News archive from 3 February 2015

Observer's Sweet 16 girls' basketball poll 02.02.15

The top six girls' high school basketball teams remain the same in this week's Sweet 16, but there's a mighty shuffle below them. A lot of ranked teams suffered losses last week, which opened the door for two hot teams to join the poll. South...

 
5 things investors need to know for February

5 things investors need to know for February

January was a frigid month for stocks, but USA Today money columnist Matt Krantz says February may bring about a thaw. When people talk about the January chill this year, it's just as likely they mean the stock market as the weather. The first month...

 
Man wanted in 5 Georgia deaths arrested in Mississippi

Man wanted in 5 Georgia deaths arrested in Mississippi

Authorities are searching for a man wanted for murder in deaths of five people whose bodies were found at a LaGrange home late Saturday night. LAGRANGE, Ga. — A man wanted in the murder of five people in LaGrange has been arrested in Tupelo, Miss.,...

 
With Obamacare bill, veto threat count now stands at 10

With Obamacare bill, veto threat count now stands at 10

TagsHealth insuranceU.S. Office of Management and BudgetBradley ByrneThe Obama administration issued its 10th veto threat of the year Monday, promising to scuttle a House bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The veto threat wasn't surprising --...

 
Bronx Democrat to be N.Y. speaker as Silver resigns

Bronx Democrat to be N.Y. speaker as Silver resigns

ALBANY, N.Y. — An assemblyman from New York City secured the votes Monday to become the New York Assembly's first new speaker in 21 years. Bronx Assemblyman Carl Heastie is expected to be voted in by the Assembly Democrats at 11 a.m. Tuesday to...

 
Program seeks volunteers to befriend nursing home residents

Program seeks volunteers to befriend nursing home residents

Jack Murphy smiled as he talked Monday about a resident at an Oxford nursing home with whom he’s visited for many years. He’s watched his life improve since he started those visits, Murphy explained, but it took time. Subscription Required An online...

 

Anniston man charged in Anniston stabbing death

An Anniston man was in jail Monday charged with murder in connection with the Jan. 24 stabbing death of another man outside an Anniston bar. Anthony Tyrone Jackson, 57, was arrested by Anniston police Friday while already in jail on a charge of...

 
Hewlett Packard values Meg Whitman's compensation at $19.6 million, up 11%

Hewlett Packard values Meg Whitman's compensation at $19.6 million, up 11%

Hewlett Packard CEO Meg Whitman's salary went up from $1 a year to $1.5 million in 2014, part of an overall compensation package valued at $19.6 million, the tech giant said Monday. Whitman's compensation package, up 11% over the $17.6 million in 2013...

 
Justice Department drops probe of Murdoch's companies

Justice Department drops probe of Murdoch's companies

The U.S. Justice Department won't prosecute the media companies controlled by Rupert Murdoch -- 21st Century Fox and News Corp. -- following an investigation of voicemail hacking and payments to public officials in the U.K. "We are grateful that...

 
Hostage killings highlight threat, meager options for Japan

Hostage killings highlight threat, meager options for Japan

TOKYO The killing of two Japanese taken hostage by the Islamic State group has savagely driven home the high stakes Japan faces and limited options it can muster in such circumstances. Journalist Kenji Goto's beheading, seen in an online video over...

 

Ally Financial names Charlotte-based Jeffrey Brown its new CEO

Ally Financial Inc., the auto lender bailed out by the U.S. government, announced Monday that it has appointed Charlotte-based Jeffrey Brown as chief executive officer, succeeding Michael Carpenter, who's also leaving the board of directors. It marks...

 
Frozen chicken barbecued in truck crash as bees swarm

Frozen chicken barbecued in truck crash as bees swarm

Fullscreen Cal Fire firefighters responded to a collision involving two semi trucks on westbound Interstate 10 near Coachella, Calif. on Monday, February 2, 2015. One truck spilled thousands of pounds of frozen chicken and the other lost thousands of...

 

Australian prime minister won't risk job with ballot

CANBERRA, Australia Australia's beleaguered prime minister has ruled out throwing his job open to challengers with a leadership ballot to demonstrate his control over his government, warning his colleagues that voters crave stability. Lawmakers within...

 
Teen banned after campus threat: 'I really regret this'

Teen banned after campus threat: 'I really regret this'

DES MOINES — Michael Crisp cherishes relationships with fraternity brothers and friends he made at Drake University, but a restraining order bars him from visiting campus until January 2020. Crisp left Drake just a little more than eight weeks after...

 

Trinidad's leader fires attorney general, security minister

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad Trinidad's leader has fired her attorney general and the national security minister over allegations they participated in witness tampering. In a televised address late Monday, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar said she...

 

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