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Albertsons will buy chunk of Rite Aid that isn
Albertsons will buy chunk of Rite Aid that isn't going to Walgreens: WSJ

(Reuters) - U.S. grocery chain operator Albertsons Companies Inc said on Tuesday it would buy drugstore chain Rite Aid Corp in a cash-and-stock deal to create a company with $83 billion in revenue.

Donald Trump Jr. visits India to help sell apartments
Donald Trump Jr. visits India to help sell apartments

The ads, which have run repeatedly in the past few days, herald the arrival not of the American president but of his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., who is in New Delhi to sell luxury apartments and lavish ...

Head bowed, Florida shooting suspect returns to court for hearing
Head bowed, Florida shooting suspect returns to court for hearing
  • US
  • 2018-02-20 11:20:57Z

A former student accused of last week's deadly shooting at a Florida high school returned to court for a hearing on Monday in a case that has galvanized advocates of stricter gun control, including many of the rampage survivors. Nikolas Cruz, his head bowed, hands shackled at his waist and wearing a red, jail-issued jumpsuit, showed no emotion during the procedural session in Fort Lauderdale. The hearing ended with Broward Circuit Court Judge Elizabeth Scherer ruling that a defense motion filed last week remain sealed from public view.

Rising poverty gnaws at Italian social fabric as election nears
Rising poverty gnaws at Italian social fabric as election nears
  • World
  • 2018-02-20 09:57:34Z

By Crispian Balmer HERCULANEUM, Italy (Reuters) - Roberto Biondi's 89-year-old mother has Alzheimer's, is housebound and no longer recognizes her son. This country isn't working." Italy holds national elections on March 4 and while much campaigning has focused on the divisive issue

Britain and U.S. in talks over captured British Islamic State fighters: UK minister
Britain and U.S. in talks over captured British Islamic State fighters: UK minister
  • World
  • 2018-02-20 09:54:13Z

Britain and the United States are in talks about the fate of two captured British Islamic State militants, suspected of being part of a notorious group known for torturing and killing Western hostages, British Home Secretary Amber Rudd said. Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh were captured in Syria

Chelsea Clinton Throws Subtle Shade At Donald Trump Jr. Over India Foreign Policy Speech
Chelsea Clinton Throws Subtle Shade At Donald Trump Jr. Over India Foreign Policy Speech

Chelsea Clinton joined in the criticism of Donald Trump Jr.'s trip to India, with the throwing of some wonderfully subtle shade.

Homie raises $4M to help London
Homie raises $4M to help London's 'Generation Rent' find their next property

So bad is London's housing crisis, which sees house prices make homeownership a pipe dream for many, a 2015 report by PWC reckons that by 2025 more than half of under 40 year olds will be living into rental properties.

Virtue, Moir win second ice dance gold with world record
Virtue, Moir win second ice dance gold with world record

By Elaine Lies and Rory Carroll GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - Canadian ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir claimed their second Olympic gold medal with a brilliant free dance on Tuesday, edging to the top of the podium by less than a point and breaking the world record into the bargain. Skating

Californian Falls To His Death From Cliff Trying To Rescue His Dog
Californian Falls To His Death From Cliff Trying To Rescue His Dog

A California man died Monday after plunging from an ocean cliff south of San Francisco while trying to save his dog.

Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania's new congressional map could boost Democrats

Pennsylvania's high court imposed a new congressional district map for the state's 2018 elections on Monday, potentially giving Democrats a boost in their quest to capture control of the U.S. House unless ...

Baylor clinches Big 12 title with 93-87 win over Texas
Baylor clinches Big 12 title with 93-87 win over Texas

Kristy Wallace scored 23 points and had seven assists as No. 3 Baylor won its eighth consecutive Big 12 championship Monday night with a 93-87 win over No. 6 Texas. Wallace scored 14 in the third quarter and rescued the Lady Bears after Texas had started the second half with a charge and briefly held

Israel announces
Israel announces 'historic' gas contract with Egypt
  • World
  • 2018-02-20 03:50:57Z

Israel has struck an "historic" contract to supply natural gas to Egypt, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Monday, in a deal one firm said was worth $15 billion over 10 years. "This will bring billions of dollars to state coffers," Netanyahu said in a statement announcing

Trump endorses Romney in run for U.S. Senate seat in Utah
Trump endorses Romney in run for U.S. Senate seat in Utah
  • US
  • 2018-02-20 02:41:20Z

President Donald Trump on Monday endorsed former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's run for a U.S. Senate seat in Utah, despite Romney often being critical of Trump. During the 2016 presidential campaign, Romney excoriated Trump as a "fraud" who was "playing the American public for suckers." Trump responded that Romney had "choked like a dog" in his 2012 campaign against President Barack Obama. Trump said on Twitter that Romney "will make a great Senator and worthy successor to @OrrinHatch, and has my full support and endorsement!" Romney announced Friday he would run to replace retiring Senator Orrin Hatch.

Company that sells bulletproof Gucci and Hermes bags sees huge sales in school backpacks
Company that sells bulletproof Gucci and Hermes bags sees huge sales in school backpacks

The Florida school shooting that left 17 people dead has triggered a rise in the sales of bulletproof backpacks.

Brewers star Braun ready for grounders at first base

Ryan Braun has never been a fan of spring training, but he'll have plenty of work to keep him busy this year. Moving Braun became an option when Milwaukee acquired outfielders Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich in January. With the Brewers trying to build off their surprising 2017 season that finished

Richard Branson Wants To Build A High-Speed Hyperloop In India
Richard Branson Wants To Build A High-Speed Hyperloop In India

British billionaire Richard Branson has announced plans to build a high-speed shuttle in India that could potentially revolutionize travel in the country.

Pennsylvania top court redraws voting map in boost to Democrats
  • US
  • 2018-02-20 00:33:08Z

The state Supreme Court had ruled that the Republican plan effectively marginalized likely Democratic voters. As a result, the Republicans have a more than 2-1 advantage in the state's U.S. House of Representatives delegation, even though the number of registered Republicans and Democrats in Pennsylvania is roughly even. The court-imposed plan could help Democrats who want to gain control of the U.S. Congress in the November midterm elections.

Funerals: Grieving teens, raw emotions after school shooting
Funerals: Grieving teens, raw emotions after school shooting

Each funeral for the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High massacre is different, yet the same: the mourning relatives, teens walking in clutches wearing black, politicians paying their respects, ...

Wardrobe issues causes Olympic stress for French skaters
Wardrobe issues causes Olympic stress for French skaters

The first notes of Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You" had just played when Gabriella Papadakis suddenly became aware that people were about to see a whole lot more of her shape than she had planned. ...

US manufacturer recalls dog food after execution drug found in tins
US manufacturer recalls dog food after execution drug found in tins

A drug used to execute American prisoners and to put animals to sleep has been discovered in canned dog food in the US, triggering an emergency recall. The Food and Drug Administration said it found low levels of pentobarbital in tins of Gravy Train dog food produced by JM Smucker. The drug is most commonly used by vets as a sedative or anaesthetic and to euthanise pets. At high doses in humans it cause respiratory arrest and has been used to carry out executions often as the first step - inducing unconsciousness - in a three-drug protocol. It was one of the drugs used by Marilyn Monroe when she took her own life. The brand affected Credit: JM Smucker The recall followed an investigation...

Detroit's Martinez realistic entering contract's last season

At age 39 - and fresh off a heart problem that cut his 2017 season short - Victor Martinez is grateful for the career he's had. ''I wish I can tell you that I feel right now like I felt when I came into the big leagues,'' the Detroit designated hitter said Monday.

Column: NASCAR
Column: NASCAR's youth movement may be good for business

Daytona Day was nothing short of a rousing success for NASCAR, which was able to celebrate both its storied past and youthful future on its biggest stage. The Daytona 500 is the most important event of the year for NASCAR. With Austin Dillon's victory in the famed No. 3 and Bubba Wallace's

Roseanne Jokes Her National Anthem Was 'Better' Than Fergie's
Roseanne Jokes Her National Anthem Was 'Better' Than Fergie's

Fergie's rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the 2018 NBA All-Star Game on Sunday has been widely judged a colossal flop, with some people calling it one of the worst performances of the national anthem ever.

Tiago Splitter announces retirement
Tiago Splitter announces retirement

Center won title with Spurs

Pennsylvania top court releases new U.S. congressional voting map for state
  • US
  • 2018-02-19 20:49:17Z

The new map was posted on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's website after the court's Democratic majority voted last month to invalidate the previous map as an unconstitutional gerrymander. The court ruled that Republican lawmakers marginalized Democratic voters to win more seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. Pennsylvania is a hotly contested swing state, and the redistricting is expected to boost Democrats' chances of winning several U.S. House seats in the state in the November elections.

Darrell Wallace Jr. picks up sponsor for Atlanta Cup race
Darrell Wallace Jr. picks up sponsor for Atlanta Cup race

The NASCAR Racing Experience, operated by Driving 101, will be on the No. 43 this weekend.

China, US skirmish over nuclear codes: Report
China, US skirmish over nuclear codes: Report

China reportedly came close to getting its hands on the U.S. nuclear codes. Fox News military analyst Gen. Jack Keane (Ret.) weighs in.

Algorithmic zoning could be the answer to cheaper housing and more equitable cities
Algorithmic zoning could be the answer to cheaper housing and more equitable cities

Zoning codes are a century old, and the lifeblood of all major U.S. cities (except arguably Houston), determining what can be built where and what activities can take place in a neighborhood.

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Issues New Congressional Map To Replace Gerrymandered One
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Issues New Congressional Map To Replace Gerrymandered One

Pennsylvania's Supreme Court on Monday issued a new congressional map to replace the state's current one, which the court said is so partisan it violates the state's Constitution.

Woman Filmed Berating Flight Attendant on Plane Gets Suspended From Job
Woman Filmed Berating Flight Attendant on Plane Gets Suspended From Job

Susan Peirez started shouting after being seated near a baby.

Melania Affectionately Rests Hand on Trump's Arm at Mar-a-Lago Party
Melania Affectionately Rests Hand on Trump's Arm at Mar-a-Lago Party

But the moment of serenity didn't last.

Duchess Kate flaunts blossoming baby bump in form-fitting Erdem dress
Duchess Kate flaunts blossoming baby bump in form-fitting Erdem dress

Duchess Kate played host at a Buckingham Palace reception with fashion's elite on Monday night, and the stylish royal fit right in!

Suspect in Florida school shooting back in court for status hearing
Suspect in Florida school shooting back in court for status hearing
  • US
  • 2018-02-19 19:24:27Z

The former student accused of last week's deadly shooting rampage at a Florida high school returned to court on Monday for a status hearing, and the judge ordered that a defense motion filed last week remain sealed from public view. Nikolas Cruz, wearing a red, jail-issued uniform, sat during the short hearing in Fort Lauderdale without showing any emotion, his head bowed. Cruz is facing 17 counts of premeditated murder after the attack last Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, near Fort Lauderdale.

Car theft skyrockets thanks to rising parts prices
Car theft skyrockets thanks to rising parts prices

On a 2016 Toyota Camry, 15 commonly stolen parts cost $11,000.

Gay Olympian Feels Bad Adam Rippon Is Dealing With Anti-LGBTQ Politics
Gay Olympian Feels Bad Adam Rippon Is Dealing With Anti-LGBTQ Politics

As the first two publicly out gay men to win medals at the Winter Olympics, figure skaters Eric Radford and Adam Rippon have broken barriers and established legacies that will extend beyond the ice rink.

Trump focus on mental health after school shooting denounced
Trump focus on mental health after school shooting denounced

Frustration is mounting in the medical community as the Trump administration again points to mental illness in response to yet another mass shooting. "The concept that mental illness is a precursor ...

Slain Teacher Told His Fiancee What To Say If He Died In A School Shooting
Slain Teacher Told His Fiancee What To Say If He Died In A School Shooting

A high school teacher shot to death while protecting students in last week's school shooting in Parkland, Florida, once considered that he could die in such violence, and gave his fiancee instructions on what to say if it happened.

Farting Passenger Forces Plane To Make Emergency Landing
Farting Passenger Forces Plane To Make Emergency Landing

A flight from Dubai to Amsterdam had to make an emergency landing in Vienna after a fight broke out because one of the passengers wouldn't stop breaking wind.

The Top Twenty Five

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press' college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Feb. 18, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and previous ranking:

What to wear at polls? High court will have a say on that
What to wear at polls? High court will have a say on that

A "Make America Great Again" hat. A tea party T-shirt. A MoveOn.org button. Wear any one of those items to vote in Minnesota, and a poll worker will probably ask you to remove it or cover it ...

Black Hockey Player Taunted With Racist Chant In Chicago
Black Hockey Player Taunted With Racist Chant In Chicago

Washington Capitals hockey player Devante Smith-Pelly blasted the "disgusting" racist chant directed at him during an NHL game in Chicago Saturday night that led to the ejection of several fans.

Turkey warns as Syrian government poised to enter Afrin
Turkey warns as Syrian government poised to enter Afrin

BEIRUT (AP) - Turkey warned the Syrian government Monday against entering the Kurdish-controlled enclave in northern Syria where a major Turkish military offensive is underway, saying it would hit back at the troops if their goal is to protect the Kurdish fighters.

Ex-workers at Russian
Ex-workers at Russian 'troll factory' trust US indictment

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) - While Russian officials scoff at a U.S. indictment charging 13 Russians with meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, several people who worked at the same St. Petersburg "troll factory" say they think the criminal charges are well-founded.

Trump backs effort to improve gun background checks: White House
Trump backs effort to improve gun background checks: White House
  • US
  • 2018-02-19 18:10:15Z

The White House said on Monday that President Donald Trump supports efforts to improve federal background checks for gun purchases, days after a shooting at a Florida school killed 17 people. Trump spoke to Senator John Cornyn, a Republican, on Friday about a bi-partisan bill that he and Democratic Senator Chris Murphy introduced to improve federal compliance with criminal background checks, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said.

Even Roseanne Barr Dunked on Fergie
Even Roseanne Barr Dunked on Fergie's National Anthem Performance: 'Mine Was Better'

When even Roseanne Barr feels free to critique your performance of the National Anthem, you know it was bad.

Feathers fly as chicken shortage shuts KFCs across Britain
Feathers fly as chicken shortage shuts KFCs across Britain

LONDON (AP) - Fast-food fans were in a flutter Monday after most of the 900 KFC outlets in the U.K. and Ireland were forced to close because of a shortage of chicken.

High School Students Lead Protest Against Gun Violence In Front Of White House
High School Students Lead Protest Against Gun Violence In Front Of White House

Dozens of students gathered in front of the White House on Monday to demand changes to gun laws, just days after a deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school left 17 people dead.

The Duchess Of Cambridge Faces Criticism For Not Wearing Black To The BAFTAs
The Duchess Of Cambridge Faces Criticism For Not Wearing Black To The BAFTAs

Stars at the British Academy Film Awards on Sunday night wore all-black in support of the Time's Up initiative, much like they did at January's Golden Globe awards.

Kentucky accuses Cardinal Health of contributing to opioid epidemic
  • US
  • 2018-02-19 17:35:09Z

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear filed a lawsuit over what he said were unfair, misleading and deceptive business practices engaged in by Dublin, Ohio-based Cardinal Health that led to the excessive distribution of opioids in his state. The lawsuit alleged that Cardinal Health, one of the country's largest wholesale drug distributors, ignored red flags that prescription opioids were being diverted for illegal uses, allowing it to profit in the process.

How a U.S. coal deal warmed Ukraine
How a U.S. coal deal warmed Ukraine's ties with Trump
  • World
  • 2018-02-19 17:24:56Z

For the first time in Ukraine's history, U.S. anthracite is helping to keep the lights on and the heating going this winter following a deal that has also helped to warm Kiev's relations with President Donald Trump. On Trump's side it provided much-needed orders for a coal-producing region

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