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A Little Break

Milepost 1211   It’s summer and I’ve noticed that readership has slacked off a bit now that it’s summer time so I’m going to take a short break from my computer and writing here to attend to a few other important matters.  Don’t fear...

Senior Ukrainian intelligence officer killed in car bombing

AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov MOSCOW (AP) — Ukrainian authorities say that a senior military intelligence officer has been killed in a car bomb in the country’s capital. Police said in a statement that the driver of a luxury car was killed instantly as the vehicle blew up...

2 leopard cubs make public debut in Germany, names sought

AP Photo/Jens Meyer LEIPZIG, Germany (AP) — Two Amur leopard cubs have made their public debut at the zoo in the German city of Leipzig. Now the search is on for their names. Mother Mia kept a close eye Tuesday on her two sons, who were born April 22 and now weigh more than...
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EU fines Google a record 2.4 billion euros in antitrust case

AP Photo/Virginia Mayo BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has slapped a record 2.42 billion euro ($2.72 billion) fine on internet giant Google on Tuesday for taking advantage of its dominance in online searches to direct customers to its own online shopping business....

‘Embarrassing’ Berlin police removed from G20 security duty

BERLIN (AP) — A group of Berlin police officers helping with security ahead of next week’s Group of 20 summit in Hamburg has been sent home after some reportedly partied excessively at the barracks where they were staying. More than 220 officers were sent back to the...

With a year to go, Russia's World Cup faces challenges

AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis MOSCOW (AP) — After years of controversy, Russian officials think their World Cup has weathered the storm. Stadiums are either finished or nearing completion, and the Confederations Cup is going smoothly. “The project is very big and there...

Germany: Merkel's challenger sees quick vote on gay marriage

AP Photo/Michael Sohn BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel’s center-left rivals said Tuesday they would seek a parliamentary vote this week on legalizing gay marriage after the German leader backed off her conservatives’ long-standing refusal to budge on the...
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A look back at the EU's 7 years of legal battle with Google

AP Photo/Virginia Mayo BRUSSELS (AP) — As the European Union fines Google for abusing its dominance in online searches, here is a look back at the key dates in the bloc’s legal tussle with the technology company. — November 2010 – The EU opens formal...

Alabama man accused of stealing Atlanta Braves golf cart

ATLANTA (AP) — Police say an Alabama man is accused of stealing a golf cart at the Atlanta Braves stadium and crashing it. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Marcus Jerry Stephens is accused of stealing a $4,500 golf cart that belongs to the Braves. A warrant...

The Latest: Iranians brush off US travel ban

AP Photo/Ted S. Warren WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to partially reinstate President Donald Trump’s travel ban (all times local): 5:30 a.m. Iranians at Tehran’s international airport say they don’t expect to...