Police use backhoe to breach prison, end standoff; 1 dead

SMYRNA, Del. (AP) — Police used a backhoe to breach a building at Delaware's largest prison early Thursday, ending what the governor called a "torturous" hostage standoff that left one guard dead.

  • Written by RANDALL CHASE , Associated Press

Weakened graft law ignites furor, criticism in Romania

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's new decree diluting the country's corruption law ignited a furor Thursday, prompting strong criticism from home and abroad and a declaration from the president that he would ask judges to declare it unconstitutional.

  • Written by ALISON MUTLER , Associated Press

Pennsylvania groundhog's handlers: Phil predicts more winter

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (AP) — The handlers of Pennsylvania's most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, said the furry rodent has "predicted" six more weeks of winter after seeing his shadow at dawn Thursday.


Judge asked to lift hold on Yellowstone irrigation dam

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. government attorneys are asking a federal judge to lift an injunction blocking a proposed Yellowstone River irrigation dam that wildlife advocates say could doom an endangered fish.

  • Written by MATTHEW BROWN , Associated Press

Israeli leader vows new settlement as outpost is dismantled

AMONA, West Bank (AP) — Israel's prime minister on Thursday vowed to establish a new West Bank settlement "as soon as possible," promising to make up for the court-ordered demolition of an illegal settler outpost.

  • Written by ALON BERNSTEIN , Associated Press