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Last Build Date: Sun, 26 Mar 2017 06:26:08 -0700

 



Trump attacks conservative lawmakers over health bill

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 06:19:08 -0700

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is attacking conservative lawmakers after the failure of the Republican bill to replace Obamacare. On Twitter Sunday, Trump says: “Democrats are smiling in D.C. that the Freedom Caucus, with the help of Club For Growth and Heritage, have saved Planned Parenthood & Ocare!” The Freedom Caucus is a hard-right […]



Ripples from US nuclear plant closings overwhelm small towns

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 06:16:03 -0700

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OAK HARBOR, Ohio (AP) — Living in the shadows of the Davis-Besse nuclear power plant’s cooling tower that soars above Lake Erie in Ohio like an oversized lighthouse brings with it some give-and-take. On the plus side, it generates tax money that once paid for a high school swimming pool and auditorium. Then there are […]



Family of missing ex-FBI agent files lawsuit against Iran

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 06:08:03 -0700

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The family of a former FBI agent who went missing in Iran a decade ago on an unauthorized CIA assignment has filed a lawsuit against the Islamic Republic, accusing it of using “cold, cynical and false denials” to torture his loved ones. The lawsuit by Robert Levinson’s family in […]



Consumers’ Checkbook: How to select a quality veterinarian

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 06:00:00 -0700

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To help you find a veterinarian who provides the care and service your critter deserves without wrecking your treat budget, consumer group Puget Sound Consumers’ Checkbook magazine and Checkbook.org have evaluated area veterinary clinics and hospitals.



You must remember this: New book celebrates ‘Casablanca’

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 06:00:00 -0700

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Yes, much of what’s here has been published before, but along with the familiar and the trivial, author Noah Isenberg offers a lot that’s fresh and perceptive.



Sure, a jerk pushed me, but kindly bystanders, others made up for it

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 06:00:00 -0700

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Readers rant about cellphones, babies at the theater, bad renters, kids running wild at restaurant; rave about help with ferry, safe wallet, kind man in yarn shop.



France’s Hollande looks to strengthen ties with Singapore

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 05:53:03 -0700

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SINGAPORE (AP) — French President Francois Hollande, on an official visit to Singapore, expressed a desire Sunday to strengthen France’s partnership with the Southeast Asian city-state. “France considers Singapore not only for an economic partner, but also as a friendly country,” Hollande said at a state banquet, where he gave a toast in French. “In […]



Will NYC invite the ‘Fearless Girl’ to stay on Wall Street?

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 05:35:19 -0700

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NEW YORK (AP) — Should the “Fearless Girl” stand up to Wall Street’s charging bull forever? That’s the question New York City officials are facing after a statue of a ponytailed girl in a windblown dress went up in front of the bronze bull early this month and immediately became a tourist draw and internet […]



China prevents academic from returning home to Australia

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 05:26:02 -0700

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BEIJING (AP) — An academic at an Australian university has been prevented by Chinese authorities from returning to Sydney because he’s suspected of endangering national security, his lawyer said Sunday. Border officials at an airport in the southern city of Guangzhou refused to let Feng Chongyi, an associate professor at the University of Technology Sydney, […]



Trump’s border-wall proposal faces many obstacles

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 05:12:04 -0700

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has now laid out exactly what he wants in the “big, beautiful wall” that he’s promised to build on the U.S.-Mexico border. But his effort to build a huge hurdle to those entering the U.S. illegally faces impediments of its own. It’s still not clear how Trump will pay […]



GOP struggles to govern despite a monopoly in Washington

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 05:06:06 -0700

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The Republican Party of “no” for Democrat Barack Obama’s eight years is having a hard time getting to “yes” in the early Donald Trump era. The unmitigated failure of the GOP bill to replace Obamacare underscored that Republicans are a party of upstart firebrands, old-guard conservatives and moderates in Democratic-leaning districts. Despite the GOP monopoly […]



Russia says oil cuts may be extended amid high compliance

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 04:20:03 -0700

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KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Russia’s energy minister says there’s “94 percent” compliance on a six-month oil production cut among OPEC members and non-cartel nations, as well as discussions about continuing the cuts to boost crude prices. Alexander Novak made the comments Sunday in Kuwait at a compliance meeting. Russia’s TASS news agency quoted Novak as […]



Islamic State warns Syrian dam at risk, evacuates residents

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 03:59:08 -0700

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BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group ordered residents to evacuate the Syrian city of Raqqa on Sunday following reports that a dam contested by U.S.-backed forces upstream on the Euphrates River could collapse, activists reported. The militants said coalition airstrikes had weakened the Tabqa Dam, some 40 kilometers (25 miles) west of Raqqa, and […]



Iran imposes sanctions on 15 US firms

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 03:41:04 -0700

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TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran said Sunday it has imposed sanctions on 15 American companies over their alleged support for Israel, terrorism and repression in the region. A Foreign Ministry statement carried by the state-run IRNA news agency said the companies are barred from any agreements with Iranian firms and that former and current directors […]



Spain: Drug dealers use fake bananas to transport cocaine

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 03:03:04 -0700

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MADRID (AP) — Spanish police have arrested two men for allegedly transporting large quantities of cocaine inside fake bananas. Spain’s civil guard made the arrests Sunday after an investigation was started in November when agents discovered the drugs in a shipment of bananas. Among the real bananas, police found 57 fake bananas made of resin […]



In a Florida death-penalty case, the governor leads the mob against the rule of law

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 03:01:00 -0700

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State Attorney Aramis Ayala is an elected official. If the voters dislike her decision to not seek the death penalty, they have the means to hold her accountable for it. Instead, Gov. Rick Scott imposes his office, supersedes her will and tramples upon the separation of powers.



Police: ‘At least a couple of shooters’ involved in Cincinnati nightclub shooting; 1 killed, more than a dozen wounded

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 02:57:03 -0700

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CINCINNATI (AP) — Police: ‘At least a couple of shooters’ involved in Cincinnati nightclub shooting; 1 killed, more than a dozen wounded.



4 dead, 23 wounded in grenade attack in southern Philippines

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 02:47:02 -0700

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JOLO, Philippines (AP) — At least four people were killed and 23 others wounded in a grenade attack in the southern Philippines that appears to be unrelated to terrorism, officials said Sunday. Army Col. Cirilito Sobejana said the attacker was arrested following the late Saturday grenade blast in Busbus village near the domestic airport in […]



Wave of corruption protests sweeps Russia; Navalny arrested

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 02:37:07 -0700

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MOSCOW (AP) — Thousands of people crowded into Moscow’s Pushkin Square on Sunday for an unsanctioned protest against the Russian government, part of a wave of demonstrations taking place throughout the country. Alexei Navalny, the anti-corruption campaigner who is leading the opposition to President Vladimir Putin, was arrested while walking from a nearby subway station […]



Antonio Banderas says he’s recovered from a heart attack

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 02:07:08 -0700

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MADRID (AP) — Spanish film star Antonio Banderas says he has recovered from a heart attack that he had in January. The 56-year-old Banderas tells Spanish media that “I suffered a heart attack on Jan. 26, but it wasn’t serious and hasn’t caused any damage.” Banderas says he underwent a procedure to introduce three stents […]