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President comes clean after suggesting he may have recordings of fired FBI director

President Donald Trump did not record his conversations with fired FBI Director James Comey, he tweeted on Thursday, ending weeks of speculation kickstarted by the President himself.


Everything the White House has said about Oval Office tapes

President Donald Trump confirmed that there are no recordings of his conversations with ousted FBI Director James Comey, nearly six weeks after he implied that there were.


Congresswoman: Trump 'loves drama'

Rep. Jackie Speier claims President Donald Trump "always loves to create drama" and "absolutely" made up the claim that tape recordings of his conversation with former FBI director James Comey exist.


White House responds to Trump's tweet

Deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters President Donald Trump's tweet about not having tapes of his conversations with James Comey has given clarity to the situation, but would not say why Trump tweeted about tapes in the first place.


Opinion: Public deserves to see Comey memos

CNN, The New York Times and USA Today have filed Freedom of Information Act lawsuits in federal court to compel the FBI and the Department of Justice to release former FBI Director James Comey's memos on his conversations with President Donald Trump.


A timeline of the Trump-Comey saga

Fired FBI director James Comey's explosive testimony sparked a swift response from the White House and President Donald Trump's legal team, who have actively disputed several claims Comey made while under oath.


No live video allowed at White House briefing

The White House will not allow major news networks to broadcast the White House briefing live.


4 GOP senators: We can't support this health bill yet

At least three Republican senators are expected to publicly oppose the Senate's health care proposal Thursday afternoon, a Senate GOP source familiar with their plans told CNN.


Senate math: GOP's small margin for error

Senate Republicans on Thursday unveiled their version of a bill to repeal most of Obamacare after weeks of closed-door talks and secret negotiations among a working group of GOP lawmakers.


Senate bill includes deep cuts to Medicaid

The closely guarded health care bill written entirely behind closed doors is finally public on Thursday in a do-or-die moment for the Republican Party's winding efforts to repeal Obamacare.


Read the Senate bill (full text)

The closely guarded health care bill written entirely behind closed doors is finally public on Thursday in a do-or-die moment for the Republican Party's winding efforts to repeal Obamacare.


McConnell outlines new health care bill

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks about the new health care bill on the Senate floor.


Protesters hold 'die-in' at McConnell's office

Several dozen protesters gathered and chanted outside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office on Thursday after he unveiled the Republican health care bill.


Opinion: Medicaid works. Keep it that way

Medicaid works. It provides life-sustaining health coverage to low-income Americans and life-enabling support to both children and adults with disabilities, giving them the tools they need to live independently within communities, to go to school and to seek work in their chosen fields. 


Pelosi: GOP bill is mean and heartless

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) responds to the Senate Republicans' health care bill, stating it is a "bill without a heart."


Some House Dems: Time for Pelosi to go

A small group of House Democrats are publicly saying it's time for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to step aside as the face of the party ahead of the 2018 midterms following Tuesday night's disappointing loss in a special election for a Georgia House seat.


Mark Zuckerberg explains Facebook's new mission


Facebook tests tool to prevent catfishing

Hands-free typing: Facebook's brain-to-text initiative


Spokeswoman: Trump thinks election hacking 'probably' Russia

President Donald Trump thinks the hacking that occurred during the 2016 election "probably was Russia," a White House spokeswoman said Thursday, days after White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters he didn't know if Trump believed the hacking was carried out by Russia.


How safe are America's biggest banks?


Intel chiefs: Trump suggested refuting Russia collusion

Two of the nation's top intelligence officials told Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team and Senate investigators, in separate meetings last week, that President Donald Trump suggested they say publicly there was no collusion between his campaign and the Russians, according to multiple sources.


Suspect in airport stabbing tried to buy gun

The man accused of stabbing a police officer at a Michigan airport had tried to purchase a gun within the last five days in the Flint area but was denied one because he's not from the United States, a law enforcement source told CNN on Thursday.


'Pizzagate' shooter sentenced

The North Carolina man who fired an assault rifle inside a Washington, DC, pizzeria while investigating an online conspiracy theory known as "Pizzagate" was sentenced to 48 months in prison Thursday.


Sears Canada files for bankruptcy

Sears Canada filed for bankruptcy early Thursday, making it the latest casualty of the crisis among traditional brick-and-mortar retailers and another sign of trouble for the iconic retailer.


Fit model dies in freak kitchen accident

A popular social media fitness personality died after what can only be described as a freak accident involving a whipped cream canister.


QB signs largest deal in NFL history


Group wants Dennis Rodman out of Hall of Fame

Dennis Rodman's role as self-appointed goodwill ambassador to North Korea is not earning him rave reviews.


Sex offender moves next door to his victim

Fourteen years ago, Danyelle Dyer was molested by her step-uncle.


Bill Cosby jurors disagree on deadlock

Two jurors in Bill Cosby's assault trial offered differing accounts of their deadlocked deliberations that show how deeply their disagreements ran.


'Next Gretzky' is NHL's MVP


'Bachelor' contract is so one-sided, experts say


Couple said they live without food, media ate it up


The last place on Earth humans have yet to ruin


The moment mosque was flattened

Video given to CNN by the Iraqi military shows the moment the Great Mosque of al-Nuri in Mosul was destroyed.


Teen chased, killed by bear after race

Bears killed two people in Alaska in separate incidents on consecutive days. One victim was a 16-year-old boy.


British schoolboys don skirts to protest shorts ban in heat wave

As a record-breaking heat wave grips Britain, some teenage boys are protesting their school's "no shorts" policy by donning skirts instead.


Guy takes bare-legged stand against office shorts policy

Unless you are a professional basketball player or a postal worker, shorts for dudes are usually not in the office dress code. But what about the rest of the working malekind, whose poor legs are doomed to be imprisoned in pants during the long, sweaty summer months? Shouldn't they, too, be able to feel the cool kiss of freedom on their leg hairs?


Opinion: Men, take off those pants

Earlier this week, a man in the UK was sent home from work for wearing shorts -- a breach of company rules, despite the heat of summer. But rather than give in to outmoded, suffocating standards of traditional dress codes, Joey Barge had an idea: Wear a dress.


Ron Howard steps in to direct 'Star Wars' film


3,000-year-old toe is a sophisticated prosthetic

A wooden big toe that enabled a priest's daughter to walk around 3,000 years ago has been found to be even more complex than researchers believed. It is thought to be one of the oldest prosthetic devices ever found.


Luxury-quality materials made from waste

Recycling is a concept as old as trash itself. By now, we're used to seeing useful materials, such as glass and paper, reprocessed into lower-grade versions of themselves, and discarded products upcycled into entirely new designs. (Emeco's 111 Navy chair, made from 111 used Coca-Cola bottles, is a good example.)


Coal CEO sues John Oliver

On his show "Last Week Tonight," John Oliver roasted coal mining CEO Robert Murray for his business practices.


Must-have gadgets for business travelers


Coolest hotel bars for business travelers


Health care's arc of history: GOP's remarkable move to the right


Fire Mueller? Here's why it's likely Trump can't

There has been much talk about whether President Donald Trump is considering firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller. In my view, this is just talk -- not so much because the President might not want to fire him, but because the rules governing the hiring and firing of the special counsel would make it very difficult for him to do so without triggering a congressional inquiry into whether he abused the power of his office.


Trump and the Sean Spicer problem


Democrats desperate for a vision


Axelrod: Republicans, don't kid yourself

The facile headlines the morning after the Georgia 6th donnybrook wrote themselves:


Theresa May is wounded but still walking

British Prime Minister Theresa May is a leader bruised and battered. In a matter of weeks she has suffered a toxic combination of an election that left her without a parliamentary majority, public anger at her response to the Grenfell Tower disaster and open criticism of her leadership from senior figures in her own party.


 

May unveils offer on EU citizens

EU citizens resident in UK for five years could get equal rights to UK nationals for good, PM suggests.


Trump: I did not record ex-FBI chief James Comey

President Trump had earlier hinted he had secretly taped a sensitive conversation with James Comey.


US man 'gave Chinese agent secrets'

Former US diplomatic officer Kevin Mallory arrested and charged with giving top-secret documents to Chinese agent


Republican senators' revolt puts health bill in jeopardy

Several Republican senators have raised concern about a new health plan to repeal Obamacare.


Seven UK high rises 'fail fire-risk tests'

Tests are under way on about 600 high rises in England to see if cladding fitted to the outside is safe, the government says.


Otto Warmbier: Funeral held for student jailed in N Korea

The death of the US student has raised tensions, with North Korea calling Donald Trump a psychopath.


Koalas 'facing extinction' in some Australian states

The conservation group WWF is warning that koalas could be wiped out in some Australian states amid deforestation and increasing attacks by livestock.


The moment a US father hears his dead daughter's heartbeat

Bill Conner weeps as he hears the heart of his daughter beat inside the man whose life she saved.


'Pizzagate' gunman sentenced to four years

The gunman was pursuing bogus claims the pizzeria hosted a child sex ring linked to Hillary Clinton.


Mosul's Great Mosque of al-Nuri destroyed

Blast in Iraq destroys Great Mosque of al-Nuri according to Iraqi forces


Hong Kong couple win right to bury stillborn son

They can now collect the 15-week-old foetus from a hospital and carry out a proper burial.


Israeli airline El Al banned from asking women to switch seats

Female passengers can't be asked to switch seats at request of ultra-Orthodox Jewish men, says court.


Canadian sniper 'kills IS militant two miles away'

The bullet travelled 3,540m and took almost 10 seconds to reach its target, military sources say.


Siri storm caused by economist's comments

He apologises for causing any offence after saying he finds a male voice more trustworthy on Siri.


'Devil wheel' rider: It makes me happy

How a girl from Sumatra came to be riding motorbikes around a vertical wall in a travelling show.


China's 'straddling bus' hits its final roadblock

It seemed like a vision of the future - but China's "straddling bus" is being scrapped for good.


Pesto excluded from liquid ban by Italian airport

Genoa airport in northern Italy now allows pesto in hand luggage in exchange for a charity donation.


California earthquake alarm sounded - 92 years late

US geologists apologise for issuing warning about a massive earthquake - that struck in 1925.


Why men who can't wear shorts are wearing skirts instead

Bus drivers in France are among a number of men who are defying work dress codes and wearing skirts to cope in the heat


Nine unlikely consequences of the US heatwave

What are the more unlikely ways the blistering conditions are affecting the southwest of the US?


Aadhar: Why is India's biometric scheme so controversial?

More than a billion biometric cards have been issued, but the scheme is deeply controversial.


In pictures: Glastonbury's greatest hits

There is little that is more synonymous with British summertime than Glastonbury music festival. Julian Ridgway, the senior photo editor at Getty Images, talks us through some of his favourite moments from past festivals.


Toxic family feud as Germany mourns unifier Kohl

As Germany's political elite grieves unity chancellor Helmut Kohl, a private war divides his family.


The woman helping Mongolians die with dignity

Fifteen years ago there was no such thing as palliative care - care for the dying - in Mongolia. Now there is, thanks to Odontuya Davaasuren.


How do you keep a celebrity wedding secret?

Celebrity weddings appear to be everyone's business, but what if those involved don't want the world to watch?


Why are countries laying claim to the deep-sea floor?

The obscure and difficult to reach tracts of the seabed being claimed in the hope they contain mineral riches.


Jailed and ransomed in Libya: One man's story

Migrants are falling prey to criminal gangs in Libya - the BBC hears one man's horrific story.


The battle to save Mumbai's art deco buildings

Mumbai is believed to have the second highest number of art deco buildings after Miami.


North America prepares for August solar eclipse

Nasa scientists are very excited about the eclipse happening in the United States later this summer.


Mohamed Salah: Liverpool sign Roma's former Chelsea winger for £34m

Liverpool complete the 39m euro (£34m) signing of Roma's former Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah, who joins on a five-year deal.


Frank de Boer: Crystal Palace set to appoint Dutchman as manager

Crystal Palace offer former Ajax and Inter Milan boss Frank de Boer the vacant manager's job at Selhurst Park.


Johanna Konta loses to Coco Vandeweghe in straight sets at the Aegon Classic

British number one Johanna Konta is knocked out of the Aegon Classic in the second round by American Coco Vandeweghe.


Azerbaijan GP: Fernando Alonso & Stoffel Vandoorne to start at back of grid

McLaren's Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne will start Sunday's Azerbaijan Grand Prix from the back of the grid.


India's share of ICC global revenues adjusted after initial vote

India will get almost a quarter of the total cash handed out by the ICC after challenging attempts to reduce their share.


 

Anger in Mosul as Islamic State destroys historic mosque


Russia's Lavrov says new U.S. sanctions harm ties with Washington


In Brussels, May offers 'fair deal' for EU nationals in Britain


U.S. military says kills al Qaeda leader in key Yemen province


Macron brings corporate background to cabinet shake-up


House of Saud unites behind king's son - for now


U.S. voices concern about violence against monitors in east Ukraine


After London fire, 600 tower blocks must be tested for flammable cladding


EU flexes military muscles with new defense plan


Brazil's top court rules it can reject graft probe plea bargains


 

Senate Health Care Bill Includes Deep Cuts to Medicaid - New York Times


Trump says he has no 'tapes' of Comey conversations - Washington Post


A terrifying threat from Tropical Storm Cindy: Floating masses of deadly fire ants - Washington Post


In Iowa, boisterous Trump turns back the clock to campaign - ABC News


Canadian sniper sets world record with 2.2-mile pickoff of ISIS fighter - Fox News


'Pizzagate' gunman sentenced to four years in prison, as prosecutors urged judge to deter vigilante justice - Washington Post


Supreme Court Overturns Lower Court On Grounds For Stripping US Citizenship - NPR


Attitudes, legal standards help make police convictions rare - CBS News


'Star Wars' Finally Gets a Ron Howard Movie — Should Fans Cheer? - Hollywood Reporter


US officials to lift Yellowstone grizzly bear protections - Los Angeles Times


 

Republican Karen Handel wins Georgia House race, beating back liberal wave

Republican Karen Handel wins Georgia House race, beating back liberal waveFormer Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel defeated Democrat Jon Ossoff in the hotly contested congressional special election in suburban Atlanta Tuesday.



Tim Kaine: U.S. strikes on Syrian forces ?completely illegal?

Tim Kaine: U.S. strikes on Syrian forces ‘completely illegal’Sen. Tim Kaine sharply condemned U.S. strikes on Syrian regime forces as “completely illegal.” He says President Trump needs a new AUMF.



Thousands Attend Funeral for Muslim Teen Who Was Murdered in Virginia

Thousands Attend Funeral for Muslim Teen Who Was Murdered in VirginiaAs many as 5,000 people attended the funeral to remember Nabra Hassanen, a 17-year-old girl who was beaten to death early Sunday as she walked home after an all-night prayer session at a mosque.



The Latest: Navy Seal tells of wound during Bergdahl search

The Latest: Navy Seal tells of wound during Bergdahl searchRALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on pretrial hearings in the case of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who is accused of endangering comrades by walking off his post in Afghanistan in 2009 (all times local):



"Textalyzer" Device Allows Police to Determine if Drivers Were Texting and Driving

"Textalyzer" Device Allows Police to Determine if Drivers Were Texting and DrivingThe “Textalyzer” device allows police to plug in and determine if a driver was using a cell phone to text while driving. Jeff Rossen shows how it works.



2 Elephants Spring Into Action to Save Calf From Drowning in Zoo's Pool

2 Elephants Spring Into Action to Save Calf From Drowning in Zoo's PoolTwo elephants worked together to save a baby calf who fell into a pool at the Seoul Grand Park Zoo in South Korea.



ISIS Denies Mosul Mosque Bombing, Blames US Air Strike

ISIS Denies Mosul Mosque Bombing, Blames US Air StrikeThe U.S. and Iraq said that ISIS blew up the mosque while ISIS said U.S. warplanes were responsible for the Mosul's big loss Wednesday, reports said.



Minneapolis police asked to limit presence at pride parade

Minneapolis police asked to limit presence at pride paradeMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis' first openly gay police chief responded sharply Thursday to a decision by organizers of the Twin Cities Pride Parade to ask her department to minimize its participation in Sunday's annual event due to tensions over the police shooting of Philando Castile.



Boeing wins order dogfight at Paris Air Show

Boeing wins order dogfight at Paris Air ShowBoeing outpaced its rival Airbus in terms of new orders at this year's Paris Air Show thanks to its new 737 MAX 10 airliner, taking in a total of 571 orders for nearly $75 billion. The 737 MAX 10 is aimed at the biggest part of the commercial airline market -- single-aisle aircraft for medium-range flights -- and scooped up 326 orders worth nearly $40 billion at list prices as the jet promises even more fuel economy thanks to improvements to aerodynamics and engine performance. "This wide market acceptance endorsed the 737 MAX 10 as the industry's most efficient and profitable single-aisle airplane," Boeing said in a statement.



Ex-Homeland Security chief Jeh Johnson: DNC and state officials dismissed Russia warnings last year

Ex-Homeland Security chief Jeh Johnson: DNC and state officials dismissed Russia warnings last yearFormer Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says he tried to assist state election officials and the Democratic National Committee amid Russian cyberattacks but was rebuffed.



Trump team takes victory lap after GOP special-election wins

Trump team takes victory lap after GOP special-election winsThe president and his supporters celebrated on social media late Tuesday night after Republicans secured a pair of victories in congressional races in Georgia and South Carolina.



How Could the Fitzgerald Collision Happen?

How Could the Fitzgerald Collision Happen?This isn't like a car crash—it's a whole different game at sea.



James Blake agrees not to sue NYC in exchange for fellowship

James Blake agrees not to sue NYC in exchange for fellowshipNEW YORK (AP) — Tennis star James Blake has agreed to drop his right to sue New York after he was mistakenly arrested and tackled by police. In exchange, a legal fellowship will be created in his name that will bolster the work of the city's police watchdog agency.



Mueller Team Paints Picture of Trump Case

Mueller Team Paints Picture of Trump CaseRachel Maddow reviews the people known so far to have been hired by Special Counsel Robert Mueller to work with him on the Trump Russia investigation, and notes what their various qualifications say about the focus of the investigation.



Man Arrested in $400G Day Care Drug Sweep Where Cocaine Was Found Next to Kid's Bed: Cops

Man Arrested in $400G Day Care Drug Sweep Where Cocaine Was Found Next to Kid's Bed: CopsThe LA City Attorney called it "an incredibly toxic combination of illegal drugs and day care."



McDonald's Changed The Meat In Its Burgers And People Are Pissed

McDonald's Changed The Meat In Its Burgers And People Are PissedWelp, this sucks.



U.S. Attorney General Sessions hires private attorney

U.S. Attorney General Sessions hires private attorneyU.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has become the latest senior Trump administration official to hire a private attorney, a Justice Department spokeswoman said on Tuesday.



High hat fashion shares the stage at Britian's Royal Ascot horse races

High hat fashion shares the stage at Britian's Royal Ascot horse racesBritish Society and Royals come decked out with high-fashion hats – some elegant, some whimsical – and all incredibly creative.



Islamic militants take hostages at Philippine school: army

Islamic militants take hostages at Philippine school: armyIslamic militants occupied a primary school and took hostages in a southern Philippine village on Wednesday, a few hours drive from a city where other jihadists were fighting a month-long war, authorities said. Encinas said the gunmen had planted improvised bombs around the school, a small building in a rural area, and that soldiers had surrounded it. The unrest occurred in Pigkawayan, a farming town about 160 kilometres (100 miles) from Marawi city where fighters linked to the Islamic State (IS) group have been battling troops for a month in a conflict that has claimed hundreds of lives.



Sean Spicer says White House has 'tremendous respect' for First Amendment in first press briefing in over a week

Sean Spicer says White House has 'tremendous respect' for First Amendment in first press briefing in over a weekAppearing in the White House’s first on-camera press briefing in more than a week, Press Secretary Sean Spicer has said that the Trump administration has “tremendous respect” for the First Amendment. Reporters that cover the White House have grown frustrated by the fewer number of briefings, which have traditionally been held daily and on-camera. Over the course of Donald Trump’s first six months as president, briefings have become less frequent, shorter and increasingly off-camera.



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

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



The Latest: 'Pizzagate' gunman in DC sentenced to 4 years

The Latest: 'Pizzagate' gunman in DC sentenced to 4 yearsWASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on a North Carolina man who fired shots inside a District of Columbia restaurant while he was investigating a conspiracy theory known as "pizzagate." (all times local):



Gigantic Stash of Nazi Memorabilia Found in Argentina

Gigantic Stash of Nazi Memorabilia Found in ArgentinaIt didn't just get there by itself.



Vandal Arrested After Memorial For Slain Muslim Teen Is Set On Fire: Cops

Vandal Arrested After Memorial For Slain Muslim Teen Is Set On Fire: CopsNabra Hassanen, 17, was found dead in a pond Sunday.



12 Bizarre Kitchen Ingredients That Get Rid Of Stains Fast

12 Bizarre Kitchen Ingredients That Get Rid Of Stains Fast



Walmart And Amazon Rivalry Goes To The Next Level: The Cloud

Walmart And Amazon Rivalry Goes To The Next Level: The CloudWalmart and Amazon's rivalry just went to the next level.



U.S. shoots down drone close to Iraqi-Syrian border: statement

U.S. shoots down drone close to Iraqi-Syrian border: statementBy Suleiman Al-Khalidi and Phil Stewart AMMAN/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military said it had shot down an armed, Iranian-made drone that had been bearing down on its forces near a garrison in Syria's southeast on Tuesday, in the latest sign of increasingly frequent confrontation with Damascus and its allies. The incident closely followed Sunday's U.S. downing of a piloted Syrian army jet in the southern Raqqa countryside after it dropped bombs near U.S.-backed forces. In the latest incident, the Pentagon said a U.S. F-15 aircraft flying over Syrian territory fired on the drone after it displayed hostile intent and advanced on coalition forces.



UN chief to lobby US Congress to save funding

UN chief to lobby US Congress to save fundingDrastic cuts in US funding to the United Nations would create an insoluble problem for the world body, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Tuesday as he announced plans to lobby US lawmakers to reject the cutbacks. Guterres will travel to Washington next week to make the case directly to US members of Congress who have the power to amend President Donald Trump's budget proposals. Last month, the US State Department laid out plans to slash Washington's budget for diplomacy and foreign aid by more than 30 percent, including a dramatic cut of 60 percent to US funding for peacekeeping missions.



Wall Street Journal fires correspondent over ethics conflict

Wall Street Journal fires correspondent over ethics conflictWASHINGTON (AP) — The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday fired its highly regarded chief foreign affairs correspondent after evidence emerged of his involvement in prospective commercial deals — including one involving arms sales to foreign governments — with an international businessman who was one of his key sources.



Man invents tsunami sensor, internet obsesses over his dog

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



Milwaukee mayor urges peaceful protest after ex-cop cleared

Milwaukee mayor urges peaceful protest after ex-cop clearedMILWAUKEE (AP) — A Milwaukee jury on Wednesday acquitted a former police officer in the on-duty shooting of a black man last year that ignited riots on the city's north side.



Inmates Rushed to Save Guard Who Passed Out: 'We Had to Help Him'

Inmates Rushed to Save Guard Who Passed Out: 'We Had to Help Him'The inmates rushed to aid an officer who lost consciousness on a hot Georgia day.



Pentagon chief blasts N.Korea over US student who died

Pentagon chief blasts N.Korea over US student who diedNorth Korea's treatment of an American student who died after being released from detention in a coma was inhuman and US patience with Pyongyang is running out, Pentagon chief Jim Mattis said Wednesday. Otto Warmbier, 22, suffered severe brain damage in North Korea and died on Monday following 18 months of captivity in North Korea after he was sentenced to hard labor for stealing a political poster from a hotel. "To see a young man go over there healthy and, (after) a minor act of mischief, come home dead basically... this goes beyond any kind of understanding of law and order, of humanity, of responsibility towards any human being," Mattis said.



Kia, Genesis, Porsche dominate J.D. Power's 2017 Initial Quality Study. (Fiat, not so much.)

Kia, Genesis, Porsche dominate J.D. Power's 2017 Initial Quality Study. (Fiat, not so much.)Kia has done it again: for a second year in a row, the South Korean brand has come out on top of J.D. Power's Initial Quality Study. The Initial Quality Study is a great one for new-car buyers to watch. Unlike Power's equally well-known Dependability Study, which evaluates new cars based on the number of problems they have over several years, the Initial Quality Study rates vehicles according to the number of issues they experience during the first 90 days of ownership. This year's study was based on survey responses from nearly 80,000 folks who'd purchased or bought 2017 model-year vehicles. It asked them a total of 233 questions, divided into eight categories of potential problems: Exterior Seats Driving Experience Engine/Transmission Features/Controls/Displays Interior Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning  Audio/Communication/Entertainment/Navigation The survey tracks the number of problems owners had in each of those areas, then averages them to determine the number of problems experienced per 100 vehicles (PP100 for short). That gives J.D. Power a good idea of how well cars are built when they roll off the assembly line. The winners Last year, Kia owners reported 83 PP100, but this year, the brand did even better. Among 2017 model-year vehicles, Kia owners reported just 72 PP100. That's pretty remarkable.  Even more remarkable is the fact that Kia is a mass-market brand. Since J.D. Power began fielding the Initial Quality Survey in 1987, luxury marques have dominated the #1 rung, with mass-market brands like Kia coming out on top just three times: 2006, 2016, and this year, 2017. As you can see from the graphic above, Kia's sibling, the recently spun-off Genesis, came in second, with 77 PP100. German luxury brand Porsche was close on Genesis' heels, with 78 PP100. Special mention goes to MINI, which was the most improved brand overall. Owners of 2017 MINI vehicles reported 33 fewer PP100 than they did in 2016. Ram also made significant gains, tying for fourth place with Ford after shaving off 28 PP100. Other big movers included Acura (losing 19 PP100), Volvo (losing 18 PP100) and Ford itself (losing 16 PP100). The losers Fiat Chrysler brands haven't fared well on the Initial Quality Study in recent years, and their fate didn't change much in 2017. Apart from Ram, all FCA brands fell below the industry average of 97 PP100. At the very bottom of this year's rankings we find Fiat itself, far and away the worst performer with 163 PP100--more than twice the number of problems reported by Kia owners. Luxury brands rounded out the bottom three. Jaguar took the penultimate spot on the study, though its score of 148 PP100 was significantly better than Fiat's. Volvo was the third-worst performer, with 134 PP100. Good news, bad news On the whole, Power says that initial quality is improving, with this year's study boasting some of the best numbers on record. Detroit fans will be happy to know that quality scores among domestic marques bested those of foreign brands for a second year in a row: 93 PP100 versus 99 PP100, respectively. However, there could be serious trouble ahead for many automakers, especially those who aren't investing the proper time and energy to improving infotainment and self-driving software. Power notes that the biggest problem area for new-car buyers continues to be Audio/Communication/Entertainment/Navigation. While scores are improving in that area, infotainment in general remains a very weak spot. Also alarming is the fact that despite huge quality improvements in most areas, scores fell for Features/Controls/Displays (the only area to see a year-over-year decline). This category includes features like collision avoidance, lane departure warning, and other elements of self-driving technology. As Power says, "Consumers will need to be convinced that these systems are foolproof before they will give up driving control to autonomous vehicles."



Alaska fishermen ?chased out? of Bering Sea by gangs of killer whales

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Trump Explains Why Billionaires Must Be In Charge Of The Economy

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This Is How Great-Power Wars Get Started

This Is How Great-Power Wars Get StartedNot with a bang, but basic strategic confusion in Washington about the links between Syria, Qatar, Iran, and Russia.



Exclusive: China Unicom counts Alibaba, Tencent among investors in drive to raise $10 billion - sources

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Shocking video of police shooting wasn't enough to convict

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2018 Toyota Camry

2018 Toyota CamryRelocating from major appliances to sporting goods. Really.



NATO jet approaches Russian defence minister's plane

NATO jet approaches Russian defence minister's planeA NATO military plane on Wednesday approached the plane of Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu above the Baltic Sea, Russian news agencies reported, the third such encounter in three days. A NATO fighter jet tried to approach Shoigu's plane but a Russian escort plane intervened to defend it, Interfax news agency reported, citing journalists accompanying the minister. The escort plane, a Sukhoi SU-27, demonstrated it was armed by rocking its wings, after which the NATO plane flew off, Interfax reported.



5 Things to Consider When Deciding to Retire

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



Barbie's companion Ken gets new looks: Man bun, beefy bod

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Rumor Mill: Harley-Davidson Considering Buying Ducati

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Donald Trump ruthlessly mocks soul-searching Democrats after Georgia special election loss

Donald Trump ruthlessly mocks soul-searching Democrats after Georgia special election lossDonald Trump has rubbed salt in the wounds of the Democrats – even as the shuddering defeat in Georgia sparked fresh soul-searching within the party about how best to appeal to voters ahead of the 2018 midterms. Democrats, desperate for a victory after Mr Trump secured the presidency last November, had poured millions of dollars and national support into Jon Ossoff’s campaign. The defeat in Georgia, the costliest congressional race in history with a bill that topped $56m, was quickly seized on by Mr Trump, whose name and deeds had had hung over the contest.



Canadian Marksman Fires World's Longest Kill Shot

Canadian Marksman Fires World's Longest Kill ShotThe Canada Special Forces marksman shot from a distance of 3,450 meters and hit his target, breaking the previous record by almost 1000 meters.



57 Next-Level Barbecue Salads & Sides

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German teen suspected of shooting toy gun at Thai king

German teen suspected of shooting toy gun at Thai kingGerman prosecutors said on Wednesday they were investigating a 14-year-old boy suspected of shooting plastic bullets from a toy gun at the King of Thailand who was cycling near Munich this month. The king was not hurt. The unidentified youth, together with a 13-year-old who is too young to be investigated, is suspected of having fired the gun from a garden or house window at a group of cyclists that included King Maha Vajiralongkorn, a regular visitor to Bavaria, and his entourage.



 

Hundreds of High-Rises Feature Cladding Similar to Doomed Building

Residential apartment blocks around the U.K. are being examined after last week's inferno, which left 79 people dead or missing.


Prince Harry: Walking Behind Diana's Casket Left Me Scarred

Prince Harry has spoken candidly about the monarchy and his distress at walking behind his mother Diana's casket, saying: "No child should be asked to do that."


Men Can't Pick Who They Sit Beside on Planes, Israeli Court Rules

The case pitted Renee Rabinowitz, an 82-year-old who fled the Nazis during World War II, against Israel's national carrier El Al.


Thousands Pay Tribute to Otto Warmbier at Ohio Funeral

The community is set to honor Warmbier's return to Wyoming High School on Thursday morning — but to say a final farewell and then bury the young man.


Instagram Model Dies From Exploding Whipped Cream Canister

Rebecca Burger, a French Instagram model, died earlier this month after being struck by an exploding whipped cream container.


Suicide Car Bomb Targets Bank Customers in Afghan Province

Dozens of people were killed and injured by a suicide bomb outside a bank in the provincial capital of southern Afghanistan's Helmand province.


The U.S. Won't Be in World's Top 3 for Population for Much Longer

The U.N. agency forecasts that from now through 2050 half the world's population growth will be concentrated in just nine countries.


Trump Appointee Is Still a Saudi Government Lobbyist

Since January, Saudi Arabia has paid longtime GOP lobbyist Richard Hohlt about $430,000 in exchange for "advice on legislative and public affairs strategies."


Video Purports to Show Close Encounter Between Russian, NATO Jets

Video releases by Russian media purports to show a Russian escort jet warning away a NATO F-16 that reportedly buzzed a plane carrying Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.


Family of Pastor Imprisoned in North Korea 'Very Concerned'

The family of Hyeon Soo Lim, a Canadian pastor serving a life sentence in North Korea, is concerned for his welfare after the death of Otto Warmbier.


ISIS Destroys Historic al-Nuri Mosque in Mosul, Iraqi Military Says

While Iraqi and U.S. officials blamed the terror group for the iconic mosque's destruction, ISIS blamed U.S. airstrikes.


Mattis: China, U.S. Share Common 'End State' on Nuclear North Korea

Defense Secretary James Mattis speaks on North Korea and Otto Warmbier following the U.S.-China Diplomatic Security Dialogue, where he said both parties had an "open and frank" discussion.


DOD Accused of Wasting $28M on 'Inappropriate' Uniforms

The questionable attire involves a uniform that incorporates a forest camouflage pattern — despite Afghanistan being primarily desert.


'The Russians Will be Back,' Former DHS Chief Warns

Former DHS secretary Jeh Johnson tells Congress there's no evidence Russian efforts to meddle the election changed votes in 2016 but says they'll "be back."


Jared Kushner Greeted Warmly by Israeli PM

Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed President Trump's son-in-law effusively, praising the "indelible impression" left by Trump's "historic trip" to Israel.


Mexico Urges Soccer Fans to Stop Homophobic Chant

Mexico's soccer federation has appealed to its fans to stop a long-used chant, which soccer's governing body FIFA says is homophobic.


Vladimir Putin: 87 Percent of Russians Back Leader on Global Issues

Russians also seem to be becoming less nostalgic about the Soviet era, according to a new Pew Research Center survey.


Four Face Trial in Suffocation Death of 71 Refugees

Four suspected traffickers are on trial over for murder over 71 refugees who were found suffocated to death in the back of a truck in Austria in 2015.


Pope Jokes With Pro Football Hall of Famers

The pope joked that the type of football he follows is "played very differently" as he hosted Jerry Jones, Ronnie Lott and others at the Vatican.


Explosion at Train Station Is Europe's 3rd Attack in 3 Days

Security forces across Europe are on high alert after a small explosion in a Brussels train station Wednesday night.


Young Prince Shakes Up Ultra-Conservative Saudi Arabia

NBC News looked at the rise of Mohammad bin Salman, who was named as crown prince to Saudi Arabia's King Salman on Wednesday, during a visit in November.


Otto Warmbier's Family Objects to an Autopsy

Warmbier's family declined to have an autopsy performed on him, deciding that only an 'external examination' would be performed, the medical examiner said.


Saudi Arabia's King Names Influential 31-Year-Old as His Heir Apparent

The crown prince, son of King Salman, is often depicted as a reform-minded technocrat devoted to building the kingdom's economy beyond the oil industry.


Prince Harry Reveals He Suffered Panic Attacks After Diana's Death

"Every single time I was in any room with loads of people, which is quite often, I was just pouring with sweat, like heart beating," The Prince said.


U.K. Queen's Husband, 96, Hospitalized With Infection

Prince Philip, the 96-year-old husband of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, is being treated in hospital for an infection, royal officials said.


 

Why Migrants Keep Risking All on the ‘Deadliest Route’’

The grim fates of two Senegalese brothers match those of a growing number of young African men who are determined to reach Europe — or die trying.


Who Wants to be King? No One, Prince Harry Says

The 32-year old prince said in an interview with Newsweek that members of the royal family would be fulfilling their duties, rather than their desires, as Queen Elizabeth’s successors.


Church of England ‘Colluded’ With Bishop to Hide Sex Abuse, Report Says

A new report accuses a former archbishop of Canterbury of helping a former bishop, Peter Ball, cover up his assaults on young men and boys over a 15-year period.


Wheels: BMW and Volkswagen Try to Beat Apple and Google at Their Own Game

European carmakers and suppliers are trying to build the computing capacity they will need as vehicles digitize and become driverless.


Rome Journal: No Swimming! Rome Braces for Summer of Tourists at Its Fountains

Already this year, stiff fines have failed to stop fountain-bathing in warm weather, and now the police who protect the Trevi Fountain, backed by a strict ordinance, have more officers on duty.


Europe Dismantles Ukraine’s ‘Paper Curtain’

By waiving visa requirements, European countries opened the door to 45 million potential vacationers, though few Ukrainians can afford to travel abroad.


Makram Ali Died of Injuries in Attack Near London Mosque, Police Say

The 51-year-old father of six died when a van crashed into a crowd of Muslims after Ramadan prayers early on June 19.


After London Fire, 7 More High-Rises Found With Combustible Material

London officials scrambled to conduct safety checks on at least 600 other high-rise buildings after the deadly blaze at the 24-story Grenfell Tower.


Take Feta. Add Frites. Stir in European Food Rules. Fight.

European Union regulations protecting consumers and preserving culinary cultures often create tension, sometimes even with the United States.


French Point Guard Frank Ntilikina Actually Likes the Knicks

A presumptive lottery pick in Thursday’s N.B.A. draft even had kind words for Phil Jackson, the team’s embattled president.


On Soccer: Ronaldo, Under Fire, Strikes Quickly Before Slipping Away

A goal, a win in the Confederations Cup and then a news conference — with no questions — as one of the world’s best players faces accusations about tax fraud.


   


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