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Execution date set for man convicted of killing 81-year-old

A Missouri man convicted of killing an 81-year-old mobile home park manager nearly three decades ago now faces execution in May. The Missouri Supreme Court this week set a May 19 execution date for Walter Barton, 64. He would be ...

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Passengers begin leaving after ship’s virus quarantine ends

About 500 passengers left the cruise ship Diamond Princess on Wednesday at the end of a much criticized two-week quarantine aboard the vessel, docked in Japan, that failed to stop the spread of the new virus among passengers and crew. ...

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Homeland Security waives contracting laws for border wall

The Trump administration said it is waiving federal contracting laws to speed construction of a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border, moving the president closer to fulfilling a signature campaign promise in an election year but sparking criticism about potential for ...

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Bloomberg would sell business interests if elected president

Mike Bloomberg would sell the financial data and media company he created in the 1980s — which bears his name and made him a multibillionaire — if he is elected U.S. president, a top adviser said this week. Bloomberg would ...

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Ex-Gov. Blagojevich returns to Chicago, maintains innocence

Rod Blagojevich returned home to Chicago early Wednesday, shaking hands and signing autographs after President Donald Trump cut short the 14-year prison sentence handed to the former Illinois governor for political corruption. Blagojevich landed at O’Hare airport hours after walking ...

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Missouri opioid tracking bill still faces roadblocks

Missouri House lawmakers advanced a bill that would allow doctors to track prescription drugs in an effort to combat the opioid epidemic, but there are still significant roadblocks to making Missouri the final state to adopt such a system. All ...

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A rare miss for Walmart to end the year

Walmart reported disappointing fourth-quarter profits and sales after a sluggish and shortened holiday shopping season. Violent social protests in Chile, where there are hundreds of Walmart stores, cut into international sales. Walmart also delivered a weak profit forecast for the ...

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AP Interview: UN chief says new virus poses ‘enormous’ risks

The U.N. secretary general said the virus outbreak that began in China poses “a very dangerous situation” for the world, but “is not out of control.” Speaking in an interview with The Associated Press, Antonio Guterres said that “the risks ...

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Tech-starved government seeks industry’s best, brightest

In this post-impeachment era of divisiveness and deadlock in the nation’s capital, Uncle Sam has a message for top U.S. technologists: I Still Want You. A Washington-based nerd strike force called the U.S. Digital Service is seeking private-sector coders, programmers ...

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Pier 1 files for bankruptcy protection amid online challenge

Pier 1 Imports Inc. — the once-trendy supplier of home goods like papasan chairs and throw pillows — filed for bankruptcy protection after years of sliding sales. The Fort Worth, Texas-based company has been struggling with increased competition from budget-friendly ...

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Pete Buttigieg’s next test: Winning over minority voters

So far, Pete Buttigieg has made it look easy. The once little-known former mayor of a midsize Midwestern city vaulted over a former vice president and several U.S. senators in the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire presidential primary. The 38-year-old’s ...

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