Feds make 1st arrest in BP oil spill case
2012-04-24 18:37:17 UTC
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Justice Department said on Tuesday it filed the first criminal charges in the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, accusing a former BP engineer of destroying evidence.
Kurt Mix, of Katy, Texas, was arrested on two counts of obstruction of justice.
Breivik hears witnesses recall turmoil after blast
2012-04-24 15:46:23 UTC
OSLO, Norway (AP) — After testifying for five days, Anders Behring Breivik listened silently Tuesday as others described the mayhem caused by his bombing of Oslo's government district, a scene one witness described as a "war zone."
Forensic experts explained the massive injuries to four of the...
Californians to vote on abolishing death penalty
2012-04-24 07:30:32 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California voters will soon get a chance to decide whether to replace the death penalty with life in prison without the possibility of parole.
A measure to abolish capital punishment in California qualified for the November ballot on Monday, Secretary of State Debra Bowen ...
Social Security heading for insolvency even faster
2012-04-23 22:09:42 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Social Security is rushing even faster toward insolvency, driven by retiring baby boomers, a weak economy and politicians' reluctance to take painful action to fix the huge retirement and disability program.
The trust funds that support Social Security will run dry in 2033 — ...
10 Things to Know for Monday
2012-04-23 22:14:00 UTC
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today (times EDT):
1. George Zimmerman released from Florida jail
In an unusually low-key turn to a high-profile case, the defendant in the murder of Trayvon Martin is freed around midnight on $...
Breivik claims 'racist' plot to cast him as insane
2012-04-23 14:05:05 UTC
OSLO, Norway (AP) — Anxious to prove he's not insane, confessed mass killer Anders Behring Breivik told a court Monday that questions about his mental health are part of a racist plot to discredit his extreme anti-Muslim ideology.
Breivik, who has admitted to killing 77 people in a bombing and...
Murdoch to be quizzed on his UK political sway
2012-04-23 04:56:51 UTC
LONDON (AP) — He was long considered one of the most important power brokers in British politics. Now, with his influence shriveled by Britain's phone hacking scandal, media mogul Rupert Murdoch is returning to the U.K. to face questions about his ties to the country's most senior politicians.
Hollande wins first round with 28 per cent
2012-04-22 20:58:49 UTC
Francois Hollande has secured 28 per cent of the votes cast in the first round of the presidential elections, with 79 per cent of the ballots counted. Nicholas Sarkozy is trailing his Socialist rival with 26.9 per cent of the vote.
Far-right candidate Marine le Pen has secured third place with...
Hollande, Sarkozy set to advance to French runoff
2012-04-22 18:59:45 UTC
PARIS (AP) — Socialist Francois Hollande and conservative President Nicolas Sarkozy are heading for a runoff in their race for France's presidency, according to partial official results in a vote that could alter the European political and economic landscape.
French voters defied expectations ...
Turnout solid in French presidential election
2012-04-22 15:54:02 UTC
PARIS (AP) — Center-right French President Nicolas Sarkozy's career was on the line on Sunday as voters turned out in solid numbers for the first round of France's presidential election, a contest that could shake-up Europe's political landscape and approach to myriad economic troubles.
Sen. Rubio: Let vice presidential process play out
2012-04-22 15:41:29 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has heard all the talk about joining a ticket with likely Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
Rubio says that until now, the talk about picking a running mate has been theoretical. But now that Romney's path is clear, Rubio says "it'd be wise...
Iran says it is building copy of captured US drone
2012-04-22 06:43:31 UTC
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A senior Iranian commander says the country has reverse-engineered an American spy drone captured by Tehran's armed forces last year and has begun building a copy.
Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, who is chief of the aerospace division of the powerful Revolutionary Guards, was quot...
German court case fails to settle YouTube copyright controversy
2012-04-21 19:25:30 UTC
A German court has ruled that YouTube must erase seven contested videos over copyright issues. However, the decision has failed to settle the protracted copyright row raging on the Internet.
Hamburg's State Court ruled on Friday that YouTube will have to take seven videos offline, including "Riv...
Uganda Kony-hunting soldiers face jungle threats
2012-04-21 15:13:28 UTC
RIVER VOVODO, Central African Republic (AP) — For Ugandan soldiers tasked with catching Joseph Kony, the real threat is not the elusive Central Africa warlord and his brutal gang. Encounters with the Lord's Resistance Army rebels are so rare that Kony hunters worry more about the threats of the j...
Myanmar activists say go slow on easing sanctions
2012-04-21 06:02:10 UTC
BANGKOK (AP) — The increasingly enthusiastic love affair between Myanmar and the West is about to heat up further with the European Union's expected announcement that it is easing sanctions on the Southeast Asian nation. But not everyone is caught up in the euphoria.
Many human rights groups a...
Hacker attack underlines Web role in China scandal
2012-04-21 06:10:00 UTC
BEIJING (AP) — A massive hacker attack has crippled an overseas website that has reported extensively on China's biggest political turmoil in years, underscoring the pivotal role the Internet has played in the unfolding scandal.
North Carolina-based Boxun.com was forced to move to a new web ho...
Court in shock as Norway gunman describes massacre
2012-04-21 06:13:20 UTC
OSLO, Norway (AP) — Norwegians who lost loved ones on Utoya island relived the horror Friday as far-right fanatic Anders Behring Breivik described in harrowing detail how he gunned down teenagers as they fled in panic or froze before him, paralyzed with fear.
Survivors and victims' relatives h...
Penn State assistant AD no longer works at school
2012-04-20 17:52:01 UTC
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — The Penn State official who briefly took over as athletic director following the sex abuse scandal is no longer working at the school.
The Centre Daily Times first reported Mark Sherburne's departure Thursday night and said he was fired Wednesday.
A university spok...
UK abortion provider under threat from hackers
2012-04-20 06:11:37 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Britain's largest abortion provider said Thursday that thousands of attempts have been made to hack its website following a high-profile security breach when personal details of 10,000 women were stolen.
Last week a judge jailed a computer hacker for breaking into the website of ...
NYC basement searched for boy who vanished in 1979
2012-04-20 01:10:10 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Police and the FBI searched a Manhattan basement Thursday for the remains of a 6-year-old boy whose 1979 disappearance on his way to school helped launch a missing children's movement that put kids' faces on milk cartons.
Etan Patz vanished on May 25, 1979, after leaving his fa...
Republican business tax cut seen passing U.S. House
2012-04-19 18:58:25 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican-controlled House of Representatives on Thursday passed a tax break for small businesses, giving voters a stark alternative to President Barack Obama's politically popular "Buffett Rule" surtax on the wealthy.
In an escalating election-year war of words o...
U.N. chief says South Sudan infringing on Sudan sovereignty
2012-04-19 17:32:13 UTC
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon on Thursday termed South Sudan's seizure of a disputed oil field in Sudan an "illegal act" and called on both countries to stop border clashes spiraling into war as the United States warned of a "worrying" escalation in rhetoric.
Clashes along ...
Syria hasn't fully complied with Annan peace plan: U.N. chief
2012-04-19 05:49:57 UTC
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Syria has not fully complied with a U.N.-backed peace plan for the country and has yet to send a "clear signal" about its commitment to ending more than a year of violence, the U.N. chief told the Security Council in a letter obtained by Reuters on Wednesday.
At the ...
U.S. says Syria at turning point, stresses pressure
2012-04-18 18:23:12 UTC
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Syria is at a turning point where the violence must stop or the United States will find ways to increase pressure on the Damascus government, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Wednesday.
Clinton gave no details of what the United States or other nations mig...
Is Spain Europe's next problem economy?
2012-04-18 06:40:23 UTC
DW Germany- The debt crisis is back with a vengeance. For the first time, Madrid had to pay over 6 percent interest for 10-year bonds - a warning sign for many economists.
Flies never visit an egg that has no crack, says a Chinese proverb. But for speculators, the fourth largest economy in the e...