Turkey vows to ‘drown’ US-backed Syrian Kurdish force

BEIRUT/January 15, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —Turkey’s president on Monday denounced U.S. plans to form a 30,000-strong Kurdish-led border security force in Syria, vowing to “drown this terror force before it is born,” as Russia and Syria also rejected the idea. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also warned U.S. troops against coming between Turkish troops and Kurdish forces, which … Continue reading Turkey vows to ‘drown’ US-backed Syrian Kurdish force

Pregnant teen who sued over abortion leaves federal custody

WASHINGTON/January 15, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —A pregnant immigrant teenager who told a judge that she was being prevented from having an abortion while in federal custody has been released, giving her the ability to obtain the procedure. The Trump administration said in a court filing Sunday that the 17-year-old had been released to a “sponsor,” an adult … Continue reading Pregnant teen who sued over abortion leaves federal custody

Woman dies after fire on casino boat off Florida’s coast

TAMPA, Fla./January 15, 2018 (AP) (STL.News) —A female passenger has died hours after a casino boat caught fire off Florida’s Gulf Coast, forcing her and about 50 other passengers and crew to jump into the chilly waters to escape. Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point spokesman Kurt Conover said Monday that the woman died late Sunday, shortly … Continue reading Woman dies after fire on casino boat off Florida’s coast

Dollar fall weighs on global stocks; US shut for holiday

SEOUL, South Korea/January 15, 2018 (AP) (STL.News) —Global stock markets were mostly lower on Monday as the dollar weakened across the board, pinching the outlook for export-driven regions like Europe. The U.S. was due to remain closed for a holiday. KEEPING SCORE: Britain’s FTSE 100 shed 0.1 percent to 7,771 while Germany’s DAX fell 0.3 percent … Continue reading Dollar fall weighs on global stocks; US shut for holiday

UK air force scrambles 2 fighters as Russian jets fly nearby

LONDON/January 15, 2018 (AP) (STL.News) —Britain’s defense ministry says the Royal Air Force has scrambled two fighter jets as Russian planes neared U.K. airspace — another illustration of ongoing tensions. The RAF confirmed a “quick reaction alert,” deploying Typhoon aircraft from the Lossiemouth base in Scotland, but military authorities say nothing was intercepted. The incident Monday … Continue reading UK air force scrambles 2 fighters as Russian jets fly nearby

Spain warns Catalan leader against swearing-in from Brussels

MADRID/January 15, 2018 (AP) (STL.News) —Spain’s prime minister has warned that the government will keep control over the restive region of Catalonia if ousted Catalan leader Carlos Puigdemont tries to be regional president from Brussels, where he’s a fugitive from Spanish justice. Puigdemont, who led Catalonia’s independence declaration in October that prompted the government intervention, wants … Continue reading Spain warns Catalan leader against swearing-in from Brussels

New pickups from Ram, Chevy heat up big-truck competition

DETROIT/January 15, 2018 (AP) (STL.News) —The competition for full-size pickup truck customers in the U.S. is as rough-and-tumble as ever, with Ram and Chevrolet rolling out brawny-looking new models that are larger, lighter and more efficient than their predecessors. For the first time in recent memory, two Detroit automakers are introducing new big trucks at the … Continue reading New pickups from Ram, Chevy heat up big-truck competition

January & February 2018 – fun in New Braunfels, Texas

Try a vacation full of new experiences and better value in New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS, TX/January 15, 2018 (STL.News) – Prices are better, crowds are thinner and many summer destinations make great winter vacations, too. For example, New Braunfels is one of Texas’ top tourist destinations. Summer often finds thousands cooling off in New … Continue reading January & February 2018 – fun in New Braunfels, Texas