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Motorcyclist killed after hitting dead pig in roadway

LITTLEROCK, Calif.(AP) — Authorities say a motorcycle rider has died after he hit a dead pig on a Southern California road and was thrown from his bike. KABC-TV says 57-year-old Bradley St. John was doing about 55 mph Thursday night in Littlerock when he struck the animal, which was directly in his path. St. John was … Continue reading Motorcyclist killed after hitting dead pig in roadway

Without Zion, No. 3 Duke upset by No. 20 Virginia Tech 77-72

BLACKSBURG, Va. / FEBRUARY 27, 2019 (STL.News) Ty Outlaw caught a pass from driving teammate Wabissa Bede, set himself and fired away with a tiebreaking 3-pointer. The way No. 20 Virginia Tech executed Tuesday, even Zion Williamson might not have made a difference. Outlaw hit his big shot with 1:28 left and the Hokies beat … Continue reading Without Zion, No. 3 Duke upset by No. 20 Virginia Tech 77-72

CHICAGO | Lawyer: Arrangements being made to pay R. Kelly’s $100K bail

CHICAGO (AP) — R. Kelly’s attorney says arrangements are being made to pay the R&B singer’s $100,000 bail to free him while he awaits trial for aggravated sexual abuse. Steve Greenberg told The Associated Press on Sunday that Kelly could be out as early as Monday, but he added that others have to act for … Continue reading CHICAGO | Lawyer: Arrangements being made to pay R. Kelly’s $100K bail

HAMPTON, Ga | Christopher Bell routs field at Atlanta to win Xfinity race

HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — Christopher Bell led all but 20 laps while routing the field Saturday to win the Xfinity Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. It was the first victory for the Supra that Toyota is using this season in NASCAR’s second-tier series. “First Supra win in the Xfinity Series, so that means a … Continue reading HAMPTON, Ga | Christopher Bell routs field at Atlanta to win Xfinity race

SAN FRANCISCO | Oakland teachers get ready to strike over pay, class sizes

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Teachers in Oakland, California, prepared Wednesday to walk off the job in what could be the nation’s latest strike over classroom conditions and pay. Oakland’s 3,000 teachers planned to pack up personal items from classrooms and say goodbye to students then begin the strike Thursday, “barring an unlikely change from the … Continue reading SAN FRANCISCO | Oakland teachers get ready to strike over pay, class sizes

FALLS CHURCH, Va | Muslim group seeks congressional probe on terror watchlist

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — A Muslim civil rights group called for a congressional investigation Wednesday after its lawsuit revealed that the U.S. government has shared its terrorist watchlist with more than 1,400 private entities, including hospitals and universities. The Council on American-Islamic Relations said Congress should look into why the FBI has so widely … Continue reading FALLS CHURCH, Va | Muslim group seeks congressional probe on terror watchlist

WASHINGTON | Minutes show Fed officials noted number of rising threats

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve policymakers last month noted greater threats to the U.S. economy, ranging from adverse effects of the government shutdown to rising trade tensions, and opted to emphasize that they would be “patient” in raising interest rates. Minutes of the Fed’s discussions in January showed that Fed officials also felt that further … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Minutes show Fed officials noted number of rising threats

DALLAS | Southwest grapples with new labor and revenue problems

DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines is lashing out at the union representing its mechanics, suggesting that they are purposely grounding planes in order to gain leverage in new contract negotiations. Separately, Southwest said Wednesday that the partial shutdown of the federal government will cost it $60 million in lost revenue during the first quarter — … Continue reading DALLAS | Southwest grapples with new labor and revenue problems

Bucharest, Romania: EU fears spread of nuclear arms as US readies to quit pact

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — European Union foreign ministers raised concerns Friday about the spread of nuclear weapons as the United States readied to pull out of a key Cold War-era treaty, blaming Russia for violating it. The Trump administration is poised to announce later Friday that it is withdrawing from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty … Continue reading Bucharest, Romania: EU fears spread of nuclear arms as US readies to quit pact

Seoul, South Korea: Former South Korean governor, Ahn Hee-jung, convicted of sexual abuse

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean appeals court sentenced a former provincial governor to 3½ years in prison on Friday on charges of sexually abusing his secretary, in the highest profile conviction yet from investigations triggered by the country’s growing #MeToo movement. A Seoul High Court official said Ahn Hee-jung was found guilty … Continue reading Seoul, South Korea: Former South Korean governor, Ahn Hee-jung, convicted of sexual abuse

WASHINGTON | Trump doubts negotiators will strike budget deal he’d accept

WASHINGTON —January 28, 2019— President Donald Trump  doubts negotiators will strike the odds congressional negotiators will craft a deal to end his border wall standoff with Congress are “less than 50-50.” As hundreds of thousands of furloughed federal workers prepared to return to work, Trump told The Wall Street Journal that he doesn’t think the negotiators … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump doubts negotiators will strike budget deal he’d accept

HAVANA | Tornado hits Havana; Cuban president says 3 dead, 172 hurt

HAVANA  —January 28, 2019—  A tornado and pounding rains smashed into the eastern part of Cuba’s capital overnight, toppling trees, bending power poles and flinging shards of metal roofing through the air as the storm cut a path of destruction across eastern Habana. Power was cut to many areas and President Miguel Diaz-Canel said Monday … Continue reading HAVANA | Tornado hits Havana; Cuban president says 3 dead, 172 hurt

DEERFIELD, Ill | Caterpillar swings to 4Q profit, but still falls short

DEERFIELD, Ill. —January 28, 2019—  Caterpillar returned to profitability in the fourth quarter, but sales have begun to slow in China and earnings failed to measure up to expectations on Wall Street. Shares tumbled 6 percent before the opening bell, weighing heavily on the Dow Jones industrial average. It’s a meager start to what will … Continue reading DEERFIELD, Ill | Caterpillar swings to 4Q profit, but still falls short

HAVANA | The Latest: Cook: Havana tornado absolutely “frightening”

HAVANA —January 28, 2019—  The Latest on Cuba’s deadly weather (all times local): 8 a.m. Leanys Calvo, a restaurant cook in Havana’s 10th of October borough, says she was working Sunday night despite heavy rain and wind when she heard a rumbling noise outside and looked out to see what appeared to be a tornado … Continue reading HAVANA | The Latest: Cook: Havana tornado absolutely “frightening”

BANGKOK | Thailand suspends patent processing for medical marijuana

BANGKOK —January 28, 2019— Thailand suspends patent processing for medical marijuana. Thailand’s military government has suspended the licensing of commercial marijuana-based products for medical use amid concern that foreign pharmaceutical companies might try to monopolize the market. Monday’s decree orders the director of the Department of Intellectual Property to invalidate all patent applications for medical marijuana … Continue reading BANGKOK | Thailand suspends patent processing for medical marijuana

Anthony Davis tells New Orleans that he wants a trade

—January 28, 2019— Anthony Davis’ agent says the five-time All-Star has told the New Orleans Pelicans that he wants to be traded to a contending team. Agent Rich Paul confirmed the request to The Associated Press early Monday. ESPN first reported that Davis has told the Pelicans he wants to go elsewhere. Davis is having the … Continue reading Anthony Davis tells New Orleans that he wants a trade

RIO DE JANEIRO | Brazilian president has surgery to remove colostomy bag

RIO DE JANEIRO— January 28, 2019— Brazil’s new far-right president is undergoing surgery to remove the colostomy bag that was put into place after he was stabbed in September. President Jair Bolsonaro, speaking in a video from the Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo on Sunday night, says the surgery starts at 7 a.m. Monday and … Continue reading RIO DE JANEIRO | Brazilian president has surgery to remove colostomy bag

Pope: Terrified of bloodbath in Venezuela, won’t pick sides

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE —January 28, 2019— Pope Francis says he is “terrified of a bloodbath” in Venezuela but doesn’t want to pick sides in the political standoff because it’s not his role as a pastor. Francis told reporters travelling home from Panama on Sunday that he supports the entire Venezuelan population. He said: “If I … Continue reading Pope: Terrified of bloodbath in Venezuela, won’t pick sides

LONDON | Rare red panda found after escape from Belfast Zoo

LONDON—January 28, 2019— Officials say a rare red panda is safe and sound, a day after it escaped from Belfast Zoo in Northern Ireland. The animal went missing on Sunday, and Belfast City Council had urged members of the public to report any sightings to the zoo. The council said Monday that the mammal had been … Continue reading LONDON | Rare red panda found after escape from Belfast Zoo

NEW YORK | ‘VH1 Trailblazer Honors’ celebrates director Ava DuVernay

NEW YORK —January 28, 2019—  “VH1 Trailblazer Honors” will pay tribute to Academy Award-nominated director Ava DuVernay to kick off Women’s History Month. The 46-year-old’s screenwriter includes the films “Selma,” ”13TH” and “A Wrinkle In Time.” The 2018 fantasy movie made her the highest-grossing female black director in domestic box office history. DuVernay is a … Continue reading NEW YORK | ‘VH1 Trailblazer Honors’ celebrates director Ava DuVernay

Silva struggling to revive big-spending Everton

— Jan 28, 2019— Nicknamed the “Mini-Mourinho” after his illustrious compatriot, Marco Silva arrived in the Premier League in January 2017 as the slick, sharp-suited and smooth-talking coach with progressive ideas and a track record of success. Two years and three clubs later, English soccer is starting to wonder if he is worth all the … Continue reading Silva struggling to revive big-spending Everton

LONDON | Rare red panda goes missing from Belfast Zoo

LONDON— Jan 28, 2019—Officials say a rare red panda has gone missing from Belfast Zoo in Northern Ireland. Belfast City Council officials said Monday the animal is not considered dangerous but warned the public not to approach it if it is spotted. Anyone seeing the animal is advised to call police. Police also asked motorists … Continue reading LONDON | Rare red panda goes missing from Belfast Zoo

BERLIN | German Chancellor Angela Merkel receiving Fulbright prize

BERLIN —Jan 28, 2019— German Chancellor Angela Merkel is receiving the prestigious Fulbright Prize for International Understanding in a ceremony being held for the first time outside the United States. The Washington-based Fulbright Association is presenting Merkel with the award on Monday in Berlin, citing her “remarkable, compassionate leadership and her strong commitment to mutual … Continue reading BERLIN | German Chancellor Angela Merkel receiving Fulbright prize

BANGKOK | World stocks fall on doubts US shutdown deal will succeed

BANGKOK —Jan 28, 2019— Stock markets mostly fell Monday on caution over China-U.S. trade talks and over the ability of U.S. congressional negotiators to forge a government funding bill acceptable to President Donald Trump. KEEPING SCORE: Germany’s DAX lost 0.3 percent to 11,252 and the CAC 40 in France gave up 0.5 percent to 4,903. … Continue reading BANGKOK | World stocks fall on doubts US shutdown deal will succeed

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso | Gunmen attack market in northern Burkina Faso, 10 killed

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso—Jan 28, 2019—Burkina Faso’s security minister says nearly a dozen gunmen opened fire on civilians at a Sunday market in the Soum province, killing at least 10 people. Ousseni Compaore said Monday two others were injured in the attack on Sikire in the northern Sahel region that took place in the middle of … Continue reading OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso | Gunmen attack market in northern Burkina Faso, 10 killed

MANILA, Philippines | Duterte visits site of fatal bombings, Abu Sayyaf suspected

MANILA, Philippines —Jan 28, 2019—President Rodrigo Duterte and his top security officials on Monday visited a Catholic cathedral in the southern Philippines where suspected Islamic militants set off bombs that killed at least 20 people and wounded more than 100. The first blast sent people, some of them wounded, fleeing out the church’s main door. Army … Continue reading MANILA, Philippines | Duterte visits site of fatal bombings, Abu Sayyaf suspected