News archive from 8 February 2012

Michigan Prisoner Re-Entry program keeping more parolees out, audit finds

LANSING – A Michigan prison program to aid parolees’ transition to life on the outside has produced a “notable” reduction in recidivism in recent years, according to an audit released today. The report by the Office of the Auditor General found that...

 

Robert Downey Jr. and wife Susan welcome a baby boy

Robert Downey Jr.and wife Susan have welcomed a baby boy, Exton Elias Downey. Exton clocked in at 7:24 a.m. Tuesday in Los Angeles, weighing 7 pounds, 5 ounces and measuring 20 inches long, according to various reports. The "Iron Man" star...

 

Trinidad's former leader flown to US after stroke

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad-Trinidad's former Prime Minister Patrick Manning has been airlifted to Walter Reed Medical Center in the United States for treatment following a stroke. Spokeswoman Wendy Lewis said Tuesday that the stroke partially paralyzed...

 

Hezbollah: Iran will not ask it to strike Israel

BEIRUT-Iran will not ask Lebanon's Hezbollah to retaliate if Israel attacks Iran's nuclear facilities, the leader of the militant group said Tuesday. Sheik Hassan Nasrallah told thousands of supporters by video link that in case of such an Israeli...

 

Italy: Court keeps ship captain under house arrest

ROME-An Italian court refused Tuesday to lift an order of house arrest for Francesco Schettino, the captain of Costa Concordia cruise ship that ran aground off a Tuscan island last month. The court in Florence rejected two requests: one from...

 

Hezbollah: Iran will not ask it to strike Israel

BEIRUT-The leader of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group says if Israel attacks Iran's nuclear facilities, Iran will not order his group to retaliate. Sheik Hassan Nasrallah says in case of such an attack, his leadership would meet and decide what to...

 

Police, editor & regulator apologize over hacking

LONDON-They're all so very sorry. British police, an editor and a press regulator took turns to express regret over their role in the phone hacking scandal Tuesday, each acknowledging that they could have done more to get a grips with illegal...

 

Ecuador court fines journalists $1 million each

QUITO, Ecuador-An Ecuadorean judge ordered two journalists to pay $1 million each to President Rafael Correa, finding them guilty of defamation for reporting that he knew about contracts his older brother had with the state. Quito Judge Mercedes...

 

Italian athletes ask Monti to back 2020 Games bid

ROME-Sixty leading Italian athletes are appealing to Premier Mario Monti to support Rome's bid to host the 2020 Olympics as a deadline nears for the government to give its backing. The International Olympic Committee requires bid cities to provide...

 

Summary Box: ArcelorMittal posts $1 billion loss

LOOKING AHEAD: Steel maker ArcelorMittal was cautiously optimistic despite a fourth quarter made worse by the European financial crisis. THE NUMBERS: The Luxembourg company posted a $1 billion net loss in the three months that ended in December,...

 

Coca growers turn whips against Bolivia forces

LA PAZ, Bolivia-Bolivian officials on Tuesday threatened to prosecute leaders of coca growers who used whips to drive away four unarmed members of a government coca eradication team. Monday's attack was the second time this year that peasants in the...

 

Drug gang banners in Mexico ahead of Pope visit

MEXICO CITY-A drug gang unfurled banners in a Mexican city that Pope Benedict XVI is scheduled to visit next month, telling rival traffickers to keep out and keep the peace during the papal visit. One of the banners was signed by The Knights Templar,...

 

Summary Box: Greece scrambles as bankruptcy looms

THE HEAT IS ON: Pressure from home and abroad is intensifying on Greece's political leaders to decide on cutbacks to secure a bailout and avoid a potentially disastrous default. Meanwhile, a general strike against impending cutbacks stopped train and...

 

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