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‘American democracy is under attack’: Sanders urges vigilance against Trump’s ‘authoritarianism’

‘American democracy is under attack’: Sanders urges vigilance against Trump’s ‘authoritarianism’Bernie Sanders delivered his scathing critique of the Trump administration in a speech discussing the threat of authoritarianism in the U.S. and elsewhere.


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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: Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:03:54 -0400

‘American democracy is under attack’: Sanders urges vigilance against Trump’s ‘authoritarianism’

‘American democracy is under attack’: Sanders urges vigilance against Trump’s ‘authoritarianism’Bernie Sanders delivered his scathing critique of the Trump administration in a speech discussing the threat of authoritarianism in the U.S. and elsewhere.


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Philandro Castile Death: Police Dashcam Video Released

Philandro Castile Death: Police Dashcam Video ReleasedOfficials released the video days after the Minnesota police officer who fatally shot Castile was acquitted in the man's death.


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Pelosi On Criticism from Dems: 'I Think I'm Worth the Trouble'

Pelosi On Criticism from Dems: 'I Think I'm Worth the Trouble'Pushing back on criticism from fellow party members after the Democratic loss in a Georgia special election this week, Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that she’s “worth the trouble” as Democrats’ leader in the House.


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Senate GOP health care bill looks a lot like ‘mean’ House one

Senate GOP health care bill looks a lot like ‘mean’ House oneAfter weeks of secret negotiations, Senate Republicans on Thursday released their much-anticipated proposal to repeal Obamacare, unveiling a plan that would cut Medicaid and reduce penalties for not buying insurance. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said the House plan would result in 23 million fewer people covered than under current law. “From what I understand their bill tracks in many ways along the lines of the House bill,” said House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis.


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Protesters to target Gay Pride marches

Protesters to target Gay Pride marchesProtesters plan to demonstrate at Gay Pride marches this weekend in order to shine a light on minority groups in the LQBT community.


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Crash that killed teenage siblings so horrific emergency responder went into cardiac arrest

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


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Pew U.S. survey finds agreement on some gun-control proposals

Pew U.S. survey finds agreement on some gun-control proposalsThe survey of 3,930 U.S. adults, including 1,269 gun owners, in March and April, provided a snapshot of American views on guns and gun policies as the nation grapples with gun violence. Some advocates called for a renewed push for gun control measures, as the Republican-controlled Congress has sought to relax existing gun laws.


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China's Xi visit to Hong Kong confirmed: report

China's Xi visit to Hong Kong confirmed: reportPresident Xi Jinping will come to Hong Kong next week to mark 20 years since the city was handed back to China by Britain, local media said, in a visit that will be incendiary to activists. Although widely expected, officials have not so far said whether Xi will make the trip, his first to Hong Kong since becoming president in 2013. The South China Morning Post reported for the first time Friday that Xi's visit had been "confirmed", citing unnamed sources with knowledge of the visit.


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Investigators obtain data recorder in US warship collision

Investigators obtain data recorder in US warship collisionTOKYO (AP) — Japanese authorities said Thursday they have obtained a data recording device from a container ship to help determine why it collided with a U.S. destroyer, killing seven American sailors.


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Buoyant Trump spouts boasts, proposals — and falsehoods — at Iowa rally

Buoyant Trump spouts boasts, proposals — and falsehoods — at Iowa rallyPresident Trump recapped his campaign's greatest hits and offered new policy ideas as well as blatant misstatements during a rally Wednesday night in Iowa.


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FCC Regulators Are Now Imposing Record Fines for Robocalls

FCC Regulators Are Now Imposing Record Fines for RobocallsA Miami man is facing a record $120 million fine for what the FCC calls a massive spoofing operation. He allegedly made 96 million robocalls over a three month period.


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British Schoolboys Wear Skirts During Heatwave in Uniform Protest

British Schoolboys Wear Skirts During Heatwave in Uniform ProtestA group of teenage boys in England wore skirts to school during sweltering heat in defiance of their school's shorts ban.


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Russia Cancels Talks With US Over Ukraine Issue

Russia Cancels Talks With US Over Ukraine IssueRussia on Wednesday cancelled a meeting planned between its officials and the U.S. after America announced an expansion of sanctions against Russian individuals.


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Second mistrial declared in killing of black man by ex-Cincinnati cop

Second mistrial declared in killing of black man by ex-Cincinnati copFor the second time, a mistrial was declared in the murder trial of a white former University of Cincinnati police officer who fatally shot a black motorist during a traffic stop. Officer Ray Tensing shot once, hitting 43-year-old Samuel DuBose in the head after stopping him for a missing front license plate on his car in July 2015, a body camera worn by Tensing showed. A mistrial was declared last November after jurors could not agree on a verdict.


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Stephen Hawking: Humans Should Ride a Beam of Light to Other Planets

Stephen Hawking: Humans Should Ride a Beam of Light to Other PlanetsHumanity should focus its efforts on exploring other worlds that we might inhabit, and to get there, Earthlings may need to ride on a beam of light, famed physicist Stephen Hawking says. The human imagination has led us to peer ever deeper into the universe with scientific tools, Hawking said. The answer is, no," Hawking said in his address.


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Female Japan politician resigns after attacking male aide

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


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Qatar's neighbors issue steep list of demands to end crisis

Qatar's neighbors issue steep list of demands to end crisisWASHINGTON (AP) — Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries that have cut ties to Qatar issued a steep list of demands Thursday to end the crisis, insisting that their Persian Gulf neighbor shutter Al-Jazeera, cut back diplomatic ties to Iran and sever all ties with the Muslim Brotherhood.


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Donald Trump says tapes bluff 'wasn't stupid' and kept James Comey 'honest'

Donald Trump says tapes bluff 'wasn't stupid' and kept James Comey 'honest'Donald Trump says his bluff on Twitter suggesting that he had taped conversations with former FBI Director James Comey “wasn’t very stupid”. The President said so during an interview with Fox & Friends, his first television appearance in over a month. Mr Trump indicated that his comment about tapes may have forced Mr Comey to change his story for fear that he would be contradicted by recordings – though the threat of tapes existing would not have impacted memos written by the former intelligence chief contemporaneously while he was at the FBI.


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Here’s Why That Harley/Ducati Rumor is BS

Here’s Why That Harley/Ducati Rumor is BSHere’s Why That Harley/Ducati Rumor is BS Combination of brands could be successful but is unlikely to ever occur On Wednesday we posted a story about rumors that Harley-Davidson may be interested in purchasing Italian brand Ducati , the latter being the


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Man invents tsunami sensor, internet obsesses over his dog

Man invents tsunami sensor, internet obsesses over his dogThis pensive dog upstaged his owner and wasn't even aware of it. SEE ALSO: Friendly island doggo followed a street view mapper and photobombed all his shots Inventor Jerry Paros posed for a photograph for an article in the publication Nature about his invention — an ultra precise quartz sensor that could contribute to an early-warning system designed to detect shifts in the sea floor that cause tsunamis. Tsunamis are caused primarily by earthquakes that occur in the seafloor, since rapid shifts in elevation can generate waves that cross oceans in a matter of several hours. In 2011, a massive tsunami hit northern Japan following a magnitude 9.0 earthquake off the coast, resulting in the meltdown of nuclear reactors at the Fukashima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. The article and the photograph were shared on Nature's Twitter page.  Meet the man hoping to transform the way we gather data from the seafloor to detect the next big earthquake: https://t.co/GmICfBMSDR pic.twitter.com/zvRlwpyADX — Nature News&Comment (@NatureNews) June 21, 2017 While many found the article interesting, most people were busy obsessing over Paros' photobombing canine companion. Yeah that's interesting and all but can we talk about the DOG ON THE DESK! — Weird Science News (@GCweirdscience) June 22, 2017 the dog looks philosophical. the dog must think about how to save this world from natural disasters. great dog. — SaveSouthKorea (@SaveSouthKorea) June 21, 2017 PLEASE PROVIDE DOG NAME. And, is he a good boy? — Bepps, The (@l_____88_____l) June 21, 2017 Wow look at the picture on the desk! pic.twitter.com/GS8cIHYvRx — Sojiro (@The_clark_Side) June 21, 2017 pic.twitter.com/f37p3lsdUt — Jon (@jonheheman) June 21, 2017 No doubt @Paroscientific #earthquake research important. But am mostly obsessed by doggo looking out the window in the pic #dogsoftwitter https://t.co/i3DJAU6D5F — Amanda Cronkhite (@abcronkhite) June 21, 2017 Please can we talk about this man's dog — Stefan (@StefanRautnbach) June 21, 2017 Ok but interview that dog. — Ashley (@ashcech) June 21, 2017 Not one word in this article about the man's dog.  — ♥️ (@LoveRunandPray) June 21, 2017 Dog is studying squirrels behavior and how subtle changes in behavior predict seismic activity. — Luminous Numinous (@LuminousNumino1) June 22, 2017 Twitter has spoken. We need to know more about that doggo. (H/T Twitter Moments) WATCH: This drone will play with your dog


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Funeral, vigil reveal depth of sorrow at Muslim girl's death

Funeral, vigil reveal depth of sorrow at Muslim girl's deathSTERLING, Va. (AP) — Whether a mourner in a black robe at a mosque or a soccer mom in a T-shirt and shorts at a community vigil, reaction to 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen's death carried a common refrain: That could have been my daughter.


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China’s border with North Korea

China’s border with North KoreaChina has long been North Korea’s main ally and trading partner, but relations are increasingly strained by continued missile testing and provocations by the regime of Kim Jong Un. At least three-quarters of trade between the two nations flows through points along its 880-mile-long shared border, a divide that reveals stark contrasts in development.


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Body Of Missing Texas Teen Found In Landfill

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


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Obamacare replacement bill takes center stage in U.S. Senate

Obamacare replacement bill takes center stage in U.S. SenateBy Richard Cowan and Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A seven-year push by U.S. Republicans to dismantle Obamacare and kill the taxes it imposed on the wealthy will reach a critical juncture on Thursday when Senate Republican leaders unveil a draft bill they aim to put to a vote, possibly as early as next week. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his lieutenants have worked in secret for weeks on the bill, which is expected to curb Obamacare's expanded Medicaid help for the poor and reshape subsidies to low-income people for private insurance. The subsidies are expected to be linked to recipients' income in the Senate bill, a "major improvement" from a measure approved last month by the U.S. House of Representatives that tied them solely to age, Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine said.


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Exploding whipped cream dispenser kills fitness blogger

Exploding whipped cream dispenser kills fitness bloggerAn Instagram star and well-known fitness blogger has died in a freak accident after a pressurised cannister used for dispensing whipped cream exploded, hitting her in the chest, her family has said. Rebecca Burger, who had a large following on the social media site, where she posted regular pictures of herself promoting fitness products, was killed in eastern France in what the family said was a domestic incident. "It is with great sadness we announce the death of Rebecca who died the June 18th, 2017 in an accident in the home," read a statement on Burger's Instagram account, signed "The grieving family".


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Qatar receives list of demands as Gulf crisis worsens

Qatar receives list of demands as Gulf crisis worsensQatar on Saturday confirmed it had received a 13-point list of demands from Saudi-led allies in a major escalation of the ongoing diplomatic crisis in the Gulf. The list -- which apparently includes a call for Qatar to close down broadcaster Al-Jazeera -- are the demands that Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt want met to end a diplomatic and trade "blockade" of Qatar, lasting almost three weeks. Doha has been told that it faces "divorce" from its Gulf neighbours unless it takes their demands seriously.


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White House concedes Russia meddled in campaign, but denies it changed the result

White House concedes Russia meddled in campaign, but denies it changed the resultThe White House Thursday addressed the joint intelligence report that found Russia had attempted to interfere with the 2016 presidential election, more than five months after the report’s conclusions were made public. First, on Twitter, President Trump dismissed the concerns about Russia as a “big Dem HOAX” and suggested that his predecessor, President Barack Obama, did little to confront the problem. White House aides then clarified Trump’s remarks and said he believes there was Russian meddling but is certain it did not affect the outcome of the race.


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US Energy Secretary Rick Perry told he lacks 'fundamental understanding' of climate science

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


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'Pizzagate' gunman in DC sentenced to 4 years in prison

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


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Conrad Roy III's Mother Sympathizes With Michelle Carter's Family

Conrad Roy III's Mother Sympathizes With Michelle Carter's FamilyRoy's girlfriend Michelle Carter was convicted Friday after she was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the 2014 suicide of her boyfriend.


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Hezbollah says future Israel war could draw fighters from Iran, Iraq, elsewhere

Hezbollah says future Israel war could draw fighters from Iran, Iraq, elsewhereHezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said on Friday that a future war waged by Israel against Syria or Lebanon could draw thousands of fighters from countries including Iran and Iraq. Tensions have risen between Hezbollah and its longtime foe Israel in recent months since Donald Trump became U.S. president with his tough talk against Iran.


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5 Things to Consider When Deciding to Retire

5 Things to Consider When Deciding to RetireWhile there is not necessarily an easy answer to the question, fully understanding the opportunities and challenges faced in retirement is a critical first step in helping to decide to retire at 55, 65, or beyond. The first and probably the most critical step in determining when to retire is to estimate how much income you will need, and how much income you will have in retirement. Take a look at potential retirement income sources including Social Security benefits.


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UAE warns Qatar to take neighbours' demands 'seriously'

UAE warns Qatar to take neighbours' demands 'seriously'The UAE on Friday advised Qatar to take a list of stern demands drawn up by its neighbours seriously or the diplomatic crisis in the Gulf would turn into a "divorce" with Doha. Anwar Gargash, the United Arab Emirates state minister for foreign affairs, issued the warning more than two weeks into the oil-rich region's worst diplomatic crisis in years.


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Russia debacle destroys the last rationale for Trump, the myth of the genius CEO

Russia debacle destroys the last rationale for Trump, the myth of the genius CEOThere’s nothing wrong with the notion of a CEO president. But what the revelations around Russia prove is that Trump doesn’t actually run things well.


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New photos show us what the final Model 3 design will probably look like

New photos show us what the final Model 3 design will probably look like

Tesla's final Model 3 unveiling is set to take place next month, but an enterprising Redditor happened to spot a Model 3 charging at a Supercharger station in California and managed to take the most detailed and instructive photos we've seen yet. Whereas most of the Model 3 photos we've seen in recent weeks have been taken of a Model 3 in motion, the most recent crop of Model 3 photos were carefully taken while the car was sitting still. What's more, the Tesla employee driving the car reportedly told the Redditor that the Model 3 design is "pretty much" final at this point. While this is admittedly a second-hand blurb, it stands to reason that this is indeed accurate given that July is right around the corner.

So without further ado, featured below are a series of photos which provide us with our crispest look yet at what the shipping version of the Model 3 is actually going to look like.

The front-on view is essentially similar to what we've seen from the beginning, with the Model 3 below in the center and flanked by two Model S vehicles.

And now a side view for good measure.

A shot of the Model 3 from the rear.

A close-up shot of the interior gives us our first solid look at what the final steering wheel design may look like. Alas, this is a far cry from the spaceship style design Elon Musk promised on Twitter many months back.

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Moving along, this shot of the interior showcases an elegant wood trim, in line with other Model 3 spy shots we've seen over the past few weeks. Note that the display on the Model 3 is 15-inches and a tad smaller than the display that comes standard on both the Model S and the Model X.

Not much too see here, just a Model 3 getting some juice.

And last but not least, pictured below is a Model 3 with a decidedly unorthodox rims.

Pictures aside, we also have a pretty firm grasp on what type of specs the Model 3 will bring to the table. According to an official product sheet from Tesla that was released not too long ago, the entry level Model 3 will have a 0-60 time of 5.6 seconds and a minimum range of 215 miles on a single charge.


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GOP health care bill explained

GOP health care bill explainedYahoo News and Finance Anchor Bianna Golodryga explains what you need to know about the health care bill released by Senate Republicans aiming to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.


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A 2nd mistrial: Jury deadlocks in Ohio cop's murder retrial

A 2nd mistrial: Jury deadlocks in Ohio cop's murder retrialCINCINNATI (AP) — A second mistrial was declared Friday in the case of a white University of Cincinnati officer who killed an unarmed black motorist during a traffic stop. It's the latest racially charged police shooting case to show the reluctance of U.S. jurors to convict officers.


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Everything We Know About the New Bronco and Ranger

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


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Census: Every ethnic, racial group grew, but whites slowest

Census: Every ethnic, racial group grew, but whites slowestWASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is growing older and more ethnically diverse, a trend that could put strains on government programs from Medicare to education, the Census Bureau reported Thursday.


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Bernie Sanders Wife Facing Bank Fraud Charges

Bernie Sanders Wife Facing Bank Fraud ChargesJane Sanders, the wife of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, has hired a lawyer to represent her in the bank fraud case that she faces from the time she was the president of Burlington College.


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Invasive Asian carp found in waterway beyond Great Lakes barriers

Invasive Asian carp found in waterway beyond Great Lakes barriers(Reuters) - A single live Asian carp, a species of invasive fish that has infested the Mississippi River and is seen as a threat to the Great Lakes, has been caught in a waterway beyond a barrier designed to keep them out, state officials said on Friday. The 28-inch (71-cm), eight-pound (3.6-kg) silver carp was discovered in the Illinois Waterway on Thursday in a gill net being used by a commercial fisher, according to a joint statement by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee. The fish was caught nine miles (14 kg) from Lake Michigan, marking the second time in eight years of monitoring that a silver or bighead Asian carp has been found behind electric barriers, the two agencies said.


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Removing Assad no longer priority in Syria: Macron

Removing Assad no longer priority in Syria: MacronFrance no longer sees the departure of President Bashar al-Assad as a priority in the Syrian conflict, President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday, making the policy official for the first time. The new French leader said instead that fighting jihadists such as the Islamic State group had to be the international community's number one goal in a conflict that grew out of protests against the Syrian president in 2011 but has since become increasingly complex and multifaceted. "The real change I've made on this question, is that I haven't said the deposing of Bashar al-Assad is a prerequisite for everything," Macron said in an interview with several European newspapers, including Britain's Guardian, Spain's El Pais and Germany's Sueddeutsche Zeitung.


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News outlets 'banned from filming' Jared Kushner during visit to Israel

News outlets 'banned from filming' Jared Kushner during visit to IsraelJournalists were ordered not to photograph Jared Kushner while he is in Israel on a quick visit trying to broker a peace deal for father-in-law Donald Trump. It is unclear at this time who gave the order, but reports indicate that an Associated Press cameraman was prevented from filming Mr Kushner's arrival at the office of Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu. Another cameraman was told to delete the memory card in his camera, which reportedly contained images of Mr Kushner's arrival and from Mr Netanyahu's office.


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The Most (and Least) Satisfying Tire Retailers

The Most (and Least) Satisfying Tire RetailersConsumer Reports has no relationship with any advertisers on this website. You can buy car tires at a wide range of vendors, from big-box stores to web-based businesses. And while the tires thems...


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Couple Arrested After Mom Allegedly Breastfeeds Daughter While Drinking, Smoking at Bar

Couple Arrested After Mom Allegedly Breastfeeds Daughter While Drinking, Smoking at BarShari Tremba and Michael Trosclair were charged with neglect of a dependent in a situation that endangers the dependent and with public intoxication.


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Father of missing Chinese scholar: 'Give my daughter back'

Father of missing Chinese scholar: 'Give my daughter back'URBANA, Ill. (AP) — The father of a visiting Chinese scholar missing from the University of Illinois made an emotional appeal on Thursday for his 26-year-old child's safe return, saying in an interview: "Give my daughter back."


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last updated: Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:55:48 -0400

‘American democracy is under attack’: Sanders urges vigilance against Trump’s ‘authoritarianism’

‘American democracy is under attack’: Sanders urges vigilance against Trump’s ‘authoritarianism’Bernie Sanders delivered his scathing critique of the Trump administration in a speech discussing the threat of authoritarianism in the U.S. and elsewhere.


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last updated: Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:37:00 -0400

Four GOP senators: We won’t vote for new health care bill

Four GOP senators: We won’t vote for new health care billIn a potentially game-changing move, four conservative senators quickly announced Thursday afternoon that they oppose the health care bill rolled out by Republican Senate leadership earlier in the day. Ted Cruz, R-Texas and Ron Johnson, R-Wis. said in a statement that the proposal did not go far enough to overhaul the current system. “There are provisions in this draft that represent an improvement to our current health care system, but it does not appear that this draft as written will accomplish the most important promise that we made to the Americans: to repeal Obamacare and lower their health care costs,” the group said in the release.


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last updated: Mon, 20 Jun 2016 09:41:00 GMT

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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Digg Top Stories
last updated: Fri, 23 Jun 2017 19:21:03 +0000

The Tragedy Of FireWire
The rise and fall of FireWire is one of the most tragic tales in the history of computer technology. The standard was forged in the fires of collaboration — and then Apple killed it.

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If Baghdadi is dead, next IS leader likely to be Saddam-era officer
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - If Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is confirmed dead, he is likely to be succeeded by one of his top two lieutenants, both of whom were Iraqi army officers under late dictator Saddam Hussein.

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last updated: Mon, 19 Jun 2017 23:16:06 -0400

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How Accusing A Powerful Man of Rape Drove A College Student To Suicide


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Disability Advocates Forcibly Removed From Senate Protest Say It Was Worth It: ‘We Have the Right to Live’
"These Medicaid cuts will force people into institutions who don’t need to be there"

Stephanie Woodward, a disability advocate who was forcibly removed from the U.S. Capitol while protesting the controversial Senate health care bill on Thursday, said it was worth it because “the lives of millions of people with disabilities are on the line.”

“I genuinely believe that thousands, if not millions, more people in our nation now know about the crisis that people with disabilities are facing with these cuts,” said Woodward, director of advocacy at the Center for Disability Rights in Rochester, N.Y. “And if being arrested and carried out is what needed to happen in order to get people to pay attention to this issue and get angry about it and start calling their Senators, then it was completely worth it.”

Woodward, who has spina bifida, got out of her wheelchair to participate in a “die-in” organized by the disability rights organization ADAPT outside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office. Protesters chanted against the bill’s significant proposed cuts to Medicaid — which could affect the community services available to people with disabilities.

Woodward, who was arrested along with several dozen other protesters, said officers who broke up the demonstration initially put her back in her wheelchair, but they struggled to wheel her out and ultimately carried her out instead.

Jacquelyn Martin—APStephanie Woodward, of Rochester, N.Y., who has spina bifida and uses a wheelchair, is removed from a sit-in at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office as she and other disability rights advocates protest proposed funding caps to Medicaid, on June 22, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

“They at first were reluctant to touch me because they had seen I was wearing leg braces, so I think they thought I was extra fragile, so they waited to carry me out last from the office,” said Woodward, 29, who was charged with incommoding, or obstructing. “And I was not actively being aggressive or resisting, but I certainly wasn’t going to help them in the process. I acted more like a sandbag that just kind of flopped.”

Dawn Russell, who was born with cerebral palsy, also participated in Thursday’s protest. She said one of the most concerning parts of the current health care debate is a lack of public understanding about how the proposed legislation could affect nearly every part of disabled people’s lives.

“We have a perception of people with disabilities in this country, and we have a mindset that somehow our lives aren’t valued. And I can promise you, with the home and community-based services that I receive, I would dare put my life up against anybody without a disability,” said Russell, 51.

“Without those services — without the home and community-based services — I am just what people think about me, as a person with a disability. But with these services, I live a life. I live independently, interdependently, in the community just like everybody else. These services allow me to do that.”

She said had it not been for Medicaid, she would have entered a nursing home when her husband died in 2015. Instead, she receives daily attendant care in her home, helping her to get ready for work in the morning and go to bed at night.

“We have the right to live,” Woodward said. “And by live, I don’t mean just breathe. I mean be a part of the American dream, be in the community, raise a family, go to work. These Medicaid cuts will force people into institutions who don’t need to be there.”

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