Nation and World

  • Egypt agrees to pay Israel $500 million to end gas dispute
    by The Associated Press on June 17, 2019 at 3:11 pm

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt says it has struck a deal with the state-owned Israel Electric Corp to settle a fine for halting deliveries of natural gas. A statement from Egypt’s Petroleum Ministry said the settlement deal, which was signed Sunday, would reduce the $1.7 billion fine to $500 million. It says Egypt will pay the […]

  • Confederate monument vandalized with paint in Charleston
    by The Associated Press on June 17, 2019 at 3:11 pm

    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Police in coastal South Carolina say two people have been arrested after what appears to be red paint was thrown on a Confederate monument. Charleston police said the Confederate Defenders of Charleston monument downtown was vandalized Sunday afternoon with the red substance splashed on its shield, leg and base. Police said […]

  • Closing arguments at trial of self-improvement group founder
    by The Associated Press on June 17, 2019 at 3:06 pm

    NEW YORK (AP) — A federal prosecutor says the former spiritual leader of a cult-like self-improvement group was a “con man” and a “crime boss.” Assistant U.S. Attorney Moira Penza delivered closing arguments on Monday at the trial of Keith Raniere (rah-NEER’-ee). Penza recounted testimony that Raniere had some of his brainwashed female followers branded […]

  • Officials, suspect exchange gunfire outside Texas courthouse
    by The Associated Press on June 17, 2019 at 3:06 pm

    DALLAS (AP) — Police say a person has been shot after exchanging gunfire with federal officers outside a federal courthouse in downtown Dallas. Police say the suspect in the shooting Monday morning outside the Earle Cabell Federal Building has been taken to a hospital and that no one else was injured. The Dallas Morning News […]

  • Lockheed Martin announces $142M expansion of Arkansas plant
    by The Associated Press on June 17, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Lockheed Martin says it is spending $142 million and hiring 326 new workers over the next few years as it expands its south Arkansas facility. The Maryland-based company on Monday announced the expansion of its plant in Camden, about 85 miles (140 kilometers) southwest of Little Rock. The Camden facility […]

  • Portugal’s prime minister: wildfires require long-term fight
    by The Associated Press on June 17, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal’s prime minister is warning against complacency in the fight against wildfires after huge blazes in 2017 that killed more than 100 people were followed by two years of much smaller charred areas and no deaths. Antonio Costa said at a ceremony Monday honoring some of the 2017 fatalities that blazes […]

  • Road once adopted by KKK is sponsored by gay pride group
    by The Associated Press on June 17, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. (AP) — A stretch of road on Florida’s Gulf Coast that was adopted by the Ku Klux Klan 25 years ago is now being sponsored by a gay rights group. Pasco Pride recently adopted the stretch of Moon Lake Road in New Port Richey. WUSF in Tampa reports that the KKK […]

  • Mexico to target human traffickers in immigration crackdown
    by The Associated Press on June 17, 2019 at 2:35 pm

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s foreign affairs secretary says the government will not tolerate human trafficking and provided new details of the weekend “rescue” of nearly 800 migrants packed into semi-trailers. Marcelo Ebrard says more than 150 of those migrants were children and says he considers it a rescue because the people were stuffed into […]

  • US stocks edge higher after 2 weeks of gains
    by DAMIAN J. TROISE on June 17, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks edged higher in early trading on Wall Street Monday following two weeks of gains. Trading remained choppy as uncertainty continued over several ongoing trade disputes and their possible effect on economic growth. Technology companies were among the early gainers. Qualcomm, Facebook and Netflix rose. Retailers also gained ground. Amazon […]

  • Teen struck by stray bullet during parking spot argument
    by The Associated Press on June 17, 2019 at 2:31 pm

    CHICAGO (AP) — Police say a 16-year-old girl was shot in the chest by a stray bullet during an argument over a parking space on Chicago’s South Side. Police say the teen was listed in serious condition at a hospital following the shooting Sunday afternoon in the Morgan Park neighborhood. The teen was sitting in […]