Over 80 injured in partial London theater collapse
LONDON (AP) — The ceiling of a London theater partially collapsed Thursday night, showering a packed audience with heaps of plaster, wood and dust. More than 80 people were injured — at least seven seriously — and several trapped theater-goers had to be rescued, authorities said.
Report: Fired nuke general misbehaved in Russia
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Air Force general who was fired from his post as head of U.S. land-based nuclear missile forces engaged in "inappropriate behavior" while on official business in Russia last summer, including heavy drinking and associating with "suspect" women, according to an investigation report released Thursday.
After 10 years in jail, Khodorkovsky eyes freedom
MOSCOW (AP) — It was arguably Russian President Vladimir Putin's biggest political decision of the year — the announcement that imprisoned tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky will be pardoned. Here's a look at Khodorkovsky, the implications of his imprisonment and his impending release:
NSA debate shifts in favor of surveillance limits
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a sharp and unexpected shift, the national debate over U.S. government surveillance seems to be turning in favor of reining in the National Security Agency's expansive spying powers at home and abroad.
A mistreated maid? Or a profound insult?
NEW DELHI (AP) — In New York, it looked like a straightforward case: an obscure young diplomat at the Indian consulate was accused of lying on visa forms so she could bring her maid to the U.S., paying her less than $3 an hour. The diplomat was arrested, processed through the legal system like anyone else and quickly freed on bail.
Obama commutes sentences for 8 drug convictions
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Thursday commuted the sentences of eight people he said were serving unduly harsh drug sentences in the most expansive use yet of his power to free inmates.
Pa. pastor defrocked after performing gay wedding
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The United Methodist church defrocked a pastor from central Pennsylvania on Thursday for violating doctrine by officiating his son's gay marriage, leaving the minister shocked and upset that he could be punished for an "act of love."
'Duck Dynasty' fans react to Robertson's hiatus
LOS ANGELES (AP) — When the A&E network suspended "Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson for disparaging gay people, it may have followed a time-honored TV tradition of quickly silencing a star who, for better or worse, speaks his mind. But in doing so it also ruffled the feathers of possibly millions of fans of its most popular show.
Figure skating champ Boitano says he's gay
Olympic figure skating champion Brian Boitano came out Thursday, two days after he was named to the U.S. delegation for Sochi along with openly gay athletes Billie Jean King and Caitlin Cahow.