• Legislative election leaves Venezuela in political standoff

    Legislative election leaves Venezuela in political standoff
    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — President Nicolás Maduro has cemented formal control over all major institutions of power in Venezuela with authorities reporting that his political alliance easily won a majority in congress. Yet Maduro remains a pariah to much of the world following an election critics called undemocratic. Maduro’s domestic adversaries are also scrambling to assert relevance after boycotting elections for the National Assembly, their stronghold for five years. Oppos
  • Iraqi migrant dies near Belarus border, death toll up to 5

    Iraqi migrant dies near Belarus border, death toll up to 5
    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish border guards say an Iraqi migrant has died near Poland’s border with Belarus and another has been hospitalized with COVID-19. The death raises to five the number of fatalities among migrants trying to cross from Belarus into Poland through a wooded area. Poland’s government says its task is to guard the European Union’s frontier against migrant crossings that are allegedly organized by the Belarussian government. But it’s rejecting EU s
  • Iowa GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley seeking reelection for 8th term

    Iowa GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley seeking reelection for 8th term
    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley says he will seek an eighth term in 2022. The 88-year-old, who has been in the Senate for 40 years, said in an announcement of his reelection bid posted on Twitter early Friday that there is “a lot more to do, for Iowa.” Once proudly bipartisan, Grassley adapted deftly to the new hyperpartisanship of the Trump era. While some of his fellow longtimers in Washington are calling it quits, fed up with the rightward lurch o
  • 1 arrested in banquet hall shooting that killed 3 near Miami

    1 arrested in banquet hall shooting that killed 3 near Miami
    MIAMI (AP) — A South Florida man has been arrested in connection with a shooting that killed three people and injured 20 others outside a banquet hall earlier this year. Police arrested 22-year-old Davonta Barnes of Miami Gardens late Thursday. He’s charged with three counts of first-degree murder and 20 counts of attempted murder. He remained in the Miami-Dade County Jail early Friday, where he was being held without bond. Miami-Dade police believe Barnes acted as a suspected lookou
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  • UK climate activists block entrance to Dover ferry port

    UK climate activists block entrance to Dover ferry port
    LONDON (AP) — Climate protesters urging the U.K. government to cut climate emissions by better insulating homes have blocked the entrance to the port of Dover to “highlight fuel poverty.” Vehicles were blocked from the A20 road down which they travel to cross the English Channel. The group say they are protesting for better insulated homes as Britain undergoes an energy crisis that is likely to raise energy prices. The group, Insulate Britain, has blocked the M25 highway five t
  • More rain is possible this afternoon and this weekend

    More rain is possible this afternoon and this weekend
    TUCSON - Yesterday featured mostly light to moderate rain in Southern Arizona. Today's chances aren't as strong, but we could see a few extra thunderstorms.
    Once again thunderstorms will be much more likely near the border this afternoon.Our main threats during thunderstorms are moderate to heavy rainfall, lightning, and wind gusts between 20-30 mph.Brief downpours of rain will also be possible for eastern Pima and Cochise counties.Our rain chances will stay around 10%-20% today and tomorrow. Ou
  • Hittin’ the Trails 4 You – David Yetman Trail

    Hittin’ the Trails 4 You – David Yetman Trail
    TUCSON - This week we’re Hittin’ the Trails in the Tucson Mountains because it’s easy to get to and this trail is only a 20 minute drive from Downtown Tucson!Its most popular hike is the six and a half mile David Yetman Trail. The paved trailhead can be found just off Gates Pass road and it’s open from dawn to dusk.We’re starting our journey at the West Trailhead where you'll find an open path and not a whole lot of elevation gain. It can take as litt
  • Courtroom shooting leaves 3 dead in Indian capital

    Courtroom shooting leaves 3 dead in Indian capital
    NEW DELHI (AP) — Authorities say two assailants in lawyers’ black coats opened fire in a courtroom in the Indian capital, killing a notorious crime suspect before being fatally shot by police officers. New Delhi police say officers escorting the suspect, Jitendra Gogi, acted swiftly and killed the assailants, who were believed to be from a rival gang. It isn’t clear how they managed to bring in weapons. A lawyer who was present criticized a security lapse and demanded a thoroug
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  • Shortages cause ‘bottleneck recession’ for German industry

    Shortages cause ‘bottleneck recession’ for German industry
    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Shortages of computer chips and other raw materials are continuing to hit Germany’s manufacturers, as bottlenecks leave companies in Europe’s biggest economy struggling to fill orders. Trouble getting the key components helped send the closely watched Ifo index lower for September. That’s the third drop in a row. The index surveys companies about their outlook and it’s regarded as a sign of where the economy is headed. But major manufacture
  • Pope keeps German archbishop criticized over abuse scandal

    Pope keeps German archbishop criticized over abuse scandal
    BERLIN (AP) — Pope Francis has decided to leave in office a prominent German archbishop who has faced criticism for his handling of the church’s sexual abuse scandal, but the cleric has decided to take a several-month time out. The Vatican said that the pope “is counting on” the archbishop of Cologne, Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki. However, the archdiocese said Friday that Woelki asked for a “spiritual time out” from mid-October to the beginning of March, and t
  • The Latest: WHO endorses antibody treatment for some people

    The Latest: WHO endorses antibody treatment for some people
    LONDON — The World Health Organization is recommending a pricey antibody treatment for certain coronavirus patients in the latest update to its guidelines for treating people with COVID-19.
    The new guidelines, published Friday in the journal BMJ, say the two antibodies – casirivimab and imdevimab = made by Regeneron should be given to people infected with COVID-19 who are at highest risk of hospitalization and to people whose own immune systems have not mounted a response.The U.N. he
  • Albanian court reopens case of ex-minister over fatal blast

    Albanian court reopens case of ex-minister over fatal blast
    TIRANA, Albania (AP) — An Albanian court has reopened the case of a former defense minister who faced charges over a massive blast at a munitions disposal factory 13 years ago that killed 26 people. Judge Saida Dollani of the Tirana Appeals Special Court Against Corruption and Organized Crime on Friday asked a lower court to re-open the case against Fatmir Mediu whose 2009 abuse of power charge was dismissed because of his re-election to parliament. Mediu remains a lawmaker for an oppositi
  • France, Germany nominate WHO chief Tedros for a second term

    France, Germany nominate WHO chief Tedros for a second term
    GENEVA (AP) — Germany and France say they and other European Union countries have nominated Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of Ethiopia for a second term as director-general of the World Health Organization. The announcement was made Friday and it marks the first time that a candidate for the top job at the U.N. health agency has not been nominated by the home country. Tedros has been in the global spotlight over the organization’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. He has run afoul of
  • More rental aid is reaching tenants to stave off eviction

    More rental aid is reaching tenants to stave off eviction
    The Treasury Department says there’s been good progress in the distribution of rental assistance to help avert evictions. More than 16.5% of the tens of billions of dollars in federal assistance reached tenants in August, compared with 11% a month earlier. The latest data from the department that oversees the program shows that the pace picked up in August and a number of states are seeing rising numbers after a slow start. There’s growing pressure to speed up the distribution of the
  • Spanish volcano remains volatile, 5 days after eruption

    Spanish volcano remains volatile, 5 days after eruption
    TODOQUE, Canary Islands (AP) — A volcano in Spain’s Canary Islands continues to produce explosions and spew out lava, five days after it erupted. Two rivers of lava continue to slide slowly down the hillside of La Palma Friday. Authorities say the lava has destroyed almost 400 buildings, including many homes, on the western side of the island of 85,000 people. The lava stretches over 180 hectares and has blocked 14 kilometers of roads. The island’s government said officials had
  • Activists stage global rallies over climate change

    Activists stage global rallies over climate change
    BERLIN (AP) — Environmental activists, many of them students taking time out from school, are staging rallies around the world to demand that leaders take stronger action to curb climate change. The issue has climbed the political agenda in many countries amid warnings from scientists that the world faces dangerous temperature rises unless greenhouse gas emissions are cut sharply in the coming years. Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg planned to take part in a protest in Berlin on Friday
  • EXPLAINER: Why North Korea wants sanctions lifted first

    EXPLAINER: Why North Korea wants sanctions lifted first
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Days after outgoing South Korean President Moon Jae-in made possibly his last ambitious push to diplomatically resolve the standoff over North Korea’s nuclear program, the North has rejected his call for a declaration ending the Korean War, making it clear it has no interest in political statements unless they bring badly needed relief from crippling economic sanctions. Nuclear diplomacy between the U.S. and North Korea has stalled over disagreements over a
  • Tanker rescues around 150 migrants off Greece’s south

    Tanker rescues around 150 migrants off Greece’s south
    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s coast guard says it has launched a search and rescue operation after a boat carrying around 150 people believed to be migrants ran into trouble off the country’s southwestern coast. The coast guard said on Friday that a passing cargo ship raised the alarm after coming across the wooden boat, which was taking on water, about 70 nautical miles (130 kilometers, 80 miles) southwest of the islet of Schiza off the coast of the Peloponnese. The boat&rsqu
  • Parts shortages dampen mood among German businesses

    Parts shortages dampen mood among German businesses
    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Parts shortages are hitting Europe’s biggest economy Germany. Trouble getting the key components helped send the closely watched Ifo index lower for September. That’s the third drop in a row. The index surveys companies about their outlook and it’s regarded as a sign of where the economy is headed. The institute says that the manufacturers are facing a “bottleneck recession” as they can’t get the computer chips they need to fill
  • World shares retreat, Japan higher

    World shares retreat, Japan higher
    TOKYO (AP) — World markets are mostly lower though Japan’s benchmark jumped as it caught up after a holiday. Shares fell in Paris, London, Shanghai and Hong Kong but climbed 2% Friday in Tokyo. U.S. futures also declined. Worries over troubled Chinese real estate developer Evergrande and the pandemic are weighing on sentiment. Some Chinese banks on Friday disclosed what they are owed by Evergrande, seeking to dispel fears of financial turmoil as it struggles under $310 billion in deb
  • Detained Catalan leader sought by Spain awaits fate in Italy

    Detained Catalan leader sought by Spain awaits fate in Italy
    ROME (AP) — A former Catalan leader sought by Spain for his secessionist bid is awaiting an extradition decision from a judge in Sardinia, Italy, where he has been detained. Police at Alghero airport took Carles Puigdemont into custody Thursday night at Alghero airport. Puigdemont, who has been living in Belgium after fleeing Spain, came to Sardinia to attend a Catalan culture event and on the invitation of sympathizers for Sardinian independence. Puigdemont has been fighting extradition t
  • N. Korea offers talks, likely trying to get sanctions relief

    N. Korea offers talks, likely trying to get sanctions relief
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The influential sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un says her country is willing to resume talks with South Korea if conditions are met, indicating it wants Seoul to persuade Washington to relax crippling economic sanctions. Kim Yo Jong’s statement came days after North Korean missile tests experts said were intended to show the North would keep boosting its weapons arsenal if the sanctions stayed in place. She offered the talks while mentioning South K
  • Tiny San Marino votes in referendum on legalizing abortion

    Tiny San Marino votes in referendum on legalizing abortion
    ROME (AP) — San Marino is one of the last countries in Europe which bans all abortion. On Sunday, the tiny republic’s voters can have their say in a referendum calling for abortion to be made legal in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. The proposal also calls for abortion beyond that point if the woman’s life is in danger or if her physical or psychological health is at risk due to fetal malformations. Women who want an abortion currently go to neighboring Italy, which legalized
  • German parties rally supporters ahead of Sunday election

    German parties rally supporters ahead of Sunday election
    BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s political parties are preparing to rally their supporters and win over undecided voters ahead of a national election that will determine who succeeds Chancellor Angela Merkel after 16 years in power. Merkel’s center-right Union bloc has made small gains in the polls in recent weeks but remains narrowly behind the center-left Social Democrats. The Greens are trailing in third place, but could play kingmakers when it comes to forming a governing coalition.
  • British police arrest man over killing of London teacher

    British police arrest man over killing of London teacher
    LONDON (AP) — Police have arrested a 38-year-old man on suspicion of killing Sabina Nessa, a primary school teacher found dead in a London park last week. Nessa, who was 28, was found dead in London’s Kidbrooke area on Sept. 17. Detectives believe she was attacked during what would have been a five-minute walk through a local park to meet a friend at a pub. Nessa’s killing has renewed concerns that women are not safe on the city’s streets, and a vigil is due to be held in
  • Castellanos scheduled to start as Arizona hosts Los Angeles

    Castellanos scheduled to start as Arizona hosts Los Angeles
    Los Angeles Dodgers (98-55, second in the NL West) vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (49-104, fifth in the NL West)
    Phoenix; Friday, 9:40 p.m. EDT
    PITCHING PROBABLES: Dodgers: Tony Gonsolin (3-1, 2.94 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, 53 strikeouts) Diamondbacks: Humberto Castellanos (2-1, 4.11 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 24 strikeouts)
    FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Diamondbacks +187, Dodgers -225; over/under is 10 runs
    BOTTOM LINE: Arizona and Los Angeles will face off on Friday.
    The Diamondbacks are 29-46 in home games in 2020. Arizona
  • Japan jumps, rest of Asia down, on China and virus concerns

    Japan jumps, rest of Asia down, on China and virus concerns
    TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s benchmark gained but other Asian markets were lower amid concerns over troubled Chinese real estate developer Evergrande and the pandemic. Some Chinese banks have disclosed what they are owed by Evergrande, seeking to dispel fears of financial turmoil as it struggles under $310 billion in debt. The lenders say they can cope with a potential default. Evergrande’s announcement that it was making a payment due Thursday helped to ease some worries. On Wall Stre
  • Polish protesters warn that health care crisis is looming

    Polish protesters warn that health care crisis is looming
    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Doctors, nurses and other health care workers in Poland have been camping out in front of the prime minister’s offices for nearly two weeks to protest working conditions and demand higher wages. Poland has the lowest number of working doctors to its population in the 27-nation European Union, and its nurses are also stretched thin. This situation has been exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic. Faced with low wages, thousands of medical workers have left Poland
  • Drive for Britain! UK scrambles for truckers amid supply woe

    Drive for Britain! UK scrambles for truckers amid supply woe
    LONDON (AP) — Britain doesn’t have enough truck drivers. The shortage is contributing to scarcity of everything from McDonald’s milkshakes to supermarket produce. With the industry raising the specter of Christmas shortages, the government is scrambling to lure more people into what has long been an underpaid and underappreciated job. The driver drought means wages are rising, and people laid off from other sectors are starting to retrain as truckers. But the head of a food ind
  • Jailbreak shines light on mass incarceration of Palestinians

    Jailbreak shines light on mass incarceration of Palestinians
    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The cinematic escape of six Palestinians who tunneled out of an Israeli prison earlier this month has shone a light on Israel’s mass incarceration of Palestinians. Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians have passed through a military justice system designed for a temporary occupation that is now well into its sixth decade. Nearly every Palestinian has a loved one who has been locked up at some point. Israel says it provides due process and largely imprisons

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