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Published: Wed, 28 Jun 2017 04:48:23 -0400

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Kushner Meeting With Russian Bank Is Weird

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:24:41 -0400

(image) Rachel Maddow relays a description of Russia's state-run VEB bank as not being a bank in the traditional way, making Jared Kushner's meeting with the chairman of that bank during the Trump transition all the weirder.



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Al Franken: Democrats ‘gotta stop riding in limousines’

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:45:52 -0400

(image) The Minnesota senator admits his party has a public perception problem — but not as big as the GOP’s when it comes to health care.



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Philando Castile's family reaches $3M settlement in death

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:13:29 -0400

(image) MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The mother of Philando Castile, a black motorist killed by a Minnesota police officer last July, has reached a nearly $3 million settlement with the city that employed the officer, avoiding a federal wrongful death lawsuit that attorneys said could have taken years to resolve.



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UK's last governor demands China honour its word to HK

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 09:14:33 -0400

(image) The world is watching Hong Kong as a "test case" of whether Chinese promises mean anything, Britain's last governor said ahead of the 20th anniversary of his tearful departure from the city. Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit Hong Kong to mark the anniversary of its handover from British rule on July 1, and Chris Patten said Xi should reaffirm Beijing's respect for the city's unique brand of autonomy dubbed "one country, two systems". By and large, he said, China had respected its treaty obligations to Hong Kong and Britain in the years after the 1997 handover.



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Are Whales Methodically Killing South Africa’s Great White Sharks?

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 11:37:51 -0400

(image) The great white sharks were found dead, their livers removed as if by a surgeon. Some were missing testicles and a heart.



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Nigeria's Buhari sends first message since taking sick leave on May 7: presidency sources

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 08:54:30 -0400

(image) By Felix Onuah ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has delivered an audio message to mark the Islamic Eid al-Fitr holiday, two senior presidency sources said, his first public statement since he left for Britain on medical leave on May 7. Buhari, a Muslim from the north, made the address, calling for peace and unity, in the Hausa language spoken widely in that part of the country. The presidency did not release video footage or photographs of Buhari making the recording heard by Reuters in which the president's voice sounds weak.



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Former GOP Rep. Jolly: Affordable Care Act gave me a ‘safety net’

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 09:32:55 -0400

(image) A Florida Republican who earlier campaigned against the Affordable Care Act came to a new view of it after he lost his insurance coverage.



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All the President's Lies

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 15:39:59 -0400

(image) The New York Times Sunday published an extraordinary definitive list of the more than 100 lies Donald Trump has told as president. Lawrence O'Donnell talks to Stuart Thompson, who worked on the piece.



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Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman will block all US arms sales to Saudi Arabia and five other countries

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 17:18:00 -0400

(image) Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker has announced he will block any future arms sales to six Gulf Region countries while they are engaged in a major dispute over funding for terrorism. Five Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) members voted to cut ties with fellow Council member Qatar earlier this month. The states, including Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, claim Qatar has been funding Sunni Islamic terrorism and working on behalf of Iran.



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Chinese passenger chucks coins into plane's engine for luck

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 09:05:25 -0400

(image) A superstitious passenger delayed a flight from Shanghai for several hours Tuesday after throwing coins at the plane's engine for good luck, Chinese officials said. The elderly woman was detained by police at Shanghai Pudong International Airport following the bizarre incident, forcing nearly 150 passengers to be evacuated from the plane bound for Guangzhou in southern China. The 80-year-old threw nine coins at an engine of China Southern Airlines flight CZ380 as she was boarding on the tarmac.



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The Latest: Probable cause to hold teens in child's death

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:52:17 -0400

(image) CANTON, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on 3 Mississippi teenagers charged in connection with the shooting death of a 6-year-old boy (all times local):



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Obama and family go river rafting during Indonesia vacation

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 07:12:23 -0400

(image) BALI, Indonesia (AP) — Former U.S. President Barack Obama and his family were seen on a river rafting trip Monday as they vacationed in Indonesia, where he lived for several years as a child.



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Mystery of missing Chinese scholar shakes up Illinois school

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:08:57 -0400

(image) CHICAGO (AP) — Yingying Zhang, the daughter of a working-class factory driver from China, took the same career path as many other young Chinese academics before her: She travelled to a university in the U.S. with dreams of one day landing a professorship and being able to help her parents financially.



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Huckabee Sanders faces off with reporter at daily briefing

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 16:04:43 -0400

(image) During Tuesday’s daily briefing, White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Sentinel newspaper reporter Brian Karen had a heated exchange after Sanders criticized the press for its coverage of the Trump White House, citing the retracted CNN story.



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Hostages in Philippine town forced to fight, loot, become sex slaves: army

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 11:04:47 -0400

(image) By Kanupriya Kapoor MARAWI CITY, Philippines (Reuters) - Civilians held hostage by Islamist militants occupying a southern Philippine city have been forced to loot homes, take up arms against government troops and serve as sex slaves for rebel fighters, the army said on Tuesday. Citing accounts of seven residents of Marawi City who either escaped or were rescued, the military said some hostages were forced to convert to Islam, carry wounded fighters to mosques, and marry militants of the Maute group loyal to Islamic State. Some escapees say bodies of residents have been left in the streets, some for weeks, and civilians are distressed by government air strikes and artillery bombardments that have reduced parts of Marawi to rubble.



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Dozens missing after Colombian tourist boat sinks in reservoir

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 07:26:33 -0400

(image) Nine people died and 28 are missing after a multidecked tourist boat carrying about 170 passengers sank in Colombia’s Penol-Guatape reservoir on Sunday during the long holiday weekend, a government official said. Ninety-nine people were rescued, Margarita Moncada, the head of disaster relief for Antioquia province, told journalists.





'Handmaid's Tale' protesters are back, and this time they're at the Capitol

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:54:40 -0400

(image) Handmaids in red robes and white bonnets stood in front of the Capitol Tuesday to protest the latest iteration of the GOP health care bill that's up for a vote in the senate. SEE ALSO: Why 'Handmaid's Tale' costumes are the most powerful meme of the resistance yet The protesters — clad in uniforms from Margaret Atwood's dystopian novel The Handmaid's Tale — are demonstrating against a struggling senate bill that would overhaul Obamacare. The vote has been delayed until after the July Fourth holiday recess, but the possibility of the bill's passage is still very real. It would affect women and reproductive health — and not in a good way. Handmaid's Tale themed protesters at health care rally in front of the Capitol. #ResistTrumpcare pic.twitter.com/WjbHO4EaEh — CAP Action (@CAPAction) June 27, 2017 Currently outside the Capitol pic.twitter.com/fn3KGfaljA — Taylor Lorenz (@TaylorLorenz) June 27, 2017 Planned Parenthood activists getting into Handmaid's Tale gear to troll Trump's motorcade pic.twitter.com/weyWllk351 — Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) June 27, 2017 This protest was staged by Planned Parenthood to protest the GOP healthcare bill pic.twitter.com/zIcaYjo9GD — Taylor Lorenz (@TaylorLorenz) June 27, 2017 The gathering was reportedly organized by Planned Parenthood volunteers but was also highlighted by NARAL on Twitter Tuesday. Mashable has reached out for more information. Also outside the Capitol w/ us - Handmaids, making a chilling statement about the GOP #HealthcareBill's cruel policies. #ProtectOurCare pic.twitter.com/LBCxj4XVtl — NARAL (@NARAL) June 27, 2017 The @PPact #handmaids are on their way to the Capitol #StandWithPP @PPESActs @UHPPANY @PPGenAction pic.twitter.com/YkvkU0albI — PPGen at UAlbany (@PPGenatUAlbany) June 27, 2017 Tuesday's handmaids' protest is one of many around the country in the past few months — these protests have focused on cuts to women's health care options at the state level in Ohio, Texas, Missouri, and now at the Capitol. The silent protest yet again speaks volumes about the impact the proposed health care plan would have on women. WATCH: How ‘The Walking Dead’ show left the original comic behind



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Trump high court pick Gorsuch shows conservative credentials

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 21:04:30 -0400

(image) By Lawrence Hurley and Andrew Chung WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In less than three months, President Donald Trump's nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Neil Gorsuch, is already staking out ground on the court's right, adding his voice to the biggest controversies including Trump's travel ban targeted at six Muslim-majority countries, gun control, religious rights and gay rights. In a flurry of activity at the court on Monday, Gorsuch showed his inclination to rule from a spot occupied by fellow conservative Justice Clarence Thomas. At a minimum, he is so far living up to Trump's claim that he would be a conservative in the mold of the man he replaced, Justice Antonin Scalia, who died last year.



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Dreaded WWII Zero fighter takes to the skies over Japan

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 05:41:20 -0400

(image) Salvaged from the Papua New Guinean jungle, a restored World War II Japanese Zero fighter has taken to the skies over the land that gave birth to the once-feared warplane. The aircraft -- emblazoned with tell-tale rising sun symbols -- is one of just a few airworthy Zero fighters left in the world, nearly eight decades after they struck fear into the hearts of Allied pilots. The plane flew near Tokyo this month, watched by businessman and aviation buff Masahide Ishizuka who bought the plane for 350 million yen ($3.1 million) in 2008.



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Police: Girl's actions caused her to fall from NY park ride

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:08:06 -0400

(image) QUEENSBURY, N.Y. (AP) — A teenage girl's actions, not mechanical malfunctions, caused her to slip under a restraining bar on an amusement park gondola ride before falling into the arms of bystanders below, police said Monday.



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White House tells ‘Obamacare victims’ that ‘help is on the way’ amid Senate push

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 18:43:40 -0400

(image) On Monday, Vice President Mike Pence held a “listening session” in his office with people who said they had negative experiences with Obamacare.



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China's verdant 'forest city' will fight pollution with a million plants

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 16:17:26 -0400

If tree-covered skyscrapers act like enormous air filters, this cluster of buildings will be a clean air oasis. China has broken ground on a "forest city" in the southern city of Liuzhou. The development, which will span two-thirds of a mile along the Liujiang River, involves blanketing offices, apartments, hotels, and schools with more than a million plants and about 40,000 trees. SEE ALSO: How drones are helping to plant trees The verdant towers will help soak up urban air pollution, produce clean oxygen, and boost local biodiversity. The greenery also provides shade on sunny days and acts as an insulating blanket during winter, allowing tenants to use less heating and electricity. Liuzhou Forest City will span 175 hectares, or 0.67 miles, along the Liujiang River.Image: stefano boeri architettiIf the concept sounds familiar, that's because these buildings are the work of Stefano Boeri Architetti, the same architecture firm behind the two "vertical forest" buildings planned for Nanjing in eastern China.  Liuzhou city officials commissioned the Italian company to build the development, which will host about 30,000 people and be connected to the main Liuzhou city — population 3.8 million — via a fast-rail line used by electric cars. The forest city, now under construction, is expected to be completed by 2020, the Milan-based architects confirmed by email. 'Vertical forest' buildings in the Liuzhou development.Image: stefano boeri architettiThe development is a flashy but tiny effort to combat the dangerous smog and toxic air pollution that's choking China's industrialized cities. It comes as China is building more wind and solar power than any country in the world to slash emissions from coal plants, factories, and vehicles, and to combat climate change. Stefano Boeri's firm, which recently completed two verdant towers in Milan, is planning to expand into other smoggy cities, including China's Shijiazhuang, Guizhou, Shanghai, and Chongqing. In the Liuzhou Forest City, buildings, parks, and gardens will absorb almost 10,000 tons of carbon dioxide and 57 tons of fine dust pollutants per year, while producing about 900 tons of oxygen, the architects said in a press release.  By comparison, the two green towers in Nanjing will absorb 25 tons of carbon dioxide and produce 0.06 tons of oxygen.  An electric railway will link the 'forest city' to the main Liuzhou city.Image: stefano boeri architettiBeyond sucking up toxic air, the urban greenery is also expected to stifle noise pollution and support biodiversity by providing a habitat for the local birds, insects, and small animals that inhabit Liuzhou. The project will include residential areas, commercial and recreational spaces, plus two schools and a hospital. Along with plants, the buildings will also feature rooftop solar panels to produce clean electricity and use geothermal energy systems for interior air-conditioning. Stefano Boeri Architetti said the Liuzhou Forest City represents its broader effort to design a "new generation" of architecture and urban environments to address climate change. WATCH: China's big, beautiful, green 'vertical forests' will suck up toxic smog[...]


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Emmett Till Mississippi civil rights memorial vandalised for second time in two months

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 13:47:00 -0400

(image) An sign marking the site where black teenager was accused of whistling at a white woman - something that would subsequently result in him being lynched - has been vandalised for the second time in two months. The marker on the Mississippi Freedom Trail was damaged last month when someone scratched on it. Allan Hammons, whose company manages the Mississippi Freedom Trail, more than a dozen signs established in 2011 to mark seminal moments and locations in the civil rights movements, said the incident was deeply disturbing.



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Asylum Seekers in Canada Trapped in Legal Limbo

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:06:01 -0400

(image) Thousands of people who fled to Canada to escape President Donald Trump's crackdown on illegal migrants have become trapped in legal limbo because of an overburdened refugee system, struggling to find work, permanent housing or enroll their children in schools, reports Reuters.



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‘He colluded or obstructed’: Trump turns Russia suspicions against Obama

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 10:30:35 -0400

(image) Continuing a theme he has pushed lately, the president took issue with his predecessor’s lack of response to Russian interference in the election.



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Israel strikes Hamas bases in Gaza after rocket: officials

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 22:13:23 -0400

(image) Israeli airstrikes hit a series of targets in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip overnight, officials said, hours after a rocket from the Palestinian enclave landed in the Jewish state. Strikes were recorded in at least three locations in Gaza, Palestinian security sources and eyewitnesses said, with Hamas bases struck near the southern city of Rafah and Gaza City, as well as open land southeast of Gaza City. The Palestinian health ministry said there were no immediate reports of injuries, but an AFP photographer in Gaza saw at least one man bleeding being taken for treatment from a house near the base.



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New flying car concept seeks to revolutionize personal transport

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:00:00 -0400

(image) While some automakers look towards today's infrastructure of roads for the future of transportation, multiple companies are instead looking towards the sky. One of these is Neva Aerospace which used last week's 2017 Paris auto show to reveal its take on the future of transportation, and it's yet another flying car. Neva Aerospace says its flying car will be capable of flying for up to 20 or 30 minutes, travel at speeds up to 50 mph, and climb 3,000 feet in the air.



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Boston man found guilty of murder in 'Baby Doe' case

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:50:23 -0400

(image) Michael McCarthy, 37, escaped conviction on the more serious charge of first-degree murder for allegedly punching 2-1/2-year-old Bella Bond to death in the apartment he shared with his former girlfriend, Rachelle Bond, and dumping her plastic-wrapped body in Massachusetts Bay. Defense attorney Jonathan Shapiro had tried to undercut Bond's testimony during the trial, which included describing seeing McCarthy punch the child so hard that her body bounced off a bed. Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley told reporters after the verdict was read that Bond's testimony was truthful.



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10 must-have iPhone accessories under $25

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 13:53:43 -0400

(image) Apple’s iPhones are arguably the best smartphones on the planet. The hardware is fantastic, the customer service is positively unbeatable, and the iOS platform is the best mobile software platform in the world. Of course, all that comes at a price — iPhones are also some of the most expensive smartphones out there. You’ve already spent somewhere between $650 and $950 on your iPhone, so now it’s time to save some money. In this post, you’ll find 10 different must-have iPhone accessories that each cost less than $25.



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Donors to GOP: No cash until action on health care, taxes

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 11:32:35 -0400

(image) COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — At least one influential donor has informed congressional Republicans that the "Dallas piggy bank" is closed until he sees major action on health care and taxes.



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'Secure' Windows 10 S Hacked Wide Open in 3 Hours

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 09:45:00 -0400

(image) Windows 10 S is locked down to the point where you can't use any apps outside of the Windows Store. Because macros aren't run by default on documents downloaded from the web, he used a source Windows 10 S trusts: the local network. At that point, he was able to run a program to gain system-level privileges (the highest level of access) and also run processes from the system level.



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Two U.S. studies differ over effects of marijuana on drivers

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 13:01:32 -0400

(image) (This June 22 story has been refiled to correct study author's name to "Aydelotte" instead of "Adedoyte" in third paragraph.) By Taylor Harris (Reuters) - Two U.S. studies on the effects of marijuana on drivers in states where it is allowed for recreational use came to different conclusions about whether it increases risks behind the wheel. A study by the American Journal of Public Health published on Thursday looked at motor vehicle fatalities and found no significant increase in Colorado and Washington State, where recreational marijuana use is legal, compared with eight states where it is not legal that have similar populations, vehicle ownership, and traffic laws. “Our study focused on deaths and actually found what we expected going into this," Jason Aydelotte, lead author of the study said in a telephone interview.





Indian PM Narendra Modi escapes infamous Donald Trump handshake with bear hug

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 18:32:53 -0400

(image) The Indian Prime Minister has escaped the infamously tense and awkward handshakes between Donald Trump and other world leaders by going in for a bear hug more than once. Narendra Modi met with the US President at the White House for the first time and avoided the "yanking" handshake of Mr Trump, who tends to pull the other person towards him roughly. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was one of the first leaders to visit the White House and cameras caught an awkward look on his face just ahead of his Oval Office handshake.



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Russia FM Lavrov urges US to prevent 'provocations' in Syria

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:55:24 -0400

(image) Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday urged US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to prevent "provocations" against Syrian government forces, the foreign ministry said. In a phone call initiated by Tillerson, Lavrov "called on Washington to take steps to prevent provocations against Syrian government forces carrying out operations against terrorists," it said in a statement.



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Two police, family of six killed in latest Mexico violence

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 11:38:41 -0400

(image) Two federal police officers were mowed down Saturday in Mexico's Veracruz state, where gunman also killed a family of six, in the latest spasm of violence linked to criminal gangs. In the nearby city of Coatzacoalcos, the dead included two adults and four children who died in a hail of bullets as they ate dinner at an outdoor restaurant. Authorities added that two women were fatally shot in the town of Orizaba, also in Veracruz, one of Mexico's most violent states.



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Feds looking into Bernie Sanders' wife over real estate deal

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 20:03:34 -0400

(image) MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Federal investigators are looking into the finances behind a real estate deal for a now-defunct college put together by the wife of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, and she has hired a lawyer to look after her interests, a family spokesman confirmed on Monday.



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The 10 Best National Parks in the USA

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 09:00:00 -0400

(image) Explore the great outdoors at one of America's can't-miss national parks. If you're dreaming of an outdoor vacation filled with gushing geysers, animal encounters, towering rock formations and more, odds are you'll enjoy exploring a national park. Considering factors like the uniqueness of sights, historical significance and park accessibility, we determined which of the country's 59 national parks qualify as the Best National Parks in the USA.








Seattle employers cut hours after latest minimum wage rise, study finds

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 18:07:50 -0400

(image) Low-wage workers on average now clock 9 percent fewer hours and earn $125 less each month than before the Pacific Northwest city set one of the highest minimum wages in the nation, the University of Washington research paper said. Seattle, which has a booming economy and a strong technology sector, is midway through an initiative to increase its minimum wage for all employers to $15 an hour.



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Trump promotes faulty White House math on health care

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 09:23:42 -0400

(image) In addition to the elementary math error, the president's tweets attacked CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, the Washington Post and the New York Times as "fake news."



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2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat gets Demon’s wide-body look

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 12:00:00 -0400

(image) With only 3,300 destined to be built, the chances of you getting your hands on a 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon are slim, even if you can afford the car’s $86,090 price tag. The good news is that you’ll be able to get the Demon’s sexy wide-body look on a new Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody, which doesn’t suffer from limited production. Dodge on Tuesday announced that the 2018 Challenger SRT Hellcat will be available with a wide-body design.



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Female teacher arrested for allegedly having sex with student in car

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:45:52 -0400

(image) A female substitute teacher has been arrested and charged with alleged sexual contact with a 17-year-old student in Missouri. Loryn Barclay, 24, has been charged with purportedly having sex with the student in his car and at his home on numerous occasions between November 2016 and January 2017. A local police officer who also serves at the school, Jay Jastal, was tipped off about the possible relationship.



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