News archive from 21 April 2016

Thibodeau could mold Timberwolves into contender sooner than you think

Thibodeau could mold Timberwolves into contender sooner than you think

Skip AdxEmbed xShare After one season away from coaching in the NBA, Tom Thibodeau is finalizing a five-year deal with Minnesota Timberwolves to become the team’s coach and president of basketball operations. If Kobe Bryant’s retirement tour reminded...

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Former Anniston attorney released after pleading guilty to murder-for-hire

A former Anniston attorney will be released on unsupervised probation after he pleaded guilty Wednesday to a charge of solicitation for murder. Matthew Merrill, 33, dressed in a green Etowah County Jail-issued uniform, waived his rights and affirmed...

 
Ecuador death toll keeps rising as new jolts cause jitters

Ecuador death toll keeps rising as new jolts cause jitters

MANTA, Ecuador — A magnitude-6.1 aftershock Wednesday set babies crying and sent nervous residents pouring into the streets, fearful of yet more damage following the deadly earthquake over the weekend. The pre-dawn jolt was the strongest aftershock...

 

Norwegian court: Mass killer Breivik's rights were violated

STAVANGER, Norway — Norwegian authorities have violated the human rights of mass killer Anders Behring Breivik by holding him in solitary confinement in a three-cell complex where he can play video games, watch TV and exercise, a court in Oslo ruled...

 
Fire at Greek migrant camp blamed on cooking inside a tent

Fire at Greek migrant camp blamed on cooking inside a tent

STRASBOURG, France — The Latest on Europe's response to the wave of migration from Syria and other countries (all times local): 4:35 p.m. A witness to a refugee camp fire in northern Greece says the blaze was sparked by a woman trying to cook for her...

 
The Latest: Spanish plane carrying 13 tons of aid to Ecuador

The Latest: Spanish plane carrying 13 tons of aid to Ecuador

MONTECRISTI, Ecuador — The latest on the impact of the Ecuadorean earthquake (all times local): 4:15 p.m. A Spanish plane has loaded up with supplies at a military base near Madrid and is carrying 13 tons of aid to Ecuador's earthquake zone, including...

 
Obama pushes Saudis, Gulf allies to step up Iraq aid

Obama pushes Saudis, Gulf allies to step up Iraq aid

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — With fresh friction wearing on an old alliance, President Barack Obama pressed Saudi Arabia and Persian Gulf nations on Wednesday to step up efforts to defeat the Islamic State group and help rebuild war-torn Iraq. Obama huddled...

 
NATO, Russia meeting fails to bridge differences

NATO, Russia meeting fails to bridge differences

BRUSSELS — The first meeting of the NATO-Russia Council in nearly two years ran over schedule Wednesday but failed to do much to improve relations between Moscow and the U.S.-led alliance, at their lowest ebb since the Cold War. "NATO and Russia...

 
IOM: Panicked migrants leaped off sinking smugglers' ship

IOM: Panicked migrants leaped off sinking smugglers' ship

STRASBOURG, France — The Latest on Europe's response to the wave of migration from Syria and other countries (all times local): 6:05 p.m. The International Organization for Migration says it is confirming reports that hundreds of people died in a...

 
Australian mother, TV crew released on bail in Lebanon

Australian mother, TV crew released on bail in Lebanon

BEIRUT — An Australian mother and TV crew caught up in a high-profile child custody battle and detained in Beirut amid a botched attempt to take the woman's two children from their Lebanese father were released on bail on Wednesday. Ali al-Amin, the...

 
France wants to extend state of emergency for sport events

France wants to extend state of emergency for sport events

PARIS — France's government is calling for a two-month extension of the state of emergency that was declared after the deadly Nov. 13 attacks in Paris, the country's prime minister said Wednesday. The move, which will require parliament's approval, is...

 

Death toll from Taliban attack in Kabul rises to 64

KABUL, Afghanistan — The death toll from Tuesday's Taliban attack in Kabul rose sharply overnight from 28 to 64, according to the Afghan Interior Ministry. Gen. Abdul Rahman Rahimi, Kabul's police chief, said Wednesday during a press conference that...

 
See more Queen Elizabeth birthday pics

See more Queen Elizabeth birthday pics

Looks like that royal family photo featuring Prince George was just the beginning. On Wednesday evening, Buckingham Palace unleashed more photos ahead of Queen Elizabeth's 90th birthday on Thursday. USA TODAY Queen Elizabeth II to mark 90th birthday...

 

Medicaid commissioner talks numbers with Alabama lawmakers

Medicaid Commissioner Stephanie Azar talked to state legislators today about the agency's need for more money and about who uses the massive federal-state healthcare program. Lawmakers held the first of what is expected to be a series of hearings that...

 

When does Game of Thrones Season 6 premier?

The much anticipated Game of Thrones Season 6 premier is right around the corner. One of the reasons for the all the interest has to do with HBO declined to send out advance episodes for review. Everyone, at least since 2011, is eagerly awaiting...

 

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