February 15, 2012 RSS feed / World

Lawmakers digest deal on payroll tax cut

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional leaders are gauging lawmakers’ reactions toatentativedealextendinga2percentage point payroll tax cut and extra jobless benefits through 2012, a pact bargainers reached after House Republicans conceded that More...

Countries voice doubts over Greek bailout

BRUSSELS (AP) — Some eurozone countries have strong doubts over whether a second massive bailout can actually save Greece, officials said today, even as Athens rushed to meet tough conditions to qualify for the (euro) 130 billion ($170 billion) More...

Cold snap in Eastern Europe kills 500

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Authorities in Eastern Europe say more than 500 people have died during a record- breaking cold snap that has brought the heaviest snowfalls in recent memory.  More...

Syrian president orders referendum

BEIRUT ( AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad ordered a referendum for later this month on a new constitution that would allow political parties other than his ruling Baath Party, the centerpiece of reforms he has promised to ease the crisis, ev More...

Bail bill addresses domestic violence

AUGUSTA   The murders last June of a mother and her two children in Dexter underscores the need for legislation addressing bail in domestic violence cases, lawmakers were told Monday.  More...

Syrian shelling on Homs increases

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces renewed their assault on the rebellious city of Homs today in what activists described as the heaviest shelling in days, as the U.N. human rights chief raised fears of civil war.  More...

Police: Houston was underwater when found

LOS ANGELES ( AP) — Whitney Houston’s life was a doleful cover of other addiction riddled pop stars who put their talent and themselves at risk.  Her death has created more heartrending echoes of tragedies past: The painstaking inves More...

GOP critics hit Obama’s $3.8 trillion budget

WASHINGTON   President Barack Obama feels he has struck just the right budget balance between providing more short-term support for the economy while putting forth a longterm plan to get control of the government’s soaring budget deficits. More...

Grammys honor Houston, celebrate their ‘fallen sister’

The Grammy Awards was transformed into a Whitney Houston memorial, where attendees celebrated the pop star and the show hurriedly assembled a last-minute tribute.  More...

Report on cause of Houston’s death awaits toxicology results

LOS ANGELES   As the music industry gathered in downtown Los Angeles for the annual Grammy Awards gala, the body of pop superstar Whitney Houston was resting blocks away in the county morgue as investigators awaited the results of an autopsy to More...

Greeks clean up damage after riots

ATHENS, Greece ( AP) — Firefighters doused smoldering buildings and cleanup crews swept rubble from the streets of central Athens today following a night of rioting during which lawmakers approved harsh new austerity measures demanded by bailou More...

Pekingese becomes America’s top dog

NEW YORK ( AP) — The crowd at Madison Square Garden grew louder with every tiny step Malachy took, and he sure took a lot of them just to get halfway around the dog show ring.  That was perfect for this Pekingese. More...

Fire in Honduras leaves 272 dead

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras ( AP) — Trapped inmates screamed from their cells as a fire swept through a Honduran prison, killing at least 272 inmates, authorities said today.  The fire broke out Tuesday night at a prison in Comayagua, a town 90 More...

Iran says it’s using advanced centrifuges

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian news agency says that the country has started using new advanced centrifuges at its main uranium enrichment site.  The semiofficial Fars agency reported today that a “new generation of Iranian centrifug More...

Obama touting manufacturing at Wisconsin plant

WASHINGTON   Pointing to a rebound in manufacturing, President Barack Obama today is visiting a Milwaukee plant that has brought back jobs to the United States.  More...

Wash. gov signs gay marriage bill

OLYMPIA, Wash.   Gov. More...

N.J. Senate OKs gay marriage bill in milestone vote

TRENTON, N.J. More...

Bombers target Israeli diplomats in Georgia, India

JERUSALEM ( AP) — Assailants targeted Israeli diplomats in India and Georgia in near- simultaneous strikes today, wounding two people in a car bombing in New Delhi, officials said. More...

Adele top winner with 6 Grammys

LOS ANGELES   Adele, who captured the world’s heart with an album about a broken romance, emerged as the top winner at Sunday’s Grammy Awards, winning six trophies including the prestigious trifecta of record, song and album of the y More...

Obama’s budget headed to Congress

WASHINGTON   President Barack Obama has sent Congress a new budget that seeks to achieve $4 trillion in deficit reduction over the next decade through cuts in government spending and higher taxes on the wealthy. More...