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Ballistics tests prove Illinois man innocent in murder case

Ballistics tests prove Illinois man innocent in murder case

An Illinois judge acquitted a man of murder Wednesday, more than two decades after jurors convicted him by relying on ballistics that proved to be wrong.

Burkina Faso says Canadian abducted by suspected extremists

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso — A Canadian national has been kidnapped by suspected extremists in Burkina Faso near its border with Niger, the West African nation's security ministry said Wednesday.
TV journalist Chris Hansen accused of bouncing checks

TV journalist Chris Hansen accused of bouncing checks

STAMFORD, Conn. — A TV journalist known for confronting would-be child predators has been snared himself in a police investigation alleging he wrote bad checks for $13,000 worth of marketing materials.
Carell, 'Office' producers reteam for 'Space Force' comedy

Carell, 'Office' producers reteam for 'Space Force' comedy

LOS ANGELES — Steve Carell is starring in a new workplace comedy that could be out of this world. Netflix said Wednesday that Carell is re-teaming with "The Office" producers Greg Daniels and Howard Klein on the series "Space Force.
Harmony Korine's latest, Beto O'Rourke doc to debut at SXSW

Harmony Korine's latest, Beto O'Rourke doc to debut at SXSW

NEW YORK — Harmony Korine's "The Beach Bum," Olivia Wilde's directorial debut and a documentary on the breakout campaign of Texas politician Beto O'Rourke will premiere at the annual South by Southwest Film Festival.

UN authorizes monitoring of Yemen cease-fire in key port

The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Wednesday to authorize a U.N. mission to monitor implementation of a cease-fire and the withdrawal of rival forces from Yemen's key port of Hodeida agreed to by the government and Houthi Shiite rebels.
Fed survey finds businesses worried by political uncertainty

Fed survey finds businesses worried by political uncertainty

WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve said Wednesday business contacts in many regions of the country are expressing less optimism amid a host of adverse developments, from plunging stock prices to uncertainty about a widening trade war.

UN: At least 890 killed in December clashes in Congo

GENEVA — The U.N. human rights office says "credible sources" indicate that at least 890 people were killed last month during three days of clashes among villages in western Congo. Michelle Bachelet, the U.N.

Kansas library asked to move transgender children books

ANDOVER, Kan. — Members of a Kansas public library board are considering a request to move books that include transgender characters out of the children's section.

Sinclair debuts streaming service for its local TV stations

NEW YORK — Sinclair Broadcast, the nation's largest owner of television stations, is launching a free, ad-supported streaming service. It will draw on local news, sports and other programs from the 191 TV stations it owns in 89 U.S. markets.