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Michael Douglas among film stars honored by AARP

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 01:52

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Michael Douglas was initially confused when he was told that he was

Tokyo leads Asian equities rout as traders flee to safety

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 01:48

Tokyo stocks led a rout across Asian markets Tuesday, while Japanese government bond yields turned negative, the dollar dived against the yen and gold jumped as fears about the global economy sent investors scrambling to safety. The latest round of blood-letting came on the back of worries about the financial sector as the global economy slows down, without the support of the Federal Reserve's easy monetary policies. London, Paris and Frankfurt all finished down more than 2.5 percent, with the German DAX ending below 9,000 for the first time since October 2014.

Wave of Aden killings tests Gulf role in Yemen

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 01:40

By Mohammed Ghobari and Yara Bayoumy CAIRO/DUBAI (Reuters) - The recapture of Aden by Gulf Arab coalition troops last summer has failed to provide any respite from Yemen's civil war, with residents facing a wave of bomb and gun attacks that is crippling efforts to stabilize the city. Since July, the Gulf coalition and local security forces have struggled to impose order in Aden, opening the way for Islamic State, al Qaeda and other armed groups to operate there with impunity. The challenges in Aden show how difficult it will be to restore order to a country gripped by months of conflict in which 6,000 have been killed and where Islamist militants have exploited widespread security weaknesses in what Saudi Arabia sees as its backyard.

Candidates sprint to NH finish, but brace for long campaign

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 01:33

SALEM, N.H. (AP) — Eyeing their first wins in a capricious campaign, Republican Donald Trump lashed out at his opponents Monday while Democrat Bernie Sanders sought to play it safe on the eve of the nation's initial primary. GOP contenders vying for second and third saw fresh hopes for survival after New Hampshire as both parties settled in for a drawn-out slog to the nomination.

Survivor tells of living through collapse of Taiwan building

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 01:27

TAINAN, Taiwan (AP) — After propping himself against a wall for 20 hours to avoid smothering his girlfriend, Ko Ching-chung's strength was draining away.

What will be in Obama's final budget proposal?

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 01:24
(Reuters) - President Barack Obama is set on Tuesday to unveil his budget proposal for fiscal year 2017, his final year in office. The following are some of the proposals that will be included: PENTAGON The Pentagon will ask for more than $7 billion for the fight against Islamic State, up about 35 percent from the previous year's budget request to Congress, and wants a fourfold increase for military training and exercises in Europe to support NATO allies. TAX ON OIL In a long-shot bid to raise $20 billion to expand transit systems and research self-driving cars, Obama will propose a $10-a-barrel tax on crude oil.

Obama lays out 2017 spending priorities in final White House budget

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 01:24

By Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama unveils his final White House budget on Tuesday with a blueprint for fiscal year 2017 that will lay out his spending proposals for priorities from fighting Islamic State to providing for the poor. The budget for the fiscal year beginning on Oct. 1 is largely a political document and is unlikely to be passed by the Republican-controlled Congress. "That document ... will be President Obama's final vision of how he lays out the fiscal future for the country," said Joel Friedman, vice president for federal fiscal policy at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

Hong Kong activists, police clash over holiday food stalls

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 01:16

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's Lunar New Year celebration descended into chaotic scenes as protesters and police, who fired warning shots into the air, clashed over a street market selling fishballs and other local holiday delicacies, with dozens injured and arrested.

Closings set in NYC cop's trial in deadly stairwell shooting

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 01:14

NEW YORK (AP) — The rookie police officer who shot an unarmed man in a dark public housing stairwell says what happened was a deadly accident. Prosecutors call it manslaughter and say he acted recklessly and then did little to help the dying man.

Rescuers race for Taiwan quake victims as 'golden window' closes

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 00:48

Rescuers deployed heavy machinery Tuesday in a renewed effort to locate more than 100 people trapped in the rubble of a Taiwan apartment complex felled by an earthquake as the 72-hour "golden window" for finding survivors passed. More than 210 have been pulled from the 16-storey Wei-kuan building -- the only high-rise in the southern city of Tainan to crumble completely when the 6.4 magnitude quake struck before dawn Saturday, killing more than 40 people. Tainan mayor William Lai ordered rescuers to start using diggers and extractors to remove giant concrete slabs to better detect signs of life, which they have found in three different areas.

Gov't report: 8 states had significant drop in uninsured

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 00:42

WASHINGTON (AP) — Eight states saw a significant drop last year in the number of residents going without health insurance, according to a government report out Tuesday that has implications for the presidential campaign.

Sanders, Kasich win 1st votes in tiny NH community

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 00:37

DIXVILLE, N.H. (AP) — Bernie Sanders and John Kasich picked up the most votes as the first ballots of the first-in-the-nation primary were cast early Tuesday.

South Korea says working with U.S., Japan on 'strong' North Korea sanctions

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 00:30
By Jack Kim and David Brunnstrom SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - South Korean President Park Geun-hye spoke with U.S. President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday, agreeing to work for "strong and effective" U.N. sanctions against North Korea following its weekend rocket launch. North Korea says it put a satellite into orbit on Sunday, but the United States and its allies see the launch as cover for Pyongyang's development of ballistic missile technology that could be used to deliver a nuclear weapon across the Pacific Ocean.

No. 1 UConn takes top-ranked showdown with 66-54 win

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 00:06

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — UConn coach Gene Auriemma smiled at his three upperclass starters, savoring the latest virtuoso performance on the big stage by Breanna Stewart, Morgan Tuck and Moriah Jefferson — and fretting about their departure next season.

Use sunscreen urges actor Hugh Jackman after cancer removed

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 23:50

Sydney (AFP) - Australian movie star Hugh Jackman has again undergone treatment for skin cancer, urging people Tuesday to wear sunscreen and have regular check-ups.

Hong Kong police 'fire warning shots' in street clash

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 23:42

Baton-wielding Hong Kong riot police fired warning shots and pepper spray early Tuesday after a riot erupted in a busy district when officials tried to shift illegal hawkers on Chinese New Year. Television footage showed one officer pointing his gun at crowds of protesters on the streets of Mongkok who hurled bricks, bottles and pieces of wooden pallets at police in the worst clashes since pro-democracy demonstrations in late 2014. Police fired at least two warning shots in the air, multiple news outlets reported, while footage showed protesters removing bricks from pavements, charging police lines with homemade shields and setting rubbish on fire in the middle of the road.

Clippard, Diamondbacks agree to $12.25M, 2-year contract

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 23:41

PHOENIX (AP) — Reliever Tyler Clippard agreed Monday to a $12.25 million, two-year contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks, who also settled their arbitration case with A.J. Pollock by giving the All-Star outfielder a $10.25 million, two-year deal.

Activists demonstrate against sexual violence at Baylor

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 23:28

WACO, Texas (AP) — A candlelight vigil to protest Baylor University's response to campus sexual violence drew scores of demonstrators to the street in front of the university president's home Monday night.

Search for life continues at Taiwan complex toppled by quake

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 23:18
TAINAN, Taiwan (AP) — Rescuers using cranes, dogs and electronic devices searched for survivors Tuesday in a high-rise apartment complex in southern Taiwan that was toppled three days earlier by a powerful earthquake.

James, Irving lead Cavaliers past Kings 120-100

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 23:09

CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James came close to his 40th career triple-double several times this season.