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US-backed Syrian fighters reach IS-held dam in north Syria
US-backed Syrian fighters reach IS-held dam in north Syria

BEIRUT (AP) - U.S.-backed Syrian fighters reached a major dam held by the Islamic State group in northern Syria Friday as Syria's U.N. ambassador said hundreds of American personnel are "invading my country," insisting that any effort to liberate the city of Raqqa - the de facto capital of the Islamic State group - should be done in coordination with the Damascus government.

Police officer, 3 others killed in Wisconsin town

WESTON, Wis. (AP) - A police officer and three other people were shot and killed when a domestic dispute at a bank escalated into shootings at three locations in northern Wisconsin on Wednesday, investigators said. A suspect was in custody.

US suspects N Korea in $81 mn Bangladesh theft: report
US suspects N Korea in $81 mn Bangladesh theft: report

US federal prosecutors suspect the North Korean government directed last year's theft of $81 million from Bangladesh's account at the New York Federal Reserve Bank, according to a media report Wednesday. Citing unnamed sources, The Wall Street Journal said prosecutors were developing cases showing Chinese middlemen helped the North Korean government orchestrate the enormous theft from the Bangladesh central bank. In February 2016, thieves transferred the funds from Bangladesh's account at the New York Fed to accounts in the Philippines using authenticated international bank access codes in the SWIFT system, not by hacking the bank.

Trump sends holiday greetings to Iranians, does not mention travel ban
Trump sends holiday greetings to Iranians, does not mention travel ban

By Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump, who has sought to ban travelers from Iran and other Muslim-majority nations from entering the United States, issued a holiday greeting on Wednesday to Iranians celebrating the New Year holiday known as Nowruz. Trump, who has also criticized the nuclear deal between Iran and western powers negotiated during President Barack Obama's administration, did not refer to the travel ban in his statement. It is an occasion to celebrate new beginnings, a sentiment that is particularly meaningful for so many Iranians who have come to our country in recent decades to make a new start in a free land," Trump said in a statement issued...

Red Aluminum iPhone 7, 7 Plus Now Available
Red Aluminum iPhone 7, 7 Plus Now Available

Apple just updated its online store, and it now shows the new red color variants of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.

Apple Store goes down ahead of possible first new product launch of 2017
Apple Store goes down ahead of possible first new product launch of 2017

Is Apple about to quietly release its first brand new products of the year? Are tablets now such an afterthought that new iPads aren't even important enough to warrant their own Apple press conference? Those questions and more should be answered shortly - the online Apple store went down shortly after midnight this morning, and it's still down right now. No one is quite sure exactly why the Apple store was taken offline, though the outage was scheduled and was noted on Apple's system status page on Monday ahead of today's outage. While it's entirely possible that Apple is just performing server upgrades or some type of maintenance, recent rumors suggest the company might be preparing to...

Napolitano Off Fox News Over Trump Wiretapping Debacle
Napolitano Off Fox News Over Trump Wiretapping Debacle

Andrew Napolitano, the former New Jersey Supreme Court judge, was cited by Trump to defend claims that former President Obama wiretapped the Trump Tower.

Brother of Teen Allegedly Kidnapped By Teacher:
Brother of Teen Allegedly Kidnapped By Teacher: 'I Do Believe He Has Some Control Over Her'

The search has intensified for Elizabeth Thomas and Tad Cummins.

Comey Denies Trump Wiretap Claim, Confirms Russia Election Probe
Comey Denies Trump Wiretap Claim, Confirms Russia Election Probe

The head of the FBI publicly challenged President Donald Trump during a House of Representatives Intelligence Committee hearing.

The Latest: Clintons say Rockefeller used fortune for good
The Latest: Clintons say Rockefeller used fortune for good

NEW YORK (AP) - The Latest on the death of billionaire philanthropist David Rockefeller (all times local):

Strikes pound east Damascus after rebel assault
Strikes pound east Damascus after rebel assault

In the north of the country, meanwhile, a Kurdish militia said the Russian military is to train Kurdish forces fighting the Islamic State group. Rebels and allied jihadists, led by former Al-Qaeda affiliate Fateh al-Sham Front, early Sunday attacked government positions in east Damascus, initially scoring gains.

Husband Stammers and Stumbles in 911 Call About
Husband Stammers and Stumbles in 911 Call About 'Injured' Wife He Allegedly Shot to Death

Dwight Luton told cops one story, but surveillance video showed another, police said.

Pilot and Wife, Dead from Overdoses, Discovered by Their 4 Kids: Police
Pilot and Wife, Dead from Overdoses, Discovered by Their 4 Kids: Police

Brian and Courtney Halye were found dead Thursday.

Lilly's breast cancer drug combination succeeds key study

Eli Lilly and Co's combination of its experimental breast cancer drug and another widely used treatment slowed disease progression in patients who relapsed or did not benefit enough when treated with the anti-estrogen therapy. In August, an independent data monitoring committee recommended the late-stage study continue without modification, even though interim evaluation suggested the combination treatment was not delaying cancer progression. Lilly's drug, abemaciclib, is part of the same new class of breast cancer treatments as Pfizer Inc's Ibrance, and Novartis AG's newly approved Kisqali.

Germany
Germany's Merkel and Japan's Abe urge free trade with jabs at U.S.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe spoke up for free trade at a major technology fair on Sunday with jabs clearly pointed at an increasingly protectionist United States. Both called for a free trade deal to be reached quickly between Japan and the European Union, in comments made after G20 finance ministers and central bankers dropped a long-standing mention of open trade in their final communique after a two-day meeting in Germany.

Louisiana deputy killed in the line of duty
Louisiana deputy killed in the line of duty

Officer was shot and killed, gunman is in the hospital

Duterte: Philippines can
Duterte: Philippines can't stop China moves in disputed sea

MANILA, Philippines (AP) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Sunday that his militarily inferior country can't stop China's actions in contested waters, responding to a reported plan by Beijing to construct an environmental monitoring station in a disputed shoal off the northwestern Philippines.

Flights resume at Paris airport, investigators grill attacker
Flights resume at Paris airport, investigators grill attacker's family

Flights at Paris' Orly airport were returning to normal Sunday a day after a man triggered a major security alert and travel chaos when he attacked a soldier before being shot dead. Anti-terror investigators Sunday released the father of the assailant but were continuing to hold his brother and cousin as they sought to build a profile of Ziyed Ben Belgacem, a 39-year-old French national. All three family members had made contact with the police themselves, Paris prosecutor Francois Molins told a press conference late on Saturday.

Trump Claims Germany Owes NATO Money
Trump Claims Germany Owes NATO Money

The president also said in a tweet Saturday that Germany should pay the United States for "the powerful, and very expensive, defense" the latter provides.

Anthem Lobbyist May Head Antitrust Division
Anthem Lobbyist May Head Antitrust Division

Report: Trump may appoint a health insurance company's former lobbyist to run the agency just as Anthem presses for approval of its merger.

Son of US man sought in Nazi case wants evidence released
Son of US man sought in Nazi case wants evidence released

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The son of a 98-year-old Minnesota man sought by Polish authorities in connection with a Nazi massacre reiterated Saturday that his father is innocent and asked that evidence against him be released.

Pres. Trump
Pres. Trump's Budget Calls for Steep Cuts to NIH, Worrying Experts

Doctors and medical experts say the Trump administration's aim to cut nearly 6 billion dollars - 20 percent of its budget - would devastate the National Institutes of Health, described as the nation's engine of biomedical discover.

Angela Merkel
Angela Merkel's powerful side-eye at Ivanka Trump is asking the question we're all wondering

Ivanka Trump gatecrashed Angela Merkel's ill-fated summit with Donald Trump Friday, the latest in a line of questionable appearances at gatherings where she probably doesn't really belong. The reality TV star, businesswoman and jewelry vendor had a seat next to the German chancellor, who has a Ph.D. in chemistry and speaks fluent Russian, for the roundtable discussion with German and U.S. business leaders. Twitter was quick to spot a theme in the photos that emerged from the encounter. SEE ALSO: Ivanka Trump's brand claims sales spiked after White House controversy In some of them, it looks a lot like Merkel is chucking serious side-eye at Trump's daughter and wondering inside just what...

Trump says Republicans uniting on health care, but resistance remains
Trump says Republicans uniting on health care, but resistance remains

US President Donald Trump said Friday he has won over several Republican lawmakers skeptical of the Obamacare replacement and insisted the health care overhaul was "coming together beautifully," despite resistance from some in his party. "We have a plan that's getting more and more popular with the Republican base," Trump said at a joint press conference with visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Earlier the president met with a dozen members of the conservative Republican Study Committee, which has gone on record saying they want important changes to what is being called the American Health Care Act.

Amazon tribe has lowest heart risk ever seen: study
Amazon tribe has lowest heart risk ever seen: study

Researchers said Friday they had found an indigenous Amazonian tribe with the lowest levels of artery hardening -- a portender of heart disease -- ever observed. Known as the Tsimane, the small forager-farmer community in Bolivia was five times less likely to develop coronary atherosclerosis (artery hardening) than people in the United States -- where it is a major killer, scientists wrote in The Lancet medical journal.

At sentencing, woman says kidnap once called hoax was
At sentencing, woman says kidnap once called hoax was 'hell'

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A California woman who was drugged along with her boyfriend and then dragged from their home described the "hell that we have survived" in emotional testimony Thursday before her abductor was sentenced to 40 years in prison in a crime so elaborate and bizarre that police initially dismissed it as a hoax.

Trump eyes
Trump eyes 'flexible' Islamic State war fund, Guantanamo upgrade

By Phil Stewart and Mike Stone WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump is asking Congress to give the Pentagon about $2 billion for a "flexible" fund to use against Islamic State over the next six months, as his administration weighs changes to the U.S.-led campaign against the militant group. Trump is also seeking to upgrade long-underfunded facilities at the U.S. military's Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba that Trump's Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama, unsuccessfully sought to close during his eight-year administration.

10 paid iPhone apps on sale for free today
10 paid iPhone apps on sale for free today

What, nine paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free weren't enough for you on Tuesday? Of course they weren't, because there's no such thing as "enough" when it comes to paid iOS apps on sale for free. We've got 10 fresh freebies lined up for you to check out on Wednesday, so be sure to dive in before these sales come to an end. These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now - obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is that they were free at the time this post was written. If you click on a link and...

US embassy assures Nigerians they are welcome to travel
US embassy assures Nigerians they are welcome to travel

The US embassy in Nigeria said Wednesday that Nigerians were welcome to travel to the United States following confusion over President Donald Trump's new immigration rules. A foreign affairs adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday warned citizens against non-essential travel to the United States, as some Nigerians had been denied entry at the border. "The US embassy in Abuja wishes to clarify that there is no reason for Nigerians with valid visas to postpone or cancel their travel to the United States," said the embassy in a statement.

Disturbance leaves 2 inmates dead at Nebraska prison
Disturbance leaves 2 inmates dead at Nebraska prison

TECUMSEH, Neb. (AP) - Two inmates were killed and others were injured in a Nebraska prison Thursday after inmates revolted against staff members and started a fire in a courtyard.

Canada has seen jump in asylum seekers from US: officials
Canada has seen jump in asylum seekers from US: officials

The number of migrants applying for refugee status in Canada after crossing the border from the United States has been rising since the beginning of the year, officials said Thursday. "Canada has seen an increase in the number of asylum claims in January of this year, compared to the same time last year," the Canada Border Services Agency told a briefing. From January 1 to February 21, a total of about 4,000 people filed refugee claims, up from 2,500 during the same period last year.

Will El Chapo Be Deported From US?
Will El Chapo Be Deported From US?

A lawyer, who earlier worked for the drug kingpin, said Mexican prosecutors violated due process when they extradited El Chapo to the U.S. in January.

Philippines takes big step back towards death penalty
Philippines takes big step back towards death penalty

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's campaign to bring back the death penalty for drug-related crimes has cleared a major hurdle, with supporters backing it in congress but critics denouncing the planned killings as "inhumane". The death penalty bill, along with a proposed measure to punish children as young as nine as adult criminals, are key planks of Duterte's controversial drug war that has already claimed more than 6,500 lives. A majority of politicians in the lower house of congress passed a second reading of the bill on Wednesday night, clearing one of the biggest obstacles in proponents' plans to make the death penalty legal by May.

Rebels shut down first Ukraine firm in trade war
Rebels shut down first Ukraine firm in trade war

Russian-backed rebels on Wednesday halted the operations of the first Ukrainian company after an ultimatum expired to end a trade blockade between the two foes. Protesting Ukrainian war veterans and opposition lawmakers have blocked rail freight traffic between government and rebel territory since January to stop the insurgents from receiving the cash they get in trading with Kiev. The situation has riled Ukraine's pro-Western government as it cut off access to a specific type of coal produced only in the east that it requires.

European Commission Presents Choose Your Own Adventure White Paper on the Future of the EU
European Commission Presents Choose Your Own Adventure White Paper on the Future of the EU

Listing options in a paper doesn't make selecting among them easier.

Twitter loses it over photo of Kellyanne Conway with feet on couch in Oval Office
Twitter loses it over photo of Kellyanne Conway with feet on couch in Oval Office

Twitter lit up with comments over a photo of President Trump's senior adviser, Kellyanne Conway, with her feet tucked under her on the couch in the Oval Office. Some Twitter users have said it's "disrespectful" while others have called the controversy "dumb."

Trump team drops challenge to Texas voter ID law
Trump team drops challenge to Texas voter ID law

The Trump Administration on Monday moved to abandon the effort, begun by the Obama administration and civil rights advocates more than three years ago, to prove that the nation's strictest voter ID law is unconstitutional.

Aggressive cuts to Obama-era green rules to start soon: EPA head
Aggressive cuts to Obama-era green rules to start soon: EPA head

(Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's administration will begin rolling back Obama-era environmental regulations in an "aggressive way" as soon as next week, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency said on Saturday - adding he understood why some Americans want to see his agency eliminated completely. Pruitt added the EPA's focus on combating climate change under former President Barack Obama had cost jobs and prevented economic growth, leading many Americans to want to see the EPA eliminated completely.

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