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  • DR officials identify man believed to have paid Ortiz hitmen

    DR officials identify man believed to have paid Ortiz hitmenDominican 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 Rodríguez Mota, whom authorities say is a fugitive. The announcement was made as a judge held a hearing closed to the public for another suspect nicknamed "Bone." Officials did not release details, but according to court documents obtained by The Associated Press, the man, whose real name is Gabriel Alexánder Pérez Vizcaíno, is accused of being the liaison between the alleged hit men and the person who paid them.




  • Earthquake in southern China kills 11 people, injures 122

    Earthquake in southern China kills 11 people, injures 122A strong earthquake that hit Sichuan province in southern China late Monday night killed 11 people and injured 122, the local government said. The Yibin city government posted the casualty toll on its social media accounts Tuesday morning. Xinhua news agency said rescue efforts were underway in the stricken area.




  • Oklahomans Fall Mysteriously Ill While on Trip to the Dominican Republic

    Oklahomans Fall Mysteriously Ill While on Trip to the Dominican Republic47 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.




  • US restores some aid to El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala

    US restores some aid to El Salvador, Honduras, GuatemalaThe 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. The State Department said that after a review of more than $615 million in assistance that President Donald Trump ordered in March to be cut entirely, it would go ahead with $432 million in projects and grants that had been previously approved.




  • See Photos of the Porsche 718 Spyder

    See Photos of the Porsche 718 Spyder




  • Lockheed Martin announces $142M expansion of Arkansas plant

    Lockheed Martin announces $142M expansion of Arkansas plantLockheed 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 currently employs about 700 workers.




  • Explosion levels NJ home, no serious injuries

    Explosion levels NJ home, no serious injuriesA home in northern New Jersey was leveled by an explosion Monday, but the lone person inside the residence escaped serious injury when they were pulled from the burning rubble by an off-duty police officer who lives nearby. (June 17)




  • Intense Garlic Hack Has Captivated the Internet and People Have Never Been More Pumped to Peel

    Intense Garlic Hack Has Captivated the Internet and People Have Never Been More Pumped to PeelThis is a life-changing hack for garlic lovers




  • Instant Pot Owners: Here Are 40+ Recipes To Make In Your New Baby

    Instant Pot Owners: Here Are 40+ Recipes To Make In Your New Baby




  • Best Tech Deals in June 2019

    Best Tech Deals in June 2019Amazon Deals | Walmart Deals | Apple Deals | TV Deals | Gaming Deals | Laptop DealsGood news if you're updating your arsenal of gadgets this month. As the spring season comes to an end, prices on all things tech continue to fall just in time for the summer. Big retailers from Amazon to Walmart are offering some of the best deals we've ever seen on everything from smart home devices to game consoles. Meanwhile, ThinkGeek is having a moving sale, so everything is 50% off sitewide via coupon, "MOVINGDAY" this week. Shop ThinkGeek's Entire Sale Get ready to block your calendar for Amazon's big shopping event next month. Soon we'll be gathering the best Amazon Prime Day 2019 deals. For the time being, here are some of the best tech deals we're seeing right now. Amazon Hardware DealsAmazon is currently offering many of its proprietary devices at discounted pricing. * Echo Input for $19.99 ($15 off)  * Fire HD 10 Tablet for $119.99 ($30 off)  * Echo Show (2nd Gen) for $179.99 ($50 off) * Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote for $29.99 ($10 off)  * Fire TV Stick 4K with Alexa Voice Remote for $39.99 ($10 off) * Fire HD 8 Tablet w/ Show Mode Charging Dock for $79.99 ($40 off) * Kindle Paperwhite Essentials Bundle for $139.97 ($50 off)  * All-New Echo Dot Kids Edition (Rainbow) for $49.99 ($20 off)  * Echo Dot (3rd Gen) Smart Speaker for $29.99 ($20 off)  * Echo (2nd Gen) for $64.99 ($35 off) * Echo Auto for $24.99 ($25 off)   * Kindle Paperwhite e-Reader for $99.99 ($30 off)  * Kindle Oasis e-Reader for $199.99 ($50 off)  * All-new Kindle e-Reader (2019) for $69.99 ($20 off)  * Kindle Paperwhite Essentials Bundle for $140 ($50 off)  * Fire HD 8 Tablet  for $59.99 ($20 off)  * Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet (2-Pack) for $194.99 ($65 off) * Fire HD 10 Kids Edition Tablet (2-Pack) for $299.98 ($100 off)  * Echo Plus (2nd Gen) with Philips Hue Bulb for $119.99 ($45 off)  * All-New Fire 7 Tablet w/ $10 Appstore Credit for $49.99 ($10 off)  * Echo Spot Smart Alarm Clock (2-Pack) for $219.98 ($40 off)  * Ring Smart Lighting Spotlights (2-pack) for $99.99 ($30 off) Top Tech Deals Right Now * Shop ThinkGeek's Entire Sale  * Apple iPad Pro 12.9-inch (Wi-Fi, 512GB) for $699 ($450 off)  * Apple 9.7-inch iPad for $249 ($81 off) * Apple Watch Series 4 (40mm) GPS for $339 ($60 off)  * Bose QuietComfort 35 2 Wireless Headphones for $299 ($50 off) also at Walmart * Sony WH1000XM3 Wireless Headphones for $298 ($52 off)  * Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless Headphones for $229.97 ($120 off) * Acer Aspire 3 15.6-inch Laptop for $399 ($100 off) * Jabra Elite 65T Wireless Earbuds for $149.99 ($20 off via coupon, "JUNE20SAVE") TV Deals * Toshiba 55-inch 4K UHD Smart LED TV for $349.99 ($100 off)  * TCL 75-inch 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart TV for $1,399.99 ($500 off)  * Samsung 49-inch Q60 Series 4K QLED Smart TV (2019) for $747.99 ($252 off) * Vizio 50-inch 4K HDR Smart TV for $259.99 ($140 off)  * Hisense 65-inch 4K Roku Smart TV for $498 ($150 off)  * Samsung 65-inch Q60 QLED 4K Smart TV for $1,397.99 ($400 off)  Tech Under $50 * Nintendo Switch Pro Controller for $49.99 ($20 off) also at Best Buy  * Choetech Gravity Charging Car Phone Mount for $16.99 via coupon, "HRLT7DRT")  * Fire TV Stick w/ Alexa Voice Remote for $29.99 ($10 off) * Fire TV Stick 4K w/ Alexa Voice Remote for $39.99 ($10 off)  * All-New Echo Dot Kids Edition (Rainbow) for $49.99 ($20 off)  * Echo Dot (3rd Gen) Smart Speaker for $29.99 ($20 off)  * Echo Input for $19.99 ($15 off)  * Echo Auto for $24.99 ($25 off)   * SanDisk Ultra 64GB microSD Card for $11 ($14 off)  * Soundcore Liberty Neo Wireless Earbuds for $44.99 ($15 off)    Smartwatch Deals * Apple Watch Series 4 (40mm) GPS for $339 ($60 off)  * Garmin Approach S60 Golf Watch for $349.98 ($50 off) also at Amazon  * Fitbit Versa for $179.95 ($20 off)  * Fitbit Charge 3 for $119.95 ($30 off)  * Fitbit Ionic for $195 ($55 off)  * Fossil Gen 4 Explorist HR Smartwatch for $199 ($76 off)  * Fossil Gen 3 Explorist Smartwatch for $179 ($76 off)  * Fitbit Ionic Watch for $199.95 ($50 off)  * Garmin Fenix 5S Plus for $599.99 ($200 off) also at Best Buy  * Garmin Fenix 5X Plus for $649.99 ($150 off) also at Best Buy  * Garmin Fenix 5 for $349.99 ($150 off) also at Best Buy Unlocked Phones * Samsung Galaxy S10e 128GB Unlocked for $499.99 ($250 off) [NEW] * Google Pixel 3 XL 128GB Unlocked (Not Pink) for $749.99 ($250 off) [NEW] * Samsung Galaxy Note 9 128GB Unlocked for $635 ($365 off) [NEW] * Samsung Galaxy S10 128GB Unlocked  for $699.99 via on-page coupon ($200 off) * Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus 128GB Unlocked for $799.99 via on-page coupon ($200 off)  * Google Pixel 3 XL 128GB Unlocked for $779.99 ($220 off)  * Apple iPhone SE 32GB Unlocked for $249 ($100 off) Cameras * Nikon Coolpix B500 Compact Camera for $224 ($76 off)  * Nikon D3500 DSLR 2 Lens Camera Bundle for $446.95 ($400 off) also at Focus Camera  * Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Camera w/ 16-50mm Lens for $498 ($152 off) * Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Camera (Body Only) for $398 ($152 off) * Canon EOS M100 Mirrorless Camera w/ 15-45mm Lens for $399 ($200 off) also at Amazon * Canon PowerShot SX530 Digital Camera for $229 ($150 off) * Panasonic Lumix LX10 4K Digital Camera for $497.99 ($202 off) Games and Consoles * MS Xbox One S 1TB Console for $169 ($131 off) at Newegg via eBay  * MS Xbox One X 1TB Division 2 Bundle on sale for $399 ($100 off)  * MS Xbox One S 1TB Fortnite Battle Royale SE Bundle for $249 ($51 off) * Sony PS4 Pro 1TB Console for $349.99 ($50 off)  * Sony PSVR Mega Blood + Truth Everybody's Golf Bundle for $299.99 ($50 off)  * Sony PS4 1TB Slim Days of Play Console (Steel Black) for $299.99 (Limited Edition) * Sony PS4 Slim 1TB Marvel's Spider-Man Bundle for $328 ($32 off) at Walmart  * Madden NFL 19 Hall of Fame Edition for PS4 for $30 ($50 off)




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

    UPDATE 1-U.S. pedestrian, bicyclist deaths rise in 2018 -reportU.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 dramatic increase in traffic deaths in 2016 was the result of more people killed on foot, bicycle or motorcycle. In 2018, the agency said pedestrian deaths were projected please to rise 4 percent and bicyclist deaths by 10 percent.




  • 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 selling hybrid or electric passenger jets by around 2035. While the company is still far from ready to churn out battery-operated jumbo jets, Scherer said Airbus already has "the technology for autonomous flying" and for planes flown by just one pilot.




  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez hits back at Trump after he misquotes her in tweet defending him against impeachment

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez hits back at Trump after he misquotes her in tweet defending him against impeachmentAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez called Donald Trump’s “bluff” after he misquoted her in a tweet defending himself against growing calls for his impeachment.The Democratic congresswoman told broadcaster ABC that the Democrats have “a very real risk of losing the presidency to Donald Trump” if the party does not have a candidate in 2020 who will fight for “true transformational change” in people's lives.In a tweet posted on Sunday, Mr Trump used an edited version of Ms Ocasio-Cortez’s quote to hit back at those calling for his impeachment.“'I think we have a very real risk of losing the Presidency to Donald Trump,'" tweeted Trump, citing Ms Ocasio-Cortez's quote. “I agree, and that is the only reason they play the impeach card, which cannot be legally used!”In response, the New York congresswoman tweeted: “Mr. President, you’re from Queens. You may fool the rest of the country, but I'll call your bluff any day of the week.“Opening an impeachment inquiry is exactly what we must do when the President obstructs justice, advises witnesses to ignore legal subpoenas & more.”She concluded her response with “Bye” and a waving-hand emoji.The back-and-forth between Mr Trump and Ms Ocasio-Cortez on Twitter comes as dozens of Democrats call to impeach the president, even as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has quashed the prospect of impeachment for now.In her interview with ABC's Jonathan Karl, Ms Ocasio-Cortez said Mr Trump's recent Oval Office meeting with George Stephanopoulos was the latest indication of why Mr Trump should be held accountable to “the rule of law.” During the meeting, the US president acknowledged he would consider accepting information on his political opponents from a foreign government.“I think every day that passes, the pressure to impeach grows and I think that it's justifiable, I think the evidence continues to come in,” she said.“I believe that with the president now saying he is willing to break the law to win re-election, that transcends partisanship, it transcends party lines, and this is now about the rule of law in the United States of America.”Her sentiment is reflective of a recent spike among Democratic voters pushing for impeachment. A poll released on Sunday from NBC News and the Wall Street Journal found that 48 per cent of Democratic voters back impeachment, up from 30 per cent last month. But the poll found that the nation remains largely divided on the issue, with Republican and independent voters opposing impeachment hearings.Mr Trump's tweet quoting the New York congresswoman came towards the end of a busy Sunday for him on Twitter. This saw him sending Father's Day wishes even to his “worst and most vicious critics, of which there are fewer and fewer”, sharing a video of lawmakers and pundits doubting his 2016 campaign and congratulating golfer Gary Woodland for winning the US Open.The US president also thanked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for inaugurating Trump Heights, Israel's newest town on the Golan Heights. The town is located in the same area that Trump recognised in March as being part of sovereign Israel.Ms Ocasio-Cortez also commented on the candidacy of former vice president Joe Biden on Sunday, saying that he still has some work to do to change his behaviour towards women.Asked whether she believes Mr Biden understands some of the concerns that have been raised regarding his behaviour, she said: “I think that's something that he has to kind of show the electorate."You know, I think that it is an issue where there is a struggle; I'll be completely honest.”When asked whether Mr Trump would be re-elected if the Democrats do not nominate someone who identifies as a true progressive, Ms Ocasio-Cortez warned against electing a president who advocated for “half-measures”, such as someone who would not fight for a $15 minimum wage, a tuition-free college initiative or advancing women's rights. She reiterated her concern of what that would mean for 2020.“I think we have a very real risk of losing the presidency,” she said.Washington Post




  • VIDEO: Flight attendant, beverage cart smash into ceiling during violent turbulence

    VIDEO: Flight attendant, beverage cart smash into ceiling during violent turbulencePassengers on a flight to France got tossed around in the air over the weekend in a terrifying bout of turbulence captured on video.




  • Today’s best deals: $7 Alexa smart plugs, $13 color smart lights, $25 Fire TV Stick, $15 Wi-Fi extender, more

    Today’s best deals: $7 Alexa smart plugs, $13 color smart lights, $25 Fire TV Stick, $15 Wi-Fi extender, moreWe're kicking off the new week with a phenomenal roundup of the best daily deals we could find. Highlights include top-rated Alexa and Google enabled smart plugs for just over $7 a piece when you buy a 4-pack and clip the $3 coupon, renewed Fire TV Sticks for $24.99, the best-selling TP-Link Wi-Fi range extender on Amazon for just $14.99, brand new iPads at their lowest prices of all time, the Apple Watch Series 3 in both sizes at all-time low prices, $13 color LED smart light bulbs that are just as good as $50 Philips Hue bulbs, a 10W fast wireless charging stand for only $8.99, $70 Nintendo Switch Pro Controllers for just $49.99 a piece, the best-selling Instant Pot at its lowest price of 2019, 12 months of PlayStation Plus for $39.99 instead of $60, and more. Check out all of today's best deals below.




  • U.S. Supreme Court declines to expand 'double jeopardy' protections

    U.S. Supreme Court declines to expand 'double jeopardy' protectionsThe U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to limit the ability of federal and state prosecutors to separately charge people for the same underlying crime, a decision with major implications for people like Paul Manafort convicted in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe and facing state charges as well. The justices ruled 7-2 in favor of federal prosecutors and against an Alabama man named Terance Gamble in a gun possession case, preserving the current system that gives states and the U.S. government broad authority to bring charges against criminal defendants arising from the same underlying conduct. Gamble challenged the federal charges against him, saying they violated his rights under the U.S. Constitution's Fifth Amendment to be free of "double jeopardy," the legal principle that people cannot be charged twice for the same offense.




  • 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 yearLeaks 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 2020 smartphone lineup from Apple.According to Kuo, Apple will once again release three iPhone models in 2020, but will make significant changes to the designs of the high-end models. The successors to the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Max will supposedly feature 5.4-inch and 6.7-inch displays, respectively, and will both support 5G. The iPhone 11R follow-up will retain a 6.1-inch display, but Kuo believes that all three models will have OLED screens in 2020.Furthermore, Kuo says that every iPhone model will support 5G by 2021, and that Qualcomm will be Apple's primary supplier of 5G modems initially. By 2022 or 2023, though, Apple should have its own 5G modem ready, which would reduce its reliance on Qualcomm (with which Apple recently reached a major settlement agreement).A vast majority of the credible leaks concerning this year's iPhone models suggest that Apple will stick to the familiar notch design for at least one more year. It's hard to see Apple opting for any of the current design alternatives, such as the pop-up camera of the OnePlus 7 Pro or the hole-punch camera of the Galaxy S10. But by 2020, perhaps the prospect of embedding a camera and the necessary sensors beneath the display will be less daunting.Regardless, if Kuo's report is on point, the design of the 2020 iPhone models will be the most significant departure for the smartphone line since the iPhone X was introduced in 2017. The addition of a 5.4-inch model will undoubtedly be a welcome change for those who find the standard iPhone X and XS to be too large as well.




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

    600 people on Monsanto 'watch lists' in Germany, France: BayerUS 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 countries and in Brussels. "Update on Monsanto stakeholder lists: until the end of last week, the firm hired by Bayer contacted all the people on the German and French lists," Bayer's press department tweeted.




  • 'Hey, Hey, Hey': Bill Cosby posted for Father's Day – leaving many to diss 'America's Dad'

    'Hey, Hey, Hey': Bill Cosby posted for Father's Day – leaving many to diss 'America's Dad'Bill Cosby may be in prison, but his social media accounts still posted a Father's Day message Sunday.




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

    AOC: ‘Hyde Amendment Is about Income Inequality’ Not AbortionRepresentative 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 inequality.“I’m encourage by the fact that he is now against the Hyde Amendment,” Ocasio-Cortez told ABC’s Jonathan Karl when asked about Biden’s recent reversal on the issue.Ocasio-Cortez, who launched a petition over the weekend to build public support for the amendment's repeal, went on to explain that the direct federal funding of abortion is necessary to protect the abortion rights of incarcerated pregnant women.“Reproductive health care for incarcerated women should be guaranteed as it is with all women in the United States, so I think it really depends,” said the freshman New York lawmaker. More from her remarks:> And that’s really what the Hyde amendment is really about. The Hyde amendment isn’t about abortion per se. The Hyde amendment is truly about equality of healthcare and healthcare access for low income women and women of color and women that get caught in our mass incarceration system. And so the Hyde amendment is about income inequality and it’s about women’s healthcare in a system of income inequality. So I think that we need to repeal it.After maintaining support for the Hyde amendment throughout his decades-long career in politics, Biden reversed himself last month in response to pressure from abortion-advocacy groups.“If I believe health care is a right, as I do, I can no longer support an amendment that makes that right dependent on someone's ZIP code,” Biden said at a Democratic National Committee gala in Atlanta, citing the restrictive abortion bills recently passed in a number of southern states as the impetus for his reversal.Biden's high-profile reversal on the Hyde amendment prompted an outpouring of public statements from his 2020 Democratic primary opponents about the need to repeal the amendment, which has been added as a rider to federal spending bills in the decades since the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision.




  • Japan protests Chinese activity near disputed islands

    Japan protests Chinese activity near disputed islandsJapan 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 wire-like object into the water off the northwestern coast of Japanese-controlled Senkaku islands on Sunday. China also claims the islands, which it calls Diaoyu.




  • 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 GunsIt’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 right — overlooked memos and misplaced equipment.This first appeared in 2016.In August 2015, the ground combat branch inspected its Beretta M-9 pistols to make sure the guns had key safety fixes. The Army was supposed to have finished upgrading all the guns … more than two decades ago.“During a training exercise, a soldier was injured when a slide failure resulted in the rear portion of the slide separating from the receiver and struck him in the face,” an official warning explained.“‘WARNING’: DEATH OR SERIOUS INJURY TO SOLDIERS, OR DAMAGE TO ARMY EQUIPMENT WILL OCCUR IF THE INSTRUCTIONS IN THIS MESSAGE ARE NOT FOLLOWED.”




  • Since When Are Liberals against Investigating the CIA and FBI?

    Since When Are Liberals against Investigating the CIA and FBI?Was there ever a time when Americans had unquestioning faith in federal law-enforcement agencies? Maybe in the days before Vietnam and Watergate, most citizens did believe that those in charge of the nation’s fate could be trusted. Before World War II, the FBI’s formidable public-relations machine actually produced a popular radio and television program lauding its efforts “in peace and war.” After the war, when the CIA became the country’s first full-time foreign-intelligence agency, few Americans understood much about what it was doing, and what little they did know was colored by the government’s propaganda efforts.But ever since the upheaval of the late 1960s and early 1970s seemed to make cynicism about government our new national pastime, the notion that the intelligence community is above politics has been as outdated as the adulation once accorded to J. Edgar Hoover. It’s in that context that we should understand the recent debate about whether it’s appropriate to scrutinize the CIA and FBI’s role in the origins of the Russia probe. Though Democrats are now treating criticism of federal law enforcement as beyond the pale, their newfound faith is every bit as partisan as Republicans’ newfound skepticism. A sober look at the history of the past few decades reveals that, to paraphrase Clausewitz, in Washington, intelligence has always been a matter of politics by other means.Attorney General William Barr’s decision to launch an investigation into the origins of the Russia investigation has caused some predicable anger among Democrats and other Trump-administration critics. This discomfort stems from what they regard as an attempt to flip the narrative from Trump’s alleged collusion with Russia to a dubious decision by the FBI to begin spying on the political opponents of Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration.Given the failure of the investigation led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller to prove the collusion allegations, Barr’s attempt to determine whether the unprecedented probe of a presidential campaign was an abuse of power seems reasonable. But Barr’s decision is a huge problem for Democrats who are hoping to pursue the impeachment of Trump by picking up the case that Mueller failed to make after two years of effort.So we saw CNN crime-and-justice reporter Shimon Prokupecz this week telling host Don Lemon that it is “troubling” that the Department of Justice is questioning the work of CIA agents. “You don't do this,” Prokupecz said. “The CIA kind of operates in their own world.” Indeed the CIA does, but that never stopped Democrats or the press from going all out to probe its activities as long as said activities were perceived to further their opponents’ political agenda.Prokupecz and the House Democrats who are rushing to the barricades to defend the actions of former CIA director John Brennan at the beginning of the Mueller probe are acting as if the agency’s reputation has never before been called into question. Some of them may be too young to have experienced the political ferment of the 1970s and’80s, in which congressional committees led by Democrats such as Frank Church and Otis Pike conducted far-reaching investigations that embarrassed the intelligence establishment. But surely they have some memory of the debates about intelligence after the 9/11 attacks and the heated run-up to George W. Bush’s Iraq War. The only difference between those episodes and this one is that the political parties have switched sides.In the past, it was Republicans defending the FBI and the CIA against Democrats’ charges that these agencies were out of control. But since the summer of 2016, when the intelligence establishment seemed to join forces to raise alarms about Russian meddling in the presidential election and, more important, to raise concerns about untrue allegations of Trump-campaign collusion in that meddling, Democrats have acted as if Langley and Quantico are beyond reproach.Once Trump started criticizing the intelligence agencies’ consensus about Russians’ election interference, and then after it became known that the FBI and CIA had begun probing his campaign in the summer of 2016, Democrats became unstinting in their defense of the agencies. By contrast, Republicans who had been stalwart CIA and FBI defenders suddenly became bitter critics, demanding transparency and sometimes floating the same sort of conspiracy theories about the intelligence community’s activities that used to be the province of the Left.Sensible people of either party will always seek to mix deference to the intelligence community’s mission, which often requires a fair degree of secrecy, with an understanding that all government officials and agencies must be kept on a tight leash lest they abuse the awesome power vested in them.To those who have followed past controversies involving the FBI and CIA, it should seem entirely plausible that some federal law-enforcement agents could let their distaste for Trump get the better of them. That Democrats no longer care and Republicans suddenly do testifies to the fact that in Washington, most things always boil down to politics.




  • In historic shift, Vatican to consider married priests for Amazon region

    In historic shift, Vatican to consider married priests for Amazon regionA Vatican document on Monday said the Church should consider ordaining older married men as priests in remote areas of the Amazon, a historic shift which some say could pave the way for their use in other areas where clergy are scarce. The recommendation, contained in a working document prepared by the Vatican for a synod of bishops from the Amazon scheduled for October, also called for some kind of "official ministry" for women in the area, although it did not elaborate. It was the most direct mention ever in a Vatican document of the possibility of a married priesthood, albeit limited, and a greater ministerial role for women in one area of the world.




  • UPDATE 6-New blow to Boeing from engine delay, Airbus long-range rival takes off

    UPDATE 6-New blow to Boeing from engine delay, Airbus long-range rival takes offBoeing suffered a fresh setback at the opening of the Paris Airshow on Monday as the U.S. planemaker's engine supplier revealed a delay affecting its all-new 777X jet, while Airbus targeted the middle of the market with a rival plane. GE Aviation said it had found unexpected wear in a component for the GE9X engine it is making for Boeing's 777X, the world's largest twin-engined jet, forcing a delay of several months while it redesigns and tests the part. The aerospace industry's biggest annual event, which alternates with Britain's Farnborough Airshow, is traditionally a slugging match between Airbus and Boeing in the $150 billion a year commercial aircraft market.




  • Alibaba Plans Stock Split as It Preps Giant Listing

    Alibaba Plans Stock Split as It Preps Giant Listing(Bloomberg) -- Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. plans a one-to-eight share split, as the e-commerce giant prepares for a stock sale that could be Hong Kong’s largest since 2010.China’s largest company is proposing to increase the number of ordinary shares eight-fold to 32 billion, it said in a statement. The proposal will be discussed and put to a vote at its annual general meeting in Hong Kong on July 15. If approved, the split should take place no later than July 2020.Alibaba is said to have filed for a listing in Hong Kong last week via a confidential exchange application. That sale of stock, which could raise as much as $20 billion, replenishes the online retailer’s war-chest and helps it attract investors closer to home as tensions between China and the U.S. escalate.In the Hong Kong offering, the company will seek to preserve its governance system, where a partnership of top executives has rights including the ability to nominate a majority of board members, a person familiar with the matter has said. It’s possible also that the company may not need to seek a waiver, as the city’s listing rules allow some Chinese issuers who have already listed on an established international bourse to keep their existing structures in a secondary listing.To contact the reporter on this story: Lulu Yilun Chen in Hong Kong at [email protected] contact the editors responsible for this story: Peter Elstrom at [email protected], Edwin ChanFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.




  • 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 Beaumont vacated after he was appointed Google’s Asia-Pacific president in March. The incoming executive, who will be based in Shanghai, had been general manager of its Taiwan business for eight years.Google takes in about 15% of its annual revenue from the Asia Pacific even though it pulled its search engine from the world’s No. 2 economy around 2010, citing censorship. Advertising from Chinese companies however remains an important business for the internet giant.The company came under fire last year for an unsuccessful attempt to bring a censored version of its search engine back to China. Google has also figured prominently in the trade war as it contends with a ban on Huawei, one of its biggest advertisers and Android customers, and comes under scrutiny for its work on artificial intelligence in the country. Google is also said to be reordering its supply chain to move some hardware production out of China as tariffs on these goods increase.The company declined to make Chen available for comment.To contact the reporter on this story: Shelly Banjo in Hong Kong at [email protected] contact the editors responsible for this story: Peter Elstrom at [email protected], Edwin Chan, Colum MurphyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.




  • 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 with the first large unit to use the type.(This first appeared last month.)The Army in late 2017 accepted the very first M-1A2C Abrams tanks. Nearly two years later the service has enough of the new vehicles to equip an entire brigade.“We’re in the throes of getting that together,” Hank Kennedy, a manager at General Dynamics’ tank plant in Lima Ohio, told Lima News.The “first brigade is critical because we need to get [them] into the soldiers’ hands so they can get trained on it and everything else,” Kennedy said.A U.S. Army armored brigade typically operates around 100 tanks. The Army has 16 armored brigades as part of a total force of 58 combat brigades.The M-1A2C is the latest variant of Abrams to enter production. Congress in 2019 gave the Army $1.5 billion to buy 135 M-1s from General Dynamics, extending a program that began in the 1970s.The Army’s budget proposal for 2020 asks for 174 new and upgraded tanks.




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

    Unruly passenger hits flight attendant, then pukes during Delta flight to ParisA federal complaint says a man struck a flight attendant in the throat and then threw up during a Delta flight to Paris.




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




  • 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 briefing Sunday in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, proposed the conference be held with the help of the United Nations and that it decide on a road map for elections to take place in 2019.Sarraj’s overture came after the UN’s Libya envoy, Ghassan Salame, said Security Council members that include the U.S., Russia and France now agree that the violence that’s killed more than 600 people and displaced tens of thousands since April must stop.But the prime minister’s suggestion fell short of outlining cease-fire lines or a way to include Haftar in negotiations -- something the strongman’s backers say is necessary.Sarraj proposed that the meeting include “all Libyan parties and members from every area who call for a peaceful solution,” as Haftar’s forces struggle to advance beyond Tripoli’s outskirts.The effort marks the latest bid by the embattled premier, whose government is backed by the international community, to end the ongoing crisis in the OPEC member country. Haftar’s Libyan National Army launched its offensive after securing the country’s east and south.Proxy WarHaftar, who heads the country’s most organized militia and describes his fight against armed groups in western Libya as a battle against terrorism, has received backing from Egypt and United Arab Emirates. Sarraj is getting support from Turkey and Qatar, creating a form of proxy war between Middle Eastern rivals. President Donald Trump had also signaled support for the strongman in a phone call, U.S. officials said.Sarraj stressed anew that there was no military solution to the current crisis and that only a political road map would bring stability. But he pledged to continue fighting against Haftar’s forces and demanded a probe into what he said could be war crimes committed by them.The Tripoli government has insisted that Haftar withdraw before a cease-fire, something that he’s unlikely to accept. Abdullah Thinni, the prime minister of a Haftar-aligned government in the east, told Sky News the proposal was a “failed attempt in light of the LNA’s advances towards Tripoli.”Haftar’s backers in the U.A.E and Egypt have continued to support him, although they don’t believe he can take Tripoli, an official with knowledge of their stance told Bloomberg.On Sunday, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi met the U.A.E’s foreign minister, Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan. They repeated their support for the LNA’s self-proclaimed fight against terrorism, but also urged a return to stability so Libya can hold elections, according to a statement from the Egyptian presidency.To contact the reporter on this story: Samer Khalil Al-Atrush in Cairo at [email protected] contact the editors responsible for this story: Tarek El-Tablawy at [email protected], Michael Gunn, Paul AbelskyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.




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

    Ex-Tehran mayor to face trial over wife's killingFormer 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 Tehran, according to Iranian media. "On July 1, the first trial session of Mohammad Ali Najafi, former Tehran mayor, will be held at Tehran's Criminal Court," the Iran daily reported.




  • Pompeo tries rallying foreign leaders in alleged oil attacks

    Pompeo tries rallying foreign leaders in alleged oil attacksSecretary of State Mike Pompeo is reaching out to wary foreign leaders to frame alleged Iranian attacks in a Middle East oil shipping route as a problem for the world at large, especially for Asian countries vitally dependent on that oil. Pompeo, in a series of Sunday television interviews, emphasized the U.S. international outreach in the wake of what the U.S. says were Iranian attacks Thursday on two oil tankers near the Strait of Hormuz . The world needs to unite," Pompeo said.




  • Turkish post in Idlib hit 'deliberately' by Syrian attack

    Turkish post in Idlib hit 'deliberately' by Syrian attackTurkey said Syrian government forces "deliberately" attacked on Sunday a Turkish military observation post in northwestern Syria. In a statement, the defense ministry said Turkish troops responded with "heavy weapons" after the artillery attack in Idlib province. Syrian forces launched an offensive to take the last rebel-held territory in Idlib late April, leading to the collapse of a ceae-fire negotiated by Turkey and Russia last year.




  • 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.”




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

    UPDATE 2-Boeing says will take time to win back confidenceThe 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 Boeing failed to communicate "crisply" with regulators and customers, but defended the broad engineering and design approach to nose-down control software at the centre of probes into the accidents that led to the plane's worldwide grounding. Muilenburg acknowledged the company made a mistake in failing to disclose a defective cockpit warning light on its 737 MAX to regulators and customers, and said that failure has been part of reviews by global regulators.




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

    Gun Fact: The Glock 18 Fires 1,200 Bullets Per MinuteThe 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 magazines. These longer magazines extend far past the magazine well, making the gun difficult to conceal but double available firepower.In December 2003, soldiers of the U.S. Special Operations Command captured the Ace of Spades himself, Saddam Hussein. The former Iraqi president, on the run since the capture of Baghdad, had appeared in a deck of playing cards with the profiles of other fugitive war criminals and naturally was the top card. Hussein, bedraggled and bereft, was armed with one of the rarest of handguns: the Glock 18, the full auto Glock.(This first appeared several months ago.)In February 1980 the Austrian Army issued a requirement for a new handgun. Gaston Glock, a knifemaker who made knives and bayonets for the army, decided to try his hand at the gun manufacturing business. After buying and trying many types of existing handguns, consulting with firearm specialists to see what they would like in a handgun, and a presumably a great deal of trial and error, Glock’s first pistol, the Glock 17, won the army contract for twenty thousand pistols.




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

    Off-Duty LAPD Cop Holding Child Shot California Costco Shopper Following ArgumentMike 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 attacked him in an unprovoked incident near the Corona, California, store’s freezer section, according to NBC News. Two of French’s family members were also injured in the shooting.Los Angeles Police Commission President Steve Soboroff said Sunday it will be up to LAPD Chief Michel Moore whether to put the unidentified officer on leave. The police have made no statements about his condition or his status with the department after the shooting.The LAPD is conducting an internal investigation into the shooting while Corona police and the Riverside County district attorney’s office conduct a criminal probe. According to a preliminary investigation, the officer fired his weapon six times after French allegedly “assaulted” him “without provocation” as the officer held his child, Corona police said Saturday.French was the lone person killed in the incident and the officer’s gun is the only weapon involved in the shooting, according to Tobias Kouroubacalis with the Corona Police Dept. Several people, including the LAPD off-duty officer, were hospitalized with injuries. The officer’s child was unharmed. Initial reports suggested that French had opened fire inside the store, but police have now clarified that the gun involved in the incident belonged to the police officer, Corona police said.It is unclear if the off-duty LAPD officer fired his own weapon or his department-issued gun, and why.The LAPD allows off-duty officers to carry concealed weapons as long as they are authorized for on-duty use, according to the police manual, the Associated Press reported.“The Department has initiated an Administrative Investigation and is working with the Corona Police Department to learn more about the incident,” Los Angeles police said in a statement published by CNN.“From my understanding, from some people we talked to, there was apparently an argument inside,” Lt. Jeff Edwards of the Corona police department told reporters. “Some type of argument and ensued into a gun shot.”Most of the injuries occurred when shoppers scrambled to leave the store and became stuck when the emergency doors were blocked, according to local news reports. Shoppers described scenes of panicked chaos as they fled the store. Customer Nikki Tate described to NBC how she hid her young daughter when shooting erupted. “I crawled around to where she was and it was hysteria,” she said. “I didn’t know if this was another mass shooting.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.




  • Power mostly restored after massive blackout in Argentina, but questions remain

    Power mostly restored after massive blackout in Argentina, but questions remainPower returned to much of Argentina and two neighboring countries following a massive blackout that left tens of millions in the dark on Sunday, but Argentine President Mauricio Macri said the cause of the "unprecedented" outage was still unclear. Argentina's grid "collapsed" around 7 a.m. (1100 GMT), leaving the entire country without power, Argentina's Energy Secretariat said. The outage also cut electricity to much of neighboring Uruguay and swaths of Paraguay, and shut down YPF SA's La Plata refinery, Argentina's largest.




  • 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 wonFather'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 take place and who helped establish the annual celebration of paternal figures? From the history behind the celebration, to the more recent commercialisation, here is everything you need to know about Father's Day. When is Father's Day 2019? Father’s Day is held every year on the third Sunday of June; this year Father’s Day falls on Sunday, June 16 in the UK. Typically, fathers are showered with cards and presents on Father’s Day, with some families celebrating together by going on days out.  Younger children also tend to make handmade gifts for their fathers at school and extracurricular clubs, including drawings, paintings or cards. As society and family structures have changed, some people now celebrate their stepfathers on Father’s Day.  In recent years there have been calls for a Stepfather's Day, however no such day has been officially discussed or introduced. Father's Day falls on June 16 this year Credit: E+ The history of Father's Day The first events in recognition of fatherhood took place in the US and followed Anna Jarvis' first celebration of Mother's Day in 1908, as well as the earlier observations of Mothering Sunday in the UK. Grace Golden Clayton, from Fairmont, West Virginia, was the woman behind the first event to celebrate fathers in 1908. Just over a year prior to this event, the Monongah Mining Disaster took place in December 1907, with the explosion killing 361 men. Of these fatalities, 250 were fathers. In honour of the one thousand children who lost their fathers, Clayton encouraged her pastor, Rev. Robert Thomas Webb, to hold a service at the Williams Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church South. Clayton missed her own father terribly, after he passed away in 1896, so she chose to honour the lives lost on July 5, 1908, the closest date to his birthday. While Clayton was responsible for the first recognition of fatherhood and the paternal bond, her work didn't directly encourage the creation of Father's Day. The memorial service was never promoted outside the town of Fairmont and the service was overshadowed by the significant Independence Day celebrations held a day beforehand. Yet the idea was also picked up on in the following year, when Sonora Smart Dodd started her quest to honour fathers in the same way as mothers. Dodd, born in Arkansas in 1882, was one of six children and at the age of seven, she moved to Washington with her family. When she was 16 years old, her mother, Ellen Victoria Cheek Smart, died after giving birth to her sixth child, leaving her father, William Jackson Smart, a farmer and Civil War veteran, as a single parent.  After listening to a Mother's Day sermon at the Central Methodist Episcopal Church in 1909, Dodd felt that fathers deserved equal recognition. With the local YMCA and the Ministerial Association of Spokane, Dodd began a campaign to have the day officially recognised. The first such 'Father’s Day' was held at the YMCA in Spokane on June 19, 1910, with a number of towns and cities across America later following suit.  Support for Father’s Day quickly increased throughout the US and in 1924 President Calvin Coolidge pressured state governments to mark the celebration. President Lyndon Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honouring fathers in 1966, making the third Sunday in June Father’s Day. Six years later President Richard Nixon signed it into law, establishing the day as a national holiday – though in the UK it does not enjoy this status. The move came after a campaign by a number of public figures, including Senator Margaret Chase Smith, who in 1957 wrote to Congress: “Either we honour both our parents, mother and father, or let us desist from honouring either one. “But to single out just one of our two parents and omit the other is the most grievous insult imaginable.” Dodd's message later spread to other countries across the globe and it is thought that Britain began celebrating Father's Day after World War II. Today, the celebration of fathers has become an important commercial event for high street shops and online retailers, with promotions for the best gifts and cards appearing in the build up to the day each year. Father’s Day around the world While in the UK fathers can expect, at best, breakfast in bed and handmade card and, at worst, the day to be completely ignored, elsewhere the festival is done a little differently. In Germany, Father’s Day is called Vatertag with it also being referred to as Männertag, which means men’s day. The celebration falls on the Thursday 40 days after Easter. In certain regions it is traditional for groups of men to go into the woods with a wagon of beer, wines and meats. Heavy drinking is common and, according to official statistics, traffic-related accidents spike on this day. In Australia, Father’s Day falls on the first Sunday of September, which is their first Sunday of Spring, while in Croatia, they observe Roman Catholic tradition and celebrate fathers on March 19, Saint Joseph’s Day. In China, Father’s Day used to be celebrated on August 8 as the Chinese for eight is “ba”, while a colloquial word for father is “ba-ba” – so the eighth day of the eighth month sounds similar to “daddy”. The day has since been moved to the third Sunday of June, in line with the UK and US. In France, the day was introduced in 1949 for commercial reasons by lighter manufacturer Flaminaire. Inspired by the US' day of celebration, they created a new advert with the slogan 'Nos papas nous l'ont dit, pour la fête des pères, ils désirent tous un Flaminaire' ('Our fathers told us, for father's day, they all want a Flaminaire'). Three years later an official decree was made to recognise the day. Most countries celebrate Father’s Day on the third Sunday in June including the UK, USA, Mexico, Ireland, France, Greece, China and Japan.  However not all countries celebrate it then. In Brazil, Father’s Day falls on the second Sunday of August and this day was chosen in honour of Saint Joachim, the patron saint of fathers. According to Catholic, Anglican and Orthodox traditions, Joachim was the father of Mary, the mother of Jesus. The ultimate films on fatherhood Father's Day tales and traditions Some pagans suggest that Father's Day is closely linked to the Pagan Sun worship, because the sun is thought to be the father of the universe and the celebration of dads falls closely to the summer solstice. Roses are the official flower of Father's Day, with people previously wearing them to church on this date. While this tradition is rarely seen today, sons and daughters used to wear either a red rose in admiration of a living father or a white rose in memory of a deceased father. Sonora Smart Dodd, the founder of Father's Day, selected this flower and it is said that during the early celebrations, she handed out roses to home-bound fathers, while on a horse-drawn carriage ride around the city. Father's Day gifts and presents From cutesy cards, socks and ties to luxurious watches and fantastic car experiences, Britons present their paternal figures with an array of unique gifts on Father's Day.  But, demand for the perfect Father's Day present has led to the increasing commercialisation of the day, with retailers competing to offer the best gifts and consumers heading to their high street shops and online retailers.  According to MuchNeeded, Father's Day is a popular shopping day in both the UK and US, with 75 per cent of men expected to celebrate the occasion this year. While Britons and Americans spend a significant amount on Father's Day each year, on average it only accounts for half the spending around Mother's Day. Is it Father's Day, Fathers' Day or Fathers Day? Ah, the age old question. The answer? Many say Father's Day is the correct version. Mother's Day (which has the apostrophe before the 's') set the precedent while Father's Day was still gaining popularity. Anna Jarvis trademarked the term 'Mother's Day' – with the apostrophe before the 's' – in 1912, saying the word should 'be a singular possessive, for each family to honour its own mother, not a plural possessive commemorating all mothers in the world'. President Woodrow Wilson used this spelling when he formalised Mother's Day in 1914; this means the correct version of the word is spelled with the apostrophe before the 's'. Father's Day has followed suit, with cards on both sides of the pond including the apostrophe in the same place.




  • Field fires in Syria's Hasakeh kill 10: monitor

    Field fires in Syria's Hasakeh kill 10: monitorFires 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 claimed by the Islamic State group -- continue to scorch crops in the country's breadbasket. The victims included civilians and members of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces who died while trying to extinguish the blazes since Saturday, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.




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

    China's FedEx probe should not be seen as retaliation - XinhuaChina'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 entity in China should abide by the country's laws and regulations, it said in a commentary. "China is willing to share the opportunities in its courier market with foreign investors.




  • 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 monthsThe 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 anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare and shipping interdiction, and also carries electronic support measures, torpedoes, Harpoon anti-ship missiles and other weapons. It is already operated by the U.S. Navy, Australia and India, and has been ordered by Britain, Norway, New Zealand and South Korea.




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

    Turkey's Erdogan says S-400s delivery for early JulyTurkey 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 broadcaster. Ankara's deal with Moscow has been a major source of tension between Turkey and the United States, with Washington threatening consequences including sanctions against its fellow NATO member.




  • 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 time and expense pursuing such an objective. Moreover, it doesn’t need to make the effort. The Army’s current main battle tank, the Abrams, is the tank of the future.The Army is just beginning to receive the first of the latest Abrams upgrade, the System Enhancement Package Version 3 (SEPv3), with additional upgrades in development. Instead of searching for the elusive Holy Grail of ultralight armor or laser weapons, technologies that would justify building a brand new tank, the Army would be best served by aggressively pursuing a major redesign and improvement program for the Abrams, an M1A3.The leadership of the U.S. Army is taken with the idea of transforming how and with what the Army fights. They particularly want new armored fighting vehicles. And not just another family of metal boxes with a turret and cannon. Technology enthusiasts, including many in the Army’s new Futures Command, wax eloquently about the potential for hover tanks that shoot laser beams and are autonomously guided by artificial intelligence housed in quantum computers.




  • Huge Hong Kong rally kicks off as public anger boils

    Huge Hong Kong rally kicks off as public anger boilsTens of thousands of people rallied in central Hong Kong on Sunday as public anger seethed following unprecedented clashes between protesters and police over an extradition law, despite a climbdown by the city's embattled leader. Protesters chanted "Scrap the evil law!" as they marched through the streets to pile more pressure on chief executive Carrie Lam, who paused work on the hugely divisive bill Saturday after days of mounting pressure, saying she had misjudged the public mood. Crowds of black-clad protesters were marching from a park on the main island to the city's parliament -- a repeat of a massive demonstration a week earlier that organisers said more than a million people attended.




  • New Zealand cancels tsunami alert after powerful quake

    New Zealand cancels tsunami alert after powerful quakeAfter 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 Survey. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center also lifted its tsunami warning for parts of the South Pacific but said "minor sea level fluctuations may occur in some coastal areas near the earthquake".




  • Mexico vows to help Central American migrants amid crackdown

    Mexico vows to help Central American migrants amid crackdownMexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Saturday his country must help Central Americans fleeing poverty and violence, even as it increases security and revisions to deter migrants from passing through Mexico on route to the U.S. Mexico plans to deploy 6,000 National Guard troops by Tuesday to its southern border with Guatemala to slow the arrival of migrants and The Associated Press saw Mexican soldiers with black National Guard armbands stationed just north of the Guatemalan border on Saturday. A checkpoint near Ciudad Cuauhtemoc in southern Chiapas state was manned by nearly 10 soldiers with black armbands together with federal police and immigration officers.




  • Saudi crown prince warns against 'exploiting' Khashoggi murder

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