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Thai military rulers appoint advisers; economy in doldrums

By Pracha Hariraksapitak BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's junta has appointed as advisers two retired generals with palace connections, putting powerful establishment figures hostile towards former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra firmly in the ascendant in the country's long-running power struggle. A seven-hour curfew the army imposed after the coup from 10 p.m each night will from Wednesday be shortened to four hours, starting from midnight.


5 reasons why media execs top CEO pay lists

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Once again, media company CEOs are among the highest paid executives in the nation, occupying six of the top 10 earning spots according to an Associated Press/Equilar study.


Fire kills 21 at SKorean hospital for elderly

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Twenty-one people suffocated and seven people were injured Wednesday in a fire at a hospital in southern South Korea that specializes in patients suffering from dementia and palsy, officials said.


Sterling responds to NBA, June 3 hearing still on

NEW YORK (AP) — Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling responded to the NBA's attempt to oust him on Tuesday, arguing that there is no basis for stripping him of his team because his racist statements were illegally recorded "during an inflamed lovers' quarrel in which he was clearly distraught."


91-year-old Rep. Hall ousted in Texas GOP primary

ROCKWALL, Texas (AP) — Congressman Ralph Hall, at 91 the oldest-ever member of the U.S. House, was ousted Tuesday in the Texas Republican runoff by a candidate barely half his age.


Snowden says he was 'trained as a spy'

US fugitive intelligence leaker Edward Snowden "trained as a spy" and worked "undercover overseas" for intelligence agencies, he told NBC News in aired excerpts from an interview. In his first interview in US media, Snowden hit back at claims that he was merely a low-level contractor, saying he worked "at all levels from -- from the bottom on the ground, all the way to the top." Snowden, who has been charged in the United States with espionage, was granted asylum by Russia in August 2013 after shaking the American intelligence establishment to its core with a series of leaks on mass surveillance in the United States and around the world. He said he had worked covertly as "a technical expert" for the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency, as well as as a trainer for the Defense Intelligence Agency.


California students mourn near scene of rampage

GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — Thousands of students at the University of California, Santa Barbara are mourning six of their fellow students who were killed in a deadly weekend rampage.


Santa Barbara attacks prompt action from lawmakers

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers on Tuesday proposed expanded restraining orders and new law enforcement procedures to deter the type of violent rampages that left six young people dead over the weekend near the University of California, Santa Barbara.


NYPD to carry heroin antidote as overdoses double

By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City police will begin carrying large amounts of anti-opiate drugs in an effort to combat a recent spike in heroin deaths, law enforcement officials said on Tuesday. Opiate overdoses killed more than 2,000 New York residents in 2011, more than double the number in 2004, state records show. Across the United States, the number of fatal opiate overdoses increased 45 percent from 2006-2010. “This program will literally save lives,” New York Attorney General Schneiderman said in a statement.


Day of mourning at UC Santa Barbara

GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — Classes were canceled Tuesday at the University of California, Santa Barbara, as the college community reeled from the deadly rampage that took the lives of six of its students.


Chinese man get 6 years in U.S. prison for smuggling rhino horns

NEWARK, New Jersey (AP) — An antiques dealer from China has been sentenced to nearly six years in U.S. federal prison after admitting he was the mastermind of an international smuggling ring that specialized in rhinoceros horns and elephant ivory.


Ukraine fighting intensifies after election

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Dozens of dead insurgents lay piled in a van outside a morgue Tuesday, and a rebel said more were on the way. Bomb disposal experts disarmed a mortar round lodged in a corpse. A wrecked and blood-soaked truck at the Donetsk airport showed the grisly aftermath of battle.

Withdrawal: Obama charts end to Afghan war by 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama announced plans Tuesday for keeping nearly 10,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan after this year but then withdrawing virtually all by the close of 2016 and the conclusion of his presidency, charting an end to America's longest war.


Myrtle Beach police scour social media in hunt for gunmen

By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON S.C. (Reuters) - Police in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina are studying videos on YouTube and Instagram and asking people to send any cellphone pictures to help identify gunmen in a weekend shooting that killed three people. The shooting, in one of the most popular tourist destinations in the U.S. Southeast, occurred during an annual sports motorcycle rally called the Atlantic Beach Bike Fest, a popular Memorial Day event. Late Saturday, police responded to a large street fight in front of an oceanfront motel and were attending to a man who had been shot when more gunshots rang out, officials said. Several people involved in the fight fled into the hotel when multiple shots were fired at them, killing two men and a woman, police said.      Jamie Williams 28, and Devonte Dantzler, 21, were pronounced dead at the scene.


US nears decision on training Syrian rebels

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama may soon sign off on a project to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels, in an open move that would significantly boost U.S. support to forces who have been asking for three years for military help in their quest to oust President Bashar Assad, administration officials said Tuesday.


After decades, dirty power plant to get clean

HOMER CITY, Pa. (AP) — Three years ago, the operators of one of the nation's dirtiest coal-fired power plants warned of "immediate and devastating" consequences from the Obama administration's push to clean up pollution from coal.


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