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Munich Security Conference Reveals A Growing Rift Between U.S. And Its Allies

The U.S.-led liberal world order is falling apart, according to the organizers of a gathering of world leaders and defense chiefs in Germany that has met annually since the Cold War. The Munich Security Conference report said the Trump administration displays an "irritating enthusiasm for strongmen across the globe" and "disdain for international institutions and agreements." For much of this past week, the growing rift between the U.S. and its traditional European allies has been on display....

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The re-election committee for Ohio Republican congressman Dave Joyce suspects its former treasurer has stolen tens of thousands of dollars from the campaign's bank account. 

Columbus police have arrested a suspect in a Tuesday shooting that turned fatal.

Columbus Public Health says an employee of Eddy’s Chicken and Waffles on East Livingston Avenue has been confirmed to have contracted hepatitis A. 

In 2015, a verdict was delivered on the cheating scandal in Atlanta Public Schools.

The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund is cutting its payouts in half for some and by as much as 70 percent for others, as the fund faces a surge in claims ahead of its expiration date in December 2020.

The fund, which was opened in 2011, compensates for deaths and illnesses due to exposure to toxins at the sites of the Sept. 11 attacks. The $7.3 billion fund has already paid out about $5 billion to 21,000 claimants. But it still has about 19,000 additional unpaid claims to address.

State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert withdrew herself from consideration on Saturday for the nomination of U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

"I am grateful to President Trump and Secretary [of State Mike] Pompeo for the trust they placed in me for considering me for the position of U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations," she said, according to a statement released by the State Department. "However, the past two months have been grueling for my family and therefore it is in the best interest of my family that I withdraw my name from consideration."

As birds flitted on and off of colorful feeders in a flicker of flapping feathers, and chattered in chirps — punctuated by the occasional trill — a band of birdwatchers offered a cacophony of their own.

"I heard a red-winged blackbird!"

"There's a blue jay!"

"Is that a downy woodpecker?"


And, finally, today, even as we've learned of yet another deadly mass shooting in our country, this time in Illinois, we are still remembering the tragedy in Parkland, Fla. Seventeen students and staff members were killed and another 17 were wounded one year ago. Annabel Claprood was a sophomore at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School then. She survived the events of last February 14 but struggles to overcome the trauma. Jessica Bakeman of member station WLRN spent time with Annabel over the last year and brings us her journey through the seasons.

Actor Bruno Ganz, whose long career and signature roles as an angel in the film Wings of Desire and Adolf Hitler in Downfall made him one of the most recognized actors of German-language cinema, died on Friday. He was 77.

The gunman who killed five people in Aurora, Ill., and wounded five police officers started shooting after learning he was being fired, police said on Saturday.


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WCBE presents Joe Policastro Trio Live From Studio A Fri. Feb. 15, 2019@11AM!

This Chicago based alternative jazz trio will be in Columbus to perform at Copious Notes the evening of the 15th. Led by Joe Policastro on Bass, his bandmates are Dave Miller on Guitar and Mikel Avery on Drums. Thier new release, "Nothing Here Belongs", just came out on the 8th of February, and it's available for purchase through their website . Listen to their first Live From Studio A session, right here on 90.5 FM and HD WCBE Columbus, 106.3 FM Newark, online at and on Apple Music.

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'Donald Trump, We'll See You In Court': California To Sue Over Emergency Declaration

California plans to sue the Trump administration over the president's emergency declaration to fund construction of a border wall. Gov. Gavin Newsom joined state Attorney General Xavier Becerra to decry Trump's plan at a news conference Friday. They also hinted that a multistate lawsuit against the administration was imminent. "Donald Trump, we'll see you in court," Newsom said. "President Trump got one thing right this morning about his declaration when he said, 'I didn't have to do this.'...

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This City Told Amazon And Google: No Incentives For You

A mayor from another city that tried to land big tech companies might be starting to look pretty smart after Amazon canceled its plans for a New York City headquarters. Activists and local politicians said New York had given up too much for too little. But it doesn't have to be that way, says San Jose, Calif., Mayor Sam Liccardo, who refused to offer Amazon and another tech giant, Google, any incentives to locate in his city. Amazon's decision to back out of the New York City plan followed...

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