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Syria strikes kill scores, U.N. votes for cease-fire

BEIRUT – A new wave of airstrikes and shelling on eastern suburbs of the Syrian capital Damascus left at least 22 people dead and dozens wounded Saturday, raising the death toll of a week of bombing in the area to 500, as the U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a resolution demanding a 30-day cease-fire across Syria. The we [...]

Judge dismisses lawsuit against HBO’s John Oliver

MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. – A West Virginia judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by coal company Murray Energy against HBO host John Oliver. A segment of Oliver’s Sunday show “Last Week Tonight” in June poked fun at Murray Energy CEO Robert Murray, who blames regulatory efforts by the Obama administration for damaging the coal industry. [...]

NRA, Florida face backlash after latest school shooting

NEW YORK – The National Rifle Association, and now the State of Florida, faced a growing backlash Saturday as companies cut ties to the gun industry following the latest school massacre, and student survivors called for tourism boycotts of their home state until gun control measures are enacted. The latest companies to end their t [...]

Sex harassment, taxes, Rauner v. Madigan key in races

SPRINGFIELD – One out of every five Illinois legislators taking the oath of office next winter will be new to the General Assembly. Thirty lawmakers, many worn down by years of skirmishing between Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan over state finances – and just about everything else – have retired or wi [...]

Manafort indictment sparks hunt for Europeans paid to lobby

KIEV, Ukraine – A new indictment against former Donald Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort focused a spotlight Saturday on uncovering the former European leaders who prosecutors contend were secretly paid by Manafort to lobby on behalf of Ukraine. The U.S. indictment handed up Friday by a grand jury doesn’t name the European politi [...]


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