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  • Police seeking missing girl converge on Alabama neighborhood

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    Police looking for a missing 3-year-old girl in Birmingham, Alabama, have swarmed around a residential area a few miles from where she was last seen. Authorities haven't said exactly what's going on in their search for Kamille McKinney. Authorities say the girl known as "Cupcake" to her family was snatched away from a birthday party outside a housing project in Birmingham on Saturday night.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 12:43:59 -0400
  • Prosecutors suspect man of illegally detaining Dutch family

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    Prosecutors said Wednesday they are charging a 58-year-old man arrested in connection with the discovery of a Dutch family who lived largely isolated from the outside world for nine years. The man, widely reported in Dutch media to be a 58-year-old Austrian national identified only as Jozef B., was scheduled to appear before an investigating judge on Thursday. Prosecution spokeswoman Melanie Kompier declined to give further details on the case or confirm the suspect's identity.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 12:43:22 -0400
  • Brexit healthcare fears fuel expatriate insurance interest in Europe

    LONDON/MADRID/PARIS, Oct 16 (Reuters) - Some Britons living in the Europe Union are worried about losing access to free healthcare after Brexit, opening up a potentially lucrative new market for European health insurers. "I am indebted to France for my life," said Beryl Roberts from Pontivy, in the north west of the country, who has the French health service to thank for spotting her cancer. "However if there is no more healthcare after Brexit, I will be desperate," adds the 72-year-old, who is among more than a million Britons living in the EU and facing uncertainty.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 12:41:25 -0400
  • U.S. Supreme Court divided over Kansas immigrant identity theft case

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    The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday appeared divided over the legality of Kansas prosecuting three immigrants for violating identity theft laws by using other people's Social Security numbers in a dispute over whether the state impermissibly encroached on federal control over immigration policy. The justices heard arguments in the state's appeal of a 2017 Kansas Supreme Court ruling that voided the convictions of three restaurant workers and found that a 1986 federal law, the Immigration Reform and Control Act, prevents states from pursuing such prosecutions. The case tests how state criminal laws can be used against illegal immigrants and other people who do not have work authorization in the United States.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 12:33:51 -0400
  • U.N. Security Council concerned by situation in northeast Syria

    The U.N. Security Council said on Wednesday it was concerned by the risks of a deterioration in the humanitarian situation in northeast Syria and the escape of Islamic State fighters, but made no reference to a Turkish assault on Syrian Kurdish militia in the area that began a week ago. The 15-member council agreed the brief statement after meeting for the second time behind closed doors since the Turkish operation began, forcing tens of thousands of civilians to flee and raising doubt about the fate of thousands of Islamic State fighters in Kurdish jails.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 12:31:22 -0400
  • Woman arrested on murder charges in deaths of man, 2 kids

    Police say a Philadelphia woman has been arrested on murder and other charges in the shooting deaths of her two young daughters and their father. Police said Wednesday that 28-year-old Damyrra Jones is facing three counts of murder, two counts of child endangerment and a count of possessing instruments of crime. Police said 4-year-old Maxillie Alcindor and 10-month-old Damaya Alcindor died soon afterward at a hospital.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 12:28:59 -0400
  • U.S. Supreme Court divided over Kansas immigrant identity theft case

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday appeared divided over the legality of Kansas prosecuting three immigrants for violating identity theft laws by using other people's Social Security numbers in a dispute over whether the state impermissibly encroached on federal control over immigration policy. The justices heard arguments in the state's appeal of a 2017 Kansas Supreme Court ruling that voided the convictions of three restaurant workers and found that a 1986 federal law, the Immigration Reform and Control Act, prevents states from pursuing such prosecutions. The case tests how state criminal laws can be used against illegal immigrants and other people who do not have work authorization in the United States.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 12:28:51 -0400
  • Wisconsin man ordered to pay $450K to Sandy Hook father for saying he falsified son's death

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    A Wisconsin man who claimed that the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting never happened was ordered to pay $450,000 to the father of a boy killed in the massacre. Lenny Pozner, whose son, Noah, was killed in the shooting at the Connecticut elementary school that left 26 dead, filed a defamation lawsuit against James Fetzer in November 2018. Fetzer co-authored a book titled "Nobody Died at Sandy Hook." In it, he argued that the shooting was a hoax meant to promote gun control.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 12:27:12 -0400
  • Census confirms drivers' records request tied to citizenship

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    The U.S. Census Bureau is acknowledging that its nationwide request for state drivers' license records is the result of President Donald Trump's order to gather records that can better determine the numbers of citizens and non-citizens across the U.S. The bureau has expanded its request for state records in response to Trump's order , officials said in a statement Tuesday. Trump issued the order after the U.S. Supreme Court blocked his administration's efforts to include a citizenship question on the 2020 Census.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 12:25:40 -0400
  • Trump on Turkey going into Syria: 'It's not our problem'

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    Trump on Turkey going into Syria: 'It's not our problem' originally appeared on abcnews.go.comPresident Donald Trump on Wednesday again tried to distance himself and the U.S. from the Syria crisis, telling reporters asking about Turkey attacking into Syria, 'It's not our problem."That is between Turkey and Syria he said at an Oval Office photo-op with Italy's President Sergio Mattarella.(MORE: Vice President Mike Pence to head delegation to Turkey for ceasefire talks )Elaborating on the continued fighting between Turkish forces and the U.S. ...

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 12:24:00 -0400
  • After the debate, who's up, who's down in the Democratic primary?

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    At the end of the night, it would be hard to say if many minds were changed by the Democratic primary debate Tuesday at Ohio’s Otterbein University. But it did bring some differences among them into sharper focus, setting the stage for the next phase of the primary process.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 12:22:51 -0400
  • UPDATE 1 -Police free hundreds of males, some chained and beaten, from Nigerian school in third raid this month

    Police freed about 500 men and boys from an Islamic school in northern Nigeria on Wednesday, many of whom had been chained to walls, molested and beaten, police sources said. The raid in Katsina was the third such operation in less than a month, bringing the total of people freed from abusive conditions this month alone to about 1,000. President Muhammadu Buhari's government is under pressure to take urgent action to free the potentially thousands of other children who remain in similar schools across Nigeria.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 12:20:15 -0400
  • American prosecutor gunned down in Micronesia had 'most dangerous job' on the tiny island

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    Simon Hammerling was at home on Monday evening baking brownies with a child he and his wife were helping to take care of when he heard three loud gunshots. "I just kind of fell by her, not really thinking about anything else," Hammerling recalled in a Skype interview with ABC News. Bergeron had returned from her daily jog around 7 p.m. and was shot while opening the trunk of the car to let out the dog.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 12:19:54 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Yemeni government, separatists seen inking deal to end Aden standoff

    Yemen's Saudi-backed government and southern separatists are expected to sign a deal to end a power struggle in the southern port of Aden that fractured an Arab coalition battling the Iran-aligned Houthi group, officials said. The UAE-backed separatist Southern Transition Council (STC) is nominally allied to the Saudi-backed government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, but the two sides fell out in August, with the separatists seizing control of Aden.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 12:17:37 -0400
  • Da Vinci's "Vitruvian Man" drawing can go on loan to Louvre

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    An Italian court has ruled that Leonardo Da Vinci's iconic "Vitruvian Man" drawing can be loaned to France's Louvre Museum, solving an ongoing cultural dispute between Italy and France. The Venice court last week had suspended the loan of the world-famous drawing, which is part of a batch of works by Leonardo and Raphael that the Italian government had agreed to send to Paris. The "Vitruvian Man" is currently kept in a climate-controlled vault in Venice's Accademia Gallery and is put on public display only occasionally.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 12:16:50 -0400
  • Mormon church speaks out against LGBT conversion therapy ban

    The Church of Jesus of Christ of Latter-day Saints is opposing a proposed ban on conversion therapy in Utah, just months after it said it wouldn't stand in the way of a similar rule under consideration. Equality Utah executive director Troy Williams says he is surprised by the church's stance. Republican Gov. Gary Herbert called on state regulators to craft the rules after a similar bill died in the Legislature despite the church not opposing it.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 12:12:04 -0400
  • Roadside Bigfoot: Georgia museum devoted to legendary beast

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    Along a bustling four-lane highway that winds through the north Georgia mountains, an unassuming wooden structure breaks the monotony of churches, billboards and stores selling kitschy knickknacks. Once a BYOB supper club, it's now ground zero in the search for a legendary beast. "I can remember my great-grandmother talking about having a cabin in the woods, and she saw Sasquatch," says Sherry Gaskinn of Villa Rica, Georgia, who was driving by one afternoon and had to stop in.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 12:11:57 -0400
  • Indiana attorney general tries barring testimony against him

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    Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill is trying to block two women from testifying about allegations of sexual misconduct as he faces a disciplinary hearing on separate claims that he drunkenly groped four women at a bar last year. The state's attorney disciplinary commission wants the women to testify about Hill's actions when he was the Elkhart County prosecutor before becoming attorney general in 2017. Hill's lawyers argue in legal filings that such testimony about unrelated events shouldn't be allowed at Hill's professional misconduct hearing next week.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 12:11:26 -0400
  • Bank of America puts investments over cost cuts as 'operating leverage' fades

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    For the first time in nearly five years, Bank of America Corp did not rely on cost cuts to amplify profits – the latest sign of big U.S. banks prioritizing investments in their businesses over short-term gains. On Tuesday, Bank of America reported better-than-expected quarterly results, helped by loan growth, higher equities trading revenue and bigger fees from dealmaking and wealth management. The difference between those two figures, known as operating leverage, is watched closely on Wall Street as a barometer of how well a bank manages costs.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 12:09:33 -0400
  • Wisconsin boy says man strapped him to chair in basement

    An 8-year-old boy told authorities that a man who lives with him and his mother strapped him to a chair in the basement of their northeastern Wisconsin home, but that he escaped and sought help from strangers. WLUK-TV reports that police arrested 36-year-old Nathan Pogrant Monday on charges including false imprisonment and child abuse.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 12:09:18 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Trump says likely won't sign China trade deal until he meets with Xi

    U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he likely would not sign any trade deal with China until he meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the upcoming APEC Forum in Chile. Trump, speaking to reporters at the White House, said the partial trade deal announced last week was in the process of being formalized. Last week, Trump and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He announced the first phase of a deal to end the trade war between Beijing and Washington but did not offer many details.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 12:05:37 -0400
  • 4th defendant in federal case involving Rudy Giuliani associates arrested

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    A fourth defendant in the federal campaign finance case involving two associates of Rudy Giuliani, the president's personal attorney, was arrested in New York on Wednesday. David Correia, an American businessman, was taken into custody at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 12:02:00 -0400
  • Trump calls meeting with family of dead British teenager 'beautiful' but sad

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    U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he had a beautiful but sad White House meeting with a British family whose son was killed in the collision in England of his motorbike with a car driven by a U.S. diplomat's wife. Harry Dunn, 19, died in the collision near an air force base in central England used by the U.S. military. The diplomat's wife, Anne Sacoolas, left Britain under a disputed claim of diplomatic immunity.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 12:01:10 -0400
  • Scientists discover big storms can create 'stormquakes'

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    The shaking of the sea floor during hurricanes and nor'easters can rumble like a magnitude 3.5 earthquake and can last for days, according to a study in this week's journal Geophysical Research Letters. A stormquake is more an oddity than something that can hurt you, because no one is standing on the sea floor during a hurricane, said Wenyuan Fan, a Florida State University seismologist who was the study's lead author. "This is the last thing you need to worry about," Fan told The Associated Press.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 12:00:11 -0400
  • 'I'm not gonna stop 'til I find this baby': Why 1 woman refuses to give up search for 3-year-old Kamille McKinney

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    Days into the desperate search for an abducted 3-year-old Alabama girl, the head of a local missing persons group is refusing to stop -- because she said she's been in this family's shoes. Kamille "Cupcake" McKinney was playing with other children at an outdoor birthday party in Birmingham on Saturday night when she vanished, authorities said. An Amber Alert was issued but the Birmingham police said earlier this week that there was no information on Kamille's whereabouts.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 12:00:00 -0400
  • Trump on Turkey invading Syria: It's not our problem

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    President Trump on Wednesday tried to further distance himself from his decision to pull U.S. troops out of northern Syria, abandon America’s Kurdish allies and clear the way for Turkey’s bloody incursion that has quickly turned into a humanitarian crisis.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 11:59:15 -0400
  • US STOCKS-Wall St flat as upbeat earnings offset trade worries

    U.S. stocks were flat on Wednesday as a raft of upbeat earnings reports underlined a solid start to third-quarter results, while concerns over an escalation in the U.S.-China trade war and weak economic indicators lingered. Wall Street came under pressure after the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday passed legislation related to pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, while data on Wednesday showed a fall in U.S. retail sales for the first time in seven months in September. PNC Financial Services Group Inc and Bank of New York Mellon Corp also rose after better-than-expected earnings.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 11:58:51 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Trump calls meeting with family of dead British teenager 'beautiful' but sad

    U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he had a beautiful but sad White House meeting with a British family whose son was killed in the collision in England of his motorbike with a car driven by a U.S. diplomat's wife. Harry Dunn, 19, died in the collision near an air force base in central England used by the U.S. military. The diplomat's wife, Anne Sacoolas, left Britain under a disputed claim of diplomatic immunity.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 11:56:17 -0400
  • 'I like killing people': Man accused of killing 3 allegedly said he 'wants to be a serial killer'

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    A man accused of slaying three people across two states allegedly told a victim who survived he wanted to be a serial killer. "I like killing people," Stanley Mossburg alleged told the victim, according to authorities. Mossburg, 35, was arrested Tuesday and charged with killing two people in Winter Haven, Florida, and one person in Greeneville, Tennessee.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 11:55:40 -0400
  • Dutch man arrested on suspicion of holding family in remote farm against their will

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    Dutch prosecutors have announced that a 58-year-old man, arrested after the discovery of a family hidden on a remote farm, is suspected of holding them against their will and harming their health. “He is being investigated under suspicion of involvement in illegally depriving others of their freedom and endangering their health,” announced the local prosecution service in the northern Netherlands. He will appear before an examining magistrate on Thursday to decide if he will remain in custody. The announcement is the first result in a major Dutch police investigation, launched after six people were discovered in a small, enclosed space in a farmhouse on the Buitenhuizerweg road in Ruinerwold village earlier this week. When they were released, they told the police that they were a family of five children and a father, none of whom was officially registered as living there. They said that they were adults “but this is being investigated”, according to police. A woman from animal ambulance holds cat carriers at the site of a remote farm where a family spent years locked away  Credit: REUTERS/Eva Plevier An older man who rented the building, named by Dutch media as an Austrian national called Josef B., refused to cooperate and was arrested. Now it appears that concrete charges may be laid against him. Meanwhile on Wednesday, more details emerged of social media accounts that Dutch media have linked with a 25-year-old man, Jan, who sounded the alert on Sunday. He wandered into a local bar, drank five beers, and told barman Chris Westerbeek that he had run away and that he and the rest of his family had been shut away from the outside world for nine years. Dutch media have linked him to an active social media profile on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. On Facebook, this profile says he started working as “online store manager” for local company, Creconat, creating an online catalogue from June this year. This is named in Chamber of Commerce records as one of several companies under the banner Native Creative Economy, apparently owned by the 58-year-old odd job and furniture maker who was arrested. The family lived in the cellar for years and where waiting for 'the end of time'  Credit: Hollandse Hoogte/REX  The social media accounts said to belong to the 25-year-old talk about joining climate strike action, trees, newborn animals and beefburger recipes. The Facebook account apparently shows a nine year gap in posts from 2010 to 2019. However a link in the timeline – apparently posted in 2010 – saying that Jan had just moved to Ruinerwold was actually added on September 15th this year, as were three earlier posts dated as 2008, 2005 and 1994. The account is now full of Dutch commentators pointing out the disparities. Meanwhile, neighbours interviewed by Dutch newspaper the AD reported never having seen the family but having spotted Josef B. with a car full of shopping and toilet rolls, which “seemed a lot for someone who lived alone.” Other locals described him as a "closed" man with an unusual number of security cameras. “We understand that everyone has a lot of questions and we do too,” said the police in a statement. “This is why we want to investigate thoroughly and carefully.” It added that the family is now in a safe place, receiving care.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 11:49:39 -0400
  • Earthquake probed as possible cause of California fuel fire

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    Officials were trying to determine Wednesday if a 4.5 magnitude earthquake triggered an explosion at a fuel storage facility in the San Francisco Bay Area that started a fire and trapped thousands in their homes for hours because of potentially unhealthy air. The earthquake struck about 15 miles (24 kilometers) southeast from the NuStar Energy fuel storage facility in the Bay Area community of Crockett 15 hours before the Tuesday fire that consumed thousands of gallons (liters) of fuel.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 11:48:08 -0400
  • UK PM Johnson says almost there on Brexit deal - lawmakers

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson told a meeting of Conservative lawmakers the European Union and Britain were almost there on a Brexit deal but that the peak of the mountain was still partly shrouded in cloud, sources in the room told Reuters. "There was a sense of relief in the room that we are almost there, it has been a long slog," a Conservative lawmaker told Reuters on condition of anonymity. According to another lawmaker, Johnson said: "We’re not there yet.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 11:47:18 -0400
  • Britain drops plan to check porn viewers' age

    Britain has dropped plans to demand age verification for people viewing pornography after concluding it would be better to help companies limit access to adult content, digital and media minister Nicky Morgan said on Wednesday. Under plans announced in April, commercial providers of online pornography would have needed to check its users were 18 or over and websites that broke the law would be blocked or have their payment services withdrawn. The scheme, which would have made Britain the first country to bring in age verification for online pornography, was supposed to launch in June but was delayed.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 11:40:56 -0400
  • Hundreds more freed from torture in third Nigerian "school" raid in a month

    Police freed about 500 men and boys from an Islamic school in northern Nigeria on Wednesday where some had been chained to walls, molested and beaten, police sources said. The raid in Katsina was the third such operation in less than a month, bringing the total of captives freed from abuse this month alone to about 1,000.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 11:40:52 -0400
  • UPDATE 2-German government bond yields hit 11-week high on Brexit optimism

    German government bond yields hit their highest level since the end of July on Wednesday as Britain and the European Union appeared closer to a Brexit deal, denting demand for safe-haven assets. German government bond yields spiked to an 11-week high, extending a sell-off that began on Tuesday on news reports that British and EU negotiators were close to a draft deal, which boosted investors' appetite for riskier assets. A reporter for Irish broadcaster RTE said the main stumbling block to a Brexit deal had been removed, citing EU sources.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 11:35:16 -0400
  • Jaime Pressly defends her choice to call one of her kids her 'favorite'

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    Jaime Pressly defends her choice to call one of her kids her 'favorite' originally appeared on goodmorningamerica.comJaime Pressly shared a post earlier this month that garnered some mixed responses from critics.The actress and mother to 12-year-old son Dezi and 2-year-old twins Leo and Lenon posted a photo on Instagram with Dezi in which she described him as her "favorite son.""That’s right I said it," she wrote in the caption of her post. "I have a favorite son although I luv all 3 of my boys with everything I have in me. ...

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 11:28:00 -0400
  • Body of missing woman found in concrete in Nevada desert

    Las Vegas police say the body of a woman missing for five months has been found encased in concrete in the desert and that a suspect has been arrested. Investigators believe the victim was held against her will in 45-year-old Christopher Prestipino's home. Clark County jail records show he was arrested Friday on suspicion of murder, kidnapping and conspiracy to commit murder.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 11:23:42 -0400
  • UPDATE 2-At least seven killed in Guinea protests this week - hospital staff

    Guinea security forces killed at least seven protesters this week during demonstrations against a possible change to the constitution that could let President Alpha Conde seek a third term, hospital staff in the capital Conakry said.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 11:23:02 -0400
  • Minnesota boy, 6, found safe in dark cornfield after search

    A 6-year-old boy missing in Minnesota was found safe early Wednesday after a search by hundreds of volunteers and the use of a drone with a thermal camera that helped locate the child in a dark cornfield. The boy, named Ethan, hadn't been seen since 4:10 p.m. on Tuesday when he got off a school bus with his siblings near Highway 25 in Becker and ran to play with the family dog, according to the Sherburne County Sheriff's Office. The sheriff's office said on its Facebook page that Ethan was found safe with his dog about 1:50 a.m. on Wednesday, about 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers) from his home.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 11:20:53 -0400
  • City official: I support vandalism of Columbus statue

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    A city councilor in Rhode Island says she thinks the recent vandalism to a Christopher Columbus statue is a good thing. Democrat Katherine Kerwin told WPRO radio on Wednesday that she thinks the statue should be removed and that healthy civil disobedience is good for society and the city of Providence. Democratic Mayor Jorge Elorza said Tuesday he'd consider moving the statue to another neighborhood.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 11:19:42 -0400
  • A homeless man was sentenced to 15 years after pleading guilty to cocaine possession — but it turned out to just be powdered milk

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    Cody Gregg, 29, had his case in Oklahoma City dismissed on Friday, days after pleading guilty to possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 11:18:57 -0400
  • UK PM Johnson sees chance of Brexit deal, not there yet - spokesman

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told his cabinet of top ministers that there was a chance of agreeing a new Brexit deal with the European Union but the deal was not done yet, his spokesman said on Wednesday. The spokesman said that there remained outstanding issues in agreeing the deal, adding that talks with the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party were ongoing. "The prime minister gave an update to cabinet on the progress in the ongoing Brexit talks, he said there was a chance of securing a good deal but we are not there yet, and there remain outstanding issues," the spokesman said.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 11:17:49 -0400
  • 9 dead as Guineans protest president's bid to extend power

    At least nine people have been killed in three days of protests in Guinea against the president's bid to extend his time in power, while hospitals are overwhelmed with scores of people wounded, a doctor told The Associated Press on Wednesday. Some of the bullet wounds indicate that people were shot at close range, Dr. Diallo Mamadou Bella said. It is not clear how many people have been killed and wounded overall in the protests, which have drawn thousands of people into the streets.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 11:16:15 -0400
  • UPDATE 2-Trump downplays Turkey's assault in Syria, touts sanctions over fighting

    President Donald Trump on Wednesday played down the crisis in Syria touched off by Turkey's incursion against U.S.-allied Kurdish forces, saying the conflict was between Turkey and Syria and that it was "fine" for Russia to help Damascus. Trump, speaking to reporters at the White House, said imposing U.S. sanctions on Turkey would be better than fighting in the region and that it was up to the countries there to work it out.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 11:11:03 -0400
  • Spain's Socialists seen losing repeat election bet - poll

    Spain's second national election this year will not give the ruling Socialists the boost in seats they were hoping for and will do nothing to solve a political stalemate, a poll of polls compiled by newspaper El Pais indicated on Wednesday. Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez last month called a fresh election for Nov. 10 after refusing to strike a coalition deal with the far-left Unidas Podemos, betting that the repeat ballot would put his party in a better position. Wednesday's El Pais compilation of the countries' main polls suggested that the Socialists would win 27.8% of the vote, or 125 seats in the 350-seat parliament.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 11:09:22 -0400
  • Wanted: Intimacy coordinators. Hollywood's fastest growing job

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    Two years after a sexual harassment scandal roiled Hollywood, one of the fastest growing jobs in the entertainment industry is that of the intimacy director. Fueled by the #MeToo and Time's Up movements, demand is soaring for intimacy directors or coordinators who help choreograph TV and movie scenes involving sex or nudity and ensure that actors are not exploited or made to feel uncomfortable. "We have stunt coordinators.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 11:08:08 -0400
  • Bullied judge wins landmark whistleblowing case in UK Supreme Court

    A district judge who says she was bullied, victimised and suffered a breakdown after raising concerns about the dangers of government cuts to legal services has won a landmark London whistleblowing case at the highest court in the land. The UK Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that judge Claire Gilham should be allowed to take her case to an employment tribunal because excluding her from whistleblowing protection rules would breach her human rights. After a seven-year litigation battle that she funded through crowdfunding, Gilham said she looked forward to her claims being heard in employment courts.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 11:06:41 -0400
  • Georgia gives port consortium year-end deadline to secure financing

    A consortium planning to build a major port on Georgia's Black Sea coast has until the end of the year to secure financing for the project, a minister said on Wednesday, extending a deadline originally set for earlier this week. Anaklia Development Consortium (ADC), which signed a deal in 2016 to build the $2.5 billion port in Anaklia over nine phases, has accused the government of sabotaging its plans by rejecting investors it had presented before the initial Oct. 15 deadline. The government has refused to give state financing guarantees, a major U.S. consortium partner has quit and ADC's founder and former head of Georgia's TBC Group, Mamuka Khazaradze, has been put under investigation for alleged fraud.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 11:04:15 -0400
  • Students tackle gunman at California high school, police say

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    Students at a California high school tackled a gunman and managed to take his weapon from him after brandishing it at the school, police said. La Habra High School went on lockdown Tuesday morning after a student yielded a .22 caliber gun in the school, according to a statement from La Habra police. "It was the students who tackled him," Rocha said.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 11:04:01 -0400
  • Former governor stands by tweet comparing Trump to Hitler

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    Former New Jersey Gov. Christie Whitman says she stands by a tweet she deleted in which she compared President Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler. The Republican tweeted Hitler "has nothing on" Trump. Whitman's tweet was in response to reports that a violent parody video depicting a likeness of Trump shooting and stabbing opponents and members of the media was played during a conference at his Miami golf resort.

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 11:02:41 -0400
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