Several Kentucky cities and utility companies have signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to modernize and rehabilitate hydropower plants along the Cumberland River. Project manager Jay Sadler says the agreement implemented Tuesday allows the municipalities to maintain service by helping pay for the much-needed improvements.
A woman in Scotland fled her new home when more than 1,000 bats moved in with her. The final straw was when she found one bat in her towel after a shower. Bats are a protected species in Britain, so it won't be easy to evict the unwanted guests.
Australians created a work of art that can keep you awake. At a festival in Sydney, they re-created the Mona Lisa using coffee. They placed 3,000 cups of coffee on the ground in a giant rectangle. And they created different shades in the black-and-white image by adding different amounts of milk to each cup.
A woman walks past a broken cafe window in London earlier today (Aug. 10, 2011).
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Financial markets in Asia and Europe have rallied today, extending the rebound that began on Wall Street Tuesday afternoon after the Federal Reserve said it plans to keep interest rates at rock-bottom levels for the next two years in a bid to help keep ailing economies from weakening further.
In Libya's rebel east, the defacto government has been disbanded in reaction to the killing of the rebel army chief of staff. It's the latest sign of political disarray and divisions in the rebel camp. NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro reports.
The Yemeni city of Taiz was the first to see mass sit-ins by protesters opposed to the country's president. Since security forces shot and killed dozens of protesters in May, tribesmen have been protecting demonstrators, and have regularly clashed with soldiers. It's a formula that's being repeated around Yemen, and one that many believe could push the country into civil war.
The Federal Reserve has announced it will hold short-term interest rates near zero until 2013 — a highly unusual -decision. Renee Montagne talks to David Wessel of "The Wall Street Journal" about what yesterday's Fed announcement means for markets and the economy.