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EPA blocks some media from Pruitt water contaminants summit



EPA blocks some media from Pruitt water contaminants summit

The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday blocked The Associated Press and at least two other news organizations from attending a national summit on harmful water contaminants.

The meeting, convened in Washington by EPA chief Scott Pruitt, was open to invited media only, EPA spokesman Jahan Wilcox said. Wilcox said there was no room at the event for an AP reporter.
Some other news outlets were allowed to cover the meeting, and a portion of it was livestreamed.

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PERRY HALL, Md. | Records: Teen suspect said he ‘drove at’ Maryland officer



PERRY HALL, Md. | Records: Teen suspect said he ‘drove at’ Maryland officer

PERRY HALL, Md. (AP) — A 16-year-old boy who’s charged in the death of a Maryland police officer told detectives he had been in the driver’s seat of a vehicle while others were burglarizing a home and that he drove at her, according to a police document.

Baltimore County police officer Amy Caprio was killed Monday afternoon while investigating a call about a suspicious vehicle, authorities said. Police have not confirmed how Caprio was fatally injured in a suburban neighborhood, but witnesses reported hearing a pop before seeing a Jeep run her over.

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GREEN BAY, Wis | Favre says he went to rehab 3 times to fight addictions



GREEN BAY, Wis | Favre says he went to rehab 3 times to fight addictions

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Retired quarterback Brett Favre says he made three trips to rehabilitation centers during his Hall of Fame career to fight his dependence on painkillers and alcohol.

Favre told Sports Illustrated he took as many as 14 Vicodin at one time during the 1995 season in Green Bay. Favre won the first of his three consecutive Most Valuable Player awards that season.

“It is really amazing, as I think back, how well I played that year,” Favre said.

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WASHINGTON | The Latest: House speaker calls for GOP unity on immigration



WASHINGTON | The Latest: House speaker calls for GOP unity on immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the dispute over immigration in the Housel (all times local):
12:05 p.m.

House Republicans leaving a private meeting say a frustrated Speaker Paul Ryan wants them to band together and act more like a majority party.

Nevada GOP Rep. Mark Amodei says Ryan expressed exasperation about divisions over immigration. That dispute led to last week’s embarrassing House rejection of the GOP’s farm bill.

Amodei says Ryan “used the word ‘crap’ once.

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NEW YORK | A farewell to the road for Paul Simon



NEW YORK | A farewell to the road for Paul Simon

NEW YORK (AP) — Farewell tours don’t always mean farewell, but are a ripe time for appreciation and appraisal. Paul Simon’s concerts and a new biography offer the opportunity for both.

Simon’s “Homeward Bound” tour began last week in Vancouver and takes him across North America, to Europe and an eventual conclusion with three dates back home in New York City.

Simon, who’s 76, isn’t retiring. He has an album due out this fall and promises he’ll still occasionally appear on stage.

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ROVERETO, Italy | Yates maintains Giro lead, Dennis wins 16th stage time trial



ROVERETO, Italy | Yates maintains Giro lead, Dennis wins 16th stage time trial

ROVERETO, Italy (AP) — Simon Yates is still in control of the Giro d’Italia after the British rider limited his losses to closest rival Tom Dumoulin in the individual time trial on Tuesday.

Dumoulin was more than two minutes behind Yates heading into the 16th stage and, as a time trial specialist, it was thought to be his best chance of taking the pink jersey from the Mitchelton-Scott cyclist.
However, Yates still leads Dumoulin by 56 seconds heading into the final five stages.

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Self-Directed IRA Firm American IRA to Attend ALFIE Educational Seminar



Self-Directed IRA Firm American IRA to Attend ALFIE Educational Seminar

ASHEVILLE, N.C./ MAY 22, 2018 (STLRealEstate.News) — The ALFIE Educational Seminar, an event to be held on May 22nd, 2018 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at The Wedge Foundation in Asheville, NC, can expect a few more guests from American IRA. The Self-Directed IRA administration firm—located in the same city—is sending some of its team to attend the event and share in the knowledge of how money invested in small businesses can work within a community—and within a retirement account.

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Missouri News: Grand Opening Planned for Fishing at Cape County Park North Lake



Missouri News: Grand Opening Planned for Fishing at Cape County Park North Lake

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO – Grab your fishing license and a pole and go fishing Friday, June 1, from 9 a.m. to noon, at Cape County Park North.  Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and Cape Girardeau County entered into a Community Assistance Program (CAP) agreement earlier this year, and fisheries biologists say the lake on the north side of the park is ready to fish.

“Fishing at the lake is improved from stocking and the addition of habitat structures,” said Jason Crites, MDC fisheries management biologist. 

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SEATTLE | ACLU: Amazon shouldn’t sell face-recognition tech to police



SEATTLE | ACLU: Amazon shouldn’t sell face-recognition tech to police

SEATTLE (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union and other privacy activists are asking Amazon to stop marketing a powerful facial recognition tool to police, saying law enforcement agencies could use the technology to “easily build a system to automate the identification and tracking of anyone.”

The tool, called Rekognition, is already being used by at least one agency — the Washington County Sheriff’s Office in Oregon — to check photographs of unidentified suspects against a database of mug shots from the county jail, which is a common use of such technology around the country.

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RE/MAX Collaborates with Henry Ford College to Build “Tiny Home for Tiny Tots”



RE/MAX Collaborates with Henry Ford College to Build “Tiny Home for Tiny Tots”

DENVER/ May 22, 2018 (STLRealEstate.News) — RE/MAX, LLC, (NYSE: RMAX) the Denver-based global real estate franchisor, is building a tiny home with the help of Dearborn, Michigan-based Henry Ford College (HFC) to raise money for longtime RE/MAX charitable partner Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN Hospitals). RE/MAX agents have helped millions of kids and families through CMN contributions over the past 25 years.

RE/MAX enlisted the Architecture/Construction Technology program at Henry Ford College late last year to design and build the “RE/MAX Tiny Home for Tiny Tots,” which is almost finished.

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PORTLAND, Maine | For Robert Indiana, ‘LOVE’ was a complicated relationship



PORTLAND, Maine | For Robert Indiana, ‘LOVE’ was a complicated relationship

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Pop artist Robert Indiana, best known for his 1960s “LOVE” series, died at his secluded island home off the Maine coast having never found the type of lasting love that was celebrated by thousands through his iconic work.

The artist’s endearing image of LOVE is instantly recognizable around the world. Couples have their photo taken at the LOVE sculpture in Philadelphia, and the iconic image was used on postage stamps.

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Ask Brianna: I’m 18. Should I worry about my credit yet?



Ask Brianna: I’m 18. Should I worry about my credit yet?

May 22, 2018 (AP)(STLRealEstate.News) –“Ask Brianna” is a column from NerdWallet for 20-somethings or anyone else starting out. I’m here to help you manage your money, find a job and pay off student loans — all the real-world stuff no one taught us how to do in college. Send your questions about postgrad life to askbrianna@nerdwallet.com .

Good credit opens up a world you may not have known existed, like Platform 9 3/4 did for Harry Potter.

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New York News: Acting A.G. Underwood Announces Guilty Pleas And Sentencing Of Westbury Food Processing Plant Owners For Stealing Over $120K From Workers



New York News: Acting A.G. Underwood Announces Guilty Pleas And Sentencing Of Westbury Food Processing Plant Owners For Stealing Over $120K From Workers

WESTBURY, NY – Acting New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood today announced the guilty pleas and sentences of Nassau County business owners Roy S. Tuccillo Sr. and Roy Tuccillo Jr. for repeatedly failing to pay workers at their food-processing plant their required overtime and minimum wages from 2013 until 2017, ultimately stealing $120,555 from 10 workers and falsifying payroll records to conceal the wage theft.

“Workers are entitled to a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work,” said Acting Attorney General Underwood. 

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COLUMBUS, Ohio | Ohio State president seeks info about alleged misconduct



COLUMBUS, Ohio | Ohio State president seeks info about alleged misconduct

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The president of Ohio State University has asked alumni for help with an investigation into reports of alleged sexual misconduct by a former university doctor.

At issue are allegations against Richard Strauss, who died in 2005. To date, the university has received confidential reports alleging sexual misconduct from male athletes in eight sports.

President Michael Drake sent an email Monday to 112,613 alumni who attended the university from the mid-1970s to the mid-1990s, when the alleged misconduct occurred.

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WASHINGTON | The Latest: Pence says US has made no concessions to NKorea



WASHINGTON | The Latest: Pence says US has made no concessions to NKorea

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump’s planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (all times local):
10:45 a.m.

Vice President Mike Pence says no concessions have been given or offered to North Korea in the run-up to a June summit between the U.S. and Kim Jong Un.

Pence tells Fox News Radio on Tuesday that the U.S. remains open to the summit between President Donald Trump and Kim.

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Missouri News: Secretary of State Ashcroft Applauds Legislature’s Passage of Office’s Priorities



Missouri News: Secretary of State Ashcroft Applauds Legislature’s Passage of Office’s Priorities

Jefferson City, MO — Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft worked with the legislature this session to revise Missouri’s outdated election laws and expand the office’s Safe at Home address confidentiality program.

Today Ashcroft said, “Every statewide office holder has a duty to lead the charge for good government, and to advocate for policy changes that will better serve Missourians.  We’re appreciative the legislature acted on so many of our proposals, and I thank our staff for their hard work during the legislative session.

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Many cancer patients juggle care along with financial pain



Many cancer patients juggle care along with financial pain

Cancer patients often start two battles after diagnosis: They have to fight their disease and avoid financial ruin.

Hospitals and patient advocates around the U.S. are rushing to offer more help for the latter as treatment costs soar and insurance coverage shrinks. They say patients who get overwhelmed by bills often delay treatment or cut back on prescriptions, which hurts their care.

Cancer has long been expensive to treat, but several factors are making the financial sting more intense.

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JLL continues its climb up Fortune 500



JLL continues its climb up Fortune 500

CHICAGO/ May 22, 2018 (STLRealEstate.News) — JLL (NYSE: JLL) announced today that it rose 35 spots to 356 on the prestigious Fortune 500 list, which ranks the 500 largest companies based in the United States by total revenue for their respective fiscal years. The move places JLL among the companies that made the biggest moves up. JLL’s annual total revenue reached a record high of $7.9 billion in 2017 (or $14.5 billion recast to reflect the adoption of ASC 606*, unaudited, which took place after the list was compiled).

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THE HAGUE, Netherlands | Palestinians want international court to investigate Israel



THE HAGUE, Netherlands | Palestinians want international court to investigate Israel

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Calling it a “historic step” toward justice, the Palestinian foreign minister asked the International Criminal Court on Tuesday to open an “immediate investigation” into alleged Israeli crimes committed against the Palestinian people.

The development was sure to worsen the already troubled relations between the internationally backed Palestinian Authority and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government. Peace talks have been frozen for over four years, and contacts between the two sides are minimal.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio | Ohio State president seeks info about alleged misconduct



COLUMBUS, Ohio | Ohio State president seeks info about alleged misconduct

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The president of Ohio State University has asked alumni for help involving reports of alleged sexual misconduct by a former university doctor.

At issue are allegations against Richard Strauss, who died in 2005. The university says it has received reports about alleged misconduct by male student-athletes in eight sports.

President Michael Drake on Monday sent an email request to alumni who attended Ohio State from the mid-1970s to the mid-1990s, asking they bring forward any information they have related to the allegations.

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Top 10 Celebrity Real Estate News – Christie Brinkley’s Hamptons Home



Top 10 Celebrity Real Estate News – Christie Brinkley’s Hamptons Home

POMPANO BEACH, FLORIDA/ MAY 22, 2018 (STLRealEstate.News) — “Christie Brinkley’s Tower Home”

America’s most popular supermodel, Christie Brinkley, has put her longtime Hamptons estate on the market asking $29.5 million. The 20-acre estate in Bridgehampton, called Tower Hill, is now far too large for empty nester Brinkley and though it was perfect for raising her daughters, it is no longer practical for a single woman with three children who are now young adults.

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WASHINGTON | Pruitt: Dealing with water contaminant a ‘national priority’



WASHINGTON | Pruitt: Dealing with water contaminant a ‘national priority’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt says dealing with a widespread contaminant in drinking water is a “national priority.”

Pruitt spoke Tuesday as he opened a hearing on the contaminants, known as perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl. The chemicals were used in items like nonstick coating and firefighting foam and have contaminated some water systems nationwide. The compounds are linked to developmental defects and other health problems.

Pruitt has faced criticism in recent weeks over emails showing the EPA sought to intervene in a critical study on the contaminants.

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Experts Predict Next Recession Will Begin in 2020



Experts Predict Next Recession Will Begin in 2020

SEATTLE/May 22, 2018 (STLRealEstate.News) — The United States will likely enter the next recession in 2020, according to the 2018 Q2 Zillow® Home Price Expectations Surveyi.

The quarterly survey, sponsored by Zillow and conducted by Pulsenomics LLC, asked more than 100 real estate experts and economists about their predictions for the housing market, including when the next recession would begin and what could trigger it.

Overall, nearly half of all the experts surveyed expect the next recession to begin sometime in 2020, with Q1 being the most commonly selected quarter.

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BUCHAREST, Romania | Ford to invest in Romanian plant to ramp up production



BUCHAREST, Romania | Ford to invest in Romanian plant to ramp up production

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Ford says it plans to invest some 200 million euros ($236 million) and create 1,500 new jobs to build a second vehicle at its plant in Romania.

The automaker did not unveil the model when it made the announcement Tuesday about the new model, which will be manufactured at the Craiova assembly plant starting in 2019.

Ford currently produces the EcoSport, a small SUV, at its factory in southern Romania as well as a 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine.

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates | Arrested Saudi activists held incommunicado since last week



DUBAI, United Arab Emirates | Arrested Saudi activists held incommunicado since last week

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia is holding and interrogating at least 10 women’s rights activists — seven women and three men — without any access to lawyers, according to people familiar with the arrests. The detentions are seen as a culmination of a steady crackdown on perceived critics of the government.

People familiar with the arrests say the activists were allowed just one phone call to worried relatives a week ago, and that one of the women has been held entirely incommunicado.

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New York News; Acting A.G. Underwood Announces Arrest And Indictment Of Licensed Nurse For Allegedly Stealing Over $550,000 From Brooklyn Hospital And Defrauding Medicaid



New York News; Acting A.G. Underwood Announces Arrest And Indictment Of Licensed Nurse For Allegedly Stealing Over $550,000 From Brooklyn Hospital And Defrauding Medicaid

Keisha Demas Allegedly Used No-Show Job to Collect Over $550,000 from Interfaith Medical Center, Fraudulently Obtained Over $30,000 in Medicaid Benefits, Underpaid NY Taxes by $40,000
If Convicted, Keisha Demas Faces a Maximum of 5 To 15 Years In Prison

BROOKLYN, htt – Acting Attorney General Barbara D. Underwood today announced felony charges against Keisha Demas, 41, of Brooklyn, NY, for allegedly defrauding Medicaid and stealing over $550,000 from Interfaith Medical Center (“Interfaith”), a Brooklyn not-for-profit community-based hospital that recently came out of bankruptcy. 

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NEW YORK | Norman Rockwell ‘Four Freedoms’ exhibit opens this weekend



NEW YORK | Norman Rockwell ‘Four Freedoms’ exhibit opens this weekend

NEW YORK (AP) — An exhibit featuring Norman Rockwell’s iconic “Four Freedoms” paintings is opening this weekend.

The New-York Historical Society announced Tuesday that “Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms” will run from May 25 to Sept. 2. It will then tour everywhere from Houston to Normandy, France, by the fall of 2020.

Rockwell’s 1943 illustrations, which are among the most famous in American history, were a response to President Franklin Roosevelt’s “Four Freedoms” speech from two years earlier.

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Equifax Survey Highlights Biggest Pain Points for Property Managers in Today’s Rental Marketplace



Equifax Survey Highlights Biggest Pain Points for Property Managers in Today’s Rental Marketplace

ATLANTA/ May 22, 2018 (STLRealEstate.News) — Today’s property management processes are often burdened with many common issues and inefficiencies, and nearly 95 percent of landlords and property managers are experiencing pain points in their standard practices, according to a recent survey by Equifax (NYSE: EFX).

Conducted by MMR Research Associates, Inc. earlier this year on behalf of Equifax, the survey represents feedback from nearly 200 nationally-based landlords and property managers of varying sizes.

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SetSchedule Debuts SetValue™ App to Help Estimate Home Value



SetSchedule Debuts SetValue™ App to Help Estimate Home Value

IRVINE, Calif./ May 22, 2018 (STLRealEstate.News) — SetSchedule, a leading real estate data analytics company, today announced the launch of SetValue™, an innovative and powerful new tool that is the first of its kind to combine data analytics and artificial intelligence and deliver accurate property valuation and real time connection with qualified real estate professionals.

SetValue is the artificial intelligence-powered data arm of SetSchedule, now available to the public via a free, easy-to-use, brand-agnostic application (desktop and mobile.) Unlike other property estimators, SetValue compiles estimated values from at least six sources, also factoring in ancillary data such as school districts, tax records, crime rates and neighborhood characteristics.

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WICHITA, Kan.  | Kansas judge weighs evidence in deadly hoax call case



WICHITA, Kan.  | Kansas judge weighs evidence in deadly hoax call case

WICHITA, Kan.  — A California man accused of making a hoax call that led to police shooting an unarmed man in Kansas is returning to court, where a judge is set to decide if there is enough evidence to put him on trial for involuntary manslaughter and other charges.

Tyler Barriss, 25, is accused of calling police from Los Angeles on Dec. 28 to report a shooting and kidnapping at a Wichita home.

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NEW YORK  | For the first time in 226 years, woman to lead the NYSE



NEW YORK  | For the first time in 226 years, woman to lead the NYSE

NEW YORK — The New York Stock Exchange for the first time in its 226-year history will be led by a woman.

Stacey Cunningham, who started her career as a floor clerk on the NYSE trading floor, will become the 67th president of the Big Board.

That means that two of the world’s most well-known exchanges will be led by women. Adena Friedman became CEO of Nasdaq in early 2017

Cunningham, who is the chief operating officer for the NYSE Group, becomes president Friday, according to International Exchange, they NYSE’s parent company.

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MBANDAKA, Congo  | Congo announces 6 new confirmed cases of Ebola virus



MBANDAKA, Congo  | Congo announces 6 new confirmed cases of Ebola virus

MBANDAKA, Congo — Congo’s health ministry has announced six new confirmed cases of the Ebola virus and two new suspected cases while a vaccination effort enters its second day.

A dozen health workers in the northwestern provincial capital of Mbandaka have received vaccinations as the impoverished nation tries to contain the deadly virus in the city of more than 1 million.

The health ministry says there are now 28 confirmed Ebola cases, 21 probable ones and two suspected.

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PERRY HALL, Md.  | Teen arrested after slaying of Maryland police officer



PERRY HALL, Md.  | Teen arrested after slaying of Maryland police officer

PERRY HALL, Md.  — A 16-year-old boy has been arrested after the slaying of a Baltimore County, Maryland, police officer, and three other suspects are still being sought, police said Tuesday on Twitter.

The Baltimore County Police and Fire Department said tweeted that the teen was arrested shortly after the female officer was fatally injured Monday. The police tweet did not explain the delay in announcing the teen’s apprehension. The teen’s name was not immediately released.

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BRUSSELS | EU lawmakers to press Zuckerberg over data privacy



BRUSSELS | EU lawmakers to press Zuckerberg over data privacy

BRUSSELS  — European Union lawmakers plan to press Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday about data protection standards at the internet giant at a hearing focused on a scandal over the alleged misuse of the personal information of millions of people.

Zuckerberg’s testimony to key officials of the European Parliament, to be broadcast live from Brussels Tuesday, comes at a difficult time for Facebook. In March it was alleged that political consultancy Cambridge Analytica used the data of Facebook users to target ads during political campaigns, including the one that brought Donald Trump to the presidency.

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NEW YORK  | Reese Witherspoon launching audiobook project



NEW YORK  | Reese Witherspoon launching audiobook project

NEW YORK  — Reese Witherspoon is launching another literary project.

The Oscar-winning actress is collaborating with the audio producer-distributor Audible on audio editions of works highlighted in her Hello Sunshine book club. Witherspoon has recommended Curtis Sittenfeld’s story collection “You Think It, I’ll Say It” and other works by women. The project with Audible, owned by Amazon.com, will also include original audio productions.

In a statement Tuesday, Witherspoon said she wanted to “expand our book club experience” and also looked forward to working with women narrators.

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BEIRUT  | Syrian army, police celebrate recapturing all of Damascus



BEIRUT  | Syrian army, police celebrate recapturing all of Damascus

BEIRUT — Syrian government forces raised their flag over the Yarmouk Palestinian camp in Damascus on Tuesday as state media promoted what it said was the “liberation” of the last quarters of the capital from rebels and Islamic State group militants.

Police motorcycles flying the flag roared into what was left of the neighborhood in a show for state media, and a detachment of soldiers raised the government’s standard from the roof of what is now a shell of a building.

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GENEVA  | WORLD CUP: Dads Ronaldo and Messi still seek World Cup title



GENEVA  | WORLD CUP: Dads Ronaldo and Messi still seek World Cup title

GENEVA  — Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have put up impressive numbers — in life and on the field — going into a fourth World Cup.

So much has happened for football’s standout stars since the 2014 tournament, when both left Brazil still lacking the game’s most coveted prize.

Yes, each has scored at least 200 more goals, won at least one more Champions League title and taken home at least one more Ballon d’Or trophy since that last World Cup.

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Ryan Van Wagenen Discusses How Cryptocurrency Will Play into Digital Currency Going Forward



Ryan Van Wagenen Discusses How Cryptocurrency Will Play into Digital Currency Going Forward

Ryan Van Wagenen has been with Global Private Equity for nearly a decade and is no stranger to the cryptocurrency movement.  Since being promoted to Director within GPE in 2011, Van Wagenen has been covering the firm’s technology coverage and has seen a lot of growth in the sector.  The question one must ask about crypto is what role it will play in digital currency going forward.

The crypto market that trades diverse virtual coins can look scary, exciting, as well as mysterious most especially to the casual observer. 

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BEIJING  | Stocks mixed amid US-China trade talks, Italian politics



BEIJING  | Stocks mixed amid US-China trade talks, Italian politics

BEIJING — Global stock markets were mixed Tuesday as investors watched developments in the U.S.-China trade relations and Italy’s move toward forming a euroskeptic government.

KEEPING SCORE: London’s FTSE 100 was up 0.2 percent to 7,870 and Germany’s DAX added 0.1 percent to 13,092. France’s CAC 40 was roughly flat at 5,635 and Italy’s FTSE MIB was up 0.4 percent at 23, 179. On Wall Street, futures for the Dow Jones industrial average and the Standard & Poor’s 500 both advanced 0.2 percent.

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BEIJING  | China sentences Tibetan activist to 5 years for separatism



BEIJING  | China sentences Tibetan activist to 5 years for separatism

BEIJING  — A Chinese judge sentenced a Tibetan shopkeeper to five years in prison on Tuesday for inciting separatism, based on his comments in a New York Times documentary in which the man talked about the erosion of his culture and language in the tightly secured region.

Tashi Wangchuk’s lawyer Liang Xiaojun told The Associated Press that his client said earlier that he planned to appeal the sentence handed down by a judge in the western city of Yushu in Qinghai province.

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Pennsylvania News; Statement of Attorney General Josh Shapiro on Sexual Abuse Investigation Within Catholic Church



Pennsylvania News; Statement of Attorney General Josh Shapiro on Sexual Abuse Investigation Within Catholic Church

HARRISBURG, PA – “Today, in a reversal of their position, the bishops and dioceses of Greensburg and Harrisburg agreed to make public the results of a grand jury investigation of widespread sexual abuse within the Catholic Church. I commend Bishop Malesic and Bishop Gainer for doing the right thing,” Attorney General Josh Shapiro said.

“Now all of the dioceses support the release of the investigation’s findings and results.”

“Victims of this sexual abuse deserve the right to tell their stories to the people of Pennsylvania.

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THE HAGUE, Netherlands  | The Latest: Israel urges ICC to reject Palestinian request



THE HAGUE, Netherlands  | The Latest: Israel urges ICC to reject Palestinian request

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — The Latest on the Palestinians’ complaint against Israel before the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands (all times local):

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Israel says it takes a “severe view” of the Palestinian request to the International Criminal Court for a probe into alleged Israeli crimes against the Palestinians and is urging ICC to reject what it called a “cynical step.”

A statement from the Israeli Foreign Ministry called Tuesday’s request “absurd,” accusing the Palestinians of incitement and exploiting civilians as “human shields.”

It also said the ICC lacks jurisdiction in the case because Israel is not a member of the court.

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THE HAGUE, Netherlands  | Palestinians ask ICC for ‘immediate’ probe against Israel



THE HAGUE, Netherlands  | Palestinians ask ICC for ‘immediate’ probe against Israel

THE HAGUE, Netherlands  — The Palestinian foreign minister asked the International Criminal Court on Tuesday to open an “immediate investigation” into alleged Israeli “crimes” committed against the Palestinian people.

The step was sure to worsen the already troubled relations between the internationally backed Palestinian Authority and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government. Peace talks have been frozen for over four years, and contacts between the two sides are minimal.

Speaking to reporters at the ICC in The Hague, Netherlands, Foreign Minister Riad Malki said he submitted the “referral” to the court during a meeting with the ICC’s chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda.

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U.S.-CHINA TALKS COOL TRADE TENSIONS, ALASKA DELEGATION SHOWCASES NEW OPPORTUNITIES



U.S.-CHINA TALKS COOL TRADE TENSIONS, ALASKA DELEGATION SHOWCASES NEW OPPORTUNITIES

U.S.-China talks cool trade tensions, Alaska delegation showcases new opportunities
Alaska trade mission arrives in China on day of agreement to increase U.S. imports

BEIJING – On the day Governor Bill Walker and dozens of Alaskan business leaders arrived in China for the Opportunity Alaska: China Trade Mission, leading officials from the United States and China announced they are taking measures to reduce trade tensions between the two nations.  Delegations from each country met last week in Washington, D.C., resulting in an agreement to increase Chinese imports of U.S.

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Missouri News: Heads Up – Downtown Branson, Missouri Sidewalk Repairs Scheduled for today, May 22nd



Missouri News: Heads Up – Downtown Branson, Missouri Sidewalk Repairs Scheduled for today, May 22nd

BRANSON, MO – Branson Public Works crews will be working on sidewalk repairs on Main Street in the downtown area in the early morning hours of Tuesday, May 22.

Crews will be working on the sidewalks between Veterans Blvd. and Branson Landing Blvd downtown to fix some areas where trees were taken out recently.  Crews will start work early in the morning, about 3:00 am, to minimize issues with pedestrians and traffic flow.

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ST LOUIS WEATHER CONDITIONS & FORECAST, MAY 22, 2018



ST LOUIS WEATHER CONDITIONS & FORECAST, MAY 22, 2018

St Louis Weather Conditions, Forecast & Air Quality Index readings published by STL.News

ST LOUIS, MO – St Louis weather conditions & forecast readings from the St. Louis Lambert International Airport at 4:51 a.m at Latitude: 38.75°N, Longitude: 90.37°W – Elevation 604 feet. Forecast is provided by the National Weather Service (N.W.S.).

Current Conditions

Sky: MOSTLY CLOUDY
Temperature: 67°F – 19°C
Humidity: 91%
Wind Speed: W 3 mph
Barometer: 30.00 in (1015.0 MB)
Dew-point: 64°F – 18°C
Visibility: 10 Miles
Heat Index: N/A°F – N/A°C
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Extended Weather Forecast for the St Louis, Missouri area beginning May 22, 2018

Today: Patchy fog before 8 am, mostly cloudy, becoming sunny – high near 85 with NW wind 3 to 6 mph.

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LONDON  | Ariana Grande sends love to fans on Manchester anniversary



LONDON  | Ariana Grande sends love to fans on Manchester anniversary

LONDON  — Ariana Grande shared a message of hope with fans Tuesday on the first anniversary of the bombing at Manchester Arena that killed 22 people.

The pop star told survivors and the families of victims that she was “thinking of you all today and every day.”

“I love you with all of me and am sending you all of the light and warmth I have to offer on this challenging day,” she wrote in a tweet that included a bee, the civic symbol of Manchester.

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Thousands of Patients’ HIV-Positive Status Revealed by CVS – Class Action Lawsuit Filed



Thousands of Patients’ HIV-Positive Status Revealed by CVS – Class Action Lawsuit Filed

COLUMBUS, Ohio- The law firms of Meyer Wilson, Lambert Law, and Kaplan Fox have filed a class action lawsuit in federal court in Columbus regarding CVS’ actions that resulted in revealing the HIV-positive status of approximately 6,000 people living in Ohio. In the summer of 2017, CVS sent a notice to these patients that disclosed the recipients’ name, along with the designation “PM 6402 HIV,” which clearly disclosed the persons’ HIV-positive status.

Maintaining medical privacy is a vital part of healthcare in the United States, and CVS’s actions compromised the personal information of an estimated 6,000 people living in Ohio, causing serious and permanent harm.

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NEW YORK | APNewsBreak: McDonald’s workers file sex harassment claims



NEW YORK | APNewsBreak: McDonald’s workers file sex harassment claims

NEW YORK— Energized by the #MeToo movement, two national advocacy groups are teaming up to lodge sexual harassment complaints against McDonald’s on behalf of 10 women who have worked at the fast food restaurant in nine cities.

The workers — one of them a 15-year-old from St. Louis — alleged groping, propositions for sex, indecent exposure and lewd comments by supervisors. According to their complaints, when the women reported the harassment, they were ignored or mocked, and in some cases suffered retaliation.

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BRUSSELS | Facebook chief to face EU questions over user data scandal



BRUSSELS  | Facebook chief to face EU questions over user data scandal

BRUSSELS — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faces senior European Union lawmakers later Tuesday to answer questions about a scandal over the alleged misuse of the data of millions of Facebook users.

In testimony to be broadcast live, Zuckerberg will be questioned by leaders of the European Parliament’s main party groups and committees.

Zuckerberg testified last month to the U.S. Congress, but had been noncommittal about appearing in Europe. He sent a senior official to speak to the British parliament and offered to do the same in Brussels, but the EU assembly insisted on hearing him in person.

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