December 27, 2011 RSS feed / World

Missing Ind. girl found dead, babysitter arrested

FORT WAYNE, Ind. The neighbor who was babysitting a 9-year-old Indiana girl when she went missing last week will be formally charged with murder today, a heartbreaking turn for the girl’s relatives who considered him a family friend. More...

Helicopter crash kills 3, puts transplant on hold

MIAMI A helicopter that was on its way to retrieve a heart for transplant crashed in northern Florida, killing all three on board and leaving the transplant patient having to wait for another organ to become available. More...

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U.K.’s Prince Philip remains in hospital LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Prince Philip spent a third night in the hospital as he recovers after treatment for a blocked coronary artery. More...

Congress hopes to wrap up work today on payroll tax cuts

WASHINGTON ( AP) — Capping a full retreat by House GOP leaders, Congress will convene today in hopes of approving a stopgap measure renewing payroll tax cuts for every worker and unemployment benefits for millions — despite serious opposi More...

Calif. nurses go on strike

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Nurses in California went on strike Thursday — some for the second time in three months — in the latest dispute between nurses and hospital management over health-care costs, staffing levels and sick leave. More...

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Customs leader to leave position WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of Customs and Border Protection will leave his post at the end of the month. More...

Roundup nabs $76M in fake goods

MIAMI (AP) — Authorities conducting a six-week counterfeit sweep in three countries seized 327,000 phony items, including fake Hello Kitty clothing and cheap imitation Casio G-Shock sport watches that if legitimate carry suggested retail prices More...

With Havel’s death, his legacy faces threats

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — When Czech playwright Vaclav Havel was thrown in prison for his anti-communist writings, life for people across the East Bloc was shaped by the soul-crushing repression of rigged elections, tapped phones and isolation behi More...

Baghdad bombings kill at least 60

BAGHDAD (AP) — A wave of at least 14 bombings ripped across Baghdad this morning, killing at least 60 people in the worst violence Iraq has seen for months. More...

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Bachmann, Perry and Gingrich touring Iowa DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Three Republican presidential candidates, each claiming to be the truly conservative alternative to Mitt Romney, are launching bus tours today through this early nominating stat More...

Soldier shot at homecoming in critical condition

LOS ANGELES A soldier who survived a suicide bombing attack in Afghanistan continues to fight for his life after he was critically wounded at his Southern California homecoming party. More...

North Korea: Economic accords discussed with South delegation

PYONGYANG, North Korea ( AP) — A South Korean mourning delegation returned home today after meeting with North Korea’s next leader, who has rapidly gained prominence since his father’s death. More...

U.S. weighing request for Yemen’s leader

HONOLULU ( AP) — The Obama administration is considering whether to allow Yemen’s outgoing president into the United States for medical treatment, as fresh violence and political tensions flare in the strategically important Middle Easter More...

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Twin explosions shake Syrian capital DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Twin explosions shook the heart of the Syrian capital today, and state TV blamed a double suicide car bombing that it said may have been the work of al-Qaida. More...

Jobless claims keep falling

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the latest sign that the economy is surging at year’s end, unemployment claims have dropped to the lowest level since April 2008, long before anyone realized that the nation was in a recession. More...

NORAD Santa trackers stand by

Santa already is piling up big numbers on social networking sites this season, so the volunteer Santa trackers at NORAD are bracing for tens of thousands of calls and emails when their operations center goes live on Christmas Eve. More...

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Man tried driving hurt deer to hospital GREECE, N. Y. ( AP) — Police say a drunken New York man struck a deer with his vehicle, then tried driving the injured animal to a nearby hospital — for humans. More...

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Italy seeking women with breast implants ROME (AP) — Italy’s health ministry is asking hospitals to track down women who received silicone breast implants made by a suspect French company due to concerns the implants may be unsafe. More...

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Turkey condemns Syria for killings BEIRUT (AP) — A team of Arab observers headed to Syria today as neighboring Turkey condemned President Bashar Assad for turning his country into a “bloodbath” after the regime killed more than 200 More...

Investigator: Pilot said he picked up ice before crash

MORRIS TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — The pilot of a small plane that crashed on a New Jersey highway and killed all five people on board told air traffic controllers he was accumulating ice as he ascended, federal investigators said Wednesday. More...