Posted: Feb 1, 2013 10:54 PM
Updated: Feb 1, 2013 10:54 PM
MIDLAND CITY, Ala. (AP) Law enforcement officials in Alabama aren't saying much about a hostage drama that has stretched into a fourth day. A gunman who fatally shot a school bus driver and took a 5-year old hostage on Tuesday afternoon is still holed up in an underground bunker. Officials in Midland City will only say that there have been communications through a ventilation pipe.
LOS ANGELES (AP) A new Amber Alert system has been put into effect for millions of cellphones. When a child is abducted, an alert message appears on phones in the area where the abduction took place. The alerts are automatically active on most newer phones. But local officials worry that some people may be surprised and annoyed, and may choose to opt out of the alerts.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) North Korea is threatening to retaliate for what it calls U.S. double standards over recent rocket launches by Pyongyang and U.S. ally Seoul. The regime's latest warning wasn't specific. It recently threatened to conduct its third nuclear test.
NEW YORK (AP) Some Wall Street analysts are reacting to the Dow closing above 14,000 by saying sizes matters, at least psychologically. The index had been climbing steadily for weeks and positive news about job growth and strong auto sales are being credited for the final push. One analyst says the 14,000 mark is "good trivia" but meaningless to the average professional.
WASHINGTON (AP) A federal mediator says a tentative deal has been reached to keeping ports in 14 East Coast cities operating. The new contract with the union for longshoremen averts a possible strike that would have crippled operations. The agreement was announced late Friday.