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  • In rough US flu season for kids, vaccine working OK so far

    NEW YORK (AP) — It may end up being a bad flu season for kids, but early signs suggest the vaccine is working OK. The vaccine has been more than 50% effective in preventing flu illness severe enough to send a child to the doctor’s office, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said […]
  • Intellectual disability cited in death row inmate’s appeal

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The attorney for an Arkansas death row inmate convicted for fatally shooting a police officer during a 2011 traffic stop told the state Supreme Court Thursday the inmate has an intellectual disability that makes him ineligible to be executed. Attorneys for the state and Jerry Lard appeared before the court […]
  • New visa rules set off ‘panic wave’ in immigrant communities

    BOSTON (AP) — After nearly a dozen years moving through the U.S. visa system, Sai Kyaw’s brother and sister and their families were at the finish line: a final interview before they could leave Myanmar to join him in Massachusetts and work at his restaurant. Then a dramatic turn in U.S. immigration policy halted their […]
  • Fired Chicago Police superintendent getting $190K pension

    CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s former police chief has been receiving a pension of more than $15,800 a month since the mayor fired him for allegedly lying about a night he was found asleep in his city-issued SUV, according to a newspaper report. Eddie Johnson was awarded the pension by the Policemen’s Annuity and Benefit Fund […]
  • Free USC tuition to students with $80K or less family income

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The University of Southern California will phase in free tuition for undergraduate students from families with an annual income of $80,000 or less, USC President Carol L. Folt announced Thursday. As part of the initiative, ownership of a home will not be counted in determining a student’s financial need to attend […]
  • New colobus monkey makes debut at St. Louis Zoo

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Zoo has a new resident, and boy is he cute. The zoo announced Thursday that Teak, a black and white colobus monkey, was born on Feb. 3. Colobus monkeys are born white with a pink face. By age 6 months, the little monkey will get his adult coloration […]
  • Defense lawyers say they will seek French asylum for Assange

    PARIS (AP) — Julian Assange’s European defense team said Thursday it will try to seek asylum in France for the Wikileaks founder, whose full hearings for extradition to the United States on spying charges start next week in London. French team member Eric Dupont-Moretti said Assange’s case placed at stake “the fate and the status […]
  • Man accused in football game shooting pleads not guilty

    MAYS LANDING, N.J. (AP) — A man accused of firing a gun into the crowded bleachers at a New Jersey high school football game last year, killing a 10-year-old boy, pleaded not guilty Thursday to murder and other charges. Alvin Wyatt, 31, of Atlantic City, did not speak during the brief hearing. He could be […]
  • Police: Minnesota recycling plant fire under control for now

    BECKER, Minn. (AP) — Firefighters battling a stubborn fire that has been burning for days at a metal recycling plant in a small Minnesota community have got the blaze under control, police said Thursday. The fire at the Northern Metals plant in Becker has been belching noxious, billowing smoke since it began Tuesday morning. Becker […]
  • US sanctions Iran clerics for vetoing election candidates

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Thursday ratcheted up pressure on Iran by slapping sanctions on top members of a powerful clerical body that disqualified thousands of candidates from running in that country’s parliamentary elections. A day before Iranians go to the polls, the administration imposed sanctions on two senior officials of the Guardian […]
  • Mexican municipal worker shot by ICE agent in NYC files suit

    NEW YORK (AP) — A Mexican municipal worker who was shot at point-blank range by a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer in New York this month suffered excruciating pain, has limited vision in his left eye and cannot use his left arm, according to a federal lawsuit filed against the unnamed ICE agent. Erick […]
  • Family of man killed by trooper seeking more than $10M

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Relatives of a black Connecticut man killed by a state trooper are seeking more than $10 million in wrongful death damages from state and local police, according to legal notices filed Thursday. Lawyers for the family of Mubarak Soulemane, 19, asked the state claims commissioner for permission to sue the Department […]
  • Assembly GOP limits area with 4 a.m. convention bar time

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Assembly walked back a bill Thursday that would have allowed bars across Wisconsin to stay open later during the Democratic National Convention this summer, tweaking the proposal to allow extended hours only for taverns in the southeastern corner of the state before passing it on to the Senate. The […]
  • Georgia blames Russia for cyberattack, US, UK agree

    TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — Georgian authorities on Thursday accused Russia’s military intelligence of launching a large-scale cyberattack that targeted the government and private organizations with the goal of destabilizing the ex-Soviet nation . The United States and Britain also weighed in, strongly condemning the alleged action by Russia in October. A senior Russian diplomat dismissed […]
  • Meet the rising stars of ‘West Side Story’ on Broadway

    NEW YORK (AP) — When a new revival of “West Side Story” opens on Broadway, it will make history. The musical sees 33 young people making their Broadway debuts, a record. The show,, loosely based on William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” chronicles the affair between two lovers caught in a violent gang world not of […]
  • Amid ‘Anonymous’ fallout, NSC adviser reassigned

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Victoria Coates, a top official on the National Security Council, is being reassigned amid fallout over the identity of the author of the inside-the-White House tell-all book by “Anonymous.” Coates, who serves as national security adviser for the Middle East and North Africa,will be joining the Department of Energy as a senior […]
  • Justices return for season of big decisions, amid campaign

    WASHINGTON (AP) — For a Supreme Court that says it has an allergy to politics, the next few months might require a lot of tissues. The court is poised to issue campaign-season decisions in the full bloom of spring in cases dealing with President Donald Trump’s tax and other financial records, abortion, LGBT rights, immigration, […]
  • Trump ally Roger Stone sentenced to over 3 years in prison

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Trump loyalist Roger Stone was sentenced Thursday to more than three years in federal prison, following an extraordinary move by Attorney General William Barr to back off his Justice Department’s original sentencing recommendation. U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson said Stone’s crimes demanded a significant time behind bars, but she said […]
  • W.Va. gov says economy is rosy, but doubters not buying that

    ELKVIEW, W.Va. (AP) — For years, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has told people they need only look at the lines at Dairy Queen to see how much the state’s economy has improved since he took office. But for Grace Waterman, snacking on vanilla soft serve in her truck outside the DQ in tiny Elkview, […]
  • Dealer who sold weapon used in killing to stop selling guns

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A firearms dealer who sold a gun used in a deadly Kansas City shooting will stop selling guns as part of a settlement with the parents of the victim. Green Tip Arms also agreed to surrender its federal firearms license to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives under […]

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