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Sentencing set in military vehicle contract fraud case

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 08:55:12 +1200

DANVILLE, Va. (AP) — Attorneys for a Canadian man convicted of defrauding the U.S. military after being contracted to supply armored vehicles for use in Iraq are asking a federal judge for leniency.Defense attorneys say 72-year-old...

Banker: "Nightmare" dodging extortion attempts in Latvia

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 08:55:09 +1200

LONDON (AP) — Latvia's top banking official, a key member of the European Central Bank, has been accused by local bank Norvik of seeking kickbacks, trying to launder Russian money and retaliating against the bank when it refused to...

The Latest: Pennsylvania court issues new congressional map

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 08:50:07 +1200

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on Pennsylvania's congressional gerrymandering case (all times local):2:45 p.m.The Pennsylvania Supreme Court is imposing a new congressional district map for the state's 2018 elections, meeting...

Pennsylvania court issues new congressional district map for 2018 elections; map almost certain to face GOP challenge

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 08:45:08 +1200

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania court issues new congressional district map for 2018 elections; map almost certain to face GOP challenge.

Max Boot: Trump is ignoring the worst attack on America since 9/11

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 08:13:05 +1200

Imagine if, after 9/11, the president had said that the World Trade Center and Pentagon could have been attacked by "China" or "lots of other people." Imagine if he had dismissed claims of al-Qaida's responsibility as a "hoax" and...

Media Files:|caption=The four-storey building known as the 'troll factory' in St. Petersburg, Russia. Photo / AP

Rio could be 'laboratory' for solving Brazil's crime crisis

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 07:55:11 +1200

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian leaders said Monday that the use of the military to combat rising violence in Rio de Janeiro could serve as a model for other violent areas of Brazil.The armed forces officially took over Rio's police...

Report: Supporter of Sufi leader kills 3 police in Iran

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 07:55:08 +1200

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's semi-official Fars news agency says a supporter of a Sufi leader has rammed a bus into police, killing three of them before being arrested.The semi-official ILNA news agency quoted Mohsen Hamedani, a senior...

Wind-driven wildfire forces people to flee rural California

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 07:55:06 +1200

BISHOP, Calif. (AP) — A wind-driven wildfire in rural central California forced mandatory evacuations and threatened hundreds of buildings Monday, including a historic railroad station, after it tripled in size overnight, officials...

Greek carnival celebrations get a little flour power

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 07:50:07 +1200

GALAXIDI, Greece (AP) — For a few hours every year, residents and visitors of this pretty Greek seaside town have a license to lose their civility.They have what's known as a "flour war" — participants pelt each other with bags...

Israeli settler leader says settlements grew rapidly in 2017

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 07:25:07 +1200

JERUSALEM (AP) — The number of Jewish settlers in the West Bank grew at nearly twice the rate of Israel's overall population last year, a settler leader said Monday, predicting that settlement growth would surge even more in the coming...

Native images in exhibit questions how America is defined

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 07:15:16 +1200

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Bold. Visionary. A spectacular success.The words in an online promotion for a new museum exhibit in Washington, D.C., describe an 1830 U.S. law that forced thousands of American Indians from their lands in...

The Latest: Latvian central bank chief is released on bail

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 07:15:14 +1200

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the bribery investigation on the Latvian central bank chief (all times local):6:05 p.m.Latvian state TV reports that the country's central bank chief has been released from detention on bail pending...

New York woman falls to her death out of fifth-floor window

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 07:15:11 +1200

NEW YORK (AP) — Police are investigating the death of a woman who fell from a fifth-floor window of a Harlem housing development.The New York Times reports Quanneisha Baskerville stopped at her estranged boyfriend's home Saturday...

The year humans caused irreversible damage to Earth: Scientists pinpoint 1965 as the start of the Anthropocene era

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 07:12:23 +1200

The planet entered a new geological epoch known as the Anthropocene in 1965, according to new research.The Anthropocene has become a term used by scientists all over the world, seeking to put a marker on when humans began to leave...

Media Files:|caption=The radiocarbon peak - known as the golden spike - was created by the culmination of mostly Northern Hemisphere atmospheric thermonuclear bomb tests in the 1950s and 1960s. Photo / Getty

Fire destroys squad's 5 ambulances, causes $2M in damages

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 07:10:07 +1200

WOODSTOWN, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a fast-moving fire gutted an ambulance squad's building in New Jersey, destroying five ambulances and causing at least $2 million in damage overall.The fire at the American Legion Ambulance...

Latvian state TV: Central bank chief is released on bail, rejects allegations pending bribery investigation

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 07:00:13 +1200

RIGA, Latvia (AP) — Latvian state TV: Central bank chief is released on bail, rejects allegations pending bribery investigation.

MLB imposes stricter mound limits, defers on pitch clocks

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 06:35:10 +1200

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball imposed stricter limits on mound visits by players in an effort to speed games but decided against 20-second pitch clocks for 2018.After more than a year of negotiations, the Major League Baseball...

NYPD Special Victims hunting for rapist of 12-year-old

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 06:15:08 +1200

NEW YORK (AP) — The 12-year-old girl was in her school uniform, wearing pigtails. She clutched her princess lunch box as she got off the Bronx bus after tutoring, and that's when the rapist grabbed her by the arm."If you scream,...

French jazz violinist Didier Lockwood dies suddenly at 62

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 06:05:09 +1200

PARIS (AP) — French jazz violinist Didier Lockwood, whose eclectic career spanned more than four decades and the world's most prestigious festivals and concert halls, has died. He was 62.Lockwood's agent, Christophe Deghelt, said...

Trump lashes out over Russia probe in angry and error-laden tweetstorm

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 06:00:45 +1200

President Donald Trump lashed out with fresh anger about the intensifying Russia probe over the weekend, accusing Democrats of enabling a foreign adversary to interfere in the 2016 election and attacking the FBI as well as his own...

Media Files:|caption=President Donald Trump sent the messages from his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, where he was ensconced for two days. Photo / AP