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TEHRAN, Iran | Iran arrests ex-minister of welfare over financial fraud

TEHRAN, Iran  — Iran’s official IRNA news agency says authorities have arrested the former minister of welfare and social security for financial fraud. The Sunday report says Parviz Kazemi was taken to Tehran’s Evin prison two days ago. Kazemi resigned from his post in 2006 after nearly a year under former hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad … Continue reading TEHRAN, Iran | Iran arrests ex-minister of welfare over financial fraud

MADRID | A year later, Catalonia’s secession vote scars region, Spain

MADRID — Separatists in Spain’s Catalonia region are using the anniversary of their explosive independence vote to regain momentum from an event that divided families and challenged Spanish democracy. The referendum took place amid police violence one year ago Monday. The simmering ideological tensions that came to a head that day persist in the lives … Continue reading MADRID | A year later, Catalonia’s secession vote scars region, Spain

A-Rod and Jordy won’t be playing catch Friday night

If anyone really looks forward to exhibition football games, this is the week to pay attention. One good place to start is in Oakland. Not because Aaron Rodgers will see plenty of action for Green Bay; he won’t, might not play at all. And the Raiders’ best player, Khalil Mack, still is holding out. Such … Continue reading A-Rod and Jordy won’t be playing catch Friday night

WASHINGTON | Fed officials: Trump complaints won’t affect rate decisions

WASHINGTON— Two top Federal Reserve officials said Thursday that President Donald Trump’s complaints that the Fed’s interest rate increases risk hurting the U.S. economy won’t affect their decisions on whether to raise rates. Esther George, president of the Fed’s Kansas City regional bank, said she thinks two more rate increases this year “could be appropriate” … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Fed officials: Trump complaints won’t affect rate decisions

Stocks erase morning losses, continuing strong start to year

NEW YORK /January 8, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —  U.S. stock indexes shook off a short-lived bout of weakness and held at record levels in Monday afternoon trading. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index dipped at the start of trading and appeared to be on pace for its first down day of the year. But strengthening gains … Continue reading Stocks erase morning losses, continuing strong start to year

Kane’s OT goal gives 32-year-old Chicago goalie win in debut

EDMONTON, Alberta /December 29, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) –  Patrick Kane scored 50 seconds into overtime to give 32-year-old goaltender Jeff Glass a win in his NHL debut and lift the Chicago Blackhawks over the Edmonton Oilers 4-3 on Friday night. Kane deked around a defender then shoved in the rebound of his own shot past Cam … Continue reading Kane’s OT goal gives 32-year-old Chicago goalie win in debut

Once busy Oklahoma death chamber stays quiet into 3rd year

OKLAHOMA CITY /December 28, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) – Oklahoma, a state with one of the busiest death chambers in the country in recent decades, will enter its third year without an execution in 2018 while prison officials and state attorneys fine tune its procedure for putting condemned inmates to death. Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter said … Continue reading Once busy Oklahoma death chamber stays quiet into 3rd year

Hollywood accusers named AP Entertainers of the Year

NEW YORK /December 21, 2017 (AP)(STL.NEWS) — Arguably the biggest thing that came from Hollywood this year wasn’t a movie or a TV show. It had heroines and villains, but no script. And it went viral despite having no big publicity machinery behind it. The women who initially spoke out against sexual misconduct in Hollywood … Continue reading Hollywood accusers named AP Entertainers of the Year

AP source: Indians agree to $16M, 2-year deal with 1B Alonso

CLEVELAND /December 21, 2017 (AP)(STL.NEWS) — The Indians didn’t take long to cover their opening at first base. After losing Carlos Santana to Philadelphia in free agency, Cleveland agreed to a $16 million, two-year contract with first baseman Yonder Alonso, a person familiar with the negotiations told the Associated Press. The 30-year-old will take a … Continue reading AP source: Indians agree to $16M, 2-year deal with 1B Alonso

Soaring overdose deaths cut US life expectancy for 2nd year

NEW YORK /December 21, 2017 (AP)(STL.NEWS) — U.S. deaths from drug overdoses skyrocketed 21 percent last year, and for the second straight year dragged down how long Americans are expected to live. The government figures released Thursday put drug deaths at 63,600, up from about 52,000 in 2015.  For the first time, the powerful painkiller … Continue reading Soaring overdose deaths cut US life expectancy for 2nd year

The Associated Press names its entertainer of the year

NEW YORK /December 21, 2017 (AP)(STL.NEWS) — Arguably the biggest thing that came from Hollywood this year wasn’t a movie or a TV show. It had heroines and villains, but no script. And it went viral despite having no big publicity machinery behind it. The women who initially spoke out against sexual misconduct in Hollywood … Continue reading The Associated Press names its entertainer of the year

5-year-old Chicago boy shot in 2016 shoots himself in hand

CHICAGO /December 20, 2017 (AP)(STL.NEWS) —  A 5-year-old boy who was struck in the face last year by a stray bullet fired during a drive-by shooting accidentally shot himself in the hand this week with a gun his father had obtained illegally, Chicago police said Wednesday. Kavan Collins found the loaded, uncased gun under a … Continue reading 5-year-old Chicago boy shot in 2016 shoots himself in hand