January 20th, 2018

World News

Christie: State much better off now than when he took office

By The Associated Press on January 9th, 2018

TRENTON, N.J. – Outgoing New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he’s leaving the state in much better shape than when he took office eight years ago. The Republican delivered his last state of the state address Tuesday. He’s handing over state government to Democrat Phil Murphy next week. Christie says he “ran to talk bluntly” ... Read More »

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Royal fiancee Meghan Markle shuts down social media accounts

By The Associated Press on January 9th, 2018

NEW YORK – Kensington Palace confirmed Tuesday that Prince Harry’s fiancee Meghan Markle has shut down her social media accounts in line with royal tradition. The American closed her Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. The palace said Markle “is grateful to everyone who has followed her social media accounts over the years” but “she has ... Read More »

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Trump dossier author had concerns about Russian blackmail

By Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press on January 9th, 2018

WASHINGTON – The founder of a firm that commissioned a dossier of allegations about President Donald Trump’s ties to Russia told congressional investigators that its author took it to the FBI because of a concern about “whether a political candidate was being blackmailed.” California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, ... Read More »

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Supreme Court hears argument in 2 vehicle search cases

By Jessica Gresko, The Associated Press on January 9th, 2018

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court’s justices put themselves in the driver’s seat Tuesday, hearing arguments in two cases involving vehicle searches, but it was unclear what routes the justices will take to resolve the cases. The justices heard arguments in a case involving Pennsylvania state troopers’ stop of a rental car driven by a man ... Read More »

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Russia takes aim at US over series of Syria drone attacks

By The Associated Press on January 9th, 2018

MOSCOW – Russia said Tuesday that a recent series of drone attacks on its military bases in Syria would have required assistance from a country possessing satellite navigation technology – a statement that appeared to be aimed at the United States. Russia’s Defence Ministry said its forces repelled a series of drone attacks Saturday on ... Read More »

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Senator releases text of interview with Fusion GPS official

By Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press on January 9th, 2018

WASHINGTON – The top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee has released a transcript from an interview with the co-founder of Fusion GPS, the firm that commissioned a dossier of allegations about President Donald Trump’s ties to Russia. California Sen. Dianne Feinstein released the transcript from an August closed-door committee interview with Glenn Simpson after ... Read More »

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5 killed as mud sweeps away homes in California burn areas

By Christopher Weber, The Associated Press on January 9th, 2018

LOS ANGELES – At least five people were killed and homes were swept from their foundations Tuesday as heavy rain sent mud and rocks sliding down hills stripped of vegetation by Southern California’s recent wildfires. Rescue crews used helicopters to lift people to safety because of blocked roads, and firefighters slogged through waist-high muck to ... Read More »

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Former NYPD officer dubbed ‘cannibal cop’ pens horror novel

By The Associated Press on January 9th, 2018

NEW YORK – A former New York City police officer whose bizarre online exchanges about kidnapping and eating women landed him behind bars and earned him tabloid infamy as the “cannibal cop” has penned a horror novel. Gilberto Valle (VAL’-ee) was convicted in 2013 of kidnapping conspiracy, but the judge threw out the verdict. He ... Read More »

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Ex-Arizona sheriff, Trump ally Joe Arpaio running for Senate

By The Associated Press on January 9th, 2018

PHOENIX – Former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio has announced he plans to run for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Jeff Flake. The 85-year-old Arpaio is a Republican and close ally of President Donald Trump. Arpaio tweeted Tuesday he seeking the post to support Trump’s agenda “in his mission to Make America Great Again.” ... Read More »

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2 killed as mud engulfs California burn areas

By Christopher Weber, The Associated Press on January 9th, 2018

LOS ANGELES – Two people were killed and homes were swept from their foundations as mud and debris from wildfire-scarred hillsides flowed through neighbourhoods and onto a key Southern California highway Tuesday during a powerful winter storm that dropped record rain across the state. The bodies were found buried during rescue operations in the foothill ... Read More »

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