Top Stories
   U.S. National
   World
   Hurricanes
   Mideast Conflict
   Politics
   Technology
   Sports
   Entertainment
   Health
   Oddly Enough
   Science
   Opinion/Editorial
   Orbituaries
   Most Emailed
   Most Viewed
   Highest Rated
 

 Useful Links
   A Recent Event Photos
   A1 Wedding Bands
   Andrew L. Solomon Art Photography
   Bill Young Productions
   Collegiate A Cappella Directory
   DEBKAfile
   Diavolo Systems
   Dish Houston
   Drudge Report
   Gem Trading
   Gold Jewelry Information
   Greenberg Smoked Turkeys
   Houston Jewelry
   Houston Jewelry's Facebook Fan Page
   Jewelry Appraisal Services
   Keith Solomon
   Kit Kat
   Kit Kat News Facebook FAN PAGE! - Become a fan!
   Kitco
   Mastaloni Pearls
   Perfect-Timing
   Price of Diamonds
   Ref Desk
   Silver Bones
   Wikipedia
 
 Mail Links
   Editor In Chief - Rex Solomon
 
 

MyWeddingBand.com ...unlike the internet...our brand width is unlimited :)

Headlines
Facebook is ‘a surveillance system,’ sci-fi author Cory Doctorow says
The novelist reflects on the way that the social media platform spies on its customers.
.............................................................................................................................................
Rooftop footage shows car mowing down cyclists and pedestrians before crashing into Parliament barrier
This is the moment the suspected Westminster terror attack was captured unfolding on a rooftop camera. A silver Ford Fiesta is seen being driven next to Parliament Square towards Westminster Abbey on Tuesday morning. But, as a group of cyclists stop at a traffic light, the vehicle fails to come to a halt and ploughs into them. As an ambulance passes the car on its right-hand side, it swerves left - crossing oncoming traffic and hitting a number of pedestrians as it mounts a pavement. The car then enters a small road and accelerates to up to 50mph, witnesses said, before crashing into a security barrier. The car, circled, drives past Westminster Abbey As an ambulance passes on its right, the car swerves left After knocking down cyclists, the car mounts a pavement A police officer can be seen jumping another barrier that runs along the side of the road to get away. The driver, a man in his late 20s, was surrounded by police before being arrested on suspicion of terror offences. There was nobody else in the vehicle and no weapons were found, the Metropolitan Police said. Police said he is being held in custody at a south London police station after armed officers swarmed the scene following the suspected terror attack just before 7.40am. It is then seen entering a small road and accelerates A police officer jumps a barrier as the car approaches The vehicle comes to a halt by hitting a barrier Two people were taken to hospital, while a third person with minor injuries was assessed at the scene, the London Ambulance Service (LAS) said. Prime Minister Theresa May said her thoughts were with those injured and thanked the emergency services for their "immediate and courageous" response.
.............................................................................................................................................
The Latest: Steil wins Wisconsin GOP primary to replace Ryan
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on primaries in Connecticut, Minnesota, Vermont and Wisconsin (all times local):
.............................................................................................................................................
Turkish court rejects U.S. pastor's appeal, upper court yet to rule: lawyer
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - One Turkish court has rejected an American Christian pastor's appeal to be released from house arrest and for his travel ban to be lifted, but an upper court is yet to rule on the appeal, his lawyer told Reuters on Wednesday.
.............................................................................................................................................
The Government Wants to Teach Students How to Treat Gunshot Wounds. That Could Save Lives, Experts Say
"This is something that everyone should know how to do"
.............................................................................................................................................
Blue light from phones and tablets can lead to blindness, study says
Researchers found that the light can affect cells in your eyes, potentially leading to macular degeneration, a major cause of blindness.
.............................................................................................................................................
5 ex-North Carolina governors rebuke lawmakers on amendments
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's five living former governors delivered an extraordinary rebuke Monday to the Republican-dominated legislature for two constitutional amendments that lawmakers put on the fall ballot, saying they would shred gubernatorial power and government checks and balances if approved.
.............................................................................................................................................
New Jersey superintendent accused of defecating on track to receive $100,000
A New Jersey school superintendent who resigned after he was accused of repeatedly defecating on another high school's track will receive more than $100,000 from his school district.
.............................................................................................................................................
Primaries marked by Democratic diversity, Trump's picks
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Democrats embraced diversity Tuesday in a primary night of firsts, while Republicans in Minnesota rejected a familiar face of the GOP old guard in favor of a rising newcomer aligned with President Donald Trump.
.............................................................................................................................................
The 2019 Mazda Miata's Engine Is a Gem
This is the most powerful Miata yet, but that's not why it's great.
.............................................................................................................................................
Kansas governor concedes, says he will endorse GOP nominee
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer says he will endorse Republican nominee for governor Kris Kobach after conceding in the state's GOP primary in a surprise announcement a week after their neck-and-neck finish threatened to send the race to a recount.
.............................................................................................................................................
Democrat Christine Hallquist Becomes First Major Party Transgender Candidate for Governor
If elected, Christine Hallquist will be the nation's first transgender governor
.............................................................................................................................................
NASA Astronauts Just Met SpaceX Crew Dragon Team Ahead of Historic Flight
NASA Astronauts Just Met SpaceX Crew Dragon Team Ahead of Historic Flight
.............................................................................................................................................
Kiera Bergman, 19, Missing in Arizona for Over a Week
Police said they are investigating.
.............................................................................................................................................
Northrop Grumman's New Radar Could Mean Big Things for Marine Corps F/A-18C Fighter Jets
The Marine Corps, which is the sole remaining operator of the classic Hornet in active U.S. military service, hopes to replace the mechanically-scanned Raytheon AN/AGP-73 radar with a new AESA radar.
.............................................................................................................................................
At least 35 people killed in Genoa bridge collapse: Italian police
MILAN (Reuters) - At least 35 people were killed when a bridge collapsed in the Italian port city of Genoa, police said on Wednesday after firemen worked through the night looking for any survivors buried under the rubble. "The latest official number is 35 but we can't rule out it could rise further," a spokeswoman for the police in Genoa said. A 50-meter (160-foot) high section of the Morandi bridge, including a tower that anchored several stays, crashed down with as many as 35 vehicles driving on it on Tuesday. ...
.............................................................................................................................................
Why the Genoa bridge collapsed, and why there are concerns for thousands of structures in Italy
Italian prosecutors said they opening an investigation into the Genoa bridge collapse, as questions swirled over what caused the structure to crumble.  At least 26 people died when a 650-foot portion of the Morandi motorway bridge in northern Italy disintegrated on Tuesday. The 51-year-old structure, designed by celebrated Italian engineer Riccardo Morandi, has been beset with problems since its construction in the 1960s, leading to expensive maintenance and drawing fierce criticism from engineering experts. Concerns have also been raised about the integrity of other structures built following the Second World War, with one engineering body saying tens of thousands of bridges and viaducts in Italy could be at risk. Giuseppe Conte, the Prime Minister, said "all infrastructure" across the country needed to be double-checked. "We must not allow another tragedy like this to happen again," he added. Genoa motorway bridge collapses Danilo Toninelli, the Transport Minister,  said the collapse was "unacceptable" and that if negligence played a role "whoever made a mistake must pay." Built between 1963 and 1967, the bridge had a maximum span of 718 feet, a total length of 0.7 miles, and concrete piers - vertical structures buttressing the arches of a bridge - that reach 295 feet in height. 'Structural doubts' over design The technology of pre-stressed reinforced concrete used in the construction was the hallmark of its designer, Mr Morandi, who died in 1989. Dubbed patent "Morandi M5", he had used the technology for other works, including a wing of the Verona Arena in 1953. This technique also characterises another, even longer and just as problematic Morandi bridge: the 5.4 mile long General Rafael Urdaneta Bridge that spans the bay of Maracaibo, Venezuela, and was completed in 1962. It partially collapsed in 1964 after being hit by an oil tanker and was rebuilt.  The Morandi bridge in Genoa had always presented "structural doubts", according to an article published by specialist engineering website "Ingegneri.info", which called it "a tragedy waiting to happen". Antonio Brencich, a professor of reinforced concrete construction at the University of Genoa, echoed those concerns.  "It was affected by extremely serious corrosion problems linked to the technology that was used (in construction). Morandi wanted to use a technology that he had patented that was no longer used afterwards and that showed itself to be a failure," Professor Brencich told Radio Capitale. Professor Brencich has long been a critic of the bridge. Two years ago, he told "Ingegneri.info" that the bridge's construction went over budget and poor calculations over concrete viscosity led to an uneven road surface which wasn’t fully corrected until the 1980s. Safety work had been commissioned Mr Toninelli said the company that has the concession to operate that section of highway said its maintenance on the bridge was up to date and no work was being done at the time of the collapse. But he added that they were about to launch a 20 million euro (£17.8 million) bidding process for significant safety work on the bridge. "There has not been sufficient maintenance and checks, and safety work for many bridges and viaducts and bridges in Italy constructed - almost all - during the 1960s," he said. The tender provided for a strengthening of the bridge’s pier cables, including those of pier nine, the one that collapsed on Tuesday. Notwithstanding the importance of a road that sees 25 million vehicles pass along it every year, the demolition of the bridge was being studied as far back as 2009. Bridges such as the Morandi viaduct should have a lifespan of at least a century, "Ingegneri.info" reported, but the structure had been the subject of major maintenance work in the years after its completion, in particular to repair cracks and combat degradation of the concrete. In the early 2000s the suspension cables put in place in the 1980s and 1990s were replaced. "Fifty years ago, we had unlimited confidence in reinforced concrete, we thought it was eternal, but now we know that it only lasted a few decades," Diego Zoppi, former president of the Genoa branch of the order of architects, told reporters on Tuesday. Rescue teams work among the rubble of the collapsed Morando highway bridge in Genoa Credit: AP Mr Zoppi warned that it was impossible to say similar tragedies would not happen again without serious work on infrastructure built after the Second World War. "The Italy built in the 1950s and 1960s is in urgent need of renovation. The risk of collapses is underestimated, the works built at that time are coming to an age when they are at risk." 'Tens of thousands need to be replaced' The Italian CNR civil engineering society said structures as old as the Morandi Bridge had exceeded their lifespan. It called for a "Marshall Plan" to repair or replace tens of thousands of bridges and viaducts built in the 1950s and 1960s. Updating and reinforcing the bridges would be more expensive than destroying and rebuilding them with technology that could last a century. They cited previous accidents: a bridge that fell in April 2017 in the northern province of Cuneo, crushing a carabinieri police car after the officers and driver had barely managed to get away in time; and an overpass that in the northern city of Lecco that collapsed under exceptional weight, crushing a car and killing the driver. A truck is seen at the collapsed Morandi Bridge site in the port city of Genoa, Italy  Credit: Reuters Experts also said it was possible the thunderstorm could have contributed to the collapse after witnesses said it was struck by lightning shortly before it crumbled. "As this reinforced and pre-stressed concrete bridge has been there for 50 years it is possible that corrosion of tendons or reinforcement may be a contributory factor," said Ian Firth, former president of The Institution of Structural Engineers. He called the bridge "an unusual design." "The fact that there was reported to be a storm at the time may or may not be particularly relevant.” Mehdi Kashani, an associate professor in structural mechanics at the University of Southampton, said maintenance issues and pressure from "dynamic loads," such as traffic and wind, could have resulted in "fatigue damage in bridge components."
.............................................................................................................................................
Matt Lauer Sells Upper East Side Apartment for More Than Asking Price
The apartment of the former news anchor had a $7.35 million asking price and a $7,776-a-month maintenance fee
.............................................................................................................................................
The 2019 Honda Civic Gets Revised Styling and a Volume Knob
The hatchback’s Sport trim also ports over to the sedan and coupe.
.............................................................................................................................................
Witnesses Capture Videos of Deadly Road Rage Fight That Occurred on California Highway
Police say a two-car crash led to one driver beating another to death with a bat, the suspect was then hit by another car and killed.
.............................................................................................................................................
Nebraska conducts first US execution with fentanyl
Nebraska on Tuesday carried out America's first execution using fentanyl -- the opioid at the center of the country's deadly overdose crisis -- as part of an untested four-drug combination. Carey Dean Moore, who was sentenced to death for two 1979 murders, was the first prisoner executed in the Midwestern state in 21 years, and the first ever by lethal injection. Moore was pronounced dead at 10:47 am (1547 GMT) in an execution that lasted approximately 20 minutes, according to Scott Frakes, Director of the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services.
.............................................................................................................................................
Republicans look to pick up Wisconsin Senate seat
Voters head to polls to select Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin's GOP opponent; Peter Doocy reports from Milwaukee.
.............................................................................................................................................
Sarah Huckabee Sanders Admits Mistake On Obama's Black Employment Numbers
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Tuesday admitted she
.............................................................................................................................................
Steeda's 775-HP Steve McQueen Edition Bullitt Mustang Has More Bite
It won't be cheap, though.
.............................................................................................................................................
Somali-American Ilhan Omar Moves One Step Closer to Historic Congress Seat After Primary Win
The nation’s first Somali-American state legislator is poised to set the same historic mark in Congress after winning a crowded Democratic primary in Minnesota Tuesday to replace Rep. Keith Ellison.
.............................................................................................................................................
Berkshire boosts Goldman, Teva stakes; buys more Apple
(Reuters) - Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc boosted its investments in Goldman Sachs Group Inc and Israel's Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd during the second quarter and confirmed it has expanded its already huge bet on iPhone maker Apple Inc .
.............................................................................................................................................
Japan emperor set to visit final war memorial
Japan's Akihito will take part in an annual memorial ceremony honoring war dead on Wednesday, for the last time as reigning emperor. When he abdicates next year, he will leave behind a legacy as an emperor who pushed imperial boundaries to reach out to Asia. Grace Lee reports.
.............................................................................................................................................
Closing arguments set in Manafort's financial fraud trial
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Paul Manafort's defense rested its case Tuesday without calling any witnesses in the former Trump campaign chairman's tax evasion and bank fraud trial. Manafort himself chose not to testify.
.............................................................................................................................................
Vermont primary: Christine Hallquist becomes first transgender candidate to win governor nomination for major party
Christine Hallquist has become the first transgender candidate to win a major political party's nomination for governor. A former utility executive and engineer from Vermont, Ms Hallquist defeated three other Democrats in Tuesday's Vermont primary. The 62-year-old former CEO is part of a wave of LGBTQ candidates seeking higher office across the US.
.............................................................................................................................................
Mayor of Washington D.C. joins El Salvador town to celebrate migration milestone
Far from U.S. President Donald Trump's crackdown on illegal immigration, the people of a small coastal town in El Salvador on Tuesday celebrated half a century of their links to Washington D.C. - joined by the capital's mayor. Sigfredo Chavez and Elba Salinas, along with their two sons, were the first migrants from Intipuca to make the long journey to the United States in 1967, ending up in Washington D.C. and paving the way for thousands of people from their town who would follow, local officials said.
.............................................................................................................................................
US Diplomat Visits Detained Pastor in Turkey
America's top diplomat in Turkey has visited the U.S. pastor Andrew Brunson who's being held under house arrest in the city of Izmir and called on Turkey to resolve Brunson's case transparently and without delay. (Aug. 14)
.............................................................................................................................................
Two Women on Trial for the Mysterious Murder of Kim Jong Nam May Be Acquitted
Two Southeast Asian women on trial in Malaysia for the brazen assassination of the North Korean leader’s half-brother could be acquitted Thursday or called to enter their defense in a case that has gripped the world.
.............................................................................................................................................
Genoa bridge collapse a disaster 'waiting to happen'
Genoa's Morandi motorway bridge, a 200-metre (650-foot) portion of which collapsed on Tuesday killing dozens of people, has been riddled with structural problems since its construction in the 1960s, which has led to expensive maintenance and severe criticism from engineering experts. The technology of pre-stressed reinforced concrete used in the construction was the hallmark of its designer, the celebrated Italian engineer Riccardo Morandi, who died in 1989. Dubbed patent "Morandi M5", he had used the technology for other works, including a wing of the Verona Arena in 1953.
.............................................................................................................................................
Police Looking For Man Seen Spanking Hippo's Butt At LA Zoo
The Los Angeles Police Department is currently investigating a video that
.............................................................................................................................................
The Latest: Steil wins Wisconsin GOP primary to replace Ryan
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on primaries in Connecticut, Minnesota, Vermont and Wisconsin (all times local):
.............................................................................................................................................
California Lawmakers Have a 'Secret' DMV While Others Wait in Long Lines
Waiting hours and hours in line at the DMV is the new normal for people across California but lawmakers aren't subjected to the same treatment.
.............................................................................................................................................
The Viral New 'Matilda Challenge' Has People Mastering Objects With Their Mind Powers
Unleash your inner psychic abilities
.............................................................................................................................................
Keith Ellison Wins Minnesota Attorney General Primary While Facing Abuse Accusations
Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) won the Democratic primary for Minnesota attorney
.............................................................................................................................................
NASA on Sleeping Mars Opportunity Rover: "We Still Haven't Heard From It"
A global dust storm forced the 15-year-old veteran to shut down in June.
.............................................................................................................................................
Transgender woman, Somali-American win US primary nods
Christine Hallquist won the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in the US state of Vermont on Tuesday, moving a step closer to becoming the nation's first transgender governor, US media projected. In another ground-breaking political moment, Somali-American state legislator Ilhan Omar claimed victory in her primary in Minnesota, putting her on track to become one of the first female Muslim members of the US House of Representatives. "HISTORY MADE! @christineforvt just became the first trans/non-binary gubernatorial candidate from a major political party in American history!" the Victory Fund, an organization that supports LGBTQ candidates, tweeted about Hallquist.
.............................................................................................................................................
A Dispute in a Philadelphia Walmart Checkout Line Ended With Gunfire
Several victims sustained non-life-threatening injuries
.............................................................................................................................................
The Latest: Priest abuse report faults Cardinal Donald Wuerl
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on a grand jury report on clergy abuse in six Pennsylvania Roman Catholic dioceses (all times local):
.............................................................................................................................................
The website for Vermont's 14-year-old gubernatorial candidate has convinced me he's fit for the job
Ethan Sonneborn is running for governor of Vermont. He's also 14 years old. This is perfectly legal, which he explains on his very adorable and surprisingly professional website. All that's required for someone to run for governor in Vermont is that they have lived in the state for a minimum of four years. For the skeptics, a link to the Vermont constitution is also provided on Sonneborn's website. Sonneborn, who is a Democrat, also runs down the issues that are important to him, such as LGBTQ rights, healthcare for all, the environment, economy, and education. Image: screengrab/ethansonneborn.comYou'll also find a YouTube video of Sonneborn delivering a speech that he gave this January, when he announced his campaign. He discusses his love of dogs, basketball, fishing — and his intention to run for governor. Maybe I'm just super burned out and disillusioned from the brutal political news cycle, but Sonneborn has me convinced he's the right person for the job. Sure he's not old enough to vote himself, but he believes in pushing a carbon emissions tax, so that's something? His website doesn't give a super-detailed explanation of how he's going to accomplish everything he stands for, but at least he stands for something. He's charming and he gives me hope for the future, so I'm choosing to believe in him. Vermont's Democratic primary is on Tuesday, if Sonneborn wins he'll be — you guessed it — the youngest governor in Vermont's history. WATCH: Kids can now learn to code by building this Star Wars droid
.............................................................................................................................................
Ex-White House Aide Omarosa Manigault Newman Says President Trump Will Not Silence Her
"He's afraid of what I will share"
.............................................................................................................................................
Sen. Bernie Sanders Wins Vermont Democratic Primary, but Is Expected to Turn It Down
Under Vermont law he cannot appear on the November ballot as both a Democrat and an independent
.............................................................................................................................................
Raw: Afghan City in Ruins As Battles Continue
Afghan security forces pushed back the Taliban from the eastern provincial capital of Ghazni on Tuesday and were trying to flush the insurgents out of the city's outskirts. (Aug. 14)
.............................................................................................................................................
US transgender woman wins Democratic nod for governor in Vermont
Christine Hallquist won the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in the US state of Vermont on Tuesday, moving a step closer to becoming the nation's first transgender governor, US media reported. "HISTORY MADE! @christineforvt just became the first trans/non-binary gubernatorial candidate from a major political party in American history!" tweeted the Victory Fund, an organization that supports LGBTQ candidates. Hallquist transitioned while heading the Vermont Electricity Coop, several years before launching her gubernatorial bid.
.............................................................................................................................................
'I will not be bullied': Omarosa hits back after Trump campaign files legal action over alleged secrecy agreement breach
Former White House aide Omarosa Manigault-Newman has said that she “will not be silenced” or “bullied” by Donald Trump after his campaign starting legal action alleging breach of a secrecy agreement amid a spat over a new book. The arbitration was filed with the America Arbitration Association in New York, and claims Ms Manigault-Newman’s book and media tour breached her 2016 confidentiality agreement with the campaign. “Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. has filed an arbitration against Omarosa Manigault-Newman, with the American Arbitration Association in New York City, for breach of her 2016 confidentiality agreement with the Trump Campaign,” a Trump campaign official said in a statement.
.............................................................................................................................................
Omarosa's Tapes Show an Ongoing Problem With White House Security
President Donald Trump has regularly fallen short of stringent national security rules typically followed in the White House.
.............................................................................................................................................
A company town turns rust belt in South Korea
Once the heart of South Korea's post-war industrial transformation, Ulsan, also known as 'Hyundai Town,' is now reeling from Chinese competition, rising labor costs and its over-reliance on Hyundai. Grace Lee reports.
.............................................................................................................................................
Vermont nominates 1st US transgender candidate for governor
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A former Vermont utility executive on Tuesday became the first transgender candidate to be nominated for governor, and she'll face the Republican incumbent, who survived a bitter backlash from his base over gun restrictions he supported.
.............................................................................................................................................
New Mexico Judge gets death threats after granting bail to compound members
Police raided the compound in Taos County on Aug. 3 following a tip-off that children held there were starving. Granting bail on Monday, district Judge Sarah Backus said prosecutors failed to show the defendants, all of whom are Muslims, posed a danger to the community. A caller subsequently told Backus "he wished her throat were slit", New Mexico courts spokesman Barry Massey said.
.............................................................................................................................................
Kellyanne Conway's Husband Slams Trump With Business Analogy
Kellyanne Conway's husband, George Conway, slammed President Donald Trump's
.............................................................................................................................................
Erdogan says Turkey will boycott U.S. electronics, lira steadies
The lira has lost more than 40 percent this year and crashed to an all-time low of 7.24 to the dollar early on Monday, hit by worries over Erdogan's calls for lower interest rates and worsening ties with the United States. The weakness of the Turkish currency has rippled through global markets. Its drop of as much as 18 percent on Friday hit U.S. and European stocks as investors fretted about banks' exposure to Turkey.
.............................................................................................................................................
Teachers' plot to hide political bias from parents revealed
Public school teachers in Massachusetts pledged to reject the 'call for objectivity' in the classroom in a group email; a Newton North High School parent reacts on 'Fox & Friends.'
.............................................................................................................................................
Vermont nominates 1st US transgender nominee for governor
A former Vermont utility executive on Tuesday became the first transgender candidate to be nominated for governor, and she'll face the Republican incumbent, who survived a bitter backlash from his base over gun restrictions he supported. GOP Gov. Phil Scott defeated a challenge from Springfield businessman Keith Stern in his quest to win a second term. Scott said he expected the race to be closer than it was.
.............................................................................................................................................
Utah firefighter killed battling Mendocino Complex Fires had extensive experience
Officials say a firefighter from Utah was injured while assisting with the Ranch Fire, the bigger of the two in the Mendocino complex. An emergency crew airlifted him to the hospital where he died.
.............................................................................................................................................
Two US Ospreys make emergency landings in Japan: media
Two US military Osprey aircraft made separate emergency landings at airports on Japanese islands on Tuesday, with no injuries or damage reported, local media said. The other Osprey made an emergency landing further south at the US Kadena Air Base in Okinawa Friday afternoon, Kyodo said, quoting government sources. The Osprey, a hybrid helicopter-turboprop with a chequered safety record, has two engines positioned on fixed wingtips that allow it to land and take off vertically.
.............................................................................................................................................
In first, transgender woman wins Democratic nomination for Vermont governor
The win "is a defining moment in the movement for trans equality," Annise Parker, president and CEO of LGBTQ Victory Fund, which seeks to elect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender candidates, said in a statement. The contest comes at a time of uncertainty for transgender rights, which expanded under the administration of Democratic President Barack Obama.
.............................................................................................................................................
Wisconsin, Minnesota races could serve as barometer of voter intensity
Voters had their say in primary races in the upper Midwestern states of Wisconsin and Minnesota on Tuesday, two key battlegrounds in November's congressional elections that could determine control of Congress. States such as Wisconsin helped drive Donald Trump’s surprising presidential win two years ago, and voter turnout there and in neighboring Minnesota could serve as a barometer of opposition strength headed into the midterm elections. Trump was the first Republican presidential candidate to win Wisconsin in 32 years, and he narrowly lost to Democrat Hillary Clinton in Minnesota.
.............................................................................................................................................
Rescuers search rubble for survivors after motorway bridge collapses in Genoa, Italy leaves at least 26 dead
Firefighters with sniffer dogs are working into the night to try to find survivors beneath the rubble of a giant bridge that collapsed in the Italian port city of Genoa. At least 26 people, including a child, died in the disaster, which happened as the city was lashed by an intense thunderstorm, but the toll was expected to rise. Officials said 15 people were injured and 10 of them were in a critical condition. Four people were pulled alive from the rubble. Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte called it "an immense tragedy ... inconceivable in a modern system like ours, a modern country." Dozens of cars and trucks plunged 150ft to the ground after the elevated motorway suddenly collapsed. Rescuers scouring through the wreckage, strewn among shrubland and train tracks, said there were "dozens" of victims, as rescue helicopters winched survivors on stretchers from the ruined bridge. "We are still trying to extract survivors from the rubble," Alessandra Bucci, a police official, said. "We hope to find more people alive." Huge slabs of reinforced concrete slammed into warehouses and other buildings, most of which were unoccupied because of the summer holidays. Italy’s populist government, which came to power in June, said the collapse was the result of years of underinvestment in infrastructure, shoddy maintenance and EU budget constraints. Danilo Toninelli, the transport minister, earlier said in a tweet that he was "following with great apprehension what seems like an immense tragedy".  Genoa motorway bridge collapses Up to 100 yards of the motorway collapsed at around 11:30am (9.30am GMT) during torrential rainfall after Genoa was hit by a strong thunderstorm. Several witnesses said the bridge was hit by a bolt of lightning during the storm. Cars and trucks were stranded on either side of the collapsed portion of the bridge, their drivers escaping death by just a few yards. Alessandro Megna was in a traffic jam beneath the bridge when it collapsed. Italian television showed images of the collapsed bridge Credit: Alamy "Suddenly the bridge came down with everything it was carrying. It was really an apocalyptic scene, I couldn't believe my eyes," he said. Among the survivors was a former professional footballer whose car went down with the bridge. Davide Capello, 33, a former goalkeeper for Italian Serie A club Cagliari who is now a firefighter, miraculously managed to walk away from the disaster. "I was driving along the bridge, and at a certain point I saw the road in front of me collapse, and I went down with the car," he told TV news channel Sky TG24. Rescuers inspect the rubble and wreckages by the Morandi motorway bridge Credit:  ANDREA LEONI/AFP He managed to clamber out of his car, which he said was "attached to a pylon", and climb down the rubble to the firefighters waiting below. “I don't know how my car wasn't crushed. It seemed like a scene from a film, it was the apocalypse," he said. "The debris from the collapse came to within 20 metres of my car," said a witness, Davide Ricci, who saw the bridge go down while he was driving. "First the central pylon crumbled, then the whole thing came down."  A helicopter hovers as rescuers work at the site where the Morandi motorway bridge collapsed in Genoa Credit: AFP Another witness told Sky Italia television he saw "eight or nine" vehicles on the bridge when it collapsed in what he said was an "apocalyptic scene". The first injured have been extracted from the rubble and taken to hospital, according to Italian media reports. Italian news agency ANSA said one person had been extracted alive  and was being transported by helicopter to a hospital. Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said around 200 firefighters were responding to the accident. "We are following minute by minute the situation for the bridge collapse in Genoa," Mr Salvini said on Twitter. Genoa bridge collapse map A video has emerged on Facebook of the moment the bridge collapsed, with a witness saying "Oh my God, oh my God." The fire service said it was feared that cars that were on the motorway had plummeted when it suddenly gave way. Italian television showed images of the collapsed bridge, which was built on the A10 toll motorway in the 1960s. Restructuring work on the bridge was carried out in 2016. Emergency workers attend crushed trucks and cars Credit:  REX/Shutterstock The disaster occurred on a highway that connects Italy to France and other holiday resorts on the eve of a major Italian holiday on Wednesday, Ferragosto, and traffic would have been heavier than usual as many Italians travelled to beaches or mountains. What caused the bridge to collapse? Lack of maintenance, structural failure, torrential rain and lightning strikes were all factors that could have contributed to the catastrophic collapse of the Genoa bridge. The concrete bridge was built in 1967 and questions were being asked over whether its structural integrity had deteriorated over time. A report published in 2011 by the Italian highways agency said the Morandi bridge, designed by celebrated Italian engineer Riccardo Morandi, who died in 1989, carried heavy volumes of traffic and needed constant maintenance. “Queues of cars and the volume of traffic cause intense decay of the Morandi viaduct structure on a daily basis,” Autostrade per l’Italia said. It is feared that cars that were on the motorway had plummeted when it suddenly gave way Credit:  GAFA A senior manager from Autostrade per l’Italia said the bridge’s collapse was impossible to predict and it was too early to determine what caused it. "The collapse was unexpected and unpredictable. The bridge was constantly monitored, even more than was foreseen by the law," Stefano Marigliani told Reuters. "There was no reason to consider the bridge dangerous.” Several witnesses said it was struck by lightning shortly before it collapsed. “It was just after 11.30am when we saw a lightning bolt hit the bridge,” a witness identified only as Pietro told Ansa, the national news agency. “Then we saw it fall down.” Emergency services at the scene Credit:  REX/Shutterstock An expert in structural engineering said it was too early to say whether the violent storm could have contributed to the collapse. "As this reinforced and pre-stressed concrete bridge has been there for 50 years it is possible that corrosion of tendons or reinforcement may be a contributory factor," said Ian Firth, former president of The Institution of Structural Engineers. "The fact that there was reported to be a storm at the time may or may not be particularly relevant.” Danilo Toninelli, the transport minister, said the tragedy was “unacceptable”. If negligence was found, then "whoever made a mistake must pay,” he said. Across Italy, there had not been “sufficient maintenance and checks” on bridges and viaducts, many of which were built during the 1960s, the minister said.
.............................................................................................................................................
President Trump Calls Omarosa 'That Dog' As He Denies Using the N-Word
The attack will complicate his efforts to deny using racist language
.............................................................................................................................................
Police Focus Search for Missing Student Mollie Tibbetts on 5 Areas in Iowa Town
Police also want information on anyone who has unexplained injuries
.............................................................................................................................................
Nebraska carries out America's first execution using opioid fentanyl
Carey Dean Moore, who was on death row for 38 years over the killing of two cab drivers in 1979, was put to death on Tuesday. Nebraska has carried out the first execution in the US using fentanyl, the opioid painkiller that killed Prince and has a central role in America’s overdose epidemic. The state put Carey Dean Moore, a double murderer, to death on Tuesday morning, the first execution there for 21 years.
.............................................................................................................................................
China rejects allegations of detaining million Uighurs in camps in Xinjiang
Hu Lianhe, a senior Communist Party official, said authorities in the far western Xinjiang region guarantee citizens freedom of religious belief and protects "normal religious activities". China says that Xinjiang faces a serious threat from Islamist militants and separatists who plot attacks and stir up tensions between the mostly Muslim Uighur minority who call the region home and the ethnic Han Chinese majority. Gay McDougall, a panel member, said on Friday it had received many credible reports that 1 million ethnic Uighurs were held in what resembles a "massive internment camp that is shrouded in secrecy, a sort of no rights zone".
.............................................................................................................................................
Yosemite reopens its valley, as flames and smoke linger
The reopening of Yosemite Valley, by far the most heavily visited area of the park, came as firefighters continued to make slow, steady progress containing the last hot spots of the Ferguson Fire, which erupted July 13 at the edge of Yosemite. Two roads into Yosemite Valley and the valley itself were reopened on Tuesday for the first time since July 25. Visitors were cautioned to expect diminished visibility in Yosemite Valley.
.............................................................................................................................................
Judge denies request to move US trial for 'El Chapo'
NEW YORK (AP) — A U.S. judge on Tuesday denied a request by notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman to move his trial as a way to alleviate the public spectacle created by the intense security measures being used to transport him to court.
.............................................................................................................................................
Missouri Crash Survivor Calls for Ban on Duck Boats
Tia Coleman's husband and three children died in the tragedy
.............................................................................................................................................
New Mexico bail reforms shaped ruling in compound case
A judge's decision to allow the release of an extended family accused of child abuse at a ramshackle desert compound in New Mexico prompted a political uproar Tuesday by prominent Republican lawmakers. The controversy was stoked even further when court officials condemned threats of violence made against the judge who issued the ruling and evacuated several administrative court offices as a precaution. State District Court Judge Sarah Backus on Monday cleared the way for the release of four defendants, despite assertions by prosecutors that the group was training children to use firearms for an anti-government mission and should remain in jail pending trial.
.............................................................................................................................................
Erdogan says Turkey to 'boycott' US electronic goods
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday said Turkey would boycott US electronic goods in retaliation for punitive sanctions by Washington against Ankara over the detention of an American pastor. "We will boycott US electronic goods," Erdogan said in a televised speech, raising the stakes in a spat that has seen the Turkish lira plunge to record lows. "If (the United States) have the iPhone, there's Samsung on the other side," he said, referring to US giant Apple's iconic phone and the top South Korean brand.
.............................................................................................................................................
Guidance Counselor Fears She'll Be Fired After School Learns She's Married To Her Wife
Students at a Roman Catholic high school in Indiana have come to the defense
.............................................................................................................................................
Democratic socialists suffer another loss in Hawaii primary
What does the loss say about the movement heading into the midterm elections?
.............................................................................................................................................
Rare and Ridiculous eBay Cars You Have to See
.............................................................................................................................................
Jordanian Immigrant Sentenced to Death for Houston 'Honor Killings'
Irsan's wife testified at trial that her husband tried to "clean his honor" with the killings
.............................................................................................................................................
Outrage, praise as New Mexico compound members granted bail
District court Judge Sarah Backus on Monday ruled prosecutors failed to show the defendants posed a threat to the community, despite accusations an abducted toddler died at their compound near Amalia, New Mexico, as his father prayed from the Koran to cast out "demonic spirits." "I believe that decision is endangering our community and our people," said Larry Salazar, 67, a rancher who lives about 2 miles from the high-desert compound where police discovered a boy's body on Aug. 6. Where are they going to be going to?" The two men, their wives and a sister must wear GPS ankle bracelets once released on $20,000 bail each and are not allowed back to the compound, Backus ruled.
.............................................................................................................................................
Suicide attempt survivor is the youngest face transplant recipient in U.S. history
A suicide attempt survivor is getting a second chance after receiving a historic face transplant.
.............................................................................................................................................
Nine hurt as Denver gas explosion levels residential building
Nine people were injured, one critically, on Tuesday when a natural gas explosion leveled a Denver apartment house, a fire department spokesman said. First responders rescued two victims trapped inside the building, described as a "fourplex," in Denver's historic Baker neighborhood, said Denver Fire Captain Greg Pixley. No one else was believed trapped in the rubble, alive or dead, Pixley said, but firefighters were conducting a thorough search to make sure.
.............................................................................................................................................
Sarah Huckabee Sanders: 'I Can't Guarantee' Trump Never Said Racial Slur
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Tuesday she "can't
.............................................................................................................................................
The U.S. Military Is Going All In on Hypersonic Weapons
The United States Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin a second contract to develop a hypersonic missile called the Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW).
.............................................................................................................................................
Half of Republicans Believe the Media Is the Enemy of the People: Poll
65% of those polled said they believe the news media is "an important part of democracy"
.............................................................................................................................................
Many Among Us Can Relate to the Thirsty Bear Who Made a Liquor Store Pit Stop
He was denied access — and not just because he was lacking ID
.............................................................................................................................................
Paul Manafort trial: Former Trump campaign manager’s lawyers rest case as closing arguments to be heard soon
The defence has rested its case in the trial of Paul Manafort, former 2016 campaign manager for Donald Trump, clearing the way for the jury to hear closing arguments. Mr Manafort’s trial on several counts of tax evasion and bank fraud is almost over after his legal team did not call any witnesses to the stand in the federal court in Alexandria, Virginia. The former foreign political agent decided not to testify in what is the first trial related to the FBI investigation, led by special counsel Robert Mueller, of alleged collusion between Mr Trump’s 2016 campaign team and Russian officials.
.............................................................................................................................................
Wisconsin, Minnesota primaries to gauge strength of opposition to Trump
Voters were going to the polls in those states for party primaries, and Democrats will have a chance to show they can mobilize voters for Nov. 6’s congressional elections and perhaps the 2020 presidential race as well. Trump was the first Republican presidential candidate to win Wisconsin in 32 years, and he narrowly lost to Democrat Hillary Clinton in Minnesota. Trump’s consistently low approval ratings and his trade policies, however, may have given Democrats renewed life.
.............................................................................................................................................
20 Killed in Italy Bridge Collapse
11 others or more were injured, Genoa mayor says
.............................................................................................................................................
'Finding Mollie' website launched for missing Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts; authorities detail how to help
Authorities on Monday urged the public to continue to share information that may help find Mollie Tibbetts.
.............................................................................................................................................
Sports Illustrated model posts facial scars caused by terrifying fall
Australian Model Robyn Lawley posted photos on Instagram from an accident where she had a seizure and fell down a flight of steps, resulting in a large scar on her face.
.............................................................................................................................................
Pregnant mom of twins says she was embarrassed when officer accused her of shoplifting
A pregnant mom expecting twins was accused of stuffing items "up her shirt" at a Staples store.
.............................................................................................................................................
Man crashes plane into own house after argument with wife
A professional pilot has died after crashing a plane into his own house following an argument with his wife. Duane Youd flew the Cessna Citation jet into his £500,000 home in Payson, Utah. The 47-year-old is reported to have taken the drastic course of action on Monday hours after being arrested for domestic assault.
.............................................................................................................................................
Erdogan says Turkey will boycott U.S. electronics, lira steadies
The lira has lost more than 40 percent this year and crashed to an all-time low of 7.24 to the dollar on Monday, hit by worries over Erdogan's calls for lower borrowing costs and by worsening ties with the United States, a major NATO ally. The lira's weakness has rippled through global markets. Its drop of as much as 18 percent on Friday hit European and U.S. stocks as investors fretted about banks' exposure to Turkey.
.............................................................................................................................................
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz S560 4Matic Sedan Marks the Return of a Classic Benz Badge
Echoes of the big Benz from days past.
.............................................................................................................................................
See How The Ford Ranger's Price Stacks Up To Competitors
Ford's new midsize pickup looks to be a serious contender against the Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon, Nissan Frontier, and Toyota Tacoma.
.............................................................................................................................................
Trump's Trying To Shut Omarosa Up. Good Luck With That.
WASHINGTON ― After decades of being able to shut people up with threats of
.............................................................................................................................................
7 Eco-Luxe Treehouses You Will Want to Stay In
.............................................................................................................................................
Pilot killed in small plane crash identified as Disney employee
A Disney Imagineer, who programmed theme park rides all around the world, was killed in a small plane crash.
.............................................................................................................................................
Ford to invest $740 million in Detroit train station, city development project
Ford aims to turn the building into a campus of offices for up to 5,000 tech workers and software engineers focused on self-driving vehicles and ancillary technologies and services. The second largest U.S. automaker based in Dearborn, Michigan, about 10 miles from Detroit, announced the project in June, but had not previously disclosed costs until a community meeting on Tuesday. The company said Tuesday in a statement it is "working with federal, state and local economic development groups and officials, seeking at least $250 million in tax or other incentives to support the development of the five Corktown sites Ford has purchased." Ford said total investment in the development of the train station and developing 45 acres of vacant land will cost approximately $740 million over the next four years.
.............................................................................................................................................
Sarah Sanders 'Can't Guarantee' There's No Tape of President Trump Using a Racial Slur
White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said she couldn't guarantee that there isn't a tape of Trump using a racial slur.
.............................................................................................................................................
US 'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin gravely ill: report
Singer Aretha Franklin, a multiple Grammy award-winner star whose legacy stretches back decades, is gravely ill and surrounded by relatives, a reporter and family friend wrote on his website Monday. The 76 year-old "Queen of Soul" Franklin, known for hits such as "Respect" (1967) and "I Say a Little Prayer" (1968), "is gravely ill in Detroit. The family is asking for prayers and privacy," wrote Roger Friedman on the Showbiz 411 website.
.............................................................................................................................................
Man Caught on Camera Spanking Hippo at California Zoo
Police said the intruder could face charges of trespassing.
.............................................................................................................................................
U.S. lawsuit over photos at U.S.-Mexico border crossings is revived
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Pasadena, California, ruled 3-0 that a lower court judge acted too hastily in dismissing Ray Askins' and Christian Ramirez's First Amendment claims against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Customs and Border Protection officials. It faulted the judge for deciding in a "conclusory fashion" that the case should be dismissed because of the government's "extremely compelling interest" in border security and general interest in protecting U.S. territorial sovereignty. While reasonable restrictions on speech might be justified, "it is the government's burden to prove that these specific restrictions are the least restrictive means available to further its compelling interest," Circuit Judge Jay Bybee wrote for the appeals court.
.............................................................................................................................................
'Stand Your Ground' Shooter Charged After Fatal Altercation Over Parking Space
A Florida man who invoked the state's controversial "stand your ground" law
.............................................................................................................................................
At 21, Woman Is Youngest Ever to Undergo Face Transplant After Attempting Suicide as a Teen
Katie Stubblefield's story is the center of a new National Geographic documentary.
.............................................................................................................................................
Oklahoma School Shuts Down for 2 Days After Parents Threaten Transgender 7th Grader on Facebook
One parent suggested a "good sharp knife" could stop the student
.............................................................................................................................................
Fearless Mercedes-Benz Driver Thwarts Scumbag Carjackers
The dumb thieves didn't get the car and their Audi got wrecked in the process.
.............................................................................................................................................
Most Expensive 2019 Ford Ranger Costs $47,020
That’s for a fully loaded Lariat SuperCrew with four-wheel drive.
.............................................................................................................................................
Chevrolet Tahoe, Suburban Get New Premier Plus Special Editions
A 6.2-liter V8 and trim upgrades give these big SUVs a bit more swagger, but it comes at a cost.
.............................................................................................................................................
Florida State House Candidate Admits She Faked College Diploma
A Republican candidate for office in Florida is admitting she lied about her
.............................................................................................................................................
Convicted Murderer Executed in Nebraska With Drug Combination That Has Never Been Used Before
Nebraska hasn't executed an inmate in more than two decades
.............................................................................................................................................
Compact, Mid-Size, or Corvette Z06? Hertz Now Renting Special Edition Vette
Celebrating its centennial, Hertz offers up 650 horsepower for rent.
.............................................................................................................................................
Undocumented Immigrants with Kidney Failure Say They Can`t Get Proper Care
A group of patients with kidney failure at a Denver hospital say they are not able to get proper medical care because of their legal status.
.............................................................................................................................................
A dead baby orca and the intense grief of animals
For 17 days, the killer whale Tahlequah kept her decomposing calf afloat in ocean waters north of Seattle. Sometimes, the lifeless calf would sink, and Tahlequah would dive down and push it back up to the surface. But after 400 hours of this trying effort, Tahlequah apparently accepted fate on August 11, and let her deceased young fall to the depths of the Salish Sea. This grim event has been widely viewed as a show of intense grieving for the loss of a young calf, perpetuating an unsettling trend for these troubled animals. The endangered whale population here, facing a plummeting salmon supply, are in a bad place: A calf has not survived in three years. Although we can’t commune with animals, it seems there’s little doubt Tahlequah, also known as J35, was exhibiting grief, an emotion increasingly recognized in animals, from cattle to elephants.  SEE ALSO: Iceland gets away with killing dozens of huge, endangered whales. Here's why. “There seems like there’s a refusal to accept the death,” Preston Foerder, who researches animal cognition and behavior at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, said of Tahlequah’s behavior. “If we were to see similar behavior in humans, we would call it grief,” Foerder said. This is little surprise to many researchers who spend time around killer whales. The mammals have been observed living socially complex lives, largely made possible by their advanced brains.  “It screams intelligence,” Lori Marino, a neuroscientist who has been studying the minds of cetaceans for over two decades, said in an interview. “They are impressive brains.” Killer whales have an “elaborate structure” in their brains, known as the paralimbic lobe, that bridges the emotional part of their minds to their decision making, said Marino. “You’re not surprised at the depth of what they feel,” said Marino, who is now the president of the Whale Sanctuary Project, which aims to build a marine home for captive whales. Yet, one doesn’t need an advanced mind to experience grief.  “We’re interested in studying what big-brained animals do, but when it comes to farmed animals, we don’t really want to know,” Barbara King, an emeritus professor of anthropology at the College of William and Mary, said in an interview. The larger environmental question reflected in the J35 story is that both the USA and Canada MUST redouble efforts to restore wild salmon (particularly Chinook) throughout Washington State and British Columbia for a food supply for the SRKW in this region. - Ken Balcomb pic.twitter.com/mqQy83KxSe — Whale Research (@CWROrcas) July 27, 2018 King has watched dairy cows, with their young taken from them, mourn their losses and attempt to seek out their young, in vain. “The mother clearly, clearly grieves,” said King, who authored the book How Animals Grieve . Javelinas — hairy hog-like animals in U.S. deserts — have been spotted sleeping next to the bodies of their dead.  A marmoset monkey in the Amazon was observed  attending to a mortally injured mate after the animal fell from a tree and cracked its skull on the ground, said King. And Japanese macaques carry around their infant dead as the bodies decompose. “They [monkeys] won’t give up on it [the infant] till it’s fallen apart,” said Foerder. But the endangered killer whales in these waters off of Vancouver Island, known collectively as the Southern Resident killer whale population (SRKW), may have an even more compounded pain. The whales have been in decline for decades, largely because the nutritious salmon the toothed-cetaceans rely on have been overfished. The Salish Sea, north of Seattle, Washington encompasses the waterways and straits around Vancouver Island.Image: nasa earth observatoryAnd these whales aren’t exactly spitting out offspring even in the best conditions.  It takes 10 years or longer for a female to become sexually mature, and then it takes 15 to 18 months for a female to give birth to a single calf, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. “The loss of a single whale is huge in the life history of these animals,” Marc Bekoff, professor emeritus of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado, said in an interview. It appears other killer whales, aside from the grieving mother, may have acknowledged this reality as well.  According to The Center for Whale Research, the organization that has been monitoring these whales for decades, the killer whales performed a ritual-like gathering in a circle on July 24, after the calf died. There have also been unconfirmed reports, noted Bekoff and King, that other whales helped keep the dead calf afloat during the 17-day period. If so, this group grieving may serve a greater purpose. “Grieving brings surviving members of a group together,” said Bekoff. “It’s like a wake.” “It’s possible that the group grieving is a way for them to say, ‘Everything is okay – the group is still here,'” he said. Javilinas in southwest Texas.Image: Shutterstock / Dennis W DonohueIt’s also possible that Tahlequah’s behavior was influenced more by evolutionary pressures, than by grieving itself. “In terms of evolution, all behaviors should have some sort of purpose,” said Foerder, noting that Tahlequah could have been repeatedly pushing the calf up to breath, until it eventually became overwhelmingly apparent the calf was dead. “Is she grieving, or just continuing to keep it alive?” asked Foerder. “It’s hard to nail down.” Still, King said there's little doubt this was extreme grieving behavior, as Tahlequah’s behavior altered dramatically after her calf perished.  "I would never claim to know what an animal thinks or feels," said King. "The animals themselves are physically expressing this behavior." WATCH: Ever wonder how the universe might end?
.............................................................................................................................................
Sleep loss can make people more isolated and lonely: Study
It only takes one sleepless night to ruin social interactions and make people feel lonely, a new study showed. "Mother nature took millions of years to perfect our sleep and we just shaved off over an hour to fit our lifestyle," Dr. Matt Walker, founder and director of Center for Human Sleep Science at University of California-Berkeley and lead author of the study told ABC News. To better understand the social effects that poor sleep can create, researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, conducted a series of experiments using brain imaging, paired with surveys that helped rate the participants' loneliness and videos that simulated real-life scenarios.
.............................................................................................................................................
Freed in Turkey before spy trial, Greek soldiers await flight home
Two Greek soldiers facing espionage charges in Turkey are due to fly home early on Wednesday after a provincial court released them, in a ruling Athens said would help to improve strained ties between the two NATO allies. The soldiers crossed into Turkey in March, in what Greece said was an accident while they were following the trail of suspected illegal migrants. The same court ruled for their release on Tuesday after they said in a defense statement they had crossed the border by mistake, state news agency Anadolu said.
.............................................................................................................................................
Michigan Superintendent Works 90 Hour Weeks All Summer to Paint School
A Michigan school superintendent says the district didn't have enough money to hire professionals to paint so he rolled up his sleeves and got to work.
.............................................................................................................................................
Victim in Possible Arkansas Murder-Suicide Was Pregnant, Police Say
Police in Helena-West Helena, Arkansas say a victim in a suspected murder-suicide was pregnant.
.............................................................................................................................................
Natural gas explosion levels Denver building, nine hurt
Nine people were injured, one of them critically, on Tuesday when a natural gas explosion leveled a Denver apartment building on Tuesday, a fire department spokesman said. Two of the victims were trapped inside the building, which was described as a "fourplex," following the blast in Denver's historic Baker neighborhood but were rescued by first responders, said Denver Fire Captain Greg Pixley. Crews were also working with Xcel Energy Inc to insure all gas was eliminated from the area, he said.
.............................................................................................................................................
Pennsylvania report lists more than 300 'predator' priests
More than 300 "predator" priests in Pennsylvania are accused of abusing over 1,000 children across seven decades, a grand jury said Tuesday in a devastating report that decried a systematic cover-up by the Catholic Church. It is thought to be the single most comprehensive report to date into abuse in the US church, since The Boston Globe first exposed pedophile priests in Massachusetts in 2002.
.............................................................................................................................................
Pennsylvania report lists more than 300 'predator' priests
A sweeping grand jury report on Tuesday found credible allegations against more than 300 predator priests and identified over 1,000 victims in decades of child sex abuse covered up by the Catholic Church in Pennsylvania. It was not immediately clear how many fresh charges could be brought following what the report called the most comprehensive to date about child sex abuse within the Catholic Church, investigating all but two of the US state's dioceses. Testimony from dozens of witnesses and half a million pages of internal church documents contained credible allegations against more than 300 predator priests and more than 1,000 child victims were identifiable, the report found.
.............................................................................................................................................
Catholic Church Covered Up Child Abuse By 301 Priests In Pennsylvania: Report
Pennsylvania's attorney general released on Tuesday the long-awaited results
.............................................................................................................................................
Diagnosing Depression in Young Kids is Harder, Incredibly Important
“Is it hard to believe? Absolutely. But it’s possible for even a three-year-old to experience depression. We should not overlook the signs just because of the ages."
.............................................................................................................................................
Tinder Founders Sue IAC and Match Group Claiming They Are Being Cheated Out of 'Billions'
Match shares fell 3.8 percent Tuesday
.............................................................................................................................................
Italian Deputy Prime Minister Salvini Blames Deadly Bridge Collapse on EU Budget Constraints
“There can be no tradeoff between fiscal rules and the safety of Italians”
.............................................................................................................................................
VIDEO: Bridge collapses in Italy amid violent storm, vehicles involved
Authorities say vehicles were involved in a bridge collapse in northern Italy on Tuesday.
.............................................................................................................................................
2019 BMW 3 Series: Everything We Know
The seventh generation of BMW's best-selling car will debut in October at the Paris Motor Show.
.............................................................................................................................................
Donald Trump calls former aide who accused him of being a racist 'that dog' in angry tweet
President Donald Trump lashed out at former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman calling her "that dog" after she accused him of being a racist. The former Apprentice star has released a string of secret recordings from her time in the White House and has claimed Mr Trump has previously been recorded using racial slurs. In response, Mr Trump tweeted on Tuesday: "When you give a crazed, crying lowlife a break, and give her a job at the White House, I guess it just didn’t work out. Good work by General Kelly for quickly firing that dog!" Mr Trump's rhetoric is surprising given Ms Manigault Newman had been one of the president's most prominent black supporters and is now accusing him of using derogatory language about African Americans.  The feud between the pair has been escalated in recent days after Ms Manigault Newman released several tapes as she promotes her tell-all book about her time in the White House.  In recent days, Ms Manigault Newman has released audio of her firing by John Kelly, the White House Chief of Staff, and a call from Mr Trump in which he says he is sorry to hear she has been dismissed. Donald Trump lashed out at former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman calling her "that dog"  Credit: AFP On Tuesday, CBS News released another recording it said was unverified but appeared to be Ms Manigault Newman and several Trump campaign aides in October 2016 discussing a tape of Mr Trump using a racial epithet during the taping of "The Apprentice." CBS News' parent company, CBS Corp, owns Simon and Schuster Inc, which published her book. The book, Unhinged, also describes the conversation. The recording appears to show Ms Manigault Newman discussing with Trump campaign aides Katrina Pierson and Lynne Patton how to respond to the remarks. "I'm trying to find out at least what context it was used in, to help us maybe try to figure out a way to spin it," a woman, identified as Ms Pierson, can be heard saying. "He goes, 'how do you think I should handle it,' and I told him exactly what you just said, Omarosa," Ms Patton says, "which is 'well, it depends on what scenario you're talking about.' And he said, 'well, why don't you just go ahead and put it to bed.'" When you give a crazed, crying lowlife a break, and give her a job at the White House, I guess it just didn’t work out. Good work by General Kelly for quickly firing that dog!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 14, 2018 "He said it," Ms Pierson interjects. "No, he said it. He's embarrassed." Before the recording was made public, Ms Pierson denied having a conversation about an alleged "n-word tape" on Fox News. Ms Patton also denied the allegations in a statement. "To be clear, at no time did I participate in a conference call with Katrina Pierson advising me, Jason Miller and Omarosa Manigault-Newman that Frank Luntz had heard President Donald J. Trump use a derogatory racial term - a claim that Luntz himself has also denied," Ms Patton said, referring to a passage in Ms Manigault Newman's book. "It should be abundantly clear to everyone that not only is her book a complete work of fiction, but that the existence of this elusive 'N-word' tape is a figment of her imagination and merely a destructive tool of manipulation applied only when it best serves her interests." Mr Trump has vehemently denied using the N-word, saying the show's former producer, Mark Burnett, had called to confirm that no such tape existed.  Ms Manigault Newman has said the president has a "pattern" of insulting African Americans and questioning their intelligence. Critics have condemned the US president for what they said were racial and sexist undertones to his tweet on Tuesday. "The president of the United States is calling a woman of color a dog? ... How dare he call anyone a dog?" Democratic Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, who is also an African-American, told CNN. Asked whether Mr Trump's language was appropriate, White House senior counselor Kellyanne Conway did not answer directly but told Fox News she had never heard Mr Trump "issue a racial slur about anyone." Mr Trump brought on Ms Manigault Newman, previously known for repeatedly being fired on The Apprentice, as director of communications for the White House Office of Public Liaison. Ms Manigault Newman has hinted that she has several more tapes of conversations with White House staff and is willing to hand them over to the Special Counsel's Office investigating alleged Russian collusion in the 2016 presidential election. Mr Trump's re-election campaign announced on Tuesday that it is taking legal action against Ms Manigault Newman over her public bashing of the president. The campaign has filed for arbitration against the former White House aide arguing that she has violated a confidentiality agreement she signed in 2016, while she was still a member of Mr Trump's presidential campaign. The claim, filed with the American Arbitration Association in New York, highlights statements Ms Manigault Newman made during her time on Mr Trump's campaign as well as in the White House, as well as her recent release of several tape recordings of White House officials. “President Trump is well known for giving people opportunities to advance in their careers and lives over the decades, but wrong is wrong, and a direct violation of an agreement must be addressed and the violator must be held accountable,” a campaign official told The Washington Examiner.
.............................................................................................................................................
Dozens killed in Italy motorway bridge collapse 'tragedy'
Italy was in shock Tuesday after dozens of people were killed when a motorway bridge collapsed in heavy rain in the Italian city of Genoa in what the government called an "immense tragedy". The collapse, which saw a vast stretch of the A10 freeway tumble onto railway lines in the northern port city, came as the bridge was undergoing maintenance work and as the Liguria region, where Genoa is situated, experienced torrential rainfall. "Unfortunately there are around 30 dead and many injured in a serious condition," Interior Minister Matteo Salvini told reporters.
.............................................................................................................................................
Toddler Dies After Falling from 24th Floor Apartment Balcony in Virginia
Police in Virginia say a toddler fell to their death from the 24th floor of a Falls Church apartment building on Monday.
.............................................................................................................................................
Scientists Say They’ve Discovered a Drug That Could Prevent Weight Gain
In a study involving mice, published in Science, Yale researchers found that certain glaucoma drugs prevented fat from being absorbed by the gut by blocking the production of a protein called vascular endothelial growth factor A (VEGF-A). The researchers administered the drug to half of the mice in an eight-week trial while feeding them a diet high in fat. While the study was done on mice, it could have significant implications for humans, since the reason mice are often used in lab testing is the fact that their genetic, biological, and behavioral characteristics closely resemble those of humans.
.............................................................................................................................................
The Ultra-Wealthy World of Crazy Rich Asians Is a Real Thing. Here's Why
The roots of those fortunes go back centuries
.............................................................................................................................................
Scientists discover 'zombie gene' in elephants that could help fight cancer in humans
The cells in our body are constantly changing and mutating, and it's specific harmful types of mutations that can cause cancer. Logic would suggest that larger organisms, which have larger volumes of cells, should develop cancer a lot more often than smaller ones. This does not hold true for elephants.
.............................................................................................................................................
Genoa bridge collapse: what we know
As many as 30 people were killed on Tuesday when a giant motorway bridge collapsed in Genoa in northwestern Italy. The Morandi viaduct, less than five kilometres (three miles) to the west of Genoa's old port, was built in the 1960s and completed in 1967. Genoa's rugged terrain means that motorways that run through the city and the surrounding area are characterised by bridges and tunnels.
.............................................................................................................................................
What sanctions on Turkey say about Trump's brand of diplomacy
President Trump has proven to be a fan of economic sanctions and penalties. Recommended: Did Turkey end its state of emergency or make it permanent? Such use of economic punishment to try to influence the actions of a friend and ally is at least unusual, experts in international sanctions say, if not unprecedented.
.............................................................................................................................................
The Latest: Public turnout sparse for Nebraska execution
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Latest on Nebraska's first execution since 1997 (all times local):
.............................................................................................................................................
Paul Manafort's Defense Team Rests Without Calling Witnesses
The team relied on cross-examination of government witnesses
.............................................................................................................................................
Puerto Rico utility completes restoration 10 months after Maria
In a message on twitter, the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) said it had restored power to the last customer that was still offline, a family in Ponce, on the island's southern side. Hurricane Maria devastated the island last September and the bankrupt utility struggled to restore service to its customers.
.............................................................................................................................................
United States uses fentanyl for first time in execution of killer
A killer has been executed using the controversial opioid fentanyl for the first time in the United States. Carey Dean Moore, 60, who had been on death row for 38 years, died by lethal injection in Nebraska. An unprecedented combination of four drugs, including the first use of fentanyl in an execution, was employed to put him to death. Fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid, is at the centre of the US opioid crisis, which is claiming tens of thousands of lives a year. Prince, the late musician, died after taking fentanyl in 2016. Fresenius Kabi, a German drug company, tried to block the Nebraska execution by alleging the state had illicitly obtained drugs, but a judge refused to stay it. The company accused Nebraska of improperly using its drugs. Nebraska argued that one of its execution drugs was set to expire on Aug 31, and that prison officials would not be able to purchase more. It was the first execution in Nebraska since 1997. At a glance | Fentanyl Moore was one of the nation's longest-serving death row inmates. His execution came three years after Nebraska abolished the death penalty, only to have it reinstated the following year in a referendum when 61 per cent of voters backed capital punishment. Moore died at the at the Nebraska State Penitentiary in Lincoln. He had been convicted of the 1979 shooting deaths of two Omaha cab drivers, Maynard Helgeland and Reuel Van Ness Jr. The unprecedented Nebraska lethal injection cocktail called for an initial IV dose of diazepam, commonly known as Valium, to render the inmate unconscious. Fentanyl was then administered, followed by cisatracurium besylate to induce paralysis and stop the inmate from breathing, then potassium chloride to stop the heart. After each injection prison officials sent saline through the IV to flush out any residue and ensure all the drugs have entered the inmate's system.
.............................................................................................................................................
What Are Red Tides and Why Are They Getting Worse?
When algae get a surplus of nutrients, they grow at ridiculous rates.
.............................................................................................................................................
Malaysia PM on China, Rohingya, Singapore, graft and sea row
PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad commented on lopsided China-backed projects, treatment of Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims, the South China Sea furor, a water treaty with Singapore and the country's financial mess in an interview Monday with The Associated Press. Here are excerpts:
.............................................................................................................................................
Paul Manafort's lawyers conclude case without calling any witnesses
Lawyers for former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort concluded their case on Tuesday without calling any witnesses, opening the way for closing arguments and for judge TS Ellis III to turn the case over to jurors. Manafort’s legal team elected not to call him as a witness in his own defense.
.............................................................................................................................................
Paul Manafort’s defense rests without presenting evidence
The trial of President Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort is coming to a quieter than expected end.
.............................................................................................................................................
Odd Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Test Mule Spied On Public Roads
Take a good look at the GT500's rear end.
.............................................................................................................................................
Nebraska execution: Carey Dean Moore becomes first inmate on death row killed using fentanyl
Nebraska has become the first US state to use the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl in a lethal injection after a federal three-judge panel denied a drug company’s request to stop the execution over concerns the state had acquired the drug illegally. The execution of Carey Dean Moore marks the first execution in the state since 1997, and the use of the prescription drug in the process comes as pharmaceutical companies across the country look to take legal action against states attempting to use their products in executions. Moore had been serving prison time since 1980, when he was convicted of two first degree murders and given the death penalty.
.............................................................................................................................................
42-year-old Utah father dies fighting California wildfire
DRAPER, Utah (AP) — Utah firefighter Matthew Burchett said goodbye to his wife and 6-year-old son in early August and volunteered to head to California along with 37 other firefighters from the state to help battle blazes that have been ravaging homes in the coastal state.
.............................................................................................................................................
Pennsylvania Releases Damning Report On Catholic Clergy Sex Abuse Scandal
Pennsylvania's attorney general released on Tuesday the long-awaited results
.............................................................................................................................................
An alignment for peace in Afghanistan
Over the past year, the long war in Afghanistan has seen no strategic breakthroughs. This includes strengthening the Afghan government and its security forces while eliminating any terrorism threat, especially from the Afghan branch of Islamic State (ISIS). It is working closely with President Ashraf Ghani, who has made courageous gestures toward the Taliban and a peace process.
.............................................................................................................................................
Paul Manafort's Defense Team Rests Without Calling Witnesses
Paul Manafort and his legal team decided on Tuesday not to present defense witnesses in his trial on fraud charges
.............................................................................................................................................
15 Back-to-School DIY Ideas That Will Get Your Kids Excited to Learn
.............................................................................................................................................
VIDEO: Bridge collapses in Italy amid violent storm, killing at least 25
At least 25 people are confirmed dead after a bridge collapse in Italy on Tuesday, according to Genoa's mayor.
.............................................................................................................................................
Exceptionally hot weather predicted until 2022 according to new study
Manmade global warming and a natural surge in the Earth's surface temperature will join forces to make the next five years exceptionally hot, according to a study published Tuesday. The joint effects of climate change and so-called natural variability more than doubles the likelihood of "extreme warm events" in ocean surface waters, creating a dangerous breeding ground for hurricanes and typhoons, the study suggests. "This warm phase is reinforcing long-term climate change," lead author Florian Sevellec, a climate scientist at the University of Brest in France, said. "This particular phase is expected to continue for at least five years." Earth's average surface temperature has always fluctuated. Over the last million years, it vacillated roughly every 100,000 years between ice ages and balmy periods warmer than today. Over the last 11,000 years, those variations have become extremely modest, allowing our species to flourish. Manmade climate change - caused by billions of tonnes of greenhouse gases injected into the atmosphere, mainly over the last century - has come on top of those small shifts, and today threatens to overwhelm them. Teasing apart the influence of carbon pollution and natural variation has long bedevilled scientists trying to quantify the impact of climate change on cyclones, droughts, floods and other forms of extreme weather. Sevellec and his colleagues tackled the problem in a different way. First, they focused on the natural fluctuations that - for most climate scientists - are "noise" obscuring the climate change fingerprint. People bathe during a heatwave in Stockholm, Sweden Credit: TT News Agency Second, they used a streamlined statistical approach rather than the comprehensive climate models that generate most long-term forecasts. "We developed a system for predicting interannual" - or short-term - "natural variations in climate," Sevellec said. "For the period 2018-2022, we found an anomaly equivalent to the impact of anthropogenic warming." Natural warming, in other words, will have about the same impact as manmade climate change over the next five years. The likelihood of a marine heatwave or other ocean "warming events" is predicted to increase by 150 percent. The new method - dubbed PROCAST, for PRObabilistic foreCAST - was tested against past temperature records and proved at least as accurate as standard models. Heatwave | Winners and Losers It can be run in seconds on a laptop, rather than requiring weeks of computing time on a super-computer. "This opens up the possibility of doing climate forecasts to more researchers, especially in countries that don't have easy access to super-computers," Sevellec said. The researchers intend to adapt their system to make regional predictions, and - in addition to temperature - to estimate rainfall and drought trends. The Paris climate treaty calls for capping global warming at "well below" two degrees Celsius, and 1.5 C if deemed feasible. On current trends, however, Earth is on track to heat up by twice that much before the end of the century.
.............................................................................................................................................
Maduro announces curbs to cheap gas in Venezuela
President Nicolas Maduro announced that from now on Venezuela's dirt-cheap fuel will be available only to people with a special government aid card that the opposition has denounced as a tool for controlling people. The government of the economically-ravaged country has for many years heavily subsidized petrol and Maduro says this has now led to a voracious black market in oil smuggled to neighbouring countries. People who want to keep benefiting from subsidized gas prices in this oil-rich nation must register their vehicles by Friday using the so-called "carnet de la patria," or fatherland card, which provides access to government assistance.
.............................................................................................................................................
Boy, 11, hacks into replica U.S. vote website in minutes at convention
(Reuters) - An 11-year-old boy managed to hack into a replica of Florida's election results website in 10 minutes and change names and tallies during a hackers convention, organizers said, stoking concerns about security ahead of nationwide votes. The boy was the quickest of 35 children, ages 6 to 17, who all eventually hacked into copies of the websites of six swing states during the three-day Def Con security convention over the weekend, the event said on Twitter on Tuesday. The National Association of Secretaries of State - who are responsible for tallying votes - said it welcomed the convention's efforts.
.............................................................................................................................................
Great White Shark's Seal Hunt Makes for Dramatic Scene Off Cape Cod
A great white shark’s predation of a seal was recorded off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, by the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy on August 2. This footage shows multiple angles of the attack, as well as a clip of the shark swimming underwater with a part of the seal in its mouth. Credit: Atlantic White Shark Conservancy via Storyful
.............................................................................................................................................
Ugandan police shoot driver, arrest singer-turned-politician
Ugandan musician and opposition lawmaker Robert Kyagulanyi, better known as Bobi Wine, was arrested Tuesday after an incident in which security officers shot his driver dead, a police spokesman said. "We arrested Bobi Wine and others this morning and he is in our custody," said Emilian Kayima, Uganda's police spokesman. Kyagulanyi was arrested in the northwestern town of Arua where he was campaigning for an opposition candidate in a hard-fought by-election that also drew President Yoweri Museveni in support of the ruling party candidate.
.............................................................................................................................................
Video Shows Shocking Attack on NYC Subway Conductor
Police are looking for two irate New York City subway riders who punched a conductor in the face after he announced a train was going express.
.............................................................................................................................................
Venezuelan general arrested over 'attack' on Maduro
A Venezuelan general has been arrested over the alleged assassination attempt on President Nicolas Maduro, Attorney General Tarek William Saab said on Tuesday. National Guard Major General Alejandro Perez Gomez appeared before a judge on Monday along with opposition politician Juan Requesens and colonel Pedro Javier Zambrano, Saab told a press conference. To date, 14 people have been arrested and charged for allegedly taking part in the August 4 incident in which Maduro was seen reacting on live television to an off-camera explosion while he addressed a military parade in Caracas.
.............................................................................................................................................
U.S. pastor in Turkey appeals for release, lifting of travel ban: lawyer
An American Christian pastor standing trial in Turkey on terrorism charges has appealed again to a Turkish court to release him from house arrest and lift his travel ban, his lawyer told Reuters on Tuesday. Relations between the two NATO allies have spiraled into a full-blown crisis over the trial of Christian pastor Andrew Brunson, who was held for 21 months in a Turkish prison until his transfer to house arrest last month - a move Washington dismissed as insufficient. The appeal document seen by Reuters said the court should halt any unlawful political interventions and lift judicial control provisions imposed on Andrew Brunson.
.............................................................................................................................................
Iran's top leader says no war or talks with US
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's supreme leader said Monday that his country will neither go to war nor enter into negotiations with the United States as the Trump administration restores sanctions lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal.
.............................................................................................................................................
The Latest: Closing arguments Wednesday in Manafort trial
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — The Latest on Paul Manafort's financial fraud trial (all times local):
.............................................................................................................................................
Conservative women challenge Ocasio-Cortez to a debate
Socialist candidate subs requests from Kaya Jones, Candace Owens and Allie Beth Stuckey.
.............................................................................................................................................
Erdogan says Turkey to boycott US electronic goods
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday said Turkey would boycott US electronic goods like the iPhone in retaliation for punitive sanctions from Washington, as the Turkish lira finally clawed back some ground after going into a tailspin over the tensions. The dispute between the NATO allies -- brought to a new intensity by Turkey's holding of an American pastor for two years -- has raised questions over the future of their partnership and fanned fears of a looming economic crisis in Turkey. "We will boycott US electronic goods," Erdogan said in a speech in Ankara, again showing no sign of compromise in the dispute.
.............................................................................................................................................
Omarosa tweet begs the question: What is it about Trump and dogs?
The indispensable Trump Twitter Archive, a searchable database of all 34,683 (as of 11:44 a.m. Tuesday) Trumpian tweets, cites 38 uses of “dog,” going back to 2010 when he was promoting an appearance by the Dog Whisperer on “The Apprentice,” and including a number that appear to refer to a project on “Celebrity Apprentice” that involved Gary Busey and something called a Mechanical Dog. Among those on the receiving end have been, besides Omarosa, newsman David Gregory, comedian Bill Maher, columnist George F. Will and conservative writer Erick Erickson.
.............................................................................................................................................
The Omarosa tapes: did Trump's former aide break the law?
Omarosa Manigault Newman, former White House aide, released secret recordings of her conversations with Donald Trump and his chief of staff, John Kelly. Omarosa Manigault Newman has released secret recordings of her conversations with Donald Trump and his chief of staff, John Kelly, which have made international headlines but have also left lingering questions.
.............................................................................................................................................
Pennsylvania report to detail decades of sexual abuse by priests
Decades of child sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests in Pennsylvania will come under public scrutiny for the first time on Tuesday with the release of a long-delayed report on a grand jury investigation led by the state's attorney general. Hundreds of pages long, the report will reveal the findings of one of the most expansive probes into clerical sexual abuse since an expose of widespread abuse and systematic efforts to cover it up rocked the Archdiocese of Boston nearly two decades ago. The Pennsylvania report will cover 70 years of abuse of children by 300 Roman Catholic priests and how the church sought to cover up the accusations.
.............................................................................................................................................
30 Foods You Can Make In A Waffle Iron
.............................................................................................................................................
The world’s first practical quantum computer has cash and a timeline
The dream of building a practical quantum computer could be closer than ever, thanks to a $15 million grant from the National Science Foundation to seven universities around the United States.
.............................................................................................................................................
Chinese electric carmaker NIO eyes $1.8 bn IPO in US
Chinese electric carmaker NIO has filed for a $1.8 billion initial public offering in the United States as the burgeoning company seeks to compete with US rival Tesla. NIO is one of dozens of new automakers to crop up in China as policymakers in Beijing push an all-electric future for the world's largest auto market. American, Japanese and European auto giants dominate sales of combustion engine vehicles in China, but homegrown firms unencumbered by the billions sunk into refining gasoline engines are in the driver's seat when it comes to electric cars.
.............................................................................................................................................
Desperate for officers, a Georgia police chief hits the road
Recently, a 911 call from the other side of the spectrum reached Chief Wallace’s dispatcher: a mom requesting an officer to talk to her 7-year-old, who refused to go to school. Decent pay, sometimes quirky but always critical work, and keys to a take-home cruiser are among the perks to being a Floyd County Police Department officer – 53 deputized men and women patrolling 500 square miles of Appalachian highlands. Like thousands of small-town and big-city police chiefs across the US, Wallace says his biggest challenge isn’t busting counterfeiters or conducting manhunts – at least not of the traditional sort.
.............................................................................................................................................
Donald Trump hits back after Omarosa's secret recording and says n-word isn't 'in my vocabulary'
Donald Trump continued to trade insults with former aide Omarosa Manigault Newman on Monday night, escalating a made-for-TV spat with the former Apprentice contestant.  As midnight neared, the president tackled Ms Manigault Newman's claim that she had heard an audiotape of him using the N-word. He tweeted that he had received a call from the producer of "The Apprentice" assuring him "there are NO TAPES of the Apprentice where I used such a terrible and disgusting word as attributed by Wacky and Deranged Omarosa." Mr Trump insisted: "I don't have that word in my vocabulary, and never have." He said Ms Manigault Newman had called him "a true Champion of Civil Rights" until she was fired. Ms Manigault Newman, the former White House liaison to black voters, writes in her new memoir that she'd heard such tapes existed. She said on Sunday that she had listened to one after the book closed. .@MarkBurnettTV called to say that there are NO TAPES of the Apprentice where I used such a terrible and disgusting word as attributed by Wacky and Deranged Omarosa. I don’t have that word in my vocabulary, and never have. She made it up. Look at her MANY recent quotes saying....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 14, 2018 Earlier, Mr Trump described Ms Manigault Newman as "wacky" and "not smart" after his former co-star revealed her recording of a phone conversation with the president. Beyond their war of words, the row touched on several sensitive issues in Mr Trump's White House, including a lack of racial diversity among senior officials, security in the executive mansion, a culture that some there feel borders on paranoia and the extraordinary measures used to keep ex-employees quiet. In an unusual admission, Mr Trump acknowledged that the public sparring was perhaps beneath a person in his position, tweeting that he knew it was "not presidential" to take on "a lowlife like Omarosa." But he added: "This is a modern day form of communication and I know the Fake News Media will be working overtime to make even Wacky Omarosa look legitimate as possible. Sorry!" The dispute has been building for days as Ms Manigault Newman promotes her memoir "Unhinged," which comes out officially on Tuesday. The book paints a damning picture of Mr Trump, including her claim that he used racial slurs on the set of his reality show "The Apprentice." In a series of interviews on NBC, Ms Manigault Newman also revealed two audio recordings from her time at the White House, including portions of a recording of her firing by chief of staff John Kelly, which she says occurred in the high-security Situation Room, and a phone call with Mr Trump after she was fired. Ms Manigault Newman says she has more recordings. Asked on MSNBC's "Hardball" if special counsel Robert Mueller - investigating possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia - would be interested in any of them, she said, "If his office calls again, anything they want, I'll share." .@OMAROSA says she'll cooperate with Robert Mueller's office if they call her again. #Hardballpic.twitter.com/4crEwVZqcS— Hardball (@hardball) August 13, 2018 Trump officials and a number of outside critics denounced the recordings as a serious breach of ethics and security - and White House aides worried about what else Ms Manigault Newman may have captured in the West Wing. The latest tape recording appears to show Trump expressing surprise about her firing, saying "nobody even told me about it." But Ms Manigault Newman said he "probably instructed General Kelly to do it." On Twitter, Mr Trump declared on Monday that she had been "fired for the last time," a reference to her appearances on his reality TV show. He said Kelly had called her a "loser & nothing but problems," but he himself had tried to save her job - because he liked her public comments about him. Wacky Omarosa, who got fired 3 times on the Apprentice, now got fired for the last time. She never made it, never will. She begged me for a job, tears in her eyes, I said Ok. People in the White House hated her. She was vicious, but not smart. I would rarely see her but heard....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 13, 2018 "I told him to try working it out, if possible, because she only said GREAT things about me - until she got fired!" Mr Trump tweeted. Responding on NBC, Ms Manigault Newman said: "I think it's sad that with all the things that's going on in the country that he would take time out to insult me and to insult my intelligence." She added: "This is his pattern with African-Americans." First lady Melania Trump, meanwhile, is disappointed that Ms Manigault Newman "is lashing out and retaliating in such a self-serving way, especially after all the opportunities given to her by the President," said White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham. Ms Manigault Newman's exit does highlight the lack of diversity among Trump's top aides. She was the highest-ranking African-American on the White House staff. She said on NBC that in her absence "they're making decisions about us without us." Wacky Omarosa already has a fully signed Non-Disclosure Agreement!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 13, 2018 She also alleges that Trump allies tried to buy her silence after she left the White House, offering her $15,000 a month to accept a "senior position" on his 2020 re-election campaign along with a stringent nondisclosure agreement. The offer raises fresh question about the ways that White House aides are being offered safe landing spots after they leave. For example, Trump's former personal aide John McEntee, who was removed from his job in April, went to the campaign. Me Trump tweeted on Monday that Ms Manigault Newman has a "fully signed Non-Disclosure Agreement!" It was not clear exactly what he was referring to. White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway said on Sunday on ABC that there are "confidentiality agreements" in the West Wing. And Mr Trump's campaign said that in the 2016 race she "signed the exact same NDA that everyone else on the campaign signed, which is still enforceable."
.............................................................................................................................................
Report reveals Google is tracking you if you like it or not
Google acknowledges that, even if you took the steps to protect your privacy by opting out of location history, when you open Google Maps or their weather app, the tech giant will still pinpoint your location and store that data.
.............................................................................................................................................
Top West Virginia judge retires after impeachment vote
Justice Robin Davis, 62, said she would retire after state legislators accused her of corruption and neglect of duty, including spending $500,000 on office renovations that featured a $20,000 rug and an $8,000 desk chair. Davis, a Democrat, retired on the last possible day that would trigger a special election to choose her replacement instead of having Republican Governor Jim Justice appoint a new judge.
.............................................................................................................................................
Nebraska executes first inmate using fentanyl
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska carried out its first execution in more than two decades on Tuesday with a drug combination never tried before, including the first use of the powerful opioid fentanyl in a lethal injection.
.............................................................................................................................................
Tibbetts family thinks search is narrowing for Mollie
Mollie's father Rob Tibbetts and her boyfriend Dalton Jack believe she is still alive nearly a month after her disappearance.
.............................................................................................................................................
From Nice to Westminster: Vehicle rampage attacks in UK and Europe
A driver has been arrested on suspicion of terror offences after a car collided with cyclists and pedestrians before crashing into security barriers outside the Houses of Parliament today. The man, in his late 20s, is being held in custody at a south London police station after armed officers swarmed the scene following the suspected terror attack just before 7.40am. This kind of event has become worryingly common in Europe in recent years, with hundreds of people killed and injured in vehicle attacks since 2016. Cars and vans are easy to obtain, and pedestrians in crowded streets are vulnerable targets. Many of these attacks – often known as rampage attacks or ramming attacks – have been attributed to Islamist terror, though motives can vary. Protective bollards are now commonplace around crowded areas in city centres and at events, and politicians have discussed ways to prevent extremists from hiring vehicles. However, the number of pedestrian fatalities caused by deliberate violent acts remains small in contrast to the death toll from accidental crashes. Although we don't know what was behind the Westminster incident yet, here's a look at the other vehicle attacks that have happened across Europe in the last three years. The van used in the London Bridge terror attack Credit: LONDON METROPOLITAN POLICE    Grosser Kiepenkerl, Münster, 7 April 2018 A grey Volkswagen minibus was driven at speed into the outdoor seating area of a popular pub in Muenster, killing two people and injuring around 20 more. The 48-year-old driver, who killed himself shortly after the attack, is not thought to have links to Islamist terror groups. Las Ramblas​, Barcelona, 17 August 2017 A hired van drove down Barcelona's Las Ramblas district on a sunny afternoon, killing 13 people and injuring 50 more. The van is understood to have been hired from the Telefurgo rental chain. Anybody with a driving licence can hire this sort of van – prices in Spain are around £50 to £100 per day, depending on the age of the driver. Levallois-Perret, Paris, 9 August 2017 A BMW 2-Series Active Tourer was driven into a group of soldiers in a suburb of Paris. Six people were injured, three seriously. The driver was then stopped on the A16 motorway, being shot several times in the process. The hired BMW was equipped with a GPS tracking system, making it easy for the police to locate. Champs-Élysées, Paris, 19 June 2017 A Renault Megane containing explosives and weapons (an AK-47 rifle and handguns) was driven into a Gendarmerie vehicle on the famous Champs-Élysées in Paris. Only the attacker was killed in what is understood to be a 'botched' suicide attack. What is autonomous emergency braking (AEB) and could it prevent terrorist attacks? Finsbury Park, London, 19 June 2017 A rented van was driven into a group of people outside a Mosque. The driver was heard saying "I want to kill all Muslims" and "this is for London Bridge". One person died. London Bridge, London, 3 June 2017 A rented van was driven into pedestrians in the London Bridge area. The three attackers then got out of the van and began stabbing people, before being shot by police. A further 8 people died and 48 people were injured, 21 critically. Drottninggatan, Stockholm, 7 April 2017 A hijacked lorry was driven into crowds on a popular shopping street in Stockholm. Five people were killed, and 14 were seriously injured. A home-made explosive was found in the lorry after the attacker had abandoned it. The lorry used in the terror attack in Stockholm Credit: JONATHAN NACKSTRAND /AFP Westminster, London, 22 March 2017 AHyundai Tucson was driven into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge. The driver then got out and stabbed a policeman to death, before being shot. Five people were killed in the car attack, with 49 injured. Breitscheidplatz, Berlin, 19 December 2016 A stolen lorry was driven into pedestrians at a Christmas market in Berlin. The attacker had shot the driver of the lorry in order to take it, and then killed 11 pedestrians. There were 56 non-fatal injuries. Promenade des Anglais, Nice, 14 July 2016 A lorry was driven into crowds celebrating Bastille Day near the seafront at Nice. 87 people were killed, including the attacker, and a further 458 were injured.
.............................................................................................................................................
Steeda comes out with Steve McQueen Edition Ford Mustang Bullitt
The folks at Steeda have come out with their own version of the 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt that puts a little extra pep in the special muscle car built to celebrate this year's 50th anniversary of “Bullitt,” the movie in which Steve McQueen famously drove a Dark Highland Green Mustang around the streets of San Francisco. The car is called the Steve McQueen Edition Ford Mustang Bullitt, and it was built by Steeda in collaboration with McQueen Racing, the motorsport and engineering outfit run by Chad McQueen, Steve McQueen's son.
.............................................................................................................................................
Impeached West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Retires so Voters Can Choose Her Replacement
The House of Delegates voted to impeach all four justices
.............................................................................................................................................
From Westminster to Nice: Vehicle rampage attacks in UK and Europe
A driver has been arrested on suspicion of terror offences after a car collided with cyclists and pedestrians before crashing into security barriers outside the Houses of Parliament today. The man, in his late 20s, is being held in custody at a south London police station after armed officers swarmed the scene following the suspected terror attack just before 7.40am. This kind of event has become worryingly common in Europe in recent years, with hundreds of people killed and injured in vehicle attacks since 2016. Cars and vans are easy to obtain, and pedestrians in crowded streets are vulnerable targets. Many of these attacks – often known as rampage attacks or ramming attacks – have been attributed to Islamist terror, though motives can vary. Protective bollards are now commonplace around crowded areas in city centres and at events, and politicians have discussed ways to prevent extremists from hiring vehicles. However, the number of pedestrian fatalities caused by deliberate violent acts remains small in contrast to the death toll from accidental crashes. Although we don't know what was behind the Westminster incident yet, here's a look at the other vehicle attacks that have happened across Europe in the last three years. The van used in the London Bridge terror attack Credit: LONDON METROPOLITAN POLICE    Grosser Kiepenkerl, Münster, 7 April 2018 A grey Volkswagen minibus was driven at speed into the outdoor seating area of a popular pub in Muenster, killing two people and injuring around 20 more. The 48-year-old driver, who killed himself shortly after the attack, is not thought to have links to Islamist terror groups. Las Ramblas​, Barcelona, 17 August 2017 A hired van drove down Barcelona's Las Ramblas district on a sunny afternoon, killing 13 people and injuring 50 more. The van is understood to have been hired from the Telefurgo rental chain. Anybody with a driving licence can hire this sort of van – prices in Spain are around £50 to £100 per day, depending on the age of the driver. Levallois-Perret, Paris, 9 August 2017 A BMW 2-Series Active Tourer was driven into a group of soldiers in a suburb of Paris. Six people were injured, three seriously. The driver was then stopped on the A16 motorway, being shot several times in the process. The hired BMW was equipped with a GPS tracking system, making it easy for the police to locate. Champs-Élysées, Paris, 19 June 2017 A Renault Megane containing explosives and weapons (an AK-47 rifle and handguns) was driven into a Gendarmerie vehicle on the famous Champs-Élysées in Paris. Only the attacker was killed in what is understood to be a 'botched' suicide attack. What is autonomous emergency braking (AEB) and could it prevent terrorist attacks? Finsbury Park, London, 19 June 2017 A rented van was driven into a group of people outside a Mosque. The driver was heard saying "I want to kill all Muslims" and "this is for London Bridge". One person died. London Bridge, London, 3 June 2017 A rented van was driven into pedestrians in the London Bridge area. The three attackers then got out of the van and began stabbing people, before being shot by police. A further 8 people died and 48 people were injured, 21 critically. Drottninggatan, Stockholm, 7 April 2017 A hijacked lorry was driven into crowds on a popular shopping street in Stockholm. Five people were killed, and 14 were seriously injured. A home-made explosive was found in the lorry after the attacker had abandoned it. The lorry used in the terror attack in Stockholm Credit: JONATHAN NACKSTRAND /AFP Westminster, London, 22 March 2017 AHyundai Tucson was driven into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge. The driver then got out and stabbed a policeman to death, before being shot. Five people were killed in the car attack, with 49 injured. Breitscheidplatz, Berlin, 19 December 2016 A stolen lorry was driven into pedestrians at a Christmas market in Berlin. The attacker had shot the driver of the lorry in order to take it, and then killed 11 pedestrians. There were 56 non-fatal injuries. Promenade des Anglais, Nice, 14 July 2016 A lorry was driven into crowds celebrating Bastille Day near the seafront at Nice. 87 people were killed, including the attacker, and a further 458 were injured.
.............................................................................................................................................
Italy motorway bridge collapses in heavy rains, killing at least 35
A 50-metre high section of the bridge, including one set of the supports that tower above it, crashed down in the rain onto the roof of a factory and other buildings, crushing vehicles below and plunging huge slabs of reinforced concrete into the nearby riverbed. "People living in Genoa use this bridge twice a day, we can't live with infrastructures built in the 1950s and 1960s," Deputy Transport Minister Edoardo Rixi said on SkyNews24, speaking from Genoa. For a graphic on Italy bridge collapse, click https://tmsnrt.rs/2OArKJj Within hours of the disaster, the anti-establishment government which took office in June said it showed Italy needed to spend more to improve its dilapidated infrastructure, ignoring EU budget constraints if necessary.
.............................................................................................................................................
5 ex-North Carolina governors gather to oppose 2 amendments
North Carolina's five living former governors on Monday delivered an extraordinary rebuke of the Republican-dominated legislature for two constitutional amendments it put on fall ballots, saying they would shred gubernatorial power and government checks and balances if approved.
.............................................................................................................................................
The Latest: Man flew plane into home after domestic incident
PAYSON, Utah (AP) — The Latest on a small plane that crashed into a Utah home (all times local):
.............................................................................................................................................
Police bodycam video shows Las Vegas officer shooting man who stabbed his wife
Las Vegas police have released bodycam and 911 audio from an incident last week where an officer shot and killed a man who had stabbed his own wife.
.............................................................................................................................................
Mass Injuries, Over 100 Dead in Afghan Clashes
Four days of fighting between Afghan forces and the Taliban over a key provincial capital has claimed the lives of about 100 Afghan policemen and soldiers and at least 20 civilians, Afghanistan's defense minister said Monday. (Aug. 13)
.............................................................................................................................................
Car crash outside U.K. Parliament; terrorist suspect arrested
A car plowed into pedestrians and cyclists near the Houses of Parliament in London during the morning rush hour Tuesday, injuring three people in what police suspect is the latest in a string of attacks in the British capital that used vehicles as weapons.
.............................................................................................................................................
Video Shows Officers Frantically Taking Animals from Shelter as Fire Approached
60 cats and dogs are safe after officers with the Vacaville Police Department rushed to save the shelter animals as a wildfire was approaching.
.............................................................................................................................................
Nebraska to Carry Out First Execution Since 1997 With Untried Drug Combination
Nebraska is preparing to carry out its first execution since 1997 on Tuesday when Carey Dean Moore is administered a lethal injection
.............................................................................................................................................
How the U.S. Helped Prevent North Korea and South Korea From Reaching Real Peace in the 1950s
A change of thinking by the Truman administration led to a change of direction that altered the course of history in northeast Asia
.............................................................................................................................................
Seth Meyers Cautions Donald Trump About The 'Perjury Trap'
"Late Night" host Seth Meyers was bewildered by President Donald Trump's
.............................................................................................................................................
Southwest to allow only dogs, cats as emotional support animals
(Reuters) - Southwest Airlines Co would limit emotional support animals to only dogs and cats on its flights and will allow one per passenger, the U.S. airline said on Tuesday as it updated its service animal policies. The emotional support animal must remain in a carrier or be on a leash at all times, Southwest said, adding that customers traveling with pets will need to present a complete letter from a medical doctor or licensed mental health professional on the day of the departure. Airlines have started to tighten policies to fly animals on growing concerns about passengers bringing aboard exotic pets that could pose a safety risk.
.............................................................................................................................................
Rep. Gowdy: Peter Strzok didn't need my help to get fired
Rep. Trey Gowdy pushes back on assertions that the firing of former FBI agent Peter Strzok was a political hit job on ‘The Story.’
.............................................................................................................................................
Sixth First Responder Dies Fighting Northern California Wildfires
A sixth first responder has died battling this year's wildfires in California,
.............................................................................................................................................
Trump administration pressures judges to speed deportations
US immigration judges say they are under increasing pressure from President Donald Trump's administration to speed up immigrant deportations -- or risk removal if they delay. This pressure is highlighted in the case of a judge in Philadelphia, Steven Morley, who was informed that a case he was handling was reassigned to another court so it could be closed and deportation procedures could begin. The National Association of Immigration Judges (NAIJ) filed a grievance on August 8 with the US Department of Justice for what it considers a violation of courtroom authority.
.............................................................................................................................................
Erdogan calls for boycott of iPhones as he targets American consumer products in retaliation for Turkey sanctions
Turkey’s president escalated tensions with the US on Tuesday after calling for a boycott of American electronics, amid reports that diplomatic talks have stalled over the issue of a detained pastor. Showing no signs of backing down in a standoff with President Donald Trump, Recep Tayyip Erdogan suggested that Ankara would stop buying US-made iPhones and buy Korean or Turkish-made models instead. "If they have the iPhone, there is Samsung elsewhere. We have Vestel," he said, renewing calls for Turks to convert their dollars to lira as the Turkish currency began to rally on Tuesday morning. However, financial experts questioned whether such a move would have much of an effect given Turkey’s current purchasing power. Some even pointed to the irony of Mr Erdogan lashing out at American tech companies. The president fended off a coup attempt two years ago by appealing to his supporters via FaceTime, the Apple video chat app. The country’s finance chief, Mr Erdogan’s son-in-law, is due to address foreign investors later on Tuesday, in an attempt to quell growing concerns.  Andrew Brunson: The evangelical US pastor at the heart of the Turkey crisis Talks between the two Nato countries seem to have been frozen until Turkey releases American evangelical pastor Andrew Brunson, who stands accused by Ankara of espionage and terrorism related to the 2016 putsch.  John Bolton, White House National Security Adviser, told Turkey’s Ambassador Serdar Kilic in Washington on Monday that there was nothing further to discuss until Mr Brunson was freed. The US had believed it had agreed a swap deal with Turkey during a Nato summit in July, where Mr Brunson would be released in return for a Turkish actress held by Israel over links to Hamas. Turkish citizens look at a board showing foreign currency rates inside a currency exchange shop in Ankara Credit: AP Actress Ebru Özkan was released the next day, while the pastor was moved from prison to house arrest. Mr Brunson’s lawyer Ismail Cem Halavurt on Tuesday appealed again to a Turkish court to release him and lift his travel ban. He said the court had up to seven days to decide. Mr Brunson, who faces up to 35 years in jail if found guilty, denies the charges. The lira started to stage a recovery on Tuesday following its dramatic two-day collapse. After plunging to record lows yesterday, the currency clawed back as much as 9.1 per cent, although it slipped again after Mr Erdogan's remarks on consumer goods. The earlier rebound was pinned on local investors attempting to cash in on the lira slide by selling their dollars. Retail investors in Turkey are understood to have sold $50m (£39m) to $60m in foreign currency with the jump in the lira exaggerated by thin trading volumes, according to Bloomberg. Markets were also somewhat soothed by Turkey’s central bank loosening cash buffer requirements for the country’s banks and its finance minister setting up a call with investors. Despite the lira’s rally, it has still lost 42 per cent of its value against the dollar in 2018.
.............................................................................................................................................
Puerto Rico revisited, nearly one year after Hurricane Maria
Now a year later, residents of Puerto Rico are still suffering from the effects of Hurricane Maria. In this preview, Jonathan Petramala checks in with the victims of Hurricane Maria. Join us during the month of September to see what he found.
.............................................................................................................................................
Archbishop defends himself ahead of child sex abuse report
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the archbishop of Washington, says he expects a grand jury report being released Tuesday on the sexual abuse of children by clergy in six Pennsylvania Roman Catholic dioceses to be critical of his actions as the former longtime bishop of Pittsburgh.
.............................................................................................................................................
A10 Motorway Bridge Collapse In Italy Kills At Least 22
A span of the bridge in Genoa failed during a storm.
.............................................................................................................................................
Firefighter killed while battling Mendocino Complex Fires
Cal Fire says a firefighter died while battling the Mendocino Complex Fires in Northern California.
.............................................................................................................................................
U.N. Spokesperson Says More Than 100 Civilians Killed In fighting Between Afghan forces and The Taliban
U.N. Spokesperson Says More Than 100 Civilians Killed In fighting Between Afghan forces and The Taliban
.............................................................................................................................................
4 West Virginia Supreme Court Judges Impeached For Excessive Spending
Four West Virginia Supreme Court justices were impeached this week after a
.............................................................................................................................................
Venezuela abandons petrol subsidies as inflation set to hit one million per cent
President Nicolas Maduro said Monday that some of the world's cheapest petrol that Venezuelan drivers enjoy will soon be sold at world market prices to combat rampant smuggling. "Gasoline must be sold at an international price to stop smuggling to Colombia and the Caribbean," Maduro said in a televised address. Venezuela, like most oil producing countries, has for decades subsidised fuel as a benefit to consumers. But its fuel prices have remained nearly flat for years despite hyperinflation that the International Monetary Fund has projected would reach 1 million per cent this year. That means that for the price of a cup of coffee, a driver can now fill the tank of a small SUV nearly 9,000 times. Recently, the average price of a coffee with milk was 2.2 million bolivars, or about 50 cents, local media has reported. Smugglers do brisk business reselling fuel in neighboring countries. Supporters of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro take part in a rally in Caracas on Monday Credit: FEDERICO PARRA/AFP Maduro said the government would still provide "direct subsidies" to citizens holding the "fatherland card," a state-issued identification card that the government uses to provide bonuses and track use of social services. He said the subsidy was only available to those who registered their cars in a vehicle census being conducted by the state.
.............................................................................................................................................
Making sunlight liquid – a brief history of sunflowers
Fields of sunflowers are now a common sight all over the world – but this has only been the case relatively recently.
.............................................................................................................................................
Ford Will Show A New Production Car On Thursday – But What Is It?
The Woodward Dream Cruise will be home to this mystery debut.
.............................................................................................................................................
Trump slams former WHouse aide Omarosa as 'dog'
President Donald Trump on Tuesday lashed out at his former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman in especially angry terms, slamming her as a "dog" and "crazed" as their mud-slinging match escalated. Manigault Newman -- who gained fame as a contestant on Trump's reality TV show "The Apprentice," and then secured a $180,000-a-year staff job at the White House -- on Monday released a recording of a private conversation she had with the president after she was fired. Trump had already branded "Omarosa" -- as she is commonly known in America -- a "lowlife" after she released a recording of her firing by chief of staff John Kelly, seemingly recorded in the White House Situation Room.
.............................................................................................................................................
Trump Signs Act Named After John McCain Without Mentioning McCain Once
President Donald Trump couldn't manage to say a single nice thing about Sen.
.............................................................................................................................................
Heavy Rains Swamp Pa. Roads, Force Evacuations
Roadways were closed and homes were flooded on Monday after heavy rains hit parts of eastern Pennsylvania. Some residents in the town of Port Carbon had to be evacuated. (Aug. 13)
.............................................................................................................................................
Israel says commercial goods traffic to Gaza to resume if calm holds
Israel said it would allow commercial goods back into the Gaza Strip on Wednesday if the border remained quiet, lifting a ban imposed last month in response to incendiary balloons launched by Palestinians across the frontier. The decision, announced on Tuesday, coincided with Egyptian efforts to achieve a long-term ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, the Palestinian enclave's dominant armed faction. "If the calm that has prevailed since the beginning of the week will be maintained until tomorrow morning, the Kerem Shalom crossing will open tomorrow at 9 a.m. (0600 GMT) and the fishing limit will be increased to nine miles from the shore," the Israeli Defence Ministry said.
.............................................................................................................................................
Water rescues, flooded roads as flash floods overtake parts of Delaware Valley
Heavy rain has caused roads to flood all across the Delaware Valley resulting in cars getting stuck, people being rescued, and streets to shut down.
.............................................................................................................................................
Rescuers pull people from cars, homes in flooded New York, Pennsylvania
(Reuters) - More forecasts of heavy rains posed new danger on Tuesday in parts of New York state and Pennsylvania, where rescuers hauled people from waterways, flooded cars and homes. Following several days of heavy rain throughout the northeastern United States, the National Weather Service issued new warnings of flash floods for areas around Binghamton, New York, near the Pennsylvania border. "Many roadways are now closed and no unnecessary travel is advised," the Seneca County, New York, sheriff's office said in a statement.
.............................................................................................................................................
The Navy Wants Lots of Ship-Killer Missiles to Fight Russia or China
As recently as 2016 the Navy’s warships were badly out-gunned by Russian and Chinese ships. In 2018, the U.S. fleet was on the cusp of reversing that dynamic.
.............................................................................................................................................
14-year-old boy uses legal quirk to run for Vermont governor
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — One of the four Vermont Democrats seeking the party nomination to run for governor in the fall election isn't old enough to vote, let alone drive.
.............................................................................................................................................
The Latest: Engineer says many possible causes of collapse
MILAN (AP) — The Latest the collapse of a bridge in Italy (all times local):
.............................................................................................................................................
S. Korea bans recalled BMWs from streets pending safety inspections
BMW Korea last month started recalling 106,000 vehicles with an exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) module, which it says caused the recent fires. An average 7,000 cars have been inspected every day but some 27,000 vehicles had not yet been checked by late Monday, the transport ministry said in a press statement, leaving some 20,000 cars to be hit when the measure takes effect midnight Tuesday. Once the ban comes into effect, drivers are forbidden from driving their vehicles unless they are taking them to be tested, the statement said, with a senior official telling Yonhap news agency drivers would be liable in the event of a fire.
.............................................................................................................................................
Cosmos Bank loses $13.5 million in cyber attack
Cyber criminals hacked the systems of India's Cosmos Bank and siphoned off nearly 944 million rupees ($13.5 million) through simultaneous withdrawals across 28 countries over the weekend, the bank has told police. The co-operative bank said unidentified hackers stole customer information through a malware attack on its automated teller machine (ATM) server, withdrawing 805 million rupees in 14,849 transactions in just over two hours on Aug. 11, mainly overseas. Apart from the ATM withdrawals, the hackers transferred 139 million rupees to a Hong Kong-based company's account by issuing three unauthorised transactions over the SWIFT global payments network, the bank said in a police complaint, a copy of which was seen by Reuters.
.............................................................................................................................................
How to cut queues at immigration – with maths
It's not as simple as just hiring more immigration officers.
.............................................................................................................................................
U.S. warns on Russia's new space weapons
The United States voiced deep suspicion on Tuesday over Russia's pursuit of new space weapons, including a mobile laser system to destroy satellites in space, and the launch of a new inspector satellite which was acting in an "abnormal" way. Russia's pursuit of counterspace capabilities was "disturbing", Yleem D.S. Poblete, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control, Verification and Compliance, told the U.N.'s Conference on Disarmament which is discussing a new treaty to prevent an arms race in outer space. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, at the Geneva forum in February, said a priority was to prevent an arms race in outer space, in line with Russia's joint draft treaty with China presented a decade ago.
.............................................................................................................................................
US Defense Secretary Mattis pitches closer US-Brazil ties
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis made a pitch on Tuesday to Brazil for building a closer defense partnership with the United States, including in space research.
.............................................................................................................................................
Taliban Storm an Afghan Army Base, Killing 17 Soldiers
The Taliban had besieged the base, which housed about 140 Afghan troops, for three days before the massive push on it late on Monday night
.............................................................................................................................................
U.S. warns on Russia's new space weapons
The United States voiced deep suspicion on Tuesday over Russia's pursuit of new space weapons, including a mobile laser system to destroy satellites in space, and the launch of a new inspector satellite which was acting in an "abnormal" way. Russia's pursuit of counterspace capabilities was "disturbing", Yleem D.S. Poblete, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control, Verification and Compliance, told the U.N.'s Conference on Disarmament which is discussing a new treaty to prevent an arms race in outer space. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, at the Geneva forum in February, said a priority was to prevent an arms race in outer space, in line with Russia's joint draft treaty with China presented a decade ago.
.............................................................................................................................................
Manafort seeks acquittal as tax, bank fraud trial moves to defense
Lawyers for Paul Manafort will have the opportunity on Tuesday to put up their defense, a day after U.S. prosecutors rested their case against the former campaign chairman for President Donald Trump in his trial over alleged tax and bank fraud. Manafort's legal team have asked for the charges to be thrown out, claiming in a court filing on Monday that prosecutors under U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller failed to show the necessary willfulness to break the law. Judge T.S. Ellis said he would talk to Manafort on Tuesday about whether he wanted to take the stand in his defense, a move legal experts say is highly unlikely.
.............................................................................................................................................
Manafort trial - LIVE: Former Trump campaign manager's defence to set out response to fraud charges
The trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is reaching its most important and decisive moments.
.............................................................................................................................................
U.S. warns on Russia's new space weapons
The United States voiced deep suspicion on Tuesday over Russia's pursuit of new space weapons, including a mobile laser system to destroy satellites in space, and the launch of a new inspector satellite which was acting in an "abnormal" way. Russia's pursuit of counterspace capabilities was "disturbing", Yleem D.S. Poblete, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control, Verification and Compliance, told the U.N.'s Conference on Disarmament which is discussing a new treaty to prevent an arms race in outer space.
.............................................................................................................................................
Donald Trump Sparks Outrage After Calling Omarosa A 'Dog'
President Donald Trump faced backlash Tuesday morning after he called his
.............................................................................................................................................
You May Be Pronouncing The Name Of Nintendo's Original System All Wrong
There hasn't been a pronunciation debate this hot since the GIF-Jiff wars.
.............................................................................................................................................
Students rally nationwide in support of Kavanaugh nomination
Students for Life of America say they want a Supreme Court that's pro-life.
.............................................................................................................................................
25-year-old woman killed after suspects shoot vehicle more than 40 times
Jade Walker, 25, was shot in the head Saturday evening while driving her car with the windows down.
.............................................................................................................................................
Police: Fayetteville man charged with murder after stabbing, killing grandfather
Police are investigating after a man was found fatally stabbed in Fayetteville overnight.
.............................................................................................................................................
Turkey crisis risks souring military ties with US
The crisis in US-Turkish relations, which already has put Turkey's economy under massive strain, also risks souring military ties between the two NATO allies, unleashing unknown geopolitical consequences. US President Donald Trump last week announced new tariffs on Turkish steel and aluminum, causing the country's currency to plummet, over his frustration with Ankara's continued detention of American pastor Andrew Brunson. The warning came after Erdogan held a phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss economic and trade issues, as well as the Syria crisis.
.............................................................................................................................................
Beyoncé And Jay-Z's Detroit Tour Stop Was All About Aretha Franklin
Ailing soul legend Aretha Franklin was in many people's thoughts at the
.............................................................................................................................................
Most Top Democrats, Progressive Groups Reserve Judgment On Keith Ellison Allegations
All but a few prominent Democrats and progressive groups have stayed silent on
.............................................................................................................................................
Deadly bridge collapse in Genoa, Italy
A motorway bridge collapsed on Tuesday over the northern Italian port city of Genoa, killing dozens of people according to the local ambulance service, in what the transport minister said was likely to be “an immense tragedy”. The head of the ambulance service said there were “dozens of dead”, according to Italian news agency Adnkronos.
.............................................................................................................................................
Police rush to evacuate animal shelter as wildfires spread
Raw video: An officer in the Vacaville Police Department rescue dogs from an animal shelter as the Nelson Fire closes in on the building.
.............................................................................................................................................
A look inside SpaceX's Crew Dragon
CNBC's Morgan Brennan gives an inside look into SpaceX's Crew Dragon, the capsule NASA Commercial Crew astronauts will be taking into space.
.............................................................................................................................................
Tucker: White supremacy is not a crisis in America
White supremacy is not ubiquitous in America.It's incredibly rare. You could easily live your entire life here without meeting a single person who believes anything like that. However, a growing crisis in this country is leftwing extremism and violence. #Tucker
.............................................................................................................................................
Iowa launches new website in search for missing student
MONTEZUMA, Iowa (AP) — Investigators searching for a University of Iowa student who vanished last month are launching a new website to generate tips from potential witnesses.
.............................................................................................................................................
Raised Highway Collapses During Storm in Italian City of Genoa
Italian authorities say that about 10 vehicles were involved when a raised highway collapsed during a sudden and violent storm in the northern port city of Genoa.
.............................................................................................................................................
Omarosa Fiasco Spotlights Unusual Trump Tactic To Silence White House Aides
President Donald Trump appeared to make a startling admission during Monday's
.............................................................................................................................................
Colorado School District Begins 4-Day School Week
A Colorado school district says it will save about $1 million a year by giving middle and high school students Mondays off.
.............................................................................................................................................
Cars plunge as highway bridge collapses in Italy; 11 dead
A bridge on a main highway linking Italy with France collapsed Tuesday in the Italian port city of Genoa during a sudden, violent storm, sending vehicles plunging 90 meters (nearly 300 feet) into a heap of rubble below. The Interior Ministry said at least 11 people were killed and five seriously injured. Amalia Tedeschi, a firefighter, told RAI state TV that some 20 vehicles, including cars and trucks, had been involved in the collapse of a stretch of bridge some 80 meters (260 meters) in length.
.............................................................................................................................................
Beyoncé Dedicates Detroit Concert to Ailing Aretha Franklin
Beyoncé dedicated her performance with husband, Jay Z, to the Queen of Soul drawing a roar from Aretha Franklin's hometown of Detroit
.............................................................................................................................................
Government Agencies Coordinated To Arrest Migrants Seeking Legal Status, ACLU Says
Various branches of the federal government worked in tandem to time interviews
.............................................................................................................................................
Suspected terror attack injures pedestrians outside UK parliament
A car crashed into barriers outside Britain's Houses of Parliament in a suspected terror attack on Tuesday, injuring a "number of pedestrians" close to where five people were killed last year. "At this stage, we are treating this as a terrorist incident," said Scotland Yard police headquarters, adding that none of the injuries are believed to be "life-threatening". Footage shows the silver Ford Fiesta veering across an intersection, hitting a number of cyclists and pedestrians, before speeding into a barrier outside the Houses of Parliament in London at 7:37 am (0637 GMT).
.............................................................................................................................................
'Number of pedestrians' injured by car outside UK parliament: police
A "number of pedestrians" were injured when a car crashed into barriers outside Britain's Houses of Parliament on Tuesday, with armed police swooping in to arrest the driver, Scotland Yard said. London Ambulance said they had treated two people at the scene for non-serious injuries and taken them to hospital. Armed police immediately surrounded the silver car after it crashed at 7.37am (06:37 GMT), pointing guns at the driver as he was removed from the vehicle, according to footage posted on Twitter.
.............................................................................................................................................
Laverne Cox Shares Impassioned Post On Deadnaming, Misgendering Trans People
Laverne Cox tweeted an emotionally charged essay on Monday about the impact of
.............................................................................................................................................
Trump calls Omarosa 'that dog'
President Trump on Tuesday continued to lash out at Omarosa Manigault-Newman over explosive claims in his former “Celebrity Apprentice” co-star turned White House aide makes about him in her new book, “Unhinged.”
.............................................................................................................................................
2 teens killed in suspected Walnut Creek DUI crash identified
Two teens who were killed in a suspected DUI crash in Walnut Creek have been identified as Dakarai Rishon Fagorala and John Hamed Walizada. The driver faces serious charges including DUI and manslaughter after veering off of Highway 24.
.............................................................................................................................................
Ruby Rose deletes Twitter after critics suggest she is not lesbian 'enough' to play new Batwoman
The actress set to play the first openly gay superhero has deleted her Twitter account after receiving abuse and claims she is "not gay enough" for the role. Australian Ruby Rose, who describes herself as "gender fluid", was announced as the new Batwoman for an upcoming TV series last week. The series will see Batwoman's alter ego, Kate Kane, portrayed as a lesbian, and is expected to air in late 2019 or 2020. The character has been openly gay since 2006, in an effort by DC Comics to make its publications more diverse. Rose, 32, said she has faced a barrage of negative tweets about her own sexuality since the announcement, including questions over her sexuality.  In one, a critic wrote Rose had been selected as "a 'hot' white person that isn’t too gay to offend the straights". Rose wrote on Instagram: The Bat is out of the bag and I am beyond thrilled and honoured In a final series of tweets before deleting her account, the actress wrote: "Where on earth did 'Ruby is not a lesbian therefore she can't be Batwoman' come from? Has to be the funniest, most ridiculous thing I've ever read. "I came out at 12? And have for the past five years had to deal with 'she's too gay'. How do y'all flip it like that? I didn't change. I wish we would all support each other and our journeys. "But hey, love a challenge. I just wish women and the LGBT community supported each other more. "I am looking forward to getting more than four hours of sleep and to break from Twitter to focus all my energy on my next two projects. If you need me, I'll be on my Bat Phone." Rose says she was taking a break from Twitter to focus on her next two projects Credit: Neilson Barnard/Getty  Rose, who made a name for herself in Netflix series Orange Is The New Black, also changed her Instagram profile so that only people she knows can comment on her posts. Rose previously told US talk show host Jimmy Kimmel that she was "thrilled" to be playing Batwoman and that she used to make bat wings and jump off "high places" as a child. Best superhero movies of all time The tearful star added: "I feel like the reason I kept getting so emotional is because when I was growing up watching TV, I never saw someone I could identify with, let alone a superhero." She will be introduced as Batwoman in a December crossover event between other DC Comics shows Arrow, The Flash and Supergirl. A standalone series about Batwoman is in development for the 2019-20 TV season.
.............................................................................................................................................
Charge added against California serial killing suspect
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Prosecutors added another murder charge Monday against a California serial killing suspect, boosting the number of victims to 13 in the Golden State Killer case.
.............................................................................................................................................
Connecticut primary - LIVE: Republicans look to take governor's office in close race amid Congressional elections
The biggest race as Connecticut residents goes to the polls for Tuesday's primaries is for the governor's office. Republicans believe they have a good chance of winning it back after losing control in 2010. Control of the narrowly divided General Assembly is also in play, especially the state Senate, now equally split between Democrats and Republicans.
.............................................................................................................................................
Highway bridge collapses in Italy, cars plunge 260 feet
MILAN (AP) — A bridge on a main highway between Italy and France collapsed Tuesday in the Italian city of Genoa during a sudden, violent storm, sending vehicles plunging 80 meters (262 feet) into a heap of rubble below.
.............................................................................................................................................
Just Who Is Andy Chan, the Leader of Hong Kong's Independence Movement?
The head of the Hong Kong National Party has infuriated Beijing with his calls for independence, but is curiously short on specifics
.............................................................................................................................................
In Defiance of China, a Pro-Independence Activist Speaks at Hong Kong's Foreign Correspondents Club
China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs called it a "blatant interference with the rule of law"
.............................................................................................................................................
US Army Special Forces soldier killed in action
Sgt. 1st Class Reymund Transfiguracion died from wounds received when an I.E.D. exploded while he was on patrol in Afghanistan.
.............................................................................................................................................
Egypt voices concern over Red Sea security after Houthi attack
Egypt's president said on Monday Cairo was deeply concerned about security in the Red Sea following an attack by Yemen's Houthis on two oil tankers that forced Saudi Arabia to suspend crude shipments temporarily through the strait of Bab al-Mandab. Speaking at a joint press conference with his Yemeni counterpart, President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi also said Cairo was committed to helping Yemen regain its security after more than three years of war that has killed thousands of people. "We categorically reject that Yemen would become a foothold for the influence of non-Arab forces, or a platform for security and stability threats against the brotherly Arab countries or freedom of navigation in the Red Sea and Bab al-Mandab Strait," Sisi said, speaking alongside President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.
.............................................................................................................................................
President Trump Says Tape of Him Allegedly Using a Racial Slur Doesn't Exist
Trump wrote on Twitter that “there are NO TAPES of the Apprentice where I used such a terrible and disgusting word”
.............................................................................................................................................
Young Boy Found at a New Mexico Compound Died in a Ritual Ceremony, Prosecutors Say
Prosecutors in New Mexico told a court Monday that a 3 year-old boy whose remains were found in a remote compound had died during a ritual ceremony “to cast out demonic spirits.”
.............................................................................................................................................
US commando dies after explosion in southern Afghanistan
WASHINGTON (AP) — An Army special forces soldier has died from wounds he received earlier this month in Afghanistan's southern Helmand Province, the Defense Department said Monday.
.............................................................................................................................................
Trump trade rows are 'destroying' growth, says German minister
Germany's economy minister on Sunday lashed out at US President Donald Trump, slamming his global trade rows and efforts to "dictate" Europe's dealings with Iran through renewed US sanctions. In an interview with German weekly Bild am Sonntag, Peter Altmaier warned of the damaging consequences of a full-blown US-China trade war, and expressed concern about Trump's decision to slap hefty metals tariffs on Turkey in an escalating diplomatic row. "This trade war is slowing down and destroying economic growth, and creates new uncertainties," Altmaier said.
.............................................................................................................................................
US marines make 24-year-old the first woman ever to lead an infantry platoon
A 24-year-old has become the first ever woman to lead an infantry platoon in the US marines. First Lieutenant Marina Hierl has 35 male soldiers under her command in the Third Platoon of 4th Echo Company. The Pennsylvania native first became interested in joining the military after a meeting with a recruiting officer while at school, the newspaper reports.
.............................................................................................................................................
In a rough part of the US capital, an endeavor to unlock children’s potential
After earning her master’s degree, Robin Berkley spent more than a decade working on education policy and programming. Once a week after hours, she’d walk from her office across the National Mall to tutor Devin. “I just got really moved by working with children and getting to go from the 50,000-foot ether, where you’re basically trying to support, inform, and influence people at the state level, to seeing the end result,” Ms. Berkley says.
.............................................................................................................................................
Several Injured as Car Crashes Into Barriers Outside Parliament in London
London police say that a car has crashed into barriers outside the Houses of Parliament and that there are a number of injured.
.............................................................................................................................................
Man Killed by Driver Fleeing from Police Had Gone Out to Get Ice Cream for Girlfriend's Kids
A Missouri man who was going out to get ice cream for his girlfriend’s children was killed by a driver who was fleeing from police.
.............................................................................................................................................
Suspected terror attack injures pedestrians outside UK parliament
A car crashed into barriers outside Britain's Houses of Parliament in a suspected terror attack on Tuesday, injuring a "number of pedestrians" yards from where five people were killed last year. "At this stage, we are treating this as a terrorist incident," said Scotland Yard, adding that none of the injuries are believed to be "life-threatening". The silver Ford Fiesta collided with a number of cyclists and pedestrians, before crashing into barriers outside the Houses of Parliament at 07:37 (06:36 GMT), said police.
.............................................................................................................................................
Diamond & Silk: Is Ocasio-Cortez smarter than a 5th grader?
The Washington Post fact-checks Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's comments on the campaign trail.
.............................................................................................................................................
Aretha Franklin Is 'Gravely Ill': Report
It's not clear from what she is suffering.
.............................................................................................................................................
Man arrested for 4th DUI after deadly Oakland I-880 crash
A man was taken into custody for suspected DUI following a fatal multiple-vehicle traffic collision early Sunday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.
.............................................................................................................................................
Nebraska to carry out its first execution in two decades
The state is scheduled to put to death Carey Moore, 60, at 10 a.m. local time (1500 GMT) at the Nebraska State Penitentiary in Lincoln. It would be the first time any state has used fentanyl in a lethal injection. If the execution goes forward, it would also mark the first time Nebraska has used a lethal injection to kill an inmate since the death penalty was reinstated by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1976.
.............................................................................................................................................
These 5 Submarines Could Destroy Entire Countries. Here Is What They Can Do.
These submarines are the ultimate weapons of war. 
.............................................................................................................................................
Missing Hiker’s Mom Shares Message: ‘My Ears Ache To Hear Your Voice'
Nearly three weeks since Samantha "Sam" Sayers disappeared while hiking in
.............................................................................................................................................
Three-year-old found at squalid desert hideout died in 'demonic' ritual
A three-year-old boy found buried at a New Mexico desert compound died in a ritual to "cast out demonic spirits," but his extended family believed he would "return as Jesus" to identify "corrupt" targets for them to attack, prosecutors said in court on Monday. Prosecutors' account of an exorcism-like ritual, allegations of weapons training for children and references to martyrdom and conspiracy were aimed at persuading a judge to deny bond for the five adults charged with child abuse in the case. However, state District Judge Sarah Backus said at the end of the four-hour detention hearing she remained unconvinced that the defendants posed a danger to the community and set bail at $20,000 for each of them. "The state alleges that there was a big plan afoot," Backus said in rendering her decision. "But the state hasn't shown to my satisfaction, in clear and convincing evidence, what that plan was." Defence attorneys said prosecutors sought to criminalise their clients for being African-Americans of Muslim faith. "If these people were white and Christian, nobody would bat an eye over the idea of faith healing, or praying over a body or touching a body and quoting scripture," defence lawyer Thomas Clark told reporters after the hearing. "But when black Muslims do it, there seems to be something nefarious, something evil." Defendants, from left, Hujrah Wahhaj, Lucas Morton, Siraj Wahhaj and Subbannah Wahhaj enter district court in Taos, New Mexico, on Monday Credit: Albuquerque Journal Under terms of the judge's order, four defendants were expected to be placed under house arrest with electronic ankle bracelets to ensure they remain within Taos County for the duration of the case. The five suspects, who had established a communal living arrangement with their children in the high-desert compound, have been in custody since authorities raided their ramshackle homestead north of Taos 10 days ago. The two men and three women are all related as siblings or by marriage. Three are the adult children of a prominent New York City Muslim cleric who is himself the biological grandfather of nine of the children involved. The principal suspect, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, 39, has also been charged with abducting his severely ill three-year-old son, Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj, from the Atlanta home of the boy's mother in December. Clark said Ibn Wahhaj would remain in custody due to a fugitive warrant against him in Georgia stemming from the cross-country manhunt that led investigators to the New Mexico compound. The body of a young boy believed to be his son was found in a tunnel at the site three days after the raid. No charges have been filed in connection with the death. An aerial view of a makeshift compound is seen in the desert area of Amalia Credit:  Brian Skoloff/AP For now, the thrust of the government's case remains 11 counts of felony child abuse filed against each of the defendants - Ibn Wahhaj and his wife, Jany Leveille, along with his brother-in-law and sister - Lucas Morton and Subhannah Wahhaj - and a second sister, Hujrah Wahhaj. The 11 children, ranging from one to 15 years old and described by authorities as starving and ragged when they were found, were placed in protective custody after the August 3 raid. According to prosecutors' presentation on Monday, some of the children were given weapons training to defend the compound against a possible raid by law enforcement. However, the government said there was more to it than that. Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Travis Taylor testified that the 15-year-old son of Ibn Wahhaj recounted one of the adults telling him the spirit of the dead three-year-old would return "as Jesus" to direct the group in carrying out violent attacks. Taylor said prospective targets would include "the financial system, law enforcement, the education system." Prosecutor John Lovelace said the three-year-old boy died during "a religious ritual" intended to "cast out demonic spirits." Abdul-Ghani stopped breathing, lost consciousness and died during a ceremony in which his father put his hand on the boy's head and recited verses from the Koran, Taylor testified, citing interviews with Ibn Wahhaj's 15-year-old and 13-year-old sons. Prosecutors said in court documents last week that all five defendants were giving firearms instruction to the children "in furtherance of a conspiracy to commit school shootings." Authorities acknowledged in court on Monday that police had previously encountered Ibn Wahhaj, Leveille and seven of the children in December when they were involved in a traffic accident in Alabama. Lovelace said police at the time found weapons and ammunition in the vehicle. Authorities let the group go after Ibn Wahhaj explained he was licensed to carry the guns as a private security agent and that he and the others were en route to New Mexicofor a camping trip.
.............................................................................................................................................
Firefighter Killed Battling California's Largest Record Blaze
Authorities say a firefighter has been killed battling the largest record blaze in California history
.............................................................................................................................................
Thomas Markle fears he won't see royal daughter Meghan again: Sun
Thomas Markle has not spoken to his daughter Meghan since her star-studded wedding to Britain's Prince Harry and fears she will not contact him again, the Sun newspaper reported on Monday. "I don’t expect to see her or hear back from her and that’s OK," the British tabloid quoted him as saying. Former U.S. actress Meghan, 37, now the Duchess of Sussex, married Harry, Queen Elizabeth's grandson and sixth-in-line to the throne, in a glittering ceremony at Windsor Castle in May. However, the immediate build-up to the wedding was overshadowed by her father, a former lighting director for U.S. TV soaps and sitcoms, who pulled out days beforehand after undergoing heart surgery.
.............................................................................................................................................
The Latest: West Virginia Justice Loughry impeached
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Latest on an impeachment hearing in the West Virginia House of Delegates concerning members of the state Supreme Court (all times local):
.............................................................................................................................................
U.S. warns on Russia's new space weapons
The United States voiced deep concern on Tuesday about Russia's pursuit of weapons including a mobile laser system to destroy satellites in space, as well as its putting into orbit of a new "space apparatus inspector". Yleem D.S. Poblete, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control, Verification and Compliance, was addressing the U.N.'s Conference on Disarmament in Geneva which has been discussing a new treaty to prevent an arms race in outer space. "To the United States this is yet further proof that the Russian actions do not match their words," she told the forum.
.............................................................................................................................................
Firefighter killed battling largest blaze in California history
A firefighter has been killed battling the largest wildfire in Californian history that has been stoked by prime fire weather conditions as it has destroyed dozens of homes. The unidentified firefighter was killed on Monday while battling the Ranch Fire, one of two blazes that make up the Mendocino Complex, which has already charred about 349,000 acres (141,200 hectares), the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) said. The Utah firefighter was airlifted to a hospital where he died, the Los Angeles Times reported.
.............................................................................................................................................
What Trump doesn't understand about NFL player protests
Yahoo Sports columnist Jay Busbee sets the record straight on the president's misstatements about the NFL and its players.
.............................................................................................................................................
Aretha Franklin 'gravely ill,' surrounded by family
The ‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin is reportedly ‘gravely ill’ and surrounded by her friends and family. Reports come after her alleged fight with pancreatic cancer.
.............................................................................................................................................
Trump-appointed judge rules Robert Mueller Russia investigation is constitutional
A federal judge appointed by Donald Trump has upheld that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into election meddling is legal and constitutional after a Russian company tried to stamp it out. Judge Dabney Friedrich, who was appointed to US District Court of Washington, DC last year, ruled that Russian company Concord Management and Consulting could not have its case thrown out on the basis of constitutionality. The company has been accused of allegedly backing internet trolls and other efforts on social media to sway voters in the 2016 presidential election.
.............................................................................................................................................
Hong Kong FCC Protests
Hong Kong FCC Protests
.............................................................................................................................................
New Zealand man accused of attempted murder in Bali after scooter accident
A New Zealand tourist holidaying on the Indonesian island of Bali has reportedly been arrested for attempted murder after what he claims was an accidental incident with a scooter driver.  Matty Isiah, a security guard who lives in western Australia, was leaving a night club in the resort town of Kuta in the early hours of Sunday morning when he struck the driver while putting out his arm to flag down a taxi, reported the New Zealand Herald.  A co-worker, Regan Jhonson, claimed that although the incident was a misunderstanding, he had been arrested for attempted murder.  "He came out of a nightclub to flag a taxi, he's put his arm out and a scooter's ridden up along the footpath and driven straight into his arm and straight away he was mobbed by locals because they thought he had hit the rider and then he was arrested," he said.  Bali, Indonesia: where to go in pictures Mr Jhonson alleged the Kuta Police had requested $7,000 for Mr Isiah's release, threatening to process him in prison if the money did not emerge. The police reportedly said the money was for the other person involved in the collision. Wendy Clark, Mr Isiah's mother, told Ngaarda Media she was looking for a lawyer who could help the family. "It is very distressing to see my son in a one-metre cell on the floor. There's urine and it's flea infested. "He's not allowed a seat, he hasn't got a bed and I am not leaving Bali until I get my baby out of there," Ms Clark said. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade said the New Zealand embassy in Jakarta was providing consular assistance.  
.............................................................................................................................................
Supporters Raise Nearly $200,000 For Fired FBI Agent Peter Strzok
Supporters of fired FBI agent Peter Strzok rallied to his side on Monday and
.............................................................................................................................................
Beating ‘extremely disturbing”: Baltimore top cop
Interim Baltimore Police Commissioner Gary Tuggle says the viral video of a police officer beating a man is "extremely disturbing" and unacceptable. Rough Cut (no reporter narration). N
.............................................................................................................................................
Orchard raises $150 million to expand after GSK gene therapy deal
Anglo-American biotech company Orchard Therapeutics has raised a further $150 million (117.7 million pounds) to fund its work in gene therapy, building on earlier fundraisings worth more than $140 million (109.8 million pounds). The new financing comes four months after its acquisition of a portfolio of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK.L) rare disease medicines, including the gene therapy Strimvelis for ADA severe combined immune deficiency (ADA-SCID), or "bubble baby" disease. Gene therapy is a hot area for drug research - highlighted by Novartis's (NOVN.S) $8.7 billion (6.8 billion pounds) acquisition of AveXis in April - but products sold to Orchard are viewed as too niche for GSK as it refocuses its drug research under CEO Emma Walmsley.
.............................................................................................................................................
President Trump Dares New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to Run Against Him in 2020
President Donald Trump dared New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to challenge him in 2020, warning, "Anybody that runs against Trump suffers"
.............................................................................................................................................
Iraq PM defends stance on US sanctions against Iran
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Monday defended his stance on US sanctions against Iran in the face of harsh criticism from Tehran and its allies in Baghdad. Abadi has cancelled a visit to Iran, his press office said Sunday, after announcing last week that Iraq would reluctantly comply with renewed US sanctions against Tehran.
.............................................................................................................................................
Al Gore Says President Trump Not Yet as Damaging to Environment as He Feared
The Trump administration has made dangerous environmental policy changes, but the damage has been less than expected, Al Gore said
.............................................................................................................................................
Kellyanne Conway struggles to name a single black White House advisor
When asked on ABC’s This Week to name a prominent high-level advisor to the president in the West Wing of the White House, Ms Conway struggled to answer. Instead, the president’s counsellor redirected the conversation to Ben Carson, who is the secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development – and not a member of the White House staff. Ms Conway’s appearance on This Week comes amid recent news surrounding Ms Newman, who has been promoting her new book Unhinged.
.............................................................................................................................................
'NO TAPES,' Trump Tweets As He Brags Omarosa Called Him A Civil Rights Champ
President Donald Trump lashed out at fired White House aide Omarosa Manigault
.............................................................................................................................................
Florida girl, 7, dies after being struck by stray bullet sitting in car
Heydi Rivas Villanueva was sitting in a vehicle with her father on Saturday evening when a stray bullet struck her in the head, killing her, police said.
.............................................................................................................................................
SpaceX vows manned flight to space station is on track
Tech magnate Elon Musk's SpaceX vowed Monday to send its first astronauts into orbit on schedule next year -- part of a drive to restore America's dominance of the space race. Gwynne Shotwell, the aerospace manufacturer's president, told journalists in Los Angeles an unmanned flight to the International Space Station in November would pave the way for a manned mission in April 2019. NASA awarded contracts to SpaceX and Boeing in 2014 as part of its commercial crew program, aimed at helping private industry build spaceships to reach low-Earth orbit.
.............................................................................................................................................
Young Boy Found at a New Mexico Compound Died in a Ritual Ceremony, Prosecutors Say
Relatives of the boy believed he would "return as Jesus" to guide their future attacks against financial and government targets, prosecutors alleged
.............................................................................................................................................
Manafort trial turns from prosecution's case to his defense
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Prosecutors rested their tax evasion and bank fraud case in the trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, closing two weeks of testimony that depicted him as using millions of dollars hidden in offshore accounts to fund a luxurious lifestyle — and later obtaining millions more in bank loans under false pretenses.
.............................................................................................................................................
Up to 30,000 Islamic State Members Pose a Threat in Iraq and Syria, U.N. Report Finds
The Islamic State group has up to 30,000 members distributed between Syria and Iraq and its global network poses a rising threat, the UN found
.............................................................................................................................................
Musk says Silver Lake, Goldman advising on taking Tesla private
The announcement represents the latest effort by Musk to add credibility to his proposed $72 billion deal for Tesla, following his tweet last week that funding for it was "secured". Musk also posted in a blog post on Monday his most detailed vision yet into how a Tesla take-private deal could work, but shares in the car maker ended flat, indicating investor skepticism over its feasibility. A source familiar with the matter said Silver Lake was offering its assistance to Musk in his exploration of a deal without compensation, and had not been hired as a financial adviser in an official capacity.
.............................................................................................................................................
China Denies Detaining One Million Uighurs in 'Re-education' Camps
Accounts from the region pointed to Muslims “being treated as enemies of the state"
.............................................................................................................................................
Tunisia anti-litter activist takes up 300-km, 30-beach challenge
Bin bags at the ready, "long-distance activist" Mohamed Oussama Houij moves methodically along a beach in Tunisia's Mediterranean town of Nabeul, scooping up all kinds of trash as he goes along. The 27-year-old sanitary engineer set out in July to walk a 300-kilometre (185-mile) stretch of coastline in northern Tunisia and clean up 30 beaches along the way. With a sturdy pair of boots and a hat to shield him from the summer sun, Houij began his journey in the central coastal city of Mahdia and plans to finish in Solimane, 40 kilometres from the capital Tunis.
.............................................................................................................................................
The Iskander Ballistic Missile May Be Russia's Newest Ship-Killer
First, China developed long-range "carrier-killer" ballistic missiles. Now, Russia's Iskander ballistic missile system may have the same mission.
.............................................................................................................................................
Nebraska set to become first US state to use fentanyl in execution
Nebraska prison officials are preparing to execute Carey Dean Moore on Tuesday for the 1979 murders of two Omaha cab drivers. The first execution in the US using the opioid drug fentanyl is expected to take place on Tuesday after a federal appeals court rejected a German pharmaceutical company’s move to block the killing. The court gave the go ahead on Monday for Nebraska to put to death Carey Dean Moore on the grounds it is the “will of the people”.
.............................................................................................................................................
Pelosi blames media for trying to 'undermine' her leadership
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says press is creating divide over her leading the Democratic Party; reaction and analysis on 'The Five.'
.............................................................................................................................................
Kellyanne Conway responds to Omarosa allegations: ‘None of us would be in White House' if Trump were racist
White House advisor Kellyanne Conway said “none of us would be” at the White House if Donald Trump was racist, following allegations from former presidential aide Omarosa Manigault-Newman. Ms Newman said recently she heard an audio recording of the president using the “n-word” several times while on the show’s set. The White House has denied the allegations and Mr Trump has called Ms Newman a “lowlife”.
.............................................................................................................................................
Defendants arrested at New Mexico compound to be released
TAOS, N.M. (AP) — A state judge on Monday cleared the way for five defendants who were arrested on child abuse charges at a remote New Mexico compound to be released pending trial despite authorities' suspicions that the group was training children to use firearms for an anti-government mission.
.............................................................................................................................................
Stephen Miller's Uncle Blasts Him As 'Immigration Hypocrite'
Stephen Miller, senior policy adviser to President Donald Trump, was called
.............................................................................................................................................
Teen driver charged with DUI and manslaughter after car plunged off ramp killing 2 teens
A car crash left two 18-year-old men dead and two young women injured. The 18-year-old driver faces serious charges, including DUI and manslaughter.
.............................................................................................................................................
Turkish lira struggles in Asia but equities see some stability
Turkey's lira remained under pressure in Asian trade Tuesday but markets in the region enjoyed a little more stability after the previous day's turmoil. Nervous investors are keeping an eye on developments in Ankara after Monday's bloodletting that saw the lira hit record lows against the dollar and euro, and equity markets go into freefall on concerns Turkey's financial crisis could spread globally. The crisis has been sparked by a series of issues including a faltering economy -- the central bank has defied market calls for rate hikes -- and tensions with the United States, which has hit Turkey with sanctions over its detention of an American pastor.
.............................................................................................................................................
Secretary Zinke Says Climate Change Is Not Responsible for California Wildfires, Blames Environmentalists
He said if more logging was allowed there may be less fires
.............................................................................................................................................
Exclusive: Omarosa Said Former TV Contestant Played Tape Of Racist Slur For Her In White House, Sources Say
Former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault-Newman told at least three
.............................................................................................................................................
The Latest: 60K sign petition to oppose Nebraska execution
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Latest on Nebraska preparing for its first execution since 1997 (all times local):
.............................................................................................................................................
Wisconsin primary - LIVE: Candidates vye to unseat Scott Walker and take over Paul Ryan’s seat
Wisconsin voters are heading to the polls in the state's primaries, with a large pool of candidates fight for the chance to unseat Governor Scott Walker and replace House Majority Leader Paul Ryan. There are eight Democratic candidates vying for the party’s nomination to go up against Mr Walker, the incumbent Republican governor hoping to hold onto his seat. Tony Evers, the state superintendent and the only Democrat in the race to have been elected in a statewide vote, was leading the polls ahead of Tuesday.
.............................................................................................................................................
Teenager facing multiple DUI, manslaughter charges after Walnut Creek crash
A teenager faces multiple felony manslaughter and DUI charges after a solo-vehicle crash from eastbound state Highway 24 onto Walnut Creek city streets early Sunday morning left two other teens dead, according to the California Highway Patrol.
.............................................................................................................................................
Torrential Rain Washes Away Part of New Jersey Family's Backyard
A New Jersey family lost about 25 percent of their backyard after heavy rain lead to massive flooding across the state.
.............................................................................................................................................
Wild Road Rage Fight on California Highway Leaves Two Men Dead, Police Say
CHP officials say a road rage incident led to one driver beating another man to death, then getting hit and killed by a car on the highway.
.............................................................................................................................................
2 teens killed in suspected Walnut Creek DUI crash identified
Two teens who were killed in a suspected DUI crash in Walnut Creek have been identified as Dakarai Rishon Fagorala and John Hamed Walizada. The driver faces serious charges including DUI and manslaughter after veering off of Highway 24.
.............................................................................................................................................
NASA launches probe to get closer to Sun than ever before
Former astronaut Tom Jones on NASA"s Parkers Solar Probe and President Trump's Space Force.
.............................................................................................................................................
Man to now face charges in deadly shooting over parking spot once thought to fall under Florida's 'stand your ground' law
Prosecutors have charged a man in the death of an unarmed man whose shooting in a store parking lot revived debate over Florida's "stand your ground" law.
.............................................................................................................................................
'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin gravely ill, 'in hospice care'
The 76-year-old Franklin -- who influenced generations of female singers with unforgettable hits such as "Respect" (1967), "Natural Woman" (1968) and "I Say a Little Prayer" (1968) -- is said to be surrounded by her family and friends in Detroit. Franklin has cemented her place in American music history with her powerful, bell-clear voice that stretched over four octaves. In 2010, Rolling Stone magazine put her at the top of its list of the 100 greatest singers of all time, male or female.
.............................................................................................................................................
Illinois Man with Parrot on His Shoulder Rescued From Mud Hole by Firefighters
The bird got stuck in the mud, then its owner got stuck in the mud trying to rescue it.
.............................................................................................................................................
The Latest: Scores killed in battle for key Afghan city
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Latest on the fighting between the Taliban and Afghan security forces in the city of Ghazni (all times local):
.............................................................................................................................................
Secretary Zinke Says Climate Change Is Not Responsible For California Wildfires, Blames Environmentalists
Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke on Sunday said that “extreme” environmental groups are contributing to the rise of wildfires in the West.
.............................................................................................................................................
Factbox: Trump on Twitter (Aug 13) - Omarosa, Kelly, Strzok
The following statements were posted to the verified Twitter accounts of U.S. President Donald Trump, @realDonaldTrump and @POTUS. @realDonaldTrump : - Wacky Omarosa, who got fired 3 times on the Apprentice, now got fired for the last time.
.............................................................................................................................................
Trump signs defense policy bill with watered-down China measures
U.S. President Donald Trump signed a $716 billion defense policy bill on Monday that authorizes military spending and includes watered-down controls on U.S. government contracts with China's ZTE Corp and Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL]. Trump signed the law at the U.S. Army's Fort Drum base in upstate New York on his way back to Washington after a 12-day working vacation at his golf club in New Jersey. The bill was named for one of Trump's political critics, the ailing U.S. Senator John McCain of Arizona, but he did not mention McCain's name.
.............................................................................................................................................
China to 'comprehensively' assess new U.S. defense act
China's Commerce Ministry said on Tuesday it will comprehensively assess a new U.S. defense act that strengthens the role of a key committee tasked with reviewing proposed foreign investment, and called for fair treatment of Chinese investors. U.S. President Donald Trump signed a $716 billion defense policy act on Monday that authorizes military spending and includes watered-down controls on U.S. government contracts with China's ZTE Corp and Huawei Technologies Co Ltd. The National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, strengthens the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), which reviews proposed foreign investments to weigh whether they threaten national security.
.............................................................................................................................................
Splits deepen over British minister Johnson's burqa comments
Former British foreign minister Boris Johnson returned from his summer holiday to face both criticism and support over his remarks about burqas, amid deepening divisions in Britain's ruling Conservative Party on Sunday. Johnson, seen as the biggest threat to Prime Minister Theresa May's struggling leadership, has become a lightning rod for discontent within the party after a newspaper column in which he said Muslim women who wear burqas look like letter boxes or bank robbers. Under the headline "Boris sparks cabinet war" the Sunday Times said four unnamed senior ministers were dismayed at May's handling of the situation.
.............................................................................................................................................
It’s Official: Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Is An Ostrich About Wildfires
At a conservative event in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, on Friday, Interior
.............................................................................................................................................
Fake diploma? Florida candidate apologizes, stays in race
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Republican candidate for the Florida Legislature apologized Monday for saying she had a college degree that she didn't complete, but said she will stay in the race "and lead by example from now on."
.............................................................................................................................................
White House Staffers Reportedly Worry Omarosa Manigault Newman Used 'Spy Pen' to Record Them
The former "Apprentice" star documents her time in the White House in a new book.
.............................................................................................................................................
Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa urges nation to move beyond elections
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's president has called on the troubled country to unite and "put the election period behind us and embrace the future" in his first public address since winning disputed elections.
.............................................................................................................................................
Israeli PM made secret Egypt trip for Gaza talks: report
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu paid a rare, secret visit to Egypt in May for talks with President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, Israeli television reported Monday. There was no immediate confirmation of the visit from official sources, but the private Channel 10 station said the leaders met on May 22.
.............................................................................................................................................
Bills' McCoy sued by ex-girlfriend following home invasion
LeSean McCoy's ex-girlfriend is suing the Buffalo Bills running back for failing to protect her after she was bloodied, beaten and had $133,000 worth of jewelry stolen during a home invasion last month.
.............................................................................................................................................
At least 100 security forces killed in fight for Afghan city
At least 100 Afghan security forces have been killed as troops backed by US airpower struggled to push the Taliban from embattled Ghazni city, officials said Monday, while residents reported food and medicine shortages four days after fighting began. The Afghan government said it had sent reinforcements to the strategic city, which lies barely two hours drive from Kabul on the main highway connecting the capital with the country's south. The assault, which the Taliban launched late Thursday, comes as the insurgents are under increasing pressure to join peace talks and highlights the difficulty of repelling their repeated attacks on urban centres crowded with civilians, with residents among the dead.
.............................................................................................................................................
Republican Congressman’s son donates maximum amount to Democrat running for his father’s seat in Virginia
A Republican Congressman’s con has donated the maximum amount allowed to the campaign of the Democrat running for his father’s seat in Virginia in the midterm election. US Representative Bob Goodlatte, who serves as the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, had said he would not be seeking re-election for his seat.
.............................................................................................................................................
North Dakota Police Request AR-15 Rifles for School Resource Officers
District leaders also agree the rifles would increase school safety
.............................................................................................................................................
Thousands gather in Israeli desert for meteor shower
Locals had the rare task of directing traffic on a moonless Monday night in Mitzpe Ramon in the heart of the Negev Desert, a spot surrounded by terrain described as similar to a lunar or Martian landscape. The Feinberg family from the Tel Aviv region drove for two-and-a-half hours for the display but the number of meteors, about one or fewer per minute, failed to truly light up the Ramon Crater's dark night sky as in previous years. "We are here waiting for the stars to fall, the children are very impatient," said Eliran Feinberg, 42, who works for an air cargo company.
.............................................................................................................................................
Mollie Tibbetts Search: Website for Tips Announced, Residents Asked to Report Strange Behavior
Iowa authorities have interviewed more than 500 people in the search for Mollie Tibbetts.
.............................................................................................................................................
Tom Fitton on Strzok's firing: 'body blow' to Mueller probe
President of Judicial Watch says special counsel Robert Mueller needs to be questioned over how he used Peter Strzok in the Russia investigation.
.............................................................................................................................................
NY Gov Violates Law Against Taking Eagle Feather
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo admitted to violating a state law that prohibits people from keeping a bald eagle feather. Como made the admission during a speech in Sarnac Lake, New York on Thursday. (Aug. 13)
.............................................................................................................................................
Prosecution Rests Its Case in Manafort Tax Evasion and Bank Fraud Trial
Manafort's lawyers have not yet said whether they will call any witnesses or present other evidence in the case
.............................................................................................................................................
2019 Acura RDX aces IIHS crash tests
The IIHS said last week that paying more for fancier headlights doesn't necessarily mean better nighttime visibility. The headlights fitted to the range-topping 2019 Acura RDX luxury crossover SUV earned an "Acceptable" rating, while the standard LED units in the base trim level scored "Good." The headlights standard on the base, Technology, and A-Spec trim levels are LED units, while the versions fitted to the RDX Advance trim level feature curve-adaptive technology that bends their light output when the steering wheel is turned. The IIHS found superior high-beam coverage with the standard headlights compared to the curve-adaptive units. MORE: Read our 2019 Acura RDX review Otherwise, the latest RDX earned top marks for its crash test performance. The RDX scored "Good" in all of the instrumented crash tests, including the challenging small-overlap tests that simulate impact with an object such as a utility pole. The RDX is unusual in having standard headlights that perform better in the IIHS' testing than optional headlights. The RDX's active safety tech earned a "Superior" rating from the IIHS, meaning the crossover SUV was able to stop itself automatically to avoid collisions at 12 mph and 25 mph. Those scores put the redesigned RDX in elite company when it comes to compact luxury crossovers. Among its chief competitors, only the BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class have models that scored "Good" in every test including the headlight evaluation. Some rivals, such as the Audi Q5, earned "Marginal" at best in the headlight test, while others haven't been subjected to every crash test.
.............................................................................................................................................
There Is a GoFundMe to Help Ousted FBI Agent Peter Strzok
It raised nearly $40,000 in five hours
.............................................................................................................................................
The Latest: Compound defendants to be released pending trial
TAOS, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on 11 children found living in a filthy, makeshift compound in New Mexico (all times local):
.............................................................................................................................................
Manafort trial moves to defense as prosecutors wrap up
As its final witness on Monday, the prosecution recalled a Treasury Department agent who testified that Manafort's consulting companies did not disclose their foreign bank accounts, as is required by law, in addition to him failing to do so personally. Judge T.S. Ellis said he would talk to Manafort on Tuesday about whether he wanted to take the stand, something that legal experts say is highly unlikely. Manafort's lawyers will also tell the court on Tuesday whether they plan to call any witnesses.
.............................................................................................................................................
Top GOP Congressman's Son Gives Money To Democrat Running For Father's Seat
Bobby Goodlatte, son of retiring Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), has announced his
.............................................................................................................................................
New Mexico family saw dead boy as guide for future attacks: prosecutors
A 3-year-old boy found buried at a New Mexico desert compound died in a ritual to "cast out demonic spirits," but his extended family believed he would "return as Jesus" to identify "corrupt" targets for them to attack, prosecutors said on Monday. Authorities unearthed the boy's remains at a ramshackle compound north of Taos, three days after an Aug. 3 raid in which investigators found 11 other children alive but malnourished and arrested five adults on charges of abusing them. At least some of the children, ranging from 1 to 15 years of age, were given weapons training to defend the compound against a possible FBI raid, the court was told.
.............................................................................................................................................
Legal Expert Breaks Down Omarosa Tape Recordings
Experts in national security and clearance law say that, while a former white house employee seriously violated security rules, she probably didn’t break the law unless the conversations she recorded were classified. (Aug. 13)
.............................................................................................................................................
After Charlottesville, American neo-Nazis in disarray
A year after American white supremacists marched with flaming torches through a southern university and delighted in President Donald Trump's response after protests turned deadly, the so-called "alt-right" is in disarray, riven by infighting and struggling financially. The divisions became clear Sunday, when a rally in Washington, organized by the same man behind last year's "Unite the Right" event in the Virginia city of Charlottesville, turned into a fiasco. Jason Kessler had estimated about 400 demonstrators would come but only a couple dozen showed up, protected by scores of police officers and drowned out by thousands of counter-protesters.
.............................................................................................................................................
Orca back to feeding and frolicking after carrying dead calf for more than 2 weeks
Researchers say an endangered killer whale that drew international attention as she carried her dead calf on her head for more than two weeks is finally back to feeding and frolicking with her pod.
.............................................................................................................................................
The Latest: West Virginia justice impeached on more charges
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Latest on an impeachment hearing in the West Virginia House of Delegates concerning members of the state Supreme Court (all times local):
.............................................................................................................................................
Firefighters gain on major California blazes as heat wave breaks
A break in the brutal heat wave that has baked California for much of the summer gave firefighters a chance to attack a string of major wildfires burning across the state that have killed eight people and destroyed thousands of homes. The cooler temperatures, down from triple digits across much of Northern California, came during a two-day tour of devastated neighborhoods by two Trump administration officials, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. Zinke told local KRCR-TV during the visit that the intensity of this year's fire season, one of the worst in California in more than a decade, showed the need for clearing underbrush and removing dead trees.
.............................................................................................................................................
Dr. Eugene Parker watches as NASA’s solar probe that carries his name begins its historic mission
When NASA launched the Parker Solar Probe on Sunday it was the beginning of a mission that will break new ground in Sun research. The probe will get closer to the Sun than any spacecraft ever has, and it will increase our understanding of how our star works, but the mission is also special for an entirely different reason: The Parker Solar Probe is the very first NASA mission to carry the name of a still-living scientist. Dr. Eugene Parker, now 91, has spent his life in the pursuit of knowledge and while he might not be a household name, mankind does indeed owe him a debt. Several decades ago, Parker's work broke new ground in solar research, and his theories were so wild (scientifically speaking) that many of his peers thought he was just plain wrong. Spoiler: He wasn't. Parker helped cement our understanding of the flow of charged particles outward from the Sun, coining the term "solar wind," and created models to explain the shape of the Sun's magnetic field. One of his papers on the solar magnetic field was rejected by multiple reviewers before eventually being published in the 1950s, but as technology improved it quickly became apparent that he was right all along. It's incredibly fitting that the historic mission to "Touch the Sun" has been named in his honor, and Parker even got to see the rocket carrying his probe launch in person. https://www.youtube.com/watch?&v=1lvk0tCFllY The probe carries a plaque with Parker's name, along with one of his most appropriate quotes: "Let's see what lies ahead." “Exploring the Sun’s corona with a spacecraft has been one of the hardest challenges for space exploration,” Nicola Fox of the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory said in a statement . “We’re finally going to be able to answer questions about the corona and solar wind raised by Gene Parker in 1958 – using a spacecraft that bears his name – and I can’t wait to find out what discoveries we make. The science will be remarkable.”
.............................................................................................................................................
FBI agent Strzok, who criticized Trump in text messages, is fired
Strzok is the third high-ranking person to be fired from the Federal Bureau of Investigation during the Trump administration, including former Director James Comey. During his FBI career, Strzok rose to deputy assistant director, focusing on counterintelligence. After Justice Department internal investigators found the texts, Strzok was reassigned from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the Trump campaign.
.............................................................................................................................................
21 Spaghetti Squash Recipes That Will Make You Forget You're Eating Veggies
.............................................................................................................................................
Easter Island: A Popular Theory About Its Ancient People Might be Wrong
"Rapa Nui is not a story about collapse, but about survival!"
.............................................................................................................................................
Alex Jones' Infowars Removed From Vimeo For Violating Terms Of Service
Infowars' Alex Jones is running out of places on the internet to host his
.............................................................................................................................................
The Latest: Manafort judge closes court for sealed motion
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — The Latest on Paul Manafort's financial fraud trial (all times local):
.............................................................................................................................................
Off-the-grid dream becomes nightmare in New Mexico compound
Relatives and neighbors say things began to go downhill for Lucas Morton, 39, shortly after he arrived in this vast alpine valley about 40 miles (64 km) north of Taos in a white moving van last December. The families set up home on a 10-acre plot of land that was near to one owned by Morton, a carpenter, but which actually belonged to U.S. Army veteran Jason Badger. The vet filed a court complaint but the Morton and Wahhaj families stayed on the land.
.............................................................................................................................................
Thousands gather in Israeli desert for meteor shower
Thousands of star-gazers gathered overnight at one of the darkest spots in Israel hoping to be dazzled by the annual Perseid meteor shower, only to be left somewhat disappointed by the show. Locals had the rare task of directing traffic on a moonless Monday night in Mitzpe Ramon in the heart of the Negev Desert, a spot surrounded by terrain described as similar to a lunar or Martian landscape. "We are here waiting for the stars to fall, the children are very impatient," said Eliran Feinberg, 42, who works for an air cargo company.
.............................................................................................................................................
Bethenny Frankel Attends Late Boyfriend Dennis Shields' Funeral
Dennis Shields died Friday of a suspected drug overdose.
.............................................................................................................................................
The Navy Is Going To War Against Mines
Could new technology make them obsolete? 
.............................................................................................................................................
Pilot killed in small plane crash in Sylmar identified as Disney employee
The pilot who died in a small plane crash in Sylmar has been identified as a 55-year-old Disney employee.
.............................................................................................................................................
Stephen Miller's Uncle Calls Him An 'Immigration Hypocrite' in a New Column
'If my nephew’s ideas on immigration had been in force a century ago, our family would have been wiped out'
.............................................................................................................................................
Stephen Miller’s uncle publicly scolds him for his terrible immigration policies
Even Stephen Miller's family can't stand him. The senior Trump advisor has made his fair share of enemies thanks to his work on Trump's harsh immigration policies, and now at least one of his family members is part of that crowd. SEE ALSO: Opening your home to refugees is one powerful way to resist Trump's immigration policy Miller's maternal uncle, David S. Glosser, has penned quite the op-ed for Politico, laying bare what he calls Miller's "immigration hypocrisy," starting with the immigration journey of Miller's own Jewish family, a "classic American tale," from the Eastern Europe town of Antopol (now part of Belarus) at the turn of the 20th century. The family's journey is one of chain migration, Glosser notes, something Miller is currently working to end. He also outlines how the family could have fallen victim to the same "America First" policy Miller is helping Trump push and even draws a line to the Nazis of 1940s Germany and the Nazis of 2018. It's a scathing indictment of Miller, the type that Glosser has unloaded on his nephew in the past.  White House Adviser Stephen Miller gets cut off mid-sentence by Jake Tapper"I think I've wasted enough of my viewers' time"pic.twitter.com/98lJiyCS7t — Rantt Media (@RanttMedia) January 7, 2018 Glosser has plenty more admonishment for Miller, who he says he has "watched with dismay and increasing horror." He also doesn't spare Trump, noting the similar chain migration journey of the president's ancestors and saying the two "may have become numb to the resultant human tragedy and blind to the hypocrisy of their policy decisions." But Glosser is particularly pointed toward Miller when recounting the life of "Joseph," an immigrant from the north African nation of Eritrea whom he met through volunteer work with a non-profit that assists refugees.  He details the torturous journey (literally and metaphorically) "Joseph" encountered in his path to the United States "while my nephew, Stephen, was famously recovering from the hardships of his high school cafeteria," a reference to the now-famous incident in which Miller was booed by classmates after a particularly terrible speech.  It's a deft, withering burn that enhances Miller's sheltered petulance on display in the video.  With the Trump administration is going to startling lengths to restrict the number of immigrants admitted to the U.S., Glosser laments the fate of immigrants he's met, people who the U.S. should be welcoming with open arms. It calls to mind Miller's public spats with journalists over immigration, perhaps most famously his sparring with CNN's Jim Acosta over the poem on the Statue of Liberty. That Miller's own ancestor, according to Glosser, made his way only deepens the irony and depravity of Miller's stance.  One can't help but read Glosser's account and think of another sour uncle-nephew relationship. Visualization of today's article by Stephen Miller's uncle condemning his nephew's immigration hypocrisy. pic.twitter.com/04bEBQGy4e — Sasha Stewart (@ArtfulStew) August 13, 2018 You can read Glosser's piece in its entirety here. WATCH: Kim Kardashian is in, but these people were uninvited from the White House
.............................................................................................................................................
Friendly tone belied desperate acts of Seattle plane thief
SEATTLE (AP) — He cracked jokes, complimented the professional demeanor of an air traffic controller and apologized for making a fuss.
.............................................................................................................................................
Italy calls on UK to take responsibility for 141 people rescued by ship sailing under Gibraltar flag
Italy’s transport minister has called on the UK to take responsibility for 141 people rescued by a ship sailing under the flag of the British territory of Gibraltar. Danilo Toninelli, the transport and infrastructure minister and a senior member of the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S), said via Twitter on Monday that the rescue was co-ordinated by the Libyan coast guard and the rescue ship was in Maltese waters, sailing under the flag of Gibraltar. “At this point the United Kingdom assumes its responsibility for the safeguarding of the shipwrecks," he said.  A European Commission spokesperson said all diplomatic channels were being employed to find a country willing to take the migrants, who were plucked from wooden boats in two operations 25 nautical miles off the Libyan coast Friday. French charity organisation SOS Mediterranee, which co-operates the ship with Doctors Without Borders, said on Monday they had sailed to a standby point mid-way between Malta and Italy (both countries are refusing to allow the Aquarius to dock) while awaiting Europe to assign a safe port. L'Ong #Aquarius è stata coordinata dalla Guardia Costiera libica in area di loro responsabilità. La nave è ora in acque maltesi e batte bandiera di Gibilterra. A questo punto il Regno Unito si assuma le sue responsabilità per la salvaguardia dei naufraghi.— Danilo Toninelli (@DaniloToninelli) August 13, 2018 Approximately 70 per cent of the migrants are from Somalia and Eritrea, including 67 unaccompanied minors and two pregnant women. They told rescuers five ships passed by them without offering help. Interior Minister and Deputy Premier Matteo Salvini said on Monday the Aquarius can “go where it wants, but not to Italy.” “Aquarius NGO ship with another 141 immigrants on board: German owned, rented by French NGO, foreign crew, in Maltese waters, flying the flag of Gibraltar,” Salvini said via Twitter, adding hashtags #closedports and #openhearts. A migrant child plays with a member of the crew on board the MV Aquarius rescue ship run by SOS Mediterranee organisation and Doctors Without Borders during a search and rescue (SAR) operation in the Mediterranean Sea, off the Libyan Coast, August 12  Credit: GUGLIELMO MANGIAPANE/REUTERS The far-right leader of the League party has initiated a tough stance on migration since taking over as interior minister, essentially closing Italy’s ports to NGO vessels. The same ship was turned away from ports in Italy and Malta in June after rescuing more than 600 migrants, who were eventually taken to Spain. “European governments have put all their efforts into propping up the Libyan Joint Rescue Coordination Center, however Friday’s events show they don’t have the capacity to fully coordinate a rescue,” said Aloys Vimard, MSF’s project coordinator on board the Aquarius. “A rescue is not complete until there is safe disembarkation.”
.............................................................................................................................................
Mother Orca Ends 'Tour of Grief' After 17 Days
Researchers say an endangered killer whale that drew international attention as she carried her dead calf on her head for more than two weeks is finally back with her pod.
.............................................................................................................................................
Disney Accused Of Lightening Princess Tiana's Skin Tone In 'Wreck It Ralph' Sequel
Last week, Entertainment Weekly shared a still image from Disney's upcoming
.............................................................................................................................................
How a Baggage Handler Stole a Plane From One of America's Busiest Airports
Richard Russell may have learned to fly from videos online.
.............................................................................................................................................
Elon Musk says talks with Saudis led him to tweet "funding secured"
Tesla [NYSE: TSLA] CEO Elon Musk provided insight Monday behind his "funding secured" comment made last week when he floated the idea of taking the automaker private. Musk released a statement on Tesla's blog and wrote the sovereign wealth fund of Saudi Arabia approached him multiple times in the last two years to discuss taking Tesla private. The Saudis are reportedly interested in Tesla in a move to diversify away from oil, he said.
.............................................................................................................................................
White man charged with fatally shooting black man in Florida
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Prosecutors charged a white man with manslaughter Monday in the death of an unarmed black man whose video-recorded shooting in a store parking lot has revived debate over Florida's "stand your ground" law.
.............................................................................................................................................
Giuliani Offers Latest Version Of Comey-Trump Conversation About Flynn
WASHINGTON -- Hoping to reconcile conflicting explanations about whether
.............................................................................................................................................
The New Saudi Arabia Is A Lot Like The Old Saudi Arabia When It Comes To Women
When Hala Al-Dosari told her father in 2013 that she planned to join the
.............................................................................................................................................
NASA Administrator Supports Trump’s ‘Space Force’ Proposal
New Orleans (AP) -- NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine is expressing full support for President Donald Trump's proposed military "space force," but says it will have a role separate from NASA....
.............................................................................................................................................
President Trump Doesn't Mention John McCain as He Signs Defense Bill Named for Him
The measure Trump signed Monday will boost military pay by 2.6 percent
.............................................................................................................................................
Israeli PM Netanyahu met Egypt's al-Sisi to discuss Gaza: Channel Ten News
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a secret summit with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Egypt in May to discuss a long-term ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, Israel's Channel Ten News said on Monday. A spokesman for Netanyahu declined to comment on the report and there was no immediate comment from Egyptian officials.
.............................................................................................................................................
The Latest: WWII remains returned, brothers pay last respect
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on the return of a Marine whose remains were returned Monday after 70 years (all times local):
.............................................................................................................................................
Former Transmar executive sentenced to three years prison for fraud
Former Transmar Commodity Group Ltd chief executive Peter G. Johnson was sentenced to three years in prison on Monday after he pleaded guilty to defrauding banks in order to win a $400 million credit line for the now bankrupt New Jersey-based cocoa trading company, prosecutors said. Prosecutors had said in a court filing that federal guidelines would call for a sentence of more than 15 years.
.............................................................................................................................................
Prosecution rests in Manafort tax evasion and fraud trial
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Prosecutors on Monday rested their tax evasion and bank fraud case against Paul Manafort, a longtime Washington operator and President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman.
.............................................................................................................................................
Bethenny Frankel Breaks Silence On Dennis Shields' Death With Heartbreaking Photo
Bethenny Frankel is mourning ex-boyfriend Dennis Shields after he died on
.............................................................................................................................................
Harsh Treatment of Immigrant Children at Virginia Detention Center Was Not Abuse, Investigators Say
The facility uses restraint techniques, including strapping children to chairs
.............................................................................................................................................
Police: Utah man flies plane into home after assaulting wife
A Utah man flew a small plane into his own house early Monday just hours after he had been arrested for assaulting his wife in a nearby canyon where the couple went to talk over their problems, authorities said.
.............................................................................................................................................
Forget Dieselgate, Electric Volkswagens Could Now Be Recalled
Carcinogenic metal has been found in charging systems.
.............................................................................................................................................
Got a story to tell (or sell)? Better back it up with a tape
Some years ago, I accidentally carried a tape recorder into an interview with a senior national-security official in a secure US government building. US presidents, of course, have been responsible for the most – and probably most consequential – secret recordings of unguarded political conversations.
.............................................................................................................................................
Photo of White Supremacist Rally in Washington DC Goes Viral on Reddit
"A lot of things are louder on the internet when you factor in trolls."
.............................................................................................................................................
Controversial Theory Suggests Laziness Drove Ancient Humans to Extinction
"They seemed to have thought, 'why bother?'"
.............................................................................................................................................
New Jersey Police Rescue Bride in Wedding Gown After Newlyweds Get Trapped in Flood
Not quite the blessed day they expected.
.............................................................................................................................................
Bride doesn't let a flood get in the way of her wedding
Love conquers all — and that includes storms. Jobel Delos Angeles didn't let heavy rain and flooding interfere with her wedding to her partner of seven years and father of her two children on Saturday. Instead, Jobel and her husband Jeff embraced it.  The Philippines is currently in the midst of Monsoon season, bringing heavy rains and flooding to Manila and its many neighboring areas including Bulacan, where Delos Angeles lives, according to Channel News Asia.  The rains flooded the church where the two wet slated to have their wedding, but despite the inclement weather, Delos Angeles was delighted to go through with her nuptials.  SEE ALSO: Dramatic photos show the devastating flooding and landslides in Japan In a video posted to her aunt's Facebook, Delos Angeles can be seen smiling as she walks down a flooded church aisle in her wedding gown.  "Even if it floods or it rains, nothing can stop me. You only get married once, will you postpone it? I was marrying the man I love,” Delos Angeles told AFP. “My gown got wet and heavy but I told myself it was as if I was walking on a red carpet.” Delos Angeles also told AFP that she had to take a boat to the church due to the intense flooding.  Newly wed and happy as can be Delos Angeles has no regrets about the ceremony.  WATCH: These windows won't shatter for anything
.............................................................................................................................................
New Study Finally Reveals Origin of Ultra-Rare Blue Diamonds
A recent GIA study reveals the long-secret source of that extraordinary blue hue.
.............................................................................................................................................
Jason Aldean Is Selling Sprawling Tennessee Estate in Favor of Building His "Dream Home"
The country singer and his wife, Brittany, made the decision because they are expecting another child in addition to son Memphis
.............................................................................................................................................
Israel Is Not a Liberal Democracy
Israel does not share many of the most important values of Western liberal democracies, including the United States.
.............................................................................................................................................
Death toll from quake that hit Indonesian island passes 430
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The death toll from the earthquake that rocked the Indonesian island of Lombok a week ago has passed 430 and the government is estimating economic losses will exceed several hundred million dollars.
.............................................................................................................................................
AP Interview: Malaysia's Mahathir aims to scrap China deals
PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia is looking to cancel multibillion-dollar Chinese-backed infrastructure projects signed by the previous scandal-tainted government as it digs itself out of debt, Malaysia's prime minister said Monday during an extensive interview in which he also blasted Myanmar's treatment of Rohingya Muslims as "grossly unjust."
.............................................................................................................................................
Ohio Gov. John Kasich Blisters Trump With Hilarious GIF
Sometimes, a carefully chosen GIF is worth a thousand Twitter insults.
.............................................................................................................................................
Glenn Adamson Thinks You Need Less Stuff
In his new book, curator and scholar Glenn Adamson makes the case for buying fewer but better things—the future of our planet just might depend on it
.............................................................................................................................................
5 Easy Back-to-School Tips to Get You Ready for the New Year
.............................................................................................................................................
Police: Man flies plane into his home after fight with wife
PAYSON, Utah (AP) — A Utah man flew a small plane into his own house early Monday just hours after he had been arrested for assaulting his wife in a nearby canyon where the couple went to talk over their problems, authorities said.
.............................................................................................................................................
Beware the Blue Light: The Reason Your Screens Are Actually Blinding You
It's not just that we are staring at our screens for too long, but there is physical harm happening to our eyes from blue tints in digital devices.
.............................................................................................................................................
Why has Turkey's currency fallen so sharply?
Turkey's lira has bled value against the dollar, leaving the country under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan facing its most serious economic challenge since a financial crisis in 2001. The crash on Turkey's "Black Friday" of August 10 -- when the lira fell by some 16 percent -- was precipitated by a tweet from US President Donald Trump doubling aluminium and steel tariffs on Turkey. The first warning sign trouble could be afoot came when Trump said on July 26 Turkey would be facing sanctions over its holding for almost two years of US pastor Andrew Brunson on terror-related charges.
.............................................................................................................................................
Puerto Ricans Seek To Rebuild A Shattered Health Care System After Hurricane Maria
For more than six months after the storms, Ingrid Morales settled down to
.............................................................................................................................................
Live salmon released for ailing orca but she doesn't eat
SEATTLE (AP) — Researchers carrying out unprecedented efforts to save an ailing young killer whale in the U.S. Northwest released live salmon into waters in front of the free-swimming orca but didn't see her take any of the fish.
.............................................................................................................................................
Ellison denies abuse allegations from ex-girlfriend
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison on Sunday denied an allegation from an ex-girlfriend that he had once dragged her off a bed while screaming obscenities at her — an allegation that came just days before a Tuesday primary in which the congressman is among several Democrats running for state attorney general.
.............................................................................................................................................
Here's Why People Are Using the Lobster Emoji to Rally For Transgender Representation
What you need to know about the campaign
.............................................................................................................................................
Grandson discovers long-lost Lamborghini in nan’s garage
What’s in your garage? A pushbike, some boxes, sports kit… or a classic Countach? The latter is exactly what this student found in his grandmother’s garage
.............................................................................................................................................
Disney Accused Of Lightening Princess Tiana's Skin Tone In 'Wreck It Ralph' Sequel
Last week, Entertainment Weekly shared a still image from Disney's upcoming
.............................................................................................................................................
Can fighting corruption help Arab states sell painful economic reforms?
Across the Arab world, cash-strapped governments are flying the anti-corruption flag. Tunisia, in the midst of year-long anti-corruption campaign, passed a law in July requiring officials and members of Parliament to declare their assets.
.............................................................................................................................................
Saudi cuts oil output as OPEC points to 2019 surplus
The drop in demand for OPEC crude means there will be less strain on other producers in making up for supply losses in Venezuela and Libya, and potentially in Iran as renewed U.S. sanctions kick in. Crude edged lower after the OPEC report was released, trading below $73 a barrel. Prices have slipped since topping $80 this year for the first time since 2014 on expectations of more supply after OPEC agreed to relax a supply-cutting deal and economic worries.
.............................................................................................................................................
The Secrets to Being a Great Hotel Guest—And Having the Best Possible Stay
From tipping to checking out or handling a poor experience—hospitality experts reveal the top etiquette tips to maximize your hotel visit.
.............................................................................................................................................
Dash cam video: Shootout between suspect and state police
Dash camera video shows a harrowing shootout between a man pulled over for speeding and two Pennsylvania state police troopers.
.............................................................................................................................................
Seattle plane crash: Watch as stolen plane performs loop
Richard Russell, the hijacker of the Horizon Air Turboprop plane, performed dramatic loops, before crashing in a nearby wooded area. Witnesses saw the aircraft go into a full loop before flying close to the water. An hour after his take off, Russell plunged into Ketron Island, 40 kilometres south-west of the airport.
.............................................................................................................................................
Man Intentionally Crashed Airplane Into Wife's House, Police Say
Man Intentionally Crashed Airplane Into Wife's House, Police Say
.............................................................................................................................................
Trump signs defense policy bill with watered-down China measures
The bill was named for one of Trump's political critics, the ailing U.S. Senator John McCain of Arizona, but he did not mention McCain's name. Trump said the bill “is the most significant investment in our military and our war-fighters in modern history.” Some lawmakers wanted to use the bill to reinstate tough sanctions on ZTE to punish the company for illegally shipping products to Iran and North Korea, but the restrictions included in the final National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, that passed Congress were weaker than earlier versions of the bill. Trump has lifted an earlier ban on U.S. companies selling to ZTE, allowing China’s second-largest telecommunications equipment maker to resume business and putting him at odds with both Republican and Democratic lawmakers.
.............................................................................................................................................
White Man Charged in Florida 'Stand Your Ground' Killing of Black Father
47-year-old Michael Drejka has been charged with manslaughter
.............................................................................................................................................
Wisconsin woman's death attributed to infection after dog nip
"I was told she could get struck by lightning four times and live, win the lottery twice. That's how rare this is supposed to be," her husband said.
.............................................................................................................................................
Electrify America launches "Jetstones" ad campaign
If regular automakers aren't advertising their electric cars well enough, maybe purveyors of electric-car infrastructure can fill in the gaps. Electrify America, VW's court-mandated effort to build a nationwide DC fast-charge network, is launching its first ad campaign Monday on behalf of all electric cars. READ THIS: Electrify America switches on the first 350-kw Fast Charging station in Chicopee, Mass.
.............................................................................................................................................
The qualities of mediating a US-Iran settlement
Since May, the United States and Iran have appeared on course for confrontation. President Trump pulled the US out of the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran. Iran’s forces in Syria began to threaten Israel. In August, Mr. Trump imposed new sanctions on Iran and sought to reduce Iranian oil exports to zero. Iran then warned of a regional war if the US pushed too hard.
.............................................................................................................................................
Elon Musk Promises a New Feature to Improve Tesla Charging Journeys
Users will soon be able to better judge their journeys.
.............................................................................................................................................
FBI Agent Peter Strzok Fired Over Anti-Trump Text Messages
WASHINGTON ― FBI Special Agent Peter Strzok, who was taken off special counsel
.............................................................................................................................................
Thousands of Puerto Ricans displaced by Hurricane Maria could be forced out of their temporary homes
Every two weeks or so, the automated voice would tell Analee Dalmau and hundreds of other displaced Puerto Rican families that the deadline was looming, that they would soon have to move out of their hotel rooms, that their refuge would no longer be covered by federal funds. Dalmau, 24, fled her home near the island’s tropical rain forest after Hurricane Maria lashed the US territory more than 10 months ago. It’s not just for us, but for our kids,” Dalmau says.
.............................................................................................................................................
Mother of Three Says Man Tried to Kidnap Her Children Right in Front of Her
A mother in Indiana is warning other parents after a would-be kidnapper tried to abduct her kids in front of their apartment.
.............................................................................................................................................
'Touch the sun': NASA spacecraft hurtles toward our star
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Embarking on a mission that scientists have been dreaming of since the Sputnik era, a NASA spacecraft hurtled Sunday toward the sun on a quest to unlock some of its mysteries by getting closer than any object sent before.
.............................................................................................................................................
California Wildfires: 60 Animals Evacuated as Fire Heads Directly Toward SPCA
The harrowing ordeal was caught on one police officer's body camera.
.............................................................................................................................................
Palestinian shot during May US embassy protest dies: ministry
A Palestinian shot three months ago in clashes along the Israel-Gaza border has died while being treated in Egypt, the health ministry in Hamas-run Gaza said Monday. Wissam Hijazi, 30, was shot on May 14 during a day of huge protests against the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem, ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra told AFP. The body has not yet been returned to Gaza, he said.
.............................................................................................................................................
Son of Retiring House Republican Donates to Democrat Running for Father's Seat
"2018 is the year to flip districts — let's do this," Bobby Goodlatte said
.............................................................................................................................................
Trump shows support for Harley-Davidson boycott if company moves production overseas
Donald Trump has tweeted support for a Harley-Davidson boycott if the US company moves its production overseas. The president claimed motorcycle owners have indicated plans to boycott Harley-Davidson amid his visit to a Bikers for Trump rally at his golf club in New Jersey over the weekend. “Many [Harley-Davidson] owners plan to boycott the company if manufacturing moves overseas,” he wrote on Twitter.
.............................................................................................................................................
Police Investigating Possible Murder-Suicide after Bodies Found in Submerged Car
Police in Arkansas say a man called police saying he was going to kill his girlfriend and himself before their vehicle was found submerged in the Mississippi River on Sunday.
.............................................................................................................................................
West Virginia Lawmakers Could Impeach the Entire State Supreme Court
The scandal is over $3.2 million in office renovations
.............................................................................................................................................
This Is Why Some Animals Can Talk
How is it that some animals learn to imitate humans?
.............................................................................................................................................
White Man Charged in Florida 'Stand Your Ground' Killing of Black Father
Prosecutors charged a white man with manslaughter Monday in the death of an unarmed black man whose videotaped shooting in a store parking lot has revived debate over Florida’s “stand your ground” law
.............................................................................................................................................
The First Woman Was Sworn Into the Marine Corps a Century Ago. Now a Group of Veterans Is Trying to Preserve Her Story
See the enlistment papers for the first woman to join the U.S. Marine Corps
.............................................................................................................................................
Meet the pterodactyl's oldest cousin
Before the dinosaurs hit their stride, the Earth may have belonged to a different kind of reptile: the pterosaur. Paleontologists have discovered a new species of pterosaur, the reptile family to which the famed pterodactyl belongs. Dating back about 210 million years, the bones of Caelestiventus hanseni are changing what we know about these prehistoric creatures.
.............................................................................................................................................
Orca whale that carried her dead calf at least 17 days lets it go, ending 'tour of grief'
An orca whale that carried her dead calf more than two weeks has let go of the body, ending her "tour of grief," researchers said. The female killer whale was first spotted on July 24 pushing the corpse of her offspring that had died 30 minutes after birth, according to the Center for Whale Research in Washington state.
.............................................................................................................................................
NASA evaluates Mexican nanosatellite to advance its route to orbit
Mexico, Aug. 13 (Notimex).- The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) evaluated the AzTechSat-1 nanosatellite design stage, built by academics and students of the Popular Autonomous University of the State of Puebla (UPAEP, for its acronym in Spanish). This nanosatellite would become the first Mexican mission carried out in collaboration with NASA and the Mexican Space Agency (AEM, for its acronym in Spanish), and the second created by Mexican university students. The project, which emerged five years ago, is the result of a collaboration agreement to carry out the mission of putting the nanosatellite into orbit and connecting it with the Globalstar constellation. According to the information agency of the National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT, for its acronym in Spanish), the purpose of this project is to obtain information without the need to establish land bases. In Mexico, space projects have been developed in universities: in 1996 it was the successful launch of UNAMSAT-B, a satellite developed by the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM, for its acronym in Spanish). That satellite was operating for three months and developed by students and teachers, although NASA did not participate. The evaluation of AzTechSat-1 was conducted recently and Andrés Martínez, executive of Advanced Systems of Exploration of NASA, was satisfied with the work developed in the UPAEP. He clarified that the design review (called Critical Design Review) of the nanosatellite is one of the most difficult stages to overcome because it includes 12 different areas, 10 of a technical nature and two related to the system. As part of the results obtained, of 12 aspects evaluated, nine were satisfactorily accredited and three more observations recorded that will be solved in the following months, in order not to alter the stipulated work schedule. The project's scientific director, Héctor Simón Vargas Martínez, explained that the observations are related to aspects of the software and tests. He added that NASA evaluated the functional tests of the equipment at the laboratory level and then a technical presentation was made. He informed that two more revisions are missing that represent the most important steps, they involve tests of the nanosatellite in the NASA laboratories, where the mission will be tested, and the electronic part of the AzTechSat-1, designed from scratch in the UPAEP. The representative of NASA, Andrés Martínez, announced that they are already in talks with academics from UNAM and the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN, for its acronym in Spanish), for the development of space missions together. NTX/MSG/RMCA
.............................................................................................................................................
Blithe tone belied desperate actions of Seattle plane thief
He cracked jokes, complimented the professional demeanor of an air traffic controller and apologized for making a fuss. "I think I'm going to try to do a barrel roll, and if that goes good I'll go nose down and call it a night," Richard Russell said from the cockpit, according to a recording of his conversation with the controller. The Pierce County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed Sunday that Russell had died in the fiery wreckage, but whether the crash was deliberate or accidental was one of several topics remaining for investigators.
.............................................................................................................................................
White nationalists outnumbered by counterprotesters
On Sunday, white nationalists gathered in Lafayette Square in front of the white house. One year after deadly clashes in Charlottesville, VA., incited racial tensions, the Unite the Right 2 rally in Washington drew just two dozen protesters. They were quickly outnumbered by thousands of counterprotesters.
.............................................................................................................................................
Man to now face charges in deadly shooting over parking spot once thought to fall under Florida's 'stand your ground' law
Prosecutors have charged a man in the death of an unarmed man whose shooting in a store parking lot revived debate over Florida's "stand your ground" law.
.............................................................................................................................................
Vermont primary could pave way for first transgender governor in US
Christine Hallquist tells the Guardian about running for governor: ‘I tell people this isn’t the hardest thing I ever did. Christine Hallquist, 62, former CEO of Vermont Electric Cooperative, is one of four Democrats seeking the party’s nomination for Vermont governor in the 14 August primary election. If Christine Hallquist can win Tuesday’s Democratic primary, and go on to run for Vermont governor, it will be the first time in history that Americans will be able to vote for a transgender woman for such a senior political role.
.............................................................................................................................................
This One-Pan Pasta Recipe Is Flawless In Less Than 30 Minutes
Weeknight dinners can sometimes be the bane of my existence. With a full-time
.............................................................................................................................................
Trump Reacts To Firing Of Peter Strzok, FBI Agent Who Sent Anti-Trump Texts
FBI special agent Peter Strzok, who sent personal text messages critical of
.............................................................................................................................................
Whether You’re Right- or Left-Handed Has Nothing to Do With Your Brain
Scientists say hand preference develops before the brain's motor cortex controls the body.
.............................................................................................................................................
Meteor shower lights up skies over Bosnia
A meteor shower lit up the skies above eastern Bosnia on Saturday night, giving star gazers a rare opportunity to see a display of shooting stars with the naked eye. "I think that everybody should see this," said Miralem Mehic, a Bosnian from an international group of star gazers who watched the light show at the Sand Pyramids - an area of naturally occurring sand columns - near the town of Foca. The so-called Perseids meteor shower returns to the skies every August, and are best viewed in the northern hemisphere in isolated areas where there is little light pollution.
.............................................................................................................................................
VIDEO: Car dashcam catches small plane landing on San Leandro freeway
Dashcam video shows a small plane landing on Interstate 580 near the 164th Avenue exit in Ashland, in unincorporated San Leandro, Calif., Saturday night.
.............................................................................................................................................
Vermont exec would be nation's first transgender governor
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A former energy company executive from Vermont has a shot at becoming the nation's first transgender governor — but she says that's not the main reason she's running.
.............................................................................................................................................
U.N. says it has credible reports that China holds million Uighurs in secret camps
(This version of Aug. 10 story corrects name of expert in paragraph 12, fixes typographical error in paragraph 3) By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - A United Nations human rights panel said on Friday that it had received many credible reports that 1 million ethnic Uighurs in China are held in what resembles a "massive internment camp that is shrouded in secrecy." Gay McDougall, a member of the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, cited estimates that 2 million Uighurs and Muslim minorities were forced into "political camps for indoctrination" in the western Xinjiang autonomous region. "We are deeply concerned at the many numerous and credible reports that we have received that in the name of combating religious extremism and maintaining social stability (China) has changed the Uighur autonomous region into something that resembles a massive internment camp that is shrouded in secrecy, a sort of 'no rights zone'," she told the start of a two-day regular review of China's record, including Hong Kong and Macao.
.............................................................................................................................................
What happened, what's next after airline worker stole plane
SEATTLE (AP) — U.S. investigators are working to find out how an airline employee stole an empty commercial airplane from the main airport serving Seattle and crashed into a small island after being chased by military jets.
.............................................................................................................................................
Mark Hamill Shares The Terrible Career Advice He Gave Arnold Schwarzenegger
When Mark Hamill's career took off after landing his iconic role in "Star
.............................................................................................................................................
This May Be the Secret to Feeling Younger and Living Longer
A new study offers one way
.............................................................................................................................................
Ruby Rose Cast as The CW's Batwoman
The CW has found its Batwoman!
.............................................................................................................................................
Why Congress Can't Fix Even the Small Things
Congress is passing more legislation on party-line votes, but neither party is then working to make the minor corrections that are needed.
.............................................................................................................................................
Utah plane crash: Pilot dies and house 'engulfed in flames' after aircraft crashes into building
A man died after flying a plane into his house following a domestic dispute he had with his wife over the weekend, authorities said. Duane Youd was arrested on Sunday night after witnesses said they saw him allegedly assaulting his wife outside near Payson Canyon, Utah, where he had been drinking. Mr Youd’s wife and a child were inside the house at the time of the crash, investigators said.
.............................................................................................................................................
Rep. Keith Ellison Denies Domestic Abuse Accusations
Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) on Sunday denied that he assaulted an ex-
.............................................................................................................................................
UNAM students develop process to detect contaminants in water
Mexico, Aug. 13 (Notimex).- Students from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM, for its acronym in Spanish), campus Morelos, developed a process to detect contaminants, such as lead, mercury, cadmium and barium, in the water, in the place where they arise and in real time. According to a statement, the process was generated from the combination of two processes already known: one optical and one acoustic. In this regard, Víctor Ulises Lev Contreras Loera, a researcher at the Institute of Physical Sciences (ICF, for its acronym in Spanish) campus Cuernavaca, demonstrated in an experiment that the use of acoustic waves serves to levitate water droplets in the air and improve the detection of the contaminants they contain. From these samples, he applies laser-induced rupture spectroscopy (LIBS), an optical technique capable of simultaneously recording several elements of the periodic table, since they all emit light. "The novel thing is to have, on the one hand, the LIBS technique and, on the other, the levitation technique, which has been known for a long time. We put the two together to analyze the water," said Contreras. His procedure, published last May in the journal Optics Letters, could help develop instruments that monitor contaminants on the site, in a simpler way than with the current tests, which require taking samples for further analysis in the laboratory. "It could be used by the agricultural, pharmaceutical and water purification industries to monitor the liquid for contaminants. The ideal would be to apply it in Mexico in light of the serious pollution problems we have," he said. The LIBS technique focuses on a pulsed high energy laser emission in a sample (in this case a contaminated water drop), which vaporizes the material and generates a plasma. The light emitted by the plasma contains data on the atomic composition of matter, because all the elements of the periodic table emanate light when they are excited. This way the chemical components of the sample can be identified by analyzing the light. The main interest of the project is to monitor pollutants in wastewater and for agriculture. Currently, Contreras has started the patent process and after the international publication, there is a Spanish company interested in technology transfer. NTX/NSG/PSG/JCG
.............................................................................................................................................
Key Afghan city turned into 'ghost town' by deadly battles
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Hundreds of people have fled four days of fierce fighting between Afghan forces and the Taliban over the key provincial capital of Ghazni that has killed about 120 security forces and civilians, the defense minister and witnesses said Monday.
.............................................................................................................................................
Aretha Franklin Is 'Seriously Ill'
The soul music icon retired from performing last year
.............................................................................................................................................
The Bogota Police Rescue A Bride From A Flood On Her Wedding Day
The Bogota Police Rescue A Bride From A Flood On Her Wedding Day
.............................................................................................................................................
Senior U.S. officials to visit wildfire-weary California
Some 110 wildfires are burning swathes of the western United States, which is facing an unusually active fire year that has so far burned more than 8,900 square miles (23,000 square kilometers), an area larger than the state of New Jersey, according to federal data. U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue are expected to hold meetings with fire crews and local officials about the deadly Carr Fire, which has destroyed more than 1,000 homes and businesses north of Sacramento, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said. The 203,000-acre (82,000-hectare) Carr Fire is 61 percent contained, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said on Monday.
.............................................................................................................................................
13 Zucchini Breads You Won't Believe Are Healthy
.............................................................................................................................................
Hawaii's newest volcanic cone is over 100 feet tall. How will it be named?
The town of Volcano is swaying, back and forth. “It’s been rocking and rolling,” Bobby Camara, a Volcano resident who spent decades working as a ranger at the nearby Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, said from his Big Island home.  Though the tremors are mild, they still cause the lamps in Camara’s house to gently swing.  “You feel like you’re drunk or on a boat — the quakes are quite subtle," Camara said. SEE ALSO: The ocean is cooking off the Southern California coast. Here's why. For over three months, the southeastern portion of Hawaii has been quaking and gushing lava, though the vigorously erupting lava recently took a pause.  One of the more stark results of this activity — stoked by the movement of hot rock beneath the ground — has been the creation of a volcanic cone, appearing as a sort of blackened, miniature volcano.  Fissure 8 spews lava into the air in June.Image: usgsCurrently standing at some 100 feet tall, it grew upwards as lava fountained high into the air, and then fell in heaps back to the ground. Volcano scientists informally call it Fissure 8, and it’s known geologically as a “spatter cone.” But what might this new Hawaiian feature be named? Many local Hawaiians — both native and those that came here from other lands — want to make sure that the cone gets a Hawaiian name.  Hawaii County councilwoman Sue Lee Loy has even introduced legislation asking that the state confer with local community members to choose a meaningful name that reflects the history and character of the area where it formed. “We have a name for every wind, current, and ripple of the ocean,” Piilani Kaawaloa, a local Hawaiian community member in the Puna District whose family has lived in the area for generations, said in an interview.  Rivers of lava flowing to the coast from Fissure 8.Image: usgs“We have a name for every single cloud,” added Kaawaloa, who also sits on the Hawaiian cultural advisory committee, Aha Moku. “Our kapuna [elders] were very observant.” When a name for the new volcanic cone is eventually chosen, it will likely again come from the kapuna, who understand that this volcanism, while dramatic, is expected volcano behavior here.  The Big Island’s young volcano, Kilauea, is growing.  The naming  The U.S. Geologic Survey (USGS), which has been monitoring and researching Kilauea’s activity for decades, is staying out of the naming process, completely. “It is not the responsibility of the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) — or part of our mission — to name geologic/geographic features,” Janet Babb, an HVO geologist, said over email. While that is the case today, the government has run into some problems in the past when naming volcanic features without input from local groups in Hawaii. The salmon-colored areas show lava flows over the Big Island since May 3, 2018.Image: usgsAmid a flurry of volcanic activity in 1983, a new volcanic cone formed, similar to Fissure 8. It fed rivers of lava, and it was given a name some local Hawaiians didn't appreciate: Pu'u O. "I gave it that name," admitted Camara without hesitation. He was a 30-year-old park ranger at the time.  The cone had been erupting for a while, so rangers figured they ought to give it a name. Camara settled on "Pu'u O," a somewhat fitting name for a gushing volcanic vent, as "ō" means to "endure" or "continue." The first portion of the name wasn't the problem. "Pu'u," which means hill, bulge, or peak, is often used to describe volcanic cones around the Hawaiian islands. But the designation "ō" didn't sit well with everyone.  "They didn’t do due diligence to the community," Kaawaloa said.  Puʻu ʻŌʻō" erupting in 1983. The cone would eventually reach 200 feet in height.Elders in the community (including Piilani Kaawaloa's grandmother) soon convened. They decided on another name: "Puʻu ʻŌʻō."  "ʻŌʻō," is the digging stick of Pele, the Hawaiian goddess of fire and volcanoes. And with this formidable stick, Pele is said to have dug through the ground, unleashing the fire below.  Decades after the naming of Puʻu ʻŌʻō, there is still no official rule or law requiring the government to seek guidance from Hawaiian kapuna before naming a new lava flow or geologic feature. Rather, it's more of a norm, or a show of cultural respect.  "If anything, we can say the extent to which people who are well-versed in the places and the stories of the location are much more likely to be at play now than in the past," Samuel Ohu Gon lll, a senior scientist and cultural advisor at the Nature Conservancy of Hawaii, said in an interview. To name or not to name Councilwoman Lee Loy, with recently introduced legislation, is certainly moving the Fissure 8 naming process forward. But the evolving volcanic cone likely won't be named anytime soon. Lava from Fissure 8 meeting the ocean earlier in August.Image: usgsAnd that may be a good thing. Fissure 8 is just a few months old. It hasn't fully evolved, and therefore its character isn't fully understood. "It seems a bit premature to name the Fissure 8 cone, as it's ultimate fate is not known," said Babb, noting that Puʻu ʻŌʻō wasn't officially named for three years until after it formed. Some community members, like Kaawaloa, also believe it's a better idea to wait, and watch. "The local community is not in a hurry to name it," Kaawaloa said. "Because you have got to look at the characteristics of the lava flow, and the changes of the lava flow." Moving too quickly "defeats the purpose of 'pono' — making things right," Kaawaloa said. Although a well-known community member, Kaawaloa doesn't think she necessarily needs to be on the council that ultimately names Fissure 8. "It doesn't have to be me," she said. But if she does contribute, Kaawaloa said it's a serious undertaking. She would be naming a place for perpetuity — or, at least, until it gets smothered in a new lava flow.   Fissure 8 feeding a river of lava on June 21."The question is, do I want to be responsible?" she said.  It's not easy to choose a name for an evolving place. Volcanic cones can quickly collapse down into the dark, steaming underworlds whence they came.  In February 1997, 14 years after it was born, Puʻu ʻŌʻō collapsed. "When the time is right, a name will reveal itself," said Camara, who noted he lives too far from Fissure 8 to be involved in such a hyper-local naming process. Camara just believes it should be a descriptive or poetic name, he said, pausing as another quake rocked his home. Anything can happen with a young volcano, he continued. So it's just best to watch, for now. "For all we know, the Fissure 8 cone is going to fall into a big-ass hole — and then what are you going to do?" WATCH: Ever wonder how the universe might end?        
.............................................................................................................................................
New Horizons Detects Possible Hydrogen Wall at the Edge of the Solar System
The spacecraft spotted UV light scattered across the farthest reaches of the solar system.
.............................................................................................................................................
The Latest: Case wins Democratic House primary in Hawaii
HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on the primary election (all times local):
.............................................................................................................................................
200-million year old Pterosaur 'built for flying'
Scientists on Monday unveiled a previously unknown species of giant pterosaur, the first creatures with a backbone to fly under their own power. Neither dino nor bird, pterosaurs -- more commonly known as pterodactyls -- emerged during the late Triassic period more than 200 million years ago and lorded over primeval skies until a massive space rock slammed into Earth, wiping out land-dwelling dinosaurs and most other forms of life more than 65 billion years ago . "They are delicately framed animals that are built for flying," said Brooks Britt, a paleontologist at Brigham Young University in Utah and lead author of a study in Nature Ecology & Evolution.
.............................................................................................................................................
Elon Musk Wrote a Lengthy Explanation of That Whole 'Funding Secured' Thing
He said Saudi Arabia is ready to finance a deal taking Tesla private
.............................................................................................................................................
Seattle plane crash: Experts baffled by 'incredible manoeuvres’ performed by airline worker who hijacked aircraft
US aviation chiefs are struggling to work out how the ground crew worker who stole a plane at Seattle airport last week carried out a series of "incredible" loops and stunts before crashing off the coast of Seattle. Flight experts are still investigating how 29-year-old Horizon Air employee Richard Russell managed to start the Q400 turboprop aircraft, take off, then carry out a series of “incredible” manoeuvres. Audio recordings from the cockpit have revealed 29-year-old Horizon Air employee Richard Russell explaining how he picked up flight knowledge from video games.
.............................................................................................................................................
U.S. judge allows Mueller case against Russian company to proceed
A U.S. judge on Monday backed Special Counsel Robert Mueller in the federal Russia investigation, allowing a case to proceed against a Russian company accused of helping fund a propaganda operation to sway the 2016 presidential election in Donald Trump's favor. Judge Dabney Friedrich, in an opinion filed in the U.S. District court for the District of Columbia, rejected an argument by the company, Concord Management and Consulting LLC, that Mueller was unlawfully appointed and lacked prosecutorial authority.
.............................................................................................................................................
Rudy Giuliani Says Omarosa 'May Have Broken the Law'
Trump’s attorney, Rudy Giuliani, said on “Fox and Friends” Monday that Manigault Newman may have broken the law by recording private conversations at the White House
.............................................................................................................................................
3 missing men at the Manafort trial
The absence of three witnesses offers intriguing hints about potential ongoing investigations and additional prosecutions that could yet take place.
.............................................................................................................................................
Florida man charged in 'stand your ground' shooting: officials
Alleged shooter Michael Drejka was taken into custody on Monday, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said in a statement. "I support the state attorney's decision and will have no further comment as the case continues to work its way through the criminal justice system," said Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri in a statement on Monday. The shooting occurred when Drejka got involved in a shouting match outside a Clearwater, Florida, grocery store with a woman who allegedly parked in a spot reserved for handicapped people without the proper permit, the sheriff's office said.
.............................................................................................................................................
Thousands attend Arab-led rally against Israeli bill
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Members of Israel's Arab minority led a mass protest in central Tel Aviv on Saturday night against a contentious new law that critics say marginalizes the state's non-Jewish citizens.
.............................................................................................................................................
FBI fires Peter Strzok after discovery of anti-Trump texts, lawyer says
The FBI has fired agent Peter Strzok, who helped lead the agency's investigation into Russian election meddling before he was discovered sending anti-Donald Trump text messages, his lawyer has said. In a statement, Mr Strzok's lawyer, Aitan Goelman, said that the firing had been ordered by FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich on Friday - despite the director of the office in charge of employee discipline deciding that Mr Strzok should face a demotion and a 60-day suspension.
.............................................................................................................................................
A nearly-cashless Zimbabwe tests the limits of mobile money
Just go to Zimbabwe instead. Here, grocery store cash registers still yawn open when a payment is processed, as if by instinct, but where cash should be there are only empty plastic slots. Signs at gas stations, maternity hospitals, and even informal backyard bars implore customers to pay by EcoCash, a form of digital currency.
.............................................................................................................................................
Rain pouring, Trump rages on Twitter and hangs with bikers
BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) — As rain dumped on his golf club, President Donald Trump raged on Saturday, lashing out at his Justice Department on Twitter before welcoming members of a "Bikers for Trump" fan group to the manicured grounds.
.............................................................................................................................................
The Era of the Swing Justice Is Over. Here's How Democrats May Adapt
Liberal activists are concerned that the era of the swing justice at the Supreme Court is over. Here's how some are planning to adapt.
.............................................................................................................................................
Yes, Congress Faces Obstruction and Gridlock. That's What the Constitution's Framers Intended
The Senate is ending its August recess early due to what Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell calls “historic obstruction”
.............................................................................................................................................
Musk says talking to Saudi fund, others on Tesla buyout
Tesla shares fell 1.2 percent after opening sharply higher. Musk's tweet last Tuesday is under investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, according to the Wall Street Journal, and is the subject of lawsuits brought against him by investors.
.............................................................................................................................................
The Latest: Trump lashes out on Twitter at 'Wacky Omarosa'
BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on former presidential adviser Omarosa Manigault Newman (all times local):
.............................................................................................................................................
France fights flight to big cities with funds for smaller towns
After François Goblé retired this March, the town and surrounding area of 5,000 inhabitants were left with one primary care physician. Cherrueix is just one example of a “medical desert” – where the number of doctors is 30 percent lower than the national average in France. This is especially a concern for elderly patients or those with reduced mobility. It’s also a symptom of a larger problem in France and across the globe: An increasing number of small towns are struggling economically and demographically to remain competitive in the face of urbanization.
.............................................................................................................................................
West Virginia House considers impeaching Supreme Court
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia House of Delegates is taking the extraordinary step of considering the impeachment of all four justices still sitting on the Supreme Court after a fifth justice retired in a scandal over $3.2 million in office renovations.
.............................................................................................................................................
Ruby Rose Leaves Twitter After ‘Batwoman’ Critics Say She's Not Gay Enough
Ruby Rose has gone dark on Twitter after a torrent of social media derision
.............................................................................................................................................
Chris Hardwick Sheds Tears In Return To 'Talking Dead' After Sexual Abuse Allegations
Chris Hardwick made his return to "Talking Dead" on Sunday, following the
.............................................................................................................................................
A Journey to the Pagan God at the Center of Our Star System
Submitted for your approval, a poem about the launch of NASA's Parker Solar Probe.
.............................................................................................................................................
Omarosa Says She Will 'Blow the Whistle' on White House Corruption
New recording appears to feature Trump surprised at Omarosa's firing
.............................................................................................................................................
Trump Tweets Support For Harley-Davidson Boycott
President Donald Trump expressed support toward Harley-Davidson motorcycle
.............................................................................................................................................
Erdogan vows action against 'economic terrorists' over lira plunge
The lira currency, which has lost more than 40 percent against the U.S. dollar this year, pulled back from a record low of 7.24 earlier on Monday after the central bank pledged to provide liquidity, but it remained under selling pressure and its meltdown continued to rattle global markets. "There are economic terrorists on social media," Erdogan told a gathering of Turkish ambassadors at the presidential palace in Ankara, adding that the judiciary and financial authorities were taking action in response.
.............................................................................................................................................
2019 Honda HR-V Revealed In Europe With Turbocharged VTEC Engine
But you'll have to wait until next year to get the 1.5-liter turbo or the diesel.
.............................................................................................................................................
The 10 Hikes Around the World Worth Traveling For
.............................................................................................................................................
Oldest historical structures in India known for their exquisite architecture
Our ancient roots dating back to hundreds of centuries is not something we ponder over too frequently. But if at all we do, the sheer richness and diversity of our history is bound to leave us spellbound. With primitive tools and calculation methods in a time when modern day building materials and technology were unimaginable, our forefathers built temples and cities that have survived till date. Such ancient structures bowl us over with their engineering ingenuity, sculpture and designs; they formed the nerve-centre of trade, education, religion and culture at some in our nation’s history. We list some such oldest architectural marvels we can proudly look back to and call our own in this I-day special.
.............................................................................................................................................
Fight for Afghan city rages despite govt claim of upper hand
The fight for the eastern Afghan city of Ghazni entered its third day as Taliban militants and security forces engaged in heavy clashes Sunday, despite Kabul's claim that the city was firmly under government control. Taliban fighters continued to roam the city, torching government offices, and were in control of several police checkpoints, as reinforcements deployed from Kabul slowly entered the area to confront the insurgents. "The situation is chaotic," Amanullah Kamrani, deputy head of the Ghazni provincial council, told AFP from Kabul.
.............................................................................................................................................
Review: 'Seeds of Science' explores GMO crop debates
"Seeds of Science: Why we got it so wrong on GMOs" (Bloomsbury), by Mark Lynas.
.............................................................................................................................................
Hundreds of 'sea potatoes' have washed up on a beach in Cornwall
Yes, you read that correctly. Sea potatoes are a real thing, and they have washed up by the hundreds on Penzance beach in Cornwall, UK, over the last few days.  SEE ALSO: New dolphin-whale hybrid sea creature is the spawn of an unholy union According to the BBC, the beach at Wherrytown in Penzance was covered in small, mysterious orb-shaped creatures from the sea. A local resident, Rosie Hendricks, told the BBC she saw "odd-looking" creatures on the beach while out with her family. "I wasn't sure what they were," Hendricks said.  I saw the sea potatoes this morning on #Penzance beach, Poppy thought they were worth investigating pic.twitter.com/cZ2hWtPR02 — Toni Turner (@ToniTurnerBiz) August 11, 2018 So, what exactly is a "sea potato"? Mashable spoke to Martin Attrill — professor of marine ecology at University of Plymouth — to find out precisely what these so-called "potatoes" are and why they all chose to congregate on the south coast of England. Hundreds of Sea Potatoes washed up at Wherrytown in #Penzance https://t.co/3sdinA9MSR pic.twitter.com/IcmA0oT1T0 — Cornwall/Kernow (@CornwaII) August 11, 2018 "Sea Potatoes (a.k.a. Echinocardium cordatum) are burrowing sea urchins," Attrill told Mashable. "They are cousins of the spiny and spiky ones you see on rocks and also related to starfish." And according to Attrill, it's not out of the ordinary for large groups of sea creatures to wash ashore. "Wrecks of marine organisms are not uncommon – huge numbers of crabs and lobsters were washed up on the east coast last winter. But the exact cause is not completely certain. Often a cause can be unusual storms that impact at a time of year when they aren’t often expected," says Attrill.  Per the Cornwall Wildlife Trust, these little critters are also known as "heart urchins" because of their "distinctive shape."  "This medium-sized sea-urchin is densely covered in fine, beige spines, giving it a hairy appearance," reads a description on the trust's website. "The Sea Potato lives buried in up to 15cm of muddy and sandy sediments from the shore to 200 metres deep." Apparently they can be found on "sandy and muddy shores" on UK coasts.  Still a bit weirded out by the funny looking sea spuds? We asked professor Attrill to provide some fun facts about them. "If you look at their shell (called a test) you can see a five pointed star pattern that gives away their relationship with starfish!" says Attrill.  "Like all echinoderms (that just means “spiny skin”) they have odd tube feet – an internal hydraulic system where water power can move lots of little feet in and out. The sea potato uses these tube feet to feed off organic matter in the sediment," Attrill continues. That actually is fun. Not as funny as the name, though.  WATCH: Meet the aquatic WALL-E that could help clean our oceans
.............................................................................................................................................
Manafort trial - live updates: Prosecution to wrap-up case with jury deliberations possibly beginning by Wednesday
Prosecutors will aim to wrap up their tax and bank fraud case against former Donald Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort, making it likely the case will go to the jury by midweek if the defence decides not to call any witnesses. The trial is in its 10th day in Alexandria, Virginia, federal court and is not scheduled to resume until Monday afternoon. Mr Manafort is facing a number of bank fraud and tax charges, which he denies, in the first case to go to trial in connection with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election meddling and possible collusion with Trump campaign officials.
.............................................................................................................................................
Erdogan accuses US of seeking to stab Turkey 'in the back'
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday accused the United States of seeking to stab Turkey "in the back" over a diplomatic row sparked by the detention of an American pastor that has sent the lira into a tailspin. "You act on one side as a strategic partner but on the other you fire bullets into the foot of your strategic partner," Erdogan told a conference in the capital Ankara. "We are together in NATO and then you seek to stab your strategic partner in the back.
.............................................................................................................................................
Ruby Rose Leaves Twitter After ‘Batwoman’ Critics Say She's Not Gay Enough
Ruby Rose has gone dark on Twitter after a torrent of social media derision
.............................................................................................................................................
Friends of Seattle Plane Thief Remember Him as Loving, Warm
29-year-old Richard Russell, the airline worker who stole a a Horizon plane from Sea-Tac Airport Friday night, is being remembered by his family, friends, and coworkers as a friendly and funny guy.
.............................................................................................................................................
Taliban delegation visits Uzbekistan to talk peace, security
A Taliban delegation travelled to Uzbekistan earlier this month to discuss the Afghan peace process and withdrawal of foreign forces, officials said Sunday, as fighting between insurgents and security forces raged near Kabul. The meetings in Afghanistan's northern neighbour follow recent reports that the Taliban sent similar delegations to China, illustrating the group's rising ambitions to engage in independent talks with foreign governments as momentum for a peace settlement in the country builds. The head of the Taliban's political office in Qatar Sher Muhammad Abbas Stanekzai met with Uzbek Foreign Minister Abdul Aziz Kamilov over a four-day period from August 6, and discussed the "prospects of the peace process in Afghanistan", the Uzbek foreign ministry said in a statement.
.............................................................................................................................................
Stray bullet hits woman in Rio de Janeiro hospital
A stray bullet in one of Rio de Janeiro's crime-ravaged suburbs tore into a hospital Saturday and hit a woman being treated there, police said. The 61-year-old woman "was struck by a shot on Saturday morning inside a hospital in Niteroi," the police for the state of Rio said in a statement. Parts of the greater Rio de Janeiro urban area are devastated by daily gun violence in which heavily armed police confront ruthless narcotics gangs.
.............................................................................................................................................
Mountain lion breaks into Colorado home and kills house cat
A mountain lion that became trapped inside a Colorado home killed a house cat before police and wildlife officers were able to scare it out.
.............................................................................................................................................
Watch BMW Z4 And Toyota Supra Test Together At The Nurburgring
Name a more iconic duo.
.............................................................................................................................................
The Latest: Rival Koreas to meet in Pyongyang; date not set
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on talks between officials from North and South Korea (all times local):
.............................................................................................................................................
Turkey lira crisis highlights emerging currencies plight
Much of the Turkish lira's plight may be homegrown, but it shares some key vulnerabilities with other emerging countries whose currencies are now also plunging as fear of contagion spreads, analysts say. South Africa, Argentina, Mexico, Brazil and Russia have all seen their currencies slip over the past week because, like Turkey, they remain heavily dependent on foreign capital, especially the dollar. "This is a typical 'flight to quality' move from foreign investors out of emerging markets to safer, developed countries," Agathe Demarais, lead Turkey analyst at the Economist Intelligence Unit, told AFP.
.............................................................................................................................................
Tesla’s Open Source Security Could Protect Against an Autonomous Car Hack
CEO Elon Musk is opening the software to third parties.
.............................................................................................................................................
Mnangagwa urges Zimbabweans to move on after post-election unrest
President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Monday said Zimbabweans should now unite to rebuild the economy and put behind them the election period that saw six people being killed after the army stepped in to quell post-election protests this month. In his first national address since being declared winner in a disputed presidential vote, Mnangagwa said Zimbabwe had showed the world it could hold a free and peaceful vote but blamed the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) for violence that followed. "It is now time to put the election period behind us and embrace the future," Mnangagwa said during Heroes Day commemorations in the capital Harare.
.............................................................................................................................................
Trump Tweets Response To 'Wacky Omarosa' After She Releases White House Tapes
President Donald Trump on Monday attacked his former White House aide Omarosa
.............................................................................................................................................
Prosecutors to wrap up Manafort case, may soon go to jury
The trial is in its 10th day in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, and is scheduled to resume Monday afternoon. The case arose from U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Before completing their case, prosecutors will call James Brennan, an executive at the Federal Savings Bank.
.............................................................................................................................................
White Nationalist Rally In DC Vastly Outnumbered
Less than two dozen people gathered in Washington, DC on Sunday for the a white nationalist rally. They were vastly outnumbered by thousands of counter-demonstrators. (Aug. 13)
.............................................................................................................................................
East Bay friends hold prayer service for missing college student Mollie Tibbetts
On Sunday evening, friends of Mollie Tibbetts and her family attended a prayer service at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Piedmont. Twenty-five days have passed since 20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts went missing.
.............................................................................................................................................
Police Video Shows a Daring Mission to Save Dozens of Shelter Animals From Wildfires
California cops saved 60 cats and dogs
.............................................................................................................................................
Hothouse Earth: our planet has been here before – here's what it looked like
What can we expect from our future climate after looking at the 'Hothouse Earths' of the past?
.............................................................................................................................................
Trump attacks ‘wacky,’ ‘vicious,’ ‘not-smart’ former protégé Omarosa
President Trump said former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman was “vicious,” “not smart” and regularly missed meetings.
.............................................................................................................................................
Trump adviser Stephen Miller's uncle: My nephew is 'an immigration hypocrite'
White House adviser Stephen Miller, the architect of some of President Trump’s most controversial anti-immigration policies, has been assailed by critics who are quick to point out that Miller himself is a grandchild of refugees. Now Miller’s own uncle is joining the outcry.
.............................................................................................................................................
Afghan forces battle Taliban in key city for third day
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says security forces are battling the Taliban for the third straight day after the insurgents' massive attack into the key city of Ghazni.
.............................................................................................................................................
Democrats look to longshot territory for midterm gains
MASON, Ohio (AP) — As Aftab Pureval campaigns for Congress in southwest Ohio, he sometimes smilingly introduces himself as "a brown dude with a funny name."
.............................................................................................................................................
Philippines' Duterte to visit Israel next month
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is to make an official visit to Israel next month, his government said Monday, nearly two years after he sparked outrage by likening his deadly drug war to the Holocaust. The September 2-5 trip will be the first by a Filipino leader since diplomatic ties were established between the two countries in 1967, a foreign department statement said. Duterte and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will discuss how to develop ties on issues including security and counter-terrorism, according to the statement.
.............................................................................................................................................
3 Ways for Iranians to Effect Peaceful Regime Change
It is time for America to stand with Iranian oppositionists and build a stronger relationship with them.
.............................................................................................................................................
Mnangagwa says disputed Zimbabwe election 'behind us'
Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Monday called for the country to move on from its disputed election, despite his victory being challenged in court over alleged fraud and his inauguration delayed. The country's first election since the fall of Robert Mugabe was mired by the army opening fire on protesters, allegations of vote-rigging and a crackdown on opposition activists. Mnangagwa, who narrowly won the July 30 vote, took power last year when military generals ousted Mugabe after 37 years in office.
.............................................................................................................................................
Cat whisperers take note: You can get paid to cuddle cats on a secluded Greek island
A feline sanctuary on a small Greek island called Syros will pay you to cuddle cats all day while soaking in the sun. The candidate would take over the cat sanctuary on the Greek island of Syros, in exchange for a free stay on the island and a modest salary.
.............................................................................................................................................
Humanitarian ship seeks European port for rescued migrants
The Aquarius, run by Franco-German charity SOS Mediterranee and Doctors without Borders (MSF), rescued 141 people in two separate operations off the Libyan coast last week. As that rescue was underway, SOS Mediterranee and MSF asked for guidance on where to take those they had saved. "What is of utmost importance is that the survivors are brought to a place of safety without delay, where their basic needs can be met and where they can be protected from abuse," said Nick Romaniuk, search and rescue coordinator for SOS Mediterranee.
.............................................................................................................................................
The Economy Won't Save Republicans In The Midterms
Donald Trump keeps bragging about the economy -- an unemployment rate of just
.............................................................................................................................................
John Oliver Finds Himself In 'Pure Straight-Up Opposite World'
John Oliver of "Last Week Tonight" wants to make sure Americans aren't fooled
.............................................................................................................................................
South Korean president Moon Jae-in  to meet Kim Jong-un in Pyongyang for latest summit
North and South Korea have agreed to hold a third summit between leaders Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong-un in September, amid ongoing tensions between Pyongyang and Washington over the North’s lack of progress in giving up its nuclear weapons.  The agreement was struck between high level officials meeting in the border village of Panmunjom on Monday, although negotiators failed to nail down a precise date.  A joint statement said they had held “consultations in a sincere manner” on the “active enforcement” of the Panmunjom Declaration – a deal signed by Kim and Mr Moon at their first meeting in April, pledging to end the Korean war and work towards a nuclear-free Peninsula and a new era of peace.  But the optimism of April’s ground-breaking summit, during which Mr Moon and Kim frequently held hands and hugged, no longer hangs in the air.  On Sunday North Korean state media lashed out at Seoul, accusing it of foot-dragging over the Panmunjom agreement and of “blind obedience” to US-led sanctions.  Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in shake hands at the inter-Korean border at the start of their first meeting in June Credit: AFP/AFP  "It's been more than 100 days since the April 27 Panmunjom Declaration was adopted, but no fruit or progress has been produced. It is because of America's sanctions and the South's unfair participation in them," it said through the state-run Uriminzokkiri website.  Pyongyang has also hit out at the US, the United Nations and Japan since a historic June meeting between Kim and Donald Trump, the US president.  North Korea has repeatedly called for the US to put an end to the Korean War – which ended in an armistice not a peace treaty – and to repeal crippling economic sanctions as a reward or Pyongyang’s show of good faith in ending its nuclear weapons testing. However, the US has maintained that the North’s failure to stop its nuclear and missiles programme, as evidenced in a recent UN report, is inconsistent with Kim’s commitment to rid his country of nuclear weapons.  In a frosty statement issued by the North Korean permanent mission to the United Nations in New York, Pyongyang accused the US of “attempting to invent a pretext for increased sanctions.” It added that some high-level officials in the US administration were making “baseless accusations”, warning that “there is no guarantee that the hard-won atmosphere of stability on the Korean Peninsula will continue”. A separate statement also condemned the UN secretary general for saying that North Korea could be achieved through total denuclearisation that is “verifiable” and “irreversible”, signifying a stronger commitment than was agreed at earlier summits.  In quotes | Singapore summit North Korea Trump Kim Some believe a second meeting between Kim and President Trump could be a way to bring back the momentum to work towards peace, citing the UN General Assembly in New York next month as a convenient occasion to hold fresh talks.  The White House has denied such a meeting is currently in the works but analysts believe it could take place in the margins of the assembly.  Evans Revere, a former US diplomat, told The Daily Beast that Mr Trump “might be tempted to use that venue to put on a ‘show’ with his North Korean counterpart that would top what occurred in Singapore". Yet Washington is outwardly maintaining a firm line with Pyongyang. On Monday, Harry Harris, the new US ambassador to Seoul, said that it was too early to declare a formal end to the war or to lift sanctions.  “The potential for positive change in North Korea is limitless,” the ambassador said, in comments reported by Yonhap. “But only if Chairman Kim fulfills his commitments to denuclearise. Sanctions will remain in place until North Korea takes concrete and verifiable steps toward denuclearisation. Our two nations are committed to choose the right deal, not just any deal,” he said.    
.............................................................................................................................................
Baltimore police officer caught on camera punching civilian on sidewalk resigns
A Baltimore police officer who was caught on camera brutally beating a civilian has resigned. The Baltimore Police Department confirmed on 12 August that the unidentified police officer had stepped down, one day after the disturbing video led to his suspension. Although the victim, identified as 26-year-old Dashawn McGrier, tries to block punches being thrown at him, he doesn't appear to fight back and soon falls to the ground.
.............................................................................................................................................
Weekend Rewind: Man steals plane
A 29-year-old airline employee stole a plane from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and crashed on Ketron Island after an hour-long joyride.
.............................................................................................................................................
Iran unveils next generation missile: media
Iran unveiled a next generation short-range ballistic missile on Monday and vowed to further boost its capabilities, Iranian media said, at a time of rising tensions with the United States. State broadcaster IRIB said the new Fateh Mobin missile had "successfully passed its tests" and could strike targets on land and sea. "As promised to our dear people, we will not spare any effort to increase the missile capabilities of the country and we will certainly increase our missile power every day," Defence Minister Amir Hatami said, quoted by conservative news agency Tasnim.
.............................................................................................................................................
Woman finds parents' old love letters and reduces the internet to tears
Romance isn't dead, folks.  This tweet about one woman's parents' long distance relationship will restore your faith in the power of love. Just trust us on this one.  SEE ALSO: Team Twitter reunites woman with a letter sent to her by a famous poet Twitter user @sumacy posted photos of the letters her parents sent to one another when her mum was living in China and her dad was living in the U.S.. "My parents were in a long distance relationship for a few years after my dad moved to the U.S. but they kept in touch through these letters," she wrote. "Do you hear me crying." my parents were in a long distance relationship for a few years after my dad moved to the u.s but they kept in touch through all these letters.. do you hear me crying pic.twitter.com/hBuxFCSKjv — macy!! (@sumacy) August 9, 2018 Let's get a closeup of that enormous stack of letters.  Image: @sumacy / twitter Image: @sumacy / twitter Macy's tweet seems to have struck a chord among the romantics on Twitter — it gained 108K likes and been retweeted over 39K times.  The people of Twitter had questions, of course.  One person wanted to know if Macy's parents were still together. (They are, FYI!)  "Their 21st anniversary is this year!" Macy wrote on Twitter.  Others wanted to know how the pair found the energy to keep the relationship going.  Seemingly everyone was telling Macy's mum to dump her dad and find someone who lived closer to her. "Jokes on them haha," wrote Macy. Indeed! from what they told me, my mom was still in china and everybody she knew was already married/had kids so they were all telling her to dump my dad and find someone closer and just get settled already but jokes on them haha — macy!! (@sumacy) August 10, 2018 Macy told her parents about the attention her tweet had garnered, which prompted her mum to re-read the letter pictured: Image: @sumacy / twitter"My mom pulled out the letter I took a picture of to read and now she's crying :')" wrote Macy. a quick lil update: i told my parents about this tweet lol and my mom pulled out the letter i took a picture of to read and now she’s crying :’) they’ve set the bar too high how do i live up to this — macy!! (@sumacy) August 11, 2018 I'm not crying, I just have something in my eye.  WATCH: An expert alien hunter told us what to do if we ever meet ET
.............................................................................................................................................
Meghan Markle's Dad Talks About The Lie He Told Prince Harry
Meghan Markle's dad lied to Prince Harry about staging paparazzi photos before
.............................................................................................................................................
Ex-White House staffer releases tape of her firing
A former White House staffer who has written a bombshell memoir of her time serving under President Donald Trump released a secret tape Sunday of the chief of staff firing her. The White House Situation Room is supposed to be a top-security room and electronic devices are banned there, but it was not immediately clear whether Manigault Newman would face legal ramifications for releasing the recording. On the tape, which Manigault Newman said was made in 2017, a voice she claims belongs to Kelly points to "significant integrity issues" that prompted him to fire her.
.............................................................................................................................................
Turkey calls on US to 'remain loyal' to Nato alliance as Ankara cracks down on negative social media
Turkey’s foreign minister has called on the US to “remain loyal” to its Nato ties, as the country’s economic crisis deepened. Turkey has been hit by financial turmoil, with the lira plunging to record lows over concerns about the government's economic policies and a diplomatic row with the US. Angered by the continued detention of an American pastor, Washington imposed sanctions on a number of Turkish ministers and doubled tariffs of steel and aluminum imports. Addressing a conference in Ankara gathering Turkish ambassadors, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusolgu on Monday called on the US to "remain loyal to ties based on traditional friendship and Nato alliance" with Turkey. He said the US would not achieve aims by exerting pressure and imposing sanctions on Turkey. Turkish citizens look at a board showing foreign currency rates inside a currency exchange shop in Ankara Credit: AP Mr Cavusoglu added: "We support diplomacy and negotiations but it is not possible for us to accept impositions." His comments echoed those made by Turkey’s president President Recep Tayyip Erdogan over the weekend. Writing in the New York Times, he warned Ankara would “seek new friends” after the US “upset and annoyed” Ankara with the new sanctions. Mr Erdogan told counterpart Donald Trump to respect its sovereignty “before it is too late”, plunging relations between the allies to their lowest in decades. Turkey on Monday announced it would take legal action against hundreds of social media accounts it said was “creating a negative perception” of the economy amid the ongoing plummet of the Turkish lira. The interior minister said 346 social media accounts that posted comments about the weakening of the lira "in a provocative way" have been identified since August 7 and legal action has been launched. Mr Erdogan, who has pubically appeared to be in denial of the gravity of the situation, described the lira's fall as the consequence of a plot rather than economic fundamentals. He said said that those spreading false news about the economy would be considered treasonous. It what has been dubbed “Black Friday” in Turkey, the lira dropped to 7.24 to the dollar. The lira pulled back on Monday after the central bank pledged to provide liquidity and cut reserve requirements for Turkish banks, but its meltdown continued to rattle global markets. The fresh lira collapse on Sunday night hit Asian shares, weakened the South African rand and drove demand in global markets for safe currencies including the dollar, Swiss franc and yen. Shares in Europe's major banks also lost ground.
.............................................................................................................................................
AP FACT CHECK: Walker right on Wisconsin prison population
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker spent much of the week before Tuesday's primary election protesting some of his Democratic opponents' hopes to reduce the state's prison population.
.............................................................................................................................................
Italy refuses safe harbor to charity ship carrying migrants
The Aquarius, run by Franco-German charity SOS Mediterranee and Doctors without Borders (MSF), picked up the migrants in two separate operations and is now in international waters between Italy and Malta. The Aquarius spent nine days at sea in June after Rome's new populist government took office and shut its ports to all humanitarian boats, calling them a "taxi service" and accusing them of helping people smugglers — charges the charities deny. "It can go where it wants, not in Italy!" far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said of the Aquarius on Twitter, mentioning France, Germany, Britain or Malta as destinations.
.............................................................................................................................................
Got 15 Minutes? See Porsche 911 Prototypes Going Hard At The ‘Ring
There are two variants on the track together in this long clip.
.............................................................................................................................................
Iran Supreme Leader calls for action to face 'economic war': state TV
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Saturday called for "swift and just" legal action from new courts after the head of the judiciary said the country faced an "economic war", state television reported. The rial currency has lost about half of its value since April under the threat of revived U.S. sanctions, with heavy demand for dollars among ordinary Iranians trying to protect their savings. The judiciary has suggested that arch-foes the United States and Israel as well as regional rival Saudi Arabia and government opponents living in exile are fomenting the unrest.
.............................................................................................................................................
2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Driven: Longer, Lighter, More Fuel Efficient, and Extremely Refined
Chevy wields a bigger, lighter, more efficient weapon.
.............................................................................................................................................
Police Union Urges Officers To Protest Miami Dolphins After Players Kneel During Anthem
Two Miami Dolphins players knelt during the national anthem ahead of their
.............................................................................................................................................
Turkish Lira Slides to a Record Low as Erdogan Remains Defiant in Face of Financial Crisis
Turkey is set for another week of financial-market turmoil with its face-off with the U.S. showing no sign of abating.
.............................................................................................................................................
The Economy Won't Save Republicans In The Midterms
Donald Trump keeps bragging about the economy -- an unemployment rate of just
.............................................................................................................................................
Malaysia's Mahathir to visit China end of week
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad will visit China on a five-day trip starting from this Friday, China's Foreign Ministry said on Monday. Mahathir said last month the "unfairness" of contracts for Beijing-backed projects were a key issue he would raise during his visit to China. Mahathir, who came to power in May following a stunning election defeat for then prime minister Najib Razak, is reviewing major projects signed by the former government, saying many of them do not make financial sense for Malaysia.
.............................................................................................................................................
Koreas to hold Pyongyang summit in September
North and South Korea agreed Monday to hold a summit in Pyongyang in September after high-level talks in the Demilitarized Zone that divides the peninsula. The two sides "agreed at the meeting to hold a South-North summit in Pyongyang in September as planned", the joint statement said, without giving a precise date. A trip by the South's President Moon Jae-in to the North's capital would be the first such visit for more than a decade, as the diplomatic thaw on and around the peninsula builds.
.............................................................................................................................................
The Latest: White House blasts Omarosa for recording talks
BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on former presidential adviser Omarosa Manigault Newman (all times local):
.............................................................................................................................................
2019 Chevrolet Silverado First Drive: Risky Business
Chevrolet goes out on a limb with latest truck.
.............................................................................................................................................
Omarosa says she secretly taped her firing, plays the audio
Former presidential adviser Omarosa Manigault Newman said Sunday she secretly recorded conversations she had in the White House, including her firing by chief of staff John Kelly in the high-security Situation Room.
.............................................................................................................................................
Turkey attempts to calm markets as lira hit again
A dispute between NATO allies Turkey and the United States -- which reached new intensity over the detention of an American pastor -- has hammered the lira and also raised questions over the future partnership between Washington and Ankara. As the latest developments caused the lira to plunge further in value, investors fretted over potential economic contagion from Turkey, particularly to European banks. The already embattled Turkish lira tumbled some 16 percent against the dollar on Friday as US President Donald Trump said he had doubled tariffs on steel and aluminium from Turkey.
.............................................................................................................................................
Prosecutors to wrap up Manafort case, may soon go to jury
The trial is in its 10th day in Alexandria, Virginia, federal court and is not scheduled to resume until Monday afternoon. The case arose from U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Before completing their case, prosecutors will call James Brennan, an executive at the Federal Savings Bank.
.............................................................................................................................................
Omarosa Releases New Tape Of Trump Appearing Unaware She Was Fired
Former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman on Monday released a second
.............................................................................................................................................
How we use good deeds to justify immoral behaviour
Think you are a moral person? Research shows that we are often prone to act immorally when we think we're moral.
.............................................................................................................................................
Mother orca finally lets go of dead calf after carrying it for 17 days
A grieving mother killer whale who pushed her dead calf across 1,600 kilometres has finally let go of her offspring after its birth off the coast of Canada.
.............................................................................................................................................
Orchard raises $150 million to expand after GSK gene therapy deal
Anglo-American biotech company Orchard Therapeutics has raised a further $150 million to fund its work in gene therapy, building on earlier fundraisings worth more than $140 million. The new financing comes four months after its acquisition of a portfolio of GlaxoSmithKline rare disease medicines, including the gene therapy Strimvelis for ADA severe combined immune deficiency (ADA-SCID), or "bubble baby" disease. Gene therapy is a hot area for drug research - highlighted by Novartis's $8.7 billion acquisition of AveXis in April - but products sold to Orchard are viewed as too niche for GSK as it refocuses its drug research under CEO Emma Walmsley.
.............................................................................................................................................
Iran's Khamenei says mismanagement hurts economy more than U.S. sanctions: TV
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei accused the government on Monday of economic mismanagement and said it needed to improve its performance to help the country better weather newly reimposed U.S. sanctions. Washington reimposed strict sanctions against Iran last Tuesday and President Donald Trump has threatened to penalize firms from other countries that continue to operate in the Islamic Republic. Iran has denounced the sanctions as "U.S. unilateralism".
.............................................................................................................................................
Russia's foreign ministry says Skripal case allegations 'groundless'
Russia's foreign ministry on Monday said allegations of Moscow's involvement in the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal in the English town of Salisbury - an event which led to a new round of U.S. sanctions against Russia - were groundless. "We see the groundless allegations of Russia's involvement in the Salisbury incident as another attempt to paint our country as a state which approaches its international obligations in an irresponsible fashion," the ministry said in a statement.
.............................................................................................................................................
Mountain lion breaks into Colorado home, kills house cat
A mountain lion that became trapped inside a Colorado home killed a house cat before police and wildlife officers were able to scare it out.
.............................................................................................................................................
Orchard raises $150 mln to expand after GSK gene therapy deal
Anglo-American biotech company Orchard Therapeutics has raised a further $150 million to fund its work in gene therapy, building on earlier fundraisings worth more than $140 million. The new financing comes four months after its acquisition of a portfolio of GlaxoSmithKline rare disease medicines, including the gene therapy Strimvelis for ADA severe combined immune deficiency (ADA-SCID), or "bubble baby" disease. Gene therapy is a hot area for drug research - highlighted by Novartis's $8.7 billion acquisition of AveXis in April - but products sold to Orchard are viewed as too niche for GSK as it refocuses its drug research under CEO Emma Walmsley.
.............................................................................................................................................
Israel steps in to stop the Dead Sea from dying
Israel is looking to auction off the rights to mine the Dead Sea years earlier than scheduled in a bid to maintain one of the country's biggest businesses without worsening an environmental tragedy. The Dead Sea's mineral-rich waters are today harvested by Israel Chemicals as ingredients for fertilizers, flame retardants and other products sold for billions of dollars worldwide. Saskia O'Donoghue
.............................................................................................................................................
2 people killed in crash multi-vehicle crash on North Freeway
Part of the North Freeway at the North Loop is still shutdown Sunday morning after a deadly crash.
.............................................................................................................................................
California fire evacuees find fish alive, fed by firefighters
It's a story showing how first responders go beyond the call of duty.
.............................................................................................................................................
Scooter Hate Is On A Destructive Roll In California
The wave of shared electric scooters cramming sidewalks, blocking entryways
.............................................................................................................................................
President Trump Tweets Support for a Harley-Davidson Boycott
Harley-Davidson has angered Trump with its plan to move manufacturing overseas
.............................................................................................................................................
PHOTOS: Over 100 hot air balloons take to the sky for the 40th annual Bristol International Balloon Fiesta
Winds calmed on Saturday morning allowing organizers to coordinate a mass ascent.
.............................................................................................................................................
313 People Injured as Boardwalk Collapses at a Festival in Spain
Many young people were on the port's wooden boardwalk when it gave way
.............................................................................................................................................
California Police Race to Evacuate SPCA Animals as Wildfire Nears
Police in Vacaville, California, were in a race against time on August 11 when it looked like an SPCA building would be hit by an approaching wildfire.
.............................................................................................................................................
White House responds to secret tape
The White House fired back after former Trump aide Omarosa Manigault Newman released an explosive secret audio recording. ABC News' Elizabeth Hur reports.
.............................................................................................................................................
Back us not Brussels on Iran, US ambassador tells Theresa May as he warns British businesses will lose trade
Britain should side with Donald Trump rather than Brussels over Iran, the US ambassador to London declares on Saturday as he calls on America's "closest ally" to reverse its position on the controversial nuclear deal.  Writing for The Telegraph, Woody Johnson challenges the UK to abandon its European neighbours who are still backing a deal to trade with Iran and join forces with America to enforce hard-hitting sanctions. Mr Johnson also delivers an explicit ultimatum to British companies, telling then to stop doing business with Iran or face "serious consequences" for your trade with America.  The comments are a direct challenge to Theresa May's Government coming days after a minister point-blank refused to go along with President Trump's sanctions on Tehran and keep the 2015 nuclear agreement alive.  They also come just six days after British foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt signed a joint statement with the EU which promised to push ahead with blocking the impact of the sanctions.  US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk stepping off Air Force One as they arrive at London's Stansted Airport last month Credit: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP Mr Johnson's comments escalate the tensions over what is the first test of the special relationship between the US and UK since Mr Trump's successful visit to the UK last month. Britain negotiated the original Iran deal in 2015 with France, Germany, China, Russia, US, in a process coordinated by the European Union. It saw the regime agree to curb its nuclear programme in return for the lifting of sanctions.  But Mr Trump pulled America out of the deal, which was struck by his predecessor Barack Obama, three months ago because Mr Trump believes it is not stopping Iran from meddling the Middle East. This week hard-hitting economic sanctions were reimposed.  In his article Mr Johnson writes: “America is turning up the pressure and we want the UK by our side. It is time to move on from the flawed 2015 deal.  “We are asking global Britain to use its considerable diplomatic power and influence and join us as we lead a concerted global effort towards a genuinely comprehensive agreement. “Together, we can help bring about the peace and prosperity in Iran that the whole world wants to see.” Mr Johnson even goes over the head of Whitehall and urges British businesses directly to cut ties with Iran. The UK's trade with Iran was £365million in 2016. He writes: “The President has been explicit: any businesses which put their own commercial interests in Iran ahead of the global good will risk serious consequences for their trade with the United States.  “Only by presenting a united front can we exert the maximum possible pressure on the Iranian regime and get them to finally change course and put an end to their malign and reckless activities both at home and abroad.” British Prime Minister Theresa May walks with U.S President Donald Trump after their joint press conference at Chequers last month Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA/POOL The call amounts to a plea for Britain to break with its European Union partners over Iran and adopt Mr Trump’s strategy. The UK will be formally out of the EU in April 2019.  But last night senior UK government figures rejected the demands, further deepening the policy rift between the two traditional allies.  One Government minister said Mr Trump was simply throwing “red meat” to his support base and his strategy would be counter-productive, while a Foreign Office source reiterated the UK's support for the agreement.  Donald Trump warns Theresa May a soft Brexit will 'kill' any trade deal with the US The minister added: "The trouble is with this approach is that it plays into the hands of the hardliners [in Tehran]. They court this. The whole purpose of the deal was to allow big companies to go into Iran - which is crying out for infrastructure improvement. "It is all ratcheting slightly out of control - I can't see Britain wanting to join in with that because where it takes you into a more hardline position. "We pride ourselves on having a better understanding of the world than most - we would urge absolute caution on this. This is not the direction of travel you want go in." A Foreign Office source said: "We remain committed to the deal and are open to talking with the US administration and Congress about ways we can work together to address our shared concerns about Iran's regional activity." In recent months Britain has thrown its support behind a so-called ‘blocking statute’, implemented in Brussels, which will protect European business from America’s Iran sanctions. The move is an attempt to keep European companies trading with Iran - seen as a critical factor in keeping the agreement alive. Iran has said it will stick with the deal only if it continues to enjoy the economic benefits it was promised.  podcast promotion - brexit In the statement signed on Monday by foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt, his French and German counterparts Jean-Yves Le Drian and Heiko Maas, and EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, they say they "deeply regret" the US sanctions and "are determined to protect European economic operators engaged in legitimate business with Iran."   Asked the following day if Britain would "go along with the US" on Iran, Alistair Burt, a Foreign Office minister, said: "We made it clear that we regard the nuclear deal as an important part of the region's security. We think this is really important, sticking to a deal a number of partners have agreed to." Asked how British companies could protected from US sanctions, he added: "If a company fears legal and enforcement activity, they can be protected by EU legislation. But the practicalities might be different. Many companies won't be affected." Challenged over whether the UK would "stand up" to President Trump, Mr Burt said: "They can expect us to do that - yes. Sometimes you need to take a stand against friends.
.............................................................................................................................................
The Latest: In wake of book, Trump calls Omarosa 'a lowlife'
BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman and her book critical of President Donald Trump (all times local):
.............................................................................................................................................
Sacha Baron Cohen Tricks A Pro-Gun Activist Into Putting A Dong In His Mouth
Sacha Baron Cohen claimed a new victim on "Who Is America," duping a gun
.............................................................................................................................................
School Bus Overturns on New Jersey Turnpike, Injuring 33
A school bus carrying dozens of children and adults overturned on the New Jersey Turnpike, police said Saturday.
.............................................................................................................................................
Israeli defence minister says more Gaza violence inevitable
Another round of fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip is inevitable, Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Monday, despite attempts to reach a long-term truce. Lieberman said in a video statement distributed by his office that "the question is not to know if the next confrontation (with Hamas) will take place, but when". Lieberman also appeared to suggest that all Palestinians killed in the Gaza Strip since protests and clashes along the border began on March 30 were linked to Hamas, the Islamist movement that runs the enclave.
.............................................................................................................................................
Audio released from stolen Seattle airport plane
Audio recordings of a conversation between an air traffic controller and an airline worker that stole an empty plane from Seattle's airport shed light on the final moments before the stolen plane crashed on a remote island near Seattle on Friday. In the audio recordings, the man who stole the plane can be heard asking if he could get a job as a pilot and he also called himself a "broken guy". Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
.............................................................................................................................................
Omarosa claims she has heard tape of Trump using N-word
Former White House aide and reality TV star Omarosa Manigault Newman claims she has heard a tape of Donald Trump using the N-word and other racial epithets during filming for The Apprentice. In her book, Unhinged, a copy of which was first obtained by the Guardian ahead of its publication next week, Manigault Newman insisted that tapes did exist, but did not say she heard them, or that she had heard Trump use the word herself. Speaking with Chuck Todd on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday, however, Manigault Newman, who, as “assistant to the president”, was once the most prominent African American in the White House, claimed she had been played the recording since the book went to print.
.............................................................................................................................................
Endangered killer whale carries her dead calf for 'record' 17 days in 'tour of grief' captivating researchers
Researchers say an endangered killer whale that drew international attention as she carried her dead calf on her head for more than two weeks is finally back to feeding and frolicking with her pod. The Center for Whale Research in Washington state says it watched the orca, known as J35, chase a school of salmon in Haro Strait west of San Juan Island on Saturday afternoon. The whales have been struggling because of a lack of salmon, and J35's calf died soon after birth on July 24. The mother carried the baby on her head for at least 17 days, in an image of grief that struck an emotional chord worldwide. She finally abandoned the carcass as it decomposed. Center for Whale Research founder Ken Balcomb says he is immensely relieved to see J35 returning to typical behaviour.  Researchers say they are immensely relieved to see J35 returning to typical behaviour Credit: Center for Whale Research "Her tour of grief is now over and her behaviour is remarkably frisky," the Center for Whale Research said. It added: "The carcass has probably sunk to the bottom of these inland marine waters of the Salish Sea [between Canada and the US], and researchers may not get a chance to examine it for necropsy (autopsy of an animal)."
.............................................................................................................................................
California wildfires spark political debate
Sacramento Bee politics reporter Angela Hart explains political divide over California wildfires.
.............................................................................................................................................
Kanye West Says He Was 'Thinking,' Not 'Stumped' By Kimmel's Trump Question
Kanye West has finally explained his seconds-long, zoned-out look Thursday
.............................................................................................................................................
They’re Running?!? The Rock And Elizabeth Warren Share The Love On Twitter
Who would've guessed?
.............................................................................................................................................
North and South Korean Leaders Will Meet in Pyongyang in September
The rival Koreas announced Monday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in will meet in Pyongyang sometime in September.
.............................................................................................................................................
Iran's problems 'internal, not just sanctions': Khamenei
Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Monday that the country's economic problems were the result of internal mismanagement by the government and not just US pressure. "Economic experts and many officials believe the cause of this issue is not foreign, it's internal," he said in a speech in Tehran, according to tweets released on his official account. Analysts say US hostility, including its withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal and reimposition of sanctions, helped fuel the run on Iran's rial.
.............................................................................................................................................
2 18-year-olds die in Walnut Creek crash, teen driver faces DUI, manslaughter charges
A Walnut Creek car crash left two 18-year-old men dead and two young women injured. The driver faces serious charges including DUI and manslaughter.
.............................................................................................................................................
This One-Pan Pasta Recipe Is Flawless In Less Than 30 Minutes
Weeknight dinners can sometimes be the bane of my existence. With a full-time
.............................................................................................................................................
The Perseid meteor shower peaks this weekend! Here’s how to watch
Thanks to a new moon, 2018's Perseid Meteor Shower will be much easier to view, with even the dimmest meteors observable by the naked eye. Here's how to see the show this weekend, and where the views will be the best.
.............................................................................................................................................
Man accused of murdering and eating his ex-girlfriend ruled mentally fit to stand trial
A man accused of killing his former girlfriend and eating parts of her body has been deemed mentally fit to stand trial by a state psychiatrist. Joseph Oberhansley has been in prison in September 2014, when his ex-girlfriend Tammy Jo Blanton was found dead in her home in Jeffersonville, in the US state of Indiana. Mr Oberhansley is accused of breaking into Ms Blanton’s house, raping her, stabbing her to death, then sawing her head and body open to eat her brain, heart and lungs.
.............................................................................................................................................
12 Twists On Creamsicles That'll Make Your Summer
.............................................................................................................................................
Protester Confronts Zinke On Climate Change, He Snaps: 'You Haven't Served'
A protester at a Colorado right-wing conference challeged Interior Secretary
.............................................................................................................................................
The Big Reveal: Jason and Brittany Aldean Announce Gender Of Baby No. 2
> A post shared by Jason Aldean (@jasonaldean) on Aug 12, 2018 at 3:49pm PDT
.............................................................................................................................................
Devastating toxic algae bloom plagues Florida's Gulf Coast
LONGBOAT KEY, Fla. (AP) — Tons of dead fish. A smell so awful you gag with one inhale. Empty beaches, empty roads, empty restaurants.
.............................................................................................................................................
Stormy Daniels lawyer says would 'hit harder' to beat Trump in 2020
As the lawyer for adult film star Stormy Daniels, Michael Avenatti has been a persistent thorn in Donald Trump's side. Avenatti, who represents Daniels in the legal dispute over her claim that a Trump lawyer paid her to remain silent about an alleged affair with the future president, traveled to the Iowa State Fair on Thursday -- an almost mandatory stop for presidential aspirants in the first state to hold a presidential nominating contest every four years.
.............................................................................................................................................
Indonesia quake death toll tops 400 as more bodies recovered
The death toll from an earthquake on the Indonesian island of Lombok has topped 400, authorities said Monday, as bodies were still being recovered from the ruins of destroyed buildings. The shallow 6.9-magnitude quake on August 5 levelled tens of thousands of homes, mosques and businesses across Lombok, just a week after another tremor surged through the island and killed 17. "Search and rescue teams are still removing victims who were buried beneath collapsed buildings and landslides," said national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.
.............................................................................................................................................
Five charged with abusing children on New Mexico compound face detention hearing
Five parents arrested on charges of abusing their 11 children at a New Mexico compound where a 12th child died under suspicious circumstances were due back in court on Monday for a hearing to decide whether the defendants should remain jailed without bond. The five, all close relatives of a prominent New York City Muslim cleric who is the biological grandfather of most of the children involved, were taken into custody after a raid on the ramshackle settlement 10 days ago in the high desert north of Taos. The principal suspect, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, 39, also has been charged with custodial interference in the alleged abduction of his sickly 3-year-old son, Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj, last December from the Atlanta home of the boy's mother.
.............................................................................................................................................
Death Toll From Indonesia Earthquake Passes 430
The government agency said the Aug. 5 quake resulted in 436 deaths and property damage of $342 million.
.............................................................................................................................................
Hippo kills Taiwan tourist visiting Kenyan lake
A hippopotamus attacked and killed a tourist from Taiwan who was taking photographs on the shore of Lake Naivasha. The man was pronounced dead on arrival at the Naivasha District Hospital, while another tourist survived the attack on Saturday evening, according to the Kenya Wildlife Service said on Sunday. The agency identified the dead man as Chang Ming Chuang, 66, and the survivor as Wu Peng Te, 62, and said they were from China but Taiwan's foreign ministry said the two were from the self-ruled island.
.............................................................................................................................................
Israel Now Has a Supersonic Air-Launched Ballistic Missile. Here's What It Can Do.
And why Iran should worry. 
.............................................................................................................................................
AMG GT 4-Door Coupe Looks Fast Standing Still In Walkaround Video
It's the range-topping GT 63 S version.
.............................................................................................................................................
Community Rallies Around Elderly Sikh Man Who Was Beaten on Morning Walk
Sahib Singh Natt is too scared to go on his daily walks after he was brutally beaten by two teenagers, so locals are planning to accompany him to make him feel safer.
.............................................................................................................................................
Video: Bugatti's ill-fated EB110 endurance quest
The men behind Bugatti’s bold but ill-fated attempt to conquer endurance racing with its EB110 give the inside story in a new free to watch documentary
.............................................................................................................................................
Ex-White House aide Omarosa 'recorded her sacking in Situation Room' and 'helped hide Donald Trump's mental decline' 
A former aide to Donald Trump said on Sunday she secretly recorded her sacking by John Kelly, the chief of staff, in the high-security White House situation room. Omarosa Manigault Newman also claimed that Americans were being kept in the dark about the US president’s mental decline, saying: “I was complicit with the White House deceiving this nation.” Miss Newman, whose tell-all book about her White House tenure is released on Tuesday, left the administration in December and says she was threatened by Mr Kelly who told her things could get “ugly” if she did not go on friendly terms. She also described the president as a racist – an accusation he has repeatedly denied – on the day white nationalists and counter-protesters gathered in Washington to stage rallies on the anniversary of the Charlottesville far-Right march, which left a woman dead. Miss Newman made the disclosures on US television hours after the president responded to a question about her book "Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House" by saying: “Lowlife. She’s a low life.” The former star of The Apprentice star told NBC’s Meet the Press that she regretted her White House role. Profile | General John F Kelly She said: “It is hindsight. But I will say this to you, I was complicit with the White House deceiving this nation. “They continue to deceive this nation by how mentally declined he is, how difficult it is for him to process complex information, how he is not engaged in some of the most important decisions that impact our country. I was complicit, and for that I regret.” The 44-year-old then raised security concerns by revealing that she had been able to smuggle her mobile phone into the situation room, where top secrets and strategies are discussed. Miss Newman justified her action by saying that she felt the need to protect herself. “I protected myself because this is a White House where everybody lies; the president lies to the American people, [press secretary] Sarah Huckabee stands in front of the country and lies every single day.” There was swift reaction from the president’s camp to her remarks. Sarah Sanders, the White House press secretary, said: "The very idea a staff member would sneak a recording device into the White House Situation Room, shows a blatant disregard for our national security. "And then to brag about it on national television further proves the lack of character and integrity of this disgruntled former White House employee." Kellyanne Conway, counsellor to the president, said: “[This is] the first time I ever heard Omarosa suggest those awful things about the president [and they are] in this book. And I think that Omarosa, unfortunately, has undercut her own credibility.” Miss Newman claimed without evidence that she had heard a tape of Mr Trump using racist language against African Americans. She said: “It confirmed what I feared the most: that Donald Trump is a con and has been masquerading as someone who is actually open to engaging with diverse communities, but when he talks that way, the way he did on his tape, it confirmed that he is truly a racist.” Jason Kessler, the organizer of the white rights protest, center, speaks to members of the media during the Unite the Right 2 rally in Washington, D.C Credit: Bloomberg On Sunday night only about 20 people turned up for a white nationalist rally outside the White House marking the first anniversary of the Charlottesville event. Several anticipated speakers did not appear for the "Unite the Right 2" rally, which was drowned out by thousands of counter-protesters in a nearby park chanting "Nazis go home" and "No KKK in the USA". The counter-protesters included a large number of masked members of the Antifa anti-fascist group. Jason Kessler, the organiser of the white nationalist gathering, had obtained a permit for up to 400 supporters. Amid fears of violence there had been a huge police presence in central Washington, with helicopters overhead, and a maze of barricades erected to keep the two protests apart.
.............................................................................................................................................
Washington white nationalist rally sputters in sea of counterprotesters
A large police presence kept the two sides separated in Lafayette Square, in front of the White House. After two hours and a few speeches, the "Unite the Right 2" rally ended early when it began to rain and two police vans took the demonstrators back to Virginia. Sunday's events, while tense at times, were a far cry from the street brawls that broke out in downtown Charlottesville a year ago, when a local woman was killed by a man who drove his car into a crowd of counterprotesters.
.............................................................................................................................................
Toxics from manufacturing turn up in public water systems
Lauren Woeher wonders if her 16-month-old daughter has been harmed by tap water contaminated with toxic industrial compounds used in products like nonstick cookware, carpets and fast-food wrappers. Henry Betz, at 76, rattles around his house alone at night, thinking about the water his family unknowingly drank for years that was tainted by the same contaminants, and the pancreatic cancers that killed wife Betty Jean and two others in his household. Tim Hagey, manager of a local water utility, recalls how he used to assure people that the local public water was safe.
.............................................................................................................................................
North and South Korean Leaders Will Meet in Pyongyang in September
There's renewed worries about a nuclear standoff between U.S. and North Korea
.............................................................................................................................................
Are Narwhals Starting to Go Extinct?
Global shipping routes and climate change are making it harder to track these mysterious unicorned whales.
.............................................................................................................................................
Stormy Daniels lawyer says would 'hit harder' to beat Trump in 2020
As the lawyer for adult film star Stormy Daniels, Michael Avenatti has been a persistent thorn in Donald Trump's side. Avenatti, who represents Daniels in the legal dispute over her claim that a Trump lawyer paid her to remain silent about an alleged affair with the future president, traveled to the Iowa State Fair on Thursday -- an almost mandatory stop for presidential aspirants in the first state to hold a presidential nominating contest every four years.
.............................................................................................................................................
Jury awards $289M to man who blames Roundup for cancer
A jury's $289 million award to a former school groundskeeper who said Monsanto's Roundup left him dying of cancer will bolster thousands of pending cases and open the door for countless people who blame their suffering on the weed killer, the man's lawyers said. "I'm glad to be here to be able to help in a cause that's way bigger than me," Dewayne Johnson said at a news conference Friday after the verdict was announced. Johnson, 46, alleges that heavy contact with the herbicide caused his non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
.............................................................................................................................................
9 people killed in Taiwan nursing home fire; 16 hurt
9 people killed in Taiwan nursing home fire; 16 hurt
.............................................................................................................................................
Intense fighting in Afghan city Ghazni as Taliban presses
Taliban insurgents attacked police headquarters and other government buildings in Ghazni in central Afghanistan on Sunday and were threatening to seize control of the city, with the main highway now heavily mined, local lawmakers and residents said. Mohammad Sharif Yaftali, Afghan army chief of staff, said the city was not under threat of collapse and heavy fighting was underway to push back the Taliban from city limits. "Strategic locations and centers in the city are under the control of Afghan forces and the Taliban are hiding inside people's homes and shops and resisting," Yaftali told reporters at a news conference in Kabul.
.............................................................................................................................................
'No One Can Obliterate Taiwan’s Existence.' President Tsai Ing-wen Defiant on U.S. Trip
China has ramped up efforts to scrub Taiwan from international recognition
.............................................................................................................................................
Turkish Lira Slides to a Record Low as Erdogan Remains Defiant in Face of Financial Crisis
Turkish currency has fallen to 25 percent in the past month as Erdogan maintains his defiance toward the U.S. and financial-market orthodoxy
.............................................................................................................................................
Turkish lira pulls back from record low after central bank frees up liquidity
Turkey's lira pulled back from an overnight record low of 7.24 to the dollar on Monday after the central bank pledged to provide liquidity and cut lira and foreign currency reserve requirements for Turkish banks. The announcement came after Finance Minister Berat Albayrak said authorities would start implementing an economic action plan on Monday morning, following Friday's lira crash, which has spread to global markets. The central bank said it cut the lira's reserve requirement ratio, a cash buffer held by banks, by 250 basis points for all maturity brackets and lowered reserve requirement ratios for non-core FX liabilities by 400 basis points for maturities up to three years.
.............................................................................................................................................
Turkish lira pulls back from record low after central bank frees up liquidity
The announcement came after Finance Minister Berat Albayrak said authorities would start implementing an economic action plan on Monday morning, following Friday's lira crash, which has spread to global markets. The central bank said it cut the lira's reserve requirement ratio, a cash buffer held by banks, by 250 basis points for all maturity brackets and lowered reserve requirement ratios for non-core FX liabilities by 400 basis points for maturities up to three years. The lira hit a record low of 7.24 against the dollar during in Asia Pacific trade.
.............................................................................................................................................
Unhinged review: Omarosa dishes the dirt on Trump's circle – and few are spared
Light on policy, and heavy on the personal, Omarosa Manigault Newman’s Unhinged: An Insider Account of the Trump White House is a prime candidate for this summer’s best in beach reading. Yes, this is the very same former contestant on The Apprentice who once bragged to PBS Frontline in 2016 that “every critic, every detractor will have to bow down to President Trump”. Now, as the woman who became the most prominent African American in the Trump White House before she was abruptly dismissed last December, she dishes the dirt, and few are spared.
.............................................................................................................................................
Turkish lira hammered again as crisis spills into Asian markets
Asian markets tumbled and the Turkish lira dived almost eight percent Monday on fears that the economic crisis gripping Turkey could spill over into the global economy. With investors already on edge over the China-US trade war, the lira's collapse sparked a sell-off in Europe and New York at the end of last week, with safe haven assets including the Japanese yen and Swiss franc rallying.
.............................................................................................................................................
The latest: Tupola wins GOP primary for Hawaii governor
HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on the primary election (all times local):
.............................................................................................................................................
Exclusive: Saudi Arabia's PIF has shown no interest in bankrolling Tesla buyout - sources
DUBAI/RIYADH/LONDON (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund (PIF) has shown no interest so far in financing Tesla Inc CEO Elon Musk's proposed $72 billion deal to take the U.S. electric car maker private, despite acquiring a minority stake in the company this year, two sources familiar with the matter said. The 47-year-old investor and engineer stunned financial markets on Tuesday when he said on Twitter that he was considering a take-private deal for Tesla, an auto manufacturing pioneer that developed the world's first luxury all-electric sedan car. Beyond amassing a stake of just below 5 percent in Tesla, the sovereign wealth fund has poured tens of billions of dollars into technology investments, including $45 billion in SoftBank Group Corp's Vision Fund over five years.
.............................................................................................................................................
North, South Korea agree on third summit to be held in Pyongyang
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in met in April and May at the border truce village of Panmunjom, within the demilitarized zone (DMZ) that separates the two Koreas, and agreed that the next summit in autumn would be held in the North Korean capital. The two Koreas held a fresh round of talks at the DMZ on Monday to discuss the third summit, led by the South's Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon and Ri Son Gwon, chairman of the North's reunification committee.
.............................................................................................................................................
Blast at a Building in Northern Syria Kills at Least 36
The opposition-run Syrian Civil Defense said the blast occurred in a village near the Turkish border, killing 36 and wounding many others
.............................................................................................................................................
Local Fisherman And Tourist Killed In Kenya Hippo Attacks
A local fisherman and a Chinese tourist were killed in a single day by hippo
.............................................................................................................................................
Chris Hardwick Sheds Tears In Return To 'Talking Dead' After Sexual Abuse Allegations
Chris Hardwick made his return to "Talking Dead" on Sunday, following the
.............................................................................................................................................
Hundreds take to Charlottesville streets a year after far-right rally
With chants like, "Cops and Klan go hand in hand," the protesters' criticisms of both police and the University of Virginia underscored the resentment that still exists a year after torch-bearing neo-Nazis marched through campus, shouting anti-Semitic messages and beating counterprotesters. Several students said they were angry that the police response was far larger this year compared with last year, when people carrying tiki torches the white nationalist rally went mostly unchecked. At one point on Saturday, dozens of officers in riot gear formed a line near where the rally was taking place, prompting many protesters to rush over yelling, "Why are you in riot gear?
.............................................................................................................................................
Koreas hold high-level talks on third leaders' summit
The two Koreas opened high-level talks Monday to prepare for a possible summit in Pyongyang between the South's President Moon Jae-in and the North's leader Kim Jong Un, as the diplomatic thaw on the peninsula builds. The exact date and location of what would be their third meeting have yet to be decided, but at their historic first summit in Panmunjom in April they agreed Moon would visit Kim in the North Korean capital during the autumn. Monday's high-level talks, taking place on the northern side of the truce village in the Demilitarized Zone, were proposed by the North last week as it lashed out at Washington for pushing ahead with sanctions.
.............................................................................................................................................
Ex-Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe Says Democrats Should Consider Impeaching Trump
Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) on Sunday said impeachment should be
.............................................................................................................................................
Toxics from manufacturing turn up in public water systems
HORSHAM, Pa. (AP) — Lauren Woeher wonders if her 16-month-old daughter has been harmed by tap water contaminated with toxic industrial compounds used in products like nonstick cookware, carpets and fast-food wrappers. Henry Betz, at 76, rattles around his house alone at night, thinking about the water his family unknowingly drank for years that was tainted by the same contaminants, and the pancreatic cancers that killed wife Betty Jean and two others in his household.
.............................................................................................................................................
Orca mother ends 'tour of grief' for her newborn after 17 days and 1,000 miles
For 17 days, a southern resident killer whale (SRKW) named J35, but better known as Tahlequah, carried her deceased baby for more than 1,000 miles. The orca's unusually long spell of grieving came to an end on Saturday, when Tahlequah was spotted in the Haro Strait chasing a school of salmon without her newborn. SEE ALSO: New dolphin-whale hybrid sea creature is the spawn of an unholy union "Her tour of grief is now over and her behavior is remarkably frisky," the Center for Whale Research (CWR) explained in a blog post online. August 11, 2018 J35 update: "The ordeal of J35 carrying her dead calf for at least seventeen days and 1,000 miles is now over, thank goodness." - Ken Balcomb, Center for Whale Researchhttps://t.co/kQpA4WWbmg pic.twitter.com/cQIN13HgN6 — Whale Research (@CWROrcas) August 12, 2018 The CWR added that the baby's carcass has probably sunk to the bottom of the Salish Sea, meaning that researchers may not get a chance to examine it. On Jul. 24, Tahlequah's baby orca died shortly after birth, in what has been a common story for the southern resident killer whale population.  Over the last two decades, 75 percent of SRKW newborns failed to survive. The last successful birth was in 2015, when two calves were born. In the hours, then days after the death, Tahlequah was spotted trying to keep her baby's head above the water's surface, reluctant to leave the body behind. "That's not unprecedented, but it’s the longest one that I’ve personally witnessed," Ken Balcomb, CWR's founder and principal investigator, told The Washington Post . These orcas are facing a real threat of extinction, with no successful pregnancies in the last three years. At just 75 whales, the population is at its lowest in 30 years. The SRKW's decline is linked to the reduction in population of its primary food source, Chinook salmon. Canada's government announced in May it would cut the allowable catch of Chinook by up to 35 percent to help protect the orca. WATCH: This tiny robotic spider might one day perform surgeries inside your body
.............................................................................................................................................
Far-right Kessler says opponents "indoctrinated"
Virginia activist Jason Kessler, a leader of the "Unite the Right' movement, spoke to a handful of supporters outside the White House in Layfayette park on Sunday, as police kept hundreds of counter demonstrators at a distance. The speech came on the first anniversary of the deadly "Unite the Right" protests in Charlotesville, Virginia. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
.............................................................................................................................................
Counter Protestors Far Outnumber White Nationalists at `Unite the Right` Rally in Washington
Around two dozen white nationalists rallied in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, one year after violent protests in Charlottesville left one woman dead.
.............................................................................................................................................
Counter-Protesters Dwarfed a White Nationalist Rally in Washington
The several dozen white supremacists were overwhelmingly outnumbered by thousands of counter-protesters.
.............................................................................................................................................
Rival Koreas discuss possible leaders' summit in Pyongyang
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A senior North Korean official suggested Monday that the leaders of North and South Korea may meet in Pyongyang, as envoys from the rival nations discussed setting a summit date and venue amid an ongoing nuclear standoff.
.............................................................................................................................................
Killer Whale Finally Lets Go of Her Dead Calf After Carrying it For 17 Days
The orca drew international attention for carrying her dead calf for 17 days
.............................................................................................................................................
Governors say ban on land deals could hurt beleaguered bird
Some Western governors say a new Trump administration directive threatens to undermine a hard-won compromise aimed at saving a beleaguered bird scattered across their region. The directive, issued in late ...
.............................................................................................................................................
Hippo Kills Tourist Who Was Taking Photos by a Lake in Kenya
A Chinese tourist was attacked and killed by a hippo while taking pictures on the edge of Lake Naivasha
.............................................................................................................................................
US investigators find black box of crashed Seattle plane
US investigators on Sunday said they found the flight data recorder of the Horizon Air plane stolen by a troubled Seattle airport worker amid plane wreckage on a sparsely populated island in Washington state. After falling through several 100-foot (30-meter) lines of trees, the Bombardier Q400 plane broke up into pieces small enough to pick up by hand, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Western Pacific Region chief Debra Eckrote told CNN.
.............................................................................................................................................
How to Watch Sunday Night's Perseid Meteor Shower—Online or In Person
How to Watch Sunday Night's Perseid Meteor Shower—Online or In Person
.............................................................................................................................................
Perseids meteor shower 2018: Everything you need to know about the peak tonight
Every year our skies are lit up by returning meteor showers, from Perseids to Lyrids, Orionids to Geminids. If the weather conditions are in our favour and the moon isn't too bright, there's a chance you'll be able to see some spectacular shooting stars in action. Here is our guide to the must-see meteor showers of 2018 – including the spectacular Perseids shower which was peak overnight – as well as where and how to see them. What exactly is a meteor shower? A meteor shower occurs when Earth passes through the debris stream occupying the orbit of a comet - or, in simpler terms, when a number of meteors flash across the sky from roughly the same point. Meteors are sometimes called shooting stars, although they actually have nothing to do with stars. Perseids meteor shower 2018 - in pictures Perspective makes meteor showers appear to emanate from a single point in the sky known as the shower radiant. A typical meteor results from a particle the size of a grain of sand vaporising in Earth’s atmosphere when it enters at 134,000mph. Something larger than a grape will produce a fireball and this is often accompanied by a persistent afterglow known as a meteor train. This is a column of ionised gas slowly fading from view as it loses energy. Meteor, meteorid or meteroite? Let's get this straight. A meteor is a meteoroid – or a particle broken off an asteroid or comet orbiting the Sun – that burns up as it enters the Earth's atmosphere creating the effect of a "shooting star". Meteoroids that reach the Earth's surface without disintegrating are called meteorites. Meteors are mostly pieces of comet dust and ice no larger than a grain of rice. Meteorites are principally rocks broken off asteroids in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter and can weigh as much as 60 tonnes. They can be "stony", made up of minerals rich in silicon and oxygen, "iron", consisting mainly of iron and nickel, or "stony-iron", a combination of the two. The Geminids meteor shower in Vladivostok, Russia in December 2017 Credit: Yuri Smityuk Scientists think about 1,000 tons to more than 10,000 tons of material from meteors falls on Earth each day, but it's mostly dust-like grains, according to Nasa, and they pose no threat to Earth. There are only two incidents recorded where people reported being injured by a meteorite, including one in 1954 when a woman was bruised by a meteorite weighing eight pounds after it fell through her roof.  When is the next meteor shower? The meteor shower currently gracing our skies is the Perseids, which began in the middle of July and grows in intensity before peaking in mid-August every year.  The shower appears to originate from within the star constellation Perseus – hence the shower's name. It occurs when Earth passes through the debris stream occupying the orbit of the comet Swift-Tuttle. The wonderfully named comet is the largest object known to repeatedly pass Earth (it's 16 miles wide). It orbits the sun ever 133 years and each time it passes through the inner solar system it warms up, releasing fresh comet material into its orbital stream. The last time it was closest to the sun was in December 1992. It will be back again in July 2126.  Perseid meteor radiant When can I see the Perseid meteor shower? The window for the current Perseid meteor shower is from July 17 to August 24 2018. Stargazers stand a chance of seeing the shower at any point in this window, however the peak will occur between August 12 and August 13.  The best time to take a look at the sky will be from about 1am BST in the Northern Hemisphere until the onset of dawn twilight. Peak rates of 150-200 meteors per hour were recorded in 2016, but typical rates are about 80 meteors an hour streaking across the night sky, each leaving a trail.   To see it, look at a height approximately two-thirds up the sky in any direction. If you want a recommendation, east through south offers some great background constellations in the early hours during August. Look for the shower's "radiant" from the north-east corner of Perseus. 2018 | Major meteor showers The best stargazing spots in the UK A dark night is best for a meteor shower, after midnight and before dawn.  Head somewhere away from the bright lights - into more rural areas if you can - and be prepared to wait a good hour if you want the best chance of seeing a shower. Look for a wide, open viewing area - perhaps a national park or large field on the side of a road - and make sure you concentrate your gaze towards the east. Meteor showers are unpredictable though, so prepare for the fact you might not see much. Choose a dark location away from stray lights and give yourself at least 20 minutes in total darkness to properly dark adapt.  Britain has some wonderful stargazing locations, including three "Dark Sky Reserves" (Snowdonia, Brecon Beacons and Exmoor national parks) and Europe's largest "Dark Sky Park" (Northumberland National Park and the adjoining Kielder Water and Forest Park). best stargazing locations Galloway Forest Park: Galloway is a couple of hours from Glasgow and an hour from Carlisle. The park's most popular spot for stargazing is Loch Trool. Exmoor and around: Exmoor was granted International Dark-Sky Reserve status by the International Dark-Sky Association in 2011. Light pollution is managed to make the area more appealing to amateur astronomers. Romney Marsh: Night once provided cover for smugglers known as Owlers, but today Romney Marsh offers celestial bounty, arching over a landscape adorned with the spires of ancient churches. Kielder: Kielder Forest is officially the darkest place in England – 250 square miles of wooded beauty where Northumberland brushes against Scotland. It has its own fabulous, modern, wood-clad observatory on the slopes of Black Fell above Kielder Water. North York Moors: As well as stunning night skies, the North York Moors boast historic market towns such as Helmsley and Pickering, plus appealing coastal spots, including Scarborough and Whitby. The other major meteor showers to look out for in 2018 The Quadrantid meteor shower The Quadrantids was the first major meteor shower of 2018; it peaked at around 8pm on January 3 when between 10 and 60 meteors were shooting per hour.  It had a sharp peak, which means the best of the shower only lasted a few hours - although it remained active until January 12th. First spotted in 1825 by the Italian astronomer Antonio Brucalassi, astronomers suspect the shower originates from the comet C/1490 Y1, which was first observed 500 years ago by Japanese, Chinese and Korean astronomers. Why is it called Quadrantid? The Quadrantids appear to radiate from the extinct constellation Quadrans Muralis, which is now part of the Boötes constellation and not far from the Big Dipper. Because of the constellation's position in the sky, the shower is often impossible to see in the Southern Hemisphere - however there is a chance of spotting it up to 51 degrees south latitude. The best spots to see the display are in countries with high northern latitudes, like Norway, Sweden, Canada and Finland. The Lyrid meteor shower The Lyrid meteor shower takes places annually between April 16 and April 25. In 2018, it peaked on the morning of April 22, with the greatest number of meteors falling during the few hours before dawn. With no moon, stargazers might have been able to see between 10 and 20 Lyrid meteors per hour at the shower's peak.  Lyrid meteors are typically as bright as the stars in the Big Dipper, but some are much more intense, even brighter than Venus, the brightest object in the night sky after the moon. Called "Lyrid fireballs", these cast shadows for a split second and leave behind smokey debris trails that linger for minutes. Tim Peake space pictures What causes the Lyrid meteor shower? The ionised gas in the meteors' trail burns up as it enters the Earth's atmosphere, creates the glow which can be seen streaking across the night sky.  The shower occurs as the Earth passes through the dust left over from Comet Thatcher (C/186 G1), which makes a full orbit of the sun once every 415 years (which is why there are no photographs of it). Flakes of comet dust, most no bigger than grains of sand, strike Earth's atmosphere traveling 49 km/s (110,000 mph) and disintegrate as streaks of light. Comet Thatcher last visited the inner solar system in 1861 - before the widespread use of photography  - and isn’t expected to return until the year 2276. How did the Lyrids get its name? The shower radiates out from the direction of the star Vega, the brightest light in the constellation Lyra the Harp, from which it takes its name. Vega is a brilliant blue-white star about three times wider than our Sun and 25 light years away. The Lyrids radiating from the vicinity of the blue star Lyra Credit: earthsky.org You might remember Vega being mentioned in Carl Sagan's movie Contact - it was the source of alien radio transmissions to Earth. When were the Lyrids first observed and recorded? The earliest sightings of the Lyrid meteor shower go back 2,700 years and are among the oldest of known meteor showers. In the year 687 BC the ancient Chinese observed the meteors and recorded them in the ancient Zuo Zhan chronicles saying:  "On the 4th month in the summer in the year of xīn-mǎo (of year 7 of King Zhuang of Lu), at night, (the sky is so bright that some) fixed stars become invisible (because of the meteor shower); at midnight, stars fell like rain. That era of Chinese history corresponds with what is now called the Spring and Autumn Period (about 771 to 476 BC). Tradition associates this period with the Chinese teacher and philosopher Confucius, one of the first to espouse the principle: “Do not do to others what you do not want done to yourself.”   American observers saw an outburst of nearly 100 Lyrid meteors per hour in 1982. Around 100 meteors per hour were seen in Greece in 1922 and from Japan in 1945. The Orionid meteor shower The Orionid meteors appear every year, with showers producing around 20 meteors every hour. The shower is active throughout October until November 7, but the best time to see it will be on October 20 between midnight and dawn, when the sky is darkest and the shower will be at its brightest. Tom Kerss, an astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich said:"If you can brave the cold, make a plan to stay out and enjoy the thrill of seeing tiny flecks of Halley's Comet disintegrate at hypersonic speeds above your head." He advises finding a secluded spot and allowing the eyes to adjust to the darkness. Orionid meteors streak across the sky over Kula town of Manisa, Turkey on October 21, 2017 Credit:  Anadolu Agency Mr Kerss said: "There's no advantage to using binoculars or a telescope, your eyes are the best tool available for spotting meteors, so relax and gaze up at the sky, and eventually your patience will be rewarded. "Meteors can appear anywhere in the sky, though if you have to pick a direction, you might fare slightly better looking east." The meteoroids from Halley's Comet strike Earth's atmosphere at a speed of 148,000mph, (238,000kph) burning up in streaking flashes of light that can be seen with the naked eye. Orionid meteors are known for their speed and brilliance, so if you persevere there's a good chance you'll see several bright 'shooting stars' zipping across the sky. The Orionid Meteor Shower is one of two meteor showers created by debris from Halley's Comet - the other is the Eta Aquarids, which occurs in May. Unfortunately, Halley's Comet itself has not been visible from Earth since 1986. Why is it called Orionid? It's named Orionid because it appears to radiate from the constellation Orion. Orion is one of the brightest and best known constellations and contains two of the 10 brightest stars in the sky Rigel and Betelgeuse, as well as the famous Orion's Belt.  Orion's Belt is made up of three bright stars quite close together almost in a straight line, and is about 1,500 light years from us on Earth.  Orion has been known since ancient times and is also referred to as Hunter thanks to Greek mythology. He is often seen in star maps facing Taurus, the bull. The Geminid meteor shower The Geminids are an annual meteor shower caused by the 3200 Phaethon asteroid. Its orbit brings it very close to the sun, causing its surface material to crumble and break off. The Earth passes through this space debris every December, which burns up as hits our atmosphere. These are the meteors visible in our sky. The Geminids were first observed relatively recently, in 1862, compared with the Perseids (36AD) and the Leonids (902AD). The meteor shower appears to come from a point in the constellation Gemini, hence its name. The Geminids meteor shower over Egersheld Cape on Russky Island in the Sea of Japan in December 2017 Credit:  Yuri Smityuk When can it be seen? The next Geminid meteor shower can be seen from around December 4th to 17th, with peak activity from about 10pm on December 13th and into the early hours of the 14th.  Sightings are possible around the world, but there's good news for Britons: the shower favours observers in the Northern Hemisphere over those in the Southern. If you're lucky you could see up to 100 meteors or 'shooting stars' every hour. You can spot the meteors anywhere, but they will appear to come from the Gemini constellation. Stars in the Milky Way over Kielder Forest Credit: Owen Humphreys During December, it begins the evening in the east and moves across the sky to the west during the night. Find Orion's Belt - three bright stars positioned in a row - and then look above it and a little to the left. They will appear as streaks of light, and will sometimes arrive in bursts of two or three. They vary in colour, depending on their composition. An average of 120 meteors an hour - or two a minute - can be expected, or more during the 2am peak.
.............................................................................................................................................
One year after Charlottesville rally, Trump says he condemns all racism
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday he condemns "all types of racism and acts of violence," appealing for unity ahead of the anniversary of a deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Trump drew strong criticism in the days after the Charlottesville rally last year for equating white supremacists with counter-protesters and saying "both sides" were to blame.
.............................................................................................................................................
Nasa launches Parker Solar Probe mission to 'touch the Sun'
Nasa sends spacecraft on mission to Sun's atmosphere Parker Solar Probe is as heat-resistant as a spacecraft gets Aim is to make 24 passes through the corona during 7-year mission Successful launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida on Sunday   8:51AM Next stop: the Sun The @ulalaunch#DeltaIVHeavy, with the Parker #SolarProbe onboard, launches to the Sun! Follow the link to more images as they come in! https://t.co/nZMjaDfkDGpic.twitter.com/55naMVq5TO— NASA HQ PHOTO (@nasahqphoto) August 12, 2018   8:33AM We have lift-off A successful launch of the Parker Solar Probe. 8:27AM 430,000 mph At closest approach, our Parker #SolarProbe spacecraft will be hurtling around @NASASun at approximately 430,000 miles per hour! That's fast enough to get from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C. in one second. Watch: https://t.co/T3F4bqeATBpic.twitter.com/RPzeX2bW65— NASA (@NASA) August 12, 2018   8:17AM Favourable weather - launch is still scheduled for 8.31am BST We have favorable weather for today's 3:31am ET liftoff of our Parker #SolarProbe spacecraft that is headed to the Sun. Watch live: https://t.co/T3F4bqwcibpic.twitter.com/rVPbiPMgEZ— NASA (@NASA) August 12, 2018   7:42AM What are the key questions the mission hopes to shed light on? Magnetic fields How can the Sun's atmosphere, called the corona, reach temperatures exceeding a million degrees Celsius if the star's surface is "only" 6,000 C (10,800 degrees Fahrenheit)? "That's the big question: what's heating the solar corona?", said Thierry Dudok de Wit, an astrophysicist at France's National Centre for Scientific Research. One likely suspect is electromagnetic waves. Energy is stored in magnetic fields, the thinking goes, that are constantly stirring up the visible surface of the Sun, called the photosphere, and releasing energy into the solar atmosphere. The FIELDS instrument - which captures the scale and shape of electric and magnetic field - is designed to help scientists figure out how, when, and where that energy release occurs. Solar wind Another mystery is how solar wind - composed of ionised gases streaming outward from the Sun at 500 kilometres per second (nearly a million miles per hour) - accelerates. Finding out would help scientists forecast major space weather events that can adversely impact Earth's magnetic field and, in some cases, change the orbit of satellites and create electrical disturbances. The solar wind carries a million tons of matter into space every second. Enter the Solar Wind Electrons Alphas and Protons Investigation (SWEAP), which will count the most abundant particles in the solar wind - electrons, protons and helium ions - and measure their velocity, density and temperature. "This could help us do a much better job of predicting when a disturbance in the solar wind could hit Earth, triggering space weather that could disrupt GPS, radio, radar and the electric grid," said Justin Kaspar, a professor at the University of Michigan and a principle investigator for the Parker Solar Probe. Particle acceleration The Integrated Science Investigation of the Sun (ISOIS) harnesses a pair of instruments to measure the full life-cycle of electrons, protons, ions: where they come from, how they accelerate, how they move out of the Sun through interplanetary space. "These are high-energy particles that travel at phenomenal speeds approaching the speed of light," said Dudok de Wit. "They reach Earth" - 150 million kilometres (more than 90 million miles) distant - "in 30 to 60 minutes." Earth's magnetic shield protects us from these potentially harmful particles, he noted. "But the day we go to Mars, we'll need to be able to predict solar eruptions of these particles, which can be deadly," he told AFP. Close up The Wide-Field Imager for Parker Solar Probe (WISPR) is the only imaging device on board. Never will a camera have come so close to the Sun. WISPR will look at the large-scale structure of matter spewing outward from the Sun as it approaches the probe, to compliment the detailed physical measurements of other instruments. NASA scientists know what they are looking for, but have allowed for the element of surprise. "We have ideas about what will be found, but the most important results may well come from observations that are completely unexpected," said Mark Wiedenbeck, a researcher at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and part of the ISOIS team. 7:23AM How and why the Parker spacecraft is so tough SUPERHERO-WORTHY SHIELD Parker's lightweight heat shield is just 4 ½inches (11 centimeters) thick. But it can withstand 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit (1,370 degrees Celsius) as well as extreme radiation, thanks to its high-tech carbon. Although the corona reaches millions of degrees, it's a wispy, tenuous, environment and so the spacecraft won't need to endure such severe temperatures. The 8-foot (2.4-meter) shield will face the sun during the close solar encounters, shading the science instruments in the back and keeping them humming at a cool 80 degrees Fahrenheit (27 degrees Celsius). As one scientist notes, this is a shield Captain America would envy. SEVEN YEARS IN HOT PURSUIT The spacecraft's path to the sun runs past Venus. It will fly by our solar system's hottest planet seven times over seven years, using the gravity of Venus to shrink its own oval orbit and draw increasingly closer to the sun. The first Venus flyby is in October, followed by the first dip into the sun's corona in November. There will be 24 orbits between Venus and the sun, with the final three putting Parker closest to the sun - just 3.8 million miles (6 million kilometers) out - in 2024 and 2025. That's a scant 4 percent of the 93 million miles (150 million kilometers) between Earth and the Sun. This handout illustration obtained July 6, 2018 courtesy of NASA/Johns Hopkins APL shows an artists conception of NASAs Parker Solar Probe, the spacecraft that will fly through the Suns corona to trace how energy and heat move through the stars atmosphere BREAKING RECORDS The records will start falling as soon as Parker takes its first run past the sun.. The current close-to-the-sun champ, NASA's former Helios 2, got within 27 million miles (43 million kilometers) in 1976. Parker will come within 15.5 million miles (25 million kilometers) in November and then start beating its own record. During its closest solar approaches, the spacecraft will hurtle through the corona at 430,000 mph (690 kph), setting a speed record. SOLAR SCIENCE Our yellow dwarf star is, in many ways, a mystery. The outreaching corona is hundreds of times hotter than the sun's actual surface, confounding scientists. In addition, physicists don't know what's driving the solar wind, the supersonic stream of charged particles constantly blasting away from the sun. By being right in the thick of it, Parker should provide some answers, shedding light not only on our star but the billions of others out there. PARKER THE MAN Sixty years ago, a young astrophysicist at the University of Chicago, Eugene Parker, proposed the existence of solar wind. Many were skeptical and told him to read up on it first "so you don't make these killer mistakes," he recalls. Vindication came with NASA's Mariner 2 spacecraft in 1962. Parker is now 91 years old and at Cape Canaveral with his family to witness his first launch - a Delta IV Heavy rocket with the spacecraft bearing his name. It's the first time NASA has named a spacecraft after someone who's still alive. In an interview with The Associated Press on Thursday, Parker noted from a publicity standpoint, "it absolutely wipes out everything else" in his career. "At my age, it gets fatiguing. But of course, I enjoy it." 7:18AM Nasa aims for Sunday morning launch after it was delayed on Saturday Nasa is hoping for second time lucky when it tries to launch a $1.5 billion spacecraft on Sunday morning on a course that will send it plunging through the Sun's sizzling atmosphere on humanity's first mission to explore a star. The Parker Solar Probe had been scheduled to blast off on a Delta IV Heavy Rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida, a day earlier. However, the countdown was halted with just one-minute, 55 seconds remaining when an alarm was triggered by a fault in the helium pressure system. As soon as the red pressure alarm went off, a launch controller ordered, "Hold, hold, hold." Thousands of spectators had gathered in the middle of the night to witness the launch, including the University of Chicago astrophysicist for whom the spacecraft is named. Eugene Parker predicted the existence of solar wind 60 years ago. Why Nasa's daring mission to 'touch the sun' will be 'the next jump in knowledge' He is now 91 and eager to see the solar probe take off. He plans to stick around at least another few days. The car-sized probe is due to lift off at 8.31 BST if engineers can fix the fault. By coming closer to the Sun than any spacecraft in history, the probe's main goal is to unveil the secrets of the corona, the unusual atmosphere around the Sun which can cause fierce radioactive storms which threaten Earth.  Not only is the corona about 300 times hotter than the Sun's surface, it also hurls powerful plasma and energetic particles that can unleash geomagnetic space storms, wreaking havoc on Earth by disrupting the power grid. But these solar outbursts are poorly understood. "The Parker Solar Probe will help us do a much better job of predicting when a disturbance in the solar wind could hit Earth," said Justin Kasper, one of the project scientists and a professor at the University of Michigan. When it nears the Sun, the probe will travel rapidly enough to go from New York to Tokyo in one minute - some 430,000 miles (700,000 kilometres) per hour, making it the fastest human-made object.
.............................................................................................................................................
Russia's Lavrov says Putin-Trump meeting possible to improve relations: RIA
Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump may meet if they feel the need to focus on improving relations, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Sunday, according to the RIA state news agency. "If the leaders feel the need to meet and get back to the questions that we think should unite Russia and the United States, but which provoke rejection among some circles in the United States, I think such meeting will take place," Lavrov said. After their last meeting in Helsinki in July, Trump saw a wave of criticism at home for failing to confront Putin publicly over Moscow's interference in the 2016 U.S. election, and for seeming to contradict his own intelligence agencies on the threat from Russia.
.............................................................................................................................................
Ex-aid Omarosa claims Trump used racial slur, says he 'behaved like a dog'
Former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman claims in a new book that there are tapes of President Donald Trump using racial slurs and that she saw him behaving "like a dog off the leash" at numerous events.
.............................................................................................................................................
27 Mother's Day Desserts That Are Better Than A Gift
.............................................................................................................................................
Alaska's North Slope Hit by Strongest Quake Ever Recorded in the Region
Alaska's North Slope was hit Sunday by the most powerful earthquake ever recorded in the region, the state's seismologist said
.............................................................................................................................................
Manchester police say 10 people hospitalized after shooting
LONDON (AP) — Ten people, including two children, were injured early Sunday morning when shots were fired after a Caribbean carnival in the northern English city of Manchester.
.............................................................................................................................................
Sean Spicer on potential outcome of Mueller's Russia probe
Former White House press secretary weighs in on 'CAVUTO Live.'
.............................................................................................................................................
The Latest: 1 arrest made in DC in Charlottesville protests
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The Latest on events marking the anniversary of violent white nationalist rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia (all times local):
.............................................................................................................................................
The Latest: Democratic challenger calls on Collins to quit
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on U.S. Rep. Chris Collins announcing that he will not run for re-election (all times local):
.............................................................................................................................................
Can Kim Jong Un's Diplomatic Offensive Visits Break Sanctions?
Expect to see Kim continuing his charm offensive through new trips and dramatic gestures of diplomacy.
.............................................................................................................................................
Blast at a Building in Northern Syria Kills at Least 36
An explosion in northern Syria killed at least 36 people Sunday and wounded many others, but the cause of the blast wasn’t immediately known, opposition activists said.
.............................................................................................................................................
As NASA launches historic mission to the sun, meet the man who inspired the project
The mission of NASA’s Parker Solar Probe: to touch the face of the sun. It’s named for Professor Eugene Parker of the University of Chicago, honoring his scientific discoveries and testing his theories.
.............................................................................................................................................
Family Of Airport Worker Who Crashed Plane 'Shocked, Devastated'
The family of the Seattle airport worker who crashed a stolen commercial plane
.............................................................................................................................................
The Latest: Case wins Democratic House primary in Hawaii
HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on the primary election (all times local):
.............................................................................................................................................
Huckabee shares 2018 midterm advice for the GOP
Mike Huckabee discusses DOJ investigations, harassment of Trump Cabinet members and the march to the midterms on 'Fox & Friends.'
.............................................................................................................................................
Erdogan says U.S. set deadline for pastor's release
The Turkish leader spoke about the release of Andrew Brunson, one source of growing disputes between the country and the United States. Rough cut (no reporter narration)
.............................................................................................................................................
Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-Wen's Remarks On Taiwan's Democracy Ahead of Foreign Trip
Taiwan's president Tsai Ing-wen departed for a nine-day visit to her country's diplomatic allies in Latin America.
.............................................................................................................................................
Outcry in Charlottesville one year after deadly rally
One year after a deadly rally in Charlottesville, people took to the streets on Saturday with nonviolent protests as they called for an end to racism. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
.............................................................................................................................................
Counter-Protesters Dwarfed a White Nationalist Rally in Washington
The several dozen white supremacists who showed up outside the White House on Sunday to mark the one-year anniversary of their movement’s violent gathering in Charlottesville, Va. were overwhelmingly outnumbered by thousands of counter-protesters.
.............................................................................................................................................
1 dead after small plane crashes into field in Sylmar
A small plane crashed into a field near the 5 Freeway in Sylmar on Sunday afternoon, killing the pilot who was the only occupant.
.............................................................................................................................................
White nationalists drowned out by counter-protesters in Washington rally
A widely-condemned white nationalist rally in Washington drew fewer than two dozen supporters, and was drowned out by thousands of counter-protesters chanting "Nazis go home" and "No KKK in the USA". Organisers of the "Unite the Right 2" rally had obtained a permit for up to 400 far-right demonstrators to gather outside the White House. The event was intended to mark the first anniversary of a similar rally in Charlottesville, Virginia last year when neo-Nazis paraded through the streets and Heather Heyer, a counter-protester, died after a far-right sympathiser ploughed a car into a crowd. Jason Kessler, the organiser of both the Charlottesville and Washington rallies, emerged form an underground train station in the capital carrying US flags and flanked by a handful of supporters. The supporters included a man dressed as Captain America, and an elderly couple. They marched down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House, escorted by police in riot gear. Police escort 'Unite the Right' organiser Jason Kessler and protesters during a far-right rally at Lafayette Park opposite the White House Credit: AFP There had been reports that David Duke, the former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, would speak at the event, but he did not attend. In Lafayette Square, opposite the White House, counter-protesters included masked members of the Antifa anti-fascist group, along with a wide cross-section of Washington residents. Mark Williams, 48, a Gulf War military veteran and counter-protester, told The Telegraph: "I believe the only good Nazi is a dead Nazi. We killed Nazis before, I don't have a problem with doing it now." He added: "I'm a little old to engage in that. But I'm not surprised so few of them turned up. They were scared, and they should have been." Antifa and counter protestors to a far-right rally march during the Unite the Right 2 Rally in Washington, DC,  Credit: AFP Makia Green, of Black Lives Matter, told the counter-rally: "We know from experience that ignoring white nationalism doesn't work." Kessler claimed his event was a "white civil rights rally" and had been about advocating "free speech for everybody". He added: "It was a precedent that had to be set." As the far-right demonstrators left, counter-protesters attempted to block their path with barricades of bamboo and shopping trolleys. Police escorted the far-right group away in vans. Demonstrators opposed to a far-right rally washes the eyes of a friend hit by pepper spray used by police to disperse the crowds  Credit: AFP Later, there were some standoffs and minor scuffles between Antifa protesters in body armour and helmets, and police on motorcycles, in streets near the White House. President Donald Trump was away in New Jersey for the weekend. Kessler had been denied a permit to hold a rally in Charlottesville again this year. At a counter-protest there Heather Heyer's mother, Susan Bro, asked the crowd to raise their fists in solidarity, and laid flowers at a memorial. She said the United States had a "huge racial problem" and still "so much healing to do".
.............................................................................................................................................
Meager 'Unite the Right 2' rally exposes limits of white supremacist movement
The Charlottesville anniversary event drew a handful of white supremacists and was dwarfed by counter protests.
.............................................................................................................................................
California Highway Patrol Officer Killed in Three-Vehicle Crash
A CHP motorcycle officer and another driver were hit and killed when a pickup truck veered onto the side of the Interstate on Friday.
.............................................................................................................................................
Turkey's finance chief: Action plan ready to ease markets
ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's finance minister said Sunday that the government has prepared "an action plan" aimed at easing market concerns that have led to a slump in the value of the nation's currency.
.............................................................................................................................................
Wildfire victims among those stung by Trump's trade war
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Add this to the challenges facing California
.............................................................................................................................................
California wildfires: Cooler temperatures allow for progress fighting forest blaze
Cooler temperatures have aided firefighters as they begin to turn the tables on a large wildfire that has torn across Southern California. The Holy Fire was 41 per cent contained by Sunday afternoon after burning over 35.5 square miles of dry timber and brush at Cleveland National Forest, around 100 miles southeast of Los Angeles. “The weather out here in California seems to be cooling down today and over the next couple days, and that should hopefully help firefighters get even more containment,” said Lynne Tolmachoff, of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
.............................................................................................................................................
FBI seeks motive after Seattle plane theft
Richard Russell, the airline worker who is suspected of stealing an empty airplane from a Seattle airport on a flight that ended in his death, once ran a bakery with his wife and enjoyed the benefits that came with his job to travel the world. The FBI now want to know how the theft could have happened. David Doyle reports
.............................................................................................................................................
Magnitude 6.4 earthquake hits Alaska's oil-producing North Slope
A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck on Sunday near the native Alaskan village of Kaktovik and part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge where the Trump administration plans to allow oil drilling, but no injuries or damage were reported. The temblor, which occurred just before 7 a.m. (1500 GMT), was the most powerful on record to hit Alaska's oil-producing North Slope, said Paul Huang, a seismologist and deputy director of the National Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer, Alaska. No tsunami alert was generated, though ground motion was felt as far away as Fairbanks, Alaska, nearly 400 miles (644 km) to the south.
.............................................................................................................................................
Parkland students bring the 'March for Our Lives' summer tour to an end in Newtown
The organizers of the so-called Road to Change have been touring the country, visiting more than 50 cities in an effort to register and mobilize voters ahead of the 2018 midterm elections — and to build a coalition of youth in communities affected by gun violence.
.............................................................................................................................................
Perseids meteor shower 2018: Everything you need to know about tonight's peak
Every year our skies are lit up by returning meteor showers, from Perseids to Lyrids, Orionids to Geminids. If the weather conditions are in our favour and the moon isn't too bright, there's a chance you'll be able to see some spectacular shooting stars in action. Here is our guide to the must-see meteor showers of 2018 – including the spectacular Perseids shower which will peak this weekend – as well as where and how to see them. What exactly is a meteor shower? A meteor shower occurs when Earth passes through the debris stream occupying the orbit of a comet - or, in simpler terms, when a number of meteors flash across the sky from roughly the same point. Meteors are sometimes called shooting stars, although they actually have nothing to do with stars. If you're lucky you could see up to 100 meteors or 'shooting stars' every hour on December 13/14. Credit: PETE LAWRENCE Perspective makes meteor showers appear to emanate from a single point in the sky known as the shower radiant. A typical meteor results from a particle the size of a grain of sand vaporising in Earth’s atmosphere when it enters at 134,000mph. Something larger than a grape will produce a fireball and this is often accompanied by a persistent afterglow known as a meteor train. This is a column of ionised gas slowly fading from view as it loses energy. Meteor, meteorid or meteroite? Let's get this straight. A meteor is a meteoroid – or a particle broken off an asteroid or comet orbiting the Sun – that burns up as it enters the Earth's atmosphere creating the effect of a "shooting star". Meteoroids that reach the Earth's surface without disintegrating are called meteorites. Meteors are mostly pieces of comet dust and ice no larger than a grain of rice. Meteorites are principally rocks broken off asteroids in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter and can weigh as much as 60 tonnes. They can be "stony", made up of minerals rich in silicon and oxygen, "iron", consisting mainly of iron and nickel, or "stony-iron", a combination of the two. The Geminids meteor shower in Vladivostok, Russia in December 2017 Credit: Yuri Smityuk Scientists think about 1,000 tons to more than 10,000 tons of material from meteors falls on Earth each day, but it's mostly dust-like grains, according to Nasa, and they pose no threat to Earth. There are only two incidents recorded where people reported being injured by a meteorite, including one in 1954 when a woman was bruised by a meteorite weighing eight pounds after it fell through her roof.  When is the next meteor shower? The meteor shower currently gracing our skies is the Perseids, which began in the middle of July and grows in intensity before peaking in mid-August every year.  The shower appears to originate from within the star constellation Perseus – hence the shower's name. It occurs when Earth passes through the debris stream occupying the orbit of the comet Swift-Tuttle. The wonderfully named comet is the largest object known to repeatedly pass Earth (it's 16 miles wide). It orbits the sun ever 133 years and each time it passes through the inner solar system it warms up, releasing fresh comet material into its orbital stream. The last time it was closest to the sun was in December 1992. It will be back again in July 2126.  Perseid meteor radiant When can I see the Perseid meteor shower? The window for the current Perseid meteor shower is from July 17 to August 24 2018. Stargazers stand a chance of seeing the shower at any point in this window, however the peak will occur between August 12 and August 13.  The best time to take a look at the sky will be from about 1am BST in the Northern Hemisphere until the onset of dawn twilight. Peak rates of 150-200 meteors per hour were recorded in 2016, but typical rates are about 80 meteors an hour streaking across the night sky, each leaving a trail.   To see it, look at a height approximately two-thirds up the sky in any direction. If you want a recommendation, east through south offers some great background constellations in the early hours during August. Look for the shower's "radiant" from the north-east corner of Perseus. 2018 | Major meteor showers The best stargazing spots in the UK A dark night is best for a meteor shower, after midnight and before dawn.  Head somewhere away from the bright lights - into more rural areas if you can - and be prepared to wait a good hour if you want the best chance of seeing a shower. Look for a wide, open viewing area - perhaps a national park or large field on the side of a road - and make sure you concentrate your gaze towards the east. Meteor showers are unpredictable though, so prepare for the fact you might not see much. Choose a dark location away from stray lights and give yourself at least 20 minutes in total darkness to properly dark adapt.  Britain has some wonderful stargazing locations, including three "Dark Sky Reserves" (Snowdonia, Brecon Beacons and Exmoor national parks) and Europe's largest "Dark Sky Park" (Northumberland National Park and the adjoining Kielder Water and Forest Park). best stargazing locations Galloway Forest Park: Galloway is a couple of hours from Glasgow and an hour from Carlisle. The park's most popular spot for stargazing is Loch Trool. Exmoor and around: Exmoor was granted International Dark-Sky Reserve status by the International Dark-Sky Association in 2011. Light pollution is managed to make the area more appealing to amateur astronomers. Romney Marsh: Night once provided cover for smugglers known as Owlers, but today Romney Marsh offers celestial bounty, arching over a landscape adorned with the spires of ancient churches. Kielder: Kielder Forest is officially the darkest place in England – 250 square miles of wooded beauty where Northumberland brushes against Scotland. It has its own fabulous, modern, wood-clad observatory on the slopes of Black Fell above Kielder Water. North York Moors: As well as stunning night skies, the North York Moors boast historic market towns such as Helmsley and Pickering, plus appealing coastal spots, including Scarborough and Whitby. The other major meteor showers to look out for in 2018 The Quadrantid meteor shower The Quadrantids was the first major meteor shower of 2018; it peaked at around 8pm on January 3 when between 10 and 60 meteors were shooting per hour.  It had a sharp peak, which means the best of the shower only lasted a few hours - although it remained active until January 12th. First spotted in 1825 by the Italian astronomer Antonio Brucalassi, astronomers suspect the shower originates from the comet C/1490 Y1, which was first observed 500 years ago by Japanese, Chinese and Korean astronomers. Why is it called Quadrantid? The Quadrantids appear to radiate from the extinct constellation Quadrans Muralis, which is now part of the Boötes constellation and not far from the Big Dipper. Because of the constellation's position in the sky, the shower is often impossible to see in the Southern Hemisphere - however there is a chance of spotting it up to 51 degrees south latitude. The best spots to see the display are in countries with high northern latitudes, like Norway, Sweden, Canada and Finland. The Lyrid meteor shower The Lyrid meteor shower takes places annually between April 16 and April 25. In 2018, it peaked on the morning of April 22, with the greatest number of meteors falling during the few hours before dawn. With no moon, stargazers might have been able to see between 10 and 20 Lyrid meteors per hour at the shower's peak.  Lyrid meteors are typically as bright as the stars in the Big Dipper, but some are much more intense, even brighter than Venus, the brightest object in the night sky after the moon. Called "Lyrid fireballs", these cast shadows for a split second and leave behind smokey debris trails that linger for minutes. Tim Peake space pictures What causes the Lyrid meteor shower? The ionised gas in the meteors' trail burns up as it enters the Earth's atmosphere, creates the glow which can be seen streaking across the night sky.  The shower occurs as the Earth passes through the dust left over from Comet Thatcher (C/186 G1), which makes a full orbit of the sun once every 415 years (which is why there are no photographs of it). Flakes of comet dust, most no bigger than grains of sand, strike Earth's atmosphere traveling 49 km/s (110,000 mph) and disintegrate as streaks of light. Comet Thatcher last visited the inner solar system in 1861 - before the widespread use of photography  - and isn’t expected to return until the year 2276. How did the Lyrids get its name? The shower radiates out from the direction of the star Vega, the brightest light in the constellation Lyra the Harp, from which it takes its name. Vega is a brilliant blue-white star about three times wider than our Sun and 25 light years away. The Lyrids radiating from the vicinity of the blue star Lyra Credit: earthsky.org You might remember Vega being mentioned in Carl Sagan's movie Contact - it was the source of alien radio transmissions to Earth. When were the Lyrids first observed and recorded? The earliest sightings of the Lyrid meteor shower go back 2,700 years and are among the oldest of known meteor showers. In the year 687 BC the ancient Chinese observed the meteors and recorded them in the ancient Zuo Zhan chronicles saying:  "On the 4th month in the summer in the year of xīn-mǎo (of year 7 of King Zhuang of Lu), at night, (the sky is so bright that some) fixed stars become invisible (because of the meteor shower); at midnight, stars fell like rain. That era of Chinese history corresponds with what is now called the Spring and Autumn Period (about 771 to 476 BC). Tradition associates this period with the Chinese teacher and philosopher Confucius, one of the first to espouse the principle: “Do not do to others what you do not want done to yourself.”   American observers saw an outburst of nearly 100 Lyrid meteors per hour in 1982. Around 100 meteors per hour were seen in Greece in 1922 and from Japan in 1945. The Orionid meteor shower The Orionid meteors appear every year, with showers producing around 20 meteors every hour. The shower is active throughout October until November 7, but the best time to see it will be on October 20 between midnight and dawn, when the sky is darkest and the shower will be at its brightest. Tom Kerss, an astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich said:"If you can brave the cold, make a plan to stay out and enjoy the thrill of seeing tiny flecks of Halley's Comet disintegrate at hypersonic speeds above your head." He advises finding a secluded spot and allowing the eyes to adjust to the darkness. Orionid meteors streak across the sky over Kula town of Manisa, Turkey on October 21, 2017 Credit:  Anadolu Agency Mr Kerss said: "There's no advantage to using binoculars or a telescope, your eyes are the best tool available for spotting meteors, so relax and gaze up at the sky, and eventually your patience will be rewarded. "Meteors can appear anywhere in the sky, though if you have to pick a direction, you might fare slightly better looking east." The meteoroids from Halley's Comet strike Earth's atmosphere at a speed of 148,000mph, (238,000kph) burning up in streaking flashes of light that can be seen with the naked eye. Orionid meteors are known for their speed and brilliance, so if you persevere there's a good chance you'll see several bright 'shooting stars' zipping across the sky. The Orionid Meteor Shower is one of two meteor showers created by debris from Halley's Comet - the other is the Eta Aquarids, which occurs in May. Unfortunately, Halley's Comet itself has not been visible from Earth since 1986. Why is it called Orionid? It's named Orionid because it appears to radiate from the constellation Orion. Orion is one of the brightest and best known constellations and contains two of the 10 brightest stars in the sky Rigel and Betelgeuse, as well as the famous Orion's Belt.  Orion's Belt is made up of three bright stars quite close together almost in a straight line, and is about 1,500 light years from us on Earth.  Orion has been known since ancient times and is also referred to as Hunter thanks to Greek mythology. He is often seen in star maps facing Taurus, the bull. The Geminid meteor shower The Geminids are an annual meteor shower caused by the 3200 Phaethon asteroid. Its orbit brings it very close to the sun, causing its surface material to crumble and break off. The Earth passes through this space debris every December, which burns up as hits our atmosphere. These are the meteors visible in our sky. The Geminids were first observed relatively recently, in 1862, compared with the Perseids (36AD) and the Leonids (902AD). The meteor shower appears to come from a point in the constellation Gemini, hence its name. The Geminids meteor shower over Egersheld Cape on Russky Island in the Sea of Japan in December 2017 Credit:  Yuri Smityuk When can it be seen? The next Geminid meteor shower can be seen from around December 4th to 17th, with peak activity from about 10pm on December 13th and into the early hours of the 14th.  Sightings are possible around the world, but there's good news for Britons: the shower favours observers in the Northern Hemisphere over those in the Southern. If you're lucky you could see up to 100 meteors or 'shooting stars' every hour. You can spot the meteors anywhere, but they will appear to come from the Gemini constellation. Stars in the Milky Way over Kielder Forest Credit: Owen Humphreys During December, it begins the evening in the east and moves across the sky to the west during the night. Find Orion's Belt - three bright stars positioned in a row - and then look above it and a little to the left. They will appear as streaks of light, and will sometimes arrive in bursts of two or three. They vary in colour, depending on their composition. An average of 120 meteors an hour - or two a minute - can be expected, or more during the 2am peak.
.............................................................................................................................................
Cooler weather helps crews fight Southern California fire
LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. (AP) — Aided by slightly cooler temperatures, firefighters made steady progress Sunday in battling a wildfire that destroyed 16 structures as it raged through Southern California's Cleveland National Forest.
.............................................................................................................................................
Ships 'not willing to save Mediterranean migrants' say aid groups as Aquarius seeks safe harbour
The NGO rescue ship the Aquarius has called on European governments to offer it safe harbour after rescuing 141 migrants from the Mediterranean, saying it has been stranded at sea for more than two days. Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF) and SOS Mediterranee, which jointly operate the Aquarius, said they had contacted authorities in Italy, Malta, Tunisia and Libya following Friday’s rescues but have been denied a place to disembark. They called for urgent humanitarian assistance for those on board, most of whom were said to be from Somalia and Eritrea, were weak and malnourished, and included 67 unaccompanied minors. “What is of utmost importance is that the survivors are brought to a place of safety without delay, where their basic needs can be met and where they can be protected from abuse,” said Nick Romaniuk, Search and Rescue Coordinator for SOS Mediterranee.  The NGOs said that those on board reported encountering five boats which did not offer assistance, a "disturbing development" that suggested Italy's ban on rescue ships was deterring crews from helping migrants in distress. The Aquarius found itself at the centre of a major diplomatic standoff in June when both Italy and Malta turned it away, leaving it at sea with 630 migrants onboard for more than a week before it was able to dock in the Spanish port city of Valencia.  It is unclear whether Spain’s prime minister, Pedro Sanchez of the centre-left PSOE, will repeat that offer. He has since allowed a Spanish NGO boat, the Open Arms, to dock on three occasions. But he has been accused of failing to ensure local authorities have the resources to cope with the arrivals.  Spain last month overtook Italy as the biggest European landing point for migrants, a development blamed largely on the clampdown in the Central Mediterranean.  SOS Mediterranee and MSF said Europe was increasingly putting the coordination of rescues in the hands of Libyan authorities, but the latter did not have the "capacity" and had simply told it to contact others. Mr Sanchez this weekend met Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, to discuss the crisis. They laid out a proposal of EU aid to north African governments, improved European coordination on asylum and efforts against "racist tendencies" towards migrants in some member states.
.............................................................................................................................................
Hundreds of Sikh separatists rally in London for referendum
Hundreds of Sikh separatists and their supporters gathered in London's Trafalgar Square on Sunday to demand a referendum on an independent homeland to be carved out of India. The protest was organised by the US and Canada-based group Sikhs for Justice, and drew people from all over the world, many of them chanting "Khalistan". The Indian government has expressed concern to London over the activity of expatriate Sikh separatists, who want to create a homeland of Khalistan in India's northern Punjab state.
.............................................................................................................................................
Texas restaurant faces backlash for serving Jeff Sessions
Texas restaurant shuts down its social media because of backlash over serving Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
.............................................................................................................................................
The Latest: Democratic challenger calls on Collins to quit
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on U.S. Rep. Chris Collins announcing that he will not run for re-election (all times local):
.............................................................................................................................................
Houston restaurant owner apologizes for controversial photo with attorney general Jeff Sessions
A Houston restaurant is receiving major backlash after hosting Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
.............................................................................................................................................
Perseids 2018: Everything you need to know about the Swift-Tuttle meteor shower
Every year our skies are lit up by returning meteor showers, from Perseids to Lyrids, Orionids to Geminids. If the weather conditions are in our favour and the moon isn't too bright, there's a chance you'll be able to see some spectacular shooting stars in action. Here is our guide to the must-see meteor showers of 2018 – including the spectacular Perseids shower which will peak this weekend – as well as where and how to see them. What exactly is a meteor shower? A meteor shower occurs when Earth passes through the debris stream occupying the orbit of a comet - or, in simpler terms, when a number of meteors flash across the sky from roughly the same point. Meteors are sometimes called shooting stars, although they actually have nothing to do with stars. If you're lucky you could see up to 100 meteors or 'shooting stars' every hour on December 13/14. Credit: PETE LAWRENCE Perspective makes meteor showers appear to emanate from a single point in the sky known as the shower radiant. A typical meteor results from a particle the size of a grain of sand vaporising in Earth’s atmosphere when it enters at 134,000mph. Something larger than a grape will produce a fireball and this is often accompanied by a persistent afterglow known as a meteor train. This is a column of ionised gas slowly fading from view as it loses energy. Meteor, meteorid or meteroite? Let's get this straight. A meteor is a meteoroid – or a particle broken off an asteroid or comet orbiting the Sun – that burns up as it enters the Earth's atmosphere creating the effect of a "shooting star". Meteoroids that reach the Earth's surface without disintegrating are called meteorites. Meteors are mostly pieces of comet dust and ice no larger than a grain of rice. Meteorites are principally rocks broken off asteroids in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter and can weigh as much as 60 tonnes. They can be "stony", made up of minerals rich in silicon and oxygen, "iron", consisting mainly of iron and nickel, or "stony-iron", a combination of the two. The Geminids meteor shower in Vladivostok, Russia in December 2017 Credit: Yuri Smityuk Scientists think about 1,000 tons to more than 10,000 tons of material from meteors falls on Earth each day, but it's mostly dust-like grains, according to Nasa, and they pose no threat to Earth. There are only two incidents recorded where people reported being injured by a meteorite, including one in 1954 when a woman was bruised by a meteorite weighing eight pounds after it fell through her roof.  When is the next meteor shower? The meteor shower currently gracing our skies is the Perseids, which began in the middle of July and grows in intensity before peaking in mid-August every year.  The shower appears to originate from within the star constellation Perseus – hence the shower's name. It occurs when Earth passes through the debris stream occupying the orbit of the comet Swift-Tuttle. The wonderfully named comet is the largest object known to repeatedly pass Earth (it's 16 miles wide). It orbits the sun ever 133 years and each time it passes through the inner solar system it warms up, releasing fresh comet material into its orbital stream. The last time it was closest to the sun was in December 1992. It will be back again in July 2126.  Perseid meteor radiant When can I see the Perseid meteor shower? The window for the current Perseid meteor shower is from July 17 to August 24 2018. Stargazers stand a chance of seeing the shower at any point in this window, however the peak will occur this weekend, between August 12 and August 13.  The best time to take a look at the sky will be from about 1am BST in the Northern Hemisphere until the onset of dawn twilight. Peak rates of 150-200 meteors per hour were recorded in 2016, but typical rates are about 80 meteors an hour streaking across the night sky, each leaving a trail.   To see it, look at a height approximately two-thirds up the sky in any direction. If you want a recommendation, east through south offers some great background constellations in the early hours during August. Look for the shower's "radiant" from the north-east corner of Perseus. 2018 | Major meteor showers The best stargazing spots in the UK A dark night is best for a meteor shower, after midnight and before dawn.  Head somewhere away from the bright lights - into more rural areas if you can - and be prepared to wait a good hour if you want the best chance of seeing a shower. Look for a wide, open viewing area - perhaps a national park or large field on the side of a road - and make sure you concentrate your gaze towards the east. Meteor showers are unpredictable though, so prepare for the fact you might not see much. Choose a dark location away from stray lights and give yourself at least 20 minutes in total darkness to properly dark adapt.  Britain has some wonderful stargazing locations, including three "Dark Sky Reserves" (Snowdonia, Brecon Beacons and Exmoor national parks) and Europe's largest "Dark Sky Park" (Northumberland National Park and the adjoining Kielder Water and Forest Park). best stargazing locations Galloway Forest Park: Galloway is a couple of hours from Glasgow and an hour from Carlisle. The park's most popular spot for stargazing is Loch Trool. Exmoor and around: Exmoor was granted International Dark-Sky Reserve status by the International Dark-Sky Association in 2011. Light pollution is managed to make the area more appealing to amateur astronomers. Romney Marsh: Night once provided cover for smugglers known as Owlers, but today Romney Marsh offers celestial bounty, arching over a landscape adorned with the spires of ancient churches. Kielder: Kielder Forest is officially the darkest place in England – 250 square miles of wooded beauty where Northumberland brushes against Scotland. It has its own fabulous, modern, wood-clad observatory on the slopes of Black Fell above Kielder Water. North York Moors: As well as stunning night skies, the North York Moors boast historic market towns such as Helmsley and Pickering, plus appealing coastal spots, including Scarborough and Whitby. The other major meteor showers to look out for in 2018 The Quadrantid meteor shower The Quadrantids was the first major meteor shower of 2018; it peaked at around 8pm on January 3 when between 10 and 60 meteors were shooting per hour.  It had a sharp peak, which means the best of the shower only lasted a few hours - although it remained active until January 12th. First spotted in 1825 by the Italian astronomer Antonio Brucalassi, astronomers suspect the shower originates from the comet C/1490 Y1, which was first observed 500 years ago by Japanese, Chinese and Korean astronomers. Why is it called Quadrantid? The Quadrantids appear to radiate from the extinct constellation Quadrans Muralis, which is now part of the Boötes constellation and not far from the Big Dipper. Because of the constellation's position in the sky, the shower is often impossible to see in the Southern Hemisphere - however there is a chance of spotting it up to 51 degrees south latitude. The best spots to see the display are in countries with high northern latitudes, like Norway, Sweden, Canada and Finland. The Lyrid meteor shower The Lyrid meteor shower takes places annually between April 16 and April 25. In 2018, it peaked on the morning of April 22, with the greatest number of meteors falling during the few hours before dawn. With no moon, stargazers might have been able to see between 10 and 20 Lyrid meteors per hour at the shower's peak.  Lyrid meteors are typically as bright as the stars in the Big Dipper, but some are much more intense, even brighter than Venus, the brightest object in the night sky after the moon. Called "Lyrid fireballs", these cast shadows for a split second and leave behind smokey debris trails that linger for minutes. Tim Peake space pictures What causes the Lyrid meteor shower? The ionised gas in the meteors' trail burns up as it enters the Earth's atmosphere, creates the glow which can be seen streaking across the night sky.  The shower occurs as the Earth passes through the dust left over from Comet Thatcher (C/186 G1), which makes a full orbit of the sun once every 415 years (which is why there are no photographs of it). Flakes of comet dust, most no bigger than grains of sand, strike Earth's atmosphere traveling 49 km/s (110,000 mph) and disintegrate as streaks of light. Comet Thatcher last visited the inner solar system in 1861 - before the widespread use of photography  - and isn’t expected to return until the year 2276. How did the Lyrids get its name? The shower radiates out from the direction of the star Vega, the brightest light in the constellation Lyra the Harp, from which it takes its name. Vega is a brilliant blue-white star about three times wider than our Sun and 25 light years away. The Lyrids radiating from the vicinity of the blue star Lyra Credit: earthsky.org You might remember Vega being mentioned in Carl Sagan's movie Contact - it was the source of alien radio transmissions to Earth. When were the Lyrids first observed and recorded? The earliest sightings of the Lyrid meteor shower go back 2,700 years and are among the oldest of known meteor showers. In the year 687 BC the ancient Chinese observed the meteors and recorded them in the ancient Zuo Zhan chronicles saying:  "On the 4th month in the summer in the year of xīn-mǎo (of year 7 of King Zhuang of Lu), at night, (the sky is so bright that some) fixed stars become invisible (because of the meteor shower); at midnight, stars fell like rain. That era of Chinese history corresponds with what is now called the Spring and Autumn Period (about 771 to 476 BC). Tradition associates this period with the Chinese teacher and philosopher Confucius, one of the first to espouse the principle: “Do not do to others what you do not want done to yourself.”   American observers saw an outburst of nearly 100 Lyrid meteors per hour in 1982. Around 100 meteors per hour were seen in Greece in 1922 and from Japan in 1945. The Orionid meteor shower The Orionid meteors appear every year, with showers producing around 20 meteors every hour. The shower is active throughout October until November 7, but the best time to see it will be on October 20 between midnight and dawn, when the sky is darkest and the shower will be at its brightest. Tom Kerss, an astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich said:"If you can brave the cold, make a plan to stay out and enjoy the thrill of seeing tiny flecks of Halley's Comet disintegrate at hypersonic speeds above your head." He advises finding a secluded spot and allowing the eyes to adjust to the darkness. Orionid meteors streak across the sky over Kula town of Manisa, Turkey on October 21, 2017 Credit:  Anadolu Agency Mr Kerss said: "There's no advantage to using binoculars or a telescope, your eyes are the best tool available for spotting meteors, so relax and gaze up at the sky, and eventually your patience will be rewarded. "Meteors can appear anywhere in the sky, though if you have to pick a direction, you might fare slightly better looking east." The meteoroids from Halley's Comet strike Earth's atmosphere at a speed of 148,000mph, (238,000kph) burning up in streaking flashes of light that can be seen with the naked eye. Orionid meteors are known for their speed and brilliance, so if you persevere there's a good chance you'll see several bright 'shooting stars' zipping across the sky. The Orionid Meteor Shower is one of two meteor showers created by debris from Halley's Comet - the other is the Eta Aquarids, which occurs in May. Unfortunately, Halley's Comet itself has not been visible from Earth since 1986. Why is it called Orionid? It's named Orionid because it appears to radiate from the constellation Orion. Orion is one of the brightest and best known constellations and contains two of the 10 brightest stars in the sky Rigel and Betelgeuse, as well as the famous Orion's Belt.  Orion's Belt is made up of three bright stars quite close together almost in a straight line, and is about 1,500 light years from us on Earth.  Orion has been known since ancient times and is also referred to as Hunter thanks to Greek mythology. He is often seen in star maps facing Taurus, the bull. The Geminid meteor shower The Geminids are an annual meteor shower caused by the 3200 Phaethon asteroid. Its orbit brings it very close to the sun, causing its surface material to crumble and break off. The Earth passes through this space debris every December, which burns up as hits our atmosphere. These are the meteors visible in our sky. The Geminids were first observed relatively recently, in 1862, compared with the Perseids (36AD) and the Leonids (902AD). The meteor shower appears to come from a point in the constellation Gemini, hence its name. The Geminids meteor shower over Egersheld Cape on Russky Island in the Sea of Japan in December 2017 Credit:  Yuri Smityuk When can it be seen? The next Geminid meteor shower can be seen from around December 4th to 17th, with peak activity from about 10pm on December 13th and into the early hours of the 14th.  Sightings are possible around the world, but there's good news for Britons: the shower favours observers in the Northern Hemisphere over those in the Southern. If you're lucky you could see up to 100 meteors or 'shooting stars' every hour. You can spot the meteors anywhere, but they will appear to come from the Gemini constellation. Stars in the Milky Way over Kielder Forest Credit: Owen Humphreys During December, it begins the evening in the east and moves across the sky to the west during the night. Find Orion's Belt - three bright stars positioned in a row - and then look above it and a little to the left. They will appear as streaks of light, and will sometimes arrive in bursts of two or three. They vary in colour, depending on their composition. An average of 120 meteors an hour - or two a minute - can be expected, or more during the 2am peak.
.............................................................................................................................................
White nationalist protesters arrive in Washington DC
Police work to keep 'Unite the Right Two' protesters and counter protesters separated; Peter Doocy reports.
.............................................................................................................................................
Bill Maher Taunts Donald Trump's QAnon-Believing Supporters With Mind Control
QAnon conspiracy theorists bore the brunt of Bill Maher's frustration on
.............................................................................................................................................
Giuliani's media war on Mueller
White House lawyers take to airwaves.
.............................................................................................................................................
The latest: Tupola wins GOP primary for Hawaii governor
HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on the primary election (all times local):
.............................................................................................................................................
Electric scooters face backlash from cities across the US after mayhem on the streets
Electric scooters, billed as the new and environmentally friendly way of commuting, are facing a backlash from cities across the US. Billions of dollars have been pumped into innovative high-tech companies like Lime, Bird and Spin, headquartered in California. Combined, the companies operate in more than 100 US cities as well as around half a dozen in Europe, including Paris. They are still banned in the UK. The scooters are booked via an app. They normally cost around one dollar (78 pence)  to unlock and 15 cents (12p) a minute to rent. Users can then zip around town, avoiding urban gridlock as they weave around traffic and, in some cases, pedestrians. But according to many city authorities, the result has been mayhem on the streets. Pedestrians have complained of having to take evasive action to get out of the way of scooters which can reach top speeds of 15mph. Residents have also been incensed by the clutter of scooters being haphazardly dumped by riders when they have finished using them. Now several municipalities have declared enough is enough. Riders make their way across a street on Bird electric scooters in the Venice Beach section of Los Angeles Credit: AP/Richard Vogel San Francisco, for example, served cease and desist orders on electric scooter companies which led to the vehicles being taken off the streets.  Santa Monica instructed police to enforce road traffic laws, requiring riders to have a driving licence and wear a helmet. Kansas City has banned them from the shopping areas. On the east coast, Boston’s Mayor Martin Walsh has said the electric scooters will be impounded if they appear. “The scooters just arrived one day,” said Julian Gold, the Mayor of Beverly Hills in California. “It is not as if they came up to us and said they were going to do this. People ride Lime and Bird scooters along the strand in Santa Monica, California Credit: Richard Vogel/AP “They gave no thought to the consequences and the consequences were pretty significant. People were riding in a dangerous manner, they were not wearing helmets, they were falling off. “People in the hospital emergency room were telling us that the number of injuries was pretty significant. “They weren’t like rental bikes which were put back into a rack, they were being left anywhere, on people’s lawns or in their driveways,”  Dr Gold said. “We have our police department enforcing this and it is taking up resources which should be devoted to fighting crime. “We were left playing catch up. The backlash has not just been at the government level but from residents as well.” The industry regards these difficulties as teething troubles as cities get used to a new form of transport. “Cities and Bird share a common goal of reducing carbon emissions," said a   Bird spokesman. "We want to collaborate and have productive conversations to bring this equitable and environmentally friendly transportation option to people globally." 
.............................................................................................................................................
12-Year-Old Girl Among Three Relatives Shot on Chicago Porch
A Friday morning drive-by shooting left three injured on the South Side of Chicago, leading residents to march for peace.
.............................................................................................................................................
Perseids 2018 meteor shower: Everything you need to know about the peak this weekend
Every year our skies are lit up by returning meteor showers, from Perseids to Lyrids, Orionids to Geminids. If the weather conditions are in our favour and the moon isn't too bright, there's a chance you'll be able to see some spectacular shooting stars in action. Here is our guide to the must-see meteor showers of 2018 – including the spectacular Perseids shower which will peak this weekend – as well as where and how to see them. What exactly is a meteor shower? A meteor shower occurs when Earth passes through the debris stream occupying the orbit of a comet - or, in simpler terms, when a number of meteors flash across the sky from roughly the same point. Meteors are sometimes called shooting stars, although they actually have nothing to do with stars. If you're lucky you could see up to 100 meteors or 'shooting stars' every hour on December 13/14. Credit: PETE LAWRENCE Perspective makes meteor showers appear to emanate from a single point in the sky known as the shower radiant. A typical meteor results from a particle the size of a grain of sand vaporising in Earth’s atmosphere when it enters at 134,000mph. Something larger than a grape will produce a fireball and this is often accompanied by a persistent afterglow known as a meteor train. This is a column of ionised gas slowly fading from view as it loses energy. Meteor, meteorid or meteroite? Let's get this straight. A meteor is a meteoroid – or a particle broken off an asteroid or comet orbiting the Sun – that burns up as it enters the Earth's atmosphere creating the effect of a "shooting star". Meteoroids that reach the Earth's surface without disintegrating are called meteorites. Meteors are mostly pieces of comet dust and ice no larger than a grain of rice. Meteorites are principally rocks broken off asteroids in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter and can weigh as much as 60 tonnes. They can be "stony", made up of minerals rich in silicon and oxygen, "iron", consisting mainly of iron and nickel, or "stony-iron", a combination of the two. The Geminids meteor shower in Vladivostok, Russia in December 2017 Credit: Yuri Smityuk Scientists think about 1,000 tons to more than 10,000 tons of material from meteors falls on Earth each day, but it's mostly dust-like grains, according to Nasa, and they pose no threat to Earth. There are only two incidents recorded where people reported being injured by a meteorite, including one in 1954 when a woman was bruised by a meteorite weighing eight pounds after it fell through her roof.  When is the next meteor shower? The meteor shower currently gracing our skies is the Perseids, which began in the middle of July and grows in intensity before peaking in mid-August every year.  The shower appears to originate from within the star constellation Perseus – hence the shower's name. It occurs when Earth passes through the debris stream occupying the orbit of the comet Swift-Tuttle. The wonderfully named comet is the largest object known to repeatedly pass Earth (it's 16 miles wide). It orbits the sun ever 133 years and each time it passes through the inner solar system it warms up, releasing fresh comet material into its orbital stream. The last time it was closest to the sun was in December 1992. It will be back again in July 2126.  Perseid meteor radiant When can I see the Perseid meteor shower? The window for the current Perseid meteor shower is from July 17 to August 24 2018. Stargazers stand a chance of seeing the shower at any point in this window, however the peak will occur between August 12 and August 13.  The best time to take a look at the sky will be from about 1am BST in the Northern Hemisphere until the onset of dawn twilight. Peak rates of 150-200 meteors per hour were recorded in 2016, but typical rates are about 80 meteors an hour streaking across the night sky, each leaving a trail.   To see it, look at a height approximately two-thirds up the sky in any direction. If you want a recommendation, east through south offers some great background constellations in the early hours during August. Look for the shower's "radiant" from the north-east corner of Perseus. 2018 | Major meteor showers The best stargazing spots in the UK A dark night is best for a meteor shower, after midnight and before dawn.  Head somewhere away from the bright lights - into more rural areas if you can - and be prepared to wait a good hour if you want the best chance of seeing a shower. Look for a wide, open viewing area - perhaps a national park or large field on the side of a road - and make sure you concentrate your gaze towards the east. Meteor showers are unpredictable though, so prepare for the fact you might not see much. Choose a dark location away from stray lights and give yourself at least 20 minutes in total darkness to properly dark adapt.  Britain has some wonderful stargazing locations, including three "Dark Sky Reserves" (Snowdonia, Brecon Beacons and Exmoor national parks) and Europe's largest "Dark Sky Park" (Northumberland National Park and the adjoining Kielder Water and Forest Park). best stargazing locations Galloway Forest Park: Galloway is a couple of hours from Glasgow and an hour from Carlisle. The park's most popular spot for stargazing is Loch Trool. Exmoor and around: Exmoor was granted International Dark-Sky Reserve status by the International Dark-Sky Association in 2011. Light pollution is managed to make the area more appealing to amateur astronomers. Romney Marsh: Night once provided cover for smugglers known as Owlers, but today Romney Marsh offers celestial bounty, arching over a landscape adorned with the spires of ancient churches. Kielder: Kielder Forest is officially the darkest place in England – 250 square miles of wooded beauty where Northumberland brushes against Scotland. It has its own fabulous, modern, wood-clad observatory on the slopes of Black Fell above Kielder Water. North York Moors: As well as stunning night skies, the North York Moors boast historic market towns such as Helmsley and Pickering, plus appealing coastal spots, including Scarborough and Whitby. The other major meteor showers to look out for in 2018 The Quadrantid meteor shower The Quadrantids was the first major meteor shower of 2018; it peaked at around 8pm on January 3 when between 10 and 60 meteors were shooting per hour.  It had a sharp peak, which means the best of the shower only lasted a few hours - although it remained active until January 12th. First spotted in 1825 by the Italian astronomer Antonio Brucalassi, astronomers suspect the shower originates from the comet C/1490 Y1, which was first observed 500 years ago by Japanese, Chinese and Korean astronomers. Why is it called Quadrantid? The Quadrantids appear to radiate from the extinct constellation Quadrans Muralis, which is now part of the Boötes constellation and not far from the Big Dipper. Because of the constellation's position in the sky, the shower is often impossible to see in the Southern Hemisphere - however there is a chance of spotting it up to 51 degrees south latitude. The best spots to see the display are in countries with high northern latitudes, like Norway, Sweden, Canada and Finland. The Lyrid meteor shower The Lyrid meteor shower takes places annually between April 16 and April 25. In 2018, it peaked on the morning of April 22, with the greatest number of meteors falling during the few hours before dawn. With no moon, stargazers might have been able to see between 10 and 20 Lyrid meteors per hour at the shower's peak.  Lyrid meteors are typically as bright as the stars in the Big Dipper, but some are much more intense, even brighter than Venus, the brightest object in the night sky after the moon. Called "Lyrid fireballs", these cast shadows for a split second and leave behind smokey debris trails that linger for minutes. Tim Peake space pictures What causes the Lyrid meteor shower? The ionised gas in the meteors' trail burns up as it enters the Earth's atmosphere, creates the glow which can be seen streaking across the night sky.  The shower occurs as the Earth passes through the dust left over from Comet Thatcher (C/186 G1), which makes a full orbit of the sun once every 415 years (which is why there are no photographs of it). Flakes of comet dust, most no bigger than grains of sand, strike Earth's atmosphere traveling 49 km/s (110,000 mph) and disintegrate as streaks of light. Comet Thatcher last visited the inner solar system in 1861 - before the widespread use of photography  - and isn’t expected to return until the year 2276. How did the Lyrids get its name? The shower radiates out from the direction of the star Vega, the brightest light in the constellation Lyra the Harp, from which it takes its name. Vega is a brilliant blue-white star about three times wider than our Sun and 25 light years away. The Lyrids radiating from the vicinity of the blue star Lyra Credit: earthsky.org You might remember Vega being mentioned in Carl Sagan's movie Contact - it was the source of alien radio transmissions to Earth. When were the Lyrids first observed and recorded? The earliest sightings of the Lyrid meteor shower go back 2,700 years and are among the oldest of known meteor showers. In the year 687 BC the ancient Chinese observed the meteors and recorded them in the ancient Zuo Zhan chronicles saying:  "On the 4th month in the summer in the year of xīn-mǎo (of year 7 of King Zhuang of Lu), at night, (the sky is so bright that some) fixed stars become invisible (because of the meteor shower); at midnight, stars fell like rain. That era of Chinese history corresponds with what is now called the Spring and Autumn Period (about 771 to 476 BC). Tradition associates this period with the Chinese teacher and philosopher Confucius, one of the first to espouse the principle: “Do not do to others what you do not want done to yourself.”   American observers saw an outburst of nearly 100 Lyrid meteors per hour in 1982. Around 100 meteors per hour were seen in Greece in 1922 and from Japan in 1945. The Orionid meteor shower The Orionid meteors appear every year, with showers producing around 20 meteors every hour. The shower is active throughout October until November 7, but the best time to see it will be on October 20 between midnight and dawn, when the sky is darkest and the shower will be at its brightest. Tom Kerss, an astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich said:"If you can brave the cold, make a plan to stay out and enjoy the thrill of seeing tiny flecks of Halley's Comet disintegrate at hypersonic speeds above your head." He advises finding a secluded spot and allowing the eyes to adjust to the darkness. Orionid meteors streak across the sky over Kula town of Manisa, Turkey on October 21, 2017 Credit:  Anadolu Agency Mr Kerss said: "There's no advantage to using binoculars or a telescope, your eyes are the best tool available for spotting meteors, so relax and gaze up at the sky, and eventually your patience will be rewarded. "Meteors can appear anywhere in the sky, though if you have to pick a direction, you might fare slightly better looking east." The meteoroids from Halley's Comet strike Earth's atmosphere at a speed of 148,000mph, (238,000kph) burning up in streaking flashes of light that can be seen with the naked eye. Orionid meteors are known for their speed and brilliance, so if you persevere there's a good chance you'll see several bright 'shooting stars' zipping across the sky. The Orionid Meteor Shower is one of two meteor showers created by debris from Halley's Comet - the other is the Eta Aquarids, which occurs in May. Unfortunately, Halley's Comet itself has not been visible from Earth since 1986. Why is it called Orionid? It's named Orionid because it appears to radiate from the constellation Orion. Orion is one of the brightest and best known constellations and contains two of the 10 brightest stars in the sky Rigel and Betelgeuse, as well as the famous Orion's Belt.  Orion's Belt is made up of three bright stars quite close together almost in a straight line, and is about 1,500 light years from us on Earth.  Orion has been known since ancient times and is also referred to as Hunter thanks to Greek mythology. He is often seen in star maps facing Taurus, the bull. The Geminid meteor shower The Geminids are an annual meteor shower caused by the 3200 Phaethon asteroid. Its orbit brings it very close to the sun, causing its surface material to crumble and break off. The Earth passes through this space debris every December, which burns up as hits our atmosphere. These are the meteors visible in our sky. The Geminids were first observed relatively recently, in 1862, compared with the Perseids (36AD) and the Leonids (902AD). The meteor shower appears to come from a point in the constellation Gemini, hence its name. The Geminids meteor shower over Egersheld Cape on Russky Island in the Sea of Japan in December 2017 Credit:  Yuri Smityuk When can it be seen? The next Geminid meteor shower can be seen from around December 4th to 17th, with peak activity from about 10pm on December 13th and into the early hours of the 14th.  Sightings are possible around the world, but there's good news for Britons: the shower favours observers in the Northern Hemisphere over those in the Southern. If you're lucky you could see up to 100 meteors or 'shooting stars' every hour. You can spot the meteors anywhere, but they will appear to come from the Gemini constellation. Stars in the Milky Way over Kielder Forest Credit: Owen Humphreys During December, it begins the evening in the east and moves across the sky to the west during the night. Find Orion's Belt - three bright stars positioned in a row - and then look above it and a little to the left. They will appear as streaks of light, and will sometimes arrive in bursts of two or three. They vary in colour, depending on their composition. An average of 120 meteors an hour - or two a minute - can be expected, or more during the 2am peak.
.............................................................................................................................................
Protestors Against Racial Hatred Counter White Supremacists on Charlottesville Rally Anniversary
A day after tensions between police and community activists nearly boiled over on the University of Virginia’s campus, the city of Charlottesville marked Sunday’s anniversary of a deadly gathering of white supremacists with a rally
.............................................................................................................................................
How to Watch the Perseid Meteor Shower Tonight
This year’s Perseid meteor shower will be highly visible both Saturday (August 11) and Sunday night (August 12) when it reaches its peak
.............................................................................................................................................
Crews battle growing wildfire near homes in California
Firefighters worked furiously Friday to keep a Southern California wildfire from burning more homes while crews in the north finally gained ground on deadly and destructive blazes that have burned for two weeks.
.............................................................................................................................................
Woman Uses Her Ranch to Care for Animals Displaced by California Wildfire
Helen Owen lost everything in a brush fire three years ago, so now she`s opening up her property to animals displaced by the Mendocino Complex Fire, the biggest fire in California state history.
.............................................................................................................................................
NASA Launches Fastest Spacecraft Ever To Research The Sun's Atmosphere
The Parker Solar Probe will come closer to the sun than any other spacecraft before it.
.............................................................................................................................................
Pentagon chief Mattis defends his reversal on Space Force
BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Sunday he is satisfied that creating a Space Force as a separate military service is the right way to reorganize the Pentagon's approach to space.
.............................................................................................................................................
Sens. Graham and Reed on Space Force and sanctions
Key members of the Senate Armed Services Committee weigh in on 'Fox News Sunday.'
.............................................................................................................................................
Aquarius 'resumes migrant rescues off Libya'
Two French groups operating the rescue ship Aquarius said Saturday it was back in Libyan coastal waters for the first time since triggering a diplomatic row over migration in June. The Aquarius picked up 141 people on Friday in two separate operations, SOS Mediterranee and Doctors Without Borders said on Twitter. The group's announcement marks a return to the sea after a diplomatic spat that began in June when the Aquarius, having picked up 630 stranded migrants including children and pregnant women, was refused access to dock in Malta and Italy.
.............................................................................................................................................
Ghost Ship fire case going to trial after judge rejects plea deal
The case against two defendants in the deadly Ghost Ship warehouse fire in Oakland is going to trial after a judge rejected a plea deal Friday.
.............................................................................................................................................
Ten people hurt in 'shooting' in UK's Manchester
Ten people, including two children, were taken to hospital on Sunday with pellet-type wounds after reports of a shooting in Manchester in northern England, police said. "Nine people went to hospital, including two children, with pellet-type wounds that are not believed to be serious," a statement from Greater Manchester Police said.
.............................................................................................................................................
Tens of thousands rally for removal of US base off Okinawa
TOKYO (AP) — Tens of thousands of protesters in Okinawa vowed to stop the planned relocation of a U.S military base, saying they want it off the southern Japanese island entirely.
.............................................................................................................................................
Russia says will ditch U.S. securities amid sanctions: RIA
On Friday, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Russia would regard any U.S. move to curb the activities of its banks as a "declaration of economic war" and would take retaliatory action. Washington said on Wednesday it would impose fresh sanctions by the end of August after it determined that Moscow had used a nerve agent against a former Russian agent and his daughter in Britain, sending Russia's rouble currency to a two-year low. Speaking on a weekly TV talk show, Siluanov said the new U.S. sanctions, some of which could restrict purchases of Russian government bonds, were "unpleasant but not fatal".
.............................................................................................................................................
Former Trump aide Omarosa raises security concerns with release of secret Situation Room recording
Former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman has raised West Wing security concerns after claiming she was able to secretly record her Situation Room firing with chief of staff John Kelly. The recording – which aired on Sunday during an interview on NBC’s Meet the Press – is the latest in a whirlwind of accusations, stories and recordings that have come from the estranged staffer, who is also running a media tour to drum up attention for her new White House tell-all, Unhinged. In the clip, Mr Kelly can be heard citing “some pretty serious integrity violations” for Ms Manigault Newman’s ouster.
.............................................................................................................................................
Family of a man who stole and crashed a plane is 'stunned and heartbroken'
Relatives of Richard Russell say they are "stunned and heartbroken" after the airline worker stole a passenger plane Friday from the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and was killed when he crashed 25 miles away.
.............................................................................................................................................
NASA launched a probe to 'touch the sun'
NASA launched its Parker Solar Probe at 3:31 a.m. Eastern on Sunday. The launch in Cape Canaveral, Florida, is NASA's first mission to explore the sun. Powered by a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket, the car-sized probe will travel millions of miles to reach the sun's corona, or outer atmosphere.
.............................................................................................................................................
'Unite the Right' protesters a few – Anti-facists a many
White nationalists who marched on Washington and rallied at a park near the White House have left the area in white vans under a police escort. The demonstration led by the principal organizer of last year’s “Unite the Right” event in Charlottesville, Virginia, Jason Kessler, ended earlier than expected. Thousands of counterdemonstrators showed up to jeer and shout insults at the white nationalists as they made their way through Washington streets.
.............................................................................................................................................
Omarosa Releases Tape Of John Kelly Firing Her In White House Situation Room
Former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman said on Sunday that she
.............................................................................................................................................
Ex-congressman wins Hawaii Democratic primary for US House
HONOLULU (AP) — In this age of political rancor, Ed Case wants to bring bipartisanship back to Washington, D.C.
.............................................................................................................................................
NASA launches probe to go deep into Sun's scorching atmosphere
The craft will endure extreme heat while zooming through the solar corona to study the Sun's outer atmosphere that gives rise to the solar winds. It is set to fly into the Sun's corona within 3.8 million miles (6.1 million km) of the solar surface, seven times closer than any other spacecraft. The corona gives rise to the solar wind, a continuous flow of charged particles that permeates the solar system and can cause havoc with communications technology on Earth.
.............................................................................................................................................
Watch The New BMW M5 Furiously Accelerate From 0 To Top Speed
Well, it's easy peasy lemon squeezy.
.............................................................................................................................................
Is Russia Really Trying to Sway the Midterm Elections?
If Moscow views its social-media campaign as a defensive response to American meddling in Russian politics, then it might see little to gain and much to lose by giving up this activity without getting reciprocal U.S. concessions.
.............................................................................................................................................
Ex-Trump aide Omarosa releases recording of White House firing
Former White House aide and reality television participant Omarosa Manigault Newman played a recording in a TV interview on Sunday of her dismissal and indicated she had other recordings from her time in the Trump administration. "I have to protect myself and I have no regret about it," Omarosa said on NBC's "Meet the Press." Omarosa, usually referred to by only her first name, left the White House in December and Sunday's interview coincided with the release of her book, "Unhinged: An Insider Account of the Trump White House," detailing her time there. On the recording, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly can be heard talking to Omarosa in the Situation Room.
.............................................................................................................................................
Protestors Against Racial Hatred Counter White Supremacists on Charlottesville Rally Anniversary
A second 'Unite the Right' rally is being held in D.C. Sunday
.............................................................................................................................................
23 Baked Egg Dishes That Will Upgrade Every Morning
.............................................................................................................................................
Manafort Prosecutors Expect to Rest Case Monday
Prosecutors in Paul Manafort's financial fraud trial say they expect to rest their case Monday. The former Trump campaign chairman's trial was delayed for hours Friday without explanation. AP Reporter Chad Day explains. (Aug. 10)
.............................................................................................................................................
Minnesota Cops Saved These Women Stranded on a Unicorn Float
Thanks to 'mad rescue roping skills'
.............................................................................................................................................
Why Choosing a College Wisely Is More Important Than Ever
When you’re considering which college to attend, it’s more critical than ever to find out how well graduates of that school do. That’s because the Trump administration is changing the rules on ho...
.............................................................................................................................................
Unite the Right: White supremacist rally dwarfed by counter-protest in DC on anniversary of Charlottesville
More than a thousand demonstrators gathered at Donald Trump’s front door in Washington DC on Sunday in a showing that appeared to dwarf the turnout of white supremacists who had convened to mark the year anniversary of violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a neo-Nazi drove into a crowd of people leaving one dead. Hours before the “Unite the Right 2” rally was set to kick off, counter demonstrators rallying against white supremacy began to gather while a police maze of barricades divided the two sides. Just over an hour before the rally was scheduled to begin, a police escort helped guide as many as 30 demonstrators for the white supremacist rally to the area in front of the White House planned for their event – a group that was dwarfed by the nearby counter-protestors in size and volume.
.............................................................................................................................................
Solar probe launches successfully
The Parker solar probe spacecraft has been launched successfully by Nasa. It was sent off into space using three Delta-Four heavy rockets from Cape Canaveral in Florida. The satellite is designed to fly within six-million kilometres of the Sun – closer than ever before.
.............................................................................................................................................
Mazda Cosmo: an unexplored universe of rotary-engined exotica
A relative unknown in the wider classic car world, the Cosmo was a rotary-engined pioneer from an optimistic era. We drive this unsung hero of innovation
.............................................................................................................................................
A new protest is organizing to get Alex Jones booted off of Twitter
Alex Jones is still on Twitter, despite the fact that he repeatedly violated the platform's rules of conduct. But this is 2018, and Twitter users are ready to protest. Before we go any further, let's be clear about some terminology: Jones supporters would have you believe that his recent removal from other platforms is an act of censorship and a violation of First Amendment rights. That's simply untrue. SEE ALSO: How the dominoes in Alex Jones' social media empire all fell at once The First Amendment's free speech protections apply to all citizens, including the people behind the social media companies that gave him the boot. If these private interests decided they didn't want Jones peddling his conspiracy theories on their platforms, that's their right. Jones is free to say whatever he wants, but there are no guarantees on where he can say it. Facebook decided, after lots of pressure, that Jones maintaining a presence on the platform was worse for business than his forced removal. So now he's gone. Twitter made the opposite determination. Jones broke the platform's rules. CNN even proved it. But the company has made its stance clear: Evidence or not, Jones won't be punished for his past behavior. The hypocrisy is hard to miss when all of this came just a few days after Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey shared his thoughts on Jones being removed from other platforms. Truth is we’ve been terrible at explaining our decisions in the past. We’re fixing that. We’re going to hold Jones to the same standard we hold to every account, not taking one-off actions to make us feel good in the short term, and adding fuel to new conspiracy theories. — jack (@jack) August 8, 2018 (Note: The above tweets are part of a larger thread.) Here's the thing about Twitter, though: Just like Facebook, it's a business. Also like Facebook, ad dollars are a big part of what helps the company stay afloat. Promoted tweets, hashtags, and accounts are moneymakers. The other thing about Twitter that's important here: Users have control over what they see when they look at their timeline. If an undesirable account appears in your feed, you can mute or block it and that's that. This safety feature works regardless of whether the account being blocked/muted is paying to promote a tweet or not. Right now, a protest action is taking shape that encourages users to block Twitter's advertisers en masse, using a block list. It's a simple concept: If lots of users publicly and loudly block the interests that pay for the audience reach Twitter provides, those interests might apply the pressure needed to get Jones removed from the platform. The protest is being spearheaded by Shannon Coulter, an activist who founded a similar action called GrabYourWallet, which puts pressure on companies for carrying Trump-related products. Though it should be noted that Coulter credits the idea to her friend (also the founder of MeetingPlanner.io and AmericaPossible.com) Jeff Reifman.  Coulter laid out how this GrabYourWallet-adjacent protest against Twitter's lack of action would work in a Sunday thread. Good morning! To encourage Twitter to drop Alex Jones, I just blocked the Twitter accounts of every Fortune 500 company w/ a Twitter presence. Ready to mass block Twitter's most lucrative advertisers with me? There are three quick & easy ways. Instructions are in this thread. — Shannon Coulter (@shannoncoulter) August 12, 2018 The thread runs through a number of different options. There's a blocking tool that Coulter created, accessible right here. The advantage to using the tool is you don't have to do anything beyond adding it to your profile. If Twitter does boot Jones, all the companies listed will be unblocked automatically. For those that would rather avoid authorizing Twitter account access, there's also this handy Google Doc. It's the same list of companies, but you need to block them manually — a process that would obviously take some time. "Even if you only blocked the top 25 to 50 , that would have impact," Coulter wrote. The third option is for those that don't mind getting a little more technical. Twitter allows users to import block lists via .CSV files. You'll need to grab this Google Doc containing the Twitter IDs for all the to-be-blocked companies, but the process is fairly simple. Then go to “Settings & Privacy” in your Twitter account. Select “Blocked Accounts” on left. Select “Advanced Options” & “Import a List.” Select “Attach a File to Upload” then choose the CSV file. When Twitter drops Jones, you’ll have to manually unblock the companies one by one. — Shannon Coulter (@shannoncoulter) August 12, 2018 Coulter adds that you should be willing to unblock the affected companies if Twitter does relent on its stance of protecting Jones.  Blocking these accounts until Twitter drops Alex Jones means you’ll no longer see either these companies’ timeline Tweets or promoted Tweets. You'll still see their promoted hashtags, but that’s not something most companies do very often. — Shannon Coulter (@shannoncoulter) August 12, 2018 A few notes: not all Fortune 500 companies actually have a Twitter presence but every one that does is on this list. We also added several larger companies that are not in the Fortune 500 but that have run large Twitter ad campaigns in the recent past like Samsung & HR Block. — Shannon Coulter (@shannoncoulter) August 12, 2018 The whole effort is happening under its very own hashtag: #BlockParty500. It's still early — Coulter only laid out the idea in full, action plan and all, on Sunday. But there's already a lot of activity at that hashtag, and Coulter herself has provided one update so far (as of this writing) on how it's spreading. Adding on to the original thread to say that we're now up to 5,380 people participating in the mass block of Fortune 500 companies on Twitter. That means for the last hour, we've continued to add about 40 new subscriptions per minute! How I love watching you all flex! — Shannon Coulter (@shannoncoulter) August 12, 2018 These types of protests have proven themselves to be effective in recent times, so give it a shot if you're furious at the double-standard Twitter apparently applied to protect Jones. WATCH: Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No. It's an inflatable Trump baby flying around London
.............................................................................................................................................
Police Chief`s Estranged Son Accused of Brutally Attacking Sikh Man Makes First Court Appearance
Tyrone McAllister, 18, is facing charges of elder abuse, attempted robbery and assault with a deadly weapon.
.............................................................................................................................................
Erdogan says lira crash 'political plot' against Turkey
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday said the crash of the Turkish lira, sparked by a bitter dispute with the United States, was a "political plot" against Turkey and warned Ankara would now seek new markets and partners. The dispute between the two NATO allies -- which reached new intensity over the detention of an American pastor in Turkey -- has hammered the lira and also raised questions over the future partnership between Washington and Ankara. The already embattled Turkish lira tumbled some 16 percent to new record lows against the dollar on Friday as US President Donald Trump said he had doubled steel and aluminium tariffs on Turkey.
.............................................................................................................................................
Who Will Fund Elon Musk's Tesla Takeover? It Could Be Saudi Arabia
The country's sovereign wealth fund already has nearly a 5% stake in Tesla
.............................................................................................................................................
Strongest-ever earthquake hits Alaska's North Slope region
Alaska's North Slope was hit Sunday by the most powerful earthquake ever recorded in the region, the state's seismologist said. At 6:58 a.m. Sunday, the magnitude 6,.4 earthquake struck an area 42 miles (67 kilometers) east of Kavik River Camp and 343 miles (551 kilometers) northeast of Fairbanks, the state's second-biggest city. State seismologist Mike West told the Anchorage Daily News that the quake was the biggest recorded in the North Slope by a substantial amount.
.............................................................................................................................................
A Florida Legislature Candidate Reportedly Lied About Graduating From College
Miami University in Ohio claims Melissa Howard did not graduate
.............................................................................................................................................
Nobel-winning writer V.S. Naipaul dies aged 85
British author V. S. Naipaul, a famously outspoken Nobel laureate who wrote on the traumas of post-colonial change, has died at the age of 85. Naipaul, who was born in Trinidad and the son of an Indian civil servant, was best known for works including "A House for Mr Biswas" and his Man Booker Prize-winning "In A Free State". "He died surrounded by those he loved having lived a life which was full of wonderful creativity and endeavour," his wife Lady Nadira Naipaul said in a statement on Saturday.
.............................................................................................................................................
Wife Of Sutherland Springs Church Shooter Breaks Silence: I Love Him 'No Matter What'
The wife of the Sutherland Springs, Texas, church shooter has revealed new
.............................................................................................................................................
70 shooting stars an hour will soar over Britain in annual Perseid meteor shower 
The annual Perseid meteor shower will peak on Sunday night when up to 70 shooting stars an hour will be visible in British skies. Stargazers could be treated to an even more spectacular show than usual because the new Moon will bring a darker sky than usual. The Perseid meteors appear to come from a single point, known as the ‘radiant,’ which is situated in the constellation Perseus, which gives the shower its name. However the illusion is merely an effect of perspective similar to what motorists see when driving in heavy rain, as the meteors move parallel to each other, The radiant will be visible from around 10 pm and at this time there will be the highest chance of seeing Earth grazing meteors, the kind that skim the atmosphere and have long, blazing tails. Observers can expect to see a few tens of meteors per hour, or one every few minutes, once darkness has fallen on 12 August. A shooting star is seen on the night sky during the perseid meteor shower in Jankowo, near Poznan, in 2016 Credit: LUKASZ OGRODOWCZYK  The number of meteors will peak in the early hours of 13 August, when up to around seventy each hour should be visible. Dr Chris North, a lecturer at Cardiff University's school of physics and astronomy,  said: “Once the sun sets, providing the sky is clear, all you need do is head out to as dark a site as you can find. “The best observing sites have no nearby lights, so tend to be away from towns and cities. “Sit or lie back, look up, and let your eyes adjust to the dark – this might take 10-20 minutes, but with clear, dark site you should see meteors streak across the sky every few minutes or so, perhaps more often if you’re lucky. The darker your site, the more meteors you are likely to see. “The shower is called the Perseids because the meteors look like they’re coming from the constellation Perseus. “That’s because that’s the direction the Earth is moving in at this time of year, so as the Earth ploughs through the debris stream the particles appear to come from that direction. It’s not unlike driving while it’s snowing, where it looks like the snowflakes are all coming from the direction of travel.” The first picture ever taken of comet Swift-Tuttle image photographed on 4 April 1892 by Professor EE Barnard Credit: European Space Agency Shooting stars are small particles of dust, some as small as grains of sand, entering the atmosphere at high speed. The friction as they pass through causes the air around the meteor to heat up dramatically, resulting in a characteristic brief bright streak of light. Meteor showers occur when the Earth passes through a clump of debris in space, as our planet moves along its orbit around the Sun. The dust causing this shower comes from a comet known as Swift-Tuttle, which last passed near Earth in 1992 and orbits the Sun approximately once every 133 years. The meteor shower is actually the Earth moving into the dust and rock left by the comet, which will next come close to Earth in an extremely near miss in 2126. The shower will be visible all over the UK as long as the skies are clear and no special equipment is needed. The Perseids are active from mid-July to mid-August, but for most of that time only a few meteors per hour are visible. So if clouds do make viewing impossible this weekend, the showers will continue for a few days more with reduced activity.
.............................................................................................................................................
2 earthquakes hit central and northern Alaska regions
KAVIK RIVER CAMP, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey says that two earthquakes have hit Alaska.
.............................................................................................................................................
Charlottesville remembers Heather Heyer – Her mom revisits the site of her tragic death 1 year ago
The mother of a woman killed when a car plowed into a crowd of counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally last summer said Sunday there’s much healing to do a year after the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. Heather Heyer’s mother, Susan Bro, visited the site of the attack on Sunday afternoon. The vigil was one in a series of largely peaceful community events held in Charlottesville over the weekend to mark the one-year anniversary of the rally, one of the largest gatherings of white nationalists and other far-right extremists in a decade.
.............................................................................................................................................
Giuliani now says Trump never discussed Michael Flynn with Comey
‘There was no conversation about Michael Flynn,’ Rudy Giuliani said on CNN’s State of the Union show on Sunday, contradicting his previous position. Donald Trump will deny having ever discussed former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn with former FBI director James Comey, if he is questioned about it in a sit down interview with special counsel Robert Mueller, according to the president’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani.
.............................................................................................................................................
CHP officer killed in I-80 crash in Fairfield identified by officials
A California Highway Patrol motorcycle officer was killed in a collision involving a truck near Fairfield Friday morning, according to the CHP.
.............................................................................................................................................
Wave of strikes hits Syria's last rebel-held bastion
The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said dozens of strikes from helicopters and war planes had hit parts of Hama, Idlib and Aleppo provinces, killing at least 29 people. The three areas in northwest Syria are the last major ones still in the hands of fighters seeking to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad, whose forces recaptured the area around Damascus and the southwest earlier this year. Abu al-Baraa al-Hamawi, a rebel leader in northern Hama, said a "massacre" had resulted from strikes in western Aleppo on the town of Urem al-Kubra.
.............................................................................................................................................
Love Triangle Leads to Man`s Murder, Suspect Behind Bars
Investigators say Hosea Metcalf gunned down a 41-year-old man who was allegedly having having an affair with his girlfriend.
.............................................................................................................................................
Idris Elba Is Teasing Fans About Those James Bond Rumors
If picked, he'd be the first black actor to play Bond
.............................................................................................................................................
'Beebo Was Loved By Everyone.' Family Left Heartbroken After Airline Worker Steals and Crashes Plane
29-year-old Richard B. Russell was an employee of Horizon Air
.............................................................................................................................................
Netanyahu demands 'total' Gaza ceasefire
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday demanded a "total" ceasefire from Gaza's Hamas rulers in his first public comments on another deadly flare-up between the two sides. There have been efforts by UN officials and Egypt to secure a long-term truce between Israel and Hamas, though Israeli officials have not commented on them. "We are in the midst of a campaign against terror in Gaza," Netanyahu said at the start of a cabinet meeting.
.............................................................................................................................................
Top Asian News 3:17 a.m. GMT
BEIJING (AP) — When Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen departs Sunday for Latin America, she'll be traveling to a region she's already visited three times in two years. She doesn't have many other options. As Tsai crosses the halfway mark of her first four-year term, an eight-day swing through Paraguay and Belize is a reflection of how Taiwan's diplomatic isolation has worsened in the midst of a suffocating Chinese pressure campaign. Just 18 countries — mostly clustered in Latin America, the South Pacific and Caribbean — still maintain formal ties with the self-ruling island, down from 22 when Tsai entered office in 2016.
.............................................................................................................................................
Erdogan says crash of lira 'political plot' against Turkey
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday slammed the crash of the lira amid a widening spat with the United States as a "political plot" and said his country would instead seek new markets and new allies. "The aim of the operation is to make Turkey surrender in all areas from finance to politics. With God's permission we will overcome this," Erdogan told his party members in the Black Sea city of Trabzon.
.............................................................................................................................................
48 Ice Cream Sandwiches You Need In Your Life RN
.............................................................................................................................................
Heather Heyer Remembered By Lawmakers, Activists On Charlottesville Anniversary
Politicians and activists shared tributes to Heather Heyer on Sunday, honoring
.............................................................................................................................................
Trump will deny asking FBI chief to go easy on Flynn, if asked under oath: lawyer
President Donald Trump will deny he ever asked former FBI director James Comey to go easy on fired former national security adviser Michael Flynn if made to testify about it under oath, his lawyer Rudy Giuliani said Sunday. "There was no conversation about Michael Flynn," Giuliani said on CNN's "State of the Union" show, of the February 14, 2017 Oval Office meeting. The private sit-down is a key episode in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible obstruction of justice in the Russia election meddling probe.
.............................................................................................................................................
France to set penalties on non-recycled plastic
France plans to introduce a penalty system next year that would increase the costs of consumer goods with packaging made of non-recycled plastic, part of a pledge to use only recycled plastic nationwide by 2025, an environment ministry official said Sunday. Brune Poirson, secretary of state for ecological transition, said the move was one of several to be implemented in coming years, including a deposit-refund scheme for plastic bottles. Under the new plan, products with recycled plastic packaging could cost up to 10 percent less, Poirson said.
.............................................................................................................................................
Man charged with murder after common-law wife found stabbed to death in east Harris Co.
Feliz Ruiz, who's currently in the hospital with a self-inflicted stab wound to the throat, has been charged with the murder of his common-law wife.
.............................................................................................................................................
Judge clears way for America's first execution using fentanyl
A judge on Friday refused to block Nebraska from carrying out the state's first-ever lethal injection despite a pharmaceutical company's claims that the state illicitly obtained its drugs, clearing the way for the country's first execution with fentanyl. US District Judge Richard Kopf denied the company's request to temporarily block state prison officials from executing Carey Dean Moore, one of the nation's longest-serving death row inmates. Moore is scheduled to die on Tuesday in Nebraska's first execution since 1997 with a never-before-tried combination of drugs. Moore, who was convicted of killing two cab drivers five days apart in 1979, has stopped fighting the state's efforts to execute him. Mr Kopf said granting the drug company's request would "frustrate the will of the people," referring to the 61 percent of Nebraska voters who chose to reinstate capital punishment in 2016 after lawmakers abolished it. "I will not allow the plaintiff to frustrate the wishes of Mr Moore and the laws of the state of Nebraska," he said during the hearing. At a glance | Fentanyl Attorneys for the drug company, Fresenius Kabi, filed a lawsuit earlier this week arguing that state officials improperly obtained at least one of the company's drugs. Attorney Mark Christensen said the company planned to file an immediate appeal of Friday's ruling. In Nevada, a judge indefinitely postponed an execution last month after drugmaker Alvogen filed a similar lawsuit over one of its products. Moore is scheduled to be executed with a combination of four drugs: the sedative diazepam, commonly known as Valium, to render him unconscious; fentanyl citrate, a powerful synthetic opioid, which would help render him unconscious; cisatracurium besylate to induce paralysis and halt his breathing; and potassium chloride to stop his heart. US death penalty by state Fentanyl is among the drugs that have fuelled America's opioid epidemic. Prince died after accidentally overdosing on the painkiller. Pharmaceutical companies have become increasingly intent on preventing their life-saving or pain relieving products being tainted with use in executions. Campaigners against capital punishment believe it has left American states with a finite supply of lethal chemicals. Fresenius Kabi argues that it manufactured the state's supply of potassium chloride and possibly the cisatracurium. Nebraska state officials have refused to identify the source of their execution drugs, but Fresenius Kabi alleges the state's supply of potassium chloride is stored in 30 millilitre bottles. Fresenius Kabi said it's the only company that packages the drug in vials of that size. Fresenius Kabi said Nebraska's use of its drugs would damage its reputation and business relationships. The company said it takes no position on capital punishment, but strongly opposes the use of its products for use in executions. No other public evidence has surfaced to confirm the supplier's identity. A state judge in Nebraska ordered prison officials in June to release documents that might reveal the source of the drugs, but the state has appealed that ruling. State attorneys deny Fresenius Kabi's allegation that prison officials obtained the drugs illicitly.
.............................................................................................................................................
Five Caspian Sea states sign landmark convention
The leaders of the five states bordering the resource-rich Caspian Sea signed a landmark deal on its legal status on Sunday in the Kazakh city of Aktau, easing regional tensions and potentially facilitating lucrative oil and gas projects. "We can admit that consensus on the status of the sea was hard to reach and not immediate, the talks lasted more than 20 years and called for a lot of joint efforts from the parties," Nazarbayev said. Russian leader Vladimir Putin, whose country was seen as driving the deal, said the convention had "epoch-making significance" and called for more military cooperation between the countries on the Caspian.
.............................................................................................................................................
Turkey's Erdogan stands by opposition to high interest rates
Speaking to supporters in Trabzon on the Black Sea coast, Erdogan dismissed suggestions that Turkey was in a financial crisis like those seen in Asia two decades ago, dampening expectations of a rate rise to support the currency. The Turkish lira has lost about 40 percent of its value this year, largely over worries about Erdogan's influence over the economy, his repeated calls for lower interest rates in the face of high inflation, and worsening ties with the United States. "Interest rates are an exploitation tool that makes the rich richer and the poor poorer," Erdogan said.
.............................................................................................................................................
Fragments of plane stolen from Seattle airport scattered after crash
A transportation security expert says a man who stole a plane from Sea-Tac International Airport in Seattle likely had some pilot training, and military craft that pursued him possibly prevented a tragedy.
.............................................................................................................................................
Iraq PM cancels visit to sanctions-hit Iran
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has cancelled a visit to Iran, his press office said Sunday, as the premier came under strong Iranian criticism over his stand on renewed US sanctions against Tehran. Abadi will still go ahead with a planned visit to Turkey on Tuesday but has scrapped the Iran leg of the trip "because of his busy schedule", his office said. An Iraqi official had said Saturday that Abadi would visit both neighbouring Turkey and Iran to discuss economic issues.
.............................................................................................................................................
Turkey ready to create more safe zones in Syria
Turkey said on Sunday it had finalised preparations to create more safe areas in Syria, which would allow the return of refugees who have fled the civil war. Speaking at his AK Party's provincial headquarters in the Black Sea city of Trabzon, President Tayyip Erdogan said a quarter of a million people had already returned to liberated areas in Syria. "God willing soon we will have liberated more places and made more areas safe," he said.
.............................................................................................................................................
Erdogan says U.S. set deadline for pastor's release
The United States gave Turkey a deadline until last Wednesday, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday, to release an American pastor being tried by a Turkish court. The case of Andrew Brunson, an evangelical Christian, is one of a series of disputes that lies at the heart of deteriorating ties between the two NATO allies. Speaking to supporters in the Black Sea coastal city of Trabzon, Erdogan revealed details of negotiations held last week between the two countries, saying Washington had threatened sanctions if Turkey refused to release the pastor.
.............................................................................................................................................
Greek cat sanctuary 'overwhelmed' with emails after advertising paid job on idyllic island with 55 felines
The job advert on Facebook sounded almost too good to be true. A living wage, a car, a lovely house to live in - bills paid - with a terrace overlooking the Aegean, just a short walk from a pristine beach on the Greek island of Syros. The job? Caring for up to 70 cats amounting to four hours of work per day. Nearly 1,000 Britons applied for the role after the announcement posted by Greek cat sanctuary owner Joan Bowell on Facebook last week went viral. Her inbox is brimming with applications from hopeful cat caretakers convinced they are the “responsible, reliable, honest, practically inclined” person with a heart of gold she is looking for. Veterinarians, doctors, even refugees applied.     The job involves just four hours work per day Credit: Facebook “We were doing a quiet thing on a Greek island -  but no more,” Mrs Bowell’s husband, Richard, 65, told The Telegraph. Mrs Boswell, a Brit, and Mr Boswell, from Denmark, moved to the island of Syros seven years ago.  They found kittens thrown away in garbage cans, bony cats relying on scraps, feral and injured cats that needed care. The couple began taking in strays and working with local veterinarians to improve the health of village cat colony and the overall island population. They backed a sterilisation project, funded dental operations, had sick eyes removed, and nursed motherless kittens through the night. If cat dies, Mrs Bowell buries them and places a stone. “Now you hardly see distressed cats on Syros,” Mr Bowell says. “It all started here.” Sanctuary owners Joan and Richard Bowell have been overwhelmed by the interest in the advert Credit: Facebook Today the sanctuary is home to anywhere from 55-70 cats, all led around by the resident caretaker cat, Snowy. Mrs Bowell founded God’s Little People Cat Rescue charity to support the sanctuary with donations and started a Facebook page. At first her posts got a handful of likes as she tried to find homes for cats on Syros. “Then she posted this, it went viral and people have been phoning from all over the world.”   This fall, the couple plans to return New York, where Mr Bowell has work commitments with the United Nations.  They have drafted five volunteers across Europe to narrow down the 3,000 applications from people offering to take their place – mostly Americans and British nationals – to a pool of 50-100.  The job also comes with a car, bills paid, and a stunning view of the Aegean Credit: Facebook There are those that start out with: “I’ve always wanted to live on a Greek island,” those who boldly proclaim: “I am your person” and those who say: “What is behind this?” and want to know more about the sanctuary’s philosophy.   “Those are the ones that catch our attention,” Mr Bowell said of the latter. “Sometimes whispers are best heard.” The position comes with a salary up to €600 (£536) a month, with bills, housing and veterinary expenses paid, starting November 1, after a voluntary two-week transition period in October.   There are bonus points for veterinarian skills, cat psychology skills for handling feral or non-sociable felines. 
.............................................................................................................................................
Bereaved mother orca finally drops calf after carrying corpse for unprecedented 17 days
A grieving orca whale who carried the corpse of her dead calf for an unprecedented 17 days has finally let it go. The killer whale, known as J35 to scientists monitoring the population in the Pacific Northwest, was spotted swimming without the infant balanced on her head for the first time since July. “J35 frolicked past my window today with other J pod whales, and she looks vigorous and healthy,” Ken Balcomb, of the Centre for Whale Research, told The Seattle Times.
.............................................................................................................................................
Bethesda Threatened Legal Action Against Someone Reselling a Video Game
It could set a bad legal precedent.
.............................................................................................................................................
Animal rescue group says dumped pit bull died after suffering physical and sexual abuse
An animal rescue group is calling for an investigation after a pit bull who was adopted two weeks ago died from what animal advocates believe was physical and sexual abuse after being found injured in South Los Angeles on Monday.
.............................................................................................................................................
Kellyanne Conway Has Trouble Naming A Top Black White House Aide
Kellyanne Conway, the chief counselor to President Donald Trump, had
.............................................................................................................................................
Grieving Orca Whale Releases Dead Calf After More Than Two Weeks
More than two weeks after the death of her baby, a grieving orca whale has
.............................................................................................................................................
Tesla: Musk's tweet a bridge too far?
Tesla chief executive Elon Musk got into legal hot water this week after announcing on Twitter he had sufficient financing already in hand to take the electric automaker private. Many in US financial circles are wondering where he will he get all this money, and have turned skeptical despite the reverence in which they normally hold Musk, who founded the company in 2003 to transform cars into tech marvels. The transaction could amount to at least $50 billion if Musk keeps his 20 percent stake in the company.
.............................................................................................................................................
How to Get That Master Bedroom Feel No Matter How Small Your Space Is
Hit the snooze button.
.............................................................................................................................................
Erdogan slams interest rates as 'tool of exploitation'
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday branded interest rates a "tool of exploitation" which should be kept as low as possible. "Interest rates should be kept to a minumum because they are a tool of exploitation that makes the poor poorer and the rich richer," Erdogan said in a speech in the Black Sea city of Rize. The nominally independent central bank has defied pressure over the last few weeks to hike interest rates in the face of high inflation and a collapsing currency.
.............................................................................................................................................
The One Trump Tweet That Mattered
Twitter has been President Donald Trump's greatest weapon. With a single
.............................................................................................................................................
Parker Solar Probe: Nasa cancels launch of spacecraft just moments before lift off
Nasa's much-anticipated Parker Solar Probe - a spacecraft which it is claimed will "touch" the sun - failed to launch following a countdown on Saturday morning. "This morning’s launch of @NASASun’s #ParkerSolarProbe was scrubbed," Nasa tweeted. In particular, scientist hope Parker will provide information about solar winds and solar energy particles.
.............................................................................................................................................
White supremacists set to rally outside White House a year after deadly clash
White supremacists are set to rally outside the White House on Sunday, one year after torch-wielding neo-Nazis clashed with counter demonstrators in a deadly protest that highlighted the growing boldness of the extreme right in the United States. Organized by Unite the Right -- the same network that called last year's protest in Charlottesville, Virginia -- Sunday's rally will once again see the extremists stand face-to-face with anti-fascists, who are staging a counter protest. "I don't know exactly what will happen, but it probably will not be good," tweeted Richard Spencer, a leader of the so-called "alt-right" movement, who said he would be staying away from the rally.
.............................................................................................................................................
Dennis Shields, Bethenny Frankel's on/off boyfriend, found dead in Trump Tower
A 51-year-old man died in Trump Tower Friday morning after a possible drug overdose, and sources said the man is Dennis Sheilds, the on-again-off-again boyfriend.
.............................................................................................................................................
NASA launches historic Parker Solar Probe to 'touch Sun'
NASA on Sunday launched a $1.5 billion spacecraft toward the Sun on a historic mission to protect the Earth by unveiling the mysteries of dangerous solar storms. "Three, two, one, zero, and liftoff! Of the mighty Delta IV Heavy rocket with NASA's Parker Solar Probe, a daring mission to shed light on the mysteries of our closest star, the Sun," said the narrator on NASA TV. The unmanned spacecraft's mission is to get closer than any human-made object ever to the center of our solar system, plunging into the Sun's atmosphere, known as the corona, during a seven-year mission.
.............................................................................................................................................
Grieving Orca Whale Releases Dead Calf After More Than Two Weeks
More than two weeks after the death of her baby, a grieving orca whale has
.............................................................................................................................................
Suspected Seattle airplane thief was adventurer, bakery owner
Richard Russell, who liked to be called Beebo, was a 29-year-old man living in Sumner, Washington, who was born in Key West, Florida, and moved to Wasilla, Alaska, when he was 7 years old, according to a Web page he set up for a college communications class. Russell worked for Horizon Airlines, a sister carrier of Alaska Airlines [ALKAIR.UL], as a ground service agent who helped baggage handlers and was part of Horizon's tow team, which moved planes around on the tarmac. It was a job that gave him the perk of "being able to fly to Alaska at my leisure," he wrote on the page.
.............................................................................................................................................
Kellyanne Conway talks race relations in America
Virginia and Washington brace for protests and counter-protests one year after deadly violence in Charlottesville; reaction from Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Trump.
.............................................................................................................................................
Parker Solar Probe: Spacecraft that will ‘touch the sun’ is successfully launched
Nasa’s much-anticipated Parker Solar Probe – a spacecraft which it is said will “touch” the sun – has been launched from Cape Canaveral. Within two minutes of take-off, Nasa’s ground control were able to confirm its trajectory and flight “looked good”. Over the next seven years, Parker will fly directly through the sun’s roasting hot outer atmosphere in a bid to unlock some of the solar system’s greatest secrets.
.............................................................................................................................................
The latest: Tupola wins GOP primary for Hawaii governor
HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on the primary election (all times local):
.............................................................................................................................................
Seattle Airport Employee Who Stole Plane ID'd as Family Speaks Out: 'Beebo Was a Warm, Compassionate Man'
The 29-year-old's full name was Richard Russell and he died in a crash following the bizarre flight.
.............................................................................................................................................
Erdogan vows to defy US 'threats' over detained pastor
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hit back Saturday at US "threats" over a detained American pastor which has escalated tensions between the two NATO allies and piled pressure on the Turkish currency. "It is wrong to dare bring Turkey to its knees through threats over a pastor," Erdogan told a rally in the Black Sea town of Unye. US President Donald Trump said Friday he had doubled steel and aluminium tariffs on Turkey, adding to pressure its troubled economy amid a diplomatic row with Washington.
.............................................................................................................................................
24 Sizzling Grilled Seafood Recipes
.............................................................................................................................................
Omarosa Manigault-Newman Says There Are Tapes of President Trump Using N-Word
The former "Apprentice" contestant clarified that she has not heard the tapes.
.............................................................................................................................................
The Latest: Death toll from Syria blast climbs to 36
BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the Syrian conflict (all times local):
.............................................................................................................................................
Why the U.S. Military Should Fear "Ramjets"
Ramjets have made somewhat of a comeback in military technology recently. While ramjets powered many anti-air missiles throughout the Cold War, more recent designs eschewed them in favor of multi-stage rocket boosters or simply more powerful rockets.
.............................................................................................................................................
Blast in northern Syria kills at least 18; cause unclear
BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian opposition activists say an explosion in the country's north has killed at least 18 people and wounded many others. The cause of the blast wasn't immediately known.
.............................................................................................................................................
WATCH: Cars swept away by floodwaters at New Jersey car dealership
The Chrysler Jeep Dodge Dealership of Little Falls is in crisis, when car after car floated to its demise.
.............................................................................................................................................
'This Is Very Strange.' An Illness Outbreak Possibly Related to an Ohio Chipotle Remains a Mystery Two Weeks Later
Tests keep coming back negative
.............................................................................................................................................
The Latest: Activists gather in Charlottesville
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The Latest on events marking the anniversary of violent white nationalist rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia (all times local):
.............................................................................................................................................
Syria weapons depot blast kills 12 civilians: monitor
An explosion of unknown origin at a weapons depot in the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib killed at least 12 civilians on Sunday, a war monitor said. An AFP correspondent at the site in the rebel-held town of Sarmada near the Turkish border said the explosion caused two buildings to collapse. On Sunday morning, rescue workers used a bulldozer to remove rubble and extract trapped people, the correspondent said.
.............................................................................................................................................
Smoke gets in your eyes: wildfires sting California park tourism
For the past two weeks, a wildfire has forced much of Yosemite National Park in California to close, with smoke blanketing its famous rock formations and clouding the summer travel season for one of the largest tourism economies tied to a U.S. park. Steven Anker, 53, has seen business decrease by 80 percent at his Priest Station Café in nearby Groveland."People come to Yosemite to see the outdoors. Wildfires burning in the U.S. West have scorched 5.6 million acres (2.3 million hectares) this year, including parts of other national forests, the National Interagency Fire Center said on its website.
.............................................................................................................................................
The Latest: Containment grows for California wildfire
LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California wildfires (all times local):
.............................................................................................................................................
Richard Russell: quiet, well-liked Seattle airport worker who stole a plane
Russell, who was widely identified as the pilot on Saturday morning, was the sole victim in the crash. Russell’s death and the dramatic moments that preceded it – a passenger plane trailed by F-15 fighter jets cutting rolls against the setting sun – left those who knew him stunned and saddened.
.............................................................................................................................................
Trump condemns 'all types of racism' a year after Charlottesville
US President Donald Trump said Saturday that he condemned racism as the nation marked the anniversary of deadly unrest triggered by a neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. "The riots in Charlottesville a year ago resulted in senseless death and division," Trump wrote on Twitter. When the demonstrations continued on August 12, fighting broke out between neo-Nazi supporters and anti-fascists from a black-clad group called Antifa.
.............................................................................................................................................
Magnitude 6.5 earthquake hits Alaska
(Reuters) - A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck 40 miles (64 km) southwest of Kaktovik in Alaska, the U.S. Geological Survey said on Sunday.
.............................................................................................................................................
'A huge red flag': why Trump could be toxic for Republicans at the midterms
A television assembly plant in small town South Carolina could prove the graveyard of ambition for Republicans in November’s midterm elections. This week Element Electronics warned that it might be forced to close its factory in Winnsboro and layoff 126 people because of TV parts affected by Donald Trump’s tariffs. It is the last thing they need going into the polls in November, where Democrats aim to pick up 23 seats to regain control of the House of Representatives for the first time in eight years.
.............................................................................................................................................
Vote counting in Kansas GOP primary race enters final stage
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — County election officials across Kansas on Monday will begin deciding which provisional ballots from last week's primary election will count toward the final official vote totals, with possibility that they could create a new leader in the hotly contested Republican race for governor.
.............................................................................................................................................
One year after Charlottesville rally, Trump says he condemns all racism
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday he condemns "all types of racism and acts of violence," appealing for unity ahead of the anniversary of a deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Trump drew strong criticism in the days after the Charlottesville rally last year for equating white supremacists with counter-protesters and saying "both sides" were to blame.
.............................................................................................................................................
VP Pence unveils proposal for US Space Force
The plan for the sixth branch of the military needs approval from Congress.
.............................................................................................................................................
Blue Origin shows off BE-3U upper-stage rocket engine as its many efforts ramp up
Blue Origin, the space venture founded by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, is sharing a short video clip featuring the lesser-known rocket engine for its orbital-class New Glenn rocket. The spotlight on the hydrogen-fueled BE-3U engine comes amid reports that Blue Origin is rapidly ramping up its New Glenn development program — and amid questions over whether Blue Origin can start launching New Glenn by the end of 2020, as originally planned. There’s also lots of activity relating to other aspects of Bezos’ aspirations. This week, NASA awarded $13 million to Blue Origin to boost development of tipping-point technologies related to the… Read More
.............................................................................................................................................
Rep. Chris Collins Suspends Re-Election Campaign Following Indictment
Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.) announced Saturday he would not run for re-
.............................................................................................................................................
Dubai Lamborghini Speeder Is Unemployed And Disabled
25-year-old Farah Hashi is stranded in Dubai, refusing to pay a $45,000 speeding fine.
.............................................................................................................................................
Lift-Off! NASA Launches Parker Solar Probe To 'Touch The Sun'
We just got one step closer to "touching" the sun.
.............................................................................................................................................
Forget winged rats — photographer snaps some of the world's most unique and vibrant pigeons
Rather than focus on the gray, nondescript birds people usually associate with the term "pigeon," Leila Jeffreys captures the more vibrant varieties.
.............................................................................................................................................
Israel's Arab minority rallies against new nation-state law
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has defended the law, which says only Jews have the right of self-determination in the country and downgrades Arabic from an official language, saying it is necessary in order to fend off Palestinian challenges to Jewish self-determination. "The law legitimizes racism," said Laila al-Sana, 19, from a Bedouin village in Israel's southern Negev desert. Israel's Arab population comprises mainly descendants of the Palestinians who remained on their land after the 1948 war at the time of the creation of the modern state of Israel.
.............................................................................................................................................
Airline employee steals, crashes plane in Seattle
What can be done to stop similar incidents from happening? Aviation expert shares insight.
.............................................................................................................................................
AP analysis finds Democratic voters hold an enthusiasm edge
ATLANTA (AP) — Democratic voters were more enthusiastic than Republicans in nearly a dozen federal special elections since President Donald Trump took office, an Associated Press analysis found, giving party leaders hope that even a series of narrow losses in GOP territory bodes well for them in November.
.............................................................................................................................................
The Truth campaign took down teen smoking. Now it's going after JUUL.
JUUL is the vape giant that went from zero to $16 billion in three years. Truth Initiative is the largest anti-smoking organization in the United States. Both the company and the non-profit claim to have the same goal: helping smokers quit tobacco cigarettes. But Robin Koval, CEO and president of Truth Initiative, hasn't been shy about slamming JUUL.  SEE ALSO: Juul vapes will contribute to a dangerous e-waste crisis "The fact that JUUL is acting like, 'What, young people are using JUUL? We never intended that to happen,' is a little disingenuous," she said.  Oh yes, that. Teenagers love JUUL. Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat are filled with #juul references. These days, downtime at college is basically all about posting Stories of yourself JUULing to Drake.  The devices are sleek, small, and everywhere. There’s no need to refill them with liquid — just pop in a new JUULpod. They even recharge via USB. Unlike some vapes, they deliver a lot of nicotine. The company says each JUULpod contains 5 percent nicotine, about as much as a pack of cigarettes. Early on, the company reached plenty of young people on social media with ads of models living their best #vapelife.  The blowback from parents and the press has been severe. In response, JUUL removed models from its feeds, which now only feature ex-smokers sharing their stories. It committed $30 million to fighting underage use of its products. The company also has a secret shopping program to carry out "random compliance checks" to make sure retail stores aren't selling to minors.  Lol is this facts or nah? All i know is i like my juul! . . . . . #juulmemes #juulvapor #juuling #juulgang  #juulcentral #juulgang #juul #doit4juul #doitforstate #doit4state #juulpods #juulvapor #vaporizer #vapeporn #juulnation #vapefam #juultricks #vapelife #vapenation #juulskins #vapeon #smoke A post shared by Juul Candy (@juulcandy) on Aug 10, 2018 at 12:37am PDT Koval wants JUUL to do more. She dismissed the $30 million that JUUL is spending as a "rounding error" for a company that just raised $1.2 billion from investors.  "Frankly, if they really wanted to do something to impact youth sales, they could voluntarily comply with all of the rules that got postponed until 2022," she said.  During the Obama administration, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) determined that e-cigarette makers would have to submit their products for review by this summer. Trump administration officials delayed that deadline until 2022, saying that it didn't want to stifle innovation.  JUUL said that it supports "effective legislation and regulation," but hasn't stated support for the FDA rules. And the company has spent $240,000 on lobbyists in hopes of influencing e-cig regulations, according to Wired .  And not everyone is convinced that $30 million will keep young people from trying JUUL. "Tobacco companies have a long history of creating and promoting their own programs which they say are for 'youth smoking prevention,'" said Pamela Ling, professor at the University of California, San Francisco. Those programs were simply "PR tools to avoid regulation," she said. And JUUL could be following the same strategy.  "As far as I know, there is no published evidence that the JUUL youth program actually decreases youth use of JUUL." Then there's the issue of teen-friendly flavors, most notably mango and "fruit medley." Koval wants them off the market. JUUL insists fruity flavors help smokers who "don't want to be reminded of the tobacco-taste of a cigarette."  Helping smokers quit is a noble goal, of course. A study published earlier this year by University of Michigan researchers concluded that the "benefits outweigh the risks" when it comes to vaping — essentially, they save more lives by helping smokers quit than cost lives by hooking new smokers with nicotine.  Tobacco kills more than 7 million people each year, according to the World Health Organization. Several experts — including Koval — say it's better for people to vape than smoke tobacco cigarettes. But do they actually help people quit? Some studies say they're effective. On the other hand, a Georgia State University study from July found no evidence that vape use helped adult smokers quit at higher rates than smokers who didn't vape.  For teens, the stakes are even higher. Nicotine addiction could "harm the developing adolescent brain" and cause attention and mood disorders, said Adam Leventhal, director of the University of Southern California's Health, Emotion, & Addiction Laboratory. And earlier this year, a report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine found evidence that vaping could lead teenagers to try traditional tobacco cigarettes — the ultimate nightmare for anti-smoking activists.  JUUL said it would widely release mint and "Virginia Tobacco" JUULpods with less nicotine at 3 percent in October.  That's still enough nicotine to addict non-smokers. And there's another problem.  Leventhal said while lower nicotine levels could decrease the risk of teens getting addicted, JUUL is only releasing those new products in flavors teens don't like.  "Their sweet flavors like mango, fruit medley, and crème brulee are most popular among kids," he said.  JUUL is also entering the U.K. market, which limits nicotine levels to 1.7 percent.  "Why don’t they launch that here?" Koval said. "Clearly, they know that the product is going to be a lot more addictive with higher levels of nicotine, and that’s been the tobacco industry model since year one." That's not the kind of thing JUUL wants to hear. Underage use is the dark stain on an otherwise fairytale success story, and the company is determined to battle the perception that it's profiting from teen addiction.  "Amazon's Choice."Image: Amazon"JUUL is intended for current adult smokers only. We cannot be more emphatic on this point: no minor or non-nicotine user should ever try JUUL," the company said in response to the Truth Initiative's concerns.  So far, the government has taken minor action. The FDA sent a letter to JUUL and other e-cigarette makers in May requesting internal documents "to better understand the youth appeal" of their products. JUUL said it has complied with the FDA's request.  Tech companies could also do more to stop the spread of JUUL. Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat should provide more data on who is creating and consuming JUUL content, Koval said. And Amazon could stop selling skins — stickers that wrap around JUUL vapes — on its site. At the very least, it could remove the ones featuring cartoons and video games, including Rick and Morty and Fortnite .  "I don’t think young people are taking up JUUL because they want to get addicted to nicotine," Koval said. "They think it looks cool, it’s new, it comes in different flavors, and everyone is doing it."  With the help of those edgy "truth" ads, Truth Initiative saw teenage cigarette use in the U.S. drop from 23 percent in 2000 to less than 6 percent in 2018. It would be a shame if a product designed to help smokers quit actually stalled, or even reversed, that progress.  WATCH: Kids under the age of 21 are getting their hands on JUULs
.............................................................................................................................................
Man picked for Kansas election duties had past controversies
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The top assistant who Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach tapped Friday to take over his duties until the hotly contested Republican gubernatorial primary race with Gov. Jeff Colyer is resolved has been reprimanded in the past for his handling of abortion investigations.
.............................................................................................................................................
21 New Ways To Make Jalapeño Poppers
.............................................................................................................................................
The Caspian Sea: rich in oil and gas and caviar
The leaders of Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia and Turkmenistan are meeting in the Kazakh port city of Aktau on Sunday to sign a landmark deal on the Caspian Sea. The Caspian is the largest inland body of water in the world. The region's countries have long disputed whether the Caspian is a sea or a lake, which carries legal consequences.
.............................................................................................................................................
Lawrence O'Donnell Predicts The Humiliating Way Donald Trump's Presidency May End
Lawrence O'Donnell has imagined a scenario that could happen if President
.............................................................................................................................................
Crews make progress battling Southern California wildfire
Firefighters made significant progress trying to tamp down a wildfire that threatened homes and has been raging for days south of Los Angeles, officials said Saturday. Aircraft have been making flight after flight, dumping water and bright pink retardant to protect Lake Elsinore and other foothill communities as the fire sweeps through the dense, bone-dry brush of the Cleveland National Forest. The Holy Fire — named for Holy Jim Canyon, where it began Monday — grew to nearly 33 square miles (85 square kilometers) by Saturday morning.
.............................................................................................................................................
Lombok lifted 10 inches by quake that killed nearly 400
TANJUNG, Indonesia (AP) — Scientists say the powerful Indonesian earthquake that killed nearly 400 people lifted the island it struck by as much as 25 centimeters (10 inches).
.............................................................................................................................................
U.S. ambassador urges Britain to ditch support for Iran nuclear deal
The United States urged Britain on Sunday to ditch its support for a 2015 nuclear deal with Iran and instead join forces with Washington to counter the global threat it says Tehran poses. Despite opposition from European allies, U.S. President Trump in May pulled the United States out of a deal between world powers and Tehran under which international sanctions were lifted in return for curbs on Iran's nuclear program.
.............................................................................................................................................
Michael Avenatti's Message to Iowa Democrats 'When They Go Low...We Hit Harder'
Avenatti was the closing speaker at the Democratic Wing Ding in Clear Lake
.............................................................................................................................................
Tense confrontation amid peaceful vigils in Charlottesville
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The city of Charlottesville marked the anniversary of last summer's white supremacist violence that sent ripples through the country with largely peaceful vigils and other events, but police had a brief, tense confrontation with students angry over the heavy security presence there this weekend.
.............................................................................................................................................
Driver killed in alleged street racing crash on I-10
Investigators are on the scene of a deadly accident on the East Freeway.
.............................................................................................................................................
The 16 Best True Crime Books Of All Time
From 'Black Klansman' to 'In Cold Blood'
.............................................................................................................................................
Lake Elsinore residents react to Holy Fire evacuation orders
As the Holy Fire rages through a pocket of Riverside County for a fifth straight day, residents in Lake Elsinore have expressed mixed reactions to the evacuation orders.
.............................................................................................................................................
The Space Force, Like Trump, Is a Consummately American Grift
It probably won’t ever exist, and if it does, it will be a mostly land-based bureaucracy
.............................................................................................................................................
What To Watch On Netflix That’s New This Week
Streamline recommends "Disenchantment" as the thing to watch on Netflix this
.............................................................................................................................................
Eight bodies found in Indonesian plane crash
A 12-year-old boy is the sole survivor of a plane crash that killed eight people in mountainous eastern Indonesia, authorities said Sunday. The Swiss-made Pilatus aircraft lost contact with air traffic control Saturday during what was supposed to be a flight of around 40 minutes in remote Papua province. The wreckage of the plane was found in a heavily forested area on a mountain side in the Oksibil subdistrict on Sunday morning.
.............................................................................................................................................
Pre-Production Mid-Engined Corvettes Allegedly Being Built Today
Chevy can reportedly build them on the same assembly line at the existing Corvette.
.............................................................................................................................................
Japanese man detained in North Korea: report
A Japanese man has been detained in North Korea, and government officials are trying to gather information on his safety, the Asahi Shimbun reported on Saturday. It quoted one of the sources as saying that North Korea could use him as a bargaining chip in any future diplomatic talks. Japan, in addition to demanding that North Korea abandon its nuclear weapons and missile programs, has also sought the return of abductees kidnapped during the 1970s and 1980s.
.............................................................................................................................................
Pit bull's vicious attack of small dog in New York City caught on camera
A pit bull viciously attacked a Cavalier King Charles spaniel in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City -- and it was all caught on camera.
.............................................................................................................................................
'Devastating' wildfire threatens southern California homes
Hundreds of firefighters were building barriers and constructing containment lines early on Friday to slow an approaching wildfire, dubbed the Holy Fire, threatening to torch thousands of home southeast of Los Angeles. Yahaira Jacquez reports.
.............................................................................................................................................
26 Amazing Cakes To Bake For Mother's Day
.............................................................................................................................................
Here's How to Brag Without Making People Hate You
Better yet: Don't brag at all
.............................................................................................................................................
Markets Right Now: Turkish turmoil sends US stocks lower
NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):
.............................................................................................................................................
NASA explains need for protecting US assets in space
NASA administrator explains the purpose of President Trump's proposed Space Force.
.............................................................................................................................................
Missouri Voters Show Right-To-Work Is A Political Loser, Even In Trump States
On Tuesday, Missouri voters trounced a right-to-work law pushed by CEOs,
.............................................................................................................................................
Goats and Sheep Destined for Slaughter Escape New Jersey Auction, Make a Run for It
Police and bystanders round up most of the four-legged fugitives, but about 20 are still on the run.
.............................................................................................................................................
Baltimore officer suspended after caught on video punching man
The Baltimore Police Department quickly moved to suspend an officer after he was caught on video repeatedly punching a man on the street who refused to show his ID.
.............................................................................................................................................
Erdogan says will defend Turkey against economic attacks
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan pledged on Friday to defend Turkey against economic attacks and said increasing production, exports and employment was the best response to the country's challenges. Speaking to a crowd in the northeastern city of Bayburt, Erdogan said Turkey was facing artificial financial volatility, but that people who get excited about interest rates and foreign exchange prices would not win. The lira weakened after his comments. It was trading at 6.04 to the dollar at 1212 GMT, down around 8 percent on the day. ...
.............................................................................................................................................
Farmers in war-torn Afghanistan hit by worst drought in decades
After his wheat crop failed and wells dried up, Ghulam Abbas sold his animals and joined thousands of other farmers migrating to cities as Afghanistan's worst drought in living memory ravages the war-torn country. A huge shortfall in snow and rain across much of the country over the normally wet colder months decimated the winter harvest, threatening the already precarious livelihoods of millions of farmers and sparking warnings of severe food shortages. Like hundreds of farming families in Charkint village in the normally fertile northern province of Balkh, Abbas, 45, has moved with 11 family members to the provincial capital Mazar-i-Sharif to find work.
.............................................................................................................................................
North Carolina Man Nabs $200,000 Lottery Win Just in Time to Take Wife on 50th Anniversary Trip
He plans to go on vacation with the money.
.............................................................................................................................................
Mom Accused of Letting Teen Daughter Use Home as 'Drug Den'
A Missouri mother is accused of allowing people, including her teenage daughter, to do drugs in her home.
.............................................................................................................................................
Washington braces for white nationalists a year after Charlottesville clashes
The "Unite the Right 2" event was scheduled to take place at 5:30 p.m. (2130 GMT) in Lafayette Square, across the street from the White House. Authorities have promised an enormous police presence to keep both sides apart and avoid the street brawls that broke out last year in downtown Charlottesville. A local woman, Heather Heyer, was killed when an Ohio man, James Fields, drove his car into a crowd of counterprotesters.
.............................................................................................................................................
Elon Musk's Tweets Spark Lawsuits Against Tesla but He Won't Stop Tweeting
He doesn't seem worried about the lawsuits.
.............................................................................................................................................
Erdogan accuses US of waging economic 'war' against Turkey as he threatens to ‘look for new allies’
Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the US of waging economic “war” on Turkey amid a downturn that has seen the currency plunge. The warning came after his US counterpart, Donald Trump, escalated a feud by doubling tariffs on metals imports. Speaking in the northeastern province of Rize, Mr Erdogan said dollars, euros and gold were now "the bullets, cannonballs and missiles of the economic war being waged against our country”.
.............................................................................................................................................
Richard Russell: Family of Seattle plane hijacker speak of 'complete shock' at airline worker's death
The family of a "suicidal" airline employee who hijacked a passenger plane in Seattle have spoken of their shock and sadness at his death. Richard Russell, a ground service agent at Sea-Tac International Airport, took off in an empty 76-seater plane at the height of rush hour on Friday evening. The Horizon Airlines worker flew the plane for around an hour, committing a number of dangerous manoeuvres while being followed by military jets, before crashing into a small island in the Puget Sound at 8.47pm.
.............................................................................................................................................
Ford Announces Baby Bronco Will Be Based On The Focus
The rugged SUV will share components with the next-generation Escape.
.............................................................................................................................................
NASA launches probe to go deep into Sun's scorching atmosphere
The craft will endure extreme heat while zooming through the solar corona to study the Sun's outer atmosphere that gives rise to the solar winds. It is set to fly into the Sun's corona within 3.8 million miles (6.1 million km) of the solar surface, seven times closer than any other spacecraft. The corona gives rise to the solar wind, a continuous flow of charged particles that permeates the solar system and can cause havoc with communications technology on Earth.
.............................................................................................................................................
Tesla Model 3 Head Just Joined Apple’s Autonomous Car 'Project Titan'
This is big.
.............................................................................................................................................
Two police officers among four fatally shot in Canada
Police in Fredericton, a city of about 56,000 that is the capital of the province of New Brunswick, said a suspect was in custody and was being treated for serious injuries. A local health official said multiple shooting victims were being treated at one hospital. Officials identified the slain officers as Sara Mae Burns, 43, and Lawrence Robb Costello, 45.
.............................................................................................................................................
Rescue Teams Continue Unprecedented Effort To Save Young Sick Orca
Marine biologists missed a salmon delivery to a critically malnourished young
.............................................................................................................................................
11-year-old Thai bride returns from Malaysia after uproar
An 11-year-old child bride returned to Thailand this week following widespread outcry over her marriage to a Malaysian man 30 years her senior, an official told AFP on Saturday. Malaysian Muslims below the age of 16 are allowed to wed with the permission of religious courts but news of the union between the girl and the 41-year-old trader went viral on social media, reigniting calls to end child marriage. The ceremony took place in June over the border in Thailand's Muslim-majority south in Narathiwat province, where the girl returned to Wednesday in the wake of "immense pressure from Malaysian media", provincial governor Suraporn Prommool said.
.............................................................................................................................................
Iran gives most explicit rejection yet of US talks
Iran gave its most explicit rejection yet of talks with the United States on Saturday, and accused Washington of an "addiction to sanctions" over its latest spat with Turkey. The US reimposed harsh sanctions on Iran on Tuesday following its May withdrawal from a landmark 2015 nuclear agreement, dealing a heavy blow to the already troubled economy. US President Donald Trump has offered talks on a "more comprehensive deal" but Iran has baulked at negotiating under the pressure of sanctions and has instead leant on its increasingly close ties with fellow US sanctions targets Turkey and Russia.
.............................................................................................................................................
Hearing for Trump's US Supreme Court nominee set for Sept 4
The US Senate will begin its confirmation hearing on President Donald Trump's pick for the Supreme Court on September 4, a top lawmaker said Friday. The hearing process should last three to four days, Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley said, putting Republicans in position to meet their goal of getting Judge Brett Kavanaugh confirmed and onto the nine-member bench before its term begins in early October. "It's time for the American people to hear directly from Judge Kavanaugh at his public hearing," Grassley said in a statement.
.............................................................................................................................................
Bodies, wreckage will not be recovered in Alaska crash
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A small airplane that crashed in Alaska's Denali National Park, killing five people on board, will remain on a near-vertical mountainside because of the substantial risk to recovery crews, officials said Friday.
.............................................................................................................................................
Two police officers among four fatally shot in Canada
Police in Fredericton, a city of about 56,000 that is the capital of the province of New Brunswick, said a suspect was in custody and was being treated for serious injuries. A local health official said multiple shooting victims were being treated at one hospital. Officials identified the slain officers as Sara Mae Burns, 43, and Lawrence Robb Costello, 45.
.............................................................................................................................................
Charlottesville: Trump calls for unity - but divisions still run deep a year after deadly protests
For many, the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, on 12 August 2017 confirmed their worst fears about the impact of Donald Trump’s presidency. A white nationalist rally, called to protest against the removal of a Confederate statue, ended in tragedy with a counterprotester – 32-year-old Heather Heyer – being killed by a car driven through a crowd. A year on, Trump displayed on Saturday the statesmanlike behaviour that numerous members of congress, rights groups across the country, and many citizens thought was sorely lacking in the wake of the rally.
.............................................................................................................................................
7 Keto Chocolate Dessert Recipes To Make Right Now
Here's the sad truth about the keto diet: While it certainly has its health
.............................................................................................................................................
Qualcomm settles anti-trust case with Taiwan regulator for $93 million
TAIPEI/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Mobile chipmaker Qualcomm Inc will settle an anti-trust case with Taiwanese regulators for about $93 million, and has also pledged to invest $700 million in Taiwan over the next five years. The settlement replaces a fine of roughly $778 million imposed by Taiwan's Fair Trade Commission in 2017, when it accused the U.S. firm of refusing to sell chips to mobile handset makers that wouldn't agree to its patent-licensing terms. It was also accused of cutting iPhone maker Apple Inc a royalty discount in exchange for the exclusive use of Qualcomm's modem chips in the past.
.............................................................................................................................................
Albania hit by magnitudes 5.4 and 5.1 tremors; homes crack
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Northern Albania was struck Saturday by two earthquakes with preliminary magnitudes of 5.4 and 5.1, damaging scores of buildings, authorities said.
.............................................................................................................................................
Melania Trump's parents got US citizenship under programme slammed by Trump, lawyer confirms
The Slovenian-born parents of Melania Trump became US citizens at a naturalisation ceremony in New York on Thursday, reportedly taking advantage of a family reunification programme President Donald Trump has vehemently denounced. Mr Trump's in-laws Viktor and Amalija Knavs took the oath of citizenship, their immigration lawyer Michael Wildes confirmed to AFP. Asked by the New York Times if they had obtained citizenship under a programme derisively branded "chain migration" by the president, Mr Wildes replied: "I suppose." He said chain migration, which allows naturalised US citizens to sponsor close relatives for permanent residency, was a "dirtier" way of characterising what he called "a bedrock of our immigration process when it comes to family reunification." Trump has taken a hardline on immigration policy, criticising so-called chain migration. CHAIN MIGRATION cannot be allowed to be part of any legislation on Immigration!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 15 September 2017 The Republican president has said such a system steals jobs from Americans and threatens national security, calling for a merit-based system that gives preference to more educated, English-speaking professionals. Writing on Twitter in November, Mr Trump made his views on the system clear. Melania's parents, Viktor and Amalija Knavs, arriving to take the oath of citizenship with their attorney Michael Wildes in New York on Thursday 9 August  Credit: Seth Wenig/AP "CHAIN MIGRATION must end now! Some people come in, and they bring their whole family with them, who can be truly evil. NOT ACCEPTABLE!" He frequently cites the example of Sayfullo Saipov, a naturalized immigrant from Uzbekistan who drove a rented truck down a busy bike path in New York in October, killing eight people and injuring 12, to illustrate why the family reunification programme must be ended. From left: Amalija Knavs, Donald Trump, Melania Trump, Barron Trump, Santa Claus and Viktor Knavs at the Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach on December 25, 2008 Credit: Davidoff Studios/Getty Images Highlighting the administration's approach to immigration, the naturalisation took place as a Washington federal judge threatened to hold Attorney General Jeff Sessions in contempt of court after the government moved to deport a mother and daughter, despite an order halting such a move. The woman, referred to as "Carmen," and her daughter were part of a group of immigrants who had fled "extreme sexual and gang violence" in Central America, according to the American Civil Liberties Union. Viktor and Amalija Knavs, left, on stage with Donald Trump during the Republican National Convention at Quicken Loans Arena in July 2016 Credit: David Hume Kennerly/Getty Image It is not clear when the Knavs couple obtained their green cards, though their status as permanent residents was first revealed by Wildes in February. Melania Trump, the 48-year-old first lady, was their sponsor, Mt Wildes told the Times. Under US law they must have been permanent residents for five years before applying to become citizens, and the time to process an application can take several months thereafter. Viktor Knavs, a car salesman in Slovenia, and Amalija, who worked in a textile factory, are over 70 years old, retired and pass much of the year in the United States, where they regularly spend time with their daughter and grandson Barron.
.............................................................................................................................................
North Korea will preserve know-how despite denuclearisation: FM
North Korea will preserve its nuclear know-how despite its promise of denuclearisation to the United States, Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho said during a visit to Tehran, Iranian media reported on Thursday. Despite the agreement to denuclearise the Korean peninsula struck during a landmark summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un and US President Donald Trump, "we preserve our nuclear science as we know that the Americans will not abandon their hostility toward us," Ri said, according to the conservative Mehr news agency.
.............................................................................................................................................
Crews make progress battling Southern California wildfire
LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters made significant progress trying to tamp down a wildfire that threatened homes and has been raging for days south of Los Angeles, officials said Saturday.
.............................................................................................................................................
Latest: Student rally organizer critical of police response
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The Latest on events marking the anniversary of white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia (all times local):
.............................................................................................................................................
Alaska Airlines, Horizon Air CEOs speak after Seattle crash
News conference is held after theft of commercial plane causes a scare in Seattle.
.............................................................................................................................................
Missouri Voters Show Right-To-Work Is A Political Loser, Even In Trump States
On Tuesday, Missouri voters trounced a right-to-work law pushed by CEOs,
.............................................................................................................................................
Turkey is a 'target of economic war', Erdogan says
Speaking after U.S. President Donald Trump doubled tariffs on Turkish steel and aluminum imports, Erdogan described Friday's 18 percent fall in the lira to a record low as the 'missiles' of an economic war waged against Turkey. Erdogan said those who plotted against Turkey in a failed coup attempt in July 2016 were now trying to target the country through its economy, and pledged to fight back. "Those who can't compete with us on the ground have brought online fictional currency plots that have nothing to with the realities of our country, production and real economy," Erdogan told a provincial meeting of his AK Party in the Black Sea coastal town of Rize.
.............................................................................................................................................
Solano County fire prompts evacuations in Fairfield, Vacaville
A grass fire broke out in the Paradise Valley area of Fairfield, Calif., on Friday afternoon.
.............................................................................................................................................
Holy fIre spreads, communities threatened
From the air and on the ground, hundreds of firefighters continued the battle against the advancing flames of southern California's Holy Fire Thursday night, although the blaze was still only five percent contained. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
.............................................................................................................................................
Richard Russell: Well-liked airline worker who died after stealing plane in Seattle
They were not his last words but they revealed something of Richard Russell's story as he sat at the controls of a stolen passenger aircraft, a few hundred feet above the ground. “I’ve got a lot of people that care about me," he told air traffic controllers. "It’s going to disappoint them to hear that I did this.” Minutes later he was dead. The empty Bombardier Q400 turboprop aircraft nosedived into island in Puget Sound, not far from Seattle.  Relatives and friends of the 29-year-old said they were struggling to reconcile the rogue pilot - whose actions closed an international airport and sent F-15 fighters scrambling into the air - with the likeable young man they knew. His family - who knew him as "Beebo" - expressed their heartbreak. Seattle plane crash "This is a complete shock to us," they said in a statement read by a friend. "We are devastated by these events, and Jesus is truly the only one holding this family together right now. Without him, we would be hopeless." They also referenced those conversations with air traffic controllers. "As the voice recordings show, Beebo's intent was not to harm anyone. He was right in saying that there are so many people who have loved him," they said. Rick Christenson, a former operational supervisor with Horizon Air, told The Seattle Times: “He was a quiet guy. It seemed like he was well liked by the other workers. “I feel really bad for Richard and for his family. I hope they can make it through this.” Richard Russell, who liked to be called Beebo, is seen in an undated photograph from a video he produced for his Youtube channel Credit: YouTube/Reuters Officials were quick to point out his work for Horizon as a ground service agent - which included working with baggage handlers and towing aircraft - meant he had cleared the background checks necessary to clean and maintain aircraft. In a video posted on YouTube last December, Russell showed luggage coming on and off aircraft, as he described the life of a ground service agent. "That means I lift a lot of bags, like a lot of bags, so many bags," he said, before adding that also allowed him to travel widely. There was no mention in the social media posts of studying to become a pilot but in some posts he spoke of his Christian religious faith and the possibility of joining the military. Authorities say he flew for about hour after taking the plane from a maintenance area of Seattle-Tacome International Airport, at times performing stunts such as a barrel role. The local sheriff's department said it believed he was suicidal. His posts said he met his wife in Oregon in 2010. "We were married one year later, and one month after that we opened a bakery which we successfully ran for 3 years," he wrote on his web page. "We consider ourselves bakery connoisseurs and have to try a new one every place we go." The couple later moved to Washington state, where he got a job with Horizon. His wife could not immediately be reached for comment.
.............................................................................................................................................
Macron says he discussed hunger striker Sentsov with Putin
PARIS/MOSCOW (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron spoke by phone to Russia's Vladimir Putin about the case of a Ukrainian filmmaker who is on hunger strike in Russian jail, Macron's office said on Friday. "The President of the Republic conveyed to President Putin his concerns, given that the health of Mr Sentsov seems to have worsened dangerously, and the importance that Russia urgently finds a humanitarian solution to the situation," a statement from Macron's Elysee Palace said.
.............................................................................................................................................
Torture of terror suspect at CIA black site operated by current director Gina Haspel detailed in newly declassified cables
Current CIA director Gina Haspel talked in detail about torturing a terror suspect by means of waterboarding and other controversial methods while she was running a secret black site in Thailand, according to previously classified cables. Heavily redacted documents, many of which are believed to have been written by Ms Haspel, reveal a previously undisclosed level of detail about the methods being employed by the CIA following the 9/11 attacks and after George Bush launched his so-called war on terror. The cables dating from 2002 detail actions taken against suspect Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, who in one interrogation, according to the documents, had his clothes ripped from him as he “whimpered that he would do anything his interrogators required”.
.............................................................................................................................................
Fredericton shooting: Two police officers among four dead in second Canadian shooting in three weeks
Gunfire broke out at around around 7am in an apartment complex on Brookside Drive in Fredericton, a city of almost 60,000 people which is the capital of New Brunswick province. Police Chief Leanne Fitch identified one of the slain officers as Robb Costello, 45. Ms Fitch said Sarah May Burns, 43, was also killed.
.............................................................................................................................................
NFL Player Cameron Jordan Rips 'Goober' Donald Trump's Criticism Of Kneeling Protests
NFL player Cameron Jordan has called out President Donald Trump over his
.............................................................................................................................................
North Korea hits out at US diplomats over sanctions and demands to denuclearise
North Korea has denounced the US for continuing to call for the enforcement of international sanctions, despite its “goodwill measures”, in the latest sign of growing frustrations between the two countries. The isolated nation’s foreign ministry accused Washington of following an “outdated acting script” and said any moves towards denuclearisation are being jeopardised. It said Pyongyang had stopped nuclear and missile tests, dismantled a nuclear testing site and returned the remains of some US soldiers killed in the 1950-53 Korean War.
.............................................................................................................................................
Iraq PM to visit Iran, Turkey as US sanctions bite
Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is to visit top trading partners Turkey and Iran next week, an official said Saturday, days after Washington slapped new sanctions on Tehran and piled economic pressure on Ankara. Abadi "will head to Turkey on Tuesday and Iran on Wednesday to discuss economic affairs with the two countries," the official said on condition of anonymity.
.............................................................................................................................................
Audio of Airline Employee Who Stole Plane
Investigators worked to find out how an airline employee stole an empty Horizon Air turboprop plane, took off from Sea-Tac International Airport and crashed into a small island in the Puget Sound after being chased by military jets. (Aug. 11)
.............................................................................................................................................
Monsanto known for controversial chemicals
From "Agent Orange" and DDT to genetically modified crops, Monsanto has long been associated with controversial chemicals, but a US court order for it to pay damages because one of its herbicides may cause cancer could open the door to thousands more claims against the company. A California jury on Friday ordered the US agrochemicals giant -- which was taken over by Germany's Bayer in June -- to pay nearly $290 million in compensation to a groundskeeper diagnosed with cancer after he repeatedly used Monsanto's weed killer, Roundup. The lawsuit built on 2015 findings by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, part of the UN World Health Organization, which classified Roundup's main ingredient glyphosate as a probable carcinogen.
.............................................................................................................................................
Kavanaugh in memo argued against indicting sitting president
WASHINGTON (AP) — Confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will begin the day after Labor Day, Republicans said, sparking Democratic objections that they are rushing the process without properly delving into his background.
.............................................................................................................................................
The 75 Most Delish Skinny Pastas
.............................................................................................................................................
Police charge man in shooting in Fredericton, Canada
Police charged Matthew Vincent Raymond, 48, with four counts of first degree murder, according to a statement on Saturday. The four people killed, including police officers Sara Mae Burns, 43, and Lawrence Robb Costello, 45, were shot at an apartment complex in Fredericton, capital of the province of New Brunswick.
.............................................................................................................................................
Trump tells Democrats not to distance themselves from Pelosi
President Trump sends a message to the Democrats about Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
.............................................................................................................................................
4 Women File Lawsuit Against Nike Alleging Unequal Pay
They also claimed that the work environment allowed sexual harassment
.............................................................................................................................................
Baltimore officer suspended after punching incident recorded
BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore police officer was suspended Saturday after a video surfaced online showing him repeatedly punching a man and knocking him down over steps on a sidewalk in a recording that lasts about 30 seconds and the city's interim police commissioner said "deeply disturbed" him.
.............................................................................................................................................
Erdogan says U.S. turned its back on Turkey, upsetting Ankara
The United States has turned its back on its NATO ally Turkey over a Christian American pastor and such treatment has annoyed and upset Ankara, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday. "If the U.S. is turning its back on us...choosing a pastor instead, sorry...we continue our path with decisive steps," Erdogan told a crowd of supporters in Black Sea coastal city of Rize. "This treatment by America of its strategic partner has annoyed us, it has upset us." The two governments have been at odds over a wide range of topics - from diverging interests in Syria, to Turkey's ambition to buy Russian defense systems and the case of evangelical pastor Andrew Brunson, who is on trial in Turkey on terrorism charges.
.............................................................................................................................................
Elon Musk Shares Incredible Story Of How His Tweet Changed a Woman’s Life
Johnna Sabri thanked Musk on her Medium page.
.............................................................................................................................................
NTSB Investigators Hopeful They Will Find Black Box from Stolen Plane Crash in Washington
Federal investigators say a stolen Horizon Air turboprop plane broke into many pieces when it crashed into a heavily wooded area on an island in the Puget Sound.
.............................................................................................................................................
The 154 Most Delish Low-Carb Dishes
..........................................................................................................................................