January 18th, 2017

World News

Recruits testify at hearing in Marine recruits hazing probe

By Matthew Barakat, The Associated Press on January 5th, 2017

QUANTICO, Va. – Two Marine Corps recruits testified Thursday that they were called names, forced to do calisthenics in a dusty building and made to help a drill instructor with his homework while they went through boot camp at Parris Island. The testimony came at a preliminary hearing for Staff Sgt. Antonio Burke, a former ... Read More »

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US stocks slump as banks slump and department stores dive

By Marley Jay, The Associated Press on January 5th, 2017

NEW YORK – Stocks are slumping Thursday as interest rates drop and banks take sharp losses. Department stores and mall operators are tumbling as Macy’s and Kohl’s both plunged following weak holiday-season reports that led the chains to cut their profit forecasts. Macy’s also said it will eliminate 10,000 jobs as it continues to close ... Read More »

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Dutch Parliament sealed off after ‘confused person’ detained

By The Associated Press on January 5th, 2017

THE HAGUE, Netherlands – Police in The Hague say they have detained a man suspected of throwing a bag near the Dutch parliament. The Parliament was sealed off by military police after the incident late Thursday afternoon. In a statement on its website, Parliament says the measure was taken as a precaution after a “confused ... Read More »

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Nigeria finds Chibok girl kidnapped by Boko Haram, with baby

By Michelle Faul And Haruna Umar, The Associated Press on January 5th, 2017

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria – Soldiers interrogating captured Boko Haram suspects have found one of the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram nearly three years ago, along with her baby, Nigeria’s military said Thursday. Nearly 300 girls were kidnapped by the insurgents from a government boarding school in the remote northeastern town of Chibok in April 2014, ... Read More »

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Markets Right Now: Stocks turn lower in midday trading

By The Associated Press on January 5th, 2017

NEW YORK – The latest on developments in financial markets (All times local): 11:45 a.m. Stocks are taking a downward turn in midday trading, led by steep declines in banks as interest rates fall. Wells Fargo slumped 2.6 per cent Thursday and Bank of America gave back 2.3 per cent. Banks fell the most in ... Read More »

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Recruits testify at hearing in Parris Island hazing probe

By Matthew Barakat, The Associated Press on January 5th, 2017

QUANTICO, Va. – Marine Corps recruits say they were called names, forced to do calisthenics in a dusty building and made to help a drill instructor with his homework during boot camp at Parris Island. The testimony came Thursday at a preliminary hearing for Staff Sgt. Antonio Burke, a former drill instructor who is accused ... Read More »

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Harry ‘constantly in trouble,’ Princess Diana letter says

By Sylvia Hui, The Associated Press on January 5th, 2017

LONDON – Letters sent by Britain’s late Princess Diana – including one in which she described a young Prince Harry as being “constantly in trouble” while at boarding school – sold for thousands of pounds at an auction Thursday. The six handwritten notes were sent to Cyril Dickman, a former head steward at Buckingham Palace, ... Read More »

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The Latest: Grandma: Video doesn’t reflect girl she raised

By The Associated Press on January 5th, 2017

CHICAGO – The Latest on the beating of a white man in Chicago that was broadcast live on Facebook (all times local): 10:30 a.m. The grandmother of a young woman associated with a live video on Facebook of a beating says her granddaughter “had her ups and downs,” but is “a good person.” Priscilla Covington ... Read More »

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Historically black college: Band will march at inauguration

By Jeff Martin, The Associated Press on January 5th, 2017

ATLANTA – The president of a historically black college in Alabama says its band will perform in President-elect Donald Trump’s inaugural parade, despite a barrage of criticism. Talladega College President Billy Hawkins announced the decision Thursday. It comes after the Presidential Inaugural Committee had announced that the Alabama band had accepted its invitation to march ... Read More »

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Trump considering plans to restructure intelligence agency

By Julie Pace, The Associated Press on January 5th, 2017

WASHINGTON – President-elect Donald Trump is considering plans to restructure and slim down a top U.S. intelligence agency, a person familiar with the discussions said Thursday. The move comes after Trump questioned the intelligence community’s assessment that Russia interfered with the presidential election on his behalf. Trump still is expected to name a Director of ... Read More »

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Match-fixing charge surfaces ahead of Australian Open

By John Pye, The Associated Press on January 5th, 2017

BRISBANE, Australia – Match-fixing in tennis is back on the radar, less than two weeks before the Australian Open. Victoria state police on Thursday charged an 18-year-old man following an investigation by detectives from the Sporting Integrity Intelligence Unit into allegations of match-fixing at a lower-tier tournament in Traralgon, 160 kilometres (100 miles) southeast of ... Read More »

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