February 2020

February 29, 2020
Vigil to be held for victims of Milwaukee’s mass shooting

A public vigil will be held to remember the victims of the mass shooting a Milwaukee brewery. The vigil is scheduled to begin 6 p.m. Sunday at Milwaukee City Hall....

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February 29, 2020
Flu leads Dubuque, Dyersville hospitals to limit visitors

A spike in influenza and other respiratory illnesses in eastern Iowa have led hospitals in Dubuque and Dyersville to limit patient visitation. Children under 14 — including siblings of babies...

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February 29, 2020
US and Taliban sign deal aimed at ending war in Afghanistan

The United States has signed a peace agreement with the Taliban aimed at ending America's longest war and bringing troops home from Afghanistan.

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February 29, 2020
AP VoteCast: Voters prioritize health care in South Carolina

Voters in Saturday's Democratic presidential primary election in South Carolina called health care the top issue facing the country today, clearly naming it as more important than the economy, climate...

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February 29, 2020
Socialist hardliners aim guns on Guaidó march in Venezuela

Socialist hardliners in Venezuela opened fire during a march headed by Juan Guaidó, injuring a 16-year-old demonstrator and adding to tensions in the country as the opposition leader seeks to...

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February 29, 2020
Washington state declares emergency over coronavirus as CDC warns risk is ‘increasing’

Washington Governor Jay Inslee has declared a state of emergency after three new cases of COVID-19 and one death resulting from the coronavirus were confirmed there on Saturday. Inslee said...

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February 29, 2020
Court: flash-bang grenades are weapons of mass destruction

"Flash-bang" grenades often used by law enforcement officials are weapons of “mass death and destruction," North Carolina's Supreme Court has declared. Friday's decision reverses an appeals court finding that flash...

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February 29, 2020
Windsor Locks rail station receives $17.4 million in funds

Connecticut's Department of Transportation announced Saturday it has received a $17.4 million grant from the Federal Railroad Administration to build a new Hartford Line railroad station in Windsor Locks. The...

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February 29, 2020
First case of coronavirus confirmed in Republic of Ireland

THE FIRST case of coronavirus has been confirmed in the Republic of Ireland.

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February 29, 2020
Iranian director wins prize at Berlin festival in absentia

Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof's “There Is No Evil” won the Golden Bear prize Saturday for best picture at the Berlin Film Festival. Rasoulof wasn't there to accept the award due...

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February 29, 2020
Virus fears keep hundreds of cruise passengers at sea

Operators of a British cruise ship that was turned away from its destination due to fears of the new coronavirus said Saturday they have chartered planes to ferry passengers home...

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February 29, 2020
Bill to remove hunting permit need for feral pigs in Guam

License requirements and fees to hunt feral pigs in Guam are expected to be removed under a bill that would reclassify the animals as an unprotected species. The bill was...

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February 29, 2020
Maui County considering ban on short-term vacation rentals

County officials in Maui are considering a ban on all short-term vacation rentals to combat illegal rental operations on the island. The Maui County Planning Department has scheduled a public...

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February 29, 2020
US increases travel restrictions as Trump confirms first coronavirus death

The US is banning travel to Iran in response to the outbreak of the Covid-19 coronavirus and elevating travel warnings to regions of Italy and South Korea.

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February 29, 2020
First coronavirus death in US reported in Washington state

Washington state health officials reported the first patient death from coronavirus in the United States on Saturday, according to a news release, as federal and local health officials scramble to...

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February 29, 2020
Israeli PM vows not to shirk corruption trial after election

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Saturday he will face corruption accusations against him head on in court and will not seek to pass legislation to derail his upcoming trial...

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February 29, 2020
Indiana groups get $1.3M from feds to combat HIV infections

A federal agency has awarded more than $1.3 million to boost Indiana's efforts to expand access to care, treatment and medication for people infected with HIV and to fund prevention...

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February 29, 2020
Anger flares anew over France’s divisive pension reforms

France's government invoked a sparingly used special power Saturday to push contested pension reforms though parliament without a vote by furious opposition lawmakers. Prime Minister Edouard Philippe's surprise announcement that...

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February 29, 2020
Caribbean Princess cruise returns to Port Everglades after another norovirus outbreak

For the second sail in a month, a Caribbean Princess cruise has had to cut a trip short because hundreds of passengers and crew got sick with norovirus, a contagious...

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February 29, 2020
Charter bus hits highway barrier, 5 people hospitalized

Five passengers were hospitalized after a charter bus hit a highway barrier in Houston on Saturday morning and then got stuck on top of it, authorities said. Houston fire officials...

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February 29, 2020
Egypt: We’ll use ‘all means’ to defend Nile interests

Egypt on Saturday said it would use “all available means” to defend “the interests” of its people after Ethiopia skipped the latest round of U.S.-brokered talks on a disputed Nile...

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February 29, 2020
France bans gatherings, frowns on kissing, to fight virus

France is banning all indoor public gatherings of more than 5,000 people to slow its snowballing spread of coronavirus cases and recommending that people no longer greet each other with...

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February 29, 2020
19th-century farm to be conserved in New Hampshire

A 19th-century New Hampshire farm will be conserved forever by the Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust. The trust has closed on the conservation easement of 30 acres donated by Dori Hamilton, the...

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February 29, 2020
British leader Boris Johnson, girlfriend expecting baby

The patter of tiny feet is coming to Downing Street. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed Saturday that he and his girlfriend, Carrie Symonds, are engaged to be married and...

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February 29, 2020
Oklahoma governor’s tribal fight raises ancestry questions

When Republican Kevin Stitt was elected Oklahoma governor in 2018, many Cherokee Nation members felt proud that one of their own had accomplished such a feat, even if their politics...

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February 29, 2020
Trump to discuss coronavirus threat at White House

President Donald Trump has said he will address the nation about the coronavirus threat, as officials reported the first US death from the strain known as Covid-19.

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February 29, 2020
Westwood mixes message of ecology with regal Paris fashion

A singer at Vivienne Westwood's eco-minded Paris Fashion Week show serenaded guests about fighting for the environment. Elie Saab's 1970's-inspired show was a study in the bow collar. Agnes B....

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February 29, 2020
Prominent Vegas businessman pleads guilty in fatal DUI crash

A prominent Las Vegas businessman faces years in prison after pleading guilty in a deadly DUI case. Real estate broker Scott Gragson pleaded guilty Friday to charges of DUI causing...

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February 29, 2020
Wyoming lawmakers poised to pass 5% statewide lodging tax

A measure to impose a 5% statewide lodging tax appears likely to pass the Wyoming Legislature after the state Senate approved it. The Senate, which defeated a similar bill last...

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February 29, 2020
Boris Johnson, Carrie Symonds and their 'Brexit baby'

Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds made history as the first unmarried couple to officially live together in Downing Street.

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February 29, 2020
Ecuador reports 1st new virus case; Mexico confirms a third

Officials in Ecuador on Saturday confirmed the first case of the new coronavirus in the South American nation and Mexico reported a third case. Ecuador's Health Minister Catalina Andramuño Zeballos...

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February 29, 2020
Capitol Watch: Albany enters last month of budget talks

Lawmakers and the governor are entering their last month of negotiations over the proposed $178 billion state budget as they face calls to address the fate of pot sales, rising...

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February 29, 2020
Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds announce they are engaged and expecting first child together

BRITISH Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds have announced that they are expecting a baby in the early summer and that they are engaged.

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February 29, 2020
Coronavirus death toll in Italy jumps to 29 as number of infected passes 1,000

Italy on Saturday reported eight new deaths from COVID-19, which brought the total national death toll related to the disease to 29. The Italian authorities have also confirmed as many...

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February 29, 2020
Detroit police launches $500K ad blitz seeking new recruits

The Detroit Police Department has launched a $500,000 advertising blitz for its latest recruiting campaign as the department seeks to add 400 new officers to the city's police force. The...

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February 29, 2020
Grain in Maine headed for the stein, not down the drain

Maine's annual conference about grain production will put a focus on growing malt barley varieties for local brewers. The Maine Grain Conference is scheduled to take place on March 13...

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February 29, 2020
Victim culture hits the courts: Woman gets paid for career she MIGHT have had but gave up for marriage and kids

In an unusual divorce case, a woman has been awarded not only half of the assets she and her husband owned, but also a large payout for potential earnings she...

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February 29, 2020
8 school districts in Alaska to receive clean-burning buses

Eight Alaska school districts have received about $4.5 million to replace dozens of diesel school buses with clean-burning buses under the Volkswagen Settlement School Bus Replacement Program. The Alaska Energy...

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February 29, 2020
Idaho Senate rejects bill to raise smoking age to 21

Idaho lawmakers have rejected legislation raising the legal smoking age to 21. The Idaho Senate rejected the bill with a 22-10 vote on Thursday. President Donald Trump and the Food...

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February 29, 2020
Moody’s Investors Service adjusts outlook on Detroit’s debt

The outlook on Detroit's debt has been upgraded from “stable” to “positive” by Moody's Investors Service. The adjustment means the city's finances are pointing in a positive direction and there...

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