January 23, 2012 RSS feed / World

EU adopts Iran oil embargo

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union imposed an oil embargo against Iran today and froze the assets of its central bank, part of sanctions to pressure Iranian officials into resuming talks on the country’s controversial nuclear program. More...

GOP contest heats up

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France mulls early pullout as 4 killed

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — France suspended its training operations in Afghanistan and threatened to withdraw its entire force from the country early, after an Afghan wearing an army uniform shot and killed four French troops today and wounded o More...

U.S. general holds talks in Israel on Iran

JERUSALEM (AP) — The U.S. military’s top general conducted an intense string of closed talks with Israeli leaders today, amid apparent disagreements between the two countries over how to respond to Iran’s nuclear program. More...

250,000 without power in Wash.

SEATTLE ( AP) — About 250,000 electric customers around Seattle, Tacoma and Olympia were without power today because of a winter storm that coated much of Washington state in ice, swelled Oregon rivers and brought the expectation of more floodi More...

Calif. port finalizing $4.6B shipping lease

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — The Port of Long Beach, the nation’s second-largest cargo container facility, reached a tentative $4.6 billion, 40- year lease with a major Hong Kong-based shipping container line, it was reported Thursday. More...

GM retakes title of top-selling automaker

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors has retaken the title of world’s top-selling automaker, selling just over 9 million cars and trucks across the globe. More...

Fuel transfer done in Nome, Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A massive effort to pump fuel from a Russian tanker to the iced- in Alaska city of Nome is complete, moving an estimated 1.3 million gallons into the city that faced a shortage after missing its last delivery. More...

Feds shut down file-sharing website

McLEAN, Va. (AP) — Federal prosecutors in Virginia have shut down one of the world’s largest file-sharing sites, Megaupload.com, and charged its founder and others with violating piracy laws. More...

Mixed record for Obama’s State of the Union goals

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LePage prepares State of State speech

AUGUSTA (AP) — Gov. Paul LePage delivers his first State of the State address this week. Tuesday night’s speech before a joint House-Senate session will be aired statewide. More...

Killer storms pound South, Midwest

CLAY, Ala. Two people were killed in the Birmingham, Ala., area as storms pounded the South and Midwest, prompting tornado warnings in a handful of states early today. More...

Army report: Suicides down, violent crimes up

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of suicides among soldiers has been leveling off but there’s been a dramatic jump in domestic violence, sex crimes and other destructive behavior in a force that has been stressed by a decade of war, a new Arm More...

Six killed in crash were U.S. Marines

WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior U.S. defense official said today all six reported killed in the crash of a U.S. helicopter in Afghanistan were U.S. Marines. The helicopter crashed Thursday in Afghanistan’s southern province of Helmand. More...

Grounded cruise ship shifts again

ROME (AP) — The cruise ship grounded off Tuscany shifted again on its rocky perch today, forcing the suspension of diving search operations for the 21 people still missing and raising concerns about the stability of the ship’s resting pla More...

Arab League likely to extend Syria mission

BEIRUT (AP) — The Arab League is likely to extend the organization’s observer mission in Syria, despite complaints from the Syrian opposition that it has failed to curb bloodshed in the country, two League officials said today. More...

Plans for Churchill library in U.S. revealed

WASHINGTON (AP) — An international group seeking to preserve the legacy of Winston Churchill announced plans Thursday to create the first U.S. research center devoted to the longtime British leader. More...

2 face charges after airport drug bust

BOSTON (AP) — Police say two Puerto Rican men have been arrested at Boston’s Logan Airport after a drug dog sniffed cocaine in their luggage. More...

Boy, 10, pleads not guilty to murder

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A 10- year-old boy accused of fatally stabbing his 12- year- old friend has pleaded not guilty in San Diego to charges of murder and assault. More...