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- ‘It may be Pocahontas’: Trump attacks Warren as potential 2020 rival - Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:01:58 -0400
President Donald Trump insulted Sen. Elizabeth Warren by calling her “Pocahontas” again during a speech at the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) annual meeting in Atlanta.
- Pope Francis pleads for 'holy' peace during Egypt visit - Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:31:07 -0400
Pope Francis pleaded for peace in a visit to Egypt on Friday as he attended a service in solidarity with the embattled Coptic minority at a church bombed by the Islamic State group. Last December, the Saint Peter and Saint Paul church was itself targeted by a suicide bomber in an attack that killed 29 people. Francis had earlier met President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Ahmed al-Tayeb, the grand imam of the Al-Azhar institution, one of Muslim world's leading authorities, to push for dialogue between the two faiths.
- Military plane crashes in Cuba killing all eight on board - Sat, 29 Apr 2017 16:49:06 -0400
A military airplane crashed into a mountain in Cuba's north-western region of Artemisa on Saturday morning, killing all eight personnel on board, the Ministry of Revolutionary Armed Forces said. The aircraft, a twin-engined turboprop Antonov AN-26, had taken off at 6:38 a.m. (0638 ET) from Playa Baracoa, just outside Havana, and crashed into the Loma de la Pimienta mountain some 80 km (50 miles) westwards. "The eight military personnel on board, including the crew, died," the ministry said in a statement published by state-run media.
- Man arrested in machete attack at university coffee shop - Fri, 28 Apr 2017 18:38:56 -0400
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A man armed with a machete asked about the political affiliations of people at a university coffee shop Friday morning before injuring two females in central Kentucky, a witness said.
- Environmental Protection Agency scraps climate change page on its website 'to reflect Donald Trump's priorities' - Sat, 29 Apr 2017 06:23:20 -0400
The climate change information page on the Environmental Protection Agency’s website has been scrapped. A statement on the EPA website said language regarding the Clean Power Plan – Barack Obama’s landmark effort to curb carbon emissions – was “out of date”. The page was being updated to reflect the leadership of President Trump and Administrator Scott Pruitt, the statement said.
- Delta Airlines Pilot Hits Passenger - Sat, 29 Apr 2017 23:43:17 -0400
“We became aware of this incident and a video last week and immediately removed the pilot from duty while we completed a thorough investigation,” a spokesperson said.
- Witnessing death: AP reporters describe problem executions - Sat, 29 Apr 2017 04:30:12 -0400
The sedative midazolam is supposed to prevent condemned prisoners from suffering while they die, but opponents say several problematic executions involving the drug are evidence that it does not work consistently. They raised new concerns after an execution Thursday in Arkansas left the prisoner convulsing and pressing against his restraints.
- Turkey blocks Wikipedia access, bans TV dating shows - Sat, 29 Apr 2017 14:20:41 -0400
Turkey on Saturday blocked all access to Wikipedia and banned television dating shows, adding to fears of a crackdown after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's victory in a referendum on enhancing his powers. The government also dismissed almost 4,000 public officials in the latest wave of the purge under the over nine-month state of emergency that has followed last July's failed coup. Erdogan, who has dominated Turkey since 2003 as premier and now president, narrowly won the April 16 referendum on enhancing his powers which supporters believe will lead to better government but critics say creates one man rule.
- NRA’s LaPierre: Greatest U.S. ‘domestic threats’ are political, academic and media elites - Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:17:23 -0400
National Rifle Association leader Wayne LaPierre urged gun owners to stand up to “academic elites, political elites and media elites” at the annual convention.
- Cop Allegedly Fakes Suicide and Flees To Mexico - Sat, 29 Apr 2017 14:25:00 -0400
Cops are still searching for him.
- Opposition gains in British polls, but May's party keeps strong lead - Sun, 30 Apr 2017 08:09:24 -0400
By Alistair Smout and William James LONDON (Reuters) - Three opinion polls showed a rise in support for Britain's opposition Labour Party, although Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservatives maintained a commanding lead ahead of a June 8 election expected to define the terms of the country's EU exit. The polls published late on Saturday showed May's Conservatives remained between 11 and 17 points ahead of Labour - still enough to deliver a clear victory as she seeks a mandate for her plan to implement the result of last year's Brexit referendum by quitting the European Union's single market. One poll by YouGov showed the Conservative lead over the Labour had fallen to 13 points, compared to the 23 points that the same polling firm found last week.
- Filipino troops kill notorious Abu Sayyaf kidnapper in clash - Fri, 28 Apr 2017 21:28:38 -0400
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine marines have killed an Abu Sayyaf extremist commander and a notorious kidnapper who had sailed across the sea border into Malaysia to snatch tourists and sailors for ransom, the military chief said Saturday.
- Donald Trump marks 100 days with attack on 'fake news' media and Washington 'swamp' at rally - Sat, 29 Apr 2017 21:12:00 -0400
Donald Trump has marked his 100th day in office by claiming historic action on his agenda, renewing promises on healthcare and taxes, while attacking the media for allegedly misleading Americans. To supporters at an evening rally in Pennsylvania, he promoted American power and patriotism while emphasising such priorities as American manufacturing, better trade deals for the US and a still-to-be defined tax cut plan. Mr Trump's 100th day events were set in a politically important state that he won with 48 per cent of the vote.
- Apple Trying To Persuade California DMV To Change Self-Driving Rules - Sat, 29 Apr 2017 07:04:16 -0400
The tech giant also wants the state’s restriction on using self-driving vehicles without a human driver to be removed.
- AG Sessions vows to 'hammer' MS-13 street gang - Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:18:38 -0400
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions pledged federal resources to crack down on the New York gang.
- Liberia tests mystery illness after 11 unexplained deaths - Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:34:06 -0400
Liberia said Friday that samples from people struck down by a mystery illness are being tested abroad after 11 unexplained deaths, though Ebola has been ruled out. The unidentified illness has affected 19 people in Greenville, southeastern Liberia, who began showing symptoms on April 24, the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed. Liberia's health ministry and the WHO have confirmed the disease is not Ebola, the hemorrhagic fever that killed thousands in a recent west African epidemic, despite some similar symptoms.
- Strong earthquake hits off Philippines, no major impact seen - Fri, 28 Apr 2017 19:22:10 -0400
A strong earthquake measuring 7.2 struck off the coast of Mindanao island in the Philippines on Saturday, and the country's seismology agency advised people to stay away from coastal areas but expected no major damage. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was a risk big waves could spread 300 km (190 miles) away from the epicenter, reaching as far away as Indonesia. The Philippines Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Philvolcs) said no tsunami warning was issued after a quake it had measured at 7.2.
- Friendly fire may have killed 2 Army Rangers in Afghanistan - Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:57:33 -0400
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Army Rangers killed during a raid on an Islamic State compound in eastern Afghanistan may have died as a result of friendly fire during the opening minutes of the fierce, three-hour firefight, the Pentagon said Friday.
- Body Believed to Be Teen Hiker Found, Grandmother Still Missing - Sat, 29 Apr 2017 12:47:00 -0400
He was found Friday, according to reports.
- 'Horrifying' execution of US inmate: lawyer - Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:16:09 -0400
The last of four US prisoners rushed to death by the state of Arkansas after intense legal battles, jerked and convulsed in a "horrifying" end to his life, his lawyer said Friday, as the UN and EU renewed their opposition to the death penalty. Kenneth Williams, a 38-year-old convicted multiple murderer, was the last of four inmates put to death over the space of a week -- the first such executions by the conservative southern state since 2005. "Press reports state that within three minutes into the execution, our client began coughing, convulsing, jerking and lurching with sound that was audible even with the microphone turned off," lawyer Shawn Nolan said in a statement.
- Russians, in peaceful protest, call for Putin to quit - Sat, 29 Apr 2017 14:53:00 -0400
By Andrew Osborn and Svetlana Reiter MOSCOW (Reuters) - Several hundred Russians lined up in central Moscow on Saturday under the gaze of riot police to hand over handwritten appeals for President Vladimir Putin to quit, as similar protests took place in other cities. Putin, who has dominated Russian politics for 17 years, has not said whether he will run in presidential elections in March 2018. Saturday's protest in the capital -- called "We're sick of him" -- was organized by the Open Russia movement founded by Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky.
- Donald Trump on if he could start nuclear war with North Korea: 'I don't know. I mean, we'll see' - Sun, 30 Apr 2017 10:10:00 -0400
President Donald Trump has said that he believes China's president has been putting pressure on North Korea as it pursues its missile and nuclear weapons programmes - but when asked about whether another nuclear test would mean a military response from the US, Mr Trump said "I don't know...we'll see". In an interview with CBS' “Face the Nation,” - to be aired on Sunday - Mr Trump said he won't be happy if North Korea conducts a nuclear test and that he believes Chinese President Xi Jinping won't be happy, either. Asked if that means military action, Mr Trump responded: “I don't know.
- Details Of Aaron Hernandez's Suicide Emerge - Sun, 30 Apr 2017 04:04:30 -0400
Toxicology report revealed no traces of “K2,” or synthetic marijuana — or any other illegal drugs — in Hernandez's system.
- Former US Navy Seal Robert O'Neill describes the moment he 'shot dead Osama bin Laden' - Sun, 30 Apr 2017 07:56:58 -0400
The former US Navy SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden has described the moment he claims he shot the al-Qaeda leader dead. Robert O’Neill, who claims to have fired the fatal bullets, has for the first time published a detailed account of the mission that lead to the 9/11 mastermind being gunned down in a secure compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, in May 2011. In a dramatic extract from his new book, The Operator, published in the Mirror, the former Seal described the moment he fired two shots at Bin Laden and “split open” his head.
- First Lady dedicates 'healing' garden at children's hospital - Fri, 28 Apr 2017 18:11:04 -0400
WASHINGTON (AP) — Off in the distance, young patients can see the Washington Monument from the hospital's new rooftop "healing" garden, dedicated Friday by first lady Melania Trump as a place children and their families can breathe fresh air, "relax and enjoy in peace."
- Syria Says Israel Attacked With Missiles Today - Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:58:33 -0400
The Syrian military said in a statement that the attack, which could be felt at least 15 kilometers (9 miles) away, was carried out by Israel and aimed to "raise the morale of terrorist groups" the government maintains are waging war against President Bashar Assad's forces.
- Senior Dog Abandoned in Field With Note "I Don't Need A Dog" - Sun, 30 Apr 2017 10:27:00 -0400
Thankfully the dog is okay.
- Italian elected new leader of Order of Malta - Sat, 29 Apr 2017 13:37:13 -0400
A 72-year-old Italian medieval art expert was on Saturday elected to head the Order of Malta, the world's oldest chivalric order. Giacomo Dalla Torre del Tempio di Sanguinetto takes the reins for one year after Pope Francis ordered the resignation in January of the Order's Grand Master, Britain's Matthew Festing, following a power struggle. The influential Order of Malta, founded in Jerusalem and recognised by the pope in 1113, operates in around 120 countries and is one of the biggest landowners in Italy.
- SE Asian summit ends in uncertainty over South China Sea stance - Sat, 29 Apr 2017 13:25:14 -0400
By Manuel Mogato and Enrico Dela Cruz MANILA (Reuters) - Southeast Asian leaders wrapped up a summit on Saturday with no indication of an agreement on how to address Beijing's assertiveness in the South China Sea, a divisive issue in a region uncertain about its ties with the United States. Six hours after the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit officially ended in Manila, no customary joint statement had been issued and it was unclear whether there was agreement over including references to China's militarization and island-building in the hotly disputed waterway. ASEAN references to the South China Sea issue typically do not name China.
- US Congress averts shutdown, passing stopgap spending bill - Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:56:43 -0400
The US Congress easily passed a one-week stopgap spending bill Friday, assuring there is no embarrassing government shutdown on the 100th day of Donald Trump's presidency. With lawmakers mindful of the midnight deadline, the measure cleared the House of Representatives 382 to 30, with broad bipartisan support. Minutes later, the Senate approved it by a simple voice vote.
- Los Angeles deputies search for pair in rampage that kills 1 - Sat, 29 Apr 2017 23:03:01 -0400
PICO RIVERA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities are searching for two men who stole a woman's SUV on Saturday, then went on a shooting rampage through several Los Angeles suburbs, killing one man and injuring up to three other people.
- Berkeley Professor Robert Reich: First Amendment is 'absolutely critical' - Sun, 30 Apr 2017 09:40:43 -0400
Conservative author Ann Coulter discusses the state of the First Amendment with Berkeley Professor Robert Reich.
- Two members of alt-right accused of making white supremacist hand signs in White House after receiving press passes - Sat, 29 Apr 2017 12:46:00 -0400
Two conservative journalists have sparked outcry on social media by making what some have interpreted as a white supremacist hand symbol at a recent visit to the White House. “Just two people doing a white power hand gesture in the White House,” Fusion senior reporter Emma Roller tweeted, alongside a screenshot of the picture.
- U.S. FDA approves Takeda's lung cancer drug as second-line treatment - Fri, 28 Apr 2017 18:55:01 -0400
(Reuters) - Japan's Takeda Pharmaceutical Co Ltd said on Friday that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved its lung cancer drug, almost three months after the company acquired the drug's developer, Ariad Pharmaceuticals Inc. The drug, Alunbrig, is approved as a second-line treatment for patients with anaplastic lymphoma kinase-positive (ALK+) metastatic non-small cell lung cancer, who have progressed on or are intolerant to Pfizer's crizotinib, the standard initial treatment for the disease. Alunbrig was approved under the FDA's accelerated approval program, which allows for quicker approval of drugs that fill an unmet medical need. Takeda in mid-February completed its acquisition of Ariad for $5.20 billion, undertaken to beef up its oncology pipeline.
- 19 Cute Red, White, and Blue Fourth of July Outfit Ideas - Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:46:38 -0400
- Barack Obama says Obamacare is more popular than Trump in first attack on president - Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:16:00 -0400
Barack Obama and Donald Trump have had something of a testy relationship since the New York businessman assumed the presidency.
- Correction: Missing Children-Arkansas story - Fri, 28 Apr 2017 18:05:46 -0400
MENA, Ark. (AP) — In a story April 27 about two missing Arkansas children, The Associated Press, relying on information from the Polk County Sheriff's Office, reported erroneously the age of one of the children. Reilly James Scarbrough is 9, not 10.
- Turkey blocks access to Wikipedia over 'terror' claims - Sat, 29 Apr 2017 11:57:06 -0400
Turkey on Saturday blocked all access inside the country to the online encyclopedia Wikipedia reportedly for articles claiming links between Ankara and terror groups, the latest restriction on a popular website to hit Turkish users. Turkey's Information and Communication Technologies Authority (BTK) said it had implemented the ban against Wikipedia.org, without making clear the reason for the move. Turkish state media said the ban was imposed because Wikipedia had failed to remove content promoting terror and accusing Turkey of cooperation with various terror groups.
- Rivals trade blame over Macedonia parliament violence - Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:07:46 -0400
Macedonia's rival political parties traded blame Friday for an eruption of violence in the unstable Balkan country's parliament which left about 100 people injured. The chaos in Skopje broke out on Thursday evening, with dozens of nationalist demonstrators -- including a group of masked men -- breaking a police cordon and storming parliament in anger over a vote for a new speaker, an ethnic Albanian. The riots, which came after two years of political crisis, drew widespread condemnation, with NATO and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan echoing the worries expressed by the European Union and Washington.
- Tad Cummins' Wife Feels Betrayed By Elizabeth Thomas - Sun, 30 Apr 2017 01:39:20 -0400
Tad, who is accused of kidnapping his teenage student, was arrested mid-April.
- At Steve Hogue Enterprises, One-Off Cars Get a Second Shot at Life - Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:59:45 -0400
How do you restore a custom-built car with no spare parts and no complete cars to compare to? You call bodywork expert Steve Hogue.
- What Has Trump Done In His First 100 Days As President? - Sat, 29 Apr 2017 05:10:02 -0400
President Donald Trump completed his first 100 days in office on April 29.
- Get ready for all the wireless carriers to get worse - Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:34:40 -0400
The last couple months have seen a welcome change in the wireless industry. Instead of massively confusing bills and data caps, we've had prices slashed across the board and unlimited data plans for all. But thanks to the unending drive for consolidation and profits, the good times aren't going to last. During the recent 600MHz spectrum auction, which ran from the end of 2016 all the way to last week, the government imposed a "quiet rule" on carriers. They couldn't talk about the auction, their plans with any spectrum, and they couldn't talk with anyone about merging. But now that quiet time is over, it's just a matter of time until some blockbuster deals happen. Rumors suggest that T-Mobile, Sprint, and Dish are all in talks for partnerships, acquisitions, or mergers. For Sprint, it's a fight for survival: recent financial results have been dire, and since the company didn't buy any new spectrum in the FCC's auction, the network won't see substantial improvements in the near future. SoftBank, the Japanese company that owns Sprint, has been looking for a chance to unload Sprint for years. The most-talked-about target is Deutsche Telekom, the majority owner of T-Mobile. The idea would be to merge T-Mobile and Sprint, the third-largest and fourth-largest networks in America, to form one super-network. Although that might lead to slightly improved coverage, it would be terrible for consumers in general. The fight between T-Mobile and Sprint for customers has led to lower prices, the ending of multi-year-contracts, and a host of other consumer-friendly moves in recent years. Losing Sprint, which offers the cheapest contracts of any of the big networks, would mean losing the one company that applies downwards pressure to prices. The alternatives aren't much better. One of the few other companies with the money and desire to build out a US-wide cell network could be Amazon. Owning a wireless network would give Amazon direct control over delivering some of its services, like Prime Video, straight to consumers without having to go through an existing internet service provider. A wireless network could also be invaluable in the future for Amazon's drone delivery service, which would need some kind of national command-and-control network. It's not just T-Mobile and Sprint that are rumored in merger deals, either. Dish Network, the satellite TV provider that also owns Sling TV, bought up $6 billion of spectrum at the FCC's recent auction, and now sits on one of the largest spectrum holdings in the US. It's possible that it could be bought out by a company like Comcast to build out a brand-new wireless network, or merge with an existing wireless network for further expansion. Any of those options would involve losing the country's biggest independent TV provider to a major cable company, which would be more bad news for consumers. Analyst Tim Farrar sees a combination of all these scenarios being the logical option: a three-way deal between T-Mobile, Amazon and Dish to build out a new network, using T-Mobile's new spectrum and Dish's spectrum holdings. Using Amazon's capital, they could quickly build out a fast and wide-reaching network with brand-new technology, which could be used by T-Mobile for cell service, by Dish for internet TV, and by Amazon for world domination/any of Jeff Bezos's pet projects. The bottom line is that the status quo isn't here to stay. Between Sprint's financial woes, T-Mobile's desire to build a giant new network at speed, and Dish's unused spectrum, it seems that a deal is likely. The only questions are when, and how badly it will affect wireless customers.
- Mom tells school: My daughter will do less homework - Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:33:23 -0400
Too much homework is the worst. Luckily for this 10-year-old girl, her mother has her back.
- 'Shaving Cats!!??' Virginia police probe seven pet abductions - Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:51:14 -0400
Since December, at least seven cats have suddenly shown up at their homes with shaved belly, groin and leg areas, Waynesboro Police Captain Kelly Walker said on Friday. "Shaving Cats!!??" says the poster in Waynesboro, a city of 21,000 about 140 miles (225 km) southwest of Washington, D.C. Walker said the cats were collar-wearing, well-groomed pets, not strays or feral cats, although some were outdoor cats.
- 12 hazing complaints since 2014 confirmed at Marine base - Sat, 29 Apr 2017 20:41:52 -0400
BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) — Officials at the Marine Corps' training base in South Carolina say half of 24 hazing complaints investigated since 2014 have been confirmed.
- Mexico approves legalising medical marijuana - Sat, 29 Apr 2017 12:25:00 -0400
Mexico’s Congress has approved the legalisation of medicinal cannabis. On Friday, the Lower House of Congress voted 371 in favour of the bill, with only 19 politicians voting against it or abstaining. The bill will now go to President Enrique Pena Nieto, who is expected to sign it.
- Iran: Tehran's mayor attacks Rouhani in pre-election debate - Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:28:26 -0400
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Tehran's mayor and presidential candidate Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf accused on Friday President Hassan Rouhani's administration of dishonesty, mismanagement and supporting the rich at the expense of the poor in the first debate between the six presidential candidates.