Nation and World

  • Indonesia arrests 4 foreigners on drug charges
    by The Associated Press on October 21, 2019 at 1:51 pm

    DENPASAR, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian customs officials have arrested four foreigners for allegedly trying to smuggle drugs onto the resort island of Bali. The head of customs at Bali’s Ngurah Rai airport, Himawan Indarjono, says the foreigners — two Thai women, one Russian woman and a Frenchman — were arrested earlier this month. Himawan said […]

  • State worried over high carcinogen levels in Georgia city
    by The Associated Press on October 21, 2019 at 1:49 pm

    COVINGTON, Ga. (AP) — State regulators are expressing concern about high levels of a gaseous carcinogen in a Georgia city where a medical sterilization company leaked the chemical last month. The chief of the air protection branch at the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, Karen Hays, says the elevated levels of ethylene oxide represent an “unacceptable” […]

  • German woman charged with Islamic State membership
    by The Associated Press on October 21, 2019 at 1:43 pm

    BERLIN (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a German woman with membership in a terrorist organization and child endangerment for taking her three minor children to Syria and joining the Islamic State extremist group. Prosecutors said Monday that Carla-Josephine S., whose last name wasn’t released, took her son and daughters to Syria in 2015 while her […]

  • Torture video found in Alaska contains vital clue to killing
    by MARK THIESSEN on October 21, 2019 at 1:32 pm

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The suspect in a brutal torture killing in Alaska’s biggest city ended up leading police right to him, first by losing a digital memory card labeled “Homicide at midtown Marriott” that contained video of the dying woman. Then came an even more innocuous blunder: He spoke on the tape in his […]

  • Georgia county’s experience shows perils of ransomware
    by SUDHIN THANAWALA on October 21, 2019 at 1:26 pm

    JEFFERSON, Ga. (AP) — On the first Saturday in March, computer screens at the 911 dispatch center in this small town went dark. Staff at the county jail around the same time could no longer open cell doors remotely with electronic controls, and sheriff’s deputies lost the use of their laptops to look up license […]

  • Zimbabwe says 55 elephants have starved to death in 2 months
    by FARAI MUTSAKA on October 21, 2019 at 1:20 pm

    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — At least 55 elephants have starved to death in the past two months in Zimbabwe’s biggest national park as a serious drought forces animals to stray into nearby communities in search of food and water, authorities said Monday. “The problem is real, the situation is dire,” said National Parks and Wildlife […]

  • California tribe regains island it calls center of universe
    by FELICIA FONSECA on October 21, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    Indian Island off the coast of Northern California was the site of a massacre, a place that was contaminated by a shipyard and flush with invasive species. It’s also the spiritual and physical center of the universe for the small Wiyot Tribe, and it will belong to them almost entirely Monday after a city deeds […]

  • Thieves steal Amazon fertility statues as synod nears end
    by The Associated Press on October 21, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis’ controversial meeting on the Amazon has taken a criminal twist after thieves stole indigenous fertility statues from a Vatican-area church and tossed them into the Tiber River. Video of the pre-dawn theft from the Santa Maria in Traspontina church was shared and celebrated on conservative social media Monday. The […]

  • Indonesia’s losing presidential candidate to join Cabinet
    by NINIEK KARMINI on October 21, 2019 at 1:02 pm

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s opposition leader and losing presidential candidate said Monday that he will join his election rival’s Cabinet to help strengthen the country’s defense, signaling a calming of political tensions in the world’s third-largest democracy. Former special forces general Prabowo Subianto said he was asked by President Joko Widodo to join the […]

  • Warren vows to ban federal funding for new charter schools
    by The Associated Press on October 21, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has announced an education proposal pledging to spend hundreds of billions of dollars on public schools while ending all federal funding to create new charter schools. The Massachusetts senator said Monday she’ll “adequately and equitably” fund K-12 education using a “wealth tax” of 2% on households worth […]