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Tue. 8:48 a.m.: Afghan official: Taliban hit army base, kill 26 troops

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban launched a pre-dawn attack on an army base in northern Afghanistan today, killing 26 members of the security forces, a provincial official said, the latest brazen assault by insurgents to defy stepped-up efforts to resolve the country's protracted ...

Tue. 8:43 a.m.: Paris building fire claims 10 lives; arson suspected

Paris building fire claims 10 lives; arson suspected By THOMAS ADAMSON and ANGELA CHARLTON, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — Paris' deadliest fire in over a decade claimed 10 lives today, sending fleeing residents to the roof as flames engulfed their apartment building before dawn. A ...

Tue. 8:28 a.m.: Russian activists raise alarm about captured whales

MOSCOW (AP) — Activists are expressing alarm about more than 100 whales that are being kept in small, crowded pools in what environmentalists are calling a "whale prison," off the coast of the Russian Far East. The local court last week agreed to hear the activists' lawsuit seeking to ...

Tue. 8:26 a.m.: 15-year sentence for man accused of Islamic State recruiting

AKRON (AP) — A North Carolina man accused of trying to recruit people to conduct terrorist attacks in the name of the Islamic State group has been sentenced to 15 years in prison in Ohio. A jury in Akron found 38-year-old Erick Jamal Hendricks guilty last year on charges of conspiracy and ...

Mon. 12:05 p.m.: 12 indicted on Youngstown cocaine conspiracy charges

YOUNGSTOWN --- Twelve people were indicted this morning in federal court, each on charges they were involved in a conspiracy to possess and distribute cocaine in and around Youngstown. The charges 95-count indictment was filed against Kevin Clinkscale, 32; Keilan Clinkscale, 30; Rochelle ...

Mon. 9:12 a.m.: State of the Union among most sensitive security challenges

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's one of the most sensitive security challenges in America: The State of the Union address puts the president, his Cabinet, members of Congress, military leaders, top diplomats and Supreme Court justices all in the same place at the same time for all the world to ...

Mon. 9:02 a.m.: Trump campaign takes steps to prevent a challenge within GOP

WASHINGTON (AP) — Worried about a potential Republican primary challenge --- including from former Ohio Gov. John Kasich --- President Donald Trump's campaign has launched a state-by-state effort to prevent an intraparty fight that could spill over into the general-election campaign. The ...

Mon. 8:54 a.m.: European nations raise pressure on Venezuela’s Maduro

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A key group of European Union countries endorsed Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country's interim president today, piling the pressure on embattled President Nicolas Maduro to resign and let the country hold a new presidential election. Maduro, for ...

Fri. 10:36 a.m.: Two crashes back up morning traffic on I-76

Two crashes involving semi-trailers backed up traffic this morning on I-76. A crash on the Meander Bridge section of I-76 backed up traffic during the morning commute, but has since been cleared. A second crash on I-76 eastbound east of the Bailey Road interchange in North Jackson remains ...

Fri. 10:14 a.m.: US employers add robust 304K jobs; joblessness up to 4 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers shrugged off last month's partial government shutdown and engaged in a burst of hiring in January, adding 304,000 jobs, the most in nearly a year. The healthy gain the government reported this morning illustrated the job market's durability nearly a decade ...

Fri. 9:54 a.m.: Trump blames Russia as US pulls out from key arms treaty

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration said this morning it is freeing itself from the constraints of a nuclear arms control treaty with Russia and will begin withdrawing from the pact on Saturday. President Donald Trump blamed the Russians for the demise of the Cold War-era pact, known ...

Fri. 8:47 a.m.: EU moves to limit steel flooding in due to US tariffs

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union says it is introducing new measures to prevent steel produced for the U.S. market from flooding into Europe instead because of tariffs introduced by President Donald Trump. The EU's executive Commission said today that "imports of steel products into the ...

Fri. 8:38 a.m.: US poised to announce withdrawal from nuclear arms treaty

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is poised to announce today that it is withdrawing from a treaty that has been a centerpiece of superpower arms control since the Cold War and whose demise some analysts worry could fuel a new arms race. An American withdrawal, which has been ...

Fri. 8:29 a.m.: Hong Kong court denies male status to 3 transgender men

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's High Court refused today to allow three transgender men to be recognized as males on their official identity cards because they have not undergone full sex-change operations. The ruling was seen as a blow to the fledgling LGBT movement in the semiautonomous ...

Fri. 8:27 a.m.: Turkish employee of US Consulate to go on trial in March

ISTANBUL (AP) — A Turkish employee of the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul is set to go on trial in March on charges of espionage and attempting to overthrow the Turkish government, a court decided today. A court ruled to keep Metin Topuz, a translator and fixer for the Drug Enforcement Agency, ...

Thu. 9:13 a.m.: Deep freeze expected to ease, but disruptions persist

CHICAGO (AP) — The painfully cold weather system that put much of the Midwest into a historic deep freeze was expected to ease today, though temperatures could still tumble to record lows in some places before the region begins to thaw out. Disruptions caused by the cold will persist, too, ...

Thu. 8:56 a.m.: President Trump optimistic ahead of trade talks with China

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is voicing optimism before he meets with representatives from China for trade talks today. But Trump says "No final deal" will be made until he sits down again with Chinese President Xi Jinping "in the near future" to discuss "some of the long ...

Thu. 8:51 a.m.: Iran says US-sanctions workaround reached with EU

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Three European nations appeared poised today to announce they have created a way for Iran to continue trade with them and avoid re-imposed U.S. sanctions, two Iranian officials said, setting up a potential collision with President Donald Trump's maximalist approach against ...

Thu. 8:34 a.m.: Report: Afghan forces still shrinking, security gaps growing

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the Trump administration pushes for peace in Afghanistan, a new U.S. watchdog report says Afghan security forces are shrinking, gaps in security are growing, and the Taliban are largely holding their own despite a surge in American bombing. These trends reflect what ...