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Hawaii gift store owner gets 6 months for wildlife smuggling

HONOLULU (AP) The owner of a Hawaii jewelry and gift retail business is going to federal prison for six months because of a wildlife trafficking scheme.

Mon, 27 Jun 2016 21:39:52 -0400
Ledecky blazes path to Rio with 400m freestyle win

American Katie Ledecky wins the 400m freestyle at the US swimming trials in 3min 58.98secFreestyle phenomenon Katie Ledecky is on her way to the Rio Olympics after blazing to victory in the 400m freestyle at the US swimming trials in 3min 58.98sec. It was the first step toward what could be an historic Rio campaign. The 19-year-old, who exploded on the international scene with an 800m free triumph in London four years ago, is entered in the trials in every freestyle event from 50m through 800m.

Mon, 27 Jun 2016 21:34:12 -0400
Court decision shifts abortion battle to state bans

The battle over abortion was expected to shift to measures focusing on the fetus in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Courts decision striking down a Texas law enacted in the name of maternal health. The 5-3 ruling held that Texas clinic regulations put an undue burden on women seeking abortion, a right established in the courts landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. The ruling could affect similar laws in more than a dozen states and stands as the biggest affirmation of abortion rights in more than two decades.

Mon, 27 Jun 2016 21:30:05 -0400
London's minorities fearful after post-Brexit attacks

A pedestrian shelters from the rain beneath a Union Jack-themed umbrella near the Houses of Parliament in central LondonWith yellow paint still evident on the building's doors, tenants of a Polish community centre in London on Monday described their fear after being targeted in a racist post-referendum attack condemned by Prime Minister David Cameron in parliament. The graffiti at the community centre read "Fuck You - Out" according to a receptionist. Cameron later slammed as "despicable" a series of racist incidents reported following Britain's decision to leave the European Union.

Mon, 27 Jun 2016 21:27:43 -0400
AP Source: Volkswagen reaches $14.7B emissions settlement

FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2013, file photo, the Volkswagen logo is seen on the grill of a Volkswagen on display in Pittsburgh. Volkswagen would repair or buy back polluting vehicles and pay each owner as much as $10,000 under a $14.7 billion deal the car maker has reached to settle lawsuits stemming from its emissions cheating scandal, a person briefed on the settlement talks said Monday, June 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Volkswagen would repair or buy back polluting diesel vehicles and pay each owner as much as $10,000 under a $14.7 billion deal the car maker has reached to settle lawsuits stemming from its emissions cheating scandal, a person briefed on the settlement talks said Monday.

Mon, 27 Jun 2016 21:27:04 -0400
Ledecky heading to Rio, wins 400 free at US Olympic trials

Katie Ledecky swims during the women's 400-meter freestyle preliminaries at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials, Monday, June 27, 2016, in Omaha, Neb. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)OMAHA, Neb. (AP) Katie Ledecky earned her spot for the Rio Olympics, winning the 400-meter freestyle at the U.S. swimming trials Monday night.

Mon, 27 Jun 2016 21:09:41 -0400
UK Labour leader clings to power, blasts 'manoeuvring'

Leader of the opposition Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn (C) leaves after delivering a speech outside parliament in London on June 27, 2016Britain's opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn condemned "internal manoeuvring" after more than half his top team resigned in barely 24 hours, but insisted he would not go himself despite a rising tide of criticism of his role in the Brexit crisis. Twenty members of the Labour leader's shadow cabinet have so far resigned in a rolling series of departures triggered by Corbyn's weekend sacking of his foreign affairs spokesman Hilary Benn. "Our country is divided and the country will thank neither the benches in front of me, nor those behind, for indulging in internal... manoeuvring at this time," he told the House of Commons in a debate with Prime Minister David Cameron.

Mon, 27 Jun 2016 20:57:08 -0400
Second US patient identified with super-resistant bacteria

In May 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the establishment of a network of labs that would respond quickly to antibiotic-resistant superbugs in the USA second US patient has been infected with a superbug that is highly resistant to last-resort antibiotics, scientists said. Virologists found the rare mrc-1 gene, which causes the resistance, in a strain of E. coli from a patient in New York, according to findings published in the journal Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy. "We are very close to seeing the emergence of enterobacteria that will be impossible to treat with antibiotics," said Lance Price of George Washington University.

Mon, 27 Jun 2016 20:54:25 -0400
California wildfire 'most destructive' in county history

Inca, a cadaver dog, and her handler Mary Cablk search the burned ruins of a home Monday, June 27, 2016, in Squirrel Valley, Calif. The blaze had killed an elderly couple who were found Friday after apparently being overcome by smoke. The fire has burned more than 70 square miles and is 40 percent contained. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)LAKE ISABELLA, Calif. (AP) Sallie Keeling had seen enough photos of destruction over four days to know what to expect when she returned Monday to the fire-ravaged neighborhood where she and her husband had lived for 13 years.

Mon, 27 Jun 2016 20:52:20 -0400
U.S. interest in U.K. travel soars after Brexit

Tourists gather outside the National Gallery in LondonSeveral online travel sites have seen a jump in queries from Americans about travel to the United Kingdom since it voted to leave the European Union, a sign so-called "Brexit" and the resulting drop in the value of the pound currency may spur U.S. visits to Britain. One site found that more Britons were also asking about flights to the United States. Travel agents, hotel chains and airlines say it is too early to tell if the vote has impacted bookings.

Mon, 27 Jun 2016 20:50:54 -0400
UK's Osborne rules himself out of race to succeed PM Cameron

By Andy Bruce LONDON (Reuters) - British finance minister George Osborne ruled himself out of the running to succeed Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday, citing his fierce advocacy of staying in the European Union. The government is under pressure to fill a vacuum left when Cameron announced he would resign by October after Britain ignored his advice and voted to leave the 28-member bloc in last week's referendum. "So it is clear that while I completely accept the result, I am not the person to provide the unity my party needs at this time." Before the referendum campaign, Osborne had been widely regarded as a candidate to succeed Cameron one day, boosted by one of the strongest expansions among major developed economies in the last few years.

Mon, 27 Jun 2016 20:50:54 -0400
California police panned for slow response to Capitol clash

Paramedics rush a stabbing victim away on a gurney Sunday, June 26, 2016, after members of right-wing extremists groups holding a rally outside the California state Capitol building in Sacramento clashed with counter-protesters, authorities said. Sacramento Police spokesman Matt McPhail said the Traditionalist Workers Party had scheduled and received a permit to protest at noon Sunday in front of the Capitol. McPhail said a group showed up to demonstrate against them. (AP Photo/Steven Styles)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Authorities were anticipating violence as a white nationalist group planned a demonstration at the California Capitol, and they brought in more than 100 officers to patrol the grounds.

Mon, 27 Jun 2016 20:45:56 -0400
England out of Euro 2016, beaten by Iceland

Iceland players celebrate after Kolbeinn Sigthorsson, center, scored their second goal during the Euro 2016 round of 16 soccer match between England and Iceland, at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice, France, Monday, June 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)NICE, France (AP) After voting to leave the European Union last week, the English left the soccer European Championship in similarly surprising fashion on Monday in what will go down as their most embarrassing loss in a generation.

Mon, 27 Jun 2016 20:40:48 -0400
Colombian army says 17 dead in crash of military helicopter

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) All 17 people aboard a military helicopter that crashed in a mountainous area over the weekend were found dead when searchers reached the site in western Colombia, the army said Monday.

Mon, 27 Jun 2016 20:36:52 -0400
Abortion ruling may not open door for new Texas clinics

Lucy Ceballos, center, and Isabella Soto, left, members of the National Institute for Reproductive Health, celebrate the U.S. Supreme Court ruling against Texas' abortion restrictions in front of Whole Woman's Health Monday, June 27, 2016, in McAllen, Texas. Whole Woman's Health is a abortion provider that stayed open despite the restrictions as many other providers closed over the past two years. (Nathan Lambrecht/The Monitor via AP)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Abortion providers celebrating the U.S. Supreme Court striking down major Texas abortion restrictions Monday also acknowledged a daunting reality: Women aren't soon likely to see new clinics replace the about 20 abortion facilities lost since 2013.

Mon, 27 Jun 2016 20:34:15 -0400
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