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Trump orders huge tariffs on China, raises trade war worries

WASHINGTON (AP) — Primed for economic combat, President Donald Trump set in motion tariffs on as much as $60 billion in Chinese imports to the U.S. on Thursday and accused the Chinese of high-tech thievery, picking a fight that could push the globa...

 

Ad business at stake, Facebook takes baby steps on privacy

NEW YORK (AP) — Engulfed in a scandal over its users' privacy, Facebook has opted to take little more than baby steps to fix the problem. From the company's perspective, that makes perfect sense. Stronger safeguards on user data might damage...

 

Toys R Us founder dies days after chain's announced shutdown

NEW YORK (AP) — Charles P. Lazarus, the World War II veteran who founded Toys R Us six decades ago and transformed it into an iconic piece of Americana, died Thursday at age 94, a week after the chain announced it was going out of business. Toys R...

 

Septuagenarian smackdown? Trump, Biden trade fighting words

WASHINGTON (AP) — Imagine: A pay-per-view steel-cage fight featuring Donald "Kick His A--" Trump versus Joe "Beat the Hell Out of Him" Biden. Price to tune in? Enough to eliminate the government's deficit. The Republican president and the former...

 

Defeated rebels begin leaving enclave near Syrian capital

BEIRUT (AP) — Carrying their light arms, hundreds of defeated rebels began evacuating with their families Thursday from a devastated town in eastern Ghouta, an effective surrender under a deal with the government after a long siege and bombing...

 

Lone Nigerian captive refused to convert for Boko Haram

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — The mother of the only Nigerian schoolgirl still in Boko Haram captivity after the extremists released 104 classmates said Thursday her daughter was blocked from boarding the vehicle to freedom and told to convert to Islam. Fi...

 

Fired Tillerson says farewell to 'a very mean-spirited town'

WASHINGTON (AP) — He came, he saw, he got fired on Twitter. And now Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said farewell, with a parting plea Thursday to America's diplomats not to let anyone violate their integrity. Tillerson did not mention his...

 
 By JAY REEVES    Regional    March 23, 2018

Austin bombings revive trauma of Alabama explosion death

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Judge Robert S. Vance was at his kitchen table on Dec. 16, 1989, when he opened a package that had been mailed to his home. The bomb hidden inside exploded with brutal force, killing Vance instantly and severely injuring...

 

How the Parkland teens are pulling off a worldwide movement

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — They can't buy a beer or rent a car and most aren't even old enough to vote, yet the students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have spearheaded what could become one of the largest marches in history with nearly 1 mil...

 

Police: Austin bomber's motive still unknown, despite video

PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (AP) — A 25-minute cellphone video left behind by the bomber whose deadly explosives terrorized Austin for weeks details the differences among the weapons he built and amounts to a confession, police said. But his motive remains...

 

Oklahoma grass fire forces evacuations, closes freeway

CHICKASHA, Okla. (AP) — A wildfire fueled by dry vegetation and gusty winds has prompted some Oklahoma residents to flee their homes. Grady County emergency management official Amanda Wilkerson says some evacuations were ordered Thursday as flames...

 

Texas company settles Oklahoma pollution lawsuit

DUNCAN, Okla. (AP) — A Texas-based oil field service company has settled a lawsuit with more than 100 southern Oklahoma residents who allege their homes and businesses were damaged by groundwater contamination caused by the company. Halliburton...

 

Man with bomb material, copy of Anarchist Cookbook arrested

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A 63-year-old Oklahoma man has been arrested after police said they found bomb-making materials and a copy of "The Anarchist Cookbook" in his hotel room. Oklahoma County jail records show Richard Paul Holt of Marlow was booked...

 

Death toll rises to 242 in Oklahoma's record flu season

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Health officials say 242 Oklahomans have died from influenza so far this season, deepening the severity of an already record flu season in the state. The state Department of Health said Thursday more than 4,500 people have...

 

University of Oklahoma instructor charged with rape of teen

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — A University of Oklahoma instructor has been charged in a statutory rape case involving a high school student. The Norman Transcript reports that Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn filed two felony second-degree...

 

2 men killed by police in separate Oklahoma shootings

OWASSO, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is looking into the fatal shooting of two men by police in separate northeastern Oklahoma cities. The OSBI says 39-year-old Duane Preciado died after being shot Wednesday night in the...

 

Oklahoma appeals court affirms life sentence in man's death

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the life prison sentence of a 24-year-old man convicted of shooting another man to death following a fight. The court on Thursday upheld the sentence of Larry Lawson III, who...

 

Kansas Senate approves bill on police body camera footage

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators have taken a step toward greater transparency in law enforcement with the Senate passing a bill that would require departments to share body camera footage more quickly. The vote Thursday was unanimous. The...

 

Shooting in Wabaunsee County ruled justified self-defense

ALMA, Kan. (AP) — No charges will be filed in the fatal shooting death of a man last month in Wabaunsee County. County Attorney Tim Liesmann announced Thursday that the shooting of 36-year-old Chad Thomas-Buckbee in Alma was a justified...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    March 23, 2018

Kansas lawmakers advance first part of school funding fix

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas lawmakers on Thursday advanced the first piece of a plan to satisfy a state Supreme Court mandate on public school funding, a bill designed to make the distribution of education dollars fairer to poorer areas. The bill's...

 

Kansas Senate votes to allow self-service beer taps

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansans are closer to being allowed to be their own bartenders after the state Senate passed a bill that would legalize self-service beer taps for bars and clubs. The vote Thursday was 37-3 and sent the bill to the House....

 

Olathe man re-sentenced for shooting at first responders

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — An Olathe man was sentenced for the second time for setting a fire and then shooting at first responders who responded. The Kansas City Star reports 63-year-old William Outhet Jr. was sentenced Thursday to nearly 14 years in...

 

Man charged with college sexual assaults in Missouri, Kansas

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Four days before a Kansas State University graduate was due in court on charges that he sexually assaulted an unconscious man at a campus fraternity last fall, he sexually assaulted a University of Missouri-St. Louis student at...

 

UN chief warns of widespread ills from global water crisis

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres put a spotlight on the global water crisis on World Water Day, saying Thursday that over 2 billion people lack access to safe water and more than 3 billion are affected by the scarcity of...

 

Israeli firm says it can turn garbage into bio-based plastic

KIBBUTZ ZEELIM, Israel (AP) — Hawks, vultures and storks circle overhead as Christopher Sveen points at the heap of refuse rotting in the desert heat. "This is the mine of the future," he beams. Sveen is chief sustainability officer at UBQ, an...

 

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