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|Father of Times Square car crash victim thanks New York in emotional letter
At an impromptu memorial in Times Square, the father of the young woman who was killed there last week has placed a letter of thanks to the city.
POSTED MAY 22, 2017 2:24 PM
|ISIS Supporters Cheer Ariana Grande Concert Bombing
Although the Islamic State (IS) group has not taken responsibility for the attack, Twitter accounts affiliated with the terrorist organization sent out celebratory messages.
POSTED MAY 23, 2017 2:48 AM
|Jakarta governor dropping appeal 'for sake of nation'
The wife of Jakarta's Christian governor told a tearful press conference Tuesday her husband had withdrawn his appeal against a blasphemy conviction and two-year jail term for the good of Indonesia. Basuki Tjahaja Purnama was jailed this month for insulting the Koran while campaigning for re-election, a shock decision that stoked concern about rising religious intolerance in the world's most populous Muslim-majority nation. The blasphemy allegations against Purnama, Jakarta's first non-Muslim governor for half a century and first ethnic Chinese leader, sparked mass protests spearheaded by radicals.
POSTED MAY 23, 2017 3:38 AM
|American Doctor, 50, Dies While Trying to Climb Mount Everest
Two years ago, Dr. Roland Yearwood from Alabama, survived an avalanche while climbing Everest.
POSTED MAY 22, 2017 8:59 AM
|Mississippi lawmaker 'sorry' he urged lynching for statue removal
A Mississippi state lawmaker who called for the lynching of Louisiana officials for removing pro-slavery era monuments apologized on Monday after his comments sparked a firestorm of criticism. Republican Representative Karl Oliver had taken to Facebook on Saturday to criticize the removal of monuments in New Orleans that city leaders deemed racially offensive. The last of the four statues, of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, was taken down on Friday.
POSTED MAY 22, 2017 4:19 PM
|Betsy DeVos Elaborates On School Choice
Even though Education Secretary Betsy DeVos did not give away any specifics, she did stress on the importance of holding states accountable when it comes to education and making them answerable to parents, not the government.
POSTED MAY 23, 2017 7:03 AM
|'Alt-right' leader loses gym membership after confrontation
A leading figure in the "alt-right" movement had his gym membership revoked after a Georgetown University professor confronted him during a workout and called him a neo-Nazi.
POSTED MAY 22, 2017 1:16 PM
|Breathtaking photography series showcases beauty of night sky in areas with no light pollution
Two photographers have made a set of images exploring the magnificent night skies still found in North American and the grave threat of light pollution.
POSTED MAY 22, 2017 1:26 PM
|Sanders and Schumer say Trump’s budget takes a ‘sledgehammer to the middle class’
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., criticized President Trump’s 2018 budget proposal for cuts to domestic programs. Schumer said, “The Trump budget takes a sledgehammer to the middle class and to working-class Americans.”
POSTED MAY 23, 2017 4:05 PM
|China gasps at airy speech by grad student in US
A young Chinese woman has drawn criticism on social media after unfavourably comparing her homeland's air and politics to those in the US during her graduation speech at an American university. Speaking at the University of Maryland, Yang Shuping said that coming to the United States had been a breath of "fresh air" after growing up in China. "The moment I inhaled and exhaled outside the airport, I felt free," she continued, drawing a parallel between China's notorious air pollution and its similarly choking restrictions on political speech.
POSTED MAY 23, 2017 3:55 AM
|Manchester United: Royal Family, Celebrities Show Support for City After Attack
ISIS is taking credit for the attack, which claimed the lives of 22 people.
POSTED MAY 23, 2017 1:02 PM
|Neo-Nazi Connected To Double Murder Arrested After FBI Finds Explosive Materials
FBI agents found chemicals used to make explosives, Nazi propaganda and a framed picture of the Oklahoma City bomber.
POSTED MAY 22, 2017 2:51 PM
|California Democratic party chairman says 'F*** Donald Trump' in speech
Outgoing boss John Burton, described by the Los Angeles Times as “a fixture in state Democratic politics for half a century”, grinned as supporters on stage at the party's convention joined him in the gesture. The party's leaders blasted alleged ties to Russia among Mr Trump's associates and presented California as the epicentre of liberal resistance to the President. “The world, literally the world, is counting on all of you, counting on California to reject Trump's deception and destructiveness,” said Lt Gov Gavin Newsom, who is among a crowded field of Democrats running for governor next year.
POSTED MAY 22, 2017 8:55 AM
|Philippines' Duterte says 'I'll be harsh' with army rule on island
By Martin Petty and Karen Lema MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte warned on Wednesday he would deal harshly with militants, after declaring martial law on Mindanao island following a failed raid on a hideout of Islamic State-linked rebels. Fighting abated in the mainly Muslim city of Marawi as troops sought to contain dozens of rebels of the Maute group, who escaped a botched raid on Tuesday on an apartment and took over streets, bridges and buildings and sought to block army reinforcements. Duterte is a Mindanao native and has long threatened martial law to destroy two groups linked to Islamic State, which he warns is trying to gain a foothold in the Philippines.
POSTED MAY 24, 2017 1:22 AM
|The Latest: Leaders attack lawsuit over schools for blacks
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on a lawsuit alleging that Mississippi is breaking federal law by providing unequal schooling to black students (all times local):
POSTED MAY 23, 2017 1:48 PM
|Terrifying Video Shows Sea Lion Dragging Young Girl Into Water
Her quick-thinking grandfather jumped into the water and got her out, bringing her back to safety.
POSTED MAY 22, 2017 12:29 PM
|Newfound ‘alien megastructure’ star leaves scientists baffled
You're forgiven if the name KIC 8462852 doesn't ring a bell. It's a far-off object, thought to be a star, which was only just discovered in late 2015, but it's already managed to totally confuse researchers in its extremely brief stint on the scientific stage. The star has continually exhibited extremely odd behavior, and has been repeatedly observed experiencing huge dips in brightness that don't seem to have any readily available explanation. Now, the star has been spotted performing the same dimming trick as it has in the past, and scientists are throwing out some extremely wild theories.
KIC 8462852, otherwise known as "Tabby's Star" or "Boyajian's Star" depending on where you look, was caught in the act this past weekend, dimming in brightness by about three percent, which is a large enough change to be easily detected. Normally, the dimming of a star at regular intervals would indicate the presence of a planet in orbit, but there doesn't seem to be any pattern to the of dimming exhibited by KIC 8462852.
Researchers have thrown forth many possible explanations, including other, non-planetary celestial bodies passing in front of the star which are obscuring our line of sight, such as comets, and even the possibility that whatever is floating around the star isn't a naturally-occurring object at all, but instead a massive alien structure. As the research and observations continue, scientists around the globe are hoping that spectral readings will give them a clue as to what, if anything, passed in front of the star. Whatever the object happens to be, it's an exciting time for sky-gazers.
POSTED MAY 22, 2017 8:00 PM
|Elon Musk told Donald Trump what to do about the Paris Climate Agreement
The Trump administration may finally be nearing a decision on whether to stay in the Paris Climate Agreement. Now we know that visionary businessman Elon Musk, who founded SpaceX, Tesla, and a new, mysterious tunnel-building firm called the Boring Company, is talking to President Donald Trump about what to do regarding this agreement. Given his role in alternative energy, it's no surprise that Musk is in favor of the 2016 treaty. SEE ALSO: Elon Musk's Boring Company isn't waiting any longer The Paris agreement was negotiated under former president Barack Obama. And for the first time in decades of climate diplomacy, all nations agreed to take steps to cut emissions of planet-warming greenhouse gases based on their own timetables. If the U.S. were to withdraw from the treaty, it's likely to have global repercussions, potentially encouraging other nations to relax their emissions reduction commitments or leave the pact entirely. In a tweet on Monday night, Musk said he has spoken with Trump and is urging him to stay in the agreement. @BigDAK54 I spoke directly with The President three weeks ago about Paris. Many others have too. Cautiously optimistic of a positive decision. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 22, 2017 Musk is part of Trump's business advisory council, for which he has received considerable criticism. He says he is remaining on it as a way to ensure that a diversity of views on particular matters, including climate change, make it to Trump's desk. Various advisors have been vying for the president's ear on this landmark climate deal, from the secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, to chief strategist Steve Bannon. Some observers think the president will announce his decision about the Paris agreement later this week at the Group of 7 major industrialized nations' summit in Sicily. While there, the U.S. will come under pressure from world leaders like German Chancellor Angela Merkel and new French President Emmanuel Macron to act on global warming, as it is a clear priority for other major industrialized nations. Trump, for his part, has called climate change a hoax, vowed during the campaign to "cancel" the Paris agreement, and on Tuesday proposed a federal budget that zeroes out funding for international climate change assistance programs. The budget also slashes spending for U.S. climate research at the Environmental Protection Agency, Energy Department, and other agencies. WATCH:
POSTED MAY 23, 2017 12:27 PM
|Elephant crushes S. African hunter to death: reports
A South African big-game hunter was crushed to death when an elephant picked him up and then fell on him after being shot, Zimbabwean officials and media reports said Monday. Theunis Botha, 51, a professional hunter who specialised in hunting with hounds, died on Friday in western Zimbabwe. One elephant lifted Botha up with her trunk, and a fellow hunter shot the animal dead, the News24 website said.
POSTED MAY 22, 2017 10:39 AM
|Britain raises terror threat level after concert carnage
Britain prepared to deploy soldiers at key sites on Wednesday, having raised its terror threat level to maximum after a suicide bomber massacred 22 people at a pop concert in Manchester. Addressing the nation from her Downing Street office, Prime Minister Theresa May warned late Tuesday that a new attack "may be imminent" and there was a possibility of "a wider group of individuals linked to this attack".
POSTED MAY 23, 2017 7:53 PM
|Teenagers Who Stole Car And Killed 6-Year-Old Boy Charged With Capital Murder
Prosecutors could seek the death penalty in the case.
POSTED MAY 22, 2017 11:34 AM
|President Trump’s first trip abroad
In contrast to George W. Bush and Obama, President Trump’s first overseas trip is a highly ambitious venture. Here's a look at some of the highlights.
POSTED MAY 23, 2017 3:00 PM
|Turkey summons U.S. envoy over Washington street brawl
Turkey summoned the U.S ambassador on Monday to protest the treatment of Turkish security officials in the United States during a visit by President Tayyip Erdogan last week, the foreign ministry said. A brawl erupted between protesters and Turkish security personnel outside the Turkish ambassador's residence during Erdogan's visit to Washington to meet U.S. President Donald Trump. Turkey blamed the violence on demonstrators linked to the militant Kurdistan Workers Party while Washington's police chief described the incident as a "brutal attack" on peaceful protesters.
POSTED MAY 22, 2017 2:50 PM
|Experts: Traveler should have drawn scrutiny before flight
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man acted strangely long before he caused a disturbance on a plane that prompted fighter jets to accompany it to Hawaii, but a lack of communication and an airline's hesitancy to be caught on video booting a passenger could have played a role in allowing him to fly, experts say.
POSTED MAY 23, 2017 8:12 PM
|Suicidal Man 'Unintentionally' Kills Girlfriend With Bullet That First Went Through His Own Head: Cops
Victor Sibson survived the suicide attempt and was charged with second degree murder on Friday.
POSTED MAY 23, 2017 4:07 PM
|First US customer gets keys to Lamborghini Centenario
On a sliding scale, collecting a new minivan is probably towards the lower end of excitement levels, while something like a new luxury SUV is probably a lot higher up the scale. The manufacturer has promised all the Centenario's other US buyers will get their cars before the end of this year. The Lamborghini Centenario is a special model produced by the legendary Italian supercar builder to celebrate the 100th birthday of its founder, Ferruccio Lamborghini.
POSTED MAY 22, 2017 6:11 AM
|Donald Trump budget proposal to force millions off food stamps
Millions of people will be driven off food stamps as part of the spending cuts being planned for Donald Trump’s first budget. The President’s proposals would cut up to $1.7trillion over the next ten years, with saving coming from cuts to programmes such as Medicaid, federal employee pensions, welfare benefits and farm subsidies. The Washington Post said Mr Trump would cut $800bn alone from Medicaid, the state-federal programme that provides health care to low-income citizens.
POSTED MAY 22, 2017 9:46 AM
|Fossils cast doubt on human lineage originating in Africa
By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Fossils from Greece and Bulgaria of an ape-like creature that lived 7.2 million years ago may fundamentally alter the understanding of human origins, casting doubt on the view that the evolutionary lineage that led to people arose in Africa. Scientists said on Monday the creature, known as Graecopithecus freybergi and known only from a lower jawbone and an isolated tooth, may be the oldest-known member of the human lineage that began after an evolutionary split from the line that led to chimpanzees, our closest cousins. The premolar was found in south-central Bulgaria in 2009.
POSTED MAY 22, 2017 6:08 PM
|Ariana Grande says she is 'broken' after explosion in Manchester Arena that left 22 dead and 59 injured
Ariana Grande has responded to the incident in Manchester that left at least 19 dead and almost 60 injured. Writing on social media a few hours after police responded to what they said was a reported explosion in the aftermath of her concert at the Manchester Arena, the 23-year-old singer said she was “broken”. Grande escaped unhurt from the incident, which happened shortly after the American singer completed her set and lights in the venue had been switched on.
POSTED MAY 22, 2017 11:24 PM
|Bahrain police fire on Shiite protest, one reported dead
Bahraini police opened fire Tuesday on a protest by supporters of a top Shiite cleric, with at least one demonstrator reported dead in the latest unrest to hit the Sunni-ruled Gulf state. The Britain-based Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD) announced the "tragic death of a peaceful protester in the crackdown" in Diraz, the scene of a long-running sit-in outside the home of cleric Isa Qassim. Eyewitnesses told AFP multiple civilians were wounded when police opened fire at demonstrators throwing stones and Molotov cocktails at security forces.
POSTED MAY 23, 2017 3:45 PM
|12-Year-Old Girl Abducted by Teen Boys In 'Imminent Danger'
McKenzie Wilson went missing from her upstate New York home early in the morning.
POSTED MAY 23, 2017 1:50 PM
|Philippines' Duterte heads to Russia in blow to US
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte flew to Russia on Monday to meet his hero, seek arms and steer his nation's foreign policy further away from longtime ally the United States. The five-day trip will cement a dramatic improvement in relations with Russia since Duterte came to power last year and began unravelling his country's decades-long alliances with the United States, which he accuses of hypocrisy and bullying. "Russia must cease to be at the margins of Philippine diplomacy.
POSTED MAY 22, 2017 5:16 AM
|Newark Airport reopens after plane engine catches fire
There was a ground stop at Newark Airport after a plane engine caught fire on Tuesday night.
POSTED MAY 23, 2017 11:36 PM
|Husky Caught on Surveillance Shoplifting a Loaf of Bread, Then Returning With an Accomplice
Cops said the dog will not be facing any charges.
POSTED MAY 23, 2017 12:06 PM
|$400 billion price tag for California single-payer bill
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California bill that would eliminate health insurance companies and provide government-funded health coverage for everyone in the state would cost $400 billion and require significant tax increases, legislative analysts said Monday.
POSTED MAY 22, 2017 7:05 PM
|Shelby unveils Super Snake F-150 Pickup with $96,880 price tag
After all, Shelby is wholly synonymous with the legendary Mustang. Not only has the F-Series been America's favorite truck range for four decades now, the full-size, light-duty F-150 is the biggest-selling vehicle in the United States.
POSTED MAY 22, 2017 8:35 AM
|Gambian authorities seize ex-president Jammeh's bank accounts
Gambian authorities have seized assets including 86 bank accounts and 131 properties linked to former president Yahya Jammeh, an official said on Monday, as an investigation into the veteran ruler's wealth gathers pace. The new government has accused Jammeh of massive fraud including siphoning off public money during his 22-year rule that ended in election defeat and disgraced exile in Equatorial Guinea in January. Jammeh has been out of contact since leaving for exile and his associates no longer respond to journalists' queries about the accusations against him.
POSTED MAY 23, 2017 2:57 AM
|2018 Volvo XC60: First Drive
The first member of Volvo's new 60 series has some big shoes to fill, but having the latest semi-autonomous technologies might just make it the safest and most comfortable family car you can buy.
POSTED MAY 22, 2017 1:33 PM
|Venezuela protest: Pro-government supporter set on fire as death toll hits 48
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has accused opposition protesters of setting a pro-government supporter on fire on the 50th day of the wave of protests, which has gripped the country. Footage of the man being set alight was broadcasted on state television and the man, identified as Orlando Figuera, 21, has been treated in hospital for severe burns and several stab wounds. According to reports, about 100 people, who were participating in anti-Maduro protests in Caracas, surrounded Mr Figuera, doused him in gasoline and set him alight in Plaza Altamira in the east of the country’s capital.
POSTED MAY 22, 2017 7:45 AM
|New Details About Aaron Hernandez's Prison Time Emerge
Hernandez was found dead in his prison cell at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Massachusetts, April 19.
POSTED MAY 22, 2017 2:31 AM
|India fires on Pakistani military posts, army says
India announced Tuesday it had fired mortars at Pakistani army posts across their disputed border in Kashmir, a rare public disclosure of such a pre-emptive assault against its neighbour. Troops fired at military camps in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir which were being used to harbour militants, an Indian army spokesman said. "As part of our counter-terror operations, punitive fire assaults across LoC (Line of Control, the de facto border) are being undertaken by the Indian army," Major-General Ashok Narula told a briefing in New Delhi.
POSTED MAY 23, 2017 9:00 AM
|Christina El Moussa Got the Sweetest Tattoo Honoring Her Kids
Check out her new ink.
POSTED MAY 23, 2017 2:43 PM
|Suspects punch Army veteran, steal his service dog
Police say two individuals punched a 40-year-old victim and forcibly removed the victim's service dog.
POSTED MAY 22, 2017 2:44 PM
|Philippine official downplays alleged China war threats
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines' top diplomat sought Monday to downplay President Rodrigo Duterte's pronouncement that Chinese President Xi Jinping told him China would go to war with Manila if it insists on drilling for oil in the disputed South China Sea, saying they were not threatening each other but talking about preventing conflict.
POSTED MAY 22, 2017 2:14 AM
|Roger Moore's best quotes as 007
British actor Roger Moore played James Bond in a record seven films, more than any other man to date.
POSTED MAY 23, 2017 12:24 PM
|Deadly blast at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England
Photos of the British response to the deadly bombing at a concert arena in Manchester, England, on Monday night.
POSTED MAY 22, 2017 10:31 PM
|Trump budget cuts may stir backlash in rural America
President Donald Trump’s proposals to slash federal aid to the poor, the sick and people living in rural areas reflect conservatives' demands for a smaller federal government but target many of the very people who voted for him last November. In his first detailed budget submission to Congress on Tuesday, Trump requested major reductions to programs that help poor families afford groceries and poor and disabled people get healthcare. Job training for unemployed coal miners would be threatened and drug treatment programs would face cuts at a time when heroin and prescription pill addictions are tearing at rural America.
POSTED MAY 23, 2017 7:26 PM
|Member of online hate group accused of knifing young black soldier to death on campus
The “totally unprovoked” murder of a young black soldier was committed by a white man who was a member of a “despicable” Facebook group, police have said. Richard W Collins III, a newly commissioned Army officer, was allegedly stabbed to death by Sean Christopher Urbanski. Mr Collins, 23, was black and a student at Bowie State University in Maryland, due to graduate tomorrow.
POSTED MAY 22, 2017 4:10 AM
|Iranian Foreign Minister Mocks Trump's Saudi Arabia Speech
Trump isolated Iran during his speech on "Islamic terrorism" in Saudi Arabia and it has not gone down well with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.
POSTED MAY 22, 2017 7:46 AM
|Everything points to Apple launching new MacBooks next month
Apple will unveil the next big thing for its various software operating systems at WWDC 2017, including iOS 11 and the next macOS major update. But the iPhone maker is also tipped to launch a variety of new products at the show, including the Siri speaker, a 10.5-inch iPad Pro, and new MacBooks. A new report says that Apple is indeed expected to launch new laptops this quarter, and there’s reason to be excited.
In a new research note to customers, TrendForce said that notebooks are having a little moment, again. Shipments for the first quarter of the year grew by 6.1% compared to last year, totaling around 37.81 million. That’s a 15.6% decline from the Christmas quarter, but still an impressive result for the period.
Apple placed fifth in TrendForce's top, with 3.4 million MacBook laptops shipped during the period — that marks a 15.8% decline compared to the December quarter, but a 15.4% increase compared to last year.
TrendForce quotes the MacBook Pro with TouchBar as the device that contributed significantly to the overall shipments. Similarly, the researchers believe the 12-inch MacBook will help Apple ship 10% more laptops in the second quarter of this year than last year.
That’s because Apple reportedly plans to launch a new version of the 12-inch MacBook that will feature a new processor. The report notes that promotional pricing for some older models might also be in order.
A previous report said that Apple will update the MacBook Pro as well, even if it only launched a new model in late 2016. TrendForce makes no mention of other MacBook updates for the quarter.
POSTED MAY 22, 2017 4:09 PM