Sep 25 2011

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1 German shot dead in Afghanistan: local officials

By Usman Sharifi, AFP

2 hrs 43 mins ago

A German tourist was shot dead by armed motorcyclists while travelling in central Afghanistan Saturday, local officials said.

The man was killed alongside an Afghan companion in the usually stable central Afghan province of Ghor.

The incident came in the same month that two German nationals were found dead after apparently going climbing in mountains north of the Afghan capital Kabul.

2 US fights a war of perceptions in Afghanistan

By Dan De Luce, AFP

1 hr 6 mins ago

The Pentagon insists high-profile assaults by Afghan insurgents are a sign of a weakened enemy but former officials and analysts say Taliban tactics could undercut the effects of a US-led military campaign.

After a series of dramatic attacks, including a firefight outside the US embassy and the killing Tuesday of former Afghan president Burhanuddin Rabbani, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said the insurgents were resorting to headline-grabbing violence because they had been defeated on the battlefield.

Panetta told senators Thursday the tactics were the “result of a shift in momentum in our favor and a sign of weakness in the insurgency.”

3 Bahrainis boycott by-elections


5 hrs ago

Bahraini by-elections boycotted by the Shiite opposition after it walked out of parliament over violence against pro-democracy activists registered a poor turnout on Saturday, witnesses said.

Only a dozen people were present on Saturday morning when the polling station opened in the fifth northern district, near the Shiite village of Saar outside Manama, witnesses said.

“I came because this is my country. I’m unemployed but it’s not a reason not to vote,” said Ali Ahmad al-Jamri, 34, a Shiite electrician who has been without work for three years.

4 Libyan NTC forces assault Kadhafi hometown

By Rory Mulholland, AFP

4 hrs ago

Fighters for Libya’s interim rulers entered Moamer Kadhafi’s hometown Sirte on Saturday, braving heavy rocket and machine-gun fire to stream forward in a “surprise” assault.

As a plume of smoke rose over Tripoli, reportedly from an explosion at a naval base munitions dump, National Transitional Council chief Mustafa Abdel Jalil said a transitional government would be announced next week.

At a makeshift field hospital in a mosque west of Sirte, Dr Fatih Danini reported two NTC fighters were killed and 30 wounded in an apparent pincer movement also launched from the south and east.

5 Dalai Lama says China to have no say on successor

By Tenzin Tsering, AFP

5 hrs ago

Tibet’s spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Saturday said he will decide when he is “about 90” whether he should be reincarnated and added firmly that China should have no say in the matter.

The Dalai Lama made the statement in a 4,200-word document issued after a gathering of leaders of the four schools of Tibetan Buddhism in the northern Indian hill town of Dharamshala.

“When I am about 90, I will consult the high lamas of the Tibetan Buddhist traditions, the Tibetan public, and other concerned people who follow Tibetan Buddhism, and re-evaluate whether the institution of the Dalai Lama should continue or not,” he said.

6 Sarkozy aide’s wife repeats cash allegations


5 hrs ago

The wife of a former close aide of French President Nicolas Sarkozy repeated claims Saturday that her husband, charged in a damaging graft scandal, had returned from trips abroad with bags of cash.

In media interviews Princess Helene of Yugoslavia, estranged wife of Thierry Gaubert, also linked him with Nicolas Bazire, the best man at Sarkozy’s wedding, and Ziad Takieddine, the alleged middleman in an arms deal with Pakistan.

All three men have been charged by police investigating alleged kickbacks on the arms deal and illegal funding of former prime minister Edouard Balladur’s failed 1995 presidential campaign.

7 US steps up pressure for European ‘firewall’

By Veronica Smith, AFP

2 hrs 46 mins ago

The United States ramped up pressure on Europe Saturday to take swift action to contain the eurozone debt crisis, warning that the entire global economy is at stake.

“Sovereign and banking stresses in Europe are the most serious risk now confronting the world economy,” US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said in a speech to the International Monetary Fund’s steering body.

“Further action to expand the effective capacity of these commitments is still necessary to create a firewall against further contagion,” Geithner said, according to the prepared text.

8 NASA searches for burned up satellite debris

By Kerry Sheridan, AFP

2 hrs 37 mins ago

NASA officials scrambled Saturday to locate any remains of a bus-sized satellite — the biggest piece of US space junk to plummet to earth in 30 years — that disintegrated upon on re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere.

NASA has said there is only a “very remote” risk to the public from any of the fragments of the 6.3 tonne Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) that may have survived the journey back into the atmosphere.

The satellite fell back to Earth between 11:23 pm Friday and 1:09 am Saturday (0323-0509 GMT Saturday), but the precise re-entry time and location “are not yet known with certainty,” NASA said.

9 All Blacks dominate France in McCaw’s 100th

By Robert Smith, AFP

5 hrs ago

The All Blacks scored five tries for a convincing bonus point 37-17 victory over World Cup nemesis France to give their skipper Richie McCaw a winning 100th Test on Saturday.

New Zealand gave the full house 60,800 Eden Park crowd what they wanted with a dominant display to justify their tournament favouritism and take a five-point lead in Pool A with one game left in the group stage.

The All Blacks controlled all but the opening 10 minutes to part-exorcise the demons of their stunning quarter-final exit to the French at the 2007 World Cup.

10 Vettel grabs pole in Singapore

By Gordon Howard, AFP

2 hrs 16 mins ago

Championship-chasing German Sebastian Vettel nabbed his 11th pole position of the season on Saturday as his powerful Red Bull team secured a front-row lockout for the Singapore Grand Prix.

The 24-year-old dominated the floodlit night session as Red Bull extended their supremacy with a 14th successive pole, a 100 percent record that gives Vettel a good chance to retain his title in the 61-lap race on Sunday.

His Red Bull team-mate Australian Mark Webber was second fastest thanks to a last-gasp lap of a competitive and tense session that featured a red flag interruption, accidents and punctures at the steamy Marina Bay circuit.

11 Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ turns 20

By Benedicte Rey, AFP

1 hr 33 mins ago

Twenty years ago, a naked baby diving after a dollar bill turned the rock world upside down, and Nirvana’s “Nevermind”, the record immortalised by that image, became the soundtrack for a generation.

“Nevermind”‘s release in late September 1991 also sucked Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain into a whirlwind that he would not get out of alive.

Two decades on, Universal is marking the anniversary with the release Monday of a remastered box set of the album, complete with bonus tracks and demos.

12 Libyan NTC forces fight for Gaddafi’s home town

By Alexander Dziadosz, Reuters

30 mins ago

SIRTE, Libya (Reuters) – Libyan interim government forces backed by NATO warplanes swarmed into Muammar Gaddafi’s home town of Sirte on Saturday but encountered heavy sniper fire as they tried to win control of one of the deposed leader’s last strongholds.

Black smoke billowed over Sirte as National Transitional Council (NTC) forces massed in Zafran Square about 1 km (half a mile) from the center of the Mediterranean coastal town.

Gunfire could be heard from the town center as the forces moved tanks and mortars to the square. Pick-up trucks mounted with machineguns and loaded with NTC fighters raced into the town and ambulances hurtled back and forth ferrying casualties.

13 Tripoli armed group says arms spreading to regions

By Joseph Logan, Reuters

1 hr 16 mins ago

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Weapons seized from sites in Tripoli have been taken to other parts of Libya by fighters who filled the capital to overthrow Muammar Gaddafi, a representative of one of the city’s armed groups said on Saturday.

Abdelraouf al-Kurdi, a representative of fighters from Tripoli’s Souq al-Jum’a district, made the statement as Libya’s new leaders struggled to form a transitional government, in which roles allotted to regions was a key stumbling block.

“There is a proliferation of weapons, either from the old regime or from people who, after the 20th, entered warehouses and took weapons,” he said, referring to the day last month when fighters launched the assault that drove Gaddafi from power.

14 Attack on Yemen opposition camp kills 17

By Erika Solomon and Mohammed Ghobari, Reuters

2 hrs 30 mins ago

SANAA (Reuters) – At least 17 protesters and soldiers were killed during an attack by government forces on an opposition protest camp in Yemen’s capital after President Ali Abdullah Saleh returned after a three-month absence, witnesses and protesters said on Saturday.

Hundreds fled from the midnight raid, involving mortar and sniper fire, that lasted until noon on Saturday on “Change Square,” the heart of an uprising where thousands have camped for eight months calling for Saleh to relinquish power.

The president’s main military rival, General Ali Mohsen, said Saleh’s return on Friday was a “major catastrophe” and called on Gulf and Western powers to stop him igniting a civil war.

15 Bahrain holds vote as Shi’ite enclave erupts

By Andrew Hammond, Reuters

3 hrs ago

MANAMA (Reuters) – Bahrain’s main opposition boycotted elections on Saturday held to fill parliamentary seats that were vacated by its members during a crackdown on a mostly Muslim Shi’ite protest movement in the Sunni-ruled monarchy.

The low turn-out of voters would appear to favor pro-government candidates in the Gulf island state, home to the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet.

As evening fell, the Shi’ite enclave of Sanabis adjacent to the capital of Manama, erupted for a second night. Youths taunted police with vuvuzelas and anti-government chants.

16 Time ticking for Assad in Syria: Turkey’s Erdogan

By Jasmin Melvin, Reuters

2 hrs 52 mins ago

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will be ousted “sooner or later” by his own people as the time of dictatorial rule fades around the world, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said.

Erdogan, in an interview on CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS” to be aired on Sunday, maintained his stern tone toward Israel and warned relations may “never become normal again” but he had warm words for U.S. President Barack Obama as Turkey rises as a diplomatic power in the Middle East.

“You can never remain in power through cruelty. You can never stand before the will of the people,” Erdogan said in a transcript released by CNN on Saturday.

17 Rabbani death shuts Afghan "door of stability": colleague

By William Maclean, Reuters

2 hrs 3 mins ago

The killing of chief peace negotiator Burhanuddin Rabbani has robbed Afghanistan of the only figure with the range of international contacts to end the conflict there, an influential Arab colleague said on Saturday.

“Whoever killed Burhanuddin Rabbani, the intention was to kill any opportunity for peace and stability in Afghanistan,” said Abdullah Anas, a former anti-Soviet fighter and Algerian Islamist activist who has worked behind the scenes in recent years to prepare contacts between warring Afghan factions.

“After this assassination, to be honest, I do not know what will happen … Any group who was behind this assassination meant to close the door of stability in Afghanistan.”

18 Putin ready to return as Russian president

By Timothy Heritage and Guy Faulconbridge, Reuters

2 hrs 0 mins ago

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Vladimir Putin declared on Saturday that he planned to reclaim the Russian presidency in an election next March that could open the way for the former KGB spy to rule until 2024.

The announcement, greeted by a standing ovation at a congress of the prime minister’s ruling United Russia party, ended months of speculation over whether he or President Dmitry Medvedev would run.

The two have ruled in a power ‘tandem’ since Putin was forced by the constitution to yield the presidency in 2008 after serving a maximum two consecutive terms, and Putin said they had agreed several years ago how to divide power between them.

19 Putin’s Kremlin shuffle no surprise for Russians

By Elizabeth Shockman Shvedenko and Alexei Anishchuk, Reuters

2 hrs 1 min ago

MOSCOW (Reuters) – For four years, Vladimir Putin tried to keep Russians guessing about whether he would return to the presidency in 2012.

Anna, a Muscovite and a young mother, was not fooled.

“It was obvious to everyone who would become the next president,” she said, strolling with her parents and holding her baby daughter, Valya, who will almost certainly spend much of her childhood with Putin as president.

20 Prosecutors demand life imprisonment for Knox

By Deepa Babington, Reuters

3 hrs ago

PERUGIA, Italy (Reuters) – Italian prosecutors asked a court on Saturday to extend American student Amanda Knox’s jail term to life for murdering her British housemate in a frenzied sex game that went wrong.

Knox, a 24-year-old from Seattle, is serving a 26-year term after being found guilty in 2009 of murdering Meredith Kercher with her former Italian boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito.

Prosecutors also asked for Sollecito’s 25-year jail term to be increased to life imprisonment.

21 Europe aims to beef up crisis fund

By David Lawder and Daniel Flynn, Reuters

44 mins ago

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Europe is working on ways to boost the firepower of its bailout fund, a top European official said as the United States, China and other countries turned up pressure on the euro zone to contain its debt crisis.

Signs are growing that Europe is readying new measures to prevent fallout from Greece’s near-bankruptcy from spreading to other euro zone countries, threatening the region’s banks and hurting the world economy.

The European official said on Saturday the euro zone countries cannot boost the size of the 440 billion-euro fund, known as the EFSF, because Germany would not agree to such an increase.

22 Berlin seeks early launch for permanent euro fund: report

By Andreas Rinke, Reuters

2 hrs 36 mins ago

BERLIN (Reuters) – Berlin, under pressure to beef up its response to Europe’s debt crisis, wants the region’s permanent rescue fund to come into force a year early in 2012, media reported, a move a senior lawmaker in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party said he backed.

With concern swelling about a possible Greek sovereign debt default as Athens struggles to meet the terms for its European Union and International Monetary Fund bailout, policymakers in the euro zone are readying for an escalation of the crisis.

Nobert Barthle of the Christian Democrats (CDU), who sits on parliament’s budget committee, told Reuters on Saturday an early introduction of the permanent European Stability Mechanism (ESM), currently due in mid-2013, would help frame a more forceful response.

23 ECB’s Stark warns global crisis far from over

By Marc Jones, Reuters

2 hrs 59 mins ago

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The global financial crisis is far from over, European Central Bank Executive Board member Juergen Stark warned on Saturday, and hit out at the idea that low interest rates and other loose policy could solve the fundamental problems facing many.

ECB heavyweight Stark, who announced his shock resignation from the bank this month, said the world was still deep in crisis.

“The global financial crisis is far from over,” Stark warned in a speech on the role of monetary policy.

24 UBS CEO quits over trading loss

By Emma Thomasson and Catherine Bosley, Reuters

3 hrs ago

ZURICH (Reuters) – Oswald Gruebel resigned on Saturday as chief executive of troubled Swiss bank UBS, saying he took the blame for the $2.3 billion loss run up in alleged rogue trading in its investment banking division.

The bank, which said it would beef up risk controls under an accelerated restructuring of that part of its business, named its Europe, Middle East and Africa head Sergio Ermotti — only at UBS since April — to replace Gruebel on an interim basis.

Gruebel, appointed in 2009 to rebuild Switzerland’s flagship bank after a near collapse, said in a message to staff that the trading loss announced last week had shocked him deeply.

25 UBS Grand Prix celebration melts in Singapore heat

By Edward Taylor and Ossian Shine, Reuters

3 hrs ago

SINGAPORE, Sept 24 (Reuters) – With the champagne chilled and the hospitality in place, it should have been a celebration of its glamorous sponsorship of Formula One. But for Swiss bank UBS this year’s Singapore Grand Prix will be remembered for all the wrong reasons.

While millionaire racing drivers sped around the floodlit street circuit jockeying for the fastest times, their equivalents at the Swiss bank were left pondering the future after Saturday’s resignation of Chief Executive Oswald Gruebel in the wake of a $2.3 billion alleged rogue trading loss.

The board of the Swiss bank – including motor sport fan Gruebel – had been expected to host key clients at a plush hospitality suite in the pit building of the Marina Bay Circuit. Instead they hurriedly left the city-state on Friday, with some members flying back to Zurich as the bank sought to regain its equilibrium.

26 UPDATE 1-Motor racing-Vettel on pole again for Red Bull

By John O’Brien, Reuters

3 hrs ago

SINGAPORE, Sept 24 (Reuters) – Sebastian Vettel moved a step closer to clinching his second successive Formula One title under the Singapore floodlights after securing Red Bull’s 14th pole position in as many races this season.

Vettel, who could be only a day away from becoming the sport’s youngest double world champion, lapped the Marina Bay Circuit in one minute 44.381 seconds to edge out team mate Mark Webber by 0.351.

McLaren’s Jenson Button was third fastest in Saturday’s qualifying for the night race with a time of 1:44.804.

27 Rick Perry hopes for Florida straw poll victory

By Jane Sutton and Steve Holland, Reuters

2 hrs 2 mins ago

ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) – Republican Rick Perry on Saturday hoped to rebound from a shaky debate performance to win a Florida straw poll that is an important test of strength in a state crucial to victory in the November 2012 U.S. presidential election.

Perry, the Texas governor, created doubts among some conservatives at a debate with his Republican rivals on Thursday when he appeared to struggle to answer a foreign policy question and had difficulty driving home an attack on chief adversary Mitt Romney.

As many as 3,500 Florida Republican delegates were to vote in the straw poll later on Saturday with the results expected about 6 p.m. EDT. The straw poll is important to Perry because he actively participated in it.

28 Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel making big push for bike paths

By Mary Wisniewski, Reuters

2 hrs 33 mins ago

CHICAGO (Reuters) – New Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to make Chicago the most bike-friendly place in the United States, building on a long pedigree of bike advocacy in the city that dates to the 19th century.

In 1897, mayoral candidate Carter H. Harrison II successfully campaigned as “the cyclists’ champion.” Bike-riding mayor Richard M. Daley expanded on-street marked bike lanes to 115 miles in his 22 years in office.

Emanuel plans to outdo both Daley and other bike-friendly U.S. cities.

29 Libya PM calls on world to help in rebuilding

By TAREK EL-TABLAWY, Associated Press

1 hr 22 mins ago

UNITED NATIONS (AP) – Libya’s de facto prime minister on Saturday called on the United Nations to unfreeze all frozen Libyan assets and urged the world community to stand beside his nation in its difficult road to reconstruction and national reconciliation.

To loud applause, National Transitional Council premier Mahmoud Jibril addressed the U.N. General Assembly, saying he was saddened by the thousands who had died in the fight to topple Moammar Gadhafi and whose “sacred blood was shed to write a new history for a new Libya.”

In his first address to the world body since Gadhafi’s ouster from 42 years in power, Jibril spoke from the same rostrum where, two years earlier, Gadhafi ripped apart a copy of the world body’s charter during a lengthy rant. Jibril ridiculed that as “a pathetic theatrical move.”

30 Libyan forces push into Gadhafi’s hometown Sirte

By BEN HUBBARD, Associated Press

3 hrs ago

SIRTE, Libya (AP) – Hundreds of revolutionary fighters pushed into Moammar Gadhafi’s hometown Saturday in the first significant assault in about a week as Libya’s new rulers try to rout remaining loyalists of the fugitive leader. At the same time, the political leadership sought to boost its authority, promising to announce an interim government.

Explosions rocked the city of Sirte and smoke rose into the sky as Gadhafi’s forces fired mortar shells and rocket-propelled grenades at the fighters. Ambulances sped from the direction of the front line, and a doctor said at least one fighter was killed and 25 others wounded in the battle.

The two sides have been locked in a standoff since former rebels tried to advance on the city a week ago but were repelled by fierce resistance. More than a months since the then-rebels swept into Tripoli and pushed Gadhafi out of power, they are still struggling to overrun his remaining strongholds in the center of the country and the south.

31 Lawyers in Hosni Mubarak trial demand new judges

By MAGGIE MICHAEL, Associated Press

3 hrs ago

CAIRO (AP) – The trial of Hosni Mubarak came to a halt Saturday as lawyers demanded a new panel of judges after highly anticipated testimony from Egypt’s military ruler, a former confidant of the ousted president.

Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi gave his testimony under a total media blackout, with journalists barred from the court and forbidden to report any leaked details of what he told the court. Many believe Tantawi – who was Mubarak’s defense minister for two decades – can be crucial in addressing the key question of whether Mubarak ordered lethal force used against protesters during the 18-day uprising against his rule.

Mubarak is charged with complicity in the deaths of nearly 840 protesters in the crackdown against the uprising, which ended with his ouster on Feb. 11 and the handover of power to a military council headed by Tantawi. Mubarak could face the death penalty if convicted, but so far most testimony, including from police officers, has distanced Mubarak from any orders to shoot at protesters.

32 Yemeni president’s troops kill 40 in new battles

By AHMED AL-HAJ, Associated Press

48 mins ago

SANAA, Yemen (AP) – In one of the bloodiest days of Yemen’s uprising, government troops backed by snipers and shelling attacked a square full of Yemeni protesters Saturday and battled with pro-opposition forces in the capital, killing at least 40 people and littering the streets with bodies.

The violence signaled an accelerated attempt by President Ali Abdullah Saleh and his loyalists to crush their rivals and tighten his grip on the country after his return a day earlier from Saudi Arabia, where he has been undergoing treatment for the past three months for wounds suffered in an assassination attempt.

One of Saleh’s top rivals – Maj. Gen. Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar – called for international help, asking the U.S. and other regional powers to rein him in. He warned that Saleh is pushing the country into civil war and compared him to the Roman emperor Nero, burning down his own city.

33 Military dogs and handlers patrol in Afghanistan


12 hrs ago

FORWARD OPERATING BASE JACKSON, Afghanistan (AP) – After the suicide bombing, the U.S. Marine dog handler lay on a stretcher, his bloodied legs laced with shrapnel. They brought in his wounded dog, too. Blood dripped from the haunches of the Belgian Malinois.

Seven Afghans died in the insurgent attack on Sept. 8 near a Marine battalion headquarters in southern Afghanistan. Sgt. Kenneth Fischer and his dog, Drak, were flown by helicopter to a bigger base for emergency treatment, then out of the country for surgery. Both will head to Texas for rehabilitation, and eventually, in line with military custom, Fischer will adopt Drak and take him home.

“I have literally spent more time with Drak than I have my own daughter,” Fischer, 27, said by telephone earlier this week from his hospital bed at a military medical center in Bethesda, Maryland. The Marine had worked with 4-year-old Drak for two years and spent a total of nine months in Afghanistan. His daughter, Cheyenne, is 19 months old.

34 Putin to run for Russian presidency in 2012

By JIM HEINTZ, Associated Press

3 hrs ago

MOSCOW (AP) – Vladimir Putin’s decision to reclaim the presidency next year sets up the possibility that he could rule Russia until 2024 and foreshadows a continuation of the strongman rule that many in the West have called a retreat from democracy.

Although Putin departed the Kremlin in 2008 due to term limits and moved about two kilometers (1.5 miles) down the road to the prime minister’s office, in a sense he never left at all. He cannily used Russia’s state-controlled national TV channels to remain the country’s pre-eminent political figure, with appearances portraying himself as a bold adventurer in Russia’s wilderness, a vigorous advocate of the country’s global importance and, occasionally, as a bit of a rogue consorting with scruffy motorcyclists.

His hand-picked successor as president, Dmitry Medvedev, appeared as little more than a tame youngster in comparison – enthusing about Twitter and issuing earnest statements about the need for reforms, but achieving few tangible results.

35 Prosecutors seek life sentence for Knox

By ALESSANDRA RIZZO, Associated Press

1 hr 43 mins ago

PERUGIA, Italy (AP) – Italian prosecutors asked an appeals court on Saturday to uphold the conviction of Amanda Knox for the murder of her British roommate and increase her sentence to life in prison.

The 24-year-old American sat motionless as Prosecutor Giancarlo Costagliola made his request. The prosecutor sought the same sentence for Knox’s co-defendant, former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, capping two days of closing arguments by the prosecutors.

Costagliola also requested six months of daytime solitary confinement for Knox and two months for Sollecito.

36 Island nations at UN warn of climate disaster

By GREGORY KATZ, Associated Press

2 hrs 4 mins ago

UNITED NATIONS (AP) – The Palestinians want the United Nations to recognize a state. And the island nation of Tuvalu wants the United Nations to act – now – to keep their state above water.

The high drama surrounding the historic Palestinian bid for statehood has to a degree overshadowed other issues facing the U.N. General Assembly, which Saturday heard from the leaders of island nations where the impact of climate change is already having a profound effect.

They argue that the U.N. is moving too slowly despite many initiatives designed to reduce carbon emissions worldwide. U.N. officials have recognized climate change as the greatest environmental threat to the planet but efforts to slow its inexorable progress have foundered.

37 The American ‘allergy’ to global warming: Why?

By CHARLES J. HANLEY, AP Special Correspondent

2 hrs 38 mins ago

NEW YORK (AP) – Tucked between treatises on algae and prehistoric turquoise beads, the study on page 460 of a long-ago issue of the U.S. journal Science drew little attention.

“I don’t think there were any newspaper articles about it or anything like that,” the author recalls.

But the headline on the 1975 report was bold: “Are We on the Brink of a Pronounced Global Warming?” And this article that coined the term may have marked the last time a mention of “global warming” didn’t set off an instant outcry of angry denial.

38 NASA: 6-ton satellite hits Earth; location unknown

By SETH BORENSTEIN, Associated Press

3 hrs ago

WASHINGTON (AP) – NASA’s dead 6-ton satellite plunged to Earth early Saturday, but more than eight hours later, U.S. space officials didn’t know just where it hit. They thought the fiery fall was largely over water and the debris probably hurt no one.

The agency did not give a more specific location in a midday update on its website, which also said officials were not aware of any reports of injuries or property damage. Most of the spacecraft was believed to have burned up.

The bus-sized satellite first penetrated Earth’s atmosphere somewhere over the Pacific Ocean, according to NASA and the U.S. Air Force’s Joint Space Operations Center. But that doesn’t necessarily mean it all fell into the sea.

39 Satellite likely in ocean, but may have hit US


1 hr 56 mins ago

WASHINGTON (AP) – It’s as big as a bus and weighs 6 tons, but officials probably will never be able to pinpoint exactly where a massive NASA satellite plummeted to Earth.

NASA space junk scientists believe that all – or nearly all – of the parts of their 20-year-old dead satellite safely plunged into the Pacific Ocean, likely missing land. But if their estimates are off, by only five minutes or so, fiery pieces could have fallen on parts of northwestern North America.

No injuries or damage have been reported on land, which NASA officials said was a good indication the satellite went into the ocean.

40 UBS CEO Gruebel resigns over rogue trading loss

By FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press

1 hr 37 mins ago

GENEVA (AP) – UBS chief executive Oswald Gruebel has resigned over a $2.3 billion loss caused by rogue trading at its investment division, which is to be restructured now to prevent similar incidents in future, the Swiss bank said Saturday.

Gruebel, who had come under heavy pressure from shareholders over the scandal, said he hoped his resignation would allow the bank to restore its reputation in the eyes of clients and investors.

“As CEO, I bear full responsibility for what occurs at UBS,” he said in a memo to staff. “From my first day on the job I placed the reputation of the bank above all else. That is why I want to and must act according to my convictions.”

41 Small dent in jobless rate seen from Obama’s plan

By TOM RAUM, Associated Press

3 hrs ago

WASHINGTON (AP) – Even if Congress heeds President Barack Obama’s demands to “pass this bill right away” and enacts his jobs and tax plan in its entirety, the unemployment rate probably still would hover in nosebleed territory for at least three more years.

Why? Because the 1.9 million new jobs the White House says the bill would produce in 2012 falls short of what’s needed to put the economy back on track to return to pre-recession jobless levels of under 6 percent, from today’s rate of 9.1 percent.

That’s how deep the jobs hole is. The persistent weakness of the U.S. economy has left 14 million people unemployed and more than 25 million unable to find full-time work.

42 Recession upends dreams of aspiring teachers

By JEFFREY COLLINS, Associated Press

6 hrs ago

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Stay-at-home-mom Cindy DePace was just hitting 30 when she decided to return to the work force by going back to school and becoming a teacher.

She loved working with kids, could be home in the summer with her own children and had always heard that someone with an education degree would never have trouble finding a job.

Five years later, she has a degree in early childhood education and tens of thousands of dollars in student loans to repay, but no teaching job. Instead, she files records at a law firm in South Carolina’s capital.

43 Heating aid endangered as Mich. money runs out

By KATHY BARKS HOFFMAN, Associated Press

4 hrs ago

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Social services groups and state officials are scrambling to prevent thousands of low-income Michigan residents from having their heat cut off after a state-run program that helped pay overdue utility bills for the poor lost its source of funds.

A state appeals court in July struck down the financing system used by Michigan’s Low Income and Energy Efficiency Fund, and the state Legislature has not enacted a new one. With the program now running out of money as winter approaches, state officials are working to tide over needy families at least until Nov. 1, when they will be protected from a utility shut-off by state law.

Though Michigan law forbids utility companies from shutting off heat to customers between Nov. 1 and March 30, social service workers are worried about the impact on the 95,000 people now helped by the program if the aid is not restored by next spring.

44 Police recordings key part of Calif. beating case

By THOMAS WATKINS, Associated Press

2 hrs 39 mins ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) – As Fullerton police Officer Manuel Ramos approached a homeless man at a bus stop in July, he did what members of his department have been doing for a decade. He clicked on an audio recorder normally used to capture witness statements and exonerate officers accused of misconduct.

But prosecutors say the recorder captured something entirely different: the officer murdering a defenseless man suffering from schizophrenia.

Police agencies across the country are increasingly using audio and video devices to collect evidence, and they played a crucial role in prosecutors bringing murder charges this week against Ramos and an involuntary manslaughter count against a colleague, Cpl. Jay Cicinelli.

45 Perry, Romney look beyond early-voting states

By KASIE HUNT, Associated Press

1 hr 52 mins ago

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (AP) – Mitt Romney and Rick Perry are the only two Republican presidential candidates who can afford to spend their time and money in states that aren’t first on the primary calendar.

That helps explain their appearances Saturday in Michigan, where GOP voters will have their say in 2012, but only after Iowa, New Hampshire and several other states that second-tier contenders must win to survive.

“It’s really about these two up here,” said Jase Bolger, the speaker of Michigan’s House of Representatives.

46 Hamlin needs rebound race at New Hampshire

By DAN GELSTON, AP Sports Writer

3 hrs ago

LOUDON, N.H. (AP) – One and done? Title hopes up in smoke? For the Chase drivers who ran out of gas or good luck in the playoff opener, they have kept the faith that their championship pursuits aren’t spoiled because of a bad start.

But it doesn’t help.

Denny Hamlin, inconsistent all season, is stuck in 12th place and already 41 points behind leader Kevin Harvick. He struggled all day in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship kickoff last week at Chicagoland and staggered to a 31st-place finish.

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