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  • Many women say 1st sexual experience was forced in teens, new study finds

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    As the #MeToo era continues to unfold, a new study shows how often the first sexual experience for women is forced or coerced. One in 16 women reported experiencing forced sexual initiation, usually in their teen years and usually with someone a few years older, according to research published Monday in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The study’s authors described the experience of forced sexual initiation as rape.

    Tue, 17 Sep 2019 12:36:00 -0400
  • Prosecutor can appeal ICC decision blocking Afghan investigation

    The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court was granted permission on Tuesday to appeal a ruling by judges that blocked an investigation into alleged war crimes in Afghanistan, a case that has put the court on a collision course with the Trump administration. In April, just days after the United States' government revoked the visa of prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, ICC judges rejected her request to open an investigation into alleged atrocities in the war in Afghanistan, including allegedly by U.S. troops. U.S. President Donald Trump called the decision "a major international victory," and denounced the international court for its "broad, unaccountable, prosecutorial powers", as well as for what he considers its threat to American sovereignty.

    Tue, 17 Sep 2019 12:33:39 -0400
  • Fallen firefighter saluted, answers sought in propane blast

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    Firefighters, paramedics and law enforcement officers have turned out to salute a firefighter killed in a propane blast in Maine. Scores of people lined the road and gathered outside a funeral home in Farmington as a hearse arrived Tuesday from the state medical examiner's office with the body of 68-year-old Fire Capt. Michael Bell. Bell's brother, Fire Chief Terry Bell, five other firefighters, a building maintenance worker, and an ambulance worker were injured.

    Tue, 17 Sep 2019 12:31:04 -0400
  • The Latest: North Macedonia police detain 81 migrants

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    Police in North Macedonia say they have detained 81 migrants found in a truck near the border with Serbia, after the driver ignored a police warning to stop for a check and later abandoned the vehicle. Hundreds of thousands of migrants and refugees crossed from Turkey into Greece and through the Balkans to head to wealthier European countries in 2015, but the so-called Balkan route was shut down in 2016. The number of migrants caught entering North Macedonia illegally has increased by 20% so far this year.

    Tue, 17 Sep 2019 12:30:06 -0400
  • Netanyahu's election day a wall-to-wall political commercial

    Barely pausing for breath in a last-gasp election-day pitch for votes, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed potential backers in live video election feeds on social media. At times, according to real-time viewership data at the bottom of the screen, fewer than 400 people were watching, on a warm, sunny day when many Israelis were at the beach or shopping before the 10 p.m. (1900 GMT) close of polls after a close race. Dressed in dark suit and tie, Netanyahu, 69, sat at a desk, a map of the Middle East in the background, and made his appeal in a rapid and imploring cadence worthy of fast-talking, "infomercial" pitchmen.

    Tue, 17 Sep 2019 12:22:01 -0400
  • Mandy Moore releases first new music in 10 years: 'When I Wasn't Watching'

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    If you were missing Mandy Moore's music, there's good news! The "This Is Us" star is finally getting back to her singing roots. The song is set to appear on Moore’s forthcoming album, due out early next year. "The idea of diving back into music after so much time and personal change was really intimidating to me for a while," Moore said in a statement.

    Tue, 17 Sep 2019 12:21:41 -0400
  • EU's Tusk: North Macedonia is ready for EU membership talks

    European Council President Donald Tusk says North Macedonia is ready to start membership talks with the European Union, following a deal the country reached with neighboring Greece to change its name. Tusk spoke Tuesday during a visit to Skopje, where he met with President Stevo Pendarovski and Prime Minister Zoran Zaev. North Macedonia has been an EU candidate since 2005, but Greece had blocked its efforts to join due to objections over its former name — just "Macedonia," which Athens claimed harbored territorial ambitions on its northern Greek province of the same name.

    Tue, 17 Sep 2019 12:19:42 -0400
  • US STOCKS-Wall Street subdued as focus shifts to Fed

    U.S. stocks were little changed on Tuesday as investors moved to the sidelines ahead of the Federal Reserve's two-day policy meeting, while the impact of weekend attacks on Saudi Arabia's biggest oil refinery faded. Equity markets took a hit on Monday as the attacks wiped out half of Saudi Arabia's oil production, sending oil prices soaring, while fuelling geopolitical tensions. The energy index tracked a drop in oil prices, after recording its best one-day surge since January on Monday.

    Tue, 17 Sep 2019 12:19:00 -0400
  • New parent charged in admissions scam, linked to $400k bribe

    Another parent has been charged in the sweeping college admissions bribery scandal. Federal prosecutors say 48-year-old Xiaoning Sui, of Surrey, British Columbia, was arrested in Spain Monday on a charge of fraud and conspiracy. Prosecutors say Sui paid an admissions consultant to fabricate documents portraying her son as a top player on two soccer clubs in Canada.

    Tue, 17 Sep 2019 12:17:21 -0400
  • Las Vegas man faces weapons charge in synagogue, other plots

    A former security guard accused of compiling bomb components and guns to kill people at a Las Vegas synagogue and drawing up plans to attack a bar catering to LGBTQ customers or a fast-food restaurant has been indicted on a federal firearm charge, court records show. Conor Climo's federal public defenders didn't immediately respond Monday to messages about the indictment filed Sept. 11 in U.S. District Court in Nevada. Climo, 23, was arrested Aug. 8 and remains in federal custody pending arraignment Wednesday in Las Vegas on a charge of possessing "firearms, specifically destructive devices" found at his home.

    Tue, 17 Sep 2019 12:16:27 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-U.S. weighing best response to Saudi oil attacks - Pence

    U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Tuesday the United States was reviewing evidence that suggests Iran was behind the attacks on Saudi oil facilities and stands ready to defend its interests and allies in the Middle East. President Donald Trump had warned that the United States was "locked and loaded" to respond to the attacks, but has emphasized he does not want a war. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was traveling to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to discuss the response to the attacks, Pence said.

    Tue, 17 Sep 2019 12:08:48 -0400
  • 'The ultimate sacrifice': Officer killed in line of duty leaving behind 2 daughters, fiancé

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    A veteran police officer was shot and killed in the line of duty in Alabama Monday night, leaving behind two daughters and his fiancé. "The ultimate sacrifice of Officer Dornell Cousette will never be forgotten," Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said. Officer Dornell Cousette, a 13-year-veteran of the Tuscaloosa Police Department, was shot while exchanging gunfire with a suspect inside a house in Tuscaloosa, about 57 miles southwest of Birmingham, authorities said.

    Tue, 17 Sep 2019 12:08:00 -0400
  • US Army identifies Green Beret killed in Afghanistan

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    A 41-year-old Green Beret who was on his fourth combat deployment has been killed by small arms fire in Afghanistan. U.S. Army Special Operations Command spokesman Loren Bymer at North Carolina's Fort Bragg said in a statement that Sgt. 1st Class Jeremy W. Griffin died Monday. Bymer said that Griffin was engaged in combat operations in Afghanistan's Wardak Province.

    Tue, 17 Sep 2019 12:04:42 -0400
  • Hundreds killed in Brazil's Amazon over land, resources in past decade - HRW report

    BRASILIA/SAO PAULO, Sept 17 (Reuters) - A Human Rights Watch report on Tuesday found that more than 300 people have been killed over the past decade in conflicts over the use of land and resources in the Amazon, many by organized criminal networks profiting from illegal deforestation. "This really shows the level of impunity," Cesar Munoz, a senior investigator at Human Rights Watch told Reuters on the sidelines of an event in Sao Paulo to discuss the report. The president's office in Brazil did not respond to a request for comment.

    Tue, 17 Sep 2019 12:01:26 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-U.N. Security Council overcomes Chinese veto threat to renew Afghanistan mission

    The United Nations Security Council unanimously agreed on Tuesday to extend a U.N. political mission in Afghanistan after last-minute talks overcame a Chinese threat to veto if there was no reference to Beijing's global Belt and Road infrastructure project. "To our regret a few countries refused to keep the text of consensus previously agreed," said China's U.N. Ambassador Zhang Jun, describing the adopted resolution as a technical rollover. The resolutions mandating the mission in 2016, 2017 and 2018 all included a reference welcoming and urging efforts like China's Belt and Road initiative to facilitate trade and transit, but in March the United States and some other council members said they could no longer accept that language.

    Tue, 17 Sep 2019 12:00:10 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Swedish activist Thunberg joins other teens on Capitol Hill to urge climate action

    Swedish teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg joined other youth leaders to urge U.S. lawmakers to support “transformative climate action” during two days of meetings and speeches on Capitol Hill, starting on Tuesday. The events are intended to drum up support ahead of a global “climate strike” on Friday in which students and workers around the world will walk out to demand more action to fight global warming and pressure leaders attending the annual United Nations summit in New York later this month. Democratic Senator Ed Markey, chair of the Senate Climate Change Task Force, hosted a news conference kicking off the meetings with the activists on Tuesday morning, before including them at the task force’s weekly meeting to discuss their "intergenerational" effort to combat climate change.

    Tue, 17 Sep 2019 11:58:56 -0400
  • Paul Whelan says flash drive at heart of Russian espionage case was planted on him

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    A British-American citizen held on espionage charges in Moscow has said a Russian agent framed him by slipping a flash drive with sensitive information into his pocket before he was arrested. Former US Marine Paul Whelan, 48, was detained by FSB agents at his room in the Metropole hotel near the Kremlin in December with a flash drive that allegedly contained state secrets. His lawyer previously said he believed he was receiving photographs from a trip he had taken to a town of ancient cathedrals during his extensive travels in Russia. Mr Whelan, who holds American, British, Irish and Canadian passports and worked as a security specialist for a US-based auto parts company, said he travelled to Russia for a friend's wedding. On Tuesday, Mr Whelan told journalists at a court hearing that he had gone an excursion to the Kremlin and returned to change for the wedding. A person he had known for 10 years but who was actually an FSB agent “turned up at my room and put something in my pocket, then I was arrested,” he said. Trump administration | Conflicting views on Russia He said he didn't know what was on the flash drive. “I didn't know I had it until I was arrested. This is 100 per cent a provocation, and a really bad one,” he said. The court dismissed his appeal of his confinement in pretrial detention. As the judge read his decision, Mr Whelan continued speaking from the glass defendant's cage, calling the case against him nonsense. The investigation has been concluded, and the defence is studying the case materials. Mr Whelan also complained of poor treatment in prison, saying his golden retriever in the states receives better medical care. He previously said that guards had exacerbated a hernia he suffers from by forcing him to move his things. He has called on Donald Trump and the governments of which he is a citizen for help. While Mr Trump has not commented on the case, members of congress introduced resolutions last week calling on Russia to show credible evidence of Mr Whelan's guilt or release him. Elizabeth Whelan said this month that her brother's rights were being violated by his “unlawful amd continued detention”. US ambassador Jon Huntsman previously called on Russia to “quit playing games” and let him go. The Russian foreign ministry responded this week by arguing that the United States had imprisoned Russians like convicted arms dealer Viktor Bout and gun rights advocate Marina Butina, who is set to be released next month, on “fabricated charges”.

    Tue, 17 Sep 2019 11:56:13 -0400
  • Mediterranean migrant rescues, deaths; French camp emptied

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    At least two people died and 14 were missing Tuesday after a boat filled with people hoping to reach Europe capsized near Tunisia. Elsewhere in the Mediterranean, a rescue ship picked up 109 people from two flimsy boats off the coast of Libya within hours of each other. The number of people seeking international protection in 30 European countries rose by a monthly 26% in July, according to figures Tuesday from the European Union's asylum office.

    Tue, 17 Sep 2019 11:55:39 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Russia detains two N.Korean vessels after one opens fire - reports

    Russian border guards have detained two North Korean boats in Russian territorial waters in the Sea of Japan after one of them attacked a Russian patrol, local media cited the Federal Security Service (FSB) as saying on Tuesday. A Russian border patrol discovered two North Korean schooners and 11 motorboats fishing illegally off its far eastern coast and detained the first vessel, prompting the second one to open fire, the FSB was quoted as saying. Three Russian border guards were wounded in the incident.

    Tue, 17 Sep 2019 11:35:30 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Dutch Palestinian seeks war crimes damages from Israel's Gantz

    A Dutch Palestinian who lost six relatives during a 2014 bombing of Gaza sought compensation on Tuesday from former Israeli armed forces chief Benny Gantz, who is contesting a tight election against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. With voting underway in Israel where Gantz and Netanyahu's parties have been neck-and-neck, Ismail Ziada invoked "universal jurisdiction" laws in a request for a Netherlands court to hear a civil suit against the ex-military head for war crimes. Ziada wants compensation of 600,000 euros ($660,000) for the deaths of his mother, three brothers, sister-in-law and nephew when the family's home in the al-Bureij refugee camp was bombed by forces under Gantz's command.

    Tue, 17 Sep 2019 11:35:29 -0400
  • ANALYSIS-France's Macron embraces high-risk diplomacy at EU's expense

    PARIS/BRUSSELS, Sept 17 (Reuters) - Just as the United States is seeking less frosty ties with the new leaders of the European Union, French President Emmanuel Macron has seized the helm of European diplomacy, filling a vacuum left by a distracted Britain and a weakened Germany. The high-stakes strategy, in which Macron has bypassed London, Brussels and Berlin since August to try to defuse a U.S.-Iran standoff and mend EU ties with Russia, is part of a bid to boost French influence across EU affairs, diplomats say.

    Tue, 17 Sep 2019 11:34:59 -0400
  • Kraft Heinz slips as 3G Capital cuts stake

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    In a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday, 3G Global Food Holdings disclosed that it sold 25.1 million shares at $28.44 per share, lower than Kraft Heinz's Monday's close of $29.62. The $712.95 million stock sale brings 3G Capital's stake down to 20.1% from 22.14%, and it continues to be the second largest shareholder behind Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc . "The sale was driven by periodic liquidity windows by 3G investors in the 3G fund that holds Kraft Heinz stock," said Kraft's spokesman, adding that the Brazilian private equity firm has no current plan or intention to sell any additional shares.

    Tue, 17 Sep 2019 11:30:59 -0400
  • U.N. Security Council overcomes Chinese veto threat to renew Afghanistan mission

    The United Nations Security Council unanimously agreed on Tuesday to extend a U.N. political mission in Afghanistan after last-minute talks overcame a Chinese threat to veto if there was no reference to Beijing's global Belt and Road infrastructure project. The resolutions mandating the mission in 2016, 2017 and 2018 all included a reference welcoming and urging efforts like China's Belt and Road initiative to facilitate trade and transit, but in March the United States and some other council members said they could no longer accept that language. The council agreed then to a six month rollover of the mandate of the U.N. mission, known as UNAMA, and that expires on Tuesday.

    Tue, 17 Sep 2019 11:30:46 -0400
  • Egypt orders trial for Italian ex-honorary consul charged with smuggling artefacts

    Egypt has ordered Italy's former honorary consul to stand trial in absentia over charges of attempting to smuggle thousands of artefacts out of the country, the public prosecutor's office said on Tuesday. Ladislav Otakar Skakal, Italy's former honorary consul in Luxor, attempted last year to smuggle 21,855 artefacts from various historical periods in a diplomatic container from Alexandria to the Italian port of Salerno, the prosecutor's office said in a statement. It said Egyptian authorities also found many artefacts at the Italian's former home in Cairo and inside a safe he rented at a private bank.

    Tue, 17 Sep 2019 11:30:19 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Ex-campaign chief Lewandowski 'excited' to defend Trump at impeachment hearing

    Corey Lewandowski, President Donald Trump's former campaign manager and close confidant, said he was "excited" to have an opportunity to defend his former boss in testimony later on Tuesday to a Democratic-led U.S. congressional panel considering impeaching Trump. The White House on Monday told Lewandowski not to discuss conversations he had with Trump after he became president including an exchange that Democrats view as evidence that Trump committed obstruction of justice by trying to interfere in a federal investigation and may need to be impeached.

    Tue, 17 Sep 2019 11:28:37 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-EDF unions plan massive strike to stop proposed restructuring

    EDF unions have called a strike for Sept. 19 to protest against plans to restructure the heavily indebted state-controlled utility, piling pressure on the group to delay talks around the project by sapping power generation. The restructuring, known as "Project Hercule" and requested by President Emmanuel Macron, could split EDF Group in two, according to a draft of the proposal presented to unions in June. EDF did not say whether it would involve job cuts.

    Tue, 17 Sep 2019 11:28:23 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Old Mutual chairman apologises over remarks about judge

    The chairman of South African insurer Old Mutual, Trevor Manuel, on Tuesday apologised for comments he made last week in reference to the judge presiding over its court battle with fired chief executive Peter Moyo. Old Mutual has been locked in a bitter and damaging dispute with Moyo since it suspended him in May in relation to a conflict of interest. After months of public fighting that have knocked Old Mutual's reputation, Manuel said during a press conference last week that "difficulty" arises when a board could be overturned "by a single individual who happens to wear a robe".

    Tue, 17 Sep 2019 11:20:47 -0400
  • 2020 Vision Tuesday: What a race between Trump and Warren would look like

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    In one corner you had President Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, doing his usual rally shtick before a crowd of 7,500 at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho, N.M. In the other corner you had Elizabeth Warren, the only Democratic candidate to show a slow but steady rise in the polls, railing against corruption before a crowd of more than 20,000 in lower Manhattan’s Washington Square Park, where a deadly 1911 fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory helped accelerate the American labor movement.

    Tue, 17 Sep 2019 11:05:50 -0400
  • 'I dress for me, the way I feel': Celine Dion on her unique fashion sense

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    Celine Dion is opening up about everything from her eccentric fashion sense to what her love life could hold in the future. "We met and we bonded as best friends," Dion told ET on the beginning of her friendship with the stylist.

    Tue, 17 Sep 2019 11:04:00 -0400
  • Nigeria's diesel-dependent economy braces for clean-fuel rules

    Nigeria's frenetic commercial capital, Lagos, is plunged into darkness several times a day. Nigeria is one of the world's largest economies where businesses rely so heavily on diesel-powered generators. More than 70% of its firms own or share the units, while government data shows generators provide at least 14 gigawatts of power annually, dwarfing the 4 gigawatts supplied on average by the country's electricity grid.

    Tue, 17 Sep 2019 11:02:33 -0400
  • Virginia governor sets renewable energy goal: 100% by 2050

    Gov. Ralph Northam has issued an executive order setting a goal for Virginia to produce 100% of its electricity from carbon-free sources by 2050. The order sets an intermediate goal of reaching 30% renewable energy by 2030. It also says the Commonwealth's agencies and executive branch institutions will aim to procure at least 30 percent of their electricity from renewable resources by 2022.

    Tue, 17 Sep 2019 11:00:09 -0400
  • S.Korea removes Japan from fast-track trade "white list"

    South Korea said on Wednesday it had approved plans to drop Japan from its "white list" of countries with fast track trade status, responding with a tit-for-tat move that intensifies a growing diplomatic and trade spat between the two countries. Tighter trade regulations take effect immediately on Wednesday, including longer permit application processes and additional paperwork that will apply to South Korean exports to Japan related to weapons production, the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy said in a statement. "The purpose of the amended trade regulations are to improve South Korea's export control system, not retaliation against Japan," the statement added.

    Tue, 17 Sep 2019 11:00:00 -0400
  • UPDATE 2-Tunisia confirms Saied, Karoui to contest presidential runoff vote

    Tunisia's electoral commission said on Tuesday law professor Kais Saied and detained media mogul Nabil Karoui won the most votes in Sunday's presidential election, beating veteran political leaders to advance to a second-round runoff. Tunisia's president has only limited powers, controlling foreign and defence policy, while a prime minister chosen by the parliament manages other portfolios. Tunisia's main political parties are now turning to a parliamentary election on Oct. 6.

    Tue, 17 Sep 2019 10:59:21 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Ireland open to a Brexit deal but yet to see UK proposals -Coveney

    Ireland wants a deal on an orderly British exit from the European Union but Britain has so far failed to come up with a written plan, Irish foreign minister Simon Coveney said on Tuesday. "We await written proposals from the UK side. Asked about plans to manage the land border between Ireland and Northern Ireland - and in particular the location of emergency checks in the event of no-deal - Coveney said he hoped to have clarity on the contentious issue weeks before Britain is due to leave the bloc on October 31.

    Tue, 17 Sep 2019 10:59:20 -0400
  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Oil down as Saudi output rebound seen soon; stocks weak as Fed meets

    Oil prices dropped sharply on Tuesday after a Reuters report said Saudi Arabia's crude production could be fully back on line within weeks, quicker than initially thought following weekend attacks that halved the kingdom's output. Stocks inched lower and U.S. Treasury yields slipped ahead of an expected interest rate cut by the Federal Reserve at the conclusion of its two-day policy meeting on Wednesday.

    Tue, 17 Sep 2019 10:57:56 -0400
  • Christie Brinkley's daughter Sailor on stunning 'Dancing With the Stars' performance: 'I did it for my mom'

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    Brinkley-Cook joined the season's cast at the last minute to replace her mother, supermodel Christie Brinkley, who had to pull out due to an injury. Brinkley-Cook told People magazine that at first she was reluctant to join the cast.

    Tue, 17 Sep 2019 10:56:00 -0400
  • US STOCKS-Wall Street falls as energy drags; focus shifts to Fed meeting

    U.S. stocks edged lower on Tuesday as a drop in oil prices weighed on the energy sector, while investors stayed away from making big bets ahead of the Federal Reserve's two-day policy meeting, where it is widely expected to cut interest rates. The U.S. central bank concludes its policy meeting on Wednesday, with traders currently expecting a 65.8% chance of a quarter percentage point cut from the Fed this week, down from 88.8% on Friday, according to CME's FedWatch. "It's just typical trading on the vigil of a Fed meeting," said Peter Cardillo, chief market economist at Spartan Capital Securities in New York.

    Tue, 17 Sep 2019 10:32:00 -0400
  • Dutch government to reform business tax rules

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    The Dutch government said Tuesday it plans to reform a business tax rule that allows wealthy multinationals to reduce the amount of tax they pay on their profits. The government said the plan, which has to be passed by parliament, will generate 265 million euros ($292 million) per year in new income. The announcement follows public outrage at revelations this year that some multinationals paid little or no tax on their profits.

    Tue, 17 Sep 2019 10:22:08 -0400
  • Guardian charged with abuse and neglect after 1-year-old girl dies in hot car

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    A 60-year-old man has been charged after a 1-year-old girl, of whom he was the legal guardian, died in a hot car in New Jersey, prosecutors said. Shelton Shambry was charged Monday with fourth-degree abuse and neglect for allegedly leaving the 22-month-old girl in a van at a train station in Lindenwold last month, according to the Camden County Prosecutor's Office. After a call to 911 on Aug. 16, responders found the little girl unresponsive in her car seat, prosecutors said.

    Tue, 17 Sep 2019 10:22:00 -0400
  • Facebook briefly blocks Netanyahu chatbot on election day

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    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lashed out at Facebook on Tuesday after the social network blocked a "chatbot" from his right-wing Likud party's account for violating election day rules. "They took a 100 kg hammer and brought it down on a fly, because it is a Likud fly," Netanyahu said in a video posted on social media. Israel's Central Elections Committee said the chatbot had been used to publish poll data in contravention of regulations.

    Tue, 17 Sep 2019 10:17:51 -0400
  • Mississippi autopsy confirms child's body in garbage bags

    An autopsy confirms that remains found in garbage bags in a Mississippi basement belonged to a small child. Meridian Police Chief Benny Dubose tells The Meridian Star the Friday autopsy found a badly decomposed body with a broken rib on one side and cracked ribs on the other. Dubose says the autopsy also found burns.

    Tue, 17 Sep 2019 10:15:49 -0400
  • Churchill home: 2nd suspect arrested in golden toilet theft

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    Police have arrested a second suspect in the unusual case involving the theft of a golden toilet from Winston Churchill's birthplace. Thames Valley Police said Tuesday that a 36-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to burgle and has been released pending investigation. The police investigation over the Saturday morning theft at Blenheim Palace is ongoing.

    Tue, 17 Sep 2019 10:15:13 -0400
  • Major Mexico gas pipeline at center of dispute begins operations

    A major natural gas pipeline between Texas and the Mexican Gulf Coast port of Tuxpan that was at the heart of a dispute between Mexico's government and infrastructure firms begins operations on Tuesday, the companies behind it said. Canada's TC Energy and a Mexican unit of U.S. company Sempra Energy, IEnova, said in a statement the $2.6 billion Marino Sur pipeline was starting operations.

    Tue, 17 Sep 2019 10:13:23 -0400
  • EXCLUSIVE-Saudi oil output to return faster than first thought-sources

    Saudi Arabia's oil output will be fully restored quicker than thought following weekend attacks on production facilities, two sources briefed on developments said on Tuesday, taking two or three weeks not months as initial indications suggested. The kingdom is close to restoring 70% of the 5.7 million barrels per day (bpd) production lost due to the attacks, said one of the sources, a top Saudi official briefed on progress.

    Tue, 17 Sep 2019 10:13:23 -0400
  • Chilean start-up, 'Wheel the World,' broadens horizons for disabled

    A Chilean start-up has been launched to open up some of the world's most iconic tourist attractions to disabled visitors. The idea for Wheel the World was borne out of an expedition three years ago to Chile's Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia by a group of friends from the University of California at Berkeley. The group crowd-funded a special wheelchair for their friend, Álvaro Silberstein, who was left quadriplegic following a car accident when he was 18.

    Tue, 17 Sep 2019 10:04:36 -0400
  • UPDATE 2-Canada bids to reassure U.S., other allies after intelligence official arrested

    Canada is working to reassure the United States and other allies after a top police intelligence official was charged with leaking secrets, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday. Cameron Ortis, a director general with the national police force's intelligence unit, had access to highly sensitive domestic and foreign intelligence, and his arrest last week sparked fears of a possible major security breach. Ortis was charged on Friday under a 2012 security information law used to prosecute spies.

    Tue, 17 Sep 2019 10:02:58 -0400
  • Wildfires spread in the West, flash flooding forecast in Texas

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    There are now 14 large uncontained wildfires burning in the West, not including smaller fires that broke out yesterday. One of them, the Francis Fire in Davis County, Utah burned up to 200 acres and there were mandatory evacuations for residents in the area, though those have since been lifted since yesterday evening. Today, the cold front that caused all the gusty winds that helped to spread the fire in Utah will continue to move through the West today producing more gusty winds 20 to 60 mph.

    Tue, 17 Sep 2019 10:00:08 -0400
  • Chilean start-up, 'Wheel the World,' broadens horizons for disabled

    A Chilean start-up has been launched to open up some of the world's most iconic tourist attractions to disabled visitors. The idea for Wheel the World was borne out of an expedition three years ago to Chile's Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia by a group of friends from the University of California at Berkeley. The group crowd-funded a special wheelchair for their friend, Álvaro Silberstein, who was left quadriplegic following a car accident when he was 18.

    Tue, 17 Sep 2019 10:00:00 -0400
  • WRAPUP 1-U.S. manufacturing production rebounds; trend still weak

    U.S. manufacturing output increased more than expected in August, boosted by a surge in machinery and primary metals production, but the outlook for factories remains weak against the backdrop of trade tensions and slowing global economies. The fairly upbeat report from the Federal Reserve on Tuesday came as officials from the U.S. central bank were due to gather for a two-day policy meeting. Fears that the year-long trade war between the United States and China could derail the longest economic expansion in history are expected to compel the Fed to cut interest rates again on Wednesday.

    Tue, 17 Sep 2019 09:58:38 -0400
  • Malta, Italy clash over migrant rescue operation

    Malta refused on Tuesday to accept 90 migrants rescued by an Italian Coast Guard vessel in its search and rescue zone, setting up a potential standoff with the new Italian government. The Italian Coast Guard said on Tuesday it had picked up the migrants from a sinking boat off Libya at the request of the Maltese rescue coordination centre. The Coast Guard said its vessel was taking the migrants to Maltese waters, but Malta had refused to send a vessel to transfer them.

    Tue, 17 Sep 2019 09:50:10 -0400
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