• Deadly California blaze spawned destructive fire tornado

    Deadly California blaze spawned destructive fire tornado

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    Experts say a deadly Northern California wildfire burned so hot at its peak that it created a cyclone of flames that reached 143 miles per hour, ripping through the region with the force of a destructive Midwest tornado. The hotter the fire, the faster the air rises and the tighter it twists until it takes off as a tornado. Damage from the fire includes 41 residences destroyed, and 9,200 structures remain threatened, according to an update from Cal Fire .
  • Facebook removes inauthentic accounts ahead of November’s U.S. midterm election

    Facebook removes inauthentic accounts ahead of November’s U.S. midterm election

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    When details of the Russian social media trolling attempt to influence the 2016 election came out, Reason's Jacob Sullum looked it over and questioned how much impact it actually had. The social media heavyweight has uncovered coordinated campaigns created to exert influence over unsuspecting users, and the company has shared its findings with relevant parties in the nation's capital.
  • Hope for inmates on death row as Pope condemns all executions

    Hope for inmates on death row as Pope condemns all executions

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    For a long time "the death penalty by the legitimate authority after a regular trial was considered an adequate response" to some serious crimes, the statement from the Pope said , as cited by Vatican Radio. Amnesty International does not publish data from China , where the death penalty is also legal. She hit out at the "judgmentalism" of this teaching and the "uncompromising harshness of the language" which she said were not assuaged by Pope Francis's more conciliatory statements.
  • Park investigating after viral video shows man taunting bison in Yellowstone

    Park investigating after viral video shows man taunting bison in Yellowstone

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    As the animal approaches, the man is seen dodging it at the very last second. However, when the bison walks over to the shoulder of the road, the man continues to follow it and thump his chest with his fists. "We need people to be stewards of Yellowstone, and one way to do that is to keep your distance from wildlife", Yellowstone superintendent Dan Wenk wrote in the post.
  • Parts of Virginia city evacuated over possible dam failure

    Parts of Virginia city evacuated over possible dam failure

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    Members of the Campbell County Fire Department wade through water at an apartment complex in Lynchburg, Va ., Aug. 2, 2018. Piper Van dePerre, with the Lynchburg Department of Emergency Services, told WDBJ that officials planned to evacuate more than 100 residents.
  • White House plays cleanup on Trump's Sessions tweet, grocery store claim

    White House plays cleanup on Trump's Sessions tweet, grocery store claim

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    In an interview with VICE News Tonight on HBO, aired July 11, Emin Agalarov said he spoke to Trump Jr.to help set up the meeting. "People in New Mexico and across the country are exhausted of ultra-rich and powerful people like Donald Trump trying to abuse their power to protect themselves", he wrote on Twitter.
  • SWAT officers at Westbury home of Joseph Pappas

    SWAT officers at Westbury home of Joseph Pappas

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    Mark Hausknecht to death on July 20 . "This man is risky, this man is capable, this man has some skills", Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said at news conference , according to The Houston Chronicle , noting he likely had multiple firearms and had not been seen for almost two days.
  • Mollie Tibbetts Search Turns Up Red Shirt Near Pig Farm

    Mollie Tibbetts Search Turns Up Red Shirt Near Pig Farm

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    Kearney is about 25 miles (40 kilometers) northeast of Kansas City. Tibbetts, a 20-year-old University of Iowa student, hasn't been seen since going for an evening jog on July 18 in Brooklyn, a community of about 1,400 people where she was living.
  • US President Donald Trump claims ID needed to buy groceries

    US President Donald Trump claims ID needed to buy groceries

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    Ivanka Trump's fashion line is dead ¯\_ (ツ) _/¯. He talks about Trump's pro-Israel policies and says Florida can't go back to the days of Charlie Crist where the "good old boys run the show". "We've had divisiveness long before Trump became president and we'll have it long after he's no longer president", Koch said during a rare question-and-answer session with reporters.
  • National Archives rebuffs Dems request for Kavanaugh documents

    National Archives rebuffs Dems request for Kavanaugh documents

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    Kavanaugh served as associate and senior associate counsel to Bush, and as staff secretary, before he was nominated and (eventually) confirmed to serve on the D.C. This could potentially thwart Republican hopes for quick confirmation before the November election. They say senators don't need to review an additional 1 million papers on Bush-era policies like the interrogation of terror suspects beyond those already being compiled.
  • California's Gov. Brown: Wildfires Are Evidence Of Changing Climate 'In Real Time'

    California's Gov. Brown: Wildfires Are Evidence Of Changing Climate 'In Real Time'

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    The Carr Fire was one of more than a dozen racing through the parched state. People are being allowed to return to more neighborhoods in the Redding area, but the toll of lost houses keeps climbing. "If it does continue, then everybody in the state will be working hard and we're bringing in resources from outside the state", Matlow said. Despite the outlook, strong gusts along the upper ridge lines were a concern on the fire's rugged western flanks, a few miles from the town of ...
  • Israel Strike on 'Terrorists' near Fence in Golan Kills Seven

    Israel Strike on 'Terrorists' near Fence in Golan Kills Seven

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    On Thursday, Moscow said Russian Federation would deploy its military police on the Golan Heights frontier between Syria and Israel, after weeks of mounting volatility in the area. An initial assessment by Israel's military identified the gunmen as Islamic State militants, in what would mark a rare attempt by the Islamist militants to infiltrate Israel.
  • Remains from North Korea 'consistent with being Americans'

    Remains from North Korea 'consistent with being Americans'

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    Pence, in his address at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii, said he trusted that Americans killed in the war were among the flag-draped cases flown to Hawaii on Wednesday. The foreign ministers from all nations involved in stalled "six-party" negotiations with North Korea aimed at reining in Pyongyang's nuclear programme will be at the gathering: the US, China, Russia, Japan and South Korea .
  • Ivanka Trump: Family Separations Were A 'Low Point'

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    Ivanka Trump , President Trump's daughter and assistant to the president, spoke with Axios Thursday about her feelings on family separations at the border. "That was a low point for me as well". Elaborating, she explained, "No I don't". "I've certainly received my fair share of reporting on me personally that I know not to be fully accurate, so I have some sensitivity around why people have concerns and gripe, especially when they're sort of targeted".
  • Trump chief of staff says he will stay at Trump's request

    Trump chief of staff says he will stay at Trump's request

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    A White House official confirmed the report to Breitbart News . The president congratulated Kelly on his one-year anniversary on Monday during a swearing-in ceremony of the new Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie. Trump told reporters, when asked how long Kelly would stay. Chafing at Kelly's efforts to impose order, Trump has increasingly followed his own counsel and added more like-minded aides to his staff.
  • Jeremy Corbyn ally Peter Willsman apologises after anti-Semitism rant

    Jeremy Corbyn ally Peter Willsman apologises after anti-Semitism rant

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    Peter Willsman called some members of the Jewish community "Trump fanatics" and suggested they were "making up" problems about anti-Semitism in the party. Since Corbyn assumed leadership of the party in 2015, a series of controversies relating to his seemingly one-sided pro-Palestinian rhetoric and repeated failure to stamp out burgeoning anti-Semitism within his party has led to a tumultuous relationship with British Jewry.
  • Trump calls on Sessions to end Mueller’s Russian Federation probe

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    The latest round of presidential tweets bashing special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation fueled criticism that Trump is illegally interfering with the investigation. "He used the word 'should.' He didn't use the word 'must.' And there was no presidential directive that followed". Technically the Attorney General, Jeff Sessions , can't fire Mueller as he has recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation.
  • Mexico passenger jet crashes after takeoff, all on board survive

    Mexico passenger jet crashes after takeoff, all on board survive

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    The airport operator, Grupo Aeroportuario Centro Norte, said early data suggests bad weather was the cause, with the plane taking off during a heavy hailstorm before being forced to make an emergency landing. An Aeromexico jetliner taking off in a blustery storm smashed down into a nearby field but skidded to a stop virtually intact, and all 103 people aboard were able to escape advancing flames before fire engulfed the aircraft.
  • Viral video of assault on Paris woman sparks probe

    Viral video of assault on Paris woman sparks probe

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    Picture: FacebookThe man then slapped her in the face in front of stunned onlookers. The post has been viewed more than a million times and shared thousands of times across social media. "So I said "shut up" as I walked away", she wrote. They appear to exchange words, and just off-frame, he appears to strike her. "What's at stake is serious -it's the freedom of women to move about in freedom in public", France's Equality Minister Marlene Schiappa said in an interview with the paper.
  • Forensics lab faces challenge in identifying Korean War remains

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    The return of the remains was agreed upon between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during their meeting in June. Forensic experts will start work to identify the remains before returning them to their families. The letter comes amid concerns over North Korea's ballistic missile program and commitment to denuclearization. But the process could take anywhere from days, to decades.
  • Swedish crown jewels stolen by thieves in speedboats

    Swedish crown jewels stolen by thieves in speedboats

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    The items had previously been stored in their tomb. Two men vanished after the noon heist Tuesday into a vast patchwork of lakes around Strangnas, 37 miles west of the capital of Stockholm , police said. A witness to the heist, Tom Rowsell, told the Aftonbladet newspaper he was eating lunch with friends when he saw the two men run "from different directions".
  • Federal judge blocks release of plans for 3D-printed guns

    Federal judge blocks release of plans for 3D-printed guns

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    Eight states filed suit Monday, July 30, 2018, against the Trump administration over its decision to allow a Texas company to publish downloadable blueprints for a 3D-printed gun. But critics are concerned it will see a massive rise in so-called ghost guns, unregistered weapons the government is unaware of and is unable to trace.
  • California's Carr Fire 30 Percent Contained As New Blazes Erupt Elsewhere

    California's Carr Fire 30 Percent Contained As New Blazes Erupt Elsewhere

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    The newspaper reports that, "Winds from the west are pushing the fire along, sending smoke into Yuba City and Marysville, but by late Tuesday fire officials said the blaze was 40 percent contained". The Carr Fire is one of 17 big fires burning throughout the state. Gov. The more serious predictions of (global) warming and fires to occur later in the century - 2040 or 2050 - they are now occurring in real time.
  • Australian church abuse victims welcome archbishop's resignation

    Australian church abuse victims welcome archbishop's resignation

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    Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull , who this month urged the pope to sack Wilson, said he welcomed the decision to quit, which "belatedly recognises the many calls, including my own, for him to resign". Wilson's conviction comes amid a host of accusations that the Catholic Church ignored and covered up child abuse in Australia, charges that have also plagued other countries.
  • Inter-Korean Conventional Military Reductions Tied to Denuclearization

    Inter-Korean Conventional Military Reductions Tied to Denuclearization

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    The agency usually also relies on any items that may have been found with remains like uniforms, dog tags and wedding rings to identify remains. "The remains received from North Korea are being handled with the utmost care and respect by professional historians, forensic scientists, uniformed personnel and government officials", the U.S.
  • Tourists Killed in Apparent Attack in Tajikistan

    Tourists Killed in Apparent Attack in Tajikistan

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    The post said that a "detachment from the soldiers of the Caliphate" launched to strike "citizens of Crusader coalition countries", running them over and then using knives, killing four and wounding four others. A Swiss woman was injured by assailants armed with knives and guns. "The Embassy commends Tajik authorities on their professional and quick response to the incident, and we will continue to work closely with them on the ongoing investigation", the statement added.
  • Anti-Muslim activist Tommy Robinson freed from prison on bail

    Anti-Muslim activist Tommy Robinson freed from prison on bail

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    Robinson has been freed on bail pending a rehearing of the allegation relating to Leeds Crown Court after the finding of contempt was quashed by Court of Appeal judges. He was sentenced to 10 months for contempt of court and given a further three months for breaching the terms of a previous suspended sentence. There are a number of rules governing the reporting of court proceedings and these are aimed at ensuring a fair trial for any accused person.
  • Facebook Removes

    Facebook Removes "Inauthentic" Left-Wing Accounts

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    Facebook said the perpetrators this year were "more careful to cover their tracks" than those it found trying to influence the 2016 election, in part because of steps it has taken to prevent a recurrence of the 2016 abuses. There are not many details presented about the origin of these pages, but there is a link established between a page involved in organizing Unite The Right counterprotests and an IRA account.
  • Basic Income Pilot Program cancelled

    Basic Income Pilot Program cancelled

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    On Tuesday, Social Services Minister Lisa MacLeod announced a review of the entire slate of income assistance programs provided by Ontario. "I knew it was coming every month", she said. Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner, meanwhile, said the basic income program had previously been touted by conservative economists, who saw it as a small-government solution to help people out of poverty.
  • Special counsel Mueller wants to ask Trump about obstruction of justice

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    Comey". Trump's lashing out Wednesday morning appeared to be prompted by the trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort , which began on Tuesday and which is being prosecuted by Mueller's team. The special prosecutor is also investigating a potential obstruction of justice by the president. Manafort worked for pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine.