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Gov. Rick Scott declares state of emergency for red tide outbreak in southwest Florida

Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for seven southwest Florida counties because of the effects of a toxic algae bloom called red tide.<p>The declaration for Charlotte, Collier, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Pinellas and Sarasota counties will provide money and resources to combat the …

Florida

White House admits error for false claim on black employment

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House has acknowledged error in its false claim that President Donald Trump created three times as many jobs for African-Americans than President Barack Obama.<p>It was a rare admission of fault for an administration that frequently skews data and overstates economic …

Politics

New Mexico Compound Members Are Granted Bail; Judge Receives Death Threats

A judge is facing death threats after granting bail to five adults in an abuse case involving nearly a dozen allegedly malnourished and dehydrated children found at a remote compound in New Mexico.<p>In an hours-long bail hearing on Monday, Judge Sarah Backus acknowledged "troubling facts" presented …

Crime

New details revealed about pilot who crashed into his home after jail release

<b>SALT LAKE CITY</b> -- A man who died when he flew a plane into his own house after he had been arrested for assaulting his wife had full access to his …

Salt Lake City

Citizenship service conspired with ICE to ‘trap’ immigrants at visa interviews, ACLU says

Lilian Calderon told her daughter not to worry, that she would be coming right back. Calderon and her husband, Luis, had an interview they couldn’t miss at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in Rhode Island Jan. 17.<p>All they had to do was prove their marriage was legitimate, the first step on …

News (U.S.)

Hospitals scrap surgeries, Venezuelans forgo showers as taps run dry

CARACAS (Reuters) - At one of Caracas' biggest public hospitals, most bathrooms are closed. Patients fill jugs from a tiny tap on the ground floor that sometimes has a trickle of water. Operations are postponed or canceled.<p>The Central Venezuelan University hospital, once a Latin American leader, is …

Venezuela

Was Smokey Bear wrong? How a beloved character may have helped fuel catastrophic fires.

First off, let’s ditch “the.” It’s officially “Smokey Bear.” The definite article only got shoehorned in there in 1952, when his fame was snowballing and a pair of songwriters penned Smokey his own anthem. They jammed “the” into his name for the song’s rhythm.<p>Second: Know he only got his job …

Forests

New Zealand bans foreigners from buying homes

In an attempt to curb growing house prices, New Zealand has banned most foreigners from buying certain properties. Statistics show China and …

New Zealand

Black Americans aren't buying Omarosa's turn against Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — For years, Omarosa Manigault Newman stood at Donald Trump's side, making her deeply unpopular with African-Americans who see her as a sellout for aligning herself with a president who has hurled one insult after another at black people.<p>Her falling out with Trump and her decision …

Politics

Parliament attacker was 29-year-old Briton who immigrated from Sudan

A driver arrested on suspicion of using his car to carry out a terrorist attack outside the Houses of Parliament was identified Wednesday as Salih Khater, a British citizen who immigrated to England from Sudan.<p>Police say the 29-year-old drove a vehicle down from Birmingham, where he lived, to …

Extremism

Joe Biden cancels Illinois event due to 'doctor's orders'

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Former Vice President Joe Biden canceled a planned appearance in Illinois this week because he is sick and "under doctor's orders not to travel," according to state Democrats.<p>"Everyone who knows Vice President Biden knows that he gives our party and our country his all, but …

Politics

Cambodia's ruling party won all parliamentary seats in July vote

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Cambodia's ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP) won all 125 parliamentary seats in a July 29 general election, the president of the National Election Committee (NEC) said in a statement on Wednesday.<p>Rights groups say the vote was neither free nor fair due to the absence of a …

World News

Trump Twitter Support Is a Boon in GOP Primaries

SPECIAL SERIES:<p>Stump of Approval<p><i>Part 2 in a series</i><p>Donald Trump has taken a lot of grief for his tweeting habit from critics who view his use of the …

Social Media

Mass Arson Attack in Sweden Hits Over 100 Cars

GOTEBORG, Sweden — Weeks after parts of Sweden were hit by wildfires as far north as the Arctic Circle, the authorities on Wednesday were investigating the burning of more than 100 vehicles on the west coast, in what they say was a coordinated arson attack by groups of young men.<p>The attack began …

World News

Mystery surrounds Indian man who spent 36 years in Pakistan jail

<b>(CNN) —</b> Gajanand Sharma wandered across the Indian border into Pakistan in 1982. He was arrested and spent the next 36 years in prison.<p>How he ended up in a Pakistani jail, and why the Indian government appeared to be unaware of his existence, remains a mystery. But this week, he finally went …

India

Kavanaugh Fight Puts Vulnerable Senators In A Tight Spot

<b>Updated at 9:57 a.m. ET</b><p>It's not every midterm election year that a Supreme Court seat is vacant — much less the court's swing vote — and the senators whose re-election bids could swing control of the U.S Senate next year are well aware.<p>Indiana Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly is running to hold onto …

Politics

More U.S. Marines to train in Norway, closer to Russia

OSLO (Reuters) - The United States will more than double the number of Marines stationed in Norway, in line with plans first outlined in June, the Norwegian defense ministry said on Wednesday.<p>Plans to increase the number of Marines in Norway to 700 from 330 and moving some of them closer to the …

Russia

Khan ally elected speaker of Pakistan parliament, PM vote on Friday

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A staunch ally of cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan was elected speaker of Pakistan's lower house on Wednesday, a key position to support Khan's legislative agenda after he won a disputed election last month.<p>Asad Qaiser, a Khan loyalist, defeated Pakistan Peoples Party …

Pakistan

Blast near educational center in Afghan capital

KABUL (Reuters) - A suspected suicide bomber blew himself up in front of an educational center in a mainly Shi’ite area in the west of the Afghan capital Kabul on Wednesday, officials said.<p>Kabul police spokesman Hashmat Stanekzai said casualties were likely but there were no immediate details.

Extremism

US industrial production climbed 0.1% in July, vs 0.3% increase expected

U.S. industrial production edged higher in July, boosted by higher manufacturing output in a positive sign for economic growth.<p>The Federal Reserve …

Economy

Germany deports 46 rejected Afghan asylum-seekers

BERLIN (AP) — German authorities say they have deported 46 Afghans whose asylum requests were rejected to their homeland.<p>The flight from Munich arrived Wednesday in the Afghan capital, Kabul. Interior Ministry spokeswoman Eleonore Petermann says the 46, all men, were sent back by authorities in 11 …

Asylum Seekers

Turkish court orders release of local Amnesty chair: Amnesty

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A Turkish court has ordered the release from prison of Taner Kilic, the local honorary chair of Amnesty International, the human rights group said on Wednesday about one of several cases that have raised concern over Ankara’s human rights record.<p>Kilic, who has been in jail for …

Human Rights

Nearly $500K disappeared from school cafeterias. Officials say the lunch ladies did it

<b>(CNN) —</b> For four years, nearly half-a-million dollars quietly vanished from cafeteria registers at two schools in Connecticut.<p>No one noticed the money was missing from the schools in New Canaan until 2017, when the school district installed an enhanced accounting system, authorities said.<p>Now two …

Justice

Italy bridge collapse: 39 dead as minister calls for resignations

Italy’s transport minister has called on senior managers at the company that operated the collapsed Genoa motorway bridge to resign, as the death toll rose to at least 39.<p>Rescuers searched overnight for survivors through tons of concrete and steel under the shattered structure of the Morandi …

World News

Dad accused of killing a man who tried to enter his daughter's bathroom stall

A Phoenix father is accused of beating a man to death after being told the man had tried to forcibly enter a bathroom stall occupied by his teenage daughter.<p>A police report published by KPHO/KTVK of Phoenix says the incident happened on Aug. 2 after Melvin Harris, 40, drove to a convenience store …

Elections

Eight injured at Walmart in Pennsylvania after shooting in checkout lines

WYNCOTE, Pa. (AP) — A man pulled a gun during a dispute with another customer in Walmart checkout lines near Philadelphia and opened fire, leaving eight people injured before fleeing but was later arrested after crashing into a police vehicle, police said Tuesday night.<p>All victims sustained …

Employment

Unsafe levels of a weed killer chemical in oat products, report says

<b>(CNN) —</b> Some types of oat cereals, oatmeal, granola and snack bars contain higher levels of a chemical found in the weed killer Roundup than what the Environmental Working Group considers safe, according to a report released Wednesday by the advocacy group.<p>Almost three-quarters of food samples …

Glyphosate

Diverse candidates rule the night and other takeaways from Tuesday's primaries

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The nation's first transgender governor, its first Somali-American woman in Congress and its first black woman in Connecticut's congressional delegation could all be on the horizon after Tuesday's slate of four primaries.<p>In Wisconsin and Minnesota -- two states where Democrats …

Politics

The First Somali-American State Lawmaker In The US Is On Her Way To Making History Again

Via Facebook<p>MINNEAPOLIS — The United States' first Somali-American state lawmaker — elected on the same night Donald Trump became president in 2016 — …

Politics

Australian politician sparks outrage by demanding 'final solution' to immigration

An Australian politician was widely condemned on Wednesday after demanding "a final solution" to immigration and calling for a return to the White Australia policy which favoured "European Christians".<p>Queensland senator Fraser Anning stunned lawmakers when he invoked during his maiden speech the …

Australia