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Germany's Seehofer still optimistic about migrant deal with Italy

Sat, 09/15/2018 - 07:38

German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer on Saturday said he remained optimistic about completing a deal on migrants with Italy despite pushback from Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini. Salvini on Friday denied having reached a deal to take back migrants who had already applied for asylum in Italy, saying he wanted more concessions from Berlin. Seehofer had announced on Thursday that he had secured an accord with Italy over the issue in line with similar deals negotiated with Greece and Spain.

Florence's deluge testing South Carolina infrastructure

Sat, 09/15/2018 - 07:03

The torrential rains from Florence will test South Carolina's infrastructure, which failed under historic flooding in 2015.

Russia holds naval drills in Sea of Japan

Sat, 09/15/2018 - 06:06

Russian troops taking part in the country's largest-ever war games on Saturday held drills in the Sea of Japan, despite Tokyo's concerns about a Russian military buildup in the area. The exercises were part of the Vostok-18, or East-18, war games that kicked off in eastern Russia on September 11 and will run until Monday. Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu has described the week-long operation, which involves nearly 300,000 soldiers, 36,000 vehicles, 1,000 planes and 80 warships, as Russia's biggest-ever war games.

Moon faces toughest challenge yet in 3rd summit with Kim

Sat, 09/15/2018 - 06:02

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The first inter-Korean summit of 2018, a sunny spectacle in late April, reduced war fears on the peninsula. The second, an emergency one in May, helped ensure a historic meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump came off.

What to Do With a 529 Plan If Your Kid Doesn't Go to College

Sat, 09/15/2018 - 06:01

You’ve been saving for years in a 529 plan, which lets you fund your child's college costs tax-free. But what happens if your kid doesn’t go to college? Will you face a steep tax bill?  Not to wo...

Residents rescued along with dog from Hurricane Florence flood waters

Sat, 09/15/2018 - 04:51

The Category 1 storm forced evacuations and rescues in River Bend, North Carolina.

NASA counts down to launch of laser study of ice sheets

Sat, 09/15/2018 - 01:27

NASA counted down Saturday to the launch of its $1 billion ICESat-2 mission, using advanced lasers to uncover the true depth of the melting of Earth's ice sheets. The mission will inform sea level rise forecasts and is "exceptionally important for science," according to Richard Slonaker, ICESat-2 program executive at NASA. The half-ton satellite should reveal unprecedented detail about the current thickness of ice at the vulnerable polar regions as the climate warms.

Trump Fumes Over Puerto Rico Toll As Death Count Rises For Hurricane Florence

Sat, 09/15/2018 - 01:09

As Tropical Storm Florence thrashed through the East Coast on Friday,

'The water kept rising': Residents overwhelmed by flooding

Sat, 09/15/2018 - 00:28

NEW BERN, N.C. (AP) — An ominous tweet appeared on a historic North Carolina community's Twitter feed about 2 a.m. Friday.

Archbishop of Washington prostrates himself at mass for abuse victims

Sat, 09/15/2018 - 00:15

Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the archbishop of Washington who was blamed for not doing enough to deal with pedophile priests in Pennsylvania, prostrated himself Friday in a sign of repentance at a mass dedicated to victims of abuse. "Our prayers are for those who were assaulted by serious abuse of the clergy and the further indignity of an inadequate response," said Wuerl, who has said he plans to travel to Rome in the near future to meet with Pope Francis to discuss his resignation. This action on my part is an essential aspect of the healing so that this archdiocesan Church we all love can move forward," he wrote in a letter to the priests of Washington.

Hungary's Orban comes out fighting after EU setback

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 22:47

The European Parliament's threat to unleash sanctions against Hungary over democracy concerns was a stunning political blow against Prime Minister Viktor Orban, but his dominance at home means defeat can still be spun as a win. A resolution passed in Strasbourg Wednesday ruled that the Hungarian government posed a "systemic threat" to the EU's founding values of democracy and the rule of law. The vote, backed by Manuel Weber, the head of the European People's Party -- the grouping Orban's Fidesz party also belongs to -- could in theory lead to Budapest being stripped of its EU voting rights.

The Latest: Downtown march protests man's police shooting

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 22:41

DALLAS (AP) — The Latest on a deadly shooting in Dallas involving an off-duty police officer (all times local):

Officers who killed gunman in Cincinnati hailed as heroes

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 17:46

CINCINNATI (AP) — A prosecutor on Friday praised the Cincinnati police officers who killed a gunman at a downtown office building as heroes, saying they probably saved countless lives.

SpaceX To Announce Name Of World's First Space Tourist

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 16:17

It's one small announcement for SpaceX, one potentially giant leap for space

It's Like a Rainbow Exploded in This Danish Home

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 14:46

News flash: Hygge can be modern

Larry Nassar Accuser: 'Faith Communities Can Be Breeding Grounds For Abusers'

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 14:13

The #ChurchToo movement, which started as a offshoot of Me Too, has become a

Defying dangers, Idlib residents protest Syria's Assad

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 13:28

BEIRUT (AP) — In cities and towns across Syria's last opposition-held province, Idlib, residents poured into the streets on Friday to demonstrate against President Bashar Assad's government in defiance of an expected offensive to retake the territory.

Turkey talking to all sides in Syria conflict for Idlib ceasefire

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 12:59

Ankara failed last week to win agreement for a ceasefire from Russia and Iran, President Bashar al-Assad's main backers, but there has been a recent lull in air strikes and a pro-Damascus source indicated a ground attack may not be imminent. Rebels also said some pro-Assad forces had left frontlines in northwest Syria in recent days. Turkey has reinforced a dozen military posts inside the Idlib region, which lies across its southern border and is controlled by Turkey-backed rebels and jihadist fighters, trying to forestall a government assault.

Citigroup to pay $12 mn in US for misleading on 'dark pool'

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 12:51

US securities regulators announced Friday that Citigroup would pay $12 million for misrepresenting practices on a private exchange to clients. The Securities and Exchange Commission charged Citigroup with falsely leading users to believe high-frequency traders were not permitted on Citi Match, a premium-priced "dark pool," a private marketplace separate from the New York Stock Exchange and other public markets. In fact, two of Citi Match's most active users were high-frequency traders and executed more than $9 billion in orders on the exchange, the SEC said.

Some Republicans Stick By Brett Kavanaugh In Face Of Attempted Sexual Assault Accusation

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 12:31

After news broke on Friday that President Donald Trump's pick for the Supreme