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US hits record for costly weather disasters: $306 billion

WASHINGTON (AP) — With three strong hurricanes, wildfires, hail, flooding, tornadoes and drought, the United States tallied a record high bill last …

Weather

First weekend of 2018: 4 killed, 15 wounded in city shootings

The first weekend of 2018 saw four people killed and 15 others wounded by Chicago gun violence, according to data kept by the Tribune.<p>The first homicide of the weekend was around 6:05 p.m. Friday in the Austin neighborhood on the West Side, police said. A 35-year-old man was fatally shot in the …

A look at guns sold by police that ended up at crime scenes

SEATTLE (AP) — A yearlong Associated Press analysis found more than a dozen firearms sold by law enforcement agencies in Washington state since 2010 …

Crime

In India, one student commits suicide every hour

The suicide crisis in India’s schools and colleges is worsening.<p>In the three years since 2014, over 26,000 students killed themselves in India, the latest data sent to the ministry of home affairs by all Indian states and union territories shows. The number for 2016 alone stood at 9,474—that’s one …

Mental Health

Female coach of boys team faces felony sex charges, report says

A high school basketball coach in Idaho was arrested Friday evening after police found evidence of a sexual relationship with a male student, authorities said.<p>Ann Kuroki, 26, who reportedly coached the boys junior varsity team at Gooding High, faces felony sexual battery charges, they said.<p>Police …

Warmer temps coming following weekend's deep freeze in Northeast

BOSTON — The blast of arctic air that engulfed portions of the East Coast broke cold temperature records from Maine to West Virginia and stunned sea turtles in Florida — although a warm-up is coming Monday.<p>Burlington, Vermont, and Portland, Maine set records, with Burlington falling to minus 20, …

Weather

Saudi Arabia is giving many of its citizens $3000 for free

Saudi Arabia plans to give its citizens 50 billion riyals ($13 billion) in handouts to offset increasing costs of living, Reuters reported Sunday.<p>King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has ordered the government to pay out 1,000 riyals (about $266) to state employees each month in 2018.<p>"The allocation …

Saudi Arabia

Cancer deaths fall, thanks mostly to drop in smoking

Cancer deaths have fallen yet again, thanks mostly to huge declines in smoking, the American Cancer Society said Thursday.<p>More than 2.3 million people have not died of cancer since 1991 who otherwise would have if cancer rates had remained unchanged, the group said in its annual report on …

Cancer

DB Cooper sleuth insists letter written by mysterious hijacker linked to San Diego man

A nine-digit number found at the bottom of a letter believed to be sent by the mysterious plane hijacker D.B. Cooper came from a San Diego man who is still alive, the leader of an investigative team said.<p>Thomas Colbert, a TV producer who helped put together the 40-member team, told Seattle PI on …

Suicide bombing kills at least 20 in Kabul, including 16 police officers

KABUL — A day of tensions between police and shopkeepers in the Afghan capital took a deadly turn Thursday when a suicide bomber blew himself up, killing at least 20 people, including 16 members of the city's police forces, officials said.<p>Police had raided shops in the Banayee neighborhood on …

Extremism