October 18th, 2017

World News

Any questions? Trump wants to talk. Again.

By Catherine Lucey And Ken Thomas, The Associated Press on October 17th, 2017

WASHINGTON – Reporters were seated in the White House briefing room awaiting an appearance by press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Monday when a call went out over a loudspeaker to head to the Rose Garden. There was no time to lose: President Donald Trump wanted to talk. Again. Chaos briefly ensued as the press ... Read More »

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AP News Guide: Instability set to follow IS collapse

By Zeina Karam, The Associated Press on October 17th, 2017

BEIRUT – The Islamic State group, responsible for some of the worst atrocities perpetrated against civilians in recent history, appears on the verge of collapse. After brutalizing residents living under its command for more than three years, the militants have now lost their self-proclaimed capital of Raqqa and are battling to hang on to relatively ... Read More »

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Cochran’s illness shows risks to GOP leaders of aging Senate

By Alan Fram, The Associated Press on October 17th, 2017

WASHINGTON – Top Republicans coping with a razor-thin majority as they try pushing a partisan agenda through the Senate are running smack into another complication – the sheer age and health issues of some senators. When the office of the ailing Sen. Thad Cochran announced Monday that it was the Mississippi Republican’s “intention to return ... Read More »

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Californians brace for emotional toll from wildfires

By Sudhin Thanawala And Terry Chea, The Associated Press on October 17th, 2017

SANTA ROSA, Calif. – A week after fleeing wildfires, tens of thousands of Californians are drifting back into their neighbourhoods. Some will face the prospect of destroyed homes. All will face the possibility of lasting emotional damage. “It’s never going to be the same,” said Rob Brown, a supervisor in Mendocino County, where all 8,000 ... Read More »

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China’s Xi looks to extend power at Communist Party congress

By Christopher Bodeen, The Associated Press on October 17th, 2017

BEIJING – Having bested his rivals, Chinese President Xi Jinping is primed to consolidate his already considerable power as the ruling Communist Party begins its twice-a-decade national congress on Wednesday. From meetings largely cloaked in secrecy, powerful players will emerge publicly in new roles, and Xi will address the nation to lay out his political ... Read More »

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Florida state of emergency declared for white nationalist

By Gary Fineout, The Associated Press on October 17th, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Citing past clashes and protests, Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Monday declared a state of emergency in advance of a speech white nationalist Richard Spencer is scheduled to give at the University of Florida. The state’s Republican governor warned in an executive order Monday that a “threat of a potential emergency is ... Read More »

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Afghan officials: Taliban wave of attacks kills at least 34

By Amir Shah, The Associated Press on October 17th, 2017

KABUL – The Taliban unleashed a wave of attacks across Afghanistan on Tuesday, targeting police compounds and government facilities in the country’s south, west and east and killing at least 34 people, including civilians, officials said. The deadliest attack was in the southern Ghazni province where the insurgents stormed a security compound in Andar district, ... Read More »

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Trump, McConnell make a show of unity, despite tensions

By Erica Werner, The Associated Press on October 17th, 2017

WASHINGTON – Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell have reaffirmed their alliance of necessity in a raucous Rose Garden news conference that also underscored their sharp differences. The garrulous president claimed they were longtime friends, now closer than ever; the reserved Senate Republican leader allowed that they share goals and speak often. It was a spectacle ... Read More »

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Philippine military pushes to defeat last Marawi fighters

By Jim Gomez, The Associated Press on October 17th, 2017

MARAWI, Philippines – Gunfire rang out sporadically and explosions thudded as Philippine soldiers fought Tuesday to gain control of the last pocket of Marawi controlled by Islamic militants as President Rodrigo Duterte declared the southern city liberated from “terrorist influence.” The military, boosted by the deaths of two key militant leaders in a gunbattle the ... Read More »

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Book’s challenge: Can you do squats like Justice Ginsburg?

By Jessica Gresko, The Associated Press on October 17th, 2017

WASHINGTON – Personal trainer Bryant Johnson hears it all the time: Four more years. That’s how long fans of his client, 84-year-old Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, tell him he has to keep her healthy so that a one-term President Donald Trump doesn’t get to name the liberal justice’s replacement on the Supreme Court. ... Read More »

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Attorney: Convicted tax schemer is too fat for prison

By The Associated Press on October 17th, 2017

TAMPA, Fla. – The attorney for a 72-year-old Florida man who was convicted in a tax scheme is using obesity to try to keep his client out of prison. Curtis Fallgatter wrote in a court filing on Monday that Stephen Donaldson Sr. doesn’t have an average man’s life expectancy because he’s 5-foot-9 and weighs 273 ... Read More »

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