January 6, 2012 RSS feed / World

Wounded Iraq vet gets free house

COLUMBIA, S. C. ( AP) — Two firms that are part of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina are providing $20,000 to provide a mortgagefree home for an Army veteran wounded in Iraq. More...

NASA questions Lovell’s right to sell checklist

MIAMI ( AP) — NASA is questioning whether Apollo 13 commander James Lovell has the right to sell a 70-page checklist from the flight that includes his handwritten calculations crucial in guiding the damaged spacecraft back to Earth. More...

Auschwitz has record number of visitors

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The memorial site of Auschwitz-Birkenau says it saw more than 1.4 million visitors in 2011, a record high for the former death camp. More...

Pope Benedict names 22 new cardinals

VATICAN CITY ( AP) — Pope Benedict XVI named 22 new cardinals today, including prelates in such key posts as New York and Hong Kong and a large number of Italians holding major Vatican positions. More...

Farmington explosion debris sent to ATF lab

FARMINGTON ( AP) — Investigators say an explosion this week on a remote Farmington road was likely caused by a homemade pyrotechnic device. More...

Man charged with filing false report

BANGOR (AP) — Police say a Bangor man has been charged after falsely accusing an undercover officer of stealing $500 from him. Officials say Bangor police Lt. More...

Killings rock Navy community

SAN DIEGO ( AP) — The two Navy fighter- jet pilots were in their prime, having made the cut into one of the military’s most competitive programs. More...

Longtime Navajo Code Talkers group president dies

Keith Little envisioned a place that would house the stories of the Navajo Code Talkers and where people could learn more about the famed World War II group who used their native language as a weapon. More...

Iran’s currency rebounds on pledge of stability

Iran’s national currency rebounded Wednesday from record lows after the central bank chief acknowledged with rare candor that the “ psychological effects” of new U.S. More...

Factory orders rise, but business investment slips

WASHINGTON ( AP) — Orders for factory- made goods that signal business investment plans fell for a second straight month, part of a mixed report on manufacturing in November. More...

BIG TUNA

KIYOSHI KIMURA, president of Kiyomura Co., left, cuts a bluefin tuna in front of his Sushi Zanmai restaurant near the Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo today. More...

Sentencing for Navy kickbacks delayed

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island sentencing for a Georgia man involved in a kickbacks scheme authorities say cost the Navy between $7 million and $20 million has been postponed. More...

Unemployment rate falls

WASHINGTON (AP) — A burst of hiring in December pushed the unemployment rate to its lowest level in nearly three years, giving the economy a boost at the end of 2011. More...

Damascus explosion kills at least 11

DAMASCUS ( AP) — An explosion ripped through a busy intersection in the Syrian capital today, hitting a police bus and killing at least 11 people and possibly many more in an attack that left pools of blood in the streets and marked the second More...

Dog found alive 4 days after avalanche

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A dog that was feared dead after he was swept away in a weekend avalanche that killed his owner showed up four days later at the Montana motel where his owners had stayed the night before going backcountry skiing. More...

Portland arena may close during work

PORTLAND ( AP) — The Cumberland County Civic Center’s trustees are weighing whether to shut down the arena during a $ 33 million renovation project. More...

Fewer people sought unemployment aid

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking unemployment benefits fell further last week, ending the year on a three-month run of declines that point to stronger hiring in 2012. More...

Many retailers report solid sales gains

NEW YORK (AP) — Many retailers are reporting solid sales gains for December, capping a decent holiday season, but shoppers bent on discounts exacted a high price. More...

After slim Iowa win, Romney seeks a big N.H. victory

After pocketing a big endorsement from John McCain, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is seeking to lock down support in New Hampshire while courting conservatives in bellwether South Carolina. More...

Farmers, manatees endure cold

PLANT CITY, Fla. (AP) — Strawberry growers, manatees and tropical fish farmers are hopeful a cold front that covered much of Florida won’t do much damage. More...