The Daily Astorian | http://www.dailyastorian.com The Daily Astorian Thu, 22 Jun 2017 04:54:00 -0400 en http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/staticimage/images/rss-logo.jpg The Daily Astorian | http://www.dailyastorian.com Suicide car bomb in southern Afghanistan kills at least 29 http://www.dailyastorian.com/suicide-car-bomb-in-southern-afghanistan-kills-at-least-29-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world7747e7b479be4d4fbece316fa3f1ce4e http://www.dailyastorian.com/suicide-car-bomb-in-southern-afghanistan-kills-at-least-29-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world7747e7b479be4d4fbece316fa3f1ce4e#Comments Thu, 22 Jun 2017 04:51:02 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017306229812 KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) A huge suicide car bombing outside a bank in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province on Thursday targeted Afghan troops and government employees waiting to collect their salaries ahead of a major Muslim holiday, killing at least 29 people, officials said.

Most of the casualties in the explosion near the Kabul Bank in the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah were civilians, according to Hayatullah Hayat, the provincial governor in Helmand. The bombing also wounded at least 60 people, he said.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack but Helmand has been at the center of bitter battles between the Taliban and Afghan security forces, aided by NATO troops.

The insurgents, believed to control nearly 80 percent of the province's countryside, have increasingly been pressing a push onto Lashkar Gah and its environs in efforts to take the city.

In recent weeks, the Taliban have overrun Helmand's key Sangin district, where both British and U.S. troops had fought for years to keep them at bay.

The attacker struck as scores of people, including many Afghan soldiers and civil servants, were waiting near the Kabul Bank to collect their salaries ahead of the Eid -al-Fitr holiday, which follows the holy month of Ramdan, expected to end later this weekend.

Esmatullah, an Afghan border policeman, who was at the scene of the explosion said the noise from the blast was deafening. He said many are missing in the ensuing chaos as witnesses, survivors and ambulances struggled to ferry first the most seriously wounded to hospital.

"We are taking children to the hospital," said Esmatullah, who like many Afghans uses only one name.

Twelve-year-old Hosnia, was crying outside the bank as she searched for her father who had brought her to buy shoes ahead of the Muslim holiday.

"I couldn't find anyone, my brother and my father," she said. "My father told me he will take me to buy shoes. We came here and then there was the explosion."

President Ashraf Ghani called the attack deplorable, and assailed the attackers as "enemies of humanity." He said the relentless assaults that have been carried out throughout the country are particularly offensive during the holy month of Ramadan, when the faithful seek forgiveness for their wrongdoings.

"These brutal terrorist attacks ... prove that they (insurgents) have no respect for any religion or faith. They are enemies of humanity," Ghani said in a statement.

Afghan has faced a series of large-scale attacks as the Taliban stepped up their war against the Kabul government after launching this year's summer offensive. Also, the emerging Islamic State group affiliate in Afghanistan has tried to increase its footprint in the country with attacks in cities and bigger urban areas.

The worst attack occurred in the Afghan capital of Kabul on May 31, shortly after Ramadan began, when a truck bomb exploded in the heart of the city, killing 150 people. It was the worst attack since the Taliban ouster in 2001.

Pakistan also condemned Thursday's suicide bombing, saying that "we firmly stand with our Afghan brothers in this hour of grief and anguish."

Afghanistan and Pakistan routinely accuse each other of harboring the other's insurgent enemy.

Helmand is considered a key region because it is one of the largest opium producing provinces for the Taliban, who charge opium traffickers a hefty tax to move their contraband to market. Corrupt government officials also benefit from the production and trade of opium, the raw material used to make heroin.

Afghanistan is the world's largest opium-producing country, producing more than all other opium-producing countries combined, according to United Nations estimate.

Meanwhile, a militant attack the previous night inside a mosque in the country's east killed two members of the local council.

Salim Sallhe, spokesman for the provincial governor in eastern Logar, said gunmen opened fire at worshippers during prayers at a mosque in Baraki district on Wednesday night. Two other local officials were wounded by the gunfire.

Sallhe said police are investigating. No group claimed the attack but Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, denied the insurgents were behind the shooting.

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Shah reported from Kabul, Afghanistan. Associated Press writer Abdul Khalik in Lashkar Gah, Afghanistan, contributed to this report.

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Rodriguez's triple leads Salem-Keizer over Hillsboro in 13 innings http://www.dailyastorian.com/rodriguezs-triple-leads-salem-keizer-over-hillsboro-in-13-innings-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sports443063ada6619050c93276c8bd2c758e http://www.dailyastorian.com/rodriguezs-triple-leads-salem-keizer-over-hillsboro-in-13-innings-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sports443063ada6619050c93276c8bd2c758e#Comments Thu, 22 Jun 2017 04:51:03 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017306229867 HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) -- Juan Rodriguez hit an RBI triple in the top of the 13th inning to help lead the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes to a 5-3 win over the Hillsboro Hops on Wednesday.

Kevin Rivera scored the go-ahead run on the triple after he reached base with a single. Later in the inning, Salem-Keizer added an insurance run when Rodriguez scored on a single by Ryan Kirby.

Hillsboro had a runner on first in the bottom of the 13th, but Bryan Araiza struck out to end the game.

Malique Ziegler tripled and singled, scoring two runs in the win. Rodriguez tripled and singled twice, scoring two runs.

John Timmins (1-2) got the win with 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief while Anfernee Benitez (0-1) took the loss in the Northwest League game.

The Hops squandered some scoring chances, leaving 14 runners on base in the loss.

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AP Top International News at 7:50 a.m. EDT http://www.dailyastorian.com/ap-top-international-news-at-750-am-edt-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world9623bcfc6930a89501a8e1e8cb33fbff http://www.dailyastorian.com/ap-top-international-news-at-750-am-edt-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world9623bcfc6930a89501a8e1e8cb33fbff#Comments Thu, 22 Jun 2017 04:50:48 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017306229926 IS militants destroy 12th century mosque in Iraq's Mosul4 detained in raids linked to Brussels rail station attackUK interior minister: Britain facing a new phase of terrorChurch of England head says it 'colluded with' sex abuseLondon fire: Cladding in other buildings 'combustible'Suicide car bomb in southern Afghanistan kills at least 29]]> VerHagen helps to shut out Indianapolis, Toledo wins 4-0 http://www.dailyastorian.com/verhagen-helps-to-shut-out-indianapolis-toledo-wins-4-0-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sportsc2ccf8f7ecc9771d9612fdb4f5379f4d http://www.dailyastorian.com/verhagen-helps-to-shut-out-indianapolis-toledo-wins-4-0-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sportsc2ccf8f7ecc9771d9612fdb4f5379f4d#Comments Thu, 22 Jun 2017 04:50:17 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017306219569 INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Drew VerHagen and three other pitchers combined for a shutout as the Toledo Mud Hens topped the Indianapolis Indians 4-0 on Wednesday.

VerHagen (5-4) went 5 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing three hits while striking out three and walking three to get the win. Nick Kingham (3-3) went 6 2/3 innings, allowing four runs and six hits while striking out six in the International League game.

In the top of the fourth, Toledo took the lead on a solo home run by Efren Navarro. The Mud Hens then added two runs in the fifth and a run in the seventh. In the fifth, Brendan Ryan hit a two-run home run, while Matt den Dekker hit an RBI single, driving in Omar Infante in the seventh.

The Indians were held scoreless for the seventh time this season, while the Mud Hens' staff recorded their sixth shutout of the year.

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London police say 51-year-old man found dead after mosque attack died of "multiple injuries'' http://www.dailyastorian.com/london-police-say-51-year-old-man-found-dead-after-mosque-attack-died-of-multiple-injuries-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world9058d15622cd4c03ab4b65a86c882fd1 http://www.dailyastorian.com/london-police-say-51-year-old-man-found-dead-after-mosque-attack-died-of-multiple-injuries-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world9058d15622cd4c03ab4b65a86c882fd1#Comments Thu, 22 Jun 2017 04:50:15 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017306229798 LONDON (AP) London police say 51-year-old man found dead after mosque attack died of "multiple injuries"

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Special education teacher charged in sexual assault resigns http://www.dailyastorian.com/special-education-teacher-charged-in-sexual-assault-resigns-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world4bc12e4521db41129cf46dbbd0fe82d8 http://www.dailyastorian.com/special-education-teacher-charged-in-sexual-assault-resigns-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world4bc12e4521db41129cf46dbbd0fe82d8#Comments Thu, 22 Jun 2017 04:50:14 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017306229799 BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut special education teacher charged in the sexual assault of a student has resigned from her position.

The Connecticut Post reports (http://bit.ly/2rY8ZDQ ) Central High School officials sent a statement Wednesday saying Laura Ramos submitted a letter of resignation as termination proceedings by the school district were underway. The district placed her on administrative leave June 9.

Ramos was charged Tuesday with second-degree sexual assault after police say she engaged in a sexual relationship with an 18-year-old student in the special education program.

Police say Ramos told them she had a relationship with the victim from Dec. 23, 2016 to April 2017.

Her lawyer has previously said Ramos is "cloaked in the presumption of innocence."

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Garver leads Rochester over Buffalo 3-1 http://www.dailyastorian.com/garver-leads-rochester-over-buffalo-3-1-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sportse6efbf61a26ae9aa7c5ae3ff751760d8 http://www.dailyastorian.com/garver-leads-rochester-over-buffalo-3-1-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sportse6efbf61a26ae9aa7c5ae3ff751760d8#Comments Thu, 22 Jun 2017 04:50:18 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017306219568 ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) -- Mitch Garver homered and had two hits as the Rochester Red Wings defeated the Buffalo Bisons 3-1 on Wednesday. The Red Wings swept the three-game series with the win.

Rochester got on the board first in the fourth inning when Garver and Niko Goodrum hit solo home runs.

After Rochester added a run in the fifth on a home run by Zack Granite, the Bisons cut into the deficit in the eighth inning when Mike Ohlman hit an RBI single, scoring Christian Lopes.

Mason Melotakis (1-0) got the win in relief while Buffalo starter Luis Santos (2-7) took the loss in the International League game. Trevor Hildenberger pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings for his sixth save of the season.

Rochester improved to 6-3 against Buffalo this season.

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Bichette's single leads Trenton to 2-1 win over Altoona http://www.dailyastorian.com/bichettes-single-leads-trenton-to-2-1-win-over-altoona-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sportsd2c7b253cec09217054a397f678cd64f http://www.dailyastorian.com/bichettes-single-leads-trenton-to-2-1-win-over-altoona-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sportsd2c7b253cec09217054a397f678cd64f#Comments Thu, 22 Jun 2017 04:50:19 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017306229980 ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) -- Dante Bichette hit a run-scoring single in the fourth inning, leading the Trenton Thunder to a 2-1 win over the Altoona Curve on Wednesday.

The single by Bichette, part of a two-run inning, gave the Thunder a 1-0 lead before Billy McKinney scored on a double play later in the inning.

The Curve cut into the deficit in the fifth inning when Edwin Espinal hit an RBI double, bringing home Kevin Newman.

Trenton right-hander Ronald Herrera (8-0) picked up the win after allowing one run on five hits over 5 2/3 innings. Opposing starter Dario Agrazal (0-1) took the loss in the Eastern League game after allowing two runs and three hits over four innings. Colten Brewer pitched two scoreless innings for his fifth save of the season.

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Estevez leads Harrisburg to 2-1 win over New Hampshire http://www.dailyastorian.com/estevez-leads-harrisburg-to-2-1-win-over-new-hampshire-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sports50c0ecfe0bb840e8a1daf98fceba10ab http://www.dailyastorian.com/estevez-leads-harrisburg-to-2-1-win-over-new-hampshire-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sports50c0ecfe0bb840e8a1daf98fceba10ab#Comments Thu, 22 Jun 2017 04:50:18 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017306229982 MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- Wirkin Estevez allowed just three hits over six innings, leading the Harrisburg Senators over the New Hampshire Fisher Cats in a 2-1 win on Wednesday.

Ryan Brinley got Jake Thomas to fly out with a runner on second to end the game for his fifth save of the season.

Estevez (2-0) picked up the win after he struck out eight while allowing one run.

Harrisburg started the scoring in the first inning. After leading off the inning with a single, Darian Sandford stole second, stole third, and then scored on a sacrifice fly by Jose Marmolejos.

After Harrisburg added a run in the fourth when Marmolejos scored on a ground out, the Fisher Cats cut into the deficit in the sixth inning when Danny Jansen hit an RBI single, bringing home Jonathan Davis.

Francisco Rios (3-5) went five innings, allowing two runs and three hits in the Eastern League game. He also struck out five and walked one.

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Koerner, Solak carry Tampa to 13-4 win over Florida http://www.dailyastorian.com/koerner-solak-carry-tampa-to-13-4-win-over-florida-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sports52cd46281442fd14bf66ff176b37e209 http://www.dailyastorian.com/koerner-solak-carry-tampa-to-13-4-win-over-florida-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sports52cd46281442fd14bf66ff176b37e209#Comments Thu, 22 Jun 2017 04:50:19 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017306229983 TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Nick Solak had four hits and three RBI, and Brody Koerner allowed just five hits over seven innings as the Tampa Yankees topped the Florida Fire Frogs 13-4 on Wednesday. The Yankees swept the three-game series with the win.

Koerner (3-1) allowed four runs while striking out six and walking one to pick up the win.

Down 1-0, the Yankees took the lead for good with six runs in the first inning. The Yankees sent 10 men to the plate as Jhalan Jackson hit a bases-clearing double en route to the five-run lead.

Tampa later scored in three additional innings, including a four-run second, when Solak hit an RBI double and Gosuke Katoh hit an RBI single to help put the game away.

Drew Harrington (4-7) went 1 2/3 innings, allowing 10 runs and eight hits in the Florida State League game. He also struck out three and walked two.

Alay Lago tripled and singled twice, driving in two runs for the Fire Frogs.

With the win, Tampa remains undefeated (7-0) against Florida this season.

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American Airlines flight diverted due to mechanical problem http://www.dailyastorian.com/american-airlines-flight-diverted-due-to-mechanical-problem-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world2e6e0525f4b84db185c849efa9ba0658 http://www.dailyastorian.com/american-airlines-flight-diverted-due-to-mechanical-problem-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world2e6e0525f4b84db185c849efa9ba0658#Comments Thu, 22 Jun 2017 04:40:16 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017306229800 CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) An American Airlines international flight originating in North Carolina had to be rerouted due to a mechanical problem.

News outlets report American Airlines flight 730 was able to return safely about 11:45 p.m. Wednesday to Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

A statement from American Airlines says the flight departed at 7 p.m. Wednesday from Charlotte bound for Heathrow Airport in London. American Airlines spokesman Ken Powell says 258 passengers and 16 crew members were on board the Airbus A330.

The statement says the crew reported a possible issue with the airplane's flaps and returned to Charlotte.

The plane circled an area above Davidson County for about four hours to burn off fuel.

Powell says another plane would take the passengers to London.

American Airlines says the Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the incident.

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Stashak leads Fort Myers to 3-0 win over Jupiter http://www.dailyastorian.com/stashak-leads-fort-myers-to-3-0-win-over-jupiter-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sportsa3e04f63e3f9fc5d22f0751af0e37a74 http://www.dailyastorian.com/stashak-leads-fort-myers-to-3-0-win-over-jupiter-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sportsa3e04f63e3f9fc5d22f0751af0e37a74#Comments Thu, 22 Jun 2017 04:40:42 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017306229985 JUPITER, Fla. (AP) -- Cody Stashak allowed just one hit over six innings, leading the Fort Myers Miracle over the Jupiter Hammerheads in a 3-0 win on Wednesday.

Stashak (3-3) picked up the win after he struck out seven and walked two.

In the fourth inning, Fort Myers went up 2-0 after Tanner English drew a bases-loaded walk and Rafael P Valera hit a sacrifice fly. The Miracle scored again in the eighth inning when Alex Perez scored on an error.

James Needy (0-1) went four innings, allowing two runs and two hits in the Florida State League game. He also struck out five and walked three. Sam Clay recorded his third save of the season.

The Hammerheads were blanked for the sixth time this season, while the Miracle's staff recorded their fifth shutout of the year.

Despite the loss, Jupiter is 5-2 against Fort Myers this season.

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AP Top News at 7:37 a.m. EDT http://www.dailyastorian.com/ap-top-news-at-737-am-edt-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world677cc96fb21f1c2eac18046dc10a27d8 http://www.dailyastorian.com/ap-top-news-at-737-am-edt-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world677cc96fb21f1c2eac18046dc10a27d8#Comments Thu, 22 Jun 2017 04:40:17 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017306229898 Tropical Storm Cindy comes ashore in southwest LouisianaUS airport stabbing investigated as terror; Canadian chargedTrump's tease of possible Comey tapes fits familiar patternIS militants destroy 12th century mosque in Iraq's MosulChurch of England head says it 'colluded with' sex abuseLondon fire: Cladding in other buildings 'combustible'Study links legalized pot with increase in car crash claims]]> Vazquez leads Hartford to 7-3 win over Richmond http://www.dailyastorian.com/vazquez-leads-hartford-to-7-3-win-over-richmond-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sports9da2b297bebf4fb629eb536548bf2a93 http://www.dailyastorian.com/vazquez-leads-hartford-to-7-3-win-over-richmond-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sports9da2b297bebf4fb629eb536548bf2a93#Comments Thu, 22 Jun 2017 04:40:43 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017306229981 RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Jan Vazquez hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning, leading the Hartford Yard Goats to a 7-3 win over the Richmond Flying Squirrels on Wednesday.

The home run by Vazquez scored Max White to give the Yard Goats a 6-3 lead.

The Yard Goats tacked on another run in the ninth when Vazquez hit an RBI single, driving in White.

Starter Parker French (6-6) got the win while Yordy Cabrera (0-1) took the loss in relief in the Eastern League game. Matt Pierpont pitched three scoreless innings for his first save of the season.

Daniel Carbonell homered and doubled, driving home two runs for the Flying Squirrels. Jerry Sands singled three times.

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AP Top Entertainment News at 7:36 a.m. EDT http://www.dailyastorian.com/ap-top-entertainment-news-at-736-am-edt-da-ap-webfeeds-news-entertainment93e51121b10cd6101d62ed4f75a420cf http://www.dailyastorian.com/ap-top-entertainment-news-at-736-am-edt-da-ap-webfeeds-news-entertainment93e51121b10cd6101d62ed4f75a420cf#Comments Thu, 22 Jun 2017 04:40:46 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017306229891 Prince Philip leaves London hospital after treatmentThreats to wife of Trump-like 'Caesar' play director probedAppeals court reinstates Terrence Howard's divorce judgmentOh, Mama: Jimmy Fallon working on second picture bookRita Ora on London fire, paying for her tour and 'Boy Band']]> The Latest: Poland hits back at Macron over interview http://www.dailyastorian.com/the-latest-poland-hits-back-at-macron-over-interview-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world941370e3fc69459b8214eee7de1885dd http://www.dailyastorian.com/the-latest-poland-hits-back-at-macron-over-interview-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world941370e3fc69459b8214eee7de1885dd#Comments Thu, 22 Jun 2017 04:41:14 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017306229823 BRUSSELS (AP) The Latest on the European Union summit (all times local):

1:10 p.m.

The spokesman for Poland's president has reacted to criticism by French President Emmanuel Macron, saying the funding that the European Union gives Poland does not oblige Warsaw to accept a quota of refugees under an EU plan.

Krzysztof Lapinski reacted Thursday to criticism by Macron who said in an interview with newspapers including Poland's Gazeta Wyborcza daily that East European leaders are betraying Europe's values but want its funds, adding: "Europe is not a supermarket. Europe is a common destiny."

Macron identified no countries, but EU leaders are criticizing Poland and Hungary in particular for their refusal to accept migrants.

Lapinski, who is spokesman for President Andrzej Duda, retorted that he agreed "Europe is not a supermarket" and that means the EU should not expect Poland to accept the migrants just because it gives the country structural funds.

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12:30 p.m.

British Prime Minster Theresa May is set to fly to Brussels to try to break the impasse in Brexit negotiations over the status of expatriate citizens after Britain leaves the bloc.

May will attend a European Council summit Thursday to speak to her European counterparts about her plans for the 3 million EU nationals living in Britain an issue she says is her first priority for early agreement in the Brexit talks.

Her office at Downing Street declined to reveal details about the proposals on citizens' rights. But Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said he hoped leaders of the other 27 EU nations would offer "reciprocal, corresponding generosity" for the 1 million Britons living in Europe.

May is going to Brussels for her first European summit since losing her Parliament majority in the election earlier this month.

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11:20 a.m.

European Council President Donald Tusk says that he still holds out hope that Brexit can be reversed even though the negotiations on Britain's departure from the European Union officially started this week.

Tusk has made the comments a few hours before a bilateral meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May. Tusk says that he had been asked by British friends if he could see a way of Britain still staying in.

Tusk said that "I told them that in fact the EU was built on dreams that seemed impossible to achieve."

He added to that by quoting a John Lennon song: "So who knows? You may say I am a dreamer but I'm not the only one."

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10 a.m.

European Union leaders are gathering to weigh measures to tackle terrorism, closer defense ties and migration, convinced that anti-EU sentiment and support for populist parties are waning.

Before the two-day meeting in Brussels starting Thursday, summit chairman Donald Tusk trumpeted the resurgence of the EU, even as Britain launched talks this week on leaving.

Tusk told the leaders in an invitation letter that after a series of election defeats for anti-migrant parties, notably in France, the EU is "slowly turning the corner."

He said "we are witnessing the return of the EU rather as a solution, not a problem."

British Prime Minister Theresa May is due to praise the good atmosphere at Monday's Brexit talks, and explain how to protect the rights of citizens hit by Britain's departure.

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Cardona's homer leads Frisco to 11-2 win over Midland http://www.dailyastorian.com/cardonas-homer-leads-frisco-to-11-2-win-over-midland-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sports43db0a545f26371a4b3f915f3d9ea00f http://www.dailyastorian.com/cardonas-homer-leads-frisco-to-11-2-win-over-midland-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sports43db0a545f26371a4b3f915f3d9ea00f#Comments Thu, 22 Jun 2017 04:40:43 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017306219576 FRISCO, Texas (AP) -- Jose Cardona hit a three-run home run in the second inning, leading the Frisco RoughRiders to an 11-2 win over the Midland RockHounds on Wednesday.

The home run by Cardona scored Royce Bolinger and Luis Marte to give the RoughRiders a 3-1 lead.

Frisco later scored in three additional innings, including a four-run fourth, when Jose Trevino hit a two-run double to help finish off the blowout.

Frisco left-hander Cole Hamels (1-0) picked up the win after allowing one run on just two hits over 5 2/3 innings. Opposing starter Joel Seddon (3-2) took the loss in the Texas League game after a rough outing in which he allowed nine runs and nine hits over 3 1/3 innings.

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Gillaspie, Peterson lead the way for Durham http://www.dailyastorian.com/gillaspie-peterson-lead-the-way-for-durham-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sportse24d863316b8c09b60717bcccc7b15ba http://www.dailyastorian.com/gillaspie-peterson-lead-the-way-for-durham-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sportse24d863316b8c09b60717bcccc7b15ba#Comments Thu, 22 Jun 2017 04:40:44 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017306219588 DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- Casey Gillaspie doubled and singled twice, scoring three runs as the Durham Bulls beat the Norfolk Tides 6-4 on Wednesday.

Shane Peterson doubled and singled twice with two runs for Durham.

Durham started the scoring in the second when it scored three runs, including a single by Kean Wong that scored Peterson.

The Bulls later added two runs in the fourth and one in the fifth. In the fourth, Wong hit a two-run single, while Peterson hit an RBI single in the fifth.

Norfolk saw its comeback attempt come up short after Francisco Pena and Johnny Giavotella hit solo home runs to help cut the Durham lead to 6-4.

Norfolk missed an additional scoring opportunity in the seventh, when Pedro Alvarez flew out with the bases loaded to end the inning.

Durham left-hander Blake Snell (5-0) picked up a quality start and the win after allowing one run on six hits over six innings. Opposing starter Jayson Aquino (1-7) took the loss in the International League game after a rough outing in which he allowed six runs and 10 hits over 4 2/3 innings.

Sharlon Schoop doubled and singled for the Tides. Giavotella homered and singled, driving home two runs.

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London fire: Cladding in other buildings 'combustible' http://www.dailyastorian.com/london-fire-cladding-in-other-buildings-combustible-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world4dc2774a48194cfdbd3e5b19d613ad83 http://www.dailyastorian.com/london-fire-cladding-in-other-buildings-combustible-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world4dc2774a48194cfdbd3e5b19d613ad83#Comments Thu, 22 Jun 2017 04:40:38 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017306229841 LONDON (AP) Some 600 buildings in England could have been fitted with flammable external panels like the ones believed to have contributed to a fire that killed at least 79 people in a west London apartment building, Prime Minister Theresa May's Downing Street office said.

Government facilities testing cladding have so far found three tower blocks to have combustible panels. The testing came after local authorities submitted samples following the June 14 fire at Grenfell Tower in north Kensington.

Police and fire officials are trying to determine whether the aluminum composite panels contributed to the rapid spread of the blaze, which engulfed the 24-story building in less than an hour.

"A number of these tests have come back as combustible," May said. "The relevant local authorities and local fire services have been informed, and, as I speak, they are taking all possible steps to ensure buildings are safe and to inform affected residents."

May encouraged the owners, both public and private, of tower blocks around the country to quickly forward samples of any similar material for testing. The government will work with local authorities to make sure any dangerous material is removed and residents are safe, she said.

The Department for Communities and Local Government said it would not identify the buildings with combustible panels until landlords have had the opportunity to inform tenants.

Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn called for urgent checks on around 4,000 buildings as Britain comes to grips with the potential ramifications of the disaster. Thousands need urgent assurances about their own safety, he said.

"At least 79 people are dead it is both a tragedy and an outrage because every single one of those deaths could and should have been avoided," Corbyn said.

Corbyn compared the tragedy to the 1989 Hillsborough disaster in which 96 people were killed in the crush of a crowded soccer stadium, and recent sexual abuse scandals involving vulnerable children, arguing that the government had long turned a blind eye to the needs of the poor.

"The pattern is consistent: working-class people's voices are ignored, their concerns dismissed by those in power," he said.

May has apologized for mistakes that were made in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower tragedy and promised that "no stone will be left unturned" in a public inquiry into its causes.

"For any guilty parties there will be nowhere to hide," she said.

May's comments came after the resignation of the top administrative official in the local government that serves the community devastated by the fire. Local residents and the central government have criticized the response to the tragedy.

Nicholas Holgate, chief executive of the Kensington and Chelsea council, had come under intense pressure following last week's blaze. The first few days after the fire were marked by chaos on the ground as local authorities struggled to deal with the hundreds of people who were displaced.

Survivors who had lost everything found it hard to get find information about missing loved ones or the services available to help them get back on their feet.

Tests on exterior building materials in other high-rise buildings conducted after the devastating west London fire has shown that some of the panels submitted were combustible, British Prime Minister Theresa May said Thursday.

May told the House of Commons that authorities submitted cladding on similar buildings following the Grenfell Tower fire on June 14 that killed at least 79 people. The aluminum composite material is being studied to see if it contributed to the quick spread of the blaze, which consumed the 24-story building in less than an hour.

"Shortly before I came to the chamber, I was informed that a number of these tests have come back as combustible," she said. "The relevant local authorities and local fire services have been informed, and, as I speak, they are taking all possible steps to ensure buildings are safe and to inform affected residents."

Britain's opposition leader, Jeremy Corbyn, called for urgent checks on around 4,000 buildings as Britain comes to grips with the potential ramifications of the disaster. Thousands needed urgent assurances about their own safety.

"At least 79 people are dead it is both a tragedy and an outrage because every single one of those deaths could and should have been avoided," Corbyn said.

Corbyn compared the tragedy with the Hillsborough disaster, a stampeded in which people were crushed, recent child abuse scandals, arguing that the government turned a blind eye to the poor.

"''The pattern is consistent: working-class people's voices are ignored, their concerns dismissed by those in power," he said.

May has apologized for mistakes made in dealing with the aftermath of Grenfell Tower tragedy and promised that "no stone will be left unturned" in the inquiry.

"For any guilty parties there will be nowhere to hide," she said.

May's comments came following the resignation of the local administrator in the west London community devastated by the fire after government officials criticized the speed of the response to the tragedy.

Nicholas Holgate, chief executive of the Kensington and Chelsea council, had come under intense pressure in the wake of last week's Grenfell Tower blaze. The first few days after inferno were marked by chaos on the ground as local authorities struggled to deal with the scope of the disaster.

Residents who survived the tower blaze lost everything, only to get little help or information on how they'd get back on their feet.

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Garcia's homer leads Clearwater to 5-4 win over Bradenton http://www.dailyastorian.com/garcias-homer-leads-clearwater-to-5-4-win-over-bradenton-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sportsfafc0a1c1b9fbe9995b52e191e16d03b http://www.dailyastorian.com/garcias-homer-leads-clearwater-to-5-4-win-over-bradenton-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sportsfafc0a1c1b9fbe9995b52e191e16d03b#Comments Thu, 22 Jun 2017 04:40:44 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017306229988 BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) -- Wilson Garcia hit a three-run home run in the sixth inning, leading the Clearwater Threshers to a 5-4 win over the Bradenton Marauders on Wednesday.

The home run by Garcia scored Mark Laird and Grenny Cumana to give the Threshers a 3-1 lead.

The Threshers added to their lead in the seventh when Drew Stankiewicz scored on a passed ball and Austin Bossart scored on a single.

Bradenton saw its comeback attempt come up short after Logan Ratledge hit a solo home run and Jordan George hit a two-run home run in the eighth to cut the Clearwater lead to 5-4.

Starter Cole Irvin (4-6) got the win while Yunior Montero (4-2) took the loss in relief in the Florida State League game. Jeff Singer pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings for his 14th save of the season.

Ratledge homered and doubled for the Marauders. Logan Hill singled three times.

Clearwater improved to 5-2 against Bradenton this season.

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Maddox, Frailey lead Lakeland to 9-3 win over Dunedin http://www.dailyastorian.com/maddox-frailey-lead-lakeland-to-9-3-win-over-dunedin-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sports59fde29505f0b7dbe4beb49e8a164ac8 http://www.dailyastorian.com/maddox-frailey-lead-lakeland-to-9-3-win-over-dunedin-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sports59fde29505f0b7dbe4beb49e8a164ac8#Comments Thu, 22 Jun 2017 04:30:43 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017306229984 DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) -- Will Maddox hit a bases-clearing triple in the fourth inning, and Dustin Frailey had two hits and scored four runs as the Lakeland Flying Tigers defeated the Dunedin Blue Jays 9-3 on Wednesday.

The triple by Maddox scored Jose Azocar, Ben Verlander, and Frailey to give the Flying Tigers a 5-1 lead.

The Blue Jays cut into the deficit in the sixth inning when Lourdes Gurriel hit an RBI single and Cavan Biggio scored on a forceout.

The Flying Tigers later added a run in the seventh and three in the ninth. In the seventh, Frailey scored on a forceout, while Wade Hinkle hit an RBI double and Joey Pankake hit an RBI single in the ninth.

Lakeland right-hander Kyle Dowdy (5-4) picked up a quality start and the win after allowing three runs on seven hits over six innings. Opposing starter Ryan Borucki (3-4) took the loss in the Florida State League game after giving up five runs and seven hits over six innings.

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Meeting planned with students about missing Chinese scholar http://www.dailyastorian.com/meeting-planned-with-students-about-missing-chinese-scholar-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world927ccc96813c48ba91d2d39ddbb75d4f http://www.dailyastorian.com/meeting-planned-with-students-about-missing-chinese-scholar-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world927ccc96813c48ba91d2d39ddbb75d4f#Comments Thu, 22 Jun 2017 04:30:17 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017306229802 URBANA, Ill. (AP) University of Illinois police representatives and a campus counseling center will meet with students to discuss the search for a visiting scholar from China.

The Thursday evening gathering at Altgeld Hall in Urbana comes two weeks after 26-year-old Yingying Zhang disappeared. The university says the meeting is open to the public.

Police Chief Jeff Christensen also said in a Wednesday statement that investigators "continue to make progress" and "will not give up" until Zhang is found. He said he couldn't disclose details about the ongoing investigation.

Police say surveillance video shows Zhang entering a black Saturn Astra in Urbana on the afternoon of June 9. They've labeled the case a kidnapping.

Zhang's father, aunt and boyfriend travelled from China and are staying in university housing as the search continues.

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Study links legalized pot with increase in car crash claims http://www.dailyastorian.com/study-links-legalized-pot-with-increase-in-car-crash-claims-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world495b989b6a0c44f8b5212971ffb66ebc http://www.dailyastorian.com/study-links-legalized-pot-with-increase-in-car-crash-claims-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world495b989b6a0c44f8b5212971ffb66ebc#Comments Thu, 22 Jun 2017 04:40:41 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017306229905 DENVER (AP) A recent insurance study links increased car crash claims to legalized recreational marijuana.

The Highway Loss Data Institute, a leading insurance research group, said in study results released Thursday that collision claims in Colorado, Washington, and Oregon went up 2.7 percent in the years since legal recreational marijuana sales began when compared with surrounding states. Legal recreational pot sales in Colorado began in January 2014, followed six months later in Washington, and in October 2015 in Oregon.

"We believe that the data is saying that crash risk has increased in these states and those crash risks are associated with the legalization of marijuana," said Matt Moore, senior vice president with the institute, which analyzes insurance data to observe emerging auto safety trends.

Mason Tvert, a marijuana legalization advocate and communications director with the Marijuana Policy Project, questioned the study's comparison of claims in rural states such as Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana with Colorado, Oregon and Washington that have dense population centers and how that affected the study's findings.

"The study raises more questions than it provides answers and it's an area that would surely receive more study, and deservedly so," Tvert said.

Researchers accounted for factors such as the number of vehicles on the road in the study and control states, age and gender of drivers, weather and even whether the driver making a claim was employed. Neighboring states with similar fluctuations in claims were used for comparison.

Insurance industry groups have been keeping a close watch on claims when auto accidents across the country began to go up in 2013 after more than a decade of steady decline. Insurance companies found several possible factors at play in the spike that included distracted driving through texting or cellphone use, road construction, and an improved economy that has led to leisurely drives and more miles driven, as well as marijuana legalization.

"It would appear, probably not to anyone's surprise, that the use of marijuana contributes to crashes," said Kenton Brine, president of the industry group Northwest Insurance Council that represents companies in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. He added: "It would be difficult to say that marijuana is a definitive factor, lacking a citation, in a significant number of crashes to say that what we're seeing here is a trend."

The Highway Loss Data Institute said its study examined claims from January 2012 to October 2016.

"The problem here is that it's a pretty new experience," said Carole Walker of the Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association, an industry group that covers Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and New Mexico. "This is the first study that has been able to isolate legal pot as one of the factors."

Eight states and Washington, D.C., have legalized recreational marijuana for adults.

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety spokesman Russ Rader adds that alcohol impairment remains one of the biggest concerns on the road.

"While we have proven countermeasures, proven strategies for reducing alcohol impaired driving, there are a lot of unanswered questions about marijuana and driving," Rader said.

A study released last year by AAA's safety foundation found legal THC limits established by states with legal marijuana have no scientific basis and can result in innocent drivers being convicted, and guilty drivers being released.

Moore of the Highway Loss Data Institute said they hope the study's findings will be considered by lawmakers and regulators in states where marijuana legalization is under consideration or recently enacted.

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Study links legalized pot with increase in car crash claims http://www.dailyastorian.com/study-links-legalized-pot-with-increase-in-car-crash-claims-da-ap-webfeeds-news-northwest495b989b6a0c44f8b5212971ffb66ebc http://www.dailyastorian.com/study-links-legalized-pot-with-increase-in-car-crash-claims-da-ap-webfeeds-news-northwest495b989b6a0c44f8b5212971ffb66ebc#Comments Thu, 22 Jun 2017 04:30:13 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017306229909 DENVER (AP) A recent insurance study links increased car crash claims to legalized recreational marijuana.

The Highway Loss Data Institute, a leading insurance research group, said in study results released Thursday that collision claims in Colorado, Washington, and Oregon went up 2.7 percent in the years since legal recreational marijuana sales began when compared with surrounding states. Legal recreational pot sales in Colorado began in January 2014, followed six months later in Washington, and in October 2015 in Oregon.

"We believe that the data is saying that crash risk has increased in these states and those crash risks are associated with the legalization of marijuana," said Matt Moore, senior vice president with the institute, which analyzes insurance data to observe emerging auto safety trends.

Mason Tvert, a marijuana legalization advocate and communications director with the Marijuana Policy Project, questioned the study's comparison of claims in rural states such as Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana with Colorado, Oregon and Washington that have dense population centers and how that affected the study's findings.

"The study raises more questions than it provides answers and it's an area that would surely receive more study, and deservedly so," Tvert said.

Researchers accounted for factors such as the number of vehicles on the road in the study and control states, age and gender of drivers, weather and even whether the driver making a claim was employed. Neighboring states with similar fluctuations in claims were used for comparison.

Insurance industry groups have been keeping a close watch on claims when auto accidents across the country began to go up in 2013 after more than a decade of steady decline. Insurance companies found several possible factors at play in the spike that included distracted driving through texting or cellphone use, road construction, and an improved economy that has led to leisurely drives and more miles driven, as well as marijuana legalization.

"It would appear, probably not to anyone's surprise, that the use of marijuana contributes to crashes," said Kenton Brine, president of the industry group Northwest Insurance Council that represents companies in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. He added: "It would be difficult to say that marijuana is a definitive factor, lacking a citation, in a significant number of crashes to say that what we're seeing here is a trend."

The Highway Loss Data Institute said its study examined claims from January 2012 to October 2016.

"The problem here is that it's a pretty new experience," said Carole Walker of the Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association, an industry group that covers Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and New Mexico. "This is the first study that has been able to isolate legal pot as one of the factors."

Eight states and Washington, D.C., have legalized recreational marijuana for adults.

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety spokesman Russ Rader adds that alcohol impairment remains one of the biggest concerns on the road.

"While we have proven countermeasures, proven strategies for reducing alcohol impaired driving, there are a lot of unanswered questions about marijuana and driving," Rader said.

A study released last year by AAA's safety foundation found legal THC limits established by states with legal marijuana have no scientific basis and can result in innocent drivers being convicted, and guilty drivers being released.

Moore of the Highway Loss Data Institute said they hope the study's findings will be considered by lawmakers and regulators in states where marijuana legalization is under consideration or recently enacted.

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AP Top U.S. News at 7:24 a.m. EDT http://www.dailyastorian.com/ap-top-us-news-at-724-am-edt-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worldcca5811aca18f26b1ca710aeeba4bc4d http://www.dailyastorian.com/ap-top-us-news-at-724-am-edt-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worldcca5811aca18f26b1ca710aeeba4bc4d#Comments Thu, 22 Jun 2017 04:30:18 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017306229917 Swift acquittal for former Milwaukee cop charged in shootingAP sources: Senate GOP health bill would reshape Obama lawFormer immigration detainees challenge labor practicesJuror: 2 holdouts in Bill Cosby's trial refused to convictJudge hears update on Ferguson, Justice Department agreementFuneral, vigil reveal depth of sorrow at Muslim girl's deathAuto club predicts record travel over July 4th weekendCensus: US growing older and more racially diverse]]>