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NEW YORK | Restaurant group negotiating to buy out Mario Batali



NEW YORK | Restaurant group negotiating to buy out Mario Batali

NEW YORK (AP) — The restaurant group co-owned by Mario Batali says it has been “actively negotiating” to buy out the celebrity chef facing sexual misconduct allegations.

The B&B Hospitality Group says Batali and partner Joe Bastianich have signed a letter of intent and final terms could be set by July 1.
The New York Police Department confirmed it’s investigating Batali after a woman told “60 Minutes” that Batali drugged and sexually assaulted her in 2005.

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Impressive 500,000+ Yearly California Exodus Prompted By Recent Sky Rocketing Home Prices



Impressive 500,000+ Yearly California Exodus Prompted By Recent Sky Rocketing Home Prices

LAS VEGAS/MAY 21, 2018 (STLRealEstate.News) — The exodus from California actually started 10 years ago and has rapidly expanded in recent months.

According to tax filing data from the Internal Revenue Service, 2007 to 2016 saw a steady climb in residents leaving California, and the top recipient location was Texas, from 2007 to 2016. The next five states, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon and Washington, completed the top group.

Las Vegas real estate market is becoming the top choice of many Californians and is trending because of many variables.

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ROME | The Latest: Italian League chief: No need to fear populists



ROME | The Latest: Italian League chief: No need to fear populists

ROME (AP) — The Latest on talks to form a government in Italy (all times local):
8:15 p.m.

Right-wing leader Matteo Salvini says other European nations have no reason to worry about Italy’s soon-to-be-born populist government.

The League party chief and fellow euroskeptic leader Luigi Di Maio, of the 5-Star Movement, told Italy’s president Monday evening they’re ready to form a coalition 11 weeks after inconclusive elections.

Salvini said they aim to “make the economy grow to reduce debt.” He insisted their coalition will put “Italians first” while “respecting … all the rules and limits” of the European Union.

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AUSTIN, Texas | School shooting unlikely to rile Texas runoffs Tuesday



AUSTIN, Texas | School shooting unlikely to rile Texas runoffs Tuesday

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas holds its primary runoff election just four days after a 17-year-old student killed 10 people and wounded 13 others at his Santa Fe High School near Houston.

That sent shockwaves through Texas and the nation. But it’s unlikely to be a major factor in Tuesday’s balloting, which will decide 34 races, including party nominees for governor and Congress, where no candidate won at least 50 percent of the votes cast during Texas’ March 6 primary.

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Housing Production Drops 3.7 Percent But Remains Near Post-Recession High



Housing Production Drops 3.7 Percent But Remains Near Post-Recession High

May 21, 2018 (STLRealEstate.News) — Total housing production fell 3.7 percent in April to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.29 million units after an upwardly revised March reading of 1.34 million, according to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Commerce Department. The March report marked an 11-year high for housing production.

The April reading of 1.29 million units is the number of housing units builders would begin if they kept this pace for the next 12 months.

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Montana News: AG Fox Leads Coalition Supporting Stiffer Penalties For Irresponsible Drug Manufacturers



Montana News: AG Fox Leads Coalition Supporting Stiffer Penalties For Irresponsible Drug Manufacturers

HELENA, MT – Montana Attorney General Tim Fox, along with the attorneys general of Ohio and Washington, led a bipartisan coalition of 39 state and territory attorneys general calling on congressional leaders to promptly pass measures to help hold opioid manufacturers accountable for their role in the opioid epidemic and to stem diversion.

The coalition sent a letter to the chair and ranking member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee as well as the Judiciary Committee, the committees of jurisdiction, urging them to pass the S.2456, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) 2.0 ,and S.2440, the Comprehensive Addiction Reform, Education, and Safety (CARES) Act.

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NEW YORK | Netflix says it has signed Barack and Michelle Obama



NEW YORK | Netflix says it has signed Barack and Michelle Obama

NEW YORK (AP) — Barack and Michelle Obama are getting into the television business with Monday’s announcement that they had signed a multi-year deal with Netflix.

The former president and first lady have formed their own production company, Higher Ground Productions, for the material. In announcing a deal that had been rumored since March, Netflix offered no specifics on what shows they would make.

Netflix said the Obamas would make “a diverse mix of content,” potentially including scripted and unscripted series, documentaries or features.

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INDIANAPOLIS | Wickens’ crash adds to tough weekend for Schmidt team



INDIANAPOLIS | Wickens’ crash adds to tough weekend for Schmidt team

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Rookie Robert Wickens has crashed during practice for the Indianapolis 500, another big blow to the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports team.

The Canadian driver hit the outside wall Monday coming out of the second turn on Indy’s 2.5-mile oval. He hit the wall again in the back straightaway before rolling to a stop.

Wickens was checked and released from the infield medical center. He has been cleared to drive, but the No.

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WASHINGTON | AP names Susannah George as intelligence reporter



WASHINGTON | AP names Susannah George as intelligence reporter

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Associated Press on Monday announced that award-winning journalist Susannah George will join its Washington bureau to cover U.S. intelligence agencies and national security.

The appointment was announced by Julie Pace, AP’s Washington bureau chief.

“Susannah is a dogged reporter with a track record of producing standout journalism on complex issues,” Pace said. “In her new role as an intelligence reporter, she will be an integral part of our Washington-based national security team.”

George, 33, joined the AP in 2015 and has led coverage from the Baghdad bureau.

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Top 10 Real Estate News – Hawaii’s Most Expensive Beach Home



Top 10 Real Estate News – Hawaii’s Most Expensive Beach Home

POMPANO BEACH, FLA./MAY 21, 2018 (STLRealEstate.News) –“Hawaii’s $70 Million Beach House”

Kauai’s 15-acre Hale ‘Ae Kai estate, with postcard views of the ocean and nearby lighthouse and private steps down to Secret Beach, is the most expensive home for sale in Hawaii at $70 million.

Representative of the perfect tropical island, Kauai has attracted many film and television producers who have made over 70 films there including “Donovan’s Reef,” “Blue Hawaii,” “Jurassic World,” “The Thorn Birds” and the pilot and first episode of “Gilligan’s Island.” Part of the mansion’s lushly planted acreage is devoted to a working farm of coconuts, bananas, white pineapple and citrus trees.

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WASHINGTON | Dispute on eye drop size fails to catch Supreme Court’s eye



WASHINGTON | Dispute on eye drop size fails to catch Supreme Court’s eye

WASHINGTON (AP) — A dispute about the size of eye drops has failed to catch the eye of the Supreme Court.

Drug companies including Allergan, Bausch & Lomb, Merck and Pfizer had asked the court to get involved in the case. The companies were sued by patients using their eye drops to treat glaucoma and other eye conditions. The high court said Monday that it won’t take the case. That means a lower-court decision allowing the lawsuit to go forward will stand.

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WASHINGTON | Dispute on eye drop size fails to catch Supreme Court’s eye



WASHINGTON | Dispute on eye drop size fails to catch Supreme Court’s eye

WASHINGTON (AP) — A dispute about the size of eye drops has failed to catch the eye of the Supreme Court.

Drug companies including Allergan, Bausch & Lomb, Merck and Pfizer had asked the court to get involved in the case. The companies were sued by patients using their eye drops to treat glaucoma and other eye conditions. The high court said Monday that it won’t take the case. That means a lower-court decision allowing the lawsuit to go forward will stand.

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Retail Property Investors Still Looking to Acquire Assets



CARLSBAD, CALIF. / MAY 21, 2018 (STLRealEstate.News) –Retail investors are still in a buying mode, as they continue to focus on finding assets that can meet the changing needs of today’s consumers and produce desirable returns, according to Real Capital Markets’ May 2018 Retail Investor Sentiment Report.

While big box vacancies and high-profile retail store closures continue to adversely affect parts of the industry, investors surveyed noted optimism in other retail segments. Retail owners who embrace new models—whether they are experiential or contain some variation of mixed use—are considered to be in the best position to succeed in today’s retail environment.

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National Association of Realtors® to Launch .realestate Top-Level Domain



National Association of Realtors® to Launch .realestate Top-Level Domain

WASHINGTON/ May 21, 2018 (STLRealEstate.News) — The National Association of Realtors® will be launching a new top-level domain, .realestate, later this year. The new domain extension is scheduled to be available in September for members of NAR, with a late November release to the general public.

The .realestate web addresses will be free of restrictions from NAR affiliation and will allow real estate entities and professionals to creatively market properties, geographic areas served, or their personal brands and specialties.

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WASHINGTON | US issues steep list of demands for nuclear treaty with Iran



WASHINGTON | US issues steep list of demands for nuclear treaty with Iran

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States on Monday issued a steep list of demands to be included in a nuclear treaty with Iran to replace the deal scuttled by President Donald Trump and threatened “the strongest sanctions in history” if Iran doesn’t change course.

Drawing sharp contrasts with the 2015 deal, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said a stronger pact should require that Iran stop enrichment of uranium, which was allowed within strict limitations under the previous deal.

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SARANSK, Russia | Russia’s doping capital gears up for World Cup



SARANSK, Russia | Russia’s doping capital gears up for World Cup

SARANSK, Russia (AP) — Nestled on the edge of the forest outside the Russian city of Saransk is the home of one of the most successful doping programs in history.

Athletes from the V.M. Chegin Olympic Training Center dominated race-walking for over a decade, winning nine Olympic and 18 world championship medals between 2004 and 2016, when head coach Viktor Chegin was banned for life amid a blizzard of doping cases.

Now Saransk — like Russia itself — wants to rebuild its reputation by hosting World Cup soccer games.

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500 Topgolf Jobs Now Available in St. Louis



500 Topgolf Jobs Now Available in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS/ May 21, 2018 (STLRealEstate.News) — Global sports entertainment leader Topgolf® today announced hiring plans for its 43rd location, which will open late summer 2018. Approximately 500 new jobs have been posted online at topgolf.com/careers, and MISSION: Ambition auditions begin in three weeks.

A Topgolf MISSION: Ambition hiring event is one of the most unique ways one will ever interview for a job. Cloaked in mystery, but full of intrigue, these events are Topgolf’s special way of showcasing its culture of fun and energy.

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Ameren Missouri Planning Largest Wind Farm in the State



Ameren Missouri Planning Largest Wind Farm in the State

ST. LOUIS/ May 21, 2018 (STLRealEstate.News) — Today Ameren Missouri, a subsidiary of Ameren Corporation (NYSE: AEE), announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire, after construction, a 400-megawatt wind farm in northeast Missouri, the largest ever in the state.

“We are excited to take this transformative step to bring more renewable generation to our customers,” said Michael Moehn, president of Ameren Missouri. “Adding more wind energy will help us achieve our goal to reduce carbon emissions 80 percent by 2050.”

The facility would be built by an affiliate of Terra-Gen, LLC in Adair and Schuyler counties.

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Pomerantz Law Firm Reminds Shareholders with Losses on their Investment in Macquarie Infrastructure Corporation of Class Action Lawsuit and Upcoming Deadline



Pomerantz Law Firm Reminds Shareholders with Losses on their Investment in Macquarie Infrastructure Corporation of Class Action Lawsuit and Upcoming Deadline

NEW YORK, NY– Pomerantz LLP announces that a class action lawsuit has been filed against Macquarie Infrastructure Corporation (“Macquarie” or the “Company”) (NYSE: MIC) and certain of its officers.  The class action, filed in United States District Court, Southern District of New York, and docketed under 18-cv-03744, is on behalf of a class consisting of investors who purchased or otherwise acquired Macquarie’s securities between February 22, 2016, and February 21, 2018, both dates inclusive (the “Class Period”), seeking to recover damages caused by Defendants’ violations of the federal securities laws and to pursue remedies under Sections 10(b) and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”) and Rule 10b-5 promulgated thereunder, against the Company and certain of its top officials.

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NEW YORK | Nielsen says 29 million people watched wedding in US



NEW YORK | Nielsen says 29 million people watched wedding in US

NEW YORK (AP) — Perhaps getting married to a U.S. television star helps in the royal wedding ratings.

The Nielsen company says 29.2 million people in the United States watched the wedding of Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle early Saturday. The London ceremony aired starting at 7 a.m. Eastern time and was carried live on 15 different networks.

The telecast topped the 22.8 million people who watched Harry’s older brother, Prince William, marry Kate Middleton in 2011.

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California REALTORS® announce “Pathway to Homeownership” Affordable Housing Project



California REALTORS® announce “Pathway to Homeownership” Affordable Housing Project

LOS ANGELES/ May 21, 2018 (STLRealEstate.News) — In a demonstration of its commitment in advocating for affordable workforce housing in California, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) today announced it is exploring the redevelopment of the site of its Los Angeles headquarters to build affordable workforce rental and for sale housing.

C.A.R. is proposing the development of up to 181 residential units, which would include rental and for sale units at affordable workforce housing rates.

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Rosen Law Firm Reminds Myriad Genetics, Inc. Investors of Important Class Action Deadline



Rosen Law Firm Reminds Myriad Genetics, Inc. Investors of Important Class Action Deadline

NEW YORK, NY– Rosen Law Firm, a global investor rights law firm, reminds purchasers of the securities of Myriad Genetics, Inc. (NASDAQ: MYGN) from August 13, 2014 through March 12, 2018, both dates inclusive (the “Class Period”) of the important June 19, 2018 lead plaintiff deadline in the class action.  The lawsuit seeks to recover damages for Myriad investors under the federal securities laws.

To join the Myriad class action, go to http://rosenlegal.com/cases-1326.html or call Phillip Kim, Esq.

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SunTrust Mortgage: Kids Help Make the Pick in Half of Home Buying Decisions



SunTrust Mortgage: Kids Help Make the Pick in Half of Home Buying Decisions

ATLANTA/ May 21, 2018 (STLRealEstate.News) — When it comes to purchasing a new home, 55 percent of U.S. homeowners with a child under the age of 18 at the time of home purchase say the opinion of their child was a factor in their home buying decision. This is according to a new Harris Poll survey commissioned by SunTrust Mortgage, a division of SunTrust Banks, Inc. (NYSE: STI). For millennial parents between the ages of 18 and 36, the influence of children is even higher at 74 percent.

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NEW YORK | Richard N. Goodwin, White House speech writer, dead at 86



NEW YORK | Richard N. Goodwin, White House speech writer, dead at 86

NEW YORK (AP) — Former White House aide and speechwriter Richard N. Goodwin has died.

Goodwin died Sunday evening at his home in Concord, Massachusetts. His wife, the historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, said he died after a brief bout with cancer.

He was a liberal force for President John Kennedy and President Lyndon Johnson who helped develop Kennedy’s “Alliance for Progress” in Latin America and write Johnson’s historic “We Shall Overcome” speech on civil rights.

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LONDON | UK government does not intend to block Comcast-Sky deal



LONDON | UK government does not intend to block Comcast-Sky deal

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s government says it does not intend to refer U.S. media conglomerate Comcast’s 22 billion pound ($30.7 billion) takeover offer for London-based Sky to competition authorities, saying the proposed merger doesn’t raise concerns on public interest grounds.

Culture Secretary Matt Hancock says he’s “reviewed the relevant evidence” and that he is “minded not to issue” an intervention notice.

He says the “proposed merger does not raise concerns in relation to public interest considerations which would meet the threshold for intervention”.

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This Week: Fed minutes, home sales, durable goods orders



May 21, 2018 (AP)(STLRealEstate.News) — A look at some of the key business events and economic indicators upcoming this week:

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The Federal Reserve releases minutes from its most recent policymakers’ meeting on Wednesday.

At the meeting earlier this month, the panel left the central bank’s key policy rate unchanged at a still-low level of 1.5 to 1.75 percent. The Fed last hiked the rate in March, and many economists expect it will raise them again at its June meeting.

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NEW DELHI | Medical teams sent to south India amid deadly virus outbreak



NEW DELHI | Medical teams sent to south India amid deadly virus outbreak

NEW DELHI— A deadly virus has killed at least three people in southern India, officials said Monday, with medical teams dispatched to the area amid reports that up to six other people could have died from the disease and others are ill.

The three fatalities from the Nipah virus were all from the same family, said Kerala state health minister K.K. Shailaja.

There is no vaccine for Nipah, which can cause raging fevers, convulsions and vomiting.

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Missouri Business News: Ameren Missouri Planning Largest Wind Farm in the State



Missouri Business News: Ameren Missouri Planning Largest Wind Farm in the State

ST. LOUIS, MO – Today Ameren Missouri, a subsidiary of Ameren Corporation (NYSE: AEE), announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire, after construction, a 400-megawatt wind farm in northeast Missouri, the largest ever in the state.

“We are excited to take this transformative step to bring more renewable generation to our customers,” said Michael Moehn, president of Ameren Missouri.  “Adding more wind energy will help us achieve our goal to reduce carbon emissions 80 percent by 2050.”

The facility would be built by an affiliate of Terra-Gen, LLC in Adair and Schuyler counties. 

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WASHINGTON | The Latest: Trump defends US trade dealings with China



WASHINGTON | The Latest: Trump defends US trade dealings with China

WASHINGTON— The Latest on U.S.-China trade talks (all times local):

8:45 a.m.

President Donald Trump is defending his administration’s trade dealings with China a day after his Treasury secretary said the two countries were putting a trade war “on hold.”

Trump tweeted Monday: “China has agreed to buy massive amounts of ADDITIONAL Farm/Agricultural Products – would be one of the best things to happen to our farmers in many years!”

Trump adds: “On China, Barriers and Tariffs to come down for first time.”

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Sunday that the U.S.

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Johnson Fistel Investigates Proposed Sale of MB Financial, Inc.



Johnson Fistel Investigates Proposed Sale of MB Financial, Inc.

SAN DIEGO,  CA – Shareholder rights law firm Johnson Fistel, LLP has launched an investigation into whether the board members of MB Financial, Inc. (“MB Financial”) (NASDAQ: MBFI) breached their fiduciary duties in connection with the proposed sale of the Company to Fifth Third Bancorp (“Fifth Third”)(NASDAQ: FITB).

On May 21, 2018, MB Financial announced that it had signed a definitive merger agreement with Fifth Third. Under terms of the deal, MB Financial shareholder will receive $54.20, comprising 1.45 shares of Fifth Third common stock and $5.54 in cash.

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VATICAN CITY | LGBT community cheers pope’s ‘God made you like this’ remark



VATICAN CITY  | LGBT community cheers pope’s ‘God made you like this’ remark

VATICAN CITY  — Pope Francis’ reported comments to a gay man that “God made you like this” have been embraced by the LGBT community as another sign of Francis’ desire to make gays feel welcomed and loved in the Catholic Church.

Juan Carlos Cruz said Monday he spoke to Francis about his homosexuality during their meetings at the Vatican. Cruz was the main whistleblower in Chile’s clerical sex abuse and cover-up scandal, and met last month with Francis to discuss it.

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DUBLIN | Social media under microscope in emotive Irish abortion vote



DUBLIN  | Social media under microscope in emotive Irish abortion vote

DUBLIN — Debate is raging in homes, pubs and streets across Ireland over whether to lift the country’s decades-old ban on abortion.

Online, the argument is just as charged — and more shadowy, as unregulated ads of uncertain origin battle to sway voters ahead of Friday’s referendum, which could give Irish women the right to end their pregnancies for the first time.

The emotive campaign took a twist this month when Facebook and Google moved to restrict or remove ads relating to the abortion vote.

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NEW YORK | General Electric cuts $11B deal with Wabtec



NEW YORK | General Electric cuts $11B deal with Wabtec

NEW YORK — General Electric’s train engine division will tie up with railroad equipment maker Wabtec in deal worth about $11 billion as GE CEO John Flannery continues to break off parts of the conglomerate.

Wabtec CEO Raymond Betler will lead the combined company and its chairman, Albert Neupaver, will be executive chairman.

Under the deal announced Monday and approved by the boards of both companies, General Electric Co. will get $2.9 billion in cash and own a 50.1 percent stake.

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KINSHASA, Congo | Nurse dead in Congo as Ebola vaccination campaign starts



KINSHASA, Congo | Nurse dead in Congo as Ebola vaccination campaign starts

KINSHASA, Congo — A nurse has died from Ebola in Bikoro, the rural northwestern town where the outbreak began, as the country Monday begins a vaccination campaign in three health zones affected by the deadly outbreak, Congo’s health minister said.

The nurse’s death brings the death toll to 27. There are now 49 hemorrhagic fever cases: 22 confirmed as Ebola, 21 probable and 6 suspected, according to Health Minister Oly Ilunga.

“We have established surveillance mechanisms and are following all cases and contacts,” he said.

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BEIJING | China says it can’t guarantee no more trade tension with US



BEIJING | China says it can’t guarantee no more trade tension with US

BEIJING — China’s government said Monday it cannot guarantee that renewed trade tension with Washington can be avoided after U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin declared a temporary truce in a spiraling dispute that prompted worries of a chilling of global commerce.

Mnuchin said Sunday the two sides were “putting the trade war on hold” following an announcement Beijing would “significantly increase” purchases of American farm goods, energy and other products and services. But the two sides gave no indication of how much progress they had made toward ending the dispute over U.S.

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. | Jupiter’s backward-flying asteroid from another star system



CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.  | Jupiter’s backward-flying asteroid from another star system

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Just months after the discovery of our first known interstellar visitor, it turns out there’s another asteroid from yet another star system residing here in plain view.

Scientists reported Monday that this interstellar resident is an asteroid sharing Jupiter’s orbit but circling in the opposite direction.

They say the asteroid, known as 2015 BZ509, has been in this peculiar backward orbit around the sun ever since getting sucked into our solar system.

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CANBERRA, Australia | Australian state government proposes protecting wild horses



CANBERRA, Australia | Australian state government proposes protecting wild horses

CANBERRA, Australia — An Australian state government has decided to legally protect rather than kill thousands of wild horses, infuriating scientists who argue the feral species is doing severe environmental damage to the country’s iconic Snowy Mountains alpine region.

New South Wales Deputy Premier John Barilaro said Monday that his government had struck a balanced response to ecological concerns about the impact of the horses, known as brumbies, on Kosciuszko National Park.

A 2016 government report had recommended that 90 percent of the park’s 6,000 brumbies be killed, reducing the herd to 600 in the 6,900 square kilometers (2,700 square miles) of mountainous wilderness that includes Australia’s highest mainland peak, Mount Kosciuszko, and the nation’s most popular ski fields.

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WASHINGTON | Economic talks between US and China lead to trade war truce



WASHINGTON | Economic talks between US and China lead to trade war truce

WASHINGTON — The United States and China are pulling back from the brink of a trade war after the world’s two biggest economies reported progress in talks aimed at bringing down America’s massive trade deficit with Beijing.

“We are putting the trade war on hold,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Sunday.

After high-level talks Thursday and Friday in Washington, Beijing agreed in a joint statement with the U.S. to “substantially reduce” America’s trade deficit with China, but did not commit to cut the gap by any specific amount.

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Texas News: Texas Governor Abbott Calls For Moment Of Silence To Honor Victims Of Santa Fe High School Shooting



Texas News: Texas Governor Abbott Calls For Moment Of Silence To Honor Victims Of Santa Fe High School Shooting

AUSTIN, TX – Texas Governor Greg Abbott today issued a statewide call for Texans to take part in a moment of silence at 10:00 AM C.T. tomorrow, May 21, 2018, to honor the memory of the victims of the Santa Fe High School shooting.

“The act of evil that occurred in Santa Fe has deeply touched the core of who we are as Texans,” said Governor Abbott.  “In the midst of such tragedy, we pray for the victims and those mourning in Santa Fe, while we work to ensure swift and meaningful action to protect our students in schools across our state. 

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ST LOUIS WEATHER CONDITIONS & FORECAST, MAY 21, 2018



ST LOUIS WEATHER CONDITIONS & FORECAST, MAY 21, 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 5:51 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: 66°F – 19°C
Humidity: 96%
Wind Speed: S 6 mph
Barometer: 30.05 in (1016.5 MB)
Dew-point: 65°F – 18°C
Visibility: 10 Miles
Heat Index: N/A°F – N/A°C
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Heat Index: N/A°F – N/A°C

Extended Weather Forecast for the St Louis, Missouri area beginning May 21, 2018

Overnight: Scattered showers/thunderstorms, cloudy – low around 65 with south wind around 5 mph – chance of precipitation – 40%.

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MOSCOW  | Russian billionaire Abramovich runs into UK visa issues



MOSCOW  | Russian billionaire Abramovich runs into UK visa issues

MOSCOW  — Many wondered why Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich wasn’t in the stands to see his Chelsea soccer club win England’s FA Cup this weekend, and an associate confirmed Monday that his British visa hasn’t been renewed.

An associate of Abramovich, who spoke only on condition that he not be identified further because he was not authorized to comment publicly, told The Associated Press that Abramovich’s visa renewal application is taking longer than usual, saying it is unclear why.

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LONDON  | 2 men arrested 30 years after German teen death in N Ireland



LONDON  | 2 men arrested 30 years after German teen death in N Ireland

LONDON  — Police in Northern Ireland have arrested two men in the death of a German backpacker 30 years ago, after much-publicized appeals on the anniversary of the teenager’s death yielded a break in one of the region’s most notorious unsolved murders.

The men, aged 58 and 61, were arrested in connection with the death of 18-year-old Inga Maria Hauser, whose body was found in 1988 in a remote part of Ballypatrick Forest in County Antrim two weeks after she was last seen alive on a ferry from Scotland.

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LONDON  | Duchess of Sussex offers insight into her new role



LONDON  | Duchess of Sussex offers insight into her new role

LONDON  — Meghan Markle has offered a glimpse of how she sees her new role as the Duchess of Sussex in a biography posted on the royal website hours after the former actress married Britain’s Prince Harry.

The newly minted duchess’ biography highlights her focus on social issues and notes that she campaigned successfully at age 11 to have a company change the sexist language it used to sell dishwashing soap.

The page quotes her as saying: “I am proud to be a woman and a feminist.”

The biography does not mention of the seven years she spent playing Rachel Zane in the U.S.

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CLIFTON, N.J.  | Funeral to be held for girl killed in school bus crash



CLIFTON, N.J.  | Funeral to be held for girl killed in school bus crash

CLIFTON, N.J.  — Family and friends are remembering a student killed when a school bus on a field trip collided with a dump truck in New Jersey.

A funeral will take place Monday for fifth-grader Miranda Vargas.

The 10-year-old and 51-year-old teacher Jennifer Williamson died in the crash last Thursday. More than 40 others were injured.

The bus was one of three taking students from East Brook Middle School in Paramus to Waterloo Village, a historic site depicting a Lenape Indian community and once-thriving port.

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Guam & Northern Mariana Islands News: Arlene Hart Sentenced for Mail Fraud Relating to Cw-1 Applications for Foreign Workers



Guam & Northern Mariana Islands News: Arlene Hart Sentenced for Mail Fraud Relating to Cw-1 Applications for Foreign Workers

GUAM/NORHERN MARIANA ISLANDS NEWS – SHAWN N. ANDERSON, United States Attorney for the Districts of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, announced that defendant Arlene Hart was sentenced on by Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona for two counts of Mail Fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1341.  The convictions were based on the defendant’s participation in a scheme to defraud by submitting fraudulent documents to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) California Service Center in support of CNMI-Only Transitional Worker (CW-1) applications for workers from the Philippines. 

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CAPE TOWN, South Africa | Verdict to be delivered in family ax murder trial



CAPE TOWN, South Africa | Verdict to be delivered in family ax murder trial

CAPE TOWN, South Africa— A South African man accused of murdering three members of his family with an ax arrived in court on Monday morning to hear the verdict in his case.

Henri van Breda also is charged with attempting to murder his sister in the alleged attack on Jan. 27, 2015. Marli, then 16, suffered severe injuries and is reported to be unable to remember the incident.

Van Breda, who handed himself over to police in September 2016, has pleaded not guilty to all the charges, including an additional charge of obstructing justice.

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ROME | Rival players support seeding Serena Williams at French Open



ROME | Rival players support seeding Serena Williams at French Open

ROME — Several of Serena Williams’ biggest rivals believe that the 23-time Grand Slam champion deserves more than just a guaranteed spot in the French Open draw.

Williams, who is expected to play in her first major since returning from maternity leave, should also receive a top seed that befits the No. 1 ranking she held when she left the tour, the players say.

The WTA Tour said it is considering a rule change to add protected seeding for highly-ranked players returning from maternity leave but the earliest that could take effect is next year.

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BRUSSELS | Zuckerberg meeting with EU parliament leaders to be webcast



BRUSSELS | Zuckerberg meeting with EU parliament leaders to be webcast

BRUSSELS — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has agreed to have his meeting Tuesday with the leaders of the European parliament about data privacy be broadcast publicly through web streaming.

The evening meeting with leaders of the political groups and a justice and civil rights expert was long expected to be private. But many in the European Parliament had been calling for an on-air grilling for Zuckerberg to explain his company’s role in a scandal about the misuse of customer data.

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WASHINGTON | Trump to DOJ: Investigate whether FBI infiltrated campaign



WASHINGTON  | Trump to DOJ: Investigate whether FBI infiltrated campaign

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said he will “demand” that the Justice Department investigate whether the FBI infiltrated his presidential campaign, an extraordinary order that came hours before his legal team said the special counsel indicated the investigation into the president could be concluded by September.

Trump tweeted Sunday: “I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes – and if any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama Administration!”

Trump’s demand puts further pressure on the Justice Department, which later Sunday asked its watchdog to expand an existing probe of FBI actions, as the White House combats the threat posed by special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into potential ties between Russia and the Trump campaign.

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WASHINGTON | Trump to attend swearing-in of CIA’s 1st female director



WASHINGTON | Trump to attend swearing-in of CIA’s 1st female director

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is attending the swearing-in of the CIA’s first female director.

The ceremony for Gina Haspel is taking place Monday morning at agency headquarters in Langley, Virginia.

Haspel won Senate confirmation last week after overcoming concerns about her role in the agency’s use of harsh interrogation techniques after 9/11.

The 33-year CIA employee was backed by many in the CIA rank and file and senior intelligence officials, including former CIA directors and national intelligence directors.

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