The Buck Stops Here: Dutch Govt Quits Over Welfare Scandal | World News

By MIKE CORDER, Associated Press THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and his entire Cabinet resigned Friday to take political responsibility for a scandal involving investigations into child welfare payments that wrongly labeled thousands of parents as fraudsters. In a nationally televised speech, Rutte said he had informed King Willem-Alexander of … Read more

Germany Approves Resuming Russia Gas Pipeline Work | Business News

BERLIN (AP) — German authorities gave permission Friday for work to resume on a subsea pipeline bringing natural gas from Russia that’s been the target of U.S. sanctions threats. The decision by the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency can be appealed, meaning there could be another halt to the construction on the Nord Stream 2 … Read more

Ugandan President Reported Leading in Early Election Results | World News

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Uganda’s electoral commission said Friday that President Yoweri Museveni led in Thursday’s election with results in from 29% of polling stations, receiving 63% of ballots while top opposition candidate Bobi Wine had 28%. Final results are expected Saturday afternoon. Wine, a popular singer-turned-lawmaker half the president’s age, alleges that the vote … Read more

Fate of Biden Agenda Rests With Schumer in 50-50 Senate | Washington, D.C. News

By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Chuck Schumer is used to drinking from a firehose. But the incoming Senate majority leader has never taken on such a torrent of challenges, with the opening days of both the Biden administration and Democratic control of the Senate coming at the very moment an impeachment trial … Read more

Asia Today: China’s COVID-19 Hospitalizations, Cases Rise | World News

BEIJING (AP) — China says it is now treating more than 1,000 people for COVID-19 as numbers of cases continue to surge in the country’s north. The National Health Commission on Friday said 1,001 patients were under care for the disease, 26 of them in serious condition, and that 144 total new cases had been … Read more

Stars Return to Inauguration, With J.Lo, Gaga Set to Perform | Entertainment News

By JOCELYN NOVECK, AP National Writer The A-list is back. How A-list? Try Lady Gaga and J. Lo. Inauguration officials announced on Thursday that the glittery duo would appear in person on Jan. 20, with Gaga singing the national anthem as Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are sworn in on the West Front of the … Read more

Man Gets Life Prison Sentence for Killing on College Campus | U.S. News®

By MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — A white man who stabbed a Black college student to death at a bus stop on the University of Maryland’s flagship College Park campus was sentenced Thursday to life in prison for what prosecutors claimed was a racially motivated hate crime. Sean Urbanski, 25, apologized … Read more

Unions: Passenger Rails Need Better Security, No-Ride List | Political News

By JOSH FUNK, Associated Press OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Two major railroad workers unions have asked the Department of Homeland Security to beef up security on Amtrak and other passenger lines, including by creating a no-ride list akin to the no-fly list that prevents people identified as risks from boarding planes. The unions said Wednesday … Read more

Hot Again: 2020 Sets Yet Another Global Temperature Record | Science News

By SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer Earth’s rising fever hit or neared record hot temperature levels in 2020, global weather groups reported Thursday. While NASA and a couple of other measurement groups said 2020 passed or essentially tied 2016 as the hottest year on record, more agencies, including the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, said last … Read more

Stocks Open Higher, Bond Yields Rise Ahead of Biden Speech | Business News

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are opening higher on Wall Street as investors look ahead to a speech later Thursday in which President-elect Joe Biden is expected to provide more details on the incoming administration’s plans for more help for the coronavirus-ravaged economy. The S&P 500 index was up 0.3% in the early going, and … Read more

Russia Prison Agency Warns Navalny He Faces Immediate Arrest | World News

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press Russia’s prison service said Thursday that top Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny faces immediate arrest once he returns from Germany. Navalny, who has been convalescing in Germany from an August poisoning with a nerve agent that he has blamed on the Kremlin, said he will fly back home Sunday. He accused … Read more

‘Not Worth My Life’: Ugandans Vote in Tense Election | World News

By RODNEY MUHUMUZA, Associated Press KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandans were voting Thursday in a presidential election tainted by widespread violence that some fear could escalate as security forces try to stop supporters of leading opposition challenger Bobi Wine from monitoring polling stations. Internet access has been cut off. Long lines of voters snaked into … Read more

S. Korean Court Upholds Prison Term for Ex-President Park | World News

By KIM TONG-HYUNG, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a 20-year prison term for former President Park Geun-hye over bribery and other crimes as it wrapped up a historic corruption case that marked a striking fall from grace for the country’s first female leader and conservative icon. … Read more

China 2020 Exports up Despite Virus; Surplus Surges to $535B | Business News

BEIJING (AP) — China’s exports rose in 2020 despite pressure from the coronavirus and a tariff war with Washington, boosting its politically volatile trade surplus to $535 billion, one of the highest ever reported. Exports increased 3.6% over 2019 to $2.6 trillion, an improvement over the previous year’s 0.5% gain, customs data showed Thursday. Imports … Read more

Managers Detained as 22 Trapped in China Mine for 3rd Day | World News

BEIJING (AP) — Authorities have detained managers at a gold mine in eastern China where 22 workers have been trapped underground following an explosion Sunday. The condition of the workers trapped for more than three days remains unknown. Managers waited more than a day to give notice of the explosion in violation of rules saying … Read more

Census Halts Efforts to Comply With Trump Citizenship Order | Political News

By MIKE SCHNEIDER, Associated Press The director of the U.S. Census Bureau on Wednesday indefinitely halted efforts to comply with President Donald Trump’s order demanding data on who is in the country illegally after receiving blowback from civil rights groups and concerns raised by bureau statisticians about the accuracy of such figures. Bureau workers laboring … Read more

Authorities: Man in ‘Camp Auschwitz’ Shirt at Riot Arrested | Washington, D.C. News

By BEN FINLEY and DENISE LAVOIE NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A man who was photographed wearing a “Camp Auschwitz” sweatshirt during the U.S. Capitol riot last week was arrested Wednesday in Virginia, authorities said. Robert Keith Packer, 56, was arrested in Newport News, where he lives. He was charged with violent entry and disorderly conduct … Read more

‘He Must Go,’ U.S. House Speaker Pelosi Says as Trump Impeachment Starts | Top News

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday called on lawmakers to impeach President Donald Trump, saying he must be held accountable for inciting last week’s violent attack on Congress. “We know that the president of the United States incited this insurrection, this armed rebellion against our common country. He must go. He … Read more

Airbnb to Block, Cancel DC Bookings Ahead of Inauguration | U.S. News®

By ANNE D’INNOCENZIO, AP Retail Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Airbnb says it will be blocking and cancelling all reservations in the Washington, D.C. area during the week of the presidential inauguration. The decision, announced Wednesday, was in response to various local, state and federal officials asking people not to travel to Washington, D.C. It … Read more

Irish PM Sorry for ‘Profound Wrong’ of Unwed Mothers Homes | World News

By SYLVIA HUI, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Ireland’s prime minster issued a formal state apology Wednesday to the thousands of unmarried women and their children who endured pain, shame and stigma at church-run institutions, saying his government was determined to start righting the country’s wrongs. Prime Minister Micheal Martin’s apology came a day after … Read more

Volkswagen Sold 9.3 Million Cars in Pandemic Year, Down 15% | Business News

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German automaker Volkswagen said its global sales fell 15.2% during 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic but showed significant recovery toward the end of the year. The company more than tripled its sales of battery-only vehicles. Global sales for all of Volkswagen’s brands amounted to 9.3 million vehicles. The fourth quarter … Read more

What to Watch as House Moves to Impeach Trump for 2nd Time | Political News

By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s fiery speech at a rally just before the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol is at the center of the impeachment charge against him, even as the falsehoods he spread for months about election fraud are still being championed by some Republicans. A Capitol … Read more

Indian Partying Hotspot Goa Counts Losses, Braces for Change | Business News

By VINEETA DEEPAK, Associated Press GOA, India (AP) — The sun’s golden rays fall on Goa’s smooth, sandy beaches every evening, magical as ever but strangely quiet and lonely. This holiday season, few visitors are enjoying the celebrated sunsets in the Indian party hotspot. The unspoken fear of the coronavirus is sapping Goa’s vibrant beach … Read more

US Carries Out Its 1st Execution of Female Inmate Since 1953 | Missouri News

By MICHAEL TARM and HEATHER HOLLINGSWORTH, Associated Press TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — A Kansas woman was executed Wednesday for strangling an expectant mother in Missouri and cutting the baby from her womb, the first time in nearly seven decades that the U.S. government has put to death a female inmate. Lisa Montgomery, 52, was … Read more

Indonesian Searchers Hunt for Crashed Plane’s Voice Recorder | World News

By NINIEK KARMINI and ACHMAD IBRAHIM, Associated Press JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Divers looking for a crashed plane’s cockpit voice recorder were searching in mud and plane debris on the seabed between Indonesian islands Wednesday to retrieve information key to learning why the Sriwijaya Air jet nosedived into the water over the weekend. Indonesian navy … Read more

UN Official: Terrorists Using Pandemic to Stoke Extremism | World News

By EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. counter-terrorism chief warned Tuesday that terrorists are exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic and appealing to new “racially, ethnically and politically motivated violent extremist groups.” Vladimir Voronkov spoke at the U.N. Security Council’s 20th anniversary commemoration of the pivotal resolution to fight terrorism adopted after … Read more

The Latest: Group of House Republicans Wants Trump Censured | Political News

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the fallout from the attack of the U.S. Capitol by a mob of pro-Trump loyalists (all times local): A group of moderate House Republicans has introduced a resolution to censure President Donald Trump for his role in last week’s attack at the Capitol and for “attempting to unlawfully overturn … Read more

Kansas House Dems Move to Oust Member Over Issues With Women | Political News

By JOHN HANNA and HEATHER HOLLINGSWORTH, Associated Press TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators on Tuesday began the process to oust a newly elected lawmaker over multiple issues that include the 20-year-old’s rhetoric on Twitter and allegations that he harassed and threatened girls and women. A formal compliant filed in the House by Democratic members … Read more

Sundance Adds Coogler-Produced ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ | Entertainment News

By LINDSEY BAHR, AP Film Writer The Ryan Coogler-produced Fred Hampton film “Judas and the Black Messiah” will have its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival before heading to HBO Max and theaters, programmers announced Tuesday. Daniel Kaluuya plays the Black Panther Party chairman and his “Get Out” co-star Lakeith Stanfield plays FBI informant William … Read more

Social Media Crackdown Continues After Siege of US Capitol | Political News

LONDON (AP) — Social media platforms are continuing to crack down on fringe groups and conspiracy theories following last week’s deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol. Twitter suspended more than 70,000 accounts associated with the far right QAnon conspiracy and Facebook is removing posts and content fraudulently claiming that the U.S. election was stolen as … Read more

Turkey Says Its Ready to Repair Frayed Ties With Europe | Business News

By SUZAN FRASER, Associated Press ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday his country is ready to put its frayed relationship with the European Union “back on track” and called on the 27-nation bloc to display the same determination. In an address to EU nations’ ambassadors in Ankara, Erdogan also expressed … Read more

EU Regulator Is Considering Oxford-AstraZeneca Vaccine | Business News

LONDON (AP) — The European Medicines Agency said AstraZeneca and Oxford University have submitted an application for their COVID-19 vaccine to be licensed across the European Union. In a statement Tuesday, the EU regulator said it has received a request for the vaccine to be green-lighted under an expedited process and that it could be … Read more

Divers Sift Debris, Seabed Mud for Indonesia Plane Devices | World News

By NINIEK KARMINI and ANDI JATMIKO, Associated Press JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian navy divers were searching through plane debris and seabed mud Tuesday looking for the black boxes of a Sriwijaya Air jet that nosedived into the Java Sea over the weekend with 62 people aboard. A navy ship earlier picked up intense pings … Read more

Asian Stocks Mixed as Markets Watch for Biden Stimulus Plan | Business News

By JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks advanced Tuesday as investors watched for details of President-elect Joe Biden’s promised economic stimulus plan. Shanghai, Tokyo and Hong Kong, which account for the bulk of the region’s stock value, rose. Seoul, Sydney and Southeast Asian markets retreated. Overnight, Wall Street declined following a … Read more

Emergency Imposed in Malaysia Over Virus Is Reprieve for PM | World News

By EILEEN NG, Associated Press KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia’s king Tuesday approved a coronavirus emergency that will suspend parliament at least until August and halt any bids to seek a general election in a political reprieve for embattled Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin. Muhyiddin assured citizens in a televised speech that the emergency was … Read more

Data Snags Cause Trump to Miss Giving Congress Census Data | Political News

By MIKE SCHNEIDER, Associated Press The Trump administration missed a deadline for giving Congress numbers used for divvying up congressional seats among the states, and government attorneys said Monday that the figures would not be ready until early March, almost a month later than previously disclosed. President Donald Trump on Sunday let slip the target … Read more

Scientists Decry Death by 1,000 Cuts for World’s Insects | Science News

By SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer The world’s vital insect kingdom is undergoing “death by a thousand cuts,” the world’s top bug experts said. Climate change, insecticides, herbicides, light pollution, invasive species and changes in agriculture and land use are causing Earth to lose probably 1% to 2% of its insects each year, said University … Read more

The Latest: 2 Capitol Police Officers Suspended After Attack | Political News

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the fallout of the storming of the Capitol by a mob of pro-Trump loyalists (all times local): Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio says two U.S. Capitol Police officers have been suspended as a result of their actions during last week’s attack on the Capitol. Ryan told reporters on … Read more

Woman Set to Die for Killing Woman, Cutting Baby From Womb | Missouri News

By HEATHER HOLLINGSWORTH, Associated Press MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Becky Harper sobbed as she spoke to a Missouri dispatcher after stumbling across her expectant daughter in a pool of blood, her womb slashed open and the child she had been carrying missing. “It’s like she exploded or something,” Harper told the dispatcher on Dec. 16, … Read more

‘We’re Going to Run Out’: New York Urges U.S. to Increase Vaccine Supply | Top News

By Maria Caspani and Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York officials said on Monday that they feared efforts to accelerate the vaccination of people against the novel coronavirus will be hampered by an insufficient supply of doses from the U.S. government. In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio has said he wants … Read more