It’s Monday June 12, 2017

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An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.2 shook western Turkey and the Greek island of Lesbos on Monday, injuring at least 10 people and damaging buildings. The US Geological Survey placed the quake's epicenter in the Aegean Sea at a very shallow depth of some four miles and hit at 3:28 p.m. local time. At least 25 aftershocks were recorded. Tremors were felt in densely populated Istanbul and in the western Turkish provinces of Izmir. Authorities in Lesbos said dozens of homes were damaged in parts of the island and some roads were closed. At least 10 people were injured in the Greek village of Vrisa. Earthquakes are frequent in Greece and Turkey, which are on active fault lines. Senior Greek government officials, seismologists and response teams are heading from the capital, Athens, to Lesbos to assess the damage. Turkey's emergency management agency said there were no reports of casualties and has dispatched emergency and health teams, and 240 family tents to the area as a precaution.

 

 

Riot police in Moscow have begun detaining demonstrators Monday in an unsanctioned opposition rally in the center of the city. At least three demonstrators were detained on a main thoroughfare leading from the Red Square area. The demonstrators in Monday's opposition protests across Russia say they are fed up with endemic corruption among officials. In Vladivostok, where hundreds of people assembled for a protest, demonstrator Alexei Borenko said after eluding police attempts to detain him, that he was "here first of all because of the corruption in Russia which is becoming incredibly big in Russia." The protest gatherings in cities from Far East Pacific ports to St. Petersburg were spearheaded by Alexei Navalny, the anti-corruption campaigner who has become the Kremlin's most visible opponent. A spokeswoman for Navalny says electricity has been cut at Navalny's offices in Moscow.

 

 

 

Thai police say they have seized more than 1 million methamphetamine tablets this month, as trade in the illicit drug shows little sign of abating. The Narcotic Suppression Bureau on Monday displayed 1.21 million methamphetamine tablets and 17 kilograms of crystal meth it seized as it made arrests in four separate cases. Much of the illegal drug came from Myanmar, where most methamphetamine seized in Thailand originates.

 

 

A year after the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, residents in Florida were remembering the 49 patrons who were killed at a gay nightclub with three services at the Pulse club and a large evening gathering in the heart of downtown Orlando. Gov. Rick Scott ordered flags around Florida to be flown at half-staff Monday, and at noon, church bells throughout Orlando were scheduled to ring 49 times.

 

 

Closing arguments are set for Monday in a Minnesota police officer's manslaughter trial in the fatal shooting of a black motorist. Officer Jeronimo Yanez is charged with killing Philando Castile following a traffic stop last July in a St. Paul suburb. Castile had informed Yanez that he was carrying a gun. The jury is set to begin considering the case later Monday after five days of testimony.

 

 

The defense has rested after bringing forth a single brief witness in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial. And Cosby said he would not testify in his own defense. The 79-year-old comedian told a judge Monday that he made the decision after talking it over with his lawyers. The case presented by Cosby's lawyers consisted of a six-minute appearance by a detective, seemingly designed to remind jurors that Andrea Constand had visited with Cosby at an out-of-state casino and that police knew he had vision problems even then. Jurors soon will hear closing arguments and could perhaps start deliberating Monday afternoon.

 

 

Does President Trump have tapes of private conversations with former FBI Director James Comey? Fellow Republicans are pressing Trump to come clean about whether he has tapes. They also want Trump to provide them to Congress if he does have them or else possibly face a subpoena. Trump's attorney general is preparing for a Senate hearing as the congressional investigation into Trump campaign contacts with Russian officials extends to his Cabinet.

 

 

British Prime Minister Theresa May insists she is staying put, despite calls for her resignation after the Conservative Party's poor election result. Asked if she is now just a caretaker leader, May noted that "I said during the election campaign that if elected I would intend to serve a full term." The Conservatives won the biggest share of seats in the election, but lost their majority in Parliament and will have to rely on support from a smaller party to govern. The outcome shocked the party.

 

 

 

French voters are throwing out old faces in politics and are trying something new. With most of the vote counted in the first round of parliamentary elections, President Emmanuel Macron's new movement has won by a large margin. And polling agencies have projected that Macron's party would win more than 400 of the 577 seats in the National Assembly in the second-round vote on June 18.

 

 

A jetliner heading to Shanghai had to return to Sydney after an in-flight problem left a gaping hole in the engine casing. The airline - China Eastern - said it's crew noticed damage to the air inlet on the left engine after takeoff Sunday evening and the captain decided to return to Sydney. The airline posted online that the Airbus A-330 landed safety and the airline was taking care of passengers' needs. Passengers told Australian media they heard a massive noise and smelled something burning. Photos shared on social media showed a jagged, vertical hole in the side of the engine casing.

 

 

Officials fear a surge in drownings following record snowfall this winter as the weather heats up in California and other U.S. western states. Several drownings have already been reported in frigid, swift rivers that are popular for swimming, whitewater rafting and fishing. Some California rivers have been closed for recreation by officials in the name of safety. And rivers in Utah and Nevada are expected to continue surging for the next several weeks. Moose Mutlow of the Yosemite National Park Swift Water Rescue Team says people need to be extremely cautious at rivers this year He says the powerful water tempts people in for selfies or swims that can turn tragic. U.S. Forest Service ranger Eric LaPrice says, so far this year, six people have died in California's rugged Tule River.

 

 

Puerto Rican voters on Sunday overwhelmingly supported making their Caribbean island the 51st state in the U.S. Preliminary results showed nearly half a million votes for statehood, 7,600 for free association/independence, and nearly 6,700 for keeping the island's current status as a U.S. territory. Gov. Pedro Rosello declared that "Puerto Rico voted for statehood," although turnout was just 23 percent, lower than in the last statehood referendum in 2012. Opposition activists said the nonbinding referendum was meaningless. Congress would have to approve any formal proposal to make Puerto Rico a state.

 

 

President Trump's wife, first lady Melania Trump, and 11-year-old son, Barron, moved into the White House on Sunday, after spending the first several months of the Trump administration in their New York City penthouse in Trump Tower. "Looking forward to the memories we'll make in our new home!" Melania Trump tweeted from her official @FLOTUS account. It is rare for first families to live apart, especially early in a presidency, but Melania Trump and Barron remained in New York so he could finish the year at his old school, Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Barron Trump will enroll at the private St. Andrew's Episcopal School in Maryland in the fall.

 

 

The Pittsburgh Penguins won Game 6 of the pro hockey's Stanley Cup finals, 2-0, on Sunday, ending the Nashville Predators' improbable run for the championship. It was the Penguins' second consecutive Stanley Cup title, and their fifth in franchise history. Pittsburgh's Patric Hornqvist and Carl Hagelin scored the two goals. Still, the Predators had by far their best season in their 19-year history, becoming the first eighth-seeded team since 1994 to sweep a first-round series, beating the top-seeded Chicago Blackhawks, and Nashville rallied behind the team.

 

 

Rafael Nadal of Spain won his 10th French Open title on Sunday, beating Stan Wawrinka 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 in the men's final. No other men's tennis player has won more than seven singles titles at any single Grand Slam tournament. Nadal lost only 35 games in his seven matches on the way to the title, the second fewest in the Open era behind Bjorn Borg's march to the 1978 French Open title, in which he lost just 32 games.

 

 

Former President George H.W. Bush is celebrating his 93rd birthday with family on the Maine coast. Bush was planning a low-key celebration Monday with his wife, Barbara Bush, and other family members at their summer home in Kennebunkport. She turned 92 last week. The former president was hospitalized in the spring with a case of bronchitis, but his staff says he's doing well. He arrived in Maine last month. Bush is the oldest living ex-president and has celebrated previous birthdays by skydiving. His last jump came when he turned 90. His chief of staff, Jean Becker, says he's going to remain firmly planted on the ground Monday. Becker joked that she "hid his parachute."