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Kobe Bryant dies in helicopter crash

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kobe Bryant, the 18-time NBA All-Star who won five championships and became one of the greatest basketball players of his generation during a 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, died in a helicopter crash Sunday. He was 41. Bryant died in a helicopter crash near ...

Biden launches 2020 bid warning ‘soul’ of America at stake

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden formally joined the crowded Democratic presidential contest on Thursday, declaring the “soul of this nation” at stake if President Donald Trump wins re-election. In a video posted on Twitter , Biden focused on the 2017 deadly clash ...

Sri Lanka asks for resignations of top security officials

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s president has asked for the resignations of the defense secretary and national police chief, a dramatic internal shake-up after security forces shrugged off intelligence reports warning of possible attacks before Easter bombings that killed over 350 ...

An upbeat Kim arrives in Russia, ready for his Putin summit

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un stepped off his khaki-green armored train in far-eastern Russia on Wednesday, smiling and upbeat ahead of a much-anticipated summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin that comes amid deadlocked global diplomacy over Kim’s nuclear ...

FBI aids probe after car plows into 8 California pedestrians

SUNNYVALE, Calif. (AP) — The FBI is assisting California officials in the investigation of a motorist who appeared to deliberately plow into a group of people, injuring eight, authorities said Wednesday. Prentice Danner, a spokesman for the FBI’s field office in San Francisco, said the ...

Sri Lanka minister: Easter bombings a response to NZ attacks

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A top Sri Lanka official said Tuesday the Easter bombings that killed 321 people were carried out by a Islamic fundamentalists in apparent retaliation for the New Zealand mosque massacres last month by a white supremacist, while the Islamic State group sought to ...

Kim, Putin to meet Thursday in Russia’s Far East

MOSCOW (AP) — A Kremlin adviser says that President Vladimir Putin will meet the North Korean leader in Russia’s Far East on Thursday. Yuri Ushakov told Russian news agencies on Tuesday that the much-anticipated talks between Putin and Kim Jong Un would be held in Vladivostok on the ...

Powerful quake hits Philippines, day after deadly temblor

PORAC, Philippines (AP) — A new powerful earthquake hit the central Philippines on Tuesday, a day after a magnitude 6.1 quake rattled the country’s north and left at least 16 people dead, including in a collapsed supermarket, where rescuers scrambled to find survivors. The U.S. Geological ...

Coming to store shelves: cameras that guess your age and sex

NEW YORK (AP) — Eyeing that can of soda in the supermarket cooler? Or maybe you’re craving a pint of ice cream? A camera could be watching you. But it’s not there to see if you’re stealing. These cameras want to get to know you and what you’re buying. It’s a new technology being ...

S&P 500, Nasdaq close at record highs as earnings roll in

(AP) - The S&P 500 hit an all-time high Tuesday, marking the stock market’s complete recovery from a nosedive at the end of last year. The benchmark index’s previous record was set last September, shortly before the market sank in the fourth quarter amid fears of a recession, an ...

Justices seem ready to OK asking citizenship on census

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite evidence that millions of Hispanics and immigrants could go uncounted, the Supreme Court’s conservative majority seemed ready Tuesday to uphold the Trump administration’s plan to inquire about U.S. citizenship on the 2020 census in a case that could affect ...

Brothers sue Jussie Smollett’s lawyers, claiming defamation

CHICAGO (AP) — Two brothers who say they helped Jussie Smollett stage a racist and homophobic attack against himself sued the “Empire” actor’s attorneys on Tuesday, accusing them of defamation by continuing to insist publicly that the brothers carried out a real, bigoted attack on ...

Americans getting more inactive, computers partly to blame

(AP) - Americans are becoming increasingly sedentary, spending almost a third of their waking hours sitting down, and computer use is partly to blame, a new study found. Over almost a decade, average daily sitting time increased by roughly an hour, to about eight hours for U.S. teens and ...

Area Deaths

James Kirkeide, 52, Fessenden, died Saturday near Devils Lake. (Nelson Funeral Home, Fessenden) Larry Johnson, 62, Kenmare, died Thursday in a Fargo hospital. (Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Kenmare)

US says no more sanctions waivers for importing Iranian oil

(AP) -The Trump administration said Monday that it will no longer exempt any countries from U.S. sanctions if they continue to buy Iranian oil, stepping up pressure on Iran in a move that primarily affects the five remaining major importers: China and India and U.S. treaty allies Japan, South ...

Supreme Court to take up LGBT job discrimination cases

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is taking on a major test of LGBT rights in cases that look at whether federal civil rights law bans job discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The justices said Monday they will hear cases involving people who claim they ...

Pompeo says US committed to fighting terrorism

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the U.S. mourns the victims of Easter bomb attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka and is committed to confronting terrorism together with the Sri Lankan people. At least 290 people died and 500 were injured in nine bomb ...

Trump, business organization sue Democratic House chairman

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and his business organization sued the Democratic chairman of the House oversight committee on Monday to block a subpoena that seeks years of the president’s financial records. The complaint, filed in federal court in Washington, says the subpoena ...

Culinary delights found along the Charlevoix Flavor Trail

LA MALBAIE, Quebec (AP) — Danielle Ricard was walking through the woods not far from the shore of the St. Lawrence River when her husband, Jean-Pierre, kicked a patch of mushrooms. It led to an epiphany. Bankruptcies had hit the Charlevoix Region of eastern Quebec hard in 2002 and the ...