January 5, 2012 RSS feed / World

Fewer people sought unemployment aid

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking unemployment benefits fell further last week, ending the year on a three-month run of declines that point to stronger hiring in 2012. More...

Many retailers report solid sales gains

NEW YORK (AP) — Many retailers are reporting solid sales gains for December, capping a decent holiday season, but shoppers bent on discounts exacted a high price. More...

Longtime Navajo Code Talkers group president dies

Keith Little envisioned a place that would house the stories of the Navajo Code Talkers and where people could learn more about the famed World War II group who used their native language as a weapon. More...

Farmers, manatees endure cold

PLANT CITY, Fla. (AP) — Strawberry growers, manatees and tropical fish farmers are hopeful a cold front that covered much of Florida won’t do much damage. More...

Texas police kill 8th grader

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The parents of an eighth grader who was fatally shot by police inside his South Texas school are demanding to know why officers took lethal action, but police said the boy was brandishing — and refused to drop &m More...

Syria releases 500 political prisoners

BEIRUT ( AP) — Syrian authorities have released more than 500 prisoners accused of involvement in anti-regime activities, state TV reported today, in what appeared to be another gesture to comply with the Arab League plan to end the regime&rsqu More...

Prosecutor: Mubarak linked to killings

CAIRO ( AP) — The chief prosecutor in the Hosni Mubarak trial said today he holds the ousted leader “politically and legally” responsible for the killing of protesters during the 18-day uprising that toppled his regime last year. More...

Utah officer dies following shootout

OGDEN, Utah (AP) — Gunfire erupted as anti- drug police served a search warrant in an Ogden neighborhood, fatally wounding one officer and injuring five other police and a suspect, authorities said. The shots rang out before 9 p.m. More...

Portland arena may close during work

PORTLAND ( AP) — The Cumberland County Civic Center’s trustees are weighing whether to shut down the arena during a $ 33 million renovation project. More...

Farmington explosion debris sent to ATF lab

FARMINGTON ( AP) — Investigators say an explosion this week on a remote Farmington road was likely caused by a homemade pyrotechnic device. More...

Man charged with filing false report

BANGOR (AP) — Police say a Bangor man has been charged after falsely accusing an undercover officer of stealing $500 from him. Officials say Bangor police Lt. More...

Killings rock Navy community

SAN DIEGO ( AP) — The two Navy fighter- jet pilots were in their prime, having made the cut into one of the military’s most competitive programs. More...

Iran’s currency rebounds on pledge of stability

Iran’s national currency rebounded Wednesday from record lows after the central bank chief acknowledged with rare candor that the “ psychological effects” of new U.S. More...

Factory orders rise, but business investment slips

WASHINGTON ( AP) — Orders for factory- made goods that signal business investment plans fell for a second straight month, part of a mixed report on manufacturing in November. More...

BIG TUNA

KIYOSHI KIMURA, president of Kiyomura Co., left, cuts a bluefin tuna in front of his Sushi Zanmai restaurant near the Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo today. More...

Attacks kill 57 people in Iraq

BAGHDAD (AP) — A suicide bomber targeting Shiite pilgrims in southern Iraq killed 30 people, just hours after a wave of bombings hit Shiite areas in Baghdad and killed 27 others, officials said today. More...

Red Cross worker kidnapped in Pakistan

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Armed men kidnapped a British Red Cross worker from the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta today, highlighting the fragile security situation in the country, police said. More...

Fiat gets another 5 percent of Chrysler

DETROIT (AP) — Fiat has added 5 percent to its majority ownership of Chrysler. The Italian automaker got the added stake by making a car in the U. S. that gets 40 miles per gallon of gas. More...

Wildfires on Blackfeet Reservation reported

BROWNING, Mont. (AP) — Two wildfires raging on Montana’s Blackfeet Indian Reservation early today burned thousands of acres, forced scores to evacuate and destroyed several buildings, officials said. More...