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WRENTHAM, Mass | charged with robbing Gronkowski’s home arraigned



WRENTHAM, Mass. (AP) — One of three men charged in connection with a robbery at the home of New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski while he was away at the Super Bowl has been held on $100,000 bail.

The Sun Chronicle reports that 26-year-old Shane Denn, wearing a Patriots T-shirt, pleaded not guilty Wednesday. If he makes bail, he must stay away from Gronkowski and wear a GPS monitoring device.

Authorities say the Tewksbury man broke into Gronkowski’s Foxborough home on Feb.

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla | Florida authorities say a suspect has been arrested in the shooting death of rapper XXXTentacion.



FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida authorities say a suspect has been arrested in the shooting death of rapper XXXTentacion.

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U.S. Home Prices At Least Affordable Level Since Q3 2008



IRVINE, Calif./ June 21, 2018 (STLRealEstate.News) — ATTOM Data Solutions, curator of the nation’s premier property database, today released its Q2 2018 U.S. Home Affordability Report, which shows that the U.S. home prices in the first quarter were at the least affordable level since Q3 2008.

The report calculates an affordability index based on percentage of income needed to buy a median-priced home relative to historic averages, with an index above 100 indicating median home prices are more affordable than the historic average, and an index below 100 indicating median home prices are less affordable than the historic average.

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla | Suspect arrested in rapper XXXTentacion’s shooting death



FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A suspect has been charged in the shooting death of rising rap star XXXTentacion, authorities in Florida said Thursday.

Dedrick Devonshay Williams, 22, of Pompano Beach was arrested shortly before 7 p.m. Wednesday, the Broward Sheriff’s Office said in a news release sent Thursday morning. Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, 20, who went by the stage name pronounced “Ex Ex Ex ten-ta-see-YAWN,” was gunned down Monday as he left an upscale motorcycle dealership near Fort Lauderdale where he was planning to make a purchase.

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MOSCOW | The Latest: Reports contradict on GoalControl interference



MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Thursday at the World Cup (all times local):
4:15 p.m.

Russian authorities have made apparently conflicting claims about whether part of the Luzhniki stadium’s fire-detection equipment could have interfered with the goal-line technology system.

The Russian state telecommunications regulator, Roskomnadzor, says it found malfunctions with four pieces of equipment Wednesday but “there was and is no threat to the system of goal detection at Luzhniki.”

However, Russian media reported a statement earlier Thursday from the same regulator, saying the equipment was operating on the same frequencies as the GoalControl system and could have interfered with it.

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Muhammad Ali’s Michigan home on the market for $2.9 million



BERRIEN SPRINGS, Mich./June 21, 2018 (AP)(STLRealEstate.News) — The family of Muhammad Ali has put the late boxing legend’s Michigan estate on the market for nearly $2.9 million.

The 81-acre property in southwestern Michigan’s Berrien Springs features a full-size boxing ring, a private gym, steam room, a main home and a guest house. There also is an outdoor pool, bathhouse and cabana.

The estate is on the St. Joseph River, about 170 miles west of Detroit.

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WASHINGTON | AP-NORC Poll: Americans not hopeful about ties with allies



WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans feel U.S. relations have a better chance at improving in the year ahead with traditionally hostile nations such as North Korea and Russia than they do with allies such as Britain and Canada, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

Nearly half of Americans — 46 percent — expect relationships with the country’s traditional allies to get worse over the next year, while just 20 percent expect them to get better.

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Florida’s state-created insurer puts rate hikes on hold



MAITLAND, Fla./June 21, 2018 (AP)(STLRealEstate.News) — One of Florida’s largest property insurers is delaying a plan to raise its rates.

The board that controls Citizens Property Insurance voted on Wednesday to delay a vote on rate hikes until December. Normally, the state-created insurer considers rate increases during its summer meetings.

The move came with the support of Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis, who was appointed to the job by Gov. Rick Scott.

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WASHINGTON | Trump stresses support for SC governor



WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is stressing his support for South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, who is competing in a runoff election for the GOP gubernatorial nomination.

Trump, who will appear in Columbia Monday for McMaster, tweets Thursday: “Henry worked so hard & was so loyal to me that I look forward to reciprocating!” He added the “State is BOOMING.”

Trump visits a day before voters decide between McMaster and businessman John Warren in a runoff.

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NEW YORK | Intel CEO Brian Krzanich resigns after company learns of consensual relationship with employee



NEW YORK (AP) — Intel CEO Brian Krzanich resigns after company learns of consensual relationship with employee.

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Trump meets with lawmakers about ZTE deal opposed in Senate



WASHINGTON/June 21, 2018 (AP)(STLRealEstate.News) — President Donald Trump met Wednesday with Republican lawmakers after the Senate moved to block a White House plan to allow Chinese telecom giant ZTE Corp. to buy component parts from the U.S.

ZTE is accused of violating trade laws by selling sensitive technologies to North Korea and Iran. The administration announced an agreement with ZTE earlier this month but has run into opposition in Congress.

The public part of Trump’s meeting with 16 Republican lawmakers focused heavily on the debate over the separation of immigrant children from their families at the southern border.

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WOODSIDE, Calif | Koko, the gorilla who knew sign language, dies at 46



WOODSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Koko, the gorilla who mastered sign language, has died.

The Gorilla Foundation says the 46-year-old western lowland gorilla died in her sleep at the foundation’s preserve in California’s Santa Cruz mountains on Tuesday.

Koko was born at the San Francisco Zoo, and Dr. Francine Patterson began teaching the gorilla sign language that became part of a Stanford University project in 1974.

The foundation says Koko’s capacity for language and empathy opened the minds and hearts of millions.

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MOSCOW | The Latest: Denmark, Australia are 1-1 at halftime in Samara



MOSCOW — The Latest on Thursday at the World Cup (all times local):

3:48 p.m.

It is 1-1 at halftime after Australia captain Jedinak equalized from the penalty spot in the 39th minute to counter an early Denmark goal.

Christian Eriksen scored from close range in the 7th minute to give Demark a 1-0 lead. Jedinak’s penalty came after video replay determined a hand ball in the box for Denmark’s Yussuf Poulsen — a call that the Danish players pleaded against.

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JERUSALEM | Israeli PM’s wife charged with fraud, breach of trust



JERUSALEM — Israeli prosecutors on Thursday charged the wife of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with misusing over $100,000 in public funds to order lavish meals from some of the country’s most famous chefs.

While the prime minister was not directly implicated in the case, the indictment against Sara Netanyahu threatens to embarrass the long-serving leader and brings back attention to his own legal problems.

Netanyahu has basked in months of political success, including the Trump administration’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal and its move of the U.S.

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EDINBURG, Texas | Trump’s immigration order sparks confusion, deep concern



EDINBURG, Texas — President Donald Trump’s reversal of a policy separating migrant families at the Mexico border sparked confusion over how the new guidelines will play out and deep concern that the changes don’t go far enough, allowing children to still be held in detention even if they remain with their families.

“We are pleased that the president is calling a halt to his inhumane and heartless policy of separating parents from their children,” said Peter Schey, the lawyer in a lawsuit that resulted in a key agreement governing the treatment of migrant children in detention called the Flores settlement.

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MOSCOW | The Latest: Jedinak equalizes for Australia vs Denmark



MOSCOW — The Latest on Thursday at the World Cup (all times local):

3:39 p.m.

Australia captain Mile Jedinak has equalized in the 39th minute against Denmark after converting a penalty that was awarded after a video review. It’s 1-1.

Yussuf Poulsen handled the ball when he went up to challenge for a header in the area and referee Antonio Mateu awarded the penalty after reviewing a replay on a sideline monitor.

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Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management Announces Changes To Recreational Black Sea Bass Fishery



New Regulations Increase Season Length, Possession Limit

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) has extended the season and increased the fall possession limit for the 2018 recreational black sea bass fishery.

The new rules add nine days to the beginning of the season and ends the fall closure that was in place in 2017, giving an additional 31 days that were closed last year.  The season is now open from June 24 through December 31. 

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ORLANDO, Fla. | Orlando International Airport to scan faces of US citizens



ORLANDO, Fla. — Florida’s busiest airport is becoming the first in the nation to require a face scan of passengers on all arriving and departing international flights, including U.S. citizens, according to officials there.

The expected announcement Thursday at Orlando International Airport alarms some privacy advocates who say there are no formal rules in place for handling data gleaned from the scans, nor formal guidelines on what should happen if a passenger is wrongly prevented from boarding.

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MOSCOW | The Latest: Iceland coach expects lineup changes vs Nigeria



MOSCOW — The Latest on Thursday at the World Cup (all times local):

3:15 p.m.

Iceland coach Heimir Hallgrimsson has revealed that winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson isn’t expected to recover in time to play against Nigeria at the World Cup.

Gudmundsson tore his calf muscle in Iceland’s surprising 1-1 draw against Argentina last Saturday.

Hallgrimsson tells a news conference he was “not going to hide” the fact that Berg Gudmundsson is unlikely to recover in time, and says there’ll “definitely” be changes in the lineup.

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MOSCOW | The Latest: Eriksen opens scoring for Denmark v Australia



MOSCOW — The Latest on Thursday at the World Cup (all times local):

3:07 p.m.

Christian Eriksen has given Denmark a 1-0 lead in the 7th minute of the World Cup Group C game against Australia.

Nicolai Jorgensen had two controlled touches to create a scoring chance with well-timed pass and Eriksen finished off with a left-foot shot from close range.

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2:55 p.m.

FIFA says it condemns claims by a Morocco player that American referee Mark Geiger asked for a player’s shirt during Portugal’s 1-0 win on Wednesday.

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MOSCOW | The Latest: FIFA defends US ref over Morocco’s shirt claim



MOSCOW — The Latest on Thursday at the World Cup (all times local):

2:55 p.m.

FIFA says it condemns claims by a Morocco player that American referee Mark Geiger asked for a player’s shirt during Portugal’s 1-0 win on Wednesday.

Geiger denied the allegation to FIFA, which says the referee behaved in an “exemplary and professional manner.”

The claim was made by Morocco player Noureddine Amrabat in a post-game interview with Netherlands public broadcaster NOS.

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WASHINGTON | AP-NORC Poll: Majority approve of Trump’s North Korea effort



WASHINGTON — A majority of Americans now approve of President Donald Trump’s handling of U.S. relations with North Korea, a change that comes after his historic summit with that country’s leader, Kim Jong Un. But most don’t believe Kim is serious about addressing the international concerns about his country’s nuclear weapons program.
A new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research released Thursday finds that 55 percent of Americans approve of Trump’s diplomacy with North Korea, up from 42 percent in March and 34 percent last October.

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TIGARAS, Indonesia | Military vows to recover bodies from sunken Indonesia ferry



TIGARAS, Indonesia— Indonesia’s military chief said Thursday that specialist navy equipment will be deployed to pinpoint a ferry that sank in the crater lake of an ancient supervolcano, offering a glimmer of hope to distraught relatives that the bodies of more than 180 people presumed drowned will be recovered.

Only 18 people, including the captain, have been rescued and four confirmed dead since the ferry, massively overcrowded with passengers and motorcycles, sank early Monday evening in waters that officials say are up to 500 meters (1,640 feet) deep.

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PHILADELPHIA | Phillies fan injured by flying hot dog launched by Phanatic



PHILADELPHIA — It was a flying frankfurter and not a foul ball that left a baseball fan with a black eye in Philadelphia.

Kathy McVay says she was at Monday night’s Phillies game when the team’s mascot, the Phillie Phanatic, rolled out his hot dog launcher. McVay was sitting near home plate and, she says, all of a sudden a hot dog wrapped in duct tape struck her in the face.

McVay says she is suffering from a shoulder injury, so she was unable to swat the hot dog away.

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LOS ANGELES | Paul McCartney ready to release his 17th solo album



LOS ANGELES — Paul McCartney is inviting fans on a musical journey as he prepares to release his 17th solo album.

The former Beatle, who turned 76 on Monday, announced on social media on Wednesday that “Egypt Station” will be released on Sept. 7. The title comes from the name of one of McCartney’s paintings and it will be McCartney’s first full album since “NEW” in 2013.

McCartney posted the singles “I Don’t Know” and “Come On To Me.”

In a statement, McCartney says he thinks of the album “as a dream location that the music emanates from.”

“Egypt Station” was recorded between Los Angeles, London and Sussex, England.

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WARSAW, Poland | Official: Polish leader’s ill health not sparking infighting



WARSAW, Poland — A government official is denying rumors that the illness of Jaroslaw Kaczynski, Poland’s powerful ruling party leader, has sparked infighting at highest political levels.

Kaczynski, 69, was recently hospitalized and has been out of public view for weeks. The hospital said it treated him for osteoarthritis in a knee, though the health minister recently said not admitting him “would have threatened his life.”

His absence has generated intense speculation about who would eventually replace Kaczynski, who is seen as the real power behind the government.

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MOSCOW | The Latest: Schone replaces Kvist for Denmark vs Australia



MOSCOW — The Latest on Thursday at the World Cup (all times local):

2:20 p.m.

Lasse Schone has come into the Denmark lineup for the World Cup game against Australia to replace injured midfielder William Kvist, who broke two ribs in his team’s opening 1-0 win over Peru.

The Australians retained the same starting lineup from its opening 2-1 loss to France. The Australians need a win to maintain a realistic chance of progressing out of the group stage for the first time since 2006.

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LONDON | NATO head: No guarantee trans-Atlantic alliance will survive



LONDON — Bonds between Europe and North America are under strain and there’s no guarantee the trans-Atlantic alliance will survive, the head of NATO warned Thursday.

Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg called for an international effort to shore up the military alliance, amid divisions between Europe and the United States over trade, climate change and the Iran nuclear deal.

“It is not written in stone that the trans-Atlantic bond will survive forever,” Stoltenberg told an audience in London.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. | Tariffs stir unrest among American whiskey producers



LOUISVILLE, Ky. — American distilleries have watched warily as the threat of tariffs from Europe ratcheted up in recent weeks.

While larger, corporate-owned facilities tend to do the most business overseas, small and mid-sized companies could be especially vulnerable to a trade war.

That worries Scott Harris, co-founder and general manager of Catoctin Creek Distillery in Virginia. He has hundreds of barrels of rye aging there. About one-fourth of it was destined for Europe before the risk of tariffs arose.

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MOSCOW | Former FIFA boss Blatter revels in visit to Putin, World Cup



MOSCOW— Sepp Blatter came to Moscow and saw Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin, defying FIFA’s wish that its suspended former president’s visit to the World Cup would attract little attention.  

Blatter says he went to see Russia’s president after watching Portugal’s 1-0 win over Morocco in Moscow on Wednesday — wearing the laminate fan ID card required for all people attending World Cup games in Russia.

“We had small talks,” Blatter, who converses with Putin in German, told reporters Thursday.

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LONDON | UK central bank keeps rates low amid Brexit uncertainty



LONDON — The Bank of England has kept interest rates on hold amid conflicting signals on the economy and Brexit uncertainty.

Policymakers voted 6-3 to keep the main rate at 0.5 percent as economists looked to their August meeting, when the next set of quarterly forecasts are published.

Policymakers face a dilemma on the timing of the next increase. Wage growth has stalled but inflation remains above the 2 percent target, at 2.4 percent.

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St Louis News: Secretary of State Ashcroft, with Secretaries of State Nationwide, Announces National Election Security Summit in St. Louis



JEFFERSON CITY, MO — Yesterday, Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft announced that St. Louis will host the National Election Security Summit on Sept. 10-11, 2018, with administrative support provided by the National Association of Secretaries of State.  The partnership includes a bipartisan group of Secretaries of State from across the country, and will be hosted courtesy of World Wide Technology, which maintains its Global Headquarters in St. Louis.

National, state and local election authorities will join officials from the U.S.

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AMMAN, Jordan | Merkel pledges $100M loan for troubled Jordan



AMMAN, Jordan — German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday promised a $100 million loan to troubled Jordan, where mass protests over austerity measures forced the prime minister to resign earlier this month.

Merkel visited the kingdom amid an escalating domestic row over migration. Standing next to Jordan’s King Abdullah II, she made no reference to the crisis that could shake up her coalition.

The chancellor said Germany will provide the $100 million loan in addition to bilateral aid which amounts to about 384 million euros ($442 million) this year.

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MOSCOW | Messi dogged by Ronaldo, history as Argentina meets Croatia



MOSCOW — Lionel Messi is going to have a hard time keeping up with Cristiano Ronaldo at this year’s World Cup.
The Argentina great had a penalty kick saved during his team’s tournament-opening 1-1 draw with Iceland. At 31, this could be Messi’s last World Cup, and Thursday’s match against Croatia is crucial as the longtime Barcelona forward tries to deliver his first major title for Argentina.
Messi’s biggest rival, Ronaldo, seems less burdened during what could also be his final World Cup run.

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NEW YORK | Days after buying Time Warner, AT&T launches new TV service



NEW YORK — AT&T is launching a new streaming service incorporating television networks from the Time Warner company it just bought.

The WatchTV service, a cable-like package of more than 30 TV channels delivered over the internet, is an example of the “skinny bundles” coming from telecom and broadband providers as more people watch TV online. Competitors include Sling TV, PlayStation Vue and AT&T’s own DirecTV Now.

WatchTV will be free for subscribers of two unlimited wireless plans AT&T is launching.

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Chicago, IL News – Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, City Colleges Of Chicago Team Up With Facebook To Equip A Tech Ready Workforce



CHICAGO, IL – Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Facebook today with City Colleges of Chicago announced two collaborations to expand digital and technology training to students across Chicago.  Facebook will support students participating in coding bootcamps through the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, and will work with City Colleges to expand its existing digital marketing curriculum and training.  Both programs are expected to launch in the fall of 2018.

“Training in coding and interactive and multimedia design provides young people with the opportunity to learn the language of the future, sharpen their minds and develop the skillsets needed to compete and win in the 21st century,” Mayor Emanuel said. 

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand | EU says tax on Harleys aimed to ‘make noise’ in trade debate



WELLINGTON, New Zealand — European Union Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said Thursday that the grouping has targeted some iconic American imports like Harley-Davidson motorcycles and bourbon for tariffs in hopes that it will “make noise” and put pressure on U.S. leaders amid a trade dispute.

The EU announced this week it would begin taxing U.S. imports worth about $3.4 billion from Friday, in response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to put tariffs on European steel and aluminum.

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GENEVA | Pope, in Geneva, says Christians can work together on peace



GENEVA — Pope Francis on Thursday encouraged Christians to work together to further peace and justice in the world and resist the temptation to use religious differences as excuses to thwart unity as he made a visit to Geneva, one of the first cities to embrace the Protestant Reformation.

Francis pitched for greater togetherness at an ecumenical prayer service hosted by the World Council of Churches, which is marking its 70th anniversary this year.

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Delaware News: 2019 District/Charter Teachers of the Year named



DOVER, DE – Twenty Delaware teachers are finalists to be named Delaware’s 2019 State Teacher of the Year.

Selected from among the 9,000 public school teachers in the state, the candidates were nominated by their districts or the Delaware Charter School Network because of their ability to inspire students with a love of learning, demonstration of professional traits and devotion to teaching.  Already leaders among the colleagues in their buildings, each now has assumed a role representing educators in their districts or the charter network. 

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WHAT’S HAPPENING: Can GOP fix immigration amid border crisis



While President Donald Trump boasts about signing an executive order that he says fixes the problem he created by forcibly separating more than 2,300 children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, House GOP leaders were working to get reluctant party members on board to resolve broader immigration issues ahead of a vote Thursday. Democrats seized the opportunity to highlight yet another one of the Trump administration’s self-inflicted wounds, but die-hard Trump supporters see no issues with the president’s about-face.

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Maryland Lottery News: Traveling Scratch-off Fan Finds $100,000 Win in Frederick



MD – A trio of travelers — one a little queasy — headed into a Frederick Wawa on June 10 to buy drinks and ice for the cooler in preparation for another day of elite travel team baseball games.

While his fiancé and future stepson shopped, Joseph Costa of Elizabethtown, PA, looked around the store at 1001 West Patrick Street for something to settle his stomach.  They had spent Saturday, June 9 at games in West Virginia, stayed the night in Frederick, and were preparing for a full day of games there on June 10. 

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OHIO | Collaborative Effort to Sample for Grass Carp in the Sandusky and Maumee Rivers



COLUMBUS, OH – Fisheries biologists from multiple agencies recently conducted a project on the Sandusky and Maumee rivers to assess their ability to capture grass carp, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

Crews from the ODNR Division of Wildlife worked with Michigan DNR; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada; Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry; Minnesota DNR; Great Lakes Fishery Commission; The Nature Conservancy; U.S.

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GENEVA | The Latest: Christian leaders greet Pope Francis in Geneva



GENEVA — The Latest on the pope’s visit to Geneva (all times local):

12 noon

Pope Francis has been greeted joyfully by Lutheran, Anglican, Methodist and Orthodox leaders as he arrived for an ecumenical service among many different Christian faiths at the World Council of Churches.

The pontiff waved to onlookers from his car as he arrived at WCC headquarters in Geneva for the prayer service in a modern hall with lattice woodwork and stained-glass windows.

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NEW YORK | Free Fishing Weekend- June 23-24



NEW YORK– Free Sport Fishing Events are family fishing clinics where participants can fish for free; no freshwater fishing license or enrollment in the Recreational Marine Fishing Registry is required. In addition to fishing, participants can learn about fish identification, fishing equipment and techniques, fisheries management, angling ethics and aquatic ecology.  In addition to the Free Sport Fishing Events, June 23-24, 2018 is Free Fishing Weekend in NY. February 17-18, 2018, September 22, 2018 and November 11, 2018 have also been newly designated as Free Fishing Days. 

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DAKAR, Senegal | Voting machines raise worries in Congo ahead of elections



DAKAR, Senegal— Congo’s government is moving forward with plans to use electronic voting machines in this year’s highly anticipated presidential election despite warnings from watchdog groups that transparency and credibility could suffer.

The vast, mineral-rich nation is under pressure to ensure a fair election in December amid concerns that President Joseph Kabila, in office since 2001, will try to run again or hold on to power. He has remained after his mandate ended in late 2016 as the election has been delayed.

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MOSCOW | The Latest: Ex-FIFA President Blatter meets Putin at Kremlin



MOSCOW — The Latest on Thursday at the World Cup (all times local):

12:35 p.m.

Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter says he met Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin and talked about the Russia team’s good start to the World Cup.

Blatter went to see Russia’s president after attending Portugal’s 1-0 win over Morocco in Moscow on Wednesday.

Blatter says “we had small talks. We spoke about football and the good start of the competition, the good start of the team.”  Russia has qualified for the round of 16.

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LEADING OFF: Pair of aces pitching in Bronx, Wacha gets MRI



A look at what’s happening around the majors today:

BIG ARMS IN THE BRONX

With slugger Giancarlo Stanton heating up at the plate, the major league-leading Yankees (49-22) go for a three-game sweep of visiting Seattle. Luis Severino (10-2, 2.09 ERA) pitches for New York against lefty James Paxton (6-1, 3.44), who is 5-0 with a 2.55 ERA since the beginning of May — a nine-start span that includes a no-hitter in Toronto.

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NEW JERSEY | Comment Sought On Offshore Wind Energy Development



NEW JERSEY–  In response to a request from Governor Murphy, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has extended the public comment period for offshore wind energy development in the four designated Call Areas within the New York/New Jersey Bight (see map).  Although stakeholders will have other opportunities to provide comments during the wind energy development process, providing comments at this first stage is critical for reducing potential user conflicts and potential adverse impacts to marine species and habitats. 

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KUALA LUMPUR, | Malaysia to go ahead with skyscraper despite stolen funds



KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysia said Thursday it will not cancel a skyscraper project billed as the tallest in Southeast Asia, even though 3 billion ringgit ($747 million) from the venture has been misappropriated by the 1MDB state fund linked to former premier Najib Razak.

Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said Najib’s government had since 2012 guaranteed borrowings, extended advances and purchased land from TRX City Sendirian Berhad amounting to nearly 3.7 billion ringgit ($921.4 million), but 3.067 billion ($764 million) of that was embezzled by 1MDB, mainly to repay its loans.

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LONDON | Treasury chief to outline UK plan to remain a finance hub



LONDON — Britain’s Treasury chief is expected to outline plans to ensure the nation’s financial services industry can thrive after the U.K. leaves the European Union when he delivers a speech to top business executives Thursday night.

Philip Hammond says in excerpts released ahead of his annual Mansion House speech that London will remain the “global capital of finance.”

Hammond will highlight plans to negotiate international agreements easing trade in goods and services, saying that “being open to the world” is the key to future success.

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