National Newswatch

Evacuation order lifted following fiery Iowa derailment

May 18 2021 — AP — SIBLEY, Iowa (AP) — An evacuation order that was issued for part of a northwest Iowa town following a fiery weekend train derailment has been lifted, authorities said. The order for part of Sibley was lifted Monday evening, allowing the 80 to 100 people who had to leave their homes after Sunday’s derailment to return, […]

Alaska governor seeks $5 million for large farming project

May 18 2021 — AP — JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy proposed $5 million in funding for a farming project spanning 156 square miles (404 square kilometers), the largest the state has seen in decades. State lawmakers last Saturday considered the proposal for the Nenana-Totchaket farming district, one of a series of agricultural and land-development projects proposed by […]

Irish health system struggling to recover from cyberattack

May 18 2021 — AP — LONDON (AP) — Ireland’s health system was still struggling to restore its computers and treat patients on Tuesday, four days after it shut down its entire IT system in response to a cyberattack. Thousands of diagnostic appointments, cancer treatment clinics and surgeries have been canceled or delayed since a ransomware attack on Friday. Authorities said […]

Air-France-KLM launches first long-haul flight with eco-fuel

May 18 2021 — AP — PARIS (AP) — Air France-KLM is sending into the air what it calls its first long-haul flight with sustainable aviation fuel Tuesday. The plane is said to be using petroleum mixed with a synthetic jet fuel derived from waste cooking oils. The company said the move toward sustainable aviation fuel or SAF is to support […]

Germany arrests businessman over dual-use exports to Russia

May 18 2021 — AP — BERLIN (AP) — A businessman suspected of helping Russia purchase sophisticated machinery in breach of arms export rules has been detained in Germany, prosecutors said Tuesday. The man, identified only as Alexander S. because of privacy rules, was detained by German customs officials in the eastern city of Leipzig. Officers also searched premises in Leipzig […]

Belgium envoy’s wife uses immunity in alleged Seoul assault

May 18 2021 — AP — SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Police say the wife of Belgium’s ambassador to South Korea has invoked her right to diplomatic immunity to avoid criminal charges over allegations she assaulted two employees of a shop in Seoul during an altercation in April. Kim Yang-hyo, an official from Seoul’s Yongsan police station, said Tuesday that police […]

Bosnia authorities move migrants to camp in northern town

May 18 2021 — AP — SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Bosnian police on Tuesday rounded up more than 200 migrants who were squatting in an abandoned building in a northern town in order to move them to a nearby tent camp. The Lipa tent settlement on the outskirts of Bihac has room to accommodate the migrants who were previously staying in […]

Lam defends freezing of publisher’s assets as safety measure

May 18 2021 — AP — HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on Tuesday defended the freezing of pro-democracy publisher Jimmy Lai's assets as a necessary move under the city's new national security law to protect the safety of all Chinese people. Lam told reporters the move was authorized under the sweeping law that was imposed on the […]

Hong Kong’s new bishop wants differing views respected

May 18 2021 — AP — HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong’s incoming Roman Catholic bishop Stephen Chow called for respect for different views as he prepares to lead a diocese that has been polarized by the city’s deteriorating political situation. Chow said while he had “no big plan” on how to unify a Catholic community divided since months of anti-government […]

Announcement expected in probe of Black man shot by deputies

May 18 2021 — AP — ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) — The district attorney who will decide whether to file criminal charges in the fatal shooting of a Black man by North Carolina deputies will discuss on Tuesday the findings of the state's investigation into what happened. District Attorney Andrew Womble scheduled a news conference for 11 a.m. to talk about […]

Prison group sues to keep immigrant detention center open

May 17 2021 — AP — SEATTLE (AP) — Private prison corporation GEO Group has sued Washington state, saying a new law mandating the closure of the immigrant detention center it operates in Tacoma would unconstitutionally subvert federal authority. The law enacted by the Legislature in March interferes with a contract signed between GEO and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, according to […]

The Latest: Astros to allow 100% capacity starting May 25

May 17 2021 — AP — The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The Houston Astros will permit 100% attendance for games at Minute Maid Park starting May 25. The capacity will remain at full capacity for the rest of the season, the team said Monday. The Astros will not require masks for […]

The Latest: Biden expresses ‘support’ for Gaza cease-fire

May 17 2021 — AP — WASHINGTON — The White House says President Joe Biden has expressed “support” for a cease-fire during a call to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. A statement says the leaders spoke Monday, which was the eighth day of Israeli-Palestinian fighting. Biden’s move signals U.S. concern for an end to Israel’s part of hostilities with Hamas, although […]

Business Highlights: AT&T-Discovery merger, downtown outlook

May 17 2021 — AP — Oprah and CNN: AT&T is merging media business with Discovery NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. telecom giant AT&T Inc. is combining its WarnerMedia operations with Discovery Inc. The deal will marry the likes of HBO and CNN with HGTV and Oprah Winfrey. And it’s another illustration of the head-spinning speed in which streaming has transformed […]

Chileans favored independents to draft a new constitution

May 17 2021 — AP — SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chileans favored left-leaning independent candidates in electing an assembly that will draft a new constitution, replacing the one imposed in the 1980s during the military dictatorship. In a major blow to the traditional political forces in Chile, weekend voting for the 155-member constitutional assembly gave 48 seats to independent candidates, most […]