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A man of courage and decency

By MARK SHIELDS As on so many matters, former Republican Senate leader Bob Dole put it best when he said that almost all members of Congress love to make tough speeches; they just don’t like to make tough votes. Rep. Walter B. Jones Jr., the North Carolina Republican who died on his 76th ...

Putin sternly warns U.S. against putting missiles in Europe

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV The Associated Press MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin sternly warned the United States against deploying new missiles in Europe, saying today that Russia will retaliate by fielding new weapons that will take just as little time to reach their ...

Sailor in iconic V-J kiss photo dies

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The ecstatic sailor shown kissing a woman in Times Square celebrating the end of World War II died Sunday. George Mendonsa was 95. Mendonsa fell and had a seizure at the assisted living facility in Middletown, Rhode Island, where he lived with his wife of 70 years, ...

State news in brief

Funeral planned for father, children killed WATERTOWN (AP) — A funeral will be held Friday for a father and four children killed in an upstate New York house fire. WWNY says there also will be a public visitation on Thursday in Watertown for Aaron Bodah and his daughters: 4-year-old ...

Protests slam Trump’s emergency declaration as states ready lawsuit

NEW YORK (AP) — Protesters around the U.S. spent Presidents Day rallying against President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration as at least a dozen states planned a lawsuit to block Trump’s latest ploy to fund his long-promised border wall. “Trump is the national ...

N. Carolina elections board weighs re-doing marred election

By EMERY P. DALESIO The Associated Press RALEIGH, N.C. — The country’s last undecided congressional election was marred by falsified signatures, disappearing documents and blank ballots that were filled in by people hired by the Republican candidate, North Carolina elections officials ...

People in the news

Iconic couturier Karl Lagerfeld has died PARIS (AP) — Chanel’s iconic couturier, Karl Lagerfeld, whose accomplished designs as well as trademark white ponytail, high starched collars and dark enigmatic glasses dominated high fashion for the last 50 years, has died. He was around 85 years ...

His name was Bobby

By DIANE DIMOND Now we have a name. After two agonizing decades, the “Boy Under the Billboard” case I wrote about last year has finally been solved. But in determining the identity of the strangled 10-year-old boy who was abandoned under a highway billboard, the sheriff’s detectives ...

The star-crossed romance

By FROMA HARROP So Amazon chose Valentine’s Day to announce its breakup with New York City. No, it will not build a new headquarters in Queens as planned. Who is to blame for the split, the tech behemoth or grouchy New Yorkers? If one must choose, I’d say Amazon. Amazon seemed shocked ...

The three amigas

By KATHLEEN PARKER By the Republican response to the three most-famous Democratic freshmen in Congress — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (or AOC) of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan — you’d think these women were Shakespeare’s Three Witches rather than the ...

Honda to shut plant in Britain

By KAORI HITOMI The Associated Press TOKYO — Japanese carmaker Honda plans to close its car factory in western England in 2021, a fresh blow to the British economy as it struggles with the uncertainty associated with leaving the European Union next month. The company announced the ...

NHL Roundup: Kucherov has five points as Lightning beat Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Nikita Kucherov had two goals and three assists, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-1 Monday night for their sixth straight win. Brayden Point scored twice and Steven Stamkos also had a goal for the Lightning, who are 8-1-2 in their last 11 ...

Winning with Binnington: Blues goalie making most of chance

By STEPHEN WHYNO The Associated Press Jordan Binnington doesn’t let much get to him. When junior goaltending coach Greg Redquest put him through the paces of a post-practice skate, he came away seeing the same chill Binnington. “He doesn’t sweat,” Redquest said. “He’s just ...

Griffin enjoying resurgence with Pistons

By NOAH TRISTER The Associated Press DETROIT — Blake Griffin doesn’t need to jump over any cars to be a hit in the Motor City. A year after arriving in Detroit with his career at a crossroads, a more earthbound Griffin is doing all he can to shake the Pistons out of their decade-long ...

Clark: Some teams make little effort to justify ticket costs

By RONALD BLUM The Associated Press NEW YORK — Players’ union head Tony Clark took the extraordinary step of saying baseball fans should question whether it makes sense to purchase tickets for some teams, responding to Commissioner Rob Manfred’s assertion that free-agent players have ...

Giants’ Bochy to retire after this season

By JANIE McCAULEY The Associated Press SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Bruce Bochy has always managed with his gut. Those same instincts told him it’s nearly time to retire. Bochy announced Monday this will be his last season managing the San Francisco Giants, his 25th in all as a big league ...

Homegrown talent has helped Rice ascend into a Top 25 program

By DOUG FEINBERG The Associated Press NEW YORK — Tina Langley has turned the Rice women’s basketball team into a Top 25 program using homegrown talent. More than half the roster is from Texas and many players grew up within 30 minutes of the university, playing together in high school ...

No. 5 Vols look to correct mistakes

By STEVE MEGARGEE The Associated Press KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee’s 19-game winning streak has disappeared. So has its No. 1 ranking. Now the Volunteers must try to correct the numerous mistakes they made Saturday in an 86-69 loss at Kentucky as they continue their bid for a second ...