News archive from 9 September 2011

Ben & Jerry's creates "Schweddy Balls" ice cream flavor

LITTLETON, New Hampshire (Reuters) - Vermont's Ben & Jerry's newest ice cream flavor sounds more likely to tickle funny bones than taste buds: "Schweddy Balls." The company known for provocative or progressive themed names for its frozen...

 

Special Libyan unit hunting down Gadhafi

TRIPOLI, Libya-Determined to hunt down Moammar Gadhafi, Libya's new rulers say they have dedicated a special unit of fighters to track the elusive former leader, listening in on his aides' phone calls, poring over satellite images and interviewing...

 

Jordan rights group: no proof of rape at factory

AMMAN, Jordan-A Jordanian human rights group found no clear evidence to support allegations of rape made by several female workers at one of the country's largest garment-makers exporting to the United States, according to an investigative report...

 

First black child diagnosed with aging disease

JOHANNESBURG-The elfin child with the big personality and bright smile calls herself "the first lady" and dreams of the future. But doctors say 12-year-old Ontlametse Phalatse has only, perhaps, another couple of years to live. "I call...

 

Oktoberfest in America? Drinks, festivals abound

For dedicated beer lovers, fall conjures up images of Oktoberfest, and that means steins the size of toddlers, boisterous drinking songs and waitresses in dirndl skirts. But attending Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany -- the biggest beer festival in the...

 

FDA advisers recommend approving anticlotting drug

TRENTON, N.J. -- Outside advisers to the Food and Drug Administration have voted to recommend that the agency approve a new anticlotting drug developed by Johnson & Johnson and partner Bayer Healthcare. That's despite a very negative review by FDA...

 

Finnish STX shipyard in $420 million deal

HELSINKI-Shipbuilding company STX Finland Oy has signed an agreement to deliver two well intervention vessels to Norway's Eide Marine Semi AS in a contract valued at more than $420 million (euro300 million), officials said Thursday. The 31,000-ton...

 

Fitch assigns BBB+ rating to Xcel Energy's notes

NEW YORK -- Fitch Ratings said Thursday that it assigned a BBB+ rating to utility Xcel Energy Inc.'s issue of $250 million in notes. The 4.80 percent senior unsecured notes are due Sept. 15, 2041. Fitch said the rating outlook for Xcel is...

 

NATO says soldier killed Afghan reporter for BBC

KABUL, Afghanistan-A NATO soldier killed an Afghan reporter for the BBC in July because he mistook him for an insurgent, the NATO-led force in Afghanistan said Thursday . NATO said an investigation showed the soldier thought reporter Ahmed Omed...

 
Drunken moose rescued from apple tree in Sweden

Drunken moose rescued from apple tree in Sweden

Here’s a real party animal.     A Swedish man says he witnessed one of the oddest sights in nature – a drunken moose stuck in a tree branch, kicking violently.   Per Johansson, a resident of Saro in southwestern Sweden, heard the animal bellowing from...

 

Witnesses: 6 Somalis killed at food distribution

MOGADISHU, Somalia-Six Somalis were shot dead by a soldier as families scrambled for food aid in the Somali capital on Thursday, witnesses said. Families had stood in line for hours before finally rushing guards and carrying off food aid, said witness...

 

List of Russian plane crash victims

A list of the crew and passengers of a Russian airliner that crashed near Yaroslavl in western Russia on Wednesday, killing almost the entire Lokomotiv Yaroslavl hockey team. Only two of the 45 people on board survived. Crew: Maksumova, Nadezhda...

 

Greece names tax debtors, state railways top list

ATHENS, Greece-Loan-dependent Greece's state railways top a list of corporate tax debtors named by the government, in a new tactic against rampant tax evasion. OSE railways owe tax authorities euro1.26 billion ($1.77 billion), according to the catalog...

 

Spence-Jones returns to a partisan crowd; promises housing and safe streets

Newly reinstated Miami Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones burst back into the spotlight Thursday at a revival-like event filled with music, dance, prayer, and promises from the still highly-popular “Daughter of District 5.” She...

 

US orders Fla. museum to keep painting

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- U.S. authorities are ordering a Florida museum to keep a more than 400-year-old Italian painting because it may have been stolen from a Jewish family during World War II. The painting was one of 50 lent to the Mary Brogan Museum...

 

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