June 26th, 2017

World News

13 still missing after tourist boat sinks in Colombia

By Luis Benavides And Christine Armario, The Associated Press on June 26th, 2017

GUATAPE, Colombia – Scuba divers on Monday continued searching for bodies in a reservoir near the Colombian city of Medellin where a tourist boat packed with more than 150 passengers capsized, leaving at least seven people dead and 13 missing. After suspending their search overnight due to a lightning storm, scuba divers by mid-morning Monday ... Read More »

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Supreme Court last day notable for what was and wasn’t said

By Mark Sherman, The Associated Press on June 26th, 2017

WASHINGTON – The last day of the Supreme Court’s term was notable not only for what was announced but also for what wasn’t. There had been speculation that Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy could reveal his retirement from the court Monday. But the court recessed without any retirement announcement from Kennedy. The justices did make ... Read More »

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Subway digging uncovers ‘Pompeii-like scene’ in Rome

By The Associated Press on June 26th, 2017

ROME – Digging for Rome’s new subway has unearthed the charred ruins of a 3rd century building and the 1,800-year-old skeleton of a dog that apparently perished in a fire. Archaeologists on Monday said they made the discovery on May 23 while examining a 10-meter (33-foot) -deep hole bored near the ancient Aurelian Walls as ... Read More »

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Hurricane Dora strengthens off Mexico’s Pacific coast

By The Associated Press on June 26th, 2017

MEXICO CITY – Hurricane Dora strengthened off Mexico’s Pacific coast on Monday, but posed little threat to land as it spun out into the ocean. The hurricane’s maximum sustained winds early Monday were near 85 mph (140 kph) with some strengthening likely before weakening is expected to begin Tuesday. The hurricane was centred about 175 ... Read More »

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London’s fire symptomatic of larger safety issues globally

By Danica Kirka, The Associated Press on June 26th, 2017

LONDON – The deaths of 79 people in a London apartment tower have triggered emergency inspections, evacuations and soul searching among British officials who failed to prevent the tragedy. But fire-safety experts say governments and builders around the world should take notice, because the fire at Grenfell Tower is just the latest in a string ... Read More »

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Jewish groups cancel meetings with Netanyahu in protest

By Aron Heller, The Associated Press on June 26th, 2017

JERUSALEM – Two high-profile groups of Jewish leaders on Monday cancelled meetings with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to protest his government’s decision to scrap plans for a mixed-gender prayer area at Jerusalem’s Western Wall. The dramatic moves reflected the widening gulf that has opened between Israel and the Jewish diaspora over how Judaism can be ... Read More »

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Trump travel ban partly reinstated; fall court arguments set

By Mark Sherman, The Associated Press on June 26th, 2017

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court is letting a limited version of President Donald Trump’s ban on travel from six mostly Muslim countries take effect, a victory for Trump in the biggest legal controversy of his young presidency. The justices will hear full arguments in the October in the case that has stirred heated emotions across ... Read More »

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Donors to GOP: No cash until action on health care, taxes

By Steve Peoples, The Associated Press on June 26th, 2017

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – At least one influential donor has informed congressional Republicans that the “Dallas piggy bank” is closed until he sees major action on health care and taxes. Texas-based donor Doug Deason has already refused to host a fundraiser for two members of Congress and informed House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., his ... Read More »

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UK to test hospitals and schools for flammable cladding

By The Associated Press on June 26th, 2017

LONDON – Hospitals and school buildings across Britain will have their exterior cladding tested for flammability as part of an urgent nationwide push to increase fire safety. The announcement came from Downing Street on Monday, as calls for testing continue to spread across Britain following the June 14 Grenfell Tower fire. The fire, which left ... Read More »

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Man convicted of 2nd-degree murder in killing of Baby Doe

By The Associated Press on June 26th, 2017

BOSTON – A Massachusetts man has been convicted of second-degree murder in the death of a 2-year-old girl who became known as Baby Doe after her remains washed up on the shores of a Boston Harbor island. Michael McCarthy was charged in the 2015 killing of Bella Bond. A computer-generated image of the girl was ... Read More »

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