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Yemeni president agrees to step down in 30 days
Publish Date : 4/23/2011 6:16:00 PM
  • SANAA, Yemen - Yemen's embattled president agreed Saturday to a proposal by Gulf Arab mediators to step down within 30 days and hand power to his deputy in exchange for immunity from prosecution, a major about-face for the autocratic leader who has ruled for 32 years.
  • A coalition of seven opposition parties said they also accepted the deal but with reservations.
  • Even if the differences are overcome, those parties do not speak for all of the hundreds of thousands of protesters seeking President Ali Abdullah Saleh's ouster, and signs were already emerging that a deal on those terms would not end confrontations in the streets.

Sony chairman credited with developing CDs dies
Publish Date : 4/23/2011 6:11:00 PM
  • TOKYO - As a young man, aspiring opera singer Norio Ohga wrote to Sony to complain about the quality of its tape recorders.
  • That move changed the course of his life, as the company promptly recruited the man whose love of music would shape the development of the compact disc and transform the Japanese electronics maker into a global software and entertainment empire.
  • Sony's president and chairman from 1982 to 1995, Ohga died Saturday in Tokyo of multiple organ failure, the company said.

Costly gasoline clouds Obama re-election prospects
Publish Date : 4/23/2011 5:53:00 PM
  • WASHINGTON - With gas prices climbing and little relief in sight, President Barack Obama is scrambling to get ahead of the latest potential obstacle to his re-election bid, even as Republicans are making plans to exploit the issue.
  • And he made the gas spike the subject of his weekly radio and Internet address Saturday.
  • "These gas prices are killing you right now," Obama said at Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto, acknowledging that many Americans can't afford new fuel-efficient cars and must drive older models..

Pacers beat Bulls 89-84 to avoid elimination
Publish Date : 4/23/2011 5:43:00 PM
  • INDIANAPOLIS - Danny Granger scored 24 points and the Indiana Pacers avoided elimination by holding off a furious rally to beat the Bulls 89-84 on Saturday afternoon for their first playoff win since 2006.
  • Chicago's fans traveled to Indiana by the thousands, planning to celebrate a first-round playoff victory at Conseco Fieldhouse.
  • The Pacers sent them home disappointed,

120 dead after 2 days of unrest in Syria
Publish Date : 4/23/2011 5:37:00 PM
  • BEIRUT - Syrian security forces fired on funeral processions that drew tens of thousands Saturday, one day after the bloodiest crackdown so far in the uprising against President Bashar Assad.
  • The resignations were a possible sign of cracks developing in the regime's base in a nation where nearly all opposition figures have been either jailed or exiled during the 40-year dynasty of the Assad family.
  • Ammar Qurabi, the head of Syria's National Organization for Human Rights, said 112 people were killed Friday and at least 11 on Saturday.

Your Phone, Yourself: When is tracking too much?
Publish Date : 4/23/2011 5:21:00 PM
  • After all, how smart is an iPhone or an Android if you can't use it to map your car trip or scan reviews of nearby restaurants?
  • The debate over digital privacy flamed higher this week with news that Apple Inc.'s popular iPhones and iPads store users' GPS coordinates for a year or more.
  • And both Apple and Google have said that the location data that they collect from the phones is anonymous and not able to be tied back to specific users.

Heavy fighting rages in Libyan city of Misrata
Publish Date : 4/23/2011 5:09:00 PM
  • TRIPOLI, Libya - Heavy fighting raged anew in Misrata and killed 24 people Saturday as Moammar Gadhafi's forces gave up more ground inside Libya's third-largest city.
  • Hundreds of people have been killed in rebel-held Misrata in a two-month government siege backed by tanks, mortars and snipers.
  • "Gadhafi forces are moving back," said Safi Eddin al-Montaser, a rebel spokesman in Misrata.

NYC board: Trump skipped primary voting 21 years
Publish Date : 4/23/2011 5:07:00 PM
  • NEW YORK - Donald Trump says he's considering running in the primary for the Republican presidential nomination, but the real estate mogul didn't vote in primary elections for more than two decades, according to the New York City Board of Elections.
  • The report on Trump's voting record initially appeared on TV station NY1 a day earlier.
  • Records also show Trump skipped the 2002 general election, when Republican incumbent Gov. George Pataki defeated Democrat H. Carl McCall, Vazquez said.

US default could be disastrous choice for economy
Publish Date : 4/23/2011 4:59:00 PM
  • WASHINGTON - The United States has never defaulted on its debt and Democrats and Republicans say they don't want it to happen now.
  • The government borrows mostly by selling bonds to individuals and governments, with a promise to pay back the amount of the bond in a certain time period and agreeing to pay regular interest on that bond in the meantime.
  • Among the first directly affected would likely be money-market funds holding government securities, banks that buy bonds directly from the Federal Reserve and resell them to consumers, including pension and mutual funds; and the foreign investor community, which holds nearly half of all Treasury securities.

Tornado cleanup starts quickly in St. Louis area
Publish Date : 4/23/2011 4:34:00 PM
  • ST. LOUIS - Debris from splintered homes covered the ground in neighborhoods around St. Louis, while topped trees and overturned cars littered lawns and driveways.
  • Amid such devastation, officials appeared awed that a tornado that roared through the area Friday night, striking the airport and several nearby suburbs, hadn't seriously injured anyone.
  • For that much damage to be done and no one lost their life, it is simply a blessing," said Charlie Dooley, St. Louis County's executive.