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WASHINGTON | US: Sanction exemptions open to those reducing Iran imports

WASHINGTON — Countries and businesses that continue to import Iranian oil could avoid penalties by making “significant reductions” as Washington re-imposes sanctions on Tehran later this year, according to top U.S. officials. “We want people to reduce oil purchases to zero, but in certain cases if people can’t do that overnight, we’ll consider exemptions,” Treasury … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US: Sanction exemptions open to those reducing Iran imports

HONOLULU | Lava crashes through roof of Hawaii tour boat, injuring 23

HONOLULU  — An explosion sent lava crashing through the roof of a tour boat off Hawaii’s Big Island, injuring 23 people Monday, officials said. A woman in her 20s was in serious condition with a broken thigh bone, the Hawaii County Fire Department said. Three others were in stable condition at a hospital with unspecified … Continue reading HONOLULU | Lava crashes through roof of Hawaii tour boat, injuring 23

HELSINKI | The Latest: Trump tweets US, Russia ‘must get along’

HELSINKI — The Latest on President Donald Trump‘s summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin (all times local): 10:45 p.m. Facing withering bipartisan criticism over his refusal to publicly acknowledge Russian election meddling during his meeting with President Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump says the two superpowers “must get along.” In a Monday tweet sent as … Continue reading HELSINKI | The Latest: Trump tweets US, Russia ‘must get along’

MOSCOW | Russian media suggest Putin-Trump summit a step forward

MOSCOW — Russian media saw Monday’s highly anticipated summit between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump as a heartening step forward, with the Kremlin leader as the more prominent figure. After their joint news conference in Helsinki, Russia media also took some swipes at U.S. journalists for focusing on alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. … Continue reading MOSCOW | Russian media suggest Putin-Trump summit a step forward

PARIS | World Cup win gives France new set of heroes, needed boost

PARIS  — The welcome was grand, the emotion visceral as France’s victorious World Cup team rolled down Paris’ Champs-Elysees Avenue in an open-top bus Monday while tens of thousands of people cheered with unrestrained pride and jets streamed the national colors — blue, white, red — overhead. The crowd that waited for hours to greet … Continue reading PARIS | World Cup win gives France new set of heroes, needed boost

SAN DIEGO | Judge temporarily halts deportation of reunified families

SAN DIEGO  — A federal judge on Monday ordered a temporary halt to any deportations of immigrant families who were reunited after being separated by the Trump administration at the border. U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw imposed a delay of at least a week after a request from the American Civil Liberties Union, which cited … Continue reading SAN DIEGO | Judge temporarily halts deportation of reunified families

Missouri News: Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley Files Motion Seeking Criminal Sanctions Against Backpage.com

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced that his office has filed a motion for criminal sanctions against Backpage.com related to false statements the company made in court.  Backpage’s recent guilty pleas include admissions that directly contradict statements Backpage made in court proceedings with the Missouri Attorney General’s Office. In May … Continue reading Missouri News: Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley Files Motion Seeking Criminal Sanctions Against Backpage.com

MARIPOSA, California | Smoke blankets Yosemite park but trails and lodges are open

MARIPOSA, Calif.  — A deadly wildfire near Yosemite National Park has doubled in size and shrouded the popular destination in smoke, but tourists could still use all trails, campgrounds, lodges and restaurants Monday, officials said. Visitors were arriving and amenities were open, but the growing flames shut down a key route into the California park … Continue reading MARIPOSA, California | Smoke blankets Yosemite park but trails and lodges are open