Burglars of a feather ‘flock’ together in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (AP)(STL.News) — The gang members start their days in the impoverished neighborhoods of South Los Angeles, but their real work begins in some of the city’s wealthiest enclaves. Each day, the gang hand-picks teams of burglars, who ditch their usual attire for button-down shirts and hop into shiny luxury sedans to blend in … Continue reading Burglars of a feather ‘flock’ together in Los Angeles

Back to burgers: Carls Jr ditches bikini-clad ads

March 30, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) Carls Jr and Hardee’s are ditching the bikinis and getting back to the burgers. The chains are famous for advertisements featuring models and celebrities like Paris Hilton, Kate Upton and Emily Ratajkowski munching on burgers while scantily clad. A new commercial for the chains shows the imagined Carl Hardee Sr. taking … Continue reading Back to burgers: Carls Jr ditches bikini-clad ads

World stocks mixed; Asia drops on Chinese liquidity concerns

HONG KONG/March 30, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — World stocks were mixed Thursday, with Asian indexes falling as Chinese authorities tightened liquidity in the financial system of the world’s second largest economy. KEEPING SCORE: Germany’s DAX edge up 0.1 percent to 12,212 and France’s CAC 40 was flat at 5,067. Britain’s FTSE 100 shed 0.3 percent to … Continue reading World stocks mixed; Asia drops on Chinese liquidity concerns

A look at latest ruling on Trump administration travel ban

HONOLULU/March 30, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — A federal judge in Hawaii who temporarily blocked President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban hours before it was set to take effect issued a longer-lasting order Wednesday. U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson held a hearing Wednesday on Hawaii’s request to extend his temporary hold. Several hours later, he issued a … Continue reading A look at latest ruling on Trump administration travel ban

Amid US’ Afghanistan uncertainty, Russia resurrects interest

WASHINGTON/March 30, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — As America’s 16-year war in Afghanistan drags on, Russia is resurrecting its own interest in the “graveyard of empires.” The jockeying includes engaging the Taliban and leading a new diplomatic effort to tackle Afghanistan’s future, all while Washington leaves the world guessing on its strategy for ending the conflict. Uncertain … Continue reading Amid US’ Afghanistan uncertainty, Russia resurrects interest

Senate hearing to focus on Russian disinformation tactics

WASHINGTON/March 30, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — Some tactics Russia used to meddle in last year’s presidential election would give shivers to anyone who believes in American democracy, the Senate intelligence committee’s top Democrat says. Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia spoke ahead of a committee session Thursday that will address how the Kremlin allegedly uses technology to … Continue reading Senate hearing to focus on Russian disinformation tactics

US opens formal investigation into civilian deaths in Mosul

WASHINGTON/March 30, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — The U.S. military has launched a formal investigation into what role the U.S. played in the deaths of dozens of civilians in Mosul, Iraq, earlier this month, amid warnings from a top American general that the dense urban fight is making it harder to avoid killing innocents. Gen. Joseph Votel, … Continue reading US opens formal investigation into civilian deaths in Mosul

For Ivanka Trump, rising profile comes with backlash

WASHINGTON/March 30, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — She has a West Wing office, facetime with world leaders and unrivaled access to the president. And as Ivanka Trump’s White House role grows, so does the backlash. Ivanka Trump, a first daughter with first-in-recent-history influence, has become fodder in a heated national conversation about gender politics and ideological beliefs. … Continue reading For Ivanka Trump, rising profile comes with backlash