February 9th, 2016

World News

US businesses post more open jobs; quits rise to 9-year high

By Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press on February 9th, 2016

WASHINGTON – U.S. companies advertised more available jobs in December and more Americans quit, trends that could lift wages in the coming months. The Labor Department says the number of job openings jumped 4.9 per cent to 5.6 million, the most since July. And quits increased 6.9 per cent to nearly 3.1 million, the highest ... Read More »

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IS car bomb in Syrian capital kills 10

By Bassem Mroue, The Associated Press on February 9th, 2016

BEIRUT – A suicide car bomber dispatched by the Islamic State group struck near a police officers’ club in the Syrian capital on Tuesday, killing at least 10 people and destroying a number of cars. Syrian state TV reported the toll and showed footage of the blast scene, including several damaged vehicles and a burnt-out ... Read More »

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Intelligence chief: North Korea restarts plutonium reactor

By Deb Riechmann, The Associated Press on February 9th, 2016

WASHINGTON – North Korea has expanded a uranium enrichment facility and restarted a plutonium reactor that could start recovering spent fuel in weeks or months, the U.S. intelligence chief said Tuesday in delivering the annual assessment by intelligence agencies of the top dangers facing the country. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said that Pyongyang ... Read More »

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New England cleans up; snow falls on the Mid-Atlantic

By Mark Pratt, The Associated Press on February 9th, 2016

BOSTON – A wind-driven winter storm that brought blizzard conditions to Cape Cod fell short of forecast snowfall totals and spared the Northeast the widespread power outages that had been predicted. Snowflakes were still flying Tuesday as New England residents continue mopping up from Monday’s storm, although little additional accumulation was expected. Forecasters had predicted ... Read More »

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Intelligence chief warns of more homegrown terror attacks

By Deb Riechmann, The Associated Press on February 9th, 2016

WASHINGTON – Islamic militants will continue plotting against U.S. interests overseas and homegrown attacks will pose the most significant threat from violent extremists to Americans at home, the U.S. intelligence chief said Tuesday in delivering the annual assessment by intelligence agencies of the top dangers facing the country. “The perceived success of attacks by homegrown ... Read More »

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Closely fought Philippine presidential race gets underway

By The Associated Press on February 9th, 2016

MANILA, Philippines – Five key Philippine presidential candidates, including a crime-busting mayor and an adopted daughter of movie stars, have launched their campaigns to lead one of Asia’s most unwieldy democracies. From Manila’s slums to the countryside, the candidates competed Tuesday to captivate the Filipino everyman at the start of the three-month campaign, promising to ... Read More »

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The Latest: Drivers likely didn’t see the other before crash

By The Associated Press on February 9th, 2016

BERLIN – The Latest on a train crash in Germany that has caused deaths and injuries (all times local): 1:40 p.m. German Transport Minister Alexander Dobrint says the two passenger trains that crashed in Bavaria were on a curve and it appears that neither had time to brake before they hit head-on. Dobrint told reporters ... Read More »

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Fortis buying electric transmission company ITC for $6.9B

By The Associated Press on February 9th, 2016

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Canadian utility Fortis is buying electric transmission company ITC Holdings in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $6.9 billion as it looks to further diversify its business. ITC Holdings Corp. shareholders will receive $22.57 per share and 0.7520 Fortis shares for each share they own. ITC stockholders will own about 27 ... Read More »

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Report: Car bomb in Syrian capital kills 10

By Bassem Mroue, The Associated Press on February 9th, 2016

BEIRUT – A car bomb driven by a suicide attacker exploded Tuesday near a police officers’ club in the Syrian capital Damascus, killing at least 10 people and causing wide material damage, state media said. The state-run SANA news agency said Tuesday the blast went off near a vegetable market in the northern neighbourhood of ... Read More »

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Bosnian Serb convicted in Srebrenica genocide dies in cell

By Mike Corder, The Associated Press on February 9th, 2016

THE HAGUE, Netherlands – A Bosnian Serb general convicted by a United Nations tribunal of involvement in the Srebrenica genocide has died in his cell. A representative of the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal press office said Tuesday that Zdravko Tolimir died Monday night at the court’s detention unit. The representative declined to give her name ... Read More »

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Train crash in Germany kills at least 9, injures 150

By Matthias Schrader And Kirsten Grieshaber, The Associated Press on February 9th, 2016

BAD AIBLING, Germany – Two commuter trains crashed head-on Tuesday morning in a remote area in southern Germany, killing at least nine people and injuring some 150, some of whom had to be cut out of the wreckage and transported across a river for medical care, police said. The two regional trains crashed before 7 ... Read More »

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