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Today in HistoryToday is Monday, Feb. 18, the 49th day of 2019. There are 316 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:On Feb. 18, 2001, auto racing star Dale Earnhardt Sr. died in a crash at the Daytona 500; he was 49.On this date:In 1546, Martin Luther, leader of the Protestant …
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — LeBron James was trading lob passes with Dwyane Wade again, one last time. Catching lobs from Kyrie Irving once again, too. And after making a stepback 3-pointer late, he stared down Joel Embiid to send a message without saying a word.Oh, this mattered to James …
BEIJING (AP) — Facing a future demographic crisis and aging society, China's leaders are desperately seeking to persuade couples to have more children.But bureaucrats don't seem to have gotten the message, fining a couple in a recent widely publicized case for having a third child against …
QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani police say militants in two attacks on security forces killed six paramilitary troops in the southwestern Baluchistan bordering Iran.Local police officer Hidayat Ullah said Monday that four troops were killed Sunday when gunmen opened fire on security forces …
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A "sophisticated state actor" was behind a cyberattack on the Australian Parliament's computing network that also affected the network of major political parties, the prime minister said Monday.Prime Minister Scott Morrison did not identify the state behind what he …
AURORA, Ill. (AP) — More than 1,500 people braved snow and freezing drizzle to attend a prayer vigil for five slain co-workers Sunday, two days after they were fatally shot at a suburban Chicago manufacturing plant by a longtime employee who was fired moments earlier.The Rev. Dan Haas told …
AURORA, Ill. (AP) — An initial background check failed to detect a felony conviction that should have barred the man who killed five co-workers and wounded six other people at a suburban Chicago manufacturing plant from buying the gun.Months later, a second background check of Gary Martin …
CHICAGO (AP) — The victims of an employee who started shooting after hearing he was being fired at a suburban Chicago industrial warehouse were co-workers that included a plant manager whose wife says he texted her "I love you, I've been shot at work," and an intern in his first day on the …
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his chief spokesman have declined to say if Abe nominated President Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize.Abe noted while speaking in Parliament on Monday that the Nobel committee does not disclose the parties behind nominations for a …
BEIJING (AP) — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters crucial for global commerce and rich in fish and potential oil and gas reserves:___EDITOR'S NOTE: This is …
CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio visited a border staging point for U.S. aid to Venezuela on Sunday and warned soldiers loyal to socialist President Nicolas Maduro that it will be a "crime against humanity" if they block entry of the goods that are being channeled through …
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's presidential candidates debated some of the most pressing issues facing the world's third-largest democracy: dilapidated infrastructure, struggling farmers, forest fires — and unicorns.When President Joko Widodo, who is seeking a second term, …
SINGAPORE (AP) — Asian markets were broadly higher on Monday as traders looked forward to the continuation of trade talks between Chinese and American officials in Washington this week.South Korea's Kospi jumped 0.7 percent to 2,212.38 and the Shanghai Composite index rose 1.6 percent to …
NEW YORK (AP) — British lawmakers issued a scathing report Monday that accused Facebook of intentionally violating privacy and anti-competition laws in the U.K., and called for greater oversight of social media companies.The report on fake news and disinformation on social media sites …
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Denny Hamlin came to the Daytona 500 determined to honor his late car owner with a victory.He delivered with a storybook tribute for Joe Gibbs Racing.Hamlin won NASCAR's biggest race for the second time in four years Sunday, leading JGR in a 1-2-3 sweep of the …
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman does not intend to buy Manchester United, the kingdom's government said, while confirming its sovereign wealth fund held sponsorship talks with English football's most successful team.New York-listed United has been valued at around $4 billion and British …
BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — From a self-proclaimed caliphate that once spread across much of Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State group has been knocked back to a speck of land on the countries' shared border. In that tiny patch on the banks of the Euphrates River, hundreds of militants are hiding …
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police said Sunday they're still seeking a follow-up interview with Jussie Smollett after receiving new information that "shifted" their investigation of a reported attack on the "Empire" actor.The trajectory of the investigation "shifted" after detectives questioned …
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The national outrage that simmered after actor Jussie Smollett said he was attacked by people shouting racial and anti-gay slurs was fueled in part by celebrities who spoke out loud and strong on social media.But the outrage has now been replaced by surprise, doubt and …
CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the reported attack on "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett (all times local):4:30 p.m.Chicago police say they still want to do a follow-up interview with Jussie Smollett about a reported attack that the "Empire" star says included his attackers yelling racial and …

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