New Albanian PM vows less reliance on remittances

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania’s new Socialist prime minister is promising to make his country less reliant on remittances from migrant workers by creating 300,000 jobs at home. Prime Minister Edi Rama formally presented his policies Wednesday to…

Vivendi: break up of France’s media giant studied

PARIS (AP) — Vivendi says it is considering a plan to break off its French mobile telecommunications business from the rest of its music, television and film operations. The owner of Universal Music record producer and Canal Plus…

Priest gives used car to pope, who wants to drive

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis now has his own mini popemobile after getting a good deal on a used car that he plans to drive himself. Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Ciro Benedettini, says Francis accepted the 1984…

Chile marks 40th anniversary of Pinochet’s coup

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — President Sebastian Pinera marked the 40th anniversary of the military coup that overthrew Salvador Allende saying Wednesday that Chileans must heal from — but never forget — the events of Sept. 11, 1973, that…

10 Back To School Safety Tips

Now that school is back in session, stress abounds. Ed Samane offers tips every child should know to ease parents’ worries as they send their children off to school each day.

EU to abolish roaming costs, streamline telecoms

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is seeking to abolish mobile phone roaming charges across the 28-nation zone while streamlining its telecoms sector and boosting investment in new high-speed networks. The head of the bloc’s executive arm, Commission…
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Recent Kansas law eyed to help prison population

Kansas Corrections Secretary Ray Roberts says recent changes in post-release supervision of convicted offenders should help control growth in the state's prison population before more beds are needed.…

UK princes turn traders for Sept 11 charity day

LONDON (AP) — British princes William and Harry have turned temporary stock traders, participating in a charity event to honor victims of the Sept. 11 terror attacks. Assisted by professional traders, the royals took to the phones for…

Oil in Quebec train disaster was mislabeled

TORONTO (AP) — The oil carried by a freight train that derailed and exploded in Quebec this year had been misclassified as a less dangerous type of crude, Canadian officials said Wednesday, and they urged U.S. and Canadian…

Senior Myanmar monks clamp down on activist monks

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A directive by Myanmar’s senior Buddhist leaders prohibiting the clergy from organizing their own associations has set up a collision with activist monks, including the popular head of a nationalistic movement who preaches against…

Mercedes offers luxury S-Class hybrid

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz is offering a hybrid version of its flagship S-Class luxury sedan that can drive emissions-free — and still provide the kind of pampering and power the pricey brand’s wealthy customers expect.…

Iraq officials say blasts at Shiite mosque kill 35

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi authorities say a car bomb has exploded near a Shiite mosque in northern Baghdad, killing at least 15 in the latest deadly attack to strike the country. Police officials said the explosion hit Wednesday…