US sending more special ops forces to fight Islamic State
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is expanding its special operations force in Iraq and Syria to help fight Islamic State militants, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Tuesday.
12/01/2015 - 05:41 PM
Puerto Rico's governor issues "distress call" to Congress
WASHINGTON (AP) — Puerto Rico's governor issued a "distress call" to Congress to help his heavily indebted government while signaling he will reroute money to make a bond payment that comes due on Tuesday.
12/01/2015 - 05:40 PM
The Latest: Alderman says 'right decision' to fire McCarthy
CHICAGO (AP) — The latest on the aftermath of the shooting of a black teenager by a white Chicago police officer and an online threat against the University of Chicago (all times local):
12/01/2015 - 05:36 PM
US special ops to fight IS jihadists in Iraq
The United States will deploy special operations forces to fight Islamic State jihadists in Iraq, with the ability to conduct raids over the border in Syria, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Tuesday. Speaking to the House Armed Services Committee, the Pentagon chief said a "specialized expeditionary targeting force" would be deployed to help Iraqi and Kurdish Peshmerga forces battle the IS group. The special forces will also be able to intervene in neighboring northern Syria, where Washington previously announced it is sending about 50 special operations troops in a non-combat role.
12/01/2015 - 05:34 PM
Chicago police chief ousted amid tensions over black teen's killing
Chicago's police chief was ousted on Tuesday following days of unrest over video footage showing the shooting of a black teenager and the filing of murder charges against a white police officer in the young man's death. Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who had stood by Superintendent Garry McCarthy, announced during a news conference he had asked McCarthy to resign. The mayor said he was creating a new police accountability task force.
12/01/2015 - 05:30 PM
Cameron says government unanimous on Syria strikes, unlike opposition
By Elizabeth Piper and William James LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Tuesday his government had unanimously agreed a motion on air strikes against militants in Syria, portraying the ruling party as united on an issue that has split the Labour opposition. Cameron wants to launch the strikes as soon as possible against Islamic State in Syria, convinced Britain can no longer "sub-contract" its security to other countries after the group said it was behind last month's Paris attacks. New Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn accused Cameron of rushing to war, and appealed to those Labour lawmakers who favour the motion to "think again ... and please cast your vote against supporting this government's military endeavours in Syria".
12/01/2015 - 05:30 PM
Bulgarian police end check at Sofia airport, explosive not found
Bulgarian authorities have found no explosive devices after checking bags found in a Belgian-registered van parked just outside the capital's international airport, the interior ministry said on Tuesday. Bulgarian police evacuated part of Sofia's international airport around midday as a police bomb disposal squad, counter-terrorism officers, border guards, fire fighters and medical teams moved in around the vehicle. "No explosive device has been found inside the van," the ministry said in a statement.
12/01/2015 - 05:27 PM
House considers requiring search warrant to get old emails
WASHINGTON (AP) — Investigators would need a search warrant to get people's old emails under a bill considered Tuesday by a House panel looking to update a nearly 30-year-old federal law to reflect today's communications.
12/01/2015 - 05:26 PM
Chicago mayor fires police chief in wake of video release
CHICAGO (AP) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel fired the city's police superintendent Tuesday, a week after the release of a dash-cam video that showed a white Chicago officer fatally shooting a black teenager 16 times.
12/01/2015 - 05:26 PM
Pipe bomb explodes on overpass near Istanbul metro, five hurt: local mayor
By Asli Kandemir and Can Sezer ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Five people were injured when a pipe bomb exploded on an overpass near an Istanbul metro station on Tuesday, the district mayor said, halting some train operations and heightening security fears in Europe's biggest city. Turkey has been on high alert since more than 100 people were killed by two suicide bombers in the capital Ankara in October, three months after a similar attack at a town near the Syrian border in July left 33 dead. Tuesday's blast near the Bayrampasa metro station came at the height of the evening rush hour, district Mayor Atilla Aydiner told A Haber television.
12/01/2015 - 05:24 PM
Volkswagen's US sales plunge 25 percent in November
Volkswagen's US sales plunged 25 percent in November after it suspended sales of diesel vehicles in the wake of an emissions cheating scandal, the embattled German automaker said Tuesday. VW froze sales of diesel car models in the United States on November 4 after new accusations on the use of software that cheats on emissions tests. "Volkswagen was lucky to hold its own in the months immediately following the revelation of the emissions problems, but its luck on sales ran out in November," said Michelle Krebs, senior analyst for Autotrader.
12/01/2015 - 05:24 PM
Boston Marathon bomber's lawyers argue for new trial
BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) have urged a judge to grant him a new trial.
12/01/2015 - 05:23 PM
Seinfeld to appear monthly at NYC's Beacon Theatre in 2016
NEW YORK (AP) — Beginning in January, fans of Jerry Seinfeld will be able to catch the comedian once a month at a New York City theater.
12/01/2015 - 05:23 PM
US auto sales accelerate in November
US auto sales continued to accelerate in November with the Detroit Three carmakers on Tuesday forecasting further growth in the months to come. GM and Fiat Chrysler forecast that the overall annual sales pace for the industry would top 18 million vehicles once all carmakers have reported their November results. "We believe US auto sales will continue to grow in 2016, based on the underlying strength of the economy," said Mustafa Mohatarem, GM chief economist.
12/01/2015 - 05:20 PM
Mexico experts: passageway may lead to Aztec ruler's tomb
MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Mexican archaeologist said his team has found a tunnel-like passageway that apparently leads to two sealed chambers, the latest chapter in the search for the as-yet undiscovered tomb of an Aztec ruler.
12/01/2015 - 05:19 PM
Lawyer: Boy taken by dad in 2002 has visited mom in Alabama
CLEVELAND (AP) — The attorney for a Cleveland man accused of kidnapping his son in 2002 and creating a life for them under new identities says the now-18-year-old recently reconnected with his mother in Alabama.
12/01/2015 - 05:17 PM
The Latest: Negotiators take heart at Obama comments
LE BOURGET, France (AP) — The latest news from the U.N. climate conference in Paris, which runs through Dec. 11. All times local:
12/01/2015 - 05:14 PM
Lawmaker: US military better prepared in Africa than in 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) — A member of the House Benghazi committee says the military is better prepared now for an attack in Africa than it was when a U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya was attacked in 2012, killing four Americans.
12/01/2015 - 05:03 PM
Broadway musical 'Waitress' makes history with its lineup
NEW YORK (AP) — The musical "Waitress" hasn't yet begun serving its specials on Broadway, but it's already made some history.
12/01/2015 - 05:01 PM
Drake is Spotify's most streamed artist of the year globally
NEW YORK (AP) — Spotify users are clearly listening to Drake. The rapper was the most streamed artist of the year globally.
12/01/2015 - 05:01 PM
Israeli troops kill 2 Palestinians after stabbing attempts
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military on Tuesday said it shot and killed two Palestinians who tried to carry out separate stabbing attacks in the West Bank.
12/01/2015 - 04:59 PM
Penguin death leaves police baffled in latest zoo mystery
The mysterious death of a penguin at Germany's Dortmund Zoo has prompted a probe, police said Tuesday, in the latest case of an unexplainable animal death or disappearance at the zoo. The zoo had informed police on Monday that three Humboldt penguins had gone missing, before later finding one of them "dead with injuries" in the flamingo enclosure. The other two penguins remain missing, said police, adding that they were investigating if there had been a "theft of the penguins or whether there had been a violation of the animal welfare act".
12/01/2015 - 04:56 PM
Cuba imposes travel permit for doctors to limit brain drain
HAVANA (AP) — The Cuban government announced Tuesday that it is re-imposing a hated travel permit requirement on many doctors, requiring them to get permission to leave the country in an attempt to counter a brain drain that it blames on the United States.
12/01/2015 - 04:56 PM
From racing to rum, things to know about year-end tax breaks
WASHINGTON (AP) — It's December, when Congress typically passes a last-minute package of temporary tax breaks, sparing millions of businesses and individuals from unwanted tax increases just weeks before the start of filing season.
12/01/2015 - 04:54 PM
Syria's al-Qaida branch releases captive Lebanese soldiers
BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's al-Qaida branch on Tuesday released a group of Lebanese troops held captive for over a year as part of a Qatar-brokered swap in which Lebanon freed at least 11 prisoners, including a former wife of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
12/01/2015 - 04:51 PM
After leaders' rhetoric, climate negotiators start work on deal
By Barbara Lewis and Bate Felix PARIS (Reuters) - With encouragement from 150 world leaders ringing in their ears, government negotiators in Paris were on Tuesday left to turn the rhetoric into reality and agree on a draft text of a global deal to slow climate change. U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping made common cause on Monday with other countries to stress the urgency of an agreement to slow a rise in global temperatures blamed for spurring floods, heat waves and rising sea levels. The main sticking point is how to come up with the billions of dollars needed to finance the cleaner energy sources that are badly needed if emerging countries are to develop without relying heavily on fossil fuels.
12/01/2015 - 04:50 PM
Euro firms as ECB meeting looms; stocks rise
The euro recovered from a multi-month low against the U.S. dollar on Tuesday as investors pared bets that the European Central Bank will soon ease policy further, while crude remained under pressure from oversupply concerns. The U.S. manufacturing sector contracted in November to its worst levels since June 2009, while construction spending rose more than expected in October to the highest level since December 2007. The data comes ahead of the expected first hike in U.S. rates since 2006, which most analysts see coming at the Federal Reserve's Dec. 15-16 meeting.
12/01/2015 - 04:50 PM
'Inside Out,' 'The Good Dinosaur' top Annie Awards noms
LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Inside Out," Pixar's journey into the mind of an adolescent girl, has received 14 Annie Awards nominations, topping the studio's "The Good Dinosaur," which picked up 10.
12/01/2015 - 04:48 PM
Scientists debate boundaries, ethics of human gene editing
WASHINGTON (AP) — Alternating the promise of cures for intractable diseases with anxiety about designer babies and eugenics, hundreds of scientists and ethicists from around the world began debating the boundaries of a revolutionary technology to edit the human genetic code.
12/01/2015 - 04:47 PM
Five injured in pipe bomb blast near Istanbul metro: local mayor
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Five people were injured when a pipe bomb exploded on an overpass near an Istanbul metro station on Tuesday, the district mayor told A Haber television. Atilla Aydiner, the mayor of the Bayrampasa district on the European side of the city, was speaking on live television after the explosion hit the industrial and residential area near the height of evening rush hour. (Reporting by Asli Kandemir; Writing by David Dolan; Editing by Nick Tattersall)
12/01/2015 - 04:46 PM
Luke Bryan, Demi Lovato, Wiz Khalifa join NYE show
NEW YORK (AP) — Luke Bryan, Demi Lovato, Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth will help count down to 2016 on "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest" in New York City's Times Square.
12/01/2015 - 04:44 PM
Ukraine may benefit from Russian ban on Turkish food: analyst
Russian trade measures against Turkey may give Ukraine a chance to regain its position in the Turkish food market, analyst UkrAgroConsult said on Tuesday. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev approved on Tuesday sanctions against Turkey in retaliation for the downing of a Russian warplane. Analysts say that Turkey in response may refuse food imports from Russia.
12/01/2015 - 04:42 PM
US manufacturing contracts for first time in 3 years
The Institute for Supply Management purchasing managers index for the manufacturing sector dropped to 48.6 in November from an October reading of 50.1 that was just a tick inside growth territory. Ten out of the 18 manufacturing industries surveyed reported contraction in November, "with lower new orders, production and raw materials inventories accounting for the overall softness," the ISM said.
12/01/2015 - 04:42 PM
Puerto Rico has begun to default, governor says; status of payment unclear
By Megan Davies and Nick Brown NEW YORK/SAN JUAN (Reuters) - Puerto Rico has begun to default on its debt in order to pay top-priority borrowings backed by its constitution and protect the commonwealth's people, Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla said on Tuesday, but the status of a Dec. 1 payment remained unclear. There had been speculation that the U.S. territory would default on all or part of its $355 million notes issued by its financing arm, the Government Development Bank, and due Dec. 1. "The imminence of a default when presented with the alternative between paying creditors and providing essential government services looms large," Garcia Padilla told the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee.
12/01/2015 - 04:41 PM
Chinese investors buy 13% stake in Man City group for $400m
China planted its flag in the English Premier League on Tuesday as a consortium of Chinese investors bought a 13 percent stake in Manchester City's parent company for $400 million (377 million euros). China Media Capital (CMC) and CITIC Capital have purchased the stake in City Football Group (CFG), which had previously been wholly owned by the Abu Dhabi United Group (ADUG), just weeks after Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Manchester City.
12/01/2015 - 04:39 PM
Oil down on bets OPEC won't cut output, gasoline rally supports
Crude futures were down on Tuesday on bets that OPEC will not cut output to stem a supply glut when the world's biggest oil producers meet this week, although a rally in U.S. gasoline and a weak dollar limited losses on the petroleum complex. Trading has been sluggish ahead of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries' meeting in Vienna on Friday amid worries the group will choose to keep output high to defend market share against non-member oil producers such as the United States and Russia. U.S. jobs data for November are also due on Friday, and likely to keep oil prices range bound till then, traders said.
12/01/2015 - 04:38 PM
The Latest on Freddie Gray: Judge questions possible jurors
BALTIMORE (AP) — The latest on the trial of a police officer accused in the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who suffered a spinal injury in the back of a transport van (all times local):
12/01/2015 - 04:26 PM
Colombia declines rebel extradition to U.S. amid FARC peace talks
Colombia has for the first time declined to extradite to the United States a Marxist FARC rebel accused of drug trafficking, as peace negotiations approach a March deadline. The South American country will not turn over Juan Vicente Carvajal, known by his nom de guerre Misael, a fighter with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), to a court in New York, according to an executive resolution by President Juan Manuel Santos.
12/01/2015 - 04:23 PM
About 43 percent of Islamic State's oil revenues affected by U.S.-led strikes: Dunford
More than 40 percent of Islamic State's oil revenue has been affected by U.S.-led strikes over the past month, the top U.S. military officer said in testimony to a congressional committee on Tuesday. "We estimate that approximately 43 percent of the revenue stream that ISIL derives from oil has been affected over the past 30 days," said U.S. General Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, using an acronym for the militant group.
12/01/2015 - 04:14 PM
Obama: Climate action an economic and security 'imperative'
US President Barack Obama said Tuesday global warming posed economic and security risks that had to be tackled immediately, but insisted the climate problem could be solved. If global warming continues, "then before long we are going to have to devote more and more of our economic and military resources not to growing opportunity for our people but to adapting to the various consequences of a changing planet," Obama said. "Climate change is a massive problem, it's a generational problem," Obama said on the sidelines of the November 30-December 11 UN conference being held north of Paris.
12/01/2015 - 04:11 PM
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