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Bill Cosby is hitting the town; legal experts see a strategy

Bill Cosby is suddenly out and about in his hometown of Philadelphia in what legal experts say appears to be an effort by the comedian to rebuild his good-guy image ahead of his retrial on sexual assault charges in the spring. In the past two weeks, the 80-year-old Cosby emerged from a long period of near-seclusion to have dinner with friends at a restaurant and gave his first comedy performance in...
Baby drowns, toddler injured in bathtub when woman walks away, police say

Baby drowns, toddler injured in bathtub when woman walks away, police say

A 14-month-old baby girl is dead and a 3-year-old girl is clinging to life after deputies said their mother put them in the bathtub and walked away. >> Read more trending news  The incident happened Tuesday at a home in Fernandina Beach, Fla. Deputies arrived and started CPR immediately, authorities said. They tried everything they could, but the 14-month-old girl didn't make it. The 3-year-old...

FBI director's chief of staff takes private sector job

FBI Director Christopher Wray says his chief of staff is leaving for a private sector job. Wray said Tuesday that Jim Rybicki notified him last month of his decision. A change in the position is not unusual when a new director takes charge, but it comes after President Donald Trump repeatedly criticized the FBI and called for a shakeup. Rybicki also served as chief of staff to former Director James...

Trump pick who failed to win Senate support is leaving EPA

President Donald Trump's nominee to oversee chemical safety is departing the Environmental Protection Agency a month after withdrawing his nomination in the face of concerns over his ties to the chemical industry. Michael L. Dourson has been a senior adviser to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. His online resume indicates his employment at the agency ends in January. EPA had previously refused to comment...

California man gets life for buying Filipino children

A California man was sentenced to life in federal prison Tuesday for buying Filipino children for sex and pornography in what prosecutors called one of most "lurid, willful, and disturbing" child exploitation cases in the nation. U.S. District Judge John Mendez said he was sickened by the crimes committed by Michael Carey Clemans, 57, of Sacramento. Prosecutors say he gave detailed instructions...

Trump to invite France's Macron for first state visit

President Donald Trump is expected to invite French President Emmanuel Macron to the U.S. on the first state visit of the Trump administration. That's according to a senior U.S. official who was not authorized to discuss the visit before it was announced and spoke on condition of anonymity. Trump is the first U.S. president in decades to close his first year without welcoming a counterpart on a state...
The Latest: Trump rejects bipartisan immigration proposal

The Latest: Trump rejects bipartisan immigration proposal

The Latest on immigration legislation in Congress (all times local): 4 p.m. President Donald Trump is rejecting a proposed bipartisan immigration bill. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says the legislation brought forth by Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Jeff Flake of Arizona and Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois is "unacceptable" to Trump. Sanders...
Congressman saw aide as 'soul mate,' but denies misconduct

Congressman saw aide as 'soul mate,' but denies misconduct

A Republican congressman from Pennsylvania who settled a former aide's sexual harassment complaint with taxpayer money says he developed a deep affection for her but never harassed her or pursued a romantic relationship. Rep. Pat Meehan told The Philadelphia Inquirer on Tuesday that he intends to run for re-election in his suburban Philadelphia district. The four-term Republican also told the Inquirer...
Springfield Walmart recognized by state agency

Springfield Walmart recognized by state agency

Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities has recognized 30 Ohio Walmart stores, including one in Springfield, with the Committed to Opportunity Award for their leadership in integrating individuals with disabilities into Ohio’s workforce. Springfield’s location at 200 S. Tuttle Road was one of those recognized. “Walmart is the largest retailer in the world and has taken it upon...
Pence visits Western Wall amid tensions with Palestinians

Pence visits Western Wall amid tensions with Palestinians

Vice President Mike Pence placed his hand on the hallowed Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City on Tuesday as he wrapped up a four-day trip to the Mideast that ended with Palestinians still fuming over the Trump administration's decision to recognize the city as Israel's capital. On a solemn visit to the holiest site where Jews can pray, Pence tucked a small white note of prayer in the wall's cracks...
Furloughed Wright Patt workers will be paid

Furloughed Wright Patt workers will be paid

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base furloughed about 8,600 civil service employees during a short-lived federal government closure, the most at the state’s largest single-site employer since a shutdown last struck less than five years ago. Federal employees who were furloughed or who worked during a three-day partial federal government closure Saturday through Monday will be paid under legislation...
Ratings for NFL conference championships down 8 percent

Ratings for NFL conference championships down 8 percent

More than 40 million people watched the NFL's two preliminaries for the Super Bowl on Sunday, a drop of more than 8 percent compared to last year's conference championship games. The Nielsen company said an average of 43.2 million people watched the games. While that's down from the 47.1 million who watched the conference championships last year, it was a more heartening report than the NFL had gotten...
Deputies: 2 arrested after 3-month-old child, 51 pounds of heroin, found in SUV

Deputies: 2 arrested after 3-month-old child, 51 pounds of heroin, found in SUV

Deputies in Mississippi arrested two women Monday night on suspicion of drug trafficking after authorities said they found 51 pounds of heroin and a 3-month-old child in an SUV the women were driving. A deputy pulled over a Ford SUV on Interstate 20 in Rankin County on Monday night for an unspecified traffic violation. Authorities said that during the stop, the deputy became suspicious that the SUV...
Alaska quake shows complexity of tsunami warnings

Alaska quake shows complexity of tsunami warnings

The powerful earthquake that struck beneath the Gulf of Alaska early Tuesday generated a tsunami, but before gauges could show that it was very small, warnings went out to a vast swath of the state and British Columbia, while a lower-level alert targeted the rest of the West Coast. The magnitude-7.9 earthquake set in motion complex analysis that eventually downgraded and called off all alerts in less...

US strikes kill up to 150 Islamic State fighters in Syria

U.S. military officials say American airstrikes in Syria on Saturday killed up to 150 Islamic State fighters in a command center in the Middle Euphrates River Valley. The U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State says the strikes were near As Shafah, which is north of Abu Kamal in eastern Syria. They targeted an IS headquarters and were assisted by Syrian Democratic Forces who watched the area...

Court tosses out $210M deal over Hyundai, Kia gas mileage

A federal appeals court has tossed out a roughly $210 million deal to compensate owners and leaseholders of dozens of Hyundai and Kia models with overstated gas mileage figures. In a 2-1 ruling, a panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Tuesday that a lower court judge failed to determine whether differences in state consumer protection laws prevented a nationwide settlement. The panel...
14-year-old accidentally shot, killed by older sister

14-year-old accidentally shot, killed by older sister

A 14-year-old Indiana boy was accidentally shot and killed by his older sister Sunday as they and their father prepared to go target shooting. Rex William Pruett was shot at his father’s home in Campbellsburg, a small Indiana town located about 50 miles northwest of Louisville, Kentucky. Rex, a seventh-grader at Orleans Junior-Senior High School, died a short time after his father rushed him...
Florida DA seeks death penalty in Tampa serial killings

Florida DA seeks death penalty in Tampa serial killings

Florida prosecutors said they will seek the death penalty for a 24-year-old man they say is responsible for randomly killing four people in a Tampa neighborhood will face the death penalty, according to news reports.  Howell Emanuel Donaldson III was charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Benjamin Mitchell, 22; Monica Hoffa, 32; Anthony Naiboa, 20; and Ronald Felton, 60.  &ldquo...
The Latest: Trump 'not at all concerned' about Sessions

The Latest: Trump 'not at all concerned' about Sessions

The Latest on special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation (all times local): 2:30 p.m. President Donald Trump says he is not concerned about what Attorney General Jeff Sessions said during an interview for the special counsel's Russia investigation. Trump spoke in the Oval Office Tuesday. Asked if he had any concerns about what was said, he said "no, I'm not at all concerned."...

Civil rights leader Wyatt Tee Walker dies; worked beside MLK

The Rev. Wyatt Tee Walker, who helped assemble the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous "Letter From Birmingham Jail" from notes the incarcerated King wrote on paper scraps and newspaper margins, has died. He was either 88 or 89. Family records showed different years of birth, said his daughter, Patrice Walker Powell, who confirmed his death. Powell said her father died Tuesday morning at...
Fed nominee Goodfriend grilled by Democrats

Fed nominee Goodfriend grilled by Democrats

Federal Reserve board nominee Marvin Goodfriend said Tuesday he supports the Fed's political independence and its dual goals of achieving stable prices and low unemployment. But those assurances did not seem to satisfy Democrats who say Goodfriend's past policy positions are at odds with his current views. Goodfriend, an economics professor at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, faced tough...
Texas 16-year-old charged in high school cafeteria shooting

Texas 16-year-old charged in high school cafeteria shooting

A 15-year-old girl who was wounded in a Texas high school shooting is "in good spirits," and the 16-year-old boy suspected of opening fire in the cafeteria has been charged as a juvenile with aggravated assault, officials said Tuesday. School District superintendent Lee Joffre told reporters outside Italy High School that he visited the girl at a Dallas hospital. "It is an amazing demonstration...
NFL reportedly has plan to protect Tom Brady's jersey

NFL reportedly has plan to protect Tom Brady's jersey

The NFL doesn’t want any thievery going on after the Super Bowl like last year’s theft. The jersey of New England quarterback Tom Brady was stolen after the Patriots’ comeback victory. When it was eventually found, it was discovered that the thief had stolen from the Denver Broncos when they won Super Bowl 50. Now, the NFL reportedly has a plan in place to protect...
The Latest: Boy, 16, charged in Texas high school shooting

The Latest: Boy, 16, charged in Texas high school shooting

The Latest on a shooting at a Texas high school (all times local): 12:30 p.m. Authorities say a 16-year-old boy who opened fire inside a Texas high school, wounding a classmate, has been charged as a juvenile with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The Ellis County district attorney's office on Tuesday announced the charges against the teen. Authorities have not released his name...
Singapore PM visits Sri Lanka, nations OK free trade deal

Singapore PM visits Sri Lanka, nations OK free trade deal

Singapore and Sri Lanka signed a free trade agreement for the two countries on Tuesday during a three-day visit by Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to the Indian ocean island nation. Lee met with Sri Lankan president Maithripala Sirisena and the two discussed strengthening bilateral relations and exchanged views on key regional and international developments, according to a statement issued...
Inspiration for 'Rosie the Riveter,' Naomi Parker Fraley, dies

Inspiration for 'Rosie the Riveter,' Naomi Parker Fraley, dies

The woman who many believe empowered housewives to leave their kitchens and enter the workplace left empty when men went to fight in World War II has died. Naomi Parker Fraley was discovered in 2015 to have been the inspiration for the “Rosie the Riveter” poster tha decades earlier had become the symbol in which women realized “We Can Do It.” >> Read more trending...
Police plan to ramp up security at Jackson Browne concert in Florida after threat

Police plan to ramp up security at Jackson Browne concert in Florida after threat

There will be increased security during singer-songwriter Jackson Browne’s concert Tuesday evening at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts after a threat was made at a northwest Indiana church known for its progressive stands on racial and social justice issues, the Orlando Police Department said. Police said banners with racist and anti-gay messages were discovered Sunday attached...
Clotilda: Last-known slave ship uncovered after East Coast ‘Bomb Cyclone’

Clotilda: Last-known slave ship uncovered after East Coast ‘Bomb Cyclone’

Years of research and a particularly strong winter storm has led a reporter in Alabama to what is likely the remains of the last ship to carry slave cargo from Africa to the United States. Writer Ben Raines of al.com reported Tuesday that what is left of the slave ship Clotilda, “lies partially buried in mud alongside an island in the lower Mobile-Tensaw Delta, a few miles north of the city...
Schumer takes back wall offer in new immigration push

Schumer takes back wall offer in new immigration push

Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer has taken back his offer of billions of dollars for President Donald Trump's long-promised U.S.-Mexico border wall. Schumer spokesman Matt House says Schumer's office notified the White House that Friday's offer to combine wall funding with legal protections for 700,000 younger immigrants living in the U.S. illegally. Trump had rejected the offer. Senate Democrats...
Davos diplomacy scene not exactly a natural fit for Trump

Davos diplomacy scene not exactly a natural fit for Trump

One question looms as President Donald Trump packs his bags for Switzerland: How will the Diet Coke-loving nationalist fit in with the Champagne-sipping globalists he'll encounter at the World Economic Forum in Davos? American presidents tend to shun the Davos diplomacy scene, a glitzy annual gathering at a Swiss Alpine resort that for nearly 50 years has drawn politicians, CEOs and celebrities to...
Hawaii governor couldn't correct missile alert sooner because he forgot Twitter password 

Hawaii governor couldn't correct missile alert sooner because he forgot Twitter password 

Forgetting a password to a social media account can be embarrassing, and that memory lapse caused some anxious moments in Hawaii when a missile alert was sent by mistake. When the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency sent the incorrect alert on Jan. 13, panic gripped the state. It took Hawaii Gov. David Ige 17 minutes to take to Twitter to reassure the public that the alert was a false alarm. The reason...
Maine town manager is fired for touting 'white civil rights'

Maine town manager is fired for touting 'white civil rights'

A northern Maine town manager who espoused white separatist views was fired on Tuesday and is getting $30,000 for agreeing not to sue the town. The selectmen in the rural town of Jackman announced the decision after a closed-door executive session with Tom Kawczynski, the town's top administrator since June. Kawczynski has made comments bashing Islam and called for the preservation of white European...

US jails Polish-born doctor for 1992 misdemeanor convictions

A Polish-born Michigan doctor was arrested last week because of two misdemeanor convictions about 25 years ago, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said Tuesday. ICE officials said in a statement Lukasz Niec was arrested Jan. 16 for "administrative immigration violations." The agency said Niec "came under agency scrutiny" after "18 encounters with local...
6-year-old North Carolina girl dies three days after flu diagnosis

6-year-old North Carolina girl dies three days after flu diagnosis

A 6-year-old North Carolina girl is the latest person in the state to die from the flu. Normally, information about her would not be released because of privacy laws, but her parents want people to know her story. >> Read more trending news  Emily Muth was diagnosed with the flu last Tuesday. Her parents, Nathan Muth and Rhonda Muth, took her to an urgent care center in Cary, North Carolina...
CIA: North Korea moving 'ever closer' to putting US at risk

CIA: North Korea moving 'ever closer' to putting US at risk

CIA Director Mike Pompeo said Tuesday that North Korea is moving "ever closer" to putting Americans at risk and that he believes leader Kim Jong Un won't rest until he's able to threaten multiple nuclear attacks against the U.S. at the same time. "North Korea is ever closer to being able to hold America at risk." Pompeo said at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative-leaning...
JPMorgan raising wages, hiring, opening more branches

JPMorgan raising wages, hiring, opening more branches

JPMorgan announced Tuesday that it will boost wages, open new branches and hire thousands of new workers, citing improved economic performance and sweeping changes to the U.S. tax code. Wages will rise to between $15 and $18 an hour from a range of $12 to $16.50 an hour, impacting 22,000 employees, the bank said. Chase will also open 400 new branches and hire 4,000 people in its new U.S. markets,...
Unemployment up slightly in Clark County, job growth slow in Ohio

Unemployment up slightly in Clark County, job growth slow in Ohio

The unemployment rate in Clark County climbed to 4.5 percent in December as the state continued to see slower job growth than it has seen in previous years. MORE: Clark County to educate patients about pain pill alternatives Clark County’s unemployment rate rose last month from about 4.2 percent in November, according to information from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Champaign...
Unemployment rates hit record lows in 3 US states last month

Unemployment rates hit record lows in 3 US states last month

The unemployment rate fell to record lows in three U.S. states last month, as steady hiring soaked up more of those out of work. The Labor Department said Tuesday that the jobless rate fell to the lowest levels since records began in 1976 in Hawaii, Mississippi and California. The rate in Hawaii was 2 percent, while Mississippi's dropped to 4.6 percent and California's declined to 4.3 percent. Nationwide...
American veterans group claims NFL is censoring Super Bowl ad

American veterans group claims NFL is censoring Super Bowl ad

More than a week before Super Bowl LII, the group AMVETS is furious after the NFL reportedly censored an ad with the hashtag #PleaseStand. In an open letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, Marion Polk, national commander of the American Veterans , aired his frustrations. He thanked Goodell before ripping him with “deep disappointment” for his staff’s reported refusal...

Palestinian cellphone company launches 3G, after Israeli ban

A Palestinian cellphone provider says it has launched 3G high-speed mobile data service in the West Bank, following a years-long Israeli ban. The ban, which Israel had linked to security concerns, cost the Palestinian economy hundreds of millions of dollars. It denied Palestinians conveniences enjoyed by most of world where faster 4G service is increasingly commonplace. Spokesman Ahmed Abu Aliya says...
PE teacher strips naked, chases students around playground

PE teacher strips naked, chases students around playground

Parents at a Los Angeles elementary school are furious amid allegations that a physical education teacher stripped naked and chased a group of students around the school playground. CBS Los Angeles reported that a construction worker passing by Carthay Center Elementary School on Friday captured the aftermath of the incident. The video, obtained by the news station, shows the unidentified teacher...
Trump's move may nudge holdout GOP states to expand Medicaid

Trump's move may nudge holdout GOP states to expand Medicaid

In an ironic twist, the Trump administration's embrace of work requirements for low-income people on Medicaid is prompting lawmakers in some conservative states to resurrect plans to expand health care for the poor. Trump's move has been widely criticized as threatening the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion. But if states follow through, more Americans could get coverage. "I think it gives...
Sheriff: 5 workers presumed dead in Oklahoma rig explosion

Sheriff: 5 workers presumed dead in Oklahoma rig explosion

Gas rig workers missing after fiery explosion in Oklahoma are presumed dead, authorities said Tuesday, and the search for the men has turned to a recovery mission. Pittsburg County Sheriff Chris Morris said it's been a difficult 24 hours for everyone involved since the Monday morning blast. His deputies and others have had the difficult task of notifying families of those lost. "I think you can...
Do e-cigarettes help or harm? Report says not clear yet

Do e-cigarettes help or harm? Report says not clear yet

Electronic cigarettes could be a boon to public health or a major liability, depending on whether they help Americans quit smoking or encourage more young people to try traditional cigarettes, a new report concludes. The report issued Tuesday wrestles with the potential benefits and harms of the vapor-emitting devices which have been sold in the U.S. for more than a decade. But those effects may not...
Candlelight vigil held for Alabama Taco Bell that burned down

Candlelight vigil held for Alabama Taco Bell that burned down

Customers who frequent a Taco Bell in Alabama held a candlelight vigil after a Montgomery franchise was destroyed by fire last week, WSFA reported. The vigil was held Sunday night outside the restaurant and approximately 100 people attended, WFSA reported. According to Montgomery Fire/Rescue, the Taco Bell on Zelda Road partially collapsed after it caught fire, WFSA reported. Investigators...
School bus full of students slides down icy road in Massachusetts

School bus full of students slides down icy road in Massachusetts

A school bus full of children on the way to school slid down and off a road in Sutton, Massachusetts, Tuesday morning. ‎Sutton Public Schools Superintendent Theodore Friend confirmed the incident.  A video posted to Facebook Tuesday showed the bus sliding down a road that has a slight hill. It took out a mailbox and finally came to a stop after hitting a small sedan parked on the side...
The Latest: Remains of 5 workers found at gas drilling site

The Latest: Remains of 5 workers found at gas drilling site

The Latest on a fiery explosion at an Oklahoma gas drilling rig (all times local): 3 p.m. Officials say they have recovered the remains of five workers missing since an explosion at an Oklahoma gas drilling rig. Pittsburg County Sheriff Chris Morris said Tuesday personnel from the state medical examiner's office began searching for the workers about noon once the drilling site had been stabilized...
5 missing after natural gas well catches fire in Oklahoma

5 missing after natural gas well catches fire in Oklahoma

Five workers remained missing Tuesday after a natural gas well exploded and caught fire in Oklahoma one day earlier, sending out a smoke plume that could be seen for miles. Officials said 16 other employees were able to get out of the area safely. One person was flown to a Tulsa hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries. Emergency officials let the fire burn itself out and...
AI can read! Tech firms race to smarten up thinking machines

AI can read! Tech firms race to smarten up thinking machines

Seven years ago, a computer beat two human quizmasters on a "Jeopardy" challenge. Ever since, the tech industry has been training its machines to make them even better at amassing knowledge and answering questions. And it's worked, at least up to a point. Just don't expect artificial intelligence to spit out a literary analysis of Leo Tolstoy's "War and Peace" any time soon. Research...
The Latest: US blames Russia for Syria chemical weapons use

The Latest: US blames Russia for Syria chemical weapons use

The Latest on U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and chemical weapons in Syria (all times local): 5:10 p.m. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says that Russia is ultimately to blame for any use of chemical weapons in Syria. He said Tuesday that Russia is in violation of a 2013 agreement it made with the U.S. on the removal of chemical weapons from Syria and is helping the Syrian government...

Correction: Budget Battle-Inside the Room story

In a story Jan. 22 about (topic), The Associated Press reported erroneously that the stick Sen. Collins wielded was Native American. A spokesman for Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, who gave the stick to Collins, says it is from the Maasai culture in Africa. A corrected version of the story is below: A fresh GOP promise and a 'talking stick' help end shutdown Democrats began Monday morning planning to dig in...
Michigan man arrested for threatening to murder CNN employees

Michigan man arrested for threatening to murder CNN employees

A Michigan man was arrested for threatening to come to CNN’s Atlanta headquarters and murder employees, according to a CBS46 report. The FBI arrested the man after he made 22 calls to CNN about a week ago. The story did not identify who he was. He accused CNN of “fake news” and said he was going down to Georgia “right now to go (to) the CNN headquarters to … gun...
Ask Brianna: How do I pick a career I'll actually like?

Ask Brianna: How do I pick a career I'll actually like?

"Ask Brianna" is a column from NerdWallet for 20-somethings or anyone else starting out. I'm here to help you manage your money, find a job and pay off student loans — all the real-world stuff no one taught us how to do in college. Send your questions about postgrad life to askbrianna@nerdwallet.com. Q: I'm graduating from college and my major is really broad. I have no idea what to...
Florida college student says man tried to touch her leg in on-campus parking garage

Florida college student says man tried to touch her leg in on-campus parking garage

Police at the University of Central Florida are warning students to be on their guard after a woman said a man tried to assault her in a campus parking garage Monday. UCF police said a woman who attends the university was approached around 6 p.m. by an unknown man who asked for help with his car in Garage C.  During the exchange, the man tried to touch the student's leg, police said, causing...
The Latest: Ex-gymnast says abusers thrived at Karolyi ranch

The Latest: Ex-gymnast says abusers thrived at Karolyi ranch

The Latest on the sentencing of Michigan sports doctor Larry Nassar (all times local): 1:20 p.m. A former member of the U.S. national gymnastics team has described being sexually assaulted by sports doctor Larry Nassar and given an unflattering portrayal of the Karolyi training ranch in Texas. Mattie Larson says Nassar's fingers "always seemed to find a way" to her genitals, even when she...
'Tide Pod Challenge' causes some retailers to lock up product

'Tide Pod Challenge' causes some retailers to lock up product

The viral challenge that involves people filming themselves biting into laundry detergent pods is causing some retailers to take security measures to prevent people from shoplifting the product, WTSP reported. The so-called Tide Pod Challenge has prompted a warning from U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, which said ingesting the pods can cause them to dissolve quickly and release highly...
Ex-sports doctor's victims draw strength from each other

Ex-sports doctor's victims draw strength from each other

Clasina Syrovy would change the subject whenever someone asked if she knew former sports doctor Larry Nassar or mentioned news coverage of the unfolding scandal over his sexual abuse of young gymnasts. She didn't want to be "another Jane Doe on the list," said Syrovy, who competed for 15 years. She certainly didn't want to reveal herself publicly as a victim. "But as everything unfolded...
Sessions interviewed by Mueller team as part of Russia probe, report says

Sessions interviewed by Mueller team as part of Russia probe, report says

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions was interviewed last week by special counsel Robert Mueller’s office as part of the ongoing investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and its possible ties to President Donald Trump’s campaign team, The New York Times reported Tuesday.
Sessions interviewed by Mueller team in Russia investigation

Sessions interviewed by Mueller team in Russia investigation

Attorney General Jeff Sessions was interviewed for hours last week in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, the Justice Department confirmed Tuesday. He's the highest-ranking Trump administration official and first Cabinet member known to have submitted to questioning. The interview came as Mueller investigates whether President Donald Trump's actions in office, including the firing...
2 dead, 17 injured in Kentucky school shooting; suspect held

2 dead, 17 injured in Kentucky school shooting; suspect held

A 15-year-old student killed two classmates and hit a dozen others with gunfire Tuesday, methodically firing a handgun inside a crowded atrium at his rural Kentucky high school. "He was determined. He knew what he was doing," said Alexandria Caporali, who grabbed her stunned friend and ran into a classroom as their classmates hit the floor. "It was one right after another -- bang bang...
2 killed, several injured in shooting at Kentucky high school; 15-year-old in custody

2 killed, several injured in shooting at Kentucky high school; 15-year-old in custody

Two teenagers died Tuesday morning after a 15-year-old student at Kentucky’s Marshall County High School opened fire on campus, authorities said at a news conference. Officials did not identify the suspected shooter, who police said walked into the school just before 8 a.m., armed with a handgun. He shot 14 people before being stopped by a deputy with the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office...
Gun industry converges near Las Vegas mass shooting site

Gun industry converges near Las Vegas mass shooting site

The gun industry is holding its biggest annual trade show this week just a few miles from the site where a gunman slaughtered 58 concertgoers outside his high-rise Las Vegas hotel room in October using a display case worth of weapons, many fitted with bump stocks that enabled them to mimic fully automatic fire. Gun control advocates, meanwhile, pointed to the irony of the location and planned a protest...
Michigan woman facing financial crisis wins lottery jackpot

Michigan woman facing financial crisis wins lottery jackpot

It has been a difficult year for a Michigan woman, who has struggled to pay the bills while taking care of her mother full time. Shawna Donnelly said she was even facing the prospect of being homeless, but her luck changed dramatically when she won $25,000 a year for life in a Michigan Lottery game on Jan. 15, WDIV reported. Donnelly, 50, from Clarkston, matched the five balls drawn to win the...
Twitter Operating Chief Anthony Noto resigns

Twitter Operating Chief Anthony Noto resigns

Twitter's chief operating officer is leaving the social media giant to lead another company. Anthony Noto joined Twitter in July 2014 after a stint at Goldman Sachs. He has also served as chief financial officer at Twitter. Noto is considered a key part of the company's leadership team. Shares of Twitter Inc. slid almost 3 percent at the opening bell Tuesday. The San Francisco company said other Twitter...
US: Russia ultimately to blame for Syrian chemical attacks

US: Russia ultimately to blame for Syrian chemical attacks

Russia is ultimately to blame for any use of chemical weapons in Syria, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Tuesday amid reports of a suspected chemical attack this week near the capital, Damascus. Tillerson said Russia is violating a 2013 agreement it made with the U.S. on the removal of chemical weapons from Syria and is helping the Syrian government breach the Chemical Weapons Convention...

Troubled French nuclear producer relaunches with new name

France's influential but troubled nuclear company Areva is seeking a new start with a new name. The state-controlled company unveiled its new name — Orano — and logo Tuesday. Areva, originally named after a Spanish abbey, had a roller-coaster history since it was created in 2001 to group together France's nuclear industry manufacturers under one company. It was split up last year after...
The Latest: Trump says new tariffs will protect US jobs

The Latest: Trump says new tariffs will protect US jobs

The Latest on the U.S. plan to impose new tariffs on certain imports (all times local): 2 p.m. President Donald Trump says he is imposing new tariffs to "protect American jobs and American workers." Trump acted Tuesday to impose new tariffs on imported solar-energy components and large washing machines in a bid to help U.S. manufacturers. Trump says the move will "benefit our consumers...
Official: Americans killed, injured in attack on Kabul hotel

Official: Americans killed, injured in attack on Kabul hotel

Multiple American citizens were killed and injured in the Taliban's 13-hour siege of an upscale hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan, the State Department said Tuesday. No exact figures were immediately available for either the U.S. fatalities or injuries. In total, 22 people were killed in the attack including 14 foreigners, Afghan officials have said. Eleven of the 14 foreigners had been previously identified...
Whirlpool celebrates new Trump tariffs, adding 200 jobs in Ohio

Whirlpool celebrates new Trump tariffs, adding 200 jobs in Ohio

At least one local manufacturer is celebrating the Trump administration’s move to slam down new tariffs on imported goods. Whirlpool Corp. said it is adding 200 jobs after the administration imposed a tariff of up to 50 percent on large residential washing machines, a penalty aimed squarely at rival manufacturers Samsung Electronics Co. and LG Electronics Inc. The new full-time employees will...

Trump overstates missing texts involving FBI agent

President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday morning about missing text messages involving an FBI agent reassigned from special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation. But he overstated the number of missing texts. Trump on Tuesday called news the FBI was missing five months' worth of texts from the agent, Peter Strzok, "one of the biggest stories in a long time." Strzok was removed from...
Johnson & Johnson loses $10.7B after sweeping US tax changes

Johnson & Johnson loses $10.7B after sweeping US tax changes

Johnson & Johnson posted a rare quarterly loss, a whopping $10.71 billion, due to a $13.6 billion charge related to last month's U.S. tax overhaul. While the loss was expected and the company's adjusted results beat Wall Street expectations, shares fell more than 4 percent, an unusually big swing for the health care giant. On Tuesday, J&J reported a big jump in sales, but that was offset by sharply...
Air Force museum to reopen after shutdown

Air Force museum to reopen after shutdown

The world’s largest military aviation museum reopens today after a government shutdown shuttered the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. RELATED: Thousands head back to work at Wright-Patt as shutdown ends The museum had opened for four hours Saturday in the midst of the shutdown until closing at 1 p.m. that day. A spokesperson had said the museum would remain open until it received a federal...
JOB ALERT: Kroger hiring for management, digital tech jobs

JOB ALERT: Kroger hiring for management, digital tech jobs

The Kroger Co. announced it is actively recruiting experienced retail, digital and technology professionals for corporate and store management roles across stores. “We want retail and digital and tech talent to know that we’re hiring,” said Tim Massa, Kroger’s group vice president of human resources and labor relations. The company is also investing an incremental $500 million...
Trump move to tax some imports creates its own risks for US

Trump move to tax some imports creates its own risks for US

President Donald Trump's move Tuesday to tax imported solar cells and washing machines is meant to make good on his vow to reverse decades of U.S. support for free trade and to protect American jobs from foreign competition. But the tariffs — already denounced by China, Germany and Mexico — are likely to heighten tensions between the United States and its trade partners, slow the U.S....
Employers to recruit at Springfield job fair

Employers to recruit at Springfield job fair

Local employers like CareSource and Assurant will be recruiting in Springfield this Friday. CareSource Life Services is holding a job fair 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the Faith United Methodist Church at 102 W. High St. Life coaching, job readiness training and resume support will be available. Some of the employers who will be there include: Assurant CareSource Interim Healthcare Mama Rosa&rsquo...
Tillerson presses Europe on Iran deal, as France bristles

Tillerson presses Europe on Iran deal, as France bristles

The Trump administration on Tuesday pressed ahead with efforts to convince European allies to add tough new requirements to the Iran nuclear deal, a move met with deep skepticism in France where the foreign minister insisted "signatories must stand by their word." A day after similar talks in London with British officials, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with French Foreign Minister...
Rate of alcohol-related ER visits up nearly 50 percent

Rate of alcohol-related ER visits up nearly 50 percent

The number of alcohol-related emergency department visits is sharply up over the last decade, driven in part by more women abusing alcohol. The National Institutes of Health reported that between 2006 and 2014 the number of people annually brought to the emergency room for alcohol-related problems jumped from 3 million to 5 million. “These findings are indicative of the detrimental effects...
Regional airport adds new Starbucks, other new dining options

Regional airport adds new Starbucks, other new dining options

John Glenn Columbus International Airport is adding another Starbucks location and several other new dining options for travelers. The airport added its fifth Starbucks location near baggage claim, operated by global restaurateur HMSHost. Other new dining options will open in Concourse C in the second quarter of 2018, the airport announced. Donatos, with a full-service menu and bar, will replace Johnny...
Staff cuts and bankruptcy: 7 things we learned about retail last week

Staff cuts and bankruptcy: 7 things we learned about retail last week

The retail industry is shaking things up in the first month of 2018. Gander Mountain reopened some stores under a new name, while Amazon narrowed the list of contenders for its second headquarters in North America. Here’s what happened last week in retail: Gander Outdoors, formerly known as Gander Mountain, announced an initial list of retail stores that are scheduled to open in 2018. In early...
Tesla proposes big payout if Musk meets lofty goals

Tesla proposes big payout if Musk meets lofty goals

Elon Musk is known for his bold predictions on electric and self-driving cars. Now his pay could depend on whether those predictions come true. Under a new all-or-nothing pay package, Musk would remain at Tesla Inc. for the next decade and see his compensation tied to ambitious growth targets. The proposal, revealed Tuesday in a regulatory filing, requires that Tesla grow in $50 billion leaps, to...
It’s back. Graeter’s partners with brewery again for ice cream beer

It’s back. Graeter’s partners with brewery again for ice cream beer

Graeter’s Ice Cream and Kentucky-based Braxton Brewing Co. have partnered up again to bring back the highly popular Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip Milk Stout beer. The Cincinnati-based ice cream company will re-launch its Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip flavor beer with Braxton with a few changes to the original recipe. The new batch will have more pure black raspberry puree in the beer. Also...
For female journalists, strip searches and segregation mar Pence's visit to Israel

For female journalists, strip searches and segregation mar Pence's visit to Israel

JERUSALEM — If there's one thing female journalists covering the trip of Vice President Mike Pence to Israel will remember it is the "special treatment" they received, first by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's security detail and second, in their "unique" vantage point while covering Pence's visit to the Western Wall on Tuesday. At Netanyahu's office on Monday...
Popular clothing retailer launches gender-neutral collection for kids

Popular clothing retailer launches gender-neutral collection for kids

Abercrombie & Fitch has launched its first gender-neutral clothing collection for children. The New Albany, Ohio-based clothing retailer has launched the abercrombie kids Everybody Collection, which is available in stores and online. The first collection features 25 styles, including tops, bottoms and accessories. » MUST-READ BUSINESS NEWS: Amazon raises price of Amazon Prime monthly memberships...
Undersea quake sends Alaskans fleeing from feared tsunami

Undersea quake sends Alaskans fleeing from feared tsunami

A powerful undersea earthquake sent Alaskans fumbling for suitcases and racing to evacuation centers in the middle of the night after a cellphone alert warned a tsunami could hit communities along the state's southern coast and parts of British Columbia. The monster waves never materialized, but people who fled endured hours of tense waiting at shelters before they were cleared to return home. "...
Latest: Seismologist: Tsunami chance reduced with quake type

Latest: Seismologist: Tsunami chance reduced with quake type

The Latest on an Alaska earthquake that prompted a tsunami warning for coastal Alaska, Canada's British Columbia and the West Coast of the U.S. (all times local): 8:25 a.m. The Alaska earthquake was a type that usually produces less vertical motion, which means less chance for waves to build for a tsunami. That's according to Paul Earle, a seismologist with the U.S. Geological Survey. He says the...
China faces protests after investment scheme collapses

China faces protests after investment scheme collapses

Chinese authorities are struggling to quell protests following the collapse of an investment scheme police say took as much as $4.7 billion from millions of depositors. The implosion of Qianbao.com adds to a string of failures of Chinese financial ventures blamed on fraud or mismanagement that have prompted protests and complaints of official indifference to the suffering of small investors. In a...
Plan might find new use for Douglas Hotel, longtime Urbana eyesore

Plan might find new use for Douglas Hotel, longtime Urbana eyesore

A plan to redevelop a long-vacant hotel in downtown Urbana could also provide new life to two elementary schools that would otherwise be slated for demolition. The Urbana City School District, the city of Urbana and the owners of the former Douglas Hotel are working on a proposal that could turn the vacant inn, as well as North and South Elementary Schools in Urbana, into affordable senior housing...
Migos producer arrested, accused of driving 125 mph on Georgia freeway

Migos producer arrested, accused of driving 125 mph on Georgia freeway

A record label co-owner and producer credited with the speedy success of Atlanta-based Migos is facing charges after his alleged speed behind the wheel caught the attention of Alpharetta, Georgia, police. Dashcam video obtained by WSB-TV’s Mike Petchenik shows officers pulling over Pierre “Pee” Thomas last Sunday. Thomas, the chief executive of record label Quality...

Carrefour, Chinese tech giant Tencent form alliance

Carrefour and Chinese tech giant Tencent announced an alliance in China on Tuesday, joining a rush of companies trying to link the strengths of online and offline retailing. The companies said they want to combine Carrefour's global retail experience and the technology strengths of Tencent, which operates the popular WeChat social media platform and other services. They said they would cooperate on...
US says Turk offensive in Syria is disruptive

US says Turk offensive in Syria is disruptive

Turkey's air and ground offensive against Kurds in northwestern Syria has distracted from international efforts to finish off the Islamic State group and has disrupted humanitarian relief work, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday. Mattis raised the matter in an exchange with reporters after unrelated meetings in the Indonesia capital with senior government officials. He made clear that...
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