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Jul. 31, 2018
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A wildlife advocacy group says the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has issued permits to hunters in South Dakota and Wisconsin to bring back lion trophies from Africa. The Star Tribune reports that nonprofit Friends of Animals disclosed last week that nearly three dozen Americans have been granted such permission since Donald Trump was elected president. The Trump administration's loosened federal restrictions on permits follows an international outcry over the 2015 death of a lion. Five months after Cecil was killed by Twin Cities dentist Walter Palmer, the former President Barack Obama's administration placed lions in Africa under the protection of the Endangered Species Act. But the Trump administration has since backed off.
WOMAN KICKED-ST LOUIS
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis convenience store is closed for a week, and employees will receive sensitivity training, after two workers were accused of kicking a woman who was standing in front of the store. Gas Mart says it is "committed to working with the community" after the incident that occurred July 24 at a store in north St. Louis. Both employees were charged with misdemeanor assault after video surfaced of the black woman being kicked as she argued with the two white men. The incident led to several protests last week. Vandals damaged the store and tried to set a vehicle on fire. Gas Mart says the two employees who allegedly kicked the woman have been fired. The company also apologized on the day of the incident.
MISSOURI ROBBERY-PLASTIC GUN
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Prosecutors say a Missouri man has been sentenced to 11 years in federal prison for robbing a credit union with a plastic gun. The U.S. attorney's office said in a news release that 57-year-old Stephen McCrary of Raytown had pleaded guilty in February to one count of bank robbery. He admitted he stole $3,815 from the Community America Credit Union in Kansas City, Missouri. Court documents say McCrary approached the teller on Sept. 7, 2016, and pulled out what appeared to be a firearm. He pointed it at the teller and demanded "all of the money in the drawer." Prosecutors say McCrary has 13 prior felony convictions and has been in prison, on parole or on probation for 34 of the past 39 years.
HEBER CITY, Utah (AP) — Authorities say a Utah man, who claimed he was an FBI agent and on his way to the airport to see Russian President Vladimir Putin before carjacking a vehicle, has been arrested. The Deseret News reports the 30-year-old Park City man was arrested Sunday for investigation of aggravated robbery, impersonating an officer, aggravated assault, theft of a vehicle and driving on a denied license. Authorities say the man approached another man at a 7-Eleven and forcibly stole his Honda CR-V. A Heber City police officer spotted the vehicle, pulled over the man and arrested him. A Wasatch County Jail report says the man, while being taken into custody, "was rambling about working for the FBI and that he was on his way to the airport to go to Russia to 'meet with Putin.'"
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A federal judge in Kansas says UPS Freight has violated federal law by paying drivers with disabilities less than other drivers when they are temporarily moved to non-driving jobs. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's regional office in St. Louis announced the ruling Monday on behalf of Thomas Diebold, a UPS Freight driver in Kansas City, Kansas, who was moved to a non-driving job after a minor stroke in 2013. The EEOC says a UPS Freight policy formalized in a collective bargaining agreement allows drivers with disabilities who are reassigned to non-driving work to earn 10 percent less than drivers reassigned for non-medical reasons, such as losing their license for legal reasons. UPS says it has "robust" policies for accommodating people with disabilities, and the company plans to appeal.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Mormon man has launched a hunger strike to bring attention to a campaign calling on church leaders to bring an end to closed door, one-on-one interviews between youth and lay leaders where sexual questions sometimes arise. Sam Young of Houston says he started his hunger strike on Friday. His group says questions during the interviews about whether young Mormons are following the religion's law of chastity can lead to unhealthy shaming of youth. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints noted in a statement about the hunger strike that it has taken steps recent months to improve relationships between young people and leaders. The religion changed its policy earlier this year to allow children to bring a parent or adult with them and posted the list of questions lay leaders are supposed to ask youth during the interviews.