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President Trump Secures The Remains Of 200 US Soldiers From North Korea

As part of the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and the deal struck between the United States President Donald Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un, the president has secured the remains of 200 U.S. and allied service members who died in the Korean War.

The two leaders met at a historical summit earlier this month and made substantial progress in terms of peace between the two countries as well as between the North and the South. President Trump spoke at the Nevada GOP convention in Las Vegas and took pride in the relationship his office has established with North Korea.

"We have a good chemistry together," Trump said. "We have a great chairman, Kim, we have great chemistry." Trump also mentioned that during his 2016 presidential campaign, families of fallen soldiers who died in the Korean War asked him if he could get the remains of their loved ones back.


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Brexit Has Already Cost the U.K. More than Its EU Budget Payments, Study Shows

The damage to the U.K. economy caused by the vote to leave the European Union two years ago already exceeds the size of the budget contributions Britain will be able to claw back when it finally leaves the bloc, according to an economic study by the Centre for European Reform.

Uncertainty caused by Brexit has already caused a 2.1 percent dip in economic output, even before Britain’s departure next March, the CER said late Friday in an emailed statement. That’s cost the public finances 23 billion pounds ($30 billion) in lost tax revenue, the think tank said.


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New Zealand – PM Ardern Leaves Hospital With Newborn ‘Prime Miniature’ Daughter (Video)

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern left the hospital early Sunday morning to go home with her newborn daughter. She also revealed the new name of her firstborn which is not, as many of her countrymen had jokingly suggested ‘Prime Miniature’.

Ms Ardern decided, together with her partner Clarke Gayford to name the little girl ‘Neve Te Aroha Ardern Gayford’. The Neve part of the young child’s name is derived from the Irish name Niamh, meaning “bright” or “radiant” whilst Te Aroha means “love” in te reo Māori.

The New Zealand Prime Minister, who became the second PM to give birth whilst in office, explained: “Probably like everyone, we went through that struggle where we kept this shortlist of names and we wanted to wait until the baby arrived to really see which one felt like it worked.


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California - World's Ugliest Dog Contest: 2018 Winner

While pet lovers around the world take pride in their pets good looks, there are a handful of pet owners that take pride in how ugly their dog is. These ugly pooches compete each year in the San Francisco Bay Area's World's Ugliest Dog competition to find out how is the ugliest of them all.

The abnormally unique dogs strolled down a red carpet lined with a panel of judges who will take in all of the grossest features of the competitors in an attempt to find a winner. If your dog is chosen as the winner, you can take home a grand prize of $1,500. The winner of this year's World's Ugliest Dog competition is a bulldog named Zsa Zsa.

Zsa Zsa and his owner, Megan Brainard of Anoka, Minnesota, competed against dogs of all shapes and sizes both with and without hair. The contest was held at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma. This year's contestants included a blackhead-covered Chinese Crested-Dachshund mutt and a bulldog mix with a ridiculous amount of excess skin.


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EU slaps retaliatory tariffs on US goods

>Tariffs affect American products like whiskey, peanut butter, and Harley Davidson motorcycles

The European Union has slapped tariffs on some $3.2bn(£2.4bn) worth of US goods, in retaliation for tariffs the Trump administration imposed on imported steel and aluminium earlier this month.

The EU announced a 25 per cent tariff on American products such as whiskey, tobacco, Harley Davidson motorcycles and peanut butter on Friday. They leveraged another 50 per cent tax on select items such as footwear, some types of clothing, and washing machines, according to the BBC.


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World Cup – Colombian Player Receives Death Threats From Own Supporters

Colombia plays against Poland in Group H of the world cup today, a match that both teams must win if they want to have any chance of progressing into the knock-out stages. Whoever of the two countries that were expected to top their group loses today, is out.

Poland lost their opening game against Senegal whilst Colombia unexpectedly received a similar beating from Japan.

Related coverage: thegoldwater.com/news/29582-World-Cup-FIFA-Consider-Ban-For-Swiss-Strikers-Over-Political-Goal-Celebrations

For Colombian midfielder Carlos Sanchez, returning home is not a happy task should it come to that. After three minutes into the game against Japan this week, he received a red card for handling the ball within their own area and was subsequently sent off. Japan received a penalty, scored 1-0 from that and then played the next 87 minutes against 10 Colombians only, ending the game in a 1-2 win against a technically superior Colombia.


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While Trump's 'zero-tolerance' immigration policy sparks controversy in the US, China is detaining

The Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" border policy, which initially led to the separation of about 2,300 children from their parents who were detained for crossing the US border illegally, has sparked widespread controversy and outrage.

But an ocean away, China has quietly been hauling off hundreds of thousands of its own citizens with little reason or access to recourse, breaking up thousands of families in the process.


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Deputy Breaks Car Window To Free Trapped Bear (Video)

A wandering bear went inside a car parked in Lake Tahoe, Carnelian Bay in California this week looking for some adventure. What a misadventure it turned out to be as the animal trapped itself inside the vehicle and could not get out. The doors could not be unlocked even from the outside that it took the daring moves of a deputy to free the bear.

Related Coverage: thegoldwater.com/news/25663-Zoo-Being-Sued-Over-Bear-Getting-Ice-Cream-at-Drive-Thru

The bear destroyed the car’s interior so badly that the doors of the Subaru Outback could not be unlocked anymore. Placer County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Lade decided that the only way he could free the bear was to break the car window.


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World Cup – FIFA Consider Ban For Swiss Strikers Over ‘Political’ Goal Celebrations


Tensions in the European Balkans are soaring again over the goal celebrations of two Swiss attackers during the match Switzerland – Serbia.

Swiss star strikers Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri both scored for Switzerland who beat Serbia 2-1 after a dramatic comeback.

However, Xhaka and Shaqiri, who are both of Albanian descent, made a ‘double eagle’ gesture, referring to the double-headed eagle on the Albanian flag and to the Yugoslav war of the 1990s when Serbians drove out their families from their homeland and made them flee to Switzerland.

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Italy's deputy PM Salvini called for 'mass cleansing, street by street, quarter by quarter

>Footage has re-emerged of Italy’s new interior minister calling for a “mass cleansing” of migrants from “entire parts” of the country.

Matteo Salvini’s comments are being shared on social media after he announced a “census” of the country’s Roma community, setting the stage for deportations of the ethnic group.

Minister’s comments recirculate after leader of far-right League party announces ‘census’ of Roma community


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Woman 'humiliated' by Walgreens over drugs to end pregnancy

An Arizona woman has said she was left "in tears and humiliated" after a staff member at US pharmacy chain Walgreens refused to give her prescription medication to end her pregnancy - even though her doctor had said she would ultimately have a miscarriage.

Nicole Mone had discovered at a doctor's appointment on Tuesday that her baby was not developing normally.

Knowing her two-month pregnancy would not run to term, she was given a choice to end it through a surgical procedure or prescription medication, and chose the latter.


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Ethiopia: Two dead and dozens hurt in grenade attack at pro-PM rally

Ethiopian officials say two people have died and dozens more are injured, after an explosion at a huge political rally for the new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

Mr Abiy described it as an "unsuccessful attempt by forces who do not want to see Ethiopia united".

He was whisked away immediately after the blast, thought to be from a grenade thrown amid thousands of people in Addis Ababa's Meskel Square.

The capital's deputy chief of police is in custody over security lapses.

A further eight policemen have been detained and are under investigation for failing to secure the site.


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'Occupy ICE' protests emerge across the country

Protesters are occupying Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facilities across the country, inspired by a Portland protest that resulted in the indefinite shutdown of an ICE detention center on Wednesday.

"Occupy ICE" protesters are blocking the loading dock of ICE headquarters in New York, have set up tents in front of an ICE facility in Los Angeles and are gathered outside of a detention center in Washington state.


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Canada to allow mail-order marijuana sales

Canadians will soon be able to order marijuana through the mail as part of the nation’s new legalization of recreational pot.

Lawmakers in the country passed the Cannabis Act earlier this week, setting the country up to regulate the market in the coming months.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Wednesday that legalization will begin on Oct. 17. The country is the second to legalize the substance nationwide, after Uruguay.


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Saudi Arabia's ban on women driving ends

Every few meters someone – a newlywed couple, a group of young girls with balloons – stops Samar Almogren to cheer her on or flash her a thumbs-up.

It's midnight in Riyadh, and she's making her way across the city she was born and raised in, finally in the driver's seat of her own car.

Saudi Arabia's notorious ban on women driving ended on Sunday. After drinking tea and counting down the minutes, at midnight, Samar – a TV anchor and mother-of-three – went upstairs to kiss her four-year-old son Salloum goodnight.

She then put on a flowing white abaya, strode out of her front door, accompanied by her best friend, and walked towards a white GMC parked outside her house in the Narjiss neighborhood in northern Riyadh.


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One in four surveyed Japanese workers admits to wanting to kill boss; Osaka quake helps show why

While there are many, many perks to life in Japan, the culture around work is ever controversial. With employees considering deeply if they’re even allowed to take sick leave or duck out of work for a few minutes to buy a boxed lunch, it’s no wonder there’s a whole world of unvoiced resentment bubbling away beneath some workers’ civil facades.

This was thrown into sharp relief at 7:58 a.m. on Monday, June 18, when Osaka suffered one of the most intense earthquakes it’s experienced in decades. Trains and buses were thrown off schedule, stranding millions of harried commuters en-route, and for some it was simply impossible to get to work or school. There was also the sad fact that they would need to wait hours to return home and reassure their families in person.


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A Series of Misfortunate Events: 3. Crying Chuck Schumer - Trump Hate Superior to US Prosperity


This series follows the tragic fall of the Democratic Party as we know it. The liberals have turned radical in their behavior. Their hate for Trump is so ingrained they are willing and often wishing for the US to fail if it means Trump fails with it.

Conservatives watch every day as the liberals get more and more evil in their demeanor toward, not only Trump but his family and anyone who voted for him.

This series will depict at least one of the Democrats from Congress for each article. I am including the hate-filled videos, manuscripts, and tweets (where applicable). I will also be adding my own commentary and including proof against the blatant lies these Liberals are spinning.

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Smart Home Devices Are Being Used For Digital Domestic Abuse


Jilted exes are looking to more technologically advanced ways of getting revenge on their ex-lovers and police departments don't know what to make of it. People have been calling domestic abuse hotlines and shelters with similar stories of feeling as if they were going crazy. One woman's air-conditioner would switch off automatically. Another woman said her front door's digital lock code would change automatically on the daily. Another woman told an abuse helpline that her doorbell would continuously ring yet no one was there.

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“Sperminator” Banned from Fathering More Kids in Israel


He is a dedicated and hard-working father, except that he does his thing for a profit and now a whole nation wants him to stop. A prolific man impregnating women in the insemination business may soon find his source of livelihood gone.

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Florida - Arrest Made Of Suspect In XXXTentacion Shooting Death


XXXTentacion, or Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, was an up and coming rapper from Plantation, Florida who spent most of his childhood in Lauderhill. He was launched to internet fame after he was released from a youth correction center and released his first song on SoundCloud in June 2013 called "News/Flock".

The 20-year-old rapper was shopping for motorcycles in South Florida and was just leaving a motorcycle shop when a gunman ran up and shot him several times. Video from witnesses was uploaded to YouTube showing the dead rapper still seated in his sports car in the street near the motorcycle shop. The shooting was considered a robbery attempt and Broward Sheriff's opened a murder investigation.

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Australia – Tired of “Boring” Look, Tattoo-Addict Woman Had Her Eyeballs Inked Blue


A young woman is so addicted to tattoos and other transformations that she spent a whopping $8,000 on body modifications including a split tongue and blue inkings on her eyeballs.

23-year-old Amber Luke from Australia, called “Blue Eyes White Dragon” by her friends, has been obsessed with tattoos since she was 16. It first started with plain curiosity to know what the feeling was like to have tattoos. She got three inkings by the time she was 18.

She now counts an incredible 50 designs all over her body.

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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was kicked out of the Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, Virginia by the owner because of her work for President Donald Trump, she confirmed to The Daily Caller.

The reports first surfaced on social media after a waiter at the restaurant posted about the incident on social media. The incident comes as several members of the administration have been heckled while dining out because of their work.


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Georgia - Four Wendy’s Employees Caught Dealing Drugs


Investigators carried out a lengthy investigation while not releasing complete details yet how the employees exactly dealt drugs while manning the restaurant. Members of the Cherokee Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad took the four employees into custody on Thursday afternoon. The agents would only say that the suspects dealt small quantities of the drug from the restaurant for weeks running.

The suspects have been identified as 27-year-old Zachary Jerome Donley, 32-year-old Kristal Dawn Hogan, 26-year-old Jeffrey Levi Justus, and 36-year-old Amanda Jean McCartney. They served as a restaurant manager, cook, and 2 other employees. They have been fired by the restaurant because of the crime.

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A Pizza Delivery Driver Got In An Accident So Firefighters Delivered His Pizza


One young man's normal pizza delivery job turned into a nightmare when he was involved in a major motor vehicle accident. Firefighters from Engine 642 responded to the scene where they found two vehicles on John Street had been in a major collision, one of them was a pizza delivery man.

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"Game Of Thrones" Sweethearts Jon Snow And ‎Ygritte Just Got Married In Real Life


The wedding took place in a small but beautiful town in Scotland and featured many of the cast members from "Game of Thrones". Among their fellow cast mates to attend the nuptials was Peter Dinklage, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, and Emilia Clarke. Harington has enjoyed a successful career in acting, especially after the success of "Game of Thrones".

Harington also starred as Robert Catesby in BBC One's "Gunpowder" show about the Gunpowder Plot of 1605. Harington is actually a direct descendant of the actual Robert Catesby ironically enough. He is also scheduled to appear in "The Death and Life of John F. Donovan" where he will star alongside a star-studded cast including big names such as Natalie Portman, Susan Sarandon, Bella Thorne, Jacob Tremblay, Thandie Newton, and Kathy Bates.

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"Bear Suit" Inventor Dies In Fiery Highway Crash


The collision sparked an explosion that shut down the highway in both directions for hours June 17. The driver of the semi-truck suffered minor injuries but survived. Hurtubise was not as lucky and was identified later by the Office of the Chief Coroner and the Ontario Forensic Pathology Service.

Hurtubise became known as the inventor of the "Ursus Mark VI", an armored suit that could protect the wearer from a bear attack. He rose to fame after the release of the 1996 documentary "Project Grizzly". The documentary was produced by the National Film Board and launched Hurtubise into fame eventually garnering him a cult following that even included stars like Quentin Tarantino.

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Famous gorilla Koko who could do sign language has died at the age of 46

The popular gorilla, known for her extraordinary mastery of sign language, has passed away at the age of 46. Koko died in her sleep yesterday morning.

The Gorilla Foundation announced her passing today and said: ‘Koko touched the lives of millions as an ambassador for all gorillas and an icon for interspecies communication and empathy.

Read more: https://metro.co.uk/2018/06/21/famous-gorilla-koko-sign-language-died-age-46-7648488/?ito=cbshare

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Throwback Story: Dog Kicked by Man Comes Back to Exact Revenge on His Car


This may have happened a few years ago, but we still get a kick out of it whenever dog-lovers social media accounts refresh our memory with this unforgettable incident.

Dogs have a special part in many humans’ lives, but for many stray dogs, they are often treated as second-class canines, so to speak. One man in China treated a stray dog badly and paid the price for his cruel act. Apparently, some stray dogs know how to exact revenge against horrific humans.

A man in Chongqing, China found a stray dog in his parking spot and was far from gentle in dealing with the canine. The man kicked the dog to shoo him away.

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Fake News: Iconic Crying Migrant Girl Was Never Separated from Mother, Says Father

The father of the tearful two-year-old Honduran migrant girl who became the face of the “family separation” news coverage says that his young daughter was never actually separated from her mother when caught by U.S. Border Patrol.

Instead, he says, his daughter and her mother are together in U.S. custody at “at a family residential center in Texas.”

Moreover, the mother had been deported from the U.S. in 2013, according to a statement given by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to Buzzfeed on Thursday evening.

Denis Javier Varela Hernandez, 32, told the UK Daily Mail that his wife Sandra, 32, had taken their daughter, Yanela Denise, on a dangerous journey to the U.S. on June 3 without telling him. They had since been in touch, he said, and he learned the two had been detained together but never separated.

Yanela Denise became an iconic symbol of opposition to the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy, under which adults who cross the border illegally are prosecuted. As a result, children traveling with migrant adults are often taken to shelters separately until they can be reunited with their parents, a family member, or a sponsor.

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Spain – ‘Wolf Pack’ Sex Assault Group Release Creates New Mass Protests

The five members of the infamous Spanish ‘Wolf Pack’ (La Manada in Spanish) were released from jail on a €60,000 bail as the judge contented they did not pose a flight risk. The release of the group has sparked new mass protests in many Iberian cities. The picture taken at the moment they walked out of the prison features on all Spanish newspapers today.

The infamous group who sexually assaulted and (probably) raped a young woman in drunken condition during the San Firmin festival in 2016 and then bragged about it on internet have become the icon of Spain’s metoo# movement.

Related coverage: thegoldwater.com/news/12886-Spanish-Furious-Over-Pamplona-Wolf-Pack-Gang-Rape-Trial

The five men, known as Jose Angel Prenda Martinez, Angel Boza Florido, Antonio Manuel Guerrero Escudero, Alfonso Jesus Cabezuelo Entrena and Jesus Escudero Dominguez had been convicted of "a continued crime of sexual abuse" and sentenced to nine years in prison after they blocked an 18-year-old woman in the entrance of a Pamplona apartment building in the early hours of a summer morning and then took turns having sex with her.

One of the men recorded videos of the events on his phone and then shared it via Whatsapp with others, stating his friends and himself were known as the ‘Wolf Pack’ group.

Protesters in Madrid, Barcelona and Pamplona gathered for the last two days, shouting "enough macho violence." A 66-year-old female protester in Catalonia’s capital Barcelona said it was "a shame these scoundrel rapists get away so easily."


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Japan – Researchers Found a Technique to Turn Wood into Booze

Can alcoholic drinks fall from trees?

Wood as it already has so many uses but researchers in Japan have discovered yet another new use for it that could bring some good news to drink lovers all over the world: wood can now be turned into booze.

The researchers have developed a technique for making alcohol by fermenting wood leading to the creation of the first wood liquor.

Bioethanol is also, of course, an alcohol made from wood and has long been a source of fuel. However, it is made using heat and sulphuric acid which makes it unsuitable for drinking.

The technique developed for making liquor does not need such a harmful substance or heating, which also takes away the unique scent of the wood used. The alcohol is instead made by adding water to the wood chips, grinding them with the use of a food-processing machine until the content turns into liquid. Enzymes and yeast are also added to ferment it before it is distilled.


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Texas- Cypress School District Now Requires Students to Use Clear Backpacks


Cy-Fair school district leaders in Cypress, Texas have just announced about their new policy requiring middle school and high school students to have clear backpacks.

Superintendent Mark Henry disseminated the new announcement to parents and students on Thursday, stating that the new backpack policy will start this fall for students in 6th through 12th grade.

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Disney said it's willing to divest more Fox assets to get a deal cleared by regulators

Walt Disney said on Thursday it was willing to divest Twenty-First Century Fox assets that generated up to $1 billion in earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) to get a regulatory nod for the deal.

Disney in a regulatory filing said it was willing to divest the assets, potentially including regional sports networks. The media conglomerate had previously planned to divest Fox assets that generated $500 million in EBITDA.

Fox has been in the middle of a bidding war between Disney and Comcast, with Disney on Wednesday raising its bid for the bulk of Fox's film and television assets to $71.3 billion. NBCUniversal and CNBC parent Comcast is likely to further raise its offer.

Disney and Comcast want to add to their own entertainment businesses with Fox's well-known TV shows and movie franchises, like the "X-Men" superheroes and "The Simpsons," to better compete with fast-growing digital rivals Netflix and Amazon.com.

Disney Chief Executive Officer Bob Iger, who has been working with regulators around the world for the past six months, has downplayed antitrust concerns related to the deal.

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Venezuela crisis: UN says security forces killed hundreds

Venezuelan security forces have carried out hundreds of arbitrary killings under the guise of fighting crime, the UN's human rights body says.

In a report, it cites "shocking" accounts of young men being killed during operations, often in poor districts, over the past three years.

The UN's human rights chief said no-one was being held to account, suggesting the rule of law was "virtually absent".

Venezuela has in the past dismissed human rights allegations as "lies".


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Killing dogs for meat illegal, rules S. Korean court

A South Korean court has ruled the killing of dogs for meat is illegal, in a landmark decision that animal rights activists said Thursday could pave the way to outlawing eating canines.

The meat has long been a part of South Korean cuisine, with about one million dogs believed to be eaten annually.

But consumption has declined as South Koreans increasingly embrace the idea of dogs as man's best friend rather than livestock, with the practice now something of a taboo among younger generations and pressure from activists mounting.


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Shock As Recent Pics Of Johnny Depp Show Him Looking Old And 'Sick'

Movie fans and social media users were astonished to see current photos of former heartthrob actor Johnny Depp that are going viral where he looks so frail, sparking speculations that the Pirates of the Caribbean star could be sick.

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The shocking photos posted over popular social media platforms Instagram and Twitter show the 54-year-old celebrity looking thin and sickly as he posed for photos with the local-based make-up artists at the Four Seasons Hotel in St. Petersburg in Russia.

Depp, whose dashing looks his female fans swoon over in the past, is almost unrecognizable in the said photos going viral. He looks messy, disheveled, and as if he were in pain in the photos. Even the once vibrant, magnetic smile of the celebrity has turned meek in the recent photos.


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Indonesia – One Person Missing In Another Accident Takes Place in Lake Toba

Another boat capsized in Lake Toba, North Sumatra in Indonesia on Friday evening with authorities confirming that one person is missing.

Another boat accident occurs in Indonesia's Lake Toba, one missing https://t.co/1gyUqT6Kcb pic.twitter.com/rNw6tBJI6C

— The Straits Times (@STcom) June 23, 2018

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The accident took place after the engine of passenger boat KM Ramos Risma Marisi broke down while sailing to Naiggolan Port in Samosir regency.

The wooden boat was carrying five passengers when technical problems with its engine occurred at 9 p.m. local time, after dropping off several passengers at Sibandang Island.

Passenger Rahmat Dani was still missing. The other four passengers survived the incident.

The Medan Search and Rescue Agency (SAR) team would continue to search for the missing passenger on Saturday. The search and rescue operation on Friday had to be suspended due to bad weather.


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UK – Anti-Brexit March On Second Anniversary


It’s been 2 years since the British voted to leave the EU, and in the same week that both Airbus and BMW warned that the legal process of actually doing so could cost the UK thousands of jobs is no firm transition deal is in process, the ‘Remainers,’ backed by Mr George Soros’s capital, are planning an Anti-Brexit march in the capital London this weekend, with several tens of thousands expected to participate.

Members of the opposition parties like Labour MP Mr Chuka Umunna and the leader of the Liberal Democrats Mr Vince Cable are expected to address the crowds, as they both claim the momentum is building behind calls for the public to decide on the final the terms of exiting the EU.

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Netflix Cans Top Executive Over His Use Of The N-Word At Meeting


A top Netflix executive has been fired after using a racial slur during a meeting at the media giant. Chief Communications Officer, Jonathan Friedland was fired after he allegedly used the n-word during a business meeting with several other staff members. Netflix strives to foster an inclusive work environment and diverse content in their productions but using the n-word is strictly off limits, even for top-level executives.

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Australia - Union Wants Suspects Who Hurt Police Dogs To Get Jail

Washington Police Unions have demanded fines or even jail for suspects who hurt police dogs and horses in hopes of deterring attacks on police animals. The State Government has responded by saying it could toughen animal welfare laws with penalties for people who injure police animals. The Police Unions claim at least four police dogs are injured on the job each year.

WA Police Union president George Tilbury submitted a complaint to an inquiry into new animal cruelty laws saying there was a very real lack of financial penalty for offenders convicted of harming a police animal. Tilbury pointed out that police horses are worth about $150,000 while police puppies are worth about $15,000 a piece.

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World Cup – Iranian TV Bans Spanish Soccer Star Over ‘Un-Islamic’ Hair


This week saw Iran play Spain in their group game of the Russia 2018 World Cup. As all TV shows involving the tournament, the show of state broadcaster ITRV Tehran had been able to invite a famous soccer analyst to comment on the game afterwards and analyze the play.

The soccer-crazy Iranians would certainly all tune in to see anything involving Iran-Spain (see our related coverage) and so host Mr Adel Ferdosipour had gone out of his way to book an important Spanish player to boost the credibility of his World Cup show.

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Clinton Body Count Series: #1. How FBI Agent David Raynor Stabbed And Then Shot Himself


FBI Special Agent David Raynor apparently stabbed his wife multiple times, she stabbed him multiple times, and then he shot himself. Does this sound odd to you?

FBI Special Agent David Raynor was anticipated to expose the malpractice and corruption of Clinton and Obama in the "Operation Fast and Furious" cover-up to a US Federal Grand Jury before he was found dead at his home.

Raynor’s wife was also found dead at the scene.

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Anti-tank missile fired at Amsterdam office block, one person arrested

One person has been arrested after an anti-tank weapon was fired at an office block in Amsterdam’s Sloterdijk business district on Thursday night. Eyewitnesses report hearing an enormous bang but no-one was injured and one window in the building was broken by the missile. The launcher was found in the vicinity and removed for forensic tests.


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Canada – French Beach Jogger Crosses Into USA, Detained 2 Weeks


19-year-old French national Cedella Roman was visiting her mother earlier this year in Canada and decided to go for an evening jog when the family had travelled to White Rock for a weekend, about an hour’s drive from where they normally stayed In Vancouver.

Young Miss Roman had, as most runners, taken only her smartphone with a pair of headphones attached to it along. She stopped to take a few pictures on the beach and as she saw the sun was already setting, she tried to head back. At this point, she was stopped by two US border patrol officers.

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The Future Is Here: Drone Uses Flamethrower To Clear Debris


For now, those pushing the boundaries of what a drone fundamentally is are hard at work designing drones such as this one which uses a flamethrower to clear debris off power lines. Clearing debris from dangerous power lines is just one creative example of what lies in store for the future.

A fleet of police drones hover throughout cities and report a violent crime in progress or be the first responder to the scene of a fire and use water jets to extinguish it. Researchers in Japan are working on a drone that can do just that, it's called the Dragon Firefighter.

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NASA Reveals Beautiful "Blue Dune" Photo From Mars


NASA's statement also said the image was taken using the MRO's HiRise camera. The statement issued by NASA also described the particular blue dune saying it "is made of finer material and/or has a different composition than the surrounding." The images are dramatic and continue to capture the public's imagination, especially since the planet is experiencing a massive dust storm that has put a damper on Mars operations.

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Twitter CEO caves to backlash about Chick-Fil-A

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Sunday expressed regret over eating at Chick-fil-A, because of the chicken company’s CEO’s personal views on gay marriage.

Dorsey tweeted a screenshot from his phone that showed a purchase he had made at Chick-fil-A using a mobile application. After a liberal backlash, however, Dorsey apologized for eating at the popular fast food restaurant.

At issue was Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy’s 2012 support for defining marriage as between a man and a woman, which he described as “the biblical definition of a family.”

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Pizza Delivery Guy Gets Arrested By ICE While Delivering To Army Base


Democrats in New York City are attempting to sidestep federal law by stopping the deportation of an illegal immigrant who was arrested while delivering food to an Army base in Brooklyn, New York. The delivery driver, Pablo Villavicencio of Ecuador, was delivering pizza to U.S. Army Garrison Fort Hamilton when he was arrested and transferred to ICE custody.

Related coverage: Michigan - Twice Deported Illegal Killed Girlfriend, 14-Month-Old Child Still Missing

The Fort Hamilton Public Affairs Office issued a statement on the matter saying that security officers discovered an active ICE warrant during a routine background check when Villavicencio tried to enter the Army base. The base's policy allows the installation's commanders to take "reasonably necessary and lawful measures to protect installation personnel and property."

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Canada - Dairy Farmers Ask PM Trudeau For New Protection Because Of US Threats

The bitter war of words that erupted between US President Donald Trump and Canadian PM Justin Trudeau shone an unwelcome spotlight on Canada’s dairy sector, which falls outside of the NAFTA agreement. When POTUS pointed to the tariffs imposed on dairy products, which he says are “killing” U.S. farmers, many wondered what it was all about.

PM Justin Trudeau of Canada acted so meek and mild during our @G7 meetings only to give a news conference after I left saying that, “US Tariffs were kind of insulting” and he “will not be pushed around.” Very dishonest & weak. Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 9, 2018

Great was their surprise to learn that Mr Trump pointed to a tariff which in some cases goes as high as 300% just to protect Canadian dairy farmers against US imports.

And so Mr Trudeau, facing re-election in 2019, was hastily visited by a lobby group representing the 11,000 dairy farmers Canada has yesterday, as they wanted to make sure he would reassure them of his backing. Quite frankly, given that the farmers are concentrated in the vote-rich provinces of Ontario and Quebec, Mr Trudeau cannot really risk losing them.


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Farmers on Keystone XL Route Deed Land to Indian Tribe

>A husband and wife who don't want the proposed Keystone XL pipeline to run through their farm have deeded a plot of their land over to a Native American tribe, creating a possible roadblock for the project.

Art and Helen Tanderup signed over a 1.6-acre plot of land to the Ponca Indian Tribe on Sunday. The Ponca enjoy special legal status as a federally recognized tribe.

The land has been used as a planting space for sacred Ponca corn for the last five years, and it was chosen in part because it sits on the $8 billion pipeline's proposed route. It's also part of the historic route that Ponca tribe members were forced to take when the U.S. government relocated them to present-day Oklahoma in 1877.


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China is set to intensify its surveillance practices by tracking cars within the country through an electronic identification system, according to a report published Wednesday by The Wall Street Journal.

Through a program, which is set to officially launch July 1, all vehicles registered within China will be equipped with a radio-frequency identification (RFID) chip that will allow authorities to track it. The technology will reportedly be appended to the windshields and will interact with reading devices situated on roads.


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Great White Shark On The Beach Prompts Criminal Investigation


Something must have been off when necropsy results came in for a dead Great White shark found on the beach in Aptos. Dead sea life washing ashore isn't that unusual but when it is a great white shark it warrants a closer look due to how rare the occurrence is. Seeing them in the water, however, is an entirely different matter and quite common according to fishermen Dan Phillips. Phillips spotted one Wednesday in the ocean waters.

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In Major Privacy Win, Supreme Court Rules Police Need Warrant To Track Your Cellphone

In a landmark decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Friday that police must obtain a search warrant to access an individual's cellphone location information. The 5-4 decision imposes new limits on law enforcement's ability to get at the increasing amount of data that private companies amass in the modern technological age.

Cellphone providers routinely keep location information for customers to help improve service. And until now, the prevailing legal theory was that if an individual voluntarily shares his information with a third party — for instance, by signing up for cell phone service — police can get that information without a search warrant.


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McDonald's to ditch plastic straws

McDonald's will replace plastic straws with paper ones in all its UK and Ireland restaurants, starting from September.

It is the latest company to opt out of some single-use plastic products which can take hundreds of years to decompose if not recycled.

The restaurant chain uses 1.8 million straws a day in the UK.

"Reflecting the broader public debate, our customers told us they wanted to see a move on straws," the firm said.

This decision follows a successful trial in selected restaurants earlier this year. The move to paper straws will be completed next year.


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New Jersey - 12-Year-Old Who Killed Herself Was Forced To Hug Her Bullies


A lawsuit filed against a New Jersey school district by the parents of a 12-year-old girl who killed herself revealed she was forced to hug at least one of her tormentors. Mallory Grossman was bullied to the point that she took her own life last June and now her parents have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Rockaway Township Board of Education.

Grossman's parents allege the school officials did not do enough to protect their daughter who was relentlessly taunted in the weeks leading up to her suicide June 14, 2017. Snapchat messages from bullies said, "When are you going to kill yourself?" "You have no friends," "fat," "jiggly," and "poor Mal" to name a few. Mallory's mother, Diane Grossman, said she and her husband repeatedly asked school officials to tell them if Mallory was bullied.

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Maine’s Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate was arrested outside a detention center in Texas on Friday morning for refusing to leave the premises after being told he was not allowed in.

The nominee, Zak Ringelstein, announced Wednesday that he was traveling to McAllen, Texas, to deliver personal items, including toys, books and blankets to the immigrant children currently being held there.


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Hundreds of Israelis surf against gas rig in Guinness record bid

Hundreds of Israeli surfers in black skull-and-crossbones shirts took to the waves on Friday in what they said was a record-breaking protest against potential environmental damage from off-shore gas development.

Organizers said 992 people, among them athletes and actors, paddled out and held hands to form a circle opposite Herzliya, promoting their demand that a planned gas rig be relocated further from Israel’s Mediterranean coast.


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Protests in Spain as Pamplona sexual abuse 'Wolf Pack' released on bail

Protesters took to the streets in Spain Thursday after a court ordered the release on bail of five men sentenced to nine years in prison for sexually abusing a young woman at Pamplona's bull-running festival.

The men, who called themselves "la manada" - "the wolf pack" - in a WhatsApp messaging group, had been accused of raping a woman, then 18, at the entrance to an apartment building in Pamplona on July 7, 2016, at the start of the week-long San Fermin festival, which draws tens of thousands of visitors.


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Firefighters quell big blaze near London's Euston train station

A large fire in a pub near London’s Euston train station was brought under control on Friday evening and there were no reports of casualties, the British capital’s fire brigade said.

Ten fire engines and 72 firefighters and officers were called in to battle the flames, and at one point half of the roof and part of the first floor were alight, the London Fire Brigade said in a statement.

The cause of the fire, at a pub between London’s three biggest railway stations - Euston, St. Pancras and King’s Cross - was not known.


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Czech government backs bill on same-sex marriage

The Czech government gave its backing on Friday to a bill which would make the country the first in formerly communist Europe to allow same-sex marriage.

The Czech Republic has been allowing gay and lesbian couples to enter registered partnerships since 2006. A group of 46 lawmakers across the floor drafted the marriage bill, arguing that gay couples deserved the option of full marital status.


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Italy's deputy PM Salvini called for 'mass cleansing, street by street, quarter by quarter'

>Minister’s comments recirculate after leader of far-right League party announces ‘census’ of Roma community

Footage has re-emerged of Italy’s new interior minister calling for a “mass cleansing” of migrants from “entire parts” of the country.

Matteo Salvini’s comments are being shared on social media after he announced a “census” of the country’s Roma community, setting the stage for deportations of the ethnic group.

“We need a mass cleansing, street by street, piazza by piazza, neighbourhood by neighbourhood,” Mr Salvini, who is also Italy’s deputy prime minister, said in an interview last year. “We need to be tough because there are entire parts of our cities, entire parts of Italy, that are out of control.”


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More than 20 countries aim to toughen climate goals by 2020

>Leaked draft of the report says warming is set to exceed 1.5 C above pre-industrial times by 2040

More than 20 nations ranging from Canada to France to Britain to Pacific island states said on Thursday they would try to limit their greenhouse gas emissions more than already planned under the Paris climate agreement by 2020.

They welcomed a decision by U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to host a summit in September 2019 to review the fight against global warming since almost 200 governments signed up in 2015 for the Paris climate agreement.


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High Court refuses bid for gender-neutral passports

A campaigner has lost a High Court challenge calling on the government to provide gender-neutral passports.

Christie Elan-Cane wants passports to have an "X" category, which could be used by those who consider themselves neither fully male nor female.

The campaigner claimed the UK's passport process was "inherently discriminatory".

High Court judge Mr. Justice Jeremy Baker refused to rule the government policy as unlawful.


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Mexican airline pledges to reunite immigrant families separated by Trump policy for free

The Mexico-based Volaris Airlines says it will reunite migrant families separated by the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy free of charge.

Volaris, also known as Controladora Vuela Cia de Aviacion, said it plans to work with “the authorities of the United States, Mexico and the countries where it operates in Central America” to reunite migrant children who were separated from their families as a result of the controversial immigration policy in a tweet Friday.


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EU may require visas for British travelers post Brexit

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EU may require visas for British travelers post Brexit

Proposal is part of a list of preparations presented to MEPs last week.

By MAÏA DE LA BAUME AND CHARLIE COOPER 6/20/18, 6:52 PM CET Updated 6/21/18, 5:39 PM CET

The European Commission is making plans that could mean British citizens need a visa to enter the EU after Brexit, according to a document seen by POLITICO that was presented to MEPs.

The proposal is among a list of amendments to laws and regulations in a document entitled “Pending and planned legislative proposals for the purposes of Brexit preparedness” that was presented by the Commission’s powerful Secretary-General, Martin Selmayr, to MEPs on the Parliament’s Brexit Steering Group in Strasbourg on Tuesday of last week.


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Three quarters of Brits back dramatic fall in immigration

>Both Brexit Remain and Leave voters shared the sentiment, according to Delta poll.

Almost three quarters of British adults support Theresa May’s policy to cut immigration, according to a Deltapoll survey published by Channel 4 News Friday.

Despite the recent Windrush Scandal, when the Home Office threatened the children of Commonwealth citizens with deportation which led to the resignation of former Home Secretary Amber Rudd, most people said they supported the government’s policy of bringing annual immigration down to the “tens of thousands.” Half of those surveyed said they still support the government’s “hostile environment” policy.


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An anti-Trump movement is calling for the boycott of these 24 retailers

>The boycott-Trump movement has resurged.

Shannon Coulter, a brand, and digital strategist started the #GrabYourWallet hashtag in October 2016 to encourage people seeking a way to take concrete action against Donald Trump to boycott companies — large and small — that do business with his family. As a result, brands such as Nordstrom, Jet.com, and Gilt dropped Ivanka Trump's fashion line last year.


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Russia wants to swoop in on the empty spot left by the US on the UN Human Rights Council

Russia is wants a spot on the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) following the US's withdrawal on Tuesday.

Russia quickly swooped in on the empty seat and put forward its candidacy for a three-year term starting in 2021.

"The UNHRC operates on the basis of the principles of impartiality, objectivity, non-selectivity, constructive dialogue and cooperation. It is a UN body that, like the entire UN system, is called upon to serve all Member States, not just one country or group of countries," Russia's UN mission said in a statement. "Unfortunately, our colleagues in Washington do not understand this or do not recognize it."


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Supreme Court hands Big Brother a defeat on cellphone privacy

The Supreme Court on Friday struck a blow against Big Brother for everyone who has a cellphone, nudging the constitutional right to privacy one more step into the digital age.

In a 5-4 opinion written by Chief Justice John Roberts, the court ruled that law enforcement cannot track people’s whereabouts over long periods through their cellphones, unless police get a warrant.


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US stocks finish mostly higher as energy companies climb

Oil prices and energy companies rallied Friday after OPEC said it will produce more oil, but not as much as investors feared. While trade tensions remained in the headlines, U.S. stocks finished slightly higher at the end of a bumpy week.

U.S. crude futures jumped 4.6 percent after OPEC nations agreed to produce about 1 million additional barrels of oil per day. Reports have said for weeks that production was likely to rise, but analysts said investors appear to think the boost will be smaller than OPEC says it will. So oil prices rallied even though they usually go down when production rises.


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Pentagon may build tent cities for 20,000 immigrant children

The Pentagon is considering the construction of new facilities, including tent cities, to house 20,000 immigrant children apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border, a Defense Department official told the Washington Examiner.

Three military bases in Texas and one in Arkansas are currently being considered by the Department of Health and Human Services, but the agency has not yet notified the Pentagon if it will end up using the bases and how much housing might be needed at each, said the official, who requested anonymity in order to speak candidly on the issue.


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Rival Koreas agree to August reunions of war-split families

North and South Korea agreed Friday to hold temporary reunions of families divided by the 1950-53 Korean War as they boost reconciliation efforts amid a diplomatic push to resolve the North Korean nuclear crisis.

The reunions will take place at North Korea's Diamond Mountain resort from Aug. 20 to 26, Seoul's Unification Ministry said after a nine-hour meeting between Red Cross officials from the two sides.


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Trump invokes Pelosi in endorsing Alabama Republican ahead of runoff

President Trump on Friday invoked his criticism of House Minority Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) as he endorsed Rep. Martha Roby (R-Ala.) ahead of a runoff election next month.

"Congresswoman Martha Roby of Alabama has been a consistent and reliable vote for our Make America Great Again Agenda," the president wrote on Twitter.

"She is in a Republican Primary run-off against a recent Nancy Pelosi voting Democrat. I fully endorse Martha for Alabama 2nd Congressional District!"


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'I BELIEVE HIM' Furious fiancee denies her man is Ibiza love rat after viral posts claims he cheated

>Lucia Ghahramani, 31, has leaped to the defense of under-fire partner Jack Troutt

THE furious fiancee of a man accused of cheating in a viral post has denied he's a love rat and insisted their wedding is still on.

Lucia Ghahramani, 31, has leapt to the defence of under-fire partner Jack Troutt after fellow holidaymaker Steph Kendall wrote on Facebook that he was a love rat.

Steph called on Lucia to "bin" her man after she claimed to have heard him boasting about sleeping with another girl, as he sat around a hotel pool in Ibiza.

Jack was quickly sent a barrage of abuse online after the post got 10,000 likes and more than 15,000 shares.


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Frequent MSNBC guest Donny Deutsch attacked President Trump’s supporters, saying that those who support his immigration policies are Nazis on Friday morning’s show.

“If you vote for Trump then you, the voter — you, not Donald Trump — are standing at the border, like Nazis, going, ‘You here, you here,’” Deutsch stated.

“We can no longer say Trump’s the bad guy,” he continued. “If you vote for Trump, you’re the bad guy. If you vote for Trump, you are ripping children from parents’ arms.”


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Sara Netanyahu: Israeli PM's wife charged over alleged misuse of state funds

>Indictment claims Benjamin Netanyahu's wife misused more than £76,000 of public money ordering hundreds of meals to official residence

The wife of Israel’s prime minister has been charged with fraud involving the alleged misuse of state funds.

Sara Netanyahu has been indicted over claims she fraudulently ordered hundreds of meals to the prime minister’s official residence in Jerusalem, spending more than $100,000 (£76,000) of public money in the process.


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May refuses to say Britain will remain a 'tier one' military power amid row over defence spending

Theresa May has refused to commit publicly to Britain remaining a “tier one” military power amid fresh concerns from defence chiefs about Armed Forces budgets.

The Prime Minister became embroiled in a row with military top brass and the Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson after it emerged she had asked for a formal definition of what constitutes a “tier one” power during a discussion about the ongoing UK defence review.


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CNN brought on Chris Cabrera, a spokesperson for the National Border Patrol Council, Tuesday to discuss the Trump administration enforcing America’s border laws.

The Trump administration has enacted a policy of zero tolerance when enforcing America’s border laws. The laws result in separating some families if they cross the border illegally at non-checkpoint locations.

CNN’s Brooke Baldwin brought on Cabrera to grill him over the enforcement of the policy. However, it was Baldwin who got the grilling when Cabrera fact-checked her over the status of immigrants at the border.


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Merkel and Conte clash as migration issue threatens to split the EU

>Merkel and Conte clash as migration issue threatens to split the EU

Italian Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, and German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, butt heads as the migration issue exposes a growing divide between the EU’s member constituents.

Merkel has proposed a draft declaration to address the matter which contains a provision that could lead to the repatriation of migrants back to the EU nations in which migrants originally filed for asylum, which often means Italy or Greece, leaving them to disproportionately field the issue, a provision which Italy rejects.


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Around 500 migrant kids who were separated from their parents at the US border

About 500 of the more than 2,000 children separated from their families at the US-Mexico border have been reunited since May, a senior Trump administration official told the Associated Press on Thursday.

The official, who was not authorized to release the numbers, said the children had been separated from their parents as a result of President Donald Trump's "zero-tolerance" immigration policy that calls for the criminal prosecution of anyone caught crossing the US border illegally.


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Kurdish women protest after being told by Turkish-backed militias to wear the hijab

>Kurdish women protest after being told by Turkish-backed militias to wear the hijab

​Turkish-backed jihadi militiamen, who seized the Kurdish enclave of Afrin in northern Syria earlier this year, have put up posters carrying instructions about obedience to sharia law beside the outline of a woman wearing a full niqab – a black garment shrouding the body and face.

The posters sparked angry street protests by Kurds, who are mostly Muslim but have a secular tradition and have remained in Afrin since the invasion by the Turkish army and Syrian militiamen, often members of jihadi groups, of which Isis and al-Qaeda are more extreme examples.


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Intel CEO Krzanich Resigns After Relationship With Employee

Intel Corp. removed Brian Krzanich as chief executive officer after the chipmaker learned he had a consensual relationship with an employee, a violation of the company’s policies.

Chief Financial Officer Robert Swan was made interim CEO while the board searches for a permanent replacement, the company said in a statement Thursday. Krzanich is the latest in a string of CEOs forced out for having an inappropriate relationship. Lululemon Athletica Inc. and Priceline Group Inc. both had to replace their leaders for similar reasons.

Intel heard about Krzanich’s relationship about a week ago from an employee acting under company rules that require staff to report such matters when they become aware of the information, according to a person familiar with the matter. Intel has previously fired people for "fraternization" under a rule implemented in 2011 and therefore the board felt it had no choice in this case. The relationship was long-term and started years ago. It had been over for a couple of years, the person also said, asking not to be identified discussing private details of the situation. Krzanich didn’t respond to multiple requests for comment.

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Pennsylvania - Hundreds Of Protesters Shut Down Freeway Over Antwon Rose Police Killing

Community members of Pittsburgh took to the city's parkway to block traffic in protest of the shooting of an unarmed black teen. 17-year-old Antwon Rose was shot in the back after running from police at a traffic stop Wednesday night. The community was outraged at the shooting which was captured on video by a witness.

Hundreds of protesters swarmed the Pittsburgh police station Wednesday night and now even more protesters have gathered Thursday night and shut down the city's parkway. The protesters marched from the East Pittsburgh Police Station, down Route 30 in Forest Hills to the Parkway East and succeeded in shutting down traffic in both directions causing traffic to be backed up for miles.

To make matters worse, the officer who fired at least 9 .40 caliber rounds at the fleeing Antown Rose was only sworn into duty hours before the fatal incident. The protesters outraged motorists who were simply trying to travel but could not due to the hundreds of people sitting on the highway. One truck driver got out of his truck and threatened the protesters with a tire iron but it did little good.

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‘It’s Not Responsible’: Mueller’s Office Calls Out New York Times for Incorrect Story About Picking

Sometimes the stories you really care about start out as mere footnotes to government business.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his office just wanted to set the record straight about how former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort came to be arrested by the FBI. Articles from the New York Times and the Washington Post were both cited in a footnote of a filing as examples of “not responsible” reporting, particularly on the claim that authorities picked Manafort’s lock.

Mueller and his prosecutors took issue with reported details that FBI agents conducted a no-knock raid and picked the lock of Manafort’s front door. In the footnote, they quote the court: “But, I do question the publication of the completely unsupported speculation that this revelation was an intentional leak by the Office of the Special Counsel. No reporter had any facts to base that on, so I’m not sure why anyone printed it. It’s not responsible.”

In other words, the leak about this didn’t come from the special counsel’s office and it didn’t happen.

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E-Commerce Stocks Smacked By Supreme Court Ruling On State Taxes

Amazon and other e-commerce stocks fell Thursday, following a closely watched U.S. Supreme Court decision saying states can collect taxes from retailers that do not have a physical presence there.

The decision in South Dakota vs. Wayfair is a victory for states who argued they were losing out on billions of dollars each year. That was due to an outdated Supreme Court decision on sales tax collection. Wayfair operates five online retail sites that sell a variety of goods for the home.

The 5-to-4 decision overturned a 1992 decision, Quill vs. North Dakota, that involved mail-order catalogs. That older case prevented states from collecting a sales tax from retailers without a physical presence in their state. This latest Supreme Court ruling said that earlier decision was obsolete in an era of explosive e-commerce.

Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, who wrote the majority decision, said the previous ruling unfairly disadvantaged traditional brick-and-mortar stores.

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Galaxy S10 may ditch iris scanner for in-display fingerprint and 3D sensor tech

Samsung will reportedly ditch the iris scanner on the rumored Galaxy S10, with the manufacturer instead tipped to include an in-display fingerprint sensor and a 3D sensor on the phone. This news comes from The Bell, citing the security parts industry, which suggests Samsung has not ordered a sample iris scanner for the Galaxy S10 prototype it has in development.

The Bell reaffirmed that the device will be codenamed “Beyond” and says the size of the display for both the Galaxy S10 and the Galaxy S10 Plus has been confirmed. The display of the Galaxy S10 is said to be 5.8 inches, while the Galaxy S10 Plus is said to be 6.3 inches.

If this is true, the standard model would be the same size as the Samsung Galaxy S9, although the Galaxy S10 Plus will be 0.1 inches larger than the Galaxy S9 Plus.

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Democracy dies in Amazon's Warehouses

The Washington Post, at least since its latest rebrand in February 2017, prides itself on supposedly illuminating the threats and dangers to American democracy and the nation’s values. While in the Trump era, WaPo’s reporters, columnists and editors have generally agreed that the man in the White House himself represents the most dire of threats.

Regardless of the accuracy of such a judgement, it is one a newspaper can hold and still remain honest and accurate. If that same paper has declared itself such an arbiter of the things threatening the country’s foundations, one would expect it to investigate all the controversies facing all facets of American society.

In the case of WaPo’s coverage, there exists one growing controversy that has remained conspicuously uncovered: the conditions of Amazon’s workplace.

Such conditions have been covered extensively in the mainstream press. A number of Amazon’s warehouse workforce has long complained about abusive conditions, with one reporter who went undercover as a warehouse worker for six months comparing it to a stint in prison.

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President Trump Signs Executive Order Reversing Obama-Era Ocean Policy

Even though President Trump hasn't yet signed as many executive orders as his predecessor, the oval office has been hard at work rescinding the Obama-era's harmful policy. Trump's latest executive order reversed a policy implemented by Obama that allows the U.S. oceans, coastlines, and Great Lakes waters to be drilled.

The executive order now allows the country to benefit from more energy production, fishing, and greater national security. An excerpt from the executive order says it is "foundational to the economy, security, global competitiveness, and well-being of the United States." The order goes on to say, "Ocean industries employ millions of Americans and support a strong national economy. Domestic energy production from Federal waters strengthens the Nation’s security and reduces reliance on imported energy."

"Goods and materials that support our economy and quality of life flow through maritime commerce. Our fisheries resources help feed the Nation and present tremendous export opportunities. Clean, healthy waters support fishing, boating, and other recreational opportunities for all Americans."

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Charles Krauthammer, conservative commentator and Pulitzer Prize winner, dead at 68

Charles Krauthammer, a longtime Fox News contributor, Pulitzer Prize winner, Harvard-trained psychiatrist and best-selling author who came to be known as the dean of conservative commentators, died Thursday. He was 68.

His death had been expected after he wrote a heartbreaking letter to colleagues, friends and viewers on June 8 that said in part “I have been uncharacteristically silent these past ten months. I had thought that silence would soon be coming to an end, but I’m afraid I must tell you now that fate has decided on a different course for me…

“Recent tests have revealed that the cancer has returned. There was no sign of it as recently as a month ago, which means it is aggressive and spreading rapidly. My doctors tell me their best estimate is that I have only a few weeks left to live. This is the final verdict. My fight is over.” The letter continued, “I leave this life with no regrets. It was a wonderful life – full and complete with the great loves and great endeavors that make it worth living.”

In recent years, Krauthammer was best known for his nightly appearance as a panelist on Fox News’ “Special Report with Bret Baier” and as a commentator on various Fox news shows.

Following the news of the death of his “good friend,” Baier posted on Twitter, “I am sure you will be owning the panel discussion in heaven as well. And we'll make sure your wise words and thoughts - your legacy - will live on here.”

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Brexit: Airbus warns it could quit UK in event of 'no deal'

>Aerospace firm which employs 14,000 across Britain says it will 'reconsider its investments in the UK' if country crashes out of Europe without agreement

European aerospace firm Airbus has warned it could pull out of the UK with the loss of thousands of jobs in the event of a ”no-deal” Brexit.

The company, which employs 14,000 people at 25 sites across the country, said it would “reconsider its investments in the UK, and its long-term footprint in the country” if Britain crashed out of the single market and customs union without a transition agreement.


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Children claim they were beaten and kept naked in concrete cells

>The teens allege they were regularly taunted by staff. The detention center denies any wrongdoing

Teenage immigrants detained in a Virginia juvenile detention centre allege that they were beaten and subjected to long periods of confinement, including some instances where teens were left nude in a cold concrete cell.

The claims come from a lawsuit filed against Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Centre (SVJC), which includes a half-dozen sworn statements from Latino teens who were jailed there from anywhere between a few months to years.


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Twitter punishes users for doxing White House advisor Stephen Miller

>Miller is an architect of Trump's controversial family separation policy.

White House advisor Stephen Miller is widely seen as the mastermind behind President Donald Trump's controversial policy of separating parents from their children at the US southern border. Yesterday, Splinter, a news and opinion site that was previously known as Fusion, published Miller's personal cell phone number.

When Splinter and others started tweeting out Miller's number, it got the attention of Twitter's content police. Twitter doesn't allow users to post private information about someone else without their consent, and this rule doesn't have an exception for people responsible for intensely controversial policies.


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Most Chinese say US should assume responsibility for migrant crisis

>America made these messes, now they can take responsibility for them

Over 97% of Chinese agree that the US is largely responsible for the migrant crises that have led to tens of millions of people being displaced, adding that they don’t believe that China should feel obligated to solve crises which other nations have created.

Almost all of the Chinese citizens who were polled on the matter of taking in migrants answered with the perspective that America made these messes, now they can take responsibility for them.


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ICE raids Ohio meatpacking plant, 146 arrested

Federal agents arrested more than 100 workers at an Ohio meatpacking factory on Tuesday as a part of yearlong investigation into whether the company knowingly hired undocumented immigrants.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said that 146 workers were arrested at Fresh Mark’s meat processing plant in Salem, Ohio as a part of an investigation into whether the company knowingly hired illegal immigrants who used faked identities belonging to U.S. citizens to obtain employment.

Search warrants were also carried out at the company’s two other locations in Ohio.


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Indiana wildlife officials catch 'peculiar' eel-like creature in local swamp

Indiana park officials stumbled upon a "peculiar" creature when they were working in a Posey County swamp last week. The two-legged amphibian was caught and placed a plastic bucket of water so herpetologists could take a closer look.

The Indiana Division of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) posted a 12-second video of the odd-looking critter on Facebook, gathering nearly 80,000 views in the span of just a week. In the post, the Indiana DWF identified the creature as a lesser siren — an aquatic salamander.


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Oklahoma - Pair Caught Having Sex Near Busy Intersection


The caller told police they saw a man with his pants "halfway down" while on top of another woman. The man was identified as 48-year-old Tony Willis and the woman was 42-year-old Verna LeClair. When police responded to the call, Willis reportedly rolled off LeClair and both were taken to jail.

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Koko The Gorilla Who Spoke With Sign Language Has Died At 46


The world-famous gorilla who changed our understanding of animal intelligence with her ability to speak through sign language has died at the age of 46. Koko was famous for a number of videos such as the one where she adopted a baby kitten as if it were her own child. Koko used sign language to describe her new kitten as "soft" while cradling her adopted baby. She also called her new kitten a "good cat."

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Melania Trump Fights Back Against Peter Fonda and His Vile Tweet Against Barron


When it comes to being a mother and defending her son, First Lady Melania Trump will always be in a fierce, fighting mode.

Her office contacted the Secret Service after actor Peter Fonda irresponsibly went after 12-year-old Barron Trump during an early morning Twitter rant on Wednesday.

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Another historic royal wedding is set to take place this summer - the family's first same-sex nuptials.

Lord Ivar Mountbatten, a cousin of Queen Elizabeth II, first made history when he announced he was gay in 2016 and became the first member of the royal family to do so.

Following his announcement, Lord Mountbatten revealed he was in a relationship with James Coyle, who he will marry during the summer.


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Pruitt gets hit from all sides over ethanol mandate

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt is getting hit from all sides over his handling of the nation's ethanol mandate and the potential for major changes to the program.

“We are on the verge of seeing 4 percent annualized GDP — something your detractors said would never happen,” Dan Eberhart, a Trump donor and president of Canary, one of the largest oil services firms in the country, wrote in a letter to President Trump on Thursday.

But “we won’t get there if you allow your EPA Administrator to repeat the mistakes of the past by picking winners and losers via executive fiat,” Eberhart wrote.


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Man known as 'Popeye' with distinct face tattoo captured after mugshot goes viral

An Ohio suspect with a memorable face tattoo was captured shortly after police posted the man's photo on Facebook, warning locals to be on the lookout.

The Adams County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Anthony Ward, who goes by the name “Popeye,” was located and taken into custody Wednesday.

“Be on the look out for aka (Popeye) Anthony Ward subject has Felony warrants through Brown County and wanted for questioning on several B&E's [breaking-and-entering]," police wrote in an earlier Facebook post.


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One arrested after pair use explosive to blast through ATM

Philadelphia police are looking for a man who they say helped set off an explosive device inside of an ATM Wednesday. A woman believed to be his accomplice is in police custody.

The explosion occurred inside a beer distributor at Jasper and Allegheny Streets around 9:30 p.m.

Investigators say the male suspect walked into the store with the explosive in his back pocket. Then, the female suspect took it from his back pocket, put it in the ATM, and lit the fuse.


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The White House's transformation is Pat Nixon's unknown legacy

Visitors to America’s most famous residence — 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue — will experience a place most strongly influenced, still to this day, by first lady Patricia Nixon, for it was Mrs. Nixon who was responsible for the largest acquisition of antiques and furnishings in the White House collection, as well as converting the Executive Mansion into a museum experience that welcomes about a million visitors every year.

The impact of Mrs. Nixon — who died 25 years ago, on this day, in 1993 — on the White House and its collections are often times overlooked. Her better publicized achievements — which include traveling to more than 80 countries, becoming the first sitting first lady to visit a combat zone, addressing another nation’s parliament, and conferring solo with foreign leaders on diplomatic matters — tend to overshadow her role in the extensive acquisition of art and antiques, and the redecoration of the White House.


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The irreplaceable Charles Krauthammer

Having worked in Washington conservative circles for over a decade, I wish I had a great personal anecdote to share about Charles Krauthammer, who by all accounts was as wonderful a human being as he was a writer.

Unfortunately, on the few occasions on which I had the opportunity to meet him, I was too tongue-tied and bumbling to sustain any sort of conversation, not quite knowing what to say to a man who I felt I had so much to say.


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More time needed to achieve peace, South Sudan rebels say

South Sudanese rebels said on Thursday that more time is needed to secure lasting peace in the country and it would be necessary to address the root causes of a civil war.

“There is no shortcut to peace,” the group said in a statement after peace talks in Ethiopia between its leader Riek Machar and President Salva Kiir, the first time the two men had met since 2016, when a peace deal collapsed and fighting re-erupted between their forces.


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President Donald Trump explained his wife’s decision to wear a jacket reading “I really don’t care, do you” during a surprise visit to the U.S.-Mexico border, in a Thursday evening tweet.

Melania Trump’s jacket ignited a media firestorm after The Daily Mail noticed the back of her jacket worn while she boarded her flight to McAllen, Texas, where she visited illegal immigrant children. The jacket was identified as a 39.99 jacket from the retailer Zara.


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U.S. Population Is Becoming Older, And Less White, Than Ever Before

The U.S. population is getting older and more racially diverse, according to new estimates from the Census Bureau. The findings come out as a separate analysis finds that for the first time, white deaths exceeded births in a majority of states.

White people remain the majority in the U.S. — but in new data from the Census Bureau, non-Hispanic whites were the only group that didn't grow from 2016 to 2017. Whites declined by .02 percent to a total of around 198 million people.

Among other racial groups, Asians were found to be growing at the fastest pace, 3.1 percent — and numbered 22.2 million in 2017.


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If you give a mouse a cookie, it will ask for open borders.

The left and anti-Trumpers are unsatisfied with the President’s executive order temporarily ending family separations at the border. They’re now urging him to end his zero tolerance policy on prosecuting people who cross the border illegally, even though they got what they wanted.

The DC Today” is not your typical news show. First anchors Hamill and Coglianese present the news as most typical news outlets would. They read the headlines with the same sterile takes like an average corporate cable news broadcast. But then, Hamill and Coglianese jump in front of the “No Bull Cam” where they tell you what they really think about what’s going on in the crazy world of politics


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550 Firearms Found in Home of Convicted Mexican Felon in Anti-Gun Los Angeles

There's disturbing news to report in Los Angeles, California where authorities have uncovered a cache of 550 firearms that belong to a Mexican convicted felon after a neighbor submitted a tip about ongoing criminal activities.

After receiving the tip, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant at the residence of 60-year-old Manuel Fernandez, of Agua Dulce, California; where they knew they were walking into the home of a convicted felon.

When they went inside, they were left in complete disbelief at the number of weapons they would find, having a whopping 432 firearms inside of the residence, which was more than enough to take the convicted felon into custody.

Manuel Fernandez was detained on being a felon in possession of firearms, possession of an assault rifle, a felon in possession of ammunition and possession of large capacity magazines.

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Hardline immigration bill fails in the House

The House on Thursday rejected a hard-line immigration bill — introduced by Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) — after leadership postponed a second vote on a compromise measure written with centrists.

The 193-231 vote came a day after President Trump signed an executive order ending the controversial practice of separating children from parents who cross the border illegally.


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A former FBI director and the counsel of a government watchdog group talked to The Daily Caller to give their opinions on the ramifications of the conduct of former Assistant Attorney General Peter Kadzik.

Kadzik’s conduct in the DOJ was described by Michael Horowitz’s IG report as constituting “poor judgment.”

According to last week’s IG report, Peter Kadzik was trying to get his son hired by the Hillary Clinton campaign while Kadzik himself was part of the investigation into Clinton’s private server.


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First lady calls for 'common sense immigration reform' after visit to Texas border

First lady Melania Trump called on Congress to pass "common sense immigration reform" after a surprise visit to the Texas border on Thursday.

In a statement released by the White House after the trip, the first lady said her visit to a nonprofit shelter housing migrant children impacted her "greatly."

“I was very impressed with the center and the hardworking staff and leadership there – and thank them for all of their hard work," Trump said.


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Oregon - Person Sets Self On Fire In Portland Park


If you were at the park in downtown Portland across from the Multnomah County Courthouse Tuesday you would have seen a human torch. Witnesses say a person in the park read a manifesto about homelessness and mental health and then began pouring a dirty colored liquid all over themselves.

One witness said they thought the person was hot and attempting to cool themselves off with water but when they pulled out a blue lighter they knew something wasn't right. "It was just like those monks," Scot Baughman said who witnessed the incident from a nearby bench in the park. Baughman works as a server in the area and was in the park located at Southwest 4th Avenue and Main Street when the self-immolation took place.

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Mars Dust Storm Now 'Planet-Encircling,' Dimming Hopes For NASA Rover

NASA scientists are still holding out hope they will hear from the surprisingly long-lived Mars rover. It went into snooze mode earlier this month, thanks to a gargantuan dust storm on the Red Planet that's blocking beams from reaching the solar panels that recharge the rover's batteries.

But like light on Mars, hopes of hearing from Opportunity anytime soon have dimmed.


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Washington - 1-Year-Old Baby Must Take Painful Bleach Baths To Survive


When a baby boy in Washington was born, doctors told his parents that he had a rare skin disease and gave the newborn no chance at survival. The rare disease is called harlequin ichthyosis and about 1 out of every 500,000 babies are born with the disease. Baby Jamison Stam must take painful bleach baths every week just to stay alive and stave off infection which he is highly susceptible to.

Jamison's 27-year-old mother Alicia Barber was told in 2013 that she was infertile due to endometriosis. But a surgery in 2016 corrected the problem giving her the ability to conceive again. Barber found out she was pregnant with twins in October of 2016 but one child was absorbed during her pregnancy and the doctors told her the other baby would not survive. But Jamison Stam was born in May 2017 and despite the death sentence doctors said was inevitable, Jamison is still alive today.

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North and South Korea discuss reunion meetings for divided families

Delegations from North and South Korea met on Friday for talks to arrange the first reunions in about three years for families separated by the Korean War, with the Red Cross paving the way.

The effort is among the steps promised by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in to improve relations that had deteriorated over the North’s nuclear and missile programs.

Friday’s meeting, which began at 0100 GMT in a hotel in North Korea’s tourist destination of Mount Kumgang, comes after the two sides agreed in April to pursue a reunion to mark a common national holiday in August.


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ICE Temporarily Closes Portland Office Amid Tumult Of Protests Across U.S.

The regional office for Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Portland, Ore., stands quieter than usual. Since Wednesday, the keyboard clatter and quiet murmur of officials working inside have been replaced with an unfamiliar sound, coming muffled through the walls: the chatter of angry campers outside.

And that's precisely the way the demonstrators want it.


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Missouri - Army Veteran Used A Butter Knife And His Teeth To Decapitate His Mom


Justice Court Judge Justin Miles ruled after hearing the testimony of sheriff's Captain Ray Boggs that enough evidence existed to move it forward to a grand jury who will then decide whether Johnson should be charged with first-degree murder. The 29-year-old Johnson sat with his head hung as Boggs took the stand. Johnson was accompanied by his defense attorney Jim Davis.

Boggs personally knew Johnson because of the number of times the sheriff's office was called to the family's brick home on Johnson Road. The home is where the defendant and his 51-year-old mother Sherry Johnson resided. Sherry worked as a guidance counselor at Hattiesburg High School. Boggs testified that he was conducting a "welfare" check at the request of three of Sherry Johnson's siblings who had not heard from her for nearly three weeks.

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Mexican federal candidate murdered after debate

Fernando Puron, Mexican congressional candidate was shot dead after he finished a debate where he addressed public security and tackling crime in Mexico.


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Pittsburgh Rapper Jimmy Wopo Killed In Hill District Shooting

Up-and-coming Pittsburgh rapper Jimmy Wopo was shot and killed during a double drive-by shooting in the Hill District on Monday afternoon.

Pittsburgh Police say two people were rushed to the hospital following the shooting, and later said one of the victims died.

Following the shooting, the manager of the 21-year-old rapper, whose real name was Travon Smart, confirmed that his client was wounded in the shooting.

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House GOP leaders push immigration vote to next week

House GOP leaders in a surprise move Thursday night pushed back a vote on a compromise immigration bill until next week, underscoring the difficulty they're facing in winning votes — and how the stakes have been raised by the crisis at the border.

The decision to delay the vote, which had already been postponed from Thursday to Friday, followed a two-hour conference meeting designed to brief members on the measure’s contents.


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Trump Wins By Default as Trade War with America Would Put Canada's Economy in Recession


Canadians are now suggesting that any potential trade war with the United States of America would put their economy into a complete recession; giving President Trump a heavy-handed victory over Trudeau by default.

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President Trump: The Democrats are Open Borders Extremists


The 45th President of the United States of America, Donald J. Trump, has made clear that the Democratic Party has no intention of working with Republicans on any immigration bills, and that the likes of both Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) are only going to obstruct progress.

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Office of the first lady calls for secret service after actor calls for kidnapping

The Office of the First Lady has notified the Secret Service after actor Peter Fonda called for kidnapping Melania and Donald Trump’s son, Barron, The Daily Caller has learned exclusively.

In a tweet sent Wednesday, the actor called for Barron to be “ripped” from Melania’s arms and put in a cage “with pedophiles.”


Spokesperson for the first lady Stephanie Grisham told The Daily Caller that the Secret Service has been “notified” of the threat.

“The tweet is sick and irresponsible and USSS has been notified,” Grisham said.

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South Carolina - Man With Gun Tattooed On His Face Jailed For Having An Illegal Firearm


Greenville Police Department said Tuesday Michael Vines tossed a .38 caliber revolver into the grass after fleeing the scene of a car accident at the intersection of Green Avenue and Guess Street. City of Greenville firefighters witnessed Vines toss the firearm into the grass and reported it to GPD officers.

The .38 revolver was recovered from the scene where firefighters reported Vines had thrown it. Police apprehended Vines and charged him with driving under a suspended license, driving too fast for conditions and unlawful carrying of a firearm.

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Kansas – Mother Of Boy Who Broke $132K Museum Sculpture Refuses Responsibility (Video)


Ms Sarah Goodman, the mother of 5-year-old Troy, the boy who became ‘internet-famous’ after he could be seen breaking a $132K sculpture while being left unattended in a Kansas community centre, appeared on ITV’s ‘This Morning’ programme.

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San Francisco to reconsider removal of statue deemed racist

Activists urging the removal of a prominent 19th century statue in San Francisco depicting a Native American at the feet of a Spanish cowboy and a Catholic missionary will get another chance to make their case

Activists urging the removal of a prominent 19th century statue in San Francisco depicting a Native American at the feet of a Spanish cowboy and a Catholic missionary will get another chance to make their case.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports the city’s Board of Appeals voted Wednesday to grant a rehearing on removing the “Early Days” statue near City Hall.


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Federal judge tosses Kansas voter ID law, orders state's top prosecutor to undergo legal training

A federal judge ruled Monday that Kansas cannot require documentary proof of U.S. citizenship to register to vote, finding such laws violate the constitutional right to vote in a ruling with national implications.

In an extraordinary rebuke, U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson also ordered Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach to complete an additional six hours of legal education on top of other requirements before he can renew his law license for the upcoming year. She imposed the sanction for his numerous disclosure violations.


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Canada- Trudeau’s India Trip Hit for Being an Epic Fail Costly at Over $1.5 Million


Conservative MPs hit the lavish trip as a huge waste of money since they say it produced virtually no return on the investment. On the contrary, they said the trip even became a source embarrassment for the country when the Prime Minister’s Office accidentally invited to a reception a man convicted of attempting to murder an Indian politician more than three decades ago.

Conservative MP Alex Nutall said of Trudeau’s Indian trip: “At this point, the evidence is that it was a complete and utter failure.”

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Burger King Russia: “Free Burgers If World Cup Player Impregnates You”


Burger King’s Russian division apologized for an ad that promised thousands of dollars and free burgers to any Russian woman who could get impregnated by a World cup player in order to get a ‘good genes’ player for the future national team.

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Canada 'troubled' by US separation of migrant families: minister

Canada said on Tuesday it was “troubled” by the US practice of separating immigrant children from parents detained after crossing the US-Mexico border, warning that it could put the US’s safe haven status at risk.

“I think all Canadians are troubled by images coming out of the United States,” Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen told parliament. “The lives of children are very, very precious and their security and their well-being have to be foremost in our minds.”


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Five injured after explosion at Southgate Underground station sparks mass evacuation

Five people have been injured after an explosion at a London underground station, which officials said they believed was caused by a battery short circuit.

Officers were called to reports of people running at Southgate Tube station shortly after 7pm on Tuesday amid what they described as a "minor explosion".

London Ambulance Service said two people had been taken to the hospital and three others were treated at the scene in north London for minor injuries.


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Canada parliament condemns U.S. attack on Trudeau, country simmers

Canada’s House of Commons on Monday unanimously condemned the personal attacks on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau by U.S. President Donald Trump and his surrogates as the famously polite nation simmered over the weekend broadsides by its U.S. ally.

Lawmakers gave unanimous consent for a motion backing Canadian steel and aluminum, hit by U.S. tariffs, as well as the supply management system that supports key agriculture sectors, and gave a standing ovation for the government’s response to the Trump administration’s verbal attacks on Trudeau.


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Pennsylvania - Manhunt Underway For Man Who Threatened To Kill Trump, Reward Offered


Authorities warn that Christy should be considered armed and dangerous. U.S. Marshals raided the home of Christy's parents Wednesday morning in Kline Township where they executed a search warrant but he was not there. "We were scared. We don't know what's going on. The Army's out here and no one will tell us what's happening," Gloria Brogan said.

Christy is accused of making threats to President Donald Trump, Northampton County's district attorney, and various police. Local news spoke to Christy's parents who say he is not dangerous. "I wouldn't find him as a threat right now, he's just angry. He's angry at the whole situation," his father Craig Christy said. His mother Karen Christy said, "I understand where he's coming from because he's been through so much hell the past ten years and he has not seen any justice."

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California – ER Doctor Caught on Video Mocking and Cursing Patient


The doctor identified as Dr. Beth Keegstra, a contract doctor with El Camino Hospital, was video-recorded on June 11 questioning in a hostile manner whether the then patient, 20-year-old Samuel Bardwell was truly sick or just looking for drugs.

Bardwell’s father, Donald, shared that his son suffers anxiety attacks and takes Klonopin drugs. The college student, however, failed to pick up a prescription for two days and unfortunately suffered an attack and collapsing after basketball practice.

Bardwell was brought to the said hospital’s emergency room by an ambulance.

The son was able to instruct his dad to record the doctor on video when the abuses started and which, for a long time, appeared unrelenting. The father captured on camera Keegstra scoffing at his son when Samuel said he couldn’t inhale.

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Philadelphia- Officials Busted a Meth Lab in Montgomery County Apartment, 4 Arrested


Authorities raided an apartment in Montgomery County, Philadelphia on Wednesday morning and seized evidence of a meth lab. Four individuals have been arrested and are now in custody.

Officials responded to the scene at Rolling Hills Apartments around 3 a.m., closing off Buchert Road in Sanatoga to investigate a tip they have received regarding the presence of a meth lab. Once inside the apartment, police say they discovered components of an illegal drug lab manufacturing methamphetamine.

Chopper 3 flew over the scene of the investigation where officials were documenting items taken from the house.

Four people from the apartment were detained by the police. Criminal charges are pending while the authorities complete the investigation.

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"Trumping" Germany's Violent Crime Deniers


Germany has criminalized denying the violent crimes committed against the Jews in the Holocaust, yet when it comes to contemporary crime in Germany denial is rampant. Several media outlets including the Washington Post and Spiegel Online massively criticized Trump for saying that violent crime is on the rise in Germany and it is largely attributed to the refugee crisis, and yes, it is a crisis. It is a crisis because even German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been forced to admit there are entire portions of Germany where not even police will set foot which has been designated "nogo" zones due to refugee violence. So how can the German government even get an accurate portrait of the crime statistics when "nogo" zones exist within the country?

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Video: Florida Cops Had to Use Stun Guns to Contain Furious Customer at Wendy’s


A customer has gone berserk in a Wendy’s restaurant in the southwest Miami-Dade area on Thursday that the staff had to seek reinforcement from law enforcement to get the situation under control. But even the authorities had a tough time containing the belligerent customer when they responded that they had to resort to using stun gun multiple times on the furious man.

The police officers first encountered the mad customer in the dining area near the cash registers when they arrived. Customers and staff were seen running so scared out of the establishment as the police entered. Some people outside Wendy’s took cellphone video of what’s happening inside the store.

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Russia warns Norway of ‘consequences’ after it invites in more US Marines

>Oslo will ask its Nato ally to send 700 marines to train closer to the Russian border

Russia has vowed to retaliate if Norway invites the United States to more than double the number of Marines stationed in the country.

In a statement on its Facebook page, the Russian Embassy said it made the Scandinavian country "less predictable", while warning it "could cause growing tensions, triggering an arms race and destabilizing the situation in northern Europe,”


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Chimps and orangutans among species in danger of being wiped out in imminent mass extinction

>Countries home to two-thirds of world's apes, monkeys and lemurs will see populations pushed to breaking point by end of the century

Primate species including chimpanzees and orangutans are on the brink of extinction, and scientists fear that without a concerted global effort they will soon be gone for good.

An international group of primate experts has called for urgent action after finding parts of the world home to the most monkeys, lemurs, and apes will see those populations pushed to breaking point by the end of the century.


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Microsoft CEO calls U.S. border policy affecting migrant children 'cruel and abusive'

Microsoft this week found itself in the middle of the controversy surrounding the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy responsible for separating children from migrant families caught illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. The crux of the issue lies in a January blog post that highlighted Microsoft's work with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which caused an uproar on social media, eventually leading the company to issue a statement in which it said it was "dismayed by the forcible separation of children from their families at the border."

But as the spotlight continues to grow, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has decided to speak out on the issue in a letter sent to employees. In the letter, which Nadella later posted on LinkedIn in its entirety, the Microsoft executive cites his personal experience as an immigrant while calling the current policy "cruel and abusive."

Nadella also downplayed Microsoft's involvement with ICE, emphasizing that it is "not working with the U.S. government on any projects related to separating children from their families at the border." Rather, Microsoft's work with ICE is limited to providing support for legacy mail, calendar, messaging, and document management.

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Trump signs executive order he says will keep immigrant families together

President Donald Trump, under growing pressure to act unilaterally to address the immigration crisis, Wednesday signed an exeutive order that he said would keep immigrant families at the border together.

Trump said he didn't like the sight of families being separated, according to a pool report. He said the "zero tolerance" policy of prosecuting everyone who tries to cross the border illegally would continue.

"It's about keeping families together," Trump said, "while ensuring we have a powerful, very strong border."

"I think the word 'compassion' comes into it," he said. "My wife feels strongly about it. I feel strongly about it. Anybody with a heart would feel this way," he added.

"We have to maintain toughness, or our country will be overrun by people, by crime, by all of the things that we don't stand for, that we don't want," Trump said earlier Wednesday when he announced he would be signing the order.

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China to Act ‘Forcefully’ on Trump’s $200 Billion Tariff Threat

The world’s two biggest economies threatened punishing tariffs in the opening shots of a trade war, with Beijing vowing to retaliate “forcefully” against President Donald Trump’s pledge to slap duties on another $200 billion in Chinese imports. Global stocks declined amid little sign of negotiations to resolve the dispute.

In remarks in Washington on Tuesday, Trump signaled skepticism that talks with China will work to end the disagreement.

“We have to do something about it. Now, maybe something happens where they come and they say, ‘we agree, it’s been unfair for the last 25 years,”’ he told the National Federation of Independent Business. “But somehow that doesn’t seem to work so easily. But we’re going, and we’re going to make it fair.”

Trump on Monday evening ordered up identification of $200 billion in Chinese imports for additional tariffs of 10 percent – with another $200 billion after that if Beijing retaliates. While the $50 billion in tariffs already announced on Friday were mainly on industrial goods, the broader move would push up prices for toys, tools, t-shirts and a lot more for U.S. shoppers.

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The Trump administration promised Apple it would not place tariffs on iPhones

Administration officials have promised Apple CEO Tim Cook that import tariffs would not be placed on iPhones made in China, reports the New York Times. The reassurance from the White House comes at a time when the administration has already placed tariffs on $50 billion worth of imports from China and is threatening to hit the country with another $200 billion worth of tariffs.

The likelihood of a retaliation from China and a brutal new trade war has business leaders all over the world terrified–especially ones like Cook who depend on China to manufacture a majority of their companies’ goods. The Times says that for Apple, it is worried that the Chinese government could retaliate against American companies by causing delays in its supply chain and increase scrutiny over its devices under the guise of national security concerns.



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2 die of 6 men wounded in southern Sweden drive-by shooting

The fatal shooting of three men in Malmo, Sweden's third largest city, was the latest incident in suburban feuds between criminal gangs fighting over territory or honor. Sweden's justice minister called the shootings an "abominable crime."

Police in Malmo said Tuesday that three of the men — aged 19, 27 and 29 — had died overnight. None of the victims were identified, in line with Swedish practice.

Three others — aged 21, 30 and 32 — had been injured — one seriously, Region Skane, the regional health authority for southern Sweden, said.


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Google, Facebook Gird for EU Rules to Vet Copyrighted Content

European lawmakers want to make it harder for Google, Facebook Inc. and other internet giants to showcase copyrighted material such as news articles and music videos online without permission.

New European Union rules, backed by European lawmakers in a vote Wednesday, could force web services to actively prevent copyrighted content from appearing on their platforms if rights holders don’t grant them a license. The legislation would also grant publishers new legal rights to seek compensation for snippets of articles that Google and other news aggregators post online.

“This is an exceptional day for European news media," said Wout van Wijk, Executive Director of News Media Europe, a publishers’ association. "We look forward to enjoying a copyright regime that is fit for the digital age."

When users upload content to social networks, video websites and other digital platforms, the companies running those services aren’t responsible for checking if the material violates copyright. The new rules would change that, and are part of a broader backlash against technology companies. As the world wakes up to the power and influence of major internet players like Google and Facebook, regulators and policymakers are beginning to question previously hands-off approaches to the sector.

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Michael Bloomberg Will Spend $80 Million on the Midterms. His Goal: Flip the House for the Democrats

Michael R. Bloomberg, the billionaire former mayor of New York City, has decided to throw his political clout and personal fortune behind the Democratic campaign to take control of the House of Representatives this year, directing aides to spend tens of millions of dollars in an effort to expel Republicans from power.

Mr. Bloomberg — a political independent who has championed left-of-center policies on gun control, immigration and the environment — has approved a plan to pour at least $80 million into the 2018 election, with the bulk of that money going to support Democratic congressional candidates, advisers to Mr. Bloomberg said.

By siding so emphatically with one party, Mr. Bloomberg has the potential to upend the financial dynamics of the midterm campaign, which have appeared to favor Republicans up to this point. Facing intense opposition to President Trump and conservative policies, Republicans have been counting on a strong economy and heavily funded outside groups to give them a political advantage in key races, especially in affluent suburbs where it is expensive to run television ads.

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Loch Ness monster hunter concludes: it's a big catfish

After nearly quarter century camping out by the banks of Scotland’s Loch Ness hoping to glimpse “Nessie”, the most dedicated hunter of the legendary monster has given up, concluding it is just a very big catfish.

Steve Feltham, who gave up his girlfriend, house and job in southwest England in 1991 to spend his life looking for the Loch Ness monster, believes he has solved the mystery behind its many sightings, the Times newspaper reported on Thursday.

Rather than being a primeval beast, he suspects it is a Wels catfish, a native European catfish that the paper said could grow up to 13 ft (4 meters) long. Victorians introduced the fish to the dark waters of the loch to provide sport.


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Disney raises bid for Fox assets to $71.3 billion in cash and stock, topping Comcast

Walt Disney Co. raised its bid for Twenty-First Century Fox's movie and television assets to $71.3 billion, the companies announced Wednesday.

The new bid is $38 a share, up from Disney's $28 a share offer in December and rivaling Comcast's $35 a share all-cash bid last week. Comcast's deal is valued at $65 billion.

The bidding war was expected as the two media giants battle over Fox's movie production business as well as networks National Geographic and FX, Star TV, stakes in Sky, Endemol Shine Group, Hulu and regional sports networks.

Disney's new bid allows Fox shareholders to choose cash or stock. Fox called the new Disney offer "superior" to the Comcast proposal.

Fox's Executive Chairman Rupert Murdoch and Disney CEO Robert Iger met Tuesday night before this new bid was submitted, sources told CNBC's David Faber.

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AT&T and Verizon will stop selling real-time location data from users

Big data is big business these days and companies can do a lot with even the smallest piece of information from a particular user base. In the Android community, we often talk about this when we’re discussing 3rd-party applications that are selling location data to a different company. But a lot of times the data collected from a developer can actually lead to them improving the application in the future. In either case, owning this 3rd-party data can be an entirely new revenue stream for a company, but AT&T and Verizon Wireless have both pledged they will not be selling location data to 3rd-party companies.

Android’s granular permission feature has done wonders to limit the amount of data shady 3rd-party applications have access to. While this is good for 3rd-party applications, a carrier has much more control of which applications have access to which permissions. These carriers can even go beyond this and leverage their network to provide location data using cell identification, triangulation, and newer advanced forward link trilateration. So they don’t even need to have an application installed with a certain permission.

Ron Wyden, a U.S. senator from Oregon has been outspoken about the issue of these companies selling location data to 3rd-party companies. The Associated Press has just reported that both Verizon Wireless and AT&T have agreed to stop selling this data. Verizon says they stopped selling the data on June 15th and AT&T has said they will do the same. Things are currently unclear when it comes to T-Mobile and Sprint as John Legere has said they will agree to stop selling location data to “shady middlemen,” but that could mean they will continue selling the data to those they deem are not shady.

With pressure from Verizon Wireless and AT&T though, it seems like T-Mobile and Sprint will follow suit as well just so they aren’t singled out by its competition.



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Facebook is testing paid subscription groups for premium content

Plenty of Facebook groups have morphed into small businesses that use outside payment and membership tools to distribute paid content (e.g. Patreon). Now, Facebook is looking at ways to bring that activity into its platform with subscription groups. These are sub-groups with exclusive content, a monthly subscription fee, and additional admin tools.

The subscription feature is currently only available to a handful of groups. Admins can charge anywhere from $4.99 to $29.99 per month for access. The content and features you get for that payment are entirely up to the admin. The $15 premium Declutter My Home group, for example, offers exclusive videos, trainings, projects, support, and more. Cooking On A Budget has weekly meal plans, tips, and shopping lists for its $10 monthly subscription.

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What We Know: Family Separation And 'Zero Tolerance' At The Border

Since early May, 2,342 children have been separated from their parents after crossing the Southern U.S. border, according to the Department of Homeland Security, as part of a new immigration strategy by the Trump administration that has prompted widespread outcry.

Here's what we know about the policy, its history and its effects:

Does the Trump administration have a policy of separating families at the border?


In April, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered prosecutors along the border to "adopt immediately a zero-tolerance policy" for illegal border crossings. That included prosecuting parents traveling with their children as well as people who subsequently attempted to request asylum.


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Only 100 nuclear bombs needed to cause catastrophe around the world

Nations with huge nuclear arsenals are wasting their money because just 100 missiles would be enough to destabilise the globe and kill their own citizens, scientists have said.

Britain currently possesses approximately 215 warheads of around 15,000 worldwide, the vast majority of which are American or Russian.

But researchers have determined that no nation could fire more than 100 without causing a chain of events so catastrophic the impacts are felt at home.


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Ambassador to Canada Kelly Craft and Trump Family Mailed Death Threats after G7


Tensions would escalate further after Justin Trudeau took it upon himself to trash President Trump after he left the G7 to head into Singapore for the historic North Korea Summit, in which the Prime Minister displayed his cowardice to spew propaganda after” Trump left the Summit, behind his back.

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Japanese Researchers Create Flying, Firefighting Snake Robot (Video)


The DragonFireFighter was revealed at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation in May. It works using the same principle that sends your garden hose flying when you turn it on and the water blasts the hose all over the place. Using algorithms to control jets of water allow the robot snake to "fly".

The demonstration video of the DragonFireFighter shows the robot in action but it still requires a little help from researchers to reach the fire. The video certainly establishes proof of concept and it is likely we see some type of variation of the DragonFireFighter used in the near future. With a little more hose and some design tweaks, the DragonFireFighter seems like it would be capable of reaching just about any fire it could need to without putting a human life in harm's way.

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GameStop in talks with buyout firms after drawing interest

Video game and electronics retailer GameStop Corp is holding talks with private equity firms about a potential transaction after receiving buyout interest, people familiar with the matter said on Monday.

Like most brick-and-mortar retailers, GameStop has suffered from heightened competition from online companies including Amazon Inc. Games retailers have also had to cope with a decline in physical video game sales, although GameStop has partly weathered these declines by expanding into used video games and devices as well as digital products.

Shares of the Grapevine, Texas-based company rose as much as 11 percent to $15.50 on Monday on news of the interest, having been up 2.5 percent earlier in the day. The stock was up 9 percent in late afternoon.

The company has hired a financial adviser to assist in these discussions, said the people, who asked not to be named because the matter is private.

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Record-breaking England rout Australia to seal ODI series win

England posted the highest total ever scored in a men’s one-day international of 481 for six as they thrashed world champions Australia by 242 runs at Trent Bridge on Tuesday to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in a five-match series.

Alex Hales (147) and Jonny Bairstow (139) both hit hundreds as, for the second time in two years at Trent Bridge, England posted a new record ODI score following their 444 for three against Pakistan in 2016.

Bairstow’s hundred was his fourth in six ODIs while Hales’s century ended a run of low scores.


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A U.K. high court judge has ordered Facebook to tell the family of a deceased Facebook user exactly who asked the company to delete his account.

Facebook officials said the company was ordered to delete the account, but refused to give the name of the person or persons who made this request, The Times reported.

The Facebook user, Sarajevo resident Mirza Krupalija, died from a heart attack after his 57th birthday in 2016. Just six months later, Facebook deleted his account. Krupalija’s partner Azra Sabados said it couldn’t have been his family or friends who gave the order.


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Rudy Giuliani says FBI interviewed him about possible leaks related to Clinton probe

Rudy Giuliani revealed he was interviewed by the FBI in February about his 2016 comments about a “surprise” coming before the presidential election that would benefit then-candidate Donald Trump.

Giuliani, a member of Trump’s legal team, told the Huffington Post the interview with a pair of agents, one male and one female, took place in his room at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., this year.

“That’s all they asked about,” he told the Huffington Post. “What was I talking about in terms of ‘surprise?’ What was I talking about when I was talking about new information?”


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Pentagon identifies U.S. Navy casualty as Petty Officer 1st Class Matthew Holzemer

The Pentagon has identified the U.S. Navy sailor who died on Sunday as Petty Officer 1st Class Matthew I. Holzemer of Tennessee.

Holzemer, who was stationed at Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti to support Special Operations Command Forward-East Africa, died in a “non-combat related incident.”

Camp Lemonnier is the U.S.' single permanent military base in Africa and is where the majority of the 6,500 U.S. troops stationed in Africa are based.

Holzemer’s death is under investigation, according to the Pentagon.


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Julian Assange health fears: UK forcing Wikileaks chief to ‘make impossible choice'

As they prepared to hold a vigil they called for the UN to intervene on his sixth anniversary as an asylum-seeker.

Mr Assange’s team of lawyers claimed doctors have confirmed his protracted confinement in the Ecuador’s London embassy is having a severe impact on the journalist’s physical and mental health.

Calling for the intervention of the UN’s Human Rights Council, they argued the UK is forcing Mr Assange, 46, to make an “impossible” choice.

Human rights barrister Jennifer Robinson of Doughty Street Chambers, representing the International Association of Democratic Lawyers, said: “The UK shows a deliberate disregard for his medical needs by forcing him to choose between his human right to asylum and his human right to medical treatment.

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How The Opioid Crisis Is Depressing America's Labor Force

It's been a decade since the financial crisis drove up the unemployment rate in the U.S. and forced people in the prime of their careers to give up looking for work.

Even today, as employers add jobs at a furious pace, the workforce participation rate still hasn't recovered. And now researchers think they know one reason why: the opioid crisis.

According to a report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the percentage of people of prime working age – between 25 and 54 – who are employed or looking for work is well below the rate of other developed countries.


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Pardon me? Most say Trump should be impeached if he pardons himself

President Trump has declared that he has the “absolute” right to pardon himself.

Americans disagree.

By more than 3-1, 64 percent to 18 percent, those surveyed in a USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll say the president doesn’t have the power to pardon himself. Even Republicans are inclined to split with Trump on this. Just 29% say he has the power to pardon himself; 45% say he doesn’t.

Trying to do so could spark a constitutional crisis for the White House: 58 percent of Americans, including 31 percent of Republicans, say the House of Representatives should impeach the president if he pardons himself.


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Isil fanatic who planned to assassinate Theresa May caught after two-year MI5 operation, court hears

An Islamic State fanatic plotted to assassinate Prime Minister Theresa May in a suicide attack on 10 Downing Street, a court has heard.

Naa'imur Zakariyah Rahman, 20, was encouraged to cause carnage in Britain by an uncle who had joined Isil and died in a drone strike in Syria, jurors were told.

He allegedly thought he was just days away from inflicting "lethal violence" with a knife and a suicide vest before his arrest last November.


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Separating families at the border isn't new. We've been doing it for centuries.

>Nearly 2,000 children have been separated from their parents in the last six weeks. But this is hardly a new practice in the United States.

Much of the country is justifiably outraged about the Trump administration’s practice of separating undocumented children from their parents. According to Homeland Security figures, about 2,000 children have been separated from their parents in just six weeks, and many are being placed in tent camps in the desert.

In a May interview with NPR, DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen stated the administration’s case very clearly. When asked whether families would be separated if they crossed the border illegally, she said the following:


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FBI agent Peter Strzok escorted from building amid internal review

FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok was escorted from the building amid an internal review of his conduct, his lawyer confirmed Tuesday.

Strzok, who had a central role in the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while serving as secretary of State, was reportedly escorted from the FBI building on Friday amid an internal review of his conduct.


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Trump's 2020 campaign manager says 'time to fire Sessions,' end Mueller probe

President Trump’s 2020 campaign manager called Tuesday for Trump to fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions and end Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe.

"Time to fire Sessions … End the Mueller investigation," Brad Parscale wrote on Twitter. "You can’t obstruct something that was phony against you … The IG report gives @realDonaldTrump the truth to end it all."


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Italy - Salvini Calls For ‘Gypsy’ Census So He Can Deport Non-Italians

Mr Matteo Salvini, Italy's new Interior Minister and the country's de facto leader have launched another plan after his success of refusing entry to a boat carrying 629 immigrants last week.

Appearing on an Italian television show where the presenter asked him what he would do next to take care of Italy’s immigration issue, the Lega Nord leader stated he had plans to conduct a census of the Roma community, essentially gypsies living in Eastern Europe, the Balkans and Italy and would then proceed to kick anyone out of the country residing there illegally.

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Cruz Offers Bill to End Swamp Anguish Over Migrant Children

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has drafted a “Protect Kids and Parents Act” that would end the separation of migrant parents from their children and would offer emotional solace to the many Democrats, Hollywood figures and establishment GOP players who are urging that something be done.

“We can fix this,” Cruz said in a reassuring Monday statement, adding:

>If my Democratic colleagues will join me, not play politics, but work to solve the problem, we can start to end family separation this week.

Cruz’s fix will ensure family unity by keeping migrant parents and their children in government centers until their legal cases are completed, and until they are either sent home or accepted into the United States:

>While these cases are pending, families should stay together. Children belong with their mothers and fathers. Once their cases have been adjudicated — under my legislation, in no longer than 14 days — those who meet the legal standard should be granted asylum and those who don’t should be immediately returned to their home country.

Cruz’s measure is very different from California’s Sen. Diane Feinstein’s “Keep Families Together Act,” which would bar law-enforcement officials from detaining migrants who bring children northwards. The draft bill says:

>An agent or officer of a designated agency shall be prohibited from removing a child from his or her parent or legal guardian, at or near the port of entry or within 100 miles of the border of the United States …

Federal officials would be unable to detain migrants because the current law bars them from detaining children.

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Apple chief Tim Cook condemns ‘inhumane’ US detention of children

Apple chief executive Tim Cook has criticised the Trump administration for the detention of children separated from their parents at the border between US and Mexico, calling it “inhumane” and “heartbreaking”.

Almost 2,000 children were separated from their parents at the border between mid-April and the end of May, with US president Donald Trump defending the controversial policy.

Speaking in Dublin on Tuesday, Mr Cook described the situation as “inhumane” and said Apple would be working with people in the US government to try to be a “constructive voice” on the issue.

“It’s heartbreaking to see the images and hear the sounds of the kids. Kids are the most vulnerable people in any society. I think that what’s happening is inhumane, it needs to stop,” Mr Cook told The Irish Times.

We’ve always felt everyone should be treated with dignity and respect. In this case, that’s not happening.”

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Dem House candidate in West Virginia voted for Trump

Richard Ojeda backed Donald Trump for president, but the West Virginia state senator is now running as a Democrat for the House as his party seeks to wrest control of Congress from Republicans.

In an interview with Hill.TV’s “Rising,” Ojeda said it’s not that he always agrees with Trump, who remains very popular in West Virginia.

“If you have a great idea, I'll support your great idea. But if you don't have a great idea, I won’t,” he said.

“Just because I support somebody doesn’t necessarily mean I'll agree with them always. If they do not do something that’s correct, I have the right to make comment.”

Ojeda, a military veteran, is running to replace Rep. Evan Jenkins, the Republican congressman who vacated his seat for an unsuccessful Senate bid earlier this year.

It’s an uphill race for Ojeda, as Trump won the conservative district by 19 points in 2016.

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Former CIA engineer charged with leaking classified information to WikiLeaks

The Justice Department on Monday announced charges against a former CIA computer engineer for allegedly leaking top-secret information on U.S. government hacking tools to WikiLeaks.

In a 13-count superseding indictment, the agency charged Joshua Adam Schulte with illegally gathering classified national defense information and transmitting it to “an organization.” WikiLeaks published the data in March of last year.


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Army splits with West Point tweeter of ‘communism will win’

The images Spenser Rapone posted on Twitter from his West Point graduation were intentionally shocking: In one, the smirking cadet opens his dress uniform to expose a T-shirt with a blood-red image of socialist icon Che Guevara. In another, he raises his fist and flips over his cap to reveal the hand-scrawled message: “Communism will win.”

Less than a year after Rapone’s images drew a firestorm of vitriol and even death threats, the second lieutenant who became known as the “commie cadet” is officially out of the U.S. Army with an other-than-honorable discharge.


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Photographer details the emotional moment that created viral border photo of crying toddler

Dozens of harrowing images have rippled across the country from the southern border in recent weeks, but one that has caught the attention of many shows a crying 2-year-old girl who looked on as her mother was searched by U.S. Border Patrol agents.

"These folks, they didn't know what was about to happen" with the policy leading to the separation of families, photographer John Moore told ABC News. "They had no idea, and I did and that's what made this different for me."


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Sanders To Acosta: “I Know It’s Hard For You To Understand Even Short Sentences”

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders got into a standoff with CNN’s Jim Acosta over comments made by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in which he referred to a verse from the Bible while seeking to explain immigrant children being split up from their parents.

Mr Acosta tried to get Sanders to react on this when she slammed him to the canvas in return.

He said: “Can I just ask a second question, completely unrelated, on these children who are being separated from their families as they come across the border.”

“The attorney general earlier today said that somehow there’s a justification for this in the Bible. Where does it say in the Bible that it’s moral to take children away from their mothers?”


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Three 'graffiti artists' killed by train as spray cans are found near their bodies

Three suspected graffiti artists have died after being struck by a train in south London station as it was revealed spray cans were found near their bodies.

Police are describing the deaths close to Loughborough Junction station as "unexplained". All three - one aged 19, and two aged 23 - were pronounced dead at the scene.


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Food Stamp Enrollment on Its Lowest Under Trump Administration


It’s another achievement for the Trump administration as overall enrollment in the country’s food stamp program has dropped to its lowest level in more than eight years. The good development is being attributed to an improved and healthier economy as well as the current government’s attempts to tackle fraud in the program.

Latest statistics from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which administers the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), reveal that enrollment in the program dropped in March to 40,083,954.

Formerly known as the Food Stamps Program, SNAP is a federal program that provides grocery assistance for people out of work or those struggling with low incomes living in the country. Individuals must make 130 percent or less of the federal poverty level based on the household size to qualify for the program.

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Iowa - Internet "Domain Hijacker" Sentenced To 20 Years For Strong Arm Website Heist


A career cybercriminal has been handed a sentence of 20 years for the first known instance of what is being described as an armed "domain hijacking" where he attempted to take control of a website.. at gunpoint. That's right, rather than using the conventional way of hacking a website, this cyber thief opted to use actual physical force to obtain control of the site.

43-year-old Sherman Hopkins Jr. broke into the apartment of an online entrepreneur in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Hopkins Jr. donned a pantyhose mask, dark sunglasses, and a stolen handgun to coerce 26-year-old Ethan Deyo to relinquish ownership of his website. The cybercriminal demanded that Deyo log into his computer and transfer ownership of the internet domain name DoItForState.com from Deyo's possession to another account.

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Senate passes defense policy bill that would block Trump administration's deal with ZTE

The Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act, 85 yeas to 10 nays (NDAA) Monday, and in the legislation included language that would ban Chinese telecom giant ZTE from conducting business in the United States. The Senate measure reverses an agreement by the Trump administration to allow ZTE to resume buying component parts from U.S. companies.

The Chinese company is accused of violating trade laws by selling sensitive technologies to North Korea and Iran. The Trump administration announced a deal with ZTE earlier this month, but Senate leaders have sought to reverse it by tucking a provision into the must-pass defense package.


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Giuliani says his demand for Mueller probe to be suspended was for show

President Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani said on Monday that his call last week for special counsel Robert Mueller's probe to be suspended was just for show.

“That’s what I’m supposed to do,” Giuliani said in an interview with Politico. “What am I supposed to say? That they should investigate him forever? Sorry, I’m not a sucker.”

The former New York City mayor had called on on the Justice Department last week to end Mueller's investigation and claimed that the department's inspector general's (IG) report on the FBI completely undercut the justification.


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World's Largest Facilitator of Child Porn will be Extradited to the US to Face Justice


Law enforcement agencies are now saying that the “world's largest facilitator” of child pornography - Eric Eoin Marques - who the Federal Bureau of Investigation says is the owner of Freedom Hosting - is being extradited into the United States of America.

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Trump supporter disrupts De Niro’s musical with ‘Keep America Great’ flag

A Trump supporter tried disrupting a performance of the Robert De Niro-directed “A Bronx Tale: The Musical” on Saturday — standing up during the curtain call and displaying a “Keep America Great!” flag toward the audience.

“The times we live in,” tweeted audience member Joe Del Vicario, along with a pic showing the Broadway protest.

“At the end of [the performance], a man turned around and faced the audience to show us how big of a pair he has,” Del Vicario explained. “He was escorted shortly after.”

Several people in attendance took to social media to document what happened Saturday night at the end of the 8 p.m. showing of “A Bronx Tale” — which is directed by De Niro and four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks.

Photos posted on Twitter showed the Trump supporter standing up in the front row with the “Keep America Great” campaign flag in his hands as cast members take their final bow.

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Stoneman Douglas Deputy's Attorney Says He Had No Duty To Stop Parkland Shooter


The Broward County Sheriff's deputy who was widely criticized for not entering the Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school during the Parkland shooting has filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit against him by the father of one of the victims.

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Canada's House of Commons votes to legalize marijuana

Canadian lawmakers on Monday voted to legalize recreational marijuana nationwide.

The House of Commons voted 205-82 to accept some of the Senate’s proposed amendments on the bill, sending the bill back to the upper chamber for continued debate and a final decision.


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Former FBI director James Comey is under investigation for mishandling classified information, DOJ inspector general Michael Horowitz revealed Monday.

He is specifically under investigation for his handling of memos he wrote about interactions with President Trump while FBI director.

“Comey said he did not expect a report on his handling of classified information because, ‘That’s frivolous.’ I don’t happen to think that it is frivolous,” Sen. Chuck Grassley said during a Senate hearing Monday.


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Mary McCormack reveals her husband's Tesla Model S 'spontaneously' burst into flames

Actress Mary McCormack has said that her husband's Tesla Model S caught fire while he was driving in the Los Angeles area.

'This is what happened to my husband and his car today,' McCormack wrote on Twitter Friday, posting a shocking video of a Model S spewing flames from the front driver's side front wheel well.

'No accident, out of the blue, in traffic on Santa Monica Blvd. Thank you to the kind couple who flagged him down and told him to pull over. And thank god my three little girls weren’t in the car with him,' continued McCormack, best known from The West Wing and Murder One.

It is unclear who shot the video McCormack posted. She has been married to director Michael Morris since 2003.

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Rootkit-Based Adware Wreaks Havoc Among Windows 10 Users in the US

When it was released back in 2015, one of the main perks of Windows 10 was the improved security features that made it harder for rootkits to get a foothold on Microsoft's new OS.

But three years later, security researchers from Romania-based antivirus vendor Bitdefender have detailed the operations of an adware strain named Zacinlo that uses a rootkit component to gain persistence across OS reinstalls, a rootkit component that's even effective against Windows 10 installations.

In fact, researchers say that 90% of all Zacinlo's recent victims are Windows 10 users, showing that crooks intentionally designed their "product" to work against Microsoft's latest OS.

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Pokémon GO is finally going to let players trade Pokémon

Just shy of two years after launch, Pokémon GO is finally about to roll out one of its most notably absent features: Pokémon trading.

A staple of the series, trading lets players swap their Pokémon with another player’s in the never-ending quest to, well, catch’em all.

The trading mechanics will be tied into a new Friend system; the Friend system will roll out later this week, with the trading mechanics going live “soon after” (though Niantic doesn’t want to get more specific than that, presumably in case something breaks.)

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Texas Republican Party Officially Endorses Decriminalization of Marijuana


The Republican Party of today has shifted from the once hardline stance of continue to hold possession of marijuana as a criminal offense, with both President Trump and the Texas GOP now officially endorsing the decriminalization of marijuana.

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Woman shouting 'Allahu akbar' attacks 2 with box cutter at supermarket in France

A woman who allegedly shouted "Allahu akbar" attacked two people with a box cutter at a supermarket in southern France on Sunday before she was arrested, local media reported.

The incident took place around 10:30 a.m. at the supermarket Leclerc in the Mediterranean city of La Seyne-sur-Mer, located near Marseilles.

Witnesses told Var-matin the young woman attacked a customer and employee.

The woman was dressed in black and wearing a veil at the time, shouting "Allahu akbar" – "God is great" in Arabic – before she was placed under control by people intervening, according to Var-matin.


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$100M Federal Study on Alcohol to be Suspended Due to Credibility Issues


The National Institutes of Health conducted a $100 million study on alcohol consumption, but it will have to be canceled due to credibility concerns. That is because almost $70 million of the study’s funding came from the alcohol industry.

The study was initially intended to answer an ongoing question- whether having a glass of wine or a bottle of beer a day or basically moderate drinking has a positive effect on one’s health.

A media investigation found out, however, that staffers at NIH requested the alcohol industry to fund the study. In response to such, the federal agency conducted a probe of its own.

The federal agency’s own investigation affirmed that indeed the NIH staffers asked funding from the alcohol industry. More shockingly, emails were discovered including one where an employee admitted they were not supposed to be emailing the alcohol industry. The height of the irregularity, however, is when the staffers suggested they would “tailor” the results of the study to favor the donors.

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Georgia – Naked Woman Steals Car on Father’s Day with Dog Inside Beloved as “Son”


A car was stolen in the driveway in a home in Hall County, Georgia but the even sadder thing for the vehicle owner is that his beloved dog was inside the car when the theft happened. The more shocking thing is the suspect happened to be a naked woman in her 40s or 50s.

The man shed tears for his dog, more than the stolen car. He was also surprised that the culprit had the gall to carry out the crime in broad daylight in their drive way and that it was a woman who did it.

The car owner and dog lover, Matt Sanders, visibly upset said: “It’s Father’s Day. (The dog) is like a son to me. Now he’s gone. I just want him back.”

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The Latest: Trump balks at immigration critics

President Donald Trump is rejecting criticism that his "zero-tolerance" immigration policy has caused family separations at the U.S. southern border, pointing to crime in Germany and gangs in the U.S. as the reason tough laws are necessary.

He tweeted: "We don't want what is happening with immigration in Europe to happen with us!"

This spring, the Trump administration ordered prosecutors to charge every person illegally crossing the border. Children traveling with the adults have been separated and placed in detention centers.

Trump blamed Democrats for not fixing the law, despite the GOP being divided on the issue and unable to agree on an immigration plan. He tweeted: "Where is the outcry for the killings and crime being caused by gangs and thugs, including MS-13, coming into our country illegally?"

Several high-profile killings in Germany in which migrants were suspects made national headlines. But according to official crime statistics released last month, crime in Germany dropped nearly 10 percent in 2017 compared with the previous year.

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Prince Harry told Meghan's dad to 'give Trump a chance': interview

Meghan Markle's father Thomas on Monday said that new son-in-law Prince Harry had urged him to give President US Donald Trump "a chance" in comments likely to cause discomfort for the royal family.

Thomas Markle told ITV's Good Morning Britain (GMB) that Harry had said "give Donald Trump a chance," adding: "I sort of disagreed with that, but I still like Harry, that's his politics, I had my politics."

When asked by host Piers Morgan if he believed the prince was a Trump fan, he responded "I would hope not, now."

The comments will raise awkward questions for Harry, who is expected to remain largely apolitical.

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Google places a $550 million bet on China's second-largest e-commerce player

Tech giant Google said Monday it will invest more than half a billion dollars in China's second-largest e-commerce player, JD.com.

As part of a strategic partnership, Google will put $550 million in cash into JD.com, the companies said in a statement. In return, Google will receive more than 27 million newly issued JD.com Class A ordinary shares at an issue price of $20.29 per share.

That's equivalent to $40.58 per American depository share based on the volume-weighted average trading price over the prior 10 trading days. JD.com listed American depository shares in its group company on the Nasdaq in 2014.

The two tech companies said they would work together to develop retail infrastructure that can better personalize the shopping experience and reduce friction in a number of markets, including Southeast Asia.

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Cancelled Samsung Galaxy foldable phone prototype resembling the ZTE Axon M appears online

We’ve seen a few reports about the Samsung Galaxy foldable phone that is said to be in production this year. It was rumored to be under the Note branding. A few months after the initial reports, we’re getting some new intel about the device. Just a couple of days ago, we learned that it could cost nearly $2,000. The Korea Times also reported that phone may be released in 2019, not in 2018, as was originally intended.

We now have some photos showing a canceled Samsung foldable phone. The photos clearly show the Samsung Galaxy foldable phone’s dual screen, which looks a lot like ZTE Axon M. In it’s unfolded state, the device has 7.3-inch OLED screen, but only 4.5-inches when folded. The word “foldable” is absolutely gimmicky as the device has two independent displays side-by-side. It doesn’t feature one big foldable display or anything like that.

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VW names Bram Schot as interim Audi CEO: Sueddeutsche Zeitung

Volkswagen’s supervisory board has nominated Bram Schot as interim chief executive at its luxury brand Audi following the arrest of Rupert Stadler, Germany’s Sueddeutsche Zeitung said on Monday, without citing sources.

Audi is a division of Volkswagen. Audi’s supervisory board has yet to sign off on the nomination, Sueddeutsche said.

A Volkswagen spokesman said the carmaker had not yet made a formal decision about a new chief executive for Audi.

Stadler is the most senior company official to be detained so far since Volkswagen (VW) admitted in September 2015 to using illegal software to rig U.S. emissions tests on diesel engines.



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Landon Donovan Criticized by Past, Present USMNT Members for Supporting Mexico

Current and former U.S. men's national soccer team players have been critical of Landon Donovan, who suggested in a video for Wells Fargo that American soccer fans should support Mexico at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia

A number of players quickly disagreed with that take, with many citing the longstanding rivalry between the United States and Mexico in men's soccer:

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Britain's May 'disappointed' after colleague blocks 'upskirting' law

British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Friday she was disappointed a lawmaker from her Conservative party had blocked a bill to make “upskirting” - surreptitiously taking photographs up women’s skirts - a criminal offense.

Christopher Chope, 71, a veteran politician who was knighted this year, blocked the bill proposed by opposition Liberal Democrat parliamentarian Wera Hobhouse that was widely supported in the House of Commons.

Chope did not explain his reasoning publicly and was not immediately available for comment.

Commenting on Twitter, May said: “Upskirting is an invasion of privacy which leaves victims feeling degraded and distressed.


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Virginia - Invasive Plant Discovered That Causes 3-rd Degree Burns And Permanent Blindness


The dangerous plant contains a sap that is toxic and when combined with sun exposure can pose severe health hazards up to third-degree burns and blindness. The New York Department of Environmental Conservation said, "In brief, the sap prevents your skin from protecting itself from sunlight, which leads to a very bad sunburn. Heat and moisture (sweat or dew) can worsen the skin reaction. The phototoxic reaction can begin as soon as 15 minutes after contact, with sensitivity peak between 30 minutes and two hours after contact."

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Netherlands - Van Drives Into Pinkpop Festival Crowd: 1 Dead, 3 Wounded (Video)


The Pinkpop festival in the Netherlands ended in a horrible drama as a collision between a white Van and a group of pedestrians in Landgraaf left one person dead and several others wounded. It is at the point unclear whether the white Van that caused the accident drove into the festival crowd on purpose. The white Van fled after the collision and Dutch police are currently trying to locate the driver.

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World Cup – Mexican Celebrations Cause Mini-Earthquake After Goal Against Germany (Video)


The goal that Mexico's Hirving Lozano scored yesterday in the 35th minute against World Champion Germany was met with such enthusiastic celebrations in the capital Mexico City that the Network of Seismic Monitoring, Analysis and Geological Investigation (SIMMSA) wrote on Twitter that it had recorded an artificial earthquake.

It added that the mini-quake was possibly caused by “massive jumps” throughout the city in celebration.

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Texas - Border Patrol Chase Leads To 12 Illegals Ejected, 5 Killed


Fourteen people were inside of the fleeing SUV including the driver and passenger. Twelve of the immigrants were ejected and four died at the scene when the car crashed and rolled. A total of 9 people were taken to local hospitals as well as San Antonio Military Medical Center where a fifth passenger died.

The driver of the vehicle is believed to be a U.S. citizen and was among the injured passengers taken to the hospital. Boyd said the reason the vehicle was pursued to begin with was "good police work" after a border patrol agent witnessed a smuggling attempt. The agent witnessed three vehicles traveling in a row and suspected illegal activity was taking place. He managed to stop one of the vehicles and put a call out on the radio for the other two.

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Two-fifths of Russian men 'may not live to see their retirement'

>Government accused trying to bury news as announcement on raising pension age made during national team’s opening World Cup game

Russians are accusing their government of raising the retirement age close to men’s current average life expectancy while the country is distracted by its hosting of the World Cup.

Prime minister Dmitry Medvedev announced on Thursday the Russian state pension age would be hiked from 60 to 65 for men by 2028 and 55 to 63 for women by 2034.


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Kansas – Boy Breaks $132K Museum Sculpture, Should Family Pay? (Video)


It is, of course, every parent’s nightmare: you turn your back for five seconds, and your young child has damaged someone’s else’s property. Is it an accident or is it intentional? This is the question for the Goodman family after their 5-year-old toppled a sculpture which was on display at the Overland Park’s Tomahawk Ridge Community Center where they were present for a wedding reception.

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World Cup 2018: 'Safe space' for Russia LGBT football fans shut

An organisation providing a "safe space" for LGBT and ethnic-minority football fans in Russia says it was evicted from its premises in St Petersburg on the eve of the World Cup.

Diversity House was supposed to open for the duration of the tournament.

It aimed to provide a tolerant environment for gay and non-white football fans to watch matches.

But at the last minute the building's owners locked the organisers out and terminated their contract.

"They asked us to leave the place very rudely, switched off the electricity and they explained nothing to us," a local organiser told the BBC.


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Cereal giant Kellogg Company issues global recall of Honey Smacks due to salmonella concerns

Kellogg Company has issued a global recall for its Honey Smacks cereal due to the potential presence of salmonella bacteria.

The United States Food and Drug Administration said it worked with the company to issue the recall after the product was linked to more than 60 illnesses in the US.

The voluntary recall involves the 15.3 oz and 23 oz packages of the cereal, the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) said in a press release on Sunday (June 17).


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Plans for UK-Germany high speed rail services shelved due to ‘significantly changed economic environ

>Deutsche Bahn declines to say whether Brexit played a role in the cancellation

Germany’s state rail operator has shelved plans for international high-speed services between London, Cologne and Frankfurt due to “changes” in the “economic environment”, The Independent has learned.

Deutsche Bahn (DB) said the services to London would now “not be on the agenda in the foreseeable future”, despite just last year saying they were “still interested”.


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South Korea, U.S. to announce suspension of major military drills this week: Yonhap

South Korea and the United States are expected to announce the suspension of “large-scale” military drills this week, with the provision that they would restart if North Korea failed to keep its promise to denuclearize, news agency Yonhap said on Sunday.

Citing an unnamed government source, the South Korean news agency said the suspension was likely to affect only major joint exercises, not more routine military training.

U.S. President Donald Trump surprised officials in Seoul and Washington when he pledged to end “war games” after his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore last week.


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Greece - Golden Dawn Party ‘Calls For Military Coup’ In Parliament (Video)


For months now, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Greece have been negotiating about a name change for the former that wouldn’t insult the inhabitants of the Greek region of Macedonia. NATO and the Eurozone would both like the strategically important Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to enter into their alliances, whilst the former Yugoslav republic would like to be called Macedonia.

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France – Macron Attacks ‘Crazy Amount’ Spent On Welfare, Then Buys $50k Dinner Plates

Scandal in France after a soundbite and a luxury store bill from his wife brought President Emmanuel Macron into a rather sticky situation.

Firstly, Mr Macron could be seen in a video posted by one of his cabinet members where he slammed the French benefits system, saying that the “crazy amount of cash” that was being spent was totally out of control as it didn’t help the people stuck in poverty.


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Europeans ‘less aware’ mobile roaming fees have been scrapped

A man who assaulted two charity workers monitoring a hunt has been given a suspended sentence after Princess Diana's eldest sister vouched for him.

George Grant, who works for the Belvoir Hunt in the East Midlands, assaulted the men with his son Thomas Grant and left one victim with a broken neck.

However, Lady Sarah McCorquodale told the judge that George Grant would lose his job and home if he were jailed.

Both men were given 16-month prison sentences, suspended for two years.


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Trump administration explores tariffs on autos, auto parts

The Trump administration launched an investigation into whether tariffs are needed on the imports of automobiles into the United States, moving swiftly as talks over the North American Free Trade Agreement have stalled. President Donald Trump predicted earlier that U.S. automakers and auto workers would be “very happy” with the outcome of the NAFTA talks.

The White House said in a statement Wednesday that the president had asked Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to consider whether the imports of automobiles, including trucks, and automotive parts threaten U.S. national security. The president said in the statement that “core industries such as automobiles and automotive parts are critical to our strength as a Nation.”


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Austria – Mountaineer Films Eerily Beautiful ‘Air Tsunami’ (Video)


Austrian mountaineer Mr Peter Maier takes multiple cameras with him since a few years whenever he makes a weekend walkabout into the Alps. Earlier this week he was able to capture a so-called ‘downburst’ or ‘microburst’ when walking near the Millstätter See in his home country. Thanks to a time-lapsed video it makes for some spectacular sightseeing.

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Netflix Propels Communist Theme Song Into European Music Charts (Video)

Bella Ciao, the Italian resistance song from the second world war, is entering various European music charts this week, mostly due to the success of the Spanish Netflix series ‘La Casa De Papel’.

Related coverage: thegoldwater.com/news/27234-Netflix-Democratic-Campaign-Contributor-Arranged-Obama-Deal

The original 1919 resistance song, which is being re-released in a house version, became a global phenomenon in the 1960s already when it was the theme for global communist youth days. Also during the various European student uprisings of 1968, the song was well-known.


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A federal judge in Washington, D.C., revoked former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s bail Friday, imprisoning Manafort pending the start of his criminal trial.

U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson concluded that special counsel Robert Mueller credibly alleged that Manafort encouraged two witnesses to lie to investigators, compromising the credibility of his upcoming trial.

“I cannot turn a blind eye to these allegations,” the judge told Manafort during a Friday hearing. “You have abused the trust placed in you.”


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Peru mass child sacrifice site confirmed as world's largest

New footage and pictures have emerged of over 100 child skeletons from a mass human sacrifice in northern Peru that is believed to date back some 1,000 years.

The excavations at the site in Trujillo have been ongoing for months but researchers on Thursday confirmed a total of 109 sets of the child remains had been uncovered — making it the largest site in the world for child sacrifice remains.


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Germany – Government MP Admits ‘Merkel Could Be Out By Next Week’ (Video)


The British press finally caught onto what we here at thegoldwater.com been telling you for a few days (see our related coverage): German Chancellor Merkel, once considered the most powerful person in Europe, has squirmed herself into an impossible position when it comes to her immigration policy as she has to face off with her new Interior Minister Mr Ernst Seehofer and a vote within her own party next week could well decide her future.

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Exclusive: "Nazi Pug" YouTuber Count Dankula Joins UK Independent Party

Mark Meechan is better known as Count Dankula, the Scottish YouTuber and self-professed "professional shitposter" who made global headlines when he was brought up on charges for sharing a video where he teaches his girlfriend's pug to make a mock sieg heil when he says lines like "Heil Hitler" or "gas the Jews." A tasteless joke many might say, but an arrestable offense? That's a bit more than a stretch in my opinion. This case pointed out the frightening lengths of Orwellian censorship and thought control.

If this gets 10k retweets, I will join @UKIP .

I'm not joking, this is not a meme. I'm being completely serious.

— Count Dankula🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 (@CountDankulaTV) June 15, 2018

Dankula got some major support during his literal trial and figurative tribulations from UKIP MEP David Coburn. Coburn was vocal and attempted to have the conviction overturned. Coburn announced that "Without freedom to think and speak, even in an offensive way, no matter what our political persuasion, we do not have any freedom at all." Most recently, Dankula took to Twitter announcing that at 10,000 retweets he would join UKIP adding a disclaimer that this was not a stunt or meme. A few hours ago that goal was met and, true to his word, Meechan/Dankula is now officially aligning with UKIP.


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Epic Flop? Beyonce and JayZ UK Tour Failing to Sell Enough Tickets


Are Beyonce and Jay-Z not attracting enough fans to support their scheduled tour in the U.K. that they are resorting to giving free tickets away?

The “Drunk in Love” couple is having a tough time selling out their London and Manchester stops of their On the Run II shows that there are tweets rocking the Beyhive giving away free tickets to the pair’s concerts.

One tweet says: “If you are near Hampden Park go to the main parking lot they are giving out free tickets for the Beyonce & Jay Z concert because of empty seats.”

Another tweet goes: “’Met Beyonce’s security in work and he’s offered me free tickets for tonight.”

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Australia – Turnbull Urged To Deal With Northern Territories Sexual Assault Crisis


Landowners in and around Tennant Creek are asking the prime minister to visit their community when he comes to the Northern Territory in August. The request to visit their community was followed by a news headline said he "simply does not care" about the crisis in the North Territory community. Turnbull faced criticism over the remark prompting him to announce a visit to the Northern Territory, and now residents want him to visit Tennant Creek.

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Chris Hardwick, #MeToo's Latest Victim Just Lost Everything Over Nothing


Before I begin, let me say this very clearly. I am NOT defending Chris Hardwick, nor am I attacking Chloe Dykstra. The reason I am writing this is to address a problem with our culture that no one is talking about. When people compare the #MeToo movement to a witch hunt it seems to be a rather cliche description, but when you take an objective look at the situation you will see there are striking similarities.

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Australia – Spencer Tunick’s Mass Nude Shoot Gets Green Light


Prestigious American photographer Spencer Tunick’s iconic mass nude photo shoot in Woolsworths in Prahran, Australia will finally push through after the supermarket reversed its earlier decision to refuse the request for such a grand, elaborate, and possibly controversial shoot.

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FBI Agents’ Stunning Anti-Trump Bias in IG Report is a Travesty to Our Republic


The newly released report from the Office of the Inspector General via Michael Horowitz is a major letdown in terms of lacking a proper means of both vindication for the Trump Administration or the American people; and many within Congress and the political realm, in general, are furious.

This is including Representative Jim Jordan (R-OH), who among many others are saying that FBI Director Christopher Wray’s claims that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had “no political bias” influencing their investigation into Hillary Clinton's mishandling of classified information are completely false.

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Pompeo criticizes ‘insulting and ridiculous and, frankly, ludicrous’ question

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blasted a reporter on Wednesday after the journalist asked why the denuclearization of North Korea was not included in an agreement signed between the country's leader, Kim Jong Un, and President Trump.

“The president said it will be verified," the reporter said to Pompeo in South Korea, to which Pompeo responded, "Of course it will."


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Germany – Berlin Boy Charged €12,500 Roaming Costs On Cruise To Norway

Earlier this week, a local Berlin 12-year-old joined his family on a cruise from the German port of Kiel to the capital of Norway, Oslo. As the adults were engaged in talking, he decided to watch a few videos on his mobile phone.

Only problem is that roaming charges, which have been streamlined in Europe and are similar in any of the 28-countries of the union, do not apply when out on the high seas. For the period that the cruise ship was out of German waters and not yet into Norwegian ones, the phone switched over to a satellite connection, which charged him a whopping €12,500 for 500 megabytes of data usage.


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Colorado- 49 Pedophiles Arrested in Nationwide Child Pornography Sting


Authorities in Colorado say that a stunning 49 pedophiles have now been apprehended by law enforcement agencies after a stunning 214 Investigations into a network of pedophilia that Detectives call a nationwide child pornography ring.

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UFO's Filmed Over Morocco (Video)


Some social media users pointed out the lights seem fake, but it would be extremely difficult to take such a video without high tech CGI programs and a lot of animating skill. The orbs first seem swirl around one another, some of them are very large while others appear as smaller points of light. The most bizarre part of the video is at the end when all of the objects dart off in one fluid motion. There are no aircraft or animals which can maneuver with some speed and fluidity.

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Albert Einstein's travel diaries from 1920s reveal racist views, "unpleasant" comments

Albert Einstein's travel diaries from the early 1920s include racist and xenophobic remarks, according to multiple reports. The writings record his experiences in the Middle East and Asia between October 1922 and March the following year.

He makes sweeping statements in his writings, such as calling the Chinese "industrious, filthy, obtuse people," BBC News reports.

"It would be a pity if these Chinese supplant all other races. For the likes of us the mere thought is unspeakably dreary," he wrote, according to The Guardian.

He also describes his arrival in the Egyptian city of Port Said, and facing "Levantines of every shade … as if spewed from hell" who came on their ship to sell goods.


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'Gotti' Is Officially The Worst Movie Of 2018 - Gets 0% On Rotten Tomatoes


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I Risked My Own Freedom To Get Cannabis For My Son

Hope for an epileptic boy, 12, 'fighting for life' as Home Office sends medicinal cannabis oil seized from his mother at Heathrow to his hospital.

Billy Caldwell, 12, had traveled to Canada with his mother, Charlotte, to get the cannabis oil upon hearing Billy’s doctor was ordered to stop prescribing it.

Customs officials confiscated the oil upon their arrival back in London.

The boy was hospitalized on Friday, suffering several seizures.

His case has stirred debate on the medicinal use of cannabis. Politicians from different parties are backing the family and campaigners are calling for changes to the law.

“This morning, I’ve used an exceptional power as Home Secretary to urgently issue a license to allow Billy Caldwell to be treated with cannabis oil,” the minister, Sajid Javid, said in a statement. “My decision is based on the advice of senior clinicians who have made clear this is a medical emergency.”


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Texas – Mother Donates Kidney to Daughter and Livestreamed Surgery on Facebook


The recipient of the kidney donation is Jessica Gutierrez who was born with congenital abnormalities in her kidney function. Doctors say she will live longer with the healthy kidney from her mother, Maribel.

Dr. Alejandro Mejia performed the first part of the surgery using a robot to remove Maribel’s kidney. Transplant surgeon Richard Dickerman then connected the kidney to Jessica.

Dickerman said: “She never really felt well. I think this is going to return her to what we all consider a normal way to interact with her family and ultimately live longer than she would have on dialysis.”

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Creepy Child-Sexual Predator Busted in Arkansas with Child Porn AFTER Prison Release


There's a newly reported arrest of a pedophile in Arkansas for the possession of child-pornography, who you might find to be the creepiest-looking pedophile in the history of the country.

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China will slap $50 billion in tariffs on US goods

China will slap hefty tariffs on U.S. goods in retaliation for President Trump's decision to levy duties on $50 billion worth of Chinese imports.

Beijing will impose an additional 25 percent tariff on a total of 659 U.S. imports worth about $50 billion, according to a statement on the country's Ministry of Finance website.

The first batch of tariffs will hit 545 U.S. products worth about $34 billion, including agricultural products, such as soybeans, corn and wheat, automobiles, beef, pork and seafood, and will start July 6.


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taly’s new interior minister demanded that a rescue boat carrying migrants from Libya turn around, according to the BBC Sunday.

Matteo Salvini, the new Italian interior minister from the “Lega Nord” party, said a boat carrying migrants in the Mediterranean Saturday should instead go to Malta, BBC reported. The boat called the Aquarius was carrying 639 migrants, including 123 minors, as well as seven women who were pregnant, the Daily Mail


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Australia – Sydney Snapchat Sex Cop Sentenced


A police officer in Sydney escaped jail time after being found guilty of filming sex with a coworker without her consent. Timothy Michael Patterson secretly filmed a colleague while they were having sex and shared it with other officers. Patterson's home-made sex tape was posted in an online group called "No Snitches".

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Canada – Clarinet Star’s Ex Ordered To Pay C$375k For ‘Career Sabotage’ (Video)


They say that ‘hell hath no fury like a woman scorned,‘ and the age-old adage rang true for famous clarinet player Eric Abramovitz, who had become quite known already at age 20 as one of Canada’s aspiring talents. And thus, he applied for a prestigious scholarship in Los Angeles, Mr Abramovitz was surprised to receive a rejection letter.

Two years later only did he discover that the letter he received was not sent by the school itself, but by his (now) scorned ex-girlfriend, who had faked it as an official document from the school in order to stop him from leaving Montreal.

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China announces retaliatory tariffs on $34 billion worth of US goods, including agriculture products

In a quick response to U.S. tariffs, Beijing announced on Friday its own duties on American products, including the politically sensitive areas of agriculture products and automobiles.

The Chinese State Council's commission on tariffs and customs said in an online statement that a 25 percent tariff will take effect July 6 on $34 billion of U.S. goods.

The list includes soybeans, electric vehicles, a range of hybrid electric vehicles, a variety of seafood and pork, according to the Ministry of Commerce.


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ICE Deep Cleans Sanctuary Los Angeles - 162 Illegal Aliens Swept From California


The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has announced the deep penetration of “Sanctuary City” Los Angeles, in a sweep that rounded up 162 federal criminal illegal aliens in the Democratic Party’s bastion of open borders.

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Optus Sport Slammed On Social Media For "Disgraceful" Coverage Full Of Outages


The company with broadcast rights to every World Cup 2018 match in Russia, Optus Sport, has found itself mired in a controversy after its live streaming service went down Friday night causing outrage from fans. Optus Sport purchased the rights to broadcast all 64 games at the tournament in Russia both live and on-demand and promised that "Aussie viewers will be able to experience every emotion of the tournament". But when the feeds went down viewers became outraged and took to social media to berate the company. Some examples of the outraged fans are below.

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China – New Import Tariffs Imposed On 659 US Products


China’s government in Beijing immediately responded to the hefty import duties that US President Donald Trump announced yesterday against the country as the two superpowers descend into an all-out trade war.

The Asian ‘middle kingdom’ said it would impose an import tax of 25 percent on 659 American goods, for a total value of 50 billion dollars. These include soya beans and cars at first, but Beijing also threatens to levy tariffs on energy products such as crude oil, gas, and coal, which were not included in an earlier list.

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Abe-led panel adopts new visa plan to accept 500,000 low-skilled laborers by 2025

Challenged by the ongoing population crisis, Japan may be finally and quietly trying to change its strict immigration policy to accept more low-skilled foreign laborers.

On Friday, the Council on Economic and Fiscal Policy, which is chaired by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, adopted a set of immigration policies for the creation of a new visa status for non-professional foreign laborers.


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Trinity Western loses fight for Christian law school as court rules limits on religious freedom 'rea

>Supreme Court of Canada says 7-2 decision will ensure open access for LGBT students

A B.C.-based evangelical Christian university has lost its legal battle over accreditation for a planned new law school, with a Supreme Court of Canada ruling today saying it's "proportionate and reasonable" to limit religious rights in order to ensure open access for LGBT students.

In a pair of 7-2 rulings, the majority of justices found the law societies of British Columbia and Ontario have the power to refuse accreditation based on Trinity Western University's so-called community covenant.


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Kansas - Fatal Swatting Update, Two Gamers Plead Not Guilty


The swatting prank that turned deadly in Witchita Kansas has led to serious charges for those behind the prank call. It all started when two online gamers got into a dispute over a $1.50 Call of Duty WWII video game bet and escalated to the shooting death of an unarmed innocent third-party by a SWAT team member. The two teens behind the dispute are Casey Viner, 18, and Shane Gaskill, 19. Both teens have been charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice, wire fraud and more.

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England 'highly likely' to be suffering from deforestation, campaigners warn

>'Something is drastically wrong with the way various government departments that share responsibility for trees and woods are failing to get enough new woodland created'

England is "highly likely" to be suffering from deforestation, campaigners warned after new figures revealed low levels of new woodlands being planted.

Only 1,500 hectares (3,700 acres) of woods were planted in England last year, well below targets to increase woodland in the country, figures show.


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Nike apologizes for clothing line featuring logo similar to Naval Academy crest

Nike has apologized and ceased production on a sportswear line under its brand The Undefeated after social media backlash over the logo's similarity to the crest of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

The Nike logo, which features the brand's trademark swoosh and a championship cup, shares a nearly identical structure to the Academy's logo, including the columns, flames, and scrolls where altered text is featured.

In a tweet, the Naval Academy noted the similarities and called the logo an infringement of trademark law.


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US expected to withdraw from UN Human Rights Council: report

The U.S. is reportedly planning to pull out of the United Nations Human Rights Council after clashes over key issues such as Israel.

A source told Reuters that the move could be “imminent.” The council will begin a three-week session in Geneva on Monday.

Other diplomatic sources told Reuters that the withdrawal was “not a question of if but of when.”


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Trump told Macron 'all the terrorists are in Paris': report

President Trump reportedly told French President Emmanuel Macron during the Group of Seven meeting that he must know about the issue of terrorism, since "all the terrorists are in Paris."

The Wall Street Journal reports that Trump made the comment during the G-7 summit in Canada last weekend — a meeting where his newly imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum took center stage.


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Trump: 'Fake News Media' wrong about relationship with world leaders

President Trump fired back Friday evening against media reports that his relationship with various world leaders has soured.

Trump specifically referenced photos that have been released of a meeting from the G-7 this past weekend. The photos show Trump seated at a table as multiple heads of state — including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau — crowd around him in serious discussion.

“The Fake News Media sad that I did not get along with other Leaders at the #G7Summit in Canada,” Trump tweeted, adding his own photos from the weekend. “They are once again, WRONG!”


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Vatican Protected Monsignor for a Year Before Indicting the Catholic Diplomat for Child Porn


The Vatican has announced the criminal indictment of Monsignor Carlo Capella for child pornography, the very pedophile Catholic Diplomat in which they've spent nearly a year protecting from prosecution.

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President Donald Trump declared Wednesday morning that North Korea no longer poses a “nuclear threat” to the U.S.

“There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea,” Trump tweeted as he returned to the U.S. “President Obama said that North Korea was our biggest and most dangerous problem. No longer – sleep well tonight!”


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Berkeley declares 'climate emergency' worse than World War II, demands 'humane' population control

The Berkeley City Council on Tuesday night declared what it called a "climate emergency" with more global significance than World War II, and called for an immediate effort to "humanely stabilize population" and "reverse ecological overshoot."

The resolution, which invokes the global conflict between the Axis and Allies, charges that Americans bear an "extraordinary responsibility to solve the crises" facing the environment.

"[D]uring World War II, the Bay Area came together across race, age, class, gender and other differences in an extraordinary regional mobilization, building and repairing Liberty ships, converting car assembly plants into tank manufacturing facilities," the resolution reads.


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German Migration Drama Could Spell The End For Angela Merkel

>Many in the country can no longer stomach her open-door policy towards migrants and refugees, even as people keep trying to reach Europe.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s grip on power is hanging by a thread as the immigration crisis stirring political upheaval across Europe threatens to split apart her already fragile coalition government.

Interior Minister Horst Seehofer and his Bavarian Christian Social Union (CSU) are trying to upend Merkel’s open-door policy towards migrants and refugees by proposing to shut Germany’s borders. The CSU and Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU), which jointly hold power over the government, are required to seek compromise on how to move forward.


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Turkey – Currency Crumbling As Erdogan Wants More Power

The younger Turks are voicing their discontent over President Erdogan’s autocrat rule ever louder. Whenever Erdogan claims he wants more power, the millennial generation voices their fury and anger via Twitter or Facebook, as there is no real political opposition left.

Even though Mr Erdogan’s ‘Justice and Development’ party is highly likely to win the upcoming election in a month’s time, international investors are fleeing the country in ever greater numbers, leading to an aggravated fall in the Turkish lira which only accelerated this week.

Abdullah Bozkurt


#Erdogan's chief economic advisor Yigit Bulut describes Turkish lira's plunge as part of Christian crusade against #Turkey that target financial markets, claims the same crusade lies behind the US President @realDonaldTrump Jerusalem move.

On Wednesday, the sound of ‘4.80 Lira’ was repeated on social media by millions of young Turks, fearing that international goods like iPhones or laptops would soon become unpayable and that President Erdogan’s fury with the west (he has called various European leaders ‘Nazis’) would result in sanctions similar to those that Russia is experiencing.

The joke on social media was that 5 dollars per Lira would be hit by the time Erdogan wins the next election, something which many market watchers acknowledged is now likely.

Ms Phoenix Kalen, who watches emerging markets for Société Générale, says that if Turkey does not change direction from the current political leadership, the country is likely to remain trapped in a “recurring nightmare”.

“We believe that an opposition win of the executive presidency would spark a phenomenal rally in the lira.”


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Florida - Man Jailed For Threat: "5 likes and I'll go shoot up Disney"


An online threat landed a Florida man behind bars after he threatened to commit a mass shooting at Walt Disney World. The man posted in a Facebook group chat saying, "5 likes and I'll go shoot up Disney and hang myself."

23-year-old Derek Eitel of Cocoa was arrested for the threat which he posted to a Facebook group of more than 800 members, according to Brevard County Sheriff's Office.

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WTH? T-Mobile offers $250 to certain AT&T grandfathered unlimited subscribers who make the switch

Last week, Phone Arena informed you about AT&T's decision to hike the monthly price of unlimited service to subscribers grandfathered into low priced unlimited service. The nation's second largest carrier has not offered this particular plan for eight years, and will raise the price to $45 per month for each grandfathered subscriber. That is still a bargain compared to the $65 a month that AT&T's current unlimited tier is priced at. And those grandfathered into the older plan don't have to deal with the caps on the speeds of streaming services, like the one that limits video streams to 480p.

Still, with the price hike, the grandfathered AT&T subscribers have seen the price of their unlimited plan rise 50% from the original $30 a month that they paid. Never one to miss an opportunity to take upset customers off the rolls of competing carriers, and at the same time get a jab in at them, T-Mobile has announced its WTH deal.

T-Mobile says that the initials stand for "Why The Hike?," but we know better than that. The new deal from T-Mobile begins next Wednesday, June 20th and covers "AT&T customers on their 'grandfathered' Data Unlimited for iPhone on 4G LTE with Visual Voicemail plan." Subscribers to that plan through June 7th or later, can switch to T-Mobile and receive a $250 pre-paid card "to make up for AT&T breaking their promises over these last two years."

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Entitled Model Chrissy Teigen Stoops To Using A Charity To Spite Trump On His Birthday


The wife of singer John Legend is back at her anti-Trump ranting and this time she has fallen for far-left political SJW rhetoric. Model Chrissy Teigen tried to take a stab at the president for alleged "inhumane" policies. Liberal left Hollywood and public figures are actively looking for an opportunity to pull down the current POTUS. This was evident when a photo was circulated recently showing children sleeping in fenced cages in Immigration Enforcement custody. The photo drew ire and outrage at president Trump from far left figures until it was revealed the photo was taken during Obama's administration.

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Pentagon expected to cancel August military exercise with South Korea, senior administration

The Pentagon is expected to cancel the next major joint military exercise between the United States and South Korea scheduled for August, a senior administration official told Fox News late Wednesday, the same week President Trump said he would move to stop U.S. war games at the Korean Peninsula.

The official said the Pentagon likely would make the formal cancellation announcement in a press release Thursday. Trump discussed U.S. actions in the region in a news conference Tuesday following his historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.


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A new government office created to investigate bogus naturalization applications estimates there are at least 3,000 cases of aliens who used false identities to obtain U.S. citizenship, federal officials told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

The office, housed inside U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), has identified the potential fraud cases as a part of its ongoing review of more than 300,000 fingerprint records uploaded to a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) database beginning in 2014.


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Brad Pitt Relaxes After Being Allowed to Spend More Time with His Kids


A day after receiving some good news with the court granting him more unrestricted time with his children, Brad Pitt was seen relaxing and enjoying some “me time.”

The actor was spotted in London on Wednesday riding a bike near a hotel where his estranged wife, Angelina Jolie, is staying with their six kids. It is not clear if he came to see his children while in the same area.

Pitt was dressed casually, with headphones on, wearing a hat and shades.

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Teen Mom Star Farrah Abraham Arrested Wednesday For Altercation


Abraham then got physical with the security guard as he tried to prevent her from reentering the building. During the feud, Abraham allegedly pulled her "star card" by screaming, "Don’t you know who I am?" The police were called to the scene and the now 27-year-old reality star was arrested. Abraham was booked into jail on charges of battery and trespassing.

Moments before the incident, the former Teen Mom star posed for photos with Mark Cuban and Kate Neilson. She also shared an image of her 9-year-old daughter Sophia at the pool in her Instagram story.

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Here's the Inspector General Report - Read It Yourself


Right now the hottest story in America is the Inspector General Report. At The Goldwater, we're interested in bringing you the latest news always, and some things are best understood by reading yourself.

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India – Social Media User Make Fun of Failed Search for UFO at PM Modi’s Residence


It was initially believed that a UFO was hovering over PM Modi’s residence sending the security team scrambling to find the said object. It didn’t matter that the official residence is a no-fly-zone at least within the 2-km radius around the PM’s home at Lok Kalyan Marg in Delhi. The Intelligence Bureau, National Security Guards and Delhi Air Traffic Control (ATC) were also informed about the sighting and were put on high alert.

The search, however, yielded nothing. After the said search, the Perimeter Security Officer simply sent an ‘Ok Report’ to the Delhi police.

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World Cup - Putin Tells Russian Women They Can Have Sex With Tourists During Tournament


One of this year’s weirdest headlines got an unlikely follow-up as Russian President Vladimir Putin overruled one of his own female MP’s who had yesterday called upon Russian women not to sleep with ‘non-white foreign men’ during the World Cup tournament as this would leave them with a generation of unwanted mixed-race children as Moscow saw in the aftermath of the 1980 Olympics.

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Florida – Rollercoaster Derails at Daytona Beach Boardwalk, Two Rider Fall 35 Feet


A roller coaster derailed at the Daytona Beach Boardwalk in Florida on Thursday night horrifically leading two people falling from the car and multiple other people getting hurt.

Daytona Beach Fire Department confirmed that two people fell from the ride’s car, which was left dangling upside down roughly 35 feet off the ground.

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Another Woman Gets Restraining Order Against Chris Brown For Violence


Hip Hop singer Chris Brown has been served with another restraining order, this time by a woman named Cassandra who was granted the temporary protective order after he began stalking and hitting her. The woman attended one of the singer's parties and their contacts began from there, according to court documents.

The victim says Brown, 29, has never used a weapon to assault her but did follow and strike her with his hands. The documents allege the abuse occurred several times but did not mention specific dates. The restraining order demands Brown stay 100 yards away from Cassandra and to stay away from her school. He is also barred from contacting her in any way including any attempt to obtain her contact information or address.

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Oxfam slams treatment of migrants at French-Italian border

Migrants who live through the trauma of camps in Libya, make the dangerous Mediterranean crossing to Italy and try to push north get a double-whammy at the French-Italian border, where many languish in a no man's land without adequate food, water, shelter or basic rights, a leading rights group said Friday.

The report by Oxfam examines the plight of migrants at the border where the French and Italian Rivieras meet, a popular vacation destination for Europeans. For migrants, however, the Italian town of Ventimiglia is a place to escape from, only to face rough, often illegal, treatment by French police nearby.


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Nevada – Brothel Owner Dennis Hof Wins GOP Primary


Dennis Hof, the owner of half a dozen legal brothels in Nevada, won the Republican primary for the state Legislature on Tuesday, ousting in the process a three-term lawmaker.

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Antarctic thaw quickens, trillions of tonnes of ice raise sea levels

An accelerating thaw of Antarctica has pushed up world sea levels by almost a centimeter since the early 1990s in a risk for coasts from Pacific islands to Florida, an international team of scientists said on Thursday.

Antarctica has enough ice to raise seas by 58 meters (190 ft) if it ever all melted, dwarfing frozen stores in places from Greenland to the Himalayas and making its future the biggest uncertainty in understanding global warming and ocean levels.


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“I Bought All The President’s Men. Figure I Need To Brush Up On Watergate.” - Text From IG Report!


Another section of the Report details how FBI Peter Strzok created the appearance that investigative decisions were impacted by bias. “In particular, we were concerned about text messages exchanged by FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, Special Counsel to the Deputy Director, that potentially indicated or created the appearance that investigative decisions were impacted by bias or improper considerations,”

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Colorado Wildfire Forces Nearly 2K Evacuations Amid Drought

The threat of hot, windy weather and thunderstorms Thursday posed more problems for firefighters battling a Colorado wildfire that has forced residents of more than 1,000 homes to evacuate and led to warnings for others to get ready to leave.

The fire 13 miles (43 kilometers) north of Durango is in the Four Corners Region where Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico and Utah meet — the epicenter of a large U.S. Southwest swath of exceptional drought, the worst category of drought.

Moderate to extreme drought conditions affect larger areas of those four states plus parts of Nevada, California, Oregon, Oklahoma and Texas, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. This week, authorities in Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico closed recreational areas and enacted fire restrictions because of the high fire danger.


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Samsung promises to use 100 percent renewable energy in US, Europe, and China by 2020

Samsung said today that it’s going to make its factories and offices in the US, Europe, and China run on 100 percent renewable energy. The announcement comes after a more than year-long Greenpeace campaign advocating for greener practices and protesting the company’s role in worsening climate change.

Activists have pointed out that Samsung lags behind rivals when it comes to going green. Apple and Google have both purchased enough renewable energy, such as wind or solar energy, to offset their global energy consumption since April. (It’s likely that Samsung will also purchase renewable energy to offset its consumption, rather than be directly powered by renewables.)


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EPA lays out next steps to clean up southwest Colorado mines

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday laid out the next steps it will take to clean up wastewater flowing from dozens of old mines in southwestern Colorado, including dredging contaminated sediment from streambeds and digging ditches to divert water away from tainted rocks and soil.

The work is part of the EPA's interim plan to keep toxic heavy metals from flowing into rivers while the agency searches for a more permanent solution under the Superfund program.


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Trump expected to take 'significant action' against China on trade: official

US President Donald Trump is expected to direct a “pretty significant action” in trade tariffs against China affecting around $50 billion in Chinese goods, an administration official said on Thursday.

US trade officials were meeting at the White House on Thursday afternoon to discuss the issue, with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin arguing against the move, the official said.


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Spain, Portugal hoping to focus on soccer

Spain is in chaos after firing its coach two days before Friday's match. Portugal has been fending off distractions since star Cristiano Ronaldo hinted at an upcoming announcement about his future.

The Group B match in Sochi is at Fisht Olympic Stadium, the first World Cup game to be played at the venue.

The Spanish soccer federation fired coach Julen Lopetegui because he accepted a job to coach Real Madrid after the tournament. Fernando Hierro, a former Spain player who had been acting as the team's sports director in Russia, will lead the country in his first major coaching job.


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Another DNA Testing Company Reportedly Gets Fooled by Dog DNA

Consumer DNA testing is going to the dogs. A Canadian testing company has been accused of sending back supposedly human ancestry results on a faux sample that actually came from a chihuahua named Snoopy, CBC News reported Wednesday. Remarkably, it’s the second company reported to have been fooled by doggy DNA in recent months, but the full story behind the sting is even weirder.

The company in question, Viaguard Accu-Metrics, has been exclusively used to verify whether prospective members of the Confederation of Aboriginal People of Canada (CAPC) have any genetic ties to the indigenous populations of Canada. Those who were confirmed to have indigenous DNA via the lab’s results are then given CAPC membership. The results would supposedly not only confirm someone’s ancestry, but narrow down which tribes of the First Nations community they belonged to.


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Theresa May appears to back postmen in row over Royal Mail's England flag ban

Theresa May has suggested that postmen should be able to fly England flags in a display of support for the national team during the Fifa World Cup, following a backlash against Royal Mail over its company wide-ban.

A spokesman for the Prime Minister said that she “believes everybody should be able to show their support” for Gareth Southgate’s team, adding that she “hopes for a way to be found to allow people to do that”.


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Trump Administration Will House Migrant Children in Tents in Tornillo, Texas

The Trump administration has selected Tornillo, Texas, for the construction of tents to house the overflow of immigrant children, many of whom have been separated from their parents under a new "zero tolerance" policy, according to three sources familiar with the decision.

NBC News, citing those sources, reported that the Department of Health and Human Services will erect a "tent city," full of large tents whose walls touch the ground, which is estimated to hold approximately 450 beds for children.


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Texas Abortion Clinics Suing To Undo Old Laws After 2016 Win

Texas abortion providers are suing to undo decades-old regulations on doctors and clinics that they say deserve a second look after a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 2016.

The lawsuit filed Thursday challenges longstanding requirements over ultrasounds, waiting periods and licensing. Courts have already upheld some of the laws.


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Pompeo rejects North Korea claims, says sanctions remain until nukes are gone

Crippling international sanctions on North Korea will not be eased until "complete denuclearization" takes place, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday, dismissing claims from Pyongyang that the U.S. had offered to drop some sanctions during the process.

Pompeo spoke in South Korea two days after the historic meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

“We’re going to get denuclearization,” Pompeo said. "Only then will there be relief from sanctions.”

Pompeo also downplayed Trump's claim that North Korea no longer represented a nuclear threat.


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Bill Clinton 'offended' over criticism of his tarmac meeting with ex-AG Lynch

Former President Bill Clinton was “offended” by the widespread criticism of his June 2016 tarmac meeting with then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch days before the FBI decided it would not recommend criminal charges against his wife, he told the Justice Department’s inspector general.

“I thought you know, I don’t know whether I’m more offended that they think I’m crooked or that they think I’m stupid,” Clinton told investigators, according to the report released Thursday by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz.


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A year on, horrific Grenfell Tower fire haunts Britain

In the shadow of London's Grenfell Tower, the pain is as fresh as the newly laid flowers for the dead.

One year ago, the residential high-rise was destroyed by a fire that killed 72 people. It was the greatest loss of life in a fire on British soil since World War II, a horror that left the neighborhood and the country in shock.

On Thursday, survivors, bereaved families and people around Britain marked the anniversary of a local tragedy that's also a national shame — one for which blame still is being assigned and traded. Was Grenfell a tragic accident, the product of government cost-cutting and lax safety standards, or authorities' disregard for people who lived in public housing?


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Trump has had several legal tangles with his home state

>New York has sued Trump and his businesses multiple times

Donald Trump may love New York, but New York doesn't seem to love him. The state has sued Trump multiple times, and even the city sued him once.

In light of New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood announcing Thursday her office was suing the Trump Foundation, the president and three of his children, here's a look at other times New York took a bite out of Donald.


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Clinton Email Probe Reveals FBI Agent's Stop-Trump Text, Calls Comey 'Insubordinate'


The long-awaited IG Report was released Thursday afternoon.

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A 35-year-old man was arrested after allegedly sending out “punish a Muslim day” letters in England, police announced Tuesday.

Police arrested a man from Lincoln after he allegedly sent out threatening messages calling for inflicting punishments on the Muslim communities in England, The Guardian reported. The man included a point system in the letter for getting benefits if you punished a Muslim on April 3. He is facing charges, including suspicion of conspiring and soliciting to commit murder and sending out threatening messages.


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Driverless Cars May Cut Traffic Jams, Not Insurance Premiums

It turns out robots need insurance too.

As driverless vehicles reduce car ownership in coming years, insurers may not face the Armageddon that had been predicted, new research shows.

“We do not expect revenues for auto insurance companies to experience a sudden decline as a result of autonomous vehicles,” Alejandro Zamorano, an analyst at Bloomberg New Energy Finance, wrote Thursday in a report. “Instead we expect a gradual shift in the type of auto insurance products as well as new revenue sources for insurance companies.”

That assessment contrasts with previous dire predictions for the industry. A Morgan Stanley report in 2016, entitled “Are Auto Insurers on the Road to Nowhere,” estimated the business could contract by as much as 80 percent by 2040. But as a handful of fatal accidents involving autonomous vehicles has made clear in recent years, insurance coverage will probably evolve, not disappear.

One thing that will change is who pays for the policy, according to BNEF. Rather than individual drivers, manufacturers and technologies companies will be more likely to need coverage, and that shift could be a boon for insurers that are quickest to adapt.

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Verizon announces a third, more expensive fake unlimited plan

Today, Verizon announced its third unlimited data plan. As you can probably tell from the fact that there are three tiers, none of them are actually unlimited. In fact, all of the carriers that offer unlimited plans throttle your speeds after a certain point.

This one is called Above Unlimited, and it offers the hefty data cap of 75GB, also offering 720p streaming, 20GB of 4G LTE hotspot usage, and 500GB of Verizon Cloud. The new plan will cost you $95 per month, or $90 per line at two lines, $70 per line with three, or $60 per line with four or more.

For $10 less, there's the mid-tier Beyond Unlimited plan, with 22GB of 4G LTE data, HD streaming, and 15GB of hotspot usage. And for $10 less than that, there doesn't appear to be a data cap, streaming is limited to 480p, and mobile hotspot is limited to 600kbps.

Moreover, you can also mix and match the plans to meet the needs of your family. For example, one person can use Go Unlimited if they don't stream a lot of video and they don't use mobile hotspot, and the power user in the family can get Above Unlimited.



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​Samsung plans to go fully renewable for energy in US, China, Europe by 2020

Samsung Electronics is to install approximately 63,000 square meters of solar panels in its campuses in South Korea, the company has announced.

In addition, the South Korean conglomerate will source renewable energy for 100 percent of the energy used in its offices, factories, and buildings in the United States, Europe, and China.

Samsung has joined the World Wildlife Fund Renewable Energy Buyers' Principles and the Rocky Mountain Institute's Business Renewables Center as part of its commitment, it said.

In South Korea, the conglomerate will follow the government's national strategic plan to increase the country's renewable energy use to 20 percent by 2030.

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Fed raises 2018 outlook for US economy

The Federal Reserve raised its outlook on U.S. economic growth on Wednesday.

The median real GDP forecast rose to 2.8 percent, up from 2.7 percent, for this year. There were no changes for 2019 and 2020, and the longer run median forecast remained 1.8 percent.

Economic activity has been rising at a "solid" rate, the Fed's statement said, marking an upgrade from "moderate" in the previous statement. The central bank raised its benchmark short-term interest rate a quarter of a percentage point on Wednesday and indicated two more hikes will likely come this year.

Policymakers also lowered their expectations for the unemployment rate. The median projection for this year fell to 3.6 percent, down from 3.8 percent. For 2019 and 2020, the median expectation for the unemployment rate declined to 3.5 percent, from 3.6 percent.

Inflation expectations rose to 2.1 percent for this year through 2020.



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Comey 'Deviated' From FBI Procedures in Clinton Probe, Watchdog Finds

Former FBI Director James Comey “deviated” from FBI and Justice Department procedures in handling the probe into Hillary Clinton, damaging the law enforcement agencies’ image of impartiality even though he wasn’t motivated by political bias, the department’s watchdog found in a highly anticipated report.

“While we did not find that these decisions were the result of political bias on Comey’s part, we nevertheless concluded that by departing so clearly and dramatically from FBI and department norms, the decisions negatively impacted the perception of the FBI and the department as fair administrators of justice,” Inspector General Michael Horowitz said in the report’s conclusions, which were obtained Thursday by Bloomberg News.

Horowitz’s report examined actions taken by top officials before the 2016 election, including the handling of the investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server when she was secretary of state. The investigation expanded to touch on an array of politically sensitive decisions by officials including Comey and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch.



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New York sues Trump, his foundation, over 'self-dealing'

New York’s attorney general sued U.S. President Donald Trump, three of his children and his namesake foundation on Thursday, alleging “persistently illegal conduct” at the nonprofit, including support for Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.

Barbara Underwood, the attorney general, asked a New York state judge to dissolve the Donald J. Trump Foundation and to ban Trump, his sons Donald Jr. and Eric, and his daughter Ivanka from holding leadership roles in New York charities.

Underwood said her office’s 21-month investigation, begun under her predecessor Eric Schneiderman, uncovered “extensive unlawful political coordination” by the foundation with Trump’s campaign, as well as “repeated and willful self-dealing” to benefit Trump’s personal, business and political interests.

Among the transactions the lawsuit cited as illegal was a $10,000 payment to the Unicorn Children’s Foundation for a portrait of Trump purchased at a fundraising auction in 2014, and $100,000 paid to another charity to settle a legal claim in 2007.

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Germany – Volkswagen Fined $1.2 Billion for Emissions Cheating Scandal


Public prosecutors in Germany announced on Wednesday that they have meted out a $1.2 billion fine on Volkswagen for rigging diesel engine emissions worldwide.

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Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz called for a new “axis” with other European countries to combat illegal migration, Wednesday.

Kurz, 31, a conservative, pressed for Italy, Germany and Austria to join together and form an “axis” against illegal migration in Europe, Politico reported. Kurz met with Horst Seehofer, the conservative German interior minister, about tightening borders to combat the rise of illegal migration.


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Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini demanded an apology from French President Emmanuel Macron for his comments on Italy’s decision to reject access to a migrant ship and then reprimanded states for allowing associations, such as left-wing financier George Soros’s Open Society Foundations, to dictate its immigration policies.

“Our actions don’t deserve to be described in such terms by figures in the French government who I hope will apologize,” Salvini said to the Senate in Rome, according to Bloomberg.


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The Australian Defence Force Flew A Nazi Flag In Afghanistan


A photo from August 2007 is coming back to haunt the Australian Defence force while they were deployed in Afghanistan. The photo shows a large Nazi flag flying from an Australian Army vehicle during an operation in Afghanistan in 2007. The red flag clearly has a swastika displayed and is being flown over the Australian Army vehicle.

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Midair plane crash over Alaska turns deadly, officials say

A person died on Wednesday after two planes flying over Alaska crashed in midair, officials said.

Several reports regarding the deadly collision came in to the Alaska State Troopers around noon, Clint Johnson, chief of the Alaska regional office of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), told The Associated Press.

The NTSB confirmed that one person on board the plane had died in the crash that occured near Anchorage, although it wasn’t clear whether the individual was the only one on the aircraft, the outlet said. The individual was not identified since the next of kin hadn't been informed yet. The wrecked plane was a “high-wing” Cessna, Johnson told The Associated Press.


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Twitter CEO apologizes for eating at CHICK-FIL-A

>Liberal activists pound Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey for eating at the Christian restaurant, showing that they grant absolutely no freedom at all to anyone

Anyone who has ever eaten at Chik-Fil-A knows why they do so. The food is great, always served with a smile and graciousness, and the atmosphere is very high quality. But, it’s a CHRISTIAN company and so, all these great qualities just don’t matter to activist liberals.

They went after Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey after he posted these comments on his own social network:


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Minnesota - Charges Expected For Unlicensed Driver Who Rammed 3 Children At Playground


Minnesota state troopers were pursuing an unlicensed driver when he rammed into a Minneapolis playground and injured three young children, one of them suffered a broken hip and neck. The horror unfolded Monday when state troopers tried stopping 27-year-old Kabaar Powell during a routine traffic stop. Powell refused to stop and fled tearing through a tennis court before smashing into the playground near the Jenny Lind Elementary School.

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Exclusive Interview - Sarah Corriher Discusses Her Mom’s Suicide And The Truth About Depression


When a loved one dies, it’s always painful. When a parent dies by suicide, especially a mother’s suicide, it has an even more painful and potentially devastating effect.

We have seen a great number of suicides in the news.

The apparent suicide this month of Anthony Bourdain has sparked some people to post some very disparaging remarks and videos.

Owen Benjamin had a lot to say on the subject. Apparently, his father used the word “suicide” as more of a threat. He described it as his father basically announcing that he was going out to commit suicide and Benjamin following behind him to save his father if he actually went through with it.

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'We strongly support' House GOP efforts to pass two immigration bills

Senior White House adviser Stephen Miller signaled that the White House supports Republican efforts to pass two separate immigration bills next week.

Following a Wednesday meeting with House Republicans, Miller told reporters that "both the bills are being finalized right now, but we strongly support what they're doing.”

Miller stopped short of totally endorsing the bills in their current form but clarified the "White House supports the effort to arrive at a bill that will get 218 votes.”


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Judge Warns Angelina Jolie Could Lose Primary Custody of her Children with Brad Pitt


A new report says there’s a chance that Angelina Jolie may lose primary physical custody of her six children with estranged husband, Brad Pitt, and if that happens, she has no one to blame but herself.

A report by entertainment site TMZ says Jolie may get into trouble for restricting her children’s interaction with their dad. It says further that the judge in the couple’s divorce case believes that it is “harmful” to the children if the actress continues to get her way on her children’s and Brad’s time together and how they spend it.

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Fed lifts rates amid stronger inflation, drops crisis-era guidance

The Federal Reserve raised interest rates on Wednesday, a move that was widely expected but still marked a milestone in the U.S. central bank’s shift from policies used to battle the 2007-2009 financial crisis and recession.

In raising its benchmark overnight lending rate a quarter of a percentage point to a range of 1.75 percent to 2 percent, the Fed dropped its pledge to keep rates low enough to stimulate the economy “for some time” and signaled it would tolerate inflation above its 2 percent target at least through 2020.


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California? Or Cali-Three-Nia? Proposal To Split State Will Be On Ballot In November

A proposal to divide California into three separate states will appear on the ballot in November, after an idiosyncratic, years-long quest by a venture capitalist.

The measure, pushed by billionaire Tim Draper, received hundreds of thousands of signatures as required to be placed on the ballot. If it's approved by voters, the proposal would still require a congressional OK — and would very likely face legal challenges on both the state and federal levels, according to experts.


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Inventor says Google is patenting work he put in the public domain

>Creator of a breakthrough compression algorithm fights to keep it patent-free.

When Jarek Duda invented an important new compression technique called asymmetric numeral systems (ANS) a few years ago, he wanted to make sure it would be available for anyone to use. So instead of seeking patents on the technique, he dedicated it to the public domain. Since 2014, Facebook, Apple, and Google have all created software based on Duda's breakthrough.

But now Google is seeking a patent that would give it broad rights over the use of ANS for video compression. And Duda, a computer scientist at Jagiellonian University in Poland, isn't happy about it.


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Kudlow released from hospital after heart attack

Larry Kudlow, President Trump’s top economic adviser, was discharged on Wednesday morning from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after receiving treatment for a heart attack, according to the White House.

“Doctors say Larry's recovery is going very well,” press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement. “The president and the administration are happy Larry is back home and look forward to seeing him back to work soon.”


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Anticipation builds for report on FBI’s Clinton probe

Conservatives on Capitol Hill are anxiously awaiting the imminent release of a report from the Department of Justice (DOJ) inspector general scrutinizing the law enforcement agency’s handling of its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

A spate of recent press reports suggesting that the document will be critical of top DOJ brass has raised expectations among some of President Trump’s most ardent defenders that it will provide fuel for an ongoing broadside against the department.


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