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last updated: Thu, 28 May 2015 17:41:29 -0400

Army chief: Human error likely not cause of anthrax mistake

FILE - In this May 11, 2003, file photo, Microbiologist Ruth Bryan works with BG nerve agent simulant in Class III Glove Box in the Life Sciences Test Facility at Dugway Proving Ground, Utah. The specialized airtight enclosure is also used for hands-on work with anthrax and other deadly agents. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it is investigating what the Pentagon called an inadvertent shipment of live anthrax spores to government and commercial laboratories in as many as nine states, as well as one overseas, that expected to receive dead spores. (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Human error probably was not a factor in the Army's mistaken shipment of live anthrax samples to numerous U.S. government and commercial laboratories in the U.S. and in South Korea, the Army's top general said Thursday.


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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: Thu, 28 May 2015 13:28:05 GMT

Russia considers jail time for drug talk
IT could soon become illegal to talk about recreational drugs in Russia, with offenders potentially facing two years in prison under proposed new laws.

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last updated: Thu, 28 May 2015 13:47:59 -0400

Former U.S. House Speaker Hastert indicted on federal charges

File photo of House Speaker Dennis Hastert speaking during a news conference in Batavia IllinoisDennis Hastert was indicted on Thursday on federal charges including making false statements to the FBI, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Chicago said. The Illinois Republican, who left office in 2007, was charged with structuring the withdrawal of $952,000 in cash in order to evade the requirement that banks report cash transactions over $10,000, and lying to the FBI about his withdrawals, the U.S. Attorney's Office said in a statement.


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last updated: Thu, 28 May 2015 10:34:23 -0400

Former U.S. House Speaker Hastert indicted on federal charges

File photo of House Speaker Dennis Hastert speaking during a news conference in Batavia IllinoisDennis Hastert was indicted on Thursday on federal charges including making false statements to the FBI, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Chicago said. The Illinois Republican, who left office in 2007, was charged with structuring the withdrawal of $952,000 in cash in order to evade the requirement that banks report cash transactions over $10,000, and lying to the FBI about his withdrawals, the U.S. Attorney's Office said in a statement.


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Pataki record: A Roosevelt Republican from N.Y.’s crime-crackdown years

FILE - In this April 17, 2015 file photo, former Gov., N.Y., George Pataki speaks in Nashua, N.H. Pataki is the latest Republican to get into the race for president. In a video posted Thursday morning on YouTube, Pataki says America needs to recapture the spirit of unity that spread through the country in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He was in his second of three terms as governor when the attacks struck New York and Washington, and Pataki highlights his role in New York and the country's recovery in the video. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)Amid a growing group of long-shot Republican presidential hopefuls that already includes a neurosurgeon, a deposed Silicon Valley CEO, and two failed contenders from presidential primaries past, few official or potential primary candidates have been as quickly dismissed as George Pataki.


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Matt Bai: Hillary Clinton's not like the rest of us? Good!

The “out of touch” mantra has been a perennial line of attack in our campaigns for several decades, at least.


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FBI launches probe into theft of U.S. taxpayer information

A general view of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) building in WashingtonThe FBI said on Thursday it had begun looking into the illegal access of the tax-return information of about 100,000 people disclosed by the Internal Revenue Service earlier this week. "The FBI has opened an investigation into the recently reported incident at the Internal Revenue Service and is working with our interagency partners to determine the nature and scope of this matter," a spokesman said. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said Tuesday cyber criminals had sought to gain access to personal tax information 200,000 times from February to May, and were successful in about half of those attempts.


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Defense in Freddie Gray case seeks to move trial from Baltimore

A girl writes on the sidewalk near North Ave and Pennsylvania Ave in Baltimore, Maryland(Reuters) - Defense attorneys for six police officers facing criminal charges in the Freddie Gray case are seeking to have the trial moved from Baltimore, saying their clients cannot get a fair trial there, the Baltimore Sun reported on Thursday. The lawyers filed an 85-page document on Wednesday in Baltimore Circuit Court asking for a change of venue, arguing that a "presumption of prejudice" exists in the city, the newspaper said. Gray, a 25-year-old black man, was arrested April 12 and suffered a spinal injury in police custody.


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U.S. President Obama visits family of journalist slain by ISIS

Obama delivers remarks at the Memorial Day observance at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VirginiaU.S. President Barack Obama met on Thursday with the family of American journalist Steven Sotloff, who was beheaded last year by Islamic State militants. The White House said Obama met with Sotloff's parents Art and Shirley and his sister, Lauren, while he was in Florida for fundraising and a briefing on the upcoming hurricane season. "The president expressed his and the first lady’s condolences for Steven’s death," White House spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan said.


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Putin accuses US of meddling into FIFA affairs

Law Enforcement Officials Search Offices Of CONCACAF And Soccer Event Company In Miami Over FIFA IndictmentsMOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the United States of meddling in the affairs of soccer's governing body and hinted that its corruption investigation is part of an attempt to take the 2018 World Cup away from his country.


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U.S. military mistakenly ships live anthrax to labs in nine states

The Centers for Disease Control sign is seen at its main facility in AtlantaBy Phil Stewart and Sharon Begley WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. military mistakenly sent live anthrax bacteria to laboratories in nine U.S. states and a U.S. air base in South Korea, after apparently failing to properly inactivate the bacteria last year, U.S. officials said on Wednesday. The Pentagon said there was no known suspected infection or risk to the public. Twenty-two personnel at the base in South Korea were also given precautionary medical measures although none have shown sign of exposure, the U.S. military said.


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Russia ‘reset’ architect to next president: Don’t try that again

Former U.S. ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul, a key architect of President Barack Obama’s attempt to “reset” relations with Moscow...


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Santorum faces daunting task in White House bid

Former U.S. Sen. Rick SantorumConservative culture warrior Rick Santorum vows to fight for working-class Americans in a new election season that will test his influence — and focus on social issues — in a changing Republican Party.


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FIFA officials arrested in U.S., Swiss corruption cases

Palestine, which has been a FIFA member since 1998, wants world football's governing body to bar Israel from international competition over its restrictions on the movement of Palestinian playersSwiss police arrested some of the most powerful figures in global soccer.


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Hundreds evacuated in Texas after storms leave at least 15 dead
By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Hundreds of people were ordered to evacuate flood-threatened areas of Texas on Wednesday as storms bringing torrential rains battered the state, where at least 15 people have been killed in weather-related incidents this week, including six in Houston. People were told to stay away from more than 200 homes in Parker County where the Brazos River was poised to overflow its banks about 30 miles (50 km) west of Fort Worth on Wednesday night, county officials said. "The river is coming up fast and flowing at dangerous volumes," Parker County Judge Mark Riley told a news conference, adding shelters were available.

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Bernie-mania! Sanders launches 2016 campaign

The 73-year-old former Burlington mayor and independent senator is beloved by Vermonters.


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Appeals panel won't lift hold on Obama immigration action

Court won't lift hold on Obama immigration actionNEW ORLEANS (AP) — President Barack Obama's plan to shield as many as 5 million immigrants living in the U.S. from deportation remained on hold Tuesday after a federal appeals court panel refused to allow it to take effect immediately.


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What would White House be like without a dog?

Every president since Theodore Roosevelt has had a dog in the White House, and almost certainly the next one will, too —unless it’s Bernie Sanders.


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Cleveland, Justice Department announce police settlement

FILE - In this May 23, 2015, file photo, riot police stand in formation as a protest forms against the acquittal of Michael Brelo, a patrolman charged in the shooting deaths of two unarmed suspects in Cleveland. The city of Cleveland has reached a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department over a pattern of excessive force and civil rights violations by its police department, and the agreement could be announced as soon as Tuesday, May 26, 2015, a senior federal law enforcement official said. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Cleveland officials and the U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday announced their settlement over a pattern of excessive force and civil rights violations by the city's police department.


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Joint Chiefs Chairman says U.S. blindsided by fall of Mosul

Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 6, 2015, before the Senate Appropriations Committee hearing to review the Fiscal Year 2016 funding request and budget justification for the Defense Department. Dempsey and Defense Secretary Ash Carter said setting up a humanitarian safe zone for those caught in the crossfire in Syria can be done militarily, but would require a significant policy decision on the part of the Obama administration. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)Gen. Martin Dempsey admits in a new documentary that the Pentagon did no contingency planning for the Islamic State advance.


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Governor says deadly flooding is worst ever seen in Texas area

San Marcos Firefighter Jay Horton rescues a woman from in flood waters in San Marcos TexasBy Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Monday likened the ferocity of flash flooding that killed at least three people to a tsunami, and authorities said a dam had given way in a state park. Abbott declared states of disaster in 24 counties and flew over the area south of Austin to assess the damage caused by tornadoes, heavy rainfall, thunderstorms and flooding that forced evacuations and rooftop rescues and left thousands of residents without electricity. "This is the biggest flood this area of Texas has ever seen," Abbott said.


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Iraq begins operation to oust Islamic State from Anbar

Local residents and Sunni tribal fighters welcome newly-arriving Iraqi Shiite Hezbollah Brigade militiamen, brandishing their flag, who are joining the fight against Islamic State group militants in Khalidiya, 100 kilometers (60 miles) west of Baghdad, Iraq. (AP Photo)BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq vowed Tuesday to retake Anbar province — now mostly held by the Islamic State — by launching a large-scale military operation less than two weeks after suffering a humiliating defeat at the hands of the extremists in the provincial capital of Ramadi.


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Lawyer says allegations B.B. King was poisoned 'ridiculous'

Patty King leaves a memorial service for her father B.B. King Saturday, May 23, 2015, in Las Vegas. Friends and family members gathered Saturday at a funeral home in Las Vegas to remember the Blues legend. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS (AP) — Two B.B. King heirs who've been most outspoken about the blues legend's care in his final days have accused King's two closest aides of poisoning him, but the attorney for King's estate called the claims ridiculous and police said there was no active homicide investigation.


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Washington Post reporter on trial in Iran for spying

The Washington Post's executive director, Martin Baron, said the newspaper had tried to obtain a visa for a senior editor to travel to Iran but its request was never acknowledgedWashington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian went on trial behind closed doors in Iran Tuesday on charges of spying, in a case that has clouded a rapprochement with the United States. The United States blasted the trial's "complete lack of transparency", and renewed calls for Tehran to drop "absurd" spying charges that Rezaian's brother called "laughable". Rezaian's wife, Yeganeh Salehi, who is also a journalist, appeared in court alongside her husband and a female press photographer, Iran's official IRNA news agency reported.


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Report: Cleveland, DOJ reach settlement over police

Cleveland mounted police patrol the streets as protesters march out of the city following the not guilty verdict for Cleveland police officer Brelo on manslaughter charges in ClevelandFederal authorities cite a pattern of unconstitutional policing and excessive use of force, the New York Times reported.


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Obama at Arlington: Never stop paying tribute to the fallen

President Barack Obama, accompanied by Maj. Gen. Jeffrey S. Buchanan, left, Commander of the U.S. Army Military District of Washington, and the with the aid of Sgt. 1st Class John C. Wirth, lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns, on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, 2015, at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)President Barack Obama is paying tribute to the nation's fallen service members at Arlington National Cemetery, laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns and saying Americans "can never fully repay the debt" to those who made the ultimate sacrifice.


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Charter nears deal for Time Warner Cable

This April 1, 2015 photo shows a Charter Communications van in St. Louis. Charter Communications is close to buying Time Warner Cable for about $55 billion, two people familiar with the negotiations said Monday, May 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)Charter Communications Inc. is close to buying Time Warner Cable for about $55 billion, according to two people familiar with the negotiations.


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Afghan official: 19 police, 7 soldiers dead in ongoing siege

Afghan policemen stand guard at the site of a blast in Kabul, AfghanistanAn Afghan official says that 19 policemen and seven soldiers have been killed by Taliban militants who have surrounded a police compound in an ongoing siege.


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Mexico officials stand by account of deadly ranch shootout

A police officer searches a field for evidence at the Rancho del Sol, a ranch that was the site of clashes between Mexican authorities and a drug cartel, in the municipality of Ecuandureo, Mexico, Saturday, May 23, 2015. The clash was the deadliest confrontation in recent memory, with 42 suspected gang gunmen and one Federal Police officer killed during a three-hour firefight on Friday at this remote western ranch. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)Mexican officials stood by their account Monday of a shootout that killed 42 suspected criminals and one federal police officer last week, dismissing questions raised about the lopsided death toll.


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Anonymous threats against airliners prompt plane searches

Air France flight escorted to Kennedy Airport after anonymous threatA series of anonymous telephone threats against commercial airliners Monday, possibly from the same source, prompted searches of at least two planes at Kennedy Airport and nearly interrupted a third flight from England, authorities said.


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Tens of thousands turn up for funeral of Saudi suicide attack victims

Shi'ite Muslims attend a mass funeral for victims of last Friday's suicide attack on a mosque, in QatifTens of thousands of people turned out at a mass funeral in eastern Saudi Arabia for 21 Shi'ite Muslims killed last week in a suicide bombing claimed by Islamic State, a Reuters witness said. Saudi security forces stayed away from the funeral in Qatif, as delegates converged on the city from various regions in the eastern province, where most of the country's Shi'ite Muslim minority live, to attend the burial. "Here I am, O Hussein," the crowd chanted, invoking the name of Prophet Mohammad's grandson Imam Hussein, one of the most revered figures in Shi'ite Islam, as they marched toward the cemetery behind the flower-covered coffins, held shoulder-high by local men.


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At least three dead, 12 missing in US flooding

Jeremy Steele, left, Ric Jaime, center, and Keith McNabb salvage belongings at their friend Mike Cook's house near Wimberley, Texas, Sunday, May 24, 2015. About 350 homes in the town of Wimberley were washed away by flash floods along the Blanco River, which rose 26 feet in just one hour and left piles of wreckage 20 feet high, Texas authorities said. (Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP) AUSTIN CHRONICLE OUT, COMMUNITY IMPACT OUT, INTERNET AND TV MUST CREDIT PHOTOGRAPHER AND STATESMAN.COM, MAGS OUTRescuers searched Monday for at least 12 people missing in spectacular flash flooding in Texas and Oklahoma that also left at least three dead. The raging waters destroyed hundreds of homes and sent cars floating down streets, rolling and bobbing like giant toys. In the Texas city of San Marcos, residents were ordered to evacuate their homes as flood waters rose menacingly around them, following torrential rain that turned streets into meandering rivers.


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Fighter Jets Scramble Following at Least 6 Reports of Threats to Passenger Planes, Officials Say

Air France Flight From Paris Escorted to JFK by US Jets After ThreatAt least six flights were impacted by threats at airports in New York, New Jersey and Boston today, according to airlines and law enforcement. An Air France plane was escorted to JFK Airport in New York City this morning after an anonymous threat was made against the flight, law enforcement officials told ABC News. Authorities said that the decision to have the plane escorted by two fighter jets was done "out of an abundance of caution" after the Maryland State Police McHenry Barrack, in Garrett County, received an anonymous call of a “chemical weapons threat” aboard Air France Flight 22, which was en route from Paris to the New York City airport.


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Conservative challenger Duda wins Polish presidential vote

Opposition candidate Andrzej Duda, right, celebrates with supporters his victory, as first exit polls in the presidential runoff voting are announced in Warsaw, Poland, Sunday, May 24, 2015. Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski conceded defeat in the presidential election Sunday after an exit poll showed him trailing Duda, a previously little-known right-wing politician. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)Conservative challenger Andrzej Duda has won Poland's presidential election and ousted the incumbent in a runoff vote, according to official results Monday.


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Twister kills 13 in Mexico border city; 12 missing in Texas

A bulldozer clears away debris after a powerful tornado swept past in Ciudad Acuna, northern Mexico, Monday, May 25, 2015. A tornado raged through the city on the U.S.-Mexico border Monday, destroying homes and flinging cars like matchsticks. At least 13 people were killed, authorities said. The twister hit a seven-block area, which Victor Zamora, interior secretary of the northern state of Coahuila, described as "devastated." (AP Photo)A tornado raged through a Mexico border city shortly after daybreak Monday, destroying homes, upending cars and killing at least 10 people.


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America celebrates Memorial Day weekend
America celebrates Memorial Day weekendNavy Vietnam War veteran Dennis McClelland of Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, holds a U.S. flag during a Veterans March on Ocean Boulevard in honor of Memorial Day in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, May 25, 2015. REUTERS/Randall Hill

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3 killed, homes washed away in Texas, Okla. floods

Jeremy Steele, left, Ric Jaime, center, and Keith McNabb salvage belongings at their friend Mike Cook's house near Wimberley, Texas, Sunday, May 24, 2015. About 350 homes in the town of Wimberley were washed away by flash floods along the Blanco River, which rose 26 feet in just one hour and left piles of wreckage 20 feet high, Texas authorities said. (Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP) AUSTIN CHRONICLE OUT, COMMUNITY IMPACT OUT, INTERNET AND TV MUST CREDIT PHOTOGRAPHER AND STATESMAN.COM, MAGS OUTRecord rainfall wreaked havoc across a swath of the Plains and Midwest on Sunday.


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Candlelight vigil marks 1 month since deadly Nepal quake

Nepalese boys who have lost their mother by the deadly 7.8 magnitude earthquake one month ago perform a ritual near their house in Kathmandu, Nepal, Monday, May 25, 2015. Two powerful earthquakes devastated Nepal on April 25 and May 12, killing nearly 8,700 people and injuring 16,800 others. The quakes and aftershocks also triggered many landslides in the Himalayan nation, which boasts eight of the world's highest mountains gets about half a million tourists every year, with many coming to trek the Himalayan nation's scenic mountain trails. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)Hundreds of people held a candlelight vigil in Nepal's capital Monday evening to mark one month since the earthquake that killed thousands of people and affected millions.


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Police: Pressure cooker from suspicious DC vehicle destroyed

FILE - This Nov. 13, 2014, file photo shows the U.S. Capitol Dome, in Washington, surrounded by scaffolding for a long-term repair project, and framed by the last of autumn's colorful leaves. Like a student who waited until the night before a deadline, lawmakers resuming work Monday will try to cram two years of leftover business into two weeks while avoiding a government shutdown. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)A bomb squad safely destroyed a pressure cooker found in a "suspicious" vehicle left unattended Sunday afternoon on the National Mall near the U.S. Capitol building and the vehicle's owner was located and arrested, a U.S. Capitol Police spokeswoman said.


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Thousands of bikers gather in Washington to honor vets

Riders take part in the Rolling Thunder First Amendment Demonstration motorcycle run on Memorial Day by crossing the Memorial Bridge leading from Arlington Cemetery into WashingtonOne week after a gathering of biker gangs in Texas that resulted in nine deaths and 170 arrests, thousands of motorcycle riders roared into the nation's capital Sunday to honor military veterans, prisoners of war and soldiers missing in action.


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Herald Sun | Top Stories
last updated: Thu, 28 May 2015 13:43:00 GMT

From the suburbs to Syria: 12 Jihadi brides
A DOZEN young women have fled Melbourne’s suburbs to join Islamic State, according to a new Victoria Police taskforce set up to fight the growing threat of terrorism.

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Blues imploding, Raudonikis slams Farah
THE Blues are imploding, with players criticising each other and their inaugural captain tommy Raudonikis slammed Robbie Farah as a poor leader.

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last updated: Thu, 28 May 2015 17:59:57 +0000

Why Jay Z’s Tidal Has Been A Disaster
He set out to save the music industry from the economics of streaming, and make himself a fortune in the process. So far, Jay Z is doing neither.

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last updated: Thu, 28 May 2015 09:51:35 GMT

Islamic State photos purport to show unharmed Palmyra ruins
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State posted photographs online which it said were taken in the central Syrian city of Palmyra and appeared to show its ancient ruins unharmed since the hardline group seized it from government forces.







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last updated: Thu, 28 May 2015 16:30:15 -0400

The Girl Who Played Renesmee Cullen Is Looking All Glam At Cannes And We're All Old

YAS RENESMEE YAS.

You remember Mackenzie Foy, right? She played Renesmee in Breaking Dawn?

You remember Mackenzie Foy, right? She played Renesmee in Breaking Dawn?

Brief aside: Remember when Twilight was a thing?

Summit

You know, the vampire-human child that everyone was fussin' over in Breaking Dawn.

You know, the vampire-human child that everyone was fussin' over in Breaking Dawn.

Like, she almost started a WAR.

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She also played Murphy (aka baby Jessica Chastain) in Interstellar.

She also played Murphy (aka baby Jessica Chastain) in Interstellar.

Paramount Pictures

Well she just showed up to Cannes to promote an adaptation of The Little Prince and she looks GORGEOUS.

Well she just showed up to Cannes to promote an adaptation of The Little Prince and she looks GORGEOUS.

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Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert Indicted on Bank-Related Charges
He's also accused of lying to the FBI

(CHICAGO)—Federal prosecutors announced bank-related charges against former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert on Thursday, accusing the 73-year-old Illinois Republican of structuring the withdrawal of $952,000 in cash in order to evade the requirement that banks report cash transactions over $10,000. He’s also accused of lying to the FBI.

Each count of the indictment carries a maximum penalty of 5 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, according to a statement from the U.S. attorney’s office in Chicago.

From 2010 to 2014, Hastert withdrew a total of approximately $1.7 million in cash from various bank accounts and provided it to a person identified only as Individual A, according to the indictment.

In December last year, “Hastert falsely stated that he was keeping the cash” when questioned by the FBI, the prosecutor’s statement says.

Hastert, a former high school wrestling coach, was a little known lawmaker from suburban Chicago when chosen to succeed conservative Newt Gingrich. Hastert was picked after favored Louisiana Congressman Bob Livingston resigned after admitting to several sexual affairs.

As speaker, Hastert pushed President George W. Bush’s legislative agenda, helping pass a massive tax cut and expanding Medicare prescription drug benefits.

He retired from Congress in 2007 after eight years as speaker.

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