October 18th, 2017

World News

Baltimore workers remove “fatberg” of grease from sewer pipe

By The Associated Press on October 18th, 2017

BALTIMORE – A “fatberg” that may have taken beyond half a century to grow below Baltimore has been removed. News outlets report the city’s Public Works department used a camera, pressure washer and truck-mounted industrial vacuum to clear the mass of curdled grease, wet wipes and other waste. Workers resorted to the strategy Monday after ... Read More »

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Portugal’s interior minister resigns over wildfires response

By The Associated Press on October 18th, 2017

LISBON, Portugal – The Portuguese government minister in charge of emergency services has resigned after 106 people were killed in wildfires this year. The government says on its website that Interior Minister Constanca Urbano de Sousa has tendered her resignation and that Prime Minister Antonio Costa has accepted it. Urbano de Sousa says in her ... Read More »

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The Latest: Napa Valley school remain closed until Monday

By The Associated Press on October 17th, 2017

NAPA, Calif. – The Latest on California wildfires (all times local): 5:30 p.m. Schools in Napa County will remain closed until Monday, officials said. The Napa Valley Unified School District had planned to open school Wednesday. But the district’s superintendent said Tuesday that air quality in the area worsened overnight. Napa Valley Community College is ... Read More »

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Californians head back home to altered lives, communities

By Sudhin Thanawala And Jocelyn Gecker, The Associated Press on October 17th, 2017

PETALUMA, Calif. – Some have lost loved ones. Many have survived near-death experiences. Others have lost their homes and a lifetime of possessions. A week after fleeing raging wildfires, tens of thousands of emotionally ravaged Californians have drifted back home to find their lives and their communities dramatically altered. At a Red Cross shelter in ... Read More »

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MercyMe wins artist of the year at Dove Awards

By Kristin M. Hall, The Associated Press on October 17th, 2017

NASHVILLE – Contemporary Christian band MercyMe took home awards for artist of the year and pop/contemporary album of the year and the band’s frontman, Bart Millard, was named songwriter of the year (artist) at this year’s Dove Awards. The Gospel Music Association held its annual awards show Tuesday in Nashville, Tennessee, with performances by Reba ... Read More »

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US-backed forces celebrate fall of IS ‘capital,’ Raqqa

By Sarah El Deeb And Zeina Karam, The Associated Press on October 17th, 2017

BEIRUT – U.S.-backed Syrian forces celebrated in the devastated streets of Raqqa on Tuesday after gaining control of the northern city that once was the heart of the Islamic State’s self-styled caliphate, dealing a major defeat to the extremist group that has seen its territory shrink ever smaller since summer. Militants took over the vibrant ... Read More »

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Judge halts newest Trump travel ban, saying it has same woes

By Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, The Associated Press on October 17th, 2017

HONOLULU – A federal judge in Hawaii blocked most of President Donald Trump’s latest travel ban Tuesday, just hours before it was set to take effect, saying the revised order “suffers from precisely the same maladies as its predecessor.” It was the third set of travel restrictions issued by the president to be thwarted, in ... Read More »

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Lopez, Anthony, Rodriguez raise $35M for Puerto Rico relief

By The Associated Press on October 17th, 2017

NEW YORK – Jennifer Lopez, her ex-husband Marc Anthony and her current boyfriend Alex Rodriguez have raised more than $35 million for Puerto Rico hurricane relief. A spokeswoman said in a statement Tuesday that the two singers and the retired baseball superstar raised the money in donations, pledges and their own contributions. About $9 million ... Read More »

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Oscars org won’t be an ‘inquisitorial court,’ president says

By Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press on October 17th, 2017

LOS ANGELES – Film academy president John Bailey says that although the organization intends to be a strong voice in changing the culture of sexual exploitation in the movie business that it will not be an inquisitorial court. Bailey addressed Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences members Tuesday in a memo following the Saturday ... Read More »

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Vegas hotel security guard’s disappearance draws attention

By Ken Ritter, The Associated Press on October 17th, 2017

LAS VEGAS – The hotel security guard wounded by Stephen Paddock inside a Las Vegas Strip high-rise before gunfire rained out the windows on a music festival crowd is in a safe place after going to a medical clinic last week instead of scheduled TV interviews, his employer said Tuesday. Jesus Campos “wants to tell ... Read More »

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US-backed forces celebrate fall of IS ‘capital’ of Raqqa

By Sarah El Deeb And Zeina Karam, The Associated Press on October 17th, 2017

BEIRUT – U.S.-backed Syrian forces celebrated in the devastated streets of Raqqa on Tuesday after gaining control of the northern city that once was the heart of the Islamic State’s self-styled caliphate, dealing a major defeat to the extremist group that has seen its territory shrink ever smaller since summer. Militants took over the vibrant ... Read More »

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