• Iran says plane at airport leased to Ghana after U.S.-flagged plane sighting

    Iran says that a plane which landed in Tehran airport flying the American flag was leased to Ghana's presidential office and carrying a business delegation from the West African nation. The New York Times reported on Thursday that a plane owned by the Bank of Utah was parked in Mehrabad Airport in…

    • Soccer-I'd have more recognition if I wasn't African, says Toure

      Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure, one of six nominees for the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) player of the year award, says he would have more global recognition if he was not from Africa. The talismanic Ivory Coast international believes he and Africans like compatriot Didier…

      • U.S. barbecues grow pricier as beef, pork reach record highs

        With the Chicago weather finally getting a little nicer, Chris Anderssen wanted to grill some burgers outside for a group of family and friends. When she got to the meat aisle at her local Jewel-Osco supermarket, a case of sticker shock made her change the menu: extra lean ground beef was $4.99 a…

        • Air strike kills 13 suspected militants in central Yemen: sources

          By Mohamed Ghobari SANAA (Reuters) - An air strike killed 13 suspected al Qaeda militants in the central Yemeni province of al-Bayda on Saturday, security and tribal sources said. "An air strike targeted cars that suspected al Qaeda militants were in and killed 13 of them in the Sawma'a area of…

          • The new Alfa Romeo is a beauty, but it needs more than good looks

            Rick Newman of Yahoo Finance and Justin Hyde of Yahoo Autos discuss the Alfa Romeo 4C sports car, coming soon to U.S. roads.

            Daily Ticker
            • The Canadian Press
              • Lululemon yoga pants lawsuits in U.S. win final dismissals

                By Nate Raymond and Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. judge has issued final dismissals of lawsuits accusing Lululemon Athletica Inc and various company officials of defrauding shareholders by concealing defects in yoga pants. U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest in Manhattan had on…

                • NATO to send ships to Baltic to bolster defense of eastern European allies

                  By Adrian Croft BRUSSELS (Reuters) - NATO is sending part of its naval rapid reaction force to the Baltic Sea as part of a drive to step up the defense of eastern European allies in response to the crisis in Ukraine, the military alliance said on Thursday. Separately, Canada said it had offered six…

                  • Retailer Michaels Stores confirms payment card data breach

                    (Reuters) - Michaels Stores Inc, the biggest U.S. arts and crafts retailer, on Thursday confirmed that there was a security breach at certain systems that process payment cards at its U.S. stores and that of its unit, Aaron Brothers. The company said in January that it was working with federal law…

                    • The Verse Heard Round the World

                      Emerson's patriotic poetry did more than capture the spirit of Lexington. It inspired generations to come.

                      The Wall Street Journal
                      • U.S. appeals court rejects latest challenge to Wisconsin union law

                        By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Friday rejected the latest challenge to a Wisconsin law that restricts the power of public-sector unions. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago ruled against public employee unions that represent workers for the city of…

                        • Industry Tries to Survive Summer Concert Season Without Superstars

                          For the first time since 2007, U2, Madonna and the Rolling Stones are all sitting out touring the U.S., and with Bon Jovi and Taylor Swift also off the road, the concert business will have to get by t[...]

                          Rolling Stone
                          • France denies veto threat looms over Western Sahara negotiations

                            By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - France's U.N. envoy on Friday vehemently denied threatening to use its Security Council veto power to block any proposals to have U.N. peacekeepers in Western Sahara monitor the human rights situation in the disputed North African territory. The…

                            • Hotel magnate pleads guilty to U.S. campaign contribution scheme

                              By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - A prominent hotel executive in New York pleaded guilty on Thursday to conspiring to make $188,000 of illegal campaign contributions to three U.S. candidates via straw donors. Sant Singh Chatwal, chairman of Hampshire Hotels Management, pleaded guilty in federal…

                              • Exclusive: Biogen prices hemophilia drug on par with older therapies

                                Biogen Idec Inc is pricing its newly approved long-acting hemophilia drug, Alprolix, to cost U.S. patients, and insurers, about the same per year as older, less convenient therapies whose price can reach about $300,000 annually. The move could pressure rivals such as Pfizer Inc to lower prices for…

                                • Charges Are Said to Be Near Over Kickbacks in Exports of Luxury Cars to China

                                  A dealership fired or suspended a half-dozen executives two weeks ago after an internal inquiry, a person close to the investigation said.

                                  The New York Times
                                  • U.S. special forces struggle with record suicides: admiral

                                    By Warren Strobel TAMPA, Florida (Reuters) - Suicides among U.S. special operations forces, including elite Navy SEALs and Army Rangers, are at record levels, a U.S. military official said on Thursday, citing the effects of more than a decade of "hard combat." The number of special operations…

                                    • Ford, IBM to face renewed U.S. lawsuit over apartheid-era abuses

                                      By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co and IBM Corp will again have to face a U.S. lawsuit claiming they encouraged race-based human rights abuses in apartheid-era South Africa, despite a series of recent court decisions limiting the right to pursue such cases. Reviving a…

                                      • How Rwanda's Paul Kagame Exploits U.S. Guilt

                                        Washington stood by during a shocking genocide 20 years ago. But today, its remorse is making it complicit in repression by an autocrat.

                                        The Wall Street Journal
                                        • Ukraine agreement built on fragile foundations

                                          By Arshad Mohammed and Tom Miles WASHINGTON/GENEVA (Reuters) - The agreement designed to pull Ukraine back from the brink of civil war had been floundering around lunchtime on Thursday, so U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russia's Sergei Lavrov, a smoker, stepped outside for a private word in…