Nation and World

  • Seychelles swaps debt for groundbreaking marine protection
    by ADELLE KALAKOUTI on February 22, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    CURIEUSE ISLAND, Seychelles (AP) — With deep blue waters, white sand beaches and rich marine life, the tiny island nation of the Seychelles is announcing a pioneering marine conservation plan as part of a debt swap deal with creditors. In an agreement described as the first of its kind, the Indian Ocean nation is designating […]

  • Man pleads guilty to murder for Oregon weighmaster’s death
    by The Associated Press on February 22, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A man convicted of shooting at Los Angeles police in 2014 has pleaded guilty to killing an Oregon weighmaster months before the California shootout. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports 44-year-old Dirck White on Wednesday pleaded guilty to murder for the death of 47-year-old Grady Waxenfelter in February 2014. According to court documents, White […]

  • Former lawmaker accused of lying to FBI about $5K kickback
    by The Associated Press on February 22, 2018 at 6:31 pm

    NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors say a former New York lawmaker took a $5,000 kickback from a contractor who hosted him at a Notre Dame football game and then lied about it to FBI agents investigating potential corruption. Federal prosecutors announced the charges against former New York Assemblyman Rob Walker on Thursday. He was awaiting […]

  • Bill proposes fee increase for electric, hybrid cars
    by The Associated Press on February 22, 2018 at 6:30 pm

    HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation approved a bill to boost the registration fees in Hawaii for electric and hybrid vehicles. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the bill would impose an extra annual registration fee of $70 for electric vehicles and $35 for hybrids to try to equalize the tax […]

  • NC Blue Cross: Tax cut helps charities, rate hikes lessened
    by The Associated Press on February 22, 2018 at 6:26 pm

    DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s largest health insurer says its windfall from the new federal tax cut will hold down rate increases in the future, but this year will give charities millions of dollars and pay employees a $1,000 bonus. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina said Thursday it will give away […]

  • Trump’s call to ban bump stocks renews Maine debate
    by The Associated Press on February 22, 2018 at 6:26 pm

    AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Some Maine lawmakers are trying to revive an effort to ban bump stocks in the state, but others say moves at the federal level may make it unnecessary. President Donald Trump has directed the Justice Department to work toward a nationwide ban on the devices, which allow semi-automatic weapons to mimic […]

  • Gun violence opponents to rally at Capitol
    by YOUSSEF RDDAD on February 22, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Opponents of gun violence encouraged state lawmakers on Thursday to take action in the aftermath of the Florida school shooting that killed 17 students and teachers last week. Protect Minnesota scheduled a rally Thursday afternoon as it sought support for a pair of bills from Democratic lawmakers related to guns […]

  • Baldwin urges Trump to take action on gun control
    by The Associated Press on February 22, 2018 at 6:24 pm

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin is urging President Donald Trump to speak with Republican leaders in Congress to bring forward gun control measures. Baldwin spoke Thursday at a luncheon in Madison, where she voiced opposition to the idea of arming teachers in classrooms saying that could have “catastrophic” consequences. But Baldwin […]

  • UNICEF official resigns after allegations made
    by The Associated Press on February 22, 2018 at 6:23 pm

    LONDON (AP) — A senior official at UNICEF has resigned after allegations of inappropriate behavior during an earlier stint at Save The Children. Deputy executive director Justin Forsyth said Thursday he is stepping down from his UNICEF post “because of the danger of damaging both UNICEF and Save the Children.” He had been investigated at […]

  • Lawsuit seeks to halt Yellowstone bison captures
    by The Associated Press on February 22, 2018 at 6:21 pm

    BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — An environmental law firm is asking a federal judge to block the capture and hazing of bison north of Yellowstone National Park so that they can migrate further into Montana. The Cottonwood Environmental Law Center said in a legal complaint filed this week that the capture program poses a safety hazard […]