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UPDATE 1-Israel's Netanyahu urges support for U.S. against Iran's "aggression"
12:25 PM, 06.20.2019

UPDATE 1-Israel's Netanyahu urges support for U.S. against Iran's "aggression"Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday called on the international community to support the United States against Iran as tensions between the two countries escalated after the downing of a U.S. drone by Iran. "In the last 24 hours Iran has intensified its aggression against the United States and against all of us.


 
'Credible evidence' linking Saudi crown prince to Khashoggi murder: UN expert
01:18 PM, 06.19.2019

'Credible evidence' linking Saudi crown prince to Khashoggi murder: UN expertThere is "credible evidence" linking Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder, a UN expert said Wednesday, calling for sanctions on the prince's foreign assets. The conclusion was outlined in a report by the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Agnes Callamard. Callamard, an independent human rights expert who does not speak for the United Nations but reports her findings to it, called on UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to initiate an international criminal investigation into the case.


 
9/11 first responder who testified with Jon Stewart in Congress enters hospice care
10:33 AM, 06.20.2019

9/11 first responder who testified with Jon Stewart in Congress enters hospice care"I’m now in hospice, because there is nothing else the doctors can do to fight the cancer," wrote Alvarez on Facebook.


 
Former Interpol chief pleads guilty in Chinese bribery case amid crackdown by authorities
03:13 AM, 06.20.2019

Former Interpol chief pleads guilty in Chinese bribery case amid crackdown by authoritiesMeng Hongwei, the former president of Interpol, confessed to accepting more than $2 million (£1.6 million) in bribes and expressed regret for his crime, a Chinese court said Thursday. The No. 1 Intermediate Court in the northeastern port city of Tianjin said Mr Meng read a statement containing the confession at a hearing. That move assures a conviction, although it isn't immediately clear when a verdict and sentence would be handed down. Admitting guilt and expressing regret can result in slightly lighter punishment, although China has been quick to hand out life sentences as it cracks down on corruption and political disloyalty under a campaign run directly by the president and head of the ruling Communist Party, Xi Jinping. Elected president of the international police organization in 2016, Mr Meng disappeared into custody after traveling to China from France at the end of September. Interpol was not informed of Mr Meng's detention and was forced to ask China about his whereabouts. Interpol vice president Alexander Prokopchuk and and Meng Hongwei pictured in 2017 Credit: ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images The Tianjin court said Mr Meng had abused his positions, including as a vice minister of public security and maritime police chief, to curry favor for others in return for bribes. Shown on television wearing a plain brown windbreaker and flanked by two bailiffs, Mr Meng appeared older and grayer than during his time as one of the nation's top law enforcement officers. He has already been fired from his positions and kicked out of the Communist Party. While serving at Interpol, Mr Meng retained his title as a vice minister of public security. There are suspicions he had fallen out of political favor with Mr Xi, who has come down hard on corruption and perceived disloyalty in what observers say is calculated to strengthen party control while bringing down potential challengers to his authority. Mr Meng's wife, Grace, has remained in France, where Mr Meng was stationed for Lyon-based Interpol, and has accused Chinese authorities of creating a "fake case" against him for political reasons.


 
Candidates reveal their — very slightly — embarrassing moments to the Times
10:53 AM, 06.19.2019

Candidates reveal their — very slightly — embarrassing moments to the TimesDemocratic presidential candidates told the New York Times stories about dropping underwear on a plane and wearing cargo shorts to the gym.


 
The Stealth Sniper: The F-22 Raptor Has a New Job
12:45 PM, 06.19.2019

The Stealth Sniper: The F-22 Raptor Has a New JobThe flying branch only bought 187 operational Raptors — out of an original goal of 381. The F-22 also won’t fly into the 2060s without upgrades. Three years ago, four F-22 Raptors taking part in the second-wave of the U.S.-led coalition’s opening airstrikes on Islamic State in Syria dropped their bombs. It was the first time the stealthy fifth-generation fighters had ever engaged in combat. The coalition’s war planners also used the F-22s to leverage their low-observable profiles — and far-reaching sensors — while escorting non-stealthy fighters in case Syrian fighters or air-defense systems engaged.Fortunately, the Syrian military held its fire.Fast forward to today, and F-22 Raptors are still flying over Iraq and Syria and have shifted almost fully into that latter role, according to Air Force Magazine. “When we first got here, we were 95 percent precision strike. And now we’re probably 95 percent air superiority,” Lt. Col. “Shell” — a callsign — of the 27th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron told the magazine.This first appeared in October 2017.


 
2 killed when semitrailers explode on Wisconsin interstate
02:16 PM, 06.20.2019

2 killed when semitrailers explode on Wisconsin interstateTwo semitrailers exploded into flames Wednesday on an interstate in southeastern Wisconsin, killing both drivers and setting other vehicles on fire, authorities said.


 
Airbus Vows to Fight Boeing for a Massive Jet Order That Could Mark the 737 Max's Turnaround
07:36 AM, 06.20.2019

Airbus Vows to Fight Boeing for a Massive Jet Order That Could Mark the 737 Max's TurnaroundBritish Airways' owner said it would purchase 200 737 Max aircraft, which are still grounded


 
The 17 Most Beautiful Highways for Road Trips
07:00 AM, 06.19.2019

The 17 Most Beautiful Highways for Road Trips


 
Iran talking to Russia and China in case EU nuclear deal efforts fail: TASS
07:55 AM, 06.19.2019

Iran talking to Russia and China in case EU nuclear deal efforts fail: TASSIran is in talks with Russia and China on a possible settlement mechanism in case discussions with EU over a nuclear deal fail, the Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security council, Ali Shamkhani, said, according to Russia's TASS news agency. Tehran said in May it would reduce compliance with the nuclear pact it agreed with China, Russia and other world powers in 2015, in protest at the United States’ decision to unilaterally pull out of the agreement and reimpose sanctions last year.


 
Woman whose dead babies were found in home cleared of murder
12:32 PM, 06.20.2019

Woman whose dead babies were found in home cleared of murderA Massachusetts woman who lived in a squalid, vermin-infested home where authorities found the remains of three babies was cleared Thursday of second-degree murder, but was convicted of lesser charges. Judge Janet Kenton-Walker said prosecutors did not prove that 35-year-old Erika Murray caused the death of one of the babies whom she had been charged with killing and hiding in her home filled with rodents, dead animals, dirty diapers and trash. Kenton-Walker called the case "senseless" and "tragic," but said she had to be guided by the evidence rather than her emotions.


 
Interested in TSA PreCheck? It might soon be cheaper and easier to sign up
01:16 PM, 06.20.2019

Interested in TSA PreCheck? It might soon be cheaper and easier to sign upTSA, trying to boost enrollment in the expedited security program, is studying options including a shorter, cheaper membership and mobile enrollment.


 
NRA Suspends Two Leaders Amid Accusations of Coup Attempt
02:46 PM, 06.20.2019

NRA Suspends Two Leaders Amid Accusations of Coup Attempt(Bloomberg) -- The National Rifle Association suspended its top lobbyist and one of his deputies, adding further turmoil to the gun-rights group’s leadership ranks as it wages legal battles on multiple fronts and prepares for a bruising 2020 election cycle.The NRA confirmed Thursday that it had suspended Chris Cox, the lobbying chief who was viewed widely as a future leader of the group, and his deputy chief of staff, Scott Christman.The moves came after Oliver North, the former NRA board president, was ousted from the organization in April after it accused him of leading an attempted coup against Wayne LaPierre, the executive vice president of the NRA who has long served as the organization’s leader. North alleged that LaPierre used the group to enrich himself. As part of the infighting, the NRA sued Ackerman McQueen Inc., its longtime advertising firm, and in turn Ackerman cut ties with the group.On Wednesday night, the NRA filed a lawsuit against North arguing that he didn’t have the right to legal fees from the NRA. The lawsuit says that Cox, described as a “likely successor” to lead the organization, participated in the failed bid to oust LaPierre.The leadership struggle came to a head on April 24, according to the lawsuit. That’s when North talked to a LaPierre aide by phone and threatened to reveal unflattering details about LaPierre’s travel and clothing expenses unless he resigned and supported “North’s continued tenure as president,” according to the complaint, which calls the exchange an extortion.North also promised to arrange an “excellent retirement” for LaPierre through Ackerman McQueen if he resigned, the NRA claims.The NRA filed its suit against Ackerman McQueen in mid-April, claiming it refused to turn over details about North’s contract with the advertising firm. Last month, the NRA sued again, claiming Ackerman McQueen engineered the failed coup attempt by leaking damaging information to undermine NRA leaders.The firm fired back with a breach-of-contract countersuit, claiming that the NRA was just trying to get out of its service agreement with the firm and that it had provided all the information sought by the gun group.North was aided in his efforts against LaPierre by NRA board member Dan Boren, a former congressman who’s now a top executive for Chickasaw Nation, a major Ackerman McQueen client, according to the NRA complaint filed on Wednesday. Boren “helped to choreograph the ultimatum they presented to Mr. LaPierre,” it said.In emails obtained by the NRA, Boren “admitted his knowledge that Ackerman may have been invoicing the NRA for full salaries of employees who were actually working on the Chickasaw Nation account.” Those emails also show that Cox was an “errant fiduciary” who “participated in the Ackerman/North/Boren conspiracy,” the NRA claims.The complaint asks a judge to declare that the NRA shouldn’t be required to cover North’s legal fees for subpoenas arising from its litigation with Ackerman McQueen and from a Senate Finance Committee request for information. North’s attorney had demanded that the NRA cover his legal fees for the congressional probe and for “any other inquiries” that he “may receive” in the future, it said.Cox’s suspension was reported earlier by the New York Times. Cox’s spokeswoman told the Times that he played no role in the coup attempt.The suspensions throw the group’s political operation into turmoil just days after President Donald Trump announced his re-election bid. The NRA spent heavily to support Trump during the 2016 race, and Cox has met with the president multiple times during his tenure. Speaking at the NRA’s annual meeting this year, Trump was introduced by Cox rather than LaPierre.A lawyer for North, Brendan Sullivan, declined to comment and said he would respond in a court filing.As the group’s chief lobbyist, Cox oversaw nine different divisions, including federal, state, and local government affairs. “Cox develops and executes independent political campaigns and legislative initiatives. He also serves as the Association’s principal contact with the United States Senate and House of Representatives, the White House and federal agencies,” the NRA Foundation wrote on its website in a profile of Cox.To contact the reporters on this story: Polly Mosendz in New York at pmosendz@bloomberg.net;Neil Weinberg in New York at nweinberg2@bloomberg.net;David Voreacos in New York at dvoreacos@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Jeffrey D Grocott at jgrocott2@bloomberg.net, David S. JoachimFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


 
'The biggest joke in politics': Trump campaign chief disses 2020 polling
10:03 AM, 06.19.2019

'The biggest joke in politics': Trump campaign chief disses 2020 polling"The country is too complex now just to call a couple hundred people and ask them what they think," Brad Parscale said.


 
Mars has a brand new crater, and it sure is pretty
10:07 PM, 06.18.2019

Mars has a brand new crater, and it sure is prettyMars, like any other rocky world, has its fair share of craters. These scars of ancient impacts give the dusty surface of the planet some serious personality, and sometimes it's easy to forget that new craters can happen right before our eyes. That's exactly what seems to have occurred, and a new image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter reveals a brand new impact site that might only be a few months old.The image, which was captured by the HiRISE camera built into the orbiter, shows a bold dark patch of material surrounding a circular crater on the Martian surface. Researchers believe it might have been created as recently as February 2019.The University of Arizona posted the photo, along with the following caption:> An impressionist painting? No, it's a new impact crater that has appeared on the surface of Mars, formed at most between September 2016 and February 2019. What makes this stand out is the darker material exposed beneath the reddish dust.The photo itself was captured in April and is only just now getting the attention it deserves. However, because the orbiter can't be looking at the entire planet at all times, it's unclear when exactly the crater formed, and researchers can only narrow it down to sometime between September 2016 and February 2019.This is yet another great reminder of the fantastic work NASA's Mars orbiter has been doing for years now. The spacecraft originally launched way back in 2005 and arrived at Mars in March of the following year. When it did, its primary mission was only scheduled to last for two years, but it has since put in over 13 years of faithful service for scientists. As long as it keeps producing images like this one, we hope it keeps going for a long time to come.


 
It's Time for America to Break with Beijing
07:51 AM, 06.19.2019

It's Time for America to Break with BeijingSOME MISTAKES are repeated over the course of generations. For more than four decades, American presidents sought a closer relationship with China, working to “engage” that country so as to “enmesh” it into the international system. Richard Nixon, in his landmark Foreign Affairs article in 1967, provided the rationale for engagement, arguing the Chinese state could not be isolated. “Taking the long view,” he famously wrote then, “we simply cannot afford to leave China forever outside the family of nations, there to nurture its fantasies, cherish its hates and threaten its neighbors.”Since the early 1970s, American policymakers believed they could avoid such nurturing, cherishing and threatening by making the success of the Communist Party of China a goal of U.S. foreign policy. With interests defined this way, American presidents helped China’s communists at crucial moments.The first of those moments came in 1972, during the latter stages of Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution. Years of internal fighting and chaos—essentially civil war—had weakened China’s ruling organization, but Nixon’s visit that year signaled support for Mao’s tottering regime. “We’re damned,” said Shanghai banker Wu Yaonan at the time, as recounted by democracy activist Chin Jin. “The United States is coming to the rescue of the Communist Party.”


 
Great white shark lured to fisherman's boat in Jaws-like incident off Jersey Shore
01:26 PM, 06.19.2019

Great white shark lured to fisherman's boat in Jaws-like incident off Jersey ShoreA man in New Jersey spotted a great white shark while out fishing on Monday - and caught the whole thing on camera.In what he called the “best day ever on the water,” boat captain Jeff Crilly lured the shark towards his boat, Big Nutz Required II, with a bag of food.The incident happened as Mr Crilly was sailing in the Manasquan inlet off the coast of New Jersey, known as the Jersey Shore, with his brother Scott.In a video later posted to Facebook, the shark leaps up to the boat, giving the two-man crew a shock.“We saw like v-waves, little ripples, in the back of the slick. We’re like – there’s something in there,” Jeff later told Pix 11. “The shark would be from tail, here at the end of the boat – it’s head would be inside the boat… easily.Despite the seemingly immediate danger, the brothers laughed and yelled “this thing is huge!” as the shark approaches them. The cheers veer into nerves, with a chorus of “Holy s***!” as the animal appears to get closer.Mr Crilly says he thinks the shark was about 16 to 18 feet long.“This is the coolest f****** thing I’ve ever seen!” the narrator of the video, presumed to be Mr Crilly, says as the shark leaps towards his boat. “Once in a lifetime.”Later, he told the Asbury Park Press "We've fished for sharks a lot and never seen anything like that.”“We were amazed by how big it was," he added.Last month, a great white shark was spotted in the nearby Long Island Sound. Those who spotted it said it was their first sighting of the animal “ever.”


 
Nxivm sex cult leader Keith Raniere found guilty on all counts
02:11 PM, 06.19.2019

Nxivm sex cult leader Keith Raniere found guilty on all countsA New York self-help guru who was accused of running a sex cult of starving women branded with his initials has been found guilty of all counts. A jury took less than five hours to find Keith Raniere guilty of charges including racketeering conspiracy, sex trafficking and possession of child pornography, at the end of a six week trial. The 58-year-old faces up to 40 years in prison when he is sentenced later this year. Five women who were charged alongside Raniere, including Smallville actress Allison Mack, pled guilty before the trial began and will be sentenced in September. Raniere, a bespectacled and unprepossessing figure, began Nxivm(pronounced nexium) in the late 1990s, setting up in Albany, capital of New York state, what he describes as a self-help organisation. Actress Allison Mack Credit:  REUTERS About 17,000 people passed through Nxivm’s doors. The group was pitched as an empowerment group, touting theories about femininity, victimhood, money and ethics - much of it influenced by Ayn Rand, one of Raniere’s favourite authors. All pledged loyalty to Raniere, a man who was portrayed within the group as “some kind of god” who would unlock a more fulfilling life for his followers. Raniere himself promoted the idea of his being someone special – a child prodigy, who spoke in full sentences at a year old, read by the age of two and taught himself to play concert-level piano at 12. Among the high-ranking devotees was British-American one-time professional showjumper Clare Bronfman, millionaire heiress to the Seagram liquor fortune. Bronfman, one of the five to plead guilty, has paid $14 million (£11m) in Raniere’s legal costs, it emerged during the trial. Clare Bronfman is an heiress of the Seagram's liquor empire Credit:  REUTERS Another Briton was the first of the six victims to testify – Sylvie, who joined the group at age 18. The group, she was told, would “help me be the person that I’ve always wanted to be”, and would “fix” her. To join she gave in to the demand for “collateral” – material to be held in trust, and forfeited if they broke the group’s vow of silence. Some handed over deeds to their homes, or wrote down stories of childhood abuse, which may or may not be true. Often, as in Sylvie’s case, it was explicit photographs of herself, which she handed over to a senior DOS member. Sylvie said she was told that providing “collateral” was meant to show dedication. Raniere's lawyer, Marc Agnifilo, told jurors in his closing arguments on Monday that no women were ever forced to do anything against their will. As the verdict was read out Raniere remained calm, whispering to his lawyer. Several of the Nxivm defectors, however, were crying and trembling.


 
As Gulf tensions rise, Israel's Netanyahu warns 'enemies'
11:50 AM, 06.19.2019

As Gulf tensions rise, Israel's Netanyahu warns 'enemies'With tensions rising between Israel's ally the US and its archfoe Iran, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the Jewish state's enemies not to test it Wednesday, his office said. "I hear our neighbours from the north, south and east threatening our destruction," Netanyahu said in a statement released by his office after he observed a large-scale military excercise in the north of the country. "I say to our enemies: The Israeli army has very great destructive power.


 
Mexico, El Salvador presidents to meet on immigration
04:44 PM, 06.20.2019

Mexico, El Salvador presidents to meet on immigrationThe Mexican and Salvadoran presidents met in Mexico on Thursday to discuss a development plan that aims to slow a surge of mostly Central American migrants toward the U.S. border. The meeting came amid tough U.S. pressure on President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to do more to curb irregular immigration through Mexican territory. "This is very good for them to offer jobs" to migrants, said Carlos Vindel a 24-year-old driver from El Salvador who was waiting to request asylum in the southern Mexican city of Tapachula.


 
Acting ICE director: Ocasio-Cortez's concentration camp comments demoralizes the work of border agents
09:45 PM, 06.19.2019

Acting ICE director: Ocasio-Cortez's concentration camp comments demoralizes the work of border agentsActing ICE director Mark Morgan reacts to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's remarks comparing border facilities to concentration camps.


 
Airbus demands chance to bid for IAG's surprise Boeing 737 MAX order
01:23 PM, 06.20.2019

Airbus demands chance to bid for IAG's surprise Boeing 737 MAX orderAirbus called on Thursday for a chance to compete for a blockbuster plane order by British Airways owner IAG, which stunned industry executives at this week's Paris Airshow by ordering 200 of Boeing's grounded 737 MAX. Airbus announced a new version of its best-selling A321 with close to 240 orders and commitments in Paris, only to see its grip on IAG's European short-haul networks damaged by the Boeing deal which analysts said shores up the embattled 737 MAX. Boeing's top-selling aircraft has been taken out of service worldwide since an Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX crashed in March, five months after a Lion Air 737 MAX plunged into the sea off Indonesia.


 
Trump raises $24.8 million for reelection in less than 24 hours, RNC says
08:43 AM, 06.19.2019

Trump raises $24.8 million for reelection in less than 24 hours, RNC saysAccording to the Republican National Committee, the president raised nearly $25 million for his reelection campaign in less than a day.


 
Starving polar bear found in Russian city after traveling hundreds of miles
11:45 AM, 06.20.2019

Starving polar bear found in Russian city after traveling hundreds of milesA starving polar bear was found this week in Norilsk, Russia, far from its usual hunting grounds.


 
Echoing Beijing, Duterte’s Government Now Calls Boat Collision an ‘Accident’
02:26 AM, 06.19.2019

Echoing Beijing, Duterte’s Government Now Calls Boat Collision an ‘Accident’(Bloomberg) -- The Philippine government has fallen in with Beijing’s explanation that a Chinese vessel didn’t intentionally hit a Filipino boat in the South China Sea on June 9.Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Wednesday described the incident as "just an accident," adding the Chinese vessel may have left after hitting and sinking a Philippine boat with 22 fishermen out of fear of being “besieged” by other boats near Reed Bank.“Maybe the other side didn’t mean to brush against our boat,” Lorenzana said at a televised briefing in Manila on Wednesday.The Philippines’ Navy chief earlier said the Chinese vessel "rammed" the Filipino boat which was anchored when it was hit, while the spokesman of the military unit in charge of the disputed waters said the incident was "far from accidental." Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin also protested the incident, which he said he’d call a "hit and run."Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is not favoring China after the incident, said Lorenzana, who has also called for an apology and compensation from the Chinese vessel’s captain for damaging the Philippine boat.China’s Foreign Ministry earlier described the incident as an “accidental collision,” while Beijing’s embassy in Manila said the Chinese vessel’s crew was “afraid” of other Philippine boats in the area, prompting the captain to leave the Filipino fishermen.The sunken Philippine boat’s crew wants Duterte to ask China to hold the Chinese vessel’s captain criminally liable for abandoning them at sea, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Pinol said at a separate briefing after meeting the fishermen.“There is no justification to the act of the Chinese vessel to abandon the Filipino fishermen. Under international maritime laws, that is illegal. Under human laws, that is immoral,” Pinol said.To contact the reporter on this story: Andreo Calonzo in Manila at acalonzo1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Cecilia Yap at cyap19@bloomberg.net, Ruth PollardFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


 
Galaxy Note 10 leak reveals a futuristic feature you won’t find on any iPhone
09:12 AM, 06.19.2019

Galaxy Note 10 leak reveals a futuristic feature you won’t find on any iPhoneThe Galaxy Note 10, now expected to launch on August 7th, is hardly a secret anymore. We've seen plenty of leaks that have confirmed the phone's design and even the sky-high price tag has been outed. The Note 10 will come in two sizes, both featuring the same Infinity-O display that will have curved edges with tiny top and bottom bezels. In many ways, the Galaxy Note 10 will be similar to the Galaxy S10 when it comes to specs, but an insider now claims the phone will have a futuristic feature that no other popular smartphone has -- not even the iPhone. If this rumor is accurate, it will give Samsung an advantage over almost all competitors out there when it comes to design.Ice Universe, a reliable Samsung leaker, explained on Twitter that the Note 10 will have bezels as narrow as the iPhone, and that's possible thanks to a new display innovation: Sound on Display (SoD) tech.https://twitter.com/UniverseIce/status/1141244216992866304Instead of having to place a speaker at the top of the phone, Samsung can turn the screen itself into a speaker. This tech has been in the making for quite a while, and Samsung is one of the two companies that can pull it off. The other one is LG, which launched its LG V8 ThinQ earlier this year, the world's first phone with SoD tech. LG, however, hasn't been able to match Samsung for a long time when it comes to flagship smartphone sales.The Galaxy S10 still features a speaker at the top. It's almost invisible, but it's there. SoD screens will allow Samsung and every other company that sources OLED screens from Samsung Display to further reduce the size of their top bezels.The iPhone 11, meanwhile, isn't expected to drop the front-facing speaker anytime soon, and certainly not this year on the iPhone 11. Apple is rumored to stick with the same iPhone X notch design for at least one more generation of handsets, which means the front speaker isn't going anywhere for the time being. Google's Pixel 4, one other highly anticipated handset of the second half of 2019, will also have a speaker at the top, right in the middle of a pretty thick top bezel.


 
Man decapitates roommate’s dog because she owed him rent money, police say
02:03 PM, 06.19.2019

Man decapitates roommate’s dog because she owed him rent money, police sayA man beheaded his roommate’s dog as she was moving out of their shared house because of a financial dispute, officials said on Tuesday. Jose Vega Meza, a 21-year-old living in a suburb outside of Phoenix, Arizona, has been arrested over suspicion of mutilating the animal. He told investigators he killed the dog over the weekend because his roommate owed rent money to his mother, who owns the home in the city of Buckeye, according to police. The owner of the dog told police she had lost track of her pet while moving her belongings out of the home, before spotting Mr Meza sneaking a box onto her truck. When she opened the box, she found her headless dog inside. Police did not immediately provide additional information about the dog’s breed, but said it was small.The dog’s owner was so distraught that she was unable to call authorities until the next day, police said. Mr Meza told investigators that he killed other animals around his neighbourhood, including a cat he said he drowned, police said in court documents.He was arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty stemming from the killing of the dog on Saturday.Mr Meza was also booked for misdemeanour assault for attacking another inmate after he was booked in jail, investigators said.The Associated Press contributed to this report


 
Putin says use of US force against Iran would be 'disaster'
08:06 AM, 06.20.2019

Putin says use of US force against Iran would be 'disaster'Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said any use of force by the US against Iran would lead to disaster as tensions escalate between Washington and Tehran. "The US says it does not rule out the use of force... This would be a disaster for the region," Putin said during an annual televised phone-in with screened questions posed by Russian viewers. Moscow has backed Tehran in its stand off with the United States since Washington pulled out of an international 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran last year.


 
19 of the Most Beautiful Bridges in the World
07:00 AM, 06.20.2019

19 of the Most Beautiful Bridges in the World


 
Egypt: UN office tries to politicize Morsi's courtroom death
10:00 AM, 06.19.2019

Egypt: UN office tries to politicize Morsi's courtroom deathEgypt said Wednesday that the U.N. human rights office was trying to politicize the death of former Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi, who collapsed inside a Cairo courtroom during his trial this week. Morsi, Egypt's first democratically elected president who hailed from the now outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group, was buried under heavy security early on Tuesday, a day after his dramatic collapse and death inside a Cairo courtroom. Rupert Colville, spokesman for the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, called Tuesday for a "prompt, impartial, thorough and transparent investigation" into Morsi's death on Monday.


 
The List: Top 3 .308 Semi-Automatic Rifles on the Planet Today
10:00 PM, 06.18.2019

The List: Top 3 .308 Semi-Automatic Rifles on the Planet TodayAre you on the market for a .308 semi-automatic rifle?  If so, you’ll be glad to hear that there are several high quality choices for you available on the marketplace, which each offer excellent performance, accuracy, durability, and reliability.There are three models that stand out in particular: the Century Arms C308, Ruger SR-762, and the Springfield M1A.Each of these choices certainly have their pros and cons, but they also each offer unique advantages that we will dive into in-depth with this article.  We’ll also talk about the best benefits of owning a .308 semi-automatic rifle to begin with.THE BENEFITS OF OWNING A .308 SEMI-AUTOMATICA solid case can be made that the .308 semi-automatic rifle is the most versatile centerfire rifle that you can own today.


 
Trump says hard to believe Iranian shooting of U.S. drone was intentional
10:37 PM, 06.19.2019

Trump says hard to believe Iranian shooting of U.S. drone was intentionalWASHINGTON/DUBAI (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump played down Iran's downing of a U.S. military surveillance drone on Thursday, saying he suspected it was shot by mistake and "it would have made a big difference" to him had the remotely controlled aircraft been piloted. Tehran said the unarmed Global Hawk surveillance drone was on a spy mission over its territory, but Washington said it was shot down over international airspace.


 
House Dems on brink of minimum wage victory
04:16 AM, 06.20.2019

House Dems on brink of minimum wage victoryThe vote is expected shortly after the House returns from its Fourth of July recess.


 
Terrifying images show enormous spider eating a possum in Australia
04:35 PM, 06.19.2019

Terrifying images show enormous spider eating a possum in AustraliaA recently published set of photos on Facebook shows a terrifyingly largespider eating a possum at a cabin in Australia


 
Galaxy Note 10 tipped to pack a camera feature no other phone has
09:10 AM, 06.20.2019

Galaxy Note 10 tipped to pack a camera feature no other phone hasThe Galaxy Note 10 already has a rumored announcement date, and we're getting quite close to the launch of one of the most exciting phones of the second half of 2019. That also means more of its secrets will be spilled in the coming weeks, long before Samsung takes the stage in New York to introduce the handset. Just the other day we learned that the phone will feature a screen technology that only one other phone has, an LG phone that's nowhere near as popular as the Note 10 will be. That's a Sound on Display (SoD) screen the Note 10 will reportedly get, which turns the entire display into a speaker. As a result, there's no need for the regular earpiece at the top of the phone, so the bezels can be made even thinner. The display will not be the only unique trick the Note 10 will offer buyers though, as a new leak details an even more exciting feature that Samsung will introduce on the Galaxy Note 10.Ice Universe is a well-known Samsung insider in some circles, the circles that follow smartphone rumors closely. The leaker said on Twitter that Samsung China engineers revealed a detail about the Note 10 camera that should have probably been kept secret. Rather than equipping the phone's main camera with a dual-aperture lens as is the case with previous flagships, Samsung's new Note 10 phones will have a three-stage variable aperture: f1.5, f1.8, and f2.4.https://twitter.com/UniverseIce/status/1141608857220681728That's something that hasn't been done before and might give Samsung an edge over competitors.Older Galaxy flagships including the Galaxy S10 support f1.5 and f2.4 apertures, with the Note 10 supposedly getting a stop in between those, f1.8. As SamMobile explains, the new aperture could be useful to reduce overexposure in intermediate cases between low-light (f1.5) and bright (f2.4) conditions.A different report said earlier this week that the Note 10 might be getting another notable camera upgrade, front and rear Time-of-Flight (ToF) sensors that would enable 3D face recognition, improve bokeh in portrait shots, and help with AR/VR apps.


 
Polo club frequented by Prince William and Harry in row with neighbours over plans to double capacity
08:10 AM, 06.20.2019

Polo club frequented by Prince William and Harry in row with neighbours over plans to double capacityA polo club frequented by the Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex is embroiled in a planning row with neighbours over plans to double its capacity to 10,000 people. Residents believe the proposal will bring huge crowds that will cause extra noise and blight the area, and have complained to the council. The Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club in Winkfield submitted the plans to the Bracknell Forest Council licensing panel. A decision is yet to be made. Yet one resident fumed: "I object to this application on the grounds that increasing the capacity of the premises is likely to have a negative impact on the prevention of public nuisance licensing objective. "Because a larger audience requires greater sound volume to penetrate both the greater area and the greater hubbub of chatter by the people attending. "We can hear the noise from their entertainments and are disturbed by it at night even though we live over half a mile away." Another said there would be a "significant increase" in traffic as well as the "major increase" in noise. In particular they said it would be a problem when loud music bands play on long summer nights after the polo. Prince Charles became a patron of the 220 acre polo club - just a stones throw from Windsor Castle - after it opened in 1985. This then led to both his sons playing regularly there. Just last July the Duke of Sussex shared a passionate kiss with his new wife, the Duchess of Sussex, after a game. He scored twice as his team won 5-4. The council panel was set to make a decision last night [Thurs]. It currently has an alcohol licence and can play music until 2am.


 
US alleges tanker hit by mine resembling Iran's
09:31 AM, 06.19.2019

US alleges tanker hit by mine resembling Iran'sA Japanese-owned tanker attacked in the Gulf of Oman last week was damaged by a limpet mine resembling those used by Iran, the US military said Wednesday, as the Islamic republic slammed accusations against it. Commander Sean Kido of US Naval Forces Central Command, or NAVCENT, said the mine used in the attack "is distinguishable and it is also strikingly bearing a resemblance to Iranian mines that have already been publicly displayed in Iranian military parades". The Japanese-owned Kokuka Courageous, loaded with highly flammable methanol, came under attack last Thursday as it passed through the Gulf of Oman along with the Norwegian-operated Front Altair.


 
First look and how to book: Taco Bell's pop-up hotel is themed to the extreme
10:33 AM, 06.20.2019

First look and how to book: Taco Bell's pop-up hotel is themed to the extremeReservations open June 27 for the pop-up hotel experience in Palm Springs, California.


 
The Latest: 2 charged in huge cocaine bust at Philly port
05:35 PM, 06.18.2019

The Latest: 2 charged in huge cocaine bust at Philly portTwo members of a container ship's crew face federal drug charges after agents raided their vessel at a Philadelphia port and seized about 33,000 pounds (15,000 kilograms) of cocaine. Court documents filed Tuesday charge Ivan Durasevic and Fonofaavae Tiasage with conspiracy to possess cocaine aboard a ship subject to U.S. jurisdiction.


 
12 Designs We Need From Wayfair’s Super Affordable New Collection
09:13 AM, 06.19.2019

12 Designs We Need From Wayfair’s Super Affordable New Collection


 
Trump suggests the wrongfully convicted Central Park Five are guilty
05:45 PM, 06.18.2019

Trump suggests the wrongfully convicted Central Park Five are guiltyPresident said there were people ‘on both sides’ of the case and that ‘they admitted their guilt’Donald Trump in Washington DC, on 18 June. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty ImagesDonald Trump has again suggested that the wrongfully convicted teenagers in the Central Park Five case are guilty, and has declined to apologise for taking out print ads in 1989 that called for their execution.The case has been thrust into the limelight again with the release of Oscar-nominated director Ava DuVernay’s Netflix series When They See Us, a fictionalised re-examination of the affair that gripped New York in the late 1980s.Before any of the five teenagers, all black or Hispanic, had been tried over the brutal rape of a white woman in Central Park, Trump, then a Manhattan real-estate tycoon, took out full-page newspaper ads calling for the death penalty to be reinstated in New York state.Those involved in the case later said Trump’s ads had a significant impact on the trial and contributed to the wrongful conviction.The prosecution relied heavily on videotaped confessions, which defence lawyers argued were coerced.In 2002, after the boys had spent years in prison, a serial rapist named Matias Reyes confessed to the attack. His DNA linked him to the crime scene. The convictions against the five were vacated and the city settled a multimillion-dollar lawsuit.On Tuesday, as Trump headed to Orlando to launch his campaign for re-election, he was asked by reporters if he would apologise for his role in the saga.The president responded: “Why do you bring that question up now? It’s an interesting time to bring it up. You have people on both sides of that. They admitted their guilt. If you look at Linda Fairstein, and you look at some of the prosecutors, they think that the city should never have settled that case. So, we’ll leave it at that.”Trump’s insistence despite evidence that the five were not guilty was a feature of the 2016 election.Since DuVernay’s series was released, a number of officials involved in the prosecution have suffered significant backlash.Fairstein, the New York prosecutor turned novelist who was referenced by Trump on Tuesday, lost her publishing deal with Penguin Random House. Earlier this month Fairstein wrote an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal defending her role in the case, while conceding it was right for the city to vacate the charges.Last week the lead prosecutor, Elizabeth Lederer, resigned from her position at Columbia Law School amid outcry from students.


 
Trump: The system is rigged, they gave Hillary a free pass on illegal server
07:55 PM, 06.18.2019

Trump: The system is rigged, they gave Hillary a free pass on illegal serverPresident Trump addresses supporters during 2020 campaign kickoff rally in Orlando, Florida.


 
Russia and China Go War Against America. Here's What Could Happen Next.
07:25 AM, 06.20.2019

Russia and China Go War Against America. Here's What Could Happen Next.Could Beijing and Moscow coordinate a pair of crises that would drive two separate U.S. military responses?The United States discarded its oft-misunderstood “two war” doctrine, intended as a template for providing the means to fight two regional wars simultaneously, late last decade. Designed to deter North Korea from launching a war while the United States was involved in fighting against Iran or Iraq (or vice versa,) the idea helped give form to the Department of Defense’s procurement, logistical and basing strategies in the post–Cold War, when the United States no longer needed to face down the Soviet threat. The United States backed away from the doctrine because of changes in the international system, including the rising power of China and the proliferation of highly effective terrorist networks.But what if the United States had to fight two wars today, and not against states like North Korea and Iran? What if China and Russia sufficiently coordinated with one another to engage in simultaneous hostilities in the Pacific and in Europe?This first appeared in August 2017.Political Coordination


 
Apple’s AirPods 2 with Wireless Charging Case just got its first big discount on Amazon
10:15 AM, 06.20.2019

Apple’s AirPods 2 with Wireless Charging Case just got its first big discount on AmazonAt $200, Apple's new AirPods 2 with Wireless Charging Case is definitely a tall order. But at $179.99, it's a no-brainer when the standard AirPods 2 version costs just $20 less. AirPods 2 is Apple's latest and greatest cord-free earphones, and the wireless charging case gives users the same convenient way to charge them as Apple's latest iPhones. Now, this killer combo just got its first big discount on Amazon. Hurry though, because there's no telling how long this deal will last!Here's the key info from the product page: * Automatically on, automatically connected * Easy setup for all your Apple devices * Quick access to Siri by saying "Hey Siri" * Double-tap to play or skip forward * New Apple H1 headphone chip delivers faster wireless connection to your devices * Charges quickly in the case * Case can be charged either wirelessly using a Qi-compatible charging mat or using the Lightning connector * Rich, high-quality audio and voice * Seamless switching between devices * Listen and talk all day with multiple charges from the Wireless Charging Case


 
UPDATE 2-Delta invests in partner Korean Air, seeks to expand in Asia
10:04 AM, 06.20.2019

UPDATE 2-Delta invests in partner Korean Air, seeks to expand in AsiaDelta Air Lines Inc said on Thursday it has acquired a 4.3% stake in partner Korean Air Lines Co Ltd's parent company with a view to expanding across Asia. The No. 2 U.S. airline said it intends to increase its stake in Hanjin Kal Corp, which owns about 30 percent of Korean Air, to 10% over time, after receiving regulatory approval. Delta Chief Executive Officer Ed Bastian recently said he viewed the Korean Air and its Incheon International Airport hub in Seoul as a gateway to adding more destinations across Asia.


 
Iranian Official Downplays Possibility of Military Confrontation with U.S.
01:25 PM, 06.19.2019

Iranian Official Downplays Possibility of Military Confrontation with U.S.A top Iranian official on Wednesday predicted that no military conflict with the U.S. was coming, despite the Trump administration's decision to send more troops to the Middle East amid tensions with Tehran.“There will not be a military confrontation between Iran and America since there is no reason for a war,” said Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, according to state media outlet IRNA.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has accused Iran of being behind last week's attacks on two oil tankers — laden with “Japan-related cargo,” according to Japan’s Trade Ministry — in the Gulf of Oman. The U.S. Navy responded to the attacks, offering assistance after a series of explosions that partially destroyed the tankers and injured their crew members.Iranian defense minister Amir Hatami on Wednesday doubled down on his denial that Iran was responsible for the attacks, saying, “the accusation against Iran is totally a lie and I dismiss it firmly,” according to the Iranian Fars news agency.Shamkhani echoed Hatami's rhetoric, pointing the finger back at the U.S. "Accusing other countries has turned into a common practice among U.S. officials as they try to pressure other counties," he said.On Monday, the Pentagon announced the U.S. will send 1,000 more troops as well as additional military resources to the Middle East "for defensive purposes to address air, naval, and ground-based threats."“The recent Iranian attacks validate the reliable, credible intelligence we have received on hostile behavior by Iranian forces and their proxy groups that threaten United States personnel and interests across the region,” Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan said.The same day, Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization announced that the country plans to flout the restrictions on uranium stockpiling under the the nuclear deal signed with the Obama administration in 2015, which the Trump administration backed out of in May of last year.Earlier this month, Iran’s supreme leader said the U.S. would be powerless to stop Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons should it desire to develop them, adding that no further negotiations with American leaders are forthcoming.


 
Hellcat-Powered Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 6x6 Pickup Exists Because It Can
01:45 PM, 06.19.2019

Hellcat-Powered Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 6x6 Pickup Exists Because It CanWhen the going gets absurd, the absurd get a Jeep Wrangler Hellcat 6x6 at auction.


 
St. Louis abortion clinic to defy state over pelvic exam
11:01 AM, 06.20.2019

St. Louis abortion clinic to defy state over pelvic examMissouri's only abortion clinic, already facing the threat of losing its license, says it will defy the state by refusing to perform a required pelvic examination days before an abortion. Calling the exam requirement "disrespectful and dehumanizing," a Planned Parenthood spokeswoman confirmed that as of Thursday the St. Louis clinic no longer performs it during a consultation at least 72 hours before an abortion. Doctors do perform a pelvic exam at the time of the procedure.


 
Lexus Safety System+ to come standard on all 2020 model vehicles
05:43 AM, 06.20.2019

Lexus Safety System+ to come standard on all 2020 model vehiclesThis system is a collection of four Lexus safety packages: the Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, the Lane Departure Alert system, Intelligent High Beams, and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. In 2017 alone, the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration stated that 6.5 million crashes took place throughout the year -- a figure that only takes into account reported crashes. Designed to help protect drivers, passengers and pedestrians, Lexus Safety System+ will be a standard feature in all US Lexus vehicles starting with the 2020 model year.


 
Georgia set to execute inmate for man's 1996 shotgun slaying
03:39 PM, 06.20.2019

Georgia set to execute inmate for man's 1996 shotgun slayingMarion Wilson Jr., 42, is scheduled to receive a lethal injection of pentobarbital at 7 p.m. at the state prison in Jackson. The parole board is the only authority in Georgia that can commute a death sentence. Wilson's lawyers asked the courts to stop his execution.


 
 
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