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Trump continues crusade against Sessions with a fresh line of attack
Wed, 26 Jul 2017 11:23:06 -0400

Trump continues crusade against Sessions with a fresh line of attackPresident Trump continued his public campaign against his own attorney general, Jeff Sessions, on Wednesday, knocking his longtime ally for not replacing acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe. Trump, who fired James Comey as FBI director in May, also has the authority to replace McCabe. It’s unclear why Trump is singling out Sessions on the issue, other than to add pressure as he reportedly mulls firing him.


Condemned killer arrives at death house ahead of execution
Tue, 25 Jul 2017 14:07:52 -0400

Condemned killer arrives at death house ahead of executionCOLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A condemned killer in Ohio arrived at the death house a day ahead of his scheduled execution Wednesday with several requests for a delay pending before the U.S. Supreme Court.


California Man Arrested For Smuggling King Cobra Into US In Potato Chip Cans
Tue, 25 Jul 2017 23:54:26 -0400

California Man Arrested For Smuggling King Cobra Into US In Potato Chip CansFederal agents arrested a California man for smuggling king cobras into the U.S. in potato chip cans. They also found tanks with a live baby Morelet’s crocodile, alligator snapping turtles, and other reptiles protected under law.


No Air, No Water: Surviving Immigrant Recalls Tractor-Trailer Horror The Killed 10
Tue, 25 Jul 2017 09:31:00 -0400

No Air, No Water: Surviving Immigrant Recalls Tractor-Trailer Horror The Killed 10Adan Lara Vega said screaming children begged for water but received none.


Progress with Russia over air-defence system: Erdogan
Tue, 25 Jul 2017 09:37:17 -0400

Progress with Russia over air-defence system: ErdoganTurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday announced progress in talks to get Russia to supply its latest S-400 air-defence system to Ankara. "We have signed with Russia. God willing, we will see S-400s in our country," Erdogan said in a speech to his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) lawmakers in parliament.


Two People Injured In Korean War-Era Plane Crash Near Texas Airport
Wed, 26 Jul 2017 12:56:56 -0400

Two People Injured In Korean War-Era Plane Crash Near Texas AirportFederal authorities say the fuselage of the vintage plane came apart as it crash-landed, but fortunately the pilot and passenger survived.


GE, Invenergy build wind farm in Oklahoma, biggest in the U.S.
Wed, 26 Jul 2017 18:59:52 -0400

GE, Invenergy build wind farm in Oklahoma, biggest in the U.S.(Reuters) - Power development company Invenergy LLC and General Electric Co on Wednesday announced plans to build the largest wind farm in the United States in Oklahoma, part of a $4.5 billion project to provide electricity to 1.1 million utility customers in the region. The 2-gigawatt Wind Catcher wind farm is under construction in the Oklahoma panhandle and will come online in 2020. The facility will be linked to a 350-mile dedicated power line that will send the wind farm's electricity to Tulsa.


The Latest: Man slain at protest in western Venezuela
Wed, 26 Jul 2017 15:59:28 -0400

The Latest: Man slain at protest in western VenezuelaCARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The latest on Venezuela, where a two-day national strike has been called beginning Wednesday to protest President Nicolas Maduro's plans to rewrite the country's constitution (all times local):


Imagining Trump’s big, beautiful wall. You might have to.
Tue, 25 Jul 2017 14:33:50 -0400

Imagining Trump’s big, beautiful wall. You might have to.The ever-evolving vision for the wall President Trump wants to build along the border with Mexico got some new details earlier this month, the latest in the growing list of specifications for meeting Trump’s signature campaign promise — which is still in need of a source of funding.


Philippines to consult ASEAN on joint China sea oil search
Wed, 26 Jul 2017 06:02:48 -0400

Philippines to consult ASEAN on joint China sea oil searchThe Philippines tried Wednesday to reassure Southeast Asian neighbours about its proposal to partner with Beijing in oil exploration in the disputed South China Sea, promising to consult them on any plans. President Rodrigo Duterte has softened his predecessor's policy opposing China's claims -- which expand to nearly the entire sea -- causing alarm among neighbouring Southeast Asian countries, which also hold partial claims. On Monday Duterte said his government was in talks with China over joint drilling for natural resources in the sea, reversing years of tensions.


Father of teen abused by female teacher claims school threatened boy with paddling for 'spreading rumours'
Tue, 25 Jul 2017 06:17:00 -0400

Father of teen abused by female teacher claims school threatened boy with paddling for 'spreading rumours'The family of an eighth-grade boy who was abused by his teacher say the school threatened to paddle him as punishment for “spreading rumours”. Jennifer Caswell, 31, was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2015 for sex crimes against the student, who is thought to be 15 years old. The teenager, who has not been identified, was allegedly told to “keep his mouth closed” by Marty Webb, the Principal of the high school he attended in Oklahoma.


Passengers Stranded In Vegas, Stay In Vegas
Tue, 25 Jul 2017 13:42:48 -0400

Passengers Stranded In Vegas, Stay In VegasAllegiant Air left over 200 passengers in Las Vegas for four days after a canceled Oklahoma City-bound flight.


EU court rejects 'open-door' policy and upholds right of member states to deport refugees 
Wed, 26 Jul 2017 07:34:28 -0400

EU court rejects 'open-door' policy and upholds right of member states to deport refugees In a ruling which could have far-reaching consequences for how the European Union deals with migrants in future, the European Court of Justice on Wednesday upheld the right of member states to deport asylum-seekers to the first EU country they enter. The ruling amounted to an effective rejection of Angela Merkel’s controversial “open-door” refugee policy, which saw more than one million asylum-seekers flood into Germany. The court ruled that the EU’s Dublin regulations, under which refugees must seek asylum in the first member state they enter, still apply despite the unprecedented influx of 2015. In doing so, the court ignored the advice of Eleanor Sharpston, its British advocate-general, who warned that the system could leave border states “unable to cope”. The court ruled on the cases of two Afghan sisters and a Syrian man who entered the EU during the 2015 crisis. The Jafari sisters, Khadija and Zainab, entered the EU through Croatia after fleeing Afghanistan with their children. At the time, Mrs Merkel had opened Germany’s borders to migrants and Austria was operating a similar policy. Croatia allowed the sisters and their children to cross its territory in order to reach one of the two countries. Peter Foster talks about Merkel's migrant crisis one year on 01:52 They claimed asylum in Austria, but the Austrian government later reversed its position and returned the families to Croatia, ordering them to seek asylum there. The sisters challenged the decision, arguing they should be given asylum in Austria as they had been allowed to cross Croatia and had not entered its territory illegally. In a second case, an unnamed Syrian man challenged his deportation from Slovenia to Croatia under similar circumstances. The court rejected the challenges, ruling that the fact Croatia had allowed the migrants to cross its territory did not mean the Dublin rules had been waived. The ruling will be welcomed in central European countries like Austria and Slovenia, where there is considerable political resistance to letting in more migrants. But it will cause concern in the countries where most migrants first enter the EU, Italy and Greece, which complain the system leaves them to shoulder too much of the burden. FAQ | Dublin Regulation The court’s decision was unexpected, after the judges took the unusual step of ignoring the advice of the advocate-general. In a written opinion issued last month, Ms Sharpston warned that the Dublin system “was simply not designed to cover such exceptional circumstances”. “If border member states, such as Croatia, are deemed to be responsible for accepting and processing exceptionally high numbers of asylum-seekers, there is a real risk that they will simply be unable to cope with the situation,” she wrote. While the ruling will be seen as a victory by many in central Europe, Hungary and Slovakia suffered a setback in a separate case over EU quotas for sharing asylum-seekers between member states. In an opinion presented to the court, Yves Bot, another advocate-general, said the court should reject a bid by the two countries to have the quota system overturned.


First prototype of NASA’s deep space habitat will be made of recycled Space Shuttle parts
Wed, 26 Jul 2017 19:12:16 -0400

First prototype of NASA’s deep space habitat will be made of recycled Space Shuttle parts

Sending astronauts to Mars and beyond is something that's definitely on the minds of both NASA and other space agencies around the world, but before any scientific group can line up their budgets and make a real case for manned missions into deep space they need a feasible way to keep those travelers alive and well during their journey. In a newly-awarded contract with Lockheed Martin, NASA's very first deep space habitat will finally enter the prototyping stage, but not everything about the craft will be made from scratch. 

Looking back in time to the Space Shuttle era, Lockheed Martin plans to repurpose a cargo container that was designed to be used to deliver cargo to the International Space Station to provide the platform within which to build the new living space.

The unit, which will be a full-scale prototype, and will be constructed at the Kennedy Space Center in partnership with a "next-generation deep space avionics lab." The hardware being refurbished — called the Donatello Multi-Purpose Logistics Module — will provide much of its rigid structure, but the interior will obviously be quite a bit different from how it was originally designed. It is being designed to be fully autonomous when the astronauts are not on board, allowing it to operate during extended stints in space without any passengers.

In manufacturing the habitat, Lockheed Martin plans to use both virtual reality and augmented reality to rapidly prototype and iterate on its design while reducing costs and speeding up construction. The total build time is expected to be just 18 months.


Wildfires force French Riviera evacuations
Wed, 26 Jul 2017 11:34:18 -0400

Wildfires force French Riviera evacuationsFrench authorities ordered the evacuation of up to 12,000 people around a picturesque hilltop town in the southern Côte d’Azur region as fires hopscotched around the Mediterranean coast for a third day Wednesday.


Small plane misses cars but kills 4 aboard in highway crash
Wed, 26 Jul 2017 20:11:03 -0400

Small plane misses cars but kills 4 aboard in highway crashSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A small plane crashed on a Utah highway Wednesday, killing two couples heading for a vacation but narrowly missing cars when it barreled across the lanes through a gap in traffic.


U.S. energy secretary duped into fake interview with Russian comedians
Wed, 26 Jul 2017 07:05:35 -0400

U.S. energy secretary duped into fake interview with Russian comediansBy Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry optimistically discussed expanding American coal exports to Ukraine and other energy matters during a lengthy phone call this month with a Russian prankster who Perry thought was Ukraine's prime minister. Perry actually was talking with comedians known in Russia for targeting celebrities and politicians with audacious stunts, Energy Department spokeswoman Shaylyn Hynes said in a written statement. Pranksters Vladimir Krasnov and Alexei Stolyarov are sometimes called the "Jerky Boys of Russia," after an American duo who put out recordings of their prank phone calls in the 1990s.


Trump slams Sessions as he reportedly considers firing his own AG
Tue, 25 Jul 2017 08:06:09 -0400

Trump slams Sessions as he reportedly considers firing his own AGThe president continued to attack his attorney general early Tuesday, railing against the nation’s top law enforcement officer in a series of tweets.


Hop on! Wild rabbits surf on sheep to flee New Zealand flood
Wed, 26 Jul 2017 12:29:30 -0400

Hop on! Wild rabbits surf on sheep to flee New Zealand floodWELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — It was a woolly ride, but three wild rabbits managed to escape rising floodwaters in New Zealand by clambering aboard sheep and surfing to safety on their backs.


Mother comes home to find child covered in blood and saying she was sexually abused
Tue, 25 Jul 2017 10:10:00 -0400

Mother comes home to find child covered in blood and saying she was sexually abusedA North Carolina woman has told authorities she returned home from work recently to find her seven-year-old daughter covered in blood, claiming to have been sexually assaulted. The girl told her mother she had been assaulted by Brentley Jason Breyers, the man she refers to as “father,” according to police. The woman told authorities she had left her four children with Mr Bryers on Friday morning while she went to work.



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