Spacewalking astronauts give new hand to robot arm

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. /January 23, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Spacewalking astronauts gave a hand to the International Space Station’s big robot arm Tuesday. As the federal government geared back up 250 miles below, NASA astronauts Mark Vande Hei and Scott Tingle successfully installed the new mechanical gripper. Because of the lingering effects of the government shutdown, the … Continue reading Spacewalking astronauts give new hand to robot arm

Austrian cities Graz, Schladming consider 2026 Olympics bid

SCHALDMING, Austria/January 23, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Two cities in the Austrian province of Styria are exploring the possibility of hosting the 2026 Winter Olympics, three months after a potential bid from Innsbruck was rejected by inhabitants of Tyrol. Graz and Schladming said on Tuesday they are working on a financial plan to be presented in March, … Continue reading Austrian cities Graz, Schladming consider 2026 Olympics bid

A-Rod again replaces Boone, joins ESPN Sunday Night Baseball

BRISTOL, Conn./January 23, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Alex Rodriguez is taking over for Aaron Boone again, this time moving into the ESPN booth for Sunday Night Baseball. ESPN announced Tuesday that A-Rod was joining its crew as an analyst. The former star slugger will become a rare, two-network announcer — he will continue as a studio analyst for … Continue reading A-Rod again replaces Boone, joins ESPN Sunday Night Baseball

Texas 16-year-old charged in high school cafeteria shooting

ITALY, Texas/January 23, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — A 15-year-old girl who was wounded in a Texas high school shooting is “in good spirits,” and the 16-year-old boy suspected of opening fire in the cafeteria has been charged as a juvenile with aggravated assault, officials said Tuesday. School District superintendent Lee Joffre told reporters outside Italy High School that … Continue reading Texas 16-year-old charged in high school cafeteria shooting

2 dead, 19 injured in Kentucky school shooting; suspect held

BENTON, Ky/January 23, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — A 15-year-old male student opened fire with a handgun inside a rural Kentucky high school Tuesday morning, killing two classmates and injuring 19, including 14 with gunshot wounds. Police led a suspect away in handcuffs and said there is no reason to suspect anyone else in the nation’s first fatal school … Continue reading 2 dead, 19 injured in Kentucky school shooting; suspect held

India and Canada defend free trade as US imposes tariffs

DAVOS, Switzerland/January 23, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Just hours after U.S. President Donald Trump approved new tariffs on imports, the leaders of Canada and India come out forcefully Tuesday against a drift toward protectionism in the global economy. While Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said new barriers to trade could pose a danger on a par with climate … Continue reading India and Canada defend free trade as US imposes tariffs

Poll: Deep partisan divide among Americans over Israel

JERUSALEM/January 23, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — The bitter divisions in the United States are being felt across the world in the Middle East, where Israel is emerging as an increasingly partisan issue in the Trump era. A new opinion poll released Tuesday showed U.S. Republicans to be far more supportive of Israel than their Democratic counterparts. It also … Continue reading Poll: Deep partisan divide among Americans over Israel

Maine town manager is fired for touting ‘white civil rights’

PORTLAND, Maine/January 23, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — A northern Maine town manager who espoused white separatist views was fired on Tuesday and said he was getting $30,000 for agreeing not to sue the town. The selectmen in the rural town of Jackman announced the decision after a closed-door executive session with Tom Kawczynski, the town’s top administrator since … Continue reading Maine town manager is fired for touting ‘white civil rights’