Politics

Emergency rate hike helps Turkish currency recoup losses

Turkey‘s currency recouped losses Wednesday following an emergency central bank meeting that increased the lending rate by three base points. The lira had fallen to a record low against the dollar amid concerns about an outflow of investor capital and the country‘s ability to manage the situation. The currency dropped to over 4.80 per dollar on Wednesday, down some 5 […]

Mount Rushmore to improve avenue of flags in $14M renovation

The Mount Rushmore National Memorial is getting a $14 million upgrade, though the carved heads of U.S. presidents won‘t be touched. Maureen McGee-Ballinger is chief of interpretation and education at the popular landmark. She told the Rapid City Journal that the construction is mostly overdue maintenance work. “I‘ve been here six-and-a-half years, and we‘ve asked for it every year,” she […]

City hall fire, vehicle burning probed as arson

Authorities say a fire that damaged the entrance of a Pennsylvania city hall and another fire that destroyed a vehicle nearby are being investigated as possible arson. The Lancaster city fire department and police responded at about 3:45 a.m. Wednesday to extinguish the flames. No injuries were reported. Mayor Danene Sorace said “This was arson. There was nothing that was […]

Macron says France to resume cooperation with Rwanda

French President Emmanuel Macron has vowed to resume cooperation between France and Rwanda even though relations between the two countries are not yet fully normalized. <p Relations have been strained in recent years over Rwanda‘s accusations of French complicity in its 1994 genocide, which France denies. France has had no ambassador to Rwanda since the diplomatic tensions peaked in 2015. […]

The Latest: Syria‘s Assad meets with Putin envoy

The Latest on Syria developments (all times local): 8 p.m. Syrian state media says President Bashar Assad has met with Russian President Vladimir Putin‘s special envoy to Syria, after Russia said Assad ally Iran should withdraw its forces from Syria. The SANA news agency says Assad received Alexander Lavrentyev in Damascus on Wednesday. SIGN UP Our journalism makes a difference. […]

Governor: Hurry up on getting election security grant money

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has ordered state officials to hurry up on acquiring a $19 million federal grant aimed at protecting the state‘s election systems from cyberattack. Scott issued the order Wednesday, one day after Secretary of State Ken Detzner said the money would not be available until after the November election. Scott ordered Detzner to finish the application process […]

Iowa candidate runs outside group supporting his campaign

A Democratic candidate for Iowa Secretary of State has been running a political action committee that‘s supporting his campaign despite a law that appears to ban the practice. Jim Mowrer has continued to serve as treasurer of The Majority Rules, which he created after the 2016 presidential election to seek the abolishment of the electoral college. The PAC has donated […]