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  • Refugee Office That Lost 1,500 Kids Not 'Legally Responsible' For Finding Them: Official

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    The government program meant to place unaccompanied children taken from the

    Sat, 26 May 2018 18:13:06 -0400
  • Venezuela releases imprisoned American Joshua Holt

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    Sen. Bob Corker helped broker the release of Holt and his wife Thamy, who were accused of stockpiling weapons and held for two years without trial. They returned to the U.S. on Saturday.

    Sat, 26 May 2018 11:48:05 -0400
  • Trump Unbelievably Rips Dems For Immigrant Kids Being Separated From Parents

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    President Donald Trump has bashed the Democrats for a hugely controversial

    Sun, 27 May 2018 01:23:51 -0400
  • Fight breaks out between passengers on American Airlines flight

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    Cell phone video captures a flight attendant telling passenger Jason Felix that he can’t have more alcohol during a flight from St. Croix to Miami. A fight broke out after he threatened another passenger and Felix now faces federal charges.

    Sat, 26 May 2018 12:12:58 -0400
  • Mexico detains wife of drug baron blamed for U.S. heroin scourge

    Mexico's government said on Sunday it had arrested the wife of top drug lord Nemesio Oseguera on charges of laundering funds for his powerful cartel that is blamed for driving heroin shipments to the United States. Known as "El Mencho," Oseguera has risen to become Mexico's most wanted drug lord after Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was extradited to the United States last year to face trial.

    Sun, 27 May 2018 15:35:05 -0400
  • Small plane makes emergency landing on Utah freeway

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    OGDEN, Utah (AP) — No one was injured Saturday when a small plane clipped a car from behind while making an emergency landing on a major freeway in Utah, authorities said.

    Sat, 26 May 2018 17:50:51 -0400
  • London introduces contactless payments for buskers

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    London is introducing a contactless payment scheme for buskers in what organisers said would be a world first, Mayor Sadiq Khan said on Sunday as he unveiled a partnership with tech company iZettle. Under the "Busk in London" programme, street musicians in the British capital will be able to accept non-cash payments with contactless cards, wearable technology and chip and pin.

    Sun, 27 May 2018 12:07:18 -0400
  • Mystery 'Wolf-Like' Animal Reportedly Shot In Montana, Baffles Wildlife Officials

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    Montana wildlife officials are puzzled by the carcass of wolflike animal they

    Sat, 26 May 2018 13:40:01 -0400
  • Northern Ireland under pressure after historic abortion vote

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    Pressure mounted on Sunday for British-ruled Northern Ireland to liberalise its strict abortion laws after a historic referendum in the neighbouring Republic of Ireland overturned its ban. A traditionally Catholic country, Ireland voted by a landslide to ditch its strict abortion laws in a referendum that Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said lifted decades of stigma and shame. Varadkar's government has promised to approve the drafting of abortion legislation at a cabinet meeting on Tuesday and is aiming to enact the new law before the end of the year.

    Sun, 27 May 2018 07:10:26 -0400
  • Twitter #PutStarWarsInOtherFilms And It Was Universally Entertaining

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    "Solo: A Star Wars Story" hits this weekend and even though that film is

    Sat, 26 May 2018 13:33:22 -0400
  • California’s voting structure could leave openings for GOP

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    The top two vote-getters in California primaries advance to the general election, regardless of the candidates’ party. This is known as the “jungle primary” system. A crowded field of Democrats could make it easy for Republicans to win.

    Sat, 26 May 2018 14:26:06 -0400
  • Indiana Teacher Out of Hospital After Stopping School Shooting

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    Jason Seaman tackled an armed student

    Sun, 27 May 2018 10:07:47 -0400
  • There Were 2 Mass Shootings In Texas Last Week, But Only 1 On TV

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    DENTON, Texas ― Amanda Painter sat at the kitchen table in an unfamiliar

    Sat, 26 May 2018 08:00:37 -0400
  • One Harvey Weinstein accuser says she won't celebrate his arrest in a must-read thread

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    In the days following Harvey Weinstein's arrest, some within the entertainment industry have posted a statement released by Time's Up — the organization created in the wake of the scandal.  Others, like actress Annabella Sciorra, have taken things a step further. Sciorra was one of the women to come forward in Ronan Farrow's follow up stories featured in The New Yorker. On Sunday, she shared that she felt the farthest thing from celebratory when she heard the initial news about his arrest.  SEE ALSO: Harvey Weinstein hands himself in to police in New York "The law finally caught up with Harvey Weinstein on Friday and charge him with multiple counts of rape and sexual assault," she tweeted. "But nothing about that felt celebratory to me."  The law finally caught up with Harvey Weinstein on Friday and charged him with multiple counts of rape and sexual assault. But nothing about that felt celebratory to me. — Annabella Sciorra (@AnnabellSciorra) May 27, 2018 "The smirk on his face as he was led out of the police station in cuffs made me physically sick," she continued. "The public statement from his lawyer was intended only to denigrate all the brave women who came forward and spoke out against him." "All that says is, money buys VIP treatment in the justice system no matter how serious or violent the crimes," she tweeted, after referencing his "million dollar bond."  Compare that to the case of Kalief Browder, who was denied bail after being accused of a misdemeanor, then spent four years in Rikers, over half of it in solitary confinement, awaiting a trial that never occurred. — Annabella Sciorra (@AnnabellSciorra) May 27, 2018 "Compare that to the case of Kalief Browder, who was denied bail after being accused of a misdemeanor, then spent four years in Rikers, over half of it in solitary confinement, awaiting a trial that never occurred," she went on, referencing the tragic case of Browder, who ultimately committed suicide at the age of 22 because of mental distress due to his incarceration.  "If there was truly 'equal justice under the law,' Harvey Weinstein would be behind bars in Rikers today, waiting for his own day in court, not free to roam New York, his other hunting ground, wearing an ankle bracelet," Sciorra wrote.  If there was truly ’equal justice under the law’, Harvey Weinstein would be behind bars in Rikers today, waiting for his own day in court, not free to roam New York, his other hunting ground, wearing an ankle bracelet. — Annabella Sciorra (@AnnabellSciorra) May 27, 2018 Mira Sorvino, who has been a vocal Time's Up supporter and came forward with her own Weinstein story in 2017, chimed in and thanked Sciorra for her words.  This thread is so important. I feel the same way, there was no jubilation although I was heartened that he was starting the process of standing trial. — Mira Sorvino (@MiraSorvino) May 27, 2018 WATCH: 82 women walked this year's Cannes red carpet in protest, calling for gender equality in the film industry

    Sun, 27 May 2018 18:03:03 -0400
  • Correction: Venezuela-Jailed American-Improbable Release

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story May 26 about the release of an American jailed in Venezuela, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the U.S. government had imposed sanctions on Venezuelan first lady Cilia Flores. It has not.

    Sun, 27 May 2018 15:19:14 -0400
  • Oil output could return to October 2016 level, says Russia's Novak

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    By Vladimir Soldatkin MOSCOW (Reuters) - A return to the oil production levels that were in place in October 2016, baseline for the current deal to cut output, is one of the options for easing curbs, Russia's energy minister said on Saturday. Sources said this week that Saudi Arabia and Russia were discussing raising OPEC and non-OPEC oil production to ease 17 months of strict supply curbs amid concerns that a price rally has gone too far. "When we extended the agreement until the end of 2018, we spoke about such possibilities (of returning to the October 2016 level)," Novak told reporters.

    Sat, 26 May 2018 14:22:48 -0400
  • Kilauea volcano erupts on Hawaii's Big Island

    A lava flow in Hawaii has entered the property of a geothermal power plant on the Big island.

    Sun, 27 May 2018 02:30:40 -0400
  • High school valedictorian addresses grads through bullhorn following speech ban

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    Christian Bales gave his graduation speech through a bullhorn outside the commencement venue after his school ruled his address too political to be given from the stage.

    Sun, 27 May 2018 13:31:32 -0400
  • Weird Father's Day Gifts Your Dad Doesn't Know He Wants (But He Does)

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    As a dad, I take Father's Day seriously ― but not the gifts.

    Sat, 26 May 2018 08:00:37 -0400
  • Colombia to be Nato's first Latin American 'partner' as country prepares for elections which could spell end of peace deal

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    Colombia will become the first country in Latin America to join Nato as a "global partner", the outgoing president announced on the eve of the first presidential elections since its bloody civil war came to an end. Juan Manuel Santos, who signed a peace deal with the left-wing Farc guerrillas in 2016, ending the longest-running civil conflict in the western hemisphere and winning the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts, made the announcement on Friday night. Colombia will join next week as a "global partner", Mr Santos said, which means it will not necessarily have to take part in military action but will be fully accredited in Brussels. But the announcement came as the peace process, on which he staked his presidency, hangs in the balance. Mr Santos cannot run for a third term, and the current front-runner for Sunday's election is Right-winger Ivan Duque, who has sharply criticised the deal for giving too much ground to the Farc. Juan Manuel Santos meets Theresa May in London, in November 2016 Hand-picked by Mr Santos's rival and presidential predecessor, Alvaro Uribe, Mr Duque, a 41-year-old lawyer and financial consultant from a prominent political family in Antioquia, has said he would alter the peace agreement if he is elected. While legally the deal cannot simply be torn up by a new government, it can be effectively “slow waked” to failure by blocking legislation needed to fully implement the agreement. People gather in Bogota, at the main Bolivar Square, on September 26, 2016, to celebrate the historic peace agreement between the Colombian government and Farc Mr Duque faces a strong challenge in the elections from the Left-wing candidate, Gustavo Petro, a well-known former rebel from the M-19 group who has a track record in congress and as the mayor of Bogota. The other three candidates are more centrist, and all are seasoned politicians: Germán Vargas Lleras toward the centre-right, and Sergio Fajardo and Humberto de la Calle – chief negotiator of the Farc peace deal - toward the centre-left. Polls suggest that no one candidate will win outright on Sunday, in which case a run-off will be held on June 17. Colombia joining Nato as a partner country will mean it will cooperate on global security areas like cyber and maritime security, terrorism and links to organised crime. Alvaro Uribe, president of Colombia from 2002-10, has emerged as one of the fiercest critics of the peace deal, and has chosen Ivan Duque as his successor "Colombia benefits a lot from being an active part of the international community,” said Mr Santos, announcing the move, which had been agreed last year, on national television. “Many of the problems we face are increasingly global and need the support and collaboration of other countries for their solution." Other global partners include Afghanistan, Australia, Iraq, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mongolia, New Zealand and Pakistan.

    Sat, 26 May 2018 14:10:15 -0400
  • Russian police arrest man who vandalised Ivan the Terrible painting

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    Russian police on Saturday said they arrested a man for vandalising one of the best known works of 19th century painter Ilya Repin, depicting Ivan the Terrible killing his son, at a gallery in Moscow. The Tretyakov Gallery said the work was "seriously damaged" as a result. "The canvas has been ripped in three place in the central part of the Tsar's son.

    Sat, 26 May 2018 06:01:28 -0400
  • Saudi Arabia Told The World Its Problem Was Islam. It's Actually Tyranny.

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    Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman doesn't apologize for much. In the past

    Sun, 27 May 2018 19:47:25 -0400
  • Man throws hot coffee at McDonald's manager

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    Police in Washington State said a McDonald's manager suffered severe burns to her face and neck after an angry customer threw hot coffee at her.

    Sun, 27 May 2018 23:11:23 -0400
  • Hero teacher saved lives during Indiana school shooting

    Jason Seaman, a science teacher at Noblesville West Middle School in Noblesville, Ind., subdued a student armed with two handguns who opened fire inside his classroom Friday, May, 25, 2018 .

    Sat, 26 May 2018 14:21:54 -0400
  • Legal hurdles may make Weinstein's prosecution an exception

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Harvey Weinstein's arrest in New York Friday is a landmark moment in the #MeToo movement.

    Sat, 26 May 2018 09:57:25 -0400
  • Palestinian President Abbas hospital stay extended

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    By Ali Sawafta RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who officials said is being treated for a lung infection, will remain in hospital for an eighth day on Sunday. The 82-year-old leader had been expected to be released from hospital in the occupied West Bank on Sunday, but this was postponed, Abbas' office said in a text message to journalists. Abbas, who is a heavy smoker, was admitted on May 20 for what doctors had initially said were medical tests following ear surgery.

    Sun, 27 May 2018 08:39:34 -0400
  • The Parkland students stopped a huge corporation from donating to the NRA

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    The Parkland students are continuing to advocate for gun control, one issue at a time, and their efforts are creating real change. The latest proof of that is Publix, a supermarket chain found based in the southeastern United States. After boycotts and protests on Friday, the grocery store has publicly announced it will stop making political contributions, including those for Florida gubernatorial candidate and proudly vocal "NRA sellout" Adam Putnam. It's all thanks to Parkland'sDavid Hogg and his peers, who spearheaded a protest against the chain with a successful "die-in" at one of the store's locations.  SEE ALSO: Parkland activists had breakfast with the Waffle House hero and they were all thrilled "Anyone who supports an NRA sellout is an NRA sellout," Hogg tweeted on Tuesday in his call to arms to boycott Publix.  Anyone who supports an NRA sellout is an NRA sellout. That is why I am calling on everyone to stop shopping at Publix until they pull their endorsement of Putnam publicly. Publix is supporting the inaction after pulse, strozier, Douglas, liberty city. Don’t support an NRA sellout — David Hogg (@davidhogg111) May 23, 2018 Just a few days later on May 25, students — in partnership with an organization birthed out of the Parkland shooting, Change The Ref — led the protests in Coral Springs, Florida inside and outside the store, with chalk outlines in the parking lot to commemorate the lives lost during the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.  Early this morning @davidhogg111 teamed up with @ChangeTheRef to create an art instillation outside of @publix in protest of the corporation and their support of Adam Putnam. 17 chalk outlines in multiple parking spots were drawn and wrapped in caution tape. #msd #neveragain pic.twitter.com/043cC2o6kA — Emilee McGovern (@EmileeRose) May 25, 2018 Inside, people staged a "die-in," lying on the floor of two local Publix stores on Friday. Additionally, Hogg put out a call for 12-minute die-in's to occur in various locations that afternoon as well.  Together we can do anything. Together the young people will win by choosing love. pic.twitter.com/TRrfTJL2Wb — David Hogg (@davidhogg111) May 26, 2018 Guac’s parents Manuel and Patricia lied down together at “die in “ protest to Publix’s contributions to pro-NRA Adam Putnam’s campaign #ChangeTheRef #MarchForOurLives #parklandstrong pic.twitter.com/dYZSd6u9M7 — Change the Ref (@ChangeTheRef) May 25, 2018 The action worked, and Publix released a statement announcing that its donations to political candidates would cease.  "We regret that our contributions have led to a divide in our community," the statement read, according to Tampa Bay Times. "We did not intend to put our associates and the customers they serve in the middle of a political debate. At the same time, we remain committed to maintaining a welcoming shopping experience for our customers. We would never knowingly disappoint our customers or the communities we serve." The corporation and its leaders have donated $670,000 to Putnam specifically over three years, as reported by Tampa Bay Times. Hogg is also asking Publix to donate $1 million to the Stoneman Douglas Victims fund, though it's not clear if that's going to happen. I call on @Publix to donate double the money they gave to Putman to the Stoneman Douglas Victims fund, $1,000,000. And never support an A rated NRA politician again. — David Hogg (@davidhogg111) May 24, 2018 WATCH: These celebs brought their star power to March for Our Lives

    Sun, 27 May 2018 13:48:45 -0400
  • RFK Jr. Seeking New Investigation Into His Father's Assassination

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    Robert Kennedy Jr. had a three-hour prison meeting in California with his

    Sun, 27 May 2018 03:16:21 -0400
  • Superpower in the Sky: Why Israel Wants F-35s and Deadly New F-15s

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    Although the F-35 saw its first combat duty this week in Israel, the Jewish state has reportedly decided to purchase more of the most advanced version of Boeing’s F-15 rather than buy more Joint Strike Fighters. On May 16, Flight Global—an aviation-focused news source—reported that Israel is proposing a deal to purchase twenty-five F-15Is in an advanced configuration. This would double the number of F-15Is the Israeli Air Force (IAF) currently operates.

    Sat, 26 May 2018 19:46:00 -0400
  • Imran Khan eyes victory as Pakistan announces elections on July 25

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    Pakistani cricket star-turned-politician Imran Khan's party vowed Sunday to oust the country's "corrupt" rulers, as the nuclear-armed state announced it will hold general elections on July 25. The poll will bring to a head political tensions that have been building since former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was ousted by the Supreme Court on corruption charges and later barred from politics for life. Khan is hoping to achieve a years-long dream of leading the country as its prime minister, and his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party is the main challenger to the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), which was headed by Sharif until his ban.

    Sun, 27 May 2018 04:33:21 -0400
  • Morgan Freeman 'Devastated' That Sexual Harassment Claims Could Undermine Legacy

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    Actor Morgan Freeman spoke out again in the wake of sexual harassment

    Sat, 26 May 2018 12:04:50 -0400
  • Panda cub makes first public appearance at Malaysia zoo

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    A four-month-old panda cub made her first public appearance Saturday at the Malaysian zoo where she was born, to the delight of visitors. The fluffy little cub was the second born to Liang Liang, who has been on loan to Malaysia since 2014, aong with a male panda, a rare success story for natural reproduction among giant pandas which are notoriously clumsy at mating on the rare occasions they are actually in the mood. The family of three were in good health, said Mat Naim Ramli, director of the national zoo's panda centre outside Kuala Lumpur.

    Sat, 26 May 2018 07:16:28 -0400
  • Freed from a Venezuela jail, US couple arrive back home

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    An American couple who spent nearly two years in a Venezuelan jail received a heroes' welcome at the White House as they returned home Saturday after Caracas freed them in a bid to spur dialogue with Washington. "Very glad that Josh Holt is now back home with his family where he has always belonged. Sanctions continue until democracy returns to Venezuela," Vice President Mike Pence wrote on Twitter.

    Sun, 27 May 2018 05:08:46 -0400
  • Teacher out of hospital after stopping school shooting

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    NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana science teacher was released from a hospital a day after he was shot while tackling an armed student inside his classroom.

    Sat, 26 May 2018 22:47:44 -0400
  • Alan Bean, moon-walking U.S. astronaut turned painter, dies in Houston

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    Bean, 86, a former U.S. Navy test pilot who became one of only 12 people ever to set foot on the moon, died at Houston Methodist Hospital, his family said in a statement released by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). "Alan was the strongest and kindest man I ever knew.

    Sat, 26 May 2018 16:12:59 -0400
  • Service Dog Gives Birth to 8 Puppies at Florida Airport Gate

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    They missed their flight.

    Sat, 26 May 2018 15:00:05 -0400
  • Oklahoma restaurant shooting victims recovering

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    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The family of a woman and girl who were wounded in an Oklahoma restaurant shooting said Saturday that the victims didn't know the gunman or why he attacked them as they walked into the lakeside restaurant for a birthday party.

    Sat, 26 May 2018 18:10:41 -0400
  • Commemorating veterans over Memorial Day weekend

    On Memorial Day weekend, towns and cities across the United States and around the world, commemorate veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces and the sacrifices they have made.

    Sun, 27 May 2018 14:10:58 -0400
  • Toyota Corolla Crashes Into Parked 1931 Ford Model A

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    Years of restoration painfully ends in the hands of a careless, distracted driver.

    Sat, 26 May 2018 12:00:02 -0400
  • Thousands square off in Berlin far-right rally and counter demos

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    Thousands of demonstrators for and against the far-right faced off in mass rival rallies in Berlin on Sunday, where calls of "We are the people" were countered with "Go away, Nazis" and techno beats. Police, who were out in force to keep the groups apart, said the march organised by the anti-immigrant, anti-Islam Alternative for Germany (AfD) drew over 5,000 supporters while the counter-demonstrators numbered more than 25,000. The rallies passed off largely peacefully, although Berlin police said on Twitter that they had to use pepper spray to stop "demonstrators from trying to break down barriers" at one square.

    Sun, 27 May 2018 11:25:23 -0400
  • Why Finding the Source of Tainted Romaine Lettuce Is so Hard

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    The E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce started two months ago, and it has sickened 172 people and killed one. But federal investigators still do not know how the lettuce came to be contam...

    Sat, 26 May 2018 14:28:38 -0400
  • Ex-CIA Chief Says Trump Will 'Throw Anything At The Wall' To Hurt Mueller Probe

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    George W. Bush's CIA chief Michael Hayden dismissed Donald Trump's "spygate"

    Mon, 28 May 2018 00:10:01 -0400
  • Erdogan asks Turks to help prop up plunging lira

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    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday urged compatriots to change their foreign currency to the lira to help prop up the embattled currency. The lira has lost 16 percent of its value against the greenback in a month as markets became jittery after Erdogan indicated he wanted a greater say in monetary policy if he won legislative and presidential elections on June 24. The lira hit 4.92 against the dollar on Wednesday before paring back some of its losses later this week after an emergency central bank rate hike.

    Sat, 26 May 2018 12:20:10 -0400
  • Ethiopia pardons senior opposition leader sentenced to death

    By Aaron Maasho ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopia pardoned on Saturday an opposition leader with British citizenship who had been sentenced to death, the latest in a series of pardons and releases of jailed dissidents announced in the wake of years of violent unrest. Andargachew Tsige was sentenced to death in absentia in 2009 over his role in the opposition group Ginbot 7, leading to his arrest in Yemen five years later and extradition to Ethiopia. Andargachew served as secretary-general of the anti-government group, which describes itself as a reform movement but is branded a terrorist organization by Addis Ababa.

    Sat, 26 May 2018 06:34:35 -0400
  • Tynes: NFL kneeling rule submits to Trump’s ‘fear-mongering’

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    Tyler Tynes, writer for SB Nation, says the National Football League overstepped its bounds by issuing its latest National Anthem regulation. However, former NFL safety Jack Brewer says the league has every right to dissuade protests in the workplace.

    Sat, 26 May 2018 14:20:14 -0400
  • The Latest: Restaurant shooting victims recovering

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    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Latest on a restaurant shooting in Oklahoma City that left the gunman dead (all times local):

    Sat, 26 May 2018 15:43:17 -0400
  • Russia says 4 of its soldiers have been killed in Syria

    MOSCOW (AP) — A clash with "terrorists" in eastern Syria killed four Russian soldiers and wounded others, the Russian Defense Ministry said Sunday.

    Sun, 27 May 2018 09:00:51 -0400
  • Focus-Based Mach 1 Electric SUV Report Might’ve Been Inaccurate

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    The plot thickens. Sort of.

    Sun, 27 May 2018 17:32:40 -0400
  • AMBER Alert Issued for New York Toddler After Mom's Body Found Stuffed in Bag in Woods

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    Police in western New York are searching for a missing 14-month-old boy whose mother’s dead body was found in the woods, stuffed in a plastic bag

    Sat, 26 May 2018 14:25:25 -0400
  • Photo Dispatch: Death of the American motorcycle - and the search for next generation of riders

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    As baby-boomers get older the US motorcycle industry is desperate to capture the younger demographic, or see its own death. The median age of motorcycle owners has increased from 32 to 47 since 1990, according to the Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC), and Harley-Davidson, America’s biggest motorcycle manufacturer, announced in March that it will close its Kansas City plant, laying off more than 800 people by the end of 2019.  What was once the baby-boomer symbol of freedom and rebellion has become the mascot of the weekend warrior. Wealthy suburbanites in ‘ride to live, live to ride’ t-shirts are still loyal to the brand associated with Easy Rider and Marlon Brando’s The Wild One. But the boomers are now in their sixties and seventies and their most recently purchased bike may possibly be their last. A man tries on a t-Shirt in the gift shop of the Harley-Davidson's vehicle and powertrain operations plant in Kansas City Credit: Neville Elder for The Telegraph Desperate to capture the younger demographic, Harley-Davidson has launched initiatives such as the "Find Your Freedom", a paid internship seeking young people willing to spend their summers riding around on motorcycles and chronicling the experience on social media. The company is also planning to win over environmentally conscious millennials with an electric motorcycle which it plans to launch in 2019. Harley Davidson's vehicle and powertrain operations plant in Kansas City Credit: Neville Elder for The Telegraph The figures provided by MIC are a reflection of new motorcycle sales. Someone looking to buy their first ride will be looking at a minimum of  $7,000 (£5,000) for the most basic Harley-Davidson model. However, vintage motorcycle can be bought for as little as $1,000, and some work and modifications can turn it from a ride to work to an extension of the rider’s personality. Spencer Bink and Mike Ashpaugh photographed with the chopper they're building in Ashpaugh's garage Credit: Neville Elder for The Telegraph In home garages all around Kansas City the skeletons of abandoned Harley’s - Shovelheads and Panheads - are being resurrected, but it’s community hubs like Blip Roasters and co-op workshops, Hickory Union Moto (HUM), in the old warehouse district of West Bottoms, that have sprung up organically to help a new generation climb on to motorcycles for the first time. Chris Taylor, 33, with his Harley Davidson 2018 Road Glide outside Blip Roasters, West Bottoms,  Missouri Credit: Neville Elder for The Telegraph Cousins Spencer Bink, who works at Harley-Davidson, and Mike Ashpaugh, a lorry driver by profession, are building a chopper from old parts in Ashpaugh's garage. "Younger guys are buying old bikes, they're not built to be comfortable, old bikes are cool," he told The Telegraph. "You kinda want to make it your own, it's fun to work on bikes yourself, everything's like a bird nest of wiring on the new bikes with their computers and that," said Bink. "I bought my first bike for $800, rode it around found out I liked it. New bikes are inaccessible if you're trying to decide if want to ride a bike - you can't exactly go to Enterprise and check out if you want to ride. Old bikes have more style," Tom Pulliam, an architectural intern, said referring to the rent-a-car business. Ricky Reyes in Anchor Moto, a workshop which specialises in bike repairs and custom builds, in West Bottoms Credit: Neville Elder for The Telegraph Jesse Clay, a 34-year-old engineer believes Harley priced themselves out of the market. "They used to be designed as a working man's bike that anyone could afford. I don't like having a payment on a bike. That's the reason I build bikes - I like to own my motorcycle." Jesse Clay, 34, with his 1985 BMW K100RT at HUM Credit:  Neville Elder for The Telegraph As Harley-Davidson prepare to pack up and leave Kansas City, Missouri, you don’t have to look far to see motorcycling is as popular as ever. Until 1991, West Bottoms’ stockyards and cattle markets, was the centre of the cattle trade in the mid-west. The area, plagued by flooding, fell into disuse. Now mostly empty, warehouses have been converted into antique shops and mechanics’ workshops. Stephanie Hartman, 29, with her 2007 Harley-Davidson Buell Blast outside Blip, a cafe which doubles as a bike shop Credit: Neville Elder for The Telegraph Blip Roasters sits above the abandoned loading lock of one such warehouse. The buildings’ exterior still wears the original brickwork, and large retro-fitted windows look out onto the rough, unpaved empty lots with a patchwork of puddles and bricks. Inside, a hipster Brooklyn coffee shop and a mid-western community centre for bikers blend into one. Racks of motorcycle gear and helmets, rebuilt motorcycles, restored by local ‘builders’ sit alongside comfortable couches, where patrons can watch repeats of the latest Motorcycle Grand Prix race. ‘Sunday Church’ is a weekly meet-up of Motorcyclists at Blip. People gather and exchange tips about building and repairing bikes, many of them classic Harleys from the 80’s and 90’s but also Japanese and European motorcycles. Ian Davis, Blip Roasters owner, makes coffee with Meghan, a barista at the West Bottoms cafe Credit: Neville Elder for The Telegraph "Blip is a good example of how motorcycle culture has changed", owner Ian Davis said. "All I remember was biker bars, and we might not want to get drunk in a smelly bar, now there's new places to hang out." "We started out just as a coffee roasters and I’d used to leave my first bike - a 1976 [Honda] CB50 - up on the dock," the 32-year-old said. People chat and work in Blip Roasters in Kansas City, Missouri Credit: Neville Elder for The Telegraph "People would come by and ask about the bike, and people started dropping by on other motorcycles to say hi. Gradually it became a thing, to hang out on Sundays, drink coffee and talk about bikes. "We open at 8am and usually by 9:30pm there are 10 or 20 bikes parked out front, then it’s just a free for all! Hundreds of people sometimes. Men, women, young or old on [new and old] Harleys, Hondas, Ducatis, even mopeds.” Motorcycles parked outside Blip Roasters Credit: Neville Elder for The Telegraph Just around the corner, in an old fire station, Hickory Union Moto (HUM) provides space and education for people new to the motorcycle world. In the big empty room that once housed fire engines and their crews, motorcycles sit in various states of repair. Some stripped down to their bare bones, some looking like Mad Max bikes, with distressed petrol tanks, and hand stitched seats. A rebuilt Harley Davidson engine in Ricky Reyes's workshop Credit: Neville Elder for The Telegraph John Iiames, 36, an architect and a partner at HUM says his love of old bikes came from frustration of living in a condo: John Iiames is one of the partners at HUM Credit: Neville Elder for The Telegraph “I was living in downtown Kansas City, with nowhere to work on a bike. There’s not the same sense of ownership with a new bike as there is with getting an old bike from the seventies and bringing it back to life, and not have a $300 payment on it every month.” As Harley Davidson prepare to pack up and leave Kansas City, Missouri, you don’t have to look far to see motorcycling is as popular as ever and ironically, it’s the Baby Boomers’ discarded machines that’s kick-starting a new generation of bikers and gear heads. For Millennials, riding motorcycles is cool again.  

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