February 22nd, 2017

World News

Stocks start lower as energy and industrial companies fall

By Marley Jay, The Associated Press on February 22nd, 2017

NEW YORK – U.S. stocks are starting the day lower after a record-setting run. Energy and industrial companies are taking some of the biggest losses Wednesday. Technology stocks, which have risen every day in February, are slipping as big names like Apple and Intel decline. KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average dipped 12 points, ... Read More »

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Polish play investigated for blasphemy, inciting violence

By The Associated Press on February 22nd, 2017

WARSAW, Poland – Prosecutors in Poland are investigating a new theatre production that alludes to murdering the country’s most powerful politician and has sexual scenes involving the cross and an image of the late Polish pope, St. John Paul II. Prosecutors said Wednesday they opened the investigation to determine if the play, “The Curse,” offends ... Read More »

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Americans buy existing homes at fastest pace in a decade

By Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press on February 22nd, 2017

WASHINGTON – Americans shrugged off rising mortgage rates and bought existing homes in January at the fastest pace since 2007. The National Association of Realtors says home sales rose 3.3 per cent last months from December to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.69 million. Steady job gains, modest pay raises and rising consumer confidence ... Read More »

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Markets Right Now: US stocks edge back from record highs

By The Associated Press on February 22nd, 2017

NEW YORK – The latest on developments in financial markets (All times local): 9:35 a.m. Declines in energy and industrial stocks are leading U.S. indexes slightly lower in early trading as the market comes off a record closing high the day before. Energy companies fell early Wednesday along with the price of crude oil. Newfield ... Read More »

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Thousands flee, freeway shut in flooding near San Francisco

By The Associated Press on February 22nd, 2017

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Rising floodwaters sent at least 14,000 residents fleeing inundated homes in San Jose, California, and forced the shutdown of a major freeway Wednesday. U.S. 101 was closed in both directions south of San Francisco because of water across lanes and officials said there was no estimate when the key commuter artery ... Read More »

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Even at anything-goes Carnival, these lyrics raise eyebrows

By Sarah Dilorenzo, The Associated Press on February 22nd, 2017

SAO PAULO – The typical notion of Carnival in Brazil is that anything goes: no headdress too big, no outfit too small, no song too ribald. This year, some organizers of the world’s best known street party are saying: “Enough!” At least to the lyrics. A growing number of “blocos” – a term Brazilians use ... Read More »

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Pakistan to send paramilitaries to fight Punjab militants

By Asif Shahzad, The Associated Press on February 22nd, 2017

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan said Wednesday it will send paramilitary forces to crack down on Islamic militants in the Punjab province, a move that the ruling party of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had long rejected because of opposition among its Islamist supporters. The decision to deploy the paramilitary forces, which have had some success against extremists ... Read More »

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Turkey detains 35 IS suspects in Istanbul raids

By The Associated Press on February 22nd, 2017

ISTANBUL – Turkey’s state-run news agency says anti-terrorism police in Istanbul have detained 35 people suspected of links to the Islamic State group. Anadolu Agency says Wednesday the suspects were taken into custody following simultaneous raids on 41 homes in two low-income Istanbul neighbourhoods. There was no information on the suspects or their nationalities. Last ... Read More »

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Caretaker filmed performing sexual dance on 100-year-old man

By The Associated Press on February 22nd, 2017

SANDUSKY, Ohio – Police say a caretaker was filmed performing a sexually provocative dance on a 100-year-old resident at an Ohio assisted living home and has been charged with gross sexual imposition. Sandusky police say 26-year-old Brittany Fultz, of Marblehead, danced in front of and on the man in December, then showed her breasts and ... Read More »

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Iraqi suicide bomber was ex-Gitmo detainee

By Paisley Dodds And Danica Kirka, The Associated Press on February 22nd, 2017

LONDON – A suicide bomber who attacked a military base in Iraq this week was a former Guantanamo Bay detainee freed in 2004 after Britain lobbied for his release, raising questions about the ability of security services to track the whereabouts of potential terrorists. The Islamic State group identified the bomber as Abu Zakariya al-Britani, ... Read More »

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Cyprus peace process falters after latest talks called off

By Menelaos Hadjicostis, The Associated Press on February 22nd, 2017

NICOSIA, Cyprus – Talks to reunify ethnically-split Cyprus suffered another blow after the leader of breakaway Turkish Cypriots backed out of a scheduled meeting aiming to push negotiations forward, officials said Wednesday. Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades expressed regret that Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci told United Nations officials that he won’t attend Thursday’s meeting. “I’m ... Read More »

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