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  • Defiant Duterte threatens harsh measures as thousands flee Philippines unrest

    Defiant Duterte threatens harsh measures as thousands flee Philippines unrestBy Romeo Ranoco PANTAR, Philippines (Reuters) - Thousands of civilians fled fighting in the Philippines on Wednesday as troops sought to contain Islamic State-linked militants who took over large parts of a city, set building ablaze and captured a Catholic priest and other Christians. President Rodrigo Duterte said he had no choice but to declare martial law on his native island of Mindanao following a failed raid by soldiers on Tuesday on a hideout of the Maute militant group, which triggered clashes and chaos across the largely Muslim city of Marawi. Duterte said Islamic State could not be allowed to gain a foothold in the Christian-majority Philippines and he would do whatever it took to rebuff extremists from the Maute group and the allied Abu Sayyaf, even if it meant many would die.




  • After Maryland student's speech, mockery and anger in China

    After Maryland student's speech, mockery and anger in ChinaWhen Chinese student Yang Shuping described how she ditched her five pollution masks upon discovering the "oddly luxurious" air of the United States, she drew a fierce online backlash, indignant newspaper columns and even a rebuttal from her hometown. On Wednesday, the official Xinhua news agency's English-language Twitter account broadcast a live-stream from Kunming, with two reporters interviewing passersby about air quality and whether they wore pollution masks. China's foreign ministry also weighed in, saying it was aware the issue was being widely discussed online, and that any Chinese citizen should "make remarks responsibly".




  • Killer whales charge toward blue whale off California coast

    Killer whales charge toward blue whale off California coastA pod of killer whales appears to charge at blue whale off the coast of Monterey, California, in a rare encounter captured by a drone camera on May 18.




  • Newark airport reopens after engine fire prompts plane evacuation

    Newark airport reopens after engine fire prompts plane evacuationNewark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey has reopened after temporarily shutting down late Tuesday, following an engine fire that prompted the evacuation of an airplane, officials said. There were reports of five minor injuries, according to a statement posted on the airport's official Twitter account, with delays expected to persist through the night. "Newark Airport is temporarily closed due to deployment of emergency chutes on a plane with an apparent engine fire," an earlier post on the airport's official Twitter account had said.




  • Landslide on California highway part of $1 billion in damage

    Landslide on California highway part of $1 billion in damageA massive landslide that went into the Pacific Ocean is the latest natural disaster to hit a California community that relies heavily on an iconic coastal highway and tourism to survive, and it adds to a record $1 billion in highway damage from one of the state's wettest winters in decades.




  • Proposed Federal Budget Eliminates Energy Star

    Proposed Federal Budget Eliminates Energy StarConsumer Reports has no relationship with any advertisers on this website. Deep cuts in the White House’s proposed 2018 budget released today would eliminate the popular Energy Star program and 5...




  • India Could Dominate The World Of Blockchain

    India Could Dominate The World Of BlockchainCould the blossoming fintech scene in Andhra Pradesh turn this coastal state in southern India into the next Silicon Valley?




  • Suicidal Man 'Unintentionally' Kills Girlfriend With Bullet That First Went Through His Own Head: Cops

    Suicidal Man 'Unintentionally' Kills Girlfriend With Bullet That First Went Through His Own Head: CopsVictor Sibson survived the suicide attempt and was charged with second degree murder on Friday.




  • Sanders and Schumer say Trump’s budget takes a ‘sledgehammer to the middle class’

    Sanders and Schumer say Trump’s budget takes a ‘sledgehammer to the middle class’Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., criticized President Trump’s 2018 budget proposal for cuts to domestic programs. Schumer said, “The Trump budget takes a sledgehammer to the middle class and to working-class Americans.”




  • Teen Girl Throws Herself In River For 'Blue Whale' Suicide Challenge

    Teen Girl Throws Herself In River For 'Blue Whale' Suicide ChallengeThe girl reportedly jumped into a turbulent river to complete a suicide challenge referred to “Blue Whale.”




  • President Trump’s first trip abroad

    President Trump’s first trip abroadIn contrast to George W. Bush and Obama, President Trump’s first overseas trip is a highly ambitious venture. Here's a look at some of the highlights.




  • Christina El Moussa Got the Sweetest Tattoo Honoring Her Kids

    Christina El Moussa Got the Sweetest Tattoo Honoring Her KidsCheck out her new ink.




  • Duterte Declares Martial Law, Moves Putin Meeting

    Duterte Declares Martial Law, Moves Putin MeetingRussian authorities were apparently understanding.




  • The only real way to stop atrocities like the Manchester attack is to end the wars which allow extremism to grow

    The only real way to stop atrocities like the Manchester attack is to end the wars which allow extremism to growPresident Trump leaves the Middle East today, having done his bit to make the region even more divided and mired in conflict than it was before. At the same moment that Donald Trump was condemning the suicide bomber in Manchester as “an evil loser in life”, he was adding to the chaos in which al-Qaeda and Isis have taken root and flourished. It may be a long distance between the massacre in Manchester and the wars in the Middle East, but the connection is there.




  • 12-Year-Old Girl Abducted by Teen Boys In 'Imminent Danger'

    12-Year-Old Girl Abducted by Teen Boys In 'Imminent Danger'McKenzie Wilson went missing from her upstate New York home early in the morning.




  • The Latest: Leaders attack lawsuit over schools for blacks

    The Latest: Leaders attack lawsuit over schools for blacksJACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on a lawsuit alleging that Mississippi is breaking federal law by providing unequal schooling to black students (all times local):




  • Jeff Sessions in KKK robe image projected onto Justice Department headquarters

    Jeff Sessions in KKK robe image projected onto Justice Department headquartersStunning visuals depicting Attorney General Jeff Sessions in a Ku Klux Klan robe have been projected onto iconic Washington buildings including the Department of Justice building. The projections, created by activist and artist Robin Bell, showed Mr Sessions with the infamous white hood alongside some of his past statements that have been pointed to as insensitive to racist struggles. “I thought the KKK was OK until I learned that they smoked pot,” one of the projections reads, a close approximation to a comment Mr Sessions made while investigating a case against Klansmen as a US attorney in Alabama in the 1980s.




  • Manchester in Mourning: Bombing Victims Remembered

    Manchester in Mourning: Bombing Victims RememberedAn 8-year-old and a college student are among the 22 people who were killed in the terror attack at Manchester Arena following an Ariana Grande concert.




  • Elon Musk told Donald Trump what to do about the Paris Climate Agreement

    Elon Musk told Donald Trump what to do about the Paris Climate AgreementThe Trump administration may finally be nearing a decision on whether to stay in the Paris Climate Agreement.  Now we know that visionary businessman Elon Musk, who founded SpaceX, Tesla, and a new, mysterious tunnel-building firm called the Boring Company, is talking to President Donald Trump about what to do regarding this agreement.   Given his role in alternative energy, it's no surprise that Musk is in favor of the 2016 treaty. SEE ALSO: Elon Musk's Boring Company isn't waiting any longer The Paris agreement was negotiated under former president Barack Obama. And for the first time in decades of climate diplomacy, all nations agreed to take steps to cut emissions of planet-warming greenhouse gases based on their own timetables.  If the U.S. were to withdraw from the treaty, it's likely to have global repercussions, potentially encouraging other nations to relax their emissions reduction commitments or leave the pact entirely.  In a tweet on Monday night, Musk said he has spoken with Trump and is urging him to stay in the agreement.  @BigDAK54 I spoke directly with The President three weeks ago about Paris. Many others have too. Cautiously optimistic of a positive decision. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 22, 2017 Musk is part of Trump's business advisory council, for which he has received considerable criticism. He says he is remaining on it as a way to ensure that a diversity of views on particular matters, including climate change, make it to Trump's desk. Various advisors have been vying for the president's ear on this landmark climate deal, from the secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, to chief strategist Steve Bannon. Some observers think the president will announce his decision about the Paris agreement later this week at the Group of 7 major industrialized nations' summit in Sicily. While there, the U.S. will come under pressure from world leaders like German Chancellor Angela Merkel and new French President Emmanuel Macron to act on global warming, as it is a clear priority for other major industrialized nations.  Trump, for his part, has called climate change a hoax, vowed during the campaign to "cancel" the Paris agreement, and on Tuesday proposed a federal budget that zeroes out funding for international climate change assistance programs. The budget also slashes spending for U.S. climate research at the Environmental Protection Agency, Energy Department, and other agencies. WATCH:




  • Husky Caught on Surveillance Shoplifting a Loaf of Bread, Then Returning With an Accomplice

    Husky Caught on Surveillance Shoplifting a Loaf of Bread, Then Returning With an AccompliceCops said the dog will not be facing any charges.




  • The Latest: Slain student remembered at commencement

    The Latest: Slain student remembered at commencementCOLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — The Latest on the stabbing death of a black student visiting the University of Maryland (all times local):




  • ‘The most horrible feeling’: Mother of missing Manchester concertgoer describes chaos of attack

    ‘The most horrible feeling’: Mother of missing Manchester concertgoer describes chaos of attackMany attendees at the concert that was hit by a bomb on Monday were young people. One distraught parent described her feelings as she waited for news.




  • Venezuela protests: Hugo Chavez's childhood home set on fire as violence clashes continue

    Venezuela protests: Hugo Chavez's childhood home set on fire as violence clashes continueThe childhood home of the late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez has been set on fire, according to an opposition legislator, as protests against the socialist government continue to rage. The house, located in the western city of Barinas, was set alight along with several other government buildings by protesters. "It is pretty symbolic that the citizens are venting their frustrations on the author of the Bolivarian revolution," said Eric Farnsworth, vice president of the Council of the Americas.




  • India fires on Pakistani military posts, army says

    India fires on Pakistani military posts, army saysIndia announced Tuesday it had fired mortars at Pakistani army posts across their disputed border in Kashmir, a rare public disclosure of such a pre-emptive assault against its neighbour. Troops fired at military camps in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir which were being used to harbour militants, an Indian army spokesman said. "As part of our counter-terror operations, punitive fire assaults across LoC (Line of Control, the de facto border) are being undertaken by the Indian army," Major-General Ashok Narula told a briefing in New Delhi.




  • Nepali climbers say outcrop near top of Everest is intact

    Nepali climbers say outcrop near top of Everest is intactKATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepali climbers said Tuesday that a rocky outcrop near the top of Mount Everest known as the "Hillary Step" is intact, disputing a British climber's claim the feature had collapsed.




  • Jakarta governor dropping appeal 'for sake of nation'

    Jakarta governor dropping appeal 'for sake of nation'The wife of Jakarta's Christian governor told a tearful press conference Tuesday her husband had withdrawn his appeal against a blasphemy conviction and two-year jail term for the good of Indonesia. Basuki Tjahaja Purnama was jailed this month for insulting the Koran while campaigning for re-election, a shock decision that stoked concern about rising religious intolerance in the world's most populous Muslim-majority nation. The blasphemy allegations against Purnama, Jakarta's first non-Muslim governor for half a century and first ethnic Chinese leader, sparked mass protests spearheaded by radicals.




  • Ariana Grande says she is 'broken' after explosion in Manchester Arena that left 22 dead and 59 injured

    Ariana Grande says she is 'broken' after explosion in Manchester Arena that left 22 dead and 59 injuredAriana Grande has responded to the incident in Manchester that left at least 19 dead and almost 60 injured. Writing on social media a few hours after police responded to what they said was a reported explosion in the aftermath of her concert at the Manchester Arena, the 23-year-old singer said she was “broken”. Grande escaped unhurt from the incident, which happened shortly after the American singer completed her set and lights in the venue had been switched on.




  • Fossils cast doubt on human lineage originating in Africa

    Fossils cast doubt on human lineage originating in AfricaBy Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Fossils from Greece and Bulgaria of an ape-like creature that lived 7.2 million years ago may fundamentally alter the understanding of human origins, casting doubt on the view that the evolutionary lineage that led to people arose in Africa. Scientists said on Monday the creature, known as Graecopithecus freybergi and known only from a lower jawbone and an isolated tooth, may be the oldest-known member of the human lineage that began after an evolutionary split from the line that led to chimpanzees, our closest cousins. The premolar was found in south-central Bulgaria in 2009.




  • Big Game Hunter Dies After Being Crushed To Death By Elephant

    Big Game Hunter Dies After Being Crushed To Death By ElephantA well-known South African big game hunter was reportedly crushed to death Friday after his friends fatally shot an elephant.




  • APNewsBreak: Leaks found on Dakota Access pipeline system

    APNewsBreak: Leaks found on Dakota Access pipeline systemBISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Dakota Access pipeline and a feeder line leaked more than 100 gallons of oil in North Dakota in separate incidents in March as crews prepared the disputed $3.8 billion pipeline for operation.




  • Mississippi lawmaker 'sorry' he urged lynching for statue removal

    Mississippi lawmaker 'sorry' he urged lynching for statue removalA Mississippi state lawmaker who called for the lynching of Louisiana officials for removing pro-slavery era monuments apologized on Monday after his comments sparked a firestorm of criticism. Republican Representative Karl Oliver had taken to Facebook on Saturday to criticize the removal of monuments in New Orleans that city leaders deemed racially offensive. The last of the four statues, of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, was taken down on Friday.




  • Everything points to Apple launching new MacBooks next month

    Everything points to Apple launching new MacBooks next monthApple will unveil the next big thing for its various software operating systems at WWDC 2017, including iOS 11 and the next macOS major update. But the iPhone maker is also tipped to launch a variety of new products at the show, including the Siri speaker, a 10.5-inch iPad Pro, and new MacBooks. A new report says that Apple is indeed expected to launch new laptops this quarter, and there’s reason to be excited. In a new research note to customers, TrendForce said that notebooks are having a little moment, again. Shipments for the first quarter of the year grew by 6.1% compared to last year, totaling around 37.81 million. That’s a 15.6% decline from the Christmas quarter, but still an impressive result for the period. Apple placed fifth in TrendForce's top, with 3.4 million MacBook laptops shipped during the period — that marks a 15.8% decline compared to the December quarter, but a 15.4% increase compared to last year. TrendForce quotes the MacBook Pro with TouchBar as the device that contributed significantly to the overall shipments. Similarly, the researchers believe the 12-inch MacBook will help Apple ship 10% more laptops in the second quarter of this year than last year. That’s because Apple reportedly plans to launch a new version of the 12-inch MacBook that will feature a new processor. The report notes that promotional pricing for some older models might also be in order. A previous report said that Apple will update the MacBook Pro as well, even if it only launched a new model in late 2016. TrendForce makes no mention of other MacBook updates for the quarter.




  • Iran's president criticizes US after Trump's sharp words

    Iran's president criticizes US after Trump's sharp wordsTEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's newly re-elected President Hassan Rouhani took barbed swipes at the U.S. and its ally Saudi Arabia on Monday, hitting back at both a day after President Donald Trump used his first foreign trip to the kingdom to call for further isolation of Iran.




  • Neo-Nazi Connected To Double Murder Arrested After FBI Finds Explosive Materials

    Neo-Nazi Connected To Double Murder Arrested After FBI Finds Explosive MaterialsFBI agents found chemicals used to make explosives, Nazi propaganda and a framed picture of the Oklahoma City bomber.




  • Turkey summons U.S. envoy over Washington street brawl

    Turkey summons U.S. envoy over Washington street brawlTurkey summoned the U.S ambassador on Monday to protest the treatment of Turkish security officials in the United States during a visit by President Tayyip Erdogan last week, the foreign ministry said. A brawl erupted between protesters and Turkish security personnel outside the Turkish ambassador's residence during Erdogan's visit to Washington to meet U.S. President Donald Trump. Turkey blamed the violence on demonstrators linked to the militant Kurdistan Workers Party while Washington's police chief described the incident as a "brutal attack" on peaceful protesters.




  • Father of Times Square car crash victim thanks New York in emotional letter

    Father of Times Square car crash victim thanks New York in emotional letterAt an impromptu memorial in Times Square, the father of the young woman who was killed there last week has placed a letter of thanks to the city.




  • 58,000 Haitians facing deportation get US extension

    58,000 Haitians facing deportation get US extensionMore than 58,000 Haitians who stayed in the United States with a special protected status since a catastrophic 2010 earthquake will be allowed to stay another six months, the Department of Homeland Security said Monday. The Haitians were facing orders to return home from July 23 if the department did not renew their so-called Temporary Protected Status, granted after a magnitude 7 earthquake destroyed much of the capital Port-au-Prince on January 12, 2010. Activists had been hoping for a longer extension -- as much as 18 months -- and warned that six months is not long enough for destitute Haiti to prepare for an influx of more than 50,000 people.




  • The 750-HP Shelby F-150 Super Snake Is a $100,000 Thundertruck

    The 750-HP Shelby F-150 Super Snake Is a $100,000 ThundertruckOnly 150 will be built, each with a starting price just under $97,000.




  • Breathtaking photography series showcases beauty of night sky in areas with no light pollution

    Breathtaking photography series showcases beauty of night sky in areas with no light pollutionTwo photographers have made a set of images exploring the magnificent night skies still found in North American and the grave threat of light pollution.




  • 'Alt-right' leader loses gym membership after confrontation

    'Alt-right' leader loses gym membership after confrontationA leading figure in the "alt-right" movement had his gym membership revoked after a Georgetown University professor confronted him during a workout and called him a neo-Nazi.




  • The Supreme Court Finds North Carolina's Racial Gerrymandering Unconstitutional

    The Supreme Court Finds North Carolina's Racial Gerrymandering UnconstitutionalYou don’t see a Kagan-Breyer-Ginsburg-Sotomayor-Thomas majority often in U.S. Supreme Court decisions, but today that quintet joined together to deal a blow to North Carolina Republicans. In the decision in Cooper v. Harris, the eight-member pre-Gorsuch roster upheld a district court’s ruling that two congressional districts in North Carolina were unconstitutional racial gerrymanders, putting an end to one part of a six-year saga that began with redistricting in 2011.




  • China, Russia launch long-haul challenge to Boeing, Airbus

    China, Russia launch long-haul challenge to Boeing, AirbusChina and Russia on Monday launched an ambitious project to jointly develop a long-haul jet to challenge Boeing and Airbus, just two weeks after the successful test flight of the first made-in-China large passenger plane. State-run Chinese manufacturer Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) and Russia's United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) said they formally established the previously announced joint venture in Shanghai on Monday.




  • Terrifying Video Shows Sea Lion Dragging Young Girl Into Water

    Terrifying Video Shows Sea Lion Dragging Young Girl Into WaterHer quick-thinking grandfather jumped into the water and got her out, bringing her back to safety.




  • Female reporters 'unable to listen' to Trump's visit to Western Wall due to gender segregation

    Female reporters 'unable to listen' to Trump's visit to Western Wall due to gender segregationFemale reporters accompanying President Donald Trump on his trip to the Middle East have been separated from their male colleagues and the President during his historic visit to the Western Wall in Jerusalem.




  • Teenagers Who Stole Car And Killed 6-Year-Old Boy Charged With Capital Murder

    Teenagers Who Stole Car And Killed 6-Year-Old Boy Charged With Capital MurderProsecutors could seek the death penalty in the case.




  • Elephant crushes S. African hunter to death: reports

    Elephant crushes S. African hunter to death: reportsA South African big-game hunter was crushed to death when an elephant picked him up and then fell on him after being shot, Zimbabwean officials and media reports said Monday. Theunis Botha, 51, a professional hunter who specialised in hunting with hounds, died on Friday in western Zimbabwe. One elephant lifted Botha up with her trunk, and a fellow hunter shot the animal dead, the News24 website said.




  • Now I Get It: President Trump’s trip to Israel and roadblocks to Middle East peace

    Now I Get It: President Trump’s trip to Israel and roadblocks to Middle East peaceIn Israel, Trump said we have a “rare opportunity” for peace in the Middle East. He's also said that his son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, could get a deal done. As President Trump makes his first trip overseas, Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric looks at the sticking points, for the Israelis and the Palestinians, to achieving that peace.




  • Melania Trump has no time for Donald's need for hand-holding

    Melania Trump has no time for Donald's need for hand-holdingFew people are capable of telling Donald Trump no — except, maybe, Melania Trump. Take a look at this latest clip, featuring President Trump walking down an airport tarmac in Israel with his wife Melania. Trump repeatedly goes for his wife's hand, only to have her smack him away. SEE ALSO: Can you find the hidden and scared government official? The clip gets really good/profoundly depressing about 4 seconds in. It's hard to have any empathy for Melania, who recently delivered a women's empowerment speech to Saudi women in which she encouraged them to manage their "work life" balance. Saudi women are some of the most oppressed women in the world, and can't travel or go to the doctor without a male guardian's permission. Maybe they just need to get their permission chakras in order?  Oh, Melania. It's all hard to swallow, but that doesn't mean we can't rejoice in this small, delightfully humiliating moment of resistance to the president. Every little hand smack counts. WATCH: Someone made a fidget spinner for adults




  • Senator asks ethics office to review Trump hotel payments

    Senator asks ethics office to review Trump hotel paymentsBy Julia Harte WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top Democrat on the U.S. Senate committee overseeing pensions on Monday asked the U.S. Office of Government Ethics to assess whether President Donald Trump is violating the Constitution and federal bans on conflicts of interest. Reuters reported on April 26 that public pension funds in at least seven U.S. states periodically send millions of dollars to an investment fund that owns the upscale Trump SoHo Hotel and Condominium in New York City and pays a Trump company to run it, according to a Reuters review of public records. “Trump may be profiting from the retirement plans of millions of our nation’s public servants,” Senator Patty Murray of Washington state wrote in a letter to Walter Shaub, the director of the Office of Government Ethics, citing the Reuters report.




  • Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus: The final performance

    Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus: The final performanceWith laughter, hugs and tears — and the requisite death-defying stunts — the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus received its final standing ovation Sunday night as it performed its last show. “We are, forevermore, the Greatest Show on Earth,” boomed Johnathan Lee Iverson, who has been the ringmaster since 1999. It was an emotional 2 1/2 hours for those who worked on the circus.