National Newswatch

Wayne Stenehjem, ND’s longest-serving attorney general, dies

Jan 28 2022 — AP — BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has died at age 68, his office announced Friday, shortly after he was hospitalized for what his brother said was an inflamed ulcer. Stenehjem died about 6:20 p.m. at a Bismarck hospital, his spokeswoman Liz Brocker said. She said she could not provide additional details. […]

Report: Germany has expelled Russian linked to spying case

Jan 28 2022 — AP — BERLIN (AP) — German weekly Der Spiegel reported Friday that the government has expelled a Russian diplomat after he was linked to an espionage case in Germany. The Foreign Ministry confirmed that a member of staff at Russia's consulate in Munich was declared persona non grata last summer and told to leave the country. It […]

Report: Germany has expelled Russian linked to spying case

Jan 28 2022 — AP — BERLIN (AP) — German weekly Der Spiegel reported Friday that the government has expelled a Russian diplomat after he was linked to an espionage case in Germany. The Foreign Ministry confirmed that a member of staff at Russia's consulate in Munich was declared persona non grata last summer and told to leave the country. It […]

Getting an F: Alabama city’s new logo stirs strong feelings

Jan 28 2022 — AP — FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — Some residents think a northern Alabama city's new logo might be sending the wrong message. Florence's new logo uses the first three letters of its name — a capital F followed by an L and an O arranged as an exclamation point — to form F! When the city unveiled the […]

Former Ohio congressman, newspaper chief Clarence Brown dies

Jan 28 2022 — AP — URBANA, Ohio (AP) — Clarence “Bud” Brown Jr., a former congressman from Ohio and retired chairman of the now-defunct Brown Publishing Co., has died, according to a funeral home in his hometown. He was 94. Brown, of Urbana, died at his home Wednesday. Visitation will be Tuesday and services the following day, according to Vernon […]

New Italy president still elusive after 4th round of voting

Jan 27 2022 — AP — ROME (AP) — Lawmakers and regional representatives failed for a fourth day Thursday to find consensus on a new Italian president, even after the threshold for victory passed to a simple majority for the first time. The center-right abstained outright in the voting, a tactic to maintain the bloc’s unity that drew swift rebukes from […]

Poland starts building wall on border with Belarus

Jan 27 2022 — AP — KUZNICA, Poland (AP) — Poland has started building a $394 million wall on its eastern border intended to block migrants pushed by Belarus, in what the European Union calls a “hybrid attack,” from crossing illegally into EU territory. Reporters were allowed to see the work in the guarded area on Thursday. Pressure from thousands of […]

China demands US halt Olympics ‘interference’

Jan 27 2022 — AP — BEIJING (AP) — China is demanding the U.S. end “interference” in the Beijing Winter Olympics, which begin next week, in an apparent reference to a diplomatic boycott imposed by Washington and some of its allies. Foreign Minister Wang Yi made the demand in a phone call with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Thursday […]

EU launches WTO action against China over Lithuania row

Jan 27 2022 — AP — BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union said Thursday it has launched action against China at world trade’s governing body for engaging in discriminatory practices against Lithuania, saying that Beijing’s spat with the Baltic country is hitting other EU exports. Lithuania broke with diplomatic custom by agreeing that the Taiwanese office in Vilnius would bear the […]

Friend of Florida tax collector in Gaetz case pleads guilty

Jan 26 2022 — AP — ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A former employee in the office of a Florida tax collector whose arrest triggered an investigation into U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz has pleaded guilty to fraud and drug charges. Court documents showed that Joseph Ellicott pleaded guilty on Monday to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and honest services fraud and distribution […]

Friend of Florida tax collector in Gaetz case pleads guilty

Jan 26 2022 — AP — ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A former employee in the office of a Florida tax collector whose arrest triggered an investigation into U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz has pleaded guilty to fraud and drug charges. Court documents showed that Joseph Ellicott pleaded guilty on Monday to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and honest services fraud and distribution […]

Labor authority tries again to end immigration judges union

Jan 26 2022 — AP — WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal labor authority has sought for a second time to strip the collective bargaining powers of a national union for U.S. immigration judges, even though the agency that employs the judges isn't opposing their right to organize. In a ruling late last week, the Federal Labor Relations Authority determined that the […]

Labor authority tries again to end immigration judges union

Jan 26 2022 — AP — WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal labor authority has sought for a second time to strip the collective bargaining powers of a national union for U.S. immigration judges, even though the agency that employs the judges isn't opposing their right to organize. In a ruling late last week, the Federal Labor Relations Authority determined that the […]

Fewer Czechs dying of COVID-19 despite record infections

Jan 26 2022 — AP — PRAGUE (AP) — The number of Czech citizens dying of COVID-19 has been steadily declining despite a recent record surge in coronavirus infections caused by the highly transmittable omicron variant. The figures released by the Health Ministry on Wednesday show that 121 people died in the last seven days, down from 206 the previous period […]

Croatia announces deal to buy US Bradley fighting vehicles

Jan 26 2022 — AP — ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatia has reached an agreement with the United States to buy 89 Bradley vehicles as part of cooperation with Washington and plans as a member of NATO to form an infantry brigade, Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said Wednesday. Croatia's government is expected to formally endorse the $196 million (173 million-euro) deal […]