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Trump marks his first month with tweets, turmoil

WASHINGTON/February 20, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — One month after the inauguration, the stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue in front of Donald Trump’s White House still is a hard-hat zone. Skeletal remains of the inaugural reviewing stands poke skyward. Random piles of plywood and cables are heaped on the ground inside crooked lines of metal fencing. The disarray … Continue reading Trump marks his first month with tweets, turmoil

Draft DHS guidelines sharpen focus on those here illegally

WASHINGTON/February 20, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — The Homeland Security Department has drafted sweeping new guidelines aimed at aggressively detaining and deporting immigrants living in the U.S. illegally, according to a pair of memoranda signed by DHS Secretary John Kelly. The memos dated Friday seek to implement President Donald Trump’s broad directive to crack down on illegal … Continue reading Draft DHS guidelines sharpen focus on those here illegally

Asian shares muted ahead of earnings, Fed minutes this week

HONG KONG/February 20, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — Asian stocks were muted on Monday as a lack of fresh leads kept investors on the sidelines while they awaited economic and corporate earnings reports and Fed meeting minutes due out this week. KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 index edged up 0.1 percent to 19,244.39 and South Korea’s … Continue reading Asian shares muted ahead of earnings, Fed minutes this week

Flood fears renewed as another storm aims for California

SAN FRANCISCO/February 19, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — The first outer rain bands from a powerful Pacific storm headed to Northern California on Sunday brought light rain and wind and renewed warnings of possible flooding in the already soggy region. The San Joaquin River at a measuring station near Vernalis remained at “danger stage,” meaning it keeps … Continue reading Flood fears renewed as another storm aims for California

On frozen fields, North Korean farmers prep for battle ahead

PYONGYANG, North Korea/February 19, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — Plug your noses and ready your “Juche fertilizer.” It’s time to prep the frozen fields in North Korea. North Korea relies on its farmers to squeeze absolutely all they can out of every harvest. It’s a tall order in a country with 25 million mouths to feed that … Continue reading On frozen fields, North Korean farmers prep for battle ahead

The Latest: Westbrook gets assist from Durant on dunk

NEW ORLEANS/February 19, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — The Latest on Sunday night’s All-Star game (all times local): 7:45 p.m. It happened. Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant were really teammates again. With 5 minutes left in the first quarter of the All-Star Game, Westbrook passed to Durant, who sent a lob back across to the lane to … Continue reading The Latest: Westbrook gets assist from Durant on dunk

High profile gymnasts come forward, claim abuse by doctor

NEW YORK/February 19, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — Three former elite U.S. gymnasts, including 2000 Olympian Jamie Dantzcher, have come forward saying they were sexually abused by a former doctor currently facing trial on a separate matter. Dantzscher, three-time U.S. rhythmic gymnastics champion Jessica Howard and former national team member Jeanette Antolin appeared on “60 Minutes” on … Continue reading High profile gymnasts come forward, claim abuse by doctor

AP source: Trump’s revised travel ban targets same countries

WASHINGTON/February 19, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — A draft of President Donald Trump’s revised immigration ban targets the same seven countries listed in his original executive order and exempts travelers who already have a visa to travel to the U.S., even if they haven’t used it yet. A senior administration official said the order, which Trump revised … Continue reading AP source: Trump’s revised travel ban targets same countries