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CVS fires 2 Chicago store employees after white manager calls cops on black customer

CHICAGO – CVS has fired two employees at a store in the Edgewater neighborhood who called the police on a black female customer Saturday after she attempted to use a coupon. “We have completed our investigation, and as a result the two colleagues who were involved are no longer employed by CVS Health,” Mike DeAngelis, a spokesman for CVS Health, said in an email. The company also said it has “sincerely apologized” to the customer, Camilla Hudson, who shared her experience on Facebook, including a video of the store manager on the phone with police. The episode is the...

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3 killed in a midair plane collision over Everglades

MIAMI — Two small planes crashed in far west Miami-Dade County Tuesday afternoon, according to Miami-Dade police. Mayor Carlos Gimenez told The Miami Herald that three people were killed in a midair collision. Gimenez said the two planes are from the Dean International flight school, which operates out of Miami Executive Airport in Southwest Miami-Dade. The FAA says the crash happened nine miles west of that airport and involved a Piper PA-34 and a Cessna 172. Dean International’s website says it offers primary instruction for student pilots, advanced instruction for private and commercial pilots and training for multi-engine flight....

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Russian national indicted on two charges, including acting as a foreign agent

A federal grand jury formally approved a criminal indictment of Maria Butina with two charges, conspiracy and acting as a foreign agent. Butina will appear at a hearing Wednesday in Washington, DC, following the news Monday that the Department of Justice was charging Butina with one charge of conspiracy, but had not yet gone to grand jury. Butina is a Russian national and gun rights activist who was arrested Sunday and is facing criminal charges for acting as a foreign agent in the US. The Russian national stands accused of working with her mentor, Alexander Torshin, to develop “back channel” communication with US politicians, according to an FBI affidavit. Butina spoke little at her first appearance in court Monday. According to her attorney Robert Driscoll, Butina testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee in closed session several months ago and was subject to an FBI raid in April. “We’ve been trying to work something out, unsuccessfully, with the government, who seems intent on pressing forward with incarceration, notwithstanding, you know, a pretty weak case,” Driscoll said Monday. In a statement on Monday, Driscoll denied that his client was “an agent of the Russian Federation.” Although not explicitly mentioned in Monday’s court filings, CNN reporting and the court documents indicated that the primary avenue of influence for Butina and Torshin is the National Rifle Association. The charges taken together amount to a federal case alleging links between...

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Trump now says no ‘time limit’ to denuclearize NKorea

President Donald Trump said Tuesday there is no hurry to denuclearize North Korea under his accord with Kim Jong Un — a shift in tone from when the US leader said the process would start very soon. “Discussions are ongoing and they’re going very, very well,” Trump told reporters. “We have no time limit. We have no speed limit.” Trump said he discussed North Korea with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday at their summit in Helsinki. “President Putin is going to be involved in the sense that he is with us,” Trump said. The Republican president met with...

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Putin Jet Trespassed in NATO Airspace on Way to Summit, Estonia Says

MOSCOW — Even before his plane touched down in Finland for a summit meeting with President Trump, President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, who was widely seen as coming out ahead at the meeting, had notched a victory in the air, the Estonian authorities say. Estonia — small, vulnerable and at the northeastern rim of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s mutual security zone — has long been seen as a test case for the alliance’s willingness to resist Russian military moves. For more than a decade, Russian military planes have regularly zipped through the edges of NATO airspace over...

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Trump’s appearance with Putin in Helsinki keeps getting brutal reviews from around the world

From around the world, the headlines were brutal. “Best ally of Putin,” said Tuesday’s front page of France’s sober-minded Le Monde. “Trump makes it easy for Putin,” echoed German’s Die Welt. “Trump 0, Putin 1,” said the business daily Kauppalehti in Helsinki, the Finnish capital where Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Donald Trump met and held a news conference Monday. The city’s name suddenly became shorthand for what was widely described as a very bad day for the U.S. president. Traditional U.S. allies in Europe, having already absorbed a blast of criticism from Trump at last week’s NATO...

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‘Treated like dogs’: Italy’s minority on fringe of society

“I feel 100% Italian, but I regret being born here. We are being treated like dogs, and it’s not fair,” says Zanepa Mehmeti, who is 23. She belongs to the Roma (Gypsy) community, Italy’s largest ethnic minority that numbers up to 180,000. But lately the whole idea of what it means to be Italian for people like her has been called into question. The new Interior Minister, Matteo Salvini, pledged this month to carry out a census of the Roma people, to find out “who and how many are here”. Italy’s most prominent right-wing populist went on to joke:...

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Bali airport reopens after ash threat stranded thousands

DENPASAR, Indonesia — The international airport on the Indonesian resort island of Bali reopened Friday afternoon after a nearly 12-hour closure due to a volcanic ash threat that disrupted travel plans for thousands. Nearly 450 flights were canceled Friday, affecting some 75,000 people, as the Mount Agung volcano gushed a 2,500-meter (8,200-feet) column of ash and smoke for a second day. The National Disaster Mitigation Agency said tests showed there was no ash in Ngurah Rai International Airport’s airspace and the airport reopened at 2.30 p.m. Airlines are likely to remain wary, however. Australian airlines had canceled flights scheduled...

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German spy agency acknowledges employing Himmler’s daughter

Germany’s intelligence service acknowledged on Friday that it had employed the daughter of top Nazi Heinrich Himmler in the 1960s, although she never renounced her father or Nazism, and remained active in far-right extremism. The revelation that Himmler’s daughter Gudrun Burwitz had worked for the BND spy agency – confirmed by the BND after it was reported by Bild newspaper – could add to public soul-searching over the tolerance of some Nazis after World War Two. Himmler, who as commander of the SS was one of the most powerful Nazis and a principal architect of the murder of six...

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How the ‘Bad Boys of Brexit’ forged ties with Russia and the Trump campaign — and came under investigators’ scrutiny

BRISTOL, England —On Aug. 19, 2016, Arron Banks, a wealthy British businessman, sat down at the palatial residenceof the Russian ambassador to London for a lunch of wild halibut and Belevskaya pastila apple sweets accompanied by Russian white wine. Banks had just scored a huge win. From relative obscurity, he had become the largest political donor in British history by pouring millions into Brexit, the campaign to disentangle the United Kingdom from the European Union that earned a jaw-dropping victory at the polls two months earlier. Now he had something else that bolstered his standing as he sat down with his...

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Syrian war: Tens of thousands flee to closed borders

Nearly 200 people have been killed in a Syrian government offensive against Islamist fighters and rebels in the country’s southwest, forcing tens of thousands of people to flee toward the closed borders with Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, according to activists and monitoring groups. The groups say around 120,000 people have been displaced by the Russian-backed Syrian regime’s offensive to take Daraa province. Syria is wresting control from the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army, as well as terror groups ISIS and Jabhat Fateh al-Sham. Jordan and Israel are providing aid to the displaced but are refusing to allow Syrian...

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Ebola Outbreak in Central Africa Is ‘Largely Contained’

After a rapid response by health agencies and the rollout of a new vaccine, an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been declared “largely contained” by the World Health Organization. The outbreak was the first in which health authorities deployed a Merck vaccine field-tested in the waning days of the huge 2014 epidemic in West Africa. More than 3,200 people were vaccinated in Congo; they included front-line health care workers, as well as family members and friends who had been in contact with known Ebola victims. Sign Up For the Morning Briefing Newsletter None of those...

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