Eurozone equities sag as British pound wins GDP boost
The British pound rallied briefly Thursday on brighter-than-expected economic growth data, while eurozone stock markets sagged amid a dearth of news from the region. Sterling bounced after official data showed that Britain's economy grew by 0.5 percent in the three months following the country's referendum in favour of exiting the European Union. "The GDP data initially boosted the pound which had a negative impact on the FTSE and pushed it into the red," Oanda analyst Craig Erlam told AFP.
Transplant experiment relies on hepatitis C-infected kidneys
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Some patients facing a yearslong wait for a kidney transplant are jumping ahead in line thanks to a startling experiment: They're agreeing to an organ almost sure to infect them with hepatitis C.
Iraq special forces find IS bomb factory, tunnels near Mosul
KHAZER, Iraq (AP) ? Iraqi special forces east of Mosul probed a network of underground tunnels and uncovered a bomb-making facility on Thursday in a village recently retaken from the Islamic State group as their allies battled the militants in a push toward the city from the south.
Amtrak to pay $265 million for deadly Philadelphia crashAmtrak will pay $265 million to settle claims related to a deadly derailment in Philadelphia that killed eight people and injured more than 200 others. Lawyers who negotiated the settlement say people ...
Kerber, Cibulkoba reach semi-finals
Germany?s Angelique Kerber continued her unbeaten run at the WTA Finals on Thursday, steamrolling rising American Madison Keys 6-3 6-3 to charge into the semi-finals of the season-ending championship . Kerber was joined in the semis by Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova, who claimed her first victory of the tournament by defeating Simona Halep of Romania 6-3 7-6 (7-5), to finish as the group runner-up. Beaten in her first two matches, the 27-year-old Cibulkova needed to see off Halep in straight sets then rely on Kerber defeating Keys in straight sets to advance, but she made it through when everything she hoped for went according to plan.
Texas tow truck driver takes pricey sports car for a spinPE ARLAND, Texas (AP) ? A tow truck driver found a $110,000 sports car just too tempting and decided to give it a spin after towing it from a Houston-area home.
Powerful quakes wreak new havoc in Italian mountain towns
VISSO, Italy (AP) ? Authorities scrambled to find housing Thursday for thousands of people displaced by a pair of strong earthquakes that struck the same region of central Italy hit by a deadly quake in August, hoping to prevent a second night for them on the street or in cars.
Belgian deal clears way for EU-Canada free trade pact
BRUSSELS (AP) ? The European Union and Canada are on the cusp of sealing a landmark free trade deal after the Belgian government on Thursday overcame an impasse with its regional authorities, which had been seeking more protections from multinationals.
Volkswagen back on track but 'dieselgate' clouds gather over Audi
German auto giant Volkswagen Thursday lifted its forecast for the year after swinging back to profit, but the fallout from the group's "dieselgate" emissions cheating scandal weighed heavily on its luxury brand Audi. One year on from the crisis, the VW group's recovery appeared on track as it posted net profit of 2.3 billion euros ($2.5 billion) for the three months to September. "Despite major challenges and the negative impact of the diesel issue, the Volkswagen group remains on a solid financial footing," said chief financial officer Frank Witter in a statement.
NYC firefighter stages dramatic rescue in fatal blaze
As roaring flames consumed an apartment building in New York City early Thursday, a firefighter dangling from a rope plucked a trapped person from a window on the fifth floor and safely lowered him to ...