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Vet who survived wartime accident that killed son dies at 93
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Lawrence Reilly Sr. barely survived the 1969 collision that sent half of the USS Frank E. Evans to the bottom of the South China Sea with his namesake son and 73 other shipmates trapped inside. The father spent the last years of his life unsuccessfully trying to convince the Pentagon to add those 74 names to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
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Gaza tear gas baby left off official death count
A baby who died near the Gaza border was not included in a Gaza health ministry list of Palestinians killed by the Israel army, after a dispute over how she died. The ministry and family members originally said 8-month-old Leila al-Ghandour had died after inhaling tear gas along the border during a day of clashes in which at least 61 Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire. The Israeli army disputed the claim, calling it "fake news" by Hamas, the Islamist movement that rules the coastal enclave.
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Trump eases firing of federal workers, cracks down on unions
President Donald Trump on Friday signed three executive orders designed to make it easier to fire federal government workers and to crack down on the unions that represent them, drawing immediate criticism from a group representing federal employees. Administration officials said the orders would give government agencies greater ability to remove employees with "poor" performance, get "better deals" in union contracts and require federal employees with union responsibilities to spend less time on union work. "Today the president is fulfilling his promise to promote more efficient government by reforming our civil service rules," said Andrew Bremberg, director of the White House's Domestic Policy Council, in a conference call with reporters.
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Norton's Core wants to be the ultimate watchdog for your home tech
The Norton Core is a Wi-Fi router designed to protect all of your connected devices.
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Indian child dies from mother's 'snake bite' breast milk
The 35-year-old woman from Uttar Pradesh state did not realise she had been bitten when she woke and breastfed her daughter. The three-year-old girl and the mother fell ill on Thursday and both died before they could reach hospital, police inspector Vijay Singh told AFP. India is home to some 300 snake species and 60 are highly venomous, including the Indian cobra, krait, Russell's viper and saw-scaled viper.
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People Are Disgusted By Hellmann’s Suggestion To Put Mayo On Sushi
An ad on Twitter is making some people uneasy.
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Bishop who lit up royal wedding tells Washington crowd: 'Love your neighbor'
Michael Curry urges listeners to care for ‘the neighbor you like and the neighbor you don’t like’ at event including march to White House Bishop Michael Curry with the Reclaiming Jesus group in Washington. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images
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Harvey Weinstein Charged With Rape After Turning Himself In to New York Police
The disgraced producer has been charged with first- and third-degree rape as well as first-degree sex act in a second case.
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Hawaii school cleans, but ash still coats desks, floors
HONOLULU (AP) — Aina Akamu gave final exams to his students as they sat on bleachers or the floor of the basketball court in the gym in his small town on Hawaii's Big Island.
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Prince Harry's Ex Cressida Bonas Had One Small Royal Wedding Concern
At Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's nuptials last weekend, viewers spotted two
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Breaking Down All the Hidden Easter Eggs in Meghan Markle's Coat of Arms (There’s a Nod to L.A.!)
Just days after Meghan Markle‘s royal wedding to Prince Harry, the newly minted Duchess of Sussex has received a very special gift: a coat of arms.
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Syria regime warns Daraa rebels with air-dropped leaflets
Syrian aircraft on Friday dropped leaflets on the southern province of Daraa, urging the rebels who control most of it to lay down their weapons or face an offensive. One of them, seen by a journalist contributing to AFP in the city of Daraa, includes a picture showing lined up bodies, presumably of anti-government fighters. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, another leaflet announces "the arrival of the Syrian Arab army's soldiers".
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These Cities Have the Best Public Park Systems in the Country
The Trust for Public Land has ranked the public park systems of the 100 most populous cities in America.
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Venezuela's Maduro seeks oil output boost as he is sworn in
Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro was sworn in Thursday for a second term as president of the crisis-wracked Latin American country, just days after winning an election boycotted by the opposition and decried abroad. In a wide-ranging speech, Maduro promised to defeat US sanctions and take steps to correct the course of an economy in ruins, including seeking OPEC support to nearly double its oil output. Wearing a ceremonial sash in the Venezuelan colors, Maduro swore "to respect and enforce the constitution and lead all revolutionary changes" in a ceremony before the Constituent Assembly, which he set up himself last year and stacked with his supporters.
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Colombia nabs Escobar hitman 'Popeye'
Police in Colombia said Friday they have recaptured one of late drug lord Pablo Escobar's top hitmen, Jhon Jairo Velasquez -- alias "Popeye" -- who was wanted for extortion. Popeye, 56, who was released from prison in 2014 after 23 years, was already under investigation for allegedly making threats on his Twitter account against Gustavo Petro, leftist candidate in Sunday's election.
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Massachusetts judge resigns after suspension for courthouse affair
A Massachusetts judge who admitted to engaging in repeated sexual encounters including in his courthouse with a social worker announced his resignation on Friday, a day after the state's top court suspended him indefinitely. Judge Thomas Estes submitted his resignation letter after the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court on Thursday ruled that his "grave, willful and repeated wrongdoing" had damaged the judicial system. The case against Estes, who presided over a special drug court in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, followed a complaint last year by social worker Tammy Cagle, who claims the judge pressured her into performing oral sex at his home and in court.
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'We Got You.' Rose McGowan Speaks Out After Harvey Weinstein's Arrest
"I have a visceral need for him to have handcuffs on"
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GDPR: ground zero for a more trusted, secure internet
Will GDPR usher in a fresh start for the internet? A look at the four main foundation elements and how they affect you.
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Maduro vows to free some jailed activists, raise Venezuela oil output
By Vivian Sequera and Andreina Aponte CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's newly re-elected President Nicolas Maduro on Thursday pledged to release some jailed opposition activists, boost the OPEC member's tanking oil production and open dialogue with business leaders. Maduro won a Sunday election that critics at home and abroad condemned as a farce cementing his autocracy, at a time when the oil-rich nation is suffering from increasingly dire food shortages, health crises, and mass emigration. Opposition politicians have said it is unlikely that he will make significant changes to the crumbling state-led economic model inherited from his predecessor, the late Hugo Chavez.
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Indiana school shooting: Student from Noblesville middle school in custody as teacher and child treated in hospital
At least two people have been taken to hospital, and a student is in custody, after a shooting at an Indiana middle school. A teacher and a female student were taken to hospital the wake of the incident at Noblesville West Middle School. A male student has been detained and is considered the suspect, according to Noblesville police chief Kevin Jowitt.
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Why Mike Pence won't be president
Mike Pence is busy building his own political operation. But close as he is to the presidency, his chances of ever getting the job fall somewhere between remote and imaginary.
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Credit analysts focus on substance over timing of Illinois budget
The heat is on for Illinois lawmakers to address the state's financial problems in a fiscal 2019 budget that faces a May 31 deadline for passage with a simple-majority vote, credit rating analysts said on Friday. Illinois' general obligation (GO) bond ratings, the lowest among the 50 states, are just a notch or two above the junk level, reflecting a huge unfunded pension liability, escalating pension contributions and a chronic budget deficit. "The question is what progress will the state make, if any, in breaking out of those long-running challenges?" Moody's Investors Service analyst Ted Hampton said in a phone interview.
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'Everything Was Destroyed.' A Bombing at a Restaurant in Ontario Injures 15 People
15 people were hurt, three sustaining "critical blast injuries," paramedics said
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Indiana shooting: Noblesville school science teacher one of victims in hospital after shots fired
The teacher wounded in the Indiana school shooting this morning has been identified as Jason Seaman. The seventh-grade science educator has been at Noblesville West Middle School for four years and was administering a test to students when the suspected shooter entered the classroom and opened fire. Ms Seaman added: “please pray for the student that was also shot”.
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U.S. judge declines to dismiss ex-Trump aide's false statement charges
By Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort lost a bid on Friday to have certain criminal charges filed against him by U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller dismissed. Judge Amy Berman Jackson, who is presiding over Manafort's case in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, said in a ruling that she will not dismiss charges against Manafort related to false statements concerning whether he was required to register as a foreign agent for the then pro-Russia Ukrainian government.
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Permethrin-Treated Clothing May Disable Ticks, Study Finds
Shirts, pants, hats, and other clothing treated with the insecticide known as permethrin have been touted for 15 years as a way to prevent the tick bites that can lead to Lyme disease, Rocky Moun...
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'Deal of the day': White House online shop crashes as North Korea coin discounted
An associate at the White House visitor center told the Guardian ‘a lot of people have called’ asking how they can get their money back on the coin. The Donald Trump summit with Kim Jong-un may be over. The White House Gift Shop slashed the price of the “President Trump United States and Korea Summit Coin” on Thursday, after Trump cancelled the planned meeting with the North Korean leader.
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FBI warns Russians hacked hundreds of thousands of routers
The warning followed a court order Wednesday that allowed the FBI to seize a website that the hackers planned to use to give instructions to the routers. Sofacy, also known as APT28 and Fancy Bear, has been blamed for many of the most dramatic Russian hacks, including that of the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign. Earlier, Cisco Systems Inc said the hacking campaign targeted devices from Belkin International's Linksys, MikroTik, Netgear Inc, TP-Link and QNAP.
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North Korea threatens to scrap Trump summit after Mike Pence's 'ignorant and stupid' remarks
North Korea hit out at US Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday, calling him "ignorant and stupid" as the reclusive state made a renewed threat to cancel an upcoming summit between the two countries. Choe Son Hui, vice-minister of Foreign Affairs, released a statement via the state-run KCNA news agency lambasting a recent media interview Pence gave to Fox News. "I cannot suppress my surprise at such ignorant and stupid remarks gushing out from the mouth of the US vice-president," she said in the statement. In his Monday interview with Fox, Mr Pence warned North Korean leader Kim Jong-un that it would be a "great mistake" to try to play Washington ahead of a planned summit with President Donald Trump next month in Singapore. He also said North Korea could end up like Libya, whose former leader Muammar Gaddafi was killed in an uprising years after giving up atomic weapons, "if Kim Jong-un doesn’t make a deal". Kim Jong-un has the USA and South Korea exactly where he wants them Choe responded to that interview with an angrily worded statement in which she slammed the "unbridled and impudent remarks" from Mr Pence, adding Pyongyang would not be forced to the table by threats from Washington’s leadership. "We will neither beg the US for dialogue nor take the trouble to persuade them if they do not want to sit together with us," she said. "In case the US offends against our goodwill and clings to unlawful and outrageous acts, I will put forward a suggestion to our supreme leadership for reconsidering the DPRK-US summit," she added, using the initials of North Korea’s official name. Similar comments comparing North Korea to Libya from Trump's hawkish National Security Advisor John Bolton caused the first threat by Pyongyang last week to cancel the Singapore meeting. "Whether the US will meet us at a meeting room or encounter us at nuclear-to-nuclear showdown is entirely dependent upon the decision and behavior of the United States," Choe added. Rocket man: How Kim Jong-un emerged from his father's shadow to silence the doubters Politically, Trump has invested heavily in the success of the planned summit, and so privately most US officials, as well as outside observers, believe it will go ahead. Hand-picked aides - including deputy chief of staff Joe Hagin and deputy national security adviser Mira Ricardel - are traveling to the Southeast Asian city state designated to host the summit, officials said. They are expected to meet their North Korean counterparts and iron out details of the meeting. But Trump has also become increasingly lukewarm about meeting Kim, teasing his commitment to talks as keenly as any of his "The Apprentice" season finales. "On Singapore we'll see. It could very well happen," he said Wednesday, adding cryptically: "Whatever it is, we'll know next week." Trump enthusiastically embraced the idea of talks earlier this year - the first ever meeting between a US president and a leader of North Korea. But as the date draws nearer, the yawning gulf in expectations between the two sides is coming into sharp relief. N Korea nuclear test site Washington has made it clear it wants to see the "complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation" of the North. But Pyongyang has vowed it will never give up its nuclear deterrence until it feels safe from what it terms US aggression. Some analysts have suggested both sides still want to meet in Singapore but are playing hardball in the run up to the summit to leverage a better negotiation position. Ostensibly the Trump-Kim talks will be about peace on the Korean peninsula and North Korea's nuclear and ballistic weapons. But even before talk of test freezes, decommissioning or inspections, Washington and Pyongyang are engaged in a public relations battle. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo - who has met personally with Kim - said whether the summit goes ahead is now up to North Korea. "That decision will ultimately be up to Chairman Kim," he told the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday. "He asked for the meeting, the president agreed to meet with him. I'm very hopeful that that meeting will take place." North Korean leader Kim Jong-un meets US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Pyongyang Credit: AFP His remarks reflect an effort to perhaps lay the groundwork for blame should the talks fail. As part of its own charm offensive, North Korea invited some foreign journalists to witness the slated destruction of the isolated regime's nuclear test site. The gesture, which experts agree would do little to curb North Korea's long-term nuclear capabilities, is meant to signal that the regime is serious about change. Pyongyang said it planned to "completely" destroy the Punggye-ri facility in the country's northeast when it made the surprise announcement earlier this month. The demolition is due to take place sometime between Thursday and Friday, depending on the weather.
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The Latest: Oklahoma City shooter was licensed to carry gun
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Latest on a shooting at a restaurant in Oklahoma City (all times local):
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Facts About Melania Trump's Parenting Style
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U.S. will add 15,000 visas for seasonal non-farm workers: DHS
The Trump administration will make available an additional 15,000 H-2B visas, meant for temporary non-agricultural workers, for this fiscal year, the Department of Homeland Security said in a statement on Friday. The U.S. government had already issued 66,000 such visas this year, but businesses had complained that they had not received enough visas to operate, particularly during the busy summer tourist season, and were on the verge of shutting down. "The limitations on H-2B visas were originally meant to protect American workers, but when we enter a situation where the program unintentionally harms American businesses it needs to be reformed," DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said in the statement.
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President Trump Cancels Nuclear Summit With North Korean Leader
"I feel it is inappropriate, at this time, to have this long planned meeting"
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How Safe Is Deet?
Deet is the most widely used insect repellent in the U.S. It has been around longer than any other active ingredient, and many scientists say it’s the gold standard for all repellents. Consumer R...
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Clinton 'wants to be helpful' to Democrats. Can she?
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) — Hillary Clinton is not going away.
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The World's Greatest Female Everest Climber Has a New Challenge: Inspiring Other Women to Strive
Lhakpa Sherpa scaled the 29,035-foot peak for the ninth time last week, breaking her own record
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North Korea still open to talks with US as Donald Trump threatens Kim Jong-un after scrapping summit
North Korea said on Friday it was still open to talks with the US despite Donald Trump's threat of military action after cancelling their June 12 summit in Singapore.  Pyongyang described the US president's decision to pull the plug on the highly anticipated meeting as "extremely regrettable". "The abrupt announcement of the cancellation of the meeting is unexpected for us and we cannot but find it extremely regrettable," Kim Kye Gwan, North Korea's First Vice Foreign Minister, said in a statement carried by the state-run KCNA news agency. "We again state to the US our willingness to sit face-to-face at any time in any form to resolve the problem," Mr Kim added. The US president said on Thursday the American military was “ready if necessary” to react with its allies should North Korea take any “foolish or reckless acts”. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspects the completed railway that connects Koam and Dapchon, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency Credit: Reuters He softened his tone on Friday morning after North Korea's response, tweeting: "Very good news to receive the warm and productive statement from North Korea. We will soon see where it will lead, hopefully to long and enduring prosperity and peace. Only time (and talent) will tell!" On Thursday Mr Trump shocked many as he announced he had formally scrapped the summit through a letter released by the White House.  The US president wrote to Kim: “We were informed that the meeting was requested by North Korea, but that to us is totally irrelevant. I was very much looking to being there with you. “Sadly, based on the tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statement, I feel it is inappropriate, at this time, to have this long-planned meeting.” Mr Trump said “this missed opportunity is a truly sad moment in history” and appeared open to the talks being rearranged, saying: “If you change your mind having to do with this most important summit, please do not hesitate to call me or write.” Sadly, I was forced to cancel the Summit Meeting in Singapore with Kim Jung Un. pic.twitter.com/qEoi9ymUEz— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 24, 2018 But the US president also issued a clear threat: “You talk about your nuclear capabilities, but ours are so massive and powerful that I pray to God they will never have to be used.” Mr Trump later said he had talked to James Mattis, the US defence secretary, and the US joint chiefs of staff, adding that “our military… is ready if necessary”.  South Korea's Unification Minister said on Friday that Seoul would press ahead with improving ties with North Korea. "Our government will do its part in carrying out the Panmunjom Declaration," Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon told reporters according to Yonhap, referring to the landmark agreement to bolster ties and push towards denuclearisation signed last month by Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in. "It appears that (the North) remains sincere in implementing the agreement and making efforts on denuclearisation and peace building," he added. The latest twist in the diplomatic dance on the Korean peninsula came on the same day North Korea followed through on a pledge to blow up tunnels at its nuclear test site. North Korea has conducted all six of its nuclear tests at the Punggye-ri site, which consists of tunnels dug beneath Mount Mantap in the northeast of the country. A small group of international media selected by North Korea witnessed the demolition, which Pyongyang says is proof of its commitment to end nuclear testing. The destruction of the site began at about 11 a.m. with the blowing up and collapsing of a tunnel and an observation post. North Korea's state-run news agency KCNA reported there was no leak of radioactive materials or any adverse impact on the surrounding ecological environment. "Dismantling the nuclear test ground was done in such a way as to make all the tunnels of the test ground collapse by explosion and completely close the tunnel entrances, and at the same time, explode some guard facilities and observation posts on the site," KCNA reported.
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Dear Mr. Chairman: An extraordinary letter from Trump to Kim
NEW YORK (AP) — As presidential letters go, this one was nothing short of extraordinary. As letters between human beings in general go, it was quite ... what? Wistful? Heavyhearted? Melancholy, even?
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Lawyer gets eight years in U.S. prison for payday lending scheme
Wheeler Neff, 70, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno in Philadelphia after a federal jury in November found him guilty on charges including racketeering conspiracy, mail fraud and wire fraud. Such companies say they help consumers by offering small loans that are to be repaid in a short time, often from the person's next paycheck, but critics say they exploit borrowers through high interest rates and fees.
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Trump administration opposes requiring 'reasonable' airline baggage fees
The U.S. Department of Transportation told Congress it opposes a Senate bill that would require new rules prohibiting airline fees that are not "reasonable and proportional," along with many other new consumer protections that the administration deems "unnecessary and wasteful," according to a letter seen on Friday by Reuters. The U.S. House in April passed a bill to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration by a 393-to-13 vote. It now moves to the Senate, which could take up the issue as early as next month.
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US border patrol officer shoots and kills undocumented woman in Texas
A US border patrol agent has fatally shot a migrant near the US-Mexico border, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said. The incident took place on Wednesday afternoon near Laredo, Texas in a border town about seven miles away called Rio Bravo. CBP has not immediately responded to a request for comment on the nature of the activity that was being reported and to which the officer was responding.
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Former NAACP leader exposed as white faces fraud charges
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A former NAACP leader in Washington state whose life unraveled after she was exposed as a white woman pretending to be black has been charged with welfare fraud.
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Boy Fired 16 Times at Indiana Middle School, Wounding a Teacher and a Student
The attack comes a week after a shooting in Texas that left 8 dead
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NY jail guard accused of taking trader-linked bribes pleads not guilty
Victor Casado, from the Bronx, entered his not guilty plea to bribery, fraud, contraband smuggling and two conspiracy counts before U.S. District Judge Richard Sullivan, according to a spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman in Manhattan. Florian Miedel, a lawyer for Casado, declined to comment. Casado worked at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan, where Zarrab, a dual national of Turkey and Iran, had been held on charges that he conspired to help Iran evade U.S. sanctions.
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Fish Market Buys Freedom For Fred The 70-Pound Octopus
A 70-pound octopus named Fred not only has eight arms, but possibly nine
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Loved Ones Mourn Teacher Killed in New Jersey Bus Crash During Somber Funeral
Jennifer Williamson was killed along with a fifth grader from a Paramus middle school.
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U.S. proposes scrapping program aimed at attracting foreign entrepreneurs
The Trump administration moved on Friday to end a program that aimed to attract foreign entrepreneurs to the United States, saying the Obama-era effort did not adequately protect American workers and was an inappropriate use of government authority. The Department of Homeland Security's formal proposal to rescind the international entrepreneur rule, which is set to be published in the Federal Register next week, was widely expected given the administration had stated its intent to do so last year. The program would have allowed foreign entrepreneurs to stay in the United States for up to five years to manage and grow start-up businesses.
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This Is How Long It Takes a Hot Car to Reach Dangerous Temperatures
According to a new study
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The Latest: Police: Stepmom led investigator to child's body
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The Latest on a 5-year-old Kansas boy who was reported missing in February (all times local):
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2 People Injured In Indiana School Shooting
At least two people have been injured in a school shooting in Indiana.
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OPEC, Russia prepared to raise oil output under U.S. pressure
By Katya Golubkova, Dmitry Zhdannikov and Rania El Gamal ST PETERSBURG/DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia and Russia are discussing raising OPEC and non-OPEC oil production by some 1 million barrels a day, sources said, while OPEC's chief said a complaint from U.S. President Donald Trump over high prices had triggered the idea of upping output. Riyadh and Moscow are prepared to ease output cuts to calm consumer worries about supply adequacy, their energy ministers said on Friday. Saudi Arabia's Khalid al-Falih and Russia's Alexander Novak both said any such move would be gradual.
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How human brains became so big
The human brain is disproportionately large. It is an oddity that has long flummoxed scientists: while most organisms thrive with small brains, or none at all, the human species opted to sacrifice a degree of body growth for more cerebral capacity. The human brain, they suggested, expanded mainly in response to environmental stresses that forced our species to come up with innovative solutions for food and shelter, and pass the lessons on to our offspring.
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US Iran sanctions take aim at airlines
The US ramped up sanctions on Iran Thursday, targeting several airlines it said were linked to the country's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). The US Treasury placed on its blacklist nine individuals and entities in Iran and Turkey for obtaining aircraft parts, including restricted US-made parts, and supporting the operations of Mahan Air, Caspian Air, Meraj Air, and Pouya Air.
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U.S. Naval Academy graduation; Trump delivers remarks
Donald Trump delivered remarks during the United States Naval Academy's graduation and commissioning ceremony, Friday, May 25, 2018, in Annapolis, Maryland.
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8 Reasons Probiotics Should Be Part of Your Diet
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Two killed in fresh Nicaragua clashes after talks collapse
León (Nicaragua) (AFP) - At least two people were killed and 50 wounded as clashes flared in Nicaragua after peace talks between the government and opposition collapsed, the Red Cross and victims' relatives said Thursday. Since protests began on April 18, 76 people have been killed and more than 800 wounded, according to a preliminary report of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, submitted before Wednesday's clashes. Initially triggered by now-aborted reforms to the near-bankrupt social security system, the unrest broadened into a rejection by many Nicaraguans of Ortega his wife, Rosario Murillo, seen as autocratic.
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School bus driver in crash that killed 2 appears in court
MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) — Hunched over, shackled at the hands and ankles, and walking slowly, the driver of a school bus that collided with a dump truck on a New Jersey highway last week, killing a student and teacher, appeared in court Friday on death-by-auto charges.
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The Latest: Syrian army warns Daraa rebels of nearing attack
BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the situation in Syria (all times local):
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Europe gets a grip on graft
One of the healthy competitions between Europe and the United States is over which one can set a new global standard. On May 25, the European Union began to win on one standard – digital privacy – with the start of stiff rules on how companies handle personal data. The impact, though limited to firms operating in Europe, is being felt globally.
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Malaysian ex-PM quizzed for second time over graft claims
Former Malaysian leader Najib Razak was questioned Thursday by anti-graft investigators for the second time this week over a multi-billion-dollar corruption scandal following his shock election loss. Najib's coalition suffered a defeat at the May 9 poll which ended their six-decade hold on power, beaten by a reformist alliance led by Mahathir Mohamad. Mahathir, who first served as premier from 1981-2003 and came out of retirement aged 92 to take on Najib, campaigned on claims that the former leader and his cronies looted sovereign wealth fund 1MDB.
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Tomi Lahren Rips Her Haters After She's Doused With Water During Brunch in Minnesota
President Trump and Kathy Griffin were among those coming to her defense.
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Trump Posthumously Pardons Boxer Jack Johnson
President Donald Trump told reporters Thursday that he is pardoning late
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Trump has given us the ultimate Chinese import: American princelings
In China, princelings are privileged relatives of high-level government officials. Princelings benefit from nepotism and cronyism, using their family ties to conduct business and accumulate wealth. Now President Trump has given us the ultimate Chinese import: American princelings.
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Platinum hedge fund co-founder pleads guilty in corruption case
A founder of the hedge fund firm Platinum Partners pleaded guilty on Friday to a criminal conspiracy charge, six months after a mistrial in a corruption case against him and a former New York City labor leader. Murray Huberfeld, 57, of Lawrence, New York, entered his plea before U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein in Manhattan. The plea followed jurors' deadlock last Nov. 16 on fraud and conspiracy charges against Huberfeld and Norman Seabrook, who led the Correction Officers' Benevolent Association, the largest U.S. municipal jail union, for more than two decades.
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Meghan Markle Just Received a Coat of Arms — and It’s Her Biggest Break in Royal Tradition Yet!
Just days after Meghan Markle‘s royal wedding to Prince Harry, the newly minted Duchess of Sussex has received a very special gift: a coat of arms.
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The Boss: How Dr. Barbara Sturm Launched a Beauty Empire That Celebs Swear By
'I would rather study facial lines than bottom lines'
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Will Europe's new web privacy rules also bring global standards of trust?
European regulators were once dismissed as pesky, procedural, and preoccupied with privacy. The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) establishes a range of new rules for how companies handle the personal data of customers in the EU. Critics of the law have emphasized the burdens that it imposes on businesses outside the European Union.
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Nikki Bella ‘Has Massive Baby Fever’ but Wants to Wait Until She Can Afford a ‘Night Nurse and a Nanny’
"Total Bellas" airs Sundays at 9PM ET on E!
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The future of laser-beam eyes
This week's pick is a flexible membrane laser that can attach to contact lenses. Superman's laser vision just moved a step closer to reality, said Neil Savage at IEEE Spectrum. Researchers at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland have developed an ultra-thin, laser-emitting membrane, made from an organic semiconducting polymer, that can be attached to contact lenses.
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'Everybody Plays Games.' Now Trump Is Saying His Summit With North Korea Could Happen
The tone from both sides was warmer after Trump's abrupt cancelation
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Read the Letter President Trump Sent Kim Jong Un Canceling the Singapore Summit
In a letter to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from their summit scheduled for June 12 in Singapore
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Harvey Weinstein freed on $1 million bail after being charged with rape and sex crimes against two women
A smiling Harvey Weinstein has left a New York police department precinct in handcuffs, having been charged with rape and sexual crimes against two women. Almost eight months after the scandal surrounding his behaviour first broke, Weinstein, 66, was led out of a Manhattan police station on Friday morning in handcuffs and in disgrace. He had arrived for the scheduled appearance at the NYPD 1st precinct, in the TriBeCa district of Manhattan, at 7:20am, walking through a thick crowd of photographers and reporters held back by metal barriers. Wearing a black suit jacked over a blue jumper and white shirt, Weinstein looked composed and calm, refusing to answer yelled out questions from the throng of reporters. He evidently expected the proceedings to last some time, and had brought reading material with him: a copy of Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway Revolution. After 90 minutes he was led out of the police station, smirking to the cameras. "Today, at the NYPD's 1st Precinct, Harvey Weinstein was arrested, processed and charged with Rape, Criminal Sex Act, Sex Abuse and Sexual Misconduct for incidents involving two separate women," said the NYPD in a statement. "The NYPD thanks these brave survivors for the courage to come forward and seek justice." It was unclear who had filed the rape charges. He is believed to have been fingerprinted and then charged.  Harvey Weinstein is led out of the police precinct in handcuffs, after a 90 minute session in which he was charged and fingerprinted Credit: Reuters Weinstein was then taken to Manhattan Supreme Court and was released on $1 million bail and fitted with an ankle tag. He will “vigorously defend himself”,  his lawyer said, arguing that his interactions with women were always consensual and that Weinstein “did not invent the casting couch”. Benjamin Brafman said that Weinstein should not be tried for the prevailing Hollywood culture, and insisted that he had not acted criminally. “My job is not to defend behaviour,” he said. “My job is to defend against accusations that something was criminal. “Mr Weinstein did not invent the casting couch. That’s not what this is about. It’s whether you committed a criminal act, and Mr Weinstein vigorously denies that.” Weinstein, he said, was coping “as well as can be expected when accused of a crime that you have not committed.” Mr Brafman, one of the most experienced and aggressive trial lawyers in New York, said he intended to cross-examine the women who had accused Weinstein and that a 12-person jury would find him not guilty – if a “fair-minded” jury could be assembled. Shortly before a grim-faced Weinstein appeared before the judge to face charges against two women, in a momentous day for the more than 70 who have accused him. Flanked inside the courtroom by Mr Brafman, Weinstein, 66, did not speak as he was granted bail of $10 million including property, or $1 million in cash. He opted to pay $1 million in cash. He was ordered to surrender his passport, fitted with an electronic tag, and told he could not leave New York or Connecticut. His next court hearing was set for July 30, and he left the courtroom by a side exit, avoiding the media. Some of the charges are believed to relate to accusations made by Lucia Evans, the former actress, who claimed that the studio boss forced her into oral sex during a business meeting in 2004. Evans confirmed to The New Yorker that she was pressing charges against Weinstein. “At a certain point, you have to think about the greater good of humanity, of womankind,” she said.   Harvey Weinstein timeline: Key moments in Hollywood scandal Evans told the magazine that she had been informed by NYPD officers that they might not be able to bring charges without her cooperation. “They said that if I do nothing, Harvey would walk,” Evans said. “I think the significance hit all at once.” She said that she initially felt “proud to be a part of this movement, just knowing I could do this for everybody.” But she then became frightened, realising the impact it could have on her of being involved in such a high profile case. “I think everyone’s self-preservation mechanism kicks in when they make a big life decision such as this,” she said. “What is it going to mean to you? How is it going to affect your life, your family, your friends?” Lucia Evans, who has decided to press charges against Harvey Weinstein over an incident she claims took place in 2004 She decided to proceed, and contracted Carrie Goldberg a lawyer who specialises in sexual-violence, “revenge porn,” and stalking cases, and who was already representing actress Paz de la Huerta. “I know how this has changed my life for the worse," Evans said. "How he took away my self-esteem and personal power. And knowing I can take it back, and stop him from doing that to another woman, I couldn’t let that go.” More than 70 women have publicly accused Weinstein of sexual harassment and assault in recent months. He has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex. "It's a great day," said Lauren Silva, one of the first women to come forward and accuse Weinstein. She spoke out shortly after Ashley Judd's story was published in The New York Times, in October 2017. "I came out to validate their stories, based on what happened to me, and Harvey was calling them liars. Never in a million years did I think we'd all be believed." Weinstein — who was once worth as much as $300 million — also faces an avalanche of lawsuits and financial ruin. A former Netflix associate producer filed a $10 million lawsuit against Weinstein in December. An unidentified actress filed a separate $14 million case against him in Toronto. The latest development followed an investigation by the Manhattan district attorney's office, headed by Cyrus Vance, and New York police department.  Harvey Weinstein with his wife Georgina Chapman - who has now filed for divorce - in August 2017, two months before the scandal broke Mr Vance has come under huge pressure to charge Weinstein, and in March Andrew Cuomo, the governor of New York, opened an investigation into whether Mr Vance acted properly in 2015 when he decided not to prosecute Weinstein over a previous allegation of unwanted groping, made by an Italian model. Some of the NYPD officers who worked on Ambra Battilana's case also assisted on the current investigation. Mr Vance, however, objected to Mr Cuomo's "intrusion", and both he and and then-NYPD chief of detectives Robert Boyce suggested the investigations were bearing fruit. "We have a lot of information that we handed over to the grand jury," said Mr Boyce at the time. Mr Vance added: "I've spoken with the police, and I can tell you we are working very hard with them to complete the investigation."  Actress Rose McGowan, who has accused Weinstein of raping her 20 years ago, said was gratified but "still in shock" at the news that he was expected to surrender. "I still have very guarded hopes," McGowan told The Associated Press on Thursday night. "The justice system has been something very elusive. I hope in this case it works. Because it's all true. None of this was consensual. 33 Hollywood stars who have spoken out about Harvey Weinstein "I hope this gives hope to victims and survivors everywhere, that we are one step closer to justice. Because one win is a win for all of us," McGowan said. "It shows that it can be done." The allegations gave rise to the #MeToo movement in which hundreds of women have accused powerful men in business, government and entertainment of sexual misconduct. Ashley Judd, the actress, last month sued Weinstein, saying that he cost her a part The Lord of the Rings in 1998 after she rejected his sexual advances, allegations that Weinstein has denied. Other prominent actresses who have made public accusations include Uma Thurman and Salma Hayek. Salma Hayek is one actress who has accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct  Credit: Stefania M. D'Alessandro/Getty The twice-married father-of-five is being investigated by police in New York, Los Angeles and London. In a previous statement, a representative for Weinstein said: "Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr Weinstein. Mr Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances." Earlier this week federal US prosecutors opened their own criminal investigation into sexual assault accusations. Mr Brafman said he had met with them "in an attempt to dissuade them from proceeding" and would continue to meet with them in coming weeks. He is one of America's most celebrated criminal defence lawyers and his previous clients include Michael Jackson; Martin Shkreli, the former drug company executive; and Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former head of the International Monetary Fund. Weinstein has recently spent time at a rehabilitation centre in Arizona.
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Ramadan: a time for fasting, prayer, reflection – and laughs?
After a long day of fasting, work, and prayer, many Jordanians are gathering each night this Ramadan for one thing: a good laugh. In what is quickly becoming a Ramadan tradition, Jordanians are filling theaters, hotels, and their living rooms for comic relief and satirical social commentary to cap the night during the holy month. Local TV stations have produced no fewer than 12 Jordanian comedic miniseries this Ramadan, marking a break from recent years in which lavish period dramas from the Gulf and Egypt dominated Jordanian airwaves during the Arab world’s biggest television and media season.
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Subtropical storm Alberto's landfall expected early next week
U.S. Gulf of Mexico producers and refiners are monitoring Subtropical storm Alberto, which is expected to make landfall between east Louisiana and the Florida panhandle early next week, the companies said on Friday. The National Weather Service on Friday predicted the storm would bring heavy rain to the central Gulf Coast region and the southeastern United States later this weekend and continue into early next week. The Louisiana Offshore Oil Port (LOOP), located about 20 miles south of the Louisiana coast in the Gulf, was operating normally, according to the company's website.
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Mother & 21-Month-Old Killed by Alleged Drag Racer
Jessica Raubenolt, 24, was pushing her daughter Lillia in a stroller across the street on Wednesday when a Ford Mustang slammed into them, according to police
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Good News: Sitting All Day Isn't as Bad for You if You're Fit
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Bus driver charged in crash that killed student, teacher
A school bus driver with a history of driver's license suspensions caused a fatal crash on a New Jersey highway last week by crossing three lanes of traffic in an apparent attempt to make an illegal U-turn, according to a criminal complaint released Thursday.
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Toddler fighting for her life after being hit by alleged street racer: Police
Her mother was killed; the drivers are out on bond but both face felony charges including vehicular homicide.
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Rudy Giuliani: Trump Won't Interview With Mueller Until We Get ‘Spygate’ Report
WASHINGTON ― After weeks of describing June's planned meeting with North Korea
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Meghan's coat of arms pays tribute to California roots
Prince Harry's wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, received a new tailor-made official coat of arms on Friday that pays homage to her Californian roots. The crest has a blue background that "represents the Pacific Ocean off the California coast," Kensington Palace, the couple's residence, said in a statement. "Beneath the shield on the grass sits a collection of golden poppies, California's state flower, and wintersweet, which grows at Kensington Palace," it said.
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Trump says will know next week if North Korea summit to go ahead
By James Oliphant and Lesley Wroughton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would know next week whether his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would take place on June 12 in Singapore as scheduled, casting further doubt on plans for the unprecedented meeting. White House aides are preparing to travel to Singapore this weekend for a crucial meeting with North Korean officials to discuss the agenda and logistics for the summit, U.S. officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
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Probe: Missile that downed MH17 came from Russia-based unit
BUNNIK, Netherlands (AP) — The missile used to shoot down a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet over eastern Ukraine in 2014, killing all 298 aboard, belonged to a Russia-based military unit, an international team of investigators said Thursday after painstakingly studying video and photos of a military convoy.
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Michelle Obama has finally revealed the cover of her memoir and it is stunning
Since departing the White House in 2017, Michelle Obama has been speaking at various events, locking down a Netflix deal with her husband, subtly throwing shade at Trump, and working on a new book that will grace the bookshelves of America this fall.  It's called Becoming —  and the memoir's cover, featuring a portrait of the former FLOTUS, is finally here. SEE ALSO: Michelle Obama is tired of seeing men 'fail up' "As I prepare to share BECOMING this fall, I hope you’ll also think about your own story, and trust that it will help you become whoever you aspire to be," she shared on Twitter, along with a photo of the book. "Your story is what you have, what you will always have. It is something to own." As I prepare to share BECOMING this fall, I hope you’ll also think about your own story, and trust that it will help you become whoever you aspire to be. Your story is what you have, what you will always have. It is something to own. #BECOMING pic.twitter.com/agb7uJhYu8 — Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) May 24, 2018 The response to the cover has been overwhelmingly positive on Twitter, inspiring pre-orders and vision boards in preparation for its release on Nov. 13, 2018.  BRB, I need to go get some craft supplies so I can create a vision board and put this in the center. https://t.co/pEeknyu2x8 — Ashlee Clark Thompson (@AshleeEats) May 24, 2018 I'm going to read this book at least 6 times. https://t.co/Lej3RGxoJT — \aut\ (@aelisemoon) May 24, 2018 Already pre-ordered my copy. CAN. NOT. WAIT. https://t.co/DnLkM6Ijl3 — Leslie (@lotuskitty24) May 24, 2018 "Writing BECOMING has been a deeply personal experience. I talk about my roots and how a girl from the South Side found her voice," Obama explained on Twitter in February 2018. "I hope my journey inspires readers to find the courage to become whoever they aspire to be. I can't wait to share my story." WATCH: The Internet celebrates the iconic Obama portraits
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Feds charge California man, 2 gamers in deadly hoax call
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Federal prosecutors indicted Wednesday two online gamers and the California man accused of making the hoax calls that led a police officer to fatally shoot an unarmed man in Kansas.
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Muslim inmates sue Alaska corrections officials over policy
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Muslim inmates are suing state corrections officials, arguing that they are not provided adequate nourishment as they break their daily fasts during Ramadan at an Alaska jail.
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Iran nuclear deal 'in intensive care' as signatories meet in Vienna
Signatories of the Iran nuclear deal met in Vienna on Friday in a bid to save the agreement, as Iran warned the deal had been put "in intensive care" by Washington's dramatic withdrawal earlier this month. For the first time since the accord came into force in 2015, China, Russia, France, Britain and Germany gathered -- at Iran's request -- without the United States, which pulled out on May 8. US President Donald Trump has long trashed the deal with Iran -- concluded under his predecessor Barack Obama -- saying it did not do enough to curtail Tehran's nuclear ambitions.
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Honda Project P Is A 165-MPH Civic Type R Pickup
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British government sparks new green revolution with £100m investment in 'super-crops'
Britain is helping breed a new generation of “super-crops” not only resistant to climate change, pests and disease but also fortified with vital vitamins and minerals. The initiative could save the lives of hundreds of thousands of children who die each year from poor nutrition in developing countries as well as supplementing diets in the west. The Department for International Development (Dfid) has quietly invested more than £100m into breeding the new generation of super-crops which now stand poised to create what experts are calling a “second green revolution”. The crops include iron-rich beans that can withstand a 4 degree Celsius jump in temperature, “scuba” rice that comes back to life after two weeks underwater in flooded fields and drought-tolerant maize rich in vitamin A. The first green revolution reached at least 1bn people and was a huge success. If we can reach our target of 1bn, then potentially it is the next biggest thingHowarth Bouis, a US economist Importantly, they have been created through traditional breeding techniques rather than being genetically modified which means they can be planted without waiting for regulatory approval. “The first green revolution reached at least one billion people and was a huge success. If we can reach our target of one billion, then potentially it is the next biggest thing,” said Howarth Bouis, a US economist whose organisation HarvestPlus has received £87.4m from Dfid to breed and distribute crop varieties fortified with Vitamin A, Iron and Zinc. About 30 million people – around six million households – have so far benefited from the new crops, primarily in Africa, but the aim is to reach one billion by 2030. A further six million farmers in Asia are using scuba rice but the aim is 18 million by 2028. Scientists believe that if they achieve the one billion target they will effectively halve the world’s estimated two billion suffering from what is known as “hidden hunger” or micronutrient malnutrition. The first green revolution, which occurred in the early to mid 1900s, won its instigator Norman Borlaug a Nobel Peace Prize and spawned disease-resistant, high-yielding wheat strains which are credited with saving 250 million lives worldwide. Agricultural breakthroughs trump medical innovations such as antibiotics and vaccinations for lives saved historically because food is so central to life. It is estimated one million children a year die from micronutrient malnutrition which leaves them prone to stunted growth, poor vision and illnesses and diseases that have the potential to become worldwide epidemics. Agronomist Norman Borlaug was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 in recognition of his contributions to world peace through increasing food supply Credit: Micheline Pelletier/Sygma via Getty Images The new super-crops not only replicate the traits of the first green revolution in having higher yields but also have been – or are being – cross-bred further to incorporate genes that protect from disease, pests, floods, drought and heat. “Our centres are developing climate adaptive crops. Farmers like them not only because they are climate tolerant but also high yielding. We just need to get them into mainstream markets and piggy back on them with our vitamin strains,” said Bouis. For the “heat-beater” beans, a staple in Rwanda where the fortified varieties provide up to half a person’s recommended daily intake of iron, scientists in Colombia trawled a gene bank of 36,000 samples to find a Mexican strain capable of withstanding temperature rises expected over the next century due to climate change. Biofortification | Super-crops heralding the next green revolution It will not only safeguard the 50 per cent of land that would have been lost to farmers due to higher temperatures but could also open up new markets in tropical areas for the beans. “Even if they can only handle a three-degree rise, that would still limit the land lost to climate change to about 5 per cent,” said Steve Beebe, head of bean breeding for the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture. Scuba rice was created after scientists tracked down an Indian rice variety with a gene, SUB1A, which was activated when the plant was submerged. It was crossed with India’s top-selling, high-yielding Swarni rice to counter the annual loss of 4m tonnes of rice to flooding in India and Bangladesh, enough to feed 30m people. Dr Uma Shankar Singh, a director of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), said: “Sustaining productivity is the most important factor and we now have six million farmers cultivating 3 million hectares. At minimum it is adding 3 million tonnes of rice. We have also developed SUB1 varieties with salt, drought and stagnant flooding tolerance.” Biofortified beans in Rwanda Credit: HarvestPlus Dfid is now the biggest funder of HarvestPlus, whose work into fortified crops was started in 2003. Nottingham University professor Martin Broadley, a research fellow with Dfid, said the genesis of the programme came from research showing how expensive and inefficient it was to deliver supplements or fortified processed foods like bread to rural areas. “Upfront investment in breeding iron, vitamin A and zinc dense crops is the most cost-effective way to improve nutrition compared with other approaches,” he said. According to the World Health Organization, every $10-$15 invested in, for example, the vitamin A rich orange sweet potato produces one extra year of good quality life per individual. Upfront investment in breeding iron, vitamin A and zinc dense crops is the most cost-effective way to improve nutrition compared with other approachesProfessor Martin Broadley, Nottingham University HarvestPlus deliberately spurned genetic modification in favour of natural methods. “If we’d invested our money in GM, they could have been left sitting on the shelf. Conventional breeding is not as powerful a science but at least we can do a lot of good with it without the blockages you have with transgenics,” said Bouis. Government agriculture centres and NGOs are supporting the distribution of the seeds. As it seeks to reach 1 billion, Dfid has put in an extra £4 million to get private seed producers to take up the “super-crops” and achieve the necessary increase in uptake. The roll-out of the seeds has been supported by promotions including a radio soap opera, My Children, in Uganda to advance the orange sweet potato, a rap song by Rwandan musicians to encourage use of iron-rich beans and Yellow Cassava, a Nollywood (Nigerian Hollywood) film highlighting the nutritional benefits of the vitamin A rich crop. Women clear wet mud alongside the bank of the river in Satkhira, Bangladesh. Bangladesh is one of the continental countries most vulnerable to climate change. Credit: Zakir/Hossain Chowdhury/Barcroft  At least 14 studies are being carried out to establish whether eating the fortified crops improve the health of the communities consuming them. The early results are encouraging. In Uganda, the orange sweet potato, taken up by 60 per cent of farms in the area studied, saw a significant increase in vitamin A uptake among families, a 9 per cent fall in those with low vitamin A and a drop of up to 19 per cent in diarrhoea among children. Children eating orange maize in Zambia saw improvements in their sight through increased vitamin A. Women given fortified beans in Rwanda reversed their iron deficiency, reducing anaemia. College students in Rwanda aged 17 to 25 who ate the beans scored significantly better in cognitive tests of memory and speed after just 18 weeks. Studies into whether eating fortified crops improves the health of the communities have yielded promising results Credit: HOWARD BURDITT /Reuters A Dfid spokesman said: “Biofortification is highly cost-effective as it provides a single intervention which benefits both this generation and future generations to come. By providing farmers with seeds and planting material, they and their households can grow, sell and consume foods that are already vitamin-rich, with no need for additional supplements. “The crops remain high yielding and vitamin rich for future harvests. This compares with supplements which need to be repeated, or fortification which needs to be continuously added to food products.” More controversially, Dfid is backing one of a potential new generation of GM crops now closing in on market readiness. It is funding work on modifying plants’ photosynthetic efficiency so their water use is cut by 25 per cent by changing the expression of a single gene. Micronutrient malnutrition | The global scale A potential breakthrough has also emerged in Mozambique’s field trials of more water-efficient GM maize (WEMA). Early results suggest it is not only resistant to drought but also the devastating stem borer and fall army worm pests. Ohio State University scientists are working to create a GM “golden potato”, which would provide 42 per cent of a child’s daily vitamin A. By providing farmers with seeds and planting material, they and their households can grow, sell and consume foods that are vitamin-rich Credit: Bloomberg Uganda is trialling a “golden banana” high in vitamin A created by Australia’s Queensland University of Technology by inserting a gene from a Papua New Guinea banana into the commercially-successful Cavendish banana. It is named after William Cavendish, the sixth Duke of Devonshire, a passionate horticulturalist who developed it on his Derbyshire estate in the 19th century. Public and political scepticism, however, remains a major hurdle for GM. The salutary lesson on this is “golden rice”, a GM strain engineered to boost vitamin A. More than a decade after it was hailed as a potential game-changer, its progress to farmers’ fields has stalled in a blizzard of regulation and public opposition. If the next green revolution is to come, harnessing nature rather than genetically modifying it may prove to be quickest and most efficient route.   In-depth | Global Health Security Protect yourself and your family by learning more about Global Health Security 
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How a Former Guerrilla Leader’s U.S. Extradition Threatens Colombia’s Fragile Peace
Colombia’s presidential elections on Sunday are the first since the end of the war
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Allergy Causes: The Myths and Facts
While an extended winter means many seasonal allergy sufferers are still breathing easy, tree pollen is already in the air in much of the country, causing sneezing, itchy eyes and a runny nose, c...
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Allergy Causes: The Myths and Facts
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New A&E Show ‘Fit to Fat to Fit’ Makes Trainers Gain Weight — But What Does it Prove?
Adonis Hill, a trainer on the upcoming show “Fit to Fat to Fit,” went from weighing 217 pounds to 286 pounds by consuming 8,000 calories a day.
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Why Are We So Addicted to Mysteries Like ‘Making a Murderer?’
Why we can’t turn away from shows like Serial and Making a Murderer. (Photo: Getty Images)
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Michael Sam Makes Up With Dad Who Criticized Him for Being Gay
Former NFL player Michael Sam, who had been estranged from his father since coming out as gay in February 2014, tweeted this week that the two have spoken for the first time since then. (Photo: Getty Images) When former NFL player Michael Sam announced to the world that he was gay back in February 2014, he was largely praised for his bravery and honesty by fellow players, various celebrities, the NFL, and ESPN — pretty much everyone, it seemed, except his father, Michael Sam Sr., who was quoted at the time as saying, “I’m old school. I’m a man-and-a-woman type of guy.” STORY: NFL Dad Sends Powerful Message by Confiscating Kids’ ‘Trophies for Nothing’ Shortly after, Sam discussed his estrangement from his dad during a segment of Dancing With the Stars, while he was a contestant.
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What We Can Learn About Sibling Rivalry From Serena and Venus Williams
Serena and Venus Williams share a hug after Serena’s victory over her big sister on Tuesday night. (Photo: Corbis Images) After Serena Williams beat her sister Venus on Tuesday night in a competitive three-set U.S. Open quarterfinals match, the two met at the net and embraced. Venus, the older Williams sibling, whispered to her sister: “I’m so happy for you.”
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Little League Team’s Heartwarming Last Act for Dad and His Son
Gary Parrish, center, died on Thursday of liver cancer. Gary Parrish was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer and metastasis to the liver in June. STORY: Late Dad Makes Stunning Appearance in Photo With Widow, Baby When this year’s baseball season started, 11-year-old Ryan Parrish’s coach, Caison Whatley, who also coached him last season, noticed the boy was unusually distracted. He’s got a whole lot more on his mind than we could ever have,” Whatley told WSFA.
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Novak Djokovic’s Inspiring Dad Comments: How Being a Parent Heightens Happy Moments
Novak Djokovic, who beat Roger Federer to claim the U.S. Open title on Sunday, says parenthood has made him a better player. Since then, the tennis champ has credited fatherhood with improving his game.
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High School Quarterback’s Tragic Death Highlights Silent Danger of an Enlarged Spleen
A spleen can become enlarged for many reasons, including genetic diseases, William Katkov, MD, a gastroenterologist at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, Calif., tells Yahoo Health. Here’s why that’s a problem: A person may feel better and resume their normal activities, but their enlarged spleen is more susceptible to rupturing and may no longer be protected by their ribcage, leaving it incredibly vulnerable to injury. “An enlarged spleen is at an increased risk for rupture or injury in the setting of normal trauma, like a football game, diving into a pool, or minor car accident,” Katkov says. While an enlarged spleen can be asymptomatic, Katkov says a person can feel uncomfortable or have a feeling of fullness in their upper abdomen on the left side.
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As NFL Player Daniel Fells Contracts MRSA, a Look at How Serious Staph Infections Work
Daniel Fells in January 2015.  “This is a serious situation that has been taken seriously from the beginning,” Giants spokesman Pat Hanlon told NFL.com. “We’re all fighting for Daniel.” But what is MRSA, exactly? “I can’t count how many MRSA infections I see. While MRSA infections have leveled off in the last few years following a rapid increase from the 1960s to mid-2000s, they have the potential to turn deadly — and do.
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When Someone You Love Spirals Out of Control, When Do You Stay and When Do You Go?
Though the two are still legally married, Khloe Kardashian left the basketball star after five years together in 2013, reportedly over his struggle with substance abuse and, primarily, his addiction to cocaine.  Odom remains in critical condition, still unconscious, with Kardashian by his side after she rushed to Las Vegas upon hearing the news.  Earlier this week, University of Southern California football coach Steve Sarkisian was fired, allegedly as a result of his own struggle with alcoholism and his violation of the school’s zero-tolerance policy regarding alcohol use. The 41-year-old has three children with his estranged wife.  Also this week, reality TV star Scott Disick, the former boyfriend of Kourtney Kardashian and father of her children, checked into rehab to get help for his addiction problems.
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Tom Brady on Coca-Cola and Frosted Flakes: 'That's Poison'
Tom Brady and wife Gisele Bundchen. (Photo: Instagram.com/gisele) A run-of-the-mill post-game radio interview with Tom Brady ended up being a lot more than that, when the Patriots quarterback took a swing at the processed food industry — calling out Coca-Cola and Frosted Flakes, specifically.  Brady’s been known to stick to an extremely healthy diet — avocado “ice cream,” anyone? — but this interview revealed the passion behind his healthy habits.
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Study Finds Benefit of Cheerleading
Could cheerleading be the most progressive sport in terms of gender roles? New research from the University of East Anglia indicates that the traditionally female-centered activity can help participants of both sexes challenge stereotypes about girls in sports. The study, which was published in the journal Sport in Society: Cultures, Commerce, Media, Politics, tracked the growing popularity of cheerleading in the U.K. and focused on the members of four cheerleading teams. “The participants in our study talked about flipping gender norms in cheerleading,” Dr. Amy Pressland, a co-author of the study, tells Yahoo Parenting.
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Why I Like It When My 8-year-old Loses at Sports
“In business, you either close a deal or you don’t — and if you don’t, you can’t just say, ‘Well, everybody tried hard, right?’” Jen Welter, a sports psychologist and the first female coach in the NFL, tells Yahoo Parenting.
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World's Longest Bicycle Spans 117-Feet—Half a City Block!
Clear the streets! Dutch cycling group Mijl Van Mares Werkploeg just broke the 2016 world record for longest bicycle.  At a whopping 117 feet long, the bike stretches half a city block and spans farther than the word’s longest limo, at 100 feet long. Per Guinness World Record’s requirements, it has just two wheels and is actually operable. The bike stretches half a city block. (Photo: Guinness World Records) In the video, Mara Montalbano shows us how it rides.
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Schools No Longer Punishing Athletes Harshly for Marijuana
At least one-third of the Power Five conference schools are not punishing athletes as harshly as they were 10 years ago for testing positive for marijuana and other so-called recreational drugs, according to an investigation by The Associated Press.
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Cheerleading Coach Fired for Sabotaging Rival Teen
A cheering coach lost her job after allegedly tripping a cheerleader. Video shows the cheerleader backflipping and Teresa Fann sticking a leg out to stop her.
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Muslim Teen Defies Tradition to Become First Hijab-Wearing Ballerina
With a dream of becoming the first hijab-wearing Muslim ballerina, 14-year-old Stephanie Kurlow recently launched a fundraising page in the hopes of pulling together more than $7,000 so that she can get her certification to open a performing arts program in her native Sydney because she said, “I don’t want certain people who are discriminatory to hold anyone back from achieving their dreams and being unique.” 
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Millions Will Watch the Super Bowl — But Is the Football Generation Ending?
One NFL player after another — from former Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler, 69, who died in July 2015, to 27-year-old Giants safety Tyler Sash, who died two months after Stabler — has been diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease caused by repeated trauma. The New York Times reports that well over 100 football players, including several Pro Football Hall of Famers, have CTE so far.
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How That Pro Cyclist Hid a Motor in Her Bike
"Mechanical doping" made its way into the popular culture last week when a professional bike racer got caught.​
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The Most Stylish Players in the 2016 NBA Finals
This evening is Game 1 of the NBA Finals, where the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers will once again face off, and each team has a very stylish roster.
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Water pollution in Rio ahead of the Olympic Games
Just days ahead of the Olympic Games the waterways of Rio de Janeiro are as filthy as ever, contaminated with raw human sewage teeming with dangerous viruses and bacteria, according to a 16-month-long study commissioned by The Associated Press. The AP’s survey of the aquatic Olympic and Paralympic venues has revealed consistent and dangerously high levels of viruses from the pollution, a major black eye on Rio’s Olympic project that has set off alarm bells among sailors, rowers and open-water swimmers.
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Pogue's Basics: The secret Start menu in Windows 10
Windows 10’s Start button harbors a secret: It can sprout a tiny utility menu. To see it, right-click the Start button in the lower-left corner of the screen, or (on a touchscreen) hold your finger down on it. There, in all its majesty, is the Start menu’s secret utility menu.
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A massive EU privacy rule could bring an unexpected benefit for US consumers
A new European Union regulation could impact how social networks handle your data in the U.S.
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Building a Lego robot can help you understand coding basics
Lego's new Boost kit helps introduce kids to the basics of coding.
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The best back-to-school tech deals at Amazon, Apple, Best Buy and Target
If you or your kids are heading back to school, these are the tech deals you'll want to check out.
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Motorola's Moto Z2 Force has an unbreakable screen, but it isn't flawless
Motorola's Moto Z2 Force has an unbreakable screen, but it's got its drawbacks.
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How the iPhone 8 and iOS 11 could make you a better photographer
Apple's upcoming iPhone 8 and iOS 11 should take your iPhone photography to the next level with these new features.
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NFL player lives on $60,000 a year thanks to what he learned from this book
An alarming fifteen percent of NFL players end up declaring bankruptcy. Wide receiver Ryan Broyles, who was drafted by the Detroit Lions in 2012 and is currently a free agent, is making sure he won't fall into that category.
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Pogue's Basics: Alexa reminders
Amazon has added the ability to add names to timers with Alexa.
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Google drops neo-Nazi site out of ‘immediate concern of inciting violence’
The Google logo is pictured atop an office building in Irvine, California, U.S., August 7, 2017. Google (GOOG, GOOGL) is cancelling the domain for the white supremacist site Daily Stormer due to a “specific, immediate concern about inciting violence,” a spokesperson told Yahoo Finance. The search-engine giant, which hosts website domains through its Google Domains service, made the decision to cut the cord to the hate site after GoDaddy (GDDY) told the Daily Stormer it had 24 hours to move to another domain hosting service.
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How companies leave your data online without your knowledge
Your private data could be freely available online and there's little you can do about it.
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Your next smartphone's camera could get a huge improvement
Qualcomm's new depth-sensing camera technology could improve smartphone's and virtual reality headsets.
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The Essential Phone is a beautiful alternative to Apple's iPhone
The Essential Phone is the first handset from the father of Google's Android, and it's a solid alternative to Apple's iPhone.
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Galaxy Note 8 preview: Samsung's big bet
Samsung is bringing the Galaxy Note brand back from the brink with the Galaxy Note 8. But can it bury the ghosts of the Note 7?
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Pogue's Basics: YouTube transcripts
Believe it or not, YouTube creates a written transcript for every single video. Just click More and Transcript and boom!
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Meet Uber's pick for its next CEO
Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi is expected to take on the role of Uber CEO.
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Fitbit's Ionic smartwatch is here to take on the Apple Watch
Fitbit’s all-new smartwatch is designed to do battle with the Apple Watch.It’s no secret that Fitbit (FIT) has been working on a smartwatch — Co-founder and CEO James Park said as much during the company’s Q2 2017 earnings call earlier this month. This is the Fitbit Ionic, the company’s first “true” smartwatch.
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Facebook says it will ban businesses from advertising if they share fake news
Facebook is taking its crackdown on fake news even further.
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Microsoft's mixed reality headsets could save VR
Microsoft is bringing VR to the masses with its low-cost headsets.
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The 5 best new features of this week's YouTube redesign
This is a big week for YouTube. It’s getting a new design and new features—all of which have been in the works, carefully and methodically, for a very long time, and all of which, as far as I’m concerned, are welcome!
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Samsung challenges Apple Watch with its new Gear Sport smartwatch
Samsung's new Gear Sport is a fitness-centric smartwatch aimed squarely at the Apple Watch.
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Hate and violence around the globe? There’s an app for that.
The plague of “fake news” may be news to Facebook (FB), but it’s a familiar foe to a small non-profit in Washington that’s trying to use mobile apps, big data and social media to promote peace and accountability in places like Iraq, Kenya and Mexico where those technologies have often been abused to spread lies and hate. The PeaceTech Lab aims to develop “technology that can be applied to tackle the triggers of violence,” president and CEO Sheldon Himelfarb said in an interview at the lab’s Washington headquarters at the U.S. Institute of Peace.
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'Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle' review: An insane mix of strategy and absurdity
"Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle" offers a ridiculous strategy experience with surprising depth and a pinch of toilet humor.
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Fall games guide 2017: Your free time is history
Hope you had a nice outdoorsy summer, because for the foreseeable future, you’re going to have a hard time leaving the living room. The fall video game season is just about underway, and the 2017 edition is keeping with tradition by slinging enough massive games your way to tax both your wallet and your eyesight. From Mario to Marvel, here’s what the next few months have in store. “Destiny 2”
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The most important iPhone features ever
Apple's iPhone is one of the most important consumer gadgets ever made, and it has a lot to do with these simple features.
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Why you might not want a laptop with a 4K display
More laptop makers are pushing the limits of design and performance, but high-resolution panels are hurting their batteries.
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4 amazing new gadgets you can't get in the US
There are some gadgets that are just too cool for us Americans.
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Pogue's Basics: Link to a Facebook post
Yahoo's David Pogue has a sneaky way you can create a universal link to a Facebook item so that you can send or post to anyone.
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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review: A big phone with bigger expectations
Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 is a wonderful smartphone, but its high price is a tough pill to swallow.
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The best alternatives to Apple's new iPhone
Apple's iPhone 8 is nearly upon us, but not everyone is psyched. Here are the best alternatives for Apple's upcoming iPhone.
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Why Equifax needs to give up some details about how it got hacked
Equifax was hacked and lost the information of 143 million Americans, and they need to tell us how.
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Apple's App Store is about to get a lot better with iOS 11
Apple's App Store is getting a major update in iOS 11, and it's going to make finding new apps far better.
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The top 8 features we expect from Apple's next iPhone
Apple's 10th anniversary iPhone is nearly upon us. Here's everything we expect from what could be Apple's most important product in years.
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Apple's wireless charger may not ship with the new iPhones at launch
Apple is expected to include wireless charging as a core feature in the iPhones it launches on...
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Pogue's Basics: Access YouTube's free music and sound effects
Want to add some cool sound effects or music to your YouTube video (or any video)?
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Mac OS High Sierra makes the Mac a teeny, tiny bit better — for free
Mac OS High Sierra (macOS 10.13). As the new name suggests, it’s just a refinement of last year’s Mac OS Sierra. In fact, you could sum up what's new in an article about as short as this one.
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Twitter tests longer character limit
You may soon get to say a lot more on Twitter. The social media giant announced it is testing a longer character limit. The change will extend the current 140 characters to 280 for all languages except Japanese, Chinese and Korean. Users won’t see this change right away, though. Only a small percentage will be testing it at first, and according to the company, it is just a test and there is no guarantee this change will be available to everyone. Via Business Insider: http://www.businessinsider. ...
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Mother Angry After School's Robocall Keeps Mispronouncing Daughter's Name As A Racial Slur
Nicomi Stewart, a mother in Rochester, New York, is “disgusted” after an automated call sent to her phone from the city’s school district mispronounced her daughter’s name as a racial slur.
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'Entirely improper': Anger as Trump lawyer and chief of staff attend FBI briefings on Russia informant
President Trump’s chief of staff and a White House lawyer representing the president in the Russia investigation were present on Thursday at the start of two classified meetings requested by members of Congress to review sensitive material about the FBI’s use of an informant in the inquiry. The two men left both meetings after sharing introductory remarks “to relay the president’s desire for as much openness as possible under the law” and before officials began to brief the lawmakers, the White House said in a statement.
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Myths and Facts About Vaccines for Children
Vaccinations that help protect children from infectious diseases such as measles and mumps have saved hundreds of thousands of lives in the U.S. and prevented millions of hospitalizations over th...
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Myths and Facts About Vaccines for Children
Vaccinations that help protect children from infectious diseases such as measles and mumps have saved hundreds of thousands of lives in the U.S. and prevented millions of hospitalizations over th...
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What to Write in a Mother's Day Card
This year, send her a heartfelt greeting that she'll never forget.
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7 Tips for Applying Bug Spray Properly
To fight off mosquitoes and ticks—and avoid the diseases they can spread—you need an effective insect repellent. But even the best bug spray won’t help much if you don’t apply it properly. And th...
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15 Fun Father's Day Activities to Plan for Dad
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What a security expert thought of a few new smart-home devices at CES 2018
It's hard to figure out which of the connected household devices on display at CES 2018 is worth buying, but it's even more difficult to know if they are secure from hackers. A security expert visits exhibits and tries to help.
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Nvidia went all out for PC gaming at CES 2018
Nvidia rolled out a slew of updates for its GeForce line of gaming products at CES 2018 including massive computer screens and cloud game streaming.
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AMD CEO on chip security flaws: ‘We're absolutely all over this’
AMD CEO Lisa Su told Yahoo Finance that the Austin, Texas-based computer and graphics chip company is quickly working to resolve and address a recently-discovered security flaw that affects AMD computer chips.
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Intel wants this drone to fly you around
Intel is betting that Volocopter 2X will be one of the first passenger-carrying drones to operate in the U.S. A prototype of the pilotless two-seat helicopter-like drone was shown off at CES 2018 in Las Vegas.
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Ford will begin testing self-driving cars in an unnamed city
At CES 2018, Ford announced it is working with a city in which it will operate its self-driving cars. The automaker wouldn't identify the city but did say how autonomous vehicles can change the way people live.
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Honda wants to prove robots can help you, not kill you
Honda wants to change your perception of robots. And it's hoping to do so with four new concept robots.
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Sennheiser co-CEO: Why we're betting on AR and VR with 3-D audio
At CES 2018, Sennheiser announced two new products that focus on recording or playing back 3-D audio.
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The weirdest tech of CES 2018
Here are seven items at CES 2018, some of which address legitimate use cases and some of which may be closer to mad-scientist territory.
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Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant duke it out at CES 2018
CES 2018 had more than its fair share of wacky items and compelling gadgets, but one of the biggest trends to emerge, once again, from the popular tech expo was voice-enabled devices. And, of course, it was all about Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.
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Australian nun in last-minute appeal of Manila deportation
An elderly Australian nun facing deportation after angering Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte launched a last-minute appeal against the order on Friday, the deadline for her to leave the country. Sister Patricia Fox, 71, has been accused of illegally engaging in political activism as the government cracks down on foreign critics on its soil. Duterte, who accuses the Melbourne native of "disorderly conduct", had the immigration service detain her briefly last month, after which her missionary visa was cancelled.
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The World War II Auto Mechanic in This Photo Is Queen Elizabeth II. Here's the Story Behind the Picture
Queen Elizabeth II was the first woman in the royal family to serve full-time in Britain's women's military during WWII
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Europe's New Privacy Law Takes Effect Today. Here's How the World Is Handling Digital Rights
The European Union's much-vaunted General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force this week.
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Daily Digit: Why are there so few African-American baseball players?
It’s been 71 years since Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier, but African-American participation in the MLB has sharply declined since its peak in the early ’80s.
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Refreshed Audi A4 Spied Showing Off Its New Nose
There are small tweaks at the rear, including trapezoidal exhaust outlets and a simulated diffuser.
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Iran's top leader sets conditions for Europe to save nuclear deal
Iran's top leader set out a series of conditions on Wednesday for European powers if they want Tehran to stay in a nuclear deal after the U.S. exit, including steps by European banks to safeguard trade with Tehran and guaranteeing Iranian oil sales. U.S. President Donald Trump pulled out earlier this month from the 2015 nuclear deal that had lifted sanctions on Iran in exchange for curbs to its nuclear program. European powers see the accord as the best chance of stopping Tehran acquiring a nuclear weapon and have intensified efforts to save it.
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Security firm ordered to pay $1bn after guard raped teenage girl
A security company has been told by a jury to pay $1bn (£750m) to woman who was raped by one of its guards when she was 14-years-old. Hope Cheston was with her boyfriend outside a party in Atlanta, Georgia in October 2012, when the armed security guard approached, her attorney said. The guard told the boyfriend not to move and raped Ms Cheston.
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Israel's Supreme Court upholds open-fire rules on Gaza border
Israel's Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the military's use of lethal force against Palestinians during protests and clashes on the Gaza border. Chief Justice Esther Hayut accepted the government position that the Gaza protesters were not peaceful civilian demonstrators but part of the "armed conflict" between Israel and the Gaza Strip's Islamist rulers Hamas. The rules of engagement came under international fire after Israeli forces shot dead at least 62 Gazans on May 14, when thousands of Palestinians protested as the US officially moved its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
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Lebanon's Hariri named PM, wants unity government fast
Saad al-Hariri was designated as Lebanon's next prime minister on Thursday and said all parties agreed that a national unity government must be formed as quickly as possible due to economic risks at home and growing dangers in the region. The new coalition government is expected to reflect the enhanced political position of the Iran-backed Shi'ite group Hezbollah and allies that support its possession of arms, which together won at least 70 of parliament's 128 seats in an election on May 6. Hariri won the support of nearly all the MPs in the new parliament during consultations with President Michel Aoun on Thursday, reflecting his status as the top Sunni politician despite his steep losses in the election.
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Police: Missing Mexican woman's body found in Utah canyon
SPANISH FORK, Utah (AP) — The body of a Mexican woman who disappeared on her way home from her English language class in Utah three years ago has been found in a rugged, mountainous canyon area and police are investigating her death as a homicide, officials said Thursday.
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Rachel Dolezal Faces Felony Charges of Welfare Fraud in Washington State
The charges could lead to 15 years in prison.
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Fans Back Jessica Walter After She Addressed Verbal Harassment By Jeffrey Tambor
Fans have come out in droves on social media to express support for actress
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Putin welcomes European efforts to save Iran nuclear deal
By Michel Rose and Denis Pinchuk ST PETERSBURG (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Russia appreciated efforts by Europe to save the Iran nuclear deal despite the withdrawal of the United States and warned of "lamentable consequences" if it was not preserved. Putin made the comment in a news conference with French President Emmanuel Macron, offering some support for the French leader's plan for negotiating a broader agreement with Tehran to cover Iran's ballistics program and its activities in the Middle East. Macron met Putin seeking to win concessions on Syria, Iran and Ukraine after returning largely empty-handed from a state visit to the United States.
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'20/20' says farewell to Elizabeth Vargas
ABC News' David Muir looks back on the career of his co-anchor Elizabeth Vargas at ABC News.
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Taiwan sends aircraft to shadow Chinese bombers around island
By Jess Macy Yu TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan's air force scrambled aircraft on Friday as Chinese bombers flew around the self-ruled island, just a few hours after Taiwan vowed not to be cowed having lost another diplomatic ally amid growing Chinese pressure. Taiwan is China's most sensitive territorial issue and a potential dangerous military flashpoint. China claims the island as its sacred territory and has vowed not to allow any attempts at what it views as Taiwan separatism.
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Lawmakers attend classified briefing about FBI investigation into Trump’s 2016 campaign
Congressional Democrats say the briefing did not offer evidence to support Trump's allegations that an FBI informant was used during his 2016 presidential campaign.
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Dershowitz: My friends, family are horrified by my Trump defense
“The left adored me for my statements about Bill Clinton. And they despise me for making exactly the same statements about a political figure they despise.”
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More Americans Than Ever Support Same-Sex Marriage
In spite of enduring threats to LGBTQ rights in the U.S., a recent poll found
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NFL owners reignite debate over anthem protests
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced a new policy of issuing fines for players who protest during the national anthem, reigniting the debate over kneeling, anthem protests, and the 1st Amendment.
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Milwaukee Bucks' Sterling Brown says he felt 'defenseless' during arrest
Milwaukee Bucks guard Sterling Brown says he felt "pretty much defenseless" during a controversial arrest over a parking infraction in January.
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Several airlines hold off listing Taiwan as part of China
Several international airlines still listed Taiwan as a separate country on their websites on Friday despite a deadline set by Beijing for carriers to refer to the self-governed island as a Chinese territory. According to a copy of the letter circulating on Chinese social media, it was dated April 25 and gave carriers 30 days to comply, indicating a deadline of May 25.
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Active Shooter Reported at Indiana Middle School, Suspect in Custody
A suspect was taken into custody after an active shooter situation was reported at Noblesville West Middle School, the Noblesville Fire Department tweeted at 9:39 a.m.
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Meghan Markle's New Coat Of Arms Includes References To California
What a great wedding gift!
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Who Was James Wong Howe? Oscar-Winning Cinematographer Honored With Google Doodle
Howe was known for his 'constant efforts to achieve realism' in film
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Tearful Jessica Walter Says Jeffrey Tambor 'Verbally Harassed Me' on Arrested Development Set
For the first time since Arrested Development aired in 2003, actress Jessica Walter has publicly revealed that her onscreen husband, actor Jeffrey Tambor “verbally harassed” her on set
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Stepmother of missing Kansas child booked into jail
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The stepmother of a 5-year-old Wichita boy whom she reported missing in February was jailed Thursday evening, hours after a small, as-yet unidentified body was found under a bridge in a nearby county.
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Tax-dodge strategists probe loopholes in new U.S. law, IRS wary
Tax experts for global corporations are hot on the trail of loopholes in the sweeping tax law approved in December by President Donald Trump and Republicans in the U.S. Congress. Detailed guidance on the three taxes, which are extremely complex, is still pending from the Treasury Department and the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. As a result, actual deployment of the new strategies by multinational corporations is still likely months off.
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Border Agent Fatally Shoots Migrant Woman In Texas
A Border Patrol agent shot and killed a migrant woman Wednesday in the Texas
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Complete list of every full moon in 2018, including May's Flower Moon
The beginning of next week will see the next full moon, known as the Flower Moon, brighten our skies the day after the second bank holiday weekend of the month. The first blue moon of the year was a spectacular sight, dubbed the 'super blue blood moon'. Falling on January 31, it was the product of three different phenomena: it was a supermoon, a blue moon and a blood moon. While many said it was the first to be seen in 152 years, other contested the fact, leading to a division among scientists. Stargazers were also treated to two full moons in March: as well as the first full moon on the night of March 1, we saw another full moon on March 31. As it was the second full moon of the month, it was a blue moon – the second of 2018. The moon is the largest and brightest object in our night sky and has enchanted and inspired mankind for centuries. Blue moons are a rare breed, but full moons can be admired every month. Here is everything you need to know about Earth's only natural satellite, from all its different names to how it was formed. Super blue blood moon, in pictures How often does a full moon occur? Afull moon occurs every 29.5 days and is when the Moon is completely illuminated by the Sun's rays. It occurs when Earth is directly aligned between the Sun and the Moon.  Why do full moons have names? The early Native Americans didn't record time using months of the Julian or Gregorian calendar. Instead tribes gave each full moon a nickname to keep track of the seasons and lunar months. Most of the names relate to an activity or an event that took place at the time in each location. However, it wasn't a uniform system and tribes tended to name and count moons differently. Some, for example, counted four seasons a year while others counted five. Others defined a year as 12 moons, while others said there were 13. Colonial Americans adopted some of the moon names and applied them to their own calendar system which is why they're still in existence today, according to the Farmer’s Almanac. January: Wolf Moon This moon was named because villagers used to hear packs of wolves howling in hunger around this time of the year. Its other name is the Old Moon. This January there are two Wolf Moons - and stargazers will be in for a treat as both will be supermoons. When two moons occur in one month, the second is called a blue moon. While blue moons typically occur only once every two to three years, this year we will be treated to two moons - the second appearing at the end of March. The night following the first full moon of the month saw the Quadrantid meteor shower light up the skies. When? January 2 and January 31 February: Snow Moon Snow moon is named after the white stuff because historically it's always been the snowiest month in America. It's also traditionally referred to as the Hunger Moon, because hunting was very difficult in snowy conditions.  However this year there won't be a Snow Moon - with a full moon occurring at the end of January and another at the beginning of March, we won't see one light up the skies during the year's shortest month. When? There will be no full moon this month The full Snow Moon appears red above London's Albert bridge and Battersea Bridge in 2012 Credit: Anthony Devlin March: Worm Moon As temperatures warm, earthworm casts begin to appear and birds begin finding food. It's also known as Sap Moon, Crow Moon and Lenten Moon. There will be two moons this March, one at the start of the month and one at the end. As in January, the second moon of the month is called a blue moon. The second moon of the month is important because it is used to fix the date of Easter, which is always the Sunday after the first full moon following the spring equinox. This year, that moon appears on Saturday March 31, which means Easter Sunday falls the day after, on April 1. When? March 1 and 31 April: Pink Moon April's full moon is known as the Pink Moon, but don't be fooled into thinking it will turn pink. It's actually named after pink wildflowers, which appear in the US and Canada in early spring.  This moon is also known as Egg Moon, due to spring egg-laying season. Some coastal tribes referred to it as Fish Moon because it appeared at the same time as the shad swimming upstream.  When? April 30 A couple watch the Pink Moon rise beside Hartshead Pike on April 29, 2018 in Manchester, England Credit: Anthony Devlin May: Flower Moon Spring has officially sprung by the time May arrives, and flowers and colourful blooms dot the landscape. This moon is also known as Corn Planting Moon, as crops are sown in time for harvest, or Bright Moon because this full moon is known to be one of the brightest. Some people refer to it as Milk Moon. When? May 29 (it will peak at 15:19) Night sky June: Strawberry Moon This moon is named after the beginning of the strawberry picking season. It's other names are Rose Moon, Hot Moon, or Hay Moon as hay is typically harvested around now. This moon appears in the same month as the summer solstice, the longest day of the year (June 21) in which we can enjoy approximately 17 hours of daylight. When? June 28 The so-called 'Strawberry Moon' rises behind Glastonbury Tor on in June 2016.  Credit: Matt Cardy/Getty Images July: Thunder Moon Named due to the prevalence of summer thunder storms. It's sometimes referred to as the Full Buck Moon because at this time of the year a buck's antlers are fully grown.  When? July 27 August: Sturgeon Moon Tribes in North America typically caught Sturgeon during this month, but also it is when grain and corn were gathered so is also referred to as Grain Moon.  This moon appears in the same month as the Perseid meteor shower. When? August 26 September: Harvest Moon The Harvest Moon is the name given to the first full moon that takes place closest to the Autumn equinox, which this year will come on September 23. The Harvest Moon arrived late last year, on October 5 - it normally rises in September. It was during September that most of the crops were harvested ahead of the autumn and this moon would give light to farmers so they could carry on working longer in the evening. Some tribes also called it the Barley Moon, the Full Corn Moon or Fruit Moon.  When? September 25 October: Hunter's Moon As people planned ahead for the cold months ahead, the October moon came to signify the ideal time for hunting game, which were becoming fatter from eating falling grains. This moon is also known as the travel moon and the dying grass moon. When? October 24 November: Frost Moon The first of the winter frosts historically begin to take their toll around now and winter begins to bite, leading to this month's moon moniker. It is also known as the Beaver Moon. When?November 23 December: Cold Moon Nights are long and dark and winter's grip tightens, hence this Moon's name. With Christmas just a few weeks away, it's also referred to as Moon before Yule and Long Nights Moon. When? December 22 Clouds clear to allow a view of the final full moon of the year, a so-called 'Cold Moon' on December 13 2016 in Cornwall. Credit: Matt Cardy/Getty Images Once in a blue moon Does this well-known phrase have anything to do with the moon? Well, yes it does. We use it to refer to something happening very rarely and a blue moon is a rare occurrence. It's the name given to a second full moon that occurs in a single calendar month and this typically occurs only once every two to three years. There's lots of other moons, too: Full moon: We all know what these are. They come around every month and light up the night at night. Harvest moon: The full moon closest to the autumn equinox. Black moon: Most experts agree that this refers to the second new moon in a calendar month. The last black moon was at the start of October 2016 and the next one is expected in 2019. Blue moon: A phenomenon that occurs when there is a second full moon in one calendar month. Joe Rao from space.com explains: "A second full moon in a single calendar month is sometimes called a blue moon. A black moon is supposedly the flip side of a blue moon; the second new moon in a single calendar month." Supermoon is seen behind the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, in May 2012. Credit: AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano The infrequent nature of this lunar event led to the phrase "once in a blue moon" to signify a rare occurrence. It does not actually mean the moon will be blue. Blood moon: Also known as a supermoon lunar eclipse. It's when the shadow of Earth casts a reddish glow on the moon, the result of a rare combination of an eclipse with the closest full moon of the year.  There was one in the UK in September 2015, and before that in 1982 but the next one won't be until 2033.  Strawberry moon: A rare event when there's a full moon on the same day as the summer solstice. It happened in June 2016 for the first time since 1967 when 17 hours of sunlight gave way to a bright moonlit sky. Despite the name, the moon does appear pink or red. The romantic label was coined by the Algonquin tribes of North America who believed June’s full moon signalled the beginning of the strawberry picking season. What is a supermoon? Ever looked up at the night sky to see a full moon so close you could almost touch it? Well you've probably spotted a supermoon. The impressive sight happens when a full moon is at the point in its orbit that brings it closest to Earth. To us Earth-lings, it appears 30 per cent brighter and 14 per cent bigger to the naked eye.  How a supermoon is generated Supermoon is not an astrological term though. It's scientific name is actually Perigee Full Moon, but supermoon is more catchy and is used by the media to describe our celestial neighbour when it gets up close. Astrologer Richard Nolle first came up with the term supermoon and he defined it as "… a new or full moon which occurs with the moon at or near (within 90 per cent of) its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit", according to earthsky.org. How many supermoons are there in 2018? There are two full moon supermoons this year, both of which took place in the first month of the year. The first appeared on January 2 and the second appeared on January 31. As it was the second moon of the month, the latter moon was also known as a blue moon. There will also be two new moon supermoons in 2018: one on July 13 and another on August 11. Unfortunately, stargazers were unable to see these moons as new moons are generally obscured by the light of the sun. Last year we were lucky enough to have four supermoons. The first three - April 26, May 25, June 24 - were new moons.  The fourth supermoon of 2017 appeared on December 3 and was a full moon supermoon. This will be a full moon supermoon. In fact, it's the first of three full moon supermoons in a row.  Supermoon rises over Auckland, New Zealand in August 2014. Credit: Simon Runting/REX What do I look for? Head outside at sunset when the moon is closest to the horizon and marvel at its size. As well as being closer and brighter, the moon (clouds permitting) should also look orange and red in colour. Why? Well, as moonlight passes through the thicker section of the atmosphere, light particles at the red end of the spectrum don't scatter as easily as light at the blue end of the spectrum. So when the moon looks red, you're just looking at red light that wasn't scattered. As the moon gets higher in the sky, it returns to its normal white/yellow colour.  Will the tides be larger? Yes. When full or new moons are especially close to Earth, it leads to higher tides. Tides are governed by the gravitational pull of the moon and, to a lesser extent, the sun. Because the sun and moon go through different alignments, this affects the size of the tides. Tell me more about the moon The moon is 4.6 billion years old and was formed between 30-50 million years after the solar system. It is smaller than Earth - about the same size as Pluto in fact. Its surface area is less than the surface area of Asia - about 14.6 million square miles according to space.com Gravity on the moon is only 1/6 of that found on Earth. The moon is not round, but is egg-shaped with the large end pointed towards Earth. It would take 135 days to drive by car to the moon at 70 mph (or nine years to walk). The moon has "moonquakes" caused by the gravitational pull of Earth. Experts believe the moon has a molten core, just like Earth.  How was the Moon formed? How the Moon was formed Man on the Moon Only 12 people have ever walked on the moon and they were all American men, including (most famously) Neil Armstrong who was the first in 1969 on the Apollo II mission.  The last time mankind sent someone to the moon was in 1972 when Gene Cernan visited on the Apollo 17 mission. Although Armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon, Buzz Aldrin was the first man to urinate there. While millions watched the moon landing on live television, Aldrin was forced to go in a tube fitted inside his space suit. Buzz Aldrin Jr. beside the U.S. flag after man reaches the Moon for the first time during the Apollo 11 mission on July 20, 1969.  Credit: AP When the astronauts took off their helmets after their moonwalk, they noticed a strong smell, which Armstrong described as “wet ashes in a fireplace” and Aldrin as “spent gunpowder”. It was the smell of moon-dust brought in on their boots. The mineral, armalcolite, discovered during the first moon landing and later found at various locations on Earth, was named after the three Apollo 11 astronauts, Neil ARMstrong, Buzz ALdrin and Michael COLlins. An estimated 600 million people watched the Apollo 11 landing live on television, a world record until 750 million people watched the wedding of the Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer in 1981. One of President Nixon’s speechwriters had prepared an address entitled: “In Event of Moon Disaster”. It began: “Fate has ordained that the men who went to the moon to explore in peace will stay to rest in peace.” If the launch from the Moon had failed, Houston was to close down communications and leave Armstrong and Aldrin to their death.  How the Daily Telegraph reported Neil Armstrong's first steps on the Moon in 1969
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Trump Canceled The Summit, Worried North Korea Would Beat Him To It
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North Korea Says It Demolished Nuclear Test Site After Series of Explosions
The demolition was planned ahead of next month's summit with Trump
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Logan Director James Mangold Will Helm a Star Wars Movie About Boba Fett
The project has been backburnered by Lucasfilm for three years
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Confusion and Protests. How Seoul Reacted to President Trump Quitting the North Korea Summit
The move appeared to blindside South Korea and other U.S. allies
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Hawaii volcano lava causes more destruction
Geologists say earth-shattering fissures that went dormant are now gushing geysers catapulting even more molten fireballs across the sky.
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Why Child Soldiers Rarely Stay Free for Long in the Central African Republic
Eighteen years since the ratification of OPAC, the international child soldier treaty, the world still struggles to protect children.
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Niall Horan Calls for Ireland to 'Do Right by the Great Women of Our Nation' in Abortion Referendum
Ireland is headed to the polls today for a landmark abortion decision
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Police: 2 shot at Oklahoma restaurant; suspect dead
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A man armed with a pistol walked into an Oklahoma City restaurant at the dinner hour Thursday and opened fire, wounding two customers, before being shot dead by a handgun-carrying civilian in the parking lot, police said.
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Hawaii Evacuation Helicopters on Standby as Third Lava Flow Reaches the Ocean
The U.S. Marine Corps has sent two helicopters if more evacuations become necessary
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No compromise in sight on Iran nuclear deal, Germany says
Europe and the United States remain deeply divided over how to proceed after Washington's exit from the 2015 Iran nuclear accord, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Wednesday after back-to-back meetings with two senior U.S. officials. Maas issued his sober assessment after a meeting with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, saying the two officials had restated their known positions, but no new information emerged. "I think we're still far away from a compromise," said Maas, who met earlier with John Bolton, U.S. President Donald Trump's new security adviser, who is known for his hawkish views.
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Amazon sale of facial recognition software causes outrage
The 'Cyber Guy' Kurt Knutsson comments in on 'Fox & Friends First.'
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Active shooter reported at Indiana school, suspect in custody: fire department
(Reuters) - An active shooter was reported at a middle school in Indiana on Friday and the suspect was in custody, the Noblesville Fire Department said.
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Now Boba Fett Is Getting His Own 'Star Wars' Movie
An upcoming "Star Wars" standalone movie will reportedly focus on one of the
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Malaysia's anti-graft agents take ex-PM's statement, meet whistleblower
By Rozanna Latiff KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Former Malaysian premier Najib Razak, whose near 10-year rule ended two weeks ago, returned to an anti-graft agency on Thursday to resume his explanation for the suspicious transfers of $10.6 million dollars into his bank account. The sum represents just a fraction of billions of dollars that went missing from 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), a state fund founded by Najib, in a scandal that was a key reason why voters dumped him in an election on May 9. Entering the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, the embattled 64-year-old Najib appeared relaxed, smiling and waving as he walked through a throng of journalists.
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Man Discovers Handgun Impaled In Front Bumper Of Car
This brings new meaning to the term "gunning your engine."
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Toronto restaurant bombing: Police hunt two men after 'IED' injures 15 diners
Two unidentified men walked into a restaurant on Thursday in the Canadian city of Mississauga and set off a bomb, wounding more than a dozen people, and then fleeing, authorities said. The blast went off in the Bombay Bhel restaurant at about 10:30 p.m. Fifteen people were taken to hospital, three of them with critical injuries, the Peel Regional Paramedic Service said in a Tweet. The two male suspects went into the restaurant and detonated their improvised explosive device, Peel Regional Police said in a Tweet.
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Taking the hill: As more veterans run for Congress, are they more bipartisan?
Marine Corps veteran Andrew Grant tucks a campaign flier into the hip pocket of his jeans, strides up the front walk, and rings the bell at a Spanish-style stucco home in this manicured suburb of Sacramento, Calif. “I’m Andrew Grant, and I’m running for Congress,” the tall, athletic candidate tells retiree Don Holl, who cracks open the door and tentatively looks out. Across the United States, a growing number of veterans of recent wars – both Democratic and Republican, men and women – are volunteering to serve again by entering congressional races.
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Did President Trump Deliberately Sabotage the North Korea Summit to Save Face?
Mentioning Libya again is such a shocking mistake to make twice
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U.S. Senate defense bill would bar Turkey from buying F-35 jets
By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Senate committee passed its version of a $716 billion defense policy bill on Thursday, including a measure to prevent Turkey from purchasing Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets. The amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, from Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Republican Senator Thom Tillis, would remove Turkey from the F-35 program over its detention of U.S. citizen Andrew Brunson, Shaheen's office said.
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Cash Found in Bags During a Raid on Property Linked to Malaysia's Former Prime Minister Totals $29 Million
The cash was in 26 different currencies
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Irish Voters Head to the Polls in a Landmark Abortion Referendum
The referendum could open the door for more liberal legislation on abortion
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Seething over Russia probe, Trump tears into 'spygate'
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has branded his latest attempt to discredit the special counsel's Russia investigation as "spygate," part of a newly invigorated strategy embraced by his Republican colleagues to raise suspicions about the probe that has dogged his presidency since the start.
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What My Wife’s Abortion Taught Me About Why Men Should Stand With Women in the Ireland Referendum
"If the 'No' vote wins, women will go back to having no voice, no say, no choice."
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Taiwan scrambles fighter jets to track China bomber drill
Taiwan on Friday scrambled fighter jets to shadow Chinese bombers conducting a drill around the island, just hours after Beijing welcomed Burkina Faso's move to sever diplomatic ties with Taipei. Taiwan's defence ministry said it had dispatched fighter jets to monitor two Chinese H-6 bombers that were flying over the Bashi Channel south of Taiwan and the Miyako Strait, near Japan's Okinawa Island. The scrambling comes a day after Burkina Faso became the second of Taiwan's dwindling number of formal allies to jump ship to Beijing in a month.
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Teacher's win in Kentucky points to November potential
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Teachers across the country have left their classrooms this spring to protest at state capitols, closing schools to win pay raises and better funding in mostly Republican-controlled states.
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Pres. Trump calls off summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un
A senior administration official says Trump made the decision after statements from North Korea threatened a “nuclear-to-nuclear showdown” and called Vice President Pence a “political dummy.”
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Star Wars-loving family builds massive Millennium Falcon on their roof
The Powell family built their tribute to the “fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy” in honor of ‘Solo,’ the latest Star Wars film, with help from friends and family.
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Lawmakers attend classified briefing about FBI investigation into Trump’s 2016 campaign
Congressional Democrats say the briefing did not offer evidence to support Trump's allegations that an FBI informant was used during his 2016 presidential campaign.
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Erdogan hits Turkey currency storm month before polls
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is facing a potentially severe crisis just a month ahead of elections over the sharp depreciation of the lira which risks buffeting his campaign and even influencing voters. Erdogan has always painted himself as a champion of the Turkish economy, pointing to how growth and investment have expanded under his rule after the misery of Turkey's 2000-2001 financial crisis. "For Turks, a weak currency translates into a weak economy, so it's difficult to see how this will not hurt Erdogan and the AKP (ruling party) even though their voter base is fairly loyal," said Atilla Yesilada, country advisor at Global Source Partners in Istanbul, said.
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Putin meets Macron, says North Korea summit end regrettable
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin, meeting with French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, said Thursday that North Korea fulfilled its promises ahead of the canceled summit between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un.
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Movie producer Weinstein surrenders on sex assault charges
By Alice Popovici NEW YORK (Reuters) - Film producer Harvey Weinstein surrendered on Friday to authorities at a New York City police station on sex crime charges, months after he was toppled from Hollywood's most powerful ranks by scores of women accusing him of misconduct. More than 70 women have accused the co-founder of the Miramax film studio and Weinstein Co of sexual misconduct, including rape, with some allegations dating back decades. The accusations, first reported by the New York Times and the New Yorker last year, gave rise to the #MeToo movement in which hundreds of women have publicly accused powerful men in business, government and entertainment of misconduct.
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Key Obama adviser dismisses Trump's 'ridiculous' spy claim
Avril Haines, who served as Obama's deputy national security adviser told the Yahoo News podcast "Skullduggery" that it's ridiculous for President Trump to claim that "Spygate" is one of the biggest political scandals in U.S. history.
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Lucasfilm planning 'Star Wars' spin-off on Boba Fett: reports
Los Angeles (AFP) - "Star Wars" fan favorite Boba Fett is to get his own spin-off movie in Lucasfilm's epic space franchise, US entertainment media reported on Thursday. "Logan" and "Cop Land" director James Mangold has been tapped to write and helm the standalone movie, according to the Hollywood Reporter, following spin-offs "Rogue One" (2016) and "Solo," which hits theaters this weekend. Boba Fett, who has developed something of a cult following, has been played by various actors, starting with Jeremy Bulloch, who also appeared in several James Bond films in the 1970s and 80s.
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Honda reveals Civic Type R pickup truck concept
Until recently, Honda enthusiasts in the United States couldn't buy the Civic Type R because Honda didn't sell the Civic in its hatchback form over there, and the Type R has always been a hatchback-only model.
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Movie producer Weinstein surrenders on sex assault charges
By Alice Popovici NEW YORK (Reuters) - Film producer Harvey Weinstein surrendered on Friday to authorities at a New York City police station on sex crime charges, months after he was toppled from Hollywood's most powerful ranks by scores of women accusing him of misconduct. More than 70 women have accused the co-founder of the Miramax film studio and Weinstein Co of sexual misconduct, including rape, with some allegations dating back decades. The accusations, first reported by the New York Times and the New Yorker last year, gave rise to the #MeToo movement in which hundreds of women have publicly accused powerful men in business, government and entertainment of misconduct.
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Gwyneth Paltrow Says Brad Pitt Threatened To Kill Harvey Weinstein
Gwyneth Paltrow says she'll always love ex-boyfriend Brad Pitt for defending
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NHC says 90 percent chance of cyclone near Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico
(Reuters) - A low pressure system located over the northwestern Caribbean Sea east of the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico, has a 90 percent chance of strengthening into a tropical cyclone in the next 48 hours, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Friday. Environmental conditions are expected to become more conducive for development, and a subtropical or tropical depression or storm is likely to form by Saturday over the northwestern Caribbean Sea or the southeastern Gulf of Mexico, the Miami-based weather forecaster said.
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Jared Kushner to have White House security clearance restored after being questioned by Robert Mueller
White House senior adviser Jared Kushner is set to regain his top security clearance after going through a lengthy interview last month with special counsel investigators. Mr Kushner, who is also President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, met with investigators from the Justice Department for seven or eight hours in what was his second interview related to the investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election and contacts between Trump officials and Russians. During that interviews, the investigators and Mr Kushner reportedly touched on a large variety of topics, including Mr Trump’s decision to fire former FBI Director James Comey, according to media reports.
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Michael Cohen's efforts to build a Trump Tower in Moscow went on longer than he has previously acknowledged
Communications obtained by investigators seem to contradict Michael Cohen's prior statements about Trump Tower Moscow.
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Taiwan leader lashes China after Burkina Faso cuts ties
Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen lashed out at China on Thursday after Burkina Faso broke diplomatic ties with the island, the second country to do so this month. The move, which has been welcomed by China, comes after the Dominican Republic switched recognition to Beijing earlier this month, leaving Taiwan with only 18 diplomatic allies around the world.
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Kremlin doubts ex-spy's daughter's statement on poisoning
MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin said Thursday it doubts that Yulia Skripal has issued a statement of her own free will after her recovery from poisoning that Britain blames on Russia.
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Civil rights and environmental groups raise the alarm on a key judicial nomination
Civil rights leaders and environmentalists are calling on the Senate to reject President Trump’s nomination of Andrew Oldham, the top legal adviser to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
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Senate report shows oligarch gave Trump a 'sizable birthday gift'
New details emerge on the Trump Tower meeting with Russians, as a Senate committee releases 2,500 pages of transcripts.
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Investigators identify Russian military unit in downing of flight MH17
By Anthony Deutsch BUNNIK, Netherlands (Reuters) - Dutch prosecutors identified a Russian military unit on Thursday as the source of the missile that shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014, killing all 298 people on board. The airliner flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was hit by a Russian-made "Buk" anti-aircraft missile on July 17, 2014 over territory held by pro-Russian separatists. "The Buk that was used came from the Russian army, the 53rd brigade," Chief Dutch Prosecutor Fred Westerbeke told Reuters.
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Rachel Dolezal, who posed as black, accused of welfare fraud
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A former NAACP leader in Washington state whose life unraveled after she was outed as a white woman pretending to be black has been charged with welfare fraud.
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An Australian Grandmother Has Been Sentenced to Death for Drug Smuggling in Malaysia
Maria Elvira Pinto Exposto says she was duped into smuggling drugs by an online romance scam
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Trump blasts some deported immigrants: 'These aren't people. These are animals.'
The president has a long history of calling those he seeks to marginalize "animals."
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Victoria Beckham Reveals the Royal Wedding Was 'the Best Day' and Gushes About Meghan's Dress
It’s only fitting that Victoria Beckham would have an opinion on Meghan Markle‘s wedding dress.
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A 62-Ton Tree and Great Ape Are Among the Top 10 New Species
A 62-Ton Tree and Great Ape Are Among the Top 10 New Species
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Roger Stone Pressed For Damaging Emails About Hillary Clinton From WikiLeaks: Report
Donald Trump's former campaign adviser Roger Stone pressured an acquaintance
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This Fossil May Reshape Our Idea on When Supercontinent Pangaea Split
A 130 million-year-old skull of an ancient animal that likely resembled a squirrel has shaken up the scientists' idea on when the supercontinent Pangaea likely split up, and suggests this break-up occurred about 15 million years later than previously believed. It is of a new mammalian species named Cifelliodon wahkarmoosuch, and lived side by side with the dinosaurs, The Independent reported. The animals are closely related and lived during the same time period, suggesting that creatures were able to freely roam between what is now North America and Africa for about 15 million years longer than previously suggested.
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Iowa gubernatorial candidate accused of misconduct drops out
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A popular Democrat's exit from the Iowa governor's race Thursday amid sexual misconduct allegations could impact the party's efforts to coalesce behind the eventual nominee and regain power in a state that has moved sharply to the right in recent years.
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Taiwan says will 'not cower' as loses second ally in a month amid China pressure
By Thiam Ndiaga and Jess Macy Yu OUAGADOUGOU/TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan lost its second diplomatic ally in less than a month on Thursday when Burkina Faso said it had cut ties with the self-ruled island, following intense Chinese pressure on African countries to break with what it regards as a wayward province. Taiwan now has only one diplomatic ally left in Africa – the tiny kingdom of Swaziland - and formal relations with just 18 countries worldwide, many of them poor nations in Central America and the Pacific like Belize and Nauru. The Burkinabe foreign ministry's statement made no direct mention of China, but said "the evolution of the world and the socio-economic challenges of our country and region push us to reconsider our position".
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Venezuela's Maduro swift to act days after election victory
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Nicolas Maduro hasn't wasted time consolidating power in the aftermath of his disputed victory in Venezuela's presidential election. He has thrown out U.S. diplomats, arrested alleged military conspirators and cracked down on the nation's last remaining critical major newspaper.
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Boris Johnson rips Russia in hoax phone call
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson discussed dealing with Moscow in an 18-minute phone call with Russian pranksters impersonating the prime minister of Armenia in a recording posted online Thursday and confirmed by the foreign ministry as genuine. During the hoax, which purportedly occurred last week, Johnson congratulates the caller -- whom he thinks is new Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan -- before promptly turning to Britain's frayed relations with Russia. "It's very important, I think, prime minister that we don't have a new Cold War," he added on the call, advising "determination and firmness" in dealing with Moscow.
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Judge set to order proper meals for Muslim inmates in Alaska
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A judge plans to issue an order Friday requiring that an Alaska jail provide suitable meals to Muslim inmates as they break their daily fasts during Ramadan.
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Scott Pruitt, EPA chief, bobs and weaves, but Democrats still land blows in Senate hearing
In his first appearance before a Senate subcommittee, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt faced withering questions from Democrats about his ethical lapses, even as Republicans sought to shield him.
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China finds 'no clues' behind US staffer's brain trauma
China has found no clues to determine what caused a US government employee to suffer a brain trauma after experiencing unusual sounds, the foreign ministry said Thursday. The US State Department has said the incident in the southern city of Guangzhou resembled the still-unexplained injuries that befell US and Canadian diplomats in Cuba last year. "China has conducted a very careful investigation and has given preliminary findings to the US, and we haven't found the reason or clues that led to the situation mentioned by the US," foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang told a regular press briefing.
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ICE expands controversial partnerships with local law enforcement
ICE’s 287(g) program, which is being expanded, deputizes local police and sheriffs to enforce immigration law in some localities. Critics say it leads to racial profiling and unjust detentions.
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President Trump Canceled the North Korea Summit to Get the Upper Hand
"The worst thing you can possibly do in a deal is seem desperate to make it," he once wrote
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Kim Kardashian Wished Kanye West A Happy Anniversary And, Fine, It's Pretty Cute
Anything related to Kanye West these days comes with a massive caveat due to
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Fighting climate change could save the world trillions of dollars
On the White House lawn in June 2017, President Donald Trump announced that "we're getting out," referring to his plan to pull the U.S. out of the historic Paris climate agreement — a deal he considers bad for the American economy.  But new research suggests that Trump is sorely mistaken.  The climate agreement, which is intended to limit the severity of climate change, will likely be a substantial benefit to most of the world's economies, argue researchers in a study published Wednesday in the journal Nature. Not placing limits on climate-warming carbon emissions, however, would be costly for nearly everyone. SEE ALSO: Air conditioner use will triple by 2050. That's bad news for a warming planet. The plan — which was even signed by North Korea — hopes to limit warming to less than 2 degrees Celsius (about 3.5 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial times, back in the 1800s when the atmosphere had substantially less carbon pollution. Until now, there's been an inadequate understanding of how nations might fare economically from collectively meeting these climate goals.  To figure that out, researchers combed through both temperature and Gross Domestic Product (GDP) data from 165 countries between 1960 and 2010, finding that 90 percent of the global population will likely benefit from meeting the ambitious Paris carbon target of limiting warming to 1.5 Celsius (2.7 Fahrenheit). Higher than average temperatures, they found, can drain economic productivity.  Carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel burning are now the highest they've been in hundreds of thousands of years.Image: nasa/Vostok ice core data/J.R. Petit et al.; NOAA Mauna Loa CO2 record"As temperature's warm, output level falls," Marshall Burke, lead author of the study, said in call with reporters. It's particularly important that scientists get some sense of how economies will respond in a warming world, in part, because the Earth's climate is already changing.  The planet may soon breach the 1-degree Celsius benchmark above pre-industrial levels, although some scientists think it already has. It's unknown exactly how climate change will affect each and every country in the coming decades, said Burke, but he emphasized that "the benefits of meeting the stringent targets vastly outweigh the costs." And it appears humanity has underestimated how large the magnitude of these costs — which include pummeling storms, declines in crop yields, and the spread of disease — truly is.  "As we further grasp the consequences of disrupting the fundamental environment on which modern civilization depends, projections of these costs continue to climb," Sarah Green, an environmental chemist at Michigan Technical University who was not involved in the study, said over email.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) found that in 2017 the U.S. "experienced a historic year of weather and climate disasters," with 16 separate billion-dollar disasters.  The world's three largest economies — the U.S., Japan, and China — are all expected to benefit from meeting the 1.5 Celsius carbon target, although the researchers found the poorest nations in the world, which are generally also the hottest, serve to benefit the most.  Overall, this means avoiding the nearly unfathomable losses of income associated with a warming climate. For example, if the world were to warm to between 2.5 and 3 degrees Celsius by the end of the century, the researchers project that global economic output would fall between 15 and 25 percent, which amounts to tens of trillions of dollars. Some of this loss is caused by the direct impact of heat on our bodies.  The dead bodies of heatwave victims at the Edhi Foundation morgue in Karachi, Pakistan on May 22, 2018.Image: IMRAN ALI/AFP/Getty Images"Humans function really well when the temperature is mild," said Marshall. He notes that heat makes us less productive, affecting labor output, cognitive abilities, and the fact that "people are more violent went you crank up the temperature." Transforming massive, complicated economies to meet the 1.5 or 2 degree Celsius targets certainly won't be a simple, nor cheap, task. Tearing down fossil fuel burning-power plants while constructing renewable energy infrastructure has a massive price tag, perhaps costing nations a considerable chunk the all the money they bring in each year, known more formally as Gross Domestic product, or GDP. (U.S. GDP in 2017 was over $19 trillion.) If a country wanted to cut emissions in an extreme way, it would need to spend the equivalent of a few percentage points of GDP, David Victor, a professor of international relations at the University of California, San Diego who had no involvement in the study, said in an interview. "That’s a lot of money," said Victor. "That’s the amount of money you spend on a war." But, he notes, politicians nearly always emphasize the costs of energy transformation, often ignoring the economic benefits illustrated in this study.  Simply put, it costs money to make money. And even if nations don't meet the 1.5 Celsius target, these benefits can still be momentous.  "It's not an all or nothing game," Kate Larsen, the former White House Council on Environmental Quality Deputy Director for Energy and Climate Change under the Obama Administration, said in an interview. "There's a spectrum of impacts that go from pretty bad to only minor," she said. "There will still be impacts if we meet the Paris goals, but we would have avoided some of the most damaging consequences." But not meeting the Paris goals, either the more stringent 1.5 degree or 2 degree Celsius targets, will likely hit nations in the place they care about most: their wallets.  "Temperature affects the fundamental building blocks of economies," said Marshall. WATCH: NASA is attempting to fly a helicopter on Mars for the first time    
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Nicaragua's way out of crisis is early elections: OAS
Early elections are the only way for crisis-gripped Nicaragua to restore peace, the head of the Organization of American States (OAS) said Wednesday, after a spate of recent anti-government unrest left at least 76 dead. "Anyone who thinks there is a solution for Nicaragua other than an electoral one is seriously wrong," said Luis Almagro, head of the Washington-based pan-American group. Almagro said he was calling for a "free, fair and transparent electoral process" in the Central American nation led by leftist President Daniel Ortega.
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Burkina Faso cuts diplomatic ties with Taiwan
Burkina Faso has cut diplomatic ties with Taiwan, the foreign ministry said on Thursday. China has been applying pressure on the few remaining African countries with diplomatic ties with Taiwan to cut them. "This decision is guided by the firm desire of the government of Burkina Faso to defend the interests of Burkina Faso and its people in the concert of nations," the ministry said in a statement, which made no direct mention of China.
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60+ Easy and Satisfying Avocado Recipes
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Rachel Dolezal Faces Felony Charges For Welfare Fraud
Rachel Dolezal, the former president of NAACP's Spokane, Washington, chapter
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Hawaii man hit by lava 'just wanted to live'
Darryl Clinton, the Hawaii man hit by lava thrown up by the erupting Kilauea volcano, says the impact of the lava was "incredibly powerful and hot" but that he's glad he's still alive. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
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Armed Citizen Kills a Shooter Who Opened Fire in an Oklahoma Restaurant
A woman and a young girl were injured but expected to survive, police said
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Explosions: North Korea Demolishes Nuclear Site
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made good on his promise to demolish his country's nuclear test site, which was formally closed in a series of huge explosions Thursday as a group of foreign journalists looked on. (May 24)
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Global Campaign Seeks to Overturn Death Penalty for Sudanese Teen Who Killed Her Rapist
Naomi Campbell, Mira Sorvino and Emma Watson have joined the campaign to overturn her sentence
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Man Facing 37 Counts of Sexual Abuse of Child Appears in Court
A 33-year-old Utah man is facing 37 counts of sexual abuse of a child made his first court appearance Wednesday.
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Establishment Democrats relieved after Texas House runoff
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — National Democrats breathed a sigh of relief after a liberal outsider lost her runoff in a high stakes U.S. House race for one of three Republican-held seats they hope to flip this November in the deep red state.
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Rachel Dolezal Faces Felony Charges For Welfare Fraud
Rachel Dolezal, the former president of NAACP's Spokane, Washington, chapter
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Moses Farrow Defends Woody Allen And Accuses Mia Farrow Of Abuse
Woody Allen's son Moses Farrow came to the filmmaker's defense on Wednesday in
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United Airlines reaches settlement with family after dog suffocated in overhead bin
United Airlines has reached a settlement with a family whose puppy died after a flight attendant insisted it be placed in an overhead bin.
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Concrete and coral: Beijing's South China Sea building boom fuels concerns
By Greg Torode and Simon Scarr HONG KONG/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - At first glance from above it looks like any clean and neatly planned small town, complete with sports grounds, neat roads and large civic buildings.  But the town is on Subi reef in the Spratlys archipelago of the hotly contested South China Sea and, regional security experts believe, could soon be home to China's first troops based in the maritime heart of Southeast Asia. Private sector data analysis reviewed by Reuters shows Subi, some 1,200 km (750 miles) from China's coast, is now home to nearly 400 individual buildings – far more than other Chinese islands. Subi could be the future location of hundreds of People's Liberation Army marines, as well as a possible administrative hub as China cements its claim with a civilian presence, security analysts and diplomatic sources say.
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Iran still implementing nuclear deal: IAEA
Iran is still implementing the 2015 accord over its nuclear programme, just weeks after Washington ditched the accord, according to a report by the UN's nuclear watchdog. The International Atomic Energy Agency report, seen by AFP Thursday, shows that Iran is abiding by the deal's key restrictions on its nuclear facilities in return for relief from damaging economic sanctions. The latest assessment from the IAEA comes after US President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the accord earlier this month, putting its future in jeopardy.
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In Moroccan desert, meteorite hunters seek to strike it rich
Equipped with a "very strong" magnet and magnifying glass, retired physical education teacher Mohamed Bouzgarine says that discoveries "can be more valuable than gold". "Rocks coming from Mars are very expensive, sometimes as much as 10,000 dirhams (around $1,000, 900 euros) per gram," he says. Bouzgarine stops in front of a hollow, hoping it could be a crater formed "very long ago" by extraterrestrial matter.
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Trump fundraiser expands U.S. lawsuit accusing Qatar of hacking his emails
A fundraiser for U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday added several defendants to a lawsuit claiming the Persian Gulf state of Qatar hacked his email accounts and shared the contents with news organizations. Elliott Broidy, whose access to Trump has been the subject of press coverage in the United States in recent months, sued Qatar in federal court in Los Angeles in March. On Thursday, he filed an amended complaint adding as defendants the brother of the Qatari ruler and Ahmed al-Rumaihi, a former head of investments at the Qatari sovereign wealth fund.
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Primary upset will test progressives' appeal to voters
In the wake of the 2016 election, many progressive Democrats looked at the defeats the party had suffered and offered a theory: Democrats were losing, particularly in red areas, because they were offering a watered-down message and not standing for bold proposals voters could get excited about. Kara Eastman, who led a nonprofit and was a board member of a community college, defeated former Rep. Brad Ashford for the Democratic nomination. Ashford, a former Republican with a moderate voting record who lost his seat in 2016, had the full backing of the Democratic establishment, earning a spot on the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s list of “Red to Blue” candidates and receiving donations from the PAC of Democratic House leaders Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer, but fell short in an attempt at a rematch with Republican Don Bacon.
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Toyota to ramp up hydrogen fuel cell vehicle sales around 2020
Toyota Motor Corp on Thursday said it plans to set up a facility to mass manufacture hydrogen fuel cell stacks, a key component of fuel cell vehicles, as it seeks to ramp up production of hydrogen-powered cars and expand their usage as a zero-emission alternative to gasoline vehicles. The new unit will come up on the grounds of its Honsha plant in Toyota City near the automaker's global headquarters, the company said in a statement. It is also constructing a dedicated line at the nearby Shimoyama plant to produce tanks for storing high-pressure hydrogen gas inside vehicles.
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North Korea Is Still Willing to Talk With U.S. 'At Any Time, At Any Format'
North Korea says it's willing to talk with the U.S. "at any time, at any format" after the president abruptly canceled the planned summit.
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After mass shootings, NRA pins blame on familiar list
In the aftermath of recent school shootings, a familiar pattern has played out in the debate over guns.
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This Kind of Diet May Lower the Risk of Dying from Breast Cancer
Can food be medicine?
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Emmanuel Macron Turns to Vladimir Putin in an Effort to Salvage the Iran Nuclear Deal
Both men want to salvage the Iranian nuclear deal
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What Veterans Need to Know About Student Loan Discharges
The Trump administration is implementing a new system that may make it easier for some disabled veterans to erase their student loan debt. The Department of Education announced last month that it's working with the Department of Veteran Affairs to identify veterans with service-related disabilities who borrowed federal student loans. Filling out and submitting the application is the next step borrowers with severe physical impairments can take to erase their student loans.
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2020 Toyota FT-4X: A Funky Fresh Box
If you miss the Scion xB, this may be what you’re looking for.
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President Trump Just Pardoned the Boxer Jack Johnson. Here's What to Know About the Original Case
And why supporters have fought so long to clear his name
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Lava from Hawaii volcano enters ocean from 3 flows
Lava entered the ocean from a third flow Thursday, marking the third week of a Hawaii volcano eruption that has opened up nearly two dozen vents in rural communities, destroyed dozens of buildings and shot miles-high plumes of ash into the sky. Low lava fountains were erupting from a nearly continuous 2-mile-long (3.22-kilometer) portion of the series of fissures that have opened up in the ground, scientists said Thursday. The fountains were feeding channelized lava flows down to the coast.
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Texas Governor Greg Abbott Meets With Students and Shooting Survivors
Most of the ideas centered on monitoring student mental health and security measures
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Democrats and Republicans Get Separate Classified Russia Probe Briefings
The highly unusual series of meetings were prompted by partisan allegations that the FBI spied on the Trump campaign
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5 Ways Netflix Tricks You Into Watching More Shows And Movies
No matter how much time you spend watching Netflix every week, the streaming
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Georgia jury awards $1 billion after guard rapes teen
ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia jury has awarded an eye-popping $1 billion verdict against a security company after an apartment complex guard was convicted of raping a 14-year-old girl.
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House Republicans Report Progress On An Immigration Deal
WASHINGTON ― House Republicans say they're making progress on a plan to do the
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Jack Johnson: Donald Trump posthumously pardons boxing champion
`Donald Trump has posthumously pardoned former boxing champion Jack Johnson, who was convicted in a racially charged case early in the 20th century. “It’s my honour to do it”, Mr Trump said during an Oval Office signing ceremony. The president had earlier said he was mulling a pardon after the actor Sylvester Stallone - who is known for portraying an underdog fighter in the film “Rocky” - called to share “the story of heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson”.
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Gunman at Oklahoma restaurant shot dead by bystander
The gunman opened fire when he entered a Louie's restaurant in Oklahoma City's Lake Hefner district on Thursday evening, wounding two people, police said on Twitter. "A bystander with a pistol confronted the shooter outside the restaurant and fatally shot him," the police Twitter feed said.
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Weary Venezuelans reject 'Maduro's circus'
Fed up with years of acute deprivation and deeply distrustful of the government, a record number of Venezuelans declined to vote in the election that saw unpopular President Nicolas Maduro returned to office. It was "an historic demonstration of civil disobedience," said Gustavo Le Moire, a retiree and supporter of the opposition. Maduro won 68 percent of the vote, far ahead of his nearest rival, former army officer Henri Falcon, with 21 percent.
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Poisoned ex-spy's daughter says wants to return to Russia 'in future'
Yulia Skripal, who was poisoned with her ex-spy father in Britain in March, said in a video statement Wednesday she would like to eventually return to Russia but first needed to get better. "I was discharged from hospital on April 9th but my treatment is continuing," Yulia Skripal said in a video statement to Reuters which was broadcast on national television in Russia. Yulia Skripal, who is under the protection of the British government, spoke in Russian from an undisclosed location and smiled as she began to speak.
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Google and Facebook Are Swaying Ireland’s Abortion Referendum Even When They Tried Not To
"By the day before the vote, we had captured 1,300 referendum related ads on Facebook alone."
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Harvey Weinstein expected to turn himself in on sexual harassment charges
Disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, facing numerous allegations of sexual assault and abuse, is set to turn himself in to police Friday morning, according to multiple US media reports. The former executive of Miramax was accused by several actresses - including Salma Hayek, Lupita Nyong’o, and Ashley Judd - of sexual harassment. At least 75 women have come forward accusing him of misconduct of some kind, reported first by the New York Times last year.
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NASA's Mars Curiosity Rover Is Drilling Rock Samples Again after Fix from 60 Million Miles Away
It's hard to tackle even the most basic odd jobs when your tools break and the nearest hardware store is 60 million miles away. NASA engineers spent the next year and a half figuring out a workaround that would let the rover keep doing its geology despite the busted part—and on Sunday, Curiosity successfully drilled its first new hole. Scientists decided it was worth the effort because the area, called Vera Rubin Ridge, seems to be made of clay-rich material.
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Ryan Reynolds Would Abandon His Notoriously Delightful Marriage for Only One Man
He has something of a comedian crush
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Jet Stream 'Traffic Jams' Drive Extreme Weather: Study
Just like thousands of human drivers, planet Earth itself gets caught in a patches of bad traffic, a new study published in Science has revealed. Scientists studying the behavior of Earth’s weird jet streams have discovered the fast flowing currents of air bottleneck like vehicles on a busy road. Traffic jam-style atmospheric blocking can contribute to extreme weather.
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The GDPR Is Just the Latest Example of Europe's Caution on Privacy Rights. That Outlook Has a Disturbing History
The GDPR represents an approach to privacy shaped by both the Holocaust and Stasi surveillance in East Germany
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The Latest: 3 lava flows now reaching ocean off Hawaii
HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on the eruption of Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island (all times local):
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Hawaii helicopter evacuation readied as new lava stream hits ocean
By Marco Garcia PAHALA, Hawaii (Reuters) - A third lava flow from Hawaii's erupting Kilauea volcano streamed into the ocean on Thursday as U.S. Marines Corps helicopters stood by to evacuate a Big Island community should molten rock or huge cracks block its final escape route. Six huge fissures sent rivers of molten rock through a blackened, volcanic wilderness that was once jungle, farmland and rural homes. Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes, entered the fourth week of what may be an unprecedented, simultaneous eruption at its summit crater and along a six-mile (9.7-km) string of fissures 25 miles (40 km) down its east flank.
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Talking Cars: What Tesla CEO Elon Musk Told CR About the Model 3
Consumer Reports' testing of the Tesla Model 3 recently wrapped up. The result? We are unable to recommend the all-electric car, due to a stiff ride, excessive wind noise, and poor braking perfor...
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Harvey Weinstein Expected To Turn Himself In To The NYPD For Sex Crimes
Harvey Weinstein plans to turn himself in to New York City law enforcement on
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United reaches settlement with family over dog's death in overhead bin
United Airlines has reached a settlement with a family whose puppy died after a flight attendant insisted it be placed in an overhead bin.
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Orajel and Other Teething Medicines Are Not Safe for Babies, FDA Warns
It's marketed as Orajel and Anbesol and generic drugstore brands
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I Served with the Military Leaders Shaping America’s North Korea Plan. Here’s What They’ll Do Next
Retired Admiral James Stavridis details who will be making which decisions
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Uber disabled emergency braking in self-driving car: U.S. agency
Uber had disabled an emergency braking system in a self-driving vehicle that struck and killed a woman in Arizona in March even though the car had identified the need to apply the brakes, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a preliminary report released on Thursday. At 1.3 seconds before impact, the self-driving system determined emergency braking was needed. The report gives new fuel to opponents in Congress who have stalled a bill designed to speed the deployment of self-driving cars on U.S. roads and puts a spotlight on the fact that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which is also investigating, does not test self-driving vehicles or certify them before they are deployed on U.S. roads.
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Read Jeff Flake's Commencement Speech on the Rule of Law and Trump: 'We May Have Hit Bottom'
"Our leadership is not good, but it probably can’t get much worse."
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Hollywood women applaud impending Harvey Weinstein charges
Women in Hollywood applauded on Thursday after Harvey Weinstein agreed to turn himself into authorities in New York after a months-long investigation into multiple allegations of sexual misconduct. "BOOM", tweeted Italian actress Asia Argento, who has accused Weinstein of raping her at the Cannes film festival in 1997 when she was 21. Argento repeated her accusations in an emotional speech at the Cannes festival on Saturday.
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U.S. Senate approves bill to address Capitol Hill sexual harassment
The U.S. Senate on Thursday unanimously approved legislation that would step up protections for congressional staffers facing workplace harassment, including requiring lawmakers to use their personal funds to cover the cost of settlements if they were the alleged harassers. The bipartisan legislation, which had more than 40 co-sponsors in the 100-seat Senate, would also make public the harassment settlements and the lawmakers involved, automatically refer such settlements to the Senate Ethics Committee and more closely track allegations of harassment within the U.S. Capitol.
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What I Learned By Flying to England From Ireland to Get an Abortion
We must repeal Ireland's eighth amendment
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Where weed will be on the ballot in 2018
Michigan, Utah and Oklahoma are scheduled to hold referendums in 2018 on legalizing marijuana for recreational and medical use, continuing a nationwide trend of increasing acceptance of the drug.
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The U.S. and Australia Had Mass Shootings One Week Apart. There Was a Crucial Difference in How They Responded
The incidents shine new light on what gun control can and can't do
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Children With 'Hallucinating' Woman Are Rescued From Florida Roof Ledge, Cops Say
Bodycam footage shows the terrifying rescue in Florida.
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Las Vegas strike would have far-reaching effect
LAS VEGAS (AP) — What happens in Las Vegas could have a ripple effect across the country if 50,000 casino-hotel workers employed at more than 30 of the city's world-famous resorts go on strike at any time starting next week.
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Porsche Looks Back At 7 Important Cars From The Last 7 Decades
Where's the Carrera GT?
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EXCLUSIVE: Yulia Skripal speaks about poisioning
Yulia Skripal has spoken to Reuters for the first time on camera since recovering from a poisoning on UK soil that Britain has blamed on Russia. Yulia was hospitalized along with her father Sergei Skripal in a nerve agent attack in March. Jacob Greaves reports.
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Trump cancels US-North Korea summit with Kim Jong-un
Donald Trump has cancelled his planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, blaming increasingly hostile rhetoric from Pyongyang. After several days during which the president appeared to be signalling that secret negotiations ahead of his planned meeting for June 12 were not going well, he said he was pulling out of the meeting because of the “tremendous anger and open hostility” in a recent statement from Mr Kim. It had been Mr Trump’s ambition to secure a peace deal with North Korea – something that none of his predecessors were able to do – and that has now apparently been placed on the back burner.
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Brynn Cartelli Becomes Youngest-Ever Winner Of 'The Voice'
Nice going, kid.
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Why Ireland Is More Likely than Ever Before to Vote to Change Abortion Laws
For the first time, Irish women are speaking out about their own experiences
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U.S. officials warn Congress on 2018 election hacking threats
(This May 22 story corrects to show timing of release of funds to be distributed "by July," not "later this week," in paragraph six) By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senior Trump administration officials warned Congress on Tuesday of ongoing efforts by Russia to interfere in the 2018 midterm congressional elections as the federal government prepares to hand out $380 million in election security funding to states. At a briefing attended by about 40 or 50 members of the 435-member U.S. House of Representatives, the heads of FBI, Homeland Security Department and the director of National Intelligence said states and cities overseeing elections need to be prepared for threats. DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen told reporters she agreed Russia was trying to influence the 2018 elections.
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Movie producer Weinstein to surrender on sex assault charges
By Karen Freifeld and Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - Film producer Harvey Weinstein was expected to surrender to authorities in New York on Friday, months after he was toppled from Hollywood's most powerful ranks by scores of women accusing him of sexual assault, a person familiar with the case said. Weinstein's spokesman Juda Engelmayer and Weinstein's lawyer Benjamin Brafman both declined to comment. The imminent criminal charging of Weinstein, which was first reported by the New York Daily News, follows a months-long investigation, including by the Manhattan district attorney's office.
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Donald Trump threatens Kim Jong-un with military action after cancelling meeting
Donald Trump threatened Kim Jong-un with military action on Thursday as he returned to bellicose rhetoric after cancelling their June 12 summit in Singapore.  The US president said the American military was “ready if necessary” to react with its allies should North Korea take any “foolish or reckless acts”.  Mr Trump had formally pulled the plug on his historic meeting with Kim earlier in the day through a letter released by the White House.  The US president wrote to Kim: “We were informed that the meeting was requested by North Korea, but that to us is totally irrelevant. I was very much looking to being there with you. “Sadly, based on the tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statement, I feel it is inappropriate, at this time, to have this long-planned meeting.” Mr Trump said “this missed opportunity is a truly sad moment in history” and appeared open to the talks being rearranged, saying: “If you change your mind having to do with this most important summit, please do not hesitate to call me or write.” Sadly, I was forced to cancel the Summit Meeting in Singapore with Kim Jung Un. pic.twitter.com/qEoi9ymUEz— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 24, 2018 But the US president also issued a clear threat: “You talk about your nuclear capabilities, but ours are so massive and powerful that I pray to God they will never have to be used.” Mr Trump later said he had talked to James Mattis, the US defence secretary, and the US joint chiefs of staff, adding that “our military… is ready if necessary”.  The announcement appeared to blindside the South Koreans, with President Moon Jae-in summoning his top aides to a late-night meeting and later expressing “deep regret”.  Mike Pompeo, the US secretary of state, declined to say whether South Korea or Japan – both American allies - had been notified of the cancellation before it was made public. North Korea has announced that they will dismantle Nuclear Test Site this month, ahead of the big Summit Meeting on June 12th. Thank you, a very smart and gracious gesture!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 12, 2018 The move follows the sudden deterioration in North Korean-US relations over the last fortnight after months of diplomatic improvements.  Donald Trump N Korea letter The immediate trigger for Mr Trump’s letter appeared to be criticism of Mike Pence, the US vice president, by a senior North Korean official.  Mr Pence had said in an interview on Monday that the Libyan model – where Muammar Gaddafi gave up his nuclear programme in the early 2000s – would only be used “if Kim Jong-un doesn't make a deal”.  The Libyan comparison had previously angered North Korea given Gaddafi, the Libyan leader, was eventually toppled and killed by a mob in 2011.  Choe Son-hui, a senior North Korean official, reacted on Thursday by calling Mr Pence a “political dummy” whose remarks had been “unbridled and impudent”.  “As a person involved in US affairs, I cannot suppress my surprise at such ignorant and stupid remarks gushing from the mouth of the US vice-president,” Ms Choe said.  She added: “Whether the US will meet us at a meeting room or encounter us at nuclear-to-nuclear showdown is entirely dependent upon the decision and behaviour of the United States.” But Mr Trump’s decision to pull the meeting – deemed so historic that the White House Communications Agency had already minted commemorative coins – had been developing for days.  Mr Trump said Kim's recent rhetoric was to blame Credit: AFP North Korea last week publicly rejected Mr Trump’s stance that the regime should unilaterally denuclearise before any economic sanctions were lifted.  Mr Pompeo revealed on Thursday that America had reached out to North Korea in recent days to discuss details for the summit but had not had a response.  The developments came despite North Korea blowing up its Punggye-ri nuclear test site, in the country’s northeast. Journalists present reported hearing a “huge explosion”.  Mr Trump on Thursday said the “maximum pressure” campaign of sanctions would remain in place, meaning North Korea will continue to suffer economically in the coming weeks.  A senior White House official on Thursday gave more details about why the meeting had been cancelled, detailing the “profound lack of good faith” displayed in recent weeks.  The official revealed senior White House figures had gone to Singapore for scoping talks with the North Koreans ahead of the summit but their opposite numbers never showed up.  “They waited and they waited. The North Koreans didn’t show up,” the White House official said, adding: “They simply stood us up.” North Korea also was said to have gone back on a promise for international experts to witness the destruction of its Punggye-ri nuclear test site, raising fears it was not permanently put out of action.  The senior White House official hinted that more North Korean individuals, entities and ships could be hit with economic sanctions, saying they US had not yet reached its bid to create “maximum pressure”.  North Korea | Kim Jong-un’s fiery relationship with the US
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The Story Behind The Best Photo From The Royal Wedding
Brian Mulroney, a pageboy at Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's nuptials last
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Syrian air defense intercepts missile attack on airport: state media
Syrian state media said a military airport near Homs city had come under missile attack which was repelled by its air defense systems on Thursday. "One of our military airports in the central region was exposed to a hostile missile attack, and our air defense systems confronted the attack and prevented it from achieving its aim," state news agency SANA said. SANA earlier reported sounds of explosions heard near the Dabaa airport, about 20 km (12 miles) southwest of the central Syrian city of Homs and 10 km (6 miles) from the Lebanese border.
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Fashion Designer Convicted of Torturing 21-Year-Old Nanny and Burning Her Body
Sophie Lionnet's emaciated body was stuffed into a suitcase and burned on a bonfire
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Blood test may predict who is most at risk for diabetes
By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Adding a test normally used for diabetes monitoring to employee wellness exams could identify people who don't have the disease but are at high risk of developing it, a recent study suggests. Researchers examined data from two different types of blood sugar test for more than 34,000 participants in a U.S. employee wellness program who didn't have diabetes. Researchers also looked at results of blood tests showing so-called hemoglobin A1c levels, which reflect average blood sugar levels over about three months.
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What sunk the summit?
President Trump has cancelled the Singapore summit with Kim Jong-Un after North Korea escalated its rhetoric.
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Michael Cohen reportedly paid $400,000 by Ukraine to arrange a meeting with Trump
Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, was reportedly paid $400,000 (£300,000) to arrange talks between Mr Trump and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. The payment was allegedly arranged by Ukrainian intermediaries looking to secure a “backchannel” to Mr Trump, in hopes of getting Mr Poroshenko more time with the US president when he visited last June, the BBC reported. Mr Cohen served as Mr Trump’s attorney for more than a decade.
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Chrissy Teigen Is Supposed to Be With a Different Famous 'John' According to a Quiz She Took
Is John Legend not the one for Teigen after all?
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The NFL Has Decided to Fine Teams if Players Kneel During the National Anthem
But the policy permits players to stay in the locker room for the anthem
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Can You Catch Up on Lost Sleep On the Weekends? Here’s What Experts Think
A new study tackled that question
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US police chief apologises for arrest of NBA player Sterling Brown as tasing video released
The police chief in the Midwestern US city of Milwaukee apologised on Wednesday for the tasing and arrest of a black professional basketball player over a parking violation, as his department released video of the incident. Chief Alfonso Morales said disciplinary action had been taken against the officers involved in the January arrest of Sterling Brown, who plays for the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks. It is the latest case to highlight the fraught relationship between black communities and law enforcement across the US. In Milwaukee, there have been several recent protests over controversial police interactions with black people – including the deadly shooting of a 23-year-old in 2016. The newly-released body cam footage of Brown’s arrest shows him initially detained by one officer for parking in a handicapped zone at around 2:00 am on January 26. This Jan. 26, 2018 police body-camera footage released by Milwaukee Police Department shows NBA Bucks guard Sterling Brown talking to arresting police officers Credit: AP Brown, 23, engages in tense dialogue with the officer and gives him his identification. The officer tells him that he is waiting for additional backup. "We’re figuring out what we’re gonna do. Whether we’re giving you a ticket, whatever," the unidentified officer says. "You can’t do that by yourself?" Brown asks, questioning why he was being detained for such a long time over a parking violation. Soon, at least six additional officers surround Brown and one of them yells: "Take your hands out of your pockets now!" Brown responds: "No. I got stuff in my hands." NBA Bucks guard Sterling Brown talks to arresting police officers after being shot by a stun gun  Credit: AP At that point, officers tackle the six-foot, six-inch man to the ground, tase and handcuff him. The city’s Mayor Tom Barrett said the video raised "concerns." "Members (of the police department) acted inappropriately, and those members were recently disciplined," Chief Morales said at a news conference. "I am sorry this incident escalated to this level," he added, without detailing the disciplinary action taken or releasing the names of the officers involved. Milwaukee Police Department apologised over the incident involving NBA Bucks guard Sterling Brown Credit: AP Brown was issued a parking citation, but not charged with any criminal offence. In a statement, he vowed to take legal action against Milwaukee police. "What should have been a simple parking ticket turned into an attempt at police intimidation, followed by the unlawful use of physical force," Brown said. He cited a number of recent high-profile cases of black men and boys killed during interactions with police, including Laquan McDonald in Chicago and Eric Garner in New York. "Black men shouldn’t have to have their guard up and instantly be on the defensive when seeing a police officer, but it’s our reality and a real problem," Brown said. The Bucks also released a statement, calling the incident "shameful and inexcusable." "We are grateful for the service of many good police officers that courageously protect us, our fans and our city, but racial biases and abuses of power must not be ignored," the team said. Milwaukee has had several protests over police conduct, putting the city on edge ahead of the video’s release. In August 2016, Milwaukee saw two days of arson and civil unrest after police shot and killed Sylville Smith, a black suspect, after a brief foot chase. Cognizant of that history, police officials reached out to multiple community leaders and politicians prior to the video’s publication online, according to local media. On social media, the reaction to the video was fierce, with Sterling Brown’s name quickly trending on Twitter and several teammates posting a photo on various platforms that said simply: "STANDWITHSTERLING." "I think what we just saw happen to Sterling as NBA Family we should all support him," teammate Brandon Jennings tweeted. "We the NBPA stand firmly, not only with Sterling Brown but with all our players in the quest to fight injustice. We will continue to support our members and serve as a platform to help them raise awareness and bring about positive change in their communities." #standwithsterling— NBPA (@TheNBPA) May 24, 2018 Some commenters, meanwhile, took issue with the initial police officer’s interaction with Brown after he was handcuffed. The two argued, before the officer said, apparently with sarcasm: "Sorry, I don’t follow the Bucks, so I didn’t recognize you. I didn’t recognize your famous name." "It ain’t famous. It’s legit," Brown responded.    
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Rare blue flames burn in cracks from Hawaii volcano
U.S. Geological Survey scientists were able to capture blue flames near lava flows created by burning methane gas.
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11 Crazy One-Offs From Ferrari Special Projects
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London couple convicted of murdering nanny, burning her body
LONDON (AP) — A London couple delusionally obsessed with a former boy-band star were found guilty Thursday of murdering their French nanny and burning her body on a bonfire in their backyard.
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Was Meghan Markle's Dress Too Big? Critics Say Gown Was Too Loose
But fashion guru Carson Kressley praised the gown.
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Jet Stream 'Traffic Jams' Drive Extreme Weather: Study
Just like thousands of human drivers, planet Earth itself gets caught in a patches of bad traffic, a new study published in Science has revealed. Scientists studying the behavior of Earth’s weird jet streams have discovered the fast flowing currents of air bottleneck like vehicles on a busy road. Traffic jam-style atmospheric blocking can contribute to extreme weather.
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Missile that downed MH17 plane came from Russian military: investigators
Investigators probing the 2014 downing of flight MH17 said Thursday for the first time that the missile which brought down the plane over eastern Ukraine originated from a Russian military brigade. The Joint Investigation Team "has come to the conclusion that the BUK-TELAR that shot down MH17 came from 53rd Anti-aircraft Missile Brigade based in Kursk in Russia," top Dutch investigator Wilbert Paulissen said.
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Players react to Trump's comments; linebacker Marshall calls them 'disgusting'
Several NFL players responded harshly Thursday to President Donald Trump's comments supporting the league's new national anthem policy, which calls for fines or punishment for any form of disrespect during the anthem. "I think that's good," Trump said in an interview with "Fox & Friends" that taped Wednesday and aired Thursday. You have to stand proudly for the national anthem.
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Mercedes-AMG lineup completed with E53 sedan reveal
Mercedes-AMG has now completed the final piece of its inline-six powered midsize jigsaw with the reveal of the AMG E53 sedan, which utilises the same 3.0-litre turbocharged inline-six also found in the CLS53 and E53 coupe and convertible models. The engine under the hood of the 2019 Mercedes-AMG E53 sedan also produces the same 429 horsepower and 384 lb.-ft. of torque as it does elsewhere, but perhaps the standout point of this powerplant is the 48-volt ultra-mild hybrid assist system it also shares with its siblings. There's only one gearbox available with the 2019 E53 sedan, but that's not a problem as it's the excellent nine-speed auto used extensively throughout the Mercedes family at the moment.
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9 Safest Luxury SUVs for 2018
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The Sweet Reason Why The Kids Posed So Politely For Royal Wedding Photos
Sweet treats were the key to getting the young bridesmaids and page boys at
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Syria: US-backed group captures French IS member
BEIRUT (AP) — A U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish group has detained a high-profile French Islamic State fighter in northern Syria who has been linked to terror attacks in Paris and Nice in 2015 and 2016, the group announced Thursday.
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'It Felt Very Real, Very Honest.' Victoria Beckham Is Your Inside Look at the Royal Wedding
Posh Spice was all about Harry and Meghan's big day
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Sandy Hook families sue US conspiracy theorist
Six families of victims killed in one of America's worst mass shootings have filed a lawsuit against conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, who has claimed the massacre days shortly before Christmas 2012 never happened. Twenty small children and six adults were killed in less than five minutes on December 14, 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, by 20-year-old killer Adam Lanza who then turned the gun on himself. A Connecticut law firm filed the defamation lawsuit in Bridgeport on Wednesday accusing Jones, his far-right website Infowars, other financial backers, one of his guests and another associate of greed in peddling their campaign.
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US denies involvement in Syria missile strike which kills 12 
A dozen pro-regime fighters were killed in an air strike on Syrian army positions a monitor said Thursday, claiming the attack was carried out by the US-led coalition, but the Pentagon denied the report. State media reported the overnight air raid in an area where both the regime and coalition have been battling holdout jihadists, but said it only caused material damage. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which relies on a broad network of sources across Syria, said the strike had hit army positions south of Albu Kamal, a town on the border with Iraq. "At least three vehicles were destroyed by the strike," said Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman. He said the 12 pro-regime fighters killed were not Syrians, but he could not provide more details on their identity. A military source quoted by state news agency SANA said "some of our military positions between Albu Kamal and Hmeimeh were hit this morning in an aggression by American coalition warplanes". A United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation military observer uses binoculars near the border with Syria in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights Credit: BAZ RATNER/Reuters The Pentagon denied the strikes were carried out by the coalition fighting the Islamic State group. "These reports are false, the coalition did not strike any Syrian army positions in eastern Syria," said Pentagon spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Kone Faulkner. "The coalition's mission is to defeat ISIS (IS) in designated parts of Iraq and Syria, and to set conditions for follow-on stability operations. This mission has not changed." Less than 24 hours after the overnight strikes, missiles targeted a weapons depot belonging to Lebanon's Hezbollah movement at an airbase in the central province of Homs, according to the Observatory. A member of the pro-government forces puts a portrait of the Syrian president on a military weapon Credit:  LOUAI BESHARA/AFP Its director Abdel Rahman said the missiles "would have been fired by Israel". SANA said Syrian air defences had intercepted the missiles in Homs, but reported explosions in the area. Albu Kamal and Hmeimeh lie in Syria's eastern Deir Ezzor province, where Russian-backed Syrian troops and the US-led coalition have been waging separate offensives against IS. A "de-confliction" line in place along the Euphrates River since last year is meant to keep the two assaults from crashing into each other. Loyalist troops are present west of the river while the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are on the east. A military source from forces allied to Syria's government said the strikes had targeted two regime military positions near a frontline with IS. Syrian security forces enter the town of Rastan in the central Homs province on May 16, 2018 after rebels and their relatives were evacuated Credit:  LOUAI BESHARA/AFP "There are no Iranian or Lebanese fighters among the dead," the source said. Iraqi Shiite militia are also fighting alongside Syrian regime forces in the area. The Observatory said the government was sending reinforcements. It was not immediately clear whether jihadists were active in the area at the time, nor whether the pro-regime casualties may have been accidental. The coalition has carried out several deadly strikes against Syrian government forces and allied fighters in recent months. In February, coalition bombing raids in Deir Ezzor province killed at least 100 regime and allied fighters, including Russian nationals, in retaliation for an attack on SDF positions. And in September 2016, US-led strikes on regime military positions in the east left more than 60 Syrian troops dead. The coalition later said it had mistaken the fighters for IS jihadists. Syria: timeline of British involvement since 2013 The Islamic State group has lost nearly all the territory it once controlled in Syria and Iraq but it still holds some villages in the Euphrates Valley area. On Monday, Syrian troops and allied forces ousted IS from the last districts it held in the capital Damascus. After a fierce month-long battle, an evacuation deal saw the remaining jihadists bussed out of the city towards small pockets of land still held by IS in the Badiya, a vast desert area stretching from central Syria to its eastern border with Iraq. The day after the transfer, IS fighters in the Badiya attacked a nearby government position, leaving more than two dozen Syrian troops and allied fighters dead. The Observatory said the IS fighters responsible were from the group that had just been transferred out of the Yarmuk area in southern Damascus.
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Prosecutors add lewd conduct charges to tortured kids case
FAIRFIELD, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors on Thursday added four charges of lewd conduct against a father accused of torturing his children in a Northern California home where prosecutors say 10 children lived in filth and neglect.
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Donald Trump can't block people on Twitter, judge rules
Donald Trump cannot block Twitter users because it violates their right to free speech under the First Amendment, a New York judge has ruled. The ruling by Federal Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald came in response to a lawsuit filed against the US president in July.  Lodged by the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University and a number of Twitter users, the case argued Mr Trump's tweets should be considered a public forum.  Judge Buchwald rejected an argument made by Justice Department lawyers that Mr Trump's own First Amendment rights allowed him to block people with whom he did not wish to interact. Mr Trump was a prolific tweeter from his @RealDonaldTrump account even before being elected in 2016 and has since made it an integral and controversial part of his presidency.  Aides have reportedly tried to rein in his tweeting, which often starts early in the morning.  However he has remained unfettered and used Twitter to promote his agenda, announce policy and attack critics, especially the media, and the investigation into possible Russian connections with his campaign. WITCH HUNT!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 23, 2018 A spokesman for the Department of Justice, which represents the president in the case, had no immediate comment. Twitter has also yet to comment on the case. The Knight Institute and the individual Twitter users claimed in their lawsuit that by blocking users for their views, Mr Trump was shutting them out of discussion in a public forum, violating the First Amendment. When one Twitter user blocks another, the blocked user may not respond to the blocker's tweets on the social media platform. Among the more high profile users reportedly blocked by the president are novelists Stephen King and Anne Rice, comedian Rosie O'Donnell, model Chrissy Teigen, actress Marina Sirtis and the military veterans political action committee VoteVets.org. In addition to Mr Trump, the lawsuit named his social media director, Dan Scavino, as a defendant. "While we must recognise, and are sensitive to, the president’s personal First Amendment rights, he cannot exercise those rights in a way that infringes the corresponding First Amendment rights of those who have criticised him," Judge Buchwald said. She stopped short of directly ordering Trump to unblock users, saying it was not necessary to enter a "legal thicket" involving courts' power over the president. "Because no government official is above the law and because all government officials are presumed to follow the law once the judiciary has said what the law is, we must assume that the President and Scavino will remedy the blocking we have held to be unconstitutional," she wrote. 
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Israeli court approves razing West Bank Bedouin village
Israel's supreme court ruled Thursday in favour of demolishing a Palestinian Bedouin village in the occupied West Bank, despite a campaign by European governments to save it. Campaigners said the hearing had been the final appeal open to the village of Khan al-Ahmar, located close to several Israeli settlements east of Jerusalem. It was unclear when the demolition of the village home to around 180 residents would take place.
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‘They’re Really on Their Own.’ Santa Fe Reveals the Danger of Being a Substitute Teacher in Era of School Shootings
"They're really on their own"
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NOAA: America's Next-gen Weather Satellite Suffers 'Serious' Malfunction Less Than 3 Months After Launch
In March, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) launched an advanced new weather satellite known as GOES-17. According to the NOAA, a problem occurred with the satellite’s most important instrument—the Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI)—which is designed to collect data on Earth’s weather, climate and environment by taking images at different wavelengths (including the visible spectrum). It appears that the ABI’s infrared sensors are not being cooled properly—an issue officials think will take several months to resolve.
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Trump Lawyer Attended DOJ Meeting On Confidential FBI Informant
WASHINGTON ― Top congressional lawmakers and a White House attorney met with
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U.S. forecasters say 2018 hurricane season may be above normal
U.S. forecasters expect the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season will be near-normal to above-normal in number and intensity of storms, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center said on Thursday. The forecasters estimate between one and four major hurricanes packing winds of 111 miles per hour (178.6 kph) could develop during the 2018 season, which begins June 1. The NOAA forecast also said about half of the 10 to 16 named storms will be hurricane strength with winds of at least 74 mph (119 kph).
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New DNA sampling study could finally discover if Loch Ness monster exists
Is there really a prehistoric beast lurking in the water?
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How Stacey Abrams’ Historic Win Could Change the Democratic Party
'Abrams is what a Southern Democrat looks like'
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White House Officials Reportedly Considered Just 'Ignoring' New Climate Research
The Trump administration spent time last year mulling over what its public
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Victoria Beckham Weighs In On Meghan Markle's Royal Wedding Gown
Victoria Beckham scored a coveted invitation to sit in the front row at Prince
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Trump scraps North Korea summit, warns Kim that military ready
U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday called off a historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un scheduled for next month, citing Pyongyang's "open hostility," and warned that the U.S. military was ready in the event of any reckless acts by North Korea. Trump wrote a letter to Kim to announce his abrupt withdrawal from what would have been a first-ever meeting between a serving U.S. president and a North Korean leader in Singapore on June 12. "Sadly, based on the tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statement, I feel it would be inappropriate, at this time, to have this long-planned meeting," Trump wrote.
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Hottest backyard BBQ tech
Just in time for summer, Adam Housley showcases the Italia Artisan Pizza Oven, the Monument 4 Burner Propane Gas Grill, the Grillbot and the Kool Kombi '66 Beverage Cooler.
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The Ultimate Summer Cookout Menu
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2019 Ford F-150 Raptor’s Shocks Learn to Code
Ford will also offer Recaro seats in the off-roader.
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Grizzly bear approved in US state for first time in 43 years after Trump administration decides they're not under threat there anymore
The decision allows hunters to shoot and kill as many as 22 grizzlies in total in a wide area to the east and south of Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks. It comes after the Trump administration decided to de-list the animal as a threatened species in the region, an idea formerly proposed in 2016, under the Obama administration. The move was based on US Fish and Wildlife Service findings which suggested the bears' numbers had recovered sufficiently in recent decades that federal safeguards were no longer necessary.
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U.S. Senate approves bill to address Capitol Hill sexual harassment
The U.S. Senate on Thursday unanimously approved legislation that would step up protections for congressional staffers facing workplace harassment, including requiring lawmakers to use their personal funds to cover the cost of settlements if they were the alleged harassers. The bipartisan legislation, which had more than 40 co-sponsors in the 100-seat Senate, would also make public the harassment settlements and the lawmakers involved, automatically refer such settlements to the Senate Ethics Committee and more closely track allegations of harassment within the U.S. Capitol.
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Atlanta lawyer gets life in shooting of business exec wife
ATLANTA (AP) — A judge on Wednesday sentenced a well-connected Atlanta attorney to life in prison with the possibility of parole for fatally shooting his business executive wife.
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'Survivor' Season 36 Winner Wendell Holland Opens Up About His Big Win
After the first-ever tie vote Wendell Holland takes home the title of "Survivor" winner
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The Best Candy Stores in the World: 11 Beautifully Designed Candy Shops
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Burkina Faso cuts diplomatic ties with Taiwan after intense pressure from China
Burkina Faso has cut diplomatic ties with Taiwan, the foreign ministry said on Thursday, following intense Chinese pressure on African countries to break with what it regards as a wayward province. Taiwan now has only one diplomatic ally left in Africa – the tiny kingdom of Swaziland - and formal relations with just 18 countries, many of them poor nations in Central America and the Pacific. The foreign ministry's statement made no direct mention of China, but said "the evolution of the world and the socio-economic challenges of our country and region push us to reconsider our position". Taiwanese and Chinese officials had no immediate comment. China is Africa's largest trade partner, with massive investments in mining, construction and banking, although it has been less active to date in Burkina. In March China said it was in the best interests of self-ruled Taiwan's allies to recognise an "irresistible trend" and ditch Taipei in favour of "one China" ruled by Beijing. Burkina is the fifth country to cut ties with Taiwan since Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen Tsai came to office in 2016, following the Dominican Republic, Gambia, Sao Tome and Principe and Panama. The Vatican is possibly next, as the Holy See and China edge closer to an accord on the appointment of bishops there. Taiwan says the Republic of China, its official name, is a sovereign country with the right to develop relations with other countries.
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MH17: Plane shot down with Russian military missile launcher, investigators conclude
An international investigation has said the Russian military brought the missile that downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 into eastern Ukraine, leading to the tragedy that killed 298 people.  The Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team said last year the Buk 9M38 surface-to-air missile in question arrived from Russia and was fired from territory held by Russia-backed separatists.  But Thursday's press conference in the Netherlands for the first time implicated the Russian military, of which president Vladimir Putin is the commander in chief, in the catastrophe that shocked the world in July 2014.  Although the JIT did not say who pulled the trigger, the conclusion that the 53rd anti-aircraft brigade from Kursk, a unit of a “few hundred people,” was operating the missile marks a step closer to naming the perpetrators.  Investigators said they were working toward a court case in the Netherlands against those who fired the Buk Telar missile system as well as higher-ups in their chain of command. They are reportedly focusing on 100 or so suspects.  Dutch police investigator Wilbert Paulissen next to the engine casing and thrust nozzile of the missile that brought down MH17 Credit: FRANCOIS LENOIR /Reuters The allegations come after Yulia Skripal said she was lucky to have survived an “attempted assassination” with a nerve agent in Salisbury, raising pressure on Russia three weeks before the start of the World Cup here.  The JIT said it had again requested information from Russia, which had failed to tell it of this missile unit's activities, and put out another open call for confidential witness testimony.  “We are looking for people that were directly or indirectly involved in the downing of MH17, but we're also thinking of individuals who were responsible for the operation that deployed the Buk Telar,” said Wilbert Paulissen, head of the Dutch national police. Russian officials began pushing back against the Dutch allegation almost immediately. Moscow has since the days after the plane went down put out a raft of unlikely theories to shift the blame to Ukraine and vetoed a proposed United Nations tribunal. Video: The Telegraph's Roland Oliphant visits site of downed jet Yury Shvytkin, a member of parliament from the ruling party, called the investigation “aggression against our country like that during the Skripal case” and claimed it would have to “at the minimum” find a soldier's fingerprints on the Buk missile to accuse Moscow. One of the two main Russian state television channels ignored the news on Thursday afternoon, while the other posted a news item on its website that avoided any mention of the Russian military involvement.  The defence ministry could not immediately be reached for comment, even as it continued to post on social media footage tanks and ships at war games. Those killed when the missile hit MH17 at 33,000 feet, raining bodies and debris onto the farm fields below, were mostly Dutch but also of 17 other nationalities including British, Australian, Malaysian and Indonesian. Mr Paulissen said a “fingerprint for the missile” had been established through seven markings and features on the sides of the launcher visible in social media images. Photographs, videos and witness testimony traced the progress of this launcher in a convoy from Kursk to the Ukrainian border in June 2014, and it was photographed again near the launch site on the day of the catastrophe.  Investigators also detonated a Buk missile to compare the debris to that found in the fields and bodies of MH17 victims, according to Australian federal police commander Jennifer Hurst. She displayed an engine casing and thrust nozzle from the Buk responsible with a serial number she said indicated it had been produced at a factory near Moscow in 1986. FAQ | Flight MH17 Asked whether there were satellite images of the launch, Dutch chief prosecutor Fred Westerbeke said the investigation had more information that it could not reveal at the risk of “showing our cards to the other side”. He added it was entering the “last phase” ahead of possible legal proceedings.  Relatives of MH17 victims said in a letter in the independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta on Wednesday that a “shadow” hangs over the World Cup, and the “Russian leaders who will profess to welcome the world with open arms, are those who are chiefly to blame for shattering our world”.
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2021 Dodge Viper: A Motown Legend Is Reborn!
Not many details have surfaced yet, but trust us: A new Viper is happening. Why It Matters: Since the fifth-gen Viper’s production ended in 2017, Dodge has lacked a true halo car. Sure, it has its supercharged trick ponies-Hellcat and Demon-but the Mopar faithful need something to put up against Chevy’s and Ford’s mid-engined sports cars.
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Mike Pompeo fires back when was asked if Trump has conflicts of interest
While testifying before the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was asked if President Trump has any conflicts of interest.
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Movie producer Weinstein to surrender on sex assault charges
Film producer Harvey Weinstein was expected to surrender to New York police on Friday, months after he was toppled from Hollywood's most powerful ranks by scores of women accusing him of sexual assault, a person familiar with the case said. Weinstein's spokesman Juda Engelmayer and Weinstein's lawyer Benjamin Brafman both declined to comment. The charging of Weinstein, which was first reported by the New York Daily News, follows a months-long investigation, including by the Manhattan district attorney's office.
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Virginia congressional primary will be a test for an establishment Democrat as party seeks to flip the House
Before Virginia Democrats can pop the victory champagne, they first need to decide what kind of candidate, and race, they want to run.
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In the U.S. Senate, talk of a splinter caucus to force compromise
A former adviser to Evan McMullin’s independent presidential campaign in 2016 is now in talks with a small group of U.S. senators to form a new caucus that would influence who is chosen as majority leader in 2019. “This group could say to the Republicans, ‘We’ll caucus with you … [but] we will not do that unless it’s not Mitch McConnell. Instead we’d like to have Susan Collins,’” said Joel Searby, a political operative from Florida, in an interview on Yahoo News’ “The Long Game” podcast.
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World faces 'staggering' obesity challenge: study
In 27 years from now, almost a quarter of the global population will be obese, researchers said Wednesday, warning of the mounting medical bill. One in eight people, up from one in 11, will have type 2 diabetes -- a form of the disease that generally hits in adulthood as a result of being overweight. "These numbers underline the staggering challenge the world will face in the future in terms of numbers of people who are obese, or have type 2 diabetes, or both," said researcher Alan Moses of Danish healthcare company Novo Nordisk's research and development department.
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N. Korea slams 'ignorant and stupid' Pence, renews summit threat
North Korea called US Vice-President Mike Pence "ignorant and stupid" for his warnings over a planned summit with Donald Trump, renewing a threat to cancel as the US president said the fate of the historic talks will be decided next week. Trump is due to meet his North Korean counterpart Kim Jong Un in Singapore on June 12 for high stakes talks aimed at ridding the reclusive state of its newly acquired nuclear weapons and improving ties after decades of animosity.
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Woody Allen's son defends father over sexual assault allegations and accuses Mia Farrow of abuse
Moses Farrow, the adopted son of Woody Allen and Mia Farrow, has sought to come to his father’s defence against allegations of sexual abuse, saying in a blog post the veteran Hollywood director did not rape his sister. Moses Farrow, who works as a therapist, was adopted from South Korea as a youngster by Mia Farrow and then also adopted by Allen in 1991. In 2014, Dylan Farrow published an op-ed in the New York Times in which she claimed the movie director had raped her in the attic of the family home.
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Movie producer Weinstein to surrender on sex assault charges: media reports
Harvey Weinstein, who went from one of Hollywood's most powerful film producers to being disgraced by accusations of sexual assault by scores of women, is expected to surrender to police and face charges in New York on Friday morning, the New York Times reported. Weinstein's spokesman Juda Engelmayer and Weinstein's lawyer Benjamin Brafman both declined to comment on the report, which cited two unidentified law enforcement officials. The New York Daily News and NBC News also reported Weinstein was expected to be arrested and charged following a months-long investigation, including by the Manhattan district attorney's office.
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Returning Serena Williams ready to deny Paris convention
By Simon Cambers LONDON (Reuters) - Convention would have it that to succeed on the gruelling clay courts of Roland Garros requires playing a stack of matches and having miles in your legs. The 23-times grand slam singles champion will be back at Roland Garros having missed last year's event as she prepared to have her first child, Alexis Olympia, who was born in September. At 36, Williams is chasing the record of 24 grand slam title wins, held by Australia's Margaret Court, and if she lines up at Roland Garros, she will be fitter, fresh and dangerous.
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Police release bodycam footage from Sterling Brown arrest
Milwaukee police released bodycam footage from the Jan. 26 arrest of Milwaukee Bucks player Sterling Brown.
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Van Hollen eyes 'blue wave' hopes, but midterm map is tough for Democrats
Despite all the talk of a “blue wave” this November, Democrats are facing the real possibility that President Trump may break the mold – again – by holding on to his Republican majorities in Congress. “Senate Democrats are very bullish about the direction of the 2018 elections,” Senator Van Hollen, chair of Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, told a Monitor Breakfast Thursday.
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President Trump Grants Rare Posthumous Pardon to Late Boxer Jack Johnson
Johnson was convicted by an all-white jury for violating the Mann Act
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Fashion Designer Convicted of Torturing 21-Year-Old Nanny and Burning Her Body
Sophie Lionnet's emaciated body was stuffed into a suitcase and burned on a bonfire
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50+ Photos You Won't Believe Aren't Photoshopped
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Everest's Hillary Step now a 'slope': climbers
Mount Everest's Hillary Step -- a rocky outcrop just below the summit -- is now a slope, say climbers who recently returned from the mountain. The condition of the rock face named after Everest's first summiteer Edmund Hillary has been the subject of intense speculation since climbers last year declared it had gone. "The Hillary Step is not like we've known it to be," said Nepali guide Dawa Phinjo Lama Bhote, one of seven climbers AFP spoke to.
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Senate Advances Court Pick Who Said Planned Parenthood 'Kills Over 150,000 Females A Year’
WASHINGTON ― The Senate judiciary committee voted Thursday to advance U.S.
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Chris Hemsworth Passionately Performs Miley Cyrus’ ‘Wrecking Ball’ with Help from His Kids — Watch
Are Chris Hemsworth and his three kids vying for roles as backup dancers in Miley Cyrus‘ next tour?
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Trump cancels summit with Kim, warns NKorea against 'foolish acts'
In a letter to Kim, Trump announced he would not go ahead with the high-stakes meeting set for June 12 in Singapore, and would instead pursue Washington's campaign of "maximum pressure" through sanctions on Pyongyang. Just before Trump announced the cancellation of the talks, North Korea declared it had "completely" dismantled its nuclear test site, in a carefully choreographed move portrayed by the isolated regime as a goodwill gesture ahead of the summit.
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Donald Trump suggests cutting foreign aid to stop illegal immigration
President Donald Trump has said he is a working on a plan to dock foreign aid from countries whose citizens are caught crossing the US border illegally. Mr Trump suggested that foreign countries were encouraging their citizens to immigrate illegally to the US, claiming these countries “don't want the people that we’re getting”. "We're going to work out something where every time someone comes from a certain country, we're going to deduct a rather large amount of money from what we give them in aid,” Mr Trump said at an immigration roundtable on New York’s Long Island.
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14 Refreshing Coleslaw Recipes
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In an Ohio town, fostering community over cream puffs
When Larry and Malana Monson packed up their life in California and moved to this tiny town in southeast Ohio, they did so with the dream of opening a bakery and leading a simpler life. What they found was a community hungry for a place to gather to enjoy some living – and, they hoped, the occasional cream puff. Built around the railroad when coal and other commodities poured out of Appalachia, Corning today is a one-stoplight village, its main street bookended by an American Legion and an Eagle’s fraternal order.
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U.S.-backed Syrian forces arrest French Islamic State leader: SDF
The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Thursday they had arrested a French citizen who headed an Islamic State group in Syria and had been involved in the Paris and Nice attacks in 2015 and 2016. An SDF statement said the man arrested was Adrien Lionel Kayali and that he was born in 1983 and converted to Islam in 2003. French media have reported the captured man's name as French citizen Adrien Guihal, wanted in connection with terrorist activities in France.
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Israel is pressing the Trump administration to recognize its sovereignty
Israel is pressing the Trump administration to recognize its sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights, an Israeli cabinet minister said on Wednesday, predicting U.S. assent could come within months.
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Unfiltered: ‘She was completely demonically possessed.’
Dr. Richard Gallagher is a board-certified psychiatrist in New York, a professor at the New York Medical College in psychiatry, and is on Columbia University’s faculty. In this week’s episode of Yahoo News’ Unfiltered, we take a look at one psychiatrist’s mission to provide his patients with the help they need, even if it’s an exorcism. The woman and her husband were devout Catholics, and they believed they were being attacked by evil spirits.
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As Ebola outbreak grows, Congo puts public health lessons to the test
When a deadly outbreak of the Ebola virus began creeping across communities in West Africa in early 2014, many on the ground quickly sounded the alarm. “We are facing an epidemic of a magnitude never before seen,” said Mariano Lugli, a coordinator for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), that April. It would take nearly four more months and nearly 900 more deaths, however, before the World Health Organization declared the outbreak “a public health emergency of international concern,” and a massive global humanitarian response shuffled into place.
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Sales of new US homes slow in April as market cools
US new home sales slowed last month as the tight housing market showed some signs of slackening and prior months were revised down, according to government data published Wednesday. Supplies of homes for sale increased and the median price fell in April to the lowest level in a year, pointing to a possible dip in demand that could weigh on GDP growth in the second quarter, according to the Commerce Department report. The sales pace was still nearly 12 percent higher than April of last year, but the sales pace peaked in November at 712,000 in the wake of several natural disasters across the country, and has been trending lower ever since.
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Mexican Mafia Busted in Los Angeles County Jails
Leaders of the notorious Mexican Mafia "gang of gangs" were charged Wednesday with running a government-like operation to control drug trafficking from inside Los Angeles County jails that included ordering violence against those who didn't obey. (May 23)
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Catholic voters, evangelicals or bishops: Who's leading the antiabortion movement today?
The Roman Catholic Church has always adamantly opposed abortion but American lay Catholics’ views on the issue aren’t much different from the public at large. Evangelicals, on the other hand, do overwhelmingly oppose abortion but lack Catholicism’s formal hierarchy. This helps to create an interesting dynamic within the anti-abortion movement, where Catholic bishops lead at the policy level and Evangelicals lead in the streets.
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In Europe, it is both easier and harder to get an abortion than in US
Now that could change, as Irish citizens vote in a referendum on May 25 to repeal the article of their Constitution (known simply as the Eighth Amendment) that bans abortion unless a woman’s life is at risk. If a majority of Irish vote “yes” to repeal the article, it opens the path to new legislation that could put Ireland more in line with abortion laws in the rest of Europe. WHAT IS THE EUROPEAN STANDARD ON ABORTION?
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In Ireland's abortion debate, a struggle to correct past paternalism?
When Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar announced a referendum that could relax one of the most restrictive regimes for abortion in Europe, his nod to women’s rights was clear. The announcement came in the months following the #MeToo movement that swept across the West, and the referendum was seen as another gain for women’s empowerment, as well as a next step in a long process of social liberalization in Catholic Ireland. Mr. Varadkar himself is Ireland’s first – and one of the world’s few – openly gay heads of government.
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President Trump Suggests NFL Players Who Kneel During National Anthem 'Shouldn't Be in the Country'
"You should stand proudly for the national anthem — or you shouldn't be playing"
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What's Going to Happen to the $17 Billion Treasure Found on the 'Holy Grail' of Shipwrecks?
In 1708, a Spanish galleon carrying 600 people and laden with gold, silver and emeralds—thought to be worth as much as $17 billion by today’s standards—was sunk by British ships during a battle off the coast of Cartagena, Colombia. More than 300 years later in November 2015, the San José, which is often referred to as the “holy grail of shipwrecks,” was discovered by an international team of scientists and engineers in collaboration with the Colombian Navy. On Monday, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and Maritime Archaeology Consultants (MAC), who both helped to find the wreck, released the first information describing how exactly the galleon was found.
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Twitter Critics Mercilessly Mock Trump For Canceling Summit With Kim
If you thought President Donald Trump's decision to cancel his planned summit
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The U.S. and South Korea Are Working to Keep North Korea Summit On Track
Trump said "there's a very substantial chance" it won't go off as planned
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Iran's supreme leader threatens to resume nuclear programme if Europe doesn't guarantee lost oil revenues
Iran’s supreme leader has threatened to pull his country out of the nuclear deal and resume enriching uranium if European countries do not promise to buy Iranian oil and to oppose all new US sanctions against Tehran. Three days after US secretary of state Mike Pompeo delivered America’s extensive list of demands of Iran for a new nuclear agreement, Ayatollah Khamenei laid out his own demands of European countries for Iran to stay in the 2015 deal. “If the Europeans hesitate in responding to our demands, Iran is entitled to resuming its nuclear activities,” he said in a statement. The sweeping demands are likely to be rejected by Britain, France and Germany - diminishing the already narrow hopes of saving of the 2015 nuclear agreement. The ayatollah made five demands of the European countries. He called on them to “guarantee the total sales of Iran’s oil”, meaning that Europe must promise to make up for any oil sales from third countries which are cancelled because of US sanctions. Such a guarantee would potentially cost Europe billions of dollars. Mike Pompeo Iran demands The ayatollah said European banks “must guarantee business transactions with the Islamic Republic”, even in the face of US sanctions. European banks that continue to deal with Iran in the face of US restrictions could be blacklisted and frozen out of the American financial system. He called on the Europeans to issue a UN security council resolution condemning Donald Trump’s decision to leave the Iran deal and said Europea “must confront imposition of any sanctions on the Islamic Republic and stand firmly against US sanctions on Iran”. Finally, he said the Europeans “must guarantee it will not raise the issue of the Islamic Republic's missiles and regional affairs”. The ayatollah may have staked out a deliberately maximalist position to give more room for the Iranian foreign minister, Javad Zarif, to appear conciliatory in his own meetings with the Europeans to try to save the nuclear agreement. Mr Zarif and other reformist figures with the Iranian regime are eager to preserve the deal, while more hardline politicians and elements with the Revolutionary Guard want to see it scrapped. The supreme leader has the final decision. Javad Zarif, the Iranian foreign minister, is on a diplomatic mission to preserve the Iran deal  Credit: REUTERS/Francois Lenoir But if Iran’s real red lines are even close to the sweeping demands made by the ayatollah it is unlikely that the Europeans will be able to satisfy Tehran. A Foreign Office spokeswoman did not directly address the ayatollah's demands but said the UK, along with the EU, "continues to view the nuclear deal as a vital factor in our shared security". "We have raised with the US the need to make allowance for continued economic ties between Europe and Iran to ensure we can meet our obligations under the deal,” a spokeswoman said.  The two positions staked out this week - one by Mr Pompeo and the other by Ayatollah Khamenei - leave a narrow and treacherous path for European diplomats as they try to salvage the 2015 agreement. Mr Pompeo said the US would inflict the "strongest sanctions in history” on Iran unless it agreed to 12 American demands, including withdrawing from Syria and halting its funding of militant groups like Hizbollah and Hamas. Iran’s government flatly rejected Mr Pompeo’s list of demands. “Who are you to decide for Iran and the world?” said Hassan Rouhani, the Iranian president. European countries also expressed scepticism about Mr Pompeo’s plan to merge a nuclear agreement with broader issues about Iran’s missile systems and its behaviour in the Middle East. Boris Johnson, the foreign secretary, said “a new jumbo Iran negotiation” would be very difficult to achieve and said the world should stick with the 2015 agreement instead.
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Donald Trump cannot block anyone on Twitter, court rules
A district court in New York has ruled that Donald Trump cannot block people on Twitter, because it violates their first amendment rights to participate in a “public forum”. The case was brought forward by the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, representing seven plaintiffs who have been blocked by the president. In ruling against Trump, the court pointed to past White House assurances that the president’s Twitter account is an official political channel.
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Road Rage Incident Leads to Shooting Near Colorado Hospital
A road rage incident lead to a shooting in Parker, Colorado Tuesday and forced a nearby hospital into a Code Silver -- described as a restricted-access lockdown.
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Uber disabled emergency braking in self-driving car: U.S. agency
By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Uber [UBER.UL] had disabled an emergency braking system in a self-driving vehicle that struck and killed a woman in Arizona in March after failing to identify the pedestrian, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a preliminary report released on Thursday. The report said the modified 2017 Volvo XC90's radar systems observed the pedestrian six seconds before impact but "the self-driving system software classified the pedestrian as an unknown object, as a vehicle, and then as a bicycle." At 1.3 seconds before impact, the self-driving system determined emergency braking was needed. Uber Technologies Inc, which voluntarily suspended testing in the aftermath of the crash in the city of Tempe - the first death involving a fully self-driving vehicle - said on Wednesday it would shut down its Arizona self-driving testing program and focus on limited testing in Pittsburgh and two cities in California.
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Will Smith Addresses Jada Pinkett Divorce Rumors in New Song Ahead of World Cup Performance
Will Smith is back in the booth and addressing some longstanding rumors about his marriage to wife Jada Pinkett Smith.
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US-led strike hits regime positions in east Syria: state media
Syrian state media reported early Thursday that an aerial attack by the US-led coalition had hit several military positions in the country's east, but said there were no casualties. "Some of our military positions between Albu Kamal and Hmeimeh were hit this morning in an aggression by American coalition warplanes," said a military source quoted on state news agency SANA. Albu Kamal and Hmeimeh lie in Syria's eastern Deir Ezzor province, where Russian-backed Syrian troops and the US-led coalition have been waging separate offensives against the Islamic State group.
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Immigrant Children Accuse Border Patrol Of Abuse And Neglect, Report Shows
U.S. Border Patrol agents have resorted to troubling tactics toward
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Stand or stay out of sight: NFL takes on anthem protesters
ATLANTA (AP) — Stand or stay out of sight.
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Panama city shooting: Suspected shooter barricaded in Florida apartment named as Kevin Holroyd
Police say a suspected shooter who had barricaded himself inside an apartment complex in Panama City, Florida, has been brought "down". Police later identified Kevin Holroyd as the suspect in the shooting, and it was not clear if he was killed or only injured after they broke through a barricaded door into the apartment he was in. Witnesses have said that they saw Swat team members responding to the active shooting incident, and that they heard more than 50 shots fired.
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Malaysia court sentences Australian woman to death for drug-trafficking
A Malaysian court on Thursday sentenced to death by hanging an Australian mother of three, for trafficking more than a kilogram of crystal methamphetamine into the Southeast Asian nation, but her lawyer said she was appealing. Prosecutors had sought the appeals court conviction, which overturned the earlier acquittal of Maria Exposto, 54, of charges of smuggling the drugs in a backpack in Dec. 2014, after she said she was duped in an online scam. Tania Scivetti, a lawyer representing Exposto, who hails from Sydney, said her team had filed an appeal in a federal court.
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Trump Abruptly Cancels North Korea Summit With Kim Jong Un
President Donald Trump on Thursday canceled a scheduled June 12 summit in
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Ali Fedotowsky-Manno Welcomes a Son
Ali Fedotowsky-Manno and her husband Kevin Manno welcomed their second child, a son, on Thursday, May 24, at 12:57 a.m., she announced the same day on Instagram
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The Latest: NY Dems endorse James for state attorney general
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest on the New York state Democratic convention (all times local):
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Midterms 2018: Trump refuses to put party before himself in scripted speech, 'I don't know who the hell wrote that line'
In a speech to pro-life supporters, Donald Trump veered off script by refusing to say electing Republicans in the midterms was as important as voting for him in 2016. The US president, who was speaking at the annual “Campaign for Life Gala”, initially warned the audience they must show up at the polls to preserve the gains made under his administration. “Every day between now and November we must work together to elect more lawmakers who share our values, cherish our heritage, and proudly stand for life,” Mr Trump said.
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White-furred animals could die out because of climate change, study suggests
White-furred animals are in danger of dying out because climate change is causing a fall in snow cover, leaving them exposed and vulnerable, a new study suggests. Scientists in Poland have been following the worrying case of the white-coated weasel, which sheds its tawny covering in the winter for a milky coat allowing it to blend effortlessly into its icy environment. But researchers have discovered that between 1997 and 2007 the number of days with permanent snow cover in Białowieża Forest, Poland, halved, from 80 to 40. It means that the little creatures are being caught out in a completely unsuitable environment, where they are easy prey for predators like foxes and crows. The team at the Polish Academy of Sciences found that on days when there was little winter snow cover, the number of white-coated weasels they managed to capture fell to as low as 20 per cent of the total, suggesting the rest had been killed. We should not underestimate the power of natural selectionDr Karol Zub Previously they would have been dominant, because their coats would have given them a survival advantage.  The problem is likely to affect other white-furred mammals and birds living in areas vulnerable to climate change such as the Arctic fox as the snow cover increasingly gives way to a landscape of greens and browns.  Scientists have recorded 21 mammal and bird species which turn white in the winter to hide themselves in snowy landscapes including the mountain hare, the Siberian hamster, the collared lemming, the white-tailed jackrabbit and the willow ptarmigan bird. Author Dr Karol Zub, told The Telegraph: “Definitely the same rules apply to all seasonally moulting mammals and birds. “According to studies on showshoe hares during periods when hares are colour mismatched weekly survival probability decreases by 3.3 - 6.5 per cent. This seems not to be a big effect, but the cumulative effect over winter can seriously influence mortality of the species. “It is very probable that in the near future white weasels and stoats will disappear completely from many areas of Northern Europe and North America. "They will ether be replaced by brown morphs or they will evolve and moult later in the season, being only partly white for a relatively short period.” The problem is likely to affect other white-furred mammals too The weasel species Mustela nivalis has two subspecies with differently coloured winter coats, white and brown, which coexist in the same habitat.  Researchers also carried out tests using toys of brown and white-coated weasels to see if the colours were actually making a difference to predators.  When they set up camera traps they found dozens of animals, such as foxes, wolves and birds of prey had approached the white toys, but none had shown interest in the brown versions. The authors say both findings suggest that the decrease in white-coated weasels is due to an increase in detection by predators in a less snowy environment. The researchers are hopeful the animals will learn to adapt, but say they cannot rule out the animals vanishing entirely. It is likely to see an increase in weasels with darker coats Weasels that do not change colour in the winter, are more likely to survive to pass on their brown-coated genes, increasing the numbers of the darker species.  Dr Zub added: “We should not underestimate the power of natural selection. We hope that along with future climate warming, autumn temperatures will also increase, providing an additional signal to the weasels to delay their moult. “Last autumn in our study was extremely mild and under such conditions about half the weasels we observed started to moult at the begin ing of January whereas most weasels complete their moult by the end of November.” The research was published in the journal Scientific reports.
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Video shows road rage suspect hitting man with sledgehammer
A road rage suspect seen on surveillance video hitting a man with a sledgehammer after smashing the windows out of a vehicle is being sought by police.
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Ex-New York town official found not guilty in bribery case
A former town official in New York's Nassau County was found not guilty on Thursday of taking bribes from a restaurateur, as jurors continued to weigh the fate of the county's former top elected executive charged in the same case. Former Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto was acquitted following a trial in federal court in Central Islip, New York, according to John Marzulli, a spokesman for federal prosecutors.
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Exclusive: Yulia Skripal - Attempted assassination turned my world upside down
By Guy Faulconbridge LONDON (Reuters) - Yulia Skripal survived an assassination attempt that UK authorities blame on Russia. "The fact that a nerve agent was used to do this is shocking," Skripal told Reuters in an exclusive statement. "My life has been turned upside down." Yulia and her father Sergei Skripal, a former colonel in Russian military intelligence who betrayed dozens of agents to Britain’s MI6 foreign spy service, were found unconscious on a public bench in the British city of Salisbury on March 4.
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70 percent chance of cyclone near Yucatan Peninsula: U.S. hurricane center
(Reuters) - A broad low-pressure system drifting slowly northward over the eastern Yucatan Peninsula has a 70 percent chance of becoming a cyclone in the next 48 hours, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Thursday. A subtropical or tropical depression is likely to form by late Saturday over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico, the NHC said. (Reporting by Nallur Sethuraman in Bengaluru; editing by Jonathan Oatis)
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Yulia Skripal says recovery from poisoning 'slow, painful'
LONDON (AP) — Yulia Skripal, who was poisoned with her ex-spy father in a nerve agent attack, said Wednesday her recovery has been "slow and painful," and that she hopes to return to her home in Russia someday.
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Syria Kurds announce capture of prominent French jihadist
Kurdish-led forces in northern Syria on Thursday announced the capture of French jihadist Adrien Guihal, known as the voice that claimed 2016 attacks in France for the Islamic State group. "The SDF's intelligence services conducted an operation on May 19 that led to the capture of a group of IS jihadists led by Adrien Guihal, known as Abu Osama al-Faransi," the Syrian Democratic Forces said in a statement. Guihal was thought to be among the most dangerous members of the large French contingent in the ranks of the Islamic State group, whose self-styled "caliphate" spanned huge swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria before collapsing last year.
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Princess Charlotte Kept an Eager Bridesmaid in Line Because the Sun Never Sets on a Boss
Princess Charlotte helped Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding go off without a hitch. Here's how the pro bridesmaid did it
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Australian grandma sentenced to death for drugs in Malaysia
An Australian grandmother who said she was tricked into carrying drugs into Malaysia after falling for an online romance scam was Thursday sentenced to death after an earlier acquittal was overturned, her lawyer said. Maria Elvira Pinto Exposto was arrested in December 2014 while in transit at Kuala Lumpur airport with 1.1 kilos (2.4 pounds) of crystal methamphetamine stitched into the compartment of a backpack she was carrying. Anyone caught with at least 50 grams (1.75 ounces) of crystal meth is considered a trafficker in Muslim-majority Malaysia, and death by hanging is mandatory in the case of a conviction.
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United Airlines, owner of puppy that died in overhead bin reach settlement
CHICAGO (Reuters) - United Airlines has reached a "resolution" with the owners of a small French bulldog puppy that died in-flight after a cabin attendant ordered it stowed in an overhead bin in March, the carrier said on Thursday.
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13 Wedding Cake Alternatives For Couples Who Prefer Savory Over Sweet
Sweets and cakes may reign supreme at most weddings, but there's no rule
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Man's sledgehammer rampage caught on CCTV
A road rage suspect who hit a man with a sledgehammer is being sought by police in Philadelphia. The assailant then leaves his pickup truck with a sledgehammer and smashes the driver's side window of an SUV. The attacker then hits the passenger with the sledgehammer as he limps off to get back into the SUV.
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SpaceX Launches Falcon 9 Rocket With Iridium, NASA Satellites
Silicon Valley Space Center Managing Director Sean Casey discusses SpaceX's latest Falcon 9 rocket launch. He speaks with Bloomberg's Julia Chatterley and Scarlet Fu on "What'd You Miss?" (Source: ...
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Elon Musk has a history of wild ideas — some of them have worked out
He's teased a food and beverage venture, sold out branded flamethrowers and challenged himself to a record build in under a 100 days.
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A new scientific expedition aims to find out whether the Loch Ness monster is real
It sounds like the start of a low-budget thriller: A New Zealand scientist is traveling with his international research team to Scotland to investigate whether the Loch Ness monster is real, according to the Associated Press. The expedition is led by University of Otago professor Neil Gemmell, who does not himself believe in the Loch…
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Syrian state media says U.S. hit army posts, U.S. denies
Syrian state media reported that the U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State struck Syrian army positions in eastern Syria early on Thursday, but the U.S. military denied knowledge of it. Islamic State lost most of its territory in Syria last year, but retained some remote desert areas and has attacked the army and allied forces in recent weeks. The coalition also recently restarted its own campaign against the jihadist group in Syria.
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Why Trump cancelled N. Korea summit: Three questions
President Trump’s abrupt decision to cancel his upcoming summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was surprising and predictable at the same time. The withdrawal was surprising, if only because Mr. Trump had seemed so invested in it, from the moment he orchestrated its dramatic announcement by South Korean officials visiting the White House. In this case, Trump had hastily accepted a North Korean offer of a meeting, and then agreed to a face-to-face summit within weeks.
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Rescue Cat Has Hilarious Wide-Eyed Expression After Scan Confirms She Is Pregnant
An adorable rescue cat called Ulla made the most endearing face after a
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This Fossil May Reshape Our Idea on When Supercontinent Pangaea Split
A 130 million-year-old skull of an ancient animal that likely resembled a squirrel has shaken up the scientists' idea on when the supercontinent Pangaea likely split up, and suggests this break-up occurred about 15 million years later than previously believed. It is of a new mammalian species named Cifelliodon wahkarmoosuch, and lived side by side with the dinosaurs, The Independent reported. The animals are closely related and lived during the same time period, suggesting that creatures were able to freely roam between what is now North America and Africa for about 15 million years longer than previously suggested.
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South Korea Responds To Trump's Sudden Cancelation Of Kim Jong Un Summit
South Korea was at a loss for words Thursday after President Donald Trump's
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A new unity on solutions for climate change
Is the political climate over climate change finally changing for the better in Washington? Perhaps, if you listen to the buzz about a bipartisan effort in Congress to take action on carbon emissions from the use of coal, oil, and natural gas. In February, lawmakers of both parties supported a provision in a budget bill that provides tax credits for the emerging technology of capturing carbon emissions from industrial and power plants before the gas enters Earth’s atmosphere.
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Kremlin accused over hoax call to Boris Johnson as Russian prankster discusses Putin and Salisbury poisoning
A prank call to Boris Johnson has triggered a diplomatic row after the Kremlin was accused of being behind the “desperate” stunt. The Foreign Secretary was caught out by a Russian prankster who kept him on the phone for 18 minutes by pretending to be the new Prime Minister of Armenia. Mr Johnson unwittingly discussed President Vladimir Putin and the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal before he rumbled the hoax and ended the call. The Foreign Office believes the pranksters, who have previously caught out other politicians, made the call with the blessing of the Kremlin to “save face” after it was shamed over the Salisbury attack. A recording of the phone call, which happened last week, was put online the day after Yulia Skripal made her first public statement about her poisoning, in which she said she had been the victim of an attempted assassination. It also came on the day that Dutch investigators revealed evidence that a Russian military missile shot down flight MH-17 over Ukraine in 2014. The pranksters had tried to contact the Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson by email days earlier, posing as the Armenian defence minister, but alert Ministry of Defence officials did not fall for the trick. Alexei Stolyarov and Vladimir Kuznetsov, who call themselves Lexus and Vovan, are the two men who made the call to Mr Johnson last week. Their previous victims include Sir Elton John, the Turkish premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the US Energy Secretary Rick Perry. They are understood to have convinced the Europe minister Sir Alan Duncan in a previous call that one of them was Nikol Pashinyan, the Armenian premier. It enabled them to get through to Mr Johnson’s private office in a second call. Speaking in English with a Russian accent, the caller asked Mr Johnson for advice on what he should say to Vladimir Putin when he met him, as well as discussing the Skripal case. Mr Johnson responded by saying that “we will continue to tighten the squeeze on some of the oligarchs who surround Putin”, adding: “You throw a stone in Kensington and you’ll hit an oligarch.” Nikol Pashinyan: the real Prime Minister of Armenia Credit: SERGEI GAPON /AFP He also said Britain was “almost 100 per cent sure” Russia was behind the Salisbury poisonings and said: “If I have a message to Putin, it’s that we don’t want a cold war but we do want to see an improvement in the way Russia behaves.” A senior diplomatic source said: “This seems to be the latest desperate attempt by the Kremlin to save face after it was internationally shamed in the wake of the Skripal attack. “Boris rumbled them pretty quickly and ended the call. It is tragic to see a major international power reduced to failed pranks you would usually only see on Trigger Happy TV.” Stolyarov and Kuznetsov have previously denied links to the Russian security services. The Telegraph understands that the hoaxers contacted Sir Alan, who was taken in by them and arranged for the "prime minister" to call Mr Johnson's private office. Sir Elton John thought he was talking to Vladimir Putin Credit: Getty Mr Johnson believed he was answering a routine call to congratulate a new national leader. Sources close to Foreign Secretary insisted he quickly realised something was wrong and started asking questions to verify the caller's identity before ending the call. Details of the call were first published in the pro-Kremlin newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda, in which Stolyarov said Mr Johnson had been a "smart diplomat, an intellectual" who did not fall into the trap of making indiscreet comments. He added that it was "probably the first time the person we talked to was not a fool". When the hoaxers called Sir Elton, they convinced him he was talking to Vladimir Putin and that the Russian President had agreed to meet him to discuss LGBT issues. A Downing Street spokesman said: "Obviously this shouldn’t have happened and an investigation is underway to determine the circumstances around this call and to make sure that this does not happen again.”
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Young Michael Jackson on performing: 'I'm two different people, on and off-stage'
Michael Jackson spoke about his childhood and music career in a 1979 interview with ABC News Correspondent Sylvia Chase.
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Trump pardons late boxer Jack Johnson
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday issued a pardon for the late boxer Jack Johnson, an African-American convicted a century ago for the crime of taking a woman across state lines, saying the move corrected a wrong in American history.
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Best Memorial Day Mattress Deals
If you’ve been tossing and turning on a mattress that has seen better days, this holiday weekend is a good time to get a deal on a new mattress—whether you prefer to shop online or in a store. “...
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North Korea Threatens Again To Call Off Trump Summit, Warns Of ‘Nuclear Showdown’
North Korea has escalated its war of words with the U.S., repeating a threat
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'Infinity War' Writers Try To Clear Up Marvel's Problematic Timeline
"Infinity War" screenwriters Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus helped to
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Brynn Cartelli, 15, Wins Season 14 of The Voice, Becomes Youngest Winner in Series History
The fan-favorite contestant of season 14 — known for her mature sound and style — was crowned the winner of The Voice on Tuesday.
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Taiwan FM resigns after Burkina Faso cuts ties
Taiwan's Foreign Minister Joseph Wu Thursday tendered his resignation after Burkina Faso announced it was breaking diplomatic ties with the island. Wu added that Taipei was cutting relations with Burkina Faso "to safeguard our sovereignty and dignity" and halting bilateral aid and cooperation programmes. Burkina Faso is the second country to dump Taiwan within weeks after after Dominican Republic switched recognition to Beijing earlier this month, leaving the island with only 18 diplomatic allies around the world.
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Trump asks if NFL players who protest should be in country
U.S. President Donald Trump welcomed a decision by the National Football League to fine teams if players on the field refuse to stand for the national anthem, saying in an interview broadcast on Thursday that if they do not want to stand, perhaps they should not be in the United States. Last season some NFL players took a knee during the anthem to protest police shootings of unarmed black men, sparking a controversy. Trump denounced the players as unpatriotic and repeatedly demanded an end to such protests.
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Discovery of World War II soldier's plane brings closure
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tom Kelly grew up on a Northern California farm and once thought of becoming a cowboy before World War II got in the way.
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Recreate Meghan Markle’s Royal Wedding Bun
A bridal hair expert shows you how to get her wedding day look
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With gratitude, ailing John McCain looks back in HBO documentary
By Jill Serjeant LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - At age 81, and with a terminal cancer diagnosis, U.S. Senator John McCain is looking back on his life, not with rancor or to settle old scores, but with immense gratitude. "John McCain: For Whom the Bell Tolls," an HBO documentary premiering on May 28, takes its title from the Ernest Hemingway novel that McCain says he has used as a guide for his life. "You will never talk to anyone who is as fortunate as John McCain," says the six-term senator from Arizona, two-time presidential candidate and Vietnam War hero, summing up his life.
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Report: Airstrikes on Syria pro-government positions kill 12
BEIRUT (AP) — Airstrikes overnight in eastern Syria killed at least 12 pro-government fighters, all reportedly foreign nationals, a war-monitoring group said Thursday. The Syrian government-run media blamed the strikes on the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group.
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Judge Orders 30-Year-Old Man To Move Out Of His Parents' House Already
Two parents in New York will finally get to know what empty nest syndrome
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Space X launches Twin Satellites Designed to Track Climate Changes
Space X launched two satellites on May 22 on a Falcon 9 rocket as part of the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On ( GRACE -FO), a collaboration between NASA and the German Research Centre for Geosciences to monitor climate changes. According to a report from Space.com , GRACE -FO tracks the movement of water and ice on and beneath the Earth’s surface, as well as changes in the planet’s mass and gravity field. This footage shows the launch and includes a description of the spacecraft’s role. Credit: NASA via Storyful
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Charity accuses Nigerian troops of abusing ‘Boko Haram wives’
The use of British troops to train Nigerian forces must be reviewed after it emerged soldiers are subjecting women and girls escaping from Boko Haram to “vile abuse”, according to a report published on Thursday. Nigerian security forces have carried out “systematic patterns of violence and abuse” against the young women and children they claim to have rescued, alleges Amnesty International. Women told Amnesty they were raped in exchange for food and thousands of people, including children, have starved to death in camps set up by the Nigerian army after they were freed. But the human rights charity also blames British forces for not doing enough to protect women and girls. “If it turns out that British troops have been training or supporting any of the units involved in these crimes, a UK investigation must immediately take place and British military training to those units should be suspended” said Oliver Feeley-Sprague, Amnesty UK’s military, security and policing programme director. Released Nigerian school girls who were kidnapped from their school in Dapchi, in the northeastern state of Yobe Credit:  PHILIP OJISUA/AFP “This evidence must serve as an urgent warning to the UK government and the British forces currently training and supporting a military that is using its power to horrifically abuse the very people it’s meant to be protecting”, he warned. The report, entitled ‘They betrayed us’, is the result of a two-year investigation and interviews with more than 250 people. It examines what happened to the hundreds of thousands of people, especially women, who fled or were forced from areas controlled by Boko Haram. In some cases, the abuse appears to be part of a pattern of persecution of anyone perceived to have a connection to Boko Haram. Women reported being beaten and called “Boko Haram wives” by the security officials when they complained about their treatment. The report says women and girls were selected for soldiers to abuse. Women reported they were too afraid to refuse demands for sex. “It is absolutely shocking that people who had already suffered so much under Boko Haram have been condemned to further horrendous abuse by the Nigerian military,” said Osai Ojigho, director of Amnesty International Nigeria. Nigeria is Africa's most populous country with around 180 million people and its second largest economy. Trade with the UK is worth £4 billion a year. The Department for International Development’s aid budget for Nigeria was £225 million last year. However, conflict blights the oil-rich delta region and there is a violent Islamist insurgency in the north-east of the country. The Foreign Office warns that the risk of terrorist kidnaps is high and advises visitors to avoid places where there are political or other large public gatherings. Theresa May met with President Buhari of Nigeria at Downing Street in April, where she reiterated the two countries’ “close and longstanding” defence and security cooperation. The Prime Minister said she was saddened so many girls had been affected by the security situation in Nigeria. A violent Islamist insurgency blights the north-east of the country Credit: Tom Saater Around 70 British military personnel train Nigerian forces in leadership and general infantry skills. They provide specific training to combat gender-based violence. A Government spokesperson said: "The military training and assistance to the Armed Forces of Nigeria has consistently emphasised the importance of adherence to internationally recognised Rules of Engagement, as well as the importance of International Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law.” Boko Haram is an Islamist terrorist group operating in Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger. The group has been fighting a nine-year insurgency to establish a sharia state and remove western influence from the country. It pledged allegiance to Isil in 2015. How the Nigerian government is fuelling Boko Haram's kidnapping industry In March Boko Haram used small arms, anti-aircraft weapons and rocket propelled grenades to attack a military base. Nine members of the Nigerian security forces and three UN personnel were killed. In February three suicide bombers detonated devices at a fish market in the town of Konduga. Nineteen civilians were killed and over 70 others wounded. Boko Haram kidnapped around 300 girls from their school in the north-western town of Chibok in 2014, as they gathered to take exams. The militants objected to them receiving education, claiming it corrupted Muslim values. Some girls managed to escape and around 100 were controversially freed last year in exchange for five militants commanders, in negotiations brokered by the International Committee of the Red Cross.
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House Republicans divided as Ryan struggles to keep clout
WASHINGTON (AP) — Seven months before his planned retirement, House Speaker Paul Ryan is facing growing disruption among the GOP ranks, raising fresh questions about his ability to lead a divided group of Republicans through a tough election season.
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China scolds U.S. for withdrawing invite to naval drills
By Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Defence Ministry expressed regret on Thursday after the United States withdrew an invitation to China to attend a major U.S.-hosted naval drill, saying that closing the door does not promote mutual trust and cooperation. The Rim of the Pacific exercise, known as RIMPAC and previously attended by China, is billed as the world's largest international maritime exercise and held every two years in Hawaii in June and July. The Pentagon said the withdrawal of the invitation was in response to what it sees as Beijing's militarization of islands in the disputed South China Sea, a strategic waterway claimed in large part by Beijing.
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Physicists Just Measured One of the Four Fundamental Forces of Nature. Now They're Bummed.
Chalk up another win for the Standard Model, the remarkably successful theory that describes how all the known fundamental particles interact. Physicists have made the most precise measurement yet of how strongly the weak force — one of nature's four fundamental forces — acts on the proton. The results, published today (May 9) in the journal Nature, are just what the Standard Model predicted, dealing yet another blow to physicists' efforts to find kinks in the theory and discover new physics that could explain what dark matter and dark energy are.
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This Influencer Is Using YouTube To Speak Frankly About Student Loan Debt
In 2018, Americans owe more than $1.4 trillion in student loan debt. The
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China calls US withdrawal of drills invite 'unconstructive'
BEIJING (AP) — China's Defense Ministry on Thursday criticized as "unconstructive" Washington's withdrawal of an invitation for it to participate in a multinational naval exercise the U.S. is hosting this summer.
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French couple found guilty of murdering au-pair in London
A French couple was on Thursday found guilty of murdering their 21-year-old au-pair, whose burnt body was found in their London garden in September last year. Sabrina Kouider, 35, broke into tears after she and partner Ouissem Medouni, 40, were found guilty by a jury at London's Old Bailey court of murdering French live-in nanny Sophie Lionnet and burning her body on a garden bonfire. "Only Kouider and Medouni know exactly how they killed Sophie but the prosecution was able to prove that she died as a result of purposeful and sustained violence, and not by accident," said state prosecutor Aisling Hosein.
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Lava flow closes in on Hawaii power plant
A slow-moving lava flow is starting to close in on a power plant near Kilauea volcano, which has authorities scrambling to keep it from becoming part of the drama. Officials said there was no "immediate threat" to the Puna Geothermal Company (PGV) a 38-megawatt plant run by the state of Hawaii. Authorities are closely monitoring the situation in this hot air turbine electrical plant.
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Germany's Angela Merkel Stresses Dialogue on Trade, Tech and Human Rights in China
Merkel's visit to Beijing comes amid concerns over trade and Washington's rejection of the Iran nuclear deal
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Here's the Milk Choices For 2018 Indy 500 Drivers
There's a good reason for it.
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U.S. Chemical Safety Board urges chemical plants to weigh disaster risks
The U.S. Chemical Safety Board on Thursday urged chemical plants to weigh the risks of natural disasters just as they would the integrity of pipes and production equipment. "Such facilities should perform an analysis to determine their susceptibility to extreme weather events," the board said in its final report on a chemical fire at the Arkema SA plant in Crosby, Texas, during Hurricane Harvey in August and September 2017. "In addition, companies should assess seismic hazard maps to determine the risk of earthquakes and consider the risk of other extreme weather such as high-wind events," the board said in the report.
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Climate victims seek justice, in the courtroom and on the street
People around the world beset by drought, heatwaves, rising seas and storm surges made worse by global warming are calling for "climate justice," and many are pleading their case in court. Families from eight nations joined their ranks Thursday when they collectively sued the European Union over the impact of rising temperatures on their livelihoods. Taking into account accumulated emissions since 1850, that share rises to a quarter, second only to the United States (27 percent).
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Minnesota police release video of officers tasing and arresting NBA star Sterling Brown over parking violation
Footage of police tasing basketball player Sterling Brown over a parking violation has been released. The NBA player was arrested and shocked with a stun gun in January by Milwaukee police after he parked his car across a number of disabled spaces. Mr Brown, who is black, announced on Wednesday he would be taking legal action against the Milwaukee police department.
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Ferrari reveals one-off SP38 supercar
For most people, owning a brand new Ferrari is an aspiration in life that will probably never go any further than that, but for some lucky people even an "off-the-shelf" Ferrari just won't cut it. This surprise supercar is a road and track-going car with an all-new body covered in three-layer metallic red paint built on the chassis and running gear of a donor 488 GTB, with an F40-influenced twin-turbo and twin-intercooler engine. When viewed from above, the sharply tapered nose expands towards muscular wheel arches to give the car what Ferrari calls "potency and agility." The inset headlights that are specific to this creation were designed to be as thin as possible, with the now-mandatory daytime running lights relocated for additional character and to add functionality to a slim bumper lip with more than a passing resemblance to the 308 GTB.
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Seth Meyers Gives Donald Trump Some Valuable Marketing Advice
"Late Night" host Seth Meyers is advising President Donald Trump to stop
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FDA Warns That Benzocaine Teething Products Are Not Safe for Children
The agency also told manufacturers to stop selling the products for children
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Hawaii volcano latest: Footage shows blue flames bursting through cracks in road after eruption
Footage has captured rare blue flames bursting through cracks in a road in Hawaii following the Kilauea volcano eruption. The volcano produces methane when hot lava buries and burns plants and trees. When this gas flows up through cracks in the road it ignites and produces a blue flame.
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Enthusiastic Half Marathon Runner Accidentally Runs Full Marathon Instead
”This just kind of proves you can do a lot more than what you think you can sometimes,” he said
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Trump rejects moderate immigration deal, wants 'whole package'
By Susan Heavey WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday rejected a push by moderate congressional Republicans for a "Dreamer" immigration deal, saying he would only back sweeping immigration legislation that met all of his demands, including a U.S-Mexico border wall. "Unless it includes a wall, and I mean a wall, a real wall, and unless it includes very strong border security, there’ll be no approvals from me," Trump told Fox News. Any bill would also have to end a visa lottery program and curb visas for legal immigrants' relatives, he added.
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Australian grandmother Maria Exposto sentenced to death for drugs in Malaysia
An Australian grandmother who said she was tricked into carrying drugs into Malaysia after falling for an online romance scam was Thursday sentenced to death after an earlier acquittal was overturned, her lawyer said. Maria Elvira Pinto Exposto was arrested in December 2014 while in transit at Kuala Lumpur airport with 1.1 kilos (2.4 pounds) of crystal methamphetamine stitched into the compartment of a backpack she was carrying. The 54-year-old was cleared in December of trafficking after a High Court judge ruled she did not know she was transporting the drugs. But prosecutors challenged the decision and an appeals court overturned the acquittal Thursday, and found her guilty, her lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah said. Anyone caught with at least 50 grams (1.75 ounces) of crystal meth is considered a trafficker in Muslim-majority Malaysia, and death by hanging is mandatory in the case of a conviction. FAQ | Methamphetamine Shafee slammed the ruling as "perverse" and said Exposto would make a final appeal to the country's top court. "I thought there was an overwhelming case for the defence. I am shocked with the decision," he said. The mother of four argued she did not know about the hidden stash of "ice". She said she had been fooled into carrying the bag after travelling to China to see someone she met online called "Captain Daniel Smith", who had claimed to be a US serviceman. After engaging in a long online romance, Exposto had travelled to Shanghai to see "Smith". But she did not succeed in meeting her supposed love interest while there and ended up being given a bag by a stranger, who asked her to take it to Melbourne. When she arrived at Kuala Lumpur International Airport to change flights, she mistakenly went through immigration as she was unfamiliar with the airport. She voluntarily offered her bags for customs inspection and the drugs were discovered. There are at least 900 people on death row in Malaysia, officials have said, but executions have been rare in recent years. Malaysian lawmakers have voted to amend legislation so that capital punishment is no longer mandatory in drug-trafficking cases. But the changes have not yet come into force as they must be passed by the upper house. Two Australians were hanged in Malaysia in 1986 for heroin trafficking - the first Westerners to be executed in the country - in a case that strained relations. In 2013 Dominic Bird, a former truck driver from Perth, was acquitted of drug trafficking charges after he was allegedly caught with 167 grams of crystal methamphetamine.
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Spy, Spying, #SPYGATE: Trump spies opportunity to 'brand' FBI informant
President Trump reportedly told a friend this week that he wanted to “brand” the FBI informant who met with members of his 2016 campaign a “spy” because he believed it would stick. On Thursday morning, Trump included the term three times in a single tweet.
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Raw: Video of Philadelphia Sledgehammer Attack
A road rage suspect seen on surveillance video hitting a man with a sledgehammer after smashing the windows out of a vehicle is being sought by Philadelphia police. Authorities posted the video online on Wednesday. (May 24)
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Next-generation GOES-17 weather satellite encounters infrared imaging glitch in orbit
Two months after its launch, the main imaging instrument on a next-generation weather satellite is experiencing problems with its cooling system. That, in turn, is hurting the Advanced Baseline Imager’s ability to capture infrared and near-infrared images for the GOES-17 satellite, which is supposed to take over the task of monitoring weather systems over the Pacific Ocean and the western U.S. Managers say the issue is being investigated by NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the imager’s contractor team, led by Harris Corp. The problem has to do with the plumbing for the system that keeps the imager’s… Read More
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US-led strike on regime positions kills 12 in east Syria: monitor
A US-led coalition air strike on Syrian army positions overnight killed at least 12 pro-regime fighters in an area where both sides have been battling holdout jihadists, a monitor said Thursday. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which relies on a broad network of sources across Syria, said the raid had hit army positions south of Albu Kamal, a town on Syria's border with Iraq. "At least three vehicles were destroyed by the strike," said Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman.
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Betsy DeVos Stirs Uproar By Saying Schools Can Call ICE On Undocumented Kids
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos provoked an outcry Tuesday when she said
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Uber self-driving car failed to recognize pedestrian, brake: U.S. agency
By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An Uber [UBER.UL] self-driving vehicle that struck and killed a woman in Arizona in March failed to identify the pedestrian or to brake, raising serious questions about its performance, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said in a preliminary report released on Thursday. The report said the vehicle's radar systems observed the pedestrian six seconds before impact but "the self-driving system software classified the pedestrian as an unknown object, as a vehicle, and then as a bicycle." At 1.3 seconds before impact, the self-driving system determined emergency braking was needed, but Uber said emergency braking maneuvers were not enabled while the vehicle was under computer control in order to reduce the potential for erratic vehicle behavior.
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French couple guilty of murdering au-pair in London
A French couple was on Thursday found guilty of murdering their 21-year-old au-pair and then burning her body on a bonfire in their London garden in September last year. Sabrina Kouider, 35, broke into tears after she and partner Ouissem Medouni, 40, were found guilty by a jury at London's Old Bailey court of murdering French live-in nanny Sophie Lionnet. "Only Kouider and Medouni know exactly how they killed Sophie but the prosecution was able to prove that she died as a result of purposeful and sustained violence, and not by accident," said state prosecutor Aisling Hosein.
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Australian sentenced to death in Malaysia drugs case
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — An Australian woman accused of drug trafficking in Malaysia was sentenced to death after an appeals court on Thursday overturned a lower court's acquittal, her lawyer said.
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2019 Ford F-150 Raptor - Pictures
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The Latest: Syria's Assad meets with Putin envoy
BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on Syria developments (all times local):
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Get The Bohemian Look Of This Nantucket Home
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Stephen King Reveals Why Donald Trump Blocked Him On Twitter
A federal judge on Wednesday ruled it was unconstitutional for Donald Trump to
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Taiwan loses second ally in a month as Burkina Faso cuts ties
By Thiam Ndiaga and Jess Macy Yu OUAGADOUGOU/TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan lost its second diplomatic ally in less than a month on Thursday after Burkina Faso said it had cut ties with the self-ruled island, following intense Chinese pressure on African countries to break with what it regards as a wayward province. Taiwan now has only one diplomatic ally left in Africa – the tiny kingdom of Swaziland - and formal relations with just 18 countries, many of them poor nations in Central America and the Pacific like Belize and Nauru. The Burkina foreign ministry's statement made no direct mention of China, but said "the evolution of the world and the socio-economic challenges of our country and region push us to reconsider our position".
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Parents sue after 30-year-old son refuses to move out of their Syracuse home
Michael Rotondo's parents say he won't leave the house despite several notices. Rotondo claims that legally, he wasn't given enough notice.
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Missile that downed MH17 came from Russian military: investigators
Investigators probing the 2014 downing of flight MH17 said Thursday for the first time that the missile which shot down the plane over eastern Ukraine travelled from a Russian military brigade. The Joint Investigation Team "has come to the conclusion that the BUK-TELAR that shot down MH17 came from 53rd Anti-aircraft Missile Brigade based in Kursk in Russia," top Dutch investigator Wilbert Paulissen said.
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Republicans block deeper probe into census citizenship question
House Democrats were thwarted in their attempt to probe the Justice Department’s backing of a citizenship question in the 2020 census and whether President Trump’s administration was involved.
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A Planner's Guide to the Mediterranean Diet
2018 might well be dubbed the year of the Mediterranean diet. Not only did it tie for the best overall diet in the U.S. News Best Diets rankings in January, but this year also marks the Mediterranean diet pyramid's 25th anniversary. Beyond being linked to a host of powerful health benefits including a reduction in heart disease risk, potential weight loss, improved brain health and longevity, much of the eating pattern's staying power can be attributed to its flexibility -- there aren't entire food groups excluded, and followers don't calorie count or track macros.
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Harry and William have pipped the Queen in list of 'hardest-working' Royals
The Dukes of Cambridge and Sussex have overtaken their grandmother, the Queen, in a list of busiest members of the Royal family so far this year, as the newlywed Meghan Markle joins the records with a total of one. Prince William has worked for 33 days on public engagements since the New Year, now working as a full-time members of the Royal family after leaving his job as a search and rescue pilot to further support the Queen. Prince Harry, who has been planning his wedding, pipped him by one day, with the new Duchess of Sussex listed once, for her own wedding. The list, compiled by the Press Association from the Court Circular, shows the Queen spending 26 days working in public, in addition to her heavy duties within palace walls. The list does not take into account the work undertaken by the Royal family in private, including meetings with organisations and charity work. The adult members of the Royal family all appear in the Court Circular Credit: Alexi Lubomirski The Princess Royal has once again topped a list, spending 75 days on public engagements, followed by the Earl of Wessex with 59 and the Prince of Wales on 52. The figures, covering January 1 to May 22. The Duchess of Sussex makes her first appearance in the circular today, under her new title, after attending a Buckingham Palace garden party in honour of her father-in-law. She has already attended numerous Royal visits with Prince Harry, but her role was unrecorded before marriage. The Duchess of Sussex makes her first appearance on the list today Credit: Reuters After the couple announced their engagement on November 27, they carried out 16 days of royal engagements together, starting with a visit to Nottingham last year and ending with a series of Anzac Day commemoration events in London in April. Highlights from the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall’s year include official overseas trips to France and Greece, and a visit to Australia, where the Prince launched the Commonwealth Games. Princess Anne, right, topped the list Credit: AFP Since the start of the year, the Duke of York has carried out 31 days of work, the Duchess of Cornwall 30, and Duke of Edinburgh, who is retired, one. The Duchess of Cambridge, whose son, Prince Louis, was born on April 23, went on maternity leave a month ahead of the birth and is caring for her family. She is listed at 22 days.  
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Same grief, different outcomes: Texas mulls school safety
(This version of the May 21st story corrects first paragraph to say fourth-deadliest school shooting, not fourth deadly school shooting) By Erwin Seba SANTA FE, Texas (Reuters) - Mourners knelt before white wooden crosses on Monday outside the Texas high school where 10 people were killed in the fourth-deadliest U.S. school shooting this year, an image recalling similar gatherings after February's Florida school massacre. A few dozen people, including student survivors of the attack, family members, chaplains and police, gathered at 10 a.m. outside Santa Fe High School to observe a moment of silence called for by Texas Governor Greg Abbott.
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The Search for Missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 Is Ending After Four Years
Malaysia has said it will not extend the search past May 29
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Georgia makes history with Stacey Abrams, the first black female nominee for governor
Georgia could be set to elect the first black female governor in US history after lawyer Stacey Abrams won the Democratic primary for the race. Ms Abrams has already made history as both the first black candidate and the first woman to be nominated by a major party in the southern state.  The 44-year-old lawyer will face a Republican candidate in November's high-stakes election.  A Democrat has not been elected governor in the deeply conservative state since 2003. Ms Abrams, who won 75 per cent of the vote in Tuesday's Democratic primary, said:  “We are writing the next chapter of Georgia’s history, where no one is unseen, no one is unheard and no one is uninspired”. President Trump won Georgia, whose capital city Atlanta is a magnet for immigrants from across the world, by just five percentage points in the 2016 presidential race.  Ms Abrams is a rising star of the Democrats' progressive wing Credit: AP However Ms Abrams has suggested she is unlikely to target rural white voters who have abandoned the Democratic party, telling voters that attempts to "convert" Republicans into Democrats had previously failed. Three other southern states -  Kentucky, Arkansas and Texas - also elected female nominees in Democratic primaries on Tuesday ahead of the midterm elections. The US currently has just six female governors, but the increase in successful female candidates in various political races has been seen in the context of the 'Me Too' and 'Times Up' movements.  That was certainly the view of Amy McGrath, a former fighter pilot, who won a Kentucky primary for a seat in the US House of Representatives. "It's more, this time, this climate, right now," she told CNN before her win against Jim Gray, mayor of Lexington. "It's very clear that people are looking for more women." Ms Abrams, who has a law degree from Yale University and a masters from the University of Texas is considered a rising star within Democratic party's progressive faction.  Hillary Clinton, whom Ms Abrams strongly backed in the presidential election, recorded a robocall for her ahead of Tuesday's race.  A number of other prominent Democrats, including Bernie Sanders and Kirsten Gillibrand, have backed the Georgia nominee. Ms Abrams, who was elected to Georgia's state House of Representative in 2006, has also written eight romantic novels under the pen name Selena Montgomery.
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International journalists depart for North Korea's nuclear test site, as experts warn demolition could destroy valuable evidence
International journalists on Wednesday set out on an arduous journey to witness the dismantlement of North Korea’s nuclear test site, Punggye-ri – an event that experts predict will be more about PR than substance.  The departure of about 22 Chinese, American, Russian and British journalists, including a Sky News team, from the North Korean port city of Wonsan, was delayed in order to wait for the arrival of eight more South Korean journalists from Beijing.  The South Koreans had initially been dropped from the trip after a diplomatic spat between North and South over military drills, but that decision was suddenly reversed early on Wednesday. It followed a threat from President Donald Trump that a June summit with Kim Jong-un could be called off.  Journalists on the trip revealed that they face a 12 hour train ride, followed by four hours on a bus and then a two hour hike to reach the remote test site in the mountains of Kilju County, North Hamgyong province.  Tom Cheshire, Sky News Asia correspondent, described a surreal first day after the first batch of journalists were flown to Wonsan on a charter flight from Beijing on Tuesday.  Satellite images of the Punggye-ri test site on May 7 2018 Credit: DigitalGlobe/ScapeWare3d/DigitalGlobe/Getty Images  His team’s satellite phone and radiation dosimeter – a device to measure the level of nuclear radiation they would absorb – were immediately confiscated at the airport, he revealed.  “Officials assured us that the test site is completely safe so we would not need it, despite our repeated protests,” he wrote.  Even after arrival, the journalists were being kept in the dark about their schedule, he continued. “What is sure is that it will be what the North Korean regime want to show. A government minder is by our side every minute.” Mr Cheshire said their hotel in the port city, which until recently was a base for artillery drills and missile launches, was intended to be a luxury resort and had the overpowering smell of fresh paint.  #breaking Bus carrying South Korean journalists arrives at our hotel in Wonsan. We depart for the Punggye Ri nuclear site in a few minutes. See you when we come out! pic.twitter.com/9FsO3JHeZv— Will Ripley (@willripleyCNN) May 23, 2018 The visitors were offered a "bizarre banquet" in a large hall. “Music – a violin cover of Frank Sinatra’s My Way – was piped in. On the menu: everything from fondue to steak, as well as fried turtle and shark fin soup, and row after row of silver cutlery,” he said.  “In a country that has suffered so much from famine and poverty, and which continues to suffer, it was a dislocating experience.” The journalists are expected to be able to film the dismantlement of Punggye-ri, the only active nuclear weapons test site in the world, from a viewing platform at a safe distance.   The exercise is intended by Pyongyang to show good faith over a moratorium on nuclear and missiles tests that it announced in April, amid a diplomatic thaw with South Korea and ahead of a summit with President Trump in Singapore that is still planned for June 12.  Since 2006, the North Korean regime has conducted six nuclear tests in tunnels beneath Mount Mantap, close to Punggye-ri. The most recent, on September 3 last year, caused a 6.3 magnitude earthquake.  According to several reports, the blast, which was almost 17 times the size of the bomb dropped on Hiroshima at the end of World War II, may have caused the site to partially collapse, raising concerns about the stability of the mountain itself.  In October, the Japanese media reported that a tunnel under construction had collapsed, killing up to 200 workers.  North Korea’s decision to close the site has been welcomed by the US and South Korea as a positive diplomatic gesture.  But scientists and nuclear experts, who have not been invited to the closing ceremony, have warned that the demolition of Punggye-ri’s tunnels will also destroy valuable evidence and data about the North’s weapons programmes.  North Korea's nuclear history: key moments Cheryl Rofer, a chemist who has worked all over the world on the disassembling and decommissioning of nuclear and chemical weapons, said that much information about the country’s bombs could be gleaned by allowing experts access.  “I would want to bring some capability of taking samples, and I would also want to bring a geologist with me. I’d want to have a radiation counter, I would want to go into the tunnel to see if parts of it have caved in at the back,” she told CNN.  “Isotope measurements could tell you about the design of the device, it would tell you what kind of bombs they’re making, what they’re making them out of, how much uranium and plutonium is in the bombs. We might be able to infer what they’re planning and the shape of their progress,” she said. 
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US-Europe compromise on Iran a long way off: German FM
The United States and European countries remain "a long way from a compromise" on a new Iran nuclear deal after the US's withdrawal from the 2015 agreement, Germany's foreign affairs minister said Wednesday. "We are still a long way from a compromise, we take two completely different paths," Heiko Maas told reporters after a meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Pompeo on Monday presented a new US strategy on Iran following US President Donald Trump's controversial decision to pull out of the accord, signed in July 2015 by Iran along with China, the US, Britain, France, Russia and Germany.
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Katy Perry's Best Hair (And Wig) Moments On 'American Idol'
Katy Perry loves a good wig moment. And on this past season of "American
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30-year-old speaks out after ordered out of parents' home
Judge rules that parents can evict 30-year-old son from their home; Michael Rotondo shares his perspective on 'The Story.'
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A Mostly Non-Christian Militia Won 2 Of Iraqi Christians' Parliamentary Seats. Now Christians Want Trump To Intervene.
WASHINGTON ― A mostly non-Christian militia linked to a brutal Iranian-backed
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Fox corrects mistake on Jemele Hill, but not on the air
NEW YORK (AP) — The morning show "Fox & Friends" corrected by tweet a segment that described former ESPN anchor Jemele Hill as unemployed, but has not set the record straight on the air.
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Elon Musk Blasts Media 'Hypocrisy' and Proposes Rating Journalists In a Twitter Rant
He blamed oil advertising money for the recent negative coverage of electric car-maker Tesla
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A New Study Links Antidepressants to Weight Gain
The risk stays elevated for up to six years
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Trump Is Blatantly Trading Foreign Business Favors for Policy Changes, Critics Say
Ethics warchdogs fear revelations of recent dealmaking could become business as usual
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Amnesty highlights sex-for-food claims in Boko Haram-hit Nigeria
Amnesty International on Thursday urged Nigeria to act on claims soldiers and members of the civilian militia have raped women and girls in remote camps for people displaced by Boko Haram but the government said the rights monitor was repeating false accusations. Amnesty said it had gathered multiple testimonies about alleged abuse by the security forces, including claimed that soldiers coerced vulnerable survivors into having sex in exchange for food. In November 2016, police vowed to look into allegations of sexual abuse and exploitation in the camps but several months later, the military rejected the allegations.
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49ers' Foster won't stand trial on domestic violence charges
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A Santa Clara County judge ruled Wednesday that San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster will not have to stand trial on domestic violence charges after determining there was no evidence that Foster ever hit his ex-girlfriend.
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To thwart Trump, progressives and mainstream Democrats show willingness to bury the hatchet
At the 2018 Ideas Conference, the party seemed focused on stopping the Republican president and his agenda.
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How Immigration is Tearing House Republicans Apart
Forcing the immigration vote would be a remarkable rebuke to House Speaker Paul Ryan, who has urged Republicans not to sign the petition
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Video of Brown arrest sparks criticism of Milwaukee police
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales has apologized to Bucks player Sterling Brown for a January arrest that started with a parking violation and escalated to include the use of a stun gun, and he said some officers were disciplined.
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Saudi Women's Rights Activists Labeled 'Traitors' as Crackdown Escalates
The move threatens to derail international goodwill over the kingdom's reform efforts
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Hunter accused of giving bribes for African elephant kill
DENVER (AP) — U.S. prosecutors have indicted the owner of a South African hunting company, accusing him of bribing Zimbabwean officials while guiding a Colorado tourist and working to have the ivory tusks of an elephant that the group illegally killed inside a national park imported to the United States.
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Meanwhile in ... Mauritania, climate change has pushed women into leadership roles
Mauritania, climate change has pushed women into leadership roles. Lengthy periods of drought have significantly reduced the amount of available grazing land in this West African nation, forcing herders to travel long distances to feed and water their herds. While the herders are away, their wives are taking charge.
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Iran tells Europe to step up and save nuclear deal
BEIRUT/BERLIN (Reuters) - Iran poured scorn on threatened U.S. sanctions on Tuesday and told European powers to step up and salvage its international nuclear deal - though Germany signaled there was only so much it could do to fend off Washington's economic clout. Senior Iranian military and political figures queued up to issue defiant statements a day after Washington threatened "the strongest sanctions in history" if Iran failed to make a series of sweeping changes. Two weeks on from U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the nuclear pact, his administration told Iran to drop its nuclear program and pull out of the Syrian civil war among other demands, setting Washington and Tehran further on a course of confrontation.
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Ariana Grande Shuts Down Fan Blaming Her For ‘Heartbreaking’ Mac Miller Split
Reason No. 3489543 to stan Ariana Grande:
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UN envoy urges quick action to avoid Israel-Palestinian war
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N.'s Mideast envoy called Wednesday for urgent action to avoid another Israeli-Palestinian war sparked by the violence in Gaza.
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Video Footage Shows Milwaukee Police Arresting and Tasing NBA Player Sterling Brown
The Milwaukee police chief has apologized to Bucks' Sterling Brown for a January arrest that escalated to include the use of a stun gun
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Trump Roasted For Rushing To Defend Tomi Lahren While Ignoring Real Victims
President Donald Trump on Wednesday rushed to the defense of conservative
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'Nut rage' Korean Air heiress questioned for illegal maids
A Korean Air heiress known for a "nut rage" tantrum that sparked national uproar was summoned for questioning Thursday for illegally hiring immigrants to work as maids, the latest scandal to engulf her billionaire family. Cho Hyun-ah kept her head bowed as she reported to immigration authorities in Seoul on Thursday. A series of scandals have left Korean Air chairman Cho Yang-ho and his family facing mounting scrutiny over a spate of alleged wrongdoings that have riled the public and even sparked protests by the firm's employees.
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French President Emmanuel Macron Takes on Facebook and Other Tech Firms Over Regulation
Macron met privately with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at the presidential palace
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The Newest Deal: Dems build a progressive platform for 2020
Medicare access, federal job guarantees, debt-free college, post-office banks and more: There’s no shortage of progressive ideas for the Democratic platform in 2020.
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Mexican Mafia run jail crime like an 'illegal government'
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles County jails are run by the sheriff, but the Mexican Mafia wields the power in the underworld behind bars.
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Texas mass shooting victims, survivors to meet with governor
Victims and survivors of Texas mass shootings are expected to take part in a final round of talks on Thursday with Governor Greg Abbott, who is seeking ways to stop gun massacres after a shooter killed 10 people in a Houston-area high school. Students and parents from Santa Fe High School, where a gunman killed eight students and two teachers last Friday, will be joined by several people from Sutherland Springs, where 26 churchgoers were killed in a mass shooting in November, Abbott's office said in a statement.
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Cyclone Mekunu pummels Yemeni island, seven missing
Seven people were missing and hundreds others evacuated from their homes after Cyclone Mekunu hit the Yemeni island of Socotra Wednesday night, causing severe flooding and damage to houses, officials said. Four of the missing were crew on board a boat that sunk when the storm accompanied by strong winds and heavy rain hit the island in the Arabian Sea, Fisheries Resources Minister Fahad Kafin told AFP. Some residents carrying children tried to escape through the flooded streets, an AFP correspondent said.
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Hawaii volcano produces methane and 'eerie' blue flames
HONOLULU (AP) — Scientists in Hawaii have captured rare images of blue flames burning from cracks in the pavement as Kilauea volcano gushes fountains of lava in the background, offering a look at a new dimension in the volcano's weeks-long eruption.
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PHOTOS: Gaza protests: Fire on the wind. In border clash it’s soldiers vs. kites
Israeli media are reporting significant damage to farms due to kite-flown Molotov cocktails, AFP reports. Demonstrators are demanding the right to return to their homes seized by Israel in 1948. No Israelis have been hurt in the weeks of protests and the military has faced international criticism for its use of live ammunition. Most of the 60 Gazans killed Monday were shot by Israeli snipers, Gaza’s health ministry said. The toll included a baby who died from tear gas inhalation. AFP reports that at least 2,400 others were wounded in the bloodiest day in the conflict since 2014.
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Hawaii's Erupting Kilauea Volcano Is Now Spouting Blue Flames of Burning Methane
The volcano produces methane when hot lava buries and burns plants and trees
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Macron in Russia for high-stakes talks with Putin
French President Emmanuel Macron will visit Saint Petersburg on Thursday to meet his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, with the Iran nuclear deal as well as conflicts in Syria and Ukraine on the agenda. The trip is Macron's first to Russia as president and follows a visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel last week.
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Iran's Supreme Leader Has Launched a Scathing Attack on the U.S.
The speech comes just days after the U.S. secretary of state issued a steep list of demands on Iran
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Two sportscar-sized satellites in orbit to measure Earth's water
A SpaceX rocket Tuesday blasted off a duo of sports car-sized satellites built by the US and Germany to reveal changes in sea level rise, ice melt and drought on Earth. "Three, two, one, liftoff!" said a SpaceX commentator as the Falcon 9 rocket launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 12:47 pm Pacific time (1947 GMT). The $521 million payload, called the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-on (GRACE-FO), was successfully deployed into its planned orbit some 310 miles (500 kilometers) above the Earth about 10 minutes after liftoff.
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Teachers show strength in Kentucky primary elections
LANCASTER, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky teacher has schooled a leading politician, defeating him in the GOP primary for a state House seat.
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Sarah Sanders: It 'Bothers Me' Being Called A Liar
WASHINGTON ― White House press secretary Sarah Sanders says it bugs her when
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A North Korean Official Has Called Mike Pence's Libya Comparison 'Ignorant'
The official again warned that Pyongyang is willing to pull out of a planned summit with Washington
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4 Teens Charged With Murder After Allegedly Running Over and Killing Female Officer
Baltimore County police officer Amy Caprio was run over and killed by a stolen Jeep
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The Latest: Official: Lava wall protecting geothermal plant
PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — The Latest on the eruption of a volcano in Hawaii (all times local):
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Japanese American footballer sorry after late tackle goes viral
A Japanese university player of American football, who injured an opponent with a dangerous late tackle that has become front-page news, apologised in a televised press conference Tuesday but said his coaches ordered the hit. Images of 20-year-old defensive lineman Taisuke Miyagawa smashing into an opposition quarterback from behind -- several seconds after the ball had been released -- have been played on a loop on TV since the incident on May 6. "I deeply apologise for causing serious damage and a lot of trouble," Miyagawa said, bowing deeply for a long time as flashes went off around him.
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Martin Luther King 'would be proud' of what Donald Trump has done for black people, says Steve Bannon
Martin Luther King “would be proud” of Donald Trump for “what he’s done for the black and Hispanic community”, Steve Bannon has suggested. The civil rights leader would approve of the president’s anti-immigration policies as they prevent “illegal alien labour forces” competing with black Americans for jobs, the Republican’s former chief strategist claimed. Speaking on BBC Two’s Newsnight, Mr Bannon said: “Donald Trump has the lowest black unemployment in history.
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President Trump Defends Calling MS-13 Gang Members 'Animals'
Trump vowed to withhold assistance from nations whose criminals enter the U.S.
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The NFL Told Teams to Stand During the National Anthem in the 1960s. Here's How One Player Protested
A new rule will fine teams if players kneel
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Hawaii volcano generates blue flames from burning methane
Blue flames from burning methane are the latest natural phenomena being seen at the eruption of the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii. Nighttime photos released Wednesday by the U.S. Geological Survey show the flames spouting from cracks in the pavement in the Leilani Estates neighborhood where the volcano has been gushing lava on the big island of Hawaii for the past three weeks. The volcano produces methane when hot lava buries and burns plants and trees.
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Multiple casualties in bomb blast in Iraqi capital Baghdad
By Raya Jalabi and Hesham Hajali BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Multiple people were killed or wounded in a suicide attack in Iraq's capital Baghdad on Thursday, Iraqi security services said. The attack took place in the predominantly Shi'ite Shula district, in northwest Baghdad. According to a statement from Iraq's National Security media center, the attacker detonated an explosive vest after he was besieged by security forces at the entrance to the Saqlawiyah park, resulting in the death and injury of "a number of civilians." No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, though it bore the hallmarks of Islamic State.
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Trump can't block his critics on Twitter, judge rules
President Donald Trump violated the US constitution by blocking Twitter users who disagree with him, a federal judge ruled Wednesday in a case closely watched for implications for online free speech. Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald said the blocking of Trump critics -- which prevent them from seeing and interacting with the president's tweets -- violated the free speech rights of those users guaranteed in the Constitution's First Amendment. The ruling comes in response to a lawsuit filed by a group of Twitter users and the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University.
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Sally Yates warns of Trump 'tearing down the legitimacy' of the Justice Department
Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates said she had something to get off her chest about President Trump at the 2018 Ideas Conference hosted by the Center for American Progress on Tuesday: Don’t ignore his attacks on the rule of law.
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Sherrod Brown lays out an agenda for 'the little guy' at conference of progressives
Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio, a possible 2020 presidential contender, urges progressives to make economic issues, such as health care and wages, a priority.
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'Stormy Daniels Day' Declared In West Hollywood As Adult Star Gets Key To City
President Donald Trump just got one more reason not to visit this Southern
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Scientists are about to hunt for the Loch Ness Monster’s DNA, but they’re not exactly hopeful
Once one of the hottest mythical creatures on the block, the Loch Ness Monster has fallen out of favor in recent years. Sightings of the monster, which used to be an incredibly regular occurrence, have all but stopped . Months and months now pass when nobody claims to have seen the creature, but that's not stopping scientists from considering the possibility that it might actually exist. A new DNA research effort led by Neil Gemmell of the University of Otago aims to paint a detailed picture of the distribution of different species in Loch Ness, and if a monster happens to be lurking in the murky waters it might just wind up on paper. The researchers are currently planning to take 300 samples of water from the Loch, all at different locations and of varying depths. From that water they hope to isolate the DNA of the animals that live in each particular area. Whether or not a prehistoric monster is still hiding somewhere in the large body of water remains to be seen, but Gemmell isn't exactly betting on it. "I'm going into this thinking it's unlikely there is a monster, but I want to test that hypothesis," Gemmell said . "What we'll get is a really nice survey of the biodiversity of the Loch Ness." Some of the most interesting theories about what the Loch Ness Monster is (assuming some animal is responsible for the sightings) suggest that it's a Plesiosaur, an animal which is supposed to be long extinct. Others suggest people are mistaking large catfish or sturgeon for the mythical beast, and still others believe the sightings can be traced to odd wave patterns or pieces of wood floating near the surface. Nevertheless, Gemmell's team will comb the lake for evidence of different species and if they stumble upon something completely unexplainable it could help revive Nessie's appeal. If nothing unusual is found it likely won't harm the legend all that much, and true believers are unlikely to be swayed. "In our lives we want there still to be mysteries, some of which we will ultimately solve," Gemmell muses. "That's part of the spirit of discovery. And sometimes, what you find may not be what you were expecting."
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How Hawaii's Kīlauea Volcano eruption compares to others around the world
Hawaii Island’s Kīlauea Volcano has been in a fit of rage since erupting in early May, spewing toxic gas, hurling boulders from its summit and cracking open more than 20 fissures.
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Startling increase in physical and sexual abuse of child immigrants by US Border Patrol, new report alleges
A new report suggests that there has been a startling increase in the number of instances where US Border Patrol officers have abused children seeking shelter in the United States from violence and poverty in Central America. The report, based on more than 30,000 pages of Border Patrol reports obtained by chapters of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) through Freedom of Information Act requests, details 116 incidents where officers were alleged to have physically, sexually, or psychologically abused children between the ages of five and 17 between 2009 and 2014. A quarter of those cases were reports of alleged physical abuse, while half were alleged verbal abuse, including death threats.
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Hawaii volcano belches new ash plume as geothermal wells secured
By Marco Garcia PAHALA, Hawaii (Reuters) - The restive Kilauea Volcano belched clouds of ash into the skies over Hawaii's Big Island twice more on Wednesday as civil defense authorities reported that pressurized geothermal wells at a nearby power plant had been spared from approaching lava. The latest back-to-back upheavals of ash from the main summit crater of Kilauea -- one before dawn and another several hours later -- came on the 21st day of what geologists rank as one of the biggest eruption cycles in a century from one of the world's most active volcanoes. The earlier ash plume rose to a height of 8,000 feet (2,438 meters), while the later one reached about 5,000 feet (1,524 meters), authorities said.
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Family rejoices at finding of soldier's World War II plane
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tom Kelly grew up on a Northern California farm and once thought of becoming a cowboy before World War II got in the way.
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Woman Mauled By Bear in Montana Walks Miles to Safety With Skull Fracture
A 28-year-old woman who finally earned her “dream job” working as a grizzly bear researcher is now recovering in the hospital from serious injuries after she was attacked by one of the powerful animals
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Global warming may have 'devastating' effects on rice: study
As carbon dioxide rises due to the burning of fossil fuels, rice will lose some of its protein and vitamin content, putting millions of people at risk of malnutrition, scientists warned on Wednesday. "We are showing that global warming, climate change and particularly greenhouse gases -- carbon dioxide -- can have an impact on the nutrient content of plants we eat," said co-author Adam Drewnowski, a professor of epidemiology at the University of Washington. Protein and vitamin deficiencies can lead to growth-stunting, birth defects, diarrhea, infections and early death.
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85 Ultimate Summer Party Appetizers
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5 Myths About Social Security That Need To Be Busted Already
Without question, there is plenty to misunderstand about Social Security's
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Pentagon uninvites China from major U.S. military exercise
By Idrees Ali and Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon on Wednesday uninvited China from a major U.S.-hosted naval drill in response to what it sees as Beijing's militarization of islands in the South China Sea, a decision China called unconstructive. "As an initial response to China's continued militarization of the South China Sea we have disinvited the PLA Navy from the 2018 Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise," said Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Logan, a Pentagon spokesman.
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Democrats Have Avoided Talking About Russia. Here's Why That's Changing
For months, strategists have advised Democratic candidates to stay away from the investigation into the Trump campaign. No longer.
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Brickyard to toy bricks: Danica Patrick gets Lego statue
NEW YORK (AP) — When Danica Patrick drives her final race in the Indy 500 on Sunday, she'll certainly be the only competitor with a Lego statue in her image.
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Influencer Who Documented Cancer Battle Dies at Age 24
Nara Almeida, a popular blogger and influencer from Brazil, has died after inspiring her over 4.5 million social media followers during her nearly year-long battle with stomach cancer. She was 24
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In Conversation With Two Rising Voices in Native American Literature
Two years after earning their MFAs from the Institute of American Indian Arts, Tommy Orange and Terese Marie Mailhot have become significant emerging voices in American literature. Orange made a splash with a story in the New Yorker, excerpted from There There (June), his novel centered on 12 characters at an annual Oakland powwow. His book is one of the season's buzziest. Mailhot, who interviewed her friend for TIME, published her best-selling memoir, Heart Berries, in February.
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Suburban Indianapolis man pleads guilty to terrorism
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A suburban Indianapolis man accused of trying to join the Islamic State group overseas pleaded guilty to a terrorism charge Wednesday.
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Merkel seeks united front with China amid Trump trade fears
Chancellor Angela Merkel visits China on Thursday, seeking to close ranks with the world's biggest exporting nation as US President Donald Trump shakes up explosive issues from trade to Iran's nuclear deal. Finding a common strategy to ward off a trade war and keep markets open will be Merkel's priority when she meets with President Xi Jinping, as Washington brandishes the threat of imposing punitive tariffs on aluminium and steel imports. China's economic health can only benefit Germany as the Asian giant is a big buyer of Made in Germany.
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30-Year-Old Who Was Evicted by Parents Says He's Not a Millennial Because He's Conservative
Michael Rotondo says he doesn't want to reconcile with his parents, but needs three more months under their roof
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United Air CEO grilled over NRA discount, workers rights at annual meeting
United Airlines executives faced questions about ending its discount for a gun rights group and how it treats its workers at the carrier's annual shareholders meeting on Wednesday. Asked about United's decision to sever ties with the National Rifle Association (NRA) in the wake of the recent U.S. high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, Chief Executive Oscar Munoz said the decision was reached largely in response to a United pilot's daughter who was killed in the massacre. United was one of several companies, including rival Delta Air Lines Inc, to end its relationship with the NRA after the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 students and staff members dead.
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Mexican Mafia busted for running crime in LA County jails
The Los Angeles County jails are run by the sheriff, but the Mexican Mafia wielded the power in the underworld behind bars. The organization made up of leaders from various Latino gangs operated like an illegal government, collecting "taxes" on smuggled drugs, ordering hits on people who didn't follow their rules and even calling the shots on street crimes, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. "We just delivered a blow to a cold-blooded prison gang and their associates," U.S. Attorney Nick Hanna said during a news conference.
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Texas considers 'red flag' law in wake of school shooting: governor
By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Texas Governor Greg Abbott sought consensus on firearms in a second round of talks on preventing gun violence on campus on Wednesday and may look at "red flag laws" to keep guns out of the hands of people deemed by a judge to be danger to themselves or others. After last week's fatal shooting of 10 people in a Houston-area high school, Abbott invited the Texas State Rifle Association, affiliated with the National Rifle Association, and Texas Gun Sense, which favors tighter gun laws, to join him in Austin, the state capital. Alice Tripp, legislative director of the Texas State Rifle Association, told reporters after the meeting she found "no common ground" with groups at the session supporting tougher gun laws.
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California man, two others indicted in fatal Kansas 'swatting' case
Using a false name, Tyler Barriss, 25, of California, contacted Wichita authorities and reported that after a fight between his parents, he had shot and killed his father, held his mother and brother at gunpoint and threatened to light the house on fire before committing suicide, according to the indictment unsealed on Wednesday. A Wichita police officer fatally shot Andrew Finch, 28, after law enforcement officials rushed to his home following the false reports. On Dec. 28, Casey Viner, 18, of Ohio, got into a dispute while playing an online game with Shane Gaskill, 19, of Kansas, the indictment said.
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US State department in China reports ‘abnormal' sound like diplomats heard in Cuba
The State Department has said a US government employee in China reported “subtle...but abnormal” ear pressure, possibly pointing to a similar situation experienced by American diplomats in Cuba. The agency emailed a notice to all US citizens in China about the employee at the consulate in Guangzhou who said there were “subtle and vague, but abnormal, sensations of sound and pressure”. It advised Americans to contact medical professionals if they experience any “unusual auditory or sensory of phenomena accompanied by unusual sounds or piercing noises”.
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Texas governor supports 2 small gun rules after shooting
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Wednesday he could support stronger regulations for gun storage and quicker reporting to law enforcement when a court has determined someone is mentally ill in order to keep them from having weapons.
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Uber shuts Arizona self-driving program two months after fatal crash
By Heather Somerville SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Uber has shut down its self-driving car operation in Arizona two months after a fatal crash involving one of its vehicles, the company said on Wednesday. Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] is not shuttering its entire autonomous vehicle program and will focus on limited testing in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and two cities in California, a spokeswoman said. Arizona's wide, flat roads, good weather and corporation-friendly regulations are considered ideal to test autonomous vehicles.
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Study offers new look at why our brains evolved to be so big
NEW YORK (AP) — Why do people have such big brains? Some researchers asked a really powerful brain — a computer — and got back a surprising answer.
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Homeland security chief: I haven't seen intel that showed Russia favored Trump
Kirstjen Nielsen said: ‘I do not believe I’ve seen that conclusion that the specific intent was to help President Trump win. Donald Trump’s homeland security secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen, told reporters on Tuesday she was unaware of intelligence assessments that Russia favored Trump over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election.
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Trump's blocking of critics on Twitter violates Constitution: U.S. judge
By Brendan Pierson NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. judge in New York on Wednesday ruled that President Donald Trump may not legally block Twitter users from his account on the social media platform based on their political views. Trump has made his @RealDonaldTrump Twitter account an integral and controversial part of his presidency, using it to promote his agenda, announce policy and attack critics. U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald in Manhattan ruled that comments on the president's account, and those of other government officials, were public forums, and that blocking Twitter users for their views violated their right to free speech under the First Amendment of Constitution.
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10 McDonald’s Workers File Sexual Harassment Claims in the U.S.
The McDonald's workers, from across the U.S., alleged groping, propositions for sex, indecent exposure and lewd comments by supervisors
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Wyoming approves controversial hunt of Yellowstone area grizzlies
By Laura Zuckerman PINEDALE, Wyo. (Reuters) - State wildlife officials approved plans on Wednesday for Wyoming's first season of grizzly bear hunting in 43 years, a move cheered by sportsmen but decried by Native Americans and conservation groups fighting to restore Endangered Species Act protections to the bears. The decision, clearing the way for hunters to shoot and kill as many as 22 grizzlies in a season that begins on Sept. 1, comes two weeks after the neighboring state of Idaho approved a plan allowing for no more than one grizzly to be taken in its hunting season opening the same day. The stage for state-licensed hunting of grizzlies outside of Yellowstone National Park was set last June when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that the large, hump-shouldered bears would cease to be listed as a threatened species in the region.
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Bumped from Indy, Hinchcliffe plans to help teammate win
NEW YORK (AP) — James Hinchcliffe once likened Indianapolis Motor Speedway to a cruel mistress.
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Congo Confirms Six New Ebola Virus Cases as Vaccination Efforts Get Underway
Congo's health ministry said there are now 28 confirmed Ebola cases
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Bugatti Builds 100th Chiron And It Costs $3.34 Million
100 down, 400 to go.
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Claims on FBI spy play into agency's complicated history
WASHINGTON (AP) — Snitches, moles, spies, whistleblowers. Government informants are an age-old investigative tool that's as much a part of the FBI's 110 years of history as J. Edgar Hoover or its Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list.
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Assad meets Russia envoy, hails 'partners in victories'
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad hailed Russia's hand in his recent victories during a meeting in Damascus on Wednesday with the Kremlin's special envoy to talks on the conflict. It came just days after his troops secured the capital from jihadists and less than a week since Assad travelled to Sochi to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin. On Wednesday, the Russian envoy to Syria was in Damascus to meet Assad and other top Syrian officials, state news agency SANA reported.
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Space-X launching satellites to study the effects of climate change
Space-X launched a previously flown Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base on Tuesday.
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Iran says cannot 'interact' with US
Iran cannot "interact" with the United States as it is a country whose word cannot be trusted, supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was quoted as saying on Wednesday. Because America is not committed to its promises," Press TV quoted him in English as saying. The conditions addressed every aspect of Iran's missile programme and what the US calls its "malign influence" across the region, including support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Hezbollah and Huthi rebels in Yemen.
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Are cracks emerging in the Russia-Iran alliance in Syria?
Russia's recent call for foreign forces to leave Syria was seen as a possible turning-point in its tricky alliance with Iran, though analysts say their partnership still has a long way to run. "With the start of the political process in its most active phase, foreign armed forces will withdraw from Syrian territory," President Vladimir Putin vowed after meeting his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad in Sochi on Friday. Putin's envoy to Syria, Alexander Lavrentiev, later said this included Iran.
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Robots fight weeds in challenge to agrochemical giants
YVERDON-LES-BAINS, Switzerland/CHICAGO (Reuters) - In a field of sugar beet in Switzerland, a solar-powered robot that looks like a table on wheels scans the rows of crops with its camera, identifies weeds and zaps them with jets of blue liquid from its mechanical tentacles. Undergoing final tests before the liquid is replaced with weedkiller, the Swiss robot is one of new breed of AI weeders that investors say could disrupt the $100 billion pesticides and seeds industry by reducing the need for universal herbicides and the genetically modified (GM) crops that tolerate them. Dominated by companies such as Bayer (BAYGn.DE), DowDuPont (DWDP.N), BASF (BASFn.DE) and Syngenta, the industry is bracing for the impact of digital agricultural technology and some firms are already adapting their business models.
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Trump to repeal Obama-era rule banning 'inhumane' hunting techniques
Donald Trump’s administration has proposed scrapping rules that ban hunters from killing wolves and pups in their dens, hunting black bears with dogs and using bait to lure grizzly bears into the open. An Obama-era stricture blocked the practices, dubbed “appalling” by campaigners, on federal lands in Alaska but was at odds with the state’s own policy. It may mean hunters being allowed to resume the practice of using spotlights outside the dens of black bear sows and their cubs to make it easier to kill them, government documents showed.
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Pulitzer Prize Winning Author Philip Roth Dies at 85
Celebrated and controversial author Philip Roth died Tuesday night of congestive heart failure. He was 85
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President Trump Claims His Campaign Was 'Spied' On. Here's What Really Happened
Here's a quick look at the controversy.
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Protests Against a Copper Plant in Southern India Turn Deadly as 12 People Are Killed by Police
Environmental activists say the copper plant is tainting local water resources
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In costly quest for security, U.S. schools face law of diminishing returns
Pressure from parents and community members to find solutions, both high and low tech, has grown in the wake of deadly mass shootings at high schools in Parkland, Florida, and Santa Fe, Texas, among other violent incidents. Meanwhile, some schools are spending precious funds on untested technologies, safety experts said, even though the most robust and effective safety measures can only mitigate the risk, not eliminate it. School officials must also strive to balance the need for security with a desire to preserve an atmosphere conducive to learning, experts said, warning that schools can become fortified bunkers that feel like prisons to students.
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Beijing's South China Sea bombers fly in the face of protests
China's brazen landing of nuclear-capable bombers on an island in the disputed South China Sea is a bold power play to bolster its territorial claims while rivals are divided and the US distracted by North Korea, analysts say. China attracted diplomatic protests after long-range H-6K bombers carried out landing and takeoff drills at an unidentified island airstrip on Friday. The planes are believed to have landed on Woody Island, China's largest base in the Paracel Islands which is also claimed by Vietnam and Taiwan, according to Bonnie Glaser, a China expert at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.
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Rohingya militants massacred Hindus in last year's turmoil: Amnesty
Rohingya militants massacred Hindu villagers during last year's uprising in Myanmar's Rakhine, Amnesty International said Wednesday in a report that sheds fresh light on the complex ethnic rivalries in the state. Myanmar's military responded to the insurgent raids with harsh reprisals that forced some 700,000 Rohingya Muslims out of the mainly Buddhist country where they have faced persecution for years. The UN says the army crackdown amounted to "ethnic cleansing" of the Rohingya, with soldiers and vigilante mobs accused of killing civilians and burning down villages.
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Trump's Pick to Oversee Afghanistan Could Signal a New Approach
Army Lt. Gen. Austin "Scott" Miller has been tapped to be the next commander of U.S.-led military forces in Afghanistan, officials said.
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Mexican Mafia busted for running crime in LA County jails
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Leaders of the notorious Mexican Mafia "gang of gangs" were charged Wednesday with running a government-like operation to control drug trafficking from inside Los Angeles County jails that included ordering violence against those who didn't obey.
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1.5 C cap on warming could save global economy trillions
Failing to cap global warming at two degrees Celsius or less could cost the world economy tens of trillions of dollars over the next 80 years, researchers warned Wednesday. Four-fifths of countries and 90 percent of the global population stand to reap major economic benefits by avoiding costs linked to higher temperatures, they reported in the journal Nature. The lower target was included in light of severe climate impacts after only 1 C of warming, including deadly heatwaves, droughts, and storms surges made more destructive by rising seas.
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Robert Indiana, the Artist Behind the Iconic 'LOVE' Series, Dies at 89
The artist's endearing image of LOVE is instantly recognizable around the world
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Your Name Changes How People Judge Your Personality, New Study Suggests
Participants of the study carried out at Syracuse University in New York were asked to consider the personalities of 400 people with names popular over the past 70 years, the New Scientist reported. The team asked 500 college students from four regions of the U.S. to imagine they were about to meet a person with a specific name and to describe how competent, warm or old they might be. On average, the results published in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin showed that female names were associated with warmth but not competence.
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WATCH: The Duke And Duchess Of Sussex Make Their Debut 3 Days After Wedding
The Duke And Duchess Of Sussex Make Their Debut 3 Days After WeddingPrince Harry and Meghan Markle Debut
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Emilia Clarke Dropped a Hint About Daenerys' Final Scene Ever in Game of Thrones
How will the Mother of Dragons' story come to an end?
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Michael Rotondo Talks Returning to His Parents' Home After Eviction: 'It Was Awkward'
The case sheds new light on "Failure to Launch" syndrome.
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Baby Asian Elephant Born After Mother Was Pregnant for More Than 2 Years
Thi Hi Way's unnamed son was born an incredible 3 months late.
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Judge Orders 30-Year-Old Man to Move Out of Parents' Home in 'Surreal' Court Hearing
A legal battle between a New York couple and their 30-year-old son who refuses to move out of their home has made its way to the state's highest court.
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Donald Trump can’t block people on Twitter because of First Amendment, judge rules
President Donald Trump cannot block critics on Twitter as doing so violates their right to free speech under the First Amendment of the US Constitution, a federal judge has ruled. The ruling from Judge Naomi Buchwald said that discussions arising from Mr Trump's tweets should be considered a public forum, as the messages are “governmental in nature". Judge Buchwald rejected an argument from the Department of Justice that Mr Trump's own rights under the First Amendment allowed him to block people with whom he did not want to interact with.
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Ireland May Be About to Repeal One of Europe's Strictest Abortion Laws. This Is the History Behind the Referendum
Here are the four key moments to know
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In Long Island, Trump goes after the ‘animals’ of MS-13 again
At the Morrelly Homeland Security Center on Long Island Wednesday, President Trump accepted praise from local officials, law enforcement, and parents of MS-13’s teenage victims for his commitment to crack down on the violent street gang that has wreaked havoc on pockets of the New York City suburbs in recent years. “I called them animals the other day and I was met with rebuke,” Trump said, referring to backlash over his use of the word in a context that some listeners took to mean undocumented immigrants in general. Going around the table, Trump received repeated reassurances that his use of the word “animals” to describe members of the gang, whose primary activity is violence, was accurate.
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Hairstylist: Client named Paddock said venue easy to attack
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A hairstylist said in documents released by police Wednesday that a client named Paddock spoke in the months before the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history that a Las Vegas Strip concert venue was susceptible to attack.
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Aliens May Well Exist in a Parallel Universe, New Studies Find
Should the search for alien life in our universe come up empty-handed, it might be worth checking in on a neighboring universe instead. According to a new pair of studies in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, there’s a decent chance that life-fostering planets could exist in a parallel universe — even if that universe were being torn apart by dark energy. The idea that our universe is just one of many, perhaps infinite, other universes is known as the multiverse theory.
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Ryan vents frustration over GOP infighting over immigration
WASHINGTON (AP) — A frustrated Speaker Paul Ryan chided House Republicans for election-season infighting over immigration that sank the party's farm bill last week, participants in a closed-door meeting said Tuesday. Leaders said they will schedule a late- June showdown over immigration, an issue that has divided the GOP for years.
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The Latest: Ex-sheriff breaks barriers in Texas runoff win
ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on primaries on Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky and Texas (all times local):
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Prince Harry had a stand-off with a bumblebee during a speech about his dad
Bumblebees couldn't care less if you're a member of the royal family. If it wants to buzz around the ear of the son and brother of two future kings, then it's jolly well going to.  Prince Harry was busy giving a speech for his dad's 70th birthday patronage celebration when a bumblebee spooked him and forced him to explain his wild gesticulating. Skip forward to around 4:35 and you'll see Prince Harry bat away a bee as he's giving a speech  Just as Harry was talking about his father's "selfless drive to affect change," he found himself being bothered by the bee. So, he waved his arm around in the hope that it would disappear.  "To say that—sorry, that bee really got me!" said Harry after appearing to lose his place in his speech.  The Duchess of Sussex—a.k.a. Meghan Markle—had a good ol' chuckle to herself along with the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Charles. Poor Harry!
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Hearing delayed in Trump lawyer Michael Cohen's New York court case
By Brendan Pierson NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York federal judge has postponed to next week a hearing in the case brought by President Donald Trump's longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen to limit prosecutors' review of documents seized from his home and office. The hearing, which had been scheduled to take place Thursday, is expected to address the ongoing review of the seized documents by a court-appointed official called a special master, as well as a motion by adult film star Stormy Daniels to intervene in the case. U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood rescheduled the hearing for May 30 in an order late Tuesday evening.
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How 3-Year-Old Princess Charlotte Took Charge of the Other Kids at the Royal Wedding: 'No, You Can't Go Yet!'
Leave it to Princess Charlotte to secretly run the show on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s big day.
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The Latest: Vegas police initially feared multiple attackers
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on documents that Las Vegas police released from the investigation into the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history (all times local):
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Pentagon pulls China's invite to Pacific naval exercises
The Pentagon has pulled its invitation for China to join maritime exercises in the Pacific because of Beijing's "continued militarization" of the South China Sea, an official said Wednesday, in the latest sign of US-China strains. China hit back at the decision, calling it "very non-constructive" and saying it was taken without due reflection. "China's continued militarization of disputed features in the South China Sea only serves to raise tensions and destabilize the region," Pentagon spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Chris Logan said.
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Report: Amazon bans chronic returners
Amazon is reportedly banning some customers for making too many returns; reaction from the 'Generation Hexed' panel on 'Your World.'
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Turkey central bank silent as lira 'freefall' intensifies
Turkey's embattled lira on Wednesday lost over three percent in value to hit new historic lows against the US dollar, but there was no word from the central bank of any emergency action to buttress the currency. Following sharp losses on Tuesday, the lira continued to underperform all other emerging market currencies, after suffering a hammering in Asian trade overnight when Japanese investors sold Turkish assets. It lost 3.3 percent against the dollar to trade at 4.82, only slightly paring losses after earlier for the first time ever testing the 5.0 ceiling by hitting 4.92 lira to the dollar.
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How the press is getting it wrong about the Democratic primaries
The press is framing Democratic primary contests as "establishment" versus "outsiders," but in fact, the categories blur, and both wings of the party have done well so far.
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Federal Court Sides With Transgender Teen Gavin Grimm In Bathroom Fight
A Virginia federal court on Tuesday denied a motion to dismiss the case of
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Poland's Olga Tokarczuk Is This Year's Man Booker International Prize Winner for Flights
Tokarczuk has received death threats after criticizing aspects of Poland's past
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The Latest: Lawyer says Kushner's had 2nd Mueller interview
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and the Russia investigation (all times local):
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Trump says he is victim of “Spygate” after FBI reportedly used Cambridge professor as source
Donald Trump accused the FBI of being involved in a scandal he branded "Spygate" following its reported use of a retired Cambridge university professor to glean information about whether his presidential campaign colluded with Russia. Mr Trump, writing on Twitter, escalated his recent attacks on the agency, referring to what he called the "Criminal Deep State". It came after Stefan Halper, a retired professor and Life Fellow at Magdalene College, Cambridge, was named in US media reports as an FBI source who approached three Trump campaign advisers in the summer of 2016. The professor has made no comment on the reports. The FBI declined to comment. Mr Trump, who did not name the professor himself, wrote: "SPYGATE could be one of the biggest political scandals in history!" He added: "If the person placed very early into my campaign wasn’t a SPY put there by the previous Administration for political purposes, how come such a seemingly massive amount of money was paid for services rendered - many times higher than normal.. "Look how things have turned around on the Criminal Deep State. They go after Phony Collusion with Russia, a made up Scam, and end up getting caught in a major SPY scandal the likes of which this country may never have seen before! What goes around, comes around!" Mr Trump also suggested that agencies other than FBI may have "spied" on his campaign. He quoted a Fox News legal analyst saying: "It’s clear that they had eyes and ears all over the Trump Campaign." James Comey, who was FBI Director at the time of the alleged events, and later fired by Mr Trump, hit back. On twitter he wrote: "Facts matter. The FBI’s use of Confidential Human Sources (the actual term) is tightly regulated and essential to protecting the country. "Attacks on the FBI and lying about its work will do lasting damage to our country. How will Republicans explain this to their grandchildren? Democrats accused Mr Trump of using the episode in an attempt to undermine and distract from the inquiry being led by special counsel Robert Mueller into whether there was collusion between his presidential campaign and Russia.  
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Judge evicts 30-year-old from parents’ home
A judge in Syracuse, New York has ordered a 30-year-old man to vacate his parents' home. Nathan Frandino reports.
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Delhi archbishop warns of threat to India's secular fabric, triggering BJP rebuke
By Krishna N. Das NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The archbishop of Delhi has called for a prayer campaign until the next general election in an unprecedented political intervention, citing a threat to the country's secular fabric, triggering angry reactions from the ruling Hindu nationalist party. "We are witnessing a turbulent political atmosphere which poses a threat to the democratic principles enshrined in our Constitution and the secular fabric of our nation," Archbishop Anil Couto wrote in a letter issued this month to all parish priests and religious institutions in the archdiocese of Delhi. The letter became public this week, bringing to fore tensions between Christians and Hindu nationalist hardliners who form the bedrock of Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
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Military Husband Celebrates Gender Reveal With Comrades While Deployed to Japan
In a cute video, he found out what his wife would be having while 3,000 miles away.
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Nurse Dies After Contracting Rare Nipah Virus While Treating Outbreak in India
"I think I am almost on my way. I may not be able to see you again. Sorry"
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Hawaii volcano belches new ash plume as geothermal wells secured from harm
By Marco Garcia VOLCANO, Hawaii (Reuters) - The restive Kilauea Volcano belched clouds of ash into the skies over Hawaii's Big Island twice more on Wednesday as civil defense authorities reported that pressurized geothermal wells at a nearby power plant had been secured from approaching lava. The latest back-to-back upheavals of ash from the main summit crater of Kilauea -- one before dawn and another several hours later -- came on the 21st day of what geologists rank as one of the biggest eruption cycles in a century from one of the world's most active volcanoes. The Hawaii County Civil Defense agency warned in its latest bulletin that residents downwind of Kilauea should take care to avoid exposure to ash, which can cause eye irritation and breathing difficulties, particularly in people with respiratory problems.
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An egg a day may keep the doctor away, study claims
For decades, experts warned that eating eggs raises levels of unhealthy cholesterol. While outside experts cautioned against reading too much into the study, its authors claimed that Chinese adults who ate an egg every day had a lower risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Risk of haemorrhagic stroke was 26 percent lower among egg-eaters, the Chinese-British research team reported in the journal Heart.
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Cadillac XT6 Spied Still Covered In Thick Camo
This is a much-needed addition to Cadillac’s lineup.
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Ariana Grande Reportedly Dating 'SNL' Star Pete Davidson
She's lovin', she's livin', she's picking it up!
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The SP38 Is Yet Another Ferrari One-Off
Why buy a 488 GTB when you can spend a few million more to get something like this, the SP38?
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School bus driver in deadly NJ crash had history of violations
Before a New Jersey school bus collided with a dump truck last week leaving a fifth-grader and a teacher dead, the bus merged onto an interstate and then turned sharply toward an illegal U-turn area, according to a new video.
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Republicans, no Democrats, invited to see documents on U.S. election probe
By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two Republican lawmakers, and no Democrats, are expected to attend a meeting scheduled for Thursday to review classified information relating to U.S. President Donald Trump's suggestion the FBI might have used an informant to gather information on his 2016 election campaign, the White House said on Tuesday. Trump's closest conservative allies in Congress have been clamoring for access to the classified documents. The lawmakers have accused the FBI and Department of Justice of political bias against Trump in favor of Democratic former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during his successful presidential campaign.
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New York Judge Orders 30-Year-Old to Move Out of His Parents House After They Sue
Mark and Christina Rotondo brought the case against their son Michael after eviction letters offering money and other help were ignored
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Elon Musk complains of 'holier-than-thou hypocrisy of big media companies' in tirade
The Tesla CEO criticized journalists on Wednesday on the heels of a report saying negative media coverage is 'increasingly immaterial' to Tesla's stock price.
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NASA's new chief changes mind, now believes in climate change
NASA's new administrator, a former lawmaker nominated by President Donald Trump to lead the US space agency, admitted Wednesday he has changed his mind about climate change and now believes that humans are the main driver of greenhouse gas emissions. "The National Climate Assessment that includes NASA and it includes the Department of Energy, and it includes NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), has clearly stated that it is extremely likely... that human activity is the dominant cause of global warming, and I have no reason to doubt the science that comes from that," Jim Bridenstine said at a Senate hearing.
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Sinkhole opens up on White House lawn after days of heavy rain, storms
A sinkhole opened up on the White House’s North Lawn, near the press briefing room, early this week and has been roped off with orange cones and yellow caution tape.
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Erdogan congratulates Maduro after controversial election win
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has congratulated his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro on winning a new term in office, the Turkish presidency said Wednesday, after an election widely condemned by the international community. Erdogan, along with Russian President Vladimir Putin, is among very few prominent world leaders to have congratulated Maduro on his victory in a poll that the United States has denounced as a "sham". Erdogan, who himself faces elections at home on June 24, also expressed his determination to develop relations between Turkey and Venezuela in all areas, the report added.
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How Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Subtly Honored Princess Diana in Their Wedding Photos
The couple’s first official photos as a married couple were released by Kensington Palace on Monday.
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Parents Television Council Calls on Netflix to Pull 13 Reasons Why
"The season only provides cause for despondency"
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The Latest: US Southwest victim of dryness, rising temps
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on drought conditions across the American Southwest (all times local):
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Loch Ness Monster’s Existence Could Be Proven With eDNA
A team of scientists have proposed using actual science to figure out if the mythical creature allegedly lurking in Scotland's River Ness is actually real. Scientists think those residual clues left behind by a monster like that of the Loch Ness could be collected by eDNA and subsequently used to prove its existence. “This DNA can be captured, sequenced and then used to identify that creature by comparing the sequence obtained to large databases of known genetic sequences from hundreds of thousands of different organisms,” team spokesman Professor Neil Gemmell of the University of Otago in New Zealand told Reuters.
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Which Car Was Killed Before it Could Succeed?
Lots of great cars never get the chance they deserve.
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Pentagon disinvites China from major U.S. military exercise
By Idrees Ali and Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon on Wednesday disinvited China from a major U.S.-hosted naval drill in response to what it sees as Beijing's militarization of islands in the South China Sea, a decision China called unconstructive. "As an initial response to China's continued militarization of the South China Sea we have disinvited the PLA Navy from the 2018 Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise," said Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Logan, a Pentagon spokesman.
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Amid Israel-Gaza violence, a personal drive to preserve humanity and hope
Minutes after Imad walked into the kibbutz dining hall just over two weeks ago he was engulfed by a wave of Israelis hurrying to him with open arms, pulling him in for long hugs. It had been over a decade since this Palestinian man in his 50s, a resident of Gaza, had seen these friends or stepped foot in this communal village where he worked most of his life. A week later and a few miles away along the Gaza-Israel border, 64 Palestinians were killed and more than a thousand wounded by Israeli soldiers as protesters – demanding their “right to return” to Israel and an end to the crippling Israeli economic blockade of Gaza – surged toward a perimeter fence.
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Venezuelan president expels top US diplomat amid tensions
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — President Nicolas Maduro expelled the top U.S. diplomat in Venezuela and his deputy Tuesday for allegedly conspiring against the socialist government and trying to sabotage the weekend presidential election.
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Cleveland Indians Pitcher Trevor Bauer Rejects Claims He Scrawled 9/11 Conspiracy Message on Mound
The message, "BD911" was thought to mean "Bush did 9/11."
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Energy wells plugged as Hawaii’s volcano sends lava nearby
Production wells at a geothermal plant which are under threat by lava flowing from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano have been plugged to prevent toxic gases from seeping out. Ten wells were “quenched”, which cools them with enough cold water to counter the pressure of volcanic steam coming from below, said Hawaii Gov. David Ige. “All wells are stable at this point,” said Ige.
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Donald Glover Fans Execute Stunning Coup On Donald Trump-Themed Reddit Forum
Fans of actor Donald Glover blitzed a forum on Reddit that was previously
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Kim Kardashian West Takes Saint and North to Disneyland — See the Cute Mommy-and-Me Snaps
Nothing like a magical getaway with the world’s most famous mouse!
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US disinvites China from multinational military exercise
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon said Wednesday it has withdrawn an invitation for China to participate in a multinational naval exercise the U.S. is hosting this summer, a sign of fresh tension between Pacific powers.
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Driver in Fatal New Jersey Bus Crash Was 77-Year-Old Man With 14 Previous License Suspensions
The driver has been identified as Hudy Muldrow Sr.
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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Says the U.S. Will Fight Russian Interference in the 2018 Elections
But he said the U.S. has not yet established "effective deterrence" to halt meddling
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Is This the Loch Ness Monster? Scientists to Finally Find Out the Truth
A little girl's eerie footage has people scratching their heads in Scotland.
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Vietnam Is A Test For What Happens When The U.S. Abandons Climate Diplomacy
HANOI, Vietnam ― There was a time, a little over two years ago, when Ted Osius
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Here's How You Can Mute Someone on Instagram Without Unfollowing Them
The photo-sharing app is introducing a new feature
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Two-Headed Deer Found Dead in Minnesota Woods
The mushroom hunter delivered the deer to the nearby Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, knowing he had discovered something remarkable. Now, a new case study published in the April issue of the journal The American Midland Naturalist explains just how remarkable the conjoined fawns truly are. According to the new study, this discovery marks the first documented case of two-headed white-tailed deer twins brought to full term and birthed.
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Jared Kushner Received His Security Clearance: Reports
Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, now has
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Daughter of Poisoned Russian Ex-Spy Says Recovery Has Been 'Slow and Extremely Painful'
Yulia Skripal and her father Sergei spent weeks hospitalized in critical condition
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Exasperated man strolls past bomb squad to empty suspicious package before being rugby-tackled by FBI
A man apparently exasperated by police officers’ decision to place a wide cordon around a suspicious package was bundled to the ground when he breezed right through it and tipped out the bag’s contents. The drama took place at an intersection on Wisconsin Avenue in downtown Milwaukee on Monday, reports said. Police had been called to the suspicious package placed on top of an electrical box shortly before 7am.
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European Union Grills Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg Over His 'Digital Monster'
Legislators were left frustrated by Zuckerberg's lack of answers
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Scientists are using turtle and bird DNA to reconstruct dinosaur genes
Please don’t disturb the turtles. They’re doing important work. These adorable creatures are teaching scientists about prehistory, a time when dinosaurs roamed the Earth. A May 21 study in Nature Communications describes how researchers are using turtle and bird DNA to reconstruct the genome of their extinct relatives, dinosaurs. The research team, led by Rebecca…
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Tesla CEO Details Plans for Model 3 Brake Fix
Tesla will issue an over-the-air update to improve the Model 3’s braking performance this weekend, CEO Elon Musk confirmed to Consumer Reports late Tuesday. Musk first mentioned that a fix was co...
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Teacher upsets McConnell-backed opponent in Kentucky GOP primary
Rachel Maddow reports on the victory of high school math teacher R. Travis Brenda over Kentucky House Majority Floor Leader Jonathan Shell, who was backed by Mitch McConnell, in Kentucky's Republican primary.
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Democrats nominate first woman as GOP race heads to runoff
ATLANTA (AP) — In Georgia's gubernatorial primary, Democrats elected a woman who could become the first black female governor in American history, but no Republican candidate gathered more than 50 percent of the vote — so the top two face a July runoff.
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Mother of poisoned Russian spy demands access to son: TV
Russian television showed an interview on Monday with a woman purporting to be the mother of poisoned Russian double agent Sergei Skripal, demanding British authorities let her to speak to her son. Skripal is a former military intelligence officer who passed information on Russia's agents in Europe to British security services, resulting in imprisonment in his homeland. Skripal and his daughter Yulia, visiting from Moscow, were discovered unconscious on a park bench in the southern British city of Salisbury on March 4.
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Georgia Dems choosing between two female gubernatorial candidates named Stacey
Tonight’s winner will be the first woman ever to be a major party nominee for governor in Georgia history.
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Cambridge professor accused of being FBI 'source' in Trump Russia probe was 'put up for US ambassadorship'
A retired Cambridge professor suspected of being an FBI source in the Russia investigation was later recommended for a US ambassadorship in the Trump administration, claims reports. Prof Stefan Halper, 73, has emerged as a key figure in a battle playing out between Donald Trump and his own justice department. According to reports, the professor approached the Trump campaign aides in the summer of 2016 in an attempt to glean information about any collusion with Russia for an FBI operation, code-named Crossfire Hurricane. The American professor, who is a Life Fellow of Magdalene College, has not commented on the reports. The FBI declined to comment. Republicans in Congress have been pushing for more details of the investigation and the role of the suspected informant. U.S. President Donald Trump, May 22  Credit:  CARLOS BARRIA/Reuters Following additional pressure from Mr Trump, the Republican congressional leaders are expected to meet FBI and justice department representatives and the office of the director of national intelligence to “review highly classified information,” Sarah Sanders, the White House spokesman, said. Last night, it was reported that the professor was recommended as a candidate to be US ambassador to an Asian country by Peter Navarro, Mr Trump’s trade adviser. The country was not clear, but Mr Navarro and the professor are both China experts. The professor reportedly visited the White House office buildings for a meeting about China last summer. Last night, Mr Trump suggested the FBI may have had “spies” in his campaign. He said: “If they had spies in my campaign for political purposes that would be unprecedented in the history of our country.”
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15 Fun Ideas for a Festive Fourth of July Party
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Democrats Push To Be Included In Classified Briefing On FBI Informant
WASHINGTON ― Top Democrats on Wednesday urged the Justice Department to scrap
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What You Should Know About the Nipah Virus Outbreak
The virus is spread by bats
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Teacher power leads to upset win in Kentucky race
A surprise victory in a Kentucky state legislative race — a primary upset of the House floor majority leader — is the latest sign of the power of public-school teachers at the ballot box. In Tuesday’s Republican primary, math teacher and first-time candidate R. Travis Brenda knocked off House Floor Majority Leader Jonathan Shell by 123 votes. Shell, 30, was considered a rising star in the party, had out-raised Brenda by over $100,000 and had the backing of U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
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Royal Wedding Guests Selling Gift Bags on eBay Days After Prince Harry & Meghan Markle's Nuptials
Lucky guests who attended Prince Harry‘s nuptials to Meghan Markle are selling their gift bags for lucrative prices.
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Archaeologists Find 'Holy Grail of Shipwrecks' Carrying Stash Worth Up to $17 Billion
In 1708, the San José— a Spanish galleon ship carrying a stash of gold, silver and emeralds — sank during a fierce battle against the British in the Caribbean Sea. Now, after sitting at the bottom of the ocean for 310 years, the San José's shipwreck has finally been officially identified, thanks to an analysis of the distinctive bronze cannons that sank with the ship.
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Rachel Cusk on Motherhood, Marriage and the Lived Truths Behind Kudos
"It took me a while to figure out why the memoir was malfunctioning"
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The deft broker behind plans for a Trump-Kim summit
If President Trump’s anticipated summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un actually takes place on June 12, perhaps no one will deserve more credit than a person who prefers not to take credit: President Moon Jae-in of South Korea. The former humans rights lawyer, whose parents were refugees from North Korea, has spent much of his first year in office using the soft diplomacy of warmth and praise to bring out the best intentions of both Mr. Kim and Mr. Trump.
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There Are Some Problems With This Commemorative Trump-Kim Jong Un Coin
A commemorative coin released by the White House is drawing ire over its
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Pope laments 'hemorrhaging' of priests and nuns in Europe
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis voiced alarm Monday at the "hemorrhaging" of nuns and priests in Italy and Europe, saying God only knows how many seminaries, monasteries, convents and churches will close because fewer people are being called to lives of religious service.
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Head of USA Gymnastics apologizes to sex abuse victims
By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top executive of USA Gymnastics apologized during a congressional hearing on Wednesday to hundreds of female athletes who were sexually abused by longtime team doctor Larry Nassar and declared that "those days are over." Kerry Perry, chief executive of USA Gymnastics since December, said she was "appalled and sickened" by Nassar's sexual abuse of athletes while he was a USA Gymnastics volunteer. "First, I want to apologize to all who were harmed by the horrific acts of Larry Nassar," she said during the hearing of the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce subcommittee looking into whether U.S. Olympic sports have done enough to protect athletes from sexual abuse.
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Uber ends Arizona self-driving program following fatality
Uber has shut down its self-driving car operation in Arizona two months after a fatal crash involving one of its vehicles, the company said on Wednesday. Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] is not shuttering its entire autonomous vehicle program, a spokeswoman said, adding that it will focus on limited testing in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and two cities in California. "We're committed to self-driving technology, and we look forward to returning to public roads in the near future," the spokeswoman said.
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The Latest: Trump resumes feud with Pelosi over 'animals'
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the dispute over immigration in the House (all times local):
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Trump says he will propose new tax cuts prior to November
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he will propose new tax cuts sometime prior to November, when Republicans look to retain their control of the U.S. Congress in midterm elections. Trump said he would meet with Republican Representative Kevin Brady, chairman of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, about the proposal. "We're going to be submitting additional tax cuts sometime prior to November," Trump said in a speech to the Susan B. Anthony List, an anti-abortion group.
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Trump Rallies Conservatives With Promise Of More Abortion Curbs
President Donald Trump urged attendees at a Tuesday night gala for a top anti-
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Scientists 'Hunting' for the Loch Ness Monster Will Test the Lake's DNA
"It's unlikely there is a monster, but I want to test that hypothesis," said University of Otago professor Neil Gemmell
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Syria says withdrawal of Iran, Hezbollah 'not on agenda'
Syria's deputy foreign minister said Wednesday Damascus did not envisage Iran and Hezbollah participating in the withdrawal of foreign forces from the war-torn country as announced last week by Russia. "All these forces oppose terrorism.
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US says ambassador tricked over provocative Jerusalem picture
The US embassy in Israel has said ambassador David Friedman was duped into being pictured receiving a provocative photo of annexed east Jerusalem with the revered Al-Aqsa mosque erased, an episode that provoked Palestinian anger on Wednesday. Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas's adviser for religious affairs, Mahmoud Habbash, called Friedman a "terrorist settler" in comments published by official news agency WAFA. The Palestinian government was unconvinced by the embassy's explanation, with a spokesman calling the incident an example of "reckless and racist arrogance", according to WAFA.
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Legend of Loch Ness Monster will be tested with DNA samples
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The stories seem as tall as the lake is deep. For hundreds of years, visitors to Scotland's Loch Ness have described seeing a monster that some believe lurks in the depths.
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Influential American Novelist Philip Roth Dies At 85
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Trump claims Clapper 'admitted' the FBI spied on Trump campaign. But Clapper said the opposite.
President Trump on Wednesday falsely claimed that former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper conceded the FBI was spying on the Trump campaign.
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'I'm Always Going to Be Meg': The Sweet Thing Meghan Markle Said to Makeup Artist Friend Before Walking Down the Aisle
Meghan Markle's makeup artist cried after seeing her for the first time as Duchess of Sussex: 'I lost it'.
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25 Decor Scores to Snag from Nordstrom's Half-Yearly Sale
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Astronauts inspire young minds during Q&A in San Fernando Valley
Astronauts aboard the International Space Station spoke with students in the San Fernando Valley Tuesday, possibly planting seeds for future careers in space.
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Ethnic hostility is contagious: Czech-Slovak study
Hostility towards ethnic minorities is contagious and the acceptability of destructive behaviour towards them can easily change depending on how others behave, according to a new study by a Czech-Slovak team. "Social norms regulating anti-social behaviour are very fragile if this behaviour is aimed at ethnic minorities," researchers Michal Bauer and Julie Chytilova told AFP on Wednesday. The study by the CERGE-EI Institute at Prague's Charles University, the Munich-based Max Planck Institute and the Technical University in Kosice, Slovakia was conducted in eastern Slovakia, a district with a large Roma ethnic minority, in 2013.
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Man Accused of Stabbing Pregnant Woman, Killing Unborn Baby
A New York City man faces multiple charges after police say he stabbed his girlfriend multiple times Tuesday morning, killing their unborn baby.
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11-year-old relives horrific moments of New Jersey bus crash
Tiana Holeviczki, 11, was on a bus Thursday - one of three carrying the East Brook Middle School fifth grade on a field trip, when published reports say the driver missed an exit on I-80 and attempted an illegal U-turn on the interstate, right in the path of a dump truck.
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Iran calls U.S. leaders cruel and disloyal, says armed forces 'prepared'
A senior Iranian military official branded U.S. leaders disloyal and cruel on Wednesday and told parliament Tehran would not bow to Washington's pressure to limit its military activities. "Iranian armed forces are now, thanks to God, more prepared than ever and will not wait for the permission or approval of any power to develop defense capabilities," Major General Mohammad Bagheri was quoted as saying by the state news agency IRNA. The statement came two days after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Washington would impose "the strongest sanctions in history" if Tehran did not curb its regional influence and limit its missile program.
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Emptying the nest: US couple gets court to evict 30-year-old son
Most parents are living the life of "empty nesters" when their children reach 30, but one US couple had to go to court to give their son an extra push. "We don't talk, we stay out of each other's way," Rotondo told US media. "They have no obligation to provide support, he's well over the age of 21," a lawyer for Rotondo's parents argued in court.
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The FDA Is Warning People to Steer Clear of Sunscreen Pills
"There’s no pill or capsule that can replace your sunscreen"
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A global team of scientists is scanning traces of DNA in Loch Ness to see if any are monstrous
The Loch Ness monster may very well be nothing more than an elaborate hoax, but a team of scientists from around the world plans to find out once and for all. The researchers will test the "environmental DNA" of the Scottish waters where Nessie allegedly dwells in order to see if anything fishy comes up, Reuters reports.
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The Latest: Clinton urges Georgia Dems to pick Abrams
ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on primaries on Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky and Texas (all times local):
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New York Parents Go to Supreme Court to Evict 30-Year-Old Son Who Lived at Home
Christina and Mark Rotondo reportedly offered their son, Michael, $1,100 to help him move. He plans to appeal the judge's ruling.
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Scientists plan DNA hunt for Loch Ness monster next month
A global team of scientists plans to scour the icy depths of Loch Ness next month using environmental DNA (eDNA) in an experiment that may discover whether Scotland's fabled monster really does, or did, exist. "This DNA can be captured, sequenced and then used to identify that creature by comparing the sequence obtained to large databases of known genetic sequences from hundreds of thousands of different organisms," said team spokesman Professor Neil Gemmell of the University of Otago in New Zealand. The most famous picture of Nessie, known as the "surgeon’s photo", was taken in 1934 and showed a head on a long neck emerging from the water.
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New Jersey governor signs nuclear subsidy bill into law
(Reuters) - New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed several bills on Wednesday to advance the state's clean energy goals, including a controversial bill that would subsidize the continued operation of nuclear power plants, which generate electricity without producing carbon emissions. (Reporting by Scott DiSavino; Editing by Chris Reese)
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Uber shutters self-driving program in Arizona
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Uber has shut down its self-driving car operations in Arizona two months after a fatal crash involving one of its vehicles, the company said on Wednesday.
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Could a Mediterranean diet offset the negative effects of air pollution?
New US research has found that eating a Mediterranean diet may provide some protection from the harmful effects of long-term exposure to air pollution, helping to reduce the risk of heart attacks, stroke and other causes of death. Carried out by researchers at the NYU School of Medicine, the study looked at data taken from 548,699 people with an average age of 62 who were followed for a 17-year period. The researchers categorized the participants into five groups based on how strongly they adhered to a Mediterranean diet and estimated their long-term exposure to fine particulate matter (PM2.5), nitrous oxide (NO2) and ozone (O3).
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NFL Bans Kneeling During The National Anthem
The NFL on Wednesday approved a new policy to intercept national anthem
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President Trump Seethes Over Russia Investigation and Calls for an End to 'SPYGATE'
Trump is tweeting about the "Criminal Deep State" and says its efforts to undermine him have backfired
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Indian police kill 12 in protest over copper plant
Indian police on Tuesday killed 12 demonstrators after opening fire on thousands of people demanding the closure of a copper factory due to pollution concerns, a police officer said. Protesters rampaged for hours in the southern state of Tamil Nadu calling for the closure of the plant owned by British-based mining giant Vedanta Resources. An unknown number of protesters were injured in the skirmishes, he said.
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NFL to fine teams if players on field refuse to stand for anthem
National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell on Wednesday announced a new policy that will fine teams an undetermined amount if players on the field fail to stand during the national anthem played before the start of the game. Some NFL players chose to kneel during the anthem last year to protest police shootings of unarmed black men, stirring a controversy as President Donald Trump criticized the players for being unpatriotic. "Our union will review the new 'policy' and challenge any aspect of it that is inconsistent with the collective bargaining agreement," the NFLPA said in a statement.
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Plaque honoring Olympic soccer player Brandi Chastain couldn't look less like her
When will sculptors learn how to sculpt?  On Monday, soccer player Brandi Chastain was inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame. This is well deserved as Chastain is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and a two-time World Cup champion. SEE ALSO: New Zealand female soccer players will be paid the same as men Unfortunately, though she is joining a group of notable and honored athletes, the plaque made in her honor is joining a league with a different sort of fame. Brandi Chastain has won a World Cup and gold medals but her greatest achievement is smiling graciously next to this whackass plaque pic.twitter.com/YzGda3g4vF — Ryan Mac (@RMac18) May 22, 2018 Here's a closer side-by-side to see the stark difference between plaque and athlete. Yeowch.  What'd Brandi Chastain do to deserve this?! pic.twitter.com/WE5Xz2NZZG — Cass Anderson (@casspa) May 22, 2018 Much like the infamous bust of Cristaino Ronaldo that was unveiled last year, Chastain's plaque bears very, very little resemblance to the actual athlete.  The Brandi Chastain plaque goes into the Art Fails Hall of Fame. pic.twitter.com/ZquxIyueYJ — Liam Martin (@LiamWBZ) May 22, 2018 The internet had a field day trying to find all the people the plaque looks like that are most definitely not Chastain. I could make a list of 50 people this plaque looks like and none of them are Brandi Chastain https://t.co/fiBp2kUj9A — Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) May 22, 2018 ...so when exactly did poor Brandi Chastain become Babe Ruth?? pic.twitter.com/XIxSTRogcc — ✨NewYorkCityNurse™✨(Mets 4 in a row) (@GypsyRN212) May 22, 2018 #ChastainBust pic.twitter.com/Wmn1FILWxd — BeTheChange76 (@bethechange76) May 22, 2018 I don't know about Brandi Chastain, but they nailed Mickey Rooney. pic.twitter.com/wfSb7irMbx — Jason Davis, The ⚽ Maker (@davisjsn) May 22, 2018 Brandi Chastain's new HOF plaque. pic.twitter.com/FXqDXwyyD3 — Sam Adams (@SWXSamAdams) May 22, 2018 But Chastain's not letting this less-than-accurate representation of her ruin this special moment.  "It's not the most flattering," said Chastain at the reception. "But it's nice." #BrandiChastain jumps to the front of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize pack for this diplomacy on her Hall of Fame plaque: “It’s not the most flattering...But it’s nice” https://t.co/LnP5OVihsQ @mercbrownie @Tyska — Matthias Gafni (@mgafni) May 22, 2018 Fortunately, the plaque is set to be redone by the Hall of Fame, according to Yahoo News. Hopefully a more fitting representation of Chastain is underway. Such a soccer icon deserves it.  WATCH: Sports journalists in Brazil have had it with sexual harassment on the job
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Pakistani girl killed in Texas school shooting buried in Karachi
A Pakistani exchange student killed in a mass shooting in Texas last week was buried in her home town of Karachi on Wednesday, her coffin draped with Pakistan's green and white flag. Sabika Sheikh, 17, was among eight students and two teachers killed in Texas when Santa Fe High School, southeast of Houston, on Friday joined a grim list of U.S. schools and campuses where students and staff have been gunned down, stoking a divisive debate about gun laws. Sheikh's body arrived in Pakistan on Tuesday night and the funeral was held at a graveyard near her home in Karachi in the middle class Gulshe-e-Iqbal neighborhood.
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One Year After the Deadly Siege, Thousands of Filipinos Remain Displaced From Marawi
Marawi was liberated from ISIS militants last October. But more than 230,000 remain displaced
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Tech 'Nobel' awarded to Finnish physicist for small smart devices
Finnish materials physicist Tuomo Suntola, who developed a groundbreaking technology to reduce the size of complex devices, on Tuesday won Finland's take on the Nobel science prizes. "Suntola's prize-winning ALD (atomic layer deposition) innovation is a nanoscale technology in use all over the world," the Technology Academy Finland, which awards the biennial prize, said in a statement.
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Ancient Lost City of Mardaman Uncovered in Iraq
Ruins from the lost city of Mardaman, which dates back some 4,800 years, have been discovered in the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq, archaeologists just announced. A team from the University of Tübingen in Germany has been digging at the site for years now, but only last summer did they discover 92 cuneiform tablets hidden in a pottery vessel found in the remains of a palace. More recently, Betina Faist, a philologist (language expert) at the University of Heidelberg in Germany, deciphered the text on the tablets, only to find the name of this ancient city: Mardaman (sometimes called Mardama).
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Trump casts doubt on planned summit with North Korean leader
By Jeff Mason and Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday there was a "substantial chance" his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will not take place as planned on June 12 amid concerns that Kim is resistant to giving up his nuclear weapons. Trump raised doubts about the Singapore summit in talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who came to Washington to urge Trump not to let a rare opportunity with reclusive North Korea slip away.
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Missouri lawmakers read woman's testimony against Greitens
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Like actors rehearsing a script, Missouri lawmakers on Tuesday publicly read aloud the previously secret criminal case transcripts of a woman who accused Gov. Eric Greitens of sexual misconduct and asserted that his attorney suggested she should deny it.
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Parents sue their 30-year-old son because he won't move out
One set of parents is desperate to have an empty nest.  In Syracuse, New York, a couple is suing their 30-year-old in order to get him to move out of their house. According to News 8, the Rotondo parents say they've given their son Michael five notices over the past few months telling him to leave. They also told him that they'll help him if he does vacate. SEE ALSO: Awkward photobomb gets MUCH worse when daughter recognizes her dad as a creepy meme However, the son is saying he legally wasn't given enough notice.  You have to admire his determination. The court filings state the parent's reason for suing is that he doesn't pay for living with them and doesn't help out around the house. Under this legal reasoning, my parents probably should have sued me when I was a kid. The neighbors in the area are siding with the parents. News 8 says resident Lashea Wright stated, "It's time. He's 30. And not paying rent. You need to be independent." The Rotondo family is going to court later this month, just before the son's 31st birthday. WATCH: Here's why parents should be concerned about their kids' social media use
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1st black female astronaut in space offers advice to young girls
Dr. Mae Jemison, the first black woman in outer space, fell in love with science at an early age. Decades later, she's encouraging girls of all ages and backgrounds to engage in STEM education and is sharing insight on how to overcome obstacles.
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Pakistani teen slain at Texas school is buried in hometown
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Thousands of people in Karachi attended the funeral Wednesday for a 17-year-old Pakistani exchange student who was killed in a mass shooting at a Texas high school.
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Lawmaker Introduces Crowdfunding Bill To Pay For Trump's Border Wall
President Donald Trump needs at least $22 billion for the U.S.-Mexico border
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House votes to ease post-crisis bank rules in victory for Trump
By Pete Schroeder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives passed on Tuesday bipartisan legislation that would ease bank rules introduced in the wake of the 2007-2009 financial crisis, giving President Donald Trump a major legislative victory. Tuesday's vote rolls back some of the 2010 Dodd-Frank rules that restricted operations by smaller banks and community lenders and keeps the Republican president's campaign promise to try to spur more economic growth by cutting regulation. Republican critics say Dodd-Frank went too far and curbs banks’ ability to lend, while many Democrats say it provides critical protections for consumers and taxpayers.
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NFL to fine teams if players on field refuse to stand for anthem
NEW YORK (Reuters) - National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell on Wednesday announced a new policy that will fine teams an undetermined amount if players on the field fail to stand during the national anthem played before the start of the game. Some NFL players chose to kneel during the anthem last year to protest police shootings of unarmed black men, stirring a controversy as President Donald Trump criticized the players for being unpatriotic. (Reporting by Daniel Trotta, editing by G Crosse)
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The F-35 Might Just Be the Ultimate Weapon (For Israel)
The chief of Israel’s air force said on Tuesday that his was the first country to ever use the F-35 fighter jet in combat. “The ‘Adir’ (F-35I) aircraft are already operational and flying combat missions. In fact, we have performed the first operational F-35 strike in the world,” Major General Amikam Norkin was quoted by Israel Defense as saying.
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Judge in New York orders 30-year-old man to leave home after parents take legal action to evict him
A judge in New York has ordered a 30-year-old man to leave his parents’ house, after they took legal proceedings to evict their unemployed son. Christina and Mark Rotondo sent their son Michael five notices between February 2 and March 30, to try and get him out of their home, before eventually suing to force him to leave. On Tuesday Judge Donald Greenwood, presiding over the Onondaga County Supreme Court in Syracuse, upstate New York, ordered that Michael Rotondo leave the family home. “This is outrageous!” the 30-year-old yelled in court, after the verdict was handed down. The case was brought after a series of letters from his parents failed to convince Mr Rotondo to leave. The first note read: “Michael, after a discussion with your mother, we have decided that you must leave this house immediately. “You have 14 days to vacate. You will not be allowed to return. We will take whatever actions are necessary to enforce this decision.” Mr Rotondo, who is unemployed, insisted that that was not enough notice. Eleven days later, a second letter threatened legal action if he did not leave the home in the upstate New York town of Camillus, 250 miles north of New York City. “Michael Joseph Rotondo, You are hereby evicted from 408 Weatheridge Drive, Camillus, New York effective immediately,” the note read. “You have heretofore been our guest and there is no lease or agreement that gives you any right to stay here without our consent. “A legal enforcement procedure will be instituted immediately if you do not leave by 15 March 2018.” Further notes followed, with one even offering Mr Rotondo $1,100 (£820) “so you can find a place to stay”, and another suggesting a series of options to either fix or get rid of his broken Volkswagen Passat. Stay at home children “There are jobs available even for those with a poor work history like you,” one of the notes reads. “Get one — you have to work!” But the 30-year-old, who has lived at his parents’ for the past eight years, still refused to leave — prompting his mother to enquire at their local town court in April whether they could evict their son. They were told that because Michael is family, they would need a Supreme Court justice to officially send him packing, and so they filed an official eviction proceeding on May 7. Mr Rotondo, who is acting as his own lawyer, fought unsuccessfully to have his mother’s suit thrown out of court, claiming his parents are legally required to give him six months’ notice to leave. During the 30 minute hearing, the judge tried to convince Mr Rotondo to speak directly to his parents, while he waited. Mr Rotondo refused, saying he had made his legal arguments. The judge praised Mr Rotondo's legal research in finding a prior case that appeared to show that family members get six months before an eviction, but provided a copy of the appellate court decision that overrode the case that Mr Rotondo cited. The 30-year-old even tried to force an adjournment of the hearing, noting that the room for the hearing was incorrectly listed. He also claimed he had “never been expected to contribute to household expenses, or assisted with chores and the maintenance of the premises.” “This is simply a component of his living agreement with the petitioners,” he wrote in response to his mother’s suit. He said in the court documents that he runs his own “successful” business, calling it “the overwhelmingly superior choice for the [his] economic well-being, over the working of a full-time job.” When asked what the business was, outside court he replied: “My business is my business.” After the court hearing he returned to his parents’ house. It was unclear whether he was investigating further legal action.
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China wants Australian 'concrete actions' to improve ties
BEIJING (AP) — China on Tuesday called for "concrete actions" from Australia to improve ties following tensions over Beijing's anger with recent political moves by Canberra.
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House passes bipartisan prison reform bill
By Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bipartisan bill to reform the federal prison system by helping inmates prepare for life after their release and reduce recidivism rates passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday, paving the way for it to be considered by the Senate. The First Step Act does not contain a broader overhaul favored by some moderate conservatives and progressives seeking changes to mandatory minimum sentencing laws that have kept many low-level offenders behind bars for decades. The bill's top Democratic and Republican sponsors have said such broad reforms should be left out for now as a compromise to get legislation passed by the Senate and signed into law.
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Syrian official rejects US demand for Iranian withdrawal
MOSCOW (AP) — Syria on Wednesday dismissed American calls for the withdrawal of Iranian troops and Lebanese Hezbollah militants from the war-torn country.
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NTSB probing cracks in Florida bridge collapse
The National Transportation Safety Board said Wednesday it is probing cracks in a deadly pedestrian bridge collapse in Florida and plans additional testing as it works to determine the cause, according to a preliminary report. The Miami bridge collapse at Florida International University killed one bridge worker and five in vehicles. The NTSB said it is evaluating the bridge design, construction process, and the construction materials and the emergence of cracks in several areas of the bridge.
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Iranian officials split over response to U.S. demands
By Parisa Hafezi ANKARA (Reuters) - For all of Iran's fierce verbal response to fresh U.S. threats of tougher sanctions, some senior officials in Tehran believe the door to diplomacy should stay open. On Monday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo presented a list of sweeping demands for Iran, including abandoning nuclear enrichment, its ballistic missile program and its role in Syria, Lebanon and Yemen, or face "the strongest sanctions in history". Four senior Iranian officials contacted by Reuters interpreted Pompeo's remarks as a "bargaining strategy", similar to Washington's approach to North Korea.
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As U.S. shrinks refugee operations, new arrivals in Kansas town lose a lifeline
Through all the confusing experiences since they arrived in February, Htoo, his wife Htoo Say and their 2-year-old child had been guided by a refugee center run by the non-profit International Rescue Committee (IRC), one of nine designated resettlement agencies in the country. Now, on an overcast March morning, staff members were eager to help him land a job quickly.
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U.S. Iraq war veteran pleads guilty to deadly Florida airport shooting
A U.S. Iraq war veteran on Wednesday pleaded guilty to fatally shooting five people during at Fort Lauderdale International Airport in January 2017, in a deal approved by a federal judge that spared him the death penalty. Esteban Santiago, 28, agreed in U.S. District Court in Miami to a plea deal that calls for him to serve five consecutive life sentences followed by 120 years in prison without a right to appeal.
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A Hiker Has Died After Falling From Yosemite's Half Dome
A hiker in California's Yosemite National Park fell to his death while climbing the iconic granite cliffs of Half Dome in rainy conditions
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Judge evicts son from family home after parents sue him
Mark and Christina Rotondo filed suit against their adult son, Michael, for refusing to vacate their home earlier this year. The younger Mr Rotondo has lived with his parents for the last eight years rent-free, and maintains that he is owed six months to find somewhere to live. State Supreme Court Justice Donald Greenwood issued an eviction order and told adult protective services to investigate the situation, according to Syracuse.com.
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This Bridal Shop Already Recreated Replicas of Meghan Markle's Wedding Gowns
The Markle wedding fashion effect has begun
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Surprises and statements in fascinating Tuesday primary results
Steve Kornacki, MSNBC political correspondent, talks with Rachel Maddow about the results, including some surprises, of primary elections in some key states like Georgia and Kentucky.
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Gender, guns, partisan infighting define state nominating contests
Voters in several states are casting ballots on Tuesday for candidates who could make U.S. political history. The contest for an open governor's seat in Georgia could set up a Democratic bid to elect the first African-American female governor in the United States. In Texas and Kentucky, voters will decide how many women advance to the November midterm elections for the House of Representatives, where Democrats need to wrest 23 seats from Republicans to gain control.
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The Latest: Bus driver had history of suspensions, tickets
MOUNT OLIVE, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on the deadly New Jersey school bus crash (all times local):
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Woman's Runny Nose Was Actually Leaking Brain Fluid
At first, doctors just said that a Nebraska woman's runny nose was caused by allergies, plain and simple. Several years after that, her symptoms started: an endless runny nose, painful headaches and trouble sleeping. It wasn't until Jackson saw an ear, nose and throat specialist at Nebraska Medicine in Omaha that she learned her runny nose wasn't from allergies, but in fact cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leaking from her brain.
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Mississippi: Up to 7,000 bodies from asylum may be in field
Officials in Mississippi believe the remains of as many as 7,000 former patients at an asylum could be lying in an empty, grassy field on a university campus
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Australia investigators defend MH370 out-of-control scenario
Australian investigators Tuesday defended their findings that missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was out of control when it plunged into the ocean, despite renewed theories that a rogue pilot ditched the plane. The Boeing 777 -- which vanished in March 2014 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing carrying 239 passengers -- has not been found despite an extensive search led by Australia in the southern Indian Ocean and a continuing private search commissioned by Malaysia. The failure to find the plane has fuelled theories which differ from the conclusions of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), which led the first search, that the jet was making a high-speed out-of-control descent when it hit the water.
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In a philosophical mood, Congress debates freedom of speech on campus
A Congressional hearing on free speech and political correctness on campus turns both philosophical and confrontational.
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Democratic voters challenge Ohio congressional district map
A group of Democratic voters asked a federal court on Wednesday to throw out a Republican-drawn map of Ohio's 16 U.S. House of Representatives districts, saying the boundaries were devised to entrench Republicans in power in violation of the voters' constitutional rights. Democratic voters from all of the districts filed suit in Cincinnati against Ohio Governor John Kasich and other Republican state officials over a practice called partisan gerrymandering. The U.S. Supreme Court is due by the end of June to issue major rulings in two partisan gerrymandering cases from Wisconsin and Maryland that could affect the Ohio suit.
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'Severe damage' in Syria's Yarmuk makes returns unlikely: UN
The UN on Tuesday said it was almost impossible to imagine people returning to Syria's ruined Yarmuk Palestinian camp, a day after the government recaptured it from jihadists. Syrian troops seized control of Yarmuk and other neighbourhoods in the south of the capital Damascus on Monday after a month-long assault against the Islamic State group. Yarmuk has been so heavily battered by fighting that it was hard to picture daily life restarting there, the United Nations' Palestine refugee agency (UNRWA) said on Tuesday.
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This bizarre exo-asteroid is our Solar System’s first confirmed interstellar immigrant
Immigration is a hotly-debated topic around the world, but it turns out that our Solar System is far more welcoming than some of the countries here on Earth. In a new paper published in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society , scientists reveal that they've discovered the first interstellar immigrant: an asteroid called 2015 BZ509. The strange space rock confused researchers for some time due to its peculiar orbit. The object doesn't follow the pattern established by the other objects in the Solar System, and is orbiting the Sun in the opposite direction as the planets. It is in a co-orbital relationship with Jupiter, but because it is orbiting the Sun in the opposite direction that Jupiter is, the two only pass by each other twice every full orbit. With this in mind, scientists set out to determine its origins, eventually reaching the conclusion that the space rock wasn't actually part of our Solar System. "The asteroid and Jupiter take the same amount of time to complete one orbit around the Sun but one moves clockwise and the other counter-clockwise so they pass by each other twice per each full orbit," Helena Morais, one of the authors of the research, told CNN . "This pattern is repeated forever — it is a stable configuration — in a simplified model with only the Sun, Jupiter and the asteroid. We saw that when we include the other planets it is still very stable, over the solar system's age." Working backwards, the team ran an incredibly deep simulation that included one million asteroid "clones" to try to figure out if the asteroid could have ended up where it is today from within the Solar System itself or if it arrived here from somewhere else. They studied where each asteroid ended up, finding that the vast majority were either ejected from the Solar System or fell into the Sun. Ultimately, the scientists arrived at the conclusion that in order for the asteroid to exist in its current orbit, it must have been a refugee from another system, arriving here in the Solar System around 4.5 billion years ago. It was likely "captured" from space, drawn in by the gravity of our system and ending up in a retrograde orbit due to the direction it was headed when it arrived. It's an interesting discovery with some potentially far-reaching implications. The researchers suggest that the presence of extrasolar asteroids like 2015 BZ509 should be considered when addressing theories of planet formation in the early Solar System. Likewise, now that we have at least one confirmed extrasolar body hanging around in our system, the hunt will be on to find more.
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Disney Reveals Opening Seasons For 'Star Wars' Theme Park Lands
Disney's "Star Wars"-themed lands at its California and Florida resorts now
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Israeli air strikes target boat moored in Gaza: residents
Israeli aircraft destroyed a boat moored in Gaza city early on Wednesday morning, local residents said. The Israeli military said aircraft had struck "military targets belonging to the Hamas terror organization's naval force" and "underground terror infrastructure" belonging to Hamas in the northern Gaza Strip. The military said the air strikes were carried out in response to an incident on Tuesday when a group of men from Gaza broke through the border fence into Israel and set fire to an army post.
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U.S. says American consulate worker in China back in U.S. after abnormal injury
An American consulate worker at a U.S. consulate in southern China has returned to the United States for further evaluation after reporting symptoms that appear similar to those of head concussion or mild brain injury, the U.S. State Department said on Wednesday.
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Hit the road, son: Parents win court battle to evict 30-year-old
A New York state judge has backed a couple's battle to kick their 30-year-old son out of their home because he has not contributed toward household expenses or helped with chores and they wanted him to get a job. New York State Supreme Court Judge Donald Greenwood on Tuesday ordered Michael Rotondo to leave his parents' home in the town of Camillus, about 200 miles(320 km) northwest of New York City, according to Anthony Adorante, an attorney for the parents, Mark and Christina Rotondo.
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Pompeo says 'sonic attack' in China similar to reported Cuba incident
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday that a 'sonic attack' reported in Guangzhou, China, had similarities to incidents in Cuba where U.S. diplomats later became ill.
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Southern Baptist Leader Who Said Abused Women Should Just Pray Is Removed From Post
A prominent Southern Baptist Church leader who is known to have made
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US staffer suffers brain injury after 'sound' incident in China
The US embassy in China issued a health alert Wednesday after a US government employee experienced an "abnormal" sound and suffered a mild brain injury -- in an incident reminiscent of a mysterious illness that hit diplomats in Cuba. US and Chinese authorities are investigating the matter after the employee, who was assigned to the southern city of Guangzhou, was diagnosed with mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI), said embassy spokeswoman Jinnie Lee. In an alert emailed to US citizens in China, the embassy said it does not know what caused the symptoms or of any similar situations in the country.
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How the E.U.’s New Online Privacy Law Could Benefit Users Everywhere
While there are no regulations like it in the U.S., the GDPR is already leading some corporations to make changes globally
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The Latest: 3 more suspects charged in officer's death
PERRY HALL, Md. (AP) — The Latest on the killing of a Maryland police officer (all times local):
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Up Close and Personal with the Hawaii Volcano Spewing Lava
ABC News' Matt Gutman is in Hawaii, where Kilauea, the volcano that began erupting almost three weeks ago, exploded again Monday evening.
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Gina Ortiz Jones Wins Democratic Runoff In Texas Congressional Race
Gina Ortiz Jones won the Democratic nomination for a Texas U.S. House seat on
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Trump Praises Tomi Lahren After Restaurant Crowd Tosses Water, Insults
President Donald Trump swiftly defended Tomi Lauren as an "outstanding and
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Pakistan buries teen killed in Texas school shooting
Hundreds mourned a Pakistani exchange student killed in a mass shooting at a Texas high school last week during her burial in Karachi Wednesday. Sabika Sheikh was among the 10 people gunned down at a high school in Santa Fe last Friday when a heavily armed student opened fire on classmates. Relatives sobbed and hugged as Sheikh's remains arrived at her family home in a casket draped with a Pakistani flag.
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US employee in China reported strange sounds, pressure
BEIJING (AP) — A U.S. government employee in southern China reported abnormal sensations of sound and pressure, the State Department said Wednesday, recalling similar experiences among American diplomats in Cuba who later fell ill.
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Laser-Shooting Cow Eyeballs Are As Amazing As They Sound
Ordinary contact lenses just moved one step closer to letting you shoot lasers from your eyes. Scientists recently developed the first pliable, ultrathin "membrane laser" that can be fixed to curved or delicate objects. While comic book heroes use laser vision to punch holes in buildings or disarm supervillains, contact lenses fitted with these laser films would likely be used for identification or security scans, the researchers reported.
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Florida marks milestone in Everglades python control program
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Florida is marking a milestone in its attempt to control an infestation of Burmese pythons in the Everglades.
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Dave Grohl Wants To Apologize To The World For ‘Massive Jerk’ Trump
Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl didn't hold back when asked about President
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Establishment-Backed Moderate Wins Heated Democratic House Primary In Texas
Lizzie Pannill Fletcher, a corporate attorney, won the Democratic nomination
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Man agrees to life sentence for killing S Carolina officer
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A 47-year-old banking worker and military veteran with a spotless criminal record for more than 20 years was sentenced Tuesday to spend the rest of his life in prison for two ambushes on police officers in South Carolina that killed one deputy and wounded three others.
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Venezuela Expels Top U.S. Diplomats After Tightening of Financial Sanctions
Charge d'affaires Todd Robinson and his deputy were given 48 hours to leave the country
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How to Minimize Social Security Taxes
Many people also pay taxes on part of their Social Security payments in retirement. Here's how to reduce or avoid taxes on your Social Security benefit. Social Security benefits become taxable if the sum of your adjusted gross income, nontaxable interest and half of your Social Security benefit exceeds $25,000 as an individual and $32,000 as a married couple.
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'SPYGATE': Trump rages on Twitter about the 'Criminal Deep State'
President Trump on Wednesday continued to spread the conspiratorial — and completely unproven — claim that a “spy” was “placed” inside his presidential campaign by the Obama administration and its Department of Justice.
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Shoppers Boycott Publix Over Store's Donations To NRA-Backed Candidate
Some Florida shoppers are vowing to boycott grocery store Publix ahead of the
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'Surf's up' takes on new meaning for California foilboarders
Harnessing the "foiling" technology more typically seen on racing catamarans in sailing's America's Cup, the surfboards appear to fly above the water thanks to a fin attached to the bottom of the board. "You feel like a little kid," said professional athlete and stuntman Chuck Patterson, who rides a custom short board with a aluminum and fiberglass hydrofoil. The foil is like a wing that extends into the water under the surfboard.
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Taming the ‘animals’ of MS-13: Trump takes his gang crackdown to the suburbs
For the second time in a year, President Trump will travel to Long Island Wednesday for a forum on combatting MS-13, the small but violent street gang that has been a central focus of his crackdown on illegal immigration. Beyond the pockets of Long Island and a handful of other communities in Maryland, Virginia, and California where MS13 is mostly active, Trump’s apparent obsession with the gang, whose membership of predominantly Central American immigrants make up a small fraction of the country’s active gang members, has been met with both confusion and criticism. Some law enforcement leaders have reportedly questioned the focus on MS-13 over bigger threats.
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Amazing video shows eagle battling fox for rabbit in mid-air
An eagle and fox were captured battling it out in mid-air for a rabbit.
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2019 Subaru Ascent First Drive: Close Encounters Of The Third Row
Second time’s the charm as Subaru’s latest three-row effort makes you completely forget (again) about its first one.
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Syria says Iranian withdrawal not up for discussion: report
The withdrawal of Iranian forces is not up for discussion, the Syrian deputy foreign minister was quoted as saying on Wednesday, after Washington demanded they pull out of Syria's conflict. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has demanded Iran make sweeping changes -- from dropping its nuclear program to leaving the Syrian war -- or face severe economic sanctions. "Whether Iranian forces or Hezbollah withdraw or stay in Syria is not up for discussion because it's the (business) of the Syrian government," Lebanon's al-Mayadeen TV cited Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad as saying.
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Venezuela's Maduro expels US diplomats, rejects sanctions
Venezuela ordered the expulsion of the top two US diplomats in the country Tuesday, charging it was the victim of a "political and financial lynching" after Washington tightened sanctions over Nicolas Maduro's re-election. Maduro announced the expulsions in a televised speech after being officially proclaimed the winner of Sunday's election in the South American nation mired in an acute economic crisis and facing growing international isolation.
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Cohen business partner's plea deal seen as likely falling domino
Rachel Maddow reports on the plea deal by Michael Cohen's business partner, Evgeny Freidman, in a case involving his taxi business that makes it likely he'll help prosecutors in Cohen's case, making him, in turn, more likely to make a deal...
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Lupe Valdez Makes History In Texas By Winning Democratic Nod For Governor
Former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez won the Democratic gubernatorial
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New concerns as Hawaii volcano lava nears geothermal plant
After Kilauea erupted more than two weeks ago, lava has moved closer to a geothermal power plant and increased the threat of “laze”- a toxic haze created when lava enters the ocean.
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California Moves To Let Schools, Co-workers 'Red Flag' Dangerous Gun Owners
Lawmakers in the California Assembly voted Monday to advance a bill that would
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Ancient Romans Painted Horrifying Blood-Red Warnings on Wall Across Scotland
Ancient Romans used blood red, bright yellow and stunning white paints to illustrate dire warnings on the wall that separated them from the rebellious tribespeople of Scotland, a new study shows. The painted warnings — including Roman eagles with blood-stained beaks, and the slain and decapitated bodies of the defeated victims of the victorious Roman legions — were shown alongside Latin inscriptions on carved stone slabs placed along a Roman rampart in Scotland.
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China to Australia: Remove 'colored glasses' to get ties back on track
BEIJING/SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia should remove its "colored glasses" to get relations back on track with major trading partner China, the Chinese government's top diplomat Wang Yi has told his Australian counterpart on the sidelines of a G20 meeting in Argentina. Relations between the two countries have cooled since late 2017 when Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's government proposed a bill to limit foreign influence in Australia, including political donations. The diplomatic rift spilled into the trade arena last week when a major Australian wine maker said it was facing new Chinese customs delays, raising fears among other Australian exporters that depend on access to China.
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MH370 search director disagrees with pilot ditch theory
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The director of a seabed hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 on Tuesday disagreed with a new book's conclusion that the pilot likely flew the plane beyond the search area to deliberately sink it in unexplored depths of the Indian Ocean.
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Teacher defeats rising Republican star in Kentucky's state house race: media
(Reuters) - A high school math teacher in Kentucky rode a wave of discontent among educators on Tuesday when he defeated a rising Republican star in a primary for a seat in the state's House of Representatives. Travis Brenda, 43, pulled a 51-49 percent upset in the race for the state's 71st district seat over House Majority Floor Leader Jonathan Shell, who had the backing from U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, according to local media. Brenda said Shell called him and conceded, the Lexington Herald Leader newspaper reported.
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Pirate attacks grow in South America and Caribbean: report
Pirate attacks around South American and Caribbean waters are growing, and violence is increasingly used during robberies committed on vessels at anchor, a report showed on Wednesday. The Oceans Beyond Piracy (OBP) non-profit group recorded 71 incidents in Latin America and the Caribbean in 2017, a 163 percent increase over 2016. OBP said the majority of the attacks occurred in territorial waters, with around 59 percent of incidents involving robbery on yachts.
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Teacher killed in New Jersey school bus crash mourned at wake
Jennifer Williamson, 51, and 10-year-old fifth-grader Miranda Vargas died on the way to a field trip last Thursday when the school bus collided with a dump truck on I-80 in Mount Olive Township. More than 40 others were injured.
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Six Americans injured in Honduras plane crash
At least six Americans were injured Tuesday when a plane crashed while landing at the Honduran capital's international airport and split in two. The commercial jet from Austin, Texas left the runway and veered into a ditch, Carlos Cordero, deputy head of Honduras's disaster relief agency Copeco told local media. Firefighters arrived at Toncontin airport in Tegucigalpa and used foam to extinguish flames coming from the wreckage.
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But Her Emails? Lawmakers Shrug Off Trump’s Lax Cellphone Security
WASHINGTON ― The Hillary Clinton email controversy received an enormous amount
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Primaries in Southern states shed light on midterms
ABC News breaks down the night's primary races in Texas, Georgia, Kentucky and Arkansas.
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Mike Pence says 'It would be great mistake for Kim Jong-un to think he can play Donald Trump'
Kim Jong-un would be making a "great mistake" if he believed he could "play" Donald Trump when they meet next month, Mike Pence, the US vice president, has warned. "It would be a great mistake for Kim Jong-un to think he could play Donald Trump," Mr Pence said, according to excerpts of an interview made available by Fox. Mr Trump is to meet South Korea's president, Moon Jae-in, on Tuesday, three weeks before his scheduled meeting with Kim Jong-un.
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Pentagon set to nominate commando to head forces in Afghanistan
The Pentagon is set to nominate a special operations soldier as the next commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, a military official told AFP on Tuesday. "We anticipate there's an announcement coming" that Lieutenant General Scott Miller has been nominated for the role, the official said. Miller, 57, has for two years headed up the secretive Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) and has lengthy experience working with some of America's most elite fighters.
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Duke and Duchess of Sussex make first appearance as a married couple at Prince Charles' 70th birthday party
The Duke of Sussex has paid tribute to his father, the Prince of Wales, in an affectionate speech in which he teased him about royal life. The Duke told a garden party full of charity guests that they may view the Prince’s enthusiastic handwritten letters with “joy and perhaps trepidation”, ribbing him for celebrating his birthday six months early with the words: “How very Royal!” Wearing a cream dress from British label Goat and Philip Treacey hat, the Duchess appeared to have conformed quickly to the style of Royal women, choosing long sleeves and nude tights for a look noticeably more demure than before her wedding day. Joining her first public engagement as a member of the Royal family, she appeared to get on famously with the Duchess of Cornwall, both failing to suppress their laughter when the Duke’s speech was interrupted by a bee. Prince Charles, with wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwal, and the Duchess of Sussex Credit: PA Losing his place half way through, the Duke had waved his hand to swat it away from his ear, telling the crowd: “That bee really got me.” The Duke and Duchess attended their first engagement since the wedding on Saturday to support the Prince at a Buckingham Palace garden party to celebrate his charity work ahead of his 70th birthday. Prince Charles's 70th birthday party pictures: Duke and Duchess of Sussex among the guests Perhaps mindful of overshadowing him, the couple posed for photographs and spoke to four small groups of people before making a quiet exit. As people congratulated them on their wedding, both politely said “thank you” before moving the conversation on to talk about guests’ charity work. One woman, Sophie Rogers, 26, gave the Duchess what appears to be her first gift as Her Royal Highness: a handmade crystal necklace from her own studio, High Vibe Designs. Ms Rogers had received a grant from The Prince’s Trust two years ago, going on to start her own successful business. “Oh how sweet, thank you,” said the Duchess. “I was just admiring your necklace, it’s beautiful.” Addressing his “Pa” in the only speech of the afternoon, the Duke said: “It really is amazing to see so many of you here today for this family celebration. “I say ‘family’ because this is a chance for us to honour The Prince of Wales's work over the last forty plus years, with all of his charities, patronages and military associations – and, as you all know, my father views all of your organisations like an extended family.” Telling his father he had been struck by the “long list” of guests invited, and the range of charities the Prince had worked with, he asked 6,000 assembled guests: “Who amongst you has not known the joy, and perhaps trepidation at receiving a handwritten note in response to some news shared from your organisation, urging you on and asking for more to be done to address this issue or that? Guests pose for a photograph as they attend The Prince of Wales' 70th Birthday Patronage Celebration held at Buckingham Palace  Credit: PA “Who has not come away from a meeting with my father, their head spinning with a dozen new ideas which he wants to get underway urgently, having met a group of people or read something that has fired his imagination and started the flow of ideas. “His enthusiasm and energy are truly infectious; it has certainly inspired William and I to get involved in issues we care passionately about and to do whatever we can to make a difference. “In fact, many of the issues William and I now work on are subjects we were introduced to by our father growing up. “His passion and dedication are remarkable and seeing so many of you here today, I cannot fail but to be in awe of the drive he has had for so many years, to contribute to the enrichment of society both in this country and around the world.” The Duke of Sussex's speech was interrupted by a bee Credit: PA Acknowledging the Prince’s instructions that the party should “not be about him”, the Duke added: “So, Pa, while I know that you've asked that today not be about you, you must forgive me if I don’t listen to you – much like when I was younger – and instead, I ask everyone here to say a huge thank you to you, for your incredible work over nearly 50 years. “Work that has given self-confidence and opportunity to thousands of young people who might not have had the best start in life; Or to champion causes like climate change long before almost anyone else was talking about it; and above all, for your vision and ability to bring people together to make change happen. “You have inspired William and I, and looking out here today, it is clear to see that we are not alone.   The Duke and Duchess of Sussex leave the garden party Credit:  Dominic Lipinski “You have created an incredible body of work that has, and will continue to make such a huge difference to so many people's lives both here and around the world. “With that, Ladies and Gentlemen, please can I ask you to join me in wishing The Prince of Wales a very Happy Birthday – six months ahead of his 70th. “How very Royal.” After finishing the speech, father and son embraced with a kiss on both cheeks, before the four members of the Royal family walked down the steps of Buckingham Palace into the garden to pose for a photograph with charity leaders. The two Duchesses appeared to get on famously, making eye contact and laughing as they were arranged in suitably smart fashion for a photograph. Charles, Camilla, Meghan and Harry pose for a photograph Credit: Chris Jackson When Meghan embarked on meeting some charity representatives, she extended her hand to shake before most had a chance to curtsey to her in her new position as HRH. “I knew I was going to curtsey by she shook my hand,” said Diana Langson, from 2nd Battalion Irish Regiment of Canada. “They were both so friendly and so kind and genuine when they spoke. “We offered them congratulations on the wedding and they just said thank you. They’re probably tired of talking about it! “It has been a phenomenal day, and the opportunity to meet them all is overwhelming.” The Duchess of Sussex, who until Saturday was known as Meghan Markle Credit: Reuters The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall went on to mingle with guests for another hour, treated to a performance of The Goons' Ying Tong Song by a ukulele orchestra.  More than 6,000 people were expected at the garden party, all from the charities and military associations most closely linked with the Prince, on the grounds of Buckingham Palace, for music, speeches and a customary cup of tea. The Duchess of Cornwall attended the garden party at her husband’s side, as he was hailed for his lifetime of work dedicated to the charity sector.  The Prince will actually turn 70 on November 14, with this an early public celebration of the milestone. He is expected to have a private party for family and friends closer to the day. The Prince of Wales acknowledges applause from guests Credit: Mark Cuthbert The attendance of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex reflects both the shared interest of father and son of much of their charity work and the growing bond between the Duchess and her new family. The Duchess, who asked her father-in-law to accompany up part of the aisle for the St George’s Chapel service, is said to have found much common ground with him in a series of private family gatherings. She is likely to have been particularly touched by his chivalry towards her mother, Doria Ragland, during the wedding, where he was seen to reach out his hand to her in the chapel and offer his arm as they walked down the stairs. The Duke, too, has offered an increasingly public insight into his relationship with his father this year, beginning with a interview on the Today programme when Prince Harry acted as guest editor, and continuing with  a joint appearance at a conservation conference. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their family Credit: Alexi Lubomirski At the wedding on Saturday, the groom was seen to say “thank you, Pa”, as his father walked Meghan Markle to the altar. Today, the Prince of Wales' 70th Birthday Patronage Celebration will see the Royal family joined by members of the public from 386 of The Prince of Wales' patronages and 20 of his military affiliations. A number of guests from the emergency services - police, fire, ambulance, mountain rescue, and RNLI - with 100 cadets from Youth United helping out on the day. Royal wedding day pictures: Best photos from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's ceremony and reception One cadet who was present at the Manchester Arena during the bombing last year will also be there, on the anniversary of the attack. Guests will be treated to musical performances from the Band of the Welsh Guards, the mixed voice Borough Welsh Choir, the Caldicot Male Voice Choir, the National Youth Pipe Band anda gospel choir. 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John McCain's New Memoir Is All About Trump, Even When It's Not
John McCain's new memoir is a book-length subtweet aimed squarely at President Donald Trump.
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6 oddly mesmerizing live videos of lava gushing from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano
Like moths to a flame, humans are frequently most attracted to what we know is dangerous. And there is no better example of this than the strange, alluring beauty of the lava spewing from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano this May. On May 4, fissures along the east of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano ripped opened, releasing bubbling lava onto the landscape. It was just the first of many fissures that would rupture over the month and could continue for months to come. On May 17, an explosive blast erupted from Kilauea. SEE ALSO: An astronaut saw Hawaii's Kilauea volcano erupting from space. And he took a picture. On Saturday, officials reported the first known injury after Kilauea's eruption, when lava splatter hit a man standing on his balcony. The Washington Post followed up on Monday with report that dozens of homes have been destroyed as lava pours out of fissures along Kilauea's rift zone. And in addition to contact with lava or lava splatter, residents must also beware of laze, toxic gas filled with glass and acid that results when lava meets the ocean. But somehow, even with the danger that lava brings, watching the fiery substance surge, bubble, and burst (from a safe distance of course) can be calming, peaceful, and, dare we say it, beautiful. Here are six oddly mesmerizing live streams of lava from Kilauea that you won't be able to look away from. 1. Lava spews from Hawaii volcano in Pahoa, Hawaii CNN's Tuesday live stream of the blast lava in Hawaii is a study in color.  For five hours, the network hosted a Facebook Live of Kilauea's lava spouting into the air. But as the bright orange flames dye the Hawaiian night sky with an orange hue, it's hard not to get lost into the fearsome display of the scene in Pahoa. 2. Kilauea lava flow activity in Lower Puna, Hawaii You've never seen a sunrise like this. On Monday, the Honolulu Civil Beat uploaded a live stream showing Kilauea's lava activity in Lower Puna, Hawaii as the sun rises and day breaks. The stream is a little over five hours, which means users can watch the sky go from night to day, all while the lava flow remains constant in the background. One of the most serene parts of the video is actually at the start of the live stream, when a rooster crows, birds chirp, and thunder claps while the lava continues its fearsome display in the background.  TBH, it's like listening to soothing ambient nature sounds but with a terrifying twist. 3. Lava spews from kilauea fissure in Hawaii On Monday, NBC News Affiliate KHNL offered yet another serene look at the volcanic activity in Hawaii with a roughly two hour live stream (with some breaks) of lava from Kilauea.  Over the course of the stream, the camera cuts to different angles of the lava, providing both a sense of scale of the eruption and its effects on the Hawaiian landscape. 4. Kilauea Lava Erupting In Lower Puna On Thursday night and into Friday morning, the Honolulu Civil Beat live-streamed lava from Kilauea shooting into the air in Lower Puna.  But what's notable about the stream is its framing. The video opens with the black backdrop of night, but in the center of the video, shining like a beacon, is Kilauea's lava gushing into the air. The result is a live stream that feels oddly cozy, like that feeling you get when sitting around a campfire at night. 5. Kilauea Lava Flow Fissure 16 On May 14, days before Kilauea's first explosive blast, the Honolulu Civil Beat uploaded a video showing lava activity at a fissure along the volcano.  Over the course of 14 minutes, users are treated to a close up, high-definition peek at Kilauea's lava spurting and oozing into the air. But the visible details of the lava, like the molten rock's ridged-looking edges as it gushes into the air, somehow makes the display calming rather than frightening, like ASMR but with flames. 6. Inside Halema‘uma‘u  Lava Lake Lava doesn't need to be cascading into the air for it to be beautiful.  On May 9, the Honolulu Civil Beat shared a video, curtesy of the United States Geological Survey, of a lava lake in the Halema‘uma‘u crater on Kilauea. Though only 39 seconds, the video gives brief yet unforgettable glimpse at the bubbling lava pooled inside the volcano, a notable contrast to the volcanic blasts we typically think of when we imagine lava. So yes, lava is dangerous. But, if you can find the right view, it can also be meditative too. WATCH: Get lost watching this mesmerizing lava gush and cool
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U.S. warns citizens in China after 'abnormal' sound injures consulate worker
An American citizen working at the U.S. consulate in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou has reported suffering from "abnormal" sounds and pressure leading to a mild brain injury, the U.S. embassy said on Wednesday. The embassy, which issued a health alert to Americans living in China, said it could not link the case to health issues suffered by U.S. government staff in Cuba dating back to late 2016. The unnamed American citizen assigned to the consulate in Guangzhou had reported a variety of "physical symptoms" dating from late 2017 to April this year, the U.S. embassy in Beijing said in an email.
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Israel’s celebration in Jerusalem is marred by deadly violence in Gaza
The ceremony took place 70 years to the day since Israel’s first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion, formally declared the State of Israel an independent nation.
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Gun rights, reform groups to meet Texas governor after school shooting
By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Two groups at opposite ends of the gun debate were set to meet Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Wednesday to look for solutions days after a shooter killed 10 people in a Houston-area high school. Abbott invited representatives from the Texas State Rifle Association, which says it protects the lawful use of firearms, and Texas Gun Sense, which says it wants reforms to protect the public, to join him in state capital Austin, according to various media outlets. Abbott - a Republican and staunch gun rights supporter - has said that any changes to state laws would "protect Second Amendment rights" - part of the U.S. Constitution that enshrines the right to bear arms.
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Israel hits more Hamas targets after cross-border raid
Israeli warplanes blasted Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip early Wednesday in a fresh round of retaliation after a Palestinian cross-border raid the day before, the army said. "Israel Air Force aircraft struck an underground terror infrastructure belonging to the Hamas terror organisation in the northern Gaza Strip, and two additional military targets belonging to the Hamas terror organisation's naval force," a military statement said in English. "The strikes were conducted in response to the event that took place yesterday morning, during which a number of terrorists infiltrated into Israel and set a military post on fire," it said.
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DHS secretary says she's unaware Russia wanted Trump to win
WASHINGTON (AP) — Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Tuesday that she was unaware of intelligence assessments concluding that Russia favored President Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election.
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Driver in Deadly NJ Bus Crash Has History of Speeding, License Suspensions
New details emerged Tuesday about the driver of a school on a field trip collided with a dump truck in New Jersey last week, killing a 10-year-old girl and a teacher.
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15 Easy Memorial Day Recipes
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23 Father's Day Brunch Recipes Dad Will Love
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Energy wells plugged as Hawaii's volcano sends lava nearby
PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — Production wells at a geothermal plant under threat by lava flowing from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano have been plugged to prevent toxic gases from seeping out.
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The Latest: Dallas voter backs Valdez with some 'hesitation'
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Latest on primary runoff elections in Texas (all times local):
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Photos That Will Restore Your Faith in Humanity
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Gun control support fades three months after Florida massacre: Reuters/Ipsos poll
The Parkland, Florida, school massacre has had little lasting impact on U.S. views on gun control, three months after the shooting deaths of 17 people propelled a national movement by some student survivors, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed on Wednesday. While U.S. public support for more gun control measures has grown slowly but steadily over the years, it typically spikes immediately after the mass shootings that have become part of the U.S. landscape, then falls back to pre-massacre levels within a few months. The poll https://bit.ly/2GEdYkl found that 69 percent of American adults supported strong or moderate regulations or restrictions for firearms, down from 75 percent in late March, when the first poll was conducted following the Valentine's Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.
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Funeral Held for Girl Killed in New Jersey Bus Crash
Funeral services were held Monday for a 10-year-old girl who was killed in a school bus crash in New Jersey.
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The Latest: Commercial satellites deployed by SpaceX rocket
A SpaceX rocket launched from California has successfully deployed five communications satellites. The deployment of the commercial Iridium Communication's satellites Tuesday followed the release of a pair of U.S.-German science satellites designed to study the movement of water masses across the Earth.
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Tesla Says It Will Issue Fix for Model 3 Brakes
Tesla will issue an over-the-air update to improve the Model 3’s braking performance, CEO Elon Musk announced on Twitter Monday night. His tweets came after Consumer Reports said it would not rec...
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20 Father's Day Craft Ideas
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Rohingya Insurgents Massacred Hindu Civilians in Myanmar, Amnesty International Reports
Amnesty International demands accountability for the insurgents' crimes as well as for the military-perpetrated atrocities
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White House backs away from controversial religious leaders at embassy ceremonies
The deputy press secretary said offensive comments made by religious leaders who participated in the Jerusalem embassy opening "wouldn't be embraced by this White House."
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An egg a day may keep the doctor away, study claims
For decades, experts warned that eating eggs raises levels of unhealthy cholesterol. While outside experts cautioned against reading too much into the study, its authors claimed that Chinese adults who ate an egg every day had a lower risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Risk of haemorrhagic stroke was 26 percent lower among egg-eaters, the Chinese-British research team reported in the journal Heart.
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GOP Candidate Who Pointed Gun At Teenager Advances To Georgia Governor Primary Runoff
A Republican candidate who pointed a gun at a teenager in a campaign ad has
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J.J. Watt visits Santa Fe shooting survivors and nurses at hospital
Survivors of the deadly shooting at Santa Fe High School received a special visitor Monday at the hospital: Houston Texans' J.J. Watt.
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Pregnant Woman Loses Baby After Being Stabbed at Least 30 Times: Police
A pregnant woman was stabbed at least 30 times in New York, leaving her critically injured and her unborn child dead, police said Tuesday.
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Workers Race to Plug Hawaii Energy Plant as Lava Oozes Nearby
Native Hawaiians have long expressed frustration with the plant since it came online in 1989
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Lava flow torches warehouse at Hawaii geothermal plant
By Jolyn Rosa HONOLULU (Reuters) - A new lava flow from Hawaii's erupting Kilauea volcano edged towards a geothermal power plant on Tuesday after destroying a warehouse at the facility, after the volcano entered a more violent phase at the weekend. Workers at the now closed Puna Geothermal Venture, which provided around 25 percent of electricity on Hawaii's Big Island, scrambled to cap the last of three deep wells to reduce the risks of an uncontrolled release of toxic gases should they be inundated by lava. The race at the site marked the latest challenge facing authorities during what geologists call an unprecedented, simultaneous eruption at Kilauea's summit and from giant volcanic cracks or fissures 25 miles (40 km) down its eastern flank.
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Saddam's superyacht ends up as sailors' hotel
This was once the presidential yacht for Saddam Hussein. Dubbed "Basrah Breeze", this superyacht was built for him in 1981, but the Iraqi dictator never boarded the 270-foot boat.
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Iran says Europe's support for nuclear deal not enough
By Alissa de Carbonnel TEHRAN (Reuters) - The European Union is not doing enough to preserve the benefits for Iran from the 2015 international nuclear pact following the withdrawal of the United States, Iran's foreign minister told the EU's energy chief on Sunday. Miguel Arias Canete, European Commissioner for energy and climate, said Tehran wanted the 28-nation bloc to act fast to preserve its oil trade with Iran, and to consider making direct euro-denominated payments for Iranian oil to Iran’s central bank, bypassing the U.S. financial system.
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21 Easy Father's Day Cake Ideas Dad Will Love
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A High School Teacher Beat the House Majority Leader in Kentucky's Republican Primary
Travis Brenda's win follows a wave of education protests by teachers calling for increased pay and other benefits
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Business partner of Donald Trump's attorney ‘agrees to cooperate with prosecutors’ after tax fraud conviction
A business associate of Donald Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen, has reportedly agreed to cooperate with investigators after pleading guilty to tax fraud. Evgeny Freidman, who is known as the “Taxi King” of New York admitted the charge to prosecutors, who alleged he had failed to pay millions in taxes. The terms of his guilty plea including an agreement to assist prosecutors, The New York Times reported.
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Trump's staffers reportedly write his tweets with deliberate grammatical errors
It's been long suspected that Trump doesn't write all his tweets. Some are penned by White House staffers, and according to a Boston Globe report, these tweets are composed with grammatical errors and irregularities, intentionally included to sound like they're written by Trump. SEE ALSO: The Royal Wedding was another perfect opportunity to troll Trump's inauguration This comes from two sources at the White House who spoke to the newspaper, both of whom said staffers would copy Trump's expression.  That includes the overuse of exclamation points, the capitalization of words for emphasis, fragments, and loosely connected ideas. While grammatical errors are present, staffers reportedly didn't intentionally misspell words or names. China must continue to be strong & tight on the Border of North Korea until a deal is made. The word is that recently the Border has become much more porous and more has been filtering in. I want this to happen, and North Korea to be VERY successful, but only after signing! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 21, 2018 I ask Senator Chuck Schumer, why didn’t President Obama & the Democrats do something about Trade with China, including Theft of Intellectual Property etc.? They did NOTHING! With that being said, Chuck & I have long agreed on this issue! Fair Trade, plus, with China will happen! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 21, 2018 A bot created by The Atlantic's Andrew McGill, dubbed Trump or Not, uses machine learning to predict whether if a tweet has been penned by the president or not. Trump's tweet praising Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson was deemed to have a 96 percent chance of being written by the man himself. This tweet was sent via Twitter for iPhone. I compute a 96% chance it was written by Trump himself. https://t.co/zo66q9qQSG — Trump or Not (@TrumpOrNotBot) May 21, 2018 While another tweet praising First Lady Melania Trump for her return to the White House only got a score of 25 percent. This tweet was sent via Twitter for iPhone. I compute a 25% chance it was written by Trump himself. https://t.co/2dReUEUnyi — Trump or Not (@TrumpOrNotBot) May 19, 2018 The sources wouldn't reveal to the newspaper which tweets were really written by Trump, and which ones were by a staffer.  As noted by the Globe , Trump's social media process is far more direct in comparison to president candidate Mitt Romney, who required 22 people to sign off on a tweet.  WATCH: We tested this device to see if it could actually help us find our friends — no matter how good they are at hiding
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Why Saudi Arabia Stands to Lose from Trump's JCPOA Withdrawal
An escalation of Iranian belligerence will undercut Saudi Arabia’s security, as Yemen is likely to be the first area where Tehran will flex its military muscles. President Donald Trump announced on May 8 that the United States would withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal. Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was immediately condemned by many U.S. allies—particularly its European allies—but received enthusiastic support from Saudi Arabia.
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Venezuela's Maduro orders expulsion of top US diplomats
President Nicolas Maduro Tuesday ordered the expulsion of the top two US diplomatic representatives in Venezuela, angrily rejecting economic sanctions imposed by Washington over his re-relection. On Monday, President Donald Trump Monday tightened sanctions against Caracas, making it harder for the Maduro regime to sell off state assets. "I repudiate all the sanctions that are sought against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, because they harm it, they generate suffering for the people of Venezuela," Maduro said in the speech.
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Commander says Iran's people will punch U.S. Secretary of State in the mouth
A senior Iranian military commander poured scorn on U.S. threats to tighten sanctions on Tuesday, saying the Islamic Republic's people would respond by punching U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in the mouth. Pompeo said on Monday Washington would impose new penalties if Tehran did not make sweeping changes, including dropping its nuclear program and pulling out of the Syrian civil war. Two weeks after President Donald Trump pulled out of an international nuclear deal with Iran, his administration has threatened to impose "the strongest sanctions in history," setting Washington and Tehran further on a course of confrontation.
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'Thinking of You All Today.' Ariana Grande Tweets Message of Support One Year After Manchester Arena Attack
The bombing during her Manchester concert killed 22 people and injured 800
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ACLU Fighting To Release Gay Man In ICE Detention Since January
The American Civil Liberties Union is fighting to end the monthslong detention
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Trump floats management changes instead of sanctions for China's ZTE
U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday floated a plan to fine ZTE Corp and shake up its management as his administration considered rolling back more severe penalties that have crippled the Chinese telecommunications company. Trump's proposal ran into immediate resistance in Congress, where Republicans and Democrats accused the president of bending to pressure from Beijing to ease up on a company that has admitted to violating sanctions on Iran. Speaking at the White House, Trump said U.S. technology companies have been hurt by an April Commerce Department decision that prohibits them from selling components to China's second-largest telecommunications equipment maker.
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Jared Kushner returns to spotlight in Israel
Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and adviser, made a rare public appearance on Monday when he spoke at the controversial opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem.
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Betsy DeVos and Democrats in Congress Both Support Paying Teachers More. They Differ on the Details
Democrats unveiled a plan to boost teacher pay amid national walkouts
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China satellite heralds first mission to dark side of Moon
China launched on Monday a relay satellite that will allow a rover to communicate with the Earth from the far side of the Moon during an unprecedented mission later this year. The Queqiao ("Magpie Bridge") satellite was blasted into space from the southwestern Xichang launch centre in the pre-dawn hours, according to the China National Space Administration. The satellite split from its carrier, a Long March-4C rocket, after 25 minutes and unfolded its solar panels and communication antennas, as it headed towards its destination, the CNSA said.
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Hiker dies after slipping and falling off the Half Dome cables in Yosemite National Park
The National Park Service says the man's body was recovered early Tuesday afternoon.
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Bus driver involved in deadly school bus crash in New Jersey had 14 license suspensions
New details were released Tuesday about the driving record of the bus driver involved in last week's tragic school bus crash in New Jersey.
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Texas liberal candidate bashed by national Democrats loses
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A liberal outsider who founded an activist group against President Donald Trump lost her insurgent bid for a U.S. House seat in Houston on Tuesday night while a Hispanic former sheriff became the first openly gay and Latina nominee for governor in Texas history.
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Trump administration plan to scrap hunting rules condemned as 'new low'
The Trump administration is attempting to repeal a rule that bans the shooting of bear cubs, use of dogs and bait to hunt bears, and killing caribou from motorboats in Alaska’s federal wildlife refuges. The proposal would scrap a 2015 regulation by the National Park Service that restricts controversial hunting and trapping practices on about 20m acres of federal land in Alaska.
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This Bridal Shop Already Recreated Replicas of Meghan Markle's Wedding Gowns
The Markle wedding fashion effect has begun
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Lava flow blocks important coastal highway in Hawaii
Officials warn of toxic steam cloud as lava flows into ocean; Jeff Paul reports from Pahoa, Hawaii.
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'Lights, Camera, Summer: Inside the Blockbusters' Airs Tonight at 10/9c on ABC
The stars of your favorite summer movies are ready to dish about what really happened behind the scenes. A Special 2020-'Lights, Camera, Summer: Inside the Blockbusters' airs Tonight at 10/9c on ABC
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Michael Cohen's Taxi Business Partner Pleads Guilty, Said to Be Cooperating With Investigators
He reportedly also agreed to cooperate with federal or state investigations into Cohen.
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Democrats 'excluded' from meeting on Trump campaign FBI informant
Democrats will not attend a meeting to learn about an FBI informant said to have gathered intelligence on the Trump presidential campaign, the White House said. It has emerged that federal investigators looking into Russian efforts to interfere in the presidential election dispatched the anonymous emissary to speak with members of the Trump campaign. Donald Trump and Republicans have demanded more information, raising the spectre of a politically motivated investigation.
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Former Ford North America Boss Joins GT Supercar Builder
Raj Nair's GT story continues.
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5-Year-Old Bursts Into Tears as She Learns She Wasn’t Invited to Royal Wedding
She mistakenly believed an event at her school was an invite to the royal wedding.
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Giuliani’s New Stance On Russian Collusion: So What? It’s Not Illegal.
WASHINGTON ― His client insists there was "NO COLLUSION" with Russia to win
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'He's a Victim.' Father of Santa Fe Shooting Suspect Thinks He Was Bullied
'The kid didn't own guns. I owned guns'
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US moves to lift Obama-era curbs on killing hibernating bear cubs in Alaska
The Trump administration is moving to reverse Obama-era rules barring hunters on some public lands in Alaska from baiting brown bears with bacon and doughnuts and using spotlights to shoot mother black bears and cubs hibernating in their dens. The National Park Service issued a notice Monday of its intent to amend regulations for sport hunting and trapping in national preserves to bring the federal rules in line with Alaska state law. Under the proposed changes, hunters would also be allowed to hunt black bears with dogs, kill wolves and pups in their dens, and use motor boats to shoot swimming caribou. These and other hunting methods - condemned as cruel by wildlife protection advocates - were outlawed on federal lands in 2015. Members of the public have 60 days to provide comment on the proposed new rules. "The conservation of wildlife and habitat for future generations is a goal we share with Alaska," said Bert Frost, the park service's regional director. A brown bear catches a salmon at Brooks Falls in Katmai National Park and Preserve, Alaska Credit: AP "This proposed rule will reconsider NPS efforts in Alaska for improved alignment of hunting regulations on national preserves with State of Alaska regulations, and to enhance consistency with harvest regulations on surrounding non-federal lands and waters." Alaska has 10 national preserves covering nearly 37,000 square miles (95,830 square kilometres). The Alaska Department of Fish and Game was "pleased to see the National Park Service working to better align federal regulations with State of Alaska hunting and trapping regulations," Maria Gladziszewski, the state agency's deputy director of the Division of Wildlife Conservation, said in an email to The Associated Press. If @Interior has its way, it will be perfectly legal for Alaska sport hunters to lure bears with greased donut bait piles to kill them. Or to crawl into bear dens to kill hibernating females and their cubs. #UnBearablehttps://t.co/Kd2vnm9K8P— National Parks Conservation Association (@NPCA) May 22, 2018 She said the proposal is "progress in that direction, and we appreciate those efforts. Alaskans benefit when state and federal regulations are consistent." Expanding hunting rights on federal lands has been a priority for Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, a former Montana congressman who displays a stuffed bear in his Washington office along with mounted heads from a bison and an elk. Ryan Zinke, Interior Secretary, has a stuffed bear in his office Credit: Reuters The Obama-era restrictions on hunting on federal lands in Alaska were challenged by Safari Club International, a group that promotes big-game hunting. The Associated Press reported in March that Mr Zinke had appointed a board loaded with trophy hunters to advise him on conserving threatened and endangered wildlife, including members of the Safari Club. President Donald Trump's sons are also avid trophy hunters who have made past excursions to Africa and Alaska. BREAKING: The @realDonaldTrump administration has proposed new regulations that roll back protections preventing extreme methods of killing predators & other #wildlife in #Alaska national preserves. pic.twitter.com/lPV9qjK9zk— Defenders of Wildlife (@Defenders) May 21, 2018 Collette Adkins, a lawyer and biologist with the advocacy group Centre for Biological Diversity, expressed outrage at the rollback. "Cruel and harmful hunting methods like killing bear cubs and their mothers near dens have no place on our national preserves," she said. When bears attack | What to do if you are attacked by a bear The Humane Society of the United States said it would oppose the new rules. "These federal lands are havens for wildlife and the National Park Service is mandated to manage these ecosystems in a manner that promotes conservation," said Anna Frostic, a lawyer for the animal rights group. "This proposed rule, which would allow inhumane killing of our native carnivores in a misguided attempt to increase trophy hunting opportunities, is unlawful and must not be finalised."
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University of Southern California torn by scandal surrounding gynecologist
Two-hundred faculty members of the University of Southern California on Tuesday called for the USC's top official to resign over the school's handling of complaints that a campus health clinic gynecologist sexually abused his patients during pelvic exams. The demand for USC President C.L. Max Nikias to step down came in an open letter from professors to the school's Board of Trustees as USC faced a mounting tide of litigation accusing Dr. George Tyndall of misconduct and the university of complicity and negligence. Tyndall resigned from the university last year after an internal inquiry found his pelvic examination practices were beyond accepted medical standards and that he had harassed patients.
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Venezuela: Maduro hails election win but world leaders threaten sanctions
Nicolás Maduro, seen here holding the political constitution, said: ‘The revolution is here to stay.’ But Boris Johnson said the G20 would ‘be talking about what we can do’. The Venezuelan president, Nicolás Maduro, faced a barrage of international criticism – and the threat of fresh and potentially destabilising economic sanctions – as the British foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, warned that the international community “may have to tighten the economic screw on Venezuela” after Sunday’s contentious election.
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Pulitzer-winning author Philip Roth dies at 85: media reports
(Reuters) - Author Philip Roth, who was both hailed and derided for laying bare the neuroses and obsessions that haunted the modern Jewish-American experience, died on Tuesday at the age of 85, the New York Times reported. Roth wrote more than 30 books, including the 1991 memoir "Patrimony," which examined his complex relationship with his father and won the National Book Critics Circle Award, and "American Pastoral," for which he won the Pulitzer Prize in 1998. (Reporting by Brendan O'Brien in Milwaukee; Editing by Paul Tait)
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Israel summons envoys for Spain, Slovenia, Belgium over UN Gaza vote
Israel has summoned the ambassadors of Spain, Slovenia and Belgium over their votes at a UN body calling for an international probe of the deadly shootings of dozens of Palestinians on the Gaza border, the foreign ministry said Monday. The UN Human Rights Council voted Friday to send a team of international war crimes investigators to probe the deadly shootings. Palestinians began protesting on the Gaza-Israel border on March 30 for the right to return to the homes their families fled or were expelled from in 1948, during the war surrounding the creation of Israel.
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History in Georgia as 4 states vote ahead of midterms
ATLANTA (AP) — It was shaping up as a big night for women Tuesday as four states cast primary and runoff ballots, with Georgia Democrats taking the lead by giving Atlanta lawyer Stacey Abrams a chance to become the first black female governor in American history.
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Hiker falls to his death at Half Dome cables in Yosemite
A hiker fell to his death at Half Dome in Yosemite National Park, according to the National Park Service.
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Palestinian protesters throw eggs at US delegation
Palestinian protesters on Monday threw eggs at a US delegation in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and held up signs with anti-American slogans in a bid to prevent them attending an event. Around 15 protesters confronted a vehicle from the US consulate in Jerusalem as it made its way into Beit Jala, near Bethlehem, and pelted it with eggs, an AFP photographer said. Another one read: "Hey Trump, Jerusalem is not the capital of Zion".
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Hiker falls to his death at Half Dome cables in Yosemite
A hiker fell to his death at Half Dome in Yosemite National Park, according to the National Park Service.
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Democrats turn out in force in Georgia early voting
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's Democratic voters have turned out in force in early voting, an encouraging signal for the party as it tries to wrest control from Republicans after blistering defeats two years ago in the 2016 election.
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Meghan and Harry have made their first public appearance as a married couple
Harry and Meghan might have been laying low in the past few days since their wedding, which was watched by millions of people around the world.  But, they're baaaack! And, they're celebrating Prince Charles' 70th formal birthday festivities in London.  SEE ALSO: Meghan and Harry's official wedding photos just dropped and OMG they're stunning Prince Harry gave a speech at Buckingham Palace flanked by his father Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, and the new Duchess of Sussex a.k.a. Meghan Markle.  Meghan and the Duchess of Cornwall were having a bit of a laugh during the speech.  Meghan, Duchess of Sussex having a bit of a giggle with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.Image: Chris Jackson/Getty ImagesThe newlyweds were reported to have delayed their honeymoon to attend Prince Charles' birthday shindig. Here's hoping they can make a swift exit once the celebrations are over and done with. Image: Chris Jackson/Getty ImagesAll the guests at the patronage celebration posed for a photograph on the steps of Buckingham Palace. Posing for a photograph outside Buckingham Palace.Image: Chris Jackson/Getty ImagesHappy birthday, Charlie!  WATCH: Lifetime just released a movie about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in honor of their upcoming wedding
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Obama administration too slow to probe Russian meddling in 2016: Senate sources
By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate investigators have concluded that President Barack Obama's administration was too slow to investigate suspected Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election, two sources familiar with their inquiries said. The sources, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told Reuters the Senate Intelligence Committee found that although there was mounting evidence of Russian interference for months before the November 2016 election, the Obama administration did not press U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies to investigate. Law enforcement and intelligence officials say the administration's stance was consistent with customary law enforcement and intelligence agency practice to avoid influencing voters in the run-up to an election.
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Amazon Is Under Fire for Selling Controversial Facial Recognition Tech to Police
"It's about recognizing people, it's about tracking people"
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Hiker dies after falling from Yosemite's Half Dome trail
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — A hiker in Yosemite National Park fell to his death while climbing the iconic granite cliffs of Half Dome in rainy conditions, authorities said Tuesday.
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The Latest: FBI briefing on Russia probe set for Thursday
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and the Russia investigation (all times local):
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Lava From Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano Is Sending Shards of Glass Into the Sky
The Earth's natural chemistry is relentless.
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Elon Musk reveals when $35K Tesla Model 3 could start production, admits brake issue
Tesla's rollout of the Model 3 has been anything but smooth sailing, and thousands of customers are still waiting for one very important Model 3 variant: the base model. It's the car Tesla CEO Elon Musk has consistently promised would come with a $35,000 price tag and 220 miles of range. Now, Musk has tweeted that those reserving the least expensive Model 3 could see their cars as soon as September.
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Hawaii volcano latest: Molten lava flows onto power plant site amid fears over deadly gases
Molten lava from Hawaii’s erupting Kilauea volcano crept onto the site of geothermal power plant as workers raced to shut down facilities, amid fears that deadly gases could be released. Crews worked to cap underground wells at the plant, which provides a quarter of Big Island’s power, as the molten rock destroyed a warehouse a few hundred metres away. If lava enters the wells at the Puna Geothermal Venture plant, it could trigger the uncontrollable release of noxious sulphates, officials have warned.
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George Tyndall Sex Abuse Case: Ex-USC Gynecologist May Have 'Staggering' Number of Victims: Lawyer
Tyndall was the school's gynecologist for nearly three decades.
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Seeking history, women advance in U.S. midterm elections
Stacey Abrams won her party's nomination in a closely watched race showcasing divergent Democratic strategies on how to win in a Republican-dominated southern state. In Texas and Kentucky, contests were also pushing women to the forefront of the fight for the House of Representatives, where Democrats need to wrest 23 seats from Republicans to gain control. Several races were also a referendum on long-simmering divisions within the Democratic party.
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Ten die in India outbreak of brain-damaging bat virus
A rare virus spread by fruit bats has killed 10 people in southern India, with at least nine more being treated.
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Watchdog report to fault FBI for Clinton probe delay
WASHINGTON (AP) — An upcoming report from the Justice Department's internal watchdog is expected to criticize senior FBI leaders for not moving quickly enough to review a trove of Hillary Clinton emails discovered late in the 2016 campaign, according to people familiar with the findings.
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Bishop Says He Gave Meghan Markle and Prince Harry an 'Outline' of Sermon Before Royal Wedding
Bishop Michael Curry captivated the world with his sermon at the royal wedding— and "couldn't believe it" when the couple chose him.
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Ocean, jungle explosions new risks from Hawaii eruption
By Jolyn Rosa HONOLULU (Reuters) - Lava from Hawaii's erupting Kilauea volcano is exploding as it pours into the ocean, shooting rock fragments that are a danger to boaters. Inland, where molten rock is burning through jungle, methane explosions are hurling boulders while toxic gas is reaching some of the highest levels seen in recent times. Lava edged towards a geothermal power plant on Tuesday after destroying an old warehouse near the facility, County of Hawaii Civil Defense said.
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Journalists banned from entering EPA meeting on contaminated drinking water
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has shut out media from a meeting led by chief Scott Pruitt who discussed the widespread level of contaminants in drinking water. Mr Pruitt has said the issue is a "national priority” but EPA spokesperson Jahan Wilcox barred reporters from entering and reporting about it, saying that the media were not invited, according to the Associated Press. When the news agency's reporter asked to speak to a public affairs person, the security guards grabbed the reporter by the shoulders and shoved her forcibly out of the building, she reported.
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Medical examiner releases CDC doctor Timothy Cunningham's official cause of death
The death of a CDC employee whose body was found in an Atlanta river last
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2 NYPD officers, including groom, killed in wedding-night car crash
Two off-duty NYPD officers were killed in a one-car crash in Ulster County Sunday night, on the night of one of the officer's wedding.
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U.S. court backs transgender student at center of bathroom dispute
A U.S. judge on Tuesday ruled that federal law protects a transgender student who fought all the way to the Supreme Court for the right to use a bathroom at a high school in Virginia that corresponded with his gender identity. U.S. District Judge Arenda Wright Allen in Norfolk rejected a bid by the Gloucester County School Board to dismiss the civil rights lawsuit filed by student Gavin Grimm. The judge said Grimm has valid claims under a federal law, called Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, that bars discrimination on the basis of sex in education as well as the U.S. Constitution's guarantee of equal protection under the law.
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Panama City Police Respond To Active Shooter Barricaded In Apartment Complex
Police in Florida are responding to an active shooter situation at an
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How a pair of satellites will 'weigh' water on Earth
The reason we know today just how much ice is melting in Greenland and Antarctica is because of a pair of satellites, launched in 2002 by NASA and the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ). A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to blast off at 3:47 pm (1947 GMT) Tuesday from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, hoisting into orbit the spacecraft known as GRACE-FO, a follow-on to the prior, 15-year mission known as the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE). Two satellites, each the size of a car, will circle the Earth at a distance of 137 miles (220 kilometers) from each other.
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Violent protests in Gaza ahead of U.S. Embassy inauguration in Jerusalem
Israeli troops shot dead dozens of Palestinian protesters on the Gaza border on Monday when the high-profile opening of the U.S. embassy to Israel in Jerusalem by the Trump administration raised tension to boiling point after weeks of demonstrations.
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We Are Gathered Here Today to Enjoy Some Memes About Meghan Markle's Veil
"When you marry a CVS receipt"
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Mercedes-AMG A45s Drag Race Ferrari California, Audi R8, And More
These hot hatches can hold their own against some powerful supercars. It's impressive to watch.
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5 Best Smith & Wesson Handguns on Planet Earth
Smith & Wesson’s successful “wonder nine” pistol, the M&P followed in the footsteps of the Glock to produce a highly effective, high capacity polymer frame pistol. The Military & Police Model, currently in version 2.0, has a low bore axis, which the manufacturer claims reduces muzzle climb and allows the shooter to get sights back on target faster. The M&P 2.0 incorporates a five-inch stainless steel barrel into a pistol with an overall length of eight inches.
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Republicans, no Democrats, to attend meeting on FBI campaign surveillance: White House
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two Republican lawmakers, and no Democrats, are expected to attend a meeting that has been scheduled for Thursday to allow them to review classified information relating to claims the FBI used an informant to gather information on Trump's presidential campaign, the White House said on Tuesday. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes and House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, both Republicans, are expected to attend, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told a regular news briefing. ...
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Chilling 911 Calls Released from Deadly Washington State Cougar Attack
Chilling 911 calls reveal how dispatchers tried to keep two mountain bikers calm after they were attacked by a cougar in Washington state.
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UN chief urges Lebanon's Hezbollah to halt military action
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres strongly criticized Hezbollah for operating as the most heavily armed militia and a political party in Lebanon and urged the militant group to halt military activities inside and outside the country, including in Syria.
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Obamas outrage Republicans with Netflix deal
Barack and Michelle Obama have signed a multiyear deal with Netflix to produce and star in documentaries and series, which may cause a minor boycott with Republicans.
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With North Korea summit on shaky ground, Trump to press South Korean leader
By Christine Kim, Matt Spetalnick and David Brunnstrom SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three weeks before an unprecedented U.S.-North Korea summit is supposed to take place, President Donald Trump will meet South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Tuesday as U.S. officials try to figure out whether Pyongyang is serious about negotiating a deal on denuclearization. Moon’s White House visit was originally arranged as a meeting to fine-tune a joint strategy for dealing with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un but has instead become more of a crisis session after Pyongyang last week threatened to pull out of the planned June 12 summit in Singapore.
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A special counsel to examine Mueller? Gohmert: 'You betcha'
Republican Congressman Louie Gohmert wants a second special counsel to investigate the progress of Robert Mueller's Russia investigation.
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Donald Trump Says June 12 North Korea Summit 'May Not Work Out'
Trump said there was a chance the summit "may not work out"
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Caitlyn Jenner: Trump Is The 'Worst President We Have Ever Had' On LGBTQ Rights
Caitlyn Jenner may have been an outspoken supporter of President Donald Trump
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Former Trump aide: Second informant approached me
Report: FBI informant met 3 Trump aides amid run.
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FBI, Justice to 'review' classified info sought by lawmakers
WASHINGTON (AP) — Ratcheting up pressure on the Russia investigation, the White House announced Monday that top FBI and Justice Department officials have agreed to meet with congressional leaders and "review" highly classified information the lawmakers have been seeking on the handling of the probe.
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Snitch: FBI's use of informants as old as the agency itself
WASHINGTON (AP) — Snitches, moles, spies, whistleblowers. Government informants are an age-old investigative tool that's as much a part of the FBI's 110 years of history as J. Edgar Hoover or its "10 Most Wanted" list.
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SpaceX rocket blasts off water-tracking satellite duo
Washington (AFP) - A SpaceX rocket Tuesday blasted off a duo of sports car-sized satellites built by the US and Germany to reveal changes in sea level rise, ice melt and drought on Earth.
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Calls mount for US university president to resign over abuse scandal
Two hundred professors at one of California's top universities on Tuesday demanded the resignation of the school's president over a widening sexual abuse scandal involving a campus gynecologist. In their letter to the board of trustees, the professors said Nikias had lost the "moral authority" to lead the private university or to oversee an investigation into decades of alleged sexual abuse by George Tyndall, a gynecologist formerly employed at the school.
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U.S. court backs transgender student at center of bathroom dispute
A U.S. judge on Tuesday ruled that federal law protects a transgender student who fought all the way to the Supreme Court for the right to use a bathroom at a high school in Virginia that corresponded with his gender identity. U.S. District Judge Arenda Wright Allen in Norfolk rejected a bid by the Gloucester County School Board to dismiss the civil rights lawsuit filed by student Gavin Grimm. The judge said Grimm has valid claims under a federal law, called Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, that bars discrimination on the basis of sex in education as well as the U.S. Constitution's guarantee of equal protection under the law.
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The Latest: New small summit eruptions recorded at Kilauea
PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — The Latest on the euption of Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island (all times local):
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Judge orders law firm of Stormy Daniels' lawyer to pay $10M
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal judge in California ordered a law firm linked to Stormy Daniels' attorney to pay $10 million on Tuesday to a lawyer who claimed that the firm had misstated its profits and that he was owed millions.
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Reporter Shoved, Others Barred From EPA Meeting On Water Contaminants
A reporter was grabbed and shoved by a security guard at the EPA headquarters
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Meghan Markle Assumes First Royal Duty as She Marks Prince Charles' 70th Birthday With Prince Harry
She debuted a new look as she made the appearance at Buckingham Palace.
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How an Autonomous Vehicle Found the 'Holy Grail' of Shipwrecks
How an Autonomous Vehicle Found the 'Holy Grail' of Shipwrecks
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Police Officer Delivers Baby Deer by Emergency C-Section in New Jersey