Man sentenced to life in prison for 2015 murder of pregnant woman

BASTROP COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — A man accused of helping to kill a pregnant woman in 2015 was convicted of capital murder on June 30. Samantha Dean According to Bastrop County records, Freddie Lee Smith was given a life sentence in prison. His trial began June 22. In 2015, Smith helped kill Samantha Dean, who… Continue reading Man sentenced to life in prison for 2015 murder of pregnant woman

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St. Paul resource for immigrants, refugees completes $13 million makeover

The International Institute of Minnesota, a St. Paul-based resource center for immigrants and refugees, has completed a $13 million remodel and addition to its building just south of the State Fairgrounds. Since its founding in 1919, the institute has helped refugee families and individuals seeking asylum in the United States. This is its first renovation… Continue reading St. Paul resource for immigrants, refugees completes $13 million makeover

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California forest fire temporarily strands July 4th revelers

JACKSON, Calif. (AP) — Fourth of July revelers stranded by a wildfire in a mountainous California region that’s a top tourist destination were safely evacuated, but the fire continued chewing through forests on Tuesday, officials said. The fire in Sierra Nevada Gold Country that broke out Monday afternoon tripled in size overnight to more than… Continue reading California forest fire temporarily strands July 4th revelers

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Blinken sets G-20 meeting with Chinese FM; silent on Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Antony Blinken will hold talks with his Chinese counterpart this week in Indonesia at a meeting of foreign ministers from the Group of 20 bloc of the world’s leading industrialized nations, the State Department said Tuesday. Blinken will see China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the G-20 gathering in… Continue reading Blinken sets G-20 meeting with Chinese FM; silent on Russia

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Ice hockey ban on Russia, Belarus upheld on safety grounds

ZURICH (AP) — Appeals by Russia and its ally Belarus against bans from the world ice hockey championship following the invasion of Ukraine were rejected by the international governing body. The decision “was not a sanction but was a safety policy” and also “the safety policy was not discriminatory and was proportionate,” the International Ice… Continue reading Ice hockey ban on Russia, Belarus upheld on safety grounds

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July Fourth event shooting causes panic in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Scores of people watching a Fourth of July fireworks show in Philadelphia ran for cover when gunshots rang out, forcing them to leave behind strollers and other personal items as they sought refuge from what many feared was an active shooter. Two Philadelphia police officers working at the event suffered graze wounds… Continue reading July Fourth event shooting causes panic in Philadelphia

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Bank of England: Crypto crashes show need for tougher rules

LONDON (AP) — The Bank of England warned Tuesday that recent cryptocurrency meltdowns that wiped out more then $2 trillion in value highlight the need for tougher financial regulations The U.K.’s central bank said that the crashes exposed vulnerabilities in the crypto markets reminiscent of previous bouts of financial turmoil. Extreme volatility in the crypto… Continue reading Bank of England: Crypto crashes show need for tougher rules

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UK: Johnson revises story after ex-civil servant goes public

LONDON (AP) — A former top British civil servant said Tuesday that Boris Johnson’s office wasn’t telling the truth about sexual misconduct allegations against a senior member of the prime minister’s government. Johnson has faced pressure to explain what he knew about previous misconduct allegations against lawmaker Chris Pincher, who resigned as deputy chief whip… Continue reading UK: Johnson revises story after ex-civil servant goes public

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