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U.S. Mediator Says ‘Very Good Progress’ in Lebanon-Israel Maritime Talks
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U.S. Mediator Says ‘Very Good Progress’ in Lebanon-Israel Maritime Talks

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The U.S. mediator in talks to resolve a maritime border dispute between Israel and Lebanon said on Friday that the negotiations have made "very good progress."Amos Hochstein landed in Lebanon on Friday morning for a lightning round of talks with top officials. He spoke immediately after a meeting with President Michel Aoun, deputy speaker of parliament Elias Bou Saab and head of General Security Abbas Ibrahim.(Reporting by Maya Gebeily; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)Copyright 2022 Thomson Reuters.Political Cartoons on World Leaders Source link
Slain Las Vegas Reporter Spent Career Chasing Corruption
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Slain Las Vegas Reporter Spent Career Chasing Corruption

By KEN RITTER and JOHN SEEWER, Associated PressLAS VEGAS (AP) — In four decades of writing about the Las Vegas underworld and government corruption, investigative reporter Jeff German took on plenty of powerful and dangerous people. The hard-bitten newsman was once punched by an organized crime associate and received veiled threats from mobsters.Nothing seemed to phase him as he doggedly went about his work.So German (GEHR’-man) characteristically didn't express concern when Clark County Public Administrator Robert Telles, a virtually unknown politician in charge of an obscure and small government office, took to Twitter last spring to angrily denounce the reporter.German, who worked for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, had written about bullying and favoritism in the public administrator'...
SC Democrats Call on Their Party’s US Senate Nominee to Quit
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SC Democrats Call on Their Party’s US Senate Nominee to Quit

By MEG KINNARD, Associated PressCOLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Democrat vying to oust Republican U.S. Sen. Tim Scott is facing calls from within her own party to fold her campaign, following the publication of additional leaked audio in which she appears to make disparaging remarks about her constituents.The calls for state Rep. Krystle Matthews to withdraw just two months ahead of the general election came Thursday in reaction to leaked audio published by conservative activist group Project Veritas of Matthews speaking to one of its members, without her knowledge.Sitting in a restaurant, Matthews, who is Black, is heard saying that she represents a “mostly white” district, adding, of white voters: “I keep them right here — like under my thumbs. ... Otherwise, they get out of ...
4 Independent Journalists Questioned Over Reports
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4 Independent Journalists Questioned Over Reports

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's prosecutors have charged four journalists from one of the country's few remaining independent news outlets of spreading false news and disturbing public peace, the news website said in a statement.Mada Masr said late Wednesday that the journalists were released on bail following their interrogation. At issue is an article saying that senior members of a pro-government political party were implicated in a corruption case.Mada Masr Editor-in-Chief Lina Attalah and the three female authors of the article — Rana Mamdouh, Sara Seif Eddin and Beesan Kassab — also were charged with slander and defamation of Nation’s Future Party members, according to the outlet's statement.After Wednesday’s interrogation, Attalah was charged with running an unlicensed news website. The out...
California Fires Destroy Structures, Force Residents to Flee
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California Fires Destroy Structures, Force Residents to Flee

MICHIGAN BLUFF, Calif. (AP) — California's latest major wildfire destroyed structures and cars as it burned out of control in the Sierra Nevada, while fires also forced people to flee their homes in the southern part of the state.Evacuation orders and warnings were in place Thursday in Placer and El Dorado counties after the Mosquito Fire grew to nearly 6.5 square miles (16.8 square km) with zero containment.Several structures and at least 10 cars were burned near the Gold Rush-era community of Michigan Bluff about an hour northwest of Sacramento.In Southern California, the deadly Fairview Fire grew to more than 15 square miles (39 square km) as it sent up a huge smoke plume near the city of Hemet in Riverside County, southeast of Los Angeles. It was just 5% contained and evacuation ord...
Wisconsin Inmate Charged With Murder in 37-Year-Old Case
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Wisconsin Inmate Charged With Murder in 37-Year-Old Case

WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin prison inmate has been charged with first-degree murder in a 37-year-old cold case.Donald Wayne Maier, now 60, was charged in the 1985 slaying of 28-year-old Benny Scruggs, the state Department of Justice announced Wednesday.Scruggs was found stabbed to death in his bed in his Wisconsin Rapids home.Maier is serving 15 years in prison for six counts of stalking in an unrelated case. A criminal complaint charging him in Scruggs' death said he confessed it to fellow inmates, and also said he was having an affair with Scruggs' wife.Court records did not list an attorney for Maier, who faces an initial court appearance on Friday.Political CartoonsCopyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, ...
Pentagon Stops Accepting F-35 Jets to Check for Chinese Content-Source
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Pentagon Stops Accepting F-35 Jets to Check for Chinese Content-Source

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon has stopped accepting new F-35 jets to check that a magnet being used in the stealthy fighter's engine is in compliance with U.S. procurement laws that bar unauthorized Chinese content, according to a source familiar with the situation.The pause occurred in recent days, according to the person who spoke on condition of anonymity, to ensure that an alloy located in the engine's lubricant pump had proper authorization from U.S. regulators ensuring compliance with foreign-origin content. The alloy in the magnet that serves an engine pump comes from China, the person said. The Joint Program Office, the Pentagon and Honeywell International Inc, who makes the pump, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The lubricant pump is not part of any s...
Landslide Kills 15 in Remote Uganda District
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Landslide Kills 15 in Remote Uganda District

By RODNEY MUHUMUZA, Associated PressKAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A landslide triggered by heavy rain in a remote part of southwestern Uganda has killed at least 15 people, according to the Uganda Red Cross.The group reported Wednesday that most of the victims are “mothers and children,” calling the landslide in the hilly district of Kasese a disaster.Kasese, which lies near the border with Congo, is prone to deadly mudslides during rainy seasons.Ugandan police and other authorities didn’t immediately comment.Political Cartoons on World Leaders Political CartoonsCopyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Source link
Sue Bird’s Career Ends as Aces Top Storm to Reach to Finals
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Sue Bird’s Career Ends as Aces Top Storm to Reach to Finals

By TIM BOOTH, AP Sports WriterSEATTLE (AP) — Sue Bird’s career came to an end Tuesday night as Chelsea Gray scored 15 of her 31 points in the fourth quarter and the Las Vegas Aces advanced to the WNBA Finals with a 97-92 win over the Seattle Storm in Game 4 of their semifinal series.The Aces won the best-of-five series 3-1, all the games tense, pressure-packed and filled with spectacular shot-making. The Aces ended up making more, most notably Gray, who made five of six shots down the stretch and scored 12 of the final 20 points for the Aces.It will be the third Finals appearance in franchise history for Las Vegas. The Aces lost to Seattle in 2020 in the WNBA bubble played in Florida, and the franchise reached the Finals in 2008 while still in San Antonio, losing to Detroit.Breanna Stew...
California and the West Broil in Record Heat Wave
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California and the West Broil in Record Heat Wave

By ADAM BEAM, Associated PressSACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A record-setting heat wave made life miserable in much of the West on Tuesday, with California stretching into its second week of excessive heat that taxed the state's power supply and threatened power shortages that could prompt blackouts while people were desperately trying to stay cool.The California Independent System Operator, the entity that oversees the state's electrical grid, said there could be “rotating power outages" Tuesday evening when demand for power could reach an all-time high.Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom urged residents to conserve, warning in a video message that “the risk for outages is real and it’s immediate.”“This heat wave is on track to be both the hottest and the longest on record for the state and many p...