The Daily Astorian | http://www.dailyastorian.com The Daily Astorian Tue, 9 Feb 2016 01:38:51 -0500 en http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/staticimage/images/rss-logo.jpg The Daily Astorian | http://www.dailyastorian.com The nation's weather http://www.dailyastorian.com/the-nations-weather-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worldedf98c33b15a4d4aa16975e73f208b89 http://www.dailyastorian.com/the-nations-weather-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worldedf98c33b15a4d4aa16975e73f208b89#Comments Tue, 9 Feb 2016 01:30:46 -0500 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016302099819 Weather Underground Forecast for Tuesday, February 09, 2016

A complex area of low pressure will impact the Northeast on Tuesday, while high pressure influences dry conditions over the western third of the country.

An area of low pressure will shift slowly eastward over the Great Lakes. This system will produce lake enhanced snow downwind of the Great Lakes, which will lead to locally heavy snow showers in parts of western Michigan and northern Indiana. Lighter snow showers will spread across the Midwest and the Tennessee Valley as an arctic air mass plunges southeastward. Temperatures will drop 10 to 25 degrees below normal across the Midwest, the Ohio Valley and the Southeast. A separate, more robust low pressure system will develop over the Mid-Atlantic. This system will push northeastward, generating a mixture of heavy rain and snow across the Mid-Atlantic and parts of southern New England. Light to moderate snow will linger over northern New England as an Atlantic system pushes north northeastward over southeast Canada.

To the west, a stationary front will extend south southeastward over south central Canada and the northern Plains. Mixed precipitation will develop along this frontal boundary over eastern Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and northern Nebraska.

A pair of high pressure systems will continue to influence dry conditions west of the Continental Divide. Temperatures will remain 10 to 20 degrees above normal across southern California on Tuesday.

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Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Monday have ranged from a morning low of -11 degrees at Gunnison, Colo. to a high of 89 degrees at Torrance, Calif.

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AP Top International News at 4:25 a.m. EST http://www.dailyastorian.com/ap-top-international-news-at-425-am-est-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worlddf8b700eac43f4c0bc770dd358abc43f http://www.dailyastorian.com/ap-top-international-news-at-425-am-est-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worlddf8b700eac43f4c0bc770dd358abc43f#Comments Tue, 9 Feb 2016 01:30:09 -0500 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016302099860 Hong Kong activists, police clash over holiday food stallsTaiwan seeks detention of developers of toppled buildingSurvivor tells of living through collapse of Taiwan buildingSouth African court hears case against presidentIndian scientists study chunk that fell from sky, killed manPope's visit to violent Mexican city highlights broader ills]]> Indian scientists study chunk that fell from sky, killed man http://www.dailyastorian.com/indian-scientists-study-chunk-that-fell-from-sky-killed-man-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worldc2bbbed018744559bc4e62f582549629 http://www.dailyastorian.com/indian-scientists-study-chunk-that-fell-from-sky-killed-man-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worldc2bbbed018744559bc4e62f582549629#Comments Tue, 9 Feb 2016 01:30:14 -0500 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016302099847 NEW DELHI (AP) — Scientists are analyzing a small blue object that plummeted from the sky and killed a man in southern India, after authorities said it was a meteorite.

The object slammed into the ground at an engineering college over the weekend, shattering a water cooler and sending splinters and shards flying. Police say a bus driver standing nearby was hit by the debris and died while being taken to a hospital.

College principal G. Bhaskar said he heard a loud thud from his office, where several window panes shattered when the object hit the ground.

Local officials and scientists from the Indian Institute of Astrophysics on Tuesday examined the 5-foot-wide (2-meter-wide) impact crater at the college near Vellore city, but said they had yet to determine whether the object was from outer space or possibly a passing airplane or man-made satellite.

The hard, jagged object is dark blue and small enough to be held in a closed hand.

"The object that police have recovered from the site would have to undergo chemical analysis" to confirm its origin, said the dean of the institute, Prof. G.C. Anupama. She said that while it was rare for meteors to reach the ground before burning up in the atmosphere, it happens.

In February 2013, a large meteor was photographed streaking across the sky above the Siberian city of Chelyabinsk.

Tamil Nadu's top elected official J. Jayalalithaa said Sunday that the bus driver had been killed by a meteorite and offered compensation to his family.

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AP Top Political News at 4:21 a.m. EST http://www.dailyastorian.com/ap-top-political-news-at-421-am-est-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worlddd26925635cbc94fcad477ef86ea8c9c http://www.dailyastorian.com/ap-top-political-news-at-421-am-est-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worlddd26925635cbc94fcad477ef86ea8c9c#Comments Tue, 9 Feb 2016 01:21:14 -0500 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016302099854 AP News Guide: Snowy New Hampshire has its say in 2016 raceWATCHING TUESDAY: NH existential test for Trump's candidacySanders, Kasich win 1st votes in tiny NH communityObama asking Congress for emergency funding to combat ZikaObama to release $4 trillion-plus budget for 2017Iraqi woman charged with role in Kayla Mueller's deathUS responses to NKorea nuke, missile tests will upset ChinaGov't report: Drop in uninsured in 8 states]]> Gov't report: Drop in uninsured in 8 states http://www.dailyastorian.com/govt-report-drop-in-uninsured-in-8-states-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world7a16c82ba35346c18548abbe65ea7878 http://www.dailyastorian.com/govt-report-drop-in-uninsured-in-8-states-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world7a16c82ba35346c18548abbe65ea7878#Comments Tue, 9 Feb 2016 01:21:37 -0500 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016302099820 WASHINGTON (AP) — Eight states saw a significant drop last year in the number of residents going without health insurance, according to a government report out Tuesday that has implications for the presidential campaign.

All but Florida had accepted a Medicaid expansion that is one of two major pathways to coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law. The law's other coverage route is subsidized private insurance, available in all 50 states.

GOP presidential candidates are vowing to repeal "Obamacare," while offering hardly any detail on how they'd replace it without millions losing coverage.

Politically, the eight states with statistically significant coverage gains in the National Health Interview Survey are a mix of red, blue and purple. They are Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, and New York. Five have GOP governors.

As a whole, the nation had an uninsured rate of 9.1 percent during the first nine months of 2015, according to the survey, an ongoing research project by a unit of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The uninsured rate was 14.4 percent in 2013, before the law's big coverage expansion.

The federal report does not analyze the reasons for the coverage gains, but independent experts say the trend is due to the Obama health care law, boosted by economic recovery.

That poses a dilemma for Republican presidential candidates. Indeed, a recent blueprint from a group of conservative policy experts for replacing the health law said Republicans will need some kind of "grandfathering exemption" to avoid disrupting the lives of people who have gained coverage through the Affordable Care Act.

The new state numbers from the National Center for Health Statistics focus on adults ages 18-64. That's because virtually all seniors have coverage, and fewer than 5 percent of children and teens are uninsured.

In addition to the eight states with statistically significant coverage gains, the report named another 10 with notable reductions in the percentage of uninsured residents. However, the changes in these states did not meet the survey's test for statistical significance.

That second group included Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Rhode Island. Seven of those states have Republican governors.

Kentucky led the way among the states with statistically significant reductions in the share of residents uninsured, with a drop of 6.5 percentage points. The state's new Republican governor, Matt Bevin, ran as a strong critic of Obama's law and is now grappling with how to scale back his state's involvement.

Another Republican-led state, Arizona, had the second-biggest reduction, a drop of 5.9 percentage points. New York followed, with a reduction of 5.6 percentage points.

The health care's law big coverage expansion got under way in 2014, and since then the nation's uninsured rate has fallen to a historically low level. With the 2016 sign-up season recently concluded, the Obama administration is hoping to see continued improvement this year.

The law offers subsidized private health insurance through online markets like HealthCare.gov for people who don't have access to employer-based coverage. That's coupled with a Medicaid expansion aimed at low-income adults, now accepted by 31 states. Virtually all Americans are required to have coverage or risk paying fines to the IRS.

Even with Obama's law, nearly 29 million people were still uninsured in the nine months from Jan.-June of 2015. That includes an estimated 11 million immigrants without legal permission to be in the country, who are not entitled to coverage.

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National Health Interview Survey - http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis.htm

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Obama to release $4 trillion-plus budget for 2017 http://www.dailyastorian.com/obama-to-release-4-trillion-plus-budget-for-2017-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world4d90385158544ddab3ca92da85fadd9f http://www.dailyastorian.com/obama-to-release-4-trillion-plus-budget-for-2017-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world4d90385158544ddab3ca92da85fadd9f#Comments Tue, 9 Feb 2016 01:20:30 -0500 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016302099822 WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is unveiling his eighth and final budget, a $4 trillion-plus proposal that's freighted with liberal policy initiatives and new and familiar tax hikes — all sent to a dismissive Republican-controlled Congress that simply wants to move on from his presidency.

The budget will be released Tuesday morning, the same day as the New Hampshire primary when it's likely to get little attention. It comes as the deficit, which had been falling over the duration of Obama's two terms, has begun to creep up, above the half-trillion mark.

The White House is countering the worsening deficit outlook with a proposed $10-per barrel tax on oil that would finance "clean" transportation projects. It also is sure to propose taxes on the wealthy and corporations.

Long gone are proposals such as slowing the automatic inflation increase for Social Security benefits and other ideas once aimed at drawing congressional Republicans into negotiations on a broader budget deal.

Now, Obama has broken out a budget playbook filled with ideas sure to appeal to Democrats: A "moonshot" initiative to cure cancer; increasing Pell Grants for college students from low-income backgrounds; renewed incentives for GOP-governed states to join the expanded Medicaid system established under the health care law, and incentives to boost individual retirement accounts.

The $10-per-barrel tax hike proposal comes as the price of crude has dropped to the $30 per barrel range.

"We're going to impose a tax on a barrel of oil — imported, exported — so that some of that revenue can be used for transportation, some of that revenue can be used for the investments in basic research and technology that's going to be needed for the energy sources of the future," Obama said. "Then 10 years from now, 15 years from now, 20 years from now, we're going to be in a much stronger position when oil starts getting tight again, prices start going up again."

Republicans, however, immediately rejected the idea after its release last week and it will meet the fate of prior dead-on-arrival proposals such as increasing capital gains taxes on the wealthy, imposing a fee on big banks, and cutting the value of charitable deductions for upper-income taxpayers. Higher cigarette taxes and a minimum 30 percent rate for wealthier filers have also gone nowhere.

Obama's proposed tax increases also mean that he can present relatively reasonable deficit estimates without having to go for painful cuts to benefit programs such as Medicare, health care subsidies under the Affordable Care Act, food stamps, and Medicaid health care for the poor.

The budget deficit, after hitting a whopping $1.4 trillion in Obama's first year, dropped to a relatively manageable $439 billion last year. But a softening economic outlook, combined with a round of tax cuts and increased spending enacted by Congress last year, will make the deficit problem about $1.5 trillion worse over the coming 10 years, according to the latest Congressional Budget Office estimate.

CBO's "baseline" deficit — what it expects would occur if Congress does nothing — would now total almost $10 trillion over the coming decade.

The White House hasn't revealed what, if anything, Obama will propose to address the worsening deficit picture. In its budget roll-out, the White House has instead focused on new spending initiatives. The plan is also likely to call for a comprehensive overhaul of immigration laws, highly unlikely in an election year.

On Monday, Obama proposed $1.8 billion to combat the Zika virus, asking for the money immediately as emergency spending on top of the $1.1 trillion catchall spending bill that passed in December. The virus is spreading rapidly through Latin America. While most people experience either mild or no symptoms, Zika is suspected of causing a devastating birth defect — babies born with abnormally small heads — and the funding is aimed at fighting its spread both abroad and in the U.S.

Obama has largely shifted his focus elsewhere. After winning a higher income tax rate in 2013 on couples earning more than $400,000 per year, Obama and Republicans have battled over relatively small increases to the less than one-third of the budget passed by Congress each year. Republicans seeking higher spending for the Pentagon have been forced to accept Obama's demands for additional funds for domestic agencies.

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WATCHING TUESDAY: NH existential test for Trump's candidacy http://www.dailyastorian.com/watching-tuesday-nh-existential-test-for-trumps-candidacy-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worldc5c5d4fc2e1a45f58a5155a4b543b605 http://www.dailyastorian.com/watching-tuesday-nh-existential-test-for-trumps-candidacy-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worldc5c5d4fc2e1a45f58a5155a4b543b605#Comments Tue, 9 Feb 2016 01:20:23 -0500 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016302099828 WASHINGTON (AP) — Which candidate is 'the best,' who's the most experienced, who's a revolutionary and who's a robot?

New Hampshire voters will be the judge of that — and much more — in a presidential primary that turns 100 years old Tuesday.

At stake are the political fates of billionaire Donald Trump's improbable candidacy, a pair of political dynasties and a gaggle of governors and senators doing a lot of sharp elbowing in the fight for a strong finish in the nation's first primary of 2016.

Republican billionaire Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders are hoping for their first wins of the 2016 race after coming in second in Iowa behind GOP Sen. Ted Cruz and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton.

Elsewhere on the Republican side, there's a four-way battle among governors Chris Christie and John Kasich, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Marco Rubio to be the alternative that establishment Republicans might like better than Trump. And on the Democratic side, the Clintons are fuming that the state that made Bill "the comeback kid" in 1992 seemed unlikely to vote for his wife over Sanders.

Reminiscing with a local official about the economy during his presidency Bill Clinton said Monday:

"We'd be better off if any of these young people could remember it."

Here are some things to watch as New Hampshire votes on Tuesday:

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TRUMP TEST

Trump's big talk gets a "yuuuuuge" test in New Hampshire.

Trump is in the lead of the Republican race — and he'll need to finish that way if he doesn't want to be the loser that he's branding opponents. Come in anything but first place, and Trump's fundamental rationale for his candidacy — "I'm a winner" — will be seriously damaged. His second-place Iowa finish will not have been a fluke. Even a less-than-impressive finish in first place — a markedly smaller margin than the double digits the polls are showing — could weaken the winner narrative. Trump told CNN on Sunday that he wants to come in first, but he doesn't need to finish that high to continue his campaign. Still, if he's not a winner after the vote, does Trump want to continue spending his own money on a nomination he's having trouble ... well ... winning?

WOMEN FOR CLINTON?

Clinton, the fundraising juggernaut who won New Hampshire in 2008 and whose family has campaigned there for a quarter century looks likely to lose the vote Tuesday to a socialist, Sen. Bernie Sanders. Sanders is from neighboring Vermont and out-raised the former secretary of state last month by $5 million. There is talk of a campaign shakeup after New Hampshire. "We're going to take stock, but it's going to be the campaign that I've got," Clinton told MSNBC.

Watch the way women vote in the Democratic primary. There's evidence in recent days among Clinton backers that the former first lady isn't securing the levels of support among women — particularly young women — that her campaign had expected, considering the historic nature of her candidacy.

What bubbles out are frustrations with female voters backing Sanders despite the prospect of electing the first female president. Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said over the weekend that there was "a special place in hell" for women who don't help women, while writer and famed feminist Gloria Steinem suggested women backing Sanders were doing so to meet boys — and later apologized. Bill Clinton in a speech railed against Sanders' supporters running a "sexist" and "profane" campaign against Hillary Clinton on the Internet.

THE ESTABLISHMENT PRIMARY

The biggest question mark is who wins the mud fight for the establishment mantle in the GOP race.

Rubio, who came in a close third to Trump and Cruz in Iowa, was on the verge of slamming the door shut on this contest until Christie embarrassed him in Saturday's debate as a repeater of rote talking points. But Christie didn't win that mini-race for himself, meaning the contest for establishment love remains an expensive four-way slugfest among Rubio, Christie, Kasich and Jeb Bush.

The stakes for each member of this quartet are enormous.

Rubio needs a big win in New Hampshire to stay in contention here. But the two governors, Christie and Kasich, have hung virtually their entire White House hopes on finishing strong in New Hampshire. And for Jeb Bush, who limped out of Iowa in sixth place with 2.8 percent of the vote, New Hampshire offers some prospect of redemption.

OH, SNOW

New Hampshire voters aren't ninnies about the weather. But the state is expected to be hit with several inches of snow on primary day, which could affect turnout.

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Associated Press writer Steve Peoples contributed to this report.

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Housing sales pulling out of its slump http://www.dailyastorian.com/housing-sales-pulling-out-of-its-slump-da-ap-webfeeds-news-real-estate045776df645a4bdcb39dd2cc2982660b http://www.dailyastorian.com/housing-sales-pulling-out-of-its-slump-da-ap-webfeeds-news-real-estate045776df645a4bdcb39dd2cc2982660b#Comments Tue, 9 Feb 2016 01:20:49 -0500 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016302099821 It appears the housing market is finally starting to gain momentum, but the lack of available homes is forcing prices up and keeping some home-buyers on the sidelines.

And, there are some other factors that are causing a lull in completing the sale of a home, according to Randy Shaw, Coldwell Banker Holman Premier Realty president in Klamath Falls.

The good news is, the total number of housing units sold is up 8 percent in 2015 compared to 2014. Last year, 1,456 housing units sold, and in 2014, there were 1,346 units sold.

A unit is defined as residential only, not farm and ranch land or commercial land or multi-family units. Townhouses, condos, manufactured homes with or without land and single family homes are included in these units. Only units in the city and suburban area or within the urban growth area are included in these stats, not the entire county.

Average price up

What is really telling is the total dollar volume.

“We sold $194,367 million of real estate in 2014 compared to $226,630 million in 2015; a 14 percent increase. That’s pretty big,” Shaw said.

“The average sale price went from $144,403 to $155,652 in one year, a 7.3 percent increase.”

What that means is that the homes in the $200,000 to $300,000 range are finally starting to sell. In past years of tracking real estate sales, the higher-end homes were not moving. The $120,000 to $130,000 homes were selling faster.

“That’s the difference,” Shaw said. “We only sold 8 percent more units, but 14 percent more in dollar volume means there is a big increase somewhere in the price.”

There were 25 more high-end homes sold last year that are in the $200,000 to $400,000 range; that’s what’s lifting the market.

“My take would be that in 2016, we will see that to just continue to improve. The reason I say that is because our inventory is still low, people will pay a little more to get what they want.”

Coming to Klamath

Where are the buyers coming from?

“A combination of places,” said Shaw. “Sky Lakes Medical Center has been recruiting doctors; OIT (Oregon Institute of Technology) has had some turnover in professors and new ones are coming in; and Jeld-Wen — with its new research and development center and call center — is bringing in buyers.”

Shaw noted that even people from Bend are tiring of the growing congestion there. He sold two homes last year to couples wanting to get out of Bend and move to Klamath Falls.

The Baby Boomer retirees will be coming into their prime retirement years over the next five years. Statistics indicate that once retired, people tend to seek out other places to live. Just like the boom before the last recession, Klamath Falls could see an influx of California transplants once again.

Appraisal timelines

One fly in the ointment is the time it takes for homes to be appraised. There’s a shortage of appraisers and now, under federal law, appraisers must have their numbers reviewed by an Appraisal Management Company. Appraisers can no longer talk to the lender and vice versa. There is a middle man — the AMC — which also hires the appraiser.

“So, where you used to have appraisals done in 30 to 45 days, they are now taking 60 and sometimes 90 days,” Shaw said. “When you start asking lenders to hold their interest rates for that long, they can’t do it. They can lock in to 45 days, but not 90 days. So, the cost to the buyer climbs.”

It’s a problem that is starting to appear across the state, Shaw said.

On the upside, the prime lending rate remains low at 3.85 percent, which is lower than it was earlier this year and late last year. It bodes well for first-time buyers and those wanting to move up.

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US responses to NKorea nuke, missile tests will upset China http://www.dailyastorian.com/us-responses-to-nkorea-nuke-missile-tests-will-upset-china-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world069e111e5d5c467cb5f27f9c56b5f5b7 http://www.dailyastorian.com/us-responses-to-nkorea-nuke-missile-tests-will-upset-china-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world069e111e5d5c467cb5f27f9c56b5f5b7#Comments Tue, 9 Feb 2016 01:20:36 -0500 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016302099827 WASHINGTON (AP) — North Korean nuclear and rocket tests are drawing quick responses from the U.S. that will upset a supposed partner against Pyongyang's weapons development — China.

New efforts to toughen missile defense in South Korea and sanctions legislation moving swiftly through Congress could both hurt Chinese interests. The Chinese are concerned the missile defense system could be used against them, and the U.S. sanctions could hit Chinese companies that trade with North Korea.

The U.S. and China both oppose North Korea's development of nuclear weapons and have characterized it as an issue they cooperate on, even though China is an old ally of the North. But a Jan. 6 underground nuclear explosion and Sunday's rocket launch that world leaders called a test of ballistic missile technology have exposed stark differences between Washington and Beijing on how to deal with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's provocations.

Beijing is reluctant to impose stiff economic sanctions, fearing a collapse in North Korea's economy and a flight of refugees across the border into China. But even if the U.N. Security Council can't agree on the kind of tough measures that Washington wants, the U.S. can act off its own to pressure Pyongyang.

For some time, the U.S. has been nudging its close ally South Korea toward allowing the deployment of the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, missile defense system on its soil. Seoul, which hosts 28,500 U.S. forces, has been reluctant to initiate talks on the system that could hurt its improving relations with Beijing.

But soon after North Korea on Sunday launched a rocket carrying an Earth observation satellite into space, the U.S. and South Korea announced they were looking into a possible THAAD deployment.

"We would like to see this move as quickly as possible," Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook told reporters Monday. He said consultations would begin within days.

China was quick to make its displeasure known. In a commentary Monday, China's state-run Xinhua news agency said a deployment could trigger a regional arms race.

"It would be unwise for the United States to act arbitrarily in disregard of international opposition just to serve its own interests of carrying out its 'Pivot to Asia' strategy," the commentary said, referring to President Barack Obama's effort to increase the U.S. presence in the Asia-Pacific, in part to counter the rise of China.

Cook said a THAAD deployment would be directed solely at North Korea and no other country should be concerned. But critics including Theodore Postol, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, have said the system could help U.S. radar spot missiles from China.

On the economic front, the U.S. sanctions legislation could also cause discomfort in Beijing, which is North Korea's main trading partner and source of economic support.

The Senate is expected to pass Wednesday the North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act that aims to expand and tighten economic restrictions to block the Kim regime's access to hard currency, targeting both North Korean entities and companies in other countries like China that deal with them.

The House last month passed a version of the bill amid frustration that U.S. policy has failed to stop Pyongyang's progress toward having a nuclear-tipped missile that could hit America. The bill has strong bipartisan support in both chambers of Congress.

The legislation requires an investigation and then imposition of sanctions on any person that "knowingly" engages in prohibited activities, ranging from importing weapons technology to "cyber terrorism." In the Senate version, trading precious metals or coal that is linked to North Korea's ruling party or armed forces is also forbidden.

Marcus Noland, an expert on North Korea at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, said that measure could implicate state-owned Chinese companies which trade with North Korea. He said such companies may not do a lot of business in the U.S., but blacklisting would cause diplomatic problems with China.

He said that China might even try to challenge such an action by the U.S. at the World Trade Organization.

Joseph DeThomas, a former senior State Department official who advised on Iran and North Korea, played down expectations that new U.S. sanctions would have a dramatic impact.

The secretive nature of North Korea's business dealings and its isolation from the world economy means that good evidence of sanctions violations is infrequent, and the evidence must then pass a rigorous, internal U.S. government review, he said.

The executive branch would also have some discretion over implementation of the legislation if it is ultimately signed into law by Obama.

Still, the legislation would elevate the stakes, as the U.S. and China, which fought on oppose sides in the 1950-53 Korean War, grapple with a North Korea which appears impervious to diplomatic pressure and intent on building a bigger nuclear arsenal.

"There are a lot of Chinese chips on the table here," said DeThomas, now professor of international affairs at Pennsylvania State University.

"Is there a way for the U.S. and China to act together to deal with the North Korea problem or are we heading toward a parting of the ways which will pose a lot of risks to both sides?" he asked.

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Train crash in Germany kills at least 4, injures scores http://www.dailyastorian.com/train-crash-in-germany-kills-at-least-4-injures-scores-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world7616f5e9c72f4388aabc89a59e29ad06 http://www.dailyastorian.com/train-crash-in-germany-kills-at-least-4-injures-scores-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world7616f5e9c72f4388aabc89a59e29ad06#Comments Tue, 9 Feb 2016 01:11:36 -0500 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016302099851 BAD AIBLING, Germany (AP) — Two trains crashed head-on in southern Germany early Tuesday, leaving at least four people dead and 40 seriously injured, the German news agency dpa said. More than three hours after the crash, emergency services were still trying to reach people trapped in the wreckage.

Police spokesman Stefan Sonntag told The Associated Press the two regional trains crashed near Bad Aibling, in Bavaria before 7 a.m. and that several wagons overturned.

TV footage showed emergency helicopters and ambulances lined up in an area near the crash scene waiting to transport the most severely injured to hospitals.

Sonntag said that the scene of the accident on the tracks between Rosenheim and Holzkirchen was so confusing that he did not have any specific numbers of injured and dead yet.

"This is the biggest accident we have had in years in this region and we have many emergency doctors, ambulances and helicopters on the scene," Sonntag said.

Sonntag said several rescue helicopters from Austria were also involved.

A spokesman for German federal police in Bavaria, Matthias Knott, said that the region was very inaccessible and making rescue efforts more difficult. The crash took place near the river Mangfall in a densely wooded and hilly region.

Water police were helping in the rescue efforts as well, dpa reported, taking injured from the trains across the river to waiting ambulances. The injured were taking to hospitals all over southern Bavaria.

Dpa quoted Bernd Rosenbusch, the head of the Bayerische Oberlandbahn, which runs the trains, as saying, "this is a huge shock - we are doing everything to help the passengers, relatives and employees."

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97-year-old Grass Lake man keeps on sailing http://www.dailyastorian.com/97-year-old-grass-lake-man-keeps-on-sailing-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sports30e070bd2ada412ebaa0eb152f538ae7 http://www.dailyastorian.com/97-year-old-grass-lake-man-keeps-on-sailing-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sports30e070bd2ada412ebaa0eb152f538ae7#Comments Tue, 9 Feb 2016 01:11:49 -0500 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016302099823 GRASS LAKE, Mich. (AP) — For decades, Mel Nichols traveled across the country to sail competitively.

From frozen lakes in Michigan and Minnesota, to soft water in Tennessee and near Tampa Bay — the now 97-year-old filled a shelf with trophies and was once a nationally ranked competitor.

Heading into his 80s, however, Nichols retired — though has never stopped thinking like a sailor.

"Oh, I look out at that ice and think it sure is inviting," Nichols told the Jackson Citizen Patriot ( http://bit.ly/1KAO02f ) from inside his home on the shores of Wolf Lake. "You'd have to experience it ... It's about the most thrilling sport I can think of."

"You never get it out of your blood," he added.

On Jan. 30, Nichols again got the chance to ice boat Wolf Lake with his son-in-law Bruce Brown.

Reaching speeds of up to 40 mph, the two drew a small crowd of neighbors who gathered in the unseasonably warm January weather to watch the pair skid across the ice.

For Nichols, who last ice boated two years ago and retired from sailing because of decreased mobility and travelling concerns, the day was the first time — in quite some time — he's enjoyed his favorite sport.

"If we don't have ice here, then you travel, and it got to be more than I could handle," Nichols said, recalling a lifetime of sailing and the recent, unfavorable, Michigan winters.

"The last couple years we haven't had any good ice — we've been snowed in," Nichols said.

Atypical January weather, including warm temperatures and little snowfall, made for ideal ice-boating conditions.

Noting the smooth ice at Wolf Lake and fair wind, Bruce Brown decided to set sail with his father-in-law.

"It looked like it was going to be good (day) to get Mel out." reflected Brown, who met Nichols in the 1980s and has sailed with him ever since. "Mel is a sailor, he wants to go out and sail his boat — and I want to make sure he's safe," Brown said.

Before heading out, Brown prepped the boats and scouted the ice, and by mid-morning, the two coasted around at speeds of 40 mph.

The boats, which can reach speeds of up to 70 mph, take some effort to control, Brown said.

"You're always moving the tiller, moving the sheet line, shifting your weight; it can be pretty strenuous," said Brown. "(But) Mel hasn't lost it, even if his body sometimes doesn't want to cooperate .. he's an intrepid sailor."

Taking breaks in-between bouts of sailing, Nichols sat in the sun with his wife, Emajean, and said the day was simply an opportunity to enjoy the sport he's missed for its competition, camaraderie and friends.

Brown, meanwhile, said he was happy to see Nichols out on Wolf Lake, while the neighbors, too, took note.

"(Ice boating) is not a common sport, it's quite picturesque and it's a whole lot of fun," said Brown. "(People on the lake) want to talk to you about it, not just about the boats, but having Mel in one of them.

"They know Mel — they like him — and they were happy to see him out there," Brown said.

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Information from: Jackson Citizen Patriot, http://www.mlive.com/jackson

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Hield's 3-pointer lifts No. 3 Oklahoma past No. 24 Texas http://www.dailyastorian.com/hields-3-pointer-lifts-no-3-oklahoma-past-no-24-texas-da-ap-webfeeds-news-college-sportscf6eefedeb68436bae564f9ec1699825 http://www.dailyastorian.com/hields-3-pointer-lifts-no-3-oklahoma-past-no-24-texas-da-ap-webfeeds-news-college-sportscf6eefedeb68436bae564f9ec1699825#Comments Tue, 9 Feb 2016 01:11:10 -0500 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016302099873 NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Texas isn't celebrating its close call at No. 3 Oklahoma.

Buddy Hield's 3-pointer from the left wing with 1.3 seconds remaining lifted the Sooners to a 63-60 victory over the 24th-ranked Longhorns.

"I don't think you come out of any loss feeling good if you're a competitor, and we came here to win," said Texas coach Shaka Smart whose team entered the Top 25 for the first time this season earlier Monday.

Hield scored 12 of his 27 points in the final 3:11, including two 3-pointers. Smart gave Hield credit for the way he closed the game.

"He's a terrific player," Smart said. "Best player in the country. For most of the game, we did a really good job on him, considering how good a player he is. Down the stretch, he really was aggressive. He got to the foul line, and obviously, hit that big shot."

Isaiah Cousins added 17 points for the Sooners (20-3, 8-3 Big 12), who trailed for most of the game. Oklahoma bounced back from a loss at Kansas State on Saturday that cost it the No. 1 ranking. The Sooners beat the Longhorns for the sixth straight time and increased their home winning streak to 19 games.

Isaiah Taylor scored 19 points and Kendal Yancy added a season-high 13 points for Texas (16-8, 7-4), which had won four straight and seven of eight.

Both teams shot 40 percent from the field, but the Sooners outscored the Longhorns 14-6 from the free throw line.

Hield made two free throws with 1:19 remaining to put the Sooners up 60-58.

Taylor made two free throws with 57.1 seconds to go to tie it at 60. Hield missed a short jumper, but Taylor committed an offensive foul on the other end, giving Oklahoma the chance to set up Hield for the final shot. Hield intercepted Texas' inbounds pass and ran out the clock.

Texas jumped to an 11-3 lead as its fullcourt pressure threw Oklahoma out of rhythm. The Sooners inched their way back into the game, but Texas closed the first half on an 11-4 run to take a 31-22 lead. Yancy scored all of his points in the first half after scoring no more than seven points in a game this season. He made all five of his shots, including three 3-pointers in the first 20 minutes.

Oklahoma shot 28 percent in the first half and scored its lowest point total for a half this season. Hield scored six points on 1-for-6 shooting before the break.

Oklahoma opened the second half on a 7-1 run. Consecutive layups by Ryan Spangler cut Texas' lead to 32-29 and forced the Longhorns to call a timeout.

A 3-pointer by Cousins tied the score at 39, and the game was tight the rest of the way.

"We've just got to learn and get better," Smart said. "But what we're not going to do is come out of here and drop our heads and feel sorry for ourselves, because in this conference, nobody cares if you feel sorry for yourself. No one's going to join you in that pity party."

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TIP-INS

Texas: Committed just four turnovers in the first half. ... Yancey had six rebounds in the first half. ... Outrebounded Oklahoma 36-34.

Oklahoma: The Sooners, who entered the game leading the nation in 3-point shooting, made 4 of 11 from beyond the arc in the first half. ... Had just four assists before the break. ... Hield had four turnovers in the first half. ... Spangler had eight points and 10 rebounds.

UP NEXT

Texas plays at No. 14 Iowa State on Saturday.

Oklahoma hosts No. 7 Kansas on Saturday.

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Hield's 3-pointer lifts No. 3 Oklahoma past No. 24 Texas http://www.dailyastorian.com/hields-3-pointer-lifts-no-3-oklahoma-past-no-24-texas-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sportscf6eefedeb68436bae564f9ec1699825 http://www.dailyastorian.com/hields-3-pointer-lifts-no-3-oklahoma-past-no-24-texas-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sportscf6eefedeb68436bae564f9ec1699825#Comments Tue, 9 Feb 2016 01:11:05 -0500 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016302099874 NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Texas isn't celebrating its close call at No. 3 Oklahoma.

Buddy Hield's 3-pointer from the left wing with 1.3 seconds remaining lifted the Sooners to a 63-60 victory over the 24th-ranked Longhorns.

"I don't think you come out of any loss feeling good if you're a competitor, and we came here to win," said Texas coach Shaka Smart whose team entered the Top 25 for the first time this season earlier Monday.

Hield scored 12 of his 27 points in the final 3:11, including two 3-pointers. Smart gave Hield credit for the way he closed the game.

"He's a terrific player," Smart said. "Best player in the country. For most of the game, we did a really good job on him, considering how good a player he is. Down the stretch, he really was aggressive. He got to the foul line, and obviously, hit that big shot."

Isaiah Cousins added 17 points for the Sooners (20-3, 8-3 Big 12), who trailed for most of the game. Oklahoma bounced back from a loss at Kansas State on Saturday that cost it the No. 1 ranking. The Sooners beat the Longhorns for the sixth straight time and increased their home winning streak to 19 games.

Isaiah Taylor scored 19 points and Kendal Yancy added a season-high 13 points for Texas (16-8, 7-4), which had won four straight and seven of eight.

Both teams shot 40 percent from the field, but the Sooners outscored the Longhorns 14-6 from the free throw line.

Hield made two free throws with 1:19 remaining to put the Sooners up 60-58.

Taylor made two free throws with 57.1 seconds to go to tie it at 60. Hield missed a short jumper, but Taylor committed an offensive foul on the other end, giving Oklahoma the chance to set up Hield for the final shot. Hield intercepted Texas' inbounds pass and ran out the clock.

Texas jumped to an 11-3 lead as its fullcourt pressure threw Oklahoma out of rhythm. The Sooners inched their way back into the game, but Texas closed the first half on an 11-4 run to take a 31-22 lead. Yancy scored all of his points in the first half after scoring no more than seven points in a game this season. He made all five of his shots, including three 3-pointers in the first 20 minutes.

Oklahoma shot 28 percent in the first half and scored its lowest point total for a half this season. Hield scored six points on 1-for-6 shooting before the break.

Oklahoma opened the second half on a 7-1 run. Consecutive layups by Ryan Spangler cut Texas' lead to 32-29 and forced the Longhorns to call a timeout.

A 3-pointer by Cousins tied the score at 39, and the game was tight the rest of the way.

"We've just got to learn and get better," Smart said. "But what we're not going to do is come out of here and drop our heads and feel sorry for ourselves, because in this conference, nobody cares if you feel sorry for yourself. No one's going to join you in that pity party."

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TIP-INS

Texas: Committed just four turnovers in the first half. ... Yancey had six rebounds in the first half. ... Outrebounded Oklahoma 36-34.

Oklahoma: The Sooners, who entered the game leading the nation in 3-point shooting, made 4 of 11 from beyond the arc in the first half. ... Had just four assists before the break. ... Hield had four turnovers in the first half. ... Spangler had eight points and 10 rebounds.

UP NEXT

Texas plays at No. 14 Iowa State on Saturday.

Oklahoma hosts No. 7 Kansas on Saturday.

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AP Top News at 4:07 a.m. EST http://www.dailyastorian.com/ap-top-news-at-407-am-est-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world89c64ae1deb3303e01ca96498053f8aa http://www.dailyastorian.com/ap-top-news-at-407-am-est-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world89c64ae1deb3303e01ca96498053f8aa#Comments Tue, 9 Feb 2016 01:10:27 -0500 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016302099881 The Latest: German train crash was head-onIraqi woman charged with role in Kayla Mueller's deathTaiwan seeks detention of developers of toppled buildingNew England mops up as snow falls on East CoastAsia stocks extend global sell-off, Japan down 5.4 percentParty like it's 1999: Denver to celebrate another Super Bowl]]> Hield's 3-pointer lifts No. 3 Oklahoma past No. 24 Texas http://www.dailyastorian.com/hields-3-pointer-lifts-no-3-oklahoma-past-no-24-texas-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sports3cfd2b9580fd40339ab027bf59d4cbe3 http://www.dailyastorian.com/hields-3-pointer-lifts-no-3-oklahoma-past-no-24-texas-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sports3cfd2b9580fd40339ab027bf59d4cbe3#Comments Tue, 9 Feb 2016 01:11:08 -0500 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016302099825 NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Buddy Hield had done just about everything this season. He did the ultimate Monday night.

Hield's 3-pointer from the left wing with 1.3 seconds remaining lifted No. 3 Oklahoma to a 63-60 victory over No. 24 Texas.

Hield scored 12 of his 27 points in the final 3:11, including two 3-pointers.

"I had been struggling all night trying to get a shot off," he said. "I finally made the last two, which is more important, so thank God for the win."

Hield was given the option to drive or shoot the jumper.

"It wasn't a special play, it was a special shot," Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger said. "I thought their defender did a really good job, had a hand up, and Buddy still made a tough shot."

Texas coach Shaka Smart gave Hield credit for the way he closed the game.

"He's a terrific player," Smart said. "Best player in the country. For most of the game, we did a really good job on him, considering how good a player he is. Down the stretch, he really was aggressive. He got to the foul line, and obviously, hit that big shot."

Isaiah Cousins added 17 points for the Sooners (20-3, 8-3 Big 12), who trailed for most of the game. Oklahoma bounced back from a loss at Kansas State on Saturday that cost it the No. 1 ranking. The Sooners beat the Longhorns for the sixth straight time and increased their home winning streak to 19 games.

Isaiah Taylor scored 19 points and Kendal Yancy added a season-high 13 for Texas (16-8, 7-4), which had won four straight and seven of eight. The Longhorns entered the Top 25 for the first time this season earlier Monday.

"I don't think you come out of any loss feeling good if you're a competitor, and we came here to win," Smart said.

Both teams shot 40 percent from the field, but the Sooners outscored the Longhorns 14-6 from the free throw line.

Hield made two free throws with 1:19 remaining to put the Sooners up 60-58.

Taylor made two free throws with 57.1 seconds to go to tie it at 60. Hield missed a short jumper, but Taylor committed an offensive foul on the other end, giving Oklahoma the chance to set up Hield for the final shot. Hield intercepted Texas' inbounds pass and ran out the clock.

Texas jumped to an 11-3 lead as its fullcourt pressure threw Oklahoma out of rhythm. The Sooners inched their way back into the game, but Texas closed the first half on an 11-4 run to take a 31-22 lead. Yancy scored all of his points in the first half after scoring no more than seven points in a game this season. He made all five of his shots, including three 3-pointers in the first 20 minutes.

Oklahoma shot 28 percent in the first half and scored its lowest point total for a half this season. Hield scored six points on 1-for-6 shooting before the break.

Oklahoma opened the second half on a 7-1 run. Consecutive layups by Ryan Spangler cut Texas' lead to 32-29 and forced the Longhorns to call a timeout.

A 3-pointer by Cousins tied the score at 39, and the game was tight the rest of the way.

"It wasn't a thing of beauty by any means, but we kept battling and kept working at it," Kruger said.

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STAT LINES

Oklahoma's Khadeem Lattin and Texas' Prince Ibeh were called for double technicals with 15:20 remaining in the second half after a run-in.

QUOTABLE

Smart: "We've just got to learn and get better. But what we're not going to do is come out of here and drop our heads and feel sorry for ourselves, because in this conference, nobody cares if you feel sorry for yourself. No one's going to join you in that pity party."

ELITE COMPANY

Hield passed Ryan Minor and moved into sixth place in school history with 1,957 points. Stacey King is fifth with 2,008.

TIP-INS

Texas: Committed just four turnovers in the first half. ... Yancey had six rebounds in the first half. ... Outrebounded Oklahoma 36-34.

Oklahoma: The Sooners, who entered the game leading the nation in 3-point shooting, made 4 of 11 from beyond the arc in the first half. ... Had just four assists in the first half. ... Hield had four turnovers in the first half. ... Spangler had eight points and 10 rebounds

UP NEXT

Texas plays at No. 14 Iowa State on Saturday.

Oklahoma hosts No. 7 Kansas on Saturday.

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Hield's 3-pointer lifts No. 3 Oklahoma past No. 24 Texas http://www.dailyastorian.com/hields-3-pointer-lifts-no-3-oklahoma-past-no-24-texas-da-ap-webfeeds-news-college-sports3cfd2b9580fd40339ab027bf59d4cbe3 http://www.dailyastorian.com/hields-3-pointer-lifts-no-3-oklahoma-past-no-24-texas-da-ap-webfeeds-news-college-sports3cfd2b9580fd40339ab027bf59d4cbe3#Comments Tue, 9 Feb 2016 01:11:13 -0500 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016302099899 NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Buddy Hield had done just about everything this season. He did the ultimate Monday night.

Hield's 3-pointer from the left wing with 1.3 seconds remaining lifted No. 3 Oklahoma to a 63-60 victory over No. 24 Texas.

Hield scored 12 of his 27 points in the final 3:11, including two 3-pointers.

"I had been struggling all night trying to get a shot off," he said. "I finally made the last two, which is more important, so thank God for the win."

Hield was given the option to drive or shoot the jumper.

"It wasn't a special play, it was a special shot," Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger said. "I thought their defender did a really good job, had a hand up, and Buddy still made a tough shot."

Texas coach Shaka Smart gave Hield credit for the way he closed the game.

"He's a terrific player," Smart said. "Best player in the country. For most of the game, we did a really good job on him, considering how good a player he is. Down the stretch, he really was aggressive. He got to the foul line, and obviously, hit that big shot."

Isaiah Cousins added 17 points for the Sooners (20-3, 8-3 Big 12), who trailed for most of the game. Oklahoma bounced back from a loss at Kansas State on Saturday that cost it the No. 1 ranking. The Sooners beat the Longhorns for the sixth straight time and increased their home winning streak to 19 games.

Isaiah Taylor scored 19 points and Kendal Yancy added a season-high 13 for Texas (16-8, 7-4), which had won four straight and seven of eight. The Longhorns entered the Top 25 for the first time this season earlier Monday.

"I don't think you come out of any loss feeling good if you're a competitor, and we came here to win," Smart said.

Both teams shot 40 percent from the field, but the Sooners outscored the Longhorns 14-6 from the free throw line.

Hield made two free throws with 1:19 remaining to put the Sooners up 60-58.

Taylor made two free throws with 57.1 seconds to go to tie it at 60. Hield missed a short jumper, but Taylor committed an offensive foul on the other end, giving Oklahoma the chance to set up Hield for the final shot. Hield intercepted Texas' inbounds pass and ran out the clock.

Texas jumped to an 11-3 lead as its fullcourt pressure threw Oklahoma out of rhythm. The Sooners inched their way back into the game, but Texas closed the first half on an 11-4 run to take a 31-22 lead. Yancy scored all of his points in the first half after scoring no more than seven points in a game this season. He made all five of his shots, including three 3-pointers in the first 20 minutes.

Oklahoma shot 28 percent in the first half and scored its lowest point total for a half this season. Hield scored six points on 1-for-6 shooting before the break.

Oklahoma opened the second half on a 7-1 run. Consecutive layups by Ryan Spangler cut Texas' lead to 32-29 and forced the Longhorns to call a timeout.

A 3-pointer by Cousins tied the score at 39, and the game was tight the rest of the way.

"It wasn't a thing of beauty by any means, but we kept battling and kept working at it," Kruger said.

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STAT LINES

Oklahoma's Khadeem Lattin and Texas' Prince Ibeh were called for double technicals with 15:20 remaining in the second half after a run-in.

QUOTABLE

Smart: "We've just got to learn and get better. But what we're not going to do is come out of here and drop our heads and feel sorry for ourselves, because in this conference, nobody cares if you feel sorry for yourself. No one's going to join you in that pity party."

ELITE COMPANY

Hield passed Ryan Minor and moved into sixth place in school history with 1,957 points. Stacey King is fifth with 2,008.

TIP-INS

Texas: Committed just four turnovers in the first half. ... Yancey had six rebounds in the first half. ... Outrebounded Oklahoma 36-34.

Oklahoma: The Sooners, who entered the game leading the nation in 3-point shooting, made 4 of 11 from beyond the arc in the first half. ... Had just four assists in the first half. ... Hield had four turnovers in the first half. ... Spangler had eight points and 10 rebounds

UP NEXT

Texas plays at No. 14 Iowa State on Saturday.

Oklahoma hosts No. 7 Kansas on Saturday.

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Brother of Dublin crime boss killed in growing gangland feud http://www.dailyastorian.com/brother-of-dublin-crime-boss-killed-in-growing-gangland-feud-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worlda9a5fd85fd5443a39b7d6f2567fcc11a http://www.dailyastorian.com/brother-of-dublin-crime-boss-killed-in-growing-gangland-feud-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worlda9a5fd85fd5443a39b7d6f2567fcc11a#Comments Tue, 9 Feb 2016 01:00:12 -0500 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016302099831 DUBLIN (AP) — Irish police say a four-man gang has shot to death the brother of a Dublin crime kingpin as a feud between rival drug trafficking gangs deepens.

Monday night's killing of 59-year-old Eddie Hutch, Sr. in his home is billed by police and politicians as likely retaliation for last week's gun attack on a boxing pre-match event that left one man dead and two wounded. The feud pits gunmen loyal to Gerry "The Monk" Hutch against henchmen of the Spain-based drug cartel of Christy Kinahan.

Police say Eddie Hutch was shot several times in the hallway of his home and his attackers escaped in a vehicle that they later abandoned, but failed to burn, about a mile (2 kilometers) away. Police found a fuel can and balaclava masks inside.

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AP News Guide: Snowy New Hampshire has its say in 2016 race http://www.dailyastorian.com/ap-news-guide-snowy-new-hampshire-has-its-say-in-2016-race-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world4af06804c1d141cca1f2db28703968bc http://www.dailyastorian.com/ap-news-guide-snowy-new-hampshire-has-its-say-in-2016-race-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world4af06804c1d141cca1f2db28703968bc#Comments Tue, 9 Feb 2016 01:10:48 -0500 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016302099829 MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — You may have heard about the establishment lane in the 2016 presidential campaign, the outsider lane and more. What the Republican candidates really want from the New Hampshire primary is an express lane out of the traffic jam that is the GOP contest.

Democrats want clarity, too, on Tuesday but are unlikely to find much of that in a primary Bernie Sanders was widely expected to win before he and national front-runner Hillary Clinton move to tougher ground for him.

New Hampshire voters reward insurgents at times (Pat Buchanan), iconoclasts other times (John McCain) and mainstream hopefuls on other occasions. They tend to like neighbors, such as Sanders from Vermont.

They have a history with the Clinton and Bush families, but that does not mean they follow a lane of the heart. Donald Trump's splashy New York attitude is a turnoff to some and an attraction to others, and whether the GOP front-runner pulls off a much-needed win after he fell short in Iowa is one of the towering questions of the night.

Whatever happens, the 2016 campaign is in transition. The close-up campaigning in coffee shops and gyms in far-flung snowy expanses shifts now to bigger states where those who come out of New Hampshire intact will need the advertising muscle and organizational strength to score big, fast and increasingly at a national level.

A look at the race as New Hampshire voters head out for the nation's first primary.

ABOUT THOSE LANES

—One of the favorite buzzwords of politicos this year, a lane is where several candidates unofficially compete for primacy in various segments of the electorate. In New Hampshire, Marco Rubio, John Kasich, Jeb Bush and Chris Christie are struggling over who among them can consolidate the support of moderate or establishment-minded Republicans and rise up to be the prime challenger to Trump, the New Hampshire poll leader, and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, the Iowa caucuses winner.

Until his famously flustered debate performance, Rubio was seen as the man on the move, probably not able to defeat Trump in New Hampshire but with a strong chance to outdistance other rivals and perhaps drive some from the race.

Whether that is so is the other towering question of the night.

—Among Democrats, Clinton's 2008 win in New Hampshire set her back on course after a dispiriting third-place finish in the Iowa caucuses, won by Barack Obama on his way to the presidency.

This time, a New Hampshire win would go even further to juice up her campaign after her unsatisfying hair's-breadth win in Iowa. Short of such an upset, Clinton and Sanders will be casting the result in ways that suit them — a closer-than-expected margin, for example, could be spun as a victory for both. No clarity, in other words, unless the socialist Vermont senator badly stumbles.

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CUE MUSIC FROM 'JAWS'

In 2013, Republicans picked Rubio to respond to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, coveted prime-time exposure for the promising new senator. His jarring reach for a drink of water during his remarks prompted laughter and derision, a setback he eventually overcame by making fun of himself and letting time pass.

Not so after the New Hampshire presidential debate, when Christie rose like a shark from the depths and bit him. Rubio has earnestly defended his back-to-back repetition of rehearsed lines about Obama in the debate, saying he believes them so firmly he will keep saying them. But are the voters laughing?

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FLASHBACK TO '92

—A Republican insurgency rooted in populist anger, flavored with tough talk about immigration. Sound familiar?

In 1992 the insurgent was Buchanan, a conservative commentator then and now. He captured economic angst and disaffection with the status quo to mount an extraordinary challenge to a sitting president in an incumbent primary that normally would have seen no contest. Buchanan posted a strong finish behind President George H.W. Bush, Jeb's dad. Buchanan dragged the primary contest on for several months before dropping out.

He took on the establishment again in 1996, winning in New Hampshire and declaring "the peasants are coming with pitchforks." But the establishment — Bob Dole — won the nomination.

—In that unsettled time, Bill Clinton was "the man from Hope," his Arkansas hometown and his siren call to the nation. A fresh face though hardly an outsider, the longtime Arkansas governor already had baggage — questions swirling about his behavior with women and his history with the military draft. But he powered to a "comeback kid" second-place finish against Paul Tsongas from neighboring Massachusetts, showing his campaign had resilience and reach after a poor finish in Iowa. He won the nomination and the White House.

Three years after "Dynasty" wrapped up on TV, these were the stirrings of the dynastic politics that would follow, through George W. Bush's presidency in the 2000s, brother Jeb's effort now and Hillary Clinton's 2008 and 2016 campaigns.

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Woodward reported from Washington.

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Primary puts values of retail campaigning to the test http://www.dailyastorian.com/primary-puts-values-of-retail-campaigning-to-the-test-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worldad50f487608641798df0e8f223be15b6 http://www.dailyastorian.com/primary-puts-values-of-retail-campaigning-to-the-test-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worldad50f487608641798df0e8f223be15b6#Comments Tue, 9 Feb 2016 01:10:44 -0500 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016302099830 MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Donald Trump upended the traditions of New Hampshire campaigning when he opted for mega-rallies over living room conversations and diner stops, spending less time in the first primary state than any of his rivals. Yet the businessman goes into the state's Tuesday primary with the hope of clinching his first win.

The trio of governors vying for second place — Ohio Gov. John Kasich, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush — campaigned with a more personal touch. They're betting that a near-constant presence and a one-handshake-at-a-time approach is what really matters in 2016, as it has in this state many times before.

In between are Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, two candidates running a multi-state strategy that's meant fewer and briefer stops through the first primary state, albeit trips that include a traditional grassroots flavor.

The results on Tuesday night will be a test of sorts over which approach works in today's political landscape, with some candidates offering dire warnings that a strong showing for those who have rejected New Hampshire's tradition of campaign trail intimacy could harm the state's first-in-the-nation status.

"If you reward those folks who don't show up here, there is no reason for New Hampshire to be first," Christie told voters Friday morning in Durham, urging them to cast aside Trump, Cruz and Rubio.

Others say such hand-wringing is overblown.

"I've been at it too long to believe (the primary) is transitory," said Tom Rath, a longtime New Hampshire GOP adviser who is backing Kasich. "It'll survive. Trust me."

Polling leading up to Tuesday's contest shows Trump maintaining his wide lead in the GOP field while the remaining candidates are clustered together for second or third place. For Kasich, Christie and Bush, a strong showing in New Hampshire is essential for keeping their White House hopes alive after weak showings in Iowa.

The three have campaigned intensely here; Kasich and Christie have spent more than 70 days in the state since early 2015, with Kasich holding more than 100 town hall events. Bush, likewise, has spent more than 50 days in the state, as has Carly Fiorina, who has all but fallen out of the political conversation.

Cruz and Rubio, meanwhile, aren't focusing solely on New Hampshire, a strategy that paid off for both in Iowa and could pay dividends in South Carolina's Feb. 20 primary.

At various points, Cruz was absent from New Hampshire for as long as two months at a time, although he's packed his schedule this week with tours of local business and visits to VFW halls, taking questions from voters at each appearance.

Trump, by contrast, embraced the style of campaigning his rivals have been practicing for months for the first time just 24 hours before voting began.

The billionaire kept things small and personal throughout the day, as he supplemented his usually large and raucous rallies with intimate town hall events and a lunch with Rotary Club members. While Trump clearly thrives off the intensity of larger crowds, he appeared relaxed and at home in the more intimate, in-the-round settings of an Elks Lodge in Salem and the Londonderry Lions Club, pacing gently, kibitzing and interacting with audience members as he led question-and-answer sessions.

Voters seemed to appreciate his more up-close style.

Salem resident Kyle Harris, 54, who works in telecommunications, walked into Trump's first event torn between the businessman and Rubio, and with questions about whether Trump was approachable enough.

"Seeing him in an arena makes me feel like I'm going to a Bruins game. This is how you get to know the people," he said. Indeed, the close-up interaction convinced Harris to vote for Trump.

Trump may have come late to the game, but it's this type of up-close interaction that New Hampshire's fierce primary defenders say is valuable regardless of Tuesday's outcome.

"We make the president a better president because at some point in time, this process forces them to look real people in the eye, not through a television screen," Rath said.

If Kasich, Christie and Bush don't have strong showings, it's not necessarily a reflection that the value of retail is dead, said Dante Scala, a political scientist at the University of New Hampshire and a longtime primary observer. All three are competing for a similar slice of the electorate, leaving potential for voters to split evenly among them.

"In some ways, it's too much grassroots politicking spread among too many candidates," Scala said.

Steve Duprey, a Republican National Committeeman from New Hampshire, says it's too early to write off the value of grassroots New Hampshire campaigning.

"This is an unusual cycle, it is an unusual time, we have a candidate who's campaigning in an unusual way," Duprey said of Trump. "That doesn't mean the old model doesn't work. Let's see how the results come in."

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Associated Press writer Jill Colvin in Londonderry, New Hampshire, contributed to this report.

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South African court hears case against president http://www.dailyastorian.com/south-african-court-hears-case-against-president-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world365216c95de64164ad2d64007edd77dd http://www.dailyastorian.com/south-african-court-hears-case-against-president-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world365216c95de64164ad2d64007edd77dd#Comments Tue, 9 Feb 2016 01:11:41 -0500 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016302099824 JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's highest court is hearing a case against President Jacob Zuma, who is accused of violating the constitution in a scandal over state spending on his private home.

Opposition parties brought the case against Zuma to the Constitutional Court, whose proceedings were being shown on live television Tuesday.

The parties say Zuma was required to follow a 2014 recommendation from the state watchdog agency that he pay back some of the more than $20 million in home upgrades.

On Feb. 3, Zuma's office said he was willing to reimburse some money. His critics say he wanted to avoid the embarrassment of a court hearing about his conduct.

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Trump, Sanders look to emerge from New Hampshire with wins http://www.dailyastorian.com/trump-sanders-look-to-emerge-from-new-hampshire-with-wins-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worldd20de5a5b476487c802fd7d9ca4d19ad http://www.dailyastorian.com/trump-sanders-look-to-emerge-from-new-hampshire-with-wins-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worldd20de5a5b476487c802fd7d9ca4d19ad#Comments Tue, 9 Feb 2016 01:00:17 -0500 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016302099833 MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders hope to emerge from New Hampshire's primary Tuesday with their first wins of the 2016 presidential election, victories that would lend needed credibility to the unexpected contenders' pursuit of their parties' nomination.

Trump leads a Republican field that has been in flux in the final days of campaigning across snowy New Hampshire. A rocky debate performance by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has jeopardized his chance to pull away from a trio of governors and firmly establish himself as the chief rival to Trump and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

In the two-person race for the Democratic nomination, Sanders has held an advantage over Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire for weeks. The state is friendly territory for the Vermont senator and a must-win if he's to have a chance of staying competitive with Clinton as the race moves to more diverse states that are seen as more hospitable to the former secretary of state.

"We're running a very radical campaign because we are telling the American people the truth and that's something that is not often told in the political world," Sanders said Monday as he urged supporters to help him pull out a win. The senator finished second to Clinton in the leadoff Iowa caucuses by the narrowest of margins.

The enthusiasm behind Trump, a real estate mogul with who has never held political office, and Sanders, an avowed democratic socialist, underscore the public's anger with the current political system. Even if neither candidate ultimately becomes their party's nominee, those who do will have to reckon with the voter frustration they've tapped into.

After finishing behind Cruz in Iowa, Trump has spent the past week both protesting that result and stepping up more traditional campaign activities. While he's long preferred large rallies, he spent the final full day of campaigning holding some smaller town hall events.

Trump did get in a shot at Cruz during a massive rally in Manchester Monday night. When an audience member shouted out an insult directed at Cruz — a vulgar term for "coward" — Trump repeated the term and jokingly reprimanded the woman.

The large Republican field was winnowed after Iowa, but there remains a crowded grouping of more traditional candidates, including Rubio. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie have all staked their White House bid on New Hampshire, hoping a strong showing here will lead voters — and crucial financial donors — to give their candidacies another look.

Rubio appeared to be breaking away from the governors after a stronger-than-expected showing in Iowa, but stumbled in Saturday's debate under intense pressure from Christie. The New Jersey governor has relentlessly cast the young senator as too inexperienced and too reliant on memorized talking points to become president.

Rubio played into Christie's hands by responding with the same well-rehearsed line each time he was challenged by the governor. Rival campaigns hope the moment was enough to give voters pause when they head to the polls on Tuesday.

In his final swing through the state Monday, Christie urged voters to pick a candidate who "has the maturity, and the steadiness, and the aggression to protect our country and put us back in the right spot."

Kasich, who has prided himself on avoiding attacks on his rivals, said he hoped New Hampshire voters are "fed up with the negative."

If Rubio and the governors finish in a pack Tuesday, it's likely to frustrate Republican Party elites who are eager to coalesce around a single candidate to challenge Trump and Cruz. Some party leaders believe both Trump and Cruz are unelectable in the general election, especially if Clinton is the Democratic nominee.

Despite the expectations of a loss in New Hampshire, Clinton has campaigned aggressively in the state. Amid her rallies and town hall events, she's knocked on voters' doors and made surprise visits to local coffee shops and restaurants.

"I am thrilled to be here the day before the first in the nation primary to make my final push to convince as many Granite staters as possible to come out and vote for me," Clinton said during a stop in Manchester Monday.

Behind Clinton's upbeat demeanor, however, are growing concerns within her campaign about her standing with young people, who are flocking to Sanders. Some Clinton supporters also fear she isn't doing as well with female voters as she should be, a concern that was magnified after high-profile women backing her campaign made eyebrow-raising comments that appeared to disparage women supporting her rival.

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Pace reported from Washington. AP writers Lisa Lerer, Ken Thomas and Holly Ramer contributed to this report.

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The Latest: German train crash was head-on http://www.dailyastorian.com/the-latest-german-train-crash-was-head-on-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world47a75b4e7e8d42599a93914b03e2b1b4 http://www.dailyastorian.com/the-latest-german-train-crash-was-head-on-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world47a75b4e7e8d42599a93914b03e2b1b4#Comments Tue, 9 Feb 2016 01:00:21 -0500 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016302099850 BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on a train crash in Germany that has caused deaths and injuries (all times local):

9:50 a.m.

German news agency dpa reports that four people have died in the head-on train crash in Bavaria.

Dpa, citing a federal police official on the scene, says that about 150 people were injured in the crash Tuesday morning between two regional trains near Bad Aibling, about 60 kilometers (40 miles) southeast of Munich.

A spokesman for German Federal Police in Bavaria, Matthias Knott, told the AP that the crash took place "in an inaccessible region" and that rescue personnel were still in the middle of getting passengers out of the trains.

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9 a.m.

Police spokesman Stefan Sonntag told The Associated Press that two regional trains crashed head-on on the single track between Rosenheim and Holzkirchen shortly before 7 a.m. on Tuesday.

Sonntag said that at least two people had died in the crash, but that the scene of the accident was so confusing that he did not have any specific numbers of injured and dead yet.

"This is the biggest accident we have had in years in this region and we have many emergency doctors, ambulances and helicopters on the scene," Sonntag said.

He said some people were still stuck inside the wreckage of the train and rescue personnel were trying to free them.

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8:55 a.m.

Police say at least two people have died and about 100 have been injured — 10 seriously — in a train crash in southern Germany.

German news agency dpa reported that two regional trains were involved in the crash Tuesday morning near Bad Aibling in Bavaria.

8:45 a.m.

Police say several people have been injured in an early morning train crash in southern Germany.

They say two trains were involved in the crash near Bad Aibling, in Bavaria. It was not immediately clear how many people were injured.

German news agency dpa reported that one train derailed in the crash Tuesday morning, and several wagons overturned.

Dpa reported that eight rescue helicopters were standing on a lawn near the entrance to the town of Bad Aibling and further rescue staff were on the way to the scene of the crash.

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US faces shortcomings in coalition-building for anti-IS war http://www.dailyastorian.com/us-faces-shortcomings-in-coalition-building-for-anti-is-war-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world47c5f34144014f929f1386de7b7d2e44 http://www.dailyastorian.com/us-faces-shortcomings-in-coalition-building-for-anti-is-war-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world47c5f34144014f929f1386de7b7d2e44#Comments Tue, 9 Feb 2016 01:11:03 -0500 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016302099826 WASHINGTON (AP) — To doubters of its strategy for defeating the Islamic State, the Obama administration likes to tout its coalition of 66 nations and claim strength in numbers. But a year and a half into the war, some administration officials are acknowledging that this supposed source of strength has its own weaknesses.

Defense Secretary Ash Carter offered a glimpse of his own apparent frustration last week when he referred to "our so-called coalition" and suggested the slackers need to step up.

"We need everybody, and that's all the Europeans, the (Persian) Gulf states ... Turkey, which is right there on the border. So there are a lot that need to make more contributions," he said.

So Carter is leaving Tuesday for Brussels, where he will convene a meeting Thursday of defense chiefs from about two dozen coalition countries, including most NATO members, Iraq and the Gulf states. He indicated he will, behind closed doors, share with them details of the U.S. strategy for recapturing the main Islamic State group strongholds in Syria and Iraq.

"What I'm going to do is sit down and say, here is the campaign plan ... If you're thinking World War II newsreel pictures, you think of an arrow going north to take Mosul and another arrow coming south to take Raqqa," he said last week. And then he will run through a list of military capabilities — "boots on the ground, airplanes in the air," plus trainers and other support personnel — that will be needed to achieve victory.

"And I'm going to say, 'OK, guys. Let's match up what is needed to win with what you have, and kind of give everybody the opportunity to make an assignment for themselves,'" he said. "The United States will lead this and we're determined, but other people have to do their part because civilization has to fight for itself."

A few coalition countries have made promises of increased support in recent days. The Netherlands, which has been carrying out airstrikes in Iraq, said on Jan. 29 that it would expand its efforts to Syria. Saudi Arabia indicated last week it could send ground troops into Syria, although it was not clear whether the offer was conditioned on U.S. ground forces participating. Canada announced on Monday that it will quit conducting airstrikes in Syria and Iraq by Feb. 22 but will expand its contributions to training Kurdish and other local forces and provide more humanitarian and developmental aid. Canada also will keep two surveillance planes in the region and conduct aerial refueling missions.

Over the course of a decade and a half of coalition warfare in Iraq and Afghanistan, U.S. officials have frequently found themselves pleading and cajoling with the Europeans to contribute more, and they generally have responded with pledges to do just a little bit more. The pattern may be repeated in Brussels. Inevitably it falls to the U.S. military, with greater resources and a longer reach, to carry the biggest burden in countering terrorism.

The air campaign in Syria and Iraq, for example, is advertised as a 13-nation undertaking. But of the 10,060 strikes conducted over the past year and a half — 6,723 in Iraq and 3,337 in Syria, as of Feb. 1 — U.S. warplanes have conducted all but 2,124 of the Iraq hits and all but 208 in Syria. At their low point last August, the allies conducted only two strikes in Syria while the U.S. conducted 210, according to figures provided by the Pentagon. More recently, non-U.S. airstrikes have increased as a share of total strikes.

The U.S. also is counting on another kind of partnership, one that is central to its strategy for not just defeating the Islamic State group but ensuring it stays defeated. It is trying to empower local armies in both Iraq and Syria by partnering with them for training, equipping and advising — without doing the fighting for them. Carter wants more European allies to chip in with trainers and other forms of support.

This cooperation between local and coalition forces is beginning to pay dividends, especially in Iraq, where U.S.-trained Iraqi security forces recently recaptured the city of Ramadi. Iraqi Kurdish forces, known as the peshmerga, have made even more substantial battlefield gains with a great deal of help from U.S. forces.

The Kurdish equation is complicated, however, by sensitivities involving Turkey, a NATO ally that fears a Kurdish insurgency within its own borders. In a report this month for the private Institute for the Study of War, analysts Patrick Martin and Christopher Kozak wrote that the U.S. and its coalition partners may have become over-reliant on the Kurds, and that this threatens to drive Turkey away from deeper cooperation against the Islamic State militants.

"Second, the U.S. risks fueling long-term ethnic conflict in both Iraq and Syria due to the relative empowerment of the Kurds at the expense of other local powerbrokers, often Sunni Arabs," they wrote.

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Taiwan seeks detention of developers of toppled building http://www.dailyastorian.com/taiwan-seeks-detention-of-developers-of-toppled-building-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world5d231b11bdfc4339803c17812bb5cc37 http://www.dailyastorian.com/taiwan-seeks-detention-of-developers-of-toppled-building-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world5d231b11bdfc4339803c17812bb5cc37#Comments Tue, 9 Feb 2016 00:50:21 -0500 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016302099832 TAINAN, Taiwan (AP) — Prosecutors have requested the detention of the developers of a high-rise apartment building in southern Taiwan that collapsed over the weekend following a strong earthquake, killing dozens of people, official media said Tuesday.

The Tainan District Prosecutors Office said Lin Ming-hui and two others, identified only by their surnames, Chang and Cheng, were suspected of negligence resulting in death, Taiwan's official Central News Agency reported.

The office requested their detention to prevent collusion or other acts that could disrupt the investigation, CNA said. A hearing on the matter was scheduled for later Tuesday.

The death toll in the quake stood at 41 on Tuesday afternoon, with all but two of the deaths coming in the building collapse. More than 100 people are believed to still be trapped in the debris.

Shoddy construction is suspected as having contributed to the disaster, with the 17-story Weiguan Golden Dragon, built in 1989, the only major building to collapse in the quake.

Although the shallow quake was potentially devastating, few buildings were damaged as a result of strict construction standards in force in Taiwan, an island that is frequently struck by quakes.

Most of the 320 people who were rescued from the disaster were saved in the hours immediately after the quake, in which the building collapsed onto itself before toppling over onto its side.

Among the survivors, Ko Ching-chung said he had propped himself against a wall to avoid falling onto his girlfriend after the quake hit just before 4 a.m. Saturday. But after 20 hours, he could no longer hold on and collapsed onto her.

"She would have soon not been able to breathe," Ko, who was rescued along with his girlfriend on Sunday morning, told reporters Monday at the hospital where he was recovering. "I said to her I had to lay on top of her and she said to me it's OK."

Five survivors were believed to have been pulled out on Sunday, and at least four on Monday. One of them, Tsao Wei-ling, called out "Here I am" as rescuers dug through to find her.

She was found under the body of her husband, who had shielded her from a collapsed beam, CNA reported. Tsao's husband and 2-year-old son were found dead, and five other members of the family remained unaccounted for, the news agency said.

Teams on Monday also rescued a 42-year-old man and an 8-year-old girl.

The girl, Lin Su-chin, was recovering in a hospital, where she told her father and grandparents that she was looking forward to gorging on sweets as soon as she was well enough.

Shortly after she was rescued, workers also pulled out her aunt, a 28-year-old Vietnamese woman identified as Chen Mei-jih, who had been trapped on what was the building's fifth floor.

Earthquakes rattle Taiwan frequently. Most are minor and cause little or no damage, though a magnitude-7.6 quake in central Taiwan in 1999 killed more than 2,300 people.

The quake struck during the most important family holiday in the Chinese calendar — the Lunar New Year.

The extended Lunar New Year holiday — the most important family holiday in the Chinese calendar — officially started Monday, but celebrations in Taiwan have been subdued.

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Associated Press videojournalist Tassanee Vejpongsa in Taipei, Taiwan, and writers Louise Watt and Christopher Bodeen and news assistant Henry Hou in Beijing contributed to this report.

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Spain: Princess Cristina back in court for tax fraud trial http://www.dailyastorian.com/spain-princess-cristina-back-in-court-for-tax-fraud-trial-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worldc7445975c2c04e2398e2a522abd2d605 http://www.dailyastorian.com/spain-princess-cristina-back-in-court-for-tax-fraud-trial-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worldc7445975c2c04e2398e2a522abd2d605#Comments Tue, 9 Feb 2016 00:41:30 -0500 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016302099834 PALMA DE MALLORCA, Spain (AP) — Spain's Princess Cristina is back in court for trial along with 17 others, including her husband, on charges ranging from tax fraud to embezzlement.

Cristina, sister of King Felipe VI, face two counts of tax fraud carrying a maximum prison sentence of eight years for allegedly failing to declare taxes on personal expenses paid by a company she owned with her husband, Inaki Urdangarin.

She is the first member of Spain's royal family to face criminal charges since the monarchy was restored in 1975.

Urdangarin is accused of using his former title of Duke of Palma to embezzle about 6 million euros ($6.5 million) in public contracts through the nonprofit Noos Institute he co-ran.

Defendants began testifying Tuesday and are to finish Feb. 26. Cristina, 50, will be last.

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