Crew member aboard 20-ton cocaine cargo ship admits role in record $1 billion Philly port drug bust
PHILADELPHIA — A Montenegrin ship’s electrician became the third crew member of an international cargo vessel to admit his role in smuggling the record-breaking, 20-ton cocaine haul seized by federal authorities at the Port of Philadelphia last year.Aleksandar Kavaja, 27, pleaded guilty to narcotics conspiracy charges and told a federal judge he and three other crewmates aboard the MSC Gayane were recruited by drug smugglers in their native country before the ship even set out on its journeyHis guilty plea is the latest sign of progress in an investigation into one of the largest cocaine busts...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Why Europe guru Rick Steves wants travelers to stay home
The man who built a business empire encouraging Americans to visit Europe is embracing a new concept: Stay at home. The continent remains on his mind, though, especially while recording the audio version of his recently released book, filled with favorite travel moments, “For the Love of Europe.” Rick Steves — guidebook author, television personality and small-group tour entrepreneur — is bullish on the future, even if he can’t predict exactly when he will travel again. This conversation has been edited.Q: What does it feel like to stay at home?A: It is reminding me that life has many dimensio...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Finding their voices: One-time national contestants, Kat Perkins and Nicholas David have come home to lasting success in Minnesota
MINNEAPOLIS — He’s a Bible-quoting hippie dad, a 6-foot-2 kaleidoscope of colors, layers and wizardly beard.She’s a spunky 4-foot-11 rock ‘n’ roller, all tattoos, leopard patterns and jet-black hair.He lives with his wife and three kids in their St. Paul home. She’s single in a rented house in suburban Minneapolis.Nicholas David and Kat Perkins seem to have about as much in common as mystical rocker Father John Misty and pop powerhouse Lady Gaga. But David and Perkins are indelibly linked — Minnesotans who won the hearts of America on NBC’s “The Voice” and then became bankable stars in their h...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Nation and world news briefs
Biden extends Wisconsin lead to 8 points on eve of Trump visitJoe Biden now leads President Donald Trump by 8 percentage points in Wisconsin, extending his advantage in one of the most important states on the electoral map.Trump has planned an official trip to the state on Thursday to visit the Fincantieri Marinette Marine shipyard and tout his efforts to create jobs there as he seeks to shore up support.Trump’s 41% support in the Marquette University Law School poll — to Biden’s 49% — is suffering from the same trends dragging down his national numbers. Only 44% of Wisconsinites approve of hi...
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