June 26th, 2017

World News

20-pound live lobster found in luggage at Boston airport

By The Associated Press on June 26th, 2017

BOSTON – The Transportation Security Administration says a 20-pound (9-kilogram) live lobster has been spotted in a passenger’s luggage at Boston’s Logan International Airport. TSA spokesman Michael McCarthy says the lobster found Sunday in the passenger’s checked luggage at the airport’s Terminal C is the “largest” he’s ever seen. McCarthy says the TSA doesn’t prohibit ... Read More »

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White House does not plan Ramadan event

By Catherine Lucey, The Associated Press on June 26th, 2017

WASHINGTON – Breaking with recent White House tradition, President Donald Trump has opted not to host an event marking Islam’s holy month of Ramadan. Past presidents have welcomed Muslim Americans for a traditional iftar, a meal that follows daily fasting from dawn to sunset. Ramadan ends with the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Fitr, which was ... Read More »

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Ex-CEO’s reputation precedes him, affects jury selection

By Tom Hays, The Associated Press on June 26th, 2017

NEW YORK – Several potential jurors at the federal securities fraud trial of Martin “Pharma Bro” Shkreli were excused on Monday after telling the judge they couldn’t be impartial toward the flamboyant former pharmaceutical CEO because of his notoriety for raising the cost of a life-saving drug 5,000 per cent. At jury selection in a ... Read More »

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US mayors back plan for cities to use only renewable energy

By Adriana Gomez Licon, The Associated Press on June 26th, 2017

MIAMI – A bipartisan group of mayors from across the country unanimously backed an ambitious commitment for U.S. cities to run entirely on renewable sources such as wind and solar in two decades. As the U.S. Conference of Mayors wrapped up in Miami Beach on Monday, leaders from more than 250 cities voted on symbolic ... Read More »

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World Food Prize goes to African Development Bank president

By David Pitt, The Associated Press on June 26th, 2017

DES MOINES, Iowa – The son of a Nigerian farm labourer who rose out of poverty to earn graduate degrees in agricultural economics and spent his career improving the availability of seed, fertilizer and financing for African farmers is the winner of this year’s World Food Prize announced Monday. Akinwumi Adesina, president of African Development ... Read More »

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Family of slain Chicago area Uber driver sues Walmart

By The Associated Press on June 26th, 2017

CHICAGO – Relatives of a suburban Chicago Uber driver who was fatally attacked while on the job has sued Walmart, where authorities say the driver’s teenage attacker stole weapons just before the killing. The family of Grant Nelson filed a wrongful death lawsuit Monday in Cook County against the retailer and two other companies overseeing ... Read More »

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Spokeswoman: Cosby town hall’s about education, not assault

By The Associated Press on June 26th, 2017

LOS ANGELES – A spokeswoman for Bill Cosby is clarifying the purpose of the comedian’s planned town hall meetings after she and a colleague initially appeared to draw a link between the meetings and his mistrial on felony charges of sexual assault. “I just want to be clear,” Ebonee Benson told CNN. “The town hall ... Read More »

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AP sources: US to say China among worst on human trafficking

By Josh Lederman And Matthew Lee, The Associated Press on June 26th, 2017

WASHINGTON – The Trump administration is poised to declare China among the world’s worst offenders on human trafficking, U.S. officials said Monday, putting the world’s most populous country in the same category as North Korea, Zimbabwe and Syria, China’s downgrade is to be announced Tuesday at the State Department when Secretary of State Rex Tillerson ... Read More »

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Pennsylvania B&B owner finds decomposed body of guest

By The Associated Press on June 26th, 2017

HONESDALE, Pa. – The owner of a bed and breakfast in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains discovered the badly decomposed body of guest who lived at the inn, and state police say the 80-year-old woman had been dead for weeks or months. Troopers were sent to the Harvest Inn Bed and Breakfast in Honesdale on Friday after ... Read More »

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First military case in Navy bribery scandal begins

By Ben Finley, The Associated Press on June 26th, 2017

NORFOLK, Va. – While he was stationed in Singapore, a U.S. Navy commander ate suckling pigs worth $400 apiece, attended a Gucci fashion show with his wife and enjoyed the services of prostitutes – all courtesy of a Malaysian defence contractor, Navy prosecutors alleged Monday. Cmdr. David Alexander Morales is the latest Navy official to ... Read More »

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