July 1, 2016

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Ukraine troops withdrawing from embattled Debaltseve

ARTEMIVSK, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine has pulled most of its troops out of Debaltseve, the epicenter of recent fighting in war-torn eastern Ukraine, the president confirmed Wednesday. The Russia-backed separatists reported taking hundreds of soldiers captive as they continued their onslaught on the strategic railroad junction. Associated Press reporters saw several dozen Ukrainian troops retreating Read More…

China holiday makes business, cultural waves around world

HONG KONG (AP) — Decades ago the Chinese New Year holiday, also known as Spring Festival, had little impact outside of China. But as the country gained outsized economic influence, the holiday, which has enormous cultural significance in the Chinese-speaking world, has become more prominent. This is how it ripples around the world. Factory Freeze Read More…

In Pakistan, vaccinating children has become a deadly battle

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — While vaccine distrust has sparked debates amid a measles outbreak in the United States, Pakistan is in a deadly battle to wipe out polio. Long eradicated in the West, polio remains endemic in Pakistan after the Taliban banned vaccinations, attacks targeted medical staffers and suspicions lingered about the inoculations. The persistence of this crippling, sometimes fatal virus Read More…

For many in US, cash saved at gas pump is staying in pockets

WASHINGTON (AP) — In recent months, the stage seemed set for American consumers to do what they’ve traditionally done best: Spend money — and drive the economy. The lowest gas prices in five years had given people more spending money. Employers added over 1 million jobs from November through January, the best three-month pace in 17 years. Read More…

‘Modern Family’ to air episode that takes place only online

LOS ANGELES (AP) — How to keep the “modern” in “Modern Family” in its sixth season? Create an episode that plays out completely on a computer and in the realm of social media. That’s what’s in store Feb. 25 on the ABC comedy’s “Connection Lost,” a half-hour that revolves around Claire Dunphy’s (Julie Bowen) frantic Read More…

Jails sell e-cigarettes to inmates

CINCINNATI (AP) — E-cigarettes keep popping up for sale at county jails around the country even as some government officials, schools and health experts urge tighter control over the devices, especially in public buildings. Electronic cigarettes, growing in popularity since their U.S. introduction about a decade ago, are showing up at jails in more than a dozen Read More…

A-Rod gives apology but no explanation ahead of return

NEW YORK (AP) — It appears the only place Alex Rodriguez might detail his drug use is on a witness stand. The ever controversial New York Yankees star decided against holding a news conference ahead of his return to the team following a one-year absence. He issued a vague five-paragraph handwritten apology Tuesday “for the Read More…

Tail-wagging beagle wins best in show at Westminster

NEW YORK (AP) — A soft-spoken beagle really raised a ruckus. Wagging her tail a mile a minute, Miss P became America’s top dog Tuesday night by winning best in show in a big surprise at the Westminster Kennel Club. At 4, Miss P is a grand-niece of Uno — in 2008, the immensely popular hound barked Read More…

West Virginia train derails: Fires, oil tanker into river

MOUNT CARBON, W.Va. (AP) — Fires burned for hours Tuesday after a train carrying 109 tankers of crude oil derailed in a snowstorm alongside a creek in West Virginia, sending fireballs into the sky and threatening the water supply of people living nearby. Hundreds of families were evacuated and two water treatment plants were shut down after Read More…

10 Things to Know, Tuesday, Feb. 17

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. Court halts Obama move on immigration  A federal judge is allowing a lawsuit by 26 states against the president’s executive order to proceed, derailing plans that could spare up to five million people from deportation; White House Read More…