Dead found in Italian hotel hit by avalanche after quakes, reports sayA number of people were killed in a small hotel that was hit by an avalanche in the mountains of central Italy after a series of earthquakes, Italian media reported on Thursday. Up to 30 people were believed to be in the hotel when the avalanche hit on Wednesday night, officials said. On its website, Italian news agency Ansa quoted the head of a rescue squad that reached the hotel as saying "there are many dead." No further details were immediately available.
Satellite tracking to keep tabs on airliners over oceans
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Nearly three years after a Malaysian airliner vanished, it's still possible, if unlikely, for a plane to disappear. But that's changing with new satellites that will soon allow flights to be tracked in real time over oceans.
Djokovic out in 2nd-round upset loss to Istomin in Australia
High-rise tower on fire in Iranian capital collapsesTEHRAN, Iran (AP) ? A high-rise building in Tehran engulfed by a fire collapsed on Thursday as scores of firefighters battled the blaze. Iran's state-run Press TV said people were believed to be trapped inside the rubble.
AP source: Perdue to be tapped for agriculture secretary
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Sonny Perdue, a farmer's son who built businesses in grain trading and trucking before becoming the first Republican governor of Georgia since Reconstruction, is President-elect Donald Trump's choice to lead the Agriculture Department, The Associated Press has learned.
South African mining deaths fall to new record low in 2016
RANDFONTEIN, South Africa (Reuters) - The number of miners killed in South Africa's mines fell in 2016 to a new record low of 73 from 77 in 2015, mines minister Mosebenzi Joseph Zwane said on Thursday. It was the ninth consecutive year that fatalities fell as the industry in the world's top platinum producer has strived to improve an appalling safety record, which under apartheid saw hundreds of men killed underground annually. (Reporting by Ed Stoddard; Editing by Susan Fenton)
Even before taking office, Trump has changed the presidency
Carter tells AP more US troops will not fix Iraq or Syria
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Sending thousands more American troops into Iraq or Syria in a bid to accelerate the defeat of the Islamic State group would push U.S. allies to the exits, create more anti-U.S. resistance and give up the U.S. military's key advantages, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in an Associated Press interview.
30 missing in central Italy avalanche that buries hotelMILAN (AP) ? An avalanche buried a mountain hotel in an earthquake-hit region of central Italy, leaving at least 30 people missing, authorities said Thursday.
Paul McCartney files lawsuit against Sony/ATV over copyright
Paul McCartney says he wants his music to get back to where it once belonged. McCartney filed a lawsuit in federal court in Manhattan on Wednesday against Sony/ATV over copyright ownership of the many ...