Hamas names shadowy militant as new leader in Gaza
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Hamas names shadowy militant as new leader in Gaza

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Hamas has named a shadowy militant commander as its new leader in the Gaza Strip, an official media outlet confirmed on Monday, placing one of the Islamic militant group’s most hard-line figures in charge of its core power base. The appointment of Yehiya Sinwar, who was freed by Israel … Continue reading

More than 1.5 million are refugees from South Sudan, says UN
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More than 1.5 million are refugees from South Sudan, says UN

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — More than 1.5 million South Sudanese have become refugees and their humanitarian needs are overwhelming aid efforts during the country’s civil war, according to the United Nations. South Sudan’s civil war began in December 2013 and roughly 3.6 million people have fled their homes or become refugees, according to the U.N. … Continue reading

The Latest: Syria unveils new Hama statue to Assad’s father
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The Latest: Syria unveils new Hama statue to Assad’s father

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local): 6:40 p.m. Syria’s state news agency says authorities have unveiled a statue of late President Hafez Assad in the city of Hama to replace the one pulled down by demonstrators nearly six years ago, in the early days of the uprising against his … Continue reading

Gorsuch would be 8th man to hold ‘Justice Scalia’s seat’
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Gorsuch would be 8th man to hold ‘Justice Scalia’s seat’

WASHINGTON (AP) — On the night Judge Neil Gorsuch was nominated to fill Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat on the U.S. Supreme Court, he was thinking about history. “The towering judges that have served in this particular seat on the Supreme Court, including Antonin Scalia and Robert Jackson, are much in my mind at this moment,” … Continue reading

US commander: Mosul and Raqqa should be retaken in 6 months
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US commander: Mosul and Raqqa should be retaken in 6 months

CAMP TAJI, Iraq (AP) — Forces fighting the Islamic State group should be able to retake the IS-held cities of Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria within the next six months, according to the top U.S. commander in Iraq. On a tour north of Baghdad Wednesday, U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend said “within … Continue reading

Turkey hit by 2 magnitude 5.3 quakes; 11 villages damaged
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Turkey hit by 2 magnitude 5.3 quakes; 11 villages damaged

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Two earthquakes with preliminary magnitudes of 5.3 jolted Turkey’s northern Aegean Sea coast on Monday Feb. 6, 2017,  damaging dozens of homes in 11 villages and injuring at least five people, officials said. The first quake, which was centered beneath the Aegean off the coast of the town of Ayvacik in … Continue reading

Future of state jail death investigations remains uncertain
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Future of state jail death investigations remains uncertain

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — State lawmakers have voted down a proposal that would have funded two investigators to review deaths in jails. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/2kAboor) that the gap in oversight was exposed by the August 2015 death of 24-year-old Jamycheal Mitchell at Hampton Roads Regional Jail. No single state agency currently investigates deaths … Continue reading

Miami’s joyous Cubans hope for change with Castro’s death
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Miami’s joyous Cubans hope for change with Castro’s death

MIAMI (AP) — Fidel Castro’s death triggered an emotional and long-awaited celebration in Miami’s large Cuban-American community Saturday as peaceful demonstrators waved flags and honked car horns, many cheering with joy and others weeping for family members who didn’t live to see this day. Yet it was also a bittersweet time as most realize Castro’s … Continue reading

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School stops residential program after teen’s death

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Officials with a private school for children with special needs in Philadelphia say they’re ceasing operations at the school’s residential treatment program after a 17-year-old student died earlier this month in an altercation with staff. A spokeswoman for the state Department of Human Services said Monday they’ve ordered Wordsworth Academy’s residential treatment … Continue reading

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Wrongful death lawsuit against ex-UVA athlete moving forward

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A Charlottesville judge has denied a request to pause the wrongful death lawsuit against George Huguely V, a former University of Virginia student convicted of second-degree murder in the slaying of his girlfriend, Yeardley Love. Media outlets report attorneys for Sharon Love — Yeardley Love’s mother — asked the judge on … Continue reading

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Virginia reports storm-related death after Hurricane Matthew

Virginia officials reported one storm-related death Monday after Hurricane Matthew. State police said in a statement Monday that 38-year-old Anthony Longoria of Carsville was killed when his pickup truck rear-ended a tractor-trailer stopped for a downed tree on Interstate 64 in Chesapeake early Sunday. Police say he wasn’t wearing his seatbelt. Virginia Department of Emergency Management … Continue reading

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Goodyear plant faces penalties related to workers’ deaths

DANVILLE, Va. (AP) — State safety officials say Goodyear’s plant in Danville faces additional penalties following recent deaths there. Local news organizations report that the Virginia Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Thursday that it had filed a citation last week related to one of the deaths and will issue another one Friday. Jennifer Rose, … Continue reading