Russian police face the unexpected: crocodile in basement

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia/January 20, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Russian police had an unexpected encounter while searching a house in St. Petersburg — a crocodile in the basement. The Fontanka.ru news portal said the incident happened Thursday while detectives were looking for undeclared weapons in the house of a man involved in staging reconstructions of historic military battles with … Continue reading Russian police face the unexpected: crocodile in basement

Talks open at Korean Olympic unity meeting in Switzerland

LAUSANNE, Switzerland/January 20, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —Olympic and government officials from North Korea and South Korea have begun a meeting at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) headquarters in Switzerland to confirm how they will unite for the Pyeongchang Winter Games next month. Sports ministers from both countries have joined the session to build on a breakthrough agreement … Continue reading Talks open at Korean Olympic unity meeting in Switzerland

India accuses Pakistan of fresh attacks on Kashmir frontier

SRINAGAR, India/January 20, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —Indian officials said Pakistani troops opened fire Saturday along their volatile frontier in Kashmir, killing two civilians and a solider in the latest escalation of violence in the disputed region. Indian police said Pakistani soldiers were targeting Indian border posts and villages with mortar shells and automatic gunfire for the fourth … Continue reading India accuses Pakistan of fresh attacks on Kashmir frontier

Pence says troops should not have to worry about shutdown

WASHINGTON/January 20, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —Vice President Mike Pence is making his fourth visit to Israel, returning to a region he’s visited “a million times” in his heart. An evangelical Christian with strong ties to the Holy Land, Pence this time comes packing two key policy decisions in his bags that have long been top priorities for … Continue reading Pence says troops should not have to worry about shutdown

Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft today announced two initiative petitions

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (STL.News) Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft today announced two initiative petitions relating to the election of judges which met state standards for circulation. The official ballot title for Petition 2018-317 reads: Do you want to amend the Missouri Constitution to provide that: supreme court and court of appeals (appellate court) judges shall … Continue reading Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft today announced two initiative petitions

Syracuse women making slow strides on basketball court

January 20, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —It’s been almost two years since Syracuse lost to powerful Connecticut in the women’s national championship game, and coach Quentin Hillsman is trying to recapture some of the magic that produced a program-record 30 victories in that breakthrough season. Fielding one of the more inexperienced teams in the nation this season has … Continue reading Syracuse women making slow strides on basketball court

Without NHL players, Olympic tournament is ‘wide open’

January 20, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —When Willie Desjardins coached Canada’s 2010 world junior team stacked with future NHL players Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, Brayden Schenn, Alex Pietrangelo and goaltenders Jake Allen and Martin Jones, it took a wild final game with John Carlson scoring in overtime to win the gold medal for the United States. Just like … Continue reading Without NHL players, Olympic tournament is ‘wide open’

Thai police arrest suspected kingpin of wildlife trafficking

BANGKOK/January 20, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —Thai police have arrested a suspected kingpin of wildlife trafficking who allegedly fueled much of Asia’s illegal trade for over a decade, officials said Saturday. Boonchai Bach, a 40-year-old Thai of Vietnamese descent, was arrested Friday in the northeastern border province of Nakhon Phanom in connection with the with smuggling of 14 … Continue reading Thai police arrest suspected kingpin of wildlife trafficking