Briefs CHINA QUAKE LEAVES 13 DEAD, 175 IN­JURED

The Denver Post - - NATION & WORLD - — Den­ver Post wire ser­vices

BEI­JING» A strong earth­quake shook a moun­tain­ous re­gion in south­west­ern China near a fa­mous na­tional park, killing 13 peo­ple, in­jur­ing 175 and knock­ing out power and phone net­works. At least five of the dead were tourists, China’s of­fi­cial Xin­hua News Agency said. At least 28 peo­ple had se­ri­ous in­juries. Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping called for rapid ef­forts to re­spond to the quake and res­cue the in­jured. The quake, which hit 9:20 p.m. Tues­day, struck a re­gion on the edge of the Ti­betan Plateau. The U.S. Ge­o­log­i­cal Sur­vey said it was mag­ni­tude 6.5 and just 5.5 miles deep.

Pro-Maduro in­sti­tu­tions en­croach on op­po­si­tion.

In­sti­tu­tions loyal to Pres­i­dent Ni­co­las Maduro en­croached fur­ther on his op­po­nents’ dwin­dling power base in the na­tion’s gov­ern­ment Tues­day, tak­ing over the halls of the en­dan­gered, op­po­si­tion­con­trolled congress and sen­tenc­ing a mayor at the cen­ter of re­cent protests to prison.

Del­e­gates to the new, all-pow­er­ful con­sti­tu­tional assem­bly con­vened in the stately, gold-domed cham­ber where congress nor­mally meets in an­other sign that it in­tends to mus­cle aside any author­ity still held by the op­po­si­tion.

Op­po­si­tion law­mak­ers were barred from en­ter­ing the leg­isla­tive palace.

Vote count be­gins in fiercely con­tested elec­tion.

Polls closed across Kenya af­ter mil­lions voted peace­fully Tues­day in a fiercely con­tested elec­tion pit­ting Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta against chal­lenger Raila Odinga in the East African coun­try known for its sta­bil­ity but also its di­vided eth­nic al­le­giances.

Long lines formed at many of Kenya’s 40,000 polling sta­tions be­fore dawn, but the Kenyan elec­tion com­mis­sion tweeted in the evening that the bal­lot­ing con­cluded “with min­i­mal hitches.” Some sites re­mained open to process those peo­ple still wait­ing to cast their votes.

In pre­lim­i­nary re­sults, Keny­atta was ahead with 55.4 per­cent while Odinga had 43.9 per­cent af­ter votes from nearly onequar­ter of 40,883 polling sta­tions had been counted, ac­cord­ing to the Kenyan elec­tion com­mis­sion.

Pres­i­dent sur­vives no­con­fi­dence mo­tion again.

Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma sur­vived a no-con­fi­dence vote Tues­day in the sev­enth and most se­ri­ous at­tempt to un­seat him af­ter months of grow­ing anger in South Africa over al­leged cor­rup­tion and a sink­ing econ­omy. But his African Na­tional Congress party, which has ruled since the end of apartheid, con­tin­ued to frac­ture.

O’Con­nor pleads for help, says she’s liv­ing in mo­tel.

Sinead O’Con­nor pleaded for help from her fam­ily and opened up about her men­tal ill­ness in a Face­book video posted from a New Jer­sey mo­tel she has been liv­ing in. The video is the lat­est pub­lic glimpse of her on­go­ing strug­gle with men­tal health prob­lems. The 50year-old singer lamented what she de­scribed is a lack of sup­port from loved ones, say­ing that “strangers on Face­book” are kin­der to her than her own fam­ily. She asked her adult chil­dren and their fa­thers to make an ef­fort to bring her home to Ire­land.

“Dukes of Haz­zard” star re­grets ar­rest, aims for so­bri­ety.

“The Dukes of Haz­zard” star Tom Wopat says he’ll be tak­ing time to ad­dress his on­go­ing strug­gle with sub­stance abuse af­ter his ar­rest in Mas­sachusetts. Wopat pleaded not guilty Thurs­day to grab­bing the but­tocks of a fe­male mem­ber of a lo­cal pro­duc­tion of “42nd Street” he was sup­posed to star in. Po­lice said they found what they sus­pect to be co­caine in the ac­tor’s pos­ses­sion.

In a state­ment is­sued Tues­day, Wopat ex­pressed “his deep­est re­grets to friends, fam­ily, and his many loyal fans” for the “un­for­tu­nate events” but de­nied any wrong­do­ing. He said he hopes his “good name will be re­stored” af­ter his team in­ves­ti­gates the al­le­ga­tion.

Sam­berg, wife wel­come first child.

Andy Sam­berg is now a dad. The “Brook­lyn Nine-Nine” star has wel­comed a baby girl to his fam­ily with wife, singer-song­writer Joanna New­som. Sam­berg’s pub­li­cist did not pro­vide de­tails about the girl’s name or when she was born. The cou­ple were mar­ried in 2013.

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