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Latvian member of European Central Bank detained in probe

By Carlo Piovano The Associated Press LONDON — Latvia's top banking official, a key member of the European Central Bank, was detained Sunday after being questioned for hours by anti-corruption authorities amid accusations of bribery and money laundering in the European nation's financial ...

Trump roars on Twitter about Russia probe

By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's Twitter cannon roared over the weekend as the latest turn in the Russia investigation seemingly placed him on the defensive. He denied he had ever absolved Russia of meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, despite his plentiful ...

Williamstown Bridge still closed; updated Washington County road closures

The Marietta Police Department confirmed that while water is receding from the Ohio River, the Williamstown Bridge is still closed at least until noon today. Also the Washington County Sheriff's Office released this morning the following updated list of road closures in the county due to high ...

Williamstown bridge remains closed Sunday evening

The Williamstown Bridge was closed to traffic Sunday morning due to high water on the Marietta side and it remains closed this evening. The Marietta Police Department confirmed that there was water in both directions at the foot of the bridge in Marietta on Greene Street heading toward ...

I-77 reopened, but accidents on bridge

Interstate 77 between Williamstown and Parkersburg has reopened but two accidents on the Interstate Bridge at Marietta have added to traffic congestion. The West Virginia State Police were on the scene of those accidents shortly after noon Sunday. No additional details were available at that time.

Cities pitching diversity in efforts to lure businesses

By Corey Williams The Associated Press Some cities and regions are highlighting racial diversity along with positive business climates, competitive tax rates and available land in pitches to lure tech companies and high-paying jobs to town. Places such as Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and ...

Survivors of deadly school shooting lash out at politicians

By Jason Dearen, Terry Spencer and Allen G. Breed The Associated Press PARKLAND, Fla. — Students who escaped the deadly school shooting in Florida focused their anger Sunday at President Donald Trump, contending that his response to the attack has been needlessly divisive. "You're the ...

Worshippers find unorthodox homes

By Liz Skalka The Stamford Advocate STAMFORD, Conn. — Every Sunday night, the punching bags come down and the cross goes up. And with that, Revolution Fitness, a popular spot in Stamford's South End for boxers to practice their jabs and hooks, transforms into a holy space. Folding ...

Where’s the outrage over Russia?

I'm confused. These days, "nationalism" is all the rage on the right. I put it in quotes because there are a lot of different ideas of what nationalism means. Some of it is just rah-rah "USA No. 1" sloganeering. For others, nationalism is basically code for white identity politics. And for ...

The war that never ends

There is a war that has lasted longer than the one in Afghanistan. It is the so-called "war on poverty," launched by President Lyndon Johnson during his State of the Union address on Jan. 8, 1964. While the poverty rate dropped from 17.3 percent to 11.1 percent in the ensuing decade, it has ...

Our great national nightmare

WASHINGTON -- As a cruel temporary diversion from the insanity of the Trump presidency that has gripped the country, now comes yet another mass schoolhouse murder in Florida. Is anybody surprised? The mayhem goes on despite Sandy Hook, Columbine and the other similar American tragedies that ...

Plan to revamp food stamps is a dumb idea

White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney deserves enormous credit for doing something that has long been needed. He wants to reform the food stamp program in America. The program has waste, fraud, and abuse issues. It is not terribly efficient. There are people in the program who do not ...

FBI says it failed to check out Fla. tip

By The Associated Press PARKLAND, Fla. —The FBI received a tip last month that the suspect in the Florida school shooting had a "desire to kill" and access to guns and could be plotting an attack, but agents failed to investigate, the agency said Friday. Florida Gov. Rick Scott called for ...

Senior citizens should enjoy the benefits of growing older

Many people are quick to think of growing older in a negative light. Although there certainly are some side effects of aging that one may wish to avoid, people may find that the benefits of growing older outweigh the negatives. Seniors are a rapidly growing segment of the population. In the ...

‘I feel trapped’: Violence fuels fear among Myanmar Muslims

By The Associated Press YANGON, Myanmar — For four straight days last month, Rahim Muddinn watched, amazed, as Myanmar's state-run newspapers published special supplements showing Rohingya Muslims accused of being terrorists — nearly 250 photos each day. For the 41-year-old Rohingya ...

The season of Lent and Easter

Spring is eagerly anticipated, as many people look forward to enjoying the great outdoors once more. Spring is also a special time of year for practicing Christians. Beginning on Ash Wednesday and lasting 40 weekdays until the arrival of Easter Sunday, the Lenten season is a very important ...

LeBron James to produce new ‘House Party’ movie

By The Associated Press CLEVELAND — LeBron James is going old school to make a new movie. The Cavaliers star and business partner Maverick Carter are producing a new version of "House Party," the comedy featuring hip-hop duo Kid 'N Play that debuted in 1990. James' SpringHill ...

‘Poison’ a marvelous mystery

By Jeff Ayers The Associated Press Thoughts of retirement for attorney Dismas Hardy have to be put on hold when a former client begs for his help in "Poison," John Lescroart's latest thriller. Abby Jarvis made a horrible mistake years ago. She did her time, and after being released, she ...

Novel turns gender roles upside down

By Kim Curtis The Associated Press Rarely does a novel begin with rollicking fierceness that grabs readers from its opening lines and doesn't loosen its grip or lessen its hold all the way through. "The Philosopher's Flight" is the debut novel from Tom Miller, an emergency room doctor ...

Holidaying frog game attracts China’s youth

By Shanshan Wang The Associated Press BEIJING — Wang Zhuyin studies 10 hours a day preparing for a series of tests to obtain a U.S. physician's license. But like millions of young Chinese adults, the 26-year-old has found a new way to cope with the pressure: an online game about a ...