Iraqi Kurds to vote on independence despite region's fears

AP Photo/Balint Szlanko IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Iraq’s Kurds vote this month on whether or not they support independence for their enclave in the country’s north, a step toward their long-held dream of statehood. The outcome, almost certain to be “yes,”...

Malaysia fire blocks lone exit to Islamic dormitory; 24 dead

AP Photo/Daniel Chan KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A fire that blocked the only exit to an Islamic school dormitory killed 24 people, mostly teenagers, on the outskirts of Malaysia’s capital early Thursday, officials said. A government official said a wall separating...

Samsung invests in autonomous driving

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics Co. says it will spend 75 million euro ($89 million) in TTTech, a Vienna, Austria-based company that provides technologies for auto networks and safety controls to Audi cars and others. The Thursday announcement to invest in a...
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'Sopranos' mobster, veteran actor Frank Vincent dies at 80

AP Photo/Frank Franklin II NEW YORK (AP) — Frank Vincent, a veteran character actor who often played tough guys, including mob boss Phil Leotardo on “The Sopranos,” has died. He was 80. Vincent died peacefully on Wednesday, a statement from his family said. No...

Boat capsizes in Indian river, killing 19; about 31 missing

LUCKNOW, India (AP) — Police say 19 people have drowned after an overloaded boat capsized in the Yamuna River in northern India and a search is underway for missing passengers. Senior police officer Ram Kumar said more than 60 people were on the boat when it capsized near...
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Confusion hits consumer market over US ban of Kaspersky

AP Photo/Alan Diaz NEW YORK (AP) — Worries rippled through the consumer market for antivirus software after the U.S. government banned federal agencies from using Kaspersky Labs software on Wednesday. Best Buy said it will no longer sell software made by the Russian...
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Sean Spicer pressed (gently) as 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' guest

AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite NEW YORK (AP) — It was a different Sean Spicer who paid a visit to ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Wednesday night. This was a smiling, chill Spicer, in marked contrast to the six hot-tempered months he spent as White House Press...

Trump delivers shock rebuke to Colombia over cocaine surge

AP Photo/Andrew Harnik BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump is threatening that he may decertify Colombia as a partner in the drug war unless it reverses a record surge in cocaine production in the South American nation. The shock rebuke for...

Trump blocks Chinese purchase of US semiconductor maker

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday blocked a Chinese government-financed firm’s acquisition of an Oregon semiconductor maker on national security grounds. A federal panel that reviews foreign investment in the United States for possible...

Wyandot County’s weird and wonderful history

By JEANNIE WILEY WOLF STAFF WRITER UPPER SANDUSKY — From a pair of red shoes worn by a murder victim to pieces of Civil War hardtack, there’s a plethora of unusual history housed at the Wyandot County Museum. Located at 130 S. Seventh St. in a historic home that dates...