August 22nd, 2017

World News

Latino coalition: CBS diversity progress is part of new push

By Lynn Elber, The Associated Press on August 22nd, 2017

LOS ANGELES – Latino leaders meeting with top CBS executives last week were braced for a confrontation over a protracted scarcity of Latino actors and stories on the network’s prime-time shows. “We said, ‘That’s it, no more'” in preparing for the encounter, said Alex Nogales of the National Latino Media Coalition. Instead, the coalition said ... Read More »

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Tillerson says US could punish Pakistan if no co-operation

By Lolita C. Baldor And Matthew Pennington, The Associated Press on August 22nd, 2017

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s plan to end America’s longest war and eliminate Afghanistan’s rising extremist threat involves sending up to 3,900 additional U.S. troops, senior officials said Tuesday. The first deployments could take place within days. In a national address Monday night, Trump reversed his past calls for a speedy exit and recommitted the ... Read More »

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Trump won’t pardon sheriff; tensions high at rally site

By Julie Bykowicz, The Associated Press on August 22nd, 2017

PHOENIX – President Donald Trump won’t pardon former sheriff Joe Arpaio during his visit to Arizona, the White House said Tuesday as supporters and protesters gathered near the site of Trump’s latest campaign rally. Outside the Phoenix convention centre, shouting matches and minor scuffles erupted between the two sides. Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton had asked ... Read More »

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Arkansas’ Silver Moon hosting tribute for rockabilly pioneer

By Kelly P. Kissel, The Associated Press on August 22nd, 2017

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – No one knew what to call Sonny Burgess’ music when he mixed rhythm and blues, gospel tunes and country riffs in the 1950s, but it was clear where it came from. “It all came from our heart,” drummer Bobby Crafford said Tuesday. “They told us we were original; we played from ... Read More »

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2 of 4 suspects in Spain attacks held without bail; 1 freed

By Aritz Parra, The Associated Press on August 22nd, 2017

MADRID – A judge ordered two of the four surviving suspects in the extremist attacks in Spain held without bail, another detained for 72 more hours and one freed with restrictions Tuesday after the men appeared in court to answer questions about the events that killed 15 people. National Court Judge Fernando Andreu issued his ... Read More »

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Bourbon, pizzas and now spaghetti sauce cover Arkansas roads

By The Associated Press on August 22nd, 2017

CAMDEN, Ark. – It’s a smorgasbord on Arkansas highways, with the third food spill in as many weeks. A truck driver distracted by a GPS unit crashed near the intersection of U.S. 278 and Arkansas 24 at Camden early Monday and spilled a truckload of spaghetti sauce. On Aug. 2, a tank car filled with ... Read More »

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US cuts, delays $300 million in aid to Egypt, citing rights

By Matthew Lee, The Associated Press on August 22nd, 2017

WASHINGTON – The Trump administration on Tuesday cut nearly $100 million in military and economic aid to Egypt and delayed almost $200 million more in military financing to Egypt, pending human rights improvements and action to ease harsh restrictions on civic and other non-governmental groups. The moves underscore the administration’s delicate diplomacy with Egypt, which ... Read More »

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Head knocked off Confederate soldier statue in Ohio cemetery

By The Associated Press on August 22nd, 2017

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Police say a Confederate soldier statue at a cemetery in Ohio has been damaged by vandals who took its head. Columbus police say vandals appear to have climbed on an arched memorial at Camp Chase Confederate Cemetery and toppled the statue atop the monument to the ground. The soldier’s head and hat ... Read More »

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32 letters filed in support of prof charged in Chicago death

By The Associated Press on August 22nd, 2017

CHICAGO – More than 30 colleagues and friends of a former Northwestern University professor charged in the brutal stabbing death of a 26-year-old man wrote letters supporting him both as a friend and a scientist whose research included academic work on the bacteria that cause plague. “I feel his contributions will eventually lead to the ... Read More »

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Kansas, Missouri storms lead to water rescues, 1 death

By Jim Suhr, The Associated Press on August 22nd, 2017

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Authorities blamed flash-flooding Tuesday for the death of a man whose car was swept away by a torrent linked to thunderstorms that pummeled portions of Kansas and Missouri, prompting numerous rescues of stranded motorists and others who scrambled to safety atop a roof and tree. Sheriff’s officials in Kansas’ Miami County ... Read More »

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Missouri governor halts man’s execution after DNA questions

By Jim Salter, The Associated Press on August 22nd, 2017

ST. LOUIS – Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens on Tuesday halted the scheduled execution of condemned inmate Marcellus Williams after DNA testing raised questions about whether he actually killed. Just hours before Williams was to be put to death, the Republican governor said in an email that he was issuing a stay of execution. Williams was ... Read More »

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