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Police officers raid a religious facility of the Evangelical Baptist Church in Anseong, South Korea.
Associated Press/Photo by Suh Myong-geun/Yonhap
Police officers raid a religious facility of the Evangelical Baptist Church in Anseong, South Korea.

Midday Roundup: Bizarre hunt for ferry owner takes in South Korean church


Manhunt. Thousands of South Korean police entered a church compound yesterday looking for a billionaire with ties to the ferry that sank in April, killing hundreds of teenagers. Yoo Byung-eun Yoo is head of the now-defunct predecessor of the ferry’s current operator. Authorities believe he still controls the company through a complex web of holding companies in which his children and close associates are large shareholders. The ferry’s captain and crew are on trial for charges that range from negligence to homicide. Yoo has so far eluded police, who found no sign of him at the massive church estate that includes a cattle ranch and a 5,000-seat auditorium. The government is offering a $500,000 reward for tips about Yoo’s whereabouts.

He’s back. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl returned to the United States early today from Germany, where he was recovering after five years as a Taliban captive in Afghanistan. Bergdahl’s medical treatment will continue at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. A mass of journalists hoping to get a glimpse of Bergdahl spent a rainy night crammed into a small parking lot outside the base. Army officials said no media would be allowed onto the base or in Brooke Army Medical Center. A news conference was scheduled for Friday afternoon at a nearby golf course.

Not the real thing. Is the juice you’re drinking really pomegranate-blueberry, or is it apple and grape? That question might sound like the subject of a kitchen-table debate, but it was an argument heard this week by the U.S. Supreme Court. In a unanimous decision Thursday, the Court said a pomegranate juice company’s claim against Minute Maid’s labeling may proceed. Its “Enhanced Juice” product that’s labeled “Pomegranate Blueberry” is actually 99 percent apple and grape. The company Pom Wonderful sued Coca-Cola, owner of Minute Maid, for false labeling that hurt sales of its “Pom” juices. A lower court ruled that labeling issues are the purview of the Food and Drug Administration, not the courts, but the Supreme Court disagreed and said Pom has grounds to sue.

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Kids today. Screens are replacing cigarettes, alcohol, and sex as the objects of teen mischief and addiction, a new government study reports. Most forms of drug use and risky sex have gone down since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention started surveying teens in 1991. Teens are wearing bicycle helmets and seat belts more, too. The proportion of kids who spent three or more hours a day on recreational screen time—that’s smartphones, computers, or videogames—rose to 41 percent from 31 percent in 2011. And 41 percent of teens admitted to having texted or emailed while driving in the last month.

The Associated Press and Mary Reichard contributed to this report.

Lynde Langdon
Lynde Langdon

Lynde is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. She lives in Wichita, Kan., with her husband and two daughters. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.


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