May 12th, 2012
04:43 PM ET

Boston University: 3 students die while on New Zealand sightseeing trip

Boston University mourned three study-abroad students killed in New Zealand while visiting locations where "The Lord of the Rings" movies were filmed.

A van in which the students were traveling swerved off a road and rolled over about 7:30 a.m. Saturday near the resort town of Taupo in the center of North Island, the school said.

The university, quoting a U.S. vice consul in Auckland, identified the victims as Daniela Lekhno from Manalapan, New Jersey; Roch Jauberty from Paris; and Austin Brashears, Huntington Beach, California.

Five other students were injured in the crash, including one in critical condition after being flown by helicopter to get medial treatment. Two of those were later released from a hospital.

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May 12th, 2012
04:41 PM ET

Drone strike kills suspected al Qaeda militants in Yemen

A U.S. drone strike killed seven suspected al Qaeda militants Saturday in the Mareb province of Yemen, part of a continuing air campaign against the terror organization, security officials said.

The drone struck one of three vehicles carrying the suspected militants in the district of Huraib, the officials said. The other two vehicles fled the area unharmed and continued toward the southern Abyan province.

A heavy government presence was at the scene immediately after the attack and residents said thick smoke and flames could be seen from miles away.

Among the dead were three al Qaeda leaders, according to the officials, who called the attack a blow to the al Qaeda network in the country.

The strike occurred nearly a week after a senior operative of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula was killed by a CIA drone strike and less than three weeks after a Yemeni-linked terror plot to bring down a U.S.-bound jetliner was foiled.

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Filed under: Al Qaeda • Terrorism • U.S. • Yemen
Open thread: Same-sex marriage and your life
May 12th, 2012
01:26 AM ET

Open thread: Same-sex marriage and your life

This week, President Obama announced his personal support for same-sex marriage. The endorsement came a day after North Carolina voters passed a constitutional amendment that bans gay marriage in their state.

So, we want to know - what does Obama's announcement mean to you? Will it make any difference in your life?

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Filed under: Barack Obama • Same-sex marriage • U.S.