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Chicago's vast camera network helped solve Smollett case

CHICAGO (AP) ” Police tapped into Chicago’s vast network of surveillance cameras ” and even some homeowners’ doorbell cameras ” to track down two brothers who later claimed they were paid by “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett to stage an attack on him, the latest example of the city’s high-tech approach to public safety.Officers said they reviewed video from more than four dozen cameras to trace the brothers’ movements before and after the reported attack, determining where they lived and […]

Judge grants citizenship to twin son of gay couple

LOS ANGELES (AP) ” A federal judge in California ruled Thursday that a twin son of a gay married couple has been an American citizen since birth, handing a defeat to the U.S. government, which had only granted the status to his brother.The State Department was wrong to deny citizenship to 2-year-old Ethan Dvash-Banks because U.S. law does not require a child to show a biological relationship with their parents if their parents were married at the time of their bi

Mueller report looming, new attorney general in hot seat

WASHINGTON (AP) ” William Barr has been attorney general for just one week but is on the cusp of staring down what will almost certainly be the most consequential decision of his long career: how much of the special counsel’s findings to make public.The position catapults him from Justice Department outsider free to theorize and speculate on special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation to the man at the center of the legal and political firestorm that will accompany its looming […]

Worry about US-SKorea alliance grows before Trump-Kim summit

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) ” As President Donald Trump seeks a nuclear deal with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un next week in Vietnam, some in Seoul are wondering if the fate of Washington’s decades-long military alliance with South Korea could be at stake.Much of this worry is linked to Trump’s repeated assertions that the U.S. military deployment in South Korea is too costly, and to his surprise suspension of some U.S. military exercises with South Korea ” including a major summertime […]

More civilians leave last IS-held pocket in eastern Syria

OUTSIDE BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) ” Small trucks carrying disheveled men, women and children left the Islamic State group’s last pocket of territory in eastern Syria in an escorted convoy on Friday, hours after U.S.-led coalition airstrikes meant to pressure the militants targeted the area on the banks of the Euphrates River.At least 20 trucks were seen leaving the through a humanitarian corridor from the militants’ last patch of territory in the remote village of Baghouz near the Iraqi […]

At Kraft Heinz, a fed investigation and a $15.4B write-down

PITTSBURGH (AP) ” Kraft Heinz has disclosed an investigation by federal regulators and will slash the value of its Oscar Mayer and Kraft brands by $15.4 billion.Shares plunged more than 20 percent before the opening bell Friday after the company posted a stunning $12.6 billion loss for the fourth quarter.Kraft Heinz divulged the receipt of a subpoena in October from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission related to its procurement operations. Those operations handle […]

Powerful 7.5-magnitude quake hits southern Ecuador

LIMA, Peru (AP) ” A very powerful magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck southern Ecuador in the early hours of Friday close to the country’s border with Peru, although no immediate reports of possible casualties or damage were available.The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake happened at 10:17 GMT 115 kilometers (71 miles) southeast of the town of Palora, in the Morona Santiago province, at a depth of 132 kilometers (82 miles).The quake was felt in the Ecuadorean capital, Quito, […]

Swede gets 4.5 years for royal jewels heist

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) ” A 22-year-old Swede was sentenced Friday to four and a half years in prison after he was convicted of stealing 17th-century Swedish royal treasures estimated to be worth 65 million kronor ($7 million) from a cathedral last year.The Eskiltuna District Court said Johan Nicklas Backstrom stole two crowns and an orb used at the funerals of King Karl IX and Queen Kristina. The jewels, dating from 1611, had been on display in Strangnas Cathedral, west of Stockholm. […]

Russian court extends detention for alleged American spy

MOSCOW (AP) ” A Moscow court has extended the detention for the American arrested at the end of December for alleged spying.Paul Whelan, a former U.S. Marine, was detained in a Moscow hotel at the end of December. His arrest raised speculation that he could be swapped for one of the Russians being held in the United States. Whelan’s lawyer said his client had been handed a flash-drive with classified information that he had been unaware of.The court in Moscow ruled Friday to […]

BMW, Daimler: You can trust us with car-sharing data

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) ” Automakers Daimler and BMW say that trustworthy handling of personal data will be a key competitive advantage in their new joint venture that offers customers app-based services like car-sharing.The two competitors for luxury car customers said Friday they are investing more than a billion euros (over $1.1 billion) in their combined digital and mobile services. Joining their efforts means they can more quickly achieve rapid growth and win dominant positions […]

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