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- NYPD union: Cops are victims of 'blue racism' - Mon, 21 Aug 2017 13:28:30 -0400
Though it hopes to reduce tensions by pointing out that police are sometimes a target as well, the union is drawing fire from some quarters.
- Who marched in Boston? Faces and voices from the rally and counterprotest - Sun, 20 Aug 2017 09:43:50 -0400
Yahoo News went into the crowd in Boston Saturday and talked to mostly right-wing marchers for “free speech” and to mostly progressive counterprotesters.
- US Navy crash: 10 sailors missing after destroyer USS John McCain collides with oil tanker off Singapore - Sun, 20 Aug 2017 22:48:00 -0400
Ten sailors are missing after an American warship collided with an oil tanker east of Singapore in the second accident involving US Navy destroyers in little more than two months. The guided-missile destroyer USS John S McCain collided with the merchant vessel Alnic MC while heading to Singapore for a routine port call, the Navy said in a statement. “Initial reports indicate John S McCain sustained damage to her port side aft,” the Navy said.
- Trump backs off Afghan withdrawal, lambasts Pakistan - Tue, 22 Aug 2017 06:33:43 -0400
"My instinct was to pull out," Trump said as he spoke of his frustration with a war that has killed thousands of US troops and cost US taxpayers trillions of dollars. While Trump refused to offer detailed troop numbers, senior White House officials said he had already authorized his defense secretary to deploy up to 3,900 more troops to Afghanistan.
- Plane Passenger Forced to Sit In Puddle Of Urine For Entire 11-Hour Flight - Mon, 21 Aug 2017 10:01:37 -0400
"At first I thought it was water but the smell was so distinct it could only have been urine."
- See the Path of the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse As It Moves Across the U.S. - Sun, 20 Aug 2017 10:00:39 -0400
On Aug. 21, skygazers will see a total solar eclipse
- Barcelona attacker stabbed man to death during escape: police - Mon, 21 Aug 2017 09:16:28 -0400
By Angus Berwick BARCELONA, Spain (Reuters) - Spain asked the rest of Europe to join the hunt for a young man thought to have been the driver in last week's deadly van attack in Barcelona as police said on Monday that he had also hijacked a car and killed its occupant during his escape. After driving at high speed into crowds on the city's famous avenue Las Ramblas last Thursday, killing 13 people, the suspected Islamist militant fled on foot and then hijacked the car as it was being parked, stabbing the driver to death, police said. The suspect, Moroccan-born Younes Abouyaaqoub, 22, then drove the hijacked car through a police checkpoint, police said.
- British couple's message in a bottle reaches Gaza fisherman after 500-mile journey - Tue, 22 Aug 2017 06:06:26 -0400
A message in a bottle dropped in the ocean by a British couple has been found by a fisherman in Gaza after a 500-mile journey. Bethany Wright, a university student, said it was “incredible” the bottle she sent with her boyfriend, Zac Marriner, while on holiday in the Greek island of Rhodes, was found so far away. The message in a bottle was found in Gaza Credit: Ali Jadallah/Anadolu Agency/Getty "It was certainly incredible that our bottle was found at all, let alone on a beach in Gaza," she told The Telegraph. Bethany Wright and Zac Marriner on holiday "So tragic the situation there means people are so cut off, but the bottle reaching there illustrates greatly how we are just all one world, all connected by one ocean and loved by one God." Map: Message in a bottle from Rhodes to Gaza It was picked up by Palestinian fisherman Jihad al-Soltan, who got in contact with the stunned couple via an email address written on a letter inside the bottle. Jihad al-Soltan displays a letter after he found it in a bottle Credit: Ali Jadallah/Anadolu Agency/Getty "Hello, Thank you for picking up this bottle. As a reward here are some magic flowers," the couple wrote in their letter. "We are currently on holiday on Rhodes and we would love to know how far this bottle got, even if it's just the next beach," said the letter inside, signed "Faithfully, Zac and Beth". Jihad al-Soltan at work Credit: Ali Jadallah/Anadolu Agency/Getty Soltan told Reuters he was pleased the bottle made it to Gaza past an Israeli naval blockade and fishing zone restrictions. "As a fisherman I felt this letter travelled through borders and international waters without restrictions while we as fishermen are unable to go beyond six miles," he said. "I hope one day we would become as free as this bottle was." Widow finds secret love note from husband after his death in unexpected place
- US Embassy in Russia stops issuing tourist visas for 8 days - Mon, 21 Aug 2017 14:47:14 -0400
MOSCOW (AP) — In a step that could affect hundreds of thousands of Russian tourists, the U.S. Embassy in Russia said Monday it would suspend issuing nonimmigrant visas for eight days from Wednesday in response to the Russian decision to cap embassy staff.
- The National Park Service Raises Prices for Seniors - Mon, 21 Aug 2017 14:01:57 -0400
Senior citizens will soon be asked to pay more to visit National Parks and federal recreation areas in retirement. The price of the senior pass to National Parks will increase from $10 to $80 on August 28, 2017. The America the Beautiful -- The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Senior Pass , which covers lifetime visits to National Parks, has been $10 since 1994.
- The Latest: Divers assessing damage on USS John S. McCain - Mon, 21 Aug 2017 20:40:47 -0400
SINGAPORE (AP) — The Latest on the collision between the USS John S. McCain guided missile destroyer and an oil tanker east of Singapore (all times local):
- Iran back to high enrichment 'in 5 days' if US quits nuclear deal - Tue, 22 Aug 2017 04:35:30 -0400
Iran can resume high-level uranium enrichment within five days if the United States tears up the nuclear deal, the head of its Atomic Energy Organisation said Tuesday. "If we make a determination, at most in five days we can start 20 percent enrichment in Fordo (nuclear plant)," Ali Akbar Salehi said in an interview with state broadcaster IRIB. "Of course we would not like such a thing to happen as we made a lot of effort to achieve the JCPOA (nuclear deal)," he added.
- Trump administration 'disbands climate change advisory committee' - Sun, 20 Aug 2017 16:03:00 -0400
The administration of President Donald Trump has decided to disband a federal advisory panel on climate change - in a further sign of the White House's view on environmental policy. The panel is part of the National Climate Assessment, a group aimed at helping officials and policy makers integrate the US Government's climate change analysis into their long-term planning. A mandate for the 15-member Advisory Committee for the Sustained National Climate Assessment is set to expire on Sunday, and will not be renewed.
- Couple Who Engaged In Sexual Act Aboard Southwest Airlines Flight Questioned - Sun, 20 Aug 2017 12:24:37 -0400
The airline said the incident occurred on a flight from Atlanta to Las Vegas and apologized to other passengers aboard the flight.
- The Moon's Shadow Darkening the U.S. During the Eclipse Is Terrifying - Mon, 21 Aug 2017 15:56:45 -0400
See the eclipse engulf large swaths of the country in darkness
- Crime Spree End When Theft Victim Uses 'Find My iPhone' to Track Stolen Goods - Mon, 21 Aug 2017 17:21:00 -0400
The suspects' undoing began when they allegedly burglarized a Port Orange home as its owner slept overnight last Thursday, officials said.
- Vehicle rams into bus shelters in Marseille kills one - Mon, 21 Aug 2017 07:36:01 -0400
A man who rammed a car into two bus shelters in southern France on Monday, killing at least one person, was known to police for minor crimes and had psychological issues, a police source said.
- The Total Solar Eclipse Is Finally Here And The Photos Don't Disappoint - Mon, 21 Aug 2017 13:06:39 -0400
Unless you’ve been living in a fallout bunker (and who would blame you), everyone should know Monday is the day people around the U.S. have been excited about for the past few months.
- Ten sailors missing after USS John S. McCain collides with oil tanker near Singapore - Mon, 21 Aug 2017 08:32:58 -0400
Ten sailors are missing after a U.S. warship collided with an oil tanker east of Singapore before dawn on Monday, tearing a hole beneath the waterline and flooding compartments that include a crew sleeping area, the U.S. Navy said.
- Some remains of missing sailors found on USS John McCain, US Pacific Fleet commander says - Tue, 22 Aug 2017 07:17:26 -0400
Divers searching for 10 missing sailors on a US destroyer that collided with a tanker off Singapore have found human remains, the commander of the US Pacific Fleet said Tuesday. The US Navy has announced a fleet-wide global investigation following the latest deadly warship collision, the second in two months. "The divers were able to locate some remains in those sealed compartments during their search today," Admiral Scott Swift told reporters, referring to a search by divers of compartments of the damaged warship USS John S. McCain. He said Malaysian authorities, involved in the three-nation air and sea search for the sailors, had also found a body and it was being transferred to the US Navy for identification. Apart from the missing, five sailors were injured. The latest accident happened before dawn Monday in busy shipping lanes around the Strait of Singapore, with water flooding into the vessel after the huge hole was torn in the hull. The damaged USS John McCain (L) and the USS America are docked at Changi Naval Base in Singapore Credit: REUTERS It was the second fatal collision in two months - after the USS Fitzgerald collided with a Philippine-flagged cargo ship off Japan in June and left seven sailors dead - and the fourth accident in the Pacific this year involving an American warship. The incidents have sparked concerns that the US Navy could be overstretched in Asia - both ships were from the Japan-based Seventh Fleet - as they tackle China's rising assertiveness and North Korea's nuclear ambitions. The McCain had been heading for a routine stop in Singapore after carrying out a "freedom of navigation operation" in the disputed South China Sea earlier in August, sparking a furious response from Beijing. On Monday the Chief of US Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson ordered commanders within a week to set aside time, perhaps "one or two days", for crews to sit down together for discussions. The latest accident happened before dawn Monday in busy shipping lanes around the Strait of Singapore, with water flooding into the vessel after the huge hole was torn in the hull. Credit: AP A "comprehensive review" of practices would also begin. "As you know, this is the second collision in three months and the last of a series of incidents in the Pacific theatre," Richardson said. "This trend demands more forceful action. As such, I have directed an operational pause be taken in all of our fleets around the world." The admiral did not rule out some kind of outside interference or a cyber-attack being behind the latest collision, but said he did not want to prejudge the inquiry. His broader remarks suggested a focus on "how we do business on the bridge." The damaged vessel is named after US Senator John McCain's father and grandfather, who were both admirals in the US navy. The tanker involved in the collision, which was used for transporting oil and chemicals and weighed over 30,000 gross tonnes, sustained some damage but no crew were injured, and Singapore said there was no oil pollution.
- The Latest: Afghan government applauds Trump speech - Tue, 22 Aug 2017 03:42:50 -0400
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and U.S. policy in Afghanistan (all times EDT):
- Merkel attacks Turkey's 'misuse' of Interpol warrants - Sun, 20 Aug 2017 17:43:59 -0400
German Chancellor Angela Merkel criticized Turkey's use of an Interpol arrest warrant to detain a German writer in Spain, telling an election town hall event on Sunday that this amounted to abuse of the international police agency. Dogan Akhanli was stopped in Spain on Saturday after Ankara issued a "red notice". The German-Turkish writer was released on Sunday but must remain in Madrid while Spain assesses Turkey's extradition request.
- Millions pour into US towns in path of total eclipse - Mon, 21 Aug 2017 01:26:07 -0400
On Monday, when a total solar eclipse sweeps across the United States for the first time in 99 years, people gathering in Charleston, South Carolina, will be the last on the continent to experience it. Historic Charleston, with its cobblestone streets and elegant antebellum mansions, was a-bustle on Sunday in full pre-eclipse mode. Weather predictions for Monday were iffy -- with clouds and scattered thunderstorms predicted through the hours when the eclipse is due, from the moment when the moon first obscures a small arc of the sun, to totality, and through the end of the whole cosmic viewing experience.
- Northwestern Professor Murdered Boyfriend In Sex-Fantasy Gone Wrong, Prosecutor Says - Mon, 21 Aug 2017 11:22:50 -0400
Wyndham Lathem hatched his plan with a former Oxford University employee in an online chat room.
- Taiwan Is Suffering From a Massive Brain Drain and the Main Beneficiary is China - Mon, 21 Aug 2017 02:20:33 -0400
One U.K.-based consultancy predicts that by 2021 Taiwan will have the world's biggest talent deficit
- Solar eclipse 2017: Aerial photos show staggering number of people gathering in Oregon to see event - Mon, 21 Aug 2017 11:47:00 -0400
Thousands of people have descended on Oregon to witness the total solar eclipse, with the state first to witness the “line of totality” where the sun appears completely covered by the moon. Oregon State Police have been documenting the increase in traffic across Oregon since last week, showing aerial pictures of a 15-mile stretch of backed up traffic on Thursday as people travelled to the state to be ready for the eclipse. On Sunday aerial shots from Prineville Police Department showed the staggering size of the crowds gathered at the Symbiosis Gathering, also called the Oregon Eclipse Festival 2017, taking place on the Big Summit Prairie, and of the Oregon Star party.
- Australia Man Hails Drag Queens As 'Angels' After They Fight Off His Homophobic Attackers - Mon, 21 Aug 2017 12:30:03 -0400
An Australian man is crediting a trio of drag queen “angels” for rescuing him from a homophobic assault that he said ended when his high-heel-wearing heroines rushed in “like Destiny’s Child” with arms swinging.
- Guy falls into a giant sinkhole because he was too busy looking at his phone - Mon, 21 Aug 2017 06:28:16 -0400
Let this be a lesson to us all. A man riding a scooter was going down a street in the Chinese city of Guangxi, when a massive sinkhole suddenly opened up ahead of him. SEE ALSO: Giant sinkhole appears overnight, swallows 25 tonnes of fish His arm up, looking at his cell phone, he remains oblivious to the scene and carries on driving — until he falls right in. Here's the moment it happened: Large sinkhole forms in Guangxi early Thursday. Scooter driver doesn't see it in time, launches right into it (driver OK). pic.twitter.com/ME4YfD2Va6 — People's Daily,China (@PDChina) August 18, 2017 According to Chinese reports, the man was uninjured and managed to climb out of the pit, which measured two metres (6 ft) deep, eight metres long (26 ft) and five meters (16 ft) wide. While sinkholes don't usually open in the middle of the road for no reason, it's been happening more in rapidly urbanising parts of China, where extensive roadworks shifts the soil underneath the asphalt. Authorities have yet to offer an official reason for the sinkhole. But users on Chinese social media website Weibo had little sympathy for the rider. "He's using a phone while riding a scooter. Sorry I really have no sympathy," said one user. "It's fine if you walk on the sidewalk while using your phone but this is too much, it's so dangerous," another chipped in. "What the heck was he thinking playing with his phone while riding?" one asked. Well one thing's for sure, he probably won't be using his phone while driving again for a long time. WATCH: Three construction innovations that will change the way we build
- Woman wins £324m compensation after claiming talc powder caused her terminal ovarian cancer - Tue, 22 Aug 2017 04:28:44 -0400
A California jury has ordered drugmaker Johnson & Johnson to pay $417million (£324m) to a woman who claimed she developed terminal ovarian cancer after using the company's talc-based products. The case was one of thousands of lawsuits brought nationwide alleging the company failed to warn consumers of the risk of cancer from talc in its products. The jury made the award, which included $347m in punitive damages, to Eva Echeverria after she filed suit in July of last year, a representative of the Los Angeles Superior Court told AFP. Echeverria, 63, developed the disease after decades of using Johnson & Johnson talc-based powders for feminine hygiene, according to media accounts. Johnson & Johnson plan to lodge an appeal Credit: AP In a statement, Johnson & Johnson said it would lodge an appeal. "We will appeal today's verdict because we are guided by the science, which supports the safety of Johnson's Baby Powder," company spokesperson Carol Goodrich said in a statement. She cited the editorial board of the National Cancer Institute's Physician Data Query, which wrote in April that the "weight of evidence does not support" the existence of a link between ovarian cancer and exposure of the genital region to talc. So far, juries in St. Louis, Missouri have also awarded damages against Johnson & Johnson totaling more than 307 million dollars in similar talc cases.
- Syria's Assad rejects security cooperation with the West - Sun, 20 Aug 2017 10:47:31 -0400
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad on Sunday refused any security cooperation with Western nations or the reopening of their embassies, until they cut ties with opposition and insurgent groups.
- Trump has made Afghanistan decision after 'rigorous' review: Mattis - Sun, 20 Aug 2017 10:16:01 -0400
By Idrees Ali AMMAN, Reuters - President Donald Trump has made a decision on the United States' strategy for Afghanistan after a "sufficiently rigorous" review process, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Sunday. Soon after taking office in January, the Trump administration began a review of U.S. policy on Afghanistan, which has expanded into a broader South Asia review. "I am very comfortable that the strategic process was sufficiently rigorous and did not go in with a pre-set position," Mattis told reporters traveling with him aboard a military aircraft to Jordan.
- Total Solar Eclipse in 1979 Ended With Moving Message - Mon, 21 Aug 2017 06:13:41 -0400
ABC News anchor Frank Reynolds shared his hopes for 2017.
- Plymouth Long Beach Temporarily Closed After Shark Sighting - Mon, 21 Aug 2017 05:20:03 -0400
Following the sighting Plymouth Long Beach, Massachusetts was closed for a few hours. Sunday's was the first shark sighting off the beach in 2017.
- Accused of assault in S.Africa, Zimbabwe's Grace Mugabe flies home - Sun, 20 Aug 2017 10:37:25 -0400
Zimbabwe's first lady Grace Mugabe flew home from South Africa on Sunday, state media said, ending a week of confusion over her whereabouts after she allegedly assaulted a model. Mugabe, who had been sought by police for allegedly attacking the 20-year-old model at a Johannesburg hotel, was granted diplomatic immunity in the case by South Africa's foreign minister on Saturday. "The minister has made the determination that the conferring of diplomatic immunity is warranted in this particular instance," the ministry said Sunday, citing a need "to maintain good inter-governmental relations" in the region.
- Solar eclipse 2017: Curtain of darkness sweeps across America as country witnesses once-in-a-lifetime event - Mon, 21 Aug 2017 12:14:00 -0400
Crowds along the West Coast of the United States were awed by the eclipse of the sun, turning out in huge numbers to observe the celestial phenomenon. People massed in an arc across the western part of the country to witness the rare event, with large gatherings reported in multiple states that fall under the "path of totality" in which a total eclipse is visible. Spectators directly in the path of totality were treated to a rare sight, when the sun and moon align directly and the only visible portions of the sun were the solar flares that shoot out from the sun’s surface, visible only along the edges of the black circle created where the moon obscured the closest star to earth.
- Suspect in Florida officers' killings said: 'I'm innocent' - Mon, 21 Aug 2017 17:10:27 -0400
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — The suspect in the fatal shootings of two police officers in Florida shouted "I'm innocent" as he was arrested, according to an arrest affidavit released Monday.
- Community Helps Man Arrested After Leaving Kids Home Alone to Go to Work - Sun, 20 Aug 2017 11:42:00 -0400
His wife reportedly has stage 4 cancer.
- Today’s huge Amazon sale on Nerf guns is your back to school gift to yourself - Mon, 21 Aug 2017 15:08:24 -0400
You know how there are some toys you buy for your son or daughter, but in reality they're completely for you? Yeah, you're about to load up on all of the Nerf guns and Nerf gun gear you can handle, and you'll have to play it off like you're buying them for your kids. Dealing with back to school shopping can be stressful at times, and that might be why Amazon chose today to have an insane sale on all the Nerf guns and accessories you can handle. There are 21 different items available at discounts up to half off, and you can shop the entire sale right here. Below, you'll find our picks for the 10 best bargains in this monster sale.
- Dozens reported dead in US-led strikes as battle nears Raqa heart - Tue, 22 Aug 2017 07:51:11 -0400
Dozens of civilians have died in two days of intense US-led strikes on Raqa, a monitor said Tuesday, as fighting to retake the Syrian city from jihadists nears its densely populated centre. At least 250 US-led coalition strikes have hit Raqa city and the surrounding area in the last week, a coalition spokesman told AFP, as the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces press an offensive in the city. The SDF has so far captured just under 60 percent of Raqa, monitors say, leaving jihadists from the Islamic State group in control of about 10 square kilometres (four square miles) in the heart of the city.
- Prominent U.S. religious conservatives defend Trump after Charlottesville - Sun, 20 Aug 2017 22:22:37 -0400
By Doina Chiacu and Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two prominent religious conservatives defended U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday after he was widely criticized for blaming both white nationalists and counter-protesters for last weekend's violence at a Virginia rally organized by neo-Nazis and white supremacists. Evangelical Christian Jerry Falwell Jr said Trump could be more polished and politically correct but is not racist. Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, who last week criticized the white nationalists' "evil, sinful, disgusting behavior," said unequivocally on Sunday that the faith community stood by Trump.
- Men Partially Blinded From A Solar Eclipse Warn Others To Watch Safely - Mon, 21 Aug 2017 09:05:19 -0400
That’s how long two Oregon men say they looked at a partial solar eclipse with their naked eyes 55 years ago before it burned their retinas, causing permanent blindness.
- WATCH: 16-Foot Great White Shark Circles Fisherman’s Boat - Mon, 21 Aug 2017 16:43:04 -0400
The great white hung around for about a half hour, stealing fish from the area.
- Canada's Trudeau warns against entering country 'irregularly' - Sun, 20 Aug 2017 12:03:49 -0400
"Canada is an opening and welcoming society," he told reporters in Montreal following talks with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar. Entering Canada irregularly is not an advantage. More than 3,100 people walked across the border illegally in July to file refugee claims and were arrested, up from 884 in June, the federal government said.
- Uber Ride Ends In Video Of Ramapage - Mon, 21 Aug 2017 16:27:35 -0400
This Uber ride ended in disaster.
- Time lapse: A view of the total solar eclipse in Madras, Oregon - Mon, 21 Aug 2017 17:44:01 -0400
A historic total solar eclipse arced across the United States from west to east today.
- Feds: Texas man tried planting bomb on Confederate statue - Mon, 21 Aug 2017 19:32:55 -0400
HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston man who's previously been convicted on explosives-related charges has been arrested after allegedly being caught trying to plant explosives on a Confederate statue at a Houston park, authorities said Monday.
- Teenager's final hours captured in photos taken by ex-boyfriend before he shot her and pushed body off a cliff - Mon, 21 Aug 2017 05:29:18 -0400
Jolee Callan, 18, was shot twice in the head by former partner Loren Bunner after he convinced her to go hiking in east Alabama in August 2015. Three more photos show Ms Callan walking the dog and later holding the dog while looking out at a view after hiking up a mountain in Cheaha State Park. Police said Bunner called 911 to report he had “murdered his ex-girlfriend” while driving home from the crime scene and pulled over to wait for the authorities, according to the Shelby County Reporter.
- Move against Kurd rebels on Turkey-Iran agenda: Erdogan - Mon, 21 Aug 2017 06:58:38 -0400
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday that a joint Turkish-Iranian operation against Kurdish militants was "always on the agenda", a week after Tehran's top armed forces commander visited Ankara for rare talks. Turkey has battled the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) for decades, while the Iranian security forces have also fought its affiliate, the Party of Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK). Both groups have rear bases in neighbouring Iraq.