April 20th, 2018

World News

‘Seinfeld’ actor shows up at Devils game with face painted

By The Associated Press on April 19th, 2018

NEWARK, N.J. – Life imitated art at the Stanley Cup playoffs as the actor who played Puddy on the TV sitcom “Seinfeld” showed up at the game with his face painted as a New Jersey Devils fan. Patrick Warburton is a Devils fan and in a 1995 episode of the hit show he appeared with ... Read More »

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Average US 30-year mortgage rate rose to 4.47 per cent

By Josh Boak, The Associated Press on April 19th, 2018

WASHINGTON – Long-term U.S. mortgage rates climbed upward this week, slightly worsening affordability for homebuyers. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the average rate on 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages rose to 4.47 per cent from 4.42 per cent last week. This benchmark rate averaged 3.97 per cent a year ago. Home borrowing costs have increased as the ... Read More »

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California reaches deal on National Guard border mission

By The Associated Press on April 19th, 2018

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California has reached an agreement with the federal government that the state’s National Guard troops will deploy to the border to focus on fighting transnational gangs as well as drug and gun smugglers, Gov. Jerry Brown said. The announcement Wednesday came after a week of uncertainty in which President Donald Trump bashed ... Read More »

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Diaz-Canel replaces Raul Castro as Cuba’s president

By Michael Weissenstein And Andrea Rodriguez, The Associated Press on April 19th, 2018

HAVANA (AP) – A 57-year-old bureaucrat replaced Raul Castro as the president of Cuba on Thursday, launching a new political era as a government led by a single family for six decades tries to ensure the long-term survival of one of the world’s last communist states. The National Assembly announced that Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez ... Read More »

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Cosby talk of quaaludes aired in court ahead of drug expert

By Michael R. Sisak, The Associated Press on April 19th, 2018

NORRISTOWN, Pa. – Bill Cosby’s lawyers turned to their star witness in the comedian’s sexual assault retrial, countering the harrowing accounts of a half-dozen accusers with a woman who says chief accuser Andrea Constand mused about framing a celebrity in hopes of a big payday. Temple University academic adviser Marguerite Jackson took the witness stand ... Read More »

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Some male sexual assault victims feel left behind by #MeToo

By David Crary, The Associated Press on April 19th, 2018

For some male victims of sexual assault and abuse, #MeToo can feel more like #WhatAboutMe? They admire the women speaking out about traumatic experiences as assault and harassment victims, while wondering whether men with similar scars will ever receive a comparable level of public empathy and understanding. “Because the movement happened to get its start ... Read More »

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California tortoise with cracked shell gets $4,000 repair

By The Associated Press on April 19th, 2018

SAN DIEGO – A wayward tortoise that cracked its shell after falling off a 10-foot wall in California is recovering after vets used screws, zip ties and denture material to repair it. San Diego County Animal Services Director Dan DeSousa says the male 90-pound African spurred tortoise probably was a pet that got loose from ... Read More »

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Tall ships herald New Orleans’ 300th anniversary

By Kevin McGill, The Associated Press on April 19th, 2018

NEW ORLEANS – Massive ships with towering masts and billowing sails are heading for New Orleans’ wharves on the Mississippi River as the city’s 300th anniversary celebration kicks into high gear. The vessels with sails hung from masts more than 100 feet tall were expected to arrive at city wharves by midday – a picturesque ... Read More »

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Calif. governor says deal reached on National Guard mission

By The Associated Press on April 19th, 2018

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California reached an agreement with the federal government that the state’s National Guard troops will deploy to the border to focus on fighting transnational gangs as well as drug and gun smugglers, Gov. Jerry Brown said. The announcement comes after a week of uncertainty in which President Donald Trump bashed the governor’s ... Read More »

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Judge to rule on request to dismiss Greitens indictment

By Jim Salter, The Associated Press on April 19th, 2018

ST. LOUIS – A St. Louis judge is expected to rule Thursday on whether to dismiss a felony criminal indictment against Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens due to mistakes by the prosecutor and a private investigator she hired. Circuit Judge Rex Burlison has said he will announce his ruling in a morning court session. Greitens was ... Read More »

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