February 16, 2012 RSS feed / World

Nigerian underwear bomber in court

DETROIT ( AP) — Alain Ghonda travels the globe with heightened awareness after Christmas 2009, when a plane he was on could have been destroyed in midair by a terrorist smuggling a bomb in his underwear. More...

Foreclosure activity higher in January

LOS ANGELES ( AP) — Banks took back more U.S. homes in January than in the previous month, the latest sign that foreclosures are accelerating after slowing sharply last year while lenders sorted out foreclosure abuse claims. More...

Israeli PM says Iran sanctions not working

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says sanctions imposed on Iran are important but so far haven’t been effective. More...

‘Piggyback Bandit’ banned in 5 states

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The stocky man showed up in a basketball uniform for a game at Century High School in North Dakota. More...

Wholesale prices move up 0.1 percent

WASHINGTON ( AP) — Wholesale prices moved up slightly last month, held back by cheaper energy and food costs. More...

Housing starts in U.S. rise modestly

WASHINGTON ( AP) — Construction of single-family homes cooled off slightly in January after surging in the final month last year. More...

Bulldog adopts 6 wild boar piglets in Germany

BERLIN (AP) — Forget the three little pigs hiding from the big bad wolf. These six little pigs have found a new friend in a maternal French bulldog named Baby. 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...

Michigan governor supports Romney

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder today threw his support behind Mitt Romney’s bid for the Republican presidential nomination, calling the former Massachusetts governor “the man for the job.” More...

GM records its highest profit ever

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors earned its highest profit ever last year. The 103-year-old company made $7.6 billion in 2011, up 62 percent from 2010. Full-year revenue rose 11 percent to $105 billion. More...

Rescuer killed trying to aid snowmobiler

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — A helicopter crash in remote northwest Wyoming has killed one of the three people aboard who were trying to help a snowmobiler, and sheriff ’s officials say the snowmobiler also has died. More...

U.N. chief addresses killings in Syria

VIENNA (AP) — U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki- moon says Syria’s relentless attacks on civilians could amount to crimes against humanity. More...

N. Korea observes birthday of late leader

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Smiling and saluting, new leader Kim Jong Un reviewed a parade of thousands of soldiers today who vowed to protect him with their lives as North Korea commemorated the 70th birthday of his late father, Kim Jong Il. More...

Unemployment applications keep falling

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking unemployment benefits fell to the lowest point in almost four years last week, the latest signal that the job market is steadily improving. More...

Probe finds Iraqi V.P. behind death squads

BAGHDAD (AP) — An Iraqi investigation panel says the country’s Sunni vice president and his employees were behind years of deadly attacks on security officials and Shiite pilgrims. More...

Joseph Kennedy III launches campaign

NEWTON, Mass. ( AP) — Joseph Kennedy III has launched his campaign for the Massachusetts congressional seat now held by retiring U.S. Rep. Barney Frank. More...

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...

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. More...