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  • New Trump communications chief Scaramucci apologizes ‘for the 50th time’ for past insults

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    The White House’s newly appointed director of communications, Anthony Scaramucci, apologized for his past harsh statements about President Trump during a surprise appearance at Friday’s press briefing.

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 15:56:15 -0400
  • Trump Finances Part of Russia Investigation

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    Greg Farrell, investigative reporter for Bloomberg News, talks with Rachel Maddow about Special Counsel Robert Mueller including Donald Trump's personal business and finances as part of the Trump Russia investigation.

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:51:39 -0400
  • Ex-CIA Director Hayden: Russia election meddling was ‘most successful covert operation in history’

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    Michael Hayden, former head of the NSA and CIA, called Russia’s interference in the 2016 election the “most successful covert influence operation in history.”

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 17:20:56 -0400
  • Illinois man charged with Chinese scholar kidnapping pleads not guilty

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    An Illinois man charged with kidnapping a female Chinese scholar who has been missing for more than a month pleaded not guilty during an appearance in a U.S. court on Thursday. Brendt Christensen, 28, is accused of abducting Yingying Zhang, a 26-year-old visiting scholar at the University of Illinois from southeastern China, who disappeared on June 9. Zhang, who had been studying photosynthesis and crop productivity, was last seen when a security camera recorded her getting into a black car that authorities linked to Christensen, according to court records.

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 17:55:38 -0400
  • USS Fitzgerald crash that killed seven American sailors 'was navy's own fault'

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    A deadly crash between a US warship and a Philippine cargo vessel is believed to have been the fault of the US navy, according to CNN citing preliminary investigations into the incident which claimed the lives of seven American sailors. The network said that two officials from the Department of Defence said that there were multiple errors by the crew of the USS Fitzgerald that led to the collision in June. The crash between the Fitzgerald, an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, and the ACX Crystal on 17 June claimed the lives of seven US sailors.

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 08:38:00 -0400
  • Great White Shark Gets Shockingly Close To Paddle Boarders Near California

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    Paddle boarders came dangerously close to a great white shark in Califonia waters.

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 17:40:40 -0400
  • Dali exhumed to test if fortune teller is his daughter

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    Forensics experts exhumed Salvador Dali's remains from a tomb in his Spanish hometown on Thursday, nearly three decades after his death, in order to test a fortune teller's claims that she is the only daughter of the surrealist. Working behind closed doors, they removed a slab weighing more than a tonne which covers the tomb of the artist at the Dali Theatre-Museum in Figueras in northeastern Spain where he was born. "The biological specimens have been taken from Salvador Dali’s remains," Catalonia’s High Court of Justice said in a statement around 11:50 pm (2150 GMT).

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 20:34:32 -0400
  • Samsung's Next Galaxy Note Phone Is Probably Coming Next Month

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    It may have a bigger screen and two cameras

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 18:09:39 -0400
  • Ohio treasurer and Senate candidate takes on Anti-Defamation League over far-right ‘witch hunt’

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    Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, a candidate in next year’s Republican Senate primary, sided Thursday with two prominent right-wing nationalist commentators over the Anti-Defamation League, which put them on a watch list of what it called “alt-lite” figures.

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 16:25:09 -0400
  • Visa issues take spotlight after Burundi teens exit event

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — The big controversy leading up to the FIRST Global international robotics competition in Washington was whether a team of girls from Afghanistan would be able to participate, after their initial visa applications were denied.

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 18:08:48 -0400
  • March for Australian Justine Damond, shot dead by Minneapolis police

    Hundreds gathered Thursday night at the Minneapolis site of Justine Damond's fatal shooting to hold a vigil before marching to a nearby park in memory of the Australian expatriate.

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 11:53:47 -0400
  • Iraqi Forces Carry Out Revenge Killings Against ISIS Suspects

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    As Iraqi forces gain upper hand, Sunni Muslims become the victims of further sectarian crimes.

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 17:33:45 -0400
  • 'No more woe is me': Senator McCain vows quick return to Washington

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    By Richard Cowan and David Schwartz WASHINGTON/PHOENIX, Ariz. (Reuters) - U.S. Senator John McCain promised on Thursday he would return rapidly to Washington despite his newly diagnosed brain cancer, flashing the fighting spirit that has defined him since he was held in captivity as a Navy pilot during the Vietnam War. McCain, a veteran senator and former Republican presidential candidate known as a strong and sometimes fiercely independent voice on defense and security issues, was found to have an aggressive form of brain tumor, glioblastoma, after surgery last week for a blood clot above his left eye. The news, issued by his office late on Wednesday, drew a wave of support from across the political spectrum, and raised questions about how long McCain would be absent from the Senate, where Republicans have a narrow majority and are eager to notch up some legislative successes for President Donald Trump.

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 19:27:36 -0400
  • After Woman’s Mysterious Death At Mexico Resort, Tourists Report Similar Incidents

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    Twenty-year-old Abbey Conner died after drowning in chest-high water at a luxury Mexican resort this year.

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:01:08 -0400
  • OJ Simpson wins parole after he tells hearing in Nevada: 'I've basically lived a conflict-free life'

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    OJ Simpson, 70, granted parole Former NFL star expected to be free in October Simpson was convicted in 2008 of armed robbery He has served nine years of his 33 year sentence Tearful Simpson tells of missing family occasions "I thought I was a good guy who got along with anybody" Simpson's daughter Arnelle: "We just want him home Social media reacts to decision OJ Simpson last night shed tears of joy as he was granted parole by a panel in Nevada, having served almost nine years for armed robbery. Simpson, 70, struggled to compose himself as the four-person panel delivered their verdict, before looking up to smile at his daughter Arnelle and friend Bruce Fromong – who both spoke to defend the fallen sports star. He is set to walk free in October, cutting short the 33-year sentence imposed for the robbery at a Las Vegas hotel. He and five accomplices stormed a hotel room to seize memorabilia items which Simpson said belonged to him. He was convicted in 2008 exactly 13 years after he was cleared of killing Nicole Brown Simpson, his former wife and her friend Ron Goldman. At the hearing,  which took place at the Lovelock Correctional Facility, a medium security prison in the Nevada desert he told the board he had basically lived a conflict-free life". Simpson appeared as inmate No. 1027820, dressed in blue jeans and a blue button-down shirt, in a stark hearing room. Displaying contrition, Simpson told the hearing:  "I've done it as well and as respectfully as anybody can. I think if you talk to the wardens they'll tell you. Confident but emotional OJ Simpson testifies in bid for new trial 01:24 "I've not complained for nine years. All I've done is try to be helpful… and that's the life I've tried to live because I want to get back to my kids and family." Simpson's daughter, Arnelle, 48, pleaded with the board to release him. "We just want him home". Simpson's case was helped by Mr  Fromong, one of the robbery victims, who pleaded on Simpson's behalf."I don’t feel he is a threat to anyone out there. He is a good man. I know he does a lot for other people. I feel that nine and a half, to 33 years, is way too long.  OJ Simpson, in Nevada "And I feel that it is time to give him a second chance. It’s time for him to go home to his family and his friends. This is a good man who made a mistake." Mr Fromong turned to Simpson, sitting behind him in his denim prison shirt and jeans, wiping away tears. “I mean that, buddy,” he added. Simpson told the panel he is planning to reunite with his two youngest children, Sydney and Justin, in Florida. "I could easily stay in Nevada but I don't think you guys want me here," he said, laughing. 9:58PM OJ Simpson "can never walk away from the popular belief that he's as guilty as Hell" The Telegraph's Tim Stanley believes that OJ will never escape the stigma surrounding the deaths of  his former wife, Nicole Brown, and her friend, Ron Goldman. "It’s hard to recall the hero worship of OJ Simpson in the Seventies or the way the trial transformed his reputation in the black community - for a brief moment, he had his own pivotal, if contested, role in the civil rights movement. But the glory faded. What is left is the brutal sense of justice deferred but won. OJ can never walk away from the popular belief that he was as guilty as Hell." Read more here 9:28PM Simpson faces huge financial claims  Simpson  is likely to remain shackled to a multimillion-dollar wrongful death civil judgment stemming from the 1994 killing of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman, Reuters reports Their families should be able to stake their claim to at least a portion of Simpson's future earnings, whether he writes a book, appears on a reality television show or sells autographs, legal experts said. Simpson was acquitted of the murders two decades ago during the so-called "trial of the century," though his reputation - built atop a Hall of Fame football career as well as years as a popular pitchman and actor - suffered permanent damage. Nicole Brown Simpson Despite the not guilty verdict, a civil court jury found him liable for the deaths and awarded $33.5 million in damages to the victims' families. That judgment, which was renewed in court two years ago for another decade and enlarged to about $58 million, remains largely unpaid. And David Cook, a longtime attorney for the Goldman family, said he would not abandon efforts to collect. "The good news for Mr. Simpson is he's probably going to get out on October 1," Mr Cook told Reuters before the parole decision. "And the bad news is I'm good for another 10 years ... ready to pick up where we last left off." In most states, creditors can seek wage garnishment to recoup some of what they are owed from a debtor's income. In Florida, the state where Simpson said he planned to live if granted parole, the garnishment is limited to 25 percent. 8:59PM Simpson going to Florida  Simpson is planning to go to Florida, but he remains the responsibility of the Nevada department of parole, said Shawn Arruti, Nevada Division of Parole and Probation. Florida, which can undertake "courtesy supervision" is free to impose its conditions in addition to those already demanded by Nevada. 8:53PM Simpson will transfer to another institution before parole release Warden Isidro Baca, Nevade Department of Corrections,  explains: "He will move to one of the other institutions which does releases. It would be for a short time. He would then transport out. Al the release planning is done at Lovelock." Simpson will know ahead of time when he will be released - but the date will not be made public. 8:06PM OJ due to walk free in October Despite being granted parole, OJ Simpson will remain in prison until October. He broke down in tears after the four strong Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners voted unanimously to free the former NFL star  and actor. 7:58PM OJ gets parole "It was a serious crime, you deserved to be sent to prison'" says Nevada Parole Commissioner, Tony Corda. "You have complied with the rules of the prison and you have programmed in an acceptable manner. You are a low risk offender according to our guidelines and you have community support." The other three commissioners concur, 7:43PM OJ's conduct in court 'disgraceful and appalling' Jeffrey Toobin, CNN's legal analyst and author of  "The Run of His Life: The People v OJ Simpson", is not convinced OJ's show of contrition. Even his apology, Toobin says, was a justification for what happened in the hotel room. He questions questions how he can reconcile his claim to have led a "conflict-free life" and being a wife beater. 7:33PM Jean Casarez CNN correspondent recalls evidence in the original case Ms Casarez says that OJ was in charge of events in the Las Vegas hotel room. He could see a gun was being pointed at Bruce Fromong. OJ was convicted of kidnapping, robbery and conspiracy. 7:23PM Parole Board has gone into recess Connie Bisbee, the board chairwoman says it will retire to consider its decision. 7:19PM Everybody makes mistakes, OJ made his Mr Fromong says he asked for a sentence of one to three years. The penalty was far too long. This is a good man, he made a mistake. If he called me tomorrow to say I am getting out would you pick me up. I would be there 7:14PM Bruce Fromong , robbery victim giving evidence I want to make this clear: OJ never pulled a gun on me. There was a coward in that room, a man named McClinton – he held a gun on me. Not OJ. After I had testified in court, OJ passed me in the corridor. I said I was sorry I did not take the opportunity to call him. And he said: ‘Bruce, I cannot tell you how sorry I am.’ He put his hand out, and I shook it. We all make mistakes. OJ made his. By all accounts he has been a model inmate. During the trial I recommended he serve one to three years. I have known OJ for a long time. I don’t feel he is a threat to anyone out there. He is a good man. I know he does a lot for other people. I feel that nine and a half, to 33 years, is way too long. And I feel that it is time to give him a second chance. It’s time for him to go home to his family and his friends. This is a good man who made a mistake. And if he called me tomorrow and said: ‘Bruce, I’m getting out – will you pick me up?’ I would be there. I mean that buddy. 7:11PM Bruce Fromong speaks Bruce Fromong, the victim of the robbery, is speaking. He describes himself as a friend of Simpson. He was misguided, by himself and Tom Riccio. He thought there would be thousands of photos. His wife's wedding ring. Thomas Riccio had never met me. He went down, got OJ, and I started to tell him that that wasn't there. But when OJ got there he was already worked up - he had people with him hollering and screaming. There were a lot of people in that small room. A lot of things happened very quickly. Unfortunately, if OJ said: 'We need to talk a minute' none of this would have happened. 7:08PM OJ summing up statements I'm not making excuses. I will honour what the jury said. I will be no problem. I've done my time. OJ Simpson in 1968, aged 32 I just want to get back to my family and friends - and believe it or not, I do have some real friends! I did my time and I want to get back to my family. I made my peace with Bryan many years ago. I am sorry it happened. I am sorry to Nevada. I thought it was worth it, but it wasn't worth it. 7:02PM Simpson's lawyer summing up Malcolm LaVergne is explaining the circumstances of the theft. Mr Simpson couldn't care less about some signed football. But these were intimate family photos that were taken from him - literally stolen. With his mother, with other celebrities. They probably have no value to other people. But they are valuable to Mr Simpson.   6:59PM Malcolm LaVergne reads out letter in support Mr LaVergne, Simpson's lawyer, reads out a letter in support of the former sports star. The letter is from a teacher. I want to tell you how much I enjoy teaching the inmates. OJ Simpson with his lawyer, Malcolm LaVergne Mr LaVergne says Simpson is "in a position of power" and used that for good. He uses that clout to obtain funding for books and education in this prison. Some of those men, as Mr Simpson said, really are going to get out and have a better life as a result of his efforts. Frankly if I was in his position, I'd use that clout to say: 'Get me out of jail'. But he doesn't do that.   6:52PM Arnelle Simpson tearful in court OJ's eldest daughter chokes back tears. As a family, we know he is not the perfect man. But the last nine years he has been the perfect inmate, and made the best of the situation, which is truly amazing to me. The choices he made nine years ago were clearly inappropriate. As a family, we were all together nine years ago to celebrate a wedding. My father took the wrong approach. He did not make the right decision that day, but his intentions were not.... He made the wrong decisions at the wrong time. As a family we stay strong, and I am grateful to God for giving us the strength to stay strong no matter what. And a lot of that is because of him. On behalf of my family: we just want him to come home. We really do. I know in my heart he is humbled by the situation. This has been hard, really hard. There is no right or wrong way to handle this. But I know he is remorseful. He is truly remorseful. We want him home so we can move forward as a family. 6:48PM OJ Simpson's daughter Arnelle to testify OJ Simpson's eldest daughter, Arnelle, 48, is now speaking on her father's behalf. As you know I am here on behalf of my family for the purpose of expressing what we believe is the true character of my father. No one really knows what we have been through in the last nine years. 6:42PM OJ: "I'm a pretty straight shooter" Simpson is asked if he can stand parole conditions. He replies, with perhaps not the best choice of phrase: "I'm a pretty straight shooter." OJ Simpson in Nevada on Thursday He says he has no concerns about dealing with the public, if free. 6:40PM OJ is asked why it is better to be in the community rather than prison I have four kids. My reputation has always been that I am open to the public; I'm open to everyone. I am at a time in my life that I want to be with my family. I have had countless media requests, but I am not interested. I have done my times as well and as respectfully as anyone here. I have not complained for nine years. All I have done is tried to be helpful, to tell people in here to bide their time and not do anything to aggravate their situation. 6:36PM OJ: "I was a pretty good guy" Simpson, 70, gets a touch tearful as he tells of missing family occasions, and says he thought of himself as "a good guy" - although he admits he had "fidelity issues".  If I had made a better judgement back then none of this would have happened. I am not making excuses. But I should never have allowed these alleged security guys to get involved. 6:27PM OJ took "alternatives to violence" class OJ says he took a class in conflict resolution while in prison. I've been asked many times to mediate, to stop guys punching each other. A guy came to me and said: 'OJ, I understand you are a Baptist.' I am a better person. 6:25PM "I'm in jail for taking property which was legally declared mine" OJ is spelling out why he should be released. He says that the property which he was sentenced for stealing was legally declared his. I'm in jail for taking property which was legally declared mine. 6:24PM Going over what happened in 2008 OJ is currently explaining what happened in Vegas in 2008.  A parole commissioner began by asking Simpson what he was thinking at the time of the robbery of sports memorabilia at a Las Vegas hotel. After the question Simpson took a deep breath and said it could be a lengthy response. He said he wasn't interested at first in memorabilia but saw that some of the items two collectors were selling belonged to him. 6:21PM OJ pictured in 2013 OJ Simpson in 2013 6:16PM "We have that you are 90 years old" Bisbee had Simpson's age wrong - but about two decades. We're happy to confirm The Juice is 70-years-old, not 90. That got the first laugh of the hearing. 6:14PM Just like 1995 Turned on the tv and thought it was 1995 all over again. #OJSimpsonParole— Brant Weems (@weembra) July 20, 2017 6:11PM And again...  OJ Simpson 6:09PM Here he is... thinner and grayer than when he was last seen four years ago Simpson has just sat down for the video conference from the prison near Lovelock, Nevada. He's currently being questioned.  The Juice laughed as the parole commissioner told him that he was getting the same hearing as anyone else would. He chuckled after the comment from Connie Bisbee, chairwoman of the Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners, and said, "Thank you, ma'am." OJ Simpson at his parole hearing.  6:06PM Media frenzy Simpson's friends and family have entered a hearing room in the Nevada prison. There is heavy security around the prison, according to reporters. Authorities set up a checkpoint on a single road leading to Lovelock Correctional Center to screen vehicles. The parking lot is filled with network media satellite trucks and tents set up to shade reporters from intense sun. Dozens of reporters also have set up outside the parole board building in Carson City. 6:02PM It seems like the whole of the US will be watching RT if you're sitting by the TV watching the #OJSimpsonParole hearing like... pic.twitter.com/rdNhdwDlrH— GetNThaGame™ (@_GetNThaGame) July 20, 2017 5:52PM Who makes the final decision? Simpson needs four votes to win parole. If he's successful he'd be released from prison in October. A decision should come within 30 minutes unless the four members are not in unanimous agreement. In that case, two other parole board members will be asked to weigh in. Three votes would get him another hearing in six months. 5:50PM Will OJ speak during the hearing? Yes. The Juice will appear via video link where four parole board commissioners will question him and hear testimony from others via livestream from a hearing room in Carson City, Nevada. The hearing is expected to last 45 to 60 minutes. 5:47PM Life on the inside Nevada's Lovelock Correctional Center where OJ has been serving his sentence. Credit: AP 5:44PM What's happening at the moment? We're just minutes away from the parole hearing beginning. Simpson's supporters have apparently arrived at the Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada where the incarcerated former football star will ask a parole board for his freedom via video link. They include Simpson's attorney, Malcolm LaVergne, daughter Arnelle Simpson, sister Shirley Baker and close friend Tom Scotto. 5:39PM The moment The Juice was found not guilty of murder in 1995 The moment OJ Simpson was found not guilty of murder 01:27 5:37PM Civil action Brown’s family never accepted the not guilty verdict and brought a case against Simpson for wrongful death. In 1997, he was found liable in civil court for the deaths and ordered to pay $33.5 million to survivors including his children and the Goldman family. The Goldmans believe Simpson got away with murder in Los Angeles and some legal observers said that the sentence handed down in Las Vegas was not simply about the robbery. A Goldman family spokesman said Ron Goldman's father and sister, Fred and Kim, will not be part of Simpson's parole hearing, but feel apprehensive about "how this will change their lives again should Simpson be released". 5:30PM Here's a reminder of the famous glove moment OJ Simpson looks at a new pair of Aris extra-large gloves that prosecutors had him put on during his double-murder trial in Los Angeles in 1995. Credit: AFP 5:27PM Trial of the century broadcast live on television Brown and her friend Ronald Goldman were found dead outside her home in 1994. They had been stabbed to death. Simpson was questioned and later ordered to turn himself into police. However, he fled and the ensuing low-speed police chase – during which a convoy of vehicles followed Simpson in a white Ford Bronco down Interstate 404 – was broadcast live on television. It set the scene for an extraordinary court case which gripped America. Some 100 million viewers were watching when a jury finally found Simpson not guilty of the killings at the end of an eight-month trial in October 1995. Although the prosecution had an overwhelming amount of DNA evidence, the defence was able to argue that mistakes made by investigators may have contaminated the crime scene. Simpson was also unable to fit his hand inside one glove found at the scene and another found near his home. 5:25PM From sporting star to claims of domestic violence Simpson was an American football star who broke records during his prime playing as a running back for the Buffalo Bills and the San Francisco 49ers in the 1970s. That success meant he was in demand after retiring, becoming a familiar figure on television as well as acting in films. His sporting achievements saw him inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985. By then he had met and married his second wife, Nicole Brown. They had two children together before she filed for divorce in 1992 after he was investigated a number of times for domestic violence. OJ Simpson and Nicole Brown Simpson pictured in 1993.  Credit: AP 5:21PM Why is he in prison? Simpson’s final downfall came in 2008, 13 years to the day after he was acquitted of murdering his ex-wife. The star was convicted of kidnapping, armed robbery and 10 other charges for assembling a gang of five men a year earlier for help seizing game balls, plaques and photos from a hotel and casino complex in Las Vegas.  Simpson always insisted he was merely reclaiming mementos that had been stolen from him. He was sentenced to spend 33 years in prison with a possibility of parole after nine years – a stiff sentence his supporters said was payback for the not guilty verdict in the murder trial. 5:10PM Will he get parole? Stay tuned to find out. We will bring you all the action as it happens.  By most accounts, Simpson has a clean prison record and a good chance of release. At today's hearing, he is expected to reiterate that he has stayed out of trouble, coaches in the prison gym where he works and counsels other inmates. 5:05PM Parole hearing of the century Simpson is serving his sentence at the Simpson Lovelock Correctional Centre in Nevada, where he is known as inmate 1027820.  In 2013, his good behaviour in prison helped win him parole for the less serious convictions. That leaves the Nevada Parole Board of Commissioners to consider the more serious offences of assault with a deadly weapon and four weapons charges. All of this is happening in less than an hour's time. 5:03PM Here's a reminder of the key moments in OJ's life OJ timeline

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  • 5-Year-Old Girl Fined Nearly $200 for Holding Lemonade Stand

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  • NY Times reporter criticized for penning 'attack on white women' in essay about racism

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    An African-American New York Times reporter is being criticized for his essay about the potentially racist challenges he faces from white women while navigating the city's sidewalks, notes The Hill.

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:35:00 -0400
  • Sean Spicer resigns as White House press secretary

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    WH press secretary Sean Spicer resigned on Friday amid changes to President Trump’s communications shop. Anthony Scaramucci was named communications director.

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:11:52 -0400
  • Audi voluntarily recalls up to 850,000 diesel vehicles

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    German luxury carmaker Audi, a Volkswagen subsidiary, issued a voluntary recall of up to 850,000 diesel vehicles Friday, saying it would help reduce engine emissions. "Audi aims to maintain the future viability of diesel engines for its customers and to make a contribution towards improving air quality," the Bavaria-based manufacturer said in a statement. Vehicles with affected engines would receive a free software upgrade that "will further improve their emissions in real driving conditions beyond the current legal requirements," Audi added.

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 06:26:55 -0400
  • The Latest: Venezuela UN diplomat calls on Maduro to resign

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    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Latest on Venezuela's political crisis and the opposition's general strike (all times local):

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  • Saudi king overhauls security services following royal shakeup

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    By Hadeel Al Sayegh DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi King Salman on Thursday decreed the consolidation of counter-terrorism and domestic intelligence under a new body, in a major overhaul of the security apparatus weeks after the interior minister was ousted from the royal succession. The string of late night royal decrees also ordered a shakeup of senior personnel, replacing the head of the elite royal guard and elevating the head of the newly created Presidency of State Security, Abdulaziz bin Mohammed al-Howairini, and his deputy to the rank of ministers. The moves inside the world's biggest oil exporting nation centralizes authority in security matters to the king and his young son, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who has made a rapid rise to the pinnacle of power at the expense of his cousin, Prince Mohammed bin Nayef.

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  • Powerful earthquake hits Greece and Turkey

    A deadly 6.7-magnitude undersea quake hit the Greek holiday island of Kos and the Turkish resort of Bodrum on Friday, injuring hundreds in areas abuzz with nightlife.

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  • BBQ Power Bowls Are The Perfect Healthy Summer Lunch

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    All the best parts of barbecue in one bowl!

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  • Surviving Child Describes Horror of Mother's Alleged Family Stabbing Rampage

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    In new Division of Family and Children's Services documents, Diana Romero, 9, recalls the sight of her mother getting a knife out of the kitchen.

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  • Person Who Ate at Chipotle in Northern Virginia Tests Positive for Norovirus

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    The location was closed for cleaning after customers reported illnesses

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  • 5 Small-Cap Stocks with Big Dividends

    When most investors think of the best dividend stocks, they often think of Johnson & Johnson (ticker: JNJ) or Procter and Gamble Co. ( PG). Remember, small-cap dividend stocks come with more risk to cyclical trends in the economy or disruption to revenue. The best part for income investors, however, is that the reliable revenue stream from Extended Stay properties mean this $4 billion company can provide reliable dividends.

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  • Trump Issues Statement On Sean Spicer Resignation

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    Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders reads a statement from President Trump change from Sean Spicer to Anthony Scaramucci.

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  • Hungary's leader: EU and Soros seek to "Muslimize" Europe

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    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — European Union leaders and Hungarian-American billionaire George Soros are seeking a "new, mixed, Muslimized Europe," Hungary's anti-migration prime minister said Saturday.

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  • Fighting kills 6 Ukraine soldiers in fresh spike of violence

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    Clashes with Russian-backed rebels killed six Ukrainian soldiers Thursday, officials said, in the bloodiest surge in fighting along the volatile frontline in recent months. The violence flared several days after a top rebel leader announced a plan to form a new "state" that Kiev warned could put a long-stalled peace plan further in jeopardy. Ukrainian military spokesman Andriy Lysenko said rebel shelling killed six servicemen and wounded two more around the insurgents' de-facto capital Donetsk.

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  • Earthquake rocks Greece and Turkey: Two dead on Kos as hundreds of tourists hurt amid tsunami

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    Earthquake hits off coast of Greek islands and Turkey Two tourists killed on Kos and more than 200 injured Another 360 hurt in Turkish resort of Bodrum 6.7-magnitude quake triggers small tsunami Panic as building crashes down on tourists in bar Others jump from balconies and run for their lives Tens of thousands flee hotels and sleep in streets 'We were all screaming': Tourists describe night of chaos At least two tourists have been killed and more than 500 others injured after a powerful earthquake shook the Greek Islands and Turkish coast, triggering a small tsunami. The 6.7-magnitude quake struck in the Aegean Sea on Thursday night south of the Turkish city of Bodrum and east of the small Greek island of Kos - both areas popular with British holidaymakers. It sent a building crashing down on tourists at a bar in the Old Town of the main port on Kos, killing two men - a 27-year-old from Sweden and a 39-year-old from Turkey - and injuring scores of others in scenes of panic. Other holidaymakers were injured when they lept to safety from balconies of other buildings. Greek health officials said 13 people were flown to hospitals in Athens and on the islands of Rhodes and Crete. The earthquake triggered a small tsunami that brought two-foot tidal waves that caused flooding in Bodrum and parts of Kos, which took the brunt of the impact with significant damage to buildings. Earthquake rocks holiday resorts in Greece and Turkey - in pictures Tourists were forced to flee their hotels when the quake hit at around 1.30am local time on Friday (10.31pm GMT Thursday) and experienced more than 20 aftershocks throughout the night. The effects of the quake were felt by people miles away from the epicentre. Many ran from their homes or holiday apartments with pillows and blankets. Tens of thousands of holidaymakers spent the night outdoors on Kos, with many sleeping on sunbeds along beaches and in squares. Rubble in a street on the Greek island of Kos, that bore the brunt of the earthquake damage Credit: Reuters A car left wedged in a street following the earthquake Credit: DOGAN NEWS AGENCY A car is covered with debris following an earthquake on Kos Credit: GIANNIS KIARIS More than 200 people were injured on Kos. Some had been trapped when buildings collapsed. Many suffered broken bones, with a number in a serious condition. Police said the injured including tourists of various nationalities. The Turkish health minister said that almost 360 people were hurt in the resort of Bodrum. Of the victims in Bodrum, 25 remained in hospital on Friday morning. Some had broken bones, but the health minister said there were no serious injuries. Firefighters remove debris outside a cafe following the earthquake  Credit: GIANNIS KIARIS/EPA Fallen bottles in a shop on Kos after the 6.7-magnitude earthquake Credit: GIANNIS KIARIS/EPA People try to move the cars from a flooded coastal road after the quake triggered a small tsunami  Credit: Kos Today Among those who felt the earthquake on Kos was British student Naomi Ruddock, who is on holiday with her mother. "We were asleep and we just felt the room shaking," she said. "The room moved. Literally everything was moving. "And it kind of felt like you were on a boat and it was swaying really fast from side to side - you felt seasick." Map: 6.7 Magnitude earthquake near Kos The Foreign Office warned on Friday of “significant” travel disruption for those hoping to leave Greece by either flight or ferry.  There are currently around 10,000 British holidaymakers in Kos, and in the “low thousands” in Bodrum, according to the Association of British Travel Agents (Abta).  However the true figure is likely to be higher, as this excludes independent travellers. TUI, which owns Thomson and First Choice, said that a "handful" of its customers were among those injured. Kos Airport was closed on Friday morning, but later reopened with delays meaning that even those who already had flights booked to leave were caught up in the chaos. “Tour operators are working alongside the local authorities to assess the damage, and will make arrangements to move customers should structural damage be found to their accommodation,” a spokesman for Abta said. Tourists leap from balconies as buildings collapse Hundreds of revelers were in or near the popular White Corner Club in the old town of Kos when the building partially collapsed. At least five other people were seriously injured on Kos as tourists and local residents scrambled out of buildings, some even leaping from balconies. Rubble on the street in front of a collapsed on Kos Credit: Michael Probst/AP A damaged structure sits on the ground after the earthquake  Credit: Michael Probst/AP The quake-damaged Church of Saint Nicholas on Kos Credit: LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP The quake damaged churches, an old mosque, and the port's 14th century castle, along with old buildings in the town. The toppled minaret of a mosque on Kos Credit: Michael Probst/AP A partially destroyed building in Kos is seen from above Credit: Nikiforos Pittaras/AP In nearby Turkey, the quake caused cracks on walls of some buildings in the resort of Bodrum, flooded the lower floors of sea-front hotels and restaurants and sent moored boats crashing toward the shore. Wide cracks in quayside near tourist strip Images show long, wide cracks in the asphalt on the quayside at the port of Kos, which is near a tourist strip of cafes and bars. A man walks along the damaged pier of the port of Kos Credit: COSTAS BALTAS/Reuters Damage in the port of Kos Credit: EPA/GIANNIS KIARIS Damage is seen at a square following an earthquake on the island of Kos Credit: GIANNIS KIARIS/EPA Kos airport remained operational and Greek Deputy Shipping Minister Nektarios Santorinios flew there. But he said the port was out of action. "Passengers on ferries have been rerouted to the islands of Nisyros and Kalymnos," he told Greek SKAI TV. Kos mayor: There are not many old buildings left A wall collapsed on a building dating to the 1930s and it crushed people who were at the bar in the building's lower level.  Kos Mayor Giorgos Kyritsis said: "There are not many old buildings left on Kos. Nearly all the structures on the island have been built under the new codes to withstand earthquakes," the mayor said. Rubble from a damaged old building on the Greek island of Kos Credit: AP Rubble in the street by a cafe on Kos Credit: Reuters A man walks near a damaged building on Kos  Credit: AP The Kos hospital said at least 20 of the injured had broken bones. Rescuers were checking for trapped people inside houses after the quake struck in the middle of the night. Kyritsis said the army was mobilised along with emergency services. Emergency workers attend to a person injured on Kos Credit: COSTS METAXAKIS/AFP Medics transfer a man injured on Kos to hospital in the city of Heraklion on the island of Crete Credit: STEFANOS RAPANIS/Reuters Emergency workers use a trolley to move a person injured in the earthquake Credit: COSTS METAXAKIS/Getty Authorities had warned of a localised tsunami, and witnesses described a "swelling" of the sea after the earthquake. The island's port was among structures that sustained damaged and a seafront road and parts of the island's main town were flooded. Tourists sleep in streets after abandoning hotels In the Turkish city of Marmaris, beachfront hotels were flooded. Elsewhere, holidaymakers cowered for shelter and in some resorts they abandoned their rooms for safety, gathering in the street. Two strong aftershocks followed. Hotel guests briefly went back to their rooms to collect their belongings. But they opted to spend the night in the open air, using sheets and cushions borrowed from nearby lounge chairs to build makeshift beds. Hotel guests sleep outdoors after abandoning their rooms in Bitez, a resort town about four miles west of Bodrum Credit: Ayse Wieting/AP Holidaymakers sleep in the street after the quake shook Kos Credit: REUTERS People camp outside after a quake in Akyarlar, Bodrum Credit: REUTERS Such was the force of the earthquake its impact was felt as far away as Rhodes and Crete. "Felt it here (in Rhodes) too. Pretty strong. Looked out the window to see the waves in the pool," Daniel Markham, a councillor on Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council in Kent, tweeted. Shallow quake was only 6.2 miles below seabed The quake, which was felt across the Aegean coast, was very shallow - only 6.2 miles below the seabed, the US Geological Survey said.  A seismologist told Greek television that there had been a tidal wave about 28 inches (70 cm) high. A map released by the US Geological Survey shows the location of the quake Credit: US Geological Survey 'The light was swinging... crockery falling out of cupboards' Christopher Hackland, a Scottish diving instructor, told of the moment the earthquake struck. "There was banging," he said. "There was shaking. The light was swinging, banging on the ceiling, crockery falling out of the cupboards, and pans were making noise. "There was a lot of screaming and crying and hysterics coming from the hotel. It felt like being at a theme park with one of the illusions, an optical illusion where you feel like you're upside down." 'There was first a noise and then a roar... my boat was dragged to the shore' Boat captain Metin Kestaneci, 40, told how he was asleep on his vessel when the quake hit. "There was first a noise and then a roar. Before I could ask 'what's happening?' my boat was dragged toward the shore. We found ourselves on the shore," Kestaneci said. "I've never experienced such a thing." A man looks at damaged boats at a beach following the sea surge Credit: AFP Britons tell of fear at being woken by quake A number of Britons have spoken of their fear when they felt tremors as the quake struck. Lauren Duffy, from Merseyside, said glass and broken pieces of marble statues were among the debris strewn near her hotel in the wake of the earthquake. The University of Chester student, who is staying at the Atlantis Hotel in Lambi, a short drive from Kos Town which is believed to have been worst affected, spent the night outside with fellow guests as aftershocks continued to rock the island. People receive medical treatment at the garden of Bodrum State Hospital  Credit: DOGAN NEWS AGENCY The 20-year-old, who is on holiday with her mother and sister, said: "We were woken up by really aggressive shaking. "We didn't know what it was. You couldn't find your balance. It was just a scary situation." The trio are due to leave Kos on Sunday, but said: "I think if the option came up to fly home early I think we would accept it at this stage." Tourist: Whole building 'shook like jelly' Kristian Stevens, from Nelson in Lancashire, said he felt the building he was in "shake like a jelly". The 48-year-old had just gone to bed when the quake struck. He said: "It was quite surreal as I had just laid down in bed and the whole building shook. The whole building shook like a jelly. "Many of the locals rushed out into the streets still in underwear. Some have been seen with blankets and pillows not sure if it is safe to return home." People stand outside damaged buildings on Kos Credit: AFP/Getty Sophie Wild said she ran from her third-floor accommodation when she woke to a loud banging noise. The 21-year-old from Canterbury in Kent is coming to the end of her holiday in Altinkum, around 500 miles away from Bodrum. She said: "We were asleep and were awoken by what sounded like banging on our door, it got louder and louder and the building started shaking. We jumped up ran to the balcony to see what it was (my first thought when we heard the banging was that we were being attacked). "When we realised it was an earthquake, we got an immediate sense to get out, we thought the building was going to crumble around us. We ran down our stairs." Earthquake of 6.3 magnitude hits west of Turkey and the tsunami was felt, many hotels are flooded: https://t.co/ZUtq0BRcL4pic.twitter.com/OY3TT1bPX8— Washington Hattı (@WasHatti) July 20, 2017 'The room moved... it felt like you were on a boat' Naomi Ruddock, who is on holiday in Kos with her mother Eleanor, said she felt like she was on a boat in choppy water when the earthquake hit. The 22-year-old, who is due to graduate from Brighton University next week, said they were woken from their sleep when the room shook. She said: "We were asleep and we just felt the room shaking. The room moved. Literally everything was moving. And it kind of felt like you were on a boat and it was swaying really fast from side to side, you felt seasick." Naomi Ruddock, 22, and her mother, Eleanor, who are on holiday in Kos Credit: Naomi Ruddock/PA The pair ran from their ground floor room in the Akti Palace Hotel in Kardamena, around a 30 minute drive from Kos Town which is thought to have been worst hit. Ms Ruddock, from London, added: "The restaurant manager just said that he's never seen anything like this ever happen ever around this area or ever in Greece. He said it was like something out of a film, and it was." A boat rests on a pavement after a quake in Kos triggered a mini tsunami Credit: Reuters London student tells of  'surreal nightmarish experience' London student Georgie Jamieson, who was holidaying in Kos with her family, told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "We're all a bit shaken up. We had been having a lovely evening down in the hotel and got up to our room an hour before it struck. "We were literally dozing off when the first tremor struck. From then on it was a bit of a surreal nightmarish experience. "I was semi-conscious. At first I panicked and I was a bit fear-struck, but then slowly trying to process what was happening. "Everything was shaking really vigorously. I've never felt anything like it before. Almost as if the ground was going to cave in." Damage and flooding are seen on a coastal road in Kos Credit: AP Georgie said she went to check on her sisters, and they were initially unsure whether it was safer to leave the hotel room or stay. "We ran to the door to check there was nothing outside that had been visibly damaged," she said. "When we saw that that was all clear, we were coming to terms with the fact that we were experiencing an earthquake and we grabbed our stuff and made a run away from the building." Hotel owners try to calm thousands of tourists Constantina Svynou, head of the hoteliers' association in Kos, told Greek ERT television that many visitors had spent the night outside their hotels, but some were now returning to their rooms. "There are about 200,000 tourists on the island, we are at the peak season," he said. "Our first reaction was to calm the tourists, following basic rules and evacuating hotel buildings." Hotel owners in Bodrum told Turkish broadcasters that some tourists were checking out. "It was a lucky escape and it could have been much worse," said Issa Kamara, a 38-year old personal trainer at the Maca Kizi hotel in Bodrum's smart Turkbuku area. Video: Flooded streets in Bodrum after tsunami Video Added from #Bodrum#Tsunami#Earthquakepic.twitter.com/3bR5tHnieg— Global News (@GlobalZarfati) July 20, 2017 Foreign Office advice to Britons near quake The Foreign Office advised Britons in surrounding areas to follow the advice of local authorities and tour operators. A spokesman for the Foreign Office said: "We are speaking to the Turkish and Greek authorities following an earthquake off the coast of Bodrum and near the island of Kos. "Any British people in the areas affected should follow the instructions of local authorities."  Are earthquakes common in this region? Turkey's location between the Arabian tectonic plate and the Eurasian plate renders it prone to earthquakes. In October 2011, more than 600 people died in the eastern province of Van following a 7.2-magnitude quake and powerful aftershocks. In 1999, two massive earthquakes killed about 20,000 people in Turkey's densely populated northwest. 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