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South Africa’s FM under scrutiny ahead of Cabinet reshuffle


JOHANNESBURG /February 21, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — South Africa’s finance minister has announced the first increase in the value-added tax in a quarter-century as the country seeks to bring in new revenue. Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba’s

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Massachusetts students lead US in Advanced Placement exams


BOSTON /February 21, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Students in Massachusetts lead the nation in achievement on Advanced Placement exams, according to the nonprofit group behind the tests. More than 32 percent of Massachusetts students who graduated

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Will and Jaden Smith create eco-friendly water company: Just


LOS ANGELES /February 21, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Jaden Smith’s environmental consciousness was born when he was out surfing at about age 10. He saw plastic water bottles bobbing in the ocean beside him, and he

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Trump Jr: ‘Nonsense’ that family’s profiting from presidency


NEW DELHI/February 21, 2018 (AP)(STLRealEstate.News) — Donald Trump Jr. said that any talk of his family profiting from his father’s presidency is “nonsense” as he embarked on a trip to India that has raised ethical concerns

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Secret Service reports suspicious vehicle by White House


WASHINGTON /February 21, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — The Secret Service says officers are responding to a suspicious vehicle near the White House. The law enforcement agency says on Twitter Wednesday that they are responding to a

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Spokesman: Evangelist Billy Graham has died at age 99


MONTREAT, N.C. /February 21, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —The Rev. Billy Graham, counselor to presidents and the most widely heard Christian evangelist in history, has died at age 99. Spokesman Mark DeMoss tell The Associated Press that

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Prosecutor-turned-TV personality fined for driving 95 mph


NICHOLS, N.Y. /February 21, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —Fox News personality and former New York prosecutor Jeanine Pirro has pleaded guilty to driving 95 mph in a 65 mph zone. Authorities previously said that a state trooper

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Mudslides block only road to New Zealand town after storm


WELLINGTON, New Zealand  /February 21, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Mudslides blocked the only road to a small New Zealand town Wednesday after a powerful Pacific storm caused disruptions across parts of the country. The 1,000 tourists

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Asian retailer Lotte accepts resignation from jailed co-CEO


SEOUL, South Korea /February 21, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Asian retail and chewing gum giant Lotte has accepted the resignation of its co-CEO after he was convicted of bribery and embezzlement in a wide-ranging corruption scandal

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EU anti-trust watchdog imposes big cartel fines


BRUSSELS/February 21, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —The European Union’s anti-trust watchdog is sounding the warning to business cartels by announcing fines totaling more than half a billion euros ($600 million) in three anti-trust cases. The EU Commission

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The Latest: Norway to face South Korea in men’s team pursuit


PYEONGCHANG, South Korea/February 21, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —The Latest on the Pyeongchang Olympics (all times local): 8:45 p.m. Norway has defeated defending champion the Netherlands with an Olympic record speed skating race and will face South

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Budget carrier flydubai sees profits and revenue increase


DUBAI, United Arab Emirates  /February 21, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Budget carrier flydubai said Wednesday its earnings and profits have increased, with revenue reaching 5.5 billion dirhams ($1.5 billion) in 2017 compared to 5 billion dirhams

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Goggia gets gold; Bjoergen sets Winter Games medals mark


PYEONGCHANG, South Korea /February 21, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —Sofia Goggia refused to let Lindsey Vonn catch her. Or, anyone else. The Italian skier won the women’s downhill Wednesday , holding off Ragnhild Mowinckel of Norway by

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The Latest: Canada speed skaters top US in men’s team pursuit


PYEONGCHANG, South Korea/February 21, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — The Latest on the Pyeongchang Olympics (all times local): 9:40 p.m. Canada’s speed skaters have soundly defeated the U.S. in the D final of men’s team pursuit at

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Japanese father of 13 surrogate children veiled in mystery


TOKYO /February 21, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — A Japanese man who has won legal custody of 13 surrogate children in Thailand has remained virtually anonymous in the Japanese media. Mitsutoki Shigeta, who was granted sole custody

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Can Brexit be stopped? Pro-EU campaigns try to turn the tide


LONDON/February 21, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Britain is due to leave the European Union in just over a year. The country’s main political parties agree that the decision can’t be reversed. But with the U.K. government

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Latvian official to miss ECB meeting amid corruption reports


RIGA, Latvia/February 21, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Latvia’s banking chief will miss a meeting of the European Central Bank’s top council, of which he is a member, amid an investigation into suspected corruption. The Bank of

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‘On Body And Soul’ hopes to continue Hungary’s Oscar streak


BUDAPEST, Hungary /February 21, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — “On Body And Soul” could be the third Hungarian film in a row to win an Academy Award. Ildiko Enyedi is the only female director in the foreign

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The Latest: Shooting suspect knew guns ‘inside and out’


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. /February 21, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —The Latest on the deadly Florida school shooting (all times local): 6:55 a.m. The day before 17 people were gunned down at a Florida school, a co-worker says the

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The Latest: IOC member pans fellow members as ‘old farts’


The Latest: IOC member pans fellow members as ‘old farts’ PYEONGCHANG, South Korea/February 21, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —The Latest on the Pyeongchang Olympics (all times local): 8:30 p.m. The spokesman for the International Olympic Committee is

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The Latest: Norwegian duo capture gold in men’s team sprint


PYEONGCHANG, South Korea /February 21, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —  The Latest on the Pyeongchang Olympics (all times local): 8:05 p.m. Norway’s Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo and Martin Johnsrud have captured gold in the men’s team sprint, giving

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Sally Field busts out old outfits at costume guild awards


BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.  /February 21, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —   Wonder Woman’s gilded bustier, the spangled skating dresses in “I, Tonya” and the subdued shades of the 1960s as shown in “The Shape of Water” were among

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Eurozone economy cools amid stock market turmoil


LONDON  /February 21, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — There are signs that the turmoil in financial markets at the start of February had a negative impact — albeit a short-term one — on the fast-growing 19-country eurozone

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The Latest: Winds push back qualifying runs for giant slalom


PYEONGCHANG, South Korea /February 21, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — The Latest on the Pyeongchang Olympics (all times local): 7:55 p.m. Ester Ledecka’s quest for the second half of the rarest of Olympic doubles will start two

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Drought over: US women win 1st Olympic cross-country gold


PYEONGCHANG, South Korea /February 21, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — The long Olympic drought is over for the United States in cross-country skiing. Jessica Diggins and Kikkan Randall became the first Americans to win an Olympic gold

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Indonesia mobilizes to combat health-damaging forest fires


JAKARTA, Indonesia /February 21, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Four Indonesian provinces have declared emergencies in anticipation of worsening forest fires that each year spread health-damaging haze across much of Southeast Asia. The National Disaster Mitigation Agency

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The Latest: US women seek 1st medal in cross-country skiing


PYEONGCHANG, South Korea /February 21, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —  The Latest on the Pyeongchang Olympics (all times local): 6:05 p.m. U.S. cross-country skiers Jessica Diggins and Kikkan Randall had the fastest time in the women’s sprint

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Goggia gets gold; Russian women close in on ending drought


PYEONGCHANG, South Korea /February 21, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —  Sofia Goggia refused to let Lindsey Vonn catch her. Or, anyone else. The Italian skier won the women’s downhill Wednesday , holding off Ragnhild Mowinckel of Norway

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Eurozone economy showing signs of continued strong growth


LONDON/February 21, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —  A closely monitored economic survey of the 19-country eurozone has found business activity cooling in February but still remaining near decade highs. Financial information firm IHS Markit says Wednesday that

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Australia boosts Indian Ocean travel safety after MH370


CANBERRA, Australia /February 21, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Australian authorities say they have helped make the Indian Ocean safer for air and sea travelers since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 vanished in the vast expanse four years

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World shares mixed after Wall Street sell-off, focus on Fed


TOKYO/February 21, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —Shares slid Wednesday in Europe after a day of gains in Asia as attention turned to minutes from the latest meeting of the Federal Reserve. KEEPING SCORE: Germany’s DAX slipped 0.5

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Bahrain sentences prominent activist to 5 years in prison


DUBAI, United Arab Emirates /February 21, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —  A prominent human rights activist in Bahrain was sentenced Wednesday to five years in prison over tweets alleging prison torture in his country and misconduct in

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The Latest: US bobsled team looks ahead to 4-man competition


PYEONGCHANG, South Korea  /February 21, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —   The Latest on the Pyeongchang Olympics (all times local): 5 p.m. If there was a positive that the Americans took away from the two-man bobsled competition at

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Israeli media: Netanyahu confident to testify against him


JERUSALEM  /February 20, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —  Israeli media are reporting that one of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s closest confidants has turned state witness and will incriminate Netanyahu in corruption allegations. Police would not confirm Wednesday

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Gold drought about to end: Russians 1-2 after short program


GANGNEUNG, South Korea /February 20, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Friends, rivals, and soon, medalists. The only question is: Which Russian teen figure skating star will end the nation’s gold medal drought? Alina Zagitova or Evgenia Medvedeva

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State Department says NKorea passed up meeting with Pence


WASHINGTON   /February 20, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —   Vice President Mike Pence was all set to hold a history-making meeting with North Korean officials during the Winter Olympics in South Korea, but Kim Jong Un’s government canceled

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Trump Jr: ‘Nonsense’ that family’s profiting from presidency


NEW DELHI  /February 20, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Donald Trump Jr. says any talk that his family is profiting from his father’s presidency is “nonsense” as he kicked off a highly publicized visit to India to

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Vonn 3rd in last Olympic DH; her pal Goggia of Italy wins


JEONGSEON, South Korea /February 20, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Lindsey Vonn knew that the bronze medal she earned Wednesday came in her final Olympic downhill, the signature event of her singular career. She knew that, but

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States could face severe flooding, other problems in Midwest


CHICAGO /February 20, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Several states could see severe flooding and other weather-related problems amid a storm system that has brought rain, ice and snow to the Midwest and Great Plains. The weather

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Americans rally after shaky starts in women’s short program


GANGNEUNG, South Korea  /February 20, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Bradie Tennell fell during her opening jump combination at the Pyeongchang Olympics, a mistake so rare that the reigning U.S. champion couldn’t remember the last time it

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Florida shooting survivors in capital, demand action on guns


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. /February 20, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Students who survived the Florida school shooting prepared to flood the Capitol Wednesday pushing to ban the assault-style rifle used to kill 17 people, vowing to make changes

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Czechs eliminate US in shootout in Olympic quarterfinals


GANGNEUNG, South Korea  /February 20, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Pavel Francouz stopped all five shooters and Petr Koukal scored the shootout winner as the Czech Republic eliminated the United States from the Olympics with a 3-2

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Lebanon gets tough on the press ahead of elections


BEIRUT  /February 20, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —  A string of court cases and judicial investigations against Lebanese media figures is testing this country’s reputation as a forum for ideas in a region blanketed by censorship and

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White House: New policy won’t affect Trump’s son-in-law


WASHINGTON /February 20, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — It’s a week of reckoning for White House senior adviser Jared Kushner and dozens of other officials who have been working without for the better part of a year.

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Colorado congressman booed as people demand action on guns


GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo.  /February 20, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Grumbling and jeers met the request for a moment of silence for the 17 people killed last week in the Florida school shooting. “Let’s do something for

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Trump says more must be done to protect children


WASHINGTON /February 20, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — As a grieving Florida community demanded action on guns, President Donald Trump on Tuesday directed the Justice Department to move to ban devices like the rapid-fire bump stocks used

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Maduro: Digital currency puts Venezuela on tech vanguard


CARACAS, Venezuela /February 20, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —Cash-strapped Venezuela on Tuesday became the first country to launch its own version of bitcoin, a move President Nicolas Maduro celebrated as putting his country on the world’s technological

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The Latest: US-born skaters lead short program _ for now


PYEONGCHANG, South Korea /February 20, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — The Latest on the Pyeongchang Olympics (all times local): 12 p.m. The top four spots midway through the women’s figure skating short program are held by American-born

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The Latest: Russia’s Zagitova sets another skating record


PYEONGCHANG, South Korea  /February 20, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — The Latest on the Pyeongchang Olympics (all times local): 2:20 p.m. Alina Zagitova allowed her close friend and training partner, Evgenia Medvedeva, to enjoy her new short

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Jarvis Landry given non-exclusive franchise tag by Dolphins


MIAMI /February 20, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — The Miami Dolphins decided receiver Jarvis Landry is worth any headaches he causes, even if the cost is $16 million. Landry was given a non-exclusive franchise tag Tuesday after

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