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Platini Released In 2022 World Cup Probe, Denies Wrongdoing

Platini released in 2022 World Cup probe, denies wrongdoing

Published on 19.06.2019 at 01h54 by AFP The banned ex-UEFA chief Michel Platini was released from custody on Wednesday after hours of questioning in connection with a criminal investigation into the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar. The French football legend who led European football’s governing body from 2007 to 2015 was held […]

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The Latest: Newton tells jury he fired shot as burglars fled

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on the trial of a 22-year-old Nevada prison inmate accused of burglarizing the home of Las Vegas entertainer Wayne Newton and his family in June 2018 (all times local): 5:15 p.m. Longtime Las Vegas entertainer Wayne Newton told a jury he fired a gunshot to scare away two burglars […]

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PG&E agrees to pay $1 billion to governments for wildfire damage

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California utility blamed for igniting several wildfires that killed dozens and destroyed thousands of homes has agreed to pay $1 billion to local governments. Attorneys representing 14 local public entities announced the settlement with Pacific Gas & Electric on Tuesday to cover “taxpayer losses.” The fires include a 2015 fire […]

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The Latest: Florida sheriff fights accusations of negligence

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on a Senate hearing reviewing the suspension of a Florida sheriff who oversaw the Parkland shooting response (all times local): 7 p.m. The Florida sheriff who oversaw the response to the Parkland school shooting is fighting for his job in front of state lawmakers. Suspended Broward County Sheriff Scott […]

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Panel hears case on conditions for young migrants on border

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A U.S. government lawyer says a settlement agreement requiring sanitary conditions for detained immigrant children may not necessarily mean a toothbrush and soap must be provided for shorter stays. Sarah Fabian, senior litigation counsel for the Department of Justice, told a three judge-panel Tuesday at the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of […]

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Memphis City Council postpones Graceland expansion vote

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — City Council members in Memphis, Tennessee, have again postponed a vote on an expansion project at Elvis Presley’s Graceland. Council members on Tuesday agreed for the fifth time to delay a vote related to a plan to provide tax incentives for a $100 million expansion of the Presley-themed tourist attraction. Graceland […]

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Marijuana industry aims at environmental, ethical goals

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An alliance of large marijuana businesses has a message for the public: We’re good corporate citizens. The 45-member Global Cannabis Partnership that includes Canopy Growth Corp. and other major companies issued guidelines Tuesday aimed at minimizing greenhouse gas emissions and promoting ethical conduct and responsible pot use. Executive Director Kim Wilson […]

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New Jersey may let Golden Nugget casino take some NBA bets

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey lawmakers are considering loosening their sports betting restrictions to allow the owner of the Golden Nugget casino to accept bets on most National Basketball Association teams. Texas billionaire Tilman Fertitta owns the casino and also owns the NBA’s Houston Rockets. When New Jersey lawmakers legalized sports betting last […]

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Police: Pregnant mother, son killed in vehicular rampage

JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — Police arrested a driver accused of intentionally running over pedestrians in Tennessee, killing a pregnant mother and her toddler son. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports Jefferson City police say 33-year-old William David Phillips struck and killed the pedestrians at random Monday afternoon. Authorities identified the dead victims as 30-year-old Sierra […]

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Man accused of sex with teen on plane sentenced to 7 years

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man accused of engaging in sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl on his private airplane after he set it on autopilot has been sentenced to seven years in prison. Fifty-three-year-old Stephen Bradley Mell, a former CEO of a New Jersey investment firm, was sentenced Monday in federal court. […]

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Brazil model accusing Neymar of rape speaks to police again

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A Brazilian model who accused soccer star Neymar of raping her in a Paris hotel in May has testified to police in Sao Paulo a second time. Najila Trindade arrived Tuesday morning at the police station to continue her deposition with a new lawyer, the fourth to represent her since […]

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African Religious Leaders Called On To Help Tackle Genital Mutilation

African religious leaders called on to help tackle genital mutilation

Published on 18.06.2019 at 23h54 by AFP Religious leaders in Africa must speak up against the practice of female genital mutilation, which affects millions of children across the continent, an international conference in Dakar said Tuesday. Female genital mutilation (FGM), also known as female circumcision, is generally carried out on girls under seven years of […]

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