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ATHENS, Greece | Greek financial markets rally on debt relief deal



ATHENS, Greece — Greece’s government borrowing costs have dropped and the stock market is rallying on news that the country’s creditors have agreed to debt relief measures that pave the way for an end to the nation’s eight-year bailout program in two months.

The yield on Greece’s benchmark 10-year bond fell to 4.1 percent Friday, down about 0.2 percentage points. The main stock index was up 2.2 percent.

The agreement concluded overnight in Luxembourg by finance ministers from fellow members of the 19-member eurozone grants Greece a ten-year extension in repaying a large chunk of its crippling debt load.

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FISHING | Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Hook, Line and Teacher



FRANKFORT, Ky.– School kids fervently look forward to summer break, but often after a few weeks, they complain of boredom.

An 18-inch largemouth bass jumping and shaking its head at the end of a line is a sure-fire way to cure boredom and instill a passion for a lifelong wholesome activity in a young person.  Many parents would like to teach their kids how to fish, but don’t know how to fish themselves.

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Missouri Lottery News: Washington Man, Robert Seamon Wins First Grand Prize in Lottery’s Summer Promotion



JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Robert Seamon’s name was drawn today to win his choice of a worldwide exploration in the Missouri Lottery’s “Second Chance of a Lifetime: Summer Thrills” promotion.  The Washington resident will get to pick from among three world-class adventures: an African safari in the Serengeti, a trip through the outback of Australia or outdoor activities at a ranch in Wyoming.

“They are all amazing trips and once-in-a-lifetime experiences,” said May Scheve Reardon, executive director of the Missouri Lottery. 

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Live Music Offered at Missouri Wineries for June 22, 23, & 24, 2018



ST LOUIS, MO – Each week we publish a list of live music events in the St. Louis area offered by Missouri wineries.

  • Augusta Winery – 5601 High St, Augusta, MO, (888)667-9463- live music Friday June 22, 2018 at 6 pm- 9 pm , featuring Two trees, Saturday June 23, 2018 at 1 pm – 5 pm FOA aka Friends of Aaron Jazz Ensemble and Sunday June 24, 2018 at 1 pm – 5 pm featuring Nick Kargo.

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ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia  | South Sudan peace deal attempt fails as Kiir rejects Machar



ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia  — The latest attempt at ending South Sudan’s civil war has failed as President Salva Kiir rejects working again with rival Riek Machar after their first face-to-face meeting in almost two years.

Government spokesman Michael Makuei says “this is simply because we have had enough of him.”

The rivals met this week in neighboring Ethiopia on its prime minister’s invitation.

Opposition spokesman Lam Paul Gabriel says “there was nothing agreed upon in the talks” and accuses the East African regional bloc of favoring South Sudan’s government.

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SRINAGAR, India | Fatal fight sets off anti-India protests, clashes in Kashmir



SRINAGAR, India — Police say at least two rebels, a police official and a civilian were killed during a gunbattle in disputed Kashmir, triggering anti-India protests and clashes in which several people have been injured.

Police say government forces raided a cluster of homes on a tip that rebels were hiding in the southern Srigufwara area and they came under fire from militants.

As the fighting raged, protests and clashes broke out near the site of the gunbattle and in other neighborhoods as residents tried to help the trapped militants escape.

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JAKARTA, Indonesia  | Indonesia court sentences cleric behind attacks to death



JAKARTA, Indonesia  — Radical cleric Aman Abdurrahman was sentenced to death by an Indonesian court Friday for ordering Islamic State group-affiliated militants to carry out attacks including the January 2016 suicide bombing at a Starbucks in Jakarta.

Abdurrahman, who police and prosecutors say is a key ideologue for IS militants in the world’s largest Muslim nation, kneeled and kissed the floor as the panel of five judges announced the sentence while counterterrorism officers guarding him uttered “praise be to God.”

Several hundred paramilitary and counterterrorism police secured the Jakarta court where the trial took place.

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NEW YORK  | Charles Krauthammer, conservative columnist and pundit, dies



NEW YORK — Charles Krauthammer, the Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and pundit who helped shape and occasionally dissented from the conservative movement as he evolved from “Great Society” Democrat to Iraq War cheerleader to denouncer of Donald Trump, has died.

He was 68.

His Thursday death was announced by two organizations that were longtime employers, Fox News Channel and The Washington Post.

Krauthammer had said publicly a year ago he was being treated for a cancerous tumor in his abdomen and earlier this month revealed that he likely had just weeks to live.

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DENVER  | Colorado’s independent voters get voice in party primaries



DENVER  — Colorado is joining a growing list of states that allow unaffiliated voters — the state’s largest voting bloc — to participate in the major party primaries, thanks to a voter-passed initiative that coincided with disenchantment with the polarization of the 2016 election.

The 2016 initiative allows Colorado’s 1.2 million active independent voters to cast ballots Tuesday in either the Democratic or Republican party primaries on Tuesday. The initiative passed in a year that saw presidential candidate Bernie Sanders defeat Hillary Clinton in Colorado caucuses and yet a strong vote for Donald Trump in the general election, though he lost the state.

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Muted reaction by ‘pro-family’ groups to family separations



Even as many religious organizations, from liberal to conservative, denounced the Trump administration’s policy of separating immigrant families at the U.S.-Mexico border, some major advocacy groups that depict themselves as “pro-family” declined to join in the criticism.

Two of the most influential anti-abortion groups in the U.S. — the National Right to Life Committee and the Susan B. Anthony List — said their focus on abortion is so intense that they avoid wading into other issues.

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HELENA, Mont. | Trapped campers, swimming bears in Montana as floods hit US



HELENA, Mont. — Helicopters rescued people stranded by flooding in Texas and Montana, including 140 children and counselors stuck in a mountain bible camp for two days, as severe storms swept the Rockies and the Midwest.

Campers attending the Montana Wilderness School of the Bible near the small town of Augusta were lifted out Thursday after a washed-out road cut off the only exit. Montana was just drying out from spring flooding caused by near-record snowfall over the winter when a storm unleashed rain over the past three days.

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WASHINGTON  | Another US worker confirmed hurt by mystery Cuba incidents



WASHINGTON  — Medical tests have confirmed that one additional U.S. Embassy worker has been affected by mysterious health incidents in Cuba, the State Department said, bringing the total number to 25.

The new “medically confirmed” worker is one of two who were recently evacuated from Cuba after reporting symptoms. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the other worker is “still being evaluated” by doctors. Prior to the newest incident, the most recent medically confirmed case from Cuba had been in August 2017, Nauert said.

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WASHINGTON | Trump jabbed first, and now world hits back in trade fight



WASHINGTON — The United States attacked first, imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum from around the globe and threatening to hit tens of billions of dollars in Chinese products.

Now, the world is punching back.

 

The European Union is set Friday to slap tariffs on $3.4 billion in American products, from whiskey and motorcycles to peanuts and cranberries. India and Turkey have already targeted U.S. products, ranging from rice to autos to sunscreen.

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SALEM, Ore.  | Oregon water scare: Algae blooms happening more often



SALEM, Ore.  — The words blasted to cellphones around Salem, Oregon were ominous: “Civil emergency. prepare for action.”

Within half an hour, a second official alert clarified the subject wasn’t impending violence, but toxins from an algae bloom, detected in the city’s water supply.

In both reservoirs and lakes used for recreation in communities around the country have been experiencing similar events with growing frequency; a trend that researchers say represents another impact of global warming and raises looming questions about their effects on human health.

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HONOLULU | Piece of sunken USS Arizona heading to Texas war memorial



HONOLULU — An 800-pound (363-kilogram) chunk from the USS Arizona battleship that sank during the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor is heading to Texas for display at a war memorial.

The Texas Panhandle War Memorial in Amarillo will receive the rusted steel plate and part of the battleship’s weathered wooden deck. The Navy cut the chunk from a section of the Arizona that was removed when the federal government built a memorial over the sunken hull of the ship decades ago.

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NEW YORK  | A mom’s fairytale draft spoiled by employer _ the 76ers



NEW YORK  — Tyneeha Rivers walked into Barclays Center for the NBA draft with her son, Mikal Bridges.

Like any parent, she was full of emotions: pride, excitement — just a bundle of nerves.

But Rivers had somewhat of a parental advantage, she works for an NBA team, the Philadelphia 76ers. So when her son — who starred at Villanova — was taken by the 76ers with the 10th overall pick, she couldn’t believe it.

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McALLEN, Texas | Official: Hundreds of kids reunited with families since May



McALLEN, Texas — About 500 of the more than 2,300 children separated from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border have been reunited since May, a senior Trump administration official said Thursday, as confusion mounted over the “zero tolerance” policy that called for the prosecution of anyone caught entering the United States illegally.

It was unclear how many of the roughly 500 children were still being detained with their families. Federal agencies were working to set up a centralized reunification process for the remaining separated children and their families at the Port Isabel Detention Center just north of border in Texas, said the official, who was not authorized to speak publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

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McALLEN, Texas | Confusion swirls on border after Trump reversal on families



McALLEN, Texas — Immigration enforcement on the U.S.-Mexico border was plunged deeper into chaos over President Donald Trump’s reversal of a policy separating immigrant children from parents, causing uncertainty for both migrant families and the federal agencies in charge of prosecuting and detaining them.

A senior Trump administration official said that about 500 of the more than 2,300 children separated from their families at the border have been reunited since May. It was unclear how many of the children were still being detained with their families.

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WASHINGTON  | GOP struggles to salvage immigration bill, postpones vote



WASHINGTON  — The House Republican immigration overhaul is dangling precariously. It is imperiled by stubborn differences between conservative and moderate factions — and by President Donald Trump’s running commentary about a bill he only half-heartedly supported and then suggested would never become law.

Republican leaders were twice forced to postpone final voting, first until Friday and then punting it to next week, as negotiators made a last-ditch push for support. They were trying to persuade colleagues to seize the moment and tackle immigration problems by approving the bill, which includes $25 billion for Trump’s border wall and a path to citizenship for young immigrants who have lived in the U.S.

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WASHINGTON  | A need to verify NKorea nuclear pledges



WASHINGTON  — The Trump administration on Thursday identified the missile test engine site that it says North Korea has pledged to destroy, but the president’s latest comments about resolving the nuclear standoff have raised new questions about what concessions Pyongyang has made.

President Donald Trump had said on June 12 after his summit with Kim Jong Un that the North Korean leader was “already destroying” a missile site, in addition to committing to “complete denuclearization” of the Korean Peninsula.

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CLIFTON PARK, N.Y.  | Behind the scenes of Kevin Huerter’s draft moment



CLIFTON PARK, N.Y.  — The hardest part of NBA draft night for Kevin Huerter was keeping a straight face.

He knew, moments before virtually anyone else did, that he was about to become a professional basketball player. Dozens of friends and family flanked him, all their eyes intently on the television screens as they waited for NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to stand at his lectern in New York and give the word that they all came to hear.

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NEW YORK  | Hope, despair in poetry by immigrant children in US lockup



NEW YORK —The young immigrants held in prison-like conditions at a juvenile detention center in the mountains of Virginia express despair. Some cling to pleasant memories from home. For a select few, there is hope.

For a handful of immigrants who came to the U.S. from Central America — many as unaccompanied minors — poetry has given them a chance to tell the world both about their journeys north — and through the byzantine immigration system.

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Back at Sonoma, Truex works to build momentum



Martin Truex Jr.’s win at Pocono three weeks ago served notice that this year’s points race might be more than a two-man showdown between Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick.

Now NASCAR’s defending champion is back at Sonoma Raceway, where he’s had plenty of success.

Truex won at Sonoma in 2013 and led several laps of last year’s road race before engine trouble sidelined him with a disappointing finish. The 37-year-old is one who enjoys switching to road courses — as opposed to the usual steady diet of ovals — and hopes it can help him vault closer to Busch and Harvick in the points standings.

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BEIJING  | China blocks John Oliver on social media after scathing show



BEIJING — A popular Chinese social media site is censoring discussion of “Last Week Tonight” and its HBO host John Oliver after he mocked Chinese President Xi Jinping, his apparent sensitivity about being compared to Winnie the Pooh and his country’s crackdown on human rights.

Attempts to send posts with either the terms “John Oliver” or “Last Week Tonight” on the Sina Weibo microblog Friday were met with failure messages saying “the content contains information that violates relevant laws and regulations.”

Oliver’s show on Sunday made satirical references to Xi and the way that Chinese internet users often joke that he resembles Winnie the Pooh.

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SAN FRANCISCO  | Bumgarner goes 8 innings for 1st win, Giants beat Padres 3-0



SAN FRANCISCO — Madison Bumgarner pitched eight innings of three-hit ball for his first win of the season, Mark Melancon earned his first save in a year and the San Francisco Giants beat the San Diego Padres 3-0 on Thursday night.

The Giants won for the fourth time in five games and sent the last-place Padres to their fifth straight loss.

Bumgarner (1-2) struck out eight and walked two in his best start since coming off the disabled list.

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JAKARTA, Indonesia  | Indonesia court sentences cleric behind attacks to death



JAKARTA, Indonesia  — Radical cleric Aman Abdurrahman was sentenced to death by an Indonesian court Friday for ordering Islamic State group-affiliated militants to carry out attacks including the January 2016 suicide bombing at a Starbucks in Jakarta.

Abdurrahman, who police and prosecutors say is a key ideologue for IS militants in the world’s largest Muslim nation, kneeled and kissed the floor as the panel of five judges announced the sentence.

Several hundred paramilitary and counterterrorism police secured the Jakarta court where the trial took place.

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand  | New Zealand leader recovers with mac-n-cheese after birth



WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is regaining her strength with macaroni and cheese and plans to spend at least one more night in an Auckland public hospital with her newborn girl.

Ardern on Thursday became just the second elected world leader to give birth while holding office. Many hope the 37-year-old will become a role model for combining motherhood with political leadership.

Tributes have come in from around the world, including from Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and another from Google, which posted an image in the shape of a heart on its New Zealand homepage along with the message “Congratulations!”

Ardern posted an Instagram message Friday thanking “our wonderful midwife Libby” who she said was not only incredible at her job but also made the mac and cheese.

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LANSING, Mich. | Michigan State board to consider payout to Nassar victims



LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State’s board of trustees is set to meet to address a plan to pay a $500 million settlement to Larry Nassar’s sexual abuse victims.

The public meeting also comes amid calls for the school’s interim president to resign over recent comments about some of the women and girls the former sports doctor sexually assaulted.

Although the board appears to lack the votes to oust John Engler from his interim perch, the meeting likely will be heavily attended by people who are fed up with Engler and want him gone.

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. | APNewsBreak: Meadowlands plans sports betting near NYC



ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — The Meadowlands Racetrack plans to bring legal sports betting to New York City’s doorstep next month.

Jeff Gural, who manages the northern New Jersey track, tells The Associated Press that he plans to begin offering sports betting on July 15. That’s significantly earlier than a timetable the track laid out just over a week ago when a competing track and an Atlantic City casino became the first in New Jersey to take sports bets following its legalization.

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NEW ORLEANS | Michelle Obama discusses new memoir at library conference



NEW ORLEANS — Former first lady Michelle Obama will discuss her upcoming memoir “Becoming” as she kicks off the American Library Association’s annual conference in New Orleans.

Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden will moderate a conversation Friday with Obama at the city’s convention center.

Obama’s book chronicles the experiences that have shaped her, from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive and her time at the White House.

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OMAHA, Neb. | Gators hold off Texas Tech 9-6 at CWS to make bracket final



OMAHA, Neb. — JJ Schwarz hit a two-run homer and Florida built enough cushion to survive Texas Tech’s six-run outburst over the seventh and eighth innings and eliminate the Red Raiders from the College World Series with a 9-6 win Thursday night.

The Gators (49-20) have won two straight following a loss to Tech in their CWS opener and moved to the Bracket 2 final against Southeastern Conference rival Arkansas. The No. 1 national seed would have to beat the Razorbacks on Friday and again Saturday to return to the best-of-three championship round next week.

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RIO DE JANEIRO | ‘He cried and hugged me’: Brazilian still separated from son



RIO DE JANEIRO—Twenty-six days after being apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border with his son, a Brazilian man in detention says he has no idea when he may see his 9-year-old, who he fears is distraught and having difficulty communicating because he only speaks Portuguese.

In a phone interview late Thursday from Cibola County Correctional Center in Milan, New Mexico, the 31-year-old father said he had only spoken to his son once by phone since they were separated.

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SEOUL, South Korea | Asian stocks down as multiple trade disputes worry investors



SEOUL, South Korea — Asian stocks fell Friday following Wall Street losses overnight as investors were still wary over trade disputes between China and the U.S. as well as between the U.S. and Europe that could hurt corporate profit and jobs.

KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s Nikkei 225 lost 0.9 percent to 22,500.45 while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index edged down 0.2 percent to 29,257.41. Shanghai Composite Index added 0.2 percent to 2,881.13 but it was still more than 5 percent lower than the start of the week.

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LEADING OFF: Herrera on home run roll, D-backs bashing Bucs



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

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Odubel Herrera tries to homer in his fifth straight game when the Phillies begin a three-game series at Washington. “What he’s doing is special,” Philadelphia manager Gabe Kapler said. “It’s elite.” Herrera is batting .419 (13 for 31) with two doubles, five homers and eight RBIs in the last seven games. Seven of his 12 homers have given the Phillies a lead.

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NEW YORK | The Latest: ACC leads the way with 6 first-round draft picks



NEW YORK — The Latest on Thursday night’s NBA draft (all times local):

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The Atlantic Coast Conference, which tied its record with nine NCAA Tournament teams earlier this year, had the most players selected in the first round of the NBA draft: six players.

Duke accounted for half the ACC’s total with Marvin Bagley III, Wendell Carter Jr. and Grayson Allen.

After setting a league record with eight NCAA teams, the Southeastern Conference ranked second again with five first-round picks — but only two from Kentucky.

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WASHINGTON | The Latest: House immigration overhaul hanging by a thread



WASHINGTON — The Latest on the immigration controversy (all times local):

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The House Republican immigration overhaul is dangling precariously, imperiled by stubborn differences between conservative and moderate factions.

It hasn’t been helped by President Donald Trump’s running commentary about a bill he only half-heartedly supported and then suggested would never become law.

Republican leaders have twice been forced to postpone final voting, first until Friday and then to next week, as negotiators make a last-ditch push for support.

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EAST PITTSBURGH, Pa. | Lawyer: No apparent justification for fatal shooting of teen



EAST PITTSBURGH, Pa. — A 17-year-old boy fatally shot by a police officer in Pennsylvania seconds after he fled a traffic stop did not pose a threat to anyone, a lawyer for the family of the teen said.

Civil rights attorney S. Lee Merritt said late Wednesday that he doesn’t see any apparent justification for the use of deadly force by an East Pittsburgh police officer that left Antwon Rose Jr. dead. Allegheny County police are conducting an independent investigation of the shooting in East Pittsburgh, a borough about 10 miles (16 kilometers) east of Pittsburgh.

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EL PASO, Texas | APNewsBreak: About 500 kids reunited with families since May



EL PASO, Texas — The Latest on the separation of immigrant children from their parents following President Donald Trump’s order allowing them to remain with their parents (all times local):

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A senior Trump administration official says about 500 of the more than 2,000 children separated from their families at the border have been reunited since May.

The official said Thursday those children had been separated from their parents as a result of a “zero tolerance” policy that calls for the criminal prosecution of anyone caught crossing the U.S.

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U.S. Department of State News: United States and India To Hold 2+2 Dialogue on July 6



WASHINGTON – U.S. Depart of State today released the following statement:

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and Secretary of Defense James Mattis will host Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Minister of Defense Nirmala Sitharaman in Washington, D.C., for the inaugural U.S.-India 2+2 Dialogue on July 6.  The meeting will focus on strengthening strategic, security, and defense cooperation as the United States and India jointly confront global challenges.

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U.S. Department of State News: Designation of Senior Officials From the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)



WASHINGTON – U.S. Depart of State today released the following statement:

The Department is announcing the designation of several senior DRC officials, under Section 7031(c) of the Department of State Foreign Operations and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2018, due to these officials’ involvement in significant corruption related to the DRC’s electoral process.  Further, the Department is taking steps to prevent entry into the United States of certain DRC officials involved in human rights violations.

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WASHINGTON | The Latest: First lady calls for immigration legislation



WASHINGTON — The Latest on Melania Trump’s visit to a Texas facility housing migrant children (all times local):

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Melania Trump says her visit with migrant children has “impacted me greatly.”

The first lady commented in a written statement Thursday after she returned from touring the Upbring New Hope Children’s Center in McAllen, Texas. The facility is home to about 55 migrant teenagers. A fraction of them were separated from their parents under the Trump administration’s crackdown on illegal immigration into the U.S.

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U.S. Department of State News: Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs Cayetano



WASHINGTON – U.S. Depart of State today released the following
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The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert:

Secretary Pompeo welcomed Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs Alan Peter Cayetano to the Department of State in Washington, D.C. today.  The Secretary reaffirmed the longstanding U.S.-Philippines alliance and discussed ongoing efforts to address regional issues such as North Korea, the South China Sea, and counterterrorism.  Secretary Pompeo and Secretary Cayetano also explored opportunities to enhance bilateral trade, increase security cooperation, and strengthen people-to-people ties between our two countries.

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HONOLULU | Giant telescope project before Hawaii Supreme Court again



HONOLULU — The Hawaii Supreme Court heard arguments Thursday in an appeal that could determine whether an embattled multi-nation telescope project can be built on a mountain Native Hawaiians consider sacred or have to move to a backup site in Spain’s Canary Islands that’s less desirable to scientists hoping to use the instrument for groundbreaking discoveries.

Much of the arguments centered around whether it was a conflict of interest for a hearings officer who made a key recommendation in favor of the project to be a member of a Hawaii astronomy center.

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SEOUL, South Korea | 2 Koreas meet to arrange reunions of war-split families



SEOUL, South Korea — North and South Korean officials are meeting for the first time in three years to arrange reunions between families divided by the 1950-53 Korean War.

Friday’s meeting at the North’s Diamond Mountain resort comes as the rivals take reconciliation steps amid a diplomatic push to resolve the North Korean nuclear crisis.

Seoul’s Unification Ministry said the meeting will discuss ways to carry out an agreement on the reunions made at a summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

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NEW YORK | 76ers send Bridges to Phoenix for Smith in 1st-round swap



NEW YORK — The Philadelphia 76ers have traded Mikal Bridges to the Phoenix Suns for Zhaire Smith in a swap of first-round draft pick.

Bridges was picked 10th overall and the Villanova standout answered questions at Barclays Center about his move down the road before he was swapped to the Suns. The Suns had picked Smith, a forward from Texas Tech, with the 16th overall pick. The Sixers also acquired an unprotected 2021 first-round pick in the trade.

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. | Hard Rock casino installs big guitar with misspelled word



ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — The soon-to-open Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City had to work quickly to fix a misspelling on a 30-foot-tall (9-meter-tall) guitar installed this week.

The sign, modeled after a Gibson Les Paul guitar, was put up Thursday morning without officials noticing the word “rhythm” was misspelled on the rhythm and treble switch. It included the letter “E.” The guitar is one of two expected to go up at the new resort, with the second slated for installation Saturday at the resort’s entrance.

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McALLEN, Texas | Confusion and uncertainty at the border after Trump acts



McALLEN, Texas — The U.S. government wrestled with the ramifications Thursday of President Donald Trump’s move to stop separating families at the border, with no clear plan to reunite the more than 2,300 children already taken from their parents and Congress again failing to take action on immigration reform.

In a day of confusion and conflicting reports, the Trump administration began drawing up plans to house as many as 20,000 migrants on U.S.

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LOS ANGELES | ABC orders ‘Roseanne’ spinoff for fall minus Roseanne Barr



LOS ANGELES — ABC, which canceled its “Roseanne” revival over its star’s racist tweet, said Thursday it will air a Conner family sitcom minus Roseanne Barr this fall.

ABC ordered 10 episodes of the spinoff after Barr relinquished any creative or financial participation in it, which the network had said was a condition of such a series.

In a statement issued by the show’s producer, Barr said she agreed to the settlement to save the jobs of 200 cast and crew members who were idled when “Roseanne” was canceled last month.

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U.S. Department of State News: Implication of Malian Soldiers in Civilian Deaths



WASHINGTON – U.S. Depart of State today released the following statement:

The United States expresses serious concern about the role of Malian military forces in the deaths of 25 people, as acknowledged by Defense Minister Tiena Coulibaly.  We support Minister Coulibaly’s decision to immediately open an investigation.  We call on the Government of Mali to ensure that the investigation into this and other serious allegations of human rights violations and abuses are conducted in a credible and transparent manner and result in accountability as appropriate. 

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NEW YORK | Ichi-who? Suzuki sits on M’s bench in fake mustache disguise



NEW YORK — Just who was that guy sitting on the Seattle Mariners bench, the odd fellow with the bushy mustache, shades and a hoodie?

Wait a second — it was Ichiro!

Now a team executive, Ichiro Suzuki donned a Bobby Valentine-style disguise and sneaked into the Seattle dugout Thursday to watch a bit of the action at Yankee Stadium.

Exactly as he hinted, in fact.

Officially, Suzuki isn’t allowed to be in the dugout during games under Major League Baseball rules.

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