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In Iowa, anxiety and unpredictability cloud caucus finish

By Julie Pace and Sara Burnett The Associated Press DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — On the eve of the Iowa caucuses, Democratic presidential candidates hustled across the state on Sunday trying to fire up voters and make one last appeal to those struggling to make a final decision about their ...

Bad timing: New virus poses threat to fragile world economy

By Paul Wiseman, Joe McDonald and Yuri Kageyama AP Business Writers This should be peak season for a 12-room hotel near the train station in the Chinese industrial hub of Wuhan. The Chinese New Year usually brings in plenty of travelers and delivers profits of around $3,000 a ...

Judge rejects Sandusky’s latest request for shorter sentence

By Mark Scolforo The Associated Press BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — A judge flatly rejected Jerry Sandusky's latest request to have his 30- to 60-year child molestation sentence reduced during a brief hearing Tuesday. Judge Maureen Skerda said she purposely fashioned the prison term to have an ...

Powerful earthquake hits near Cuba & Jamaica

HAVANA (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey says a powerful magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck south of Cuba and northwest of Jamaica on Tuesday. It was centered 139 kilometers (86 miles) northwest of Montego Bay, Jamaica, and 140 kilometers (87 miles) west-southwest of Niquero, Cuba. It hit at ...

Welfare League gifts $90,000 in grants

Ranging in amounts from $250 to $10,795, the Marietta Welfare League gave a total of $90,645 in charitable funds Tuesday. The league operates a coffee and gift shop within Marietta Memorial Hospital, which employs 11 staff supplemented by volunteers from its membership. Proceeds of that ...

Ringing in Brexit? Plans to celebrate UK exit divide country

By Jill Lawless The Associated Press LONDON (AP) — With Brexit just days away, Britons are fighting over the chimes of Big Ben. And the White Cliffs of Dover are a battleground. As the United Kingdom prepares to leave the European Union on Friday, people are divided over how to mark a ...

French carmaker to evacuate workers from China amid outbreak

PARIS (AP) — France and a major automaker said Saturday that they are moving to get citizens out of a locked-down Chinese city where a deadly outbreak of a new virus originated and has spread worldwide. French automaker PSA Group says it will evacuate its employees and their families from ...

‘Bad Boys,’ ‘1917’ best ‘The Gentleman’ at box office

— "Boys" trumped "Gentlemen" in movie theaters over the weekend as Will Smith and Martin Lawrence's "Bad Boys for Life" easily remained the top ticket seller over newcomer "The Gentlemen." The third "Bad Boys" film, coming 17 years after "Bad Boys II," sold $34 million in tickets in its ...

Survivor in Slovenia turns 100 on Holocaust Remembrance Day

RAKEK, Slovenia (AP) — For Marija Frlan it's as symbolic as it can get: A survivor of a Nazi concentration camp during World War II, the Slovenian woman turns 100 years old on Monday, the international Holocaust Remembrance Day. Frlan, who was held at the Nazi's Ravensbrueck camp in ...

Fighting rages as Libya force pushes toward key western city

By Samy Magdy The Associated Press CAIRO (AP) — Officials from Libya's two rival governments said fighting erupted Sunday as the country's east-based forces advanced toward the strategic western city of Misrata, further eroding a crumbling cease-fire agreement brokered earlier this ...

In divided America, some voters tuning out impeachment trial

By Michael Rubinkam and Jonathan J. Cooper The Associated Press HAMBURG, Pa. (AP) — For all the gravity of a presidential impeachment trial, Americans don't seem to be giving it much weight. As House impeachment managers make their case to remove President Donald Trump from office, ...

Democrats’ electability fight rages in Iowa

By Steve Peoples AP National Political Writer DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The urgent fight for the Democratic presidential nomination raged across Iowa on Sunday as the party's leading candidates scrambled to deliver closing arguments centered on the defining question of the 2020 primary: Who ...

Proposal would create database of convicted sex buyers

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Individuals convicted of trying to buy sex or trafficking women for sex would be placed on a publicly accessible database for five years, under legislation introduced in the Ohio House. The legislation backed by Attorney General David Yost is aimed at the demand side ...

Diddy calls out Grammys and demands change in fiery speech

By Mesfin Fekadu AP Music Writer BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Sean "Diddy" Combs called out the Grammy Awards for dissing rap and R&B stars in its major categories in a blazing speech that earned him a standing ovation from Beyonce, Jay-Z and several other music industry ...

UN experts: Jeff Bezos phone hack shows link to Saudi prince

By Aya Batrawy The Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The phone of Amazon billionaire and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos was hacked after receiving a file sent from an account used by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, United Nations experts alleged ...

Prosecutor calls Weinstein a predator as rape trial opens

By Michael R. Sisak and Tom Hays The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Harvey Weinstein faced a jury Wednesday in a landmark moment for the #MeToo movement, with prosecutors painting him as a sexual predator who used his movie-magnate stature to abuse women. "He was not just a titan ...

Human-to-human transmission confirmed in China coronavirus

By Yanan Wang and Ken Moritsugu The Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — The head of a Chinese government expert team said Monday that human-to-human transmission has been confirmed in an outbreak of a new coronavirus, a development that raises the possibility that it could spread more ...

Hawaii man suspected of killing 2 cops described as unhinged

By Caleb Jones, Jennifer Kelleher and Marco Garcia The Associated Press HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii handyman with a history of run-ins with police and neighbors faced eviction when he stabbed his landlord and killed two officers before the house he and two women were believed to be inside ...

#MeToo prosecutors deploy experts early to thwart defense

By MaryClaire Dale The Associated Press When his trial opens in the coming days, Harvey Weinstein's defense team is expected to go on the offensive against the women who have accused him of rape and sexual assault, in part by questioning if they acted like victims afterward. New York City ...

2 more Puerto Rico officials fired after warehouse break-in

By Danica Coto The Associated Press SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Gov. Wanda Vazquez fired the heads of Puerto Rico's housing and family departments Sunday in the latest fallout over the discovery of a warehouse filled with emergency supplies dating from Hurricane Maria. The removal of ...