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  2 detained after shots are fired at US Embassy in Turkey   Mon, 20 Aug 2018 14:59:46 -0400

2 detained after shots are fired at US Embassy in TurkeyISTANBUL (AP) — Shots were fired from a moving car at the U.S. Embassy in Turkey before dawn Monday, an attack that came during heightened tensions between the two NATO allies. Officials said two people with criminal records were detained.



  Genoa toll hits 43 as search for answers ramps up   Sun, 19 Aug 2018 12:29:06 -0400

Genoa toll hits 43 as search for answers ramps upItaly is searching for answers on Sunday after paying its respects to the dozens killed by a collapsed bridge in Genoa, as the country's new government continues to battle the underfire motorway company that manages. "The bodies of the final three missing people were found overnight," Italy's fire service said on Twitter Sunday. The findings mean that all those reported missing after Tuesday's tragedy have now been accounted for, although rescuers are continuing to comb the wreckage.



  Government to investigate fresh claims of plundering of Second World War shipwrecks in Asia   Sun, 19 Aug 2018 02:00:00 -0400

Government to investigate fresh claims of plundering of Second World War shipwrecks in AsiaAn investigation is being launched into claims that up to 10 British Second World War wrecks in Asia have been plundered for scrap metal. Gavin Williamson, the Defence Secretary, said he was "very concerned" to hear fresh allegations that remains of four ships lying off the Malaysian and Indonesian coasts have been looted. It comes after six wrecks, including Royal Navy battleships HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Repulse, were feared to have been damaged or destroyed by scavengers. Altogether the wrecks are thought to be the final resting place for hundreds of Royal Navy sailors and civilians. Remains of the British and Dutch sailors were reportedly dumped by the metal merchants in an Indonesian cemetery.  Mr Williams said the Government "absolutely condemns" the unauthorised disturbance of any wreck containing human remains. "I am very concerned to hear any allegations of incidents of Royal Navy wrecks being plundered in the Far East," he said. "We will work closely with the Indonesian and Malaysian governments to investigate these claims." Family members pay their respects to the 915 Dutch soldiers killed in the battle of the Java Sea at the Dutch war cemetery Ereveld in Surabay Credit: AFP The wrecks of HMS Tien Kwang, HMS Kuala, HMS Banka and SS Loch Ranza had recently been targeted by thieves for their metal, the Mail on Sunday reported. HMS Tien Kwang, a submarine chaser, and HMS Kuala, an auxiliary patrol vessel, were carrying hundreds of evacuees when they were attacked by Japanese bombers near the Indonesian Riau Islands on February 1942. Earlier that month the SS Loch Ranza, a cargo ship, had been set on fire in a Japanese air raid off the Riau Islands and exploded, killing seven men. It came after HMS Banka, a minesweeper, sank after hitting a mine off the coast of Malaysia in December 1941, killing its crew of four British officers and 34 Malay sailors. Chinese-owned barges fitted with cranes have been carrying out the illegal operations, the newspaper reported. Relatives of sailors expressed horror earlier this year at reports that their bodies may have been dumped in an unmarked mass grave in Indonesia. “They have no respect for anyone”, Shirley McGowan, whose grand-father was killed in the sinking of HMS Repulse, told The Telegraph in February. “For them, it is only about the dollars. “These ships are war graves and they should be treated as such”, she added. Looters are said to favour targeting the Second World War-era wrecks because of the ship steel's properties. Built before the advent of atomic weapons, the metal has absorbed little background radiation, making the material suitable for sensitive instruments. Royal Navy battleships HMS Prince of Wales, where Churchill and Roosevelt signed the Atlantic Charter, and HMS Repulse both sank off the Malaysian coast, on December 10 1941. In 2014, the ships, the last resting places of more than 830 Royal Navy sailors, were found to have been damaged by scavengers. Two years ago, the MoD was accused of failing to protect historic wartime wrecks after it was disclosed three British warships, the HMS Exeter, HMS Encounter and HMS Electra, been broken up and removed by illegal scrap metal scavengers.



  China nabs 26 suspected tomb robbers, recovers valuable relics   Sun, 19 Aug 2018 05:01:08 -0400

China nabs 26 suspected tomb robbers, recovers valuable relicsChina has arrested 26 suspects and retrieved almost 650 cultural relics stolen from an ancient burial site in northwestern Qinghai province, the Ministry of Public Security said on Sunday. China's official Xinhua news agency said experts believe many of the items recovered are of "tremendous historical value" as they show cultural interactions between the East and the West during the early days of the Tang Dynasty, which lasted from 619-907 A.D. The suspects are said to have illegally excavated items from the Dulan tombs, which lie along the ancient Silk Road, and subsequently arranged their sale. A police official speaking on China's state-run CCTV on Sunday said the criminals, two of whom were on the police's "most wanted" list, were asking for as much as 80 million yuan ($11.6 million) for their loot.



  Woman Killed by 8-Foot Alligator While Walking Dog on Hilton Head   Mon, 20 Aug 2018 12:53:25 -0400

Woman Killed by 8-Foot Alligator While Walking Dog on Hilton HeadThe dog was not hurt



  Arizona plane crash: One dead after aircraft hits Phoenix roadway intersection   Mon, 20 Aug 2018 13:07:00 -0400

Arizona plane crash: One dead after aircraft hits Phoenix roadway intersectionThe identities of the victims were not immediately available, along with information into the cause of the fatal crash. The plane was an "amateur built" and "experimental" Acroduster aircraft, according to registration records listed by the Federal Aviation Administration. Aerial footage from local media showed at least one vehicle had endured damage from the crash, as firefighters worked to clear the roadway from the plane’s debris.



  40+ Thanksgiving Appetizers That Will Wow Your Guests   Mon, 20 Aug 2018 13:29:00 -0400

40+ Thanksgiving Appetizers That Will Wow Your Guests



  Trump Is Your Yeltsin   Sun, 19 Aug 2018 19:21:00 -0400

Trump Is Your YeltsinThis brief analogy speaks volumes about how Russian security elites view the Trump presidency.



  Boyfriend Of Missing Phoenix Teen Kiera Bergman Arrested   Mon, 20 Aug 2018 13:10:02 -0400

Boyfriend Of Missing Phoenix Teen Kiera Bergman ArrestedThe on-again, off-again boyfriend of Kiera Bergman, a missing Arizona



  Quake swarm jolts Indonesian islands, killing at least 12   Mon, 20 Aug 2018 06:40:36 -0400

Quake swarm jolts Indonesian islands, killing at least 12SEMBALUN, Indonesia (AP) — Multiple strong earthquakes killed at least a dozen people on the Indonesian islands of Lombok and Sumbawa as the region was trying to recover from a temblor earlier this month that killed hundreds of people.



  US welcomes Afghanistan's latest ceasefire offer to Taliban   Sun, 19 Aug 2018 16:04:15 -0400

US welcomes Afghanistan's latest ceasefire offer to TalibanThe announcement by President Ashraf Ghani followed a bloody week of fighting across Afghanistan which saw the Taliban launch a massive assault against the provincial capital Ghazni. It came after a brief, unprecedented ceasefire earlier in June. "The last ceasefire in Afghanistan revealed the deep desire of the Afghan people to end the conflict, and we hope another ceasefire will move the country closer to sustainable security," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement.



  Cruise ship survivor plucked out of sea 'a stupid woman' says mother of liner's boss   Mon, 20 Aug 2018 16:30:00 -0400

Cruise ship survivor plucked out of sea 'a stupid woman' says mother of liner's bossA passenger who survived ten hours in the sea is a “stupid woman” who must have jumped off the ship, the mother of the cruise line’s president has told the Telegraph. Kay Longstaff, 46, an air hostess, was accused of causing massive disruption to fellow passengers while costing Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) hundreds of thousands of pounds in compensation. Allegations surfaced on Monday suggesting Miss Longstaff had been arguing with her boyfriend in the hours before she plunged into the Adriatic Sea from the seventh deck of the liner about 75 ft above the water. Fellow passengers expressed anger towards Miss Longstaff and Norwegian Cruise Line for the chaos and disruption her actions had caused. Many also suggested there was no way she could have accidentally fallen from the ship, insisting that the security barriers were simply too too high to topple over. The 83-year-old mother of Andy Stuart, the cruise company’s president and chief executive, said her son had been dismayed by continuing reports that Miss Longstaff’s “fell” off the back of the Norwegian Star. Kay Longstaff being rescued Mr Stuart telephoned his mother at her home in England from his office in Miami, Florida, to complain about Miss Longstaff’s version of events, calling it ‘fake news’. Miss Longstaff, who moved from Cheltenham, Gloucs, to Spain in 2016, had told a Croatian television news channel after being rescued: “I fell off the back of the Norwegian Star and I was in the water for ten hours... I was sitting at the back of the deck.” Where Kay Longstaff went overboard Mr Stuart's mother contacted the Daily Telegraph to protest that her son’s company was being wrongly blamed for the incident. His mother said: “She didn’t fall off. She jumped. This has cost Norwegian Cruise Line $600,000. This stupid woman. “I spoke to Andrew at  lunchtime. He phones me almost every day. What he said was ‘this is fake news’. He said that she couldn’t have fallen. You would have to take steps to climb over the railings. He said she jumped in the water.” Norwegian Star His mother went on: “He [Andrew] doesn’t get upset. But he is annoyed that it has been implied that NCL was at fault. He said NCL went to a lot of trouble. They delayed the progress of the ship and sent for the coastguard. If you think of the cost of the ship being delayed, passengers missing their connections, passengers waiting to embark. That has all amounted to more than $600,000. When you get criticism, it is highly unfair.” Mr Stuart, 55, took up his role in 2015 and had been with NCL for 27 years. He earns a reported £1m a year in salary.   Kay Longstaff falls overboard - Timeline of events According to reports, Miss Longstaff had been caught up in a row with her partner aboard the ship. He was asleep in their cabin when Miss Longstaff fell overboard at 11.45pm on Saturday night. It is understood that CCTV footage captured the incident and has established that no third party was involved. Daniel Punch, who works on the Norwegian Star in promotions, posted on Facebook according to reports: “She didn’t fall, she jumped. It was on my ship. I spoke [to her] throughout the whole week. She was arguing with her fella the whole time.” Miss Longstaff was found by Croatian coastguard at 9.45am on Sunday and taken to hospital for treatment in the Croatian resort of Pula. She said her yoga fitness and singing helped her to survive. Andy Stuart As she was released from hospital yesterday into the care of her partner, Italian sources suggested she had argued with her partner before he went back to his cabin and left her on the deck. "The footage has been viewed and you can clearly see she was there on her own when she fell,” a source told SunOnline. “She was not pushed. The theory we are working on is that she most likely jumped.” Kay Longstaff with Craig Rayment Irena Hrstic, director of Pula’s City Hospital, said Ms Longstaff had refused to release a statement because she “can’t understand why there is so much interest for her”. David Radas, spokesman for Croatian Ministry of Maritime Affairs, said its investigation was continuing. On Sunday night, Mr Radas said that CCTV images had “left a suspicion whether it was a jump or a falling off”. Miss Longstaff has posted photographs of herself on the Costa del Sol in Spain with Craig Rayment, an electrician, who she was dating as recently as June 15. It is not clear if Mr Rayment was on the cruise with her and he declined to comment yesterday. “I’m not interested in talking,” he said. Miss Longstaff’s father Ron Longstaff, 76, a retired chief superintendent with West Midlands Police, said he had no idea how his daughter had ended up in the sea. “She was certainly lucky. I am trying to work out what happened,” said Mr Longstaff. Miss Longstaff after her rescue Bethany Joyce, 21, from Long Island, who was on board with her parents, said her mother planned to claim compensation as they had been forced to spend an extra two nights in Venice before the next available flight home. She told the Telegraph: “The cruise line was very unhelpful with helping us rebook travel plans. The only thing they gave us was 15 minutes of free WiFi to try and rebook travel arrangements. “Disembarkation was also a mess. We had to sit around for hours just waiting for vague instructions.” Passengers said they arrived in Venice at around 2.30pm on Sunday but did not disembark until 5.30pm. Miss Longstaff Scott Bailey, a businessman from Derby, wrote on Twitter: “Just upsets me that she is there smiling away and loving the publicity saying she ‘fell’. “The only way you could get off the ship is by climbing over the protective barriers and then jumping. Someone we spoke to said they had seen her crying earlier on.” Another passenger, who called himself Eddiepal, also complained that he had missed his flights home to Boston meaning his holiday had a “rotten ending”. Responding to suggestions that Miss Longstaff had somehow slipped into the water, he said “Next to impossible...take it from someone on board....” He accused the cruise line of mistreating passengers and leaving them stranded in Venice for several hours. NCL did not respond to requests for comment on passengers' complaints. Mr Stuart declined to comment on the contents of the call with his mother or the incident while an investigation remained ongoing. A former passenger wrote online: “I was on the Star recently and spent quite a long time on that Deck 7 Aft area.. and if this lady departed the ship there it was definitely not an accidental fall. There are no chairs and the side rails are much more than waist high.” Miss Longstaff is thought to have worked for British Airways for some years before working as a flight attendant with a private jet company. She quit the UK to live in Spain in June 2016 posting a photograph on social media, captioned: “My new life.”



  Turkey lifts travel ban on German journalist   Mon, 20 Aug 2018 02:55:18 -0400

Turkey lifts travel ban on German journalistTurkey has reversed its decision to ban a German journalist from leaving the country while she awaits trial on charges of being a member of a terrorist organization, the journalist said on her Twitter account on Monday. Mesale Tolu confirmed on her Twitter account German media reports that the travel ban Turkish authorities imposed since she was released from prison in December after eight months in detention had been suspended. "As a result of my lawyer's application, my ban on traveling abroad has been lifted," Tolu wrote on her Twitter account in Turkish.



  Church urges followers to drop the Mormon name   Mon, 20 Aug 2018 13:24:50 -0400

Church urges followers to drop the Mormon nameThe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is urging its followers to drop the use of the word "Mormon" to refer to the church or its members, according to new directives issued by its leader. Church president Russell Nelson, who has been visiting congregations in North America to explain the move, said Saturday in Montreal: "we're not changing names. "The Book of Mormon" is the religion's sacred text, and the name Mormon has been used to identify the church since it was established in 1830, although initially by outsiders as a derogatory term.



  58 people shot in Chicago over weekend as police hit out at 'cowardly' violence   Mon, 20 Aug 2018 20:46:51 -0400

58 people shot in Chicago over weekend as police hit out at 'cowardly' violenceChicago police have hit out at "cowardly" and "senseless" gun crime after at least 58 people were shot in another violent weekend across the city. Six people were killed from the shootings that took place from Friday to Sunday night, Chicago Police Department (CPD) Superintendent Eddie Johnson said at a press conference. Tom Ahern, the assistant director of news affairs and communications at CPD reported that a three-year-old boy was among those wounded as a result of the shootings from the weekend.



  Elon Musk Responds to Arianna Huffington’s Criticism of Tesla Work Culture   Sun, 19 Aug 2018 13:24:00 -0400

Elon Musk Responds to Arianna Huffington’s Criticism of Tesla Work CultureThe dude needs a nap.



  Angel mom slams media coverage of illegal immigrants   Mon, 20 Aug 2018 07:51:22 -0400

Angel mom slams media coverage of illegal immigrantsMary Ann Mendoza, whose son was murdered by an illegal immigrant, says victims' stories are being silenced by the press to support their anti-ICE agenda.



  China and Russia are Building Lots of Ship-Killer Missiles. The Navy Has Plans to Counter Them.   Mon, 20 Aug 2018 07:31:00 -0400

China and Russia are Building Lots of Ship-Killer Missiles. The Navy Has Plans to Counter Them.The Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile Block II, or ESSM, is a new version of an existing Sea Sparrow weapons system currently protecting aircraft carriers, destroyers, cruisers, amphibious assault ships and other vessels against anti-ship missiles and other surface and airborne short-range threats to ships.



  Watergate wisdom? Cohen lawyer turns to Nixon turncoat   Mon, 20 Aug 2018 18:13:43 -0400

Watergate wisdom? Cohen lawyer turns to Nixon turncoatNEW YORK (AP) — If anyone knows what Michael Cohen is up against, his lawyer figures it's John Dean, the former White House counsel who turned on President Richard Nixon and helped run him out of office.



  Man killed on Long Island is New York's first lightning death since 2016   Sun, 19 Aug 2018 08:23:43 -0400

Man killed on Long Island is New York's first lightning death since 2016A man was struck and killed by lightning in Kings Park on Long Island, New York, on Saturday evening.



  Cossacks and flowers as Putin dances at Austrian minister's wedding   Sun, 19 Aug 2018 02:58:27 -0400

Cossacks and flowers as Putin dances at Austrian minister's weddingRussian President Vladimir Putin danced arm-in-arm with Austria's Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl at her wedding on Saturday, after receiving an invitation that opposition critics said undermined the West's stance against Moscow. Photographs showed Kneissl, 53, smiling in a long white and cream "dirndl" dress and talking to Putin as they danced in a vineyard in southern Styria province, the venue of her wedding to entrepreneur Wolfgang Meilinger. Putin - who made a toast in German at the wedding, according to the Kremlin - was pictured listening to her intently.



  2019 Best Colleges Rankings Coming Sept. 10   Mon, 20 Aug 2018 09:00:00 -0400

2019 Best Colleges Rankings Coming Sept. 10In three weeks, on Monday, Sept. 10, prospective students and parents can explore the 2019 U.S. News Best Colleges rankings on usnews.com. In addition to the rankings, U.S. News will provide extensive statistical profiles for each school, a comprehensive college search and detailed explanations of the ranking methodologies. Users can sign up for the U.S. News College Compass to receive access to the My Fit custom ranking, additional data and other exclusive interactive tools.



  Afghanistan waits for Taliban response to truce offer   Mon, 20 Aug 2018 01:09:47 -0400

Afghanistan waits for Taliban response to truce offerAfghanistan was waiting Monday for a Taliban response to President Ashraf Ghani's suggestion of a three-month ceasefire, an offer welcomed by the United States and NATO after 17 years of war. Ghani unveiled the government’s latest gambit during an Independence Day address late Sunday, saying security forces would observe the truce beginning this week -- but only if the Taliban reciprocated. The move followed an extraordinarily violent week in Afghanistan that saw that Taliban storm the provincial capital of Ghazni -- just a two hour drive from Kabul -- and press the fight against security forces across the country, resulting in hundreds of deaths.



  Texas doctor who raped sedated patient will not serve jail time   Mon, 20 Aug 2018 14:36:00 -0400

Texas doctor who raped sedated patient will not serve jail timeShafeeq Sheikh was instead sentenced to 10 years’ probation and ordered to register as a sex offender. Five female and seven male jurors had recommended the sentencing after deliberating for 14 hours at the Harris County Family Law Center in Houston, Texas. State law required Judge Terry Flenniken is required by the state's law to follow the recommendation, the Houston Chronicle reported.



  Dramatic Rescue of Woman, Son and Chihuahua Caught on Camera at California Marina   Mon, 20 Aug 2018 14:22:20 -0400

Dramatic Rescue of Woman, Son and Chihuahua Caught on Camera at California MarinaCellphone footage showed the moment good Samaritans jumped in to save them.



  15 of the Coolest Obscure Cars You Can Buy   Mon, 20 Aug 2018 11:00:00 -0400

15 of the Coolest Obscure Cars You Can Buy



  Judge weighs suit challenging arrests of married immigrants   Mon, 20 Aug 2018 17:39:53 -0400

Judge weighs suit challenging arrests of married immigrantsBOSTON (AP) — A federal judge in Boston heard arguments on Monday in a case centered on whether immigrants married to U.S. citizens but facing deportation should be allowed to remain in the country while they seek to become legal residents.



  FBI ‘missed chance to question’ London-based professor over Trump campaign links to Russia   Sun, 19 Aug 2018 07:42:11 -0400

FBI ‘missed chance to question’ London-based professor over Trump campaign links to RussiaRobert Mueller, the special counsel investigating links between Donald Trump's campaign and Russia, has detailed how the FBI missed a chance to question a London-based professor caught up in the inquiry. Prosecutors working for Mr Mueller filed court documents recommending a jail sentence for George Papadopoulos, a former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser. Mr Papadopoulos has admitted lying to the FBI about his contacts with Professor Joseph Mifsud. The professor is alleged to have told Mr Papdopoulos that the Russians possessed "dirt" on Hillary Clinton in the form of emails, before those emails became public. Prof Mifsud, who is Maltese, has denied doing so. The Mueller court documents said Mr Papadopoulos caused irreparable damage to the Russia investigation because he lied repeatedly to agents during a January 2017 interview. Those lies, prosecutors said, resulted in the FBI missing an opportunity to properly question Prof Mifsud. Joseph Mifsud denies telling a former Trump aide he had "dirt" on Hillary Clinton It was suggested in the documents that the FBI had contact with Prof Mifsud while he was in the US during the early part of the investigation. FBI agents"located" him in Washington about two weeks after Mr Papadopoulos' January 2017 interview. But Mr Papadopoulos' lies "substantially hindered investigators' ability to effectively question" the professor. The court filing said: "The defendant's lies undermined investigators' ability to challenge the professor or potentially detain or arrest him while he was still in the United States." It noted that the professor left the US in February 2017 and has not returned since. Russia investigation timeline: Every step in Robert Mueller's probe of Trump campaign alleged collusion The documents said: "Had the defendant told the FBI the truth when he was interviewed in January 2017, the FBI could have quickly taken numerous investigative steps to help determine, for example, how and where the professor obtained the information, why the professor provided the information to the defendant, and what the defendant did with the information after receiving it." Prof Mifsud was previously honorary director of the London Academy of Diplomacy, which is affiliated to the University of Stirling in Scotland. It was not clear if he still holds that role. In October he told The Telegraph he had known nothing about emails containing "dirt" on Mrs Clinton, and that he had a "clear conscience". The professor said he was “upset" by the claims because they were "incredible".



  No One Lost the South China Sea (And No One Will)   Mon, 20 Aug 2018 16:23:00 -0400

No One Lost the South China Sea (And No One Will)America's excessive involvement in the South China Sea has forced China to deploy more defensive equipment in the area. What happens now?



  Irish abuse survivors await Pope's arrival with scepticism   Mon, 20 Aug 2018 10:35:16 -0400

Irish abuse survivors await Pope's arrival with scepticismOver the next 15 years floods of similar stories followed as harrowing state investigations unearthed endemic sexual abuse and cover-up that rocked the church's standing in the once staunchly Roman Catholic country. When Pope Francis makes the first papal visit to Ireland in nearly 40 years this weekend, Madden, a Dubliner, will be a long way away. To see that institution being cheered on when there are so many unanswered questions, I would find it sickening," said Madden, who will be in Rome when the Pope addresses an expected 500,000 people in Dublin on Sunday.



  Ecuador passport rule halts Venezuelan migrants   Sun, 19 Aug 2018 16:49:30 -0400

Ecuador passport rule halts Venezuelan migrantsHundreds of desperate people who traveled days from Venezuela were prevented from passing the checkpoint near the southwestern town of Ipiales by a regulation set by Ecuador’s President Lenin Moreno that kicked in this weekend. Tamara Lindstrom reports.



  ConocoPhillips says PDVSA agreed to pay $2 bn to settle dispute   Mon, 20 Aug 2018 21:20:22 -0400

ConocoPhillips says PDVSA agreed to pay $2 bn to settle disputeVenezuela has agreed to pay a $2 billion settlement to US oil giant ConocoPhillips, to stop the seizure of the South American nation's assets, the American firm announced Monday. PDVSA, the state oil company once the crown jewel of Venezuela's now imploding economy, will make initial payments of $500 million over the next 90 days, ConocoPhillips said in a statement. In return, ConocoPhillips said it agreed to halt the seizure of PDVSA's oil and assets in the Caribbean -- which it took over after Caracas failed to honor an April 25 ruling by an international arbitrator.



  Trump officials sued over killer whales’ plummeting population crisis   Sun, 19 Aug 2018 10:53:20 -0400

Trump officials sued over killer whales’ plummeting population crisisEnvironmental campaigners are suing the Trump administration for allegedly failing to protect the ocean habitat of a species of critically endangered killer whale. The Centre for Biological Diversity has filed a lawsuit against the National Marine Fisheries Service, arguing it has left the last remaining southern resident killer whales at risk. The population of the imperilled orca species off the US west coast is at its lowest in more than 30 years, numbering just 75.



  Police: 1 dead after woman opens fire at Texas warehouse   Mon, 20 Aug 2018 14:57:48 -0400

Police: 1 dead after woman opens fire at Texas warehouseMISSOURI CITY, Texas (AP) — A female employee opened fire at a Houston-area food distribution center early Monday, killing a company manager and wounding another worker, police said.



  Why you should block big corporations on Twitter   Mon, 20 Aug 2018 17:46:15 -0400

Why you should block big corporations on TwitterThis is You Won't Regret It , a new weekly column featuring recommendations, tips, and unsolicited advice from the Mashable culture team. Nothing feels better than blocking an obnoxious branded Twitter account — whether you're doing it to spite Alex Jones, to protect yourself from insidious marketing, or some combination of the two. Look at what's happening on Twitter, for example. As we reported earlier this month, #GrabYourWallet co-founder Shannon Coulter recently put pressure on the platform to remove Jones by creating a list of Fortune 500 companies on Twitter that people can block in protest. SEE ALSO: Twitter punishes Alex Jones—but he's still not banned Using Block Together, any Twitter user can block a number of accounts all at once. Coulter created a customized block list of companies and made it available for download on site. The idea, Coulter wrote in a Medium post, is "to remove access to that time and attention until Jones is shown the door." Should Twitter ban Jones from the platform, Coulter says she'll "immediately unblock all the companies on this list, which means that you will too — instantly & automatically." More than 71,000 people have reportedly downloaded her list already. But even after this campaign is long over, I recommend making your own list and banning corporations from your timeline, one account at a time. My feed has been virtually ad free since joining #BlockParty500 💜 https://t.co/1YrzcGX23v — kswolfley (@kswolfley) August 19, 2018 Brands rule my Twitter life. I followed each and every turn of the Wendy's vs. IHOP drama. I've been known to retweet the MoonPie account. My politics are far too close to that of a dictionary's, and that's upsetting. So I'm making a change. By blocking some of these mega-corporations, we make it just a little bit harder for them to penetrate each and every part of our private lives. I don't want the Oscar Meyer Wienermobile account to be able to look at my Twitter feed and see how I feel about family separation policy. I don't want Chick-fil-A — with its disturbing record on a lack of support for LGBTQ rights — looking at me at all. And while I'm sure the massive social media companies I've given my information to have already mined my data for all it's worth and sold it to the most ravenous companies in the world, it feels good to give a little "F U" to giant companies who want nothing more than to sell me something via Twitter marketing. Small victories are sometimes the only thing we have. My goal for 2018 is to follow the humans who deserve it the most: journalists with good scoops and hot people. I don't want brands even looking at me, unless it's to offer discount essential oil diffusers. It's impossible, I know, to go #NoLogo on all brands, but anything we can do to separate ourselves from mendacious corporations is a step in the right direction. Block some corporations today. Your Twitter feed deserves it. WATCH: The history of video game sex scenes is incredibly unsexy  



  Joy, disbelief as Korean families separated by war meet after 65 years   Mon, 20 Aug 2018 06:23:08 -0400

Joy, disbelief as Korean families separated by war meet after 65 yearsThe brief reunions are set to total just 11 hours over the next three days in the North's tourist resort of Mount Kumgang after the neighbors renewed exchanges this year following a standoff over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in agreed to the reunion events at a summit in April. About 330 South Koreans from 89 families, many in wheelchairs, embraced 185 separated relatives from the North with tears, joy and disbelief.



  Trump: Mueller’s Russia probe makes ‘Joseph McCarthy look like a baby!’   Sun, 19 Aug 2018 10:32:55 -0400

Trump: Mueller’s Russia probe makes ‘Joseph McCarthy look like a baby!’President Trump claimed that Robert Mueller’s investigation into Moscow’s interference with the 2016 U.S. elections is more extreme than Sen. Joseph McCarthy's hunt for Communists in the U.S. government in the 1950s.



  Optimism over easing of US-China trade dispute infects markets   Mon, 20 Aug 2018 11:50:55 -0400

Optimism over easing of US-China trade dispute infects marketsOptimism over signs that China and the United States will start working to resolve their trade dispute helped stock markets across the world move higher on Monday. "Equity markets are buoyant ahead of the US-China trade talks which commence on Wednesday," said market analyst David Madden at CMC Markets UK. The talks slated for Wednesday and Thursday are the first since the US and China began slapping tariffs on tens of billions of dollars worth of goods, and according to the Wall Street Journal they are aimed at easing the dispute so US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping can hold a summit in November.



  Indonesian School Apologizes After Dressing Young Girls as Jihadists for a Parade   Mon, 20 Aug 2018 04:19:09 -0400

Indonesian School Apologizes After Dressing Young Girls as Jihadists for a ParadeThe principal said they were trying to recycle old costumes, not foment radicalism



  Playful 'arrest' was the best birthday gift for this 93-year-old 'Cops' fan   Sun, 19 Aug 2018 18:15:59 -0400

Playful 'arrest' was the best birthday gift for this 93-year-old 'Cops' fanMost people probably don't want to celebrate their birthday in the back seat of a police cruiser, but a playful "arrest" turned out to be the best gift for "Cops" superfan Simone P. Dumont.



  Muslim pilgrims in Muzdalifa prepare for final stages of haj   Mon, 20 Aug 2018 17:09:12 -0400

Muslim pilgrims in Muzdalifa prepare for final stages of hajClad in white robes signifying a state of purity, the pilgrims spent the previous night in an encampment around the hill where Islam holds that God tested Abraham's faith by commanding him to sacrifice his son Ismail and Prophet Mohammad gave his final sermon. Pakistani pilgrim Mohamed Forqan, 30, said it was a great day to be a Muslim. Hilal Issa, 70, from Algeria, said he was praying for God to pardon all Muslims and save the Arab world from its afflictions.



  Rush to bring aid to 2 million homeless as fears grow over spread of disease after floods in Kerala   Sun, 19 Aug 2018 10:34:50 -0400

Rush to bring aid to 2 million homeless as fears grow over spread of disease after floods in KeralaA deluge in India's flood-stricken southwestern state of Kerala finally let up on Sunday, giving some respite for thousands of marooned families, while authorities feared an outbreak of disease among over 200,000 people crammed into relief camps. Incessant rains since August 8 have caused the state's worst floods in a century, and at least 186 people have perished, many of them killed by landslides. The beaches and backwaters of Kerala are top destinations for domestic and international tourists, but far fewer visit during the monsoon season. The India Meteorological Department forecast heavy rainfall only at one or two places of Kerala on Sunday and withdrew a red alert in several districts. Flood waters too began to recede from several places. Using boats and helicopters, India's military has led rescue efforts to reach people in communities cut off for days by the floods, with many trapped on roof tops and the upper floors of their homes, and in desperate need of food and potable water. Rescue teams were focused on the town of Chengannur on the banks of the Pamba River, where some 5,000 people are feared to be trapped, officials said. Volunteers reach out to stranded people with food supplies in a flooded area in Chengannur in the southern state of Kerala Credit: Aijaz Rahi/ AP More than 200,000 families have taken refuge at relief camps set up across the state, an official at the Kerala State Disaster Management office said. Kerala's chief minister had earlier said over 200,000 people had taken shelter in camps since the monsoon rains began three months ago. Anil Vasudevan, who handles disaster management at the Kerala health department, said authorities had isolated three people with chickenpox in one of the relief camps in Aluva town, nearly 250 km (155 miles) from state capital Thiruvananthapuram. He said the department was preparing to deal with a possible outbreak of water-borne and air-borne diseases in the camps, where an estimated two million people have taken shelter since the monsoon rains began three months ago. Kerala, which usually receives high rainfall, has seen over 250 percent more rain than normal between August 8 and August 15, causing the state authorities to release water from 35 dangerously full dams, sending a surge into its main river. As the rain abated on Sunday morning, one resident in Cheranelloor, a suburb of Kochi situated on the banks of the Periyar river, visited his home to see when he and his family could return. "The entire house is covered with mud. It will take days to clean to make it liveable. All our household articles, including the TV and fridge have been destroyed," 60-year-old T P Johnny told Reuters. Kochi's airport is closed due to waterlogging, and Jet Airways has arranged additional flights from Thiruvananthapuram for passengers holding confirmed tickets from Kochi.



  Wildfire moves closer to Glacier National Park's scenic road   Sun, 19 Aug 2018 21:38:00 -0400

Wildfire moves closer to Glacier National Park's scenic roadMISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A wildfire in Montana's Glacier National Park is forcing more evacuations and has burned within a half-mile of the scenic Going-to-the-Sun Road.



  Target Corporation Earnings: What to Expect From TGT Stock   Mon, 20 Aug 2018 14:10:05 -0400

Target Corporation Earnings: What to Expect From TGT StockTarget Corporation (NYSE: TGT) investors are hoping the company can maintain its 2018 momentum on Aug. 22 when it reports second-quarter earnings. Analysts say Target's investments in improving its customer experience and beefing up its online business are paying off, but Target may have difficulty clearing Wall Street's bar in the second quarter. Analysts are expecting Target to report second-quarter earnings per share of $1.40, up from $1.23 in the same quarter a year ago.



  U.S. forces to stay in Iraq as long as needed - spokesman   Sun, 19 Aug 2018 05:43:54 -0400

U.S. forces to stay in Iraq as long as needed - spokesman"We'll keep troops there as long as we think they're needed ... The main reason, after ISIS (Islamic State) is defeated militarily, is the stabilization efforts and we still need to be there for that, so that's one of the reasons we'll maintain a presence," Colonel Sean Ryan told a news conference in Abu Dhabi. The number of American soldiers could go down however, depending on when other forces from the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation deploy to help train the Iraqi army, he said, adding that about 5,200 U.S. troops are currently based in Iraq. NATO defence ministers agreed in February to a bigger "train-and-advise" mission in Iraq after a U.S. call for the alliance to help stabilise the country after three years of war against Islamic State.



  Trump-Russia: Giuliani says 'truth isn't truth' in Mueller investigation as president hits out at probe   Sun, 19 Aug 2018 14:01:00 -0400

Trump-Russia: Giuliani says 'truth isn't truth' in Mueller investigation as president hits out at probeDonald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani has claimed that “truth isn’t truth” as he tried to explain his concerns about the president testifying for Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Mr Giuliani suggested that Mr Trump should not testify as part of Mr Mueller’s investigation into Russian election meddling and any possible collusion with Trump campaign officials over fears that the president could be trapped into a lie that would lead to a perjury charge.



  'Most horrible place on earth': German FM visits Auschwitz   Mon, 20 Aug 2018 09:40:37 -0400

'Most horrible place on earth': German FM visits AuschwitzGerman Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on Monday visited the former Nazi-German death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, which he called "the most horrible place on earth". Maas has often said that the site which Nazi Germany installed in occupied Poland during World War II inspired him to go into politics. "I saw thousands of children's shoes that were taken off them on their way to the gas chamber, tons of human hair that was taken from people before they were sent to the gas chamber," Maas said after visiting the site in the southern Polish city of Oswiecim.



  The 54 Most Delish Healthy Meat Recipes   Mon, 20 Aug 2018 17:12:00 -0400

The 54 Most Delish Healthy Meat Recipes



  The Latest: Suspect, a 2-year employee, fired on co-workers   Mon, 20 Aug 2018 14:09:42 -0400

The Latest: Suspect, a 2-year employee, fired on co-workersMISSOURI CITY, Texas (AP) — The Latest on deadly workplace shooting near Houston (all times local):



  Iran tells EU to speed up efforts to save nuclear deal   Mon, 20 Aug 2018 11:36:29 -0400

Iran tells EU to speed up efforts to save nuclear dealEU members Britain, France and Germany plus China and Russia - to avoid the agreement's collapse are struggling as Washington has said any firms dealing with Teheran will be barred from doing business in the United States. "Iran relies mainly on its own capabilities to overcome America's new sanctions," he told a news conference broadcast on state TV. European states have been scrambling to ensure Iran gets enough economic benefits to persuade it to stay in the deal, which Trump said was "deeply flawed".