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Trump dismisses Russia controversy as 'scam' by hostile media - 16 Feb 2017 at 4:31pm -

President Donald Trump dismissed a growing controversy about ties between his aides and Russia on Thursday as a "ruse" and "scam" perpetrated by a hostile news media, and denied that any of his associates had contacts with Moscow before last year's election. The news is fake," Trump told a news conference, referring to media reports that his presidential campaign team had contacts with Russian intelligence officials. Trump, who frequently assailed the news media, also said he had not directed his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, to talk to Russia's ambassador about U.S. sanctions before taking office.



Indian man admits to improperly touching woman aboard flight - 16 Feb 2017 at 4:30pm - NEWARK, N.J. (AP) ? An Indian man has admitted he improperly touched a sleeping woman aboard a flight last year from Los Angeles to New Jersey.
Colorado man jailed in Oklahoma accused of killing kid's mom - 16 Feb 2017 at 4:29pm - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) ? A Colorado man was charged with murder Thursday in the death of his year-old daughter's mother, a day after authorities in Oklahoma caught up to him and the girl, who had been reported missing and was recovered unharmed.
Phillies say "We love our fans" after Christie insults - 16 Feb 2017 at 4:29pm -

It's safe to say, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie doesn't like the Philadelphia Phillies.



Con Edison reaches $153 million settlement over fatal 2014 Harlem blast - 16 Feb 2017 at 4:28pm - Consolidated Edison Inc has reached a $153.3 million settlement with New York State stemming from a 2014 natural gas explosion in the East Harlem section of Manhattan that killed eight people. The accord was announced on Thursday by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who called it the largest gas safety-related settlement in the state's history. It followed a June 2015 report in which the National Transportation Safety Board said the explosion was likely caused by a faulty connection between two Con Edison gas pipes, as well as a hole in a nearby sewer line that New York City had known about for at least eight years.
Delco Wawa to offer beer sales, restaurant-style seating - 16 Feb 2017 at 4:27pm -

Wawa opened its first Pennsylvania store to offer beer sales and restaurant-style seating on Thursday morning.



Lawyer: Client subpoenaed in Fox federal securities inquiry - 16 Feb 2017 at 4:26pm - NEW YORK (AP) ? Federal prosecutors recently subpoenaed a former Fox News employee to testify before a grand jury investigating how 21st Century Fox Inc. handled a sexual harassment scandal, according to her lawyer.
'Why should Americans trust you?' Trump asked - 16 Feb 2017 at 4:26pm - By James Oliphant WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a heated moment during his unconventional and combative news conference on Thursday, President Donald Trump?s command of the facts was openly challenged by a reporter who asked, ?Why should Americans trust you?? The issue was the margin of victory in the U.S. Electoral College, which Trump asserted early in the news conference was the ?biggest? since fellow Republican Ronald Reagan, who was elected in 1980 and 1984. Trump defeated Hillary Clinton by a 304-227 tally of state-by-state electors, who represent votes cast in the election. ...
3 children, 2 adults injured in house fire in Grays Ferry - 16 Feb 2017 at 4:26pm -

Two adults and three children are hospitalized after a house fire in the Philadelphia section of Grays Ferry.



Can internet-beaming balloons outmaneuver shifting winds? - 16 Feb 2017 at 4:25pm - MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) ? For its next trick, an internet-beaming balloon factory spun out of Google believes it can outmaneuver the wind.
Some excerpts from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's missive - 16 Feb 2017 at 4:24pm -

In Mark Zuckerberg's vision, Facebook can help build communities, encourage civic engagement, and keep us safer and more informed. That's the long-term plan at least, years, if not decades, down the line.



Tennessee man convicted of planning to attack NY mosque - 16 Feb 2017 at 4:23pm - CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) ? A federal jury Thursday convicted a Tennessee man of planning to attack a mosque in New York.
Canadian dollar pulls back from 10-day high, $1.3000 out of reach - 16 Feb 2017 at 4:23pm -

By Fergal Smith TORONTO (Reuters) - The Canadian dollar edged lower against its U.S. counterpart on Thursday, pulling back from an earlier 10-day high even as oil rose and the greenback lost ground against a basket of major currencies. "It has been a level of support (for the greenback) we have seen for the last few weeks now," said Eric Theoret, currency strategist at Scotiabank. U.S. crude prices settled 25 cents higher at $53.36 a barrel, helped by possible renewed efforts by major oil producers to reduce a price-sapping glut.



Watchdog: No way to measure US-Mexico border wall success - 16 Feb 2017 at 4:23pm - SAN DIEGO (AP) ? The United States does not have a way to measure how well fencing works to deter illegal crossings from Mexico, according to a report released Thursday by Congress' main watchdog as President Donald Trump renewed his pledge to build "a great wall" on the border.
Right to beg: Kentucky court strikes down panhandling law - 16 Feb 2017 at 4:22pm - FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) ? A panhandler cited for defying a city ordinance while holding a sign asking for money won his case before the Kentucky Supreme Court, which ruled his free speech rights were violated.
The Zuckerberg manifesto: How he plans to debug the world - 16 Feb 2017 at 4:21pm -

Mark Zuckerberg's long-term vision for Facebook, laid out in a sweeping manifesto , sometimes sounds more like a utopian social guide than a business plan. Are we, he asks, "building the world we ...



Top Asian News 9:21 p.m. GMT - 16 Feb 2017 at 4:21pm - SEOUL, South Korea (AP) ? A South Korean court approved on Friday the arrest of a billionaire heir to Samsung accused of bribery and other charges in connection to a massive corruption scandal. The Seoul Central District Court's decision to issue a warrant to arrest Lee Jae-yong, 48, a vice chairman at Samsung Electronics and the only son of Samsung chair Lee Kun-hee, makes him the first leader in Samsung's history to be arrested on criminal charges. The arrest of the princeling of the country's richest family will likely shock the business community. The court said new criminal suspicion and additional evidence show there were enough reasons to take Lee into custody.
South Korean court approves arrest of Samsung heir - 16 Feb 2017 at 4:21pm -

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) ? A South Korean court approved on Friday the arrest of a billionaire heir to Samsung accused of bribery and other charges in connection to a massive corruption scandal.



Michael Anton is the most interesting man in the White House - 16 Feb 2017 at 4:19pm -

National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, left, stands with K. T. McFarland, and Michael Anton during the daily news briefing at the White House, in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017. WASHINGTON ? Sitting in a small office in the West Wing last Friday, White House senior national security staffer Michael Anton lamented that he wants to remain behind the scenes.



Undercover officers suspended following alcohol allegations - 16 Feb 2017 at 4:19pm - JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) ? Three undercover narcotics officers in Florida have been suspended and charged with evidence tampering after authorities say three beer cans were removed from their vehicle the night one of them fatally shot a man during an attempted drug buy.
4 days after inmate's slaying, his rape conviction is tossed - 16 Feb 2017 at 4:17pm -

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) ? Roger Largent will never get a chance to clear his name in the rape of a disabled woman: He was found beaten to death in his prison cell four days before a court tossed his conviction.



Al Gore hosts climate and health conference in Atlanta - 16 Feb 2017 at 4:17pm -

ATLANTA (AP) ? Former Vice President Al Gore said Thursday that more attention must be paid to the dangerous health consequences of climate change, and he called on scientists, health officials and health care providers to work together to find solutions to the crisis.



Lawsuit: St. Louis County officer told to tone down gayness - 16 Feb 2017 at 4:16pm - CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) ? A St. Louis County police sergeant alleges in a lawsuit against the department that he was told to "tone down" his gayness if he wanted a promotion.
New York state cyber security regulation to take effect March 1 - 16 Feb 2017 at 4:15pm - By Karen Freifeld and Jim Finkle NEW YORK/BOSTON (Reuters) - New York state on Thursday announced final regulations requiring banks and insurers to meet minimum cyber-security standards and report breaches to regulators as part of an effort to combat a surge in cyber crime and limit damages to consumers. The rules, in the works since 2014, followed a series of high-profile data breaches that resulted in losses of hundreds of millions of dollars to U.S. companies, including Target Corp, Home Depot Inc and Anthem Inc .
Police identify man fatally shot by officers during arrest - 16 Feb 2017 at 4:15pm - DURHAM, N.C. (AP) ? North Carolina police have identified a man fatally shot by officers after they say he pulled a gun during an attempted arrest.
Hwang hopes to impress Giants, crack major league roster - 16 Feb 2017 at 4:14pm - SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) ? The language is Korean, but a home run call is universal. And after a few replays, the last one on the YouTube video zooms in on Jae-gyun Hwang, standing at home plate with his bat in the air, admiring the long ball he pulled around the left field pole.
US prosecutors: Arrested Seattle 'dreamer' admits gang ties - 16 Feb 2017 at 4:14pm -

SEATTLE (AP) ? A Seattle area man detained by immigration agents despite his participation in a federal program to protect those brought to the U.S. illegally as children admitted to having gang ties and that he had been arrested previously, the U.S. Justice Department said in court documents filed Thursday.



Data boosts world stock index to new high; dollar falls - 16 Feb 2017 at 4:12pm -

By Chuck Mikolajczak NEW YORK (Reuters) - A gauge of major world equity markets inched higher to a record for a second straight day on Thursday, lifted by a round of global data, while a drop in the dollar helped boost U.S. bond prices. MSCI's All-Country World index hit an intraday record of 444.94, although stocks on Wall Street dipped as the financial sector, down 0.1 percent, snapped a five-session winning streak and energy stocks slumped 1.4 percent.



The Latest: Officials say California dam prepared for storm - 16 Feb 2017 at 4:12pm -

OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) ? The Latest on problems with an emergency spillway at the nation's tallest dam (all times local):



Mexico's likely next envoy to US: Ties at 'critical' point - 16 Feb 2017 at 4:12pm - MEXICO CITY (AP) ? Mexico's nominee to be its next ambassador to the United States said Thursday that the two countries' relationship is at a "critical" juncture with the new administration of President Donald Trump.
Arris bumps primary sponsorship on Suarez car to 22 races - 16 Feb 2017 at 4:11pm - DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) ? Communications giant Arris has renewed its multi-year sponsorship with Joe Gibbs Racing and will serve as the primary sponsor for 22 races with Daniel Suarez in the No. 19 Toyota.
Appeals court will reconsider ruling on consumer agency - 16 Feb 2017 at 4:11pm -

WASHINGTON (AP) ? A federal appeals court said Thursday it will reconsider an earlier ruling that would have made it easier for President Donald Trump to fire the head of the government's consumer finance watchdog agency.



Markets Right Now: US indexes pull back, end mixed - 16 Feb 2017 at 4:08pm - NEW YORK (AP) ? The latest on developments in financial markets (All times local):
TSX edges up on Barrick Gold, materials shares - 16 Feb 2017 at 4:08pm -

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index ended slightly higher on Thursday as Barrick Gold Corp jumped on the company's better-than-expected profits, though that was offset by a drop in Sun Life, which reported a decline in earnings. The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index unofficially closed up 19.22 points, or 0.12 percent, at 15,864.17. (Reporting by Leah Schnurr; Editing by Chris Reese)



Man pleads guilty to buying rifles in San Bernardino attack - 16 Feb 2017 at 4:08pm -

In a plea deal criticized by the father of a victim, a California man pleaded guilty Thursday to providing the high-powered rifles used to kill 14 people in the San Bernardino terror attack. Enrique Marquez ...



Trump health pick says Medicaid needs a major overhaul - 16 Feb 2017 at 4:07pm -

WASHINGTON (AP) ? President Donald Trump's pick to run the government's major health insurance programs said Thursday that Medicaid needs a full overhaul but she doesn't support turning Medicare into a "voucher" plan.



Oklahoma House passes bill ending electric chair executions - 16 Feb 2017 at 4:07pm -

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) ? The Oklahoma House approved legislation Thursday to eliminate the electric chair as a method of execution, although it's been more than 50 years since the state's last electrocution.



The Latest: Washington official: Trump 'conceding defeat' - 16 Feb 2017 at 4:04pm - SAN FRANCISCO (AP) ? The Latest on the court battle over President Donald Trump's travel ban (all times local):
U.S. appeals court to reconsider challenge to consumer bureau - 16 Feb 2017 at 4:04pm - A U.S. appeals court said on Thursday it will reconsider an October ruling that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's structure is unconstitutional, virtually guaranteeing the battle over an agency borne of the financial crisis will reach the Supreme Court. Republicans have criticized the agency for overreaching, and have pressed President Donald Trump to fire the current director, Richard Cordray.
Paris: Boulders block migrants from sleeping, prompt debate - 16 Feb 2017 at 4:03pm -

PARIS (AP) ? Boulders placed under a Paris bridge are preventing migrants from setting up camp in an area that has been a magnet for people fleeing war and poverty around the world, aid groups said Thursday.