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Uganda lists 16 firms allowed to bid for new oil blocks

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) - The Uganda government has listed 16 international firms that are authorized to bid for oil exploration rights to six blocks of land near Uganda's border with Congo.The list published Tuesday includes firms from Russia, the U.S., Nigeria, South Africa and ...

Spain minister to explain meeting with probed ex-IMF chief

MADRID (AP) - Spanish Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz has asked to appear before a commission in Spain's lower house of Parliament to explain why he met last month with Rodrigo Rato, the former International Monetary Fund chief under investigation on suspicion of fraud and ...

US Air Force F-16 crashes in southern Germany, pilot ejects

BERLIN (AP) - A U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter jet crashed in southern Germany on Tuesday, the military said. The pilot ejected safely.The crash happened near Bayreuth, in Bavaria. The plane had taken off from the Spangdahlem air base, in western Germany, for a training flight near the Grafenwoehr ...

Euphemisms conceal reality of abortion

The GOP-controlled Congress is taking up the cause, once again, of defunding Planned Parenthood. This latest effort comes in response to macabre hidden-camera videos shot by the Center for Medical Progress of staff at Planned Parenthood talking about the grisly practice of chopping up fetuses ...

Videos expose core dishonesty of abortion regime

For decades, I believed that displaying grisly photographs of aborted babies was the wrong way to make the pro-life case. Disturbing images, I thought, would only repel viewers, not persuade them.I now think I was wrong.There are many ways to make an argument. The Center for Medical Progress ...

People’s revolt against ruling class

"He can't possibly win the nomination," is the phrase heard most often when Washington insiders mention either Donald Trump or Bernie Sanders.Yet as enthusiasm for the bombastic billionaire and the socialist senior continues to build within each party, the political establishment is ...

Too many candidates for one Republican stage

Why did Fox News decide to schedule two Republican presidential debates rather than one? Simple arithmetic: 90 minutes divided by 17 candidates equals 5 minutes and 29 seconds apiece. That's scarcely enough time for the oral equivalent of a few tweets.There won't be a similar problem for the ...

All children should be part of healthly living cycle

After 116 years of providing a home and school to children - first as an orphanage, then as a residential treatment home - it's over.Change happened. But that's OK. There were good reasons to close, and they weren't all about money. Besides, U.P. KIDS still provides temporary homes to children ...

Gun control advocates lie, stoke paranoia

My town, New York City, enforces rigid gun laws. Police refused to assign me a gun permit. The law doesn't even let me hold a fake gun on television to demonstrate something.But New York politicians are so eager to vilify gun ownership that they granted an exception to the anti-gun group States ...

Deadline passes for Croat held hostage by IS militants

CAIRO - Police searches and diplomatic efforts intensified over the fate of a Croatian hostage held in Egypt by Islamic State extremists, who threatened to kill him Friday if the government did not release imprisoned Islamist women.The group's Egyptian affiliate said Wednesday that it would ...

Hostages held in Mali hotel after jihadist attack kills 7

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) - Jihadists stormed a hotel where United Nations staff were staying in central Mali on Friday, seizing hostages and killing at least five Malian soldiers in one of the most brazen attacks in months, the government said.Mali's army continued to surround the Hotel Byblos in ...

EPA confirms mine spill contains heavy metals

DENVER (AP) - The mustard-colored muck that spilled from a Colorado mine and surged into a river contains heavy metals including lead and arsenic, federal environmental officials confirmed Friday, but they didn't immediately discuss amounts in the water or health risks.The spill also contained ...

UN unanimously approves resolution on Syria weapons

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution Friday aimed at identifying those responsible for using chlorine and other chemical weapons in attacks in Syria that have killed and injured a growing number of civilians over the past two years.The resolution, ...

Debate shatters Fox News ratings record, Trump feels heat

NEW YORK (AP) - Donald Trump always boasted about his ratings for "Celebrity Apprentice." Now he can say the same thing about his first presidential debate, even if he didn't like the show very much.Thursday's prime-time GOP candidates' forum on Fox News Channel reached a stunning 24 million ...

Man charged with smuggling released

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - A Grand Rapids man charged with smuggling handguns to Lebanon has been released with an electronic monitor while the case unfolds in federal court.U.S. Magistrate Judge Ellen Carmody also ordered Gilbert Elian to surrender his U.S. and Lebanese passports Thursday. ...

Flint vows appeal in shutoff case

FLINT, Mich. (AP) - A judge has ordered Flint to stop cutting off water to people with unpaid bills.Judge Archie Hayman also ordered the city to stop collecting a special fee to replenish the water fund. And WEYI-TV reports that he also lowered rates Friday.Flint attorney Pete Bade says an ...

Tipping point on Planned Parenthood

It took three videos showing Planned Parenthood doctors and executives discussing the culling and retailing of aborted baby parts, but Hillary Clinton finally managed to say that she found the videos "disturbing."For a professional politician like Clinton, whose every word is vetted by the vast ...

Debates 15 months before Election Day do matter

Presidential debates, even those with 10 candidates held some 15 months before Election Day, do matter. Just recall the Aug. 11, 2011, GOP debate in Ames, Iowa, when Byron York of The Washington Examiner, in discussing the proposed combinations of spending cuts and tax increases to reduce the ...

Democrats’ trump card is The Donald

With Hillary Clinton's multiple misdeeds coming to light and causing her political problems, reflected in her declining support in the polls, both she and the Democratic Party have reason to be concerned. But both of them may yet be rescued by "The Donald," who can turn out to be their Trump ...

Police brutality is a problem for everyone

This will not be a column about Sandra Bland, although it could be.Certainly there is cause for outrage over the way a Texas state trooper escalated the routine traffic stop of an indignant African-American woman into a violent arrest; she died of an apparent jail cell suicide three days later. ...