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10 Things to Know for Wednesday

By The Associated Press Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday: 1. SUNNIER DAY ON WALL STREET U.S. stocks rally as a late surge helps them regain almost half their losses from the day before, when they had their biggest …

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The Latest: Rescuers work to free people trapped after quake

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) – The Latest on a deadly magnitude-6.4 earthquake that struck Tuesday near the coast of Taiwan, causing the collapse of several buildings (all times local): 9:30 a.m. Rescuers are working to free at least five people trapped in damaged buildings and to reach another 170 unaccounted for …

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The Latest: Bridges, highways inspected after Taiwan quake

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) – The Latest on a deadly magnitude-6.4 earthquake that struck Tuesday near the coast of Taiwan, causing the collapse of several buildings (all times local): 5:30 a.m. Authorities have closed bridges and some highways pending inspections after a deadly, magnitude-6.4 earthquake struck off the coast of Taiwan. …

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Deadly earthquake strikes Taiwan; shelters opened

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) – A magnitude-6.4 earthquake struck Tuesday near the coast of Taiwan, killing two people and injuring more than 200 others, officials said. The ground floor of the Marshal Hotel in Hualien county caved in, causing the death of one employee. Another person died in a residential building, …

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Cape Town pushes possible tap closure on “Day Zero” to May

By BRAM JANSSENAssociated Press CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) – Cape Town has pushed back “Day Zero” – the date when it might have to turn off most taps because of a long drought – by nearly a month to May 11. Cape Town authorities said Monday that the reprieve …

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J. Lo shout-outs A-Rod, covers Prince at pre-Super Bowl show

By MESFIN FEKADUAP Music Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Jennifer Lopez raised money for Hurricane Maria victims in Puerto Rico, celebrated an anniversary with beau Alex Rodriguez and covered Prince songs at a pre-Super Bowl concert in Minneapolis. Lopez headlined the DIRECTV NOW Super Saturday Night concert at Nomadic Live at …

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Heavy rain brings floods to Albania, Macedonia; worker dies

TIRANA, Albania (AP) – Heavy rains flooded riverbanks and led to the death of a power company worker Sunday, the Adriatic country’s government said. A government statement said the worker was killed while repairing an electric line in northern Albania. Many roads were temporarily blocked by water or mudslides, ports …

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Cape Town’s water crisis highlights city’s rich-poor divide

By BRAM JANSSENAssociated Press CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) – “Day Zero” is approaching as South Africa’s showcase city of Cape Town prepares to turn off most water taps amid the worst drought in a century. Tensions among the four million residents are highlighting a class divide in a country …

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This week in odd news: Dog unemployment, calamari calamity

By BY RICHARD A. SOMMAASSOCIATED PRESS OWNER RECEIVES LETTER GRANTING DOG UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS SAUGATUCK, Mich. (AP) – Michael Ryder had been approved for $360 every week in Michigan unemployment benefits – until the state learned he’d been dogging it at the Detroit-area restaurant chain where he supposedly worked. Ryder is …

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Southern California’s brief escape from drought ends

By ELLEN KNICKMEYER and RICH PEDRONCELLIAssociated Press PHILLIPS STATION, Calif. (AP) – California’s brief escape from severe drought ended Thursday after scientists declared more than 40 percent of the state in moderate drought and water officials confirmed lower-than-normal snowpack in the Sierra Nevada. Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, …

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