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Published: Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:37:25 -0400

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The White House and Mitch McConnell’s office tell very different stories about the failure of the health care bill

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 21:37:01 -0400

(image) As the dust settled following Monday night’s collapse of the Republican effort to repeal Obamacare, a flurry of finger-pointing and competing narratives emerged with both the White House and the office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell trying to minimize their own roles in the debacle. Some White House staffers threw McConnell under the proverbial bus, suggesting that the majority leader rushed the vote and limited President Trump’s involvement. McConnell’s allies denied he sought to dictate the process or have the president take a back seat.



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Police body cam footage 'shows officer planting drugs'

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 11:22:00 -0400

(image) Video from Baltimore Police Department body cameras shows an officer tampering with evidence in a case that sent a man to jail for more than five months, reports have claimed. The Baltimore Sun’s Justin Fenton recently shared a 90-second video showing what appears to be three Baltimore Police officers standing on a street corner. Baltimore Police Department body cameras record and preserve footage from the last 30 seconds before they are activated, according to the department's body-worn camera policy.



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Wildfire forces evacuation of California town near Yosemite

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 01:51:35 -0400

(image) By Al Golub MARIPOSA, Calif. (Reuters) - The 2,000 residents of a small California town in the foothills flanking Yosemite National Park were ordered to evacuate on Tuesday as crews battled an out-of-control wildfire that has already destroyed eight structures. Residents of tiny Mariposa, in the Sierra Nevada mountains southwest of Yosemite in central California, were ordered to flee after flames from the so-called Detwiler Fire jumped over Highway 140 and marched toward the community, threatening 1,500 structures. "Fire activity continued to grow throughout the night due to ample fuel, and steep terrain," the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) said on its tracking website.



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US senator criticizes Pruitt in Oklahoma ethics probe

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 15:57:20 -0400

(image) OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Democratic member of the U.S. Senate committee that conducted confirmation hearings for Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said in a letter Tuesday that Oklahoma's former attorney general presented "inconsistent and contradictory statements" to the panel.



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Charlie Gard doctors remain 'unconvinced' after flying visit by US neurosurgeon who said he could treat him

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 05:22:24 -0400

(image) The British doctors caring for Charlie Gard are understood to remain unconvinced by an American neurosurgeon who claimed he could treat the little boy. Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) staff spent five and half hours on Tuesday locked in discussions with Dr Michio Hirano, a US specialist who flew back to the US on Tuesday night. Charlie’s mother Connie Yates was also present at the meeting to determine the best course of action for her 11-month-old son. Dr Hirano had flown to London on Monday to examine the boy and assess brain scans carried out at the weekend. Timeline: Charlie Gard's parents' battle 02:17 Dr Hirano had said his experimental therapy could help treat Charlie, who suffers from a rare genetic disease. GOSH believes that Charlie has suffered irreversible brain damage and that life support should be withdrawn but his parents Connie Yates and Chris Gard, from Bedfont in west London, argue he should be transferred to a New York hospital for treatment from Dr Hirano.  A High Court has already ruled that Charlie be allowed to ‘die with dignity’ but agreed to further examination after hearing Dr Hirano’s therapy could significantly improve his quality of life. Dr Michio Hirano  Miss Yates, 31, thanked Dr Hirano and another specialist, who cannot be named, for flying in to see her child. She said: “Our gorgeous baby boy is still stable. We are at his bedside and feel satisfied he is not suffering or in any pain. As Charlie’s loving parents we are doing the right thing for our son in exploring all treatment options.” She said that Dr Hirano had requested a new MRI scan and a 30-minute EEG scan but that “GOSH preferred a longer EEG which the judge ordered”.  Miss Yates added: “Our son has now undergone the scans. We have facilitated the experts in every possible way. Charlie will be having some more tests shortly.” It is not clear what those tests are. Connie Yates and Chris Gard with baby Charlie Great Ormond Street has declined to comment on the discussions with Dr Hirano while the court case is ongoing. But it is understood the hospital failed to be persuaded by claims he had made in the High Court last week that he could help Charlie and that he had seen no evidence of irreversible brain damage. The hospital is understood to be sticking by its position statement issued last Thursday. In that statement, the hospital said: “It has been and remains the unanimous view of all those caring for charlie at Great Ormond Street that withdrawal of ventilation and palliative care are all that the hospital can offer him consistent with his welfare. "That is because in the view of his treating team and all those from whom GOSH obtained second opinions, he has no quality of life and no real prospect of any quality of life.” The case will come back to the High Court on Friday with further hearings expected next week that will finally decide the fate of Charlie,who suffers from mitochondrial depletion syndrome. His doctors say he is blind, deaf, unable to move and badly brain damaged, with no hope of recovery. The case has become a cause celebre with interventions from Donald trump and the Vatican in support of Charlie’s parents. The Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court have both uphold the decision of Mr Justice Francis in the High Court that Charlie’s life support be withdrawn.



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Putin shows off Russian advances at MAKS-2017 Aviation and Space Salon

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 15:07:54 -0400

(image) The MAKS airshow and exhibition is a major international event in the aerospace business. Here are photos from the first day of this year’s gathering.








William, Kate take Brexit 'charm offensive' to Germany

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 17:49:34 -0400

(image) Prince William and his wife Kate began Wednesday a three-day visit to Germany billed as a "charm offensive" by local media as Britain begins thorny Brexit talks in earnest. Under brilliant summer sunshine, William, who is second in line to the British throne, and Kate touched down in Berlin from Poland accompanied by their young children George and Charlotte.



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Over 20 members of Congress ask the FBI to review Ivanka Trump’s security clearance

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 02:17:59 -0400

(image) Over 20 Democratic House members asked acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe to review questions regarding the security clearance of the president's daughter and adviser Ivanka Trump.



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Australian government demands answers on Minneapolis police shooting

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 11:49:54 -0400

(image) (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull called the fatal shooting of an Australian woman by a Minneapolis police officer over the weekend "shocking" and "inexplicable" and said his diplomats were seeking answers from U.S. authorities. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension on Tuesday confirmed details of the shooting of Sydney native Justine Damond that have been reported in media accounts and also confirmed the identities of the two police officers involved in the incident. Damond died of a single gunshot wound to the abdomen, fired through an open window of the patrol car, after two police officers responded to a call she made of a possible assault in her neighborhood, the agency said.





California wildfire explodes in size as blazes scorch U.S. West

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 19:45:14 -0400

(image) By Stephen Lam MARIPOSA, Calif. (Reuters) - A wildfire that has forced thousands of Californians to flee their homes exploded in size on Wednesday, threatening a picturesque gold rush town outside Yosemite National Park as dozens of blazes scorched the U.S. West. More than 2,000 firefighters have contained just 7 percent of the Detwiler Fire, which is approaching the town of Mariposa and tiny communities in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, the Cal Fire state agency said on its website. The blaze has mushroomed to 46,000 acres (18,000 hectares), an increase of about 20,000 acres (8,094 hectares) compared with the day before, and is threatening some 1,500 structures.



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Loss of 10 relatives in flood leaves hole in Arizona town

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 03:56:41 -0400

(image) CAVE CREEK, Ariz. (AP) — Maria Raya-Garcia almost didn't get the weekend off to celebrate her birthday beside a popular swimming hole in Arizona.



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Brothers, 5 and 2, crash mom's car on way to see grandfather

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 11:30:30 -0400

(image) RED HOUSE, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities in West Virginia say a 5-year-old and a 2-year-old who wanted to visit their grandfather took their mother's car for a 3-mile (5 kilometers) ride on a curvy, winding road before crashing it and escaping unharmed.





What Congressional Republicans Really Think About Trump and Russia

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 06:00:00 -0400

(image) With each new revelation in the ongoing Trump-Russia saga, the same question inevitably gets asked: Will this be the moment Republicans in Congress finally turn on the president?





Russia says ready to retaliate after U.S. talks end without deal

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 17:52:42 -0400

(image) Russia said on Tuesday that it reserved the right to retaliate against the United States after a meeting in Washington ended without an agreement to return Russian diplomatic property the U.S. had seized.



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Tomb Of King Tutankhamun’s Wife’s Likely Discovered, Archaeologists Say

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 08:56:53 -0400

(image) Archaeologists say that the tomb of King Tutankhamun’s wife, Ankhesenamun, is likely to have been finally discovered in Egypt's Valley of the Kings.



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Iran's president threatens response to new US sanctions

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 11:51:25 -0400

(image) Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday that Tehran would "respond appropriately" to new US sanctions but that Iran remained committed to its nuclear deal with world powers. "The Islamic Republic of Iran will always stick to its international commitments," Rouhani said in a televised cabinet meeting.



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US scientists fleeing Donald Trump head to France after Emmanuel Macron's call to ‘help make our planet great again’

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 05:00:00 -0400

(image) Hundreds of climate scientists, including a number from the United States, have applied to work in France after the country’s president, Emmanuel Macron, appealed for them to come and help “make out planet great again”. The slogan was a deliberate parody of the climate science-denying Donald Trump’s campaign slogan, “make America great again”. While most of the researchers applied for short sabbaticals, 154 were seeking to work in France for four or more years, Dr Anne Peyroche, chief research officer of the CNRS, a national research agency, told the journal Nature.



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Turkey's publication of U.S. troop locations poses risk, Pentagon says

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 20:25:27 -0400

(image) The publication by Turkey's state-run news agency of the locations of what appeared to be U.S. military posts in Syria puts American forces in danger, and the United States has complained to Turkey, a NATO ally, the Pentagon said on Wednesday. Anadolu news agency published a report on Tuesday naming the location of 10 U.S. military posts in northern Syria, in some cases detailing the number of U.S and French troops present.



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Everything You Need to Know About the Chipotle Outbreak

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 15:52:27 -0400

(image) Is it safe to eat at Chipotle? Customers reported experiencing painful norovirus symptoms ranging from severe stomach discomfort, nausea, dizziness, and dehydration to vomiting and diarrhea—which even drove two victims to the hospital. "We are working with health authorities to understand what the cause may be and to resolve the situation as quickly as possible," Jim Marsden, Chipotle's executive director of food safety, told Business Insider.



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Fruit With Huge Health Benefits

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 13:01:40 -0400

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Iraqi officer seeks vengeance in Mosul, where killings mount

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 07:15:11 -0400

(image) MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — For one Iraqi lieutenant, the fight against the Islamic State group in Mosul has been a slow, methodical quest for revenge. For three years, he has hunted for two IS militants from his village who he believes killed his father. Along the way, he has shot to death detained militants after interrogating them, he acknowledges unapologetically.



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Samsung has a new Galaxy S8 deal you’ll want to see

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 20:00:58 -0400

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Samsung partnered up with US carriers to offer people buying one Galaxy S8 an extra Galaxy S8 free of charge, as long as you trade in your current smartphone. Pay $100 more and you can get a free Galaxy S8+ instead — here are all the details.

But this deal still requires you to pay for two cellular plans, one for each phone. If you only need one Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+, you should know that new Galaxy S8 deals are in the works, from Best Buy and Samsung.

Samsung announced the brand new Coral Blue Galaxy S8 on Wednesday and casually dropped details about two upcoming Galaxy S8 promotion in the press release.

Samsung.com will slash $150 off the retail price of the Coral Blue and Midnight Black versions of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. The Coral Blue option will hit stores on July 21st.

The company also said that customers can take advantage of Samsung’s Trade-In program to trade-in eligible devices towards credit for the purchase of an unlocked Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+.

Best Buy will have an even more interesting promo. From July 21st to July 29th, Best Buy will get you $400 off the retail price of the Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ with a qualified purchase or activation. The deal is valid only on July 21-22 if you’re buying AT&T Galaxy S8 versions. Other details aren't available at this time, but keep checking Best Buy's Galaxy S8 page for more information.



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MH370 search reveals hidden undersea world

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 01:42:22 -0400

(image) The painstaking search for missing flight MH370 has uncovered a previously unknown undersea world of volcanoes, deep valleys and soaring ridges, according to detailed maps released by Australia. Although no trace of the Malaysia Airlines plane was found during the search in the southern Indian Ocean -- the most expensive ever of its kind -- large volumes of data showing a detailed picture of the sea floor had to be collected to guide the probe. "It is estimated that only 10 to 15 percent of the world's oceans have been surveyed with the kind of technology used in the search for MH370," Geoscience Australia's environmental geoscience chief Stuart Minchin said late Wednesday.



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Minneapolis police officer has yet to talk to investigators

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 18:11:17 -0400

(image) MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Four days after a Minneapolis police officer fatally shot a woman who had called 911 to report a possible rape, the officer has yet to talk with investigators, and his attorney has given no indication he ever will.



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Small plane makes emergency landing on Long Island highway

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 00:03:51 -0400

(image) A Cessna plane pilot is being praised for his successful emergency landing on a Long Island highway that included flying under an overpass.



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SitRep: Trump’s Secret Putin Meeting; Pentagon Gets New No. 2; NATO, Russia Square Off in War Games

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 07:38:49 -0400

(image)   With Adam Rawnsley Trump, Putin, alone: The White House failed to disclose a second, hour-long private meeting between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G-20 summit in Germany earlier this month. And the most remarkable bit? The only other person involved was Putin’s Russian translator, a Russian government employee. No ...



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U.S. Justice Department expected to drop $3 million Harley-Davidson emissions penalty: sources

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 12:28:30 -0400

(image) By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department is expected to announce this week it is dropping a requirement that Harley-Davidson Inc spend $3 million to reduce air pollution as part of a settlement the Obama administration announced in August, sources briefed on the matter said. Last year, the Milwaukee-based motorcycle maker agreed to pay a $12 million civil fine and stop selling illegal after-market devices that cause its vehicles to emit too much pollution as part of a federal court consent decree. It also agreed to spend about $3 million and enter into an agreement with the American Lung Association of the Northeast to retrofit or replace wood-burning appliances with cleaner stoves.



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India's ageing trains get green makeover with solar panels

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 11:19:33 -0400

(image) India has added solar panels to the roof of a train in a national first as it tries to reduce its massive carbon footprint and modernise its vast colonial-era rail network. The lighting, fans and information displays inside the train -- once powered by diesel -- will run off the sun's energy after the panels were fitted to the carriage. The train has begun journeys around the capital New Delhi, helping move just some of the 23 million passengers who use India's rail network every day.



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Cameroon 'torturing people accused of supporting Boko Haram'

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 20:01:05 -0400

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This Private Jet Has the Equivalent of a Moonroof

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 11:05:48 -0400

(image) The aircraft—which is expected to be worth $100 million—might feature the most over-the-top amenity in aviation history



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Sold by IS in Raqa, Yazidi female fighters back for revenge

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 07:09:53 -0400

(image) She was trafficked into Raqa as a sex slave by the Islamic State group but managed to escape. Now Yazidi fighter Heza is back to avenge the horrors she and thousands of others suffered. "When I started fighting, I lifted some of the worries from my heart," she says, surrounded by fellow Yazidi militia women in Raqa's eastern Al-Meshleb district.



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Saudi woman in miniskirt video arrested after public outcry

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 11:04:26 -0400

(image) A Saudi woman has been arrested for defying the kingdom's strict dress code by walking around in a miniskirt and crop top in a video that sparked public outrage.



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Australians see woman's shooting by police as US nightmare

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 21:30:24 -0400

(image) SYDNEY (AP) — Half a world from where an Australian woman was shot dead by a Minneapolis police officer, a front-page headline in her hometown Sydney newspaper summarized Australia's reaction in blunt terms: "AMERICAN NIGHTMARE."



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Justices allow strict refugee ban but say grandparents OK

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 15:52:57 -0400

(image) WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says the Trump administration can strictly enforce its ban on refugees, but at the same time is leaving in place a weakened travel ban that includes grandparents among relatives who can help visitors from six mostly Muslim countries get into the U.S.



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Philippine police arrest 43 foreigners for kidnap of Singapore woman

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 03:51:51 -0400

(image) By Karen Lema MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine police said on Thursday they had arrested 43 foreigners for kidnapping a Singaporean woman at a casino resort in the capital, highlighting security concerns that have scared high-stakes gamblers away from Manila. Police said the gang, including people from China and Southeast Asia, was believed to be a loan-shark syndicate targeting foreign high-rollers, with 11 similar cases reported since 2015. The Philippines is one of the fastest-growing casino hubs in Asia, after Macau and Singapore, with the opening of several resorts over the past two years.



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Fishermen find an 18-foot-long sea giant in their nets and, no, we're not freaking out

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 07:44:44 -0400

(image) Lightning struck twice for the crew of the trawler ship Cú na Mara. On Tuesday, they caught their second rare giant squid in the waters off the Dingle coast in Ireland, two months after their first. SEE ALSO: Researchers found the body of a 25-foot-long shark, and it's grim but strangely beautiful The Cú na Mara had been trawling the area where they had found their first giant squid when they landed their surprise second. The sea monster was 18 feet from top to longest tentacle— 2 feet shorter than the first squid the crew caught in May.  "When we opened the net we couldn't believe it, that it was another one," said the captain of the Cú na Mara, Patrick Flannery, in an interview with RTE. "The lads were very excited. What are the chances of two in the one year?" Another Giant Squid landed in Dingle. Only 7th recorded in Ireland in 350 years. Amazingly 4 have been caught by Flannery family! @rtenews pic.twitter.com/1gWBYZr045 — Seán Mac an tSíthigh (@Buailtin) July 18, 2017 The crew's giant squid landing in May was the first in Dingle in 22 years. "Only seven have been recorded [in Dingle] since records began almost 350 years ago," said Marine Biologist Dr. Kevin Flannery. "The very first giant squid recorded in Ireland was also landed in Dingle, when fishermen brought one ashore in 1673." Legends told of a sea creature that sunk ships and drowned fishermen.Image: wikimedia commons/Mary Evans Picture Library/AlamyThe elusive giant squid has been the subject of sea lore throughout history. The ancient Norse legend of a sea monster called the Kraken told of a tentacled beast with the power to capsize ships and drag fishermen to their water graves. It's now widely accepted that the tales originated from sightings of humongous giant squids. Like many myths, the gory details of these accounts are likely to be untrue. However, it's difficult to know how these giant sea monsters live and behave. Sightings of this deep-ocean dwelling animal are extremely rare. The largest giant squid on record was 59 feet in length and weighed almost a ton.  The Cú na Mara's latest catch is an exciting achievement as each giant squid landing presents a scientists with the opportunity to learn more about this mysterious creature of the deep. WATCH: Algae emitting eerie blue glow makes this beach look otherworldy



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Rising anti-refugee sentiment stirs concern in Lebanon

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 12:11:45 -0400

(image) An attack on Lebanese troops raiding a Syrian refugee camp has stirred violent debate and polarised opinions, with rising calls to repatriate refugees but also warnings against racist rhetoric. The uptick in pressure comes after Lebanese soldiers were attacked as they stormed two refugee camps near the eastern border with Syria last month. The incident has produced a campaign of incitement against Syrian refugees on social media, with many Lebanese pushing back and warning against stereotyping refugees as militants.



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Lifestyle Changes Could Cut Dementia Cases, New Study Says

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 00:15:00 -0400

(image) More than a third of dementia cases could be prevented with lifestyle changes such as controlling high blood pressure and getting more exercise, according to a major report published Thursday in ...



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Married teacher jailed for sex with student on day of his 16th birthday

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 10:10:35 -0400

(image) A former Nebraska teacher has been sentenced to 90 days in jail for having sex with a student on his 16th birthday. Emily Lofing, 27, was charged with debauching a minor as the boy was 16 years old, the age of consent in Nebraska. The married former teacher was working in Weeping Water at the time of the offence.



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India ready for talks with China on border standoff

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 07:48:25 -0400

(image) NEW DELHI (AP) — India said Thursday it is ready to hold talks with China if both sides pull back their forces to end a standoff along a disputed territory high in the Himalayan mountains.



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Trump to nominate Raytheon lobbyist for Army secretary

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 19:47:51 -0400

(image) By Mike Stone WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump intends to nominate a Raytheon Co lobbyist, Mark Esper, for the position of secretary of the Army, the White House said on Wednesday. The position has been challenging for Trump to fill. Before Esper joined U.S. missile maker Raytheon in 2010 as vice president government relations he held posts at industry advocacy groups like the Aerospace Industries Association and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.



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