US News  February 01, 2015
Two US defence contractors shot at in Saudi
File picture shows members of the Saudi special police unit in MeccaA US defence contractor said Sunday that two of its American employees came under fire in the latest attack against Westerners in Saudi Arabia.It was the second time in recent months that staff of the contractor Vinnell Arabia have been targeted."We can confirm that two Vinnell Arabia employees were involved in an incident on Friday, in which they ...  Full Story
US recalls two million cars again over airbag defect
About 20 million vehicles produced by some of the worldUS transport authorities have recalled more than two million Toyota, Chrysler and Honda vehicles for a second time over faulty airbags that may inadvertently inflate while the car is running.The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Saturday the recall was issued following the unexpected deployment of airbags in about 40 cars that ...  Full Story
America's homeless capital LA counts its down-and-outs
A homeless man sleeps on the sidewalk across from the LA Mission, on January 29, 2015 in Los Angeles, CaliforniaNotebook in hand, Ana Alvarez walked along the streets of Skid Row, the downtown Los Angeles district that's sometimes called the homeless capital of America.Scores of tents and makeshift shelters had been erected for the night, all along the sidewalks."We don't get close to them. We try not to disturb them, because a lot of them are already asleep...  Full Story
Americans eager to sup up Cuba's 'forbidden fruits'
People smoke cigars at the Havana Cigar FestivalCall it rum and cigar diplomacy: The few Americans allowed to visit Cuba are eager to finally legally bring home the communist island's once forbidden fruits.While Washington and Havana seek to normalize ties, US President Barack Obama added rum and cigars to the diplomatic mix in January by allowing Americans to fly back with $100 worth of Cuban t...  Full Story
Ohio delays seven executions to secure new drugs
Ohio is postponing the execution of seven death row inmates following several botched lethal injection killings across the countryThe US state of Ohio is postponing the execution of seven death row inmates, officials said Friday, following several botched lethal injection killings across the country last year. Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC) said it had put a hold on the executions while it secured new lethal injection drugs. Earlier this month, the de...  Full Story
Aircraft set for minute-by-minute tracking
All commercial flights worldwide could soon send out an automated signal every minute in times of distress to help rescuers find downed aircraft more easilyAll commercial flights worldwide could soon send out an automated signal every minute in times of distress to help rescuers find downed aircraft more easily.The new measures are in response to last year's disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in what remains one of history's great aviation mysteries.T...  Full Story
Pro-Putin maestro draws fire in US
Two protesters picket outside the Metropolitan Opera at the Lincoln Center in New York at the opening night of a performance of TchaikovskyValery Gergiev is one of the world's best-known conductors, but a US tour that could have showcased Russia's soft power at a time of tensions with the West has been marred by protests.A demonstrator raced over the orchestra pit and held a banner Thursday night at the Metropolitan Opera in New York as the cast took a bow for the opening night of Tch...  Full Story
US stocks fall on fear of strong dollar, Greek turmoil
Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange during the afternoon of January 23, 2015Strong earnings from Apple, Boeing and some others were not enough this week to offset Wall Street angst over the strong dollar, crashing oil prices and the Greek election.US equities finished firmly lower, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average tumbling 507.65 points (2.87 percent) to 17,164.95.The broad-based S&P 500 fell 56.83 (2.77 percent) ...  Full Story
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