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  • Elton John slams reports on Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's private jet trip

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    Sir Elton John is slamming media reports about Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Harry focused on their use of a private jet while on vacation. "I am deeply distressed by today’s distorted and malicious account in the press surrounding the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s private stay at my home in Nice last week," the musician wrote Monday on Twitter.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 14:35:38 -0400
  • Ex-Gov. Kathleen Blanco dies, led Louisiana through Katrina

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    Even after Hurricane Katrina ended her political career and as cancer ate away her strength, former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco still described her life as "charmed." With strength in her faith and her family, the state's first elected female governor time and again refused to wallow in disappointment or disaster. Blanco called it an "honor and blessing" to lead Louisiana through the fury and destruction of Katrina. A pioneering woman in Louisiana politics, Blanco died Sunday in hospice care in Lafayette.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 14:34:18 -0400
  • Black student 'shamed' when school officials colored hair

    A student's parents are suing Texas school administrators for coloring in a hair design on the black student's head. The Houston Chronicle reports the 13-year-old student went to Berry Miller Junior High in April with an "M'' shaved on his head. Three administrators told the student he could call his mother, receive a disciplinary action or color the design in with a marker.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 14:30:13 -0400
  • Twitter discloses China-backed interference in Hong Kong protests

    Twitter Inc said on Monday nearly a 1,000 accounts originating from China were "deliberately and specifically attempting to sow political discord in Hong Kong" as part of a coordinated state-backed operation. The accounts undermined the legitimacy and political positions of the protest movement in Hong Kong, Twitter said in a blog post. In a separate statement, the social media company also said it was updating its advertising policy and would not accept advertising from state-controlled news media entities going forward.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 14:29:52 -0400
  • Groups seek to block Tennessee voter signup penalties law

    Several voter registration organizations are asking a judge to stop Tennessee's new restrictions for signing up voters from taking effect in October, saying the law has already curtailed their ability to enroll voters in communities of color and other historically disenfranchised groups. In a Nashville federal court filing Friday, the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law wrote that Tennessee's new law has left the groups that filed the lawsuit with the choice of either halting or significantly scaling back voter registration efforts ahead of the 2020 elections because of the financial risks and exposure to possible criminal prosecution. The law is likely the first nationally to fine groups for too many incomplete registration forms.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 14:29:30 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-U.S. Senator Schumer says he would oppose any U.S.-UK trade deal imperiling Irish border

    U.S. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said on Monday he would oppose any post-Brexit trade deal between the United States and Britain if it undermined the Good Friday agreement, which helped end three decades of violence in Northern Ireland. The Good Friday pact also dismantled all physical border infrastructure between European Union member Ireland and Northern Ireland, which is part of Britain, guaranteeing that people and goods on either side can move freely. This cannot be allowed to happen," Schumer wrote in a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 14:28:30 -0400
  • Plans detailed for first U.S. mission to land on moon since Apollo

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    The first American spacecraft expected to land on the moon in nearly 50 years will be a robotic moon lander built by closely held Astrobotic Technology Inc and launched in two years by United Launch Alliance's Vulcan rocket, the companies told Reuters on Monday. Astrobotic was one of nine companies chosen in November to compete for $2.6 billion to develop small space vehicles and other technology for 20 missions to explore the lunar surface over the next decade. Pittsburgh-based Astrobotic picked Vulcan, being developed by a joint venture of Boeing Co and Lockheed Martin Corp, to launch its Peregrine lander from Florida's Cape Canaveral in summer 2021.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 14:26:08 -0400
  • Wide implications as Germany teeters toward recession

    Germany, Europe's industrial powerhouse and biggest economy, with companies like Volkswagen, Siemens and BASF, may be entering a recession, according to a gloomy report from the country's central bank Monday — a development that could have repercussions for the rest of the eurozone and the United States. A technical recession is defined as two consecutive quarters of negative growth, and Germany saw a 0.1% drop in the April-to-June period. In its monthly report, the Bundesbank said that with falling industrial production and orders, it appears the slump is continuing during the July-to-September quarter.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 14:25:17 -0400
  • 19-year-old accused of threating abortion clinic via iFunny

    A 19-year-old from Chicago is charged with making a threat after he posted messages through a social media site typically used to produce humorous memes, saying he would carry out an attack on a city abortion clinic, according to a federal complaint unsealed Monday. Farhan Sheikh posted a statement on his iFunny page last week that said he intended to go to the clinic this Friday, Aug. 23, to "slaughter and murder any doctor, patient, or visitor" he saw there, the complaint says. "I am NOT a satirical account," it said.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 14:21:31 -0400
  • Plans detailed for first U.S. mission to land on moon since Apollo

    The first American spacecraft expected to land on the moon in nearly 50 years will be a robotic moon lander built by closely held Astrobotic Technology Inc and launched in two years by United Launch Alliance's Vulcan rocket, the companies told Reuters on Monday. Astrobotic was one of nine companies chosen in November to compete for $2.6 billion to develop small space vehicles and other technology for 20 missions to explore the lunar surface over the next decade. Pittsburgh-based Astrobotic picked Vulcan, being developed by a joint venture of Boeing Co and Lockheed Martin Corp , to launch its Peregrine lander from Florida's Cape Canaveral in summer 2021.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 14:18:47 -0400
  • Detained immigrants sue over conditions, medical care

    Immigrants held in U.S. detention facilities filed a lawsuit Monday decrying what they called shoddy medical care and a failure by authorities to provide accommodations for disabilities. In the suit filed by disability and civil rights advocates in U.S. District Court, immigrants said they're placed in isolation as punishment and denied recommended medical treatment and surgery. The problems harm disabled immigrants and threaten anyone in one of Immigration and Customs Enforcement's more than 50,000 detention beds who winds up getting sick or isolated from other detainees, said Monica Porter, staff attorney at Disability Rights Advocates, one of the organizations that filed the suit.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 14:11:06 -0400
  • NYPD fires officer 5 years after Garner's chokehold death

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    After five years of investigations and protests, the New York City Police Department on Monday fired an officer involved in the 2014 chokehold death of the black man whose dying cries of "I can't breathe" fueled a national debate over race and police use of force. Police Commissioner James O'Neill said he fired Daniel Pantaleo, who is white, based on a recent recommendation of a department disciplinary judge. Asked whether Mayor Bill de Blasio forced his hand, O'Neill said the dismissal was his choice.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 14:08:25 -0400
  • Memorial to victims of Boston Marathon bombing completed

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    The memorial to the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing is complete. Three stone pillars representing the three people who died at the race's Boylston Street finish line were installed early Monday, marking the final step of the $2 million project, which took four years to plan and develop. Bolivian-born sculptor Pablo Eduardo said before this year's race that it was important that the final work reflect the hopes and expectations of families who lost loved ones.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 14:07:56 -0400
  • 4 last wolves in Washington pack killed by state hunters

    The last four members of a wolf pack that preyed on cattle in a rural Washington state area bordering Canada have been killed by state hunters, prompting protests from environmental groups. The four wolves were part of a pack that originally had seven members and attacked cows, killing or wounding them 29 times since 2018 and nine times over the last month, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife said in a statement last Friday. Agency director Kelly Susewind authorized the killings of the remaining pack members on July 31.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 14:04:55 -0400
  • FACTBOX-U.S. police officers who kill unarmed black men often avoid criminal liability

    New York City police fired a white police officer on Monday over the July 17, 2014, killing of a black man with a prohibited chokehold. Eric Garner, 43, died after officer Daniel Pantaleo used a chokehold as police attempted to arrest him on suspicion of selling loose, untaxed cigarettes on a sidewalk. A Staten Island grand jury and the U.S. Department of Justice both declined to prosecute, another example of a law enforcement officer facing no criminal liability for killing an unarmed black man.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 14:04:33 -0400
  • Census figures show economic gap narrows with citizenship

    Foreign-born residents had higher rates of being employed full-time than those born in the United States last year, and naturalized immigrants were more likely to have advanced degrees than the native-born, according to figures released Monday by the U.S. Census Bureau. The new figures show that the economic gap between the native-born and foreign-born in the United States appears to narrow with citizenship. The 2018 figures from the Current Population Survey offer a view of immigrants' education levels, wealth, and the jobs they work in as the U.S. is engaged in one of the fiercest debates in decades about the role of immigration.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 14:04:20 -0400
  • The Latest: Garner's daughter thankful for officer's firing

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    A daughter of Eric Garner is thanking New York City Police Commissioner James O'Neill for firing the officer who placed her father in a chokehold that contributed to his death in 2014. Emerald Snipes Garner said Monday she wanted to thank O'Neill "for doing the right thing" in firing Officer Daniel Pantaleo. Garner said her family wants to see action taken against the other officers who were present when Pantaleo tried to arrest her father.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 14:03:36 -0400
  • UK PM Johnson and Ireland's Varadkar to meet in Dublin in early Sept -Irish govt statement

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Irish counterpart Leo Varadkar spoke by phone for almost an hour on Monday and agreed to meet in Dublin in early September, the Irish government said in a statement. During the call on Monday the two stuck to their existing positions, with Johnson saying the current Brexit deal on offer would not be approved by parliament and that the so-called Irish backstop needed to be removed and Varadkar reiterating the EU's line that the deal cannot be reopened.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 14:01:04 -0400
  • NYPD fires officer who put Eric Garner in chokehold before death

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    Garner shouted ‘I can’t breathe’ as Daniel Pantaleo placed him in chokehold during arrest, and his words became a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter movementDaniel Pantaleo leaves his house in Staten Island, New York, on 13 May. Photograph: Eduardo Muñoz/APA New York City police officer involved in the death of Eric Garner, an unarmed African American man killed by police on Staten Island in 2014, has been fired by the department.The decision was announced by New York police department (NYPD) commissioner James O’Neill on Monday after an administrative police judge advised that officer Daniel Pantaleo should lose his job for misconduct during the arrest.“In this case, the unintended consequence of Mr Garner’s death must have a consequence of its own,” O’Neill said, confirming his agreement with the judge’s recommendation.He added: “It is clear that Daniel Pantaleo can no longer effectively serve as a New York City police officer.”Garner, 43, died after Pantaleo placed him in a banned chokehold during a botched arrest over the alleged sale of untaxed cigarettes more than five years ago. The incident was captured on cellphone video that showed Garner shouting “I can’t breathe” 11 times.> Regardless of how you came to your decision, you finally made a decision that should have been made five years ago> > Emerald Snipes-GarnerHis final words became a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter movement that protested around the US in the wake of Garner’s death and the death of black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri a month later.O’Neill, who served as a uniformed officer in the department for more than three decades, said he had watched the video of Garner’s death a number of times and questioned how he would have behaved if he had been the responding officer. He criticized Garner’s decision to resist arrest as well as Pantaleo’s decision to use the banned chokehold.“Every time I watch that video I say to myself, as probably all of you do, to Mr Garner, ‘Don’t do it, comply.’ Officer Pantaleo: ‘Don’t do it.’ I say that about the decisions made by both officer Pantaleo and Mr Garner. But none of us can take back our decisions, most especially when they lead to the death of another human being.”Last month, the US justice department declined to indict Pantaleo on federal civil rights charges, meaning the former officer will face no criminal proceedings.In 2015 the Garner family settled a civil lawsuit with the city for $5.9m after a grand jury on Staten Island declined to bring criminal charges.Family members have long been frustrated at the slowness of the internal NYPD process. Pantaleo remained employed, earning more than $100,000 a year.Speaking after the decision, Emerald Snipes-Garner, Garner's daughter, said the family would now pursue statewide legislation to make police chokeholds illegal, and would pursue a congressional investigation into why the US justice department did not pursue civil rights charges. “For Commissioner O’Neill, I thank you for doing the right thing,” Snipes-Garner said. “I truly, and sincerely thank you for firing the officer. Regardless of how you came to your decision, you finally made a decision that should have been made five years ago.”On Monday Fred Davie, chair of the New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board [CCRB], the independent body that brought the disciplinary prosecution against Pantaelo, said: “This process took entirely too long.“And the tragic reality is that neither a verdict from a judge nor a decision by a police commissioner can reverse what happened on 17 July 2014. Officer Daniel Pantaleo’s termination from the New York City police department does not make the death of Eric Garner any less harrowing. But it is heartening to know that some element of justice has been served.“Given the evidence the CCRB’s prosecutors presented at trial, the police commissioner had no option but to dismiss Pantaleo from the department. While 17 July is and always will be a somber day for the city of New York, today we can rest assured that Daniel Pantaleo will never patrol our streets again.”O’Neill’s decision instantly ignited further tension between the city’s powerful police unions, which have lobbied for Pantaleo, and the city’s executive, including New York City’s mayor, Bill de Blasio.Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, said in a statement O’Neill had “chosen politics and his own self-interest over the police officers he claims to lead”.Lynch advised his 23,000 NYPD members to “proceed with the utmost caution in this new reality, in which they may be deemed ‘reckless’ just for doing their job”.Although de Blasio has never publicly called for Pantaleo to lose his job the mayor, who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination, told a debate last month he wanted justice to be served.O’Neill said his decision to fire the officer had been based on the recommendations from the trial, and not pressure from City Hall.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 13:59:51 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-At least 10 Burkina Faso soldiers killed in militant attack

    Unidentified militants killed at least 10 soldiers and wounded many others in an attack on a military unit in northern Burkina Faso on Monday, the army said. Burkina Faso has been overrun by Islamist violence this year that armed forces have been unable to contain. "In reaction to this barbaric attack, a vast air and land search operation is seeking to neutralise the many assailants," the statement said.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 13:59:40 -0400
  • Georgia-based Colonial sues contractor over Alabama spill

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    Georgia-based Colonial Pipeline Co. has sued an Alabama contractor over a spill that threatened gasoline supplies along the East Coast three years ago. The pipeline operator contends faulty work by the Birmingham-based Ceco Pipeline Services caused a crack that spilled at least 250,000 gallons of gasoline in rural Shelby County in September 2016. The spill shut down a major pipeline for weeks, tightening gasoline supplies along the Eastern Seaboard.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 13:59:20 -0400
  • A woman tries to rob Family Dollar — and the cashier responds: ‘Not today,’ cops say

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    Employees at the Family Dollar in the 5000 block of 14th Street West thwarted a robbery attempt just after 9 p.m. on Sunday, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 13:57:08 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-UK plans to end EU freedom of movement immediately in no-deal Brexit

    Britain said on Monday it would end European Union freedom of movement rules immediately after it leaves the bloc on Oct. 31 but Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the country would not be hostile to immigration. Under Johnson's predecessor, Theresa May, the government had said only that if Britain left the EU without a transition deal it would aim to end free movement "as soon as possible". Johnson, who took office last month, has promised to take Britain out of the EU with or without a deal on Oct. 31.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 13:51:59 -0400
  • After shooting at cops, man slips out the back door during 2-hour standoff, NC cops say

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    The officers were responding to a noise complaint.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 13:50:41 -0400
  • 'Codfather' settlement means magnate will never fish again

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    The federal government says it has settled its civil case against a fishing magnate known as the Codfather, saying he will never be allowed to return to U.S. fisheries. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Monday its settlement with Carlos Rafael and his fishing captains will clear the way for Rafael's assets to be divested.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 13:48:50 -0400
  • U.S. Senator Schumer says he would oppose any U.S.-UK trade deal imperiling Irish border

    U.S. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said on Monday he would oppose any trade deal between the United States and Britain if it undermined the Good Friday agreement, which helped end three decades of violence in Northern Ireland. The Good Friday pact also dismantled all physical border infrastructure between European Union member Ireland and Northern Ireland, which is part of Britain, guaranteeing that people and goods on either side can move freely. U.S. House of Representatives' Speaker Nancy Pelosi said last week that a U.S.-UK trade deal would languish in Congress if it facilitated a reinstatement of a hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 13:47:41 -0400
  • Trump is 'not happy' with Fox News over poll results

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    After a series of unfavorable polls from Fox News’ polling unit, President Trump has stepped up his complaints about the network, which he no longer considers a reliable ally.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 13:47:35 -0400
  • UPDATE 2-U.S. attorney general shakes up prisons bureau after Epstein death

    U.S. Attorney General William Barr on Monday announced a new leadership team at the federal Bureau of Prisons in a shake-up of the agency in the wake of financier Jeffrey Epstein's apparent suicide inside a federal jail in New York City. Kathleen Hawk Sawyer, a veteran of the Bureau of Prisons, will return to the agency to serve as its director, Barr said.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 13:45:13 -0400
  • Jury selection begins in Florida parking lot shooting case

    No one disputes that Michael Drejka fatally shot Markeis McGlockton 13 months ago in a fight that began over a handicapped parking space — it's on video seen worldwide. The fight at his manslaughter trial, which began Monday, will be over whether Drejka pulled the trigger justifiably after McGlockton knocked him to the ground in July 2018, putting him in fear for his life, or that he instigated the fight by cursing at McGlockton's girlfriend, causing an unarmed McGlockton to come to her aid. There is also a question of whether Drejka should have realized before he fired that McGlockton was backing away.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 13:44:36 -0400
  • U.S. prisons chief removed after Epstein’s death

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    Hugh Hurwitz’s reassignment comes amid mounting evidence that guards abdicated their responsibility to keep financier Jeffrey Epstein from killing himself.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 13:43:33 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Prime Minister Modi tells Trump hopeful India, US will meet soon to discuss trade

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi told U.S. President Donald Trump that he is hopeful that representatives from the two countries will meet again soon to discuss trade issues, the government said in a statement on Monday. Modi expressed hope that India's commerce minister and the U.S. trade representative would meet soon to discuss bilateral trade prospects, the government said. "The two leaders further discussed how they will continue to strengthen United States-India economic ties through increased trade, and they look forward to meeting again soon," the White House said.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 13:42:08 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Italy's PD has "good" initial talks with 5-Star -PD source

    Italy's opposition Democratic Party (PD) has held good, initial contacts with the ruling 5-Star Movement over the possibility of forging a coalition, a PD source with knowledge of the talks said on Monday. The 5-Star's current coalition partner, the far-right League, has said it will present a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte in an attempt to trigger a snap election and cash in on its surging popularity in the polls. Conte is due to address the upper house Senate on Tuesday over the political crisis.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 13:40:53 -0400
  • New York police officer fired for deadly chokehold on Eric Garner

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    The New York Police Department on Monday fired the white officer who used a deadly chokehold on Eric Garner, an African American, while trying to arrest him in 2014 as Garner repeatedly said "I can't breathe." The incident helped fuel the "Black Lives Matter" movement in response to multiple incidents of white police killing unarmed black men across the United States. The officer, Daniel Pantaleo, was suspended earlier this month after a departmental judge ruled that the officer should be fired. He had previously been on desk duty since he was seen in widely viewed cellphone videos using a banned chokehold on Garner on a Staten Island sidewalk during an attempted arrest. Police believed Garner was selling loose, untaxed cigarettes. Commissioner James O'Neill said he struggled with the decision, which he made in recent days, after considering how Garner resisted arrest and, in his view, Mr Pantaleo acted properly up until the moment he applied the chokehold after the two men fell to the ground. Former New York City Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo has been dismissed Credit: AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez, File Mr O'Neill repeatedly returned to the empathy he had for Mr Pantaleo, having himself been a uniformed officer for 34 years. "That could possibly be me," he said. He also said he understood some police officers would be angry with him for not supporting one of their own. "I've been a cop a long time, and if I was still a cop, I'd probably be mad at me, I would, for not looking out for us," he said. But in the end, Mr O'Neill said, he could not overlook that Mr Pantaleo applied the chokehold despite having received sufficient police training that such a hold was barred, resulting in what he called a tragedy. Garner's repeated dying cries of "I can't breathe," widely viewed on social media, became a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter movement, which protests what its leaders call the disparate use of excessive force against black people across the United States. His death, and the slow-moving investigations that followed, have generated some of the harshest criticisms of Mayor Bill de Blasio during his tenure and have spilled over into his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 13:38:20 -0400
  • Lots to sample on a weekend visit to Pittsburgh dining scene

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    When celebrity chef Lidia Bastianich decided to open a restaurant in Pittsburgh's Strip District in 2001, she arrived in a neighborhood filled with warehouses and factories. This narrow stretch of streets in the shadow of the city's downtown office towers had long been home to food purveyors like Wholey's Fish Market and the Pennsylvania Macaroni Company, known to locals simply as Penn Mac. Nearly two decades later, as Bastianich's eponymous Pittsburgh restaurant is set to close in September, the neighborhood around it has changed dramatically.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 13:35:20 -0400
  • Russian panel eyes alleged foreign interference in protests

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    Russia's lower house of parliament on Monday set up a commission to examine alleged cases of foreign interference in connection with a series of protests against the Moscow city council election, while President Vladimir Putin defended the harsh police crackdown on some of the demonstrations. The commission established by the State Duma holds its first session on Aug. 30. This summer, thousands of people have demonstrated -- in both authorized and unsanctioned protests -- against the election board's exclusion of some opposition and independent candidates from the Sept. 8 election.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 13:35:14 -0400
  • Jury selection begins for man accused of murder, cannibalism

    A murder trial is getting under way for a southern Indiana man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and eating parts of her body. Attorneys for 38-year-old Joseph Oberhansley and Clark County prosecutors began selecting jurors Monday in suburban Indianapolis, in the Hamilton County seat of Noblesville. Oberhansley's jury selection was moved due to media attention and the extreme charges he faces.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 13:32:13 -0400
  • Putin says Russian nuclear explosion poses no threat

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    Russian President Vladimir Putin says there is no threat from a deadly explosion at a secretive naval weapons testing range that has prompted international concern about radiation leaks. Putin said Monday in France that experts sent to the site on the White Sea are "controlling the situation" and no "serious changes" have been reported. Russian authorities have given contradictory information about what happened.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 13:32:04 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Canary Islands wildfire prompts 9,000 evacuations; reaches park

    An out-of-control wildfire on Gran Canaria in Spain's Canary Islands kept spreading on Monday, increasing to 9,000 the number of people evacuated from eight municipalities and reaching a natural park, authorities said on Monday. The blaze, which began on Saturday near the town of Tejeda, is advancing on several fronts, propelled by a combination of high temperatures, strong winds and low humidity. Around 6,000 hectares (23.17 square miles) have burned so far and the fire has entered the northwestern Tamadaba natural park, home to some of the island's oldest pine forests and considered a complicated area for firefighters to intervene.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 13:28:26 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Bangladesh, UNHCR to survey Rohingya regarding return to Myanmar

    Bangladesh will work with the United Nations refugee agency to determine if more than 3,000 Rohingya refugees will accept Myanmar's offer to return home, an official said on Monday, nearly a year after a major repatriation plan failed. More than 730,000 Rohingya fled Rakhine for camps in Bangladesh after a military-led crackdown in August 2017 the United Nations has said was perpetrated with "genocidal intent", but many refugees refuse to go back, fearing more violence. "It will be a joint exercise led by UNHCR," Abul Kalam, Bangladesh's Refugee Relief and Repatriation commissioner, told Reuters by telephone on Monday, referring to the refugee agency.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 13:24:18 -0400
  • Florida woman upset over her dog being dyed by groomer

    A Florida woman got a colorful but unwanted surprise when she picked up her dog from a grooming session. The Palm Beach Post reports Graziella Puleo's Goldendoodle named Lola was scheduled for a buzz cut and teeth cleaning recently at a Lake Worth grooming center. When Puleo picked up the dog, its eyebrows and tail were shaved and dyed neon green, and its ears were neon pink.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 13:20:34 -0400
  • I've treated suicidal prisoners — Jeffrey Epstein's death is a medical, security disgrace

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    No matter what happened in Jeffrey Epstein's cell, medical personnel and prison authorities clearly failed in their duty to monitor and treat him.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 13:20:06 -0400
  • Trump, India's Modi discussed economic ties, increased trade -White House

    U.S. President Donald Trump spoke to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a phone call on Monday, during which the two leaders "discussed how they will continue to strengthen United States-India economic ties through increased trade," the White House said. During the call, Trump also stressed the need to reduce tensions between India and Pakistan, the White House said. Neighbors India and Pakistan have been embroiled in tensions over Kashmir and Jammu.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 13:19:04 -0400
  • U.S. attorney general shakes up prisons bureau after Epstein death

    U.S. Attorney General William Barr on Monday announced a new leadership team at the federal Bureau of Prisons in a shakeup of the agency in the wake of financier Jeffrey Epstein's suicide inside a federal jail in Manhattan. Kathleen Hawk Sawyer, a veteran of the Bureau of Prisons, will return the agency to serve as its director, Barr said.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 13:15:55 -0400
  • Islamist fighter stripped of UK citizenship hopes Canada will take him

    A Muslim convert who was stripped of his British citizenship after travelling to Syria to fight with Islamic State said on Monday he hoped Canada, where he is a citizen, would take him from the Kurdish prison he is being held in. Canada said on Sunday that it was disappointed with Britain's decision to "off-load their responsibilities" by removing Jack Letts's citizenship. In an interview with ITV News, Letts, dubbed "Jihadi Jack" by the media, said he was not surprised he had lost his British citizenship.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 13:15:13 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-After INF treaty exit, U.S. tests ground-launched cruise missile

    The Pentagon said on Monday that it had tested a conventionally configured ground-launched cruise missile with a range of more than 500 km (310 miles), the first such test since the United States pulled out of the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF). The United States formally withdrew from the landmark 1987 pact with Russia on Aug. 2 after determining that Moscow was violating the treaty, an accusation the Kremlin has denied. The treaty, which was negotiated by then-U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, banned land-based missiles with a range of between 310 and 3,400 miles (500 to 5,500 km).

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 13:14:06 -0400
  • Line 3 protesters rally at Enbridge's Bemidji office

    Dozens of people rallied outside the Minnesota office of Enbridge Energy to protest the company's proposed Line 3 oil pipeline replacement. Enbridge spokeswoman Juli Kellner says a vehicle drove through a locked gate at a pipe storage yard in Hubbard County over the weekend. The $2.6 billion replacement pipeline would carry Canadian crude from Alberta across northern Minnesota to Enbridge's terminal in Superior, Wisconsin.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 13:13:10 -0400
  • Fate of legalized marijuana in Connecticut remains hazy

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    After coming close this year, Connecticut lawmakers have yet to decide when to make another attempt at legalizing and taxing recreational marijuana. Several bills that addressed such aspects cleared various committees during the recent legislative session, but they did not come up for a vote on the floor of the House and Senate, despite support from Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 13:12:45 -0400
  • Zimbabwe court bans anti-government protest in Bulawayo

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    Zimbabwe's courts upheld a police order banning an anti-government demonstration Monday in Bulawayo, the country's second largest city. Police prevented representatives the Movement for Democratic Change, the opposition party that had tried to organize the protest, from addressing supporters outside the courthouse where the ban was upheld. Armed police maintained heavy presence on Bulawayo's streets throughout the day and few demonstrators were seen.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 13:06:59 -0400
  • Italy's PD has "good" initial talks with 5-Star -PD source

    Italy's opposition Democratic Party (PD) has held "good", initial contacts with the ruling 5-Star Movement over the possibility of forging a coalition, a PD source with knowledge of the talks said on Monday. The 5-Star's current coalition partner, the League, has said it will present a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte in an attempt to trigger a snap election. 5-Star declined to comment on the status of any talks with the PD, saying the party was waiting to hear Conte's address to parliament slated for Tuesday.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 13:04:31 -0400
  • US STOCKS-Wall St rallies on stimulus cheer, trade optimism

    After the three main Wall Street indexes racked up their third straight weekly loss despite Friday's bounce, investors will weigh trade risks and signs of slowing growth against the potential for more action from the U.S. Federal Reserve and others in September. The focus this week will be on Wednesday's release of minutes from the Fed's July policy meeting, when the central bank cut rates for the first time in more than a decade, and Chair Jerome Powell's speech in Jackson Hole on Friday. "Everything is up because the Street is expecting Fed Chairman Powell to push for an additional cut when he addresses bankers in Jackson Hole," said Peter Kenny of Kenny's Commentary LLC and Strategic Board Solutions LLC in New York.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 13:03:48 -0400
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