OPEC reaches first deal to cut oil output since 2008: sources
By Rania El Gamal and Alex Lawler ALGIERS (Reuters) - OPEC agreed on Wednesday to cut its oil output for the first time since 2008, with the group's leader Saudi Arabia softening its stance on arch-rival Iran amid mounting pressure from low oil prices. "OPEC made an exceptional decision today ... After two and a half years, OPEC reached consensus to manage the market," Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh was quoted by Iran's SHANA news agency as saying, without giving details. OPEC's informal meeting in Algeria was still continuing after five hours.
What time is it? Kitten Bowl IV taping time!
NEW YORK (AP) ? The furry, fleet-footed pawthletes of Kitten Bowl IV didn't exactly have the plays down Wednesday at the taping of the annual cuteness fest that airs on the Hallmark Channel each Super Bowl Sunday.
Hundreds flee as wildfire scorches California hillsides
A fierce wildfire south of San Francisco has forced hundreds of people to flee their homes as fast-moving flames fed by withering temperatures have consumed nearly 2,500 acres (1,012 hectares). The fire, which started on Monday in the Santa Cruz mountains, was threatening 300 structures and has destroyed one house and six outbuildings and damaged one residence, fire officials said. An AFP photographer also saw several mobile homes destroyed.
Disney announces live-action remake of 'The Lion King'
Walt Disney Studios is teaming up with director Jon Favreau for a live-action remake of "The Lion King," one of the most successful animated movies in history, the company said Wednesday. "We can officially confirm that the Walt Disney Studios and director Jon Favreau are putting a new reimagining of 'The Lion King' on the fast track to production," the studio said in a statement without announcing a release date. Like the hotly anticipated "Beauty and the Beast," starring Emma Watson and due for release next year, "The Lion King" will include songs from the animated film, Disney said.
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US Congress rejects Obama's veto of Saudi 9/11 bill
The US Congress voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to override Barack Obama's veto of a bill allowing 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia, the first such rebuke of his eight-year presidency. The Senate overrode the veto in a 97-1 vote, followed a short time later by the House of Representatives, which knocked it down with a 348-77 vote. The rare act of bipartisanship was a blow to Obama, who lobbied hard against the bill, known as the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA).
Official: 2 students, 1 teacher wounded in school shooting
A teenager opened fire at a South Carolina elementary school Wednesday, wounding two students and a teacher before the suspect was taken into custody, authorities said. Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore ...
Two kids, teacher shot at South Carolina school; suspect in custodyA teenager shot and wounded two children and a teacher at an elementary school in South Carolina, before being taken into custody on Wednesday, police said at a news conference. The shooting happened early in the afternoon at Townville Elementary School in Anderson County, located near the Georgia state line about 100 miles (160 km) northeast of Atlanta. The two injured students were airlifted to the hospital and the teacher was driven by ambulance, police said.
FBI director again defends integrity of Clinton email probe
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Republican lawmakers may question the decision not to prosecute Hillary Clinton for using a private email server as secretary of state, but they should not question the investigation's thoroughness, FBI Director James Comey said Wednesday as he again defended the agency's actions.
Man rescued at sea was suspected in grandfather's slaying
BOSTON (AP) ? A 22-year-old man rescued from a life raft after a fishing trip that left his mother missing and presumed dead had been a suspect in the 2013 slaying of his rich grandfather, according to court documents that add to the multitude of questions swirling around him and what happened at sea.