American couple’s jet ski recovered after mysterious disappearance

American couple’s jet ski recovered after mysterious disappearance

Authorities recovered a jet ski over the weekend bearing the same registration number as the one an American couple was riding before they went missing in Barbados last month. French Navy officers found the missing jet ski hundreds of miles away in Guadeloupe on Saturday, nearly two weeks after Magdalena Devil and Oscar Suarez, of New Jersey, vanished at sea, authorities said. There were no signs of the missing couple. The pair disappeared on June…

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Cabinet of curiosities: 15,000 ink samples at Secret Service

Cabinet of curiosities: 15,000 ink samples at Secret Service

In a cabinet inside a modest laboratory in downtown Washington are rows and rows of ink samples in plastic squeeze bottles and small glass jars. To the untrained eye, it’s just a bunch of blackish liquid with strange names like “moldy sponge” or “green grass.” But to the U.S. Secret Service agents who use the samples, they are the clues that could save the president from an assassination attempt. Or stops a counterfeit ring. Or…

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Archdiocese removes prominent Detroit priest from pulpit

Archdiocese removes prominent Detroit priest from pulpit

A conservative Detroit priest renowned for his orchestral Masses and traditional Latin services has been removed from public ministry after the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit reviewed what it described as a “credible allegation” that he had abused a child decades ago. The announcement, made during services Sunday at the Rev. Eduard Perrone’s church, shocked parishioners and came a month after The Associated Press began asking the pastor himself, the archdiocese and law enforcement authorities…

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Quakes push Californians to prepare for the next big jolt

Quakes push Californians to prepare for the next big jolt

Shaken residents were cleaning up Sunday from two of the biggest earthquakes to rattle California in decades as scientists warn that both should serve as a wake-up call to be ready when the long-dreaded “Big One” strikes. California is spending more than $16 million to install thousands of quake-detecting sensors statewide that officials say will give utilities and trains precious seconds to shut down before the shaking starts. Gov. Gavin Newsom said it’s time residents…

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US airman charged for allegedly helping woman kill husband

US airman charged for allegedly helping woman kill husband

A U.S. airman was arrested and charged over the weekend for allegedly helping an Ohio woman kill her husband, according to police. Tech Sgt. Michael Clark, 33, was charged with conspiracy to commit aggravated murder on Saturday in the death of 42-year-old Jason Hamrick, who was found dead in a ditch outside of his home last week, according to police. Hamrick’s wife, Angelina Hamrick, 32, was also arrested on Saturday and charged with one count…

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Hong Kong protesters stage peaceful rally, 1 week after violent break-ins

Hong Kong protesters stage peaceful rally, 1 week after violent break-ins

Huge crowds of anti-government protesters took to the streets in Hong Kong again on Sunday, in a first major action following a violent break-in into Hong Kong’s legislative council last week. Organizers claim more than 230,000, much more than had expected, rallied in the afternoon march in the Kowloon area, where most mainland Chinese tourists arrive and shop. Hong Kong police said there were far fewer protesters, putting the number at about 56,000 at its…

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All Mississippi Gulf Coast beaches close as bacteria spread

All Mississippi Gulf Coast beaches close as bacteria spread

People and pets are being warned to stay out of the water along the entire Mississippi Gulf Coast as toxic bacteria continue spreading eastward. The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality started closing some beaches June 22 and on Sunday closed the last two sections near the Alabama line. The agency has warned that polluted Midwest floodwaters have fed an outbreak of cyanobacterium. Popularly known as blue-green algae, it can cause rashes, diarrhea and vomiting. It…

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Man arrested in Washington mobile home fire that killed 4

Man arrested in Washington mobile home fire that killed 4

Police have arrested a man suspected in a mobile home fire in Washington state that killed four people. His wife and three young children who lived with them have not been seen since the blaze. Police booked Matthew Timothy Wetherington, 34, into jail Saturday night. It wasn’t immediately clear if he had an attorney who could comment on his behalf. He’s due in court Monday. Four bodies were found inside a trailer at a mobile…

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Iranian scientists accused of violating US sanctions

Iranian scientists accused of violating US sanctions

When a respected Iranian scientist left Tehran bound for the U.S. last fall, he had plans to complete the final stage of his research on treating stroke patients as a visiting scholar at the prestigious Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. Instead, when professor Masoud Soleimani touched down on U.S. soil, federal authorities armed with a secret indictment arrested him on charges that he had violated trade sanctions by trying to have biological material brought to Iran….

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Prominent Detroit priest removed from pulpit

Prominent Detroit priest removed from pulpit

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit said Sunday that it removed a prominent priest from public ministry after reviewing what it described as a “credible allegation” that he had sexually abused a child decades ago. The Rev. Eduard Perrone was suspended from ministry Friday, a month after The Associated Press began asking the pastor himself, the archdiocese and law enforcement authorities about a former altar boy’s allegations that Perrone had groped him. Archdiocese officials told…

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