• Jury convicts husband in Iraqi woman's death

    Associated Press - 1 hour 30 minutes ago

    EL CAJON, California (AP) — A jury convicted an Iraqi immigrant Thursday of bludgeoning his wife to death in a case that was initially considered a hate crime. More »Jury convicts husband in Iraqi woman's death

  • Bullock proposes $45 million in oil-patch grants

    Associated Press - 1 hour 31 minutes ago

    Gov. Steve Bullock proposed a $45 million grant program Thursday to ease strains on water and sewer systems in eastern Montana towns that have struggled to keep pace with the demands of the fast-growing ... More »Bullock proposes $45 million in oil-patch grants

  • US tells jury London imam pursued global terror

    Associated Press - 1 hour 36 minutes ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Egyptian imam of a London mosque used his influential position in the late 1990s to train and aid terrorists and used the cover of his religion to hide in plain sight, a prosecutor told jurors in his opening statement Thursday before a defense attorney promised that the defendant will explain himself during the trial. More »US tells jury London imam pursued global terror

  • Texas seizes polygamist group's secluded ranch

    Associated Press - 1 hour 37 minutes ago

    ELDORADO, Texas (AP) — State agents have seized a polygamous group's Texas ranch where hundreds of children were removed during a 2008 FBI raid prompted by child sex abuse allegations. More »Texas seizes polygamist group's secluded ranch

  • Woman convicted in hammer beating speaks to jury

    Associated Press - 1 hour 38 minutes ago

    PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona woman convicted of bludgeoning her husband to death with a hammer made a tearful plea for mercy Thursday, telling the jury deciding her fate that she is sorry for her actions and wishes she could go back and undo the pain she caused. More »Woman convicted in hammer beating speaks to jury

  • EXCLUSIVE - GM says recalled cars safe, but has not tested for knee-bump danger

    Reuters - 1 hour 39 minutes ago

    By Julia Edwards and Eric Beech WASHINGTON (Reuters) - General Motors says that cars being recalled because of faulty ignition switches can be driven safely before repairs, based on more than 80 tests, but the automaker has not addressed a problem long known to potentially shut off the engine: a simple bump from a driver's knee. Safety advocates and engineers say the lack of testing for this factor undermines GM's claims that the cars are safe. As early as 2004, GM engineers complained that the ignition switch could be turned off if the key was bumped by a knee. A Texas judge on Thursday allowed the unrepaired cars to stay on the road, over the objection of safety advocates and plaintiffs lawyers who said there is no way, short of repairs, to ensure the ignition switch would not slip out of the run position, turning off the motor and disabling power steering, power brakes and airbags. More »EXCLUSIVE - GM says recalled cars safe, but has not tested for knee-bump danger

  • Workers at Olympic venue end strike but issue pay talks warning

    Reuters - 1 hour 41 minutes ago

    By Rodrigo De Miguel and Pedro Fonseca RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Workers at the main venue for the 2016 Olympics ended a two-week strike on Thursday but a full return to work will only come next week and they will strike again if pay talks prove fruitless, union officials said. The first of about 2,500 workers returned to Rio de Janeiro’s Olympic Park on Thursday morning after contractors agreed to increase the value of the daily lunch vouchers given to each employee. "The strike is over," Antonio Figueiredo Souza, president of the local construction workers union, told Reuters. However, the strike was another warning to Brazilian organisers who are under pressure from the International Olympic Committee to speed up preparations for the Games, the first to be held in South America. More »Workers at Olympic venue end strike but issue pay talks warning

  • Police: Student ate more pot than recommended

    Associated Press - 1 hour 43 minutes ago

    DENVER (AP) — A Wyoming college student who jumped to his death at a Denver hotel had eaten more of a marijuana cookie than was recommended by a seller, police records show — a finding that comes amid increased concern about the strength of popular pot edibles after Colorado became the first state to legalize recreational marijuana. More »Police: Student ate more pot than recommended

  • Murders soar in Brazil World Cup city during police strike

    Reuters - 1 hour 44 minutes ago

    By Silvio Cascione BRASILIA (Reuters) - A police strike ended on Thursday after unleashing a surge in violent crime in Brazil's third-largest city just two months before it is due to welcome hordes of soccer fans for the World Cup, authorities said. At least 39 homicides were committed during the two-day strike in and around the northeastern city of Salvador that added to fears about Brazil's ability to ensure public safety during the global soccer tournament. Violence swept the city after state police went on strike on Tuesday night to demand better pay and other benefits, prompting the federal government to dispatch troops to restore order in Salvador and nearby towns. Local media reported looting at supermarkets and stores, leading shop owners to close their businesses in a city that is one of Brazil's most popular tourist destinations. More »Murders soar in Brazil World Cup city during police strike

  • Gulf Arab states strike new deal to heal rifts

    Associated Press - 1 hour 44 minutes ago

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The Western-allied Arab states of the Gulf Cooperation Council said Thursday the bloc has agreed on the mechanisms to implement a security pact, marking a possible first step toward bridging deep rifts among its six energy-rich states. More »Gulf Arab states strike new deal to heal rifts

  • Hanover edge closer to safety with win at Frankfurt

    Reuters - 1 hour 47 minutes ago

    Hanover 96 edged fellow strugglers Eintracht Frankfurt 3-2 away with an attacking display that produced three goals in the first half-hour on Thursday to take a huge step towards staying in the Bundesliga. Their second straight league win after four consecutive defeats lifted Hanover to 12th place with 35 points, behind Frankfurt on goal difference, and put eight points between them and the relegation playoff spot with three games left. Hanover got off to a flying start with Leon Andreasen charging through the Frankfurt defence to head in the opener after two minutes following good work from Christian Pander, but Martin Lanig drew the hosts level in the 13th. More »Hanover edge closer to safety with win at Frankfurt

  • Ex-Goldman director Gupta starts prison term on June 17

    Reuters - 1 hour 49 minutes ago

    By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former Goldman Sachs Group Inc director Rajat Gupta is expected to begin his two-year prison term on June 17 for insider trading. U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff in Manhattan directed Gupta to surrender by 2:00 p.m. EDT (1800 GMT) on that date to start serving his sentence, according to an order issued on Thursday. Gupta, 65, was convicted in June 2012 on securities fraud and conspiracy charges for having fed tips, from Goldman board meetings in the second half of 2008, to longtime friend Raj Rajaratnam, founder of the Galleon Group hedge fund firm. Gupta is also a former global managing director of the consulting firm McKinsey & Co. He is the top corporate official convicted in a broad federal insider trading probe unveiled in October 2009, when charges against Rajaratnam were announced. More »Ex-Goldman director Gupta starts prison term on June 17

  • Top Asian News at 10:30 p.m. GMT

    Associated Press - 1 hour 51 minutes ago

    MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — There was chaos and confusion on the bridge of a sinking ferry, with the captain first trying to stabilize the listing vessel before ordering its evacuation, a crewman said Thursday. By the time the order came, however, he said it had become impossible to help many of the passengers — although the captain and a dozen crew members survived. More »Top Asian News at 10:30 p.m. GMT

  • US tells jury Egyptian imam pursued global terror

    Associated Press - 1 hour 52 minutes ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — The imam of a London mosque used his influential position in the late 1990s to train and aid terrorists and used the cover of his religion to hide in plain sight, a prosecutor told jurors in his opening statement Thursday before a defense attorney promised that the defendant will explain himself during the trial. More »US tells jury Egyptian imam pursued global terror

  • I love my body: Kate Upton

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - 1 hour 53 minutes ago

    Los Angeles, April 18 (IANS) Model Kate Upton says that like every woman she has "moments of insecurity", but she loves her body and is proud of her frame. She took to Twitter to express her thoughts, reports dailystar.co.uk. More »I love my body: Kate Upton

  • Military shell prompted evacuation of hundreds

    Associated Press - 1 hour 55 minutes ago

    SOLVANG, Calif. (AP) — An old but still potentially explosive military shell that was found in an alley was safely destroyed early Thursday, ending an evacuation that emptied hundreds of homes and businesses in this Central California tourist town. More »Military shell prompted evacuation of hundreds

  • IRS audits less than 1 percent of big partnerships

    Associated Press - 1 hour 58 minutes ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service audits fewer than 1 percent of large business partnerships, according to a government report released Tuesday. More »IRS audits less than 1 percent of big partnerships

  • Judge wants Detroit mayor to back bankruptcy plan

    Associated Press - 1 hour 58 minutes ago

    Looking years ahead, the judge overseeing Detroit's bankruptcy said Thursday he wants assurances from the mayor and other elected leaders that they'll follow a final plan that likely cuts pensions, sheds ... More »Judge wants Detroit mayor to back bankruptcy plan

  • Can Spurs get back at Heat? Can they survive West?

    Associated Press - 2 hours 0 minutes ago

    To get another shot at LeBron James, the San Antonio Spurs may have to go through Dirk Nowitzki, then Dwight Howard and James Harden, and finally Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. More »Can Spurs get back at Heat? Can they survive West?

  • Woman, teenager found dead in Lake Erie; 2 missing

    Associated Press - 2 hours 0 minutes ago

    TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The bodies of two of four missing boaters were recovered in western Lake Erie on Thursday, a day after the group left for an afternoon of fishing and sent pictures to relatives. More »Woman, teenager found dead in Lake Erie; 2 missing

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