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Published: Sun, 20 Aug 2017 19:12:50 -0400

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Suspect in killings of 2 Fla. officers arrested at bar

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 22:23:35 -0400

(image) KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — A police officer in Florida died from his injuries Saturday, a day after his colleague was killed when a suspect fired at them during a scuffle while they were on patrol. The suspect was later arrested at a bar.

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Boston 'free speech' rally abandoned by right-wing demonstrators outnumbered by 15,000 counter-protesters

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 16:31:00 -0400

(image) As the official start time of the contentious “Free Speech Rally” in Boston approached, the winner in the battle of words between organisers and counter-demonstrators had already been determined. If hateful speech aimed at Jewish people or minorities was chanted at Boston Common park, it was not audible at one of the largest rallies being held just one week after the deadly demonstrations in Charleston, Virginia, where neo-Nazis marched bearing torches, and where one woman was killed. Instead, an estimated 15,000 counter-protesters dominated the air with anti-Nazi and anti-fascist chants.

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Wreckage of lost ship USS Indianapolis found after seven decades

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 02:47:13 -0400

(image) Researchers announced Saturday they discovered wreckage of the lost warship the USS Indianapolis, 72 years after the World War II cruiser was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine. The wreckage was found in the Philippine Sea 5.5 kilometers (3.4 miles) below the surface, according to philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, who headed the civilian research crew that located the ship. The ship was hit in the final days of World War II just after completing a secret mission delivering parts of the atomic bomb used in Hiroshima.

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Duke University removes contentious Confederate statue after vandalism

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 10:33:46 -0400

(image) The decision to take down the statue followed discussions among students, faculty, staff and alumni about maintaining safety on campus, university President Vincent E. Price said in a statement. "I took this course of action to protect Duke Chapel, to ensure the vital safety of students and community members who worship there, and above all to express the deep and abiding values of our university," Price said. The prestigious university will preserve the statue of Lee, who led Confederate forces in the American Civil War of 1861-1865, and use it as an educational tool so that students can study "Duke's complex past," Price added.

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Two dead, six injured in Finland stabbing spree

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 23:39:35 -0400

(image) Police shot and wounded a suspect after a stabbing spree in which a man killed two people and wounded six others in the Finnish city of Turku. Within hours of the attack on Friday the force had announced increased police patrols across the country. Two dead and six injured," Turku police tweeted after the assault in a market square.

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Expert: Arkansas may have reliable source of execution drug

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 21:03:39 -0400

(image) LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A death penalty expert says Arkansas' recent purchase of a lethal injection drug — in a small amount and at a cheap price — suggests the state has found a reliable supplier to help it move 30 inmates from death row to the execution chamber.

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German writer critical of Turkey's Erdogan arrested in Spain

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 15:47:05 -0400

(image) By Thomas Escritt BERLIN (Reuters) - German-Turkish author Dogan Akhanli was arrested in Spain on Saturday after Turkey issued an Interpol warrant for the writer, a critic of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government, fanning an already fierce row between the NATO allies. The arrest of the German national in Granada was part of a "targeted hunt against critics of the Turkish government living abroad in Europe," Akhanli's lawyer Ilias Uyar told magazine Der Spiegel, which first reported Akhanli's detention. Any country can issue an Interpol "red notice", but extradition by Spain would only follow if Ankara could convince Spanish courts it had a real case against him.

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Steve Bannon says Donald Trump's presidency is 'over' as he returns to far-right outlet Breitbart

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 05:04:00 -0400

(image) Ousted White House strategist Steve Bannon has declared the Donald Trump presidency "over", following his departure from the billionaire's administration. Mr Bannon, a right-wing ideologue who co-founded the Breitbart News website, pronounced himself "free" and said he now had "my hands back on my weapons" at the outlet. Mr Bannon said he had given his resignation earlier in the month, though it was also reported that Mr Trump had decided to let him go.

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6 Police Officers Shot In Three Different Cities, 1 Dead

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 05:03:35 -0400

(image) While two shooting incidents took place in Kissimmee and Jacksonville in Florida, the third incident occurred at Fairchance in Pennsylvania.

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The Latest: About 20 protesters linger near Dallas cemetery

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 00:01:29 -0400

(image) DALLAS (AP) — The Latest on a conservative rally and counterdemonstration in Boston and around the country (all times local):

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Solar Eclipse Safety Tips

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 22:40:18 -0400

(image) Many areas of the United States will experience a total eclipse of the sun on Monday, August 21, 2017, but there are some important safety concerns when it comes to experiencing an eclipse. A total solar eclipse will start in Oregon and stretch across the country all the way to South Carolina -- find out if you are in the eclipse's path of totality HERE -- with most people getting to see a partial eclipse. According to NASA, the only safe way to look at the sun during this event with special-purpose solar filters, commonly called “eclipse glasses” or a hand-held solar viewer.

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Indian woman wins divorce over lack of toilet

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 20:54:18 -0400

(image) An Indian court has given a woman permission to divorce her husband because their home did not have a toilet, forcing her to seek relief outdoors. Justice Rajendra Kumar Sharma said women in villages often endured physical pain waiting until darkness to relieve themselves outdoors. The judge labelled open defecation -- a major health problem in India -- disgraceful and deemed it torture to deny women a safe environment for relief, the woman's lawyer Rajesh Sharma told AFP.

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Elderly Swiss couple found murdered in Kenya's Mombasa city

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 13:46:29 -0400

(image) By Joseph Akwiri MOMBASA (Reuters) - The bodies of an elderly Swiss couple were found dumped by a country road in Kenya's coastal city of Mombasa with severe injuries on Sunday, police said, and the caretaker of a property where they had been due to stay was being sought for questioning. Regional police chief Larry Kiyeng identified them by name and said they had flown into Kenya on Saturday and had planned to stay at a private residence in Nyali, an upmarket estate in Mombasa. The couple, who appeared to be between 60 and 70 years old, were found wrapped in a blanket near a local nightclub on the outskirts of Mombasa, area police chief Christopher Rotich said.  "They have severe injuries.

Muslims fear anti-Islam backlash in tolerant Barcelona

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 15:29:22 -0400

(image) Prayer time is approaching but Raja Miah, an imam at a tiny mosque in the heart of Barcelona does not expect a big turnout. Since the twin attacks in Barcelona and the nearby seaside resort of Cambrils claimed by the Islamic State group, the Muslim community in central Barcelona's neighbourhood of Raval fears an anti-Islam backlash. "People are very scared," said Miah, 23, as he sat in a small room at the mosque in Raval as a small group of children in an adjoining room studied the Koran.

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Flying dogs caught in action

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 11:30:30 -0400

(image) These excited pooches are flying without wings in this series of hilarious images. Taken in July by photographer Peter Mueller, Each photo shows the canines’ exuberant facial expressions, as they appear to be leaping through the air.

As cities rush to remove Confederate symbols after Charlottesville activists in Hollywood, Florida fear violence

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 10:05:00 -0400

(image) In a small city in south Florida, a relatively quiet effort to simply remove street signs bearing Confederate names has felt the reverberations caused by the bloody events in Charlottesville last weekend – and it has activists worried. Just fifty miles south of the President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, activists and community leaders in Hollywood, Florida say that they’re finally on the brink of victory in their years-long effort to rename three streets that bear the names of Confederate generals – just as many other communities across the country are considering their own Confederate monuments. Activists say a previous protest over renaming the signs attracted a lot of faces they now are seeing pop up in pictures from the Virginia white supremacy rally.

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Oxford University employee and US academic brought to Chicago to face murder charges

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 19:11:59 -0400

Two employees of elite universities charged in the fatal stabbing of a 26-year-old hair stylist were returned to Chicago early Saturday to face charges of first-degree murder in the brutal killing. Chicago police escorted fired Northwestern University professor Wyndham Lathem, 43, and Oxford University financial officer Andrew Warren, 56, from Northern California, where they surrendered peacefully on Aug. 4 after an eight-day, nationwide manhunt. Detectives were questioning the men Saturday. They could appear in court as early as Sunday. The men are accused of killing Trenton James Cornell-Duranleau, a Michigan native who had been living in Chicago, last month in Lathem's high-rise Chicago condo. Chicago police have said Cornell-Duranleau suffered more than 40 stab wounds, including "mutilations," to his upper body. Authorities say the attack was so violent the blade of the knife they believe was used was broken. They found Cornell-Duranleau's body July 27 after the building's front desk received an anonymous call that a crime had occurred on the 10th floor. He had been dead more than 12 hours. By then, authorities say Lathem and Warren had fled the city. According to autopsy results released Friday by the Cook County medical examiner's office, Cornell-Duranleau had methamphetamine in his system at the time of his death. Wyndham Lathem Credit: Chicago Police Department/PA Police say Lathem and Cornell-Duranleau, who moved to Chicago from the Grand Rapids, Michigan, area about a year ago, had a personal relationship, though they have not described the nature of it or a motive for the attack. It's unclear what the relationship was between Lathem, Cornell-Duranleau and Warren, who's British. He arrived in the U.S. three days before the killing, after being reported missing in Great Britain. Lathem, a microbiologist who's been on Northwestern's faculty since 2007 but was not teaching at the time of the attack, was terminated by the university for fleeing from police when there was an arrest warrant out for him. Investigators said the day after the crime was committed Lathem and Warren drove about 80 miles (128 kilometers) northwest of Chicago to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. One of the men made a $1,000 donation to a local library in Cornell-Duranleau's name. Lake Geneva authorities said the man making the donation didn't give his name. Trenton James Cornell-Duranleau Credit: Facebook At another point after the killing, Lathem sent a video to friends and relatives apologizing for his involvement in the crime, which he called the "biggest mistake of my life." The video raised concern among investigators that Lathem might kill himself. Lathem and Warren both appeared in court in California last week, where they agreed to return to Illinois to face charges. An attorney for Lathem, Kenneth H. Wine, called him a "gentle soul" and said "what he is accused of is totally contrary to the way he has lived his entire life." Wine said Lathem intends to plead not guilty to the charges. Warren was represented by a public defender during a brief appearance in a San Francisco court. She said he is "presumed innocent," but declined to comment further. [...]

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Boston 'free speech' demonstrators outnumbered by counter-protesters

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 07:05:00 -0400

(image) Right-leaning groups, made up of "libertarians, conservatives, traditionalists, classical liberals, [and] Trump supporters" gathered in Boston for a "free speech" rally on Saturday. However, the rally ended earlier than organizers planned after ten of thousands of counter-protesters made their presence known and their voices heard.

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Indiana's Donnelly, a top GOP target, starts re-election bid

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 08:54:40 -0400

(image) INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly is positioning himself as a moderate who will fight for "common sense and compromise" as he launches a re-election bid in a state that President Donald Trump easily won last year.

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Young Taiwanese choose China jobs over politics

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 22:55:46 -0400

(image) Taiwan has long seen its international allies switching allegiance to an ascendant Beijing, but now there are also fears of a brain drain of the island's youth as they pursue careers in rival China. Cross-strait tensions have soared since China-sceptic Tsai Ing-wen took power last year, with Beijing cutting all official communication. China still sees the self-ruling island as part of its territory to be reunified, but young people in particular have increasingly developed a sense of pride in their Taiwanese identity.

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VW gives green light for electric version of classic Microbus camper van

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 11:00:13 -0400

(image) Volkswagen has decided to go ahead with production of an electric version of its classic Microbus camper van as it seeks to boost its electric vehicle credentials. The potential battery-powered revamp of the van, known as the Bulli in Germany, was first announced at the Detroit auto show in January. "After the presentations at the global motor shows in Detroit and Geneva, we received a large number of letters and emails from customers who said, 'please build this car'," Volkswagen brand chief Herbert Diess said in a statement.

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Spain vehicle attacks: What we know

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 20:32:31 -0400

(image) At least 14 people were killed and more than 100 others injured after cars deliberately slammed into pedestrians in Spain in two separate attacks, one on Barcelona's most popular street and another in a busy seaside town. One of the city's busiest streets, the promenade is normally thronged with tourists and street performers until well into the night. About eight hours later, just after midnight local time (2200 GMT), an Audi A3 hit pedestrians on the seafront promenade in Cambrils, a resort town some 120 kilometres (75 miles) south of Barcelona.

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How do Flat Earth truthers explain the eclipse? These weird-as-hell videos explain it.

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 10:00:00 -0400

(image) It is widely understood that on August 21, North America will experience a total solar eclipse for the first time since 1979. For a few brief, blissful moments, the moon will pass between the sun and the Earth, blocking the star from view for anyone within a 70-mile path that cuts across the United States. Amazing!  And yet, for a small group of people, the total solar eclipse isn't a natural phenomenon caused by the rotation of the Earth, the sun and the moon. Rather, for the Flat Earth truthers out there, the eclipse is proof that our planet is flat.  Of course it is not, and how exactly this eclipse proves their theory is a confusing tale.  SEE ALSO: Neil deGrasse Tyson on all things Great American Eclipse Mic went down the rabbit hole, interviewing Flat Earth truthers and noting that people in this camp have two theories as to how this eclipse proves their point. First, they seem to think that, if the Earth is spinning from west to east, then the path of totality should travel from east to west, right?  Well, no. The moon's orbit velocity is faster than the Earth's rotation, meaning the moon's shadow will move quickly across the Earth from west to east. (Here's an AR demonstration of how the eclipse actually works.) Second, per Mic, Flat Earth truthers are pretty sure that if the moon is indeed casting a shadow on the Earth, shouldn't the shadow look way bigger? Aiming to demonstrate this second theory at home tends to involve a small spotlight, a globe, and some kind of ball on a stick— not exactly sound stand-ins for our massive sun and the comparably puny moon. Additionally, Flat Earthers on Twitter seem to think that urging eclipse viewers to use caution while staring into the sun is some kind of NASA ploy to stop people from really seeing whatever it is truthers think is going on up there. Never mind that looking at the sun for just a few seconds can cause serious eye damage. How do they explain sunburn? These theories proudly ignore established science in favor of personal beliefs and the notion that if the Earth looks flat to the human eye, then it must actually be flat.  But if you're bored and looking to fall down a weird-as-hell internet hole for a few hours, the Flat Earth conspiracy theory corner of YouTube is a mildly entertaining — if lightly brain-melting — place to do so: WATCH: Why viewing the 2017 total solar eclipse from South Carolina isn't such a great idea

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Girl found 'brutally murdered' at home after texting mother about someone knocking at door

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 10:40:00 -0400

(image) Yhoana Arteaga was found bludgeoned to death in her family's mobile home with her clothing "in disarray", police said. There was no evidence of forced entry to the trailer in Nashville, Tennessee. The girl had suffered blunt force trauma to her body, police spokesman Don Aaron told a press conference.

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Donald Trump Jr: US investigators 'examining President's son's meeting with Kremlin-linked lawyer'

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 10:55:07 -0400

(image) A team of special prosecutors appointed to examine the alleged link between Donald Trump’s election campaign and Moscow are reportedly focusing their efforts on the President’s son. The prosecutors, led by Robert Mueller, a former director of the FBI, are now trying to find out Mr Trump Jr’s motives in attending the meeting, according to Buzzfeed News, which cited a source close to the investigation. Ms Veselnitskaya is alleged to have links to the Russian government but has denied wielding any influence.

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Crowds rally in Hong Kong after activists jailed

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 11:29:04 -0400

(image) Thousands of supporters of three jailed young democracy activists took to the streets in Hong Kong Sunday to protest their sentences. Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow, leaders of the 2014 Umbrella Movement rallies, were sentenced to six to eight months in jail Thursday for their role in a protest that sparked the months-long demonstrations calling for democratic reforms. People took on the scorching summer heat to stream from the district of Wan Chai to the Court of Final Appeal in the heart of Hong Kong Island, protesting the jail terms.

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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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Anti-Isil offensives: Soldiers fighting terror show solidarity with Barcelona victims as Tal Afar assault begins

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 13:27:32 -0400

Jubilant Lebanese forces staged a show of solidarity for the victims of the Barcelona terror attack on Sunday, waving the flags of both Spain and Lebanon over captured Isil positions on the Syrian border.  The UK and US-backed forces killed 20 militants of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil), capturing a third of their territory from areas on the border with Syria, according to a Lebanese military spokesman. The fighting, which left three Lebanese soldiers dead, has been coordinated with an offensive on the other side of the border against Isil. Fighters from the Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation) paramilitaries gather as they advance towards the city of Tal Afar Credit:  AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE The assault in Syria came as the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi launched a new offensive against Isil in the Iraqi city of Tal Afar, one of the extremists' last remaining strongholds. "You either surrender, or die," he warned in a televised eve-of-battle speech. Haider al-Abadi announcing the start of operations in Tal Afar Credit: HANDOUT/AFP/Getty Images The Tal Afar offensive comes just weeks after Isil was ousted from its symbolic stronghold and 'second capital' of Mosul by a brutal campaign from Iraqi forces which left the centre of the city in ruins.  Iraqi forces around Tal Afar began attacking Isil positions from three sides at dawn yesterday, while Shia militia fought south of the city and Kurdish Peshmerga troops in the north. Standing in front of the Iraqi flag and wearing military fatigues, Mr al-Abadi announced that "Zero Hour" had arrived for the Islamic State which is rapidly losing its grip over its so-called "caliphate". Iraqi forces pounded the Islamic State group in Tal Afar in a new assault Credit: AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images "We have won all our battles, and Daesh have always lost," he said, using an alternative name for the terror group. "The entire world is with you," Mr al-Abadi told the troops.  Several hours after the battle began, the federal police said it had retaken the village of Al-Abra Al-Sghira west of Tal Afar. The US-led coalition fighting Isil in Iraq and Syria welcomed the start of the offensive and pledged support to Iraqi forces involved. An Iraqi forces helicopter is seen flying as forces advance towards the city of Tal Afar Credit: AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend, the head of the anti-Isil coalition, said the operation in Tal Afar is "another important fight that must be won to ensure the country and its citizens are finally free of ISIS." "The coalition is strong, and fully committed to supporting our Iraqi partners until ISIS is defeated and the Iraqi people are free." The launch of another round of fighting in the country’s north is causing fresh worries for the safety of civilians caught up in the offensive. The United Nations estimates 30,000 people have already fled the city, and it is preparing to receive thousands more displaced persons. It is believed up to 50,000 ci[...]

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A look at Zimbabwe's first lady, who is accused of assault

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 05:41:46 -0400

(image) JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South African model's claims of assault have drawn attention to Zimbabwe's increasingly outspoken first lady Grace Mugabe, who has been viewed as a possible successor to her 93-year-old husband. Grace Mugabe and President Robert Mugabe returned to Zimbabwe Sunday, despite calls by a South African legal group and protesters for the Zimbabwean first lady to be denied diplomatic immunity.

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Dashcam video shows white cop punching black man during stop

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 21:00:20 -0400

(image) CLEVELAND (AP) — A dashcam video of a traffic stop that led to a white police officer with a history of disciplinary issues repeatedly punching a black man and hitting his head on pavement appears to show a different sequence of events than police had originally described.

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Amazon’s sale makes now the perfect time to find out why everyone’s obsessed with Google Wifi

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 10:43:52 -0400


Google is known far and wide for its software and services. Can you even imagine what life would be like without products like Google Search, Gmail, and Google Maps? Of course, Google has also seriously stepped things up in recent years where its hardware efforts are concerned, and there is perhaps no product that better exemplifies how good Google’s gadgets can be than the Google Wifi System. This mesh wireless solution blankets your home with lightning-fast Wi-Fi, and it costs far less than most other big-name solutions — including our favorite mesh system. Google Wifi is discounted right now on Amazon, so it’s the perfect time to give your home wireless network a huge boost.

Here’s what you need to know from the product page:

  • A new type of connected system for seamless Wi-Fi coverage throughout your home, helping eliminate dead zones and buffering
  • Replaces your current router, and works your modem and internet service. It’s compatible with major internet service providers including Comcast, Time Warner, and Verizon Fios
  • A single Wifi point covers up to 1,500 sq. ft, a set of three covers homes up to 4,500 sq. ft. Wifi points work together so you can add more if you need additional coverage
  • Network Assist technology keeps your connection fast by always selecting the clearest channel and fastest band for your devices
  • A simple app gets you set up quickly and allows you to see what’s connected, prioritize devices, and pause the Wi-Fi on kids’ devices

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Father jumps car over open drawbridge in terrifying stunt to save family

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 12:19:00 -0400

(image) A father drove his car over an opening drawbridge in a death-defying stunt to avoid plunging into the water below. Terence Naphys was crossing New Jersey's Middle Thorofare Bridge with his family when its steel ramp began to lift beneath them. Mr Naphys was reportedly already near the centre of the bridge and was forced to accelerate his Toyota RAV 4 to jump the 6ft gap out of fear the car would fall 65ft into the deep bay below.

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The eclipse: From ancient paganism to American history, it's been a thing

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 13:27:46 -0400

Nothing reminds us that we are on a celestial island surrounded by the abyss like watching our planet's energy source turn into a gaping black hole.  But don't take my word for it. From occult and pagan lore to American history and yes, Hollywood, solar eclipses have been harbingers of doom, transformation, and revolution since time immemorial.  And can't you just ... feel it? SEE ALSO: 20 questions you're too embarrassed to ask about the solar eclipse At a time when the fabric of American reality appears on the verge of collapse, maybe we can take comfort in the ancient beliefs that an eclipse isn't just a phenomenon. It's a sign. Everyone, particularly the Deadhead-like eclipse hunters called "Shadow Chasers," is blowing their lids over this particular one taking place on Monday. We are all now part of a tradition that has governed humans since the dawn of man — looking upward to remember that we are at the mercy of a cosmic dance indifferent to our inner worlds.  As one Redditor put it on the "occult" thread, the eclipse is a coming together of "light and dark, symbolizing the unification of good and evil." Other online occult experts like the Academy of the Pagan Path say that since solar eclipses "can only occur during the day, on a new moon," it's a great time to take advantage of that unique blend of energy toward "planting new seeds and ideas." Even NASA admits that, while it may not cause any evident physical effects in people, there's something here: The eclipse even has our no-nonsense nerds sounding like vague, prophetic philosophers.  Much like our future, outer space is hella femaleImage: GETTY IMAGESBut NASA's right about one thing: Belief shapes reality. Wars waged in the name of religion have slaughtered millions since the genesis of society. Pagan rituals practiced thousands of years ago still inspire the same psychological effects in modern people that they did to our earliest ancestors. So, in celebration of our astrological insignificance, let's dive into a brief, abridged human history of the solar eclipse. May your reckoning be delicious. A tale as old as pre-history It's hard to choose from the countless, ageless, globally-shared legends about solar eclipses. The most ancient records endure to this day, etched in stone.  Five thousand years ago, neolithic man built a circle of cairns in Loughcrew, Ireland. Despite lacking all the precise modern knowledge needed to predict an eclipse accurately, the ancient Irish created a monument that aligned with the solar eclipse of 3340 B.C.E. A millennia before the Chinese even started using paper, they carved solar eclipses into "oracle" bones that date back to 2100 B.C.  Drombeg prehistoric stone circle, County Cork, IrelandImage: UIG via Getty ImagesEclipses were believed to be signals of turmoil, but political turmoil in particular.  In ancient Chinese cult[...]

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State funeral for Pakistan's 'Mother Teresa'

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 15:29:52 -0400

(image) Ruth Pfau, a German nun who devoted her life to combatting leprosy in Pakistan, was buried with full state honours on Saturday, in an unprecedented service for a foreign Christian in the Muslim-majority country. Pfau, who died at the age of 87 on August 10 was known locally as Pakistan's Mother Teresa. Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain attended the state funeral service at St Patrick's Cathedral in the city, where hundreds of people gathered to pay their respects.

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Saudi says Qatar blocks planes from transporting pilgrims

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 11:46:23 -0400

(image) Saudi Arabia on Sunday said Qatar had refused to allow its planes to land in Doha to transport Qatari Muslims to Mecca for the annual hajj pilgrimage. "Saudi Arabian Airlines director general Saleh al-Jasser has said that the airline has thus far been unable to schedule flights to transport Qatari pilgrims from Hamad International Airport in Doha," read a report on the SPA news agency. "Qatari authorities have not allowed the aircraft to land as it did not have the right paperwork, although the paperwork was filed days ago," SPA said.

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Anger simmers in Philippines over Duterte's drug war

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 04:57:36 -0400

(image) By Romeo Ranoco MANILA (Reuters) - Mourners at the funeral of a Philippine man who police shot dead protested his innocence on Sunday, the latest sign of rising anger over President Rodrigo Duterte's bloody campaign to stamp out drugs. More than 12,500 people, many small-time drug users and dealers, have been killed since Duterte took office in June 2016. On Sunday, dozens of mourners wearing with white T-shirts with the slogan "Kill drugs, not people", bore the coffin of Leover Miranda to his grave in a Manila cemetery.

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Boston march against hate speech avoids Charlottesville chaos

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 17:35:14 -0400

(image) Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Boston on Saturday to protest a "free speech" rally featuring far-right speakers a week after a woman was killed at a Virginia white-supremacist demonstration. Rally organizers had invited several far-right speakers who were confined to a small pen that police set up in the historic Boston Common park to keep the two sides separate. The city avoided a repeat of last weekend's bloody street battles in Charlottesville, Virginia, where one woman was killed.

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Apple Watch sales expected to jump by 33% in 2018

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 09:52:32 -0400


For a company that typically likes boasting about unit sales, Apple has made a point of never releasing Apple Watch sales figures. Even though Tim Cook has routinely said that Apple Watch sales have steadily increased since its initial release -- even going so far as to categorize Apple Watch sales as 'off the charts' a few months ago -- the company has remained curiously quiet about how many are actually flying off the shelves.

Regardless, a recent report claims that Apple Watch sales in the coming year are poised to increase by an impressive 33%. Citing sources in the supply chain, Digitimes relays that Apple Watch sales in 2018 may check in at 20 million units, a solid increase from the 15 million units  Apple is expected to sell once 2017 comes to a close.

With Apple ready to launch its third-generation Apple Watch, Apple's overall smartwatch shipments are expected to rise to 4.5 million units in the fourth quarter and hit 15 million for the whole year 2017, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

The sources expect the volume to rise to 20 million units in 2018.

As for overall Apple Watch sales, Strategy Analytics published a research note earlier this month claiming that cumulative Apple Watch sales now stand in the 30 million range since the device launched in April of 2015. That said, if projections above are anywhere close to being accurate, Apple will have sold 50 million Apple Watch devices by the time 2019 rolls around.

On a related note, Apple is reportedly prepping the release of its next-gen Apple Watch, a device that will reportedly offer up improvements in performance, battery life and more. Most notably, the third-gen Apple Watch will include an LTE option.

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SeaWorld: Former trainer says deaths of three killer whales a 'disgrace to humanity'

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 07:46:00 -0400

(image) A former killer whale trainer at SeaWorld has spoken out about conditions at the attraction, after the deaths of three orcas there this year. Last week, Kasatka became the third killer whale at the Californian theme park to die. The orca was 41 years old, making her the oldest killer whale at SeaWorld in San Diego.

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Total solar eclipse: When is it, where is it happening and how to watch in the UK

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 18:36:08 -0400

What's happening? On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will witness an eclipse of the sun 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. Dubbed the Great American Eclipse, the 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. Although we won't see a perfect alignment in the UK, we will be able to see a partial eclipse (where the moon covers only a part of the sun). 10 amazing places in America to watch the 2017 solar eclipse Who will see it? 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 Where can I see the eclipse in the UK? Sadly Brits won't get a total eclipse like our friends across the pond, but we will be treated to a slight partial eclipse which will still be worth watching.  It will be visible in parts of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland from around 19:35 on August 21 - but make sure you're in a spot where there's no cloud.  UK eclipse circumstances for August 21 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 wi[...]

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