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Trump calls fo Schumer probe...Chemical weapons used?...Flight 370 revisited

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 4, 2017 at 3:11 a.m.



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NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump is calling for an investigation of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer's ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin based on what Schumer says is a 14-year-old photo of him together with Putin at a New York City gas station. Trump, his administration under siege for contacts with Russian officials, is calling Schumer a hypocrite. Schumer says Putin attended the 2003 grand opening of a Russian-owned Lukoil gas station.

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — An alleged use of chemical weapons in the Iraqi city of Mosul is raising alarm at the United Nations, which is warning that if true, it would be a serious violation of international humanitarian law and a war crime. The alleged attack occurred this week in eastern Mosul, an area declared fully liberated by Iraqi forces in January. Western Mosul is now contested but most of it is still under Islamic State group control.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The families of those lost on missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 aren't giving up the search. They have launched efforts to raise at least $50 million to fund a private search as they mark the third anniversary of the plane's disappearance. The nearly three-year search in the southern Indian Ocean was suspended Jan. 17 with no trace of the plane, which disappeared March 8, 2014, with 239 people on board.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A former journalist accused of making threats to at least eight Jewish institutions as well as to the Anti-Defamation League's New York office is being held without bail in St. Louis. Juan Thompson appeared yesterday before a federal judge. He is charged with cyberstalking a former ex-girlfriend. Authorities say the threats were made in an effort to smear her.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Johnson & Johnson has finally won one after a St. Louis jury rejected a woman's claim that baby powder contributed to her ovarian cancer. The 11-1 verdict came in a lawsuit filed by a Tennessee woman against Johnson & Johnson and Imerys Talc, a talcum powder supplier. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the verdict for Johnson & Johnson came after three previous St. Louis juries found against the company in similar lawsuits. Those verdicts last year awarded a total of $197 million to the plaintiffs. Thousands of suits are pending.

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