January 2, 2012 RSS feed / World

Passers-by rescue 3 children from icy Utah river

SALT LAKE CITY Former police officer Chris Willden didn’t hesitate when he realized children were trapped in an upside down car in an icy Utah river. He pulled his handgun, pushed it up against the submerged windows and shot out the glass. 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. 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. 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

GALESBURG, Ill. (AP) — Two people who pulled up at a McDonald’s drive- thru in western Illinois completely naked face public indecency charges. More...

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...

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...

Mt. Rainier ranger shot to death

MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK, Wash. Tactical teams searched Mount Rainier National Park’s snowy terrain for an armed gunman suspected of killing a park ranger. More...

Romney looks to fend off Santorum, Paul

DAVENPORT, Iowa The Iowa race remarkably fluid, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney faces a suddenly surging Rick Santorum, an unpredictable Ron Paul factor and the challenge of winning over undecided conservatives in a state that spurned More...

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. 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. 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. 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...

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 Affordable More...