January 21st, 2018

World News

Iran official: ‘No hope’ sailors alive on burning oil tanker

By The Associated Press on January 14th, 2018

TEHRAN, Iran – Iranian state TV is quoting an official as saying there’s “no hope” of survival for missing sailors on burning oil tanker off China. A report Sunday quoted Mahmoud Rastad, the chief of Iran’s maritime agency, as saying: “There is no hope of finding survivors among the (missing) 29 members of the crew.” ... Read More »

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Administration plan sees deterrence in new nuclear firepower

By Robert Burns, The Associated Press on January 14th, 2018

WASHINGTON – With Russia in mind, the Trump administration is aiming to develop new nuclear firepower that it says will make it easier to deter threats to European allies. The plan, not yet approved by President Donald Trump, is intended to make nuclear conflict less likely. Critics argue it would do the opposite. The proposal ... Read More »

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Iraq PM to lead diverse coalition in May election

By The Associated Press on January 14th, 2018

BAGHDAD – Iraq’s prime minister says he will lead a “cross-sectarian” list in national elections proposed for May, hoping to build off last year’s victory against the Islamic State group. In a statement issued late Saturday, Haider al-Abadi says his Victory Alliance will “boost the country’s integrity and national sovereignty, correct mistakes and achieve justice ... Read More »

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Crews slowly making progress removing debris after mudslides

By Michael Balsamo, The Associated Press on January 14th, 2018

MONTECITO, Calif. – Recovery crews are slowly making progress digging away masses of mud, boulders and toppled trees in a California community that was ravaged by deadly mudslides, but officials said they’ve removed enough debris from creek canals to prevent another potential disaster when the next rainstorm hits. Workers were using backhoes, jackhammers and chain ... Read More »

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Gunmen kill Christian in Egypt’s Sinai

By Ashraf Sweilam, The Associated Press on January 14th, 2018

EL-ARISH, Egypt – Egyptian security officials say gunmen have shot dead a Christian man in the turbulent north of the Sinai Peninsula, the latest attack to target members of the country’s Christian minority. The officials said three masked gunmen carried out the attack and identified the victim as 35-year-old Bassem Attallah. They spoke on condition ... Read More »

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California mudslides death toll rises to 19

By Michael Balsamo, The Associated Press on January 13th, 2018

MONTECITO, Calif. – The death toll from the mudslides in a California coastal town rose to 19 on Saturday but a man who had also been on the list of missing persons was located alive, authorities said. The body of Morgan Christine Corey, 25, was found in mud and debris in Montecito, Santa Barbara County ... Read More »

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‘We made a mistake’ Hawaii sends false missile alert

By Audrey McAvoy And Jennifer Kelleher, The Associated Press on January 13th, 2018

HONOLULU – A false alarm that warned of a ballistic missile headed for Hawaii sent the islands into a panic Saturday, with people abandoning cars in a highway and preparing to flee their homes until officials said the cellphone alert was a mistake. Hawaii officials apologized repeatedly and said the alert was sent when someone ... Read More »

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Keith Jackson, 89, announcer with ‘Whoa, Nelly!’ call, dies

By Jay Reeves, The Associated Press on January 13th, 2018

Keith Jackson laid down the soundtrack to Saturday for a generation of college football fans with phrases such as his signature “Whoa, Nelly!” From the World Series to the Olympics, NFL to NBA, he did it all over five decades as a sportscaster, but most appropriately his final assignment before retiring 12 years ago was ... Read More »

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Correction: Turkey-US story

By The Associated Press on January 13th, 2018

ANKARA, Turkey – In a story on Jan. 12 about a travel advisory warning Turks travelling to the United States, The Associated Press quoted a Turkish Foreign Ministry regarding an incident at Ohio University. In November 2016, a student at Ohio State University, not Ohio University, intentionally drove a car into pedestrians on campus and ... Read More »

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Difficult search goes on in California mudslides

By Michael Balsamo, The Associated Press on January 13th, 2018

MONTECITO, Calif. – Crews dug away at masses of mud, boulders and debris with earth-moving machines and shovels Saturday in a California town ravaged by mudslides, hoping to find seven people still missing in a disaster that has already claimed at least 18 lives. The army of searchers and recovery workers in Montecito swelled to ... Read More »

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