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Republican state senator charged with extorting page for sex

Republican state senator charged with extorting page for sex

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A grand jury indictment unsealed Monday accuses a Republican state senator of extorting sex from a page in the Senate's page program.
MLB imposes stricter mound limits, defers on pitch clocks

MLB imposes stricter mound limits, defers on pitch clocks

NEW YORK — Major League Baseball has imposed stricter limits on mound visits by players in an effort to speed games but decided against 20-second pitch clocks for 2018.

Israeli settler leader says settlements grew rapidly in 2017

JERUSALEM — The number of Jewish settlers in the West Bank grew at nearly twice the rate of Israel's overall population last year, a settler leader said Monday, predicting that settlement growth would surge even more in the coming years thanks in par
Maldives president wants vote to extend state of emergency

Maldives president wants vote to extend state of emergency

MALE, Maldives — The president of the Maldives asked Parliament on Monday to extend the state of emergency that has helped him reinforce his power, as political turmoil continued to churn in the Indian Ocean nation.
Inmate in landmark Supreme Court case denied parole

Inmate in landmark Supreme Court case denied parole

BATON ROUGE, La. — A 71-year-old Louisiana inmate whose case led to a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision on juvenile-offender sentences was denied parole Monday, more than a half-century after he killed a sheriff's deputy at age 17.

Banker: "Nightmare" dodging extortion attempts in Latvia

LONDON — Latvia's top banking official, a key member of the European Central Bank, has been accused by local bank Norvik of seeking kickbacks, trying to launder Russian money and retaliating against the bank when it refused to play by the "rules of t
Rio could be 'laboratory' for solving Brazil's crime crisis

Rio could be 'laboratory' for solving Brazil's crime crisis

SAO PAULO — Brazilian leaders said Monday that the use of the military to combat rising violence in Rio de Janeiro could serve as a model for other violent areas of Brazil.
Scandals highlight Israeli leader's media obsession

Scandals highlight Israeli leader's media obsession

JERUSALEM — Benjamin Netanyahu came to prominence as a star of the media age, an upgrade from older Israeli politicians in his telegenic poise, mastery of message and gift for the sound bite in English and Hebrew.
Ex-workers at Russian 'troll factory' trust US indictment

Ex-workers at Russian 'troll factory' trust US indictment

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — While Russian officials scoff at a U.S. indictment charging 13 Russians with meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, several people who worked at the same St.

Judge grants $300M loan for Puerto Rico power company

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — A federal judge on Monday approved a $300 million loan for Puerto Rico's power company that officials say will help keep the troubled agency operating until late March.