January 18th, 2017

World News

Gunfire erupts at Mexican private school, injuries reported

By Porfirio Ibarra, The Associated Press on January 18th, 2017

MONTERREY, Mexico – State officials say a gunshots have been fired at a private secondary and grade school in the northern Mexican city of Monterrey, with three injuries reported. State security spokesman Aldo Fasci said Wednesday the three people were seriously injured. Fasci said a student fired a gun, wounding a teacher, another student and ... Read More »

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US homebuilder confidence, sales outlook slip in January

By Alex Veiga, The Associated Press on January 18th, 2017

U.S. homebuilders are feeling slightly less confident this month about their sales prospects, a pullback from December when builders’ confidence reached the highest level in 11 years. The decline in builder confidence comes amid heightened concerns about how rising mortgage rates could affect sales this year. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment ... Read More »

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Janet Napolitano in hospital with side effect of cancer care

By Kristin J. Bender, The Associated Press on January 18th, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO – University of California President Janet Napolitano, a former U.S. Homeland Security secretary and governor of Arizona, has been undergoing cancer treatment for five months and was hospitalized after suffering complications, the school system said. The UC Office of the President said Napolitano, 59, was diagnosed last August but did not say what ... Read More »

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Markets Right Now: Retailers lead US stocks lower

By The Associated Press on January 18th, 2017

NEW YORK – The latest on developments in financial markets (All times local): 9:35 a.m. Stocks are opening mostly lower on Wall Street, led by declines in retailers after Target cut its profit and sales projections. Target slumped 5 per cent in early trading Wednesday after saying its holiday season sales were weak. Other retailers ... Read More »

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Orlando gunman’s widow due in court for talks on transfer

By Eric Tucker And Paul Elias, The Associated Press on January 18th, 2017

OAKLAND, Calif. – The widow of the Orlando nightclub gunman knew about the attack ahead of time and then hindered the criminal investigation when she lied to FBI agents after the shooting, say prosecutors who will be in a California court Wednesday to discuss transferring her to Florida. It will be a second day in ... Read More »

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3 quakes shake Italy, isolating towns blanketed under snow

By Nicole Winfield, The Associated Press on January 18th, 2017

ROME – Three strong earthquakes shook central Italy in the space of an hour Wednesday, striking the same region that suffered a series of deadly quakes last year and further isolating towns that have been buried under more than a meter (3 feet) of snow for days. Premier Paolo Gentiloni said it appeared no one ... Read More »

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Death toll in Mali suicide blast rises to more than 50

By Yacouba Cisse, The Associated Press on January 18th, 2017

GAO, Mali – A suicide bomber in an explosives-laden vehicle attacked a camp in northern Mali on Wednesday, killing more than 50 people and wounding more than 100 soldiers and former fighters now trying to stabilize the region. While there was no immediate claim of responsibility, suspicion quickly fell on the Islamic extremist groups operating ... Read More »

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More clemency coming after Obama shortens Manning’s sentence

By Josh Lederman And Eric Tucker, The Associated Press on January 18th, 2017

WASHINGTON – Embracing his clemency powers like never before, President Barack Obama is planning more commutations in his final days in office after a dramatic move to cut short convicted leaker Chelsea Manning’s sentence. Obama became the president to have granted more commutations than any other when he announced Tuesday that Manning will be freed ... Read More »

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Stephen Miller: the aide ‘who helped Trump find his voice’

By Jill Colvin, The Associated Press on January 18th, 2017

WASHINGTON – Stephen Miller was a teenager in California when got his first political gig as a regular guest on a local conservative talk radio show, eager to complain about his liberal high school. In columns written for local newspapers, he took on what he called its plague of political correctness. The school’s decision to ... Read More »

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Pointed questions await Trump’s pick for health secretary

By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, The Associated Press on January 18th, 2017

WASHINGTON – With coverage for millions of people at stake, Rep. Tom Price is facing pointed questions about President-elect Donald Trump’s health policies – and his own investments in health care companies – from senators considering his selection as health secretary. While Price, an orthopedic surgeon-turned-lawmaker, is largely a known quantity on Capitol Hill, Trump’s ... Read More »

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Inaugural speech is Trump’s time to rise to the moment

By Nancy Benac, The Associated Press on January 18th, 2017

WASHINGTON – Tradition suggests it’s time for Donald Trump to set aside the say-anything speaking style and rise to the inaugural moment. But bucking tradition, or ignoring it altogether, is what got Donald Trump to his inaugural moment. When Trump stands on the west front of the Capitol on Friday and delivers his inaugural address, ... Read More »

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