News archive from 16 January 2012, page 17

Focusing on Nomination, Paul Plots a Backup Plan

LAKE JACKSON, Tex. -- Ron Paul says he has by no means given up on winning the Republican presidential nomination, but he acknowledges that he might not make it. "The odds are right now that Romney, he pulls it off," Mr. Paul, a Texas...

 

Economy haunts France election

PARIS -- Hakim Benselama, 32, an industrial engineer, nearly had a job in the autumn of 2008, but as the world economic crisis hit, he said, "I got phone call after phone call telling me that the projects I had interviewed for were all...

 

Iraq detaining U.S. contractors

BAGHDAD -- Iraqi authorities have detained several hundred foreign contractors in recent weeks, industry officials say, including many Americans who work for the U.S. Embassy, in one of the first major signs of the Iraqi government's asserting its...

 

World briefs (1/16/12)

Russian probe falls into sea

 

Flexing Muscle, Baghdad Detains U.S. Contractors

BAGHDAD -- Iraqi authorities have detained a few hundred foreign contractors in recent weeks, industry officials say, including many Americans who work for the United States Embassy, in one of the first major signs of the Iraqi government's asserting...

 

Bahrain Opposition Says King's Measures Fall Short

BEIRUT, Lebanon -- Bahrain's king on Sunday announced constitutional amendments that will give the elected Parliament greater powers of scrutiny over the government, but the concessions fell short of the opposition's demands for change. The move by...

 

A Changed Way of War in Afghanistan's Skies

INSIDE STRIKE FIGHTER VENGEANCE 13, over Kandahar Province, Afghanistan -- Cmdr. Layne McDowell glanced over his left shoulder, through the canopy of a Navy F/A-18, to an Afghan canyon 9,000 feet below. An American infantry company was down there. The...

 

As Reforms Flag in Greece, Europe Aims to Limit Damage

ATHENS -- As Greece and its lenders prepare for another week of tense negotiations, European officials now say that the task is less to help the country through its troubles than to avoid the sort of uncontrolled default that many experts fear could...

 

As French Vote Nears, Sarkozy Is Haunted by Grim Economy

PARIS -- Hakim Benselama, 32, an industrial engineer, nearly had a job in autumn 2008, but as the world economic crisis hit, he said, "I got phone call after phone call telling me that the projects I had interviewed for were all canceled."...

 

In an Informal Economy, Part Valet, Part Hustler

JOHANNESBURG -- The mere sight of headlights set off a mad dash. Young men sprinted down the middle of the street toward the oncoming cars, their neon orange and green reflector vests fluttering as they jostled for position in front of the cars, wide...

 

Prices and Anger Rise in Nigeria, Presaging More Strikes

LAGOS, Nigeria -- After five days of strikes, protests and national paralysis over a sharp rise in the government-controlled price of fuel, Nigerians emerged from their homes this weekend to find the fragile calculus underpinning most people's lives...

 

90 . . . it's the new 85

Tonight, all of America can take part -- if they wish -- in Betty White's televised 90th birthday celebration, complete with a special throne, guests ranging from Ed Asner to Tracy Morgan and a triple-tiered triple chocolate cake, topped with a...

 

Midwife Center in Strip continues training mission

As more women opt to have babies in birth centers instead of hospitals, the demand for certified nurse midwives has grown. But most midwives are trained in a hospital setting, a distinctly different experience than delivering babies in a birth...

 

UPMC's out-of-network charges are high

While it is commonly known that out-of-network patients pay more for medical care, a review of the specific amounts shows it's a whole lot more at UPMC Presbyterian/Shadyside, which has some of the highest charges anywhere -- higher on average than...

 

Homicide drops off U.S. list of top 15 death causes

ATLANTA -- For the first time in almost half a century, homicide has fallen off the list of the nation's top 15 causes of death, bumped by a lung illness that often develops in elderly people who have choked on their food. The 2010 list, released by...

 

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