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July 02, 2018 - 12:00 am


The Latest: Expert: Many challenges ahead for Thai rescuers

MAE SAI, Thailand (AP) — A leading American cave rescue expert says many challenges are ahead for rescue divers in Thailand who located the 12 boys and their soccer coach who had been missing in a cave for more than a week.

Anmar Mirza, the U.S. National Cave Rescue Commission coordinator, says the primary decision is now one of whether to try to evacuate them or to supply them in place.

He says "supplying them on site may face challenges depending on how difficult the dives are. Trying to take non-divers through a cave is one of the most dangerous situations possible, even if the dives are relatively easy."

He says that "if the dives are difficult then supply will be difficult, but the risk of trying to dive them out is also exponentially greater."

Rescuers located the boys, aged 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old coach alive deep inside the partially flooded cave in northern Thailand late Monday. They disappeared when flooding trapped them after entering the cave on June 23.


The Latest: Murkowski wants Kennedy-like high court nominee

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski says the person who replaces Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court should be in the same mold as the retiring justice.

Speaking Monday at an Anchorage news conference, Murkowski noted Kennedy's pivotal role on the court. He has often served as a swing vote between the court's liberal and conservative justices.

President Donald Trump has said he will announce his nominee to the court on July 9. Abortion rights are seen as a litmus test for the next nominee.

Murkowski and Maine Sen. Susan Collins are moderate Republicans who support access to abortion services.

Collins has told CNN she couldn't support a nominee who "demonstrated hostility" toward Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that affirmed women's right to abortion.



The Latest: Trump sees 'good' ties with Mexico's new leader

MEXICO CITY (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump is predicting a positive relationship with Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.  

Trump says he "had a lot of good conversation" with the leftist leader Monday for about 30 minutes, a day after Lopez Obrador's victory.  

Trump says "I think the relationship will be a very good one." 

Speaking during a meeting with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, Trump says he and Lopez Obrador discussed border security and trade.  

He says: "We talked about trade, we talked about NAFTA, we talked about a separate deal, just Mexico and the United States."  

Trump said this weekend that he was delaying efforts to renegotiate NAFTA until after the November midterm elections.


U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has congratulated Mexico on its election.

U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said Monday the secretary-general "congratulates the people of Mexico for the civic exercise of participation in the largest elections that the country has celebrated."

Haq said the U.N. chief "expresses the readiness of the United Nations to work with the new administration continuing a longstanding tradition of excellent cooperation between Mexico and the United Nations."


Trump's former personal lawyer says he'll put family first

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump's longtime personal lawyer, who once said he would do anything to protect the president, says in an ABC News interview that he now puts "family and country first."

Michael Cohen also told George Stephanopoulos that he would defer to his new lawyer, Guy Petrillo, if federal prosecutors charge him with anything in their investigation. FBI agents raided Cohen's home, office and hotel room in April as part of a probe into his business dealings.

Cohen added that he is not a "villain of this story" and will "not be a punching bag" as part of anyone's "defense strategy."

Cohen was Trump's longtime fixer and a key player in the Trump Organization. He spoke to Stephanopoulos in an off-camera interview over the weekend and the details were released on ABC's "Good Morning America" on Monday.


Slain journalist to be honored at memorial

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Relatives, friends and colleagues of slain journalist Rob Hiaasen will gather to remember the man who was one of five victims killed in last week's shooting at a Maryland newspaper.

The Monday evening memorial at a Maryland nature center is expected to be a "celebration of life" for the 59-year-old assistant managing editor of the Capital Gazette in Annapolis.

Nicknamed "Big Rob," Hiaasen was known for his commitment to high standards in community journalism and his mentoring relationship with young journalists.

Hiaasen had just celebrated his 33rd wedding anniversary with his wife, Maria, whose birthday was on the day of the newsroom attack. A 38-year-old man has been charged with five counts of murder.

The slain journalist's brother is Carl Hiaasen, a prolific novelist and a longtime Miami Herald columnist.


The Latest: Weinstein expects to be 'fully vindicated'

NEW YORK (AP) — Harvey Weinstein expects to be "fully vindicated" in the wake of new charges alleging a sex crime against a third woman.

That's according to the Hollywood mogul's lawyer, Ben Brafman. He issued a statement Monday after Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. announced an updated indictment.

The updated indictment alleges the Hollywood mogul performed a forcible sex act on the woman in 2006. The new charges join previous ones alleging forcible sex acts in 2004 and 2013.

Brafman says any actions were consensual and charging Weinstein as a predator "is simply not justified."

Weinstein is scheduled for arraignment Monday, July 9.


Fresh grounds for coffee: Study shows it may boost longevity

CHICAGO (AP) — New research offers fresh grounds for drinking coffee, showing that it may boost chances for a longer life.

In a study of nearly half-a-million British adults, coffee drinkers had a slightly lower risk of death over 10 years than abstainers. Even those who drank at least eight cups daily appeared to have a longevity boost.

Coffee contains more than 1,000 compounds that might explain the results, including cell-protecting antioxidants.

The benefit was seen with instant, ground and decaf coffee. The study echoes previous research. But it's the first large study to show a benefit even for people with genes that cause their bodies to metabolize caffeine faster or slower than usual.

The study was published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine.


The Latest: Hundreds mourn at vigil for stabbing victims

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Hundreds of people are mourning at a Boise, Idaho, vigil honoring members of refugee families targeted in a stabbing at a child's party that left the 3-year-old birthday girl dead.

The Monday evening gathering was held at City Hall and featured more than a dozen baskets filled with white flowers. A speaker asked for a moment of prayer.

The stabbing Saturday night at a Boise apartment complex left three adults and five other children injured.

Timmy Kinner, the 30-year-old suspect, has been charged with several felonies including first-degree murder.

Police say they believe Kinner may have been trying to get revenge for being asked to leave the apartment complex over bad behavior.


Honeybees finding it harder to eat at America's bee hot spot

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new federal study finds bees are having a much harder time finding food in America's last honeybee refuge.

The country's hot spot for commercial beekeeping is the Northern Great Plains of the Dakotas and neighboring areas, where more than 1 million colonies spend their summer feasting on pollen and nectar from wildflowers and other plants.

Clint Otto of the U.S. Geological Survey calculates that from 2006 to 2016, more than half the conservation land within a mile of bee colonies was converted into agriculture, usually row crops like soybeans and corn. Those don't feed bees.

Otto says bees that have a hard time finding food are less likely to survive the winter.

The study is in Monday's Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.


Giant LeBron banner to be removed again in Cleveland

CLEVELAND (AP) — The massive LeBron James banner hanging downtown is being removed again following the superstar's announcement he's leaving Cleveland.

The 10-story billboard, which shows James wearing his No. 23 jersey with his arms spread wide has become a city landmark. It was also removed in 2010 when he decided to join the Miami Heat. On Sunday, James agreed to sign a four-year, $153 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.

A spokesman for Sherwin-Williams, which owns the building where the banner hangs, said Nike is taking the banner down later this week. Sherwin-Williams is evaluating what to do with the wall on its global headquarters.

After learning the billboard was coming down, some people headed over to take photos in front of it.

Cleveland fans are recovering from losing James for the second time. His jerseys have been reduced by 40 percent in the Cavs' team shop at Quicken Loans Arena.


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