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Company known for deep cost-cutting offers to buy Gannett

Bid for Gannett latest challenge for newspaper industry

A hedge-fund-backed bid to buy Gannett Co., the publisher of USA Today and several other major dailies across the U.S., is renewing fears of consolidation and job losses — as well as a decline in the quantity and quality of news coverage — in the already battered newspaper industry.

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2 female victims unharmed after UPS hostage situation

An armed man entered a UPS processing facility Monday morning, took two women hostage and barricaded himself in a room with them for 3½ hours until police moved in to rescue the women in a confrontation that left the suspect with gunshot wounds.

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'Miracle' flight survivors mark decade of thankfulness

It's been 10 years, but there isn't anything Tripp Harris doesn't remember about the cold January day he cheated death on US Airways flight 1549.

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Los Angeles teachers are striking but schools are still open

Tens of thousands of Los Angeles teachers went on strike Monday for the first time in three decades after contract negotiations failed in the nation's second-largest school district, but schools stayed open with the help of substitutes and district officials said students were learning.

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Tens of thousands of Los Angeles teachers strike

Tens of thousands of Los Angeles teachers are striking after contentious contract negotiations failed in the nation's second-largest school district.

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2020 Democratic primary set to intensify

After months of speculation and secrecy, the 2020 presidential primary season is about to explode.

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Polish mayor dies after being stabbed in heart at age 53

The popular liberal mayor of the Polish port city of Gdansk died on Monday after he was stabbed during a charity event the evening before by an ex-convict who stormed onstage and said it was revenge against a political party the politician once belonged to.

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US tells Saudis to hold Khashoggi's murderers accountable

The Trump administration expects Saudi Arabia to hold "every single person" responsible for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi accountable, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday after talks with senior Saudi officials that also focused on Mideast crises and countering threats from Iran.

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Congress to face same question: When will shutdown end?

WASHINGTON — Congress returns to Washington for its first full week of legislative business since control of the House reverted to Democrats, but lawmakers will be confronted with the same lingering question: When will the partial government shutdown end?

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Developers, not farmers, get biggest hit from wetlands rule

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump often points to farmers as among the biggest winners from the administration's proposed rollback of federal protections for wetlands and waterways across the country.

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Indonesia recovers Lion Air jet's cockpit voice recorder

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Navy divers have recovered the cockpit voice recorder of a Lion Air jet that crashed into the Java Sea in October, Indonesian officials said Monday, in a possible boost to the accident investigation.

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Grandfather: Wisconsin teen in 'good spirits' after rescue

BARRON, Wis. — The grandfather of a 13-year-old northwestern Wisconsin girl says she's in "exceptionally good spirits" after being found nearly three months after authorities say she was kidnapped during a home invasion that left her parents dead.

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Austria avalanche kills 3; Ski patrollers killed in France

BERLIN — Three German skiers have been killed in an avalanche in Austria and a fourth is still missing, police said Sunday as snowfall set in again in the northern Alps.

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Trump dodges question on whether he has worked for Russia

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump avoided directly answering when asked whether he currently is or has ever worked for Russia after a published report said law enforcement officials, concerned about his behavior after he fired FBI Director James Comey in 2017, had begun investigating that possibility.

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Beef-friendly Nebraska eyes regulations on the word 'meat'

LINCOLN, Neb. — More than four months after Missouri became the first U.S. state to regulate the term "meat" on product labels, Nebraska's powerful farm groups are pushing for similar protection from veggie burgers, tofu dogs and other items that look and taste like real meat.

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DNA of wolf declared extinct in wild lives on in Texas pack

DALLAS — Researchers say a pack of wild canines found frolicking near the beaches of the Texas Gulf Coast carry a substantial amount of red wolf genes, a surprising discovery because the animal was declared extinct in the wild nearly 40 years ago.

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Man who killed officer said he was hit by ultrasonic waves

DAVIS, Calif. — The man who shot and killed a rookie California police officer left a letter on the bed in the home where he lived claiming police bombarded him with ultrasonic waves, officials said.

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US aviation system is starting to show strains from shutdown

The partial government shutdown is starting to strain the national aviation system, with unpaid security screeners staying home, air-traffic controllers suing the government and safety inspectors off the job.

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Business in Brief: US stocks drift in a quiet close to another winning week

U.S. stock indexes nestled a hair lower on Friday after the falling price of oil weighed on energy companies, but the S&P 500 nevertheless closed out its third straight winning week following a brutal stretch in December.

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How’s the US economy doing? Shutdown makes it harder to say

The partial shutdown of the U.S. government has begun to make it harder to assess the health of the economy by delaying or distorting key reports on growth, spending and hiring.

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Workers in Alps use break in weather to clear snow; 21 deaths reported

BERLIN — Workers in southern Germany are using a break in the weather to try and clear heavy loads of snow from roofs and roads.

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Trump AG pick poised to reclaim old job in a changed capital

WASHINGTON — When William Barr was attorney general in the early 1990s, he was outspoken about some of America's biggest problems — violent crime, drug addiction, teenage pregnancy. The "Age of Aquarius," he warned, had given way to crack babies and broken families, misery and squalor.

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US says time for new government in Venezuela

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — The United States stepped up its criticism of Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro on Saturday with an explicit call for the formation of a new government in the South American country.

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Requests to bring in child brides OK'd; legal under US laws

The Immigration and Nationality Act does not set minimum age requirements for the person making the request or for that person's spouse or fiancee. By contrast, to bring in a parent from overseas, a petitioner has to be at least 21 years old.

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Faith-based shelter fights to keep out transgender women

A conservative Christian law firm that has pushed religious issues in multiple states will urge a U.S. judge on Friday to block Alaska’s largest city from requiring a faith-based women’s shelter to accept transgender women.