States trying to lure lawyers into rural practice
Sun, 21 Dec 2014 11:24:42 -0500
CORSICA, S.D. (AP) — By landing a steady job in a hopping metropolis, Jake Fischer achieved the dream of many who finished law school during the Great Recession. Then, he left the big-city life and moved to a small South Dakota town, lured by a program that seeks to boost the number of rural attorneys.
Tent city sprouts in shadow of downtown Detroit
Sun, 21 Dec 2014 11:22:50 -0500
DETROIT (AP) — Bankruptcy behind it, Detroit's atmosphere swirls with the promise of better days. Charles Floyd Jones can only hope that the city's good fortune trickles down to him and the 10 other residents of a tent city that's sprouted in the shadow of a resurgent downtown where rental occupancy is close to full and restaurants and shops are doing brisk business.
Pope's role in Cuba deal fractures Cuban-American flock
Sun, 21 Dec 2014 11:22:02 -0500
MIAMI (AP) — The key role Pope Francis played encouraging talks between Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro left fractures among his flock in South Florida, where many older Roman Catholics equate the Castro brothers with the devil.
2 cops ambushed, fatally shot in car; gunman kills himself
Sun, 21 Dec 2014 11:17:42 -0500
NEW YORK (AP) — The warning came just moments too late: A man who had shot his ex-girlfriend a few hours earlier had traveled to New York City and vowed online to shoot two "pigs" in retaliation for the police chokehold death of Eric Garner.
Florida authorities say 1 police officer shot and killed
Sun, 21 Dec 2014 11:15:47 -0500
TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — Florida authorities say a police officer was shot and killed in Tarpon Springs early Sunday.
US companies eager to embrace Cuba face hurdles
Sun, 21 Dec 2014 11:13:33 -0500
WASHINGTON (AP) — Cargill aims to sell more corn and soybeans. MasterCard covets another site for Americans to swipe credit cards. Marriott sees beachfront property that needs hotels.
Pakistan says arrests made in Taliban school carnage
Sun, 21 Dec 2014 11:11:27 -0500
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's interior minister says authorities have made arrests in the case of the Taliban school attack that killed 148 in the northwestern city of Peshawar.
Two N.Y. police officers slain in apparent retribution attack
Sun, 21 Dec 2014 10:59:44 -0500
By Laila Kearney and Edward McAllister NEW YORK (Reuters) - A gunman shot dead two New York City police officers in what officials called an "assassination", hours after warning on social media that he planned an attack in retribution for recent U.S. police killings of unarmed black men. Mayor Bill de Blasio on Sunday ordered flags flown at half staff around the city, hours after the city's main police union harshly criticized the city's first Democratic mayor in two decades for being insufficiently supportive of the department during recent waves of anti-police violence. ...
Britain weighs up oil industry calls for North Sea tax breaks
Sun, 21 Dec 2014 10:59:06 -0500
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain is considering reducing the tax bill for oil explorers in the North Sea, including a proposal from the industry to halve rates, to help revive an area already in decline before the recent oil price falls, the Sunday Times said. Talks between the country's finance ministry and the industry, led by the trade body Oil & Gas UK, have focussed on some key proposals, with one involving scrapping the 30 percent supplementary corporate tax levied on top of the 30 percent basic rate for the industry, the newspaper said. ...
Tunisians vote for post-revolution president
Sun, 21 Dec 2014 10:57:19 -0500
Tunisians voted in the runoff of the country's first free presidential election on Sunday, with authorities urging a big turnout to consolidate democracy after a chaotic four-year transition. Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa condemned what he called a "desperate attempt" to disrupt the embrace of democracy in the nation that triggered the Arab Spring. The second round vote pits 88-year-old favourite Beji Caid Essebsi, leader of the anti-Islamist Nidaa Tounes party, against incumbent Moncef Marzouki, who held the post through an alliance with the moderate Islamist movement Ennahda. "It is time to move on and set up long-lasting institutions," said Raja Gafsi, a 58-year-old worker, who like most voters is anxious to see political and economic stability and security return to Tunisia.
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