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‘Notting Hill’ actress Emma Chambers dead at 53

Actress Emma Chambers, who played Hugh Grant’s younger sister in the 1999 movie “Notting Hill,” died Wednesday, her agent told CNN. She was 53. Her agent, John Grant, said Chambers died of natural causes. The British actress is survived by her husband, actor Ian Dunn. “Over the years, Emma, created a wealth of characters and an immense body of work. She brought laughter...

Russia official calls US charges a joke worthy of Jim Carrey

A spokeswoman for Russia's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman says the U.S. indictment charging 13 Russians with trying to influence the U.S. presidential election is ridiculous enough to be the work of a professional comedian. State news agency Tass quoted ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova saying Sunday: "I sometimes get the impression that ... behind these statements that are made in the U.S....

Israeli navy kills Palestinian off Gaza coast

The Israeli military says it has opened fire on a Palestinian boat off the Gaza coast, killing one man who was on board. The military says the boat sailed beyond an Israeli-imposed designated fishing zone, ignoring verbal warnings and warning shots. It says naval forces then opened fire. The military says one man was killed and two others were taken into custody for questioning. No further details...

Fla. sheriff says only 1 deputy was on scene during shooting

The Florida sheriff whose department responded to this month's high school massacre defended his leadership Sunday while insisting that only one of his deputies was on the scene as the gunman killed 14 students and three staff members. Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel told CNN that investigators are looking into claims that three other deputies were on the scene but failed to enter the school when...

Egyptian mediators in Gaza press Palestinians to reconcile

A team of Egyptian officials is in the Gaza Strip to renew efforts to push for reconciliation between the rival Fatah and Gaza factions. Two Egyptian intelligence officials and a diplomat arrived in Gaza on Sunday, along with several government ministers from the Fatah-led Palestinian Cabinet in the West Bank. Hamas seized control of Gaza from Fatah forces in 2007. In November, the Islamic militant...

Jordan Cabinet reshuffle amid continued economic downturn

Jordan's King Abdullah II has approved a Cabinet reshuffle, replacing ministers in key domestic portfolios such as interior, labor and the economy at a time continued economic downturn. The monarch has final say on key policies, while frequent Cabinet personnel changes are seen as a way of deflecting growing frustration among Jordanians with rising prices and unemployment. Jordan is struggling with...

2018 state ballots could seek revised redistricting criteria

A look at proposed redistricting initiatives that have been approved to appear on statewide ballots this year or for which supporters have collected signatures in an attempt to qualify them. Other proposals are earlier in the initiative process. OHIO Issue: Proposed constitutional amendment on May 8 ballot affecting congressional redistricting. Status quo: Congress: 12 Republicans, four Democrats...
Sweeping Georgia cybercrime bill would target 'snoopers'

Sweeping Georgia cybercrime bill would target 'snoopers'

Lying about your weight on an online dating site? Checking out who won the Falcons game from your work computer? Using your computer hacking knowledge as an "ethical hacker?" Those actions may become illegal if a Georgia bill gets voted into law, civil liberty advocates say. Supporters of a bill making its way through the state legislature say it's designed to give law enforcement the ability...
College student discovers true paternity in science class

College student discovers true paternity in science class

One woman got a whole lot more than she paid for in a college science class when she uncovered a nasty family secret. The unnamed student discovered that her father — the man who had raised her since she was a child and who she called “dad” for her entire life — wasn’t really her father. He was her uncle. And the story is just as bizarre as it sounds. Thankfully...

UNICEF: Basic needs of young Syrian refugee children not met

The U.N. agency for children said Sunday that 85 percent of Syrian refugee children in Jordan live in poverty, 38 percent are not in school and almost half of those under the age of five don't have access to proper health care. The findings by UNICEF are based on responses from about 1,000 families among Jordan's 660,000 registered refugees. Some 5.5 million Syrians have fled civil war in their homeland...

Campaigning for Egypt's presidential vote underway

Campaigning is now underway in Egypt's presidential elections, a two-candidate vote that's virtually certain to be won by the incumbent, Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. The campaigning began Saturday and ends March 23. El-Sissi is challenged by an obscure politician who entered the race in the eleventh hour to save the president and his government the embarrassment of a one-candidate election. A string of...
Cambodia's ruling party claims sweeping win in Senate vote

Cambodia's ruling party claims sweeping win in Senate vote

The ruling party of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen claimed a sweeping win in Sunday's elections for the country's Senate, a victory that it assured itself by eliminating any serious opposition from the contest. Sok Eysan, a spokesman for the Cambodian People's Party, said it had won a landslide victory. Privately, the party was claiming to have won all 58 of the seats that were voted on by the country's...
Florida school shooting survivor's mother says her family has received death threats

Florida school shooting survivor's mother says her family has received death threats

The mother of Florida school shooting survivor David Hogg is speaking out after her family received death threats because her son and another survivor were accused of being crisis actors. Hogg and fellow students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, have made frequent media appearances to call for action on gun control after police say Nikolas Cruz killed...
Daredevil squirrel makes Olympic dash onto ski slope, snowboarder misses it by inches

Daredevil squirrel makes Olympic dash onto ski slope, snowboarder misses it by inches

A squirrel became an unwitting Olympic participant on Saturday when the furry rodent dashed onto the parallel giant slalom snowboarding course and barely missed being run over or sliced in half by Austrian snowboarder Daniela Ulbing. >> Read more trending news  Unfortunately for Ulbing, she wasn’t quite as lucky as the squirrel. Though she won the heat that was almost thwarted...
Border Patrol's checkpoints overlooked in debate over wall

Border Patrol's checkpoints overlooked in debate over wall

As vehicles line up at the Border Patrol's checkpoint a half-hour drive's north of the U.S.-Mexico border, its agents have around 10 seconds to check each driver and decide which few they will stop for additional inspection. It's a situation challenged constantly by smugglers, sometimes with deadly consequences. In July, 10 migrants died after a tractor-trailer packed with people made it through Laredo...
Caller told FBI Florida shooting suspect 'going to explode'

Caller told FBI Florida shooting suspect 'going to explode'

A woman close to the man charged with killing 17 people at a Florida high school warned the FBI in chilling detail that he had a growing collection of guns and a temper so uncontrollable she worried about him "getting into a school and just shooting the place up." The Associated Press on Friday obtained a transcript of the Jan. 5 tip to the FBI's call center. The FBI acknowledged it failed...
Microsoft fights US in high court to protect global business

Microsoft fights US in high court to protect global business

Microsoft has an eye on its international customers as it confronts the Trump administration in a Supreme Court fight about turning over emails to investigators. The justices will hear arguments Tuesday over whether the company, as part of an international drug trafficking investigation, must comply with an American warrant for emails stored on a server in a Microsoft facility in Dublin, Ireland....
The Latest: Germany, France press Putin on cease-fire deal

The Latest: Germany, France press Putin on cease-fire deal

The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local): 4 p.m. The German government says the German and French leaders have pressed Russian President Vladimir Putin to facilitate the quick and complete implementation of a U.N. resolution demanding a 30-day cease-fire in Syria. German Chancellor Angela Merkel's office said Sunday that she and French President Emmanuel Macron discussed the situation...
NRA spokeswoman becomes new face of gun rights movement

NRA spokeswoman becomes new face of gun rights movement

Dana Loesch is the new public face of the National Rifle Association, an organization long associated with older white men. At 39, she's poised, photogenic and a skilled public speaker, yet she's not softening the message of the NRA as it becomes an increasingly active voice in the nation's culture wars, with positions on everything from immigration to the media. In the aftermath of the shooting deaths...
Billy Graham played complicated role in US race relations

Billy Graham played complicated role in US race relations

The Rev. Billy Graham was single-minded when he preached about God, prefacing sermon points with the phrase "The Bible says ..." Yet he had a complicated role in race relations, particularly when confronting segregation in his native South. In Alabama for one of his evangelistic crusades in 1965, just months after passage of the Civil Rights Act, Graham talked about the Confederate flag...
Thousands march in memory of slain Russian opposition leader

Thousands march in memory of slain Russian opposition leader

Thousands of people have marched down a central Moscow boulevard to mark the third anniversary of the slaying of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov. Nemtsov was shot and killed on Feb. 27, 2015 while walking on a bridge near the Kremlin. His death sent shock waves through Russia's beleaguered opposition. Demonstrators at the front of Sunday's anniversary event carried a banner reading, "...

Pakistan: Blasphemy suspect who jumped off building healing

A Pakistani official says a blasphemy suspect who suffered serious injuries after jumping off a federal building is now in stable condition. Khwaja Hammad, a senior official of Federal Investigation Agency, said Sunday that Sajid Masih is recovering at a hospital in Lahore. He denies that the suspect was abused or tortured. Masih was summoned by the Cyber Crime Wing on Friday for allegedly posting...

A 13-year-old dies after falling from a cliff in French Alps

French authorities say a 13-year-old boy has died after falling from a cliff in the French Alps while his 10-year-old brother survived. The local gendarmerie said overnight searches by about 30 police and mountain rescue officers led to discovering the children early Sunday at the foot of a 150-meter (nearly 500-foot) cliff in a forest at the Avoriaz ski resort. Local media reported the children's...
2 lions saved from Mideast wars head to South Africa refuge

2 lions saved from Mideast wars head to South Africa refuge

Two African lions rescued from war zones in Iraq and Syria are heading to a permanent home in South Africa, after resting in Jordan where they recuperated from physical and psychological trauma. The lions were coaxed with mouthfuls of meat into metal crates Sunday before being loaded into a cargo truck taking them to Jordan's international airport. The animal rights group Four Paws International rescued...
Congress has ideas on gun violence, but no consensus

Congress has ideas on gun violence, but no consensus

After a 10-day break, members of Congress are returning to work under hefty pressure to respond to the outcry over gun violence. But no plan appears ready to take off despite a long list of proposals, including many from President Donald Trump. Republican leaders have kept quiet for days as Trump tossed out ideas, including raising the minimum age to purchase assault-style weapons and arming teachers...

France thwarts 2 attempted terror attacks since January

France's interior minister says two potential terror attacks have been thwarted in France since January. Minister Gerald Collomb says Sunday on CNews television that one attack was targeting a major sports center, and the other French soldiers. He said both plots were "not totally finalized." He didn't elaborate. Collomb said several suspects in the cases have been arrested and jailed. They...
Drinking this type of tea could ruin your teeth, study says

Drinking this type of tea could ruin your teeth, study says

Do you love sipping tea? Beware of the fruity flavors, because they could be bad for your teeth, according to a new report.  Researchers from King's College London Dental Institute recently conducted a study, published in British Dental Journal, to determine how certain foods and drinks can affect tooth wear.  To do so, researchers examined a previous study that compared...
WATCH: 'Frozen' Broadway musical debuts new song for Elsa

WATCH: 'Frozen' Broadway musical debuts new song for Elsa

Just when you got “Let It Go” out of your head, there’s a new “Frozen” song to check out. Mashable reported that “Monster,” the first original song from the “Frozen” Broadway musical, was released on Friday, along with a music video featuring Caissie Levy, who’ll play Elsa on stage, belting out the tune. The Broadway production...
Germany's Merkel to name her team for new Cabinet

Germany's Merkel to name her team for new Cabinet

Chancellor Angela Merkel is preparing to name her ministerial team for a new German government, amid reports that she plans to promote an ambitious conservative critic. Merkel has signaled she will put fresh faces in her Cabinet after a coalition deal with the center-left Social Democrats, who won the powerful finance ministry, drew criticism. She pledged to name her Christian Democratic Union's proposed...
Parents release names of 105 missing Nigerian girls

Parents release names of 105 missing Nigerian girls

Parents in Nigeria have released a list of the 105 young women they say are still missing nearly a week after Boko Haram militants attacked a northern town, demanding that residents direct them toward the school for girls. The fate of the girls is not yet known, though many fear they have abducted as brides for the Boko Haram extremists, who in 2014 kidnapped 276 girls from a boarding school in Chibok...
UK Labour Party poised to change stance on post-Brexit

UK Labour Party poised to change stance on post-Brexit

Britain's main opposition party is poised for a significant policy change that could increase pressure on Prime Minister Theresa May to deliver a "soft" Brexit that maintains some formal economic ties to Europe. There were clear indications Sunday that Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn will change course and advocate remaining in a customs union after Britain's departure from the EU to cushion...
Opposition erupts as Iceland eyes banning most circumcisions

Opposition erupts as Iceland eyes banning most circumcisions

Icelandic lawmakers are considering a law that would ban the circumcision of boys for non-medical reasons, making it the first European country to do so. Some religious leaders in Iceland and across Europe have called the bill an attack on religious freedom. It is seen as a particular threat by Jews and Muslims who traditionally embrace the practice. Under the proposed law, the circumcision of boys...
Dunkin' Donuts introducing Girl Scout Cookie-flavored coffees

Dunkin' Donuts introducing Girl Scout Cookie-flavored coffees

If you like flavored coffee and Girl Scout Cookies, you might be in luck. Dunkin’ Donuts has announced that by Monday, Feb. 26, it will be selling three new flavored coffees inspired by Girl Scout Cookies. >> Read more trending news  Those flavors include Thin Mints, Coconut Caramel and Peanut Butter Cookie. These flavors will not just be limited to standard coffees. Dunkin&rsquo...

Switzerland: 1 dead, 3 injured after being hit by avalanche

Swiss police say a woman has died after being hit by an avalanche in the Alps near the Italian border. Police in Switzerland's Valais canton (state) said four skiers were carried away by the avalanche Saturday afternoon after leaving a mountain hut in the Arolla area. Rescuers were able to recover them and take them to the hospital by helicopter. But police said Sunday that one of them, a 40-year-old...
China paves way for Xi Jinping to extend rule beyond 2 terms

China paves way for Xi Jinping to extend rule beyond 2 terms

China's ruling Communist Party has proposed scrapping term limits for the country's president, the official news agency said Sunday, appearing to lay the groundwork for party leader Xi Jinping to rule as president beyond 2023. The party's Central Committee proposed to remove from the constitution the expression that China's president and vice president "shall serve no more than two consecutive...
$10K reward offered for information in case of missing CDC employee

$10K reward offered for information in case of missing CDC employee

The family of a missing Centers for Disease Control and Prevention worker has partnered with Crime Stoppers to offer a reward for information in the case. Timothy Cunningham, 35, was reported missing Feb. 16 after he called in sick to work Feb. 12 and has not been seen or heard from since, according to Atlanta police. Police said Cunningham's parents went to his home and found his wallet...
Syrian capital, its suburbs calm after UN cease-fire vote

Syrian capital, its suburbs calm after UN cease-fire vote

The Syrian capital and its embattled eastern suburbs were relatively calm Sunday despite some violence that killed at least three people, following the U.N. Security Council's unanimous approval of a resolution demanding a 30-day cease-fire across Syria, opposition activists and residents of Damascus said. The activists reported low-level clashes on the southern edge of the rebel-held suburbs, known...
Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat pay tribute to Florida school shooting victims, survivors

Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat pay tribute to Florida school shooting victims, survivors

The Miami Heat held a touching pregame tribute Saturday for the those affected by the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Members of the Heat and Memphis Grizzlies gathered at midcourt to hold a large Stoneman Douglas banner while Dwyane Wade addressed the crowd. “Tonight, we honor the 17 lives that were tragically lost in Parkland,&rdquo...
The Latest: 2nd death in Kentucky from severe weather

The Latest: 2nd death in Kentucky from severe weather

The Latest on severe weather that moved through parts of the US (all times local): 10:30 a.m.: Police in south central Kentucky say the body of a male has been recovered from a vehicle found submerged in floodwaters. The Simpson County Sheriff's Office says in a statement the body was recovered Saturday in a creek near the community of Franklin. The victim's identity is being withheld pending notification...
3 dead from severe weather in Arkansas, Kentucky

3 dead from severe weather in Arkansas, Kentucky

Severe thunderstorms spawned suspected tornadoes and triggered widespread flooding that left at least three people dead in Kentucky and Arkansas. The system that stretched from Texas to the Canadian maritime provinces on Sunday had prompted emergency declarations a day earlier in Missouri, Indiana and Illinois. In south central Kentucky, the body of a male was recovered from a vehicle submerged in...
Dems release Russia probe memo defending FBI surveillance

Dems release Russia probe memo defending FBI surveillance

Two weeks after President Donald Trump blocked its full release, the House Intelligence Committee published a partially blacked-out version of a classified Democratic memo aiming to counter a GOP narrative that the FBI and Justice Department conspired against Trump as they investigated his ties to Russia. The document's release Saturday was the latest development in an extraordinary back and forth...
Rohingya see no end in sight, 6 months after attacks began

Rohingya see no end in sight, 6 months after attacks began

Their houses are often made of plastic sheets. Much of their food comes from aid agencies. Jobs are few, and there is painfully little to do. The nightmares are relentless. But six months after their horrors began, the Rohingya Muslims who fled army attacks in Myanmar for refuge in Bangladesh feel immense consolation. "Nobody is coming to kill us, that's for sure," said Mohammed Amanullah...
Tokyo returns with Summer Games with something new to prove

Tokyo returns with Summer Games with something new to prove

Tokyo used its famous 1964 Olympics to show off a miraculous recovery from defeat in World War II. Japan was back after just 19 years with high-speed trains, geeky gadgets, and dazzling efficiency. Tokyo's back again with the 2020 Summer Olympics, this time with something different to prove. This time the Japanese capital wants to remind the rest of the world that China and South Korea haven't left...
Florida sheriff rejects calls from state lawmaker for his ouster after Parkland school shooting

Florida sheriff rejects calls from state lawmaker for his ouster after Parkland school shooting

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel attacked Rep. Bill Hager’s call for his ouster as “riddled with factual errors, unsupported gossip and falsehoods,” in a response issued late Saturday night. >> Read more trending news  State. Rep. Bill Hager, R-Boca Raton, sent a letter to Gov. Rick Scott on Saturday calling on him to remove Israel for “neglect and incompetence&rdquo...
School shooting survivors target NRA-linked companies

School shooting survivors target NRA-linked companies

Survivors of a mass shooting at a Florida high school are hoping to expand the reach of their gun control movement by seeking a boycott of companies doing business with the NRA and urging tourists to boycott the Sunshine State. As the #BoycottNRA movement grew on Twitter, with petitions circulating against companies that offer discounts to NRA members, a growing number of those businesses announced...
Student boxer dies in amateur charity event, after collapsing during fight

Student boxer dies in amateur charity event, after collapsing during fight

A Tennessee college student died in the middle of an amateur boxing match Friday night in Knoxville, authorities said. >> Read more trending news  University of Tennessee junior Tanner Wray, 20, collapsed on the mat as he was walking to his corner in the second round of his fight in the 38th annual Ace Miller Memorial Boxing Tournament. Wray, an aerospace engineering and science...
North Korean envoy, in South, opens door to US talks

North Korean envoy, in South, opens door to US talks

A North Korean envoy making a rare visit to South Korea said Sunday that his country was willing to open talks with the United States, a rare step toward diplomacy between enemies after a year of North Korean missile and nuclear tests and direct threats of war from both Pyongyang and Washington. Kim Yong Chol, who Seoul believes masterminded two attacks in 2010 that killed 50 South Koreans, was in...
White House shelves tentative plan for Mexican leader visit

White House shelves tentative plan for Mexican leader visit

A tentative plan for President Donald Trump to host his Mexican counterpart in Washington has been put on hold, the White House confirmed Saturday. Trump and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto have agreed that now is not the right time for Pena Nieto to make his first visit since Trump took office more than a year ago, according to a White House official who insisted on anonymity to discuss internal...
Ivanka Trump: Visit to Olympics 'so incredibly inspiring'

Ivanka Trump: Visit to Olympics 'so incredibly inspiring'

The U.S. president's daughter and adviser said Sunday that her visit to the Olympics was "so incredibly inspiring" and expressed gratitude at the chance to watch competition and — in a subtle nod to Korean Peninsula politics — "be here with our allies in South Korea." Ivanka Trump plans to attend the closing ceremony of the 2018 Pyongchang Games on Sunday night after...

Trump says he's eyeing Veterans' Day for military parade

President Donald Trump is eyeing Veterans Day for a military parade but says he'll scrap the idea if it can't be done at a "reasonable cost." Trump wasn't asked to define "reasonable cost" during a telephone interview Saturday with Fox News Channel host Jeanine Pirro. But White House budget director Mick Mulvaney recently told Congress that a parade could cost between $10 million...
Cambodia's ruling party has sure lock on Senate election

Cambodia's ruling party has sure lock on Senate election

Cambodia's ruling party is assured of a sweeping victory in the election of a new Senate after the only real opposition to it was eliminated. The Senate has minor decision-making powers in Cambodian politics, primarily rubber-stamping legislation, but the foregone conclusion of Sunday's vote will be a foretaste of a general election for the National Assembly. The polls in July are sure to sustain...
Rare yellow cardinal a ‘one in a million’ gem for birdwatchers in Alabama

Rare yellow cardinal a ‘one in a million’ gem for birdwatchers in Alabama

  Birdwatchers and biologists have been on the lookout for a rare, yellow cardinal that’s been spotted around central Alabama in Shelby County in recent weeks, AL.com reported. >> Read more trending news  The bird has been getting a lot of attention recently after  resident Charlie Stephenson first noticed it at her backyard feeder and posted a picture on social media...

China will deal 'seriously' with N. Korea sanctions breaches

China will "seriously" deal with any breaches of U.N. Security Council resolutions on North Korea should they be found, a Chinese official said, soon after the third report this month of a ship-to-ship transfer suspected of violating sanctions. Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Saturday that Beijing still "firmly opposes the U.S. imposing unilateral sanctions and 'long-arm...
Sridevi, Bollywood leading lady of '80s and '90s, dies at 54

Sridevi, Bollywood leading lady of '80s and '90s, dies at 54

Sridevi, Bollywood's leading lady of the 1980s and '90s who redefined stardom for actresses in India, has died at age 54. The actress was described as the first female superstar in India's male-dominated film industry. She used one name onscreen, like many leading ladies of her generation, and was known for her comic timing and her dancing skills, a great asset in the song-and-dance melodramas that...
Woman dies as tornado hits Kentucky home; first tornado fatality of 2018

Woman dies as tornado hits Kentucky home; first tornado fatality of 2018

A woman was killed and her husband injured Saturday afternoon when a possible tornado struck their home on Dot Road in southern Logan County, WHOP AM/FM radio in Hopkinsville, Ky., reported. The tornado entered Logan County around 3:45 p.m. from Robertson County, Tennessee. The woman’s name was not released. Her death marks the first of 2018 during a tornado.
Who ran the Olympics? Volunteer corps of mostly young women

Who ran the Olympics? Volunteer corps of mostly young women

She had always rooted only for Koreans. That was her home team and she believed they, exclusively, deserved her cheers. She stood on the sidelines in the speedskating oval in her gray and red uniform, the ubiquitous getup of Pyeongchang's army of volunteers that allowed her closer to the action than most ordinary people. The Korean skater trailed in fourth place with little chance to make it to the...
World’s busiest airport, Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson, restricts late-night access 

World’s busiest airport, Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson, restricts late-night access 

Hartsfield-Jackson International announced it will soon begin restricting access to the airport between the hours of 11 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. >> Read more trending news  Starting March 2, the world’s busiest airport said access to the terminals, parking decks, SkyTrain and rental car center during that overnight period will be restricted to ticketed airline passengers; people meeting...
Kasich declares emergency over Ohio flooding

Kasich declares emergency over Ohio flooding

Gov. John Kasich issued an emergency declaration today for 17 counties in southern and eastern Ohio affected by flooding amid continued downpours. The  emergency declaration allows the governor to use state resources, including activating the National Guard. Counties affected are Adams, Athens, Belmont, Brown, Clermont, Columbiana, Gallia, Hamilton, Hocking, Jackson, Jefferson...
California Democrats fail to narrow crowded US House races

California Democrats fail to narrow crowded US House races

California Democrats struggled to narrow the field Saturday in several U.S. House races critical to the party's hope of taking back Congress in the midterm elections. None of the five candidates in the Orange County district currently held by retiring Republican Rep. Darrell Issa gained enough support to win the party's official endorsement, exacerbating concerns that a crowded field could make it...

The Latest: Democrats offer own memo on Russia probe

The Latest on the Democratic memo that aims to counter GOP allegations that the FBI abused government surveillance powers in its investigation into Russian election interference (all times local): 10:15 p.m. Democrats on the House intelligence committee are rebutting Republican assertions that the FBI and Justice Department conspired against President Donald Trump as they investigated his ties to...
Keillor: Relationship with accuser simply 'romantic writing'

Keillor: Relationship with accuser simply 'romantic writing'

Garrison Keillor described several sexually suggestive emails he exchanged with a former researcher who accused him of sexual misconduct as "romantic writing" that never resulted in a physical relationship, and the radio host rejected the idea that because he was her boss — and the driving force of a hugely popular radio program — it could be sexual harassment. The woman responded...

At Flag Day ceremony, Mexico's 'tri-color' flies upside down

A Flag Day ceremony in Mexico has gone awry, with troops flying the country's red, white and green "tri-color" upside down. Local media show images of the giant flag fluttering over Mexico City's Campo Marte parade ground Saturday with its iconic eagle inverted. President Enrique Pena Nieto acknowledged the gaffe, but he added that, "Upside down or right side up, backward or forward...
Congress releases redacted, declassified Democratic memo

Congress releases redacted, declassified Democratic memo

Two weeks after President Donald Trump blocked the full release of a classified Democratic memo, the House intelligence committee published a redacted version of the document that aims to counter a narrative that Republicans on the committee have promoted for months — that the FBI and Justice Department conspired against Trump as they investigated his ties to Russia. The Democratic memo's release...
House releases Democrats’ rebuttal to GOP memo on alleged government surveillance abuses

House releases Democrats’ rebuttal to GOP memo on alleged government surveillance abuses

The House Intelligence Committee Saturday released the Democrats’ rebuttal to the Republican memo alleging the FBI and Department of Justice engaged in questionable tactics in the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and alleged Trump campaign collusion with Russia.  >> Read more trending news  The 10-page memo, released two weeks after President...
Governors skeptical of Congress, but welcome new gun debate

Governors skeptical of Congress, but welcome new gun debate

Governors assessing the fallout from the latest school shooting said Saturday that the gun control debate has changed after the sorrow in Florida, a shift helped driven by public outrage and student activists. But they are skeptical Congress can seize the moment, overcome its partisan divide and enact measures intended to prevent more tragedies, so governors are preparing to take the lead and have...
Trump says arming teachers in schools 'Up to States'

Trump says arming teachers in schools 'Up to States'

President Donald Trump appeared Saturday to begin refining his proposals for combatting school violence, tweeting that arming teachers as a deterrent against such often deadly violence — an idea he championed in recent days — is "Up to States." Trump heavily promoted the idea of putting "gun-adept" teachers and staff carrying concealed firearms in classrooms and schools...
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Adina Pintilie's "Touch Me Not" wins Berlin's Golden Bear

"Touch Me Not," an experimental movie about intimacy from Romanian director Adina Pintilie, won the top Golden Bear prize at the Berlin International Film Festival on Saturday. The movie, which follows the story of a woman who can't bear to be touched and various other people searching for intimacy, was chosen from a field of 19 competitors at the first of the year's major European movie...
Thousands of Africans protest Israeli deportation plan

Thousands of Africans protest Israeli deportation plan

Thousands of African asylum seekers and their local supporters are protesting against an Israeli plan to deport them. The Israeli government has given the migrants until April 1 to leave the country for an unnamed African destination in exchange for $3,500 and a plane ticket, or they will be incarcerated indefinitely. The Africans, nearly all from dictatorial Eritrea and war-torn Sudan, say they feel...
Investor Warren Buffett says good deals tough to find

Investor Warren Buffett says good deals tough to find

Investor Warren Buffett says Wall Street's lust for deals has prompted CEOs to act like oversexed teenagers and overpay for acquisitions, so it has been hard to find deals for Berkshire Hathaway. In his annual letter to shareholders Saturday, Buffett mixed investment advice with details of how Berkshire's many businesses performed. Buffett blamed his recent acquisition drought on ambitious CEOs who...
Here comes more rain: Severe weather with strong winds, flooding possible

Here comes more rain: Severe weather with strong winds, flooding possible

The Miami Valley region is under a flood watch until 10 a.m. Sunday, and strong winds are possible that could down trees and knock out power to local residents. A good chunk of the region has a “marginal risk” for severe weather, including near U.S. 36 north of Troy and the area stretching from the city of Dayton to Xenia and Springfield, said McCall Vrydaghs, WHIO-TV meteorologist. &ldquo...
NRA, Florida face backlash after latest school shooting

NRA, Florida face backlash after latest school shooting

The National Rifle Association, and now the State of Florida, faced a growing backlash Saturday as companies cut ties to the gun industry following the latest school massacre, and student survivors called for tourism boycotts of their home state until gun control measures are enacted. The latest companies to end their ties with the NRA were Delta and United Airlines, two of the three largest U.S.-based...

Greek police arrest 2 migrant traffickers, 14 Syrians

Greek police say they have arrested two migrant traffickers who were transporting 14 undocumented Syrians, eight of them children. The arrests of a 21-year-old Syrian and a 24-year-old Iraqi took place Friday near Greece's northeastern border with Turkey but were announced Saturday. The traffickers picked up the Syrians once they had crossed into Greece and put them into the cargo space of a small...
'Vicar of Dibley' actress Emma Chambers dies at 53

'Vicar of Dibley' actress Emma Chambers dies at 53

British actress Emma Chambers, known for her roles in "The Vicar of Dibley" television series and the romantic comedy "Notting Hill," has died at 53. Her agent John Grant said Saturday that Chambers had died of natural causes on Wednesday evening. "Over the years, Emma created a wealth of characters and an immense body of work. She brought laughter and joy to many, and will...
Crews remove Jeep that fell through ice on New Hampshire lake

Crews remove Jeep that fell through ice on New Hampshire lake

A driver was able to escape after his Jeep fell through thin ice in New Hampshire. A Jeep Liberty fell through the ice on Lake Winnipesaukee last weekend, Boston25News reported. “I would have to say snowmobiles are probably one of the most common things we recover, but unfortunately, anything that doesn't float is susceptible to meeting me at the bottom of the lake," said Tim McDonald. ...
Deep pothole appears to be swallowing Michigan police officer

Deep pothole appears to be swallowing Michigan police officer

Heavy rainfall in Michigan has led to flooding and in some cases, dangerous road conditions. >> Read more trending news  In Grand Blanc Township, a road was temporarily closed Friday due to a culvert washout. To demonstrate just how bad the road conditions were, an officer from the Grand Blanc Township Police Department stood in a deep pothole. The photo from the scene was posted on the...
Perilous times for historically black colleges

Perilous times for historically black colleges

Two years ago, Amelia Smith received the one thing she thought she always wanted – a blue envelope from Spelman College. She had been accepted to what many consider the finest black college in America. Her grandmother went to Spelman. So did her mother. And her aunt. And her sister, who’s a senior there now. So Smith wasn’t surprised when she was accepted, too.  She is just...

Red Cross: 21 resigned or fired since 2015 in sex cases

The International Committee of the Red Cross has joined the list of prominent charities that have uncovered sexual misconduct among its staff. ICRC Director-General Yves Daccord says 21 staff members have resigned or been fired since 2015 after violating policy by paying for sexual services. Two others did not have their contracts renewed because of suspected sexual misconduct. "I am deeply saddened...
Billy Graham's body arrives at namesake library

Billy Graham's body arrives at namesake library

Admirers took photos on their phones, fire trucks parked on freeway overpasses and police officers saluted as a motorcade carrying the body of the Rev. Billy Graham crossed the evangelist's beloved home state of North Carolina for four hours Saturday from his mountain chapel to namesake library in the state's largest city. Residents in some of Graham's most cherished places paid tribute to "America's...
Trump officials fight eviction from Panama hotel they manage

Trump officials fight eviction from Panama hotel they manage

One of President Donald Trump's family businesses is battling an effort to physically evict its team of executives from a luxury hotel in Panama where they manage operations, and police have been called to keep the peace, The Associated Press has learned. Witnesses told the AP they saw Trump's executives carrying files to a room for shredding. Representatives of the hotel owners' association formally...

Car bombs in Yemen's Aden kill 6, wound dozens: officials

Two car bomb explosions killed at least six people and wounded 43 others including civilians on Saturday in Yemen's southern city of Aden, security officials and witnesses said, in an attack later claimed by the extremist Islamic State group. The explosions targeted the site of an anti-terrorism military camp with detention facilities for suspected militants, the officials said, adding that those...

Texas woman defecates in pants to hide drugs during arrest

Police say a Texas woman attempted to hide evidence during an arrest by defecating in her pants and using the feces to conceal drugs. Officers in Corsicana, about 55 miles (88 kilometers ) south of Dallas, were investigating a report of a theft at a grocery store on Wednesday when they attempted to subdue a female suspect and take her into custody. Police say they placed Shannen Martin in the back...

Police: Man in Austria kills 2 siblings, then himself

A man apparently killed his brother and sister at their farmhouse in southeastern Austria on Saturday, then hanged himself, authorities said. The victims were found by the suspected perpetrator's nephew at the house in Dollrath, southeast of Graz, on Saturday afternoon. Police originally believed that the 51-year-old suspect had fled and they launched a manhunt, but they found his body in a neighboring...
Australia leader urges US to maintain global leadership role

Australia leader urges US to maintain global leadership role

Australia's prime minister on Saturday urged the United States to maintain its global leadership role and spoke out against a growing sentiment of isolation in America and elsewhere while highlighting the importance of international partnerships and alliances. Malcolm Turnbull also encouraged Washington to consider rejoining the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the trade pact that President Donald Trump...

Overturned bus in northern Egypt catches fire, killing 8

Egypt's official news agency says a bus carrying workers has burst into flames after it overturned west of the coastal city of Alexandria, killing at least eight people. The state-run MENA, citing an unnamed Interior Ministry official, said Saturday that civil protection forces extinguished the fire which also wounded 22 others. It's not clear how many passengers were on board but officials said the...
After years of dejection, proponents of gun laws see hope

After years of dejection, proponents of gun laws see hope

The progression has become numbingly repetitive — mass bloodshed unleashed by a gunman, followed by the stories of the fallen, the funerals, the mourning, the talking heads and the calls for change that dwindle into nothingness. The shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, though, has some pondering the improbable: Could this latest carnage actually lead to gun reforms? Alongside the...
Alexander the Great pulled from Macedonia airport in gesture

Alexander the Great pulled from Macedonia airport in gesture

Macedonia has begun the process of changing the name of its airport honoring the ancient warrior king Alexander the Great as a goodwill gesture to Greece. Turkish consortium TAV, which operates Skopje Alexander the Great Airport, started removing the 3-meter-long (9.8 feet) letters spelling out the name from the terminal Saturday. The airport's new name will be Skopje International Airport. It was...

Thirsty goalkeeper gifts opponents equalizer in Germany

A thirsty goalkeeper chose the wrong time to have a drink during a second-tier soccer game in Germany on Saturday. Duisburg's Dutch goalkeeper Mark Flekken had picked up a bottle behind his own goal-line and was not even watching the game against Ingolstadt when the inevitable happened in the 18th minute. After hosts Duisburg had seen a goal harshly disallowed, Ingolstadt quickly moved the ball up...
Red Cross says 21 staffers paid for sexual service in past 3 years

Red Cross says 21 staffers paid for sexual service in past 3 years

A member of the International Committee of the Red Cross said that in the past three years, 21 staff members have resigned or were fired for “paying for sexual services,” CNN reported. Two other staff members suspected of sexual misconduct also did not have their contracts renewed, according to Yves Daccord, director general of the ICRC. "This behavior is a betrayal of the people...
Italians stage protests in violence-marred election campaign

Italians stage protests in violence-marred election campaign

Italians demonstrated Saturday against racism, revivals of fascism, labor reforms, mandatory vaccines and other hotly-debated issues, at some points clashing with police, as antagonism flared between far-left and far-right activists in a violence-marred election campaign. It was the last weekend for political rallies ahead of Italy's March 4 national election, and protesters held at least a dozen...
Trump processes Fla. students' grief as president, parent

Trump processes Fla. students' grief as president, parent

Once again, it was the images of children that propelled President Donald Trump to act. Trump spent the first days after the Feb. 14 school shooting in Florida fixated on the grieving and anguished students and parents. While at his Florida estate for the long weekend after the shooting, Trump studied the students' appeals on cable news, listened to their accounts during a visit to a hospital and...
Indictment of Missouri governor could have political ripples

Indictment of Missouri governor could have political ripples

It didn't take long after Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens was indicted for alleged invasion of privacy for Missouri Democrats to tie him to Attorney General Josh Hawley, the presumed GOP front runner in Missouri's hotly contested U.S. Senate race. Nor did it take long for Republicans to link the prosecutor who announced the charges to a prominent national Democratic financier. The quick injection of politics...
Angry French farmers boo President Macron at Paris ag fair

Angry French farmers boo President Macron at Paris ag fair

With boos and whistles, French farmers gave President Emmanuel Macron a piece of their mind at a major agriculture event where he was trying to promote his policies. Macron was supposed to visit the Paris Agriculture Fair all day Saturday — a key moment to address French farmers' concerns. He had a tense exchange with cereal producers loudly protesting his government's proposal to ban a pesticide...
Female Nobel laureates in Bangladesh to meet Rohingya women

Female Nobel laureates in Bangladesh to meet Rohingya women

Three female Nobel Peace laureates began a weeklong trip to Bangladesh on Saturday to meet Rohingya Muslim women who were tortured and raped by soldiers in Myanmar before fleeing the country. During their visit, Iran's Shirin Ebadi, Yemen's Tawakkol Karman and Northern Ireland's Mairead Maguire will assess the violence against the Rohingya women and the refugees' overall situation, according to the...
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