Hazardous weather has forced the postponement of tonight’s the readers theater production of “What Happened to Brian?” The backstage production, which had been scheduled Monday, has been rescheduled for 5 and 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5, at the State Theatre, 316 Eau Claire St., according to the theater’s Facebook page. The performance focuses on the impact of the 1992 shutdown of Eau Claire’s Uniroyal Goodrich Tire Co. plant on workers. A film version
WASHINGTON — The Latest on the budget battle (all times eastern): 1:30 p.m. Vice President Mike Pence is praising a Senate agreement to reopen the federal government. Pence says before a dinner in Jerusalem with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (neh-ten-YAH‘-hoo) that the shutdown is ending “thanks to the firm stand taken by President Trump” and congressional Republicans. Pence says Americans know a “minority” in the Senate chose to shut down the
BRUSSELS — The European Union imposed economic and travel sanctions Monday against seven senior Venezuelan officials accused of human rights abuses or breaching the rule of law in the crisis-ridden country. The move comes after U.S. authorities levied sanctions against dozens of Venezuela’s leaders, including President Nicolas Maduro, and was adopted “as the political, social and economic situation in Venezuela continues to deteriorate,” EU headquarters said in a
LANSING, Mich. — Three key leaders at USA Gymnastics resigned Monday as more women and girls told a judge about being sexually assaulted at the hands of a sports doctor who spent years with Olympic gymnasts and other female athletes. The resignations of chairman Paul Parilla, vice chairman Jay Binder and treasurer Bitsy Kelley were announced in Indianapolis while a judge in Lansing, Michigan, heard a fifth day of statements from women and girls who said they were molested by Larry Nassar.
HASSA, Turkey (AP) — Intense fighting flared Monday as Turkish troops and their allies advanced on a Kurdish enclave in northwestern Syria, the third day of Ankara’s offensive to oust a U.S.-allied Kurdish militia from the area, according to the militia and a war monitoring group. Skirmishes between Turkish troops and Kurdish fighters also broke out farther east in Syria, threatening to widen the scope of the new front in the Syrian war that pits Turkey against Washington’s
LOS ANGELES — The Western-inspired revenge tale “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” swept the female-focused and led Screen Actors Guild Awards Sunday with wins for best ensemble, best actress for Frances McDormand and best supporting actor for Sam Rockwell. It was almost an exact repeat of the major Golden Globe Awards wins with Gary Oldman also winning best actor for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour” and Allison Janney taking
LIMA, Peru — More than 1 million people turned out Sunday for Pope Francis’ final Mass in Peru, giving him a warm and heartfelt farewell that contrasted sharply with the outcry he caused in neighboring Chile by accusing sex abuse victims of slandering a bishop. Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston, who publicly rebuked the pope on Saturday for those remarks, joined the pontiff and dozens of fellow bishops on a tented altar at a Lima airfield to celebrate the Mass. The crowd of 1.
LAS VEGAS — John Coleman, who co-founded The Weather Channel and was the original meteorologist on ABC’s “Good Morning America” during a six-decade broadcasting career but who later drew people’s anger for his open skepticism about climate change being man-made, has died. He was 83. Coleman died Saturday night at home in Las Vegas, said his wife, Linda Coleman, who did not give the cause of his death. The Texas native got his first TV job while still a student at
SEATTLE — Amazon employees have been testing it, but is the public ready for a cashierless store? More than a year after it introduced the concept, Amazon is opening its artificial intelligence-powered Amazon Go store today in downtown Seattle. The store on the bottom floor of the company’s Seattle headquarters allows shoppers to scan their smartphone with the Amazon Go app at a turnstile, pick out the items they want and leave. By combining computer vision, machine learning
WASHINGTON — The government shutdown will extend into the workweek as the Senate appeared to inch closer to ending a partisan stalemate late Sunday but fell short of agreement. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said negotiations were still underway into the night, with a vote to break a Democratic filibuster on a short-term funding bill scheduled for 11 a.m. today. Seeking to win over holdout votes, McConnell pledged Sunday the Senate would