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Preliminary report: Sightseeing helicopter spun before crash | Omaha.com Preliminary report: Sightseeing helicopter spun before crash
PHOENIX (AP) — A preliminary report says a sightseeing helicopter spun at least twice before crashing in the Grand Canyon, killing three British tourists and injuring three others and the pilot.
Omaha.com | February 21, 2018
Murphy reverses Christie, approves $7.5M for women's health | Omaha.com Murphy reverses Christie, approves $7.5M for women's health
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's new Democratic governor signed legislation Wednesday setting aside about $7.5 million for family-planning and women's health, reversing course on former Republican Gov. Chris Christie's handling of the issue.
Omaha.com | February 21, 2018
Technology companies, banks lead gains for US stocks | Omaha.com Technology companies, banks lead gains for US stocks
Gains in technology, banks and industrial companies drove U.S. stocks higher Wednesday as investors sized up the latest company earnings news. Consumer goods companies lagged the most. The latest gains put the market on track to recoup some of its…
Omaha.com | February 21, 2018
Rev. Billy Graham, known as 'America's Pastor,' dies at 99 | Omaha.com Rev. Billy Graham, known as 'America's Pastor,' dies at 99
The Rev. Billy Graham, the magnetic, movie-star-handsome preacher who became a singular force in postwar American religious life, a confidant of presidents and the most widely heard Christian evangelist in history, died Wednesday at 99.
Omaha.com | February 21, 2018
Yuck: Bank staff sick of hawk scarfing pigeons at their door | Omaha.com Yuck: Bank staff sick of hawk scarfing pigeons at their door
DEWITT, N.Y. (AP) — The feeding habits of a Cooper's hawk may fascinate birdwatchers, but employees of a New York bank are fed up with the feathery remnants of slaughtered pigeons.
Omaha.com | February 21, 2018
Iowa congressman failed to disclose internet company | Omaha.com Iowa congressman failed to disclose internet company
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A congressman from Iowa violated House ethics rules by failing to disclose a new company that he owns, a mysterious outfit that uses one of his federal staffers in a false testimonial for its services,…
Omaha.com | February 21, 2018
Watchdog group: Countries move too slowly against corruption | Omaha.com Watchdog group: Countries move too slowly against corruption
BERLIN (AP) — A watchdog group says corruption continues to be a global problem and the majority of counties are moving too slowly in their efforts to address it.
Omaha.com | February 21, 2018
Owner of Sands Casino wins auction for 4th mini-casino | Omaha.com Owner of Sands Casino wins auction for 4th mini-casino
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The owner of Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem won the rights Wednesday to build a mini-casino on the other side of Pennsylvania, potentially making it the state's sixth casino within a short drive from the Ohio border.
Omaha.com | February 21, 2018
Shooting survivors issue call for action at Florida Capitol | Omaha.com Shooting survivors issue call for action at Florida Capitol
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Survivors of the Florida school shooting descended on the state's Capitol on Wednesday with one overarching message: It's time for action.
Omaha.com | February 21, 2018
AP Exclusive: Migrant recounts his deportation from Israel | Omaha.com AP Exclusive: Migrant recounts his deportation from Israel
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Inside the immigration office in Tel Aviv, Yohannes Tesfagabr considered his options. He could not return to Eritrea, a country he risked his life to flee in 2010. He hoped to avoid the fate of compatriots…
Omaha.com | February 21, 2018
2 IDs released in deadly I-80 crash near York | Omaha.com 2 IDs released in deadly I-80 crash near York
The identities of the other two adult men killed in the crash east of York have not been released because authorities are having a hard time locating next of kin.
Omaha.com | February 21, 2018
Macedonia replaces road signs in goodwill gesture to Greece | Omaha.com Macedonia replaces road signs in goodwill gesture to Greece
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonian authorities began replacing road signs Wednesday on the country's main highway named by the previous government after the ancient warrior king Alexander the Great, in a goodwill gesture toward neighboring Greece.
Omaha.com | February 21, 2018
The Latest: Crews use boats to help amid Midwest flooding | Omaha.com The Latest: Crews use boats to help amid Midwest flooding
CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on severe weather in the Midwest and other parts of the U.S. (all times local):
Omaha.com | February 21, 2018
Google's digital assistant branches out to Nest camera | Omaha.com Google's digital assistant branches out to Nest camera
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google's voice-activated assistant is branching out to Nest's deluxe security camera in an expansion that may amplify the privacy concerns surrounding internet-connected microphones.
Omaha.com | February 21, 2018
US Jewish group sparks anger in Poland with Holocaust video | Omaha.com US Jewish group sparks anger in Poland with Holocaust video
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A prominent Jewish-American foundation sparked outrage in Poland on Wednesday with a video calling on the United States to sever its ties with Poland to protest its controversial new Holocaust law, and by repeatedly using the…
Omaha.com | February 21, 2018
The Latest: Students speak out at Capitol about shooting | Omaha.com The Latest: Students speak out at Capitol about shooting
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the deadly Florida school shooting (all times local):
Omaha.com | February 21, 2018
Bank of England's Carney predicts UK living standards boost | Omaha.com Bank of England's Carney predicts UK living standards boost
LONDON (AP) — Bank of England Governor Mark Carney sought Wednesday to quantify the short-term hit of Brexit to British households, but expressed hope that living standards will finally start to improve this year following a period of rising inflation.
Omaha.com | February 21, 2018
Westside Middle School students stage walkout in reaction to deadly Florida shooting | Omaha.com Westside Middle School students stage walkout in reaction to deadly Florida shooting
Westside Middle School students walked out of class Wednesday, echoing other student protests against gun violence that have sprung up in the wake of last week's deadly school shooting in Florida.
Omaha.com | February 21, 2018
Google plans to expand data center in Oklahoma | Omaha.com Google plans to expand data center in Oklahoma
PRYOR, Okla. (AP) — Google is planning to open another four-story data center in Oklahoma, bringing the company's total investment in the state to at least $2.5 billion.
Omaha.com | February 20, 2018
Carbs, fats, genes? Weight loss is finicky, new study shows | Omaha.com Carbs, fats, genes? Weight loss is finicky, new study shows
CHICAGO (AP) — A precision nutrition approach to weight loss didn't hold up in a study testing low fat versus low carb depending on dieters' genetic or metabolic makeup.
Omaha.com | February 20, 2018
Oxfam apologizes over handling of Haiti abuse scandal | Omaha.com Oxfam apologizes over handling of Haiti abuse scandal
LONDON (AP) — Oxfam's leadership apologized Tuesday for downplaying the significance of a sexual misconduct scandal in Haiti as they were grilled by British lawmakers and sought to stem the tide of cancelled donations.
Omaha.com | February 20, 2018
Malta's only airport reopens after 2-hour closure for fire | Omaha.com Malta's only airport reopens after 2-hour closure for fire
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Authorities at Malta's only airport say a fire in a fish tank pump room forced the airport to close for two hours while half-a- dozen incoming flights were diverted to Sicily.
Omaha.com | February 20, 2018
US acquires final land parcels for NY veterans cemetery | Omaha.com US acquires final land parcels for NY veterans cemetery
PEMBROKE, N.Y. (AP) — The U.S. government has acquired the two final land parcels needed for a New York veterans' cemetery that will eventually ease a burden for thousands of military families.
Omaha.com | February 20, 2018
Egypt adds detained Islamist politician to terror list | Omaha.com Egypt adds detained Islamist politician to terror list
CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court on Tuesday added a detained Islamist politician to a list of wanted "terrorists" over his alleged links to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group.
Omaha.com | February 20, 2018
Palehound and Weaves at Slowdown - Feb. 27 | The Reader Palehound and Weaves at Slowdown - Feb. 27
In just four years, Boston-based indie rock outfit Palehound has risen from frontwoman Ellen Kempner’s bedroom pop project to a Polyvinyl Records signee playing festivals across the U.S. And it’s not without merit. Early tracks like “Pet Carrot” draw heavily from ‘90s lo-fi indie bands like Pavement and Modest Mouse, but it’s Kempner’s off-kilter lyricism and angular songwriting that gives Palehound its own identity. Guitar riffs often descend down atonal chord progressions as Kempner’s understated voice whispers lyrics about bedroom picnics and stomaching constant frozen meals
The Reader | February 20, 2018
Ten Questions with Joe Hertler & the Rainbow Seekers | The Reader Ten Questions with Joe Hertler & the Rainbow Seekers
Being the self-proclaimed indie music snob that I am, I typically would never have discovered Joe Hertler & the Rainbow Seekers. I mean, the Michigan-based band has been classified in the jam band / funk / pop category, has counted major label Universal among its distributors. and has been known to perform in Hawaiian shirts. That’s about as far away from “indie” as it gets.
The Reader | February 20, 2018
Leave his family, or return to slavery? In 19th-century Virginia, her great-great-grandfather faced a ‘fearsome’ choice | Omaha.com Leave his family, or return to slavery? In 19th-century Virginia, her great-great-grandfather faced a ‘fearsome’ choice
The story of William Williamson illustrates how enslaved black people used Virginia law to fight for their freedom and their families.
Omaha.com | February 20, 2018
Turkey's Erdogan confirms pro-Syrian government fighters pushed back from Afrin, warns against 'wrongful steps' | Omaha.com Turkey's Erdogan confirms pro-Syrian government fighters pushed back from Afrin, warns against 'wrongful steps'
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's Erdogan confirms pro-Syrian government fighters pushed back from Afrin, warns against 'wrongful steps'
Omaha.com | February 20, 2018
Spanish court rejects rapper's freedom of speech argument | Omaha.com Spanish court rejects rapper's freedom of speech argument
MADRID (AP) — Spain's Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of a rapper who argued that his lyrics praising terror groups were protected by freedom of expression laws.
Omaha.com | February 20, 2018
Brazil's lower house approves military intervention in Rio | Omaha.com Brazil's lower house approves military intervention in Rio
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's lower house approved a decree to put the military in charge of Rio de Janeiro's security forces early Tuesday as soldiers and police spread out throughout in the city to combat rising crime.
Omaha.com | February 20, 2018
Luxury property ad blitz heralds Trump son's visit to India | Omaha.com Luxury property ad blitz heralds Trump son's visit to India
NEW DELHI (AP) — "Trump has arrived. Have you?" shout the barrage of glossy front-page advertisements in almost every major Indian newspaper.
Omaha.com | February 20, 2018
Oklahoma man gets life without parole for hate crime killing | Omaha.com Oklahoma man gets life without parole for hate crime killing
TULSA, Oklahoma (AP) — A 63-year-old Oklahoma man convicted of murder and a hate crime in the fatal shooting of his Lebanese neighbor was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Omaha.com | February 20, 2018
Dallas official asks NRA to move May convention elsewhere | Omaha.com Dallas official asks NRA to move May convention elsewhere
DALLAS (AP) — A top elected official in Dallas says the "madness" of school shootings must stop and is asking the NRA to hold its annual convention elsewhere.
Omaha.com | February 20, 2018
Parts of Warsaw Ghetto wall to become historic monuments | Omaha.com Parts of Warsaw Ghetto wall to become historic monuments
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Two sections of the wall that isolated the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II should be added to a list of historical monuments, a regional conservation official in Poland said Tuesday.
Omaha.com | February 20, 2018
Grocer Albertsons eyes Rite Aid deal in health care push | Omaha.com Grocer Albertsons eyes Rite Aid deal in health care push
The owner of Safeway and other grocery brands is buying the drugstore chain Rite Aid as retailers continue to plunge deeper into health care and adjust to swiftly changing shopping habits.
Omaha.com | February 20, 2018
Kosovo to vote on revised demarcation deal with Montenegro | Omaha.com Kosovo to vote on revised demarcation deal with Montenegro
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo's government has asked parliament to vote later this week on a revised version of a border demarcation deal with Montenegro.
Omaha.com | February 20, 2018
Oklahoma man sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for hate crime killing of Lebanese neighbor | Omaha.com Oklahoma man sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for hate crime killing of Lebanese neighbor
TULSA, Oklahoma (AP) — Oklahoma man sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for hate crime killing of Lebanese neighbor.
Omaha.com | February 20, 2018
Asian shares mostly lower after US holiday, await Fed notes | Omaha.com Asian shares mostly lower after US holiday, await Fed notes
TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mostly lower Tuesday after a U.S. holiday and attention turned to the U.S. Federal Reserve.
Omaha.com | February 19, 2018
Gray whale returned to ocean after 3 days beached in Mexico | Omaha.com Gray whale returned to ocean after 3 days beached in Mexico
MEXICO CITY (AP) — A gray whale has been returned safely to the Pacific Ocean after three days beached on the coast of Mexico's Baja California Sur state.
Omaha.com | February 19, 2018
Idaho senator shouts at students lobbying for birth control | Omaha.com Idaho senator shouts at students lobbying for birth control
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A Republican state senator who yelled at University of Idaho students affiliated with Planned Parenthood now faces an ethics complaint after he posted on social media Monday that the students should discuss "killing babies" with his…
Omaha.com | February 19, 2018
17 killed in garbage dump collapse in Mozambique | Omaha.com 17 killed in garbage dump collapse in Mozambique
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Heavy rains triggered the partial collapse of a huge mound of garbage in Mozambique's capital on Monday, killing 17 people who were buried by debris.
Omaha.com | February 19, 2018
Florida school shooting victims torn from community fabric | Omaha.com Florida school shooting victims torn from community fabric
Two of the victims were coaches. One was a student who played trombone in the school band. Another proudly wore his ROTC uniform. Still another loved soccer. And most were so very young.
Omaha.com | February 19, 2018
Israeli settler leader says settlements grew rapidly in 2017 | Omaha.com Israeli settler leader says settlements grew rapidly in 2017
JERUSALEM (AP) — The number of Jewish settlers in the West Bank grew at nearly twice the rate of Israel's overall population last year, a settler leader said Monday, predicting that settlement growth would surge even more in the coming…
Omaha.com | February 19, 2018
The Latest: Complaint filed over senator's Twitter outburst | Omaha.com The Latest: Complaint filed over senator's Twitter outburst
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Latest on Sen. Dan Foreman getting in a heated exchange with students (all times local):
Omaha.com | February 19, 2018
Ex-bird smuggler got caught, then he made his own discovery: faith | Omaha.com Ex-bird smuggler got caught, then he made his own discovery: faith
Jonathan Wood and his buddy spent the hours of the flight alternately congratulating themselves and daydreaming of the moments that awaited once they touched down in Los Angeles.
Omaha.com | February 19, 2018
The Latest: Analysts see more parity in congressional map | Omaha.com The Latest: Analysts see more parity in congressional map
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on Pennsylvania's congressional gerrymandering case (all times local):
Omaha.com | February 19, 2018
Gulf cartel boss captured in Mexican state bordering Texas | Omaha.com Gulf cartel boss captured in Mexican state bordering Texas
CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico (AP) — An alleged top boss of the Gulf drug cartel was captured by Mexican marines Monday in the northern border state of Tamaulipas, which for years has been terrorized by gangland violence.
Omaha.com | February 19, 2018
Canada hopes to claim ice dance gold at Pyeongchang Olympics | Omaha.com Canada hopes to claim ice dance gold at Pyeongchang Olympics
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, who already have helped Canada win gold in the figure skating team competition, head into the ice dance free skate at the Pyeongchang Olympics in first place. Gabriella Papadakis and…
Omaha.com | February 19, 2018
Rio could be 'laboratory' for solving Brazil's crime crisis | Omaha.com Rio could be 'laboratory' for solving Brazil's crime crisis
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian leaders said Monday that the use of the military to combat rising violence in Rio de Janeiro could serve as a model for other violent areas of Brazil.
Omaha.com | February 19, 2018
10 Things to Know for Tuesday | Omaha.com 10 Things to Know for Tuesday
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday:
Omaha.com | February 19, 2018