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Fire department: Los Angeles blaze began beneath power lines
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  • 2019-10-14 23:56:13Z

A destructive fire that broke out on the edge of Los Angeles began beneath a high-voltage transmission tower owned by Southern California Edison, fire officials said Monday. Los Angeles Fire Department arson investigators determined the origin of the Saddle Ridge Fire was beneath power lines on a dry

Chief: Officer shot, killed woman who charged with knife
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  • 2019-10-14 23:55:12Z

The police chief of a Georgia city says an officer shot and killed a woman who charged at him with a raised knife. News media report that Athens-Clarke County police Chief Cleveland Lee Spruill Sr. says the 54-year-old woman ignored repeated orders to put down the knife before running toward the officer

Reuters US Domestic News Summary
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  • 2019-10-14 23:54:28Z

California Governor Gavin Newsom said on Monday that Pacific Gas and Electric Co (PG&E) should be held accountable for mismanaging last week's power shutoffs and urged the company to provide credits or rebates to affected customers. PG&E had imposed a string of planned power outages of unprecedented

Reuters World News Summary
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  • 2019-10-14 23:54:27Z

Following is a summary of current world news briefs. Syria's troops have entered a northeastern town, Syrian state media said on Monday, after Washington announced it was abruptly pulling out its forces, and its former Kurdish allies reached a deal with Damascus to help resist a Turkish attack.

Reuters US Domestic News Summary
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  • 2019-10-14 23:51:41Z

California Governor Gavin Newsom said on Monday that Pacific Gas and Electric Co (PG&E) should be held accountable for mismanaging last week's power shutoffs and urged the company to provide credits or rebates to affected customers. PG&E had imposed a string of planned power outages of unprecedented

Reuters World News Summary
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  • 2019-10-14 23:51:40Z

Following is a summary of current world news briefs. Syria's troops have entered a northeastern town, Syrian state media said on Monday, after Washington announced it was abruptly pulling out its forces, and its former Kurdish allies reached a deal with Damascus to help resist a Turkish attack.

The Latest: Former Pompeo aide asked to appear at inquiry
The Latest: Former Pompeo aide asked to appear at inquiry
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  • 2019-10-14 23:44:59Z

A former top aide to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been asked to appear Wednesday in the House impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump. A career foreign service officer and Pompeo's de facto chief of staff, Michael McKinley, resigned Friday, ending a 37-year career. It is unclear if McKinley will appear as requested.

UPDATE 1-Nigerian police rescue 67 from "inhuman" conditions at Islamic "school"
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  • 2019-10-14 23:42:05Z

The raid in Katsina, the northwestern home state of President Muhammadu Buhari, came less than a month after about 300 men and boys were freed from another supposed Islamic school in neighbouring Kaduna state where they were allegedly tortured and sexually abused. "The way he is treating the children is un-Islamic" he said.

UPDATE 2-Ecuador's Moreno calms protests with vow to repeal fuel subsidy cuts
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  • 2019-10-14 23:25:46Z

Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno on Monday promised to repeal an IMF-backed decree that slashed fuel subsidies, as triumphant protesters who had agitated against it went home and the capital picked up the pieces left by nearly two weeks of unrest. The law eliminated four-decade-old fuel subsidies and was estimated to have freed up nearly $1.5 billion per year in the government budget, helping to shrink the fiscal deficit as required under a deal Moreno signed with the International Monetary Fund. Moreno gave into the chief demand of demonstrators late on Sunday and tweeted on Monday that a new decree would be issued to ensure that resources go to those who most need them though the...

Ecuador's Moreno signs decree ditching fuel subsidy cuts after protests
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  • 2019-10-14 23:22:56Z

Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno signed on Monday an official decree, repealing his own fuel subsidy cut that sparked days of violent, indigenous-led protests, and reverting fuel prices to their previous levels. In the decree, Moreno said the fuel prices would revert to their earlier levels at midnight.

'Making a Murderer' figure Avery files promised appeal
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  • 2019-10-14 23:20:13Z

An attorney for a man whose criminal case was featured in the Netflix series "Making a Murderer" is seeking a new trial or evidentiary hearing. Steven Avery is serving a life sentence for the 2005 killing of photographer Teresa Halbach. Attorney Kathleen Zellner had promised an appeal and filed a 150-page document Monday asking the Wisconsin Court of Appeals to take up the case.

Japan typhoon death toll rises to 58 as hopes for missing fade
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  • 2019-10-14 23:12:00Z

The death toll in the worst typhoon to hit Japan for decades climbed to 58 on Tuesday as rescuers slogged through mud and debris in an increasingly grim search for the missing and as thousands of homes remained without power or water. The storm hit a wide swathe of central and eastern Japan, with 15 missing and some 211 injured nearly three days after Typhoon Hagibis - whose name means "speed" in the Philippine language Tagalog - lashed Japan with high winds and intense rains, NHK national broadcaster said. Some 138,000 households were without water while 24,000 lacked electricity, a far cry from the hundreds of thousands without power just after the storm but cause for concern in...

UAW calls Thursday meeting to update union leaders on GM strike talks: sources
UAW calls Thursday meeting to update union leaders on GM strike talks: sources
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  • 2019-10-14 23:11:41Z

The union representing the 48,000 workers who have been striking General Motors Co for about a month have scheduled a meeting on Thursday to update the leaders of the various union locals from around the country on the status of the talks, several people familiar with the plans said on Monday. The sides have not reached a tentative agreement that would end the strike, but progress has been made and the United Auto Workers leadership will give an update at 10:30 a.m. ET on Thursday, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the talks continue. The meeting will take place in the Detroit building where GM is based, the people said.

Exclusive: No choice but to invest in oil, Shell CEO says
Exclusive: No choice but to invest in oil, Shell CEO says
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  • 2019-10-14 23:03:30Z

Royal Dutch Shell still sees abundant opportunity to make money from oil and gas in coming decades even as investors and governments increase pressure on energy companies over climate change, its chief executive said. Shell, which supplies around 3% of the world's energy, set out in 2017 a plan to halve the intensity of its greenhouse emissions by the middle of the century, based in large part on building one of the world's biggest power businesses. A defiant van Beurden rejected a rising chorus from climate activists and parts of the investor community to transform radically the 112-year-old Anglo-Dutch company's traditional business model.

EXCLUSIVE-No choice but to invest in oil, Shell CEO says
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  • 2019-10-14 23:01:00Z

Royal Dutch Shell still sees abundant opportunity to make money from oil and gas in coming decades even as investors and governments increase pressure on energy companies over climate change, its chief executive said. Shell, which supplies around 3% of the world's energy, set out in 2017 a plan to halve the intensity of its greenhouse emissions by the middle of the century, based in large part on building one of the world's biggest power businesses. "Despite what a lot of activists say, it is entirely legitimate to invest in oil and gas because the world demands it," van Beurden said.

Scotland pardons gay men convicted under homophobic laws
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  • 2019-10-14 23:01:00Z

Gay and bisexual men in Scotland prosecuted for consensual same-sex activity will receive an automatic pardon under a law which came into effect on Tuesday aiming to correct a "historic wrong". The law will cover anyone convicted for same-sex activity which is no longer illegal, ranging from gay sex to kissing or flirting, and those affected can apply to have their former police record 'disregarded' or wiped clean. Hundreds of men in Scotland were living with criminal records as a result of such discriminatory former laws, estimated LGBT+ rights group Equality Network, which said the convictions had hampered careers and overshadowed men's lives.

Despite #MeToo, one in four UK women hesitate to report work harassment
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  • 2019-10-14 23:01:00Z

A quarter of young women in England and Wales would be reluctant to report workplace sexual harassment due to fears they might be fired as a result, according to a survey on Tuesday. Two years after the #MeToo movement against sexual abuse and misconduct swept social media worldwide, women still fear they will pay their price for harassment instead of their abusers, said the Young Women's Trust which commissioned the research. "No woman should feel unsafe at work or put up with sexual harassment as something that's part of the day job," the charity's Chief Executive Sophie Walker said in a statement.

Young Africans facing poor job prospects as education worsens - report
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  • 2019-10-14 23:00:00Z

The quality of education and training provided by African countries has worsened since 2014, leaving many of the continent's growing population of young people ill-prepared to enter the job market, an influential report said on Tuesday. The Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG), the most comprehensive survey of its kind on the continent, found that on average enrolment and access to education was particularly low in the tertiary sector. "This has resulted in the burgeoning youth population being faced with increasing struggles when entering the job market," researchers at the Mo Ibrahim Foundation wrote in an interim update ahead of the full biennial report due to be published next...

Texas man suspected of killing girlfriend, infant daughter
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  • 2019-10-14 22:39:44Z

A man who told authorities that God told him to kill his girlfriend from Wisconsin and their infant daughter has been arrested in West Texas on two counts of capital murder. Cody Edmund Dixon, 33, is accused in the slayings of 9-month-old Aria Ellen Dixon and 22-year-old Alia Rae Hutchison. A rancher found their bodies dumped outside his property near Baird, about 160 miles (260 kilometers) west of Dallas, early Saturday evening, said Rick Jowers, the Callahan County chief sheriff's deputy.

RPT-SPECIAL REPORT-The hunt for Asia's El Chapo
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  • 2019-10-14 22:30:00Z

He is Asia's most-wanted man. Tse Chi Lop, a Canadian national born in China, is suspected of leading a vast multinational drug trafficking syndicate formed out of an alliance of five of Asia's triad groups, according to law enforcement officials. The syndicate, law enforcers believe, is funneling tonnes of methamphetamine, heroin and ketamine to at least a dozen countries from Japan in North Asia to New Zealand in the South Pacific.

France jails women for failed Notre Dame car bombing -report
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  • 2019-10-14 22:08:21Z

A French court on Monday handed down sentences of at least 25 years in jail for two women with ties to Islamist militants who made a failed attempt to set off a crude car bomb outside Paris's Notre-Dame cathedral three years ago, Le Figaro newspaper reported. One of the women enticed her fellow defendant to join the plot by posing online as a male Islamist militant who had returned from Syria and was seeking a bride, French media reported. At dawn on Sept. 4 2016, police found a grey Peugeot 607 with no number plate, laden with seven gas cylinders and three jerry cans of diesel, parked in a Left Bank street close to Notre-Dame in the centre of Paris.

UPDATE 1-Rule-breaking Booker judges honor Atwood, Evaristo with rare double prize
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  • 2019-10-14 22:04:39Z

Margaret Atwood's "The Testaments" and Bernardine Evaristo's "Girl, Woman, Other" jointly won the Booker Prize on Monday in a surprise double award in which the literary prize recognised its oldest and first black woman winners. Atwood has said a deterioration in women's rights in some parts of the world including in the United States prompted her to write the sequel, described as a "savage and beautiful novel" by the judging panel.

Trial to begin of suspect in transgender woman's beating
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  • 2019-10-14 21:54:12Z

A trial begins this week for a man accused of the savage beating of a Dallas transgender woman who was killed a month later in an unrelated homicide. Jury selection is set for Tuesday and testimony is expected to begin Wednesday in the aggravated assault trial of Edward Dominic Thomas . Police say he admitted to beating Muhlaysia Booker on April 12 outside the Royal Crest Apartments in the Oak Cliff section of Dallas.

To ease dementia agitation, drugs may not be best option
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  • 2019-10-14 21:48:49Z

In a reanalysis of more than 163 studies involving nearly 25,000 patients, Canadian researchers found that multidisciplinary care, massage and touch therapy, and music combined with massage and touch therapy were more effective than patients' usual care, according to a report in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

In new headache, WeWork says it found cancer-causing chemical in its phone booths
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  • 2019-10-14 21:29:38Z

Cash-strapped WeWork, the office-sharing company that is trying to negotiate a financial lifeline, has a new problem that may prove costly. It has closed about 2,300 phone booths at some of its 223 sites in the United States and Canada after it says it discovered elevated levels of formaldehyde. After a tenant complained of odor and eye irritation, WeWork began testing and based on the results took 1,600 phone booths out of service, the company said in the email to tenants, which it calls members.

California governor demands PG&E accountability for mismanaging power shutoffs
California governor demands PG&E accountability for mismanaging power shutoffs
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  • 2019-10-14 21:29:03Z

PG&E had imposed a string of planned power outages of unprecedented scale to reduce wildfire risks posed by extremely windy, dry weather that left more than 730,000 homes and workplaces in northern California without power. Newsom also said he sent a letter to California Public Utilities Commission President Marybel Batjer, confirming that the agency will be conducting a comprehensive inquiry and review of PG&E's planning, implementation and decision-making process failures.

UPDATE 1-Southwest pilots say 737 MAX return may be delayed beyond Boeing's 4th qtr goal
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  • 2019-10-14 21:25:58Z

Southwest Airlines pilots predicted on Monday that the grounded Boeing 737 MAX airplane will return to the skies around February, weeks later than Boeing and airlines have projected. Southwest, United Airlines and American Airlines currently estimate the planes will be available to fly in early January. Boeing said Monday it is "working towards return to service in the fourth quarter." A key step - a certification test flight by Boeing - is not expected until early November.

Suicide attempts rising among black teens
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  • 2019-10-14 21:17:36Z

While the overall proportion of teens reporting suicidal thoughts or plans declined for all racial and ethnic groups during the study period, the proportion of black boys attempting suicide climbed by 4% and the proportion of black girls attempting suicide rose by 2%. "Whatever is happening to result in a downward trend among teens in the general population is missing black teens," said Michael Lindsey, lead author of the study and executive director of the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at New York University. Almost one in five teens reported suicidal thoughts and 14.7% planned a suicide, researchers report in Pediatrics.

Latest deadly police shooting raises questions about tactics
Latest deadly police shooting raises questions about tactics
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  • 2019-10-14 21:15:15Z

On any given day in the U.S., police respond to thousands of non-emergency calls asking them to check on someone's home. A few, like one over the weekend in Fort Worth, Texas, end up with someone getting killed by police. Experts in law enforcement training and tactics say there is a multitude of questions raised by the shooting of 28-year-old Atatiana Jefferson, who was cut down at her home by a bullet fired through a window by an officer responding to a call in the middle of the night about her front door being open.

Authors Atwood and Evaristo jointly win Booker Prize
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  • 2019-10-14 21:04:09Z

Margaret Atwood's "The Testaments" and Bernardine Evaristo's "Girl, Woman, Other" jointly won the Booker Prize in London on Monday, in a surprise announcement by the judges of the major literary prize. "Neither of us expected to win this," Atwood said in her acceptance speech in a televised ceremony. British author Evaristo's "Girl, Woman, Other" tells the stories of 12 characters, mainly female and black and aged 19 to 93, living in Britain.

Reuters Entertainment News Summary
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  • 2019-10-14 20:58:54Z

Following is a summary of current entertainment news briefs. Vietnam has pulled DreamWorks' animated film "Abominable" from cinemas over a scene featuring a map which shows China's unilaterally declared "nine-dash line" in the South China Sea, state media reported on Monday. The U-shaped line is a feature used on Chinese maps to illustrate its claims over vast expanses of the resource-rich South China Sea, including large swathes of what Vietnam regards as its continental shelf, where it has awarded oil concessions.

Reuters Health News Summary
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  • 2019-10-14 20:58:53Z

China's pig herd in September was 41.1% smaller than it was a year earlier, the agriculture ministry said on Monday, as a year-long African swine fever epidemic continued to slash the world's largest herd. The number of sows in China also fell by 38.9% in September, after the deadly disease spread to every province in the country. Overall, the proportion of mothers who initiated breastfeeding increased by 7.1 percentage points, and the proportion of women exclusively breastfeeding climbed by 9.2 percentage points.

Reuters Science News Summary
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  • 2019-10-14 20:58:49Z

Following is a summary of current science news briefs. U.S.-based economists Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer won the 2019 Nobel Economics Prize on Monday for work fighting poverty that has helped millions of children by favoring practical steps over theory. French-American Duflo becomes only the second woman to win the economics prize in its 50-year history, as well as the youngest at 46.

Reuters Entertainment News Summary
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  • 2019-10-14 20:57:16Z

Following is a summary of current entertainment news briefs. Vietnam has pulled DreamWorks' animated film "Abominable" from cinemas over a scene featuring a map which shows China's unilaterally declared "nine-dash line" in the South China Sea, state media reported on Monday. The U-shaped line is a feature used on Chinese maps to illustrate its claims over vast expanses of the resource-rich South China Sea, including large swathes of what Vietnam regards as its continental shelf, where it has awarded oil concessions.

Reuters Health News Summary
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  • 2019-10-14 20:57:16Z

China's pig herd in September was 41.1% smaller than it was a year earlier, the agriculture ministry said on Monday, as a year-long African swine fever epidemic continued to slash the world's largest herd. The number of sows in China also fell by 38.9% in September, after the deadly disease spread to every province in the country. Overall, the proportion of mothers who initiated breastfeeding increased by 7.1 percentage points, and the proportion of women exclusively breastfeeding climbed by 9.2 percentage points.

Reuters Science News Summary
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  • 2019-10-14 20:57:13Z

Following is a summary of current science news briefs. U.S.-based economists Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer won the 2019 Nobel Economics Prize on Monday for work fighting poverty that has helped millions of children by favoring practical steps over theory. French-American Duflo becomes only the second woman to win the economics prize in its 50-year history, as well as the youngest at 46.

Reuters Entertainment News Summary
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  • 2019-10-14 20:55:20Z

Following is a summary of current entertainment news briefs. Vietnam has pulled DreamWorks' animated film "Abominable" from cinemas over a scene featuring a map which shows China's unilaterally declared "nine-dash line" in the South China Sea, state media reported on Monday. The U-shaped line is a feature used on Chinese maps to illustrate its claims over vast expanses of the resource-rich South China Sea, including large swathes of what Vietnam regards as its continental shelf, where it has awarded oil concessions.

Reuters Health News Summary
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  • 2019-10-14 20:55:19Z

China's pig herd in September was 41.1% smaller than it was a year earlier, the agriculture ministry said on Monday, as a year-long African swine fever epidemic continued to slash the world's largest herd. The number of sows in China also fell by 38.9% in September, after the deadly disease spread to every province in the country. Overall, the proportion of mothers who initiated breastfeeding increased by 7.1 percentage points, and the proportion of women exclusively breastfeeding climbed by 9.2 percentage points.

Reuters Science News Summary
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  • 2019-10-14 20:55:18Z

Following is a summary of current science news briefs. U.S.-based economists Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer won the 2019 Nobel Economics Prize on Monday for work fighting poverty that has helped millions of children by favoring practical steps over theory. French-American Duflo becomes only the second woman to win the economics prize in its 50-year history, as well as the youngest at 46.

UPDATE 1-Trump hits Turkey with tariffs, threatens sanctions over Syria incursion
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  • 2019-10-14 20:50:40Z

President Donald Trump on Monday said he would authorize sanctions against Turkish officials, stop negotiating with Turkey on a $100 billion trade deal, and boost tariffs on the country's steel to 50 percent over Ankara's incursion into northeast Syria. Turkey launched the cross-border assault

Bosnia seeks extradition of Missouri man in war crimes case
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  • 2019-10-14 20:48:13Z

A former military policeman in Bosnia who has been living in Missouri for about 17 years is facing extradition to his native country, where he is accused of raping a pregnant Serbian woman who was being held as a prisoner in 1992. Adem Kostjerevac, 58, who lives in unincorporated southern St. Louis

23 years in adult prison for teen, then 13, who killed mom
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  • 2019-10-14 20:45:31Z

A South Carolina teen who was 13 years old when he stabbed his mother to death has been sentenced to 23 years in an adult prison for the crime. Miguel Cano apologized at the Greenville County courthouse Monday for the "horrible, evil thing" he did to his mother in their Simpsonville home in September 2015. Isabel Zuluaga, 44, was stabbed in the chest, face and neck.

Breastfeeding gap widens between black and white U.S. babies
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  • 2019-10-14 20:44:50Z

Researchers examined data 167,842 infants born from 2009 to 2015. Overall, the proportion of mothers who initiated breastfeeding increased by 7.1 percentage points, and the proportion of women exclusively breastfeeding climbed by 9.2 percentage points. At the start of the study, the proportion of black

Georgia policeman convicted of assault, cleared of murder in 2015 shooting of unarmed black man
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  • 2019-10-14 20:42:54Z

Robert "Chip" Olsen, 57, who resigned from the Dekalb County Police Department following his indictment, was also found guilty of making false statements, defense attorney Don Samuel told Reuters by phone. Prosecutors said Olsen shot and killed Anthony Hill, a 26-year-old U.S. Air Force veteran who had served in Afghanistan, in the parking lot of his Atlanta apartment complex.

GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks meander on caution over trade talks, dollar gains
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  • 2019-10-14 20:42:50Z

The U.S. dollar gained on Monday as optimism ebbed over a potential U.S.-China trade deal that President Donald Trump outlined last week, while a gauge of global equity markets was little changed as investors sought details about an agreement. Gold gained and oil prices fell more than 3% at one point as scant information about the first phase of a Sino-U.S. trade deal undercut optimism over a thaw in the dispute that has sparked a slowdown in global growth. A slide in Chinese exports picked up pace in September while imports contracted for a fifth straight month, evidence of further weakness in China's economy as tariffs take their toll.

Releasing gun photo inappropriate, Fort Worth chief says
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  • 2019-10-14 20:41:28Z

After a white Fort Worth police officer fatally shot a black woman inside her home, police swiftly released body camera footage that depicted the moments before the shooting, saying they were doing so in the interest of transparency. Fort Worth Interim Police Chief Ed Kraus admitted Monday that it was inappropriate to release the photos of the gun. "That is something we've done in the past - to include the photograph of the firearm to show what the perceived threat may have been," Kraus said at a Monday press conference, where he announced that Officer Aaron Dean had resigned from the force following Saturday's shooting.

Georgia policeman convicted of assault, cleared of murder in 2015 shooting of unarmed black man
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  • 2019-10-14 20:41:06Z

A former Georgia police officer who shot an unarmed, naked black man to death in March 2015 was convicted on Monday of aggravated assault and violating his oath of office but found not guilty of murder, his defense lawyer said. Robert "Chip" Olsen, 57, who resigned from the Dekalb County Police Department following his indictment, was also found guilty of making false statements, defense attorney Don Samuel told Reuters by phone. Prosecutors said Olsen shot and killed Anthony Hill, a 26-year-old U.S. Air Force veteran who had served in Afghanistan, in the parking lot of his Atlanta apartment complex.

Utah firefighters get purple manicures aiding girl in crash
Utah firefighters get purple manicures aiding girl in crash
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  • 2019-10-14 20:35:22Z

Two Utah firefighters responding to a car crash left the scene with purple manicures after calming a young girl upset over the collision. North Davis Fire District Chief Allen Hadley and Captain Kevin Lloyd checked on the crying and screaming girl while medics evaluated her mother. The two dads, both fathers of young girls, soothed the upset girl by allowing her to paint their nails after the car accident Saturday in the northern Utah city of Clearfield.

Nigerian police rescue 67 from "inhuman" conditions at Islamic "school"
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  • 2019-10-14 20:34:36Z

The raid in Katsina, the northwestern home state of President Muhammadu Buhari, came less a month after about 300 men and boys were freed from another supposed Islamic school in neighbouring Kaduna state where they were allegedly tortured and sexually abused. "In the course of investigation, sixty-seven persons from the ages of 7 to 40 years were found shackled with chains," Katsina police spokesman Sansei Bubal said in a statement.

US STOCKS-Stocks pause on unsettled trade deal; earnings eyed
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  • 2019-10-14 20:33:15Z

All three major U.S. stock averages closed in the red, snapping a three-day winning streak during which the benchmark S&P 500 gained 2.7%. Hopes dimmed that recent trade negotiations between the United States and China would bear fruit, as China indicated further talks were needed and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the next round of tariffs on Chinese imports are on track to go into effect on Dec. 15 if a deal has not been reached by then.


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