January 23rd, 2018

World News

Pennsylvania court throws out congressional boundaries

By Marc Levy, The Associated Press on January 22nd, 2018

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Monday struck down the boundaries of the state’s 18 congressional districts, granting a major victory to plaintiffs who had contended that they were unconstitutionally gerrymandered to benefit Republicans. The order from the Democratic-controlled court gives the Republican-controlled Legislature until Feb. 9 to pass a replacement and Democratic ... Read More »

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Pence says US embassy will move to Jerusalem by end of 2019

By Ken Thomas And Aron Heller, The Associated Press on January 22nd, 2018

JERUSALEM – Vice-President Mike Pence told Israel’s parliament on Monday that the U.S. embassy will move to Jerusalem by the end of 2019, receiving a rousing ovation as he pledged to barrel ahead with a plan that has set off weeks of unrest and thrown U.S. peace efforts into disarray. The plan to accelerate the ... Read More »

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3 board members quit USA Gymnastics as more victims speak

By David Eggert And Mike Householder, The Associated Press on January 22nd, 2018

LANSING, Mich. – Three key leaders at USA Gymnastics resigned Monday as more women and girls told a judge about being sexually assaulted at the hands of a sports doctor who spent years with Olympic gymnasts and other female athletes. The resignations of chairman Paul Parilla, vice chairman Jay Binder and treasurer Bitsy Kelley were ... Read More »

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Mom pleads guilty to manslaughter in toddler car seat death

By The Associated Press on January 22nd, 2018

SALEM, N.J. – A New Jersey woman who was high on drugs in her car last year and left her 2-year-old daughter unattended for hours in her car seat, where she died, has pleaded guilty to manslaughter. Deanna Joseph also pleaded guilty Monday to child endangerment and drug and weapons charges. The 39-year-old Alloway woman ... Read More »

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End to shutdown in sight as Senate breaks Dem filibuster

By Alan Fram, Andrew Taylor And Zeke Miller, The Associated Press on January 22nd, 2018

WASHINGTON – Congress sped toward reopening the government Monday, as Senate Democrats dropped their objections to a temporary funding bill in return for assurances from Republicans leaders that they will soon take up immigration and other contentious issues. Senate Republican leader McConnell’s commitment to quickly tackle the issue of immigrant “Dreamers” was contingent on Democrats ... Read More »

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Judge: Victims of sports doc are ‘sister survivor warriors’

By David Eggert And Mike Householder, The Associated Press on January 22nd, 2018

LANSING, Mich. – The judge overseeing the sentencing of disgraced former sports doctor Larry Nassar said Monday that nearly 100 girls and women who had given statements so far at the five-day hearing were “sister survivor warriors.” “I want to you know that your face and the face of all of the sister survivor warriors ... Read More »

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Fighting rages amid Turkish push in Kurdish enclave in Syria

By Mehmet Guzel And Bassem Mroue, The Associated Press on January 22nd, 2018

HASSA, Turkey – Intense fighting flared Monday as Turkish troops and their allies advanced on a Kurdish enclave in northwestern Syria, the third day of Ankara’s offensive to oust a U.S.-allied Kurdish militia from the area, according to the militia and a war monitoring group. Skirmishes between Turkish troops and Kurdish fighters also broke out ... Read More »

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Company apologizes for prompting bomb scare at airport

By The Associated Press on January 22nd, 2018

NEWARK, N.J. – The creators of a reality show say they were shooting an episode about a vacuum device used to compress luggage when the gadget prompted a fake bomb alert at a New Jersey airport. NJ.com reports that federal officers at Newark Liberty International Airport stopped crew members of a CNBC show called “Staten ... Read More »

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Emergency official: 5 missing after Oklahoma rig explosion

By The Associated Press on January 22nd, 2018

QUINTON, Okla. – An emergency official says five people are missing after an explosion at a drilling rig in eastern Oklahoma. Pittsburg County Emergency Manager Director Kevin Enloe tells KOTV that at least three medical helicopters landed at the site following the Monday morning explosion. He says five people are missing. The explosion occurred west ... Read More »

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15-year-old girl shot at Texas school; boy, 16, arrested

By The Associated Press on January 22nd, 2018

ITALY, Texas – A 15-year-old student was injured in a shooting at her high school in Texas Monday morning and a 16-year-old boy, also a student at the school, has been taken into custody, sheriff’s officials said. The girl was airlifted to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas following the shooting in the town of Italy, ... Read More »

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McConnell raises hopes as government shutdown enters Day 3

By Alan Fram, Andrew Taylor And Zeke Miller, The Associated Press on January 22nd, 2018

WASHINGTON – Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell raised some Democrats’ hopes for a quick end to the government shutdown Monday, saying “I hope and intend” to reach agreement soon on immigration and other contentious issues – if the Democrats agree now to a stopgap spending measure lasting a little less than three weeks. The Senate ... Read More »

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