Death toll tops 800 from Indonesia quake, tsunami
The death toll soared over the weekend following Friday night’s magnitude-7.5 earthquake that triggered a tsunami in Indonesia. Officials said Sunday the twin disasters have claimed at least 832 lives. Most of the deaths were in the city of Palu on the island of Sulawesi, where heroic rescues efforts continued. Officials said they could hear voices begging for help Saturday from the remnants of the collapsed Roa-Roa Hotel, where an estimated 50 people were trapped. A 25-year-old woman was pulled alive from the ruins. But by Sunday, there was only silence, officials said.
White House denies involvement in Kavanaugh investigation
The second woman who came forward with sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has been contacted by the FBI, her attorney told USA TODAY. Deborah Ramirez claimed Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a dorm party while they attended Yale University. Kavanaugh denies these allegations and others. As the FBI reopens Kavanaugh’s background check, White House officials stressed Sunday that the Trump administration would not interfere with the investigation. That came after news reports that the White House told the FBI not to investigate claims made by Julie Swetnick, who said she was gang-raped at a party that Kavanaugh attended decades ago.
Trump on Kim Jong Un: ‘We fell in love’ over ‘beautiful letters’
President Donald Trump said he and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “fell in love” because of Kim’s “beautiful letters,” but another top Pyongyang official warned that the bloom may be off the rose. Trump, speaking at a rally in West Virginia on Saturday night, said both leaders took tough positions at their June summit. “I was really tough and so was he, and we went back and forth,” Trump told the crowd in Wheeling. “And then we fell in love, OK? No, really, he wrote me beautiful letters, and they’re great letters. We fell in love.” But North Korea’s foreign minister, Ri Yong-ho, told the U.N. General Assembly on Saturday his country won’t dismantle its nuclear weapons program without first seeing “trust-building” measures from the U.S.
Elon Musk to resign as Tesla chairman, stay as CEO
Tesla CEO Elon Musk settled fraud charges with the Security and Exchange Commission Saturday, requiring the billionaire to pay a $20 million fine and step down as chairman for three years. He will remain CEO. Musk has 45 days to resign from the chairmanship, and Tesla will appoint an independent chairman to replace him. Tesla will also add two new independent chairmen to the board of directors within 90 days and pay a separate $20 million penalty. The settlement came just two days after the SEC filed a complaint claiming Musk made a “false and misleading” statement when he tweeted that the company had enough funding to go private.
Europe tops U.S. to reclaim golf’s Ryder Cup
Europe withstood a late charge from the United States Sunday to reclaim the Ryder Cup it lost in 2016. Europe reached the needed 14½ points for victory when Francesco Molinari defeated Phil Mickelson 4 and 2 at Le Golf National in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France. The Europeans stemmed a red, white and blue tide with key victories from rookie Jon Rahm, who won 2 and 1 against Tiger Woods (who was 0-4); rookie Thorbjorn Olesen, who toppled Jordan Spieth 5 and 4; and veteran Ian Poulter, who defeated world No. 1 Dustin Johnson 2 up. Europe has won nine of the last 12 biennial clashes and six straight on home soil.
Shark injures, stalks teen at Southern California beach
A teenage boy was bitten severely by a shark early Saturday morning in Southern California during the opening day of lobster diving season. The 13-year-old boy was “free diving” – without scuba gear – when he was attacked off Beacon’s Beach in Encinitas, 25 miles north of San Diego. Chad Hammel, a kayaker who helped rescue the youth, says the shark stalked the kayak, which was trailing the boy’s blood, during the life-and-death race to shore. “His whole clavicle was ripped open,” Hammel said. “You could see the ball-and-socket joint, everything.” The youth was conscious when he was airlifted to Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego.
Contributing: Associated Press
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