June 21st, 2018

World News

Report: Ukrainian filmmaker on hunger strike is well

By The Associated Press on June 21st, 2018

MOSCOW – A state news agency is quoting a Russian human rights official as saying that jailed Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov is in satisfactory condition despite a monthlong hunger strike. Sentsov, a vocal opponent of Russia’s annexation of Crimea, has been refusing food since mid-May. He was sentenced in 2015 to 20 years for conspiracy ... Read More »

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Schools mum on ties to doc in sex abuse inquiry

By Kantele Franko And Collin Binkley, The Associated Press on June 20th, 2018

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A now-dead doctor accused of sexual misconduct by former student athletes at Ohio State University said he acted as a team physician at other universities, most of which won’t say if they are reviewing those connections or whether any concerns were raised about him. Ohio State employment records reviewed by The Associated ... Read More »

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Live animals, meat, ivory, wood seized in trafficking stings

By Sylvie Corbet, The Associated Press on June 20th, 2018

PARIS – Thousands of live animals along with tons of meat, ivory, pangolin scales and timber were seized in a monthlong global crackdown on the illegal wildlife trade that Interpol said exposed the international reach of traffickers. The live animals recovered in the stings included turtles in Malaysia and parrots in Mexico. Canada intercepted 18 ... Read More »

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Sister led California police to shackled, starving siblings

By Amy Taxin And Brian Melley, The Associated Press on June 20th, 2018

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – In a plea to a police dispatcher to “help my sisters,” a 17-year-old girl in a childlike, quivering voice detailed years of abuse she and 12 siblings suffered in a squalid house where she said they were shackled to beds, choked and the stench was suffocating. The 911 call was played in ... Read More »

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Police: Bear that mauled searcher likely killed Alaska hiker

By Rachel D'Oro, The Associated Press on June 20th, 2018

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Authorities in Alaska’s largest city said they believe the same brown bear killed a hiker who had gone missing and attacked a volunteer who was looking for him Wednesday. The hiker, Michael Soltis, had been missing for two days before being found dead close to where the unidentified searcher was mauled. The ... Read More »

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Nevada sets 1st execution since 2006 after fight over drugs

By Ken Ritter, The Associated Press on June 20th, 2018

LAS VEGAS – Nevada plans to carry out its first execution in 12 years using a never-before-tried combination of drugs that drew a court challenge over concerns that a convicted murderer could suffer during the lethal injection. Scott Raymond Dozier is scheduled to die July 11, Department of Corrections spokeswoman Brooke Santina said Wednesday, a ... Read More »

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Mayor learns more than 200 separated migrant children in NYC

By The Associated Press on June 20th, 2018

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio learned Wednesday that 239 migrant children separated from their parents by federal immigration officials are being cared for in Harlem. Speaking after a tour of the Cayuga Center, the Democratic mayor said that among the children was a 9-year-old boy from Honduras, named Edie, who had been sent ... Read More »

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Columbus ship replica damaged by Hurricane Harvey for sale

By The Associated Press on June 20th, 2018

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A coastal Texas city is selling a replica of one of the three ships that Christopher Columbus used to reach the New World. Buyer beware, though, as it suffered extensive damage during Hurricane Harvey. The Corpus Christi City Council has authorized the Columbus Sailing Association’s request to find an interested buyer ... Read More »

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US stepping up Earth’s protection from asteroids, comets

By Marcia Dunn, The Associated Press on June 20th, 2018

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – The U.S. government is stepping up efforts to protect the planet from incoming asteroids that could wipe out entire regions or even continents. The National Science and Technology Council released a report Wednesday calling for improved asteroid detection, tracking and deflection. NASA is participating, along with federal emergency, military, White House ... Read More »

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Mars rover still silent as red planet dust storm goes global

By Marcia Dunn, The Associated Press on June 20th, 2018

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – A dust storm at Mars is now global, keeping NASA’s Opportunity rover out of touch with Earth. Flight controllers lost contact with the rover more than a week ago. At the time, the dust storm covered one-fourth of Mars. NASA said Wednesday the storm now encircles the red planet, with only ... Read More »

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Mormons post questions asked during youth interviews

By Brady McCombs, The Associated Press on June 20th, 2018

SALT LAKE CITY – The Mormon church for the first time Wednesday posted the list of questions lay leaders are supposed to ask youth during closed door, one-on-one interviews that have come under scrutiny because sexual questions sometimes arise. Only one of the questions seems directed at finding out about a young Mormon’s sex life: ... Read More »

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