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Libyan Gen. Khalifa Hifter arrives at the Foreign Ministry to meet the Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias in Athens, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. The commander of anti-government forces in war-torn Libya has begun meetings in Athens in a bid to counter Turkey's support for his opponents. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

UN-backed government in Libya suspends talks after attack

Feb. 18, 2020 5:54 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N.-supported government in Libya said Tuesday it has suspended its participation in talks in Geneva aimed at salvaging a fragile cease-fire in the North African country following an attack on Tripoli's strategic port. The country’s warring sides had resumed their U.N.-brokered...

Utility to pay $347,000 in Georgia coffee shop explosion

Feb. 18, 2020 5:49 PM EST

HOMERVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A natural gas utility would pay $347,000 under a proposed settlement with Georgia regulators who found safety violations linked to a 2018 explosion that destroyed a coffee shop in a rural city. WALB-TV reports the Georgia Public Service Commission is scheduled to vote Tuesday on the...

Smoke continues to rise from the rubble at the former location of the Press Bar following a fire, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, in St. Cloud, Minn. The fire was reported at 2:41 a.m. Monday, and firefighters continued to fight the fire for several hours. (Dave Schwarz/St. Cloud Times via AP)

Officials: No cause yet of fire that destroyed St. Cloud bar

Feb. 18, 2020 5:44 PM EST

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Officials in St. Cloud said Tuesday they don't know yet what caused a fire that destroyed a historic downtown bar. St. Cloud Fire Chief Dean Wrobbel said the fire started in the basement of the Press Bar and spread throughout the walls of the building. “In these old...

Pastor charged with assault, accused of road rage shooting

Feb. 18, 2020 5:38 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana pastor has been accused of shooting at truck driver during a road rage incident, authorities said. Christopher "Checkerz" Williams, 47, was arrested Feb. 11 and charged with aggravated assault with a firearm, aggravated criminal damage to property, illegal carrying and...

FILE - In this Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, file photo, emergency crews respond to a scene where a vehicle hit several Moore High School students in Moore, Okla. A third member of a suburban Oklahoma City high school cross-country team who was struck by a speeding pickup truck earlier this month has died. Kolby Crum, 18, died Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, at the University of Oklahoma Medical Center, said hospital spokeswoman April Sandefer. (Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman via AP, File)

Driver who hit Oklahoma runners gets 3rd manslaughter charge

Feb. 18, 2020 5:36 PM EST

MOORE, Okla. (AP) — A man accused of striking a group of suburban Oklahoma City high school cross-country athletes with his speeding pickup truck faces an additional manslaughter charge after the death of a third student. Prosecutors on Tuesday filed a third charge of manslaughter against 57-year-old Max...

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, center, is flanked by state and county emergency managers at a news conference at the state Capitol in St. Paul, on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, as he asks lawmakers to approve $30 million to replenish a state disaster aid fund that was drained by a string of disasters last year. (AP Photo/Steve Karnowski)

Walz seeks $30 million to replenish state disaster aid fund

Feb. 18, 2020 5:34 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — With the threat of spring flooding looming, Gov. Tim Walz asked lawmakers Tuesday to approve $30 million to replenish a state disaster aid fund that was drained by a string of disasters last year. Walz said an updated flood forecast from the National Weather Service is expected in...

Alaska House subcommittee approves bill to restore ferries

Feb. 18, 2020 5:31 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska state House lawmakers took a first step to bolster funding to the Alaska Marine Highway System in an attempt to restore ferry service to stranded communities. Members of a House Transportation subcommittee approved an additional $11.3 million appropriation last week,...

Body of missing kayaker found in West Virginia

Feb. 18, 2020 5:27 PM EST

PHILIPPI, W.Va. (AP) — The body of a West Virginia kayaker who went missing along the banks of the Middle Fork River has been found, authorities said. The body of Jamie L. Gray, 41, of Hacker Valley, was found Monday about 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers) downstream from where she was last seen, Department of...

Town uses Canadian program model to reduce crime

Feb. 18, 2020 5:25 PM EST

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — For the past two years, city officials have employed a model out of Saskatchewan, Canada, designed to reduce crime and connect the most at-risk residents to services by having social service groups and medical providers join weekly meetings. The group is called the HUB. Meetings...

Civilians flee from Idlib toward the north to find safety inside Syria near the border with Turkey, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. Syrian troops are waging an offensive in the last rebel stronghold. (AP Photo)

Russia and Turkey agree on more talks on Syria amid crisis

Feb. 18, 2020 5:23 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Talks between Russia and Turkey meant to reduce tensions in northwestern Syria did not yield a “satisfactory result” for Ankara, but both sides agreed to continue negotiations, a spokesman for Turkey's president said Tuesday. Turkey and Russia support rival groups in the...