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  • Greek convicted terrorist vanishes on furlough

    January 8, 2014 10:57 PM 15

    Authorities said Christodoulos Xiros, 55, failed to make an obligatory daily appearance Monday at a police station in northern Greece. He was convicted in 2003, along with two of his brothers, of belonging to the November 17 group and had served 10 years of his term for involvement in a string of shootings and bombings. Xiros’ lawyer, Frangiskos Ragoussis

  • Emails and texts link Chris Christie's aide to traffic closures

    January 8, 2014 7:58 PM 19

    TRENTON, N.J. -- A top aide to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is linked through emails and text messages to a seemingly deliberate plan to create traffic gridlock in a town whose mayor refused to endorse Christie for re-election. Christie, a star in the Republican Party who's considered a possible candidate for president in 2016, has denied that the lane closings

  • Afghan girl in bomb plot asks president for new home

    January 8, 2014 6:20 PM 18

    LASHKARGAH, Afghanistan -- An Afghan girl who says her brother sought to use her as a suicide bomber asked President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday to find her a new home. In an interview with The Associated Press, the girl known as Spozhmai said she fears that if she returns to her family she again will be asked to blow herself up with an explosives-packed

  • Religion news in brief

    January 8, 2014 5:20 PM 29

    Rodman is in North Korea for a basketball exhibition honoring the regime’s leader, Kim Jong Un (kim jawng oon). The former Chicago Bull didn’t like being asked during a CNN satellite interview if he would bring up the detention of American Kenneth Bae (bay). The missionary, who is in poor health, is being held on charges of “anti-state” crimes. Bae has been held for more than a year. White

  • South Sudan conflict ripples in parts of USA

    January 8, 2014 3:20 PM 47

    Refugees of country scarred by unrest want to help save their homeland. Before he was airlifted out of the chaos churning in the South Sudan capital of Juba barely more than a week ago, Wol Thompson Thoan insists that he had seen the mass graves, witnessed the killing and barely escaped death himself. Yet here he is now, itching to get back to East Africa

  • US starts to thaw from big freeze

    January 8, 2014 1:31 PM 17

    At least 21 people have been killed by the cold across the country since Sunday. Five died after collapsing while shovelling snow, while several victims were identified as homeless people who either refused shelter or did not make it to a warm haven soon enough. All 50 states saw freezing temperatures at some point on Tuesday. That included Hawaii, where

  • Analysis: U.S. fears grow about Iraq, but response remains limited

    January 8, 2014 4:09 AM 43

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration is considering expanding its support to Iraqi forces as they fight off a renewed al Qaeda threat, but Washington's ability to significantly increase security assistance to Baghdad will remain limited. U.S. officials say they are in discussions with the Iraqi government about training its elite forces in a third

  • SKorea singer bids farewell to late family members

    January 7, 2014 5:01 PM 21

    South Korean media reports said LeeTeuk’s grandparents were found dead in bed at their home Monday, while his father was hanging by a robe wrapped around his neck. The reports cited unidentified police officers as saying LeeTeuk’s father left a note suggesting he committed suicide after strangling his parents. “I will go to the heaven with my parents

  • Police: In cold, escaped inmate turns himself in

    January 7, 2014 3:58 PM 28

    Robert Vick, 42, of Hartford told the clerk he wanted to turn himself in and escape the arctic air, Lexington police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said. Vick was checked out by paramedics and returned to Blackburn Correctional Complex, Roberts said. “This was definitely of his own volition,” she said. “It’s cold out there, too cold to run around. I can understand

  • First batch of poison gas chemicals shipped out of Syrian port: UN

    January 7, 2014 3:43 PM 23

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- The first batch of Syrian poison gas precursor chemicals was loaded onto a Danish cargo ship and taken out of the war-torn country Tuesday -- a week later than initially planned, the United Nations announced. The announcement that the raw materials had been loaded onto the ship at Syria's Latakia port marked a belated but crucial