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Jul 18, 2019

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Jul 18, 2019

Iran seizes foreign oil tanker in Persian Gulf, 12 on vessel, state media reports
Twelve crews members were on the Panamanian-flagged vessel when it was captured near the Strait of Hormuz.

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Delaware woman who says she was brutally beaten in the Dominican Republic sues resort for $3 million
The Delaware woman who claims she was beaten unconscious in the Dominican Republic has sued the resort for $3 million.

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Jul 18, 2019

Iran state TV: Iranian forces seize foreign oil tanker, crew
Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard forces have seized a foreign oil tanker accused of smuggling oil with a crew of 12, Iran's state TV reported Thursday, just days after an oil tanker based in the United Arab Emirates disappeared off trackers in Iranian territorial waters. The Panamanian-flagged oil tanker MT Riah stopped transmitting its location overnight on Sunday near Qeshm Island, which has a Revolutionary Guard base on it, according to data listed on tracking site Maritime Traffic. Iran's state television did not identify the seized vessel, but said it was intercepted on Sunday.

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Jul 18, 2019

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

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Jul 18, 2019

I Worked at an Amazon Fulfillment Center; They Treat Workers Like Robots
Column: I used to work at an Amazon fulfillment center. The company treated us like we were robots.

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Jul 18, 2019

Senate Republicans pray Trump will take budget deal
Trump has balked at previous bipartisan agreements, and hard-line conservatives are sure to pressure the president.

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Jul 18, 2019

India demands Pakistan release accused 'spy' after world court ruling
India on Thursday demanded that Pakistan release an alleged spy after the International Court of Justice called for a review of a death sentence against him. The arch-rivals each declared victory after the world court ruling made late Wednesday. India's Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar said Jadhav, a former navy officer, "is in the illegal custody of Pakistan under fabricated charges" as he welcomed the court ruling.

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Jul 18, 2019

The U.S. Marine Corps Has Lost More Than 25,000 Marines to Misconduct
The Marine Corps has lost more than 25,000 Marines to misconduct over the past decade, according to Commandant Gen. David Berger.In his 2019 Commandant's Planning Guidance, Berger said that the Corps "continued loss of 8,000 Marines per year to non-EAS attrition is unacceptable," using an acronym to describe the end of active service in an enlistment.A total of 25,336 Marines were booted from the Corps between 2009 and 2019; 11,765 were for drug and alcohol offenses, while 13,571 were over unspecified misconduct."This must change," Berger wrote, noting that the cost to replace that many Marines was in excess of $1 billion.Interestingly, that number should be even higher, as its section on drug use reveals. Since Oct. 2017, 2,410 Marines tested positive for illegal drug use, but only 1,175, or 48.8%, had been separated. "I am deeply troubled by the continued retention of Marines failing to adhere to our standards related to drug use.""We are an elite institution of warriors, and will remain so on my watch," Berger wrote. "It is our shared responsibility to ensure the continued health of our collective soul and identity."Toward the end of the 26-page document, which largely focused on changes Berger intended to implement as the top Marine officer, the new commandant talked about misconduct in the force and what he called "destructive" behavior.Of sexual assault, for example, Berger said that despite the Corps' efforts, "the continued rise in reporting leads me to conclude that we still do not fully un

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Jul 18, 2019

Storm Area 51: US Air Force warns alien-hunters against breaking into top-secret base
The US Air Force has urged people not to invade Area 51 in search of aliens.Anyone attempting to do so will have to deal with highly developed defence measures, the military has said.A widespread internet joke - joined by more than a million people - suggests that people attempt to run into the Area 51 base on 20 September. If enough people do so, then at least some will be able to get through and storm the base, the Facebook group suggests."They can't stop all of us" it says. "Let's see them aliens."Officials say they will not discuss the details of the security measures that are built to keep people out of the base. But they stressed that they are powerful and suggested soldiers are trained for this kind of situation.The range provides "flexible, realistic and multidimensional battlespace" for testing and "advanced training in support of US national interests", it said.Nellis Air Force Base said in a statement that officials are aware of the Facebook posting and "any attempt to illegally access the area is highly discouraged".After decades of government officials refusing to acknowledge Area 51, the CIA released declassified documents in 2013 referring to the 8,000-square mile installation by name and locating it on a map near the dry Groom Lake bed.The base has been a testing ground for a host of top-secret aircraft, including the U-2 in the 1950s and later the B-2 stealth bomber.Secrecy surrounding the site has fuelled conspiracy theories among UFO enthusiasts and sprouted a

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Jul 18, 2019

Ex-chairman of Vietnam's BIDV bank dies in detention
A former head of Vietnam's second largest listed bank, the Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV), died in detention on Thursday, state media and three sources with direct knowledge of the situation said. Tran Bac Ha was arrested in November last year in a widening crackdown on corruption in the Southeast Asian country, which has seen its Communist-ruled government launch investigations into hundreds of public officials and several executives at state-owned enterprises jailed. Ha had not stood trial and was being held at a military detention center near Hanoi, the Vietnamese capital, the Tuoi Tre newspaper reported.

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Jul 18, 2019

Turkey calls on US to reverse decision on F-35 exclusion
Washington's decision to exclude Turkey from an American-led fighter jet program goes against the "spirit of alliance," the Turkish government said Thursday, and called on its NATO ally to reverse the decision. In a major break with a longtime ally, U.S. President Donald Trump's administration on Wednesday said Turkey is being kicked out of the F-35 program because it is buying the Russian S-400 air defense system.

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Jul 18, 2019

Trump slammed for tweet about hunting down Mumbai attack mastermind
U.S. President Donald Trump faced criticism for saying Pakistan's arrest of the alleged mastermind of the 2008 attacks on Mumbai had come after a 10-year search, as the suspected militant had been living in plain view. Pakistani authorities on Wednesday arrested Hafiz Saeed, the founder of the Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group that is accused by India and the United States of carrying out the Mumbai attacks, on terrorism financing charges. Saeed is designated a terrorist by the United States and the United Nations.

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Jul 18, 2019

India to make new bid to launch Moon rocket on Monday
India will make a new bid to launch a landmark mission to the Moon on Monday, a week after aborting lift-off at the last minute because of a fuel leak, officials said.

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Jul 18, 2019

UPDATE 1-Turkish lira steady, shrugs off Ankara's removal from F-35 programme
The Turkish lira was steady on Thursday, shrugging off the U.S. decision to remove Ankara from the F-35 fighter jet programme after it began receiving delivery of the Russian S-400 missile defence system last week. Isik Okte, a strategist at TEB Yatirim/BNP Paribas, said the statement from the Pentagon on Wednesday regarding Ankara's removal from the F-35 programme was more moderate than expected. "It is seen as certain that the U.S. will impose CAATSA sanctions but a much harder statement could have been made by the Pentagon," he said, referring to a 2017 law known as the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act.

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Jul 18, 2019

Argentina still waiting for 1994 Jewish center bombing justice
Argentina marks the 25th anniversary of the bomb attack on a Jewish center that left 85 people dead with a day of mourning on Thursday, but the relatives of victims are still waiting for justice. "This attack, even if there was a large anti-Jewish, anti-Semitic component -- of course -- was an attack on Argentina and Argentine society," said Weinstein, who worked at the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association (AMIA), where the attack was carried out. A truck loaded with explosives was driven into the AMIA center in a densely populated central area of Buenos Aires, also leaving 300 people wounded.

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Jul 18, 2019

'I miss their laughter': Grieving crash dad slams 'shameful' Boeing
Paul Njoroge, whose wife, three children and mother-in-law died in the March 10 Ethiopian Airlines disaster, testified before the US House Transportation and Infrastructure Aviation Subcommittee during a hearing on the state of aviation safety. "I miss their laughter, their playfulness, their touch," Njoroge said in his written testimony. The congressional hearings follow the global grounding of US manufacturer Boeing's MAX fleet after the Ethiopian crash and an earlier Lion Air MAX disaster in Indonesia.

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Jul 18, 2019

Ghosn sues Nissan and Mitsubishi for breach of contract: report
Former auto titan Carlos Ghosn, currently under house arrest in Tokyo, is suing Nissan and Mitsubishi in a Dutch court for "improper termination" of his contract, French newspaper Le Figaro reported Wednesday. Ghosn is accusing the Japanese manufacturers of breaching his contract as an employee of NMBV, their joint subsidiary based in the Netherlands, and seeking up to 15 million euros ($16.8 million) in damages, it said. The big-spending former chief of both Renault and its Japanese partner Nissan is awaiting trial in Japan on charges of financial misconduct.

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Trump rally crowd chants 'send her back' after president attacks Ilhan Omar
Chant follows Trump's racist tweets targeting Omar and three other Democratic congresswomen of colorGoaded on by the president, a crowd at a Donald Trump rally on Wednesday night chanted "send her back! send her back!" in reference to Ilhan Omar, a US congresswoman who arrived almost 30 years ago as a child refugee in the United States.Trump used the 2020 campaign rally in Greenville, North Carolina, to attack Omar and three other Democratic congresswomen - Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan - calling them "hate-filled extremists". The group, which calls itself "the Squad", has been the focus of racist attacks by the president this week, kickstarted by tweets posted Sunday in which he said the lawmakers, all women of color, should "go back" to other countries.Omar, of Minnesota, arrived in the United States at age eight as a refugee of war from Somalia. Ocasio-Cortez, Pressley and Tlaib were born in the United States.On 14 July Trump sent a series of tweets saying:"So interesting to see ‘Progressive' Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run. Why don't they go back and help fix the totally broken and c

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Jul 18, 2019

L. Bruce Laingen, top US diplomat held in Iran, dies at 96
L. Bruce Laingen, the top American diplomat at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran when it was overrun by Iranian protesters in 1979 and one of 52 Americans held hostage for more than a year, has died. Iran was in chaos in 1979, roiled by the departure of the Shah of Iran that January and the return a month later of the revolution's leader, Ayatollah Khomeini, a longtime religious leader in exile. The U.S. had supported the shah's regime and incurred the wrath of Iranian revolutionaries before and after the shah was overthrown.

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Jul 18, 2019

Acting DHS chief Kevin McAleenan faces barrage of lawmaker questions on migrant detention facilities
Acting DHS chief Kevin McAleenan will face questions on the separation of migrant families and conditions at overcrowded detention centers.

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Jul 18, 2019

Asylum seekers waiting in Nuevo Laredo fear lurking dangers
The round-faced woman from La Ceiba, Honduras, and her 5- and 12-year-old sons arrived in this city across the border from Laredo, Texas, where she had been promised a job and hoped to build a new life. As the United States tries to slow the flow of mostly Central American migrants and asylum seekers to its southern border and pressures Mexico to assist, months-long stays on the Mexican side of the frontier have become the rule for many. The U.S. government tells its own employees not to set foot in nearly all parts of the state.

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Jul 18, 2019

Billionaire Shows How Politics Might Really Work in Ukraine
(Bloomberg) -- In the Ukrainian town of Horishni Plavni, hundreds of people gathered at the Palace of Culture waiting for their man. He pulled up in a black Mercedes G Class SUV with his bodyguards and dashed to address a full house.When you employ almost a fifth of the population, pump millions into amenities and offer discount home loans, a hero's welcome is probably the least you expect even in the murky world of Ukrainian politics. But for billionaire Kostyantin Zhevago, keeping his faithful on board could end up meaning more than just reward for two decades as the local lawmaker with deep pockets.The company he controls, Ferrexpo, the world's third-biggest exporter of iron-ore pellets, is being examined by auditors for links to a charity that's suspected by local prosecutors of possible money laundering.For super-rich businessmen, retaining a seat in this weekend's election comes with benefits afforded to members of parliament: access to power, influence over the adoption of laws, and immunity from prosecution, not that Zhevago is being targeted by the authorities. Both he and Ferrexpo reject any suggestions the company acted improperly. The razzmatazz in Horishni Plavni gives a glimpse of how politics works in the former Soviet state where a television comedian, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, shot to power this year to become president.Read More: Comedian Raises Serious Questions for UkraineAlmost 200 seats - just under half of parliament - are being contested by oligarchs, sports stars, showbiz celebrities and

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Jul 17, 2019

Samantha Bee Shocked Kellyanne Conway Somehow Even ‘More Racist' Than Trump
TBSSamantha Bee didn't have time to cover all of President Trump's recent "racisms," instead choosing to zero in on his demand that four freshmen Congresswomen of color go back to the countries "from which they came." "Sadly, the only thing that should surprise anyone is that he wrote ‘from which they came' to avoid ending a sentence with a preposition," the Full Frontal host joked. "Way to go, Shakespeare, now return your head to the orifice from which it came." "Of course, it wasn't long before spokes-golem Kellyanne Conway leapt to his defense by somehow sounding more racist than her boss," Bee continued before playing the clip of the White House counselor literally responding to a reporter's question with, "What's your ethnicity?" "Fun fact," Bee said, "that's also how she answers the phone."  Seth Meyers Tears Into Cowardly Republicans Hiding from Racist Trump TweetsFrom there, she moved onto the resolution condemning Trump's remarks that passed the House with the support of only four Republican members. "So most House Republicans are A-OK with racism," Bee said, "which is great news if Biden is elected because at least he has a history of working with segregationists." The host spent the rest of her opening segment breaking down just how racist Trump's policies are, including his efforts to stop even legal immigration to the United States. "It's almost as if he doesn't like people from certain parts of the world or something," Bee said. "God, if only there were a word for t

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Jul 17, 2019

New York City removed 110 trash cans. Now garbage is overflowing and the rats are 'running wild'
Rats are populating the Upper West Side thanks to the removal of trash cans by the New York City Department of Sanitation.

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Jul 17, 2019

German Sea-Watch captain to face Italy prosecutor over migrants
German captain Carola Rackete, who sparked international headlines by forcibly docking in an Italian port with rescued migrants, faces questioning by an Italian prosecutor on Thursday over allegedly aiding illegal immigration. The captain of the Sea-Watch 3 is expected to be questioned in the southern Sicilian town of Agrigento from 10 am (0800 GMT). Rackete was arrested on June 29 for entering Italy's Lampedusa port despite a veto imposed by far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, and knocking a coast guard boat out of the way to land 40 migrants after over two weeks blocked at sea.

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Jul 17, 2019

Tucker Guest: ‘People of Color' Label Is Racist Because It Gives ‘Virtue' to Dark Skin
Moments after the crowd at President Trump's Wednesday night rally chanted "Send Her Back!" at Somalia-born Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), a guest on Fox News' Tucker Carlson Tonight argued that the term "people of color" should be done away with because it gives people with dark skin "special virtue."While airing the president's rally in the background, host Tucker Carlson invited conservative art critic and commentator Roger Kimball on to help decide whether or not America is a racist country."Is America more racist than it was five years ago? Ten years ago?" Carlson asked."Clearly not," Kimball replied, adding that both the country as a whole and college campuses are "less racist" than they ever have been. He then pivoted to taking aim at the four Democratic congresswomen of color that have recently been the target of racist attacks by Trump, calling them the "Juvenile Squad."Claiming that the young lawmakers—Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, and Ayanna Pressley—aren't really legislators but instead "burnishing their own celebrity," Kimball then issued a request."I wish they would give the phrase ‘people of color' a rest," he declared. "We need to retire that phrase because it is a racist phrase.""What does that mean?" Carlson asked."You are a nice color, Tucker," Kimball said. "I think of myself as being sort of a pleasing pink. But everyone has a color.""It is a racist term because the idea is that somehow you are trapped by your skin color,

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Jul 17, 2019

Trump fires up base as impeachment bid blocked in Congress
A fired-up Donald Trump took aim once more at Democratic lawmakers who "hate" America as he hit the campaign trail Wednesday, hours after an opposition bid to impeach the US president over "racist" attacks was shot down in Congress. Egging on a sea of supporters in Greenville, North Carolina, Trump reeled off the names of the ethnic minority congresswomen whom he has urged to "go back" to their countries of origin in a series of incendiary tweets. "These left-wing ideologues see our nation as a force of evil," charged Trump -- whose tweets were condemned as "racist" a day earlier by the House of Representatives, although a subsequent attempt to launch impeachment proceedings failed in the chamber.

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Jul 17, 2019

China Is Drafting Urgent Plan to Resolve Hong Kong Chaos, SCMP Says
(Bloomberg) -- Chinese officials in charge of Hong Kong affairs are working on an urgent strategy to solve the city's political chaos and have ruled out the use of military force, the South China Morning Post reported, citing unidentified people familiar with the discussions.They will soon present top leaders in Beijing with both an immediate plan to handle the mass protests and a longer-term strategy that could result in China overhauling its management of the former British colony, the newspaper said, without elaborating on a date.Beijing maintains that the crisis is best left for Hong Kong authorities to resolve and doesn't want to get directly involved, according to the report. Beijing has expressed public support for Chief Executive Carrie Lam throughout weeks of unrest and political gridlock, saying this week that it "firmly supports" her leadership.Lam on Monday vowed she would remain in office, after a Financial Times report said she had offered to resign but that Beijing insisted she stay and clean up "the mess she created."The Chinese officials also see Hong Kong's police force as key to maintaining stability, the newspaper said. Officers' tactics have come under fire after they used rounds of tear gas, rubber bullets, batons and pepper spray in dispersing the protests. Demonstrators have demanded an independent investigation into what they deem a use of excessive force, while opposition lawmakers have called for the resignation of security chief John Lee.Earlier: Hong Kong Police Tactics Under Fire as Legislature ResumesMainland officials want to avoid bloodshed and ensure the financial hub remains largely stable, the newspaper reported, citing the people fami

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Jul 17, 2019

Christ Cathedral, formerly Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, reopens after renovation
The former Crystal Cathedral in Orange County is newly remodeled, renamed and is now a Catholic church.

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Jul 17, 2019

Trump attacks on the 'Squad' an electoral gambit
Donald Trump tapped into a vein of grievance among white blue-collar and rural Americans to eke out a narrow victory in the 2016 US presidential election. Without a Democratic presidential candidate to focus on yet, the Republican chief executive has sought to make the four minority lawmakers known as the "Squad" the face of the Democratic Party. In tweets and remarks this week decried as racist by his opponents, Trump said the four should "go back" to their countries of origin if they are not happy here.

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Jul 17, 2019

New Jersey officer charged with murder in death of three-month-old daughter
A New Jersey police officer was arrested on Wednesday and charged with the murder of his three-month-old daughter, according to the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office.

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Jul 17, 2019

First US murder conviction overturned using DNA, family tree evidence
An American man was exonerated Wednesday for a decades-old murder he did not commit, using evidence based on DNA and a genetic family tree, the first such result using a revolutionary investigative technique. Christopher Tapp, 43, had served 20 of his 30-year sentence for the 1996 rape and murder of Angie Dodge. On Wednesday, a court in the state of Idaho completely overturned his conviction based on evidence found with "genetic genealogy" -- the technique used to identify the suspected "Golden State Killer" by making DNA matches with his distant relatives.

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Jul 17, 2019

US sets tight travel limitations for Iran's UN diplomats
The U.S. is tightly limiting travel by Iranian officials visiting or assigned to the United Nations, sparking concern from the world body. Representatives to the U.N. from Iran and some other countries have long had some limitations on their movements. Visiting officials, Iranian diplomats posted at the country's U.N. mission and their families now can travel only among Kennedy airport and three places in Manhattan: the mission, the Iranian ambassador's residence and a six-block radius that includes the U.N. headquarters, according to a diplomatic note sent Saturday to Iranian officials and seen by The Associated Press.

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Jul 17, 2019

House blocks maverick Democrat's Trump impeachment effort
The House easily killed a maverick Democrat's effort Wednesday to impeach President Donald Trump for his recent racial insults against lawmakers of color , a vote that provided an early snapshot of just how divided Democrats are over ousting him as the 2020 presidential and congressional campaigns rev up. Until now, just over 80 Democrats had publicly said they were open to starting an inquiry over removing Trump.

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Jul 17, 2019

Democratic-controlled House kills articles of impeachment against Trump
The House voted to kill a measure seeking to impeach President Donald Trump - the first vote on such a measure since Democrats took the majority and since the release of former special counsel Robert Mueller's report.

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Jul 17, 2019

Asylum ban may further strain immigrant detention facilities
A new policy to deny asylum to anyone who shows up on the Mexican border after traveling through another country threatens to exacerbate overcrowding at severely strained U.S. immigration detention centers and makeshift holding areas. Photos and video of Vice President Mike Pence's visit Friday to McAllen, Texas, showing men crammed behind chain-link fences offered the latest glimpse into squalid conditions at Customs and Border Protection facilities. The Border Patrol housed 900 people in an area with capacity for 125 in El Paso, Texas, according to a Department of Homeland Security's internal watchdog report on an unannounced visit in May. Inspectors saw detainees standing on toilets to gain breathing space.

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Jul 17, 2019

House holds 2 Trump officials in contempt in census dispute
The Democratic-controlled House voted Wednesday to hold two top Trump administration officials in contempt of Congress for failing to comply with subpoenas related to a decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. The House voted, 230-198, to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in criminal contempt. The vote, a political blow to the Trump administration, is largely symbolic because the Justice Department is unlikely to prosecute the two men.

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Jul 17, 2019

New Jersey judge who cited alleged rapist's 'good family' in court ruling steps down
Superior Court Judge James G. Troiano has drawn an intense backlash over his decision to bar prosecutors from bringing adult charges against the teen.

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Jul 17, 2019

Asylum seekers anxiously cross into U.S. as new policy kicks in
As a new Trump administration policy aimed at making almost all migrants ineligible for asylum at the U.S. southern border spread fear this week, those at the front of the line in Mexican border cities found the gates to the United States were still open, though they will face a much higher bar to stay. As the policy went into effect on Tuesday, migrants in Ciudad Juarez and other Mexican border towns were cautiously optimistic: U.S. officials were still moving down the list of asylum seekers, calling migrants to cross the bridge into the United States and apply.

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Jul 17, 2019

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

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Jul 17, 2019

House Vote to Repeal Obamacare Tax Shows Health Care Tension
(Bloomberg) -- The House voted overwhelmingly to repeal a tax Wednesday intended to fund the Affordable Care Act, preserving tax breaks for employer-sponsored insurance plans favored by large corporations.In a reversal of the usual partisan roles, Democrats rather than Republicans led the charge to kill a key part of Obamacare.The bill to repeal the levy commonly known as the "Cadillac tax" passed 419-6 with bipartisan support. The 40% excise tax on the most generous and expensive employer health-insurance plans was included in Obamacare as a measure that economists said would help curb health costs.Congress kept delaying its implementation so the tax has never actually been collected. Had it gone into effect, it would have hit about one in five employers that offer health benefits to their workers, according to estimates from the Kaiser Family Foundation.The vote to repeal the tax highlights the conflicting forces pulling at Democrats when campaigning versus legislating.Several of the party's presidential candidates led by Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren support replacing nearly all private insurance with a government-run system financed by tax increases. Former Vice President Joe Biden, the front-runner in the race, has a less sweeping plan to bolster Obamacare, but it still would offer a public health insurance option funded by tax hikes on the wealthy.But in Congress, Democrats and Republicans are facing pressure from labor unions and large companies to move in the opposite direction by

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Jul 17, 2019

Here's the Lineup for the Second Democratic Presidential Debate
(Bloomberg) -- The Democratic National Committee and CNN unveiled the list of candidates who will take part in the second presidential primary debates of the 2020 election.The debates will take place in Detroit on July 30 and 31 with 10 candidates on each stage. The group participating each night will be selected at random in a live draw on CNN on Thursday. Each night's slate will be designed to feature a mix of high-polling and low-polling contenders.Below are the candidates who have qualified based on the DNC rules.Joe Biden, former vice presidentCory Booker, U.S. senator from New JerseyPete Buttigieg, South Bend, Indiana, mayorJulian Castro, former secretary of Housing and Urban DevelopmentTulsi Gabbard, U.S. congresswoman from HawaiiKirsten Gillibrand, U.S. senator from New YorkKamala Harris, U.S. senator from CaliforniaJay Inslee, Washington governorAmy Klobuchar, U.S. senator from MinnesotaBeto O'Rourke, former U.S. congressman from TexasBernie Sanders, U.S. senator from VermontElizabeth Warren, U.S. senator from MassachusettsMarianne Williamson, spiritual healerAndrew Yang, entrepreneurMichael Bennet, U.S. senator from ColoradoTim Ryan, U.S. congressman from OhioJohn Hickenlooper, former Colorado governorBill de Blasio, New York City mayorJohn Delaney, former U.S. congressman from MarylandSteve Bullock: Montana governorTo qualify, the DNC required a threshold of at least 1% support in major polls, or 65,000 individual donations from at least 20 states. If more than 20 candidates qualified

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Jul 17, 2019

The Latest: Illinois jury goes home without sentence verdict
Jurors have gone home after a first day of deliberations without a decision on whether a former University of Illinois doctoral student should be put to death for slaying a young scholar from China. The jury withdrew to deliberate Wednesday afternoon after closing arguments in the death-penalty stage of the case against Brendt Christensen. The same jurors convicted him last month of killing Yingying Zhang.

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Jul 17, 2019

Alabama's Roy Moore lags in 2020 fundraising, Jones leads
Alabama Republican Roy Moore has raised less than $17,000 for his U.S. Senate race, according to quarterly campaign reports filed this week. The fundraising report covered only the opening few days of his campaign but show Moore is starting from a financial disadvantage in the high-profile 2020 race. Moore ran for the Senate seat in 2017 but lost the special election after several women accused him of sexual misconduct.

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Jul 17, 2019

House Rebuffs Democrat's Bid to Impeach Trump Over Tweets
(Bloomberg) -- The House blocked a Democratic member's bid to impeach President Donald Trump amid resistance from Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic leaders.In a 332-95 vote Wednesday, the House refused to advance Texas Democrat Al Green's impeachment resolution that cited the president's tweets against four freshman House Democrats, all women of color, and other comments denounced as racist. All of those who voted to move forward with the measure were Democrats."We have just received an overwhelming vote against impeachment and that's the end of it," Trump told reporters after the vote. "Let the Democrats get back to work."In the last Congress when Republicans controlled the House, Green twice tried to get a vote on articles of impeachment against Trump. Both attempts were soundly rejected, with many Democrats joining Republicans in opposition.Pelosi previously said that a number of Trump's actions could be impeachable, but she has urged caution and patience while House committees continue their investigations."We have six committees that are working on following the facts in terms of any abuse of power, obstruction of power, and the rest, that the president may have engaged in," Pelosi said Wednesday before the House action. "That is the serious path we are on."More than 70 Democrats have said they support impeachment, but most of those discussions have focused on potential abuses of presidential power and findings in former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report."I think this is an enough-is-enough situation

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The Latest: Construction gear nears Hawaii telescope protest
Police in riot gear are lined up on a road in Hawaii where an estimated 2,000 people are gathered to protest construction of a telescope on a mountain that some Native Hawaiians consider sacred. Hawaii County Managing Director Wil Okabe says officials on Wednesday closed a highway leading to the protest site so a convoy of construction equipment can be brought up Mauna Kea. Protesters are off to the side of the road, singing.

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Jul 17, 2019

Chappaquiddick 50 years on: The car crash that forever tarnished Ted Kennedy
He was the handsome young senator from an American political dynasty, widely tipped to win the White House. Heavily favoured to win the Democratic nomination for the presidency, Ted Kennedy looked set to square-off against Republican incumbent Richard Nixon at the 1972 election.But his hopes of emulating his older brother John F Kennedy were irreparably damaged 50 years ago.A car crash in Chappaquiddick would claim the life of a young female political campaigner and forever tarnish his reputation. Here The Independent examines the incident. What happened?On 18 July, 1969, Kennedy, aged 37 at the time, had been attending a party on Chappaquiddick Island, part of the affluent Massachusetts resort Martha's Vineyard.The Massachusetts senator had left the party with Mary Jo Kopechne, a 28-year-old political campaign specialist. He later testified at inquest that she had asked him to drop her back at a hotel.At around midnight, Kennedy's car swerved off a narrow, unlit bridge with no guardrails and plummeted into the Poucha Pond.He escaped the sinking saloon. Kopechne did not. Kennedy claimed he made several attempts to save her before giving up and returning to the party on foot.Later, he said he returned with two friends for another rescue attempt but that was foiled by the strong tide.Ten hours passed before the senator reported the incident to the police, minutes before Kopechne's body was recovered from the vehicle. John Farrar, the diver who recovered the corpse, said he believed sh

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Jul 17, 2019

Justice Department ends inquiry of hush-money payments in final months of Donald Trump's campaign, judge says
A federal judge said prosecutors concluded their investigations of possible campaign finance violations involving Michael Cohen.

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Jul 17, 2019

The Latest: Protesters mark anniversary of Garner's death
The Latest on the U.S. Justice Department's decision not to prosecute the officer involved in Eric Garner's death. Several hundred people marched in lower Manhattan to mark the five year anniversary of Eric Garner's death. The marchers on Wednesday chanted and held signs saying "I Can't Breathe," a reference to Garner's dying words, as they marched past federal courthouses.

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Jul 17, 2019

Unbowed, Trump intensifies attacks on four Democratic congresswomen
GREENVILLE, N.C./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump stepped up his vilification of four liberal lawmakers as un-American at a raucous rally on Wednesday, underscoring that the attacks will form a key part of his strategy for winning re-election in 2020. Despite criticism from Democrats that his comments about the four minority congresswomen are racist, Trump went on an extended diatribe about the lawmakers, saying they were welcome to leave the country if they did not like his policies on issues such as immigration and defending Israel. "So these Congresswomen, their comments are helping to fuel the rise of a dangerous, militant hard left," the Republican president said to roars from the crowd in North Carolina, a state seen as key to his re-election.

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Jul 17, 2019

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

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Jul 17, 2019

Arrested reporter slams conditions at US detention centers
A Spanish-language reporter who was recently released from immigration custody said Wednesday he was held for 15 months in detention centers that were plagued by insects and he had to bathe with cold water from water hoses. During a news conference, Manuel Duran discussed what he called inhumane conditions at immigration detention facilities in Louisiana and Alabama. Duran was released from an Alabama facility on bail last week as immigration courts consider his request for asylum.

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Jul 17, 2019

Man convicted for killing woman in front of her children
A man who served decades in prison for stabbing his wife 14 times in front of her daughter was convicted Wednesday in a nearly identical crime — stabbing a woman at least 11 times while her twin children watched. Albert Flick, 77, who was previously deemed too old to be a threat by a judge, was convicted in the 2018 death of Kimberly Dobbie. Both the attack, which was in front of a laundromat in broad daylight, and Flick's purchase two days earlier of two knives, were caught on surveillance video.

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Jul 17, 2019

Take a look inside a Charles Manson murder house on the market for $1.98M
The house of Leno and LaBianca Rosemary is back on the market almost 50 years after they were murdered by the cult serial killer and his followers.

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Jul 17, 2019

Prosecutors say father intentionally drove boys off pier
A man was charged Wednesday with capital murder after prosecutors say he drove his family off a Los Angeles pier, killing his two severely autistic sons. Ali Elmezayen (EL-mah-ZION) faces two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder and there's a special circumstance allegation that the killings were carried out for financial gain, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said. Elmezayen is in federal custody on insurance fraud charges related to the 2015 pier plunge.

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Jul 17, 2019

Parkland suspect allowed to skip hearings ahead of trial
Parkland school shooting defendant Nikolas Cruz will be allowed to skip many future court hearings as his planned trial draws closer in the 2018 massacre that left 17 people dead, a judge ruled Wednesday. Broward Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer granted the hearing waiver request by lawyers for Cruz, who faces the death penalty if convicted. In his most lengthy comments in court to date, Cruz told the judge he agrees with the decision.

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Jul 17, 2019

Florida officials play 'Baby Shark' on repeat to keep homeless people out of local park
West Palm Beach, Florida officials are playing "Baby Shark" and "Raining Tacos," on loop overnight in an effort to ward homeless people away.

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Jul 17, 2019

‘Daddy Bernie' Sanders Admits He Has Spoken With Cardi B
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) revealed Wednesday that he has recently spoken with Cardi B. Referring to the rapper's past remarks, including "vote for daddy Bernie," MSNBC host Ali Velshi asked the 2020 contender about Cardi's vocal support for his campaign. "I thank her very much for her support," Sanders responded. "I spoke to her a few weeks ago. She is very sharp and understands a lot about politics and a lot about history and I'm very appreciative to have her support."Cardi B recently tweeted: "I been reading about Bernie Sanders and I'm really sad how we let him down in 2016 This man been fighting for equal rights,HUMAN rights for such along time.Seeing this country become a better place been really his passion for a long time not a new front for a campaign."In a recent Teen Vogue interview, Cardi B said that she was still surveying options in the crowded 2020 Democratic primary field but added: "I'mma always go with Bernie. This is the thing, right? Bernie don't say things to be cool. Like, there's pictures of him being an activist from a very, very, very long time [ago]." At the time she also reportedly indicated that she was interested in long-shot Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH). A spokesperson for Sanders did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the nature of his conversation with Cardi B.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more

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Jul 17, 2019

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Jul 17, 2019

North Carolina father of 7 dies trying to save his drowning children at beach
A North Carolina father drowned Sunday while rescuing two of his youngchildren who were swept away by a wave while walking on a submerged jetty atWrightsville Beach

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Jul 17, 2019

AccuWeather Forecast: Severe storms expected
A flash flood watch is in effect through the overnight hours as some strong thunderstorms, remnants of Hurricane Barry, could bring heavy downpours to the Tri-State area.

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Jul 17, 2019

Lords Vote to Block Suspension of Parliament: Brexit Update
(Bloomberg) -- The U.K.'s House of Lords backed a move designed to make a no-deal Brexit more difficult by stopping the next prime minister from closing down Parliament. The plan won't become law until it has also been passed by members of Parliament in the Commons, where it is likely to face stronger opposition from pro-Brexit politicians.Key Developments:House of Lords passes amendment designed to stop next PM suspending Parliament to force through a no-deal split Pound rises Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay says chances of no-deal are under-priced Tory leadership favorite Boris Johnson Warns U.S. trade deal will take timeJohnson Warns U.S. Trade Deal Won't be Quick (8:25 p.m.)Tory leadership favorite Boris Johnson sought to manage expectations of how long a free-trade agreement with the U.S. might take after the U.K. leaves the EU."A deal with the U.S. is not going to be done in a trice," Johnson told a Tory hustings event in London. "It's not going to be something that adds several percentage points to U.K. GDP but it will substantially boost our GDP over time, but it's not something that's going to be done instantly."On Brexit, Johnson also said he believes the EU withdrawal agreement negotiated by Theresa May is "dead" and "needs to be junked."Johnson Won't Comment on Legislative Program (8:10 p.m.)Former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson declined to comment directly on the timing of a new legislative program announced by Queen Elizabeth II should he become prime minister.Traditionally a fresh legislative

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Jul 17, 2019

Drug makers flooded US with billions of opioid pills as epidemic surged, data shows
Statistics are a blow to country's biggest pharmaceuticals that paid millions of dollars in out of court settlementsPurdue sold $3bn of its high-strength branded drug, OxyContin, which in 2010, was about one-third of the opioid market by value at its peak. Photograph: Toby Talbot/APDrug makers and distributors flooded the US with more than 75bn opioid pills in the crucial years when the country's epidemic of painkiller addiction and deaths surged to record levels, according to previously secret data released by an American court.The publication of the Drug Enforcement Administration statistics is a blow to some of the country's biggest pharmaceutical firms that have paid hundreds of millions of dollars in out of court settlements in part to keep sealed evidence that they profiteered from escalating demand for opioids even as public health officials were declaring an epidemic.The database covers 2006 to 2012 when opioid prescriptions reached a peak of 282m a year, enough to supply every American adult with a month's worth of pills. By then, annual sales of narcotic painkillers had surged past $8bn.US district judge Dan Polster, in federal court in Cleveland, Ohio, is hearing about 2,000 civil cases brought by cities and counties coast-to-coast against opioid makers and distributors, wrapped into a giant case known as a multi-district litigation.He ordered the release of the data following a year-long legal battle by newspaper companies the Charleston Gazette-Mail in West

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Jul 17, 2019

White House kicks Turkey out of fighter jet project
Turkey will no longer participate in the F-35 program after receiving a Russian air defense system last week, the White House announced Wednesday.

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Jul 17, 2019

Woman killed while riding in SUV with husband was just minutes from home before shooting
'You have taken an angel from us' Saron James and her husband Cleveland had been married for 40 years before someone opened fire on their SUV and killed her.

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Jul 17, 2019

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Jul 17, 2019

Omar to Introduce Resolution Declaring Support for Anti-Israel BDS Movement
Representative Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) will introduce a resolution this week declaring support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which seeks to elevate the Palestinian negotiating position vis-a-vis Israel through an international pressure campaign."We are introducing a resolution . . . to really speak about the American values that support and believe in our ability to exercise our first amendment rights in regard to boycotting," Omar told Al-Monitor. "And it is an opportunity for us to explain why it is we support a nonviolent movement, which is the BDS movement."The announcement comes on the same day that the House Foreign Affairs Committee, on which Omar sits, plans to vote on another non-binding resolution explicitly condemning the BDS movement as an attempt to "undermine the two state solution" by demanding "concessions of one party alone and encourag[ing] Palestinians to reject negotiations in favor of international pressure."The anti-BDS resolution further notes that the movement's founder, Omar Bharghouti, has openly dismissed the possibility of reaching any settlement that allows the state of Israel to retain its sovereignty.Omar is expected to cast the lone vote against the anti-BDS resolution, further highlighting the divide between herself and the panel's older, more-established lawmakers, who have condemned her comments about Israel in the past.Representative Elliot Engel (D., N.Y.), the committee's

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Jul 17, 2019

Kamala Harris tops Joe Biden in new poll
New Quinnipiac California poll shows Sen. Kamala Harris leading former Vice President Joe Biden; reaction and analysis from Wall Street Journal editor James Freeman.

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Jul 17, 2019

Another top NRA staffer departs amid upheaval
The move comes one month after Chris Cox, the NRA's chief political architect, resigned.

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Jul 17, 2019

US confirms Turkey blocked from F-35 program after Russian missile purchase
The White House confirmed Wednesday that Turkey would no longer be permitted to take part in NATO's F-35 stealth fighter jet program after it purchased a Russian missile defense system. "Unfortunately, Turkey's decision to purchase Russian S-400 air defense systems renders its continued involvement with the F-35 impossible," White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said in a statement. The US-made F-35 Joint Strike Fighter "cannot coexist with a Russian intelligence collection platform that will be used to learn about its advanced capabilities," she said.

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Jul 17, 2019

US kicking NATO ally Turkey out of fighter program
In a significant break with a longtime NATO ally, the Trump administration on Wednesday said Turkey can no longer be part of the American F-35 fighter jet program. The White House did not say explicitly that Turkey will be kicked out of the F-35 program, but the Pentagon was expected to do so. Turkey makes numerous components for the stealth aircraft, which is sold internationally.

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Jul 17, 2019

Judge won't toss charges in Vietnamese tour leaders killing
Criminal charges will stand against a convicted felon facing a death penalty trial in the killings of two Vietnamese tour leaders at a Las Vegas Strip hotel, a judge said Wednesday. Clark County District Court Judge Michelle Leavitt upheld the indictment against Julius Damiano Deangilo Trotter, rejecting Trotter's attorney's argument that prosecutors improperly prevented a grand jury from hearing information that might have pointed to another suspect in the June 2018 stabbings. Prosecutor Bill Flinn said Trotter received proper notice that a grand jury was considering evidence against him, and Trotter could have testified but didn't.

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Jul 17, 2019

Afghan colonel killed in 'insider attack' near US forces
American troops opened fire after an "enemy insider" shot and killed an Afghan commander in central Afghanistan on Wednesday, officials said, in yet another deadly Taliban-claimed infiltration. According to the Afghan defence ministry, Colonel Mateen Mujtaba, who headed the 3rd army division in Ghazni province, was conducting a security assessment in Qarabagh district when an Afghan soldier started shooting. Mateen was "killed by an army soldier who was in fact an enemy insider," the defence ministry said in a statement.

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Jul 17, 2019

Gunmen in restaurant in northern Iraq kill Turkish diplomat
Unknown gunmen opened fire inside a Turkish-owned restaurant in the northern Iraqi city of Irbil on Wednesday, killing at least one Turkish diplomat stationed in Ankara's consulate and one Iraqi civilian, Turkish officials and Kurdish security forces said. The rare shooting in broad daylight jolted the normally quiet city and sent security forces into the streets in an effort to catch the perpetrators, who apparently got away. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan condemned the "hateful" attack targeting the Turkish consulate employees and said Turkey was pressing Iraqi and local authorities for the assailants to be apprehended quickly.

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Jul 17, 2019

Dozens of whales stranded on Georgia island remain at sea after rescue effort by beachgoers
Dozens of pilot whales beached themselves on a Georgia shore and most were rescued by authorities and onlookers.

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Jul 17, 2019

The Latest: Iran FM says US sanctions 'economic terrorism'
Mohammad Javad Zarif spoke Wednesday at a sustainable development forum. The U.S. re-imposed tough sanctions on Tehran's oil exports after withdrawing last year from the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and several world powers. The sanctions exacerbated an economic crisis that has sent Iran's currency plummeting.

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Jul 17, 2019

Top diplomat: Iran must build missiles for defense
Iran's foreign minister said Wednesday that his country has no choice but to manufacture missiles for defense purposes — comments that come after a remark by the top diplomat that seemed to suggest the missiles could be up for negotiations. Iran has long rejected negotiations over its ballistic missile program, which remains under the control of the Iranian paramilitary Revolutionary Guard that answers only to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The foreign minister's remarks seemed to suggest a possible opening for talks as tensions remain high between Tehran and Washington.

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Jul 17, 2019

Alexa and Google enabled smart plugs are just $5.75 each in this post-Prime Day sale
Prime Day is now behind us, but if you follow the BGR Deals team you know that'll hardly stop us from digging up all the best deals out there. And to be honest, the deal we're about to show you is just as good as -- if not BETTER than -- any similar deal that popped up on Prime Day. Gosund Mini Wifi Outlets are among the best-rated Wi-Fi smart plugs on Amazon. They work with an app, with Alexa, with Google Assistant, and even with IFTTT, just like expensive smart plugs. A 4-pack typically sells for $34, which is already a terrific price. Buy one right now on Amazon, however, and you'll only pay $22.99. That's just $5.75 per plug!Here's some additional info from the product page: * COMPATIBILITY: Works flawlessly with Alexa, Google Assistant & IFTTT. No hub required. Requires Android 4.4 or above & IOS 8 or above. * AROUND THE GLOBE: No matter where you are, turn on/off home electronics. Manage up to 50 electronic appliances - one electronic appliance per smart plug. * FEATURES: Set timer, share with family members or create schedule. These features will make your life easier and smarter. * INSTALLATION & ROI: Plug in the Smart Plug, download app & follow very easy steps. Effective use of smart plugs helps reduce electricity bills. * CERTIFICATION & WARRANTY: ETL certification ensures complete protection. If you face any technical issue, feel free to us, we will try our best to help you. With Gosund smart plug gets 12-Month limited warranty.

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Jul 17, 2019

Eric Garner's mother speaks out on anniversary of his death
Eric Garner's mother urged the New York City police commissioner to fire the officer accused of using a chokehold in the death of her son, as she marked the five-year anniversary of her loss Wednesday. Gwen Carr spoke the day after the U.S. Department of Justice announced that it would not prosecute the officer. "There is no justice for Eric," she added.

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Jul 17, 2019

Senator Tim Kaine Calls on FBI to Open Khashoggi Investigation
Yasin Akgul/GettySenator Tim Kaine (D-VA) is calling on the Federal Bureau of Investigation to open an investigation into the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, the Washington Post journalist and Virginia resident who was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul after going missing in October 2018. "This investigation is more important than ever to achieve true accountability and justice for this horrific crime," Kaine said in a letter to FBI Director Chris Wray on Wednesday, which was obtained by The Daily Beast. The Senator called Khashoggi's killing a "state sponsored execution" by Saudi Arabia and requested written notification by August 1 from the FBI as to whether this investigation will take place. The FBI did not immediately respond to a request for comment on this story.Kaine's letter to Wray comes just weeks after the United Nations published a report on its six-month investigation into Khashoggi's killing. In that report, the UN Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard called Khashoggi's dissapearance an "international crime" and said she found "credible evidence" that his murder was linked to the Saudi crown prince Mohammad Bin Salman. The CIA has also concluded with "high confidence" that the crown prince ordered the killing of Khashoggi.Like Kaine, Callamard also recommended that the FBI open a probe "into the execution of Mr. Khashoggi, if one is not already open, and pursue criminal prosecutions within the United States, as appropriate." U.N. Reveals Contents of Secret Tape of Khashoggi's Brutal Last Moments

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Jul 17, 2019

Dilemmas for West as Iran's arrests of dual nationals mount
Notorious for its conditions, Tehran's Evin prison is proving to be a headache for Western governments as a rising number of dual nationals are detained in what many see as a ruthless diplomatic strategy. Fariba Adelkhah, a well-known academic with French and Iranian nationality, has been held in the prison in north Tehran since early June on charges that have not been disclosed.

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Jul 17, 2019

Citing Brexit, Ireland to oppose EU move to scrap spring/autumn time change
Ireland will oppose an EU proposal to stop moving the bloc's clocks forward by an hour in spring and back again in the autumn, as it fears Brexit could otherwise leave the island split into two time zones. The European Union has observed the practice of daylight saving time since 2001.

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Jul 17, 2019

Meghan McCain Blasts George Conway, Claims She Wouldn't Let Her Husband Say Racist Comments
The View's Meghan McCain made it clear on Wednesday that she is not a fan of George Conway, the husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway. And she brought up her own marriage to The Federalist's publisher Ben Domenech as a comparison point.With the panel discussing Kellyanne Conway bizarrely asking a White House reporter what his ethnicity is after he asked a question about President Donald Trump's racist attacks on congresswomen of color, McCain immediately targeted the top Trump aide's husband, who has been an outspoken critic of the president on Twitter and op-ed pages.Calling Kellyanne's comments "tone-deaf," the conservative View host said her message to George was to start his Trump criticism at home, prompting the audience to applaud. McCain then contrasted her marriage to that of the Conways."If me and my husband were together—no, I'm sick of this," she exclaimed. "He gets on his high horse on Twitter all day long. If I felt like my husband were getting on TV and saying racist comments and things like this, and I was so outraged, we would be having a conversation."After liberal co-host Joy Behar noted that they don't know what goes on in the Conways' home, McCain replied that we actually do because they've given joint interviews to major newspapers in the past."I do think what she's doing is abhorrent right there and I don't understand why asking anyone their ethnicity in any situation, let alone in front of the White House," she conti

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Jul 17, 2019

What Rare Earths Tell Us about China's Competitive Strategy
The recent debate over whether or not China will carry through on its threats to stop exporting rare earth minerals to the United States is an important one. It raises deeply unsettling questions about the strength of America's defense industrial supply chain. But Beijing's monopolization of the global rare earths industry gives it far more than a card to play in an escalating trade war. The game is far bigger and the stakes higher than even many national-security experts seem to realize.In the minds of Chinese strategists, this issue is ultimately about which nation, China or America, wins the central struggle of the twenty-first century, the race for world leadership. Obviously, they intend to win and to win big.The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) considers rare earths to be essential for growing China's power and eclipsing the United States. Official Chinese propaganda outlets recently called rare earths "strategic resources" for the "six new technology groups" that Beijing sees as engines of China's future strength. These include information technology, medical technology, new materials, new energy sources, space technology, and advanced shipbuilding. According to the report, a major breakthrough in the application of rare earths is being made every five years, and one out of every six new inventions involves these minerals.

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Jul 17, 2019

Feds' probe into Trump hush money payments is over, judge says
At issue is an investigation led by the Southern District of New York connected to Michael Cohen.

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Jul 17, 2019

UK raises alarm after mother held by Iran is taken to mental ward
London demanded the immediate release Wednesday of a jailed British-Iranian aid worker whose husband said she has been transferred to the mental ward of a public hospital in Tehran. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe's case has roiled Britain's relations with the Islamic republic since her 2016 arrest and conviction on sedition charges over which she has held a series of hunger strikes. "We are extremely concrned about Nazanin's welfare and call for her immediate release," Prime Minister Theresa May's spokesman said.

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Jul 17, 2019

Fox News' Brian Kilmeade Complains That Calling Trump a Racist ‘Is Personally Offensive'
The morning after the House of Representatives voted to condemn President Donald Trump's racist comments against a group of Democratic congresswomen of color, Fox & Friends' Brian Kilmeade complained that it is "personally offensive" to call the president a racist.Discussing Tuesday's chaos on the House floor when Republicans logged parliamentary objections against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for reading the title of the resolution—which labels the president a racist—Kilmeade sided clearly with the GOP.Noting that Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) at one point abandoned the chair as speaker pro tempore during Tuesday's debate, over the lack of civility, Kilmeade then brought up Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) filing a complaint against Pelosi."Congressman Collins is going by the manual of parliamentary practice that Thomas Jefferson put into play, which is a person is not supposed to use language personally offensive to the president," the Fox & Friends co-host declared.He then offered his own personal thoughts on the matter."I believe calling the president a racist is personally offensive but that's just my judgment and the manual also said that members cannot accuse the president of having made bigoted or racist statements," Kilmeade exclaimed. "So therefore, precedent set, Collins is 100 percent right."Interestingly, while the Fox News personality feels it is derogatory and insulting to call the president racist for telling women of color to "go back" to where

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Jul 17, 2019

Apollo 11: The strange things that happened in the hours as astronauts headed for Moon landing
On this day 50 years ago, the Apollo astronauts who were being hailed as heroes didn't have all that much to do. They were a central part of a mission watched around the world, one which would define the century that followed, and which required intensive intelligence and ingenuity beyond our imagining - but at the moment they were engaged in housekeeping and sleeping.Now is the anniversary of perhaps the most unusual part of the Moon mission: that intermediate period after astronauts had completed the all-important liftoff, and as they waited, quietly drifting through space, on their way to the Moon.The launch happened on 16 July, 1969. The landing happened four days later, on 20 July.Between those days were a strange and eerie silence, filled with activities that would be humdrum were they not happening inside of the most ambitious activity ever launched by humankind.As the three astronauts - Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins - floated serenely through space, they began to think about what would happen at Earth. They were travelling at immense speed which meant that they had left the Earth quicker than many of those who had come along to watch would be able to get out of the parking lots they'd viewed it from."As we proceed outbound, this number will get smaller and smaller until the tug of the Moon's gravity exceeds that of the Earth's and then we will start speeding up again," Collins later said. "It's hard to believe that we are on

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Jul 17, 2019

How missing 2-year-old Michigan girl was reunited with her family
"I asked her if she wanted to go see mommy and she lit up - she came right to me and gave me a big hug," said Lt. Brandon Kieft, a first responder.

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Jul 17, 2019

Ocasio-Cortez on Trump's attack: 'There is no bottom to the barrel of vitriol'
As the president continued his attack against four Democratic congresswomen of color, the self-proclaimed "Squad" say that they will not be distracted by him.

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Jul 17, 2019

Pakistan arrests US-wanted terror suspect in Mumbai attacks
Pakistan on Wednesday arrested a radical cleric and U.S.-wanted terror suspect implicated in the 2008 Mumbai attacks, officials said, just days ahead of Prime Minister Imran Khan's trip to Washington. Hafiz Saeed was taken into custody in Punjab province while traveling from the eastern city of Lahore to the city of Gujranwala, according to counterterrorism official Mohammad Shafiq. Saeed founded the Lashkar-e-Taiba group, which was blamed for the Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people.

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Jul 17, 2019

From Iraq to Yemen, drones raise U.S. alarm over Iranian plans
GENEVA/WASHINGTON, July 17 (Reuters) - The increased use of drones by Iran and its allies for surveillance and attacks across the Middle East is raising alarms in Washington. The United States believes that Iran-linked militia in Iraq have recently increased their surveillance of American troops and bases in the country by using off-the-shelf, commercially available drones, U.S. officials say.

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Jul 17, 2019

A Military Flyboard Doesn't Make Any Sense
They're not useful on the battlefield—even if France might think otherwise.

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Ukraine's Russian-speaking president gives glimmer of hope to war-torn east
DONETSK/SLOVYANSK, Ukraine, July 17 (Reuters) - In one of his first acts as Ukrainian president, comedian-turned-politician Volodymyr Zelenskiy held out a symbolic olive branch to people in Ukraine's mostly Russian-speaking Donbass region, by switching from Ukrainian to Russian. Language was a factor in the outbreak of the conflict in 2014, with Russian speakers in Donbass saying they feared Kiev would impose the Ukrainian language on them.

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Jul 17, 2019

New York businesswoman and Jamaican immigrant Scherie Murray launches campaign to unseat Ocasio-Cortez
"There's a crisis in Queens and it's called AOC," said Scherie Murray, a Republican businesswoman who is challenging Ocasio-Cortez in 2020.

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Jul 17, 2019

Woman Gets 1993 Postcard From Hong Kong Because Snail Mail Takes Time
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Jul 17, 2019

Ukraine says transport organizer of missile that shot down MH-17 plane in jail
Ukraine said on Wednesday a rebel who organized the trailer carrying the missile that shot down a Malaysian airliner in 2014 had been captured two years ago and was now serving a sentence in Ukraine. Malaysia Airlines Flight MH-17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was shot out of the sky over eastern Ukraine during a rebellion by Russian-backed separatists, killing all 298 people on board. A Dutch-led team of investigators has blamed Russia for supplying the surface-to-air missile that shot it down.

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Jul 17, 2019

Attack in restaurant in northern Iraq kills Turkish diplomat
A gunman opened fire inside a Turkish-owned restaurant in the northern Iraqi city of Irbil on Wednesday, killing at least one Turkish diplomat stationed in Ankara's consulate, Turkey's state-run news agency and Iraqi media said. The rare shooting in broad daylight jolted the normally quiet city and sent security forces into the streets in an effort to catch the perpetrator, who apparently got away. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan condemned the "hateful" attack targeting the Turkish consulate employees and said Turkey was pressing Iraqi and the local authorities for the assailants to be apprehended quickly.

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Jul 17, 2019

The Latest: De Blasio says officer entitled to due process
The Latest on the U.S. Justice Department's decision not to prosecute the officer involved in Eric Garner's death. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says the officer who placed a chokehold on Eric Garner exactly five years ago is entitled to due process under state law. De Blasio said Wednesday the decision whether to fire Officer Daniel Pantaleo (pan-tuh-LAY'-oh) is up to Police Commissioner James O'Neill.

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