Daily Archives: May 9, 2017

Vietnam puts pork on menus as farmers face glut, low prices

Pork may be hogging menus in Vietnam’s factories and army canteens for some time to come, as the country tries to keep pig farmers stricken by a glut in supply from going under. Continue reading

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Police: Theft suspect escaped on hood of getaway car

Police in Pennsylvania are looking for a theft suspect who they say punched a police officer and jumped on top of a getaway car, riding to freedom on the vehicle’s hood. Continue reading

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MORNING BRIEF: Trump spokeswoman: Clinton would have fired Comey, too

Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said now-former FBI Director James Comey would have been fired by a ‘President Hillary Clinton.’ Continue reading

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Customs agents find heroin inside ‘Success!’ greeting card

Customs agents in Philadelphia say they found 8 grams (0.28 ounces) of heroin stuffed inside a congratulatory greeting card shipped from the Netherlands. Continue reading

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Name sought for rare albino orangutan rescued in Indonesia

A conservation group is asking the public to suggest names for a rare albino orangutan that was rescued from villagers in the Indonesian part of Borneo last month, hoping it will become an inspiring symbol of efforts to save the critically endangered s… Continue reading

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18 injured in China knife attack; suspect shot, arrested

Police in northern China say 18 people were injured when a man attacked people on a city street with a knife. Continue reading

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US brings in more technology to fight drug smuggling at sea

ABOARD THE COAST GUARD CUTTER STRATTON, in the eastern Pacific Ocean (AP) — The drone is loaded onto a catapult on the flight deck. Continue reading

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Vietnam fires southern city party chief for mismanagement

Vietnam’s ruling communists fired the party boss in the southern commercial hub of Ho Chi Minh City after finding he made “serious mistakes and violations” while heading oil and gas monopoly PetroVietnam. Continue reading

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China’s Xi says willing to work with SKorea to improve ties

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday congratulated Moon Jae-in on his election as South Korea’s leader and said he is willing to work with Seoul to improve relations, at a time when ties have sunk to their lowest point since diplomatic relations w… Continue reading

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Report: Puerto Rico has worst drinking water violation rate

An environmental group says Puerto Rico has the worst rate of drinking water violations of any U.S. jurisdiction, with dangerous contaminants ranging from lead to disinfectants to coliform bacteria. Continue reading

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The Latest: Texas House OKs rejecting non-Christian parents

The Latest on a Texas bill allowing adoption agencies to raise “religious objections” to would-be adoptive parents (all times local): 10:40 p.m. Continue reading

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Far fewer refugees entering US despite travel ban setbacks

President Donald Trump’s travel bans have been largely blocked by the courts, but they’ve caused the number of refugees entering the U.S. to plummet in the last two months. Continue reading

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Woman cited for graffiti on rocks at Hawaiian mountain

Authorities have found the woman suspected of painting graffiti on a mountain held sacred by Native Hawaiians. Continue reading

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Kansas bail bondsman gets life for killing son fed to pigs

A former Kansas bail bondsman was sentenced to life in prison Monday for killing his 7-year-old son, who authorities say endured abuse and starvation before his remains were fed to pigs on the family’s rental property. Continue reading

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Long Island prosecutor fired during murder trial

A murder charge was dismissed against a Long Island man mid-trial after the prosecuting attorney was fired for misconduct. Continue reading

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1 arrested after brawl aboard Southwest jet during deplaning

One person was arrested after a brawl erupted aboard a Southwest Airlines jet deplaning in Burbank after arriving from Dallas. Continue reading

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South Carolina school bus driver helps evacuate 56 students during fire

A Spartanburg County school bus driver was being called a hero after her bus caught fire Tuesday morning. Continue reading

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Pastor, 4 congregants get 30 years in exorcism death

A Nicaraguan judge has sentenced an evangelical pastor and four members of his congregation to a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison for the February killing of a 25-year-old woman who was thrown into a fire to drive “demons” from her body. Continue reading

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Minnesota terror convict to return to halfway house

A Minnesota man serving 20 years of supervised release for conspiring to join the Islamic State group was allowed to return to a halfway house Tuesday, more than a week after he was arrested for watching a news documentary on terrorism. Continue reading

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The Latest: Deacon candidate accuses bishop of blackmail

The Latest on a lawsuit accusing a Minnesota bishop of suppressing a report of sexual abuse (all times local): 4:30 p.m. Continue reading

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Woman gets 60 years for killing her husband, their mistress

A woman convicted of killing her husband and their live-in mistress has been sentenced to 60 years in prison. Continue reading

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EU criticizes US for $640 million cut to UN agencies

The European Union foreign policy chief says investing in U.N. Continue reading

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Christian pastor faces daily torture in Pakistani prison after blasphemy conviction

The wife of Zafar Bhatti, the Christian pastor in Pakistan who last week was sentenced to life in prison under the country’s controversial blasphemy laws, says her husband is being tortured every day. Continue reading

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Tennessee elementary school’s Bible club halted by atheist complaint may return

An elementary school Bible club that was suspended due to church-state concerns raised by an atheist group may return next academic year. Continue reading

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Feds expand charges against Philadelphia’s top prosecutor

Federal authorities have expanded a bribery case against the city’s top prosecutor but say they don’t plan to delay his scheduled May 31 trial. Continue reading

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Russia sends more weapons to Syria ahead of Lavrov visit to Washington

A day before the Russian foreign minister arrives in Washington, Moscow has sent dozens of new artillery howitzers to Syria to be used by the Assad regime in a future ground campaign against rebel forces, U.S. officials told Fox News on Tuesday. Continue reading

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Florida Uber driver arrested for kidnapping, rape

Police in Jupiter have arrested an Uber driver who is accused of kidnapping a passenger and sexually assaulting her. Continue reading

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Mexico targets suppliers, buyers in move against fuel theft

Mexico’s treasury secretary says the country is embarking on a strategy to combat illegal pipeline thefts that includes going after not only the thieves but those who purchase stolen fuel. Continue reading

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South Korea’s liberal new president could strain US’ relationship with Seoul

Nearly a decade of conservative governance in South Korea is ending as voters there selected Moon Jae-in as their next president. Continue reading

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Pirates off Africa’s coast attacking more sailors

After five years of no major attacks on merchant vessels, piracy around the Horn of Africa seemed to be on hiatus. Continue reading

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Michigan driver’s bad day on the road ends with car lodged in wet cement

A Michigan driver had a really bad drive Monday afternoon after he found himself stuck in wet cement. Continue reading

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Could North Korea really sink a US aircraft carrier?

The Korean Peninsula continues to simmer as the North Korean dictator, Kim Jong-Un, launched another ballistic missile test over the weekend. Continue reading

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Niece of France’s Le Pen held as rising star quits politics

The niece of defeated far-right French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen announced Tuesday that she’s leaving political life, at least temporarily, citing “personal and political reasons.” Marion Marechal-Le Pen had been seen as a rising star of the… Continue reading

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Ex-doctor acquitted of sexually assaulting patients in exams

A former Massachusetts doctor has been acquitted of charges he sexually assaulted two patients during medical examinations. Continue reading

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Cities choosing ‘welcoming’ over ‘sanctuary’ for immigrants

A rural town in south-central Idaho that’s become a hotbed of refugee support and opposition has opted to take a softer stance in affirming its role as a welcoming city rather than adopt policies defying U.S. immigration officials. Continue reading

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Court sets July execution date for Virginia death row inmate

A Virginia inmate convicted of killing two people during an escape in 2006 is scheduled to be executed July 6. Continue reading

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Fireworks cache explodes in Mexico, killing at least 14

An errant firecracker landed on a cache of fireworks and touched off a powerful explosion at a home in central Mexico, killing at least 14 people, 11 of them children, authorities said Tuesday. Continue reading

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Judges hear appeal of portfolio manager’s conviction

The legal definition of insider trading is being scrutinized by a federal appeals panel considering whether an Ivy League-educated ex-portfolio manager was wrongly convicted. Continue reading

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Video: Lion viciously attacks circus trainer front of horrified audience in France

A circus trainer remains in serious condition after a lion attacked him during a live performance in France over the weekend – and the grizzly attack was caught on camera. Continue reading

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Nigeria spokesman says 1 Nigeria Chibok girl refused release

Nigeria’s presidential spokesman says one of the girls kidnapped by Boko Haram extremists in 2014 and who was among those who could have been released on Saturday has chosen to stay. Continue reading

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Teacher accused of kidnapping teen in court in Tennessee

A teacher charged with kidnapping a 15-year-old student and taking her to California is back home in Tennessee, facing charges that could leave him in prison for life. Continue reading

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Brazil Judge denies request to delay ex-president’s hearing

A Brazilian federal judge has refused a request by lawyers representing former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to delay his hearing on the benefits he allegedly received from the huge kickback scheme uncovered at state-owned oil company Petrobras. Continue reading

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82nd Airborne already on way to Afghanistan as Trump mulls more deployments

If the Trump administration sends thousands more American troops to Afghanistan to counter the growing insurgency, the soldiers will find the “devils in baggy pants” waiting for them. Continue reading

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Teen arrested in recorded death of Utah girl

A Utah teenager was arrested for investigation of murder after using cellphone video to record the death of a 16-year-old girl found hanged from a tree, authorities said Tuesday. Continue reading

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Air Force cadet, an avid skydiver, killed in Colorado parachute accident

A military cadet just weeks away from graduating from the Air Force Academy died on Sunday during a skydiving accident near Colorado Springs. Continue reading

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Wasp nests removed in Sri Lanka ahead of Indian PM visit

Sri Lankan authorities have removed thousands of wasps from a tea growing region ahead of a visit this week by Indian prime minister Narendra Modi. Continue reading

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Congo’s president names new Cabinet of more than 50

Congo’s president has named a new government that doesn’t include any main opposition figures among more than 50 officials. Continue reading

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The Latest: Niece of France’s Le Pen quits politics for now

The Latest on political fallout from France’s presidential election and the country’s upcoming parliamentary election: (all times local): 8:50 p.m. Continue reading

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‘Nightmare house’ Zillow listing tells buyers don’t ask about mysterious occupant upstairs

A recent house listing on Zillow in South Carolina is gaining attention for its mystery occupant upstairs that agents are telling potential buyers “don’t bother asking” about the occupant living upstairs rent-free. Continue reading

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The Latest: Colleagues say slain doctor was ‘compassionate’

The Latest on the killings of two engaged Boston doctors (all times local): 3:15 p.m. Continue reading

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