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August 18. 2013 11:35PM


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SAN DIEGO


Petition drive to recall


San Diego mayor begins


A campaign to oust embattled San Diego Mayor Bob Filner began Sunday, as volunteers armed with clipboards and petitions fanned out to collect thousands of signatures needed to authorize a recall election.


More than a dozen women have publicly accused Filner, a Democrat, of making inappropriate statements or sexual advances. The 70-year-old former congressman has resisted numerous calls to resign.


He is set to return to work this week after undergoing behavior therapy.


Recall organizers say they have raised more than $100,000 so far and more than 1,100 people have signed up to volunteer.


MOSCOW


Minister: Anti-gay laws


won’t impact Olympics


Russia’s law banning gay “propaganda” for minors won’t infringe on the private lives of athletes and spectators at next year’s Winter Olympics in Sochi, the country’s sports minister said Sunday.


But Vitaly Mutko’s comments on the final day of the athletics world championships leave it open as to whether Olympic athletes and fans could be subject to prosecution if they make statements that could be considered propaganda.


In a news conference on Sunday, Mutko appeared to liken homosexual relations to substance abuse.


“We want to protect our children whose psyches have not formed from the propaganda of drug use, drunkenness and non-traditional sexual relations,” Mutko said.


Homosexuality was decriminalized in Russia in 1993 and Mutko, along with other Russian officials, have been at pains to emphasize that the law does not penalize gay orientation or activity.


SELMA TWP., Mich.


Bear shot and killed;


link to attack sought


Conservation officers have shot a shot and killed a black bear and plan tests to see if it’s the animal that chased and mauled a 12-year-old girl as she jogged on her grandfather’s wooded land in northern Michigan.


A bear clawed Abby Wetherell in the thigh Thursday. The site is in about 35 miles south-southeast of Traverse City in Wexford County’s Haring Township.


Abby screamed, and her father and a neighbor scared the bear off. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says she left the hospital Sunday.


The department says a man called late Saturday to say he shot a bear that was threatening him.


It says two officers tracked and killed the wounded bear early Sunday in Selma Township, about 2 miles from where Abby was attacked.


SEOUL, South Korea


North Korea agrees


to family reunions


North Korea on Sunday accepted South Korea’s proposal to hold discussions this week on the emotional issue of family reunions, and also suggested discussions on restarting the Mount Kumgang resort that had been closed since 2008.


The announcement followed an agreement last week to begin negotiations on reopening a joint industrial park in North Korea, feeding the recent optimism that relations between the two nations might be on the mend.


Three days after Seoul’s call for talks on family reunions, the North’s Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland released a statement on state media saying the two nations should hold talks Friday and use the coming Korean holiday of Chuseok as an occasion to bring together parted relatives.




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