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  • Lawyer: Philly female officers who sued will be protected

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    Two female police officers whose sexual harassment lawsuit led Philadelphia's police commissioner to resign have received promises from the city they won't be retaliated against or endure more transfers while the case plays out. Audra McCowan and Patrol Officer Jennifer Allen say their complaints of being physically and verbally harassed by supervisors and colleagues were ignored for years by department brass. McCowan accuses outgoing Commissioner Richard Ross of failing to help because she had broken off a romantic relationship with him in 2011.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 18:40:37 -0400
  • Atlanta college students fear for safety day after 4 shot

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    The first day of fall semester brought fear to Clark Atlanta University, where students worried about their safety the day after gunshots were fired into a crowd of 200 people outside the school's library. Four students were wounded by gunfire after an argument broke out between two groups at a block party shortly after 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Atlanta police said. The shooter escaped in the chaos outside the library that serves students from Clark Atlanta and other nearby historically black colleges, and no arrests had been made by late Wednesday, Atlanta police said.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 18:40:27 -0400
  • U.S. charges Kansas researcher over ties to Chinese university

    A researcher at the University of Kansas was indicted on federal fraud charges on Wednesday for allegedly concealing ties to a Chinese university while doing research funded by the U.S. government, the U.S. Justice Department said. Feng "Franklin" Tao, 47, an associate professor at a University of Kansas center that conducts sustainable technology research, was charged with one count of wire fraud and three counts of program fraud. The indictment comes amid increased concern by U.S. officials about the risk from China to U.S. universities, part of a broader effort by President Donald Trump's administration to confront Beijing over what Washington sees as the use of sometimes illicit methods for acquiring rapid technological advancement.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 18:39:33 -0400
  • U.S. charges Kansas researcher over ties to Chinese university

    A researcher at the University of Kansas was indicted on federal fraud charges on Wednesday for allegedly concealing ties to a Chinese university while doing research funded by the U.S. government, the U.S. Justice Department said. Feng "Franklin" Tao, 47, an associate professor at a University of Kansas center that conducts sustainable technology research, was charged with one count of wire fraud and three counts of program fraud. The indictment comes amid increased concern by U.S. officials about the risk from China to U.S. universities, part of a broader effort by President Donald Trump's administration to confront Beijing over what Washington sees as the use of sometimes illicit methods for acquiring rapid technological advancement.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 18:36:05 -0400
  • N.Korea says U.S. cruise missile test, military moves 'dangerous,' still committed to dialogue -KCNA

    A North Korean spokesman said on Thursday the United States' recent mid-range cruise missile test and plans to deploy F-35 jets and offensive military equipment around the Korean peninsula were "dangerous" moves that would "trigger a new cold war" in the region. North Korea remains unchanged in its position to resolve all issues through dialogue and negotiation, a North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman said, but "dialogue accompanied by military threats is of no interest to us," according to state media KCNA. "Dangerous and unusual military moves are now on the horizon, which would trigger a new cold war on the Korean peninsula and in the region," the statement added.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 18:33:19 -0400
  • Video of fatal shooting in dispute over parking space takes center stage at trial

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    A Florida jury heard two vastly different interpretations of a security video at the start of the trial of a man who fatally shot an unarmed father in front of his family during a confrontation over a handicapped parking space. Drejka, 47, is charged with manslaughter in the July 19, 2018 killing of McGlockton, 28, in front of McGlockton's then-pregnant girlfriend and their three young children. Among the first witnesses prosecutors called on Wednesday was McGlockton's girlfriend, Britany Jacobs, who testified about seeing McGlockton getting shot by Drejka and then watching the man she called her "soulmate" fighting for his life.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 18:27:00 -0400
  • Man charged with threatening shooting at U.S. abortion clinic

    Jacob Cooper, 20, was accused in federal court in Nashville, Tennessee, of violating a federal law against sending interstate threats with his posting about Planned Parenthood, the women’s healthcare and abortion provider. Cooper is at least the sixth person in the past month to be charged with threatening a mass shooting.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 18:05:58 -0400
  • MLB warns players that sexual pills may contain banned PEDs

    Major League Baseball warned players about the risk of using over-the-counter sexual-enhancement pills in a memo, ESPN reported on Wednesday. According to the memo, which was obtained by ESPN, at least two players who were suspended for performance-enhancing drugs said the banned substances found in their urine came from such products. The memo was distributed Monday to warn against the risk of consuming non-certified supplements that may contain banned PEDs.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 18:03:14 -0400
  • Tropical Storm Ivo forms west of Mexico, no threat to land

    Tropical Storm Ivo formed Wednesday off the southwestern coast of Mexico but was not forecast to pose a threat of landfall. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Ivo was expected to strengthen into a hurricane by Friday but remain well clear of the coast. The storm had maximum sustained winds of 45 mph (75 kph).

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 18:03:12 -0400
  • Kansas fights claim of man wrongly imprisoned for 23 years

    Kansas is fighting the compensation claim of a man who spent 23 years in prison for a double homicide before a judge vacated his convictions, which were secured despite a complete lack of physical evidence and motive tying him to the crimes. Lamonte McIntyre's case was one of three that helped prompt the Legislature last year to allow the wrongfully convicted to seek compensation.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 17:59:16 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Turkey says all its observation posts in Syria will remain in place, support to continue

    All of Turkey's observation posts, formed under an agreement with Russia and Iran, will remain in place and support will continue to be provided to the posts, Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said on Wednesday. Speaking to reporters after a cabinet meeting, Kalin said President Tayyip Erdogan would hold phone calls with Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump in the coming days to discuss developments in Syria.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 17:58:04 -0400
  • Jet catches fire in Northern California; 10 aboard unhurt

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    All 10 people aboard a small jet escaped injury Wednesday after the aircraft aborted its takeoff at a small Northern California airport, went off the runway and burst into flames, officials said. The pilot of the twin-engine Cessna Citation jet aborted its takeoff at Oroville Municipal Airport for unknown reasons shortly before noon, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said. The plane was carrying two pilots and eight passengers, and "all were accounted for, no injuries," said Joe Deal, Oroville's fire and police chief.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 17:57:28 -0400
  • UN to meet at Russia's request on recent US missile test

    The U.N. Security Council will hold an open meeting Thursday at Russia's request on a U.S. missile test that would have been banned under a treaty that both Washington and Moscow abandoned earlier this month. The Trump administration accused Russia of being unwilling to stop violating the 1987 intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 17:55:30 -0400
  • As resistance mounts, Brazil's Bolsonaro sticks by son for U.S. envoy

    Brazil's right-wing president, Jair Bolsonaro, plans to push ahead with the appointment of his son Eduardo for ambassador to the United States despite accusations of nepotism and mounting resistance in his country's Congress. The tussle with the Senate over his son's appointment risks further isolating the firebrand president within Congress, where other leaders have taken up the momentum in passing legislation.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 17:54:37 -0400
  • Spill revelation raises questions about North Dakota system

    The North Dakota Health Department's acknowledgment this week that a 2015 pipeline leak of liquid natural gas is hundreds of thousands of gallons larger than reported raises questions about how many other spills and leaks are underreported — and state officials were not immediately able to answer Wednesday. State Environmental Quality Chief Dave Glatt said the agency does not update initial public reports on spills but is considering doing so in the future. "I get it — people want more information," Glatt said.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 17:53:01 -0400
  • Trial begins for man accused of killing, eating parts of ex

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    A prosecutor has told jurors that a southern Indiana man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and eating parts of her body told police he had gone to her home "to talk some sense into her" after a breakup days earlier. Clark County Prosecutor Jeremy Mull said in his opening statement Wednesday that the evidence will show 38-year-old Joseph Oberhansley kicked in the door of 46-year-old Tammy Jo Blanton's Jeffersonville home in September 2014 and stabbed her to death before removing and consuming parts of several of her organs.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 17:46:49 -0400
  • Pentagon ends Boeing 'kill vehicle' contract, cites technical problems

    The U.S. Defense Department said on Wednesday it is canceling a Boeing Co contract for a "kill vehicle" due to technical design problems after spending $1.2 billion on the project. The decision to end the contract for the Redesigned Kill Vehicle (RKV) follows the Pentagon's move in May to issue a stop work order on the project after it "determined the technical design problems were so significant as to be either insurmountable or cost-prohibitive to correct," the Pentagon said. In December, the Missile Defense Agency and Boeing deferred a design review due to the failure of critical components to meet technical requirements.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 17:46:26 -0400
  • Where Garner died, changes in policing win little applause

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    A police cruiser constantly sits a few feet from a small floral memorial to Eric Garner on the Staten Island sidewalk where he spent his dying moments five years ago. Tompkinsville Park, which police were targeting for patrols when they encountered Garner selling loose, untaxed cigarettes, remains a gathering place for desperate people. It was the day after Police Commissioner James O'Neill announced his decision to fire the white officer who put Garner in a chokehold, hastening his death and making the man's dying words, "I can't breathe," a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter movement.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 17:45:57 -0400
  • 23 accused in broad Aryan Warriors supremacist case in Vegas

    Prosecutors in Las Vegas are charging 19 men and four women with being part of a white supremacist gang behind prison and street crimes including murder, drug trafficking and identity theft. A 152-count indictment unsealed Wednesday in Nevada state court alleges that all 23 defendants are members or associates of the Aryan Warriors, and labels the gang a criminal racketeering enterprise. Two defendants are accused of shooting two men dead in January, and one is accused of killing a third man who was identified as homeless in a backyard tent stabbing in January.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 17:41:36 -0400
  • Police supervisor to lose vacation days over Garner death

    A police sergeant accused of failing to properly supervise officers involved in the 2014 death of Eric Garner has agreed to give up about four weeks of vacation time to settle her internal disciplinary case, a police official said Wednesday. Sgt. Kizzy Adonis was the first police supervisor to arrive on the scene as Garner gasped "I can't breathe" and lapsed into unconsciousness after he was put into a chokehold by Officer Daniel Pantaleo. The New York Police Department said in an emailed statement Wednesday that Adonis' case had been resolved but did not reveal the outcome.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 17:41:17 -0400
  • 2 top researchers quitting MIT Media Lab over Epstein ties

    Two prominent researchers are quitting MIT's Media Lab over revelations that the famed technology research hub and its director took money from Jeffrey Epstein after he'd served time for sex offenses involving girls and young women. Ethan Zuckerman, director of the lab's Center for Civic Media, said director Joi Ito had failed to disclose the deceased financier's funding of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology incubator as well as investments Epstein made in Ito's personal venture capital fund. Epstein was awaiting trial on federal sex trafficking charges when he killed himself in his New York City jail cell earlier this month.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 17:36:21 -0400
  • Many dermatologists need more training on African American skin and hair

    Researchers who set up focus groups of African American dermatology patients found that many had negative experiences with doctors who did not understand the differences between black and white skin, according to the results published in JAMA Dermatology. "It's important to have dermatologists who are specialized in the care of people (from other races)," said Dr. Stavonnie Patterson, a dermatologist with Northwest Community Healthcare in Arlington Heights, Illinois, the study's senior author.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 17:36:01 -0400
  • Louisiana university urges vigilance after false gun alarm

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    Louisiana State University President F. King Alexander is encouraging the college community to continue reporting anything suspicious even though a previous report of a man with a gun turned out to be a false alarm. On Tuesday, someone in Coates Hall saw a man with a gun and reported it. LSU police locked down the campus and conducted a room-by-room search of the building before declaring an all-clear.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 17:30:26 -0400
  • UK and South Korea to sign post-Brexit continuity trade deal

    Britain and South Korea will sign a continuity Free Trade Agreement on Thursday to allow businesses to keep trading freely after Brexit at the end of October, the British government said. Britain has been seeking to replicate EU-trade agreements with third countries ahead of its planned departure from the bloc but many had stalled over the uncertainty about if and when Brexit would happen after it was delayed earlier this year. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who took office last month, has vowed to take Britain out of the EU on Oct. 31 with or without a deal, and the government said it had now signed continuity agreements covering trade worth 89 billion pounds, up from 39 billion pounds in March, Britain's original exit date.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 17:30:00 -0400
  • U.S. lawmakers say tariffs on EU olive oil pit Trump trade policy against demand

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    U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday urged the U.S. Trade Representative's Office not to impose new import tariffs on European olive oil, warning they could lead to an olive oil shortage and higher prices in the United States. European olive oil could face 100% tariffs as Washington prepares retaliatory tariffs against the European Union, part of the 15-year-long dispute over subsidies to planemakers Boeing and Airbus that has pitted the United States and EU against each other in a case in arbitration with the World Trade Organization. "Without European imports of olive oil, the United States cannot meet current consumer demand," said the group of 14 Democratic and five Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives led by Democrat Bill Pascrell and Republican Jodey Arrington.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 17:25:33 -0400
  • Lawsuit accusing ex-bishop of drunken sexual assault settled

    A lawsuit accusing the former bishop of West Virginia's Roman Catholic diocese of molesting boys and men has been settled. Wheeling-Charleston Diocese spokesman Tim Bishop said in a statement the terms of the settlement are confidential. A former personal altar server sued ex-Bishop Michael Bransfield and the diocese in March, saying he was sexually assaulted in 2014 and harassed for years prior.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 17:24:40 -0400
  • Judge tells jail to improve conditions for Epstein cellmate

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    A judge ordered a federal jail on Wednesday to improve housing conditions for one of Jeffrey Epstein's former cellmates. Nicholas Tartaglione, a former police officer awaiting trial in a quadruple murder case, was sharing a cell with Epstein at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan in July when the financier was placed on a suicide watch after being discovered with bruises on his neck. Several weeks later, Epstein hanged himself in his cell.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 17:21:35 -0400
  • Newark man faces child sex charges; mummified remains found

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    Police responding to a call about child sexual abuse said they found mummified remains and an altar to an unknown deity in the home of a man who is now facing multiple charges. Robert Williams is scheduled for an initial court appearance Friday. According to the Essex County prosecutor's office, Newark police investigated after receiving reports that the 53-year-old Williams had been abusing a 13-year-old child for several months.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 17:21:12 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Two U.S. service members killed in Afghanistan

    Two American service members were killed in Afghanistan on Wednesday, the NATO-led Resolute Support mission said in a statement, as the United States seeks to reach a negotiated end to the nearly 18-year-old war. The incident brings the number of U.S. troops killed in Afghanistan to at least 14 in 2019. About 14,000 U.S. troops are stationed in Afghanistan as part of the U.S.-led NATO mission to train, assist and advise Afghan forces and to carry out counter-terrorism operations.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 17:15:53 -0400
  • State officials sue EPA, seeking more Hudson River cleanup

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    New York officials who are pushing for additional cleanup of the Hudson River followed through Wednesday on their promise of a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The federal lawsuit seeks to vacate the EPA's decision in April not to compel General Electric Co. to restart dredging for polychlorinated biphenyls from the upper river. Agency officials had said more time and testing are needed to fully assess the $1.7 billion Superfund cleanup.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 17:13:20 -0400
  • California mother suspected of killing 2 daughters

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    An infant and her teenage sister found dead at their California home are believed to have been killed by their mother, who left two suicide notes and was unresponsive in a hospital Wednesday, police said. Among the evidence is a "suicide note by the mother indicating that she intended to kill the children and to kill herself," police Sgt. Bill Russell told reporters.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 17:12:52 -0400
  • U.S. judge allows Trump to appeal key 'emoluments' rulings

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    A federal judge on Wednesday allowed President Donald Trump to appeal key preliminary rulings in a lawsuit accusing him of violating anti-corruption provisions of the U.S. Constitution with his private business dealings, likely freezing the case for months. The written order by U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan in Washington was a setback for a group of about 200 Democratic lawmakers, led by Senator Richard Blumenthal and including members of the House of Representatives and Senate, who brought the case in 2017. Sullivan previously declined such an appeal, but the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit urged him last month to reconsider the president's request.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 17:10:55 -0400
  • U.S. judge allows Trump to appeal key 'emoluments' rulings

    A federal judge on Wednesday allowed President Donald Trump to appeal key preliminary rulings in a lawsuit accusing him of violating anti-corruption provisions of the U.S. Constitution with his private business dealings, likely freezing the case for months. The written order by U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan in Washington was a setback for a group of about 200 Democratic lawmakers, led by Senator Richard Blumenthal and including members of the House of Representatives and Senate, who brought the case in 2017. Sullivan previously declined such an appeal, but the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit urged him last month to reconsider the president's request.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 17:09:00 -0400
  • First sexual misconduct report issued for prep school

    A New Hampshire prep school under state oversight for sexual misconduct allegations going back decades received 33 new incident reports in the first half of 2019, according to a reviewer who recommended several measures to improve record-keeping and encourage victims to come forward. The report issued Wednesday by Jeff Maher, the new compliance overseer at St. Paul's School in Concord, New Hampshire, was required under an agreement with the attorney general's office that subjected the school to up to five years of oversight in lieu of criminal charges. From Jan. 1 to June 30, the school received reports of 31 incidents from 25 students and six alumni, plus two incidents that involved neither students nor alumni.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 17:07:07 -0400
  • Man charged with threatening shooting at Planned Parenthood

    Federal authorities say a Tennessee man has been arrested on charges that he made online threats of a shooting at a Planned Parenthood facility in Washington. The FBI and U.S. attorneys in Washington and Nashville said in a news release that 20-year-old Jacob Cooper made a court appearance Wednesday on a charge of unlawfully transmitting a threat to injure. Authorities say Cooper, of Clarksville, made comments on the social media site iFunny that included a threat to "shoot up" a Planned Parenthood location in the nation's capital.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 17:01:05 -0400
  • Watchdog warns of 'alarming' conditions in Nebraska prison

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    Nebraska's largest prison faces "alarming" conditions driven by staffing shortages, record overtime and inmates who are secretly using synthetic drugs and contraband cellphones, according to the state's watchdog for correctional services. The state's Inspector General of Corrections Doug Koebernick issued the warning in a memo to lawmakers this week. The eight-page report identified several ongoing problems within the state prison system but singled out the Nebraska State Penitentiary in Lincoln as the facility with the most serious issues.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 16:59:50 -0400
  • Salvadoran woman acquitted in abortion case calls for reform

    Evelyn Hernandez has a message for El Salvador's president: End the criminalization of abortion in the conservative Central American country. Hernandez, 21, was exonerated earlier this week in a closely watched retrial after an earlier judgment found her guilty of killing her stillborn son and sentenced her to 30 years in prison.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 16:59:02 -0400
  • Reuters Entertainment News Summary

    Following is a summary of current entertainment news briefs. A new HBO series on the killing of a Palestinian youth after three Israeli teens were murdered in a deadly summer five years ago is stirring up painful memories for bereaved families on both sides of the conflict. At least two people were injured after gunmen ambushed a video shoot involving French rapper Booba, authorities said on Wednesday, in the latest incidence of violence marring the suburbs of Paris.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 16:58:06 -0400
  • Reuters Health News Summary

    Following is a summary of current health news briefs. Four dominant e-cigarette manufacturers face a probe into the health impacts of their products, as the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee asked on Wednesday about the firms' research and marketing practices.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 16:58:05 -0400
  • Reuters Odd News Summary

    Connie West, co-owner of an alien-themed motel in the tiny U.S. desert outpost of Rachel, Nevada, believes they are coming no matter what. A whimsical invitation on Facebook has urged UFO enthusiasts to gather on Sept. 20 and "storm" nearby Area 51, a U.S. military base long rumored to house extraterrestrials and spaceships. More than 2 million Facebook users have said they plan to go.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 16:58:04 -0400
  • The Latest: Lawyer: Officers who sued will be protected

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    A lawyer for two police officers whose sexual harassment lawsuit led Philadelphia's police commissioner to resign says the city has promised both women they won't be retaliated against or endure more transfers. Audra McCowan and Patrol Officer Jennifer Allen say they've been harassed throughout the year after filing internal complaints. Lawyer Ian Bryson says the women filed suit after years of inaction by the department.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 16:57:19 -0400
  • Feds arrest former state police union leader and lobbyist

    The former president of the Massachusetts State Police labor union and the union's former lobbyist were arrested Wednesday and charged with misusing union funds for their own personal gain. FBI and Internal Revenue Service agents arrested Dana Pullman, the former head of the State Police Association of Massachusetts, and Anne Lynch, the union's lobbyist, at their homes.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 16:55:30 -0400
  • Brazil's Bolsonaro suspends funding for LGBT+ screenplays

    B razil's president Jair Bolsonaro posted on social media that funding for movies with LGBT+ themes was being suspended, a decision that was published on Wednesday on the country's official web site. The decision, signed by Brazil's minister of Citizenship Osmar Terra, suspends about R$ 70 million ($17.42 million) from the government's grant which would fund some 80 screenplays, including a fraction with LGBT+ themes. "The first project he called out (during the live stream) was ours, and in such a pejorative and dishonoring way," he told Thomson Reuters Foundation.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 16:53:47 -0400
  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks rise with focus on stimulus; U.S. yield curve briefly inverts

    A global equities gauge rose on Wednesday for a third day in four as bets on more economic stimulus overcame, for now, worries over the rising prospect of a global recession. The brief inversion of the curve between 2-year and 10-year U.S. Treasury yields loomed, however, as it is seen as a harbinger for an economic contraction. Strong earnings in the United States and the report of talks on a megamerger in European autos triggered gains in stocks, and the improved risk sentiment drove safe-haven yields higher while the yen and gold edged lower.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 16:52:18 -0400
  • Trial starts in case of fatal shooting over parking spot

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    A prosecutor told jurors Wednesday that a white Florida man who fatally shot an unarmed black man during a dispute over a parking space had initiated a similar confrontation just months before, while his defense attorney said the shooting was in self-defense. Prosecutor Fred Schaub said during opening statements of Michael Drejka's manslaughter trial in Clearwater that five months before he fatally shot Markeis McGlockton in July 2018, the defendant had threatened another driver about parking in a handicapped parking spot at the same convenience store. Five months later, Drejka confronted McGlockton's girlfriend for parking in a handicapped space.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 16:51:51 -0400
  • Priest accused of stealing nearly $100K from parish

    A Pennsylvania Roman Catholic priest is accused of stealing nearly $100,000 from his parish and spending it on a beach house and men he met on dating apps. The Chester County District Attorney's Office says 56-year-old Monsignor Joseph McLoone was arrested Wednesday for theft from St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Downingtown. Prosecutors allege McLoone gave himself a raise by doubling the amount he collected as a stipend for each Mass, wedding and funeral.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 16:46:30 -0400
  • Pilot blames bad gas in California small plane crash

    A pilot who said Wednesday he was forced to ditch his newly purchased aircraft in the ocean off California during a photo shoot believes bad gasoline caused the plane to malfunction. Pilot David Lesh said he had siphoned particulate matter out of the gas but doesn't think he got all of it. The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 16:46:16 -0400
  • Iceland's leader won't be around to welcome Pence

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    Iceland's leader has announced that she will skip U.S. Vice President Mike Pence's visit to her Nordic nation, opting instead to keep "prior commitments" by attending a trade union conference and meetings in Sweden. Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir said that she's planned for months to give the keynote speech for the Council of Nordic Trade Unions' annual meeting in Malmo, Sweden, on Sept. 3 — the day before Pence's arrival.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 16:42:59 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Nigeria's three-year milestone takes Africa towards polio eradication

    ABUJA/LONDON, Aug 21 (Reuters) - Nigeria marked three years free of endemic wild polio on Wednesday, with health officials saying the nation's progress in fighting the crippling viral disease could result in the whole of Africa being declared polio-free early next year. Africa's last case of wild polio was recorded in Nigeria's Borno State in August 2016. "We are confident that soon we will be trumpeting the certification that countries have, once and for all, kicked polio out of Africa," the WHO's regional director for Africa, Matshidiso Moeti, told reporters in a telebriefing.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 16:41:35 -0400
  • Massive juniper tree-cutting project aims to aid sage grouse

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    The largest-ever project in the U.S. to remove thousands of juniper trees to help imperiled sage grouse has started in Idaho. Junipers provide perches for raptors that attack and kill sage grouse. Junipers also force out sagebrush and other plants that produce bugs that sage grouse eat.

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019 16:41:26 -0400
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