North Dakota police move to clear pipeline protesters
Police in the US state of North Dakota engaged in a tense standoff with oil-pipeline protesters Thursday, attempting to clear them from a public road and off private property. Police used a sound cannon to disperse protesters, some of whom had moved closer to the construction area of the Dakota Access Pipeline, the subject of a months-long protest by Native Americans and their supporters. "There have been arrests made," said Dallas Goldtooth, a protester at the scene of the standoff, said in a Facebook post.
U.S. charges 61 over India-based impersonation scam
The U.S. Justice Department charged 61 people and entities on Thursday with taking part in a scam involving India-based call centers where agents impersonated Internal Revenue Service, immigration and other federal officials and demanded payments for nonexistent debts. Twenty people were arrested in the United States on Thursday, while 32 individuals and five call centers in India have been charged, the department said in a statement. The defendants, including 24 people across nine U.S. states, were indicted by a grand jury in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas.
Iraqis find bomb factory, tunnels on long road to Mosul
KHAZER, Iraq (AP) ? Iraqi forces explored a network of tunnels and uncovered a bomb-making facility on Thursday in a village near Mosul that was recently retaken from the Islamic State group, offering a glimpse of the challenge they will face as they move closer to the city.
British data prompts global bond sell-off; Wall Street falls
By Hilary Russ NEW YORK (Reuters) - Strong growth data out of Britain prompted the biggest daily sell-off in government debt for months and pushed yields on the world's benchmark bonds higher on Thursday, as expectations eased for a Bank of England interest rate cut. The bond sell-off gained momentum in the United States after upbeat jobless claims data pointed to another robust nonfarm payrolls number next week. Wall Street closed lower, dipping in a choppy session after the latest round of earnings reports. ...
Obama shortens 98 inmates' sentences, bringing total to 862WASHINGTON (AP) ? Ninety-eight federal inmates will return home sooner than expected after President Barack Obama commuted their sentences on Thursday, part of a clemency push that has sped up dramatically in Obama's final months.
Health law consumers face least choice in program's history
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Americans in the health insurance markets created by President Barack Obama's law will have less choice next year than any time since the program started, a new county-level analysis for The Associated Press has found.
With staff cuts, Twitter sees road to profit
Still losing money and without a merger partner, Twitter said Thursday it sees a path to profitability as the struggling social network unveiled job cuts as part of a reorganization. The messaging platform said it would cut nine percent of its workforce after another money-losing quarter, but suggested it could reach profitability for the first time next year. "We have a clear plan, and we're making the necessary changes to ensure Twitter is positioned for long-term growth," chief executive Jack Dorsey said.
Wisconsin student accused of assaulting 4 more women
MADISON, Wis. (AP) ? A University of Wisconsin-Madison student already accused of sexually assaulting a woman in his apartment after a date this month was charged Thursday with sexually assaulting four other women since early 2015.
Rising star: YouTube playing key role in Google's success
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) ? YouTube has emerged as a break-out star in Google's cast of services as the online video site upstages cable television for a younger generation of viewers looking for amusement, news and music on their smartphones.
Police begin arresting pipeline protesters in North Dakota
CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) ? Armed soldiers and law enforcement officers dressed in riot gear on Thursday began arresting protesters who had set up a camp on private land to block construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline.