US official: 50,000 Islamic State militants killed to date
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 16:42:35 -0500
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S.-led coalition has killed 50,000 Islamic State militants in the last two years in Iraq and Syria, a senior U.S. military official said Thursday, describing a conservative total that is a bit larger than what others have stated before.
Former U.S. astronaut, Senator John Glenn dies in Ohio at 95
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 16:39:58 -0500
John Glenn, who became one of the 20th century's greatest explorers as the first American to orbit Earth and later as the world's oldest astronaut, in addition to a long career as a U.S. senator, died on Thursday at age of 95. Glenn, the last surviving member of the original seven American "Right Stuff" Mercury astronauts, died at the James Cancer Hospital at Ohio State University, said Hank Wilson, a spokesman at the university's John Glenn College of Public Affairs, which Glenn helped found. Glenn was credited with reviving U.S. pride after the Soviet Union's early domination of manned space exploration.
Russia says Aleppo combat suspended, residents say no let-up
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 16:38:46 -0500
BEIRUT (AP) — Russia said the Syrian army was suspending combat operations in Aleppo late Thursday to allow for the evacuation of civilians from besieged rebel-held neighborhoods, but residents and fighters reported no let-up in the bombing and shelling campaign on the opposition's ever-shrinking enclave.
Viewership dips for NBC's live showing of 'Hairspray'
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 16:38:31 -0500
NEW YORK (AP) — NBC's live presentation of the musical "Hairspray" reached 9 million viewers, making it the least-watched of the four musicals it has aired, starting when the 2013 presentation of "The Sound of Music" created a sensation.
Bach: Olympic bid process needs to change; 'too many losers'
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 16:36:43 -0500
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Signaling a potential radical change in the way Olympic host cities are chosen, IOC President Thomas Bach wants to revise the bidding process because it "produces too many losers."
Yields rise, euro dips as ECB trims bond purchases
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 16:34:36 -0500
Bond yields rose and the euro dipped on Thursday after the European Central Bank said it would prolong its bond purchase program but surprised investors by scaling back on how much it will spend each month. The euro saw its biggest one-day percentage drop against the dollar since June after the ECB said it would reduce its bond buying program to 60 billion euros a month from 80 billion, but extended it from April to December 2017. ECB President Mario Draghi said it was not an outright winding-down of quantitative easing (QE) but this did not completely reassure fixed income investors.
The Latest: Hillary Clinton calls fake news a 'danger'
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 16:52:52 -0500
The Latest on the final days of the congressional session (all times EST): ___ 4:40 p.m. Hillary Clinton says fake news is an "epidemic" and "a danger that must be addressed and addressed ...
Attorney: Dylann Roof's mom had heart attack during trial
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 16:32:33 -0500
Dylann Roof's mother suffered a heart attack not long after prosecutors described how her son planned a cold and calculated killing of nine black church members in a racially motivated attack, the white ...
Colleges pushed to note sexual misconduct on transcripts
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 16:31:51 -0500
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Colleges that expel students whom they suspect of having committed sexual assault are being asked to go further by specifying the reason for expulsion on their transcripts.
House passes stopgap measure as senators raise objections
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 16:30:12 -0500
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Thursday cleared bills to keep the government running through April and authorize hundreds of water projects, but a Senate fight over benefits for retired coal miners threatened to lead to a government shutdown this weekend.