August 17th, 2018

World News

Plane skids off rainy Manila runway, rips off engine, wheel

By Jim Gomez, The Associated Press on August 17th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – A plane from China veered off a runway at Manila’s airport while landing in a downpour near midnight then got stuck in a muddy field with one engine and wheel ripped off before the 165 people on board scrambled out through an emergency slide, officials said Friday. Only four passengers sustained scratches ... Read More »

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Judge finds conspiracy to kill Kim with VX, women to testify

By Eileen Ng, The Associated Press on August 16th, 2018

SHAH ALAM, Malaysia – Two women accused in the brazen assassination of the North Korean leader’s half brother were told Thursday to make their defence after a Malaysian judge found evidence they participated in a “well-planned conspiracy” to kill, extending their murder trial until next year. Indonesia’s Siti Aisyah and Vietnam’s Doan Thi Huong are ... Read More »

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Bodies of missing wife, daughters found in Colorado

By Kathleen Foody And Jonathan Drew, The Associated Press on August 16th, 2018

FREDERICK, Colo. – After his pregnant wife and two daughters disappeared, Christopher Watts stood on his porch in Colorado and lamented to reporters how much he missed them. He longed for the simple things, he said, like telling his girls to eat their dinner and gazing at them as they curled up to watch cartoons. ... Read More »

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India’s Vajpayee, who set off nuke race and peace, has died

By Ashok Sharma, The Associated Press on August 16th, 2018

NEW DELHI – Former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, a Hindu nationalist who set off a nuclear arms race with rival Pakistan but later reached across the border to begin a groundbreaking peace process, died Thursday after a long illness. He was 93. The All India Institute of Medical Sciences, where Vajpayee had been ... Read More »

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Remains found in New Mexico desert tunnel are missing boy

By Morgan Lee, The Associated Press on August 16th, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Forensic investigators said Thursday they identified the remains of a Georgia boy whose father is accused of abducting him and performing purification rituals on the child as he died at a remote New Mexico desert compound. But the cause of the child’s death remained a mystery. The body of Abdul-ghani found Aug. ... Read More »

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Washed out: Water woes scuttle Phish’s 3-day music festival

By The Associated Press on August 16th, 2018

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – Fans of the rock band Phish have been thrown a curveball by the last-minute cancellation of a three-day music festival in central New York because of health concerns stemming from torrential rains that contaminated drinking water. The Curveball festival was expected to draw more than 30,000 fans to the Finger Lakes ... Read More »

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Quakes rock southern Italy, alarmed people sleeping outdoors

By The Associated Press on August 16th, 2018

ROME – At least nine earthquakes have rocked southern Italy in two hours, prompting frightened residents to sleep outdoors. Italy’s national seismology agency INGV says the strongest quake measured 5.1 and struck at 8:19 p.m. Thursday. That jolt was followed in rapid succession by eight more tremors, with the strongest measuring at 4.4. Epicenter of ... Read More »

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Man who lamented family’s disappearance arrested in deaths

By Kathleen Foody And Jonathan Drew, The Associated Press on August 16th, 2018

FREDERICK, Colo. – After his pregnant wife and two daughters disappeared, Christopher Watts stood on his porch in Colorado and lamented to reporters how much he missed them. He longed for the simple things, he said, like telling his girls to eat their dinner and gazing at them as they curled up to watch cartoons. ... Read More »

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Vatican in ‘shame and sorrow’ over abuses in Pennsylvania

By Frances D'Emilio, The Associated Press on August 16th, 2018

VATICAN CITY – The Vatican expressed “shame and sorrow” Thursday over a scathing Pennsylvania grand jury report about clergy who raped and molested children in six dioceses in that state, calling the abuse “criminally and morally reprehensible” and says Pope Francis wants to eradicate “this tragic horror.” In a written statement using uncharacteristically strong language ... Read More »

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Manafort jury ends first day of deliberations with questions

By Matthew Barakat, Stephen Braun And Jeff Horwitz, The Associated Press on August 16th, 2018

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The jury in the fraud trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort ended its first day of deliberations with a series of questions to the judge, including a request to “redefine” reasonable doubt. The questions came after roughly seven hours of deliberation, delivered in a handwritten note to U.S. District Judge ... Read More »

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