• February 24, 2017

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Vulnerable Dems lay low as town hall angst rages

NEW YORK (AP) — From Montana to West Virginia, the nation's most vulnerable Senate Democrats are avoiding town hall meetings as their Republican counterparts get pummeled by an energized electorate frustrated with President Donald Trump's early agenda.

Need a doctor in Naples? Try tennis court, not hospital

ROME (AP) — Fifty-five employees at a Naples public hospital, including doctors and nurses, are under house arrest for allegedly clocking in, then disappearing from their posts, including one physician spotted hopping a cab to play tennis, another suspect who allegedly worked as a hotel chef while on duty at the hospital, and others who slipped off to go shopping.

Austrian court orders release of Ukrainian oligarch Firtash

VIENNA (AP) — An Austrian court has ordered that Ukrainian oligarch Dymitro Firtash be released from custody pending decisions on separate U.S. and Spanish extradition requests for him.

Egyptians bear down under worst inflation in a decade

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptians are bearing down under their worst inflation in a decade, cutting spending as much as possible as prices surge on basic food items, transport, housing, and even some essential medicines.

Dakota Access Pipeline


Barrels of Crude Oil Spilled in Pipeline Incidents in the US


The Latest: Tribes want judge to stop river pipeline work

CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — The Latest on the Dakota Access oil pipeline. (all times local):

Budapest assembly to vote Wednesday on revoking Olympic bid

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The mayor of Budapest says the city assembly will vote Wednesday on a motion to withdraw the city's bid to host the 2024 Olympics.

Russian UN ambassador Churkin honored, buried in Moscow

MOSCOW (AP) — Diplomats, colleagues and relatives said their final farewells Friday to Vitaly Churkin, Russia's long-time ambassador to the United Nations who died earlier in the week.

Swedish politician: officials should have sex in lunchbreak

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A politician in northern Sweden wants to list sex as an officially approved activity for civil servants during their daily paid lunchbreak.

Malaysia: VX nerve agent killed outcast North Korean scion

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The poison used to kill the estranged half brother of North Korea's leader at a crowded air terminal in Malaysia last week was the banned chemical weapon VX nerve agent, police said Friday.

Trump goes blames FBI for failing to stop media leaks

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is blaming the FBI for failing to stop leaks to the media, saying the information being reported is classified and could have a "devastating effect" on the country.

The Latest: Iraqi air force strikes IS targets inside Syria

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Latest on the Iraqi forces' battle to take the western half of Mosul from the Islamic State militants (all times local):

Global stocks fall amid Trump trade policy concerns

TOKYO (AP) — Global stocks fell Friday amid worries about the potential impact of U.S. trade policies and as investors became more cautious about the market's recent rally.

Stampede! Drone causes 1,500 elk to charge in Wyoming snow

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Wildlife refuge officials say a man with a drone caused 1,500 elk to stampede half a mile.

'Hipster Cop,' in fashion spotlight during Occupy, retires

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City police detective who became an internet sensation as the "Hipster Cop" for his fashionable wardrobe during the Occupy Wall Street protests is letting go of something he's been wearing for 25 years — his badge.

Fatalities, Injuries and Damages from Structure Fires


Unintentional Fatalities from Fires


Fatalities and Injuries from Structure Fires


Structure Fires in the United States


Date set for memorial dedication for fatal nightclub fire

WEST WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — A dedication ceremony for a memorial to honor the 100 people killed during a 2003 nightclub fire in Rhode Island has been scheduled.

US ski team pulls out of combined race after crashes

CRANS MONTANA, Switzerland (AP) — The U.S. ski team, including overall World Cup leader Mikaela Shiffrin and Lindsey Vonn, pulled out of the Alpine combined race Friday because of dangerous conditions on the course.

Greece's Tsipras says the era of austerity is over

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras says the era of austerity is over for his country, painting a positive picture Friday of reforms the country has agreed to take after its latest bailout program ends in 2018.

US changes rules of engagement for Mosul fight in Iraq

SOUTH OF MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — U.S. Army Lt. Col. James Browning juggled phone calls on an overstuffed sofa in a small village south of Mosul. His counterparts in the Iraqi army's 9th Division were pushing toward western Mosul, just a few miles away and were coming under mortar fire from the Islamic State group as they moved on a power station.