United States

No bail for ex-death row inmate charged with sex trafficking

An exonerated death row inmate from Delaware has been ordered held without bail on a sex trafficking charge in Hawaii.

United States

Tillerson signals deeper US military commitment in Syria

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson signaled deeper U.S. commitment to Syria on Wednesday, saying America would maintain its military presence there to prevent an Islamic State resurgence.

Politics

GOP fights to retain Pennsylvania congressional seat

A special election in the Keystone State’s snow-frosted southwestern corner is the hot new race to watch.

United States

Senators grill social media companies over terrorist posts

Lawmakers grilled executives Facebook, Google's YouTube and Twitter on Wednesday about what the companies are doing to prevent terrorists from using their platforms to spread propaganda and recruit new followers.

United States

Award may drop name of author tied to sterilization movement

The Vermont Board of Libraries has recommended that the name of a prominent Vermont author, activist and pioneering education supporter be removed from a children's book award program to better connect with young readers.

United States

Ex-Michigan teacher enters plea deal in prostitution case

A former Michigan middle school band teacher acquitted in 2002 of sexual conduct involving a student has pleaded guilty in a separate case to attempting to engage a minor for prostitution.

Entertainment

NBC sends Katie Couric to Olympics in new embarrassment for Megyn Kelly

NBC announced it would bring back former employee Katie Couric to co-host the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics next month, a surprise move following the network’s announcement that new NBC News star Megyn Kelly wouldn’t travel to Sout

World

US withholds hurricane emergency loan sought by Puerto Rico

A billion-dollar emergency loan approved by Congress to help Puerto Rico deal with the effects of Hurricane Maria has been temporarily withheld by federal officials who say the U.S. territory is not facing a cash shortage like it has repeatedly warned abo

World

Nationalists allowed to join German parliament's soccer team

A soccer team of German lawmakers has agreed to let several recently elected members of a nationalist party join its squad.

Entertainment

Playboy Playmate Dani Mathers won't face jail time for 2017 body-shaming incident

After getting a warning from the court, Playboy Playmate Dani Mathers stepped up her community service game and will officially avoid spending any time in jail for her body-shaming incident last year.

Travel

Couple claims honeymoon cruise was ruined by 'poop' shower

They say sewage was spewing up from the drain.

United States

New details out on death of radio host's suspected killer

Prosecutors have released new details about the drug overdose death of the man they say was hired to kill a radio host in New Jersey.

World

Thousands of migrants packed into Greek island

As the E.U. struggles to find a solution to waves of migrants coming into the continent from the Middle East and Africa, migrants are being held in limbo on a Greek island.

United States

Alabama student investigated over videos using racial slur

The University of Alabama says social media videos of a student repeatedly using a racial slur have been reported to the school's student-conduct office.

Politics

Congress grills social media giants on efforts to curtail terror content

Congress on Wednesday demanded answers from tech giants including Facebook and Twitter about whether they’re doing enough to keep terror networks off social media, even suggesting that their reports about thwarting such efforts show they’re

United States

Fed survey finds solid growth and rising wages

The Federal Reserve says the economy was growing at a moderate pace at the start of the year, with the majority of business contacts optimistic about prospects for 2018.

United States

Last of 10 wanted in fish market child labor case arrested

Authorities say the last of 10 people wanted in connection with a religious organization that police say forced children to work in North Carolina fish markets has been arrested.

United States

Tweak in foreign surveillance bill may not change much

Congress is nearing renewal of a key spy program that allows U.S. intelligence agencies to collect information on foreigners abroad.

Sport

Spurs' Leonard out indefinitely to continue injury rehab

Spurs' Leonard out indefinitely to continue injury rehab

World

UN presents new proposals on Greece-Macedonia name dispute

A U.N. mediator says he presented new proposals to resolve a 25-year-old dispute between Greece and Macedonia over the Balkan nation's name and should know within two months whether progress can be made.

Politics

Trump willing to 'sit down' with North Korea's Kim Jong Un

President Trump said Wednesday he is willing to negotiate directly with Kim Jong Un over North Korea’s nuclear weapons program but expressed doubts it would ultimately work.

United States

Thieves steal $80,000 camera used to catch speeding drivers

Police in Rhode Island say two people unbolted an $80,000 camera used to catch speeding drivers, strapped it to the bed of a truck and drove away three days after it was installed.

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