US charges dozens in India-based call center fraud racket
US justice authorities announced action Thursday to shut down a group of Indian call centers that had cheated victims in the United States of hundreds of millions of dollars. The Justice Department said tens of thousands of victims, most of them from South Asia, were extorted by callers pretending to be US tax or immigration officials threatening them with arrest and deportation if they did not remit money to the government. The agency said it had arrested 20 people and unveiled charges against five call centers and 32 individuals in India in the Ahmedabad-based operation.
Florida's latest Zika 'hot zone' not generating so much buzzMIAMI (AP) ? Authorities in Florida went into damage-control mode when Zika-carrying mosquitoes began biting in the Miami area this summer, fearing the economy would suffer as pregnant women were warned to avoid the Wynwood art district and touristy South Beach.
Qualcomm bags Dutch NXP in semiconductors mega deal
US semiconductor maker Qualcomm said Thursday it will buy Dutch rival NXP in a $47-billion megadeal to extend its footprint into the internet of things and the automobile sector. According to the unanimous agreement published Thursday, Qualcomm will offer NXP a $110 per share cash deal, 11.5 percent above Wednesday's market close, the US company said in a statement. "With innovation and invention at our core, Qualcomm has played a critical role in driving the evolution of the mobile industry," chief executive Steve Mollenkopf said.
Italy quakes take out buildings standing after August jolt
The red brick Amatrice city hall resisted the devastating Aug. 24 quake that collapsed buildings all around it, only to crumble under the one-two punch of lesser jolts Wednesday night. They also brought ...
Man shot dead after stabbing guard at US Embassy in Kenya
AP PHOTOS: Hidden in California's backwoods, pot flourishes
Down a winding mountain road in a remote redwood forest lies one of many illegal "grows" that make up Northern California's famous Emerald Triangle, a rural region that developed over decades into a marijuana-producing mecca.
Putin says Russia does not plan to get militarily involved in Iraq, LibyaKRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Russia had no plans to intervene militarily in the Middle East beyond Syria. Asked whether Russia might intervene in Iraq and Libya in the same way as it had in Syria, Putin told a forum in southern Russia: "No, we don't plan this anywhere." (Reporting by Gleb Stolyarov; Writing by Maria Tsvetkova; Editing by Andrew Osborn)
Boy's family sues town over his fatal shooting by deputiesBATON ROUGE, La. (AP) ? Relatives of a 6-year-old autistic boy who was shot and killed during a traffic stop filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against the central Louisiana town where two deputy city marshals opened fire on his father's car.
Twitter cuts jobs with eye on 2017 profit; Vine discontinued
More than 300 Twitter employees will be affected by the layoffs as part of a broader restructuring, a figure similar to an earlier round of reductions announced a year ago. Separately, the company announced it would discontinue Vine, a video app launched in 2013 that played brief clips on a repeat loop that struggled to compete with Facebook's Instagram. Twitter, which has seen user growth stall amid competition from nimbler rivals such as Instagram and Snapchat, said its user base ticked up 3 percent to 317 million average monthly active users in the quarter.
British data prompts global bond selloff; U.S. stocks flat
By Hilary Russ NEW YORK (Reuters) - Strong growth data out of Britain prompted the worst daily selloff in gilts for months and pushed yields on the world's benchmark bonds higher on Thursday, as expectations eased for a Bank of England interest rate cut. In the U.S., stock market losses led by Comcast and consumer discretionary stocks were offset by gains in the healthcare sector, while European stocks slid and the U.S. dollar hit highs against the Swedish crown and Japanese yen. Official data showed that Britain's economy slowed only slightly in the three months after it voted to exit the European Union.