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Monday, July 22, 2019 1:00 am


NY residents told to stay inside amid heat

Associated Press

BOSTON – The East Coast on Sunday sweated through another day of extreme heat and humidity as organizers in Boston canceled a benefit run, Delaware Civil War reenactors got the day off and the New York Police Department implored residents to take it easy.

“Sunday has been canceled,” the NYPD jokingly tweeted. “Stay indoors, nothing to see here. Really, we got this.”

The central part of the country, meanwhile, enjoyed some relief as a cold front moved southward and eastward across the country. But the cooler weather settling in today and Tuesday is also bringing severe storms packed with powerful winds and heavy rains that have already caused damage in the Midwest.

Miss World contestant stripped of title

The Miss World America organization has stripped its Michigan pageant winner of her title, which she says was because of tweets she made about Muslims and black people.

Kathy Zhu was crowned the pageant's Michigan winner last week. She's a University of Michigan conservative who's active with a group called Chinese Americans for Trump.

In since-deleted tweets from the last two years, Zhu alluded to Muslim women wearing hijabs as “being oppressed under Islam” and disparaged black people for “blaming others” in regard to crime. Zhu posted a letter online in which pageant officials described her tweets as “offensive” and “inappropriate.” She calls the decision discriminatory and defends the tweets.

Political activist Paul Krassner, 87, dies

Paul Krassner, the publisher, author and radical political activist on the front lines of 1960s counterculture who helped tie together his loose-knit prankster group by naming them the Yippies, died Sunday in Southern California, his daughter said. Krassner died at his home in Desert Hot Springs, Holly Krassner Dawson told The Associated Press. He was 87 and had recently transitioned to hospice care after an illness, Dawson said. She didn't say what the illness was.

9 killed in Pakistan bombing, shooting

A female suicide bomber struck outside a hospital in Pakistan on Sunday as wounded were being brought in from a shooting against police, in a complex assault claimed by the Pakistani Taliban that killed nine people and wounded another 30.

Salim Riaz Khan, a senior police officer in Dera Ismail Khan, said gunmen on motorcycles opened fire on police in a residential area, killing two. He says the bomber then struck at the entrance to the hospital, killing another four police and three civilians who were visiting relatives. He said eight police were among the wounded, and that many of the wounded were in critical condition.

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