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Published: Tue, 22 Aug 2017 13:12:50 -0400

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US troops in Afghanistan: here's what to expect from Donald Trump's speech

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 13:31:05 -0400

(image) Donald Trump will announce his decision on America’s strategy in Afghanistan in an address to US troops and the nation on 21 August, almost 16 years after the war began. Donald Trump will address the nation on Monday night as he lays out his strategy for the continuing US involvement in the war in Afghanistan. What is Trump expected to say about Afghanistan tonight?

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US Navy crash: 10 sailors missing after destroyer USS John McCain collides with oil tanker off Singapore

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 22:48:00 -0400

(image) Ten sailors are missing after an American warship collided with an oil tanker east of Singapore in the second accident involving US Navy destroyers in little more than two months. The guided-missile destroyer USS John S McCain collided with the merchant vessel Alnic MC while heading to Singapore for a routine port call, the Navy said in a statement. “Initial reports indicate John S McCain sustained damage to her port side aft,” the Navy said.

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Barcelona attacker stabbed man to death during escape: police

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 09:16:28 -0400

(image) By Angus Berwick BARCELONA, Spain (Reuters) - Spain asked the rest of Europe to join the hunt for a young man thought to have been the driver in last week's deadly van attack in Barcelona as police said on Monday that he had also hijacked a car and killed its occupant during his escape. After driving at high speed into crowds on the city's famous avenue Las Ramblas last Thursday, killing 13 people, the suspected Islamist militant fled on foot and then hijacked the car as it was being parked, stabbing the driver to death, police said. The suspect, Moroccan-born Younes Abouyaaqoub, 22, then drove the hijacked car through a police checkpoint, police said.

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New York Police Union Condemns What It Terms 'Blue Racism'

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 14:37:05 -0400

(image) “They don’t even label me based on being African American, Latino, Asian, Caucasian and so on. They tend to see an even broader stereotype through an even more racist lens. The association, which represents 13,000 active and retired NYPD sergeants, says in the video that “this strange form of racism continues to engulf the country,” without offering any research or statistics to back up the assertion. A Stanford University study of traffic stops in 100 North Carolina cities, for instance, found that police had a “lower threshold of suspicion” for black and Latino drivers and were more likely to search their vehicles.

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US Embassy in Russia stops issuing tourist visas for 8 days

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 14:47:14 -0400

(image) MOSCOW (AP) — In a step that could affect hundreds of thousands of Russian tourists, the U.S. Embassy in Russia said Monday it would suspend issuing nonimmigrant visas for eight days from Wednesday in response to the Russian decision to cap embassy staff.

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Vehicle rams into bus shelters in Marseille kills one

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 07:36:01 -0400

(image) A man who rammed a car into two bus shelters in southern France on Monday, killing at least one person, was known to police for minor crimes and had psychological issues, a police source said.

South Africa grants Grace Mugabe diplomatic immunity after she allegedly attacked young model

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 14:10:10 -0400

Grace Mugabe, the first lady of Zimbabwe, returned home last night from South Africa after being granted diplomatic immunity after being accused of assaulting a model with an extension cable in a Johannesburg hotel. However last night lawyers announced they would launch a legal challenge this week to the immunity which allowed Mr Mugabe to escape facing any charges of assault. The immunity, granted after she arrived in South Africa more then a week ago on private business was a political decision not a legal one said Lorna Ferguson, a South African lawyer. “It was irrational and in contravention of South African laws for her to be granted immunity in the face of what were serious criminal charges laid against her for alleged assault a week ago. Gabriella Engels is seen with an injury to her forehead  Credit: Debbie Engels via AP "I consulted the law and with a veteran South Africa foreign affairs expert who said that immunity cannot be granted retrospectively.” Mrs Mugabe is accused of assaulting and injuring Gabriella Engels, a 20-year-old model who was visiting Mrs Mugabe’s two sons, Robert Jnr and Chatunga in a top Johannesburg hotel a week ago. Ms Engels laid charges against Mrs Mugabe after she had her face stitched up in hospital.  Mrs Mugabe avoided going to court and was rescued when her husband, President Robert Mugabe, arrived in South Africa to attend a regional conference and arranged immunity for his wife which was officially announced on Saturday. Grace Mugabe, shown here in October 2014, returned home from South Africa Credit: JEKESAI NJIKIZANA/AFP/Getty Images Ms Engels case has been taken up by a non Governmental organisation Afriforum which says it will go to court for the injured woman re the immunity, and will also charge Mrs Mugabe in both criminal and civil cases. President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace, sneaked out of South Africa via South Africa’s main military airport near the capital Pretoria, in the very early hours of Sunday morning. Alex Magisa, a senior Zimbabwean and legal academic at the University of Kent, said one of the tragedies of the Grace Mugabe assault case in South Africa is that few people in Zimbabwe know about it.  No mention of the case has been made on the only TV station and all radio stations and daily newspapers it controls. "Much of the 67 percent of people who live in rural areas have to rely on traditional sources (of information) which simply refused to cover the story. MUGABE TIMELINE "Few incidents illustrate the totalitarian face of the Zimbabwean regime as this current case involving Grace Mugabe’s embarrassing moment in South Africa where she allegedly beat up a young woman whom she found in the company of her two sons,” he said. Mrs Mugabe and various web sites and twitter feeds which support her in Zimbabwe say the first lady was attacked by Ms Engels. Ahead of Mrs Mugabe’s return home, South Africa and Zimbabwe seized and grounded passenger aircraft in Johannesburg and Harare. Only after diplomatic immunity for Mrs Mugabe was gazetted did South Africa’s civil aviation authority allow the Air Zimbabwe Boeing 767 it had grounded early Saturday, to take off after midnight on Sunday. Harare had retaliated by seizing a South African Airways aircraft at the Harare International Airport on Saturday and refused to clear it for take-off until after the Mugabe’s were on their way back to Harare. Flights between the two countries have now resumed.[...]

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Noam Chomsky: Antifa is a 'major gift to the right'

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 07:06:00 -0400

(image) Noam Chomsky has launched into an attack on the anti-fascist movement and argued its actions are wrong in principle and it is a “major gift to the right”. Antifa, shorthand for anti-fascist organisations, refers to a loose coalition of militant, decentralised, grassroots groups which are opposed to the far-right. The movement, which was founded in Europe in the 1920s, has dominated headlines in the wake of a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville earlier this month.

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North Korea shipments to Syria chemical arms agency intercepted: U.N. report

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 18:27:25 -0400

(image) By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Two North Korean shipments to a Syrian government agency responsible for the country's chemical weapons program were intercepted in the past six months, according to a confidential United Nations report on North Korea sanctions violations. The report by a panel of independent U.N. experts, which was submitted to the U.N. Security Council earlier this month and seen by Reuters on Monday, gave no details on when or where the interdictions occurred or what the shipments contained.

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10 sailors missing in collision between US warship, tanker

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 02:10:48 -0400

(image) SINGAPORE (AP) — Ten U.S. sailors are missing after a collision between the USS John S. McCain and a tanker early Monday east of Singapore, the second accident involving a ship from the Navy's 7th Fleet in the Pacific in two months.

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Duterte faces nationwide revolt over drugs war after killing of schoolboy sparks outrage

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 07:14:35 -0400

A horrifying image of a schoolboy being dragged to a violent death in a dirty alleyway has galvanised the Philippines against a brutal state-led war on drugs that has killed over 12,500 people in the last year. For a nation now largely immune to the bloodied corpses of alleged small time drugs users and dealers dumped on the streets, the graphic reports of the final moments of Kian Delos Santos, 17, who was allegedly shot three times by undercover police officers, have been too much to bear. His killing last week has united the public, senior politicians and the Catholic Church into the most significant sweep of mass protests since President Rodrigo Duterte pushed for a savage crackdown on drugs after his election last June. Most of the 12,500 casualties have been killed by masked assassins.  An estimated 3,500 have been killed in police shoot-outs, which officers often claim were self-defence. Protesters wearing masks depicting victims of extra judicial killings taking part in a demonstration against the killings of suspected drug users in Manila Credit: AFP In the case of Delos Santos, the police initially claimed he had fired first. But their story was contradicted by witnesses and CCTV footage that showed the teenager being dragged down alleyways into a dead-end corner where he was asked to run with a gun, and shot when he did. He was heard screaming “Please can I go home, I have school tomorrow.” Delos Santos is one of 81 people killed last week during mass police raids in what was the bloodiest period of the drugs war so far. His bullet-ridden, semi-naked body was found in a foetal position with a gun in his hand.   Speaking to Rappler news, his parents, Saldy and Lorenza, said he was a well-behaved teenager who loved watching YouTube and who helped with the family shop. His only vice was eating cheese-flavoured crisps. Protesters display placards and candles outside the wake for slain Delos Santos Credit: AP On the night he died, his father gave him a prescient warning to come home early. “You know how it is on our street, it could be dangerous,” Saldy said. Images of his devastated parents, comforting each other by his open casket have since dominated the local media. “I need to speak up for my son,” Lorenza told reporters. Saldy Delos Santos hit out at police attempts to smear his son’s name by alleging he was a drugs runner. “We are the victims here. We are the ones you should help,” he said. Several children have been caught in the crossfire of the drugs war, but the killing of Delos Santos has resonated in a way that none other has done before. Saldy Delos Santos comforts his son's girlfriend at his wake  Credit: AP Church leaders have led the outcry, pledging to ring church bells every evening in protest. The senate has launched an inquiry into the escalation in killings, and people have gathered in candlelit vigils. Vice-president Leni Robredo, said Delos Santos could have been her own child. “How many Kians have we had? How many more Kians will follow?” she asked. Three police officers, suspected of the murder, are currently in custody while the case is probed. Mr Duterte’s hardline stance wavered on Monday when he said if they were guilty they would “rot in jail.” Meanwhile the poignancy of his son’s future ambitions are not lost on Delos Santos’ father. “They killed an innocent child. And to think, he wanted to be a policeman,” he said.[...]

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Millions pour into US towns in path of total eclipse

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 16:35:36 -0400

(image) On Monday, when a total solar eclipse sweeps across the United States for the first time in 99 years, people gathering in Charleston, South Carolina, will be the last on the continent to experience it. Historic Charleston, with its cobblestone streets and elegant antebellum mansions, was clearly a-bustle on Sunday, in full pre-eclipse mode. Its restaurants were packed and downtown parking was at a premium as excited locals and tourists -- possessors of the prized solar glasses that make eclipse-viewing safe -- strolled cheerfully along the seafront Battery promenade.

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Trump on Afghanistan: 'We are not nation-building. We are killing terrorists.'

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 22:08:30 -0400

(image) During a primetime address to the nation on Monday night, President Trump questioned the strategies that past administrations used in Afghanistan and South Asia. The president said the United States was no longer concerned with building democracies abroad. "We are not nation-building again. We are killing terrorists,” he said.

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The Total Solar Eclipse Is Finally Here And The Photos Don't Disappoint

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 13:06:39 -0400

(image) Unless you’ve been living in a fallout bunker (and who would blame you), everyone should know Monday is the day people around the U.S. have been excited about for the past few months.

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Plymouth Long Beach Temporarily Closed After Shark Sighting

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 05:20:03 -0400

(image) Following the sighting Plymouth Long Beach, Massachusetts was closed for a few hours. Sunday's was the first shark sighting off the beach in 2017.

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Attorneys for condemned Missouri man seek halt to execution

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 12:54:40 -0400

(image) ST. LOUIS (AP) — Attorneys for a condemned Missouri inmate warn that the state is preparing to execute a potentially innocent man.

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Merkel attacks Turkey's 'misuse' of Interpol warrants

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 17:43:59 -0400

(image) German Chancellor Angela Merkel criticized Turkey's use of an Interpol arrest warrant to detain a German writer in Spain, telling an election town hall event on Sunday that this amounted to abuse of the international police agency. Dogan Akhanli was stopped in Spain on Saturday after Ankara issued a "red notice". The German-Turkish writer was released on Sunday but must remain in Madrid while Spain assesses Turkey's extradition request.

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The National Park Service Raises Prices for Seniors

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 14:01:57 -0400

(image) Senior citizens will soon be asked to pay more to visit National Parks and federal recreation areas in retirement. The price of the senior pass to National Parks will increase from $10 to $80 on August 28, 2017. The America the Beautiful -- The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Senior Pass , which covers lifetime visits to National Parks, has been $10 since 1994.

Gunman opens fire at Ohio judge, who takes out gun and fires back

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 12:05:00 -0400

(image) The judge was wounded, and the suspect killed, in an 8am shoot out. Jefferson County Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr was heading to work at a courthouse in Steubenville, Ohio, where he had worked for 20 years, when he was attacked by a lone gunman. Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla said the suspect in Monday's shooting waited in a car outside the courthouse for almost an hour before Mr Bruzzese arrived.

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Trump backs off Afghan withdrawal, lambasts Pakistan

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 06:33:43 -0400

(image) "My instinct was to pull out," Trump said as he spoke of his frustration with a war that has killed thousands of US troops and cost US taxpayers trillions of dollars. While Trump refused to offer detailed troop numbers, senior White House officials said he had already authorized his defense secretary to deploy up to 3,900 more troops to Afghanistan.

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This is the only eclipse photo you need

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 21:01:50 -0400

(image) If your friends are anything like mine, every single social app that encourages over-sharing is full of blurry eclipse photos right now. As it turns out, turning up the digital zoom to 11 isn't the greatest way to capture a generational event, but luckily, NASA's got you covered. A NASA photographer captured this incredible eclipse photobomb during the partial eclipse. If you look closely, you can see the International Space Station transiting over the front of the sun, just before the moon blocks everything out. ISS transits over the sun aren't uncommon and often make for excellent photos, but it's incredibly rare that you're going to get the sun, moon, and space station all in one image. The other black dots you can see are sunspots on the surface of our local star, not dust on the lens. Taking a telephoto image of the sun is challenging, and doubly so when you need the timing to get three objects in frame. Pointing an unprotected camera on the end of a telephoto lens at the sun can cause so much heat buildup that the camera melts and explodes, so photographers have to use special filters to get the image.

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Ex-Trump Spokeswoman Tells Fox News That Slavery Is 'Good' History

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 13:07:02 -0400

(image) Katrina Pierson, a former spokeswoman for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, told Fox News on Monday that slavery is good history, prompting disbelief from fellow guest Wendy Osefo.

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Guy falls into a giant sinkhole because he was too busy looking at his phone

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 06:28:16 -0400

(image) Let this be a lesson to us all. A man riding a scooter was going down a street in the Chinese city of Guangxi, when a massive sinkhole suddenly opened up ahead of him. SEE ALSO: Giant sinkhole appears overnight, swallows 25 tonnes of fish His arm up, looking at his cell phone, he remains oblivious to the scene and carries on driving — until he falls right in. Here's the moment it happened: Large sinkhole forms in Guangxi early Thursday. Scooter driver doesn't see it in time, launches right into it (driver OK). — People's Daily,China (@PDChina) August 18, 2017 According to Chinese reports, the man was uninjured and managed to climb out of the pit, which measured two metres (6 ft) deep, eight metres long (26 ft) and five meters (16 ft) wide. While sinkholes don't usually open in the middle of the road for no reason, it's been happening more in rapidly urbanising parts of China, where extensive roadworks shifts the soil underneath the asphalt. Authorities have yet to offer an official reason for the sinkhole. But users on Chinese social media website Weibo had little sympathy for the rider. "He's using a phone while riding a scooter. Sorry I really have no sympathy," said one user. "It's fine if you walk on the sidewalk while using your phone but this is too much, it's so dangerous," another chipped in. "What the heck was he thinking playing with his phone while riding?" one asked. Well one thing's for sure, he probably won't be using his phone while driving again for a long time. WATCH: Three construction innovations that will change the way we build

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The stray dogs of Chernobyl

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 12:28:29 -0400

(image) An estimated 900 stray dogs live in the Chernobyl exclusion zone, many of them likely the descendants of dogs left behind following the mass evacuation of residents in the aftermath of the 1986 nuclear disaster. Volunteers, including veterinarians and radiation experts from around the world, are participating in an initiative called the Dogs of Chernobyl, launched by the nonprofit Clean Futures Fund. Participants capture the dogs, study their radiation exposure, vaccinate them against parasites and diseases including rabies, tag the dogs, and release them again into the exclusion zone.

Wounded congressman says return based on doctors' advice

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 14:33:12 -0400

(image) WASHINGTON (AP) — The Louisiana congressman shot at a baseball practice in mid-June is telling colleagues that his return to the Capitol will be based on his doctors' advice and a date has not yet been determined.

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Cambodia PM orders English-language newspaper to pay taxes or close

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 07:50:21 -0400

(image) Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen denounced the media, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the United States on Tuesday, amid growing government impatience with criticism ahead of a general election next year. Hun Sen has ruled Cambodia for more than three decades and has shown no signs of any willingness to relinquish power. Hun Sen directed much of his anger at the English-language Cambodia Daily newspaper, saying it had to pay taxes accrued over the past 10 years by Sept. 4 or face closure.

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What Donald Trump said about Afghanistan before he was President - and what he's saying now

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 07:15:54 -0400

When Donald Trump addressed the nation on Monday night, presenting his Afghanistan strategy, he admitted that it was likely to disappoint his supporters. Mr Trump has long championed withdrawing from Afghanistan, repeatedly attacking Barack Obama for the continued US presence in the region. Yet in a surprise move on Monday night, he claimed that a withdrawal of personnel would leave a power vacuum that to be filled by terrorists, as has happened in Iraq, and committed to more troops. In August 2010 US troop numbers peaked at 100,000, but Mr Obama, despite repeated efforts to withdraw, failed to completely exit the country. An Afghan boy watches as a US Marine scans the area during a patrol in Sangin, south of Kabul, Afghanistan He handed over to Mr Trump with 8,400 troops. “My original instinct was to pull out - and, historically, I like following my instincts,” he said.   “But all my life I've heard that decisions are much different when you sit behind the desk in the Oval Office; in other words, when you're president of the United States.”   As ever with Mr Trump, his tweets came back to haunt him. 2011: 'I would get out of Afghanistan' In 2011 Mr Trump appeared on the show of his friend, Bill O'Reilly, on Fox News. "What I'm getting from you, though, is you would withdraw US troops out of Afghanistan?" asked O'Reilly. Mr Trump replied: "Yes, I would." O'Reilly asked whether they would mean the return of the Taliban. "Well, they're going to come back anyway because they're really in Pakistan," said Mr Trump.  2012: 'Afghanistan is a complete waste' Five years to the day before his Fort Myer speech, Mr Trump tweeted: “Why are we continuing to train these Afghanis who then shoot our soldiers in the back? Afghanistan is a complete waste. Time to come home!” Why are we continuing to train these Afghanis who then shoot our soldiers in the back? Afghanistan is a complete waste. Time to come home!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 21, 2012 2013: 'Let's get out of Afghanistan' A year later, in 2013, he continued his theme, stating: “Let’s get out of Afghanistan. Our troops are being killed by the Afghanis we train and we waste billions there. Nonsense! Rebuild the USA.” In March 2013 James Mattis, Mr Trump’s current defence secretary, who at the time was the general leading the US military's Central Command, said that he recommended keeping 13,600 American troops in Afghanistan after 2013. We should leave Afghanistan immediately. No more wasted lives. If we have to go back in, we go in hard & quick. Rebuild the US first.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 1, 2013 This tweet hasn't aged well.— Joe Negan (@mynameisNegan) August 22, 2017 I agree with Pres. Obama on Afghanistan. We should have a speedy withdrawal. Why should we keep wasting our money -- rebuild the U.S.!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 14, 2013 2013: 'We have wasted an enormous amount of blood and treasure in Afghanistan' Mr Trump disagreed, tweeting: “We have wasted an enormous amount of blood and treasure in [...]

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Solar eclipse 2017: Aerial photos show staggering number of people gathering in Oregon to see event

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 11:47:00 -0400

(image) Thousands of people have descended on Oregon to witness the total solar eclipse, with the state first to witness the “line of totality” where the sun appears completely covered by the moon. Oregon State Police have been documenting the increase in traffic across Oregon since last week, showing aerial pictures of a 15-mile stretch of backed up traffic on Thursday as people travelled to the state to be ready for the eclipse. On Sunday aerial shots from Prineville Police Department showed the staggering size of the crowds gathered at the Symbiosis Gathering, also called the Oregon Eclipse Festival 2017, taking place on the Big Summit Prairie, and of the Oregon Star party.

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Men Partially Blinded From A Solar Eclipse Warn Others To Watch Safely

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 09:05:19 -0400

(image) That’s how long two Oregon men say they looked at a partial solar eclipse with their naked eyes 55 years ago before it burned their retinas, causing permanent blindness.

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Crime Spree End When Theft Victim Uses 'Find My iPhone' to Track Stolen Goods

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 17:21:00 -0400

(image) The suspects' undoing began when they allegedly burglarized a Port Orange home as its owner slept overnight last Thursday, officials said.

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Today’s huge Amazon sale on Nerf guns is your back to school gift to yourself

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 15:08:24 -0400


You know how there are some toys you buy for your son or daughter, but in reality they're completely for you? Yeah, you're about to load up on all of the Nerf guns and Nerf gun gear you can handle, and you'll have to play it off like you're buying them for your kids. Dealing with back to school shopping can be stressful at times, and that might be why Amazon chose today to have an insane sale on all the Nerf guns and accessories you can handle. There are 21 different items available at discounts up to half off, and you can shop the entire sale right here. Below, you'll find our picks for the 10 best bargains in this monster sale.


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Dozens reported dead in US-led strikes as battle nears Raqa heart

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 10:19:58 -0400

(image) Dozens of civilians have died in two days of intense US-led strikes on Raqa, a monitor said Tuesday, as fighting to retake the Syrian city from jihadists nears its densely populated centre. The coalition acknowledges it has pounded the city and surrounding area with more than 250 air strikes over the past week alone, in support of the Syrian Democratic Forces alliance battling the Islamic State group. The SDF has so far captured just under 60 percent of Raqa, monitors say, leaving IS with about 10 square kilometres (four square miles) in the heart of the city.

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'Catching' a U-2 fresh back from America's air wars

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 16:04:24 -0400

(image) By Phil Stewart AL DHAFRA AIR BASE, United Arab Emirates (Reuters) - It may not sound possible to "catch" an American spy plane while driving a Dodge Charger. The plane itself was designed in the 1950s to grip the lightest parts of the atmosphere some 70,000 feet above the Earth, so, in the words of one of the U-2 pilots, "it really doesn't want to stop flying." Enter the Dodge Charger, which along with another so-called "chase car" helped guide the spy plane down to the runway, speeding at about 90 miles per hour - an operation perfected over the many years of the famed U-2 Dragon Lady's operations.

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Teen pleads guilty to lesser charge in Slender Man attack

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 16:05:50 -0400

(image) MILWAUKEE (AP) — One of two Wisconsin girls charged with repeatedly stabbing a classmate to impress the fictitious horror character Slender Man pleaded guilty Monday, but she still faces a trial in the case next month focused on her mental health.

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Vice News' Elle Reeve Crushes Donald Trump's Claims About Charlottesville

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 03:42:36 -0400

(image) “Vice News Tonight” reporter Elle Reeve appeared on CBS’s “Face the Nation” Sunday morning to discuss her experience documenting white supremacists rallying in Charlottesville, Virginia, this month. Reeve confirmed once again that the white supremacists and neo-Nazis gathered in Charlottesville were not rallying simply to protest the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee, as President Donald Trump argued last week. “They didn’t talk about Robert E. Lee being a brilliant military tactician,” Reeve said of the white supremacists gathered on the campus of the University of Virginia on Aug. 11 and 12.

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Solar eclipse 2017: What time and where is it, plus the science behind it

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 11:42:25 -0400

In just a few hours, all of North America will witness a total solar eclipse for the first time in 99 years, where the Moon will pass in front of the Sun, casting darkness across swathes of the Earth's surface - with up to 14 states shrouded in complete blackout. FOLLOW THE SOLAR ECLIPSE WITH OUR LIVEBLOG NOW! Millions in US gather to gaze at rare total eclipse 01:44 What's happening? Dubbed the Great American Eclipse, the spectacular moment will see the Sun, the Moon and the Earth become perfectly aligned in a once-in-a-lifetime celestial spectacle seen from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean. Beginning at 18:16 BST, we Brits will only be able to see the total solar eclipse on our screens. However, although we won't see a perfect alignment in the UK we will be able to see a partial eclipse over the course of the evening (where the moon covers only a part of the sun). 10 amazing places in America to watch the 2017 solar eclipse Who will be able to see the Great American Eclipse? Everyone in North America, parts of South America, Africa and Europe - including the UK - will see at least a partial solar eclipse, where the moon covers only a part of the sun. However, 14 states across the United States will experience a total solar eclipse with more than two minutes of darkness descending in the middle of the day over the course of 100 minutes. More than 12 million Americans live inside the path of totality and more than half of the nation live within 400 miles of it. Millions more are expected to travel to cities along the path to witness the phenomenon.  Where and when to see the eclipse What causes an eclipse? The diameter of the Sun is 400 times that of the Moon but it lies 400 times further away - which means if you are in exactly the right alignment on the surface of the Earth at the right time, you will see the two celestial bodies overlap exactly. What creates a total solar eclipse There's a Great American Eclipse Google Doodle (US only) Great American Eclipse 2017 What areas will see total blackout? Anyone within the path of totality will see the sky become dark for several minutes as the moon completely covers the sun. The path is relatively thin, around 70 miles wide, and stretches from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. It will first be seen at Lincoln Beach, Oregon at 9:05 PDT, with totality beginning at 10:16 PDT. Over the next 90 minutes, it will cross through Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and North and end near Charleston, South Carolina at 14:28 EDT. The lunar shadow will leave the US at 04:09 EDT. Its longest duration will be near Carbondale, Illinois, where the sun will be completely covered for two minutes and 40 seconds. What time can I see the total eclipse? Here are the mid-eclipse times for some of the major towns and cities along the path of totality, according to Nasa. All [...]

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Teenager's final hours captured in photos taken by ex-boyfriend before he shot her and pushed body off a cliff

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 05:29:18 -0400

(image) Jolee Callan, 18, was shot twice in the head by former partner Loren Bunner after he convinced her to go hiking in east Alabama in August 2015. Three more photos show Ms Callan walking the dog and later holding the dog while looking out at a view after hiking up a mountain in Cheaha State Park. Police said Bunner called 911 to report he had “murdered his ex-girlfriend” while driving home from the crime scene and pulled over to wait for the authorities, according to the Shelby County Reporter.

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The Eclipse Crosses America

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 14:06:07 -0400

(image) A total solar eclipse is crossing America on August 21, 2017. Watch the powerful celestial event unfold in photos

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Nigeria's president slams divisions after absence

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 20:45:45 -0400

(image) Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari took to state TV on Monday in his first speech since returning from a long medical absence in Britain, in a bid to dampen mounting separatist tensions in the country. The 74-year-old, who received treatment for an undisclosed condition in London, appeared thinner than usual as he read slowly from a prepared statement in which he also vowed to redouble the fight against Boko Haram jihadists. "I was distressed to notice that some of the comments (in my absence), especially in the social media, have crossed national red lines by daring to question our collective existence as a nation.

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All of the wheels, all of the power; meet the new 2018 BMW M5

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 13:10:00 -0400

(image) Perhaps you've heard rumors that the new BMW M5 would be all-wheel drive. BMW on Monday confirmed all of the above. The automaker announced that the 2018 BMW M5 will arrive in the U.S. next year—sometime after February, but before June—to patient hands willing to likely pay more than six figures for the privilege.

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U.S. farmers confused by Monsanto weed killer's complex instructions

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 06:47:21 -0400

(image) By Tom Polansek and Karl Plume CHICAGO (Reuters) - With Monsanto Co's latest flagship weed killer, dicamba, banned in Arkansas and under review by U.S. regulators over concerns it can drift in the wind, farmers and weed scientists are also complaining that confusing directions on the label make the product hard to use safely. Dicamba, sold under different brand names by BASF and DuPont , can vaporize under certain conditions and the wind can blow it into nearby crops and other plants. To prevent that from happening, Monsanto created a 4,550-word label with detailed instructions.

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