February 9, 2012 RSS feed / World

Jobless aid applications drop

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking unemployment aid neared a four- year low last week, an encouraging sign that strong hiring could continue in the coming months. More...

German man wins Empire race again

NEW YORK (AP) — A German runner has won an annual race up 86 flights of stairs at the Empire State Building for a record seventh straight time.  Stuttgart resident Thomas Dold completed the Empire State Building Run- Up on Wednesday in 10 More...

Fidelity says 401(k) balances unchanged

BOSTON (AP) — Workers stashed money away in their 401(k) retirement plans at a faster clip last year but didn’t get an immediate reward for their savings strategy. More...

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood wants government sacked

CAIRO ( AP) — Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood is calling on the country’s ruling generals to sack the current military-appointed government, saying it has failed to manage the deteriorating security and economic situation in the country. More...

Global check on A380 wings ordered

BERLIN (AP) — Europe’s air safety authority has ordered checks on the entire global fleet of Airbus A380 superjumbo jets for cracks on parts inside the wings — extending a previous order to check nearly a third of the planes.  More...

Many report illness at cheerleading event

OLYMPIA, Wash. More...

EU threatens new sanctions on Syria

BEIRUT (AP) — The European Union will impose harsher sanctions on Syria, a senior EU official said today, as Russia tried to broker talks between the vice president and the opposition to calm violence. More...

Canada, China sign energy agreement

BEIJING ( AP) — Canada and China have signed agreements to boost bilateral investment and promote energy exports to China as Ottawa seeks to diversify its oil sales.  The agreements were signed today during the first full day of a visit by More...

Russian scientists finally reach lake under Antarctica

MOSCOW ( AP) — After more than two decades of drilling in Antarctica, Russian scientists have reached the surface of a gigantic freshwater lake hidden under miles of ice for some 20 million years — a lake that may hold life from the dista More...

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Looking for a promising career in a lousy economy? More...

Ford losing two top officials to retirement

DETROIT (AP) — Ford says two top executives who helped lead its comeback are retiring.  Chief Financial Officer Lewis Booth and global product development chief Derrick Kuzak both will retire April 1.  But CEO Alan Mulally says he has More...

Greece reaches austerity deal

ATHENS, Greece ( AP) — Greece has reached a tentative agreement on new austerity cuts demanded by creditors to release a (euro) 130 billion ($ 173 billion) bailout, hours before a crucial meeting of finance ministers in Brussels, Prime Minister More...

States and banks reach mortgage settlement

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal officials say a deal has been reached between states and the nation’s biggest mortgage lenders over foreclosure abuses.  The Justice Department said today that the settlement will be announced at a news conf More...

Romney’s bad day is Santorum’s best

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Rick Santorum is looking to capitalize on a string of stunning victories that snapped his fourstate losing streak and raised new questions about front-runner Mitt Romney’s clout with conservatives.  More...

Poland says weather kills 6 more people

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Interior Ministry says that six more people have died as a result of the freezing weather that is keeping the rest of Europe in its icy grip.  Hundreds of people have died across Europe and thousands more were str More...

Trooper: Driver hit with sledge hammer

RENTON, Wash. More...

L.A. school district hopes to restore trust with shake-up

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The move by school district administrators to replace the entire staff at an elementary school rocked by teacher sex abuse claims was a bold step to restore parents’ badly shaken confidence at the school, but it has bee More...

2 vehicles collide in India, killing 23

LUCKNOW, India (AP) — At least 23 members of a wedding party have been killed after their bus collided with a truck in northern India.  Police spokesman Surendra Srivastava says 36 other passengers were injured in the pre- dawn crash today More...

UK lawmakers question military capabilities

LONDON   Britain would struggle to mount another operation on the scale of its intervention in Libya because of deep defense cuts, a report from lawmakers warned today.  More...

Autopsy: Kids suffered hatchet wounds

GRAHAM, Wash.   Josh Powell painted himself as a tortured man, ridiculed without reason in the disappearance of his wife, steadfastly insisting he was innocent until the end.  More...