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Snake Wraps Around Woman's Neck

Snake Wraps Around Woman's Neck Firefighters in Ohio were forced to cut off snake's neck to protect a woman.


No suspension for Michigan judge who locked up 3 siblings

No suspension for Michigan judge who locked up 3 siblings DETROIT (AP) — A judge who sent three children to juvenile detention for failing to see their divorced father during a fierce dispute over parenting time won't be suspended from the bench, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled Friday.


Animals evacuated to Turkey from 'neglected' Syria zoo

Animals evacuated to Turkey from 'neglected' Syria zoo An international animal welfare charity was on Friday completing the evacuation of a dozen animals stranded in a neglected zoo in the conflict-torn Aleppo province of northern Syria. The Four Paws group was seeking to move two lions and two domestic dogs from the "Magic World" zoo and amusement park in Syria over the border into Turkey and then to an animal protection centre in the north of the country, a spokesman for the charity told AFP. The convoy with the animals crossed the Syria-Turkey border late Friday and was now on their way to the animal protection facility in Karacabey, outside the northwestern Turkish city of Bursa, said spokesman Martin Bauer.


Trump, vowing gang crackdown, urges cops ‘don’t be too nice’

Trump, vowing gang crackdown, urges cops ‘don’t be too nice’ In a speech about the violent MS-13 gang, President Trump encouraged police officers not to be “too nice” with “thugs” when putting them in the back of police vans.


Regulator letter to railroad CSX highlights customer complaints

Regulator letter to railroad CSX highlights customer complaints A letter from the top U.S. rail regulator to CSX Corp this week highlights growing customer dissatisfaction with the No. 3 U.S. railroad's service problems since its new chief executive officer Hunter Harrison was appointed to the spot amid investor and analyst fanfare in March. The Surface Transportation Board's (STB) July 27 letter to Harrison, a septuagenarian railroad legend famed for turning around two Canadian railroads - Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd and Canadian National Railway Co , lists a litany of complaints about CSX's service.


Bollinger unveils B1 electric sport utility truck

Bollinger unveils B1 electric sport utility truck When an entirely new vehicle is revealed these days it's only to be expected there will be a high degree of cutting-edge technology onboard, especially when it's a brand new sport utility truck with an all-electric propulsion system we're talking about. For anyone who likes the idea of an electric vehicle that doesn't exactly shout to the world that what they're driving is an electric vehicle, in the way something like the Nissan Leaf does, the B1 could be the perfect solution. Despite its thoroughly modern all-electric powertrain, the B1 is a classic three-box design with unashamedly retro and minimalistic military styling.


Man 'murders his wife and tries to throw her body off cruise ship because she would not stop laughing at him'

Man 'murders his wife and tries to throw her body off cruise ship because she would not stop laughing at him' Kenneth Manzanares has been charged with the murder of his wife Kirsty after she was found in their cabin with a severe head wound during the cruise as it was sailing through Alaska on Tuesday night. Medical workers and security personnel were reportedly called to the couple’s cabin at around 9pm but the mother of three was pronounced dead at the scene around 20 minutes later. A witness, who arrived at the cabin before the crew said they found Manzanares with blood on his hands and clothes.


Parents of student sue University of Alabama over suicide

Parents of student sue University of Alabama over suicide TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — A lawsuit filed by the parents of a Texas woman who killed herself after reporting she was sexually assaulted while attending the University of Alabama has been amended to include the school as a defendant.


Anthony Scaramucci Tries to Clarify Expletive-Laden Interview: 'I Sometimes Use Colorful Language'

Anthony Scaramucci Tries to Clarify Expletive-Laden Interview: 'I Sometimes Use Colorful Language' The Mooch, 53, is a native of Long Island, N.Y., and has had a friendship with Trump over the years.


IS claims deadly attack in Syria against US-backed force

IS claims deadly attack in Syria against US-backed force BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State militants have carried out a deadly attack on U.S.-backed forces in Syria, killing and wounding many fighters and civilians, Syrian monitors and an IS-linked media outlet said Friday.


Dozens injured in Barcelona commuter train crash

Dozens injured in Barcelona commuter train crash

A commuter train slammed into the end of the platform during the morning rush hour at a busy station in Barcelona on Friday, leaving dozens of people injured, emergency services said.

One person was seriously injured, 19 were injured “less seriously” including the driver, and 34 were lightly injured in the accident at Francia station in the center of the Spanish city, emergency services said on Twitter.

A French citizen and a Romanian were among the injured, a spokesman for the civil protection agency said. The rest were Spanish nationals.

The regional train, traveling from the town of Sant Vicenc de Calders located about 70 kilometers (40 miles) southwest of Barcelona, ran into the buffers at 7:15 am (0515 GMT), Spanish train operator Renfe said. (AFP)

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McCain’s ‘no’ vote on GOP health bill elicits gasps in Senate chamber

McCain’s ‘no’ vote on GOP health bill elicits gasps in Senate chamber Sen. John McCain lived up to his nickname, “maverick,” in voting against his fellow Republicans on the “skinny” amendment to repeal and replace Obamacare.


U.S. expresses 'strong disappointment and protest' over Russia retaliation

U.S. expresses 'strong disappointment and protest' over Russia retaliation The U.S. Ambassador to Moscow, John Tefft, has "expressed his strong disappointment and protest" over Russia's decision to cut U.S. diplomatic staff in Moscow and seize a dacha compound and warehouse used by American diplomats, a State Department official said on Friday. Russia's moves came a day after the U.S. Senate voted to slap new sanctions on Russia, putting President Donald Trump in a tough position by forcing him to take a hard line against Moscow or veto the legislation and anger his own Republican Party.


Vietnam says others should respect its right to drill for South China Sea oil

Vietnam says others should respect its right to drill for South China Sea oil Vietnam on Friday said other countries should respect its legitimate right to drill for oil in its waters amid growing tension with China over energy development in the South China Sea. The drilling began in mid-June in Vietnam's Block 136/3, which is licensed to Vietnam's state oil firm, Spain's Repsol and Mubadala Development Co [MUDEV.UL] of the United Arab Emirates. The block lies inside the U-shaped "nine-dash line" that marks the vast area that China claims in the sea and overlaps what it says are its own oil concessions.


'Reinforcements' caught sneaking into Philippine warzone

'Reinforcements' caught sneaking into Philippine warzone Philippine troops have seized 59 suspected militants trying to reinforce Islamist gunmen holed up in the southern city of Marawai who have been battling government forces for more than two months, military officials said Friday. The capture of the "suspicious persons" in the troubled Mindanao region has raised questions about how the Islamic State-inspired fighters have been able to hold out in Marawi for almost 70 days. Thirty-two suspected militants were arrested at a military checkpoint in Ipil town while 27 others were taken at a house in Zamboanga City on Tuesday, regional military spokeswoman Captain Jo-Ann Petinglay said.


Science journalist retires at 98 and warns of generation of Americans who suffer from a thinking 'disability’

Science journalist retires at 98 and warns of generation of Americans who suffer from a thinking 'disability’ A 98-year-old US science journalist, who has finally decided to retire, has said a generation of Americans are suffering from a “major disability in what they can think about and understand”. David Perlman, who has not only won awards but had them named after him, said this was one reason why so many people refused to recognise climate change was real. Speaking to the website of the Poynter Institute, which trains the media, The San Francisco Chronicle journalist described cuts in science coverage by newspapers as “absolutely obscene”.


American Airlines launches baggage alert system for bags gone astray

American Airlines launches baggage alert system for bags gone astray American Airlines has launched a new baggage alert system that will inform customers about the status of their luggage and save them from waiting around at baggage carrousel. 


Cancer-stricken black labrador given tearful hero's military farewell before he is put down

Cancer-stricken black labrador given tearful hero's military farewell before he is put down A 10-year-old black labrador who served for three years in Afghanistan was given a tearful farewell in a beautiful military ceremony before he was put down. Cena received a hero's farewell in Michigan on Wednesday just days after his owner  Lance Cpl. Jeff DeYoung completed a bucket list for the heroic animal. U.S. Marine veteran Lance Cpl. Jeff DeYoung carries Cena a 10-year-old black lab who was a military service dog Credit: Joel Bissell /Muskegon Chronicle via AP The dog, who was diagnosed with bone cancer two weeks ago, was a bomb sniffer for the Marines until he retired in 2014. His owner was paired up with the animal in 2009 and 2010 while on a tour of Afghanistan. His owner fought back tears Credit: Joel Bissell/Muskegon Chronicle via AP A crowd of hundreds watched as the farewell ceremony took place and his owner carried him on his shoulders. Following the ceremony, the dog was put to sleep. Mr DeYoung then tearfully carried his casket, which was covered by an American flag. Following their retirement, Mr DeYoung adopted the dog, who helped him deal with his post-traumatic stress disorder. Credit: Joel Bissell/Muskegon Chronicle via AP He said that during their service together, he had carried Cena across rivers and thrown his body over him while under heavy fire from the Taliban. The two also kept each other warm during cold desert nights, and the dog was his sole comfort when he lost seven friends in three weeks. Credit: oel Bissell/Muskegon Chronicle via AP) Image title: Military Dog Farewell "My whole adult life I've had Cena," he said. "When I was 19 overseas learning how to be responsible, I had Cena. And now I'm 27 and I'm having to say goodbye to one of the biggest pieces of my life."  


Shark Attacks Female Tourist While Snorkeling In Bahamas

Shark Attacks Female Tourist While Snorkeling In Bahamas Bahamas have witnessed relatively few unprovoked shark attacks in the area.


Bollinger B1: the coolest electric car you’ve never heard of

Bollinger B1: the coolest electric car you’ve never heard of Not every electric car needs to be a high-tech speed machine capable of sorting your email, giving you a back rub and making you an espresso, all while hustling down the highway on its own. An electric car can also be a low-maintenance, utilitarian workhorse that would be right at home for example on a farm or work site. Thankfully there is such a vehicle, or there will be soon: the B1 from electric car startup Bollinger Motors.


Britain plans to send warship to South China Sea in move likely to irk Beijing

Britain plans to send warship to South China Sea in move likely to irk Beijing By Colin Packham SYDNEY (Reuters) - Britain plans to send a warship to the disputed South China Sea next year to conduct freedom of navigation exercises, Defence Minister Michael Fallon said on Thursday, a move likely to anger Beijing. Britain would increase its presence in the waters after it sent four British fighter planes for joint exercises with Japan in the region last year, he said. China claims most of the energy-rich sea where neighbors Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam also have claims.


How many nukes are in the world and what could they destroy?

How many nukes are in the world and what could they destroy? Tensions over nuclear weapons have been raised further after North Korea claimed to have successfully test-launched an intercontinental ballistic missile.  This latest move comes amid increasing concern over North Korea's military capabilities, with the new US administration upping its rhetoric in response.  While the Pyongyang regime increases the frequency with which it is conducting missile tests, Donald Trump's defence secretary Jim 'Mad Dog' Mattis has warned North Korea of an "effective and overwhelming" response if Pyongyang used nuclear weapons. Elsewhere, rhetoric hints at a return of the expansion of nuclear arsenals across the world. In December, Russian President Vladimir Putin told a meeting of defence chiefs that strengthening nuclear capability should be a key objective for 2017. Donald Trump then took to Twitter to respond, vowing to do the same. The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 22, 2016 Such rhetoric has led to concerns about the world's nuclear capacity and the unpredictability of those in charge of the warheads. It seems the world is a long way from "coming to its senses" - with millions of kilotons already in military service around the world. Between them, the world's nuclear-armed states have around 15,000 warheads - the majority of which belong to the US and Russia. It is estimated that just under 10,000 of these are in military service, with the rest awaiting dismantlement, according to the Arms Control Association.  Putin says Russia should strengthen its nuclear arsenal 00:51 Which countries have nuclear weapons? There are five nuclear-weapon states in the world: China, France, Russia, United Kingdom and the United States. These are officially recognised as possessing such weapons by the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. This treaty acknowledges and legitimises their arsenals, but they are not supposed to build or maintain them forever. Indeed, they have committed to eliminate them.  There are also four other countries that have nuclear weapons: Pakistan, India, Israel and North Korea. These countries didn't sign the Treaty, and together possess an estimated 340 nuclear weapons.  But it's Russia and the US that have by far the most in the world - dominating all other countries by collectively sharing 88 per cent of the world's arsenal of stockpiled nukes. This figure increases to 93 per cent when we consider retired nukes.  How the world's 15,000 nukes are divided How deadly could these nuclear weapons be? The world's current collection of 14,900 nuclear weapons possesses enough power to kill millions of people and flatten dozens of cities.  According to Telegraph research, it is estimated that the US and Russian arsenals combined have power equating to 6,600 megatons. This is a tenth of the total solar energy received by Earth every minute. According to the NukeMap website, the dropping of the B-83, the largest bomb in the current US arsenal, would kill 1.4m people in the first 24 hours. A further 3.7m people would be injured, as the thermal radiation radius reached 13.km.  Likewise, the "Tsar Bomba" is the largest USSR bomb tested. If this bomb was dropped on New York, it is estimated that it could kill 7.6m people and injure 4.2m more. The nuclear fallout could reach an approximate area of 7,880km on a 15mph wind, impacting millions more people.  Both America and Russia's arsenals are regulated by several treaties that place limits on the numbers and kinds of warheads and delivery systems they have.   If either country were to expand their nuclear capacity even further, as Trump and Putin have hinted at, it could shatter these agreements and plunge the world into a new Cold War. North Korean missile ranges Our figures on nuclear weapons, based on statistics from the Arms Control Association, are mainly estimates because of the secretive nature with which most governments treat information about their arsenals. 


Frightening Video Of A Shark Jumping Aboard A Boat

Frightening Video Of A Shark Jumping Aboard A Boat A fishing crew off the coast of Long Island got the shock of their life when a huge mako shark jumped onto their boat and got trapped.


Officer dies after shot multiple times in Indianapolis

Officer dies after shot multiple times in Indianapolis INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A police officer died after being shot multiple times while responding to a traffic crash on the south side of Indianapolis, authorities said Thursday.


Texas executes man who stabbed woman to death at her home

Texas executes man who stabbed woman to death at her home Texas executed on Thursday a man convicted of murdering a woman by stabbing her repeatedly after breaking into her San Antonio home in 2004. TaiChin Preyor, 46, died by lethal injection at the state's death chamber in Huntsville, a prisons official said. The execution was delayed for more than three hours to allow the U.S. Supreme Court time to hear an appeal from Preyor's lawyer to spare his life, which the court rejected.


Venezuela's government, opposition on deadly collision course

Venezuela's government, opposition on deadly collision course Venezuela's political crisis looks headed for a dangerous showdown Friday, after the opposition called three more days of nationwide protests against President Nicolas Maduro, defying a ban on demonstrations ahead of a controversial weekend vote. The war of words escalated on Thursday, the second day of a 48-hour general strike by Venezuelans angry over Maduro's plans for a Sunday poll to elect a new body to rewrite the constitution. "The regime declared we can't demonstrate... We will respond with the TAKING OF VENEZUELA" through a protest on Friday, the opposition coalition, the Democratic Unity Roundtable, said on its Twitter account.


Congressional Budget Office showdown: GOP tries to shoot the messenger, misses

Congressional Budget Office showdown: GOP tries to shoot the messenger, misses Angry over CBO projections that made Obamacare repeal bills look bad, some GOP House members tried to scale back the influence of the nonpartisan budget analysts. They failed.


If Comcast buys Verizon, we should all give up and go home

If Comcast buys Verizon, we should all give up and go home

The market for home internet in the US is already absurdly non-competitive. Barely 80 percent of Americans have a choice of providers for high-speed internet at home, a figure that means that you're likely living in a regional internet monopoly.

But hey, maybe you should count yourself lucky. An industry analyst, Jason Bazinet from Citigroup, has penned an opinion saying that Comcast should pull a blockbuster deal and buy Verizon for around $215 billion.

A deal like that would probably make a huge amount of money for both companies. Comcast would finally have access to a wireless network (the nation's biggest, for that matter!), and it could fulfill the capitalist dream of tying customers into wireless, internet, and cable services.

There are other economies of scale for a hypothetical Vericast: both Comcast and Verizon need to work out ways to build out high-speed gigabit connections to households in the next decade, and combining forces would make things much cheaper; Comcast recently bought spectrum licenses in the new 600MHz band, which Verizon could use to build out its network further; and possibly most tellingly, tax incentives and regulatory loosening by the Trump administration and the new-look FCC -- run by former Verizon lawyer Ajit Pai! -- would make a mammoth merger possible.

But just because you can do something, doesn't mean you should. Vericast/Satan's ISP would be comfortably the largest ISP in the US, with the power and scale to take on smaller ISP monopolies like Spectrum or CenturyLink. Tiny local internet providers wouldn't stand a chance.

In any normal world, a government would stand in the way of a total takeover of a precious national resource by the country's most-hated brand. But right now, it's possible -- and the potential profits has Wall Street visibly salivating.


The Latest: 911 calls show horror of Utah plane crash

The Latest: 911 calls show horror of Utah plane crash SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Latest on a small plane crash on a Utah highway that killed four people (all times local):


US-backed Syrian fighters now control almost half of IS city

US-backed Syrian fighters now control almost half of IS city RAQQA, Syria (AP) — Heavy fighting broke out Thursday as U.S.-backed Syrian fighters captured almost half of the Islamic State group's de facto capital of Raqqa. But the push into the city in northern Syria slowed due to stiff resistance and large amounts of explosives planted by the extremists, a spokeswoman for the fighters and monitors said.


Other Affordable Electric Cars Besides Tesla's Model 3

Other Affordable Electric Cars Besides Tesla's Model 3 Interested in getting an electric car? Here are other affordable vehicles besides Tesla's Model 3.


McDonald’s Responds To Photos Of Moldy Ice Cream Tray

McDonald’s Responds To Photos Of Moldy Ice Cream Tray These photos are not what you want to see at a restaurant.


‘What Happened’: Hillary’s new book isn’t out yet, but Twitter is already making fun of the title

‘What Happened’: Hillary’s new book isn’t out yet, but Twitter is already making fun of the title The book is weeks away, but the title and cover of the candidate’s campaign memoir have already been found wanting by detractors.


Former Secretary of the Navy: Donald Trump’s Ban on Transgender Service Is a Threat to America

Former Secretary of the Navy: Donald Trump’s Ban on Transgender Service Is a Threat to America 'President Trump sent the message ability doesn’t count and that prejudice wins'


GOP Deploys Trump Russia Counter Narrative

GOP Deploys Trump Russia Counter Narrative Rachel Maddow reports on the latest embarrassing spectacle from the Donald Trump administration and points out the facets of a solidifying Republican counter narrative that aims to discredit the FBI and the Trump Russia investigation.


Portugal battles raging wildfires

Portugal battles raging wildfires More than ten villages in central Portugal have been evacuated as forest fires rage in the provinces of Castelo Branco and Santarem.  Almost 5,000 firefighters supported by water-dropping aircraft are deployed across central and northern areas of Portugal as the country continues its annual summertime battle against wildfires. “The intensity of the wind is diabolical,” said Jaime Marta Soares, saying new fires keep popping up away from the main fires. (Reuters)


Baby dies after days 'strapped in a car seat without food'

Baby dies after days 'strapped in a car seat without food' Lovily K Johnson has been charged with felony murder and first-degree child abuse following the death of her son Noah Edward Johnson at their apartment in Wyoming, Michigan. Police said Johnson had arrived at the local hospital last week with Noah who was already “clearly deceased and had been for some time”.


Racism levels in US communities predict how many black people police will kill there, study shows

Racism levels in US communities predict how many black people police will kill there, study shows The racial biases of white members of a community have a direct link to the number of black people shot and killed by police officers in that same area, new research indicates. A study published last year found that African Americans are almost three times more likely than white people to be killed by the police’s use of force. “We expected many economic or demographic variables such as the overall wealth of an area, residential segregation, average levels of education in the area, or overall crime levels, to be involved,” said the report's lead author, Eric Hehman.


Woman vows to 'kill all Muslims' during supermarket car park dispute

Woman vows to 'kill all Muslims' during supermarket car park dispute Amber Hensley shouted at Rowda Soyan, Sarah Hassan and Laleyla Hassan in the car park of a Walmart in Fargo, North Dakota, as she believed they had parked too close to her car. Ms Hassan recorded a video of Hensley delivering an angry tirade, which was sent to the police and circulated widely on social media. “Go home, go home,” Hensley was heard saying.


Electric-car battery progress: incremental improvements, not revolutionary leaps

Electric-car battery progress: incremental improvements, not revolutionary leaps The report that Toyota is planning an electric car with a solid-state battery for 2022 has led some fans and advocates to suggest huge new leaps in electric cars are imminent.