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June 06, 2015
Saudi crown prince accuses rival Iran of tanker attacks

Saudi crown prince accuses rival Iran of tanker attacks

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said in remarks published Sunday that the kingdom will not hesitate to confront Iranian threats to its security. Tensions in the Persian Gulf have escalated since the U.S. sent an aircraft carrier strike group and other military assets to the...

AOC: ‘Hyde Amendment Is about Income Inequality’ Not Abortion

AOC: ‘Hyde Amendment Is about Income Inequality’ Not Abortion

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) on Sunday praised former vice president Joe Biden for his recently announced opposition to the Hyde amendment and said that her own opposition to the prohibition on the direct federal funding of abortion is rooted in her concern about income...

China earthquake quake kills 11, injures 122

China earthquake quake kills 11, injures 122

The toll from a strong 6.0-magnitude earthquake in southwest China rose to 11 dead and 122 injured on Tuesday, as rescuers pulled survivors from wrecked buildings. A hotel close to the epicentre collapsed, but it was not immediately clear if there were any casualties from that incident, the...

Hong Kong Freedom Campaigner Joshua Wong Released From Prison as Protesters Vow to Fight On

Hong Kong Freedom Campaigner Joshua Wong Released From Prison as Protesters Vow to Fight On

His release from jail at a critical juncture will give a boost to youthful protesters

UPDATE 2-Boeing says will take time to win back confidence

UPDATE 2-Boeing says will take time to win back confidence

The head of Boeing said on Sunday the U.S. planemaker had made a mistake in implementing a faulty cockpit warning system on the 737 MAX and predicted it would take time to rebuild the confidence of customers in the wake of two fatal crashes. Chairman and Chief Executive Dennis Muilenburg said...

Off-Duty LAPD Cop Holding Child Shot California Costco Shopper Following Argument

Off-Duty LAPD Cop Holding Child Shot California Costco Shopper Following Argument

Mike Blake/ReutersNew details have emerged in the deadly shooting Friday night inside a Southern California Costco. Police now say an unnamed off-duty Los Angeles Police Department officer shot and killed 32-year-old Kenneth French while holding his own child in his arms after French allegedly...

Unruly passenger hits flight attendant, then pukes during Delta flight to Paris

Unruly passenger hits flight attendant, then pukes during Delta flight to Paris

A federal complaint says a man struck a flight attendant in the throat and then threw up during a Delta flight to Paris.

Ex-Tehran mayor to face trial over wife's killing

Ex-Tehran mayor to face trial over wife's killing

Former Tehran mayor and prominent reformist Mohammad Ali Najafi will stand trial next month on charges of murdering his wife, the government-run Iran newspaper said Sunday. Najafi, 67, turned himself in and confessed to shooting his second wife Mitra Ostad on May 28 at their home in northern...

US restores some aid to El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala

US restores some aid to El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala

The Trump administration said Monday it is easing previously announced cuts in hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to the Central American nations of El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala but will not allow new funding until those countries do more to reduce migrant flows to the United States....

Japan protests Chinese activity near disputed islands

Japan protests Chinese activity near disputed islands

Japan has protested what is says was an unauthorized Chinese maritime survey within its economic waters near disputed East China Sea islands, officials said Monday. Japan's Foreign Ministry said it lodged a protest with Beijing after a Chinese maritime research ship was seen dropping a...

New Zealand cancels tsunami alert after powerful quake

New Zealand cancels tsunami alert after powerful quake

After initially forecasting "a threat to beach, harbour, estuary and small boat activities", New Zealand's Civil Defence organisation gave the all-clear eight minutes later. The earthquake was give a preliminary magnitude of 7.4, but later downgraded to 7.2 by the US Geological...

Iran threatens to scale back commitment to nuclear deal

Iran threatens to scale back commitment to nuclear deal

Iran has vowed to scale back its nuclear commitments as regional tensions flared over last week’s tanker attack, with both the US and UK pointing the finger at Tehran. The semi-official Tasneem news agency said Iran’s Atomic Energy Organisation would on Monday announce the measures Tehran has taken...

Videos show 2 dramatic crashes on Highway 101 in Palo Alto, 1 person dead

Videos show 2 dramatic crashes on Highway 101 in Palo Alto, 1 person dead

One crash involved a suspected DUI and the other involved a suspected wrong-way driver.

U.S. Navy official sees more orders for Boeing P-8A in coming months

U.S. Navy official sees more orders for Boeing P-8A in coming months

The U.S. Navy expects additional U.S. and international orders for the Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft in coming months, which should extend production by two years to late 2025, a senior U.S. Navy official told Reuters. The P-8, based on Boeing's 737-800 airframe, conducts...

Jon Stewart Shames Mitch McConnell for Failing 9/11 First Responders on ‘Fox News Sunday’

Jon Stewart Shames Mitch McConnell for Failing 9/11 First Responders on ‘Fox News Sunday’

“We don’t want to be here,” Jon Stewart told the handful of lawmakers who showed up to watch him plead for an extension of the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund last week. The former host of The Daily Show likely didn’t want to be on Fox News Sunday this Father’s Day either, but there he was...

Field fires in Syria's Hasakeh kill 10: monitor

Field fires in Syria's Hasakeh kill 10: monitor

Fires engulfing vital wheat fields across Syria's northeast have killed at least 10 people, a war monitor said Sunday, as Kurdish authorities claim the blazes were set deliberately. Kurdish authorities and the Damascus regime are competing to buy up this year's harvest as fires -- some...

Trump campaign fires some of its pollsters after leaks show poor numbers for the president

Trump campaign fires some of its pollsters after leaks show poor numbers for the president

Trump was trailing Biden by double digits in the key swing states of Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Michigan, according to leaked numbers.

The Latest: Amnesty urges Egypt to investigate Morsi's death

The Latest: Amnesty urges Egypt to investigate Morsi's death

A leading human right group is urging Egypt to investigate the death of former President Mohammed Morsi. Morsi, a Muslim Brotherhood leader who rose to office in the country's first free elections in 2012 and was ousted a year later by the military, has collapsed during a court session on...

Argentina, Uruguay restore power after massive blackout

Argentina, Uruguay restore power after massive blackout

Electricity services have been restored to all of Argentina and Uruguay following a massive blackout that left around 48 million people without power on Sunday, authorities said. The cut, which began just after 7:00 am, also caused short, localized losses of power in Paraguay, but didn't...

Gun Fact: The Glock 18 Fires 1,200 Bullets Per Minute

Gun Fact: The Glock 18 Fires 1,200 Bullets Per Minute

The Glock 18 accepts typical Glock magazines, from ten to seventeen rounds, but a handgun with a rate of fire of 1,200 rounds a minute can empty a standard pistol magazine in a blink of an eye. In order to help feed the Glock 18’s voracious appetite the company released thirty-three round...

U.S. Will Send 1,000 More Troops to Middle East Amid Iran Tensions

U.S. Will Send 1,000 More Troops to Middle East Amid Iran Tensions

The Trump administration plans to send 1,000 more troops as well as additional military resources to the Middle East as tensions with Iran continue to simmer, the Defense Department announced Monday."In response to a request from the US Central Command for additional forces, and with the...

China's FedEx probe should not be seen as retaliation - Xinhua

China's FedEx probe should not be seen as retaliation - Xinhua

China's investigation into FedEx Corp over misdirected mail should not be regarded as retaliation against the U.S. company, state news agency Xinhua said on Sunday, amid worsening relations between China and the United States. The inquiry was aimed at sending a message that any economic...

The Latest:  Airbus is ready for autonomous planes; are you?

The Latest: Airbus is ready for autonomous planes; are you?

The chief salesman for Airbus says his company already has the technology to fly passenger planes without pilots at all — and is working on winning over regulators and travelers to the idea. Christian Scherer also said in an interview with The Associated Press on Monday that Airbus hopes to be...

4 Injured, 3 Arrested After Reports of Shooting During Raptors Celebration, Toronto Police Say

4 Injured, 3 Arrested After Reports of Shooting During Raptors Celebration, Toronto Police Say

Two people sustained "serious but not life-threatening" injuries after shots were fired at a celebration for the Toronto Raptors NBA championship.

600 people on Monsanto 'watch lists' in Germany, France: Bayer

600 people on Monsanto 'watch lists' in Germany, France: Bayer

US seeds and pesticides maker Monsanto kept lists of around 600 key pro- and anti-pesticides figures in Germany and France alone, its German parent company Bayer said Monday amid a widening probe. Bayer has admitted the lists covered politicians, journalists and others across seven European...

Pompeo: Fox News host's questioning Trump's FBI comments a ‘Washington piece of silliness’

Pompeo: Fox News host's questioning Trump's FBI comments a ‘Washington piece of silliness’

When Fox News host Chris Wallace asked Pompeo Sunday if “accepting oppo research from a foreign government right or wrong?” the former CIA director responded: “Chris, you know, you asked me not to call any of your questions today ridiculous. “President Trump has been very clear that he will always...

Oklahomans Fall Mysteriously Ill While on Trip to the Dominican Republic

Oklahomans Fall Mysteriously Ill While on Trip to the Dominican Republic

47 out of 114 people traveling to the Dominican Republic with an Oklahoma City travel agency became sick during their vacation. One person said they lost 14 pounds, and others were unable to get out of bed.

Meet the Army's 'New' M1 Abrams Tank: The Best on the Planet?

Meet the Army's 'New' M1 Abrams Tank: The Best on the Planet?

The U.S. Army is on an intensive quest for an array of new technologies with which to design and build new armored fighting vehicles, particularly a replacement for the long-serving Bradley. However much it might yearn for a new tank, the Army lacks the critical technologies that would justify the...

As Battle for Tripoli Rages, Libyan Premier Demands New Dialogue

As Battle for Tripoli Rages, Libyan Premier Demands New Dialogue

(Bloomberg) -- Libya’s internationally recognized premier called for a national conference to end a war that threatens to rip apart the North African oil producer, but stressed he wouldn’t back down in the face of an offensive by eastern-based strongman Khalifa Haftar.Fayez Al-Sarraj, in a press...

Istanbul candidates clash on TV before election test for Erdogan

Istanbul candidates clash on TV before election test for Erdogan

Istanbul's mayoral candidates argued over the election they contested in March and their policy plans in a rare televised debate on Sunday, a week before a re-run vote seen as a test of Turkish democracy and President Tayyip Erdogan's AK party. In the first debate of its kind in Turkey...

Lockheed Martin announces $142M expansion of Arkansas plant

Lockheed Martin announces $142M expansion of Arkansas plant

Lockheed Martin said Monday that will spend $142 million and hire 326 new workers over the next few years as it expands its southern Arkansas facility. The Maryland-based company announced the expansion of its plant in Camden, about 85 miles (140 kilometers) southwest of Little Rock. The facility...

Boeing's embattled chief faces tough crowd at Paris Air Show

Boeing's embattled chief faces tough crowd at Paris Air Show

Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg will have his work cut out for him at the Paris Air Show this week as he tries to reassure airlines and industry partners over the fate of its flagship 737 MAX plane, indefinitely grounded after two fatal crashes.

DR officials identify man believed to have paid Ortiz hitmen

DR officials identify man believed to have paid Ortiz hitmen

Dominican authorities on Monday identified the man they believe paid hit men to try and kill David Ortiz, adding that they were closing in on the mastermind and motive behind the shooting of the famous slugger who is recovering at a hospital in Boston. The man was identified as Alberto Miguel...

Trump news: President 'fires pollsters' over results as Fox News survey has him trailing every single major Democratic candidate

Trump news: President 'fires pollsters' over results as Fox News survey has him trailing every single major Democratic candidate

Donald Trump's re-election team have cut ties with several pollsters after survey results were leaked to the press indicating the president would lose to his Democratic rivals in four key battleground states in 2020.Those leaks have been accompanied by some more worrisome news for the...

Father's Day 2019: Paganism, roses and how the campaign to celebrate dads was won

Father's Day 2019: Paganism, roses and how the campaign to celebrate dads was won

Father's Day, the official calendar date to honour our wonderful dads and celebrate fatherhood, is here. Recognised each June, the day sees children around the world present their dads with cards and gifts as a thank you for all they do. But when did the first observance of Father's Day...

The Lowdown: The Army's 'New' M-1A2C Abrams Tank Is Coming.

The Lowdown: The Army's 'New' M-1A2C Abrams Tank Is Coming.

Kennedy told Lima News the tank plant’s workforce has grown from around 500 to more than 600 since a hiring spree started in late 2018. He said he expects the workforce to expand to 700 by the end of 2019 and exceed 900 in 2020.The U.S. Army’s newest tank in the summer of 2019 should enter service...

Google Appoints New Chief to Oversee Tumultuous China Region

Google Appoints New Chief to Oversee Tumultuous China Region

(Bloomberg) -- Alphabet Inc.’s Google has appointed a new Greater China head, as the company tries to reset a checkered relationship with Beijing while tensions with Washington flare.Stanley Chen will become managing director of Greater China sales, the company said Monday, taking up a post Scott...

Guatemala ex-first lady faces battle for presidency after first round win

Guatemala ex-first lady faces battle for presidency after first round win

Former first lady Sandra Torres won a clear victory in the first round of Guatemala's presidential election, results showed on Monday, but the center-left candidate faces a tough test to see off her nearest conservative rival in a direct runoff in August. With votes tallied from 98% of...

The Latest: Hong Kong police say want to clear protesters

The Latest: Hong Kong police say want to clear protesters

Hong Kong police say they want to clear the streets of protesters Monday morning. Many protesters spent Sunday night near government headquarters after a huge protest against a proposed law that they fear will increase Beijing's influence over the semi-autonomous territory. Pro-democracy...

Insider claims Apple will launch 5.4-inch and 6.7-inch 5G iPhone models next year

Insider claims Apple will launch 5.4-inch and 6.7-inch 5G iPhone models next year

Leaks concerning this fall's upcoming iPhone models continue to trickle out at a steady pace, but some analysts are already looking ahead to 2020. In a research note shared with AnTuTu (via MacRumors), TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo revealed new details about the prospective...

UPDATE 1-U.S. pedestrian, bicyclist deaths rise in 2018 -report

UPDATE 1-U.S. pedestrian, bicyclist deaths rise in 2018 -report

U.S. pedestrian and bicyclist deaths rose in 2018 while overall traffic deaths fell 1% in 2018 to 36,750, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said in a preliminary report Monday. The auto safety agency said it did not know the cause of the overall decline but has said a...

This big bank is eliminating all fees on checking and savings accounts

This big bank is eliminating all fees on checking and savings accounts

Discover is doing away with fees of any kind on its checking, savings, money market and certificate of deposit accounts.

AOC on Trump's willingness to accept political 'dirt' on rivals: 'The pressure to impeach grows'

AOC on Trump's willingness to accept political 'dirt' on rivals: 'The pressure to impeach grows'

Days after President Trump asserted he would take damaging information on his political rivals from a foreign power, New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said "the pressure to impeach grows.”

Bodies of missing Oregon mother, son found

Bodies of missing Oregon mother, son found

Authorities have found the bodies of a missing Oregon woman and her 3-year-old son. The boy's biological father had been charged with killing them before the bodies were found. (June 17)

Whoops — The U.S. Army Owns Potentially Hundreds of Thousands of Faulty Guns

Whoops — The U.S. Army Owns Potentially Hundreds of Thousands of Faulty Guns

It’s an inescapable reality that in big institutions, people will sometimes overlook memos and misplace equipment.But that’s cold comfort to the U.S. Army, which is struggling to select a new handgun while also dealing with the fallout from its last, controversial pistol choice.That’s...

Turkey's Erdogan says S-400s delivery for early July

Turkey's Erdogan says S-400s delivery for early July

Turkey expects the delivery of the controversial Russian S-400 missile defence system to begin in July, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was quoted as saying in Turkish media on Sunday. Colleagues in charge of the schedule are following the issue," Erdogan said according to CNN Turk...

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