January 23rd, 2017

World News

Italy crews find 3 puppies alive under avalanche-hit hotel

By Paolo Santalucia And Colleen Barry, The Associated Press on January 23rd, 2017

FARINDOLA, Italy – Rescue crews say they have found three puppies alive in the rubble of an Italian mountain hotel slammed by an avalanche. Firefighter spokesman Fabio German said the discovery signals that there are still chances of finding some of the 23 people still buried under the snow alive. Emergency crews have held out ... Read More »

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Questions arise over Italy’s response to snow-hit hotel

By Paolo Santalucia And Colleen Barry, The Associated Press on January 23rd, 2017

FARINDOLA, Italy – Questions intensified Monday into whether Italian authorities underestimated the risks facing a snowbound mountain hotel hours before an avalanche hit, as rescue crews weighed using heavy equipment to try to reach 23 people in the hotel who are still buried under the snow. Five days after up to 60,000 tons of snow, ... Read More »

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Former employee who took Vienna tram for joyride apprehended

By The Associated Press on January 23rd, 2017

Vienna public transit authorities have found the man who went for a joyride with a Vienna street car. But they still don’t know why. The Vienna Lines transport authority says the culprit is a former employee who was dismissed some time ago. And police spokeswoman Irina Steirer says the 36-year-old has confessed to nabbing the ... Read More »

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Samsung says batteries caused Note 7 fires, delays new phone

By Youkyung Lee, The Associated Press on January 23rd, 2017

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of – Samsung Electronics says flaws in the design and production of batteries used in its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, not its hardware or software, made it prone to catch fire. Samsung said Monday that it was responsible for not ensuring the design specifications given to its suppliers were failsafe but believed ... Read More »

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19 die amid apparent winter tornadoes, other storms in South

By Jay Reeves And Brendan Farrington, The Associated Press on January 23rd, 2017

ADEL, Ga. – A vast storm system that kicked up apparent tornadoes, shredded mobile homes and left other destruction scattered around the Southeast has claimed at least 19 lives during its two-day assault on the region. Authorities said Monday at least 15 deaths occurred in south Georgia alone, including seven from an apparent winter twister ... Read More »

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18 die amid apparent winter tornadoes, other storms in South

By Jay Reeves And Brendan Farrington, The Associated Press on January 23rd, 2017

ADEL, Ga. – A vast storm system that kicked up apparent tornadoes, shredded mobile homes and left other destruction scattered around the Southeast has claimed at least 18 lives on its two-day assault on the region. Authorities said at least 14 deaths occurred in south Georgia alone, seven from an apparent winter twister that tore ... Read More »

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Harsh exchanges on first day of Syria talks in Kazakhstan

By Philip Issa, The Associated Press on January 23rd, 2017

ASTANA, Kazakhstan – Syria’s government envoy and a rebel leader traded barbs as talks between the Mideast country’s warring sides got underway in Kazakhstan on Monday in the first face-to-face meeting between the Damascus government and rebel factions fighting to overthrow it. The gathering in Astana, the Kazakh capital, is also the start of a ... Read More »

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Who went for that joyride with a Vienna street car? And why?

By The Associated Press on January 23rd, 2017

VIENNA – Who went for that joyride with a Vienna street car? And why? The trolley was brought to a stop after travelling less than two stations when public transport authorities in Austria’s capital turned off the electricity. But on Monday, two days after the incident, authorities are still puzzling over the perpetrator – and ... Read More »

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Questions swirl about Italy response to snow-isolated hotel

By The Associated Press on January 23rd, 2017

FARINDOLA, Italy – Rescue crews are considering whether to start using heavy equipment to speed up the search for 23 people still buried under the ruins of a central Italy hotel crushed by an avalanche. Firefighter spokesman Luca Cari said emergency crews were working with an “operational hypothesis” that the tons of snow that plowed ... Read More »

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Trump’s biggest campaign promises face ‘Day 1’ test

By Josh Boak And Jill Colvin, The Associated Press on January 23rd, 2017

WASHINGTON – As a candidate, Donald Trump made a slew of “Day One” promises that any president would find daunting. He declared that repealing and replacing his predecessor’s health care law would be “one of his first acts as president.” He released an 18-point plan for actions that would push forward sweeping ethics reforms and ... Read More »

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Syria talks focused on cease-fire get underway in Kazakhstan

By Philip Issa, The Associated Press on January 23rd, 2017

ASTANA, Kazakhstan – Syria talks brokered by Russia, Turkey and Iran and aimed at bolstering a shaky cease-fire in place since last month opened on Monday in Kazakhstan, marking the first face-to-face meeting between the Damascus government representatives and rebel factions trying to overthrow it. The gathering in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, is also ... Read More »

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