June 24th, 2017

World News

5 people electrocuted in pool at water park in Turkey

By The Associated Press on June 23rd, 2017

ANKARA, Turkey – Turkish media reports say five people – three of them children – were electrocuted at a water park pool in northwest Turkey and have died. The private Dogan news agency reported Friday that the three children were caught up in an electrical current in the pool at the park in the town ... Read More »

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40 people killed in bomb, gun attacks in 3 Pakistani cities

By Riaz Khan And Abdul Sattar, The Associated Press on June 23rd, 2017

PESHAWAR, Pakistan – At least 40 people were killed and nearly 100 wounded Friday in four separate bomb and gun attacks in three major Pakistani cities, officials said. A suicide bomber was involved in the first car bombing near the office of the provincial police chief in the southwestern city of Quetta that killed at ... Read More »

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Total solar eclipse casts spotlight on rural Oregon town

By Gillian Flaccus, The Associated Press on June 23rd, 2017

MADRAS, Ore. – Just before sunrise, there’s typically nothing atop Round Butte but the whistle of the wind and a panoramic view of Oregon’s second-highest peak glowing pink in the faint light. But on Aug. 21, local officials expect this lookout point just outside the small town of Madras to be crammed with people from ... Read More »

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AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s solar-power brainwave was borrowed

By Jill Colvin And Josh Boak, The Associated Press on June 23rd, 2017

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump is crediting himself with the idea of building a Mexico border wall of solar panels. But that looks to be a borrowed brainwave; others pitched a solar wall back when he was a skeptic of tapping power from the sun. Trump’s speech in Iowa on Wednesday night was rife with ... Read More »

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Pence visits Focus on Family amid change for religious right

By Nicholas Riccardi And Kristen Wyatt, The Associated Press on June 23rd, 2017

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Vice-President Mike Pence’s visit Friday to Colorado to celebrate the anniversary of Focus on the Family comes at a time of change for the religious right during the age of President Donald Trump. Focus on the Family was once well-known for its involvement in politics. But under new leadership, it has ... Read More »

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Governors wary of Medicaid cost shift in Senate health bill

By Julie Carr Smyth And Geoff Mulvihill, The Associated Press on June 23rd, 2017

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Governors in several states that opted to expand Medicaid under former President Barack Obama’s health care law are wary of the Senate Republican plan to end the added federal funding for it within seven years. The proposal released Thursday calls for a slower phase-out of the Medicaid expansion than a bill adopted ... Read More »

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‘Superhero’ 3D printed hands help kids dream in Argentina

By Luis Andres Henao, The Associated Press on June 23rd, 2017

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – Being born without fingers can be tough for any child. Getting new ones – especially red and blue superhero themed digits – has made 8-year-old Kaori Misue a vibrant playground star. Flexing her wrist muscles to bend the plastic fingers, she can work with tape and stickers at an arts and ... Read More »

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Food aid dwindling in world’s fastest-growing refugee crisis

By Rodney Muhumuza, The Associated Press on June 23rd, 2017

KAMPALA, Uganda – Food aid soon will run out for nearly a million South Sudanese sheltering in Uganda in what has become the world’s fastest-growing refugee crisis, the United Nations refugee chief said Friday. “Disturbing shortfalls are emerging in critical areas such as food, shelter and education,” Filippo Grandi told a global summit seeking $8 ... Read More »

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UK authorities charge Welsh man with murder in mosque attack

By Danica Kirka, The Associated Press on June 23rd, 2017

LONDON – British authorities charged an unemployed man from Wales with murder and attempted murder Friday in connection with the van attack on a crowd of Muslim worshippers near two north London mosques. Darren Osborne spoke only to confirm his name and will appear at the Central Criminal Court next week. Prosecutors allege he carried ... Read More »

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Chinese parents alarmed by miniature crossbow craze

By The Associated Press on June 23rd, 2017

BEIJING – Powerful mini-crossbows that shoot toothpicks and needles are the new must-have toy for schoolkids across China – and a nightmare for concerned parents and school officials. Several cities including Shenzhen and Qingdao have reportedly banned sales of the palm-sized contraptions, which sell for about $1 and are powerful enough to puncture soda cans, ... Read More »

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