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Nigeria delays election until Feb. 23 over 'challenges'

Cara Anna, Associated Press  |  Updated Feb 15th - 9:54pm

Nigeria's electoral commission delayed the presidential election until Feb. 23, making the announcement a mere five hours before polls were set to open Saturday. It cited unspecified "challenges" amid reports that voting materials had not been delivered to all parts of the country.

Employee being fired fatally shoots 5 co-workers in Illinois

Carrie Antlfinger and Amanda Seitz, Associated Press  |  Updated Feb 15th - 9:44pm

A 15-year employee being fired from a suburban Chicago manufacturing company started shooting Friday, killing five co-workers and wounding five police officers before he was killed by police, authorities said.

Georgia bill would replace state's outdated voting machines

Ben Nadler, Associated Press  |  Updated Feb 15th - 8:01pm

Three months after a much-disputed election for Georgia governor, lawmakers have filed a bill to make the state use voting machines that have electronic ballot markers and print a paper ballot.

The Latest: Nigeria delays presidential vote until Feb. 23

The Associated Press  |  Updated Feb 15th - 7:02pm

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Court filing: Manafort faces more than 19 years in prison

Chad Day and Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Updated Feb 15th - 6:56pm

Paul Manafort, the one-time chairman of Donald Trump's presidential campaign, could spend more than 19 years in prison on tax and bank fraud charges, prosecutors said Friday.

Academy reverses plans, will air all awards live at Oscars

Jake Coyle, Associated Press  |  Updated Feb 15th - 6:24pm

Bowing to a backlash that had threatened to engulf an already blunder-plagued Academy Awards, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Friday reversed its decision to present four awards during the commercial breaks of this year's Oscar broadcast.

Judge keeps most Keystone XL pipeline work on hold

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 15th - 6:01pm

A federal judge in Montana has largely kept in place an injunction that blocks a Canadian company from performing preliminary work on the stalled Keystone XL oil pipeline.

Payless ShoeSource to shutter all of its remaining US stores

Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press  |  Updated Feb 15th - 5:38pm

Payless ShoeSource is shuttering all of its 2,100 remaining stores in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, joining a list of iconic names like Toys R Us and Bon-Ton that have closed down in the last year.

California teachers say announcement on strike coming

The Associated Press  |  Updated Feb 15th - 5:30pm

The union representing teachers in Oakland, California, says it will make an announcement Saturday about a potential strike, a day after a neutral fact-finding report was issued.

Candy company exec who mass-produced Peeps gets his own day

The Associated Press  |  Updated Feb 15th - 5:26pm

With prime Peeps season about to get underway, the Pennsylvania city where they're "born" is honoring the man who brought marshmallow chicks to the masses.

Gucci to step up diversity hiring after 'blackface' uproar

Alexandra Olson, Associated Press  |  Updated Feb 15th - 5:04pm

Italian fashion house Gucci announced a major push Friday to step up diversity hiring as part of a long-term plan to build cultural awareness at the luxury fashion company following an uproar over an $890 sweater that resembled blackface.

Fashion world descends on London for fashion week shows

Gregory Katz, Associated Press  |  Updated Feb 15th - 4:58pm

London is taking its turn in the style spotlight with the opening of London Fashion Week, an extravaganza that will feature up-and-coming young designers along with big names like Victoria Beckham, Vivienne Westwood and Burberry.

Amazon's stormy week will blow over, but the debris may stay

Rachel Lerman and Mae Anderson, Associated Press  |  Updated Feb 15th - 4:48pm

It's been a complicated few weeks for Amazon, what with its abrupt pullout from a massive New York City development, extortion claims related to intimate photos taken by its founder Jeff Bezos and increasing antitrust scrutiny in Europe .

Airlines to give customers 'nonbinary' choice under gender

David Koenig, Associated Press  |  Updated Feb 15th - 4:38pm

Major U.S. airlines say they will soon change their ticketing process to give passengers the option of identifying themselves as other than male or female.

Trump tests presidential power, declares emergency at border

Jonathan Lemire, Colleen Long and Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Updated Feb 15th - 4:12pm

Defiant in the wake of a stinging budget defeat, President Donald Trump on Friday declared a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border, moving to secure more money for his long-promised wall by exercising a broad interpretation of his presidential powers that is certain to draw stiff legal challenges.

IG report: Ex-housing agency director Watt misused position

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Updated Feb 15th - 4:12pm

Mel Watt, the former director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, misused his position when he attempted to coerce a female employee of the agency to engage in a personal relationship with him, according to a report from the agency's inspector general.

Solar bill passes Kentucky House, heads back to Senate

Adam Beam, Associated Press  |  Updated Feb 15th - 3:31pm

Lawmakers in coal-loving Kentucky have approved a bill that could make solar panels less lucrative for residential customers beyond 2020.

Mexican president announces bailout for cash-strapped Pemex

Mark Stevenson, Associated Press  |  Updated Feb 15th - 3:08pm

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador announced a $3.9 billion bailout for the country's cash-strapped, state-owned oil company Friday and promised it an additional $1.6 billion in revenue, making it a rescue package of up to $5.5 billion.

Lebanon's Cabinet wins vote of confidence in parliament

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 15th - 2:43pm

Lebanon's parliament gave the new government of Prime Minister Saad Hariri a vote of confidence after days of heated debates and harsh verbal exchanges.

Markets Right Now: Stocks surge, boosted by trade talks

The Associated Press  |  Updated Feb 15th - 2:15pm

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