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Mom who died in Michigan river with 2 girls was 'tired, sad'

Mom who died in Michigan river with 2 girls was 'tired, sad' The bodies of Ineza McClinton, 44, and 9-year-old twins Angel and Faith McClinton were recovered Monday and Tuesday from the Kalamazoo River. McClinton was "having some difficulties in her life," another daughter, Tishyron McClinton, told TV station WWMT . Kalamazoo police said two more girls were let out of the car before it went into the river Monday at Verburg Park.


UPDATE 1-Rugby-World Rugby scraps plans for Nations Championship

UPDATE 1-Rugby-World Rugby scraps plans for Nations Championship World Rugby has abandoned its plans to create a Nations Championship after failing to gain support from unions, the sport's ruling body said on Wednesday. Rugby’s governing body needed unanimous approval from the 10 countries that make up the Six Nations and Rugby Championship to enter into exclusive negotiations. World Rugby identified the inability to reach a consensus on key issues such as the timing and format of promotion and relegation as the reason for scrapping the project.


Louisville survives shaky 8th, 9th to beat Auburn 5-3 at CWS

Louisville survives shaky 8th, 9th to beat Auburn 5-3 at CWS Two Louisville relievers survived anxious moments to hold Auburn to two runs over five innings and the Cardinals eliminated the Tigers from the College World Series with a 5-3 win Wednesday, completing a game suspended by rain one day earlier. Auburn (38-28) went 0-2 in its first CWS appearance since 1997. Louisville led 4-1 when the game was suspended after four innings Tuesday.


US STOCKS-Wall Street climbs after Fed signals potential rate cuts

US STOCKS-Wall Street climbs after Fed signals potential rate cuts Wall Street rose on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve held interest rates steady, as expected, and signaled potential cuts later this year. Saying it "will act as appropriate to sustain" economic expansion, the central bank signaled rate cuts of as much as half a percentage point over the remainder of 2019. "We think the Fed delivered.


Soccer-Mendy pinching himself at journey from wheelchair to Bernabeu

Soccer-Mendy pinching himself at journey from wheelchair to Bernabeu New Real Madrid signing Ferland Mendy recalled at his presentation on Wednesday the moment when he thought he would never play football again. The France left back, 24, joined Real last week from Olympique de Lyonnais for a reported 48 million euros, part of a huge squad rebuild by the 13-times European Champions which has already surpassed 300 million euros. "When I was 15 years old I had a hip operation and they told me I wasn't going to play football again," Mendy said.


Boeing is moving space division headquarters to Florida

Boeing is moving space division headquarters to Florida Boeing says it is moving the headquarters of its space and launch division to Florida. The company said Tuesday that it was moving the space division headquarters from Arlington, Virginia, to Titusville on Florida's Space Coast. Boeing official Leanne Caret says it makes sense to move Boeing's space headquarters to Florida, where so much space history has taken place and the company is working on several future launches.


UPDATE 1-Joe Biden under fire from rivals for remarks about civility with segregationists

UPDATE 1-Joe Biden under fire from rivals for remarks about civility with segregationists Former Vice President Joe Biden came under sharp criticism from some of his Democratic presidential rivals on Wednesday for remarks he made this week about his time working civilly with segregationists serving in the Senate in the 1970s. U.S. Senator Cory Booker, who is also seeking the Democratic nomination, called on Biden to apologize. Biden's campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the criticism.


UPDATE 1-Cuba forces dissidents into exile, advocacy group says

UPDATE 1-Cuba forces dissidents into exile, advocacy group says Cuba's state security is pressuring dissidents to go into exile in its attempt to weaken opposition on the Communist-run island, a non-governmental human rights organization said on Wednesday. The Madrid-based Cuban Prisoners Defenders released a 259-page report that named 35 activists, independent journalists and artists whom authorities had forced to leave the country over the past two years, telling them never to return. State security threatened them with prison or bodily harm if they did not leave and harassed their families, the NGO, which has links to Cuba's largest opposition group, the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU), said.


Spacey accuser can't find phone defense wants, lawyer says

Spacey accuser can't find phone defense wants, lawyer says An attorney for a man who has accused Kevin Spacey of groping him at a Nantucket bar says the man cannot find a cellphone he has been ordered to turn over to the defense. Nantucket District Judge Thomas Barrett earlier this month ordered Spacey's accuser to provide to state police by Friday the cellphone the accuser used at the time of the alleged groping. Spacey's lawyers want to try to recover text messages they say would help the actor's case.


US STOCKS-Wall Street climbs after Fed signals potential rate cuts

US STOCKS-Wall Street climbs after Fed signals potential rate cuts Wall Street rose on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve held interest rates steady, as expected, and signaled potential cuts later this year. Saying it "will act as appropriate to sustain" economic expansion, the central bank signaled rate cuts of as much as half a percentage point over the remainder of 2019. Buoyed by growing confidence the Fed will cut rates, and by hopes of an end to the U.S.-China trade war, U.S. stocks have climbed in recent weeks.


New rally called while Phoenix police chief promises change

New rally called while Phoenix police chief promises change Police Chief Jeri Williams promised change in her department after being booed by some of hundreds of people gathered to discuss a videotaped police encounter that has caused a national outcry. The meeting at a downtown church Tuesday night was called by the city after the release of a bystander's video of officers who pointed their guns and shouted obscenities last month at a black family. Dravon Ames and his pregnant fiancee Iesha Harper, who was holding their 1-year-old daughter, say their 4-year-old daughter took a doll from a store without their knowledge.


Survey sees biggest US honeybee winter die-off yet

Survey sees biggest US honeybee winter die-off yet The annual nationwide survey by the Bee Informed Partnership found 37.7% of honeybee colonies died this past winter, nearly 9 percentage points higher than the average winter loss. The survey of nearly 4,700 beekeepers managing more than 300,000 colonies goes back 13 years and is conducted by bee experts at the University of Maryland, Auburn University and several other colleges. Beekeepers had been seeing fewer winter colony losses in recent years until now, said Maryland's Dennis vanEngelsdorp, president of the bee partnership and co-author of Wednesday's survey.


Erdogan says opposition candidate's alleged insult could bar him from Istanbul mayoralty

Erdogan says opposition candidate's alleged insult could bar him from Istanbul mayoralty Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan intensified pressure on the opposition candidate in a re-run election for mayor of Istanbul by saying he would be barred from taking office if found guilty of insulting a provincial governor. Ekrem Imamoglu, from the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), narrowly beat the candidate of Erdogan's AK Party in a March mayoral contest. The AKP's loss of Istanbul in the March 31 local elections was one of the worst setbacks for Erdogan since his Islamist-rooted party swept to national power in 2002.


Exclusive: U.S. tells India it is mulling caps on H-1B visas to deter data rules - sources

Exclusive: U.S. tells India it is mulling caps on H-1B visas to deter data rules - sources The United States has told India it is considering caps on H-1B work visas for nations that force foreign companies to store data locally, three sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters, widening the two countries' row over tariffs and trade. The plan to restrict the popular H-1B visa program, under which skilled foreign workers are brought to the United States each year, comes days ahead of U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit to New Delhi. India, which has upset firms such as Mastercard and irked the U.S. government with stringent new rules on data storage, is the largest recipient of these temporary visas, most of them to workers at big Indian technology firms.


Ta-Nehisi Coates and Danny Glover join renewed debate over reparations on Capitol Hill

Ta-Nehisi Coates and Danny Glover join renewed debate over reparations on Capitol Hill Steps away from the U.S. Capitol – a building built by slaves – the House Judiciary subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties held its first hearing in more than a decade on the hot-button topic of reparations for the descendants of Africans brought to America, enslaved and impacted by discriminatory policies including segregation. At the end of the Civil War formerly enslaved families were promised by Union leadership 40 acres and a mule -- an offer never fulfilled.


U.S. names first Native American woman poet laureate

U.S. names first Native American woman poet laureate The United States on Wednesday named its first Native American to the role of poet laureate, a woman whose poetry reflects the struggles and stories of indigenous people in America. The poems of Joy Harjo, a member of the Muscogee Creek Nation, are "carriers of dreams, knowledge and wisdom," said U.S. Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, who made the announcement. The job of U.S. poet laureate is raising national appreciation of reading and writing poetry, and they often launch projects to expand the audience for poetry, the Library of Congress said.


3 guilty in Kenya Garissa University attack that killed 148

3 guilty in Kenya Garissa University attack that killed 148 A Kenyan court Wednesday found three people guilty of conspiracy to commit a terror attack after phone records and handwriting linked them to the 2015 Garissa University assault that killed 148 people. Mohamed Abdi Abikar, Hassan Aden Hassan and Rashid Charles Mberesero will be sentenced on July 3, Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi said. A fourth person, Sahal Diriye Hussein, was acquitted.


EXCLUSIVE-U.S. tells India it is mulling caps on H-1B visas to deter data rules-sources

EXCLUSIVE-U.S. tells India it is mulling caps on H-1B visas to deter data rules-sources The United States has told India it is considering caps on H-1B work visas for nations that force foreign companies to store data locally, three sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters, widening the two countries' row over tariffs and trade. The plan to restrict the popular H-1B visa programme, under which skilled foreign workers are brought to the United States each year, comes days ahead of U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit to New Delhi.


NOAA Fisheries biologists record singing by rare right whale

UPDATE 1-Activists urge Google to break up before regulators force it to

UPDATE 1-Activists urge Google to break up before regulators force it to Shareholder activists on Wednesday urged Google parent Alphabet Inc to break itself up before regulators force the world's biggest internet ad seller to split into different pieces. SumOfUs, a U.S.-based group that aims to curb the growing power of corporations, presented the proposal at Alphabet's annual shareholder meeting at an auditorium at the company's offices in Sunnyvale, California. It should sell off some assets now "rather than waiting for antitrust regulators to set a path" and potentially deriving less shareholder value, Sonamtso said.


UPDATE 1-Strong quake hits Indonesia, no reports of damage

UPDATE 1-Strong quake hits Indonesia, no reports of damage A powerful earthquake struck Indonesia early on Thursday, 248 km west of Jayapura, Irian Jaya, in the province of West Papua, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said. USGS said the quake had a magnitude of 6.3, revising its initial estimate of the magnitude from 6.5.


Anaheim Ducks buy out contract of former MVP Corey Perry

Anaheim Ducks buy out contract of former MVP Corey Perry The Anaheim Ducks have bought out the contract of former NHL MVP Corey Perry after 14 seasons with the franchise. Perry has spent his entire career with the Ducks, and he is the franchise leader with 988 games played — four more than Anaheim captain Ryan Getzlaf, his teammate and frequent linemate throughout their intertwined careers. The Ducks' decision to part ways with Perry while keeping Getzlaf ends one of the most durable partnerships in recent hockey history.


75 rescued migrants allowed to dock in Tunisian port

75 rescued migrants allowed to dock in Tunisian port The International Organization for Migration said an Egyptian ship carrying 75 migrants rescued from the Mediterranean Sea docked in Tunisia's southern port of Zarziz. The migrants on board the Maridive 601, including 64 from Bangladesh, nine Egyptians, one Moroccan and one Sudanese were allowed Wednesday to disembark by Tunisian authorities, after almost three weeks stranded off the country's coast. The IOM office in Tunis welcomed the Tunisian authorities' decision and said it will take care of the migrants and, "for those who asked for it," help them return to their country of origin.


WRAPUP 3-Fed holds rates steady, signals cuts possible later this year

WRAPUP 3-Fed holds rates steady, signals cuts possible later this year The U.S. Federal Reserve held interest rates steady on Wednesday but signaled possible rate cuts of as much as half a percentage point over the remainder of this year, as it responded to increased economic uncertainty and a drop in expected inflation. The U.S. central bank said it "will act as appropriate to sustain" the economic expansion as it approaches the 10-year mark and dropped a promise to be "patient" in adjusting rates. While new economic projections showed policymakers' views of growth and unemployment largely unchanged, they saw headline inflation at just 1.5 percent for the year, down from the 1.8 percent projected in March.


Soccer-AC Milan name Giampaolo as new coach - club statement

Soccer-AC Milan name Giampaolo as new coach - club statement Former European champions AC Milan have named Marco Giampaolo as their new coach, the club said in a statement on Wednesday. The 51-year-old, previously in charge of Sampdoria for three seasons, will replace Gennaro Gattuso who left at the end of last season. "AC Milan announces that, from 1 July 2019, it will entrust the technical management of the first team to Marco Giampaolo, with a contract which runs until 30 June 2021, with an option to extend until 30 June 2022," the statement said.


Push to legalize recreational pot fails in New York

Push to legalize recreational pot fails in New York A push to legalize recreational marijuana in New York state has failed after state leaders did not reach a consensus on several key details in the final days of the legislative session. Despite broad support for legalization and polls showing its statewide popularity, lawmakers couldn't agree on the many details of legalization, such as how tax revenue should be spent, whether past pot convictions should be expunged, and whether local communities could opt out of hosting dispensaries or instead would have to opt in. With lawmakers set to adjourn this week, some supporters hope there is time to pass a more modest bill to eliminate criminal penalties for possession of marijuana and create a process for people to clear their records of past pot convictions.


UK police arrest man over plane crash death of footballer Sala

UK police arrest man over plane crash death of footballer Sala British police said on Wednesday they had arrested a man on suspicion of manslaughter in connection with the death of Argentine soccer player Emiliano Sala in a plane crash in January. Sala, 28, was flying from his previous club Nantes in western France to Wales to join Cardiff City when the Piper Malibu aircraft disappeared over the English Channel. "We have today ... arrested a 64-year-old man from the North Yorkshire area on suspicion of manslaughter by an unlawful act," said Detective Inspector Simon Huxter, of Dorset Police in a statement.


MediaNews plans to cut 81 jobs at Reading Eagle

MediaNews plans to cut 81 jobs at Reading Eagle The new owners of the Reading (REH'-ding) Eagle plan to lay off more than a third of the staff after they assume control of the 150-year-old newspaper and the company's other assets later this month. MediaNews Group stepped forward to buy the Reading Eagle Co. for $5 million after the family-owned company filed for bankruptcy protection in March. A filing with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry says that MediaNews intends to lay off 81 of the Reading Eagle's 221 employees.


UPDATE 1-U.S. Senate panel OKs aid to ease migrant surge at southern border

UPDATE 1-U.S. Senate panel OKs aid to ease migrant surge at southern border The Senate Appropriations Committee on Wednesday approved $4.6 billion in largely humanitarian aid to address a surge of migrants at the southern U.S. border with Mexico, with a vote expected in the full Senate as soon as next week. The legislation does not contain money for Republican President Donald Trump's border wall construction, and Democrats said it included provisions that would keep the Trump administration from raiding the funds to be used for the wall. The Trump administration had sought the money last month for programs that house, feed, transport and oversee record numbers of Central American families seeking asylum and straining capacity at migrant shelters in border cities.


EXCLUSIVE-Italy coalition drafts bill to reform central bank's management

EXCLUSIVE-Italy coalition drafts bill to reform central bank's management Italy's coalition has drawn up a bill aimed at giving the government and parliament the right to name the central bank's five-member board, ending the current system by which appointments are made mainly internally. The draft bill, obtained by Reuters, is likely to increase long-running tensions between the Bank of Italy and the government, made up of the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement and the right-wing League. A Bank of Italy spokeswoman declined to comment on the draft bill.


Rugby-World Rugby scraps plans for Nations Championship

Rugby-World Rugby scraps plans for Nations Championship World Rugby has abandoned its plans to create a Nations Championship after failing to gain support from unions, the sport's ruling body said on Wednesday. Rugby’s governing body needed unanimous approval from the 10 countries that make up the Six Nations and Rugby Championship to enter into exclusive negotiations. World Rugby identified the inability to reach a consensus on key issues such as the timing and format of promotion and relegation as the reason for scrapping the project.


Oklahoma medical examiner testifies in state opioid lawsuit

Oklahoma medical examiner testifies in state opioid lawsuit Oklahoma's chief medical examiner shared tragic details about the opioid-related deaths of about three dozen residents during testimony in the state's lawsuit alleging drug manufacturer Johnson & Johnson and some of its subsidiaries contributed to the epidemic. Dr. Eric Pfeifer testified Tuesday that the tragic narratives represent only a small portion of the autopsies his office has performed in recent years as overdose deaths skyrocketed. Attorney General Mike Hunter, who filed the case in 2017, has said curbing and ending the opioid epidemic in Oklahoma could cost billions of dollars.


38 dead in latest intercommunal violence in central Mali

38 dead in latest intercommunal violence in central Mali A pair of attacks on ethnic Dogon villages in central Mali has left at least 38 people dead and many wounded in the latest intercommunal violence to destabilize the troubled area near Burkina Faso, authorities said Wednesday. A Malian intelligence officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak with reporters, told The Associated Press that survivors of the latest attacks had identified the perpetrators as ethnic Peuhls. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the latest attacks took place in the villages of Yoro and Gangafani, in the Mopti region in central Mali, near the border with Burkina Faso.


Subscription services make life easier, but costs can add up

Subscription services make life easier, but costs can add up "It's very easy for consumers to lose track of what they are purchasing," said Kate Ryan, a director with TIAA Financial Solutions. There has been a proliferation of subscription services in recent years. Throw in auto-billing and the ease of mobile payments, and you can see how some expenses can fall under a consumer's radar.


UK police arrest man over plane crash death of footballer Sala

UK police arrest man over plane crash death of footballer Sala British police said on Wednesday they had arrested a man on suspicion of manslaughter in connection with the death of Argentine soccer player Emiliano Sala in a plane crash in January. Sala, 28, was flying from his previous club Nantes in western France to Wales to join Cardiff City when the Piper Malibu aircraft disappeared over the English Channel. "We have today ... arrested a 64-year-old man from the North Yorkshire area on suspicion of manslaughter by an unlawful act," said Detective Inspector Simon Huxter, of Dorset Police in a statement.


Ducks buy out Perry's contract

Ducks buy out Perry's contract The Anaheim Ducks bought out the contract of former NHL MVP Corey Perry on Wednesday, ending the winger's 14-year tenure with the team. "This is one of the most difficult decisions I've had to make in my 44 years in the NHL," executive vice president/general manager Bob Murray said in a statement. Team owners Henry and Susan Samueli also released a statement, reading in part, "On behalf of the entire Ducks organization, we want to thank Corey Perry for his tremendous contributions to the franchise.


Kenyan court convicts three for aiding deadly Islamist attack on university

Kenyan court convicts three for aiding deadly Islamist attack on university A Kenyan court on Wednesday convicted three people of terrorism-related offences for helping Somali Islamist militants carry out a 2015 attack on a university that killed 148 people, most of them students. Al Shabaab jihadists stormed Garissa University on April 2, 2015 and sought to kill Christian students in particular. It was the worst such attack in the East African state since al Qaeda, to which al Shabaab is affiliated, bombed the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998, killing 258 people.


Braves place LHP Newcomb on concussion list

Braves place LHP Newcomb on concussion list The Atlanta Braves placed left-hander Sean Newcomb on the seven-day concussion list on Wednesday, four days after he was hit in the back of the head by a line drive. Newcomb was drilled by a liner off the bat of Philadelphia's J.T. Realmuto during the third inning of Saturday's game against the Phillies. Realmuto's liner was clocked at 102 mph.


Turkey's Erdogan says Khashoggi's killers will pay the price, be held accountable

Turkey's Erdogan says Khashoggi's killers will pay the price, be held accountable Those responsible for the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi will pay the price and be held accountable, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday, in response to a U.N. report on the killing. Earlier on Wednesday, Agnes Callamard, the U.N. special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions, said evidence suggests Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman and other senior Saudi officials are liable for Khashoggi's murder.


103-year-old nicknamed the 'Hurricane' wins yet another gold in 100-meter dash

103-year-old nicknamed the 'Hurricane' wins yet another gold in 100-meter dash At the 2019 Senior Games in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Hawkins won gold medals in both the 50-meter dash and the 100-meter dash in the women’s 100-plus division. At the 2017 games, Hawkins, of Louisiana, set a world record with her 100-meter dash.


New York nears passage of aggressive law to fight climate change

New York nears passage of aggressive law to fight climate change New York state lawmakers could pass as early as Wednesday one of the nation's most ambitious plans to slow climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050. The New York measure, which the Assembly in the state capital Albany was expected to approve Wednesday after the Senate passed it on Tuesday, mandates reducing emissions by 85% from 1990 levels by 2050, and offsetting the remaining 15%, making the state carbon neutral. "I want New York to have the most aggressive climate change program in the United States of America," Governor Andrew Cuomo told public radio WCNY in Syracuse after he reached an agreement with legislators on the bill's language.


Cracker Barrel bars church event over LGBT execution remarks

Cracker Barrel bars church event over LGBT execution remarks Cracker Barrel said it won't host an event by a Tennessee church whose pastor was a detective who preached that the government should execute gay people. The restaurant chain said Tuesday on Twitter that it's not affiliated with All Scripture Baptist Church or its pastor, ex-Knox County sheriff's Detective Grayson Fritts. Cracker Barrel said it disagrees with their statements of hate and divisiveness and the June 29 event won't be allowed at the restaurant.


Senate panel OKs aid to ease migrant surge at southern border

Senate panel OKs aid to ease migrant surge at southern border The Senate Appropriations Committee on Wednesday approved $4.6 billion in largely humanitarian aid to address a surge of migrants at the southern U.S. border with Mexico, with a vote expected in the full Senate as soon as next week. The legislation does not contain money for Republican President Donald Trump's border wall construction, and Democrats said it included provisions that would keep the Trump administration from raiding the funds to be used for the wall. The Trump administration had sought the money last month for programs that house, feed, transport and oversee record numbers of Central American families seeking asylum and straining capacity at migrant shelters in border cities.


UPDATE 1-UK PM candidate Johnson increases support in third round of leadership contest

UPDATE 1-UK PM candidate Johnson increases support in third round of leadership contest Brexit campaigner Boris Johnson cemented his position as the favourite to be Britain’s next prime minister on Wednesday after he increased his support in the third round of the Conservative Party leadership contest. Johnson got 143 out of 313 votes, with Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt in second place with 54 votes and environment minister Michael Gove third with 51.


2 big US coal companies combine Wyoming, Colorado operations

2 big US coal companies combine Wyoming, Colorado operations Two of the world's largest coal producers have announced they will combine mining operations in Wyoming and Colorado in an attempt to improve their competitiveness against natural gas and renewable energy sources. Arch Coal and Peabody Energy are based in St. Louis and announced the joint venture on Wednesday. It will be 66.5% owned by Peabody and 33.5% owned by Arch.


Tourist douses fire in Austrian church with holy water

Tourist douses fire in Austrian church with holy water Vienna's famous Dominican Church was saved from possible disaster after a tourist spotted two confessional boxes on fire and doused the flames with holy water. Austria's KAP Catholic news agency reported Wednesday the extent of the damage from the suspected arson at the church, also known as the Church of St. Maria Rotunda, wasn't immediately clear. Vienna's fire department told The Associated Press that it responded to the call on June 12 and by the time firefighters arrived, the blaze had been put out.


Alabama man denies feeding meth to 'attack squirrel'

Alabama man denies feeding meth to 'attack squirrel' An Alabama man wanted on drug and weapons charges has posted a video denying he fed methamphetamine to a so-called "attack squirrel" that he considers a pet. Mickey Paulk posted the video on his Facebook page Tuesday night as authorities continued searching for him. "The public isn't in danger in any kind of way from the methed-out squirrel in the neighborhood," Paulk said with a laugh.


New York nears passage of aggressive law to fight climate change

New York nears passage of aggressive law to fight climate change New York state lawmakers could pass as early as Wednesday one of the nation's most ambitious plans to slow climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050. The New York measure, which the Assembly in the state capital Albany was expected to approve Wednesday after the Senate passed it on Tuesday, mandates reducing emissions by 85% from 1990 levels by 2050, and offsetting the remaining 15%, making the state carbon neutral. "I want New York to have the most aggressive climate change program in the United States of America," Governor Andrew Cuomo told public radio WCNY in Syracuse after he reached an agreement with legislators on the bill's language.


9/11 responder who appeared with Jon Stewart on Capitol Hill is now in hospice care

9/11 responder who appeared with Jon Stewart on Capitol Hill is now in hospice care Lou Alvarez, a 53-year-old former NYPD detective who testified alongside Jon Stewart at last week’s House Judiciary Committee hearing on reauthorizing the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, says his cancer has worsened.


Serbia-Montenegro church row fuels Balkan tensions

Serbia-Montenegro church row fuels Balkan tensions A Serbian government official on Wednesday branded Montenegro a "criminal" state and urged a "fierce" response over the neighboring country's plans to introduce a new church law that has strained relations between the two former Balkan allies. The Montenegrin draft church law calls for all religious communities in the country to provide proof that they owned their property before 1918, when the small Adriatic state lost its independence and became part of the Serb-dominated Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes. The Serbian Orthodox Church and Serbian officials reacted with fury, saying Montenegro's government wants to take over by force hundreds of Serb churches and monasteries on its territory.