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UPDATE 1-Trump, Trudeau seek collaboration on 'critical minerals' - White House
04:57 PM, 06.20.2019

UPDATE 1-Trump, Trudeau seek collaboration on 'critical minerals' - White HouseU.S. President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ordered officials on Thursday to develop a plan for U.S.-Canada collaboration on "critical minerals," the White House said in a statement after a meeting of the two leaders. Washington has grown concerned about its dependence on imports of rare earth minerals from China after Beijing suggested using them as leverage in their trade war. Rare earths, a group of 17 elements that appear in low concentrations in the ground, are used in a wide variety of products ranging from lasers and military equipment to magnets found in consumer electronics.


 
UPDATE 1-U.S. House panel releases transcript of Hicks interview
04:55 PM, 06.20.2019

UPDATE 1-U.S. House panel releases transcript of Hicks interviewThe U.S. House Judiciary Committee on Thursday released a transcript of its closed-door interview with Hope Hicks, a former close aide to President Donald Trump who refused to answer lawmakers' questions about her 14-month tenure at the White House. Democrats who lead the panel said lawyers from the White House and Justice Department blocked the 30-year-old public relations consultant from answering questions 155 times. Hicks, who was Trump's campaign press secretary and his White House communications director, spent eight hours in a closed-door committee hearing on Wednesday.


 
U.S. prosecutors say ex-Trump adviser Stone violated court-imposed media gag order
04:54 PM, 06.20.2019

U.S. prosecutors say ex-Trump adviser Stone violated court-imposed media gag orderFederal prosecutors on Thursday accused U.S. President Donald Trump's former political adviser Roger Stone of violating a court-imposed media gag order by posting comments on social media about Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. In a court filing with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, prosecutors accused Stone of trying to "fan the flames," and poison the jury pool ahead of his November trial, and asked the judge to hold a hearing to consider changing his conditions of release. "Stone's posts appear calculated to generate media coverage of information that is not relevant to this case but that could prejudice potential jurors," they wrote, saying the posts relate to his claims that Russia did not hack Democratic computer servers in the 2016 presidential election.


 
Oregon's Democratic governor sends police for AWOL Senate Republicans
04:53 PM, 06.20.2019

Oregon's Democratic governor sends police for AWOL Senate RepublicansOregon's Democratic governor dispatched the state police on Thursday to bring back to the legislature Senate Republicans who left the Capitol in order to scuttle a vote on climate change legislation. Governor Kate Brown said in a statement that Senate Democrats had requested the assistance of state police to bring their colleagues back. "As the executive of the agency, I am authorizing the state police to fulfill the Senate Democrats' request," Brown said.


 
U.S. prosecutors say ex-Trump adviser Stone violated court-imposed media gag order
04:52 PM, 06.20.2019

U.S. prosecutors say ex-Trump adviser Stone violated court-imposed media gag orderFederal prosecutors on Thursday accused U.S. President Donald Trump's former political adviser Roger Stone of violating a court-imposed media gag order by posting comments on social media about Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. In a court filing with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, prosecutors accused Stone of trying to "fan the flames," and poison the jury pool ahead of his November trial, and asked the judge to hold a hearing to consider changing his conditions of release. "Stone's posts appear calculated to generate media coverage of information that is not relevant to this case but that could prejudice potential jurors," they wrote, saying the posts relate to his claims that Russia did not hack Democratic computer servers in the 2016 presidential election.


 
Judge halts immigration arrests at Massachusetts courts
04:50 PM, 06.20.2019

Judge halts immigration arrests at Massachusetts courtsA judge on Thursday blocked federal immigration authorities from arresting certain people suspected of living in the country illegally at Massachusetts courthouses while a lawsuit challenging the practice plays out. U.S. District Judge Indira Talwani's decision bars U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement from arresting people for civil immigration violations as they are arriving at, leaving or inside a courthouse. The ruling came in a case brought by prosecutors in two of Massachusetts' largest counties and public defenders, who say such arrests are disrupting the criminal justice system because defendants, witnesses and others are too afraid to come to court.


 
The Latest: Girlfriend: Christensen seemed proud of killing
04:47 PM, 06.20.2019

The Latest: Girlfriend: Christensen seemed proud of killingThe girlfriend of an ex-University of Illinois student charged with kidnapping a visiting scholar from China says he seemed proud as he told her he killed Yingying Zhang. Star prosecution witness Terra Bullis testified Thursday for a second day at Brendt Christensen's trial. Bullis secretly recorded Christensen as they attended a vigil for Zhang.


 
US defeats rival Sweden 2-0, finishes atop group
04:45 PM, 06.20.2019

US defeats rival Sweden 2-0, finishes atop groupThe defending champion U.S. national team faced its toughest test of the Women's World Cup and remained dominant Thursday night, beating Sweden 2-0 to serve up a measure of revenge against the team that stunned the confident Americans in the last Olympics. Lindsey Horan scored within the first three minutes, the fastest goal of this tournament. The United States went up 2-0 on an own goal off Jonna Andersson in the 50th minute that gave the Americans a tournament-record 18 goals in the group stage.


 
UPDATE 1-Honduran president sends military to keep order after protests turn violent
04:45 PM, 06.20.2019

UPDATE 1-Honduran president sends military to keep order after protests turn violentHonduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez on Thursday sent out the armed forces to impose order after protests against his embattled administration descended into lawlessness overnight in parts of the capital, claiming two lives. Speaking at the presidential palace after meeting senior security officials, Hernandez said he had ordered the military to keep roads open as well as to protect private property and the public in the troubled Central American country. "So the armed forces, the national police and the other defense and security forces are being deployed nationwide and will remain so," said Hernandez, a conservative ally of the United States.


 
Man's serial killer boast doubted in Chinese scholar case
04:43 PM, 06.20.2019

Man's serial killer boast doubted in Chinese scholar caseA man on trial for killing a visiting scholar from China searched the internet for basic instructions to committing murder before the woman vanished, which one expert on serial killers says may be a sign that his boast to have killed 12 other people is false. Brendt Christensen's claim came in conversations recorded by his girlfriend, Terra Bullis, who he may have been trying to impress by saying he was a serial killer. Bullis, the prosecution's star witness who testified at the federal trial for a second day Thursday, wore an FBI wire over several weeks, once becoming so nervous recording her boyfriend-turned-suspect that she fainted.


 
Chile misses crucial penalty in 2-0 win over Thailand
04:40 PM, 06.20.2019

Chile misses crucial penalty in 2-0 win over ThailandChile missed a penalty that would have sent it through to the round of 16 of the Women's World Cup in a 2-0 victory over Thailand on Thursday. Chile, scoreless in this tournament before the Thailand match, needed to win by three goals to advance as a third-place team. Chile was ahead 2-0 when it was awarded a penalty in stoppage time after video review showed Thailand goalkeeper Waraporn Boonsing had committed a foul just before Maria Jose Urrutia's was cleared off the line by Natthakarn Chinwong.


 
Archdiocese: School with gay teacher can't use Catholic name
04:40 PM, 06.20.2019

Archdiocese: School with gay teacher can't use Catholic nameThe Archdiocese of Indianapolis no longer will recognize a Jesuit high school as Catholic because it refuses to fire a teacher who's in a same-sex marriage, it announced Thursday. "Whether they teach religion or not, all ministers in their professional and private lives must convey and be supportive of Catholic Church teaching. The Archdiocese of Indianapolis recognizes all teachers, guidance counselors and administrators as ministers," the archdiocese said in a statement Thursday.


 
UPDATE 1-Group sues Trump administration for withholding information on mining decision
04:39 PM, 06.20.2019

UPDATE 1-Group sues Trump administration for withholding information on mining decisionA conservation group on Thursday sued the Trump administration for withholding documents related to its decision to cancel a 20-year ban on mining in a Minnesota wilderness area and open it up to copper production. The Wilderness Society filed the lawsuit in a Washington, D.C., federal court to force the Trump administration to respond to six of their two dozen Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests for documents detailing its decision to open up the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness to sulfide ore copper mining.


 
DA threatens to subpoena Houston police in fatal drug raid
04:38 PM, 06.20.2019

DA threatens to subpoena Houston police in fatal drug raidProsecutors are accusing Houston police of dragging their feet in the ongoing investigation into a deadly January drug raid that killed a couple and injured five officers. The Harris County District Attorney's Office in a letter Thursday threatened to issue subpoenas to Houston police in order to get department records that prosecutors say they first requested six weeks ago. Prosecutors are requesting records related to confidential informants.


 
Connecticut man charged with assisting wife's suicide
04:35 PM, 06.20.2019

Connecticut man charged with assisting wife's suicideA Westbrook man helped his cancer-stricken wife to die by suicide and now faces manslaughter charges, state police said. Kevin Conners, 65, told investigators that he held a revolver to the head of his wife, Lori, 62, who pulled the trigger on Sept. 6, according to the arrest warrant. Conners turned himself in at a state police barracks Thursday and posted $50,000 bail, authorities said.


 
US appeals court says judge went too far on drug data order
04:30 PM, 06.20.2019

US appeals court says judge went too far on drug data orderA federal appeals court ruled Thursday that a judge went too far in blocking release of federal data about how prescription opioids were distributed. A 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals three-judge panel on Thursday vacated an order by Cleveland-based U.S. District Judge Dan Polster to keep the Drug Enforcement Administration database and other case information sealed from the public. The panel wrote that Polster should follow proper legal standards in deciding what information could be withheld and why it would be harmful to release it.


 
Chelsea Manning seeks relief from fines for not testifying
04:29 PM, 06.20.2019

Chelsea Manning seeks relief from fines for not testifyingFormer Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning is seeking relief from accumulating fines of $500 a day for refusing to testify before a grand jury investigating Wikileaks. In a court filing Thursday in federal court in Alexandria, Manning's lawyers say the fines are unprecedented for someone in Manning's position and exceed her ability to pay. Manning has been jailed for more than a month on civil contempt charges after she told a judge she would not comply with a grand jury subpoena.


 
Dakota Access pipeline operator plans to double capacity
04:26 PM, 06.20.2019

Dakota Access pipeline operator plans to double capacityThe operator of the Dakota Access pipeline is planning to nearly double its capacity. The Bismarck Tribune reports that Energy Transfer Partners plans to expand the pipeline's capacity from more than 500,000 barrels per day to as much as 1.1 million barrels. ETP told North Dakota Public Service Commission in a letter Wednesday that the expansion will let the Texas-based company meet growing demand without additional pipelines or rail shipments.


 
Alleged California officer's shooter has violent history
04:25 PM, 06.20.2019

Alleged California officer's shooter has violent historyA rookie Sacramento police officer was shot during a domestic violence call and lay wounded for about 45 minutes as the gunman kept officers at bay with bursts of fire, authorities said Thursday. "We are devastated," Deputy Chief Dave Peletta said. Officer Tara O'Sullivan, 26, was shot Wednesday evening while helping a woman collect her belongings to leave her home.


 
Chilean salmon farmer pulls out of national park in Patagonia
04:24 PM, 06.20.2019

Chilean salmon farmer pulls out of national park in PatagoniaChile salmon farmer Nova Austral plans to pull the pens it uses to raise salmon from the ocean waters off a national park near the southern tip of Chilean Patagonia, its chief executive said on Thursday. A recent expansion of Chile's Alberto de Agostini National Park left the company's pens within park boundaries. "We have agreed to emigrate out of the park," CEO Nicos Nicolaides told reporters in Santiago, adding that the government had not required the company remove the pens.


 
Florida gov signs bill ratcheting up fight against red tide
04:24 PM, 06.20.2019

Florida gov signs bill ratcheting up fight against red tideFlorida's governor signed a bill Thursday directing the state to work with a private marine institute to study and combat the red tide blooms that have hurt the state's vital tourism industry and killed such wildlife as manatees, fish and dolphins. Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the bill at the Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, the non-profit research organization that will work with the state Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission in a public-private partnership to research how to better detect and alleviate red tide blooms. While red tide is naturally occurring and has sporadically appeared off the state's coast for ages, many believe that humans have made the problem worse.


 
UPDATE 1-Soccer-Chile beat Thailand but both eliminated from World Cup
04:24 PM, 06.20.2019

UPDATE 1-Soccer-Chile beat Thailand but both eliminated from World CupChile were eliminated from the women's World Cup after missing a late penalty that would have sent them through in a 2-0 win over Thailand on Thursday. Francisca Lara's 86th-minute spot kick-rattled the bar as Chile finished third in Group F but short by one goal of advancing into the knockout stage. Yanara Aedo's strike bounced off the post and into the feet of keeper Waraporn Boosing as Chile scored their first women's World Cup goal, Maria Jose Urrutia doubling the lead in the second half but the South Americans came up just short.


 
Royals place SS Mondesi on IL
04:20 PM, 06.20.2019

Royals place SS Mondesi on ILKansas City shortstop Adalberto Mondesi was placed on the 10-day injured list due to a groin strain prior to the Royals' Thursday game against the Minnesota Twins. Mondesi sustained the injury on Tuesday and missed Wednesday's game. Kansas City called up infielder Humberto Arteaga from Triple-A Omaha.


 
U.S. judge bars immigration arrests at Massachusetts courts
04:19 PM, 06.20.2019

U.S. judge bars immigration arrests at Massachusetts courtsU.S. District Judge Indira Talwani in Boston issued an injunction preventing Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, from carrying out a directive authorizing arrests of illegal immigrants in the state's courts. The judge's order did not apply to criminal arrests by ICE, although most of the agency's arrests are civil arrests for violating immigration laws.


 
U.S. House Speaker Pelosi calls on U.S. to de-escalate tensions with Iran
04:18 PM, 06.20.2019

U.S. House Speaker Pelosi calls on U.S. to de-escalate tensions with IranU.S. House of Representatives' Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday called for the United States to de-escalate tensions with Iran, after top lawmakers attended a White House briefing on the downing of an American drone by Tehran.


 
26-year-old Sacramento police officer shot dead 'gave her young life'
04:18 PM, 06.20.2019

26-year-old Sacramento police officer shot dead 'gave her young life'The Sacramento Police Department is mourning the loss of a 26-year-old officer who was shot dead while responding to a call Wednesday night. Tara Christa O'Sullivan graduated from the police academy in December and was hired in January. O'Sullivan was partnered with a training officer and accompanied by others from the department when she responded to a domestic dispute Wednesday, police said.


 
Martin Shkreli settles all litigation with his former company Retrophin
04:13 PM, 06.20.2019

Martin Shkreli settles all litigation with his former company RetrophinMartin Shkreli, the pharmaceutical entrepreneur serving a seven-year prison term for fraud, has settled all outstanding disputes with Retrophin Inc, the biopharmaceutical company he founded in 2011 and which ousted him three years later. A Retrophin spokeswoman said on Thursday that the accord covers Shkreli's $30 million lawsuit last month accusing three former colleagues, including his successor as chief executive, of engineering his ouster and to enrich themselves from his work. The settlement also covers claims Retrophin first raised in August 2015, in a $65 million lawsuit accusing Shkreli of repeatedly breaching his duty of loyalty to the San Diego-based company.


 
Judge vacates federal death sentence in 1994 Texas case
04:11 PM, 06.20.2019

Judge vacates federal death sentence in 1994 Texas caseA judge has vacated the federal death sentence for an Arkansas man convicted in the 1994 slaying of a 16-year-old Texas girl, concluding the inmate can't be put to death because he's intellectually disabled. Attorneys for Bruce Carneil Webster had challenged his death sentence based on what they argued was previously unavailable evidence showing medical professionals had determined before his trial he was intellectually disabled. Webster, 46, was among five men whom prosecutors said kidnapped Lisa Rene from her Arlington, Texas, home to get revenge on her two brothers for a botched $5,000 marijuana deal.


 
Chanel, Fendi host tribute to grand couturier Karl Lagerfeld
04:11 PM, 06.20.2019

Chanel, Fendi host tribute to grand couturier Karl LagerfeldAmid colossal portraits and clean lines of black, white and red, Chanel, Fendi and a gaggle of stars paid homage to the fashion titan and Kaiser of mode Karl Lagerfeld on Thursday. The mythic kingpin of the cutting edge died in February, aged 85, devastating the industry after his decades as head of legendary labels Fendi and Chanel as well as his eponymous brand. Blurring the lines of haute couture, theatre and film much as Lagerfeld was known to do, the event consisted of live performances and dramatic readings montaged with a short documentary.


 
The Latest: Brother identifies suspect in killing of officer
04:10 PM, 06.20.2019

The Latest: Brother identifies suspect in killing of officerThe brother of a suspect in the fatal shooting of a Sacramento police officer says he has a history of domestic violence and drug abuse and has been in and out of jail for years. Orlando Ramos told The Associated Press that he learned Thursday his 45-year-old brother Adel Sambrano Ramos was arrested in the killing of 26-year-old Officer Tara O'Sullivan. The Sacramento Bee reports Adel Ramos was booked into the county jail just before 6 a.m. on one count of murder.


 
U.S. judge bars immigration arrests at Massachusetts courts
04:09 PM, 06.20.2019

U.S. judge bars immigration arrests at Massachusetts courtsA federal judge on Thursday ruled that U.S. immigration authorities cannot arrest illegal immigrants at Massachusetts courthouses, the first order of its kind barring courthouse arrests. U.S. District Judge Indira Talwani in Boston issued an injunction preventing Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, from carrying out a directive authorizing arrests of illegal immigrants in the state's courts. The judge's order did not apply to criminal arrests by ICE, although most of the agency's arrests are civil arrests for violating immigration laws.


 
EU leaders fail to agree on 2050 climate goal
04:07 PM, 06.20.2019

EU leaders fail to agree on 2050 climate goalEuropean Union leaders have failed to back a plan to make the bloc's economy carbon neutral by 2050 in spite of promises to fight harder against climate change. "For a large majority of Member States, climate neutrality must be achieved by 2050," the footnote read. "This is a black day for climate protection in Europe," said Greenpeace spokesman Stefan Krug.


 
UPDATE 1-Tennis-'Pain free' Murray marks return with doubles win
04:06 PM, 06.20.2019

UPDATE 1-Tennis-'Pain free' Murray marks return with doubles winBritain's Andy Murray made a successful return to action after six months out following hip surgery as he partnered Feliciano Lopez to a first-round doubles win at the Queen's Club championships on Thursday. The 32-year-old, five-times a winner of the singles at the prestigious Wimbledon warm-up event, delighted a large evening centre court crowd with some fluent shot-making as he and Spanish veteran Lopez beat top seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah 7-6(5) 6-3. Murray, who missed most of 2018 with a hip injury, last played at the Australian Open in January when it appeared his career might be over following an emotional second-round defeat by Roberto Bautista Agut.


 
UPDATE 1-Soccer-Perfect U.S. beat Sweden 2-0 to top Group F
04:05 PM, 06.20.2019

UPDATE 1-Soccer-Perfect U.S. beat Sweden 2-0 to top Group FHolders the United States beat Sweden 2-0 on Thursday to maintain their perfect women's World Cup record and top Group F, setting up a last-16 clash with Spain. Lindsey Horan netted the tournament's fastest goal after three minutes and Jonna Andersson scored an own goal as the U.S. beat the record for most goals (18) in the women's World Cup group stage. Sweden, who were also qualified before kickoff, finished second in the group with six points and will face Canada for a place in the quarter-finals.


 
Lawyers: 250 children held in bad conditions at Texas border
04:05 PM, 06.20.2019

Lawyers: 250 children held in bad conditions at Texas borderA traumatic and dangerous situation is unfolding for some 250 infants, children and teens locked up for up to 27 days without adequate food, water and sanitation, according to a legal team that interviewed dozens of children at a Border Patrol station in Texas. The children told lawyers that they were fed uncooked frozen food or rice and had gone weeks without bathing or a clean change of clothes at the facility in Clint, in the desert scrubland some 25 miles southeast of El Paso. "In my 22 years of doing visits with children in detention I have never heard of this level of inhumanity," said Holly Cooper, an attorney who represents detained youth.


 
Top Senate Democrat says he is worried Trump will 'bumble' into war
04:05 PM, 06.20.2019

Top Senate Democrat says he is worried Trump will 'bumble' into warThe top Democrat in the U.S. Senate said on Thursday he was worried that President Donald Trump may "bumble" into a war with Iran and he said there needed to be an open debate and a congressional decision on funding before any military operation was launched. "I told the president that these conflicts have a way of escalating," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told reporters after meeting with top administration officials at the White House.


 
Cardinals activate RHP Wainwright to face Marlins
04:03 PM, 06.20.2019

Cardinals activate RHP Wainwright to face MarlinsThe St. Louis Cardinals activated veteran right-hander Adam Wainwright from the injured list and scheduled him to start Thursday night against the Miami Marlins. Wainwright, who is 5-6 with a 4.46 ERA this season, has been out since June 9, when he strained his left hamstring in the fifth inning of an outing against the Chicago Cubs. To open a spot on the active roster for Wainwright, 37, the Cardinals optioned hard-throwing right-hander Daniel Ponce de Leon to Triple-A Memphis.


 
Wallenda stunt siblings to walk 25 stories high across Times Square
04:02 PM, 06.20.2019

Wallenda stunt siblings to walk 25 stories high across Times SquareThe rope is no wider than his thumb, the height is 25 stories up and the length is five city blocks, but what really concerns aerialist Nik Wallenda about his highwire walk in New York on Sunday is his sister. It'll be four times longer than anything, other than in training, that she's ever walked in a public setting," Nik Wallenda told Reuters on Thursday.


 
Soccer-Chile beat Thailand but both eliminated from World Cup
04:02 PM, 06.20.2019

Soccer-Chile beat Thailand but both eliminated from World CupChile were eliminated from the women's World Cup after missing a late penalty that would have sent them through in a 2-0 win over Thailand on Thursday. Francisca Lara's 86th-minute spot kick-rattled the bar as Chile finished third in Group F but short by one goal of advancing into the knockout stage. Yanara Aedo's strike bounced off the post and into the feet of keeper Waraporn Boosing as Chile scored their first women's World Cup goal, Maria Jose Urrutia doubling the lead in the second half but the South Americans came up just short.


 
Minor's eight strong innings get Rangers past Indians
04:02 PM, 06.20.2019

Minor's eight strong innings get Rangers past IndiansDanny Santana and Elvis Andrus provided the offense Thursday, while left-hander Mike Minor pitched brilliantly, helping the Texas Rangers salvage a split in their four-game series against the Cleveland Indians with a 4-2 victory at Arlington, Texas. Minor (7-4) went eight innings to outduel Indians right-hander Shane Bieber (6-3), who lost for the first time since May 13. The Rangers got to Bieber for a pair of runs in the first inning when Santana doubled and scored on a triple by Andrus.


 
Soccer-Perfect U.S. beat Sweden 2-0 to top Group F
04:00 PM, 06.20.2019

Soccer-Perfect U.S. beat Sweden 2-0 to top Group FHolders the United States beat Sweden 2-0 on Thursday to maintain their perfect women's World Cup record and top Group F, setting up a last-16 clash with Spain. Lindsey Horan netted the tournament's fastest goal after three minutes and Jonna Andersson scored an own goal as the U.S. beat the record for most goals (18) in the women's World Cup group stage. Sweden, who were also qualified before kickoff, finished second in the group with six points and will face Canada for a place in the quarter-finals.


 
Reuters Entertainment News Summary
03:58 PM, 06.20.2019

Reuters Entertainment News SummaryFollowing is a summary of current entertainment news briefs. Olivia Newton-John is putting the black leather jacket and tight pants that she wore in the final number of "Grease" up for auction to help raise money for her cancer treatment center in Australia. Julien's Auctions said on Wednesday the iconic outfit that marked her character's transition from demure high schooler to sexy Sandy Olson in the 1978 movie musical was one of 200 items that Newton-John is selling in November.


 
Reuters Health News Summary
03:58 PM, 06.20.2019

Reuters Health News SummaryWhile teen sexting is linked to increased odds of certain types of risky behavior, a new analysis of research to date on the impact of sexually explicit content on adolescent health also suggests there's a lot we still don't know. At least one in four teens are receiving sexually explicit texts and emails, and at least one in seven are sending these kinds of "sexts," researchers note in JAMA Pediatrics. Laos has reported its first cases of African swine fever (ASF), confirming outbreaks in the southern province of Saravane, the Paris-based World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Thursday.


 
Reuters Science News Summary
03:58 PM, 06.20.2019

Reuters Science News SummaryFollowing is a summary of current science news briefs. European and U.N. bodies on Thursday outlined a joint push for global action on space junk, saying that debris orbiting the earth must be cleaned up as satellites launched by private companies and other new entrants are adding to the crowding.


 
Reuters People News Summary
03:58 PM, 06.20.2019

Reuters People News SummaryOlivia Newton-John is putting the black leather jacket and tight pants that she wore in the final number of "Grease" up for auction to help raise money for her cancer treatment center in Australia. Julien's Auctions said on Wednesday the iconic outfit that marked her character's transition from demure high schooler to sexy Sandy Olson in the 1978 movie musical was one of 200 items that Newton-John is selling in November. A man being held in the Dominican Republic in connection with the shooting and serious wounding of retired Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz was charged in New Jersey on Thursday with drug and weapons violations in an unrelated case, the U.S. Justice Department said.


 
Wallenda stunt siblings to walk 25 stories high across Times Square
03:56 PM, 06.20.2019

Wallenda stunt siblings to walk 25 stories high across Times SquareThe rope is no wider than his thumb, the height is 25 stories up and the length is five city blocks, but what really concerns aerialist Nik Wallenda about his highwire walk in New York on Sunday is his sister. It'll be four times longer than anything, other than in training, that she's ever walked in a public setting," Nik Wallenda told Reuters on Thursday.


 
WFP begins partial suspension of Yemen food aid
03:55 PM, 06.20.2019

WFP begins partial suspension of Yemen food aidThe World Food Programme (WFP) said on Thursday it had started a partial suspension of aid in Yemen, citing failure to reach an agreement with the Iran-aligned Houthis on controls to prevent the diversion of food away from vulnerable people. The United Nations agency feeds more than 10 million people a month across the Arabian Peninsula's poorest nation, which is in the grips of a four-year-old civil war widely seen as a proxy battle between regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran. "The integrity of our operation is under threat and our accountability to those we help has been undermined," the WFP said, adding that it would continue to seek cooperation from local authorities and is ready to resume food distributions once an agreement is reached.


 
GLOBAL MARKETS-Fed rate-cut sign boosts stocks, dollar drops
03:53 PM, 06.20.2019

GLOBAL MARKETS-Fed rate-cut sign boosts stocks, dollar dropsWorld stock markets jumped on Thursday, with the U.S. benchmark S&P 500 hitting a record high, while the 10-year U.S. Treasury note yield dipped below 2% as investors digested a signal from the Federal Reserve of potential U.S. interest rate cuts as soon as its next meeting. The dollar weakened after the Fed, the U.S. central bank, on Wednesday indicated a marked shift in sentiment even as it left its benchmark rate unchanged for now. “I do think that today’s move is due to yesterday’s Fed move," said James Ragan, director of wealth management research at D.A. Davidson.


 
UPDATE 1-Climate protesters interrupt speech by UK finance minister
03:53 PM, 06.20.2019

UPDATE 1-Climate protesters interrupt speech by UK finance ministerClimate change protesters briefly interrupted a high-profile speech by British Finance Minister Philip Hammond to leaders of the country's financial services industry on Thursday. Several women, wearing red evening dresses and sashes with the words 'climate emergency', prevented Hammond from speaking for a few minutes by using loudspeakers to shout slogans during a banquet in London's landmark Mansion House building. Environmental campaign group Greenpeace said it organised the protest in the heart of the capital's banking district, accusing the finance industry of funding climate change and the finance ministry of trying to water down government action.


 
Former Kennedy, Kavanaugh clerk tapped for federal judgeship
03:51 PM, 06.20.2019

Former Kennedy, Kavanaugh clerk tapped for federal judgeshipA 37-year-old conservative Kentucky law professor who previously served as a clerk for a U.S. Supreme Court justice has been nominated to become a federal judge. The White House announced Wednesday that President Donald Trump had tapped Justin Walker for the role. Walker clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.


 
 
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