Dollar, bond yields up on strong U.S. data; Wall Street slips
By Sinead Carew NEW YORK (Reuters) - The dollar rose against the euro on Thursday after comments from the European Central Bank chief, while U.S. Treasury yields gained on a batch of solid U.S. economic data. Trading in European equities and the euro was choppy after ECB President Mario Draghi reaffirmed interest rates would stay at current or lower levels for an extended period and that the central bank was ready to increase or extend bond purchases if the outlook worsens. U.S. shares slipped as investors remained cautious ahead of the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump on Friday.
Iran shocked by deadly fire, collapse of Tehran high-rise
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) ? A historic high-rise building in the heart of Iran's capital caught fire and later collapsed Thursday, killing at least 30 firefighters and leaving their stunned colleagues and bystanders weeping in the streets.
UK court rejects bid for bridge to be recognized as sportLONDON (AP) ? Bridge players who want the card game recognized as a sport have lost their latest legal bid in Britain.
At least 20 firefighters killed in Tehran building collapse
By Parisa Hafezi ANKARA (Reuters) - At least 20 firefighters were killed when a 17-storey Tehran commercial building collapsed on top of them as they tried to put out a blaze, Iranian state television quoted the city's mayor as saying on Thursday. The collapse was shown live on state television. "At least 20 firefighters who were trapped under rubble have died," Mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf said.
1 in 4 US men have cancer-linked HPV genital infections
CHICAGO (AP) ? The first national estimate suggests that nearly half of U.S. men have genital infections caused by a sexually transmitted virus and that 1 in 4 has strains linked with several cancers.
NY lawsuits blame social media in terror attacksNEW YORK (AP) ? Twitter says it has suspended 360,000 user accounts in the past 18 months for threatening or promoting acts of terrorism.
Man accused of killing Orlando officer defiant in court
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) ? A suspect in a police officer's murder directed expletive-laced outbursts at a judge during his initial hearing Thursday on charges that he also killed his ex-pregnant girlfriend.
US stock indexes tread water; bond yields climb
NEW YORK (AP) ? Railroad stocks chugged higher Thursday, but drops for utilities and other companies that pay big dividends meant U.S. stock indexes dipped modestly. Treasury yields continued their upward march.
Vendee Globe yacht race: Armel Le Cleac'h wins in record time
Les Sables-d'Olonne (France) (AFP) - French skipper Armel Le Cleac'h won the Vendee Globe solo round the world yacht race on Thursday in a record time. The 39-year-old got the better of his titanic duel with British rival Alex Thomson to cross the finish line at Les Sables d'Olonne at 15:37GMT after 74 days, three hours, 35 minutes and 46 seconds at sea. Le Cleac'h smashed the previous record set by his compatriot Francois Gabart in 2013 of 78 days 2hr 16 min by almost four days.
Graceland Black Lives Matter protest prompts race complaintMEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) ? Five people have filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city of Memphis and Elvis Presley's Graceland, saying they were discriminated against at a Black Lives Matter protest during the annual vigil commemorating the singer's death.