• Committee supports study of Lake Mitchell algae problem

    Updated: 18 min ago

    MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) — A majority of members of an advisory committee support studying the long-term algae problem at Lake Mitchell. Last month, the Lake Mitchell Advisory Committee heard a $73,725 proposal from Nebraska-based Fyra Engineering to begin data collection and analysis to help solve the problem. On Tuesday, nearly all of the committee's members offered support of the plan at a monthly meeting, the Daily Republic (http://bit.ly/1KH3P7R ) reported. Committee member Justin Luther, who approves of Fyra's scientific and sustainable approach, thinks it's time to take action on the issue affecting Lake Mitchell, which he calls one of the city's greatest assets.

  • Turkey shells Kurdish positions in Syria for 2nd day

    Updated: 19 min ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — Turkey shelled positions held by the main Kurdish militia in northern Syria for a second day on Sunday, drawing condemnation from the Syrian government, whose forces are advancing against insurgents in the same area under the cover of Russian airstrikes. Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency said Turkish artillery units in the southern province of Kilis fired at Kurdish fighters in the Syrian town of Azaz in Aleppo province, saying it was in response to incoming Kurdish fire. Turkish troops have shelled areas under the control of Syria's main Kurdish faction, the People's Protection Units, known as YPG, in the past. But Ankara appears increasingly uneasy over the group's recent gains in northern Syria.

  • I-78 reopens following pileup that killed 3

    Updated: 30 min ago

    FREDERICKSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A central Pennsylvania interstate has reopened a day after a pileup involving dozens of vehicles that killed three people and sent dozens to hospitals. State police in Lebanon County said I-78 reopened in both directions at about 7 a.m. Sunday. Police said more than 40 people were transported to hospitals following the 9:45 a.m. Saturday crash involving at least 50 commercial and private vehicles in Bethel Township. The pileup left tractor-trailers, box trucks and cars tangled together across three traffic lanes and into the snow-covered median about 75 miles northwest of Philadelphia. Penn State Hershey Medical Center said three of the 10 patients brought to the hospital were in criti

  • Bahrain protesters clash with police on uprising anniversary

    Updated: 30 min ago

    MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Hundreds of Bahraini youths shouting anti-government have taken to the streets in Bahrain despite a heavy police presence to mark the fifth anniversary of an uprising calling for political change in the tiny island kingdom. Witnesses said demonstrators in the largely Shiite community of Sitra, south of the capital, Manama, attempted to march Sunday onto a nearby highway but were turned back by police firing tear gas. Some of the demonstrators hurled petrol bombs and paint bombs at police, and blocked roads to their communities with iron rods and trash to keep security forces out. Bahrain is home to the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet.

  • Swiss to represent Saudi Arabia in Iran after ties cut

    Updated: 34 min ago

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia's foreign minister said Sunday that Switzerland has agreed to handle its diplomatic services in Iran so that Iranian pilgrims can continue to visit the oil-rich kingdom. Saudi Arabia cut diplomatic ties with Iran last month after protesters outraged over the kingdom's execution of a prominent Shiite cleric set fire to the Saudi Embassy and another diplomatic mission. Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said the Swiss would facilitate procedures for Iranian Muslims to visit Saudi Arabia for religious pilgrimages. He spoke during a visit by his Swiss counterpart, Didier Burkhalter. The Swiss Embassy in Tehran already provides consular services to U.S. citizens in Iran in the absence

  • Netanyahu: US Vice President Biden may visit Israel

    Updated: 56 min ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says staffers for U.S. Vice President Joe Biden are arriving in Israel ahead of a possible Biden visit. At his weekly Cabinet meeting, Netanyahu cited reports Biden was considering visiting Israel soon. He said Biden's staff is landing in Israel Sunday, but there were no dates yet for a visit. Last month, Biden met Netanyahu in Davos, Switzerland shortly after the U.S. lifted sanctions on Iran as part of a nuclear deal. The U.S. has sought to soften Israel's concerns on the deal through discussions about a new long-term agreement on U.S. military aid for Israel.

  • Israeli leader defends gas extraction deal in Supreme Court

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is making an unprecedented appearance at the Supreme Court to defend a deal signed in December with U.S. and Israeli developers drilling offshore gas deposits. Israel's Channel 10 TV reported Netanyahu as telling the court Sunday that if Israel were to alter its deal investors could turn to buy gas from Israel's enemies instead. Resource-poor Israel announced the discovery of sizeable offshore natural gas deposits about five years ago, and a partnership of Israeli and U.S. companies began extracting gas. After the country's antitrust commissioner determined the gas companies' ownership constituted a monopoly, a government committee reached a deal with

  • Israel: 3 Palestinian attackers killed in separate incidents

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Three Palestinian teenagers were shot and killed while attempting to attack Israeli security forces in two separate incidents in the West Bank on Sunday, the Israeli military and police said. In the first incident, the military said two Palestinians were throwing rocks at passing vehicles near the West Bank city of Jenin and when forces arrived at the scene Palestinians opened fire at them. The soldiers fired back and killed two Palestinians, the military said, adding that no soldiers were wounded in the exchange. The Palestinian Health Ministry identified the two Palestinians as Nihad Waked and Fouad Waked, both 15 years old. They were from the same extended family in the West Bank village of al-Araka, nea

  • Egypt policeman's conviction overturned in protester's death

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's highest appeals court on Sunday overturned the conviction of a police officer sentenced to 15 years in prison for the killing of a female protester in a January 2015 shooting captured on video and photos. Cassation Court Judge Taha Qassim also ruled that a new trial be held for the officer, Yassin Hatem Salah Eddin, who was convicted and sentenced in June last year for premeditated manslaughter. Salah Eddin was 25 at the time of the killing. The ruling, reported by Egypt's official MENA news agency, appeared to be in line with the acquittals or suspended sentences received by dozens of police officers who stood trial for the killing of nearly 900 protesters during the 18-day uprising that toppled autocr

  • Iran exports first oil shipment to Europe since nuclear deal

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's official news agency says the country has exported its crude shipment to Europe for the first time since it reached a landmark nuclear deal with world powers last month. Sunday's IRNA report quotes Deputy Oil Minister Rokneddin Javadi as saying the shipment was the first after five years. He called the shipment "A new chapter" in Iran's oil industry but did not elaborate. IRNA said several western tankers have loaded Iran's oil in recent days. Iran plans to add one million barrels to its oil production following implementation of the nuclear deal, which lifted international sanctions in exchange for Iran restricting its nuclear activities.

  • The Latest: Syria condemns Turkish shelling

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the civil war in Syria (all times local): 3:01 p.m. The Syrian government has condemned Turkey's shelling of Syrian territory, describing it as an attempt to raise the morale of "terrorist" groups. In two messages sent Sunday to the U.N. secretary general and the president of the U.N. Security Council, Damascus also denounced recent statements made by the Turkish prime minister justifying shelling Kurdish fighters in Syria. The government strongly urged the U.N. Security Council to put an end to the "crimes of the Turkish regime." Turkey is one of the leading backers of the rebels fighting to overthrow Syrian President Bashar Assad. The Syrian government refers to all rebel grou

  • Central African Republic voters seek leader to end chaos

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Central African Republic went ahead with a presidential runoff vote Sunday that many hope will solidify a tentative peace after more than two years of sectarian fighting left untold thousands dead and forced nearly half a million people to flee to neighboring countries. Armored U.N. personnel carriers roamed the streets of the capital, Bangui, as residents headed to the polls on foot and by motorcycle not long after sunrise. Some 2,000 U.N. peacekeepers are deployed in the capital while 8,000 others are trying to secure the vote in the largely anarchic provinces.

  • Those Valentine's Day flowers might just be from Kenya

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    NYAHURURU, Kenya (AP) — This Valentine's Day, there's a good chance your flowers came from Kenya. "I know the flowers are for giving on Valentine's Day," said Phanice Cherop, a worker at a flower farm in Kenya. "They are very beautiful." On a crisp February morning, Cherop squeezed through a row of shoulder-high white roses, cut a flower and methodically placed it in the bunch she carried. The Kenyan-grown flower was likely headed for a vase in Australia, England, Japan or the United States. Kenya's cool climate and high altitude make it perfect for growing large, long-lasting roses. Such conditions have helped make Kenya become the world's fourth-biggest supplier after the Netherlands, Ecuador and Colombia.

  • Multiple crises challenge European Union ahead of summit

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    LONDON (AP) — NATO warships are steaming toward the Aegean Sea in an escalated bid to impose order on the chaotic arrival of more than 1 million migrants, which has not abated despite the wintry weather in southern Europe. Informal mini-blocs have formed within the European Union, with some countries banding together to challenge, or just ignore, the EU's announced refugee resettlement program. Temporary border controls have been introduced in key countries including Germany and France, threatening the cherished notion of freedom of movement across European borders. Britain, a nuclear power with a seat at the UN Security Council, is demanding concessions ahead of a referendum on whether Britain should simply abandon the 28-

  • Syrian opposition figure slams Russia for continued bombing

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    MUNICH (AP) — A top Syrian opposition figure criticized Russia on Sunday for continuing with its bombing in Syria, insisting that people in the country need to see action rather than words. The head of the Saudi-backed Syrian opposition's High Negotiations Committee, former Prime Minister Riad Hijab, also stopped short of declaring a clear commitment to implement a planned temporary truce. "You ask me if I accept a cease-fire or a cessation of hostilities. I ask you: why is the onus on the opposition and whether it has preconditions for negotiations?" Hijab said. "I would like to see a single day of a cessation of hostilities in order to give a chance for real political movement.

  • Those Valentine's Day flowers might just be from Kenya

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    NYAHURURU, Kenya (AP) — This Valentine's Day, there's a good chance your flowers came from Kenya. "I know the flowers are for giving on Valentine's Day," said Phanice Cherop, a worker at a flower farm in Kenya. "They are very beautiful." On a crisp February morning, Cherop squeezed through a row of shoulder-high white roses, cut a flower and methodically placed it in the bunch she carried. The Kenyan-grown flower was likely headed for a vase in Australia, England, Japan or the United States. Kenya's cool climate and high altitude make it perfect for growing large, long-lasting roses. Such conditions have helped make Kenya become the world's fourth-biggest supplier after the Netherlands, Ecuador and Colombia.

  • Obama faces challenge in forging front vs. China sea actions

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — With the symbolic handshakes and unity photo-op, President Barack Obama's high-profile summit with Southeast Asian leaders in California this week aims to step up pressure against China's increasingly worrisome behavior in disputed waters. Forging a common front and encouraging bolder rhetoric against Chinese assertiveness in the South China Sea, however, will be a challenge among the diverse collection of VIP guests, who did not criticize China by name in past joint summit statements as the disputes flared on and off in recent years. Decisions by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, the bloc they lead, can easily be stalled. ASEAN includes governments aligned either with Washington or Beij

  • Couple married 83 years offers relationship advice on Twitter

    Natalie Crofts, KSL.com | Updated: Fri, Feb 12, 2016

    More than eight decades ago, John Betar fell in love with the girl next door.

  • See why some are calling Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue the “Sexploitation Issue”

    Herb Scribner, Deseret News | Updated: Fri, Feb 12, 2016

    On Saturday, Sports Illustrated with unveil the new edition of its annual swimsuit issue. And it's not exactly family-friendly, or kind to women.

  • Indonesian officials, clerics ban Valentine's Day observance

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Officials and clerics in the world's most populous Muslim nation have banned young Indonesian Muslims from celebrating Valentine's Day, arguing that the observance runs against Islamic teachings. In Banda Aceh, the capital of the devout Muslim province of Aceh, thousands of high school students held rallies rejecting the celebration of Valentine's Day. Banda Aceh's mayor, Illiza Sa'aduddin Djamal, and Shariah officials joined Saturday's rallies, held in four locations in the city's downtown area. "The Valentine's Day celebration has become a culture," Illiza said. She added that the rallies were aimed at making young people aware that Valentine's Day is not part of Islamic culture. The




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