May 28, 2023

Murdoch company to pay hacking damages in 36 cases

LONDON (AP) — Rupert Murdoch’s British newspaper company on Thursday agreed to pay damages to 36 high-profile victims of tabloid phone-hacking, including actor Jude Law, soccer player Ashley Cole and former British Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott. In settlements whose financial terms were made public, amounts generally ran into the tens of thousands of pounds […]

World sea piracy drops in 2011, Somali attacks up

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Sea piracy worldwide dropped slightly in 2011 for the first time in five years but Somali pirates have intensified attacks and remained the greatest threat, a global maritime watchdog said Thursday. The number of attacks dipped to 439 last year from 445 cases in 2010, the International Maritime Bureau’s piracy […]

Hikers find human head in LA’s Hollywood Hills

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hikers in the Hollywood Hills found a human head in a plastic bag Tuesday when two of their dogs began playing with the object, Los Angeles police said. The women made the discovery on a popular trail below the Hollywood sign at about 3:45 p.m., police said. “Two of the dogs […]

England fightback rocks Pakistan

Late wickets for Graeme Swann and James Anderson rounded off a vastly improved England display against Pakistan on the second day of the first Test in Dubai. Swann removed captain Misbah-ul-Haq in the penultimate over before James Anderson bowled Abdur Rehman to leave the hosts 288-7, leading by 96. Stuart Broad set the ball rolling […]

Japan‘s nuclear plants may run past 40-year cap

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s planned 40-year cap on nuclear power plants could be extended up to 20 years, but exemptions will be rare, the government said Wednesday. Japan currently does not have a limit on the operational lifespan of reactors, and the government had hinted when it announced the cap that extensions were a possibility. […]

Grieving daughter suspended for Facebook comments

Mum-of-two Zoe Bennett, 35, who works for the Jamaican Tourist Board, faces a disciplinary probe over comments she made after her dad, Errol, was brutally murdered in a machete attack on the Caribbean island. Zoe, who is pregnant, received an email from her employers calling her to a disciplinary hearing in London due to messages she […]

Plans for Diamond Jubilee river pageant unveiled

LONDON (AP) — Palace officials Wednesday announced details of a massive pageant on London’s River Thames to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee year. Plans call for roughly 1,000 boats of various sizes to gather June 3 for an unprecedented tribute to the queen, who is marking the 60th year of her reign. The flotilla will […]

Coleman expected to get Wales job

Chris Coleman is expected to be named as Wales manager today. The Football Association of Wales has called a media conference in Cardiff at which the appointment will be confirmed. Former Wales defender Coleman, 41, held talks with the FAW earlier this week after expressing his desire to be Gary Speed’s successor. “Every manager wants […]

Peace Corps pullout latest blow to Honduras

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — The U.S. government’s decision to pull out all its Peace Corps volunteers from Honduras for safety reasons is yet another blow to a nation still battered by a coup and recently labelled the world’s most deadly country. Neither U.S. nor Honduran officials have said what specifically prompted them to withdraw the […]

Heat dominate 2nd half, roll past Spurs 120-98

MIAMI (AP) — LeBron James scored 33 points, Chris Bosh added 30 and the Miami Heat used a historic third-quarter turnaround to erase a big deficit and beat the San Antonio Spurs 120-98 on Tuesday night, snapping a three-game slide. Miami outscored San Antonio 39-12 in the third quarter — the second-largest differential for any […]