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SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina | Bosnian police block 100 migrants from reaching Croatia



SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Bosnian border police on Monday stopped about 100 migrants from reaching the border with European Union member Croatia amid a rise in the influx of people heading through the Balkans toward Western Europe.

Police blocked the migrants near the Maljevac border crossing in northwestern Bosnia, which was briefly closed down. The group has moved toward Croatia from the nearby town of Velika Kladusa, where hundreds have been staying in makeshift camps while looking for ways to move on.

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MUSKEGON, Mich | Michigan man sentenced in gas station clerk’s slaying



MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — A 48-year-old man already serving life in prison for killing a jogger has been sentenced to another mandatory life term for the kidnapping and slaying of a 25-year-old western Michigan gas station clerk.

Jeffrey Willis shed tears and told a Muskegon County courtroom Monday that he is innocent and didn’t get a fair trial.

After Willis finished speaking, Prosecutor D.J. Hilson called him “probably one of the most dangerous men” he ever hoped to encounter.

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HARRISBURG, Pa | Rendell, ex-Pennsylvania governor, says he has Parkinson’s



HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell said Monday that he was diagnosed 3½ years ago with Parkinson’s disease, but said he believes that treatment has stopped the progression of the disease and he has maintained his quality of life.

The 74-year-old Rendell made the announcement at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia with officials and doctors from the University of Pennsylvania as part of a public service message to urge people who suspect they have symptoms to get diagnosed and get treatment early.

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The Naumann Law Firm, PC Recovers $2,975,000.00 for Construction Defects for San Diego Homeowners Association



SAN DIEGO/ June 18, 2018 (STLRealEstate.News) — The following is being issued by The Naumann Law Firm, PC.

The Naumann Law Firm announced today that attorneys, William Naumann Esq. and Loren Shiu Esq., recently recovered $2,975,000.00 in damages on behalf of a San Diego Homeowners Association in a construction defect lawsuit.

The firm filed a lawsuit in the San Diego County Superior Court on behalf of Plaintiff Homeowners Association (“Association”) against the developer.

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WHAT’S HAPPENING: Border policy fuels backlash against Trump



The forced separation of migrant children from their parents fueled a weekend of intense criticism of President Trump’s immigration policies. Both Democrats and some Republicans are now calling for an end to the practice at the U.S.-Mexico border. A look at the latest developments:

TRUMP DIGS IN
White House officials have tried to distance themselves from the policy, although the administration put it in place and could easily end it. The president dug in Monday , again falsely blaming Democrats for the escalating crisis.

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MOSCOW | The Latest: Mertens goal gives Belgium 1-0 lead over Panama



MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Monday at the World Cup (all times local):
7:06 p.m.

After struggling to find the net before halftime, Belgium needed only two minutes to open the scoring in the second half against newcomer Panama in Sochi. Dries Mertens scored with a well-struck one-timer from just inside the area after the Panamanian defense failed to clear a ball.

Mertens’ shot went over Panama goalkeeper Jaime Penedo and into the top far corner.

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LendingTree Reveals How Your Neighbors Are Utilizing Equity in Their Homes



CHARLOTTE, N.C./ June 18, 2018 (STLRealEstate.News) — LendingTree®, the nation’s leading online loan marketplace, today released its study on the top uses of home equity loans by city.

LendingTree assessed home equity loan requests since the start of 2018 to reveal the primary reasons borrowers are utilizing the funds and compared the data across cities to find regional biases in how home equity loans are used. The study also provides other metrics including loan size, LTV and the age of the borrowers.

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WASHINGTON | The Latest: Nielsen says no apology for separating families



WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and immigration (all times local):
11:31 a.m.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions says law enforcement officials do not want to separate parents from their children.

Sessions was speaking Monday in New Orleans at the National Sheriff’s Association conference. He says enforcing immigration laws that result in the separation of children from parents is necessary.

Sessions in April announced a zero-tolerance policy where anyone coming across the border will be prosecuted.

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WASHINGTON | Justices: No definitive ruling on partisan districts



WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is resolving partisan redistricting cases from Wisconsin and Maryland without ruling on the broader issue of whether electoral maps can give an unfair advantage to a political party.

The justices unanimously ruled against Wisconsin Democrats who challenged legislative districts that gave Republicans a huge edge in the state legislature. In a separate unsigned opinion, they also did not side with Maryland Republicans who objected to a single congressional district.

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WASHINGTON | Justice Department deputy wins Supreme Court case



WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has ruled for the Trump administration in a case about prison terms that was argued by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

The justices say by a 5-3 decision Monday that judges need not provide detailed explanations when modifying a prison sentence.

The case has limited consequences. The inmate whose appeal the high court decided argued for a term of nine years. Rosenstein pushed for the term the judge imposed, 9 ½ years.

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WASHINGTON | Trump digs in on immigration amid family separation crisis



WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing a rising tide of outrage from Democrats and some Republicans over the forced separation of migrant children and parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, President Donald Trump dug in Monday, again falsely blaming Democrats in the escalating political crisis.

Democrats have turned up the pressure over the policy, and some Republicans have joined the chorus of criticism. Former first lady Laura Bush has called the policy “cruel” and “immoral” while GOP Sen.

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla | White House aims to reduce satellite clutter in space



CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The White House is establishing a new policy for reducing satellite clutter in space.

President Donald Trump is expected to sign the new space policy directive Monday, as the National Space Council convenes.

The new policy calls for providing a safe and secure environment up in orbit, as satellite traffic increases. It also sets up new guidelines for satellite design and operation, to avoid collisions and spacecraft breakups.

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Builder optimism fades with potential trade war looming



NEW YORK/June 18, 2018 (AP)(STLRealEstate.News) — The threat of a trade war with Canada has taken a toll on the confidence of U.S. homebuilders, according to index released Monday.

The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released Monday fell two points to 68 in June. A reading of 70 in May temporarily snapped a four-month slide.

Any reading above 50 indicates more builders see sales conditions as good rather than poor.

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark | Peek at the future: Electric plane cruises skies over Norway



COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Norway’s transportation minister and the head of the Scandinavian country’s airport operator took off Monday for a short flight … aboard a Slovenian-made two-seater electric airplane.

Dag Falk-Petersen, head of Avinor, sat at the commands of the white Pipistrel Alpha Electro G2 while Ketil Solvik-Olsen sat in the passenger seat. They took off from a remote corner of Oslo Airport for a brief journey in the gray skies.

Norway aims to be 100 percent electric by 2040 for all short-haul flights.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo | Kate Spade’s funeral to be held in birthplace of Kansas City



KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A funeral will be held for fashion designer Kate Spade this week in Kansas City, where she was born.

The Kansas City Star reports that services for Spade are planned for 3 p.m. Thursday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Redemptorist Church. Her father, Frank Brosnahan, says it’s the same church where Spade’s grandparents wed.

Spade was found dead by suicide on June 5 in her New York City home.

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Celeb chef Samuelsson to open restaurant in Miami’s Overtown



OVERTOWN, Fla./ June 18, 2018 (AP)(STLRealEstate.News) — Chef Marcus Samuelsson has bought a former pool hall in Overtown, a historic black neighborhood in Miami, with plans to open a restaurant.

He hopes his project will contribute to a multimillion-dollar revitalization effort already under way.

Samuelsson, a James Beard winner and Food Network celebrity, was born in Ethiopia and raised in Sweden. His menus are known for cultural fusion, including hip versions of classic soul food.

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LONDON | UK backs ban on upskirting photos after lawmaker blocks it



LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Conservative government said Monday it would propose a ban on “upskirting” photos after an opposition attempt to outlaw the practice was derailed by a lone Conservative lawmaker.

Christopher Chope sparked outrage Friday when he single-handedly blocked a bill to ban covertly photographing under people’s clothes, even though the government had expressed support for it.

Because the legislation was introduced by a single lawmaker, rather than by the government, the objection of one parliamentarian was enough to stop it in its tracks.

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How Good is ‘Good’ Debt? Ameritech Financial Weighs in on Student Loans



ROHNERT PARK, Calif./ June 18, 2018 (STLRealEstate.News) — Every great financial planner (or at least the ones writing about their experiences) knows that being in debt is not ideal. However, everything comes at a cost and this is when people find themselves looking at the positives and negatives of debt as a whole. For millions of Americans, that debt includes student loans. Ameritech Financial, a document preparation company that assists student loan borrowers with applications for federal repayment plans, acknowledges how important it is to be able to go to college, own your own business, have real estate of your own and invest in opportunities, as well as how debt can get in the way of those goals.

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Japan team at World Cup troubled by earthquake, hotel alarm



SARANSK, Russia (AP) — Word of a deadly earthquake in Japan and an early-morning false alarm at a team hotel have given the country’s World Cup squad some unsettling moments.

Coach Akira Nishino, who built his professional reputation coaching Gamba Osaka, said he and a number of his players have acquaintances or loved ones affected by Monday’s quake, making for an unwelcome distraction on the eve of the team’s Group H opener against Colombia in Saransk.

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BRUSSELS | The Latest: Spain rescues migrants on rubber boats at sea



BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on the immigration debate in Europe (all times local):
4:35 p.m.

Spain’s maritime rescue service says it has brought to safety 152 migrants attempting to enter Europe by sea, while a boat with 54 more people is still missing.

The service said Monday that it found three inflatable rubber boats carrying a total of 102 migrants in the western Mediterranean Sea, while a rescue vessel transferred to Almeria 50 people which had docked on the tiny Spanish island of Alboran.

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RAMALLAH, West Bank | Abbas aide slams reported US plans to raise funds for Gaza



RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A Palestinian official has condemned reported U.S. plans to secure Gulf funding for major economic projects in blockaded, impoverished Gaza.

Nabil Abu Rdeneh, an aide to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, alleged Monday that such efforts aim to further separate the Gaza and the West Bank which flank Israel. Abbas runs parts of the West Bank and the Islamic militant Hamas controls Gaza.

Israel, citing security, has prevented most travel between the two territories sought for a Palestinian state.

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SAN FRANCISCO | Apple sets up iPhones to relay location for 911 calls



SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is trying to drag the U.S.’s antiquated system for handling 911 calls into the 21st century.

If it lives up to Apple’s promise, the iPhone’s next operating system will automatically deliver quicker and more reliable information pinpointing the location of 911 calls to about 6,300 emergency response centers in the U.S.

Apple is trying to solve a problem caused by the technological mismatch between a 50-year-old system built for landlines and today’s increasingly sophisticated smartphones.

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3 money tasks you shouldn’t tackle on your own



No one cares as much about your money as you do, but never asking for help can be dangerous — and expensive.

In a previous column , I detailed the hazards of trying to do your own estate plan and how problems often aren’t apparent until it’s too late to fix them. The following financial tasks also are more complex than they may seem, and the consequences for ignorance can be severe. Hiring expert help may ultimately save you a bundle.

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Inspirato Launches New Real Estate Brand



DENVER/ June 18, 2018 (STLRealEstate.News) — Leading luxury hospitality company Inspirato today announced the launch of Inspirato Real Estate, the world’s first complete solution for buyers seeking all of the benefits of luxury vacation homeownership, with none of the headaches.

As part of Inspirato’s strategy to add new properties to the Inspirato Collection more quickly than ever before, Inspirato Real Estate works with a curated list of licensed real estate professionals to match buyers with pre-vetted properties that meet its rigorous brand standards.

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NEW YORK | Builder optimism fades in June



NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. homebuilders lowered their confidence for sales prospects as lumber prices rise amid the threat of potentially costly tariffs.

The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released Monday fell two points to 68 in June.

That’s down from a reading of 70 in May that snapped a four-month slide in builder confidence.

Any reading above 50 indicates more builders see sales conditions as good rather than poor.

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ALABAMA | Gulf State Park Pier to Offer Limited Shark Fishing



ALABAMA– The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is implementing a pilot program for a permitted managed shark fishing season at the Gulf State Park Saltwater Fishing Pier. The first two events will take place on the south end of the pier – called the octagon – from 8 p.m. to midnight on Tuesday, June 19 and Tuesday, June 26, 2018.

The octagon will close to routine use 30 minutes prior to these events, and reopen to routine use 30 minutes following them.

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LONDON | Roll out the barrels: Christo artwork floats on London lake



LONDON (AP) — The ducks, geese and hardy cold-water swimmers in London’s Hyde Park have a new neighbor: a monumental floating structure made from 7,506 stacked barrels colored bright red, mauve and blue.

“The London Mastaba” is the latest work by artist Christo, who has previously wrapped Berlin’s Reichstag in silver fabric and festooned New York’s Central Park with thousands of saffron-colored cloth “gates.”

His first major work in London rises 65 feet (20 meters) above the park’s Serpentine lake, in a sloping-sided rectangular shape adapted from ancient Egyptian tombs.

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KAZAN, Russia | ‘Iranian Messi’ feels at home at World Cup before Spain game



KAZAN, Russia (AP) — It was on a cold night of November two years ago that Iran center forward Sardar Azmoun displayed his class to the world.

Playing against Bayern Munich in the Champions League with his Russian Premier League club Rostov, Azmoun collected a pass from a teammate on the edge of the area. He continued his run into the box, sent defender Jerome Boateng to the ground with a fine dribble and showed the composure of a seasoned veteran to slot the ball home with a calm finish.

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NEW YORK | New study finds continued gender disparity in book coverage



NEW YORK (AP) — A new study finds that few of the top literary publications are giving equal time to women authors and reviewers.

The highly anticipated “VIDA Count,” released Monday, has The New Yorker, The Nation and The Atlantic among those devoting less than 40 percent of their book coverage to women in 2017. Only two of the 15 publications analyzed gave women 50 percent or more — Poetry magazine and Granta.

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New Consumer Brochure from National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association Helps Seniors Spot and Stop Financial Abuse



WASHINGTON/ June 18, 2018 (STLRealEstate.News) — The National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association is proud to participate in World Elder Abuse Awareness Day today with the release of a new consumer brochure, Recognize & Report Elder Financial Abuse. The free tri-fold brochure, available for download from NRMLA’s consumer education website at https://www.reversemortgage.org/ReportFraud, helps seniors, and their loved ones, avoid common scams, spot signs of elder fraud and exploitation, and stop and report wrongdoing.

“As professionals who serve older homeowners, we have a special responsibility to ensure the safety and fair treatment of seniors,” said NRMLA Executive Vice President Steve Irwin.

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HAWAII- PEOPLE CAUGHT IN CLOSED EAST RIFT ZONE AREAS NOW FACE HIGHER PENALTIES



Officers Issue Another Dozen Citations Over the Past Ten Days

Hilo, HI – The urge to get up close and personal to lava during the current Kilauea eruption is not only unsafe but people who get caught now potentially face steep fines and jail time.

Earlier this month Governor David Ige issued a supplemental proclamation which provides fines of up to $5,000 and potentially a year in jail for people convicted of loitering in a closed area. 

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MOSCOW | The Latest: Sweden takes lead on video-reviewed penalty



MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Monday at the World Cup (all times local):
4:40 p.m.

Captain Andreas Granqvist has scored from a penalty after a review by the video assistant referee to give Sweden a 1-0 lead over South Korea at the World Cup.

Granqvist slid his penalty kick into the bottom right corner to put Sweden ahead in its first World Cup game since 2006.

He only got the chance after referee Joel Aguilar used the replay technology to decide whether South Korea substitute Kim Min-woo had fouled Viktor Claesson in the area.

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Forecast Unchanged but Trade Tensions Flare and the Fed Tightens



WASHINGTON/ June 18, 2018 (STLRealEstate.News) — Despite a slowdown in the first quarter, economic growth is forecasted to pick up through the remainder of 2018, resulting in full-year real GDP growth of 2.7 percent, according to the Fannie Mae Economic and Strategic Research Group’s June 2018 Economic and Housing Outlook. This year’s growth projection, as well as the ESR Group’s projection of 2.3 percent growth in 2019, remain unchanged from last month and continue to rely heavily on the timing effects of fiscal stimulus, which are expected to fade beginning late next year.

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GENEVA | Compulsive video-game playing could be mental health problem



GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization says some obsessive video gamers may really have an addiction.

In its latest revision to a disease classification manual, the U.N. health agency said Monday that compulsively playing video games now qualifies as a mental health condition. The statement confirmed the fears of some parents but led critics to warn that it may risk stigmatizing too many young video players.

WHO said classifying “Gaming Disorder” as a separate condition will help governments, families and health care workers be more vigilant and prepared to identify the risks.

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PARIS | Baby born on Paris suburban train gets free rides until 25



PARIS (AP) — The Paris public transport company RATP says a baby boy born in a suburban train will get free rides in the French capital until he is 25.

Live-tweeting the event Monday, the RATP said the baby was born in a train in the center of Paris, disrupting traffic on the RER A line.

Rescue workers took care of the mother and child and brought them to the nearest hospital.

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SEOUL, South Korea | 2 Koreas agree to march together at Asian Games



SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Athletes from the rival Koreas will march together under a single flag in the opening and closing ceremonies of the upcoming Asian Games in Indonesia, officials said Monday, in another tension-easing step since last week’s summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Sports officials from two countries also agreed in talks at a border village to field combined teams in some unspecified events at the Asian Games, which begin in August, South Korea’s Sports Ministry said in a statement.

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This Week: Oracle results; May home sales; Philly Fed survey



June 18, 2018 (AP)(STLRealEstate.News) — A look at some of the key business events and economic indicators upcoming this week:

SEEKING OUT THE ORACLE

Silicon Valley software giant Oracle will report its fourth-quarter results on Tuesday.

Oracle makes database-intensive software platforms for large companies, and is the second-largest software developer in the world behind Microsoft. Analysts expect Oracle to report a profit of 94 cents a share, according to FactSet.

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates | UAE’s campaign for Yemen port city a test of ‘Little Sparta’



DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates is a country better known for oil riches and skyscraper skylines, but right now it is prosecuting what could be a crucial offensive in the 3-year-old conflict in Yemen.

While the overall war in the Arab world’s poorest country has been led by Saudi Arabia, the ongoing battle for the Red Sea port city of Hodeida has fallen squarely on the shoulders of the UAE, a U.S.-allied federation of seven sheikhdoms.

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LONDON | Thomas Markle says Prince Harry said to give Trump a chance



LONDON (AP) — The father of the former Meghan Markle says he talked politics with Prince Harry over the phone — and Harry argued that he should give President Donald Trump a chance.

Thomas Markle told broadcaster ITV on Monday that he had several phone conversations with Harry, including one in which the prince asked for permission to marry his daughter.

Markle said Trump was discussed at least once: “Our conversation was I was complaining about not liking Donald Trump, he said ‘give Donald Trump a chance’.

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SOCHI, Russia | Brazil in an unusual spot after a draw to open World Cup



SOCHI, Russia (AP) — This is unfamiliar territory for five-time World Cup champion Brazil.

The last time it didn’t win its first game in a World Cup, Pele had just retired from soccer. The “Selecao” had won every one of its opening matches since 1978, a year after “The King’s” farewell.

Brazil drew Sweden 1-1 back then, the same score of its match against Switzerland in Rostov-on-Don on Sunday, when all the hype surrounding Neymar and his teammates turned into disappointment and concern.

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MOSCOW | The Latest: World Cup gets 99.6 percent attention in Iceland



MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Monday at the World Cup (all times local):
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There was only one TV show that mattered in Iceland when the national team kicked off its first World Cup.

According to figures obtained by the Icelandic FA, 99.6 percent of all people in Iceland watching television during the Iceland-Argentina match on Saturday were watching the game.

It begs the question: What did the other 0.4 percent of the TV-viewing population have on their screens?

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BERLIN | Germany will fail 2020 climate goals, now eyes 2030 target



BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s environment minister says the country will likely miss its target of cutting carbon emissions by 2020, an embarrassment for a government that wants to lead the charge on limiting climate change.

Minister Svenja Schulze said Monday the goal of cutting carbon emissions by 40 percent compared to 1990 by 2020 probably won’t be achieved. Government estimates are for a cut of 32 percent at best.

Schulze said Europe’s biggest economy is now eyeing its next milestone — a cut of 55 percent by 2030 — but this requires efforts by all sectors, including ending the use of coal for electricity and sharp emissions cuts in the transport sector.

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SINGAPORE | World stocks slide over trade tensions, German politics



SINGAPORE (AP) — Global stocks dropped Monday on concerns over trade as the U.S. and China scheduled the start of tariffs on each other’s goods, and a row over migrants threatened the German government. Markets in China and Hong Kong were closed for a holiday.

KEEPING SCORE: Germany’s DAX lost 1.3 percent to 12,839 and France’s CAC 40 shed 1.2 percent to 5,433. Britain’s FTSE 100 dipped 0.4 percent to 7,605. Wall Street was poised to open lower.

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GENEVA | The Latest: UK’s Boris Johnson defends UN human rights body



GENEVA (AP) — The Latest on a meeting of the U.N. Human Rights Council (all times local):
12:20 a.m.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has defended the U.N.’s main human rights body, alluding to signs the U.S. may withdraw from it over its alleged bias against Israel.

Speaking to the Human Rights Council, Johnson nonetheless said that its dedicated agenda item on Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories was “disproportionate and damaging to the cause of peace.”

Johnson said: “But I stress that that does not mean that we in the U.K.

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BERLIN | Who and what are behind Germany’s government crisis?



BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel’s fourth-term government took nearly six months to put together, taking office in March after the center-left Social Democrats reluctantly agreed to team up with her conservatives again. But the crisis shaking the new administration has come from within Merkel’s own conservative family, as her interior minister has pushed for Germany to turn back unilaterally some migrants at its border.

Merkel, widely viewed as a leader of liberal forces in Europe, is insisting on finding a wider European solution for the issue of immigration.

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New Online Video Ads Startup, VeedyBox, Releases Video Creation Tool for Ads in 10-Minutes or Less



Herzliya, Israel – VeedyBox, a video development and production startup company based in Herzliya, Israel, this week announced their proprietary video ads tool creator is officially available for leverage by brands around the world.

Understanding the critical importance of video for sales conversion rates today, VeedyBox set out to create an accessible, easy-to-use video tool that creates full-scale moving ads in 10-minutes or less.

“With 87% of marketers using video to advertise today, it has become an essential part of the digital marketing equation,” said Lior Peleg, Co-Founder and Owner of VeedyBox. 

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LONDON | British police: 3 struck dead by train in south London



LONDON (AP) — Three people have died after being struck by a train in south London, British Transport Police said Monday.

Police said they were trying to determine details about the deaths at the Loughborough Junction station, on a busy commuter line into the city center. Police said the three were pronounced dead at the scene.

Detective Superintendent Gary Richard his team was “now working hard to understand what happened and how these three people came to lose their life on the railway.”

He said the deaths are being treated as “unexplained.” The bodies were found at about 7:30 a.m.

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TOKYO | Strong quake near Osaka, Japan, kills 3, knocks over walls



TOKYO (AP) — Residents in western Japan were cleaning up debris Monday after a powerful earthquake hit the area around Osaka, the country’s second-largest city of commerce, killing three people and injuring hundreds while knocking over walls and setting off fires.

The magnitude 6.1 earthquake that struck the area early Monday damaged buildings and left many homes without water or gas. The quake also grounded flights in and out of Osaka, and paralyzed traffic and commuter trains most of the day.

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla | Michael Jackson’s elephant escapes enclosure at Florida zoo



JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — An elephant that once lived at Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch briefly escaped its enclosure at a Florida zoo.

The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens posted on Facebook that Ali the bull elephant wandered through a gate that was accidentally left open and wound up in a courtyard.

The zoo said guests weren’t endangered and safety protocols were quickly put into place.

Zoo staff used food to entice the elephant back into the enclosure.

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Michigan News: Michigan State Emergency Operations Center Activated Due to Flooding, Severe Weather in Houghton & Menominee Counties



MICHIGAN – The State of Michigan activated the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) yesterday, June 17, 2018, due to flooding and severe weather in Houghton and Menominee counties.

The SEOC was activated as of 11:23 a.m., according to the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD).  SEOC personnel are monitoring the situation and working with state and local officials as well as private sector partners to ensure any resource needs are met. 

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