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opening statements to begin in pennsylvania mayor’s trial

allentown, pa. (ap) — opening statements are scheduled to begin in the federal corruption trial of the mayor of pennsylvania’s third-largest city. prosecutors say allentown mayor ed pawlowski ran a pay-to-play scheme. he’s accused of trading more than $150,000 in city contracts for campaign donations that fueled his aborted runs for governor and u.s. senate. […]

ohio man accused of plotting us attacks to be sentenced

columbus, ohio (ap) — an ohio man who admitted he plotted to kill military members in the u.s. after receiving training in syria is again set to be sentenced after a short delay. abdirahman sheik mohamud (ab-dee-rah’-mahn shayk moh-hah’-mud) is scheduled to appear in federal court in columbus on monday. court documents unsealed last year […]

journalists covering mexico indigenous candidate robbed

ostula, mexico (ap) — gunmen in western mexico have robbed cameras and cellphones from journalists covering a campaign tour by mexico’s indigenous presidential candidate. maria de jesus patricio, known as “marichuy,” is being supported by the national indigenous congress in her bid to get on the july 1 ballot as an independent candidate. the group […]

preliminary hearing set for man charged in hospital shooting

haverhill, n.h. (ap) — a preliminary hearing is set for a man accused of killing his mother in a new hampshire hospital’s intensive care unit. the hearing for 49-year-old travis frink of warwick, rhode island, is scheduled for monday. frink is accused of shooting his mother multiple times at dartmouth-hitchcock medical center in lebanon on […]

man accused of killing teen in 1980 set to go on trial

bangor, maine (ap) — a man accused of killing a teenager in maine in 1980 in a cold case that vexed authorities for years is set to go on trial. a judge will hear opening statements on monday in the trial of philip scott fournier. fournier was charged in 2016 in the slaying of 16-year-old […]

tom brady shakes off hand injury, leads another comeback to beat jacksonville jaguars for afc title

it’s the eighth super bowl appearance new england’s tom brady and coach bill belichick have teamed up for. they’ll play the eagles on feb. 4.

vietnam jails former oil execs in high-profile graft case

hanoi, vietnam (ap) — a former oil executive has been sentenced to life in prison and a former high-ranking vietnamese government official has received a lengthy prison term in a major corruption case. the court in the capital hanoi sentenced former politburo member dinh la thang, ex-chairman of state energy giant petrovietnam, to 13 years […]

tokyo holds evacuation drill to prepare for n. korean threat

tokyo (ap) — more than 300 people have participated in an evacuation drill in tokyo under the scenario of an incoming north korean ballistic missile. the drill was held at the tokyo dome amusement park, a subway station and a community center downtown. loudspeakers warned that monday’s activities involved a scenario of a missile attack […]

edwards to unveil worst-case scenario louisiana budget

baton rouge, la. (ap) — after warning for months the proposal would be devastating to louisiana residents, gov. john bel edwards unveils his worst-case scenario budget monday, which assumes lawmakers will refuse to replace $1 billion in expiring sales taxes and force widespread slashing across state government. the democratic governor is required to submit a […]

among rohingya, refugee squalor can seem better than home

dhaka, bangladesh (ap) — both bangladesh and myanmar insist the repatriations of rohingya muslims will go smoothly, with thousands of refugees who fled their homes in terror just a few months ago crossing the border back into myanmar and returning safely to their villages. eventually, more than 650,000 rohingya are supposed to leave bangladesh in […]

surprising nick foles leads philadelphia eagles into super bowl after shredding vikings’ defense

the eagles are looking for their first super bowl win and their first nfl title since 1960 after crushing the vikings 38-7.

man charged in tennessee student’s death could plead guilty

savannah, tenn. (ap) — a man charged with kidnapping, raping and killing a tennessee nursing student could plead guilty in the case. judge c. creed mcginley has given prosecutors and lawyers for john dylan adams a monday deadline to reach an agreement that would let him avoid trial in the death of holly bobo. a […]

asian stocks mixed after us government shutdown

beijing (ap) — asian stock markets were mixed monday after global investors shrugged off the latest u.s. government shutdown. keeping score: the shanghai composite index rose 0.2 percent to 3,495.40 while tokyo’s nikkei 225 lost 0.2 percent to 23,764.96. hong kong’s hang seng edged less than 0.1 percent lower to 32,240.78 and sydney’s s&p-asx 200 […]

dismissive words on abuse scandal cast pall over pope’s trip

lima, peru (ap) — pope francis ventured into the amazon to demand rights for indigenous groups, decried the scourge of corruption afflicting the region’s politics and denounced a culture of “machismo” in which violence against women is too often tolerated. yet his latest visit to south america is likely to be remembered most for 27 […]

trust in us institutions down dramatically, survey finds

davos, switzerland (ap) — a year on from the inauguration of president donald trump, trust in u.s. institutions is down sharply despite a rebounding economy and record highs in the stock market, according to a survey by public relations firm edelman. in an annual assessment of trust levels around the world, the firm said monday […]

deaths of canadian billionaire, wife a tantalizing mystery

toronto (ap) — there were no signs of forced entry on the cold december morning when a canadian billionaire businessman and his wife were found dead inside their mansion, reportedly hanging from a railing at the edge of their indoor pool. since that time, investigators have scoured the 12,000-square-foot home, hauled away the couple’s cars […]

new chancellor to deliver first state of suny address

albany, n.y. (ap) — the chancellor of new york’s public university system will deliver her first state of the university address since taking over in september. kristina johnson’s address is scheduled for 10 a.m. monday. johnson arrived at the state university of new york as the state was launching the first phase of democratic gov. […]

maine airport moves to 100 percent recycled de-icing fluid

portland, maine (ap) — officials with maine’s largest city say portland international jetport is the first airport in the country to use 100 percent recycled de-icing fluid for aircraft. airport director paul bradbury says the facility has spent six years capturing aircraft de-icing fluid sprayed at the airport to make sure it doesn’t mix with […]

albany celebrates 90th birthday of writer kennedy

albany, n.y. (ap) — the city of albany is celebrating the 90th birthday of one of its most famous sons. pulitzer prize-winning writer william kennedy turned 90 earlier this month. the milestone will be celebrated wednesday night at albany’s city hall. kennedy’s series of albany novels includes “ironweed,” which won the pulitzer prize in 1984. […]

maine turnpike authority studying portland stretch of road

portland, maine (ap) — the maine turnpike authority wants public input on the future of the increasingly busy stretch from scarborough to falmouth. the authority is holding a public advisory committee meeting wednesday in portland. the goal is to complete a report of the growing safety and capacity challenges by june. mta spokeswoman erin courtney […]