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Virginia News: Vice President Mike Pence to Speak at Liberty University Commencement 2019

Liberty University will welcome Vice President of the United States Michael R. Pence to deliver the keynote address at its 46th Commencement on May 11 LYNCHBURG, VA (STL.News) Liberty University will welcome Vice President of the United States Michael R. Pence to deliver the keynote address at its 46th Commencement on May 11. Pence made … Continue reading Virginia News: Vice President Mike Pence to Speak at Liberty University Commencement 2019

DAVOS, Switzerland | The Latest: China takes shots at Trump trade policies

DAVOS, Switzerland— Jan 23, 2019—The Latest on the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland (all times local): 3:50 p.m. China’s vice president took not-so-veiled shots at President Donald Trump’s aggressive trade policies in a speech to global elites at a ski resort in the Swiss Alps. Vice President Wang Qishan said at the World Economic … Continue reading DAVOS, Switzerland | The Latest: China takes shots at Trump trade policies

MILAN | Fiat Chrysler taps Amazon, Shell execs to fill roles

MILAN— Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is tapping executives from Amazon and Shell Oil Company with previous automotive industry experience to fill its ranks. CEO Mike Manley said in a letter to employees Thursday that Mark Stewart would join FCA as chief operating officer of North America from Amazon, “a company known for its culture of innovation, … Continue reading MILAN | Fiat Chrysler taps Amazon, Shell execs to fill roles

NEW YORK | Sea reefs and sunsets: Living Coral is color of the year

NEW YORK — It’s the color of underwater reefs hanging on for dear life. The sky at dusk. Some of the latest iPhones and the latest looks on the runways of Marc Jacobs and other top fashion designers. Living Coral has been chosen by the Pantone Color Institute as its 2019 color of the year. … Continue reading NEW YORK | Sea reefs and sunsets: Living Coral is color of the year

HOUSTON | The Latest: Gulf Arab nations offer condolences

HOUSTON — The Latest on the death of former President George H.W. Bush (all times local): 4:48 a.m. Gulf Arab nations allied with the U.S. have offered their condolences over the death of President George H.W. Bush. Bush’s death at the age of 94 takes on greater importance in the region over his actions in … Continue reading HOUSTON | The Latest: Gulf Arab nations offer condolences

BANGKOK | UN: Climate change, depleted resources leave world hungry

BANGKOK — Feeding a hungry planet is growing increasingly difficult as climate change and depletion of land and other resources undermine food systems, the U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization said Wednesday as it renewed appeals for better policies and technologies to reach “zero hunger.” Population growth requires supplies of more nutritious food at affordable prices, … Continue reading BANGKOK | UN: Climate change, depleted resources leave world hungry

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates | The Latest: Kremlin critic welcomes new Interpol president

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The Latest on the election of Interpol’s next president (all times local): 2:05 p.m. Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who warned about the Russian candidate for the Interpol presidency, is hailing the election of the South Korean nominee as a victory. Khodorkovsky, who spent 10 years in a Russian prison on … Continue reading DUBAI, United Arab Emirates | The Latest: Kremlin critic welcomes new Interpol president

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates | The Latest: SKorea’s leader proud of next Interpol chief

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The Latest on the election of Interpol’s next president (all times local): 1: 20 p.m. South Korea’s president says he’s “very proud” of the fact that fellow national Kim Jong Yang has been elected as Interpol’s next president. President Moon Jae-in tweeted from Seoul on Wednesday that Kim is the … Continue reading DUBAI, United Arab Emirates | The Latest: SKorea’s leader proud of next Interpol chief

U.S. Department of State News: Advancing a Free and Open Indo-Pacific Region

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of State released the following: One year ago in Vietnam, President Donald J. Trump laid out America’s vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific, in which all nations are sovereign, strong, and prosperous.  This week, Vice President Michael R. Pence reaffirmed the ironclad and enduring U.S. commitment to the region … Continue reading U.S. Department of State News: Advancing a Free and Open Indo-Pacific Region

NEW YORK | Billboard names Ariana Grande 2018 Woman of the Year

NEW YORK — The music industry is honoring Ariana Grande. Billboard on Tuesday named the 25-year-old award-winning singer its 2018 Woman of the Year. Grande will receive the award at Billboard’s 13th annual Women in Music event on Dec. 6 in New York City. Previous recipients include Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Madonna and Selena Gomez. … Continue reading NEW YORK | Billboard names Ariana Grande 2018 Woman of the Year

DONAJI, Mexico | The Latest: Guatemala president to visit US

DONAJI, Mexico — The Latest on the caravans of migrants making their way through Mexico (all times local): 2:15 p.m. Guatemala‘s president and first lady will travel to the U.S. this weekend as a large migrant caravan continues journeying through southern Mexico hoping to reach the United States, but remains hundreds of miles away from … Continue reading DONAJI, Mexico | The Latest: Guatemala president to visit US

AP FACT CHECK: Claim that voters lose hunting licenses false

The North Dakota Democratic Party posted a misleading ad on its website and on Facebook that suggests state residents should reconsider voting in this year’s election if they have hunting licenses in other states. Republican congressman Kevin Cramer is seeking to unseat U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp in this year’s Midterm election. The ad comes as … Continue reading AP FACT CHECK: Claim that voters lose hunting licenses false

AUSTIN, Texas | Texans say voting machines changing straight-ticket choices

AUSTIN, Texas — Some Texas voters are complaining that machines flipped their straight-ticket selections to the other party in key races during early voting, especially the much-watched Senate battle between Republican incumbent Ted Cruz and Democrat Beto O’Rourke. The secretary of state’s office said Friday that there have been reported issues with Hart eSlate voting … Continue reading AUSTIN, Texas | Texans say voting machines changing straight-ticket choices

JERUSALEM | China’s VP and Israel’s PM co-host trade conference

JERUSALEM — China’s vice president and Israel’s prime minister on Wednesday co-hosted a high-profile trade and innovation conference and toured an exhibition of Israeli technology start-ups together as the two countries worked to cement their fast-growing trade ties. A quarter century after establishing diplomatic relations, Israel and China have become important trade partners, with China … Continue reading JERUSALEM | China’s VP and Israel’s PM co-host trade conference

CINCINNATI | David Bell hired as Cincinnati Reds manager

CINCINNATI  — David Bell has been hired as manager of the Cincinnati Reds, tasked with helping turn around a team that skidded to a 67-95 record and last-place finish in the NL Central. The Reds said Sunday he has been given a three-year contract that includes a team option for 2022. The 46-year-old Cincinnati native … Continue reading CINCINNATI | David Bell hired as Cincinnati Reds manager

ELKO, Nev. | The Latest: Trump says Obama took Biden off ‘the trash heap’

ELKO, Nev. — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 12:35 p.m. President Donald Trump is poking fun at former Joe Biden on a day when both politicians were campaigning in Nevada for candidates on the Nov. 6 ballot. Trump was in rural Elko, Nevada, for a rally a short time after Biden … Continue reading ELKO, Nev. | The Latest: Trump says Obama took Biden off ‘the trash heap’

LONDON | Former deputy UK leader Nick Clegg takes post with Facebook

LONDON— Facebook has hired former U.K. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg to head its global policy and communications teams, enlisting a veteran of European Union politics to help it with increased regulatory scrutiny in the region. Clegg, 51, will become a vice president of the social media giant, and report to Chief Operating Officer Sheryl … Continue reading LONDON | Former deputy UK leader Nick Clegg takes post with Facebook

WASHINGTON | Democrats’ not-so-secret plan to fight midterm malaise

WASHINGTON— They’re asking pastors to text their congregants about the importance of voting. They’re connecting with thousands of Puerto Ricans displaced by Hurricane Maria. And they’re relying on groups like the NAACP, which has tripled its spending from 2016 to energize black voters. Less than three weeks before Election Day, Democrats are sparing nothing to … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Democrats’ not-so-secret plan to fight midterm malaise

PARIS | France’s Le Pen meets Bannon, changes mind on offer to help

PARIS — Marine Le Pen, the French far-right leader, has met with former White House strategist Steve Bannon and signaled her interest in his project to help European populist parties. Louis Aliot, a vice president of Le Pen’s National Rally party who is also her companion, said Friday on BFMTV station that she met with … Continue reading PARIS | France’s Le Pen meets Bannon, changes mind on offer to help

NEW YORK | A rift at Facebook after exec attends Kavanaugh hearing

NEW YORK— The appearance of a Facebook executive behind Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh during his contentious confirmation hearings has created some rifts at the company. Joel Kaplan, Facebook’s vice president for global public policy, is a friend of Kavanaugh and worked with him during the George W. Bush administration. Kaplan was seated in a … Continue reading NEW YORK | A rift at Facebook after exec attends Kavanaugh hearing

HONG KONG | Financial Times says Hong Kong denied editor’s visa renewal

HONG KONG — The Financial Times said Friday that Hong Kong’s government has refused to renew the work visa of its Asia news editor, in what human rights activists say is the latest sign of a deteriorating human rights situation in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. The London-based newspaper said in a statement Friday that it … Continue reading HONG KONG | Financial Times says Hong Kong denied editor’s visa renewal

SALEM, Ore. | Oregon vineyards face losses amid concerns about smoke taint

SALEM, Ore. — Some Oregon lawmakers and winery owners scrambled Thursday to help a dozen vineyard owners who face the prospect of tons of grapes withering on the vine after a California company abruptly canceled contracts to buy the grapes worth millions of dollars over fears they are tainted by wildfire smoke. Copper Cane, based … Continue reading SALEM, Ore. | Oregon vineyards face losses amid concerns about smoke taint

WASHINGTON | US puts sanctions on Venezuela first lady, other officials

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Tuesday slapped financial sanctions on four members of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro‘s inner circle, including his wife and the nation’s vice president, on allegations of corruption. As part of the actions, the U.S. barred Americans from doing business with and will seize any financial assets in the U.S. belonging … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US puts sanctions on Venezuela first lady, other officials

SAN FRANCISCO | Evans fired as San Francisco Giants general manager

SAN FRANCISCO — Bobby Evans has been fired as the San Francisco Giants’ general manager. San Francisco said Monday that Evans will be reassigned, with responsibilities to be determined. The Giants began the final week of the season 72-84, their second straight losing record. The team will start a search for a new head of … Continue reading SAN FRANCISCO | Evans fired as San Francisco Giants general manager

NEW YORK | Sloan Foundation programmer to receive honorary book award

NEW YORK— If you’re a fan of “Hidden Figures” and Margot Lee Shetterly’s story of three black female mathematicians’ contributions to the space program, you should thank in part the efforts of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. “We made a grant to Margot Lee Shetterly when she was unknown,” said Doron Weber, a vice president … Continue reading NEW YORK | Sloan Foundation programmer to receive honorary book award

WASHINGTON | Karen Pence wants to help ease burden for military spouses

WASHINGTON — Being married to the vice president has its privileges. “Now people take my phone calls,” Karen Pence told The Associated Press in an interview. These days, Vice President Mike Pence’s wife is using her new cachet to call around on behalf of military spouses, looking to help them overcome the challenges that come … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Karen Pence wants to help ease burden for military spouses

WASHINGTON | Pompeo speaks to Iraqi leaders at ‘this critical time’

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has spoken with two Iraqi leaders to express support for Iraq’s efforts to form a “moderate, nationalist” government that would serve all Iraqis. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert says in statements that Pompeo spoke with Iraq’s prime minister and vice president. The results of Iraq’s elections were ratified … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Pompeo speaks to Iraqi leaders at ‘this critical time’

EAST LANSING, Mich | Michigan State: NCAA finds no violations in Nassar scandal

EAST LANSING, Mich  — The NCAA has cleared Michigan State University of any rules violations in the Larry Nassar sexual-assault scandal, the school announced Thursday. Athletic director Bill Beekman said the university “cooperated fully with the inquiry” and welcomes the NCAA’s conclusion. The school said it got a letter this week from the NCAA’s vice … Continue reading EAST LANSING, Mich | Michigan State: NCAA finds no violations in Nassar scandal