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Worker Killed When Public TV Tower Collapses

(AP) – Officials say a maintenance worker died when a Missouri television station tower collapsed and he became trapped under a tangle of metal and wires. Rob Talburt, assistant fire chief for the Logan-Rogersville Fire Protection District, says the 1,980-foot (600-meter) tower near Fordland collapsed Thursday.  Missouri State University owns the tower and uses it […]

Justice Department Internal Report Recommends McCabe Charges

The Justice Department’s inspector general is recommending criminal charges against former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.  McCabe was recently fired for authorizing a media disclosure and repeatedly misleading federal investigators. McCabe has denied any wrongdoing.  Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired McCabe shortly before he planned to retire and collect full benefits.

Syrian Forces Retake Town After Rebels Depart

(AP) -Syrian state media says government forces have retaken control of a town in northeast Damascus after rebels departed to north Syria. Al-Ikhbariya TV showed footage of residents welcoming security forces into Dumayr after the last busload of Army of Islam rebels and their family members left to Jarablus, a town in north Syria.  Jarablus […]

UN, Parties Discuss Chem Watchdog Work In Syria

(AP) – The U.N. spokesman says discussions are taking place in Syria’s capital with all key parties on security arrangements for inspectors from the U.N. chemical weapons watchdog to visit the site of a suspected chemical attack in Douma. Stephane Dujarric told reporters at U.N. headquarters Thursday that “due to the volatility” of the situation […]

Prosecutor: Prince Didn’t Know Pills Counterfeit

(AP) – The prosecutor in the Minnesota county where Prince died says he’s filing no criminal charges in the musician’s death. The announcement Thursday from Carver County Attorney Mark Metz means the state’s investigation into how Prince got the fentanyl that killed him is closed. It came hours after documents revealed a doctor accused of […]

Southwest Sought More Time To Inspect Engines

(AP) – Southwest Airlines sought more time to inspect fan blades like the one that snapped off during one of its flights and caused an engine breakup that left a passenger dead. The airline opposed a recommendation by the engine manufacturer to require ultrasonic inspections of certain fan blades within 12 months, saying it needed […]

After Syria Missile Strikes, US Stuck In Holding Pattern

(AP) – The drama of U.S. and allied missiles strikes on Syria has obscured a sobering fact: The U.S.-led campaign to eliminate the Islamic State from Syria has stalled. The U.S. has about 2,000 troops in Syria assisting Arab and Kurdish fighters against IS, even as President Donald Trump resists deeper U.S. involvement and is […]

Castro Says Diaz-Canel May Also Gain Party Post

(AP) – Raul Castro says he sees new Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel as his eventual successor as head of the island’s powerful Communist Party. Castro is making his first speech since handing the presidency over to Diaz-Canel, and used the opportunity to give his vision of the future.   He told members of the National […]

Dozens Of Students Recovering After Wreck

Dozens of students are recovering after a couple of school buses and a power company truck were involved in a wreck in northwest Houston. Fire department officials say 29 Navasota students were taken to a hospital in stable condition after Wednesday morning’s crash on Interstate 290 near Fairbanks North Houston Road. The kids are students […]

Weekly Jobless Total Falls To 232,000

America’s jobless total is down slightly. Today’s report from the Labor Department shows 232-thousand people filed first-time claims for unemployment benefits last week. That’s a thousand fewer than the week before and basically in line with what analysts were expecting. The biggest increases in claims were in New Jersey, Texas, New York, Arizona, and California. […]