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Jury sides with Petco in death of boy from rat-bite fever

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A San Diego jury has sided with Petco in a lawsuit brought by the family of a 10-year-old boy who died after contracting an illness from bacteria from a rat purchased from the retailer. KNSD-TV and KFMB-TV report that the jury found Thursday that Petco was not negligent or liable in the death of Aidan Pankey ... Read More »

Kosovo citizen indicted for alleged war crimes in 1999

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo prosecutors have accused a citizen of war crimes during the 1998-99 war against Serbia. The European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo, or EULEX, said Thursday that a police reservist, identified only as Z.V., was charged with war crimes against the civilian population while serving as a police reservist and at a detention center ... Read More »

Celebs, athletes compete in video game event for charity

ATLANTA (AP) — Some popular celebs and athletes will compete in a televised video game event to raise money for charity. Turner announced Thursday that NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal, Grammy Award-winning rapper Lupe Fiasco, NFL running back Reggie Bush and pro wrestling star Natalie Eva Marie will play each other in the “eLeague Street Fighter V Invitational Celebrity ... Read More »

France’s 11 presidential hopefuls stake out positions on TV

PARIS (AP) — The 11 men and women hoping to be France’s next president are appearing on national television seeking to sway voters in the nail-biting, unpredictable election campaign. The candidates will each have 15 minutes Thursday night individually to answer questions about their stances, along with a brief conclusion at the end, in a prime-time program on France 2. ... Read More »

Moldovan businessman sentenced for role in $1 bln bank fraud

CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — A court has sentenced a Moldovan businessman and former lawmaker to 18 years in prison for embezzlement and money laundering connected to a $1 billion bank fraud. The court in the capital Chisinau on Thursday sentenced Veaceslav Platon and ordered him to pay the state 869 million lei ($45.2 million) in damages which he siphoned off ... Read More »

Kremlin: No reason to believe gays abused in Chechnya

MOSCOW (AP) — Vladimir Putin’s spokesman says the Russian president has no reason to doubt the Chechen leader’s assurances that there’s no persecution of gays in his republic — despite reports by a respected Russian newspaper of a roundup of gay men there. Spokesman Dmitry Peskov also told journalists Thursday that investigators have found no evidence to back up reports ... Read More »

Good Samaritan’s killer deported to Serbia from Germany

BERLIN (AP) — Germany has deported a 22-year-old Serbian man convicted of killing a German-Turkish woman after she confronted him for harassing two young women at a McDonald’s in a case that drew international attention. Sanel M., whose last name wasn’t given in line with privacy laws, was deported Thursday after serving his sentence for killing Tugce Albayrak, the dpa ... Read More »

Nestle confirms full-year guidance as Q1 sales barely rise

BASEL, Switzerland (AP) — Consumer goods giant Nestle saw sales barely rise in the first three months of 2017 but confirmed its guidance for the year, including a rise in restructuring costs. The Vevey, Switzerland-based company said sales in the quarter rose 0.4 percent 21 billion Swiss francs ($21.07 billion). Underlying sales, which exclude the impact of acquisitions, were up ... Read More »