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Hong Kong police make ‘largest ever’ seizure of explosives on eve of protests

Police in Hong Kong have seized what is thought to be the largest ever cache of high-powered explosives uncovered in the city, in a raid Friday night on a suspected bomb-making factory. The discovery comes on the eve of a series of high-profile protests planned over the weekend, amid high tensions in the semi-autonomous Chinese […] The post Hong Kong police make ‘largest ever’ seizure of explosives on eve of protests appeared first on KPAX.com.

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July 20, 2019

More than 150 million will be in stifling heat this weekend from the Plains to Midwest to East Coast

“Take the heat seriously.” That’s what the National Weather Service is warning as a potentially life-threatening heat wave reaches its peak this weekend and more than two-thirds of the US will feel temperatures pushing into the triple digits. Cities in Virginia and North Carolina will see some of the hottest air of the season. New […] The post More than 150 million will be in stifling heat this weekend from the Plains to Midwest to East Coast appeared first on KPAX.com.

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July 20, 2019

Three white supremacists were sentenced to prison for violence at Charlottesville rally

Three members of a white supremacist group were sentenced to prison Friday for kicking, choking and punching multiple people during the 2017 “United the Right” rally in Charlottesville and other rallies in California. Benjamin Daley, 26, was sentenced to 37 months in prison; 25-year-old Thomas Gillen was sentenced to 33 months; and Michael Miselis, 30, […] The post Three white supremacists were sentenced to prison for violence at Charlottesville rally appeared first on KPAX.com

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July 20, 2019

Iran’s gamble on a tanker seizure will end its credit — even among friends

Steadily increasing its bets in an international game of bluff, Iran has gone almost all in with a gamble that its hard liners must believe is worth the punt — but which will certainly end their credit lines even among friends. In seizing a foreign tanker which it accuses of “violating international regulations,” Tehran has […] The post Iran’s gamble on a tanker seizure will end its credit — even among friends appeared first on KPAX.com.

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July 20, 2019

A missing toddler drove himself down to the county fair on his toy tractor

How far can a little one really go? Well, one determined Minnesota 2-year-old got himself all the way down to the county fair, according to the Chisago County Sheriff’s Office. Friday night, the sheriff’s office received a call about a missing toddler, according to a Facebook post from the office. But the determined tyke wasn’t […] The post A missing toddler drove himself down to the county fair on his toy tractor appeared first on KPAX.com.

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July 20, 2019

Florida sheriff investigating deputies’ supervision of Jeffrey Epstein during work release program

An Internal Affairs investigation ordered by Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw will look into his deputies’ supervision of multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein, who is accused of inappropriate sexual contact during his 13-month jail sentence. Sheriff Bradshaw “wants to determine if any actions taken by the deputies assigned to monitor Epstein during his work release program […] The post Florida sheriff investigating deputies’ supervision of Jeffrey Epstein during work re

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July 20, 2019

A heat wave in Chicago 24 years ago left more than 700 dead. The mayor says they’ve learned lessons since then

A Chicago heat wave in 1995 took the lives of hundreds of people. And now the city is facing another. In the city’s poorest neighborhoods, 739 people, mostly elderly, died when temperatures reached 106 degrees, according to CNN affiliate WGN9. While this year’s temperatures are not expected to match 1995, they will come close. On […] The post A heat wave in Chicago 24 years ago left more than 700 dead. The mayor says they’ve learned lessons since then appeared first on KP

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July 20, 2019

‘Go back to your country’ and anti-Mexican epithets preceded tourist-bus driver’s violent attack on S.F. man: lawsuit

Click here for updates on this story     SAN FRANCISCO (Bay Area News Group) — The driver of an open-top sightseeing bus who was asked to make way for a motorist instead responded with racist abuse then got out of the coach and attacked the other driver, a lawsuit filed this week claims. Police arrested the […] The post ‘Go back to your country’ and anti-Mexican epithets preceded tourist-bus driver’s violent attack on S.F. man: lawsuit appeared f

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July 20, 2019

Crockett: Criminal charges filed in fatal Christmas Day wreck, suspect on the run

Click here for updates on this story     MARTINEZ, California (Bay Area News Group) — A 32-year-old woman is wanted on charges of gross vehicular manslaughter, in connection with a crash on Christmas Day that killed a Rodeo man. Jessica Marie Eggleson-Davey was charged last month with vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, and there is a $250,000 […] The post Crockett: Criminal charges filed in fatal Christmas Day wreck, suspect on the run appeared first on KPA

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July 20, 2019

7-Eleven pledges $7,111 to college fund of baby born on 7-11 at 7:11 pm, weighing 7 pounds and 11 ounces

Rachel Langford’s phone has been ringing nonstop since 7-11, when she gave birth to a girl at 7:11 pm, weighing 7 pounds and 11 ounces. But the most exciting call came from 7-Eleven, which celebrated the news of J’Aime Brown’s birth by pledging $7,111 to her college fund. The convenience store chain previously had called […] The post 7-Eleven pledges $7,111 to college fund of baby born on 7-11 at 7:11 pm, weighing 7 pounds and 11 ounces appeared first on KPAX.com.

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July 20, 2019

UK vows ‘serious consequences’ if Iran doesn’t release British-flagged oil tanker

Britain warned Friday there would be “serious consequences” if Iran did not release a UK-flagged oil tanker it seized in the Strait of Hormuz Friday, the latest confrontation in the increasingly tense standoff in the important shipping route. Iranian media reported Saturday the ship, the Stena Impero, was captured by the country’s Revolutionary Guard Corps […] The post UK vows ‘serious consequences’ if Iran doesn’t release British-flagged oil tanker appe

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July 20, 2019

Skookum Butte: Volunteers save historic lookout for the ages

If it weren’t for some dedicated volunteers, one of the most historic buildings on the Lolo National Forest might have tumbled from its high mountain perch. The post Skookum Butte: Volunteers save historic lookout for the ages appeared first on Missoula Current.

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July 20, 2019

11 things to know about the historic Apollo 11 mission

Saturday is the anniversary of what many consider to be the greatest achievement of the 20th century. It’s been 50 years since astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first man to step on the surface of the moon. Buzz Aldrin followed him out of the Eagle lander while Michael Collins orbited the moon in the Columbia […] The post 11 things to know about the historic Apollo 11 mission appeared first on KPAX.com.

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July 20, 2019

Stretch of Highway 83 named in memory of Missoula firefighter Trenton Johnson

Trenton Johnson lost his life while protecting his home state from a Seeley Lake wildfire which would eventually become part of the massive Rice Ridge fire. On Friday morning, next to Seeley Lake, officials dedicated a stretch of highway in his honor, as well as declaring Trenton Johnson Day — something his sisters says he would have loved. The post Stretch of Highway 83 named in memory of Missoula firefighter Trenton Johnson appeared first on Missoula Current.

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July 20, 2019

An American visited her boyfriend in Canada. They were both found dead on a remote highway

A young American woman and her Australian boyfriend had set out to explore British Columbia when they were found dead on a remote Canadian highway. Chynna Noelle Deese, 24, and Lucas Robertson Fowler, 23, were found Monday 12 miles south of Liard Hot Springs, British Columbia, Canada, Sgt. Janelle Shoihet of the Royal Canadian Mounted […] The post An American visited her boyfriend in Canada. They were both found dead on a remote highway appeared first on KPAX.com.

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July 20, 2019

Clock’s ticking on one of world’s most important nuclear treaties. A dangerous arms race may be next

This week, senior American officials traveled to Switzerland to deliver President Donald Trump’s “vision for a new direction in nuclear arms control.” That vision is to strike a wide-ranging deal that would limit the arsenals of not only the US and Russia, but also China for the first time. At a meeting with their Russian […] The post Clock’s ticking on one of world’s most important nuclear treaties. A dangerous arms race may be next appeared first on KPAX.com

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July 20, 2019

Seeley Lake highway memoralizes fallen firefighter

Trenton Johnson lost his life battling what would later become part of the massive Rice Ridge fire. The post Seeley Lake highway memoralizes fallen firefighter appeared first on KPAX.com.

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July 20, 2019

USFS giving residents a closer chance to learn about being “firewise”

Forest managers are using a new "learning labs" approach to convince homeowners there are steps they can take to protect their property, The post USFS giving residents a closer chance to learn about being “firewise” appeared first on KPAX.com.

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July 20, 2019

Fake legs are being left at memorial for man killed by shark off Massachusetts coast

Authorities want to know why three fake legs have been left at different times at a memorial to a man who died after he was bitten by a shark off the Massachusetts coast. The most recent leg was left at Newcomb Hollow Beach a week ago Saturday, Lt. Michael Hurley of the Wellfleet Police Department […] The post Fake legs are being left at memorial for man killed by shark off Massachusetts coast appeared first on KPAX.com.

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July 20, 2019

Spokane murder suspect appears in Missoula court

Bryce Thompson, 19,  appeared in Missoula Justice Court on Friday and is being held in Missoula jail on a fugitive warrant. The post Spokane murder suspect appears in Missoula court appeared first on KPAX.com.

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July 20, 2019

Backyard chickens and these pig ear dog treats are still making people sick, the CDC says

Two people have died and hundreds more have become ill in an ongoing outbreak of salmonella linked to backyard chickens, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday. The news came as the CDC also said a salmonella outbreak traced to pig ear dog treats continues to sicken people in multiple states. Since the […] The post Backyard chickens and these pig ear dog treats are still making people sick, the CDC says appeared first on KPAX.com.

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July 20, 2019

Floundering NRA struggles to maintain its 2016 influence in 2020 race

The National Rifle Association was already reeling from leadership shakeups and allegations of financial mismanagement when it dropped another bombshell. The NRA accused Chris Cox — the man who had controlled the organization’s lobbying and political activities for more than 15 years — of trying to overthrow Chief Executive Wayne LaPierre, according to a lawsuit […] The post Floundering NRA struggles to maintain its 2016 influence in 2020 race appeared first on KPAX.com.

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July 20, 2019

50 years after US moon landing, China is catching up in the space race

Fifty years ago, when the Apollo 11 astronauts became the first human beings to land on the moon, the Chinese space program had yet to launch a single satellite. The fierce space race between the United States and the Soviet Union had left behind Beijing, which launched its first manned space flight in 2003, more […] The post 50 years after US moon landing, China is catching up in the space race appeared first on KPAX.com.

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July 20, 2019

Google expected to pay multimillion dollar penalty to settle investigation into how YouTube handles kids’ data

Google is expected to pay a multi-million dollar penalty to settle an investigation into YouTube’s handling of children’s data, according to a person familiar with the matter. The settlement was reached after the Federal Trade Commission looked into the video giant’s practice of collecting information on young viewers under the age of 13, which is […] The post Google expected to pay multimillion dollar penalty to settle investigation into how YouTube handles kids’ d

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July 20, 2019

Key Mueller witness George Nader hit with underage sex trafficking, child porn charges

George Aref Nader, who was a key witness in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, faces new charges of transporting a minor “with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity” and child pornography. According to a newly unsealed federal indictment in the Eastern District of Virginia, Nader is accused of bringing a 14-year-old boy from […] The post Key Mueller witness George Nader hit with underage sex trafficking, child porn charges appeared first on KPAX

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July 19, 2019

Private investigator has spent a decade on Jeffrey Epstein’s trail

When Detective Michael Fisten hung up his badge after 30 years in law enforcement and started a new career as a private investigator, he thought his first case wouldn’t last more than a couple of weeks. “How hard could it be,” he thought to himself. That was more than a decade ago. Today Fisten’s first […] The post Private investigator has spent a decade on Jeffrey Epstein’s trail appeared first on KPAX.com.

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July 19, 2019

R. Kelly to be escorted by US Marshals between federal courts in New York and Chicago

R. Kelly will be arraigned in a federal court in New York on August 2, a prosecutor for the US attorney’s office in Chicago said Friday. US Marshals will take the singer from Chicago to New York, Assistant US Attorney Joseph Fitzpatrick said. Kelly has been in custody at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago […] The post R. Kelly to be escorted by US Marshals between federal courts in New York and Chicago appeared first on KPAX.com.

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July 19, 2019

If you think this week was bad, just wait…

This week started with the furor caused by President Donald Trump’s racist tweets urging four Democratic congresswoman of color to go back to where they’re from. (In the case of three of the four that would mean going back to, uh, America.) With the middle of the week came chants of “Send her back!” — aimed […] The post If you think this week was bad, just wait… appeared first on KPAX.com.

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July 19, 2019

Trump Oval Office exchange with Nobel Peace Prize winner highlights tension over immigration

Nadia Murad came to the Oval Office on a mission. The 26-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner stood just over President Donald Trump’s right shoulder and recounted her harrowing experience in ISIS captivity during a meeting with survivors of religious persecution on Wednesday. “They killed my mom, my six brothers,” Murad said. “They are in mass […] The post Trump Oval Office exchange with Nobel Peace Prize winner highlights tension over immigration appeared first on KP

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July 19, 2019

Danai Gurira confirms ‘The Walking Dead’ exit as Thora Birch, Kevin Carroll join cast

Danai Gurira is leaving AMC’s “The Walking Dead” in Season 10. Gurira, who has played sword-wielding fan-favorite Michonne since “The Walking Dead’s” third season, announced during the show’s San Diego Comic-Con panel that she will be exiting the show. “I can confirm this will be my final season as Michonne on the show,” she told […] The post Danai Gurira confirms ‘The Walking Dead’ exit as Thora Birch, Kevin Carroll join ca

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July 19, 2019

Weather Forecast: One more day in the 70’s with a big warm up next week

Expect sunny skies overhead with highs in the upper 70's to low 80's on Saturday. The post Weather Forecast: One more day in the 70’s with a big warm up next week appeared first on KPAX.com.

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July 19, 2019

Bears spotted in Missoula neighborhood

MISSOULA: Wildlife biologists report there is at least one black bear looking for food in the Rattlesnake neighborhood FWP reports bears are accessing garbage in the Rattlesnake. They urge residents to contain all attractants in a bear-resistant manner and do not put garbage out until the morning of pick up. Animal Control is patrolling for […] The post Bears spotted in Missoula neighborhood appeared first on KPAX.com.

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July 19, 2019

Tensions soar over tanker seizures as Trump again signals interest in talks with Iran

President Donald Trump said Friday he had authorized Sen. Rand Paul to speak with Iranian officials — a day after denying he had done so — but downplayed the significance of the outreach to Iran as tensions skyrocketed in the Persian Gulf. “Rand asked me if he could get involved. I said yes,” Trump told […] The post Tensions soar over tanker seizures as Trump again signals interest in talks with Iran appeared first on KPAX.com.

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July 19, 2019

Three suspects charged in Missoula stolen bike ring

Three men have been charged with the theft in what court documents say is many thousands of dollars in bicycles and parts. The post Three suspects charged in Missoula stolen bike ring appeared first on KPAX.com.

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July 19, 2019

Judge halts Democrats’ subpoenas of Trump Org docs in emoluments case

A federal judge Friday paused congressional Democrats’ subpoenas of Trump Organization financial records, 10 days before the records were due in a lawsuit over whether President Donald Trump is violating the Constitution. The delay is a win for Trump, even if temporary. He’s attempting — and so far has succeeded — to hold off multiple […] The post Judge halts Democrats’ subpoenas of Trump Org docs in emoluments case appeared first on KPAX.com.

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July 19, 2019

Some types of Ragu pasta sauce are being recalled over possible plastic contamination

Before you break open a jar of Ragu pasta sauce for your Sunday dinner, take a look to make sure it’s not part of a new recall. Mizkan America, the company that makes Ragu, announced a recall of several kinds of sauce, citing concerns that some were contaminated with fragments of plastic. The types of […] The post Some types of Ragu pasta sauce are being recalled over possible plastic contamination appeared first on KPAX.com.

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July 19, 2019

An anonymous donor asked a hospital where it needed help and gave $25 million to make it happen

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles will now be able to help many more kids, thanks to an anonymous $25 million gift. It is one of the largest single donations in the hospital’s history, according to president and CEO Paul Viviano. “This truly transformative gift comes at a time when demand is growing quickly — particularly among […] The post An anonymous donor asked a hospital where it needed help and gave $25 million to make it happen appeared first on KPAX.com.

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July 19, 2019

Michelle Obama after Trump’s racist tweets: ‘What truly makes our country great is diversity’

Former first lady Michelle Obama in a tweet Friday made an oblique reference to President Donald Trump’s racist jabs against a foursome of first-term congresswomen of color, saying that “what truly makes our country great is its diversity.” Her comment comes after Trump launched days of controversy with a racist attack against Democratic Reps. Alexandria […] The post Michelle Obama after Trump’s racist tweets: ‘What truly makes our country great is diversity&#

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July 19, 2019

Fact check: Trump falsely accuses Ocasio-Cortez of calling Americans ‘garbage’

During an exchange with reporters as he left the White House on Friday afternoon, President Donald Trump made false accusations against both Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rep. Ilhan Omar, two of the four Democratic members of Congress against whom he launched a racist “go back” attack earlier in the week. “The first lady thinks that […] The post Fact check: Trump falsely accuses Ocasio-Cortez of calling Americans ‘garbage’ appeared first on KPAX.com.

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July 19, 2019

Trump admin is revising the citizenship test for the first time in 10 years

The Trump administration is making revisions to the naturalization test for the first time in a decade, US Citizenship and Immigration Services announced Friday. The agency is focusing on changes to the civics portion of the test, though there could also be updates to the English section, according to a USCIS official. The announcement comes […] The post Trump admin is revising the citizenship test for the first time in 10 years appeared first on KPAX.com.

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July 19, 2019