News archive from 15 July 2014, page 14

Family: Pistorius accosted at nightclub

JOHANNESBURG -- The family of Oscar Pistorius says the double-amputee runner recently visited a nightclub with a cousin and was accosted by a man who aggressively questioned him about his murder trial. Anneliese Burgess, a spokeswoman for the...

 

German sausage makers fined $460M for price-fixing

BERLIN -- Germany's antitrust authority has imposed fines totaling 338 million euros ($460 million) on 21 sausage manufacturers for colluding on prices. The Federal Cartel Office said Tuesday that the fines also included penalties against 33...

 

USDA: Illinois corn, soybean crops faring well

ST. LOUIS -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Illinois' latest crop of corn and soybeans is shaping up. The USDA says in its weekly crop-status update that 81 percent of the state's corn is rated as either good or excellent. That's just...

 

Extra "Carmen" performance added by Santa Fe Opera

SANTA FE, N.M. -- The Santa Fe Opera has added another performance of Bizet's "Carmen" to the final week of its current season. General Manager Charles MacKay said an Aug. 18 performance was scheduled because of a heavy demand for tickets at...

 

Playground-like exhibition coming to Brooklyn

NEW YORK -- Familiar objects like a bench and wind chime will take on new functions at a Public Art Fund installation in downtown Brooklyn. A temperature-sensitive bench will change colors when a person sits on it. A seesaw will be activated by...

 

Candidates for Congress shed light on fundraising

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- New campaign finance reports will detail how candidates in Minnesota's most hotly contested congressional races are faring in their hunt for money. Federal candidates had until Tuesday to file reports with regulators saying how much...

 

Slip in rally intro prompts Kansas senator's quip

OLATHE, Kan. -- A slip by a Kansas Republican Party official in introducing U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts at a political rally prompted the senator to jokingly describe the chamber as an "assisted living home." Roberts participated Monday in a rally...

 

Hong Kong asks Beijing for greater democracy

HONG KONG Hong Kong has sent a report to Beijing recommending changes to allow for greater democracy in the southern Chinese city, kicking off a process that will ultimately let residents elect their leader for the first time in 2017. Hong Kong's...

 
Hong Kong asks Beijing for greater democracy

Hong Kong asks Beijing for greater democracy

HONG KONG -- Hong Kong has sent a report to Beijing recommending changes to allow for greater democracy in the southern Chinese city, kicking off a process that will ultimately let residents elect their leader for the first time in 2017. Hong Kong's...

 
Ukraine orphans become pawns in civil conflict

Ukraine orphans become pawns in civil conflict

DONETSK, Ukraine Tamara Popova and her fellow orphans are adamant: They don't want to go to Russia. The separatist gunmen running this eastern Ukrainian city aren't asking. They're giving orders. As fighting between insurgent and government troops...

 

German investor confidence in 7th straight fall

BERLIN -- A survey shows that German investor confidence fell for the seventh consecutive month in July, in another indication that Europe's biggest economy may be coming off the boil. The ZEW institute said Tuesday that its monthly confidence index,...

 
Detroit bankruptcy judge opens court to critics

Detroit bankruptcy judge opens court to critics

DETROIT -- Dozens of people are being given five minutes each to object to Detroit's plan to get out of bankruptcy. Judge Steven Rhodes says approximately 600 people without attorneys have filed objections. Roughly 80 will be given a chance to speak...

 

UK inflation in unexpectedly big rise in June

LONDON -- Inflation in the U.K. increased unexpectedly in June, raising expectations that the Bank of England may start raising interest rates soon, possibly by the end of this year. Figures Tuesday from the Office for National Statistics show...

 

French soldier killed in northern Mali

PARIS -- The president's office says a French soldier has died while taking part in a reconnaissance mission in Mali. Forty-five year-old Dejvid Nikolic — from the Genie 1st regiment — was killed by a suicide attack Monday in the...

 
Ukraine orphans become pawns in civil conflict

Ukraine orphans become pawns in civil conflict

DONETSK, Ukraine -- Tamara Popova and her fellow orphans are adamant: They don't want to go to Russia. The separatist gunmen running this eastern Ukrainian city aren't asking. They're giving orders. As fighting between insurgent and government troops...

 

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