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Texas transgender woman seen in videotaped attack found dead

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TEXAS, USA (AP) — A 23-year-old transgender woman whose beating in front of a crowd was captured on video has been found dead on a Dallas street, police said.

Muhlaysia Booker was found face-down early Saturday after officers were called following reports of shots being fired. She was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.

Booker died from “homicidal violence,” said police Major Vincent Weddington. He did not elaborate. No suspect has been identified.

Weddington said there’s no evidence indicating a link between the shooting and the April 12 beating Booker suffered after she was involved in a minor traffic accident. A police affidavit released at the time said Booker accidentally backed into a vehicle before the driver of that vehicle pointed a gun at her and refused to let her leave unless she paid for the damage.

As a crowd gathered, someone offered $200 to a man to beat the woman, who suffered a concussion, fractured wrist and other injuries, police said. Other men also struck Booker, with one stomping on her head. Edward Thomas, 29, was arrested and jailed on a charge of aggravated assault.

A cellphone recording showed her being beaten as the crowd hollered and watched. Video of the attack was shared on social media.

Booker attended a rally the following week where she said she was grateful to have survived.

“This time I can stand before you, where in other scenarios, we’re at a memorial,” The Dallas Morning News reported her as saying.

Weddington said the investigation into the April attack continues.

“We’re still attempting to identify other people that were seen assaulting Muhlaysia in the video,” he said.

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Hong Kong leader apologises as protest chokes city

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ABOUT two million protesters choked Hong Kong’s streets in a powerful rebuke of a reviled extradition law, organisers said yesterday, piling pressure on the city’s embattled pro-Beijing leader who apologised for causing “conflict” but refused to step down.

The show of force saw vast crowds marching for hours in tropical heat, calling for the resignation of Chief Executive Carrie Lam who was forced to suspend the Bill as public anger mounted.

Throngs of largely black-clad protesters snaked their way for miles through the streets to the city’s parliament, with the organisers’ estimate for the crowd size doubling an already record-breaking demonstration the previous Sunday in the city of 7.3 million.

The estimate has not been independently verified but if confirmed it would be the largest demonstration in Hong Kong’s history.

Hong Kong’s biggest protest to date was a massive rally in support of Tienanmen protesters in May 1989, before Beijing’s deadly crackdown, which sources at the time put at roughly 1.5-million strong.

Police, who historically give far lower estimates for political protests, said 338,000 people turned out at the demonstration’s “peak” Sunday.

Thousands were camping out overnight to continue the protest, including outside the legislature, with the police seemingly ceding the streets to the jubilant masses.

Critics fear the Beijing-backed law will entangle people in China’s notoriously opaque and politicised courts and damage the city’s reputation as a safe business hub.

Lam’s office put out a statement late Sunday admitting that shortcomings in how her Administration handled the law had “led to a lot of conflict and disputes” and “disappointed and distressed many citizens”.

It came a day after she announced she would postpone the law indefinitely.

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Massive South American blackout, 44 million left without power

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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — A massive blackout left more than 44 million people without electricity in Argentina and Uruguay yesterday, after an unexplained failure in the neighbouring countries’ interconnected power grid.

Authorities were working frantically to restore power but only about a half a million in Argentina had electricity restored by early afternoon.

Voters cast ballots by the light of cellphones in gubernatorial elections in Argentina. Public transportation halted, shops closed, and patients dependent on home medical equipment were urged to go to hospitals with generators.

“I was just on my way to eat with a friend, but we had to cancel everything. There’s no subway; nothing is working,” said Lucas Acosta, a 24-year-old Buenos Aires resident. “What’s worse, today is Father’s Day. I’ve just talked to a neighbour and he told me his sons won’t be able to meet him.”

In Uruguay power was being more steadily restored, with lights back on in at least three regions by early afternoon. Officials said they expected most of the country, of three million people, to have light restored by today.

Argentina’s power grid is generally known for being in a state of disrepair, with substations and cables that were insufficiently upgraded as power rates remained largely frozen for years.

The country’s energy secretary said the blackout occurred around 7 am local time when a key interconnection system collapsed, but the causes were “being investigated and are not yet determined”.

Brazilian and Chilean officials said their countries had not been affected.

Officials were not immediately available for comment, but many residents of Argentina and Uruguay said the size of the outage was unprecedented in recent history.

“I’ve never seen something like this” said Silvio Ubermann, a taxi driver in the Argentine capital. “Never seen such a large blackout in the whole country.”

Argentine energy company Edesur said on Twitter that it was “slowly beginning to restore” electricity, and power had been returned to 290,000 customers as of Sunday morning, at least some of whom were in the capital.

It said the failure originated at an electricity transmission point between the power stations in Yacyret and Salto Grande on the Argentine coast.

Uruguayan energy company UTE said the failure in the Argentine system cut power to all of Uruguay at one point and much of Argentina. The company said that some Uruguayan coastal cities had service by early afternoon, and blamed the collapse on a “flaw in the Argentine network”.

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Today’s Horoscope – June 17

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Monday, June 17, 2019: This year, you swing from one opinion to another and might often throw people off. This behaviour is not intentional, but rather the result of being able to see different perspectives and take them in with ease. Your understanding of problems and people grows by leaps and bounds. If single, you could be entranced by someone and think that you’ve met the one, only to feel disdain and dislike for the same person a month later. Make no commitments. If attached, you might be able to get where your sweetie comes from and create a more compassionate tie. SAGITTARIUS knows how to energise you.

 

 

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Check out an opportunity in the am. Give yourself the space to decide whether you want to be involved. An unexpected development could change your focus. Your determination to have what you want comes through. Tonight: A must appearance.

 

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Although you might not anticipate a situation, responding to what goes on could be important. A close discussion, in which you and the other party can relate more openly, proves to be more important. Tonight: Opt to be a duo.

 

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): You might not want to put off an important discussion. You cannot seem to come to terms with an associate’s or friend’s ideas. For now, make a decision to go along with this person’s thinking. You could easily see the benefit later. Tonight: Dinner for two.

 

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Your feelings are often more apparent than you think they are. Push comes to shove when dealing with a friend who does the unexpected or surprises you. You might not want to be distracted, but you are anyway. Tonight: As you like.

 

LEO (July 23-Aug 22): You need to pace yourself and take care of a problem when it turns up. If handled quickly, the issue could vanish easily. Touch base with a loved one or a partner you care about. You might be looking at a financial agreement. Tonight: Follow your heart.

VIRGO (Aug 23-Sept 22): Tension increases; you become uptight about all that you need to handle. Stop. Relax. Tap into your creativity. You’ll find an acceptable path. All will seem to dissolve away. Tonight: Acting as though there’s no tomorrow.

 

LIBRA (Sept 23-Oct 22): You could be tired from a busy weekend or recent conversation. You start the day energised but, sure enough, suddenly find yourself wanting a nap. Listen to your body; take a power nap. Tonight: A partner or associate stuns you with his or her words or actions.

 

SCORPIO (Oct 23-Nov 21): Curb your spending if possible. Know what you ultimately want from your budget. Midday, you could be distracted by what’s going on. Others seem unusually unpredictable. Maintain your sense of humour. Tonight: Visiting with a favourite friend.

 

SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22-Dec 21): This morning you make a splash wherever you go. This afternoon you might be confused by another person’s reaction. Stay more on target; know what you want and desire. Tonight: Keep to your budget.

 

CAPRICORN (Dec 22-Jan 19): How you feel in the am has nothing to do with how you feel in the pm. Midday, your energy starts changing, and you’ll feel far more dynamic and efficient. Use this period well. Tonight: Full of energy.

 

AQUARIUS (Jan 20-Feb 18): Use the am well. You might have important business or want to connect with a friend. You’ll find that others are more receptive than they will be later. You have a lot to think about. Tonight: Take a personal night.

 

PISCES (Feb 19-March 20): This morning, others seek you out. They need feedback from you or to share their feelings on a key matter. Open up to new concepts. If you personalise what’s happening, a meeting could create a lot of excitement. Tonight: Where the crowds are.

 

(c) 2019 by King Features Syndicate Inc.

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