Nation and World

  • Soup for 3: Democratic hopefuls mingle with voters at church
    by THOMAS BEAUMONT on February 24, 2019 at 3:46 am

    AMES, Iowa (AP) — Was it the black bean soup that drew them? If not, maybe the carrot ginger soup. Or was it the chance to mingle with not one, not two, but three Democratic presidential hopefuls in one spot? The Story County Democratic Party’s annual soup supper drew an estimated 300 activists to the […]

  • Giant wooden troll is returning to Colorado ski town
    by The Associated Press on February 24, 2019 at 2:38 am

    BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. (AP) — A huge wooden troll will be reincarnated in a Colorado ski town, although it’s unclear what it will look like or where it will sit. The Summit Daily reported Friday that Breckenridge officials have a deal with Danish artist Thomas Dambo to rebuild his troll this spring. It was erected beside […]

  • Japan scholar and translator Donald Keene has died at 96
    by KEN MORITSUGU on February 24, 2019 at 2:35 am

    TOKYO (AP) — Donald Keene, a longtime Columbia University professor who was a giant in the field of Japanese literature and translation, died Sunday in Tokyo, the city that he had made his home. He was 96. His death was confirmed by Akira Someya, secretary general of the Donald Keene Center Kashiwazaki in Japan’s Niigata […]

  • Oscars: Stars and stand-ins rehearse for the big show
    by LINDSEY BAHR on February 24, 2019 at 2:06 am

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — It is decidedly casual inside the Dolby Theatre the day before the Oscars. Most people, celebrities included, are wearing jeans and sneakers, and in Brie Larson’s case, a backpack, to practice presenting awards Saturday. Walking out with Javier Bardem, Angela Bassett looked comfortable in a matching blue Adidas tracksuit and baseball […]

  • Hanoi summit nightmare scenario: Bad deals and little change
    by FOSTER KLUG on February 24, 2019 at 1:26 am

    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — The nightmare scenario heading into the second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un isn’t so much “fire and fury” and millions dead. Rather, some experts fear the meeting could result in an ill-considered deal that allows North Korea to get everything it wants while giving […]

  • First Saudi female ambassador replaces king’s son in US
    by Jon Gambrell on February 24, 2019 at 1:09 am

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia appointed its first female ambassador early Sunday to serve as its top diplomat in the United States, pulling a son of King Salman back to the kingdom to serve as deputy defense minister amid deteriorating ties with America after the killing of Jamal Khashoggi. Princess Reema bint […]

  • Okinawa votes in referendum on US military base relocation
    by YURI KAGEYAMA on February 24, 2019 at 1:06 am

    TOKYO (AP) — The people of Okinawa are voting Sunday on a plan for a U.S. military base relocation in a referendum that will send a message on how they feel about housing American troops in Japan, who many see as a burden on the group of tiny southwestern islands. The referendum is technically not […]

  • Massage-parlor sting unveils thriving human-trafficking trade
    by Patricia Mazzei on February 24, 2019 at 12:35 am

    Beyond the lurid celebrity connection to the sex charges lies the wretched story of women who the police believe were brought from China under false promises of new lives and legitimate spa jobs. […]

  • Brown pledges to be most pro-union 2020 candidate if he runs
    by MICHELLE L. PRICE on February 24, 2019 at 12:13 am

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Democrat Sherrod Brown brought a pro-worker message Saturday to Las Vegas casino workers who are members of what’s considered Nevada’s most powerful labor union, declaring that if he decides to run for president, he will be “the most pro-union candidate.” Brown, a U.S. senator from Ohio, said he’s going to make […]

  • Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim gets loud ovation for Duke game
    by The Associated Press on February 23, 2019 at 11:41 pm

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Three days after he hit and killed a pedestrian, Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim returned to the bench Saturday night to a loud applause from a record Carrier Dome crowd prior to the Orange’s game against top-ranked Duke. Boeheim, who had not appeared in public since Wednesday night, made his way to […]