Feds cite efforts to obstruct investigation into Trump estate documents
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department says classified documents were “likely covered up and removed” from former President Donald Trump’s estate in Florida as part of an effort to obstruct the federal investigation into the discovery of government archives. A court filing filed Tuesday night shows the FBI also seized 33 boxes containing more than 100 classified documents during its Aug. 8 search of Mar-a-Lago and found classified documents hidden in Trump’s office. The filing presents the most detailed timeline yet of months of tense interactions between Justice Department officials and Trump officials over the discovery of government secrets.
Gorbachev mourned as a rare but still bitter world leader
BERLIN (AP) — Mikhail Gorbachev, the last leader of the Soviet Union, is widely believed to be the man who restored democracy to many European countries under communist rule. He is hailed as a rare leader who changed the world and for a time brought hope for peace among the superpowers. But the man who died in Moscow on Tuesday aged 91 was also reviled by many in his own country who blamed him for the implosion of the Soviet Union in 1991 and its dwindling as a superpower. The loss of pride and power also led to the eventual rise of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has spent the past quarter-century trying to restore Russia to its former glory and beyond.
UN inspectors visit Ukrainian nuclear power plant in war zone
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — United Nations inspectors head to Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. It is a long-awaited mission that the world hopes will help secure the Russian-held facility in the middle of a war zone and avert catastrophe. Underlining the danger, Kyiv and Moscow again accused each other on Wednesday of attacking the area around Europe’s largest nuclear power plant. In recent days, the plant was temporarily taken out of service due to a fire on the transmission line. This heightened fears that the fighting could lead to a massive radioactive leak or even a reactor meltdown. The risks are so severe that authorities have started distributing anti-radiation iodine tablets to nearby residents.
USA: Prison chaplain used faith and fear to abuse inmates
A former California prison chaplain who pleaded guilty to forcing an inmate to have sex with him faces a federal court conviction. James Theodore Highhouse allegedly abused several women at the Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, California. Prosecutors are asking for a 10-year prison sentence for Highhouse while his lawyers are asking for a two-year sentence. Highhouse is among five Bay Area jail workers charged in the past 14 months with sexually abusing inmates. Earlier this year, an Associated Press investigation revealed years of sexual misconduct at Dublin prison, including allegations against the former warden.
Princess Diana fans rally to mark her death 25 years ago
LONDON (AP) — Fans of the late Princess Diana paid their respects outside the gates of her Kensington Palace home, marking the 25th anniversary of her death in a car crash in Paris. An arrangement of white chrysanthemums spelling “Princess Diana” sat among photos and messages left Wednesday by admirers, some of whom said they make annual pilgrimages to the spot to remember the tragedy. Diana died on August 31, 1997, aged 36, stunning people around the world who thought they knew the princess after watching her successes and struggles unfold on TV screens and the front pages of newspapers for 17 year. The tributes left outside Kensington Palace on Wednesday were a small reminder of the mountains of flowers piled up there in the days following Diana’s death.
Young people follow the news, but with little joy, survey finds
NEW YORK (AP) — A survey of people between the ages of 16 and 40 reveals that millennials and Gen Z follow the news but aren’t so happy with what they see. The study conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and the American Press Institute indicates that 79% of people in this age group follow the news daily, contrary to perceptions that many are disconnected. But only 32% say they enjoy following the news, compared to 53% in a similar study seven years ago. The study also shows that many young people accuse news outlets of spreading false information and suggest they are fed up with “hunger journalism” that depicts debates between people with extreme views.
Zombie cells at the heart of the quest for an active and vital old age
A growing number of scientists are trying to help people achieve a goal that humans have pursued throughout history: to stay active and vital in old age. They are part of the burgeoning scientific field of cellular senescence, which is based on the idea that cells eventually stop dividing. The body eliminates most of them, but others linger like zombies, not quite dead and harming normal cells nearby. They accumulate in older bodies, and there is growing evidence linking this to a range of age-related conditions like dementia, cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis. Scientists wonder: can the buildup of zombie cells be stopped by things like drugs or exercise?
UN weather agency predicts rare La Nina ‘triple dip’ in 2022
GENEVA (AP) – The United Nations meteorological agency predicts that the phenomenon known as La Nina is set to last until the end of this year, a mysterious “triple trough” – the first of this century – caused by three consecutive years of its effect on climate patterns such as drought and floods around the world. The World Meteorological Organization says La Nina conditions have strengthened in the eastern and central equatorial Pacific with increased trade winds in recent weeks. La Nina is a natural, cyclical cooling of parts of the equatorial Pacific that changes weather patterns around the world, as opposed to the warming caused by the better known El Nino.
South Korea May Investigate Military Service of BTS Members
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea may hold a public inquiry to help determine whether to grant exemptions from mandatory military service to members of K-pop boy group BTS. The question of military service for the seven members of the group is a hot topic in South Korea as its oldest member, Jin, is likely to enlist in December, when he turns 30. The defense minister told lawmakers he had ordered authorities to implement an investigation quickly. . He said his ministry will also consider various other factors such as the economic impact of BTS, the importance of military service, and the overall national interest. By law, all able-bodied men in South Korea must serve 18 to 21 months in the military. But exemptions are granted to certain sportsmen, musicians and artists.
Stocks off to a mixed start, stay lower for the week
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks started slightly higher on Wall Street, but major indexes remain lower for the week after several days of declines. Technology and healthcare companies were up early Wednesday, while energy companies fell along with crude oil prices. The S&P 500 was barely in the green, the Nasdaq was about half a percent higher. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was little changed. Bed Bath & Beyond lost around a quarter of its value after announcing a major restructuring and share sale. Treasury yields rose slightly. European markets were down and Asian markets closed mixed.
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