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Pentagon chief in Skopje over Russia bid 'to sway' name change vote

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 11:12

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis arrived in Skopje on Monday to throw his support behind a 'yes' vote in Macedonia's upcoming referendum on a name change and to counter "Russian influence" against the move. Slated for September 30, the vote will ask Macedonians whether they want to change the country's name to the Republic of North Macedonia, in a move which could open the door to NATO and EU membership. The referendum follows a landmark agreement between Athens and Skopje in June which sought to break the stalemate that has poisoned their relations since 1991 and hobbled Macedonia's integration with the West.


14th Suspect Arrested in Murder of NYC Teen at Bodega

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 11:10

Police have made another arrest in the brutal, machete slaying of a New York City teen, officials said.


5 Red Flags to Avoid When Buying Secondhand Items

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 11:08

Craigslist. Freecycle. Facebook Marketplace. Goodwill. Your local consignment shop. Yard sales. All of these are wonderful places to pick up used items at a low price, which can really help out your bottom line.


Larry Nassar's First Accuser Demands We Do Better With Brett Kavanaugh Allegation

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 10:30

Rachael Denhollander knows just how terrifying it is to publicly accuse a


Meghan Markle releases cookbook for Grenfell Tower victims

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 10:08

The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, has spearheaded a charity cookbook for the victims of the Grenfell Tower fires in London. 


Mark Burnett: The Apprentice creator in scuffle after 'going apes***' at Emmy party

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 09:46

An actor hunting publicly for incriminating footage of Donald Trump behaving inappropriately on The Apprentice has accused the show's creator of attacking him. British-born Mark Burnett allegedly "went apes**t" when Tom Arnold confronted him at the Evening Before the Emmys party in Los Angeles on Sunday night. The row continued on the social media site as Mr Burnett's wife, Roma Downey, suggested Mr Arnold had left her with a large bruise on her hand.


Kavanaugh High School Pal Writes In Memoir Of Being Wild Drunk With Girls

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 09:42

Brett Kavanaugh's former high school pal who a woman says was in the room when


Saving pets after Hurricane Florence

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 09:38

Hurricane Florence’s deadly winds and waters forced widespread evacuations in North Carolina, and for many residents, that included their pets. Rescuers and evacuees sought to bring their dogs, cats and even horses to higher ground. Click through this slideshow to see some of the — sometimes quite wet — animals being saved. (Colin Campbell/Yahoo News)


Volvo asks US government for tariff exemption for China-built XC60 crossover SUV

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 09:34

Volvo is the latest automaker to ask the U.S. government for an exemption from steep tariffs on Chinese-made SUVs, Reuters reported Friday. Buick asked trade officials in July for an exemption from a 25-percent tariff on its China-made Envision SUV earlier this year, although Volvo's interest in seeking relief from the measure is far greater. In August, the XC60 accounted for more than 31 percent of overall sales for Volvo, according to the automaker. Since May, the U.S. has imported most of its Volvo XC60 models from China, although the automaker originally imported them from its factory in Sweden when the car was launched. Unlike Buick, which petitioned for an exemption for 40,000 of its China-built Envision crossover, Volvo is seeking an unlimited exemption for XC60 crossovers built in China, according to Reuters.  Earlier this year, Volvo opened its first North American production facility near Charleston, S.C., where it builds the S60 sedan and eventually the XC90 full-size crossover. DON'T MISS: Global trade war prompts Volvo to put brakes on its IPO In its letter to the U.S. Trade Representative, Volvo said it could eventually build the XC60 crossover in America, but said that a proposed 25-percent tariff would be unfairly passed to consumers. When Volvo opened its North American plant in June, CEO Hakan Samuelsson said that steep tariffs could threaten jobs at that plant and that eliminating global trade restrictions was the "right way" for the auto industry. “We will export as many cars from this factory as we will import in the U.S...That is a good example of how trade with cars should work in an open and free economy,” he said in June.  


Iran vows to protect civilians in Syria's Idlib province

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 09:04

Iran said Monday it is committed to protecting civilians if its Syrian regime ally launches a full-scale offensive on the country's last rebel stronghold of Idlib province. "The humanitarian issue is of significant importance to us," foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi told journalists in Tehran. Tehran is a key backer of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the country's seven-year conflict, and has said it is ready to support an assault by regime forces on the rebel-held province.


Arthur Medici, 26-Year-Old Man Killed in Massachusetts Shark Attack, Was Engaged to Be Married

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 08:44

Officials identified the victim as Arthur Medici, 26, of Revere.


Tesla opens its first in-house body shops to reduce repair times

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 08:43

Facing reports of long wait times at Tesla-authorized collision repair centers, Tesla is bringing collision repairs in-house. The company has been opening in-house body shops at a Tesla service centers in the past month, and Tesla chief executive Elon Musk tweeted on Sunday that the company plans to bring "most collision repairs" in-house, because independent body shops have taken weeks or months to make repairs. Tesla's website currently lists nine in-house body shops in eight states, including California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Nevada, Texas, and Washington.


Organizations around the country flock to the rescue of animals amid Florence

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 08:39

Dozens of organizations, teams and families from around the country came to the rescue throughout the weekend, providing temporary homes and transportation to safer shelters.


Five baby squirrels rescued after being found tied together by their tails

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 08:16

Five infant squirrels have been rescued after being found tied together by their tails. The entanglement is thought to have happened by chance with the giant knot forming as the young greys moved about their nest and each other. Grass, twigs and bits of plastic had also become interwoven into the entanglement.


Report links half of Dutch cardinals and bishops to abuse

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 08:00

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A media report linking half of the cardinals and bishops who served in the Netherlands between 1945 and 2010 to abuse cases has drawn the country's Catholic Church into the church's global sex abuse and cover-up scandal.


Rare triple whale breach close to boat stuns onlookers

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 06:14

Whale watchers squeal with delight as three surfacing humpbacks leap out of the water almost simultaneously in rare triple breach right next to their boat.


Hong Kong, southern China clean up after super typhoon

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 06:13

The financial hub of Hong Kong began clearing up on Monday after being battered by one of the strongest typhoons in recent years, with financial markets and offices operating as normal. Super typhoon Mangkhut, with hurricane-force winds well over 200 kilometers per hour (124 miles/h), had barreled past the northern tip of the Philippines, killing at least 50 people. It then skirted south of Hong Kong and the neighboring gambling hub of Macau, before making landfall in China.


Navya already sells fully self-driving cars, including in US

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 06:00

Waymo, formerly the Google Self-Driving Car Project, plans to launch its first commercial service for self-driving cars later this year, essentially a fully automated ride-hailing service covering about 100 square miles in Phoenix, Arizona. The company is called Navya, and its two self-driving cars currently on sale include the Autonom Shuttle and the smaller Autonom Cab. Navya says its vehicles have been designed for “last mile” travel, i.e.


Turkey's Erdogan defends gift of luxury plane from Emir of Qatar

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 05:55

President Tayyip Erdogan has defended his decision to accept a luxury plane from Qatar at a time of economic hardship, saying it was a gift, not a purchase, and that it had been donated to the Turkish state, not to him personally. State broadcaster TRT Haber said last week the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani had given Erdogan the aircraft, which Turkish media said was a Boeing 747, sparking criticism from Turkey's opposition. A lawmaker from the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), Sezgin Tanrikulu, had expressed concern that the aircraft had been bought rather than donated, noting that Turkey was in an economic crisis, the Hurriyet newspaper reported.


Japanese submarine conducts first drills in South China Sea

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 04:31

A Japanese submarine has for the first time joined a naval drill in the South China Sea, the Ministry of Defence said on Monday, in an expansion of Japanese activity in the disputed waterway claimed by China and others. It was the first time a Japanese submarine had conducted drills there. The exercise, which involved the submarine trying to evade detection, was conducted away from island bases built by China to push its claims in the strategic sea.


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