MINNEAPOLIS | Early voting begins as midterms season enters final phase

MINNEAPOLIS  — Much of the political world is consumed with a battle over a Supreme Court nominee, an expanding international trade war and President Donald Trump‘s social media posts. Yet here in Minnesota, the first votes of the 2018 midterm elections are being cast. Voting machines are set up inside city buildings. A series of … Continue reading MINNEAPOLIS | Early voting begins as midterms season enters final phase

Michigan News: Attorney General Bill Schuette Announced Flint Man Sentenced for Cold Case Sexual Assault

LANSING, MI – Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette Wednesday announced that Arthur David Long was sentenced on September 18 to 10 – 20 years in prison for the 1998 rape of a woman during a home invasion.  Long was charged in early 2017 after DNA testing identified him in the crime. “The conviction and sentencing … Continue reading Michigan News: Attorney General Bill Schuette Announced Flint Man Sentenced for Cold Case Sexual Assault

WASHINGTON | Sen. Hirono in spotlight after call for men to ‘step up’

WASHINGTON — Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hirono, one of only four women on the 21-member Senate Judiciary Committee, asked Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh the same questions on sexual harrassment she has asked dozens of other nominees. Had Kavanaugh “made unwanted requests for sexual favors” or committed verbal or physical harrassment of a sexual nature since … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Sen. Hirono in spotlight after call for men to ‘step up’

WASHINGTON | Mueller probe gets info from ex-Trump lawyer Cohen

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump‘s former personal lawyer says he is providing “critical information” as part special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election and possible coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign. Michael Cohen, who pleaded guilty to campaign finance and other charges last month, said Thursday he is … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Mueller probe gets info from ex-Trump lawyer Cohen

BERLIN | German energy company: saving threatened forest ‘illusion’

BERLIN — A German energy executive whose company plans to clear an ancient forest to expand a lignite strip mine says it’s an “illusion” to think the woodland can be saved, and halting the project would cost his firm up to 5 billion euros ($5.9 billion). RWE wants to start cutting down half the Hambach … Continue reading BERLIN | German energy company: saving threatened forest ‘illusion’

HANOI, Vietnam | Vietnam President Tran Dai Quang dead at 61 due to illness

HANOI, Vietnam — Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang, the country’s second in command after the Communist party’s leader, died Friday of a serious illness, the government said. He was 61. The website statement said Quang passed away despite “utmost efforts to treat him by Vietnamese and foreign professors and doctors and care by the Party … Continue reading HANOI, Vietnam | Vietnam President Tran Dai Quang dead at 61 due to illness

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka | Maldives prepares for polls seen as test for young democracy

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — A decade after people took to the streets to welcome democracy to the Maldives, an Indian Ocean archipelago, voters head to the polls on Sunday in what has become a referendum on whether democracy will stay. The Maldives’ third multiparty presidential election is being held five years after incumbent President Yameen … Continue reading COLOMBO, Sri Lanka | Maldives prepares for polls seen as test for young democracy

KAMPALA, Uganda | Tanzanian ferry sinks in Lake Victoria, at least 44 dead

KAMPALA, Uganda — A Tanzanian passenger ferry capsized on Lake Victoria and the death toll of 44 was expected to rise when rescue efforts resume Friday, an official said. Thirty-seven people were rescued after the sinking Thursday afternoon, Mwanza regional commissioner John Mongella told The Associated Press. “I cannot speculate” how many people had been … Continue reading KAMPALA, Uganda | Tanzanian ferry sinks in Lake Victoria, at least 44 dead