'33pc slump' at Thomas Cook
Struggling tour operator Thomas Cook has reportedly suffered a near 33pc slump in summer bookings as its financial woes deter already cash-strapped holidaymakers.
According to a leisure industry monitor, Thomas Cook saw bookings decline by as much as a third in the two weeks to January 13 -- a key period for tour operators, when some 15pc of summer bookings are taken.
The decline is more than double the industry average of a 15pc drop and nearly three times the 11pc fall at Thomson Holidays owner TUI Travel.
Thomas Cook, the UK's second biggest travel company, came close to collapse in November after dire trading forced it to turn to its banks for more financial help.
Four killed in drone attack
Four alleged militants were killed today when a suspected US drone fired missiles at a house and a vehicle in north-western Pakistan.
The attack could signal that the programme is picking up steam after strained relations halted strikes late last year.
The US suspended drone attacks in Pakistan for nearly two months after American air strikes accidentally killed 24 Pakistani soldiers at two posts along the Afghan border on November 26.
box office hit
Underworld: Awakening, the fourth film in the vampire-versus-werewolf series, was the top movie in US and Canadian cinemas this past weekend, taking in $25.4m (e19.6m) for Sony Corp.
Red Tails, the story of black US fighter pilots who challenged racial barriers during World War II, was second with $19.1m (e14.6m) for News Corp's 20th Century Fox.
A new government study in the US suggests that many teenage girls are clueless about their chances of getting pregnant.
A survey of thousands of teenage mothers found that about a third didn't use birth control because they didn't believe it was possible they could get pregnant, the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention said.