HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — The 25,000 people at the soccer stadium
and the millions more watching at home waited 90 minutes before the
Australian evangelical preacher got to the message he had come to
Communist-ruled Vietnam to deliver.
By Jonathan Kaminsky OLYMPIA, Washington (Reuters) - A
colliding truck may have triggered the collapse on Thursday of part
of a four-lane freeway bridge that sent vehicles and drivers
tumbling into a frigid river in Washington state, officials said. A
U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation into
what led part of the Interstate 5 bridge to fall into the Skagit
River 55 miles north of Seattle was expected to continue on Friday.
Two of the three people rescued from the river were hospitalized
with hypothermia, but no one died, officials said. ...
ISLAMABAD (AP) — President Barack Obama's speech on the use of
drones to kill Islamic militants was well-received in two countries
most affected by the strikes — Pakistan and Yemen — but criticism
of the U.S. policy remains strong.
LONDON (Reuters) - A British Airways plane travelling from
London to Oslo was forced to make an emergency landing at Heathrow
on Friday after a technical fault in an engine. "The BA762,
Heathrow to Oslo service, returned back to Heathrow shortly after
take-off due to a technical fault," BA parent company IAG said. The
Airbus A319 aircraft was carrying 75 passengers. "The aircraft
landed safely and emergency slides were deployed and we are
currently caring for our customers. Emergency services attended the
aircraft," IAG added. ...
GREENVILLE, Calif. (AP) — An earthquake in far northeastern
California was felt by thousands of people as far away as San
Francisco and in two other states, but there have been no reports
of injury or serious damage.
PHOENIX (AP) — As jurors in Jodi Arias' murder trial filed one
by one from the courtroom after a dramatic five months of
gut-wrenching testimony and gruesome photographs, three women on
the panel cried and one looked to the victim's family, mouthing the
The Ocean Conservancy, a Washington DC-based environmental
organization, released its 2012 list of trash collected during its
International Coastal Cleanup. More than 10 million pounds of
debris was collected, with nearly 1.5 million pounds in California
alone. The top items found during the cleanup:
BEIJING (AP) — China's state media says an envoy from North
Korean leader Kim Jong Un has warned there is no guarantee of peace
on the Korean Peninsula, but also stressed that his country is
willing to hold talks with all sides to find a solution.
BEIJING (Reuters) - China hopes that this week's visit by a
senior North Korean envoy can ease tension in the region and help
spur efforts to rid the Korean peninsula of nuclear weapons, a
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Friday. Choe Ryong-hae,
a special envoy of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, met Chinese
officials in the highest-ranking visit by an official from
Pyongyang in about six months. ...
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia said on Friday the Syrian
government had agreed in principle to attend an international peace
conference proposed by Russia and the United States, and criticized
what it called attempts to undermine peace efforts. "Damascus has
expressed its readiness in principle to participate in the
international conference in order for Syrians themselves to find a
political path to a solution," Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman
Alexander Lukashevich said. ...
By Steve Neavling DETROIT (Reuters) - As part of his efforts to
solve Detroit's financial crisis, the city's emergency manager
Kevyn Orr has asked for an appraisal of the collection at the
Detroit Institute of Arts, sparking fears in artistic and
philanthropic circles that he means to auction off the city's
artistic jewels. Orr was appointed in March by Michigan's
Republican Governor Rick Snyder to tackle the shrinking city's
long-term debt problem, which the emergency manager estimated at
$15 billion in a recent report on the state of Detroit. ...
WASHINGTON (AP) — A long-simmering feud between establishment
Republicans and tea partyers broke into full view, with Sen. John
McCain accusing younger colleagues of overplaying their hands and
tempting Democrats to change Senate rules that protect the minority
WASHINGTON (AP) — A day after laying out his counterterrorism
vision, President Barack Obama is addressing future military
leaders who could help carry it out in a speech to U.S. Naval
President Barack Obama on Thursday reaffirmed his 2008 campaign
promise to close the military-run prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba,
where terror suspects have been held since 2002, and begin the
transfer of some prisoners to other countries. A look the
By William Mallard TOKYO (Reuters) - This week's turbulence in
Tokyo markets exposes a key risk of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's
all-in strategy to revive Japan's economy - if investor confidence
falters, the government and the Bank of Japan may be left with few
options to turn the tide. On Friday, the Nikkei share average had
another tumultuous session, traversing a 7.1 percent range between
positive and negative territory before ending up 0.9 percent. The
violent moves kept investors on edge after a 7. ...
WEST POINT, Utah (AP) — A 15-year-old boy is in custody after
authorities investigating the stabbing deaths of his younger
adopted brothers found him miles away with traces of blood on him,
By Ian Chua SYDNEY (Reuters) - Asian stocks fell to one-month
lows on Friday and the yen rebounded broadly as extreme volatility
in the Nikkei kept investors on edge. The Nikkei has soared nearly
70 percent since November, off the back of aggressive fiscal and
monetary policies to revive the economy, leaving the market
susceptible to profit taking. It fell more than 7 percent on
Thursday after Chinese data raised doubts about the health of the
global economy, but it found support on Friday from investors
looking for bargains. ...
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service official who led
the unit that targeted tea party groups and publicly disclosed the
activity has been replaced, making her the third top IRS official
moved aside since the episode was revealed two weeks ago.
By Guy Faulconbridge and Michael Holden LONDON (Reuters) -
Police investigating the murder of a soldier hacked to death on a
busy London street were looking on Friday into whether the two
suspected killers, British men of Nigerian descent, were part of a
wider conspiracy. The two suspects, aged 22 and 28, are under guard
in hospitals after being shot and arrested by police following the
murder of 25-year-old Afghan war veteran Lee Rigby on Wednesday in
broad daylight. They have not yet been charged. ...
LONDON (Reuters) - Dramatic video footage showing the moment
when police shot the two men suspected of hacking to death a
soldier in London was published on a British newspaper's website on
Friday. The shaky, 10-second clip shows one of the men sprinting
towards a police car with a knife in his hand before he is shot and
tumbles to the ground. The second man appears to aim a gun at the
police and is then shot. Soldier Lee Rigby, a 25-year-old who
served in Afghanistan, was hacked to death near an army barracks in
south London on Wednesday. ...
MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — An Interstate 5 bridge over a river
collapsed north of Seattle Thursday evening, dumping two vehicles
into the water and sparking a rescue effort by boats and divers as
three injured people were pulled from the chilly waterway.
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's oldest human rights group went to
court on Friday to try to stop state prosecutors forcing it to
register as a "foreign agent" under a law it says is intended by
President Vladimir Putin to silence dissent. Memorial, which has
fought political repression since Soviet times, refuses to comply
with the law which critics describe as a crude attempt to reassert
Putin's authority after tens of thousands called for him to quit
during protests last year. ...
By Sarah Marsh BERLIN (Reuters) - Robust private consumption
helped Germany eke out meager growth in the first quarter,
compensating for declines in both exports and investment, and is
likely to remain a pillar of support for Europe's largest economy
this year. Germany's gross domestic product (GDP) rose by 0.1
percent on the quarter and shrank by 1.4 percent on the year, final
seasonally adjusted data from the Statistics Office confirmed.
Private consumption added 0.4 percentage points to GDP, while gross
capital investment deducted 0.3 points. Foreign trade added 0.
MOSCOW (Reuters) - A magnitude 8.2 earthquake struck off
Russia's eastern coast on Friday, briefly prompting a tsunami scare
but causing no casualties or substantial damage, Russian emergency
authorities said. The epicentre of the quake was located at a depth
of 385 miles in the Sea of Okhotsk, 244 miles west of the nearest
city, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
MOORE, Okla. (AP) — After living nearly 20 years in their
one-story brick home, Sherry and Larry Wells finally won the
lottery — for a state rebate on a home storm shelter, that is. A
contractor finished installing the concrete bunker beneath the slab
of their garage in early May. About three weeks later, the shelter
saved their lives when a tornado that killed 24 people tore through