Bee Gee Robin Gibb wakes from coma
2012-04-22 22:39:54 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Robin Gibb's spokesman says the Bee Gees star has woken from a coma and is showing signs of recovery.
The 62-year-old singer fell into a coma last week after contracting pneumonia.
Doug Wright on Saturday said that Gibb had been able to nod and communicate with his family members, who have surrounded his bedside for almost his entire stay in a central London hospital.
Gibb was hospitalized last year for stomach and colon problems. He has not specified the exact nature of his illness — widely reported to be cancer — but told the BBC he had a growth on his colon that was removed.
The Bee Gees — British-born, Austral...
A divided Congress confronts a rising cyberthreat
2012-04-21 21:13:20 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The mysterious caller claimed to be from Microsoft and offered step-by-step instructions to repair damage from a software virus. The electric power companies weren't falling for it.
The caller, who was never traced or identified, helpfully instructed the companies to enable specific features in their computers that actually would have created a trapdoor in their networks. That vulnerability would have allowed hackers to shut down a plant and thrown thousands of customers into the dark.
The power employees hung up on the caller and ignored the advice.
The incident from February, documented by one of the government...
IMF moves to calm market fears over European debt
2012-04-21 20:55:10 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — An infusion of hundreds of billions of dollars will give the International Monetary Fund a badly needed boost to tackle Europe's prolonged debt crisis. But global finance officials sent a strong message Saturday that struggling governments must speed reforms or risk spooking jittery markets and raising the economic danger.
The lending agency said in a statement after its weekend meetings that financially-strapped European countries must put in place bold changes to resolve their debt problems. The IMF received $430 billion in pledges from individual countries, nearly doubling the agency's reserves available for loans t...
EU parliament slams Argentina's YPF seizure
2012-04-20 18:29:53 UTC
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union parliament on Friday condemned Argentina's move to seize control of the YPF division of Spanish oil and gas company Repsol and demanded that the EU take action against Buenos Aires at the World Trade Organization.
The parliament also called on the EU to look at the "possible partial suspension of the unilateral tariff preferences" as a way of punishing any country that attempts to nationalize a European company's assets.
Argentina says it is making the move — which would take control of 51 per cent of YPF, leaving Repsol with a 6 percent stake — because Repsol has not invested enough in the country'...
Internet advertising climbs to $31 billion in 2011
2012-04-18 17:04:36 UTC
(Reuters) - Internet advertising revenue in the United States jumped 22 percent to $31 billion in 2011 setting a record high.
The bulk of last year's spend went to search and display advertising, according to a report from the Interactive Advertising Bureau and PwC released on Wednesday.
The numbers show the growing importance of digital among advertisers who are choosing to place more dollars on websites, smartphones, and tablet devices to reach consumers.
In contrast, newspapers -- once popular vehicles to reach a broad audience -- have seen a drastic and steady decline. Advertising revenue in n...
China gives currency more freedom with new reform
2012-04-14 05:24:12 UTC
BEIJING (Reuters) - China took a milestone step in turning the yuan into a global currency on Saturday by doubling the size of its trading band against the dollar, pushing through a crucial reform that further liberalizes its nascent financial markets.
The People's Bank of China said it would allow the yuan to rise or fall 1 percent from a mid-point every day, effective Monday, compared with its previous 0.5 percent limit.
Analysts said the timing of the move underlines Beijing's belief that the yuan is near its equilibrium level and that China's economy, although cooling, is sturdy enough to handle important, long-promised, structur...
U.S. politics clash with reality over China currency
2012-04-13 22:39:50 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States was keeping a wary eye on North Korea after the reclusive state's unsuccessful launch of a long-range rocket, and President Barack Obama said on Friday that Pyongyang faced further isolation if it kept defying the international community.
The White House suspended a deal to provide significant food aid to North Korea following the rocket launch, which it had warned Pyongyang against. U.S. officials also consulted with other major powers, including North Korean ally China, on a possible response.
Obama said he was deeply concerned by North Korea's rocket launch, which violated U.N. Security Cou...
Big banks face $638 billion shortfall on new rules
2012-04-12 17:04:33 UTC
LONDON/ZURICH (Reuters) - The world's biggest banks would have needed to find more than $600 billion if tough new capital rules to be phased in from 2013 had been in place last year.
The Basel Committee of global regulators said if the new rules, known as Basel III, had been in force at the middle of last year, banks would have needed 486 billion euros ($638 billion) to hold core capital of 7 percent of assets, which is the target level for banks to meet when new rules come in.
The 103 biggest banks had an average capital ratio of 7.1 percent based on the new rules, just enough to pass the standard, the BIS said on Thursday in a revi...
Treasury bond prices drop as investors take profits
2012-04-11 16:39:51 UTC
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Treasury debt prices fell on Wednesday as investors took profits on the previous day's gains and worked to cheapen prices ahead of a debt sale later in the afternoon.
Investors were also taking cues from weaker European debt prices, while strength in U.S. stocks undermined the safe-haven appeal of U.S. government debt.
"Yesterday's move was all about European contagion and now things look a little more cheery than they did yesterday. The flight to quality mentality is reduced a little bit," said Rick Klingman, managing director of Treasury trading at BNP Paribas in New York.
Treasuries followed German bond pri...
Doctors seek end to 5 cancer tests, treatments
2012-04-10 04:39:28 UTC
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The nation's leading association of cancer physicians urged doctors to stop offering five common tests and treatments for cancer patients, a move that threatens to further inflame concerns about the rationing of medical care.
The recommendations emerged from a two-year effort, similar to a project other medical specialties are undertaking, to identify procedures that are routinely done but do not help patients live longer or better or may even be harmful.
As much as 30 percent of health-care spending goes to procedures, tests and hospital stays that do not improve a patient's health, according to a 2008 analysis ...
California wildfires: San Rafael Mayor's way to show leadership
2017-10-16 19:24:58 UTC
San Rafael — When an urgent request went out via email to all employees for city staff to volunteer at an Emergency Shelter in San Rafael, one response was unexpected. <strong><i>Mayor Gary Phillips</i></strong> wrote, <i>"I would be glad to help this evening, but I wouldn't want to preempt any others. ..... and I are going to .....'s to see his recent acquisition - a 1949 Tucker, but we should be home by 9pm or so. Please let me know if and when I'm needed, if so. Thanks." </i>
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Syria truce prospects fade as fighting rages
2012-04-09 18:56:14 UTC
ANTAKYA, Turkey (Reuters) - A military bombardment of a town in central Syria killed 30 people on Monday on the eve of a scheduled army withdrawal from urban areas, opposition activists said, dashing the prospects of a U.N.-brokered ceasefire taking hold.
Government troops and rebel forces also clashed near Syria's border with Turkey, activists said.
Two Syrian refugees and a Turkish translator were wounded by gunfire from Syria at a refugee camp in Turkish territory, Turkish officials said, drawing an angry response from the Ankara government.
The unrelenting violence indicated that a peace plan promoted by international envoy Ko...
Iran warns US and calls for investigation of chemical attack in Syria
2017-04-08 17:22:02 UTC
Tehran — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned that U.S. missile strikes risked escalating extremism in the region and called for an impartial probe of this week's suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria.
Washington accused the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of the attack and on Friday launched cruise missiles at a Syrian airbase that the Pentagon said was involved.
"We are asking for an impartial international fact-finding body to be set up... to find out where these chemical weapons came from," Iran's Rouhani said in a speech on Saturday.
Tehran is Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's main regional ally and ha...
Kurdish HDP opposition said the result of referendum unclear until appeal finalized
2017-04-16 19:06:01 UTC
Turkey's pro-Kurdish HDP opposition said on Sunday that the result of a referendum on granting sweeping powers to the president would remain unclear until its appeal to the High Electoral Board over vote irregularities was finalised.
href="http://www.global-gathering.com/news/17205">Turkey Referendum: Three Largest Cities And Kurdish Southeast Set To Vote "No"</a></h3>
"The referendum result is a clear sign that a societal agreement could not be reached. Our co-chairs being jailed, the referendum being held under a state of emergency, and other oppressive measures cast a shadow and legitimacy problem over the vote," HDP spoke...
The H-1B Visa Program
2017-04-19 04:09:18 UTC
<blockquote><h3>The H-1B Visa Program: A Primer on the Program and Its Impact on Jobs, Wages, and the Economy</h3>
Every year, U.S. employers seeking highly skilled foreign professionals submit their petitions on the first business day in April for the pool of H-1B visa numbers for which U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) controls the allocation. With a statutory limit of 65,000 visa numbers available for new hires—and 20,000 additional visa numbers for foreign professionals who graduate with a Master’s or Doctorate from a U.S. university—in recent years demand for H-1B visa numbers has outstripped the supply and the cap ...
Roger Ailes, founder of the right wing TV channel Fox "News" dead
2017-05-18 17:11:31 UTC
NEW YORK — Roger Ailes, founder and former chief executive of Fox "News", a right-wing nationalist political TV channel in US, that helped reshape the U.S. political landscape, has died at age 77.
Ailes' widow, Elizabeth Ailes, announced his death in a statement posted on the Fox News website on Thursday. The cause of death was not immediately known.
He resigned from Fox News last July following allegations of sexual harassment, marking an abrupt end to his 20-year reign at the most-watched cable channel in the United States.
Fox News, which Ailes started in 1996 with the backing of media mogul Rupert Murdoch, raised the temperatu...
The "Barbaric" Turkish Strikes Against US-Backed YPG Fighters
2017-04-25 16:00:06 UTC
Syria — The air Turkish strikes in Syria targeted the YPG - a key component of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which are backed by the United States and have been closing in on ISIS the "Islamic State" bastion of Raqqa.
The Turkish raids showed the challenges facing U.S.-led attempts to defeat Islamic State in Syria and risks increasing tension between NATO allies Washington and Ankara over Kurdish combatants who have been crucial in driving back the jihadists.
A U.S. military officer accompanied YPG commanders on a tour of the sites hit near Syria's frontier with Turkey later on Tuesday, a Reuters witness said, demonstrating the...
California: Earthquake Rattles East Bay
2017-06-21 21:59:06 UTC
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<strong>Bay Area</strong> — Dozens of residents of El Cerrito, Berkeley, Albany, El Sobrante, Richmond reported feeling the earthquake. It was also felt in San Francisco, and the interior East Bay.
• 1 km (1 miles) SE of El Cerrito, CA
• 1 km (1 miles) WNW of Kensington, CA
• 2 km (1 miles) NNE of Albany, CA
• 4 km (3 miles) NNW of Berkeley, CA
• 19 km (12 miles) NE of San Francisco City Hall, CA
An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 3.3 hit the East Bay just after noon Wednesday.
According to th...
In the United States of America, poverty is often a death sentence
2016-06-07 04:28:05 UTC
In the United States today, the wealthiest country in the history of the world, 47 million Americans are living in poverty.
Almost 22 percent of American children are poor and we have the highest child poverty rate of almost any major country on earth.
Let’s be clear. Living in poverty doesn’t just mean you don’t have enough money to buy a big screen TV, a fancy laptop, or the latest iPhone. It goes much deeper than that.
Living in poverty means you are less likely to have a good grocery store in your community selling healthy food. Far too often it means you don’t know where your next meal is going to come from. Living in poverty...
Magnitude 5.5 Earthquake Strikes in Northeast India: USGS
2018-01-07 08:15:19 UTC
(Reuters) - A earthquake of magnitude 5.5 struck east of Imphal, capital of India’s northeastern state of Manipur, on Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage from the quake, which was 22.8 km (14 miles) deep and hit 101 km (63 miles) east of Imphal.
M 5.5 - 86km E of Yairipok, India
Heavy rains have closed some of Northern California's Marin County schools
2017-02-09 22:32:58 UTC
Mill Valley - Dozens of schools in flood-prone areas throughout Marin County are closed Thursday in advance of another storm expected to wallop the area, officials said.
In all, 40 public schools and 13 private ones were announced as closed just after 5 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Marin County Office of Education. More closures were possible.
Residents of the North Bay county spent Wednesday mopping up after the last storm, examining sandbags and pushing back receding water.
Up to three inches of rain could fall on Marin County Thursday, with the storm expecting to move into the area during the morning commute and stick around al...
Icelandic airliner announced $55 flights from U.S. to Europe
2017-06-03 21:28:02 UTC
<blockquote><h2>'Up in the Air'</h2><h3>WOW Air is launching $55 flights from the U.S. to Europe.</h3>
The Icelandic airliner announced it will offer flights between <strong><i>San Francisco</strong></i> and <strong><i>Los Angeles</strong></i> to <strong><i>Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Dublin, London </strong></i>and <strong><i>Berlin</strong></i>.
Tickets will also be available from <strong><i>Miami</strong></i> to <strong><i>Brussels, Edinburgh</strong></i> and <strong><i>Frankfurt</strong></i>, Germany.
"We want to celebrate our anniversary and share our great success by offering the best prices ever seen," said <strong><i>WOW Air...
Iranian Protesters: The Jeannie Is Out Of The Bottle
2018-01-02 07:21:13 UTC
Demonstrations in a number of Iranian cities have taken an unexpected turn. Initially instigated by the clerics, they've been taken over by secular forces predominantly opposed to the mullahs’ regime.</h3>Be careful, Iranian Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri had said. Anyone who stirs up political protest runs the risk of losing control of it. He made clear that this also applied to those who encouraged the demonstrations that began towards the end of last week.
"The people behind events like these will get their fingers burned," he said. "They think they are targeting the government with their actions." But in fact, Jah...
MH370 Search: Airplane debris arrives in Paris
2015-08-01 07:37:08 UTC
Airplane debris that washed up on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion and may belong to the vanished Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 arrived in France on Saturday for investigators to study its origin.
According to a Reuters witness and Agence France Presse, an Air France flight carrying the debris landed at Orly airport near Paris at 0417 GMT (12.17 a.m. EDT).
It will be delivered to a military unit near the southwest city of Toulouse which specializes in analyzing aviation wreckage.
Experts hope the barnacled 2-2.5 meters (6.5-8 feet) long wing surface known as a flaperon and a fragment of luggage could yield clues as to the fate of...
Mike Flynn Seeks Immunity To Testify
2017-03-31 03:01:29 UTC
<blockquote><h2>Former national security adviser may know details of Russia ties</h2>
<h3>President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn is reportedly willing to testify about the Trump team’s ties with Russia in exchange for immunity from prosecution.</h3>
Flynn, who served as an adviser to Trump’s campaign and resigned as national security adviser after just 24 days, has sent the request to the FBI and both the House and Senate intelligence committees, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.
A lawyer for Flynn released a statement confirming there were ongoing discussions between his client and the in...