The funeral procession for Kim Jong-Il was carried out with military precision and when a handful of dawdlers messed up those regimented lines, they were eliminated. From the photo, that is. A photo released by the North Korea's state news agency and transmitted by the...
Rescue group in crisis mode after cat euthanized Wed,28 Dec 2011 04:05 PM PST Associated Press - Animal lovers threatened to pull donations to an animal rescue group and the public flooded the agency with scathing comments and calls after a man's cat was euthanized when he couldn't afford its medical care, prompting the Arizona Humane Society to go into damage-control mode Wednesday. Full Story
CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez speculated on Wednesday that the United States might have developed a way to give Latin American leaders cancer, after Argentina's Cristina Fernandez joined the list of presidents diagnosed with the disease. It was a typically controversial statement by Venezuela's socialist leader, who underwent surgery in June to remove a tumor from his pelvis. But he stressed that he was not making any accusations, just thinking aloud. "It would not be strange if they had developed the technology to induce cancer and nobody knew about it until now ... ...
The shots of alcohol and mixed drinks began flowing in the early morning hours. Three friends — two 14-year-olds and a 12-year-old — were supposed to be babysitting over a Saturday night. Instead, police say, they met up with a bar owner, who drove them to his closed tavern and began pouring them drinks — vodka shots, orange juice and vodka, vodka and coke and energy drinks.
Girls seeking abortions in New Hampshire must first tell their parents or a judge, some employers in Alabama must verify new workers' U.S. residency, and California students will be the first in the country to receive mandatory lessons about the contributions of gays and lesbians under state laws set to take effect at the start of 2012.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New U.S. claims for jobless benefits rose last week but the underlying trend pointed to an improving labor market, while regional factory data showed the economy gaining momentum as the year ended. The growth picture was brightened by other data on Thursday showing pending sales of previously owned homes jumped to a 1-1/2 year high in November, adding to signs of a tentative recovery in the housing market. ...
Michele Bachmann's struggling presidential campaign saw her Iowa chairman defect Wednesday to rival Ron Paul's side, an embarrassing blow that came as some called for her to leave the race to free up her supporters for other candidates.
Obama may lose gay voters to Gary Johnson in 2012 Wed,28 Dec 2011 08:33 PM PST The Daily Caller - Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson announced Wednesday that he will run for president as a Libertarian Party candidate in 2012. He will almost certainly be the only presidential candidate on the ballot in all 50 states supporting the legalization of same-sex marriage. Full Story
Rick Santorum is in third place in Iowa, new CNN poll says Wed,28 Dec 2011 05:04 PM PST The Ticket - DUBUQUE, Iowa -- After spending a majority of the campaign season at the bottom of the polls, Rick Santorum is seeing a last-minute rise in Iowa just days before the Republican caucuses, according to a CNN survey released Wednesday. The poll of registered Republicans in Iowa shows Mitt Romney leading with 25 percent, Ron Paul [...] Full Story
A disgruntled former employee shot at least two international workers from the aid group Doctors Without Borders at the group's office in the Somali capital, a security guard said Thursday. At least one person was killed.
Suspect in Indiana girl's killing dodged warrant for decade Wed,28 Dec 2011 03:39 PM PST Reuters - (Reuters) - The baby-sitter facing murder charges in the grisly killing of an Indiana girl evaded a warrant for his arrest on probation violation charges for more than 11 years, officials said on Wednesday. Mike Plumadore, 39, was arrested on Monday after he confessed to killing nine-year-old Aliahna Lemmon, dismembering her with a hacksaw, dumping most of her body in a nearby trash can but stashing her head, hands and feet in his freezer, according to an affidavit filed on Tuesday. ... Full Story
Mourners lined the streets of the North Korean capital Pyongyang today, crying and wailing as the funeral procession of their "Dear Leader' Kim Jong-Il, marched slowly through the streets. But a curious detail was that the boxy black hearse that crept through the light snow was a vintage...
The annual cleaning of one of Christianity's holiest churches deteriorated into a brawl between rival clergy Wednesday, as dozens of monks feuding over sacred space at the Church of the Nativity battled each other with brooms until police intervened.
Puerto Rico approves political status referendum Thu,29 Dec 2011 07:15 AM PST Associated Press - Puerto Rico's governor approved a two-part referendum on Wednesday to help decide the island's political status, but supporters of remaining a U.S. commonwealth criticized the decision to hold both votes on the same day as unfair. Full Story
(Reuters) - Tempted by the playful antics of that adorable kitten in the pet shop? If you've never had a cat before you may want to think again, especially if you have other allergies, researchers warn. And if you do acquire a feline, keep it out of your bedroom. While having a cat as a child may protect against future allergies, getting one in adulthood nearly doubles the chances of developing an immune reaction to it -- the first step towards wheezing, sneezing and itchy eyes, a European study found. ...
North Korea's power brokers publicly declared Kim Jong Un the country's supreme leader for the first time at a massive public memorial Thursday for his father, cementing the family's hold on power for another generation.
When the Federal Emergency Management Agency mailed out 83,000 debt notices this year to victims of Hurricane Katrina and other 2005 storms, one of the letters showed up in David Bellinger's mailbox. Bellinger, who is blind, needed a friend to read it and break the news that FEMA wants him to pay back more than $3,200 in federal aid he received after Katrina.
The U.S. warned Iran Wednesday that it will not tolerate any disruption of naval traffic through the Strait of Hormuz, after Iran's navy chief said the Islamic Republic is capable of closing the vital oil route if the West imposes new sanctions targeting Tehran's oil exports.
US finalizes deal to sell F-15s to Saudi Arabia Thu,29 Dec 2011 04:50 PM PST Associated Press - The sale of $30 billion worth of F-15SA fighter jets to Saudi Arabia has been finalized, the Obama administration said Thursday, boosting the military strength of a key U.S. ally in the Middle East to help counter Iran. Full Story
Advocates of welfare reform in California often cite one, eye-popping statistic as they have pressed for cuts and changes to the program in recent years: The state has one-eighth of the nation's population but one-third of all welfare recipients.
Ron who? Ignoring fellow Republicans, Romney targets Obama in Iowa Thu,29 Dec 2011 06:38 AM PST The Ticket - CLINTON, Iowa--Listening to Mitt Romney on the stump, you would think the 2012 Republican presidential primary is already over. During his talks to crowds at tiny diners and coffee shops on the second day of his Iowa bus tour, Romney made only oblique mention of his rivals for the Republican nomination. Instead, he cast the [...] Full Story
Has Rick Santorum's moment finally arrived, just in time for Iowa? Thu,29 Dec 2011 08:39 AM PST The Ticket - CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Despite a new CNN poll indicating what appears to be a last-minute surge for his candidacy--the first of the entire 2012 Republican presidential campaign--Rick Santorum is playing it cool. When reporters brought up the poll Wednesday after a town hall (his third of the day and his 359th in the state this year), Santorum [...] Full Story
U.S. downplays Iran warnings on Straits of Hormuz Wed,28 Dec 2011 04:33 PM PST The Envoy - American officials on Wednesday downplayed comments by two Iran officials in recent days warning that Iran could close the critical Straits of Hormuz to retaliate against further economic sanctions targeting its oil exports. But analysts said the comments reflect growing Iranian anxiety over economic hardship and could signal risk for miscalculation that could lead to [...] Full Story
Russia slams US for its human rights record Wed,28 Dec 2011 10:39 AM PST Associated Press - Russia's Foreign Ministry has attacked America's human rights record in its first report on injustice elsewhere in the world, offering examples such as the Guantanamo Bay prison and wrongful death row convictions to paint the U.S. as hypocritical for lecturing other nations on the subject of rights. Full Story
Biologists: Lone gray wolf crosses into California Thu,29 Dec 2011 04:46 PM PST Associated Press - A lone gray wolf has wandered across the Oregon border into California in what wildlife officials hailed Thursday as the historic return of a species not seen in the state in more than 80 years. Full Story
The goodwill that Mayor Michael Bloomberg built among Muslims with his support of the planned mosque near ground zero was threatened this week as Islamic religious and civic leaders decried a recently disclosed police effort to gather intelligence on Muslim neighborhoods.
Mark Zuckerberg may be welcome in Vietnam, even if his brainchild Facebook is not. The Facebook founder is vacationing in the communist country that blocks its citizen from using his social networking site. According to The Associated Press, Zuckerberg arrived in Vietnam Dec. 22. He spent...
Almost two centuries before there was a man named Obama in the White House, there was a man named Obama shackled in the bowels of a slave ship. There is no proof that the unidentified Obama has ties to President Barack Obama. All they share is a name. But that is exactly the commonality that Emory University researchers hope to build upon as they delve into the origins of Africans who were taken up and sold.