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  • UPDATE 2-Hong Kong leader sees "way out" of chaos through dialogue

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    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 23:27:20 -0400
  • Alaska governor reverses course on controversial budget cuts

    Alaska's governor signed a budget bill on Monday rolling back most of the deep, highly controversial spending cuts he imposed weeks ago on the University of Alaska but rebuffed a renewed bid by lawmakers to restore funding he slashed from health programs. The partial funding restoration marked the latest in a pitched budget battle between Governor Mike Dunleavy, a Republican serving his first year in office, and a bipartisan coalition in the Republican-dominated state legislature. Dunleavy, who sought to slash state spending while seeking a record hike in an oil-revenue dividend paid to state residents each year, said on Monday he reversed course on higher education and some other programs due to public sentiment.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 23:25:22 -0400
  • GRAPHIC-China pig farmer profits soar after disease wipes out third of herd, boosts prices

    Pig breeders in China who have managed to keep fatal African swine fever off their farms since outbreaks began a year ago are now set to reap rewards, with some in line for record profits of $200 per hog thanks to soaring prices. National average hog prices passed the 2016 record of 21 yuan per kilogramme earlier this month to hit 24.6 yuan ($3.48) per kg on Aug. 19, according to data from Shanghai JC Intelligence Co Ltd. Hog prices in the south are especially strong, after the disease ravaged the area in recent months.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 23:12:44 -0400
  • Jury to restart deliberations in Oakland warehouse fire case

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    Three jurors were dismissed Monday for undisclosed reasons on the 10th day of deliberations in the trial of two men charged in the deaths of 36 partygoers from a fire inside a cluttered San Francisco Bay Area warehouse. Alameda County Superior Court Judge Trina Thompson excused three female jurors and replaced them with a woman and two men who were alternates during the three-month trial of Derick Almena and Max Harris. The jury was told to restart deliberations in the case, disregard all past discussions and remember they cannot talk to others about the case or seek outside information about it.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 23:02:48 -0400
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    Hong Kong leader sees 'way out' of chaos through dialogue

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    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 22:47:07 -0400
  • Hong Kong leader says she hopes peaceful protest was a turning point

    Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said on Tuesday she hoped a peaceful weekend anti-government protest was the start of an effort to restore peace and that the government would talk to peaceful protesters and tackle complaints against police. Hundreds of thousands of protesters rallied peacefully in the Chinese-ruled city in torrential rain on Sunday in the eleventh week of what have been often violent demonstrations. Anger erupted in June over a now-suspended bill that would allow criminal suspects in the former British colony to be extradited to mainland China.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 22:41:17 -0400
  • Governor brings big tech to the table after El Paso attack

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    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott called Monday for the help of big tech platforms in the wake of an El Paso mass shooting that authorities say was carried out by a gunman who posted a racist screed online before killing 22 people at a Walmart. It's unclear what the invited companies, which include Google, Facebook and Twitter, will offer or say in the aftermath of the tragedy. None addressed questions about their role after Abbott announced the tech giants will join the FBI and state lawmakers this week in Austin to discuss the El Paso shooting and how to prevent future attacks.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 22:39:45 -0400
  • 9-year-old Detroit girl killed in attack by 3 dogs

    A 9-year-old Detroit girl was killed when she was attacked by three dogs as she rode on a bike in an alley near her home. Detroit Police Department spokeswoman Sgt. Nicole Kirkwood said neighbors tried to stop the Monday afternoon attack on the girl without success. Police haven't identified the victim, who was taken to Children's Hospital of Michigan, where she was pronounced dead.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 22:34:44 -0400
  • The Latest: Suspect in El Paso attack on suicide watch

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    The 21-year-old suspect in the Aug. 3 mass shooting in El Paso that killed 22 people has been placed on suicide watch in jail. El Paso County sheriff's spokeswoman Christina Acosta confirmed Monday that Patrick Crusius is on suicide watch in the El Paso County Jail. Crusius is held without bond on a capital murder charge.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 22:33:50 -0400
  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares nudge higher on stimulus hopes, recession fears ease

    Asian shares extended their gains on Tuesday as hopes for stimulus in major economies tempered anxiety about a global recession, boosting riskier assets and drawing money from safe-havens such as bonds and gold. Shares in China and Hong Kong opened lower and swung in and out of negative territory after China lowered its lending reference rate only slightly in the first publication of a new benchmark since new interest rate reforms were announced on Saturday.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 22:31:52 -0400
  • School condemns video of high schoolers giving Nazi salute

    A school district in Southern California condemned a video of high-schoolers giving Nazi salutes and singing a Nazi song after it became public Monday. The video , obtained by the Daily Beast — which posted about 8 seconds of it — shows members of the boys' water polo team at Pacifica High School in Garden Grove in an empty room that administrative officials say was later used for an athletic banquet. The song, written by German composer Herms Niel during the rise of Hitler, was played to inspire Nazi troops during World War II.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 22:19:40 -0400
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    California university consultant killed in campus stabbing

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    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 22:17:18 -0400
  • Oil prices slip, but supported by hopes trade tensions could ease

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    Crude oil prices slipped on Tuesday, but losses were limited as equity markets rallied and as traders hoped Sino-U.S. trade tensions would ease. The United States said it would extend a reprieve that permits China's Huawei Technologies to buy components from U.S. companies, in a sign of a slight softening of the trade war between both countries. U.S. crude was down 15 cents, or 0.3%, at $56.06 a barrel, after gaining 2.44% in the previous session.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 22:04:24 -0400
  • Arizona man gets life sentence for killing, burying couple

    Jose Valenzuela, 42, was spared the death penalty under a plea deal with prosecutors in the 2015 murders of Tina and Michael Careccia, each killed by a single shot to the head during an altercation at the shooter’s home. Valenzuela, who admitted to taking methamphetamine at the time, pleaded guilty in July to first-degree murder in Tina Careccia’s death and second-degree murder in Michael Careccia’s killing, documents showed. Pinal County Superior Court Judge Christopher O’Neil gave Valenzuela a life sentence without the possibility of parole for the first-degree charge and 25 years for the second-degree murder, the maximum allowed under state law.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 21:58:47 -0400
  • Former Los Angeles Times columnist awarded nearly $15.5M

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    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 21:50:06 -0400
  • U.S. envoy offers farm visas to boost asylum deal with Guatemala

    In a bid to strengthen an asylum deal forged between Guatemala's outgoing president and the United States, a U.S. official offered on Monday to triple the number of temporary farmworker visas available to Guatemalans. Last month, under threat of painful sanctions issued by U.S. President Donald Trump, Guatemala's Jimmy Morales agreed to require U.S.-bound Hondurans and Salvadorans to seek refuge in Guatemala instead of proceeding north. The deal, known as a "safe third country" agreement, is meant to reduce U.S. asylum claims.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 21:28:23 -0400
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    Wildfire acreage way down in California this year _ so far

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    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 21:17:21 -0400
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    Space telescope offers rare glimpse of Earth-sized rocky exoplanet

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    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 21:06:21 -0400
  • Space telescope offers rare glimpse of Earth-sized rocky exoplanet

    Direct observations from a NASA space telescope have for the first time revealed the atmospheric void of a rocky, Earth-sized world beyond our own solar system orbiting the most common type of star in the galaxy, according to a study released on Monday. The research, published in the scientific journal Nature, also shows the distant planet's surface is likely to resemble the barren exterior of the Earth's moon or Mercury, possibly covered in dark volcanic rock. The planet lies about 48.6 light years from Earth and is one of more than 4,000 so-called exoplanets identified over the past two decades circling distant stars in our home galaxy, the Milky Way.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 21:03:47 -0400
  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares nudge higher on stimulus hopes, recession fears ease

    Asian shares extended their gains on Tuesday as hopes for stimulus in major economies tempered anxiety about a global recession, helping boost riskier assets and drawing money from safe-havens such as bonds and gold. For now, however, investors were cheered by signs policymakers were willing to do more to support their economies in the grip of international trade frictions, led by the bruising Sino-U.S. tariff tussle. Traders are also keenly waiting on the Fed's Jackson Hole seminar and a Group of Seven summit this weekend for clues on what additional steps policymakers will take to bolster growth.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 21:02:44 -0400
  • White nationalist who allegedly threatened Ohio Jewish center pleads not guilty

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    The alleged white nationalist who was arrested for making threats towards a Jewish community center in Ohio appeared in court and pleaded not guilty. The New Middletown home of James Reardon Jr., 20, was raided, and authorities seized dozens of rounds of ammo, multiple semi-automatic weapons, a gas mask and bulletproof armor. In light of the alleged threats he made against a Jewish community center in Youngstown, Reardon has been charged with telecommunications harassment and aggravated menacing.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 21:01:11 -0400
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    Mysterious death in custody has family seeking answers

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    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 20:58:21 -0400
  • CORRECTED-FOREX-Dollar near 3-week high as thaw in risk aversion lifts yields

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    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 20:41:30 -0400
  • 2 Chicago women plead not guilty in death of taken baby

    Two Chicago women charged with killing a 19-year-old have pleaded not guilty to murder charges in the death of the victim's child. Yovanny Jadiel Lopez died weeks after prosecutors say 49-year-old Clarisa Figueroa and her daughter, 24-year-old Desiree, cut the child from her mother's womb. The women previously pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder charges in the death of Marlen Ochoa-Lopez.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 20:40:07 -0400
  • G7 may end without communique due to gaps on trade, climate-NHK

    The Group of Seven (G7) leaders summit to be held this weekend in France may end without a joint communique due to wide gaps between member nations on trade and climate issues, Japanese public broadcaster NHK reported on Tuesday. It would be the first time a G7 summit ends without a communique since meetings began in 1975, NHK said. Finding common ground between allies has become increasingly tough at the annual summit with the United States an outlier in its approach to handling disputes over trade and the environment.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 20:23:54 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Trump, UK's Johnson discuss Brexit, economic issues in call

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and U.S. President Donald Trump discussed Brexit and a U.S.-Britain free trade deal during a phone call on Monday ahead of a Group of Seven summit in France this weekend. A spokesman for Johnson's office said the two leaders "discussed economic issues and our trading relationship, and the Prime Minister updated the President on Brexit.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 20:23:26 -0400
  • Elton John blasts relentless character assassination of Harry and Meghan

    Elton John and Ellen DeGeneres spoke out on Monday in support of Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, calling them a down-to-earth and hardworking couple who were being unfairly attacked by the media. The "Rocketman" singer was responding to criticism in Britain over two recent vacations taken by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and their three-month-old baby Archie to Spain, and to the south of France, where the couple stayed at John's villa in Nice. John tweeted that he provided Harry and Meghan with a private jet to his home for security reasons but said a contribution was made to Carbon Footprint Ltd, which offsets carbon emissions by funding environmentally friendly projects.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 20:20:16 -0400
  • Sheriff: Investigation closed in racist videos, threat case

    A South Carolina sheriff said Monday that no one else will be charged after last month's arrest of a Catholic high school student accused of making racist videos and charged with threatening to shoot people at his private school. Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott announced at a news conference that his agency had finished its investigation after interviewing several students and determining there presently is no threat to the private Cardinal Newman School. A Cardinal Newman student identified as a 16-year-old white male was arrested July 17 and charged as a juvenile with making student threats.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 20:17:40 -0400
  • The Latest: California university stabbing victim identified

    Police have identified a retired college administrator who was stabbed to death in his car at California State University, Fullerton. A young man wearing black pants and black shirt was seen running from the scene. Fullerton police Lt. Jon Radus says it appears that Chan was targeted and there was no danger to others at the school.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 20:17:16 -0400
  • Retired administrator stabbed to death on Cal State Fullerton campus, manhunt underway: Police

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    A retired administrator was stabbed to death on California State University Fullerton's campus Monday morning, launching a manhunt for the suspect. The victim was identified by police Monday night as 57-year-old Steven Shek Keung Chan from Hacienda Heights.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 20:15:24 -0400
  • New York officer fired, but tensions still high where Eric Garner died

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    Hassan Johnson was getting his head shaved on Monday at the same barber shop Eric Garner used to visit. Five years after Garner's death in a confrontation with police in the Tompkinsville neighborhood of Staten Island, relations between law enforcement and the community have improved nominally at best, Johnson said, if only because they could not grow much worse. The case surrounding Garner's death came to an official close on Monday, when the New York Police Department fired former officer Daniel Pantaleo, 34, who had placed Garner in a fatal chokehold five years ago and escaped criminal prosecution.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 20:13:58 -0400
  • New York officer fired, but tensions still high where Eric Garner died

    Hassan Johnson was getting his head shaved on Monday at the same barber shop Eric Garner used to visit. Five years after Garner's death in a confrontation with police in the Tompkinsville neighborhood of Staten Island, relations between law enforcement and the community have improved nominally at best, Johnson said, if only because they could not grow much worse. The case surrounding Garner's death came to an official close on Monday, when the New York Police Department fired former officer Daniel Pantaleo, 34, who had placed Garner in a fatal chokehold five years ago and escaped criminal prosecution.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 20:04:54 -0400
  • He can't ride no more: Billie Eilish's 'bad guy' finally knocks 'Old Town Road' off the top of the chart

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    He can't ride no more: Billie Eilish's 'bad guy' finally knocks 'Old Town Road' off the top of the chart originally appeared on goodmorningamerica.comOur long national nightmare -- or daydream, depending on how you look at it -- is over: after a record-breaking 19 weeks, "Old Town Road" by Lil Nas X is no longer No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.Finally ascending to the No. 1 spot after weeks at No. 2: "bad guy" by Billie Eilish. ...

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 20:04:00 -0400
  • TIMELINE-How Greta Thunberg's climate strikes became a global movement in a year

    Student activist Greta Thunberg's school strike movement marked its first anniversary on Tuesday after a year that has seen the schoolgirl rise from a solitary protester to a leading figure in the fight against climate change. August 20, 2018: Swedish student Thunberg, then aged 15, skips school to protest outside parliament for more action against climate change. August 26, 2018: The student activist is joined by fellow students, teachers and parents at another protest and begins attracting media attention for her climate campaign.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 20:00:00 -0400
  • 4 last wolves in Washington pack killed by state hunters

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    The last four members of a wolf pack that preyed on cattle in a rural Washington state area bordering Canada have been killed by state hunters, prompting protests from environmental groups. The four wolves were part of a pack that originally had seven members and attacked cows, killing or wounding them 29 times since 2018 and nine times over the last month, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife said in a statement last Friday. Agency director Kelly Susewind authorized the killings of the remaining pack members on July 31.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 19:57:07 -0400
  • Reuters US Domestic News Summary

    An alleged self-described white nationalist, one of three men in the United States accused of planning mass shootings in a week, pleaded not guilty on Monday to charges that he threatened to attack a Jewish community center, the court clerk said. At an arraignment in Struthers, Ohio, where he faced charges of aggravated menacing and online harassment, James Reardon entered his plea by video link from a county jail in Youngstown, 10 miles (16 km) away, Municipal Court Clerk Lorraine Sciortino said by telephone.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 19:54:01 -0400
  • Reuters World News Summary

    The operator of a global network of radioactive-particle sensors said on Monday its two Russian sites closest to a mysterious explosion went offline days after the blast, soon followed by two more, fuelling suspicions that Russia tampered with them. The Russian Defence Ministry, which operates the two stations, did not immediately reply to a request for comment. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau came under pressure on Monday from the opposition Conservatives who warned against giving any assistance to Jack Letts - a dual citizen dubbed "Jihadi Jack" by the media - after Britain's decision to strip him of his British citizenship.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 19:54:00 -0400
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    Census figures show economic gap narrows with citizenship

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    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 19:53:39 -0400
  • Records: Epstein signed will 2 days before jailhouse suicide

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    Jeffrey Epstein signed a will just two days before he killed himself in jail, new court records show, opening a new legal front in what could be a long battle over the financier's fortune. The existence of the will, first reported by the New York Post, raised new questions about Epstein's final days inside the Metropolitan Correctional Center, where he was awaiting trial on federal sex trafficking and conspiracy charges. Epstein signed the document Aug. 8.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 19:44:54 -0400
  • Alaska wildfire season continues with new fires, hot weather

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    Alaska's wildfire season usually ends well before mid-August but persistent hot, dry weather has contributed to the start of new fires and the spread of old ones. High winds Saturday damaged power lines or knocked trees into lines, sparking multiple fires, including one that temporarily shut down the highway between Anchorage and Denali National Park and burned more than 50 structures, said Tim Mowry, spokesman for the Alaska Division of Forestry. Heavy rain has dampened fires north of the Alaska Range but has not reached areas north and south of Anchorage.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 19:21:06 -0400
  • UPDATE 7-Turkey says air strike hit Syria convoy, killed three

    BEIRUT/ANKARA, Aug 19 (Reuters) - Turkey said an air strike on a Turkish military convoy in northwest Syria killed three civilians and wounded 12 on Monday as Syrian troops advanced against rebels inside a key town. Syrian government air strikes hit near the convoy that was approaching front lines in Idlib province, two Turkey-backed rebel sources and a war monitor said.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 19:20:05 -0400
  • INSIGHT-Besieged Kashmiri neighbourhood in test of wills with India's Modi

    For more than a week, the young men of Soura, a densely populated enclave in Kashmir's main city of Srinagar, have been taking turns to maintain an around-the-clock vigil at the entry points to their neighbourhood. The aim: to keep Indian security forces, and particularly the paramilitary police, out of the area.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 19:17:03 -0400
  • Black student 'shamed' when school officials colored hair

    A student's parents are suing Texas school administrators for coloring in a hair design on the black student's head. The student, 13, went to Berry Miller Junior High in April with the letter "M'' shaved on his head. Three administrators told the student his haircut violated the school's dress code policy.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 19:10:06 -0400
  • FEATURE-Faced with floods and suicides, U.S. readies for a warmer world

    J ulia Sanger, whose tiny ice cream shop flooded twice in two years in Maryland's historic Ellicott City, joked darkly that the disasters left many local business owners in need of therapy. "Some of my friends down here, I know they sought professional therapy. Worsening extreme weather linked to climate change is creating hardships for many, from immediate deaths and injuries to increases in asthma and heat stroke.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 19:00:01 -0400
  • POLL-Japan Inc backs Abe's tough trade stance vs S. Korea amid row

    Japanese companies broadly support Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's tough trade stance against South Korea, a Reuters poll found. Three-quarters of companies in the monthly Reuters Corporate Survey approved of Abe's explanations for curbing exports to South Korea of materials used to make computer chips.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 19:00:00 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-U.S. has conveyed its 'strong position' to Greece about Iranian tanker -official

    The United States has conveyed its "strong position" to the Greek government about an Iranian tanker that sailed for Greece on Monday after it was freed from detention off Gibraltar and Washington says is carrying oil to Syria, a State Department official said. Any efforts to assist the tanker could be considered as providing material support to a U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organization, which has immigration and potential criminal consequences, the official said. The Grace 1, renamed the Adrian Darya 1, left anchorage off Gibraltar late on Sunday.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 18:59:01 -0400
  • 4th Florida prison officer faces charge for inmate beating

    A fourth Florida correctional officer has been charged with a felony after a video taken by an inmate using a smuggled cellphone showed several guards beating another prisoner. The Florida Department of Corrections said Monday that Officer Ian Gretka faces a charge of being a principal to malicious battery, a third-degree felony. An arrest affidavit says Gretka hit the inmate 13 times in the rib cage.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 18:53:22 -0400
  • Bag found by searchers looking for Florida firefighters who vanished on fishing trip

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    As the desperate search for two firefighters who disappeared during a fishing trip off the coast of Florida continues into its fourth day, the family confirmed that a bag located by civilian searchers did belong to one of the missing men. Brian McCluney, a Jacksonville, Florida, firefighter, and Justin Walker, a member of the Fairfax, Virginia, fire department, were last seen on Friday launching a 22-foot fishing boat at Port Canaveral, near the Kennedy Space Center, U.S. Coast Guard officials said Sunday.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 18:42:16 -0400
  • UPDATE 2-Japan approves further exports of high-tech material to S.Korea - sources

    Japan has approved shipments of a high-tech material to South Korea for the second time since imposing export curbs last month, two people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday, ahead of talks this week to resolve the dispute. Relations between the two U.S. allies worsened late last year as part of a decades-old row over compensation for forced labourers during Japan's wartime occupation. In early July, Japan tightened controls on shipments of three materials used in chips and displays to South Korea, threatening to disrupt the global tech supply chain.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 18:39:10 -0400
  • Kayakers get up close with collapsing Alaska glacier

    Andrew Hooper's wife had warned him about getting too close to an Alaska glacier. Hooper and his friend set off on a kayaking trip off the Kenai Peninsula to get a glimpse at the Spencer Glacier. After paddling around for a while, Hooper said he heard a cracking noise near the glacier.

    Mon, 19 Aug 2019 18:37:30 -0400
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