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Virus pushes beyond Asia, taking aim at Europe, Mideast

By KIM TONG-HYUNG and MATT SEDENSKY | February 24, 2020

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The new virus took aim at a broadening swath of the globe Monday, with officials in Europe and the Middle East scrambling to limit the spread of an outbreak that showed signs of stabilizing at its Chinese epicenter but posed...

New Virginia sentencing law ends high court’s DC sniper case

February 24, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lee Boyd Malvo, the Washington, D.C., area sniper, and Virginia agreed Monday to dismiss a pending Supreme Court case after the state changed criminal sentencing law for juveniles.Under the new law, signed by Gov. Ralph Northam earlier...

Supreme Court hears battle over Atlantic Coast Pipeline

By DENISE LAVOIE | February 24, 2020

The Supreme Court on Monday appeared ready to remove an obstacle to construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, with a majority of justices expressing skepticism about a lower court ruling that tossed out a key permit needed for the natural gas pipeline...

White House readying emergency coronavirus budget request

By ANDREW TAYLOR | February 24, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is readying an urgent budget request to address the deadly coronavirus outbreak whose rapid spread is spooking financial markets and restricting international travel.The request is still being developed but is likely...

The Latest: Protesters hound Buttigieg on minimum wage

February 24, 2020

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on the 2020 Democratic primary contest (all times local):2:55 p.m.Pete Buttigieg has been hounded by protesters during a march with McDonald’s workers in Charleston, South Carolina, who are striking for a $15 minimum...

Costs, delays scuttle 124-mile Constitution Pipeline project

By MARY ESCH | February 24, 2020

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The nearly $1 billion Constitution Pipeline project, which had been designed to take natural gas from Pennsylvania's shale gas fields to metropolitan New York and New England, has been abandoned after years of legal regulatory challenges...

Kobe Bryant’s widow sues helicopter operator for deaths

By BRIAN MELLEY | February 24, 2020

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kobe Bryant's widow sued the owner of the helicopter that crashed in fog and killed the former Los Angeles Lakers star and their 13-year-old daughter last month as she publicly mourned their deaths Monday in an emotional public ceremony.The...

High Court sympathetic to embassy bombing victims in case

By JESSICA GRESKO | February 24, 2020

Washington (AP) — The Supreme Court suggested Monday that it's inclined to allow a bigger award of money to victims of the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. No matter what the justices decide, however,...

Couple lost in woods survived on muddy water, fern fronds

February 24, 2020

INVERNESS, Calif. (AP) — A couple who went missing in the woods of Northern California for a week survived by drinking from a muddy puddle and eating fern fronds, said rescuers who had given up hopes of finding them alive.Carol Kiparsky, 77, and Ian...

German man drives car into Carnival crowd, injures 30

By DAVID RISING and FRANK JORDANS | February 24, 2020

BERLIN (AP) — A man intentionally drove a car into a crowd at a Carnival parade in a small town in central Germany, injuring around 30 people including children, officials said Monday.The driver, a 29-year-old German citizen who lived locally, was arrested...

Pioneering black NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson dies

By BEN FINLEY | February 24, 2020

Katherine Johnson, a mathematician who calculated rocket trajectories and earth orbits for NASA’s early space missions and was later portrayed in the 2016 hit film “Hidden Figures,” about pioneering black female aerospace workers, has died. She...

Hero or criminal? Court hears 2 views of WikiLeaks’ Assange

By JILL LAWLESS | February 24, 2020

LONDON (AP) — Truth-telling journalist or reckless criminal: A British judge was given two conflicting portraits of Julian Assange as the WikiLeaks founder's long-awaited extradition hearing began Monday in a London court.A lawyer for the U.S. authorities,...