Daily Archives: May 8, 2017

{FD} Rare French flowers destroyed in Australian quarantine drama

Australian quarantine officials have acknowledged that they reacted a bit too hastily when they destroyed a rare, centuries-old collection of plants from France due to paperwork problems. Continue reading

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{FD} The Latest: Jakarta gov to appeal blasphemy prison sentence

The Latest on the blasphemy trial of the Indonesian capital’s minority Christian governor (all times local): ___ 11:20 a.m. Continue reading

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{FD} Judge to hear arguments on bid to erase Hernandez conviction

A judge is set to hear arguments in a push by lawyers for former NFL star Aaron Hernandez to erase his conviction in a 2013 murder. Continue reading

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{FD} Chicago police warns officers about gangs armed with high-powered rifles

The Chicago Police Department warned its officers Monday about gangs armed with high-powered weapons, after three people were shot to death over the weekend and two cops were targeted in an ambush last week. Continue reading

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{FD} Local officials removed after Chinese mine accident kills 18

Authorities in southern China have removed six officials from their posts after a coal mine accident that killed 18 people. Continue reading

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{FD} AP Exclusive: Big child webcam sex bust reveals rising abuse

Authorities in the Philippines have arrested an American suspected of exploiting dozens of Filipino children using webcams to sell videos, images and livestreams. Continue reading

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{FD} Jakarta governor given 2-year prison sentence for blasphemy

An Indonesian court has sentenced the minority Christian governor of Jakarta to two years in prison for blaspheming the Quran following a trial that undermined the country’s reputation for practicing a moderate form of Islam. Continue reading

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{FD} Christian governor in Jakarta gets 2 years for blaspheming the Koran

An Indonesian court has sentenced the minority Christian governor of Jakarta to two years in prison for blaspheming the Quran following a trial that undermined the country’s reputation for practicing a moderate form of Islam. Continue reading

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{FD} With Lacoste, Mont Blanc, socialist Cuba has 1st luxury mall

The saleswomen in L’Occitane en Provence’s new Havana store make $12.50 a month. Continue reading

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{FD} Prosecutors seek 11-years for man who gave advice in slaying

Federal prosecutors in Chicago are asking for up to 11 years in prison for a man who offered advice to his cousin in the 2014 murder of a woman at an Indonesian resort. Continue reading

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{FD} Former executive at bankrupt NYC law firm convicted of fraud

A former executive of a major New York law firm has been convicted on charges he hid the struggling firm’s finances before it collapsed in 2012. Continue reading

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{FD} Police: Top Malaysian Islamic State operative dead in Syria

Malaysia’s police chief said the country’s top Islamic State operative was killed in an attack in Syria last month. Continue reading

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{FD} Hundreds evacuated in Venezuela as tear gas seeps into homes

Hundreds of people were evacuated from buildings in this big coastal city in western Venezuela on Monday after security forces fired tear gas during a clash with protesters and the gas spilled into homes, schools and a hospital. Continue reading

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{FD} Massachusetts college student studying abroad dies in boat crash

A Massachusetts college says a student studying abroad in Denmark has died after a vessel crashed into a boat carrying her and six classmates. Continue reading

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{FD} Phoenix serial shootings: Suspect accused of killing nine people identified

Authorities in Arizona announced Monday that they had identified and charged a suspect in a series of shootings that killed nine people over an 11-month period. Continue reading

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{FD} The Latest: SKorean liberal candidate expresses confidence

The Latest on the presidential election in South Korea (all times local): 9:20 a.m. Continue reading

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{FD} California asks federal taxpayers to fund repairs at dam

California is asking the federal government to pay 75 percent of the hundreds of millions of dollars in repairs to the badly damaged spillways at the nation’s tallest dam, a state water agency spokeswoman said Monday. Continue reading

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{FD} Paris’ Gare du Nord train station evacuated after security alert

Police poured into Paris’ Gare du Nord station late Monday, evacuating passengers from platforms and sealing off the area for several hours in a new security scare to hit the French capital. Continue reading

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{FD} The Latest: Police now say 9 killed in serial shootings case

The Latest on the arrest of a suspect in a series of shootings in Phoenix (all times local): 4:45 p.m. Continue reading

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{FD} Man and young girl missing in Quebec flooding

More than 1,500 Canadian soldiers are helping deal with flooding that has caused widespread damage and evacuations in Quebec. Continue reading

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{FD} Tennessee agency asks court to release report on shooting

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and a district attorney have taken the unusual step of asking a court to release a TBI report on the death of an armed African-American man shot by a white officer in Nashville. Continue reading

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{FD} Phoenix serial shootings: Suspect accused of killing at least nine identified

Authorities in Arizona announced Monday that they had identified and charged a suspect in a series of shootings that killed nine people over an 11-month period. Continue reading

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{FD} Woman thrown into pool while trying to break up party

Deputies are looking for the person who tossed a 68-year-old resident of a South Florida apartment complex into a pool as she tried to break up an outdoor party. Continue reading

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{FD} Police operation underway at Paris’ Gare du Nord station

French authorities say there is a police operation underway at France’s Gare du Nord station, the terminus of Eurostar trains from London. Continue reading

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{FD} Ex-Sioux Falls chief arrested on suspicion of child ****

Authorities say former Sioux Falls Fire Rescue Chief Jim Sideras has been arrested for suspected possession of child ***********. Continue reading

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{FD} Ex-teacher accused of kidnapping student jailed in Kentucky

A former Tennessee teacher accused of kidnapping a teenage student and taking her to California has been returned to face charges and is being held in a Kentucky jail. Continue reading

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{FD} Phoenix serial killing suspect arrested in deaths of 7

Authorities say a suspect has been arrested in series of shooting attacks in Phoenix last year that left at least seven people dead and two others wounded over a four-month period. Continue reading

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{FD} Frat member told 911: ‘We have a friend who’s unconscious’

A Penn State University fraternity member calling 911 for help in a case that has led to charges against 18 students following an alcohol-fueled party calmly told a dispatcher “we have a friend who’s unconscious.” The call from Beta Theta Pi member Rya… Continue reading

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{FD} Puerto Rico policewoman pleads guilty in civil rights case

A former Puerto Rico policewoman accused of using excessive force on a juvenile has pleaded guilty to civil rights violations. Continue reading

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{FD} Detroit school evacuated after old ammunition found nearby

The discovery of old military artillery in a church garage in Detroit has led to the temporary evacuation of students at a nearby school. Continue reading

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{FD} Transgender teen argues case still relevant after graduation

Lawyers for a transgender teenager who sued his eastern Virginia school board for the right to use the boys’ bathroom have filed a new brief arguing his case still is relevant even though he’s about to graduate from high school. Continue reading

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{FD} Police: Man waited in line before robbing Missouri bank

St. Louis County police are looking for a man who waited in line at a bank before robbing it. Continue reading

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{FD} Judge dismisses Alabama prisoner’s lethal injection claim

A judge on Monday dismissed a death row inmate’s claim that Alabama improperly allows “unaccountable bureaucrats” to decide how executions are carried out in the state. Continue reading

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{FD} Macron faces challenges as he tries to lead a polarized France

Outgoing President Francois Hollande was with President-elect Emmanuel Macron at a World War 2 commemoration in Paris on Monday. At 39, Macron is the youngest French president in modern history. He has never held elected office. Continue reading

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{FD} North Korea threat, relationship with US at stake in South Korea’s presidential election

South Korean voters will select their new president Tuesday, less than two months after the impeachment and removal of President Park Geun-hye. Continue reading

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{FD} UN Syria envoy to reconvene Geneva peace talks next week

The office of the U.N.’s Syria envoy says he plans to reconvene political talks between government envoys and opposition leaders next week in Geneva. Continue reading

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{FD} Violence erupts after South African farmers accused of killing black teen get bail

A hearing was held Monday for suspects Pieter Doorewaard and Phillip Schutte in Coligny, South Africa. Continue reading

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{FD} S. Koreans vote for new president to succeed ousted Park

South Koreans voted Tuesday for a new president, with victory widely predicted for a liberal candidate who has pledged to improve ties with North Korea, re-examine a contentious U.S. missile defense shield and push sweeping economic changes. Continue reading

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{FD} Heroin hidden inside greeting card is intercepted

U.S. Customs and Border protection officers found a greeting card that contained $500 worth of heroin inside a package from the Netherlands. Continue reading

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{FD} Sailor killed at Pearl Harbor to be buried in Michigan

The remains of a Michigan sailor killed during the attack on Pearl Harbor will be returned to Port Huron, Michigan, for burial on his family’s cemetery plot. Continue reading

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{FD} Authorities: inmate at Tennessee county jail hangs himself

Authorities say a male inmate at a county jail in northeast Tennessee has hanged himself. Continue reading

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{FD} Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh visits Gaza, addresses hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners

Haniyeh, a former prime minister of Gaza, replaced Khaled Mashaal of Qatar as head of the political bureau. Continue reading

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{FD} NYC investigators accuse Rikers Island official of spying

An internal affairs official at Rikers Island is facing accusations that his subordinates secretly eavesdropped on New York City investigators. Continue reading

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{FD} Brazil’s Manaus declares emergency over Venezuelan migrants

The mayor of a major city in northern Brazil says authorities are having to deal with a sudden influx of people from Venezuela, which has been rocked by political and economic turmoil. Continue reading

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{FD} Manhunt in Carolinas for kidnapping suspect after woman escapes from car’s trunk

North and South Carolina police are looking for a man accused of kidnapping a woman from a South Carolina gas station. Continue reading

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{FD} Spare a dime? Puerto Rico seeks change to help university

The budget woes at Puerto Rico’s main university are so bad that the state’s asking people for spare change to support it. Continue reading

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{FD} North Carolina school ‘refuses to acknowledge’ electrocuted teen in graduation, family says

Family and friends of a North Carolina teen who was electrocuted in a pool last September are petitioning to get her high school to recognize the student at graduation in June. Continue reading

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{FD} Pioneer Vietnam War journalist Morrissy Merick dies at 83

A former television news producer who fought to give female reporters equal access to cover the Vietnam War has died. Continue reading

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{FD} Seattle police officer charged in major marijuana-smuggling ring

Federal prosecutors allege that a Seattle police officer was part of a major drug trafficking operation that transported large amounts of narcotics from Washington state to the East Coast. Continue reading

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{FD} Bumble Bee Foods fined $25 million, admits price fixing

The popular tuna-canning company Bumble Bee Foods has agreed to pay a $25 million fine after pleading guilty to conspiring with competitors to fix prices. Continue reading

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