TOKYO (AP) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday called for public debate on revising Japan's pacifist constitution, saying voters who handed his ruling bloc a majority in weekend parliamentary...
PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating illegal boat charters in Virginia and issuing violations to anyone offering excursions without a license.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on developments in the Persian Gulf region amid rising tensions between Iran and the U.S. (all times local):
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's visit to Europe (all times local):
British Prime Minister Theresa May is giving President Donald Trump a gift that...
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria's Foreign Ministry is calling on the U.N. human rights commissioner to denounce President Donald Trump's recognition of Israel's sovereignty over the occupied Golan...
West Virginia’s New River Train won’t run this year
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A train service in southern West Virginia won't run this fall.
The nonprofit Collis P. Huntington Railroad Society says on its website the New River Train it has...
The Latest: Venezuela partially closes Colombian border
CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — The Latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local):
Venezuela's government is ordering the partial closure of its border with Colombia...
Venezuela seeks UN support against ‘military aggression’
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Venezuela's U.N. Mission is inviting ambassadors of 46 countries to an informal meeting Friday with Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza to underline the U.N. Charter's commitment...
Myanmar parliament approves step toward charter change
NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar's parliament voted Tuesday to create a committee to propose amendments to the country's military-enacted constitution, which grants the armed forces the power to block any change.
The proposal to form the committee was presented by a member of the ruling National League for Democracy party of leader Aung San Suu Kyi, which took power in 2016 after more than five decades of military or military-backed rule.
OAS invokes Inter-American Democratic Charter on Nicaragua
WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Organization of American States is calling on the body to formally assess the state of democracy in Nicaragua and possibly to take action to "foster the restoration of democracy."
The Central American nation has been mired in a political crisis since protests broke out in April demanding President Daniel Ortega leave office — followed by a government crackdown on dissenters.
OAS head seeks activation of democratic charter on Nicaragua
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — Costa Rica said Saturday it has received a request from the head of the Organization of American States to activate a process of invoking the Inter-American Democratic Charter against Nicaragua amid alleged abuses in the country.
Cuban assembly approves draft of new constitution
HAVANA (AP) — Cuba's National Assembly on Saturday approved an update of the country's constitution, the final step before a national referendum expected to approve the new charter in February.
Key Ukrainian church gathering slated for next week
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's Orthodox clerics will gather for a meeting next week that is expected to form a new, independent Ukrainian church, the country's leader said Wednesday, as the authorities ramped up pressure on priests to support the move.
The Ukrainian church has been part of the Russian Orthodox Church for centuries, but Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has pushed for the creation of an independent church as he faces March's presidential election.
Ukrainian police search homes of Russian Orthodox priests
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian police searched the homes of Russian Orthodox priests and Russian Orthodox churches in several cities Monday, stepping up pressure as Kiev pushes for the creation of an independent Ukrainian church.
The eight searches in Ukraine's capital and the nearby Zhytomyr region were part of a criminal investigation into inciting hatred and violence, according to a police statement.
Montpelier approves non-citizen voting in local elections
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Voters in Vermont's capital city have approved seeking a charter change to allow non-U.S. citizens to vote in municipal elections.
The Barre-Montpelier Times Argus reports Montpelier is the first Vermont city or town to pass the measure.
3 missing after fishing boat fire off Baja California
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Mexican authorities have taken over a search for three people missing in the Pacific off Baja California after a fishing boat caught fire over the weekend.
The U.S. Coast Guard says 15 people were pulled from the water by the crew of San Diego-based charter fishing boat Time Machine, which happened to be near the burning Mexican vessel Saturday night.
Former teacher admits to sexually abusing middle schoolers
WASHINGTON (AP) — A man who admitted to sexually abusing seventh- and eighth-grade girls while working as a charter-school math teacher in the nation's capital has been sentenced to nearly 12 years in prison.
News outlets report 33-year-old Robert Leach, of Maryland, told the court Friday that God has since changed his life.
Prosecutors say Leach groomed and abused the children between 2010 and 2013 until he was caught by a parent and fled the country.
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Abe renews pledge to change Japan’s charter to boost troops
ASAKA, Japan (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe renewed his pledge Sunday to push for a revision to the country's war-renouncing constitution, in which he wants the military explicitly mentioned.
Speaking before a field of about 4,000 troops, Abe said that a revision is needed to give his troops sense of pride.
Poland vetoes EU rights report not citing Christians, Jews
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's government says it is vetoing the adoption of an annual report on the European Union's guiding civil rights document because it did not call for protecting Christians and Jews from religious discrimination.
Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro's decision on Thursday to oppose the latest update on the application of the EU's Charter of Fundamental Rights meant the report lacked the unanimity required for approval.
Charter launches wireless plan as cable companies diversify
NEW YORK (AP) — Cable company Charter is launching its own wireless service as cable companies try to diversify to offset slowing traditional cable TV revenue.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard is stepping up patrols along South Carolina waterways as tourists and residents look for ways to avoid paying a licensed charter to get on the water.
LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — A judge ruled in favor of Los Alamos County, supporting the county's request to bar Sheriff Marco Lucero from performing law enforcement duties.
The Los Alamos Monitor reports Lucero's attorney, A. Blair Dunn, says he plans to appeal last Wednesday's decision.
SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) — It's quiet in the back room at the Shawnee Regional Airport.
Aside from sniffling, the occasional air motor and a phone ringing, it's quiet.
Bert Murib, a native of Papua, Indonesia, wiped away his tears as he explained why he traveled about 8,350 miles to Shawnee, Oklahoma.
His tears may have stopped, but his motivation to help his people have a constant flow of food, clothes, resources and independence will never end.
Today in History for June 26th
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Charter Spectrum has closed its Cheyenne call center, laying off 60 workers.
Connecticut-based Charter Communications, which operates locally as Spectrum, is the nation's No. 2 cable company, with roughly 92,000 employees nationally.
A company spokesman says the closure of the Cheyenne call center is part of the company's effort to mainstream its call centers, creating larger regional hubs that can handle more significant call volumes.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican authorities temporarily suspended a charter company which owned a passenger jet that crashed in Cuba, while Cuban media said one of three survivors died Monday, increasing the death toll to 111.
Mexico's General Directorate of Civil Aviation said in a statement that the suspension was ordered to allow an "extraordinary" review to verify whether Aerolineas Damojh, which uses the commercial name Global Air, is complying with the law.
HAVANA (AP) — The Mexican charter company whose 39-year-old plane crashed in Havana had been the subject of two serious complaints about its crews' performance over the last decade, according to authorities in Guyana and a retired pilot for Cuba's national airline.
HAVANA (AP) — The Mexican charter company whose plane crashed in Havana, killing 110 people, has been the subject of two serious complaints about its crews' performance over the last decade, according to authorities in Guyana and a retired pilot for Cuba's national airline.
Gulf of Mexico charter red snapper season June 1-July 21
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Federal authorities have set the red snapper season for charter boats in the Gulf of Mexico, giving them from June 1 through July 21 to catch the popular sport and table fish.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the total recreational quota is about 6.7 million pounds (3 million kilograms), with a 2.3-million-pound (1 million kilograms) target for charter boats.
UN extends stabilization mission in Haiti, 2 abstain
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Security Council has voted to extend the U.N. Stabilization Mission in Haiti which is training the national police and helping the government strengthen judicial and legal institutions and monitor human rights.
Russia and China abstained in Tuesday's vote, protesting that the resolution should not be under Chapter 7 of the U.N. Charter which can authorize sanctions and be militarily enforced.
The U.N. peacekeeping mission in Haiti ended in mid-October after 13 years.
The American National Bank of Beaver Dam has converted from a federally chartered bank to a state chartered bank and will change its name to American Bank, according to the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions.
“Last fall, The American National Bank made the decision to transition from a federal charter to a state charter, and filed an application with the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions to do so.
The city’s public bank task force will not recommend that the municipal government pursue a Public Bank of Santa Fe, according to a draft of the panel’s final report.
Instead, after finding the establishment of a public bank in the state capital would face legal and regulatory hurdles, the task force will encourage the city to put its efforts toward working with state-level partners on a potential Public Bank of New Mexico.
Georgia Senate backs plan forming city of Eagle’s Landing
ATLANTA (AP) — A portion of Henry County has cleared a hurdle in its controversial quest to form a new city called Eagle's Landing.
The Georgia Senate on Thursday approved two measures that would define new boundaries for the city of Stockbridge, which Eagle's Landing is being carved from, and provide a charter for the new city.
Charter revoked for Michigan fraternity after hazing probe
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A national fraternity says it has revoked the charter of its University of Michigan chapter following an investigation into alleged hazing.
Zeta Beta Tau International Fraternity announced Tuesday that its Supreme Council voted to revoke the charter at the Ann Arbor school after it determined that members were violating a number of fraternity policies, including those that prohibit hazing.
The race is on to expand high-speed internet service across the country.
STAMFORD — Charter Communications and Viacom have announced a multi-year extension of their distribution partnership and new production and advertising initiatives, a month after a contractual dispute nearly led to a blackout.
The reason Oct. 24 has been designated as a “Day of Shame” by numerous patriotic organizations is because, on that date in 1945, the United Nations first met. The author of the UN Charter was communist spy Alger Hiss, who happened to be available to chair that first meeting in San Francisco. I liken it to being put together like a Frankenstein with devious means, and kept alive only by massive doses of deceit and cunning. Similar to the creatures we see portrayed as slithering about on Halloween night, only the UN creatures are real.
Student charters planes to bring supplies to Puerto Rico
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Carnegie Mellon student disturbed by stories from her native Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria decided to do something about it.
Rosana Guernica, 22, a junior majoring in decision sciences, heard stories about people getting off the island by chartering a private plane, so she got the idea of raising money for a plane to bring in medical supplies and evacuate sick people.
Her grandmother told her it was a crazy idea, but that's exactly what Guernica has done — twice.
Bethenny Frankel has chartered three planes filled with cash, food and medical supplies to Puerto Rico to help those affected by Hurricane Maria.
The 46-year-old reality TV star has packed the jets full of cash cards, hygiene products, and paediatric supplies for the Caribbean island, which has been rocked by the natural disaster, leaving all 3.5 million residents without power.
French fashion giants ban ultra-skinny models
PARIS (AP) — Two of the world's biggest luxury goods conglomerates will stop working with unhealthily thin fashion models, as part of a joint charter signed Wednesday that aims to protect their health.
The pact adopted by French corporations LVMH and Kering, which own brands like Dior, Gucci and Louis Vuitton, incorporates — and goes beyond — a new French law that requires models to provide medical certificates proving they are healthy before they can work.
Coast Guard terminates 22 Illinois charter boat operations
CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard partnered with Illinois officials to police charter operations on Lake Michigan and the Illinois River, ending voyages for 22 vessels.
The Coast Guard and Illinois Department of Natural Resources undertook the effort over the last two weeks. The Coast Guard says the vessel operators had administrative controls placed, ordering the boats to immediately cease operating as commercial passenger vessels until they comply with federal law.
Charter defines role of Macron’s wife _ still not first lady
PARIS (AP) — President Emmanuel Macron's office published a charter Monday detailing the role his wife will play during his term, a first for France but a step down from his initial plan to give her a budget and legal status as first lady.
Venezuela rejects Trump talk of ‘military option’
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's government energetically rejected U.S. President Donald Trump's talk of a potential "military option" to resolve the country's political crisis on Saturday, calling it the most egregious act of belligerence against Venezuela in a century and a threat to stability in the region.
Egypt’s Moussa rejects calls to extend presidential terms
CAIRO (AP) — The head of the panel that drafted Egypt's 2014 constitution, possibly the most progressive in the country's history, has denounced calls to amend the charter, saying parliament should focus instead on implementing it.
In a carefully-worded statement Saturday, Amr Moussa was apparently responding to calls by some lawmakers to extend by two years the four-year term the president serves in office.
STAMFORD — Last year, Charter Communications supercharged its growth with two blockbuster deals. Now, other giants are apparently eying Charter for their own expansions.
The latest on developments in financial markets (All times local):
Gains for banks and media companies are mostly outweighing losses elsewhere in the market, leaving stock indexes little changed by the end of trading on Wall Street.
Cable companies were a big focus for investors Monday. Charter Communications jumped 6 percent following reports that Japanese technology company SoftBank might make an offer for it.
NEW YORK (AP) — Charter, one of the largest cable companies in the U.S., says it's not interested in buying wireless carrier Sprint.
Sprint, the fourth-largest carrier in the U.S., is unprofitable and has a lot of debt. According to published reports , Sprint had proposed an acquisition by Charter. Sprint didn't answer a request for comment Monday.
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Opponents of President Nicolas Maduro at home and abroad tried again Wednesday to pressure the socialist leader into halting his plans to rewrite Venezuela's constitution though there was no public sign their efforts were working.