Eurozone industrial output continued weaker in January, official data showed on Wednesday, but the underlying trend appears consistent with a very modest economic recovery in the single-currency bloc. Industrial output in the 18-nation eurozone fell 0.2 percent in January after a sharper drop of 0.4 percent in December when it had 17 members, the Eurostat statistics agency said. However, in the full 28-country European Union, industrial output was up 0.1 percent, returning to positive territory after a drop of 0.4 percent in December, Eurostat said. Compared with January 2013, eurozone industrial output was up 2.1 percent while the EU gained 2.4 percent.
A man who spent 30 years on death row in Louisiana has walked free after a court threw out his murder conviction. Glenn Ford, 64, one of the longest-serving death row prisoners in the United States, was ordered to be released after new information cleared him of a 1983 murder. "My mind's going all kinds of directions, but it feels good," Ford told reporters outside the Louisiana State Penitentiary after his release Tuesday, according to CNN affiliate WAFB. Ford, an African-American who had been on death row since 1984 after his conviction by an all-white jury, said he has missed out on much of his life.