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Autistic futures trader who triggered crash spared prison

By MICHAEL TARM | January 28, 2020

CHICAGO (AP) — A U.S. judge Tuesday sentenced a socially awkward math whiz-turned-futures trader who earned tens of millions of dollars over several years and helped trigger a U.S. stock market “flash crash” from his parents’ suburban London home...

Trump shores up support for newest GOP congressman in Jersey

By JONATHAN LEMIRE | January 28, 2020

WILDWOOD, N.J. (AP) — Moving on several fronts toward shoring up support for his reelection bid, President Donald Trump capped off a busy Tuesday by heaping praise on the newest Republican member of Congress and savaging Democrats he said are engaged...

San Francisco official charged with corruption in FBI probe

By JANIE HAR and JULIET WILLIAMS | January 28, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A top San Francisco public official and go-to bureaucrat to mayors over two decades was charged with public corruption Tuesday, upending City Hall as elected leaders scrambled to reassure the public that bribery and kickbacks would...

Wuhan officials face questions, anger over virus response

By DAKE KANG | January 28, 2020

BEIJING (AP) — Last Wednesday evening, top officials in the central Chinese city of Wuhan settled into their seats at an auditorium for a Lunar New Year gala — even as a new virus that originated in their city was spreading rapidly.Dozens of actors,...

Unite Here labor union staying neutral in Democratic primary


LAS VEGAS (AP) — The international union representing hotel and casino workers said Tuesday that it will not endorse a candidate in the Democratic presidential primary, casting doubt as to whether its influential Nevada local will follow suit ahead...

‘American Dirt’ Latino backlash part of long publishing war

By RUSSELL CONTRERAS | January 28, 2020

During a trip to Mexico to visit family, writer Myriam Gurba took “American Dirt,” a novel about immigration and cartel violence that was being touted as one of the biggest U.S. releases of 2020. The writer was of mostly white descent, and Gurba felt...

Trial begins in fatal Portland, Oregon light-rail stabbings

January 28, 2020

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Two men who were fatally stabbed and a third who was severely injured in an attack on a Portland, Oregon, light-rail train likely did not know the man charged in the case was holding a small folding knife when they confronted him,...

Ex-Illinois lawmaker pleads guilty in red-light bribery case

By MICHAEL TARM and JOHN O'CONNOR | January 28, 2020

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A former Illinois state senator pleaded guilty Tuesday to accepting around a quarter of a million dollars in bribes in exchange for protecting the interests of a red-light camera company, and promised to cooperate with federal...

Midwestern states consider banning bias based on hairstyles

By JOHN HANNA and TODD RICHMOND | January 28, 2020

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Black female legislators in two predominantly white Midwestern states urged their Republican colleagues Tuesday to join a national push to outlaw discrimination based on hairstyles such as braids and dreadlocks.Legislative committees...

Strike by Seattle nurses, staff closes emergency rooms

By GENE JOHNSON | January 28, 2020

SEATTLE (AP) — Thousands of nurses and other employees at a Seattle hospital system began a three-day strike over staffing levels, wages and other issues Tuesday, forcing administrators to close two emergency departments and spend millions to bring...

Bad timing: New virus poses threat to fragile world economy


This should be peak season for a 12-room hotel near the train station in the Chinese industrial hub of Wuhan. The Chinese New Year usually brings in plenty of travelers and delivers profits of around $3,000 a month.But the place is empty. Wuhan, the center...

Harvard professor charged with hiding China ties, payments

By ALANNA DURKIN RICHER | January 28, 2020

BOSTON (AP) — A Harvard University professor was charged Tuesday with lying about his ties to a Chinese-run recruitment program and concealing payments he received from the Chinese government for research.Charles Lieber, chair of the department of chemistry...