Saturday, June 23, 2018
News Roundup

U.S., N. Korea envoys reopen nuclear talks

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u.s., n. korea envoys reopen nuclear talks

U.S. and North Korea envoys reopen nuclear talks today, seeking ways for Pyongyang to dismantle its nuclear programs in return for much-needed aid. The countries were on the verge of a deal to have Washington provide food if Pyongyang suspends its uranium enrichment program when the country's longtime leader Kim Jong Il died Dec. 17. U.S. envoy Glyn Davies said it's a good sign that North Korea agreed to restart talks so soon.

bremerton, wash.

Shot in school, 8-year-old critical

An 8-year-old girl was in critical condition Wednesday after she was shot in the abdomen at her elementary school near Seattle, and one of her classmates was detained, authorities said. The injured third-grader was airlifted to a hospital and underwent surgery, officials said. Police said a third-grade boy was being questioned and a firearm was found in a classroom.

rome

Divers find 8 more bodies in ship

Divers searching the capsized Costa Concordia cruise ship found eight bodies Wednesday on a passenger deck, authorities said. Italy's national civil protection agency, which is monitoring the operation off the Tuscan island of Giglio, said four bodies were recovered — those of a woman, a girl, a man and a person whose sex wasn't immediately determined. Identifying them could take days. Worsening weather kept divers from immediately removing the other four bodies.

jerusalem

Military exemption law overturned

Israel's Supreme Court tossed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a political hot potato by overturning a law that effectively exempted tens of thousands of ultra-Orthodox religious students from mandatory military service. The decision could force Netanyahu's conservative coalition government to tackle the thorny issue dividing Israel's religious and secular communities. The court ruled that the current law must expire by August, and some think the debate could tear apart Netanyahu's coalition or prompt early elections.

moscow

Abkhazia president dodges assassins

Assassins tried Wednesday to kill the president of Abkhazia, a Russian-backed rebel enclave of Georgia, in an assault that raised new questions about Moscow's ability to preserve order. President Alexandr Ankvab wasn't injured, but at least one bodyguard died and two were seriously wounded. It was the sixth attempt on Ankvab's life in less than a decade, a testament to the volatility of Abkhazia. Moscow, has been struggling to calm recent political tremors in Abkhazia.

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Authorities looking for "inmate" who left Bilirakis event

Authorities are searching for a man who they say took off from a New Port Richey political event while under supervision of a treatment center.The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office described Nicholas Moore, 23, as both an "inmate" and a "member" of the A...
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Lightning takes Quebec LW Gabriel Fortier with second-round pick

Lightning takes Quebec LW Gabriel Fortier with second-round pick

The Lightning is on the board in the 2018 NHL draft, using their first pick — 59th overall in the second round — on Gabriel Fortier, an undersize left wing from Quebec."I spoke with them a couple of times, so I knew there was an interest,...
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Newly discovered, 550 million-year old fossil named after Obama

Newly discovered, 550 million-year old fossil named after Obama

Recent actions by the Trump administration - a wave of unprecedentedly large family separations at the border, aggressive trade-war-fueling tariffs and rebukes of allies - have made some feel as though the Barack Obama presidency was an unrecognizabl...
Updated: 3 hours ago
For starters: Rays vs. Yankees, looking for two straight

For starters: Rays vs. Yankees, looking for two straight

UPDATE, 2:38: Clarifying what was a communication error with the team PR staff, Rays manager Kevin Cash said LHP Blake Snell was slated for an extra day's rest all along and will face the Nationals on Monday not the Yankees on Sunday. The Rays will u...
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Rays Tales: Why ‘trades’ and ‘prospects’ are always in same conversation

Rays Tales: Why ‘trades’ and ‘prospects’ are always in same conversation

Besides the continual evolution of their intriguing pitching plan, the primary topics of conversation for the Rays over the next several weeks will be trades and prospects. And not mutually exclusively.Some sooner than others, the Rays are going to c...
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Sanders says she was told to leave Virginia restaurant

Sanders says she was told to leave Virginia restaurant

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders acknowledged Saturday in a tweet that she was booted from a Virginia restaurant Friday night because she works for President Donald Trump.Sanders said she was told by the owner of T...
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FHP: Wrong-way driver hit 100 miles per hour before sideswiping car

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

A Clearwater man who authorities said sideswiped a car while driving more than 100 miles per hour the wrong way on U.S. 41 was arrested Friday. Wendel Jamel James, 35, is charged with DUI with property damage, reckless driving and leaving the scene ...
Updated: 6 hours ago
‘Notorious RBG’ wanted to be a singer. Now, a CD celebrates her life.

‘Notorious RBG’ wanted to be a singer. Now, a CD celebrates her life.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has often said, in interviews, that she would have loved to have been an opera singer.She has certainly become a fixture at many opera houses around the country: She is often spotted in the audience; she sometimes presides...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Oldsmar cheer coach faces new sexual battery charges

Oldsmar cheer coach faces new sexual battery charges

An Oldsmar cheerleading coach charged this week with sending explicit images to a minor now faces additional sexual battery charges.Victor Martin Valenty, 28, is accused of having "inappropriate sexual activity" with a 15-year-old at his home for mor...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Migrants denied access to lawyers, held in cells 23 hours a day, ACLU lawsuit alleges

Migrants denied access to lawyers, held in cells 23 hours a day, ACLU lawsuit alleges

After crossing the U.S.-Mexico border seeking asylum, 123 men have been detained for weeks, caged in prison cells for up to 23 hours per day and denied access to attorneys at a federal detention center in Sheridan, Oregon, a lawsuit filed Friday by t...
Updated: 9 hours ago