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  • ‘Trump baby’ blimp to fly over London during U.S. president’s visit

    July 5, 2018 5:41 PM 46

    Activist Leo Murray, one of those behind the blimp, said Thursday that City Hall “originally told us that they didn’t recognize Trump Baby as legitimate protest. But, following a huge groundswell of public support for our plan, it looks like City Hall has rediscovered its sense of humour.” Anti-Trump protests are planned in London — a city the president

  • Puerto Rico to sue U.S. federal control board over budget differences

    July 5, 2018 2:38 PM 74

    SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO—Puerto Rico’s governor announced Thursday that his administration will sue a federal control board to resolve a disagreement over two competing budgets that aim to pull the U.S. territory out of an 11-year recession. Gov. Ricardo Rossello said he is seeking an injunction to stop the board from imposing an $8.76-billion budget that contains

  • Three charged with kidnapping actress, holding man naked for 30 hours in Los Angeles

    July 4, 2018 7:09 PM 47

    LOS ANGELES—Three suspects were charged Tuesday with kidnapping two people from a Los Angeles home and holding one of them naked in a bathtub for 30 hours while demanding the other pay a $10,000 (U.S.) ransom, prosecutors said. Neal’s arrest at gunpoint by Los Angeles police officers on Monday was captured on video by a bystander and had been viewed

  • Joey Chestnut downs 74 hot dogs to set contest record amid judging errors

    July 4, 2018 6:39 PM 43

    NEW YORK—Joey “Jaws” Chestnut extended his reign as champion eater at the Nathan’s Famous July Fourth hot dog eating contest Wednesday, downing a record 74 wieners and buns in 10 minutes to take home the coveted Mustard Belt for an 11th time. Miki Sudo held onto her title as the top women’s competitor at the annual Brooklyn eat-off, chomping 37 franks

  • Tunisia’s capital elects first female mayor

    July 4, 2018 4:39 PM 12

    TUNIS, TUNISIA—A woman from Tunisia’s moderate Islamic party was elected on Tuesday as mayor of the capital city, Tunis, the first time a woman holds the post. Souad Abderrahim, a 54-year-old pharmacist of the Ennahdha party, won the post in the second round of voting by the municipal council. She defeated her top rival, Kamel Idir, of the party Nida Tounes

  • 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