January 18th, 2017

World News

George H.W. Bush hospitalized for shortness of breath

By The Associated Press on January 18th, 2017

HOUSTON – Former President George H.W. Bush was taken to the hospital over the weekend for shortness of breath and the 92-year-old is responding well to treatments, his spokesman said Wednesday. The 41st president was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital on Saturday, spokesman Jim McGrath said in an email to The Associated Press. “Doctors and ... Read More »

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Iraq military: Troops have ‘full control’ of eastern Mosul

By The Associated Press on January 18th, 2017

BAGHDAD – Iraq’s military says government troops are now in “full control” of eastern Mosul after routing Islamic State militants from that part of the northern Iraqi city. Army Lt. Gen. Talib Shaghati, who commands the Iraqi counter-terrorism forces, says the success of the Iraqi forces is “unprecedented.” The advance – more than three months ... Read More »

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3 large earthquakes hit central Italy in an hour

By The Associated Press on January 18th, 2017

ROME – Three earthquakes hit central Italy in the space of an hour Wednesday, shaking the same region that suffered a series of deadly quakes last year. There were no immediate reports of casualties but tremors were felt as far away as Rome, where the subway was closed as a precaution and parents were asked ... Read More »

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Hong Kong actor Andy Lau injured while working in Thailand

By The Associated Press on January 18th, 2017

Hong Kong actor Andy Lau has been injured while working in Thailand. A statement from his representative said the 55-year-old actor fell off a horse and injured his pelvis on the set of a commercial Tuesday. The statement thanked people who expressed their concern but said fans shouldn’t worry. It said: “Mr. Lau is under ... Read More »

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Gambia’s Parliament extends leader’s stay in power 3 months

By The Associated Press on January 18th, 2017

BANJUL, Gambia – State television says Gambia’s Parliament has voted to extend President Yahya Jammeh’s term in office for three months, even as his mandate was set to end Thursday. The report says the additional three months take effect immediately. The news comes a day after Jammeh declared a three-month state of emergency as he ... Read More »

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2 large earthquakes hit central Italy

By The Associated Press on January 18th, 2017

ROME – Monitors say two earthquakes have hit central Italy in short succession, with tremors felt in the capital, Rome. The German Research Centre for Geosciences, which operates a regional quake monitoring system, says a quake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.6 hit the region north of Amatrice at about 10:25 a.m. (0925 GMT) on ... Read More »

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Trump pick to lead EPA has spotty state environmental record

By Sean Murphy And Michael Biesecker, The Associated Press on January 18th, 2017

WASHINGTON – When President-elect Donald Trump’s choice to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency first took office as Oklahoma’s attorney general, he disbanded the unit responsible for protecting the state’s natural resources. Instead, Scott Pruitt reassigned his staff to focus on filing lawsuits against the federal agency he’s now selected to lead. Records also show ... Read More »

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Russia extends residence permit for Snowden

By The Associated Press on January 18th, 2017

MOSCOW – Russian authorities have extended a residence permit for U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, who leaked thousands of secret documents from the National Security Agency. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a post on Facebook late on Tuesday that Snowden’s residence permit has been extended for “a couple of years.” Snowden has ... Read More »

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Denver starts work on allowing pot in public, a first in US

By Kristen Wyatt, The Associated Press on January 18th, 2017

Denver is starting work on becoming the first city in the nation to allow marijuana clubs and public pot use in places such as coffee shops, yoga studios and art galleries. Voters narrowly approved the “social use” measure last November. But the ballot proposal didn’t spell out many rules for how the marijuana could be ... Read More »

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Chief of staff: George H.W. Bush hospitalized in Houston

By The Associated Press on January 18th, 2017

Houston-area media are quoting former President George H.W. Bush’s chief of staff as saying that Bush has been hospitalized in Houston. The Houston Chronicle and KHOU-TV reported early Wednesday that Bush chief of staff Jean Becker says the 41st president was recently admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital after becoming ill. Becker did not specify the ... Read More »

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Global warming could steal postcard-perfect weather days

By Seth Borenstein, The Associated Press on January 17th, 2017

WASHINGTON – Global warming is going to steal away some of those postcard-perfect weather days in the future, according to a first-of-its-kind projection of nice weather. On average, Earth will have 10 fewer days of mild and mostly dry weather by the end of the century, the researchers estimate. Some places will get more days ... Read More »

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