents to be careful because it wasn't immediately clear whether there was one or more suspects on the loose.

Pope urges spiritual renewal in Germany

JUERGEN BAETZ/Associated Press
VICTOR L. SIMPSON/Associated Press

FREIBURG, Germany (AP) — Pope Benedict XVI issued a strong call for spiritual renewal among Germans, as he wrapped up a visit to his homeland in which he addressed parliament and met with victims of clerical abuse.

Obama sells jobs plan in Silicon Valley

ERICA WERNER/Associated Press

SAN JOSE, Calif.  — President Barack Obama is on the road selling his jobs plan — and his re-election hopes — to plugged-in networkers in Silicon Valley and around the country.

Effort to contain oil spill stalls with stuck saw

PORT FOURCHON, La. (AP) — The risky effort to contain the nation’s worst oil spill hit a snag Wednesday when a diamond-edged saw became stuck in a thick pipe on a blown-out well at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico.

Dives in Micronesia show World War II remnants, sea's beauty

Truk Lagoon (now known as Chuuk) is a volcanic atoll in the Federated States of Micronesia. Today it is one of the world's most fascinating destinations for scuba diving.

Pilgrimage across Spain a journey of reflection

Camino de Santiago (the Way of St. James) is not your typical vacation, but a pilgrimage across Spain with several points of origin all over Europe. It has been an important Christian pilgrimage for more than 1,000 years.

A year in, C-U native, her partner still love life on the road

It's been more than a year since Champaign-Urbana native Tara Alan and her partner, Tyler Kellen, embarked on a bicycling adventure across Europe and Asia. They're still cycling their way toward Malaysia while documenting their experiences on their website, http://www.goingslowly.com.

Solitude, scenery make Texas' Big Bend National Park a wonder

Covering 800,000 acres, Big Bend National Park in Texas is a big, "crown jewel" of the national park system. However, it receives only about 350,000 visitors a year. Yellowstone and Yosemite get 10 times as many apiece, and the Great Smoky Mountains 25 times more than Big Bend.