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Russia fishing ship with 32 crew in trouble near Antarctica; ice hampers rescue effort
WELLINGTON, New Zealand — A Russian fishing vessel with 32 crew members was in trouble and taking on water near Antarctica on Friday. Heavy sea ice was hampering rescue efforts, and officials said it could be four or five days before anybody reaches the ship to try to rescue the crew.
Italian court says evidence in Knox murder case didn’t hold up
MILAN, Italy — No murder weapon. Faulty DNA. No motive. Even the time of death was wrong by nearly an hour. The Italian appeals court that cleared Amanda Knox in the killing of her roommate explained its ruling on Thursday: The evidence just didn’t hold up.
Doctor remorseful ahead of sentencing for transporting drugs
BUFFALO, N.Y. — A Canadian doctor who treated Tiger Woods and other big-name athletes wrote to a judge Thursday he never intended for what began as a few trips to see American patients to turn into a long-running practice and a criminal record for bringing unapproved drugs across the border.
Gingrich assailed by Republican foes at debate, compares self to Reagan
SIOUX CITY, Iowa — Republican front-runner Newt Gingrich likened himself to Ronald Reagan and insisted in a campaign debate Thursday night that he can defeat President Barack Obama in 2012, adding it was laughable for his rivals to challenge his conservative credentials.
Seahawks soar over staggering Rams
Doug Baldwin picked a national stage to remind the rest of the NFL what they passed up in last April’s draft.
Kings fire head coach Murray
Los Angeles Kings general manager Dean Lombardi says Terry Murray doesn’t deserve the blame for a terrible start to a season of high expectations. Yet Lombardi decided the head coach had to pay for it anyway.
Kansas City Chiefs fire coach Haley
The struggling Kansas City Chiefs fired coach Todd Haley on Monday less than a year after he led the club to the AFC West title.
Syria death toll rises to 5,000: UN
The death toll from Syria’s crackdown on a 9-month-old uprising has exceeded 5,000 people, the top U.N. rights official said Monday, as Syrians closed their businesses and kept children home from school as part of a general strike to pressure President Bashar Assad to end the bloodshed.
Russian billionaire to challenge Putin for presidency
After a week of surprising challenges to his authority, Vladimir Putin faces a new one from one of Russia’s richest and most glamorous figures: The billionaire owner of the New Jersey Nets says he will run against him in March’s presidential election.
US, Iraq leaders pledge to maintain strong ties
President Barack Obama and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki met at the White House on Monday to discuss the next phase of the relationship between their countries, with the U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq facing its final days.
Greek inmates surrender after failed escape attempt
Four inmates who had tried to escape from a Greek prison surrendered to authorities after a five-hour standoff Monday, releasing a total of 28 hostages and handing over a .45-calibre pistol and three kitchen knives, the Ministry of Justice said.
Syrian troops battle army defectors
Syrian troops battled army defectors Sunday in clashes that set several military vehicles ablaze. The fighting and other violence around the nation killed at least eight people, activists said.
New course set for future talks on global warming
A UN climate conference reached a hard-fought agreement on Sunday on a far-reaching program meant to set a new course for the global fight against climate change.
Russia’s president announces probe into alleged election fraud
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev announced on his Facebook page Sunday that he has ordered a probe into the allegations of electoral fraud during the country’s Dec. 4 parliamentary vote.
Chargers end losing streak
This was the Philip Rivers everyone expected all season. Rivers threw for 294 yards and three touchdowns, burning Jacksonville’s depleted secondary early and often, and the San Diego Chargers beat the Jaguars 38-14 on Monday night to snap a six-game losing streak.
Tiger Woods back in fine form to clinch victory
Earl Woods could blow smoke with the best of them, yet it was always entertaining.
Marlins become big players
Jeffrey Loria watched the news conference from the second row, beaming like a proud parent as Heath Bell talked about his new love for the Miami Marlins and reuniting with Jose Reyes.
Putin’s party accused of stealing parliamentary election
Several thousand protesters took to the streets Monday night and accused Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s party of rigging this weekend’s parliamentary election in which it won the largest share of the seats.
Negotiations begin to rescue climate treaty
Back-room negotiations have begun in earnest on a deal to rescue the only treaty governing greenhouse gas reductions and to launch talks on a broader agreement to include the world’s largest polluters: China and other emerging economies, the United States and Europe.
Blood diamonds regulator fails to address tyranny, violence: watchdog
major human rights watchdog on Monday left the international body charged with keeping blood diamonds off the market, accusing the regulatory group of refusing to address links between the gems, violence and tyranny.