Scores hurt in collapse of London theater ceiling
LONDON -- Part of the ornate plaster ceiling of a West End theater collapsed during a packed performance Thursday night, injuring nearly 90 people, authorities said. The collapse occurred at the Apollo Theater about 8:15 p.m. local time (3:15 p.m. ET), about ...
London theater partially collapses
Scores injured, at least 5 seriously, in London theater collapse
More Than 80 Injured in Theater Collapse in London's West End
American Live Wire
Obama commutes sentences of 8 inmates with crack cocaine convictions, citing ...
President Obama on Thursday commuted the sentences of eight people serving lengthy jail time for crack cocaine convictions, part of the administration's effort to eliminate overcrowding in federal prisons. Each of them had served at least 15 years and had ...
Obama commutes 8 crack cocaine sentences
Obama commutes sentences of eight crack cocaine offenders
Obama Cites Cocaine Law Disparity in Commuting Sentences
Target says PINs not accessed, but cards were
Target warned consumers Thursday to monitor their statements for unauthorized use after a massive data breach involving 40 million credit and debit cards used in its stores from Black Friday through Dec. 15. The information obtained included customer ...
Target holiday cyber breach hits 40 million payment cards
Target customers seeing red over store purchase data breach
Answers to questions about Target data breach
Christian Science Monitor
What does the future hold for Russia's Khodorkovsky?
Christian Science Monitor
Mikhail Khodorkovsky – once Russia's richest man, a vehement Kremlin critic, and currently a detainee in a Siberian penal colony – may unexpectedly walk free after President Vladimir Putin announced his intention to pardon him. Skip to next paragraph.
Khodorkovsky Pardon Buoys Putin's Rights Record Before Olympics
Putin to pardon Khodorkovsky after decade in jail
Putin: Pussy Riot, Greenpeace 30 and Khodorkovsky to go free
New York Daily News
Mike D'Antoni: Kobe Bryant will be 'hunting for some bear'
Los Angeles Times
Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni was stunned to learn Thursday that Kobe Bryant will be out six weeks with a knee injury. "You hate it for Kobe, he's worked so hard getting back," D'Antoni said. "He was coming on. His shot percentage kept getting better and his ...
Lakers' Kobe Bryant breaks bone in knee, out 6 weeks
Lakers' Kobe Bryant Is Out Six Weeks With Broken Bone in Knee
Did The Lakers Make A Mistake By Extending Kobe Bryant's Contract?
Lee Rigby killers: from quiet Christians to Islamist murderers
They were “polite, nice guys” from strict Christian families. Michael Adebolajo's passions were “music and football and girls”. Michael Adebowale was a “lovable, quiet boy” who enjoyed cooking Jamie Oliver recipes. Yet, during their teens, these two east ...
Lee Rigby trial: Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale found guilty of ...
MI5 claims and theatre drama - front pages
Lee Rigby killing: British-born pair convicted of murder
UPDATE 2-US senators make move toward more sanctions on Iran
(Adds Carney statement, reaction Democratic senators, background). By Patricia Zengerle and Timothy Gardner. WASHINGTON Dec 19 (Reuters) - Despite opposition from the Obama administration, 26 U.S. senators introduced legislation on Thursday to ...
26 senators defy Obama on Iran sanctions; White House threatens a veto
US senators make move toward more sanctions on Iran
White House clarifies stance on Iran sanctions
Africa Union Mediates South Sudan Fight as UN Base Attacked (1)
A United Nations base in South Sudan was attacked as African ministers visited the country to pursue a political solution to broadening conflict in the nation, which gained independence two years ago. South Sudan's government lost control of Bor, the capital ...
Violence Intensifies in South Sudan's Jonglei
Crisis in South Sudan deepens
Fears of civil war as violence spreads in South Sudan
Gay marriage ruled legal by New Mexico's high court
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's highest court has legalized same-sex marriage, declaring it is unconstitutional to deny a marriage license to gay and lesbian couples. The state Supreme Court issued its ruling Thursday. New Mexico joins 16 states and ...
New Mexico becomes 17th US state to back gay marriage
Gay marriage advocates win out in New Mexico; other state efforts more doubtful
New Mexico Lawmakers Applaud Marriage Equality Ruling
Los Angeles Times
Congress Is Warned Anew Not to Breach Debt Ceiling
New York Times
WASHINGTON — With its new budget deal, Congress has avoided one threat of another government shutdown. But unless Congress acts, the threat of a breach of the debt ceiling looms early next year, the Treasury Department warned in a letter to ...
Obama administration says US debt ceiling could be hit in February
Lew: Congress facing deadline to raise debt limit
Lew Says US Ability to Borrow May Run Out by Late February