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November 19, 2018

JONESTOWN, 40 YEARS LATER

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Ceremonies at a California cemetery marked the mass murders and suicides 40 years ago of 900 Americans orchestrated by the Rev. Jim Jones at a jungle settlement in Guyana, South America.

The remains of more than 400 Jonestown victims are buried at Evergreen Cemetery in Oakland.

Jones’ adopted son Jim Jones Jr. and other former Peoples Temple members conducted a service Sunday at granite slabs bearing names of all 918 who died in Guyana on Nov. 18, 1978.

Minister Jynona Norwood, who lost 27 relatives, separately unveiled a portable memorial wall to honor more than 300 children and other victims. She left off the names of Jones and those she says assisted him.

Both memorials list California Congressman Leo Ryan, three newsmen and a church defector killed by temple gunmen at an airstrip.

YELLOWSTONE DRONE

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park officials say they’re investigating after a photo was posted online showing one of the park’s geothermal features from a drone, which is illegal.

The Jackson Hole News & Guide reported the photo of Grand Prismatic Spring was posted on Instagram and then deleted after criticism from other users.

Drones are banned in Yellowstone and many other parks.

The National Park Service says drones can harass wildlife and the noise is a nuisance to visitors. Violation of the ban is a misdemeanor with a penalty of up to six months in jail and a $5,000 fine.

A Dutch tourist crashed a drone into Grand Prismatic Spring in 2014 and was fined more than $3,000.

COCAINE - BABY

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman is charged with exposing a 3-month-old baby to cocaine, leaving him with significant brain damage.

The Tampa Bay Times reports 29-year-old Angelica Lopez was arrested last week on a charge of child neglect causing great bodily harm.

Clearwater police didn’t disclose her relationship to the baby.

Detectives say Lopez was preparing cocaine for sale in the apartment she shared with the child in June when he was exposed to the drug. They say Lopez waited 11 hours before seeking medical attention even though the child was showing signs of distress. Tests showed cocaine in his system.

Police say Lopez confessed. They didn’t say why she wasn’t arrested for five months.

Lopez was being held yesterday on $20,000 bond. Jail records don’t show if she has an attorney.

AUSTRALIAN SWIMMER DIES AFTER STINGRAY STING

SYDNEY (AP) — A swimmer in Australia has died of a heart attack after he was stung by a stingray.

Police say the 42-year-old man went into cardiac arrest on Saturday Lauderdale Beach, east of Hobart in Tasmania, after he suffered a puncture wound to his lower abdomen.

He was swimming alone and close to shore when the attack happened. Friends pulled him from the water but failed in attempts to resuscitate him.

The incident recalled the 2006 death of “The Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin while filming an underwater scene for a television series, when a stingray’s stinging barbs pierced his heart.

FRIENDLY FEUD OVER ORIGINS

WETHERSFIELD, Conn. (AP) — An archaeological dig is rekindling a friendly feud between two towns over which was the first in Connecticut.

Experts have unearthed artifacts they believe date to the 1630s in Wethersfield, which has declared itself the state’s “most ancient town,” founded in 1634.

But a few miles north, Windsor boasts it is the state’s “first town” settled in 1633. Wethersfield advocates concede there was a trading post in Windsor in 1633, but contend Windsor didn’t become a town until people built homes there in 1635.

The state-required dig took place at the site of a future visitor center for the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum. Among the finds were a 17th-century defense wall and coins and ceramics dating to the 1630s.

Pro-Windsor advocates say they’re not persuaded the artifacts show Wethersfield was settled first.

FINLAND PRESIDENT DENIES TELLING TRUMP FORESTS ARE RAKED

HELSINKI (AP) — Finland’s president says that he briefed U.S. President Donald Trump amid the California wildfires on how the Nordic country effectively monitors its substantial forest resources with a well-working surveillance system.

President Sauli Niinisto said in an interview published Sunday in the Ilta-Sanomat newspaper that he told Trump during their brief meeting in Paris on Nov. 11 that “Finland is a country covered by forests but we also have a good surveillance system and network” in case of wildfires.

Trump said Saturday in northern California that wildfires weren’t a problem in Finland because the Finns “spend a lot of time on raking” leaves and “cleaning and doing things.”

Niinisto said he told Trump “we take care of our forests,” but said that he can’t recall anything being mentioned on raking.

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