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US releases new photos it says incriminate Iran in tanker attacks
Mon, 17 Jun 2019 17:58:55 -0400

US releases new photos it says incriminate Iran in tanker attacksThe United States military on Monday released new photos it says incriminate Iran in an attack last week on a tanker ship in strategic Gulf waters. The US argument centers on an unexploded limpet mine on the Kokuka Courageous ship it says was removed by Iranians on a patrol boat. "Iran is responsible for the attack based on video evidence and the resources and proficiency needed to quickly remove the unexploded limpet mine," the Pentagon said in a statement accompanying the imagery.


Earthquake in southern China kills 11 people, injures 122
Mon, 17 Jun 2019 20:53:10 -0400

Earthquake in southern China kills 11 people, injures 122A strong earthquake that hit Sichuan province in southern China late Monday night killed 11 people and injured 122, the local government said. The Yibin city government posted the casualty toll on its social media accounts Tuesday morning. Xinhua news agency said rescue efforts were underway in the stricken area.


Daring maneuver brings NASA’s orbiter closer to an asteroid than ever before
Mon, 17 Jun 2019 11:44:30 -0400

Daring maneuver brings NASA’s orbiter closer to an asteroid than ever beforeNASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has been orbiting the space rock known as Bennu since the start of the year. It caught up with the asteroid in late December of 2018 and successfully inserted itself into orbit around the object around New Year's day. There have been several "firsts" along the way, but its latest maneuver is the most daring yet, and it allowed the spacecraft to break yet another record.A recent tweak to its orbit has brought the probe to an orbit of just 680 meters, or around 2,230 feet from the asteroid's surface. This is now the closest that any manmade spacecraft has orbited any planetary body.It's a stellar achievement for NASA, but it's worth noting that the previous record was actually already held by the OSIRIS-REx probe. What NASA did was break its own record and set itself even farther ahead from any competition to come in the future.This new orbit, which the research team calls the Orbital B phase, will give scientists a better understanding of the asteroid's surface and hopefully allow NASA to choose a suitable location where the probe can briefly snag a sample of its material.Actually pulling off such a daring maneuver will be incredibly risky, and nobody is quite sure if the spacecraft can make it happen. This is due in large part to the incredibly messy surface of Bennu, which surprised scientists when they got their first close look. The asteroid's surface is littered with debris ranging from tiny pebbles to massive boulders, and the spacecraft's handlers now have to find the safest place on the rock from which to gather a sample.Assuming it pulls off the sample grab, the probe will then leave Bennu and return to Earth with the sample material stowed safely for scientists on Earth to examine.


As promised, Trump slashes aid to Central America over migrants
Mon, 17 Jun 2019 14:01:37 -0400

As promised, Trump slashes aid to Central America over migrantsU.S. President Donald Trump's administration on Monday cut hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, after Trump blasted the three countries because thousands of their citizens had sought asylum at the U.S. border with Mexico. The plan will likely encounter stiff opposition in Congress. Lawmakers, including some of Trump's fellow Republicans as well as Democrats, have chafed against the president's repeated decisions to disregard spending bills passed by Congress, some of which he has signed into law himself.


View Photos of the 2020 BMW X3 M
Sun, 16 Jun 2019 18:01:00 -0400

View Photos of the 2020 BMW X3 M


Waves of Chinese tourists invade North Korea
Tue, 18 Jun 2019 00:38:57 -0400

Waves of Chinese tourists invade North KoreaDecades later, the monument is a regular stop for new waves of Chinese going to the North, this time as tourists. Hundreds of soldiers and workers have been sprucing up the obelisk and its grounds in recent days ahead of a state visit to Pyongyang by Chinese President Xi Jinping this week. An inscription on it lauds "the Chinese People's Volunteer Army, who fought with us on this land and smashed down the common enemy".


Unruly passenger hits flight attendant, then pukes during Delta flight to Paris
Sun, 16 Jun 2019 17:40:05 -0400

Unruly passenger hits flight attendant, then pukes during Delta flight to ParisA federal complaint says a man struck a flight attendant in the throat and then threw up during a Delta flight to Paris.


Buttigieg: There's Definitely Been Gay Presidents Before
Mon, 17 Jun 2019 05:58:14 -0400

Buttigieg: There's Definitely Been Gay Presidents BeforeReuters / John Sommers IIIf he wins in 2020, Pete Buttigieg is pretty sure he won't be the first gay president. Speaking to Axios on HBO, the South Bend mayor was asked how he's going to respond to people who attack him during the campaign for being too young, too liberal, or too gay to be the American president. “We have had excellent presidents who have been young,” he said. “We have had excellent presidents who have been liberal. I would imagine we've probably had excellent presidents who were gay—we just didn't know which ones.” He went on to say that it was statistically “almost certain” that there had been gay presidents, but he couldn't name names. “My gaydar even doesn't work that well in the present, let alone retroactively,” he lamented.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


Analysis: China blinks, but divide from Hong Kong remains
Mon, 17 Jun 2019 21:08:15 -0400

Analysis: China blinks, but divide from Hong Kong remainsThe leader of China, it turns out, may not be all-powerful. Faced with huge and disruptive protests in Hong Kong, China blinked. The decision to shelve the legislation that sparked the demonstrations shows that limits still exist to how hard China can, or is willing, to push.


Death toll from China quakes rises to 11
Mon, 17 Jun 2019 20:07:13 -0400

Death toll from China quakes rises to 11BEIJING/SHANGHAI, June 18 (Reuters) - The death toll from two strong earthquakes in China rose to 11 on Tuesday, with 122 people injured, state media said, adding that rescuers pulled some survivors from rubble in a part of the country that often suffers strong tremors. The quakes, roughly 30 minutes apart, hit the southwestern province of Sichuan late on Monday, with shaking felt in key regional cities, such as the provincial capital of Chengdu and the metropolis of Chongqing. People rushed into the streets and cracks were left in some buildings by the quakes, pictures posted on the social media accounts of state media showed.


Ex-Tehran mayor to face trial over wife's killing
Sun, 16 Jun 2019 13:55:49 -0400

Ex-Tehran mayor to face trial over wife's killingFormer Tehran mayor and prominent reformist Mohammad Ali Najafi will stand trial next month on charges of murdering his wife, the government-run Iran newspaper said Sunday. Najafi, 67, turned himself in and confessed to shooting his second wife Mitra Ostad on May 28 at their home in northern Tehran, according to Iranian media. "On July 1, the first trial session of Mohammad Ali Najafi, former Tehran mayor, will be held at Tehran's Criminal Court," the Iran daily reported.


Pompeo: Fox News host's questioning Trump's FBI comments a ‘Washington piece of silliness’
Sun, 16 Jun 2019 19:30:09 -0400

Pompeo: Fox News host's questioning Trump's FBI comments a ‘Washington piece of silliness’When Fox News host Chris Wallace asked Pompeo Sunday if “accepting oppo research from a foreign government right or wrong?” the former CIA director responded: “Chris, you know, you asked me not to call any of your questions today ridiculous. “President Trump has been very clear that he will always make sure that he gets it right for the American people and I’m confident he’ll do that here as well,” Pompeo said. Trump in an interview last week with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos said that he would take damaging information — which he referred to as “oppo research” instead of as interference in a U.S. election by foreign governments — and that he would do so without necessarily alerting the FBI.


US STOCKS-Wall St set for muted open; Fed meet in focus
Mon, 17 Jun 2019 09:06:29 -0400

US STOCKS-Wall St set for muted open; Fed meet in focusWall Street's main indexes were set for a subdued opening on Monday, following two straight weeks of gains, as focus shifted to a pivotal Federal Reserve meeting that could lay the groundwork for an interest rate cut later this year. The Fed is expected to leave borrowing costs unchanged at a policy meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday, but analysts expect data to show that a growing number of policymakers are open to cutting rates in the coming months. The Fed's policy-setting committee is due to release its statement at 2 p.m. EDT (1800 GMT) on Wednesday, with Powell holding a press conference shortly after.


Rock blasts cause quake near China-North Korea border
Mon, 17 Jun 2019 12:03:12 -0400

Rock blasts cause quake near China-North Korea borderTwo explosions detonated to crush rocks in northeast China caused a small earthquake near the North Korean border on Monday, local authorities said. The explosions were set off by Jilin Longye Blasting Company due to the "manufacturing needs" of the rock-crushing facility, said the Hunchun city government through its official Twitter-like Weibo. Earthquakes at the border can raise alarm due to nuclear tests in North Korea that have caused tremors in China in the past.


CEO: Boeing made mistake in handling warning-system problem
Sun, 16 Jun 2019 20:03:26 -0400

CEO: Boeing made mistake in handling warning-system problemThe chief executive of Boeing said the company made a "mistake" in handling a problematic cockpit warning system in its 737 Max jets before two crashes killed 346 people, and he promised transparency as the aircraft maker works to get the grounded plane back in flight. Speaking before the industry-wide Paris Air Show, Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg told reporters Boeing's communication with regulators, customers and the public "was not consistent. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has faulted Boeing for not telling regulators for more than a year that a safety indicator in the cockpit of the top-selling plane didn't work as intended.


Egypt's former president Morsi quietly buried in Cairo
Tue, 18 Jun 2019 12:52:39 -0400

Egypt's former president Morsi quietly buried in CairoEgypt's first democratically elected president Mohamed Morsi was buried Tuesday, as the UN backed calls for an independent investigation into the causes of his death after he collapsed in a Cairo courtroom. The Islamist leader, who was overthrown in 2013 after a year of divisive rule and later charged with espionage, was buried at a cemetery in eastern Cairo's Medinat Nasr, one of his lawyers said. Abdel Moneim Abdel Maksoud said family members had washed Morsi's body and prayed the last rites early Tuesday morning at the Leeman Tora Hospital.


Travel influencers detail 'dangerous' Dominican Republic experience, respond to backlash
Mon, 17 Jun 2019 07:28:16 -0400

Travel influencers detail 'dangerous' Dominican Republic experience, respond to backlashGreat Escape bloggers Cora and Jay Smith say they are speaking out again about her 2018 sexual assault in the Dominican Republic to warn others.


It shouldn't take Jon Stewart to rescue 9/11 first responders
Tue, 18 Jun 2019 08:34:00 -0400

It shouldn't take Jon Stewart to rescue 9/11 first responders50,000 survivors have been diagnosed with 9/11-related illnesses. Reauthorizing compensation is the least Mitch McConnell and Congress can do: Our view


Belgian dad pleas for help to find son missing in Australia
Mon, 17 Jun 2019 03:04:17 -0400

Belgian dad pleas for help to find son missing in AustraliaAn encrypted phone message sent by a missing Belgian tourist could hold a clue to the 18-year-old's disappearance from an Australian coastal town, his father said on Monday. Theo Hayez was last seen leaving a Byron Bay nightclub late on May 31. Hayez on Monday made a public appeal for help to access his son's encrypted WhatsApp account.


Prime Day came early for the best-selling Instant Pot, which is down to its lowest price of 2019
Mon, 17 Jun 2019 12:07:22 -0400

Prime Day came early for the best-selling Instant Pot, which is down to its lowest price of 2019Is your old multi-cooker showing its age? Or perhaps you haven't yet gotten yourself an Instant Pot to see what all the fuss is about. Whatever the case may be, today is your lucky day because Prime Day pretty much just came early for the largest version of Instant Pot's best-selling model. That's right, the Instant Pot DUO80 8 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker normally costs $140 but today it's all the way down to $84.99, the lowest price of 2019. Definitely get one before this deal is done!Here's some important info from the product page: * Duo 8 Quart, the number 1 selling multi-cooker, combines 7 kitchen appliances in 1, Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Saute, Yogurt Marker and Warmer, prepares dishes up to 70% faster to support your busy lifestyle * Features 14 Smart Programs - Soup, Meat/Stew, Bean/Chili, Poultry, Saute/Simmer, Rice, Multigrain, Porridge, Steam, Slow Cook, Keep Warm, Yogurt, Manual, and Pressure Cook. Now, your favorite dishes are as easy as pressing a button * Healthy, stainless steel (18/8) inner cooking pot made from food grade 304, no chemical coating, 3-ply bottom for even heat distribution, fully sealed environment traps the flavours, nutrients and aromas within the food * Built with the latest 3rd generation technology, the microprocessor monitors pressure, temperature, keeps time, and adjusts heating intensity and duration to achieve your desired results every time * UL and ULC certified with 10 safety mechanisms to provide you with added assurance, designed to eliminate many common errors * Accessories include stainless steel steam rack with handles, rice paddle, soup spoon, measuring cup, condensation collector and recipe booklet * Power supply: 120V - 60Hz, Power: 1200 watts



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