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Published: Sat, 24 Jun 2017 11:33:23 -0400

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‘American democracy is under attack’: Sanders urges vigilance against Trump’s ‘authoritarianism’

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:05:36 -0400

(image) Bernie Sanders delivered his scathing critique of the Trump administration in a speech discussing the threat of authoritarianism in the U.S. and elsewhere.



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Judge: Another Mistrial in Case Against Former Officer in Deadly Ohio Shooting

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:36:45 -0400

(image) A mistrial was declared Friday in the retrial of former University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing, who was accused of murder and manslaughter in the 2015 shooting death of Samuel DuBose, an unarmed black motorist.



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Senate GOP health care bill looks a lot like ‘mean’ House one

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 12:43:05 -0400

(image) After weeks of secret negotiations, Senate Republicans on Thursday released their much-anticipated proposal to repeal Obamacare, unveiling a plan that would cut Medicaid and reduce penalties for not buying insurance. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said the House plan would result in 23 million fewer people covered than under current law. “From what I understand their bill tracks in many ways along the lines of the House bill,” said House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis.



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Al-Jazeera manager denounces Gulf demands for its shutdown

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:49:22 -0400

(image) DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A top Al-Jazeera official on Friday denounced demands to shut down the network by countries involved in a dispute with its host nation Qatar as an attempt to suppress free expression.



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Mourners remember U.S. student held prisoner by North Korea

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:21:03 -0400

(image) Thousands of friends and family members gathered in suburban Cincinnati on Thursday to say goodbye to an American student who died days after returning to the United States in a coma following 17 months in captivity in North Korea. Otto Warmbier, 22, was arrested in the reclusive communist country while visiting as a tourist. Some 2,500 mourners attended a Thursday morning memorial at Wyoming High School.



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Crash that killed teenage siblings so horrific emergency responder went into cardiac arrest

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:03:54 -0400

(image) An emergency response volunteer went into cardiac arrest while helping to remove bodies from the scene of a “horrific” car accident in which two teenage siblings and a 70-year-old man were killed. Eric Neibaur, 15, and his 13-year-old sister Lauren Neibaur died when their pick-up truck collided with Jay Lanningham’s vehicle on a major road in the US state of Idaho. Police said a member of the local search and rescue unit had to be revived with a portable defibrillator after his heart stopped at the scene of the crash, reported the Idaho State Journal.



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Police drag protesters away from McConnell’s office in ‘die-in’ against Medicaid cuts

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:53:16 -0400

(image) Police forcibly removed protesters who had pretended to die in Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office after he unveiled the Better Care Reconciliation Act on Thursday morning.



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Protesters to target Gay Pride marches

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:37:00 -0400

(image) Protesters plan to demonstrate at Gay Pride marches this weekend in order to shine a light on minority groups in the LQBT community.



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FCC Regulators Are Now Imposing Record Fines for Robocalls

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:47:38 -0400

(image) A Miami man is facing a record $120 million fine for what the FCC calls a massive spoofing operation. He allegedly made 96 million robocalls over a three month period.



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US special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan quits post

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 01:39:51 -0400

(image) Washington's special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan stepped down on Friday, just as the United States is preparing to send thousands more troops to the region. A senior State Department official told AFP that acting special representative Laurel Miller left the post without a replacement being named. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Miller is returning to a position at the Rand Corporation and that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has not yet decided what to do with post.



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'Pizzagate' gunman in DC sentenced to 4 years in prison

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:04:49 -0400

(image) WASHINGTON (AP) — An online conspiracy theory dubbed "pizzagate" ended Thursday with real-world consequences when a North Carolina man was sentenced to prison for arming himself with an assault rifle, traveling to the nation's capital and firing his weapon inside a neighborhood pizza restaurant.



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British Schoolboys Wear Skirts During Heatwave in Uniform Protest

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:54:32 -0400

(image) A group of teenage boys in England wore skirts to school during sweltering heat in defiance of their school's shorts ban.



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Anger in Mosul as Islamic State destroys historic mosque

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:31:57 -0400

(image) By Kawa Omar and Ahmed Rasheed MOSUL/BAGHDAD, Iraq (Reuters) - The leaning al-Hadba minaret that towered over Mosul for 850 years lay in ruins on Thursday, demolished by retreating Islamic State militants, but Iraq's prime minister said the act marked their final defeat in the city. "In the early morning, I climbed up to the roof of my house and was stunned to see the Hadba minaret had gone," Nashwan, a day-laborer who lives near the mosque, said by phone. The demolition came on Wednesday night as Iraqi forces closed in on the mosque, which carried enormous symbolic importance for Islamic State (IS).



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News outlets 'banned from filming' Jared Kushner during visit to Israel

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:28:38 -0400

(image) Journalists were ordered not to photograph Jared Kushner while he is in Israel on a quick visit trying to broker a peace deal for father-in-law Donald Trump. It is unclear at this time who gave the order, but reports indicate that an Associated Press cameraman was prevented from filming Mr Kushner's arrival at the office of Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu. Another cameraman was told to delete the memory card in his camera, which reportedly contained images of Mr Kushner's arrival and from Mr Netanyahu's office.



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Here’s Why That Harley/Ducati Rumor is BS

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:13:38 -0400

(image) Here’s Why That Harley/Ducati Rumor is BS Combination of brands could be successful but is unlikely to ever occur On Wednesday we posted a story about rumors that Harley-Davidson may be interested in purchasing Italian brand Ducati , the latter being the



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US Navy to hold Japan memorial for sailors killed in crash

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 07:27:13 -0400

(image) The US navy said Friday it will hold a memorial ceremony for seven sailors killed when their destroyer collided with a container ship off Japan's coast last weekend. The service will be held on Tuesday at the naval base in Yokosuka, southwest of Tokyo, where the badly damaged destroyer USS Fitzgerald is based, a navy spokeswoman said. The sailors' relatives, US military officials and some 300 crew members of the guided-missile warship will join the private event, she added, without releasing other details.



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Second mistrial declared in killing of black man by ex-Cincinnati cop

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:12:32 -0400

(image) For the second time, a mistrial was declared in the murder trial of a white former University of Cincinnati police officer who fatally shot a black motorist during a traffic stop. Officer Ray Tensing shot once, hitting 43-year-old Samuel DuBose in the head after stopping him for a missing front license plate on his car in July 2015, a body camera worn by Tensing showed. A mistrial was declared last November after jurors could not agree on a verdict.



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Female Japan politician resigns after attacking male aide

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 05:12:45 -0400

(image) Mayuko Toyota, a 42-year-old Harvard graduate and up-and-coming member of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), can be heard screaming at the unnamed aide, saying he should die as she mocked his thinning hair. "Don't damage my reputation anymore," Toyota screams, apparently in response to a mistake she claims the man had made. Major Japanese media, including public broadcaster NHK, named Toyota as the woman heard on the tape.



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States won't rush approval of Yellowstone grizzly hunts

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 18:26:15 -0400

(image) HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on removing Yellowstone region grizzly bears from federal protections (all times local):





Separate blasts kill 40 in Pakistan: police

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:51:53 -0400

(image) By Gul Yusufzai and Javed Hussain QUETTA/PARACHINAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - Bombs killed at least 40 people in Pakistan on Friday, with a suicide car bomber killing 13 in the southwestern city of Quetta, and two blasts later claiming at least 27 lives in the northwestern town of Parachinar, officials said. A separate gun attack on police in the southern megacity of Karachi killed four officers on Friday evening, a security official said. Seven police officers were among those killed in the first attack, in Quetta, which happened when police stopped the car to search it at a checkpoint.



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China's Xi visit to Hong Kong confirmed: report

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 02:10:56 -0400

(image) President Xi Jinping will come to Hong Kong next week to mark 20 years since the city was handed back to China by Britain, local media said, in a visit that will be incendiary to activists. Although widely expected, officials have not so far said whether Xi will make the trip, his first to Hong Kong since becoming president in 2013. The South China Morning Post reported for the first time Friday that Xi's visit had been "confirmed", citing unnamed sources with knowledge of the visit.



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Man invents tsunami sensor, internet obsesses over his dog

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:47:44 -0400

(image) This pensive dog upstaged his owner and wasn't even aware of it. SEE ALSO: Friendly island doggo followed a street view mapper and photobombed all his shots Inventor Jerry Paros posed for a photograph for an article in the publication Nature about his invention — an ultra precise quartz sensor that could contribute to an early-warning system designed to detect shifts in the sea floor that cause tsunamis. Tsunamis are caused primarily by earthquakes that occur in the seafloor, since rapid shifts in elevation can generate waves that cross oceans in a matter of several hours. In 2011, a massive tsunami hit northern Japan following a magnitude 9.0 earthquake off the coast, resulting in the meltdown of nuclear reactors at the Fukashima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. The article and the photograph were shared on Nature's Twitter page.  Meet the man hoping to transform the way we gather data from the seafloor to detect the next big earthquake: https://t.co/GmICfBMSDR pic.twitter.com/zvRlwpyADX — Nature News&Comment (@NatureNews) June 21, 2017 While many found the article interesting, most people were busy obsessing over Paros' photobombing canine companion. Yeah that's interesting and all but can we talk about the DOG ON THE DESK! — Weird Science News (@GCweirdscience) June 22, 2017 the dog looks philosophical. the dog must think about how to save this world from natural disasters. great dog. — SaveSouthKorea (@SaveSouthKorea) June 21, 2017 PLEASE PROVIDE DOG NAME. And, is he a good boy? — Bepps, The (@l_____88_____l) June 21, 2017 Wow look at the picture on the desk! pic.twitter.com/GS8cIHYvRx — Sojiro (@The_clark_Side) June 21, 2017 pic.twitter.com/f37p3lsdUt — Jon (@jonheheman) June 21, 2017 No doubt @Paroscientific #earthquake research important. But am mostly obsessed by doggo looking out the window in the pic #dogsoftwitter https://t.co/i3DJAU6D5F — Amanda Cronkhite (@abcronkhite) June 21, 2017 Please can we talk about this man's dog — Stefan (@StefanRautnbach) June 21, 2017 Ok but interview that dog. — Ashley (@ashcech) June 21, 2017 Not one word in this article about the man's dog.  — ♥️ (@LoveRunandPray) June 21, 2017 Dog is studying squirrels behavior and how subtle changes in behavior predict seismic activity. — Luminous Numinous (@LuminousNumino1) June 22, 2017 Twitter has spoken. We need to know more about that doggo. (H/T Twitter Moments) WATCH: This drone will play with your dog



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John Oliver sued

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 05:49:06 -0400

(image) The host of HBO's Last Week Tonight is in legal turmoil following comments he made about coal magnate, Robert Murray.



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Man walks free after federal judge tosses murder conviction

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 18:50:52 -0400

(image) NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Set free after 36 years in prison for a murder conviction that took decades to unravel, John Floyd donned a black T-shirt bearing the word "justice" Thursday before leaving the courthouse where a federal judge formally signed off on his release.



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Michelle Carter Spotted First Time In Public After Guilty Verdict

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:11:37 -0400

(image) Photos of the 20-year-old Massachusetts woman, who encouraged her boyfriend to kill himself, were posted by Daily Mail on Thursday.



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US Energy Secretary Rick Perry told he lacks 'fundamental understanding' of climate science

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 03:57:00 -0400

(image) The American Meteorological Society has told Rick Perry he lacks a ‘fundamental understanding’ of science after the US Energy Secretary claimed carbon dioxide was not a primary cause of climate change. The former governor of Texas told CNBC TV that “the most likely the primary control knob [for climate change] is the ocean waters and this environment that we live in”, rather than greenhouse gas emissions produced by human activity. Becoming the latest of Donald Trump’s administration to dispute established science without any attempt at reasoned argument, Mr Perry also said it was “quite all right” to be a sceptic about climate change, suggesting the trait was one held by any “wise, intellectually engaged person”.



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The Mautes of the Philippines: from monied family to Islamic State

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 01:04:45 -0400

(image) By Raju Gopalakrishnan and Manuel Mogato MANILA/MARAWI CITY, Philippines (Reuters) - Before they formed one of the most dreaded militant groups in the Philippines and pledged loyalty to Islamic State, the Mautes were a wealthy, political family in the southern region of Mindanao, largely influenced by the matriarch, Farhana. Soft-spoken and reserved, 60-year-old Farhana Maute owns property in Mindanao and in Manila, and runs a construction business, say people who know the family and security analysts who have scrutinized its background.



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Trump signs law to make VA more accountable for vets' care

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 19:07:51 -0400

(image) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed a bill into law Friday that will make it easier for the Department of Veterans Affairs to fire employees, part of a push to overhaul an agency that is struggling to serve millions of military vets.



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This Super Common Beauty Product Could Be Linked to Breast Cancer

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 06:41:03 -0400

(image) A new study conducted by Rutgers School of Public Health found a connection between hair dye and relaxer usage and an increased chance of developing breast cancer. The results show that way these products affect you has a lot to do with your race. The study found that African-American women who used dark brown or black hair dyes saw a 51 percent increased risk of developing breast cancer. These products also led to a 72 percent increase specifically in estrogen-positive ...



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Luisa Ortega: Venezuelan prosecutor defying president

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:34:11 -0400

(image) Her enemies have branded her insane, but those close to Venezuela's Attorney General Luisa Ortega say her defiance of the government over the country's deadly political crisis is pure courage. A longtime sympathizer of the socialist movement that brought President Nicolas Maduro to power, Ortega, 59, says her relatives have received threats in recent weeks since she has emerged as the biggest challenge to his authority. In return, Maduro's allies have set the machinery of the state judiciary in motion against her.



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NASA's Curiosity rover has a pet rock on Mars

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:22:58 -0400

Mars is probably a pretty lonely place.  The red planet is littered with rusty red rocks and, as far as we know, devoid of any kind of life. But even so, rovers still roam the surface of the world on humanity's behalf, making their solitary treks along previously unexplored paths.  And sometimes, they make friends.  SEE ALSO: NASA photo captures the loneliness of the Mars Curiosity rover NASA's Curiosity rover — which has been exploring the red planet's Gale Crater since 2012 — appears to have a little pet rock caught in one of its wheels.  The rock got stuck in the right front wheel at some point in the last couple weeks, but scientists aren't exactly sure when it started hitching a ride because the rover doesn't snap photos of its wheels every day. Sol 1729 and 1730 MAHLI images of the hitchhiker rock pic.twitter.com/m5SEYXyrep — Lars (@LarsTheWanderer) June 19, 2017 This isn't the first time a rock has gotten caught in Curiosity's shoe, according to Emily Lakdawalla, a planetary scientist writing a book about the rover. Lakdawalla said that NASA and other interested folks back on Earth keep an eye on Curiosity's wheels and the rocks that might pop up in them as it roams the Martian surface. Scientists also spotted another rock, which appeared in that same right front wheel starting in January and disappearing by April, according to Ashwin Vasavada, a Curiosity project scientist.  The current pet rock was seen in photos taken on Sol (Mars day) 1729 and 1730, which translates to June 17 and June 18 on Earth.  "We don’t exactly know how the rocks get in the wheels, but it’s likely that they can hop in as the wheels (and heavy rover) break rocks and sink into the soil around loose rocks," Vasavada said via email. As for the rock's effect on Curiosity's wheels, it seems to be pretty benign.  MARS FACT: All rocks on Mars are freeloading stowaways. pic.twitter.com/m8nSdVUXE4 — SarcasticRover (@SarcasticRover) June 20, 2017 The rocks are small and relatively soft, Vasavada said, so they shouldn't pose too much of an issue to the long-running rover's movements. However, it's always possible that something unexpected could happen.  "There are some bad scenarios, such as when a rock gets jammed and makes a larger hole in a wheel, or if a rock interferes with some cables that run to the wheel motors," Vasavada said. "But we don’t think those are credible problems with these small rocks." Scientists have Curiosity take these photos of its wheels to keep an eye on any holes that have developed in the rover's machinery.  The holes in Curiosity's wheels are a sign of the wear and tear the rover has taken on during its years of work on the red planet, but for the moment, the worn wheels are still functioning well.  And hey, at least Curiosity has a friend. WATCH:[...]


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Couple Arrested After Mom Allegedly Breastfeeds Daughter While Drinking, Smoking at Bar

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:57:00 -0400

(image) Shari Tremba and Michael Trosclair were charged with neglect of a dependent in a situation that endangers the dependent and with public intoxication.



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White police officer shoots off-duty black officer in St Louis

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 06:30:00 -0400

(image) A black off-duty police officer has been shot by a white colleague who “feared for his safety” in the US. The St Louis Metropolitan Police Department described the shooting as a “friendly fire incident” but the injured officer’s lawyer said he had been “automatically feared” as a black man. Acting police commissioner Lawrence O’Toole said officers were pursuing a stolen car when three suspects inside opened fire on Wednesday night.



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Trump reaches out to lawmakers on healthcare as another says 'no'

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 19:17:00 -0400

(image) By Jeff Mason and Yasmeen Abutaleb WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump made calls to fellow Republicans in the U.S. Senate on Friday to mobilize support for their party's healthcare overhaul while acknowledging the legislation is on a "very, very narrow path" to passage. Five Republican senators have announced they will not support the bill, which is designed to repeal and replace Obamacare, in its current form. White House officials said on Friday that Trump has been in touch with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and made calls on Thursday and Friday to other lawmakers.



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Rolling sequoia: Idaho tree tied to John Muir set for move

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 21:09:03 -0400

(image) BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Not very often does a 10-story-tall, 800,000-pound landmark change locations. Especially one that's alive.



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Syria regime penetrates IS-held eastern province: monitor

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:32:13 -0400

(image) Syrian regime forces on Friday broke into the eastern Deir Ezzor province for the first time since 2014, a monitor said, after seizing territory from Islamic State group jihadists. Government forces control part of Deir Ezzor city and the adjacent military airport, but IS holds the vast desert province and most of the provincial capital. "Backed by Iranian, Lebanese and Iraqi fighters, the Syrian army entered Deir Ezzor province from the southeast, near the Iraqi border," said Rami Abdel Rahman, who heads the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.



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McDonald's unveils Minions-themed menu, and nope, nope, nope, nope, nope

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 18:56:36 -0400

(image) Minions mania is a craze we still somehow cannot escape. McDonald's is the latest company to fall victim to this — dare we say — Minion monstrosity. SEE ALSO: We're McLosing it over this very chill McDonald's dessert invention Per Delish, ahead of Despicable Me 3, McDonald's has unveiled a selection of Minion-themed food items and Happy Meal toys at certain Singapore restaurants. If your stomach and tastebuds are down for a rough night, then the following items are now available to try: 1. Minion potatoes It's that time of the year again  Okay guys, You've got to admit these are sooooo adorable?!? So I tried the new Minion potatoes and they are basically mashed potatoes encased in a hashbrown-like exterior. Taste wise, they just taste like normal potatoes but they are so cute!! Personal tip - I like to dip them in curry sauce!  A post shared by Shermaine Khoo (@shermainexk) on Jun 14, 2017 at 7:47am PDT Holy cow, those are terrifying. Imagine opening that box of sweet, hot French fries and finding a pile of eyeless creatures staring back at you. I don't know about you, but maybe it's a good thing that French fries are maybe not great for us. 2. Minion banana ice cream cone #photooftheday #sgfoodies #foodporn #foodporn #foodie #foodgasm #foodiegram #foodstagram #foodlover #foodphotography #foodvibe #mcdonald #mcdonaldminions #minions #minionstyle #minionbananacone #despicableme #mcdonaldsg #bananacone #bananaconeicecream #mcdgoesyellow A post shared by Kathryn❥Tong (@kathryn.tong) on Jun 14, 2017 at 3:50am PDT Look at that blue cone. 3. Minion banana pie A post shared by iamalicetan (@iamalicetan) on Jun 20, 2017 at 5:39am PDT Minions really love bananas, apparently. 4. Spicy Minion nuggets A post shared by Joey Ching How (惡魔豆豆) (@evilbean) on Jun 6, 2017 at 8:41pm PDT We're not really sure what this one has to do with Minions, but they're on the menu anyway. Pair them with those soul-sucking Minion fries and some bright yellow banana ice cream and call it dinner. If you're in trouble, McDonald's, please blink twice. The Minions can't hold you hostage forever. WATCH: Step up your taco Tuesday game with this tortilla toaster



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The Best Ratcheting Screwdrivers

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:58:50 -0400

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