SYDNEY  | Australia recognizes west Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

SYDNEY  — Australia has decided to formally recognize west Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, but won’t move its embassy until there’s a peace settlement between Israel and Palestinians, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced Saturday. He said in a speech that Australia will recognize east Jerusalem as Palestine’s capital only after a settlement has been reached on … Continue reading SYDNEY  | Australia recognizes west Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka | Rajapaksa set to quit as Sri Lanka’s premier to end crisis

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka— A Sri Lankan lawmaker said that disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa will resign Saturday to end the country’s political crisis. The pro-Rajapaksa lawmaker, Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena, told reporters that Rajapaksa decided in a meeting Friday with President Maithripala Sirisena to resign to allow the president to appoint a new government. Sri Lanka … Continue reading COLOMBO, Sri Lanka | Rajapaksa set to quit as Sri Lanka’s premier to end crisis

TALLAHASSEE, Fla | Florida woman convicted of role in husband’s 2000 killing

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — After a spellbinding five-day trial that featured tales of infidelity, a multimillion dollar insurance payout and family dysfunction, a jury on Friday convicted a Florida woman of helping mastermind the killing of her husband nearly two decades ago. Jurors convicted Denise Williams of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder for her … Continue reading TALLAHASSEE, Fla | Florida woman convicted of role in husband’s 2000 killing

METAIRIE, La | Brees connects with those who helped set NFL passing record

METAIRIE, La. — When Drew Brees became the NFL’s career leader in yards passing, he wanted to come up with some sort of gift to thank those who coached him, caught the 6,357 completions it took to set the record, and those who blocked while he threw. His solution was an exhaustive process than involved … Continue reading METAIRIE, La | Brees connects with those who helped set NFL passing record

TUSCALOOSA, Ala | Saban: Alabama hasn’t hired ex-Maryland coach DJ Durkin

TUSCALOOSA, Ala.— Former Maryland coach DJ Durkin is spending time with the Alabama football staff but hasn’t been hired. Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said in a statement Friday that Durkin “is spending a few days with our staff in Tuscaloosa from a professional development standpoint.” Saban says Durkin hasn’t been “hired in any capacity” … Continue reading TUSCALOOSA, Ala | Saban: Alabama hasn’t hired ex-Maryland coach DJ Durkin

RALEIGH, N.C | Evidentiary hearing on 9th District issues rescheduled

RALEIGH, N.C. — An evidentiary hearing on allegations of absentee ballot fraud in a North Carolina congressional district election has been rescheduled. The N.C. State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement announced Friday that the public hearing initially scheduled for Dec. 21 will now be held on Jan. 11, 2019. In a letter Monday, board … Continue reading RALEIGH, N.C | Evidentiary hearing on 9th District issues rescheduled

SAN FRANCISCO | California court blocks pardon of man who killed at age 14

SAN FRANCISCO — In a rare step, the California Supreme Court has blocked Gov. Jerry Brown‘s attempt to issue a pardon to a 37-year-old Cambodian refugee who killed a woman when he was 14 years old. The court gave no reason for the rejection, but earlier noted it only had the authority to do so … Continue reading SAN FRANCISCO | California court blocks pardon of man who killed at age 14