Archive | October 10th, 2011

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7 killed in Colombia attack

BOGOTA, Colombia – Colombia’s defense minister says seven soldiers have been killed in a bomb attack on a truck in a tumultous southwestern region. Minister Juan Carlos Pinzon says the attack occurred in the town of Caloto in Cauca state on Monday morning when the soldiers were on a supply run. He blamed the attack [...]

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Oil prices above $85 for first time since Sept.

NEW YORK – Oil prices jumped more than 3 percent Monday after France and Germany agreed to strengthen Europe’s ailing banks. The move by the eurozone’s two biggest nations helped ease concerns about the global economy. Analysts said they’re increasingly confident that there won’t be another recession, and that means world oil demand should continue [...]

Eva Longoria-backed migrant doc out Tuesday on DVD

LOS ANGELES – Eva Longoria says she lent her support to “The Harvest,” a documentary about child migrant laborers, not just because of her Latin American roots but also because she wants to know where her food comes from and take responsibility for it. Much of the harvesting work in the United States is done [...]

Hugo Chavez to return to Cuba for medical tests

CARACAS, Venezuela – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says he will return to Cuba next week to undergo medical tests to determine the success of his battle with cancer. He finished chemotherapy treatment in Cuba last month. Chavez underwent surgery in Cuba in June to remove a tumor from his pelvic region. He has not revealed [...]

String of blasts in Iraqi capital kills 10

BAGHDAD – Iraqi officials say a string of explosions targeting security officials has killed at least 10 people in western Baghdad. A police official says the first explosion was caused by a roadside bomb in a Shiite neighborhood Monday evening. Minutes later, a second bomb exploded nearby, targeting a passing police patrol. The official says [...]

'West Memphis Three' travel to film screening

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas – Three men released nearly two decades after they were convicted of killing three Arkansas Cub Scouts are in New York for a movie screening about their case. A judge in northeast Arkansas changed his initial ruling to allow Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley to attend showings of the HBO [...]

Stephen Sondheim to receive NYC arts award

NEW YORK – Broadway composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim will receive New York City’s highest honor for achievement in the arts. The New York Times (http://nyti.ms/pD82ov ) says Sondheim will receive the Handel Medallion on Nov. 1 at Alice Tully Hall. Other honorees will include Mikhail Baryshnikov; arts advocate Alice Diamond; musician Jimmy Heath; artist [...]

UK to consider criminalizing forced marriages

LONDON – Forcing someone into marriage could be made a criminal act under possible changes to British law, Prime Minister David Cameron said Monday. Alongside moves aimed at cracking down on sham marriages used to cheat immigration rules, Cameron said he has asked interior ministry officials to discuss creating a new offense aimed at those [...]

Amy Winehouse's father has deal for book in 2012

NEW YORK – Amy Winehouse’s father has a book deal. HarperCollins announced Monday that Mitch Winehouse has agreed to terms with the publisher in the U.S. and Britain for the release of “Amy, My Daughter.” HarperCollins says the book will come out in summer 2012. The publisher says Mitch Winehouse will write about everything from [...]

Yoko Ono campaign to raise hunger awareness

NEW YORK – Yoko Ono is launching a global campaign to raise money and awareness to help fight childhood hunger and poverty. The 78-year-old widow of John Lennon is asking that on Nov. 1, at 1 p.m. EDT (1700 GMT), people “take a moment to imagine a nourished and abundant world, where ‘the world will [...]

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