Fed official highlights benefits of flexible QE: FT
LONDON (Reuters) - An open-ended round of quantitative easing that could be adjusted to suit economic conditions should be considered if the Fed launches a fresh round of monetary stimulus, a top policy official in t
Three nations do least to halt trade in animal parts: WWF
By Alister Doyle OSLO (Reuters) - Vietnam, Laos and Mozambique are the countries that do the least to crack down on an illegal trade in animal parts that is threatening the survival of elephants, rhinos and tige
Lobstermen finding more odd colors in the catch
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — When a 100-pound shipment of lobsters arrived at Bill Sarro's seafood shop and restaurant last month, it contained a surprise — six orange crustaceans that have been said to be a 1-in-10-million...
Analysis: Shoppers may be spared worst of corn price surge
By Martinne Geller NEW YORK (Reuters) - Grain prices are soaring as the Midwest corn belt suffers its worst drought since 1956, but that doesn't mean grocery bills are about to jump. Easing costs of other c
Shooting victims brought together by love of comics
By Stephanie Simon and Mary Slosson (Reuters) - They included a sandwich maker, a cryptography expert, college students and a property appraiser. Some loved wrestling, others sportscasting, or visiting the zoo.
Lightning sparks Nebraska wildfire amid drought
OMAHA, Nebraska (Reuters) - A wildfire sparked by lightning strikes in tinder-dry rangeland swept through a remote village and has burned about 150 square miles (388 square km) in north-central Nebraska. The Fai
Hezbollah may get chemical weapons if Syria collapses: Netanyahu
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The "great threat" to Israel from the Syrian conflict is that the Damascus government may collapse and its stock of chemical weapons and missiles fall into the hands of the Lebanese Islamist gr
Bombs kill 20 and wound 80 across Iraq
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Car bombs in two towns south of Baghdad and in the Iraqi city of Najaf killed a total of 20 people on Sunday and wounded 80, police and hospital sources said, in one of the most violent days of th
R&B star Usher's former stepson dies from boating mishap injuries
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Kile Glover, the 11-year-old former stepson of Grammy-award winning R&B star Usher, died on Saturday of injuries received in a boating accident more than two weeks ago. Glover died on Sa
Bacteria outbreak in Northern Europe due to ocean warming, study says
By Nina Chestney LONDON (Reuters) - Manmade climate change is the main driver behind the unexpected emergence of a group of bacteria in northern Europe which can cause gastroenteritis, new research by a group of
Heaviest rains in 60 years kill 37 in Beijing
BEIJING (Reuters) - The Chinese capital's heaviest rainstorm in six decades killed at least 37 people, flooded streets and stranded 80,000 people at the main airport, state media and the government said on Sunday.
Shots fired from Egypt at Israeli troops, none hurt
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Gunshots fired across the border from Egypt on Sunday hit an Israeli army bus but caused no casualties, a military spokeswoman said. The attack, in the central sector of the porous desert f
China to formally garrison disputed South China Sea
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's powerful Central Military Commission has approved the formal establishment of a military garrison for the disputed South China Sea, state media said on Sunday, in a move which could furthe
Greece now in "Great Depression", PM says
ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece is in a "Great Depression" similar to the American one in the 1930s, the country's Prime Minister Antonis Samaras told former U.S. President Bill Clinton on Sunday. Samaras was speaking
NCAA sanctions Penn State for Sandusky scandal
By Edith Honan (Reuters) - The governing body of U.S. college sports on Monday fined Penn State University $60 million and voided its football victories for the past 14 seasons in an unprecedented rebuke for the
Green fleet upstarts make conventional Washington moves
By Marcus Stern WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two companies involved on the ground level of an expensive Pentagon effort to embrace biofuels have used familiar strategies in building their profiles in Washington, using
Norway tries to put pain of Breivik behind year on
By Balazs Koranyi OSLO (Reuters) - Norwegians by the thousands gathered on Sunday at somber memorials to the 77 people killed a year ago by far-right gunman Anders Behring Breivik to show his bloody rampage had
Airstrikes kill 15 militants in northwest Pakistan: officials
KALAYA, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistani military jets struck militant hideouts in the northwest of the country on Sunday, killing 15 militants and wounding several others, military officials said. The airstrikes
U.S. fighter jet pilot rescued after crash off Japan coast
TOKYO (Reuters) - The pilot of a U.S. fighter jet that crashed in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of northeastern Japan on Sunday has been rescued, Japan's Coast Guard said, six hours after the aircraft went down.
Chavez says election rival and Romney want to subjugate Venezuela
By Daniel Wallis CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez compared his election rival to "far-right" U.S. presidential hopeful Mitt Romney on Saturday, saying both men wanted to subjugate the country
5 killed in Newark, NJ, apartment fire
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Prosecutors in New Jersey have released the names of three children and a teenager killed along with an adult in a fast-moving apartment fire in Newark.But the cause of the Friday blaze remained...
21 treated for burns in "firewalk" at Robbins event: report
(Reuters) - Nearly two dozen people were treated for burns on their feet after walking on hot coals during a motivational seminar conducted by self-help expert Tony Robbins in San Jose, California, local media report
University: CO shooting suspect had federal grant
DENVER (AP) — The University of Colorado says shooting suspect James Holmes had a federal grant to study neuroscience. University spokeswoman Jacque Montgomery said Saturday that Holmes was one of six neuroscience...
Colo. authorities identify final rampage victims
AURORA, Colo. (AP) — Ashley Moser drifted in and out of consciousness in the ICU, a bullet lodged in her throat and a gunshot wound to her abdomen. In her waking moments, she called for her 6-year-old daughter Veronica....
News guide to the Colorado movie theater massacre
Here's a guide to some key questions in the wake of the mass shooting at a Colorado movie theater during a showing of "The Dark Knight Rises." Q: WHAT HAPPENED? A: On Friday, shortly after midnight Thursday, a gunman...
AP PHOTOS: A community grieves after a massacre
With flowers, candles and tears, those touched by a mass shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., came together Saturday to grieve. Some wore Batman shirts, others brought stuffed Batman figures. The shooting at...
PBS chief decries efforts to cut federal funding
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — PBS President Paula Kerger said Saturday she's disappointed public TV's federal funding again is under attack by lawmakers. The move is ironic, she said, given the impressive number of Emmy...
Father's emotion shows pain of Batman shooting
AURORA, Colo. (AP) — An overwhelming tragedy was distilled into one human moment by the agony of a father who outlived his son. Tom Sullivan's emotion Friday was captured in a photograph that ran on dozens of newspaper...
More than $700,000 donated to bullied New York grandma
By Karen Brooks (Reuters) - A fundraising drive for a bus monitor bullied by middle-school students closed late on Friday with a whopping $703,873 raised for the New York grandmother. Donations for 68-year-
21 burned in walk over hot coals at Robbins event
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Fire officials said 21 people at an event hosted by motivational speaker Tony Robbins suffered burns while walking across hot coals and three of the injured were treated at hospitals. The injuries...
'I don't want my friends to die on my birthday'
AURORA, Colo. (AP) — For the six friends, the movie was to be the kickoff to a day of celebration. Megan Saunders was turning 20, and her best buds were home from college for the summer. She had one particular birthday...
Authorities believe missing Iowa girls are alive
Authorities searching for two missing Iowa cousins have information that leads them to believe both girls are still alive, an FBI spokeswoman said Saturday. FBI spokeswoman Sandy Breault said authorities "feel...
PBS says it had to move fast after Willard arrest
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — PBS President Paula Kerger said Saturday the decision to remove Fred Willard as narrator of the new public TV series "Market Warriors" had to be made quickly. Willard's lewd conduct arrest...
Rupert Murdoch quits boards of British papers
By Mark Hosenball and Kate Holton LONDON (Reuters) - News Corp's Rupert Murdoch has stepped down from a string of boards overseeing the Sun, Times and Sunday Times newspapers in Britain, the company said in an i
Analysis: Job challenge looms for next Mexican president
By Pablo Garibian MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - In a country beset with drugs wars and a massive underground economy, Mexico's president-elect faces a tall order to stem the drift of young people into organized crime
Kentucky teen faces charge for naming attackers
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A 17-year-old Kentucky girl who was upset by the plea deal reached by a pair of teenagers who sexually assaulted her is now facing a contempt charge for tweeting their names in violation of a...
Drew Peterson heads to trial in third wife's death
CHICAGO (AP) — For a man whose fourth wife had just disappeared, Drew Peterson didn't sound the least bit worried. He seemed almost gleeful, suggesting that she had run off with another man and that all her threats of...
Spanish protests swell as jobless march on Madrid
By Sarah White MADRID (Reuters) - Hundreds of unemployed Spaniards who had walked hundreds of miles to Madrid joined protests on Saturday against Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's government and its handling of an
AP Essay: Shootings shatter safe haven of cinema
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Director Christopher Nolan remarked ahead of "The Dark Knight Rises" debut that his villain is so fearsome that at times he's as hateful as someone carrying out such misdeeds for real. Nolan's grand...
AP Essay: Midnight terror's other wounds
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Midnight movies are supposed to be fun. They're supposed to be giddy gatherings of the most excited fans who can't wait to have the images flicker across their faces first — whether it's at a 12:01...
Transgender advocates seek new diagnostic terms
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Does a woman who strongly believes she was meant to be a man have a mental condition or a medical problem? Is a man who cross-dresses in need of psychological help? What about a boy who pretends to...
Spain's WWF dumps King as patron over African hunting trip
MADRID (Reuters) - The Spanish branch of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) voted to remove King Juan Carlos as the organization's honorary patron on Saturday after he went on an elephant-hunting safari in Botswana.
"Vatileaks" butler wanted to help the pope: lawyer
By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Paolo Gabriele, the papal butler held on suspicion of leaking documents alleging corruption in the Vatican, was driven by a desire to help the pope, his lawyer said on
In judo, Olympian recovers from sex abuse
WAKEFIELD, Mass. (AP) — In a tin-sided warehouse north of Boston, above Stewy's Custom Cycles along a steep staircase lined with Olympic posters, Kayla Harrison found sensei Jimmy Pedro Jr. and, through him and his...
Former lab technician charged in New Hampshire hepatitis C outbreak
By Karen Brooks (Reuters) - A former lab technician faces charges in connection with a hepatitis C outbreak that reportedly infected dozens of patients at a New Hampshire hospital, authorities said. David M
Detonation and fire possible at Colo. apartment
AURORA, Colo. (AP) — Police and firefighters have started their attempt at entering the booby trapped apartment of the man suspected of gunning down dozens of people at a Colorado movie theater to remove trip wires, a...
Stockton made scant headway in pre-bankruptcy talks
By Jim Christie and Peter Henderson SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Stockton, California, the largest U.S. city to file for bankruptcy, never came close to striking deals with key creditors in talks before it sought c
Glimmers of growth on Florida's Space Coast after shuttle shutdown
By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - Shuttles Bar & Grill, a once-popular roadside diner a few miles south of the Kennedy Space Center, is shuttered, and a "For Rent" sign is taped to the windo
Victim names emerge in Colorado rampage
AURORA, Colo. (AP) — Families are being notified by police that their loved ones are among the victims in a deadly shooting rampage in suburban Denver.Relatives of two of the dead confirmed late Friday that their loved...
"Batman" shooting survivor proposes after family escapes death
(Reuters) - Surviving the deadly movie theater shooting in a Denver suburb was one momentous event that Jamie Rohrs and Patricia Legarreta shared on Friday - the other came afterward when they got engaged to be marri