July 19th, 2018

World News

Amazon pokes fun at glitches, says tech gadgets popular

By Anne D'Innocenzio, The Associated Press on July 17th, 2018

NEW YORK – Amazon poked fun at the early glitches it saw with Prime Day, though it said shoppers still found plenty to buy. Analysts, meanwhile, saw other things Amazon could have done better, like discounting more fashion brands and taking more advantage of its acquisition of Whole Foods. Early problems Monday sent shoppers to ... Read More »

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Study finds dramatic increase in 2018 Sundance attendance

By The Associated Press on July 17th, 2018

SALT LAKE CITY – An economic impact study estimates that attendance at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival increased dramatically over the previous year. The study from Y2 Analytics released Tuesday says that nearly 125,000 people attended some part of the 11-day event last year, a growth of more than 70 per cent over the estimated ... Read More »

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Police: Paraplegic man assaulted at least 2 exotic dancers

By The Associated Press on July 17th, 2018

ATLANTA – A Georgia paraplegic man is accused of assaulting at least two exotic dancers. Police told WSB-TV that 31-year-old Johnnie Thompson paid exotic dancers to perform in his Decatur home last week. After one woman refused his sexual advances, police said he shocked her with a stun gun and restrained her with zip ties. ... Read More »

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Trump corrects his quote, says misspoke on Russian meddling

By Zeke Miller And Lisa Mascaro, The Associated Press on July 17th, 2018

WASHINGTON – Blistered by bipartisan condemnation of his embrace of a longtime U.S. enemy, President Donald Trump sought Tuesday to “clarify” his public undermining of American intelligence agencies, saying he had misspoken when he said he saw no reason to believe Russia had interfered in the 2016 U.S. election. “The sentence should have been, ‘I ... Read More »

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Obama delivers veiled rebuke to Trump in Mandela address

By Andrew Meldrum, The Associated Press on July 17th, 2018

JOHANNESBURG – In his highest profile speech since leaving office, former U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday denounced the policies of President Donald Trump without mentioning his name, taking aim at the “politics of fear, resentment, retrenchment,” and decrying leaders who are caught lying and “just double down and lie some more.” Obama was cheered ... Read More »

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Mother of Brazilian soccer star rescued from kidnappers

By The Associated Press on July 17th, 2018

RIO DE JANEIRO – Police in Brazil’s southern state of Rio Grande do Sul said Tuesday that the mother of a famous soccer star was rescued from kidnappers. Civil Police official Rafael Lopez said that Rosangela Freda, the mother of Brazilian striker Taison, was found in a rural area near the town of Monte Bonito. ... Read More »

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Afghan officials: IS bomber kills 20, Taliban kill 9 police

By Rahim Faiez And Amir Shah, The Associated Press on July 17th, 2018

KABUL – An Islamic State suicide bomber killed 20 people in northern Afghanistan on Tuesday, including a Taliban commander, while in southern Helmand province, a government commando unit freed 54 people from a Taliban-run jail, officials said. In southern Kandahar province, the Taliban attacked a police checkpoint in Arghistan district late on Monday night, killing ... Read More »

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Trump unfazed by GOP criticism, says Putin meeting was great

By Jonathan Lemire, Jill Colvin And Vladimir Isachenkov, The Associated Press on July 17th, 2018

WASHINGTON – Unbowed by the broad condemnation of his extraordinary embrace of a longtime U.S. enemy, President Donald Trump declared Tuesday that his summit in Helsinki with Russian President Vladimir Putin went “even better” than his meeting with NATO allies last week in Brussels. The tweeted defence came a day after Trump openly questioned his ... Read More »

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Obama gives Trump sharp rebuke in Mandela address on values

By Andrew Meldrum, The Associated Press on July 17th, 2018

JOHANNESBURG – Former U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday took aim at “strongman politics” in his highest-profile speech since leaving office, urging people around the world to respect human rights and other values now under threat in an impassioned address marking the 100th anniversary of anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela’s birth. While not mentioning his successor, ... Read More »

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Amazon upbeat on Prime Day, despite early glitches

By Anne D'Innocenzio, The Associated Press on July 17th, 2018

NEW YORK – Amazon is hoping customers don’t see any more dogs, after early problems on Prime Day meant people trying to shop got only images of cute canines delivering an apologetic message. The snags Monday on its much-hyped Prime Day were an embarrassment for the tech company on the shopping holiday it created, and ... Read More »

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Obama delivers Mandela address on values in rebuke to Trump

By Andrew Meldrum, The Associated Press on July 17th, 2018

JOHANNESBURG – Former U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday was making his highest-profile speech since leaving office, urging people around the world to respect human rights and other values under threat in an address marking the 100th anniversary of anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela’s birth. While not directly mentioning his successor, President Donald Trump, Obama’s speech ... Read More »

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