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Interstate Left Covered In Fish After Hurricane Florence Floodwaters Recede
Sun, 23 Sep 2018 16:42:29 -0400

Interstate Left Covered In Fish After Hurricane Florence Floodwaters RecedeFirefighters in North Carolina put their hoses to a different use over the


Women Walk Out Across The Country In Support Of Kavanaugh's Accusers
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 13:20:59 -0400

Women Walk Out Across The Country In Support Of Kavanaugh's AccusersAt 1 p.m. on Monday, supporters of the women who accused Supreme Court nominee


Militants attack Iran military parade, killing at least 25
Sat, 22 Sep 2018 18:32:09 -0400

Militants attack Iran military parade, killing at least 25Militants disguised as soldiers killed at least 25 and wounded over 60 in the deadliest terror attack to strike Iran in nearly a decade.


After Idlib deal, Turkey faces tough task to oust jihadists
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 00:32:56 -0400

After Idlib deal, Turkey faces tough task to oust jihadistsA Russia-Turkey deal may have stopped a regime assault on Syria's Idlib for now, but analysts are sceptical that rebel backer Ankara can impose it on the jihadists who dominate the area. Under the agreement announced Monday, a demilitarised zone is to be set up aroundIdlib, one of the country's last major jihadist and rebel bastions on the border with Turkey. "I don't see how Turkey will be able to impose its will on jihadists," Syria expert Fabrice Balanche said.


James Woods Blasts 'Truly Egregious' Twitter For Locking His Account
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 06:41:16 -0400

James Woods Blasts 'Truly Egregious' Twitter For Locking His AccountOutspoken actor James Woods has been locked out of his Twitter account after


Bill Cosby sentencing - LIVE: Comedian faces up to 30 years jail time with psychologist branding him ‘sexually violent predator’ during testimony
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 15:15:00 -0400

Bill Cosby sentencing - LIVE: Comedian faces up to 30 years jail time with psychologist branding him ‘sexually violent predator’ during testimonyBill Cosby has arrived at a suburban Philadelphia courthouse for the start of a sentencing hearing that will determine how the 81-year-old comedian will be punished for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman more than 14 years ago. Cosby was the first celebrity to go to trial in the #MeToo era and could be the first to go to prison, after being convicted in April of violating Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. Cosby walked into the courthouse on the arm of his longtime spokesman as protesters shouted at him.


Donald Trump's New Presidential Cadillac Limo Steps Out
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 11:30:00 -0400

Donald Trump's New Presidential Cadillac Limo Steps OutFirst look at the new version of Donald Trump's presidential limousine, nicknamed the Beast, on duty in New York City.


Japanese Space Rovers Send Dazzling Photos From Asteroid Landing Back to Earth
Sun, 23 Sep 2018 10:38:39 -0400

Japanese Space Rovers Send Dazzling Photos From Asteroid Landing Back to EarthA feat years in the making.


Gunmen attack military parade in Ahvaz, Iran
Sat, 22 Sep 2018 17:26:53 -0400

Gunmen attack military parade in Ahvaz, IranIranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei accused U.S.-backed Gulf Arab states of carrying out a shooting attack on a military parade that killed 25 people, almost half of them members of the country’s elite Revolutionary Guards.


Beto O'Rourke Went To Whataburger After Debating Ted Cruz, Air-Drummed A Who Song
Sun, 23 Sep 2018 19:01:32 -0400

Beto O'Rourke Went To Whataburger After Debating Ted Cruz, Air-Drummed A Who SongLikeability has never been Texas Sen. Ted Cruz's strong suit. Even his


Kellyanne Conway Downplays Kavanaugh Allegations: He Wasn't 'Powerful' At The Time
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 09:19:24 -0400

Kellyanne Conway Downplays Kavanaugh Allegations: He Wasn't 'Powerful' At The TimeTop White House adviser Kellyanne Conway on Monday appeared to brush off the


Iran appears to soften stance on OPEC oil output increase
Sun, 23 Sep 2018 11:17:59 -0400

Iran appears to soften stance on OPEC oil output increaseIran appeared on Sunday to soften its stance on potential increases in OPEC oil output, saying it was the group's responsibility to balance the market if production from Iran or any other member declined. Tehran had previously said no OPEC member was allowed to grab market share from rivals, such as Venezuela or Libya, whose production had declined due to unrest or a lack of investment. Iran itself faces the prospect of much lower oil exports and output in coming months due to fresh U.S. sanctions.


Pro-Turkey Syria rebels cautiously accept Idlib deal
Sun, 23 Sep 2018 02:52:05 -0400

Pro-Turkey Syria rebels cautiously accept Idlib dealPro-Turkey rebels have cautiously accepted a Moscow-Ankara deal to prevent a Russia-backed regime attack on Syria's last major opposition bastion of Idlib.


NC river swirls with gray muck near flooded coal ash dump
Sat, 22 Sep 2018 19:37:15 -0400

NC river swirls with gray muck near flooded coal ash dumpWILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Gray muck is flowing into the Cape Fear River from the site of a dam breach at a Wilmington power plant where an old coal ash dump had been covered over by Florence's floodwaters.


Texan who published 3-D guns plans jailed on sex assault charge
Sun, 23 Sep 2018 23:36:06 -0400

Texan who published 3-D guns plans jailed on sex assault chargeCody Wilson, 30, flew to Taiwan after learning he was under investigation, police said, and was picked up by Taiwanese authorities on Friday after his U.S. passport was annulled. Wilson's attorney, Samy Khalil, said in a statement late on Sunday: "We are glad that Cody is back in Texas again where we can work with him on his case. As the founder of Defense Distributed, Wilson became a notable figure in the U.S. debate over guns after the company posted on the internet the blueprints for plastic guns that can be made with a 3-D printer.


Indonesian teenager survives for 49 days adrift at sea in a flimsy hut
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 03:38:05 -0400

Indonesian teenager survives for 49 days adrift at sea in a flimsy hutIn a tale of extraordinary human survival, an Indonesian teenager has managed to keep himself alive for 49 days while floating adrift in a flimsy hut for thousands of miles across the Pacific Ocean. Aldi Novel Adilang, 19, was working lonely shifts as a lamp keeper for a floating fish trap, 80 miles off the coast of Indonesia’s North Sulawesi in July when strong winds broke the mooring and pushed him far out to sea.  He was eventually rescued in late August by a ship sailing under a Panama flag that picked him up in the waters near Guam and then dropped him off in Japan, reported the Jakarta Post.  Mr Aldi, who was finally reunited with his family in early September, had struggled to keep his spirits up when 10 passing ships failed to spot his plight, revealed an Indonesian consular official in the southern Japanese city of Osaka. “Aldi said he had been scared and often cried when adrift. Every time he saw a large ship, he said he was hopeful, but more than ten ships had passed him, none of them stopped,” said Fajar Firdaus, a diplomat.  Mr Aldi’s ordeal finally ended on August 31  Credit: Indonesian Consulate General, Osaka /Indonesian Consulate General, Osaka  Mirza Nurhidayat, the Indonesian consul general in Osaka, explained that Mr Aldi’s hut, known as a Rompong, did not have a paddle or an engine.  After his meagre food supplies ran out, he had to catch fish and drink sea water to survive. “After he ran out of cooking gas, he burned the rompong’s wooden fences to make fire for cooking. He drank by sipping water from his clothes,” he said.  Pacific Ocean fish trap rescue map Mr Aldi’s ordeal finally ended on August 31 when he saw the tanker ‘Arpeggio’ sailing nearby. After failing to attract attention by waving a cloth, he switched his radio to an emergency frequency and the ship’s captain picked it up.  The rescue was complicated by high waves and crew members threw a rope to help him as the ship circled his tiny craft. In desperation, Mr Aldi jumped into the water to reach it and was eventually pulled to safety.  Mr Aldi's ordeal has highlighted the perils faced by lamp keepers who take on the isolated job of looking after fish traps Credit: Indonesian Consulate General, Osaka  The captain contacted the coastguard of Guam, a tiny US territory, but was told to carry on his planned route to Japan, where Mr Aldi could be helped by his embassy.  Although his journey had a happy ending and Mr Aldi is now in good health, his story has also highlighted the perils faced by lamp keepers who take on the isolated job of looking after fish traps.  Mr Aldi's journey had a happy ending and he is now in good health Credit: Indonesian Consulate General, Osaka  Mr Aldi had been contracted to light lamps around the Rompong to attract and trap fish, and only had a walkie-talkie for company.  His only contact with another human being was once a week when someone would come to harvest the caught fish and give him a fresh batch of food, fuel and water.   


Bill Cosby faces sentencing for sexual assault conviction
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 09:28:37 -0400

Bill Cosby faces sentencing for sexual assault convictionDisgraced comedian Bill Cosby's 2-day sentencing hearing started Monday.


FCC Hiding Evidence Of Suspected Russian Role In Ending Net Neutrality: Lawsuit
Sun, 23 Sep 2018 04:02:29 -0400

FCC Hiding Evidence Of Suspected Russian Role In Ending Net Neutrality: LawsuitThe Federal Communications Commission has obstinately hidden information


Fear and fanfare as Hong Kong launches China rail link
Sat, 22 Sep 2018 22:38:17 -0400

Fear and fanfare as Hong Kong launches China rail linkA new high-speed rail link between Hong Kong and mainland China launched Sunday, a multi-billion-dollar project that critics say gives away part of the city's territory to an increasingly assertive Beijing. Chinese security have been stationed in semi-autonomous Hong Kong for the first time at the harbourfront West Kowloon rail terminus, as part of a new "special port area" that is subject to mainland law. Despite critics' fears over passenger safety in the mainland zones, hundreds gathered at the terminus, with the first train leaving for the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen at 7:00 am (2300 GMT Saturday).


Six Flags St. Louis Challenges You To Stay In A Coffin For 30 Hours
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 12:59:21 -0400

Six Flags St. Louis Challenges You To Stay In A Coffin For 30 HoursWho hasn't at one time in their life considered lying in a coffin for an


Christine Blasey Ford Confirms Intent to Testify Against Kavanaugh for Judiciary Committee
Sat, 22 Sep 2018 15:42:05 -0400

Christine Blasey Ford Confirms Intent to Testify Against Kavanaugh for Judiciary CommitteeFord's lawyer also criticized the Committee's seeming impatience with Ford


Jihadist group rejects deal for Syria's Idlib, main faction yet to declare stance
Sun, 23 Sep 2018 04:32:59 -0400

Jihadist group rejects deal for Syria's Idlib, main faction yet to declare stanceA jihadist faction in the Idlib region of northwestern Syria has rejected a Turkish-Russian deal that requires "radical" insurgents to withdraw from a demilitarized zone, and urged rebels to launch new military operations. While the Huras al-Din faction is not the main Islamist militant group in Idlib, its statement points to objections that may complicate the implementation of the agreement clinched last week by Russia and Turkey. The most powerful jihadist group in the northwest, Tahrir al-Sham, has yet to declare its stance on the deal, under which insurgents must vacate the demilitarized zone by Oct. 15.


Eerie images showcase the hidden abandoned beauty of de facto republic
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 05:00:47 -0400

Eerie images showcase the hidden abandoned beauty of de facto republicThese images show eerily beautiful scenes of abandonment captured by British photographer James Kerwin in Abkhazia on the Black Sea.


The Latest: Pope visits ex-KGB headquarters in Lithuania
Sun, 23 Sep 2018 11:18:48 -0400

The Latest: Pope visits ex-KGB headquarters in LithuaniaKAUNAS, Lithuania (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis' trip to the three Baltic nations of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia (all times local):


North Carolina Good Samaritan Who Saved 27 Cats and Dogs During Hurricane Florence Arrested for Lack of Permit
Sun, 23 Sep 2018 08:56:56 -0400

North Carolina Good Samaritan Who Saved 27 Cats and Dogs During Hurricane Florence Arrested for Lack of PermitTammie Hedges opened an emergency shelter but could now pay a steep price.


Turkey orders 61 soldiers detained for suspected Gulen links: media
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 04:17:17 -0400

Turkey orders 61 soldiers detained for suspected Gulen links: mediaTurkish authorities ordered the arrest of 61 soldiers from the navy and land forces, including senior officers, for suspected links to a U.S.-based cleric who Ankara says orchestrated a 2016 failed coup, state media said on Monday. Eighteen of those ordered detained were on active duty, Anadolu news agency said, adding the suspects included 13 majors and 12 captains from the land forces and 24 first lieutenants from the navy. Authorities have carried out regular sweeps against alleged members of cleric Fethullah Gulen's network since the coup attempt of July 2016, in which 250 people were killed.


What the House of Representatives means in US politics - and how it could change at the midterms
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 09:35:57 -0400

What the House of Representatives means in US politics - and how it could change at the midtermsThe House of Representatives is the lower chamber of the US Congress and is made up of 435 seats.  The number of seats each US state receives depends on its population size. California, the most populous state, has 53 representatives while seven states - Alaska, Delaware, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont and Wyoming have just one representative. The Republican Party currently controls the chamber with a 43-seat majority, but it is widely expected that the Democrats will gain control in the upcoming election. The current House has 236 Republicans and 193 Democrats, with six vacant seats.  The Democrats need a net gain of 24 seats to win a majority, which is no small accomplishment, but the president's low approval ratings have given the party reason to hope.  How things could change Historically, the president's party routinely loses House seats in midterms. Indeed the University of Virginia's Centre for Politics points out that the president's party has lost seats in all but three of the 29 midterms held since 1900.   The US economy is booming, with low unemployment rates and rising wages. However some Republicans have been unnerved by Donald Trump's spending . While Mr Trump's tax cuts for corporations was popular among business owners, the country's deficit has increased by 33 per cent in the past year to $895 billion. Donald Trump has been intensively campaigning for Republican candidates across the country Credit: Reuters Mr Trump's approval rating is around the 40 per cent mark - a figure which will not encourage Republicans standing for re-election.  Moreover, a liberal base hoping to derail Mr Trump's agenda has energised Democratic activists in key races, out-fundraising and out-polling a host of Republican incumbents. Political website FiveThirtyEight, has given Democrats an 82 per cent chance of taking control of the House and gaining 38 seats. What will it mean for Donald Trump? If Democrats win the House, they get to decide which bills come to the floor - meaning President Donald Trump's domestic agenda will struggle to make its way into law.  The party with a majority in the chamber also controls its committee chairmanships and has the power to issue subpoenas - so a Democrat-controlled House could enforce aggressive oversight of investigations of the president's administration, including alleged Russia collusion, Trump's business dealings and sexual assault allegations against him. Pundits predict Democrats will launch controversial investigations into things like Mr Trump's tax returns and his previous business dealings. They may also seek public hearings with members of the Trump family, including his son Donald Jr who is a key figure in the Russia investigation.  Rep. Elijah Cummings during a church service with Bill Clinton Credit: AP Democrats on the House oversight committee, the chamber’s main investigative panel, have already suggested they are prepared to issue subpoenas if they gain control. Representative Elijah Cummings, the ranking Democrat on the oversight committee, said: “If Democrats win the majority in November, we would finally do what Republicans have refused to do, and that is conduct independent, fact-based, and credible investigations of the Trump administration". Mr Cummings said their investigations would "address issues like the security clearance process, conflicts of interest, the numerous attempts by Republicans to strip away healthcare from millions of Americans, postal service reforms, prescription drug pricing, and voting rights”.  But if Republicans hold on to the Senate, they will continue to approve Mr Trump's cabinet nominees and appoint conservative judges to US courtrooms. Seats to watch West Virginia Donald Trump won West Virginia's 3rd district by 30 points. But it is the Democratic candidate running in the district, which has a long history of coal mining, that is gaining national attention. Richard Ojeda says he voted for Donald Trump in 2016, opposes universal background checks for gun buyers, and is pro-coal. Mr Ojeda is running against Republican Carol Miller in the open-seat race after the incumbent Republican Evan Jenkins vacated the seat to run for the Senate.  Polling suggests it will be a tight race between the two candidates, but analysts are keeping a close watch to see if a populist Democrat in a pro-Trump area is a winning formula. California Republican Representative Mimi Walters is battling to keep hold of her seat against Democrat Katie Porter in the state's 45th district, Orange County. The number of registered Republicans in the county has consistently declined as its population becomes more diverse. Ms Walters is one of seven Republicans representing districts in California which Hillary Clinton won in 2016. The Democrats need to take several of these in order to have a chance of regaining a majority in the House. Pundits are viewing a win in this race as a sign they will do well across Southern California - picking up crucial Republican-held seats. Professor Larry Sabato from the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics has changed his prediction from 'leaning Republican' to a 'toss-up'. Minnesota Minnesota's 8th district is considered one of the Democrats' most at-risk seats in November. It is a traditionally Democrat area - former president Barack Obama won the district twice but it swung heavily to Donald Trump in the 2016 election. The seat is currently held by Democrat Rick Nolan but the 74-year-old is not seeking re-election. The party's candidate Joe Radinovich, a former state legislator, is facing a tough battle against Republican Pete Stauber, a county commissioner. Texas The race in Texas' 23rd district will largely focus on one of the Trump administration's main concerns - immigration. The district contains a third of the US-Mexico border and has the second highest population of 'Dreamers' - the term given to undocumented migrants who arrived in America as children and have been granted temporary protection. The incumbent, Republican Will Hurd, is a former CIA agent who has chosen to distance himself from Mr Trump. His Democratic rival, Gina Ortiz Jones, is a Filipina-American, openly LGBTQ and an Iraq veteran.  Mr Hurd, who became the first African-American elected to Congress from Texas when he was elected in 2015, is tipped to win by a narrow margin in the swing district.  He has distanced himself from the national Republican party and even wrote an op-ed for the New York Times in July stating that the president had been manipulated by Russian intelligence. Florida Moderate Republicans will be looking to Florida's 26th district to see whether they can keep hold of a largely Hispanic area in the Trump era. The incumbent, Carlos Curbelo, is well-liked but Republicans still fear his Democrat opponent, Latin immigrant Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, could sweep to a surprise victory. Hillary Clinton won the district by 16 points in 2015.


Equities slide as US and China trade blows
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 07:56:39 -0400

Equities slide as US and China trade blowsAsian and European stocks slid Monday as US tariffs on another $200 billion of Chinese imports took effect, clouding the global economic outlook as the trade war reached a fever pitch.


Ambassador Haley: 'I've never heard' Cabinet consider invoking 25th Amendment
Sun, 23 Sep 2018 07:25:54 -0400

Ambassador Haley: 'I've never heard' Cabinet consider invoking 25th AmendmentU.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley is interviewed on "This Week" ahead of the United Nations General Assembly.


Lindsey Graham: Blasey's Testimony Won't Sway My Vote 'Unless There's Something More'
Sun, 23 Sep 2018 12:22:28 -0400

Lindsey Graham: Blasey's Testimony Won't Sway My Vote 'Unless There's Something More'Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Sunday continued to voice skepticism about


National park in Hawaii reopens after monthslong eruption
Sat, 22 Sep 2018 23:30:12 -0400

National park in Hawaii reopens after monthslong eruptionHONOLULU (AP) — A national park in Hawaii has reopened after being closed for more than four months because of Kilauea volcano's latest eruption, which caused widespread damage to park infrastructure and dramatically changed its landscape.


Russia to give Syria S-300 air defense after accusations against Israel
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 14:02:56 -0400

Russia to give Syria S-300 air defense after accusations against IsraelThe White House said it hoped Russia would reconsider the move, which U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton called a "significant escalation" of Syria's seven-year war. Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said Moscow had in the past obliged Israel by refraining from providing Syria with the S-300. "A modern S-300 air defense missile system will be transferred to the Syrian armed forces within two weeks," he said.


Pope honours victims of Holocaust, Soviet terror in Lithuania
Sun, 23 Sep 2018 13:03:40 -0400

Pope honours victims of Holocaust, Soviet terror in LithuaniaPope Francis on Sunday paid homage to Holocaust victims who perished in the Vilnius ghetto, 75 years to the day after the Nazis liquidated it, and remembered those who risked and lost their lives to challenge the Soviet regime in Lithuania. Pre-war Lithuania was home to a thriving Jewish community of more than 200,000 people known as "Litvaks", with its capital Vilnius a hub of learning known as the "Jerusalem of the North".


Barrett-Jackson to Auction Vehicles from the Burt Reynolds Collection
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 10:05:00 -0400

Barrett-Jackson to Auction Vehicles from the Burt Reynolds CollectionYes, there's a black and gold Trans Am among them,


Tanzania death toll 209 as survivor found in capsized ferry
Sat, 22 Sep 2018 15:41:16 -0400

Tanzania death toll 209 as survivor found in capsized ferryNAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — It was a stunning discovery. As rescue divers probed a capsized Tanzanian ferry two days after the disaster and the death toll soared past 200, a man was found in an air pocket, alive.


Trump administration moves to restrict immigrants who use public benefits
Sat, 22 Sep 2018 20:21:42 -0400

Trump administration moves to restrict immigrants who use public benefitsU.S. immigration law has long required officials to exclude a person likely to become a "public charge" from permanent residence. The Trump administration's proposal is a sharp departure from current guidelines, which have been in place since 1999 and specifically bar authorities from considering such non-cash benefits in deciding a person's eligibility to immigrate to the United States or stay in the country. The changes would apply to those seeking visas or legal permanent residency but not people applying for U.S. citizenship.


BIS warns global economy risks crisis 'relapse'
Sun, 23 Sep 2018 13:27:38 -0400

BIS warns global economy risks crisis 'relapse'The Bank of International Settlements said Sunday the global economy risked a "relapse" of the crisis that rocked it a decade ago, warning there was little "medicine" left to treat the patient a second time. "Things look rather fragile," BIS chief economist Claudio Borio told reporters in a conference call. "There is little left in the medicine chest to nurse the patient back to health or care for him in case of a relapse," he warned.


Our Favorite Light Fixtures Right Now
Sun, 23 Sep 2018 08:00:00 -0400

Our Favorite Light Fixtures Right NowRustic, retro, or refined, our favorite fixtures showcase the materials of the moment


Britain 'concerned' after Hong Kong bans pro-independence party
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 11:45:52 -0400

Britain 'concerned' after Hong Kong bans pro-independence partyThe UK government has demanded China respect the autonomy of Hong Kong after Beijing banned a political party in the city that supports independence from China. “We are concerned by the decision” of the government, the Foreign Office said in a statement. “The UK does not support Hong Kong independence, but Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy and its rights and freedoms are central to its way of life, and it is important they are fully respected.” The ban was instituted on Monday on the grounds that the Hong Kong National Party (HKNP) was found a threat to national security as Beijing continues to stamp out challenges to its sovereignty. It is the first such ban on a political party since the former British colony was handed back to China by the UK in 1997. Police requested the ban in July under the Societies Ordinance, which allows groups to be prohibited in the interests of national security and public safety.  Under the move, it is now illegal to be a party member, raise money for the group and to participate or act on behalf of the organization. Anyone in violation could face up to three years in prison and thousands in fines, according to a government notice posted online. Pro-democracy demonstrations in the special administrative region in 2014 largely failed to usher in political reforms. Since then, activists have continued speaking out. However, pro-independence supporters have been barred from running for office, including Andy Chan, a founding member of HKNP. Others have been disqualified from the legislative council.  The ban came one day after a controversial high-speed rail link opened connecting Beijing to Hong Kong, a move that also stoked concerns about the growing reach of China into the city diminishing its autonomy.


American tourist attacked by shark in Bahamas
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 07:17:50 -0400

American tourist attacked by shark in BahamasThe unnamed Massachusetts native had "severe trauma" to her left hand, and was flown by air ambulance to a hospital in Florida.


China summons US envoys over sanctions linked to Russia deal
Sat, 22 Sep 2018 21:24:11 -0400

China summons US envoys over sanctions linked to Russia dealBEIJING (AP) — China summoned the American ambassador and the defense attache and recalled its navy commander from a U.S. trip to deliver a strong protest against economic sanctions Washington lodged over the purchase of Russian fighter jets and surface-to-air missile equipment.


Conservationists slam Australia shark policy as more killed
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 04:39:47 -0400

Conservationists slam Australia shark policy as more killedConservationists on Monday slammed the baiting and killing of sharks at a popular Great Barrier Reef tourist spot after two swimmers were attacked, saying the policy was brutal and indiscriminate. Queensland state authorities deployed drumlines -- which use baited hooks to catch the predators -- at the Whitsunday Islands after two tourists were mauled in separate incidents a day apart last week. Hannah Papps, 12, and 46-year-old Justine Barwick, who were bitten on their legs, remain in hospital.


17 Easy French-Inspired Recipes That Anyone Can Make
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 14:36:00 -0400

17 Easy French-Inspired Recipes That Anyone Can Make


Toyota is jumping on the Android Auto bandwagon: report
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 06:36:41 -0400

Toyota is jumping on the Android Auto bandwagon: reportJust a week after Google revealed its partnership with the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance to create intelligent infotainment systems using Android, Toyota has reportedly agreed to use Android Auto. According to a Bloomberg source, Toyota Motor Corp. agreed to put the Android infotainment system directly into their cars, an agreement taking place not long after the company's decision to make their vehicles compatible with Apple's CarPlay earlier this year. The new level of connectivity being introduced to Toyota products is likely to bring in new customers who may have previously avoided the brand due to the compatibility delay with the Google software, especially since more than 80% of smartphones use this OS.


Brett Kavanaugh: will sexual misconduct claims derail his appointment?
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 11:08:40 -0400

Brett Kavanaugh: will sexual misconduct claims derail his appointment?The confirmation of the supreme court nominee is in doubt after Christine Blasey Ford accused him of sexual assault. The confirmation process for Donald Trump’s supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has been thrown into turmoil by accusations he committed sexual assault decades ago. Here’s what we know so far about the allegations, and their possible ramifications.


OPEC, Russia rebuff Trump's call for immediate boost to oil output
Sun, 23 Sep 2018 13:00:31 -0400

OPEC, Russia rebuff Trump's call for immediate boost to oil output"I do not influence prices," Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih told reporters as OPEC and non-OPEC energy ministers gathered in Algiers for a meeting that ended with no formal recommendation for any additional supply boost. Benchmark Brent oil reached $80 a barrel this month, prompting Trump to reiterate on Thursday his demand that the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries lower prices. The price rally mainly stemmed from a decline in oil exports from OPEC member Iran due to fresh U.S. sanctions.


Miner Barrick agrees to buy Randgold to create $18bn gold giant
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 05:58:50 -0400

Miner Barrick agrees to buy Randgold to create $18bn gold giantCanadian mining giant Barrick Gold agreed Monday to buy Africa-focused rival Randgold Resources to create a global industry champion worth $18.3 billion. The blockbuster all-share deal was described as a merger but is effectively a takeover because Barrick investors will own a majority 66.6-percent stake. Randgold shareholders will hold the rest.


Nightmare two-headed snake found in Virginia just in time for Halloween season
Sun, 23 Sep 2018 18:18:22 -0400

Nightmare two-headed snake found in Virginia just in time for Halloween season'Tis the season for nightmare fuel, and one fascinating but unsettling discovery is getting into that fall spooky spirit. A woman in northern Virginia found an extremely rare baby copperhead snake in her neighbor's yard recently, complete with not one but two heads. Because, ya know, the venomous viper part wasn't terrifying enough in itself. SEE ALSO: New panda mom doesn't know she has twins thanks to these sneaky zookeepers After initially being picked up by the Virginia Wildlife Management & Control, the rare serpent is now being taken care of by an unnamed, experienced private reptile keeper.  J.D. Kleopfer, a specialist from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, has been posting updates on its status for the past several days. "Wild bicephalic snakes are exceptionally rare, because they just don’t live that long. Too many challenges living day to day with two heads," he explained in a Facebook post. "We’ll provide an update when we are confident of its survival. It has a tough road ahead, so keep your fingers crossed." Kleopfer also put up a video, if you're brave enough to watch. When a commenter asked about the capabilities of the two heads, he clarified, "They both appear to be capable of biting." Cool! So here's to never sleeping again! In a statement on Friday, Sept. 21, the Wildlife Center of Virginia in Waynesboro posted details from the radiographs that they did on the rare snake: As for what will happen to this little baby two-headed killer, Kleopfer also said that, "With a little luck and care, we hope to eventually donate it to a zoological facility for exhibit." So the citizens of Virginia can rest assured that both the animal and their streets are safe... for now. WATCH: Snakelike artificial skin allows this robot to slither around on its own


Mike Pompeo warns White House staff as he denies Rosenstein wiretapping allegations
Sun, 23 Sep 2018 13:49:11 -0400

Mike Pompeo warns White House staff as he denies Rosenstein wiretapping allegationsMike Pompeo, the US Secretary of State, on Sunday publicly warned administration staff that they needed to either work with the Trump agenda or leave their positions. His comments came after reports that Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, discussed wearing a wire and recruiting cabinet members to invoke the 25th amendment in the days following the firing of James Comey, the FBI director.  The  25th amendment allows for the removal of the president from office if he or she was deemed unfit to carry out duties. In a thinly-veiled attack raising further questions over whether Mr Trump would fire Mr Rosenstein, Mr Pompeo suggested that White House officials should find "something else to do" if they do not support President Trump's agenda.  "I’ve been pretty clear since my beginning of service here in this administration, if you can’t be on the team, if you’re not supporting this mission, then maybe you ought to find something else to do,” he said. Mr Rosenstein is overseeing the Mueller investigation after Jeff Sessions, left, recused himself from the investigation Credit: SAUL LOEB/ AFP "I’ve told that to my senior colleagues, I’ve told it to junior folks at the CIA, and the State Department; we need everyone who’s engaged in helping achieve President Trump’s mission. "And I hope that everyone in every agency: DOJ, FBI, State Department is on that mission.” "If you’re not, you should take this time to do something more productive," he said. Mr Rosenstein, who is overseeing the Mueller investigation, denied making the comments which were leaked from memos written by Andrew McCabe, the former FBI deputy director. “I never pursued or authorized recording the president, and any suggestion that I have ever advocated for the removal of the president is absolutely false." According to reports, senior Republicans have convinced a furious Mr Trump not to axe Mr Rosenstein, at least until the midterms are over for fear of negative blowback from voters. The GOP is also concerned firing him may further jeopordise the confirmation of  Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court which remains of a knife edge with news that Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused him of sexual assault, will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday. Dr Ford's lawyers last night confirmed the appointment on Sunday night. “We committed to moving forward with an open hearing on Thursday September 27 at 10am,” Dr Ford’s attorneys said in a statement.  A Fox News poll released on Sunday showed support for Mr Trump's pick was wavering among the public with just 40 per cent of voters saying they would confirm, down five per cent from a month ago.


China comes out ahead in Vatican deal: analysts
Sat, 22 Sep 2018 23:49:12 -0400

China comes out ahead in Vatican deal: analystsThe landmark deal between China and the Vatican is a win for Beijing, giving official recognition to bishops appointed by the government despite a crackdown on religion, and potentially softening the ground for full diplomatic relations after 67 years of estrangement, analysts said. The two sides signed a provisional agreement on Saturday on who gets to name senior churchmen, an issue that has bedevilled ties for decades, and China quickly said it hoped for an improvement in relations. With its outsized international influence, the Vatican is the most important of Taiwan's 17 remaining friends, and its only European partner.



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