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Airbus and Boeing announce more than $10 billion worth of deals at the Farnborough Airshow
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2018-07-16    0 views
Planemakers racked up over $20 billion in deals on the opening day of the Farnborough Air Show.

Boeing said DHL had placed a $4.7 billion order for 14,777 freighters.

It also landed a $3.5 billion deal for 30 737 MAX 8 aircraft with U.S. Jackson Square Aviation.

Airbus announced a MoU with Taiwanese StarLux Airlines to buy 17 A350 worth around $6 billion,

and another MoU for 80 A320neo single-aisle jets worth about $8.8 billion.

Concerns that demand may slow stem from higher oil prices, rising interest rates, and Brexit uncertainty.

The Farnborough Air Show is the industry's biggest event this year.
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Botched Hit Job in the Bronx Caught on Camera
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2018-07-13    0 views
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"Whatever you do is okay with me" - Trump to May on Brexit
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2018-07-13    20 views
"Well I also want to thank Prime Minister May for pursuing fair and reciprocal trade with the United States. Once the Brexit process is concluded and perhaps the UK has left the EU - I don't know what they're going to do. But whatever you do is okay with me. That's your decision. Whatever you're going to do is OK with us. Just make sure we can trade together that's all that matters. The United States looks forward to finalising a great bilateral trade agreement with the United Kingdom. This is an incredible opportunity for our two countries and we will seize it fully. We support the decision of the British people to realise full self-government and we will see how that goes. Very complicated negotiation and not an easy negotiation that's for sure. A strong and independent United Kingdom like a strong and independent United States is truly a blessing on the world. Prime Minister May I want to thank you again for the honour of visiting the United Kingdom - a special place. My mother was born here. So it means something maybe just a little bit extra - maybe even a lot extra. And we had a wonderful visit. Last night I think I got to know the prime minister better than at any time. We spent a lot of time together over a year and a half. But last night, we really I was very embarrassed for the rest of the table, but we just talked about lots of different problems and solutions to those problems and it was a great evening. As we stand together this afternoon at Chequers we continue a long tradition of friendship collaboration and affection between ourselves and also between our people. The enduring relationship between our nations has never been stronger than it is now. So madam prime minister thank you very much. It's been an honour. Thank you."
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Illinois Judge Charged After Appears to Drop Gun in Courthouse Lobby
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2018-07-13    148 views
A judge was charged with a misdemeanor after dropping his gun in a courthouse in Cook County, Illinois, on July 3. Security footage from the courthouse shows 70-year-old Judge Joseph Claps dropping the gun in front of two Sheriff’s deputies.

Clap was reassigned to non-judicial duties until further notice, according to local reports.

The judge was carrying the gun under his left arm when he dropped it. He then picked it up and put it in his pocket. He can later be seen taking it out of his pocket and putting it back under his arm.

Credit: Cook County Sheriff’s Office via Storyful
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Australian diving doctor praised for role in Thai cave rescue
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2018-07-13    0 views
Australian authorities praised their contingent of divers and support crew involved in the rescue of 12 boys and their soccer coach from inside a flooded Thai cave on Wednesday (July 11, 2018).

Australian doctor and experienced cave diver, Richard Harris, who was reportedly one of the last divers to leave the cave, was told after completing the rescue that his father had died in the early hours on Wednesday. Medstar colleague and friend Andrew Pearce said that Harris would be supported through this difficult time.

Australian Federal Police Commander Glen McKeown said seven specialist divers and around 10 support crew assisted the rescue effort in chambers two and three of the cave complex near Chiang Rai. The Australian team spent 75 hours at the cave and moved 20 tonnes of equipment during that time.

Thais reacted with relief, gratitude and exhilaration after the last group of the "Wild Boars" soccer team was rescued from the Tham Luang cave, near the border with Myanmar, on Tuesday night (July 10), ending an ordeal that gripped Thailand and the world. The group was rescued after 17 days inside the vast cave complex in northern Thailand where they had ventured after soccer practice on June 23.
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Thai Navy SEALs Receive a Hero's Welcome Following Cave Rescue
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2018-07-12    110 views

The head of a Thai navy SEAL diving team that helped lead 12 boys and their soccer coach through a flooded cave complex to safety urged the boys on Thursday to "live their lives worthily" and be a force for good.

Thirteen foreign divers and five Thai Navy SEALs guided the boys and their coach out in a complicated three-day operation in Tham Luang cave that ended on Tuesday. Footage released by the SEALs showed parts of the perilous rescue operation that captivated the world.

The Navy SEALs left the northern province of Chiang Rai on Thursday and returned to a hero's welcome at an air base outside Bangkok. Those involved in the rescue were given large garlands made from marigolds as navy officers and proud civilians stood by. Some well-wishers at the air base brought red roses for the team.

"I would like to tell the kids to live their lives worthily and make their lives useful for the country. Their adventurous story can inspire the younger generations," Rear Admiral Arpakorn Yookongkaew, who led the Thai navy SEAL diving team in the ordeal, told Reuters after touching down at the air base.

Health officials said the boys would spend at least a week in the hospital and around 30 days recovering at home following more than two weeks trapped inside the flooded cave complex. Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan said on Wednesday the operation was nothing short of a miracle.
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Hurricane Chris Swirls Away from US East Coast
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2018-07-12    27 views
Chris strengthened into a Category 2 hurricane on Tuesday, July 10, but it remained well away from the US East Coast on Wednesday.

Chris was forecast to travel northeast, away from the US coast, brushing near Newfoundland, Canada, by the weekend. The storm was generating rough surf and rip currents as it spun offshore.

This footage shows Chris on Wednesday and also a timelapse of the storm off the coast of the Carolinas over several days.
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U.S. leaving UN human rights council
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2018-07-12    2 views
Donald Trump, US President
"If the righteous many do not confront the wicked few, then evil will triumph."

Mike Pompeo, United States Secretary of State

"Every individual has rights that are inherent and inviolable. They are given by God, and not by government. Because of that, no government must take them away.

President Trump wants to move the ball forward. From day one, he has called out institutions or countries who say one thing and do another. And that’s precisely the problem at the Human Rights Council.

We have no doubt that there was once a noble vision for this council. But today, we need to be honest – the Human Rights Council is a poor defender of human rights."

Nikki Haley, United States Ambassador to the United Nations

"For too long, the Human Rights Council has been a protector of human rights abusers and a cesspool of political bias.

Regrettably, it is now clear that our call for reform was not heeded. Human rights abusers continue to serve on and be elected to the council.

The world’s most inhumane regimes continue to escape scrutiny, and the council continues politicizing and scapegoating of countries with positive human rights records in an attempt to distract from the abusers in their ranks.

Therefore, as we said we would do a year ago if we did not see any progress, the United States is officially withdrawing from the UN Human Rights Council.

We did not make this decision lightly.

Instead, we made a good-faith effort to resolve the problems.

Meanwhile, the situation on the council has gotten worse, not better.

In the past year, the Democratic Republic of Congo was elected as a member. The DRC is widely known to have one of the worst human rights records in the world. Even as it was being elected to membership in the Human Rights Council, mass graves continued to be discovered in the Congo.

The council would not even have a meeting on the human rights conditions in Venezuela. Why? Because Venezuela is a member of the Human Rights Council, as is Cuba, as is China.

The council failed to respond in December and January when the Iranian regime killed and arrested hundreds of citizens simply for expressing their views.

And then, of course, there is the matter of the chronic bias against Israel.

The council is motivated by political bias, not by human rights.

Look at the council membership, and you see an appalling disrespect for the most basic human rights.

Such a council, in fact, damages the cause of human rights.

If the Human Rights Council is going to attack countries that uphold human rights and shield countries that abuse human rights, then America should not provide it with any credibility. Instead, we will continue to lead on human rights outside the misnamed Human Rights Council.

America has a proud legacy as a champion of human rights, a proud legacy as the world’s largest provider of humanitarian aid, and a proud legacy of liberating oppressed people and defeating tyranny throughout the world.

That is why we are withdrawing from the UN Human Rights Council, an organization that is not worthy of its name."
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Rapper Cardi B Gives Birth to Girl With Husband Offset
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2018-07-11    12 views
LOS ANGELES—Rapper Cardi B has given birth to her first child, a baby girl, with her rapper husband Offset, according to an announcement she posted to Instagram on Wednesday.

The parents named the child Kulture Kiari Cephus, Cardi B said on an Instagram post.

The baby's name is an apparent nod to albums Culture and Culture II from Migos, the rap group of which Offset is a member. His real name is Kiari Cephus.

The birth came just weeks after Cardi B confirmed in a statement that she and Offset, 26, had been secretly married in September.

Cardi B's real name is Belcalis Almanzar. She announced that she was pregnant during an appearance on "Saturday Night Live" in April.
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Trump Derides Germany for Relying on Russian Energy
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2018-07-11    8 views
President Donald Trump harshly criticized Germany on July 11 for buying vast amounts of energy from Russia while relying on the United States to deter the threat of Moscow’s threatening geopolitical ambitions.

Trump aired his criticism in a tense exchange with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg as cameras rolled during a pre-breakfast media opportunity usually reserved for pale and formulaic political remarks.

“Well, I have to say, I think it’s very sad when Germany makes a massive oil and gas deal with Russia, where you’re supposed to be guarding against Russia, and Germany goes out and pays billions and billions of dollars a year to Russia,” Trump said.

“So we’re protecting Germany. We’re protecting France. We’re protecting all of these countries,” Trump added. “And then numerous … countries go out and make a pipeline deal with Russia, where they’re paying billions of dollars into the coffers of Russia.”

Although Trump did not name the Russian pipeline project, he was referring to Nord Stream 2, an expansion of the world’s largest undersea pipeline linking Russia to Germany. Russian state-owned gas company Gazprom owns the majority stake in the project, with half of the financing coming from a group of energy corporations from France, Austria, England, and Germany.

The United States has long opposed Nord Stream 2, saying it would undermine Europe’s security. In May, the State Department threatened to sanction the companies involved in the project.

The president said that Germany is “totally controlled by Russia because they will be getting from 60 to 70 percent of their energy from Russia and a new pipeline.”

“And the former Chancellor of Germany is the head of the pipeline company that’s supplying the gas,” Trump said, referring to Gerhard Schröder, the chairman of the board of directors of Nord Stream AG. ” Ultimately, Germany will have almost 70 percent of their country controlled by Russia with natural gas.”

Stoltenberg defended the Russian pipeline, saying that even during the Cold War some allies traded with Russia.

“You know, NATO is an alliance of 29 nations, and there are sometimes differences and different views, and also some disagreements. And the gas pipeline from Russia to Germany is one issue where allies disagree,” Stoltenberg said. “But the strength of NATO is that despite these differences, we have always been able to unite around our core task, to protect and defend each other, because we understand that we are stronger together than apart.”

Trump did not accept the explanation, asking “how can you be together when a country is getting its energy from the person you want protection against.”

Jens Mueller, a spokesperson for Nord Stream 2, told The Epoch Times that Nord Stream 2 is a commercial project with five investors in the EU. Roughly half of the pipeline’s $9.5 billion price tag is financed by Germany’s Uniper and Wintershall, France’s Engie, Austria’s OMV, and Dutch-British oil giant Royal Dutch Shell.

“The implementation of our project is not subject to political sentiment, but a comprehensive framework of permitting procedures following clearly defined legal requirements that are based on EU and national legislation as well as international conventions,” Mueller said. “Therefore we do not participate in political speculation.”

On the afternoon of July 11, Trump discussed Nord Stream 2 with German Chancellor Angela Merkel but did not elaborate on the details. In remarks to reporters, Trump said the United States has a “tremendous relationship with Germany” and Merkel noted that “we are good partners.”

Trump’s concern about Nord Stream 2 and Germany’s business with Russia’s dominant energy companies is a new line of attack in a campaign to pressure America’s NATO allies to increase their military spending to the amount specified in NATO membership guidelines. The president has derided NATO since the early stages of his election campaign in 2016, calling it “obsolete and disproportionately too expensive.”

The threat of an emergent Russia was expected to be the key theme at t
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11 Confirmed Dead in Bus, Oil Tanker Collision in Iran
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2018-07-11    0 views
At least 11 people were killed and several others sustained severe injuries when an oil tanker collided with a passenger bus in the city of Sanandaj, in Iran's Kurdistan province, on Wednesday.

According to Kurdistan Road Police, the incident took place in the early hours of Wednesday on an inter-city highway.

One of the two bus drivers, who survived the incident, said that the bus had stopped to pick up passengers behind a pickup truck, when suddenly an oil tanker rammed into the bus from behind and both burst into flames.

Police are yet to announce the exact number of victims, but some local sources have claimed the figures could be higher.

Kurdistan province has declared three days of public mourning for the deceased.
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11 Confirmed Dead in Bus, Oil-Tanker Collision in Iran
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2018-07-11    0 views
At least 11 people were killed and several others sustained severe injuries when an oil tanker collided with a passenger bus in the city of Sanandaj, in Iran's Kurdistan province, on Wednesday.

According to Kurdistan Road Police, the incident took place in the early hours of Wednesday on an inter-city highway.

One of the two bus drivers, who survived the incident, said that the bus had stopped to pick up passengers behind a pickup truck, when suddenly an oil tanker rammed into the bus from behind and both burst into flames.

Police are yet to announce the exact number of victims, but some local sources have claimed the figures could be higher.

Kurdistan province has declared three days of public mourning for the deceased.
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Report: Bus Crash in Western Iran Kills at Least 11 People
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2018-07-11    0 views
TEHRAN, Iran—Authorities say an overnight bus crash in western Iran has killed at least 11 people.

State television reported early Wednesday that a tanker carrying tar crashed into the passenger bus in Sanandaj, a city in Iran’s Kurdistan province some 400 kilometers (250 miles) west of Tehran.

Authorities say the tanker ran into the bus just after it left a bus terminal in the city. Both vehicles burst into flames.

Police say the tanker’s brakes failed, causing it to slam into the bus.

Official say at least nine people were injured in the crash.

Kurdistan province has declared three days of public mourning over the crash.

UNICEF says Iran’s rate of traffic crashes is 20 times the world’s average, as the country suffers from poor roads and lax traffic enforcement.
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Tropical Storm Chris Brings Strong Winds and Surf
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2018-07-10    199 views
Beachgoers at Nags Head, North Carolina, experienced strong winds and surf on July 9 because of Tropical Storm Chris.

The National Weather Service reported possible dangerous rip currents and strong longshore currents for beaches in eastern North Carolina on July 9.

Tropical Storm Chris was expected to stay offshore on July 9, with the possibility of becoming a hurricane. The storm is not expected to affect the United States other than rough surf conditions.
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Two Killed After Train and Car Collide
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2018-07-09    2K views
A light-rail train hit a car that drove past crossing arms in San Jose, killing two men.

Surveillance video captured by Hapa's Brewing shows the train plowing into the car as customers sat on picnic tables nearby on Sunday.

The car was a virtually unrecognizable hunk of metal after the crash, which sent customers and a pedestrian running and screaming.

San Jose police say the man driving the car drove around the crossing arms. Both he and his passenger were killed.

About 20 people riding the train were not hurt. The driver of the train was taken to a hospital for evaluation and was not hurt.

The identities of the men who died haven't been released.

Detective Brian McMahon says the driver's body will be tested for drugs or alcohol.
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Lawmakers heckle Theresa May as she addresses cabinet resignations
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2018-07-09    0 views
British Prime Minister Theresa May have her first public reaction over the resignations of David Davis, former Brexit secretary, and Boris Johnson, former foreign secretary in parliament.

But mention of Johnson was met with heckling from some lawmakers, prompting the chamber to be called to order.

Davis and Johnson resigned within hours of each other and has thrown May's administration into crisis over its plans to steer the country out of the European Union.

May told parliament she, "wanted to recognise Davis for the work he did to steer through Parliament some of the most important legislations for generations."

Boris Johnson was a leading voice in the campaign to divorce the United Kingdom from the EU.
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Pence : 'We will never abolish ICE' under Trump
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2018-07-09    24 views
WASHINGTON—Vice President Mike Pence told staff at Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that the administration backs the agency “100 percent,” during a speech on July 6.

Pence denounced recent Democrat calls to abolish the agency, saying, “I want to make it clear to all of you and all of those looking on: Under President Donald Trump, we will never abolish ICE.”

The vice president took aim at Democrats such as Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, and candidate for New York governor Cynthia Nixon.

He said Nixon “appallingly” called ICE a “terrorist organization.”

“Now, let me be clear on this point: The American people have a right to their opinions, but these spurious attacks on ICE by our political leaders must stop,” said Pence. “The type of language that’s being used to describe the men and women of this agency, and the work that you do every day, is unacceptable.”

The outcry over ICE gained steam in June after the administration called for all adult illegal border crossers to be prosecuted. Consequently, around 2,000 children were temporarily separated from their parents while the parents awaited prosecution.

Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) said on June 30 that he was introducing legislation that would “abolish ICE and crack down on the agency’s blanket directive to target and round up individuals and families,” he said in a statement.

ICE is the Department of Homeland Security’s immigration enforcement arm that operates in the interior of the United States as well as overseas. The agency employs more than 20,000 officers to carry out deportations of illegal and criminal aliens, as well as investigations into drug, gang, and cross-border crime.

ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations unit, along with other federal and local law enforcement agencies, recently arrested 35 darknet vendors who engaged in tens of thousands of sales of illicit goods online. ICE also seized more than 100 firearms, massive amounts of illegal narcotics, and more than $23.6 million.

In Chicago, ICE arrested more than 50 people in the first week of July, including a reputed gang member, for heroin and fentanyl sales in the city’s West Side.

Pence said ICE made 33,000 arrests last year of “individuals who came into this country illegally and then pursued crime against our people.”

“Nearly a million pounds of narcotics were seized by ICE agents in 2017 alone and, most touchingly to me as a father, ICE agents rescued 518 human trafficking victims and 904 children subject to child exploitation,” he said.

Pence praised ICE agents who “answered a call that requires you to put the lives of your countrymen ahead of your own.”

He said assaults on ICE agents nearly tripled in 2017, while attacks on Customs and Border Protection agents increased by 75 percent.

“Remarkably, but not surprisingly, these attacks have not diminished your commitment or your courage or your determination to enforce our laws,” Pence said.

He told the audience that the Trump administration “will never abolish ICE” and “will never fail to applaud, and expand, and empower this agency with the resources that you deserve.”

He said the White House is pushing Congress to further increase funding to ICE.

“Our word to all the courageous men and women of ICE is: Help is on the way," Pence said.

Pence was introduced by new Acting Director of ICE Ron Vitiello and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.
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NY Trooper Remembered as ‘True Hero’ at Funeral
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2018-07-08    30 views
A New York State trooper killed on duty by a suicidal man was remembered at his funeral Sunday for his leadership, passion for life and willingness to help others.

Trooper Nicholas Clark's life "was taken because he did what we asked him to do," said State Police Superintendent George Beach, speaking to a crowd at an arena at Alfred University that included Gov. Andrew Cuomo along with numerous others state troopers and other law enforcement.

"He went into harm's way to protect the innocent, and despite the grave risk that he faced, he performed his duty to help others," Beach said. "That is a true hero."

Clark's flag-draped casket was on the stage, surrounded by flower arrangements and enlarged photographs of the 29-year-old.

He died responding to a call early Monday morning near the Pennsylvania border. Police said Clark was fatally shot by the man, 43-year-old Steven Kiley, who was later found dead with a self-inflicted gunshot wound inside his rural home in Erwin.

Kiley was the principal of the K-12 Bradford Central School.

State police on Friday said they recovered 12 illegal firearms owned by Kiley, including eight assault rifles, one rifle and three handguns.

They also recovered two silencers and numerous high capacity magazines.

Clark grew up in the area in the hamlet of Troupsburg, where he was a standout high school wrestler and football player.

He went to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro on a wrestling scholarship before transferring to Alfred University, where he graduated in 2011. He was a two-time All-America honoree and held the school record for career tackles until 2017.

The former Division III football player was invited as a free agent to the Buffalo Bill's spring minicamp in 2012 shortly after his graduation.

Clark graduated from the New York State Police Academy in 2015 and transferred to the Bath barracks in August 2017.
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3 Children Killed in Southeast Texas Apartment Fire
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2018-07-05    63 views
PORT ARTHUR, Texas—A fire official says three children rescued from a burning apartment in Southeast Texas have died from their injuries.

Port Arthur Fire Marshal Paul Washburn tells KFDM television that firefighters arrived at the burning building a little after midnight Wednesday. First responders found the children and rushed them to a hospital where they were pronounced dead.

Washburn says the children were aged 2, 6 and 12.

Washburn tells The Associated Press the three children were the only ones inside the apartment when the fire broke out. He says their mother had taken another child to the hospital.

Washburn says they are investigating to determine the cause of the fire.
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Commuters Help Lift Train Off Woman's Leg After It Becomes Trapped at Boston Station
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2018-07-03    0 views
A woman whose leg was badly cut when she fell between a platform and a train at a station in Boston on June 29 asked other commuters not to call an ambulance because she could not afford to pay the medical fees, according to a reporter at the scene.

Police released footage of the incident, which they said occurred as the woman stepped off the train on the Orange Line at the Massachusetts Avenue Station shortly after 5.30 pm on Friday.

Police said the woman’s left leg fell between the platform and train and it became further lodged after other customers pushed to exit the train. Customers helped to free the woman by rocking the train back and forth.

Police said the woman sustained a serious laceration to her thigh and was transported to Boston Medical Center.

The Boston Globe reported that one of its reporters, Maria Cramer, witnessed the aftermath of the incident.

She tweeted from the scene that the woman, who was in agony, begged other commuters not to call and ambulance because she could not afford to cover the costs.
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Lakers Sign Rajon Rondo for $9 Million
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2018-07-03    0 views
Even when their respective teams were vicious rivals, Rajon Rondo often gave LeBron James high praise.

Now, he’ll be giving him the ball.

A person with knowledge of the negotiations confirmed to The Associated Press that Rondo had agreed to sign a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Lakers. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal is not finalized.

So in less than 24 hours, not only did the Lakers lure James out of Cleveland—but added two players who were longtime antagonists in his annual quest to win the Eastern Conference. First, by agreeing to a deal with Lance Stephenson on Sunday night and then moving Monday to convince Rondo to join what will be his sixth different NBA franchise.

James is back on vacation while the Lakers are busy building a roster around him.

“For him, it’s just business as usual,” Lakers legend Kobe Bryant said of James during a Monday appearance on ESPN’s “The Jump.” “He’ll come to work. He’ll work hard every single day. I’m really excited for our young players, because they get a chance to watch him work up close and so I think that speeds up their learning curve. … I think it’s just important for ‘Bron just to be himself and continue doing what he’s been doing.”

Just over $1 billion in new contracts were agreed upon starting late Saturday night and through the official first day of free agency Sunday—with James going to the Lakers, Kevin Durant staying in Golden State, Chris Paul staying in Houston and Paul George staying in Oklahoma City, among other news—things predictably cooled off a bit for Day 2.

It was still a big day for some guys, including Derrick Favors, who agreed on a $36 million, two-year deal to stay with the Utah Jazz. Upon hearing that news, his teammates Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert reacted by quickly posting similar requests on Twitter — that being that Favors finally grabs a dinner check.

He can do that now, and then some.

JJ Redick is back with the Philadelphia 76ers, agreeing to a one-year deal worth about $12 million. Redick averaged 17.1 points and shot 42 percent from 3-point range last season with Philadelphia, when he made $23 million.

With James out of the Eastern Conference, Philadelphia believes it can make a run at getting to the NBA Finals. So does Boston—which, coincidentally, gave away the No. 9 jersey that Rondo used to wear there Monday by completing the long-expected signing of Brad Wanamaker, a guard who comes to Boston after spending the last seven seasons in Europe.

Wanamaker played his college ball at Pitt, and is coming off being selected MVP of this year’s Turkish League finals.

Anthony Tolliver changed teams again, this time going back to one of his former stops—Minnesota, which will sign him to a one-year deal worth $5.75 million. Tolliver has played for nine different franchises, and spent last season with Detroit.

The Pistons added Jose Calderon, who will reunite with his former coach Dwane Casey. Calderon signed a one-year deal for the veteran minimum of about $2.4 million. Calderon was with James in Cleveland last season.

So he’s leaving Cleveland—and so is the massive banner showing James and bearing the phrase “We Are All Witnesses.” The 10-story banner in downtown Cleveland is scheduled to be taken down by Nike later this week, even though some Clevelanders said they hoped it would remain as a tribute to James’ years with the Cavs.
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President Trump Meets with the Prime Minister of the Netherlands
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2018-07-03    164 views
President Donald Trump met with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte at the White House on July 2.

The two leaders had a one-on-one meeting followed by an expanded session with senior officials. Before the meetings, both delivered brief remarks to press gathered in the oval office. Trump said he planned to discuss trade. Rutte said that he planned to discuss jobs and security

"It's a great honor to have the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of the Netherlands," Trump said. "We've worked together and have a very, very close relationship. I think the relationship with the Netherlands has never been better than it is now."

Trump and Rutte will meet again next week at the NATO summit.

"It's good to be here," Rutte said. "And can I add to this—that the relationship between the Netherlands and the United States is over 400 years old. We are allies. We have always been friends, always been friendly, working closely together."

Rutte pointed out that Dutch investments support 825,000 jobs in the United States and that American investments have resulted in 250,000 jobs in the Netherlands.

"And our aim will be to increase those numbers, to be more successful," Rutte said.

"And there are so many opportunities between the United States and the Netherlands to do more, both in the area of security as well as in the area of having more jobs and having more trades and more investments," he added.

Last month, Alex van der Zwaan, a Dutch national, was deported to the Netherlands after serving a 30-day prison term. Van der Zwaan is the only person to have been sentenced as a result of an investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller looking into allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Neither van der Zwaan, nor any of the other people indicted by Mueller, have been charged with crimes related to collusion.
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Bolton: US Has Plan to Denuclearize North Korea Within a Year
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2018-07-02    0 views
White House national security adviser John Bolton said on Sunday he believed the bulk of North Korea's weapons programs could be dismantled within a year, although some experts say the complete process could take far longer.

Bolton told CBS's "Face the Nation" that Washington has devised a program to dismantle North Korea's weapons of mass destruction—chemical, biological and nuclear—and ballistic missile programs in a year, if there is full cooperation and disclosure from Pyongyang.

"If they have the strategic decision already made to do that and they're cooperative, we can move very quickly," he said. "Physically we would be able to dismantle the overwhelming bulk of their programs within a year."

He said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will likely discuss that proposal with his North Korean counterparts soon. The Financial Times reported that Pompeo was due to visit North Korea this week but the State Department has not confirmed any travel plans.

Some experts disputed Bolton's optimistic time frame.

"It would be physically possible to dismantle the bulk of North Korea’s programs within a year," said Thomas Countryman, the State Department's top arms control officer under President Barack Obama. "I do not believe it would be possible to verify full dismantlement within a year, nor have I yet seen evidence of a firm DPRK decision to undertake full dismantlement."

Siegfried Hecker, a nuclear scientist and Stanford University professor, has predicted it would take around 10 years to dismantle and clean up a substantial part of North Korea’s Yongbyon nuclear site.

South Korean media reported on Sunday that U.S. envoy Sung Kim, the American ambassador to the Philippines, met with North Korean officials at the border on Sunday to coordinate an agenda for Pompeo's next visit to North Korea.

U.S. intelligence is not certain how many nuclear warheads North Korea has. The Defense Intelligence Agency is at the high end with an estimate of about 50, but all the agencies believe Pyongyang is concealing an unknown number—especially smaller tactical ones—in caves and other underground facilities around the country.
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Border Patrol Agents Battle Drug and Human Traffickers, While Being Vilified by Activists-update
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2018-07-01    0 views
WASHINGTON—Six days ago, Border Patrol agent Art Del Cueto arrested a Mexican national who had illegally crossed the southwest border in the Tucson, Arizona, sector.

Del Cueto said the man told him, “You guys as Americans are weak with your laws, and we love it.”

“I laughed at it,” Del Cueto said. “I’m sitting there going, how ironic is this that I’m explaining to a Mexican national how his country’s laws are tougher than ours and he turns around and just tells me, ‘Well, it’s not my fault you guys are weak. You guys need to toughen up.’”

The porous southwest border is big business for Mexican cartels and human smuggling organizations. Their mission and their bottom line is directly tied to the amount of drugs, humans, and other contraband they can push over the border into the United States.
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Border Patrol Agents Battle Drug and Human Traffickers, While Being Vilified by Activists
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2018-07-01    0 views
WASHINGTON—Six days ago, Border Patrol agent Art Del Cueto arrested a Mexican national who had illegally crossed the southwest border in the Tucson, Arizona, sector.

Del Cueto said the man told him, “You guys as Americans are weak with your laws, and we love it.”

“I laughed at it,” Del Cueto said. “I’m sitting there going, how ironic is this that I’m explaining to a Mexican national how his country’s laws are tougher than ours and he turns around and just tells me, ‘Well, it’s not my fault you guys are weak. You guys need to toughen up.’”

The porous southwest border is big business for Mexican cartels and human smuggling organizations. Their mission and their bottom line is directly tied to the amount of drugs, humans, and other contraband they can push over the border into the United States.
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Deadly blast hits eastern Afghan city
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2018-07-01    8 views
An explosion hit the center of the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad on Sunday (July 1), killing at least 19 people and wounding 20 and sending a plume of smoke into the sky, witnesses and provincial government officials said.

The blast, hours after President Ashraf Ghani had opened a hospital in Jalalabad, damaged shops and buildings around Mukhaberat square in the city, said governor's spokesman Attaullah Khogyani.

Ghulam Sanayi Stanekzai, police chief of Nangarhar, said the explosion was caused by a suicide bomber who targeted a vehicle carrying members of the Sikh minority who were travelling to meet the president.

Officials said at least 10 of the dead were Sikhs. Afghanistan is an overwhelmingly Muslim nation but a small number of Hindus and Sikhs remain in the country.

Inaamullah Miakhel, a spokesman for the provincial health department of Nangarhar, said 19 people had been killed and 20 wounded.

Officials said the casualty total might have been even higher had much of the city not been blocked off for Ghani's visit. He was not in the area when the blast occurred.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast, the latest in a series to have hit Jalalabad, the provincial capital of Nangarhar, where ISIS terrorists have established a strong presence in recent years.
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Poll: 84 Percent of Americans Support Turning Illegal Immigrants Over to Authorities
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2018-06-30    0 views
A newly released poll conducted by Harvard-Harris revealed that a majority of Americans support turning in illegal immigrants to federal authorities.

The June poll found that a massive 84 percent of Americans favor turning in illegal immigrants. Only 16 percent said that federal agents should not be notified.

The poll was conducted less than a week after president Donald Trump signed an executive order on June 20 to help stop family separations at the border.

On Tuesday, a federal judge ordered that children and parents who crossed the border illegally and were subsequently separated, be reunited within 30 days, even sooner if the child is under 5.

Another finding in the poll revealed that 64 percent of Americans believe notifying immigration authorities when immigrants are arrested for crimes decreases crime because it takes criminals off the streets. In contrast, only 36 percent believed that notifying the authorities would increase crime.
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Report: Multiple People Shot at Md Newspaper
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2018-06-28    102 views
Multiple people have been shot at The Capital newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland.

The Baltimore Sun, which owns the Annapolis newspaper, says a reporter told them of the shooting Thursday afternoon.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says it is responding to reports of the shooting.

Marc Limansky is a spokesman for the Anne Arundel County Police Department. He says officers are searching the building in Annapolis where the shooting was reported. He says the situation is "active and ongoing."

On TV reports, people could be seen leaving the building with their hands up, as police officers urged them to depart through a parking lot and officers converged on the building.
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President and the First Lady Welcome the King and Queen of the Hashemite Kingdom
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2018-06-26    0 views
President Donald Trump welcomed the king and queen of Jordan at the White House on June 25.

King Abdullah II Bin Al-Hussein and Queen Rania Al Abdullah arrived at the South Portico on a sunny afternoon. The royals' official visit started on June 22 and will conclude on June 26.

The president and First Lady Melania Trump came out of the White House as the royal motorcade pulled out in front of a red carpet. After greetings and handshakes, the group posed for photos near the Rose Garden colonnade and went inside.

The two leaders made brief remarks to the gathered reporters.

"It's a great honor to have the king and queen of Jordan with us. They're friends. We've known each other now for quite a while, long before this," Trump said.

Trump congratulated the king for doing an "incredible job" in taking care of refugees. The king responded by thanking Trump for supporting Jordan.

"If the rest of the world just took a little bit of your humility and your grace to help us, we'd be in a lot better position," the king said.

The president and the king were expected to discuss the stalled Israeli–Palestinian peace process and other Middle East issues.

The White House said in a statement that Trump and Abdullah II would "discuss issues of mutual concern, including terrorism, the threat from Iran, and the crisis in Syria, and working towards a lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians."

When asked about the Middle East peace plan, Trump said, "We're doing very well."

"His Majesty knows we're doing very well in the Middle East. A lot of progress has been made in the Middle East," Trump said. "And it really started with the end of the horrible Iran deal. That deal was a disaster, and things are a lot different since we ended that."

On June 19, the king met with Trump's son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner and special Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt in Amman.
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Texas Police Crews Throw Down in Lip-Sync Battle
hilaryl
2018-06-25    154 views
Police officers can be a little intimidating: solemn, focused, intense, decked out with bulletproof vests, guns, tasers, and nightsticks.

Be careful—the officer behind that badge might be a seriously mean performer.

Texas police departments have been turning up the heat on a competition most people wouldn’t associate with law enforcement—an in-car lip-sync battle.

Officers have to do something to pass the time between calls, after all.
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A story of opportunity for North Korea-update
hilaryl
2018-06-25    16 views
President Trump showed North Korean leader Kim Jong Un a video resembling a movie trailer in preparation for their meeting.

He played the video for the press after the historic meeting in Singapore, where President Trump agreed to stop joint military drills with South Korea and Kim Jong-un agreed to denuclearize.

The video was played for reporters first in Korean, then in English, Time reported. The video appears to be giving Kim Jong Un a choice on whether to continue the status quo between North Korea’s closed off existence and distant relations with other countries or to join the wave of prosperity the world outside of North Korea is experiencing.

“A new world can begin today, one of friendship, respect, and goodwill. Be part of that world, where the doors of opportunity are ready to be opened. Investment from around the world, where you can have medical breakthroughs, an abundance of resources, innovative technology, and new discoveries,” says a narrator in the video.

The video shows footage of Trump, Kim, North Koreans, Americans, and shows Kim crossing into South Korea for his historic meeting with President Moon Jae-in. The video seems to be encouraging Kim to stay that path and capitalize on the gains in openness he has already achieved.
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President Donald Trump's message to family members of the fallen
hilaryl
2018-06-25    26 views
President Donald Trump's message to family members of the fallen
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8-Year-Old Hit by Baseball, Heart Stops Beating
hilaryl
2018-06-24    13 views
An eight-year-old Texan boy’s heart stopped beating when he got hit in the chest by a baseball while he was playing was playing in a little league tournament on Thursday.

After being hit in the chest, Kekoa Ramirez took a moment’s pause and attempted to continued playing, throwing the ball to second base. But he collapsed shortly afterwards, Fox 4 reported.

An off-duty paramedic said that Ramirez needed a defibrillator immediately. Ramirez’s father carried his son and rushed him to the Cedar Hills EMT Tommy Perez who was on site at the basefall diamond. Perez said that by the time he got to examine Ramirez, the boy had no pulse or any sign of breathing. Perez found the site of the blunt force trauma—a red circle left by the ball—on Ramirez’s chest. Fortunately with the defibrillator on site, Perez was able to revive Ramirez.
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