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Thu. 9:04 a.m.: Firefighting plane crashes in Australia, killing 3 Americans

SYDNEY (AP) — Three American crew members were killed today when a C-130 Hercules aerial water tanker crashed while battling wildfires in southeastern Australia, officials said. New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian confirmed the crash deaths in the state's Snowy Monaro region, which ...

Wed. 1:58 p.m.: UPDATE: Warren police chief wants officer fired today

WARREN — Police Chief Eric Merkel said he will recommend that officer Noah Linnen be fired — as soon as today — from the Warren Police Department due his to Jan. 13 decision that triggered a massive manhunt in at least three communities for an imaginary man who he claimed shot at him ...

Wed. 9:52 a.m.: Chief: Warren officer tried to cover up why he fired his gun

WARREN — The Warren off-duty police officer who claimed he was shot at during a disabled vehicle check last week was trying to cover up why he really fired three shots from his service weapon, investigators said. Noah Linnen, 23, who turned himself into the Howland Police Department Tuesday, ...

Wed. 9:19 a.m.: S. Korean military decides to discharge transgender soldier

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's first known transgender soldier pleaded to be allowed to continue serving after the military decided today to discharge her for undergoing gender reassignment surgery. It was the first time in South Korea that an active-duty member has been referred to ...

Wed. 9:06 a.m.: Cases of new viral respiratory illness rise sharply in China

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese health authorities urged people in the city of Wuhan to avoid crowds and public gatherings, after warning that a new viral illness that has infected more than 400 people and killed at least nine could spread further. The appeal came as World Health Organization experts ...

Wed. 8:53 a.m.: Stocks mostly recover on hope for handling of Chinese virus

BANGKOK (AP) — World share prices mostly rose today as confidence increased in China's handling of an outbreak of a new virus that has infected 440 people, with nine confirmed deaths. The CAC 40 in Paris was up 0.1 percent at 6,053, while Germany's DAX picked up 0.2 percent to 13,583. ...

Wed. 8:41 a.m.: Trump slams impeachment, lauds US economy at Davos forum

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — President Donald Trump lashed out at his accusers in the Senate impeachment trial today but broke with some of his defenders as he reiterated his preference for witnesses to be called in the proceedings. Leaving the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, Trump called ...

Tue. 3:32 p.m.: US gets 1st case of mysterious new Chinese illness

SEATTLE (AP) — The U.S. today reported its first case of a new and potentially deadly virus circulating in China, saying a Washington state resident who returned last week from the outbreak's epicenter was hospitalized in good condition near Seattle. The man, identified only as a Snohomish ...

Tue. 1:23 p.m.: Trump lauds US economy in Davos, says little on climate woes

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — President Donald Trump said today that he's led a "spectacular" turnaround of the U.S. economy and urged the world to invest in America, but had less to say about climate change issues that are a focus of this year's gathering of top business and political leaders in ...

Tue. 1:14 p.m.: Supreme Court won’t take case prompted by Flint water crisis

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has declined to take a case stemming from the 2014 water crisis in Flint, Michigan. Approximately 25,000 people have sued over the crisis, in which a change in the source of the city's water resulted in lead contamination. The case the justices turned ...

Tue. 12:59 p.m.: US stocks stall out following Asian sell-off on virus fears

U.S. stocks were mixed today in the first trading day of a holiday-shortened week, following up on losses around the world as worries deepened about a virus outbreak in China. The S&P 500 opened trading with modest losses but nearly eliminated them all as the morning progressed. Asian ...

Fri. 9:27 a.m.: Crafting for critters: Australian fires prompt global effort

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Kyla Gill had never so much as touched a sewing machine or picked up a crochet hook two weeks ago. Now, she's hooked on crafting for critters 10,000 miles away, to the point of temporarily putting aside her floor refinishing business in Pittsburgh. "I do hard labor, so ...

Fri. 9:18 a.m.: Libya’s rival military commander seeks support in Greece

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The commander of forces fighting the U.N.-supported government in Libya visited Athens today in a bid to counter Turkey's support for his opponents, ahead of a weekend summit on Libya in Berlin. Gen. Khalifa Hifter's surprise trip to Greece came two days before the ...

Fri. 9:04 a.m.: Global stocks inspired by US rally, hopes for Chinese growth

Global stocks rose today, seemingly buoyed by high spirits on Wall Street, as new data suggested China's economic slowdown may have stabilized and Washington and Beijing signed a trade deal. European indexes were broadly higher, while markets in Shanghai, Tokyo and Hong Kong closed with ...

Fri. 8:54 a.m.: US housing construction jumps 16.9 percent in December

WASHINGTON (AP) — Construction of new homes surged in December to the highest level in 13 years, capping a year in which falling mortgage rates and a strong labor market helped lift the prospects of the housing industry. The Commerce Department reported this morning that builders started ...

Thu. 12:55 p.m.: Trump’s impeachment trial underway with reading of charges

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Senate opened the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump today, with House Democrats reading the formal charges in the chamber ahead of the swearing in of all 100 senators as jurors for only the third trial to remove a president in U.S. history. "Hear ye, ...