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Today: 17, Feb 2018

World News

Disney says 'Black Panther' is raking it in

NEW YORK (AP) " "Black Panther" is so far raking it in over the holiday weekend.The Walt Disney Co. estimated Saturday the Marvel Comics superhero movie earned $75.8 million domestically for its opening Friday, the eighth biggest day in industry history.Disney now estimates the movie will earn between $190 million and $210 million for the four-day Presidents Day weekend that started Thursday.Besides the strong box office, the movie has been a critical success.The [...] ...........more

Biden, in public and private, tiptoes toward a 2020 run

WASHINGTON (AP) " Former Vice President Joe Biden is tiptoeing toward a potential run in 2020, even broaching the possibility during a recent gathering of longtime foreign policy aides.Huddled in his newly opened office steps from the U.S. Capitol, Biden began a planning meeting for his new diplomacy center by addressing the elephant in the room. He said he was keeping his 2020 options open, considering it a real possibility. He insisted he had made no decision, and didn't need to yet, ...........more

`Made in the U.S.A.' turbines cloud U.S. offshore wind

With state officials eyeing $56 billion of wind farm projects off the American coastline, developers are worried the turbines will need to be stamped with a big "Made in the U.S.A."Each structure is enormous -- almost half the height of the Empire State Building. Most all of them are constructed in Europe, at least for now. As states in the Northeast jump into wind power, they're ...........more

13 killed in helicopter crash after Mexican quake

A soldier guards a downed helicopter in Santiago Jimitepec, Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018. The military helicopter carrying officials assessing damage from the Friday's earth quake crashed killing 13 people and injuring 15, all of them on the ground. (AP Photo/Luis ...........more

7.2 quake damages homes, but Mexico avoids major destruction

MEXICO CITY — Mexico escaped major destruction from a magnitude 7.2 earthquake that jolted southern and central parts of the country, authorities said Saturday, with mostly minor damage and no deaths directly caused by the temblor five months after two other quakes killed hundreds. A national emergency committee that convened after Friday’s quake adjourned in […] ...........more

Passenger says teen driver panicked, hit the gas outside NSA

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — A passenger in a vehicle that was fired upon outside the National Security Agency campus says the unlicensed teen driver made a wrong turn, panicked and hit the gas. Passenger Javonte Alhajie Brown told The Washington Post Friday that........more

OU Football: Baker Mayfield returns to Norman, throws haymakers at Texas "I can't stand them"

Mayfield: "I talked to the NFL guys and they said I need to calm it down a little bit, but when it comes to Texas, absolutely not. No. End of story.” ...........more

Jet2 holiday flight from Lanzarote to Birmingham diverted in ‘code red alert’ after co-pilot fell ill

A JET2 flight from Lanzarote to Birmingham has diverted to Faro Airport in Portugal following a code red alert after the co-pilot fell ill. The plane with 194 passengers on board touched down just after 5pm local time this afternoon following the on-board drama. Alamy Well-placed sources said the incident happened after a health emergency involving a member of the crew. One said the plane was given........more

Self-proclaimed 'icon' Adam Rippon takes final Olympic skate

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Adam Rippon put his hands over his face and let the cheers wash over. He waved and smiled, and when the crowd kept clapping, he jumped where he stood and swung his arms to egg them on. Ever the showman, and with his trademark grace and flare, Rippon took his final skate of the Pyeongchang Olympics on Saturday. He finished 10th, a fine result for a 28-year-old who was never expected to medal against a field populated by younger, higher-flying competition. The self-proclaimed "icon" didn't need that hardware to leave his mark on these games. Or for the Olympics to leave its mark on him. "They usually say that like, after the Olympic........more

Drake touts giveaways, urges fans to do something nice, too

NEW YORK (AP) — Drake wants to spread the love, and he's challenging his fans to do the same. The new video for the rap star's single, "God's Plan,"........more

OU Football: Baker Mayfield returns to Norman, throws haymakers at Texas: "I can't stand them"

Mayfield: "I talked to the NFL guys and they said I need to calm it down a little bit, but when it comes to Texas, absolutely not. No. End of story.” ...........more

Woman's worthless check sent a message about 'thoughts and prayers' after shootings

After a mass shooting at a Florida high school left 17 dead and 14 more injured, many people have sent a similar message: We need more than just “thoughts and ...........more

Tears, exuberance as 'Black Panther' opens across Africa

"Black Panther" has burst onto the screen in Africa, handing a powerful response to the unfortunate remarks about the continent by President Donald Trump. As the red carpet in South Africa swirled with stunning outfits and exclamations in the local isiXhosa language used in the film's Wakanda kingdom,... ...........more

State investigated after school shooting suspect cut himself

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — Florida's child welfare agency investigated the suspect in a school shooting that killed 17 people after he cut himself in a video but found him stable, according to state records. ...........more

Floridians, angry and grieving, take gun violence protest to the streets

Nation Now Nation LA Times Floridians, angry and grieving, take gun violence protest to the streets By Associated Press Feb 17, 2018 | 1:50 PM | PARKLAND, Fla. People join together on the steps of the Broward County Federal courthouse after a school shooting that killed 17 on Feb. 17, 2018, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (Joe Raedle / Getty Images) Thousands of angry students, parents and residents demanded stricter gun control laws Saturday as new details were revealed about the suspect accused of shooting and killing 17 people in a Florida high school. The rally, held in downtown Fort Lauderdale, was attended by scores of students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where the carnage........more

No, Fidel Castro is not Canada PM Trudeau's father

A story claiming that Fidel Castro was the father of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is not true. The Canadian government denied it, Cuba has never claimed it and Trudeau’s parents never visited Cuba until several years after Justin Trudeau was born. The Feb. 1 suicide of........more

Christopher Bailey's Burberry farewell tops London shows

LONDON (AP) — Christopher Bailey's final show as Burberry creative director dominated London Fashion Week on Saturday. Bailey is leaving the popular brand later this year after a 17-year stint that helped it regain its prominence as a global fashion ...........more