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Israel launches air raid on Syria in return for fire: armyAn Israeli aircraft carried out a strike on Syria after 10 projectiles fired from the war-torn country hit the occupied Golan Heights on Saturday, an army spokesman said. The Israeli Air Force also targeted two Syrian regime tanks in the northern part of the Golan, the spokesman said, adding the projectiles did not cause any casualties. "Because of the unacceptable violation of Israeli sovereignty", Israel has protested to the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) which monitors a 1974 ceasefire between the two countries, he added.


Posted: June 24, 2017, 7:34 pm

If Baghdadi is dead, next IS leader likely to be Saddam-era officerBy Maher Chmaytelli BAGHDAD (Reuters) - If Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is confirmed dead, he is likely to be succeeded by one of his top two lieutenants, both of whom were Iraqi army officers under late dictator Saddam Hussein. Experts on Islamist groups see no clear successor but regard Iyad al-Obaidi and Ayad al-Jumaili as the leading contenders, though neither would be likely to assume Baghdadi's title of "caliph", or overall commander of Muslims. Russia's defense ministry said last week Baghdadi may have been killed in an air strike in Syria and Interfax news agency quoted a senior Russian parliamentarian on Friday as saying the likelihood that he had been killed was close to 100 percent.


Posted: June 24, 2017, 10:49 am

Panda mania hits Germany as China's cuddly envoys arriveGermany was bracing for panda mania as furry ambassadors arrive from China on Saturday, destined for a new life as stars of Berlin's premier zoo. The pair, named Meng Meng and Jiao Qing, will be jetting in on a special Lufthansa cargo plane, accompanied by two Chinese panda specialists, the Berlin Zoo's chief vet and a tonne of bamboo. Berlin's mayor, China's ambassador to Germany and a gaggle of journalists will greet the VIPs as LH8415 pulls to a stop on the tarmac of Schoenefeld airport.


Posted: June 24, 2017, 8:55 am

US special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan quits postWashington's special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan stepped down on Friday, just as the United States is preparing to send thousands more troops to the region. A senior State Department official told AFP that acting special representative Laurel Miller left the post without a replacement being named. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Miller is returning to a position at the Rand Corporation and that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has not yet decided what to do with post.


Posted: June 24, 2017, 5:39 am

2 in Thunderbirds jet accident in Ohio in good conditionCINCINNATI (AP) — A Thunderbirds Air Force jet went off a runway and overturned Friday during preparations for an Ohio air show, injuring the pilot and causing a performance to be canceled.


Posted: June 24, 2017, 2:18 am

Climate change more important than partisan politics: SchwarzeneggerFormer California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger urged people from both ends of the political spectrum to join a "crusade" to save the planet, after a Friday meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron. Just a few weeks after US President Donald Trump announced he was pulling America out of the Paris Climate accord, Schwarzenegger said all countries had to work together in order to protect the environment. "We all have to work together in order to get this done," he said, adding that he and Macron had discussed the climate issue in depth during their meeting.


Posted: June 24, 2017, 1:58 am

What Otto Warmbier's tour through North Korea was like: Part 1Otto Warmbier, who was from Wyoming, Ohio, went to the University of Virginia and traveled to Asia.


Posted: June 24, 2017, 1:30 am

Work to move giant sequoia draws curious Idaho onlookersBOISE, Idaho (AP) — Workers in Idaho prepared to inflate rolling tubes beneath a massive sequoia that grew over more than a century from a seed sent by naturalist John Muir. Then, they wrestled the tree up a ramp to street level Friday.


Posted: June 24, 2017, 12:50 am

Scientist says the sun is sneezing on Earth

The sun at the center of our Solar System is one of the big reasons why we're here today, but it can also be a bit of a nuisance from time to time. Coronal mass ejections — when the sun spews a whole bunch of plasma and energy into space — can seriously mess up human communication infrastructure if they happen to graze Earth. For years, researchers have attempted to forecast and predict CMEs in the hopes that warnings could help prevent damage to electronics and the power grid, and when doing so, they've modeled the huge solar blasts as bubbles moving through space. As it turns out, a CME is more like a sneeze.

"Up until now, it has been assumed CMEs move like bubbles through space and respond to forces as single objects," Professor Mathew Owens of the University of Reading explains. "We have found they are more like an expanding dust cloud or sneeze, made up of individual plasma parcels all doing their own thing.

When the solar wind acts on the CME as it moves through space, it causes the shape and behavior of the energy blast to become unpredictable. "Therefore if we want to protect ourselves from solar eruptions, we need to understand more about the solar wind," Owens says.

This new study, and the suggestion from the research team that solar wind readings be included in the forecasting and prediction of future CMEs, could help scientists more accurately assess the risk that the ejections pose to human technology, and potentially help mitigate the damage they cause.


Posted: June 24, 2017, 12:30 am

Trump signs law to make VA more accountable for vets' careWASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed a bill into law Friday that will make it easier for the Department of Veterans Affairs to fire employees, part of a push to overhaul an agency that is struggling to serve millions of military vets.


Posted: June 23, 2017, 11:07 pm

Hillary Clinton: ‘If Republicans pass this bill, they’re the death party’Hillary Clinton didn’t mince words Friday when it came to the Senate Republicans’ health care legislation unveiled the day before.


Posted: June 23, 2017, 10:21 pm

Arab states issue ultimatum to Qatar: close Jazeera, curb ties with IranBy William Maclean, Rania El Gamal and Tom Finn DUBAI/DOHA (Reuters) - Four Arab states that imposed a boycott on Qatar have issued an ultimatum to Doha to close Al Jazeera television, curb ties with Iran, shut a Turkish base and pay reparations, demands so far reaching it would appear to be hard for Doha to comply. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates have sent a 13-point list of demands apparently aimed at dismantling their tiny but wealthy neighbor's two-decade-old interventionist foreign policy which has incensed them. A Qatari government spokesman said Doha was reviewing the list of demands and that a formal response would be made by the foreign ministry and delivered to Kuwait, but added that the demands were not reasonable or actionable.


Posted: June 23, 2017, 10:13 pm

Grandmother, 81, Sparks Police Chase After Driving Wrong Way While on Coffee RunNancy Strader was arrested and spent 14 hours in jail.


Posted: June 23, 2017, 9:16 pm

Bumbling Ex-CIA Officer Charged With Selling Secrets to ChinaA prestigious Chinese think tank provided cover for the intelligence operation that ensnared Kevin Mallory.


Posted: June 23, 2017, 8:24 pm

White House wants more ‘outrage’ over Johnny Depp commentsThe White House spoke against suggestions of violence by an actor and a play but said less against similar remarks last year by a campaign supporter.


Posted: June 23, 2017, 7:35 pm

More than 50 people killed in multiple Pakistan attacksMultiple blasts and a gun attack killed more than 50 people and wounded at least 170 in three Pakistani cities on the last Friday of Ramadan, Islam's holiest month, as officials warned the toll could rise. Authorities said 37 people were killed and more than 150 wounded when twin blasts tore through a market in Parachinar, capital of Kurram district, a mainly Shiite area of Pakistan's tribal belt. Local official Nasrullah Khan told AFP that the first blast detonated as the market was crowded with shoppers preparing for the Eid ul-Fitr festival marking the end of Ramadan.


Posted: June 23, 2017, 7:29 pm

Casey Anthony’s Parents Counter Sue Over Family Home ForeclosureCaylee Anthony lived with her mother and grandparents at the home at the time of her death in 2008.


Posted: June 23, 2017, 7:29 pm

Black off-duty cop shot by colleague while responding to car crashA complex situation involving a car crash and three sets of police led to the shooting of a black officer by a white one in St. Louis.


Posted: June 23, 2017, 6:52 pm

Conjoined McDonald Twins Surgeons Reflect On Separating Babies"The one thing we knew was to expect the unknown."


Posted: June 23, 2017, 4:58 pm

Court Upholds Decision That 'Making a Murderer' Subject Brendan Dassey's Confession Was CoercedThe Seventh Court of Appeals agreed with a judge's earlier decision that Dassey was intimidated into a confession in the 2005 murder of Teresa Halbach.


Posted: June 23, 2017, 4:35 pm

Everything We Know About the New Bronco and RangerFord promises a new small pickup truck and a return of the legendary Bronco name. Here's what to expect.


Posted: June 23, 2017, 4:08 pm

7 Ridiculous Foods You'll Only Find At This Summer's State FairsMake your list and check it twice!


Posted: June 23, 2017, 4:02 pm

25 Pumpkin Cakes to Spice Up Your Halloween


Posted: June 23, 2017, 3:59 pm

Crash that killed teenage siblings so horrific emergency responder went into cardiac arrestAn emergency response volunteer went into cardiac arrest while helping to remove bodies from the scene of a “horrific” car accident in which two teenage siblings and a 70-year-old man were killed. Eric Neibaur, 15, and his 13-year-old sister Lauren Neibaur died when their pick-up truck collided with Jay Lanningham’s vehicle on a major road in the US state of Idaho. Police said a member of the local search and rescue unit had to be revived with a portable defibrillator after his heart stopped at the scene of the crash, reported the Idaho State Journal.


Posted: June 23, 2017, 3:03 pm

Boeing plant where Donald Trump vowed to create jobs fires almost 200 peopleThe South Carolina Boeing plant where President Donald Trump spoke about saving American jobs is laying off almost 200 workers, the company says. Boeing’s South Carolina assembly plant has notified employees that they will be off the company's payrolls from 25 August, company spokeswoman Lori Guntr told The Independent. The layoffs are part of a larger effort to cut costs at Boeing, where intense competition with rival manufacturer Airbus has forced the company to lower prices and make savings.


Posted: June 23, 2017, 2:42 pm

Obama approved ‘cyber weapons’ in response to Russian attacks: reportPresident Barack Obama’s team reportedly debated dozens of options for making Moscow pay for attempting to influence and discredit last year’s presidential election.


Posted: June 23, 2017, 2:31 pm

Trump: I bluffed Comey on ‘tapes’ to keep him honestPresident Trump’s warning last month that his conversations with former FBI Director James Comey might have been taped was an attempt to affect Comey’s public statements and his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, the president admitted in an interview Friday morning. After refusing to comment for nearly six weeks, Trump finally acknowledged Thursday that he has no such tapes. “When he found out that I, you know, that there might be tapes out there, whether it’s governmental tapes or anything else, and who knows, I think his story may have changed,” Trump said of Comey in a “Fox & Friends” interview.


Posted: June 23, 2017, 2:17 pm

Body Of Missing Texas Teen Found In LandfillKaytlynn Cargill disappeared Monday while walking her dog near her family's apartment complex.


Posted: June 23, 2017, 2:16 pm

Dinosaurs That Once Roamed Antarctica 'Live' Again in Exhibits and FilmBut nearly 200 million years ago, Antarctica was very different. There were no polar ice caps, it was far warmer and wetter than it is now, and its lush, forest environments were inhabited by a variety of animals — including dinosaurs. Scientists dedicated to uncovering Antarctic dinosaur fossils spend months at a time camped on glaciers and digging in a frozen desert in order to excavate and reconstruct beasts that lived in the distant past.


Posted: June 23, 2017, 1:42 pm

Michelle Carter Spotted First Time In Public After Guilty VerdictPhotos of the 20-year-old Massachusetts woman, who encouraged her boyfriend to kill himself, were posted by Daily Mail on Thursday.


Posted: June 23, 2017, 1:11 pm

High hat fashion shares the stage at Britain‘s Royal Ascot horse racesBritish Society and Royals come decked out with high-fashion hats – some elegant, some whimsical – and all incredibly creative.


Posted: June 23, 2017, 12:45 pm

Female Japan politician resigns after attacking male aideMayuko Toyota, a 42-year-old Harvard graduate and up-and-coming member of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), can be heard screaming at the unnamed aide, saying he should die as she mocked his thinning hair. "Don't damage my reputation anymore," Toyota screams, apparently in response to a mistake she claims the man had made. Major Japanese media, including public broadcaster NHK, named Toyota as the woman heard on the tape.


Posted: June 23, 2017, 9:12 am

Pakistan says Indian man admits spying, India dismisses it as farceISLAMABAD/NEW DELHI (Reuters) - An Indian citizen sentenced to death for spying in Pakistan has admitted espionage and filed a mercy petition with the chief of army staff, the Pakistan military said on Thursday, a statement India dismissed as a farce. Former Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav was arrested last year in Pakistan's southwestern province of Baluchistan, the site of a long-running conflict between the Pakistan military and separatist insurgents.


Posted: June 23, 2017, 8:10 am

US Energy Secretary Rick Perry told he lacks 'fundamental understanding' of climate scienceThe American Meteorological Society has told Rick Perry he lacks a ‘fundamental understanding’ of science after the US Energy Secretary claimed carbon dioxide was not a primary cause of climate change. The former governor of Texas told CNBC TV that “the most likely the primary control knob [for climate change] is the ocean waters and this environment that we live in”, rather than greenhouse gas emissions produced by human activity. Becoming the latest of Donald Trump’s administration to dispute established science without any attempt at reasoned argument, Mr Perry also said it was “quite all right” to be a sceptic about climate change, suggesting the trait was one held by any “wise, intellectually engaged person”.


Posted: June 23, 2017, 7:57 am

JetBlue Flight Makes Emergency Landing in South CarolinaPassengers and crew noticed smoke halfway through the flight, leading to an emergency landing in Charleston.


Posted: June 23, 2017, 4:00 am

Police Shooting Mistrial Ignites Nationwide ProtestsThe jury was deadlocked in the trial of the former Cincinnati police officer charged with killing an unarmed black driver during a traffic stop.


Posted: June 23, 2017, 4:00 am

California AG bans state travel to Texas, 3 other statesSACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's attorney general blocked state-funded travel to Texas and three other states on Thursday in response to what he considers anti-LGBT rights laws enacted this year.


Posted: June 23, 2017, 1:11 am

Nebraska Democratic official ousted for Scalise commentLINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Democratic Party removed a party official from his post Thursday after he was recorded saying he was glad U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise got shot and that he wished the Louisiana Republican had died.


Posted: June 23, 2017, 12:59 am

Ex-Mexican lawmaker arrested at US border on drug chargesSAN DIEGO (AP) — A former Mexican lawmaker arrested at the California border was charged Thursday with working for the Sinaloa drug cartel, whose once-powerful kingpin, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, was extradited to the United States in January.


Posted: June 22, 2017, 11:27 pm

Appeals court overturns conviction of 'Making a Murderer' inmateA three-judge panel of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago ruled 2-1 to uphold a federal judge's ruling last year that overturned Dassey's conviction for a 2005 murder. Magistrate Judge William Duffin had ruled in August that the conviction was based on a coerced confession that Dassey, now 27, gave as a 16-year-old with a learning disability. Duffin ordered Dassey freed in November, but his release was halted while Wisconsin authorities appealed the decision.


Posted: June 22, 2017, 10:31 pm

In just a year, Republicans became far more skeptical of claims of racismOnly 32 percent of Republicans in 2016 said they believe African-Americans face “a lot of discrimination,” a significant drop from just a year earlier.


Posted: June 22, 2017, 10:29 pm

McDonald's Stock Hits Record As Chain Upgrades Technology, Replaces CashiersAt fast food chains like McDonald's, automation through tools like self-serve kiosks are becoming increasingly commonplace.


Posted: June 22, 2017, 10:22 pm

8-Month-Old Baby Drowned While Mom Texted on Facebook: PoliceCheyenne Summer, 21, left her baby alone in the tub while she was on Facebook Messenger, police said.


Posted: June 22, 2017, 10:15 pm

Suspect in Michigan airport stabbing attempted to buy gun before attackThe man charged with stabbing an airport police officer in Michigan unsuccessfully attempted to purchase a gun before the attack, which is being investigated as an act of terrorism, federal officials said on Thursday. The suspect, Amor Ftouhi, 49, of Quebec, Canada, has been charged in federal court with violence at an international airport for stabbing Jeff Neville, an officer at the Bishop International Airport in Flint, in the neck on Wednesday.


Posted: June 22, 2017, 9:36 pm

6.8-magnitude quake hits Guatemala, second in eight days: USGSA powerful 6.8-magnitude earthquake hit near Guatemala's coast Thursday, injuring four people and damaging homes and roads, officials said, just eight days after another strong tremor killed five people in the Central American country. The quake struck at 6:31 am (1231 GMT) with its epicenter in the Pacific Ocean at a depth of 46.8 kilometers, about 23 kilometers (14 miles) southwest of Puerto San Jose, the US Geological Survey said. The Guatemalan Seismological Institute measured the quake at a magnitude of 6.7.


Posted: June 22, 2017, 9:24 pm

The Latest: Lawyer for Manson follower blasts parole denialSACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the parole hearing for Patricia Krenwinkel, a follower of cult leader Charles Manson (all times local):


Posted: June 22, 2017, 9:12 pm

'Pizzagate' gunman in DC sentenced to 4 years in prisonWASHINGTON (AP) — An online conspiracy theory dubbed "pizzagate" ended Thursday with real-world consequences when a North Carolina man was sentenced to prison for arming himself with an assault rifle, traveling to the nation's capital and firing his weapon inside a neighborhood pizza restaurant.


Posted: June 22, 2017, 9:04 pm