Thursday, February 16, 2012

More Than 350 Die in Honduran Prison Fire 16/2/2012 AssociatedPress- Student Photos 'hijacked', Used on Porn Site - Top Bargainers Announce Payroll Tax Cut Deal - Nicki and Ricky Promote AIDS Awareness - AP Top Stories

More Than 350 Die in Honduran Prison Fire



A fire started by an inmate tore through an aging and severely overcrowded Honduran prison, burning and suffocating inmates in their locked cells and killing as many as 356 people in one of the world's deadliest prison fires in a century. (Feb. 15)






Student Photos 'hijacked', Used on Porn Site



Authorities in Massachusetts are looking into how pictures of 17 high school students ended up on a porn site. It appears the photos of the fully clothed students from Bay Path Vocational Technical School were lifted from their Facebook pages. (Feb. 16)





Top Bargainers Announce Payroll Tax Cut Deal



Relieved congressional bargainers say they've reached agreement on compromise legislation extending payroll tax cuts and benefits for the long-term unemployed through 2012, edging a white-hot political battle closer to finally being resolved.(Feb. 16)





Nicki and Ricky Promote AIDS Awareness



Nicki Minaj and Ricky Martin talk about the continuing importance of raising awareness for AIDS at MAC Viva Glam launch in New York. Minaj also explains that her controversial performance at the Grammys was just a preview of a film she's doing. (Feb. 16)





AP Top Stories



Here's the latest news for Thursday, Feb. 16th: Top bargainers announce payroll tax cut deal; Report: Most Honduras fire inmates awaited trial; Foreclosure activity edges higher in January; Birthday turns into memorial for NKorean leader.





ShowBiz Minute: Houston, Minaj, Beckham



New Jersey governor defends lowering flags for Whitney Houston; Minaj said Grammy performance was part of her movie; Victoria Beckham promotes Britain in New York. (Feb. 16)





Raw Video: Smoke Billows From Syria Pipeline



In Syria, activists are accusing regime forces of shelling a pipeline that runs through a residential area. The state news agency, SANA, blamed "armed terrorists" for Wednesday's pipeline attack. (Feb. 16)





Josh Powell's Family Wants Burial Near Sons



Josh Powell's family wants him buried near his sons. Powell killed them and burned down their house earlier this month. The family of Powell's missing wife is trying to block the burial. (Feb 16)





Birthday As Memorial for Late NKorean Leader



Kim Jong Il's milestone 70th birthday turned into a memorial for the late North Korean leader, two months after his death. His son and successor Kim Jong Un appeared relaxed in his central role during the ceremonies. (Feb. 16)





Thick Smoke Billows From Syria Pipeline



In Syria, activists are accusing regime forces of shelling a pipeline that runs through a residential area. The state news agency, SANA, blamed "armed terrorists" for Wednesday's pipeline attack. (16 February 2012)





It's All Gone 'Haywire' in Berlin



Michael Fassbender and Antonio Banderas are back in Berlin, this time with the premiere of Steven Soderbergh's latest blockbuster, 'Haywire.' (Feb. 16)





Raw Video: Dolphin Strandings Continue in Mass.



Rescue teams from the International Fund for Animal Welfare are trying to save 10 stranded dolphins. Last month 177 short-beaked common dolphins stranded on Cape Cod, that's five times what researchers typically see in an entire year. (Feb 16)





Report: Most Honduras Fire Inmates Awaited Trial



The prisoners whose scorched bodies were carried out piece by piece from a charred Honduran prison had been locked inside an overcrowded penitentiary where most inmates had never been charged. (Feb. 16)





Raw Video: Randy Travis Arrest Video Released



Police in Texas have released the dashcam video of country music star Randy Travis' arrest earlier this month. Officers arrested Travis on Feb. 6th for public intoxication. He was sitting in his parked vehicle in front of a church. (Feb. 16)


Should U.S. Arm Medevacs in Afghanistan? 16/2/2012

The death of a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan, whose evacuation took nearly an hour after he was wounded, is fueling debate about whether medevac helicopters should be equipped with firepower, not unarmed. (Feb. 15)



Should U.S. Arm Medevacs in Afghanistan?


Raw Video: Memorial Marks Kim Jong Il Birthday 16/2/2012

North Koreans commemorated what would have been the 70th birthday of Kim Jong Il Thursday with the flowers that bear his name. (Feb. 16)




Raw Video: Memorial Marks Kim Jong Il Birthday

Foreclosures Rise Only Slightly, More Expected 16/2/2012

Lenders foreclosed on 210,941 U.S. properties in January. That's a 3 percent increase from the previous month but still down 19 percent from January 2011. (Feb. 16)



Foreclosures Rise Only Slightly, More Expected


Old Friends, New Mission: China VP Visits Iowa 15/2/2012

On Wednesday, China's next heir apparent and current vice president Xi Jinping visited Muscatine, Iowa. The future leader spent one hour there with old friends. The AP's Robert Ray reports. (Feb. 15)



Old Friends, New Mission: China VP Visits Iowa 15/2/2012

Today in History for February 16th 2012

Highlights of this day in history: The Civil War's Battle of Fort Donelson; the Georgia crematory case; John Demjanjuk goes on trial; America's first 911 call; and the NHL scraps the rest of its season. (Feb. 16)



Today in History for February 16th


Raw Video: Motor Parachute Drops Aid in Romania 15/2/2012

An extreme sports enthusiast is using a motorized parachute to drop food supplies to Romanian communities cut off by recent heavy snowfall. Some 23,000 people remain isolated in 225 communities after a week of snow.




Raw Video: Motor Parachute Drops Aid in Romania


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