Czechs voting for president in test of pro-Russia incumbent

PRAGUE/January 27, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— Czechs are casting ballots for a second day in the presidential runoff, with the former head of the Academy of Sciences challenging the pro-Russian incumbent. President Milos Zeman and Jiri Drahos advanced to the second round of voting after none of the nine candidates seeking the largely ceremonial post received a majority … Continue reading Czechs voting for president in test of pro-Russia incumbent

The Latest: 17 killed, 110 wounded in Afghan car bombing

KABUL, Afghanistan/January 27, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— The Latest on explosion in Afghanistan (all times local): 2:20 p.m. The Afghan Public Health Ministry says 17 people have been killed and 110 wounded in a suicide car bombing in the capital Kabul claimed by the Taliban. Nasrat Rahimi, deputy spokesperson for the Interior Ministry, said the attacker used an … Continue reading The Latest: 17 killed, 110 wounded in Afghan car bombing

Fleetwood Mac helps raise $7 million for charity

NEW YORK/January 27, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— Rock ‘n’ roll’s dysfunctional family, Fleetwood Mac, joined with artists paying tribute to their work to raise $7 million for down-on-their luck musicians at a benefit in Radio City Music Hall on Friday. The annual MusiCares fundraiser, held each year just before the Grammys, like the awards show was in New … Continue reading Fleetwood Mac helps raise $7 million for charity

Michigan St AD retires; Dantonio defends himself

EAST LANSING, Mich/January 27, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— Michigan State University’s athletic director retired two days after the university president resigned over the school’s handling of sexual abuse allegations against its disgraced former sports doctor, Larry Nassar. Mark Hollis, who had been in the job for 10 years, disclosed the move Friday during a meeting with a small … Continue reading Michigan St AD retires; Dantonio defends himself

Ex-colleagues call new US attorney in Manhattan apolitical

NEW YORK/January 27, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— The new, top federal prosecutor in Manhattan is a Republican, a former law partner of Rudy Giuliani and was reportedly interviewed personally by President Donald Trump before getting the job. But people who know Geoffrey Berman say he will keep politics out of a prosecutor’s office that has long prided itself … Continue reading Ex-colleagues call new US attorney in Manhattan apolitical

International criticism of Venezuela’s election plans mount

CARACAS, Venezuela/January 27, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— International pressure has been mounting on Venezuela over the government’s decision to push up presidential elections under conditions that opponents say overwhelmingly favor President Nicolas Maduro, who is so far the only candidate. Spain, a major trading partner with deep roots in Venezuela, became the latest government to break diplomatic ties … Continue reading International criticism of Venezuela’s election plans mount

California governor pushes for 5 million zero-emission cars

SACRAMENTO, Calif/January 27, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— Gov. Jerry Brown outlined a $2.5 billion plan Friday to help Californians buy electric vehicles and expand a network of charging stations as part of a goal of getting 5 million zero-emission cars on the road by 2030. The ambitious proposal to transform California’s car culture comes as Brown begins his … Continue reading California governor pushes for 5 million zero-emission cars

Bumpy road: Goepper overcomes depression for 2nd Olympic run

ASPEN, Colo/January 27, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— In the aftermath of his history-making triumph at the Sochi Olympics — the non-stop parties, the interview on Letterman, the random stops to be adored by strangers — Nick Goepper kept coming back to two questions. What just happened? What happens next? The freestyle skier had been given a good chance … Continue reading Bumpy road: Goepper overcomes depression for 2nd Olympic run