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Tue. 9:22 a.m.: Lam backs Hong Kong electoral changes excluding opponents

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam gave her clear support today to electoral reforms that would likely further exclude opposition voices and cement Beijing's control over the semi-autonomous Chinese city's politics. Her comments came a day after a top Beijing official ...

Tue. 8:36 a.m.: Security officials to answer for Jan. 6 failures at Capitol

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is set to hear from former U.S. Capitol security officials for the first time about the massive law enforcement failures on Jan. 6, the day a violent mob laid siege to the building and interrupted the presidential electoral count. Three of the four scheduled to ...

Tue. 8:28 a.m.: Wife of drug kingpin El Chapo arrested on US drug charges

WASHINGTON (AP) — The wife of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was arrested in the United States and accused of helping her husband run his multibillion-dollar cartel and plot his audacious escape from a Mexican prison in 2015. Emma Coronel Aispuro, a 31-year-old former beauty ...

Tue. 8:23 a.m.: Unfriended no more: Facebook to lift Australia news ban

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Facebook announced today that it would lift a ban on Australians viewing and sharing news on its platform after it struck a deal with the government on proposed legislation that would make digital giants pay for journalism. The social media company caused alarm ...

Mon. 11:02 a.m.: Goodyear acquires Cooper in all-Ohio tire deal

Two of the biggest remaining American tire companies are joining forces. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. is acquiring Cooper in a deal with an equity value of $2.8 billion that will combine the two century-old Ohio manufacturers. Cooper, founded in 1914, is the fifth-largest tire maker in ...

Mon. 10:34 a.m.: Elwes, ‘Princess Bride’ booked at Packard

Actor Cary Elwes will come to Packard Music Hall for a screening of “The Princess Bride” in October. “The Princess Bride: An Inconceivable Evening with Cary Elwes” will include a screening of the beloved film followed by a moderated discussion with Elwes, who played Westley / Dread ...

Mon. 10:24 a.m.: Scotland vaccinations lead to sharp drop in hospitalizations

LONDON (AP) — Scotland's COVID-19 vaccination program has led to a sharp drop in hospitalizations, researchers said today, boosting hopes that the shots will work as well in the real world as they have in carefully controlled studies. The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine reduced hospital ...

Mon. 9:56 a.m.: Supreme Court won’t halt turnover of Trump’s tax records

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a significant defeat for former President Donald Trump, the Supreme Court this morning declined to step in to halt the turnover of his tax records to a New York state prosecutor. The court's action is the apparent culmination of a lengthy legal battle that had already ...

Mon. 9:07 a.m.: Niles firefighters control duplex fire

NILES — A two-story duplex on Washington Street was damaged by fire about 8 p.m. Sunday. A firefighter this morning said that the electrical fire started in the attic and firefighters put it out upon arrival. No one in the duplex was injured, but a firefighter hurt his knee, the report states.

Mon. 8:58 a.m.: Boeing: 777s with engine that blew apart should be grounded

Boeing has recommended that airlines ground all 777s with the type of engine that blew apart after takeoff from Denver this weekend, and most carriers with the planes in their fleets said they would temporarily pull them from service. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration ordered United ...

Mon. 8:54 a.m.: Protests swell after Myanmar junta raises specter of force

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Protesters gathered in Myanmar's biggest city today despite the ruling junta's threat to use lethal force against people who join a general strike against the military's takeover three weeks ago. More than 1,000 protesters gathered near the U.S. Embassy in Yangon ...

Kroger: Some pharmacy customer data impacted in vendor hack

BOSTON (AP) — Kroger Co. says personal data, including Social Security numbers of some of its pharmacy and clinic customers, may have been stolen in the hack of a third-party vendor's file-transfer service. The Cincinnati-based grocery and pharmacy chain said in a statement Friday that it ...

Israel shuts Mediterranean shore after oil devastates coast

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel closed all its Mediterranean beaches until further notice today, days after an offshore oil spill deposited tons of tar across more than 100 miles of coastline in what officials are calling one of the country's worst ecological disasters. Activists began reporting ...

Snubbed as Obama high court pick, Garland in line to be AG

WASHINGTON (AP) — The last time Merrick Garland was nominated by the White House for a job, Republicans wouldn't even meet with him. Now, the once-snubbed Supreme Court pick will finally come before the Senate, this time as President Joe Biden's choice for attorney general. Garland, an ...

US coronavirus death toll approaches milestone of 500,000

The U.S. stood today at the brink of a once-unthinkable tally: 500,000 people lost to the coronavirus. A year into the pandemic, the running total of lives lost was about 498,000 — roughly the population of Kansas City, Missouri, and just shy of the size of Atlanta. The figure compiled by ...

Eagles among top birds seen in annual count

In late December, a group of residents gathered along different parts of Mosquito Lake to count the number of various species of birds. The annual event, called the Christmas bird count, took place Dec. 20 and involved bird watchers recording data on the number of bird species they saw that ...

Mathews school officials consider closing Currie Elementary

VIENNA -- School officials are discussing options with district buildings and properties, including eliminating one building as a cost-savings measure. School Superintendent Russell McQuaide and members of the Mathews Board of Education are considering going from three school buildings to two ...