August 23rd, 2017

World News

Hong Kong shuts down as powerful typhoon sweeps past

By Kelvin Chan, The Associated Press on August 23rd, 2017

HONG KONG – A powerful typhoon barrelled into Hong Kong on Wednesday, forcing offices and schools to close and leaving flooded streets, shattered windows and hundreds of cancelled flights in its wake. Typhoon Hato came within 60 kilometres (37 miles) of Hong Kong, close enough to be considered a direct hit under Hong Kong’s storm ... Read More »

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Justice is kind: Folksy judge, 80, becomes an internet star

By Michelle R. Smith, The Associated Press on August 23rd, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – An 80-year-old judge is an unlikely viral video sensation, but somehow Municipal Court Judge Frank Caprio has been winning hearts and clicks on Facebook with a mix of compassion, humour and a rotating cast of the poor souls who have been ticketed in the city of Providence. Videos featuring the kind-hearted judge ... Read More »

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Police: DNA of headless torso matches Swedish journalist

By The Associated Press on August 23rd, 2017

COPENHAGEN – Danish police say a DNA test from a headless torso found in the Baltic Sea matches with missing Swedish journalist Kim Wall, who is believed to have died on a private submarine. Wall, 30, was last seen alive on inventor Peter Madsen’s submarine Aug 10. Madsen said he dropped her off on a ... Read More »

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US officials: Navy 7th Fleet commander to be removed

By Ken Moritsugu, The Associated Press on August 22nd, 2017

TOKYO – U.S. officials confirm the commander of the Navy’s 7th Fleet will be removed after a series of warship accidents in the Pacific. One official said Wednesday that Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin was being removed due to the leadership’s loss of confidence in his ability to command. The two officials spoke on condition of ... Read More »

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Protests turn unruly after Trump’s Phoenix speech

By Jacques Billeaud And Clarice Silber, The Associated Press on August 22nd, 2017

PHOENIX – A day of noisy but largely peaceful protests of President Donald Trump’s speech in Phoenix turned unruly as police fired pepper spray at crowds after someone apparently lobbed rocks and bottles at officers. A cloudy haze enveloped the night sky Tuesday outside the convention centre where Trump had just wrapped up his speech ... Read More »

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To E or not to E – USC didn’t in spelling Shakespeare’s name

By John Rogers, The Associated Press on August 22nd, 2017

LOS ANGELES – Visitors to the University of Southern California might well be muttering, “What fools these mortals be” as they stroll past a statue of the legendary queen of Troy and notice William Shakespeare’s name seemingly misspelled at its base. To USC officials, it’s much ado about nothing. “To E, or not to E, ... Read More »

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Trump speech in Phoenix draws big crowd, protests

By Jacques Billeaud And Clarice Silber, The Associated Press on August 22nd, 2017

PHOENIX – Minor scuffles and shouting matches erupted between protesters and President Donald Trump’s supporters on Tuesday with authorities on high alert as thousands of people lined up in the triple-digit heat to attend his first political rally since the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. The scene was noisy, but largely peaceful as Phoenix police kept ... Read More »

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Trump blames media for condemnation of comments on Virginia

By Julie Bykowicz, The Associated Press on August 22nd, 2017

PHOENIX – President Donald Trump is blaming the media for the widespread condemnation of his response to a Charlottesville, Virginia, protest organized by white supremacists that led to the killing of a counter-protester. Trump opened his political rally in Phoenix with a call for unity, saying, “What happened in Charlottesville strikes at the core of ... Read More »

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Charlottesville votes to shroud statues after the violence

By Sarah Rankin, The Associated Press on August 22nd, 2017

The Charlottesville City Council voted to drape two Confederate statues in black fabric during a chaotic meeting packed with irate residents who screamed and cursed at councillors over the city’s response to a white nationalist rally. The anger at Monday night’s meeting, during which three people were arrested, forced the council to abandon its agenda ... Read More »

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It goes to 11: Florida lab sets new magnet strength record

By Gary Fineout, The Associated Press on August 22nd, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Engineers at a lab in Florida have been working quietly for the last two and a half years on building one of the most powerful magnets in the world. And on Monday, they succeeded. The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory – whose main location is housed at Florida State University – met ... Read More »

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