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ROME | Italian police seize weapons from Spain-bound rental car


ROME | April 24, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)  Police in northern Italy found a small arsenal of Kalashnikovs, pistols and ammunition hidden in the trunk of a rental car and arrested the Bosnian man who was driving it. The ANSA news agency says police believe the car, which had Swiss license plates, was headed to Barcelona when they … Continue reading ROME | Italian police seize weapons from Spain-bound rental car

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NEW YORK | US stocks tumble, erasing an early gain; bond yields climb


NEW YORK | April 24, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) Major U.S. stock indexes have surrendered an early gain and are falling sharply Tuesday as investors sell technology, industrial and retail stocks. Bond yields continue to rise and the 10-year Treasury note reached 3 percent for the first time in more than four years. Alphabet, Google’s parent company, is … Continue reading NEW YORK | US stocks tumble, erasing an early gain; bond yields climb

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LAS VEGAS | McConaughey fears March for Our Lives will get ‘hijacked’


LAS VEGAS | April 24, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)  A month after speaking at the March for Our Lives in his hometown of Austin, Texas, Matthew McConaughey says he supports some gun control but fears the youth-led movement could be “hijacked” by those hoping to eliminate all guns in the United States. McConaughey spoke about his support … Continue reading LAS VEGAS | McConaughey fears March for Our Lives will get ‘hijacked’

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WASHINGTON | First ladies Trump, Macron tour National Gallery’s Cezannes


WASHINGTON | April 24, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)  Melania Trump and Brigitte Macron ditched the White House Tuesday for a visit with the works of Paul Cezanne. The first ladies of the United States and France headed across town to the National Gallery of Art’s exhibit of about 60 portraits by the French post-impressionist painter. They paused … Continue reading WASHINGTON | First ladies Trump, Macron tour National Gallery’s Cezannes

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WASHINGTON | Senator warns bankers that Dodd-Frank relief could stall


WASHINGTON | April 24, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)  Democratic Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia is warning bankers that legislation rolling back financial rules put in place after the 2008 economic crisis could stall. Warner says legislation revamping the law known as Dodd-Frank “will not pass if it comes back to the Senate” for another vote. Warner’s comments … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Senator warns bankers that Dodd-Frank relief could stall

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RUTLAND, Vt | Committee hits pause on solar project over visual concerns


RUTLAND, Vt. | April 24, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)  A regional planning committee has refused to sign off on a proposed solar project in Rutland amid concerns over its visual impact on a neighboring home. The Rutland Herald reports the commission refused to endorse one of the three 500-kilowatt projects proposed near Thomas Dairy after resident Eileen … Continue reading RUTLAND, Vt | Committee hits pause on solar project over visual concerns

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LONDON | UK judge to hold new hearing over sick toddler Alfie Evans


LONDON | April 24, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)  A British judge is set to hear a new appeal Tuesday from the parents of a terminally ill British toddler who want to take him to Italy for treatment — something British courts have ruled is not in the child’s interest. The Christian Legal Centre, which is supporting the … Continue reading LONDON | UK judge to hold new hearing over sick toddler Alfie Evans

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Feb. home prices soar 6.3 pct in a fierce competition to buy


WASHINGTON/April 24, 2018 (AP)(STLRealEstate.News) — U.S. home prices jumped in February as buyers compete fiercely over a dwindling number of properties for sale. The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller national home price index released Tuesday jumped 6.3 percent in February from a year earlier, matching December’s increase. That jump was the largest in nearly three years. Steady … Continue reading Feb. home prices soar 6.3 pct in a fierce competition to buy

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BEIRUT | Seeking aid abroad, Lebanon uproots Syrian refugees


BEIRUT | April 24, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)  Three years ago, Ahmad Mohsin was forced to relocate his campsite in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley after soldiers raided the community of Syrian refugees where he lived and smashed their belongings. The message was clear, he said: they were not wanted. On Tuesday, Mohsin, 39, was preparing to break down … Continue reading BEIRUT | Seeking aid abroad, Lebanon uproots Syrian refugees

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NEW YORK | Consumer watchdog becomes alphabet soup of controversy


NEW YORK | April 24, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)  The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is dead. Long live the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection. That’s the message the Trump administration is pushing, at least, in what on the surface seems like a minor tweak to the name of the federal consumer watchdog agency created after the Great … Continue reading NEW YORK | Consumer watchdog becomes alphabet soup of controversy

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Open Listings Accepted into Forbes Real Estate Council


LOS ANGELES/ APRIL 24, 2018 (STLRealEstate.News) — All-in-one homebuying app Open Listings has been accepted into Forbes Real Estate Council, an invitation-only organization for executives in the real estate industry. This council brings educational and valuable information about the latest trends in Real Estate from seasoned professional leaders in the industry. Kevin Miller, Director of … Continue reading Open Listings Accepted into Forbes Real Estate Council

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HUNTSVILLE, Texas | Fort Worth gang member to die for killing girl, grandmother


HUNTSVILLE, Texas | April 24, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)  Attorneys for a Texas inmate want the U.S. Supreme Court to halt his scheduled execution for the shooting deaths of a 5-year-old girl and her grandmother during a birthday party 10 years ago outside a Fort Worth apartment. Former Fort Worth street gang member Erick Davila is set … Continue reading HUNTSVILLE, Texas | Fort Worth gang member to die for killing girl, grandmother

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CHICAGO | Masseuse accuses Marvel’s Stan Lee of fondling himself


CHICAGO | April 24, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)  A Chicago masseuse is suing Marvel Comic’s Stan Lee, accusing him of inappropriate behavior during two massages in 2017. Maria Carballo filed the lawsuit Monday seeking more than $50,000 in punitive damages and attorney fees from the 95-year-old comic book writer. The Chicago Tribune reports that Lee’s attorney, Jonathan … Continue reading CHICAGO | Masseuse accuses Marvel’s Stan Lee of fondling himself

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Trend: Florida Residents Moving South for a Better Retirement—Internationalliving.com


BALTIMORE /APRIL 24, 2018 (STLRealEstate.News) — “Florida has long been the go-to option for American retirees seeking a warmer climate and lower taxes, but its appeal appears to be diminishing—with Florida-based retirees turning their eyes to better-value options abroad,” says Jennifer Stevens, Executive Editor, International Living. “The destructiveness of hurricanes in Florida—which typically increases insurance … Continue reading Trend: Florida Residents Moving South for a Better Retirement—Internationalliving.com

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NEW YORK | Tisch Fund gives $10 million for arts-mental health


NEW YORK | April 24, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)  The Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund has pledged $10 million to fund arts programs focused on mental health issues in New York City. The New York Times reports that the goals include improving the lives of those with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. They also aim to fight the … Continue reading NEW YORK | Tisch Fund gives $10 million for arts-mental health

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NEW YORK | Diet Coke grows for first time in 8 years after makeover


NEW YORK | April 24, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)  Diet Coke’s makeover, which put the sugar-free drink in skinny colorful cans, helped the low-calorie brand sell more soda in North America for the first time in nearly eight years. Coca-Cola Co. introduced four new flavors of Diet Coke in February, including mango and ginger lime, to try … Continue reading NEW YORK | Diet Coke grows for first time in 8 years after makeover

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CHICAGO | Kids with rare rapid-aging disease get hope from study drug


CHICAGO | April 24, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)  Children with a rare, incurable disease that causes rapid aging and early death may live longer if treated with an experimental drug first developed for cancer patients, a study suggests. The small, preliminary study isn’t proof the drug works and it found only a small benefit: Treated children with … Continue reading CHICAGO | Kids with rare rapid-aging disease get hope from study drug

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AT&T and CitySwitch Sign Deal for Building, Leasing New Cell Towers Beginning in 2018


DALLAS/April 24, 2018 (STLRealEstate.News) — AT&T* and CitySwitch signed an agreement for building new cell towers to-suit based on future wireless network needs. CitySwitch will begin tower construction plans as early as the second half of 2018 and will lease completed sites to AT&T. These new structures will add to the overall communications infrastructure in … Continue reading AT&T and CitySwitch Sign Deal for Building, Leasing New Cell Towers Beginning in 2018

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BERLIN | German state orders crosses mounted at government buildings


BERLIN | April 24, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)  Bavaria’s conservative government is ordering Christian crosses to be placed at the entrance of all state administrative buildings. The regional government says the crosses shouldn’t be seen as religious symbols, but are meant to reflect the southern German state’s “cultural identity and Christian-western influence.” German news agency dpa reported … Continue reading BERLIN | German state orders crosses mounted at government buildings

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Opioid treatment gap in Medicare: methadone clinics


April 24, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) One in three older Americans with Medicare drug coverage is prescribed opioid painkillers, but for those who develop a dangerous addiction there is one treatment Medicare won’t cover: methadone. Methadone is the oldest, and experts say, the most effective of the three approved medications used to treat opioid addiction. It eases cravings … Continue reading Opioid treatment gap in Medicare: methadone clinics

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NEW YORK | Comey book sells more than 600,000 copies in first week


NEW YORK  | April 24, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)  James Comey’s “A Higher Loyalty” had a very big opening week. Flatiron Books announced Tuesday that sales topped 600,000 copies, a number that includes print, audio and e-books. The former FBI director’s memoir has been one of the year’s most anticipated releases. It includes his accounts of investigating … Continue reading NEW YORK | Comey book sells more than 600,000 copies in first week

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Consumers’ Interest Trends Towards Sustainability, say Realtors®


WASHINGTON/ April 24, 2018 (STLRealEstate.News) — As consumer demand trends toward green and sustainable home features, Realtors® continue to work to promote environmentally responsible features and business practices. Sixty-one percent of Realtors® reported that consumers are interested in sustainability according to the National Association of Realtors®’ REALTORS® and Sustainability 2018 Report. The report, www.nar.realtor/research-and-statistics/research-reports/realtors-and-sustainability, which … Continue reading Consumers’ Interest Trends Towards Sustainability, say Realtors®

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LAS VEGAS | Foy: ‘Crown’ pay gap issue ‘definitely opened my eyes’


LAS VEGAS | April 24, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)  Claire Foy says the controversy over her pay for the Netflix series “The Crown” has changed her approach to Hollywood. “It definitely opened my eyes to a lot. And I certainly won’t be naïve about those things,” Foy said in an interview on Monday in Las Vegas. “It’s … Continue reading LAS VEGAS | Foy: ‘Crown’ pay gap issue ‘definitely opened my eyes’

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WASHINGTON | US agency cracks down on Juul e-cigarette popular in schools


WASHINGTON | April 24, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)  Federal health officials are cracking down on underage use of a popular e-cigarette brand following months of complaints from parents, politicians and school administrators. The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday it has issued warnings to 40 retail and online stores as part of a nationwide operation against illegal … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US agency cracks down on Juul e-cigarette popular in schools

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WASHINGTON | Consumer confidence rebounds in April


WASHINGTON | April 24, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)  American consumers saw their confidence rebound in April to a level close to the 18-year high it had reached two months ago. The Conference Board says its consider confidence index rose to 128.7 in April, up from a March level of 127.0. The March level was just below the … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Consumer confidence rebounds in April

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VATICAN CITY | AP Interview: Chile abuse whistleblower has message for pope


VATICAN CITY  | April 24, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) The key whistleblower in Chile’s clerical sex abuse scandal has arrived in Rome for his audience with Pope Francis and said Tuesday he will urge the pope to get rid of the “toxic” bishops and cardinals who have defamed and discredited abuse survivors around the world. In an interview … Continue reading VATICAN CITY | AP Interview: Chile abuse whistleblower has message for pope

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Redfin Housing Demand Index Fell 6.5% From February to March as Fewer Homes Hit the Market


SEATTLE/ April 24, 2018 (STLRealEstate.News) — (NASDAQ: RDFN) — The Redfin Housing Demand Index fell 6.5 percent month over month to 105 in March, according to Redfin (www.redfin.com), the next-generation real estate brokerage. March marked the second consecutive month of declines this year. The Demand Index is based on thousands of Redfin customers requesting home … Continue reading Redfin Housing Demand Index Fell 6.5% From February to March as Fewer Homes Hit the Market

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COCONUT CREEK, Fla | Commission investigates Florida high school massacre


COCONUT CREEK, Fla. | April 24, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)  The chairman of a commission examining the Florida high school massacre told his members Tuesday that they need to push aside ideology and base their final report solely on whatever facts they uncover. Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri told the 16 commission members as they began their … Continue reading COCONUT CREEK, Fla | Commission investigates Florida high school massacre

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MOUNT BETHEL, Pa. | Bob Dorough of ‘Schoolhouse Rock’ is dead at 94


MOUNT BETHEL, Pa. | April 24, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)  A musician whose songs helped teach children on ABC’s “Schoolhouse Rock” has died. His son, Chris, says 94-year-old Bob Dorough died of natural causes Monday at his home in Mount Bethel, Pennsylvania. According to his biography, the jazz musician “set the multiplication tables to music” as musical … Continue reading MOUNT BETHEL, Pa. | Bob Dorough of ‘Schoolhouse Rock’ is dead at 94

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Ready for Next Tax Season? New Tax App Designed for People with Homes in More than One State


NAPLES, Fla./April 24, 2018 (STLRealEstate.News) — With this year’s tax season in the rear-view mirror, there’s no better time to start prepping for the next round. TaxBird — a new tax app developed by ware2now, LLC – helps people with homes in more than one state ensure they don’t exceed their residency threshold. It’s useful … Continue reading Ready for Next Tax Season? New Tax App Designed for People with Homes in More than One State

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WASHINGTON | The Latest: Trump welcomes Macron at White House


WASHINGTON | April 24, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)  The Latest on the White House visit of French President Emmanuel Macron (all times local): 9 a.m. President Donald Trump is welcoming French President Emmanuel Macron to the White House in a formal arrival ceremony. The president and first lady are greeting Macron and his wife, Brigitte Macron, on … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Trump welcomes Macron at White House

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Today’s Home Buyers Drawn to Clean, Bright and Move-in Ready Homes; Limited Listing Inventory Can Demand Compromise, RE/MAX Brokers Report


CHICAGO/ April 24, 2018 (STLRealEstate.News) — Whether today’s homebuyers are young singles purchasing their first house or condominium, seniors downsizing for retirement or families moving up to a larger residence, many share a distinctive set of priorities, according to RE/MAX brokers. One frequent preference, reported Jeff LaGrange, Vice President, RE/MAX Northern Illinois Region, is for … Continue reading Today’s Home Buyers Drawn to Clean, Bright and Move-in Ready Homes; Limited Listing Inventory Can Demand Compromise, RE/MAX Brokers Report

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BERLIN | Defense arguments start in German neo-Nazi murder trial


BERLIN | April 24, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)  Lawyers for the main defendant in a high-profile neo-Nazi murder trial in Germany have begun their closing arguments — five years after proceedings opened. Beate Zschaepe, the only known survivor of the far-right National Socialist Underground group, is accused of taking part in 10 killings, two bomb attacks and … Continue reading BERLIN | Defense arguments start in German neo-Nazi murder trial

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Rent control backers say they expect to qualify for ballot


SACRAMENTO, Calif./April 24, 2018 (AP)(STLRealEstate.News) — Supporters of more rent control in California say they have gathered enough signatures to put an initiative on the November ballot and held a Monday rally to generate support for the measure. If the secretary of state certifies that the campaign collected enough signatures, voters will weigh in on … Continue reading Rent control backers say they expect to qualify for ballot

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.| Mental health and guns an issue after Waffle House attack


NASHVILLE, Tenn.|  April 23, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) Without knowing who he was or what he might do, police briefly had Travis Reinking in their sights days before the deadly assault on a Waffle House restaurant. Alerted to the theft of a BMW from a car dealer last week, officers decided against a risky police chase, knowing … Continue reading NASHVILLE, Tenn.| Mental health and guns an issue after Waffle House attack

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Kushner plans to build twin-towers in New Jersey unraveling


NEW YORK/April 24, 2018 (AP)(STLRealEstate.News) — First, Jared Kushner’s big plans for a skyscraper in Manhattan fell apart. Now, it’s the turn of his major twin-tower project across the river in New Jersey. Plans for a pair of gleaming, 66-story residential towers in Jersey City championed by Kushner when he was CEO of his family … Continue reading Kushner plans to build twin-towers in New Jersey unraveling

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NORRISTOWN, Pa. | The Latest: Cosby arrives at courthouse with wife Camille


NORRISTOWN, Pa. |  April 23, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)The Latest on Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial (all times local): 8:45 a.m. Bill Cosby has arrived for the 12th day of his sexual assault retrial, accompanied for the first time by his wife of 54 years. The 80-year-old and his wife, Camille, didn’t talk to reporters as they … Continue reading NORRISTOWN, Pa. | The Latest: Cosby arrives at courthouse with wife Camille

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LONDON| Royal baby: Prince Charles welcomes new grandson


LONDON|  April 23, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)  Prince Charles says it is a “great joy” to be a grandfather once again, issuing a statement to express his pleasure with the arrival of a boy to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The 8-pound, 7-ounce (3.8 kilogram) boy was born Monday morning. The new prince is fifth in … Continue reading LONDON| Royal baby: Prince Charles welcomes new grandson

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YEREVAN, Armenia |Political foes in Armenia mark massacre by Ottoman Turks


YEREVAN, Armenia |  April 23, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) Armenia’s government and the country’s opposition are putting their differences aside Tuesday to mark the massacre of 1.5 million Armenians a century ago by Ottoman Turks. A day after the opposition succeeded in pushing the prime minister out of office, Armenians across the country are commemorating the massacre … Continue reading YEREVAN, Armenia |Political foes in Armenia mark massacre by Ottoman Turks

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Caterpillar 1Q profit surges on equipment sales


|  April 23, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)A boost in equipment sales propelled Caterpillar’s first-quarter profit, as a strong global economy helped support construction and energy industry projects. The maker of heavy equipment and machinery also greatly increased its outlook for the year, citing an upbeat global markets, better pricing and demand. Profit rose eightfold to $1.67 billion, … Continue reading Caterpillar 1Q profit surges on equipment sales

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LONDON | Academic says ex-Cambridge Analytica CEO lied


LONDON|  April 23, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) A Cambridge University professor at the heart of the Facebook privacy scandal says that the former CEO of data firm Cambridge Analytica lied to a British parliamentary committee investigating fake news. Academic Aleksandr Kogan’s company, Global Science Research, developed a Facebook app that vacuumed up information from users as well … Continue reading LONDON | Academic says ex-Cambridge Analytica CEO lied

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ISTANBUL | Dozens injured after earthquake in southeast Turkey


ISTANBUL| April 2, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)Turkish officials say dozens were slightly injured after an earthquake in southeastern Turkey. The earthquake struck Samsat village in the province of Adiyaman early Tuesday at 3.34 a.m. local time (0034 GMT). The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake had a magnitude of 5.2 at 10 kilometers deep. Turkey’s health minister … Continue reading ISTANBUL | Dozens injured after earthquake in southeast Turkey

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PARIS| French billionaire detained in Africa corruption probe


PARIS | April 2, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) One of France’s most powerful businessmen, Vincent Bollore, was detained for questioning Tuesday in an investigation into alleged corruption during lucrative port deals in Africa. His company’s shares plunged about 8 percent on the unexpected detention. The Bollore Group has vast holdings from transport to media and the oil … Continue reading PARIS| French billionaire detained in Africa corruption probe

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NEW YORK | AP-NORC poll: Privacy debacle prompts social-media changes


NEW YORK| April 2, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) If you’ve made changes to how you use social media since Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica privacy debacle, you’re not alone. A new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public

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TOKYO | Global stocks mostly rise amid upbeat corporate earnings


TOKYO| April 2, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)Global stocks mostly rose Tuesday as company earnings reports continued to largely beat expectations, suggesting the economy remains strong despite concerns about trade. KEEPING SCORE: Germany’s DAX was up 0.3 percent

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YEREVAN, Armenia| Armenia marks massacre by Ottoman Turks 103 years ago


YEREVAN, Armenia| April 2, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) Armenia’s government and the country’s opposition are taking part in events to mark the massacre of 1.5 million Armenians a century ago by Ottoman Turks. Tuesday’s commemoration of the

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SAN FRANCISCO | Get Into My Car … Amazon begins delivery to vehicles


SAN FRANCISCO | April 2, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)Amazon latest perk … free delivery to your car. The Seattle company said Tuesday that it has begun delivering packages in 37 cities to Prime members who own newer

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark | Verdict looms into macabre death of Swedish journalist


COPENHAGEN, Denmark | April 2, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) One of the most talked-about and macabre court cases in recent Danish history is set to conclude Wednesday when the verdict is handed down on whether Peter Madsen

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Boeing & Ryanair Announce Order for 25 737 MAX 8s


DUBLIN – Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Ryanair today announced they finalized an order for 25 additional high-capacity 737 MAX 8 airplanes.  The $3 billion order, at current list prices, was previously listed as unidentified on

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