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Kim Jong Un again calls for step-by-step denuclearization

Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images(BEIJING) — In their third meeting in less than three months, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Chinese President Xi Jinping reportedly hailed their close and growing ties, while Xi urged the United States and North Korea to build on the momentum from their Singapore summit. “No matter how the international and …

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More Dean Foods plant closings expected

A milk marketer confirms Dean Foods will be closing more processing plants. National Farmers Organization’s Kendell Lockwood works with dairy farmers and processors throughout Michigan. He tells Brownfield reports that Dean Foods will be closing seven plants in seven states are true for Michigan.   “We had a feeling that this was coming so we were …

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Mississippi mother charged in infant son’s hot-car death

Jackson County Sheriff’s Office(VANCLEAVE, Miss.) — A mother in southern Mississippi has been charged with second-degree murder after her 10-month-old son was left in a hot car and died, authorities said. The child, Kash Barhonovich, died last Thursday after being left in his mother’s parked car for an unknown length of time outside her home, …

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Facebook campaign tops $9M to reunite immigrant families separated at border

John Moore/Getty Images(NEW YORK) —  In a little over four days, a fundraising campaign on Facebook has topped $9 million to help reunite undocumented families split up by the U.S. government at the Mexico border. The fundraiser page, “Reunite an immigrant parent with their child,” was launched on Saturday by three former Facebook employees. As …

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Canada becomes second country to fully legalize marijuana

Photodisc/Thinkstock(TORONTO) — Canadian lawmakers approved landmark legislation on Tuesday to fully legalize marijuana. The move will make Canada the second country in the world to legalize cannabis for both medical and recreational purposes nationwide. Uruguay was the first to fully legalize the drug. Bill C-45, also known as the Cannabis Act, was first introduced on …

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Heavy rain, flooding will continue for Midwest and South

ABC News(NEW YORK) — There were nearly 150 damaging storm reports Tuesday from Washington, D.C., to Denver, including five reported tornadoes, with many of the areas looking at more rain and possible flooding on Wednesday. Some of the worst damage on Tuesday was reported in Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas, where hail bigger than baseballs covered …

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Heavy rain, flooding will continue for Midwest and South

ABC News(NEW YORK) — There were nearly 150 damaging storm reports Tuesday from Washington, D.C., to Denver, including five reported tornadoes, with many of the areas looking at more rain and possible flooding on Wednesday. Some of the worst damage on Tuesday was reported in Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas, where hail bigger than baseballs covered …

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Showery pattern expanding across the Heartland

Across the Corn Belt, scattered showers and thunderstorms are maintaining generally favorable growing conditions for corn and soybeans. However, pockets of drought in the southwestern Corn Belt have left soybeans rated 19% very poor to poor in Missouri, where topsoil moisture was rated 67% very short to short on June 17. On the Plains, locally …

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A wet, active pattern continues across the Heartland

A wet pattern will prevail during the next few days along a west-to-east axis stretching from the central Plains into the Mid-Atlantic region. The heaviest rain will occur along a slow-moving cold front that will generally separate hot, humid weather across the South from cool, dry air across the nation’s northern tier. A low-pressure system …

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Pennsylvania police shoot, kill teen fleeing from them at traffic stop, authorities say

iStock/Thinkstock(PITTSBURGH) — Pennsylvania police shot and killed a 17-year-old boy near Pittsburgh Tuesday night after pulling over a vehicle believed to have been connected to an earlier shooting incident, authorities said Wednesday. Officials have not released the names of anyone involved. The Allegheny County Police Department reported receiving multiple 911 calls of shots fired in …

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Kate Spade’s namesake brand pledges $1M to suicide prevention groups

David Howells/Corbis/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Kate Spade New York will donate $1 million to suicide prevention groups after its founder’s death by suicide earlier this month. “Kate Spade was a true fashion icon who brought joy to the lives of women around the world, and inspired women to live life to the fullest. We are …

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Massachusetts jogger details how she escaped terrifying abduction attempt

iStock/Thinkstock(BRIDGEWATER, Mass.) — A Massachusetts woman is opening up about how she managed to fight off a convicted rapist who attacked her over the weekend and tried to force her into his car. The woman, who asked not to be identified, spoke out Wednesday in an interview with ABC’s Good Morning America, offering exclusive details …

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Family of 12-year-old New Jersey girl who killed herself sues school district

Family Photo(ROCKAWAY, N.J.) — The family of a 12-year-old who committed suicide has filed a lawsuit against the young girl’s school district, claiming it failed to protect her from months of intense bullying. Mallory Grossman, a sixth-grader at Copeland Middle School in Rockaway, New Jersey, killed herself on June 14, 2017, following months of “ongoing …

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Putting a dollar figure on trade disruptions

Grain and livestock futures are suffering as the Trump Administration negotiates with key export customers like China and Mexico. Iowa State University extension economist Chad Hart says some commodities have been hit especially hard, and marketing through this uncertainty is proving quite difficult.         Continue reading Putting a dollar figure on trade …

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Almost $118B worth of US homes threatened by rising sea levels, report says

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A report published by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) has found that nearly 311,000 coastal homes — worth $117.5 billion — are at risk of chronic flooding due to sea level rise over the next 30 years. The advocacy group said rising sea levels are a result of climate change as …

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Did Minneapolis cops pressure medics to sedate suspects with ketamine?

iStock/Thinkstock(MINNEAPOLIS) — In a joint statement on Monday, Minneapolis’ mayor and police chief sought an independent investigation into claims that city police asked emergency medical responders to sedate dozens of criminal suspects and others over the past three years with the powerful tranquilizer ketamine, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. In some cases, suspects were …

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Facebook campaign tops $5 million to reunite immigrant families separated at border

iStock/Thinkstock(SILICON VALLEY) — In a little over three days, a fundraising campaign on Facebook has topped $6 million to help reunite undocumented families split up by the U.S. government at the Mexico border. The fundraiser page, “Reunite an immigrant parent with their child,” was launched on Saturday by three Facebook employees. As of Tuesday night …

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Boater and 2 dogs rescued from tree after their boat sank in Louisiana

ABC News(BOSSIER PARISH, LA.) — An elderly neighbor with a boat became a hero in Louisiana on Monday when he and two sheriff’s deputies saved a man and two dogs stuck in a tree after his boat sank. The watery rescue scene unfolded on Lake Bistineau after the stranded boater made a series of desperate …

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Computer glitch grounding 2,500 flights could take days to sort out, airline says

IStock/Thinkstock(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) — A computer glitch that grounded 2,500 American Airlines flights and left passengers stranded for days at a major U.S. airport has now been “stabilized” but it could still take days to sort out the mess, according to the airline. Between 200 and 1,000 passengers have been sleeping at the Charlotte Douglas International …

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announces plan to sue Trump administration over child separation policy

Drew Angerer/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo intends to file a lawsuit against the Trump administration over its controversial immigration policies, including the “callous and inhumane” practice of separating children from their parents at the U.S. border, he announced Tuesday. The state of New York will file a multi-agency lawsuit accusing the …

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