Major shift as Trump opens way for Medicaid work requirement

WASHINGTON/January 11, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —In a major policy shift that could affect millions of low-income people, the Trump administration said Thursday it is offering a path for states that want to seek work requirements on Medicaid recipients. Seema Verma, head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, said work and community involvement can make a … Continue reading Major shift as Trump opens way for Medicaid work requirement

Prominent ally of Germany’s Merkel injured in car accident

BERLIN/January 11, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —A prominent member of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party was slightly injured in a traffic accident in the early hours of Thursday morning as she headed back to Berlin for talks about the formation of a new government. Police told news agency DPA that Saarland governor Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer’s official car crashed into … Continue reading Prominent ally of Germany’s Merkel injured in car accident

Zeman favorite to win 2nd term in Czech presidential vote

PRAGUE/January 11, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —The Czech Republic’s controversy-courting president is seeking re-election this month in what will be the country’s second election in which voters, instead of lawmakers, pick the person to fill the office. Milos Zeman was elected to the largely ceremonial post in 2013 during the country’s first direct presidential vote, a victory that … Continue reading Zeman favorite to win 2nd term in Czech presidential vote

German economy grew in 2017 at fastest pace in 6 years

BERLIN/January 11, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —The German economy accelerated last year to grow by 2.2 percent, putting in its strongest performance for six years thanks primarily to increasing demand at home, official data showed Thursday. The figure released by the Federal Statistical Office was the strongest since 2011, when Europe’s biggest economy grew by 3.7 percent. Gross … Continue reading German economy grew in 2017 at fastest pace in 6 years

Trial for serial killer opens in Russia’s Siberia

MOSCOW/January 11, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —A court in Siberia has opened hearings in the trial of a former policeman who is charged with the murder of 60 people. Mikhail Popkov, from the eastern Siberian city of Angarsk, was first arrested in 2012 and sentenced to life in prison for the murder of 22 women. While in custody, … Continue reading Trial for serial killer opens in Russia’s Siberia

Tattoos lead Thai police to arrest Japanese gang member

BANGKOK/January 11, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —Thai police have arrested a 72-year-old Japanese fugitive who was recognized when his full-body tattoos were circulated online. A police statement said Shigeharu Shirai was arrested Wednesday in a province north of Bangkok, where he has been hiding for over 10 years to evade murder charges in Japan in connection with the … Continue reading Tattoos lead Thai police to arrest Japanese gang member

EU backs under-fire Iran nuclear pact at Brussels talks

BRUSSELS/January 11, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —European Union foreign ministers say a key agreement curbing Iran’s nuclear ambitions must be preserved as U.S. President Donald Trump weighs whether to pull out of the pact. British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Thursday that the deal is “a crucial agreement that makes the world safer.” His remarks came ahead of … Continue reading EU backs under-fire Iran nuclear pact at Brussels talks

Some legislatures lack sexual misconduct policies, training

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo./January 11, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —After a tumultuous few months that saw numerous lawmakers accused of sexual misconduct, a majority of state legislatures across the country are considering strengthening sexual harassment policies that have gone unheeded or unchanged for years. A 50-state review by The Associated Press found that almost all legislative chambers now have … Continue reading Some legislatures lack sexual misconduct policies, training