Residents of the Syrian city of Hama are bracing for another day of shelling and shooting as the regime continues its military crackdown on the first Friday of Ramadan. Hama residents say they're trapped in their houses, often without electricity or water.
It's the end of a turbulent week that started with the U.S. government narrowly averting a failure to pay its bills. A market selloff that began some days before has continued all week. The Dow lost 512 points Thursday alone. European stock markets were down Friday. Asian markets fell, too.
Italy is the latest country to be in the cross hairs of investors alarmed by Europe's growing debt crisis. In many ways, Italy's financial situation is quite healthy. But it is being harmed by severe debt problems in neighboring countries and by the inability of European policymakers to act forcefully and in unison.
San Diego city leaders who want to eliminate pensions for most new city employees are trying to get a measure on next year's municipal ballot. Such measures require thousands of voters to sign a petition saying they want to vote on the matter. But a labor-backed group is fighting the effort with a radio ad that links signing the petition to the possibility of identity theft.
Congress and the Obama administration found a way out of the stalemate that forced a partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration. The temporary fix means a return to work for thousands of FAA workers and contractors idled by the shutdown. But the underlying issues that prevented agreement on a multi-year FAA bill remain unresolved.
It didn't take very long for James "Jay" McKnight to know that the teenage girl watching him sing with his buddies on a Brooklyn street corner more than 50 years ago would one day become his wife.
McKnight was almost 19. The girl, Andrea, was 14. "I looked at a friend of mine who I was singing with, and I said, 'I'm going to marry her,' " Jay says. "You know what he told me? 'You're going to jail. She's too young.' "
One day when Andrea was by herself, Jay approached her and in a deep voice meant to impress, he asked her how she was doing.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife service announced today/Thursday that the Preble’s meadow jumping mouse will again be protected in Wyoming under the Endangered Species Act. The Service reinstated protections for the mouse, which is already protected in Colorado, in order to comply with a requested court order. The Preble’s Meadow Jumping mouse was delisted in 2008 because of an interpretation of the law allowing the agency to protect only portions of a species’ range where the Service believed it was most threatened, rather than in all the places where it is found.
The Wyoming Board of Land Commissioners voted unanimously this/Thursday morning to approve a new lease form that will govern oil and gas extraction on state lands. Assistant Director of the Wyoming Office of State Lands and Investments Harold Kemp says the new form puts in writing many longstanding state requirements. For example, he says, it clarifies what deductions industry may claim before making royalty payments to the state. Kemp says the changes have been a long time coming.
A federal appeals court has refused to set a five year deadline to phase out winter feeding on the National Elk Refuge in Jackson. But some environmental groups say the ruling also clarifies that winter feeding for Elk and Bison should be stopped soon. Lloyd Dorsey of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition says it overturns a previous ruling that said that winter feeding should continue indefinitely. "This certainly adds impetus to the responsibility of the fish and wildlife service to expeditiously phase out the winter feeding program on the national elk refuge."
Dog lovers in China and elsewhere can sleep easier tonight, after officials in Jiangmen withdrew a proposed ban on dogs in the city. The near-total ban, which would have resulted in thousands of dogs being either killed or transported to rural areas, was prompted by fears of rabies in the city of 3.8 million.