December 30, 2011 RSS feed / World

2 dead, 61 hurt in pileup

NEW ORLEANS ( AP) — Two men died and 61 other people were injured Thursday in a pre-dawn pileup involving about 40 cars, vans and other vehicles on a busy interstate that crosses New Orleans, closing the route for hours both ways, police said. More...

Pot place won’t have ‘vapor lounge’

PORTLAND (AP) — The operators of a medical marijuana dispensary scheduled to open in Portland say they will not have a “vapor lounge” at the site after state officials raised concerns.  A “vapor lounge” is an area w More...

Plane returns safely to Bangor airport

BANGOR (AP) — A plane has landed safely at Bangor International Airport after a cockpit warning light came on shortly after takeoff.  An airport spokeswoman says the Philadelphia-bound plane took off from Bangor this morning and quickly tu More...

Russia says nuclear sub fire finally out

MOSCOW (AP) — Firefighters extinguished a massive fire aboard a docked Russian nuclear submarine today as some crew members remained inside, officials said, giving assurances that there was no radiation leak and the vessel’s nuclear-tippe More...

Composer: Olympics will hurt theaters

LONDON (AP) — Andrew Lloyd Webber says London’s Olympic Games will force most of the capital’s theaters to close for the summer.  Lloyd Weber said today the games will make it “ very tough” for shows in London&rsquo More...

Caviar discovered in Russian morgue

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia ( AP) — Even people who think caviar is to die for might lose their appetite when it’s stored in a hospital morgue.  But that’s where St. More...

N. Koreans salute, cry for late leader Kim Jong Il

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea’s next leader escorted his father’s hearse in an elaborate state funeral on a bitter, snowy day today, bowing and saluting in front of tens of thousands of citizens who wailed and stamped th More...

Preventive care: It’s free, except when it’s not free

CHICAGO — Bill Dunphy thought his colonoscopy would be free. His insurance company told him it would be covered 100 percent, with no copayment from him and no charge against his deductible. More...

Missing Ind. girl found dead, babysitter arrested

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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...

Smaller Tavern on the Green planned

NEW YORK (AP) — Two years after the glitzy Tavern on the Green restaurant in Central Park closed, New York City officials are looking to open a scaled-down version.  The New York Post reports that the city is seeking an operator for a more More...

North Korea vows no softening under new leader

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea warned the world today there would be no softening of its position toward South Korea’s government after Kim Jong Il’s death as Pyongyang strengthened his son and heir’s authority with More...

Horse, 2 cats killed in fire in Farmington

FARMINGTON (AP) — The state fire marshal’s office is investigating a fire in western Maine that destroyed a large barn and stable, killing a horse and two cats.  When firefighters arrived at the Knowlton Corner Farm in Farmington at More...

Egypt rights groups blast raids on offices

CAIRO ( AP) — Several Egyptian rights groups today accused the country’s ruling military council of using “ repressive tools” of the deposed regime in waging an “unprecedented campaign” against pro-democracy organi More...

2 face charges after nude McDonald’s run

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Odd notes, mad-dash trips mark Iowa closing sprint

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s GOP presidential contest remains deeply unsettled, if not downright strange, five days before the Jan. 3 caucus.  Rep. Ron Paul, drawing big crowds, got a surprise endorsement Wednesday night from Rep. More...

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Longshot Ron Paul’s rising chances in Iowa   SAN ANTONIO ( AP) — Ron Paul wants to legalize pot and shut down the Federal Reserve. More...

How to avoid costly surprises

Experts offer the following tips for avoiding surprise medical bills for preventive care:  — Call your insurance plan — the 800-number on the back of your insurance card — to find out whether the plan must comply with the Affor More...

Lawyer says soldier-shooting client was attacked

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — The lawyer for the 19- year- old California man charged with the attempted murder of an Afghanistan war veteran said his client was under attack when gunfire rang out.  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 nominatin More...