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14 candidates vie to become Chicago’s next mayor

CHICAGO (AP) — The race to succeed Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has attracted a diverse group of candidates, including businesspeople, a former federal prosecutor, an ex-police superintendent, veteran politicians and community activists. The election will take place Feb. 26. If no candidate ...

Snow too thick to plow keeps skiers from California resorts

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Winter weather enveloping California’s mountains for a fourth straight day Friday kept skiers from hitting the slopes at the start of the Presidents Day holiday weekend, with snow so deep that plows could not tackle it and cities scrambled to find places to pile ...

Vatican defrocks former US cardinal over sex abuse

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has defrocked former U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick after Vatican officials found him guilty of soliciting for sex while hearing confession and of sexual crimes against minors and adults, the Holy See said Saturday. McCarrick, 88, is the highest-ranking ...

Eight miners rescued in Zimbabwe; dozens more feared dead

KADOMA, Zimbabwe (AP) — Eight subsistence miners who were trapped underground for several days after heavy flooding in Zimbabwe have been rescued, though dozens of their co-workers are still missing and feared dead. Rescuers on Saturday pulled the exhausted, muddied survivors from the ...

Does Catalan crisis threaten to make Spain ‘ungovernable’?

BARCELONA (AP) — The secession crisis festering in Spain’s northeastern corner of Catalonia has spread to the political heart of the European Union nation. Twice in less than a year, separatist lawmakers from Catalonia have played the role of king slayer, with their votes in the national ...

US military planes land near Venezuela border with aid

CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — The U.S. military airlifted tons of aid to a Colombian town on the Venezuelan border on Saturday as part of an effort meant to undermine socialist President Nicolas Maduro and back his rival to leadership of the South American nation. Two of three scheduled Air Force ...

Storm-lashed South Carolina reassesses global warming’s role

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — When he took the job 15 years ago, Horry County Emergency Manager Randy Webster figured his biggest disasters would be wind and surge rolling over his county’s beaches, South Carolina’s top tourist destination. Instead, his worries have shifted inland, where rivers ...

US-backed Syria force says IS territorial defeat is near

BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — The sound of mortar shelling and fighter jets whizzing by filled the air. At the base in this small village, fighters from the U.S.- backed Syrian Democratic Forces coordinate with their comrades about 1.2 miles away who are closing in on Islamic State militants hiding ...

Officer shot multiple times, suspects die in subsequent fire

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama police officer who was shot multiple times after responding to reports of an armed robbery was recovering Saturday, while two suspects are believed to have died in a fire following a shootout. The incident began about 5:30 p.m. Friday, the Opelika-Auburn News ...

Potential privacy lapse found in Americans’ 2010 census data

WASHINGTON (AP) — An internal team at the Census Bureau found that basic personal information collected from more than 100 million Americans during the 2010 head count could be reconstructed from obscured data, but with lots of mistakes, a top agency official disclosed Saturday. The age, ...

Airlines to give customers ‘nonbinary’ choice under gender

DALLAS (AP) — Major U.S. airlines say they will soon change their ticketing process to give passengers the option of identifying themselves as other than male or female. The gender option on airline sites will soon include choices such “undisclosed” or “unspecified.” There could ...

Illinois man being fired from job fatally shoots 5 workers

AURORA, Ill. — The frantic calls started pouring in at 1:24 p.m. A gunman was shooting people inside a sprawling manufacturing warehouse in Aurora, Illinois. Within four minutes, the first police officers rushed to the 29,000-square-foot building in the suburban Chicago city and were fired ...

Gone in a New York minute: How the Amazon deal fell apart

NEW YORK — In early November, word began to leak that Amazon was serious about choosing New York to build a giant new campus. The city was eager to lure the company and its thousands of high-paying tech jobs, offering billions in tax incentives and lighting the Empire State Building in Amazon ...

Former Army Secretary John Marsh laid to rest in Virginia

NEW MARKET, Va. (AP) — Former Secretary of the Army John Marsh Jr. has been laid to rest at a Civil War battlefield in Virginia where he developed a love for history and the military. Marsh, who also served four terms as Virginia’s 7th District congressman, died Feb. 4 at Blue Ridge ...

Actor William Shatner debuts country songs at Grand Ole Opry

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Actor William Shatner boldly went where no “Star Trek” captain has gone before when he took the stage for the first time for the Grand Ole Opry radio show to sing from his new album of country songs. Shatner made his Opry debut on Friday night in Nashville, ...

Swiss actor Bruno Ganz, star of ‘Downfall,’ dies at 77

BERLIN (AP) — Swiss actor Bruno Ganz, who played Adolf Hitler cooped up in his Berlin bunker in “Downfall” and an angel in Wim Wenders’ “Wings of Desire,” has died. He was 77. German news agency dpa reported that Ganz’s management said Saturday he died in Zurich. Ganz, a ...

Makeshift migrant shelter near border to close soon

PIEDRAS NEGRAS, Mexico (AP) — An improvised shelter where hundreds of Central American migrants have been confined in the border city of Piedras Negras, across from Eagle Pass, Texas, will close next week, authorities said Saturday. Coahuila State Public Safety Secretary Jose Luis Pliego ...

Oakland teachers announce strike over pay, class sizes

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Oakland teachers say they will strike starting Thursday. The union representing the 3,000 teachers announced the walkout Saturday, making it the latest in a wave of educator activism that has swept the U.S. since last spring. The union wants smaller class sizes, ...

Stevie Wonder, John Legend headline Motown tribute concert

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stevie Wonder jammed with his harmonica, John Legend crooned while playing the piano and Ciara pranced onstage dressed like Rick James Tuesday night at Motown Records’ 60th anniversary concert. Wonder closed out the all-star lineup performing more than a half-dozen ...

Right at home: What will kitchens of the future look like?

Today’s home kitchen doesn’t look anything like it did a century ago. But, for the most part, it doesn’t look a lot different than 50 years ago. Appliances are sleeker, materials are better, color palettes are broader. But the room is still the hard-working heart of the home. So what ...