Starbucks Manhattan No-Pest Strips: Lawsuit accuses coffee chain of using poisonous pesticide in stores

No-Pest strips that emit poisonous vapor were allegedly used to control fruit flies and other pests at Starbucks stores throughout Manhattan, posing safety risk to workers and customers, two lawsuits claim.Starbucks dismisses the claims as without merit, saying the lawyers and plaintiffs involved are trying to “incite public fear for their own financial gain.”Coffee chain […]

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South America blackout: Power grid failure leaves tens of millions without electricity across Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay

A massive blackout left tens of millions of people without electricity in Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay on Sunday. The Argentine president called it an “unprecedented” failure in the countries’ interconnected power grid. Authorities were working frantically to restore power, and by the evening, electricity had returned to 98 percent of Argentina, according to state news […]

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Istanbul election results: Ekrem Imamoglu wins mayor race against the opposition of President Erdogan

Istanbul, Turkey —The opposition candidate for mayor of Istanbul celebrated a landmark win Sunday in a closely watched repeat election that ended weeks of political tension and broke President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s party’s 25-year hold on Turkey’s biggest city. The victory by Ekrem Imamoglu, 49, is a stunning victory for the opposition party in Turkey, which […]

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Homestead, Florida, detention center: Protesters in South Florida want detention center for kids shut down

Homestead, Fla. — Clutching signs and umbrellas against a drenching downpour, scores of people protested Sunday outside a South Florida facility that has become the nation’s biggest location for detaining immigrant children. A coalition of religious groups and immigrant advocates said they want the Homestead detention center closed. Protesters held signs that read “Homes Instead!” […]

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Hong Kong makes history as demonstrators march against government over halted extradition bill

In Hong Kong’s biggest protests since Britain handed this former colony back to China in 1997, organizers said nearly 2 million people took to the streets Sunday to denounce their own government and, by extension, Beijing and China’s Communist party.  Angry yet peaceful demonstrators, clad in black to signify their fury, shouted slogans and showed […]

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Health groups call out tobacco marketing aimed at teens on social media

Tobacco and e-cigarette companies are paying so-called social media influencers — quasi-celebrities with large followings — to promote and market their products directly to young people on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat, according to a letter from more than 100 public health and tobacco-free organizations.  The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and other organizations on Wednesday […]

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Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten denied parole by California Gov. Gavin Newsom

California Gov. Gavin Newsom overruled a parole board’s decision to free Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten on Monday, marking the third time a governor has stopped the release of the youngest member of Manson’s murderous cult. Van Houten, 69, is still a threat, Newsom said. “While I commend Ms. Van Houten for her efforts […]

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Beyoncé in “The Lion King”: Disney’s new trailer for “The Lion King” reveals Beyoncé’s voice as Nala for first time

For Beyoncé fans who just couldn’t wait to hear the star’s portrayal of Nala in “The Lion King” — be prepared. Disney just dropped a new trailer for its live-action version of the classic animated flick and it features her voice for the very first time. The 30-second long trailer heavily showcases the performer’s take on […]

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Ice on Fire: HBO trailer released for Leonardo DiCaprio-narrated climate change documentary

HBO released the trailer for Leonardo DiCaprio’s upcoming environmental documentary Wednesday, which also coincided with International Biodiversity Day. DiCaprio produced and narrated “Ice on Fire,” which “offers hope that we can actually stave off the worst effects of global warming,” according to an HBO press release. “The melting of the world’s snow and ice has now […]

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Meek Mill: Philadelphia district attorney wants new trial for rapper also known as Robert Rihmeek Williams

Philadelphia’s top prosecutor called for a new trial and judge for rapper Meek Mill on Wednesday. District Attorney Larry Krasner said the former judge who sentenced the rapper “abused its discretion” and has been biased against him. The district Attorney’s office filed a brief questioning Common Pleas Court Judge Genece Brinkley’s “impartiality,” citing her decision […]

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