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Border Patrol’s checkpoints overlooked in debate over wall


LAREDO, Texas /February 25, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — As vehicles line up at the Border Patrol’s checkpoint a half-hour drive’s north of the U.S.-Mexico border, its agents have around 10 seconds to check each driver and

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Microsoft fights US in high court to protect global business


WASHINGTON/February 25, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Microsoft has an eye on its international customers as it confronts the Trump administration in a Supreme Court fight about turning over emails to investigators. The justices will hear arguments

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The Latest: Germany, France press Putin on cease-fire deal


BEIRUT /February 25, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local): 4 p.m. The German government says the German and French leaders have pressed Russian President Vladimir Putin to facilitate

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Thousands march in memory of slain Russian opposition leader


MOSCOW/February 25, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Thousands of people have marched down a central Moscow boulevard to mark the third anniversary of the slaying of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov. Nemtsov was shot and killed on

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Billy Graham played complicated role in US race relations


BIRMINGHAM, Ala./February 25, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — The Rev. Billy Graham was single-minded when he preached about God, prefacing sermon points with the phrase “The Bible says …” Yet he had a complicated role in race

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NRA spokeswoman becomes new face of gun rights movement


CHICAGO /February 25, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Dana Loesch is the new public face of the National Rifle Association, an organization long associated with older white men. At 39, she’s poised, photogenic and a skilled public

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St Louis Weather Conditions & Forecast, February 25, 2018


St Louis Weather Conditions, Forecast & Air Quality Index readings published by STL.News ST LOUIS, MO (STL.News) St Louis weather conditions & forecast readings from the St. Louis Lambert International Airport at 4:51 a.m at

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China paves way for Xi Jinping to extend rule beyond 2 terms


BEIJING /February 25, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — China’s ruling Communist Party has proposed scrapping term limits for the country’s president, the official news agency said Sunday, appearing to lay the groundwork for party leader Xi Jinping

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Political end to Olympics: NKorea offers talks with US


PYEONGCHANG, South Korea/February 25, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — The overtly political 2018 Winter Olympics closed Sunday night very much as they began, with humanity’s finest athletes marching exuberantly across the world stage as three nations with

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Congress has ideas on gun violence, but no consensus


WASHINGTON/February 25, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —After a 10-day break, members of Congress are returning to work under hefty pressure to respond to the outcry over gun violence. But no plan appears ready to take off despite

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2 lions saved from Mideast wars head to South Africa refuge


SOUF, Jordan/February 25, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —Two African lions rescued from war zones in Iraq and Syria are heading to a permanent home in South Africa, after resting in Jordan where they recuperated from physical and

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The Latest: Bach hails Koreas cooperation at Olympics


PYEONGCHANG, South Korea/February 25, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —The Latest on the Pyeongchang Olympics (all times local): 10 p.m. The IOC president, Thomas Bach, says that by marching together at the Winter Games, athletes from South and

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The Latest: Bach declares Pyeongchang Winter Games closed


PYEONGCHANG, South Korea /February 25, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —The Latest on the Pyeongchang Olympics (all times local): 9:40 p.m. The president of the International Olympic Committee has declared the Pyeongchang Games closed, marking the end of

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North Korean envoy, in South, opens door to US talks


PYEONGCHANG, South Korea/February 25, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — A North Korean envoy making a rare visit to South Korea said Sunday that his country was willing to open talks with the United States, a rare step

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Dems release Russia probe memo defending FBI surveillance


WASHINGTON/February 25, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —Two weeks after President Donald Trump blocked its full release, the House Intelligence Committee published a blacked out version of a classified Democratic memo aiming to counter a GOP narrative that

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The Latest: Pyeongchang hands off Winter Games to Beijing


PYEONGCHANG, South Korea/February 25, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —The Latest on the Pyeongchang Olympics (all times local): 9:20 p.m. At the closing ceremony, the Olympic flag has been passed from the mayor Pyeongchang, South Korea, to the

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At drone fair, Chinese show off armed model likely in UAE


ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates/February 25, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Walking through a trade show all about military drones, Emirati officials made a point on Sunday to stop first at a stand run by Chinese officials

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The Latest: Final medals awarded at closing ceremony


PYEONGCHANG, South Korea/February 25, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —The Latest on the Pyeongchang Olympics (all times local): 9 p.m. The medal ceremony for the women’s cross country skiing 30km mass start classic is taking place at the

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The Latest: Kenworthy asks why Ivanka is at Olympic ceremony


PYEONGCHANG, South Korea/February 25, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — The Latest on the Pyeongchang Olympics (all times local): 8:55 p.m. American freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy wants to know what Ivanka Trump is doing at the closing ceremony

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The Latest: Olympic athletes march into closing ceremonies


PYEONGCHANG, South Korea /February 25, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —The Latest on the Pyeongchang Olympics (all times local): 8:30 p.m. The athletes are marching into Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium for the closing ceremony of the Winter Games Those

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Parents release names of 105 missing Nigerian girls


MAIDUGURI, Nigeria/February 25, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —Parents in Nigeria have released a list of the 105 young women they say are still missing nearly a week after Boko Haram militants attacked a northern town, demanding that

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Pope calls violence in Syria ‘inhuman,’ backs UN cease-fire


VATICAN CITY/February 25, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —Pope Francis is denouncing the “inhuman” violence in Syria and is backing a U.N. Security Council-demanded cease-fire so food and medicine can reach desperate Syrians and the sick and wounded

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The Latest: N. Korea official, Ivanka Trump in VIP box


PYEONGCHANG, South Korea /February 25, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —The Latest on the Pyeongchang Olympics (all times local): 8:20 p.m. A top North Korean official and U.S. President Donald Trump’s daughter are in the same VIP box

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The Latest: Olympic closing ceremony set to get underway


PYEONGCHANG, South Korea /February 25, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — The Latest on the Pyeongchang Olympics (all times local): 7:45 p.m. People are filing into Pyeongchang Olympic stadium for the closing ceremonies of the Winter Olympics. Dancers

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Germany’s Merkel to name her team for new Cabinet


BERLIN/February 25, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Chancellor Angela Merkel is preparing to name her ministerial team for a new German government, amid reports that she plans to promote an ambitious conservative critic. Merkel has signaled she

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The Latest: Closing ceremony of Pyeongchang Olympics begins


PYEONGCHANG, South Korea/February 25, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —The Latest on the Pyeongchang Olympics (all times local): 8 p.m. The closing ceremony of the Pyeongchang Olympics is officially underway. Athletes will march, the popular K-pop band EXO

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UK Labour Party pressures its leader to change Brexit stance


LONDON/February 25, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn is facing increasing pressure to change the party’s Brexit stance ahead of a key speech on Britain’s plan to leave the European Union. More

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Opposition erupts as Iceland eyes banning most circumcisions


REYKJAVIK, Iceland/February 25, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Icelandic lawmakers are considering a law that would ban the circumcision of boys for non-medical reasons, making it the first European country to do so. Some religious leaders in

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Abu Dhabi hosts international trade show of military drones


ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates/February 25, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —The United Arab Emirates is hosting a stand-alone trade show featuring military drones, showing the power these weapons have across the Middle East. The Unmanned Systems Exhibition

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North Korean delegation arrives for Olympics closing show


PYEONGCHANG, South Korea /February 25, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — A North Korean delegation led by a controversial former general arrived in South Korea to attend Sunday’s closing ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics and hold meetings

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The Latest: Putin lauds Russians’ hockey victory in overtime


PYEONGCHANG, South Korea/February 25, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — The Latest on the Pyeongchang Olympics (all times local): 7:10 p.m. Russian President Vladimir Putin says the men’s hockey team’s overtime gold medal victory over Germany in the

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China proposes removing 2-term limit for president


BEIJING /February 25, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — China’s ruling Communist Party has proposed removing a limit of two consecutive terms for the country’s president and vice president, the country’s official news agency said Sunday. The move,

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Bach: Russian doping scandal didn’t stain Winter Olympics


PYEONGCHANG, South Korea /February 25, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — The massive, state-linked Russian doping scandal didn’t stain the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, IOC President Thomas Bach said Sunday. It was, however, the subject of the vast majority

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Farewell, Korea: First of 3 straight Asian Olympics ends


PYEONGCHANG, South Korea /February 25, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — It began with politics. It ends with … politics. In between, humanity’s most extraordinary feats of winter athletic prowess unfolded, revealing the expected triumphs but also stars

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Oodles of oohs and ughs in the Pyeongchang Games


PYEONGCHANG, South Korea /February 25, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Wind, snow, ice or shine, the Winter Games had its share of golden moments that will forever be etched in Olympic lore. The American men’s so-called Miracurl

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Russians win hockey gold with 4-3 OT win over Germany


GANGNEUNG, South Korea /February 25, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — The Russians triumphed in the no-NHL tournament where they were favored, winning the men’s hockey gold medal Sunday at a Winter Olympics where they couldn’t even be

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The Latest: Russians sing country’s anthem at medal ceremony


PYEONGCHANG, South Korea/February 25, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — The Latest on the Pyeongchang Olympics (all times local): 5 p.m. Russian fans and hockey players celebrating their gold medal at the Pyeongchang Games sang their country’s national

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Syrian capital, its suburbs calm after UN cease-fire vote


BEIRUT /February 25, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Syrian opposition activists and residents of Damascus say the city and its embattled eastern suburbs are relatively calm following the U.N. Security Council’s unanimous approval of a resolution demanding

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The Latest: Bjoergen closes Olympic career with another gold


PYEONGCHANG, South Korea/February 25, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — The Latest on the Pyeongchang Olympics (all times local): 4:50 p.m. Norway’s Marit Bjoergen has closed out a remarkable Olympic career in dominant fashion, winning the gold medal

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Wonder Woman? Ledecka not sure despite rare Olympic double


PYEONGCHANG, South Korea /February 24, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Ester Ledecka’s brother, Jonas, designs comic books and dabbles in fashion on the side, putting together racing outfits for his little sister that transform the 22-year-old from

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The Latest: Austrian skier goes wrong way near end of race


PYEONGCHANG, South Korea/February 24, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — The Latest on the Pyeongchang Olympics (all times local): 4:30 p.m. Norwegian Marit Bjoergen’s lead of nearly two minutes in the 30-kilometer women’s mass start at the Pyeongchang

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2 dead as severe weather moves eastward through central US


OKLAHOMA CITY /February 24, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — At least two people are dead as a strong storm system that included possible tornadoes pushed its way eastward through the central United States, leaving demolished homes, damaged

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Faux snow: Man-made snow to be used in Beijing and beyond


PYEONGCHANG, South Korea /February 24, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — The forecast for the next Winter Olympics: cold with a 100 percent chance of fake snow. In other words, a lot like the Olympics which wrap up

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The Latest: Russians top Germany in overtime for hockey gold


PYEONGCHANG, South Korea/February 24, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — The Latest on the Pyeongchang Olympics (all times local): 4:05 p.m. A power-play goal by Kirill Kaprizov in overtime has lifted the Russians to the gold medal in

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Farewell, Korea: First of three straight Asian Olympics ends


PYEONGCHANG, South Korea /February 24, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — It began with politics. It ends with politics, too. In between, humanity’s most extraordinary feats of winter athletic prowess unfolded, revealing the expected triumphs but also stars

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The Latest: Gold medal men’s hockey game goes into overtime


PYEONGCHANG, South Korea /February 24, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — The Latest on the Pyeongchang Olympics (all times local): 3:30 p.m. The men’s gold medal game between the “Olympic athletes from Russia” and Germany is going to

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School shooting survivors target NRA-linked companies


/February 24, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — School shooting survivors target NRA-linked companies By KEN SWEET and FREIDA FRISARO, Associated Press Survivors of a mass shooting at a Florida high school are hoping to expand the reach of

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The Latest: Brandt named honorary ambassador for adoptees


PYEONGCHANG, South Korea  /February 24, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — The Latest on the Pyeongchang Olympics (all times local): 2:50 p.m. The South Korean minister of health and welfare has named hockey player Marissa Brandt an honorary

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The Latest: Russian Olympic Committee expects reinstatement


PYEONGCHANG, South Korea /February 24, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — The Latest on the Pyeongchang Olympics (all times local): 2:35 p.m. The Russian Olympic Committee says it expects to be reinstated “in the next few days” even

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6 months after attacks began, Rohingya see no end in sight


DHAKA, Bangladesh /February 24, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Their houses are often made of plastic sheets. Much of their food comes from aid agencies. Jobs are few, and there is painfully little to do. The nightmares

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