Government and politics
WASHINGTON - WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story Nov. 19 about Billy Joel receiving the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, The Associated Press reported erroneously the spelling of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor's first name. The spelling is Sonia, not Sonya.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Library honouring Billy Joel with pop music prize
Library of Congress honours Billy Joel in DC concert with Gershwin Prize for Popular Song
By BRETT ZONGKER
STOCKHOLM - A Swedish appeals court upheld the detention order on Julian Assange on Thursday, dismissing a challenge by the WikiLeaks founder who is wanted by prosecutors in an investigation of alleged sex crimes.
Confirming a ruling by a lower court, the Svea appeals court said there is no reason to lift the detention order just because it can't be enforced at the moment. Assange has avoided being extradited to Sweden by taking shelter in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London since 2012.
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa called an early election Thursday to seek a third term in office amid growing criticism of his wide-ranging powers.
The move, two years before his current term expires, is seen as an attempt by Rajapaksa toprevent an expected loss of public support if an election were held according toschedule.
BEIJING, China - Six nurses and a janitor were killed Thursday in a knife attack blamed on another employee at a military hospital and resort in a northeastern coastal town favoured by the country's Communist Party elite, police said.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama said Wednesday he will sidestep Congress and unveil administrative actions on immigration, measures that could spare from deportation as many as 5 million people illegally in the U.S. and set up one the most pitched partisan confrontations of his presidency.
WASHINGTON - Years before Edward Snowden sparked a public outcry with the disclosure that the National Security Agency had been secretly collecting American telephone records, some NSA executives voiced strong objections to the program, current and former intelligence officials say. The program exceeded the agency's mandate to focus on foreign spying and would do little to stop terror plots, the executives argued.
JERUSALEM - Streets are subdued, marketplaces are quiet and people are on edge in Jewish areas of Jerusalem, where Arabs have been using meat cleavers, guns, screwdrivers and even their cars in deadly, small-scale attacks.
The holy city — which Israel says must forever stay united — has rarely seemed more divided.
WASHINGTON - Federal Reserve policy-makers discussed a variety of economic threats at their October meeting — from turbulent financial markets to overseas weakness — but decided to move forward with plans to end their landmark bond buying program.
BERKELEY, Calif. - Some of the country's first gas-pump warning labels about climate change are coming to Berkeley, a city with a long history of green and clean policies.
The Berkeley City Council voted late Tuesday to draft a proposal by next spring that will put stickers on gas pumps citywide to warn consumers that burning fuel contributes to global warming.
San Francisco is drafting a similar ordinance that the city's Board of Supervisors could vote into law by March. The proposals in the liberal Bay Area cities are thought to be the first of their kind in the U.S.
WASHINGTON - U.S. stock exchanges will have to keep a closer eye on their electronic trading systems under rules adopted by federal regulators.
The Securities and Exchange Commission voted 5-0 Wednesday to require routine testing of exchanges' trading systems. The exchanges also will be required to notify the SEC about problems, including any systems that are compromised by hacking. Any problems must be quickly corrected.