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Man arrested in random killing of Christmas tree farmer

SCARBOROUGH, Maine (AP) — A man was arrested Tuesday in connection with the killing of a beloved Maine farmer that shook the community where he has been a fixture for decades, police said. James Pearson, an 82-year-old retired teacher, was killed in the front yard of his Scarborough home Sunday morning in an attack that […]
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AP Photos: Cadet ball revives imperial Russia’s splendor

MOSCOW (AP) — Military school students from across Russia lined up to dance Tuesday at an annual cadet ball in Moscow that blends patriotism with imperial-style grandeur. The organizers said that the fourth International Kremlin Cadet Ball also drew students from Belarus, Kazakhstan, and two regions of eastern Ukraine controlled by Russia-backed separatists. Adolescent participants […]
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Americans steadfastly divided over impeachment as vote nears

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the U.S. House of Representatives prepares to take a historic vote on the impeachment of President Donald Trump, the American public is following along, steadfast in its views. Many polls since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the start of an impeachment inquiry on Sept. 24 show that Americans are closely divided […]
Tags: News, Washington, Ap, Nation, House, House Of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, Donald Trump


Venezuelan politicians resort to the virtual lawmaking

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Opposition lawmakers in Venezuela who say they fear persecution by President Nicolas Maduro’s government can now cast their votes though the cloud, the National Assembly decided Tuesday. The opposition-led congress adopted a rules change that allows its members to virtually cast their votes and participate in debates. They can now participate […]
Tags: News, Nation, Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, National Assembly, Caracas, Venezuela AP


8 killed in Mexico shootout between National Guard, suspects

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s National Guard said seven gunmen and one of its officers died in a shootout Tuesday in the north-central state of Guanajuato. A second officer was wounded. Authorities said the suspects opened fire on a National Guard patrol on a highway near the city of Irapuato and the officers returned fire. […]
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Fans at Holiday Bowl to do ‘Iowa Wave’ for sick children

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Fans at the Holiday Bowl between No. 19 Iowa and No. 22 Southern California will be asked to do the “Iowa Wave” directed at patients in a children’s hospital in Iowa City as well as representatives from two children’s hospitals in Southern California who will be at the game on Dec. […]
Tags: News, Sports, Ap, Iowa, San Diego, Southern California, Iowa City


DA: Officer force on Albany man justified

ALBANY, Ore. (AP) — The Linn County District Attorney’s Office has ruled that police force was justified in an Oct. 23 stun gun incident that ended in an Albany man’s death. The Democrat-Herald reports the district attorney’s office also concluded that the stun gun or other police action did not lead to the resident’s death. […]
Tags: News, Ap, Albany, Northwest, Democrat Herald, Linn County District Attorney 's Office


Canadian lab test provider pays ransom to secure hacked data

TORONTO (AP) — Lab test provider LifeLabs said Tuesday that it paid a ransom to secure data for Canadians that was stolen in a data breach in late October. Hackers also obtained personal information of an unknown number of the company’s 15 million Canadian customers, who are primarily in Ontario and British Columbia. The information […]
Tags: Business, News, Toronto, Ap, Nation, Ontario, Nation & World, LifeLabs


NTSB: Icy conditions during deadly South Dakota plane crash

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The pilot and a passenger of a small plane that crashed after taking off from a small South Dakota airport on Thanksgiving weekend, killing nine of 12 members of an Idaho family who were on board, spent three hours clearing snow and ice from the aircraft before departure, the National […]
Tags: News, Nation, Idaho, South Dakota, Northwest, Ntsb, SIOUX


Long pursuit of stolen vehicle leads to Homer woman’s arrest

HOMER, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska woman suspected of driving a stolen vehicle was arrested after a long pursuit on the Sterling Highway, Alaska State Troopers said. Officers on Monday pursued Katrina Wheeler, 28, of Homer, from Anchor Point to Kasilof, a distance of 50 miles (80 kilometers), troopers said. Wheeler was jailed on one […]
Tags: News, Alaska, Wheeler, Northwest, Kasilof, Alaska AP, Sterling Highway Alaska State Troopers, Katrina Wheeler


Honduras declares state of emergency in prison system

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Honduras declared a state of emergency in its prison system Tuesday, suspending its civilian leaders and replacing them with a special commission led by military officers. The surprise move came four days after the slaying of Pedro Ildefonso Armas, the director of Honduras’ maximum security prison. In October, Armas was chatting […]
Tags: News, Nation, Honduras, TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras AP, Pedro Ildefonso Armas


Fifth fired Google worker files federal labor complaint

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A fifth former Google worker has filed a complaint with federal regulators accusing the company of improperly firing employees for labor organizing activity. Kathryn Spiers, a security engineer, said Google fired her after she created a pop-up notification for employees to inform them of their labor rights. In late November,Google fired […]
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ESPN reaches settlement on harassment lawsuit

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — ESPN has reached a settlement with a former on-air personality who sued the cable sports giant alleging sexual harassment. In an agreement filed Dec. 12 in U.S. District Court in Connecticut, Adrienne Lawrence agreed to dismiss her lawsuit. “Adrienne Lawrence and ESPN have resolved their dispute and agreed to move on,” […]
Tags: News, Sports, Connecticut, Espn, U S District Court, Hartford, Conn AP, Adrienne Lawrence


Delaware poultry processor to pay $420K for contamination

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Delaware poultry processing company accused of contaminating surface and groundwater through the illegal disposal of wastewater and sludge has agreed to pay a $420,000 penalty and upgrade its wastewater system. The agreement and a proposed consent decree between state environmental officials and Mountaire Farms was filed in federal court on […]
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Mayor: Schools official who called Jews ‘brutes’ should quit

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey mayor on Tuesday said a school board member should quit over comments she made about the shooting at a kosher market referring to Jews as “brutes” and questioning whether the attackers had a point to make in attacking Jews. Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop tweeted that Board […]
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US senator proposes money, oversight to boost dam safety

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on Tuesday called for more federal money and oversight to shore up the nation’s aging dams following an Associated Press investigation that found scores of potentially troubling dams located near homes and communities across the country. Gillibrand said new legislation in the works should ensure that federal standards are in place […]
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Spain to replace China in SailGP global league’s 2nd season

LONDON (AP) — Spain will replace China for the second season of the SailGP global league. China was one of SailGP’s six league-funded teams for its inaugural season and finished third overall. “Though the China SailGP Team had a successful first season, we were unfortunately not granted the permissions necessary to continue operating the team […]
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Chicago Fire making some striking changes

The Chicago Fire aren’t just switching things up, the team is undergoing a full-blown makeover. In an unusually busy offseason for Major League Soccer — with teams in Nashville and Miami preparing for inaugural seasons, expansion into St. Louis, Sacramento and Charlotte, and collective bargaining talks underway — the Fire are in the midst of […]
Tags: News, Sports, Chicago, Miami, Nashville, Major League Soccer, Charlotte, St Louis Sacramento


Chicago student pleads not guilty in IS computer coding case

Chicago (AP) — A Chicago college student pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a terrorism charge accusing him of writing computer code that could help Islamic State bypass programs designed to block the movement’s propaganda from social media. Thomas Osadzinski, a 20-year-old DePaul University student, appeared calm at his brief arraignment in U.S. District Court in […]
Tags: News, Islamic State, Chicago, Nation, U S District Court, DePaul University, Thomas Osadzinski


Alabama officer recovering from Thursday shooting

OZARK, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama police officer who was critically wounded in a shootout last week is showing signs of improvement, authorities said. Ozark Police Chief Marlos Walker told news outlets Monday that Officer Samuel Yoh still has a long way to go until he’s healed, but he’s making progress. Police were answering a […]
Tags: News, Alabama, Nation, OZARK Ala, Marlos Walker, Samuel Yoh


Audit: Portland leaders fell short on tax-funded programs

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A city auditor’s report released Tuesday says Portland leaders failed to fully deliver on promises they made to voters as they implemented arts, cannabis, affordable housing, and street repair programs funded by voter-approved taxes and bond measures. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the audit focused on measures and taxes passed in 2016: the […]
Tags: News, Portland, Northwest


Some popular tax breaks renewed in big govt funding bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — A raft of expired and expiring tax breaks, including deductions for mortgage insurance premiums, college tuition and large medical bills, would be renewed under a massive government-wide funding bill approved by the Democratic-controlled House. The action comes a few days before the second anniversary of passage of President Donald Trump’s massive 2017 […]
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Removed statues of Forrest, Davis given to Confederate group

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee nonprofit group has handed over statues of Confederate leaders Nathan Bedford Forrest and Jefferson Davis to the Sons of Confederate Veterans, two years after they were removed from public parks in Memphis, officials said Tuesday. City of Memphis legal officer Bruce McMullen said the statues of Forrest and Davis […]
Tags: News, Nation, Tennessee, Davis, Memphis, Forrest, Tenn AP, Jefferson Davis, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Nathan Bedford Forrest, Bruce McMullen, Forrest Davis


Woman forced to remove hijab in jail settles for $120K

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota Muslim woman has received $120,000 to settle her lawsuit alleging she was forced to strip in jail and remove her hijab for a booking photo over a traffic offense, the woman and her attorneys said Tuesday. Aida Shyef Al-Kadi, of St. Louis Park, appeared with her attorneys at the Minneapolis […]
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Venice’s endurance symbolized in Royal Gardens re-opening

The gardens, first envisioned by Napoleon, had fallen into disrepair and underwent an extensive restoration.
Tags: Travel, Business, News, World, Venice, Napoleon, Royal Gardens


D-backs finalize Bumgarner’s $85 million, 5-year deal

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks have finalized Madison Bumgarner’s $85 million, five-year contract to join their rotation. The move was announced Tuesday, two days after the sides reached an agreement for the 2014 World Series MVP pending a successful physical. A news conference with the longtime San Francisco Giants ace was scheduled for Tuesday […]
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Affidavit: Kansas jail guard beat up handcuffed inmate

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A jail guard allegedly beat up a handcuffed inmate whose arm was being held by another deputy, according to an affidavit that led to criminal charges against the two Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Office employees. Sgt. David Toland and Deputy Marcus Johnson were charged last month, but details of the September […]
Tags: News, Ap, Nation, Kansas, Kansas City Kan, Marcus Johnson, David Toland, Wyandotte County Sheriff s Office


Star freshman Anthony expected to miss 4-6 weeks for UNC

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina star freshman point guard Cole Anthony is expected to miss four to six weeks after having arthroscopic knee surgery. The school says Anthony had the procedure Monday to treat a partially torn meniscus in his right knee. He had missed Sunday’s loss to Wofford due to the injury, […]
Tags: News, Sports, North Carolina, Anthony, Wofford, CHAPEL HILL N C AP, Cole Anthony


Ada County won’t appeal ruling in public records lawsuit

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Ada County Commissioners won’t appeal a judge’s ruling that they violated Idaho’s Public Records Act after largely rejecting records requests from four Boise-area journalists. The board of commissioners voted 2-1 on Monday not to appeal the ruling from 4th District Judge Deborah Bail. The ruling, issued Friday, was a win for […]
Tags: News, Idaho, Northwest, Boise, BOISE Idaho, Ada County, Ada County Commissioners, Deborah Bail


Breakthrough Entertainer: Ferreira’s 2019 has been surreal

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Barbie Ferreira has been hearing countless variations on the word “breakthrough” applied to her role in HBO’s groundbreaking teen drama “Euphoria” ever since the series debuted over the summer. But the actress clearly isn’t tired of them. When Ferreira was asked when it meant to be named one of The Associated […]
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