Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara dead at age 87
Thu, 28 Jul 2016 08:09:09 -0400
HELSINKI (AP) — Einojuhani Rautavaara, arguably Finland's most famous classical composer since the era of Jean Sibelius, has died at the age of 87.
Brexit shockwaves hit British jobs, consumer confidence
Thu, 28 Jul 2016 08:07:26 -0400
By Giles Elgood and Costas Pitas LONDON (Reuters) - Shockwaves from Britain's vote to leave the European Union rocked the economy on Thursday, with thousands of jobs lost at one of the country's biggest banks, consumer confidence plunging, and construction and car sales slowing. Preparing for a Brexit-related slowdown, Lloyds Banking Group said it would cut a further 3,000 jobs and one of Britain's biggest car dealerships, Inchcape, predicted growth in new car registrations would fall. "The public are still absorbing the EU referendum result but it is clear that consumer confidence has taken a significant and clear dive," said Stephen Harmston of the YouGov polling organisation.
Second helpings: 'Dragons Love Tacos 2' coming in 2017
Thu, 28 Jul 2016 08:01:44 -0400
NEW YORK (AP) — Kids can look forward to another helping of "Dragons Love Tacos."
France's EDF to decide on divisive UK nuclear power plant
Thu, 28 Jul 2016 07:59:31 -0400
PARIS (AP) — French energy company EDF is due to decide whether to go ahead with a major nuclear power plant project in southwest England that some consider too costly.
Chinese rocket re-enters atmosphere near California
Thu, 28 Jul 2016 07:59:22 -0400
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Chinese rocket re-entered the atmosphere near California late Wednesday night around the same time many people shared video on social media of a mysterious bright object streaking across the night sky.
Elephant poaching in Africa down, but still far too high: CITES
Thu, 28 Jul 2016 07:59:20 -0400
By Alister Doyle OSLO (Reuters) - The illegal killing of African elephants for their ivory seems to have fallen from record peaks but poaching of the animal is still far too high, an international report said on Thursday. "There are elements of good news, but we are nowhere near the success we need to turn the trends around," John Scanlon, secretary-general of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), told Reuters of CITES findings. About 60 percent of the elephants found dead in the wild in 2015 had been killed by poachers for their ivory rather than having died of natural causes, down from almost 80 percent at a peak in 2011, it said.
Russia announces aid operation for Syria's battered Aleppo
Thu, 28 Jul 2016 07:58:43 -0400
Syria ally Russia announced a "large-scale" aid operation Thursday for trapped civilians and opposition fighters fleeing the embattled northern city of Aleppo, as President Bashar al-Assad offered an amnesty to rebels who surrender. Pro-government forces effectively surround opposition neighbourhoods of the divided city, sparking fears for at least 200,000 people trapped there. Russian defence Minister Sergei Shoigu told reporters that three humanitarian corridors were being opened "to aid civilians held hostage by terrorists and for fighters wishing to lay down their arms" and one more corridor to the north of the city for rebels to flee with their weapons.
Global stocks slip in run-up to Bank of Japan decision
Thu, 28 Jul 2016 07:56:29 -0400
HONG KONG (AP) — Stock markets around the world edged lower Thursday as investors digested an upbeat Fed assessment of the U.S. economy that raised the prospect of further rate hikes, while anticipating more stimulus from Japan.
Spanish couple demand to be allowed to name son "Wolf"
Thu, 28 Jul 2016 07:52:59 -0400
MADRID (AP) — A couple in Spain have started an online petition after registry officials refused to let them call their newborn son "Wolf."
The Latest: Kaine mocks Trump for being not "well informed"
Thu, 28 Jul 2016 07:48:54 -0400
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on the Democratic National Convention and 2016 presidential campaign. (all times EDT):