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  • Flake: 'I do hope that somebody runs on the Republican side' against Trump in 2020

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    During an exclusive interview with Meet the Press, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) refuses to rule out a 2020 run for the White House, and expresses support for someone to challenge President Trump

    Sun, 27 May 2018 02:48:37 -0400
  • Border Patrol Alters Account Of Guatemalan Woman's Death

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    U.S. immigration authorities have altered their account of the Border Patrol's

    Sat, 26 May 2018 21:26:33 -0400
  • 'Trump's son should be concerned': FBI obtained wiretaps of Putin ally who met with Trump Jr.

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    The FBI has obtained wiretapped conversations involving Alexander Torshin ahead of his meeting with the president's son.

    Fri, 25 May 2018 19:12:15 -0400
  • RFK Jr. Seeking New Investigation Into His Father's Assassination

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    Robert Kennedy Jr. had a three-hour prison meeting in California with his

    Sun, 27 May 2018 03:16:21 -0400
  • Fight breaks out between passengers on American Airlines flight

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    Cell phone video captures a flight attendant telling passenger Jason Felix that he can’t have more alcohol during a flight from St. Croix to Miami. A fight broke out after he threatened another passenger and Felix now faces federal charges.

    Sat, 26 May 2018 12:12:58 -0400
  • Sheriff: Parents, don't bring guns to school lockdowns

    POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) — Law enforcement officials in eastern Idaho have issued a public safety warning after several parents responded to a recent school lockdown armed with AR-15 rifles and a pistol.

    Fri, 25 May 2018 19:10:07 -0400
  • University of Southern California president to step down in wake of scandal

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    (Reuters) - The president of University of Southern California is resigning after criticism over the school's handling of complaints that a campus health clinic gynecologist sexually abused his patients during pelvic exams, the school said on Friday. C.L. Max Nikias will step down after serving as the school's president for nearly eight years, the university's executive committee of the board of trustees said in a statement. "President Nikias and the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees have agreed to begin an orderly transition and commence the process of selecting a new president," committee chairman Rick Caruso said.

    Sat, 26 May 2018 03:56:15 -0400
  • Indiana School Shooting: Hero Teacher Recovering After Tackling Student Gunman

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    The teacher was shot three times.

    Sat, 26 May 2018 13:01:27 -0400
  • The Parkland students stopped a huge corporation from donating to the NRA

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    The Parkland students are continuing to advocate for gun control, one issue at a time, and their efforts are creating real change. The latest proof of that is Publix, a supermarket chain found based in the southeastern United States. After boycotts and protests on Friday, the grocery store has publicly announced it will stop making political contributions, including those for Florida gubernatorial candidate and proudly vocal "NRA sellout" Adam Putnam. It's all thanks to Parkland'sDavid Hogg and his peers, who spearheaded a protest against the chain with a successful "die-in" at one of the store's locations.  SEE ALSO: Parkland activists had breakfast with the Waffle House hero and they were all thrilled "Anyone who supports an NRA sellout is an NRA sellout," Hogg tweeted on Tuesday in his call to arms to boycott Publix.  Anyone who supports an NRA sellout is an NRA sellout. That is why I am calling on everyone to stop shopping at Publix until they pull their endorsement of Putnam publicly. Publix is supporting the inaction after pulse, strozier, Douglas, liberty city. Don’t support an NRA sellout — David Hogg (@davidhogg111) May 23, 2018 Just a few days later on May 25, students — in partnership with an organization birthed out of the Parkland shooting, Change The Ref — led the protests in Coral Springs, Florida inside and outside the store, with chalk outlines in the parking lot to commemorate the lives lost during the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.  Early this morning @davidhogg111 teamed up with @ChangeTheRef to create an art instillation outside of @publix in protest of the corporation and their support of Adam Putnam. 17 chalk outlines in multiple parking spots were drawn and wrapped in caution tape. #msd #neveragain pic.twitter.com/043cC2o6kA — Emilee McGovern (@EmileeRose) May 25, 2018 Inside, people staged a "die-in," lying on the floor of two local Publix stores on Friday. Additionally, Hogg put out a call for 12-minute die-in's to occur in various locations that afternoon as well.  Together we can do anything. Together the young people will win by choosing love. pic.twitter.com/TRrfTJL2Wb — David Hogg (@davidhogg111) May 26, 2018 Guac’s parents Manuel and Patricia lied down together at “die in “ protest to Publix’s contributions to pro-NRA Adam Putnam’s campaign #ChangeTheRef #MarchForOurLives #parklandstrong pic.twitter.com/dYZSd6u9M7 — Change the Ref (@ChangeTheRef) May 25, 2018 The action worked, and Publix released a statement announcing that its donations to political candidates would cease.  "We regret that our contributions have led to a divide in our community," the statement read, according to Tampa Bay Times. "We did not intend to put our associates and the customers they serve in the middle of a political debate. At the same time, we remain committed to maintaining a welcoming shopping experience for our customers. We would never knowingly disappoint our customers or the communities we serve." The corporation and its leaders have donated $670,000 to Putnam specifically over three years, as reported by Tampa Bay Times. Hogg is also asking Publix to donate $1 million to the Stoneman Douglas Victims fund, though it's not clear if that's going to happen. I call on @Publix to donate double the money they gave to Putman to the Stoneman Douglas Victims fund, $1,000,000. And never support an A rated NRA politician again. — David Hogg (@davidhogg111) May 24, 2018 WATCH: These celebs brought their star power to March for Our Lives

    Sun, 27 May 2018 13:48:45 -0400
  • Refugee Office That Lost 1,500 Kids Not 'Legally Responsible' For Finding Them: Official

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    The government program meant to place unaccompanied children taken from the

    Sat, 26 May 2018 18:13:06 -0400
  • Mystery 'Wolf-Like' Animal Reportedly Shot In Montana, Baffles Wildlife Officials

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    Montana wildlife officials are puzzled by the carcass of wolflike animal they

    Sat, 26 May 2018 13:40:01 -0400
  • Indiana Teacher Out of Hospital After Stopping School Shooting

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    Jason Seaman tackled an armed student

    Sun, 27 May 2018 10:07:47 -0400
  • China, Burkina Faso establish ties following Taiwan snub

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    China and Burkina Faso signed an agreement to establish diplomatic relations on Saturday, days after the west African nation cut ties with Taiwan in yet another victory for Beijing in its campaign to isolate the island. A communique on establishing relations was signed in Beijing by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his counterpart Alpha Barry. Burkina Faso broke off ties with Taiwan on Thursday, becoming the second country to do so within a month and leaving the democratically ruled island with only 18 diplomatic allies around the world.

    Sat, 26 May 2018 09:15:53 -0400
  • Weird Father's Day Gifts Your Dad Doesn't Know He Wants (But He Does)

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    As a dad, I take Father's Day seriously ― but not the gifts.

    Sat, 26 May 2018 08:00:37 -0400
  • The Latest: Restaurant shooting victims recovering

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    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Latest on a restaurant shooting in Oklahoma City that left the gunman dead (all times local):

    Sat, 26 May 2018 15:43:17 -0400
  • Palestinian President Abbas hospital stay extended

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    By Ali Sawafta RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who officials said is being treated for a lung infection, will remain in hospital for an eighth day on Sunday. The 82-year-old leader had been expected to be released from hospital in the occupied West Bank on Sunday, but this was postponed, Abbas' office said in a text message to journalists. Abbas, who is a heavy smoker, was admitted on May 20 for what doctors had initially said were medical tests following ear surgery.

    Sun, 27 May 2018 08:39:34 -0400
  • Commemorating veterans over Memorial Day weekend

    On Memorial Day weekend, towns and cities across the United States and around the world, commemorate veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces and the sacrifices they have made.

    Sun, 27 May 2018 14:10:58 -0400
  • AMBER Alert Issued for New York Toddler After Mom's Body Found Stuffed in Bag in Woods

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    Police in western New York are searching for a missing 14-month-old boy whose mother’s dead body was found in the woods, stuffed in a plastic bag

    Sat, 26 May 2018 14:25:25 -0400
  • Service Dog Gives Birth to 8 Puppies at Florida Airport Gate

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    They missed their flight.

    Sat, 26 May 2018 15:00:05 -0400
  • Twitter #PutStarWarsInOtherFilms And It Was Universally Entertaining

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    "Solo: A Star Wars Story" hits this weekend and even though that film is

    Sat, 26 May 2018 13:33:22 -0400
  • Teacher who confronted Indiana school shooter lauded as hero

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    NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana middle school student armed with two handguns opened fire inside his science classroom Friday, authorities said, wounding a classmate and a teacher whose swift intervention was credited with saving lives.

    Fri, 25 May 2018 20:36:13 -0400
  • Trump Slams Media For Concocting Official Who Actually Ran His White House Briefing

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    President Donald Trump attacked The New York Times in a tweet Saturday,

    Sat, 26 May 2018 21:43:50 -0400
  • Summer in the city — New York City's parks in 1978

    An exhibit of 65 images from 1978 offers a colorful glimpse into the history of New York City's parks.

    Sun, 27 May 2018 12:07:07 -0400
  • Erdogan asks Turks to help prop up plunging lira

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    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday urged compatriots to change their foreign currency to the lira to help prop up the embattled currency. The lira has lost 16 percent of its value against the greenback in a month as markets became jittery after Erdogan indicated he wanted a greater say in monetary policy if he won legislative and presidential elections on June 24. The lira hit 4.92 against the dollar on Wednesday before paring back some of its losses later this week after an emergency central bank rate hike.

    Sat, 26 May 2018 12:20:10 -0400
  • Colombia to be Nato's first Latin American 'partner' as country prepares for elections which could spell end of peace deal

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    Colombia will become the first country in Latin America to join Nato as a "global partner", the outgoing president announced on the eve of the first presidential elections since its bloody civil war came to an end. Juan Manuel Santos, who signed a peace deal with the left-wing Farc guerrillas in 2016, ending the longest-running civil conflict in the western hemisphere and winning the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts, made the announcement on Friday night. Colombia will join next week as a "global partner", Mr Santos said, which means it will not necessarily have to take part in military action but will be fully accredited in Brussels. But the announcement came as the peace process, on which he staked his presidency, hangs in the balance. Mr Santos cannot run for a third term, and the current front-runner for Sunday's election is Right-winger Ivan Duque, who has sharply criticised the deal for giving too much ground to the Farc. Juan Manuel Santos meets Theresa May in London, in November 2016 Hand-picked by Mr Santos's rival and presidential predecessor, Alvaro Uribe, Mr Duque, a 41-year-old lawyer and financial consultant from a prominent political family in Antioquia, has said he would alter the peace agreement if he is elected. While legally the deal cannot simply be torn up by a new government, it can be effectively “slow waked” to failure by blocking legislation needed to fully implement the agreement. People gather in Bogota, at the main Bolivar Square, on September 26, 2016, to celebrate the historic peace agreement between the Colombian government and Farc Mr Duque faces a strong challenge in the elections from the Left-wing candidate, Gustavo Petro, a well-known former rebel from the M-19 group who has a track record in congress and as the mayor of Bogota. The other three candidates are more centrist, and all are seasoned politicians: Germán Vargas Lleras toward the centre-right, and Sergio Fajardo and Humberto de la Calle – chief negotiator of the Farc peace deal - toward the centre-left. Polls suggest that no one candidate will win outright on Sunday, in which case a run-off will be held on June 17. Colombia joining Nato as a partner country will mean it will cooperate on global security areas like cyber and maritime security, terrorism and links to organised crime. Alvaro Uribe, president of Colombia from 2002-10, has emerged as one of the fiercest critics of the peace deal, and has chosen Ivan Duque as his successor "Colombia benefits a lot from being an active part of the international community,” said Mr Santos, announcing the move, which had been agreed last year, on national television. “Many of the problems we face are increasingly global and need the support and collaboration of other countries for their solution." Other global partners include Afghanistan, Australia, Iraq, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mongolia, New Zealand and Pakistan.

    Sat, 26 May 2018 14:10:15 -0400
  • George H.W. Bush Hospitalized with Low Blood Pressure and Fatigue

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    Former President George H.W. Bush was taken to the hospital on Sunday

    Sun, 27 May 2018 16:25:37 -0400
  • EPA chief's security bill soars, agency cites death threats

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    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt's security detail has cost taxpayers well over $3 million so far, up sharply from his predecessor during an equivalent period, according to details released by the agency, which said Pruitt's life had been threatened. Pruitt, who environmental groups have accused of lax enforcement and cozy ties with industry, requested 24-hour protection beginning on his first day in office. It was an unusual measure for the nation's top environmental regulator, and Pruitt and the agency have said it was justified by a high number of threats to his life.

    Fri, 25 May 2018 22:16:12 -0400
  • Toyota Corolla Crashes Into Parked 1931 Ford Model A

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    Years of restoration painfully ends in the hands of a careless, distracted driver.

    Sat, 26 May 2018 12:00:02 -0400
  • Canadian police seek 2 after bomb wounds 15 at restaurant

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    TORONTO (AP) — Police hunted for two people Friday after an explosion caused by a homemade bomb ripped through an Indian restaurant at a mall in the Toronto suburb of Mississauga, wounding 15 people.

    Fri, 25 May 2018 19:04:21 -0400
  • NASCAR's longest race to largely to escape rain on Sunday night

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    While there can be a passing shower or thunderstorm, the steadiest rain targeting Charlotte, North Carolina, is expected to hold off until after Sunday night's Coca-Cola 600.

    Sun, 27 May 2018 11:52:24 -0400
  • Trump Unbelievably Rips Dems For Immigrant Kids Being Separated From Parents

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    President Donald Trump has bashed the Democrats for a hugely controversial

    Sun, 27 May 2018 01:23:51 -0400
  • Superpower in the Sky: Why Israel Wants F-35s and Deadly New F-15s

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    Although the F-35 saw its first combat duty this week in Israel, the Jewish state has reportedly decided to purchase more of the most advanced version of Boeing’s F-15 rather than buy more Joint Strike Fighters. On May 16, Flight Global—an aviation-focused news source—reported that Israel is proposing a deal to purchase twenty-five F-15Is in an advanced configuration. This would double the number of F-15Is the Israeli Air Force (IAF) currently operates.

    Sat, 26 May 2018 19:46:00 -0400
  • America revisits 'Pizza Bomber' mystery with new Netflix series

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    Netflix has now come out with a mini-series on the robbery and returns to a question that has divided opinion for 15 years: was that man, one Brian Wells, a willing accomplice, or was he the unwitting victim of a bizarre plot? The four fast-moving episodes of "Evil Genius," directed by Barbara Schroeder and Trey Borzillieri, look back at all the puzzles that made up this heist in Erie, a small city in the Great Lakes region. In his hand he carries pages of rambling, hand-written instructions for a sort of a scavenger hunt for keys and combinations hidden around Erie that would remove the collar.

    Sat, 26 May 2018 04:09:45 -0400
  • Landslide Yes vote as Ireland referendum repeals tough abortion laws – what happens next?

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    Ireland’s prime minister hailed the "quiet revolution” which delivered an overwhelming victory in favour of repealing its strict abortion laws on Saturday in a poll that marked voters' steady drift away from the grip of the country's conservative Catholic roots. The country voted 67 per cent in favour of reform and 33 per cent against in a landslide victory for the pro-choice Yes campaign.  "We have seen the culmination of a quiet revolution that's been taking place in Ireland over 20 years," Mr Varadkar said, as he waited for the votes to be counted in Dublin.  "It's been a great exercise in democracy and the people have said we want a modern constitution for a modern country, and that we trust women to take the right decisions about their own healthcare." Even Ireland's rural and conservative areas backed reform, with County Roscommon and the town of Longford returning Yes votes.  The majority of Irish voters have backed changing the country's abortion law Support for reform was so widespread that the No campaign conceded defeat several hours before the referendum count was finished.  "The people of Ireland weighed it in the balance and it came down on one side. I obviously would have preferred if they had come down on the other," John McGuirk, communications director for the "Save the 8th" campaign, said on Saturday.  Dr Peter Boylan, a leading member of the Yes campaign and former Master of the National Maternity Hospital, said they were "relieved and vindicated." Thousands forced abroad for terminations Since it was passed in 1983, an estimated 170,000 Irish women have had to travel to England for terminations. Those who have the procedure done illegally at home risk up to 14 years in prison. However, the pro-life No campaign has warned that the government's alternative, unrestricted access to abortion up to 12 weeks, is "too extreme." Young and old packed the streets of Dublin on Friday as they lined up to cast their vote following a tense and divisive campaign which has forced the country to grapple with its deeply held Catholic convictions.  One of the victims of Ireland's abortion policies referenced by the Yes campaign was Savita Halappanavar, died in hospital in Galway aged 31 when she was refused an abortion during a miscarriage. Her husband, Praveen Halappanavar, said she repeatedly asked for a termination but was refused because there was a foetal heartbeat. Irish PM urged reform President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina cast their votes in Dublin on Friday morning. Around two hours later Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar, a vocal advocate for repeal, voted in the city. "I always get a little buzz from voting, it just feels like it is democracy in action," Mr Varadkar said after emerging from the polling station at Castleknock. "Not taking anything for granted of course, but quietly confident - there's been good turnout across the country so far and hoping for a Yes vote tomorrow. "Obviously, I would be encouraging everyone to come out and vote, a high turnout would be to the advantage of the yes campaign." He urged voters not to be distracted by the sunny weather and exercise their democratic right. Yes campaigners hug one another as the count in the Irish referendum on the 8th amendment concerning the country's abortion laws takes place at the RDS centre #HomeToVote campaign boosted turnout For several days at Dublin airport, activists had gathered in the arrivals lounge, clapping and cheering as they greeted Irish expats returning from as far away as Los Angeles, Hanoi and Nairobi to cast their vote. One group of well-wishers held large “welcome home” banner. Another unfurled a sign which said: “Thank you for making the journey so other women don’t have to.” Tara Flynn, a 48-year-old Yes voter, who had to fly to the Netherlands for an abortion 11 years ago, said: “It’s a vote to say, I don’t send you away anymore," referring to women who are forced to go abroad for terminations. Since Thursday, fleets of cars driven by volunteers have been ferrying voters from the airport to polling stations across the country. Many used social media to offer lifts, with Molly O’Cathain posting a photograph on Twitter of her car with a sign in the window that read “Repeal Mobile". Over 3,000 Irish women have UK abortions per year What happens next?  In a No vote scenario, nothing would have changed. But the Yes victory means the eighth amendment will be repealed.  Then, Irish lawmakers will get to work transferring the government's proposals into law.  Mr Varadkar has urged lawmakers to vote through the new legislation, whichever way they voted in the campaign.   

    Sat, 26 May 2018 13:58:08 -0400
  • Baby panda born in Malaysia zoo makes public debut

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    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A baby panda born in a Malaysian zoo five months ago made her public debut Saturday.

    Sat, 26 May 2018 01:47:56 -0400
  • Ethiopia pardons senior opposition leader sentenced to death

    By Aaron Maasho ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopia pardoned on Saturday an opposition leader with British citizenship who had been sentenced to death, the latest in a series of pardons and releases of jailed dissidents announced in the wake of years of violent unrest. Andargachew Tsige was sentenced to death in absentia in 2009 over his role in the opposition group Ginbot 7, leading to his arrest in Yemen five years later and extradition to Ethiopia. Andargachew served as secretary-general of the anti-government group, which describes itself as a reform movement but is branded a terrorist organization by Addis Ababa.

    Sat, 26 May 2018 06:34:35 -0400
  • The Week's Most Important Car Numbers

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    From a one-off Ferrari to a new Shelby Mustang, these are the most important numbers of the week.

    Sat, 26 May 2018 09:00:02 -0400
  • Oil output could return to October 2016 level, says Russia's Novak

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    By Vladimir Soldatkin MOSCOW (Reuters) - A return to the oil production levels that were in place in October 2016, baseline for the current deal to cut output, is one of the options for easing curbs, Russia's energy minister said on Saturday. Sources said this week that Saudi Arabia and Russia were discussing raising OPEC and non-OPEC oil production to ease 17 months of strict supply curbs amid concerns that a price rally has gone too far. "When we extended the agreement until the end of 2018, we spoke about such possibilities (of returning to the October 2016 level)," Novak told reporters.

    Sat, 26 May 2018 14:22:48 -0400
  • Authorities: Suspected restaurant gunman had gun license

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    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The man suspected of shooting three people inside an Oklahoma City restaurant before being fatally shot by bystanders had no obvious connection to the victims or the restaurant, and was legally authorized to carry a firearm, authorities said Friday.

    Fri, 25 May 2018 20:36:50 -0400
  • Pretty Little Liars Star Sasha Pieterse Marries Hudson Sheaffer at Irish Castle

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    Sasha Pieterse is a pretty little bride!

    Sun, 27 May 2018 17:36:35 -0400
  • Booyah: Obama Photographer Hilariously Trolls Trump's 'Spy' Claim

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    > A post shared by Pete Souza (@petesouza) on May 24, 2018 at 5:39am PDT

    Sat, 26 May 2018 03:00:21 -0400
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    Sat, 26 May 2018 08:00:00 -0400
  • Imran Khan eyes victory as Pakistan announces elections on July 25

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    Pakistani cricket star-turned-politician Imran Khan's party vowed Sunday to oust the country's "corrupt" rulers, as the nuclear-armed state announced it will hold general elections on July 25. The poll will bring to a head political tensions that have been building since former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was ousted by the Supreme Court on corruption charges and later barred from politics for life. Khan is hoping to achieve a years-long dream of leading the country as its prime minister, and his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party is the main challenger to the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), which was headed by Sharif until his ban.

    Sun, 27 May 2018 04:33:21 -0400
  • Why Finding the Source of Tainted Romaine Lettuce Is so Hard

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    The E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce started two months ago, and it has sickened 172 people and killed one. But federal investigators still do not know how the lettuce came to be contam...

    Sat, 26 May 2018 14:28:38 -0400
  • Israeli strike on Gaza kills 3 Palestinian militants

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    JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military struck a Gaza observation post on Sunday, killing three Palestinian militants after the troops found a bomb planted along the border.

    Sun, 27 May 2018 07:59:17 -0400
  • BMW i8 Roadster First Edition Handover Event Had 18 Cars

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    The first 18 out of 200 hybrid roadsters roll out of Munich.

    Sun, 27 May 2018 10:00:02 -0400
  • Tesla seeks to dismiss securities fraud lawsuit: U.S. court document

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    Tesla Inc on Friday asked a court to dismiss a securities fraud lawsuit by shareholders who said the electric vehicle maker gave false public statements about the progress of producing its new Model 3 sedan. Tesla did not seek to hide the truth, its motion to dismiss said. The company says its Model 3 has experienced numerous "bottlenecks" from problems with Tesla's battery module process at its Nevada Gigafactory to general assembly at its Fremont plant.

    Fri, 25 May 2018 21:05:01 -0400
  • Putin and Abe discuss peace treaty over Kuril islands

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    Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday pledged to move forward on a peace treaty to solve a territorial dispute over the Kuril Islands. "We believe it is important to patiently continue the search for a solution that would satisfy the interests of Russia and Japan and that would be accepted by the nations of both countries," Putin said at a news conference following the talks.

    Sat, 26 May 2018 14:16:30 -0400
  • Alan Bean, former Apollo 12 astronaut and fourth person to walk on moon, dies

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    Former Apollo 12 astronaut Alan Bean, who was the fourth man to walk on the moon and later turned to painting to chronicle the moon landings on canvas, has died. He was 86. Bean was the lunar module pilot for the second moon landing mission in November 1969. He spent 31 hours on the moon during two moonwalks, deploying surface experiments with commander Charles Conrad and collecting 75 pounds of rocks and lunar soil for study back on Earth. Bean died on Saturday in Houston, Texas, following a short illness, a Nasa statement said. "As all great explorers are, Alan was a boundary pusher," Nasa Administrator Jim Bridenstine said in a statement that credited Bean with being part of 11 world records in the areas of space and aeronautics. "We will remember him fondly as the great explorer who reached out to embrace the universe." With Bean’s passing, only four of 12 Apollo moonwalkers are still alive - Buzz Aldrin, Dave Scott, Charlie Duke and Harrison Schmitt. Astronaut Alan L. Bean holds a Special Environmental Sample Container filled with lunar soil collected during the Apollo 12 mission  Credit: Reuters Schmitt, the lunar module pilot for Apollo 17, was one of many astronauts who mourned Bean’s death and paid tribute on Saturday to his accomplishments that blazed trails for future space exploration. "His enthusiasm about space and art never waned. Alan Bean is one of the great renaissance men of his generation - engineer, fighter pilot, astronaut and artist," Schmitt said in a statement, adding that the wide array of lunar samples Bean helped collect from the moon was "a scientific gift that keeps on giving today and in the future." In 1998 Nasa oral history, Bean recalled his excitement at preparing to fly to the moon. "When you’re getting ready to go to the moon, every day’s like Christmas and your birthday rolled into one. I mean, can you think of anything better?" Bean said. Left to right: Mission Commander Charles "Pete" Conrad, Jr.; Command Module Pilot Richard F. Gordon and Lunar Module Pilot Alan L. Bean Credit: AFP After Apollo, Bean commanded the second crewed flight to the United States’ first space station, Skylab, in 1973. On that mission, he orbited the Earth for 59 days and travelled 24.4 million miles, setting a world record at the time. Born March 15, 1932, in Wheeler, Texas, Bean received a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical engineering from the University of Texas in 1955. He attended the Navy Test Pilot School and was one of 14 trainees selected by Nasa for its third group of astronauts in October 1963. "I’d always wanted to be a pilot, ever since I could remember," Bean said in the 1998 Nasa oral history. "I think a lot of it just had to do with it looked exciting. It looked like brave people did that. I wanted to be brave, even though I wasn’t brave at the time. I thought maybe I could learn to be, so that appealed to me." Bean retired from Nasa in 1981 and devoted much of his time to creating an artistic record of space exploration. Alan L, Bean, lunar module pilot for the Apollo 12 mission, starts down the ladder of the lunar module  Credit: Universal Images Group Editorial His Apollo-themed paintings feature canvases textured with lunar boot prints and embedded with small pieces of his moon dust-stained mission patches. "Alan Bean was the most extraordinary person I ever met," astronaut Mike Massimino, who flew on two space shuttle missions to service the Hubble Space Telescope, said in a statement. "He was a one-of-a-kind combination of technical achievement as an astronaut and artistic achievement as a painter." Many fellow space explorers posted tributes to Bean on Twitter. Retired U.S. astronaut Scott Kelly said the world had not only lost "a spaceflight pioneer ... but also an exceptional artist that brought his experience back to Earth to share with the world." Kelly added: "Fair winds and following seas, Captain." Alan Bean, the fourth man to walk on the moon, is shown during a preview of his work at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum in Austin, Texas Credit: AP US astronaut Karen Nyberg called Bean a kind, gracious and humble man and a true role model. "As a girl who grew up with passions for spaceflight and art, Alan Bean was my hero," she wrote. "I feel fortunate to have met him." Retired astronaut Clayton Anderson tweeted "#RIP Alan Bean. Thank you for letting me stand upon your shoulders." Bean’s wife of 40 years, Leslie Bean, said in a statement that Bean died peacefully at Houston Methodist Memorial Hospital surrounded by those who loved him. "Alan was the strongest and kindest man I ever knew," she said. "He was the love of my life and I miss him dearly." He is survived by his wife, a sister and two children from a prior marriage, a daughter Amy Sue and son, Clay.  

    Sat, 26 May 2018 21:03:23 -0400
  • Trump's Crackdown On Immigrant Parents Puts More Kids In An Already Strained System

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    Tens of thousands of children from Central America are apprehended at the

    Fri, 25 May 2018 20:17:49 -0400
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