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Second bacterium found in Louisiana mass food poisoning

COLUMBIA, La. – Louisiana health officials say a second bacterium apparently contributed to the mass food poisoning that may have killed one person and apparently sickened more than 100 people who ate at a fundraiser. Assistant State Health Officer Dr. Parham Jaberi says in addition to the salmonella already found in stool samples, a bacterium commonly found …

Park hikers may have died in ‘sympathetic murder suicide’

SAN FRANCISCO— Friends and relatives of a couple whose bodies were found in Joshua Tree National Park say they believe the two got lost while hiking in the sprawling desert park and struggled in the searing heat with little food or water before they died in a “sympathetic murder-suicide.” Rachel Nguyen, 20, and Joseph Orbeso, 22, had …

With single weekly flight, remote St. Helena extends welcome

JAMESTOWN, Saint Helena— The Gates of Chaos, Lot’s Wife, Old Woman’s Valley, Man and Horse Cliffs. These are the names of places on St. Helena, an otherworldly Atlantic Ocean island far from anywhere whose British-ruled population of just over 4,000 is reaching out to the world. Charles Darwin, astronomer Edmond Halley and Napoleon Bonaparte are …

Hawaii boat crash spurs new concerns about foreign fishermen

HONOLULU— A boat that ran aground off Honolulu while transporting foreign fishermen to work in Hawaii’s commercial fishing industry has raised new questions about the safety and working conditions for foreign labourers in this unique U.S. fleet. A long, cramped journey to the United States for a group of fishermen from Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines and Kiribati ended …

No distress call after fishing boat with foreign crew wrecks

HONOLULU— A boat that ran aground off Honolulu while transporting foreign fishermen to work in Hawaii’s commercial fishing industry has raised new questions about the safety and working conditions for foreign labourers in this unique U.S. fleet. A long, cramped journey to the United States for a group of fishermen from Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines and Kiribati ended …

Make China Great Again! Xi leads China into muscular new era

BEIJING— In this summer’s “Wolf Warrior II,” Chinese action star Wu Jing portrays a tough super-patriot who rescues both fellow countrymen and oppressed Africans with help from the People’s Liberation Army. Audiences loved what became China’s biggest-grossing movie ever. Some reportedly sang the national anthem as the movie closed on an image of a Chinese …

Egypt releases Egyptian Irish after 4 years detention

CAIRO — Egyptian authorities have released an Irish-Egyptian man who was detained for four years on charges related to a Muslim Brotherhood protest in Cairo in 2013. Ibrahim Halawa’s release comes a month after an Egyptian court acquitted him of charges including murder, arson and illegal possession of weapons. His lawyer, Darragh Mackin, announced Thursday. …

End of an era as Hong Kong stock trading floor set to close

Hong Kong’s last remaining stock market floor traders are taking their final orders as the exchange prepares to shut its trading hall, joining other world exchanges in going fully automated. The bourse’s operator, Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing, says it will close the trading hall by the end of the month and turn the space …

Chinese party figure accuses fallen leader of plotting coup

BEIJING — A senior figure in China’s ruling Communist Party accused a dismissed regional leader of plotting a coup against the party leadership in the clearest explanation yet of the abrupt firing of the former rising star. Sun Zhengcai was dismissed in July as party leader in the western megacity of Chongqing and was among …

Syrian refugee detained in Greece on terror charge

THESSALONIKI, Greece — Police in northern Greece say a 32-year-old Syrian refugee has been arrested on terrorism-related charges following a review of his asylum application. Authorities said the man was detained in the northeast city of Alexandroupolis as a suspected fighter of the Islamic State group while in Syria. The man, who hasn’t been named, …