Nation and World

  • Russia doping saga likely heads back to Switzerland’s courts
    by GRAHAM DUNBAR on December 10, 2019 at 8:09 pm

    GENEVA (AP) — Sports punishments imposed on Russia this week closed one big body of work for the World Anti-Doping Agency. Now, the sports lawyers can enter the field — yet again, in a doping scandal that has raged since 2014. A Russian legal challenge seems certain after Russia’s anti-doping agency was suspended by the […]

  • Confederate group sues Georgia city over rebel flag removal
    by The Associated Press on December 10, 2019 at 8:08 pm

    COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — A Confederate heritage group is suing a Georgia city over the removal of rebel flags and flagpoles from a historic cemetery where more than 500 Confederate soldiers are buried. The Sons of Confederate Veterans filed the lawsuit Wednesday stating Columbus city leaders violated the organizations civil rights under the “monuments act” […]

  • Democrats agree to North America trade pact: What’s in it?
    by PAUL WISEMAN on December 10, 2019 at 7:56 pm

    WASHINGTON (AP) — After months of political wrangling, House Democrats agreed Tuesday to President Donald Trump’s revamped version of a 25-year-old North American free trade agreement. But they pried some concessions out of the Trump administration before saying they’d go along. Tuesday’s announcement by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi probably clears the way for congressional approval […]

  • Dancer Sara Mearns channels Isadora Duncan at awards gala
    by Jocelyn Noveck on December 10, 2019 at 7:53 pm

    NEW YORK (AP) — First, Sara Mearns performed a crisp, classical solo by George Balanchine. Then she left the stage while others sang her praises, returning with her hair down, her feet bare and dressed in a flowing gown, to perform a work by Isadora Duncan. The performance by Mearns, 33, as she accepted a […]

  • San Francisco aims to rein in tests of tech ideas on streets
    by Janie Har on December 10, 2019 at 7:51 pm

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Tired of San Francisco streets being used as a testing ground for the latest delivery technology and transportation apps, city leaders are considering requiring businesses to get permits before trying out new high-tech ideas in public. Supporters of the legislation, which the Board of Supervisors will take up Tuesday, say it […]

  • Photo of sick boy on floor roils British election campaign
    by KELVIN CHAN and MIKE CORDER on December 10, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    LONDON (AP) — A photo of a sick boy sleeping on a hospital floor because no beds were available has become one of the defining images of Britain’s bruising election campaign. It forced Prime Minister Boris Johnson onto the defensive and ignited a fierce online debate over whether it was real or fake. The boy, […]

  • Pentagon to probe legality of using troops on US border
    by ROBERT BURNS on December 10, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon’s independent investigations office says it will evaluate the legality of the Trump administration’s use of the military at the U.S. southwestern border. Glenn Fine, the acting inspector general, announced Tuesday that his probe will assess several aspects of the military’s border mission, which some in Congress call a misuse of […]

  • Arkansas woman gets 40 years in prison in plot to kill judge
    by The Associated Press on December 10, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) — A northwestern Arkansas woman was sentenced to 40 years in prison for trying to hire a hit man to kill a judge and another man in exchange for thousands of dollars in electronics and art. Benton County Circuit Judge Robin Green sentenced Dorris Jenkins, 38, on Monday after the Springdale woman […]

  • Supporters of Missouri inmate petition state for his release
    by JIM SALTER on December 10, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Advocates for a Missouri man imprisoned for nearly 25 years for a murder he claims he didn’t commit are stepping up their efforts to free him, starting with the delivery Tuesday of petitions urging the state attorney general to stop blocking a new trial. Lamar Johnson was convicted of fatally shooting […]

  • US sanctions 5 South Sudan agents it says killed 2 critics
    by SAM MEDNICK on December 10, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — The United States has imposed sanctions on five South Sudan officials, who it says are responsible for the abductions and likely murders in 2017 of two human rights activists. In a statement on Tuesday the U.S. Treasury said South Sudan’s government has repeatedly used “extrajudicial killings as a means to […]