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New Mexico: Military needs to do more to clean up jet fuel

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Air Force has excavated thousands of tons of soil and treated millions of gallons of water contaminated by jet fuel at a base bordering New Mexico’s largest city, but state regulators say the military still has more cleanup to do. The New Mexico environment department, which monitors the cleanup’s … Continue reading New Mexico: Military needs to do more to clean up jet fuel

Man in crashed car suspected of shooting Illinois deputy

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — A man suspected of shooting a sheriff’s deputy and a woman Thursday at an Illinois hotel crashed his vehicle along an interstate highway while trying to flee police, and “negotiation efforts” were underway, authorities said. Prosecutors in Winnebago County in central Illinois said they have issued a warrant with $5 million bond … Continue reading Man in crashed car suspected of shooting Illinois deputy

Sen. McSally, ex-Air Force pilot, says officer raped her

WASHINGTON  (AP) — Sen. Martha McSally, the first female Air Force fighter pilot to fly in combat, said Wednesday that she was sexually assaulted by a superior officer, and later, when she tried to talk about it to military officials, she “felt like the system was raping me all over again.” The Arizona Republican, a 26-year … Continue reading Sen. McSally, ex-Air Force pilot, says officer raped her

The big Oscar win by ‘Green Book’ leaves many frustrated

NEW YORK(AP)  — The decision to hand the best film Oscar to “Green Book” continued to be debated Monday, long after the last Champagne glass had finally been emptied. Rarely in Oscar history, after all, has a winning movie prompted a noted guest in the audience, who had just won his first competitive Oscar, to … Continue reading The big Oscar win by ‘Green Book’ leaves many frustrated

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

SEOUL, South Korea | Worry about US-SKorea alliance grows before Trump-Kim summit

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Ahead of the second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un next week in Vietnam, some observers say there is an uncertainty over the future of the decades-long military alliance between Washington and Seoul. Trump’s recent pressure for Seoul to increase its financial contribution to … Continue reading SEOUL, South Korea | Worry about US-SKorea alliance grows before Trump-Kim summit

NEW YORK | Reddit co-founder pushes hard for paternity leave

NEW YORK (AP) — Alexis Ohanian wants other guys to be jealous of him. Not because he’s a multimillionaire venture capitalist. Or because he’s married to tennis pro Serena Williams. The Reddit co-founder wants men to covet the time he gets to spend with his 1-year-old daughter, Olympia. The pair is all over Instagram cheering … Continue reading NEW YORK | Reddit co-founder pushes hard for paternity leave

WASHINGTON | More US remains from Korean War nearing final ID

WASHINGTON (AP) — The remains of more American soldiers killed decades ago in the Korean War are likely to be identified shortly from 55 boxes provided last summer by the North Korean army, the lead scientist working on the identifications said Wednesday. John Byrd, director of the Defense Department laboratory responsible for the work, said … Continue reading WASHINGTON | More US remains from Korean War nearing final ID

U.S. Department of State News: U.S. Intent To Withdraw from the INF Treaty February 2, 2019

WASHINGTON (STL.News) – The U.S. Department of State (DOS) released the following statement: On December 4, 2018, the United States announced that the Russian Federation is in material breach of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, an assessment shared by all NATO Allies.  The United States also provided notice that unless Russia returned to full … Continue reading U.S. Department of State News: U.S. Intent To Withdraw from the INF Treaty February 2, 2019

US Department of State: US leaving arms control treaty with Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Trump administration’s decision to pull out of a U.S.-Russia arms control treaty (all times local): 8:30 a.m. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced that the U.S. is pulling out of a treaty with Russia that’s been a centerpiece of arms control since the Cold War. The American … Continue reading US Department of State: US leaving arms control treaty with Russia

BRUSSELS | US, EU seek details of Saudi arrests but dodge Canada spat

BRUSSELS — The United States and the European Union said Tuesday that they are seeking details about the arrest of women’s rights activists in Saudi Arabia, but they sidestepped a sensitive diplomatic dispute over the crackdown between the ultraconservative kingdom and Canada. Saudi Arabia expelled the Canadian ambassador Monday and froze “all new business” with … Continue reading BRUSSELS | US, EU seek details of Saudi arrests but dodge Canada spat

SINGAPORE | Pompeo says US ‘confident’ North Korea will denuclearize

SINGAPORE— Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says that while there’s “still a ways to go,” the United States remains “confident” in North Korea’s commitment to denuclearize. Pompeo is attending an Asian security forum with North Korea’s foreign minister. His comments Friday in Singapore came after the White House announced Thursday that President Donald Trump had … Continue reading SINGAPORE | Pompeo says US ‘confident’ North Korea will denuclearize

SINGAPORE  | Asia shares gain on reports China, US may resume trade talks

SINGAPORE — Asian shares are mostly higher as traders watch to see what might come of reports the U.S. and China are looking to restart trade talks. KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s Nikkei 225 index rose 0.7 percent to 22,713.08 and South Korea’s Kospi added 0.4 percent to 2,304.03. The Shanghai Composite index lost 0.3 percent to … Continue reading SINGAPORE  | Asia shares gain on reports China, US may resume trade talks

WASHINGTON | US, Turkey discuss detained US pastor after Trump threat

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has spoken to his Turkish counterpart about an American pastor detained on terrorism and espionage charges. It could be a possible indication the NATO allies are trying to ease tensions that flared this week after President Donald Trump said the U.S. would impose sanctions in retaliation. Turkey has … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US, Turkey discuss detained US pastor after Trump threat

ISLAMABAD  | Taliban official says group spoke with US official

ISLAMABAD  — A senior Taliban official says the insurgent group has held the first direct talks with a U.S. official in a preliminary discussion about future plans for peace negotiations. This week’s meeting with Alice Wells, the U.S.’s top diplomat for South Asia, was an attempt to jump-start talks on ending Washington’s longest military engagement, … Continue reading ISLAMABAD  | Taliban official says group spoke with US official

Taiwanese | US airlines cave to China’s demand on referring to Taiwan

Taiwanese – The Trump administration, several U.S. senators, and Taiwanese business leaders had been urging the three biggest U.S. airlines in recent weeks to stand up against China‘s demand about how they describe Taiwan on their websites. The U.S. airlines, looking at the explosive growth in China’s air-travel market, decided to ignore them all. American, … Continue reading Taiwanese | US airlines cave to China’s demand on referring to Taiwan

PYONGYANG, North Korea  | While making nice with US and Seoul, North Korea slams Japan

PYONGYANG, North Korea  — North Korea’s state-run media have toned down their rhetorical attacks on the United States and South Korea while leader Kim Jong Un pursues a more diplomatic approach, but the vitriol continues — and Japan is now Pyongyang’s favorite foil. Commentaries critical of Tokyo, which has maintained a harder line toward Pyongyang … Continue reading PYONGYANG, North Korea  | While making nice with US and Seoul, North Korea slams Japan

ASPEN, Colo.  | CIA: China is waging a ‘quiet kind of cold war’ against US

ASPEN, Colo.  — China is waging a “quiet kind of cold war” against the United States, using all its resources to try to replace America as the leading power in the world, a top CIA expert on Asia said Friday. Beijing doesn’t want to go to war, he said, but the current communist government, under … Continue reading ASPEN, Colo.  | CIA: China is waging a ‘quiet kind of cold war’ against US

TOKYO | Japan’s Abe: US auto tariff will damage US, world economy

TOKYO — Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has warned the U.S that higher tariff on auto imports would backfire and harm not only America’s jobs and economy but also devastate the global economy. Abe told a news conference marking the end of a Diet session Friday that Japan’s auto and auto parts industry has never … Continue reading TOKYO | Japan’s Abe: US auto tariff will damage US, world economy

MOSCOW  | Russian officials to meet suspected spy jailed in US

MOSCOW  — Russian Embassy officials are to meet with a Siberian gun rights activist jailed in Washington on charges of spying on the United States. The Embassy said in a Facebook post that consular officials will meet with Maria Butina on Thursday for the first time since her Sunday arrest, and will provide her “all … Continue reading MOSCOW  | Russian officials to meet suspected spy jailed in US

ANKARA, Turkey  | US pastor denied release in latest trial hearing in Turkey

ANKARA, Turkey  — A court in western Turkey on Wednesday again denied a request for the release from custody of a U.S.-based pastor who is on trial on charges of aiding terror groups and engaging espionage. Andrew Craig Brunson, a 50-year-old evangelical pastor from Black Mountain, North Carolina, was arrested in the aftermath of a … Continue reading ANKARA, Turkey  | US pastor denied release in latest trial hearing in Turkey

WASHINGTON  | Prosecutors: Russian hackers exploit US cyber vulnerability

WASHINGTON  — Exactly seven months before the 2016 presidential election, Russian government hackers made it onto a Democratic committee’s network. One of their carefully crafted fraudulent emails had hit pay dirt, enticing an employee to click a link and enter her password. That breach of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee was the first significant step … Continue reading WASHINGTON  | Prosecutors: Russian hackers exploit US cyber vulnerability

WASHINGTON  | Officials: In policy shift, US open to meeting with Taliban

WASHINGTON  — The United States is open to holding direct talks with the Taliban to encourage negotiations between the militant group and the Afghan government to end 17 years of war, U.S. officials said. That marks a tactical shift by the Trump administration, which has previously only appeared willing to participate in discussions with the … Continue reading WASHINGTON  | Officials: In policy shift, US open to meeting with Taliban

HELSINKI | The Latest: Trump tweets US, Russia ‘must get along’

HELSINKI — The Latest on President Donald Trump‘s summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin (all times local): 10:45 p.m. Facing withering bipartisan criticism over his refusal to publicly acknowledge Russian election meddling during his meeting with President Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump says the two superpowers “must get along.” In a Monday tweet sent as … Continue reading HELSINKI | The Latest: Trump tweets US, Russia ‘must get along’

DETROIT  | Survey of economists: US sales and employment likely to grow

DETROIT  — Most U.S. business economists expect corporate sales to grow over the next three months and hiring and pay to rise with them. But a majority of the economists surveyed by the National Association for Business Economics say the corporate tax cuts that the Trump administration pushed through Congress have yet to affect their … Continue reading DETROIT  | Survey of economists: US sales and employment likely to grow

SEOUL, South Korea | Pompeo: US, N. Korea hold ‘productive’ talks on war remains

SEOUL, South Korea — U.S. and North Korean officials held “productive” talks Sunday to discuss the return of U.S. service members’ remains missing since the Korean War, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said. Pompeo, who was not part of the talks, said in a statement that working level meetings between U.S. and North Korean … Continue reading SEOUL, South Korea | Pompeo: US, N. Korea hold ‘productive’ talks on war remains

PHILADELPHIA  | State election officials in US meet amid security concerns

PHILADELPHIA  —The top state election officials from throughout the U.S. are gathering this weekend in Philadelphia amid fresh revelations of Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election and just before President Donald Trump holds one-on-one talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The annual gathering has typically been a low-key affair highlighting such things as voter … Continue reading PHILADELPHIA  | State election officials in US meet amid security concerns

United States | US soon to leapfrog Saudis, Russia as top oil producer

United States – The U.S. is on pace to leapfrog both Saudi Arabia and Russia and reclaim the title of the world’s biggest oil producer for the first time since the 1970s. The latest forecast from the U.S. Energy Information Administration predicts that U.S. output will grow next year to 11.8 million barrels a day. … Continue reading United States | US soon to leapfrog Saudis, Russia as top oil producer

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia  | Slovakia approves purchase of F-16 fighter jets from US

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia  — Slovakia’s government has approved a Defense Ministry plan to purchase F-16 military jets from the United States. The 14 fighter jets are meant to replace the obsolete Soviet-made MiG-29 jets that Slovakia’s air forces have used. The ministry preferred the U.S. offer of F-16 Block 70/72 jets over a competing Swedish offer … Continue reading BRATISLAVA, Slovakia  | Slovakia approves purchase of F-16 fighter jets from US