Daily Archives: May 18, 2017

{FD} Despite US call to isolate North Korea, ferry service to Russia begins

A Russian firm on Thursday announced a new, weekly ferry service that links the city of Vladivostock and Rajin, a North Korean port, despite the U.S. calling for world powers to isolate Pyongyang. Continue reading

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{FD} US deports Indonesian Christian who fled persecution

An Indonesian man who was seeking asylum in New Jersey and had been living in the United States for 16 years has been deported. Continue reading

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{FD} Family business charged with smuggling sea cucumbers to US

A father and son have been indicted on charges of smuggling illegally harvested sea cucumbers worth more than $17 million into the United States and selling the Chinese delicacy on Asian markets. Continue reading

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{FD} Brazil’s top prosecutor accuses Temer of obstructing justice

Brazil’s president is vowing to remain in power despite a damaging new corruption allegation, but Latin America’s largest nation could very well be rudderless as long as he stays at the head of what one analyst is calling a “walking dead administration.” Continue reading

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{FD} 8 judges on Venezuela’s Supreme Court hit with US sanctions

The U.S. imposed a new round of sanctions on high-level Venezuelan officials, this time targeting eight Supreme Court judges that Washington accused of damaging their nation’s democracy by steadily stripping the opposition-controlled congress of any au… Continue reading

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{FD} Iran votes in first presidential election since nuclear deal

Iranians began voting Friday in the country’s first presidential election since its nuclear deal with world powers, as incumbent Hassan Rouhani faced a staunch challenge from a hard-line opponent over his outreach to the wider world. Continue reading

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{FD} The Latest: Amtrak engineer arraigned in fatal train crash

The Latest on the Amtrak engineer involved in the fatal May 2015 crash in Philadelphia (all times local): 11:30 p.m. Continue reading

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{FD} Progress made on draft of South China Sea code of conduct

China says it has reached agreement with the 10 countries of the Association of Southeast Asia Nations on the rough outline of a legally binding code of conduct designed to prevent clashes in the strategic South China Sea. Continue reading

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{FD} Chinese, S. Korean officials seek to mend rift with meetings

A senior foreign policy adviser to Chinese President Xi Jinping stressed the importance of relations with South Korea on Friday as the two countries attempt to mend a rift in ties over the deployment of a U.S. missile-defense system to guard against No… Continue reading

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{FD} Father, son smuggle $17 million worth of illegally harvested sea cucumbers into the US

A father and son have been indicted on charges of smuggling illegally harvested sea cucumbers worth more than $17 million into the United States and selling the Chinese delicacy on Asian markets. Continue reading

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{FD} Jean-Michel Basquiat painting sells for record $110.5M at New York auction

An artwork by Jean-Michel Basquiat sold for a record $110.5 million at auction in New York. Continue reading

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{FD} UN: Firepower escalates in Central African Republic conflict

The latest upsurge in deadly violence in the Central African Republic saw the first use of heavy weapons and more sophisticated military tactics by a predominantly Christian armed group, a senior U.N. official said Thursday. Continue reading

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{FD} Several people injured after falling off ferris wheel in Washington

Several people were injured after falling off a ride at a fair in Washington late Thursday, officials said. Continue reading

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{FD} Ex-Secret Service agent who sexted teen girls sentenced to 20 years in jail

A former Secret Service officer at the White House got a 20-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to sexting with teenage girls. Continue reading

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{FD} Army veteran surprised with new home in Texas

Life is getting a little less stressful for a Houston-area wounded warrior after she received the surprise of a lifetime. Medically-retired U.S. Army Sergeant Demitra Jarrett couldn’t contain her tears after learning she was being gifted with a home. Continue reading

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{FD} Military training exercise sparks 4,000-acre wildfire in Florida

Military units conducting training exercises at Avon Park Air Force Range accidentally sparked a fire Wednesday afternoon that has since grown to cover 4,000 acres along the Polk and Highlands county line. Continue reading

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{FD} Tennessee Amber Alert: Grand jury indicts Tad Cummins on federal charges

A federal grand jury indicted a former Maury County teacher Thursday for his alleged role in taking a 15-year-old girl across state lines, putting them at the center of an AMBER Alert and month-long nationwide search. Continue reading

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{FD} Tennessee teacher indicted on sex, obstruction charges

Authorities say a Tennessee teacher who led police on a nationwide manhunt after taking a 15-year-old student has been indicted on federal charges. Continue reading

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{FD} The Latest: 3 arrested in death of boy found in stolen car

The Latest on the death of a 6-year-old boy who was in a car that was stolen in Jackson, Mississippi (all times local): 6:15 p.m. Three Mississippi men have been arrested in connection with the killing of a 6-year-old boy found shot in his mother’s sto… Continue reading

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{FD} Nicaragua says Russian satellite station ‘not for spying’

Nicaragua is denying that a recently activated land-based satellite station donated by Russia has the purpose of spying on the region or the United States. Continue reading

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{FD} Multiple tornadoes touch down in Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas

A least seven tornadoes touched down briefly in mostly rural areas of three states Thursday as a severe storm system moved eastward through Oklahoma and into south-central Kansas. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump leaves tumult at home, will visit Middle East, Europe

President Donald Trump’s maiden international trip, a five-stop marathon across the Middle East and Europe, has long loomed as crucial first test abroad for the chaos-courting president. Continue reading

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{FD} Metro-North commuter train derails outside New York City, no injuries reported

A Metro-North commuter train derailed outside of New York City during the Thursday evening rush hour, but no injuries were reported, officials said. Continue reading

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{FD} The Latest: Rubio praises Trump for new Venezuela sanctions

The latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local): 4:35 p.m. Continue reading

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{FD} US imposes sanctions on Venezuela Supreme Court

The U.S. has slapped new sanctions on eight members of Venezuela’s Supreme Court, accusing them of abusing power and damaging their nation’s democratic fabric as the Trump administration raises concerns that socialist President Nicolas Maduro is moving… Continue reading

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{FD} Judge OKs 2nd mental health exam for Texas stabbing suspect

A judge has ordered a second mental health examination of a young man suspected of stabbing four students at the University of Texas. Continue reading

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{FD} Canada warns it may cancel US jet buy over Bombardier probe

Canada’s government is warning it could cancel a planned purchase of 18 Super Hornet fighter jets from Boeing Co. because of U.S. Department of Commerce anti-dumping investigations against Canadian plane maker Bombardier. Continue reading

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{FD} Police: Mom shoots 2 kids in head, dumps them outside

A woman has been accused of shooting two of her children in the head in Ohio and has been arrested. Continue reading

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{FD} Chelsea Manning shows look as woman after prison release

Army Pvt. Continue reading

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{FD} El Salvador judge reopens case of archbishop’s 1980 murder

A Salvadoran judge on Thursday ordered a reopening of the case of the 1980 murder of Roman Catholic Archbishop Oscar Romero. Continue reading

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{FD} Feds say 83 gang leaders, members arrested in 5-state raid

More than 80 members of the United Blood Nation gang have been indicted as part of a five-state crackdown on gang activity, federal authorities announced Thursday. Continue reading

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{FD} Doctor, nurses charged in California with child sexual abuse

California authorities say a brain surgeon and two nurses have been charged in a child sex abuse ring involving seven victims under 13. Continue reading

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{FD} France’s Le Pen to run for parliament with party in disarray

Emerging from her crushing defeat in France’s presidential contest, far-right leader Marine Le Pen said Thursday she will run for a parliamentary seat in June elections and that her National Front party has “an essential role” in a new political landsc… Continue reading

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{FD} Israeli group to appeal Facebook Palestinian violence case

An Israeli rights group suing Facebook on behalf of families of victims killed by Palestinian attackers said on Thursday that it will appeal after the case was dismissed by a New York court. Continue reading

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{FD} Man charged with murder after missing ex-wife’s body found

An Ohio man was indicted Thursday on aggravated murder and other charges after the remains of his ex-wife who’d been missing since October were found in a container outside Cleveland. Continue reading

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{FD} Cleanup at Idaho nuclear landfill on hold after pit collapse

Some cleanup efforts at a nuclear waste landfill in eastern Idaho are on hold while workers try to figure out what caused a collapse in a dig area that sent an excavator into a pit. Continue reading

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{FD} Warrant: Man threatened to crucify judge in ‘biblical sense’

A North Carolina man has been charged with threatening to crucify a judge who heard domestic violence accusations against him. Continue reading

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{FD} Judge nixes most charges against mom of long-missing twins

A judge has thrown out most criminal charges against a Pennsylvania woman accused of endangering and concealing the whereabouts of her twins, who haven’t been seen in more than 10 years. Continue reading

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{FD} Ohio teacher on leave over Snapchat complaint about prom expenses

A suburban Cleveland teacher has been put on paid leave over a social media post that appeared to criticize the expense of some students’ prom arrangements in contrast with not having “enough money for school supplies or passing grades.” Continue reading

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{FD} Tornado touches down in Oklahoma, no injuries reported

Officials say a tornado touched down Thursday in a rural area of southwestern Oklahoma, but no injuries or damage was reported, officials said. Continue reading

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{FD} Brazil Supreme Court authorizes investigation into President Temer

Temer has denied any wrongdoing and strongly resisted growing calls for him to resign. Continue reading

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{FD} New York trooper in critical condition after traffic stop crash

A New York State trooper is in critical condition after his patrol car was hit by another vehicle in Campbell, New York, on Wednesday. Continue reading

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{FD} Serial burglary suspect arrested after being cornered by residents in California

The hunt for a serial burglar in the North County has come to an end, thanks to quick thinking by an Escondido homeowner. Continue reading

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{FD} 2 men convicted of hate crimes in Sikh man’s assault

Two men were sentenced to three year-prison terms for assaulting a Sikh man in Northern California and admitting to hate crimes. Continue reading

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{FD} The Latest: Brazil president denies OK’ing bribe

The Latest on Brazil’s political crisis (all times local): 4:15 p.m. Embattled Brazilian President Michel Temer says he will fight allegations that he endorsed the paying of hush money to an ex-lawmaker jailed for corruption. Continue reading

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{FD} Pennsylvania dad locked 2-year-old son in cage, left toddler and newborn home alone, police say

Pennsylvania State Police say a 22-month-old boy was found locked in a makeshift wooden cage, and two younger siblings were also left alone in the same home, leading police to jail the father on child endangerment charges. Continue reading

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{FD} Chelsea Manning releases first photo of herself after prison: ‘Here I am everyone’

Pvt. Chelsea Manning posted the first photo of herself on Thursday, a day after she was released from a Kansas military prison for providing classified government materials to WikiLeaks. Continue reading

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{FD} 1 Times Square pedestrian killed, others hurt after car jumps curb

One woman was killed and 22 others were struck when a speeding car plowed into a crowd in New York’s Times Square on Thursday afternoon. Continue reading

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{FD} US air strikes pound pro-Assad forces in Syria

The U.S. military launched fresh air strikes against pro-Assad forces in Syria, officials told Fox News Thursday. Continue reading

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{FD} Immigration agency detains man whose prison term was cut

A judge on Tuesday ordered Lima-Marin’s release, saying it would be “draconian” to keep him in prison. Continue reading

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