August 16th, 2018

World News

Italy hunts for blame in bridge collapse that killed 39

By Frances D'Emilio, Colleen Barry And Paolo Santalucia, The Associated Press on August 15th, 2018

GENOA, Italy – As more bodies were pulled Wednesday from a mountain of jagged concrete and twisted steel left by a highway bridge collapse that killed 39, prosecutors focused on possible design flaws and past maintenance of the heavily used span, and politicians squabbled over blame. Motorists, meanwhile, recounted miraculous escapes and the horror of ... Read More »

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Van Damme’s son pleads guilty in Arizona knife incident

By The Associated Press on August 15th, 2018

TEMPE, Ariz. – A son of actor Jean-Claude Van Damme has pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct for holding his roommate at knifepoint at their apartment in suburban Phoenix. Nicholas Van Varenberg had a change of plea hearing Wednesday. He’s now scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 3 and authorities say Van Varenberg likely will get ... Read More »

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WWII POWs, buried as unknowns, to get Hawaii memorial marker

By Audrey McAvoy, The Associated Press on August 15th, 2018

HONOLULU – U.S. Army Air Corps veteran Daniel Crowley endured more than three years of slave labour while being held prisoner by Japan during World War II. This week, the 96-year-old is in Hawaii to participate in a dedication honouring about 400 Allied prisoners killed when a Japanese ship similar to a vessel he was ... Read More »

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After firefighting rips up the land, crews move in to fix it

By Jonathan J. Cooper, The Associated Press on August 15th, 2018

LAKEPORT, Calif. – Jack Hattendorf steers his road grader back and forth across a dirt path cutting through blackened earth. With each pass, he smooths and tamps down the soil to remake a dirt road that fire crews tore apart days earlier to stop flames that would become part of the largest wildfire on record ... Read More »

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Firefighting mars the earth. California crews are fixing it

By Jonathan J. Cooper, The Associated Press on August 15th, 2018

LAKEPORT, Calif. – Jack Hattendorf steers his road grader back and forth across a dirt path cutting through blackened earth. With each pass, he smooths and tamps down the soil to remake a dirt road that fire crews tore apart days earlier to stop flames that would become part of the largest wildfire on record ... Read More »

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Notes of support pour in for 2 who started California blaze

By The Associated Press on August 15th, 2018

REDDING, Calif. – A couple whose flattened trailer tire reportedly started a massive fire in Northern California has received more than 100 cards and letters with supportive messages telling them not to feel guilty. The outpouring of support for an 81-year-old man and his wife started after Rachel Pilli made a Facebook post offering to ... Read More »

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Fed rate policy unintentionally pressures emerging economies

By Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press on August 15th, 2018

WASHINGTON – President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is blaming the United States for Turkey’s financial crisis, ignoring homegrown problems like high debts, raging inflation and his own erratic policies. Yet one of the threats facing Turkey and other emerging-market countries really is made-in-America: By ratcheting up U.S. interest rates, the Federal Reserve has – unintentionally – ... Read More »

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African migrants reel as Israeli law cuts their salaries

By Caron Creighton, The Associated Press on August 15th, 2018

TEL AVIV, Israel – African migrants in Israel have been detained, threatened with deportation and faced hostility from lawmakers and residents. Since last year, they face another burden: a de facto 20 per cent salary cut that has driven them further into poverty. Israel’s roughly 35,000 African migrants and the groups that support them say ... Read More »

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Bishops accused of brushing off sexual abuse complaints

By Marc Levy And Mark Scolforo, The Associated Press on August 15th, 2018

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A priest raped a 7-year-old girl while visiting her in the hospital after she had her tonsils removed. Another priest forced a 9-year-old boy into having oral sex, then rinsed out the youngster’s mouth with holy water. One boy was forced to say confession to the priest who sexually abused him. An ... Read More »

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Trump makes good on threat to revoke Brennan’s clearance

By The Associated Press on August 15th, 2018

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump is revoking the security clearance of former CIA director John Brennan, who served in the Obama administration. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced the decision at a White House briefing Wednesday, following through on the president’s recent threat. Sanders is citing Brennan’s “erratic conduct and behaviour” and accusing him ... Read More »

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