Thursday, 7:55 PM
By Jack Kim and David Chance SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea has executed the powerful uncle of young leader Kim Jong Un, state media said on Friday, the biggest upheaval in years as the ruling dynasty sought to distance itself from responsibility for the isolated states's dire living standards. Jang Song Thaek, considered the second most powerful man in the secretive North, was killed just days ahead of the second anniversary of the death of Kim Jong Il, the father of North Korea's current ruler. The execution coincided with Kim Jong Un - the third Kim to rule North Korea - suddenly being portrayed in state media as the image of his father rather than his grandfather, Kim Il Sung, who is still revered as the founder of the nation. Kim Jong Il was blamed by some for the 1990s famine that killed a million people.
Thursday, 4:28 PM
By Louis Charbonneau and Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Chemical weapons were likely used in five out of seven attacks investigated by U.N. experts in Syria, where a 2 1/2-year civil war has killed more than 100,000 people, according to the final report of a U.N. inquiry published on Thursday. U.N. investigators said the deadly nerve agent sarin was likely used in four incidents, in one case on a large scale. "The United Nations Mission concludes that chemical weapons have been used in the ongoing conflict between the parties in the Syrian Arab Republic," the final report by chief U.N. investigator Ake Sellstrom said. Syria's U.N. Ambassador Bashar Ja'afari and the opposition Syrian National Coalition did immediately comment on the 82-page report.
Thursday, 6:00 PM
Fifteen people on their way to a wedding in Yemen were killed in an air strike after their party was mistaken for an al Qaeda convoy, local security officials said on Thursday. "An air strike missed its target and hit a wedding car convoy, ten people were killed immediately and another five who were injured died after being admitted to the hospital," one security official said. A U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, acknowledged media reports about members of a wedding party getting killed in a counterterrorism strike. The United States has stepped up drone strikes as part of a campaign against Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), regarded by Washington as the most active wing of the militant network.... read more
Thursday, 9:01 PM
Today is Friday, Dec. 13, the 347th day of 2013. There are 18 days left in the year.... read more
Thursday, 6:51 PM
By David Lawder and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A breakthrough budget deal that avoids a government shutdown in January and blunts automatic spending cuts easily won passage in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday, laying the groundwork for two years free of funding crises. The 332-94 bipartisan vote sends the measure to the Senate, which is expected to pass it next week despite the objections of conservative political groups that say it violates their core goal of cutting government spending. The deal sets spending levels for two years, a significant break from the recent pattern of short-term funding bills that require extension every few months, always under the threat of a government shutdown like the 16 day closure in October. It follows three years of bitter partisan warfare over spending, taxes and President Barack Obama's healthcare law that twice brought the nation to the brink of defaulting on its obligations.
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(Reuters) - San Diego shocked Peyton Manning's Broncos with a 27-20 win in Denver on Thursday, breathing new life into the Chargers' playoff hopes and throwing the AFC West title race wide open. The Broncos (11-3) have already clinched a place in the postseason but have now given Kansas City (10-3) a chance to snatch the division title from their grasp. The Chargers (7-7) trail Baltimore (7-6) and Miami (7-6) in the chase for the last wildcard spot. "This win says a lot about the coaches and the players, how hard they've worked to get to this point," Chargers rookie head coach and former Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy said.
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MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) â After lying to family, friends and police about what happened to her new husband when he disappeared in July, a Montana woman finally came clean to a federal judge in a surprising end to her murder trial.
Thursday, 9:01 PM
Today is Friday, Dec. 13, the 347th day of 2013. There are 18 days left in the year... read more
Thursday, 8:54 PM
LOS ANGELES (AP) â The parent company of the Orange County Register plans to expand with a daily paper in Los Angeles, looking to further stretch its regional reach to nearly all of Southern California... read more
Thursday, 9:16 PM
MEXICO CITY (AP) â Mexico's sweeping away of seven decades of nationalist protections and letting foreign companies back into its oil fields is crucial to bringing the expertise and money needed to rejuvenate its sclerotic energy industry, supporters say.
Thursday, 8:54 PM
LOS ANGELES (AP) â The parent company of the Orange County Register plans to expand with a daily paper in Los Angeles, looking to further stretch its regional reach to nearly all of Southern California.... read more
Thursday, 8:29 PM
SEATTLE (AP) â Boeing on Thursday presented what it called a final counterproposal to the Machinists union in negotiations to keep much of the work on a new 777X jet in the Puget Sound region. Union leaders rejected it, saying "the price was too high."... read more
Thursday, 9:28 PM
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) - Public health officials in California said on Thursday they had sought permission from the federal government to use a vaccine not approved for use in the United States against an outbreak of meningococcal disease among students in a public university. The outbreak, which resulted in a student at the University of California, Santa Barbara, having his feet amputated, is similar to one that has stricken eight students at Princeton University in New Jersey, where students began receiving the European and Australian vaccine this week.... read more
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(Reuters) - The modest U.S. budget deal approved in the U.S. House of Representatives Thursday gives both Democrats and Republicans something to brag about. Democrats can say they found relief from forced spending cuts on education and other domestic spending programs, while avoiding major changes to Medicare and Social Security benefits for the elderly. But airline travelers, newly hired federal employees and some military retirees would lose out in the agreement to be presented to Congress for approval in the next two weeks. Here are the major components of the tentative agreement negotiated by Republican Representative Paul Ryan and Democratic Senator Patty Murray: AUTOMATIC "SEQUESTER" SPENDING CUTS It blunts the effect of the already enacted across-the-board cuts by allowing spending on federal agencies and discretionary programs to rise by $63 billion over scheduled levels - $45 billion in fiscal 2014, which began on October 1, and $18 billion in fiscal 2015.... read more