January 16, 2012 RSS feed / World

Costa CEO blames capt. error for ship grounding

ROME The captain of the cruise ship that capsized off Tuscany made an unauthorized deviation from its programmed course, a “human error” that led to the vessel’s deadly grounding, the ship’s Italian owner said today. More...

Delta: Flight diverted for ‘unruly’ couple

ATLANTA (AP) — Officials say a Delta Air Lines flight from Atlanta to Costa Rica was diverted to Tampa, Fla., on Sunday evening after a couple from Germany became unruly. More...

Texas mom sentenced to 45 years

BRENTWOOD, N.H. (AP) — A Texas woman who suffocated her 6-year-old son in a New Hampshire motel room and left his body along a dirt road in Maine has been sentenced to 45 years in prison. More...

Fuel-bearing ship just 6 miles from Nome

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A Russian tanker hauling much-needed fuel across the ice-choked Bering Sea to the Alaska city of Nome was just six miles from its destination this morning. More...

Man accused of taking cop car caught

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Thousands attend nuke expert’s funeral

TEHRAN, Iran ( AP) — Thousands of mourners chanted “Death to Israel” and “ Death to America” today during the funeral of a slain nuclear expert whom Iranian officials accuse the two nations of killing in a bomb blast thi More...

Ringtone halts N.Y. Philharmonic

NEW YORK (AP) — It’s the dreaded sound at any live performance — a ringing cellphone. More...

German economy stalled

BERLIN ( AP) — Germany’s economy slipped into reverse in the last quarter of 2011 in spite of showing strong overall growth for the year of 3 percent, the country’s Federal Statistics Office said today. More...

Spacecraft aiming for August landing

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A NASA spacecraft hurtling toward Mars prepared to fire its thrusters today to put itself on course for an August landing. More...

Syria’s Assad makes appearance at rally

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad joined thousands of his supporters today in an extremely rare public appearance, telling a pro- regime rally in the capital that the “ conspiracy” against his country will fail. More...

Former AP executive Fink dies

Conrad Fink, who taught a generation of journalists at the University of Georgia after a career as a foreign correspondent and executive for The Associated Press, died Saturday at age 80. More...

Tanker carrying fuel arrives at iced-in AK town

NOME, Alaska ( AP) — Crews are laying the “ icework” for the final leg of a Russian tanker’s mission to deliver fuel to the Alaskan town of Nome, building a path over a half- mile of Bering Sea ice to lay a hose for the fuel t More...

Marine video outrage not stopping peace talk moves

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pentagon officials worry that outrage over a video purporting to depict Marines urinating on Taliban corpses will tarnish the reputation of the entire military. More...

Beijing Apple store egged

BEIJING ( AP) — Angry customers and gangs of scalpers threw eggs at Apple Inc.’s Beijing store today after the iPhone 4S launch there was canceled due to concerns over the crowd’s size. More...

Arab League warns of Syria civil war

BEIRUT (AP) — The head of the Arab League warned today that Syria may be sliding toward civil war, as security forces fired on thousands of people who poured into the streets in support of army defectors who switched sides to try to topple Pres More...

November trade defict hits $47.8 billion

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit widened in November for the first time in five months. Exports fell for a second straight month while imports rose to an all-time high, driven by rising demand for oil and foreign-made cars. More...

Bomb kills Iranian nuke expert

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Two assailants on a motorcycle attached a magnetic bomb to the car of an Iranian university professor working at a key nuclear facility, killing him and his driver today, reports said. More...

Spy agency named as gay-friendly employer

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s domestic spy agency MI5 was named as one of the country’s most gay-friendly employers today. More...

Twinkies maker seeks bankruptcy protection

NEW YORK (AP) — Hostess Brands Inc., the maker of Twinkies and Wonder Bread, is seeking bankruptcy protection, blaming its pension and medical benefits obligations, increased competition and tough economic conditions. More...

Handcuffed man steals police car

KOUTS, Ind. ( AP) — Authorities say a handcuffed man has stolen a police cruiser in northwest Indiana, and he radioed police for help in finding the car’s cigarette lighter and a key to unlock his hands. More...