Saturday, June 23, 2018
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Dozens dead, hundreds hurt in earthquake in Iran

Iran

dozens dead, hundreds hurt in earthquake

Dozens of people died Tuesday in a 6.3-magnitude earthquake that struck the southern Iranian province of Bushehr. Provincial Gov. Fereydoun Hassanvand told local media that at least 37 people had lost their lives. An estimated 850 people were injured of whom 100 had to be hospitalized, he added. Homes in the towns of Shonbeh and Kaki were devastated, with residents fleeing buildings fearing aftershocks.

Afghanistan

Two U.S. troops die in helicopter crash

Two American troops died in a helicopter crash in eastern Afghanistan on Tuesday, military officials said. The U.S.-led International Security Assistance Force said it was investigating the cause of the crash, which took place in a field, but early indications were that there was no hostile activity nearby. Also on Tuesday, a roadside bomb killed three Afghan civilians as they drove in the Nawa district of Helmand province, according to Afghan news reports.

Chicago

Kelly wins race for Jackson Jr.'s seat

Robin Kelly, whose stance on stricter federal gun laws brought a cascade of super PAC support to her campaign this year, easily won the congressional seat resigned by Jesse L. Jackson Jr. in a special election Tuesday. Facing a lesser-known Republican opponent, Paul McKinley, and a handful of third-party candidates, Kelly, 56, had been widely expected to win in the Democrat-leaning district, which includes the South Side of Chicago and its suburbs.

North Carolina

Father says he tried to save children

The North Carolina father who was working in a two-story-deep hole that collapsed said Tuesday that he worked frantically to save his daughter and her cousin from the wall of falling dirt that killed them. Jordan Arwood, 31, of Stanley was operating a backhoe Sunday night in the pit when the walls caved in on the children. The bodies of the two cousins, 6-year-old Chloe Jade Arwood and 7-year-old James Levi Caldwell, were dug out Monday morning. Arwood said that he reached out to save the children but they were just outside his reach. "I couldn't save them," he said, sobbing. "I wish it was me."

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FHP: Wrong-way driver hit 100 miles per hour before sideswiping car

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Updated: 1 hour ago
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Updated: 2 hours ago
Migrants denied access to lawyers, held in cells 23 hours a day, ACLU lawsuit alleges

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