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  • Customs & Border Patrol agent charged with murdering her husband, deputies say

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    A Customs and Border patrol agent in Palm Beach County was arrested on murder charges in connection to the death of her husband, a charging affidavit shows.Palm Beach County sheriff deputies charged Marcia Thompson, 39, with second-degree murder with a firearm after authorities say she intentionally shot her husband Terry, 52, with her service weapon nine times.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 17:38:17 -0400
  • Naval Academy professor returns, but not to class

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    As a civilian tenured English professor, Bruce Fleming believes he has made important contributions to the U.S. Naval Academy during his 30 years on staff, providing views from outside the military while teaching writing, literature and critical thinking skills to future Navy and Marine officers. Fleming also hasn't been afraid to publicly criticize what he perceives as the shortcomings of military academy training — and that is what he believes ultimately prompted school officials to fire him last year. An administrative law judge overturned Fleming's dismissal last month, and he returned to the academy on Monday on the first day of the new school year — but not as a classroom professor.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 17:33:54 -0400
  • Seniors at greater risk of choking on dietary supplements

    After poring over 10 years of adverse event reports, government researchers found that more than three-fourths of cases involving swallowing problems were in patients aged 65 and older, according to the study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. "Multivitamins are used by up to 35% and calcium supplements by up to 24% of older adults, who have higher rates (of swallowing issues)" than younger persons," noted the team of researchers from the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While the authors were not available to comment, the FDA did offer some advice for seniors taking supplements.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 17:26:23 -0400
  • Police: California suspect lights mom on fire, surrenders

    A 54-year-old man lit his mother on fire and then locked himself inside a Southern California home for five hours before surrendering to authorities Monday, officials said. Deputies responding to a domestic violence incident before dawn found the 73-year-old woman suffering from burns in a Rancho Cucamonga neighborhood, San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Jodi Miller told reporters. The woman, who was not identified, told investigators her son had been acting erratically and set her on fire, though authorities did not say how.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 17:24:56 -0400
  • US STOCKS-Wall Street rallies on hopes of global economic stimulus

    U.S. stocks climbed on Monday as reports of stimulus efforts in China and Germany calmed fears of a severe downturn in the global economy that were stoked last week as bond yields fell. China's central bank unveiled a key interest rate reform on Saturday to help steer borrowing costs lower for companies. After the market close, the Washington Post reported that White House officials have discussed the possibility of a temporary payroll tax cut to spur the U.S. economy, joining other global economic stimulus efforts.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 17:21:44 -0400
  • Montana demolition derby crash kills 1, injures at least 7

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    A woman was killed and at least seven others were injured when a car competing at a demolition derby in Montana drove over a chain-link fence into spectators, authorities said. Powell County Sheriff Gavin Roselles, who witnessed Sunday's crash and aided the injured, said a woman in her 30s died at the hospital in Deer Lodge. Demolition derbies have been a staple at American racetracks and county fairs since at least World War II — and remain popular to this day.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 17:18:14 -0400
  • First vegan investment fund coming to New York Stock Exchange

    An investment fund designed for animal rights advocates and environmentalists, the first of its kind according to financial experts, is set to begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) next month. VEGN, as it will show on the NYSE's floor, enters the fray of hundreds of funds that consider environmental, social or governance (ESG) factors in their investment decisions but will be unique in going animal cruelty-free, experts said. U.S. assets under management that follow ESG principles have been surging, representing one in four dollars last year, up from one in five in 2016, according to The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment, a Washington-based non-profit.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 17:16:09 -0400
  • California university employee killed in campus stabbing

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    An employee of California State University, Fullerton was fatally stabbed in a campus parking lot Monday in what police called a targeted attack, though they were not sure of a motive. The victim was in his late 50s and worked in international student admissions at the sprawling campus south of Los Angeles, Fullerton Police Lt. Jon Radus said. A witness who called 911 around 8:30 a.m. said the suspect ran away, Radus said.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 17:16:00 -0400
  • Census figures show economic gap narrows with citizenship

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    Foreign-born residents had higher rates of being employed full-time than those born in the United States last year, and naturalized immigrants were more likely to have advanced degrees than the native-born, according to figures released Monday by the U.S. Census Bureau. "Naturalized citizens tend to have lived in the country longer than non-citizens ... They tend to have higher levels of education and they tend to work in professions that have higher pay than non-citizens," said Stefan Rayer, a demographer at the University of Florida.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 17:09:56 -0400
  • ‘Red flag’ gun laws can help prevent mass shootings, UC Davis study says

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    Researchers from the University of California, Davis, have found that, in the three years since California implemented the nation’s first law allowing guns to be taken from individuals who pose an extreme risk, the so-called red flag orders have prevented at least 21 mass shootings.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 17:00:00 -0400
  • Reuters Entertainment News Summary

    Following is a summary of current entertainment news briefs. Baby boomers dressed in tie-dye, rolling wheelchairs and chasing a memory of peace and love flocked to Bethel, New York, for the weekend to mark the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, the music festival that defined 1960s counterculture. Thousands of flower-crowned visitors made the journey to the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, which now owns the original festival site, to hear some of the same musicians including Arlo Guthrie, attend a planned Saturday concert by Santana, and feel the spirit of community that the 1969 festival produced.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 16:57:53 -0400
  • Reuters Health News Summary

    Swiss drugmaker Roche Holding on Monday named Eli Lilly executive Levi Garraway to succeed Sandra Horning as chief medical officer and head of global product development. Garraway, most recently Eli Lilly's senior vice president, oncology research and development and Lilly research laboratories novel target research, will take up the post as of Oct. 1 and be based in South San Francisco.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 16:57:52 -0400
  • Reuters People News Summary

    Trailblazing former Louisiana Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, whose tenure was dominated by the trauma of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005, has died from complications of cancer, the state's current governor said on Sunday. Oscar nominated actor Peter Fonda, who played a cool and introspective motorcyclist in the 1969 film "Easy Rider" that captured the spirit of the era's counterculture movement, died on Friday at age 79, his family said in a statement.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 16:57:51 -0400
  • NYPD fires officer 5 years after Garner's chokehold death

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    After five years of investigations and protests, the New York City Police Department on Monday fired an officer involved in the 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner, the black man whose dying gasps of "I can't breathe" gave voice to a national debate over race and police use of force. Police Commissioner James O'Neill said he fired Daniel Pantaleo, who is white, based on a recent recommendation of a department disciplinary judge. O'Neill said he thought Pantaleo's use of the banned chokehold as he wrestled with Garner was a mistake that could have been made by any officer in the heat of an arrest.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 16:54:15 -0400
  • Cameron Boyce Foundation launches 'Wielding Peace' campaign to end gun violence

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    The late actor Cameron Boyce was a social justice advocate who raised his voice for many causes. Supporters are encouraged to take a photograph wielding any item, as if it were a gun, in support of the organization's mission to end gun violence. The actor, who was working on this project before his passing, is featured in some of the first photos kicking off the social media campaign.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 16:53:00 -0400
  • 19-year-old accused of threatening abortion clinic on iFunny

    A 19-year-old from Chicago is charged with making a threat after he posted messages through a social media site typically used to produce humorous memes, saying he would carry out an attack on a city abortion clinic, according to a federal complaint unsealed Monday. Farhan Sheikh posted a statement on his iFunny page last week that said he intended to go to the clinic this Friday, Aug. 23, to "slaughter and murder any doctor, patient, or visitor" he saw there, the complaint says. "I am NOT a satirical account," it said.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 16:50:48 -0400
  • 21Vianet: 2Q Earnings Snapshot

    BEIJING (AP) _ 21Vianet Group Inc. (VNET) on Monday reported a loss of $14.9 million in its second quarter. The Beijing-based company said it had a loss of 12 cents per share. The provider of carrier-neutral internet data center services posted revenue of $129.4 million in the period.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 16:48:13 -0400
  • Baidu Inc.: 2Q Earnings Snapshot

    BEIJING (AP) _ Baidu Inc. (BIDU) on Monday reported second-quarter earnings of $351 million. On a per-share basis, the Beijing-based company said it had profit of 96 cents. For the current quarter ending in October, Baidu Inc. said it expects revenue in the range of $3.84 billion to $4.07 billion.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 16:47:09 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Saudi-Led coalition attacks military targets in Houthi-controlled Sanaa -Saudi TV

    The Saudi-led coalition in Yemen launched an attack on Monday on military targets in the capital Sanaa, which is controlled by the Houthi movement, Saudi state TV reported. The Iran-aligned movement's Al-Masirah TV reported at least six airstrikes by the coalition in Sanaa and said the strikes were ongoing.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 16:46:52 -0400
  • Factbox: Track Facebook's fight against disinformation campaigns in 2019

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    ** Jan. 31 - 783 pages, groups and accounts engaged in "coordinated inauthentic behavior tied to Iran." 234 accounts, pages and groups on Facebook and Instagram operating as part of a domestic network in Indonesia. 31 Facebook pages, groups, and accounts which were part of a network that operated in Romania.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 16:45:34 -0400
  • Fabrinet: Fiscal 4Q Earnings Snapshot

    GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (AP) _ Fabrinet (FN) on Monday reported fiscal fourth-quarter earnings of $33 million. The results exceeded Wall Street expectations. For the current quarter ending in October, Fabrinet expects its per-share earnings to range from 80 cents to 84 cents.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 16:45:14 -0400
  • TEXT-UK PM Johnson writes to Donald Tusk to propose Brexit deal changes

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson wrote to European Council President Donald Tusk on Monday to set out his proposals for reaching a new Brexit deal with the bloc ahead of Britain's planned departure on Oct. 31. The date of the United Kingdom's (UK) exit from the European Union (EU), 31 October, is fast approaching. With that in mind, I wanted to set out our position on some key aspects of our approach, and in particular on the 'backstop' in the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland in the Withdrawal Agreement.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 16:41:13 -0400
  • Syrian gov't forces march into Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib –Observatory, rebel source

    Syrian army troops and their allies entered Khan Sheikhoun in northwest Syria, advancing against insurgents in the town where ground battles raged on Monday night, a monitor and a rebel source said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based war monitoring group, said the army seized the town’s northern and eastern districts. The source, from one of the rebel factions there, said pro-government forces entered only part of the town and rebels were waging fierce battles to fend them off.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 16:40:41 -0400
  • Death penalty to be pursued in Springfield triple killing

    Greene County prosecutors say they will seek the death penalty for a 24-year-old man accused of killing three people in Springfield. Prosecutors said at a pre-trial conference Monday that Luis Perez, who authorities believe is in the U.S. illegally, rejected a plea deal that would have sent him to prison for life. The Springfield News-Leader reports Perez is charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the November 2018 deaths of his ex-roommates, Steven Marler and Aaaron Hampton.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 16:36:06 -0400
  • Avenatti says he did nothing wrongful in Nike extortion case

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    Michael Avenatti, the lawyer and critic of U.S. President Donald Trump, on Monday said he did nothing "wrongful" in dealing with Nike Inc, and asked a federal judge to dismiss the criminal extortion case against him. Avenatti, 48, made his request in Manhattan federal court five days after saying the government's case should also be dismissed because it was a "vindictive and selective prosecution" stemming from his "feud" with Trump. A spokesman for U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman, whose office is prosecuting Avenatti, declined to comment.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 16:34:30 -0400
  • Kentucky's governor-lieutenant governor spat goes to court

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    An extraordinary legal fight between Kentucky's governor and lieutenant governor over a staffing dispute was described in court Monday by the governor's lawyer as a minor disagreement among friends. Attorneys for Gov. Matt Bevin and Hampton spent about 90 minutes arguing over the lieutenant governor's lawsuit seeking to restore her two top staffers to their jobs. Hampton filed the lawsuit last week, naming Bevin and the state's Personnel Cabinet as defendants.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 16:33:20 -0400
  • Avenatti says he did nothing wrongful in Nike extortion case

    Michael Avenatti, the lawyer and critic of U.S. President Donald Trump, on Monday said he did nothing "wrongful" in dealing with Nike Inc, and asked a federal judge to dismiss the criminal extortion case against him. Avenatti, 48, made his request in Manhattan federal court five days after saying the government's case should also be dismissed because it was a "vindictive and selective prosecution" stemming from his "feud" with Trump. A spokesman for U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman, whose office is prosecuting Avenatti, declined to comment.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 16:32:12 -0400
  • CORRECTED-US STOCKS-Wall Street rallies on hopes of global economic stimulus

    U.S. stocks climbed on Monday as reports of stimulus efforts in China and Germany calmed fears of a severe downturn in the global economy that were stoked last week as bond yields fell. The benchmark S&P 500 has recovered most of its losses following Wednesday's brief inversion of the yield curve between 2-year and 10-year Treasuries, commonly viewed as an indicator of a recession within the next two years. After falling nearly 3% on Wednesday, the S&P 500 has risen for the last three sessions.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 16:30:29 -0400
  • U.S. tech industry leaders: French digital service tax harms global tax reform

    Major tech firms and U.S. tech industry groups said on Monday that France's new digital services tax undermines the global tax regime and multilateral efforts to reform it. Alphabet Inc's Google, Facebook Inc and Amazon.com Inc and major trade associations testified Monday against the tax at a hearing before the U.S. Trade Representative's office and other government officials. The French Senate in July approved a 3% levy that will apply to revenue from digital services earned in France by companies with more than 25 million euros in French revenue and 750 million euros ($838 million) worldwide.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 16:26:48 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Plans detailed for first U.S. mission to land on moon since Apollo

    The first American spacecraft expected to land on the moon in nearly 50 years will be an unmanned robotic lander built by closely held Astrobotic Technology Inc and launched in two years by United Launch Alliance's Vulcan rocket, the companies told Reuters on Monday. Astrobotic was one of nine companies chosen in November to compete for $2.6 billion to develop small space vehicles and other technology for 20 missions to explore the lunar surface over the next decade. Pittsburgh-based Astrobotic picked Vulcan, being developed by a joint venture of Boeing Co and Lockheed Martin Corp , to launch its Peregrine lander from Florida's Cape Canaveral in summer 2021.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 16:24:25 -0400
  • Couple who ran a home for troubled boys charged with trafficking children, forced labor

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    A husband and wife who ran a home for troubled boys in Texas have been arrested a year after the home was raided and eight boys were removed, reports say.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 16:21:09 -0400
  • Couple who ran a home for troubled boys charged with trafficking children, forced labor

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    A husband and wife who ran a home for troubled boys in Texas have been arrested a year after the home was raided and eight boys were removed, reports say.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 16:21:09 -0400
  • Couple who ran a home for troubled boys charged with trafficking children, forced labor

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    A husband and wife who ran a home for troubled boys in Texas have been arrested a year after the home was raided and eight boys were removed, reports say.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 16:21:09 -0400
  • She drowned in floodwaters while locked in a sheriff’s van. Now her family’s taking action

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    Wendy Newton and Nikki Green drowned while locked in the back of an Horry County Sheriff’s Office van that was swept off the road by floodwaters. Nearly a year later, Newton’s family has filed a lawsuit they hope spurs change and fixes transportation for mental health patients.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 16:16:00 -0400
  • Brazilian states bypass Bolsonaro to discuss rainforest protection funding directly

    Brazilian states containing the country's Amazon rainforest said they want to negotiate directly with European nations who fund projects to curb deforestation after changes proposed by the federal government led Norway and Germany to suspend donations. Norway - by far the biggest donor to the Amazon Fund - said last week it had suspended its donations after the right-wing government of President Jair Bolsonaro changed the fund's governance structure and closed down the steering committee that selects the projects to back. Germany has also suspended its funding.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 16:15:53 -0400
  • Congo to use second vaccine to fight Ebola

    The head of Congo's Ebola response says another vaccine will be used to fight the outbreak that has killed more than 1,800 people in a year. Dr. Jean-Jaques Muyembe is the director of Congo's National Institute for Biomedical Research. Muyembe also promised to put an end to the Ebola outbreak in the next four months.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 16:14:12 -0400
  • 2 Proud Boys convicted in 2018 clash with protesters

    Two members of the far-right Proud Boys have been found guilty of charges including attempted gang assault for their part in a melee that followed a speech at New York's Metropolitan Republican Club. A jury convicted Maxwell Hare and John Kinsman on Monday in connection with the October 2018 brawl between members of the all-male Proud Boys and the loosely organized anti-fascist group known as Antifa. Lawyers for Hare and Kinsman said the men acted in self-defense, but prosecutors said they and other Proud Boys members started the physical fight.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 16:11:24 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-UK's Johnson to EU: Let's replace backstop with commitment to alternative arrangements

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson wrote to European Council President Donald Tusk on Monday to propose replacing the Irish backstop with a commitment to put in place alternative arrangements by the end of a post-Brexit transition period. In the letter, published by his office, Johnson repeated his calls for the backstop - an insurance policy to avoid the return of a hard border on the island of Ireland - to be removed from the deal the EU reached with his predecessor Theresa May.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 16:06:25 -0400
  • Jury selection begins for man accused of murder, cannibalism

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    Jury selection began Monday in the trial of a southern Indiana man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and eating parts of her body nearly five years ago. Because of the attention the case garnered in Clark County, which is across the border from Louisville, Kentucky, and is where the killing took place, the jury was being selected in the Indianapolis suburb of Noblesville, which is about 120 miles (193.11 kilometers) north, in Hamilton County. After jury selection is finished, the jurors and alternates will be brought to Clark County and sequestered for the duration of the trial.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 16:04:31 -0400
  • Pompeo to travel to Ottawa for talks on trade, Venezuela, China

    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel to Ottawa for a day of meetings with Canadian leaders to discuss bilateral relations, Venezuela's crisis and Canadians detained in China, the State Department said on Monday. Pompeo's visit, which will include talks with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, comes amid concerns in Canada over whether the U.S. Congress will ratify the new North American trade pact between the United States, Canada and Mexico.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 16:01:39 -0400
  • Mom held as sex slave for month after she and baby kidnapped from driveway, NC cops say

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    The man tased her, sexually assaulted her and held her at gunpoint, according to police.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 15:55:39 -0400
  • Mom held as sex slave for month after she and baby kidnapped from driveway, NC cops say

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    The man tased her, sexually assaulted her and held her at gunpoint, according to police.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 15:55:39 -0400
  • Wife tries to suffocate husband with a pillow as he laid in hospital bed, TN cops say

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    The man could smell alcohol in the room, authorities say.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 15:54:38 -0400
  • Wife tries to suffocate husband with a pillow as he laid in hospital bed, TN cops say

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    The man could smell alcohol in the room, authorities say.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 15:54:38 -0400
  • Wife tries to suffocate husband with a pillow as he laid in hospital bed, TN cops say

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    The man could smell alcohol in the room, authorities say.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 15:54:38 -0400
  • The Latest: Migrant charity official: Boat won't break law

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    A Spanish humanitarian group's founder says the Open Arms rescue boat with 107 migrants isn't aiming to breaking the law and dock in Italy. An Italian crackdown on charity rescue ships forbids those boats from entering Italy's ports. Asked by The Associated Press in a phone interview Monday night if Open Arms might do what a German NGO captain did recently in forcibly docking at Lampedusa island, Oscar Camps said "we have no intention of disobeying" the law.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 15:53:13 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Son, brother of outgoing Guatemalan president cleared of fraud

    A Guatemalan court on Monday acquitted a son and brother of outgoing President Jimmy Morales, after a corruption case that battered his popularity and sparked the leader's feud with a United Nations-backed anti-corruption commission. Samuel "Sammy" Morales, the president's older brother and political adviser, had been on trial on suspicion of fraud and money laundering, while Jose Manuel Morales, the president's eldest son, was facing fraud charges. In January 2017, the Attorney General's office and the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) accused both men of defrauding the land registry of $12,000 in 2013, using false invoices, before Morales was elected.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 15:53:06 -0400
  • Jury selection begins in Florida parking lot shooting case

    No one disputes that Michael Drejka fatally shot Markeis McGlockton 13 months ago in a fight that began over a handicapped parking space — it's on video seen worldwide. The fight at his manslaughter trial, which began Monday, will hinge on whether jurors determine Drejka pulled the trigger justifiably after McGlockton knocked him to the ground in July 2018, putting him in fear for his life, or instigated the fight by cursing at McGlockton's girlfriend, causing an unarmed McGlockton to come to her aid. There is also a question of whether Drejka should have realized before he fired that McGlockton was backing away.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 15:50:37 -0400
  • Hiker recalls harrowing week in Montana-Idaho wilderness

    A Utah man said he ate berries and bugs to survive for nearly a week while lost in wilderness along the Idaho-Montana border. Kaden Laga, 25, is about to become a father and told himself he had to survive and make it home to his pregnant wife no matter what, he told Salt Lake City station KUTV in an interview Sunday. "They're coming and I'm like 'This is it, they're going to get me,' then whoosh! And they just take off the other direction," he said, KUTV reported.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 15:50:23 -0400
  • UPDATE 2-Global network's nuclear sensors in Russia went offline after mystery blast

    The operator of a global network of radioactive-particle sensors said on Monday its two Russian sites closest to a mysterious explosion went offline days after the blast, soon followed by two more, fuelling suspicions that Russia tampered with them. The Russian Defence Ministry, which operates the two stations, did not immediately reply to a request for comment. Russia's state nuclear agency, Rosatom, has acknowledged that nuclear workers were killed in the explosion on Aug. 8, which occurred during a rocket engine test near the White Sea in far northern Russia.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 15:46:11 -0400
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