Gospel star Edwin Hawkins dies, aged 74


Image caption The Edwin Hawkins Singers were pioneers of contemporary gospel music The American gospel music star Edwin Hawkins has died at his home in California, at the age of 74 The Grammy-winning singer had been suffering from pancreatic cancer, his publicist said Hawkins was regarded as a pioneer of urban gospel music, blending gospel hymns with secular sound He is best-known for the 1969...

Australian Open 2018: Johanna Konta beats Madison Brengle to reach second round


British number one Johanna Konta made swift progress into the second round of the Australian Open with victory over American Madison Brengle Konta, seeded ninth, won 6-3 6-1 on Hisense Arena, the third show court at Melbourne Park The Briton had lost three of their four previous matches but was far too strong for the world number 90 this time Konta, 26, goes on to face American Bernarda Pera, the...

Thirteen siblings found chained, starving in California home; parents charged


(Reuters) - Thirteen malnourished siblings, ranging in age from 2 to 29, were rescued by police in California from a house where some of them had been chained to beds, and their parents have been charged with torture, officials said on Monday “Deputies located what they believed to be 12 children inside the house, but were shocked to discover that seven of them were actually adults,” police said...

Parents held 13 people captive in home, police say


The victims ranged in age from 2 to 29, the Riverside County Sheriff's Department said in a statement A 17-year-old girl managed to escape from the residence in Perris, California on Sunday and called 911 from a cell phone she found in the house, police said The girl claimed her 12 brothers and sisters were being held captive inside the home by her parents, some of them bound with chains and...

Thirteen siblings rescued from California house; parents charged


(Reuters) - Thirteen siblings, ranging in age from 2 to 29, were rescued by police in California from a house where some of them had been chained to beds, and their parents have been charged with torture, officials said on Monday Police made the discovery after a 17-year-old girl escaped the house in Perris, about 70 miles (113 km) east of Los Angeles, and used a cellular phone she had found in...

Donald Trump escalates feud over 'racial slur'


Media captionTrump's alleged remarks 'a punch in the guts'President Donald Trump has said he was "totally misrepresented" by those saying he used the term "shithole" to describe African nations last week Mr Trump also said the allegation was hurting efforts to strike a deal to protect so-called Dreamer immigrants The president was responding to a claim by Democratic Senator Dick Durbin that he...

'Black widow of the Riveria' murder trial


The case was re-opened the following year after investigators after police found vials of Valium and personal documents belonging to about a dozen different men among her belongings The documents included IDs, bank account details and health insurance cards They linked her to the case of 85-year-old Francesco Filippone, whose badly decomposed body was found in his bathtub in Mouans-Sartoux...

Top US gymnast Biles reveals abuse


Biles won four gold medals at the Rio Olympics in 2016Four-time Olympic champion Simone Biles says she was sexually abused by former Team USA gymnastics sports doctor Larry Nassar In an emotional statement, Biles, a star of the Rio Games, said she would not let Nassar "steal my love and joy" Nassar will be sentenced this month over two cases in which he admits assaulting female gymnasts The 54...

North Korea meeting to stress importance of sanctions: Canada


VANCOUVER (Reuters) - A summit on curbing North Korea’s nuclear ambitions will focus in part on how to ensure countries fully implement all the sanctions imposed on the reclusive state, a Canadian government source said on Monday Senior officials from 20 nations will gather in Vancouver on Tuesday for the full-day meeting, which is designed to increase diplomatic and financial pressure on...

Senator: Republicans should stand up to Trump's Stalin-like tactics


Jeff Flake said he is not comparing Trump to Stalin directly He called for other Republicans to speak out when Trump attacks the press "I hope that more of my colleagues will stand up when the President uses 'fake news,' for example, in ways that I think put journalists across the world in danger," Flake told CNN's Christiane Amanpour Flake has been among the most outspoken critics of Trump's...

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