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Firing Mueller won't end Trump investigation, Mueller made sure
Tue, 24 Apr 2018 16:46:52 -0400

Firing Mueller won't end Trump investigation, Mueller made sureRachel Maddow shows how Robert Mueller has worked with other departments and agencies in the course of the Trump Russia investigation, ensuring that even if the special counsel is fired, the elements of the investigation live on.



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GOP Candidate Don Blankenship Rips Mitch McConnell's 'Chinaperson' Family
Wed, 25 Apr 2018 14:02:40 -0400

GOP Candidate Don Blankenship Rips Mitch McConnell's 'Chinaperson' FamilyDon Blankenship, a Republican U.S. Senate candidate in West Virginia,



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Dallas Officer Shot At Home Depot Dies. 2 Others Still In Hospital.
Tue, 24 Apr 2018 18:47:00 -0400

Dallas Officer Shot At Home Depot Dies. 2 Others Still In Hospital.A Dallas police officer has died and another remains in critical condition



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13 semi truck drivers line up under bridge to stop man from committing suicide
Tue, 24 Apr 2018 16:08:56 -0400

13 semi truck drivers line up under bridge to stop man from committing suicideThe Michigan State Police, along with the help of 13 semi truck drivers,



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Husband of Southwest incident victim speaks out
Tue, 24 Apr 2018 11:40:18 -0400

Husband of Southwest incident victim speaks outThe husband of the passenger killed in the mid-air engine explosion aboard a Southwest Airlines plane tells NBC News that his late wife was constantly sending inspirational text messages to friends, spreading love and kindness.



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BMW Concept iX3 Plugs Into Beijing With 249+ Miles Of Range
Wed, 25 Apr 2018 00:18:33 -0400

BMW Concept iX3 Plugs Into Beijing With 249+ Miles Of RangeThe concept will morph into a fully electric version of the X3 in 2020.



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Patton Oswalt Celebrates Michelle McNamara's Legacy After Arrest In 'Golden State Killer' Case
Wed, 25 Apr 2018 20:06:23 -0400

Patton Oswalt Celebrates Michelle McNamara's Legacy After Arrest In 'Golden State Killer' CaseTuesday night, Patton Oswalt joined the family of his late wife, crime writer



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Philippines to deport Australian nun who angered Duterte
Wed, 25 Apr 2018 02:19:12 -0400

Philippines to deport Australian nun who angered DuterteThe Philippines on Wednesday ordered the deportation of an elderly Australian Catholic nun who angered President Rodrigo Duterte, accusing her of engaging in illegal political activities outside of her missionary work. Sister Patricia Fox, 71, who was briefly detained last week, will be the second foreigner who has spoken out recently against Duterte's policies to be expelled, as the government hits back at critics of his human rights record. The immigration service said it had cancelled the visa of Fox, who relocated to the Philippines in 1990 as a member of the missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Sion.



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Canada van victims include grandmother, avid volunteer
Wed, 25 Apr 2018 15:36:22 -0400

Canada van victims include grandmother, avid volunteerTORONTO (AP) ? People who died when a van plowed down a Toronto sidewalk came from all walks of life, and from several countries. They included a grandmother who was an avid sports fan, and a woman who volunteered to build houses in the Dominican Republic.



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President Trump sends warning to Iran about restarting nuclear program
Tue, 24 Apr 2018 11:36:06 -0400

President Trump sends warning to Iran about restarting nuclear programDuring an Oval Office meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron, President Trump warned Iran that if it restarts its nuclear program, it will have ?bigger problems? than it had before.



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German Jews Have Been Advised Not to Wear Kippahs After Anti-Semitic Assaults
Tue, 24 Apr 2018 23:58:43 -0400

German Jews Have Been Advised Not to Wear Kippahs After Anti-Semitic AssaultsThere is heightened concern over recent anti-Semitic attacks in Germany



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Republicans Hold On To Arizona House Seat That Trump Won In A Landslide
Tue, 24 Apr 2018 23:23:53 -0400

Republicans Hold On To Arizona House Seat That Trump Won In A LandslideRepublicans held on to a contested Arizona House seat in Tuesday's special



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Manhunt Underway for Man Who Allegedly Killed a Deputy in Maine
Wed, 25 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0400

Manhunt Underway for Man Who Allegedly Killed a Deputy in MaineA man scheduled to appear in court to face gun charges Wednesday killed a sheriff's deputy in Maine, stole his cruiser and robbed a convenience store, officials said.



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Mummified body of the Shah of Iran 'found in Tehran' construction site
Tue, 24 Apr 2018 09:05:24 -0400

Mummified body of the Shah of Iran 'found in Tehran' construction siteA construction worker in southern Tehran may have stumbled across the mummified body of Reza Shah Pahlavi, the Iranian ruler whose son was overthrown in the revolution of 1979.  Builders were carrying out construction work at a Shia shrine in Tehran when they found the body amid a pile of rubble.  Pahlavi was buried in a mausoleum nearby after his death in 1944 but the tomb was blown up by Iranian revolutionaries as they tried to erase all traces of the previous regime.  The shah?s body was never found in the ruins and has been missing for nearly 40 years.  Hassan Khalilabadi, the head of Tehran?s heritage committee, said it was ?a possibility? that the corpse may be that of the former Iranian leader. ?This will be examined by responsible bodies," he said. The body was reportedly found by construction workers Pahlavi was a military officer who overthrew the ruling Persian dynasty in 1921 and seized power for himself, first becoming the country?s prime minister and then its monarch.   He introduced widespread reforms and is credited by some as the founder of modern Iran. But he was forced from power in 1941 by British and Russian troops and abdicated in favour of his son.  Pahlavi went into exile and died in South Africa in 1944. His son, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, was overthrown during the Iranian revolution in 1979.  Reza Shah's body as it was buried in 1944 Pahlavi?s legacy is a taboo subject for Iran?s government. While his son is still deeply controversial, some Iranians think fondly of the older Pahlavi because of his modernisation programme and his expansion of some freedoms for women.    During the widespread protests in Iran in late 2017 and early 2018, many protesters shouted out Pahlavi?s name as a way of defying Iran?s revolutionary regime. ?Reza Shah, bless your soul,? people cried. If the body found in Tehran is indeed that of Reza Shah Pahlavi, Iran?s current rulers may have a delicate task figuring out what to do with it.  Islamic custom demands that all bodies be treated with respect but Iranian authorities will also be wary of allowing it to become a rallying point for opposition groups.  A spokesman for the Shah Abdol Azim shrine said the body was not Pahlavi?s. "All the rumours on the social media that claim this mummified body belongs to Reza Shah are false and void of any truth,? he said.    Reza Shah Pahlavi took power in 1921 but was forced to abdicate in 1941 by the UK and the Soviet Union Pahlavi?s grandson, Reza Pahlavi, said in a statement that he was ?closely following? the reports that his grandfather?s body had been found.  He warned Iran?s government ?against any secrecy or lack of transparency? in its handling of the body.   Iranian authorities said the body had been reburied. It was not immediately clear what steps Iran planned to take to verify if the body did belong to Pahlavi.  A widely-shared photograph on social media appeared to show an Iranian construction work taking a selfie with the body after discovering it at the foot of his bulldozer.



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Joy Reid Doubles Down: Homophobic Posts ?Hacked,' ?Fraudulent?
Tue, 24 Apr 2018 21:32:47 -0400

Joy Reid Doubles Down: Homophobic Posts ?Hacked,' ?Fraudulent?MSNBC's Joy Reid is standing by her claim that her now-defunct blog was the



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Sorry, Kid: Hanging Mobiles Are Having a Grown-Up Moment
Wed, 25 Apr 2018 16:42:42 -0400

Sorry, Kid: Hanging Mobiles Are Having a Grown-Up Moment



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Nintendo annual profits soar 36 percent to $1.27bn on Switch sales
Thu, 26 Apr 2018 04:24:54 -0400

Nintendo annual profits soar 36 percent to $1.27bn on Switch salesNintendo on Thursday said its annual net profit soared 36.1 percent, thanks to the immense popularity of its Switch console, and announced it was appointing a new president. Shuntaro Furukawa, 46, who currently oversees marketing and other divisions at the Kyoto-based video game giant, will succeed 68-old-year Tatsumi Kimishima, who has headed up the firm since 2015. Nintendo has been on a winning streak, with its Switch console flying off the shelves since its launch last year.



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Pit Bull Seen Clamping Down on Subway Rider's Foot in Harrowing Video
Wed, 25 Apr 2018 13:45:00 -0400

Pit Bull Seen Clamping Down on Subway Rider's Foot in Harrowing VideoAuthorities are now searching for the dog's owner.



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U.S. Press Freedom Ranking Falls Again, Thanks To 'Media-Bashing Enthusiast' Trump
Wed, 25 Apr 2018 09:39:02 -0400

U.S. Press Freedom Ranking Falls Again, Thanks To 'Media-Bashing Enthusiast' TrumpWASHINGTON ? President Donald Trump's unrelenting attacks on the free press



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The Latest: Dad says 'incompetency' led to school shooting
Tue, 24 Apr 2018 13:50:39 -0400

The Latest: Dad says 'incompetency' led to school shootingCOCONUT CREEK, Fla. (AP) ? The Latest on the commission investigating the Florida high school massacre (all times local):



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Trump's Budget Director Admits He Spoke Only To Lobbyists Who Paid Him
Wed, 25 Apr 2018 00:37:44 -0400

Trump's Budget Director Admits He Spoke Only To Lobbyists Who Paid HimMick Mulvaney, President Donald Trump's budget director, raised eyebrows on



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Toronto van attack suspect was student, ex-military recruit
Tue, 24 Apr 2018 23:11:53 -0400

Toronto van attack suspect was student, ex-military recruitTORONTO (AP) ? Details have begun to emerge about Alek Minassian, who was charged Tuesday with 10 counts of first-degree murder and 13 of attempted murder for driving a van into a crowded sidewalk in Toronto. Here is a look at the 25-year-old suspect in one of the worst mass killings in Canada's modern history.



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U.S. top court curbs human rights claims against companies
Tue, 24 Apr 2018 15:16:56 -0400

U.S. top court curbs human rights claims against companiesForeign corporations cannot be sued in American courts for human rights abuses committed overseas, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday, refusing to revive a lawsuit claiming Jordan-based Arab Bank Plc helped finance militant attacks in Israel and the Palestinian territories. The 5-4 decision ended a lawsuit by some 6,000 non-U.S. citizen plaintiffs, including survivors and relatives of people killed in attacks, filed under a 1789 U.S. law called the Alien Tort Statute that accused Arab Bank of being the "paymaster" to militant groups.



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12 Questions People In Polyamorous Relationships Are Sick Of Hearing
Tue, 24 Apr 2018 09:00:56 -0400

12 Questions People In Polyamorous Relationships Are Sick Of HearingPeople who practice polyamory understand the world's curiosity: Loving more



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NRA members destroy products of outdoor company that cut ties with the organisation
Tue, 24 Apr 2018 12:05:00 -0400

NRA members destroy products of outdoor company that cut ties with the organisationNational Rifle Association (NRA) members have been posting videos of destroying products made by Yeti after the company cut ties with the group in the wake of the Parkland, Florida school shooting. Yeti primarily makes high-end outdoors products, including iceboxes costing between $250 to $1,300 according to the Washington Post. The company had been offering NRA members a discount on its products often used for outdoor events.



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Indian court jails popular guru for life over teen rape
Wed, 25 Apr 2018 09:26:34 -0400

Indian court jails popular guru for life over teen rapeAn Indian guru with millions of followers was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday for raping a teenage devotee on the pretext of ridding her of evil spirits, his lawyer said. Asaram Bapu, one of India's most charismatic and controversial "godmen", was given the maximum sentence at a closed jailhouse hearing in Rajasthan state, where hundreds of police were on high alert for any backlash from his disciples. "Asaram has been sentenced for life until death," Rajendra Singh, a defence lawyer, told AFP outside the court in the western city of Jodhpur.



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Tesla crashes into gym, nearly hits man stepping off treadmill
Tue, 24 Apr 2018 10:02:44 -0400

Tesla crashes into gym, nearly hits man stepping off treadmillA man was just stepping off a treadmill when a Tesla crashed through a Florida gym.



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America Must Come to Terms with Reality in Syria
Tue, 24 Apr 2018 19:40:00 -0400

America Must Come to Terms with Reality in SyriaThe joint attack carried out by the United States, United Kingdom and France on April 14 in Syria?targeting three sites related to Assad?s chemical weapons program?was a firm reaction and punishment for Assad?s continued use of chemical weapons against Syrian civilians. What singled out this chemical weapons attack from others Assad carried out over the past year was that it was not limited to the use of chlorine. The large number of civilian casualties and the fact that sarin nerve agent was mixed with the chlorine sparked the second military response by the Trump administration?this time together with the United Kingdom and France?with the aim of upholding the well-established international norm against the use of chemical weapons.



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2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 clocked at 212 MPH
Wed, 25 Apr 2018 11:45:00 -0400

2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 clocked at 212 MPHThe 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 is the most powerful Corvette out of the factory. Chevrolet has released video of the car tackling the Papenburg test track in Germany where it was able to clock a 212 mph average between two runs. The final speed is calculated using one run against the wind, and a second run with the wind at the car's rear.



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Scott Pruitt Is Either A Liar Or Grossly Incompetent
Wed, 25 Apr 2018 12:18:31 -0400

Scott Pruitt Is Either A Liar Or Grossly IncompetentEarlier this month, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt



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'Golden State Killer' case: Ex-policeman arrested over 1970s murder spree after DNA breakthrough
Wed, 25 Apr 2018 21:23:03 -0400

'Golden State Killer' case: Ex-policeman arrested over 1970s murder spree after DNA breakthroughPolice in California have arrested a former police officer believed to be the "Golden State Killer", apparently solving a notorious decades-old mystery over the identity of the man behind dozens of rapes and multiple murders in California in the 1970s and 1980s. Joseph James DeAngelo, 72, was arrested at his home and he initially was charged with eight counts of murder and could face dozens more charges, authorities said. Anne Marie Schubert, Sacramento County district attorney, was joined by officials from across the state and relatives of victims on Wednesday to announce that DNA evidence developed in the past six days had led to his arrest. She added he had lived for more than three decades on a quiet suburban street in Citrus Heights. Neighbours said DeAngelo had been living in the neighbourhood for 30 years and described him as a ?relatively nice guy? who was prone to ?cursing outbursts you could hear down the street.? Police and television crews at DeAngelo's house in Citrus Heights, California The Golden State Killer, also known as the "East Area Rapist" and "Original Nightstalker," is suspected of carrying out at least 12 murders and 45 rapes in California between 1976 and 1986, according to the FBI.  The armed and masked prowler sneaked in through windows at night and surprised sleeping victims who ranged in age from 13 to 41. When encountering a couple, he was known to tie up the man and pile dishes on his back. He threatened to kill both victims if he heard plates crash to the floor while he raped the woman. He then ransacked the house, taking souvenirs, notably coins and jewellery before fleeing on foot or bicycle. Despite an outpouring of thousands of tips over the years, DeAngelo's name had not been on the radar of law enforcement before last week, Ms Schubert said. "We knew we were looking for a needle in a haystack, but we also knew that needle was there," she said. "It was right here in Sacramento." A break in the case and the arrest came together in "light speed" during the past six days, Schubert said, though authorities refused to reveal what led to DeAngelo. Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones, left, talks to reporters about the arrest Joesph James DeAngelo, seen in photo, on suspicion of committing a string of violent crimes in the 1970s and 1980s Sacramento Sheriff Scott Jones said detectives with "dogged determination" were able to get a sample of DNA from something DeAngelo discarded, though he wouldn't say what the item was. The genetic material was not a match, but there were enough similarities for investigators to return for more and they said they were able to get a conclusive match. After watching DeAngelo for several days, deputies took him by surprise on Tuesday. "It looked as though he might have been searching his mind to execute a particular plan he may have had," but never had time to act, Jones said. DeAngelo was arrested on suspicion of committing double-killings in Sacramento and Ventura counties and later charged with four counts of murder in Orange County, officials said. Ventura County District Attorney Gregory Totten said prosecutors would seek the death penalty. The Golden State Killer was the subject of "I'll Be Gone in the Dark," a best-selling book by Michelle McNamara. McNamara died two years ago at the age of 46 but her book helped spark renewed interest in the case. Michelle McNamara, and her husband, comedian Patton Oswal Credit: AP DeAngelo was once a policeman, who was reportedly fired from Auburn police in 1979, accused of stealing a can of dog repellent and a hammer from a Sacramento shop.  The city manager was quoted in a newspaper article as saying that DeAngelo was dismissed after he ?failed to answer any of the city?s investigations and did not request an administrative hearing.? At one point back in the 1970s, DeAngelo asked his brother-in-law what he thought about the crime spree committed by the person then best known as the East Area Rapist, Oxygen.com reported.  DeAngelo is believed to be originally from Bath, New York. He served in Vietnam after graduating from Folsom Senior High School in June 1964 and on his return completed an associate?s degree with honours in police science at Sierra College. He then graduated from California State University at Sacramento with a degree in criminal justice. At some point, he had also interned with the Roseville Police Department.



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In big shift, Trump assesses Kim Jong Un as 'very honorable'
Tue, 24 Apr 2018 22:00:10 -0400

In big shift, Trump assesses Kim Jong Un as 'very honorable'WASHINGTON (AP) ? President Donald Trump on Tuesday said Kim Jong Un wants a historic, high-stakes meeting as soon as possible and suggested the North Korean dictator has been "very open" and "very honorable," a sharply different assessment of a leader he once denounced as "Little Rocket Man."



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Kris Jenner Is Not About To Be Dragged Into Kanye West's Mess
Wed, 25 Apr 2018 11:45:08 -0400

Kris Jenner Is Not About To Be Dragged Into Kanye West's MessThe Kardashian karousel of kontroversies has spun back around to Kanye West,



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Mourning victims of deadly van attack in Toronto
Wed, 25 Apr 2018 09:25:04 -0400

Mourning victims of deadly van attack in TorontoA crowd gathered late Tuesday in Toronto's North York community to pay their respects to the van victims at a makeshift memorial of roses, candles and messages of condolence.



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Chevron evacuates Venezuela executives following staff arrests
Wed, 25 Apr 2018 17:36:32 -0400

Chevron evacuates Venezuela executives following staff arrestsU.S. oil major Chevron Corp has evacuated executives from Venezuela after two of its workers were imprisoned over a contract dispute with state-owned oil company PDVSA, according to four sources familiar with the matter. Chevron asked other employees to avoid the facilities of its joint venture with the OPEC nation's oil firm, the sources said. The arrests, in a raid by national intelligence officers, were the first at a foreign oil firm since Venezuela's government launched a purge last fall that has resulted in detentions of more than 80 executives at PDVSA and business partners accused of corruption.



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Anger spreads across Puerto Rico over lack of basic services
Tue, 24 Apr 2018 17:01:54 -0400

Anger spreads across Puerto Rico over lack of basic servicesSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) ? Puerto Rico's Senate has ordered government agencies to explain why tens of thousands of people in rural areas remain without power or appropriate shelter as anger grows about the lack of basic services more than seven months after hurricanes Irma and Maria.



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Israel warns of attack if Russia air defences used in Syria
Tue, 24 Apr 2018 12:27:54 -0400

Israel warns of attack if Russia air defences used in SyriaIsrael's Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Tuesday that his country would attack Russian S-300 air defence systems in Syria if they were used against Israeli targets. "What's important to us is that the defensive weapons the Russians are giving Syria won't be used against us," Lieberman told the news website Ynet. Russia and Syria signed an accord in 2010 for the S-300 system but the missiles have not been delivered because of Israeli pressure, according to Kommersant.



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The 2019 Lexus ES Actually Looks Pretty Darn Good
Tue, 24 Apr 2018 23:00:00 -0400

The 2019 Lexus ES Actually Looks Pretty Darn GoodAn F Sport treatment and improved proportions bring verve to Lexus?s sleepy mid-sizer.



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White House Preps Spending Cuts Bill That Could Set Up Another Shutdown Standoff
Wed, 25 Apr 2018 16:00:30 -0400

White House Preps Spending Cuts Bill That Could Set Up Another Shutdown StandoffWASHINGTON ? Despite grumblings from corners of both parties, the White House



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Toronto police officer hailed as hero for arresting suspect without firing shot
Tue, 24 Apr 2018 15:37:40 -0400

Toronto police officer hailed as hero for arresting suspect without firing shotA Canadian police officer is being hailed for the restraint and professionalism he showed in arresting the suspect in the Toronto van attack without firing a single shot. Soon after, the alleged driver of the van was arrested by a lone police officer in a confrontation lasting less than a minute and caught on video by bystanders. ?Get down,? the officer, identified by sources as Ken Lam, shouts repeatedly.



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Central American asylum seeking caravan reaches US border
Thu, 26 Apr 2018 00:32:26 -0400

Central American asylum seeking caravan reaches US borderTIJUANA, Mexico (AP) ? About 130 Central Americans, mostly women and children, have arrived at the U.S. border with Mexico in a "caravan" of asylum-seeking immigrants that has drawn the fury of President Donald Trump.



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LeBron James Nails Incredible 3-Point Buzzer-Beater To Seal Game 5 For Cleveland
Wed, 25 Apr 2018 23:43:26 -0400

LeBron James Nails Incredible 3-Point Buzzer-Beater To Seal Game 5 For Cleveland> LEBRON JAMES FOR THE WIN!!! #NBAPlayoffs | #AllForOne



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Man Arrested in Nearly 20-Year-Old Cold Case Killing of Teens, Couple
Tue, 24 Apr 2018 12:15:52 -0400

Man Arrested in Nearly 20-Year-Old Cold Case Killing of Teens, CoupleAshley Freeman and Lauria Bible, both 16, were last seen alive on Dec. 29, 1999. The girls had planned to celebrate Ashley?s birthday with a sleepover at her Welch, Okla., home.



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Qualcomm easing licensing terms in bid to strike deals
Thu, 26 Apr 2018 00:21:46 -0400

Qualcomm easing licensing terms in bid to strike dealsQualcomm Inc's earnings call on Wednesday showed just how far the company is willing to go to preserve one of its core business practices of taking a cut of the selling price of phones. Qualcomm gave two indications on Wednesday it was prepared to accept lower revenue in exchange for maintaining the business structure and avoiding future customer disputes. On Wednesday, Qualcomm said it would cap the phone price that is the basis of the revenue calculation at $400.



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Tourists enjoy final day at beach before Boracay closure
Wed, 25 Apr 2018 05:29:49 -0400

Tourists enjoy final day at beach before Boracay closureBORACAY, Philippines (AP) ? Tourists are spending their final hours on Boracay, enjoying the Philippine island's famed white-sand beaches before it closes for up to six months to recover from overcrowding and development.



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Save Syria's Idlib from fate of Aleppo, UN envoy pleads
Tue, 24 Apr 2018 11:52:54 -0400

Save Syria's Idlib from fate of Aleppo, UN envoy pleadsThe UN's Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura on Tuesday urged the world to prevent a fresh humanitarian disaster in the rebel-held region of Idlib, as officials warned aid funding was running "desperately short". Mistura told a major donor conference that Idlib, the likely next target of the Syrian regime's fightback, risked suffering the same fate as Aleppo, seized in a Russian-backed Syrian offensive in 2016, and Eastern Ghouta, retaken by the regime shortly after an alleged chemical attack in early April. Donor countries, aid organisations and UN agencies are gathering in Brussels for the seventh annual conference on Syria's future, as forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad launched a new offensive against Islamic State jihadists entrenched in a southern district of Damascus.



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This Mercedes-Benz Maybach SUV Concept Might Soon Become the Fanciest Car in the World
Tue, 24 Apr 2018 18:33:54 -0400

This Mercedes-Benz Maybach SUV Concept Might Soon Become the Fanciest Car in the WorldUnveiled before the 2018 Beijing Auto Show, the all-electric SUV concept includes a built-in heated ebony tray that holds a teapot and cups



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Forget the F-35: The (Ugly) X-32 Could Have Replaced It
Tue, 24 Apr 2018 07:23:00 -0400

Forget the F-35: The (Ugly) X-32 Could Have Replaced ItFighter pilots don?t like to fly aircraft that look like they could be run over by Florida speed boat. The Department of Defense (DoD) didn?t have to opt for the F-35. In the 1990s, both Boeing and Lockheed Martin bid for the next big fighter contract, a plane that would serve in each of the Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps, as well as grace the air forces of many US allies.



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Toronto suspect begged police to shoot him after van ploughs into pedestrians leaving ten dead
Tue, 24 Apr 2018 16:08:42 -0400

Toronto suspect begged police to shoot him after van ploughs into pedestrians leaving ten dead? Suspect Alek Minassian in custody ? 10 people dead, 15 wounded ? Police officer hailed a hero for not firing shot ? Investigators say no threat to national security The Toronto attack suspect begged police to shoot him before being arrested in connection with the death of ten pedestrians killed after a van mounted a pavement. As victims of the attack were left strewn across the street Alek Minassian, who has now been pictured, was locked in a tense police stand-off, during which video footage showed him telling officers he had a gun and shouting: "Shoot me in the head". In the video Minassian shouts that he has a gun and then says: "Kill me." The officer, hailed a hero for not opening fire, declines and demands Minassian "get down" before he is arrested. Witnesses described a van driver mounting a kerb and swerving to deliberately hit pedestrians, leaving a pushchair "split in half" and hitting people sitting on a bench. The suspect was later named by police as Minassian, a 25-year-old student. Minassian appeared in court on Tuesday morning where a judge detained him on ten counts of murder and thirteen count of attempted murder. Dressed in a white prison jumpsuit with a shaved head and his hands cuffed, he showed little emotion as the charges were read. He did not enter a plea to the charges and was ordered to return to court on May 10. Police have revealed the 25-year-old suspect was not known to intelligence agencies and that the incident was not being treated as a threat to national security.  Alek Minassian (pictured), 25, is accused of carrying out the van attack in Toronto The driver posted a "cryptic" Facebook message minutes before the van attack, police said on Tuesday night.  Facebook has confirmed a message linked to an account matching Minassian was posted publicly before the social network shut down his account. The post referred to the "Supreme Gentleman Elliot Rodger" - the California gunman who killed six people in 2014. Mark Saunders, the Toronto police chief, said the suspect had not been armed and that there was nothing so far to suggest terrorism as a motive. "It's very clear from a general perspective that the actions looked deliberate," he said, describing how the van had driven on the wrong side of the road and mounted the pavement. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/04/24/toronto-van-suspect-shouted-shoot-head-police-officer-hailed/ Numerous body bags were seen in the street after the attack, according to testimonies of people in the city, with one describing the scene as a ?war zone?.  Investigators are appealing for information from the public. A hotline for witnesses to the incident will be announced later today. A separate hotline for family members will also be made available. ^js? Toronto Police (@TorontoPolice) April 23, 2018 There were also accounts of victims with faces ?full of blood? and twisted limbs, with one witness suggesting the van drove more than half a mile hitting people.  Emergency services treat victims of the crash Credit: Pixel8000  The incident occurred in the Yonge Street and Finch Avenue area of the city, according to police, which is around 18 miles north of the city centre. It began around 1.30pm Toronto time on Monday.  Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, was attending a meeting of G7 ministers in the city, but the gathering was not near the site of the incident.  Map: Toronto van attack route Our thoughts are with all those affected by the terrible incident at Yonge and Finch in Toronto. Thank you to the first responders working at the scene ? we're monitoring the situation closely.? Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) April 23, 2018 Justin Trudeau, the Canadian Prime Minister, said: "We're still gathering information and as soon as we can, we'll share more information with Canadians." Mr Trudeau added:  "Our thoughts are with all those affected by the terrible incident at Yonge and Finch in Toronto. Thank you to the first responders working at the scene ? we're monitoring the situation closely". Numerous witnesses, many of whom appeared shaken by the incident, described seeing the van swerving to hit pedestrians. James Forrester saw the aftermath of the incident from the 19th floor of an office building where he works as a financial services representative with the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce.  ?Police were just arriving, people were screaming, there were bodies on the  ground, and I saw a lot of blood,? he told The Telegraph. Mr Forrester described seeing three dead bodies on the pavement covered by orange sheets, about 10 ambulances, seven police cars and an estimated crowd of 30 onlookers.  Police said nine people have been killed in the attack, while 16 more are injured Credit: Zuma press He added that the white van travelled about two kilometres before it was stopped by police, and that as many as 40 people may have been hit.  Henry Miller, who lives in an apartment overlooking the street, told Sky News: "I heard a large amount of honking...and I stepped out onto the balcony to see what was causing the trouble and at this point I saw a lady lying on the floor and the van driving off with people running around trying to help her". Mr Miller said the white van "[sped] probably 60-70mph down this major road, swerving to what I would say fairly deliberately hit pedestrians and swerving in and out of traffic before eventually careering off into one of the other side streets and out of view". The van injured around ten people in Toronto, according to reports Credit: James Forrester One witness described seeing a middle-aged man ?barely moving? on the ground after being hit. He told CNN: ?I feel sick to my stomach ... I?ve never seen anything like this before." Kash Alavi, another witness, described seeing victims with faces ?full of blood?, telling CNN that the legs of those hit had been "twisted and contorted".  Video from Yonge and Finch at Toronto pic.twitter.com/YvS8GcJ8pg? Vince (@vce7) April 23, 2018 Another witness speaking to the network who did not give his name became emotional describing how the van swerved to repeatedly hit pedestrians.  ?He?s just hitting people one by one by one. It was a nightmare,? he said. The van ?just went on the side walk and started hitting everyone?, he added.  A woman stands crying in the aftermath of the incident Credit: Reuters The witness said seeing a pushchair ?split in half? and a group of people sitting on a bench being hit by the van. He said what he had witnessed was like ?a war zone?. 3:10AM Justin Trudeau issues statement The @TorontoPolice and first responders faced danger without hesitation today, and I want to thank them for their courage and professionalism. We?ll continue working with our law enforcement partners as the investigation continues.? Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) April 24, 2018   1:53AM Opposition leader praises emergency workers Andrew Scheer, leader of the opposition Conservative Party, has issued a statement, extending his condolences to those who had lost loved ones in the attack and said the individual responsible should feel the full force of the law. ?We have all seen by now the incredible footage of a police officer staring down the attacker alone on a city street. ?The men and women of our police services represent the best of what it means to be Canadian, and today we thank them. ?I am confident that all Canadians stand in support of the people of Toronto as they come together to support families impacted by this tragedy. The stories of bravery, selflessness, and kindness that have emerged have been an inspiration to an entire nation.? 1:38AM Police not ruling anything out Mr Saunders is asked about sources saying police have ruled out a connection to Isil or international terrorism, but he won't be drawn.  "I'm not going to answer what the media are putting forward," he said. "We open lanes and we explore." If there is no evidence to support a theory, he says, then it is closed - but not until then. 1:28AM Actions 'looked deliberate' Mark Saunders, the Toronto police chief, is taking questions from journalists. He says the suspect, Alek Minassian, was not known to police as far as he could tell so far. But he said the van had driven on the wrong side of the road and repeatedly mounted the kerb.  "It's very clear from a general perspective that the actions looked deliberate," he said. He added that the suspect was not armed and that police were investigating whether he had accomplices. 1:24AM 'No national security connection' Speaking to the media, Ralph Goodale, Canadian Public Safety Minister, said so far there was "no national security connection to this particular incident". However, officials are at pains to say the investigation is at an early stage. 1:15AM Increased death toll City officials are briefing the media now. Key points from Mark Saunders, the Toronto police chief, so far: Male suspect arrested "without incident" Named as Alek Minassian, a 25-year-old student from Richmond Hill Increased death toll - 10 dead and 15 wounded and in hospital 1:08AM Passers-by set up memorial A woman signs a memorial card for the victims near the scene on Yonge St Credit: Cole Burston/Getty Images An impromptu memorial has been set up close to the scene of the deaths. We are expecting a news briefing any minute to bring us up to date with happened. 1:01AM Police at suspect's home Police now inside home of Toronto van suspect. Alek Minassian lives in Richmond Hill, north of Toronto. (Picture by CBC's Natalie Nanowski). pic.twitter.com/DGPAB8VfZa? CBC News Alerts (@CBCAlerts) April 23, 2018   12:46AM Sources suggest terrorism an unlikely motive A senior national government official later said that authorities had not turned over the investigation to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, a sign that investigators believed it unlikely terrorism was the motive, according to the Associated Press. The official agreed to reveal that information only if not quoted by name. Three sources tell us: Toronto suspect is Alek Minassian, 25 Years Old, deliberate act influenced by mental illness leading theory. He allegedly researched past 2014 incident in CA.? jonathan dienst (@jonathan4ny) April 23, 2018   12:39AM Threat level unchanged Ralph Goodale, Canadian Public Safety Minister, said he had no evidence to suggest Canada's national threat level needed to be raised following today?s attack in Toronto. "There is no information available to me at the present time that would indicate a change in the risk level," Mr Goodale told reporters in Toronto, where he is attending the G7 foreign and security ministers meeting. 12:10AM Suspect named by media as Alek Minassian The suspect in the Toronto van attack that killed nine people and injured 16 others is a 25-year-old man named Alek Minassian, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation said on Monday. He is believed to be a student at Seneca College in Toronto. He reportedly lives in Richmond Hill, north of Toronto. 12:07AM 'This has never happened here' Phil Zullo was headed north driving along Yonge Street, Toronto?s main artery, early Monday afternoon when he saw a bus shelter down, poles bent over, shoes along the road, ?and then body after body after body? for a three-block stretch. ?People were mangled on the sidewalk. ?At first I saw what I thought was a stroller ? and said to myself ?please don?t make me see a kid,? but I got closer and saw it was a walker," said Mr Zullo, 47, who runs a fitness facility in the city and estimated that he saw between 10 and 15 bodies on the ground. ?I called my wife and said, ?I think I just saw a terrorist attack.?? He said that thousands of people live and work in the area, and that dozens of police officers and emergency responders converged on the scene ?from everywhere? providing CPR to the victims. ?It was as if they had done this a hundred times. These guys were unbelievable.? Mr Zullo also saw the suspect, leaning against a police cruiser, surrounded by three officers who handcuffed him. He described the man as dark-skinned, clean-shaven, bald and wearing glasses. The man reportedly pointed his cellphone at police as if it were a weapon. ?This has never happened here,? said Mr Zullo. ?But why not us?? 11:52PM Facebook activates emergency response Officers at the scene Credit: Chris Donovan/Reuters Users in the area can check in and let friends know they are safe here 11:45PM Canadians call for unity Toronto just proved how rare it stands in North America, and even the world. No shots fired. No mass panic. Suspect peacefully arrested. No security lockdown. No system-wide transit shutdown or politicians rushing to lay blame.? Muhammad Lila (@MuhammadLila) April 23, 2018 Don't give people trying to use today's tragedy in Toronto for political gain a platform. Especially the ones who are commenting from the outside. They want attention, controversy, and divisiveness. Let's focus on being there for each other, which is what this city does best.? Jeff Veillette (@JeffVeillette) April 23, 2018 Canadians at home and all around the world are doing their Canadian thing, keeping calm and not jumping to conclusions. 11:36PM Additional security at ice hockey game The Toronto Maple Leafs are playing the Boston Bruins in a play-off game tonight. The club has announced extra security for the night: The Toronto Maple Leafs and (Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment) are keeping all of those impacted by today?s tragic incident in Toronto in our thoughts and prayers. Our organisation continuously works in close partnership with Toronto Police Service, and other security agencies, to ensure the safety of all fans attending games at Air Canada Centre, including playoff tailgate events at Maple Leaf Square. In addition to the safety measures already in place, Toronto Police Service will be implementing a number of additional measures including road closures surrounding Air Canada Centre tonight to create the safest environment for our fans watching in Maple Leaf Square, as well as providing enhanced security inside Air Canada Centre.  11:30PM 'Shoot me in the head' After multiple pedestrians plowed down on Toronto sidewalk, driver gets out holding what appears to be a gun. Police arrest him. No shots fired. pic.twitter.com/xWHeylS1d8? Michel Boyer (@BoyerMichel) April 23, 2018 This is the extraordinary moment when a suspect is arrested. Filmed by an anonymous witness and passed to CTV News, a man appears to tell police he has a gun and asks them to shoot him. Social media is buzzing with comments written by American viewers incredulous that the man was taken alive. 11:17PM Orange shrouds on the street A tarp covers an unidentified body on Yonge Street at Finch Avenue Credit: Cole Burston/Getty Images   11:14PM Is terrorism the motive? The Associated Press is quoting an unnamed US security source saying that investigators are examining terrorism as the likely motive. The source said there was no reason to believe that the incident in which a Ryder rental van plowed into a crowd was an accident. 11:12PM Minister: No known threat to G7 talks Canada's minister for public safety, Ralph Goodale, was asked at the G7 meeting whether the government had received any threats or information to suggest that the talks might be targeted. "No, not to my knowledge," he said. 11:11PM Helicopter footage shows aftermath   11:08PM International ministers were meeting elsewhere in city The incident occurred as ministers from the major industrial countries were gathered in Canada to discuss a range of international issues in the run-up to the G7 meeting near Quebec City in June. Currently in Toronto attending the G7 Security Ministers meeting. My thoughts are with all those caught up in the incident today in this fine City. #G7? Ben Wallace MP (@BWallaceMP) April 23, 2018   10:59PM A city in mourning The Toronto Sign has been dimmed and the official flags at Toronto City Hall, all Civic Centres and Metro Hall will be flown at half-mast until further notice to mark the tragic events that took place today. pic.twitter.com/4fNVQbEiJb? City of Toronto (@TorontoComms) April 23, 2018   10:42PM Appeals for eye witnesses Peter Yuen, Toronto Police's acting chief, said officers arrived on the scene after receiving multiple calls indicating a van was "striking a number of pedestrians". "We have located that vehicle, the driver is in custody right now and he is being investigated to the events that took place this afternoon," Mr Yuen told reporters.  "I want to offer my condolences to the families of the victims of this tragic event. We can confirm right now that we have nine people that are dead, sixteen that are injured. "I can assure the public that all available resources have been brought in to investigate this situation." Mr Yuen appealed for eye witnesses to contact police in order to help with their enquiries. The city's police chief, Mark Saunders, who was in New York at the time of the incident, travelled back to Toronto on Monday night to oversee the investigation. 10:42PM Mayor calls for calm The city's mayor, John Tory, appealed for calm in the aftermath of the incident as he praised the ?professionalism? and ?thoroughness? of the emergency services, saying he hoped the city?s ?spirit of unity? would continue after the incident.  "I hope that we will as a city remind ourselves of the fact that we are admired around the world for being inclusive, and for being accepting, understanding and considerate," Mr Tory said. 10:41PM Ryder rental van involved in incident Claudia Panfil, a spokeswoman for Ryder Systems, confirmed that one of the company's rental vehicles was involved in Monday's tragedy.  Ms Panfil said the company was co-operating with authorities.



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