February 21st, 2019

World News

2 women accuse R. Kelly of sexual misconduct in 1990s

By Associated Press, The Associated Press on February 21st, 2019

NEW YORK – Two women say singer R. Kelly picked them out of a crowd at a Baltimore after-party in the mid-1990s when they were underage and had sex with one of the teens although she was under the influence of marijuana and alcohol and could not consent. The women joined lawyer Gloria Allred in ... Read More »

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USA Today editor apologizes for yearbook blackface photo

By The Associated Press on February 21st, 2019

PHOENIX – The editor of USA Today apologized Thursday for an image portraying blackface that was published in the Arizona State University yearbook on her watch. Nicole Carroll said in an editorial published in the newspaper that it was recently brought to her attention “that I was involved in publishing such a photo when I ... Read More »

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AP Source: Kendrick Lamar, SZA not performing at Oscars

By Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Press on February 21st, 2019

NEW YORK – “All the Stars” are not performing at the Academy Awards, including Kendrick Lamar and SZA. A person familiar with the decision, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they weren’t allowed to publicly discuss it, told The Associated Press on Thursday that the duo behind “All the Stars” will no longer ... Read More »

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Searing testimony heard at Vatican sex abuse summit

By Nicole Winfield, The Associated Press on February 21st, 2019

VATICAN CITY – The day began with an African woman telling an extraordinary gathering of Catholic leaders that her priestly rapist forced her to have three abortions over a dozen years after he started violating her at age 15. It ended with a Colombian cardinal warning them they could all face prison if they let ... Read More »

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Ex-Lion gets preliminary approval for medical pot dispensary

By The Associated Press on February 21st, 2019

LANSING, Mich. – Former Detroit Lions star receiver Calvin Johnson has received preliminary approval of his license application for a medical marijuana dispensary in suburban Detroit. Michigan’s Medical Marihuana Licensing Board voted 4-0 Thursday in favour of the application. The board considered preliminary approval for 84 prospective medical marijuana companies and final approval for 17 ... Read More »

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Polygraph launched probe of deputy suspected in sex assaults

By Nelson Lampe, The Associated Press on February 21st, 2019

OMAHA, Neb. – A Nebraska sheriff’s deputy charged with sexually assaulting a woman more than a decade ago now is linked to at least five other potential victims, and the investigation began with a polygraph test for a state patrol job he was seeking. Nicholas Bridgmon, a Seward County sheriff’s deputy, is charged in Johnson ... Read More »

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White House ends California talks on mileage standards

By Ellen Knickmeyer And Tom Krisher, The Associated Press on February 21st, 2019

WASHINGTON – The Trump administration says it has broken off talks with California in a dispute over mileage standards, moving the two closer to a possible court battle that threatens to roil the auto industry. The White House announced Thursday it was ending the talks. The administration wants to block tougher Obama-era mileage standards for ... Read More »

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Nebraska deputy charged with sex assault linked to 5 others

By Nelson Lampe, The Associated Press on February 21st, 2019

OMAHA, Neb. – A Nebraska sheriff’s deputy charged with sexually assaulting a woman more than a decade ago now is linked to at least five other victims before he joined the department in 2015, according to court records. Nicholas Bridgmon, a Seward County sheriff’s deputy, is charged in Johnson County with forcible sexual assault, which ... Read More »

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Police: Texas man confessed in hammer death of daughter, 2

By The Associated Press on February 21st, 2019

ORANGE, Texas – A police affidavit says a Southeast Texas man found naked and stained with blood told officers that he killed his 2-year-old daughter, who had been bludgeoned with a hammer . The affidavit says an officer’s body camera captured 26-year-old Yovahnis Roque (RAHK) confessing Tuesday in the death of his child in a ... Read More »

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Fire guts oldest part of Bangladeshi capital, killing dozens

By Julhas Alam, The Associated Press on February 21st, 2019

DHAKA, Bangladesh – In the day since a devastating fire erupted in the oldest part of Bangladesh’s capital, Awal Hossain has been searching for his younger brother. Hossain stood outside the Dhaka Medical College Hospital on Thursday evening along with others holding pictures of family members missing after the blaze. Others brought relatives out of ... Read More »

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Ex-‘Idol’ contestant to live with parents before drug trial

By The Associated Press on February 21st, 2019

NORFOLK, Va. – A former “American Idol” and “Fear Factor” contestant who was arrested last year in Virginia with nearly 2 pounds (0.9 kilograms) of fentanyl will be allowed to live with her parents in New Jersey while awaiting trial. The Virginian-Pilot reports 32-year-old Antonella Barba will be released Thursday after she’s fitted with a ... Read More »

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