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  • A look at the 4 countries the US says sponsor terrorism

    TOKYO (AP) — North Korea is on its way back onto a very short list of countries the United States says sponsor terrorism.

    The designation, announced by President Donald Trump on Monday, will expand the already substantial array of sanctions the U.S. has imposed on trade with North Korea. It will clamp down further on the North’s access to banks and other financial institutions and, more importantly, deepen the stigma any potential trading partners will have to take into account before doing business with Pyongyang.

    Even though many of the punishments against North Korea have already been enacted under previous sanctions measures, putting any country on the list is a very serious move by Washington. There are only three other countries on the list: Sudan, Iran and Syria. Cuba, which had been on the list from 1982, was removed by […]
  • Trial wrapping up in case that sparked immigration debate

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jurors will consider dueling arguments Tuesday that either a homeless man killed a woman at a San Francisco pier by accident or while playing a sick game.

    Lawyers offered both portraits Monday in closing arguments at the murder trial of Jose Ines Garcia Zarate. The defense was scheduled to finish arguments on Tuesday, and jurors could begin deliberations that same day.

    Garcia Zarate is charged with shooting to death Kate Steinle as she walked on July 1, 2015. She died in her father’s arms. Her parents were in the courtroom Monday.

    The case took on political overtones because Garcia Zarate is a Mexican citizen who had been deported five times and served federal prison time for illegally re-entering the United States. Garcia Zarate had been released from the San Francisco jail about three months before the shooting, despite a request by federal immigration authorities to detain […]
  • ‘CBS This Morning’ to air for 1st time after Rose suspension

    NEW YORK (AP) — Charlie Rose is the latest public figure to be felled by sexual misconduct allegations, with PBS halting distribution of his nightly interview show and CBS News suspending him following a Washington Post report with the accusations of eight women.

    The women, who all worked for Rose or tried to work for him, accused the veteran newsman of groping them, walking naked in front of them and telling one that he dreamed about her swimming nude, the Post reported Monday.

    Rose, 75, said in a statement that he was “deeply embarrassed” and apologized for his behavior. It is unclear how “CBS This Morning” will address Rose’s suspension Tuesday. Rose has co-hosted the critically-acclaimed morning news program with Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell. It has been gaining the past few years on its better-known rivals. Rose […]
  • Ex-NFL receiver Terry Glenn dead after Dallas-area wreck

    DALLAS (AP) — Former NFL receiver Terry Glenn, who caught Tom Brady’s first touchdown pass with the New England Patriots in 2001, died Monday following a one-vehicle rollover traffic accident near Dallas that left his fiancée slightly hurt, officials said. He was 43.

    Glenn died shortly before 1 a.m. at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, according to the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office. Irving police are investigating the cause of the wreck at 12:18 a.m. on eastbound Highway 114, said Chelsey Jones, a police department spokeswoman.

    Glenn, a former Ohio State star who lived in the Dallas area, was driving when the vehicle left the highway, struck a concrete barrier and rolled, authorities said. Glenn was ejected. Jones said his fiancée was taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Her name and further details weren’t released. Jones had no […]
  • Phil Knight’s tourney draws top-10 teams to Oregon this week

    Nike founder Phil Knight is throwing a birthday party and every college basketball fan is invited.

    Well, they can at least watch it on TV.

    Knight is celebrating his 80th birthday by staging a two-bracket tournament — the PK80 — beginning Thursday in Oregon. It includes some of the sport’s heaviest hitters, too, including four schools ranked in the top 10 this week: No. 1 Duke, No. 2 Michigan State, No. 7 Florida and ninth-ranked North Carolina.

    No. 17 Gonzaga is also in the field along with Oregon, Oklahoma, Texas and Arkansas, schools that are all receiving votes. There are 16 teams total, eight lined up in each bracket. “It’s a big, big, big-time deal for our program and our fans,” said Gonzaga coach Mark Few, whose team opens with Ohio State […]
  • AP source: Authorities believe border agent may have fallen

    DALLAS (AP) — A U.S. official with knowledge of the investigation into the death of a border patrol agent in South Texas says the surviving agent who radioed for help doesn’t remember what happened.

    The official, who was briefed on the investigation but is not authorized to speak publicly and spoke on the condition of anonymity, said Monday that investigators believe agent Rogelio Martinez may have fallen into a 14-foot culvert. Martinez died early Sunday.

    The FBI says autopsy results are pending. Martinez’s partner remains hospitalized. The official says the incident occurred after dark in an area that’s known for drug activity and where agents often look for drugs in culverts. In a statement Monday, FBI spokeswoman Jeanette Harper says both agents had traumatic head injuries after being found in […]
  • Thanksgiving tribe reclaims language lost to colonization

    MASHPEE, Mass. (AP) — The Massachusetts tribe whose ancestors shared a Thanksgiving meal with the Pilgrims nearly 400 years ago is reclaiming its long-lost language, one schoolchild at a time.

    “Weesowee mahkusunash,” says teacher Siobhan Brown, using the Wampanoag phrase for “yellow shoes” as she reads to a preschool class from Sandra Boynton’s popular children’s book “Blue Hat, Green Hat.”

    The Mukayuhsak Weekuw — or “Children’s House ” — is an immersion school launched by the Cape Cod-based Mashpee Wampanoag tribe, whose ancestors hosted a harvest celebration with the Pilgrims in 1621 that helped form the basis for the country’s Thanksgiving tradition. The 19 children from Wampanoag households that Brown and other teachers instruct are […]
  • Turkeys seeking Trump Thanksgiving pardon must strut stuff

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — What makes a good presidential turkey? Showmanship. A readiness to strut his stuff and gobble on command, yet enough restraint to stay on a table for the big photo op.

    So say a Minnesota turkey farmer and 4-H kids who raised the turkey that will go to the White House for an official pardon from President Donald Trump on Tuesday. It’s the 70th anniversary of the National Thanksgiving Turkey tradition. Here’s a little deeper look at the event and what goes into it:

    THE TRADITION White House archives show that Americans have sent presidents holiday turkeys at least since 1873 under President Ulysses S. Grant. But the National Thanksgiving Turkey dates from 1947, when the National Turkey Federation became the official supplier and presented a 47-pound gobbler to President Harry Truman. In those days the turkeys were destined […]
  • His country a smoldering ruin, but Assad still in his seat

    BEIRUT (AP) — His nation is a smoldering ruin, much of it held by rival armed factions, domestic or foreign. Half the population is displaced, hundreds of thousands have died and much of the West regards him as a tyrant and human rights abuser. But Syrian President Bashar Assad appears to have survived the war and is likely to hold onto power for the foreseeable future.

    The sides in Syria’s civil war are preparing for what will be the eighth round of U.N.-sponsored peace talks in Geneva intended to forge a path forward for a political transition to end the conflict. But barring any surprises, no negotiated resolution is likely to lead to Assad’s ouster.

    One reason is military. Assad’s forces have had the momentum on the ground the past year, backed by an overwhelming Russian air campaign and fighters from Iran and Hezbollah. Assad’s government now controls more than 50 percent of Syria. Holding half the country normally wouldn’t be an optimistic sign, but that’s up from 19 percent […]
  • Big Tobacco’s anti-smoking ads begin after decade of delay

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Decades after they were banned from the airwaves, Big Tobacco companies return to prime-time television this weekend — but not by choice.

    Under court order, the tobacco industry for the first time will be forced to advertise the deadly, addictive effects of smoking, more than 11 years after a judge ruled that the companies had misled the public about the dangers of cigarettes.

    But years of legal pushback by the industry over every detail means the ads will be less hard-hitting than what was proposed. Tobacco control experts say the campaign — built around network TV and newspapers — will not reach people when they are young and most likely to start smoking.

    “Their legal strategy is always obstruct, delay, create confusion and buy more time,” said Ruth Malone, of the University of California, San Francisco, who has studied the industry for 20 years. “So by the time this was finally settled, newspapers have a much smaller readership, and nowadays, who watches network TV?” The new spots, which […]
  • Neurologist due in Philadelphia court on sex charges

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A neurologist accused of sexual misconduct in three states is due in court on misdemeanor charges that he groped women at a Philadelphia clinic.

    Dr. Ricardo Cruciani faces a preliminary hearing in Philadelphia on Tuesday morning. Police have charged him with assaulting seven patients in 2016, while he was chairman of Drexel University’s neurology department.

    At least 17 women in Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey have come forward to accuse Cruciani of sexual misconduct in encounters dating back at least a dozen years. The accusers have either reported him to police or have retained attorneys to pursue civil claims.

    Cruciani’s lawyer has declined to comment. Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
  • Today in History

    Today in History

    Today is Tuesday, Nov. 21, the 325th day of 2017. There are 40 days left in the year.

    Today’s Highlight in History:

    On Nov. 21, 1942, the Alaska Highway, also known as the Alcan Highway, was formally opened at Soldier’s Summit in the Yukon Territory.

    On this date:

    In 1789, North Carolina became the 12th state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.

    In 1864, President Abraham Lincoln signed a letter expressing condolences to Lydia Bixby, a Boston widow whose five sons supposedly died while fighting in the Civil War. (As it turned out, only two of Mrs. Bixby’s sons had been killed.)

    In 1922, Rebecca L. Felton, a Georgia Democrat, was sworn in as the first woman to serve in the U.S. Senate; her term, the result of an interim appointment, ended the following day as Walter F. George, the winner of a special election, took office. In 1927, picketing strikers at the Columbine Mine in northern […]
  • Big Mac Bridge walk still on Labor Day; more details to come

    MACKINAW CITY, Mich. (AP) — The annual Mackinac Bridge Walk will remain a Labor Day tradition.

    The Mackinac Bridge Authority says the date won’t change. But officials still haven’t determined details about how the 5-mile walk will take place.

    With terrorists increasingly using cars and trucks as weapons, the bridge was closed to most vehicles during this year’s walk. Only about 25,000 people took part. Many were turned away because they couldn’t get in position before the walk ended.

    The state Transportation Department transported people by bus to St. Ignace from Mackinaw City. People then walked to the southern end of the bridge. The bridge authority is asking Mackinaw City, Mackinac Island and St. Ignace to help cover the costs. The topic will be discussed at a February meeting. Copyright © The Associated Press. […]
  • Interior denies wrongdoing involving Zinke’s wife, travel

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Department of Interior denied any wrongdoing Monday after documents surfaced showing government staffers were forced to scramble to accommodate requests from Secretary Ryan Zinke’s wife as she accompanied him on trips outside of Washington D.C.

    Craig Holman, a government affairs lobbyist with good-governance watchdog Public Citizen, told Politico it’s not illegal for spouses to tag along during official trips as long as the government doesn’t pay for the additional expenses. But it can be an ethically gray area, depending on the circumstances.

    “Spousal travel, especially when paid for by the spouse, suggests that the trip may have less to do with official duties and more resembles a family vacation partially paid for by taxpayers,” he said. The documents, which include travel manifests and staff emails, were released Monday by left-leaning, Montana-based Western Values Project and were first […]
  • Trump asks Supreme Court for full enforcement of travel ban

    HONOLULU (AP) — The Trump administration on Monday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to allow the latest travel ban to take full effect.

    A federal appeals court ruling last week allowed President Donald Trump’s newest version of the ban to partially take effect. That ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals allowed the administration to ban people from six mostly Muslim countries unless they have a “bona fide” relationship with someone in the U.S.

    Last month, a federal judge in Hawaii had blocked most of Trump’s third travel ban just before it was due to take effect. A judge in Maryland separately blocked it to a lesser degree, saying Trump could bar people from Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen as long as they did not have “bona […]