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Puerto Rico fears post-Maria murder surge: 11 days, 32 slain

CAROLINA, Puerto Rico (AP) — Before the sun rose on the first day of 2018, someone called 911 to report the charred, bullet-riddled body of a man with a snake-like tattoo on his left hand, lying beside a road in the Puerto Rican town of Vega Baja....

 

Ecuador grants nationality to WikiLeaks founder

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador has granted citizenship to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange after more than five years of living in asylum at the nation's embassy in London, officials announced Thursday. Foreign Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa said...

 

Missouri governor admits having affair but denies blackmail

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has acknowledged being "unfaithful" in his marriage but denies allegations that he blackmailed a woman to stay quiet, following a bombshell news report that overshadowed his annual address to...

 

A lofty proposal: 'Marry Me' etched in snow, seen from above

NEVIS, Minn. (AP) — An aviation student in northern Minnesota pulled off a sky-high marriage proposal by writing "Marry Me" in the snow, then flying his long-time girlfriend over his handiwork. Gavin Becker enlisted his family's help to pen the...

 

California mudslides happened as cellphone alerts went out

Many Californians in the area hit hardest by this week's deadly mudslides did not heed warnings for hours and days by emergency officials encouraging them to evacuate their homes — and then received cellphone alerts of imminent slides when the...

 

Russia dismisses Democratic US Senate report as unfounded

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin on Thursday dismissed a new report by U.S. Senate Democrats describing Russian interference in the U.S. and throughout Europe as unfounded and President Vladimir Putin accused the United States of "aggressive" overreaction...

 

Local governments won't say what they're offering Amazon

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — State and local governments have been more than happy to play up the amenities they think make their locations the best choice for Amazon's second headquarters. But many of them will not disclose the tax breaks or other...

 

House passes spy program after confusing Trump tweets

WASHINGTON (AP) — After a confusing morning of tweets by President Donald Trump, the House on Thursday passed a bill to reauthorize a key foreign intelligence collection program with an important tweak: It would require the FBI to get a warrant if...

 

Oklahoma jury: Woman guilty in daughter's crucifix death

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A jury in Oklahoma has convicted a woman of killing her 33-year-old daughter by forcing a crucifix and medallion down her throat because she believed the woman was possessed by the devil. Fifty-one-year-old Juanita Gomez was...

 

More claim sexual inappropriateness against James Franco

NEW YORK (AP) — Several women have made further claims of inappropriate sexual behavior against James Franco in a Los Angeles Times article . In the report published Thursday, two former student actresses described negative on-set experiences with...

 

France: Court can't agree on Muslims fired for beard length

PARIS (AP) — A French labor court was unable to agree Thursday whether four Muslim security guards were unfairly fired from their jobs at Orly airport after the 2015 Paris terror attacks for refusing orders to trim their beards. The former guards...

 

Police hunt for jewels, thieves after Ritz robbery in Paris

PARIS (AP) — Paris police on Thursday recovered most of the jewels stolen from the Ritz Hotel in a dramatic heist, but are still searching for two thieves and any remaining missing luxury merchandise. The robbery on Wednesday evening raised questio...

 

Trump group says memo should have kept email from prosecutor

WASHINGTON (AP) — A group representing President Donald Trump's transition team says a memo in the hands of the General Services Administration should have stopped the agency from turning over tens of thousands of emails to the special counsel...

 

2017 Review: Tragic deaths and football playoffs

The final quarter of 2017 was marked with the tragic deaths of two young men, Dustin Goodrich and Cory Washburn. The Goldbug football team made history in the their path to the playoffs, making it...

 

States rethink sexual misconduct policies after complaints

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — After a tumultuous few months that saw numerous lawmakers accused of sexual misconduct, a majority of state legislatures across the country are considering strengthening sexual harassment policies that have gone unheeded...

 

Another GOP governor seeks exclusion from drilling proposal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Opposition to the Trump administration's plan to expand offshore drilling is mounting as Democrats from coastal states accuse President Donald Trump of punishing states with Democratic leaders and a second Republican governor...

 

N Korea: Popularity of 'Fire and Fury' foretells Trump's end

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea has found good material to attack U.S. President Donald Trump: Michael Wolff's bombshell new book, "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House." The book paints Trump as a leader who doesn't understand the...

 

Burned by book, Trump takes issue with nation's libel laws

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said he's going to be taking "a strong look at our country's libel laws," blasting the current standards as "a sham and a disgrace." Speaking during a Cabinet meeting Wednesday, Trump said that people...

 

Joe Arpaio points to political traits he shares with Trump

PHOENIX (AP) — People have been comparing the political styles of President Donald Trump and former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio since the allies starting appearing together at campaign events. The 85-year-old Arpaio noted those similarities...

 

Louisiana teacher speaks out after arrest at board meeting

ABBEVILLE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana teacher who was ejected from a school board meeting and handcuffed after speaking out about salaries — a video-recorded arrest that sparked outrage — said Wednesday her treatment was appalling and encouraged...

 

State police to release report on Newtown shooting response

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut State Police say they are releasing a report Friday on the agency's response to the December 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School that left 26 children and educators dead. Police have not explained why...

 

Police: New Mexico student wrote note about school shooting

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A northwestern New Mexico high school student is facing charges after writing a threatening message about a school shooting. Police say a 16-year-old Piedra Vista High School student was arrested this week after staff found...

 

Ex-Olathe teacher pleads guilty to relationship with student

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A former Olathe School teacher and coach has admitted to having a sexual relationship with a student. Michael Jasiczek pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to two federal charges involving having sex with a student over...

 

BP pays $102 million settlement for California over-charges

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — BP Energy Company is paying California $102 million to settle claims that it overcharged the state for natural gas between 2003 and 2012. Attorney General Xavier Becerra (HAH-vee-air Bah-sehr'-ah) said Thursday that BP...

 

Auto efficiency makes gains, but falls short of targets

WASHINGTON (AP) — New government data shows gas mileage for 2016 model year light-duty vehicles sold in the United States made smaller than expected gains in fuel economy over the last year, though new cars are generally sipping less gas and spewin...

 

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