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Iran tanker shifts position but still at anchor off Gibraltar

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 23:45

Iran tanker shifts position but still at anchor off GibraltarAn Iranian tanker caught in the standoff between Tehran and the West shifted position on Friday but its anchor was still down off Gibraltar and it was unclear if it was ready to set sail, a Reuters reporter said. Gibraltar authorities could not be reached for comment. The Grace 1 was seized by British Royal Marines at the western mouth of the Mediterranean on July 4 on suspicion of violating European Union sanctions by taking oil to Syria, a close ally of Iran.


Cathay CEO resigns amid Hong Kong protest blowback as more rallies planned

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 22:40

Cathay CEO resigns amid Hong Kong protest blowback as more rallies plannedThe boss of Hong Kong carrier Cathay Pacific Airways quit on Friday, the highest-profile corporate casualty of unrest roiling the former British colony, after Beijing targeted the airline over staff involvement in mass protests. Demonstrators say they are fighting the erosion of the "one country, two systems" arrangement that has enshrined some autonomy for Hong Kong since China took it back from Britain in 1997. Several thousand protesters gathered peacefully at a downtown park on Friday for the "Stand with Hong Kong, Power to the People" rally, which had received police permission.


After Jeffrey Epstein's suicide, Ghislaine Maxwell may have taken his place as the 'kingpin' prosecutors are looking to take down. But experts say don't expect criminal charges anytime soon.

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 22:27

After Jeffrey Epstein's suicide, Ghislaine Maxwell may have taken his place as the 'kingpin' prosecutors are looking to take down. But experts say don't expect criminal charges anytime soon."This is not a television show where you see a crime in the first minute and an arrest in the 10th," one former federal prosecutor said.


Lawsuit challenges California's assault weapons ban

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 21:38

Lawsuit challenges California's assault weapons banA gun-rights group sued Thursday to block California from enforcing its assault weapons ban, contending it violates the Second Amendment right to bear arms. The lawsuit was the latest among gun advocacy and lobbying groups to challenge California's firearms laws, which are among the strictest in the country, and comes after a recent series of deadly mass shootings nationwide involving military-style rifles. The lawsuit was filed in the same San Diego federal court district where a judge in April tossed out a nearly two-decade-old California ban on sales and purchases of ammunition magazines holding more than 10 bullets.


Tennessee executes Stephen Michael West by electric chair

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 21:30

Tennessee executes Stephen Michael West by electric chairStephen Michael West was sentenced to death for the 1986 stabbing deaths of Wanda Romines, 51, and her 15-year-old daughter, Sheila Romines.


Gun advocates criticize task force for leaving them out

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 20:35

Gun advocates criticize task force for leaving them outGun rights advocates in Maryland expressed frustration at being left off of a county task force that is studying ways to reduce gun violence during a meeting Thursday night, as supporters of stronger gun-control measures thanked members for their work. The Anne Arundel County Gun Violence Prevention Task Force was created in the wake of the 2018 killing of five employees at a local newspaper. The panel set aside time at the end of its meeting Thursday night for up to eight people to address the task force.


Google employees call for pledge not to work with ICE

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 20:22

Google employees call for pledge not to work with ICEHundreds of Google employees are calling on the company to pledge it won't work with U.S. Customs and Border Protection or Immigration and Customs Enforcement. A group of employees called Googlers for Human Rights posted a public petition urging the company not to bid on a cloud computing contract for CBP, the federal agency that oversees law enforcement for the country's borders. It is not clear if Google expressed interest.


El Paso mayor says Trump used derisive term in meeting

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 20:09

El Paso mayor says Trump used derisive term in meetingThe mayor of El Paso said President Trump called him a derisive term for Republicans deemed insufficiently conservative during a visit to the grieving city last week. Mayor Dee Margo told PBS's "Frontline" in an interview published Wednesday that Trump called him a "RINO" in a private conversation after the president paid his respects to the victims of the shooting that killed 22 people and wounded dozens more earlier this month. Margo said Trump made the comment after he corrected the president's "misinformation" about the border city's violent crime rate -- an issue the pair has sparred over before.


Rhode Island Prison Officer Resigns After ICE Protesters Allege He Drove a Truck Into Them

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 19:55

Rhode Island Prison Officer Resigns After ICE Protesters Allege He Drove a Truck Into Them'It was a shocking escalation of violence,' says a witness


Syrian troops advance in northwest amid intense bombardment

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 18:09

Syrian troops advance in northwest amid intense bombardmentSyrian forces gained more ground from insurgents in the country's northwest on Thursday, edging closer to a major rebel-held town a day after militants shot down a government warplane in the area. The government offensive, which intensified last week, has displaced nearly 100,000 people over the past four days, according to the Syrian Response Coordination Group, a relief group active in northwestern Syria. Syrian troops have been on the offensive in Idlib and its surroundings, the last major rebel stronghold in Syria, since April 30.


Trump administration reverses decision to use 'cyanide bombs' to kill wild animals

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 17:53

Trump administration reverses decision to use 'cyanide bombs' to kill wild animalsThe poison-filled traps are used by the federal government to kill coyotes, foxes and other animals for farmers and ranchersA grizzly bear and her cub walk near Pelican Creek in Yellowstone national park, Wyoming. Last year, Wildlife Services killed more than 1.5 million native wild animals across the country, including bears. Photograph: Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty ImagesAfter sustained public outcry, the Trump administration has voided its decision to reauthorize controversial cyanide traps for killing wildlife.The traps, which are known as M-44s and dubbed “cyanide bombs” by critics, are spring-loaded devices that emit a spray of sodium cyanide to kill their targets. The traps are most frequently used by Wildlife Services, a little-known federal agency inside the United States Department of Agriculture, to kill coyotes, foxes and other animals at the behest of private agriculture operators.Last year, Wildlife Services killed more than 1.5 million native wild animals across the country, including bears, wolves, birds and more. Roughly 6,500 of these deaths were caused by M-44 traps.“I am announcing a withdrawal of EPA’s interim registration review decision on sodium cyanide, the compound used in M-44 devices to control wild predators,” Andrew Wheeler, the Environmental Protection Agency administrator, announced in a public statement. “This issue warrants further analysis and additional discussions by EPA with the registrants of this predacide.”In an announcement last week, the EPA said that it had authorized government officials to continue using M-44s on an interim basis. The decision sparked fury among wildlife advocates and others, who decried the decision as a reckless threat to humans and the environment. M-44s, which are deployed on public and private land across the US, have led in the past to the inadvertent deaths of endangered species and domestic pets. They have even harmed humans, including a teenage boy who was poisoned by an M-44 in Pocatello, Idaho, in 2017.Brooks Fahy, the executive director of Predator Defense, a wildlife group that is a leading opponent of M-44 traps, said the EPA’s announcement was a welcome reversal.“Obviously somebody at EPA is paying attention to the public’s concerns about cyanide bombs,” Fahy said in a statement. “It would appear they’re responding to public outrage over the interim decision from last week. Our phone has been ringing off the hook from concerned citizens regarding their greenlight to continue using these horrific devices. We’ll have to see how this plays out.”


How Israel's Travel Ban on Reps. Omar and Tlaib Is Uniting Democrats — Including Their Critics

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 17:45

How Israel's Travel Ban on Reps. Omar and Tlaib Is Uniting Democrats — Including Their CriticsLawmakers who had criticized Omar months earlier leapt to her and Tlaib’s defense


Israel bars visit by two US congresswomen after Trump call

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 17:40

Israel bars visit by two US congresswomen after Trump callIsrael said Thursday it will bar a planned visit by two US Muslim congresswomen who have supported a boycott of the country over its treatment of the Palestinians, a decision strongly encouraged by President Donald Trump. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the highly unusual move against Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib necessary, charging that their "sole purpose is to harm Israel and increase incitement against it". US politicians called on Israel to reconsider, while senior Palestinian official Hanan Ashrawi labelled it "an outrageous act of hostility against the American people and their representatives".


As China faces fate on Hong Kong, America and other democracies face a choice

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 17:29

As China faces fate on Hong Kong, America and other democracies face a choiceDonald Trump tweets as Xi Jinping lines up his military tanks and Hong Kong protesters wave American flags and sing the U.S. national anthem: Our view


2 victims in Dayton hit by police bullets; shooter had drugs in system

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 17:25

2 victims in Dayton hit by police bullets; shooter had drugs in systemThe Dayton shooter had cocaine, alcohol, and Xanax in his system, according to Coroner Dr. Kent Harshbarger.


Photos show the world's first solar road that's turned out to be a colossal failure because it's falling apart and doesn't generate enough energy

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 17:14

Photos show the world's first solar road that's turned out to be a colossal failure because it's falling apart and doesn't generate enough energyIn 2016, France was leading the world with its solar road. Now, it's being called a failure. Here's what the controversial road looks like.


5 people shot in Philadelphia's Logan section, police say

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 17:08

5 people shot in Philadelphia's Logan section, police sayPhiladelphia police are investigating a shooting that left at least five people shot in the city's Logan section on Thursday afternoon.


What can a tiny bone tell us about Jeffrey Epstein's death?

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 17:07

What can a tiny bone tell us about Jeffrey Epstein's death?The investigation into disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein's death could hinge on a minute bone in his neck that in the past has shed light on whether a cause of death is a suicide or a murder.


So...Why Is It Raining Plastic in the Rocky Mountains?

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 16:45

So...Why Is It Raining Plastic in the Rocky Mountains?Microplastics are just part of nature now.


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