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TWIN OAKS > County officials say busy corner doesn't need traffic light * St. Louis County highway officials have told Twin Oaks aldermen that a traffic signal on Big Bend Road and Boly Lane is not justified, despite a crash there that killed two...
7 from 'Downtown Taliban' Indicted; Feds Say They Were Responsible for Heroin Dealing, Rolling Gun Battles
ST. LOUIS * Seven members of the "Downtown Taliban" street gang were arrested Wednesday and Thursday after being indicted on a charge of conspiring to deal heroin.U.S. Attorney Richard Callahan said Thursday that members of the St. Louis-area group were...
Adams Searching for Success with New Swing
JUPITER, Fla. * Since the moment he arrived at spring training and slid into a smaller-size uniform, the focus on Matt Adams has been on all the weight he dropped.With one swing Thursday it shifted to the weight he lifted.Trying to find that point where...
Also in Theaters: Capsule Reviews of Recent Releases
The ad featuring movie times, purchased by local theaters, will no longer appear in the Post-Dispatch or Go! Magazine. Please visitstltoday.com/moviesor contact your local theater for showtimes and listings.'Bitter Harvest' ** R * 1:43 * Written, directed...
Best Bets: 'Slurp!,' Lee Brice, 'Carmen,' 'Higher Ground,' 'Learning to See' and More
FRIDAY'American Made' tour with Justin Moore, Lee Brice, William Michael Morgan When 7 p.m. Friday * Where Chaifetz Arena, 1 South Compton Avenue * How much $12-$57 * More info ticketmaster.comCountry singers Justin Moore and Lee Brice have teamed up...
Big Gigantic Explores the Power of Collaborating on 'Brighter Future'
Dominic Lalli of Big Gigantic has fond memories of his duo's 2016 LouFest appearance, calling it "superfun. We had a great crowd, and I remember we had a really great show."The electronic/dance/hip-hop band returns to St. Louis for a show Saturday night...
Black Police Captain Sues St. Louis Police over Firing, Claiming He Was Made a Scapegoat
ST. LOUIS * A black police captain fired after a controversial burglary investigation has sued the department, claiming other officers, most white, blamed him to cover up their own offenses.Ryan Cousins, who was a 20-year veteran of the department, filed...
Blue Notes: Hockey Is Family Matter for Blues Defenseman Schmaltz
It's been pretty convenient for the Schmaltz family this season. Older brother Jordan was playing for the Chicago Wolves of the AHL. Younger brother Nick was playing for the Chicago Blackhawks of the NHL. Two brothers, one city."It's cool," Jordan said...
Blues Are Looking for More from Veteran Forwards
WINNIPEG, Manitoba * Despite the departure of Kevin Shattenkirk and a four-game losing streak, the playoffs are still within reach for the Blues.They won't be for long, however, if the lineup doesn't pick up more offense from a few veteran forwards."Now...
Blunt Should Support Independent Commission in Russia Investigation
Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., took a rare public stance against his own party's president a few weeks ago by declaring that his Senate Committee on Intelligence should conduct an "exhaustive" investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's...
Boeing Cutting about 1,800 Seattle-Area Factory, Engineering Jobs
Boeing is shrinking its Seattle-area workforce by at least 1,800 jobs this year as the company streamlines operations in a brutally competitive commercial-aircraft market.Boeing has accepted slightly more than 1,500 voluntary layoffs from its machinists,...
Business Calendar
SATURDAYSMALL BUSINESS * SCORE presents this seminar on how to start and manage your own business.* 8:15 a.m.-3 p.m.; Fontbonne University, 6800 Wydown Boulevard, Anheuser-Busch Hall, Room 202, St. Louis* $60 preregistered, $70 at the door. Register:...
Business Digest
Jobless claims drop amid labor market tightening * The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits fell to near a 44-year- low last week, pointing to further tightening of the labor market even as economic growth appears to have remained moderate...
Cannons, Lasers, Drones: New Hope to Save Birds at Toxic Pit
HELENA, Mont. * After thousands of snow geese died in the toxic water of a former open-pit mine in Montana last fall, the companies responsible for the pit are bringing out the big guns. Literally.Montana Resources and BP-owned Atlantic Richfield Co....
Cardinals Notes: Kelly Fills in for Ailing Carpenter
JUPITER, Fla. * A late scratch of Matt Carpenter from Thursday's lineup enabled Carson Kelly to take over as the Cardinals' designated hitter and the latter singled in two runs in a go-ahead fourth inning of the Cardinals' 9-4 exhibition win over Atlanta.Carpenter,...
Chiefs Make High-Profile Roster Moves in Advance of Combine
INDIANAPOLIS * Few teams cleared the decks like Kansas City when it came to roster-shaping entering the NFL Scouting Combine.The Chiefs re-signed Pro Bowl safety Eric Berry as well as up-and-coming offensive guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif. They released...
College Basketball Roundup: St. Louisan Loos Retiring at Austin Peay
St. Louisan Dave Loos, 69, is retiring from Austin Peay after 27 years coaching the Governors.Loos, who also was athletics director for 16 years, is scheduled to hold a news conference on Monday. He notched his 500th career victory on Feb. 16 but missed...
East St. Louis Comedian Tahir Moore Isn't Insecure in Hollywood
Tahir Moore was given a mere six hours' notice when he learned he'd landed an audition for the buzzy HBO series "Insecure."The relationship dramedy, set to return for a second season, stars Issa Rae, who is also an executive producer on the show."They...
Ebola Worker Dies after Childbirth as Husband Blames Stigma
MONROVIA, Liberia * Salome Karwah survived Ebola after it killed both her parents and seven other relatives, then returned to her clinic to help countless others as she had become immune to the deadly virus. Her face graced the cover of Time magazine...
Editorial: Failure-Factory Charter Networks like Confluence Academy Must Be Held Accountable
There is no excuse in public education for running a failure factory, and there can be no sound reason for allowing one to continue operating for nearly 20 years. St. Louis' Confluence Academy charter schools have failed to meet state standards for the...
Editorial: Sessions Gave False Testimony about His Russia Contacts. He Must Go
Last June, Attorney General Loretta Lynch met on an airport tarmac with former President Bill Clinton. Republicans had a conniption fit because the two might have talked about an investigation into Hillary Clinton's email practices.Now we discover that...
Eighth-Seeded Evansville Cruises Past Indiana State in MVC Tourney
It certainly was not the game most expected.In the opening contest of the Missouri Valley Conference men's basketball tournament Thursday evening, eighth-seeded Evansville started aggressively, built a big lead and then held off a late run from No. 9...
Electronics Retailer HHGregg to Close 88 Stores Including One in Chesterfield
Troubled electronics retailer HHGregg Inc. has approved a plan to close 88 of its 220 stores, including one in Chesterfield, according to a filing Thursday with the Securities and Exchange Commission.The Chesterfield store, situated at 17397 Chesterfield-Airport Road,...
Elliott's Success Paves Way for Running Back Class of '17
INDIANAPOLIS * The running back Class of 2017 had a message for Ezekiel Elliott on Thursday at the NFL Scouting Combine: Thank you. Thank you very much.It's not as if running back was becoming an endangered species, but in the pass-happy NFL the position...
Evangelical Rio Mayor Skips Carnival, Drawing Ire and Praise
RIO DE JANEIRO * Rio de Janeiro Mayor Marcelo Crivella did the unthinkable over the last week: He snubbed the city's legendary Carnival.And in doing so, the retired Pentecostal bishop exposed sharp divisions in a society known for easygoing attitudes...
Flight Log: Greitens Chartered Plane Owned by Newspaper Company
JEFFERSON CITY * The private airplane that ferried Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens across the country last month is owned by a St. Joseph- based company that operates newspapers and television stations from Missouri to California.Amid outcry from Democrats...
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Eric Greitens Voice Support for School Choice Proposals
JEFFERSON CITY * Want to predict what Missouri's school system will look like in the future? Jeb Bush, during his visit to the Missouri Capitol on Thursday, suggested looking to Florida.A former governor of the Sunshine State, Bush visited lawmakers...
Friday's Sports on the Air
AUTO RACING9 a.m. NASCAR Xfinity: Rinnai 250, practice, FS110 a.m. NASCAR trucks: Active Pest Control 200, practice, FS111 a.m. NASCAR: Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500, practice, FS112:30 p.m. NASCAR Xfinity: Rinnai 250, practice, FS11:30 p.m. NASCAR trucks:...
Girls Basketball Roundup
McCluer North beats Hazelwood West with late floater from CollinsMcCluer North senior guard Kortni Collins had plenty of time to think.Collins dribbled out nearly a minute as North had the final possession in a tie game with rival Hazelwood West in the...
GOLF: McIlroy One off Leaders in Return
MEXICO CITY * Rory McIlroy had more trouble with his stomach than his ribs. The golf was just fine.Playing for the first time in seven weeks because of a rib injury, McIlroy coped with a bad stomach and the high altitude with a 3-under 68 that left him...
He's Back Biondi Returns to SLU
ST. LOUIS * More than three years after he retired, and a year after he was recalled to Chicago, the Rev. Lawrence Biondi is back.Well, at least he is part time, between St. Louis and Chicago.Biondi rejoins St. Louis University, where he presided for...
Hochman: Wainwright Gets His Groove Back
JUPITER, Fla. * Lost. It was lost. He was lost. Adam Wainwright, of all possible pitchers, couldn't locate his curveball last season. Waino! He of the most-famous curveball in Cardinals history. As if his mom's sister got divorced, Adam Wainwright lost...
Jailing of Baltimore Officers Shakes Criminal Justice System
BALTIMORE * They were just seven officers on a police force of more than 3,000, but the Baltimore detectives charged in a federal indictment with theft, fraud and conspiracy had an outsized crime-fighting role in a city plagued by violence.The U.S. Justice...
Jeremy Essig Balances Comedy with His True Love: Music
Just when you thought you knew Jeremy Essig as one of the more familiar names on St. Louis' comedy scene, he reveals his real passion.He's a guitarist in St. Louis rock band Shark Dad, which performs at Foam this weekend. He's one of the band's main...
Law and Order
GRANITE CITY > One dead, 1 in custody in stabbing * A person was stabbed to death Wednesday and a person is in custody, Granite City police said.Michael P. Ryan, 51, was stabbed during a disturbance about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday on the 2500 block of Madison...
Letters to the Editor, March 3
Legislature didn't protect the police when it passed gun billIn "House approves police protections; concerns raised" (Feb. 22), I read about the Missouri House legislation that creates tougher penalties for minor crimes e.g., voluntary manslaughter,...
'Logan' Is an Offbeat Superhero Flick
Logan (Hugh Jackman) prefers not to be reminded of his days as Wolverine, the metal-clawed hero who fought alongside the X-Men while battling his own demons. Those days are far behind him as he tends to sickly Professor X (Patrick Stewart) and occasionally...
Loop Trolley Company Makes Three Hires
More positions have been filled to run the Loop Trolley.The Loop Trolley Company has hired Tiffanie Manning as director of operations, Mike Lieb as maintenance leader and Anthony Wallace as safety and training specialist, the company said this week.Manning,...
Lori Blade Is Guiding Hand for Edwardsville Dynasty
EDWARDSVILLE * Lori Blade said she's glad to have an understanding group of softball players.That's because she usually is busy as the coach of Edwardsville High's girls basketball program right up until time rolls around to get on the diamond as the...
McCaskill Creates Furor over Claim She Had "No Call from, or Meeting With" Russian Ambassador
WASHINGTON * Sen. Claire McCaskill took to Twitter on Thursday to call for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign but in doing so, she walked into a controversy of her own, when her assertion that she had never met with the Russian ambassador was...
Media Views: McKenna Battles Major Health Issues, Has 9 Hours of Surgery
Brian McKenna was in the St. Louis sports-talk radio business for nearly two decades before exiting the volatile field last summer.And there were two things that McKenna especially was known for on the air his "guy-talk" approach to the job, as he was...
Messenger: Alderman Takes on City Hall; Installs Her Own Stop Sign
It's 4:15 on a brisk Wednesday afternoon in February. Alderman Cara Spencer is digging into the hard ground at Chippewa Street and Marine Avenue in her South Side 20th Ward."There's concrete or something under there," she says.Spencer hops in her car...
Missouri Highway Patrol Could Get Bigger Role in St. Louis Crime Fight
JEFFERSON CITY * When it comes to fighting crime, members of the Missouri Highway Patrol could someday have a higher profile in the state's two largest cities.As part of a bid to address violence in St. Louis and Kansas City, Gov. Eric Greitens has directed...
Missouri Senate Leader Seeks Overhaul of Judge Selection Process
JEFFERSON CITY * The leader of the Missouri Senate wants to dump the state's nationally recognized system for picking Supreme Court judges.Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard told reporters Thursday that he was unhappy with the work of a selection committee...
Mizzou Rides Seven-Game Winning Streak into Bieser's Home Debut
COLUMBIA, MO. * First-year coach Steve Bieser knows better than to draw too many conclusions from the Missouri baseball team's 7-1 start. The Tigers have won seven straight games heading into Bieser's debut series at Taylor Stadium this weekend, but...
Mizzou Women Seek to Snap SEC Tourney Skid
COLUMBIA, MO. * Before the Missouri women's basketball season tipped off in November, the team's three seniors put together a checklist of things they'd yet to accomplish during their Mizzou careers. The Tigers hadn't beaten South Carolina or Kentucky.Check,...
MLB Notes: Red Sox's Price Scratched from First Spring Start
Red Sox's Price scratched from first spring startRed Sox lefthander David Price was scratched from his first spring training start and will consult with specialists after experiencing soreness in his left forearm and elbow.Price, who was scheduled to...
MLS Celebrates 22 Teams in 22 Years This Season
The theme for Major League Soccer this season is 22 in 22, as the league embarks on its 22nd year with 22 teams including two new teams in the Atlanta United and Minnesota United.The theme could just as easily be expansion, expansion, expansion.Launched...
Nation Briefs
Interior secretary rides horse to his new jobArriving on horseback Thursday, newly minted Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke pledged he would devote more resources to national parks, boost the morale of department employees and bolster the sovereignty of...
NBA: Warriors Drop 2nd in a Row
Jimmy Butler scored 22 points and the host Chicago Bulls beat Golden State 94-87 on Thursday night in the Warriors' first game since Kevin Durant injured his left leg.The NBA-leading Warriors' league-record streak in the regular season without consecutive...
'New Dance Horizons' Has Messages of Empowerment for Women
The latest edition of "New Dance Horizons," a showcase for collaborations between local companies and nationally known choreographers, has taken on a timeliness that its organizers couldn't have anticipated. Its theme, "Women Who Inspire," can't help...
NHL Roundup: Saad's Goal Lifts Blue Jackets Past Wild
Brandon Saad broke a scoreless tie in the third period and Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 38 shots as the host Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Minnesota Wild 1-0 on Thursday night.Saad got his 19th goal of the year 4:32 into the final frame when he charged...
Nicklaus: Biotech Startup Canopy Charts Quick Path to Revenue
The rap on St. Louis' biotech industry is that all of its startups are years away from selling products, with no big success stories yet.Don't tell that to Ed Weinstein, co-founder and chief executive of Canopy Biosciences. Canopy is launching its first...
Nixta Is One of St. Louis' Best, Most Exciting Recent Restaurant Additions
At the beginning of Nixta's menu, after this 3-month-old restaurant's versions of guacamole and a seafood cocktail, is the tlayuda. In its original form, this is a staple of Oaxaca, Mexico, a street-food classic: a thin, crisp tortilla smeared with refried...
N. Korea: Heart Attack, Not Nerve Agent, Killed Kim Jong Nam
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia * A North Korean envoy rejected a Malaysian autopsy finding that VX nerve agent killed Kim Jong Nam, saying Thursday that the man probably died of a heart attack because he suffered from heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure....
No Bonus for Brito: A-B InBev Suffers First Core Profit Decline on Brazil Slump
Anheuser-Busch InBev CEO Carlos Brito will miss out on a bonus for the first time since 2008 after earnings at the Budweiser maker missed analysts' estimates for a seventh straight quarter.Chief Financial Officer Felipe Dutra will also get nothing from...
Not So Urgent Anymore? Trump's New Travel Ban Delayed
NEW YORK * President Donald Trump was barely in office when he signed an executive order restricting immigration from seven Muslim-majority nations. There was not a moment to waste, he said, because any delay would allow the "bad dudes" to rush into...
Ortiz: Cardinals' Molina Is Chasing Elusive WBC Title
JUPITER, Fla. * You don't need to look at the nameplates to find Yadier Molina's locker inside the Cardinals' clubhouse. Just look for the Puerto Rican flag that drapes atop the right side of his stall.Puerto Rico is more than just Molina's homeland....
People
Garfield's gender spurs debateGarfield's gender has become the subject of an internet debate.The Washington Post reports Wikipedia locked changes on the animated cat's page after the site's volunteer editors battled over whether the animated cat is male...
Permission to Eat Meat on St. Pat's Being Decided by Request in St. Louis Archdiocese
Whether meat will be allowed for St. Louis Catholics on St. Patrick's Day is being determined on a plate-by-plate basis.The Irish holiday is on March 17, which happens to fall on a Lenten Friday a day when Catholics are not allowed to eat meat.Historically,...
Perryville Tornado Had Winds Up to 165 Mph, Meteorologists Say
PERRYVILLE, Mo. * The tornado that killed one motorist and destroyed homes in Perryville on Tuesday night packed winds of up to 165 mph and covered nearly 50 miles, weather officials said Thursday.The National Weather Service has preliminarily labeled...
Property Owner Hopes Locust Business District Lawsuit Forces Change
Many property owners are willing to tax themselves a little more to support an organization that can pay for extra security, maintenance and marketing in their neighborhood.Few, however, are willing to spend thousands of dollars on a lawsuit to ensure...
Psychiatric Beds to Return to St. Francois County
There have been no adult psychiatric hospital beds in St. Francois County for more than a year now, but that may soon change.A behavioral health provider is seeking approval to open Bridge Tree Behavioral Hospital in Farmington, a 16-bed in-patient psychiatric...
'Pump and Dump Show' Brings Laughter to the Lonely, Frustrating World of Parenting
What happens when your toddler son tries to lick everybody in the Little Gym tumbling class?Or when your son is asked in Sunday school what his daddy does for a living and he replies, "My dad drinks beers and pees on trees"?You laugh about it with hundreds...
Q&A: Describing TroyBoi's Sound Is the 'Million-Dollar Question'
Eclectic dance music artist TroyBoi is set to make his St. Louis debut Sunday night at Delmar Hall on "The Mantra Tour." His latest song is "Warrior," which also features Stooki Sound. which follows songs such as "Do You?," "O.G.," "Wallz" and "Mantra."How...
Raasch: Donald Trump and the Politics of Grief
WASHINGTON * That raw, emotional moment when Carryn Owens was lauded by President Donald Trump during his message to Congress this week made many Americans choke with sympathy.It also made some uncomfortable. Thirty days before, the young mother of three...
Schnucks' Warehouse Operator XPO Laying off 204 in St. Louis County
XPO Logistics is laying off 204 employees in St. Louis County amid a dispute between the company and Schnuck Markets.Maryland Heights-based Schnucks, which has 100 grocery stores in five states, hired Greenwich, Conn.-based XPO to staff the grocer's...
Senate Confirms Carson, Perry for Housing, Energy Posts
WASHINGTON * Two of President Donald Trump's former rivals for the GOP White House nomination won Senate confirmation Thursday to join his administration.Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson was confirmed as secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban...
SLU Women Will Try to Overcome Mental Block at A-10 Tourney
For a team that relies heavily on its shooting, and in particular its 3-point shooting, the St. Louis University women's basketball team has established a troubling trend at the Richmond Coliseum, site of the Atlantic 10 tournament.The Billikens have...
Soccer Stadium Campaign Raises Questions about Public Funding
An April ballot proposition would put $60 million in public money toward a new soccer stadium, but campaign ads say city residents won't pay for it unless they use the stadium.Opponents say public money is city residents' money regardless of the source....
Sports Digest: Briles Says He Did Not Cover Up Sexual Violence at Baylor
Briles says he did not cover up sexual violence while at BaylorBreaking months of public silence, former Baylor coach Art Briles said Thursday he did not cover up sexual violence by his players or try to obstruct any investigations tied to the assault...
Stacy Washington: Where Do the Mayoral Candidates Stand on Phasing out the Earnings Tax?
None of the mayoral candidates has offered specifics about innovations to draw population and businesses back to St. Louis.The city's mayoral contest is heating up with Aldermanic President Lewis Reed, Treasurer Tishaura Jones and Alderman Antonio French...
St. Louis Circuit Attorney Sets Up Hotline to Report Alleged Voter Fraud during Tuesday's Primary
ST. LOUIS * For those who suspect voter fraud on Election Day Tuesday, the city's chief prosecutor has set up a hotline to report the allegations."It's imperative that voters have confidence in all elections," said Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner. "Free...
St. Louis Fish Fry Guide: We Reeled in 108 of 'Em
What is it about the St. Louis area and fish fries? Come Lent, St. Louisans head to fish fries like it is the seventh game of the World Series and the local church or VFW hall is Busch Stadium. There, we gobble up untold tons of cod, catfish and shrimp,...
Teen Goes Home with New Heart and Lungs after St. Louis Docs Perform Rare Transplant [Corrected 03/03/17]
CORRECTION: Unpublished Correction on Friday, March 3, 2017 - Dr. Pirooz Eghtesady had 200 heart transplants and 20 lung transplants under his belt. The figures were transposed in the original article.Hospitals in Chicago and Boston told the family of...
Test of Loop Trolley Car to Mark Return of Streetcars after Decades-Long Absence
Testing is set to begin in the coming weeks on the first streetcar of the Loop Trolley, a project in the works for 20 years that will link University City and Forest Park.It will mark the first time that a trolley car will be on area streets in decades...
Thomas Leads Bradley to Win over Drake in MVC Tournament
Bradley played two games against Drake during the regular season without ever allowing the Bulldogs to hold a lead, so a third meeting in a Missouri Valley Conference play-in game seemed an ideal scenario for the Braves.Although Drake did manage to get...
Ticket Tracker: Jim Gaffigan Bringing All-New Comedy Show to Scottrade Center
Delmar Hallticketmaster.com* Kongos, Mother Mother, 8 p.m. May 7, $22-$25.* The Pretty Reckless, 8 p.m. May 11, $20-$25.Event Center at River City Casinoticketmaster.com* Todd Rundgren, 8 p.m. April 29, $38.50-$75, on sale at 9 a.m. Friday.Family Arenametrotix.com*...
'Time after Time' Comes to TV with Love
Hearing that a new television series is based on a movie might make you wonder, "Is Hollywood out of ideas?"If it's a movie you enjoyed but don't feel passionate about, maybe you'll think, "That sounds like fun."But hearing that a movie you dearly love...
Under Pressure, O'Fallon, Ill., High School Officials Scale Back Cuts
O'FALLON, Ill. * After a school walkout and a flood of impassioned pleas, students and families succeeded in pressuring the O'Fallon Township High School board to scale back planned budget cuts that would have eliminated early-morning course offerings...
UN Ramps Up Aid for Syrians Stuck in Desert near Jordan
RUKBAN CAMP, Jordan-Syria Border * U.N. agencies are ramping up aid delivery to tens of thousands of war-displaced Syrians stuck in the desert on Jordan's sealed border, after months of being denied access, but harsh weather and anxious crowds often...
U.S. Stock Indexes Pull Back from Record Highs (Print Version)
NEW YORK * Banks and other financial companies led a slide in U.S. stocks Thursday, erasing some of the gains from a day earlier, when indexes soared to their latest record highs.Materials and industrials companies also fell sharply. Energy stocks declined...
Wal-Mart Launches New Front in U.S. Price War, Targets Aldi in Grocery Aisle
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is running a new price-comparison test in at least 1,200 U.S. stores and squeezing packaged goods suppliers in a bid to close a pricing gap with discount grocery chain Aldi and other rivals, according to four sources familiar with...
Watching 'Table 19' Is No More Fun Than Sitting There
Eloise (Anna Kendrick) is conflicted about whether she should accept an invitation to a wedding. She has reason to believe that she'd be uncomfortable, but she's also tempted to attend. Ultimately, she finds herself seated at a table alongside five other...
World Briefs
Sweden initiates military draft for men, womenSweden's left-leaning government instituted a military draft for both men and women Thursday because of what its defense minister called a deteriorating security environment in Europe and around Sweden.Sweden...
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