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Colorado man charged in murder of family claims wife strangled kids

Colorado man charged in murder of family claims wife strangled kids Chris Watts, who had been involved in an extramarital affair with a co-worker, said during a police interrogation that his wife, Shannan, strangled their daughters Bella and Celeste after he announced that he wanted a separation, according to an arrest affidavit filed in the sensational case. "While in the bedroom, via a baby monitor located on Shannan's night stand, he observed Bella 'sprawled' out on her bed, blue, and Shannan actively strangling Celeste," Frederick Police Officer Matthew James wrote in the affidavit. "Chris said he went into a rage and ultimately strangled Shannan to death," James wrote.


The Latest: Man says he killed wife for strangling daughters

The Latest: Man says he killed wife for strangling daughters DENVER (AP) — The Latest on the arrest of a Colorado man in the disappearance of his family (all times local):


2 employees dead, including suspect, in workplace shooting at food warehouse in Missouri City

2 employees dead, including suspect, in workplace shooting at food warehouse in Missouri City Officials say the woman walked into the Missouri City warehouse and started firing, killing a manager and wounding another employee.


Manafort trial - live blog: Jury deliberates for third day without verdict as Trump hits out at Mueller probe

Manafort trial - live blog: Jury deliberates for third day without verdict as Trump hits out at Mueller probe The jury in the financial fraud trial of Donald Trump‘s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, are nearing the end of their third day of deliberations. Mr Manafort denies all the charges against him. It came a day after they asked for a definition of “reasonable doubt” and clarification on the law governing the reporting of foreign bank accounts.


Watergate wisdom? Cohen lawyer turns to Nixon turncoat

Watergate wisdom? Cohen lawyer turns to Nixon turncoat NEW YORK (AP) — If anyone knows what Michael Cohen is up against, his lawyer figures it's John Dean, the former White House counsel who turned on President Richard Nixon and helped run him out of office.


Father sues St. Louis police in 2015 shooting death of his son

Father sues St. Louis police in 2015 shooting death of his son Dennis Ball-Bey filed the action against the city of St. Louis, its former police chief and two officers involved in the shooting death of Mansur Ball-Bey. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in St. Louis on Friday, seeks unspecified damages, court records showed. The lawsuit alleged that the officers, both of them white, overreacted while chasing Mansur Ball-Bey, 18, on Aug. 19, 2015, when the teen was shot and killed.


Small plane crashes on Phoenix street; pilot, passenger dead

Small plane crashes on Phoenix street; pilot, passenger dead PHOENIX (AP) — A homemade plane crashed in a Phoenix intersection Monday, killing the pilot and the sole passenger, authorities said.


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Trump Praises Border Patrol Agent Who 'Speaks Perfect English’ At Immigration Event

Trump Praises Border Patrol Agent Who 'Speaks Perfect English’ At Immigration Event President Donald Trump introduced a border patrol agent at the White House on


Muslim pilgrims in Muzdalifa prepare for final stages of haj

Muslim pilgrims in Muzdalifa prepare for final stages of haj Clad in white robes signifying a state of purity, the pilgrims spent the previous night in an encampment around the hill where Islam holds that God tested Abraham's faith by commanding him to sacrifice his son Ismail and Prophet Mohammad gave his final sermon. Pakistani pilgrim Mohamed Forqan, 30, said it was a great day to be a Muslim. Hilal Issa, 70, from Algeria, said he was praying for God to pardon all Muslims and save the Arab world from its afflictions.


Report: Experts knew Genoa bridge had weakened 20 percent

Report: Experts knew Genoa bridge had weakened 20 percent GENOA, Italy (AP) — Engineering experts determined in February that corrosion of the metal cables supporting the Genoa highway bridge had reduced the bridge's strength by 20 percent — a finding that came months before it collapsed last week, Italian media reported Monday.


No One Lost the South China Sea (And No One Will)

No One Lost the South China Sea (And No One Will) America's excessive involvement in the South China Sea has forced China to deploy more defensive equipment in the area. What happens now?


Georgia candidates decry plan to close voting sites in mostly black county

Georgia candidates decry plan to close voting sites in mostly black county The two-member local elections board is expected to vote on Friday on a proposal to shutter seven of nine polling sites in rural Randolph County, located in southwest Georgia, where roughly 60 percent of the 7,800 residents are black. Both Stacey Abrams, the Democratic nominee who is seeking to become the first female African-American governor in U.S. history, and Republican candidate Brian Kemp, who is white and serves as Georgia's secretary of state, urged county officials to drop the plan. "Although state law gives localities broad authority in setting precinct boundaries and polling locations, we strongly urged local officials to abandon this effort and focus on preparing for a secure, accessible, and fair election for voters this November," Kemp said in a statement.


South Carolina woman walking dog killed by alligator

South Carolina woman walking dog killed by alligator A witness called police to report an alligator was attacking a woman at a lagoon on Hilton Head Island, a popular tourist destination, the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office said in a statement. Police recovered her body and identified the victim as Cassandra Cline of Hilton Head Island. The alligator believed to be responsible for the attack was captured and killed, said Robert McCullough, a captain for the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.


Pope vows no more cover ups on sexual abuse in letter to Catholics

Pope vows no more cover ups on sexual abuse in letter to Catholics Pope Francis, facing sexual abuse crises in several countries, wrote an unprecedented letter to all Catholics on Monday, asking each one of them to help root out "this culture of death" and vowing there would be no more cover ups. In a highly personal letter addressed to "the people of God," Church language for all members, the pope appeared to be launching an appeal for all Catholics to face the crisis together and not let it tear the Church apart. The Catholic Church in the United States, Chile, Australia, and Ireland - where the pope is making a two-day visit this weekend - are reeling from crises involving sexual abuse of minors.


Police: 1 dead after woman opens fire at Texas warehouse

Police: 1 dead after woman opens fire at Texas warehouse MISSOURI CITY, Texas (AP) — A female employee opened fire at a Houston-area food distribution center early Monday, killing a company manager and wounding another worker, police said.


Texas doctor who raped sedated patient will not serve jail time

Texas doctor who raped sedated patient will not serve jail time Shafeeq Sheikh was instead sentenced to 10 years’ probation and ordered to register as a sex offender. Five female and seven male jurors had recommended the sentencing after deliberating for 14 hours at the Harris County Family Law Center in Houston, Texas. State law required Judge Terry Flenniken is required by the state's law to follow the recommendation, the Houston Chronicle reported.


U.S. health secretary says agency can eliminate drug rebates

U.S. health secretary says agency can eliminate drug rebates Such rebates are negotiated in the United States by pharmacy benefits managers (PBMs) to lower the cost of medicines for their clients, including large employers and health plans that cover tens of millions of Americans. Drugmakers say they are under pressure to provide rebates to the few PBMs that dominate the market, which include CVS , Express Scripts and UnitedHealth's Optum , and that those payers do not pass on enough of those savings to patients - a contention the PBMs dispute. The drugmakers say the rebates force them to raise the price of their therapies over time to preserve their business.


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Boyfriend Of Missing Phoenix Teen Kiera Bergman Arrested

Boyfriend Of Missing Phoenix Teen Kiera Bergman Arrested The on-again, off-again boyfriend of Kiera Bergman, a missing Arizona


Optimism over easing of US-China trade dispute infects markets

Optimism over easing of US-China trade dispute infects markets Optimism over signs that China and the United States will start working to resolve their trade dispute helped stock markets across the world move higher on Monday. "Equity markets are buoyant ahead of the US-China trade talks which commence on Wednesday," said market analyst David Madden at CMC Markets UK. The talks slated for Wednesday and Thursday are the first since the US and China began slapping tariffs on tens of billions of dollars worth of goods, and according to the Wall Street Journal they are aimed at easing the dispute so US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping can hold a summit in November.


Tesla shares fall again on doubts about go-private deal

Tesla shares fall again on doubts about go-private deal Tesla Motors dropped in early trading on Monday due to rising doubts about Chief Executive Elon Musk's plans to take the electric carmaker private. Shares fell 2.6 percent to $297.55 about 20 minutes into trading, continuing the company's downward trajectory after Musk surprised markets on August 7 by announcing on Twitter he wanted to take Tesla private. Musk said at the time he planned to take Tesla private at $420 a share.


Exclusive: Pentagon raises alarm about sharp drop in Iraqi refugees coming to U.S.

Exclusive: Pentagon raises alarm about sharp drop in Iraqi refugees coming to U.S. The Pentagon is concerned that not providing safe haven to more of the Iraqis, many of whom interpreted and did other key tasks for U.S. forces, will harm national security by dissuading locals from cooperating with the United States in Iraq and other conflict zones, the officials said. In a closed-door White House meeting last week devoted to the Iraqi issue, officials focused largely on the Federal Bureau of Investigation's method of conducting certain deep background checks on the Iraqis, and identified it as a major source of the drop in admissions, said the two officials aware of the discussions, who declined to be named. As of Aug. 15, just 48 Iraqis have been admitted to the United States this fiscal year through a special refugee program meant for people who worked for the U.S. government or American contractors, news media or non-governmental groups, according to data provided by the State Department.


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Armond Latimore: Teenager shot dead on birthday an hour after posting on Facebook he was glad to have made it to 17

Armond Latimore: Teenager shot dead on birthday an hour after posting on Facebook he was glad to have made it to 17 A teenager posted online that he was glad to make it to his 17th birthday after all he had been through. Armond Latimore was killed in broad daylight while standing outside a restaurant in St Louis, Missouri, on Saturday. In another he sent a message of support to Richard Antwon Donaldson, another St Louis teenager who has been charged with the murder of a 72-year-old man during an attempted car-jacking.


2019 Best Colleges Rankings Coming Sept. 10

2019 Best Colleges Rankings Coming Sept. 10 In three weeks, on Monday, Sept. 10, prospective students and parents can explore the 2019 U.S. News Best Colleges rankings on usnews.com. In addition to the rankings, U.S. News will provide extensive statistical profiles for each school, a comprehensive college search and detailed explanations of the ranking methodologies. Users can sign up for the U.S. News College Compass to receive access to the My Fit custom ranking, additional data and other exclusive interactive tools.


2019 Ford Shelby GT debuts at 2018 Woodward Dream Cruise

2019 Ford Shelby GT debuts at 2018 Woodward Dream Cruise Visitors to the 2018 Woodward Dream Cruise on Saturday were treated to the debut of the latest offering from Shelby American: the 2019 Ford Shelby GT. Available as a coupe or convertible, the car is based on the 460-horsepower Mustang GT but sports a 5.0-liter V-8 matching the 480 hp of the Mustang Bullitt, with the extra punch courtesy of a Borla exhaust kit. Interestingly, Shelby is also offering a Shelby GT-H styling pack inspired by the actual 2007 Shelby GT-H, a car Shelby says was the inspiration for the first Shelby GT also launched for 2007.


Angel mom slams media coverage of illegal immigrants

Angel mom slams media coverage of illegal immigrants Mary Ann Mendoza, whose son was murdered by an illegal immigrant, says victims' stories are being silenced by the press to support their anti-ICE agenda.


Multiple quakes rock Indonesia's Lombok island, 10 dead

Multiple quakes rock Indonesia's Lombok island, 10 dead At least 10 people are dead after a string of powerful quakes rocked the Indonesian holiday island of Lombok, authorities said Monday, in a fresh blow just weeks after earlier tremors left hundreds dead and thousands more homeless. The latest quakes struck Sunday, with the first measuring 6.3 shortly before midday. It triggered landslides and sent people fleeing for cover as parts of Lombok suffered blackouts.


China and Russia are Building Lots of Ship-Killer Missiles. The Navy Has Plans to Counter Them.

China and Russia are Building Lots of Ship-Killer Missiles. The Navy Has Plans to Counter Them. The Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile Block II, or ESSM, is a new version of an existing Sea Sparrow weapons system currently protecting aircraft carriers, destroyers, cruisers, amphibious assault ships and other vessels against anti-ship missiles and other surface and airborne short-range threats to ships.


Shots fired at US embassy in Turkey amid escalating row between Nato allies

Shots fired at US embassy in Turkey amid escalating row between Nato allies Several gunshots were fired at the US embassy in Ankara from a vehicle on Monday, amid rising tensions between Turkey and Washington.  An unidentified assailant or assailants fired six bullets at an embassy security gate from a passing white vehicle around 5.30am local time, three bullets hitting an iron door and a window, the Ankara governor's office said in a statement. The early morning attack coincided with a deepening row between the two countries over the trial of a US pastor in Turkey. The embassy is closed this week for a public holiday to mark the Islamic Eid al-Adha festival. The attack on the embassy in the Turkish capital was a clear attempt to "create chaos", the spokesman for President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday, condemning the early morning drive-by attack. Six bullets were fired at the US embassy in Ankara from a passing car Credit:  AP/Burhan Ozbilici David Gainer, the embassy spokesman said: "We can confirm a security incident took place at the US embassy early this morning. "We have no reports of any injuries and we are investigating the details. We thank the Turkish National Police for their rapid response." Video footage from broadcaster Haberturk showed police teams inspecting one of the entrances to the embassy and apparent damage caused by a gunshot could be seen in one window. President Erdogan greets the crowd during a symposium at the ATO Congresium Hall in Ankara, Turkey on August 14th It said empty cartridges were found at the scene. President Tayyip Erdogan's spokesman condemned the attack on Twitter and said the incident is being investigated. "This is a clear attempt to create chaos," spokesman Ibarahim Kalin said. "Turkey is a safe country and all foreign missions are under the guarantee of the laws." The US Embassy in Ankara and the consulate in Istanbul have in the past been the targets of attacks by militants and have faced numerous security threats.


Customers Rally After Yelp Reviewer Calls Cafe's Gay Pride Flag 'Disgusting'

Customers Rally After Yelp Reviewer Calls Cafe's Gay Pride Flag 'Disgusting' An anti-gay review on Yelp that called a restaurant in Dorchester,


Indonesian School Apologizes After Dressing Young Girls as Jihadists for a Parade

Indonesian School Apologizes After Dressing Young Girls as Jihadists for a Parade The principal said they were trying to recycle old costumes, not foment radicalism


Taiwan's president visits Nasa space centre, in a move likely to anger Beijing

Taiwan's president visits Nasa space centre, in a move likely to anger Beijing Tsai Ing-wen, the Taiwanese president visited Nasa’s space centre in Houston on Sunday, in a move that indicates deepening ties between Taipei and Washington, but which is expected to infuriate Beijing.  The trip to the Johnson Space Centre in Texas marks the first time a sitting leader from the self-ruling island has entered a US federal building in an official capacity, although her presence in Houston and in Los Angeles a week earlier were only brief stopovers en route to Paraguay and Belize.  But even short transit stops on US soil have traditionally provoked a sharp response from China, which claims Taiwan as its own territory and has tried to undermine its sovereignty and stepped up pressure on the international community to exclude Taipei from global forums.  Taiwan’s population of 23 million meanwhile operates like any other democratic nation with its own government, currency, military and foreign policy and the majority of citizens identify as Taiwanese. Only 18 countries, mainly small Pacific islands and Central American nations, have formal ties with the Taiwanese government, however.  President Tsai visited the Nasa Johnson Space Centre in Houston Credit: Richard Carson/Reuters  The US has not officially recognised Taiwan since 1979, when it shifted its recognition to China’s communist government and imposed restrictions on visiting senior Taiwanese officials to keep Beijing on side.  Ms Tsai’s transit is the first stopover for the Taiwanese president since the US Congress unanimously passed the Taiwan Travel Act earlier this year, allowing US government figures up to cabinet-level security officials to travel to the island and high-level officials from Taiwan to enter the US. Previously US policy did not permit bilateral visits by Cabinet-level officials. But behind-the-scenes, democratic Taiwan has long had influential allies in Washington’s corridors of power, with high profile legislators giving a nod to its strategic importance to America’s interests in the Pacific region.  During her earlier stop in Los Angeles, Ms Tsai met with three senior US politicians, including California Representative Brad Sherman, who called for the president herself to be granted a trip to Washington, reported Politico.  Thank you @Astro_Ellen & @AstroIronMike for coming out on Sunday for a behind-the-scenes tour of @NASA_Johnson. Missed @space_station's #Taiwan fly-by by 23 minutes. Look forward to finding ways of how Taiwan can better support international space efforts. pic.twitter.com/QWOuXm761R— 蔡英文 Tsai Ing-wen (@iingwen) August 19, 2018 “I want to see one of the highest level” of visits between the US and Taiwan and that is to “welcome you [Tsai Ing-wen] in Washington DC,” he said.  Ed Royce, the House of Representatives’ Foreign Affairs Committee chairman, who also met with President Tsai, praised the “many positive developments in the US-Taiwan relationship this year.” He added: “By encouraging more frequent visits between our two peoples and governments, we further strengthen the critical US-Taiwan partnership.”  Washington has recently called attention to its positive relations with Taiwan amid soaring tensions with China over trade and Beijing’s territorial claims in the South China Sea.  “We’ll never know for sure if this [visit] is because of the Taiwan Travel Act or if it would have happened anyway because the Trump administration, as well as Congress, is filled with very enthusiastic supporters of US-Taiwan relations,” said Ross Feingold, a Taipei-based lawyer and political analyst. The hard work of the women & men of @houstonpolice in keeping @iingwen & the #Taiwan delegation safe & secure is tremendously appreciated. Many thanks for going above & beyond during our stopover in #Houston. JW pic.twitter.com/K67dWk4Wld— 外交部 Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ROC (Taiwan) ���� (@MOFA_Taiwan) August 19, 2018 “It’s good that President Tsai was welcomed to visit this facility. Does it change what was already a positive trajectory of US-Taiwan relations? Probably not.” China would likely react with the “same style of anger and public statements that we have seen throughout any kind of stopover by the Taiwan president,” he told The Telegraph.  “The fact that it was a federal building doesn’t make it unprecedented if China was to do something like cancel bilateral scientific meetings,” he said.  Regardless of ongoing tensions with Beijing, Taiwan’s government was clearly thrilled by the invitation to Nasa. “#Houston, we’ve to a president! Couldn’t be more proud. @iingwen is the 1st leader of #Taiwan to tour @NASA_Johnson during a #US stopover. Thanks @Astro_Ellen for helping realize this milestone moment,” tweeted Joseph Wu, the foreign minister.  President Tsai also took to Twitter to express her gratitude. “Before we take off, I want to thank everyone involved for making my #Houston stopover a wonderful one filled with good memories. My administration will continue strengthening every aspect of #Taiwan-US relations. Until next time!”


Turkey lifts travel ban on German journalist

Turkey lifts travel ban on German journalist Turkey has reversed its decision to ban a German journalist from leaving the country while she awaits trial on charges of being a member of a terrorist organization, the journalist said on her Twitter account on Monday. Mesale Tolu confirmed on her Twitter account German media reports that the travel ban Turkish authorities imposed since she was released from prison in December after eight months in detention had been suspended. "As a result of my lawyer's application, my ban on traveling abroad has been lifted," Tolu wrote on her Twitter account in Turkish.


Barack Obama Shares Five of the Best Books He Read This Summer

Barack Obama Shares Five of the Best Books He Read This Summer Looking for something to read? Former President Obama has a few suggestions


The Afghan President Has Called for a Cease-Fire With the Taliban During Eid al-Adha

The Afghan President Has Called for a Cease-Fire With the Taliban During Eid al-Adha The Taliban did not immediately respond to the announcement


USA Gymnastics ex-doctor moved from prison after alleged assault

USA Gymnastics ex-doctor moved from prison after alleged assault Nassar was at a federal transfer facility in Oklahoma City after being removed from a penitentiary in Tucson, Arizona, Federal Bureau of Prisons records showed. Last year, Nassar, 55, was given an effective life sentence by a Michigan court for sexually abusing young female gymnasts entrusted to his care. Nassar's lawyers said in a legal filing last month that the former doctor was assaulted soon after being released into the general population at the medium-security Tucson prison.


Iran nuclear deal: developments since US walkout

Iran nuclear deal: developments since US walkout Donald Trump pulls the United States out of the landmark nuclear pact between world powers and Iran on May 8, reinstating Washington's sanctions on Iran and companies with ties to the Islamic republic. "The Iran deal is defective at its core," he says. Washington warns other countries to end trade and investment in Iran and stop buying its oil or face punitive measures, and threatens foreign companies from dealing with Tehran.


Playful 'arrest' was the best birthday gift for this 93-year-old 'Cops' fan

Playful 'arrest' was the best birthday gift for this 93-year-old 'Cops' fan Most people probably don't want to celebrate their birthday in the back seat of a police cruiser, but a playful "arrest" turned out to be the best gift for "Cops" superfan Simone P. Dumont.


Fire that prompted closure of parts of Yosemite Park is contained

Fire that prompted closure of parts of Yosemite Park is contained More than 3,000 personnel have battled the Ferguson Fire, which ignited on July 13 and has burned through nearly 97,000 acres (39,250 hectares) of steep slopes and bone-dry terrain southwest of the park, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire, said. Two firefighters were killed while tackling the blaze and 19 others injured, it said. Cooler weather and calmer winds in recent days have helped firefighters in California and other western states get a handle on major blazes, according to authorities.


UK woman rescued after falling from cruise ship in Croatia

UK woman rescued after falling from cruise ship in Croatia PULA, Croatia (AP) — A British woman was rescued Sunday after falling from a cruise ship and spending 10 hours in the Adriatic Sea at night, Croatia's coast guard said.


U.S. Catholics 'sickened' by sex abuse report, stand by their faith

U.S. Catholics 'sickened' by sex abuse report, stand by their faith Many churchgoers said they were sickened and saddened by a grand jury report detailing widespread sexual abuse by hundreds of priests in Pennsylvania but they would not let the Roman Catholic Church's cover-up dissuade them from their faith. Nearly 200 parishioners filled almost all the pews for Saturday’s Mass at St. Patrick’s Church in York, Pennsylvania, where six priests who at one time worked in that parish are accused in the report https://bit.ly/2vTa9oY of sexually abusing children. “I can't talk about it without crying," said Kathy Morris, a retired steelworker and a member of St. Patrick's for over 15 years.


U.S. Catholics 'sickened' by sex abuse report, stand by their faith

U.S. Catholics 'sickened' by sex abuse report, stand by their faith Many churchgoers said they were sickened and saddened by a grand jury report detailing widespread sexual abuse by hundreds of priests in Pennsylvania but they would not let the Roman Catholic Church's cover-up dissuade them from their faith. Nearly 200 parishioners filled almost all the pews for Saturday’s Mass at St. Patrick’s Church in York, Pennsylvania, where six priests who at one time worked in that parish are accused in the report https://bit.ly/2vTa9oY of sexually abusing children. “I can't talk about it without crying," said Kathy Morris, a retired steelworker and a member of St. Patrick's for over 15 years.


Women win primaries in record numbers, look to November

Women win primaries in record numbers, look to November ATLANTA (AP) — Women are not just running for office in record numbers this year — they are winning.


Trump officials sued over killer whales’ plummeting population crisis

Trump officials sued over killer whales’ plummeting population crisis Environmental campaigners are suing the Trump administration for allegedly failing to protect the ocean habitat of a species of critically endangered killer whale. The Centre for Biological Diversity has filed a lawsuit against the National Marine Fisheries Service, arguing it has left the last remaining southern resident killer whales at risk. The population of the imperilled orca species off the US west coast is at its lowest in more than 30 years, numbering just 75.


Rush to bring aid to 2 million homeless as fears grow over spread of disease after floods in Kerala

Rush to bring aid to 2 million homeless as fears grow over spread of disease after floods in Kerala A deluge in India's flood-stricken southwestern state of Kerala finally let up on Sunday, giving some respite for thousands of marooned families, while authorities feared an outbreak of disease among over 200,000 people crammed into relief camps. Incessant rains since August 8 have caused the state's worst floods in a century, and at least 186 people have perished, many of them killed by landslides. The beaches and backwaters of Kerala are top destinations for domestic and international tourists, but far fewer visit during the monsoon season. The India Meteorological Department forecast heavy rainfall only at one or two places of Kerala on Sunday and withdrew a red alert in several districts. Flood waters too began to recede from several places. Using boats and helicopters, India's military has led rescue efforts to reach people in communities cut off for days by the floods, with many trapped on roof tops and the upper floors of their homes, and in desperate need of food and potable water. Rescue teams were focused on the town of Chengannur on the banks of the Pamba River, where some 5,000 people are feared to be trapped, officials said. Volunteers reach out to stranded people with food supplies in a flooded area in Chengannur in the southern state of Kerala Credit: Aijaz Rahi/ AP More than 200,000 families have taken refuge at relief camps set up across the state, an official at the Kerala State Disaster Management office said. Kerala's chief minister had earlier said over 200,000 people had taken shelter in camps since the monsoon rains began three months ago. Anil Vasudevan, who handles disaster management at the Kerala health department, said authorities had isolated three people with chickenpox in one of the relief camps in Aluva town, nearly 250 km (155 miles) from state capital Thiruvananthapuram. He said the department was preparing to deal with a possible outbreak of water-borne and air-borne diseases in the camps, where an estimated two million people have taken shelter since the monsoon rains began three months ago. Kerala, which usually receives high rainfall, has seen over 250 percent more rain than normal between August 8 and August 15, causing the state authorities to release water from 35 dangerously full dams, sending a surge into its main river. As the rain abated on Sunday morning, one resident in Cheranelloor, a suburb of Kochi situated on the banks of the Periyar river, visited his home to see when he and his family could return. "The entire house is covered with mud. It will take days to clean to make it liveable. All our household articles, including the TV and fridge have been destroyed," 60-year-old T P Johnny told Reuters. Kochi's airport is closed due to waterlogging, and Jet Airways has arranged additional flights from Thiruvananthapuram for passengers holding confirmed tickets from Kochi.


It’s time to end America’s war in Afghanistan

It’s time to end America’s war in Afghanistan A child born on this date in 2001 – just before the terrorist attacks of 9/11 – is old enough to be fighting today in the war in Afghanistan. This week – almost 17 years after the war began – the Taliban attacked Ghazni, killing more than 100 Afghan army soldiers. The Taliban also overran a base, where they killed another 17 soldiers.


'Liberty or Death': rightwing protesters march against alleged leftwing violence in Seattle

'Liberty or Death': rightwing protesters march against alleged leftwing violence in Seattle A man standing with members of Patriot Prayer and other groups supporting gun rights wears guns during a rally on Saturday at City Hall in Seattle. Many demonstrators at the “Liberty or Death” rally wore camouflage, body armor, helmets and insignia of the “Patriot Movement”.


Man killed on Long Island is New York's first lightning death since 2016

Man killed on Long Island is New York's first lightning death since 2016 A man was struck and killed by lightning in Kings Park on Long Island, New York, on Saturday evening.