June 18th, 2018

World News

EU extends restrictions on business in Crimean Peninsula

By The Associated Press on June 18th, 2018

BRUSSELS – The European Union said Monday it has extended restrictions on doing business with companies or officials in Ukraine’s Crimea region and the city of Sevastopol for a year over Russia’s annexation of the peninsula. EU headquarters said in a statement that the measures, which include bans on importing products and real estate purchases, ... Read More »

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Alaska regional theatre company furloughs employees

By The Associated Press on June 18th, 2018

JUNEAU, Alaska – A regional theatre company in Alaska has furloughed its employees after experiencing multiple years of financial problems, officials said. The management of Perseverance Theatre asked workers to reduce hours at the beginning of this month after cancelling its most recent production, the Juneau Empire reported last week. The Douglas Island-based theatre suddenly ... Read More »

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Trump digs in on immigration amid family separation crisis

By Jill Colvin And Catherine Lucey, The Associated Press on June 18th, 2018

WASHINGTON – Facing a rising tide of outrage from Democrats and some Republicans over the forced separation of migrant children and parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, President Donald Trump dug in Monday, again falsely blaming Democrats in the escalating political crisis. Democrats have turned up the pressure over the policy, and some Republicans have joined ... Read More »

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Correction: US Open story

By The Associated Press on June 18th, 2018

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. – In a story June 17 about Brooks Koepka winning the U.S. Open, The Associated Press reported erroneously that his winning score of 281 was 13 shots higher than last year. It was nine shots higher than last year at Erin Hills. A corrected version of the story is below: Tough course or ... Read More »

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Rendell, ex-Pennsylvania governor, says he has Parkinson’s

By The Associated Press on June 18th, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell says he was diagnosed three-and-a-half years ago with Parkinson’s disease. The 74-year-old Rendell spoke Monday at a news conference at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia with officials from the University of Pennsylvania. He says his mother had Parkinson’s disease for the last 13 years of her life. Rendell, a ... Read More »

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Strong quake near Osaka, Japan, kills 4, knocks over walls

By Mari Yamaguchi And Ken Moritsugu, The Associated Press on June 18th, 2018

TOKYO – Residents in western Japan were cleaning up debris Monday evening after a powerful earthquake hit the area around Osaka, the country’s second-largest city, killing four people and injuring hundreds while knocking over walls and setting off fires. The magnitude 6.1 earthquake that struck the area early Monday damaged buildings and left many homes ... Read More »

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Justices: No definitive ruling on partisan districts

By The Associated Press on June 18th, 2018

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court is resolving partisan redistricting cases from Wisconsin and Maryland without ruling on the broader issue of whether electoral maps can give an unfair advantage to a political party. The justices ruled against Wisconsin Democrats who challenged legislative districts that gave Republicans a huge edge in the state legislature. They also ... Read More »

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Merkel, allies avert collision for now in German migrant row

By Geir Moulson, The Associated Press on June 18th, 2018

BERLIN – Chancellor Angela Merkel’s allies in Bavaria averted an immediate collision Monday with the German leader, giving her two weeks to make deals on migration with other European countries instead of turning back migrants unilaterally at Germany’s border. In her fourth term at the helm of Europe’s largest economy, Merkel made it clear that ... Read More »

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Builder optimism fades in June

By The Associated Press on June 18th, 2018

NEW YORK – U.S. homebuilders lowered their confidence for sales prospects as lumber prices rise amid the threat of potentially costly tariffs. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released Monday fell two points to 68 in June. That’s down from a reading of 70 in May that snapped a four-month slide ... Read More »

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James Hansen wishes he wasn’t so right about global warming

By Seth Borenstein, The Associated Press on June 18th, 2018

NEW YORK – James Hansen wishes he was wrong. He wasn’t. NASA’s top climate scientist in 1988, Hansen warned the world on a record hot June day 30 years ago that global warming was here and worsening. In a scientific study that came out a couple months later, he even forecast how warm it would ... Read More »

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