February 13, 2016

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Supreme Court Justice Scalia dead at 79; filling vacancy poses challenge in election year

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia speaks to Presbyterian Christian High School students in Hattiesburg, Miss. on April 7, 2004. AP FILE

WASHINGTON — Antonin Scalia, the influential conservative and most provocative member of the Supreme Court, has died, leaving the high court without its conservative majority and setting up an ideological confrontation over his successor in the maelstrom of a presidential election year. Scalia was 79. The U.S. Marshals Service in Washington confirmed Scalia’s death at Read More…

NASCAR: New rules package this season promises more excitement for drivers, fans

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Jeff Gordon will be in the booth and Tony Stewart in a bed when the NASCAR season begins. Neither NASCAR star will be in a car when Daytona International Speedway opens today for preparations for the Feb. 21 season-opening Daytona 500. Gordon, arguably NASCAR’s biggest star, retired at the end of Read More…

UPDATED: Last four occupiers in Oregon wildlife refuge surrender

BURNS, Ore. — The last four armed occupiers of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon apparently turned themselves in Thursday, a day after authorities moved in to the property nearly six weeks into the takeover and arrested a figure in the fight against federal control of public lands. The holdouts were the last remnants of Read More…

Cleveland bills Tamir Rice’s estate for EMS services

CLEVELAND — The mayor of Cleveland has apologized for the city sending a claim to the estate of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old black boy fatally shot by a white officer, seeking $500 for transporting the boy by ambulance to a hospital. Mayor Frank Jackson said during a news conference Thursday that a city attorney was Read More…

10 things to know, Thursday, Feb. 11

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. Pyongyang reacts strongly to Seoul’s industrial facility move North Korea vows to immediately deport all South Korean nationals and freeze all of the South’s assets at a jointly run factory park in the North. 2. Ranchers standoff Read More…

Tensions rise as North Korea orders military takeover of joint industrial park

PAJU, South Korea — North Korea on Thursday ordered a military takeover of a factory park that had been the last major symbol of cooperation with South Korea, calling Seoul’s earlier suspension of operations at the jointly run facility as punishment for the North’s recent rocket launch a “dangerous declaration of war.” North Korea said Read More…

Justice Department takes Ferguson to court over settlement rejection

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department enters its court fight against the city of Ferguson with the apparent upper hand, given a months-long investigation that found vast problems in the way police and courts treat poor people and minorities in the St. Louis suburb. In suing the city, which took a high-stakes gamble by rejecting a Read More…

Russia, U.S. at odds over Syria talks

MUNICH — Russia has proposed a March 1 ceasefire in Syria, U.S. officials say, but Washington believes Moscow is giving itself and the Syrian government three weeks to try to crush moderate rebel groups. The United States has countered with demands for the fighting to stop immediately, the officials said Wednesday. Peace talks are supposed Read More…

Pope-patriarch summit step in remaking Cuba into haven for negotiations

HAVANA — The heads of the Roman Catholic and Russian Orthodox churches will hold a historic meeting Friday in the threadbare international airport of an officially secular, communist-run tropical island. Odd as the location seems, Pope Francis’ and Patriarch Kirill’s attempt to reconcile their churches after centuries of estrangement will set the tone for a Read More…

Hillary struggling to win over younger women

CONCORD, New Hampshire — For young women, political revolution is currently trumping the idea of a Madame President. In New Hampshire, women under the age of 45 overwhelmingly backed Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton, exit polls showed. It’s a problem for the former secretary of state as she tries to build the coalition of voters Read More…