FBI says it has surrounded last occupiers at Oregon refuge
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) ? The FBI surrounded the last four occupiers of a wildlife refuge in eastern Oregon on Wednesday night as the holdouts argued with a negotiator and yelled at law enforcement officers in armored vehicles to back off.
Ex-LA sheriff pleads guilty to lying during corruption probe
LOS ANGELES (AP) ? Former Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca pleaded guilty Wednesday to lying to federal authorities investigating corruption in the department, a probe that was gaining momentum when he abruptly retired two years ago.
Key events in the occupation of the Oregon wildlife refugeHere is timeline of events in the armed occupation of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon:
US venture capitalist apologizes for India comment
Star Silicon Valley venture capitalist Marc Andreessen apologized Wednesday for a tweet contending that anti-colonialism has been an economic disaster for India. The comment fired off from Andreessen's @pmarca Twitter handle came after India's telecom regulator dealt a blow to Facebook's plans to offer free mobile Internet through its controversial Free Basics service, by outlawing differential pricing for data packages. "I apologize for any offense caused by my earlier tweet about Indian history and politics," Andreessen said in one of a slew of messages from his account on Wednesday.
Young musicians offer new take on Chinese instruments
If jazz is about free-flowing expression, do the instruments have to be Western? In a cross-cultural experiment, a group of young Chinese musicians based in New York is testing the possibilities of fusion by bringing jazz and other Western forms to performances on traditional instruments. On "Vermilion Bird," a composition named for the creature of Chinese mythology that represents fire, composer Li Zong offered jazzy progressions building into fierce glissandi.
FBI moves in on last four occupiers at Oregon wildlife refuge
The Federal Bureau of Investigation said no shots have been fired and that negotiations to end the occupation without violence were continuing. The takeover at Malheur, which began on Jan. 2, was sparked by the return to prison of two Oregon ranchers convicted of setting fires that spread to federal property in the vicinity of the refuge. The occupation, led by Ammon Bundy, also was directed as a protest against federal control over millions of acres public land in the West.
Next up for the GOP presidential candidates: South Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) ? The Republican presidential nominating has moved into the South, where seven states ? Virginia, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas ? will anchor the Super Tuesday primaries on March 1.
School bus, car collide in Riverside County, injuring 4MENIFEE, Calif. (AP) ? Authorities say a school bus with 19 high school students aboard and a car have collided in Riverside County, sending four people to the hospital.
APNewsBreak: Vickers to replace Tony Stewart at Daytona
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) ? Brian Vickers is expected to replace injured driver Tony Stewart for the NASCAR season opener at Daytona International Speedway, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press.
Hong Kong leads fresh Asia market sell-off
Hong Kong stocks plunged more than four percent to a more than three-year low Thursday, leading another sell-off across Asian markets and extending a global rout fanned by worries over the world economy. Comments from Federal Reserve boss Janet Yellen virtually confirming the bank will not lift interest rates next month put further pressure on the beleaguered dollar, while the ongoing supply glut saw oil prices sink below $27 a barrel. Dealers continued their flight to safe investments that has played out across trading floors from Asia to the Americas this week as they fret about a possible global recession.