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February 17, 2016 - 12:00am
5 days 16 hours ago

Today in History

Today is Wednesday, Feb. 17, the 48th day of 2016. There are 318 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Feb. 17, 1996, world chess champion Garry Kasparov beat IBM supercomputer "Deep Blue," winning a six-game match in Philadelphia (however, Kasparov lost to Deep Blue in a rematch in 1997).

On this date:

In 1815, the United States and Britain exchanged...

February 16, 2016 - 12:00am
5 days 16 hours ago

Today in History

Today is Tuesday, Feb. 16, the 47th day of 2016. There are 319 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Feb. 16, 1968, the nation's first 911 emergency telephone system was inaugurated in Haleyville, Alabama.

On this date:

In 1804, Lt. Stephen Decatur led a successful raid into Tripoli Harbor to burn the U.S. Navy frigate Philadelphia, which had fallen into...

February 14, 2016 - 5:30am
26 min 35 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:

ABC's "This Week" — Republican presidential candidates John Kasich and Marco Rubio; Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders

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NBC's "Meet the Press" — Kasich, Rubio; Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump

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CBS' "Face the Nation" — Trump, Rubio, Sanders

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CNN's "...

February 14, 2016 - 3:17am
26 min 35 sec ago

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is slamming a White House proposal that would cut nearly $300 million from counterterrorism programs.

The New York Democrat notes that the recently released budget proposal would reduce the Urban Area Security Initiative from $600 million to $330 million. The initiative helps cities nationwide with programs to prevent, respond to and recover from extremist attacks.

Schumer says the proposal is "ill-advised"...

February 14, 2016 - 2:52am
26 min 35 sec ago

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) — The guest list at the Sunnylands estate in Southern California reads like a roster of the rich and famous, from years past to today: Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, Bill Gates and Queen Elizabeth II, to name a few.

President Barack Obama will turn the posh 200-acre desert compound into a center of international diplomacy when he welcomes Southeast Asian leaders for a two-day summit that gets underway on Monday.

Obama is...

February 14, 2016 - 2:11am
26 min 35 sec ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Oscar contenders "Spotlight" and "The Big Short" won the top awards for screenwriting from the Writers Guild of America at a ceremony Saturday that was held in Los Angeles and New York.

"Spotlight," about the Boston Globe's effort to uncover a priest sex-abuse scandal in the Catholic Church, won for best original screenplay. The writers were Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy.

"The Big Short," about the 2008 financial crisis, won for...

February 14, 2016 - 12:45am
26 min 35 sec ago

OBIT-SCALIA

Justice Antonin Scalia dead at 79

WASHINGTON (AP) — Antonin Scalia, the influential conservative and most provocative member of the Supreme Court, has died. He was 79.

The U.S. Marshals Service in Washington confirmed Scalia's death at a private residence in the Big Bend area of South Texas.

The service's spokeswoman, Donna Sellers, says Scalia had retired for the evening and was found dead...

February 13, 2016 - 10:37pm
6 hours 16 min ago

NASCAR-SPEED WEEK

Hamlin gets win for Joe Gibbs Racing

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Denny Hamlin has given Joe Gibbs Racing yet another victory to open Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway.

Hamlin won exhibition Sprint Unlimited for the third time in his career. JGR drivers have won this short sprint for three consecutive years and four of the last five.

Winning this exhibition race doesn't always...

February 13, 2016 - 10:25pm
26 min 35 sec ago

NEW YORK (AP) — A high-leaping Australian shepherd named Holster scrambled and sprang to take the Westminster Kennel Club agility title Saturday, seeming undaunted by anything the obstacle course could throw at him.

Then he jumped up and merrily pawed his owned and handler, Wendy Cerilli of Greenwich, New York.

"He's a very loyal and hardworking dog," she said.

Meanwhile, a 10-year-old Boston terrier-beagle mix named Hailey won a...

February 13, 2016 - 10:18pm
7 hours 6 min ago

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii's monk seal population is improving slowly, though researchers warn it'll take many more good years to reverse a decline that's been ongoing since the 1950s.

The lead monk seal researcher with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported during a State of the Seal address Friday that more seal pups were born across the archipelago, and the survival rates are among the highest in decades.

A population...

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