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Sep 18, 2019

Melting snowcaps spell water trouble for world's highest capital
Water resources are running dry in the world's highest-elevation capital due to the combined effect of the Andean glaciers melting, drought and mismanagement. The sky-high metropolitan area's 2.7 million people have already been jolted by climate change: a severe drought that lasted for several months from 2016 into 2017 was Bolivia's worst in 25 years, leading to water rationing and widespread protests in several cities. In a gray and misty Valle de las Flores district in the east of the city, people are beginning to adapt to disappearing water resources.

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Sep 18, 2019

Andrew Yang: No apologies for the Asian jokes
During his unlikely rise, Yang has taken heat for playing up Asian stereotypes

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Sep 18, 2019

Purdue Pharma asks judge to stop lawsuits against Sacklers
OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma on Wednesday asked a bankruptcy court judge to halt all lawsuits against the company and its former directors, including members of the Sackler family, which owns the company. The request is a standard ask for a company that's filed for bankruptcy , as Purdue did this week in an effort to settle some 2,600 lawsuits it's facing over its role in the national opioid crisis. Several states have announced that they intend to continue their lawsuits against Sackler family members, arguing that more should be done to hold them accountable for a role in an opioid crisis that has killed more than 400,000 people in the U.S. in the past two decades.

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Sep 18, 2019

Netanyahu Lost. His Enemies Won. But Who Can Govern Israel?
Jack Guez/AFP/GettyThe strangest episode of Israel's raucous election—the second in six months—flickered by almost unnoticed, one clip among the 30 videos Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu posted to his YouTube channel in the final two days before Tuesday's vote.Lush with images of sleek Israelis surfing off Tel Aviv beaches and sipping coffee and cocktails in a succession of inviting bars and cafés, it almost looked like a product of the tourism ministry— until the part where you see a woman's toes peek beyond a blanket, reaching out to tease the toes of the man sharing the bed with her, and those manly toes turning away."Right-wing voters have to wake up!" the caption blared. "On Tuesday, you have to go out to vote Likud, and bring family and friends!"The Likud is Netanyahu's party, and the ad was meant as a counter-incentive. Netanyahu's pitch can be summed up thus: Don't sleep with your hot girlfriend. Don't go to the beach. Don't enjoy Tel Aviv's great cafés. Go out and vote for me!If Netanyahu was concerned about voter fatigue, he needn't have worried.Turnout was a few points higher than it was in the April 9 vote, despite fresh memories of the night six weeks later in which Netanyahu acknowledged he'd failed to form a coalition government and—instead of returning the mandate to Israel's President, Reuven Rivlin—dissolved the parliament and sent Israel into second elections.On first glance it looks like Israelis returned a second inconclusive verdict, this time with gusto.The apparent draw between Net

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Sep 18, 2019

Acting intelligence chief agrees to testify after subpoena
The acting director of national intelligence has agreed to testify next week to the House intelligence committee after balking at the panel's demand to turn over a secret whistleblower complaint. Committee Chairman Adam Schiff subpoenaed Joseph Maguire last week, saying he was withholding a whistleblower complaint from Congress and questioning whether he had been directed to do so by the White House or the attorney general.

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Sep 18, 2019

AMBER ALERT: Missing New Jersey girl vanishes, here's everything we know about possible abductor
Missing New Jersey Girl: Here's what we know about the possible abductor sought in the disappearance of a Bridgeton, New Jersey girl.

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Sep 18, 2019

Netanyahu's rule threatened by deadlocked Israeli polls
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's long grip on power appeared in jeopardy on Wednesday after elections left him tied with his main challenger Benny Gantz raising the prospect of tough negotiations to build a unity government or even the end of the Israeli premier's record long rule. In a sign of the demanding negotiations to come, sources in Netanyahu's office told AFP he was cancelling a planned trip next week to the UN General Assembly in New York due to the "political context" in Israel. With more than 95 percent of ballots counted, Netanyahu's right-wing Likud had 32 seats, while Gantz's Blue and White took 33 places in Israel's 120-member parliament.

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Sep 18, 2019

Three hunters mauled in grizzly bear attacks at Yellowstone: 'He was in their face before they even had chance to grab a gun'
Three hunters were badly hurt in two separate grizzly bear attacks in Montana on the same day, state officials have said.All three suffered "moderate to severe" injuries after being mauled by a lone bear in the Gravelley Mountains on Monday, according to the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks agency.

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Sep 18, 2019

Trump visits US-Mexico border wall amid protests
With protests raging nearby, Donald Trump has visited a section of the US-Mexico border in San Diego to see part of the wall he has hinged his political career on building.Mr Trump visited the border in the Otay Mesa neighbourhood, the same location he stopped at last year when he reviewed several border wall prototypes that he has prescribed as a major fix for the immigration crisis he claims is threatening American values.

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Sep 18, 2019

High school cheerleaders placed on probation after posing with Trump 2020 sign
A cheerleading team has been placed on probation after posing with a Trump 2020 banner during a football game last month.After a photo of the cheerleaders at North Stanly High School in New London, North Carolina, circulated on social media, the team was placed on probation for the remainder of the football season by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA).

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Sep 18, 2019

Saudis couldn't stop oil attack, even with top US defenses
Saudi Arabia spent billions to protect a kingdom built on oil but could not stop the suspected Iranian drone and missile attack, exposing gaps that even America's most advanced weaponry failed to fill. In addition to deciding whether that firepower should be turned on Iran in retaliation, the Saudis and their American allies must now figure out how to prevent a repeat of last weekend's attack -- or worse, such as an assault on the Saudis' export facilities in the Persian Gulf or any of the desalination plants that supply drinking water. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was asked Wednesday on his way to Saudi Arabia how it was possible that the kingdom could have dropped its guard, failing to stop any of the low-flying cruise missiles or armed drones that struck the Abqaiq oil processing center -- the largest of its kind in the world -- and the Khurais oil field.

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Sep 18, 2019

It's National Cheeseburger Day: Here are some deals offered by SoCal restaurants
It's National Cheeseburger Day and plenty of local restaurants are offering deals to help you celebrate right.

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Sep 18, 2019

Dozens of people charged for illegally distributing millions of opioid pills
Dozens of people - including six doctors and seven pharmacists - have been charged with fraud for illegally distributing more than 6 million opioid pills.Some of the pills were obtained using counterfeit prescription pads, and the stolen identities of legitimate doctors, prosecutors say.

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Sep 18, 2019

Bolton unloads on Trump's foreign policy behind closed doors
The recently fired national security made little secret of his disagreements with the president.

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Sep 18, 2019

Arkansas attorney general wants judge barred from her cases
Arkansas' attorney general is asking the state Supreme Court to reassign cases involving her office from a judge who has been prohibited from handling execution cases, accusing him of regularly being biased against her staff. Attorney General Leslie Rutledge's office on Tuesday requested that the court reassign cases from Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen.

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Sep 18, 2019

Police: Pirates' Vázquez attempted to have sex with minor
Pittsburgh Pirates closer Felipe Vázquez was being held Wednesday in a Pennsylvania jail on multiple felony charges after allegedly telling investigators he attempted to have sex with an underage girl during a meeting at her house in 2017. Vázquez is charged with statutory sexual assault, unlawful contact with a minor and corruption of minors, all felonies, and a misdemeanor count of indecent assault of a person under 16 years old. The charges are related to Vázquez's alleged encounters with a girl starting in 2017, when she was 13 and living about an hour east of downtown Pittsburgh.

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Sep 18, 2019

Israel's Election Has Ended in Deadlock. Here's What Could Happen Next
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces an uncertain future and as the official count started coming in, no side emerged with a clear path to government

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Sep 18, 2019

Trump says he'd give Iranian leaders visas to attend UN
President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he thinks the Iranian president and foreign minister should be granted U.S. visas to attend next week's United Nations General Assembly. "If it was up to me, I'd let them come," Trump said on a tarmac in Los Angeles. The administration is required to issue the visas under the U.N. agreement with the United States, the host country of the organization.

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Sep 18, 2019

Israel election: Netanyahu and rival Gantz appear headed for a tie and intense negotiations
Benjamin Netanyahu's political survival looked to be in the hands of his renegade former defence minister yesterday after he and his Right-wing allies failed to gain an overall majority.   Israel's second election in six months delivered another indecisive result, with Mr Netanyahu's Likud party winning 31 seats compared to the 32 seats won by Blue & White, the centrist coalition led by former general Benny Gantz.  Both sides fell short of the 61 seats needed for a majority. Mr Netanyahu and his Right-wing won 55 seats. Blue & White and the Left-wing parties, along with the party representing Israel's Arab minority, won 56. The result is likely to mean weeks of intense post-election negotiations as Mr Netanyahu and Mr Gantz compete to be given the chance to form a government and then to try to cobble together a majority.  They will be jostling for the support of Avigdor Lieberman, Mr Netanyahu's former defence minister, who is positioned to be a kingmaker. His secular nationalist Yisrael Beiteinu party won nine seats and holds the balance of power between the two blocs in the divided parliament. Mr Lieberman is demanding "a broad unity government" made up of Blue & White, Likud and his own Yisrael Beiteinu party. Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz speaks at the party's headquarters following the announcement of exit polls during Israel's parliamentary election in Tel Aviv Credit: Reuters Mr Gantz says he is seeking the same thing but Mr

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Sep 18, 2019

Analysts: Weapons in Saudi attack similar to Iranian ones
A cruise missile and drone fragments that Saudi Arabia says it recovered from an attack on its oil industry bear similarities to Iranian-manufactured weapons, though more information is needed to make a definitive link, analysts told The Associated Press on Wednesday. Particularly striking was the cruise missile, which they said resembled a Quds-1 missile previously displayed by Yemen's Houthi rebels during a televised weapons exhibition in July. "It did not come from Yemen," said Michael Elleman, a missile expert at the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

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Sep 18, 2019

Intense Doorbell Camera Footage Captures Sound of Dogs Attacking Man in Utah Neighborhood
Security camera footage shows the owners of two pit bulls walking by minutes after you hear the dogs attack a man and his pet.

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Sep 18, 2019

Suspect in Detroit serial killings charged in murders of 4 women
Social media rumors had been developing since mid-May that there was a serial killer in Detroit, but police repudiated them.

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Sep 18, 2019

Prosecutor: Man charged in killings of 4 women in Detroit
A prosecutor announced murder charges Wednesday against a 34-year-old man in the slayings of four women in Detroit whose deaths authorities have characterized as the work of a serial killer. Deangelo Martin is charged with four counts of first-degree murder and four counts of felony murder in the killings of the women whose bodies were found in abandoned houses in the city as far back as February 2018, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said at a news conference. Police Chief James Craig has said he sees similarities between three of the slayings and the assaults of at least two other women who survived attacks.

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Sep 18, 2019

Israeli vote leaves Netanyahu's political future in doubt
After a decade of mesmerizing world leaders, subduing his rivals and eking out dramatic election victories, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's political future is suddenly in doubt. With near-final results from Israel's election on Tuesday, he has been left well short of the parliamentary majority he had sought — not only to continue in power but also to fend off a looming corruption indictment. With over 90% of the votes counted late Wednesday, challenger Benny Gantz's centrist Blue and White party captured 33 seats in the 120-seat parliament, to 32 seats for Netanyahu's conservative Likud.

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Sep 18, 2019

NATO Is Making Sure It Can Stop a Russian Invasion
NATO has stood up a new command who job it is to speed alliance troops and tanks around Europe in order to defend against a Russian invasion.

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Sep 18, 2019

Northern Ireland's DUP calls for Brexit "refit" of 1998 peace accord
"We want to see a refit of some of the structures of the Belfast Agreement to reflect the new emerging relationships - both between Northern Ireland and the Republic as well as between the United Kingdom and the Republic," she said. "Updated arrangements to take account of any new Brexit deal secured would allow the new environment to be managed in a pro-active and democratic manner," she said. The Democratic Unionist Party's opposition to the so-called "backstop" mechanism to maintain a seamless Irish border after Britain exits the European Union has proven a formidable obstacle to clinching an EU-UK divorce deal.

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Sep 18, 2019

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Sep 18, 2019

Pelosi welcomes Hong Kong pro-democracy activists to Capitol
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday welcomed Hong Kong pro-democracy activists to the U.S. Capitol, sending a message to Beijing that Congress supports the protesters in their months-long campaign for human rights. Pelosi thanked the activists for "challenging the conscience," not only of the Chinese government, but the worldwide community with their mass protests over the territory's autonomous status. "If we do not speak up because of commercial interests in support of human rights in China, we lose all moral authority to speak up for them any other place in the world," Pelosi said.

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Sep 18, 2019

Trump and Iran may be on the brink of a war that would likely be devastating to both sides
A war with Iran would likely be disastrous and further destabilize a region that's been consumed by conflict for years.

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Sep 18, 2019

Yemen rebels threaten strikes against Dubai and Abu Dhabi
Yemen's Iran-backed Huthi rebels on Wednesday threatened to attack dozens of targets in the United Arab Emirates, including in the skyscraper-filled city states of Dubai and Abu Dhabi. "We announce... that we have dozens of targets in the UAE, among them Abu Dhabi and Dubai, and that they can be targeted at any moment," Huthi military spokesman Brigadier Yahya Saree said. The UAE is part of the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Huthis in Yemen in an intractable five-year conflict that has devastated the country.

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Sep 18, 2019

Poll shows Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren gaining in the Democratic field
Biden remains the highest-polling candidate, coming in at 31%, a 5-percentage-point gain from July. Warren jumped from 19% to 25%.

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Sep 18, 2019

Illinois opens 24 cases of alleged priest sex abuse after finding reports weren't reviewed
The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services has opened 24 new investigations into alleged sexual misconduct by Catholic priests.

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Sep 18, 2019

Chicken plants lured them. Feds jailed them. How Mississippi's immigration crisis unfolded
Many of the undocumented immigrants have helped build poultry into Mississippi's richest agricultural commodity.

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Sep 18, 2019

Detroit serial killer suspect charged in murders of 4 women
Social media rumors had been developing since mid-May that there was a serial killer in Detroit, but, at the time, police repudiated them.

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Sep 18, 2019

Iran's Rouhani may skip UN meet over US visa delay: state media
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani and his delegation could be forced into skipping next week's UN General Assembly because the United States has yet to issue them visas, state media said Wednesday. Rouhani and his delegation had been scheduled to travel to New York for the annual UN gathering on Monday, but that was now looking unlikely, state news agency IRNA said. The delegation includes Iran's top diplomat Mohammad Javad Zarif, against whom the United States imposed sanctions on July 31.

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Sep 18, 2019

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Sep 18, 2019

Trump bars California from setting stricter fuel standards
President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that his administration is revoking California's authority to set auto mileage standards stricter than those issued by federal regulators, a move critics said would result in less fuel efficient cars that create more planet-warming pollution. In a tweet, Trump said his action would result in less expensive, safer cars. "Many more cars will be produced under the new and uniform standard, meaning significantly more JOBS, JOBS, JOBS! Automakers should seize this opportunity because without this alternative to California, you will be out of business," Trump tweeted.

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Sep 18, 2019

White House, DOJ Reps Meet with Top Republicans on Expanding Background Checks for Gun Sales
Representatives from the White House and the Department of Justice met Tuesday with senior Republicans to discuss expanding background checks for the sale of firearms within the parameters of legislation first introduced by Senators Joe Manchin (D., W.V.) and Pat Toomey (R., Pa.).The relevant legislation seeks to expand background-check requirements to include "all advertised commercial sales, including sales at gun shows," according to an idea sheet first obtained by The Daily Caller.Such background checks would be conducted "either through an FFL [Federal Firearm Licensee] or through a newly-created class of licensed transfer agents."White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley said that President Trump did not necessarily approve of the plan, despite the fact that White House Director of Legislative Affairs Eric Ueland is among those circulating the idea sheet.The Tuesday meetings were attended by Ueland as well as Attorney General Bill Barr. Senators Josh Hawley of Missouri and Ted Cruz of Texas Representative Mark Meadows of North Carolina were also present. There was a planned meeting between Barr and Utah senator Mike Lee, but Barr canceled the meeting.The Manchin-Toomey bill failed to pass last April after it didn't muster enough votes to survive a filibuster. The bill has remained a moderate alternative to more sweeping legislation that would mandate background checks on any and all gun sales. It would require background checks for any comm

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Sep 18, 2019

Trump Pushes Baseless Smear That Ilhan Omar ‘Partied' on 9/11
REUTERSPresident Donald Trump on Wednesday used his Twitter account to boost a baseless smear claiming that Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) danced at an event last week on the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, a claim that's based on footage that wasn't actually taken from that day.Trump's tweet circulated a video from conservative personality Terrence Williams, in which Williams declared that Omar "partied on the anniversary of 9/11." In his video, Williams comments on footage of the Muslim congresswoman dancing and fumes that she's disrespecting the memory of the Sept. 11 attacks.But the footage of Omar dancing actually came from a Sept. 13 event hosted by the Congressional Black Caucus and wasn't taken on the 11th, as Williams and Trump wrongly claimed. Trump, however, used Williams' video to declare that Omar would help Republicans win Minnesota. "Ilhan Omar, a member of AOC Plus 3, will win us the Great State of Minnesota," the president tweeted. "The new face of the Democrat Party!" Williams' original tweet was deleted from Twitter at some point on Wednesday. Twitter confirmed to The Daily Beast that the video post was not removed by the social media site's administrators but was instead deleted by Williams or someone with access to his Twitter account.Williams did not respond to a request for comment.Omar blasted Trump's smear on Wednesday, tweeting that he has put her life in danger."The President of the United States is continuing to spread lies that put my life at risk," she wrote. "What is Twitter doing

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Sep 18, 2019

UPDATE 1-Yemen's Houthis threaten to attack United Arab Emirates targets


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Sep 18, 2019

Maduro left Norwegian mediators in the dark about side deal: Venezuela opposition negotiator
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro did not inform Norway's foreign ministry, which is mediating a dialogue between his government and opposition leader Juan Guaido, about a side deal with a smaller sector of the opposition before it was announced earlier this week, a member of Guaido's negotiating team said on Wednesday. Guaido, leader of the opposition-controlled National Assembly, over the weekend declared the Oslo-backed talks dead more than six weeks after Maduro walked away in protest over U.S. sanctions. The government responded on Monday by announcing a deal with smaller opposition parties to resolve the South American country's deep political divide by reforming the National Electoral Commission, accused of bias in favor of the ruling socialists.

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Sep 18, 2019

The Latest: Defiant Israel PM seeks to lead ruling coalition
Israel's prime minister says he will seek to lead a ruling coalition with his religious and nationalist allies, despite falling short of a parliamentary majority in Tuesday's elections. Neither Netanyahu's Likud party nor its main rival — the Blue and White party headed by former military chief of staff Benny Gantz — won enough votes to declare an outright victory. Gantz's centrist bloc, which could potentially include the Joint List of Arab parties, has a slight edge over Netanyahu and his longtime ultra-Orthodox and religious nationalist allies.

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Sep 18, 2019

Nigerian women protest over apparent serial killings
Women in southern Nigeria marched in the streets on Wednesday to protest the deaths of several women in hotel rooms by what appears to be a serial killer. "Their killers must be found," the women chanted, many dressed in black for mourning, during the second day of protests in the city of Port Harcourt in the oil-producing Niger Delta region. Eight women have been strangled in hotel rooms in Rivers State in the past two months, police spokesman Nnamdi Omoni said.

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Sep 18, 2019

Man says church members pinned him down, tried to pray his homosexuality away
An Oklahoma church is under fire after a man claimed that he was pinned down by his fellow congregants as they tried to pray his homosexuality away.

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Sep 18, 2019

Yemen's Houthis threaten to attack United Arab Emirates targets
Yemen's Houthi group said on Wednesday it had identified dozens of sites in the United Arab Emirates as possible targets, in an attempt to underscore its military clout following a weekend attack it claims to have carried out on Saudi oil facilities. "To the Emirati regime we say only one operation (of ours) would cost you dearly," Yahya Saria, the military spokesman for the Iran-aligned movement, said in a televised speech. In Riyadh, Saudi Defense Ministry spokesman Colonel Turki al-Malki said the attack could not have come from Yemen, adding the Houthi movement was "covering up" for Iran.

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Sep 18, 2019

Saudi Arabia Says Oil Attacks ‘Unquestionably' Sponsored by Iran
(Bloomberg) -- Saudi Arabia on Wednesday said weekend attacks on its critical oil infrastructure were "unquestionably sponsored by Iran" but stopped short of saying the strikes were launched directly from or by the Islamic Republic.Displaying parts of drones and missiles which were recovered from the attack sites at Abqaiq and Khurais, Saudi defense ministry spokesman Turki al-Maliki showed maps aimed at proving the strikes originated from the north and could not have been launched by Yemen's Iranian-backed Houthi rebels, who have claimed responsibility.Twenty-five pilotless aircraft and cruise missiles were used to attack the two sites, Maliki said. He told reporters gathered in Riyadh that the weapons were of Iranian origin but Saudi Arabia was still working to pinpoint the exact launch point. The range and accuracy of the weapons were beyond the capabilities of the Houthis, he added. "Despite Iran's effort to make it appear so," the attack didn't originate from Yemen, Maliki said. "Data analysis of the attack sites indicate weapons of Iranian origin."Iran has denied it was involved in the worst attack in Saudi Arabia's history and President Hassan Rouhani said earlier Wednesday that his country did not want war.Just before the press briefing, President Donald Trump said he had decided to tighten U.S. sanctions on Iran following the attacks, which had raised the risk that the key energy-exporting region could slide into a regional conflict. The sanctions announcement and Saudi Arabia's reluctance to pinpoint

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Sep 18, 2019

Navy SEAL who oversaw the bin Laden raid says China's massive military buildup is a 'holy s---' moment
Speaking at an event in Washington, William McRaven, a SEAL who oversaw the bin Laden raid, said the US was approaching a "Sputnik moment" with China.

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Sep 18, 2019

CNN Brings on Corey Lewandowski, a Known Liar, for Totally Batshit Interview
Less than 24 hours after former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski admitted that he has "no obligation to be honest to the media" while being caught lying red-handed, CNN brought on the pugnacious Trump loyalist for an interview that predictably went sideways.Appearing on CNN's New Day on Wednesday morning, Lewandowski and anchor Alisyn Camerota spent a frustrating and headache-inducing 16 minutes going round and round over his contentious and combative testimony before the House Judiciary Committee. The lengthy CNN segment, in fact, basically came across like a microcosm of Tuesday's hearing—lots of deflection, insults, contradiction, and condescension.For instance, Camerota began the interview by asking Lewandowski about his tactic of stonewalling or just straight-up refusing to answer questions from House Democrats during his testimony, prompting the possible Senate hopeful of doing the same exact thing to her. "You just mischaracterized saying I didn't answer the majority of questions," Lewandowski complained at one point. "You and I both know that's not an accurate statement. You and I both know I answered the majority of their questions."This prompted a mini-argument between the two over whether or not Lewandowski invoking executive privilege during the hearing was the same as refusing to answer a question. This was merely the beginning of the insufferability.Later on, Lewandowski—a one-time CNN political commentator—used a Trumpian line to mischaracterize the findings

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Sep 18, 2019

How America Has Fought Iran's Wars in the Middle East
From Saddam Hussein's Iraq to ISIS and the Afghan Taliban, the United States has taken it upon itself to destroy Iran's enemies.

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Sep 18, 2019

Saudi says oil attacks from north, sponsored by Iran
Saudi Arabia said Wednesday that strikes on its oil infrastructure came from the "north" and were "unquestionably" sponsored by Iran, but that the kingdom was still investigating where exactly they were launched from. "The attack was launched from the north and unquestionably sponsored by Iran," defence ministry spokesman Turki al-Maliki told a press conference. Maliki displayed pieces of what he said were cruise missiles and drones used in the strike, recovered from the site of Saturday's attack in the country's east.

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Sep 18, 2019

'This is science': Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg testifies before Congress
Appearing on Capitol Hill for the second straight day, Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg urged U.S. lawmakers to take action.

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Sep 18, 2019

A damning new report on the 737 Max blames 'inexperienced pilots' and the low-cost airlines that employ them — not Boeing
The Boeing 737 Max has been grounded worldwide for months after two fatal crashes. A new report suggests that Boeing doesn't deserve all the blame.

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Sep 18, 2019

A damning new report on the 737 Max blames 'inexperienced pilots' and the low-cost airlines who employ them — not Boeing
The Boeing 737 Max has been grounded worldwide for months after two fatal crashes. A new report suggests that Boeing doesn't deserve all the blame.

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Sep 18, 2019

Moldova Turns to FBI for Help in Investigating $1 Billion Fraud
(Bloomberg) -- Moldova requested assistance from the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation to bring to justice participants in a $1 billion fraud that led to a bailout of three of the nation's banks.Interior Minister Andrei Nastase said he met with senior FBI officials and handed over a letter seeking assistance.The letter "put on the FBI's agenda the theft of the billion, the laundromat of the international mafia and all the other schemes that have ruined the financial and banking system and have deprived our country of much needed resources," he said Wednesday in a post on Facebook. The FBI gave assurances they would help, he said.The former Soviet republic of 3.5 million people was rocked by the 2014 theft that forced the government to seek assistance from the International Monetary Fund. A new government led by Prime Minister Maia Sandu took power in June, and the banking sector has been overhauled and sold to foreign investors.\--With assistance from Olga Tanas.To contact the reporter on this story: Aaron Eglitis in Riga at aeglitis@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Andrea Dudik at adudik@bloomberg.net, Michael Winfrey, Andrew LangleyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

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Sep 18, 2019

Jerry to strengthen into hurricane as it nears Caribbean islands
The Atlantic basin has become a cauldron of tropical activity in recent weeks, and the latest system to develop out over the Atlantic Ocean is Tropical Storm Jerry, which came alive in the early-morning hours Wednesday, just on the heels of the rapidly-forming Imelda.Jerry, the 10th named storm of the Atlantic season, will also go through some rapid intensification and could strengthen into a hurricane by Friday, if not sooner, as it swirls over the open ocean about 1,000 miles from the Leeward Islands. On Wednesday morning, Jerry was moving west-northwest at 14 mph and was packing sustained winds of 50 mph.Interests in the Leeward Islands should closely monitor the strength and path of Jerry, which is forecast to pass nearby and become the Atlantic's fourth hurricane of 2019.The system rapidly organized on Tuesday into early Wednesday and transition from a tropical disturbance to a tropical depression to the tenth tropical storm of the Atlantic hurricane season in about 18 hours. Tropical Storm Jerry track map 9.18 The tropical cyclone has the appearance of a well-organized, rapidly strengthening system. The storm has a tightly wound core with high-level clouds fanning outward from the center. Water is sufficiently warm over the region to support further growth.While strengthening to a hurricane is likely, there is a chance the tropical cyclone could intensify beyond Category 1 status into the end of this week before encountering increasing wind shear that could cause it to go through some we

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Sep 18, 2019

FAA closes Area 51 airspace ahead of Alienstock for 'special security reasons'
Federal agencies are prepping for the alien-themed music festival Alienstock in the Nevada desert near the U.S. Air Force Base Area 51 this weekend. The event was spawned by the viral Facebook event "Storm Area 51," and while you can Naruto-run there, you sure can't fly there now.The Federal Aviation Administration announced two "temporary flight restrictions for special security reasons," effectively banning air traffic ahead of the festival from early Wednesday to late Sunday, CNET reports. The airspace will be closed to news helicopters, drones, private pilots, and any other aircrafts above Rachel, Nevada, U.S. Air Force's Nevada Test and Training Range, and Area 51 itself.SEE ALSO: People are already getting arrested at Area 51, and of course they're YouTubersWhile the original meme event "Storm Area 51, They Can't Stop All Of Us" was meant in jest, it garnered 2 million RSVPs worldwide and a pretty sick music video for one of Lil Nas X's many "Old Town Road" remixes. Eventually the Air Force had to step in to squash the tin foil hat dreams. Amidst reports that even the neighboring town couldn't hold the influx of tourists, a music festival was planned to either deter or distract alien-lovers from actually trespassing on government property. But Matty Roberts, the original poster of the page, has since severed his ties with Alienstock, calling it "a possible humanitarian disaster" and "FYREFEST 2.0." He cited the "lack of infrastructure, poor planning, risk management and blatant dis

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Sep 18, 2019

Two key hearings on Capitol Hill could shed light on the origins of the Russia investigation
House Judiciary Committee holds hearing on alleged surveillance abuse as Justice Department watchdog Michael E. Horowitz is set to testify before the oversight panel; chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge reports from Washington.

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Sep 18, 2019

Hertz Renting 2020 Chevy Camaros with 480 or 750 HP
Hendrick Motorsports is providing the modified Camaros to Hertz, which in turn will rent them to you (probably).

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Sep 18, 2019

Your History Book Forgot This War: In 1979, China Was Beaten Badly by Vietnam
"The PLA's performance in the 1979 war was so bad, even Vietnamese commanders were surprised, according to some sources."

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Sep 18, 2019

UPDATE 1-Saudi says Iranian sponsorship of attack undeniable, displays arms
Saudi Arabia displayed remnants of what it described as Iranian drones and cruise missiles used in an attack on Saudi oil facilities as "undeniable" evidence of Iranian aggression. Defence Ministry spokesman Colonel Turki al-Malki said a total of 25 drones and missiles were launched at two oil plants in last weekend's strikes, including what he identified as Iranian Delta Wing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and "Ya Ali" cruise missiles. "The attack was launched from the north and unquestionably sponsored by Iran," he told a news conference.

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Sep 18, 2019

A 22-year-old from Minneapolis who is jailed in Syria says ISIS recruited him on Twitter
Abdelhamid Al-Madioum, a naturalized US citizen, told CBS News his story from a prison in Syria, run by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces.

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Sep 18, 2019

Lebanon's Hariri suspends work at his TV channel
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri announced on Wednesday the suspension of Future TV, his ailing mouthpiece whose employees had recently been on strike over unpaid wages. The channel set up by his father Rafiq al-Hariri in 1993 follows several other once-thriving Lebanon-based media outlets into bankruptcy. "It is with a sad heart that I announce today the decision to suspend the work at Future TV and settle the rights of the workers," Hariri's office said in a statement.

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Sep 18, 2019

YouTuber sentenced to jail after attempting to film Area 51
Two Dutch tourists have pleaded guilty to trespassing after they were arrested for attempting to capture footage of US government site Area 51.On Monday, Govert Sweep, 21, and Ties Granzier, 20, were sentenced to a year in county jail, following their 10 September arrest in Nevada. They will only serve three days if they agree to pay fines of $2,280 each.

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Sep 18, 2019

How Vietnamese Commandos Sank A U.S. 'Aircraft Carrier'
The sinking of the Card was a stunning victory for the Viet Cong, yet little remembered today. It illustrated how vulnerable naval vessels can be even when faced with a low-tech enemy … and how difficult maintaining port security can be in a war with no real front.

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Sep 18, 2019

Fire at school outside Liberia's capital kills at least 27
A fire at a Quranic school outside Liberia's capital has killed at least 27 people and many are thought to be children, police said Wednesday. The fire around midnight gutted a dormitory and school building where students slept about 7 miles (11 kilometers) east of Monrovia, police spokesman Moses Carter said. The president of the West African nation, George Weah, visited the scene and was set to attend the victims' funeral at a Monrovia mosque before burial later in the day, said spokesman Isaac Solo Kelgbeh.

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Sep 18, 2019

Qatar Air Loss Spirals as Cost Surge Compounds Saudi Embargo
(Bloomberg) -- Qatar Airways reported a near ten-fold increase in annual losses as higher fuel costs and a weaker regional economy compounded an already tough operating environment from Saudi-led airspace closures.The loss for the 12 months through March swelled to 2.33 billion riyals ($637 million) as currency fluctuations and the increased kerosene bill led costs to outstrip an advance in revenue, the company said in a statement Wednesday.Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker said the figures were disappointing, but that the company faces challenges "unparalleled in the airline industry" from what he called an illegal blockade of Qatari airspace that had led to a cull of profitable routes. He said the carrier still added new destinations in the 12 months, lifted passenger numbers and made its cargo business the largest in the world.Qatar Airways isn't alone in its woes among top Gulf carriers. Dubai's Emirates Group suffered a 44% earnings drop to a seven-year low in the year through March, prompting the world's biggest long-haul airline to begin a strategy review. Eithad Airways of Abu Dhabi has accumulated losses of $4.8 billion in three years after over-expanding and investing in weaker foreign operators.Barred from overflying Saudi Arabia and three other countries amid a spat over Qatar's links with Iran, the Doha-based carrier has had to abandon more than 20 routes and make lengthy diversions in order to continue others, further enlarging its fuel bill.The embargo led Qatar Air to suspend plans to add destinations in West and Central Africa and South America, according to the statement. "Sustainability indicators were also negatively impacted by the illegal blockade as fuel consumption incre

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Sep 18, 2019

UPDATE 1-Pakistan's anti-graft agency arrests opposition leader
Pakistan's anti-graft agency said on Wednesday it had arrested opposition Pakistan People's Party leader Khursheed Shah in an investigation into the sources of his wealth, the latest high-profile detention of an opposition politician. The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) said that Shah was arrested in relation to allegations of his assets being higher than his known sources of income. "NAB's Sukkur chapter has arrested Syed Khursheed Shah over 'assets beyond means'," the NAB said in a statement, adding that he would appear in an anti-corruption court in the southeastern city of Sukkur.

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Sep 18, 2019

Iran denies role in Saudi oil attack, warns against US response
Tehran says any move by the U.S. against Iran will receive immediate reaction and the response 'won't be limited to its source'; Lucas Tomlinson reports from the Pentagon.

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Sep 18, 2019

Trump vows new sanctions on Iran as Tehran warns it will respond to any military attack
US President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he would impose fresh sanctions on Iran over the devastating 14 September attack on one of Saudi Arabia's key oil facilities.In the wake of the attack, world powers worried about a possible new war in the Middle East as Saudi Arabia said it had "undeniable" evidence that Iran sponsored the attack, which took half the kingdom's full oil-producing capacity off-line, though the output has since been partially restored.

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Sep 18, 2019

Jimmy Carter says he hopes 'there's an age limit' for presidency in apparent jab at Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders
Former President Jimmy Carter says he hopes 'there's an age limit' for presidency. The jab could be aimed at President Trump, Senator Bernie Sanders and Former Vice President Joe Biden's age. The three are all well into their 70s.

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Sep 18, 2019

2020 Vision Wednesday: Trump raised $15 million in California in one day. That should worry Democrats.
When President Trump arrived in California Tuesday, Democrats saw his arrival as a platform for protest, but there's another reason his visit should concern them.

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Sep 18, 2019

Air Force 4-Star General Declares: We Need 225 Bombers
Key Point: Unfortunately, the Air Force has been consistently under-resourced for over 20 years. As a result the U.S. Air Force is the oldest, smallest, and least ready in the entire history of its existence.

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Sep 18, 2019

The latest Iran-Saudi flare-up exposes Trump's bankrupt Middle East policy
End support for the war in Yemen, change the relationship with Saudi Arabia, and talk to Iran - the answers for the US are clear ‘While there is growing support to completely change America's Middle East policy US policy remains stuck in a rut.' Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/ReutersThe fact that the United States is up in arms over an attack with no reported casualties on an oil refinery in Saudi Arabia - while at the same time supporting Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen that has killed tens of thousands - tells us everything we need to know about how messed up US priorities in the Middle East are.If anything, the latest round of tensions between the US, Iran and Saudi Arabia - and the debate over whether or not to retaliate militarily against Iran - illustrates the many ways US policy in the region is bankrupt, and how Trump crafts US policy based on the interests of other countries, not America.The years-long struggle for regional influence between Iran and Saudi Arabia and their partners plays out in proxy wars that rip the region apart, such as the current humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen. The US has taken Saudi Arabia's side in this regional conflict, in which there is no "good side", and in the process only exacerbated the tensions and violence.Iran is a bad actor, and the United States already takes serious steps to curb its support for terrorism, and to defend Israel. But Trump is making the threat worse by ending the Iran nuclear deal and provoking Iran. We now find ourselves in yet a

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Sep 18, 2019

Trump blames 'Dummy Beto' for endangering deal on gun reform
O'Rourke has has advocated for aggressive proposals aimed at curbing firearm violence.

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Sep 18, 2019

U.S. Abortion Rate Drops to Lowest Point Since Roe v. Wade
The number of women who have abortions in the U.S. has dropped to its lowest point since the procedure was legalized in 1973, according to a new report.The rate of abortions was 13.5 per 1,000 women of childbearing age in 2017, down from 14.6 in 2014, and 16.9 in 2011, according to the Guttmacher Institute, an abortion research organization cited by those on both sides of the issue politically. The group releases the study every three or so years.The latest recorded rate from 2017 is the lowest rate since the Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade declared abortion legal nationally. The rate was highest in 1980 at 29.3 abortions per 1,000 women. The 862,320 abortions performed in the U.S. in 2017 represent a 7 percent drop from 2014, according to Guttmacher."The anti-abortion activists will try to take credit for this decline, but the facts don't support their argument," said Guttmacher research scientist Rachel Jones. "This means fewer people became pregnant, not that individuals chose or were made to give birth rather than have an abortion."Birth control has become more widespread, the group pointed out, since the Affordable Care Act was passed, making birth control more accessible to women. The number of medication abortions has also gone up as the total number of abortions has declined, making up 39 percent of the total number in 2017.Meanwhile, the number of clinics that perform abortions rose 2 percent between 2014 to 2017, but abortions declined in those states where clinics have closed due to new restrictions, Virg

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Sep 18, 2019

Pelosi Strongly Criticizes Nadler in Fight over Impeachment Process
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi took aim at House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerry Nadler in a closed-door meeting last week, saying that the panel has taken the push for impeachment of President Trump far beyond the position of the House Democratic caucus.Pelosi shocked those present at the meeting with her criticism of Nadler and added that the Democrats don't have the necessary votes to impeach Trump."You can feel free to leak this," Pelosi said to those present, according to Politico.The revelations come on the heels of a contentious hearing in which former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski was summoned to testify regarding allegations of obstruction of justice on the part of the president.During the Tuesday hearing, Lewandowski was asked to shed light on whether Trump asked him to tell then-attorney general Jeff Sessions to curtail the investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian operatives. The investigation itself ultimately concluded there had been no collusion, but prosecutors did not make a charging decision as to whether Trump's alleged attempts to curtail the investigation constituted obstruction of justice.Pelosi and Nadler have been at odds for some time over how to handle possible impeachment proceedings. The latter is extremely supportive of impeachment, and has turned up his rhetoric on the issue recently."Personally, I think the president ought to be impeached," Nadler said on Monday in an interview with WNYC's Brian Lehrer. Nadler is

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Sep 18, 2019

Investors Urge South Africa to Leave Their $163 Billion Savings
(Bloomberg) -- South Africa's 2.4 trillion rand ($163 billion) savings industry has a request for the ruling party: stop threatening to dictate where funds must invest and get going on projects that pensions can help finance."You can prescribe, but nothing will happen unless you have proper projects," Leon Campher, the chief executive officer of the Association for Savings and Investment South Africa, an industry body of fund managers and insurers, said in an interview in Johannesburg. "The savings industry would gladly invest in infrastructure or developmental projects provided they are properly done."President Cyril Ramaphosa last month echoed the election manifesto of the African National Congress saying a discussion was required to investigate the use of prescribed assets as a tool for fostering economic growth. A lack of detail on how retirement funds could be forced into investing in state-owned companies or government projects has stoked concerns it could leave pensioners poorer if these don't make inflation-beating returns.There has been very little visible progress since Ramaphosa last year announced that the government would create a multi-billion rand infrastructure fund. Banks and even Ramaphosa's envoys appointed to lure investment into the country have complained over a dearth of projects that has led to the near demise of South Africa's construction industry."If it's funding for developmental projects South Africa is after, government would be better off ensuring that the infrastructure init

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Sep 18, 2019

Cash-starved Air India putting crews on low-fat diet
Cash-starved Air India is putting its crew on a diet, changing their inflight menu to special low-fat meals. Dhananjay Kumar, the state-run airline's spokesman, said Wednesday that the objective is to provide healthy and cost-effective meals to crews on domestic and international flights. Kumar declined comment on media reports that the cost per meal, mostly vegetarian, will fall to one-third of the current 500-800 rupees (up to $11) per meal.

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Sep 18, 2019

Ed Buck: Man suspected of preying on gay black men arrested after years of accusations
A US businessman has been described as a "violent, dangerous sexual predator" after a man nearly died in his West Hollywood home, following two identical deaths.Ed Buck, a prominent Democratic donor, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with battery causing serious injury, after years of accusations that he preys on homosexual black men.

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Sep 18, 2019

New poll shows Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren making gains in the Democratic field
Biden remains the highest-polling candidate, coming in at 31%, a five percentage point gain from July. Warren jumped from 19% to 25%.

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Sep 18, 2019

Suicide bomber, gunmen attack Afghan government building
At least 12 people were injured when gunmen stormed a crowded government building in eastern Afghanistan Wednesday after a suicide bomber attack, with desperate survivors leaping from windows to escape the fighting, witnesses and officials said. Security forces rushed to the scene after armed men attacked the office in Jalalabad, capital of eastern Nangarhar province, in the latest violence to hit the war-torn country as it gears up for a presidential election on September 28. Terrified children at a nearby school climbed over walls to get further away from the fighting.

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Sep 18, 2019

Judge resigns after sharing noose image with 'Make America Great Again' slogan on Facebook
A New York town judge was forced off the bench after a written complaint said his post appeared 'to convey racial and/or political bias.'

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Sep 18, 2019

UPDATE 1-Saudi crown prince seeks S.Korea's help to bolster defences after attacks
Saudi Arabia's crown prince Mohammed bin Salman asked South Korea on Wednesday to help strengthen the country's air defence system after attacks on two oil plants, Seoul's presidential office said. The request was made during a phone call with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who expressed condolences over the damage from the attacks and support for a global fight against terrorism, Moon's office said. Last weekend's attacks on the Saudi crude facilities initially halved the country's crude production, sending oil prices to four-month highs and prompting South Korea to consider releasing oil reserves.

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Sep 18, 2019

Lone 737 MAX criss-crossed Canada for pilot checks during grounding
MONTREAL/PARIS Sept 18 (Reuters) - While the world's Boeing 737 MAX fleet remains grounded after two fatal crashes, a solitary Air Canada plane has been spotted in the skies, shuttling between Quebec and Ontario. In a rare exemption, approved by Canadian aviation regulator Transport Canada, the 11 flights in August and September were partly to maintain the qualifications of senior training pilots, Air Canada told Reuters in response to a query about flight tracking data. A spokesman for Air Canada said the airline was not able to use similar 737s within its fleet "to maintain check pilot authority in alignment with (Canadian aviation regulations)".

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Sep 18, 2019

Here Are the 5 Biggest Nuclear Weapons Tests Ever Conducted
We've got them ranked.

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Sep 18, 2019

Frivolous Lawsuits Once Again Threaten the Gun Industry
In 2005, a wave of lawsuits threatened to bankrupt the gun industry. These suits were based on — pick your adjective — "creative," "novel," "inventive," and "imaginative" legal theories that rarely held up in court, and they did their damage primarily by forcing gun companies to incur the costs of defending against them. Congress, seeing the problem, stepped in to put a stop to it — or at least tried to — by passing the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA).A decade and a half later, anti-gun activists have responded with yet more new legal theories, and the Connecticut courts have bought one of them. Some families victimized by the Newtown massacre are being allowed to pursue a wrongful-death claim against Remington, which owns Bushmaster, the company that made the rifle used in the attack.The U.S. Supreme Court is being asked to take the case and reverse the Connecticut supreme court's decision. It should, as numerous briefs from gun-rights supporters have argued this month.The problem here traces back to a flurry of legal activity in the 1980s and 1990s. Anti-gun activists faced a conundrum: It's easy enough to file a wrongful-death suit against someone who committed murder with a gun, or to sue a company that sold a defective gun, or to go after a gun store that knowingly sold a gun to a criminal. But the activists didn't just want to punish those who broke the existing rules; they thought the rules were too lax, and they'd had little success getting legislatures to change them.So they sued gun c

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Sep 18, 2019

California's Ban on School Suspensions Invites Another Parkland
My daughter Meadow was murdered in the Parkland school shooting in Florida last year. It was the most avoidable mass murder in American history. And last week, Governor Gavin Newsom just forced into every school in California the policies that made it inevitable.The Parkland shooter was a known-wolf. Before the massacre was over, students knew who did it. He was considered so dangerous when he attended Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that school administrators banned him from bringing a backpack and frisked him every day for fear that he'd bring a deadly weapon.Even though security staff brought him to the principal's office all the time, his disciplinary record looked pretty clean on paper. If he had been arrested at school for his crimes, maybe the FBI could have followed through on tips that he would shoot up the school. And if he'd been disciplined for his sub-criminal misbehavior, maybe school administrators could have made a strong case for sending him back to a specialized school for disturbed students, where he so badly needed to be.But the Broward County school district had embarked on a quest to fight the "school-to-prison pipeline" by lowering suspensions, expulsions, and arrests. And school principals responded by systematically sweeping disturbing behavior under the rug. If one individual in the Broward school district made one responsible decision about the killer, the tragedy could have been averted. But you can't even call what happened a "failure," because each obviously

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Sep 18, 2019

Hong Kong cancels China national day fireworks amid protests
An annual fireworks display in Hong Kong marking China's National Day on Oct. 1 was called off Wednesday as pro-democracy protests show no sign of ending. Major protests are expected on Oct. 1, which will be the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party-governed People's Republic of China. Hong Kong has experienced often-violent demonstrations all summer as many residents fear the Chinese government is eroding the rights and freedoms the semi-autonomous territory is supposed to have under a "one country, two systems" framework.

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Sep 18, 2019

For mayors, politics isn't a blood sport: Why we need Pete Buttigieg in the White House
Pete Buttigieg is a role model to mayors. We proudly endorse him from heartland towns, coastal cities and suburban communities across this country.

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Sep 18, 2019

‘The ground is shifting': Arizona emerges as a 2020 trouble spot for Trump
Democrats appear to have their best shot at capturing the state since Bill Clinton won it more than two decades ago.

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Sep 18, 2019

Jimmy Carter says he couldn't have managed presidency at 80
Weeks shy of his 95th birthday, former President Jimmy Carter said he doesn't believe he could have managed the most powerful office in the world at 80 years old. Carter, who earlier this year became the longest-lived chief executive in American history, didn't tie his comments to any of his fellow Democrats running for president in 2020, but two leading candidates, Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, would turn 80 during their terms if elected. Biden is 76.

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Sep 18, 2019

The EU accuses Boris Johnson of only 'pretending' to negotiate a Brexit deal
Johnson's negotiators have so far only presented the EU with a draft of the withdrawal agreement with the backstop scrubbed out.

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Sep 18, 2019

Greta Thunberg meets Obama and demands action from congress on climate change
Former US president Barack Obama met with teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg on Monday, describing her as "one of the planet's greatest advocates".The pair discussed the school strikes for which Thunberg achieved fame, with the Swedish activist praising the enthusiasm of the schoolchildren who gathered to protest in Washington and New York.

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Sep 18, 2019

UPDATE 2-Iran warns of crushing response, blames U.S. for regional tension
Iran on Wednesday threatened a crushing response to any military strike after attacks on Saudi oil sites blamed by Washington on Tehran, though it said the Islamic Republic had no desire for conflict in the Gulf region. In a letter sent on Monday to the United States via the Swiss embassy, which represents U.S. interests in Iran, Tehran said it "denies and condemns claims" by U.S. officials that "Tehran was behind the attacks".

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Sep 18, 2019

Trump says there are many options short of war with Iran after attacks on Saudis
LOS ANGELES/JEDDAH (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday there were many options short of war with Iran after U.S. ally Saudi Arabia displayed remnants of drones and missiles it said were used in a crippling attack on its oil sites that was "unquestionably sponsored" by Tehran. Trump, who earlier said on Twitter that he had ordered the U.S. Treasury to "substantially increase sanctions on the country of Iran!" told reporters the unspecified, punitive economic measures would be unveiled within 48 hours. Trump's tweet followed repeated U.S. assertions that the Islamic Republic was behind Saturday's attacks and came hours after Saudi Arabia said the strike was a "test of global will".

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Sep 18, 2019

Michelle Malkin Smears Cokie Roberts on the Day of Her Death: ‘One of the First Guilty Culprits of Fake News'
Charley Gallay/Getty for International Innovators of Justice/American Justice AllianceHours after the world learned that journalist Cokie Roberts had passed away following complications from breast cancer, right-wing provocateur Michelle Malkin took a swipe at the reporter's legacy by calling her "one of the first guilty culprits of fake news."Taking part in a panel at the Paley Center on Tuesday, Malkin joined an array of liberal and conservative commentators and media figures to discuss whether the media is biased.At one point in the discussion, Malkin—who has recently been making the media rounds hawking her latest anti-immigrant book—took aim at Roberts."Cokie Roberts, of course, passed away today and God bless her for an incredible career that she had but I distinctly remember that she was one of the first guilty culprits of fake news," she declared."We're doing this today?" CNN chief media correspondent Brian Stelter, who was also on the panel, interjected."Yes, yes we are," Malkin confirmed."You're attacking her today," Stelter continued. "I just want to be clear: The body isn't even cold yet."Malkin, meanwhile, said her remark was "pertinent" to the issue of "fake news," bringing up an instance in 1994 when Roberts stood in front of a projection of the Capitol to do an ABC News report from the State of the Union address."This was a deliberate attempt to deceive the viewing public into thinking she was actu

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Sep 18, 2019

Trump wants you to think he's racist so you won't notice he's corrupt and killing jobs
'Who is the real racist, the person warning about illegal immigrants or the person saying that's racist?' When that's the debate, Donald Trump wins.

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Sep 18, 2019

Taliban open to new talks with US after bloody attacks
The Taliban's chief negotiator has said their "doors are open" to resuming talks with Washington, hours after two attacks by the insurgents killed at least 48 people in war-weary Afghanistan. Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai also defended the Taliban's role in recent bloodshed across the country after US President Donald Trump cited an attack that killed an American soldier as his reason for calling off negotiations earlier this month. Speaking to the BBC, Stanikzai argued the Americans had also admitted to killing thousands of Taliban during the discussions, and that the insurgents had done nothing wrong by continuing to fight throughout the talks.

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Sep 18, 2019

Israeli troopers shoot Palestinian woman, say she tried to stab them
Israeli security personnel shot a Palestinian woman who tried to stab them at a checkpoint in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday, Israeli police said, and Palestinian officials said she died of her injury. The West Bank, among territories where Palestinians seek statehood, has seen simmering street violence since U.S.-sponsored peace talks with Israel brok down in 2014. An Israeli police spokesman said on Twitter that a "female terrorist attempted to carry out (a) stabbing attack" at Qalandia checkpoint.

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Sep 18, 2019

Filipino coastguards convicted of killing Taiwanese fisherman
Coastguard sailors who opened fire on a Taiwanese fisherman in Philippine waters were convicted Wednesday of his 2013 killing, which strained ties between the historically friendly neighbours. The eight Filipino crewmen said they had shot in self-defence after the fisherman's vessel sailed directly at them in the seas just north of the main Philippine island of Luzon. "We are filing a notice of appeal so that what we perceived as errors of the trial court will be thrashed out," Paul Jomar Alcudia, one of the lawyers of the officers, told AFP.

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