New Zealand bans ‘military-style’ guns after mosque attacks

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Thursday announced a ban of “military-style” semi-automatic firearms and high-capacity magazines like those used in the shootings at Christchurch mosques last week. Ardern said a sales ban was effective immediately to prevent stockpiling and would be followed by a complete ban on the weapons […]

Forecasters: ‘Potentially historic’ flooding threatens South

Scientists are warning that historic flooding could soon deluge parts of several Southern states along the lower Mississippi River, where floodwaters could persist for several weeks. The flood threat in the South will be discussed Thursday, when the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration releases its 2019 spring outlook. Experts plan a briefing on their flood […]

Trump says public should see ‘ridiculous’ Mueller report

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said he believes special counsel Robert Mueller’s report should be released to the public, even as he disparaged its very existence as “ridiculous.” “Let it come out, let people see it,” Trump told reporters Wednesday. “Let’s see whether or not it’s legit.” Mueller is expected to present a report to […]

Trump escalates feud with Kellyanne Conway’s husband

WASHINGTON — Kellyanne Conway’s husband is a “husband from hell!” President Donald Trump declared Wednesday, escalating his awkward public fight with the spouse of a top aide. Trump’s feud with George Conway has played out with ever more heated rhetoric on social media. Conway, who has questioned Trump’s mental health, fired back after Trump’s latest […]

Will Mueller’s investigation live up to expectations?

Her family wanted a puppy, so Alicia Barnett dreamed they would find one that was smart, steady and a bit mysterious. She hoped their new addition could share a personality — and a name — with the man who has become her rather unlikely idol. And so, the Barnetts’ new chocolate Lab was christened Mueller […]

US-backed Syrian fighters search tunnels in last IS pocket

BAGHOUZ, Syria — U.S.-backed Syrian fighters are searching tunnels a day after seizing most of the last pocket of land held by Islamic State militants, an official said Wednesday. The long-running battle to retake the last outpost held by IS in eastern Syria appeared to have reached its conclusion, with no signs of battle Wednesday, […]

Cyclone’s huge floods leave hundreds dead in southern Africa

CHIMANIMANI, Zimbabwe — Aid workers rushed to rescue victims clinging to trees and crammed on rooftops Tuesday after a cyclone unleashed devastating floods in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi. More than 350 people were confirmed dead, hundreds were missing and thousands more were at risk. In Mozambique, the rapidly rising floodwaters created “an inland ocean,” endangering […]

Christchurch harbored white supremacists before massacre

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand — The leafy New Zealand city where a self-proclaimed racist fatally shot 50 people at mosques during Friday prayers is known for its picturesque meandering river and English heritage. For decades, Christchurch has also been the center of the country’s small but persistent white supremacist movement. An expert on such fringe groups […]

Records show FBI was probing Michael Cohen long before raid

NEW YORK — Special counsel Robert Mueller began investigating President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, for fraud in his personal business dealings and for potentially acting as an unregistered foreign agent at least nine months before FBI agents in New York raided his home and office, according to documents released Tuesday. The series of […]

Panel bumps up state government revenue estimate

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NEW CASTLE — Delaware’s official government revenue forecast inched up slightly Monday as state lawmakers consider a proposed $4.4 billion operating budget for next year. The Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council boosted the revenue estimate for this year by $19.6 million compared to its previous estimate in December, to just under $4.49 billion. The […]