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McCain’s ‘no’ vote on GOP health bill elicits gasps in Senate chamber

McCain’s ‘no’ vote on GOP health bill elicits gasps in Senate chamberSen. John McCain lived up to his nickname, “maverick,” in voting against his fellow Republicans on the “skinny” amendment to repeal and replace Obamacare.


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15 Most Stressful Jobs in the World

Everyone has a bad day at work now and then. But if you have one of these 15 Most Stressful Jobs in the World, even one bad day can get you or someone else killed. From EMT to Coal Miner to Ice Road Trucker, these are the jobs that will keep you up at nights!


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last updated: Sun, 28 Aug 2016 22:01:00 GMT

Canal jumper released on bail
AN 18-year-old man who jumped into a canal at Surfers Paradise to avoid being arrested by police on Wednesday night has been granted bail.

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last updated: Thu, 27 Jul 2017 15:44:20 -0400

McCain’s ‘no’ vote on GOP health bill elicits gasps in Senate chamber

McCain’s ‘no’ vote on GOP health bill elicits gasps in Senate chamberSen. John McCain lived up to his nickname, “maverick,” in voting against his fellow Republicans on the “skinny” amendment to repeal and replace Obamacare.


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Congressional Budget Office showdown: GOP tries to shoot the messenger, misses

Congressional Budget Office showdown: GOP tries to shoot the messenger, missesAngry over CBO projections that made Obamacare repeal bills look bad, some GOP House members tried to scale back the influence of the nonpartisan budget analysts. They failed.


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Man 'murders his wife and tries to throw her body off cruise ship because she would not stop laughing at him'

Man 'murders his wife and tries to throw her body off cruise ship because she would not stop laughing at him'Kenneth Manzanares has been charged with the murder of his wife Kirsty after she was found in their cabin with a severe head wound during the cruise as it was sailing through Alaska on Tuesday night. Medical workers and security personnel were reportedly called to the couple’s cabin at around 9pm but the mother of three was pronounced dead at the scene around 20 minutes later. A witness, who arrived at the cabin before the crew said they found Manzanares with blood on his hands and clothes.


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Shark Attacks Female Tourist While Snorkeling In Bahamas

Shark Attacks Female Tourist While Snorkeling In BahamasBahamas have witnessed relatively few unprovoked shark attacks in the area.


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Dozens injured in Barcelona commuter train crash

Dozens injured in Barcelona commuter train crash

A commuter train slammed into the end of the platform during the morning rush hour at a busy station in Barcelona on Friday, leaving dozens of people injured, emergency services said.

One person was seriously injured, 19 were injured “less seriously” including the driver, and 34 were lightly injured in the accident at Francia station in the center of the Spanish city, emergency services said on Twitter.

A French citizen and a Romanian were among the injured, a spokesman for the civil protection agency said. The rest were Spanish nationals.

The regional train, traveling from the town of Sant Vicenc de Calders located about 70 kilometers (40 miles) southwest of Barcelona, ran into the buffers at 7:15 am (0515 GMT), Spanish train operator Renfe said. (AFP)

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‘What Happened’: Hillary’s new book isn’t out yet, but Twitter is already making fun of the title

‘What Happened’: Hillary’s new book isn’t out yet, but Twitter is already making fun of the titleThe book is weeks away, but the title and cover of the candidate’s campaign memoir have already been found wanting by detractors.


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Officer dies after shot multiple times in Indianapolis

Officer dies after shot multiple times in IndianapolisINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A police officer died after being shot multiple times while responding to a traffic crash on the south side of Indianapolis, authorities said Thursday.


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Man's brand new Ferrari goes up in flames within an hour of purchasing it

Man's brand new Ferrari goes up in flames within an hour of purchasing itThere's nothing quite like the feeling of sitting in the driver's seat of a brand new car, especially if it's the car of your dreams. You would want to take that baby out for a spin. Unfortunately for this driver, things didn't quite work out.  SEE ALSO: Lucid Air, Tesla's new rival, can hit an impressive speed of 235 mph The South Yorkshire Police Operational Support posted pictures of the charred remains of a brand new £260,000 ($340,468) Ferrari 430 Scuderia. In the post, they wrote: "Officers were deployed to a single vehicle collision with reports that the vehicle had left the carriageway and burst in to flames. Road conditions were wet at the time and as officers arrived on scene it became clear there was a vehicle well alight and colleagues from South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue were in attendance squirting water all over some kind of sporty motor some 50 or so meters down a banking." Amazingly the driver only sustained minor cuts and bruises. When the officers asked him what kind of car it was, the driver said, "It was a Ferrari. I've only just got it, picked it up and hour ago." Ouch. Now that's got to sting. Officers who spoke to witnesses of the crash believe that excessive speed wasn't a contributing factor in this accident, which begs the question, "What the hell happened?" While the cause of this inferno is still unknown, what is certain is that it's a miracle that the driver managed to escape relatively unscathed. We can't say the same about his pride. WATCH: Made-to-order amphibious car lets you ride from land to water


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GOP Deploys Trump Russia Counter Narrative

GOP Deploys Trump Russia Counter NarrativeRachel Maddow reports on the latest embarrassing spectacle from the Donald Trump administration and points out the facets of a solidifying Republican counter narrative that aims to discredit the FBI and the Trump Russia investigation.


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U.S. expresses 'strong disappointment and protest' over Russia retaliation

U.S. expresses 'strong disappointment and protest' over Russia retaliationThe U.S. Ambassador to Moscow, John Tefft, has "expressed his strong disappointment and protest" over Russia's decision to cut U.S. diplomatic staff in Moscow and seize a dacha compound and warehouse used by American diplomats, a State Department official said on Friday. Russia's moves came a day after the U.S. Senate voted to slap new sanctions on Russia, putting President Donald Trump in a tough position by forcing him to take a hard line against Moscow or veto the legislation and anger his own Republican Party.


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Baby dies after days 'strapped in a car seat without food'

Baby dies after days 'strapped in a car seat without food'Lovily K Johnson has been charged with felony murder and first-degree child abuse following the death of her son Noah Edward Johnson at their apartment in Wyoming, Michigan. Police said Johnson had arrived at the local hospital last week with Noah who was already “clearly deceased and had been for some time”.


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Frightening Video Of A Shark Jumping Aboard A Boat

Frightening Video Of A Shark Jumping Aboard A BoatA fishing crew off the coast of Long Island got the shock of their life when a huge mako shark jumped onto their boat and got trapped.


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Texas executes man who stabbed woman to death at her home

Texas executes man who stabbed woman to death at her homeTexas executed on Thursday a man convicted of murdering a woman by stabbing her repeatedly after breaking into her San Antonio home in 2004. TaiChin Preyor, 46, died by lethal injection at the state's death chamber in Huntsville, a prisons official said. The execution was delayed for more than three hours to allow the U.S. Supreme Court time to hear an appeal from Preyor's lawyer to spare his life, which the court rejected.


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Bomb-Sniffing Marine Dog Who Served in Afghanistan Gets a Hero's Farewell

Bomb-Sniffing Marine Dog Who Served in Afghanistan Gets a Hero's FarewellMarine Corporal Jeff DeYoung served with Cena in Afghanistan before adopting him as his service dog.


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'Reinforcements' caught sneaking into Philippine warzone

'Reinforcements' caught sneaking into Philippine warzonePhilippine troops have seized 59 suspected militants trying to reinforce Islamist gunmen holed up in the southern city of Marawai who have been battling government forces for more than two months, military officials said Friday. The capture of the "suspicious persons" in the troubled Mindanao region has raised questions about how the Islamic State-inspired fighters have been able to hold out in Marawi for almost 70 days. Thirty-two suspected militants were arrested at a military checkpoint in Ipil town while 27 others were taken at a house in Zamboanga City on Tuesday, regional military spokeswoman Captain Jo-Ann Petinglay said.


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North Dakota woman who threatened Muslims hugs one of them

North Dakota woman who threatened Muslims hugs one of themFARGO, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota woman who threatened some Muslim women in a Walmart parking lot met with two of them Thursday and all "expressed their sincere regrets" about the incident and apologized, Fargo's police chief said Thursday.


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Bollinger B1: the coolest electric car you’ve never heard of

Bollinger B1: the coolest electric car you’ve never heard ofNot every electric car needs to be a high-tech speed machine capable of sorting your email, giving you a back rub and making you an espresso, all while hustling down the highway on its own. An electric car can also be a low-maintenance, utilitarian workhorse that would be right at home for example on a farm or work site. Thankfully there is such a vehicle, or there will be soon: the B1 from electric car startup Bollinger Motors.


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Boy Scout chief apologizes for Trump’s speech

Boy Scout chief apologizes for Trump’s speechMichael Surbaugh, the chief scout executive for the Boy Scouts, was forced to apologize Thursday for President Trump’s address at the group’s annual jamboree.


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Vietnam says others should respect its right to drill for South China Sea oil

Vietnam says others should respect its right to drill for South China Sea oilVietnam on Friday said other countries should respect its legitimate right to drill for oil in its waters amid growing tension with China over energy development in the South China Sea. The drilling began in mid-June in Vietnam's Block 136/3, which is licensed to Vietnam's state oil firm, Spain's Repsol and Mubadala Development Co [MUDEV.UL] of the United Arab Emirates. The block lies inside the U-shaped "nine-dash line" that marks the vast area that China claims in the sea and overlaps what it says are its own oil concessions.


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Portugal battles raging wildfires

Portugal battles raging wildfiresMore than ten villages in central Portugal have been evacuated as forest fires rage in the provinces of Castelo Branco and Santarem.  Almost 5,000 firefighters supported by water-dropping aircraft are deployed across central and northern areas of Portugal as the country continues its annual summertime battle against wildfires. “The intensity of the wind is diabolical,” said Jaime Marta Soares, saying new fires keep popping up away from the main fires. (Reuters)


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Animals evacuated to Turkey from 'neglected' Syria zoo

Animals evacuated to Turkey from 'neglected' Syria zooAn international animal welfare charity was on Friday completing the evacuation of a dozen animals stranded in a neglected zoo in the conflict-torn Aleppo province of northern Syria. The Four Paws group was seeking to move two lions and two domestic dogs from the "Magic World" zoo and amusement park in Syria over the border into Turkey and then to an animal protection centre in the north of the country, a spokesman for the charity told AFP. The convoy with the animals crossed the Syria-Turkey border late Friday and was now on their way to the animal protection facility in Karacabey, outside the northwestern Turkish city of Bursa, said spokesman Martin Bauer.


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Trump administration says Civil Rights Act should not stop LGBT discrimination by US employers

Trump administration says Civil Rights Act should not stop LGBT discrimination by US employersDonald Trump’s administration has said the US Civil Rights Act should not be used to stop employers discriminating against LGBT people. The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed a 23-page brief claiming that Title VII of the 1964 act, which bans discrimination on the grounds of sex, should not be interpreted as applying to sexual orientation. “The sole question here is whether, as a matter of law, Title VII reaches sexual orientation discrimination,” the brief said.


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Review: Detroit Is an Important but Flawed Look at American History

Review: Detroit Is an Important but Flawed Look at American HistoryThis is the type of movie we need right now. But there’s no shame in wishing that it were a better one


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7 Spectacular Astronomy Photos

7 Spectacular Astronomy PhotosWe are only halfway through 2017 and already NASA has given us dozens of amazing photos of our planet, our solar system and our universe.


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Reports: Japan defense chief to quit over document cover-up

Reports: Japan defense chief to quit over document cover-upTOKYO (AP) — Japan's beleaguered defense minister, a protege of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, will step down in connection with an alleged cover-up of military documents from U.N. peacekeeping operations, media reports said Thursday.


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2017 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350

2017 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350The Voodoo makes our skulls glow with excitement.


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Trump, vowing gang crackdown, urges cops ‘don’t be too nice’

Trump, vowing gang crackdown, urges cops ‘don’t be too nice’In a speech about the violent MS-13 gang, President Trump encouraged police officers not to be “too nice” with “thugs” when putting them in the back of police vans.


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Amazon profit slumps 77 percent as costs surge, shares fall

Amazon profit slumps 77 percent as costs surge, shares fall(Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc reported a 77 percent slump in quarterly profit as the company invests heavily in areas such as video content and in fast-growing economies such as India. The shares touched a record high of $1,083.31 in regular trading, helping Chief Executive Jeff Bezos unseat fellow tech billionaire Bill Gates to become the world's richest person, according to Forbes. Amazon said operating expenses rose 28.2 percent to $37.33 billion in the second quarter ended June 30.


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Microsoft’s Windows 10 Fall Creators Update just got several new features

Microsoft’s Windows 10 Fall Creators Update just got several new features

Microsoft has been working extremely hard to make Windows 10 the most capable and appealing version of its desktop operating system ever, and it's already made some great progress. Once flooded with compatibility issues and bugs, Windows 10 has come a long way since its launch, and with the Fall Creators Update Microsoft promises it's going to be even better. A newly released insider build of the OS gives us an idea of what to expect, and as PCWorld reports, Microsoft has snuck in several new features.

For starters, the recent update includes some much needed functionality for the built-in Cortana assistant, allowing you to use voice commands to do much more than simply search for info or get the forecast. Windows users will be able to command Cortana to lock their computer, sign out, or even shut the machine down completely. Cortana's default "I can't find it" web search response to complicated queries is also being overhauled with a new preview pane that slide out of the search results box rather than launching a full Edge browser page.

Perhaps most interesting of all the additions, Windows 10 will now play nicely with Android phones, allowing you to push an open web page from your smartphone to Microsoft Edge on your PC. It's a handy feature that mimics the Handoff feature between iOS devices and Mac computers, and it's yet another very clear sign that Microsoft realizes its Windows Phone platform is pretty much dead in the water.

Lastly, the Creators Update appears to be doing away with mandatory logins under certain circumstances. Rather than popping up the pesky login screen when your computer boots up to apply updates, it will simply send you straight back to your desktop. Additionally, the login process can be tweaked to do away with the login screen even during manual reboots and startups, so you'll never have to see it again if you really don't want to.


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Firefighters rescue Ohio woman entangled by boa constrictor

Firefighters rescue Ohio woman entangled by boa constrictorSHEFFIELD LAKE, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio woman called 911 in a panic Thursday afternoon with ample reason: A 5 1/2-foot long boa constrictor she had rescued a day earlier had wrapped itself around her neck, was biting her face and wouldn't let go.


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Jordan says to bar Israel envoy until shooting probed

Jordan says to bar Israel envoy until shooting probedJordan will not allow the return of Israel's ambassador until the shooting of two Jordanians by an embassy security guard has been properly investigated, a government official said on Friday. "Jordan will not allow ambassador Einat Shlein or the rest of the embassy staff to return until a thorough investigation has been opened" into Sunday's shooting, the official said, adding Jordan informed Israel of its decision. Israel's foreign ministry late Friday said it had launched a "verification procedure" into the shooting.


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Racism levels in US communities predict how many black people police will kill there, study shows

Racism levels in US communities predict how many black people police will kill there, study showsThe racial biases of white members of a community have a direct link to the number of black people shot and killed by police officers in that same area, new research indicates. A study published last year found that African Americans are almost three times more likely than white people to be killed by the police’s use of force. “We expected many economic or demographic variables such as the overall wealth of an area, residential segregation, average levels of education in the area, or overall crime levels, to be involved,” said the report's lead author, Eric Hehman.


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Other Affordable Electric Cars Besides Tesla's Model 3

Other Affordable Electric Cars Besides Tesla's Model 3Interested in getting an electric car? Here are other affordable vehicles besides Tesla's Model 3.


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U.S. transfers surveillance planes to the Philippines

U.S. transfers surveillance planes to the PhilippinesThe United States on Thursday transferred to the Philippines two brand-new, single-engine surveillance planes, boosting the capability of its former colony to patrol sprawling maritime borders, including pirate-infested southern waters. At a ceremony at an air base in Manila, Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said two Cessna 208B aircraft were fitted with electro-optical sensors and other surveillance equipment to detect ships in the South China Sea and the Sulu Sea. "These planes will give us more capability to patrol our seas and guard against intrusions," Lorenzana said.


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Deadly accident at the Ohio State Fair

Deadly accident at the Ohio State FairThe Ohio State Fair will open Thursday one day after a man was killed and seven other people were injured when a thrill ride broke apart, but the rides won’t be running until they all are deemed safe, officials state. Video captured by a bystander at the fair Wednesday evening shows the Fire Ball ride swinging back and forth like a pendulum and spinning in the air when it crashes into something and part of the ride flies off. Ohio State Medical Center said three of the injured were being treated there.


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Anthony Scaramucci Tries to Clarify Expletive-Laden Interview: 'I Sometimes Use Colorful Language'

Anthony Scaramucci Tries to Clarify Expletive-Laden Interview: 'I Sometimes Use Colorful Language'The Mooch, 53, is a native of Long Island, N.Y., and has had a friendship with Trump over the years.


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If Comcast buys Verizon, we should all give up and go home

If Comcast buys Verizon, we should all give up and go home

The market for home internet in the US is already absurdly non-competitive. Barely 80 percent of Americans have a choice of providers for high-speed internet at home, a figure that means that you're likely living in a regional internet monopoly.

But hey, maybe you should count yourself lucky. An industry analyst, Jason Bazinet from Citigroup, has penned an opinion saying that Comcast should pull a blockbuster deal and buy Verizon for around $215 billion.

A deal like that would probably make a huge amount of money for both companies. Comcast would finally have access to a wireless network (the nation's biggest, for that matter!), and it could fulfill the capitalist dream of tying customers into wireless, internet, and cable services.

There are other economies of scale for a hypothetical Vericast: both Comcast and Verizon need to work out ways to build out high-speed gigabit connections to households in the next decade, and combining forces would make things much cheaper; Comcast recently bought spectrum licenses in the new 600MHz band, which Verizon could use to build out its network further; and possibly most tellingly, tax incentives and regulatory loosening by the Trump administration and the new-look FCC -- run by former Verizon lawyer Ajit Pai! -- would make a mammoth merger possible.

But just because you can do something, doesn't mean you should. Vericast/Satan's ISP would be comfortably the largest ISP in the US, with the power and scale to take on smaller ISP monopolies like Spectrum or CenturyLink. Tiny local internet providers wouldn't stand a chance.

In any normal world, a government would stand in the way of a total takeover of a precious national resource by the country's most-hated brand. But right now, it's possible -- and the potential profits has Wall Street visibly salivating.


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Parents of student sue University of Alabama over suicide

Parents of student sue University of Alabama over suicideTUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — A lawsuit filed by the parents of a Texas woman who killed herself after reporting she was sexually assaulted while attending the University of Alabama has been amended to include the school as a defendant.


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Officials say 7,000 Islamic State affiliates remain in Iraq

Officials say 7,000 Islamic State affiliates remain in IraqBAGHDAD (AP) — High-ranking Iraqi security officials say up to 7,000 Islamic State group affiliates remain in Iraq after the fall of Mosul, where the group's leader declared the self-styled caliphate three years ago.


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Wife of Zimbabwe's leader says Mugabe should name successor

Wife of Zimbabwe's leader says Mugabe should name successorZimbabwe's first lady on Thursday publicly urged her 93-year-old husband to name a successor, wading into a subject that President Robert Mugabe has regarded as taboo.


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Bollinger unveils B1 electric sport utility truck

Bollinger unveils B1 electric sport utility truckWhen an entirely new vehicle is revealed these days it's only to be expected there will be a high degree of cutting-edge technology onboard, especially when it's a brand new sport utility truck with an all-electric propulsion system we're talking about. For anyone who likes the idea of an electric vehicle that doesn't exactly shout to the world that what they're driving is an electric vehicle, in the way something like the Nissan Leaf does, the B1 could be the perfect solution. Despite its thoroughly modern all-electric powertrain, the B1 is a classic three-box design with unashamedly retro and minimalistic military styling.


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Britain plans to send warship to South China Sea in move likely to irk Beijing

Britain plans to send warship to South China Sea in move likely to irk BeijingBy Colin Packham SYDNEY (Reuters) - Britain plans to send a warship to the disputed South China Sea next year to conduct freedom of navigation exercises, Defence Minister Michael Fallon said on Thursday, a move likely to anger Beijing. Britain would increase its presence in the waters after it sent four British fighter planes for joint exercises with Japan in the region last year, he said. China claims most of the energy-rich sea where neighbors Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam also have claims.


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McDonald’s Responds To Photos Of Moldy Ice Cream Tray

McDonald’s Responds To Photos Of Moldy Ice Cream TrayThese photos are not what you want to see at a restaurant.


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White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders defends Trump using letter from nine-year-old boy

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders defends Trump using letter from nine-year-old boyDylan Harbin has the nickname “Pickle” and he thinks the President simply rocks. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sander told the press corps she as going to share a letter he had written to the President, just one of the many letters, she said, from the “forgotten men, women, and children”, Mr Trump is fighting for. The reading out of the youngster’s letter may have been part of an attempt to present a friendlier, softer tone in the briefing room, after the departure of Sean Spicer and the appointment of the slick, TV-friendly Anthony Scaramucci as communications director.


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The Right Way to Clean a Toaster Oven

The Right Way to Clean a Toaster OvenToaster ovens do far more than make toast. Most models on the market today can cook smaller amounts of almost anything you'd make in a regular oven—pizza, chicken, cookies. And just like cleaning...


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No suspension for Michigan judge who locked up 3 siblings

No suspension for Michigan judge who locked up 3 siblingsDETROIT (AP) — A judge who sent three children to juvenile detention for failing to see their divorced father during a fierce dispute over parenting time won't be suspended from the bench, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled Friday.


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Tesla leak hints at truly impressive range for the Model 3

Tesla leak hints at truly impressive range for the Model 3

Tesla will deliver the first Model 3s to eager buyers tonight, but you don't have to wait until supper time on the West Coast to find out new details. While updating the Tesla website in advance of tonight's event, some poor developer leaked the Model 3's power efficiency, which hints at a truly impressive range for the baby Tesla.

Source code on Tesla's website, spotted by Electrek but since removed, points to the Model 3 having an efficiency of 237 Wh per mile, way more efficient than the power draw of the Model S and Model X, which use 344 and 367 Wh respectively.

Electric vehicle efficiency is exactly like the miles per gallon of a conventional car: the more efficient, the better. Even though the Model 3 is expected to come with smaller battery options than the Model S and Model X, the far superior efficiency could give it a range of over 300 miles.

That efficiency could come at the cost of lower acceleration and fewer heavy gizmos compared to the Model S and X, but Tesla has been saying for a while that the Model 3 won't have all the same bells and whistles. Some of that is for cost reasons, but if it means a crazy-good range with a relatively cheap battery pack, I'm willing to believe that most buyers will take the tradeoff.


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last updated: Fri, 28 Jul 2017 05:00:03 -0400

Congressional Budget Office showdown: GOP tries to shoot the messenger, misses

Congressional Budget Office showdown: GOP tries to shoot the messenger, missesAngry over CBO projections that made Obamacare repeal bills look bad, some GOP House members tried to scale back the influence of the nonpartisan budget analysts. They failed.


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last updated: Fri, 28 Jul 2017 07:44:36 -0400

McCain’s ‘no’ vote on GOP health bill elicits gasps in Senate chamber

McCain’s ‘no’ vote on GOP health bill elicits gasps in Senate chamberSen. John McCain lived up to his nickname, “maverick,” in voting against his fellow Republicans on the “skinny” amendment to repeal and replace Obamacare.


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Response from Eddie, AFL not nearly enough
THERE'S so much wrong about the Eddie McGuire-James-Brayshaw-Danny Frawley pack mentality attack of Caroline Wilson. As was the AFL's insipid response on Monday.

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Secret tape not the only talking point
THE reasons behind a decision to release a secret expletive-laden recording of former Chief Justice Tim Carmody are almost as juicy as the tape is expected to be.

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last updated: Fri, 28 Jul 2017 17:57:14 +0000

How Netflix DDoS'd Itself To Help Protect The Entire Internet
In June 2016, Netflix security engineer Scott Behrens ran a massive infrastructure test on the streaming system in front of dozens of coworkers. In the process, he brought the site down. But instead of panic or embarrassment, it was a moment of celebration.

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Trump replaces chief of staff Priebus with retired General Kelly
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump replaced his beleaguered White House chief of staff, Reince Priebus, after only six months on the job on Friday, installing retired General John Kelly in his place in a major shake-up of his top team.

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last updated: Fri, 28 Jul 2017 23:57:49 -0400

“Reckless And Dangerous”

It Looks Like North Korea's Missile Could Have Reached The US Midwest


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Vulnerable GOP Senators May Pay A Price For Obamacare Vote
Democrats will attack Dean Heller and Jeff Flake for their votes

Some Republican senators who voted for Obamacare repeal legislation could regret it down the road.

Early Friday morning, the Senate voted down a last-ditch effort by Republicans to repeal and replace Obamacare, delivering a blow to Senate Leader Mitch McConnell and the rest of a party that promised for seven years to repeal the legislation. But the members who may pay the highest price are Republican senators in battleground states who supported the bill and are up for re-election next year.

Take Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada, one of 49 Republicans to vote in favor of the so-called “skinny repeal” proposal on Friday. Heller is the lone GOP senator up for re-election in a state Hillary Clinton won in 2016. He’s now on the record voting for an extremely unpopular bill that could have resulted in millions of Americans losing their insurance.

Democrats will try to ensure that he pays for that vote. Priorities USA, the powerhouse Democratic super PAC, has already released an online ad targeting Heller for his health care position.

“That’ll continue,” Patrick McHugh, the executive director of Priorities USA, said about the attack ad against Heller. “I think you’ll see advertising and communications educating voters [about who] voted for Trumpcare from now until Election Day. I don’t think it’s gonna stop.”

Rep. Jacky Rosen, a Democrat running for Heller’s seat next year, slammed the senator for the vote. “No politician from our state has ever been more dishonest about their intentions, more misleading about their position or more disingenuous to their constituents,” Rosen said in a statement. “This was the biggest broken political promise in modern Nevada history.”

In the weeks leading up to the healthcare vote, Heller—who waffled over the bill—was pressured by both wings of the Republican Party. Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, a Republican with high approval ratings, urged him not to support a bill that would gut Medicaid and decrease the number of insured. Meanwhile, pro-Trump Republicans were pressuring Heller to back an Obamacare replacement. America First Policies, a non-profit group that promotes the administration’s positions, launched an attack against Heller. (The group later pulled the ads.)

Heller, who barely won in 2012, may be the most vulnerable GOP candidate in a year when the Senate map looks very good for the party. But he’s not the only one.

Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona cast votes for the motion to proceed and all three GOP plans. Flake is on shaky ground back home: according to a Morning Consult poll released in July, just 37% of registered Arizona voters approve of the senator.

Several Democratic challengers have emerged as possible candidates to run against Flake, including Rep. Kyrsten Sinema and Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, according to the New York Times. And Flake’s votes may be a liability in the race. According to a poll released on Thursday, just 6% of Arizona voters backed the Senate’s plan to repeal and replace Obamacare.

McHugh, the spokesman for Priorities USA, said the group would hold Heller and Flake accountable for their votes. “Now we have them on the record in support of a replacement plan,” he said, that polls show is “politically toxic.”

Spokesmen for Heller and Flake did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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