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3 men killed in mill explosion identified

Schools in the Cambria-Friesland district closed Thursday because of the incident in Cambria, a village of about 770 residents. Superintendent Timothy Raymond says early childhood through 12th grade is housed in one building about an eighth of a mile from the plant.



Rod Rosenstein And Comey's Deputy To Testify Before Senate Panel Next Week

Comey's hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. ET on June 8, followed by a closed-session hearing in the afternoon. This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed. SC senator Lindsey Graham suggested Friday that a planned hearing next week with former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey could descend into a political "hit job" if the director focuses only on reported conversations between him and the president.



California sixth-grader wins National Spelling Bee with "marocain"

Rohan was out of the competition after he misspelt the word 'marram , ' a type of coarse perennial grass. The 12 year-old spelled " marocain " - a ribbed crepe fabric used in women's clothing - correctly to win the Bee with authority. Fuller had everyone on the edge of their seat as she asked the judges, "Will you please give me the language of origin?" and "Are there any other pronunciations?" before slowly and correctly spelling out the word "tapas".



Kabul attack highlights security challenges in Afghanistan as United States mulls more troops

The Haqqani Network is an Afghan insurgent terror outfit based in Pakistan's Waziristan and has carried out many high-profile attacks on United States forces, high ranking Afghan officials and foreigners in Afghanistan. The bombing in the city's diplomatic quarter killed an Afghan guard at the German embassy and wounded two embassy staff, one of them German, the other one Afghan.


Putin Says Russia Defends Syrian Statehood, Not Assad

Putin Says Russia Defends Syrian Statehood, Not Assad

Putin, speaking at an economic forum in Russian Federation, said that although he thinks it would have been better for the U.S.to try to change the agreement rather than leave it, he isn't rushing to condemn Trump for his decision. "If they are patriotically minded, they start making their contributions - which are right from their point of view - to the fight against those who say bad things about Russian Federation", he said.



Wisconsin worker still missing after blast

Sixteen employees were working when the blast was reported at the Didion Milling Plant in Cambria, a small community about 45 miles north-east of Madison. He noted that the plant, in a community of about 770 people, is an economic anchor for the area. Mr Williams said: "Quite a few of the employees live in the village and surrounding area.