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S. Koreans vote for new president to succeed ousted Park

South Korean presidential candidate Moon Jae-in of the Democratic Party gives his supporters a thums-up sign during an election campaign in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, May 8, 2017. Two months after booting their sitting president over corruption allegations, South Koreans will select a new leader Tuesday after weeks of heated debate (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man) SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Koreans voted today for a new president, with victory widely predicted for a liberal candidate who has pledged to improve ties with North Korea, re-examine a contentious U.S. missile defense shield and push sweeping economic changes. Conservatives worry that...

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N. Korea claims plot reveals US state-sponsored terrorism

TOKYO (AP) — After arresting two American university instructors and laying out what it says was an elaborate, CIA-backed plot to assassinate Kim Jong Un, North Korea is claiming to be the victim of state-sponsored terrorism — from the White House. The assertion comes as the U.S. is considering putting the North back on its list of terror sponsors. But the vitriolic outrage over the alleged plan to assassinate Kim last month is also being doled out with an unusually big dollop of retaliation threats, raising a familiar question: What on earth is going on in Pyongyang? North Korea’s state-run media announced Sunday that an ethnic Korean man with U.S. citizenship was “intercepted” two days ago by authorities for unspecified hostile acts against the country. He was identified as Kim Hak Song, an employee of the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology. That came just days after the North announced the detention of an accounting instructor at the same university, Kim Sang Dok, also a U.S. citizen, for “acts of hostility aimed to overturn” the country. Their workplace is North Korea’s only privately funded university and has a large number of foreign teachers, including Americans. What connection, if any, the arrests have to the alleged plot is unknown. But they bring to four the number of U.S. citizens now known to be in custody in the North. “Obviously this...

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World news in brief

Car bomb hits Mogadishu cafe, killing 5, say Somalia police MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A car bomb has exploded at a cafe in Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital, Monday evening, killing at least five people and injuring 10 others, according to a Somali police officer. The car bomb parked outside Bar Italia was detonated near people sitting outside the cafe which is close to Somalia’s immigration department, said Capt. Mohamed Hussein. Al-Shabab, Somalia’s homegrown Islamic extremist rebels who are linked to al-Qaida, have claimed responsibility for the blast. Despite being ousted from most cities and towns, al-Shabab continue to carry out deadly attacks in Mogadishu and across large parts of Somalia. In Chile, dogs help kids with autism on their dentist visits SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Diego Rosales was so terrified during his dental appointments when he was 4 that he kept biting his dentist. Today, the 9-year-old is far calmer, soothed by the presence of “Zucca,” a black Labrador that helps children like him with autism face one of their worst fears. A visit to the dentist can be daunting for any child, but it’s especially so for many with autism. They can be upset by the lights in their faces or frightened by the noises of the instruments. Some have to be sedated. Therapy dogs have been used in many countries to calm autistic children and aid people with...

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The Mother’s Day debate: Stay in or go out?

NEW YORK (AP) — Leslie Young is the California mom of four kids 9 and younger. For her, Mother’s Day is far from serene. “Just because it’s Mother’s Day doesn’t mean the nurse, chauffer, chef, janitor, hair stylist or activity coordinator get the day off,” she said of all the hats she wears. In fact, her Mother’s Day will begin the Saturday before, when she’ll organize a gathering for her own mom, then a Sunday, after-church affair for her mother-in-law, typically in a fancy restaurant around Carlsbad, north of San Diego, where she lives — and the 36-year-old Young considers a fancy restaurant “nothing short of a circus.” “I would lovea to spend Mother’s Day at home, where my kids can run amok and it doesn’t matter because no one else is there to judge me,” she said. Sorry, Leslie, but do know that you’re not alone. Staying home for Mother’s Day versus going out for a special meal is befuddling for others as well, and especially families with small children. On the one hand, yay! Fancy outing. On the other hand, yikes! Who’s got the energy and wants to spend it chasing little ones around a restaurant? And it’s not always just about little kids around white tablecloths and spillable drinks. Denise Wilson, 47, has two teens, 13 and 15, and still wants out of the restaurant outing...

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The GOP has a lot of promises to keep on healthcare

Last week, the House of Representatives passed a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. That was only the first act in a legislative drama that now moves to the Senate. It’s far too early to guess what the outcome will be, but one thing’s for sure: Republicans are making wildly optimistic promises on healthcare that they can’t possibly keep. “We will have truly great healthcare!” President Trump tweeted on Friday. “Premiums will be coming down,” he proclaimed at his victory rally in the White House Rose Garden. “Deductibles will be coming down.” In an interview with Bloomberg News, he renewed his promise that any bill he signs will be “every bit as good on (covering) pre-existing conditions as Obamacare.” And Kevin McCarthy, the House Republican leader, added boldly that “nobody” will lose Medicaid under the bill. “We’re not taking a benefit away,” he said. All those claims are half-true at best. If the House bill becomes law, premiums will come down for some people, mostly young, healthy, affluent people — but they’ll rise for others, mostly the working poor. Contrary to Trump, the House bill isn’t “every bit as good” on preexisting conditions as Obamacare. It removes the current law’s guarantee that people with preexisting conditions won’t have to pay higher premiums. As for McCarthy’s claim that nobody will lose Medicaid benefits, that’s a bit of...

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Man convicted in boating death of girl on family vacation

Alexander West and his defense lawyer Cheryl Coleman listen to the jury’s verdict Monday, May 8, 2017, in a fatal boat crash case in Warren County Court in Queensbury, N.Y.. West, on trial for manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide and 10 other charges stemming from the death last summer of 8-year-old Charlotte McCue, was found guilty of eight of 12 counts with the weightiest charge being second-degree manslaughter.  (Shawn LaChapelle/The Post-Star via AP, Pool) QUEENSBURY (AP) — An upstate New York man was convicted Monday in the boating death of an 8-year-old California girl who was vacationing with her family...

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Plan to crack down on deadly gang violence clears NY Senate

ALBANY (AP) — New York lawmakers are hoping to battle deadly MS-13 gang violence with a proposal that could keep gang members behind bars longer. The Republican-led Senate approved a bill Monday to increase penalties for crimes connected to street gangs and create new crimes for gang involvement. Supporters say the bill is especially necessary in light of a string of killings on Long Island this year of mostly young people. At least 11 violent deaths since September in blue-collar communities Brentwood and Central Islip have been attributed to a street gang with Central American ties, MS-13. The proposal, the state’s first legal definition of criminal street gangs, would also create model curriculums for schools related to education and gang violence prevention. Republican Senator Martin Golden from Brooklyn, a former New York City police officer who is sponsoring the bill, said a dual-pronged approach would give prosecutors tools to for tracking gang activity, as well as prevent gang formation and recruitment be educating young people. The bill defines a street gang as “an association in fact of two or more individuals identified by a common name, sign, dress, symbols, tattoos, or other mark or markings.” Some Democrats said it’s too broad and would allow for criminalization of non-gang members. “What I hope I won’t see with this bill is if you see four men on the corner, when they’re...

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The Recorder – 05/08/2017

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French put pro-EU Macron into presidency

French President-elect Emmanuel Macron gestures during a victory celebration outside the Louvre museum in Paris, France, Sunday, May 7, 2017. Speaking to thousands of supporters from the Louvre Museum’s courtyard, Macron said that France is facing an “immense task” to rebuild European unity, fix the economy and ensure security against extremist threats. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus) By JOHN LEICESTER  and SYLVIE CORBET Associated Press PARIS — Ripping up France’s political map, French voters elected independent centrist Emmanuel Macron as the country’s youngest president Sunday, delivering a resounding victory to the unabashedly pro-European former investment banker and dashing the populist dream...

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Cause of Chapman Drive fire believed to be electrical

Mark Perfetti/For The Recorder Firefighters spray water on a house on Chapman Drive on Saturday. By JOHN PURCELL Recorder News staff TOWN OF AMSTERDAM — Electrical wires are believed to be the cause of a fire that destroyed a home on Chapman Drive Saturday, according to fire officials. Cranesville Fire Assistant Chief Thomas Champain said Sunday the blaze appeared to have ignited where electrical wires connected to the home from a utility pole. The Cranesville Fire Department responded at approximately 5:28 p.m. Saturday to 326 Chapman Drive in the town of Amsterdam for a fire, which proved difficult to...

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