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  • Trump says Iran appears to be culprit for Saudi oil attacks

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    U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday that it looked like Iran was responsible for attacks over the weekend on Saudi Arabian oil plants, but he was in no rush to respond and was still trying to find out who was behind the strikes. Several U.S. cabinet officials, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, have blamed Tehran for the attacks, which cut 5% of world crude oil production. Iran has denied blame, with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani saying the strike was carried out by "Yemeni people" retaliating to attacks by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen's four-year-old war.

    Mon, 16 Sep 2019 15:43:02 -0400
  • B-2 Spirit: The Stealth Bomber Trump Could Send to Strike Iran

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    Or North Korea, Russia, China--anyone.

    Sun, 15 Sep 2019 23:00:00 -0400
  • Obama’s team lines up to defend Andrew McCabe in court

    Obama-era national security leaders would testify on behalf of McCabe should he face trial over allegations that he misled officials about leaks to the media.

    Mon, 16 Sep 2019 13:24:08 -0400
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    Mon, 16 Sep 2019 13:24:00 -0400
  • Spain won't extradite Venezuela's ex-spymaster to US

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    Spain's National Court on Monday rejected the extradition to the United States of a former Venezuelan military spy chief accused of drug smuggling and other charges. The court released retired Maj. Gen. Hugo Carvajal, who denies the charges and says that they were politically motivated. María Dolores Argüelles, a lawyer for Carvajal, said she had no immediate details of the ruling beyond that a release order had been issued for the retired general.

    Mon, 16 Sep 2019 13:31:20 -0400
  • The world's oil producers keep a massive amount of capacity in reserve. But it's almost all in Saudi Arabia and the drone attack messed with that too.

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    Drones hit two key Saudi Aramco oil refineries, shutting down production on around 5% of the world's daily oil production and causing prices to surge.

    Mon, 16 Sep 2019 07:20:56 -0400
  • Snowden says he would return to US if he can get a fair trial

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    Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency contractor living in Russia after leaking information about the US government's mass surveillance program, has said he would like to return home if he can get a fair trial. Snowden, who faces espionage charges that could send him to prison for decades, stated his desire to return to the United States in an interview with "CBS This Morning" broadcast on Monday. "I would like to return to the United States," said Snowden, whose memoir, "Permanent Record," is to go on sale on Tuesday.

    Mon, 16 Sep 2019 10:48:21 -0400
  • Working Families Party Endorses Elizabeth Warren After Backing Bernie Sanders in 2016

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    Elizabeth FrantzAfter backing Bernie Sanders in 2016, the Working Families Party on Monday voted to endorse Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-MA) presidential campaign. The progressive political outfit’s move bolsters Warren’s left-wing credentials as she continues to gain ground on former Vice President Joe Biden in the polls. It also signals a growth in support for Warren among the Democratic Party’s progressive wing as she and Sanders challenge Biden's frontrunner status. The endorsement process stretched for three months and included live question-and-answer sessions with the candidates in contention for the backing. According to the party, Warren earned almost 61 percent of the vote in the first round of ranked-choice voting, followed by Sanders on almost 36 percent. More than 80 percent of voters listed Warren and Sanders as their top two picks. “Senator Warren strikes fear into the hearts of the robber barons who rigged the system, and offers hope to millions of working people who have been shut out of our democracy and economy,” said Working Families Party national director Maurice Mitchell. “Our job now is to help Senator Warren build the mass movement that will make her transformational plans a reality.” Although Sanders did not earn this cycle’s endorsement, as he did in 2016, Mitchell said that the organization is glad to see both of the candidates in the race. “We’re lucky to have two strong progressive candidates leading in this race,” said Mitchell. “Senator Warren and Senator Sanders have both shaped the ideological terrain on which this campaign is being waged. They have proven an effective team on debate stages and in the polls, and we hope that partnership continues. We’re proud to call both of them allies in the fight for a more just America.” WFP had initially chosen six candidates to do Q&A; sessions for possible endorsements, including: Warren, Sanders, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. Harris ended up being excluded from contention when she was unable to attend the scheduled session. The endorsement comes as Warren is set to speak in New York City on Monday night after unveiling a sweeping anti-corruption plan. Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

    Mon, 16 Sep 2019 11:33:53 -0400
  • New Zealand’s Ardern Under Scrutiny After Botched Sexual Assault Allegation

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    (Bloomberg) -- New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s leadership is under scrutiny after her Labour Party botched its handling of an alleged sexual assault on a 19-year-old party volunteer.Ardern has been forced to apologize to the woman and take control of an investigation into the allegations, including that she was attacked and groped by a Labour Party staffer in early 2018. The party decided earlier this year that no disciplinary action was necessary, prompting the woman to tell her story to the media. Since then, Labour Party President Nigel Haworth and the man at the center of the allegations, who worked in parliament and hasn’t been identified, have both resigned.“There are no excuses for the handling of the complaints by the Labour Party, and I will offer none,” Ardern said at a post-cabinet press conference in Wellington on Monday, a week after the sexual assault allegation was detailed by website The Spinoff. “We have a duty of care, and we failed in it.”A year out from a general election, the scandal has the potential to undermine support for Labour and Ardern, whose popularity has much to do with her image as a caring leader and champion of the disadvantaged, including women in the workplace. Questions are being asked not only about the culture of the Labour Party, which mishandled a separate sexual assault allegation last year, but also whether Ardern knew about the allegations sooner than she says she did.The Labour Party looked into multiple complaints against the man from several people, including harassment and bullying, but Ardern says she was not aware of the sexual assault claim until The Spinoff article.While Haworth said the woman’s complaint about the man didn’t include the allegation of sexual assault, she insists it did. A lawyer is currently conducting an appeal process, and Ardern said today that an independent third party would review Labour’s handling of the allegations. Ardern has also agreed to meet with the complainants.“While the party has continued to maintain that they weren’t in receipt of the complaints that have since been published in the media, that is secondary to the fact that the complaints made to the party were of significant concern and needed to be heard in a timely way,” she said. “That didn’t happen.”To contact the reporter on this story: Matthew Brockett in Wellington at mbrockett1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Matthew Brockett at mbrockett1@bloomberg.net, Edward JohnsonFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

    Mon, 16 Sep 2019 01:34:21 -0400
  • Scores of tigers rescued from infamous Thai temple have died: media

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    More than half of the tigers that Thai authorities confiscated in 2016 from an infamous Tiger Temple tourist attraction have died from a viral disease because their immune systems were weakened by inbreeding, media reported. The Buddhist temple west of Bangkok was a tourist destination where visitors took selfies with tigers and bottle-fed cubs until authorities removed its nearly 150 tigers in 2016 in response to global pressure over wildlife trafficking.

    Mon, 16 Sep 2019 10:57:07 -0400
  • Your History Book Lies: Imperial Japan Was Crushed at Pearl Harbor

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    A major strategic blunder.

    Sat, 14 Sep 2019 23:42:36 -0400
  • Rep. Ilhan Omar defends her controversial World Trade Center remarks: '9/11 was an attack on all Americans'

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    Rep. Ilhan Omar responded to criticism from a 9/11 victim’s son, who, during a memorial reading of victims’ names at Ground Zero last week, called out the freshman congresswoman for past remarks she made about the terrorist attacks.

    Sun, 15 Sep 2019 13:25:03 -0400
  • California Bans State-Sponsored Travel to Iowa over Refusal to Provide Medicaid Coverage for Gender-Reassignment Surgeries

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    California added an eleventh state to its travel blacklist on Friday, banning state-sponsored travel to Iowa over that state's refusal to cover gender-transition surgeries under its Medicaid program.California attorney general Xavier Becerra announced the decision to add Iowa to the travel-ban list, which takes effect October 4 and means public employees and college students will not be able to travel to Iowa on the taxpayer's dime.In May, Iowa governor Kim Reynolds signed a law blocking Medicaid from paying for gender-reassignment surgeries despite the state Supreme Court's ruling earlier this year in favor of charging taxpayers for the procedures. Gender identity is a protected characteristic under Iowa's Civil Rights Act."The Iowa Legislature has reversed course on what was settled law under the Iowa Civil Rights Act, repealing protections for those seeking gender-affirming healthcare," Becerra said in a statement. "California has taken an unambiguous stand against discrimination and government actions that would enable it."California's travel blacklist stems from a 2016 law allowing the Golden State to ban state travel to other U.S. states that roll back protections for LGBT citizens. Texas, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Mississippi, and Kentucky are also on the list.

    Mon, 16 Sep 2019 15:22:23 -0400
  • Black transgender woman found 'burned beyond recognition' in Florida, officials say

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    Bee Love Slater was found badly burned in a car in Florida earlier this month. Advocates believe she is the 18th transgender person killed this year.

    Sun, 15 Sep 2019 12:53:13 -0400
  • Man who dragged shark to death from speedboat and poured alcohol down throats of fish is jailed

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    A Florida man who dragged a shark to its death from a high-speed boat has been jailed for 10 days.Robert Benac III will pay a $2,500 fine, perform 250 hours of service at an animal shelter and lose his fishing licence for three years after pleading guilty to misdemeanour of animal cruelty.

    Sun, 15 Sep 2019 11:56:55 -0400
  • Tears at Bangkok memorial for murdered activist

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    The wife of a murdered activist whose charred remains were found dumped in a Thai reservoir led an emotional memorial Monday, saying their five young children had been left bereft by his death. Thailand is among the most deadly places in Asia for environmental and rights defenders -- the United Nations has counted over 80 cases of enforced disappearances in the country since 1980. The park chief at the time, Chaiwat Limlikitaksor, was one of the last people to see him alive, after Billy was detained for apparently collecting honey illegally.

    Mon, 16 Sep 2019 05:41:54 -0400
  • Tom Homan rips Democratic efforts to abolish ICE

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    Former Acting Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement Tom Homan joins Mark Levin to discuss Democratic lawmakers' opposition to border enforcement.

    Sun, 15 Sep 2019 22:20:18 -0400
  • US strike on Iran would be disastrous for the region — and likely for the US

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    The US is accusing Iran of attacks on a key Saudi oil facility. Experts warn a US strike on Iran would be counterproductive — even dangerous.

    Mon, 16 Sep 2019 10:33:00 -0400
  • Blasphemy accusation in Pakistan sparks ransacking of Hindu temple, school

    KARACHI/ISLAMABAD, Sept 16 (Reuters) - A crowd in Pakistan ransacked a school and Hindu temple after a Hindu principal was accused of blasphemy, police said on Monday, the latest case to raise concern about the fate of religious minorities in the predominantly Muslim country. The enraged crowd ransacked the school and damaged a nearby temple, a district police chief said. "It seems the principal had not done anything intentionally," the district police chief, Furrukh Ali, told Reuters.

    Mon, 16 Sep 2019 03:37:26 -0400
  • The U.S. Army's Next Generation of Super Weapons Are Coming

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    And Iran, North Korea, Russia and China should be very afraid.

    Mon, 16 Sep 2019 03:28:00 -0400
  • Trump's rally in New Mexico is a bid for an upset next year

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    Donald Trump lost New Mexico by 8 percentage points in 2016. Last week, a congressional candidate went viral by taunting the president by name in an ad. Is New Mexico, a state that hasn't voted for a Republican for president since George W. Bush in 2004, in play?

    Mon, 16 Sep 2019 06:02:55 -0400
  • Inside the US military's $223 million 'doomsday plane,' capable of surviving a nuclear blast

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    The E-4B "Nightwatch" is nicknamed the Doomsday Plane. It's designed to survive a nuclear blast. In the event of nuclear war, the militarized Boeing 747 will become the command center for the US President, Secretary of Defense and the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

    Mon, 16 Sep 2019 09:00:00 -0400
  • Muslim American New Jersey Mayor Says CBP Wrongfully Detained Him for Almost 3 Hours

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    According to Mohamed Khairullah, officials asked directly whether he met any terrorists

    Sun, 15 Sep 2019 17:29:17 -0400
  • Climate Activists Don’t Know How to Talk to Christians

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    Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photo GettyThis story is part of Covering Climate Now, a global collaboration of more than 220 news outlets to strengthen coverage of the climate story.  Religious Christians are the key to America taking action on global warming. And yet, the way climate activists frame the issue often alienates the very people they most need to persuade. First, the math. Seventy percent of Americans say they want the government to take action to combat global warming. But the Republican Party has, in the last two decades, gone from accommodating a wide range of perspectives on climate change to marching lock-step to the energy industry’s climate denial tune.Most Republicans, however, don’t work for the energy industry. Over half of Republican voters identify as conservative Christians—either evangelicals, Catholics, or others. These voters may be right-wing on social issues, right-wing on immigration, and right-wing on ‘big government.’ But they’re not necessarily right-wing on allowing the Earth’s climate to be radically disrupted—and if they move, the Republican Party will have to move too.But according to two new studies conducted by the Yale Program for Climate Communication and published in the journal Science Communication, most religious Christians understand global warming in very different terms from others.The first study “found that ‘protect God’s creation’ is one of the most important motivations that Christians report for wanting to mitigate global warming.” Resonant messages included “God made humans responsible for taking care of His creation”; “We can use nature for our benefit, but it is not OK to destroy God’s garden that He entrusted to us”; and the language of “stewardship” over the Earth.And the second study found that framing the issue of global warming in moral and religious terms was crucial for Christians to care about it, because it suggested that “people like themselves” care about the issue.“People derive values, a sense of self, and social norms from the groups to which they belong,” said Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale Program and a co-author of the two studies. “Messages that resonate with group identities may be especially effective in influencing people’s attitudes.”In other words, we think the way our group thinks. If we believe that no one in our group cares about a certain issue, we’re less likely to care about it. If we believe that our core values have nothing to do with a certain issue, we’re less likely to care about it.Unfortunately, when one turns to how the issue is framed in public, these messaging frames are conspicuously absent.For example, the introduction to next week’s U.N. Climate Action Summit reads, in part:> Global emissions are reaching record levels and show no sign of peaking. The last four years were the four hottest on record, and winter temperatures in the Arctic have risen by 3°C since 1990. Sea levels are rising, coral reefs are dying, and we are starting to see the life-threatening impact of climate change on health, through air pollution, heatwaves and risks to food security.> > The impacts of climate change are being felt everywhere and are having very real consequences on people’s lives. Climate change is disrupting national economies, costing us dearly today and even more tomorrow. But there is a growing recognition that affordable, scalable solutions are available now that will enable us all to leapfrog to cleaner, more resilient economies.If you’re like me—highly educated, privileged, urban-dwelling, and liberal—that language is probably pretty effective. But according to the new Yale studies, it will probably ring hollow for the constituency that’s most central to changing the United States’ current intransigence on climate science and climate action.Indeed, the U.N. language doesn’t even include the “most important reason to reduce global warming” chosen by both Christians and non-Christians in the Yale studies, namely: “Provide a better life for our children and grandchildren.” Instead, it provides a bunch of ecological verbiage about coral reefs and food security.Nor, of course, is the problem confined to the United Nations.The Environmental Defense Fund—one of the more centrist and mainstream of American environmental organizations—likewise only mentions the environmental impacts of global warming on its page “why fighting change is so urgent”: “extreme weather events… chunks of ice in the Antarctic have broken apart… wildfire seasons are months longer… coral reefs have been bleached of their colors… mosquitoes are expanding their territory, able to spread disease.” And yet it doesn’t provide the primary reasons given by people in general (leaving a better world for our children) or Christians in particular (protecting God’s creation). Of course, these omissions make sense in some ways. First, obviously, plenty of atheists, Jews, Muslims, and people of other religious backgrounds care about climate change. Especially anyone with kids or grandkids.But it’s also unlikely that the people writing copy for climate change websites are religious Christians themselves, and are using language that “preaches to the choir,” which in this case means other secular environmentalists. But if no one speaks in terms that Christians, especially conservative Christians, care about, then climate activists are only going to be talking to themselves.Which is exactly what’s happened. Levels of understanding and concern about climate change have more or less plateaued in the last few years. On the political level, nothing is happening. Thirty-four percent of Americans still do not “believe” that global warming is being caused by humans, and only 44 percent of Americans say they “worry a great deal” about it. Another recent Yale study found that voters rank it just 17th among issues of concern.Given the extreme likelihood of an unprecedented refugee crisis brought on by rising seas and changing crop patterns, mass extinctions, and global food shortages, all of those numbers are shocking. According to the World Health Organization, 250,000 people will die each year from 2030-2050 because of increased rates of malnutrition, malaria, diarrhea, and heat stress. Climate denial, meanwhile, is now a billion-dollar industry, with energy-funded think tanks, pseudoscience, lobbying, and media campaigns. The energy industry is using the most persuasive, most effective methods to persuade people about global warming. Why isn’t the environmental movement?Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

    Sun, 15 Sep 2019 04:56:17 -0400
  • Qatar announces new residency scheme for investors

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    Qatar announced Monday it will grant residency to foreign investors for the first time, state media reported, the latest in a series of measures designed to diversify the economy. Foreigners investing an unspecified level of "non-Qatari capital" in the economy will be eligible for renewable five-year residency permits, the state-run Qatar News Agency reported. Real estate developers active in Qatar's property market will also be eligible for the scheme, under the new law.

    Mon, 16 Sep 2019 15:50:42 -0400
  • Omar Responds to Family of 9/11 Victim Who Criticized Her

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    Representative Ilhan Omar responded on Sunday to the son of a victim of the September 11 terrorist attacks, who called her out for previous comments about the attacks that critics found dismissive.During the memorial service for 9/11 victims at Ground Zero, Nicholas Haros Jr., who lost his mother, 76-year-old Francis Haros, in the attacks, wore a shirt emblazoned with the phrase, "some people did something" on the front, the phrase Omar used to refer to the attacks.After reading the names of some of the victims, Haros Jr. repeated the phrase and pointed to his shirt."Today I am here to respond to you exactly who did what to whom," he said. "Madam, objectively speaking, we know who and what was done.""CAIR was founded after 9/11 because they recognized that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties," the Minnesota Democrat said earlier this year during remarks to the Council on American–Islamic Relations, a Muslim civil rights group, a comment that sparked outrage among conservatives and some families of victims."So 9/11 was an attack on all Americans. It was an attack on all of us and I certainly could not understand the weight of the pain that the victims of the families of 9/11 must feel, but I think it is really important for us to make sure that we are not forgetting the aftermath of what happened after 9/11," Omar responded Sunday on CBS when asked about Haros Jr.'s criticism. "Many Americans found themselves now having their civil rights stripped from them, and so what I was speaking to was the fact that as a Muslim, not only was I suffering as an American who was attacked on that day, but the next day I woke up as my fellow Americans were now treating me as a suspect."Haros Jr. appeared to accept Omar's goodwill, saying the congresswoman had "showed respect for the loss of families. And that was a good thing."

    Mon, 16 Sep 2019 09:40:19 -0400
  • Hong Kong sees biggest protests since controversial bill dropped as demonstrators find their anthem

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    After three months of chaos in Hong Kong, tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets with a new “protest anthem” on Sunday, despite the formal withdrawal of a controversial extradition bill. Protesters gathered outside a department store in the afternoon for a pro-democracy rally took place, despite being banned by police. Some protesters threw bricks at police outside the Chinese People's Liberation Army base in the city's Admiralty district, and tore down and set fire to a red banner proclaiming the 70th anniversary on Oct 1 of the founding of the People's Republic of China, in a direct challenge to Beijing.  The illegal march marks the biggest protest since the withdrawal of the bill, which would have allowed the extradition of fugitives to mainland China.  However, protesters are urging the government to instate direct elections and an independent commission into police brutality. They are also calling for unconditional release of those detained, and an end to the authorities describing the protests as riots. Armed Riot police officers on patrol during an anti-government rally  Credit: JEROME FAVRE/EPA-EFE/REX “We are not even talking about being independent, as long as the government meets our demands, we will go home,” said James Wong, 25. “I guess this is not happening now because of the political circumstances. But I will continue to protest because this is our society, our generation. If we don’t speak out, we could be the next Xinjiang, we have to stay strong.” Protesters repeatedly sang Glory to Hong Kong, a song that has gained traction over the last few days and been dubbed the “unofficial national anthem”. The song, reportedly recently composed by a musician in his mid-20s and set to an orchestral backing, has been widely spread on social media.  Protesters sang in Cantonese: “Our flesh, our blood shall write this song. Free this land, stand with Hong Kong.” Police spray anti-government protesters with coloured water Credit: REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha Mostly in black t-shirts, protesters held signs saying: “I thought freedom was a basic human right” and “Guard our future”.  Riot police fired rounds of tear gas, and hundreds of protesters surrounded the Legislative Council building showed no signs of leaving, throwing bricks and petrol bombs towards the government offices. Police later deployed water cannon with blue and white dye, protesters and reporters changed clothes and washed off the dye on nearby overpass, and bystanders received first aid treatment with saline solution after rounds of tear gas. Since the protests kicked off, police have arrested more than 1300 protesters, aged between 12 and 76. “Hong Kong people have been living under white terror for three months, we are used to it,” said Anthony Chau, 22. “We won’t give up and I will continue to attend protests.”

    Sun, 15 Sep 2019 13:31:48 -0400
  • Oil jumps nearly 15% in record trading after attack on Saudi facilities

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    Oil ended nearly 15% higher on Monday, with Brent logging its biggest jump in over 30 years and a record trading volumes, after an attack on Saudi Arabian crude facilities cut the kingdom's production in half and intensified concerns of retaliation in the Middle East. Trades also ramped up, with Brent futures surpassing 2 million lots, an all-time daily volume record, Intercontinental Exchange spokeswoman Rebecca Mitchell said. "The attack on Saudi oil infrastructure came as a shock and a surprise to a market that had not been trading volatility and was more focused on the demand aspect over supply," said Tony Headrick, an energy market analyst at St. Paul, Minnesota commodity brokerage CHS Hedging LLC.

    Sun, 15 Sep 2019 18:20:51 -0400
  • Back in 2015, Iran Practiced Sinking a U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier

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    Could this become a reality?

    Mon, 16 Sep 2019 10:35:00 -0400
  • Trump defends Brett Kavanaugh amid new sexual misconduct allegations, says 'the lies being told about him are unbelievable'

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    President Trump defended Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh against a new report of sexual misconduct and accused the media of trying to “scare him into turning Liberal.”

    Sun, 15 Sep 2019 11:41:25 -0400
  • Joe Biden reportedly praised pharmaceutical companies at a private party despite publicly railing against high drug prices

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    Biden told donors in private that there were "great drug companies out there — except a couple of opioid outfits," according to Bloomberg.

    Sun, 15 Sep 2019 17:01:31 -0400
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    Sun, 15 Sep 2019 16:26:10 -0400
  • 'Call of Duty' gamer Casey Viner solicited a fatal 'swatting' call. He was sentenced to 15 months in prison

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    Casey Viner, a 19-year-old gamer who planned a hoax 911 call resulting in an innocent Kansas man's death, was sentenced to 15 months in prison Friday.

    Sun, 15 Sep 2019 20:52:54 -0400
  • Subterranean blaze: Indonesia struggles to douse underground fires

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    Thousands of Indonesian firefighters are locked in an around-the-clock game of Whack-a-Mole as they battle to extinguish an invisible enemy -- underground fires that aggravate global warming. Vast blazes are ripping across the archipelago's rainforests, unleashing a toxic haze over Southeast Asia that has triggered health fears and sent diplomatic tensions with Indonesia's neighbours soaring. "It's so much harder to fight fires on peatlands," a dirty and exhausted Hendri Kusnardi told AFP outside smog-hit Pekanbaru city in Sumatra.

    Mon, 16 Sep 2019 11:31:22 -0400
  • IS leader calls on fighters to free detained comrades

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    The leader of the Islamic State group released a new alleged audio recording Monday calling on members of the extremist group to do all they can to free IS detainees and women held in jails and camps. The purported audio by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, in which he also said that his group is carrying out attacks in different countries, was his first public statement since April, when the shadowy leader appeared in a video for the first time in five years. With a $25 million U.S. bounty on his head, al-Baghdadi is the world's most wanted man, responsible for steering his chillingly violent organization into mass slaughter of opponents and directing and inspiring terror attacks across continents and in the heart of Europe.

    Mon, 16 Sep 2019 13:23:41 -0400
  • Indian authorities step up rescue effort for 20 tourists missing after boat capsize

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    The Indian authorities have intensified their rescue efforts today with more than 20 people still missing after a boat illegally carrying Indian tourists capsized on Sunday. The bodies of 12 people have so far been recovered from the Godavari River in Andhra Pradesh after the ‘Royal Vasishta’ vessel collided with a rock formation while traveling to the popular tourist destination of Papikondalu. The local government said they had banned tourist boats from operating on the river after heavy rainfall caused water levels to rise dangerously. ‘Stern action’ would be taken against those responsible for organising the tour, according to the Home Minister for Andhra Pradesh.  Local media said while life jackets were available on the boat most passengers were not wearing them because it was unusually hot. They also reported that the crew seemed untrained to deal with the emergency. The ‘Royal Vasishta’ was carrying 61 people, including crew, when it sunk. Everyone on board was an Indian national and the majority were believed to be tourists from the neighbouring Telengana state. Two helicopters, eight boats and a team of divers have been deployed to search for those missing and feared drowned. They are yet to locate the vessel which is believed to have sunk to a depth of over 300ft.  The Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh accompanied one of the helicopters to conduct an aerial survey of the accident spot while Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted his condolences.  India has an extremely poor safety record when it comes to boat travel. Operators rarely adhere to laws which govern the number of passengers who can safely travel at one time and do not carry out checks. In May 2018, 30 people died after a similar boat capsized close to the location of Sunday’s accident.

    Mon, 16 Sep 2019 07:31:19 -0400
  • View Photos of Volkswagen Microbus with Civil Rights History

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    Sun, 15 Sep 2019 11:01:00 -0400
  • Saddam Hussein Thought He Knew How to Sink U.S. Battleships

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    Could it have worked?

    Sun, 15 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-U.S. service member killed in Afghanistan

    A U.S. service member was killed in Afghanistan on Monday, the NATO-led Resolute Support mission said, after the collapse of talks between the United States and Taliban to end the nearly 18-year old war. It said the service member was killed in action but did not provide further details. This brings the number of U.S. service members killed in combat in Afghanistan to 17 this year.

    Mon, 16 Sep 2019 13:20:09 -0400
  • 67,000 black men could go unaccounted for in Georgia in 2020

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    There are roughly 1.6 million black men currently living in Georgia, and research indicates that 67,000 of them are at risk of not being counted in the 2020 census, according to Stacey Abrams’s nonprofit Fair Count. This could cost their communities approximately $154 million a year in funding for the next 10 years. That’s why it’s the goal of the former Georgia Democratic leader, through Fair Count and the Black Men Count initiative, to ensure that hard-to-count populations, including black men, are properly accounted for.

    Sun, 15 Sep 2019 05:00:00 -0400
  • Andrew Yang gets why Donald Trump won. He won't be president but he deserves attention.

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    He may have the best explanation for how the Trump presidency happened: We 'automated away' 4 million manufacturing jobs in presidential swing states.

    Mon, 16 Sep 2019 16:24:04 -0400
  • At least 22 people injured after deck collapse at New Jersey event

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    A home’s multilevel deck collapsed Saturday evening at the Jersey Shore trapping people and injuring at least 22, officials said.

    Sun, 15 Sep 2019 13:03:03 -0400
  • Almost 50,000 GM workers on strike, auto-maker shares slide

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    Almost 50,00 US auto workers went on strike Monday in a pay dispute with General Motors, the largest industrial action to hit the car-maker in more than a decade. More than 46,000 workers from 31 plants opted to walk out after talks between the company and the United Auto Workers Union hit an impasse as they tried to negotiate a replacement agreement when the manufacturer's four-year contract with workers expired. "The strike can take a little while longer," Brian Rothenberg, a spokesman for the powerful union, told AFP.

    Mon, 16 Sep 2019 13:09:31 -0400
  • Over 2,000 fetal remains found at ex-abortion doctor's home

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    More than 2,000 medically preserved fetal remains have been found at the Illinois home of a former Indiana abortion clinic doctor who died last week, authorities said. The Will County Sheriff's Office said in a news release late Friday that an attorney for Dr. Ulrich Klopfer's family contacted the coroner's office Thursday about possible fetal remains being found at the home in an unincorporated part of Will County in northeastern Illinois. The sheriff's office said authorities found 2,246 preserved fetal remains but there's no evidence medical procedures were performed at the home.

    Sat, 14 Sep 2019 18:43:43 -0400
  • Astronomers Observe the Most Massive Neutron Star Ever

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    It's 15 miles across with a mass of more than twice the sun.

    Mon, 16 Sep 2019 10:59:00 -0400
  • More than half of teens say they're 'afraid' and 'angry' about climate change — and 1 in 4 of them are doing something about it

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    Teenagers in the US are afraid of climate change but are also increasingly participating in activist activity, according to a new poll.

    Mon, 16 Sep 2019 12:33:25 -0400
  • The Iran-Iraq War Was a Special Kind of Hell (A Million Dead?)

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    Neither country came anywhere near achieving even the most modest of its war aims. The borders were unchanged; both armies ended the war in essentially the same position they were in at the outbreak of hostilities. Together, the opponents had squandered some $350 billion on a senseless war of attrition engineered by two venal and intransigent autocrats.

    Mon, 16 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0400
  • Saudi Aramco attacks: What we know so far

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    * Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi group, which is battling a Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, claimed responsibility for the attacks on Saturday on sites run by state-owned Saudi Aramco. * U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo ruled out Yemeni involvement and accused Iran of leading the attacks. * U.S. President Donald Trump said the United States, which is embroiled in a row with Iran over its nuclear ambitions, was "locked and loaded" for a potential response.

    Mon, 16 Sep 2019 15:13:19 -0400
  • County lines epidemic blamed as number of children missing or linked to drugs gangs doubles

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    County lines drug networks have been blamed for a huge spike in the number of children identified as having links to gangs, after the figure more than doubled in three years. Social services in England carried out 8,650 assessments of young people whom they labelled as vulnerable with gangs highlighted as an issue in 2017-18.  It marked a significant jump on 2014-15, when 3,680 such cases were recorded. A similar trend was found in the number of children who went missing during the same period - from 8,850 to 16,070 - which is considered a trait of county lines networks. Drugs gangs increasingly recruit vulnerable children to ferry narcotics from cities to smaller towns, with around 2,000 operations believed to be operating across the UK. County lines feature The smuggling networks are known as "county lines". Academics and MPs described the figures, analysed by The Guardian, as “shocking”. “There will be elements of that about increased reporting and awareness but that is not going to account for such a big rise - there is something happening,” Simon Harding, an associate professor of criminology at the University of West London, told the newspaper.  “Working in county lines has a great allure for young people. It gives them a tax-free income, gives them a regular income and high income”.  The Department for Education data showed a steady rise in the number of vulnerable children who go missing or become involved with gangs over the past few years.  Factors for a child disappearing are complex but can also include the absence of social services in the area, along with the work of drugs gangs.  Josie Allan, of Missing People UK, said: “I did research recently with a small group of young people involved in county lines, and everyone who took part said that going missing was a key feature, especially in the early stages of criminal exploitation.” Another factor thought to be driving the trend of children being reported missing is a drop in the number of parents or teachers reporting them as “absent” instead.  FAQ | County lines Ann Coffey, the MP for Stockport and chair of the all-party Parliamentary committee on runaway and missing children and adults, told the newspaper: “What concerns me is that we are not really making inroads on arresting and taking those senior gang leaders out of county lines. As long as they continue to operate, the number of children exploited will continue to grow.” A Government spokesman said: “Any child that goes missing from home, school or care could be in danger of exploitation from gangs or violent criminals – that’s why we are equipping the professionals who protect vulnerable children to help them identify those who are most at risk and keep them safe. “Our national ‘tackling child exploitation’ support programme is helping specialists in education, social care, health, the police and the voluntary sector to improve how they respond to these kinds of threats in their communities, including gangs, county lines drug activity and trafficking, and our serious violence strategy includes a range of actions to combat county lines.”

    Sun, 15 Sep 2019 17:19:34 -0400
  • 'It's really terrifying': Trump administration allows US hunter to import lion he killed in Africa

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    A hobby hunter from Florida has been given permission to can import a lion trophy from Tanzania – the first time the US has allowed such an import since it ruled the species should receive special protection three years ago.Carl Atkinson shot the animal dead during an £80,000, 21-day safari in 2016.

    Sun, 15 Sep 2019 08:11:28 -0400
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