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Marc Rich, legendary commodities trader, dies

LONDON (Reuters) – Marc Rich, commodities trader and founder of the group that became Glencore Xstrata (GLEN.L ), has died, the head of the Marc Rich Foundation, Avner Azulay, said on Wednesday. “Marc Rich passed away this morning at his home in Lucerne. He wi... More »

Rain likely all day; storms possible

Rain will remain likely all day today, with possible storms rolling through the Evansville area later, according to the current National Weather Service forecast. As of 6 a.m. the weather service is calling for a 100 percent chance of precipitation today for E... More »

Here’s the complete list of Oscar nominations

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Here is the complete list of the 85th Annual Academy Award nominations announced Thursday: 1. Best Picture: “Amour,” “Argo,” “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” “Django Unchained,” “Les Miserables,” “Life of Pi,” “Lincoln,” “Silver Linings P... More »

Corydon man indicted for possessing child pornography

A Henderson County grand jury on Wednesday indicted a local man accused of possessing more than 5,000 images of child pornography. John W. Smith, 47, Corydon, was indicted on five counts of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor, which... More »


National Cathedral to perform same-sex weddings

WASHINGTON — The Washington National Cathedral, where the nation gathers to mourn tragedies and celebrate new presidents, will soon begin performing same-sex marriages. Cathedral officials tell The Associated Press the church will be among the first Episcopal ... More »

UPDATE: Ferry strikes NYC dock; 11 seriously injured

NEW YORK — Authorities say a ferry crash in New York City left 11 people with serious injuries, including one who suffered a severe head wound falling down a stairwell. There were about 330 passengers and crew members on the Seastreak Wall Street when it hit a... More »

About a shot a second on 1st 911 theater call

CENTENNIAL, Colo. — The magnitude of the Colorado theater shooting could be heard in the first 911 call to police. The call was played Tuesday in court during a hearing laying out the prosecution’s case against suspected gunman James Holmes. The call lasted 27... More »

Lottery winner’s cyanide death being investigated

CHICAGO — Urooj Khan had returned to Chicago from the hajj pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia inspired to lead a better life and had sworn off buying lottery tickets — except just this once. To his astonishment, the scratch-off ticket was a $1 million winner. But just... More »


Afghan soldier kills British soldier, wounds 6

KABUL, Afghanistan — An Afghan soldier turned his weapon against foreign and Afghan troops in a southern province, killing one British soldier, another attack by a member of Afghanistan’s military against its foreign allies, officials said Tuesday. The Taliban... More »

‘California’s Gold’ host Huell Howser dies at 67

LOS ANGELES — Huell Howser, the homespun host of public television’s popular “California’s Gold” travelogues, has died at age 67. Howser died at his home Sunday night from natural causes, said Ayn Allen, corporate communications manager for KCET. No other deta... More »

Former McDonald’s CEO Fred Turner dies at 80

NEW YORK — A former McDonald’s CEO who helped expand the fast-food chain’s global footprint and spearheaded the creation of “Hamburger University” died Thursday after suffering complications from pneumonia, the company said. He was 80 years old. During Fred L.... More »

One lane of northbound Twin Bridge to be closed this afternoon

HENDERSON, Ky. — One lane of the northbound U.S. 41 Twin Bridges will be closed starting at about noon today, according to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. The lane closure is to allow required electrical work on navigational lighting. Northbound motorists... More »

Son of U.S. Sen. Rand Paul arrested at North Carolina airport

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Police say U.S. Sen. Rand Paul‘s son was arrested after a flight from Kentucky to North Carolina. The Charlotte Observer reports that 19-year-old William Hilton Paul was arrested Saturday morning at Charlotte Douglas International Airport and... More »

Police: Two arrested in Sunday night robbery

EVANSVILLE — Evansville police arrested two people in connection with a reported robbery late Sunday night. According to an Evansville Police Department affidavit, the 19-year-old victim told police that a group of people robbed him at gunpoint while he was wa... More »


Army Corps tamps down barge worries on Mississippi

ST. LOUIS — Federal officials say they’re confident that they’ll be able to keep a crucial stretch of the drought-starved Mississippi River open to barge traffic and avoid a shipping shutdown that the industry fears is imminent. The Army Corps of Engineers say... More »


Syria to experience ‘hell’ before transition

Whether Assad chooses “hell” or a democratic transition for his country, Syria’s fate will likely be decided in 2013. Rebels smell victory. Yet opposition forces should be working now to avoid a second hell thereafter. At an Arab League meeting in Cairo this p... More »

Plan for NYC Ferris wheel rolls on, despite Sandy

NEW YORK — As the city grapples with rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy, developers are pressing ahead with plans for an ambitious addition to the shoreline of storm-torn Staten Island: the world’s largest Ferris wheel. Sandy’s flooding spurred some changes to ... More »


Boehner promises vote on storm aid by Jan. 15

WASHINGTON — A New York lawmaker says House Speaker John Boehner has promised votes to aid victims of Superstorm Sandy by Jan. 15. Republican Rep. Peter King says the speaker will schedule a vote Friday for $9 billion in flood insurance and another on Jan. 15 ... More »


Ivory Coast stampede survivors blame barricades

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast — Survivors of a stampede in Ivory Coast that killed 61 people, most of them children and teenagers, after a New Year’s Eve fireworks display said Wednesday that barricades stopped them from moving along a main boulevard, causing the crush... More »

Kentucky coal mine fatalities down by half in 2012

FRANKFORT, Ky. — The number of coal miners killed on the job in Kentucky fell to four in 2012, down from eight the previous year when the state led the nation in fatalities. Kentucky Coal Association President Bill Bissett said Monday the industry is making pr... More »

Son of LA Clippers owner found dead in Malibu

MALIBU, Calif. — The son of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling was found dead of an apparent drug overdose at his Malibu home, authorities said Wednesday. The body of Scott Ashley Sterling, 32, was found shortly after 11:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 22600-bl... More »


Obama remarks on ‘fiscal cliff’ legislation

President Barack Obama‘s remarks on the “fiscal cliff” legislation passed Tuesday by the House, as provided by the White House: ___ Happy New Year, everybody. A central promise of my campaign for president was to change the tax code that was too skewed towards... More »


Dozens killed, wounded in airstrike near Damascus

BEIRUT — Activists say dozens of people have been killed or wounded in an air raid on a gas station near the capital Damascus. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Local Coordination Committees say the airstrike occurred Wednesday in t... More »


Kentucky coal Mine fatalities down by half in 2012

FRANKFORT, Ky. — The number of coal miners killed on the job in Kentucky fell to four in 2012, down from eight the previous year when the state led the nation in fatalities. Kentucky Coal Association President Bill Bissett said Monday the industry is making pr... More »