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Watchdog: White House violated law in freezing Ukraine aid

January 16, 2020, 9:09am Latest News

WASHINGTON — The White House violated federal law in withholding security assistance to Ukraine, an action at the center of President Donald Trump’s impeachment, a federal watchdog agency said Thursday. Read story

Trial date set for woman in false abduction case

January 16, 2020, 9:09am Nation & World

HUNTINGTON, W. Va. — A trial date has been set for a West Virginia woman charged with making up a story about an Egyptian man trying to kidnap her child in a shopping mall. Read story

Nations of Iran crash victims seek compensation for families

January 16, 2020, 8:52am Nation & World

LONDON — The governments of countries that lost citizens when Iran shot down a Ukrainian airliner demanded Thursday that Tehran accept “full responsibility” and pay compensation to the victims’ families. Read story

Australia wildfires are devasting native critters, altering delicate ecosystems

January 15, 2020, 8:06pm Nation & World

KANGAROO ISLAND, Australia — Sam Mitchell balanced himself on a eucalyptus branch 30 feet above the ground as his meaty right fist clutched a koala, which wailed like a pig with breathing problems. The dark gray marsupial batted its 3-inch black claws in the air helplessly, and minutes later Mitchell crawled down. He and the animal were safely on the ground. Read story

Australian fires prompt global crafting effort

January 15, 2020, 8:03pm Nation & World

CONCORD, N.H. — Kyla Gill had never so much as touched a sewing machine or picked up a crochet hook two weeks ago. Now, she’s hooked on crafting for critters 10,000 miles away, to the point of temporarily putting aside her floor refinishing business in Pittsburgh. Read story

Australian wildfire smoke stokes health fears

January 15, 2020, 8:02pm Nation & World

CANBERRA, Australia — Fire alarms have been sounding in high-rise buildings across downtown Sydney and Melbourne as dense smoke from distant wildfires confuse electronic sensors. Modern government office blocks in the Australian capital Canberra have been closed because the air inside is too dangerous for civil servants to breathe. Read story

Puerto Rico gains access to $8.3B in delayed aid

January 15, 2020, 6:29pm Nation & World

WASHINGTON — After months of delay, the Department of Housing and Urban Development has agreed to let Puerto Rico gain access to nearly $8.3 billion in disaster mitigation funding. Read story

Smelly Rio de Janeiro water supply has residents on edge

January 15, 2020, 4:30pm Nation & World

RIO DE JANEIRO — There’s a creeping sense of alarm in Rio de Janeiro after more than a week of foul tasting and smelling tap water in dozens of neighborhoods. Rumors are flying, and residents are hoarding bottled water. Read story

Despite risks, villagers made Philippine volcano their home

January 15, 2020, 2:45pm Nation & World

TALISAY, Philippines — It’s the second-most active volcano in the Philippines, a designated permanent danger zone long declared off-limits to human settlements. Yet to more than 5,000 people the Taal volcano is home. Read story

Fever chart: Earth had its hottest decade on record in 2010s

January 15, 2020, 11:30am Nation & World

WASHINGTON (AP) — The decade that just ended was by far the hottest ever measured on Earth, capped off by the second-warmest year on record, two U.S. agencies reported Wednesday. And scientists said they see no end to the way man-made climate change keeps shattering records. Read story