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February 23, 2018 - 12:08 am
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state lawmakers say they want to know whether current regulations relating to cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin are up to the task of protecting consumers. Democratic Sens. David Carlucci, of Rockland County, and Jesse Hamilton, of Brooklyn, have scheduled a hearing on the...
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This Feb. 19, 2018, satellite image provided by DigitalGlobe, shows the village of Thit Tone Nar Gwa Son, about 50 kilometers (31 miles) north of Maungdaw, Rakhine state, Myanmar. Satellite images of Myanmar’s troubled Rakhine state, released to The Associated Press by Colorado-based DigitalGlobe on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, show that dozens of empty villages and hamlets have been completely leveled by authorities in recent weeks, far more than previously reported. The villages were all set ablaze in the wake of violence last August, when a brutal clearance operation by security forces drove hundreds of thousands of Rohingya into exile in Bangladesh. (DigitalGlobe via AP)
February 23, 2018 - 12:08 am
BANGKOK (AP) — First, their villages were burned to the ground. Now, Myanmar's government is using bulldozers to literally erase them from the earth — in a vast operation rights groups say is destroying crucial evidence of mass atrocities against the nation's ethnic Rohingya Muslim minority...
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The family of Susan Morris makes a statement after the execution of Eric Scott Branch in Gainesville, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. The governor's office said Branch, 47, was pronounced dead Thursday after receiving a lethal injection at Florida State Prison. Branch was convicted of the 1993 rape and fatal beating of University of West Florida student Susan Morris, 21, whose naked body was found buried in a shallow grave near a nature trail. (Lauren Bacho/The Gainesville Sun via AP)
February 22, 2018 - 11:55 pm
STARKE, Fla. (AP) — As the execution drugs were being administered, inmate Eric Scott Branch let out a blood-curdling scream. Then he yelled "murderers! murderers! murderers!" as he thrashed on a gurney as he was being put to death for the 1993 rape and slaying of a college student. The drugs...
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In this June 14, 2017 photo, people walk past an entrance to the Anbang Insurance Group's offices in Beijing. China's insurance regulator said Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 it is assuming management of insurer Anbang, owner of New York's iconic Waldorf Astoria hotel, following the indictment of the company's chairman on charges of economic crimes. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
February 22, 2018 - 11:53 pm
BEIJING (AP) — The founder of one of China's biggest insurers, who had discussed possibly investing in a Manhattan skyscraper owned by the family of U.S. President Donald Trump's son-in-law and adviser, will be prosecuted for financial offenses and regulators have taken control of his company, the...
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Firefighters use a raft to rescue Samantha Tucker, center, and her young child and infant, after rising flood waters submerged her home, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in South Bend, Ind. (Robert Franklin/South Bend Tribune via AP)
February 22, 2018 - 11:42 pm
ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — Shelters were open to assist people forced from their homes by flooding in Indiana and Michigan on Thursday, as rivers swollen by heavy rain and melting snow continue to rise in the Midwest. Flood warnings were in effect across a wide swath of the central and southern U.S.,...
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FILE - In this June 25, 2013 file photo, Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., accompanied by fellow members of the Congressional Black Caucus express disappointment in the Supreme Court's decision on Shelby County v. Holder that invalidates Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Lewis worked for racial equality in Mississippi and across the South in the 1960s, and has been a U.S. congressman from Georgia since 1986. He returns to Mississippi Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, and is one of five people being honored for advancing civil rights. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
February 22, 2018 - 11:15 pm
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The first time John Lewis traveled to Mississippi in 1961, he was arrested and jailed with other Freedom Riders, black and white, who challenged segregation in a bus station. Lewis, who is African-American, remembers going into a restroom labeled for white men only. A Jackson...
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Mirai Nagasu of the United States performs during the women's free figure skating final in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
February 22, 2018 - 11:14 pm
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on the Pyeongchang Olympics (all times local): 1:10 p.m. The Americans secured their worst showing in modern-era Olympic women's figure skating with Mirai Nagasu failing to get any lift on her triple axel and popping a triple lutz. The 24-year-old Nagasu...
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A booking photo provided by the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department shows Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. A St. Louis grand jury has indicted Greitens on a felony invasion of privacy charge for allegedly taking a compromising photo of a woman with whom he had an affair in 2015, the city circuit attorney's office said Thursday. Greitens' attorney issued a scathing statement challenging the indictment. (St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)
February 22, 2018 - 11:14 pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis grand jury on Thursday indicted Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens on a felony invasion of privacy charge for allegedly taking a compromising photo of a woman with whom he had an affair in 2015. The Republican governor responded that he made a mistake but committed no crime...
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FILE - In this June 25, 2013 file photo, Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., accompanied by fellow members of the Congressional Black Caucus express disappointment in the Supreme Court's decision on Shelby County v. Holder that invalidates Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Lewis worked for racial equality in Mississippi and across the South in the 1960s, and has been a U.S. congressman from Georgia since 1986. He returns to Mississippi Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, and is one of five people being honored for advancing civil rights. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
February 22, 2018 - 11:09 pm
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Longtime U.S. Rep. John Lewis of Georgia is one of five people who are going to be honored for their work to advance civil rights. The recognition will take place during a celebration of the new Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in Jackson. Organizers have planned a gala for...
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In this Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, photo, Nissan Motor Co.'s Easy Ride robo-vehicle starts going from its global headquarters in Yokohama, near Tokyo. Starting next month, Nissan is testing on regular roads what it calls “a robo-vehicle mobility service.” Called Easy Ride, it uses a cell-phone app to book semi-autonomous driven rides. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
February 22, 2018 - 11:07 pm
YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Starting next month, Nissan Motor Co. is testing on regular roads what it calls "a robo-vehicle mobility service." Called Easy Ride, it uses a cell-phone app to book semi-autonomous driven rides. But Easy Ride won't necessarily be easy if poor internet connections mean it won...
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