Thursday, March 15, 2012

ISU Grand Prix Final Results

BEIJING (AP) — Results Saturday from the ISU Grand Prix Final:

Free Skate

1. Patrick Chan, Canada, 174.16 points.

2. Takahiko Kozuka, Japan, 159.89.

3. Nobunari Oda, Japan, 156.22.

4. Tomas Verner, Czech Republic, 148.27.

5. Florent Amodio, France, 140.26.

6. Daisuke Takahashi, Japan, 137.20.

Final Standings

1. Patrick Chan, Canada, 259.75 points.

2. Nobunari Oda, Japan, 242.81.

3. Takahiko Kozuka, Japan, 237.79.

4. Daisuke Takahashi, Japan, 219.77.

5. Tomas Verner, Czech Republic, …

FACT CHECK: Obama and the 'hatchet' job

President Barack Obama, who once considered government spending freezes a hatchet job, told Americans on Wednesday it's now part of his solution to the exploding deficit. He didn't explain what had changed.

His State of the Union speech skipped over a variety of complex realities in laying out a "commonsense" call to action.

A look at some of his claims and how they compare with the facts:

OBAMA: "Starting in 2011, we are prepared to freeze government spending for three years. Spending related to our national security, Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security will not be affected. But all other discretionary government programs …

Croatia's president to be buried today

ZAGREB, Croatia Workers put the finishing touches Sunday on FranjoTudjman's massive black granite tombstone as Croats mourned the manbest remembered for steering his country to independence fromYugoslavia.

Tudjman, Croatia's first president, died Friday in a Zagreb clinicafter a six-week battle with what was described as an abdominalillness. The 77-year-old leader had been rumored to be suffering fromstomach cancer since 1996.

He was to be buried today at the main cemetery in Zagreb. Hisgrave will dominate an area dedicated to distinguished Croatianhistoric figures.

Tudjman's legacy is controversial. While most Croats praise himfor leading the battle for …

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Treasurys rise, ending strongest quarter since '08

Treasury prices rose Friday, ending a quarter of extraordinarily strong demand for U.S. government debt securities.

The yield on the 10-year note was 1.91 percent at 3:30 p.m., versus 1.98 percent late Thursday. Its price rose 69 cents per $100 invested.

The yield, which is used to set interest rates on mortgage and other kinds of loans, plunged to a record low of 1.71 percent this month as investors piled money into lower-risk investments. At the beginning of the quarter the yield was much higher, 3.17 percent.

The yield on the 30-year bond fell to 2.90 percent from 3.02 percent late Thursday. …

Sri Lanka: 8 rebels killed in fighting

Sri Lankan soldiers Monday killed eight Tamil Tiger rebels during a clash over control of a reservoir in the island's restive north, the military said.

The fighting resulted in troops capturing part of the Thannimurippukulam dam in northern Welioya region, the military said in a statement. It did not give details of any casualties suffered by the soldiers.

The fighting came a day after 12 Tamil separatists were killed along the front lines dividing government territory from the rebels de facto state in northern Sri Lanka, the military said.

Military spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara said four rebels died in clashes Sunday in the Kilinochchi …

Officials always fear another bad fire season

Just over a month into the spring fire season, more than 200blazes have ravaged 5,130 acres of West Virginia forestland.

So far it's a typical season for the state Division of Forestry,but each spring and fall officials live in fear that history willrepeat itself.

"It'll happen again eventually," warns Kevin Arnold, regionalforester for the southwestern area of West Virginia.

It's been nearly 19 years since one of the worst fire seasonsever to hit the state. More than 350,000 acres burned in the fall of1991.

"We had the sun blocked out for about a week in Charleston thesmoke was so bad," recalled Arnold, who worked as a state foresterat the …

2 Ex-Enron Executives Sentenced

HOUSTON - Two former Enron executives whose cooperation with prosecutors helped bring convictions for the architects of the biggest scandal in U.S. corporate history received sharply reduced sentences Friday.

Michael Kopper, once the top lieutenant to former Enron chief financial officer Andrew Fastow was sentenced to three years and one month in prison. An hour later, Mark Koenig, the company's former investor relations chief, received an 18-month sentence.

Prosecutors had asked U.S. District Judge Ewing Werlein Jr. to sharply cut the sentences for Kopper and Koenig because of their cooperation.

Kopper, 41, was the first former Enron executive to plead guilty to …