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MADRID | Spain plans to spend $8 billion on military hardware upgrade

MADRID — Spain’s government has announced a plan to spend 7.3 billion euros ($8.2 billion) over the next 10 years on improving its military defense capabilities. Defense Minister Margarita Robles said Friday the money will be used to build five new navy frigates and, in a first phase, develop and build 348 new armored personnel … Continue reading MADRID | Spain plans to spend $8 billion on military hardware upgrade

WASHINGTON | In threat to Pelosi, 16 Dems say they’ll back new leadership

WASHINGTON — Sixteen Democrats who’ve opposed Nancy Pelosi’s quest to become speaker released a letter Monday saying they will vote for “new leadership” when the House picks its leaders in January, posing a threat to her effort to lead her party’s House majority in the next Congress. The release of the letter suggests that rather … Continue reading WASHINGTON | In threat to Pelosi, 16 Dems say they’ll back new leadership

ISLAMABAD | Defense lawyer in Pakistan blasphemy case flees country

ISLAMABAD— The lawyer for a Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy charges after spending eight years on death row in Pakistan has fled the country, fearing for his safety, her brother said Saturday. James Masih said Asia Bibi’s lawyer, Saiful Malook, left Pakistan, without providing further details. Malook’s phone was switched off. Pakistan’s top court acquitted … Continue reading ISLAMABAD | Defense lawyer in Pakistan blasphemy case flees country

HOUSTON | Sale not ready to pitch for Red Sox in Game 5 of ALCS

HOUSTON — Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora says lefty ace Chris Sale is still feeling weak and won’t start in Game 5 of the AL Championship Series against Houston. Cora said before Game 4 on Wednesday that the lanky left-hander lost weight because of the stomach illness that led to him spending a night … Continue reading HOUSTON | Sale not ready to pitch for Red Sox in Game 5 of ALCS

MILAN | Italy digs in spending, jolting markets and worrying EU

MILAN— Italy’s leaders refused to budge from new spending targets that have been spooking investors, pushing the eurozone‘s third-largest economy on a collision course with its EU partners. Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio said Tuesday that the government “will not back up one millimeter” from spending targets that will increase the country’s deficit to … Continue reading MILAN | Italy digs in spending, jolting markets and worrying EU

US consumer spending up a solid 0.4 percent in December

WASHINGTON/January 29, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— Americans increased their spending 0.4 percent in December, a solid pace but slower than the big spending burst seen in November. The Commerce Department said Monday the spending gain followed a 0.8 percent surge in November. Incomes were up 0.4 percent, helped by a healthy rise in wages that reflects the fact … Continue reading US consumer spending up a solid 0.4 percent in December

Facebook improves how blind can “see” images using AI

MENLO PARK, Calif. /December 19, 2017 (AP)(STL.NEWS) —  When Matt King first got on Facebook eight years ago, the blind engineer had to weigh whether it was worth spending an entire Saturday morning checking whether a friend of his was actually in his friend list. Such were the tools at the time for the visually … Continue reading Facebook improves how blind can “see” images using AI

Charges filed in Croatia after death of Afghan migrant girl

BELGRADE, Serbia /December 19, 2017 (AP)(STL.NEWS) —  The family of a 6-year-old Afghan migrant girl killed by a train on the Serbia-Croatia border has filed charges against Croatian police for forcing them back over the frontier. The lawyer representing the Hussini family said Tuesday in Zagreb the charges were filed because the Croat border guards … Continue reading Charges filed in Croatia after death of Afghan migrant girl