August 23rd, 2017

World News

Federal judge again tosses out Texas voter ID law

By Paul J. Weber, The Associated Press on August 23rd, 2017

AUSTIN, Texas – A federal judge Wednesday again threw out Texas’ voter ID requirements that she previously compared to a “poll tax” on minorities, dealing another court setback to state Republican leaders over voting rights. U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos rejected a weakened version of the law signed by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott earlier ... Read More »

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Federal judge again throws out Texas voter ID law

By Paul J. Weber, The Associated Press on August 23rd, 2017

AUSTIN, Texas – A federal judge has once again thrown out Texas’ voter ID law in the latest court defeat for state Republican lawmakers over voting rights. U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos on Wednesday rejected a weakened version of the law signed by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott earlier this year. Texas had made the ... Read More »

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1-armed man arrested with machete, clown mask calls it prank

By The Associated Press on August 23rd, 2017

BIDDEFORD, Maine – A one-armed Maine man accused of startling neighbours by going for a stroll wearing a clown mask and brandishing a machete says it was supposed to be a prank. Thirty-one-year-old Hollis resident Corey Berry pleaded not guilty Wednesday to criminal threatening and weapons charges. Police say Berry was intoxicated but co-operative when ... Read More »

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Within 24 hours, a pair of wildly different Trump speeches

By Julie Bykowicz And Jonathan Lemire, The Associated Press on August 23rd, 2017

RENO, Nev. – It was a tale of two Trumps in the desert southwest. Within a 24-hour span, President Donald Trump delivered one speech in which he tore into the media and members of his own party, and a second in which he called for national unity and love. The about-face seemed to reflect the ... Read More »

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Wrapped: Charlottesville covers Confederate statues in black

By Sarah Rankin And Steve Helber, The Associated Press on August 23rd, 2017

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Workers in Charlottesville draped giant black covers over two statues of Confederate generals on Wednesday to symbolize the city’s mourning for a woman killed while protesting a white nationalist rally. The work began around 1 p.m. in Emancipation Park, where a towering monument of Gen. Robert E. Lee on horseback stands. Workers ... Read More »

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Tribal coalition joins blitz to save national monument areas

By Brady McCombs, The Associated Press on August 23rd, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY – Conservation and tribal groups are airing TV ads, sending letters to President Donald Trump and creating parody websites in a last-minute blitz to stop Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke from downsizing or eliminating national monument areas that cover large swaths of land and water from Maine to California. The deadline for Zinke ... Read More »

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Charlottesville covers Confederate statues with black shroud

By Sarah Rankin And Steve Helber, The Associated Press on August 23rd, 2017

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Workers in Charlottesville draped giant black covers over two statues of Confederate generals on Wednesday to symbolize the city’s mourning for a woman killed while protesting a white nationalist rally. The work began around 1 p.m. in Emancipation Park, where a towering monument of Gen. Robert E. Lee on horseback stands. Workers ... Read More »

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American band’s concert in Rotterdam cancelled due to threat

By The Associated Press on August 23rd, 2017

THE HAGUE, Netherlands – A rock music venue in the Dutch port city of Rotterdam says it has cancelled a concert by American group Allah-Las because of a “terror threat.” Concert organizer Rotown said on Twitter that Wednesday night’s concert at the Maassilo venue was cancelled on orders of police. It said the venue, a ... Read More »

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Trump preaches unity to vets after fiery political speech

By Julie Bykowicz, The Associated Press on August 23rd, 2017

RENO, Nev. – One day after a searing speech tearing into the media and some Republicans, President Donald Trump returned Wednesday to calls for unity and love as he spoke to veterans Wednesday at an American Legion conference. “We are here to hold you up as an example of strength, courage and resolve that our ... Read More »

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Charlottesville begins covering Confederate statue in black

By The Associated Press on August 23rd, 2017

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Workers in Charlottesville shrouded a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in black on Wednesday in a move intended to symbolize the city’s mourning for a woman killed while protesting a white nationalist rally earlier this month. Live video from the scene showed a public works truck near the base of ... Read More »

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