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Colombia asks Cuba to arrest ELN negotiators for car bombing

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) ” Colombian President Ivan Duque on Friday demanded Cuba arrest 10 peace negotiators from the National Liberation Army after his government blamed the leftist group for a car bombing against a police academy that left 21 dead and dozens more wounded.In a televised address, the conservative leader said he had revoked a decree suspending arrest orders against leaders of Colombia’s last remaining rebel group, known as the ELN for its Spanish initials, who have been […]

20 dead, 71 burned in fire at illegal tap on Mexico pipeline

MEXICO CITY (AP) ” A huge fire exploded at a pipeline leaking fuel in central Mexico on Friday, killing at least 20 people and badly burning 71 others as locals were collecting the spilling gasoline in buckets and garbage cans, officials said.The leak was caused by an illegal tap that fuel thieves had drilled into the pipeline in a small town in the state of Hidalgo, about 62 miles (100 kilometers) north of Mexico City, according to state oil company Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex. […]

Officer who shot black teen sentenced to nearly 7 years

CHICAGO (AP) ” The white Chicago officer who gunned down a black teenager in 2014 was sentenced Friday to nearly seven years in prison, ending an explosive case that arose from one of the nation’s most graphic dashcam videos and added fuel to debates about race and policing and law enforcement’s “code of silence.”Jason Van Dyke was convicted last year of second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery ” one for each bullet fired at Laquan McDonald. Attorneys on both sides […]

Trump promises March for Life crowd that he stands with them

WASHINGTON (AP) ” President Donald Trump sought to assure opponents of abortion rights on Friday that he stands with them and would veto any legislation from a Democratic-controlled House that “weakens the protection of human life.”Trump spoke via video to participants at this year’s March for Life on the National Mall. Thousands of people across the country braved the cold to attend the event.”As president, I will always defend the first right in our Declaration of […]

The Latest: 20 killed in huge fire at Mexican fuel pipeline

MEXICO CITY (AP) ” The Latest on a pipeline fire in Mexico (all times local):8:45 p.m.An official says that 20 people have been killed and 54 others badly burned in a huge fire that broke out at a pipeline leaking fuel in central Mexico.Hidalgo Gov. Omar Fayad told the Milenio television network that the figures were based on initial reports.The pipeline apparently exploded hours after thieves drilled an illegal tap and locals approached to try to gather spilled […]

Trump plans to make 'major announcement' on shutdown, border

WASHINGTON (AP) ” President Donald Trump said he’ll be making a “major announcement” on the government shutdown and the southern border on Saturday afternoon as the standstill over his border wall continues into its fifth week.The White House declined to provide details late Friday about what the president would be announcing. But Trump was not expected to sign the national emergency declaration he’s been threatening as an option to circumvent Congress, according to two people […]

Trump, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to hold 2nd summit

WASHINGTON (AP) ” President Donald Trump will hold a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to try to broker a deal to coax the North to give up its nuclear weapons, the White House announced Friday.News of a second meeting with the reclusive North Korean leader came after Trump’s 90-minute meeting in the Oval Office with a North Korean envoy, Kim Yong Chol, who traveled to Washington to discuss denuclearization talks. Trump and Kim Jong Un are to meet near the end of […]

Report: Snap fires 2 execs after alleged sexual misconduct

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Snap recently fired two executives after one allegedly had an inappropriate relationship with a contract worker.The newspaper says an outside investigation found that Snap’s head of global security, Francis Racioppi, fired the contractor after their relationship ended. The Journal attributed the news to unnamed people familiar with the matter. Racioppi and his superior, the head of human resources, were asked to leave the company following the […]

'Perfect cop': Thousands mourn rookie California officer

DAVIS, Calif. (AP) ” A young Natalie Corona would run around the house in police gear and loved watching the show “Cops.” She always knew she wanted to be a police officer, her sister said Friday.Even before Corona joined the force a few months ago, she posted a Facebook tribute to the men and women who serve and who have died in the line of duty. She didn’t know then how much it would touch the world, her father said.On Friday, family members, friends and thousands of officers […]

The Latest: Prosecutor says goal was justice, 'not revenge'

CHICAGO (AP) ” The Latest on the sentencing of the Chicago police officer who fired the shots that killed black teenager Laquan McDonald (all times local):6:20 p.m.The prosecutor who oversaw the case against the Chicago police officer who killed black teenager Laquan McDonald says he can live with the nearly seven-year prison sentence the defendant received.Special Prosecutor Joseph McMahon said after Jason Van Dyke’s sentencing hearing Friday that “Our goal was to find […]