Las Vegas betting on chance of New Year’s Eve snow

  If Sin City’s sports books took bets on the weather, snow in Las Vegas on New Year’s Eve would normally have terrible odds. It might pay out this year, though,

World briefs

CHINA The president has called for the Communist Party’s leadership over the country’s universities to be enhanced in a continuing tightening of ideological controls across a wide range of society.

USA | 2 gunmen open fire on Los Angeles police car

  Two men opened fire on a police car patrolling a tough part of Los Angeles, but the two officers inside were not injured and one was able to shoot back,

This Day in History: 1964 Campbell speeds to double record

He reached an average speed of 276.33mph (444.71km/h) in his speedboat, Bluebird, this afternoon on Lake Dumbleyung in Perth, Western Australia. The feat shatters his previous world record of 260.35mph (418.99km/h)

Offbeat | Monkey gives first aid to electrocuted friend

Onlookers at a train station in northern India watched in awe as a monkey came to the rescue of an injured friend — resuscitating another monkey that had been electrocuted

2014 Year in Review

JANUARY • Eusebio da Silva Ferreira, who became affectionately known as the Black Panther, died aged 71. He was known for his athletic prowess and clinical finishing that made him one

THE BUZZ: Shenzhen restricts car purchases to ease congestion

Authorities in Shenzhen announced a car purchasing restriction requiring prospective buyers to acquire new car plates by lottery or auction yesterday. Starting from 6 p.m. yesterday, 100,000 new vehicle plates will

World briefs

VIETNAM Vietnamese police have detained a third blogger in a month in the latest crackdown on dissent in the communist country. Blogger Nguyen Dinh Ngoc, 48, was taken into custody

5 dead, 2 injured | Italian premier: Evacuation of Greek ferry is complete

  Italian Premier Matteo Renzi says that the evacuation of the Greek ferry that caught fire off Albania has been completed, and that only the vessel’s captain and four Italian sailors remain on

Ukraine drops nonaligned status

The Ukrainian president yesterday signed a bill dropping his country’s nonaligned status but signaled that he will hold a referendum before seeking NATO membership. The bill, which Parliament adopted last week

This Day in History: 1958 Castro’s rebels edge closer to capital

The capture of Las Villas is a key goal for the rebel force, known as the 26 July Army, before they advance on the capital, Havana. Despite being heavily outnumbered by

Offbeat | German police hunt stolen pigeon worth USD184,000

Police in Germany are looking for a missing pigeon, and any finder could be in line for a 10,000-euro (USD12,250) reward. Duesseldorf police said last week that the 6-year-old male homing

At least 60 journalists killed in 2014

At least 60 journalists around the world were killed in 2014 while on the job or because of their work, and 44 percent of them were targeted for murder, the

World briefs

CHINA Two fire chiefs and two poultry farm bosses have been convicted and sentenced to prison terms of up to nine years in relation to a fire at a plant

US, NATO mark end of mission to Afghanistan

  The United States and NATO formally ended their war in Afghanistan yesterday with a ceremony at their military headquarters in Kabul as the insurgency they fought for 13 years remains

NATURE | Mexico wants to ban nets, save endangered porpoise

The plan would compensate fishermen for stopping the use of nets that often sweep up the tiny porpoises along with their catch. Recent reports suggest there are fewer than 100 of

This Day in History: 1975 New laws to end battle of the sexes

The Sex Discrimination and Equal Pay Acts will prevent women being paid less than their male counterparts. The Acts are being introduced to coincide with the end of the International

US mission in Havana to become embassy amid thaw

A half-century after Washington severed relations with Cuba, the United States’ seven-story mission looms over Havana’s seaside Malecon boulevard as the largest diplomatic outpost in the country. Cuban guards stand at

Offbeat | Guitarist doesn’t miss day of Vegas Cirque work

It’s easy to miss Bruce Rickerd during the “Mystere” show at the Treasure Island casino especially when there’s a man balancing upside-down on the foot of another, or a giant

THE BUZZ: Joe Cocker dies at 70

His London-based agent, Barrie Marshall, said Cocker died early Monday of lung cancer in Colorado, where he has lived for the past two decades. Cocker was known for a memorable Woodstock

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