PARIS - French bank Societe Generale said Thursday it has uncovered a 4.9 billion euro ($7.14 billion) fraud - one of history's biggest - by a single futures trader whose scheme of fictitious transactions was discovered as stock markets began to stumble in recent days.
BAGHDAD - A suicide bomber killed an Iraqi police chief and two other officers Thursday as they surveyed the site of the wreckage of a blast a day earlier that devastated a predominantly Sunni neighborhood in the volatile northern city of Mosul.
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DAVOS, Switzerland - Fears of world recession briefly took a back seat Thursday at the World Economic Forum, where leaders from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq focused on how to establish security in their volatile regions.
JERUSALEM - Israel's Holocaust memorial launched an Arabic version of its Web site Thursday, including vivid photos of Nazi atrocities and video of survivors' testimony, to combat Holocaust denial in the Arab and Muslim world.
RENO, Nev. - Family members of a student who vanished five days ago asked Thursday for help in the search, as authorities struggled to develop leads and find evidence about her whereabouts.
LONDON - The British government revealed sweeping plans Thursday to toughen terrorism laws, including a proposal to hold suspects for up to 42 days without charge.
SAN FRANCISCO - Employers can fire workers found to have used medical marijuana even if it was legally prescribed, the California Supreme Court ruled Thursday.
MOSCOW - The only liberal Kremlin critic in Russia's presidential race stands to be kept off the ballot because tens of thousands of signatures on his nominating petitions were forgeries, election officials said Thursday.
MADRID, Spain - Police acting on a tipoff that a radical Islamic group was plotting suicide attacks in Barcelona moved against the cell last week even though it had not amassed enough explosives to make bombs, Spain's police chief said Thursday.
KINGSTREE, S.C. - Democrat Barack Obama said Thursday that black voters should not object to criticisms being aimed at him by presidential rival Hillary Rodham Clinton and her husband, a sign of cooling campaign rhetoric before Saturday's primary in South Carolina.
WASHINGTON - A liberal advocacy group plans to spend $8.5 million in a drive to ensure that President Bush's public approval doesn't improve as his days in the White House come to an end.
WASHINGTON - Congressional leaders announced a deal with the White House Thursday on an economic stimulus package that would give most tax filers refunds of $600 to $1,200, and more if they have children.
WASHINGTON - The head of the EPA stood firm Thursday against a chorus of congressional criticism over his refusal to allow California and more than a dozen other states to impose greenhouse gas reductions on cars and trucks.
WASHINGTON - The U.S. general in charge of rebuilding Afghanistan's decimated air corps said Thursday that it will be at least 2013 before the force is ready to fly combat missions now done by foreign airmen.
GADSDEN, Ala. - Jurors who convicted an Alabama woman in the running death of her 9-year-old granddaughter soon must decide whether to recommend she should die for the crime or spend the rest of her life in prison.
IOTO, Japan - Dozens of aging U.S. veterans, many in their early 90s and some in wheelchairs, gathered on the tiny, barren island of Iwo Jima on Saturday to mark the 70th anniversary of one of the bloodiest and most iconic battles of World War II.
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FONTANA, Calif. - Kurt Busch's comeback from his season-opening suspension is gathering speed.
OMAHA, Neb. - Le'Bryan Nash stared at his feet, unable to speak. His teammate, Anthony Hickey, patted him gently on the back. Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford gave him an encouraging nod.
OKLAHOMA CITY - Reigning NBA MVP Kevin Durant likely won't return this season.
WASHINGTON - New federal grants will help 10 states test programs to help food stamp recipients find jobs, from using career coaches to quicker training courses to mental health assistance.
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KISSIMMEE, Fla.- Even though he won 10 games for the marlins last season, Tom Koehler isn't considering himself a lock for Miami's rotation.
Jacob Tamme found the bigger offensive role he was looking for in Atlanta, where the Falcons were seeking a veteran tight end a year after the retirement of Tony Gonzalez.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The UAB Blazers may not have a football program anymore. They do have the first big upset of the NCAA Tournament and hope they can give their university something to rally around.
WASHINGTON - With a decision due by summer in a Supreme Court case that could unravel President Barack Obama's health care law, a new poll finds many Americans have heard nothing about the case.
The replica CSS H.L. Hunley Confederate submarine traveling exhibit will be on display this weekend at the 16th Annual Battles at Manassas.
DENVER - Interest in income inequality is all the rage in public debate nowadays, with political figures from Sen. Elizabeth Warren on the left to Republican presidential prospect Jeb Bush on the right decrying the widening gap between the wealthy and everyone else.
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