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  • Toddler shot dead and baby wounded in Philadelphia shootings

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    "No child should be murdered in their living room," acting Philadelphia Police Commissioner Christine Coulter said

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 23:56:35 -0400
  • Canada's Trudeau appears set to hold onto government

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    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appeared set to win a second term in Canada's national elections Monday, delivering unexpectedly strong results despite having been weakened by a series of scandals that cast doubt on his judgment and tarnished his image as a liberal icon. Trudeau's Liberal party was projected to win the most seats in the 338-seat Parliament, giving it the best chance to form the next government. It's not all owing to the leader," said Robert Bothwell, a professor of Canadian history and international relations at the University of Toronto.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 23:48:29 -0400
  • Uniqlo ad sparks protest, parody as S.Korea-Japan dispute flares

    A bitter dispute between South Korea and former colonist Japan has flared up, with Japanese clothing brand Uniqlo facing a consumer backlash after a new ad by the company was criticised as mocking victims of wartime forced labour and brothel workers. A YouTube video created by a South Korean student parodying the ad has gone viral and protesters have targeted Uniqlo stores, demanding an apology from the company. Relations between the two countries have slumped to their lowest in decades after a ruling by South Korea's top court last year ordering Japanese firms to compensate wartime forced labourers.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 23:41:16 -0400
  • Woman killed after stumbling across robbery while playing Pokemon Go, police say

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    A 21-year-old New Mexico woman was playing Pokemon Go with her boyfriend over the weekend when she was fatally shot after witnessing a robbery in progress, according to police. Cayla Campos and her boyfriend, who police identified by his first name, Sidney, were driving near Bianchetti Park in Albuquerque, New Mexico, late Friday night when they allegedly witnessed two armed robbers targeting someone in another vehicle, police said Monday. Campos turned her car around and attempted to flee the scene, but the suspects spotted her and opened fire on her vehicle.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 23:29:23 -0400
  • Tornado slams Dallas; 4 killed in Arkansas, Oklahoma

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    A tornado tossed trees into homes, tore off storefronts and downed power lines but killed no one in a densely populated area of Dallas, leaving Mayor Eric Johnson to declare the city "very fortunate" to be assessing only property damage. "Anytime you have a tornado in a major metropolitan area, the potential for large loss of life is always there," said Patrick Marsh, the warning coordination meteorologist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 23:17:06 -0400
  • NEWSMAKER-Canada's Trudeau clings to power, but loses some of his luster

    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau held on to his job in Monday's election, securing his spot as one of the world's few high-profile progressive leaders, but tarnished by scandal and with his power diminished. The man former U.S. President Barack Obama privately anointed as a successor in global diplomacy survived a blackface scandal and the disclosure that he sought to interfere with a federal corruption prosecution, but just barely. Trudeau's Liberals, who won power four years ago with a strong parliamentary majority, were projected by the Canadian Broadcasting Corp to form a minority government after a tight election battle with the Conservative Party led by Andrew Scheer.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 23:15:47 -0400
  • Some Japanese welcome emperor's enthronement, others shrug

    Japanese Emperor Naruhito, 59, the nation's first monarch born after World War Two, will officially proclaim his enthronement to the world on Tuesday in a centuries-old ceremony attended by hundreds of dignitaries. "There is no need to make such a big fuss ... everyone knows it is happening, it's been reported.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 23:00:47 -0400
  • INSTANT VIEW-Justin Trudeau's Liberals projected to form Canada's next government - TV

    Canada's Liberal Party is set to form a minority government after Monday's federal election, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp projected. "The one area you would be watching for is the energy sector. It is more of a case that had the Conservatives done better it could be seen as a positive surprise and you might have seen them (the energy sector) rally.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 22:41:49 -0400
  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia hopes for best in trade talks, Brexit vote

    Asian share markets made guarded gains on Tuesday amid cheery chatter about the chance of a Sino-U.S. trade deal, while investors were sanguine yet another vote on Brexit would still avert a hard exit for the UK. A holiday in Tokyo kept turnover light and MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan added a modest 0.3%. Futures for Japan's Nikkei were trading at 22,760, compared to Monday's index close at 22,548.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 22:41:33 -0400
  • The Latest: Bushes home spared by Dallas tornado

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    The tornado that caused widespread damage in north Dallas passed closed to the home of former President George W. Bush and Laura Bush but caused no damage. Former first lady Laura Bush hosted young leaders from Myanmar on Monday at a Bush Institute event in South Texas. The institute based at Southern Methodist University in Dallas has sponsored a leadership training program for four years with a focus on Myanmar, a Southeast Asian country struggling with extreme inequities and ethnic cleansing.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 22:40:55 -0400
  • Deliberate blackouts possible again in California amid winds

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    With windy, dry weather in the forecast again, California's largest utility said Monday it's considering shutting off power this week to about a half million people to try and prevent wildfires ignited by electrical equipment. Pacific Gas & Electric said shutoffs in the northern part of the state could potentially begin Wednesday and affect some 200,000 customers in 16 counties mostly in Sierra foothills and to the north of the San Francisco Bay Area. Any blackouts would last at least 48 hours, the utility said.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 22:36:01 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Chinese vice foreign minister says progress made in trade talks with U.S.

    China and the United States have achieved some progress in their trade talks, Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng said on Tuesday, and any problem could be resolved as long as both sides respected each other. No country can prosper without working with other nations, Le said at the Xiangshan Forum in Beijing, which China styles as its answer to the annual Shangri-La Dialogue security forum in Singapore. The world wants China and the United States to end their trade war, he said.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 22:35:08 -0400
  • Distinctive accent on torture video leads police to suspect

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    The suspect in a torture killing in Alaska's biggest city ended up leading police right to him, first by losing a digital memory card labeled "Homicide at midtown Marriott" that contained video of the dying woman. Amid the footage, a clue: The man spoke in an "English sounding accent," and detectives recalled Brian Steven Smith, a 48-year-old South African, from another investigation, the details of which they have not disclosed. During his interrogation, police say he confessed to shooting another Alaska Native woman.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 22:34:44 -0400
  • The Latest: CBC says Trudeau will have minority government

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    The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation is projecting Justin Trudeau's Liberals will win a minority government. Trudeau appeared to overcome a challenge in Monday's national elections from the rival Conservatives four years after he channeled his father's star power to become prime minister. CBC projects Trudeau's Liberals won't win the majority of seats in Parliament and will have to rely on another party to pass legislation.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 22:31:40 -0400
  • UPDATE 2-New Zealand battles to rein in blaze at convention centre

    New Zealand fire services were battling a massive blaze on Tuesday on the roof of a convention centre being built in the city of Auckland, considered to be the country's biggest current building project. The fire, which broke out at the SkyCity Convention Centre, is close to the Sky City tower in downtown Auckland.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 22:19:46 -0400
  • The Latest: Florida panel backs governor in ousting sheriff

    A divided legislative panel has sided with Florida's Republican governor in removing a county sheriff accused of mishandling the response to a school shooting that killed 17 people. The mostly party line vote by Florida's Senate Rules Committee sends the matter to the full chamber, which is expected to consider it Wednesday. The highly charged session was a victory for Gov. Ron DeSantis, who suspended Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel just days after taking office in January.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 21:57:51 -0400
  • Chinese vice foreign minister says progress made in trade talks with U.S.

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    China and the United States have achieved some progress in their trade talks, Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng said on Tuesday, and any problem could be resolved as long as both sides respected each other. No country can prosper without working with other nations, Le said at the Xiangshan Forum in Beijing, which China styles as its answer to the annual Shangri-La Dialogue security forum in Singapore. The world wants China and the United States to end their trade war, he said.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 21:52:25 -0400
  • 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' releases final trailer

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    "Star Wars" fans had a big reason to tune in to "Monday Night Football" this week: the final trailer for "The Rise of Skywalker" debuted at halftime. "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" is the final installment of the nine-film Skywalker Saga, first set forth in George Lucas's "Star Wars," and is set to hit theaters Dec. 20.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 21:51:00 -0400
  • Panel backs removal of sheriff over school shooting response

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    The tragedy of the Parkland school massacre framed a developing political drama in Florida's capital, as a divided legislative panel on Monday sided with the state's Republican governor in removing a county sheriff accused of mishandling the response to the shooting that killed 17 people. The mostly party line vote by Florida's Senate Rules Committee sends the matter to the full chamber, which is expected to consider it Wednesday. The highly charged session was a victory for Gov. Ron DeSantis, who suspended Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel just days after taking office in January.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 21:32:45 -0400
  • PG&E says more potential power cuts could hit about 209,000 customers

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    The bankrupt Californian power producer said the latest cuts were intended to avoid its equipment sparking wildfires in hot weather. "This afternoon, the company began its 48-hour advance notifications to customers that it may be proactively turning power off for safety and conducting a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) on late Wednesday evening," it said. It activated its emergency operations on Sunday night because of a possible strong and dry offshore wind.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 21:24:44 -0400
  • PG&E says more potential power cuts could hit about 209,000 customers

    PG&E Corp said on Monday about 209,000 customers could be hit by potential power cutoffs this week, less than two weeks after its most recent unprecedented shut-offs hit more than 730,000 homes and workplaces in northern California. The bankrupt Californian power producer said the latest cuts were intended to avoid its equipment sparking wildfires in hot weather. "This afternoon, the company began its 48-hour advance notifications to customers that it may be proactively turning power off for safety and conducting a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) on late Wednesday evening," it said.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 21:20:57 -0400
  • Funeral rescheduled for woman fatally shot by police at home

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    The funeral has been rescheduled for a woman shot and killed in her home by a Fort Worth police officer. The service for Atatiana Jefferson is planned for 11 a.m. Thursday at Concord Church in Dallas. Jefferson's father had obtained a restraining order Friday to prevent a funeral scheduled for Saturday afternoon, forcing its postponement. But at a hearing Monday in Dallas, Jefferson's mother and three siblings intervened, asking Probate Court Judge Brenda Hull Thompson to dismiss the father's complaint.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 21:14:16 -0400
  • Colorado mother accused of murdering daughter she said was terminally ill

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    A Colorado mother who authorities said solicited donations, charitable services, and government aid for her purportedly terminally ill daughter who died in 2017 has been indicted on murder charges in the girl's death, court documents showed on Monday. Kelly Renee Turner, 41, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of her seven-year-old daughter, Olivia Gant, and with forgery, theft, child abuse and bilking Medicaid out of nearly $538,000, according to the indictment handed down in Douglas County District Court. Colorado's Office of the Public Defender, which represents Turner, has a policy not to comment on its cases outside of court.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 21:05:22 -0400
  • Transgender woman's attacker convicted of assault

    A man charged with felony aggravated assault in the beating of a Dallas transgender woman has been convicted of misdemeanor assault. Thomas was sentenced to 300 days in jail, including time served since his April arrest , on the condition that he doesn't appeal the sentence. Police say Thomas admitted beating Booker on April 12 outside a Dallas apartment complex, that Thomas was one of the assailants captured on video and that he was offered $200 to beat Booker.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 21:02:50 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Brazil's Eduardo Bolsonaro takes over as PSL lower house whip

    Lawmaker Eduardo Bolsonaro, son of Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro, took over the leadership of the Social Liberal Party (PSL) in the lower house of Congress on Monday in a bruising struggle for control of the party that is not over. With active canvassing by his father, Bolsonaro succeeded gathering enough supporters to oust the PSL's current leader in the chamber, Delegado Waldir, who admitted defeat in a video on social media. The battle for control of the PSL and its large campaign war chest ahead of next year's local elections came to a head last week when Bolsonaro attacked party founder Luciano Bivar and called for the party's accounts to be audited.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 21:01:20 -0400
  • UPDATE 2-Japanese emperor begins enthronement ritual amid downpour

    Japanese Emperor Naruhito began ceremonies to formally proclaim his enthronement on Tuesday in a centuries-old ritual attended by dignitaries from more than 180 countries. Naruhito, 59, and his Harvard-educated wife Empress Masako, 55, took over in May in a brief, tradition-filled ceremony but Tuesday's "Sokui no Rei" is a more elaborate ritual in which he officially announces his change in status to the world. The celebratory mood for what has been proclaimed a national holiday has been tempered by Typhoon Hagibis, which tore through Japan 10 days ago.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 20:41:13 -0400
  • "Horror and shame" - U.S. senators, Kurdish leader call for Turkey sanctions

    U.S. lawmakers kept up their push on Monday to impose sanctions on Turkey if it does not end its offensive in northeastern Syria, and a leading Kurdish politician called on President Donald Trump to stop the "ethnic cleansing" of her people. Lawmakers said they were working to sign more co-sponsors of legislation to impose tough economic penalties on Turkey. Ilham Ahmed, a Kurdish political leader and president of the Syrian Democratic Council Executive Committee, joined the lawmakers.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 20:33:27 -0400
  • US diplomat in Ukraine text messages to testify to Congress

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    William Taylor has emerged as an unlikely central player in the events that are at the heart of the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump. The retired career civil servant was tapped to run the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine after the administration abruptly ousted the ambassador. "I think it's crazy to withhold security assistance for help with a political campaign," he wrote at one point in excerpts of text messages released by impeachment investigators in Congress.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 20:33:19 -0400
  • Union official: Fired Wisconsin school guard gets job back

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    A Wisconsin school district is rehiring a black security guard after he was fired last week for repeating a racial slur while telling a student not to use it, a union official said Monday. Doug Keillor, executive director of Madison Teachers Inc., said that the union was contacted by school officials Monday saying interim Superintendent Jane Belmore decided to rescind the firing of Marlon Anderson. Anderson said in a Facebook post Monday afternoon, "I'm back!!" He said he learned of his rehiring while at his new job Monday.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 20:30:19 -0400
  • UPDATE 4-SoftBank's WeWork takeover would lead to Adam Neumann's exit -sources

    SoftBank Group offered nearly $10 billion on Monday to WeWork and its shareholders under a takeover plan that would keep the U.S. office-space sharing start-up afloat and lead to the exit of its Chairman Adam Neumann, sources said. WeWork could run out of cash as early as next month without new financing, sources have said, after the company pulled plans in September for an initial public offering (IPO). It abandoned the IPO when investors questioned its large losses, the sustainability of its business model and the way WeWork was being run by co-founder Neumann, who gave up his CEO title last month and now serves as board chairman.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 20:21:24 -0400
  • Justice Kagan: High court must avoid partisan perceptions

    Associate Justice Elena Kagan said Monday that it "behooves" the U.S. Supreme Court to realize in these polarized times that there's a danger of the public seeing it as just a political institution — and to strive to counter that perception. Speaking at the University of Minnesota, Kagan said the high court's legitimacy depends on public trust and confidence since nobody elected the justices. Kagan acknowledged that the justices can be "pretty divided" on how to interpret the Constitution.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 20:20:34 -0400
  • FOREX-Dollar underpinned by trade optimism; loonie lifts as Canada votes

    Signs that the U.S. and China were making progress in efforts to resolve their trade dispute supported both the dollar and trade-exposed Asian currencies on Tuesday, while the Canadian dollar rose as voters went to the polls in a closely-fought election. U.S. President Donald Trump said in Washington that work toward ending the U.S.-China dispute was going well, while White House adviser Larry Kudlow said tariffs scheduled for December could be withdrawn if progress is made.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 20:15:38 -0400
  • Prosecutors want teens charged as adults in fatal attack at Maryland fair

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    Two teenage brothers from Maryland could be charged as adults after fatally punching a man in what investigators are calling a random and unprovoked attack, prosecutors said. The suspects, ages 15 and 16, were charged in juvenile court for allegedly attacking a 59-year-old man at the Great Frederick Fair in Frederick, Maryland, last month, but prosecutors on Monday requested that their cases be moved to adult court, according to the Frederick County State's Attorney's Office.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 19:57:00 -0400
  • Reuters US Domestic News Summary

    Facebook announced new steps to combat misinformation and voter suppression on Monday ahead of the November 2020 U.S. presidential election, on the same day it disclosed the removal of a network of Russian accounts targeting U.S. voters on Instagram. Facebook said it would increase transparency through measures such as showing more information about the confirmed owner of a Facebook page and more prominently labeling content that independent fact-checkers have marked as false. A wildfire raced up a steep hillside to threaten scores of homes in the Los Angeles coastal enclave of Pacific Palisades on Monday, prompting evacuations as water-dropping helicopters and firefighters swarmed the area to battle the flames.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 19:52:24 -0400
  • Reuters World News Summary

    Hong Kong riot police fired tear gas late on Monday to disperse pro-democracy demonstrators gathered to commemorate the three-month anniversary of an assault by more than 100 men on protesters, commuters and journalists. Prime Minister Boris Johnson appealed to lawmakers on Monday to approve his Brexit bill this week, saying neither he, the European Union or the public wanted any more delays to Britain's departure from the bloc. Canadians were voting on Monday to determine whether Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who swept into office four years ago as a charismatic figure promising "sunny ways," will remain in power after two major scandals.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 19:52:23 -0400
  • Grand jury declines to indict monsignor in consent case

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    A Texas grand jury has declined to indict the onetime deputy to Cardinal Daniel DiNardo on charges he sexually assaulted a married woman in a case that raised questions about consent in the #MeToo era. The Harris County District Attorney's Office had presented the case against Monsignor Frank Rossi on Monday, more than a year after Laura Pontikes filed a criminal complaint with Houston police. "A grand jury was presented all the evidence and determined that no criminal charges are warranted," said Dane Schiller, spokesman for the Harris County District Attorney's Office.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 19:35:36 -0400
  • The Latest: South African pleads not guilty in Alaska death

    A man has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and other charges stemming from the death of a second homeless Alaska Native woman. Brian Steven Smith entered his pleas through a public defender Monday in the death of Veronica Abouchuk. Detectives recognized the man's accent on the tape, which led them to arrest Smith, who is originally from South Africa.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 19:31:12 -0400
  • The Latest: Union official: Fired guard getting job back

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    A union official says a black security guard is getting his job back at a Wisconsin school after he was fired for repeating a racial slur while telling a student not to use it. Doug Keillor, executive director of Madison Teachers Inc., said Monday that the union was contacted by school officials saying interim Superintendent Jane Belmore decided to rescind last week's firing of Marlon Anderson. Keillor says Anderson will be on paid leave as he works with the district on a transition plan back to the school.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 19:21:49 -0400
  • Mom accused of killing daughter who fulfilled 'bucket list'

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    In a grand jury indictment revealed Monday, Kelly Renee Turner, 41, also known as Kelly Gant, was charged with 13 criminal counts that included child abuse, theft and charitable fraud in the death of Olivia Gant in 2017. The indictment alleges Turner caused Olivia Gant's 2017 death, not the multiple illnesses that the mother claimed the girl had and that prompted publicized ride-alongs with police and fire crews. Olivia's actual cause of death was not immediately clear.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 19:21:02 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Oil collected from Brazil's northeastern coast rises to 600 tonnes

    RIO DE JANEIRO/SAO PAULO, Oct 21 (Reuters) - Brazil has collected more 600 tonnes of oil from its northeastern beaches since Sept. 12, the government said on Monday, more than double an estimate of oil and sand collected by state-run oil company Petrobras. Oil has been washing up on the shores of northeastern Brazil for two months, but its origin has remained a mystery so far. Earlier on Monday, Petrobras said it had collected 280 tonnes of oil and sand from the beaches.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 19:16:38 -0400
  • U.S. House defeats Republican bid to censure Schiff in impeachment probe

    Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives on Monday blocked a Republican effort to censure House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff over statements he has made related to an impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump. Republicans accused Schiff of misleading the public by, among other things, saying he did not know the identity of a whistleblower who reported that Trump pressured Ukraine's newly elected president to investigate a U.S. political rival, Democrat Joe Biden who is running for president. Since 1832, 23 House members have been censured, which requires them to stand before their fellow legislators while the House speaker or presiding officer reads aloud the censure resolution as a form of public rebuke.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 19:14:48 -0400
  • South Africa's Eskom takes Deloitte to court alleging improper contracts

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    South Africa's cash-strapped state power firm Eskom said on Monday it had filed court papers in a bid to recover 207 million rand ($14 million) in connection with contracts it alleged were improperly awarded to Deloitte Consulting in 2016. Deloitte was not immediately available for comment. Eskom, drowning in debt of over 450 billion rand and reliant on government bailouts to keep the lights on, is at the center of a judicial inquiry into corruption at state entities, in addition to several other probes into mismanagement at the company.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 19:04:19 -0400
  • Nigerian anti-graft office charges two Britons in connection with failed gas deal

    Nigeria's anti-fraud office on Monday charged two Britons in the capital, Abuja, for alleged money laundering in connection with an ill-fated gas deal that has left the government facing a disputed bill of more than $9 billion. James Richard Nolan and Adam Quinn pleaded not guilty in an Abuja court to 16 counts of money laundering put forward by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 19:02:38 -0400
  • First polls close in Canadian election that experts say is too close to call

    The first polls in what looks to be a tightly contested Canadian election closed at 7 p.m. EDT (2300 GMT) on Monday in Newfoundland and Labrador, according to a schedule issued by Elections Canada. The Liberals of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who are seeking re-election, won all seven in the 2015 election that brought the party to power. The last to close are those in the Pacific province of British Columbia, which will shut at 10 p.m. EDT (0200 GMT Tuesday).

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 19:01:39 -0400
  • Study finds US public land workers facing assaults, threats

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    Federal employees overseeing U.S. public lands were assaulted or threatened at least 360 times over a five-year period marked by heightened tensions with anti-government groups and dwindling ranks of law enforcement officers, a congressional watchdog agency said Monday. The Government Accountability Office in a new report highlights anti-government tensions that at times have boiled over, including a six-week armed occupation of a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon in 2016 and other standoffs with armed protesters in Montana and Nevada. The clashes have been rooted in a deep distrust of government on the part of the protesters, who view the federal bureaucracy as unlawfully impeding people from using public land for grazing, mining and other economic purposes.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 19:01:25 -0400
  • Energy aid neglects 'health emergency' fuelled by dirty cooking

    Governments, development banks and businesses are providing less than 1% of the money needed each year to wean 3 billion people off dirty, health-harming cooking by an international deadline of 2030, new data on energy access showed on Tuesday. In 2017, the latest figures available, funding commitments for clean cooking in 20 countries in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia with the largest needs plummeted by 73%, to $32 million, from the average in the previous two years, found a report tracking finance towards global goals on energy. An annual investment of $4.4 billion is required to move to modern cooking methods the nearly 40% of the world's people who still use traditional fuels such as wood, charcoal, dung or kerosene, often in smoky indoor environments, researchers said.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 19:01:00 -0400
  • Nobel laurate Jody Williams campaigns against killer robots

    Nobel Peace laureate Jody Williams is helping lead a campaign for a new international treaty to ban killer weapons that can select targets and fire without decision-making by a human being. Williams, who shared the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize for her key role in the successful campaign for a treaty banning land mines, came to New York with members of the killer robot campaign to meet with diplomats from the U.N. General Assembly's disarmament committee. "A machine is not a moral anything," Williams said.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 18:49:07 -0400
  • Billie Lourd pays tribute to her late mom Carrie Fisher on her birthday

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    Carrie Fisher's daughter, Billie Lourd, is keeping her late mother's spirit alive on the actress' birthday. Lourd shared a video on Instagram Monday, in which she sings Tom Petty's "American Girl," saying the song was her mother's favorite. Fisher, who died of cardiac arrest on December 2016, would have been 63 today.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 18:44:53 -0400
  • General: Georgia soldiers died when vehicle fell from bridge

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    Soldiers were training in darkness when their armored vehicle fell from a bridge and landed upside down in water below, killing three of those inside and injuring three others, the commanding general of Fort Stewart said Monday. Maj. Gen. Antonio Aguto struggled to hold back tears at a news conference as he read the names of the soldiers who died Sunday during a training exercise hours before dawn.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 18:35:32 -0400
  • 4 women testify on Indiana attorney general groping claims

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    Attorney General Curtis Hill looked on as Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon and three other women described what they called unwelcomed and inappropriate touching of their backs or buttocks and sexual comments during a party celebrating the end of the 2018 legislative session. Hill disputes the claims from Reardon and three legislative staffers, and his lawyers questioned whether his actions were misinterpreted. Reardon, a Democrat from Munster, testified that she encountered Hill soon after she arrived at the party about 1 a.m. and that he leaned in close to as if to hear her even though she wasn't saying anything to him.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 18:28:44 -0400
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