Judge sets July hearing on Boy Scouts settlement agreement

DOVER, Del. — A bankruptcy judge has set a July 29 hearing on the proposed $850 million settlement agreement the Boy Scouts of America have with attorneys representing some 60,000 victims of child sex abuse, giving insurance companies and others who oppose it more time to weigh in. The agreement was reached last week by […]

Marine guilty of involuntary manslaughter in hazing death

NORFOLK, Va. — A member of an elite group of U.S. Marines has been convicted of involuntary manslaughter and related charges for his role in the hazing death of a U.S. Green Beret while the men served in Africa, the U.S. Navy said in a news release Friday. But Gunnery Sgt. Mario Madera-Rodriguez was found […]

EU investigates Google's conduct in digital ad tech sector

LONDON — European Union regulators have launched a fresh antitrust investigation of Google, this time over whether the U.S. tech giant is stifling competition in digital advertising technology. The European Commission said Tuesday that it has opened a formal investigation into whether Google violated the bloc’s competition rules by favoring its own online display advertising […]

Activists protest EU migration policies at Croatian border

MALJEVAC, Croatia — Dozens of human rights advocates briefly blocked Croatia’s border with Bosnia on Saturday to protest the European Union’s migration policies. The protesters demanded that EU’s border agency, Frontex, be dismantled and countries end their pushbacks of migrants trying to reach Western Europe. Waving banners reading “Stop deportation,” or “No human is illegal,” […]

Wildfires blaze in Siberia, Russian Far East

MOSCOW — Russian emergency workers fought wildfires burning Sunday on more than 550 square kilometers (212 square miles) of territory mostly in Siberia and the Far East. The state agency responsible for fighting forest fires, Avialesookhrana, said the largest blaze was in the far northeast’s Sakha Republic, where 34,000 hectares (74,000 acres) were on fire. […]

NTSB: Jet pilot had emergency, ejected in crash near Nellis

LAS VEGAS — A civilian pilot killed when a Dassault Mirage F-1 crashed last month near Nellis Air Force Base reported a flight emergency and ejected moments before the jet slammed to the ground and burst into flames, federal crash investigators reported Friday. No one on the ground was injured in the May 24 crash […]

Sea search continues after Spanish girl's body found in bag

MADRID — Spain is in shock after investigators combing the seabed near the Canary Islands found the body of one of two young sisters taken by their father weeks earlier without the mother’s permission. Coroners have confirmed that the body found in a bag and tied to an anchor at a depth of some 1,000 […]

EU report: Illicit drug sales moved online during lockdowns

MADRID — Illegal drug production on European soil increased during the coronavirus pandemic last year as lockdowns helped move drug sales from streets to encrypted online platforms, according to an analysis of continental drug trends released Wednesday. The 2021 European Drug Report says criminal groups also adapted to travel restrictions and border closures by relying […]

Police: Suspected Baltimore gang leader dead after standoff

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. — A suspected Baltimore gang leader died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound after a standoff with law enforcement Tuesday afternoon in an Atlanta suburb, authorities said. Shots were fired at U.S. marshals and police as they tried to arrest Gary Creek at a Sandy Springs apartment complex, U.S. Marshals Service spokesperson […]

Another COVID side effect: Many kids head to summer school

With her three teenagers vaccinated against COVID-19, Aja Purnell-Mitchell left it up to them to decide whether to go back to school during summer break. The decision was unanimous: summer school. “Getting them back into it, helping them socialize back with their friends, maybe meet some new people, and, of course, pick up the things […]