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North by Northwest: Minor league hires prez with proper name

HILLSBORO, Ore. — The short-season Northwest League has named a new president with a most fitting name for the post: North Johnson. The Class A loop made the announcement Friday, appointing the longtime minor league executive.

US digs into Saudi shooting suspect motive in Navy shooting

WASHINGTON — U.S. law enforcement officials were digging into the background of the suspected Florida naval station shooter Friday, to determine the Saudi Air Force officer's motive and whether it was connected to terrorism.
Supreme Court keeps federal executions on hold

Supreme Court keeps federal executions on hold

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Friday blocked the Trump administration from restarting federal executions next week after a 16-year break.
Cranston among celebrities at New Orleans Orpheus parade

Cranston among celebrities at New Orleans Orpheus parade

Actor Bryan Cranston will be the celebrity monarch when the Krewe of Orpheus parade rolls in New Orleans on Feb. 24, the krewe announced Friday.
US firms keep hiring, easing worries of weakening economy

US firms keep hiring, easing worries of weakening economy

WASHINGTON — American businesses have complained for years that they can’t find the workers they need to fill available jobs. November’s robust hiring gain suggests that at least some have found a way to do so.

S. Carolina civil right lawyer, 1st Amendment champion dies

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A South Carolina civil rights lawyer who helped redefine free speech rights for attorneys has died. Edna Smith Primus died Nov. 29 at age 75, The State newspaper reported.

Nobel laureate Handke strikes out at questioners

STOCKHOLM — Nobel Literature Prize laureate Peter Handke has lashed out against journalists asking about his views on the wars in former Yugoslavia.

Royal Opera, The Met remove tenor Vittorio Grigolo

NEW YORK — The Royal Opera in London and The Met in New York have removed tenor Vittorio Grigolo after an investigation found inappropriate and aggressive behaviour at a curtain call.
R. Kelly charged with paying bribe before marrying Aaliyah

R. Kelly charged with paying bribe before marrying Aaliyah

NEW YORK — Federal prosecutors are accusing singer R. Kelly of scheming with others to pay for a fake ID for an unnamed female a day before he married R&B singer Aaliyah, then 15 years old, in a secret ceremony in 1994.

Police: Al-Shabab extremists kill 8 on bus in northern Kenya

NAIROBI, Kenya — Police in Kenya say suspected al-Shabab extremists have stopped a bus in the north near Somalia and killed eight passengers, all of them non-Muslims.