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2016 saw bump in colorado human trafficking cases reported to national line – th


there was a 56 percent bump in the number of human trafficking cases from colorado reported to the national human trafficking line last year as compared to 2015, mirroring a significant increase in reported cases nationwide.polaris, a washington d.c.-based trafficking policy and victims advocacy group that operates the line, says 120 human trafficking cases from colorado were phoned in to the line in 2016. of those, 85 were cases of trafficking and 21 cases of labor trafficking.in 2015, there were 78 human trafficking cases from colorado reported to the line.“human trafficking lines are lifelines for survivors, providing them with an outlet to be connected with the services and resources they want and need along their long path of recovery,” caroline diemar, director of the national line,






2 crew from malaysian boat carrying 31 chinese reach safety


kuala lumpur, malaysia — the captain and a crew member from a missing malaysian boat made it to safety sunday while others among the 31 people on board, including 28 chinese tourists, on the boat may be drifting in the water waiting to be rescued, authorities said.the boat's captain and a crew member were found sunday afternoon in the waters between the island of pulau tiga and an offshore oil drilling platform, malaysia's the star online reported. the boat had left kota kinabalu in the malaysian state of sabah on urday morning on its way to pulau mengalum, an island about 60 kilometers (38 miles) west.the chinese consulate in kota kinabalu said multiple survivors "were reported drifting at sea waiting for rescue," the official xinhua news agency reported. chinese state television said the






markets right now: strong hiring news sends stocks higher


new york — the latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:35 a.m.stocks rose in early trading after the government reported that u.s. employers stepped up their hiring last month.the gain of 227,000 jobs in january was the biggest increase since september, the labor department reported early friday.the unemployment rate also edged higher because more americans were looking for work.visa jumped 4 percent in early trading after the giant payment processing company reported earnings and revenue that easily beat analysts' forecasts.the standard & poor's 500 index rose 9 points, or 0.4 percent, to 2,290.the dow jones industrial average rose 101 points, or 0.5 percent, to 19,983. the nasdaq composite increased 18 points, or 0.3 percent, to 5,654.bond prices rose. the yie






hasbro beats street 4q forecasts


pawtucket, r.i. — hasbro inc. reported fourth-quarter earnings of $192.7 million.on a per-share basis, the pawtucket, rhode island-based company said it had net income of $1.52. earnings, adjusted for et impairment costs, e to $1.64 per share.the results surp ed wall street expectations. the average estimate of six analysts surveyed by zacks investment research was for earnings of $1.28 per share.the toy maker posted revenue of $1.63 billion in the period, which also beat street forecasts.for the year, the company reported profit of $551.4 million, or $4.34 per share. revenue was reported as $5.02 billion._____this story was generated by automated insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from zacks investment research. access a zacks stock report on has at https://www.zacks.co






terror expert slams trump ‘under-reported’ attacks list


the trump administration on monday posted a list of terrorist attacks that it claimed were “under-reported” by the mainstream media, and it included high-profile cases that received significant media coverage such as the 2015 attacks in paris and the m shooting in san bernardino.swedish publication thelocal.se talked with terrorism expert magnus ranstorp, a researcher at sweden’s national defense university, who says that trump’s claims of “under-reported” terrorist incidents are simply crude propaganda aimed at making american citizens much more fearful of terrorist attacks than they need to be.“the easiest way to describe this is cl ic fake news from trump’s white house,” he said. “this is nothing to do with the truth, it’s an influencing operation. propaganda, targeted at the american p






nj drugmaker scores big profits off of cancer drugs in recent quarter: report


kenilworth– pharmaceutical giant merck reported a 21 percent jump in fourth-quarter profits fueled partly by the rising sales of drugs for cancer and hepatitis c, news 4 new york reported friday. along with sales of ketyruda and the hepatitis treatment zepatier, company officials also attributed increased profits to an aggressive round of cost-cutting. ketyruda, which was…






crews battle m ive house fire in barrington


fire crews were on the scene of an extra-alarm fire in northwest suburban barrington early tuesday, officials said.the fire was called in about 2 a.m. in the 26000 block of cuba road and was quickly declared a 4-alarm due to lack of water in the area.firefighters had to transport water to the home due to lack of fire hydrants in the area.barrington countryside fire chief jim kreher said neighbors reported seeing flames shooting from the roof before it collapsed.no injuries were reported.






lirr: ron koma branch delays due to vehicle on tracks


advertisement | advertise on newsdaythe long island rail road reported delays on the ron koma branch monday morning, citing “an unauthorized vehicle on the tracks near deer park.”lirr personnel were on the scene, waiting for a tow truck, the railroad said on its website.news 12 long island reported a tractor trailer was stuck on the tracks at a grade crossing.more information was not immediately available....






5 troops reported killed in fighting in eastern ukraine


moscow — at least five ukrainian troops have been killed in an apparent uptick in fighting in eastern ukraine, government officials said on monday.an armed conflict between government troops and separatist rebels has killed more than 9,600 since it began in 2014, according to the u.n. human rights office. a january cease-fire had until recently helped to limit the fighting to sporadic shoot-outs.the government's press office for the operation in the east said on monday it recorded an increase in fighting on several fronts on sunday which left at least five killed and nine troops injured. kiev accused the rebels of using grad multiple grenade launchers and said they recorded intensified fighting all along the front line — outside the separatist stronghold of donetsk, in the south of the fro






man who stabs 3 in hollywood restaurant killed by police


a man who stabbed at least three people, two critically, was s and killed by police tuesday inside a fast-food restaurant on hollywood's famous sunset boulevard.911 calls sent police to the jack in the box about 2 p.m., police said.cellphone video aired on kabc-tv showed police bending over a man in a purple shirt lying on the floor inside the restaurant with an apparently injured man sitting nearby.the attacker died at the scene, and three stabbing victims were taken to hospitals, two in critical condition and one with non-life threatening injuries, lapd officer tony im said.a woman was examined at the scene, but she declined to be taken to a hospital, fire department spokeswoman margaret stewart said.the block contains a busy corridor of restaurants, coffee shops and other businesses, in






7 troops reported killed in fighting in eastern ukraine


moscow — at least seven ukrainian troops have been killed in an apparent uptick in fighting in eastern ukraine, government officials said on monday.an armed conflict between government troops and separatist rebels has killed more than 9,600 since it began in 2014, according to the u.n. human rights office. a january cease-fire had until recently helped to limit the fighting to sporadic shoot-outs.the government's press office for the operation in the east said it recorded an increase in fighting on several fronts on sunday which left at least five killed and nine troops injured. two more were killed and five injured monday morning, north of the rebel stronghold of donetsk, the press office said.kiev accused the rebels of using tanks and grad multiple grenade launchers and said they recorde






c.h. robinson reports better-than-expect results in q4


c.h. robinson reported better-than-expected fourth-quarter results in what the company called a challenging transportation market.for the last several quarters the company has been contractually committed to lower pricing, officials said. while the volume of shipping has gone up, the margin per shipment has gone down.the eden prairie-based logistics company, which reported results after the market closed tuesday, said revenue for the fourth quarter rose 6.4 percent to $3.4 billion thanks to volume growth across all of its services.according to thomson reuters, analysts expected the company to report total revenue of $3.3 billion.for the year, total revenue decreased 2.5 percent to $13.1 billion, but above analysts' consensus estimate of $13 billion. the company's net revenue for the year r






man who stabs 3 in hollywood restaurant killed by police


a man who stabbed at least three people, two critically, was s and killed by police tuesday inside a fast-food restaurant on hollywood's famous sunset boulevard.911 calls sent police to the jack in the box about 2 p.m., police said.cellphone video aired on kabc-tv showed police bending over a man in a purple shirt lying on the floor inside the restaurant with an apparently injured man sitting nearby.the attacker died at the scene, and three stabbing victims were taken to hospitals, two in critical condition and one with non-life threatening injuries, lapd officer tony im said.a woman was examined at the scene, but she declined to be taken to a hospital, fire department spokeswoman margaret stewart said.the block contains a busy corridor of restaurants, coffee shops and other businesses, in






police involved in shooting while serving arrest warrant


hickory, n.c. — police in hickory say an officer has been involved in a shooting while serving a search warrant.media outlets reported the shooting happened about 9:30 a.m. friday.police spokeswoman crystal dieter said she could only confirm there had been a shooting while an officer was serving a search warrant. she did not have details on injuries. she said more information would be released soon.wsoc-tv reported that the catawba county district attorney and family members were at the scene.the state bureau of investigation has been called in to handle the case.hickory is 45 miles northwest of charlotte.






2 crew from malaysian boat carrying 31 chinese reach safety


kuala lumpur, malaysia (ap) — the captain and a crew member from a missing malaysian boat made it to safety sunday and others among the 31 people, mostly chinese tourists, on the boat may be drifting in the water waiting to be rescued, authorities said.the boat’s captain and a crew member were found sunday afternoon in the waters between the island of pulau tiga and an offshore oil drilling platform, malaysia’s the star online reported. the boat had left kota kinabalu in the malaysian state of sabah on urday morning on its way to pulau mengalum, an island about 60 kilometers (38 miles) west.the chinese consulate in kota kinabalu said multiple survivors “were reported drifting at sea waiting for rescue,” the official xinhua news agency reported. chinese state television said the crew report






crews battle m ive house fire in barrington


fire crews were on the scene of an extra-alarm fire in a home in northwest suburban barrington early tuesday, officials said.the fire was called in about 2 a.m. in the 26100 block of cuba road and was quickly declared a 4-alarm due to lack of water in the area. firefighters had to transport water to the home due to lack of fire hydrants in the area.no one was reported injured.officials said the home was about 6,000 square feet and appeared to be under renovationbarrington countryside fire chief jim kreher said neighbors reported seeing flames shooting from the roof before it collapsed.check back later for more information.






markets right now: strong hiring news sends stocks higher


new york — the latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):11:45 a.m.stocks rose in midday trading after the government reported that u.s. employers stepped up their hiring last month.the gain of 227,000 jobs in january was the biggest increase since september, the labor department reported early friday.bank and financial stocks rose after president donald trump took a first step in scaling back post-crisis financial industry regulations. goldman sachs jumped 4 percent and jpmorgan rose 2.5 percent.the standard & poor's 500 index rose 13 points, or 0.6 percent, to 2,294.the dow jones industrial average rose 160 points, or 0.8 percent, to 20,045. the nasdaq composite increased 1 points, or 0.3 percent, to 5,651.bond prices rose. the yield on the 10-year treasury note f






dollar general says it will add 10,000 jobs this year


washington — dollar general corp. says it plans to create 10,000 jobs this year tied to the opening of 1,000 stores and two distribution centers.the discount retailer says the new jobs will increase its workforce by about 9 percent. the company says that as of last august it had 119,000 employees and operated 14 distribution centers and 13,000 stores in 43 states.the goodlettsville, tennessee, based company reported more than $20 billion in sales in fiscal 2015.the company reported weak earnings last quarter, citing lower food prices and a cut in food-stamp benefits in several states that forced low-income customers to trim spending.






person killed by train causes delays on richmond line – the mercury news


richmond — a person was killed by a northbound bart train tuesday night, causing major delays on the richmond line. the incident was reported around 5:45 p.m., said bart spokesman jim allison. officials confirmed that the pedestrian died around 6:24 p.m.“right now we have no service between del norte and richmond stations due to a report of a person in the trackway and a report of a major medical emergency,” allison said.transit officials temporarily stopped service at richmond, el cerrito del norte and el cerrito plaza stations. travelers are urged to take other forms of transportation between north berkeley and richmond stations. ac transit buses 52, 72m, and 76 are providing parallel bus service.major delays were reported in the fremont, richmond and millbrae directions. all other bart






2 crew from malaysian boat carrying 31 chinese reach safety


kuala lumpur, malaysia — the captain and a crew member from a missing malaysian boat made it to safety sunday while others among the 31 people on board, including 28 chinese tourists, on the boat may be drifting in the water waiting to be rescued, authorities said.several malaysian navy and police ships and at least one plane were searching for the boat but were being hindered by high winds and choppy waters, according to a statement from the malaysia maritime enforcement agency. the search area is about 400 square nautical miles (nearly 1,400 square kilometers) of the south china sea.the captain and a crew member were found sunday afternoon in the waters between the island of pulau tiga and an offshore oil drilling platform, malaysia's the star online reported. the boat had left kota kina






crews battle m ive house fire in barrington


fire crews were battling an extra-alarm house fire in northwest suburban barrington early tuesday, officials said.the fire was called in about 2 a.m. in the 26100 block of cuba road and was quickly declared a 4-alarm due to lack of water in the area. firefighters had to transport water to the home due to lack of fire hydrants in the area.no one was reported injured.officials said the home was about 6,000 square feet and appeared to be under renovation.barrington countryside fire chief jim kreher said neighbors reported seeing flames shooting from the roof before it collapsed.the fire is the second barrington house fire since sunday, when a vacant house on west russell street was damaged by a fire.check back for updates






official: guards taken hostage by inmates at delaware prison


dover, del. — delaware prisons have been put on lockdown following a reported hostage taking at the state's maximum security facility.geoffrey klopp, president of the correctional officers ociation of delaware, said he had been told by the department of correction commissioner that prison guards had been taken hostage at the james t. vaughn correctional center in smyrna.a doc spokeswoman said only that an emergency situation was reported at the smyrna prison late wednesday morning. the facility was placed on lockdown, as were all prisons in the state per doc policy. spokeswoman jayme gravell provided few details but described the situation as an isolated incident, adding that there was no threat to the public.gravell said firefighters were called to the scene after reports of smoke and wer






heavy fighting continues in eastern ukraine


avdiivka, ukraine — ukraine reported wednesday that at least one soldier was killed overnight and more injured in the country's east as heavy fighting between government troops and russia-backed rebels continued.heavy shelling was heard in the center of the rebel stronghold of donetsk wednesday morning. the flare-up in fighting in eastern ukraine, which began over the weekend, killed eight people late on monday and early tuesday including civilians, and injuring dozens on both sides.the ukrainian government's press office for the military operation in the east reported one soldier killed, and nine soldiers and one civilian injured late on tuesday.in makiivka, the rebel-controlled northeastern suburb of donetsk, two coal miners were injured wednesday morning by shelling as they were walking






no injuries reported in train derailment in virginia


suffolk, va. — officials say a train has derailed in downtown suffolk but no injuries have reported.the city said in a statement that they were notified of the norfolk southern train derailment just before 7 a.m. urday. the statement said that the derailment caused a coal spill in the area.norfolk southern spokeswoman susan terpay says the train was comprised of 161 coal cars and that the company is estimating 44 railcars derailed. the train was headed to norfolk and the coal was to be exported.the city, about 20 miles west of norfolk, said that streets in the area are closed and train personnel are attempting to disconnect the cars remaining on the track to move them further down the line.the city said clean-up efforts and track repairs are expected to be "extensive and ongoing."






derek fisher's five nba championship rings were allegedly stolen


former nba player and coach derek fisher has allegedly been the victim of a home burglary where multiple pieces of jewelry were stolen, including his five nba championship rings.read: former nba star stephen jackson admitted to smoking weed before gamestmz reported that the jewelry taken from his home is reportedly worth more than $300,000. the stolen items included his five championship rings won with the los angeles lakers. fisher had reportedly returned home after being out for about three hours, and when he arrived, it was clear someone had been inside.read: lebron james claps back at charles barkley in epic fashion for being a ‘hater’the incident was reported to the authorities early monday (jan. 30) morning, but there have been no arrests. an investigation is still ongoing.






everett police investigating homicide of young man


officers were dispatched when local residents reported guns s. the victim, a man, seemed to be in his 20s, police said.everett police said detectives from the major crimes unit were investigating a shooting that resulted in the death of a young man on sunday.the incident took place at the shilo village “h” building on 1926 w casino road. officers were dispatched at around 5 p.m. when residents of the building reported guns s. the victim seemed to be in his 20s, police said. the snohomish county medical examiner’s office will seek to determine the identity of the victim and the cause of death, while detectives look for evidence and possible suspects.






2 crew from malaysian boat carrying 31 chinese reach safety


kuala lumpur, malaysia (ap) — the captain and a crew member from a missing malaysian boat made it to safety sunday while others among the 31 people on board, including 28 chinese tourists, on the boat may be drifting in the water waiting to be rescued, authorities said.several malaysian navy and police ships and at least one plane were searching for the boat but were being hindered by high winds and choppy waters, according to a statement from the malaysia maritime enforcement agency. the search area is about 400 square nautical miles (nearly 1,400 square kilometers) of the south china sea.the captain and a crew member were found sunday afternoon in the waters between the island of pulau tiga and an offshore oil drilling platform, malaysia’s the star online reported. the boat had left kota






donald trump claims the ‘very dishonest press’ is covering up terror attacks


president donald trump on monday accused the media of covering up terrorist attacks in europe.trump said that terrorism had gotten so bad that “it’s not even being reported. and in many cases the very, very dishonest press doesn’t want to report it.”“they have their reasons and you understand that,” the president added.trump was speaking at the macdill air force base in florida.last week, trump’s senior advisor kellyanne conway complained that an event that never happened — what she called the “bowling green m acre” — didn’t get covered by the media.watch video below:trump says terror so bad "it's not even being reported. and in many cases the very, very dishonest press doesn't want to report it." (1/2) pic.twitter.com/puaiw9ied1— steve kopack (@stevekopack) february 6, 2017






18-year-old caught trying to steal liquor


palo alto3700 block of middlefield road, 12:16 p.m. urday a vehicle was reported damaged.900 block of quarry extension, 11:12 a.m. friday someone stole credit cards from a vehicle.2400 block of bryant street, 11:48 a.m. feb. 2 police say someone forced entry to a residence and stole property.3400 block of ross road, 11:54 a.m. feb. 2 a bicycle was reported stolen.600 block of melville avenue, 11:55 a.m. feb. 2 police say someone broke into a home and stole items.700 block of charleston road, 4:55 p.m. jan. 29 police arrested a 20-year-old man for residential burglary.fremontburke way, feb. 2 the owner of a vehicle told police he saw a teenage woman inside his car. the woman fled wearing a black hooded sweat shirt and black shorts.fourier avenue, feb. 2 someone broke into a car and stole a






vmware q4 strong, company calls quarter balanced


vmware reported solid fourth quarter results, as it maintained focus and be e part of dell technologies.the company reported fourth quarter earnings of $441 million, or $1.04 a share, on revenue of $2.03 billion, up 9 percent from a year ago. non-gaap earnings were $1.43 a share. wall street was expecting vmware to report fourth quarter earnings of $1.39 a share on $1.99 billion in revenue. for 2016, vmware reported earnings of $1.19 billion, or $2.78 a share, on revenue of $7.09 billion. ceo pat gelsinger said vmware's fourth quarter was "one of the most balanced quarters for vmware in years."vmware is betting on a hybrid cloud strategy and announced a high-profile partnership with amazon web services in october. see: aws cements hybrid cloud position with vmware partnership: here's what






crews battle m ive house fire in barrington


fire crews were battling an extra-alarm house fire in northwest suburban barrington early tuesday, officials said.the fire was called in about 2 a.m. in the 26100 block of cuba road and was quickly declared a 4-alarm due to lack of water in the area. firefighters had to transport water to the home due to lack of fire hydrants in the area.ryan mckeon, spokesman for barrington countryside fire protection district, said fire crews were still on scene as of 9:30 a.m.no one was reported injured.officials said the home was about 6,000 square feet and appeared to be under renovation.barrington countryside fire chief jim kreher said neighbors reported seeing flames shooting from the roof before it collapsed.the fire is the second barrington house fire since sunday, when a vacant house on west russ






crews battle m ive house fire in barrington


fire crews were battling an extra-alarm house fire in northwest suburban barrington early tuesday, officials said.the fire was called in about 2 a.m. in the 26100 block of cuba road and was quickly declared a 4-alarm due to lack of water in the area. firefighters had to transport water to the home due to lack of fire hydrants in the area.ryan mckeon, spokesman for barrington countryside fire protection district, said fire crews were still on scene as of 9:30 a.m.no one was reported injured.officials said the home was about 6,000 square feet and appeared to be under renovation.barrington countryside fire chief jim kreher said neighbors reported seeing flames shooting from the roof before it collapsed.the fire is the second barrington house fire since sunday, when a vacant house on west russ






no injuries reported in train derailment in virginia


suffolk, va. — officials say a train has derailed in downtown suffolk but no injuries have reported.the city said in a statement that they were notified of the norfolk southern train derailment just before 7 a.m. urday. the statement said that the derailment caused a coal spill in the area.norfolk southern spokeswoman susan terpay says the train was comprised of 161 coal cars and that the company is estimating 44 railcars derailed. the train was headed to norfolk and the coal was to be exported.the city, about 20 miles west of norfolk, said that streets in the area are closed and train personnel are attempting to disconnect the cars remaining on the track to move them further down the line. the city says a warehouse building was damaged by coal that spilled from the train. a home and a car






2 crew from malaysian boat carrying 31 chinese reach safety


kuala lumpur, malaysia — the captain and a crew member from a missing malaysian boat made it to safety sunday while others among the 31 people on board, including 28 chinese tourists, on the boat may be drifting in the water waiting to be rescued, authorities said.malaysian navy chief ahmad kamarulzaman ahmad badaruddin tweeted sunday evening that some victims had been found but gave no details.several malaysian navy and police ships and at least one plane were searching for the boat, according to a statement from the malaysia maritime enforcement agency.a maritime official said the rescuers were being hindered by high winds and choppy waters. the search area is about 400 square nautical miles (nearly 1,400 square kilometers) of the south china sea.the captain and a crew member were found






person killed by train strike causes delays on richmond line – the mercury news


richmond — a person was killed by a northbound bart train tuesday night, causing major delays on the richmond line. the incident was reported around 5:45 p.m., said bart spokesman jim allison. officials confirmed that the pedestrian died around 6:24 p.m.“right now we have no service between del norte and richmond stations due to a report of a person in the trackway and a report of a major medical emergency,” allison said.transit officials temporarily stopped service at richmond, el cerrito del norte and el cerrito plaza stations. travelers are urged to take other forms of transportation between north berkeley and richmond stations. ac transit bus 72m provides parallel service.major delays were reported in the fremont, richmond and millbrae directions. all other bart lines are not affected.






3-year-old, mom fail to show for visitation, cops say


n au county police are looking for a missing seaford 3-year-old whose mother failed to appear friday with her for the father’s scheduled visitation, police said.police said monroe daba, of alken avenue, was reported missing at 2 p.m. and was last in the company of her mother, tiffany shaw, 32. shaw could be suffering from a cognitive disorder and is in need of medication, police said.advertisement | advertise on newsdaydetectives said monroe’s father reported that the child’s mother did not appear for his scheduled visitation and has not made contact with anyone regarding their whereabouts. police said shaw is possibly driving a 2015 white nissan altima. monroe is described as 3 feet tall and 40 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.detectives request anyone with information regarding the






no injuries reported in train derailment in virginia


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u.s. factories posted fastest growth last month in 2 years


washington — american factories grew last month at the fastest pace in more than two years.the institute for supply mana ent said wednesday that its manufacturing index e in at 56.0 in january, up from 54.5 in december and highest since november 2014’s 57.6. anything above 50 signals growth. manufacturing has now grown for five straight months and for 10 of the last 11 months.factories said that new orders, production and hiring grew faster in january. export orders grew last month but at a slower pace than they did in december.twelve of 18 manufacturing industries reported growth in january, led by plastics and rubber manufacturers. the ism is a trade group of purchasing managers.ian shepherdson, chief economist at pantheon macroeconomics, said in a research note that ism’s january number






delaware prisons on lockdown, smoke reported at facility


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us factories posted fastest growth last month in 2 years


washington — american factories grew last month at the fastest pace in more than two years.the institute for supply mana ent said wednesday that its manufacturing index e in at 56.0 in january, up from 54.5 in december and highest since november 2014's 57.6. anything above 50 signals growth. manufacturing has now grown for five straight months and for 10 of the last 11 months.factories said that new orders, production and hiring grew faster in january. export orders grew last month but at a slower pace than they did in december.twelve of 18 manufacturing industries reported growth in january, led by plastics and rubber manufacturers. the ism is a trade group of purchasing managers.ian shepherdson, chief economist at pantheon macroeconomics, said in a research note that ism's january number






willie nelson postpones two more shows due to illness


willie nelson has postponed two more shows -- this time in arizona and new mexico. friday's concert at the desert diamond casino in sahuarita, ariz., and urday's gig at the route 66 casino in albuquerque will be rescheduled, according to nelson's website. the 83-year-old singer is still ill, rolling stone reported wednesday. "we are very sorry for the disappointment,"  a statement on nelson's facebook page said wednesday. "we hope to make it up to you all very soon." the statement advised that rescheduled dates will be announced as they become available. on monday, the country legend nixed three shows set for this week in bakersfield and one in tucson planned for this coming friday because he was sick, his rep told the ociated press. in late january, a cold forced him to axe the firs






willie nelson postpones two more shows because of illness


willie nelson has postponed two more shows -- this time in arizona and new mexico. friday's concert at the desert diamond casino in sahuarita, ariz., and urday's gig at the route 66 casino in albuquerque will be rescheduled, according to nelson's website. the 83-year-old singer is still ill, rolling stone reported wednesday. "we are very sorry for the disappointment,"  a statement on nelson's facebook page said wednesday. "we hope to make it up to you all very soon." the statement advised that rescheduled dates will be announced as they become available. on monday, the country legend nixed three shows set for this week in bakersfield and one in tucson planned for this coming friday because he was sick, his rep told the ociated press. in late january, a cold forced him to ax the first






body of dartmouth student reported missing found near river


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heavy fighting continues in eastern ukraine


avdiivka, ukraine (ap) — ukraine reported wednesday that at least one soldier was killed overnight and more injured in the country’s east as heavy fighting between government troops and russia-backed rebels continued.heavy shelling was heard in the center of the rebel stronghold of donetsk wednesday morning. the flare-up in fighting in eastern ukraine, which began over the weekend, killed eight people late on monday and early tuesday including civilians, and injuring dozens on both sides.the ukrainian government’s press office for the military operation in the east reported one soldier killed, and nine soldiers and one civilian injured late on tuesday.in makiivka, the rebel-controlled northeastern suburb of donetsk, two coal miners were injured wednesday morning by shelling as they were wa






meteor lights up the night sky over illinois and wisconsin


a meteor plummeted in a fireball over lake michigan early on monday, lighting up the night sky in bright blue just before scattering over the lake in many pieces, according to a police video and an expert’s description.lisle, illinois, police officer jim dexter recorded the meteor’s descent on the dash era of his patrol car at 1:25 a.m.aside from lisle, which is less than 30 miles (48 km) east of chicago, and other parts of illinois; witnesses reported seeing the meteor from wisconsin, michigan and as far away as new york state and the canadian province of ontario, according to a description on the website of the american meteor society.the meteor’s fiery descent is likely to rank as one of the most spectacular events of its kind anywhere in the world this year, mike hankey, operations man