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New-look Germany side takes step forward with win over the Netherlands

After winning the World Cup in 2014, Germany’s recent regression has been as shocking as it has rapid. A semifinal appearance at Euro 2016 is as good as it’s got for Die Mannschaft since being crowned world champions five years ago, with the team proceeding to be eliminated in the group stages of Russia 2018 […] The post New-look Germany side takes step forward with win over the Netherlands appeared first on KPAX.com.

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March 25, 2019

Montana Ag Network: Technology helping ranchers market cattle

The value of livestock production in Montana in 2015 was pegged at $2.1 billion, according to USDA. The post Montana Ag Network: Technology helping ranchers market cattle appeared first on KPAX.com.

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March 25, 2019

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski announces retirement

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is retiring from professional football on Sunday after nearly a decade in the NFL. The post Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski announces retirement appeared first on KPAX.com.

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March 25, 2019

Weather Forecast: Nice start to the work week

Monday will bring a good deal of sunshine from start to finish with highs ranging from the upper 40s to middle 50s. The post Weather Forecast: Nice start to the work week appeared first on KPAX.com.

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March 25, 2019

Trump’s attorney doesn’t want Trump’s ‘confidential’ written responses to Mueller released

Jay Sekulow, an attorney for President Donald Trump, said Monday he does not want the written answers the President submitted to special counsel Robert Mueller to be released, describing them as “confidential.” “Well, that would not be a position that I would want, to just make a statement where we would release confidential communications that […] The post Trump’s attorney doesn’t want Trump’s ‘confidential’ written responses to Mueller rele

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March 25, 2019

Saudi sisters free but questions remain over 6-month stay in Hong Kong

More than six months after they were stopped by Saudi officials at Hong Kong’s International Airport, two sisters who were determined to leave a life of oppression in Saudi Arabia are free. The sisters, who use the aliases Reem and Rawan, left Hong Kong late last week for a third country that offered them humanitarian […] The post Saudi sisters free but questions remain over 6-month stay in Hong Kong appeared first on KPAX.com.

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March 25, 2019

Naspers is bringing its $134 billion stake in Tencent to Europe

Tencent’s largest investor is listing its $134 billion stake in the Chinese internet giant in Europe. South African media group Naspers unveiled plans Monday to bundle its stakes in tech businesses including Tencent into a new company that will be listed in Amsterdam. Naspers would float 25% of the shares in the new business, which […] The post Naspers is bringing its $134 billion stake in Tencent to Europe appeared first on KPAX.com.

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March 25, 2019

NASA considers sidelining its Boeing-built rocket for an upcoming Moon mission

In the face of more frustrating delays with the rocket Boeing is building for NASA, the space agency will decide how to launch an upcoming Moon mission. NASA is expected to announce this week whether it will sideline its long-overdue rocket, Space Launch System, and instead use commercial launch vehicles. The space agency contracted Boeing […] The post NASA considers sidelining its Boeing-built rocket for an upcoming Moon mission appeared first on KPAX.com.

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March 25, 2019

Smugglers lobbed dead rats stuffed with drugs into prison yard

Dead rats stuffed with drugs and cell phones have been found in a prison in the United Kingdom. Staff on a routine patrol at HMP Guys Marsh in Dorset, southwest England, found three dead rats and later noticed a line of stitches along their stomachs, the Ministry of Justice said in a statement. After opening […] The post Smugglers lobbed dead rats stuffed with drugs into prison yard appeared first on KPAX.com.

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March 25, 2019

‘You got nothing else to do on a Sunday night?’ Nick Kyrgios taunts fan after being heckled

Nick Kyrgios is no stranger to sparking drama and controversy on the tennis court, and on Sunday it was a verbal spat with a heckling fan that animated the Australian at the Miami Open. The 23-year-old Kyrgios reacted after he was taunted by a spectator sat behind him in the first set of his 6-3 […] The post ‘You got nothing else to do on a Sunday night?’ Nick Kyrgios taunts fan after being heckled appeared first on KPAX.com.

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March 25, 2019

Unlicensed dealers provide a flow of weapons to those who shouldn’t have them, CNN investigation finds

As disgraced former police officer Richard Wince awaited sentencing last year for illegal gun dealing, his lawyer told the judge Wince had already learned a hard lesson and asked that his client receive probation. The prosecutor, however, pressed for prison time. Wince—as a cop—should have known better than anyone the risks associated with his black-market […] The post Unlicensed dealers provide a flow of weapons to those who shouldn’t have them, CNN investigation finds appeared

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March 25, 2019

Holdout states tiptoe toward Medicaid expansion under Obamacare

The national conversation around health care is increasingly about “Medicare for All,” but Democrats are still working to bring Republican states on board with expanding access to a different government program — Medicaid. Under the Affordable Care Act, states can get federal money to pay for adding people to the program for low-income Americans, but […] The post Holdout states tiptoe toward Medicaid expansion under Obamacare appeared first on KPAX.com.

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March 25, 2019

Most of America’s coal plants are more expensive than wind and solar

The simple laws of economics threaten to doom America’s remaining coal power plants. Wind and solar costs have plunged so rapidly that 74% of the US coal fleet could be phased out for renewable energy — and still save customers money, according to a report released on Monday by Energy Innovation, a nonpartisan think tank. […] The post Most of America’s coal plants are more expensive than wind and solar appeared first on KPAX.com.

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March 25, 2019

A federal bump stock ban starts Tuesday. Here’s what that means for owners

Unless a court intervenes, a federal ban on bump stocks — attachments that essentially allow shooters to fire semiautomatic rifles continuously with one pull of the trigger — will start Tuesday. The Justice Department issued the rule in December, deciding that existing prohibitions against fully automatic weapons also covered bump stocks. Owners were given 90 […] The post A federal bump stock ban starts Tuesday. Here’s what that means for owners appeared first on KPAX.com

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March 25, 2019

Apple’s streaming reveal; Brexit mess; Markets sink

1. Apple’s big day: Apple is expected to launch its rumored streaming service during a press event on Monday. The video product will be competing for viewers’ time and money against some of the biggest entertainment companies in Hollywood, which are creating, promoting and launching their own services in 2019. Two major new streaming services […] The post Apple’s streaming reveal; Brexit mess; Markets sink appeared first on KPAX.com.

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March 25, 2019

Scott Walker, experimental singer-songwriter, dead at 76

Scott Walker, the singer, songwriter and producer who rose to fame as part of The Walker Brothers, has died aged 76, his record label, 4AD, has confirmed. Born in Ohio in 1943, Walker rose to idol status with The Walker Brothers in the 1960s, with their single “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore” reaching number […] The post Scott Walker, experimental singer-songwriter, dead at 76 appeared first on KPAX.com.

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March 25, 2019

5 things to know for March 25: Russia probe, Mali, cyclone, Parkland, stricken cruise ship

The biggest loser from this weekend’s men’s NCAA college basketball tournament? Cinderella, since all of the smaller, mid-major schools lost. Here’s what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door. (You can also get “5 Things You Need to Know Today” delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.) […] The post 5 things to know for March 25: Russia probe, Mali, cyclone, Parkland, stricken cruise ship appeared first on KPAX.com.

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March 25, 2019

Supreme Court will hear 2 critical partisan gerrymander cases

On the eve of the next census, which will trigger most legislatures across the country to draw new congressional district lines, the Supreme Court on Tuesday will hear two cases that could fundamentally impact how those maps are drawn. In what could be one of the most consequential rulings of this term, the justices could, […] The post Supreme Court will hear 2 critical partisan gerrymander cases appeared first on KPAX.com.

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March 25, 2019

Are breast implants safe enough? The FDA reviews the popular procedure this week

Many women have breast implants with no serious complications, but there have been cases where women suffer pain and fatigue, among other health problems. Now, the US Food and Drug Administration plans to hold a meeting to take a closer look at such cases and put breast implant safety under a microscope. The FDA will […] The post Are breast implants safe enough? The FDA reviews the popular procedure this week appeared first on KPAX.com.

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March 25, 2019

Physician groups call for taxes and regulations on kids’ access to sugary drinks

Physicians’ groups have long taken a stand against high consumption of sugary drinks in the United States — and now they are calling for several policies to limit access to sugar-sweetened beverages among children and teens. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart Association released policy recommendations on Monday targeted at federal, state […] The post Physician groups call for taxes and regulations on kids’ access to sugary drinks appeared first on

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March 25, 2019

North Korean officials return to DMZ joint liaison office, days after withdrawing

North Korean officials have returned to a joint liaison office near the demilitarized zone (DMZ) with South Korea, days after they informed Seoul they would be withdrawing from the project, a key symbol of the rapprochement and ongoing peace process between the two countries. The apparent reversal comes after US President Donald Trump announced he […] The post North Korean officials return to DMZ joint liaison office, days after withdrawing appeared first on KPAX.com.

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March 25, 2019

Rocket fired from Gaza hits house north of Tel Aviv

A rocket fired from Gaza hit a home in central Israel early Monday morning, setting the building on fire and injuring those inside, according to the Israeli military and police. Israel’s military has said Gaza’s ruling Hamas militant group was behind the rocket fire. The rocket landed in the village of Mishmeret about 25 kilometers […] The post Rocket fired from Gaza hits house north of Tel Aviv appeared first on KPAX.com.

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March 25, 2019

May faces crunch week as hopes for her Brexit deal fade

This could be the week that everything comes together on Brexit — or everything falls apart. After months of refusing to cede barely any ground on her plans for leaving the European Union, UK Prime Minister Theresa May is likely to find control of Brexit is taken from her hands. Amid talk of a Cabinet […] The post May faces crunch week as hopes for her Brexit deal fade appeared first on KPAX.com.

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March 25, 2019

Houston police sergeant arrested in death of his wife

A Houston police sergeant has been arrested in connection with the death of his wife, authorities said. Hilario Hernandez was arrested after his wife, Belinda Hernandez, was killed Saturday, CNN affiliate KTRK reported. Police responded to a report that the victim was found dead in a home in Pearland, Texas, a suburb of Houston. Belinda […] The post Houston police sergeant arrested in death of his wife appeared first on KPAX.com.

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March 25, 2019

Marjory Stoneman Douglas parents are being urged to address the threat of suicide after 2 recent student deaths

The Parkland community is appealing to parents of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students to address the threat of suicide after last year’s deadly shooting. Seventeen people — 14 students and three staff members — were killed when a gunman opened fire at the Florida high school on February 14, 2018. The shooter, who confessed, […] The post Marjory Stoneman Douglas parents are being urged to address the threat of suicide after 2 recent student deaths appeared first

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March 25, 2019

Stocks in Asia and Europe sink on fears of slowing growth

Worries over slowing economic growth are weighing on global markets. Stocks dropped sharply in Asia as investors reacted to disappointing manufacturing data from Germany on Friday and a warning signal that a US recession could be on the horizon. Japan’s Nikkei closed down 3% on Monday, while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng shed 2%. Fears about […] The post Stocks in Asia and Europe sink on fears of slowing growth appeared first on KPAX.com.

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March 25, 2019

Health worries smolder for residents after the massive fire at a Texas petrochemical facility

Thick black smoke filled the sky surrounding the Houston suburbs last week as a massive fire burned at a petrochemical storage facility for four days. Residents of two Texas cities were told to shelter in place as hazardous chemical vapors escaped the foam blanket put in place to extinguish the industrial fire. “We were held […] The post Health worries smolder for residents after the massive fire at a Texas petrochemical facility appeared first on KPAX.com.

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March 25, 2019

Emboldened: Trump’s presidency enters new era

Donald Trump now has a chance to recast the story of his presidency. Just as he did on election night in 2016, the President has won a victory over the conventional wisdom of his critics, this time after special counsel Robert Mueller found there was no evidence that Trump had conspired with a hostile foreign […] The post Emboldened: Trump’s presidency enters new era appeared first on KPAX.com.

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March 25, 2019

After Mueller report findings, Team Trump plans to ‘slam and shame the media’

A version of this article first appeared in the “Reliable Sources” newsletter. You can sign up for free right here. So far, we know very little about what’s in Robert Mueller’s report, but we know, from Attorney General Bill Barr, that Mueller did not find collusion. On the issue of obstruction, Barr and deputy A.G. […] The post After Mueller report findings, Team Trump plans to ‘slam and shame the media’ appeared first on KPAX.com.

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March 25, 2019

Six LGBT moments cut from ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ in China

More than two minutes of LGBT content have been scrubbed from the biopic of British rock band Queen, “Bohemian Rhapsody,” for the Chinese audience, including scenes of two men kissing and the word “gay.” The award-winning film, which opened in China on March 22, portrays the life and career of Queen front man Freddie Mercury, […] The post Six LGBT moments cut from ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ in China appeared first on KPAX.com.

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March 25, 2019

More than 1,000 Ebola cases reported in outbreak

The deadly Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, has surpassed 1,000 cases, according to the country’s health ministry. The number of confirmed cases stands at 1,009, of which 944 are confirmed and 65 probable, in an outbreak that started in August. The death toll is at 629 — 564 are confirmed from Ebola […] The post More than 1,000 Ebola cases reported in outbreak appeared first on KPAX.com.

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March 25, 2019

Confusion mounts as Thailand’s election results delayed

The outcome of Thailand’s first post-coup elections was still unclear Monday with no party taking a decisive lead, amid mounting concerns over alleged voting irregularities and ongoing delays in the release of official results. The elections are the first since the military took power in a coup in 2014, and are widely considered to be […] The post Confusion mounts as Thailand’s election results delayed appeared first on KPAX.com.

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March 25, 2019

Truck wash hosts fundraiser for victims in Missoula, Evaro shooting

Exit 96 Shine Truck and RV Wash will donate all of the profits from their operation on April 7. The post Truck wash hosts fundraiser for victims in Missoula, Evaro shooting appeared first on KPAX.com.

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March 25, 2019

US sails two ships through Taiwan Strait ahead of trade talks in Beijing

The United States sailed two ships through the Taiwan Strait, Sunday, in an operation that comes as top officials from the Trump administration prepare to travel to Beijing for high-level trade talks. The US Navy destroyer, the USS Curtis Wilbur, and the US Coast Guard cutter, USCGC Bertholf, “conducted a routine Taiwan Strait transit March […] The post US sails two ships through Taiwan Strait ahead of trade talks in Beijing appeared first on KPAX.com.

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March 25, 2019

Boeing testing software changes to 737 MAX planes

Pilots from the three American carriers that fly Boeing 737 MAX planes tested software changes developed by Boeing to a key stabilization system on Saturday, a person briefed on the tests said. The changes are intended to decrease the chances of triggering the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System, or MCAS, which is believed to have played […] The post Boeing testing software changes to 737 MAX planes appeared first on KPAX.com.

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March 25, 2019

A UGA fraternity was suspended over a video mocking slavery that included a racial slur

A fraternity at the University of Georgia has been temporarily suspended after a video circulating on social media shows several people mocking slavery and one person using the n-word. The video, about 30 seconds long, shows an individual lightly hitting another person with a belt. At least one person is heard saying, “Pick my cotton, […] The post A UGA fraternity was suspended over a video mocking slavery that included a racial slur appeared first on KPAX.com.

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March 25, 2019

Cyclone Idai: Death toll rises to 750 as Mozambique city of Beira begins long road to recovery

As the death toll for Cyclone Idai rises to 750 people across southern Africa, the storm hit city of Beira is slowly beginning the long road to recovery. The Category 2 storm made landfall shortly after midnight on March 15 in Beira, a port city on the coast of Mozambique, with 175 kph (109 mph) […] The post Cyclone Idai: Death toll rises to 750 as Mozambique city of Beira begins long road to recovery appeared first on KPAX.com.

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March 25, 2019

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski announces retirement

“Gronk” is retiring. New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski announced his retirement from professional football on Sunday after nearly a decade in the NFL. “It all started at 20 years old on stage at the NFL draft when my dream came true, and now here I am about to turn 30 in a few […] The post Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski announces retirement appeared first on KPAX.com.

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March 24, 2019

Kenyan teacher who gives away 80% of his salary is awarded a $1M global prize

A math and physics teacher from rural Kenya, who gives away 80% of his monthly income to help the poor, has won a $1 million prize. Peter Tabichi, who is also a Franciscan brother, was awarded the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize on Sunday. He teaches at a rural Kenyan school in Pwani Village, with […] The post Kenyan teacher who gives away 80% of his salary is awarded a $1M global prize appeared first on KPAX.com.

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March 24, 2019

Special counsel and DOJ deliberated seeking subpoena for Trump

The special counsel’s office deliberated at length with Justice Department officials about issuing a subpoena for President Donald Trump to be interviewed, but ultimately the decision was made not to move forward with such a significant investigative step, according to a source familiar with the matter. For months, Robert Mueller’s team had requested a sit-down […] The post Special counsel and DOJ deliberated seeking subpoena for Trump appeared first on KPAX.com.

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March 24, 2019