Daily Archives: April 19, 2017

Australia to raise English language standard for citizenship

Australia plans to tighten its citizenship rules to require higher English language skills, longer residency and evidence of integration such as a job, officials said Thursday. Continue reading

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Indonesia prosecutors seek 2 years probation for Jakarta gov

Prosecutors are recommending two years of probation for the minority Christian governor of the Indonesian capital who is on trial for blaspheming the Quran. Continue reading

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The Latest: Pence praises Indonesia’s moderate form of Islam

The Latest on U.S. Vice President Mike Pence’s trip to Asia (all times local): 11:15 a.m. Continue reading

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Police: Man arrested in random Las Vegas stabbings; 1 dead

Authorities arrested the man suspected in the seemingly random Las Vegas knife attacks that left one man dead and another bleeding in an alley Wednesday, police said. Continue reading

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Survivalist who ambushed police seeks to avoid death penalty

A survivalist who shot and killed a Pennsylvania State Police trooper and injured another in an ambush at their barracks will now fight for his own life following his conviction on capital murder charges. Continue reading

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Venezuela’s opposition seeks to keep pressure on Maduro

Venezuela’s opposition is looking to keep up pressure on President Nicolas Maduro by taking to the streets again Thursday hours after at least two people were killed and hundreds arrested in the biggest anti-government demonstrations in years. Continue reading

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Border Patrol agents save two men from drowning in Rio Grande

Border Patrol agents rescued two men from drowing in the Rio Grande on the Texas-Mexico frontier Tuesday. Continue reading

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US VP Mike Pence meets Indonesian president on Asia tour

Vice President Mike Pence is meeting Indonesia’s president and other top officials in Jakarta with trade and commercial disputes expected to be on the agenda. Continue reading

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Japan’s exports, imports surge in sign of renewed vigor

Japan’s exports rose at a faster-than-expected 12 percent pace in March, while imports jumped nearly 16 percent from a year earlier, the government said Thursday. Continue reading

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Ruth Sulzberger Holmberg, past newspaper publisher, 96, dies

Ruth Sulzberger Holmberg, longtime publisher of The Chattanooga Times and a member of the family that controls The New York Times, has died at her home in that Tennessee city. Continue reading

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Japan and Australia to deepen ties amid North Korea tension

The Australian and Japanese foreign and defense ministers are meeting Thursday to discuss deepening defense cooperation and the growing North Korean nuclear and missile threat. Continue reading

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Coca-Cola in North Korea? It’s (usually not) the Real Thing

Coca-Cola is possibly the world’s most recognizable brand, an almost inescapable symbol of the global appeal of American-style consumer culture. Continue reading

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Fresno shooter gave police detailed account of slayings

The violence that culminated in a mass shooting Tuesday began five days earlier when police say Kori Ali Muhammad shot an unarmed security guard at a Motel 6, who he said disrespected him while he visited a female friend at the hotel. Continue reading

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Transgender woman sues Idaho over birth certificate policy

A transgender woman is suing Idaho in federal court for refusing to change the gender listed on her birth certificate. Continue reading

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The Latest: Ann Coulter vows to speak at Berkeley

The Latest on Ann Coulter’s speech at UC Berkeley being called off (all times local): 4:10 p.m. Continue reading

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Alligator snarls traffic on Florida expressway during rush hour

Authorities in Florida found themselves dealing with a different kind of obstruction on an expressway in Tampa on Wednesday. Continue reading

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UN envoy: No jobs for millions without new education funds

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Eric Frein: Survivalist guilty in ambush killing of Pennsylvania trooper

A Pennsylvania man who hid in the forest under cover of night and opened fire with a sniper’s rifle was convicted of capital murder Wednesday in the ambush slaying of a state police trooper he targeted at random in hopes of sparking a revolution. Continue reading

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The Latest: Police: Man sought in stabbings tried to buy gun

The Latest on stabbing attacks that police say left one person is dead and at least one person injured east of downtown Las Vegas (all times local): 3:15 p.m. Continue reading

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Judge spares police in polygamous towns, orders monitoring

The federal government’s bid to dismantle the police department in a polygamous community on the Arizona-Utah border has been rejected by a judge as too drastic and expensive. Continue reading

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Harbor seal rescued in Delaware now recovering at aquarium

A harbor seal who swan inland and accidentally stranded himself in mud in Delaware is now recovering at the National Aquarium in Baltimore. Continue reading

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Pennsylvania says it busted up fraudulent license plate ring

Pennsylvania’s attorney general’s office is charging a dozen people as part of an organized crime ring that it says made millions of dollars renting out fraudulently obtained license plates, primarily in New York City. Continue reading

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How North Korea gets its money

North Korea is a conundrum: seemingly barren and with Third World living conditions, yet it just held a grandiose military parade reminding the world that the country is locked and loaded. Continue reading

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Fresno shooting rampage: Police say suspect in ‘hate crime’ showing no remorse

Police said Wednesday that the man who killed three white men in a Fresno, California shooting spree was a “racist filled with hate” and has shown no remorse for the murders. Continue reading

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Minnesota girl in mutilation case allowed back with parents

A Minnesota girl who prosecutors say was taken to Michigan for a genital mutilation procedure has been allowed to return to her parents. Continue reading

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Man fatally shot in ‘confrontation’ with police in Delaware

Police in Delaware have fatally shot a suspect after what they say was a chase and confrontation. Continue reading

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Fox News Channel programming changes

In the wake of Bill O’Reilly’s departure, Fox News Channel will introduce a new evening and prime time lineup that promises exciting guests, lively debate and compelling news coverage. Continue reading

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Bomb outside Athens bank causes minor damage, no injuries

Greek authorities say a bomb has exploded outside a bank in central Athens, causing minor damage to the building but no injury. Continue reading

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Trial for Pulse gunman’s wife could start next year

The trial of the wife of the Orlando nightclub gunman could be pushed back to next March. Continue reading

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The Latest: Charge to be refiled in faith healing death

The Latest on a judge’s decision to throw out a charge against a pastor in a faith healing death (all times local): 4:25 p.m. Continue reading

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Prep school grad appeals judge’s decision denying new trial

A New Hampshire judge has rejected claims that a prep school graduate received ineffective counsel during his sexual assault trial. Continue reading

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Cash-strapped Venezuela a major funder of Trump inauguration

President Nicolas Maduro may be struggling to feed Venezuela but his socialist administration still managed to make a $500,000 donation to Donald Trump’s inauguration. Continue reading

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Air Force, Russian bombers play out familiar drama in critical Alaskan skies

The Russian bombers that buzzed American airspace twice this week aren’t exactly state of the art, but the American response has its share of problems, too. Continue reading

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Microsoft’s Gates appeals to Britain to maintain foreign aid

Microsoft founder Bill Gates has appealed to Britain’s leaders to maintain current levels of foreign aid, saying that it is a good investment for both the U.K. and the world. Continue reading

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Attorneys general from 16 states, DC fight travel ban appeal

The top attorneys from 16 states and the District of Columbia say President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban would hurt their higher education and medical institutions and have a chilling effect on tourism. Continue reading

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Drunk Chihuahua found in DUI suspect’s car, police say

A suspected drunk driver was arrested in Pennsylvania on Thursday, but police found another subject of intoxication in the car. Continue reading

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Man imprisoned 23 years in girlfriend’s slaying is released

A man who spent 23 years in an Ohio prison for the killing of his girlfriend has been released after a prosecutor said evidence presented at his trial wasn’t valid based on today’s forensic science. Continue reading

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Kurt Vonnegut museum wants end to dispute as funds dwindle

The Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library is asking a judge to quickly rule on a lawsuit stemming from its failed move, saying it could run out of money before the case is resolved. Continue reading

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UC Berkeley calls off Ann Coulter talk for security reasons

Ann Coulter’s planned appearance at the University of California, Berkeley next week has been called off for security concerns. Continue reading

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The Latest: Prosecutor didn’t get officer indictment before

The Latest on a South Carolina grand jury’s decision not to indict a police officer (all times local): 3:35 p.m. Continue reading

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Mexican woman with 4 US-born children is deported

A Mexican mother of four U.S.-born children living in southwest Ohio has been returned to Mexico. Continue reading

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Human remains found at construction site in Phoenix, could be a child

A gruesome discovery was made in a valley neighborhood of what appears to be the remains of a small child where new homes are being built. Continue reading

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California woman admits hate crime in bacon left at mosque

A California woman faces up to six years in prison after admitting that she broke windows and left bacon at a mosque near Sacramento. Continue reading

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Israeli defense officials: Assad still has chemical weapons

Israeli defense officials said on Wednesday that Syrian President Bashar Assad still has up to three tons of chemical weapons. Continue reading

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US tells North Korea: We don’t want a fight, don’t start one

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley has a message for North Korea: “We’re not trying to pick a fight so don’t try and give us one.” She told reporters Wednesday: “The ball is in their court. Continue reading

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Haiti to rebuild National Palace smashed in 2010 earthquake

Haitian authorities say they will rebuild the country’s National Palace to resemble the iconic 90-year-old structure that was smashed during the country’s 2010 earthquake. Continue reading

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53 arrested in Nigeria for celebrating gay wedding: Police

Nigerian police say they have arrested 53 young men who celebrated a gay wedding and charged them with “belonging to a gang of unlawful society.” Prosecuting officer Mannir Nasir told a court on Wednesday that the young men were arrested Saturday in th… Continue reading

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Mexican ex-gov. accused of graft appears in Guatemala court

A Mexican former governor wanted on corruption charges is appearing before a Guatemalan court that will consider his possible extradition. Continue reading

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UN chief to attend World Bank and IMF meetings in Washington

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says he’s heading to Washington to attend the spring meetings of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Continue reading

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FBI arrests Austin man said to be planning ‘mass shooting’

According to a criminal complaint document, an FBI agent with the Joint Terrorism Task Force received information that 50-year-old Austin man Steven Boehle, identified as “Duke,” was planning a mass shooting. Continue reading

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