Thursday, Dec. 31

Today is Thursday, Dec. 31, the 365th and final day of 2009. Highlights in history on this date: 1494 - Forces of France's King Charles VIII enter Rome. 1526 - Croat nobility chooses Habsburg rule and Croatia...

US pastor accused of student visa conspiracy, 1st Ld-Writethru, US

SANTA ANA, California (AP) — A California pastor has been accused by immigration authorities of helping foreigners fraudulently obtain student visas and handing out phony diplomas at a fake graduation ceremony on a campus...

Louisiana rice may rival Thai jasmine grain in US, 2nd Ld-Writethru, US

NEW ORLEANS — The U.S. rice industry is making way for Jazzman. It's a new variety of aromatic rice developed at Louisiana State University and being sold under several folksy-sounding labels — and it could...

Report: Weapons flight heading to Iran

BRUSSELS (AP) — The flight plan for an aircraft seized in Thailand with a load of illicit North Korean arms and ammunition shows that the mysterious plane was headed to Iran, a new report...

Calif. pastor accused of student visa conspiracy

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California pastor has been accused by immigration authorities of helping foreigners fraudulently obtain student visas and handing out phony diplomas at a fake graduation ceremony on a...

Indian super-compact car market overtakes Japan, AS

MUMBAI, India (AP) — India is emerging a leader in small cars as declining sales in Western markets coupled with robust growth in Asia redraws the global map of the auto industry faster than...

Indian super-compact car market overtakes Japan, 1st Ld-Writethru, AS

MUMBAI, India (AP) — India has emerged the leader in small cars, overtaking Japan, as declining sales in Western markets coupled with robust growth in Asia redraws the global map of the auto industry...

AP Interview: Rice says NKorea is feeling pressure, 1st Ld-Writethru, UN

NITED NATIONS (AP) — Tough U.N. sanctions are putting pressure on North Korea to halt its nuclear program, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said Tuesday. Susan Rice said in an interview with The...

A-Power to develop biomass plant in Thailand

NEW YORK (AP) — A-Power Energy Generation Systems Ltd. said Tuesday that it has signed a deal worth $86 million with Thailand's Biomass Electricity Co. Ltd. to develop a 150-megawatt biomass power plant in...

Corporate dealmaking hopes boost world markets, 5th Ld-Writethru

LONDON (AP) — European and U.S. stock markets rose sharply Monday after a batch of corporate deals stoked hopes of further mergers and acquisitions in the new year. In Europe, the FTSE 100 index of...

Corporate dealmaking hopes boosts world markets, 4th Ld-Writethru

LONDON (AP) — European and U.S. stock markets rose sharply Monday after a batch of corporate deals stoked hopes of further mergers and acquisitions in the new year. In Europe, the FTSE 100 index of...

Top destination lists for travel at year’s end, US

NEW YORK (AP) — Here are some top destination lists for travel as 2009 ends and 2010 begins. Lonely Planet's U.S. staff's top picks for 2010: U.S., Canada, South Africa, Mexico, Thailand, Cuba, Italy, Philippines,...

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2010

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — If you're looking for inspiration for a trip in the new year, Lonely Planet's "Best in Travel 2010" offers trends, destinations and experiences around the world. The travel guidebook's top 10...

US committed to women’s equality treaty, UN

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — On the 30th anniversary of a landmark treaty to end discrimination against women, the United States said Friday it is committed to ratifying the convention and called for stepped up...

European markets push higher ahead of US open

LONDON (AP) — European stock markets and Wall Street futures rose Monday amid hopes that the recent bout of selling may have run its course. However, bigger gains are not anticipated over the coming...

Asian stocks mostly lower in sluggish trade

HONG KONG (AP) — Asian stocks were mostly lower Monday in dwindling year-end trade, but Japan's market rose modestly amid hopes a pickup in trade could help the world's second-biggest economy avoid another recession. A...

European markets up ahead of expected US advance, 2nd Ld-Writethru

LONDON (AP) — European stock markets rose modestly Monday in the wake of a late rally on Wall Street last week but trading volumes were low as traders shut up shop for the Christmas...

Asian stocks mixed in sluggish trade; Europe rises, 1st Ld-Writethru

HONG KONG (AP) — Asian stocks were mixed Monday in dwindling year-end trade, with Japan's market rising modestly amid hopes a pickup in regional trade could help the world's second-biggest economy avoid another recession....

Asian stocks mixed in sluggish trade; Europe rises

HONG KONG (AP) — Asian stocks were mixed Monday in dwindling year-end trade, with Japan's market rising modestly amid hopes a pickup in regional trade could help the world's second-biggest economy avoid another recession....

European markets up ahead of expected US advance

LONDON (AP) — European stock markets rose modestly Monday in the wake of a late rally on Wall Street last week but trading volumes were low as traders shut up shop for the Christmas...