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Widows: Railroad knew of defect before veterans killed

Betsy Blaney, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 26th - 9:30am

Intensive care nurse Angie Boivin had just tended to a woman whose leg was severed near the hip when she saw her husband Larry lying nearby under an American flag blanket. She says that she was with him when he took his last breath.

Greek pensioners take to streets ahead of expected cuts

Derek Gatopoulos, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 26th - 8:30am

More than 2,000 pensioners chanting "We can't live on 300 euros" marched through central Athens Thursday to protest plans by the country's left-wing government to overhaul the pension system.

Projects stall after feds allow fish farming in open ocean

Julie Watson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 26th - 8:30am

Some 90 percent of seafood consumed by Americans is imported — a fact that the Obama administration vowed to start turning around by expanding fish and shellfish farms into federal waters.

Malia Obama navigating college decision-making process

Darlene Superville, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 26th - 8:12am

Michelle Obama's message for high school seniors fretting about their college prospects is simple.

South Africa moves closer to legal trade in rhino horns

Christopher Torchia, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 26th - 8:01am

A South African court on Thursday opened the way to allowing local trade in rhino horns, alarming some conservationists who warned the ruling leaves rhinos even more vulnerable to poachers who are slaughtering them in record numbers.

Turing reneges on drug price cut, rival's version sells well

Linda A. Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 26th - 6:50am

After weeks of criticism from patients, doctors and other drugmakers for hiking a life-saving medicine's price more than fifty-fold, Turing Pharmaceuticals is reneging on its pledge to cut the $750-per-pill price.

South Korea: VW rigged emissions in 125,000 diesel vehicles

Youkyung Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 26th - 5:40am

South Korea said Thursday it fined Volkswagen $12.3 million and ordered recalls of 125,522 diesel vehicles after the government found their emissions tests were rigged.

Russia strikes back at Turkey with economic sanctions

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 26th - 9:50am

Russia plans to retaliate against Turkey for the downing of a warplane by imposing sanctions, cutting economic ties and scrapping major investment projects.

Number of child brides to soar in Africa, say rights groups

Lynsey Chutel, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 26th - 9:50am

The 14-year-old girl had just arrived home from school when her family told her to swap her school uniform for traditional wedding robes. While she had been sitting in her 7th grade classroom in South Africa, her male relatives had received a $570 bride price for her from a man she'd never met who was twice her age.

Forecast lowered for air travel on slower China growth

Josh Boak, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 26th - 9:40am

A weaker global economy — and a slowdown in China — will likely dampen some of the growth in air travel over the next two decades.

'Food Freedom' bill would free some farms from safety rules

Michelle L. Price, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 26th - 9:40am

Supporters of a measure that would exempt some small-time farmers and ranchers from food safety rules are pointing to a small Utah farm blocked by state regulators from selling turkeys this Thanksgiving as an example of regulations they see as burdensome.

Study: Skin care drug prices up 401 percent since 2009

Josh Boak, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 26th - 9:10am

The cost of prescription skin treatments has skyrocketed since 2009, as the burden of escalating drug prices increasingly weighs on family budgets.

Thai poultry producers accused of labor abuses

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 26th - 9:10am

Poultry exported to Europe from factories in Thailand is sometimes prepared in conditions that violate labor rights, two Scandinavian groups promoting corporate responsibility charged Thursday. The claim comes as Thailand's seafood industry is reeling from allegations that its products are tainted by major labor abuses, including slavery on fishing boats.

Thanksgiving Day shopping provokes strong feelings

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 26th - 8:50am

Shoppers no longer have to wait until Black Friday to cruise store aisles for holiday deals.

Connecticut family-owned farm to celebrate 275 years

Stephen Singer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 26th - 8:01am

Through wars, financial panics and a freeze that destroyed its peach crop a century ago, eight generations of the Lyman family have sustained its farm in the hills of central Connecticut.

Official: College's enrollment drop due to stronger economy

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 26th - 7:51am

Enrollment at a community college in northwestern Ohio has fallen to less than half what it was in 2009.

New Polish defense minister casts doubt on purchase plans

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 26th - 7:30am

Poland's new defense minister says the country may back out of plans to purchase French military helicopters and a U.S. Patriot missile system.

Official: Nigerian president to decide on $5.2B MTN fine

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 26th - 4:00am

A Nigerian government spokesman says President Muhammadu Buhari will make the final decision on whether to lower the gigantic $5.2 billion fine meted out to African telecommunications giant MTN.

Global stocks rise on expectations for Europe stimulus

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 26th - 3:50am

There's no trading on U.S. markets today because of the Thanksgiving holiday and only a short session tomorrow, but international stock markets were mostly higher on expectations for additional European Central Bank stimulus. Jitters about tensions between Russia and Turkey have begun to fade.

Japan announces $10.6 billion in climate financing for 2020

Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 26th - 3:20am

Gearing up for global warming talks in Paris next week, Japan said Thursday it plans to provide 1.3 trillion yen ($10.6 billion) in climate financing a year for developing countries from 2020, including public and private funds.