Monday, June 18, 2018
News Roundup

Review sought in death of gay candidate in Miss.

JACKSON, Miss.

Review sought in candidate's death

A Mississippi congressman is asking the FBI to review the slaying of an openly gay mayoral candidate to determine if any federal laws might have been violated. U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson's district includes Clarksdale, where Marco McMillian was running. McMillian, 34, was found slain last week in a rural area nearby. Thompson, a Democrat, said Tuesday that he has confidence in the sheriff investigating the death but that he wants the FBI to get involved because that's what McMillian's family wants. A person with direct knowledge of the investigation confirmed to the Associated Press that McMillian's body was bruised and there were burns on at least one area. The person wasn't authorized to publicly comment and spoke on condition of anonymity. The cause of death has not been released. An autopsy was performed, but toxicology tests are pending, and authorities say it could take two weeks to get those results.

Kenya

Results delayed in presidential race

Confusion and anxiety rose in Kenya on Tuesday as results from the presidential election were delayed by electronic breakdowns and officials announced a late-night change in tabulating votes, leading several observers to predict that a runoff might ensue.

Millions of Kenyans flooded into the polls on Monday and the voting itself went reasonably well, most observers said. But serious questions have begun to crop up in the tallying process.

As of Tuesday night, about half the votes had been tallied, giving a relatively large lead to Uhuru Kenyatta, the scion of one of the wealthiest, most powerful political families in Africa, 53 percent to 42 percent over Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

Qatar

Kerry says U.S. backs help for Syrian rebels

Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday that the Obama administration supported efforts by Middle Eastern nations to send arms to the opposition in Syria.

He said that the administration had had discussions with foreign officials to emphasize that those arms should go to moderate forces. His comments were a public affirmation that the administration was supporting efforts to arm the rebels.

China

Military spending to rise by 10.7 percent

China's military spending will grow by 10.7 percent this year — a notable increase in the face of sluggish economic growth — according to official reports delivered Tuesday at the kickoff of the National People's Congress, a two-week meeting that will culminate in the elevation of China's new president and premier.

The military increase continues nearly two decades of double-digit growth and comes at a critical time as the incoming leaders are consolidating their power and shoring up personal relations with China's generals.

Elsewhere

Oberlin, Ohio: Police have been unable to confirm a report of a person wearing a white robe and hood that caused Oberlin College to cancel classes on Monday and plunged the campus into a day of soul-searching. The report followed a monthlong series of instances of hate speech and vandalism at the liberal college.

New York: Lawyers for Gilberto Valle, the New York police officer accused of plotting to kidnap, kill and cannibalize women, rested their case on Tuesday, shortly after the officer said he would not take the witness stand in his own defense.

Times wires

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Fatherís Day on the water

Fatherís Day on the water

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FBI agent removed from Russia probe for anti-Trump texts says heís willing to testify before Congress

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Motorcyclist and pedestrian die in Pasco crash

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For starters: Rays at Yankees, looking to avoid a four-game sweep

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Chicago soldier killed in Korea finally being laid to rest

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1 dead, 20 injured in New Jersey arts festival shooting

1 dead, 20 injured in New Jersey arts festival shooting

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Gunfire erupts at festival; 22 hurt

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