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Obama makes a plea to Virginians and signals a way forward for Democrats
Thu, 19 Oct 2017 21:41:48 -0400

Obama makes a plea to Virginians and signals a way forward for DemocratsFormer President Barack Obama makes an impassioned return to the campaign trail in New Jersey and Virginia.


3 White Extremists Charged With Attempted Homicide Following Richard Spencer Speech
Fri, 20 Oct 2017 16:59:06 -0400

3 White Extremists Charged With Attempted Homicide Following Richard Spencer SpeechThree white extremists were arrested and charged with attempted homicide after they got into an argument and fired on a group of people protesting white nationalist Richard Spencer’s speech in Gainesville, Florida, police said Friday.


Pilots Perform Risky Honor Lap Stunt, Alarming Travelers in Terminal
Thu, 19 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Pilots Perform Risky Honor Lap Stunt, Alarming Travelers in TerminalIn a farewell stunt, pilots of an Air Berlin passenger jet taking off from Miami buzzed the tower, in a move seen in the movie "Top Gun."


Jury convicts ex-Oklahoma police officer in 4th murder trial
Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:23:56 -0400

Jury convicts ex-Oklahoma police officer in 4th murder trialA white former Oklahoma police officer was convicted of first-degree manslaughter in the off-duty fatal shooting of his daughter's black boyfriend after jurors in three previous trials couldn't decide whether to find him guilty of murder.


Southwest Celebrates First 'Unmanned' Max 8 Flight While Shutting Down Haters
Wed, 18 Oct 2017 23:46:56 -0400

Southwest Celebrates First 'Unmanned' Max 8 Flight While Shutting Down HatersSouthwest Airlines on Wednesday celebrated its first “unmanned” flight on the company’s new fleet of Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft.


Amazing photographs of rare white animals 
Thu, 19 Oct 2017 11:14:33 -0400

Amazing photographs of rare white animals This collection of photographs shows an array of amazing and rare white animals.


In emotional interview, Gold Star parents say of Trump: 'It's not about a call or a letter'
Thu, 19 Oct 2017 12:14:05 -0400

In emotional interview, Gold Star parents say of Trump: 'It's not about a call or a letter'The parents of a United States Army specialist killed in Syria in May said Thursday they hadn’t received any acknowledgment from President Trump, despite his claim to have called “virtually” all families of fallen U.S. soldiers.


Sadness down under as final Holden marks end of Australian car industry
Fri, 20 Oct 2017 11:19:39 -0400

Sadness down under as final Holden marks end of Australian car industryShortly after midday today, a red Commodore marked the end of 69 years of Holden manufacture in Australia – and to countless enthusiasts, it was an occasion as sad as it was once virtually unthinkable. There is a select group of cars that transformed their respective nations' concept of mass motoring and the original 48-215 ‘FX’ certainly ranks alongside the Mini, 2CV or Fiat 600 in this regard. This was mass-market transport made in Australia, for Australia. Holden’s first involvement with the motor industry was as a coachbuilder and in 1924, it became the exclusive supplier of car bodies to General Motors. Seven years later it became a part of the GM empire and as early as 1936 the division’s MD Laurence Hartnett was planning a ‘wholly Australian car’ in place of the locally-built Chevrolets, Pontiacs and Vauxhalls. Towards the end of the Second World War, the government was keen to promote a locally-designed car and General Motors already had the basis of a suitable model in the form of a Chevrolet project that had been rejected as too compact for US motorists. A small group of prototypes were extensively tested and on the 29th November 1948 Ben Chifley, the then Prime Minister, unveiled the new 48-215.  It was not a vehicle that represented a major technological advance and its list of standard fittings was low even by the standards of the day; no sidelights, carpet, door armrest, heater or even direction indicators of any form, one sun visor and a solitary tail lamp. Nor was the new Holden especially cheap as a price of £A675 represented nearly two years wages for the average worker but this did not deter 18,000 people from paying a deposit without having seen a 48-215 in the metal. Such was the demand that the company was soon obliged to issue a booklet entitled Holden Owners Give Reasons Why Holden is Worth Waiting For. Motoring picture of the day And perhaps the major reason for the impact of the FX on the post-war motorist was that it offered the ideal combination of advantages in a car that was launched at precisely the right moment. The brochures promised an engine designed for local conditions the 2.1-litre six-cylinder unit was capable of "80 miles per hour and 30 miles per gallon" with a smoothness not found in such rivals as the four-cylinder Austin A70 Hampshire. It was also flexible enough to propel the Holden from a crawl to cruising speed with the steering column-mounted lever in third gear. Holden intended that the FX would appeal to rural motorists and urban drivers alike, with suspension that could cope with the country’s many unsurfaced roads, and for the Sydney or Melbourne suburbanite, the ‘Aerobilt’ body was smart and offered room for a quintet of adult passengers: ‘you don’t climb in or scrabble out – you step in with ease and dignity. A great boon for elderly people and women."  There was also a sense of robustness that was lacking in some of its competitors. Clive James once observed of the Standard Vanguard that it was a toss-up whether the ‘chromium trim would rust through before the exhaust pipe fell onto the road’.  Above all, this was ‘Australia’s Own Car’, which automatically set it apart from any other car that bore an American or British marque and ten years later, the Lion and Stone badge adorned 40 percent of new models. The name of Holden had now entered the lexicon of a nation’s popular culture and the idea that in 2013 the company’s chief would state that ‘building cars in this country is just not sustainable’ would have been inconceivable. The moment when that last Commodore leaves the production line is not only the closing of a chapter in GM’s history – in many respects it is the end of a country’s automotive dream, one that began nearly 70 years ago.


Orionid Meteor Shower 2017: What it is, when it's happening and where to watch it
Thu, 19 Oct 2017 14:36:58 -0400

Orionid Meteor Shower 2017: What it is, when it's happening and where to watch itIn several days, stargazers will witness the peak of one of the year's best shooting star displays in the United States.


A liberal is a conservative whose house just flooded
Fri, 20 Oct 2017 05:00:45 -0400

A liberal is a conservative whose house just floodedSome Trump voters, after their towns were flooded by Hurricane Harvey, are beginning to reconsider their conviction that climate change has no scientific basis.


Sonoma Sheriff Battles With ICE Over Misinformation On California Wildfires
Thu, 19 Oct 2017 19:31:32 -0400

Sonoma Sheriff Battles With ICE Over Misinformation On California WildfiresAs firefighters in Northern California battle ongoing wildfires, the Sonoma County sheriff is facing a different battle: fighting misinformation about the fires.


CIA Forced to Walk Back Director's Statement
Thu, 19 Oct 2017 14:54:34 -0400

CIA Forced to Walk Back Director's StatementRachel Maddow shares video of CIA director Mike Pompeo stating falsely that the U.S. intelligence community's assessment is that Russia's meddling did not affect the outcome of the election. The CIA would later walk that statement back.


Alabama inmate defiant before his execution for killing cop
Fri, 20 Oct 2017 15:56:34 -0400

Alabama inmate defiant before his execution for killing copATMORE, Ala. (AP) — The convicted killer of a police officer used his final moments before being put to death to curse at the state of Alabama, raising his middle fingers in defiance at the start of a lethal injection his lawyers described as inhumanely painful.


Cub Scout Ousted From Den After Asking Politician Tough Questions
Thu, 19 Oct 2017 19:18:01 -0400

Cub Scout Ousted From Den After Asking Politician Tough QuestionsA cub scout in Colorado has been cast out of his den after he asked a state legislator pointed questions about racially charged comments she made about African-Americans in 2013 and a gun bill she co-sponsored.


Gainesville Mayor On Richard Spencer: 'There's No Question That He Is A Terrorist Leader'
Thu, 19 Oct 2017 13:04:28 -0400

Gainesville Mayor On Richard Spencer: 'There's No Question That He Is A Terrorist Leader'President Donald Trump says some white supremacist protesters are “very fine people.”


Democrat who comforted soldier's widow accuses Trump's chief of staff of using racist term against her
Fri, 20 Oct 2017 11:29:00 -0400

Democrat who comforted soldier's widow accuses Trump's chief of staff of using racist term against herThe congresswoman who accused Donald Trump of offending the widow of a green beret killed in action says that the administration’s response to her claims included a “lie” and a “racist” insult. White House Chief of Staff John Kelly told reporters on Thursday that he was “stunned” when he saw Rep. Frederica Wilson discussing the call between Mr Trump and Myeshia Johnson. Ms Wilson says she was in the car when the call took place, and that Mr Trump told Ms Johnson that her husband “knew what he was getting into”.


Man's fingertip torn off as wild boar rampage puts German town under siege
Fri, 20 Oct 2017 08:52:46 -0400

Man's fingertip torn off as wild boar rampage puts German town under siegeTwo aggressive wild boars attacked and injured several people in the small German town of Heide on Friday morning, tearing through the town centre in a rampage which lasted for hours. Four people were injured, and one man’s fingertip was torn off, according to police reports. Others suffered leg injuries, as they were hit by the fully-grown animals in the northernmost state of Schleswig-Holstein.  The boars tore through the streets and ran through the market square, before making their way into a local bank branch, according to police, who issued a warning at around 9am urging people to avoid the town centre and to stay in their houses or in shops. One eyewitness saw a woman lying on the ground, screaming, after her trousers had been torn, according to German radio station NDR 1 Welle Nord. Another said they were "completely bewildered" and that the boars had come "out of nowhere".  After a large-scale operation, during which police and hunters chased the boar with stun rifles, one was killed by huntsman Uwe Ingwersen at 11am - two hours after the animals were first spotted - with a targeted head shot. The second ran away from the centre and police say it is now outside the city area.  Terror in Ditmarschen���� pic.twitter.com/mheLOKa5RK— Daggi (@danishkeks) October 20, 2017 Customers in the bank, which was invaded by the boars, were evacuated through open windows using ladders, according to police reports. Several cars were also damaged. Wild boar still roam the forests of Germany and are seen as a menace by much of German society. Marcus Börner, press officer at the Country Hunting Association, told the Schleswig-Holstein newspaper that it is highly stressful for boars, which have spread extensively in the state in recent decades, to be caught between walls and among so many people, causing them to become aggressive.  Earlier this year, a herd of wild boars attacked several people, injuring three, near Berlin's Tegel airport. Local media reported that it took authorities 18 shots to down one 200-kilogram boar, while the rest of the herd escaped.


Uranus will be visible to the naked eye tonight -- here's how to see it
Thu, 19 Oct 2017 11:12:00 -0400

Uranus will be visible to the naked eye tonight -- here's how to see itGrab a pair of binoculars and your lamest jokes because Uranus will be visible to the naked eye on Thursday night.


SitRep: U.S. Warships on Alert; Taliban Rip Through Afghan Forces
Thu, 19 Oct 2017 07:54:32 -0400

SitRep: U.S. Warships on Alert; Taliban Rip Through Afghan ForcesSitRep: U.S. warships ready near Korea; Deadly new Taliban offensive


Man Admits to Drowning 6-Year-Old Nephew Who Had Autism: Police
Thu, 19 Oct 2017 14:09:00 -0400

Man Admits to Drowning 6-Year-Old Nephew Who Had Autism: PoliceLittle Dayvid Pakko was drowned in a bathtub, then hidden in a dumpster, police said.



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