Moms of 11 children found at New Mexico compound arrested

TAOS, N.M. — Three women believed to be the mothers of 11 children found hungry and living in a filthy makeshift compound in rural northern New Mexico have been arrested, following the weekend arrests of two men, authorities said Monday. A message that people were starving, believed sent by someone inside the compound, led to the discovery of the children. A boy last seen in Alabama in December traveling with one of the men who was arrested has not been found. Taos County, New Mexico, Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe said that the women and the two men face charges of child abuse. He identified the women as Jany Leveille, 38-year-old Hujrah… Read More

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Heat wave: Portugal tames wildfire; French cities ban cars

LISBON, Portugal — Firefighters in Portugal were close to bringing a major, four-day wildfire near a popular tourist area under control Monday as sweltering weather gripped much of Europe. The Portuguese Civil Protection Agency said firefighters had contained 95 percent of the blaze in rolling hills by the country’s southern Algarve coast, though they were wary of reignitions and changes in the wind. The news brought relief for locals and tourists who spent tense hours after dark Sunday as the huge blaze passed by the outskirts of Monchique, a town of 2,000 people 250 kilometers (155 miles) south of Lisbon. High plumes of black smoke from the wildfire could be… Read More

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Fear and Anxiety at Refugee Road

There are roughly 3,000 immigrants from Mauritania in Columbus, Ohio. They came to America fleeing persecution and slavery in the West African country. For years, ICE allowed even those with failed asylum claims to remain in the U.S. “Since Donald Trump has become president, more than 50 people I know have been detained and deported,” says a local Mauritanian community leader. A new documentary from The Atlantic, based on Franklin Foer’s article “How Trump Radicalized ICE,” visits an undocumented immigrant who says he would rather flee to Canada than risk deportation. …read more Source:: The Atlantic – Global       

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Trump changes his mind; a ‘silent epidemic’ in Utah; CEO donates $25K; Utah blood shortage

SALT LAKE CITY — Here’s a look at the news for Aug. 6. Trump changes purpose of key meeting President Donald Trump reportedly changed his story about a 2016 meeting at Trump Tower that is a key point of the ongoing Russian investigation, according to The Associated Press. Trump tweeted that his son met with a Kremlin-connected lawyer to gain information on Hillary Clinton, the 2016 presidential candidate who lost to Trump in the election. “Fake News reporting, a complete fabrication, that I am concerned about the meeting my wonderful son, Donald, had in Trump Tower,” Trump wrote. “This was a meeting to get information on an opponent, totally legal… Read More

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Sen. Rand Paul invites Russian lawmakers to Washington

MOSCOW — A United States senator who met with Russian lawmakers in Moscow said he invited them to visit Washington and they accepted Monday. Sen. Rand Paul said during a trip to Russia that American and Russian legislators need closer contact, noting that “our biggest problem right now is no dialogue.” The Kentucky Republican said after meeting with members of the foreign affairs committee for Russia’s upper house of parliament that he invited them to come to the U.S. capital. Paul added that lawmakers from the two countries could also meet in a neutral third nation. “Those who believe in either country that we should not have diplomacy are greatly… Read More

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Hiroshima remembers atomic bombing on 73rd anniversary

TOKYO — Hiroshima marked the anniversary of the Aug. 6, 1945, atomic bombing of the city with a somber ceremony Monday to remember those killed and injured and a call to eliminate nuclear weapons amid hopes of denuclearizing North Korea. Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui opened his speech by describing the hellish scene of the blast that morning 73 years ago and the agony of the victims, telling the audience to listen “as if you and your loved ones were there.” Then he raised concerns about the global rise of egocentrism and tensions, and urged Japan’s government to take more leadership toward achieving a truly nuclear-free world. “Certain countries are blatantly… Read More

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GOP senators rave about Kavanaugh; Dems prepare to grill him

WASHINGTON — Now that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has met privately with almost every Republican senator, it’s becoming increasingly clear President Donald Trump’s pick for the bench is running into little GOP resistance to confirmation this fall. The conservative appellate judge is breezing past swirling questions over his views on executive power and his approach to gay marriage, abortion and other legal issues. Kavanaugh left some Republicans with the impression that his earlier reluctance to investigate sitting presidents would not impede the Russia investigation of special counsel Robert Mueller. Other senators avoided such queries, preferring more of a get-to-know-you session with the 53-year-old judge to hear his story. Ask… Read More

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Portugal fights major wildfire as Europe’s heat wave lingers

LISBON, Portugal — Emergency services in Portugal kept up their fight Monday against a four-day wildfire on the south coast that threatened to engulf a hillside town overnight, as sweltering weather continued in Europe. The Civil Protection Agency said 44 people required medical assistance as the blaze passed by the outskirts of Monchique, 250 kilometers (155 miles) south of Lisbon, in the dark. A 72-year-old woman was seriously hurt. Authorities said that more than 1,100 firefighters with 327 vehicles and eight aircraft were battling the blaze that erupted amid a heatwave caused by a mass of hot air from North Africa. The rest of Europe has also felt the torrid… Read More

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Yemen: US allies spin deals with al-Qaida in war on rebels

ATAQ, Yemen — Again and again over the past two years, a military coalition led by Saudi Arabia and backed by the United States has claimed it won decisive victories that drove al-Qaida militants from their strongholds across Yemen and shattered their ability to attack the West. Here’s what the victors did not disclose: many of their conquests came without firing a shot. That’s because the coalition cut secret deals with al-Qaida fighters, paying some to leave key cities and towns and letting others retreat with weapons, equipment and wads of looted cash, an investigation by The Associated Press has found. Hundreds more were recruited to join the coalition itself.… Read More

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Manafort’s ‘right-hand man’ to testify in fraud trial

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The most critical moment in the financial fraud trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort will likely arrive this week with the testimony of his “right-hand man” — the person defense attorneys blame for any crimes. Rick Gates, who also served in a senior role in President Donald Trump’s campaign, has been a key cooperator for special counsel Robert Mueller’s team after he cut a plea deal earlier this year. During that process, Gates admitted to two felony charges, but when he testifies it will be the first time he’ll detail those crimes face-to-face with his former boss and mentor. The trial, set to resume Monday… Read More

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