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Franco family accepts dictator's body will be exhumed after feud 

Sat, 08/25/2018 - 13:14

The grandson of former Spanish dictator Francisco Franco has said the family will accept the dictator’s remains if Spain’s government carries out its plan to remove his body from a controversial mausoleum after a battle over his resting place. “Of course we will take care of my grandfather’s remains. We won’t leave it in the hands of the government,” Francis Franco told the newspaper La Razón in an interview on Saturday.  It came as Spain’s socialist administration published a decree outlining its plan to exhume the dictator, who died in 1975. The new law states that the Valley of the Fallen basilica can only hold “the mortal remains of persons who died in the Spanish Civil War”, making Franco the odd one out at the mausoleum he had built and which contains the bodies of more than 33,000 war dead from both sides of the conflict.     The decree, which will be voted on by Congress next month, gives the Franco family until September 15 to respond and state whether they are prepared to receive the dictator’s body. Generalissimo Francisco Franco ruled Spain. An estimated 500,000 people died in the civil war Credit: AP Photo/file The family opposes the decision to exhume Franco, but the dictator’s grandson said he now believed the government would carry out its plan “legally or otherwise”.  Mr Franco said challenging the government in court would be pointless, although he held out the possibility that the Benedictine monks who run the Valley of the Fallen could refuse to allow the exhumation. “The inviolability of the basilica is beyond question. We have written a letter to [the monks] saying that we do not authorize the exhumation.” The government believes it will win majority support for its plan in parliament and has also received assurances that Spanish Church authorities will not oppose the removal of the body from its place behind the main altar in the basilica. Assuming the exhumation does finally take place, possibly in late October or November, Mr Franco said the family had yet to decide where his grandfather would be reburied.  He ruled out the family tomb near Madrid, which holds the remains of Franco’s wife, Carmen Polo, because of a lack of security, suggesting the family will try to bury the dictator in a more private place.


7 Arrested at Protest Over Torn-Down Confederate ‘Silent Sam’ Statue at UNC

Sat, 08/25/2018 - 12:40

Three people were also charged


Vegas Shooting Survivor Is Inspired to Become Police Officer: 'I Want to Be That Person for Someone Else'

Sat, 08/25/2018 - 10:45

"I want them to see me and be like, 'OK, she’s going to fix it. She’s going to make it better,'" said Lauren Card.


Smith & Wesson's M&P 2.0 Compact Handgun: Better Than Glock?

Sat, 08/25/2018 - 09:00

In the crowded field of compact semi-automatic handguns, the M&P 2.0 Compact appears as close to the ideal as possible. A concealable handgun with a sixteen round capacity and absolute reliability, Smith & Wesson’s new pistol improves on an already solid platform.


Chris Watts Seemed Like a Warm Family Man, Friend Says: 'His Entire Life Was Those Girls'

Sat, 08/25/2018 - 08:56

Chris Watts is accused of killing his pregnant wife and daughters.


'My 600-lb Life' Star Lisa Fleming Dies at 50

Sat, 08/25/2018 - 07:59

Her daughter shared the news on Facebook.


Fox News' Neil Cavuto Spends 10 Minutes Taking Aim At His Trump-Supporting Critics

Sat, 08/25/2018 - 07:33

Fox News host Neil Cavuto said he knew he'd "get an earful" after accusing


Prosecutors say boy denied medication at New Mexico compound

Sat, 08/25/2018 - 02:42

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Prosecutors on Friday charged the father and stepmother of a 3-year-old boy whose body was found at a ramshackle compound in northern New Mexico with child abuse charges that can carry a penalty of life in prison.


Airbnb sues New York over 'government overreach'

Fri, 08/24/2018 - 20:10

Airbnb sued the city of New York on Friday, denouncing as "an extraordinary act of government overreach" a new law forcing home-sharing platforms to disclose data about hosts. It was a dramatic escalation in the battle between the $30 billion company and authorities in America's most populous city, amid a global backlash against "sharing economy" startups disrupting traditional industries. The law, which comes into effect on February 2, 2019, requires home-sharing platforms such as Airbnb to disclose information about hosts and imposes hefty fines for non-compliance.


Mollie Tibbett’s Friends And Family Push Back On Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric Using Her Death

Fri, 08/24/2018 - 18:56

The bereaved friends and family of slain Iowa college student Mollie Tibbetts


Judge enters not guilty plea for suspect in Walmart killings

Fri, 08/24/2018 - 18:53

BRIGHTON, Colo. (AP) — A judge on Friday entered a not guilty plea on behalf of a man charged with opening fire and killing three people at a crowded suburban Denver Walmart.


Pope to pay tribute to Ireland's 'holy drinker' who may become saint

Fri, 08/24/2018 - 17:59

Now, he is on his way to sainthood. On Saturday, Pope Francis will pay tribute to him, but not by raising a glass. Francis will instead pray before the relics of the man sometimes called the "Holy Drinker" and who is known as the patron of those struggling get or stay on the wagon.


U.S. health agency's ex-director charged with groping woman

Fri, 08/24/2018 - 17:47

A 55-year-old woman filed a complaint in July against Thomas Frieden, who once served as the city's health commissioner, accusing him of grabbing her buttocks without permission last October at his Brooklyn apartment, said New York City Police Department spokeswoman Arlene Muniz. Frieden, 57, turned himself in to a Brooklyn police station, Muniz said, and he was arrested on misdemeanor charges of sexual abuse, forcible touching and harassment. A number of prominent men in business, entertainment, and the media in the United States have been accused of sexual misconduct in the past year in what has become known as the #MeToo movement.


Weekly News Roundup: Trump Legal Troubles, Hurricane Lane, Me Too Bombshell

Fri, 08/24/2018 - 17:06

This week's headlines saw some serious legal woes for President Donald Trump,


NASA spacecraft captures first images of the asteroid it will soon land on

Fri, 08/24/2018 - 16:46

A NASA probe speeding through the solar system has captured its first image of the asteroid Bennu, which the space agency will try to land on in 2020. Once that happens, the spacecraft OSIRIS-REx is designed to collect up to 4.4 pounds of ancient space rock, seal the minerals in a capsule, and blast the capsule back to Earth. If all goes as planned, the canister will drop down into the Utah desert in 2023.  SEE ALSO: A 12-mile, underground lake may have been found on Mars. What could live there? The space probe captured its first image of Bennu from 1.4 million miles away, which is pretty close as far as space distances go (this is about six times the distance between the Earth and moon). But as shown below, the asteroid is still too distant to make out any features or details. It looks like a fuzzy, spinning white dot. Asteroid Bennu speeds through space.Image: nasaIn early December, the probe will begin to orbit quite close to the small asteroid, 4.5 miles (7 kilometers) from the surface. As the craft slowly circles Bennu at just 0.1 mph, NASA scientists will map its rocky surface, scouring the terrain for a suitable landing spot Why is NASA visiting this small asteroid? Compared to many of the 780,000 known asteroids in our solar system, Bennu is pretty small. But it's quite interesting.  For one, Bennu might contain valuable resources that can be used for future deep space exploration, Dante Lauretta, the OSIRIS-REx principal investigator at the University of Arizona, Tucson, said in a press call.  A conception of the probe collecting samples from BennuImage: nasaLauretta is interested in whether Bennu holds clay deposits, because embedded in clay is water. And water is composed of hydrogen and oxygen, two necessary components for rocket fuel.  One day, perhaps, Bennu may serve as a "fuel depot" in space, said Lauretta. Bennu is also believed to be a well-preserved, ancient asteroid, containing cosmic fragments older than our solar system. Understanding how Bennu formed, and the mish-mash of space materials it's made of, will likely improve astronomers' understanding of how the solar system came to be some four billion years ago. Bennu, at center, compared in size to other solar system asteroidsImage: nasaFinally, Bennu has the slight potential to travel dangerously close to Earth in 2175 and 2195.  "Bennu is one of the ones we are watching," said Lauretta, noting that it has a 1 in 2,700 chance of coming too close for comfort.  Knowing what Bennu is composed of gives NASA better information about how to potentially deflect the large space rock, should it ever veer toward our humble blue planet.  WATCH: Ever wonder how the universe might end?


Photos of the week: 8/17 - 8/24

Fri, 08/24/2018 - 16:20

The body of missing college student Mollie Tibbetts was found this week in


U.S. prosecutors grant Trump Organization CFO immunity in Cohen probe

Fri, 08/24/2018 - 16:14

The immunity deal for the CFO, Allen Weisselberg, was first reported by the Wall Street Journal, which also reported he was called to testify before a federal grand jury earlier this year. Weisselberg was given immunity months ago, one of the people familiar with the matter told Reuters. A cooperation deal between Weisselberg and prosecutors could be damaging to the president given the CFO's longtime role in Trump's business affairs.


'Unequal Scenes' — Aerials highlight the split between rich and poor

Fri, 08/24/2018 - 15:47

These shocking drone images highlight the range of inequality that exists across the world. Taken by South Africa-based photographer Johnny Miller, 'Unequal Scenes' shows the contrast between rich and poor.


Russian manufacturer Kalashnikov moves from AK-47s to an electric car

Fri, 08/24/2018 - 15:00

Readers may not recognize the Kalashnikov name, but they will recognize one of its best-known products: the AK-47 assault rifle. Now, the same company has decided to gun for the electric car market. It's called the CV-1 and the Russian firm unveiled the car at the 2018 International Military Technical Forum in Kubinka, Russia.


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