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September 14, 2018 - 12:41 pm
SAO PAULO (AP) — Members of the International Whaling Commission defeated a Japanese proposal to reinstate commercial whaling at a meeting in Brazil on Friday. The commission suspended commercial whaling in the 1980s, but Japan argued that stocks have recovered sufficiently for the ban to be lifted...
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FILE- In this Sept. 8, 2011, file photo shoppers gather outside the Henri Bendel store on Fifth Avenue during Fashion's Night Out in New York. Henri Bendel, known for its brown and white striped shopping bags, is closing in the new year. The luxury retailer’s parent company, L Brands Inc., said that Henri Bendel’s 23 stores and its website will shut down in January but that it’ll carry new merchandise during the holiday season. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, File)
September 14, 2018 - 10:38 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The luxury retailer Henri Bendel, which opened its doors in New York's Greenwich Village at the end of the 19th century, is closing. L Brands Inc., which acquired the brand in 1985, said that the 23 Bendel stores will turn out the lights in January. The Columbus, Ohio, company said...
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FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, file photo, Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke, charged with first-degree murder in the shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald in 2014, listens during a hearing at the Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago. Defense attorneys are expected to announce if they want a jury or a judge to hear the murder trial of Van Dyke. Cook County Judge Vincent Gaughan told Van Dyke's lawyers to return to court on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, to say if they want him or a jury to decide the case. (Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool, File)
September 14, 2018 - 10:37 am
CHICAGO (AP) — Attorneys for a white Chicago police officer charged with murder in the 2014 fatal shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald announced Friday that they will stick with jurors selected over recent days for the trial rather than have a judge decide the case. Judge Vincent Gaughan had...
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September 14, 2018 - 10:36 am
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's supreme court has approved a Russian extradition request for a bitcoin fraud suspect, adding a new twist to competing cases in three countries that want to prosecute the detained computer expert on their turf. The decision published Friday upheld a lower court ruling...
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September 14, 2018 - 10:35 am
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — An undercover police officer was shot in the head and a member of a violent robbery crew was killed in an exchange of gunfire early Friday when a police unit disrupted the robbery of patrons at a Fort Worth bar, authorities said. The undercover officer, Garrett Hull, was in...
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FILE - In this April 1, 2018, file photo, Milwaukee Bucks guard Sterling Brown is seen during an NBA basketball game in Denver. A Milwaukee police officer involved in the stun gun arrest of Bucks' player Sterling Brown has been fired because of social media posts. Police Chief Erik Morales disclosed the firing during a speech at Marquette University on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, but he did not name the officer. Brown sued the police department in June and accused officers of using excessive force and targeting him because he's black. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
September 14, 2018 - 10:35 am
MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Milwaukee officer involved in the stun gun arrest of Bucks' player Sterling Brown has been fired because of social media posts mocking the incident, the city's police chief said Thursday. Police Chief Alfonso Morales said the firing decision was not tied to anything Erik Andrade...
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September 14, 2018 - 9:36 am
PARIS (AP) — President Donald Trump is finally making moves against foreign election meddling — and Russia says it couldn't care less. Trump's executive order this week authorizing sanctions on foreigners who mess with American elections could herald new headaches for Moscow, after extensive...
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This frame grab from video provided by Central Station for Turkish Intervention, an activist-operated media group monitoring Turkish activities in Syria, that is consistent with independent AP reporting, shows a Turkish military convoy heading to some of the 12 Turkish observations points that ring Idlib, Syria, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. Turkey sent in military reinforcements Thursday to beef up its positions inside Syria's last rebel bastion Idlib, activists reported, even as the Turkish defense minister said Ankara is still trying with Russia and Iran to prevent a humanitarian tragedy in the case of a threatened Syrian government offensive. (Central Station for Turkish Intervention, via AP)
September 14, 2018 - 8:38 am
BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments related to the war in Syria (all times local): 3:35 p.m. A senior official has confirmed that Turkey has reinforced Turkish troops manning 12 security posts around Idlib as the Syrian army prepares for a military offensive to reclaim control of the province...
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September 14, 2018 - 8:36 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales barely rose in August as shoppers spent less on cars, furniture and clothes. The Commerce Department says the value of purchases ticked up just 0.1 percent, the smallest increase in six months, after a robust gain of 0.7 percent in July. The sluggish increase may...
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September 14, 2018 - 5:34 am
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Health authorities say mosquito-borne viruses have killed four people in Romania this week, bringing the total deaths from West Nile virus to 21. The National Public Health Institute Friday reported 30 new cases of people getting sick after being bitten by mosquitoes...
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