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Asian stock markets gain after Wall Street rally

Joe McDonald, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 8:35pm

Asian stocks rose Monday after Wall Street rallied as investors looked ahead to the U.S. Federal Reserve chairman's congressional testimony this week for insights into its economic outlook.

AP Was There: The 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center

Tom Hays, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 8:32pm

On Feb. 26, 1993, a group of Islamic terrorists drove a rented van into the underground parking garage at the World Trade Center and set off a 1,200 pound bomb in a failed attempt to collapse the twin towers. The blast didn't cause the destruction its planners intended. But it opened up a multi-story crater in the building, injured more than 1,000 people and ultimately killed six. In the immediate aftermath of the attack, investigators didn't know much about who might be responsible. Early on, officials speculated that the attack was related to the ongoing civil war in the former Yugoslavia. In the coming months, though, they identified a cell of Middle Eastern terrorists responsible for the attack. Seven men were ultimately identified as suspects. One is still at large. Six were captured and convicted, including alleged lead planner Ramzi Yousef. His uncle, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, was later labeled by U.S. authorities as the chief architect of the Sept. 11 attacks that destroyed the towers in 2001.

New Samsung phone: Nicer camera, static design, higher price

Anick Jesdanun, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 8:19pm

Samsung unveiled new smartphones with largely unchanged designs and incremental improvements such as a better camera — accompanied by a second annual price increase for many customers.

End of the road for TommyXGigi, Dolce&Gabbana fly drones

Colleen Barry, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 7:56pm

Designers have made plays big and small for the loyalty of younger admirers at Milan Fashion Week.

Students return to Florida school where 17 were killed

Terry Spencer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 5:09pm

Students at a Florida high school where 17 of their classmates and staff members were killed returned Sunday to gather their belongings thrown down in panic during the school shooting nearly two weeks ago.

Billy Graham mourned as body taken to his namesake library

Allen G. Breed, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 4:44pm

Admirers took photos on their phones, fire trucks parked on freeway overpasses and police officers saluted as a motorcade carrying the body of the Rev. Billy Graham crossed the evangelist's beloved home state of North Carolina for four hours from his mountain chapel to namesake library in the state's largest city.

White House answers online petitions, ducks tax-return issue

Zeke Miller, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 4:37pm

After more than a year of silence, the Trump administration is beginning to address a backlog of petitions signed by Americans on the White House website.

'Precursor to 9/11': Trade center bomb echoes after 25 years

Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 2:04pm

In a room in the 9/11 museum, there are a police captain's poignant notes and a flashlight that illuminated the way to safety. Nearby, a letter from a trapped man tells his family, "I love you very much.... Do wonderful things in your life."

Federal team investigating deadly Dallas house explosion

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 1:40pm

Federal investigators arrived in Dallas Sunday to look into a suspected natural gas leak that caused an explosion at a newly renovated house, killing a 12-year-old girl and injuring four other members of her family.

Second weekend for 'Black Panther' is one of the best ever

Jake Coyle, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 1:16pm

"Black Panther" scored one of the best second weekends ever with an estimated $108 million in ticket sales, putting it on track to rank among the highest-grossing blockbusters ever.

Average price of US gas falls 6 cents, to $2.59 a gallon

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 1:13pm

The average price of a gallon of regular-grade gasoline dropped about 6 cents nationally over the past two weeks, to $2.59.

Sweeping Georgia cybercrime bill would target 'snoopers'

R.j. Rico, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 12:38pm

Lying about your weight on an online dating site? Checking out who won the Falcons game from your work computer? Using your computer hacking knowledge as an "ethical hacker?" Those actions may become illegal if a Georgia bill gets voted into law, civil liberty advocates say.

Tribes cut out of California pot market might grow their own

Michael R. Blood, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 12:10pm

American Indian tribes that say they have been cut out of California's legal marijuana market have raised the possibility of going their own way by establishing pot businesses outside the state-regulated system that is less than two months old.

Family: Canadian grain farmers died in Utah plane crash

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 11:27am

The family of Canadian grain farmers has identified the four people killed in small plane crash in Utah.

Studies are increasingly clear: Uber, Lyft congest cities

Steve Leblanc, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 10:52am

One promise of ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft was fewer cars clogging city streets. But studies suggest the opposite: that ride-hailing companies are pulling riders off buses, subways, bicycles and their own feet and putting them in cars instead.

The Latest: Prices rise for new Samsung phones

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 10:34am

The Latest on Samsung's new phones (all times local):

Arizona could face fines in lawsuit over prison health care

Jacques Billeaud, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 10:16am

A judge overseeing a class-action lawsuit over the quality of health care in Arizona's prisons will hold hearings this week to determine whether to fine the state for falling short in improving care for inmates.

UK Labour Party poised to change stance on post-Brexit

Gregory Katz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 10:12am

Britain's main opposition party is poised for a significant policy change that could increase pressure on Prime Minister Theresa May to deliver a "soft" Brexit that maintains some formal economic ties to Europe.

Jordan Cabinet reshuffle amid continued economic downturn

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 8:34am

Jordan's King Abdullah II has approved a Cabinet reshuffle, replacing ministers in key domestic portfolios such as interior, labor and the economy at a time continued economic downturn.

UN peacekeepers in South Sudan accused of paying for sex

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 7:37am

The United Nations mission in South Sudan says it has recalled a 46-member peacekeeping police unit after some members allegedly paid local women living in a protection camp for sex.