January 4, 2012 RSS feed / World

Chrysler sales up 26 percent

DETROIT (AP) — Chrysler says its U.S. sales rose 26 percent last year as its turnaround gained traction. The company ended the year with a 37- percent increase in December sales on strong demand for the Jeep Wrangler and Chrysler 200 sedan. More...

Grocery chain yanks Alec Baldwin TV ads

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Alec Baldwin’s antics aboard an American Airlines flight have gotten him grounded as a spokesman for a New Yorkbased supermarket chain. More...

Woman pleads guilty in Facebook plot

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia woman has avoided prison after admitting she posted a Facebook offer of $1,000 for someone to kill her baby’s father. More...

Mall trade group reports sales surge

NEW YORK (AP) — A flurry of post-Christmas shopping helped sales surge in the last week of December, according to a mall trade group’s report released today. More...

Bush presidency barely noted in races

PERRY, Iowa ( AP) — A funny thing happened recently in the presidential campaign in Iowa: The last Republican president’s name actually surfaced. More...

Vital or vile? Coroner posts facial photos

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The corpses’ faces are mostly bloated, their skin pale and discolored. One man’s lips are stiffened into a grim frown and he stares with half-open eyes. 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...

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...

Teen arrested in Gardiner robbery

GARDINER (AP) — Police have arrested a 16-year-old boy in connection with the robbery of prescription drugs from a Gardiner pharmacy this week. More...

Manhunt ends with 2 arrests

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — With a plane circling overhead and police on the ground, Logan McFarland and Angela Atwood ended an intensive four-day manhunt by telling officers, “We give up.” More...

Activists: Syria misleads observers

BEIRUT ( AP) — Activists accused President Bashar Assad’s regime today of misleading Arab League observers by taking them only to areas loyal to the government and changing street signs to confuse them. More...

Parts of space probe set to fall Jan. 15

MOSCOW ( AP) — Fragments of a failed Russian space probe are now expected to fall to Earth on Jan. 15, officials said today. More...

Leader welcomes Taliban office in Qatar

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan President Hamid Karzai is welcoming a possible deal that would allow Taliban insurgents to open an office in Qatar in order to hold talks with the United States. More...

Bonnie and Clyde guns for sale in Missouri

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — Bidders will get a chance later this month to buy two weapons once owned by Bonnie and Clyde. More...

Yahoo names new CEO

NEW YORK (AP) — Yahoo Inc. has named Scott Thompson, president of eBay Inc.’s PayPal division, as its new CEO. More...

L.A. arson spree calms following man’s arrest

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It was another night of firefighters scrambling across the nation’s second largest city to snuff out a series of arson attacks when a tip came in about a German man who matched the description of someone with a shoulder More...

N.Y.C. police probe firebombing attacks

NEW YORK (AP) — Police kept watch over a globally prominent Islamic cultural center that was firebombed as they investigated other attacks that also could be bias crimes. 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...