December 6, 2011 RSS feed / World

Judge weighs Occupy ruling

BANGOR (AP) — A federal judge on Monday promised a ruling within two days on Occupy Augusta’s request for a court order allowing the activists to remain in a park near the Maine State House without a permit. More...

Sham ’shroom scam foiled

EPHRATA, Pa. ( AP) — A central Pennsylvania man is behind bars after police say he tried to pass off storebought mushrooms as the illegal psychedelic variety. More...

Naked, steroid-crazed bodybuilder attacks couple

COLTON, Calif. ( AP) — Police say a naked, 300-pound bodybuilder savagely beat a Southern California couple at their home, leaving them in critical condition. More...

Bachmann: Romney, Gingrich have ‘flaws’

Rep. Michele Bachmann said today she still thinks she has a good chance of winning the Iowa Republican caucuses, saying presidential campaign rivals Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney “have significant flaws.” More...

Merkel, Sarkozy seek deal to save euro

PARIS (AP) — The leaders of Germany and France will try to agree today on a cohesive plan to help save the euro through stricter oversight of government budgets. More...

U.S. pledges continued support for Afghanistan

BONN, Germany ( AP) — The United States and other nations vowed today to keep supporting Afghanistan after most foreign forces leave the country in 2014, as the nation faces an enduring Taliban-led insurgency and possible financial collapse. More...

Alaska gas station fire injures 5

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A fire that burned a gas station near Denali National Park was apparently started by an explosion inside the convenience store, Alaska state troopers said. Trooper Sgt. More...

Jobless rate drops sharply

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. unemployment rate fell last month to its lowest level in more than two and a half years, as employers stepped up hiring in response to the slowly improving economy. More...

Myanmar rebels sign cease-fire

BANGKOK ( AP) — Exile media outlets say the Shan ethnic rebel group has signed a low-level cease-fire with the government in Myanmar. More...

Winter storm blasts New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N. M. ( AP) — A severe winter blast has struck most of New Mexico, closing schools and shutting down major highways across the state. More...

Bomber kills 54 in Kabul

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber struck a crowd of Shiite worshippers at a mosque in Kabul today, killing at least 54 people in the deadliest of two attacks on a Shiite holy day — the first major sectarian assaults since the fal More...

Merkel downplays S&P warning

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel today downplayed Standard & Poor’s warning that it might cut the credit rating of 15 eurozone countries, including Germany’s, because the region’s financial crisis is worsening withou More...

Trebek stalker avoids lengthy prison sentence

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The woman accused of burglarizing “ Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek’s hotel room in San Francisco this summer won’t face a “three strikes” charge that could have sent her to prison for 25 yea More...

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Pakistan pulls forces from Afghan border ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan today temporarily recalled some troops from border posts meant to coordinate activity with international forces in neighboring Afghanistan. More...

Police shoot, kill suspect on train

DALLAS (AP) — An undercover police operation erupted in gunfire aboard an Amtrak train idling at Union Station in downtown Dallas, leaving a suspect dead and an undercover narcotics officer and a bystander wounded. More...

Putin’s party barely hangs onto its majority

MOSCOW (AP) — Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s party saw its majority in Russia’s parliament weaken sharply, according to preliminary election results released today, a humiliating setback for the man who has steadily tightened his g More...

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Court: Assange can continue legal fight LONDON (AP) — A British court today gave WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange permission to continue his legal battle to avoid extradition to Sweden over sex crimes allegations. More...

Yemeni troops shell southern city, killing 3

SANAA, Yemen ( AP) — Yemeni government troops have shelled residential areas in the restive southern city of Taiz for a fourth straight day, killing three people there today, residents said. More...

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Cain confers with wife, ponders future COLUMBIA, S. C. More...