January 19th, 2018

World News

Las Vegas gunman carefully planned attack; motive is mystery

By Ken Ritter And Mike Balsamo, The Associated Press on January 19th, 2018

LAS VEGAS – The Las Vegas gunman meticulously planned how to carry out the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, researching SWAT tactics, renting other hotel rooms overlooking outdoor concerts and investigating potential targets in at least four cities, authorities said Friday. But months after Stephen Paddock killed 58 people and wounded more than ... Read More »

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Prosecutors say they will retry New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez

By The Associated Press on January 19th, 2018

NEWARK, N.J. – The government has told a federal judge in New Jersey it will seek a retrial of Sen. Bob Menendez, whose 11-week corruption trial ended in a hung jury in November. The filing to the judge on Friday seeks a retrial of the Democrat “at the earliest possible date.” Menendez and his longtime ... Read More »

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Blame game, but no agreement after Trump, Schumer meet

By Andrew Taylor, Alan Fram, And Zeke Miller, The Associated Press on January 19th, 2018

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer met Friday afternoon in an eleventh-hour effort to avert a government shutdown, with a bitterly divided Washington locked in partisan stare-down over politically fraught legislation to protect about 700,000 younger immigrants from being deported. Republicans and Democrats in Congress and the White House traded ... Read More »

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Defence, prosecution spar as McKnight slaying trial opens

By Kevin McGill, The Associated Press on January 19th, 2018

GRETNA, La. – Claims of self-defence by the man who killed former NFL player Joe McKnight withered under scrutiny, a prosecutor told jurors Friday, but a defence lawyer insisted the shooter fired as McKnight approached his car, spewing obscenities and threats following a traffic confrontation in December 2016. The conflicting claims were made in opening ... Read More »

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President Trump steps to forefront of anti-abortion movement

By Laurie Kellman, The Associated Press on January 19th, 2018

WASHINGTON – He once called himself “pro-choice.” But a year into his presidency, Donald Trump is stepping to the forefront of his administration’s efforts to roll back abortion rights. “Love saves lives,” the president said Friday from the White House Rose Garden, in an address broadcast to thousands of demonstrators in the annual March for ... Read More »

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Clues sought in crash that killed Zimbabwe opposition leader

By P. Solomon Banda And Nomaan Merchant, The Associated Press on January 19th, 2018

RATON, N.M. – A husband and wife who pushed for political change in Zimbabwe, an adventurous Texas investor and a pair of decorated pilots died in a fiery helicopter crash in a remote area of New Mexico. Investigators will comb through the charred wreckage in search for clues as to why the helicopter carrying the ... Read More »

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Probe: Las Vegas shooting suspect’s motive remains a mystery

By Ken Ritter And Mike Balsamo, The Associated Press on January 19th, 2018

LAS VEGAS – Investigators have still not discovered what motivated Stephen Paddock to embark on the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history but determined that he researched SWAT tactics ahead of the massacre and investigated other possible targets, including the famed California beach in Santa Monica, officials said Friday. They also determined that Paddock ... Read More »

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Unseasonable warmth creates hazards in rugged rural Alaska

By Rachel D'Oro, The Associated Press on January 19th, 2018

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Winter is off to a late start in parts of the nation’s largest – and usually coldest – state. Months of higher-than-normal temperatures in areas of rural Alaska have opened dangerous gaps in frozen rivers that residents use to travel from village to village and to hunting grounds since there are no ... Read More »

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Trump, Schumer to meet as Dems, GOP trade pre-shutdown blame

By Andrew Taylor And Alan Fram, The Associated Press on January 19th, 2018

WASHINGTON – A bitterly divided Washington hurtled toward a government shutdown Friday in a partisan stare-down over demands by Democrats for a solution on politically fraught legislation to protect about 700,000 younger immigrants from being deported. Republicans and Democrats in Congress and the White House traded blame for the increasingly likely shutdown with just hours ... Read More »

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Judge: Washington state lawmakers’ emails, texts are public

By Rachel La Corte, The Associated Press on January 19th, 2018

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The emails and text messages of Washington state lawmakers are subject to public disclosure, a judge said Friday as he ruled in favour of a media coalition led by The Associated Press. Thurston County Superior Court Judge Chris Lanese sided with the group that sued in September, challenging the Washington Legislature’s assertion ... Read More »

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