Sunday, January 21, 2018
News Roundup

U.S. to give Egypt up to $1.5 billion in aid

Washington

U.S. plans up to $1.5 billion in aid for egypt

The Obama administration told Congress on Thursday that it will waive democracy requirements to release up to $1.5 billion in aid to Egypt despite concerns that the country is backsliding on commitments it made to democratic governance.

Seattle

Bill would look at job seeker privacy

A Democratic senator from Connecticut is writing a bill that would stop employers from asking job applicants for their Facebook or other social media passwords. Sen. Richard Blumenthal said Thursday that such a practice is an "unreasonable invasion of privacy for people seeking work."

Jacksonville, Ark.

5 found dead in duplex after fire

The bodies of a mother and her four children were found Thursday inside a duplex, and authorities were investigating whether they were killed by smoke inhalation from an overnight fire that was extinguished before firefighters arrived.

Columbus, Ohio

Bus driver accused of choking student

A veteran bus driver in Ohio choked a third grade special-needs student as she was driving the girl home from school in an encounter captured on video, a school official said Thursday. Laura Roberson, 59, of Canal Winchester, was suspended pending a hearing.

New Haven, Conn.

Butler found guilty in virus extortion

A former butler for philanthropist Anne H. Bass was found guilty Thursday of trying to extort millions of dollars from her during an ordeal in which she and a companion were held hostage on her estate and were injected with what masked intruders claimed was a deadly virus. The butler, Emanuel Nicolescu, had been fired by Bass for wrecking a car weeks before three men broke into her house in western Connecticut on April 15, 2007.

Minneapolis

Man pleads guilty in drug death

A Minnesota man who provided a synthetic drug that killed a 19-year-old and sent 10 other partygoers to the hospital last year pleaded guilty Thursday to third-degree unintentional murder. Timothy LaMere, 22, of Blaine entered his plea in Anoka County District Court, bringing an end to a case that spurred calls for tougher laws against synthetic drugs and their variants.

Albuquerque

Protest over 2nd police shooting

Activists are renewing their request for a federal inquiry after an Albuquerque police officer shot and killed a second person within three days. Officer Russell Carter fatally shot Gary Atencio on Wednesday after a chase that began when Atencio pulled his car over and began shooting at his wife, state police said. It was the third fatal shooting by Albuquerque police this year and the 18th since 2010.

Philadelphia

Ex-priest pleads guilty to abuse

A defrocked Philadelphia priest has pleaded guilty to a sex-abuse charge days before a landmark priest abuse trial. Edward Avery, 69, pleaded guilty Thursday to involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and conspiracy to endanger the welfare of a child. He was immediately sentenced to 2 ½ to five years in prison and was ordered to surrender within 10 days.

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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...
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nationResearchers work to avoid another 1918 super-flu The descriptions are haunting. Some victims felt fine in the morning and were dead by night. Faces turned blue as patients coughed up blood. Stacked bodies outnumbered coffins. A century after on...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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