RALEIGH, N.C | N Carolina elections head: US House race saw ballots handled

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A Republican operative, who last year rounded up votes for a GOP candidate running for Congress, conducted an illegal and well-funded ballot-harvesting operation, North Carolina‘s elections director said Monday. The director’s testimony came on the first day of a hearing into whether mail-in ballots were tampered with a in race for the state’s … Continue reading RALEIGH, N.C | N Carolina elections head: US House race saw ballots handled

MEXICO CITY | Mexico to close infamous island penal colony, region’s last

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico will close its infamous Isla Marias prison, the last island penal colony in a hemisphere once dotted with remote island jails like the one depicted in the movie “Papillon.” President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Monday that Mexico will relocate about two-thirds of the 659 remaining inmates and free about … Continue reading MEXICO CITY | Mexico to close infamous island penal colony, region’s last

UGHELLI, Nigeria | Nigeria’s president tells security forces to be ‘ruthless’

UGHELLI, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria’s president says security forces should be “ruthless” ahead of the country’s postponed election and that anyone who tries to disturb the vote “will do so at the expense of his own life.” President Muhammadu Buhari spoke Monday as both Nigeria’s ruling party and top opposition party condemned the last-minute decision … Continue reading UGHELLI, Nigeria | Nigeria’s president tells security forces to be ‘ruthless’

NEW YORK | Scientist who popularized term “global warming” dies at 87

NEW YORK (AP) — A climate scientist who popularized the term “global warming” has died. Wallace Smith Broecker was 87. Columbia University said the longtime professor and researcher died Monday at a New York City hospital. A spokesman for the university’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory said Broecker had been ailing in recent months. Broecker brought “global … Continue reading NEW YORK | Scientist who popularized term “global warming” dies at 87

RALEIGH, N.C | N Carolina elections head says ballots handled illegally

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A Republican operative, who last year rounded up votes for a GOP candidate running for Congress, conducted an illegal and well-funded ballot-harvesting operation, North Carolina’s elections director said Monday. The director’s testimony came on the first day of a hearing into whether mail-in ballots were tampered with a in race for the state’s … Continue reading RALEIGH, N.C | N Carolina elections head says ballots handled illegally

NEW YORK | Protests slam Trump’s emergency declaration for border wall

NEW YORK (AP) — Protesters are gathering in cities from Washington to Fort Worth, Texas, to decry President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to fund his planned U.S.-Mexico border wall. Organized by the liberal group MoveOn and others, the Presidents Day demonstrations assailed Trump’s declaration as undemocratic, anti-immigrant and based on a nonexistent … Continue reading NEW YORK | Protests slam Trump’s emergency declaration for border wall

NEW YORK | Clark: Some teams make little effort to justify ticket costs

NEW YORK (AP) — Players’ union head Tony Clark took the extraordinary step of saying baseball fans should question whether it makes sense to purchase tickets for some teams, responding to Commissioner Rob Manfred’s assertion that free-agent players have failed to adjust their economic demands in a market upended by analytics. Top free agents Bryce … Continue reading NEW YORK | Clark: Some teams make little effort to justify ticket costs

BAGHOUZ, Syria | Tense standoff spells endgame for IS militants in Syria

BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — The collection of tents was largely silent on a sunny winter Monday afternoon. Few people were visible, but the few out and about were calm: Two men in long robes and pants walked slowly together through the grass, a woman leisurely came out of her tent to look around, a man … Continue reading BAGHOUZ, Syria | Tense standoff spells endgame for IS militants in Syria