February 19th, 2020

World News

Trump pardons ex-San Francisco 49ers owner DeBartolo Jr.

By The Associated Press on February 18th, 2020

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump has pardoned Edward DeBartolo Jr., the former San Francisco 49ers owner convicted in a gambling fraud scandal. DeBartolo Jr., who built the San Francisco 49ers’ 1980s-’90s dynasty, was involved in one of the biggest owners’ scandals in the sport’s history. In 1998, he pleaded guilty to failing to report a ... Read More »

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Trump pardons ex-49ers owner Edward DeBartolo Jr.

By The Associated Press on February 18th, 2020

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump has pardoned Edward DeBartolo Jr., the former San Francisco 49ers owner convicted in a gambling fraud scandal. DeBartolo Jr., who built the San Francisco 49ers’ 1980s-’90s dynasty, was involved in one of the biggest owners’ scandals in the sport’s history. In 1998, he pleaded guilty to failing to report a ... Read More »

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US sanctions Russian oil trading firm for role in Venezuela

By Ben Fox, The Associated Press on February 18th, 2020

WASHINGTON – The Trump administration imposed sanctions Tuesday on the trading unit of Russian state-controlled oil company Rosneft for helping Venezuela skirt an embargo on oil from the South American country. The sanctions against Rosneft Trading S.A. and its president, Didier Casamiro, are part of a diplomatic and economic campaign by the Trump administration to ... Read More »

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US sanctions Russian oil company for role in Venezuela

By Ben Fox, The Associated Press on February 18th, 2020

WASHINGTON – The Trump administration is imposing sanctions on the trading unit of Russian state-controlled oil company Rosneft for helping Venezuela skirt an embargo on oil from the South American country. The administration is also placing sanctions on the on Rosneft Trading and its president, Didier Casamiro. Senior administration officials warned Tuesday that anyone in ... Read More »

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Aging Shiite cleric a powerhouse in Iraq. What comes after?

By Qassim Abdul-Zahra And Mariam Fam, The Associated Press on February 18th, 2020

NAJAF, Iraq – When Iraq’s top Shiite cleric underwent surgery for a fractured bone last month, it sent shivers around the country and beyond. “May God heal Iraq,” read a photo of Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani that circulated online. Frantic supporters shared prayers. Anti-government protesters hung photos of the black-turbaned cleric with a long white ... Read More »

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UK PM Johnson and estranged wife reach financial settlement

By The Associated Press on February 18th, 2020

LONDON – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his estranged wife Marina Wheeler have reached a financial agreement for their divorce, court records showed Tuesday. Lawyers for Johnson and Wheeler attended a brief private hearing at the Central Family Court in London. Judge Sarah Gibbons barred the media from reporting financial details of the settlement. ... Read More »

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Homeland Security waives contracting laws for border wall

By Elliot Spagat, The Associated Press on February 18th, 2020

SAN DIEGO – The Trump administration said Tuesday that it will waive federal contracting laws to speed construction of a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border. The Department of Homeland Security said waiving procurement regulations will allow 177 miles (283 kilometres) of wall to be built more quickly in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. The ... Read More »

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Whitey Bulger juror says she regrets murder conviction

By Michael Rezendes, The Associated Press on February 18th, 2020

EASTHAM, Mass. – The notorious crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger terrorized Boston from the 1970s into the 1990s with a campaign of murder, extortion, and drug trafficking, then spent 16 years on the lam after he was tipped to his pending arrest. In 2013, Janet Uhlar was one of 12 jurors who found Bulger guilty ... Read More »

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Boy Scouts’ future uncertain after bankruptcy filing

By David Crary, The Associated Press on February 18th, 2020

Barraged by hundreds of sex-abuse lawsuits, the Boy Scouts of America filed for bankruptcy protection Tuesday in hopes of working out a potentially mammoth victim compensation plan that will allow the 110-year-old organization to carry on. The Chapter 11 filing in federal bankruptcy court in Wilmington, Delaware, sets in motion what could be one of ... Read More »

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Quarantine on cruise ship in Japan comes under question

By Maria Cheng And Mari Yamaguchi, The Associated Press on February 18th, 2020

TOKYO – An extraordinary two-week quarantine of the Diamond Princess cruise ship ends Wednesday, with thousands of passengers and crew set to disembark over the next several days in the port of Yokohama, near Tokyo. A growing number of scientists, however, say the ship served as an incubator for a worrying new virus from China ... Read More »

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