Lawsuit: NYC landlords pushing out seniors, disabled
NEW YORK (AP) ? A lawsuit filed in New York City claims seniors and disabled tenants are being forced out of their apartments by landlords who are increasingly converting rentals into lucrative condos and co-ops.
Chris Brown cancels Down Under tour after visa troubles
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) ? Chris Brown canceled plans for a Down Under tour Wednesday after Australian authorities earlier warned the troubled R&B singer they were likely to refuse him a visa because of his criminal conviction for assaulting pop star Rihanna.
Protesters criticize Minnesota congressman who backs cause
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) ? In the tense days after a black man's death at the hands of police, Minnesota's first African-American congressman stood with protesters as they besieged a police station, even tweeting what he called an "agonizing" photograph showing his son with hands raised in a confrontation with officers in riot gear.
Spike Lee rips Rahm Emanuel on 'Chi-Raq' orange carpet
U.S. debt limit threat defanged on Wall Street
By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Wall Street trembled when Republicans first began threatening to force the United States into default by not raising the federal debt limit, but after four years of fiscal standoffs, the threat looks increasingly like a bluff and the markets are calling it. A Reuters analysis, tracking short-term Treasury yields, credit default swaps and market volatility data, showed traders are increasingly less likely to respond to repeated ultimatums from Republicans in the U.S. Congress about the debt limit. "It's taken some of the fear out of the market." For now, after five years of fighting, the debt limit battles on Capitol Hill have gone quiet.
Cheap oil has ECB over a barrel
Falling oil prices can be both a boon and bane for the global economy, but for the European Central Bank they are now a major headache because they are keeping eurozone inflation much lower than it would like. On paper, low oil prices should be positive for the economy because they boost purchasing power. "The weakening of oil prices is currently the most important factor in the ECB's analysis," ING DiBa economist Carsten Brzeski told AFP.
America's biggest gas field finally succumbs to downturnBy Edward McAllister WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Reuters) - The drilling rigs are gone from the hills surrounding this Pennsylvania town of 30,000. The drilling boom of the past seven years is over, even though thousands of existing wells in the Marcellus region still produce a fifth of U.S. natural gas supply. Preliminary figures provided by DrillingInfo, which monitors rig activity, showed drilling permits issued for the 90,000-square mile (233,100 sq km) reservoir beneath Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia, slumped to 68 in October from 76 in September.
Chris Brown cancels Australia, New Zealand tour
American R&B singer Chris Brown has cancelled a planned tour to Australia and New Zealand, his promoter said Wednesday, after officials indicated he would be denied a visa over his conviction for assaulting pop star Rihanna. Australia suggested in September it would block Brown's entry due to his criminal record, disrupting plans to bring his "One Hell of a Nite" tour Down Under. Brown's 2009 conviction for assaulting his then-partner pop star Rihanna also meant he could be refused entry to New Zealand, where he was to perform in Auckland.
Suu Kyi begins transition talks with Myanmar president
Myanmar's democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi began talks with the nation's army-backed president on the handover of power Wednesday nearly a month after her opposition party cleaned up at the polls. Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party won nearly 80 percent of contested seats in a November 8 election which appears poised to end the military's decades-long domination of the country. The new NLD lawmakers are not due to take their parliamentary seats until at least the end of January, making for a nervous few months of transition.
Islamic State group targets gays with brutal public killings
REYHANLI, Turkey (AP) ? Before a crowd of men on a street in the Syrian city of Palmyra, the masked Islamic State group judge read out the sentence against the two men convicted of homosexuality: They would be thrown to their deaths from the roof of the nearby Wael Hotel.