Trump pardons late boxer Jack Johnson a century later

WASHINGTON (AP) ” President Donald Trump has granted a rare posthumous pardon to boxing’s first black heavyweight champion, clearing Jack Johnson’s name more than 100 years after what many see as his racially charged conviction.”I am taking this very righteous step, I believe, to correct a wrong that occurred in our history and to honor a truly legendary boxing champion,” Trump said Thursday during an Oval Office ceremony. He was joined by WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, […]

Voting begins throughout Ireland in major abortion decision

DUBLIN (AP) ” Voters throughout Ireland have begun casting votes in a referendum that may lead to a loosening of the country’s strict ban on most abortions.The referendum Friday will decide whether the eighth amendment of the constitution is repealed, which would open the way for more liberal legislation.The amendment, in place since 1983, requires authorities to equally protect the right to life of a mother and that of a fetus, from the moment of conception.Prime […]

Indonesia passes new terror law after attacks using children

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) ” Indonesia’s parliament unanimously approved a tougher anti-terrorism law on Friday, lengthening detention periods and involving the military in counter-terrorism policing, spurred into action by recent bombings that involved children as perpetrators.Rights groups have criticized the revisions as overly broad and vague and warned against rushing them into law. The scope for the military to become involved in counter-terrorism operations is contentious because […]

APNewsBreak: Tesla in Autopilot sped up before Utah crash

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) ” A Tesla that crashed while in Autopilot mode in Utah this month accelerated in the seconds before it smashed into a stopped firetruck, according to a police report obtained by The Associated Press. Two people were injured.Data from the Model S electric vehicle show it picked up speed for 3.5 seconds shortly before crashing into a stopped firetruck in suburban Salt Lake City, the report said.

Trump balks at North Korea's rhetoric but it has used worse

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) ” When North Korea slammed U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and national security adviser John Bolton, its language was very blunt and impolite. But it was milder than its typical crude and inflammatory insults unleased on other top U.S. and South Korean officials.The North likely had just tried to strengthen its positions amid negotiations on the size of concessions it could wrest from the United States in return for giving up its nuclear program.But its […]

Explosion in Canadian restaurant wounds 15 people

TORONTO (AP) ” An explosion caused by “improvised explosive device” ripped through an Indian restaurant in a mall in the Toronto suburb of Mississauga, wounding 15 people, Canadian police said.Peel Region Sergeant Matt Bertram said two suspects with their faces covered to conceal their identity entered the Bombay Bhel restaurant, and dropped some sort of IED device and fled.”We have no indication to call it a hate crime or any kind of terrorism act,” Bertram said.Peel […]

Officials: Deadly Nipah virus has not spread in south India

NEW DELHI (AP) ” Indian officials say an outbreak of a deadly virus has not spread but issued a series of warnings to people in stricken areas.Press Trust of India news agency quoted an unidentified senior Health Ministry official saying a total of 12 people had died of Nipah virus since the outbreak began a few weeks ago in the southern state of Kerala.Officials have issued a set of warnings to two parts of Kerala, including telling the public to avoid consuming partially […]

China sets trial for dissident who chronicled rights abuses

BEIJING (AP) ” A Chinese dissident who founded a website documenting rights abuses will be tried on June 20 for allegedly leaking state secrets, his lawyer said Friday.Huang Qi was arrested in November 2016. His attorney, Liu Zhengqing, confirmed his trial date and said he was charged with “illegally providing state secrets abroad.”Huang, 55, has been jailed twice before, including in 2008 after advocating for parents whose children were killed in a massive earthquake in the […]

Officials: Weinstein to surrender in sexual misconduct probe

NEW YORK (AP) ” Harvey Weinstein was expected to turn himself in to police Friday morning to face charges involving an aspiring actress who said he forced her to perform oral sex on him, law enforcement officials told The Associated Press.It would be the first criminal case against Weinstein to come out of the barrage of sexual abuse allegations from scores of women that destroyed his career and set off a national reckoning that brought down other powerful men in what has become known […]

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