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Fired US Sen. Alexander staffer expected in court
Economist favourite to be named next Somali prime minister
An economist based at the Islamic Development Bank in Saudi Arabia is favourite to be named Somalia's new prime minister, sources in the presidential palace said, after his predecessor was forced out by lawmakers in a vote of no confidence. The palace sources, and another with connections to the former premier, named the front-running candidate as Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed, 54, from Somalia's southern Gedo region. "Today, we got the news that Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed would be named as prime minister," one palace source said on Thursday. Ahmed left Somalia at the outset of civil war in 1991. Thu, 12 Dec 2013 09:50:44 -0500
Study: Hormone-blocker slashes breast cancer risk
SAN ANTONIO (AP) Women at high risk of developing breast cancer because of family history or bad genes have a new option to help prevent the disease. Thu, 12 Dec 2013 09:49:52 -0500
US retail sales rise 0.7 pct., most in 5 months
Spanish govt vows to block Catalan independence poll
US stocks open mixed as investors see Fed exit
Police: Pa. panhandler claimed to be state trooper
LATROBE, Pa. (AP) Police say a drunken panhandler charged with harassing the customers of a western Pennsylvania business falsely claimed to be a state trooper but was found out when he claimed to work at a nonexistent barracks. Thu, 12 Dec 2013 09:47:03 -0500
Analysis: U.S. drilling boom leaves some homeowners in a big hole
When Gary Gless bought his sleek, modernist house in Los Angeles in 2002, he thought he had hit a "gold mine." The world's largest inner-city park - featuring a lush, 18-hole golf course - was about to get built across the street. The park plan was ditched, and Freeport-McMoRan Oil & Gas LLC now operates 700 wells there - and 400 more are on the way. All the drilling, Gless says, has caused house foundations to crack and swimming pools to start to slide down hills. "I wouldn't even buy my own home." Freeport-McMoRan, part of Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc, said that, for the past three years, its surveys of the oilfield and surrounding communities have found no connection between its activities and "localized claims of property damage." It said it would continue to evaluate the issue.
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Operators ground model of chopper that crashed
LONDON (AP) A British transport company has grounded all of its helicopters of the type that crashed into a pub in Scotland after detecting a technical problem on a recent flight. Thu, 12 Dec 2013 09:45:56 -0500
New Zealand PM 'unidentified guest' on world stage
List of nominees for 71st Golden Globe Awards
Retail sales rise in November, boost economic outlook
By Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. retail sales rose solidly in November, adding to signs of a strengthening economy that could draw the Federal Reserve closer to reducing the pace of monetary stimulus. The upbeat economic picture was clouded somewhat by another report on Thursday showing the biggest jump in a year in first-time applications for unemployment benefits last week. The Commerce Department said retail sales increased 0.7 percent last month as Americans bought automobiles and a range of other goods. November's retail sales increase was the largest in five months and followed a 0.6 percent rise in October.
Thu, 12 Dec 2013 09:41:45 -0500
Clippers win in Rivers' emotional return to Boston
Doc Rivers' emotional return to Boston ended with a 96-88 NBA victory for his Los Angeles Clippers over the Celtics Wednesday at TD Bank Garden. Jamal Crawford came up big off the bench, scoring 11 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter as the Clippers rallied for the victory. Rivers, who coached the Celtics to a 416-305 regular-season record over nine years and guided them to the 17th championship in club history in 2008, admitted it was a tough night for him at the arena he once called home -- maybe tougher emotionally because of the warm welcome he received.
Thu, 12 Dec 2013 09:41:38 -0500
Cops: Man steals art from dead man, then calls 911
PUTNAM VALLEY, N.Y. (AP) A New York man who went to check on an acquaintance and found him dead at his home is accused of stealing some of the man's artwork before calling 911. Thu, 12 Dec 2013 09:38:45 -0500
US weekly jobless claims jump
First-time claims for US unemployment benefits jumped in the first week of December from November's low numbers, official data released Thursday showed. New jobless claims rose to 368,000 in the week ending December 7 from the prior week's upwardly revised figure of 300,000, the Labor Department said. Adjusting the data for the Thanksgiving holiday is always problematic, however, and this jump will likely be reversed in subsequent weeks," said Marisa Di Natale of Moody's Analytics. The claims numbers, a sign of the pace of layoffs, came after the Labor Department on Friday reported the jobless rate fell to a five-year low of 7.0 percent in November and the economy added 203,000 jobs, picking up from the two previous months.
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