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Florida legislators struggle with how to respond to shooting

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 17th - 12:39pm

Stunned by a horrific shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 people dead, the Florida Legislature is grappling with what to do in the aftermath.

Winds hindering efforts to shut down exploded Ohio gas well

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 17th - 12:32pm

A spokeswoman for a company whose natural gas well exploded and caught fire in eastern Ohio says high winds are hindering experts from shutting down the well.

Latvian media say central bank chief's office raided

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 17th - 12:29pm

Latvia's state broadcaster says the national anti-corruption agency has raided the office and a property of the head of the country's central bank, Ilmars Rimsevics.

Weinstein Co. fires president after suit alleges inaction

Josh Boak, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 17th - 12:08pm

The movie studio co-founded by Harvey Weinstein has fired its president, whose continued presence at the company was a source of controversy.

Senators want to bolster research of organic agriculture

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 17th - 10:32am

A pair of U.S. senators is introducing legislation designed to improve organic farming research.

London fashion: Ruffles at Rocha, rich colors at Conran

Sylvia Hui and Gregory Katz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 17th - 9:49am

Newcomer Simone Rocha and veteran Jasper Conran are among the designers showcasing their latest autumn and winter styles at London Fashion Week, as British luxury fashion powerhouse Burberry prepared to round out a busy Day 2 with its show later Saturday.

Once near death, Tropicana now No. 2 casino in Atlantic City

Wayne Parry, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 17th - 9:33am

Ten years ago, Atlantic City's Tropicana casino was on the verge of death, having been stripped of its casino license after its then-owners laid off vast swaths of the workforce, leading to filthy rooms, insect infestations, hourlong waits for slot machine payouts and food and drink orders that often never arrived.

Boise hires famed architect to design new main library

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 17th - 9:07am

Boise officials have hired a famed architect to design a new main library.

Film showcases historically black colleges and universities

Deepti Hajela, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 17th - 8:25am

Filmmaker Stanley Nelson knew he wanted to tell a story about the nation's historically black colleges and universities — not just about individual HBCUs, many of which have their own celebrated histories, but about what they collectively have meant to black people.

Even as markets shook, many investors held steady

Stan Choe, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 17th - 8:19am

This month's sell-off for stocks marked the first big test of investors' mettle in years. And many ended up doing exactly what the experts were recommending: hold steady.

Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau begins weeklong India visit

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 17th - 7:57am

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrived in India on Saturday for a weeklong visit aimed at enhancing business ties between the two countries.

India, Iran to step up cooperation on Afghanistan

Ashok Sharma, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 17th - 7:54am

India and Iran said Saturday that they would step up cooperation in combatting extremism, terrorism and drug trafficking in Afghanistan in an effort to restore peace and stability to the war-wracked country.

US Navy says it won't be deterred by Chinese-built islands

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 17th - 7:41am

A Navy officer aboard a mammoth U.S. aircraft carrier brimming with F18 fighter jets said Saturday that American forces would continue to patrol the South China Sea wherever "international law allows us" when asked if China's newly built islands could restrain them in the disputed waters.

UK prime minister seeks post-Brexit EU security alliance

Geir Moulson and David Rising, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 17th - 4:37am

British Prime Minister Theresa May urged her country's European Union partners on Saturday not to let "rigid institutional restrictions" get in the way of a wide-ranging post-Brexit security alliance, warning that there would be "damaging real-world consequences" if none can be agreed.

'Putin's chef' among Russians indicted by Mueller

Jim Heintz and Nataliya Vasilyeva, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 16th - 10:53pm

He's known as "Putin's chef" — a wealthy Russian businessman and restaurateur who gained favor with Vladimir Putin through his stomach.

Wynn gets no money in termination deal with casino company

Regina Garcia Cano, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 16th - 7:15pm

A termination agreement released Friday between embattled casino mogul Steve Wynn and the company bearing his name leaves him without any severance or compensation and prohibits his involvement in any competing gambling business for two years.

'Black Panther' scores mighty $25.2 million Thursday debut

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 16th - 7:07pm

"Black Panther" is well on its way to a record-making weekend at the North American box office.

Houston firm sues ex Venezuelan oil czar Ramirez over bribes

Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 16th - 6:07pm

Venezuela's former oil czar Rafael Ramirez was sued Friday by a Houston company that alleges he was behind demands for at least $10 million in bribes to sign off on deals to sell its energy assets in the South American country.

Facebook forges ahead with kids app despite expert criticism

Barbara Ortutay, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 16th - 5:57pm

Facebook is forging ahead with its messaging app for kids, despite child experts who have pressed the company to shut it down and others who question Facebook's financial support of some advisers who approved of the app.