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June 06, 2015
AOC to DHS chief: Border agents shared 'images of my violent rape' in secret Facebook group

AOC to DHS chief: Border agents shared 'images of my violent rape' in secret Facebook group

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez questioned Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan about the whereabouts of Border Patrol agents who threatened her in a secret Facebook group.

Gibraltar extends detention of Iranian tanker for a month

Gibraltar extends detention of Iranian tanker for a month

Gibraltar was granted the power on Friday to detain Iran's Grace 1 oil tanker for another month, keeping the vessel at the center of a big-power quarrel between Iran and the United States and its allies. Gibraltar said the Iranian vessel, seized by marines in a daring landing in darkness off...

“We Can Stop All of You:” Air Force Warns that They Are Ready to Protect Area 51

“We Can Stop All of You:” Air Force Warns that They Are Ready to Protect Area 51

It started as a bit of a joke, but now the US Air Force (USAF) has told people not to go near Area 51.As we have reported last week more than a million people have RSVP’d to an event on Facebook, planning a raid on Area 51 in southern Nevada to “see them aliens.”The event, titled, “Storm Area 51,...

Feds: Man charged with killing 3 had been deported twice

Feds: Man charged with killing 3 had been deported twice

A Guatemalan man who apparently entered the U.S. illegally after being deported twice has been charged with killing an Iowa woman and her two children. Marvin Oswaldo Escobar-Orellana, 31, made an initial court appearance Thursday in Des Moines, where the judge set his bond at $3 million cash and...

Brazil's Petrobras refuses to refuel Iran ships due to US sanctions

Brazil's Petrobras refuses to refuel Iran ships due to US sanctions

US-listed Brazilian state oil giant Petrobras said Friday it will not refuel two Iranian vessels that have been stuck for weeks at a Brazilian port for fear of violating American sanctions. Washington has imposed a slate of sanctions on Tehran and companies with ties to the Islamic republic since...

California city set to ban gendered words like 'manhole' and 'manpower'

California city set to ban gendered words like 'manhole' and 'manpower'

The City Council in Berkeley, Calif., votes to remove gender-specific words from its municipal code.

Ex-NRA Ad Firm: Um, Wayne LaPierre is Lying

Ex-NRA Ad Firm: Um, Wayne LaPierre is Lying

Lucas Jackson/ReutersIn a new filing against the National Rifle Association, lawyers for ad agency Ackerman McQueen suggest that longtime NRA executive Wayne LaPierre is lying about a critical moment in the gun rights group’s recent leadership shake up. At issue is multi-million-dollar litigation...

Hong Kong Protesters Who Stormed Legco Seek Asylum in Taiwan: Report

Hong Kong Protesters Who Stormed Legco Seek Asylum in Taiwan: Report

(Bloomberg) -- Dozens of Hong Kong protesters involved in the ransacking of the city’s Legislative Council this month have arrived in Taiwan to seek asylum, the Apple Daily newspaper reported.About 30 protesters have already landed in Taiwan, while as many as 30 others -- and possibly more -- are...

US weather: Potentially deadly heat wave set to break records

US weather: Potentially deadly heat wave set to break records

The hottest weather in years is stifling two-thirds of the United States, stretching from Texas and Oklahoma northeastward to Maine. The National Weather Service is using strong language to describe the hazards posed by this event.The Weather Service forecast office in Chicago, for example, is...

Trump and progressive Democrats want the same thing – and Pelosi is in the way

Trump and progressive Democrats want the same thing – and Pelosi is in the way

The president and the Squad are happy to push the Democratic party further to the left – but Pelosi disagrees‘They believe that this transformation not only will lead to progressive legislative victories, it will also win elections.’ Photograph: J Scott Applewhite/APAmerican politics makes some...

Kevin McAleenan pushes back as House Democrats grill the acting DHS chief over border crisis

Kevin McAleenan pushes back as House Democrats grill the acting DHS chief over border crisis

McAleenan says border agents are doing their 'level best in a very challenging situation.'

The Navy's 6th Generation Fighter Could Put the F-35 in a Museum

The Navy's 6th Generation Fighter Could Put the F-35 in a Museum

New much-longer range sensors and weapons, incorporating emerging iterations of AI, are expected to make warfare more disaggregated, and much less of a linear force on force type of engagement. Such a phenomenon, driven by new technology, underscores warfare reliance upon sensors and information...

Ukraine's president says he backs prisoner swap with Russia

Ukraine's president says he backs prisoner swap with Russia

Ukraine's president on Friday outlined the details of an impending prisoner swap with Russia, saying that Kiev is willing to release a jailed Russian journalist in exchange for a Ukrainian film director. President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's statement comes at the end of the week of shuttle...

US student who killed Chinese scholar sentenced to life in prison

US student who killed Chinese scholar sentenced to life in prison

A former graduate student at a US university was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without possibility of release for the kidnapping and gruesome killing of a visiting Chinese scholar. Brendt Christensen, 30, who did not speak during the hearing, had faced a possible death sentence but his...

U.S. amphibious group patrols Arabian Sea as Iran tensions simmer

U.S. amphibious group patrols Arabian Sea as Iran tensions simmer

At a thumbs-up sign from a sailor, a U.S. Harrier fighter jet takes off from the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer in the Arabian Sea as an oil tanker passes, a nautical mile away. The patrol is "standard" but the situation - growing tension between the United States and Iran - is not....

Spacesuits have been bulky since before Apollo 11. A skintight design may change that

Spacesuits have been bulky since before Apollo 11. A skintight design may change that

The iconic, but bulky, spacesuit worn by Neil Armstrong hasn't drastically changed in decades. A skintight design may change that.

Rand Paul Fires Back at Jon Stewart on Fox News: He’s ‘Not Using His Brain’

Rand Paul Fires Back at Jon Stewart on Fox News: He’s ‘Not Using His Brain’

A day after former Daily Show host Jon Stewart and 9/11 responder John Feal came on Fox News and eviscerated him and fellow GOP Sen. Mike Lee for blocking the reauthorization of the 9/11 victims' compensation fund in the Senate, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) appeared on Fox to return fire.And not only...

Wasp spray leads to 3 deaths in West Virginia after being used as alternative meth

Wasp spray leads to 3 deaths in West Virginia after being used as alternative meth

West Virginia state police are cautioning residents against using wasp sprayas an alternative form of methamphetamine after three people purportedlyoverdosed

Strong quake hits near Greek capital of Athens, 4 hurt

Strong quake hits near Greek capital of Athens, 4 hurt

A strong earthquake centered northwest of Athens shook Greece on Friday, causing frightened residents to run into the capital's streets and damaging several buildings. The Athens Institute of Geodynamics gave the earthquake that struck at 2:13 p.m. local time (1113 GMT) a preliminary...

France turns down citizenship for immigrant nurse because she 'works too much'

France turns down citizenship for immigrant nurse because she 'works too much'

France has rejected an immigrant nurse’s application for citizenship on the grounds that she was working too many hours a week in breach of the statutory 35-hour week and strict limits on overtime. The nurse, whose name and nationality have not been made public, holds three jobs and averages 59...

'My entire world was gone': floods devastate northern Pakistan

'My entire world was gone': floods devastate northern Pakistan

Now only jagged rocks and a few damaged homes remain after torrential rains wreaked havoc on the picturesque mountain village in the Laswa Valley. More than 270 people have been killed in recent days across South Asia as monsoon rains deluged large swathes of the subcontinent, flooding waterways...

Mom, daughter accused in pregnant teen's murder now charged in her baby's death

Mom, daughter accused in pregnant teen's murder now charged in her baby's death

The suspects are accused of killing a teen who carried her baby to full term before she was killed.

Iran says U.S. may have shot down its own drone by mistake

Iran says U.S. may have shot down its own drone by mistake

Iran denied it lost a drone in the Strait of Hormuz after the United States said it had 'destroyed' an Iranian drone that was threatening a U.S. ship.

How Nicaragua’s Sandinista Revolution Was Resurrected—and Betrayed

How Nicaragua’s Sandinista Revolution Was Resurrected—and Betrayed

Courtesy Bill GentileBill Gentile covered the Central American wars of the 1980s that haunt the United States to this day. In the first chapter of this series he wrote about the Sandinista revolution in Nicaragua. In the second, he looked at the U.S.-backed counter-revolution. Here he looks at what...

CORRECTED-UPDATE 1-Vietnam says Chinese vessel violated its sovereignty in South China Sea

CORRECTED-UPDATE 1-Vietnam says Chinese vessel violated its sovereignty in South China Sea

Vietnam on Friday accused a Chinese oil survey vessel and its escorts of violating its sovereignty and demanded that China remove the ships from Vietnamese waters. Vietnam and China have for years long been embroiled in a dispute over the potentially energy-rich stretch of waters in the South...

The U.S. Marines Might Be Souring on Amphibious Assault Ships. Here's Why.

The U.S. Marines Might Be Souring on Amphibious Assault Ships. Here's Why.

The incoming commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps is backing away from the service’s longstanding requirement for 38 dedicated amphibious assault ships.The move could signal the beginning of a new approach to amphibious warfare for the world’s leading marine force.New commandant Gen. David Berger is...

Germany honors resisters who tried to assassinate Hitler

Germany honors resisters who tried to assassinate Hitler

Germany is marking the 75th anniversary of the most famous plot to kill Adolf Hitler, honoring those who resisted the Nazis — who were stigmatized for decades as traitors — as pillars of the country's modern democracy amid growing concerns about the resurgence of the far-right. Chancellor...

Arizona Dem. Joins Republicans in Effort to Expedite Deportation of Migrants with Invalid Asylum Claims

Arizona Dem. Joins Republicans in Effort to Expedite Deportation of Migrants with Invalid Asylum Claims

Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D., Ariz.) has joined a bipartisan group of nine colleagues proposing a pilot program that would expedite the deportation of migrants who make invalid asylum claims.The senators outlined the Operation Safe Return program, which would allow the deportation of migrants within...

Dozens of whales wash up on Icelandic beach

Dozens of whales wash up on Icelandic beach

Dozens of beached whales have been discovered on a secluded stretch of sand in west Iceland where people rarely tread. The eerie photographs show what appears to be around 20 pilot whales, partially buried in the sand and rotting on Löngufjörur beach. A pilot from Reykjavík took the photographs...

Ramush Haradinaj, Kosovo's 'Rambo' ex-PM and Serbian antagonist

Ramush Haradinaj, Kosovo's 'Rambo' ex-PM and Serbian antagonist

Ramush Haradinaj, who resigned as Kosovo's prime minister on Friday, is hailed as a hero at home -- where he is nicknamed "Rambo" -- but considered a war criminal by Belgrade, which has long sought to see him behind bars. The controversial 51-year-old, who was a wartime commander of...

Five guys arrested for fighting at Five Guys burgers in Florida

Five guys arrested for fighting at Five Guys burgers in Florida

An appropriate number of guys were arrested when a fight broke out at a FiveGuys restaurant in Florida on Wednesday

Satellite images ‘show US military buildup in Saudi Arabia’ amid Iran tensions

Satellite images ‘show US military buildup in Saudi Arabia’ amid Iran tensions

The United States is preparing to send hundreds of troops to Saudi Arabia where satellite images appear to show a build up of American forces on the ground. Up to 500 soldiers are to be sent to the Prince Sultan Airbase in the desert to the east of the capital Riyadh, two officials told CNN,...

New Hampshire lawmaker Werner Horn: 'Owning slaves doesn't make you racist'

New Hampshire lawmaker Werner Horn: 'Owning slaves doesn't make you racist'

A New Hampshire lawmaker came under fire this week for claiming American slavery was based on economics, not racism.

EU plans to offer Boris Johnson no-deal Brexit extension: The Guardian

EU plans to offer Boris Johnson no-deal Brexit extension: The Guardian

"It will be described as a technical delay to save Boris from political embarrassment but then we will have time to find an agreement," a senior EU diplomat told the newspaper http://bit.ly/2xWScq9. Johnson could maintain the stance of being on course to leave EU without an agreement...

South Korean dies from self-immolation near Japan's embassy

South Korean dies from self-immolation near Japan's embassy

A 78-year-old South Korean man died hours after setting himself ablaze near the Japanese Embassy in Seoul on Friday, police said, at a time of worsening tensions between Seoul and Tokyo. The man died later Friday while being treated at a Seoul hospital, police said. Police said Kim had phoned an...

Rep Ilhan Omar’s Constituents on Trump’s Go Home Taunt: We’ve Heard it Before

Rep Ilhan Omar’s Constituents on Trump’s Go Home Taunt: We’ve Heard it Before

Tom Williams/GettyMINNEAPOLIS—They’ve been told to go home in grocery stores. On the way to pick up lunch at McDonald’s. On a highway overpass and in school playgrounds. While wearing the uniform of the U.S. military. For many residents of Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District, President Donald...

Marine Corps Tells Rep. Duncan Hunter He Can’t Use Trademarked Corps Material for His Campaign

Marine Corps Tells Rep. Duncan Hunter He Can’t Use Trademarked Corps Material for His Campaign

"It is personally disappointing to Congressman Hunter that he is now being told that he cannot use this motto or image that thousands of Marines like Congressman Hunter, who went to war under this banner, have used for tattoos, coins, and multiple other items of personal sentiment,"...

To return to the Moon, astronauts need new spacesuits

To return to the Moon, astronauts need new spacesuits

Space engineer Pablo de Leon has designed two spacesuit prototypes for the Moon and for Mars, and knows how long development takes. If NASA wants to meet its own deadline of returning to the Moon by 2024, it needs to get a move on. "NASA still doesn't have a suit because the decision...

Cyprus detains 12 Israeli men over allegations of gang rape of British teenager

Cyprus detains 12 Israeli men over allegations of gang rape of British teenager

Twelve Israeli tourists were remanded in custody for eight days by a court in Cyprus for the alleged gang rape of a 19-year-old British woman at a popular holiday resort on the island. The Israelis were arrested on Wednesday after the British teenager told police that she had been raped at the...

Squeezed by sanctions, Iranians seek day jobs in Kurdish Iraq

Squeezed by sanctions, Iranians seek day jobs in Kurdish Iraq

When the car pulled up to the curb in Iraq's Arbil, a half-dozen Iranian labourers swarmed around it. Squeezed by US sanctions on Tehran, they were hunting for work across the border. Mostly Kurds themselves, they have sought day jobs in construction and other menial labour in Iraq's...

'Clearly a racist act': After biracial boy dragged by school bus, school settles lawsuit

'Clearly a racist act': After biracial boy dragged by school bus, school settles lawsuit

The teen's mother sued the school district in May, alleging a bus driver intentionally closed the door on her 13-year-old biracial son's backpack.

India says illegal immigrants from Bangladesh becoming citizens

India says illegal immigrants from Bangladesh becoming citizens

India said on Friday thousands of illegal immigrants from neighbouring Muslim-majority Bangladesh had produced false documents to become citizens in the far-eastern Indian state of Assam. The Supreme Court had ordered the citizenship tally for Assam following years of campaigns against immigrants...

Navy warship sunk by German sub in WWII finally located

Navy warship sunk by German sub in WWII finally located

A private dive team has located the last U.S. Navy warship to be sunk by a German submarine in World War II, just a few miles (kilometers) off the coast of Maine. The sinking of the USS Eagle PE-56 on April 23, 1945, was originally blamed on a boiler explosion. The patrol boat's precise...

Lawsuit: North Dakota officers used 'violence' on protester

Lawsuit: North Dakota officers used 'violence' on protester

Marcus Mitchell, 24, filed the lawsuit Thursday against Morton County, the city of Bismarck and state Highway Patrol officers. Highway Patrol spokesman Wade Kadrmas declined comment, citing pending litigation. A Morton County official didn't immediately respond to the Bismarck Tribune's...

How the Ilhan Omar Marriage Smear Went From Fever Swamp to Trump

How the Ilhan Omar Marriage Smear Went From Fever Swamp to Trump

Joshua Roberts/GettyWhen Donald Trump suggested on Wednesday that Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) once married her own brother in an immigration fraud scheme, he demonstrated the remarkable degree to which even the most far-off corners of the right-wing internet can launch unproven, anonymous claims into...

13 Philadelphia police officers to be fired following Facebook post investigation

13 Philadelphia police officers to be fired following Facebook post investigation

Thirteen Philadelphia police officers will be fired following an investigation into racist and offensive Facebook posts, Commissioner Richard Ross said.

Great Barrier Reef agency breaks with Australia gvt in climate warning

Great Barrier Reef agency breaks with Australia gvt in climate warning

The agency that manages the Great Barrier Reef broke ranks with Australia's conservative government to call for the "strongest and fastest possible action" against climate change to save the world heritage marine wonder. The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, a government...

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