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Congress releases redacted, declassified Democratic memo 24 Feb 2018 at 4:59pm
WASHINGTON (AP) -- After weeks of discussions with the Justice Department, Democrats on the House intelligence committee released Saturday a classified memo that counters GOP allegations that the FBI abused U.S. government surveillance powers in its investigation into Russian election interference....

U.N. Security Council demands truce as air strikes batter Syria's Ghouta - 24 Feb 2018 at 4:46pm - BEIRUT/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council on Saturday demanded a 30-day truce across Syria as rescuers in the country's eastern Ghouta region said bombing had not let up long enough for them to count bodies during one of the bloodiest air assaults of the seven-year war.

Former Trump campaign aide pleads guilty in Russia probe - 24 Feb 2018 at 4:42pm - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A former senior official in Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, Rick Gates, pleaded guilty on Friday to conspiracy against the United States and lying to investigators, and he is cooperating with a federal probe into Russia's role in the election.

After years of dejection, proponents of gun laws see hope 24 Feb 2018 at 4:31pm
PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) -- The progression has become numbingly repetitive - mass bloodshed unleashed by a gunman, followed by the stories of the fallen, the funerals, the mourning, the talking heads and the calls for change that dwindle into nothingness....

Admirers line streets as Graham's body arrives in Charlotte 24 Feb 2018 at 4:27pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Well-wishers lined freeway overpasses and small-town streets to honor the late Rev. Billy Graham as his motorcade crossed his beloved home state of North Carolina for four hours on Saturday from his mountain chapel to namesake library in the state's largest city....

NRA, Florida faces backlash after latest school shooting 24 Feb 2018 at 4:27pm
NEW YORK (AP) -- The National Rifle Association, and now the State of Florida, faced a growing backlash Saturday as companies cut ties to the gun industry following the latest school massacre, and student survivors called for tourism boycotts of their home state until gun control measures are enacted....

Investor Warren Buffett says good deals tough to find 24 Feb 2018 at 4:15pm
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Investor Warren Buffett says Wall Street's lust for deals has prompted CEOs to act like oversexed teenagers and overpay for acquisitions, so it has been hard to find deals for Berkshire Hathaway....

As Olympics wrap up, still no coverage in North Korea 24 Feb 2018 at 3:33pm
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) -- While hundreds of millions of the world's people get ready to watch the closing ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics on Sunday, North Koreans are still waiting to see the first event....

Manafort indictment sparks hunt for Europeans paid to lobby 24 Feb 2018 at 3:29pm
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- A new indictment against former Donald Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort focused a spotlight Saturday on uncovering the former European leaders who prosecutors contend were secretly paid by Manafort to lobby on behalf of Ukraine....

Governors skeptical of Congress, but welcome new gun debate 24 Feb 2018 at 3:25pm
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Governors assessing the fallout from the latest school shooting said Saturday that the gun control debate has changed after the sorrow in Florida, a shift helped driven by public outrage and student activists....

Damascus suburb strikes kill scores, UN votes for cease-fire 24 Feb 2018 at 3:12pm
BEIRUT (AP) -- A new wave of airstrikes and shelling on eastern suburbs of the Syrian capital Damascus left at least 22 people dead and dozens wounded Saturday, raising the death toll of a week of bombing in the area to 500, as the U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a resolution demanding a 30-day cease-fire across Syria....

With $116 billion cash, Buffett says Berkshire needs 'huge' deals - 24 Feb 2018 at 3:11pm - NEW YORK (Reuters) - Warren Buffett on Saturday lamented his inability to find big companies to buy and said his goal is to make "one or more huge acquisitions" of non-insurance businesses to bolster results at his conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

At least 14 dead in attack on Yemen counter-terrorism base - 24 Feb 2018 at 3:06pm - ADEN (Reuters) - At least 14 people were killed and 40 wounded when Islamist car suicide bombers and gunmen tried to storm the headquarters of a counter-terrorism unit in the southern port city of Aden on Saturday, security and medical sources said.

China's Geely makes $9 billion Daimler bet against tech 'invaders' - 24 Feb 2018 at 2:47pm - BEIJING/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Chinese carmaker Geely [GEELY.UL] has built up an almost 10 percent stake in Daimler in a $9 billion bet by its chairman that he can access the Mercedes-Benz owner's technology in the growing battle for the future of automotives.

Trump officials fight eviction from Panama hotel they manage 24 Feb 2018 at 2:44pm
PANAMA CITY (AP) -- One of President Donald Trump's family businesses is battling an effort to physically evict its team of executives from a luxury hotel in Panama where they manage operations, and police have been called to keep the peace, The Associated Press has learned. Witnesses told the AP they saw Trump's executives carrying files to a room for shredding....

U.S. imposes more North Korea sanctions, Trump warns of 'phase two' - 24 Feb 2018 at 10:35am - WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) - The United States said on Friday it was imposing its largest package of sanctions to pressure North Korea to give up its nuclear and missile programs, and President Donald Trump warned of a "phase two" that could be "very, very unfortunate for the world" if the steps did not work.

Florida students take on NRA, set eyes on midterm elections - 24 Feb 2018 at 7:07am - (Reuters) - In the week since 17 of David Hogg's classmates and teachers were gunned down in Florida, he and his fellow high schoolers have launched a movement that reshaped the gun control debate almost overnight and may influence the U.S. midterm elections.

More rain, flooding in the forecast for U.S. South, Midwest - 24 Feb 2018 at 6:25am - (Reuters) - Heavy rain storms will sweep across the U.S. Southern Plains and the Midwest on Saturday and Sunday, potentially causing more flooding that has already forced hundreds to flee their homes and claimed the lives of three people, including a child.

U.S. ready to open Jerusalem embassy in May: State Department - 24 Feb 2018 at 6:16am - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States said on Friday it will open its embassy to Israel in Jerusalem in May, a move from Tel Aviv that reverses decades of U.S. policy and is bound to trouble U.S. allies who have already objected.

Corporate partners cut cord with NRA as gun control debate rages - 23 Feb 2018 at 9:13pm - NEW YORK (Reuters) - The fallout over last week's shooting rampage at a Florida high school started to take its toll on the National Rifle Association's roster of corporate partners on Friday as a half dozen companies severed marketing ties with the gun advocacy organization.