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  • Trump Mourns 'Young And Beautiful' Lives 'Destroyed' By Russia Probe

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    President Donald Trump on Sunday lamented the lives "devastated" by special

    Sun, 27 May 2018 10:36:32 -0400
  • With immigrant family separation policy, is Trump playing to base?

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    Andrea Mitchell joins Ali Vitali to discuss the president's immigration policy and to ask whether it's an act of political base upkeep.

    Sun, 27 May 2018 04:48:46 -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
  • String of Hawaii volcano explosions shoot ash to 11,000 feet

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    By Joyln Rosa HONOLULU (Reuters) - A series of summit explosions on Saturday from Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano spewed ash up to 11,000 feet (3,353 m) and dusted the grey powdered rock on communities to the southwest, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said. The three explosions, which began around 12:42 a.m. (6:42 a.m. ET/1042 GMT)), marked the latest bursts of ash and volcanic smog from Kilauea during the fourth week of what geologists rank as one of its biggest eruption cycles in a century. Residents downwind of Kilauea were advised by County of Hawaii Civil Defense to avoid exposure to ash, which can cause eye irritation and breathing difficulties, particularly in people with respiratory problems.

    Sat, 26 May 2018 16:16:06 -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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Border Patrol Alters Account Of Guatemalan Woman's Death

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    U.S. immigration authorities have altered their account of the Border Patrol's

    Sat, 26 May 2018 21:26:33 -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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Indiana School Shooting: Hero Teacher, Jason Seaman, Recovering After Tackling Student Gunman

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    The teacher was shot three times.

    Sat, 26 May 2018 13:01:27 -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
  • China Has Dispatched Warships to Challenge U.S. Vessels Sailing Near Disputed Islands

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    The Chinese military says it has dispatched warships after U.S. Navy vessels sailed near Beijing-claimed islands in the South China Sea.

    Mon, 28 May 2018 01:25:44 -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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Guatemalan family mourns accountant daughter shot dead on U.S. border

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    By Sofia Menchu SAN JUAN OSTUNCALCO, Guatemala (Reuters) - For Claudia Gomez, the 19-year old indigenous Guatemalan who was shot last week by a border patrol officer, the chance for a better life in the United States outweighed worries about a crackdown at the border, her family said on Sunday. Gomez grew up in the village of San Juan Ostuncalco, surrounded by cinder block homes built with dollars sent home by relatives in the United States and a road the community had paved with a collection of remittances. Interviewed at their home, her parents said she had set off despite what they had heard about tougher policies toward illegal immigrants under U.S. President Donald Trump.

    Sun, 27 May 2018 22:10:19 -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
  • Pakistan announces general elections on July 25: presidential spokesman

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    Pakistan will hold general elections on July 25, a presidential spokesman said Saturday, offering the prospect of what would be only the second ever democratic transfer of power in the nuclear-armed country. "The president has approved July 25 as the date for holding general elections in the country," a spokesman from Mamnoon Hussain's office told AFP. The date was also confirmed by the government of Pakistan’s Twitter account and was reported by state media outlets.

    Sat, 26 May 2018 15:07:40 -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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Summer in the city — New York City's parks in 1978

    An exhibit of 65 images from 1978 offers a colorful glimpse into the history of New York City's parks.

    Sun, 27 May 2018 12:07:07 -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
  • 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
  • Trump Slams Media For Concocting Official Who Actually Ran His White House Briefing

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    President Donald Trump attacked The New York Times in a tweet Saturday,

    Sat, 26 May 2018 21:43:50 -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
  • China wins back Burkina Faso, urges Taiwan's last African ally to follow

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    By Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) - China increased diplomatic pressure on Taiwan on Saturday by urging the self-ruled island's last African ally, Swaziland, to align with Beijing as Burkina Faso re-established Chinese ties. Taiwan, which is claimed by China as its own, is Beijing's most sensitive territorial issue. Beijing says Taiwan is merely a Chinese province, with no right to state-to-state relations.

    Sat, 26 May 2018 08:47:17 -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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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." 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