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Thurs. 3:45 p.m.: Reputed Gambino crime boss shot to death in New York City

NEW YORK (AP) — The reputed boss of New York's Gambino crime family was shot to death in front of his home by a gunman who may have staged a car accident to lure him outside, dying a virtual unknown compared with his swaggering 1980s-era predecessor, John Gotti. Police said today they were ...

Thu. 11:11 a.m.: US moves to lift remaining gray wolf protections

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Gray wolves in the U.S. would be stripped of federal protection and subject to hunting and trapping in more states under a proposal released this morning that declares the predators recovered following a decades-long restoration effort. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife ...

Thu. 11:04 a.m.: GOP senators appear ready to block Trump border declaration

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-led Senate is set to deal President Donald Trump a rebuke on his declaration of a national emergency at the Mexican border, with the only remaining question how many GOP senators will join Democrats in defying him. Republicans are predicting that today's ...

Thu. 10:59 a.m.: ‘Bomb cyclone’ storm barrels toward Midwest

LONGMONT, Colo. (AP) — National Guard troops used specialized vehicles with tank-like treads to rescue stranded drivers in Colorado in the wake of a massive late-winter storm that unleashed heavy rain and snow on parts of the Midwest plains early today. South Dakota's governor closed all ...

Thu. 10:48 a.m.: US new-home sales fell 6.9 percent in January

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of new U.S. homes slumped 6.9 percent in January, a possible sign that buyers paused during the government shutdown. The Commerce Department said this morning that new homes sold at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 607,000 in January, down from 652,000 in ...

Thu. 10:46 a.m.: NYC mayor: Extend shoreline to protect city from storms

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is announcing a plan to protect lower Manhattan from rising sea levels by surrounding it with earthen berms and extending its shoreline by as much as 500 feet. The Democratic mayor was to announce the plan today after previewing it in New ...

Wed. 12:10 p.m.: Manafort sentenced to additional jail time

WASHINGTON (AP) — Paul Manafort was sentenced moments ago to serve more than 3 1/2 additional years in prison. Manafort, former campaign chairman for President Donald Trump, asked a judge for mercy, saying the criminal charges against him have "taken everything from me already." He pleaded ...

Wed. 11:30 a.m.: Car crashes into hospital

WARREN - A vehicle crashed into the lobby of St. Joseph Warren Hospital around 9:30 this morning. According to Warren police, the female driver, who was at the facility, 667 Eastland Ave SE, to pick up another individual, was not injured in the crash. There was no word on what caused the ...

Wed. 9:18 a.m.: US wholesale prices ticked up 0.1 percent in February

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. wholesale prices barely increased last month after falling for three straight months, a sign there is little inflation pressure in the economy. The producer price index — which measures price changes before they reach the consumer — rose 0.1 percent in February, ...

Wed. 9:16 a.m.: US durable goods orders up 0.4 percent in January

WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket manufactured goods edged up slightly in January, but the strength came from a big increase in the volatile aircraft category. In encouraging news for future growth, a key category that tracks business investment plans posted its ...

Wed. 8:54 a.m.: Alaskan Native wins Iditarod sled dog race

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Pete Kaiser won the Iditarod early this morning, throwing his arms over his head and pumping his fists as he became the latest Alaska Native to claim victory in the iconic sled dog race. Kaiser, 31, crossed the finish line in Nome after beating back a challenge from ...

Wed. 8:44 a.m.: Trump ‘not thrilled’ with Calif. plan to halt executions

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he's "not thrilled" with California's plan to halt death penalty executions. California Gov. Gavin Newsom planned to sign an executive order today giving a reprieve to the 737 inmates on his state's death row. Trump tweeted this morning that ...

Wed. 8:39 a.m.: UN: Environment is worsening, but not hopeless

WASHINGTON (AP) — Earth is sick with multiple and worsening environmental ills killing millions of people yearly, a new U.N. report says. Climate change, a global major extinction of animals and plants, a human population soaring toward 10 billion, degraded land, polluted air, and plastics, ...

Wed. 8:33 a.m.: With Brexit deal down, UK lawmakers have 2 more choices

LONDON (AP) — British lawmakers have resoundingly rejected Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit divorce deal for a second time, leaving the country's planned March 29 departure from the bloc in chaos and doubt. With fears rising in both the U.K. and the EU of a chaotic British departure, ...

Tue. 11:07 a.m.: Family escapes house fire in Hubbard

HUBBARD --- The Eagle Joint Fire District responded to a fully engaged house fire 12:36 a.m. today at 627 Moore St. that also caught their automobile on fire. The family escaped the home without injury after awakened by a passer-by, who also called 911, firefighters said. Heavy smoke and ...

Tue. 10:13 a.m.: More Boeings grounded; US planes still flying

HEJERE, Ethiopia (AP) — Britain joined a growing number of countries grounding a new Boeing plane involved in the Ethiopian Airlines disaster as a global team of investigators began picking through the rural crash site today. The U.S.-based Boeing, however, has said it has no reason to pull ...

Tue. 10:08 a.m.: US consumer prices rose 0.2 percent in February

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer prices rose 0.2 percent in February, pushed up slightly by higher gasoline and housing costs even as the prices for autos and clothing slumped. The Labor Department said this morning that the consumer price index rose a modest 1.5 percent last month from a ...

Tue. 8:57 a.m.: US pulling last diplomats from Venezuela amid power crisis

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The U.S. said late Monday that it is pulling its last remaining diplomats from Venezuela, saying their continued presence at the country's embassy in Caracas had become a "constraint" on U.S. policy as the Trump administration aggressively looks to oust socialist ...

Tue. 8:51 a.m.: More Boeings grounded amid global investigation

HEJERE, Ethiopia (AP) — A growing number of airlines grounded a new Boeing plane involved in the Ethiopian Airlines disaster as a global team of investigators began picking through the rural crash site today. Some airlines cited worried customers for grounding the Boeing 737 Max 8, as ...