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  • Margarita-loving bear has ‘grand old time’ taking dip in California hot tub

    July 3, 2018 8:27 PM 12

    Mark Hough had barely taken a sip of his Friday afternoon margarita when he heard twigs snapping and leaves rustling in his lush Altadena, California, backyard. At first he brushed it off as the sounds of his neighbour pottering next door, but the noise grew louder. “So I got up, looked over in the bushes and lo and behold there’s a bear climbing up over my fence

  • Young U.S. woman who used to be avid ballet dancer loses legs in Bahamas boat explosion

    July 3, 2018 6:00 PM 10

    RUTLAND, VT.— A Vermont woman who relatives say used to be avid ballet dancer had both her lower legs amputated after suffering serious injuries in a deadly Bahamas tour boat explosion. Twenty-two-year-old Stephanie Schaffer was among nine people injured when the boat exploded Saturday , killing a U.S. citizen. The Rutland Herald reports she also suffered

  • Donald Trump eventually orders U.S. flags lowered to honour 5 slain at Capital Gazette

    July 3, 2018 4:11 PM 11

    WASHINGTON—U.S. President Donald Trump has ordered U.S. flags on federal property be flown at half-staff through sunset Tuesday to honour five people slain at a newspaper in Maryland’s capital. The order comes after Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley said Monday that Trump had declined his request to lower the flags. Four Capital Gazette journalists and a staffer

  • Maryland police say suspect sent threatening letters as hundreds gather to remember slain Capital Gazette journalist

    July 3, 2018 12:52 PM 5

    WASHINGTON—Maryland police investigating America’s latest mass murder say Jarrod Ramos, the man charged with the slayings, sent three threatening letters on the day of the attack, including one that said he was on his way to the Capital Gazette to “kill as many people” as he could. Sgt. Jacklyn Davis, a spokesperson for Anne Arundel County Police, said the letters

  • EU moves ahead against Poland over its new Surpeme Court law

    July 2, 2018 1:21 PM 11

    The law is the culmination of the ruling populist Law and Justice Party’s efforts to put Poland’s entire court system until its control, a plan it began nearly three years ago. For their part, party leaders claim they are reforming an inefficient, corrupt court system in the grip of an unaccountable caste of judges. Critics see the law on Poland’s Supreme

  • 48 dead in northern India after overcrowded bus plunges into gorge

    July 1, 2018 1:07 PM 10

    It wasn’t clear what caused the crash, but Gunjiyal said bad weather could have caused the bus to skid off the road. “It is raining (in the area) since morning. Two days back there was a landslide in that area,” he said, adding that residents were the first to reach the site and help the victims. Gunjiya said the terrain was inhospitable and communications

  • Indian police investigate after 11 bodies found in New Delhi home

    July 1, 2018 12:48 PM 10

    NEW DELHI—Police in India’s capital said they found 11 bodies in a home in mysterious circumstances on Sunday, 10 of them blindfolded and hanging from the roof. The victims belonged to a family and most had lived in one home in Burari village in the northern part of New Delhi, said police officer Vineet Kumar. Police are investigating whether the victims

  • More Americans evacuated from China over ‘sonic attacks,’ total affected rises to 25

    June 30, 2018 7:08 PM 9

    BEIJING—The U.S. State Department has evacuated at least 11 Americans from China after abnormal sounds or sensations were reported by government employees at the U.S. Consulate in the southern city of Guangzhou, officials said, deepening a mystery that has so far confounded investigators. At least eight Americans associated with the consulate in Guangzhou

  • 18 dead, 14 injured after China bus-truck collision

    June 30, 2018 1:38 PM 11

    Speeding, dangerous passing, poorly maintained vehicles and fatigued drivers are most often the cause of serious traffic accidents in China. Friday's accident appeared to be one of the worst in recent months. Despite vast improvements in safety, the World Health Organization says about 260,000 Chinese die each year in traffic accidents, many of them pedestrians

  • Trump considering replacement for Chief of Staff John Kelly amid shake-up: sources

    June 29, 2018 1:47 PM 11

    WASHINGTON—U.S. President Donald Trump’s embattled Chief of Staff John Kelly is back in the spotlight this week as Trump prepares to overhaul his communications team amid a string of staff departures. In what has become a parlour game in Trump’s Washington, rumours swirled about Kelly’s fate Thursday as the president sounded out allies about potential