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PROVIDENCE, R.I | Senate changes rules following sexual misconduct scandal



PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Senate will require members to receive annual training after a senator was charged with extorting sex from a page earlier in the session.

The Senate has unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday amending its rules to mandate training and establish a process to expel a member.

Former Republican Sen. Nicholas Kettle was charged in February with extorting sex from a page. Pages are students who assist lawmakers.

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North Carolina News: RALEIGH, Media Advisory- Press Conference



WHEN:Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 9:00 AM

WHERE:Godwin Town Park

4924 Markham Street

Godwin, NC 28344

Re: Sentencing of Three Leaders of Godwin Based Drug Trafficking Organization (DTO) Responsible for Kilogram Quantities of Crack Cocaine

OCDETF Operation and Cooperation of Federal, State, and Local Law Enforcement Results in Dismantling of DTO and Convictions of 18 Members

RALEIGH,N.C – The United States Attorney’s Office announces a press conference to discuss the results of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) Operation, Spiderwebb, which resulted in the dismantling of a Drug Trafficking Organization (DTO) that distributed crack cocaine in Godwin and surrounding areas.

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Louisiana News: Eastside Hollygrove Resident, DWAYNE LABRANCH Pleads Guilty to Drug and Firearm Violations



New Orleans, La – U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that DWAYNE LABRANCH, a/k/a “Mondo,” a/k/a “Black,” age 35, of New Orleans, pled guilty on June 18 to one count of conspiring to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute heroin and fentanyl; one count of conspiring to possess firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking; and one count of discharging a firearm in a school zone.

On LABRANCH’s drug conspiracy count, LABRANCH is facing a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment, a maximum sentence of life, a possible fine of up to $8,000,000, and at least eight years of supervised release upon his release from prison. 

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LOS ANGELES | Children arriving on border await fate in immigration courts



LOS ANGELES (AP) — The little girl wearing pink party shoes topped with bows smiled from her seat in a Los Angeles immigration courtroom. The 7-year-old is happy now that she is worlds away from the violence in her native El Salvador.

Gang gunfire once forced her to hit the floor inside her home. She fled Central America last year with her great-grandmother to join her mother in the U.S. At the Mexico border, authorities separated the two, and she lived in a youth facility for about a month.

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Louisiana News: MONROE, Illegal alien, Medardo Zuniga, from Honduras pleads guilty to possessing pistol after West Monroe arrest



MONROE, La. – United States Attorney David C. Joseph announced that an illegal alien from Honduras pleaded guilty last week to possessing a pistol after being arrested in West Monroe.

Medardo Zuniga, 36, of Honduras, pleaded guilty June 13, 2018 before U.S. District Judge Terry A. Doughty to one count of possession of a firearm by an illegal alien. According to the guilty plea, a West Monroe police officer conducted a traffic stop on a truck Zuniga was a passenger in on September 15, 2017. 

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Texas Political News: Texas Governor Abbott Orders Emergency Special Election For Texas State Senate District 19



AUSTIN, TX – Texas Governor Abbott today released the following statement and proclamation (PDF):

WHEREAS, the resignation of Senator Carlos Uresti, and its acceptance, has caused a vacancy to exist in Texas State Senate District No. 19, which consists of Brewster, Crockett, Dimmit, Edwards, Frio, Kinney, Maverick, Medina, Pecos, Real, Reeves, Terrell, Uvalde, Val Verde and Zavala counties and parts of Atascosa and Bexar counties; and

WHEREAS, Article III, Section 13 of the Texas Constitution and Section 203.002 of the Texas Election Code require that a special election be ordered upon such a vacancy, and Section 3.003 of the Texas Election Code requires the special election to be ordered by proclamation of the Governor; and

WHEREAS, the vacancy occurred on June 18, 2018, and, therefore, pursuant to Section 203.004 of the Texas Election Code, the special election must be held on the first uniform date occurring on or after the 36th day after the date the special election is ordered, unless there is an emergency requiring that the vacancy be filled sooner; and

WHEREAS, pursuant to Section 41.001 of the Texas Election Code, the only uniform election date remaining in 2018 is November 6; and

WHEREAS, should a special election on November 6, 2018, result in a runoff, Section 2.025(d) of the Texas Election Code provides that the runoff election date cannot be held sooner than the 70th day after the final election canvas, and the earliest possible date for that runoff election would likely occur well into January of 2019; and

WHEREAS, ordering the special election for November 6, 2018, would leave Senate District No.

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NEW YORK | Already a pro, Doncic set to join college stars in NBA draft



NEW YORK (AP) — Luka Doncic is about to become an NBA player, though he’s unlike the other top prospects who will be drafted.
He’s already a pro. He’s already a champion.

And he might just be the most accomplished and intriguing player in this class.

After capping his brilliant stay in Spain with another title, the Slovenian guard heads the list of international players expected to be selected Thursday, a teenager whose resume is already more complete than even some of the most season veterans.

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LANSING, Mich | AP Sources: Michigan State counsel gets $1.2M, even if fired



LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Two people familiar with the situation say Michigan State University’s new general counsel, appointed to help deal with fallout from the Larry Nassar scandal, would make nearly $1.3 million over three years even if he were fired for cause.

The people spoke Wednesday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the school had not announced the terms of his pending contract. It’s expected to be taken up Friday during the board of trustees’ next public meeting.

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla | US stepping up Earth’s protection from asteroids, comets



CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. government is stepping up efforts to protect the planet from incoming asteroids that could wipe out entire regions or even continents.

The National Science and Technology Council released a report Wednesday calling for improved asteroid detection, tracking and deflection. NASA is participating, along with federal emergency and White House officials.

For now, scientists know of no asteroids or comets heading our way. But one could sneak up on us, and that’s why the government wants a better plan.

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ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia | Suarez sends Uruguay, and Russia, to last 16 at World Cup



ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia (AP) — With a single goal, Luis Suarez settled the fate of four teams in the group stage of the World Cup.

The controversial striker, who was making his 100th appearance in his national team’s light blue, scored Wednesday to give Uruguay a 1-0 victory over Saudi Arabia and a spot in the round of 16.

The result, though, had a domino effect in Group A. It also put host Russia into the next round while eliminating both Saudi Arabia and Egypt at the same time.

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Louisiana News: Tickfaw Man, MICHAEL PENN Sentenced to Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with the Intent to Distribute Heroin



Tickfaw, La – U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that MICHAEL PENN, age 41, of Tickfaw, was sentenced on June 13 by United States District Court Judge Susie Morgan to a term of imprisonment 72 months for violating a federal drug law, conspiracy to distribute and possession with the intent to distribute heroin.

According to court documents, PENN was the target of a narcotics investigation that was investigated by members of the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Hammond Police Department.

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Louisiana News: LAKE CHARLES, Former Cameron company, Belinda Miltenberger office manager pleads guilty to stealing more than $91,000



LAKE CHARLES, La. – United States Attorney David C. Joseph announced that a former office manager of a Cameron company pleaded guilty last week to stealing more than $91,000 from her employer.

Belinda Miltenberger, 47, of Cameron, Louisiana, pleaded guilty June 13, 2018 before U.S. Magistrate Judge Kathleen Kay to one count of wire fraud. According to the guilty plea’s factual basis, Miltenberger was the office manager for a seafood processing and wholesale company located in Cameron. 

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NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia | Say what? Croatia coach: Argentina the ‘easiest game for us’



NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (AP) — Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic’s analysis of the World Cup game against Argentina required a double take.

He said Wednesday that Argentina would be the “easiest game” for the Croatians in the group stage.

Say what?

Dalic clarified: “I didn’t say that Argentina was the easiest opponent. I said that this was the easiest game for us. We have nothing to lose. We are playing against one of the best.”

Dalic argued that no one expects Croatia to beat Lionel Messi and Argentina in Nizhny Novgorod on Thursday and so the pressure’s off.

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Virginia News: Virginia Man, Scott Curtiss Pieritz Pleads Guilty To Enticement Of A Minor And Child Pornography Charges



Roanoke, Virginia – A Roanoke, Virginia man pleaded guilty yesterday to charges of enticement of a minor, receipt or attempted receipt of child pornography, and possession of child pornography, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General John P. Cronan of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Thomas T. Cullen for the Western District of Virginia.

Scott Curtiss Pieritz, 57, pleaded guilty before Chief U.S. District Judge Michael F. Urbanski to charges of enticement of a minor, receipt or attempted receipt of child pornography, and possession of child pornography.

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. | Ocean Resort Casino owner: We’ll surprise the world



ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The owner of Atlantic City’s Ocean Resort Casinos promises to “surprise the world” when the former Revel casino reopens next week.

Bruce Deifik (DIE’-fick) says his team has fixed what customers didn’t like about Revel.

In testimony Wednesday before the oNew Jersey Casino Contrl Commission, Deifik said he has $40 million in cash on hand to operate the business.

He says comedian and actor Jamie Foxx will be a host for the property’s first weekend.

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Texas News: Former Beaumont Tax Preparer, Charles Maullaa Sentenced for Income Tax Fraud



BEAUMONT, Texas – A 36-year-old Mt. Vernon, Texas man has been sentenced to prison for federal tax violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown today.

Charles Maull, II, pleaded guilty on Feb. 21, 2018 to six counts of willfully aiding in the preparation and filing of a false income tax return and was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Thad Heartfield.

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Texas News: Tax Preparer, Shannon Tecoko Mays Sentenced in SYAM Tax Service Scheme



BEAUMONT, Texas – A 40-year-old Dallas tax preparer has been sentenced to prison for federal tax violations and failure to appear for his trial on that charge in early 2015 in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown today.

Shannon Tecoko Mays was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Thad Heartfield to 180 months in federal prison, of which 162 months was for the tax scheme and an additional or consecutive 18 months for the failure to appear felony.

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ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia | Eritrea sending delegation to rival Ethiopia for peace talks



ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Eritrea’s president announced Wednesday he is sending a rare delegation to neighboring Ethiopia for peace talks, days after Ethiopia’s new prime minister took a major step toward calming deadly tensions with its decades-long rival.

This is the first such delegation since 1998, when a border war erupted between the countries and they cut off diplomatic relations.
Eritrea’s longtime President Isaias Afwerki noted “positive signals” in recent days from Ethiopia and said the delegation will “gauge current developments directly and in depth” to plan future steps.

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Pennsylvania News: PITTSBURGH, Matthew Ieraci, Former Employee of Allegheny County Drug Laboratory Charged with Stealing more than $78,000 in Drug Evidence



PITTSBURGH, Pa. – A resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has been charged in federal court with stealing federal drug evidence from the Allegheny County Office of the Medical Examiner (ACOME), United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

Matthew Ieraci, 29, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was charged by criminal Information with one count of theft concerning a program receiving federal benefits.

According to the Information, on multiple occasions between on or about February 8, 2017, and on or about February 27, 2017, Ieraci stole a total of approximately 52.45 grams of powder alprazolam, a Schedule IV controlled substance, from ACOME, where he was employed as a laboratory scientist. 

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Study: Plastic will pile up in wake of China recycling ban



PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A group of scientists says China’s decision to stop accepting plastic waste from other countries is causing plastic to stockpile around the globe, and wealthy countries need to find new solutions.

The scientists sought to quantify the impact of the Chinese import ban on the worldwide trade in plastic waste, and found that other nations might need to find a home for more than 122 million tons (111 million metric tons) of plastic by 2030.

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CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® WomanUP!® Conference opens next week



LOS ANGELES/ June 20, 2018 (STLRealEstate.News) — In an effort to inspire women to step into real estate brokerage leadership, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) will present its second WomanUP!® Conference to be held June 28-29 at the JW Marriott LA Live in Los Angeles.

The two-day conference is part of C.A.R.’s women’s outreach program to bring together a community of mentors and leaders to communicate, collaborate, and support one another in the real estate industry.

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RIVERSIDE, Cali | Girl reports abusive parents, says sisters are ‘chained up’



RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A 17-year-old girl who had just escaped her home of horrors called police dispatchers and revealed in a high-pitched voice the abuse that had gone on for years.

“My two little sisters right now are chained up,” she said in a recording played Wednesday during a hearing to determine if her mother and father stand trial for a raft of abuse charges.

“They will wake up at night and they will start crying and they wanted me to call somebody,” she said of her siblings.

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South Carolina News: Columbia, Three Indicted for Health Care Fraud Conspiracy, Money Laundering, Aggravated Identity Theft, Obstruction, Wire Fraud, and Falsifying Documents



Columbia, South Carolina – A federal grand jury has returned a thirty-eight count superseding indictment Tuesday charging Cameron Banks (a/k/a Reggie Staggers), age 32, of Georgetwon, S.C., Angela Pyatt, age 49, of Conway, S.C., and Solomon Pyatt, age 56, of Conway, S.C. with Conspiracy to Commit Health Care Fraud, individual counts of Health Care Fraud, Money Laundering, Aggravated Identity Theft, Obstruction of a Health Care Crime Investigation, Wire Fraud, and Falsifying Documents.  The indictment marks the second superseding indictment in the case.

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Connecticut News: Shelton Man, KAMIL GOLEBIOWSKI Charged with Distributing Counterfeit Drugs



Connecticut – John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that KAMIL GOLEBIOWSKI, 25, of Shelton, was arrested yesterday on a federal criminal complaint charging him with various drug offenses related to the illegal distribution of counterfeit drugs.  The charges stem from an ongoing statewide initiative targeting narcotics dealers who distribute heroin, fentanyl or opioids that cause death or serious injury to users.

Following his arrest, GOLEBIOWSKI appeared before U.S.

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SAN FRANCISCO | Instagram unveils new video service in challenge to YouTube



SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook’s Instagram app is loosening its restraints on video in an attempt to lure younger viewers away from YouTube.

The expansion announced Wednesday, dubbed IGTV, will increase Instagram’s video time limit from one minute to 10 minutes for most users. Accounts with large audiences will be able to distribute programs lasting up to an hour.

Video will be available through Instagram or a new app called IGTV.

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Louisiana News: West Monroe felon, Marquarius D. York sentenced for possessing pistol after fleeing police, hiding in trash can



MONROE, La. – United States Attorney David C. Joseph announced that a felon from West Monroe was sentenced last week to 21 months in prison for illegal possession of a firearm.

Marquarius D. York, 22, of West Monroe, Louisiana, was sentenced June 13, 2018 by U.S. District Judge S. Maurice Hicks Jr. on one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  He was also sentenced to three years of supervised release.

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LONDON | NBA in London: Wizards vs Knicks in January



LONDON (AP) — The NBA will return to London next year with a regular-season game between the Washington Wizards and the New York Knicks.

Tickets for the Jan. 17 game at the O2 Arena go on sale in the fall.
It will be the NBA’s ninth regular-season game in London, all sellouts. The Knicks have played there twice, facing the Detroit Pistons in 2013 and the Milwaukee Bucks in 2015. This will be the Wizards’ debut in London.

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WASHINGTON | Too hot to handle: Politics of warming part of culture wars



WASHINGTON (AP) — When it comes to global warming, America’s political climate may have changed more than the Earth’s over the past three decades.

NASA scientist James Hansen put the world on notice about global warming on June 23, 1988. Looking back, he says: “I was sufficiently idealistic that I thought we would have a sensible bipartisan approach to the problem.”

After all, Republicans and Democrats had worked together on an international agreement to fix the hole in the Earth’s ozone layer.

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LOS ANGELES | Apple signs deal with Sesame Workshop for kids’ shows



LOS ANGELES (AP) — Apple is getting into business with the prestigious Sesame Workshop.

Apple said Wednesday it has given a multiple-series order to the nonprofit organization.

The shows will be part of a slate of children’s programming for Apple’s upcoming streaming service.

Apple said the long-running “Sesame Street” program, which airs on PBS and HBO, isn’t part of the agreement.

Apple has been making content deals with other big names, including Oprah Winfrey, as it prepares to compete with Netflix, Amazon and other streaming services.

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West Virginia News: CHARLESTON, Allen H. Loughry II, Federal Grand Jury Indicts West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals Justice



Supreme Court Justice Charged with Obstruction of Justice and other federal Crimes

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – United States Attorney Mike Stuart announced today that West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals Justice Allen H. Loughry II, 47, of Charleston, West Virginia, was charged by a federal grand jury in a 22-count Indictment that was unsealed today. Loughry is a Justice on the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, who was elected in November 2012 and sworn in on January 1, 2013.

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SANAA, Yemen | Yemeni forces claim progress in battle for Hodeida’s airport



SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni fighters backed by the United Arab Emirates said they seized the southern runway of the international airport near Yemen’s port city of Hodeida, as fighting raged Wednesday between pro-government forces backed by a Saudi-led coalition and Iranian-backed rebels.

The coalition launched an offensive a week ago to retake the port city, which handles 70 percent of impoverished Yemen’s food imports. Aid groups have expressed alarm about the operation, but so far coalition forces remain bogged down in battles south of the city, and the port has remained open.

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New York News: Alexander Fernandez Sentenced To 20 Years In Prison For August 2000 Murder



New York – Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that ALEXANDER FERNANDEZ, a/k/a “Det,” a/k/a “D,” a/k/a “Fat D,” a/k/a “Gordo,” was sentenced yesterday to 20 years in prison for murdering Edwin Honoret, 28, in Manhattan in August 2000. FERNANDEZ pled guilty on March 2, 2018, before U.S. District Judge Jesse M. Furman, who imposed the sentence.

U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said: “Almost 18 years ago, Alexander Fernandez callously murdered Edwin Honoret over a drug dispute. 

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MOSCOW | Council of Europe asks Russia to release jailed filmmaker



MOSCOW (AP) — The head of Europe’s human rights body is calling on Russia to release an imprisoned Ukrainian filmmaker who has been on hunger strike for a month.

Thorbjorn Jagland, secretary of the Council of Europe, met Wednesday with Russian human rights commissioner Tatiana Moskalkova and said Oleg Sentsov “should be released on humanitarian grounds,” the Interfax news agency reported.

Sentsov, a vocal opponent of Russia’s annexation of Crimea, was sentenced in 2015 to 20 years for conspiracy to commit terror acts.

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NEW YORK | Film starring Kevin Spacey to be released in August



NEW YORK (AP) — Kevin Spacey was erased from “All the Money in the World” and booted from “House of Cards,” but a movie starring the disgraced actor is going forward with a summer release.

Vertical Entertainment announced that it will release “Billionaire Boys Club” on video-on-demand on July 17 and in theaters August 17. The film is about young wealthy men in Los Angeles who run a Ponzi scheme. It stars Ansel Elgort, Taron Egerton and Spacey.

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ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia | Suarez scores as Uruguay and Russia advance at World Cup



ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia (AP) — Luis Suarez put both Uruguay and host Russia into the second round of the World Cup while eliminating Saudi Arabia and Egypt at the same time.

Suarez scored the winning goal in his 100th international appearance for Uruguay, knocking in a corner kick from Carlos Sanchez in the 23rd minute to give the two-time champions a 1-0 victory over the Saudis on Wednesday.

It was the Barcelona striker’s 52nd goal for his country in that century of games.

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DETROIT | Tesla sues ex-employee alleging data theft, leaks to media



DETROIT (AP) — Tesla is suing a former employee at its Nevada battery factory alleging that he hacked into the manufacturing computers and disclosed confidential trade secrets.

The federal lawsuit filed Wednesday contends that Martin Tripp of Sparks, Nevada, also made false claims to the media about information he stole, including claims that the company used punctured battery cells in the Model 3 electric car.

The company also alleges that Tripp sent photographs and data to unspecified third parties including financial information and battery manufacturing details.

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Soaring Growth of Urban Neighborhoods Shows Transformation into Highly Diverse, Distinct Areas Drawing a Range of Residents and Workers, Says New Urban Land Institute Report



WASHINGTON/ June 20, 2018 (STLRealEstate.News) — New research from the Urban Land Institute shows that the population of urban neighborhoods in many metropolitan areas is growing as quickly or nearly as quickly as that of suburban neighborhoods, reflecting ongoing consumer demand – particularly among younger households — for living environments that are convenient to jobs, transit, and urban amenities, and which are highly walkable.

The New Geography of Urban Neighborhoods, prepared for ULI’s Terwilliger Center for Housing by RCLCO Real Estate Advisors, finds that for the first time in decades, population growth rates in urban neighborhoods of the nation’s 50 largest metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) are approaching suburban growth rates.

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IOWA | Kettleson Hogsback is like nowhere else in Iowa



SPIRIT LAKE, IOWA – Dickinson County is home to a unique Iowa glacial area that has been attracting thousands of visitors a year, some from as far away as California, just to enjoy the scenery.

The 2,040-acre Kettleson Hogsback Wildlife Management Area is home to Grover Lake, West Hottes Lake, Welch Lake, East Hottes Lake, Sunken Lake and Little Spirit Lake, plus a series of marshes, native prairie, oak forest and grasslands that reaches from the west shores of Big Spirit Lake northwest to the Minnesota state line.

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BERLIN | Sweden starts construction on fossil fuel-free steel plant



BERLIN (AP) — Sweden has started construction on a factory that will test whether it’s feasible to make steel without burning fossil fuels.

Utility firm Vattenfall said Tuesday it has teamed up with steel company SSAB and mining firm LKAB to build the 1.4-billion Swedish krona ($158 million) pilot plant.

Existing plants produce large amounts of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, when coal is used to turn iron into hardened steel.

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PARIS | The Latest: Italy, Austria signal hard-line migration axis



PARIS (AP) — The Latest on global migration and World Refugee Day (all times local):
6:45 p.m.

Italy’s anti-migrant interior minister says after meeting with right-wing Austrian officials that changing political winds in Europe could bring significant changes to the way Europe controls its exterior borders.

The meeting in Rome on Wednesday between the populist officials underlined a new hard-line axis forming in Europe on migration issues. Salvini said it was “a historic moment because Europe has never had the possibility to change like in these days.” He added: “we think it can change for the better on the topics of immigration, security and the fight against terrorism.

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RIVERSIDE, Calif. | The Latest: Hearing for parents accused of shackling kids



RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a hearing for California parents accused of shackling their kids (all times local):
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A preliminary hearing has begun for a Southern California couple accused of starving and shackling some of their 13 children.
A judge is hearing testimony Wednesday from law enforcement officers and considering whether there is sufficient evidence for David and Louise Turpin to stand trial.

Louise Turpin wiped away tears as prosecutors played a 911 call from their 17-year-old daughter, who escaped the family’s Riverside County home in January.

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SOCHI, Russia | Neymar returns to training, Brazil guarantees he’s ready



SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Brazil is making sure everyone knows Neymar is perfectly fit at the World Cup

A day after he limped out of training and raised further doubts about his physical condition in Russia, the Brazilian soccer federation was quick to tell the world the team’s biggest star was just fine.

Brazil had a closed practice session Wednesday, two days before its game against Costa Rica in St. Petersburg, but the federation posted photos and a video of Neymar in action in training with the rest of the squad.

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May Construction Starts Climb 15 Percent



NEW YORK/ June 20, 2018 (STLRealEstate.News) — At a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $783.6 billion, new construction starts in May advanced 15% from April, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. The increase follows a 12% decline in April, and shows total construction activity reaching the highest level reported over the past eight months. The lift in May came from substantial gains for nonbuilding construction, up 39%; and nonresidential building, up 18%; as both sectors benefitted from the start of several very large projects.

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WASHINGTON | Central bank chiefs of 4 major nations raise trade concerns



WASHINGTON (AP) — The leaders of the central banks of four major economies are expressing alarm that multiple trade conflicts are threatening to slow global growth.

The officials say the escalating trade fights involving the United States, China and Europe could erode business confidence, lead companies to delay investment and hurt the global economy. The central bank leaders add, though, that so far there’s scant evidence that this has happened yet.

“What’s the effect on confidence?” European Central Bank President Mario Draghi says at a conference in Portugal.

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WASHINGTON | Methodists, prosecutors scold Sessions over border policy



WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 600 members of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ church have denounced him over the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy that has led to children being separated from their parents at the border.

Members of the United Methodist Church from across the country signed a letter Monday accusing Sessions of child abuse, immorality and racial discrimination. They also chided Sessions for using biblical scripture to defend the policy, saying it runs counter to the church’s doctrine.

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NEW YORK | Tech companies lead US stocks higher as trade fears ease



NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are slightly higher Wednesday as global markets let go of some of their fears about the growing trade dispute between the U.S. and China. Technology companies are making some of the largest gains. Twenty-First Century Fox is jumping after it agreed to a new deal with Disney, which will buy Fox’s entertainment businesses for more than $70 billion. Media companies are rallying as investors hope for more deals. Walgreens rose after it was added to the Dow Jones industrial average, where it will replace General Electric next week.

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NEW YORK | Cardinal McCarrick, ex-archbishop, hit with abuse claim



NEW YORK (AP) — The retired Roman Catholic archbishop of Washington, D.C., has been removed from public ministry and faces further punishment over a “credible” allegation that he sexually abused a teenager while a priest in New York more than 40 years ago, the church said Wednesday.

The allegation against 87-year-old Cardinal Theodore McCarrick was found to be “credible and substantiated,” the church said. Pope Francis ordered McCarrick’s removal pending further action that could include orders to live a life of penance or removal from the priesthood.

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Southern California RE/MAX Realtor Josh Sinatra Shares Home-Selling Secrets



SANTA CLARITA, CALIF. /JUNE 20, 2018 (STLRealEstate.News) — Spring and summer are widely considered to be the best times to sell a house. “In spring and summer, buyers come out in droves due to increased inventory, warmer weather, and more daylight hours,” said Realtor Josh Sinatra, owner of Sinatra Real Estate.

Sinatra lists the following four tips on what to do if one is thinking about selling their home:

No. 1: Find out if it is a seller’s market.

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LOS ANGELESE | Eva Longoria gives birth to first child, a son



LOS ANGELES (AP) — Eva Longoria is a mom.
The actress and husband Jose “Pepe” Baston welcomed Santiago Enrique Baston into the world on Tuesday. They say they are so grateful “for this beautiful blessing.”

The couple shared the child’s first picture with the magazine Hola! USA . The baby, wearing a hospital cap, is shown resting on his mother’s chest.

During her pregnancy, the 43-year-old Longoria supported the Time’s Up movement and received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. |AP source: Hornets agree to trade Howard to Nets for Mozgov



CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A person familiar with the situation says the Charlotte Hornets have agreed to trade eight-time All-Star center Dwight Howard to the Brooklyn Nets for center Timofey Mozgov and two future second-round draft picks.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the teams have not announced the trade and the league has not yet approved it.

Howard played only one season for Charlotte, averaging 16.6 points and 12.5 rebounds per game.

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