July 17th, 2018

World News

Texas executes man for 2004 slaying of store owner

By Michael Graczyk, The Associated Press on July 17th, 2018

HUNTSVILLE, Texas – A Texas prisoner was executed Tuesday evening for the fatal shooting of a San Antonio convenience store owner after courts turned down appeals that the state parole board improperly rejected the inmate’s clemency request because he’s black. Christopher Young, 34, never denied the slaying, which was recorded on a store surveillance camera, ... Read More »

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Trump backs down under fire, ‘clarifies’ on Russia meddling

By Zeke Miller And Lisa Mascaro, The Associated Press on July 17th, 2018

WASHINGTON – Blistered by bipartisan condemnation of his embrace of a longtime U.S. enemy, President Donald Trump strained Tuesday to “clarify” his public undermining of American intelligence agencies, saying he simply misspoke when he said he saw no reason to believe Russia had interfered in the 2016 U.S. election. Rebuked as never before by his ... Read More »

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Russia’s Trump takeaway: Putin basks in post-summit glow

By Angela Charlton And Dmitry Kozlov, The Associated Press on July 17th, 2018

MOSCOW – While Donald Trump came home to criticism from left and right after his first summit with Vladimir Putin, the Russian president came home to universal praise. Instead of being portrayed as a duel on the world stage, the summit was viewed in Russia as a meeting of two mighty men who discussed global ... Read More »

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Amazon pokes fun at glitches, says tech gadgets popular

By Anne D'Innocenzio, The Associated Press on July 17th, 2018

NEW YORK – Amazon poked fun at the early glitches it saw with Prime Day, though it said shoppers still found plenty to buy. Analysts, meanwhile, saw other things Amazon could have done better, like discounting more fashion brands and taking more advantage of its acquisition of Whole Foods. Early problems Monday sent shoppers to ... Read More »

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Study finds dramatic increase in 2018 Sundance attendance

By The Associated Press on July 17th, 2018

SALT LAKE CITY – An economic impact study estimates that attendance at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival increased dramatically over the previous year. The study from Y2 Analytics released Tuesday says that nearly 125,000 people attended some part of the 11-day event last year, a growth of more than 70 per cent over the estimated ... Read More »

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Police: Paraplegic man assaulted at least 2 exotic dancers

By The Associated Press on July 17th, 2018

ATLANTA – A Georgia paraplegic man is accused of assaulting at least two exotic dancers. Police told WSB-TV that 31-year-old Johnnie Thompson paid exotic dancers to perform in his Decatur home last week. After one woman refused his sexual advances, police said he shocked her with a stun gun and restrained her with zip ties. ... Read More »

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Trump corrects his quote, says misspoke on Russian meddling

By Zeke Miller And Lisa Mascaro, The Associated Press on July 17th, 2018

WASHINGTON – Blistered by bipartisan condemnation of his embrace of a longtime U.S. enemy, President Donald Trump sought Tuesday to “clarify” his public undermining of American intelligence agencies, saying he had misspoken when he said he saw no reason to believe Russia had interfered in the 2016 U.S. election. “The sentence should have been, ‘I ... Read More »

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Obama delivers veiled rebuke to Trump in Mandela address

By Andrew Meldrum, The Associated Press on July 17th, 2018

JOHANNESBURG – In his highest profile speech since leaving office, former U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday denounced the policies of President Donald Trump without mentioning his name, taking aim at the “politics of fear, resentment, retrenchment,” and decrying leaders who are caught lying and “just double down and lie some more.” Obama was cheered ... Read More »

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Mother of Brazilian soccer star rescued from kidnappers

By The Associated Press on July 17th, 2018

RIO DE JANEIRO – Police in Brazil’s southern state of Rio Grande do Sul said Tuesday that the mother of a famous soccer star was rescued from kidnappers. Civil Police official Rafael Lopez said that Rosangela Freda, the mother of Brazilian striker Taison, was found in a rural area near the town of Monte Bonito. ... Read More »

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Afghan officials: IS bomber kills 20, Taliban kill 9 police

By Rahim Faiez And Amir Shah, The Associated Press on July 17th, 2018

KABUL – An Islamic State suicide bomber killed 20 people in northern Afghanistan on Tuesday, including a Taliban commander, while in southern Helmand province, a government commando unit freed 54 people from a Taliban-run jail, officials said. In southern Kandahar province, the Taliban attacked a police checkpoint in Arghistan district late on Monday night, killing ... Read More »

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