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Trump: U.S. military won’t allow transgender people ‘to serve in any capacity’
Wed, 26 Jul 2017 09:31:52 -0400

Trump: U.S. military won’t allow transgender people ‘to serve in any capacity’President Trump announced on Wednesday morning that the U.S. military will not allow or accept any transgender individuals.


Minneapolis Police Department Announces New Bodycam Policy Following Fatal Shooting of Australian Woman
Wed, 26 Jul 2017 08:33:48 -0400

Minneapolis Police Department Announces New Bodycam Policy Following Fatal Shooting of Australian WomanIn the aftermath of the fatal shooting of Justine Damond, the Minneapolis Police Department announced new bodycam policies for officers.


Scaramucci calls into CNN for wild interview about Priebus and leaks
Thu, 27 Jul 2017 10:11:09 -0400

Scaramucci calls into CNN for wild interview about Priebus and leaksThe White House communications director called into CNN's "New Day" early Thursday to explain his Twitter message that reportedly suggested he wants the FBI to investigate White House chief of staff Reince Priebus for the "leak" of Scaramucci's financial disclosure form.


New Developments in Case Where Driver Livestreamed Deadly Car Crash
Wed, 26 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0400

New Developments in Case Where Driver Livestreamed Deadly Car CrashObdulia Sanchez allegedly kept livestreaming on Instagram after the accident even as her sister lay dying; she pleaded not guilty to charges including manslaughter while intoxicated.


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.


Medical examiner: Judge in river died by suicide in drowning
Wed, 26 Jul 2017 18:55:36 -0400

Medical examiner: Judge in river died by suicide in drowningNEW YORK (AP) — A prominent judge found in the Hudson River died by suicide in a drowning, according to findings issued by the city's medical examiner on Wednesday.


Pakistani council orders "revenge rape" of 16-year-old girl
Thu, 27 Jul 2017 05:40:12 -0400

Pakistani council orders "revenge rape" of 16-year-old girlBy Asif Shahzad ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistani police have arrested 25 members of an informal village council accused of ordering the rape of a 16-year-old girl as revenge for her brother's alleged sexual assault of another girl. The Supreme Court also requested a report on the case, which echoed a notorious case from 2002 in which another teenager was gang-raped on a local council's order. "A total of 29 people were involved in this ghastly crime, and we have 25 of them in our custody," Multan City Police Officer Ahsan Younus told Reuters by telephone on Thursday.


China is 'landlord' to Hong Kong says justice chief
Thu, 27 Jul 2017 06:23:09 -0400

China is 'landlord' to Hong Kong says justice chiefControversy over a new cross-border rail link which will see mainland laws enforced in a Hong Kong train station escalated Thursday after the justice chief likened China to the city's "landlord". It comes at a time when fears are worsening that Hong Kong's freedoms are under threat from an increasingly assertive Beijing. The high-speed rail line between Hong Kong and the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, 80 miles away, is due to open in 2018.


Sens. McCain and Ernst, both veterans, oppose Trump’s ban on transgender military service
Wed, 26 Jul 2017 13:07:22 -0400

Sens. McCain and Ernst, both veterans, oppose Trump’s ban on transgender military serviceSens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, quickly announced their opposition Wednesday to President Trump’s Twitter announcement that the U.S. military would not “accept or allow” transgender military service members.


Senate Rejects GOP Proposal to Repeal Obamacare
Wed, 26 Jul 2017 16:27:37 -0400

Senate Rejects GOP Proposal to Repeal ObamacareSeven Republicans joined Democrats in a 45-55 vote defeating the plan


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.


Zealandia: What secrets does the world's hidden eighth continent hold?
Thu, 27 Jul 2017 09:53:04 -0400

Zealandia: What secrets does the world's hidden eighth continent hold?A team of scientists will today set sail from Australia on a two-month expedition to discover the secrets of the mysterious, largely submerged continent of Zealandia. With increasingly detailed seafloor maps available, scientists are now wondering what secrets the lost eighth continent, which is about half the size of Australia, holds. As the drilling expedition gets underway, here is The Telegraph's guide to the mostly “hidden” landmass. What and where is Zealandia? Zealandia is the world’s eighth and smallest continent – and the newest to be discovered. It is located in the southern Pacific Ocean, including New Zealand, New Caledonia and two Australian islands, Lord Howe Island and Norfolk Island. The continent spans 1.9 million square miles but the bulk of it – 94 per cent – is under the Pacific Ocean. It is about two-thirds the size of Australia. Zealandia continent map Who discovered it? The continent has been gradually discovered by scientists over the past two decades. In 1995, American geophysicist Bruce Luyendyk used the name to describe New Zealand, the Chatham Rise, Campbell Plateau and Lord Howe Rise. At that stage, it was believed to possess three of four attributes needed to qualify as a continent, including rock types which are found on continents rather than on the ocean crust and "the high elevation relative to regions floored by oceanic crust”. Earlier this year, a team of scientists used fresh satellite and mapping data to argue that Zealandia was not a collection of “submerged continental fragments” but was a unified landmass and therefore should be assigned continent status. They published their findings in a study titled "Zealandia: Earth's Hidden Continent" in the journal of the Geological Society of America. Their views have been widely accepted. Descent to Zealandia: A view from the deck of the scientific drillship. Credit: IODP How did Zealandia form? The underwater section of Zealandia is believed to have detached from the continent of Australia and sank 60 to 85 million years ago. In places off the coast of the Australian state of Queensland, the two continents are only fifteen miles apart. Its crust is relatively thin and ranges in thickness from six to 24 miles. What is happening on the expedition? Thirty scientists from the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) are setting out from Australia aboard a large drilling ship to drill into the seafloor to try to understand the history and structure of Zealandia. The team of international scientists will drill about 1,000 to 2,600 feet into the seafloor at six sites in the Tasman Sea to collect sediment samples – containing fossil evidence - deposited over millions of years. The aim is to examine tectonic plate shifts which occurred around 50 million years ago, when Australia and New Zealand stopped spreading apart and instead the area between them began to compress. “We’re really looking at the best place in the world to understand how plate subduction initiates,” according to expedition co-chief scientist Gerald Dickens, professor of Earth, environmental and planetary science at Rice University in Texas.  “This expedition will answer a lot of lingering questions about Zealandia.” .@QC_News prof embarks on expedition to learn more about the world's eighth continent #CUNY#Zealandia : https://t.co/HaSrvpvxeBpic.twitter.com/aR5MG7c7CR— CUNY Admissions (@CUNYWC) July 24, 2017 What does the expedition hope to learn? The sediment samples will help scientists to understand the history of Zealandia and the cause of the tectonic plate shifts which led to New Zealand and a volcano chain being lifted above the waterline as the Pacific Plate dived downwards some 50 million years ago.  The scientists will also examine ocean and climate patterns to try to understand the relationship between climate change and tectonic shifts. The initial expedition will run from July 27 to September 26.


Snapchat Video Shows 3 Women Driving Drunk Before Car Crash
Wed, 26 Jul 2017 01:33:09 -0400

Snapchat Video Shows 3 Women Driving Drunk Before Car CrashHaving no designated driver or a paid transport, the three women got into the vehicle after consuming shots of alcohol at a bar.


Tinder couple awkwardly meet for the first time on live TV after 3 years of messaging
Wed, 26 Jul 2017 06:37:27 -0400

Tinder couple awkwardly meet for the first time on live TV after 3 years of messagingIn the world of dating apps, there's playing the long game, and then there's straight-up procrastinating.  One pair of college students have found fame after dilly-dallying for three long years on Tinder, messaging back and forth without ever actually meeting up. But, at long last, they've met in person. Live on TV.  Michelle and Josh achieved viral fame earlier this month, after Josh tweeted screen shots of their three-year long running gag of late replies to each other. Tinder caught wind of the pair's procrastination and even offered to pay for the pair to go on a date.  The pair have FINALLY met for the first time on Good Morning America in front of millions of viewers and it was every bit as awkward as you can imagine.  As the two hugged, they both giggled nervously. "It is so good to finally meet you," said Josh. "I'm blushing like crazy," he added.  After the show, the pair headed off to Maui, Hawaii, for their casual first proper date. 


Dad Abandons Daughter, 10, in Desert Without Shoes or Water: Authorities
Wed, 26 Jul 2017 21:19:00 -0400

Dad Abandons Daughter, 10, in Desert Without Shoes or Water: AuthoritiesAn Arizona dad abandoned his 10-year-old daughter in the scorching desert with no shoes, authorities said.


Putin says Russia will respond to 'insolence' of US sanctions
Thu, 27 Jul 2017 11:47:48 -0400

Putin says Russia will respond to 'insolence' of US sanctionsRussian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that Moscow will ultimately have to respond to sanctions imposed by the United States that he condemned as insolent towards Russia. "We are behaving in a very restrained and patient way, but at some moment we will need to respond," Putin said at a news conference after talks with his Finnish counterpart Sauli Niinisto. "This practice is unacceptable -- it destroys internatioanl relations and international law," Putin said of sanctions.


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.


Qatar says new terror list is "disappointing surprise"
Wed, 26 Jul 2017 09:29:47 -0400

Qatar says new terror list is "disappointing surprise"By Aziz El Yaakoubi DOHA (Reuters) - Qatar said on Wednesday a decision by four Arab states to add 18 groups and individuals allegedly linked to Doha to their "terrorist" lists was "a disappointing surprise" and that it was doing all it could to fight extremism. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain put another nine groups based in Yemen and Libya and nine people from several Arab countries on the blacklist, saying all were associated with Qatar. "(The new list) comes as a disappointing surprise that the blockading countries are still pursuing this story as part of their smear campaign against Qatar," Sheikh Saif Bin Ahmed al-Thani, director of the Gulf kingdom's Government Communications Office, said in a statement sent to Reuters.


Why Tourists Are Blacking Out in Mexico
Thu, 27 Jul 2017 08:22:00 -0400

Why Tourists Are Blacking Out in MexicoThey also warned to drink in moderation


Police: Father killed boy and stabbed mom then took own life
Thu, 27 Jul 2017 17:29:50 -0400

Police: Father killed boy and stabbed mom then took own lifeLAS VEGAS (AP) — The father of a 4-year-old boy forced his way into his estranged girlfriend's home, where he bound the woman and boy with plastic ties and stabbed them before killing himself, police in Las Vegas said Thursday.



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