Monday, January 22, 2018
News Roundup

Suicide bombers attack Red Cross compound in Afghanistan

Kabul, Afghanistan

Suicide bombers attack offices of Red Cross

In a shock to humanitarian aid workers, suicide bombers in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday assaulted the offices of the International Committee of the Red Cross, an organization that has worked in the country more than 30 years without a concerted attack and has received praise from all sides. All seven Western employees were evacuated; only one was injured. One guard was killed, and three attackers died in the assault.

Moscow

Dissident abruptly leaves Russia

Sergei Guriev, a prominent economist who has openly supported opposition figures, has resigned from several posts and abruptly left Russia under mounting pressure from investigators. He has been questioned repeatedly in a case that stems from a report he co-wrote that harshly criticized the treatment of an imprisoned oil tycoon and onetime political rival to President Vladimir Putin.

Topeka, Kan.

'Cold Blood' DNA tests inconclusive

DNA testing so far has been inconclusive on whether two men executed in Kansas for the 1959 killings that inspired the book In Cold Blood can also be linked to the unsolved slayings of a family weeks later in Osprey, south of Sarasota, a senior investigator said Wednesday. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation will continue testing material collected from the remains of convicted murderers Richard Hickock and Perry Smith.

Elsewhere

Rhode Island: Gov. Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island, the only independent governor in the nation, plans to switch to the Democratic Party as he faces a tough re-election fight next year.

Mexico: Hurricane Barbara made landfall on a sparsely populated stretch of Mexico's southern Pacific coast Wednesday in the second-earliest landfall since 1966, then quickly lost strength.

Paris: Police on Wednesday arrested a 21-year-old man described as a recent convert to Islam who they said confessed to stabbing a French soldier Saturday.

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Add swagger to Lightning’s loss column

Add swagger to Lightning’s loss column

CHICAGO — It didn’t take the sound of a door slamming in the visitor’s dressing room Saturday night to sense this Lightning team is frustrated.Tampa Bay believed it had worked hard against the Wild — at least, harder than it did in Thursday’s letharg...
Updated: 4 hours ago

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Hillsborough diver who died in Eagle’s Nest Cave was adventurous but experienced

Davin Brannon was a pilot, a spearfisherman, an avid cave and open-water diver and an experienced all-around adventurer, said those close to him ."I guess you could say he died doing what he loved," his cousin Pam Kirven said. "But I also know he’d n...
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‘Three Billboards’ sweeps female-focused SAG Awards

‘Three Billboards’ sweeps female-focused SAG Awards

LOS ANGELES — The Western-inspired revenge tale Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri swept the female-focused and led Screen Actors Guild Awards Sunday with wins for best ensemble, best actress for Frances McDormand and best supporting actor for...
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Shutdown opens week

Shutdown opens week

Associated PressWASHINGTON — The government shutdown will extend into the workweek as the Senate appeared to inch closer to ending a partisan stalemate late Sunday but fell short of agreement. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his Democratic...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Record number of inmates died in Florida prisons last year. And they died younger than past years.

Record number of inmates died in Florida prisons last year. And they died younger than past years.

More inmates died in Florida prisons last year than in any other year on record, leaving the state scrambling to identify causes and find solutions. The tally, 428 inmate deaths in 2017, was released late Friday by the Florida Department of Correctio...
Updated: 6 hours ago

Oxfam highlights sharp inequality as Davos elite gather

DAVOS, Switzerland — A CEO from one of the world’s top five global fashion brands has to work for just four days to earn what a garment worker in Bangladesh will earn in an entire lifetime, campaigning group Oxfam International said Monday. In advanc...
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Amazon opens cashier-less store in Seattle

SEATTLE — Amazon employees have been testing it, but is the public ready for a cashier-less store? More than a year after it introduced the concept, Amazon is opening its artificial intelligence-powered Amazon Go store today in downtown Seattle. The ...
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At second St. Petersburg Women’s March, 5,000 focus on

At second St. Petersburg Women’s March, 5,000 focus on "what we can do"

ST. PETERSBURGNear Mirror Lake, as protesters posed for pictures, hung signs on their dogs and distributed chant scripts just after noon Sunday, Linda Pair and her friend Beth Gavin arrived to march.Asked why she came out, Pair, 72, of Largo put it b...
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USF women blow late lead, lose at Wichita State

USF women blow late lead, lose at Wichita State

WICHITA — USF led by eight points in the fourth quarter but went cold, and Wichita State pulled off the upset 64-56 Sunday afternoon in a potentially costly loss for the Bulls.USF (15-5, 5-2 American Athletic Conference) missed 14 of its last 15 fiel...
Updated: 7 hours ago