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May 22, 2019

U.S. judge approves PG&E $105 million wildfire assistance fund
PG&E Corp may set up a $105 million housing fund for victims of 2017 and 2018 wildfires in California, which set records for devastation and were blamed on the utility's equipment, the judge overseeing the investor-owned power producer's bankruptcy ruled on Wednesday. Creditors, which include wildfire victims, are fighting for funds as PG&E navigates bankruptcy stemming from the blazes and as the state plans for increasingly long and dangerous fire seasons its officials attribute to climate change. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Dennis Montali at a hearing approved a motion by PG&E seeking permission to establish the fund for people who lost homes in the fires and were uninsured or have used up or will exhaust their insurance.

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May 22, 2019

Trump to Democrats: No deals on infrastructure, drug prices until they drop investigations
Donald Trump told Democratic leaders he wouldn't work with them on shared priorities such as infrastructure unless they abandon "phony" investigations.

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May 22, 2019

Ukraine's parliament snubs new president on election law
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian lawmakers on Wednesday turned down the new president's proposal to amend the election law in a blow to his hopes to get more of his supporters into parliament.

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May 22, 2019

The Latest: Flooding a concern in Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Latest on storm damage in the Southern Plains and Midwest (all times local):

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May 22, 2019

Ministers Plot to Thwart May as PM Keeps Fighting: Brexit Update
May's chief whip will meet the executive committee that represents rank-and-file Conservative MPs at 5:30 p.m, according to people familiar with the situation. At its meeting on Wednesday, the influential 1922 committee of Conservative backbench members of Parliament will discuss whether to change the party's rules to allow an earlier leadership challenge to May, according to a person familiar with the matter.

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May 22, 2019

Dem. Rep. Accuses DHS Secretary of Choosing to Let Migrant Kids Die: ‘This Is Intentional'
Representative Lauren Underwood (D., Ill.) on Wednesday accused the acting Department of Homeland Security secretary of intentionally implementing border-security policies that would lead to the deaths of migrant children.During his appearance before the House Homeland Security Committee on Wednesday, Acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan was asked to explain why five children have died in federal custody after being apprehended at the southern border since December."These stories are appalling and yet they keep happening," Underwood said, referring to the recent migrants deaths, as well as reports of inadequate housing and medical care for migrant children apprehended at the border. "Now Congress just provided half a billion dollars in February to address the humanitarian crisis at the border and will soon provide more. Why do these tragedies keep happening?"McAleenan, who succeeded Kirstjen Nielsen in April, responded that the resources provided by Congress are insufficient to address the record number of asylum seekers, many of whom are women and children, arriving at the border each day."They're happening because the crisis is exceeding the resources provided. That's why we've asked for more and we've asked for more authority to prevent this crisis from happening in the first place and to prevent the children from being placed at risk," he said.Underwood, a 32-year-old freshman lawmaker, dismissed McAleenan's claims, suggesting instead that he was imple

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May 22, 2019

U.S. Treasury's Mnuchin: No discussion with White House on Trump's taxes
Mnuchin told U.S. lawmakers he did not know who in the Internal Revenue Service had written the draft memo, which concluded that tax returns must be given to lawmakers unless the president takes the rare step of asserting executive privilege. The newly disclosed draft memo was looking at a different issue, Mnuchin told a hearing of the House Financial Services Committee. Mnuchin said he had been advised it would be unlawful to release the returns, and underscored that the memo that reportedly contradicted that advice had only been in draft form.

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May 22, 2019

RV police chase: Driver identified as 52-year-old Winnetka woman, suspected of DUI
A DUI suspect who led police on a wild chase through the San Fernando Valley in a stolen RV with two dogs on her lap has been identified.

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May 22, 2019

Democratic Rep. Tells Acting DHS Chief: Migrant Kid Deaths Under Your Watch Are ‘Intentional'
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/CSPANThe acting head of the Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday was accused of overseeing the "intentional" deaths of five migrant children, in an aggressive line of questioning by a Democratic member of the House Committee on Homeland Security. Rep. Lauren Underwood, an Illinois Democrat serving her first term, called the deaths the logical result of "a policy choice being made on purpose by this administration," an assertion that Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan disputed as "an appalling accusation."McAleenan, who was first tapped to replace outgoing secretary Kirstjen Nielsen in April, previously served as commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, where he was an architect of the administration's policy of separating migrant children from their families. That policy, Underwood said, as well as a spate of recent deaths of children in DHS custody, amounts to more than simple administrative negligence."People keep dying, sir. People keep dying," Underwood said at the conclusion of five minutes of aggressive questioning, disputing that overcrowding and lack of access to medical treatment at migrant detention facilities is the result of a lack of appropriations. "Congress has been more than willing to provide the resources and work with you to address the security and humanitarian concerns, but at this point, with five kids that have died, 5,000 separated from their families, I feel

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May 22, 2019

After Huawei, U.S. could blacklist Chinese surveillance tech firm - media
The U.S. administration is considering Huawei-like sanctions on Chinese video surveillance firm Hikvision, media reports show, deepening worries that trade friction between the world's top two economies could be further inflamed. The restrictions would limit Hikvision's ability to buy U.S. technology and American companies may have to obtain government approval to supply components to the Chinese firm, the New York Times reported https://nyti.ms/2MfgBS3 on Tuesday. The United States stuck Huawei Technologies on a trade blacklist last week, effectively banning U.S. firms from doing business with the world's largest telecom network gear maker, in a major escalation in the trade war.

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May 22, 2019

Man who threatened to kill ‘as many girls as I see' because he was repeatedly rejected set to be spared jail
A man who threatened to murder "as many girls" as he could see may escape a jail sentence, despite pleading guilty to a charge of attempted threat of terrorism.Christopher Cleary wrote a detailed Facebook post about how he planned to become "the next mass shooter" in January 2019.The 27-year-old described himself as a virgin who had never had a girlfriend.He also said he wanted to make the fact that so many women had turned him down "right" by going on a shooting spree, according to documents filed by Provo Police.Cleary was arrested on 19 January after publishing the Facebook post.Cleary then struck a deal with Utah prosecutors, pleading guilty to a reduced criminal charge.Attempted threat of terrorism is a third-degree felony, punishable by up to five years in prison.But Utah prosecutors agreed to recommend him for probation, despite his extensive criminal record.A judge will decide whether or not to accept the deal at a hearing on Thursday.The 27-year-old has been accused of stalking multiple times, with at least eight alleged victims contacting the authorities about his behaviour since 2012, according to police and court records.He was on probation following a marijuana conviction in 2016 when he was charged with stalking two teenagers he had met online.Cleary was put on probation for the stalking cases but in 2017 was charged with stalking and harassing his case worker.In 2018 judges in Jefferson County, Colorado sent

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May 22, 2019

British Steel collapses; thousands of jobs could go
British Steel collapsed on Wednesday after the government said last-ditch talks with its owners failed to secure a full financial rescue. The High Court in London ordered British Steel Limited into compulsory liquidation, a statement said. "British Steel Limited was wound-up in the High Court" on Wednesday, meaning its assets would be sold to help pay debts.

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May 22, 2019

U.S. judge says Qualcomm violated antitrust law; appeal planned, shares plunge
The decision issued late Tuesday night by U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California, caused Qualcomm shares to plunge 9.5 percent in early trading on Wednesday. "Qualcomm's licensing practices have strangled competition" in parts of the chip market for years, harming rivals, smartphone makers, and consumers, Koh wrote in a 233-page decision. Qualcomm said it will immediately ask Koh to put her decision on hold, and also seek a quick appeal to the federal appeals court in California.

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May 22, 2019

Schiff Strikes Deal to See Mueller's Counterintelligence Work
Schiff said in a statement Wednesday that the department has offered to start turning over 12 categories of information that his panel had subpoenaed, and he said the process should be completed by next week. It was a rare instance of cooperation as the Trump administration increasingly stonewalls demands from Democratic-controlled House committees for documents and testimony to follow up on Mueller's investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election.

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May 22, 2019

Bigger cuts expected: 23,000 more Ford layoffs needed, analysts say
Ford CEO Jim Hackett plans for layoffs won't deliver savings the company has said it wants. An analyst says another 23,000 layoffs are needed.

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May 22, 2019

Apple more upfront with iPhone users on battery health: UK watchdog
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said it raised consumer law concerns with the tech company last year after finding people were not being warned clearly that their phone's performance could slow down following a 2017 software update designed to manage demands on the battery. The iPhone maker previously came under scrutiny after it said in 2017 that software to deal with ageing batteries in iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone SE models could slow down performance.

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May 22, 2019

The Perfect Land Rover Discovery Is For Sale With Morris Leslie
Land Rover's second-generation Discovery is largely ignored by those seeking a classic 4x4. The first-generation Land Rover Discovery broke new ground when it first hit tarmac in 1989. Some bemoaned that Land Rover's fresh addition to their showroom lacked the vagabond nobility and charisma of its plush brethren, yet they missed the point.

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May 22, 2019

Behold: This is the iPhone 11, but without that massive camera bump
As sure as we are that Apple will release new iPhone models each September, we're also sure that a vocal minority of people will find something silly to complain about when those new iPhones are released. And thanks to all the leaks and rumors we're privy to each year, we actually don't even have to wait for those new iPhones to hit store shelves to see what people's complaints will focus on each year. We already know everything there is to know about the upcoming iPhone 11 series design, which will look quite similar to Apple's iPhone XS design from last year and its iPhone X design from the year before. That's right, just as it did with the iPhone 6 design that stuck around for three consecutive years, Apple plans to reuse the same design once again for three years in a row.With the iPhone 7, Apple decided to make a few minor design changes in an effort to freshen things up a bit. After all, people had been accustomed to seeing the same iPhone design two years in a row, and then a fresh new design every other year. The iPhone 7 introduced two new color options, matte black and "Jet Black," and it also introduced a dual-lens camera that enabled Portrait Mode photos and 2x optical zoom. Fast forward to 2019 and Apple is using the same script yet again. A report from the world's top Apple insider several months ago said that the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Max will use new frosted glass backs to change the look a bit, and it might even come in a new finish. Then on the camera front, Apple is moving from the du

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May 22, 2019

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May 22, 2019

'Jeopardy!' champ James Holzhauer extends amazing streak with his 24th victory
James Holzhauer extended his 'Jeopardy!' winning streak to an even two dozen Tuesday, as he moves ever closer to the $2 million mark.

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May 22, 2019

Fears rise China could weaponise rare earths in US tech war
The US has hit China where it hurts by going after its telecom champion Huawei, but Beijing's control of the global supply of rare earths used in smartphones and electric cars gives it a powerful weapon in their escalating tech war. A seemingly routine visit by President Xi Jinping to a Chinese rare earths company this week is being widely read as an obvious threat that Beijing is standing ready for action. Xi's inspection tour "is no accident, this didn't happen by chance," said Li Mingjiang, China programme coordinator at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) in Singapore.

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May 22, 2019

UPDATE 2-U.S. judge hammers Qualcomm in antitrust case, shares sink 13%
Qualcomm Inc used unlawful, anticompetitive practices to license patents for modems used in mobile phones, a judge has ruled in a case brought by the U.S. trade regulator, ordering it to renegotiate major deals and change how it does business. Shares of the company, which have soared since it settled a major and long-running licensing dispute with Apple Inc earlier this year, sank 13% to $67.50 in trading before the bell. In a detailed, 230-page ruling on the case brought by the Federal Trade Commission, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh laid out a list of practices that she said used Qualcomm's dominant position in the market to squeeze rivals out of contracts and force mobile phone makers to pay more for its patents.

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May 22, 2019

UPDATE 3-U.S. judge says Qualcomm violated antitrust law; appeal planned, shares plunge
Qualcomm Inc illegally suppressed competition in the market for smartphone chips by threatening to cut off supplies and extracting excessive licensing fees, a U.S. judge ruled, a decision that could force the company to overhaul its business practices. The decision issued late Tuesday night by U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California, caused Qualcomm shares to plunge 9.5 percent in early trading on Wednesday. "Qualcomm's licensing practices have strangled competition" in parts of the chip market for years, harming rivals, smartphone makers, and consumers, Koh wrote in a 233-page decision.

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May 22, 2019

UPDATE 4-U.S. judge says Qualcomm violated antitrust law; appeal planned, shares plunge
Qualcomm Inc illegally suppressed competition in the market for smartphone chips by threatening to cut off supplies and extracting excessive licensing fees, a U.S. judge ruled, a decision that could force the company to overhaul its business practices. The decision issued late Tuesday night by U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California, caused Qualcomm shares to plunge 11.4 percent on Wednesday. "Qualcomm's licensing practices have strangled competition" in parts of the chip market for years, harming rivals, smartphone makers, and consumers, Koh wrote in a 233-page decision.

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May 22, 2019

UPDATE 5-U.S. judge says Qualcomm violated antitrust law; appeal planned, shares plunge
Qualcomm Inc illegally suppressed competition in the market for smartphone chips by threatening to cut off supplies and extracting excessive licensing fees, a U.S. judge ruled, a decision that could force the company to overhaul its business practices. The decision issued late Tuesday night by U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California, caused Qualcomm shares to plunge 12.5 percent on Wednesday. "Qualcomm's licensing practices have strangled competition" in parts of the chip market for years, harming rivals, smartphone makers, and consumers, Koh wrote in a 233-page decision.

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May 22, 2019

UPDATE 6-U.S. judge says Qualcomm violated antitrust law; appeal planned, shares plunge
Qualcomm Inc illegally suppressed competition in the market for smartphone chips by threatening to cut off supplies and extracting excessive licensing fees, a U.S. judge ruled, a decision that could force the company to overhaul its business practices. The decision issued late Tuesday night by U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California, caused Qualcomm shares to plunge 12.5 percent on Wednesday. "Qualcomm's licensing practices have strangled competition" in parts of the chip market for years, harming rivals, smartphone makers, and consumers, Koh wrote in a 233-page decision.

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May 22, 2019

Iran Has Amassed the Largest Ballistic Missile Force in the Middle East
Deterring regional adversaries from threatening Iran is the primary reason Tehran has amassed the largest ballistic missile force in the Middle East.The missile program actually began under the Shah, but it was accelerated during the Iran-Iraq War in order to threaten Saddam Hussein with strikes deep in Iraqi territory. Since then, Iran has worked with countries like Libya, North Korea and China in order to develop a large and diverse arsenal of ballistic and cruise missiles that form one part of its three-leg deterrent strategy. With Iran now using missiles in conflict, it's worth taking a closer look at the weapons in its arsenal.(This first appeared back in 2017.)Shahab-SeriesThe backbone of Iran's missile forces are the Shahab-series of liquid-fueled (mostly) short-range ballistic missiles (SRBM). There are three variants of the missile: The Shahab-1, Shahab-2 and Shahab-3. The Shahab-1 was the first missile Iran acquired and is based on the Soviet Scud-B missile. Iran reportedly purchased these initially from Libya and possibly Syria, but North Korea has been its main supplier. The Shab-1 has a reported range between 285-330 kilometers, and can carry a warhead of around one thousand kilograms. Iran is believed to have three hundred Shahab-1 rockets.

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May 22, 2019

North Korea calls Biden 'fool of low IQ' over Kim criticism
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea has labeled Joe Biden a "fool of low IQ" and an "imbecile bereft of elementary quality as a human being" after the U.S. presidential hopeful called North Korean leader Kim Jong Un a tyrant during a recent speech.

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May 22, 2019

US firms rethink China presence because of trade war: survey
Most US businesses in China are hurting from the tariffs war between the two countries, forcing some companies to relocate abroad or refocus their business, a survey showed Wednesday. The recent poll by the American Chamber of Commerce in China and its sister organisation in Shanghai paints a gloomy picture of the business environment for American companies. Nearly half said they have experienced non-tariff retaliatory measures in China since last year, with one in five reporting increased inspections and a similar amount enduring slower customs clearance.

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May 22, 2019

Accused Thief Taunted Disney World With Photo of Stolen Robot's Mutilated Head
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast/Photos GettyIf you're accused of stealing an animatronic child from Disney World, maybe don't make a wildly popular Disney-related Twitter account and post a picture of the stolen robot child with its eyes gouged out."Buzzy," an animatronic boy from an abandoned Disney World attraction, has been missing for months. Online, Disney superfans treated the disappearance like a kidnapping. But the investigation into the theft led police to someone in the online Disney fandom: a Disney blogger who taunted Disney about their security, posted conspiracy theories about Buzzy's disappearance and, in the final days before his arrest, uploaded a picture of the robot's decapitated and eyeball-less head.Patrick Spikes, 24, was arrested last week. He worked at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, until last year. But Spikes didn't completely part ways with the theme park after he stopped working there. Instead, he started churning out videos, podcasts, and tweets under the username "BackDoorDisney." His Twitter account, which amassed more than 17,000 followers before going dark last week, promised to give fans an inside view of Disney World. In its seven months of operation, the account uploaded pictures of Disney control rooms, secret maps, and Disney cast members pretending to have sex while dressed as characters from Toy Story.Soon, Spikes was posting about an even more salacious Disney World story. In August, Disney told police that som

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May 22, 2019

Will FAA's plan for 737 MAX fly outside US?
Getting Boeing's top-selling 737 MAX back in the skies faces a critical test this week as the company and US regulators each seek to restore their reputations after two deadly crashes. The US Federal Aviation Administration convened a summit of global aviation regulators on Thursday to walk through the steps taken to address concerns with the MAX following criticism the agency dragged its feet on the decision to ground the jets. Most agencies around the world have said little or nothing about the situation since the 737 MAX was grounded following the March 10 Ethiopian Airlines crash, which together with a Lion Air crash in October, claimed 346 lives.

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May 22, 2019

May's last attempt to salvage Brexit deal at risk
British Prime Minister Theresa May's final bid to salvage her EU divorce deal appeared doomed on Wednesday as pro-Brexit Conservatives and opposition MPs rejected her attempts at a compromise to end months of deadlock. The beleaguered leader is set to face a torrid session at Prime Minister's Questions in parliament on the eve of European elections that Britain had not even expected to take part in three years after the Brexit referendum. May vowed Tuesday to give lawmakers a vote on holding a public referendum on Brexit if they approve her unpopular withdrawal agreement in a series of votes starting in early June.

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May 22, 2019

This walking robot could soon be delivering your packages
It may be years from visiting your neighborhood, but a walking robot is part of Ford's vision for how its autonomous vehicles will deliver packages.

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May 22, 2019

May's Desperate Gamble on a New Brexit Referendum Falls Flat
Theresa May made a desperate final gamble to get her Brexit deal through the British Parliament before she's thrown out of office -- but her efforts looked doomed. In a hastily arranged speech on Tuesday, the embattled prime minister promised to give members of Parliament a vote on whether to call another referendum to ratify Britain's divorce from the European Union. It's something many MPs -- including scores in the opposition Labour Party -- have been calling for, but she made it conditional on them backing her deal first.

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May 22, 2019

Contempt or impeachment? Trump and Democrats locked in ultimate congressional battle
The White House strategy appears to be designed to force the Democrats' hand, but lawmakers are treading cautiouslyThe Trump administration has attempted to block any and all requests from Democrats in Congress. Photograph: Carlos Barría/ReutersDemocrats grabbed control of the House of Representatives in January of this year determined to restore congressional oversight. But with the Trump administration now at a moment of reckoning, a battle royal has unfolded. What exactly is the White House doing?The Trump administration's strategy is simple: block any and all requests from Democrats in Congress, even if it means defying a subpoena, such as blocking compliance by former White House counsel Don McGahn, a key witness in the Mueller inquiry, to testify on Capitol Hill this week.Also this month, the attorney general, William Barr, has ignored a subpoena for the full report by Robert Mueller on his Trump-Russia investigation and treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin rebuffed a House request to hand over six years' of Trump's tax returns. Trump, who has dismissed the congressional inquiries as "presidential harassment", suggested the Democratic chairs of House committees instead turn their powers to investigating his former political opponent Hillary Clinton. Why are the Democrats not looking into all of the crimes committed by Crooked Hillary and the phony Russia Investigation? They would get back their credibility. Jerry Nadler, Schiff, would have a whole new fu

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May 22, 2019

China's big three airlines seek 737 MAX payouts from Boeing: reports
China's three biggest airlines have filed claims seeking compensation from Boeing over the grounding and delayed delivery of 737 MAX 8 aircraft following two deadly crashes, Chinese state media reported on Wednesday. The reports in various state-run media that China Southern Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, and Air China would seek payouts from the American aerospace giant come against the backdrop of an escalating US-China trade war. China Southern is Asia's largest carrier by fleet size, China Eastern is the country's number two, while Air China is the state flag carrier.

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May 21, 2019

Chinese ambassador blames US for sinking trade deal
China's ambassador to the United States said in a Tuesday interview with Fox News that Washington repeatedly "changed its mind overnight" and sunk deals that could have ended the two countries' trade war. Ambassador Cui Tiankai also slammed as "politically motivated" the White House's move to ban the transfer or sale of US technology to Chinese telcom giant Huawei. Such actions will really undermine people's confidence in the normal function of the market," Tiankai told Fox.

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May 21, 2019

China Surveillance Giant Hikvision Slumps on U.S. Ban Report
The White House will make a final decision in coming weeks on whether to limit exports of U.S. components to Hikvision, as it's done with Huawei Technologies Co., the Times reported, citing unidentified people familiar with the matter. Such a move would escalate tensions with China and raise questions about whether the U.S. is going after more of the country's technology champions. Hikvision has grown into a surveillance giant, selling its cameras around the world after cashing in on China's obsession with monitoring its citizens.

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May 21, 2019

The Latest: Top officials say US doesn't want war with Iran
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Trump administration's Iran policy (all times local):

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May 21, 2019

Lawsuit claims some New York City Starbucks stores put customers' health at risk
A class-action lawsuit has been filed against Starbucks after claims that some locations in New York City are putting customers' health at risk.

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May 21, 2019

The Latest: St. Louis airport reopens after storm shutdown
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Latest on severe weather in the central United States (all times local):

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May 21, 2019

US stocks rally on Huawei reprieve as pound gyrates on Brexit news
Global stocks rallied Tuesday as the United States took a step away from imposing crushing restrictions on Chinese telecom company Huawei, while the pound gyrated on fresh Brexit drama.

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May 21, 2019

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says she'd be 'hard pressed' to back Biden in primary
Bernie Sanders appears to be the favorite to secure Ocasio-Cortez's prized endorsement in the Democratic presidential primaryCongresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez told the Guardian: ‘I'm not close to an endorsement announcement any time soon.' Photograph: Joshua Roberts/ReutersAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the progressive US congresswoman and social media sensation, has said she would be "hard pressed" to endorse the frontrunner, Joe Biden, in the Democratic presidential primary.The statement is the latest sign of the left's apathy towards the former vice-president, who has surged ahead of the Senator Bernie Sanders and other rivals in recent polls.Sanders, a self-declared democratic socialist, appears to be the favourite to secure 29-year-old Ocasio-Cortez's prized endorsement but she said she was still some way off making a decision."I'm not close to an endorsement announcement any time soon," she told the Guardian on Tuesday. "I'm still trying to get a handle on my job. It seems like ages but I'm just five months in and we have quite some time. The debates are in the summer and our first primary election for the entire country isn't until next year." Asked if she would consider endorsing Biden, widely seen as a centrist, Ocasio-Cortez replied: "I'd be hard pressed to see that happen, to be honest, in a primary."Biden, comfortably leading every opinion poll, came under fire last week when Reuters reported he was pursuing a "middle ground" approach to the climate crisis. He late

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May 21, 2019

Trump calls for taking up trade pact before infrastructure
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump told Democratic leaders Tuesday that he believes Congress should first pass a new trade deal with Canada and Mexico before taking up a bill to boost the nation's infrastructure.

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May 21, 2019

Several Tornadoes Touch Down Across Oklahoma
Residents in several Oklahoma communities were forced to take shelter as severe storms moved through their area on Monday.

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May 21, 2019

Gloria Allred Opens Up About Nearly ‘Bleeding to Death' From Her Illegal Abortion
Kyle Grillot/ReutersAttorney Gloria Allred took the stage at a pro-choice rally in Manhattan on Tuesday and told a harrowing story about nearly "bleeding to death" after she was forced to get an illegal abortion following a rape in the 1960s.Describing herself as "living evidence of what happens if abortion is criminalized," Allred said recent anti-abortion legislation in Alabama, Georgia, and Missouri will effectively condemn women and girls to death by leaving them no options other than illegal abortion. While Alabama's near-total abortion ban stipulates up to 99 year prison sentences for doctors performing abortions, Allred said, "The truth is, the victims are the women and the girls who have to get a back-alley abortion and who are going to be left to die." The women's rights lawyer told the crowd in Foley Square that she'd seen firsthand what it was like for women who had no access to abortion in the 1960s. After being raped at gunpoint in Mexico, she said, she traveled back to the United States, found out she was pregnant, and discovered that it was a crime in many states for doctors to perform abortions. "I had to get a back-alley abortion in a bathtub from a person who was not licensed, they were just doing it for the money," she said. Once she began hemorrhaging, she said, the person who performed the procedure told her it was "[her] problem now." Allred recalled suffering from a 106-degree fever and being packed in ice once she was hospitalized, all while she

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May 21, 2019

Abducted Idaho girl found safe in Arizona, suspect jailed
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — A 17-year-old girl abducted from an Idaho fast-food restaurant where she worked was found safe in Arizona on Tuesday and the man accused of taking her was jailed on a $1 million bond, authorities said.

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May 21, 2019

U.S. eases curbs on Huawei; founder says clampdown underestimates Chinese firm
The U.S. Commerce Department blocked Huawei Technologies Co Ltd from buying U.S. goods last week, a major escalation in the trade war between the world's two top economies, saying the firm was involved in activities contrary to national security. The two countries increased import tariffs on each other's goods over the past two weeks after U.S. President Donald Trump said China had reneged on earlier commitments made during months of negotiations. On Monday, the Commerce Department granted Huawei a license to buy U.S. goods until Aug. 19 to maintain existing telecoms networks and provide software updates to Huawei smartphones, a move intended to give telecom operators that rely on Huawei time to make other arrangements.

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May 21, 2019

Department of Public Health Investigating Hospital Involved in Marlen Ochoa-Lopez Case
The Illinois Department of Public Health announced Tuesday it is investigating Advocate Christ Medical Center and its role in the Marlen Ochoa-Lopez case.

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May 21, 2019

Trump officials to Congress: Goal is deterring Iran, not war
WASHINGTON (AP) — Tamping down talk of war, top Trump administration officials told Congress on Tuesday that recent actions by the U.S. deterred attacks on American forces. But some lawmakers remained deeply skeptical of the White House approach in the Middle East.

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May 21, 2019

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May 21, 2019

House Judiciary Committee Subpoenas Hope Hicks and McGahn Aide
The House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday issued subpoenas to former White House communications director Hope Hicks and an aide to former White House counsel Donald McGahn, requesting more details about what lawmakers see as disturbing information in the special cousel's report on the Russia investigation.The committee's Democratic chairman, Jerrold Nadler, requested documents and public hearings from both Hicks and McGahn's former aide, Annie Donaldson, just a day after the White House directed McGahn to defy a subpoena the committee issued to him."As I said earlier today, the Judiciary Committee's investigation into obstruction of justice, public corruption and abuse of power by President Trump and his Administration will continue," Nadler said in a statementThe Department of Justice issed a legal opinion on Monday stating McGahn is "not legally required" to comply with the subpoena, explaining that, "the immunity of the President's immediate advisors from compelled congressional testimony on matters related to their official responsibilities has long been recognized and arises from the fundamental workings of the separation of powers."McGahn caused alarm among  lawmakers when Robert Mueller's final report came out, describing McGahn's statements to the special counsel that President Trump had directed him to have the Justice Department fire Mueller, a possible instance in which the president may have obstructed justice.

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May 21, 2019

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi clashes with caucus over impeachment push
Democrats call meeting after former White House counsel Don McGahn defies House subpoena; Doug McKelway reports from Capitol Hill.

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May 21, 2019

Ocasio-Cortez says it is time to open impeachment inquiry against Trump
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has so far resisted calls for Democrats to launch impeachment proceedings, instead backing continued investigations of Trump and his administration by numerous congressional panels instead. "I think it's time for us to, at the very least, open an impeachment inquiry ... we've been given no choice I think, in this scenario," Ocasio-Cortez said outside the House of Representatives. The report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller stopped short of declaring that the president obstructed justice, but it also did not exonerate him.

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May 21, 2019

Hospital that treated baby cut from womb investigated
CHICAGO (AP) — The agency that licenses and inspects health care facilities in Illinois has started an investigation of a suburban Chicago hospital where doctors treated a baby brought in by a woman claiming to be his mother, a spokeswoman for the agency said Tuesday. The woman was charged weeks later with killing the actual mother and cutting the child from her womb.

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May 21, 2019

Easing tone, US says robust actions deterred Iran
President Donald Trump's administration on Tuesday appeared set on easing weeks of escalating tensions with Iran, assuring worried lawmakers it does not seek war and crediting robust US military moves with deterring the clerical regime. After a month of fiery warnings to Iran, top Trump officials delivered a classified briefing to the full US Congress where Democrats have accused the administration of hyping intelligence and pushing the United States dangerously close to war.

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May 21, 2019

HUD Secretary Ben Carson mixes up a real estate term and Oreo sandwich cookies
On Tuesday afternoon, Oreo responded on its official Twitter account. "REO stands for 'Really Excellent OREO (cookie).' Everyone knows that."

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May 21, 2019

Democrat impeachment talk gains as Trump blocks lawyer testimony
Democratic Party talk of impeachment intensified Tuesday after Donald Trump's former lawyer Don McGahn refused to testify about obstruction allegations against the US president. House Democratic leaders held off fresh pressure from rank-and-file legislators to launch an effort to remove the president, after the White House again stymied their probe into Trump's actions in the Russia meddling investigation.

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May 21, 2019

Best Tech Deals in May 2019
Amazon Deals | Walmart Deals | Apple Deals | TV Deals | Gaming Deals | Laptop DealsGood news for bargain hunters looking for the best tech deals right now. This week, retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, and Walmart are offering early Memorial Day sales with discounts on everything from smart home devices to game consoles. So if you plan on making a tech purchase in the near future, then you've come to the right place.  Shopping around for a kid-friendly tablet for your upcoming family vacation? When you preorder the All-New Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet  for $99.99, you'll get a free pair of Toy Story Headphones (a $22 value).  The new Fire 7 Kids Edition tablet sports a case that twice as rugged as the previous model. What's more, it features a built-in kickstand.  If you're shopping for an affordable GPS running watch, Amazon has the Garmin Forerunner 35 on sale for $119.99 ($50 off). With built-in GPS and 24/7 heart rate monitoring, this watch helps you track and meet your daily health and fitness goals. With the imminent arrival of Amazon Prime Day 2019, soon we'll be gathering the best Amazon Prime Day deals. In the meantime, here are some of the best tech deals we're seeing right now. Amazon Hardware DealsAmazon is currently offering many of its proprietary devices at discounted pricing. * All-New Fire 7 Tablet w/ $10 Appstore Credit for $49.99 ($10 off)  * All-New Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet w/ Toy Story Headphones  for $99.99 ($22 off, preorder)  * Echo Connect for $24.49 ($11 off) * Fire TV Stick for $24.99 ($15 off, Prime Members Only)  * Fire TV Stick 4K 

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May 21, 2019

Google Changes Policy after Backlash over Anti-Abortion Ads
Google has adopted a more stringent policy regarding health-care and medical advertisements after facing severe criticism over reports it provided $150,000 worth of free advertising to pro-life crisis-pregnancy centers.Advertisers using "keywords related to getting an abortion" must now apply for a designation as an entity that either provides abortions or one that does not provide them, according to Google's policy update. Google will verify the information the advertiser provides and then automatically generate a disclosure in the ad that the advertiser either "Provides abortions" or "Does not provide abortions.""This added transparency will help ensure that users have the necessary information to decide which abortion-related ads are most relevant to them," Google said.The policy will go into effect in June and will apply to advertisers in the U.S., U.K., and Ireland.Google's decision comes after a report in the Guardian that Google provided a network of nonprofit pro-life clinics, the Southern California-based Obria Group, with $32,000 in 2011 and a $120,000 advertising grant in 2015."Google should in no way be subsidizing any misinformation campaigns, especially campaigns designed to deceive women about their own reproductive care options," said Representative Carolyn Maloney in a letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai co-signed by Representative Suzanne Bonamici (D., Ore.)."The Google ad grants program is open to qualified nonprofits regardless of their position on abortion and we give grants to nearly 50,

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May 21, 2019

Latest migrant child death raises questions about U.S. detention practices
The fifth Guatemalan child to die after illegally crossing the border since December, Carlos Vasquez's death at a Border Patrol station raises new questions about the length of time minors are being detained, as well as the conditions provided to them while in custody.

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May 21, 2019

U.S. Intel to Congress: No Evidence al Qaeda Is Helping Iran
Kena Betancur/AFP/GettyThe American intelligence community has no evidence that al Qaeda has cooperated with the Iranian government in its recent aggressive moves in the Persian Gulf region, a senior U.S. government official told members of Congress on Tuesday. That finding, which was relayed to The Daily Beast by three sources familiar with the matter, could undercut a potential legal case for going to war with Iran if tensions between Washington and Tehran keep escalating. The assessment was delivered in a classified briefing with dozens of House members on Capitol Hill. According to the three sources, one of the officials who briefed the members said the U.S. government does not have evidence of operational coordination between the Iranian government and the terrorist group responsible for 9/11 with respect to the current threat stream. The significance of the admission is likely to divide lawmakers. Democrats who worry about the prospect of war between the U.S. and Iran will likely say that the lack of intelligence means the Trump administration cannot use Congress's 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) to fight al Qaeda as a legal basis to start a war with the regional power. Republicans, in contrast, are likely to view it as a non sequitur, arguing that the administration isn't trying to start a war but rather to act in defense of U.S. interests and forces in the Gulf region. Over the last decade, presidents from both parties have circumvented Congress when it comes to waging military campaigns. P

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May 21, 2019

Tornado season has been wild, and more storms are coming
The deadly and destructive 2019 tornado season has been above-average, and shows no signs of letting up.

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May 21, 2019

Oklahoma reels, Missouri declares state of emergency from storm, floods
Rescue crews using boats pulled at least 50 people from rising water as heavy downpours inundated roads and homes, Oklahoma Emergency Management Agency spokeswoman Keli Cain said, although there were no reports of deaths or serious injuries. Only the tops of cars engulfed by water were could be seen in video footage of roadways near Oklahoma City, and some houses were entirely surrounded by floods. "It's real dangerous," said Ross Reuter, a spokesman for Canadian County, where 10 people were rescued.

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May 21, 2019

'Nowhere for the water to go': Tornadoes, floods hit central US day after 20 tornadoes
A tornado tore through a neighborhood near Tulsa International Airport on Tuesday as a powerful storm triggered flash flooding and washed out roads across parts of Oklahoma.

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May 21, 2019

Airbus seeks resolution to German arms export row: CEO
Airbus is in discussions to try to find solutions to a row with the German government over a ban on arms exports to Saudi Arabia that threatens a border security contract, Chief Executive Guillaume Faury said on Tuesday. The planemaker has warned of legal action against Germany after taking financial charges over the long-delayed border contract between Airbus's defense unit and the Gulf kingdom. "We are not yet there," Faury told reporters when asked about possible legal action.

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May 21, 2019

Huawei Founder Believes New U.S. Order Will Have No Impact on Sales
The founder of Huawei Technologies says that President Trump's recent curb on sales will have little effect on the company.

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May 21, 2019

New Quinnipiac poll shows Biden leading Dems, Trump not getting credit for the economy
According to the poll, 71% of the voters say that the economy is "good" or "excellent," but only 38% of voters approve of Trump.

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May 21, 2019

The Latest: Trump officials hold closed-door Iran briefings
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Trump administration's Iran policy (all times local):

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May 21, 2019

Abortion ban protests: Thousands demonstrate against new restrictive laws across America
Massive protests opposing a series of bans against abortions have continued for several days after one of the most stringent abortion laws in the nation was signed into law in Alabama last week. Crowds of demonstrators on Capitol Hill were joined by prominent women's rights activists and politicians on Tuesday, including 2020 presidential hopeful Kirsten Gillibrand, for a rally titled StopTheBans. "Our democracy only works when the people of this country stand up and demand it," the New York senator said to cheers. "Do not allow this moment to pass without putting everything you have behind it … organise, advocate and vote." Across the country, Americans from all walks of life marched in major cities and small towns to oppose bans like the one in Alabama, which makes performing an abortion a felony in nearly all cases. The bill, signed by Republican Governor Kay Ivey, is effectively designed to set up a lengthy legal battle that could result in the Supreme Court revisiting a decades-old decision for Roe v. Wade, which deemed abortion a Constitutionally-protected right. "To the bill's many supporters, this legislation stands as a powerful testament to Alabamians' deeply held belief that every life is precious and that every life is a sacred gift from God," the governor said in a statement while signing the bill on Wednesday.Hundreds of demonstrators then marched to the Alabama Capitol on Sunday to protest the state's newly approved abortion ban, chan

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May 21, 2019

New laws bring confusion, uncertainty for abortion clinics
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Abortion clinics are facing protesters emboldened by a flurry of restrictive new state laws as they reassure confused patients that the laws have yet to take effect, abortion providers said.

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May 21, 2019

Airbus prepares counter-punch to new Boeing mid-sized jet
U.S. planemaker Boeing is studying whether to launch a 220-270-seat jet wedged between traditional twin-aisle models like the Airbus A330 or its own 787, and the industry's bread-and-butter single-aisle models like the A320/321 and Boeing 737. Airbus aims to defend that space with its own A330neo at the top end and the best-selling A321neo at the bottom - two models boasting new engines on older airframes. "Those programs are both so mature that it gives Airbus pricing flexibility to address this middle-of-the-market segment," sales chief Christian Scherer said.

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May 21, 2019

Rex Tillerson Secretly Meets With House Foreign Affairs Committee to Talk Trump
Jonathan Ernst/ReutersFormer Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was spotted entering a congressional office building on Tuesday morning for what a committee aide told The Daily Beast was a meeting with the leaders of the House Foreign Affairs committee and relevant staff about his time working in the Trump administration. Tillerson's appearance took place as virtually every other Trumpworld luminary has been stonewalling congressional oversight efforts. At the same time that the former Secretary of State was speaking before lawmakers, former White House counsel Don McGahn was ignoring a subpoena to testify in front of the House Judiciary Committee. Tillerson's arrival at the Capitol was handled with extreme secrecy. No media advisories or press releases were sent out announcing his appearance. And he took a little noticed route into the building in order to avoid being seen by members of the media. Tillerson had a notoriously prickly relationship with the president, reportedly calling him a "moron" in private. But he was present during critical moments of the administration, including Trump's 2017 private meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Hamburg, Germany. Since leaving his post, he has rarely made public appearances, save for speaking at a panel in Houston in December. During that appearance, he said there was "no question" Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election. "So often the president would say, here's what I want to do and here's how I want to do

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May 21, 2019

HUD Secretary Ben Carson stumped during congressional hearing
The HUD secretary faced a tough hearing before the House Financial Services Committee on Tuesday.

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May 21, 2019

White House, Democrats in Talks to End Holdup on USMCA Approval
Pelosi told Lighthizer that she will designate members of her caucus to be working group representatives to deal with labor, enforcement, environment and pharmaceutical provisions of the deal, two people briefed on the discussions said. The groups will likely consist of Democrats from the Ways and Means Committee, the congressional Progressive Caucus and the Congressional Black Caucus to ensure they can build consensus within the party, one of the people said.

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May 21, 2019

Researchers say a tiny planet slammed into the Moon a long time ago
Earth's Moon only ever shows us one face. It's locked into its current orientation, with a permanent nearside and farside, but it wasn't until the Apollo missions that scientists were able to see just how different the two sides really are. The nearside, with its sea of dark gray basins standing in contrast to the brilliant white powder that covers the rest of its face, varies dramatically from the farside, which is marked with countless smaller craters in a more uniform distribution.The debate over how the Moon's split personalities developed has raged for decades, but new research seems to indicate that one of the possible explanations does indeed hold water. The theory, that Earth's Moon was struck by a tiny dwarf planet long ago, is the subject of a new research paper published in Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets.Using computer models to simulate what may have happened to the Moon's surface long ago, researchers suggest the most likely scenario seems to be the collision between the Moon and a very large body. The impact of a dwarf planet as large as 480 miles across would have struck what we see today as the Moon's nearside at a speed of 14,000 miles per hour.This theory stands in contrast to other proposed explanations, including the theory that Earth may have once had not one Moon, but two. The two-moon theory suggests that Earth's moon duo may have at one point collided and merged, leaving the Moon as we see it today looking oddly unsymmetrical.The dwarf planet collision scenario assume

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May 21, 2019

Here's How Those Game of Thrones Bets Played Out After That Twisty Ending
With the Iron Throne itself gone, the results varied

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May 21, 2019

New Feature on 2020 Chevrolet and GMC Models Won't Let Car Move Till Driver Fastens Seatbelt
The new tech is called Buckle to Drive, and it rolls out on several Chevrolet and GMC models for 2020 as part of the Teen Driver package.

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May 21, 2019

I'm the same age as Elizabeth Warren. We 70-somethings have no business being president.
I have nothing against old people — I'm one of them. But maybe it's time to add a maximum age limit to our minimum age requirement for our presidents.

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May 21, 2019

Trump says he doesn't want war with Iran. Is John Bolton driving the US into a conflict anyway?
The view that John Bolton is driving Trump into military confrontation with America's principal foe in the Middle East is spreading across the globe.

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May 21, 2019

French widow sues Boeing for at least $276 million over Ethiopian crash
The crash of Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 in March killed all 157 passengers and crew aboard and followed the death in October of 189 people on a Lion Air 737 MAX which plunged into the ocean off Indonesia in similar circumstances. Dozens of families have sued Boeing over the Lion Air crash, and several lawsuits have been lodged over the Ethiopian crash near the capital Addis Ababa, which led airlines around the world to ground the Boeing 737 MAX. The lawsuit on behalf of Nadege Dubois-Seex, whose husband Jonathan Seex was a Swedish and Kenyan citizen and chief executive of the Tamarind Group of Companies, was filed in a U.S. District Court in Chicago, her lawyer said on Tuesday.

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May 21, 2019

Mississippi governor signs 'heartbeat' abortion ban into law. Here's what you need to know
The ban would be among the strictest in the country, but is expected to quickly be challenged in federal court.

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May 21, 2019

American Airlines blames mechanics for 2,200 flight delays, cancellations, warns of summer travel trouble
American Airlines says a slowdown by mechanics led to nearly 2,200 flight cancellations, delays since February and has intensified.

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May 21, 2019

Russian bombers, fighters intercepted off Alaska: US military
US fighters intercepted six Russian military aircraft in international airspace west of Alaska, and shadowed them until they exited the area, the North American Air Defense Command said Tuesday. The Russian aircraft included two Tu-95 strategic bombers, which were intercepted Monday by two F-22 fighters, the command said. A second group of two Tu-95 bombers and two Su-35 fighters were also intercepted by a pair of F-22 fighters, it said.

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May 21, 2019

AOC renews Trump impeachment calls after McGahn ignores subpoena: 'We have to move forward'
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is ramping up pressure on her fellow Democrats to begin impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump, saying that she and her colleagues have "a duty" to hold the president accountable."We have to move forward on impeachment," Ms Ocasio-Cortez said on Tuesday during an interview with CNN.She continued, paying respect to speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, who has so far pushed back on impeachment calls."I trust the speaker's taking a measured approach to ensure that we're moving everyone forward," Ms Ocasio-Cortez said. "Being a speaker is hard, and holding this party together is a difficult task," she added, "but I think we have to move forward."In a separate tweet, Ms Ocasio-Cortez also shot back at arguments that impeachment would be a politically fraught effort with less than two years to go until a presidential election. Not impeaching, she said, is political, too."It is just as politicized a manoeuvre to not impeach in the face of overwhelming evidence as it is to impeach without cause," Ms Ocasio-Cortez wrote.She continued: "Congress swore an oath to uphold the Constitution. That includes impeachment. We have a duty to preserve our institutions uphold the rule of the law."The statement came in response to a fellow Democrat's call for impeachment in light of former White House counsel Don McGahn's decision to refuse a congressional subpoena on Tuesday to testify before the House related to the Mueller report on Russian me

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May 21, 2019

Bomb-laden drone from Yemen rebels targets Saudi airport
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Yemen's Iranian-allied Houthi rebels attacked a Saudi airport and military base with a bomb-laden drone Tuesday, an assault acknowledged by the kingdom as Middle East tensions remained high between Tehran and Washington. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

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May 21, 2019

Judy Miller says the Trump White House is trying to goad Democrats into impeachment proceedings
Nancy Pelosi faces potential rebellion among her leadership team over impeachment; reaction from Fox News contributors Judy Miller and Dan Henninger.

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May 21, 2019

Hundreds rally at U.S. Supreme Court, calling state abortion bans as step backward
Abortion-rights campaigners, including Democrats seeking their party's 2020 presidential nomination, rallied at the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to protest new restrictions on abortion passed by Republican-dominated legislatures in eight states. Many of the restrictions are intended to draw legal challenges, which religious conservatives hope will lead the nation's top court to overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that established a woman's right to terminate her pregnancy. "We are not going to allow them to move our country backward," U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, one of the two dozen Democrats running for president, told the crowd through a megaphone.

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May 21, 2019

Mississippi judge who blocked 15-week abortion ban hears arguments on fetal heartbeat law
Mississippi's fetal heartbeat law which bans abortions after approximately six weeks could be blocked or upheld by Judge Carlton Reeves.

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May 21, 2019

Former Tesla bull makes $10 worst case call on China worries
Shares of Tesla edged down, heading for their fifth straight session of losses, and bonds weakened, after Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas outlined his worst case scenario. Jonas forecast the shares could be worth $10 to $391, with a price target of $230, a wide range that underscores the confusion and risks about Tesla's future. The company is facing signs of dragging demand as rivals step up electric efforts, as well as issues related to cash flow and manufacturing, its outlook in China and its eccentric, charismatic Chief Executive Officer, Elon Musk.

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May 21, 2019

DOD: Iranian Threats ‘Put on Hold' Thanks to U.S.
The Department of Defense said Tuesday that potential threats from Iran have been "put on hold" thanks to precautionary measures taken by the U.S."We have put on hold the potential for attacks on Americans," Acting Secretary of Defense Pat Shanahan said at the Pentagon.The U.S. deployed four B-52 bombers, Patriot air-defense missiles, and the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier-strike group to the Persian Gulf earlier this month amid fears that Iran was transporting short-range ballistic missiles in the region. Shanahan cited "indications of a credible threat by Iranian regime forces" in justifying the move.The State Department last week ordered all non-critical government employees to leave Iraq, saying the tensions with neighboring Iran could endanger Americans in the area. Additionally, a rocket was fired Sunday night which landed less than a mile from the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. No one claimed responsibility for the attack, and no casualties occurred."There haven't been any attacks on Americans," Shanahan confirmed. "That doesn't mean that the threats that we've previously identified have gone away. Our prudent response, I think, has given the Iranians time to recalculate. I think our response was a measure of our will and our resolve that we will protect our people and our interests in the region.""I just hope Iran is listening," Shanahan added, vowing that any attack by Iran on U.S. assets "will be met obviously with great force."

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May 21, 2019

Dog sitter caught walking around naked in customer's home
A dog sitter has been caught on camera walking around her client's house naked. Rosie Brown hired Casey Brengle to look after her two dogs, Penny and Daisy, while she went to a wedding for four days.

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May 21, 2019

WRAPUP 2-Southwest Airlines mechanics dispute ends just as American's heats up
Southwest Airlines Co's mechanics union said on Tuesday its members had overwhelmingly voted to ratify a tentative contract agreement with the airline, ending seven years of labor negotiations fraught with legal disputes and flight disruptions. The agreement, which brought to a close one of the most disruptive labor disputes to hit a top-four U.S. airline in more than a decade, came a day after rival U.S. carrier American Airlines Group Inc said it was filing a labor-related lawsuit against its mechanics. Mechanics at both American and Southwest have complained that the airlines are moving to outsource maintenance work that has traditionally been done in-house.

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May 21, 2019

Elon Musk hires man behind 'absolute unit' sheep meme to run Tesla's social media
* Adam Koszary's tweet of giant sheep went viral last year * Musk adopted image and description for his Twitter profileElon Musk is legally obliged to have his tweets checked by lawyers. ‘My Twitter is pretty much complete nonsense at this point,' he observed last month. Photograph: Mike Blake/ReutersElon Musk has reportedly hired the man responsible for a viral tweet about a giant sheep to be Tesla's social media manager.Adam Koszary, programme manager for the UK's Reading Museum and Museum of English Rural Life (@TheMERL), run by the University of Reading, will join Tesla in July, according to his Twitter account.The @TheMerl account went viral in April last year when it tweeted an old picture of a large ram with the caption: "Look at this absolute unit." The tweet has now been retweeted more than 31,000 times and has over 111,000 likes. look at this absolute unit. pic.twitter.com/LzcQ4x0q38 — The Museum of English Rural Life (@TheMERL) April 9, 2018Last month Musk changed his Twitter bio to "absolute unit" and his picture to the image of the sheep. @TheMerl returned the compliment by changing its bio photo to one of Musk.The tweet led to a series of messages from Musk ending with one reading: "My Twitter is pretty much complete nonsense at this point." My Twitter is pretty much complete nonsense at this point — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 19, 2019Tesla was not immediately available for comment. It is not yet clear whether the sheep tweet was instrumental in Koszary's

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May 21, 2019

See the stunning videos: Tornadoes rip through central US as storm chasers capture their power
A string of tornadoes tore through the central United States in recent days, and the videos showing their power and havoc are stunning.

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May 21, 2019

May holds out promise of new Brexit referendum
British Prime Minister Theresa May promised Tuesday to give lawmakers a vote on whether to hold a second Brexit referendum as part of a last-gasp push to get her deal over the line. The embattled British leader dangled a series of sweeteners that she hopes can resolve the Brexit crisis three years after the country first voted to leave the European Union after 46 years. "The government will therefore include in the Withdrawal Agreement Bill at introduction a requirement to vote on whether to hold a second referendum," she said.

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May 21, 2019

Iran 'threat' has diminished, says US defense secretary
Patrick Shanahan credits US show of forceRemarks appear to be a sign tension is easing This handout picture released by the US navy shows an F/A-18E Super Hornet landing on the flight deck of the carrier USS Abraham Lincoln in the Gulf. Photograph: MC3 Jeff Sherman/AFP/Getty Images The acting US defence secretary has claimed that the alleged threat from Iran has receded as the result of an American show of force in the Middle East. "We've put on hold the potential for attacks on Americans," Patrick Shanahan told reporters before briefing Congress on the situation in the Persian Gulf and the military deployments that the US said were a response to a danger of imminent attack. The arrival of an aircraft carrier and its accompanying ships was recently accelerated, and B-52 bombers were sent to Qatar. Tensions increased with mysterious sabotage attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf, and drone strikes on Saudi oil installations, claimed by Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen. Nerves in the region were put even more on edge on Sunday by Donald Trump's tweeted threat that any conflict with the US would mean "the official end of Iran". The remarks from Shanahan appeared to be a sign that tensions were easing. Asked what he meant by saying that the threat was "on hold", the acting defence secretary said: "There haven't been any attacks on Americans. I would consider that a hold. "That doesn't mean that the threats that we've previously identified have gone away," Shanahan added. "Our prudent response, I think, has given the

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May 21, 2019

REPORT: Mueller Resists Dems' Request to Testify Publicly about Details Outside His Report
Special Counsel Robert Mueller is resisting congressional Democrats' request that he testify publicly about details of his investigation that were not included in his final report, the Washington Post first reported Tuesday.Mueller and his representatives have reportedly reached an impasse in their negotiations with House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerry Nadler, who would like him to speak publicly about a range of issues, including whether the president could be charged with obstruction of justice absent Department of Justice guidelines that prohibit the indictment of a sitting president.As they navigate the question of whether the obstructive behavior attributed to Trump in the Mueller report warrants impeachment, a number of top Democrats have repeatedly insisted that lawmakers must hear from Mueller himself before a decision can be made. They have also suggested that they would like to question Mueller about whether he believes Attorney General William Barr's summary of his report misrepresented its findings.Barr told the Wall Street Journal that he has no problem with Mueller testifying before Congress, but Democrats have accused the Department of Justice of intentionally delaying negotiations over any such testimony. Trump has said it is Barr's decision whether Mueller can appear before Congress.News of the impasse comes hours after former White House counsel Don McGahn failed to appear before the House Judiciary Committee to answer quest

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May 21, 2019

Iraq caught in the middle of US-Iran face-off
Scarred by two decades of conflict, Iraq finds itself caught in the middle of a US-Iranian tug-of-war, fearing it could pay the price of any confrontation between its two main allies. Analysts say third parties may seek to exploit the latest spike in tensions between Tehran and Washington to spark a showdown that serves their own interests. Iraq "pays a disproportionate tax on Iranian-American tensions and (has) an unenviable front-line position in any future conflict between the two," said Fanar Haddad, an Iraq expert at the National University of Singapore.

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May 21, 2019

Marlen Ochoa-Lopez Death: Baby opens eyes for 1st time; Sheriff asks DCFS to investigate if reporting protocols were followed
The Cook County Sheriff is asking the Department of Child and Family Services to see if proper protocols were followed in reporting the birth of Marlen Ochoa Lopez's baby.

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