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WEATHER

*Sunny to partly cloudy high 97


LOCAL

*Dangerous heat is a big story today in the area. The heat index will be over 100° with little relief overnight.  An Excessive Heat Warning is in effect through 8 p.m. on Tuesday.  You can also expect high humidity which could lead to increased risk of heat-related stress and illness.  Remember, car interiors can reach lethal temperatures in just a minute, so don’t leave pets or kids unattended in cars without air conditioning. To report an animal in distress, contact the City of St. Louis Citizen's Service Bureau at 800-427-4626.

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The Ballwin Police Department says a bear was spotted last night in the 700 block of Oak Run Lane.  Residents in the southern area of Ballwin are urged to bring in the trash and keep their pets inside.  The police department has contacted the Department of Conservation about the sighting but asked anyone who spots the bear to contact law enforcement.

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NATIONAL

A powerful earthquake shook western Japan overnight, killing at least three people and injuring hundreds more.

The damage in Osaka is still being assessed after the 6.1 magnitude quake struck Japan's second largest city. Walls were knocked over and fires broke out, but officials believe they're lucky that the damage isn't worse. People are being warned to remain alert because there could be strong aftershocks. Residents fear that an earthquake could be as destructive as one in 1995 that killed 6,000 people in the region. 

Source: Sky News


WHO: Video Game Addiction To Be Considered A Mental Illness - 

The World Health Organization is getting ready to classify video game addiction as a mental health condition.

"Gaming Disorder" will be added to the new edition of the "International Classification of Diseases," out today. It's marked by gaming taking precedence over most everything else, leading to social and personal dysfunction. It's similar to the signs of a gambling disorder.

Not every psychologist is on board with the new classification but the WHO hopes it will spark further research. Around the world, 2.6 billion people play video games, including two-thirds of American households.

Annual revenue for games is around 180 billion dollars. 

Source: New York Times


Lawsuit Claiming Roundup Weed Killer Caused Cancer Heads To Court - 

The first of hundreds of court cases claiming a popular weed killer causes cancer begins today.

A man claiming Roundup weedkiller gave him cancer is going to trial against the agrochemical giant Monsanto. Today, 46-year-old Dewayne Johnson will go head-to-head against the company after hundreds of cancer patients have sued Monsanto previously.

Johnson was a former school groundskeeper who regularly used Roundup. He wasn’t expected to live to see the trial begin, but he will be in court.

Last year, over 800 patients sued Monsanto claiming the weedkiller gave them non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Johnson's case is the first to go to trial because his doctors claim he is nearing death. The man’s attorney says he now represents more than two-thousand cancer sufferers who were heavy Roundup users.

In 2015, the World Health Organization reported that a key ingredient called glyphosate is "probably carcinogenic to humans." But, Monsanto insists that Roundup doesn't cause cancer. 

Source: Click Orlando


Family Of American Jailed In Vietnam Wants Trump To Intervene -

 The family of an American jailed in Vietnam wants the Trump administration to help bring him home.

Will Nguyen [[ win ]] was arrested June 10th at a demonstration against special considerations aimed at promoting Chinese investment. The student allegedly climbed on a police vehicle and urged protesters to defy the police. He was injured during his arrest and his family says Vietnam can hold him indefinitely while they investigate.

Three California Democrats in Congress are trying to work with the administration to expedite the process. Representatives Lou Correa, Alan Lowenthal, and Jimmy Gomez statement reads "Our next step will be to contact President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to express the need for immediate action at the highest levels to achieve William's release. We will also be communicating our concerns and expectations over the treatment of William to the Vietnamese ambassador to the US."

The 32-year-old Nguyen is a Yale graduate and a resident of Los Angeles. He is currently getting his graduate degree in Singapore.

Source: CNN


High Speed Border Patrol Chase Leads To Five Deaths - 

At least five people are dead following a high speed Border Patrol chase in South Texas. The SUV was one of three suspected of smuggling people across the border. Border Patrol Agents successfully stopped the first two vehicles, but the driver of the third took off.

The SUV was going about 100 miles per hour when it flipped in Big Wells, southwest of San Antonio. Twelve of the 14 people riding in the vehicle were ejected from it. Authorities say the driver and one passenger, both in custody, are U.S. citizens, but 12 others were illegal immigrants.

The area of the incident is plagued with human border smuggling problems.

Source: NBC San Antonio


California Court Revives Assisted Suicide Law - 

California terminal patients can now choose their fate.

California's physician assisted suicide law is back in effect for now. A state appeals court Friday reinstated the End of Life Option Act, which gives people with less than six months to live the option to request lethal treatment options from a doctor. The ruling also gave opponents until July 2 to file objections.

The law had previously been overturned by a lower court on a technicality because of the way it was approved. The new ruling allows the law to stay in place while litigation over the controversial law continues.

111 people opted to use the protections of the law after it took effect. Oregon was the first to provide the option in 1997. It also is allowed in Washington, Vermont, Colorado, Hawaii and Washington D.C.

Source: NBC News


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