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February 20, 2018 - 3:35 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela on Tuesday was set to become the first country to launch its own version of bitcoin, a move it hopes will provide a much-needed boost to its credit-stricken economy. Officials say the so-called petro is backed by Venezuela's crude oil reserves, the largest in the...
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Italian Premier Paolo Gentiloni, right, and the head of the Italian secret service, Alessandro Pansa, present the annual security report at Chigi Palace premier's office in Rome, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. (Ettore Ferrari/ANSA via AP).
February 20, 2018 - 3:32 pm
ROME (AP) — Italian government officials are warning of possible foreign interference in the March 4 general election, sounding the alarm following the U.S. indictment of Russian trolls and evidence of Russian-sourced fake news on popular Italian platforms. Premier Paolo Gentiloni on Tuesday...
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FILE - This Aug. 12, 2016, file photo provided by the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office shows Stanley Vernon Majors, of Tulsa, Okla. A judge on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, sentenced Majors to life in prison without the possibility of parole for fatally shooting his Lebanese neighbor in August 2016 in what the jury determined was a hate crime. (Tulsa County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)
February 20, 2018 - 3:19 pm
TULSA, Oklahoma (AP) — A 63-year-old Oklahoma man convicted of murder and a hate crime in the fatal shooting of his Lebanese neighbor was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Stanley Vernon Majors was convicted earlier this month of gunning down 37-year-old Khalid...
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Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, left, next to James Manker, VA Acting Principal Deputy Under Secretary for Benefits, speaks about FY19 to the House Veterans Affairs Committee, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
February 20, 2018 - 3:05 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, fighting for political survival over travel abuse, says he has the president's trust and will not be leaving his post. Speaking after a meeting at the White House, Shulkin told The Associated Press that White House chief of staff John...
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FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2017 file photo, Amal Clooney and George Clooney arrive at the premiere of "Suburbicon" in Los Angeles. George and Amal Clooney are donating $500,000 to students organizing nationwide marches against gun violence, and they say they’ll also attend next month’s planned protests. In a statement released Tuesday, Feb. 20, the couple says they are inspired by the “courage and eloquence” of the survivors-turned-activists from Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
February 20, 2018 - 3:05 pm
PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the deadly Florida high school shooting (all times local): 3:05 p.m. Authorities say a Florida teen has been arrested and had his rifle confiscated after posting a threatening video online. A Wakulla County Sheriff's Office news release says 18-year-old Kane...
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A police car is parked outside Jackson Township Middle School, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018 in Massillon, Ohio. A school official in Ohio says a middle school student apparently shot himself after bringing a gun to school. Police say Jackson Middle School, near Massillon, is on lockdown Tuesday and that the students and staff are safe.(Bob Rossiter/The Canton Repository via AP)
February 20, 2018 - 3:03 pm
MASSILLON, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a seventh-grader who shot and injured himself inside an Ohio middle school bathroom also had a device in his backpack meant to cause a distraction. Police emphasized the device wasn't an explosive that would've harmed anyone. Investigators say no other...
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February 20, 2018 - 2:52 pm
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Uber is pulling out of Morocco — a decision the San Francisco-headquartered company says is linked to the North African country's failure to reform its strict transport rules. For nearly three years, Uber has been operating illegally in Morocco — despite currently having 19,...
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FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2017 file photo, Amal Clooney and George Clooney arrive at the premiere of "Suburbicon" in Los Angeles. George and Amal Clooney are donating $500,000 to students organizing nationwide marches against gun violence, and they say they’ll also attend next month’s planned protests. In a statement released Tuesday, Feb. 20, the couple says they are inspired by the “courage and eloquence” of the survivors-turned-activists from Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
February 20, 2018 - 2:52 pm
PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the deadly Florida high school shooting (all times local): 2:50 p.m. Students who walked out of classes in western North Carolina to protest mass shootings at U.S. schools say teenagers are tired of being ignored on the issue. The Times-News of Hendersonville...
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This image released by Disney shows Chadwick Boseman in a scene from Marvel Studios' "Black Panther." (Matt Kennedy/Marvel Studios-Disney via AP)
February 20, 2018 - 2:52 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — With a massive $40.2 million in ticket sales Monday, "Black Panther" has set another box-office record: biggest Monday ever. The Walt Disney Co. again raised its box-office estimates for the Marvel sensation on Tuesday. The film's updated Monday performance — $7 million higher than...
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FILE--In this Aug. 6, 2017, file photo, demonstrators against the Keystone XL pipeline march in Lincoln, Neb. Opponents of the proposed oil pipeline from Canada are asking a federal judge to force the U.S. government to turn over emails and other documents related to President Donald Trump's approval of the project. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, file)
February 20, 2018 - 2:41 pm
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Opponents of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada are asking a judge to force the U.S. government to turn over emails and other documents related to President Donald Trump's approval of the project. Environmentalists who sued to stop the 1,179-mile (1,800-...
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