February 22nd, 2018

World News

Kentucky softball team forges ahead with AR-15 rifle raffle

By The Associated Press on February 22nd, 2018

LAWRENCEBURG, Ky. – An under-10 girls’ softball team is the latest entity to attract attention for a fundraiser raffling off an AR-15 assault rifle. Fully Loaded Inc. owner Kenny Barnett tells the Lexington Herald-Leader the winners of the Central Kentucky BatCats’ raffle will have to pass background checks to claim the AR-15 or the semi-automatic ... Read More »

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University experts to lead Puerto Rico storm death review

By The Associated Press on February 22nd, 2018

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Puerto Rico’s governor says experts at George Washington University will lead an in-depth review to determine the number of deaths caused by Hurricane Maria amid accusations that the U.S. territory has undercounted the toll. Gov. Ricardo Rossello said Thursday that his administration will rely on the most up-to-date science to ... Read More »

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AP FACT CHECK: Answers to Trump’s tweets on Russia probe

By Calvin Woodward, The Associated Press on February 22nd, 2018

WASHINGTON – By its nature, the special counsel investigation of Russian activities in the U.S. election is casting a wide net in its search for malfeasance. At the same time, it’s not a leaky enterprise – little is coming to light except what the prosecutor, Robert Mueller wants out. That hasn’t stopped President Donald Trump ... Read More »

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African asylum seekers facing expulsion have embraced Israel

By Aron Heller, The Associated Press on February 22nd, 2018

HERZLIYA, Israel – Even as he faces a potential deportation from Israel, 30-year-old Eritrean asylum seeker Johny Goytiom Kafl brims with satisfaction as he looks out upon thousands of fellow protesters rallying against the impending expulsions, all while peacefully secured by police. It’s such displays of civil action that he most admires about his adoptive ... Read More »

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Venezuelan pastor fills presidential void left by opposition

By Ricardo Nunes And Joshua Goodman, The Associated Press on February 22nd, 2018

CARACAS, Venezuela – With two months to go before Venezuela’s presidential election, the only challenger to jump in the ring against President Nicolas Maduro is a little-known television evangelist who was once arrested for fuel smuggling and has a range of business ventures. Despite his questioned past and the steep odds against him, the Rev. ... Read More »

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Duterte: Labor ban to Kuwait stays, may be expanded

By Jim Gomez, The Associated Press on February 22nd, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine president said Thursday that a ban on the deployment of workers to Kuwait, where a Filipina was found dead in a freezer, will continue and could be expanded to other countries where Filipino workers suffer “human degradation.” President Rodrigo Duterte made the remarks after attending the wake of Joanna Demafelis ... Read More »

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Montenegro police official: US Embassy attacker ex-soldier

By Predrag Milic, The Associated Press on February 22nd, 2018

PODGORICA, Montenegro – The man who hurled a bomb into the U.S. Embassy compound in Montenegro’s capital, and then killed himself, was an ex-soldier apparently decorated by former Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic after NATO’s bombing of Serbia and Montenegro in 1999, authorities said Thursday. A police official, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the ... Read More »

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Texas governor weighs parole board’s advice on inmate’s fate

By Michael Graczyk, The Associated Press on February 22nd, 2018

HUNTSVILLE, Texas – A condemned Texas inmate set for execution Thursday awaited word on whether Gov. Greg Abbott would accept the state parole board’s rare clemency recommendation to spare the prisoner’s life at the urging of his father. Thomas “Bart” Whitaker, 38, is scheduled for lethal injection for masterminding the fatal shootings of his mother ... Read More »

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Parents: 101 Nigerian girls missing after Boko Haram attack

By The Associated Press on February 22nd, 2018

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria – Parents in northern Nigeria say more than 100 girls are still missing three days after suspected Boko Haram extremists attacked their school. The announcement on Thursday comes after government officials in Yobe state acknowledged that some 50 young women remained unaccounted for in the Monday evening attack. One parent, Bashir Manzo, tells ... Read More »

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Florida eye doctor gets 17 years for Medicare fraud

By The Associated Press on February 22nd, 2018

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – A prominent Florida eye doctor once accused of bribing Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey received a 17-year sentence Thursday for stealing $73 million from Medicare by convincing elderly patients to undergo excruciating tests and treatments they didn’t need for diseases they didn’t have. Dr. Salomon Melgen was convicted of ... Read More »

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Trump endorses raising minimum age to 21 for more weapons

By Catherine Lucey And Matthew Daly, The Associated Press on February 22nd, 2018

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump endorsed stricter gun-control measures Thursday, including raising the minimum age to 21 for possessing a broader range of weapons than at present. He tweeted his strongest stance as president one day after an emotional White House session where students and parents poured out wrenching tales of lost lives and pleaded ... Read More »

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