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Russia appoints honorary consul in Pakistan border province

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Russia has named an honorary consul in a Pakistani province on the Afghan border, signaling closer ties with Islamabad at a time when U.S.-Pakistani relations are spiraling downward. The appointment of Arsala Khan as honorary consul general in the northwestern Khyber Pukhtunkhwa province was announced at a ceremony Tuesday. Gov. Iqbal […]

Published on 21 February 2018 | 6:48 am

Asian shares gain on rosy Japan data, bucking Wall St losses

TOKYO (AP) — Shares were higher in Asia on Wednesday, supported by rosy manufacturing data from Japan. The gains came despite losses on Wall Street, where a six-day winning streak was snapped by a plunge in Walmart stock and losses in other sectors. KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s Nikkei 225 index climbed 0.2 percent to 21,970.81 and […]

Published on 21 February 2018 | 6:38 am

States could face severe flooding, other problems in Midwest

CHICAGO (AP) — Several states could see severe flooding and other weather-related problems amid a storm system that has brought rain, ice and snow to the Midwest and Great Plains. Melting snow and heavy rain prompted the National Weather Service to issue flood warnings for parts of northern Illinois and flood watches for central Illinois. […]

Published on 21 February 2018 | 6:37 am

Philippines gives Aussie life sentence for child trafficking

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine court has sentenced an Australian man to life imprisonment after finding him guilty on human trafficking and child pornography charges. Drew Frederick Shobbrook listened quietly as the verdict was read in a court in Cebu city on Tuesday. Filipina Leslie Ann Fernandez, a co-accused in the case who was […]

Published on 21 February 2018 | 6:33 am

Florida shooting survivors in capital, demand action on guns

Students who survived the Florida school shooting prepared to flood the Capitol Wednesday pushing to ban the assault-style rifle used to kill 17 people, vowing to make changes in the November election if they can't persuade lawmakers to change laws before their legislative session ends.

Published on 21 February 2018 | 6:19 am

Colorado congressman booed as people demand action on guns

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. (AP) — Grumbling and jeers met the request for a moment of silence for the 17 people killed last week in the Florida school shooting. “Let’s do something for them!” one man yelled at the beginning of Republican Rep. Mike Coffman’s town hall Tuesday night. Another participant cried out, “We’re done with […]

Published on 21 February 2018 | 6:14 am

Americans rally after shaky starts in women’s short program

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Bradie Tennell fell during her opening jump combination at the Pyeongchang Olympics, a mistake so rare that the reigning U.S. champion couldn’t remember the last time it happened. Mirai Nagasu fell trying to land her signature triple axel, which she pulled off in the team event but is so hard […]

Published on 21 February 2018 | 6:13 am

Trump says more must be done to protect children

As a grieving Florida community demanded action on guns, President Donald Trump on Tuesday directed the Justice Department to move to ban devices like the rapid-fire bump stocks used in last year's Las Vegas massacre. It was a small sign of movement on the gun violence issue that has long tied Washington in knots.

Published on 21 February 2018 | 6:12 am

State Department says NKorea passed up meeting with Pence

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence was all set to hold a history-making meeting with North Korean officials during the Winter Olympics in South Korea, but Kim Jong Un’s government canceled at the last minute, the Trump administration said Tuesday. A potential meeting between Pence and the North Koreans had been the most highly […]

Published on 21 February 2018 | 6:09 am

White House: New policy won’t affect Trump’s son-in-law

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s a week of reckoning for White House senior adviser Jared Kushner and dozens of other officials who have been working without permanent security clearances for the better part of a year. Those who have been operating with interim access to top secret information since before June are set to see that […]

Published on 21 February 2018 | 6:08 am

Flood watch in effect in Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Officials are asking residents to prepare for the possibility of flooding as a weather system carrying heavy rain passes through parts of Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee. The National Weather Service in Memphis has issued a flood watch for east Arkansas, north Mississippi, southeast Missouri and West Tennessee. Forecasters say 2 inches […]

Published on 21 February 2018 | 6:07 am

Lebanon gets tough on the press ahead of elections

BEIRUT (AP) — A string of court cases and judicial investigations against Lebanese media figures is testing this country’s reputation as a forum for ideas in a region blanketed by censorship and threats to the press. Lebanese authorities are getting tough on free speech ahead of national elections, summoning two leading talk show hosts to […]

Published on 21 February 2018 | 6:06 am

Screnock, Dallet to square off for Wisconsin Supreme Court

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Sauk County Circuit Judge Michael Screnock and Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Rebecca Dallet easily advanced from Wisconsin’s three-way primary for Supreme Court, setting up an April runoff between two judges with clear ideological differences. Screnock, who had the support of conservatives, and the liberal-backed Dallet easily outpolled Madison attorney Tim Burns […]

Published on 21 February 2018 | 6:02 am

New Zealand says Pacific trade deal will boost GDP 1 percent

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand estimates a Pacific trade deal would boost its economy by up to 1 percent as exporters would face reduced tariffs on goods like kiwifruit, wine and beef. The analysis Wednesday came as details of the trade pact between 11 countries around the Pacific Rim were released. The countries, […]

Published on 21 February 2018 | 5:54 am

Ex-Arkansas judge faces prison term in sexual favors case

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A former Arkansas judge who’s set to be sentenced Wednesday for giving lighter sentences to male defendants in return for sexual favors had been investigated for similar crimes while a part-time prosecutor more than two decades ago, but federal prosecutors decided not to charge him because he agreed to step […]

Published on 21 February 2018 | 5:43 am

Sounders sign Lamar Neagle, Calle Brown

Midfielder Neagle is making his fourth stint with the Sounders while Brown completes the club’s goalkeeping unit.

Published on 21 February 2018 | 5:30 am

Authorities say California school shooting plot thwarted

WHITTIER, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say they’ve thwarted a student’s plot for a mass shooting at a Southern California high school. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department says Tuesday that a security guard at El Camino High School in Whittier overhead a “disgruntled student” threaten to open fire on the school on Friday, just two […]

Published on 21 February 2018 | 5:27 am

Suit wants marijuana grower licenses revoked

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A lawsuit filed by some unsuccessful applicants to grow medical marijuana in Ohio claims state regulators failed to follow their own rules last year when they awarded provisional licenses for growing facilities. Several groups including CannAscend Ohio LLC filed the lawsuit Tuesday in Franklin County Common Pleas Court in Columbus. The […]

Published on 21 February 2018 | 5:08 am

Major grant to be announced to fight opioid crisis

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire leaders fighting the opioid crisis are gathering to announce a major grant provided through federal legislation to prevent and treat drug abuse. They’re gathering Wednesday at the Families in Transition facility in Manchester. Officials including Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, Rep. Annie Kuster, and Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig, all Democrats, as […]

Published on 21 February 2018 | 5:08 am

State board sends congressional redistricting plan to ballot

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A proposal restructuring Ohio’s process for drawing its congressional maps is headed to May’s ballot. The Ohio Ballot Board cleared the proposed constitutional amendment on redistricting Tuesday. The proposal cleared the state Legislature with bipartisan support Feb. 6 after backers of competing proposals agreed to a compromise aimed at curbing gerrymandering. […]

Published on 21 February 2018 | 5:07 am

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