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  • UPDATE 1-With forest wildfires raging, Bolivia seeks help from SuperTanker plane

    Bolivian firefighters are still trying to put out wildfires that have already burned more than 650,000 hectares (1.6 million acres) of tropical forest, roughly the size of the U.S. state of Delaware, officials said on Thursday. Officials said they were awaiting the arrival of a Boeing SuperTanker 747 fire-fighting plane. Military footage showed vast swaths of tropical forest burning near Bolivia's border with Paraguay and Brazil.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 17:37:21 -0400
  • Freed man says he relied on mother, God while behind bars

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    Dontae Sharpe went free after an evidentiary hearing Pitt County court in Greenville, where a judge ordered a new trial. Prosecutors then said they wouldn't seek a retrial, and the 44-year-old Sharpe was released within about an hour, said his attorney, Theresa Newman. When asked in a phone interview how he maintained his determination to reject offers of a lighter sentence in exchange for a guilty plea, Sharpe said: "My faith, knowing I was innocent and the way I was raised.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 17:36:11 -0400
  • Intuit: Fiscal 4Q Earnings Snapshot

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) _ Intuit Inc. (INTU) on Thursday reported a loss of $44 million in its fiscal fourth quarter. The Mountain View, California-based company said it had a loss of 17 cents per share. For the current quarter ending in November, Intuit expects its per-share earnings to range from 23 cents to 25 cents.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 17:33:12 -0400
  • Texas police fatally shoot man who pointed gun at officers

    Fort Worth police shot and killed an 18-year-old black man after he pointed a handgun at pursuing officers, officials said Thursday. Amari Malone was being sought as a "person of interest" in an August homicide in the North Texas city when officers found him around 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, according to Interim Police Chief Ed Kraus. Four officers shot at Malone and he was hit once, Kraus said during a news conference.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 17:27:11 -0400
  • Bus driver denies locking woman in luggage compartment

    A bus driver accused of locking a passenger in the vehicle's luggage compartment denies the allegations. The Boston Globe reports 49-year-old Wendy Alberty, of Roselle, New Jersey, appeared in Rockville Superior Court in Connecticut on Wednesday. Alberty was charged after Connecticut police received a 911 call Aug. 4 from a New York woman who said she was locked inside the compartment of the Peter Ban bus while she was retrieving items from her bag.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 17:22:58 -0400
  • Atlanta-based company execs survived California plane crash

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    Eight executives of an Atlanta-based package company were among the 10 people who escaped when a plane burst into flames at a small Northern California airport, a company spokeswoman said Thursday. The twin-engine Cessna Citation jet aborted its takeoff, went off the runway and burst into flames Wednesday at the Oroville Municipal Airport, about 70 miles (110 kilometers) north of Sacramento. Along with two pilots, eight executives from Graphics Packaging International survived the crash unharmed, company spokesperson Sue Appleyard confirmed.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 17:20:59 -0400
  • North Dakota agency disregarded policy on spill reporting

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    North Dakota's Health Department disregarded its own policy in updating the volume of a 2015 pipeline spill at a natural gas processing plant, and it remains unclear whether promised quarterly inspections of the site have been done in the past two years as cleanup continued. Oklahoma-based Oneok Partners LP reported a 10-gallon (38-liter) spill of natural gas liquids, or "condensate," from an underground pipeline at its Garden Creek gas plant near Watford City in July 2015. The second sum was not put into an incident report that can be accessed on the agency's website.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 17:20:40 -0400
  • Four people wounded in Los Angeles Skid Row shooting, female suspect at large

    An armed woman opened fire in the Skid Row section of downtown Los Angeles on Thursday, wounding four people and triggering a hunt for the suspect, police said. The shooting occurred shortly after noon, but Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman officer Rosario Cervantes said circumstances surrounding the gun violence were not immediately known. Skid Row, an area occupying roughly 50 square blocks in downtown Los Angeles, has one of the highest concentrations of homeless people in the United States.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 17:13:02 -0400
  • U.S. will aggressively enforce sanctions over Iran tanker -State Dept official

    The United States will aggressively enforce its sanctions to prevent the private sector from assisting an Iranian oil tanker that is traveling through the Mediterranean and that Washington wants seized, a State Department official said. "The shipping sector is on notice that we will aggressively enforce U.S. sanctions," the official told Reuters days after warning countries not to allow the tanker to dock. Ship tracking data has shown the ship, Adrian Darya, formerly called Grace 1, last heading toward Greece, although Greece's prime minister said it was not heading to his country.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 17:12:36 -0400
  • Duke of York should 'answer questions,' father of alleged Epstein victim says

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    The Duke of York must "answer questions" about allegations he had sex with Jeffrey Epstein's teen "sex slave," the girls's father said. Virginia Giuffre alleged in court papers in Florida that she was forced to have sex with the Duke when she was 17, which is under the age of consent in the state. Buckingham Palace has vehemently denied the allegations. But Sky Roberts, her father, put further pressure on the Duke, telling The Daily Telegraph he believed the royal family was complicit in blocking a full telling of what happened in the Epstein scandal. Speaking for the first time since video emerged of the Duke inside the paedophile's mansion in 2010, Mr Roberts, 62, accused the Duke of trying to distance himself. Mr Roberts, who lives in Florida, said: "He [the Duke] should answer questions. It's been a long time but they [the royal family] are trying to step away from it - just like everyone else tried to do." He said nobody knew "everything that went on," but there were "lots of friends of Epstein. Some of them may have been good people, some bad people." Asked if he believed the royal family was trying to "cover up" and stop the Duke having to give evidence in the case, he said: "Of course - but that's not for me to say." A picture of Virginia Giuffre with the Duke of York Mr Roberts was hired as a maintenance worker at Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club in Florida, and got his daughter a job as an attendant there in 2000. She was then allegedly recruited into Epstein's world, and the following year was photographed with the Duke's arm around her. All the allegations about the Duke were struck from the court record in 2015 after being described as "immaterial and impertinent" by a judge. The Duke has always denied the allegations and any involvement. Epstein, a convicted paedophile, took his own life in a New York jail cell on August 10 while awaiting trial on further underage sex trafficking charges. As the Duke faced increasing scrutiny over his links to Epstein it emerged the financier had taken steps to shield his fortune from dozens of alleged victims who may sue. A will, signed two days before he died, and filed in the US Virgin Islands, put Epstein's $577 million in assets into a trust called the "1953 Trust," named after the year of his birth. It shrouded from public view the identities of the beneficiaries. Legal experts said prying open the trust and obtaining damages could take years. Jennifer Freeman, who represents child sex abuse victims, said: "This is the last act of Epstein's manipulation of the system, even in death."

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 17:11:57 -0400
  • U.S. judge refuses to dismiss lawsuit over Puerto Rico pension law

    A lawsuit filed by Puerto Rico's financial oversight board over a new pension and healthcare funding law will move forward after a federal judge on Thursday denied the U.S. commonwealth's motion to dismiss the case. The litigation, which marked the latest skirmish in an ongoing battle between the board and the government over spending priorities, targets a law that transfers hundreds of millions of dollars in municipal pension and healthcare costs to the bankrupt Puerto Rico government. U.S. District Court Judge Laura Taylor Swain rejected arguments by the island's government that the lawsuit cites faulty claims based on the 2016 federal PROMESA Act, which created the board and a bankruptcy-like process to restructure about $120 billion of Puerto Rico's debt and pension obligations.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 17:10:45 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-U.S. official says China far short of soybean purchase pledge after small sale

    China has purchased about only half the U.S. soybeans it pledged to buy earlier this year, a U.S. Department of Agriculture official said on Thursday, after a small sale was reported amid the two countries' escalating trade war. U.S. President Donald Trump has vowed to impose new tariffs on Beijing starting in September, prompting China to say it had halted imports of all U.S. agricultural goods in a trade dispute that threatens growth in the world's two largest economies. U.S. officials have said repeatedly they expect China to buy large quantities of soybeans as a gesture of goodwill while the two sides negotiate a trade deal.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 17:07:51 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-YouTube finds influence campaign tied to Hong Kong protests

    Alphabet Inc's Google announced on Thursday that its YouTube streaming video service disabled 210 channels appearing to engage in a coordinated influence operation around the Hong Kong protests, days after Twitter and Facebook said they dismantled a similar campaign originating in mainland China. "This discovery was consistent with recent observations and actions related to China announced by Facebook and Twitter," said Shane Huntley, one of Google's security leaders, in a blog post.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 17:05:12 -0400
  • Polish rescue service finds body of trapped caver

    Polish rescuers have found the body of one of two cavers trapped in a cavern in Poland's Tatra mountains since Saturday, mountain rescue service TOPR said late on Thursday. More information will be available tomorrow," TOPR said. The two became trapped in the Wielka Sniezna cave, the longest and deepest in the Tatra mountains, on Saturday and rescue services were notified by colleagues who had accompanied them on the excursion.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 17:05:01 -0400
  • Suspect in California campus killing was co-worker

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    A suspect arrested in the stabbing death of a man at the California State University, Fullerton campus was a co-worker of the victim, police said Thursday. Chuyen Vo, 51, was arrested Wednesday night at his home in Huntington Beach, officials announced at a news conference near the killing scene in a campus parking lot. The victim, Steven Shek Keung Chan, 57, worked as the director of budget and finance and student services for university extended education but retired in 2017.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 17:04:22 -0400
  • Lightning strikes kill 5, injure over 100 in Tatra Mountains

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    Lightning struck across the Tatra Mountains in southern Poland and neighboring Slovakia on Thursday, killing five people and injuring over 100 others in an area popular with hikers and families, authorities said. The lightning strikes pummeled Poland's Giewont peak, a trekking destination that is 1,894 meters (6,214 feet) high, as well as other locations across the Tatras. Four people were killed on the Polish side, including two children, a spokeswoman for the Polish air ambulance service, Kinga Czerwinska, told the news broadcaster TVN24.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 17:03:19 -0400
  • YouTube finds influence campaign tied to Hong Kong protests

    Alphabet Inc's Google announced on Thursday that its YouTube streaming video service disabled 210 channels appearing to engage in a coordinated influence operation around the Hong Kong protests, days after Twitter and Facebook said they dismantled a similar campaign originating in mainland China. "This discovery was consistent with recent observations and actions related to China announced by Facebook and Twitter," said Shane Huntley, one of Google's security leaders, in a blog post.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 17:03:05 -0400
  • US STOCKS-S&P 500 stalls in economic data offset, ahead of Fed chair's speech

    The benchmark S&P 500 ended little changed on Thursday as a fall in U.S. jobless claims offset data showing a contraction in U.S. manufacturing activity while investors awaited Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell's speech on Friday for clues on the central bank's monetary policy. Data from the U.S. Labor Department showed initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped more than expected last week, suggesting the labor market was holding firm despite a manufacturing slowdown and concerns the economy is on a path toward recession.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 17:02:22 -0400
  • Reuters Entertainment News Summary

    Following is a summary of current entertainment news briefs. A Bosnian-Dutch film about a girl leaving the Netherlands and returning to her native Bosnia to visit the sick father she has never met was chosen on Thursday as the best movie at the Sarajevo Film Festival (SFF), celebrating its silver jubilee. The jury chaired by Swedish film-maker Ruben Ostlund, whose film "The Square" won Cannes' Palme d'Or in 2017, awarded "Take Me Somewhere Nice" by Bosnian director Ena Sendijarevic with the 16,000 euros ($17,736) Heart of Sarajevo award.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 16:58:03 -0400
  • Reuters Health News Summary

    Following is a summary of current health news briefs. Retrophin Inc said on Thursday it was discontinuing the late-stage study for its rare neurological disorder treatment after it failed to improve patients' ability to conduct daily activities such as eating and walking, sending shares down 30%. The treatment, fosmetpantotenate, was being tested against placebo in 84 patients with pantothenate kinase-associated neurodegeneration (PKAN), a rare, genetic and life-threatening disorder.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 16:58:02 -0400
  • Reuters People News Summary

    Mexican musician Celso Pina, famed as "the rebel of the accordion" for mixing eclectic styles with traditional Colombian cumbia, died on Wednesday of a heart attack in his hometown of Monterrey, his record label La Tuna Records said. A former publicist for Michael Jackson on Thursday announced plans for a charitable foundation not affiliated with the late pop singer's family or estate, intended to defend and promote the legacy of the controversial entertainer. Raymone Bain, who represented Jackson in 2005 and 2006, said the Michael Jackson Legacy Foundation would seek to raise money for the charitable causes Jackson supported during his life, including the advancement of civil rights for African Americans.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 16:58:01 -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.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 16:58:01 -0400
  • Reuters Science News Summary

    Following is a summary of current science news briefs. A crew of veteran U.S. astronauts and aviators are training in Houston for a manned mission to the International Space Station aboard Boeing's new Starliner spacecraft, which could also be used to take tourists into space on future missions. A Russian humanoid robot was making its way on Thursday to the International Space Station after blasting off on a two-week mission to support the crew and test his skills.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 16:58:00 -0400
  • Migrants traveling through Mexico to the U.S. face high violence risk

    "Migrants are subjected to a high level of violence while in transit to the U.S.," write the authors, led by Rene Leyva-Flores, a researcher with the National Institute of Public Health in Cuernavaca, Mexico. "Those traveling under irregular migratory conditions are targets of even greater violence, a condition exacerbated by gender inequality. Migrants transiting through Mexico from Central American and other countries undergo violence more frequently than do Mexican migrants.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 16:55:17 -0400
  • Twerking hillbilly? Yes. Cheater and liar? No, says Miley Cyrus

    Pop star Miley Cyrus on Thursday said she was no angel, but angrily denied rumors she had cheated on her estranged husband, actor Liam Hemsworth. Hemsworth and Cyrus announced through a representative earlier this month that they had separated, shocking fans of the former Disney Channel child star and leading to rumors and speculation in celebrity media about the cause. A day later, Cyrus was photographed kissing celebrity blogger and reality TV star Kaitlynn Carter on a boat in Italy.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 16:50:46 -0400
  • Parking lot shooter told detectives he feared severe injury

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    Prosecutors played Michael Drejka's interview with Pinellas County detectives during his manslaughter trial in Clearwater, Florida. Drejka, who is white, shot while on his back from close range seconds after McGlockton shoved him as Drejka argued with McGlockton's girlfriend. Pinellas County Sheriff's Detective Richard Redman testified that Drejka, 49, willingly spoke to him and Detective George Moffett about five hours after the shooting without an attorney.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 16:50:44 -0400
  • Man charged in death of Detroit girl attacked by 3 dogs

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    A man was charged Thursday in the death of a 9-year-old Detroit girl, who was mauled by three dogs despite rescue efforts by neighbors, her father and emergency workers. Pierre Cleveland, 33, was charged with second-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter and having a dangerous animal causing death, Wayne County prosecutors said. Cleveland owned the pit bulls or pit bull mixes that got free from his yard and attacked Emma Hernandez as she rode a bike Monday in her neighborhood on the city's southwest side.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 16:49:38 -0400
  • Hasbro to buy studio Entertainment One, home of Peppa Pig, for $4 billion

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    It has been tying up with movie studios such as Paramount Pictures and Walt Disney Co to boost sales of toys linked to big movie franchises. "Hasbro will leverage eOne's immersive entertainment capabilities to bring our portfolio of brands that have appeal to gamers, fans and families to all screens globally," Hasbro's Chief Executive Officer Brian Goldner said. Hasbro will pay 5.60 pounds per share and will finance the deal with debt and $1.0 billion to $1.25 billion in cash from equity financing, the companies said.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 16:48:40 -0400
  • Federal shift may increase asylum backlogs in Northeast

    A Trump administrative directive to shift federal resources from Boston and Newark, New Jersey, could increase delays for asylum seekers in the Northeast. The temporary reassignments are part of an attempt to reduce a backlog at the southern border, but it will have an impact in the Northeast. Phillip Mantis from the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project tells the Portland Press Herald that the Boston and Newark offices already have a combined backlog of 40,000 cases.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 16:44:50 -0400
  • Serial killer in 1994 spree set to be executed in Florida

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    A serial killer who preyed on older gay men during a rampage 25 years ago that left six dead on or near the U.S. East Coast is scheduled to be executed Thursday evening. Gary Ray Bowles, 57, is set to receive a lethal injection at Florida State Prison in Starke. Hinton was Bowles sixth and final known victim in a series of killings that began in Daytona Beach with John Hardy Roberts.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 16:42:05 -0400
  • Jewish groups speaking out against Trump immigration policy

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    From fiery protests outside detention centers in Texas, New Jersey and Rhode Island to a sit-in that blockaded an Amazon store in New York, a fledgling coalition of liberal Jewish groups is increasingly making itself heard as it fights the Trump administration's immigration policies. Using the social media tag #JewsAgainstIce, the movement has likened President Donald Trump's actions on asylum and incarceration to what went on as the Holocaust was taking shape. "It's a cause that the Jews feel very deeply," said Rabbi Jill Jacobs with T'ruah, a human rights organization that represents 2,000 rabbis nationwide.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 16:40:41 -0400
  • 1998 Montana murder case dragged on as opportunities missed

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    More than 17 years after he slashed the throat of a teenage clerk while robbing a Montana video rental store, Zachary O'Neill says guilt overcame him and he tried to tell authorities he was the culprit. "I was wondering why they didn't even follow up and investigate," O'Neill said about his April 2016 confession at a psychiatric hospital in Spokane, Washington. "They just told me I could go," O'Neill told The Associated Press in a jailhouse interview.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 16:37:48 -0400
  • Man arrested for holding woman as sex slave and keeping her eight-month-old baby captive

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    A North Carolina man has been arrested after holding a woman and her 8-month-old baby captive for over a month, authorities said.The Pender County Sheriff’s department said in a press release they received an emergency call on 9 August from a woman who said she was being held against her will at a home in Willard, North Carolina.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 16:37:10 -0400
  • Canadians' message ahead of the election: make life more affordable

    Canadians have a message for politicians appearing on their front stoops ahead of Canada's upcoming national election in October: life is getting more expensive. The issue of affordability could shape the Oct. 21 election, according to pollsters, and both Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberals and the rival Conservatives plan to make easing household expenses a priority, party sources say. While so-called pocketbook issues are a constant feature of elections everywhere, the subject is especially relevant in Canada's upcoming contest.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 16:36:58 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Trump's message to G7 leaders this weekend: Be more like U.S.

    President Donald Trump will highlight U.S. economic policies under his stewardship at meetings with other G7 leaders this weekend in France and encourage allies to follow the American model to stave off problems with the global economy, officials said. Trump will attend the G7 summit in France from Saturday to Monday and plans to hold individual meetings with the leaders of Britain, France, Germany, Japan, India and Canada during his trip, senior administration officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, told reporters on a conference call.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 16:36:46 -0400
  • The Latest: California campus killing suspect is co-worker

    Police say the suspect arrested in the stabbing death at California State University, Fullerton, was a co-worker of the victim. Lt. Jon Radus said Thursday that 51-year-old Chuyen Vo was arrested Wednesday night at his home in Huntington Beach. Radus would not comment on the work relationship of the suspect and the victim, 57-year-old Steven Shek Keung Chan.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 16:30:06 -0400
  • Gap same-store sales disappoint as Old Navy struggles

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    Old Navy, which offers more affordable clothing and accessories, has been a bright spot for the company in the past. Overall, sales at the company's Gap, Old Navy and other stores open for at least a year fell 4% in the second quarter ended Aug. 3, compared with analysts' estimates of a 3.09% drop, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 16:27:56 -0400
  • Coca cultivation falls in Bolivia, reversing trend

    The area planted with coca crops last year dropped by 6% in Bolivia, a key coca-producing country in South America, but was still above the country's legal limit, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said on Thursday. The report, which assessed satellite images and data collected from the field, determined coca cultivation in 2018 had fallen 1,400 hectares (3,460 acres) from 2017 to 23,100 hectares (57,080 acres). The coca leaf is a key ingredient in the processing of cocaine.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 16:27:28 -0400
  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks edge lower as investors eye Fed's Jackson Hole meeting

    An index of stock markets worldwide crept lower on Thursday on uncertainty over the outlook for U.S. interest rate cuts and weak U.S. manufacturing data that raised concerns about the health of the world's largest economy. U.S. manufacturing industries in July recorded their first month of contraction in almost a decade amid concerns about whether the U.S.-China trade conflict would tip the economy into a recession, a private survey showed. "Manufacturing has been pretty weak across the globe for a while now and we are starting to see that bleed into the U.S.," said Joe Mallen, chief investment officer at Helios Quantitative Research.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 16:27:19 -0400
  • Women steal baby stroller from store, leave child behind

    Two women who allegedly stole a baby stroller and left a child behind have been arrested in New Jersey. Authorities say one of the women went to the front of the store to grab the stroller, while the other two distracted an employee. One of the women then returned after realizing one of the children was left behind.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 16:26:53 -0400
  • Netanyahu hints at Israeli involvement in Iraq blasts

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hinted on Thursday of possible Israeli involvement in attacks against Iranian-linked targets in Iraq. A series of blasts in the past few weeks have hit weapon depots and bases belonging to paramilitary groups in Iraq, many of them backed by Israel's regional foe Iran. The groups blamed the United States and Israel for the blasts on Wednesday.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 16:25:24 -0400
  • Report alleges sex abuse by 40 Vermont priests since 1950

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    A report released Thursday by Vermont's Roman Catholic Church found there were "credible and substantiated" allegations of the sexual abuse of minors against 40 priests in the state since 1950. All but one of those allegations occurred prior to 2000, and none of the priests is still in ministry, the report said. Most of the priests who were named in the report are now dead.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 16:24:07 -0400
  • The Latest: No visits for serial killer set to be executed

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    A serial killer who preyed on older gay men during a rampage that left six dead a quarter century ago received no visitors in the hours before his planned execution. Officials at Florida State Prison in Starke say 57-year-old Gary Ray Bowles did eat a meal of three cheeseburgers, French fries and bacon as execution preparations were being made. Hinton was Bowles' sixth and final known victim in a spree that began in Daytona Beach with the slaying of John Hardy Roberts.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 16:20:54 -0400
  • Oklahoma man gets life in prison for child pornography

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    A judge sentenced an Oklahoma man to life in prison plus nearly 150 years more for hiding cameras in homes to capture images of girls, saying she would have ordered his castration if the law allowed. Ryan Aaron Alden pleaded guilty in June to 28 felonies, including creating child pornography, aggravated possession of obscene material of minors and using video equipment in a clandestine manner. "We're here because of the choices that you and you alone made," Oklahoma County District Judge Amy Palumbo told the 39-year-old Alden during sentencing Wednesday.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 16:14:04 -0400
  • Kasich, Gee group to push opioid settlement toward hospitals

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    West Virginia University President Gordon Gee and former Ohio Gov. John Kasich are creating a nonprofit that will fight to steer cash from any national opioid settlement to hospitals, rather than to local and state governments already sparring for control of the dollars. Gee and Kasich say Citizens for Effective Opioid Treatment, a 501(c)4 organization announced Thursday, will educate policymakers and the public about the negative impact the opioid epidemic has had on health care infrastructure and advance health-related research solutions to the crisis. "It's an educational effort," Gee said.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 16:11:50 -0400
  • Mountain lion bites Colorado boy on head outside his home

    A mountain lion bit an 8-year-old boy on the head outside his rural Colorado home in the third big-cat attack on people in the state this year, prompting authorities to set traps and use search dogs to find the lion so they can kill it, officials said Thursday. When the boy ran to see his friend, the mountain lion pounced and bit him, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife investigators. The mountain lion let go and took off running as the father approached.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 16:00:10 -0400
  • Miley Cyrus denies cheating on Liam Hemsworth in series of candid tweets

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    After Liam Hemsworth filed for divorce from Miley Cyrus on Wednesday, Cyrus took to Twitter to defend herself against rumors that her infidelity was the reason for their split. "I can admit to a lot of things but I refuse to admit that my marriage ended because of cheating," the singer added.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 15:59:00 -0400
  • Bosnian-Dutch film wins top award at 25th Sarajevo Film Festival

    A Bosnian-Dutch film about a girl leaving the Netherlands and returning to her native Bosnia to visit the sick father she has never met was chosen on Thursday as the best movie at the Sarajevo Film Festival (SFF), celebrating its silver jubilee. The jury chaired by Swedish film-maker Ruben Ostlund, whose film "The Square" won Cannes' Palme d'Or in 2017, awarded "Take Me Somewhere Nice" by Bosnian director Ena Sendijarevic with the 16,000 euros ($17,736) Heart of Sarajevo award. Georgian actor Levan Galbakhiani was named the best actor for his role in "And Then We Danced", while Bulgarian actress Irini Jambonas won best actress for her role in film "Rounds".

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 15:56:24 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Ocean Viking rescue ship awaits port access in latest migrant standoff

    Two charities running rescue missions in the Mediterranean Sea have said Italy has ignored requests to allow their ship to bring 356 migrants ashore, exposing Europe's latest failure to deal with African migration. The Norwegian-flagged ship, Ocean Viking, already stranded at sea for 13 days awaiting port access, has been denied entry by Malta and its two requests to Italian authorities have gone unanswered, they said.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 15:56:08 -0400
  • Ivory sales still banned, says wildlife conference committee

    International trade in elephant ivory will remain banned, according to a vote at the World Wildlife Conference, known as CITES, in Switzerland. Thursday's vote by a key committee makes it likely that the plenary session next week will uphold the prohibition of ivory sales. Kenya and several other African countries opposed the proposal to lift the ban on ivory sales, arguing that even restricted, legal sales would fuel greater demand for elephant ivory on the international market.

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 15:55:10 -0400
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