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Striking Amazon ‘Spheres’ Landmark Opens In Downtown Seattle

SEATTLE (AP) — From the fourth floor of a striking rainforest-like conservatory built of glass and white steel in downtown Seattle, Amazon.com boss Jeff Bezos turned toward the top of his newest headquarters building to summon his favorite assistant. In a proud little show on Monday for the ...

US Conservationist, Chile Sign Creation Of National Parks

PARQUE PATAGONIA, Chile (AP) — Chilean President Michelle Bachelet signed decrees Monday creating vast new national parks using lands donated by a U.S. conservation organization in what is believed to be the largest private donation of land ever from a private entity to a country. The ...

Judge Orders Release Of Activist Awaiting Deportation

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge, calling an imprisoned immigration rights activists’ treatment “unnecessarily cruel,” ordered his immediate release Monday and said people subject to deportation deserve “the freedom to say goodbye.” Applause erupted in a packed Manhattan courtroom ...

FBI’s McCabe, A Frequent Trump Target, Abruptly Leaves Post

WASHINGTON (AP) — FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, a target of frequent and aggressive criticism by President Donald Trump, abruptly stepped down from his position Monday ahead of his planned retirement this spring. A 22-year veteran of the FBI, McCabe has been publicly and repeatedly ...

Turning To Beet Juice And Beer To Address Road Salt Danger

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Looking to strike a balance between ice-free roads and clean waterways, public works departments around the country are working to cut their salt use in winter by slathering the roadways with beet juice, molasses, and even beer waste to make them safer. Rock salt for ...

Police: No Suspects In Shooting Deaths Of Four Men In House

READING, Pa. (AP) — Police in a small Pennsylvania city haven’t identified any suspects in a quadruple homicide that’s believed to be among the deadliest shootings in the area in recent history, officials said Monday. The victims, all men, were shot several times, and their bodies were ...

German Automakers Face Heat Over Tests On Monkeys, Humans

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Public criticism of the German auto industry has escalated after a report that an industry-sponsored entity commissioned a study of the effects of diesel exhaust using monkeys, while another study exposed humans to low levels of one type of air pollutant. The ...

Florida Police: 7-Year-Old Arrested For Punching Teacher

MIAMI (AP) — School district officials in Florida said they followed standard protocol last week when a 7-year-old boy was placed in handcuffs and removed from his school — and they say it is the second time since the school year began that the first-grader had to be restrained after ...

Reports: Changes Needed To Parole And Probation System

ALBANY (AP) — Two new reports from Columbia University are raising questions about New York’s probation and parole system and offering suggestions for making it more effective. The publications issued Monday were written by corrections experts from around the nation. They examine how ...

What’s The Real State Of The Union? A Deep Dive In The Stats

WASHINGTON — A by-the-numbers look at President Donald Trump’s first year in office reveals areas of both progress and peril. The stock market is soaring, smashing record after record. The unemployment rate has ticked downward. Some categories of violent crime are down, too. But more ...

Source: Wood’s Retirement On Hold Over Bonus Issue

ORCHARD PARK — Bills center Eric Wood’s plans to announce his retirement on Monday were sidetracked due to issues arising over what he is owed over the final two years of his contract, a person with direct knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. Instead of announcing his ...

Vonn Eyes Unfinished Business At 2018 Olympics

Lindsey Vonn couldn’t wiggle her fingers or move her wrist. Understandably, she wanted to be reassured everything would be OK. A crash during training had left her screaming, then passing out from the pain, on the side of a Colorado mountain, 15 months ahead of the Pyeongchang Olympics. ...

Years Later, Federer Still On Top

Used to be that Roger Federer simply could not win a match, let alone a championship, at major tournaments. That might be hard to imagine now that Federer owns 20 Grand Slam trophies. But you can look it up: He lost in the first round on three of his first four trips to Wimbledon, and three ...

Source: Pistons To Acquire Clippers’ Griffin

DETROIT — The Detroit Pistons were finalizing a trade Monday night to acquire star forward Blake Griffin from the Los Angeles Clippers, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the trade had not been announced. The Pistons would ...

Day Beats Noren On Sixth Playoff Hole To Win Farmers

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Jason Day calmly sank an 18-inch birdie putt at 8:17 a.m. Monday in front of empty grandstands on No. 18 at Torrey Pines for his first PGA Tour win in 20 months. There were no roars, just cheers from Day’s family and a handful of mates. In a rare Monday morning finish, ...

Police, Family Say Jealous Shooter Killed Four At Car Wash

(AP) — A shooter driven by jealousy opened fire and killed four people at a car wash early Sunday morning in Pennsylvania, while a woman hiding in the back of a pickup truck suffered only minor injuries, according to state police and family of the victims. Police said Timothy Smith, 28, was ...

Jeff Sessions Weathers Turbulent Year As Attorney General

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jeff Sessions was in his office, looking unusually deflated. He had just received another public lashing from President Donald Trump. Trump had browbeaten his attorney general for months after Sessions’ decision to step aside from the intensifying Russia investigation. ...

Case Of Shackled Kids Revives Home-School Debate

(AP) — Just over a week after California officials found 13 siblings allegedly held captive and younger children apparently not missed by schools because they were being home-schooled, home-schooling advocates say they are bracing for calls for stricter oversight of the practice. The ...

Not Just A Drunken Revelry: Mardi Gras For Kids As Well

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A red wagon decorated as a shrimp boat with nets extending out from either side carried a waving 2-year-old dressed as a shellfish being pulled by his parents who wore white rubber shrimping boots. The family was among more than 100 revelers marching through the streets ...

Ingvar Kamprad, Who Founded Furniture Giant IKEA, Dies At 91

STOCKHOLM (AP) — IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad, who turned a small-scale mail order business started on his family’s farm into a furniture empire by letting customers piece together his simple and inexpensive furniture themselves, has died at age 91. Kamprad died on Saturday at his home in ...