general news

US consumer prices rose 0.2 percent in February

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer prices rose 0.2 percent in February, pushed up slightly by higher gasoline and housing costs even as the prices for autos and clothing slumped. The Labor Department said Tuesday that the consumer price index rose a modest 1.5 percent last month from a year ago. Inflation has been muted despite … Continue reading US consumer prices rose 0.2 percent in February

Algerians keep up pressure after president’s half-concession

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algerian students are protesting President Abdelaziz Bouteflika‘s decision to delay presidential elections indefinitely. Bouteflika’s announcement Monday to withdrew his candidacy for a fifth term cheered his opponents. But on Tuesday, there was more skepticism over his decision to delay an April 18 election without setting a new date, which opponents say … Continue reading Algerians keep up pressure after president’s half-concession

With Ghosn gone, Nissan, Renault, Mitsubishi form new board

YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — The chief executives of Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi have announced a new board to oversee the French-Japanese auto alliance, seeking a “new start” for the partnership after the arrest and dismissal of Nissan’s former chairman, Carlos Ghosn. “This is a very special day for the alliance,” Renault SA’s chairman, Jean-Dominique Senard, … Continue reading With Ghosn gone, Nissan, Renault, Mitsubishi form new board

Indian Ocean exploration mission makes historic broadcast

ALPHONSE ISLAND, Seychelles (AP) — A British-led scientific mission to document changes taking place beneath the Indian Ocean has broadcast its first live, television-quality video transmission from a two-person submersible. Monsoon storms and fierce underwater currents continued to present a challenge at greater depths as scientific work began in earnest on Tuesday off the Seychelles. … Continue reading Indian Ocean exploration mission makes historic broadcast

New Mexico mulls state-run pot shops, subsidized medical use

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico would become the first U.S. state to set up its own government-operated marijuana stores and subsidize medical cannabis for the poor under a bill brokered between Republicans and Democrats, as a new wave of states weighs legislation that would legalize recreational sales and consumption. The idea for state-run … Continue reading New Mexico mulls state-run pot shops, subsidized medical use

MMA fighter Conor McGregor arrested in South Florida

MIAMI (AP) — Mixed martial artist and boxer Conor McGregor has been arrested in South Florida for stealing the cellphone of someone who was trying to take his photo, authorities said. According to a Miami Beach police report, the 30-year-old McGregor was arrested Monday afternoon and charged with robbery and criminal mischief. An attorney for … Continue reading MMA fighter Conor McGregor arrested in South Florida

Algeria’s president abandons bid for 5th term amid protests

ALGIERS, Algeria(AP)— Algeria’s president of two decades abandoned his bid for a fifth term Monday following unprecedented protests over his fitness for office, but his simultaneous postponement of an election set for next month had critics worried he intends to hold on to power. President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who has rarely been seen in public since … Continue reading Algeria’s president abandons bid for 5th term amid protests

UN chief warns of ‘relentless’ pushback on women’s rights

UNITED NATIONS (AP)— Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Monday that there is a “deep, pervasive and relentless” pushback on women’s rights and called for a fight to “push back against the pushback.” Calling himself “a proud feminist,” the U.N. chief said, “It is a fight we must win — together.” Guterres spoke at the opening of … Continue reading UN chief warns of ‘relentless’ pushback on women’s rights

9-year-old Los Angeles area girl found in duffel bag ID’d

LOS ANGELES (AP)— Investigators have identified a Los Angeles-area girl found dead in a duffel bag along a suburban equestrian trail, and two people have been detained in connection with the case. The coroner’s office determined the girl was 9-year-old Trinity Love Jones and ruled her death a homicide, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department … Continue reading 9-year-old Los Angeles area girl found in duffel bag ID’d

Google paid former exec $35 million after harassment claim

SAN FRANCISCO (AP)— Google paid former search executive Amit Singhal $35 million in an exit package when he was reportedly forced to resign after a sexual assault investigation, according to court documents released Monday. Details of the exit package were revealed as part of a shareholder lawsuit against the company, one that followed a published … Continue reading Google paid former exec $35 million after harassment claim

APNewsBreak: FIFA study backs 48-team World Cup in 2022

LONDON (AP)— A FIFA feasibility study concluded the 2022 World Cup can expand to 48 teams by using at least one of Qatar’s neighbors as an additional host, and found there is a low legal risk to changing the format and an additional $400 million in revenue could be generated. The Associated Press obtained a … Continue reading APNewsBreak: FIFA study backs 48-team World Cup in 2022

The Latest: Algeria to get new constitution, government

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — The Latest on the political situation and protests in Algeria (all times local): 7:50 p.m. Algerian state news agency APS says President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has named the interior minister in his government as the new prime minister. Interior Minister Noureddine Bedoui is close to the president’s brother. Bouteflika charged Bedoui with … Continue reading The Latest: Algeria to get new constitution, government

UK leader holds last-ditch Brexit talks with EU before vote

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Theresa May scrambled to win last-minute changes from the European Union to her Brexit deal Monday, a day before a crucial vote in Britain’s Parliament that could derail the country’s withdrawal from the EU — and cost May her job. May flew by Royal Air Force jet to Strasbourg, France, … Continue reading UK leader holds last-ditch Brexit talks with EU before vote

Israeli court sentences soldiers for abusing Palestinians

JERUSALEM (AP) — Three Israeli soldiers charged with abusing Palestinian detainees have been sentenced to six and a half months in prison under a plea deal with a military court. The court approved the plea bargain late Sunday after the soldiers confessed to severely abusing two Palestinian suspects. The agreement, which avoided more serious assault … Continue reading Israeli court sentences soldiers for abusing Palestinians

3 nations ground Boeing 737 Max 8s after Ethiopia crash

HEJERE, Ethiopia (AP) — Authorities in Ethiopia, China and Indonesia grounded all Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft Monday following the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines jetliner that killed 157 people, and investigators found the flight recorders from the field where the plane went down. The new plane crashed shortly after takeoff in clear weather outside … Continue reading 3 nations ground Boeing 737 Max 8s after Ethiopia crash

US senator vows to seek recognition of Israeli rule in Golan

JERUSALEM (AP) — Senator Lindsey Graham says he will push for American recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, a territory it captured from Syria in the 1967 Mideast war. The South Carolina Republican toured the mountain plateau Monday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and said he aims “to persuade the administration to … Continue reading US senator vows to seek recognition of Israeli rule in Golan

Markets Right Now: Stocks open higher, but Boeing sinks Dow

NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local): 11:55 a.m. Technology stocks are powering broad gains on Wall Street, although a drop in Boeing is weighing on the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Apple is up 3.2 percent after an analyst upgraded the stock, while Nvidia is gaining 4.7 percent … Continue reading Markets Right Now: Stocks open higher, but Boeing sinks Dow

Authorities identify 9-year-old girl found in duffel bag

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Investigators have identified a girl found dead in a duffel bag along a suburban Los Angeles equestrian trail, and two people have been detained in connection with the case. The Sheriff’s Department said late Sunday the coroner’s office determined the girl was 9-year-old Trinity Love Jones and her death was ruled … Continue reading Authorities identify 9-year-old girl found in duffel bag

Colorado residents seek to block major oil and gas project

DENVER (AP) — Frustrated residents of a Denver suburb say state law is forcing them to participate in a major oil and gas drilling project against their wishes, so they launched legal challenges with potentially significant consequences for the industry. Backed by a federal judge, they have a chance this week to ask state regulators … Continue reading Colorado residents seek to block major oil and gas project

False alarm prompts massive police presence at NY hospital

BRONXVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — Police rushed to a suburban hospital late Sunday after two patients reported seeing a man with a shotgun, but after hours of searching and reviewing security camera footage, officials concluded it was a false alarm. “There are no victims and at this point, we don’t believe there was a suspect in … Continue reading False alarm prompts massive police presence at NY hospital

Indonesian woman freed 2 years after killing of Kim Jong Nam

SHAH ALAM, Malaysia (AP) — An Indonesian woman held for two years on suspicion of killing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un‘s half brother was freed from custody Monday after Malaysian prosecutors unexpectedly dropped the murder charge against her. Siti Aisyah cried and hugged her Vietnamese co-defendant, Doan Thi Huong, before leaving the courtroom and … Continue reading Indonesian woman freed 2 years after killing of Kim Jong Nam

Algerian president back home amid mass protests against him

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — President Abdelaziz Bouteflika returned to Algeria on Sunday after two weeks in a Swiss hospital amid massive demonstrations demanding he withdraw his candidacy for a fifth term. The 82-year-old Bouteflika suffered a stroke in 2013 and has rarely been seen in public since. The decision to run for a new term in … Continue reading Algerian president back home amid mass protests against him

Winning documentary portrays Israeli human rights lawyer

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP)  — A documentary about an Israeli human rights lawyer has won the top prize in its category at the Thessaloniki International Festival. “The Advocate,” a 108-minute film directed and produced by Rachel Leah Jones and Philippe Bellaiche, focuses on Lea Tsemel, who has defended Palestinians of every stripe, from protesters to known … Continue reading Winning documentary portrays Israeli human rights lawyer

Town ravaged by tornado prays at church that sheltered many

BEAUREGARD, Ala.(AP)  — The pastor of a church that became a center for shelter, help and grieving when a tornado killed 23 people in eastern Alabama said in his first Sunday service after the storm that the Lord has reached out his hand to the community. Imperfect things like tornadoes and other tragedies happen because … Continue reading Town ravaged by tornado prays at church that sheltered many

Allred: Tape appears to show R. Kelly sexually abusing girls

NEW YORK (AP)  — A man who said he was cleaning out an old videotape collection found what he thought was a recording of R&B singer R. Kelly in concert, but instead turned out to show a man who appeared to be Kelly sexually abusing girls, he and his attorney said Sunday. The man then … Continue reading Allred: Tape appears to show R. Kelly sexually abusing girls

Babe Ruth’s last surviving daughter dies in Nevada at 102

HENDERSON, Nev.(AP) — Julia Ruth Stevens, the last surviving daughter of Hall of Fame baseball slugger Babe Ruth and a decades-long champion of his legacy, has died at age 102, her family has announced. Tom Stevens said Sunday that his mother died Saturday morning at an assisted living facility in Henderson, Nevada, after a short illness. … Continue reading Babe Ruth’s last surviving daughter dies in Nevada at 102

Bill to route internet through Russian servers spurs protest

MOSCOW (AP) — Several thousand people have rallied in Moscow to protest legislation they fear could lead to widespread internet censorship for Russian users. The sanctioned rally on Sunday was organized in response to a bill in parliament that would route all internet traffic through servers in Russia, making virtual private networks (VPNs) ineffective. The … Continue reading Bill to route internet through Russian servers spurs protest