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White House warns Syria may be readying chemical attack
Mon, 26 Jun 2017 22:16:39 -0400

White House warns Syria may be readying chemical attackThe White House warned strongman Bashar Assad that his regime would pay heavily for the slaughter of civilians.


Kushner Meeting With Russian Bank Is Weird
Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:24:41 -0400

Kushner Meeting With Russian Bank Is WeirdRachel Maddow relays a description of Russia's state-run VEB bank as not being a bank in the traditional way, making Jared Kushner's meeting with the chairman of that bank during the Trump transition all the weirder.


Al Franken: Democrats ‘gotta stop riding in limousines’
Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:45:52 -0400

Al Franken: Democrats ‘gotta stop riding in limousines’The Minnesota senator admits his party has a public perception problem — but not as big as the GOP’s when it comes to health care.


Boston man found guilty of murder in 'Baby Doe' case
Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:50:23 -0400

Boston man found guilty of murder in 'Baby Doe' caseMichael McCarthy, 37, escaped conviction on the more serious charge of first-degree murder for allegedly punching 2-1/2-year-old Bella Bond to death in the apartment he shared with his former girlfriend, Rachelle Bond, and dumping her plastic-wrapped body in Massachusetts Bay. Defense attorney Jonathan Shapiro had tried to undercut Bond's testimony during the trial, which included describing seeing McCarthy punch the child so hard that her body bounced off a bed. Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley told reporters after the verdict was read that Bond's testimony was truthful.


Mystery of missing Chinese scholar shakes up Illinois school
Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:08:57 -0400

Mystery of missing Chinese scholar shakes up Illinois schoolCHICAGO (AP) — Yingying Zhang, the daughter of a working-class factory driver from China, took the same career path as many other young Chinese academics before her: She travelled to a university in the U.S. with dreams of one day landing a professorship and being able to help her parents financially.


Basically Everyone but Russia Now Looks on the U.S. Less Favorably
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 10:46:56 -0400

Basically Everyone but Russia Now Looks on the U.S. Less FavorablyThe U.S. is less popular under Trump.


Pilot Tells Passengers to 'Pray' During Shaky Flight That Was 'Like Being in a Washing Machine'
Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:12:00 -0400

Pilot Tells Passengers to 'Pray' During Shaky Flight That Was 'Like Being in a Washing Machine'The pilot sounded calm, but was heard telling passengers he was scared too.


Are Whales Methodically Killing South Africa’s Great White Sharks?
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 11:37:51 -0400

Are Whales Methodically Killing South Africa’s Great White Sharks?The great white sharks were found dead, their livers removed as if by a surgeon. Some were missing testicles and a heart.


Former GOP Rep. Jolly: Affordable Care Act gave me a ‘safety net’
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 09:32:55 -0400

Former GOP Rep. Jolly: Affordable Care Act gave me a ‘safety net’A Florida Republican who earlier campaigned against the Affordable Care Act came to a new view of it after he lost his insurance coverage.


All the President's Lies
Mon, 26 Jun 2017 15:39:59 -0400

All the President's LiesThe New York Times Sunday published an extraordinary definitive list of the more than 100 lies Donald Trump has told as president. Lawrence O'Donnell talks to Stuart Thompson, who worked on the piece.


Israel strikes Hamas bases in Gaza after rocket: officials
Mon, 26 Jun 2017 22:13:23 -0400

Israel strikes Hamas bases in Gaza after rocket: officialsIsraeli airstrikes hit a series of targets in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip overnight, officials said, hours after a rocket from the Palestinian enclave landed in the Jewish state. Strikes were recorded in at least three locations in Gaza, Palestinian security sources and eyewitnesses said, with Hamas bases struck near the southern city of Rafah and Gaza City, as well as open land southeast of Gaza City. The Palestinian health ministry said there were no immediate reports of injuries, but an AFP photographer in Gaza saw at least one man bleeding being taken for treatment from a house near the base.


Huckabee Sanders faces off with reporter at daily briefing
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 16:04:43 -0400

Huckabee Sanders faces off with reporter at daily briefingDuring Tuesday’s daily briefing, White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Sentinel newspaper reporter Brian Karen had a heated exchange after Sanders criticized the press for its coverage of the Trump White House, citing the retracted CNN story.


Female teacher arrested for allegedly having sex with student in car
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:45:52 -0400

Female teacher arrested for allegedly having sex with student in carA female substitute teacher has been arrested and charged with alleged sexual contact with a 17-year-old student in Missouri. Loryn Barclay, 24, has been charged with purportedly having sex with the student in his car and at his home on numerous occasions between November 2016 and January 2017. A local police officer who also serves at the school, Jay Jastal, was tipped off about the possible relationship.


Police: Girl's actions caused her to fall from NY park ride
Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:08:06 -0400

Police: Girl's actions caused her to fall from NY park rideQUEENSBURY, N.Y. (AP) — A teenage girl's actions, not mechanical malfunctions, caused her to slip under a restraining bar on an amusement park gondola ride before falling into the arms of bystanders below, police said Monday.


Dozens missing after Colombian tourist boat sinks in reservoir
Mon, 26 Jun 2017 07:26:33 -0400

Dozens missing after Colombian tourist boat sinks in reservoirNine people died and 28 are missing after a multidecked tourist boat carrying about 170 passengers sank in Colombia’s Penol-Guatape reservoir on Sunday during the long holiday weekend, a government official said. Ninety-nine people were rescued, Margarita Moncada, the head of disaster relief for Antioquia province, told journalists.


Nigeria's Buhari sends first message since taking sick leave on May 7: presidency sources
Mon, 26 Jun 2017 08:54:30 -0400

Nigeria's Buhari sends first message since taking sick leave on May 7: presidency sourcesBy Felix Onuah ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has delivered an audio message to mark the Islamic Eid al-Fitr holiday, two senior presidency sources said, his first public statement since he left for Britain on medical leave on May 7. Buhari, a Muslim from the north, made the address, calling for peace and unity, in the Hausa language spoken widely in that part of the country. The presidency did not release video footage or photographs of Buhari making the recording heard by Reuters in which the president's voice sounds weak.


China's verdant 'forest city' will fight pollution with a million plants
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 16:17:26 -0400

China's verdant 'forest city' will fight pollution with a million plantsIf tree-covered skyscrapers act like enormous air filters, this cluster of buildings will be a clean air oasis. China has broken ground on a "forest city" in the southern city of Liuzhou. The development, which will span two-thirds of a mile along the Liujiang River, involves blanketing offices, apartments, hotels, and schools with more than a million plants and about 40,000 trees. SEE ALSO: How drones are helping to plant trees The verdant towers will help soak up urban air pollution, produce clean oxygen, and boost local biodiversity. The greenery also provides shade on sunny days and acts as an insulating blanket during winter, allowing tenants to use less heating and electricity. Liuzhou Forest City will span 175 hectares, or 0.67 miles, along the Liujiang River.Image: stefano boeri architettiIf the concept sounds familiar, that's because these buildings are the work of Stefano Boeri Architetti, the same architecture firm behind the two "vertical forest" buildings planned for Nanjing in eastern China.  Liuzhou city officials commissioned the Italian company to build the development, which will host about 30,000 people and be connected to the main Liuzhou city — population 3.8 million — via a fast-rail line used by electric cars. The forest city, now under construction, is expected to be completed by 2020, the Milan-based architects confirmed by email. 'Vertical forest' buildings in the Liuzhou development.Image: stefano boeri architettiThe development is a flashy but tiny effort to combat the dangerous smog and toxic air pollution that's choking China's industrialized cities. It comes as China is building more wind and solar power than any country in the world to slash emissions from coal plants, factories, and vehicles, and to combat climate change. Stefano Boeri's firm, which recently completed two verdant towers in Milan, is planning to expand into other smoggy cities, including China's Shijiazhuang, Guizhou, Shanghai, and Chongqing. In the Liuzhou Forest City, buildings, parks, and gardens will absorb almost 10,000 tons of carbon dioxide and 57 tons of fine dust pollutants per year, while producing about 900 tons of oxygen, the architects said in a press release.  By comparison, the two green towers in Nanjing will absorb 25 tons of carbon dioxide and produce 0.06 tons of oxygen.  An electric railway will link the 'forest city' to the main Liuzhou city.Image: stefano boeri architettiBeyond sucking up toxic air, the urban greenery is also expected to stifle noise pollution and support biodiversity by providing a habitat for the local birds, insects, and small animals that inhabit Liuzhou. The project will include residential areas, commercial and recreational spaces, plus two schools and a hospital. Along with plants, the buildings will also feature rooftop solar panels to produce clean electricity and use geothermal energy systems for interior air-conditioning. Stefano Boeri Architetti said the Liuzhou Forest City represents its broader effort to design a "new generation" of architecture and urban environments to address climate change. WATCH: China's big, beautiful, green 'vertical forests' will suck up toxic smog


HMS Queen Elizabeth Still Uses Windows XP
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 07:21:30 -0400

HMS Queen Elizabeth Still Uses Windows XPInstead of an updated operating system, the HMS Queen Elizabeth has opted for a group of cyber specialists on board to ward off virtual attacks.


‘He colluded or obstructed’: Trump turns Russia suspicions against Obama
Mon, 26 Jun 2017 10:54:50 -0400

‘He colluded or obstructed’: Trump turns Russia suspicions against ObamaU.S. President Donald Trump speaks before signing the “VA Accountability Act” in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., June 23, 2017. Under fire from Justice Department and congressional investigations, President Trump on Monday attempted to deflect suspicion of collusion with Russia and obstruction of justice onto his predecessor. In a string of tweets, Trump said it was former President Obama who “colluded or obstructed” for not taking more decisive action against Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election.


Russia FM Lavrov urges US to prevent 'provocations' in Syria
Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:55:24 -0400

Russia FM Lavrov urges US to prevent 'provocations' in SyriaRussian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday urged US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to prevent "provocations" against Syrian government forces, the foreign ministry said. In a phone call initiated by Tillerson, Lavrov "called on Washington to take steps to prevent provocations against Syrian government forces carrying out operations against terrorists," it said in a statement.



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