February 19th, 2018

World News

Confederate statue toppling cases start with dismissals

By Jonathan Drew, The Associated Press on February 19th, 2018

DURHAM, N.C. – Problems identifying protesters on video hindered North Carolina prosecutors on Monday as they sought to hold demonstrators responsible for toppling a Confederate statue last summer. A judge dismissed the criminal cases against the first two defendants to appear in a series of individual trials, and he found a third not guilty. Trials ... Read More »

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Funerals: Grieving teens, raw emotions after school shooting

By Terry Spencer, Jennifer Kay And Kelli Kennedy, The Associated Press on February 19th, 2018

PARKLAND, Fla. – Each funeral for the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High massacre is different, yet the same: the mourning relatives, teens walking in clutches wearing black, politicians paying their respects, media cameras pointing at the entrance from across the parking lot. And each service takes its toll on the young mourners, many ... Read More »

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Idaho senator shouts at students lobbying for birth control

By Kimberlee Kruesi, The Associated Press on February 19th, 2018

BOISE, Idaho – A Republican state senator who yelled at University of Idaho students affiliated with Planned Parenthood now faces an ethics complaint after he posted on social media Monday that the students should discuss “killing babies” with his Democratic colleague. A dozen students, who had travelled nearly 300 miles (483 kilometres) from the Moscow ... Read More »

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Californians can go home but told to keep watch on wildfire

By The Associated Press on February 19th, 2018

BISHOP, Calif. – A wind-driven wildfire in rural central California threatened hundreds of buildings Monday, including a historic railroad station, but officials said they made some gains after the flames exploded in size. The blaze scorched 3 1/2 square miles (9 square kilometres) of chaparral bush and shrub oak in the small town of Bishop ... Read More »

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Court: Pardoned Peru strongman Fujimori can be tried again

By The Associated Press on February 19th, 2018

LIMA, Peru – A court in Peru has determined that former Peruvian strongman Alberto Fujimori can be tried in connection with a 1992 massacre despite his recent pardon from a 25-year jail sentence. The ruling Monday paves the way for Fujimori to stand trial again for crimes committed during his decade-long rule. President Pedro Pablo ... Read More »

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Gulf cartel boss captured in Mexican state bordering Texas

By Alfredo Pena, The Associated Press on February 19th, 2018

CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico – An alleged top boss of the Gulf drug cartel was captured by Mexican marines Monday in the northern border state of Tamaulipas, which for years has been terrorized by gangland violence. A statement from the Mexican navy said the suspect it identified only as Jose Alfredo, with no last name, was ... Read More »

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Gray whale returned to ocean after 3 days beached in Mexico

By The Associated Press on February 19th, 2018

MEXICO CITY – A grey whale has been returned safely to the Pacific Ocean after three days beached on the coast of Mexico’s Baja California Sur state. The federal environmental protection agency says in a statement that the whale swam into a shallow canal near Puerto Adolfo Lopez Mateos last Thursday and was then stranded ... Read More »

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Florida school shooting victims torn from community fabric

By Jay Reeves, The Associated Press on February 19th, 2018

Two of the victims were coaches. One was a student who played trombone in the school band. Another proudly wore his ROTC uniform. Still another loved soccer. And most were so very young. The gunman who opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, wiped out lives, and left families and friends ... Read More »

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Republican state senator charged with extorting page for sex

By Michelle R. Smith, The Associated Press on February 19th, 2018

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A grand jury indictment unsealed Monday accuses a Republican state senator of extorting sex from a page in the Senate’s page program. The indictment was unsealed as Senate Minority Whip Nicholas Kettle was arraigned on two counts of extortion in Providence Superior Court. Kettle, of Coventry, is accused of extorting a male ... Read More »

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Israeli settler leader says settlements grew rapidly in 2017

By Josef Federman, The Associated Press on February 19th, 2018

JERUSALEM – The number of Jewish settlers in the West Bank grew at nearly twice the rate of Israel’s overall population last year, a settler leader said Monday, predicting that settlement growth would surge even more in the coming years thanks in part to the Trump presidency. Yaakov Katz said that President Donald Trump, backed ... Read More »

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