The Latest: Netanyahu convenes Cabinet after Peres' death
The Latest on the death of former Israeli President and Prime Minister Shimon Peres (all times local): 10:45 a.m. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has convened a special session of his governing ...
California blaze burns aggressively across steep terrain
MORGAN HILL, Calif. (AP) ? A blaze in a rugged area south of San Jose threatened hundreds of structures and destroyed at least one home as it burned aggressively, after charring more than 3 square miles of dry brush and timber.
Air strike hits major Aleppo hospital: medical workers
Air strikes hit a hospital in rebel-held eastern Aleppo in the early hours of Wednesday, putting it out of service, medical workers said. "The warplane flew over us and directly started dropping its missiles on this hospital... at around 4 a.m.," Mohammad Abu Rajab, a radiologist at the M10 hospital, told Reuters. "The rubble fell in on the patients in the intensive care unit." Since a ceasefire collapsed last week, rebel-held areas of Aleppo have been heavily bombarded, raising international concern over the plight of their 250,000 residents.
Some 32,000 suspects arrested in Turkey coup probe: minister
Turkish courts have placed 32,000 suspects under arrest ahead of trial on charges of links to a group run by US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen who is blamed for the July 15 coup, the justice minister said Wednesday. Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag told NTV television that 70,000 people had been investigated after the coup and of them 32,000 remanded in custody. Bozdag said that there could be new arrests, while some of those currently arrested could still be freed under judicial control or freed entirely.
Future of New Orleans Confederate monuments argued in courtNEW ORLEANS (AP) ? A court is expected to hear arguments on whether New Orleans should be able to remove four Confederate monuments.
Migratory bird struggles for shelter as chimneys torn down
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) ? A crowd of several hundred people gathered in the growing darkness outside Chapman Elementary School in Portland, Oregon, before the first Vaux's Swift darted into view high above.
RBS to pay $1.1 billion to resolve some of its U.S. mortgage claims
By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc will pay $1.1 billion to resolve claims that it sold toxic mortgage-backed securities to credit unions that later failed, the U.S. National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) said. The resolution comes as RBS prepares to settle a number of U.S. cases where it is accused of mis-selling mortgage-backed bonds and brings the U.S. regulator's recoveries against various banks to $4.3 billion over their sales of such securities before the 2008 financial crisis. NCUA Board Chairman Rick Metsger said the regulator plans to continue "to pursue recoveries against financial firms that we maintain contributed to the corporate crisis." This case is included in the around $5 billion RBS has set aside to settle historic misconduct charges, including a long-running investigation by the Department of Justice, but some analysts estimate the total claims will be much larger.
Gunmen in Somalia kill radio journalistGunmen killed a Somali radio journalist in the capital Mogadishu on Tuesday, an official told Reuters. Killings of journalists in Somalia are not uncommon and are mostly blamed on al Shabaab, the Islamist militant group fighting to topple the country's Western backed government and rule the country according to sharia law. "Unidentified men armed with pistols killed our colleague this evening," Radio Shabelle's station manager, Abukar Sheikh, told Reuters by phone about Abdiasis Ali Haji.
'Recycled Orchestra' turns garbage into gold
Festering alongside mountains of stinking trash under the sweltering South American sun, Cateura is a long way from the conservatories of Prague or Vienna. Orchestra members, impoverished children from Cateura, play violins fashioned from oven trays and guitars made from dessert dishes.
NAACP head says shooting victim's history doesn't matter
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) ? A restraining order filed against a North Carolina man killed by police last week shouldn't matter because officers who confronted him didn't know about that history before he was shot to death, a civil rights leader said.