Louisiana police arrest suspect in murder of civil rights activist

Police in Louisiana on Tuesday said they arrested a suspect in the murder of a Baton Rouge civil rights activist whose body was found in the trunk of her car on Friday.

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16.Jul.2019


No federal charges for New York policeman in 2014 'I can't breathe' death

The New York police officer who put Eric Garner in a fatal chokehold during an attempted 2014 arrest, fueling the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, will not face federal criminal charges, Brooklyn's top federal prosecutor said on Tuesday.

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16.Jul.2019


Factbox: U.S. police officers who kill unarmed black men often avoid criminal liability

A New York City policeman became the latest example of a law enforcement officer to face no criminal liability for killing an unarmed black man when the U.S. Department of Justice said on Tuesday it would not prosecute him in the July 17, 2014 killing of Eric Garner with a prohibited chokehold.

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16.Jul.2019


Trump faces House condemnation after his tweets on minority congresswomen

President Donald Trump pressured fellow Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday to stand with him and vote against a symbolic measure condemning his racially charged attacks on four Democratic congresswomen.

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16.Jul.2019


Judge scolds Trump ex-adviser Stone and bans social media posts

A visibly irritated federal judge on Tuesday banned President Donald Trump's former adviser Roger Stone from posting on social media, describing him as behaving like a schoolchild unable to follow simple orders, after prosecutors accused him of violating a gag order by repeatedly discussing his case on Instagram.

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16.Jul.2019


Puerto Rico governor vows to remain in office after violent protests

Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello said on Tuesday he will stay in office despite protests calling for his resignation that turned violent overnight.

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16.Jul.2019


Democrat Warren slams Trump's defense nominee, citing ethics concerns

Democratic Senator and presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday clashed with Mark Esper, President Donald Trump's nominee for U.S. defense secretary, saying he should be not be confirmed to the post because of ethical concerns related to his former lobbyist job at defense contractor Raytheon Co.

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16.Jul.2019


Trump says 'will take a look' at accusations over Google, China

U.S. President Donald Trump said early Tuesday his administration would investigate accusations that Alphabet Inc's Google worked with the Chinese government.

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16.Jul.2019


Chicago alligator stakeout snaps shut after professional catches reptile

An elusive alligator residing in a Chicago lagoon was caught early on Tuesday after the reptile, thought to be an abandoned pet, captivated locals for nearly a week.

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16.Jul.2019


Senate Republican McConnell says debate not be about personal attacks

U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday public debate should be on ideas, not personal attacks, in his first public remarks on a controversy touched off by President Donald Trump's racially charged attacks on four Democratic congresswomen.

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16.Jul.2019


Greek man confesses to rape, murder of U.S. scientist, police say

Greek police believe they have found the man who raped and murdered an American biologist whose body was discovered on the island of Crete on July 8, a senior official said on Tuesday.

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16.Jul.2019


Trump unveils immigration and border security bill in Cabinet meeting

U.S. President Donald Trump presented a bill to his Cabinet on Tuesday aimed at boosting border security and overhauling the current immigration system to make it more merit-based, a senior administration official said.

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16.Jul.2019


Trump campaign launches effort to sway women voters

U.S. President Donald Trump’s campaign sought to energize women voters in the battleground state of Pennsylvania on Tuesday, betting a message of economic prosperity will boost support from suburban women uneasy with the direction of the Republican Party.

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16.Jul.2019


Pompeo to visit Mexico on eve of safe third-country asylum deadline

Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Tuesday he will meet his U.S. counterpart Mike Pompeo in Mexico City at the weekend to discuss migration and trade, on the eve of a deadline set in a migration deal that removed threatened tariffs.

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16.Jul.2019


Two leaders of Malian al Qaeda affiliate put on U.S. terrorism list

The United States added two leaders of al Qaeda's affiliate in Mali to its global terrorism list on Tuesday, accusing them of engaging in destabilizing attacks across the West African country, the U.S. Treasury said.

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16.Jul.2019


Trump administration erects another barrier to immigrants seeking U.S. asylum

The Trump administration on Monday unveiled a new rule to bar almost all immigrants from applying for asylum at the southern border, requiring them to first pursue safe haven in a third country through which they had traveled on the way to the United States.

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16.Jul.2019


New York City can ban ads inside Ubers, Lyfts: U.S. appeals court

A federal appeals court on Tuesday said New York City can ban advertising inside vehicles driven for companies such as Uber and Lyft, handing a victory to the millions of passengers who it said find such ads "extremely annoying."

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16.Jul.2019


Trump defiant as lawmakers blast his 'racist' attacks on four congresswomen

President Donald Trump doubled down on his attacks against four minority U.S. congresswomen on Monday and dismissed concerns that his comments were racist, prompting outrage from Democrats, who moved to condemn him in the House of Representatives.

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16.Jul.2019


Father whose family died in Ethiopian plane crash to brief Congress

Before flying to Washington to climb the steps of Congress and testify to a crowd of aviation experts and lawmakers this week, Paul Njoroge spent a desolate weekend packing away toys his children would never play with again.

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16.Jul.2019


Facing new asylum curb, nerves for those waiting at U.S.-Mexico border

Number 12,026 - better known as Marcial Artigas, 33, from Holguin, Cuba - waited nervously at a migration office at the U.S.-Mexico border as a Mexican official called out numbers from a long list of hopefuls waiting to cross to the United States.

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U.S. National News

  • UPDATE 1-EU readies sanctions on Venezuelan security officials

    The European Union is preparing new sanctions against Venezuelan security forces involved in human rights violations, the bloc's foreign policy chief said on Tuesday, following the death in custody of a navy captain amid allegations of torture. Federica Mogherini said the death of Rafael Acosta while in custody for alleged participation in a coup plot was a "stark example" of the deteriorating situation in the country, amid a crackdown by the government of President Nicolas Maduro. "The EU is ready to start work towards applying targeted measures for those members of the security forces involved in torture and other serious violations of human rights," Mogherini said in a statement.


  • FACTBOX-Speechless and teary, Emmy nominees celebrate their nods

    The annual Emmy Awards for television were announced on Tuesday, with "Game of Thrones" leading all comers and many new faces and shows getting recognition for the first time. The following is a selection of reaction from nominees in statements and on social media: “I’m wildly grateful and absolutely thrilled to be invited back to the party alongside some of my favorite performers and performances of the year." - Rachel Brosnahan, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel." "Playing Brienne of Tarth has truly been an honor and I am beyond grateful for this nomination. This character has changed my life and redefined the way I look at the world, women and particularly myself." - Gwendoline Christie, "Game of Thrones." "OH MY GOD I CANT BELIEVE IM NOMINATED FOR AN EMMY!" - Joey King, "The Act" “Having spent 32 years basing my personality on fear and sarcasm, the unbridled Shirley-Temple-on-crack joy I feel today is a massive inconvenience for me.


  • UPDATE 1-HBO sets Emmy nominations record, tops Netflix

    AT&T Inc's premium cable network HBO scored a record 137 Emmy nominations on Tuesday, topping streaming service Netflix Inc in what has become an annual battle for bragging rights in the contest for television's biggest awards. A large chunk of HBO's tally came from medieval fantasy "Game of Thrones," which received 32 nominations, the highest total for a drama series in a single year. TV networks and streaming services compete feverishly for Emmy nominations, which can help draw attention to programming and bring in new viewers or subscribers.


  • Court reinstates challenge to 'habitual drunkard' law

    A lawsuit challenging an unusual Virginia law that allows police to arrest and jail people designated as "habitual drunkards" was reinstated by a deeply divided federal appeals court Tuesday. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the challenge to Virginia's so-called interdiction law can move forward. The court voted 8-7 to allow the lawsuit to proceed, finding that Virginia's law is unconstitutionally vague.


  • Aerial photo not clear picture of North Dakota pelican count

    Federal wildlife officials have learned that conducting an aerial census of American white pelicans nesting in south-central North Dakota is better done when the big-billed birds are visible on the ground — and not in flight. The nesting colony at Chase Lake National Wildlife Refuge is the largest in North America and biologists believe the birds' population is down only slightly from last year, despite air-to-ground photos that showed only a meager turnout of breeding adults. Acting Refuge Manager Drew Williams said the only time biologists could book a pilot and an airplane equipped to take pictures of the nesting area was during a June afternoon, and at the same time most adult birds were probably feasting on small fish and salamanders from prairie lakes up to 100 miles (160 kilometers) away.


  • Company wants to mine at edge of protected Okefenokee Swamp

    A company is seeking permits to mine minerals near the edge of the Okefenokee Swamp, a vast untamed wilderness that's home to the largest national wildlife refuge in the eastern U.S. The proposal comes 20 years after chemical giant DuPont abandoned plans to mine outside the Okefenokee amid staunch opposition from environmentalists and the administration of then-President Bill Clinton. Now Twin Pines Minerals LLC of Birmingham, Alabama, wants federal and state permits to mine titanium dioxide less than 4 miles (6.4 kilometers) from the southeastern boundary of the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, according to records filed Friday by the Army Corps of Engineers.


  • Cases in which police officers were charged in shootings

    Federal prosecutors said they aren't bringing criminal charges against a white New York City police officer in the 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner, a black man whose dying words — "I can't breathe" — became a rallying cry for those protesting how police treat black suspects. A jury convicted Officer Jason Van Dyke of second-degree murder in October in the 2014 fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald. The white Chicago police officer shot the black teenager 16 times.


  • Iran says it came to help of disabled foreign oil tanker in the Gulf

    Iranian navy vessels came to the assistance of a disabled foreign oil tanker in the Gulf that needed repairs, Iran's foreign ministry spokesman was quoted as saying on Tuesday by the semi-official news agency ISNA. "(Spokesman) Abbas Mousavi said... that an international oil tanker was in trouble due to a technical fault in the Persian Gulf... After receiving a request for assistance, Iranian forces approached it and used a tugboat to pull it towards Iranian waters for the necessary repairs to be carried out," ISNA said.


Health News

Mothers' work with solvents tied to higher autism risk for kids

(Reuters Health) - Women who are exposed to solvents on the job may be more likely to have children with autism than mothers without this occupational exposure, a recent study suggests.

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When hurricanes halt treatment, lung cancer patients die sooner

(Reuters Health) - Lung cancer patients whose radiation treatments are halted by hurricanes or other natural disasters may not live as long as patients who complete treatment without interruptions, a U.S. study suggests.

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UK doctors reveal separation of twins joined at the head

Two-year-old twins joined at the head have undergone successful surgery at a British hospital to separate their skulls, brains and blood vessels, doctors said on Tuesday.

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16.Jul.2019


GSK's two-drug HIV Dovato treatment meets main goal in study

(This July 10 story corrects to show patients switched from Gilead's Descovy, not Gilead's Vemlidy, in fifth paragraph)

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16.Jul.2019


Scotland has highest drug-related death rate in EU

Scotland had the highest drug-related death rate in the European Union in 2018, with the likes of heroin, methadone and cocaine killing at almost three times the rate of the United Kingdom as a whole.

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16.Jul.2019


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Singer R. Kelly denied bail over sex crimes charges

R&B singer R. Kelly was denied bail on Tuesday after federal prosecutors charged him last week with running an interstate racketeering scheme that trafficked women and girls for sex.

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16.Jul.2019


South African musician Johnny Clegg dead at 66

South African singer and songwriter Johnny Clegg, one of the few white artists to openly confront the apartheid government in the late 1970s and 1980s, died on Tuesday aged 66, his agent said.

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16.Jul.2019


Rapper Meek Mill to appeal sentence that drew activists' ire

Rapper Meek Mill on Tuesday will appeal a Pennsylvania judge's decision to sentence him to up to four years in prison for probation violations in a case that criminal justice reform advocates say illustrates racial bias in the system.

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16.Jul.2019


HBO sets Emmy nominations record, tops Netflix

AT&T Inc's premium cable network HBO scored a record 137 Emmy nominations on Tuesday, topping streaming service Netflix Inc in what has become an annual battle for bragging rights in the contest for television's biggest awards.

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HBO, 'Game of Thrones' lead nominations for TV's Emmy awards

HBO and its medieval fantasy blockbuster "Game of Thrones" led nominations, as expected, on Tuesday for the Emmy Awards, but the list of contenders for the highest honors in television was dominated by newcomers, many of them women.

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16.Jul.2019


Disney goes high-tech to draw fans to a new 'Lion King'

Walt Disney Co has taken a high-tech route to remake animated classic "The Lion King" with the look of a nature documentary, an update it hopes will lure audiences to a new version of a film considered a masterpiece the first time.

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16.Jul.2019


Netflix deletes suicide scene from popular youth show, '13 Reasons Why'

Netflix Inc. is removing a controversial graphic scene depicting a youth suicide from its popular young adult drama "13 Reasons Why", following advice from medical experts, the company said on its Twitter account early on Tuesday.

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16.Jul.2019


Troubled Woodstock 50 festival bids for 'great American comeback'

The organizers of the troubled Woodstock 50 festival are making a last ditch attempt to save the event next month, pledging jobs and donations to community projects in a bid to win support from residents in a small town in upstate New York.

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15.Jul.2019


Box Office: 'Spider-Man: Far From Home' crushes 'crawl,' 'stuber'

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Sony's "Spider-Man: Far From Home" claimed victory again during its second weekend in theaters, dominating over new releases, Paramount's gator thriller "Crawl" and Disney's R-rated comedy "Stuber."

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15.Jul.2019


Singer R. Kelly charged in sex scheme of kidnapping and payoffs

Singer R. Kelly, already charged with sexual assault in Illinois, was indicted in federal courts in New York and Chicago on Friday with transporting women and girls across state lines for sex, forcibly keeping them under his control and buying their silence.

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12.Jul.2019