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Published: Tue, 25 Apr 2017 01:04:55 -0400

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Trump: Mexico will pay for the border wall — ‘eventually’ and ‘in some form’

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 15:43:27 -0400

(image) The president says he may not approve a government funding bill this week if it does not include funding for a “badly needed border wall” that he claims Mexico, “in some form,” will “eventually” pay for.

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NKorea detains US citizen, the 3rd American being held there

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 10:22:41 -0400

(image) North Korea has detained a U.S. citizen, officials said Sunday, bringing to three the number of Americans now being held there. Tony Kim, who also goes by his Korean name Kim Sang-duk, was detained on ...

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Lawyer for Philippines hit-man files complaint against Duterte at ICC

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 08:51:52 -0400

(image) By Clare Baldwin and Stephanie van den Berg HONG KONG/THE HAGUE (Reuters) - A Philippines lawyer filed a complaint at the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Monday against President Rodrigo Duterte and senior officials, accusing them of mass murder in a nationwide anti-drugs crackdown. Attorney Jude Sabio said in the 77-page complaint that Duterte "repeatedly, unchangingly and continuously" committed crimes against humanity and that under him, killing drug suspects and other criminals has become "best practice". Sabio is the lawyer for Edgar Matobato, a man who has testified in the Philippines Senate that he was part of a hit squad that operated on Duterte's orders.

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Death Penalty Countdown: One Family Waits for Execution Day in Arkansas

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 06:09:56 -0400

(image) Just miles away from death row in Arkansas, Genie Boren waits for the scheduled execution date of her husband’s killer, Kenneth Williams. Williams is one of the previously eight scheduled executions in a 10 day span in Arkansas.

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Ukraine opens terror probe after OSCE medic killed

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:17:32 -0400

(image) Ukraine opened a terror investigation Monday into a mine blast that killed an American medic from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe's monitoring team in the country's rebel-held east. The OSCE suffered its first casualty in the three-year war in Europe's backyard after an armoured vehicle hit a landmine Sunday in the Russian-backed separatist fiefdom of Lugansk.

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Ann Coulter's backers at UC Berkeley file lawsuit

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 18:44:29 -0400

(image) BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Ann Coulter is now at the center of a civil rights lawsuit filed Monday against the University of California, Berkeley by students who say the school is violating their right to free speech by canceling the conservative pundit's speaking event on campus this week.

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Remembering ‘Happy Days’ Star Erin Moran, an Icon from the 70s Generation

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 12:21:46 -0400

(image) For nearly a decade, millions watched little Joanie Cunningham grow up on “Happy Days.” She died Saturday afternoon at just 56 years old.

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Pelosi, Schumer urge Trump to butt out of budget negotiations

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:49:46 -0400

(image) Chuck Schumer says President Trump’s insistence on border wall funding is a “monkey wrench” that’s bungling a bipartisan spending agreement.

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The 56 Most Delish Burritos

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 15:08:42 -0400


Hernandez suicide notes ordered released ahead of funeral

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 13:29:17 -0400

(image) BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — Aaron Hernandez's family turned out Monday for a private funeral to say their farewells to the former NFL star, and a judge ordered that three suicide notes he left be turned over by the time he is buried.

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Erdogan accuses French researcher of inciting assassination

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:03:09 -0400

(image) President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's lawyer has lodged a complaint against a former French diplomat accusing him of inciting the assassination of Turkey's leader, his spokesman confirmed Monday. The move follows comments by Philippe Moreau Defarges about the outcome of the April 16 referendum on controversial constitutional changes that will tighten the president's grip on power. Defarges, now a senior fellow at the French Institute of International Relations (IFRI), said all legal paths to challenge Erdogan had been shut off and that the only two options left were civil war or assassination.

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Up in Smoke: Marijuana activists cuffed after lighting up at U.S. Capitol

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:00:18 -0400

(image) Two dozen red-hatted protesters gathered on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol on Monday to call for easing federal marijuana laws, but police snuffed out the party by arresting four of them after they lit up joints. The activists, who carried marijuana-leaf flags and a sign saying "Let DC Tax and Regulate Marijuana," were calling for coast-to-coast legalization of the recreational use of marijuana and protections for those who use cannabis for medical reasons. The protest included the recitation of Buddhist, Jewish, Christian and Rastafarian prayers on the lawn outside the domed national landmark.

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CNN’s Camerota: ‘Roger Ailes did sexually harass me’

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 14:14:53 -0400

(image) The “New Day” host revealed Sunday that the former Fox News chief propositioned her early in her career at the top-rated cable news network. Ailes, through his attorney, called the claims “unsubstantiated and false.”

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Tomb Full of Mummies Unearthed at Luxor

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:01:00 -0400

(image) Several mummies and more than 1,000 figurines have been discovered at an ancient cemetery located at Luxor in Egypt, archaeologists reported. A team of archaeologists with the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities uncovered the funerary complex during the ministry's ongoing excavations at the site. The funerary complex contains multiple tombs that were originally built for a man named Userhat, who was a judge in Luxor sometime during what modern-day archaeologists call Egypt's New Kingdom (1550–1070 B.C.) period, the ministry said in a statement.

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Afghan Taliban's brazen attack eclipses Trump's 'mother of all bombs'

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 14:35:26 -0400

(image) By Josh Smith and Hamid Shalizi KABUL (Reuters) - Eight days after the U.S. military dropped its largest ever conventional bomb on suspected Islamic State fighters in eastern Afghanistan, Taliban militants breached an army base in the north of the country and killed scores of local soldiers. To Afghan and other critics of President Donald Trump's apparent indecision over how to win a seemingly intractable war, Friday's assault - the worse of its kind since the Taliban were ousted in 2001 - was evidence he was getting it wrong. "The biggest threat to the security and stability of this country is the Taliban insurgents, not Daesh forces," said Mirwais Yasini, an influential Afghan member of parliament from Nangarhar province, using an Arabic term for Islamic State.

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Groups sue UC Berkeley over Ann Coulter appearance

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 20:31:54 -0400

(image) Two conservative groups filed a lawsuit against the University of California at Berkeley claiming that a decision to cancel an appearance by the firebrand pundit Ann Coulter violated their right to free speech. The Berkeley College Republicans and Young America's Foundation, which had invited Coulter to speak on April 27, accused the university of seeking to silence conservative viewpoints and stifle political discourse at the famously progressive campus by imposing unreasonable demands on campus events involving certain "high-profile" speakers. "Defendants' discriminatory imposition of curfew and venue restrictions has resulted in the cancellation of two speaking engagements featuring prominent conservative speakers in the month of April, 2017," read the lawsuit filed in federal court in San Francisco.

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The Latest: Mistrial declared for 4 in Cliven Bundy standoff

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 16:13:20 -0400

(image) LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on the trial of six men charged in an armed standoff with federal agents (all times local):

ESPN Is an Albatross For Walt Disney Co (DIS) Stock

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 11:04:22 -0400

(image) Published reports indicate that cable channel ESPN is preparing another round of cuts to its on-air talent, as parent company Walt Disney Co (ticker: DIS) continues to try to right the ship at the popular network. Traditional cable TV viewers have flocked to cheaper alternatives, and Disney is still trying to solve its ESPN problem. ESPN is expected to cut 40 jobs starting on May 1, including radio hosts, on-air personalities and writers.

US counting on French anti-terror ops in Africa: Mattis

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 16:20:46 -0400

(image) US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis on Sunday urged France to continue its African anti-terror operations under its new presidency, as he visited strategic Djibouti on the day of France's first-round election. "I have no doubt that the French will continue to make their own decisions in their own best interest and that the terrorists will not enjoy these decisions," Mattis told reporters in the Horn of Africa nation, which hosts Washington's only permanent military base on the continent. The US backs France's Operation Barkhane, under which its military is fighting Islamists in five countries across the Sahel region -- Mauritania, Mali, Chad, Niger and Burkina Faso -- alongside African allies.

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Cop Apprehends 2 Pygmy Goats Caught Wreaking Havoc and Eating Cat Food in Garage

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 15:29:00 -0400

(image) Sgt. Daniel Fitzpatrick was able to lure them into his patrol car using cat leashes, but he wasn't sure what to do with them next.

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2 suspects dead after author, conservationist shot in Kenya

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 08:19:11 -0400

(image) NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Two suspects were killed by security agencies after the shooting of Italian-born author and conservationist Kuki Gallmann, Kenya's Internal Security Minister Joseph Nkaissery said Monday.

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Wooden Figurines 'Weave' at Tiny Looms Placed in Ancient Grave

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:01:00 -0400

(image) Tiny wooden figurines have stood upright "weaving" at appropriately sized looms for more than 2,100 years in a Chinese tomb containing the remains of a middle-age woman, a new study finds. The discovery of the miniature scene astonished archaeologists, who were surveying an area slated for subway construction in Chengdu, a city in China's southwestern Sichuan province, in 2013. The looms may be small — the largest is about the size of a child's toy piano — but they're the earliest evidence on record of looms that could be used to weave patterns, the researchers said.

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Homeland Security not targeting Dreamers: Kelly

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 16:05:32 -0400

(image) By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Department of Homeland Security will not target immigrants brought to the United States as children for deportation, despite conflicting statements within the Trump administration, its secretary John Kelly said on Sunday. Kelly, asked on Sunday morning talk shows to clarify the department's position on the status of these illegal immigrants protected under an Obama-era program, said the agency is focused on deporting only dangerous criminals. “My organization has not targeted these so-called Dreamers," Kelly told CNN, referring to the name given to those granted protections under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program created by Democratic President Barack Obama and extended by Republican President Donald Trump.

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Tears of joy and frustration after French election count

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 17:40:25 -0400

(image) Emmanuel Macron's youthful supporters wept tears of joy and shouted themselves hoarse on Sunday as projections from France's presidential election suggested their champion was well on track for power. Similar jubilation played out at the headquarters of the far-right National Front (FN), whose leader Marine Le Pen brought the party to the presidential runoff for just the second time in its history. For supporters of the conservative Republicans and far-left France Insoumise (France Unbowed), there was bitterness at a dream left unfulfilled.

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Feds stumble again with split verdict in Bundy standoff case

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 21:07:05 -0400

(image) LAS VEGAS (AP) — Government prosecutors stumbled again Monday in a bid to gain convictions of armed protesters in a case arising from skirmishes in a decades-old battle over control of public lands in the western United States.

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CNN anchor alleges Fox News ex-CEO Roger Ailes also harassed her

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 15:00:17 -0400

(image) By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - Television journalist Alisyn Camerota said on Sunday she was a target of sexual harassment by Roger Ailes when she worked at Fox News, joining other former colleagues at the cable channel who have accused their ex-boss of inappropriate behavior. Camerota, now co-host of CNN's "New Day," told that network's Brian Stelter in an interview that Ailes suggested they might have to get to "know each other better" at a hotel if she wanted to succeed at Fox News. "I remember thinking, 'Is this it?'" In the interview with Stelter, Camerota expanded on comments she made last week on her own show, when she said she had experienced "emotional harassment" at Fox and the culture at the network made it impossible to stop.

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Three die in Venezuela protests

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 00:07:49 -0400

(image) Three people were killed in Venezuela on Monday in renewed violence, raising the death toll in three weeks of massive demonstrations against leftwing President Nicolas Maduro to 24, officials said. Several others were seriously injured and "between life and death," said public defender Tarek William Saab. The latest casualties come on a day anti-Maduro demonstrators blocked major roads in the South American nation.

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CA attorney general says neither Mexico nor taxpayers want to pay for 'medieval wall'

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 09:59:10 -0400

(image) California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who has joined multiple lawsuits against the president on behalf of his state, is interviewed on "This Week."

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Google is handing out 100 of its insane 360-degree 4K camera rigs

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 15:59:50 -0400


Over the past couple of years, several gadget makers including Samsung, Nikon, and LG have been trying to make 360-degree video recording as straightforward and affordable as possible, with mixed results. The technology is a boon for VR developers wanting to capture realistic environments for their virtual reality experiences. Google announced a promising 360-degree video platform of its own way back at I/O in 2015, along with the GoPro-built Odyssey camera rig. Now, Google has teamed up with another company in the hopes of making Jump a household name in VR video, and "affordable" isn't exactly the best way to describe it.

Google's new rig is called the Yi Halo, built in partnership with GoPro-alike Yi Technology. It's a ridiculously high-end piece of hardware, with no less than 17 separate 4K cameras built in — a 16-camera ring topped with the 17th lens, which faces straight up. The rig can produce stereoscope — that is, 3D video with depth for extreme realism — at resolutions of 8K (30fps) as well as 6k (60fps).

The Yi Halo is remarkably portable for such a powerful device, weighing in at less than eight pounds, and a relatively small footprint. That being said, it's still obviously a gadget made purely for professionals, and nowhere is that more apparent than on its price tag. The privilege of owning the Yi Halo will set you back a cool $17,000, that is, unless you can convince Google to give you one for free.

The company has announced that it is handing out over 100 of the cams to filmmakers who want to use it for their projects. Aspiring VR shutterbugs can request access to a Halo by sending an application before May 22nd, 2017.

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Saudi king names son as US envoy as ties boosted with Trump

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 11:56:46 -0400

(image) RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia's King Salman issued a decree late Saturday naming one of his sons, an air force pilot who has taken part in coalition strikes against the Islamic State group, as the kingdom's new ambassador to the U.S.

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Senate gives limited resources to Russia election-meddling probe

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 23:03:58 -0400

(image) By Dustin Volz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Senate's main investigation into allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election is equipped with a much smaller staff than previous high-profile intelligence and scandal probes in Congress, which could potentially affect its progress, according to sources and a Reuters review of public records. With only seven staff members initially assigned to the Senate Intelligence Committee's three-month-old investigation, progress has been sluggish and minimal, said two sources with direct knowledge of the matter, who requested anonymity. A committee aide, also speaking on condition of anonymity, said two more staff members were being added and a few others were involved less formally.

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President Obama returns to the public stage at the University of Chicago

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 13:41:13 -0400

(image) On Monday, April 24, former President Barack Obama took center stage at the University of Chicago for one of his first public appearances since leaving office. He spoke to students from several Chicago area schools on civic engagement.

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Police ambush killer's mother begs for his life

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 18:28:45 -0400

(image) MILFORD, Pa. (AP) — The mother of a survivalist who ambushed two Pennsylvania State Police troopers made an emotional appeal for her son's life Monday, telling jurors who are weighing the death penalty for him, "I want my son to be saved."

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Canada: Ontario to pay guaranteed incomes to the poor

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:53:16 -0400

(image) Ontario has launched a pilot program to provide a guaranteed basic income to a few thousand people to test its effects on recipients and public finances, the Canadian province announced Monday. Provincial Premier Kathleen Wynne said the program would provide a "basic income" for three years to 4,000 people living under the poverty line.

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The Best Pocket Knife for Every Situation

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 15:18:04 -0400


Three Iraqi policemen killed in suicide attack south of Mosul

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 08:38:53 -0400

(image) Three policemen were killed on Sunday in a suicide attack south of Mosul, the northern Iraqi city where Islamic State is fighting off a U.S.-backed offensive, security sources said. A group of about 10 assailants, including four suicide bombers, had tried to infiltrate a Federal Police helicopter base in Al-Areej, a police captain told Reuters. Three policemen and three of the assailants were killed in the attack, he said.

Brain-Damaged Woman Grins as Future Sister-in-Law Asks Her to Be a Bridesmaid

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 14:56:00 -0400

(image) "There's no reason not to include her," said Nichole Sullivan of her sister-in-law to be, who suffered a traumatic brain injury.

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Comcast knows you’ll pay anything for good Wi-Fi

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:44:54 -0400

(image) A new survey commissioned by Comcast has ranked apartment-dweller's need for good internet, relative to other niceties like basic hygiene. The conclusion seems to be that good Wi-Fi and high-speed internet are viewed as being the most critical. Comcast probably commissioned this survey to show how relevant its brand is to millennials or something, but the only actual truth to be found is this: Comcast knows that you will put up with basically anything to get good internet, so it's going to squeeze you for every last penny. The survey polled 2015 building managers and developers in the US about what features are the most important for prospective renters. A majority (59%) had either Wi-Fi access or fast internet as the most important feature, comfortably beating out a washer-dryer in unit as the must-have. This isn't so much a statement on the value of technology as it is a stunning indictment of broadband technology in the US. In a supposedly technology-literate, competitive, first-world country, access to the internet should be a given. But thanks to the oligopoly of cable companies that control access to the internet with very little regional competition, you're often left with little or no choice of cable providers. That means that if Verizon or Comcast only choose to supply your building with a 10Mbps, you're out of luck. So really, this survey just confirms to Comcast an important fact about its customers: it doesn't matter how bad the customer service is or if it flat-out calls its customers idiots: you don't have any choice and you need internet, so pucker up, lucky consumers.

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Trump to insist on border wall funds as budget deadline looms

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 21:54:13 -0400

(image) Donald Trump pressed for the funding of a Mexico border wall Sunday as a looming spending showdown in Congress threatens to shut down the US government on the president's 100th day in office. Building the wall was Trump's signature campaign promise, and the White House appeared determined to get Congress to approve a down payment as part of a bigger bill to keep the US government funded. White House budget chief Mick Mulvaney said the administration is prepared to make concessions to Democrats on health care reform in order to get the wall money.

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New Orleans takes down white supremacist monument

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 21:59:30 -0400

(image) NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A monument to a deadly white-supremacist uprising in 1874 was removed under cover of darkness by workers in masks and bulletproof vests Monday as New Orleans joined the movement to take down symbols of the Confederacy and the Jim Crow South.

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Revised Mazda2 gets significant updates

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 06:46:00 -0400

(image) Despite having been in production now for more than two decades, it's probably fair to say the Mazda2 isn't the best-known or best-loved model in Mazda's range, but the manufacturer is giving it some significant updates to try to challenge that perception. The current model is part of the car's fourth-generation, and it's sold around the globe under a number of different names and by several different manufacturers. The refreshed Mazda2 range goes on sale from June 1, and all variants will now feature Mazda's G-Vectoring Control technology, along with a number of detailed improvements to the car's suspension and steering to deliver improved levels of comfort and a more responsive feel for the driver.

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Haiti leader pleads guilty to money laundering in drug case

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:26:57 -0400

(image) MIAMI (AP) — A former Haitian coup leader and recently elected senator in that country pleaded guilty Monday to a U.S. drug money-laundering charge under a deal that should allow him to avoid a potential sentence of life in prison for cocaine trafficking.

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