Pennsylvania court throws out congressional boundaries

HARRISBURG, Pa/January 23, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— The Pennsylvania Supreme Court struck down the state’s widely criticized congressional map Monday, granting a major victory to Democrats who alleged the 18 districts were unconstitutionally gerrymandered to benefit Republicans and setting off a scramble to draw a new map. In the Democratic-controlled court’s decision, the majority said the boundaries “clearly, … Continue reading Pennsylvania court throws out congressional boundaries

French retailer Carrefour details investment plan, job cuts

PARIS/January 23, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— French retailer Carrefour says it will invest 2.8 billion euros ($3.4 billion) over the next five years in online shopping as part of a plan aimed at boosting its growth that also will result in 2,400 job cuts. Europe’s biggest retailer said in a statement Tuesday that the job cuts will be … Continue reading French retailer Carrefour details investment plan, job cuts

Afghan official: Death toll from Kabul attack rises to 22

KABUL, Afghanistan/January 23, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— An Afghan official says that the death toll from the Taliban attack over the weekend on Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel has risen to 22, including 14 foreigners and eight Afghans. Najib Danish, spokesman for the interior ministry, said on Tuesday that after the deadly siege ended on Sunday, security forces also defused … Continue reading Afghan official: Death toll from Kabul attack rises to 22

Philippine volcano spews lava fountains, 56,000 people flee

LEGAZPI, Philippines/January 23, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— The Philippines’ most active volcano spewed fountains of red-hot lava and massive ash plumes anew Tuesday in a dazzling but increasingly dangerous eruption that has sent 56,000 villagers fleeing to evacuation centers. Lava fountains gushed up 700 meters (2,300 feet) above Mount Mayon’s crater and ash plumes rose up to 3 … Continue reading Philippine volcano spews lava fountains, 56,000 people flee

South African jazz musician Hugh Masekela dies at 78

JOHANNESBURG/January 23, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— Legendary South African jazz musician Hugh Masekela has died at the age of 78 after a decade-long fight with cancer, according to a statement from his family on Tuesday. Often called the “Father of South African jazz,” Masekela died in Johannesburg after what his family said was a “protracted and courageous battle … Continue reading South African jazz musician Hugh Masekela dies at 78

The Latest: Investors should beware potential ‘reckoning’

DAVOS, Switzerland/January 23, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— The Latest on the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland (all times local): 9:55 a.m. Stock markets around the world are flying high amid a synchronized global upturn but a leading U.S. investor is warning of a potential “reckoning.” Stephen Schwarzman, chairman and CEO of Blackstone, told an audience at the … Continue reading The Latest: Investors should beware potential ‘reckoning’

Faeroes lawmaker: Listen to Puigdemont in Catalan crisis

COPENHAGEN, Denmark/January 23, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— A Faeroese member of the Danish Parliament who plans to meet Catalan ex-leader Carles Puigdemont says that listening to him is the best way to understand what is going on in Spain’s Catalonia region. Magni Arge is a member of the left-wing Republican Party from the Faeroe Islands, a semi-autonomous Danish … Continue reading Faeroes lawmaker: Listen to Puigdemont in Catalan crisis

On last day in Israel, Pence visits Western Wall, Yad Vashem

JERUSALEM/January 23, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— Vice President Mike Pence is making a visit to the Western Wall and meeting with Israeli President Reuvin Rivlin on his final day of a trip to Israel. The vice president is also to visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial before departing the Holy Land later on Tuesday. His visit to the … Continue reading On last day in Israel, Pence visits Western Wall, Yad Vashem