South Sudan and rebels sign Cease-fire deal
The government of South Sudan and rebels loyal to the country's ousted former vice president signed a cease-fire agreement Thursday in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, holding out the prospect of peace after more than a month of fighting that has torn the new nation apart. Both sides promised to lay down their arms. But they have also said a cessation of hostilities would be temporary, short of a formal peace agreement, and that negotiations would have to continue.
Poll shows drop in uninsured rate
The uninsured rate dropped modestly this month as expanded coverage rolled out under President Barack Obama's health care law, a survey released Thursday has found. The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index found that the uninsured rate for U.S. adults dropped 1.2 percentage points in January, to 16.1 percent. That would translate to roughly 2 million to 3 million people gaining coverage. The results were based on more than 9,000 interviews, about nine times as many as in a standard national poll.
Iran president: We want nuclear deal
Iran's president said Thursday his country has a "serious will" to reach a deal that resolves international doubts about its nuclear program, but will not give up what he called peaceful technology or consent to rules that treat Iran differently than other nations with nuclear know-how. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani addressed the World Economic Forum as Iran enters six months of intensive talks with world powers over the bounds of a program that the United States and other nations suspect is aimed at building a nuclear bomb.
Feds subpoena Christie campaign
Federal prosecutors have issued grand jury subpoenas to Gov. Chris Christie's re-election campaign and to the state Republican Party as part of a preliminary inquiry into accusations that aides to Christie shut down access lanes to the George Washington Bridge as political retribution, the lawyer for the campaign and the party said Thursday.
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3 killed, 20 hurt in highway pileup
More than 40 vehicles, many of them semitrailers, collided amid whiteout conditions in a massive highway pileup that left three people dead and more than 20 others injured — at least one critically — in northwestern Indiana, police said Thursday. The pileup on Interstate 94 eastbound began Thursday afternoon near Michigan City, about 60 miles from Chicago, according to Indiana State Police.
Toilet flush system parts are recalled
Flushmate, maker of a high-pressure flushing system sold at Home Depot and Lowe's, is expanding its 2012 recall of the parts because they can burst near a seam with force enough to shatter the toilet tank. The Consumer Product Safety Commission said Thursday the company is recalling Series 503 Flushmate 111 Pressure Assist flushing systems made from March 2008 through June 2009. Consumers should stop using the system, turn off the water supply, flush the toilet to release internal pressure and contact the company for a free repair kit.