SEATTLE | Paul Allen, Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist, dies

SEATTLE  — Paul G. Allen, who co-founded Microsoft with his childhood friend Bill Gates before becoming a billionaire philanthropist, technology investor and owner of several professional sports teams, has died. He was 65. He died Monday in Seattle, according to his company Vulcan Inc. Earlier this month Allen announced that the non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma that he … Continue reading SEATTLE | Paul Allen, Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist, dies

BEIJING | China says internment camps are ‘free vocational training’

BEIJING  — China is saving ethnic minority Muslims from the lure of religious extremism by teaching them to speak Mandarin and accept modern science, a senior Chinese official said in a report Tuesday, Beijing’s latest effort to defend its internment of Muslims against mounting criticism. Shohrat Zakir, governor of the far west Xinjiang region, described … Continue reading BEIJING | China says internment camps are ‘free vocational training’

CONCORD, N.H | 2020 Democrats building ties to power brokers in key states

CONCORD, N.H.  — Before he cut the $100,000 checks, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti brought the Democratic Party chairmen from Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada backstage to meet late night television host Jimmy Kimmel and superstar hip-hop producer DJ Khaled. Garcetti may not be the best-known 2020 presidential prospect, but he will not … Continue reading CONCORD, N.H | 2020 Democrats building ties to power brokers in key states

DES MOINES, Iowa | Mega Millions prize of $654M is nation’s 4th-largest

DES MOINES, Iowa — The fourth-largest lottery prize in U.S. history will be on the line as numbers are drawn for the Mega Millions game’s $654 million jackpot. The grand prize for Tuesday night’s drawing has grown so enormous because no one has won the jackpot since July 24. Although the jackpot is massive, the … Continue reading DES MOINES, Iowa | Mega Millions prize of $654M is nation’s 4th-largest

HOUSTON | Cruz, O’Rourke debate may be last chance for big moment

HOUSTON — Frank Randazzo, a retiree near Houston, volunteers for his local GOP office knocking on doors of undecided voters amid the most expensive U.S. Senate race in the country. He did a double take when a man with a Beto O’Rourke sign in his yard declared he was voting Republican. “He told me to … Continue reading HOUSTON | Cruz, O’Rourke debate may be last chance for big moment

SINGAPORE | Asian shares up on hopes that US, China will solve dispute

SINGAPORE  — Asian markets were mostly higher on Tuesday, though Chinese benchmarks fell after the government reported inflation rose for the fourth straight month. KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 added 0.3 percent to 22,317.06. The Kospi in South Korea recovered 0.1 percent to 2,145.71. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index, which has fallen 22 percent … Continue reading SINGAPORE | Asian shares up on hopes that US, China will solve dispute

ISTANBUL | Top US diplomat heads to Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi

ISTANBUL — A Turkish forensics teams finished a search for evidence in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul early Tuesday morning over the disappearance and alleged slaying of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi, as reports circulated that the kingdom may concede the killing took place there. Technicians in coveralls, gloves and covered shoes treated the consulate, where … Continue reading ISTANBUL | Top US diplomat heads to Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi

Firms cite law in Missouri boat accident, seek mediation

Two companies facing multiple lawsuits over a summer tourist boat accident in Missouri that killed 17 people have invoked an 1851 law that allows vessel owners to try to avoid or limit legal damages as they also seek settlement negotiations with victims’ family members. But Tia Coleman, an Indiana woman who survived the accident, and … Continue reading Firms cite law in Missouri boat accident, seek mediation