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Youth mental health is in crisis. Are schools doing enough?
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Youth mental health is in crisis. Are schools doing enough?

CECILIA, Ky. (AP) — For fourth-grader Leah Rainey, the school day now begins with what her teacher calls an “emotional check-in.”“It’s great to see you. How are you feeling?” chirps a cheery voice on her laptop screen. It asks her to click an emoji matching her state of mind: Happy. Sad. Worried. Angry. Frustrated. Calm. Silly. Tired.Depending on the answer, Leah, 9, gets advice from a cartoon avatar on managing her mood and a few more questions: Have you eaten breakfast? Are you hurt or sick? Is everything OK at home? Is someone at school being unkind? Today, Leah chooses “silly,” but says she struggled with sadness during online learning.At Lakewood Elementary School, all 420 students will start their days the same way this year. The rural Kentucky school is one of thousands across th...
Prosecutor Mosby Violated Gag Order With Online Post
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Prosecutor Mosby Violated Gag Order With Online Post

BALTIMORE (AP) — A judge held Baltimore’s top prosecutor in contempt of court on Friday, finding that she willfully violated a gag order with an Instagram comment about a high-profile murder case involving a defendant set to be tried a fifth time.Circuit Judge John Nugent fined city State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby $1,500, but ruled that she can avoid paying the fine by following an even more restrictive gag order about the case for the next 90 days, The Daily Record reported.The case involves the 2015 shooting death of Kevin Jones, a security guard at Pimlico race track. Prosecutors have unsuccessfully tried Keith Davis Jr., 31, for murder four times. Two of Davis’ trials ended in mistrials. He was convicted in two other trials, but both convictions were overturned. Davis’ case has been ...
UN Chief Affirms Support for Denuclearized North Korea
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UN Chief Affirms Support for Denuclearized North Korea

By KIM TONG-HYUNG, Associated PressSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday proclaimed unwavering U.N. commitment to a fully denuclearized North Korea, even as a divided Security Council allows more room for the isolated country to expand its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.Meeting South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol in Seoul, Guterres said he affirms the U.N.’s “clear commitment to the full, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and DPRK,” using the initials of North Korea’s formal name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.“There’s a fundamental objective to bring peace, security and stability to the whole region,” he told Yoon, while also praising South Korea’s participation in internatio...
Cause Sought for Indiana House Explosion That Killed 3
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Cause Sought for Indiana House Explosion That Killed 3

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Authorities worked Thursday to determine the cause of a house explosion in a southern Indiana neighborhood that killed three people and left another person hospitalized.The explosion Wednesday afternoon in Evansville damaged 39 homes and crews had not yet completed thorough searches of all of them due to instability of the structures, Fire Chief Mike Connelly told reporters Thursday morning.Eleven of the damaged homes were uninhabitable and will have to be demolished, Connelly said, and finding a cause is expected to be a “very tedious process — and lengthy."Names of the dead hadn't been released as of Thursday morning. Injuries to the fourth victim weren't considered life-threatening, Connelly said.The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives also was...
UN Extends Libya Mission for 3 Months at Russia’s Insistence
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UN Extends Libya Mission for 3 Months at Russia’s Insistence

By EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated PressUNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council voted Thursday to extend its political mission in Libya, but at Russia's insistence for only three months rather than a year-long mandate.The council's three African members abstained to protest Russia’s blocking the longer extension they say is needed to help the divided country move to elections and stability.Russia’s deputy ambassador, Dmitry Poyansky, reiterated Moscow's position that the U.N. mission must get a new special representative before it has a longer mandate.U.N. special envoy Jan Kubis resigned last Nov. 23 after 10 months on the job, and a number of candidates proposed by U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres have been rejected either by council members, Libya or neighboring countries...
Man Accused of Selling Bleach as COVID Cure Extradited to US
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Man Accused of Selling Bleach as COVID Cure Extradited to US

MIAMI (AP) — A man accused of selling a toxic industrial bleach as a coronavirus cure through his Florida-based church has been returned to the United States after being arrested in Colombia.Mark Grenon, 64, made his initial court appearance Thursday in Miami federal court following his recent extradition, according to court records. Grenon and his three adult sons were indicted last year on one count each of conspiracy to commit fraud and two counts each of criminal contempt.Grenon is the archbishop of the Genesis II Church of Health and Healing, based in Bradenton, Florida. The church manufactured, promoted and sold chlorine dioxide as a “Miracle Mineral Solution,” officials said. The Grenons claim the solution can cure a vast variety of illnesses ranging from cancer to autism to mala...
U.S. Senate Will Vote on Monday on Military Toxic Burn Pits Legislation -Schumer
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U.S. Senate Will Vote on Monday on Military Toxic Burn Pits Legislation -Schumer

(Reuters) - The U.S. Senate will vote Monday on a bill to expand healthcare to veterans exposed to military toxic burn pits, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said on Thursday.The bill was delayed by technical errors and Republican resistance in a previous vote.(Reporting by Rose Horowitch; Editing by Chris Reese)Copyright 2022 Thomson Reuters. Source link
2nd State in Mexico Begins Avocado Exports to U.S. Market
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2nd State in Mexico Begins Avocado Exports to U.S. Market

By MARK STEVENSON, Associated PressMEXICO CITY (AP) — U.S. consumers will finally get the chance to try avocados from Jalisco after 25 years in which neighboring Michoacan has been the only Mexican state authorized to send the green fruit to the U.S. market.That just may help with prices, which have soared this year to over $2 per fruit amid a dip in production in Michoacan.Growers and packers in Jalisco, just northwest of Michoacan, expressed hope that their state can provide more consistent production levels and stability for prices for avocados, which have fluctuated widely amid seasonal supply shortages.Eleven trucks bearing 200 tons of avocados from Jalisco lined up Thursday in the mountain town of Zapotlan El Grande to set out for the United States.Political Cartoons on World Lead...
Heavy Rains Cause Flooding, Power Outages in Appalachia
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Heavy Rains Cause Flooding, Power Outages in Appalachia

PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (AP) — Heavy rains unleashed high water and people lost electricity as storms kept pounding parts of central Appalachia on Thursday.There were reports of flash flooding, mudslides and power outages across a mountainous area where thunderstorms have dumped several inches of rain over the past few days. Flood watches and warnings were in effect.Poweroutage.us reported more than 20,000 power outages in eastern Kentucky, and nearly 10,000 more in southern West Virginia among the mountains of western Virginia.Floyd County in eastern Kentucky declared a local state of emergency due to significant rainfall and flooding, Gov. Andy Beshear said. He said the Kentucky Emergency Management crews have been deployed there.In West Virginia's Greenbrier County, firefighters pulled peo...
Alabama Execution Set Despite Opposition From Victim’s Kin
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Alabama Execution Set Despite Opposition From Victim’s Kin

By KIM CHANDLER, Associated PressMONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama is set to execute a man Thursday evening who was convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend nearly three decades ago, despite a request from the victim’s family to spare his life.Joe Nathan James Jr. is scheduled to receive a lethal injection at 6 p.m. CDT at a south Alabama prison. James was convicted and sentenced to death in the 1994 shooting death of Faith Hall, 26, in Birmingham. Hall's daughters have said they would rather James serve life in prison. But Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said Wednesday she planned to let the execution proceed.Prosecutors said James briefly dated Hall and that he became obsessed after she rejected him, stalking and harassing her for months before killing her. On Aug. 15, 1994, after Hall had been out...