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  • The Latest: Ex-officer could face charges, chief says

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    Fort Worth's interim police chief says he expects a "substantial update" by Tuesday on whether a former police officer will be criminally charged in the shooting death of a black woman inside her home. Interim Chief Ed Kraus said Monday that Officer Aaron Dean would have been fired had he not resigned following Saturday's shooting death of 28-year-old Atatiana Jefferson. Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price called for "justice and closure" for Jefferson's family.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 14:37:25 -0400
  • US STOCKS-Wall Street takes a breather after trade talks, eyes on earnings

    Wall Street struggled for direction on Monday as inconclusive U.S.-China trade negotiations dampened sentiment and investors turned toward third-quarter earnings season, which begins in earnest on Tuesday. The S&P 500 was essentially flat, while the Nasdaq and the Dow were nominally higher following a three-day winning streak during which the benchmark S&P 500 gained 2.7%. Hopes dimmed that recent trade negotiations between the United States and China would bear fruit, as China indicated further talks were needed and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the next round of tariffs on Chinese imports are on track to go into effect on Dec. 15 if a deal has not been reached by then.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 14:35:14 -0400
  • Lawsuit: Inmate kept in Missouri restraint chair 5 days

    A federal lawsuit claims that a Missouri man was held in a rural jail's restraint chair for five days, including a period of at least 24 hours with a blanket over his head. The lawsuit, first reported by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch , is the latest of several involving use of inmate restraint chairs. Okal was arrested for drunk driving in 2016.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 14:32:57 -0400
  • The Latest: Judge sets $80K bond for cop who shot naked man

    A judge has set a bond of $80,000 and ordered a dusk-to-dawn curfew for a former Georgia police officer convicted of aggravated assault in the fatal shooting of a naked, unarmed man. DeKalb County Superior Court Judge LaTisha Dear Jackson issued the decision Monday shortly after a jury convicted Robert "Chip" Olsen of the assault charge, as well as charges of violation of oath of office and making a false statement. The jury acquitted Olsen of the most serious charge: felony murder.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 14:32:06 -0400
  • 4 dead as Guineans protest president's bid to extend power

    At least four people have been killed in Guinea's capital after police fired tear gas and bullets Monday to disperse thousands of opposition supporters, civil society groups and trade unionists gathering in Conakry and across the country to protest the president's bid to extend his time in office, Guinea's Red Cross said. President Alpha Conde's mandate ends in December 2020, but he is seeking a referendum to allow a third term in the West African nation. The four young men killed in Conakry Monday were all under the age of 24, Guinea's Red Cross said Monday, which also said 20 others were wounded by bullets.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 14:32:06 -0400
  • Real estate developer, wife donate $100M to University of Virginia to help first-generation students

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    A man who was the first in his family to attend college and went on to become a successful real estate developer has made a $100 million contribution to help other first-generation students. David Walentas and his wife Jane are donating $100 million of their fortune to Walentas’ alma mater the University of Virginia. $75 million of the donation will go towards creating scholarships and fellowships for first-generation students, according to the university.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 14:25:35 -0400
  • Woman's missing laptop story restored her faith in humanity

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    When Anna Sproul-Latimer left her laptop on an Amtrak, like most people, she thought she might never see it again. Are you ready for a story that has single-handedly restored my faith in humanity, ending in a shameless plug for this local IT business owner, Imran Moorad of Dotsight Solutions, everybody please hire him? The literary agent from Arlington, Virginia, didn’t realize until she got home that she had left her laptop on the Amtrak train ride from New York City to D.C. Knowing the drill on lost electronics, she said she used the Find My iPhone app and located her laptop in Woodbridge, Virginia.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 14:12:00 -0400
  • WRAPUP 2-Russia-backed Syrian army sweeps in after U.S. announces abrupt exit

    BEIRUT/ANKARA, Oct 14 (Reuters) - Russia-backed Syrian forces took rapid advantage of an abrupt U.S. retreat from Syria on Monday, deploying deep inside Kurdish-held territory south of the Turkish frontier less than 24 hours after Washington announced a full withdrawal. Washington's Kurdish former allies said they invited in the government troops as an emergency step to help fend off an assault by Turkey, launched last week after President Donald Trump moved his troops aside in what the Kurds call a betrayal.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 14:10:48 -0400
  • Executed man's daughter asks court to order DNA testing

    A woman whose father was executed for murder in Tennessee 13 years ago asked a judge on Monday to order the testing of DNA evidence in the case. The hearing in Memphis focused largely on whether April Alley can legally bring a petition for DNA testing on behalf of her father's estate. Sedley Alley was convicted of the 1985 murder of 19-year-old Marine Lance Cpl.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 14:05:57 -0400
  • The Latest: Columbus statue defaced in San Francisco

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    A Columbus statue in San Francisco was defaced with red paint and graffiti, the day before a federal holiday celebrating the 15th century Italian navigator. Last year, San Francisco voted to replace the Columbus Day holiday with Indigenous Peoples Day to honor Native American people decimated by the arrival of European immigrants. Officials in Providence, Rhode Island, also report that a Columbus statue was vandalized there.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 14:01:15 -0400
  • Exclusive: Deutsche Bank took years to flag suspect Danske money flows - source

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    FRANKFURT/TALLINN (Reuters) - Deutsche Bank did not disclose more than one million suspect money transfers with Danske Bank until February, a person with direct knowledge of the matter said, about five years after a whistleblower flagged suspicious transactions at Danske. Deutsche sent alerts about the suspect money flows involving the Danish bank to Germany's money laundering data authority and state prosecutors, the person said, prompting investigators to seek more information from Deutsche. Prosecutors are now investigating whether staff or management at Deutsche sanctioned the transactions, and whether they subsequently tried to cover them up, the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 13:53:50 -0400
  • 'Maybe I'll be around another 50 years, who knows?': Dolly Parton celebrates half a century on the Opry

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    Dolly Parton celebrated 50 years on the Grand Ole Opry this weekend, playing two sold-out shows on its iconic Nashville stage. "My daddy loved the Grand Ole Opry, so we had to listen to it back home, and me dreaming of being on it," she said before the show.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 13:52:00 -0400
  • CORRECTED-UPDATE 1-Ecuador's Moreno readies repeal of fuel subsidy cuts as protesters head home

    Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno said on Monday that he would repeal an IMF-backed decree that slashed fuel subsidies "in coming hours," confirming that he had given into a key demand of protesters who had spent nearly two weeks agitating against it. Moreno added that a new decree would be issued to ensure that resources go to those who most need it, though he did not specify when. "We have opted for peace," Moreno said on Twitter.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 13:50:36 -0400
  • EXCLUSIVE-Deutsche Bank took years to flag suspect Danske money flows - source

    FRANKFURT/TALLINN, Oct 14 (Reuters) - Deutsche Bank did not disclose more than one million suspect money transfers with Danske Bank until February, a person with direct knowledge of the matter said, about five years after a whistleblower flagged suspicious transactions at Danske. Deutsche sent alerts about the suspect money flows involving the Danish bank to Germany's money laundering data authority and state prosecutors, the person said, prompting investigators to seek more information from Deutsche. Prosecutors are now investigating whether staff or management at Deutsche sanctioned the transactions, and whether they subsequently tried to cover them up, the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 13:49:57 -0400
  • EXCLUSIVE-Deutsche Bank took years to flag suspect Danske money flows - source

    FRANKFURT/TALLINN, Oct 14 (Reuters) - Deutsche Bank did not disclose more than one million suspect money transfers with Danske Bank until February, a person with direct knowledge of the matter said, about five years after a whistleblower flagged suspicious transactions at Danske. Deutsche sent alerts about the suspect money flows involving the Danish bank to Germany's money laundering data authority and state prosecutors, the person said, prompting investigators to seek more information from Deutsche. Prosecutors are now investigating whether staff or management at Deutsche sanctioned the transactions, and whether they subsequently tried to cover them up, the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 13:47:49 -0400
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    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 14:42:19 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Air strike in Libyan capital Tripoli kills three young sisters

    Three children, all sisters, were killed, and their mother and a fourth sister wounded in an air strike that hit a house near a military intelligence camp in Libya's capital on Monday, a Reuters reporter and health officials said. The mother was in critical condition and her daughter had emergency surgery to amputate a leg after the strike in the Al Fornaj neighbourhood of southern Tripoli, the Tripoli-based Health Ministry and hospital officials said. Libya's internationally recognised government blamed the strike on forces of Khalifa Haftar, the commander based in the east of the North African country who has been trying to seize Tripoli in the west in a ground and air campaign since April.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 13:46:57 -0400
  • US STOCKS-Wall St flat as trade optimism wanes, earnings in focus

    U.S. stocks paused on Monday after three sessions of gains as a lack of clarity over the first phase of a U.S.-China trade deal weighed on sentiment, while investors geared up for the third-quarter earnings season. The S&P 500 and Dow Jones indexes had ended Friday with their first weekly gain in a month after Washington signaled the two sides had taken a major step in easing the tit-for-tat measures that have hammered global growth this year. President Donald Trump, however, acknowledged that the agreement could still collapse, while Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Monday he had "every expectation" that if a U.S.-China trade deal was not in place by Dec. 15, additional tariffs would be imposed.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 13:44:54 -0400
  • Prince William and wife Kate arrive in Pakistan for five-day visit

    Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate arrived in Pakistan's capital on Monday, beginning a five-day visit that will focus on boosting ties and addressing challenges such as climate change. The Duchess of Cambridge wore a long pale blue variation of the shalwar kameez, a dress or tunic worn over trousers, Pakistan's traditional national outfit that many on social media and in the fashion industry had hoped she would don during her visit. Prince William wore a navy suit with a blue tie.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 13:36:14 -0400
  • INTERVIEW-London doctor awarded for helping Syria's 'burnt-out heroes' in hell

    When a children's hospital in Aleppo was decimated in 2016 after multiple bombings, British-Syrian doctor Rola Hallam decided to turn her grief into action. Within weeks the London consultant anaesthetist was on the way to the Syrian border with enough equipment to build the world's first crowdfunded hospital. "Thousands of people from around the world came together to raise the money we needed," said Hallam, who won the Women of the Year lifetime achievement award in London on Monday.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 13:35:07 -0400
  • Taking a drive with an auto worker on the General Motors picket line in Flint, Michigan

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    For a month of Sundays, Keondis Howell has anxiously eyed two things: his deep freezer, and his savings. The General Motors worker, on the picket lines for over a month, now plans the whole week’s dinners ahead of time, strategizing leftovers for the meals his three children will have. As the GM nationwide strike grinds toward its fifth week, United Auto Workers are feeling the strain in what has become the longest walkout the company has faced in half a century.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 13:35:00 -0400
  • Porsche SUV plunges onto train tracks, burns; 2 teens die

    A Porsche SUV plummeted off an overpass onto train tracks below, where it burst into flames, killing two teenagers and sending a third to a hospital with serious injuries. The Porsche fell from Route 304 in Pearl River, New York, on Sunday afternoon after a crash involving an additional vehicle and burned on New Jersey Transit tracks below, authorities said. Saniha Cekic, 15, of Brooklyn, and Altin Nezaj, 17, of Pearl River, were pronounced dead at hospitals, Orangeburg police said in a prepared statement.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 13:31:41 -0400
  • France asks EDF to prepare to build 6 EPR reactors in 15 years -Le Monde

    The French government has asked power utility EDF to prepare plans to construct six EPR nuclear reactors over the next 15 years, Le Monde newspaper said on its website on Monday. Quoting a letter sent by Environment Minister Elisabeth Borne and Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire to EDF's chairman, Le Monde said the company would be required to build three pairs of EPR reactors on three sites. State-controlled EDF declined to comment on the report, but a French finance ministry official said it was a mission letter and not the basis for any future decisions.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 13:26:30 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-At least two dead in Guinea protests against change to constitution

    At least one policeman and a protester were killed on Monday during demonstrations in Guinea against a possible change to the constitution that could let President Alpha Conde seek a third term, officials and residents said. Police opened fire on demonstrators as they ransacked military posts and blocked roads with burning tyres in the capital Conakry and protests in the northern opposition stronghold of Mamou also turned violent, witnesses said. Conde's second and final five-year term expires in 2020 but the 81-year-old leader has refused to rule out running again.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 13:25:41 -0400
  • Thousands march in Kiev in protest against Donbass peace plan

    Thousands of people marched through central Kiev on Monday to protest against President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's deal with Moscow to grant special status to a pro-Russian rebel-held region of eastern Ukraine as part of efforts to end a five-year conflict there. Around 20,000 people, including war veterans, took part in the rally 'No capitulation' against what they say are unacceptable concessions by Zelenskiy over the Donbass region. Ukrainian, Russian and separatist negotiators agreed last month that Kiev would grant the territory controlled by the separatists a special status and hold elections there.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 13:21:43 -0400
  • 'Do the right thing,' family of UK teen killed in crash tells U.S. diplomat's wife

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    Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn spoke to media in New York during a visit intended put pressure on the Trump administration to have Anne Sacoolas to be sent back to face British investigators. Harry Dunn, 19, died after a car driven by Sacoolas crashed into his motorbike near RAF Croughton, an air force base in Northamptonshire in central England used by the U.S. military. Vehicles drive on the left in the United Kingdom, and the American woman was driving on the wrong side of the road when the accident happened, Dunn's family said.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 13:19:02 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Uganda denies plans to impose death penalty for gay sex amid global concern

    Uganda will not impose the death penalty for gay sex, a presidential spokesman said on Monday, after major aid donors said they were monitoring a plan by the African nation to reintroduce a bill colloquially known as "Kill the Gays". Uganda's Ethics and Integrity Minister Simon Lokodo last Thursday said the government planned to re-introduce an anti-homosexuality bill in parliament within weeks to curb the spread of homosexuality in the east African nation. A spokesperson for President Yoweri Museveni on Monday said the government has no plans to introduce the legislation that would impose the death penalty for gay sex.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 13:15:15 -0400
  • 'Do the right thing,' family of UK teen killed in crash tells U.S. diplomat's wife

    The parents of a British teenager killed in a car crash involving a U.S. diplomat's wife vowed on Monday to keep fighting until they get justice for their son after the American woman returned to the United States following the accident. Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn spoke to media in New York during a visit intended put pressure on the Trump administration to have Anne Sacoolas to be sent back to face British investigators. Harry Dunn, 19, died after a car driven by Sacoolas crashed into his motorbike near RAF Croughton, an air force base in Northamptonshire in central England used by the U.S. military.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 13:14:19 -0400
  • Sanctions stress makes Turkey's lira October's worst world currency

    The slump in Turkey's lira in the wake of the Turkish military advance into Syria has made it October's worst performing major currency, a move that looks even starker considering most emerging market currencies have powered ahead. The lira is no stranger to volatility, but this month's 5% dive against the dollar stands out when compared to a 1.3% gain for MSCI's Emerging Markets Currency Index. The broader emerging markets rally has been underpinned by signs of a partial trade deal between the United States and China and by stimulus, but Turkey-watchers have been rattled by threats of international sanctions over its actions in Syria.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 13:12:30 -0400
  • Parishioners find other sanctuaries after church shooting

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    Members of New England Pentecostal Ministries are finding comfort and fellowship at other churches while theirs remains closed following a shooting during a weekend wedding. Dale Holloway, 37, is accused of wounding a clergyman and a bride Saturday in Pelham, New Hampshire. Stanley Choate, 75, the presiding bishop, was shot in the chest.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 13:08:31 -0400
  • The Latest: Morawiecki likely to stay Polish prime minister

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    Officials from Poland's ruling party say Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki is a "natural" to stay on as head of government after the party's second consecutive election victory. Mueller says Law and Justice party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski has repeatedly praised Morawiecki and said he would continue in the job after Sunday's election. Official returns from 99.5% percent of the votes counted in Poland's parliamentary election suggest the country's ruling right-wing party might have lost its majority in the upper chamber, the Senate.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 13:03:41 -0400
  • UPDATE 2-More than a dozen police killed in ambush in violent Mexican state

    More than a dozen police have been shot dead in an ambush in the western Mexican state of Michoacan, authorities said on Monday, in one of the bloodiest attacks on security forces since President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador took office in December. The ministry for public security said on Twitter it would use all means at its disposal to catch those responsible for the attack in the municipality of Aguililla in Michoacan, a state that has long been convulsed by turf wars between drug cartels. The federal public security ministry said 14 police were killed, though its state counterpart in Michoacan said 13 officers were confirmed dead, and three injured.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 12:56:17 -0400
  • Jayme Closs: 1 year after abduction, I'm feeling stronger

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    The Wisconsin girl whose parents were fatally shot before she was kidnapped and held captive for 88 days before escaping from her abductor said she's feeling stronger every day and is thankful for the kindness and concern expressed to her from people all over the country in the year after the crime. Jayme Closs issued a statement Monday, a day before the one-year anniversary of the fatal shootings and abduction at her home near Barron in northwest Wisconsin. Closs said she is getting back to the activities she enjoys and loves hanging out with her friends.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 12:55:14 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Kremlin says Turkey's military operation in Syria must be proportionate

    Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov said on Monday that Russia wanted Turkey to ensure its military incursion into northern Syria was proportionate with the situation. Ushakov, speaking in Riyadh during an official visit to Saudi Arabia by President Vladimir Putin, was commenting on Turkey's military operation which it launched last week. Ushakov said the main thing for Moscow was that Turkey's offensive - which targets Syrian Kurdish militia seen by Ankara as aligned with Kurdish separatists in Turkey - not harm efforts to find a political solution to Syria's eight-year-old war.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 12:51:54 -0400
  • A black woman was shot and killed by police in her house. We need real justice

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    Justice for Atatiana Jefferson can’t be about locking up guilty police officers. We need to be more ambitious than that‘Cop convictions are increasing, but cop killings roughly remain constant.’ Photograph: Smiley N Pool/APLast week, a judge sentenced former Dallas Police Officer Amber Guyger to 10 years in prison for entering the wrong apartment in her building and killing Botham Jean, her neighbor. Lee Merritt, the Jean family attorney, boasted: “This is a victory for black people in America. It is a signal that the tide is going to change here. Police officers are going to be held accountable for their actions, and we believe that will begin to change policing culture all over the world.”But it would not. Guyger’s conviction didn’t even change police culture near Dallas. Before the ink could dry on the sentencing papers, a Fort Worth police officer entered into Atatiana Jefferson’s home. He shot and killed her within seconds. She was playing video games with her nephew. A neighbor called a non-emergency number for a wellness check because Atatiana’s door was open late at night. In 2013, Fort Worth police also killed a man in his own garage during a wellness check. The officers were not prosecuted.Merritt and some activists have issued calls for “more justice.” I understand this impulse. After a police killing, prison is something, and that something can feel like justice when the other option seems like nothing. People understandably want police officers to be punished for killing black people. They also hope that prison will send a warning message to other officers that they cannot get away with murder. But that’s not how policing works. If we want black people, or anybody, to be safe from police violence, then we must first be clear about one thing: prison is not justice. It is punishment, and contrary to popular belief, sending more cops to prison may not make other black people safe.Cop convictions are increasing, but cop killings roughly remain constant. As I have written before, police have killed about 14,000 people in the last 13 years, but only about 20 officers have been convicted of murder or manslaughter charges- an all time high. On average, police officers kill about 20 black people each year in Texas, and over 200 every year nationwide. Prison time certainly punishes some police for past behavior, but the US supreme court grants police so much legal protection for violent behavior that most of the killings are legal, constitutional or unexamined.Safety for black people could be less about sending individual cops to prison, and more about creating the conditions where people do not rely on police to feel safe. I was 13 years old when I saw a police officer shoot somebody. He was arguing with a teenager at a recreation center over a sign-in sheet. The officer stormed down the side of the basketball court, pulled out his gun, and shot the boy in his arm. After the horrific scream, I grabbed my sister and hid in the locker room for hours. The officer was not arrested. I doubt he was prosecuted. But he left after a few days, soon replaced by another officer with another gun who argued with more black kids over sign-in sheets. As police officers are transferred or sent to prison, new ones replace them, but the job description does not change. Thus, organizing around a single cop’s conviction misses the point that policing is problematic, and one officer’s punishment is a job opening for a future officer to inflict more harm and violence on communities of color.So what can happen instead of calling the police? Atatiana’s death is tragic because her neighbor called a non-emergency number for help. He sought an alternative, but the police came anyway, guns blazing. One immediate lesson here is to not send police officers for non-emergency calls. There are ways that people practice safety intervention everyday. Scholar and prison abolition organizer Rachel Herzing instructs us to “prepare for emergencies when not in crisis.” This means memorizing numbers of neighbors close by, securing someplace to go if home is not an option, encouraging people to build small teams to share resources and protection with each other, and ultimately organizing to reduce the size and scope of police.As for what should happen to police officers after they kill someone right now, I deeply sympathize with fence sitters who believe in prison abolition, but feel wrong about including cops in that vision. What pushes me to the abolition side is knowing that whatever punishment we demand for police is going to come back tenfold on black people. If a black man mistakenly kills a white woman police officer in Texas, her brother is not going to forgive him. A judge will certainly not warmly embrace him with a hug. He will not get sentenced to ten years. He will slowly die in a cage or quickly by execution on a cold table.Justice for Atatiana Jefferson must include reducing the size and scope of police, while building a world where our neighbors could knock on our doors, shout into the dark and ask if we are safe. * Derecka Purnell is a social movement lawyer and writer based in Washington, DC

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 12:43:43 -0400
  • Firefighters finishing containment of California wildfires

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    Firefighters are dousing remaining smoldering areas from a destructive wildfire that raged along the northern edge of Los Angeles last week. The Los Angeles Fire Department says containment of the approximately 12-square-mile (31-square-kilometer) fire is at 43 percent Monday. The fire erupted Thursday night and was rapidly spread by Santa Ana winds.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 12:40:02 -0400
  • Parents of crash victim urge diplomat's wife to return to UK

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    The parents of a motorcyclist killed in a traffic crash with an American diplomat's wife took their case directly to U.S. audiences Monday, holding a New York news conference at which they urged the woman to return to Britain. The parents of Harry Dunn have reached out to U.S. politicians and plan to be in Washington on Wednesday and Thursday in their quest to get the woman back in the U.K. "to present herself to police," family spokesman Radd Seiger said. The diplomat's wife, Anne Sacoolas, should "do the right thing," Charlotte Charles, Dunn's mother, "face us as a broken family" and face the U.K. legal system, urged tearfully.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 12:38:11 -0400
  • Polish conservatives win lower house but lose Senate

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    Poland's conservative ruling Law and Justice party capitalized on its popular social spending policies to win a majority of seats in the lower house of parliament but lost control of the Senate, according to results reported Monday. When exit polls were released after voting ended Sunday evening, the ruling Law and Justice party appeared headed for a strong victory. The results from the Senate, however, indicate that the opposition will have a tool to prevent the ruling party from rushing through laws without consulting opposition parties — something it has often done during its four years in power.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 12:36:39 -0400
  • 'I literally find new ways to love you every single day': Thomas Rhett writes sweetest anniversary post to his wife

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    Country star Thomas Rhett and his wife Lauren Akins just celebrated their seventh wedding anniversary. "I can’t believe the Lord has blessed me with 7 amazing years of marriage with @laur_akins," Rhett wrote in a post.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 12:34:00 -0400
  • Dangerous search on for 1 missing after hotel collapse

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    Rescue workers and search dogs moved gingerly through a dangerously unstable, partially collapsed hotel in New Orleans on Monday in a risky search for the only person still missing after the structure partially collapsed . Fire Chief Tim McConnell told reporters that engineers also were in the building to determine how best to stabilize it. Mayor LaToya Cantrell said utilities were cut off to nine major businesses in the area.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 12:29:27 -0400
  • Police desperate for information on missing 3-year-old girl, 2 persons of interest in custody

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    Authorities in Alabama say they have no information on the whereabouts of a missing 3-year-old girl who was believed to have been abducted while attending a birthday party this weekend. Two persons of interest are being questioned as the search for Kamille "Cupcake" McKinney intensifies, Birmingham Police Chief Patrick Smith said Monday. Kamille was playing with other children at an outdoor birthday party in the Avondale neighborhood of Birmingham on Saturday night when she vanished, authorities said.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 12:27:00 -0400
  • Uganda denies plans to impose death penalty for gay sex amid global uproar

    Uganda will not impose the death penalty for gay sex, a presidential spokesman said on Monday, after major aid donors said they were monitoring a plan by the African nation to reintroduce a bill colloquially known as "Kill the Gays". Uganda's Ethics and Integrity Minister Simon Lokodo last Thursday said the government planned to re-introduce an anti-homosexuality bill in parliament within weeks to curb the spread of homosexuality in the east African nation. A spokesperson for President Yoweri Museveni on Monday said the government has no plans to introduce the legislation that would impose the death penalty for gay sex.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 12:24:21 -0400
  • Finnish PM says more time needed for Brexit negotiations

    Finland's Prime Minister Antti Rinne said on Monday more time was needed for the Brexit negotiations and that they could continue even after a summit of European Union leaders set for Thursday and Friday. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said he wants to strike an exit deal at the summit to allow for an orderly departure from the EU on Oct. 31. Finland currently holds the EU's rotating presidency.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 12:21:34 -0400
  • Drugs investigators close in on Asian 'El Chapo' at centre of vast meth ring

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    A vast drugs Asian drugs syndicate, which is wealthy, disciplined and less violent than Latin America’s cartels has become the prime target of a sprawling, previously unreported counter-narcotics operation, according to a new Reuters investigation.  The suspected leader of the multinational drugs trafficking syndicate, protected by a guard of Thai kickboxers, is Tse Chi Lop, a China-born Canadian citizen.  The elusive Mr Tse, said to be on a par with Latin America's legendary drugs traffickers “El Chapo” and Pablo Escobar, is being investigated in connection with a network formed out of an alliance of five of Asia’s triad groups that allegedly smuggles methamphetamine, heroin and ketamine, said the newswire. Known as “The Company” or “Sam Gor” after one of Mr Tse’s reported nicknames, which means “Brother Number Three” in Cantonese, the crime ring deals mainly in meth - a highly addictive drug that has devastating effects on long term users – and which it often conceals in packets of tea.  According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the Sam Gor syndicate’s meth revenue in 2018 was at least $8 billion a year, but could be as high as $17.7 billion.  Suspected drugs kingpin Tse Chi Lop Credit: Reuters The UN agency estimates that the cartel has a 40% to 70% share of the wholesale regional meth market that has expanded at least fourfold in the past five years. Lawmakers believe the drugs are being funneled to at least a dozen countries from Japan in North Asia to New Zealand in the South Pacific.  Sam Gor is believed to collaborate with a more diverse range of local crime groups than the Latin cartels do, including Japan’s Yakuza, Australia's biker gangs and ethnic Chinese gangs across Southeast Asia. The crime network is also less prone to uncontrolled outbreaks of internecine violence than their Latin counterparts, setting aside rivalries in pursuit of massive profits, police say.  The Reuters investigation uncovered that Mr Tse, 55, is the main focus of Operation Kungur, a massive transnational counter-narcotics case, led by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and drawing in about 20 agencies from Asia, North America and Europe.  It surpasses any other international effort to combat Asian drug trafficking syndicates, say law enforcement agents linked to the probe, and includes authorities from Burma, China, Thailand, Japan, the United States and Canada.  Taiwan, while not formally part of the operation, is assisting in the investigation. An AFP document reveals that the organisation has “been connected with or directly involved in at least 13 cases” of drug trafficking since January 2015, and names Mr Tse as the suspected ringleader, among the profiles of the operation’s top 19 targets.  Reuters was unable to contact Mr Tse. The AFP, US Drugs Enforcement Agency and Taiwan’s Ministry of Justice Investigation Bureau said they would not comment on investigations.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 12:15:38 -0400
  • US STOCKS-Wall St flat as trade deal optimism wanes, earnings in focus

    U.S. stocks stalled on Monday after three straight sessions of gains as a bare-bones trade deal with China announced on Friday dampened sentiment and triggered a 2% drop in oil prices, ahead of the start of third-quarter earnings season. Oil majors Exxon Mobil Corp and Chevron Corp were among the biggest drags on the S&P 500 index, as oil prices gave up last week's gains on growing concerns that the partial trade deal could take time to be sealed.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 12:10:13 -0400
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    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 14:42:54 -0400
  • Poland's PiS wins 43.6% of votes in parliamentary election -final count

    Poland's ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party won 43.6% of votes in Sunday's parliamentary election, the Polish Electoral Commission said on Monday, citing its final count of votes. The Commission said it would announce the number of seats PiS has won in the lower house of parliament, the Sejm, at around 1800 GMT. Under Poland's complex electoral rules, it was not immediately clear whether PiS would be able to secure a majority of the seats in the 460-member legislature.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 12:08:44 -0400
  • WRAPUP 1-Russia-backed Syrian army sweeps in after U.S. announces abrupt exit

    BEIRUT/ANKARA, Oct 14 (Reuters) - Russia-backed Syrian forces wasted no time in taking advantage of an abrupt U.S. retreat from Syria on Monday, deploying deep inside Kurdish-held territory south of the Turkish frontier less than 24 hours after Washington announced a full withdrawal. Washington's Kurdish former allies said they invited in the government troops as an emergency step to help fend off an assault by Turkey, launched last week after President Donald Trump moved his troops aside in what the Kurds call a betrayal.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 12:06:54 -0400
  • Turkey rejects EU decisions regarding its Syria operation, east Med drilling

    Turkey's Foreign Ministry said on Monday that it rejected and condemned decisions taken by the European Union to suspend arms exports to Turkey following Ankara's northeast Syria incursion and drilling activities in the eastern Mediterranean. European Union countries committed on Monday to suspending arms exports to Turkey and agreed to draw up a list of economic sanctions against Turkish oil and gas drilling in waters off Cyprus.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 12:05:25 -0400
  • At least 16 people killed by armed men in Ethiopia - police

    Armed men killed at least 16 people and injured about two dozen others in a small village in northeastern Ethiopia, a local police official said on Monday, in one of the deadliest attacks seen in the region. The incident took place at around 1 am local time on Saturday in Obno, a small village in the Afambo district in the northeastern Afar region of Ethiopia. "The armed men came via Djibouti and committed the killings," Afar's deputy police commissioner Ahmed Humed told Reuters.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 11:59:18 -0400
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