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Published: Sun, 23 Jul 2017 08:37:25 -0400

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The many indignities of Sean Spicer

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 16:49:40 -0400

(image) White House press secretary Sean Spicer resigned his post Friday after six months and one half day on the job, surviving almost weekly predictions of his imminent departure at the hands of one or another of the president’s aides and advisers. The final indignity appeared to be Trump’s hiring of Anthony Scaramucci as the new White House communications director, which became public shortly before.

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How Far Can Trump Take His Pardon Power?

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:34:43 -0400

(image) Bob Bauer, former White House counsel under President Obama, talks with Rachel Maddow about whether Donald Trump would have to announce if he has pardoned someone and whether a pardon could be seen as an obstruction of justice.

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Eight Massive Wildfires Rage Across California

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 12:04:40 -0400

(image) Among the fires is the most destructive wildfire in the U.S. this year, which crept within a mile of the historic tourist town of Mariposa.

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Ex-CIA Director Hayden: Russia election meddling was ‘most successful covert operation in history’

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 17:20:56 -0400

(image) Michael Hayden, former head of the NSA and CIA, called Russia’s interference in the 2016 election the “most successful covert influence operation in history.”

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Teacher convicted of having sex with her student suing teenage boy for defamation

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 12:47:00 -0400

(image) A 36-year-old teacher convicted of having sex with a person under the legal age of consent in California is suing the student she slept with for defamation. Tara Stumph, who is currently serving a 180 day sentence for having sex with a 16-year-old student, says that statements made by the young man hurt her reputation and her career. Stumph was named alongside her former employer, the Lucia Mar School District, in the lawsuit brought against her by her victim’s family.

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Earthquake rocks Greece and Turkey: Two dead on Kos as hundreds of tourists hurt amid tsunami

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:07:56 -0400

Earthquake hits off coast of Greek islands and Turkey Two tourists killed on Kos and more than 200 injured Another 360 hurt in Turkish resort of Bodrum 6.7-magnitude quake triggers small tsunami Panic as building crashes down on tourists in bar Others jump from balconies and run for their lives Tens of thousands flee hotels and sleep in streets 'We were all screaming': Tourists describe night of chaos At least two tourists have been killed and more than 500 others injured after a powerful earthquake shook the Greek Islands and Turkish coast, triggering a small tsunami. The 6.7-magnitude quake struck in the Aegean Sea on Thursday night south of the Turkish city of Bodrum and east of the small Greek island of Kos - both areas popular with British holidaymakers. It sent a building crashing down on tourists at a bar in the Old Town of the main port on Kos, killing two men - a 27-year-old from Sweden and a 39-year-old from Turkey - and injuring scores of others in scenes of panic. Other holidaymakers were injured when they lept to safety from balconies of other buildings. Greek health officials said 13 people were flown to hospitals in Athens and on the islands of Rhodes and Crete. The earthquake triggered a small tsunami that brought two-foot tidal waves that caused flooding in Bodrum and parts of Kos, which took the brunt of the impact with significant damage to buildings. Earthquake rocks holiday resorts in Greece and Turkey - in pictures Tourists were forced to flee their hotels when the quake hit at around 1.30am local time on Friday (10.31pm GMT Thursday) and experienced more than 20 aftershocks throughout the night. The effects of the quake were felt by people miles away from the epicentre. Many ran from their homes or holiday apartments with pillows and blankets. Tens of thousands of holidaymakers spent the night outdoors on Kos, with many sleeping on sunbeds along beaches and in squares. Rubble in a street on the Greek island of Kos, that bore the brunt of the earthquake damage Credit: Reuters A car left wedged in a street following the earthquake Credit: DOGAN NEWS AGENCY A car is covered with debris following an earthquake on Kos Credit: GIANNIS KIARIS More than 200 people were injured on Kos. Some had been trapped when buildings collapsed. Many suffered broken bones, with a number in a serious condition. Police said the injured including tourists of various nationalities. The Turkish health minister said that almost 360 people were hurt in the resort of Bodrum. Of the victims in Bodrum, 25 remained in hospital on Friday morning. Some had broken bones, but the health minister said there were no serious injuries. Firefighters remove debris outside a cafe following the earthquake  Credit: GIANNIS KIARIS/EPA Fallen bottles in a shop on Kos after the 6.7-magnitude earthquake Credit: GIANNIS KIARIS/EPA People try to move the cars from a flooded coastal road after the quake triggered a small tsunami  Credit: Kos Today Among those who felt the earthquake on Kos was British student Naomi Ruddock, who is on holiday with her mother. "We were asleep and we just felt the room shaking," she said. "The room moved. Literally everything was moving. "And it kind of felt like you were on a boat and it was swaying really fast from side to side - you felt seasick." Map: 6.7 Magnitude earthquake near Kos The Foreign Office warned on Friday of “significant” travel disruption for those hoping to leave Greece by either flight or ferry.  There are currently around 10,000 British holidaymakers in Kos, and in the “low thousands” in Bodrum, according to the Association of British Travel Agents (Abta).  However the true figure is likely to be higher, as this excludes independent travellers. TUI, which owns Thomson and First Choice, said that a "handful" of its customers we[...]

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Ohio treasurer and Senate candidate takes on Anti-Defamation League over far-right ‘witch hunt’

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 16:25:09 -0400

(image) Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, a candidate in next year’s Republican Senate primary, sided Thursday with two prominent right-wing nationalist commentators over the Anti-Defamation League, which put them on a watch list of what it called “alt-lite” figures.

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Trump Claims ‘Complete Power to Pardon’ in Tweetstorm

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 12:01:48 -0400

(image) The president launched a Twitter blitz Saturday — 10 tweets in all — claiming his power to pardon, demanding action on health care to attacking Hillary Clinton.

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March for Australian Justine Damond, shot dead by Minneapolis police

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 11:53:47 -0400

(image) Hundreds gathered Thursday night at the Minneapolis site of Justine Damond's fatal shooting to hold a vigil before marching to a nearby park in memory of the Australian expatriate.

Sean Spicer resigns as White House press secretary

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:11:52 -0400

(image) WH press secretary Sean Spicer resigned on Friday amid changes to President Trump’s communications shop. Anthony Scaramucci was named communications director.

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This Mercedes G-Wagen/E-Class mash-up is the off-roader we've always wanted

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 15:00:00 -0400

(image) No, this is not some sham or gimmick of a rendering—this Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain 4x4² is very real and it comes straight from the brilliantly twisted mind of a Mercedes-Benz engineer. The Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain was revealed last year as the brand's answer to the Audi and Volvo soft-roading wagons of the world. It's currently sold exclusively in Europe with a choice of diesel engines.

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Minneapolis police chief resigns after shooting by officer

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 23:45:51 -0400

(image) MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis police Chief Janee Harteau resigned Friday at the request of the mayor, who said she lost confidence in the chief after last weekend's fatal police shooting of an unarmed Australian woman who had called 911.

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Surreal! Salvador Dali's moustache remains intact, embalmer reveals after exhumation

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:12:19 -0400

Salvador Dalí’s famous moustache remains in a perfect state, witnesses to the surrealist artist’s exhumation for DNA testing have revealed. Narcís Bardalet, Dalí’s embalmer, said that upon opening his crypt, the body was found to be exactly as it was when it was interred 28 years ago.  The handlebars of his moustache were still “marking (the time of) 10 past 10” as he wished, he said. Workers bring a casket to the Dali Theatre Museum  Credit: Manu Fernandez/AP “His moustache remains intact, marking 10 past 10, as he desired,” Mr Bardalet told local television. “It’s a miracle. Dalí will be with us for a long time”. The Spanish master was raised from his tomb in his hometown of Figueres late on Thursday night in a highly controversial operation to settle a paternity claim from a TV fortune teller that she is his secret lovechild. Pilar Abel poses for the media upon her arrival to the Toxicology National Institute to undergo a DNA test, in Madrid earlier this month Credit: EFE via EPA Pilar Abel, 61, also from Figueres, has for more than a decade been fighting to prove she is Dalí’s daughter, claiming to have learned from her mother and grandmother at the age of eight that she was the product of an affair with the married artist.  Despite being dismissed by many as a fraud, Ms Abel in June won a court order to exhume Dalí’s body, a Madrid judge ruling there was no other way to settle the claim. Salvador Dalí’s moustache was an iconic trademark of his appearance Credit: AFP/Getty The artist’s two tibias have been extracted as well as nails and teeth, and will now be taken to Madrid for testing before being replaced to preserve the integrity of the body, Lluís Peñuelas, secretary of the Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation, said. Just 15 people were present at the exhumation  Credit: LLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty He stressed that the Foundation, which administers Dalí’s estate, regards the exhumation as “completely inappropriate” and Ms Abel’s claim as "baseless".  The exhumation was far from simple. Cranes were installed to lift the one and a half ton tombstone from Dalí’s crypt, which lies beneath the stage in the artist’s self-designed Theatre-Museum. Workers take scaffolding inside the Theatre-Museum Dali to be used in the exhumation  Credit: LLUIS GENE/AFP The operation took place under the cover of night, with media banned and tarpaulins placed over the top of the building to prevent drones spying from overhead.  Just 15 people were present and all phones and cameras were prohibited to prevent images leaking out.  The exhumation took place at the Theatre-Museum Dali in Figueras Credit: LLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Marta Felip, the mayor of Figueres, said it was “grotesque” that the fortune teller’s claim had been taken so far. She said the results would be known in the first week of September, and said that if Ms Abel was found not to be the artist’s daughter, the Foundation and the local government would be seeking to recover their considerable costs. Tourists visit the tomb of Salvador Dali at the Theatre-Museum Dali following the exhumation  Credit: LLUIS GENE/AFP But if Ms Abel is proved right, she could be entitled to a 25 percent share of Dalí's considerable estate. That will open up another legal battle with the Foundation and the Spanish state, to which he left his works.  "The question of tracing any inheritance will be a difficult one," Michael Mylonas QC of London barristers' chambers Serjeants’ Inn told The Telegraph, suggesting that the Foundation "must be feeling some heat". Ms Abel told the Telegraph that she was[...]

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In Chicago, women worried about violence join gun club

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 21:05:28 -0400

(image) Her hands slowed by rheumatoid arthritis, 71-year-old Marietta Crowder stands in front of her paper target, steadies her gun and pulls the trigger. Crowder is perhaps not the typical patron of a gun club. A fellow retiree, Javondlynn Dunagan, came up with the idea of gun training classes geared toward women, and for the "Ladies of Steel" gun club -- after successful training, the women gather twice a month to practice their skills.

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Radio station cancels Richard Dawkins appearance over Islam tweets

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 10:42:00 -0400

(image) A US radio station invited Richard Dawkins to speak about his latest book, and then cancelled the ticketed event over his tweets about Islam. The evolutionary biologist was due to discuss Science in the Soul: Collected Writings of a Passionate Rationalist at a benefit event for KPFA, a listener-funded station in Berkeley, California. Tickets were snapped up ahead of the anti-theist’s planned talk on 9 August – but KPFA cancelled the event on Thursday, claiming it had recently discovered that his comments about Islam had upset people.

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One Thing I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Started a Succulent Garden

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:54:26 -0400

Succulents are amazing additions to gardens, indoor and out. The photo-worthy plants come in almost every color of the rainbow—red, blue, orange, purple, and, of course, green—which means they can provide a brilliant pop of color to any setting. They look lovely lining a window sill or as a centerpiece for a breakfast table or in a container in a corner of the garden. They are incredibly popular right now, popping up on Pinterest and HGTV shows and everywhere in between. There is one thing about them that no one talks about, though: They are a bit finicky.Succulents, which are related to cacti (thorns are the main way to tell the cousins apart), originally came from a dry, desert environment, so transplanting them to the South can prove to be a challenge. While they are frequently touted as nearly-indestructible, if you’re still working on your gardening merit badge, so to speak, succulents can require some special attention—not too much sun, not too much water, not too much soil. See? Finicky.Succulent owners must learn to balance the plant’s love of dry climate and the need for water, as it can be very easy to overwater a succulent. Some succulents can go days or weeks without water, while others require a more regular water schedule. One trick is to take a chopstick or similar implement and push it into the soil surrounding the succulent, similarly to the way bakers test to see if a cake is done. If soil is clinging to the stick, no need to water. If your plant does need water, be sure not to water the leaves, instead only get the soil wet. As for that soil, most succulents like a well-draining soil, requiring a mix of sand and gravel or a deep understanding of how well the soil in your garden drains.While succulents are desert plants, not all of them do well in full sun. Instead they prefer a little shade, and while you’re at it some good air flowing around them, too.Also keep in mind that not all succulents are created equally—some are hardy and live outdoors happily year-round, others need to be indoor houseplants especially come winter outdoors. Yucca and agave can do well outdoors, and according to the Washington Post, other outdoor options include stonecrop (also known as sedum) and house leeks, while Christmas cactus and jade plants do best indoors. They also note that mixing indoor and outdoor varieties can spell disaster as they have different needs. Mother Nature Network suggests choosing succulents for the landscape based on their hardiness for your USDA zone. WATCH: How To Propagate SucculentsSucculents are generally pest resistant, but not always. Outside succulents can attract aphids and develop scale, while inside they can be plagued with fungus gnats, woolly aphids, or spider mites. If your plant is doing poorly, swing by your local nursery for suggestions.Once you get the knack for these adorable plants, though, they can be easy to maintain and great for decorating with. When you learn the tricks, perhaps you can pass on your knowledge to someone else earning their green thumb.[...]

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Hundreds of Islamic State corpses await repatriation from Libya

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 19:30:49 -0400

(image) Seven months after Libyan forces defeated Islamic State in the coastal city of Sirte, hundreds of bodies of foreign militants still lie stored in freezers as authorities negotiate with other governments to decide what to do with them, local officials say. The corpses have been shipped to Misrata, a city further to the west whose forces led the fight to defeat Islamic State in Sirte in December. Allowing the bodies to be shipped home to countries such as Tunisia, Sudan and Egypt would be sensitive for the governments involved, wary of acknowledging how many of their citizens left to fight as jihadists in Iraq, Syria and Libya.

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Trump Team Grasping to Undercut Mueller Probe

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:43:31 -0400

(image) Walter Dellinger, former assistant attorney general and acting solicitor general, talks with Rachel Maddow about some of the excuses the Donald Trump team is trying out in search of a pretext for firing Robert Mueller as special counsel.

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A tenderloin gets an assist from dark brown sugar, paprika

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:35:48 -0400

(image) As its name implies, the tenderloin is one of the most tender cuts of pork, and comes from the full loin. It's mild in flavor and takes well to rubs, marinades and sauces. Tenderloins range in weight from 10 ounces to 1 1/2 pounds. I prefer the smaller 10-12 ounce tenderloins and look for those when I am shopping for meat.

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31-pound stray cat named Mr. Handsome is my favorite celebrity

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 14:37:37 -0400

(image) Here's a good situation: a 31-pound stray cat who goes by "Mr. Handsome" has received so much interest at a Pittsboro, North Carolina animal shelter that his new home will be determined by a literal raffle. Mr. Handsome, a flawless celebrity, has been winning hearts all week after being brought into the Chatham County Animal Shelter as a stray. Since then, there's been such an influx of prospective adopters to the shelter that parking and traffic have become strained.  SEE ALSO: Cat that ingested antifreeze saved by the elixir of life: Vodka Now, those who'd like to adopt Mr. Handsome can fill out an application, which must be emailed to the shelter by July 26. If your name is drawn from the raffle, you'll be vetted further before the greatest cat to ever live is yours to keep. In the meantime, Mr. Handsome will be luxuriating in the ideal hotel suite — a cleared-out cabinet shelf he selected himself. WATCH: An incredible new robot inspired by vines can grow 25,000 times its original size

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Qatar emir ready for Gulf crisis talks with conditions

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 16:45:10 -0400

(image) Qatar's ruler said Friday that the Gulf emirate is ready for talks to resolve a diplomatic crisis with a Saudi-led bloc so long as his country's sovereignty is respected. "We are open to dialogue to resolve the outstanding problems," so long as Qatar's "sovereignty is respected," Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani said in his first public comments since Saudi Arabia and its allies severed ties with the gas-rich emirate. "Any settlement of the crisis must be based on two principles," he said in a televised speech.

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Hundreds of sheep killed after bear chases them over cliff

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 12:23:51 -0400

(image) More than 200 sheep have died after they hurtled over the edge of a cliff in the Pyrenees mountains while being chased by a bear. Their deaths have reignited the bitter debate over the presence of bears in the mountain range that straddles the French-Spanish border, where they were reintroduced 20 years ago after disappearing in the early 1990s. The sheep belonged to a farmer in the Couflens area on the French side of the border, but their bodies were found last Sunday at the foot of a cliff just over the border in Spain. The rest of the large flock was missing after dispersing over the mountains while fleeing the attack. Local authorities sent experts to examine the scene during the week and they concluded that the sheep had been running away from a bear. The sheep’s owner will be compensated for each of the 209 animals found dead,  which is standard practice in such cases as part of the deal made between the government and farmers when brown bears from Slovenia were introduced in the late 1990s. Firefighters rescue Dolly the sheep from 15ft fall into rock crevice 00:47 But the deaths provoked an angry statement from the militant Confédération Paysanne (Farmers’ Federation) which demanded immediate action to stop deadly attacks by bears on livestock. “Pastoralism, which is a guarantor of biodiversity and of a living and welcoming mountain region, is not compatible with the reintroduction of large predators,” it said in a statement. “The state, which is responsible for the reintroduction of the bears, should remove the ones that are causing problems and should not reintroduce any more bears,” it said. The verbal protest was the latest battle in the long-running war between livestock farmers and animal conservationists who believe bears have their rightful pace in the mountain range. Herd of bison sees off pack of wolves in incredible footage 01:22 A similar battle is going on over the growing presence of wolves in France. On Thursday the government gave the green light for the cull of dozens of wolves in mountain areas, mostly in the southeast, where they have killed around 8,000 farm animals, mostly sheep, over the past year. The cull of up to 40 wolves by July next year represents a little over 10 percent of France's total wolf population. Wolves were eradicated in France in the 1930s but began to arrive back from Italy in the 1990s.

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Donald Trump's immigration crackdown encapsulated in poignant images of father being deported

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 10:27:00 -0400

(image) A man said goodbye to his wife and four children as he was deported from the US to Mexico after 16 years. Campaigners, lawyers and politicians arrived at Cleveland airport to denounce Jesus Lara Lopez’s removal as one of “the darkest times in our nation”. Mr Lara Lopez comforted his children, who will now grow up without a father present.

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Powerful earthquake hits Greece and Turkey

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:17:10 -0400

(image) A deadly 6.7-magnitude undersea quake hit the Greek holiday island of Kos and the Turkish resort of Bodrum on Friday, injuring hundreds in areas abuzz with nightlife.

Iran announces new missile production line: state media

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 11:58:36 -0400

(image) Iran announced the launch of a new missile production line on Saturday, according to state media, against a backdrop of tension between the United States and Tehran. The Sayyad 3 missile can reach an altitude of 27 km (16 miles) and travel up to 120 km (74 miles), Iranian defense minister Hossein Dehghan said at a ceremony. Last week, the United States slapped new economic sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missile program, and said Tehran's "malign activities" in the Middle East undercut any "positive contributions" coming from a 2015 Iran nuclear accord.

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German runaway girl who converted to Islam is found in Iraq

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 13:46:56 -0400

(image) BERLIN (AP) — A German girl who ran away from home after converting to Islam has been found as Iraqi forces liberated the northern city of Mosul from Islamic State extremists, German and Iraqi officials said Saturday. She is reported to be in good health and will be interrogated next week by Iraqi officials.

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Anthony Scaramucci reportedly refers to Sean Spicer by one name

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 10:19:00 -0400

(image) New White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci referred to former press secretary Sean Spicer as Melissa McCarthy to people within the White House, The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.

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Popularity tumbles for France's Macron: poll

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 18:57:36 -0400

(image) A poll out Sunday shows the popularity rating of France's new President Emmanuel Macron has slumped 10 points to hit 54 percent over the past month. The 39-year-old leader has also backed a controversial bill to toughen France's security laws that includes measures some rights groups have branded as draconian. According to an Ifop poll carried out for Journal du Dimanche newspaper, the number of French people satisfied with his performance fell 10 points from 64 percent in June.

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Ford’s newest police pursuit vehicle isn’t a car at all

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:26:55 -0400


Plenty of crooks have attempted to leave the police in their dust by ditching the pavement and going off-road, but Ford's latest police-only pursuit vehicle is ready to give them a run for their money. It's packed with power, durability, and enough upgrades to handle just about any type of terrain, and it's like no other police car you've ever seen — because it's not a car at all. The automotive company just revealed the F-150 Police Responder, and it's an absolute beast.

To build a pickup truck worthy of being in a high-speed chase, Ford took its already impressive F-150 with the FX4 off-road upgrades and made it even better. The final product boasts a V6 engine, which might sound fairly weak for a high-powered highway machine, but that modest mill is equipped with not one, but two turbochargers. Rated at a healthy 375 horsepower, that gas-guzzling heart is mated with a 10-speed automatic transmission for smooth and rapid acceleration.

The truck also gets upgraded suspension and brakes which have been "police-pursuit calibrated" to give it the edge in handling, as well as underbody skid plates for protection. Ford says it's the first pickup truck that qualifies as "pursuit-rated."

The capabilities of the F-150 Police Responder will be tested this year by both the Michigan State Police and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's office, and is slated to formally launch early next year, when it will no doubt make its presence felt on back roads and snow-covered highways across the country.

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Kentucky told to pay attorney fees in same-sex marriage case

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:46:44 -0400

(image) FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered Kentucky taxpayers to pay more than $220,000 in attorneys' fees for an elected county clerk who caused a national uproar by refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in 2016.

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Sergei Lavrov: Maybe Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin had more 'secret' meetings

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 10:31:33 -0400

President Donald Trump may have had yet more undisclosed meetings with Vladimir Putin, the Russian foreign minister has said – but he mocked the US for their obsession with the encounters. Sergei Lavrov, the wily, wise-cracking veteran politician, laughed when asked by NBC News whether there had been more than the three meetings now known about at the G20 in Germany, earlier this month. Mr Trump and Mr Putin held a bilateral session in Hamburg, which was widely reported. They also met for the leaders’ photo. But on Tuesday it emerged that Mr Trump had another hour-long discussion with Mr Putin which was not disclosed by the White House, and at which Mr Trump relied on Mr Putin’s translator. Eyebrows were raised at the absence of American officials during the discussion. On Friday Mr Lavrov said they may have met again – although he joked about the possibility.  “They might have met even much more than just three times,” he said. "Maybe they went to the toilet together.” Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin at the G20 in Germany on July 7 Credit: AP Asked whether the two presidents had other conversations or met in the corridors of the G-20 meeting, Mr Lavrov used the analogy of children mingling at a playschool. “When you are bought by your parents to a kindergarten do you mix with the people who are waiting in the same room to start going to a classroom?” he asked. "I remember when I was in that position I did spend five or ten minutes in the kindergarten before they brought us to the classroom.” Mr Lavrov, echoing the White House, downplayed Tuesday’s revelations about the undisclosed conversation. “After the dinner was over - I was not there - President Trump apparently went to pick up his wife and spent some minutes with President Putin. “So what?” The White House is yet to respond to Mr Lavrov's comments. Fake News story of secret dinner with Putin is "sick." All G 20 leaders, and spouses, were invited by the Chancellor of Germany. Press knew!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 19, 2017 American media critical of Mr Trump reacted with horror to the news of the undisclosed dinner conversation, with Rachel Maddow, MSNBC anchor, describing an audible tsunami of shock reverberating around her office as the news broke. But Mr Trump’s defenders have dismissed the news as irrelevant, saying that it is common for world leaders to cross paths informally. Mr Trump himself said the conversation – which surprised other world leaders at the table - was mainly “pleasantries”. “So the meal was going, and toward dessert I went down just to say hello to Melania, and while I was there I said hello to Putin,” he told The New York Times.  “Really, pleasantries more than anything else. It was not a long conversation, but it was, you know, could be 15 minutes.  “Just talked about — things.  “Actually, it was very interesting, we talked about adoption.”[...]

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Iran's Revolutionary Guards detain Saudi fishing boat, arrest crew: IRNA

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 10:19:47 -0400

(image) Iran's Revolutionary Guards have detained a Saudi Arabian fishing boat and arrested its crew, an Iranian state news agency reported on Saturday, at a time of increased diplomatic tension between the two regional powers. Five Indian nationals on the vessel were detained on Friday after they crossed into Iranian territorial waters in the Gulf, Ardeshir Yarahmadi, a spokesman for the fisheries department of Bushehr province, was quoted as saying by the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA). Yarahmadi said it was the second time in the past month that a Saudi boat and its crew had been detained.

6 of the most notable discoveries that have been revealed by melting ice

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 07:37:00 -0400

(image) Two frozen bodies uncovered in the Swiss Alps this week are only the latest secret shrinking glaciers around the world have given up.

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6 Ways to Increase Your 'Good' Cholesterol Levels

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 10:12:17 -0400

(image) Floating through your bloodstream, two different fat- and protein-containing carriers, called lipoproteins, carry cholesterol to and from your cells. At healthy levels -- ideally less than 100 milligrams per deciliter -- low-density lipoprotein, or LDL, delivers the cholesterol you need into your tissues for cell stability and healthy function. Meanwhile, high-density lipoprotein, or HDL, scavenges the excess cholesterol and carries it to your liver, which breaks down the cholesterol and removes it from the body, says Dr. Nauman Mushtaq, medical director of cardiology at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital in Illinois.

Samsung and Google are finally on the same side as Apple in a new battle

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 08:51:07 -0400

It remains to be seen how Apple's legal battle with Qualcomm is going to play out, but from what we can tell so far, it seems as if the entire tech industry has already taken sides with Apple. If you recall, Apple earlier this year filed a $1 billion lawsuit against Qualcomm, alleging that the company employed anticompetitive business tactics as a means to extract incredibly high royalty payments from Apple for the LTE chips that go into the iPhone. From Apple's vantage point, the royalty rates Qualcomm charges Apple aren't based on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms, but is rather computed as a function of the iPhone's overall selling price. This approach, Tim Cook explained a few months back, is akin to a sofa manufacturer constantly changing the price of each sofa it sells based "on the price of the house it goes into." Immediately after being slapped with the suit, Qualcomm, predictably, denied all wrongdoing and vowed to vigorously defend itself. A few months later, Qualcomm fired back with a legal suit of its own and asked the International Trade Commission (ITC) to issue a ban on all imports of iPhone and iPad models that use Qualcomm chips. With that as a backdrop, a lobbying group called the Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA) -- a group whose members include tech heavyweights such as Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook, Samsung, Google, Intel and others -- filed a third-party brief yesterday asking the ITC to reject Qualcomm's proposed ITC ban. Incidentally, Apple is not a member of the CCIA. A press release accompanying the legal filing reads in part: CCIA told the ITC that Qualcomm’s request would harm consumers by enabling Qualcomm’s anti-competitive behavior. CCIA has advocated on open competition issues for more than 40 years. Apple is not a member of this international tech trade association. The following can be attributed to CCIA President & CEO Ed Black: “Qualcomm is already using its dominant position to pressure competitors and tax competing products. If the ITC were to grant this exclusion order, it would help Qualcomm use its monopoly power for further leverage against Apple, and allow them to drive up prices on consumer devices. Incidentally, Qualcomm just a few days ago was hit with a countersuit from four of Apple's major iPhone manufacturers, a group that includes Hon Hai Precision Industry, Compal Electronics, Wistron Corp and Pegatron Corp. While Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf recently said that the ongoing legal spat with Apple will likely be settled out of court, the growing number of companies joining forces against Qualcomm perhaps suggests that any forthcoming settlement -- should one happen -- will be heavily skewed in Apple's favor. In the interim, shares of Qualcomm are down nearly 20% since Apple first [...]

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Mexico City sees drug-war-style violence come to the capital

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 00:55:15 -0400

(image) MEXICO CITY (AP) — Burnt-out vehicles. Road blockades. A raging gun battle between armored marines and gang members that left eight dead.

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