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Spartanburg man indicted for threats against Obama, Trump

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) -- A Spartanburg man has been charged with threatening then-President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump last year. The U.S. Attorney's Office announced Tuesday that a federal grand jury had indicted 30-year-old Kipper Ken King on two counts of making the threats around November 28, 2016. No details of the threat have been released, and indictments against King don't contain any other information.

South Korea dominates short track speedskating in Sapporo

SAPPORO, Japan (AP) -- South Korea won three gold medals in short track speedskating on Wednesday at the Asian Winter Games. Seo Yi-ra won the men's 1,000 meters to kick off South Korea's gold medal run at the Makomanai Skating Rink. Seo clocked 1 minute, 24.097 seconds for his first Asian Winter Games gold. Sin Da-woon was second in 1:24.119 and Lee Jung-su third in 1:24.169.

New hope for Yazidi women raped and tortured by IS fighters

DOHUK, Iraq (AP) -- It's been less than two weeks since Perwin Ali Baku escaped the Islamic State group, after more than two years in captivity, bought and sold from fighter to fighter and carted from Iraq to Syria and then back again. When a door slams, the 23-year-old Yazidi woman flashes back to her captors locking away her 3-year-old daughter, captured with her, to torment her.

Expect more gung-ho attacking in Man City-Monaco Part II

MANCHESTER, England (AP) -- Pep Guardiola and Leonardo Jardim were up and down from their seats in the dugout, trying to get messages to their players but ultimately powerless to exert any control in a chaotic game that was unfolding before them. In the end, they were just swept along by it like everyone else.

Regulators seek citizen input on Atlantic Coast Pipeline

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Federal regulators are seeking input from people in central Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley about the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. WVIR-TV reports (http://bit.ly/2kWTZT4 ) the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which has the final say on interstate pipelines, is holding a public hearing Wednesday night in Nelson County and Thursday night in Staunton.

Swiss firm finds $100M 'criminal scheme' at South Korea unit

GENEVA (AP) -- Swiss robotics and engineering company ABB says it has unearthed a "sophisticated criminal scheme" involving alleged embezzlement and misappropriation of funds at its South Korean unit, saying the impact could total $100 million. The Zurich-based company says in a statement that the treasurer of the South Korean subsidiary, who went missing on Feb. 7, "is suspected of forging documentation and colluding with third parties to steal from the company.

Governor objects as Senate schedules confirmation meeting

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The Republican-led North Carolina Senate is moving ahead with confirmation for a member of Democrat Roy Cooper's Cabinet, even though the governor argues doing so would violate a court order. A Senate committee was scheduled Wednesday to consider qualifications for Larry Hall, Cooper's secretary for military and veterans' affairs. Cooper sued legislative leaders over a law they approved before he took office requiring Senate confirmation for his Cabinet.

Trial court election changes considered by N Carolina House

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Some Republicans are set on returning all North Carolina state judicial elections to being officially partisan races again. A law quickly approved in December during a special election directed statewide races for Supreme Court and Court of Appeals to become partisan starting in 2018. Now the state House scheduled floor debate Wednesday on legislation extending that to local Superior Court and District Court seats next year, too.

German optimism up in positive sign for Europe's economy

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- German business optimism rose unexpectedly in February as executives appeared to shrug off initial worries about U.S. President Donald Trump's policies, providing another sign that Europe's economy is gaining pace. The Ifo institute index rose to 111.0 points from 109.9 the previous month. That confounded market analyst expectations for a dip to 109.7 and leaves it well above its long-term average of 101.9 points.

UK media report Iraqi suicide bomber was ex-Gitmo detainee

LONDON (AP) -- British news media are reporting that a suicide bomber who attacked a military base in Iraq this week was a former Guantanamo Bay detainee freed in 2004 after Britain lobbied for his release. The SITE intelligence group says the Islamic State group identified the bomber as Abu Zakariya al-Britani. The BBC says the 50-year-old was formerly known as Ronald Fiddler.

Iraqi Shiite militias push to take villages west of Mosul

BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's government-sanctioned paramilitary forces, made up mainly of Shiite militiamen, have launched a new push to capture villages west of the city of Mosul from Islamic State militants. The forces' spokesman, Ahmed al-Asadi, said on Wednesday that the villages are located southwest of the town of Tal Afar, still held by the Islamic State group.

Health law created winners and losers when buying insurance

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Michael Schwarz is a self-employed business owner who buys his own health insurance. Subsidized coverage through "Obamacare" offers protection from life's unpredictable changes and freedom to pursue his vocation, he says. Brett Dorsch is also self-employed and buys his own health insurance. But he gets no financial break from the Affordable Care Act. "To me, it's just been a big lie," Dorsch says, forcing him to pay more for less coverage.

South African court rules against ICC withdrawal

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- A South African court has ruled that the government's decision to withdraw from the International Criminal Court was unconstitutional. A judge in the North Gauteng High Court on Wednesday instructed the government to revoke its notice of withdrawal from the human rights tribunal based in The Hague, Netherlands. South Africa's main opposition party had gone to court, saying the government's notice was illegal because the South African parliament was not consulted.

GOP members of Congress face Trump foes at town halls

BLACKSTONE, Va. (AP) -- Republican U.S. Rep. David Brat, who rode voter anger to a historic political upset nearly three years ago, was on the receiving end of constituent angst about the Trump administration as he held a town hall in Virginia. Protesters and supporters crowded a restaurant conference room in Blackstone where Brat fielded questions for about hour Tuesday.

Trump pick as security adviser is independent-minded

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's choice of an outspoken but non-political Army general as national security adviser is a nod to pragmatism, but Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster will serve a commander in chief with unorthodox ideas about foreign policy and an inner circle of advisers determined to implement them. McMaster, 54, is an independent-minded soldier widely admired for his leadership skills, but he is short on experience in Washington's trenches.

Update on the latest religion news

SCHOOL PRAYER Indiana House education committee backs school prayer bill INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Students' right to pray aloud in Indiana schools would be reaffirmed under a measure a House education committee has approved. Democratic state Rep. John Bartlett's measure was approved Tuesday on a 10-2 vote. Bartlett has said his measure would give students an opportunity to pray in school, but not require them to do so.

Conservative forces clash in Trump's early days

NEW YORK (AP) -- Milo Yiannopoulos represented the conservative movement's struggle with powerful and conflicting forces in the early days of Donald Trump's presidency, even before he lost his job and speaking slot in this week's Conservative Political Action Conference. The 33-year-old British professional provocateur is among the new players in Trump's Republican Party, which is increasingly defined by a say-anything populism and a loose affiliation with white nationalists.

'It saved my life': Talk of Obamacare repeal worries addicts

CATLETTSBURG, Ky. (AP) -- While the Affordable Care Act has brought health coverage to millions of Americans, the effects have been profound, even lifesaving, for some of those caught up in the nation's opioid-addiction crisis. In Kentucky, which has been ravaged worse than almost any other state by fentanyl, heroin and other drugs, Tyler Witten went into rehab at Medicaid's expense after the state expanded the program under a provision of the act.