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Jul 18, 2019

End Syria hospital attacks, Russia told at UN
Russia on Thursday opposed a United Nations Security Council resolution calling for an end to attacks on health facilities in Syria's Idlib region, diplomats said after the latest meeting over violence in the country's last major opposition bastion. Russian and regime aircraft have since late April ramped up deadly bombardment of the Idlib region of about three million people in northwest Syria, despite a deal to avert a massive government assault. Kuwait, Germany and Belgium asked for the hastily called closed-door session, the latest of many they have sought since May in response to worsening fighting in Syria's northwest.

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Jul 18, 2019

Raped, widowed, homeless: Haiti's slum women abandoned to gangs
Port-au-Prince (AFP) - As the first bursts of gunfire rang out, the women from La Saline slum grabbed their kids and fled for cover. Shootings are common here, but this time, there was no outrunning the full-on battle between five rival gangs in the heart of the Haitian capital. There is not much left of Lovely Saint-Pierre's home, aside from some slabs of concrete and two sheets of rusty metal which provide scant protection from the blazing sun as she recounts the nightmare that began eight months ago.

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Jul 18, 2019

Oklahoma man arrested for allegedly raping 4-year-old girl in McDonald's restroom
An Oklahoma man was arrested for allegedly raping a four-year-old girl in a McDonald's restroom Tuesday afternoon while she was on a field trip.

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Jul 18, 2019

Distracter in chief: Donald Trump draws on familiar playbook with attacks on women lawmakers of color
Ever since he rode down the golden escalator Donald Trump has demonstrated a flair for distraction, especially when the going gets tough.

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Jul 18, 2019

A city without water: Fort Lauderdale's taps may run dry within 24 hours; 220,000 people affected
Fort Lauderdale and surrounding areas were bracing to lose running water Thursday after a construction crew damaged a major water main.

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Jul 18, 2019

American warship destroys Iranian drone in Strait of Hormuz
A U.S. warship on Thursday destroyed an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz after it threatened the ship, President Donald Trump said. The incident marked a new escalation of tensions between the countries less than one month after Iran downed an American drone in the same waterway and Trump came close to retaliating with a military strike. In remarks at the White House, Trump blamed Iran for a "provocative and hostile" action and said the U.S. responded in self-defense.

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Jul 18, 2019

Feds: Man charged with killing 3 had been deported twice
A Guatemalan man who apparently entered the U.S. illegally after being deported twice has been charged with killing an Iowa woman and her two children. Marvin Oswaldo Escobar-Orellana, 31, made an initial court appearance Thursday in Des Moines, where the judge set his bond at $3 million cash and scheduled his next hearing for July 29. Escobar-Orellana was arrested Tuesday night in the fatal shootings of 29-year-old Rossibeth Flores-Rodriguez and her two children, 11-year-old Grecia Daniela Alvarado-Flores and 5-year-old Ever Jose Mejia-Flores.

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Jul 18, 2019

Hawaii telescope protesters don't back down after arrests
Protesters didn't back down from their long-running effort to stop construction of a $1.4 billion telescope, blocking a road Thursday to the top of a mountain sacred to some Native Hawaiians a day after authorities arrested nearly three dozen people. The state Supreme Court has given the green light to the project that would put one of the world's most powerful telescopes atop Mauna Kea on the Big Island. Gov. David Ige has signed an emergency proclamation to broaden the state's power to keep activists off Hawaii's tallest peak.

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Jul 18, 2019

UPDATE 1-Trump EPA allows use of controversial pesticide
The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday said it will not ban the use of the pesticide chlorpyrifos, which has been linked to health issues in children, from use on U.S.-grown fruits and vegetables. The agency denied the petition by a dozen environmental groups, led by Earthjustice, to ban the pesticide. The Obama administration's EPA had banned the use of chlorpyrifos in 2015 after it decided it could not be certain whether exposure to the chemical in food and water would be harmful.

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Jul 18, 2019

AOC to DHS chief: Border agents shared 'images of my violent rape' in secret Facebook group
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez questioned Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan about the whereabouts of Border Patrol agents who threatened her in a secret Facebook group.

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Jul 18, 2019

Lindsey Graham on criticism of Trump: 'I don't remember John McCain having to go through this crap'
Graham made the remark when asked about the contrast between how President Donald Trump and former Sen. John McCain treat their political opponents.

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Jul 18, 2019

Police responding to foul odor find woman dead in New York City apartment
Police are investigating the death of a 33-year-old woman found dead with obvious signs of trauma to her body.

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Jul 18, 2019

All the Secret Reasons Why the AR-500 Rifle Is so Deadly
The original AR-15 platform rifle fires the 5.56-millimeter round. Weighing between fifty-five and seventy-seven grains (.6 ounces), the 5.56 round is suitable for incapacitating man-sized targets.The endless adaptive nature of the AR-15 rifle platform has made it one of the most modifiable weapons in history. From buttstocks to barrels, the rifle can be customized in a variety of ways to improve power, functionality and appearance.(This first appeared in May 2019.)One major innovation in the field of power is the AR-500. The AR-500 fires a modified .500 Smith & Wesson bullet, the .500 Auto Max, resulting in a rifle that manufacturer Big Horn Armory claims can down "any dangerous game animal on Earth" and disable "any vehicle." The result is a weapon that appeals to big game hunters and tactical teams alike.The original AR-15 platform rifle fires the 5.56-millimeter round. Weighing between fifty-five and seventy-seven grains (.6 ounces), the 5.56 round is suitable for incapacitating man-sized targets. The 5.56-millimeter round is banned by many states however for hunting purposes, as it lacks the power to quickly take down deer-sized game. The 5.56 round is also ineffective at penetrating steel engine blocks, the quickest way to stop a moving vehicle.The AR-500 is an AR platform weapon designed to accommodate a modified version of the .500 Smith & Wesson bullet. The Auto Max is actually built off the AR-10, a scaled up version of the AR-15 meant to accommodate the heavier 7.62-millimeter caliber. The AR-10 is used to

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Jul 18, 2019

The U.S. Marines Might Be Souring on Amphibious Assault Ships. Here's Why.
The incoming commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps is backing away from the service's longstanding requirement for 38 dedicated amphibious assault ships.The move could signal the beginning of a new approach to amphibious warfare for the world's leading marine force.New commandant Gen. David Berger is "willing to shed some key tenets of the Marines' amphibious force-planning in recent years - including the demand for 38 amphibious warships to support a two Marine Expeditionary Brigade-sized forcible entry force," Megan Eckstein reported for the U.S. Naval Institute.Force-structure assessments in 2009 and 2016 affirmed the Marines' requirement for 38 assault ships including LHA and LHD big-deck vessels and small-deck LSDs and LPDs.The Navy in 2019 was short of the 38-amphib goal. The 32 ships currently in the fleet together can carry hundreds of jump jets, tiltrotors, helicopters, ACV armored vehicles, LCU landing craft and LCAC hovercraft as well as thousands of Marines."We will no longer use a ‘2.0 MEB requirement' as the foundation for our arguments regarding amphibious ship building, to determine the requisite capacity of vehicles or other capabilities, or as pertains to the Maritime Prepositioning Force,"  Berger wrote. "We will no longer reference the 38-ship requirement memo from 2009, or the 2016 Force Structure Assessment, as the basis for our arguments and force structure justifications."A new force-structure assessment due to end in 2019 could reduce the number of traditio

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Jul 18, 2019

Lawyer: El Chapo was whisked away within hours of sentencing
Only hours after receiving a life sentence, convicted Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was forced to make a sudden departure to the highest-security prison in the U.S. to serve the term, his lawyer said Thursday. A government helicopter whisked the narco, notorious for his daring jailbreaks, out of New York City on Wednesday after the sentencing in federal court in Brooklyn, said defense attorney Jeffrey Lichtman. For most defendants, there's a lag between sentencing and a decision by the Bureau of Prisons on where to house them.

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Jul 18, 2019

Iran foreign minister reported to make nuclear offer; U.S. skeptical
Iran on Thursday offered to ratify a document prescribing more intrusive inspections of its nuclear program if the United States abandoned its economic sanctions, the Guardian newspaper reported on Thursday, in a proposal that drew U.S. skepticism. Iran could ratify the "Additional Protocol" that gives U.N. inspectors more tools to verify its nuclear program is peaceful immediately if Washington also abandoned the sanctions on Iran, the newspaper quoted Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif as telling reporters in New York.

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Jul 18, 2019

US has shot down Iranian drone in Strait of Hormuz, says Trump
US  President Donald Trump said on Thursday that a US warship destroyed an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz amid heightened tensions between the two countries. Mr Trump said the USS Boxer took defensive action after the drone closed to within 1,000 yards of the warship and ignored multiple calls to stand down. The president called it the latest "hostile" action by Iran and urged other countries to condemn what he says are Iran's attempts to disrupt the freedom of navigation and global commerce in the strategic waterway in the Persian Gulf region. He said the drone threatened the safety of the American ship and its crew. I want to apprise everyone of an incident in the Strait of Hormuz today, involving USSBoxer, a U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship. The BOXER took defensive action against an Iranian drone.... pic.twitter.com/Zql6nAUGxF— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 18, 2019 The Pentagon said in a statement that the USS Boxer, an amphibious assault ship, had taken "defensive action" against a drone, but did not mention if the aircraft was Iranian. The Pentagon said the incident happened at 10am local time on Thursday in international waters while the Boxer was transiting the waterway to enter the Persian Gulf. The Boxer is among several US Navy ships in the area, including the USS Abraham Lincoln, an aircraft carrier that has been operating in the nearby North Arabian Sea for weeks. "A fixed-wing unmanned aerial system approached Boxer and closed within a threatening range," chief Pentagon spokesman J

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Jul 18, 2019

California: 'resistance' state has donated more to Trump than to most Democrats in 2020 race
President has raised $3.2m in California this year, analysis finds - more than Joe Biden and Bernie SandersDonald Trump takes a selfie with a local member of the press as he tours the border wall between the United States and Mexico in Calexico, California, in April. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty ImagesResidents of California, the self-fashioned "resistance" state that has sued the Trump administration more than 50 times, has donated more money to the Trump 2020 campaign than to most Democratic candidates in the 2020 race.Donald Trump raised $3.2m in California since the beginning of this year, according to campaign finance data analyzed by CalMatters, a not-for-profit news organization focused on California issues.trump in caliTrump beat out everybody in the field except for Senator Kamala Harris, who raised $7.5m, and Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who raised $5.1m. Harris, who is California's junior senator, has been leading in donations from the state since launching her campaign in January.Trump bested even the former vice-president Joe Biden, the frontrunner in the Democratic primary, and Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, who have strong support throughout the state.Although affluent donors in Beverly Hills, Orange county and San Diego contributed significant sums - and together constituted a majority of California funds in Trump's campaign war chest - 92.8% of donations came from small donors contributing less than $100. Many of thes

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Jul 18, 2019

Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin Were Supposed to Nap After Landing on the Moon, But They Couldn't Wait to Walk
And other highlights from TIME's original 1969 coverage of the Apollo 11 moon landing

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Jul 18, 2019

The Latest: Arkansas state police ID sheriff's deputy killed
Arkansas State Police have identified a sheriff's deputy killed in a shooting in northern Arkansas as Sergeant Mike Stephen. State Police spokesman Bill Sadler said Stephen responded to a domestic welfare check at a house in Leslie, about 77 miles (124 kilometers) from Little Rock, around 8:40 Thursday morning. Stephen was killed at the scene.

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Jul 18, 2019

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Jul 18, 2019

‘I am disgusted': New Yorkers react to Trump telling congresswomen to ‘go back' to their countries
New Yorkers, like much of the country, have some strong opinions about the latest controversy engulfing President Trump. "I am disgusted at the Republicans," said Randi, of Manhattan. "I can't believe no one stands up to him. I thought of myself as independent, and I'm forced into being a Democrat."

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Jul 18, 2019

Trump says U.S. destroyed Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz
President Trump said a U.S. Navy ship destroyed an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz

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Jul 18, 2019

Philadelphia moves to fire 13 officers over Facebook posts
The Philadelphia Police Department is suspending 13 officers with intent to fire them following an investigation into offensive and sometimes threatening Facebook posts, the police commissioner announced on Thursday. The department had placed 72 officers on administrative leave in June after a nonprofit group published the results of a two-year review of personal Facebook posts or comments from officers in Philadelphia and seven other U.S. police departments. The team of researchers found officers from Arizona to Florida bashing immigrants and Muslims, promoting racist stereotypes, identifying with right-wing militia groups and, especially, glorifying police brutality.

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Jul 18, 2019

Pakistan lost $50 million from airspace restrictions: minister
Pakistan's aviation minister on Thursday said that his country suffered loses of over eight billion rupees ($50 million) from airspace restrictions imposed since February which affected hundreds of commercial and cargo flights. Pakistan closed its airspace after an attack by a Pakistan-based militant group in Indian-controlled Kashmir led to clashes between the nuclear-armed powers, adding flight time for passengers and fuel costs for airlines. "Over eight billion rupees worth of losses have been suffered by the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority," Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Pakistan's aviation minister told a press conference in Karachi.

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Jul 18, 2019

Trump Says U.S. Warship Shot Down Iranian Drone over Strait of Hormuz
President Trump announced Thursday that a U.S. warship has downed an Iranian drone flying in the Strait of Hormuz."The Boxer took defensive action against an Iranian drone, which had closed into a near distance, approximately 1000 yards, ignoring multiple calls to stand down, threatening [the] safety of [the] ship and ship's crew," Trump told reporters during a White House press conference.The drone was "immediately destroyed," according to the president.The confrontation comes four weeks after Iranian forces downed a U.S. drone that they claimed was flying in Iranian airspace, but which the Pentagon claimed was occupying international airspace over the Strait of Hormuz. It was also just hours after Iranian forces seized a foreign oil tanker traveling in the strait, a major thoroughfare through which one third of the world's oil supply flows. Iranian officials claimed the tanker was transporting roughly 1 million gallons of smuggled fuel."It's a small ship," Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif said Thursday. "We do it every other day. These are people who are smuggling our fuel."President Trump noted the recent acts of aggression during his Thursday remarks, calling the drone's refusal to stand down "the latest of many provocative and hostile actions against vessels operating in international waters."The U.S. "reserves [the] right to defend our personnel, facilities, [and] condemn Iran's attempts to disrupt freedom of navigation and global commerce," he added.Trump signed an executive order imposi

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Jul 18, 2019

Ex-University of Illinois PhD Candidate Sentenced to Life in Prison for Murder of Visiting Chinese Scholar
A federal jury sentenced the former University of Illinois physics doctoral student who kidnapped and murdered a visiting Chinese scholar to life in prison on Thursday.Brendt Christensen, 29, was found guilty last month during his trial at the U.S. District Court in Peoria, after his own defense team admitted that he was responsible for 26-year-old Yingying Zhang's death.Though Illinois no longer has capital punishment in state cases, Christensen could have been sentenced to death because he was convicted in federal court. As the jury, which deliberated for over eight hours, did not reach a unanimous vote on the death penalty, Christensen was automatically sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on Thursday.He reportedly flashed a smile to his defense attorneys after the verdict was read. Christensen abducted Zhang in June 2017 from a bus stop in Urbana, about 140 miles southwest of Chicago, by posing as an undercover officer, prosecutors said. Once back at his apartment, authorities say he raped, choked, and stabbed Zhang, then beat her with a baseball bat and decapitated her.Zhang's body was never found.Body of Slain University of Utah Student Mackenzie Lueck Was Found Bound in Shallow GraveChristensen was implicated in the death when his then-girlfriend, Terra Bullis, wore an FBI wire to the vigil for Zhang's disappearance; Bullis recorded Christensen telling her about how he raped and killed Zh

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Jul 18, 2019

Jon Stewart Eviscerates Rand Paul for Blocking 9/11 Victim Funding: ‘It's an Abomination'
One month ago, former Daily Show host Jon Stewart went on Fox News to shame Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for failing to protect 9/11 first responders. Wednesday afternoon, he was back on that network to give the other Republican senator from Kentucky a piece of his mind. In an interview with Bret Baier, Stewart immediately took aim at Rand Paul who, along with Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), blocked a Senate bill that would extend the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, making the case that it should be offset by other spending cuts.  Responding directly to Paul, Stewart called his objection "absolutely outrageous," adding, "Pardon me if I'm not impressed in any way by Rand Paul's fiscal responsibility virtue signaling." Jon Stewart Fires Back at Mitch McConnell on ‘Colbert': Stop ‘Jacking Around' 9/11 First RespondersStewart went on to condemn Paul for supporting President Trump's $1.5 trillion tax cut that "added hundreds of billions of dollars to our deficit" and now trying to "balance the budget on the backs of the 9/11 first responder community." "Bret, this is about what kind of society we have," a clearly furious Stewart continued. "At some point, we have to stand up for the people who have always stood up for us, and at this moment in time maybe cannot stand up for themselves due to their illnesses and their injuries. And what Rand Paul did today on the floor of the Senate was outrageous." "He is a guy who put us in hundreds of billions of doll

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Jul 18, 2019

Dominican Republic to enhance food and drink inspections after tourist deaths
The Dominican Republic is amping up safety measures, including enhancing food and rink inspections, after a spate of tourist deaths.

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Jul 18, 2019

US Navy says American sailor missing in Arabian Sea
The US Navy announced on Thursday that it was searching for a US sailor who may have gone overboard from the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier in the Arabian Sea. The sailor, whose identity was not released, was reported missing on Wednesday "after a reported man overboard incident," the Bahrain-based Fifth Fleet said in a statement. Washington is seeking to form an international coalition to escort merchant ships in the region, and US Central Command chief Kenneth McKenzie pledged to work "aggressively" to ensure freedom of navigation in the highly sensitive waters through which much of the world's crude oil travels.

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Jul 18, 2019

Morocco: 3 sentenced to death in Scandinavian women slayings
Three men were convicted of terrorism and sentenced to death by a Moroccan court Thursday for the brutal slaying of two Scandinavian women hiking in the Atlas Mountains. Maren Ueland, 28, from Norway, and Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, from Denmark, were fatally stabbed in December. The main defendants, who asked Allah for forgiveness, were carpenters Jounes Ouzayed and Rashid Afatti, and street merchant Abdessamad Al Joud.

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Jul 18, 2019

Poll: 38 Percent of Democrats Say American Dream Is Unattainable for Them
38 percent of Democrats say they do not believe they will achieve the American dream in their lifetimes, compared to just 11 percent of Republicans, according to a new Gallup poll.Two-thirds of independents said they see the dream as attainable, compared to 31 percent who said they do not. Overall, about 70 percent of Americans feel that American dream could be grasped, the poll reported, while 29 percent disagree.The 38 percent of Democrats who said they did not believe they could achieve the American dream represented a sharp increase from a decade ago, when 29 percent of Democrats said the same. President Trump has described the Republican party as "the party of the American Dream," perhaps contributing to the increasing partisan split on the matter."The American dream is back," the president said after taking office in 2017. "We're going to create an environment for small business like we haven't had in many, many decades."

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Jul 18, 2019

Trump and Hicks spoke with Michael Cohen shortly before he struck hush-money deal with Stormy Daniels, FBI documents show
Trump, his close aide Hope Hicks and personal lawyer Michael Cohen scrambled after the release of the infamous "Access Hollywood" tape to squash stories of his alleged extramarital affairs, newly unsealed court documents show.

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Jul 18, 2019

Rep. Mark Green says Democrats don't have their facts straight on conditions at migrant detention facilities
Acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan faces heated questioning from House Democrats on border facilities; reaction from Congressman Mark Green, Republican member of the House Oversight Committee.

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Jul 18, 2019

Satellite images ‘show US military buildup in Saudi Arabia' amid Iran tensions
The United States is preparing to send hundreds of troops to Saudi Arabia where satellite images appear to show a build up of American forces on the ground. Up to 500 soldiers are to be sent to the Prince Sultan Airbase in the desert to the east of the capital Riyadh, two officials told CNN, speaking on condition of anonymity. Preparations are also reportedly underway for a large missile installation from which Patriot surface-to-air missiles can be launched to protect the base from incoming threats. The moves would likely strengthen the US' controversial relationship with Saudi Arabia, while also responding to rising tensions with Iran which escalated dramatically in recent months. After the US unilaterally withdrew from a landmark 2015 nuclear deal last year and reimposed tight sanctions, Iran announced in July that it had surpassed limits on enriched uranium imposed in the agreement. The country insists it is not trying to build nuclear weapons.A standoff has also ensued in the Gulf, with sabotage attacks on foreign tankers, blamed on Iran by the US. In the latest incident Tehran said it had seized a foreign-owned vessel suspected of being used for oil smuggling out of the country/ The Trump administration has long sought to base troops in the remote region, but the decision to send them to Saudi Arabia comes amid outrage over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. A United Nations report concluded his death at the Saudi embassy in Istanbul was "an extrajudicial execution

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Jul 18, 2019

Family mourns 6-year-old girl killed by father's golf shot
Relatives of a 6-year-old Utah girl who died after her father accidentally struck her with a golf ball are remembering her as a loving, playful child. Aria Hill's uncle David Smith described her as a happy child who greeted strangers and enjoyed spending time with her parents. Police say the ball struck Hill in the back of the head on Monday morning, while the father and daughter were out golfing with Hill's uncle, Brayden Hill, at Sleepy Ridge Golf Course in Orem about 40 miles (65 kilometers) south of Salt Lake City.

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Jul 18, 2019

Argentina acts against Hezbollah, blamed for terror attacks
Argentina's government on Thursday branded Hezbollah a terrorist organization and froze its assets, 25 years to the day after a bombing blamed on the Lebanese-based group destroyed a Jewish community center in Argentina's capital, killing 85 people. The nation's Financial Information Unit took the action a day after President Mauricio Macri's government created a list of terrorist organizations to help coordinate actions with other nations and as the nation held memorial services for victims of the attack, for which no one has been convicted. The unit noted that Hezbollah has been accused of responsibility for a 1992 attack on the Israeli Embassy in Argentina that killed 29 people, as well as the 1994 attack on the Argentine-Israelite Mutual Association in Buenos Aires.

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Jul 18, 2019

Trump says looking closely at Amazon's bid on $10 billion Pentagon contract
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday his administration was looking closely at Amazon.com's bid on a $10 billion cloud contract with the Defense Department after getting complaints from other tech companies. Amazon.com Inc and Microsoft Corp were selected in April to continue competing for the Pentagon cloud computing services that is part of a broad modernization of Pentagon information technology systems. The selection left Oracle Corp and IBM Corp out of the competition for the contract for the Defense Department's Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure Cloud, or JEDI.

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Jul 18, 2019

Texas teen arrested for spitting in tea bottle and putting it back, police say
Police arrested a 15-year-old boy for spitting in an Arizona Tea bottle and putting it back on the shelf at an Odessa Albertsons, according to CB7.

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Jul 18, 2019

At least 11 dead in Taliban attack on Afghan police HQ
At least 11 people were killed and scores more wounded Thursday when the Taliban attacked a police headquarters in the southern city of Kandahar, officials and the insurgents said. Taliban spokesman Qari Yousuf Ahmadi said the afternoon attack in Afghanistan's second-largest city started with a car bomb, then saw gunmen storm the police compound. Baheer Ahmadi, the Kandahar governor's spokesman, said in a statement that 11 people had been killed, including nine civilians and two police officers, while another 80 -- including women and children -- were wounded.

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Jul 18, 2019

Dodge Rolls Out the 11,000-HP Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody Funny Car
Dodge's freshly flared Hellcat sedan inspires the graphics for a new NHRA drag racer.

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Jul 18, 2019

America will roast for 4 days
Tens of millions of Americans will feel triple-digit heat between Thursday and Sunday. The National Weather Service (NWS) noted that 20 to 30 high temperature records could fall between the Rockies and the East Coast. There will be little relief even at night: The weather agency expects 123 records for the warmest daily low temperature to be either broken or tied this week. The Midwest will see many of the highest extremes on Thursday and Friday, while the East Coast will feel its most intense heat on Saturday.The NWS labeled this excessive heat as "scorching." On Saturday in Washington D.C., the confluence of humidity and air temperatures are forecast to produce a heat index (or feeling) of around 110 F. Meteorologist Michael Ventrice called these forecasted conditions "dangerously hot." Indeed, heat waves kill more Americans than any other weather event.Although climate change doesn't produce weather -- like sprawling fronts of unusually warm air, hurricanes, or wildfire conditions -- it does make these events worse. Any heat wave today, for example, is sitting atop boosted global temperatures. These elevated temperatures are responsible for June 2019 being the warmest June in 139 years of record-keeping, and 18 of the 19 warmest years on record occurring since 2001.This added heat means more record hot weather becoming not just possible, but occurring more frequently. "A barely noticeable shift in the mean temperature from global warming can end up turning a 'once-per-decade' heatwave into a 'once-per-year heatwave' pretty easily," Patrick Brown, an assistant professor in the Departmen

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Jul 18, 2019

Eyewitness This: Berkeley votes to amend city code, make terms like 'manhole' gender neutral
Berkeley will be changing the language in its city code, making it more gender neutral.

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Jul 18, 2019

Morocco court condemns three to death for killing Scandinavian hikers
Three Moroccan men were sentenced to death on Thursday for murdering two Scandinavian women in the Atlas mountains. Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, from Denmark, and Maren Ueland, 28, from Norway, were killed in their tent in December near the Moroccan village of Imlil, a popular hiking destination. The anti-terrorism court in Sale, near Rabat, had heard at earlier sessions that the men had pledged allegiance to Islamic State in a video days before the murder. Two of them - Abdessamad Ejjoud and Youness Ouziyad - had told the court they had decapitated the women, while the third - Rachid Afatti - said he filmed the killing and posted the footage online. A fourth man who said he had left the group before the murders got a life sentence. 28-year-old Maren Ueland from Norway was killed by the extremists Credit: AFP/Getty Images On Thursday, the men said: "May God forgive us" and one added: "There is no God but Allah" when the judge asked them for their final statements before giving his verdict. Their lawyer, Hafida El Maksaoui, said she would appeal against the sentences. Twenty other people who prosecutors said had links to the killers were sentenced to between five and 30 years for forming a criminal gang to commit terrorist acts, encouraging terrorism, undermining public order and other crimes. All were Moroccan apart from one Swiss national, Kevin Ziller Guervos, who was also accused of persuading people to join militant groups and got a 20-year sentence. The court ordered the four main conv

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Jul 18, 2019

Man charged with killing girlfriend, 3 children in Georgia
A man who had a history of domestic violence with his live-in girlfriend killed her and her three young children, including an infant, at a Georgia apartment complex where they lived, police said Thursday. Police found the bodies of 29-year-old Jerrica Spellman and her children, ages 1 month to 3 years old, late Wednesday after getting a call from a concerned family member, Columbus Police Chief Ricky Boren said at a news conference. A short time later, police arrested 27-year-old Travane Brandon Jackson.

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Jul 18, 2019

Billionaire Epstein denied bail in child sex trafficking case
A US federal judge on Thursday rejected Jeffrey Epstein's bail request and ordered that the financier accused of sexually assaulting minors remain in custody pending trial. "The government has established the danger to others and the community," along with the hedge fund billionaire's flight risk, Judge Richard Berman said in his ruling dismissing the bail application, for which Epstein said he could pay more than $100 million. Epstein's defense team had argued that he should be allowed to remain at his home, fitted with an electronic ankle bracelet and with his building under police video surveillance.

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Jul 18, 2019

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Meghan McCain Feels Trump's Racism Takes Away Her ‘Agency' to Bash Ilhan Omar
Reacting to the outbreak of "Send Her Back" chants directed at Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) at President Trump's Wednesday night rally in North Carolina, The View's Meghan McCain groused on Thursday that the president's relentless racist attacks against Omar takes away her "agency" to criticize the Muslim congresswoman.In a segment first spotted by Raw Story, co-host Sunny Hostin said the chants "terrified" her, prompting McCain to chime in and describe the rally as "really dystopian" before noting that she's also been a fierce critic of Omar."Everyone at this table, and I think, people that watch this show or have ever seen the dumpster fire of my interview with Seth Meyers know I have been one of Ilhan Omar's most vocal critics regarding Israel," she declared. "Regarding some of her comments I and others interpreted as anti-Semitic."She then complained that Trump's hyper-focus on Omar's race and immigrant roots has suddenly prevented her from personally going after the Minnesota lawmaker as much as she'd like to."But the problem right now is, you're taking away my agency to criticize her policy," McCain continued. "You're making this about race, xenophobia, racism. I think any time you're hitting in a territory where you're telling any American citizen of a different color than you, to send them back, I too didn't think this is something I would see in my country, especially going into 2020."The conservative View host has targeted Omar for criticism for months now. In March, she actua

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Jul 18, 2019

Court upholds 'Pharma Bro' Martin Shkreli's conviction
A federal appeals court upheld the securities fraud conviction against former drug company CEO Martin Shkreli, known as "Pharma Bro," on Thursday, along with a $7.3 million forfeiture of assets. A judge sentenced Shkreli to seven years in prison last year for his conviction on charges he looted a drug company he founded, Retrophin, of $11 million in stock and cash to pay back investors in two failed hedge funds he ran.

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Jul 18, 2019

U.N. calls out Saudi Arabia, UAE for not paying Yemen aid pledges
United Nations aid chief Mark Lowcock called out Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates on Thursday for only paying a "modest proportion" of the hundreds of millions of dollars they pledged five months ago to a humanitarian appeal for Yemen. Both countries each promised $750 million at a U.N. fundraising event in February that was seeking $4 billion, but Saudi Arabia has so far only paid $121.7 million and the United Arab Emirates about $195 million, according to U.N. figures.

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Jul 18, 2019

'Let's see them aliens': The Facebook group is a joke, but the Pentagon takes plans to storm Area 51 seriously
The truth is out there — or at least that's the belief the viral, and farcical, Facebook event "Storm Area 51" is peddling.

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Jul 18, 2019

Rally Red 1972 Dodge Challenger Shows Off Its Muscles
A stunning example of a highly desirable American icon. If you have been in the market for an iconic American muscle car, then you're in luck. GR Auto Gallery is pleased to announce this bold and beautiful 1972 Dodge Challenger up for sale. Dressed in a brilliant Rally Red paint job, the exterior shines at every angle and is in pristine condition. It's nicely contrasted by the tidy black interior with wooden accents. Overall, this example is in immaculate condition and was taken care of with love. Everything from the door panels to the dashboard and floor mats are like-new and very clean.The heart and soul of this bad boy is a massive 440 cubic-inch V8 motor paired to a smooth-shifting 727 automatic transmission. This 1972 Dodge Challenger received a full restoration, which includes the powertrain. The odometer reading on the add is 808 miles.  Other features include front disc brakes, power steering and heat, all-new front suspension, and a 391 Sure Grip Posi rear end. The sale of this vehicle comes with a full folder of receipts for the restoration and general maintenance paperwork.The Challenger debuted in the fall of 1969 for the 1970 model year. The first-gen was positioned to compete against the Mercury Cougar and Pontiac Firebird in the higher end of the pony car segment. It was also a fairly late response to the Ford Mustang, which was introduced in April of 1964. Nevertheless, the American automaker intended for the Challenger to be the most potent pony car and produced a number of trim and option levels that included vir

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Jul 18, 2019

Pope Francis appoints new Vatican spokesman
Pope Francis on Thursday appointed a new Vatican spokesman, one of the most demanding PR jobs in the world, charged with grappling with a whirlwind papal schedule and the profound repercussions of the Church's child sex abuse scandal. British-born Matteo Bruni, who has worked in the Holy See Press Office since 2009 and coordinated the press on the pontiff's international trips since 2013, takes over from interim spokesman Alessandro Gisotti. Francis has apologised for predatory priests but cover-ups in the Vatican have severely damaged trust in the centuries-old institution, and there is still much to be done to protect minors from clerical paedophiles.

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Jul 18, 2019

'Not what your mom sent you:' Teen takes legendary senior photos in a bathrobe
Evan Dennison wanted to do something funny for his senior photos. No one believed he would actually do it. Now he is a "legend."

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Jul 18, 2019

Man accused in Des Moines triple homicide returned to US twice after deportation, ICE says
"Escobar-Orellana, aka, Marvin O. Esquivel-Lopez, was previously (deported) from the United States in 2010 and again in 2011," an ICE spokesman said.

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Jul 18, 2019

UPDATE 2-Pompeo calls China's treatment of Uighurs 'stain of the century'
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday called China's treatment of its Uighur Muslim minority the "stain of the century" and accused Beijing of pressuring countries not to attend a U.S.-hosted conference on religious freedom. Pompeo said Chinese government officials had sought to discourage countries from attending the three-day event he has hosted, attended by 106 countries. Pompeo did not name any of the countries and a State Department spokesman could not provide a figure.

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Jul 18, 2019

Putin and Macron call for efforts to save Iran deal: Kremlin
Russian President Vladimir Putin and French leader Emmanuel Macron agreed Thursday on the need to "consolidate efforts" to save the Iran nuclear deal following months of soaring tensions, the Kremlin said. In a phone call, Putin and Macron agreed the Iran deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was an "important factor in ensuring security in the Middle East and maintaining a non-proliferation regime," the Kremlin said in a statement.

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Jul 18, 2019

This Dyson cordless vacuum deal for $150 is better than anything from Prime Day
There's nothing quite like a Dyson cordless vacuum. There's also nothing quite as expensive as a Dyson cordless vacuum. That's why it's so important to find a good deal if you really want a Dyson, and it doesn't get much better than this one. Amazon is offering a killer one day sale that slashes the price of renewed Dyson V6 Motorhead Cord Free Vacuums to just $149.99. This deal definitely could sell out, so grab one while you can!Here are the bullet points from the product page: * 75% more brush bar power than the V6 Cord-free vacuum * Cord-free. Hassle-free. Quickly and easily clean when you need to * Up to 20 minutes of continuous suction. Trigger releases instantly. Also features max power mode - which provides up to 6 minutes of higher suction for more difficult tasks * The Direct-drive cleaner head drives bristles deeper into the carpet to remove even more dirt. 15 cyclones, arranged across two tiers, work in parallel to increase airflow and capture fine dust * Quickly convert to a handheld for quick clean ups, spot cleaning and cleaning difficult places. Includes convenient docking station that stores and charges the machine, and holds additional attachments. So it's always ready to go * This Certified Refurbished product is manufacturer refurbished, shows limited or no wear, includes all original accessories, and a 6 month Dyson limited warranty against original defects in materials & workmanship; warranty covers private household use in accordance with the owner's m

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Jul 18, 2019

USDA official: Climate science plan wasn't supposed to be public
The plan outlines how USDA should help agriculture minimize the effects of climate change.

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Jul 18, 2019

The Latest: Police: Suspect in family slayings was boyfriend
A Georgia police chief says a suspect charged with killing a woman and her three young children was the woman's live-in boyfriend, and likely the children's father. Police found 29-year-old Jerrica Spellman and her children, including an infant girl, stabbed in a Columbus apartment late Wednesday. Columbus Police Chief Ricky Boren told reporters Thursday that Jackson and Spellman lived together.

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Jul 18, 2019

Pence calls on Saudi Arabia to release critic of Islam
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday called out ally Saudi Arabia for the suppression of religious liberties and urged it to release Raif Badawi, a blogger imprisoned for insulting Islam. Addressing a conference on religious freedom at the State Department, Pence highlighted the detention of religious dissidents in Eritrea, Mauritania, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.

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Jul 18, 2019

Russia summons U.S. diplomat in Moscow in protest over visa row
Russia summoned a representative of the U.S. embassy in Moscow on Thursday to issue a protest after U.S. officials alleged Russia had refused visas to teachers at an international school in Moscow, the Russian foreign ministry said. The ministry said in a statement it had not denied the visas, but that teachers at the school were entering Russia under diplomatic visas, despite not being diplomats. It said Russia was ready to issue visas promptly to U.S. diplomatic personnel as soon as Washington started issuing visas promptly to Russian diplomats in the United States.

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Jul 18, 2019

UPDATE 1-U.S. amphibious group patrols Arabian Sea as Iran tensions simmer
At a thumbs-up sign from a sailor, a U.S. Harrier fighter jet takes off from the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer in the Arabian Sea as an oil tanker passes, a nautical mile away. The patrol is "standard" but the situation - growing tension between the United States and Iran - is not. "We want to make sure that we assure allies in the region and to ensure freedom of navigation and free flow of commerce," says Colonel Fridrik Fridrikson, commanding officer of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit.

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Jul 18, 2019

Texas woman pleads guilty in shooting deaths of 2 daughters
A Texas woman was sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty Wednesday to shooting and killing her two young daughters in 2017. Prosecutors declined to pursue the death penalty against Sarah Nicole Henderson in exchange for her pleading guilty to two counts of capital murder in the deaths of her 5- and 7-year-old daughters. Henderson, 31, has been in custody since her November 2017 arrest at her home near Mabank, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) southeast of Dallas.

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Jul 18, 2019

Here's Every Single Mission to the Moon in One Chart
The Cold War propelled lunar exploration, but humans last stepped foot on the moon in 1972. Now, a new moon race is on, with new players.

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Jul 18, 2019

Daily Mail defends story linking Israel's Barak to Epstein
The popular British tabloid The Daily Mail on Thursday defended a decision to publish photos in the US of one of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's election rivals entering the mansion of disgraced American financier Jeffrey Epstein in 2016. Ehud Barak's lawyers wrote to the British company's US-based website on Wednesday demanding it remove Tuesday's story and pay "substantial damages to vindicate his reputation and compensate him". The newspaper's US website ran photos of four young women separately entering Epstein's New York residence around the same time as Barak himself went in.

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Jul 18, 2019

Flynn had $4.6M unpaid legal tab, records show
Law firm Covington & Burling took on Trump's ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn in early 2017, when his lobbying and consulting work came under scrutiny.

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Jul 18, 2019

Iran Guards seize 'foreign tanker' accused of fuel smuggling
Iran's Revolutionary Guards said Thursday they had detained a "foreign tanker" and its crew for allegedly smuggling fuel, the latest incident in a tense standoff in the Gulf. The announcement came after Tehran said it had come to the aid of a foreign tanker after receiving a distress call -- making no mention of the vessel being seized. The Guards did not confirm whether the vessel they had detained Sunday in the highly sensitive Strait of Hormuz was the same ship as that mentioned Tuesday by the foreign ministry.

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Jul 18, 2019

Where and How to Watch the 2020 C8 Corvette Reveal
Set a reminder for July 18 at 10:50 p.m. EDT to see Chevy's mid-engined sports car for real, live from Orange County, California.

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Jul 18, 2019

Fresno Co. head-on crash that hospitalized 5 confirmed DUI, driver arrested
The California Highway Patrol has arrested a man for a DUI crash that hospitalized five people in Fresno County Wednesday evening.

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Jul 18, 2019

Bullet-riddled U.S. flag that survived D-Day coming home 75 years later
Shot through by German machine gun bullets and tattered by the wind, an American flag that flew on the first U.S. invading ship on D-Day is being returned home on Thursday in a White House ceremony. The flag handover will be a main part of the visit to the White House by Mark Rutte, prime minister of the Netherlands, who is to have talks with President Donald Trump. The flag has been owned by retired Dutch businessman and art collector Bert Kreuk, who said he bought it at auction three years ago with the intention of donating it to the United States.

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Jul 18, 2019

Italy police deal blow to 'violent' Nigerian mafia
Italian police said Thursday they had arrested 19 suspected members of a Nigerian mob, including the leaders of a clan which forged alliances with other mafias and violently punished anyone who rebelled. In an operation dubbed "Burning Flame", coordinated by police in Bologna and Turin, over 300 officers carried out arrests and searches in nine cities across northern Italy from Bergamo to Modena, Parma and Ravenna. A two-year probe -- aided significantly by a man on the inside who fed details to investigators -- "has allowed us to destroy much of what, within the Nigerian community, is known as the 'Maphite' cult," police said in a statement.

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Jul 18, 2019

Germany probes anti-Israel 'likes' by official account
Germany's Foreign Ministry said Thursday it has opened an investigation after learning that the official Twitter account of the country's mission to the Palestinian territories had "liked" anti-Israel tweets. The comments came after top-selling Bild newspaper reported that the "likes" came from the verified Twitter account of German diplomat Christian Clages, @GerRepRamallah. The multiple "likes" included one for a video praising an attack on Israeli soldiers, and another for an exchange between American white supremacist David Duke and another user about an alleged massacre of Jews.

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Jul 18, 2019

Russia considers joining EU payment system meant to save Iran nuclear deal
Russia has said it may join a European Union payment system aimed at salvaging the Iran nuclear deal if it is expanded to include oil purchases.  The system, called Instex, is designed to facilitate payments to Iran despite the US trade sanctions reimposed on the country after Donald Trump pulled out of the landmark agreement in 2018.  With its economy reeling from the US blockage of crucial oil exports, Iran said this month it would begin enriching more uranium than allowed by the "joint comprehensive plan of action". Tensions with the United States and United Kingdom have risen following several attacks on tankers in the Gulf. Iran said on Thursday it had seized a foreign oil tanker that was "smuggling fuel". In a not-so-subtle reference to the United States, Vladimir Putin's spokesman on Thursday called Instex an "important initiative" to protect European companies from "illegal attempts by third countries to limit their activities". He said Russia was watching to see how well it functioned. "With consideration of the initial experience using this system when it is activated, we can't exclude our cooperation in this," the spokesman said.  Foreign minister Sergei Lavrov, however, complained on Wednesday that Instex was only covering deliveries of food, medicine and other humanitarian aid, "which aren't banned by the Americans anyway". To bolster Iran's economy and ensure the survival of the deal, Instex would need to facilitate oil exports as well, he said.  "Payments of a few milli

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Jul 18, 2019

DNC tells 2020 presidential candidates to stop using FaceApp as Schumer calls for investigation
Schumer asked the FBI to determine whether the data uploaded to FaceApp "may be finding its way into the hands of the Russian government."

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Jul 18, 2019

Colbert wonders if Trump let slip too much about his marriage
President Trump doubled down in his attack on four congresswomen of color, saying at a rally in North Carolina on Wednesday night that they should leave the country. But "The Late Show" host Stephen Colbert noticed a curious choice of words in Trump's latest rant.

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Jul 18, 2019

India reschedules launch of its moon mission for Monday
India's space agency said it will launch a spacecraft to the south pole of the moon on Monday after stopping an attempt this week. The Indian Space Research Organization said the Chandrayaan-2 launch is now set at 2:43 p.m. on Monday. The earlier launch attempt on Monday was called off less than an hour before the 640-ton, 14-story rocket launcher lifted off.

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Jul 18, 2019

Iran seizes oil tanker in Strait of Hormuz
Iranian Revolutionary Guards on Thursday said they had seized a foreign oil tanker in the Gulf, raising fears for maritime security in the Strait of Hormuz. The vessel, which was said to have been smuggling fuel to foreign customers, was intercepted south of Iran's Larak Island in the strategic Strait of Hormuz on Sunday and its 12 crew members arrested. "In a bid to identify and fight organised smuggling . . . the patrol boats of the Guards' naval forces in the Persian Gulf abruptly stopped one of the foreign vessels which carried 1 million litres of smuggled fuel," a statement by the Guards' naval forces said.   However, mystery surrounded the capture of what was thought to be the Panama-flagged MT Riah, which went missing over the weekend, as no country came forward to claim ownership. Hormuz: the strategic strait that may plunge US and Iran into war The MT Riah, which began her journey on July 5 near a port off the coast of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, went missing on July 14. The UAE, where Riah is based, has denied she was their vessel. The vessel appears to have changed hands several times in the last few months. The last known manager, KBR Petrochem, could not be reached for comment. Around 30 per cent of global seaborne crude passes through the Strait of Hormuz She was then tracked near the coast of Ras al-Khaimah before changing course and travelling north towards Iranian waters, after which it stopped transmitting its signal on Sunday at about 4.30am local time. Iran claimed it came to the assistance of the disabled tanker after detectin

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Jul 18, 2019

Pompeo announces new global body on religious freedom
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday that the United States will create a new international body to campaign for religious freedom, following a major meeting in Washington. Dubbed the International Religious Freedom Alliance, Pompeo said that details of the group were still being worked out but that it would "bring like-minded countries together" to make the issue a priority. "It will provide a space for the work that we do here to flourish throughout the year and, importantly, it will defend the unalienable rights of all human beings to believe, or not to believe, whatever it is that they choose," Pompeo told the ministerial-level meeting.

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Jul 18, 2019

California city votes to ban gendered words as 'manhole' becomes 'maintenance hole'
Legislators in Berkeley, California, voted Tuesday to ban some gender-specific words in its city code and replace them with gender-neutral options.

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Jul 18, 2019

Fox News Host: ‘I'd Grab My Wallet' if I Met ‘the Squad'
Fox News host Jesse Watters appeared to a make a racially insensitive joke about the Democratic representatives who are members of "the Squad" on Thursday. During a guest appearance on Fox & Friends, the anchor was asked by a member of the live audience what he would do if he had the chance to sit down with Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA)."First, I'd grab my wallet," Watters said, eliciting laughter from the audience.It's possible that Watters was referring to progressives' proposals to raise taxes on wealthy Americans, rather than suggesting one of them might be willing to pick-pocket him. But the comment seemed to highlight negative stereotypes of people of color, the morning after President Donald Trump elicited chants of "Send her back!" pointed at Rep. Omar at a widely condemned rally in North Carolina.Watters went on to explain that he didn't think he would "get along too well" with the four women.Trump attacked the four congresswomen in a series of tweets on Sunday, saying they could leave the U.S. and go back to where they're from even though all of the congresswomen are American citizens. The House of Representatives voted on Tuesday to condemn the president's comments as racist.Trump Rally Crowd Launches Into ‘Send Her Back' Chant Over Ilhan OmarRead more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

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Jul 18, 2019

Los Angeles police officer charged with multiple rapes after DNA links him to cold case
A LAPD officer is facing life in prison after an investigation into an accusation of rape led to the discovery of another victim.

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Jul 18, 2019

'Pharma Bro' Martin Shkreli to stay behind bars, loses appeal of conviction
A federal appeals court upheld the conviction and seven-year prison term of Martin Shkreli, the pharmaceutical executive known as "Pharma Bro," for defrauding investors in his hedge funds and conspiring to manipulate the stock of Retrophin Inc, a biotechnology company he ran. In a 3-0 decision, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan on Thursday rejected Shkreli's argument that his trial judge gave incorrect and confusing instruction about securities fraud to the Brooklyn jury that convicted him. Shkreli, 36, had been appealing his August 2017 conviction on two securities fraud counts and one conspiracy count.

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Jul 18, 2019

Ferrari's 812 Superfast could get Spider-ized
While details about this version of the model are virtually non-existent, considering that Spider-ized cars are simply drop-top renditions of the standard models, the specs are reasonably predictable -- we can expect them to line up relatively closely with the existing Superfast. With the Ferrari 812 Superfast having a starting MSRP of $363,730, the Spider version's price tag is expected to only go up.

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Jul 18, 2019

McConnell: Trump 'on to something' with attacks on four congresswomen
"Do we really think socialism applies here at a time of great prosperity, 50-year-low unemployment?" McConnell said.

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Jul 18, 2019

France turns down citizenship for immigrant nurse because she 'works too much'
France has rejected an immigrant nurse's application for citizenship on the grounds that she was working too many hours a week in breach of the statutory 35-hour week and strict limits on overtime. The nurse, whose name and nationality have not been made public, holds three jobs and averages 59 hours a week, which the authorities said placed her "in violation of regulations on working time in France". The 35-hour rule introduced under a Socialist government in 2000 gave France one of the world's shortest working weeks, but it has since been loosened and employees may be permitted to work up to 48 hours a week including overtime.  The Préfecture in Val-de Marne, near Paris, said in a letter to the nurse that it was "postponing" her naturalisation application for two years. The letter was posted on social media by one of her friends, Nicolas Delage. "I find this scandalous," Mr Delage told the online newspaper 20 Minutes. "One reason for granting [French] nationality is work. She is not stealing anyone's work." Sanjay Navy, a lawyer, said immigrants were often denied naturalisation for working too many hours. "I've seen similar cases before this. This is not an isolated decision." Mr Navy said he had seen a number of naturalisation applications by security guards turned down because they had multiple employers and worked too many hours. According to the most recent official figures, some 63,000 immigrants were granted French citizenship in 2017. The French are bitterly divi

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Jul 18, 2019

Turkey considering 'alternatives' to US fighter jet amid Russian offer
A defiant Turkey said it was considering "alternatives" to US fighter jets that could include Russian models or building its own aircraft a day after the United States suspended it from its programme to build and deploy advanced warplanes.The US punished Turkey for its purchase of a Russian air defence system by pushing it from a long-term programme to upgrade NATO warplanes with F-35 advanced fighter jets. The Kremlin quickly attempted to exploit the disagreement, which has already drawn Ankara closer to Moscow, offering to sell Turkey Russian fighter planes.Ismail Demir, head of Turkey's Defence Industries, responded that "all kinds of options are on the table," according to the official Anatolia News Agency."Turkey will continue to evaluate alternatives," he said.The months-long dispute had pushed already strained relations between Turkey and the US to a new low. Analysts say Washington sought to avoid having to make a decision on the matter. But after delivery of parts for the Russian S-400 missile-system began late last week, the White House was forced to act. It announced late Wednesday that it was ending Turkey's involvement in the programme to build F-35s, citing security worries. "Turkey's decision to buy the Russian S-400 air defence systems renders its continued involvement with the F-35 impossible," said a statement. "The F-35 cannot co-exist with a Russian intelligence collection platform that will be used to learn about is advanced capabilities." More sanctions mandated by

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Jul 18, 2019

Turkey considering ‘alternatives' to US fighter jet amid Russian offer
A defiant Turkey said it was considering "alternatives" to US fighter jets, including Russian models or making its own, a day after Washington suspended it from a programme to build and deploy advanced warplanes.The US punished Turkey for its purchase of a Russian air defence system by pushing it out of a long-term programme to upgrade Nato forces with F-35 advanced fighter jets. The Kremlin quickly attempted to exploit the disagreement, which has already drawn Ankara closer to Moscow, offering to sell Turkey Russian fighter planes.Ismail Demir, head of Turkey's defence industries, responded that "all kinds of options are on the table," according to the official Anadolu news agency."Turkey will continue to evaluate alternatives," he said.The months-long dispute had pushed already strained relations between Turkey and the US to a new low. Analysts say Washington sought to avoid having to make a decision on the matter. But after the delivery of parts for the Russian S-400 missile system began late last week, the White House was forced to act. It announced late on Wednesday that it was ending Turkey's involvement in the programme to build F-35s, citing security concerns. "Turkey's decision to buy the Russian S-400 air defence systems renders its continued involvement with the F-35 impossible," said a White House statement. "The F-35 cannot coexist with a Russian intelligence collection platform that will be used to learn about its advanced capabilities." The US is expected to punish Turkey

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Jul 18, 2019

Mnuchin Warns Europe Not to Breach U.S. Sanctions on Iran
(Bloomberg) -- Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin made clear that participating in the U.S. financial system means abiding by its sanctions amid a European effort to sidestep American economic pressure on Iran to continue trade.Germany, France and the U.K. created a financing vehicle known as Instex in January to allow companies to do some trade with Iran without the use of U.S. dollars or American banks -- thus allowing them to get around wide-ranging American sanctions that were imposed after the Trump administration abandoned the 2015 Iran nuclear deal last year."We've been very clear that we expect U.S. sanctions to be adhered to," Mnuchin said in response to questions from reporters on Thursday in France where he met with Group of Seven counterparts. "Whether it's Iran or anyone else, if people want to participate in the dollar system people will be obligated to follow the U.S. sanctions."He said that Instex should be "careful on diligence."Treasury's top sanctions official, Sigal Mandelker, sent a letter in May warning European allies not to violate sanctions through Instex. Mnuchin confirmed that a letter was sent.European countries broadly opposed Trump's decision to withdraw from the nuclear accord but have struggled to deliver the economic benefits Iran expected from the deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, since the U.S. quit. In the meantime, U.S. sanctions have delivered a blow to Iran's economy, fueling inflation, reducing oil revenue and pressuring President Hassan Rouhani's government.

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Jul 18, 2019

Scaramucci disinvited from Florida GOP fundraiser for bashing Trump's 'racially charged' attacks
"He suggested the president's comments were racist and that he was becoming a racist. Our board was infuriated," the Republican Party chairman in Palm Beach County said.

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Jul 18, 2019

The Latest: UK lawmakers impede path to no-deal Brexit
British lawmakers have put a roadblock in the path of any attempt to take Britain out of the European Union without a divorce deal. The House of Commons passed a motion Thursday that stops the government from suspending Parliament in the weeks before the U.K.'s scheduled Oct. 31 departure date. Boris Johnson, who is likely to be elected Britain's new prime minister next week, has not ruled out such a suspension if lawmakers try to block his Brexit plan.

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Jul 18, 2019

Poll: Two-thirds of country favors statehood for Puerto Rico
The 66 percent support for admitting the island as the 51st state is consistent with polling dating back to the early 1960s.

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Jul 18, 2019

7,800 police in Philippines punished for deadly drug raids
Thousands of Philippine police officers have received administrative punishments with more than 2,000 dismissed for wrongdoings during raids where drug suspects were killed under the president's crackdown, officials said Thursday. Communications Assistant Secretary Marie Rafael Banaag told a news conference that 14,724 police were investigated for their involvement in police drug operations that led to deaths from July 2016 until last April. A tally presented by Banaag showed that 2,367 police officers have been fired, 4,100 suspended while the rest were reprimanded, demoted, had their salaries forfeited or deprived of certain privileges.

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Jul 18, 2019

What caused mysterious gray spots to appear on Neil Armstrong's Apollo 11 moon landing glove?
Years ago, people wondered about the gray spots on Neil Armstrong's right hand glove from Apollo 11. Conservators have solved that mystery.

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Jul 18, 2019

House Dems Join Republicans to Kill Impeachment Resolution
A substantial majority of House Democrats crossed the aisle Wednesday to join Republicans in opposing an impeachment resolution introduced in response to President Trump's attacks on four progressive freshman congresswoman.The resolution, introduced by Representative Al Green (D., Texas), was defeated 332-95, with 137 Democrats voting with Republicans against the measure. Green pressed forward with the impeachment effort despite opposition from Democratic leadership, who counseled their caucus to table the resolution, temporarily killing it."It's time for us to deal with his bigotry. This president has demonstrated that he's willing to yell ‘fire' in a crowded theater, and we have seen what can happen to people when bigotry is allowed to have a free rein," Green told reporters Wednesday. "We all ought to go on record. We all ought to let the world know where we stand when we have a bigot in the White House."President Trump celebrated the vote as he arrived in Greenville, N.C. Wednesday evening for a campaign rally."We've just received an overwhelming vote against impeachment and that's the end of it," the president told reporters. He followed up those comments with a tweet in which he called the impeachment effort "the most ridiculous and time consuming project" and said, "This should never be allowed to happen to another President of the United States again!"Pelosi cast the episode as a distraction that would benefit the president politically in comments to reporters Wednesday."You have to give him credit: He's

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Jul 18, 2019

New bill would guarantee free legal representation for illegal immigrants seeking asylum
A Democrat lawmaker introduces the Equal Justice for Immigrants Act to guarantee the right to counsel for illegal immigrants. Judge Alex Ferrer reacts.

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Jul 18, 2019

A Kentucky farmer, ex-Marine wants to challenge Mitch McConnell in 2020 US Senate race
Democrat Michael "Mike" Broihier enters the 2020 U.S. Senate primary contest trumpeting a "no labels" message to Kentucky voters.

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Jul 18, 2019

India's 'Dosa King' dies months after losing appeal against murder conviction
The founder of the largest Indian chain of restaurants offering southern food at home and abroad, "Dosa King" P. Rajagopal, died on Thursday, nearly four months after he lost his final appeal against a murder conviction. A court in the southern Indian city of Chennai in 2009 handed Rajagopal a life term for kidnapping and killing the husband of a woman he wanted to marry. The Supreme Court in March upheld that decision.

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Jul 18, 2019

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Jul 18, 2019

White-collar prosecutions and corporate fines drop under Trump
A drop in white-collar crime prosecutions and corporate fines during the Trump administration has prompted a warning from a leading law firm.New York-based Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz issued a memo to its clients noting the "significant" decrease in both the number of cases and the scale of penalties over the last two years.The lawyers advised businesses not to relax their approach to laws and regulations, adding: "Our experience suggests that succumbing to such temptation would be a mistake."It comes after data from the US Department of Justice revealed white-collar prosecutions - including offences of fraud, antitrust violations and identity theft - hit a 20-year low earlier this year.Prosecutions peaked in 2011, during Barack Obama's first term in office, and have steadily declined since, according to Syracuse University's TRAC reports."White-collar prosecutions since President Trump assumed office generally have been lower than in previous administrations," researchers said. Corporate fines from criminal prosecutions also plunged by more than 90 per cent, according to a study comparing the last year of the Obama administration and the first year under President Trump.The "lighter touch" approach towards the banking industry is further demonstrated by a large drop in the number of cases pursued by the Securities and Exchange Commission, according to analysis by The New York Times."In such an environment, companies might be tempted to think that having an effective compliance programme is less

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