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Girl’s mother thankful Trump spoke of abduction in UN speech

TOKYO — The mother of a Japanese girl abducted by North Korea is thankful President Donald Trump mentioned her in his U.N. General Assembly speech and hopes it could be a chance for a breakthrough. Megumi Yokota was abducted on her way home from school after badminton practice in November 1977. Japan’s government recognizes 17 …

Kansas Revenue Department employee shot in Wichita office

WICHITA, Kan. — Police say a man under investigation by the Kansas Department of Revenue is suspected in a shooting that critically injured an employee at the agency’s Wichita office. Wichita Police spokesman Charley Davidson told reporters that a 35-year-old employee was shot multiple times Tuesday before the gunman fled the scene. The suspect was …

9th person dies week after Florida nursing home evacuation

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — Police say a ninth person has died nearly a week after the evacuation of a Florida nursing home that Hurricane Irma left without air conditioning. Hollywood Police Department spokesman Miranda Grossman says in a news release that a 93-year-old man who had been a patient at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills …

College towns feel pinch from rental sites like Airbnb

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Time was when renting an apartment in one of this college town’s funky triple-deckers or two-family homes wouldn’t cost an arm and a leg. Now, renting in Cambridge can feel like that — something critics say is made tougher by short-term rental websites like Airbnb, through which property owners can make more …

Trump’s North Korea threats leave Asia struggling to explain

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — Was it a bluff? A warning that Washington would shoot down North Korea’s next missile test? A simple restatement of past policy? Officials and pundits across Asia struggled Wednesday to decode President Donald Trump’s threat to “totally destroy North Korea” if provoked. There was, however, no immediate comment from the …

Trial opening for man accused of plotting to kill blogger

BOSTON — A Massachusetts man accused of participating in a plot to behead conservative blogger Pamela Geller for the Islamic State group is going on trial in federal court. Authorities say 27-year-old David Wright, of Everett, plotted with Rhode Island resident Nicholas Rovinski and another man in 2015 to kill Geller. The plot was never …

Ex-Mountie who smuggled narwhal tusks to be sentenced

BANGOR, Maine — A retired Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer accused of smuggling narwhal tusks across the border is due to be sentenced for money laundering. Prosecutors say Gregory Logan, of St. John, New Brunswick, smuggled 250 tusks valued at $1.5 million to $3 million into Maine in false compartments in his vehicle. Narwhals are …

Palestinian activist deported to Jordan from Chicago

CHICAGO — Dozens of demonstrators gathered at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport on Tuesday to show their support for a Chicago Palestinian activist with a decades-old record of bombings in Jerusalem prior to her deportation to Jordan. Rasmea Odeh posed for pictures with supporters and activists, some carrying signs with her picture proclaiming their support for her and …

Asian stocks flat as investors await Fed meeting results

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — Asian stock markets were little changed on Wednesday as investors took to the sidelines ahead of the Federal Reserve’s announcement of the result of its meeting. KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s Nikkei 225 was flat at 20,298.80 and South Korea’s Kospi edged down 0.1 per cent to 2,413.63. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng …

Alex Gordon hits MLB’s record setting 5,694th HR of season

TORONTO — Kansas City’s Alex Gordon broke Major League Baseball’s season home run record with 12 days to spare, hitting the 5,694th long ball of 2017 on Tuesday night. Gordon’s home run off Toronto’s Ryan Tepera broke a mark set in 2000 at the height of the Steroids Era. The drive, which drove in the …

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