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  • The Justice Department says a contractor for the U.S. government who is originally from Ethiopia has been arrested on espionage charges, accused of providing a foreign country classified information that he downloaded and printed from his work computer system. The contractor is identified as Abraham Teklu Lemma; he had a top secret security clearance and access to classified information through contracting positions with the departments of State and Justice. According to court documents, he used an encrypted messaging application to transmit maps, photographs and satellite imagery to the foreign government. Court papers do not identify the country Lemma is accused of spying for. The New York Times, which first reported the arrest, said it was Ethiopia.

    September 22, 2023
  • Members of the volunteer arm of Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard have been seen on the streets in western Iran on the eve of the first anniversary of the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini. She died following her arrest by the country's morality police for allegedly violating the country's mandatory headscarf law. Her death unleashed demonstrations that represented a major challenge to Iran's theocracy. The government is trying hard both to ignore that anniversary and tamp down any new unrest. In Tehran, Iran’s capital, and other cities, there's a heightened presence of police and security forces that has gone unreported by the country’s state-run and semiofficial media.

    September 15, 2023
  • As Brett Favre became ensnared in media attention for his connection to Mississippi’s sprawling welfare scandal, Gov. Tate Reeves’ brother suggested the state official investigating the case praise the retired NFL quarterback. Photos of text messages released Thursday by Reeves’ re-election campaign show the governor’s brother, Todd Reeves, passing along a request from Favre to Mississippi State Auditor Shad White for a favorable statement about the retired star athlete. Todd Reeves texted White on May 6, 2020, months after the Auditor announced in February that criminal charges were brought against six people who diverted welfare money intended for some of the poorest people in the nation to the rich and powerful. Favre has not been charged with a crime.

    September 01, 2023
  • A Chicago television news crew has been robbed at gunpoint while they were reporting on a string of robberies. Spanish-language station Univision Chicago says a reporter and photographer were filming early Monday in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood. They were robbed by three masked men brandishing firearms, who took their television camera and other items. Police say no injuries were reported and no one is in custody. It was the second robbery this month involving a Chicago news crew. WLS-TV says one of its photographers was assaulted and robbed on Aug. 8 while preparing to cover a weekday afternoon news conference on Chicago’s West Side.

    August 29, 2023
  • The man who became known as “Joe the Plumber” during the 2008 U.S. presidential election has died. The family of Samuel Wurzelbacher says he died Sunday in Wisconsin. He was 49 and had pancreatic cancer. He was thrust into the spotlight after questioning Barack Obama about his economic proposals during the 2008 presidential campaign. He went from toiling as a plumber in suburban Toledo, Ohio, to life as a media sensation when his comments made the rounds on cable news and Republican John McCain mentioned him in a debate. He made a 2012 bid for Congress in Ohio but lost to a Democrat.

    August 28, 2023
  • A new study says Alexa, Siri and other voice assistants could do a better job giving instructions on CPR to help bystanders respond in emergencies. Researchers asked voice assistants questions that might be posed by someone witnessing a cardiac arrest. Many of the responses from the voice assistants were some version of “I don't know” or “I don't understand.” Some sent users to web pages where they could learn about CPR. The researchers say that's not enough and that the tech industry should work with the medical community to standardize responses to CPR questions.

    August 28, 2023
  • Newly released video shows the 98-year-old mother of a Kansas newspaper publisher confronting police officers as they searched her home in a raid that has drawn national scrutiny. It shows her visibly upset and demanding: “Get out of my house!” Video released by the newspaper Monday shows Joan Meyer shouting at the six officers inside the Marion, Kansas, home she shared with her son. She died the day after the raids of the Marion County Record and the homes of the Meyers as well as a Marion city council member. Eric Meyer says the stress contributed to her death.

    August 22, 2023
  • Police say a bus carrying fans of the Brazilian soccer team Corinthians has crashed following a match in the city of Belo Horizonte, killing at least seven people and injuring 36 others. The seven dead were members of a club of supporters of Corinthians called Gavioes da Fiel. They had traveled from the city of Taubaté in northeast Sao Paulo state to watch their team’s 1-1 draw with Cruzeiro in a Brazilian championship game Saturday evening. Passengers told local media the bus lost its breaks and flipped over trying to avoid a head on crash with another bus.

    August 20, 2023
  • Stocks that traded heavily or had substantial price changes Tuesday: D.R. Horton and Grindr rise; Getty Images and Discover Financial fall.

    August 15, 2023
  • Larry Scott boasted five years ago that the Pac-12 Conference would be able “to adapt, react and take advantage of this new world media order that’s coming in a way others can’t.” As it turns out, Scott’s statement instead ended up reflecting what rival conferences and commissioners did. Scott didn’t have a chance to negotiate a second Pac-12 media deal. He stepped down as commissioner in 2021 and his successor, George Kliavkoff, didn’t land the deal the conference needed.

    August 08, 2023
  • Hasbro is selling its eOne television and movie business to Lionsgate in an approximately $500 million deal, after having paid $4 billion for the company four years ago. Hasbro said Thursday that the agreement with Lionsgate includes $375 million in cash and the assumption of production financing loans. The acquisition will give Lionsgate access to eOne’s library of almost 6,500 titles, including “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Yellowjackets” and “The Woman King.” Lionsgate will also receive film development rights to Hasbro’s Monopoly, based on the popular board game.

    August 03, 2023
  • Iran will close all government offices, banks and schools on Wednesday and Thursday over high temperatures. The official IRNA news agency said Tuesday the decision came after health ministry warned about a possible increase in heat exhaustion cases. Over the past days many cities and towns in Iran saw temperatures around 100 degrees Fahrenheit. The capital, Tehran, experienced 100.4 F temps Tuesday. The metrological office predicted that Tehran would see even hotter temperatures over the next three days. Ahvaz, the capital of an oil-rich province in the country's southwest, hit 122 F on Tuesday.

    August 01, 2023
  • North Korean state media say leader Kim Jong Un has met with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu for discussions on military issues and the regional security environment. The report Thursday came as the country celebrated the 70th anniversary of an armistice that halted fighting in the 1950-53 Korean War. The North’s official Korean Central News Agency says Kim and Shoigu talked Wednesday in the capital, Pyongyang, and reached a consensus on unspecified “matters of mutual concern in the field of national defense and security and on the regional and international security environment.” KCNA says Kim also took Shoigu to an arms exhibition showcasing some of North Korea’s newest weapons.

    July 27, 2023
  • Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up for select stories. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s complete coverage of North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and Delaware, and the rest…

    July 25, 2023
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