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HAVANA | The Latest: Cuba’s new president vows socialist continuity


HAVANA | April 18, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)  The Latest on Raul Castro’s handover of Cuba’s presidency (all times local): 10:10 a.m. President Mario Diaz-Canel has made his first speech as Cuba’s new head of state with

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Summit Contracting Group Ranked #1 Apartment Builder in the Nation


JACKSONVILLE, Fla./April 19, 2018 (STLRealEstate.News) — Summit Contracting Group, Inc. earned national recognition by topping the National Multifamily Housing Council’s (NMHC) 2018 NMHC 50, the annual ranking of the nation’s largest apartment owners, managers, developers,

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March Home Prices Up 8.9%, the Biggest Increase in Four Years


 SEATTLE/ April 19, 2018 (STLRealEstate.News) — (NASDAQ: RDFN) — The median home sale price increased 8.9 percent in March from a year ago, the highest price growth in four years, according to Redfin (www.redfin.com), the

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FORT DIX, N.J | ‘Pharma Bro’ moves to New Jersey _ for federal prison stay


FORT DIX, N.J. | April 18, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)  The pharmaceutical-industry entrepreneur vilified for jacking up the price of a life-saving drug was moved Tuesday to a low-security federal prison in New Jersey. Martin Shkreli was

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US stocks move broadly lower in early trading; Oil climbs


| April 18, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)  U.S. stocks were broadly lower in early trading Thursday, weighed down by losses in technology companies and makers of consumer products. Banks bucked the trend, climbing along with bond yields.

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HAVANA | Diaz-Canel replaces Raul Castro as Cuba’s president


HAVANA | April 18, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) A 57-year-old bureaucrat replaced Raul Castro as the president of Cuba on Thursday, launching a new political era as a government led by a single family for six decades tries

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CAIRO | Egypt exhibiting previously unseen Ptolemaic artifacts


CAIRO | April 18, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)  Egypt is exhibiting artifacts from the Ptolemaic period for the first time in The Egyptian Museum in Cairo. Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anani said Wednesday the exhibit displays around 300

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Mortgage Denial Rates Fall, but Racial Gap Persists: Black Applicants Twice as Likely as Whites to be Denied a Conventional Loan


SEATTLE/ April 19, 2018 (STLRealEstate.News) — Mortgage applications are denied at the lowest rate in the past 20 years, yet a stark divide remains between potential homebuyers of different racial groups. Nationally, the share of

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SYRACUSE, N.Y | Protesters want release of frat video deemed racist, sexist


SYRACUSE, N.Y. | April 18, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)  Protesters at New York’s Syracuse University have demanded that the school release video showing racist and sexist behavior by members of a now-suspended fraternity. The school’s chancellor, Ken

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This Morning’s Technical Outlook on REIT Stocks — Ladder Capital, National Retail Properties, New Senior Investment, and PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust


NEW YORK/April 19, 2018 (STLRealEstate.News) — WallStEquities.com strives to bring the best free research to the investment community. Today we are offering reports on LADR, NNN, SNR, and PMT which can be accessed for free

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NORRISTOWN, Pa | Cosby talk of quaaludes aired in court ahead of drug expert


NORRISTOWN, Pa.| April 18, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)  Bill Cosby’s lawyers turned to their star witness in the comedian’s sexual assault retrial, countering the harrowing accounts of a half-dozen accusers with a woman who says chief accuser

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54 Percent Of U.S. Metros Post Median Home Prices Above Pre-Recession Peaks In Q1 2018


IRVINE, Calif./ April 19, 2018 (STLRealEstate.News) — ATTOM Data Solutions, curator of the nation’s premier property database, today released its Q1 2018 U.S. Home Sales Report, which shows that median home prices in 57 of

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CINCINNATI | Reds fire manager Bryan Price after 3-15 start


CINCINNATI | April 18, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)  The Reds have fired Bryan Price after a 3-15 start, the first managerial change in the major leagues this season. Price was in his fifth season leading the rebuilding

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Reduced Sales Activity, Rising Home Values Dominated First-Quarter Trends in Metro Chicago Housing Market, RE/MAX Reports


CHICAGO/ April 19, 2018 (STLRealEstate.News) — Home sales in the metropolitan Chicago area continued to lag last year’s levels in March and throughout the first quarter of 2018, extending a trend that began in mid-2017,

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Condemned Northern California house sells for $1.23 million


FREMONT, Calif./April 19, 2018 (AP)(STLRealEstate.News) — A condemned Northern California house with holes in the roof and mildew in the pipes sold last month for $1.23 million, a price tag that highlights how a housing

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ATLANTA | Alabama mayor: ‘Poop train’ finally empty; sludge gone


ATLANTA| April 19, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) An Alabama mayor says the last train car full of New York City sewage sludge that has stunk up her town has finally been emptied. For more than two months,

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LONDON | Global stocks take a breather as oil price rally continues


LONDON| April 19, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) Global stock markets traded in fairly narrow ranges Thursday following a solid rebound based on waning fears about a trade war. Oil prices though pushed ahead to touch fresh multi-year

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TRENTON, N.J. | New data: Americans filling far fewer opioid prescriptions


TRENTON, N.J. | April 19, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)New data show that the number of prescriptions for opioid painkillers filled in the U.S. fell dramatically last year. They showed their biggest drop in 25 years. The decline

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SAN ANTONIO | Wife of San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich dies


SAN ANTONIO | April 19, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)The wife of San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has died. She was 67. The Spurs confirmed Erin Popovich’s death Wednesday. The team didn’t provide further details. “We mourn

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WASHINGTON | The Latest: US says it’s maintaining pressure on North Korea


WASHINGTON | April 19, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) The Latest on the United States and North Korea (all times local): 8:05 a.m. A U.S. ambassador says his country is maintaining a “maximum pressure campaign” to convince North

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STOCKHOLM | Another member quits Nobel literature academy


STOCKHOLM | April 19, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) Another member of the Swedish Academy awarding the Nobel Literature Prize said Thursday she is resigning, bringing the total number of board members who are quitting the prestigious institution

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PHILADELPHIA | Men arrested at Starbucks say they feared for their lives


PHILADELPHIA  | April 19, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)Rashon Nelson initially brushed it off when the Starbucks manager told him he couldn’t use the restroom because he wasn’t a paying customer. He thought nothing of it when he

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WASHINGTON | Howard commencement to feature “Black Panther” Boseman


WASHINGTON  | April 19, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)The “Black Panther” is returning to his alma mater to give the commencement address at Howard University. The university announced Wednesday that Chadwick Boseman will give the keynote address at

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Carthage Man, Jarub Ray Baird Sentenced for $1 Million Meth Conspiracy


KANSAS CITY, MO – Carthage, Missouri, man was sentenced in federal court yesterday, Wednesday, April 18, 2018 for his role in a conspiracy to distribute more than $1 million worth of methamphetamine in southern Missouri

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FORT DIX, N.J. | ‘Pharma Bro’ arrives at low-security federal prison


FORT DIX, N.J. | April 19, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)The pharmaceutical-industry entrepreneur vilified for jacking up the price of a life-saving drug has been placed in a low-security federal prison in New Jersey. Martin Shkreli was moved

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Springfield Woman, Nancy Lorine Walker Sentenced for $718,000 Tax Fraud Conspiracy


SPRINGFIELD, MO – A Springfield, Missouri, woman was sentenced in federal court yesterday, Wednesday, April 18, 2018 for her role in a $718,000 tax fraud conspiracy. Nancy Lorine Walker, 56, of Springfield, was sentenced by

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BEIRUT | Syrian rebels hand over arms, leave another town near Douma


BEIRUT | April 19, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) Syrian state media say hundreds of rebels fighters in a town northeast of Damascus have handed in their weapons and started to leave under an evacuation deal. Under the

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St Louis Weather Conditions & Forecast, April 19, 2018


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

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BERLIN | Berlin councilwoman wants to shut legendary Berghain club


BERLIN | April 19, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) A nationalist councilwoman in Berlin has been ridiculed online for proposing the closure of one the city’s most famous techno clubs because of its long opening hours as well

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FedEx Express Launches the First Route Connecting Guangzhou, China and Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.A.


HONG KONG – FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) and the world’s largest express transportation company, announced the launch of a new route which, for the first time, connects the FedEx APAC

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BANGKOK | Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba sets plans for Thailand


BANGKOK | April 19, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) The Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has agreed to step up investments in Thailand. The founder of the online shopping giant, Jack Ma, met with Thailand’s prime minister, Prayuth Chan-ocha,

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Hawaii Governor Ige Unveils new collaborative partnership in homelessness effort


HONOLULU, HI – Hawaii Governor David Ige emphasized collaboration yesterday as he announced the launch of a pilot program called Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD), which aims to improve public safety and reduce criminal activity

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Texas Governor Abbott Celebrates The 70th Anniversary Of The State Of Israel


AUSTIN, TX – Texas Governor Greg Abbott yesterday attended and spoke at a celebration for the State of Israel’s 70th Independence Day, hosted by the Israeli Consulate in Houston.  Joining Governor Abbott in celebrating this

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WARSAW, Poland | Poland marks 75th anniversary of uprising in Warsaw Ghetto


WARSAW, Poland | April 19, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) People in Warsaw pinned paper daffodils to their clothes as the Polish capital began a day of commemorations Thursday on the 75th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.

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SAN JOSE, Calif. | Sharks ride depth, Jones to first-round sweep of Ducks


SAN JOSE, Calif.  | April 19, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) Very little separated San Jose and Anaheim in the regular season, with the Ducks edging out the Sharks by one point for second place in the Pacific

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SACRAMENTO |Calif. governor says deal reached on National Guard mission


SACRAMENTO, Calif. | April 18, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) California reached an agreement with the federal government that the state’s National Guard troops will deploy to the border to focus on fighting transnational gangs as well as

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BANGKOK | 2,000 Kachin trapped by Myanmar fighting lack food, medicine


BANGKOK | April 18, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) Community leaders from the Christian ethnic Kachin community have called for urgent medical attention for about 2,000 civilians, including pregnant women and the elderly, trapped in the jungle where

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SAN JOSE, Calif. | Hertl, Jones help Sharks finish sweep of Ducks with 2-1 win


SAN JOSE, Calif. | April 18, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) Tomas Hertl scored the tiebreaking goal 9:09 into the third period, Martin Jones was spectacular in goal yet again, and the San Jose Sharks completed a first-round

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RIYADH, Saudi Arabia | First Saudi cinema opens with popcorn and ‘Black Panther’


RIYADH, Saudi Arabia | April 18, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) The lights dimmed and the crowd of men and women erupted into applause and hoots as Hollywood’s blockbuster “Black Panther” premiered in Saudi Arabia’s first movie theater.

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LEADING OFF: Stanton tries to break slump, Freeman injured


| April 18, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)A look at what’s happening around the majors today: SLUMPING STANTON Giancarlo Stanton looks to make an impact in pinstripes when New York opens a series against Toronto at Yankee Stadium.

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PHOENIX | Teacher uprisings harness social media in fight for funding


PHOENIX | April 18, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) The public education uprisings that began in West Virginia and spread to Arizona, Oklahoma and Kentucky share similar origin stories. Teachers, long tired of low wages and a dearth

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BOERNE, Texas | Southwest Airlines pilot lauded as hero for handling crisis


BOERNE, Texas | April 18, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) The Southwest Airlines pilot being lauded as a hero in a harrowing emergency landing after a passenger was partially blown out of the jet’s damaged fuselage is also

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico | LaMarre’s single lifts Twins over Indians 2-1 in 16 innings


SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico | April 18, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) Ryan LaMarre started this series as Minnesota’s extra player. He got the Twins a split in extra innings, and gave Eddie Rosario a memory he’ll never

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DENVER | Forsberg, Rinne help Predators beat Avalanche 3-2 in Game 4


DENVER | April 18, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) Filip Forsberg scored another creative goal, Pekka Rinne rebounded from a rocky performance with 31 saves, and the Nashville Predators withstood a furious rally by the Colorado Avalanche for

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PHILADELPHIA | FAA orders fan blade inspections after jet engine explosion


PHILADELPHIA | April 18, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) U.S. airline regulators have ordered inspections on engine fan blades like the one that snapped off a Southwest Airlines plane, leading to the death of a woman who was

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NORRISTOWN, Pa. | Cosby team turns to star witness with drug experts on deck


NORRISTOWN, Pa. | April 18, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) Bill Cosby’s lawyers turned to their star witness in the comedian’s sexual assault retrial, countering the harrowing accounts of a half-dozen accusers with a woman who says chief

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PALM BEACH, Fla. | Trade issues expose the limits of Trump-Abe ‘bromance’


PALM BEACH, Fla. | April 18, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe courted the new American president with a golden driver not long after Donald Trump won the White House. He’s met with the

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WASHINGTON | Trump leaves open possibility of bailing on meeting with Kim


WASHINGTON | April 18, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) President Donald Trump said that although he’s looking ahead optimistically to a historic summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un he could still pull out if he

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NEW YORK | Mets rally for 9 runs in 8th inning to stun Nationals, 11-5


NEW YORK | April 18, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) Six outs from getting swept at home by Washington, the New York Mets stunned their NL East rivals with a nine-run rally instead. Yoenis Cespedes launched a grand

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