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  • Trump stands by remarks on Charlottesville: 'George Washington was a slave owner'

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    Trump had a heated debate with reporters over the violence that took place in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend and said there was "blame on both sides."

    Tue, 15 Aug 2017 17:18:15 -0400
  • North Carolina woman confronts man flying Nazi flag at his home

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    A North Carolina woman who confronted a man flying a Nazi flag outside his home says she felt the need to stand up to his show of hate in the wake of violence that erupted during a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend.

    Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:06:15 -0400
  • Could Trump's Comments Lead To a GOP Presidential Primary?

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    Trump's media availability drew intense criticism from the right. Former GOP Rep. David Jolly says today may be the start of a primary movement to replace Trump. He joins O'Donnell and Jarvis DeBerry to discuss Trump's long pattern of bigoted behavior.

    Tue, 15 Aug 2017 15:21:32 -0400
  • First group of Qatari pilgrims enter Saudi Arabia by land: Saudi TV

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    By Sylvia Westall and Tom Finn DUBAI/DOHA (Reuters) - Qatari pilgrims began arriving in Saudi Arabia on Thursday, Saudi media reported, after Riyadh said it was opening up its border and airports for those attending the annual haj pilgrimage despite a diplomatic rift that cut travel ties. Qatar welcomed the Saudi decision to open the frontier and provide flights for Qatari pilgrims, but regarded the move as politically motivated, Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani said. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt severed transport links with Qatar in June and imposed sanctions, accusing it of supporting Islamist militants and Iran, which Doha denies.

    Thu, 17 Aug 2017 13:00:33 -0400
  • Maryland judge denies DC sniper Malvo's bid for new sentence

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    Lee Boyd Malvo, who as a teenager participated in the sniper attacks that killed 10 people and terrorized the Washington region, will not get a new sentence in Maryland, a judge said in a ruling released Wednesday.

    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:58:48 -0400
  • Mother of Charlottesville victim Heather Heyer: 'They tried to kill my child to shut her up'

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    “They tried to kill my child to shut her up,” said Susan Bro, dwarfed by the large stage and cinema screen at the Paramount Theater in downtown Charlottesville, Virginia. The 1,200 mourners in the room rose to their feet and applauded as the mood ebbed between somber reflection, defiance and a celebration of 32-year-old Heather Heyer’s life.

    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:25:48 -0400
  • Nigeria suicide bombers kill 28, wound 82

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    Three women suicide bombers blew themselves up at the entrance to a camp for displaced people in northeast Nigeria on Tuesday, killing 28 people and wounding 82, local sources said. The attack -- the latest in a string of assaults in the troubled region -- took place in the town of Mandarari, 25 kilometres (15 miles) from Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, said Baba Kura, a member of a vigilante force set up to fight jihadists. "Three female bombers triggered their explosive outside of the IDP (internally displaced persons) camp... killing 28 people and wounding 82 others," Kura said.

    Tue, 15 Aug 2017 23:10:42 -0400
  • Dizzying artwork video uses oil, paint, and soap to create otherworldly movement

    These dizzying images use oil, soap and paint to create movements that feel otherworldly, and seem to psychedelically burst from their surroundings.

    Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:07:36 -0400
  • After Charlottesville, both Bush presidents denounce ‘hatred in all forms’

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    Former President George H.W. Bush and former President George W. Bush, in a rare joint statement, declared Wednesday that Americans must reject “hatred in all its forms” in the aftermath of the white supremacist and neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville.

    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:49:10 -0400
  • A Divided Country Is Exactly What Trump Wants

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    WASHINGTON — Let’s be clear about what President Donald Trump was up to Tuesday during his press conference in Trump Tower, and what his longer-range plan is for surviving, if not prospering, in the White House for at least four years.

    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 20:11:22 -0400
  • Has Natalee Holloway's Body Been Found? Remains Reportedly Discovered in Search for Missing Teen

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    The Alabama teen vanished during a school trip in 2005.

    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:17:00 -0400
  • Rebels say they shoot down Syrian military jet, army confirms crash

    The Syrian military said on Tuesday that one of its jets crashed in southern Syria, state television reported, hours after Western-backed rebels said they had shot it down and captured the pilot. State-owned Ikhbariya television quoted a Syrian army source as saying an investigation was under way to determine what caused the crash. Rebels released photos of a pilot they identified as Major Ali al Hilwa, with bruises on his face, and the wreckage of a jet they said was a Russian-built MiG brought down by anti-aircraft guns.

    Tue, 15 Aug 2017 13:20:29 -0400
  • At least 7 dead in alleged gang attack on Guatemala hospital

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    GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Attackers stormed one of Guatemala's largest hospitals with guns blazing Wednesday to free an imprisoned gang member, officials said. At least seven people were killed and five were arrested.

    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:11:02 -0400
  • 82nd Airborne calls out white supremacist for wearing their hat at Charlottesville

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    Welcome to 2017, where white supremacists are being called out on Twitter by veterans for wearing disrespectful hats. Don't you miss the election now? After photos of the Charlottesville rally went viral this weekend, members of the 82nd Airborne Division discovered that one of the white supremacists at the rally was wearing their division's hat. The veterans rightly pointed out that supremacists probably shouldn't wear their hats, since, you know, the entire point of their division was to destroy Nazis like him. SEE ALSO: 80 totally benign things Trump condemned more harshly than neo-Nazis Irony, amirite? Would *LOVE* to know the name of Mr. 82nd Airborne Division here rendering Hitler's Nazi salute. The 82nd jumped into Normandy on D-Day. pic.twitter.com/oObJNgXzEI — Brandon Friedman (@BFriedmanDC) August 13, 2017 "Anyone can purchase that hat,” the 82nd Airborne wrote on Twitter. “Valor is earned.” The 82nd Airborne, an elite division, was critical to America's victory at Normandy. Their hats can easily be purchased online and on Amazon. Our WWII Airborne forefathers jumped into Europe to defeat Nazism. We know who we are. We know our legacy. — All American  (@82ndABNDiv) August 14, 2017 U really think that guy is an active member of the 82nd just because he has that hat? My mom has that same hat. She's 78 & has never served — All American  (@82ndABNDiv) August 14, 2017 Andy - Respectfully, anyone who thinks this man represents our culture and values has never worn the maroon beret...and never will — All American  (@82ndABNDiv) August 14, 2017 Anyone can purchase that hat. Valor is earned. pic.twitter.com/qk6rQHBwui — All American  (@82ndABNDiv) August 14, 2017 It appears that the man photographed, who has yet to be identified, was not a member of their division and was in fact, making a KKK salute. For all of his tough guy military fatigues, the man hasn't exactly given his life to defeat fascism — which many members of the 82nd division did. The group made sure to highlight the raging hypocrisy on Twitter. Who knows? THIS is what an All American Paratrooper looks like. Rock Merritt jumped into Normandy on D Day, Njiemgen, fought in Bulge pic.twitter.com/vaps5fU0jb — All American  (@82ndABNDiv) August 14, 2017 Apparently, there's more to being a hero than purchasing a clearance rack hat on Amazon. Who knew? WATCH: 'The Terminator' is back in this homemade recreation of the sequel

    Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:37:30 -0400
  • 10-year-old India rape victim gives birth to baby girl

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    A 10-year-old rape victim whose plea for an abortion was rejected by India's Supreme Court has given birth to a baby girl, a doctor said Thursday. The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was raped several times allegedly by an uncle who has since been arrested. Both the girl and her baby are doing fine," doctor Dasari Harish told AFP by phone from the northern Indian city of Chandigarh.

    Thu, 17 Aug 2017 06:36:47 -0400
  • Grace Mugabe claims diplomatic immunity in S.Africa assault case

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    Zimbabwe's first lady Grace Mugabe has claimed diplomatic immunity after being accused of assaulting a 20-year-old model, South African police said Wednesday, in an incident that could test cross-border relations. The 52-year-old wife of President Robert Mugabe is accused of attacking Gabriella Engels on Sunday evening at a Johannesburg hotel where the first lady's two sons were staying. Engels has registered a police case alleging assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, saying she suffered deep cuts to her forehead and the back of her head.

    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 15:40:36 -0400
  • Spain must raze all vegetation on Mallorca to combat 'olive tree ebola' says EU report

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    The Spanish island of Mallorca could be virtually razed of vegetation under an EU plan to halt the march of a deadly bacteria known as “ebola of the olive”, farmers in the region have warned. The bacteria Xylella fastidiosa, which has infected thousands of olive trees in southern Italy, is now raging across the Balearic Islands with carrier species multiplying, according to a recent assessment by the European Union. In July, it was detected for the first time on the Spanish mainland in almond trees in Alicante, raising fears it could wreak havoc in the world's largest producer of olive oil. The EU and the Balearics government are now discussing a containment plan which could force eradication of all vegetation within a 100 metre radius of infected plants, Spain’s El Confidential newspaper reported. With infections confirmed at 156 separate points across Mallorca, agricultural groups say the measure would mean the almost complete destruction of the island’s plant life. Spain is the world's largest producer of olive oil Credit: PAUL GROVER “If we comply with what Europe is asking us, it would be starting to fell at one end of the island and finishing at the other. I don’t know if eradicating all the plant life is the solution, but I am sure that, in Mallorca, this is impossible to apply,” Gonzalo Rodríguez, head of the Camp Mallorquí cooperative of 1,000 producers, told the paper. The Balearics authorities had won a reprieve from the eradication measure after the bacteria was detected on the islands late last year, arguing that it would be a “disaster” for the local environment. The bacteria, which can infect some 300 species, was first discovered in a cherry tree in a Mallorca garden centre in October. After tests elsewhere on the Balearic Islands came back positive, the local government declared the entire archipelago an outbreak zone, banned the export of live plants and began destroying infected specimens. But a June assessment by the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) came back with alarming news: the response had been too limited, and even with the total application of EU measures, eradication will now be “very difficult” to achieve. The number of carrier plants was also growing, it said, now taking around a dozen species including grape vines, almond and plum trees and lavender. In Alicante, local authorities and agricultural groups have backed eradication as the only option. But resistance among some farmers is growing: last week protesters blocked machinery brought in to fell trees around an infected plant, El Confidencial reported.

    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:02:20 -0400
  • Charlottesville is a target for the alt-right. Its Jewish mayor is emerging as a national voice.

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    Michael Signer has emerged as a fierce critic of the president — and also as an important voice for the new South’s reckoning with its difficult history.

    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:02:53 -0400
  • FBI 'reopens investigation into Clintons at Trump lawyer's request'

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    The FBI has reportedly reopened an investigation into a meeting between Bill Clinton and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch - a runway tarmac encounter during the election campaign that Donald Trump claimed was an attempt to influence a probe into his rival's use of a private email server. The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) made a request for the FBI to reopen its consideration of their push for documents relating to the meeting. The chief counsel for the ACLJ is Jay Sekulow, one of the people on Donald Trump's legal team.

    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:43:00 -0400
  • None Of The 10 Best Cities To Live In The World Are In The U.S.

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    Donald Trump’s policies are partly the reason that none of the 10 most liveable cities in the world are in the U.S., according to a new report from The Economist Intelligence Unit.

    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:49:02 -0400
  • Iran's military chief in rare visit to Turkey for Syria talks

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    By Parisa Hafezi and Tuvan Gumrukcu ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish and Iranian military leaders held talks on Wednesday over cooperation in the Syrian conflict and counter-terrorism, officials said, during a rare visit to NATO-member Turkey by the Islamic Republic's military chief of staff. Turkey's ties with Washington have been strained by U.S. support for Kurdish fighters in Syria, and the visit by Iranian General Mohammad Baqeri is the latest sign that Ankara is increasing cooperation with other powers such as Iran and Russia. Baqeri met his Turkish counterpart on Tuesday and Turkey's Defence Minister Nurettin Canikli on Wednesday in what Turkish media said was the first visit by an Iranian chief of staff since Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution.

    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:27:00 -0400
  • Man charged with spraying manure on US Border Protection car

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    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A man who says his livelihood in agriculture has been nearly ruined by people who entered the country illegally to work on local farms is facing charges he sprayed liquid manure on a marked U.S. Customs and Border Protection car after confronting an agent about immigration enforcement.

    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:11:56 -0400
  • Remains Found In April Have Been Identified As Those Of Teen Missing Since 2007

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    Kara Kopetsky hadn't been seen since leaving her Missouri high school in May 2007.

    Thu, 17 Aug 2017 08:33:00 -0400
  • American Airlines Accused Of Destroying Woman's Wedding Dress

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    The court papers claimed Yewande Oteh of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, decided to sue the airline after it failed to prevent or investigate the incident.

    Thu, 17 Aug 2017 03:10:50 -0400
  • Investigators likely slain by Congolese militia: UN probe

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    Two UN investigators killed in March likely died at the hands of Congolese militia members, a UN inquiry found, adding that further investigation will be required to "fully ascertain the identity" of those involved. Michael Sharp, an American, and Zaida Catalan, a Swedish-Chilean dual national, were found murdered in March in the Democratic Republic of Congo while on a UN mission investigating violence and mass graves in the country's restive Kasai province. "A group of Congolese, likely militia members from the Kasai Central province, was responsible," read the board's executive summary, obtained Wednesday by AFP.

    Thu, 17 Aug 2017 01:25:17 -0400
  • New tower fuels concerns over changing face of San Francisco

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    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — More than 60 stories above the ground, construction workers climb makeshift stairs and cross narrow steel planks to put the finishing touches on Salesforce Tower, now San Francisco's tallest building.

    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:31:02 -0400
  • Take a look at the world's top 10 most liveable cities 2017

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    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:22:43 -0400
  • Why Barack Obama is Our Most Viral President

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    Barack Obama's post Charlottesville tweet just broke the record for number of likes. How did Obama crack the social media code?

    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:20:00 -0400
  • 'If he's not fired, he's bulletproof': Steve Bannon calls white nationalists 'clowns' and discusses White House 'fighting' in magazine interview

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    White House chief strategist Steve Bannon branded the white nationalists who rallied in Charlottesville as "clowns" on Wednesday, in a phone conversation likened to Anthony Scaramucci's infamous interview with the New Yorker.  In a wide-ranging, unsolicited interview with small left-leaning magazine The American Prospect, the former CEO of right-wing Breitbart News website argued the US was in an "economic war" with China, dismissed Donald Trump's vow to bring down "fire and fury" on North Korea, and talked of daily "fighting" within the government.  Mr Bannon, an economic nationalist, is reported to be on shaky ground with Mr Trump, who gave him only a tepid endorsement this week. The frank, freewheeling telephone interview drew comparisons with the one Mr Scaramucci, the former White House communications director, gave to the New Yorker shortly before he was fired.  "This isn't as profane as Scaramucci but otherwise it's the same transgression. If he's not fired, he's bulletproof," Washington Post contributor Daniel Drezner tweeted.  Do we think Bannon pulled a Scaramucci (i.e. accidentally blurted stuff not knowing rules) or was this deliberate? https://t.co/9TJDZocbBx— Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) August 17, 2017 "Just read the Bannon interview with the Prospect. It's truly extraordinary. His version of Scaramucci's call to Lizza," Axios reporter Jonathan Swan said. Like Mr Scaramucci, Mr Bannon reportedly did not realise the conversation was on the record. “Apparently Bannon never thought that the journalist might take his (very newsworthy) comments and turn them into a story,” Swan reported. Prospect said that Bannon had never specified that the interview was off the record. Mr Bannon has yet to comment on the report.  During the interview, the senior White House adviser talked about the storm over Mr Trump's defensive response to deadly violence at a white supremacist rally in Virginia at the weekend. Donald Trump on Charlottesville: 'there is blame on both sides' 01:58 Far from defending the president, Mr Bannon spoke with disdain about the white nationalist movement he helped cultivate as a former head of Breitbart. "Ethno-nationalism - it's losers. It's a fringe element. I think the media plays it up too much, and we gotta help crush it, you know, uh, help crush it more," he was quoted as saying. "These guys are a collection of clowns."   He also said the administration's focus should be on China. "To me the economic war with China is everything. And we have to be maniacally focused on that," he said. "If we continue to lose it, we're five years away, I think, ten years at the most, of hitting an inflection point from which we'll never be able to recover," he said. Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon - in 90 seconds 01:33 Mr Bannon was dismissive of Mr Trump's vow to bring down "fire and fury" on North Korea if it continued to threaten the United States with missiles and nuclear weapons. "There's no military solution [to North Korea's nuclear threats], forget it," he said. "Until somebody solves the part of the equation that shows me that ten million people in Seoul don't die in the first 30 minutes from conventional weapons, I don't know what you're talking about, there's no military solution here, they got us." According to the interview, Mr Bannon described his fight within the administration to take a harder line against China's trade practices, and not fall into the trap of hoping China would play the role of honest broker in restraining North Korea. "We're at economic war with China," he said. "It's in all their literature. They're not shy about saying what they're doing. In his own words | Steve Bannon "One of us is going to be a hegemon in 25 or 30 years and it's gonna be them if we go down this path. On Korea, they're just tapping us along. It's just a sideshow." Of his adversaries in the State Department, Treasury and Defence who want to enlist China's help, Mr Bannon said "they're wetting themselves" - and named Mr Trump's chief economic advisor Gary Cohn as one of his foes. "That’s a fight I fight every day here,” he said. “We’re still fighting. There’s Treasury and Gary Cohn and Goldman Sachs lobbying. “We gotta do this. The president’s default position is to do it, but the apparatus is going crazy. Don’t get me wrong. It’s like, every day.”

    Thu, 17 Aug 2017 09:33:00 -0400
  • Fox News Hosts Split Over Donald Trump's Wild New York Press Conference

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    It’s no secret that President Donald Trump and Fox News have a close relationship.

    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 05:29:34 -0400
  • China military criticizes 'wrong' U.S. moves on Taiwan, S.China Sea

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    The "wrong" actions of the United States on Taiwan, its South China Sea patrols and deployment of an advanced anti-missile system in South Korea have had a large, negative influence on military trust, a senior Chinese officer said on Thursday. Fan Changlong, a vice chairman of China's powerful Central Military Commission, told Joseph Dunford, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, that mutual trust mechanisms between the two militaries had continued to improve, China's defense ministry said.

    Thu, 17 Aug 2017 07:19:33 -0400
  • Woman Arrested for Running Raffle Ticket Scam Using Image, Name of Boy Who Died of Cancer

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    Tracey Jacqueline Weir is accused of selling phony raffle tickets to support children's cancer research in the name of 4-year-old Nolan Scully.

    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:02:00 -0400
  • Video Shows Minneapolis Police Watching As Bouncer Punches Handcuffed Man

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    A video showing a bouncer punching a handcuffed man as two Minneapolis police officers look on has gone viral on Facebook with the views ranging up to 16, 000. The post was shared more than a hundred times.

    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 05:50:43 -0400
  • US: 'Zero' chance of Colorado River water shortage in 2018

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    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Heavy winter snows in the Rocky Mountains have rescued the thirsty Western U.S. for another year.

    Tue, 15 Aug 2017 20:35:32 -0400
  • Two Kids Got Locked In A Grocery Store And Did Exactly What You'd Expect

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    It's right out of a TV show.

    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:10:10 -0400
  • The O.J. Bronco was for sale on "Pawn Stars," but didn't sell

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    The second Bronco was the white one that Al Cowlings used to drive O.J. on that dramatic slow-speed highway chase. Originally owned by Cowlings, the Bronco was sold to O.J.'s manager Mike Gilbert. Now Gilbert is ready to part with the Bronco and he wants to see if the "Pawn Stars" will pony up his asking price.

    Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:00:00 -0400
  • Neo-Nazi website asks readers to target funeral of Heather Heyer who died in Charlottesville violence

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    One of America’s most prominent neo-Nazi websites has apparently ordered its readers to harass the funeral of Heather Heyer, the civil rights worker who was killed during the disorder in the Virginian town of Charlottesville. The Daily Stormer helped organise the ultra-right wing rally where a car was driven into counter-demonstrators, killing the 32-year-old paralegal and hurting 19 other people. James Fields, 20, from Ohio, has been charged with murder.

    Tue, 15 Aug 2017 19:01:00 -0400
  • Argentina warns US against military move on Venezuela

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    US Vice President Mike Pence heard more complaints from Latin American allies Tuesday about President Donald Trump's warning of a possible US military option to deal with the crisis in Venezuela. "The use of force is not the way," but rather political pressure, Argentine President Mauricio Macri said at a news conference alongside Mike Pence, who is on a tour of Latin American countries.

    Tue, 15 Aug 2017 17:42:57 -0400
  • Mom Tracks Pregnancy With Hilarious Letter Board Messages

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    Vorderstrasse posts photos on Instagram of herself and sometimes her partner alongside a letter board that sums up what she’s thinking. While pregnant with her now 2-week-old, Hazel, Vorderstrasse posed with the board at different stages of her pregnancy, touching on everything from swollen feet to food cravings to her incessant need to pee.

    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:18:16 -0400
  • Iranian president threatens to revitalize nuclear program

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    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's president warned Tuesday that it could ramp up its nuclear program and quickly achieve a more advanced level if the U.S. continues "threats and sanctions" against his country, which signed a landmark nuclear accord with world powers in 2015.

    Tue, 15 Aug 2017 18:22:52 -0400
  • MH370’s ‘Most Likely Location’ Released

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    The Boeing 777 is thought to have crashed on March 8, 2014, with 239 people on board.

    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:09:45 -0400
  • 59 Crazy Creative Things To Make With Cauliflower

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    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:46:09 -0400
  • 'Bloodiest 24 hours' of Philippines drugs war, as 32 shot dead by Duterte's police

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    Thirty two suspected drug dealers were killed in police shootouts in the Philippines on Tuesday night, during the bloodiest 24 hours so far of a state war on drugs that has killed over 7,000 people in the last year. The police conducted 49 “buy-bust” operations, using undercover officers to attempt to buy drugs from suspected dealers, and 14 raids, in the province of Bucalan, just north of the capital, Manila, said police superintendent Romeo Caramat. Filipino students stage a protest rally against the war on drugs in Manila Credit: EPA Describing his forces’ actions as “one time, big time”, he said that 25 of these operations had “resulted in armed encounter” during which 32 were killed and 107 were arrested. Officers also confiscated over 200 grams of methamphetamine, 786g of marijuana, and firearms. Mr Caramat told reporters that while the police tried to avoid casualties during their operations, that “we do not have control of the situation.” He repeated a common line issued by the Philippine authorities, that the suspects were killed because they fought back. “The subjects are notorious drug pushers and we all know that they are called notorious because they will refuse to be caught alive,” he said, according to local news-site, Rappler. More than 3,200 alleged drug offenders have been killed in gunbattles with law enforcers since President Rodrigo Duterte unleashed a brutal war on drugs after coming to power last year. #Philippines mandatory student drug testing may create a "school-to-cemetery track" for kids testing positive @hrwhttps://t.co/OC0MQMce3upic.twitter.com/Jpysuh1pTs— Phelim Kine 林海 (@PhelimKine) August 14, 2017 Human rights groups have accused the police of acting with impunity and deliberately staging shoot-outs to kill suspects without giving them the right to a trial. They report that at least 7,000 alleged drugs dealers and users in total have been killed, with the majority being gunned down by vigilante assassins accused of having links to the authorities. Critics of Duterte have demanded an investigation into his possible role in the violence. Rachel Chhoa-Howard, Philippines researcher at Amnesty International said it was “extremely worrying” that the killings had picked up pace in recent weeks. “This is another horrific milestone in President Duterte’s bloody ‘war on drugs’,” she said of Tuesday night’s death toll. “This shows clearly the urgent need to establish an international-led investigation into the carnage taking place every night.” Phelime Kine, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch, added his voice to calls for an independent inquiry, urging the United Nations to investigate Duterte’s drugs war “slaughter.” “Duterte’s consistent cheerleading for an unlawful killing campaign that killed at least 7,000 – and perhaps as many as 12,000 – of the country’s most poverty-stricken citizens makes him complicit in the incitement and instigation of mass killings” he said. In quotes | Rodrigo Duterte, President of the Philippines Meanwhile, HRW has warned that the safety of Philippine high school and college students could be endangered by government plans to introduce random mandatory drugs tests on campus. The ministry of education has approved a proposal to introduce drugs tests at the start of the school year to deter and determine the prevalence of drug abuse among students. “Imposing mandatory drug testing of students when Philippine police are committing rampant summary killings of alleged drug users puts countless children in danger for failing a drug test,” said Mr Kine. “Education officials should be protecting students, not putting them in harm’s way through mandatory drugs tests.”

    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:25:39 -0400
  • Scary video shows a bear charging a dog in Alaska

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    A mama black bear was caught on camera charging a Siberian husky at a campground in Alaska.  The recently released clip, from a campground in Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, shows a bear and her three cubs approaching a trailer from the woods on July 5. When the bear spots the dog it delivers a bluff charge, and the bear and husky get into a brief fight off camera. A woman can then be heard yelling at the bear, which returns to its cubs and runs away.  Tom Henderson, who uploaded the video earlier this month, said in an email that his wife is the person heard yelling in the clip. Fortunately, the dog was unharmed in the scuffle, despite its screams. Henderson also said that bear sightings are not uncommon in the camp, though they have not had a problem like this before. Unfortunate interactions between humans and wildlife are unfortunately common in the area. In June a man was mauled after brown bear with a sow got defensive.  Mashable has reached out to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game for additional information.

    Tue, 15 Aug 2017 19:55:25 -0400
  • What to Do With a Heinous Statue

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    Lessons for Trump from post-Nazi Germany and post-Soviet Eastern Europe.

    Thu, 17 Aug 2017 08:26:52 -0400
  • Donald Trump's lawyer makes collage of himself with black people to show he isn't racist

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    Donald Trump's lawyer has been ridiculed online after making a collage of himself pictured with black people to prove he is not racist. Michael Cohen tweeted a selection of selfies in an apparent bid to distance himself from anger over the President's response to white supremacist violence in Charlottesville. "As the son of a holocaust survivor, I have no tolerance for racism," Mr Trump's personal attorney wrote alongside eight pictures of himself with African Americans.

    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:00:26 -0400
  • Dear Ivanka: It's Time To Decide Which Side Of History You're Going To Stand On

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    I know you’ve probably got a lot on your plate right now but we really need to talk about your father and what a shit show this week has been.

    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:46:55 -0400
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