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Country star Scotty McCreery on sharing wedding with fans in 'This Is It' video

Thu, 08/23/2018 - 16:15

The former "American Idol" winner married his high school sweetheart and longtime girlfriend Gabi Dugal in June.

Lyft Announces Half-Price (And Free!) Rides To The Polls For Midterms

Thu, 08/23/2018 - 16:12

Lyft will offer free and discounted rides to the polls on Election Day, the

Ending the Clean Power Plan won't stop the sun or the wind — or save the coal industry

Thu, 08/23/2018 - 15:48

President Trump is outspoken in his support for the coal industry, but his proposal to dismantle the Clean Power Plan is highly unlikely to stop the long-term shift away from coal and toward wind and solar power.

Google blocks accounts in 'influence operation' linked to Iran

Thu, 08/23/2018 - 14:56

Google said Thursday it blocked YouTube channels and other accounts over a misinformation campaign linked to Iran, on the heels of similar moves by Facebook and Twitter. Google said that working with the cybersecurity firm FireEye, it linked the accounts to the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting as part of an effort dating to at least January 2017.

Netanyahu welcomes airlines decision not to fly to Iran

Thu, 08/23/2018 - 14:23

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, on a trip Thursday to Lithuania, welcomed the decision by major international airlines to end their direct flights to Iran's capital of Tehran in September.

Fidelity fund votes backed Tesla, potential sign of more support

Thu, 08/23/2018 - 14:11

Funds run by Fidelity Investments sided with Tesla Inc management on director votes and other controversial items this spring, filings showed on Thursday, and experts said that could indicate further support for Tesla CEO Elon Musk as he looks to take the company private. Fidelity funds that are top Tesla holders, including Blue Chip Growth Fund, Growth Company Fund and Contrafund , all voted as Tesla recommended at two shareholder meetings held in March and June, the filings showed.

Russia's Putin visits site of decisive WWII battle in Kursk

Thu, 08/23/2018 - 14:07

KURSK, Russia (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday attended ceremonies marking the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Kursk, in which the Red Army routed the Nazis.

Why This Woman Organized Mass Tinder Date With Dozens of Men

Thu, 08/23/2018 - 14:06

It was all a stunt.

Ancient Fossil of Happy Shell-Free Turtle Solves an Evolutionary Mystery

Thu, 08/23/2018 - 13:56

This smiling turtle was footloose and shell-free.

Security Guard Filmed Cops Struggling With Suspect as Officers Pleaded for Help

Thu, 08/23/2018 - 13:48

The guard was later fired.

Hurricane Lane vs. Kilauea: What happens when a hurricane meets a volcano?

Thu, 08/23/2018 - 13:19

What happens when two forces of nature like Hurricane Lane and Mount Kilauea come face to face? Some scientists think low pressure associated with a hurricane could contribute to a volcanic eruption, but that theory hasn't yet been proven.

Iranian families share stories on ‘devastating’ impact of US sanctions

Thu, 08/23/2018 - 13:19

Meisam’s family, with the help of her grandmother’s oncologist, are searching for new suppliers who may be able to import the medicines, but as US sanctions start to bite, they don’t know what will be possible. In the past few weeks, international companies have begun to pull out of Iran after threats from US President Donald Trump that businesses must choose between trade with Tehran or trade with the US. The first round of "snapback" US sanctions came into effect at the beginning of August after Mr Trump followed through on a campaign trail promise to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal.

South Africa Admonishes Trump's Racist Conspiracy Theory Tweet

Thu, 08/23/2018 - 13:01

South Africa's government slammed President Donald Trump after he tweeted that

Australia PM Malcolm Turnbull clings to power amid leadership crisis

Thu, 08/23/2018 - 12:37

Malcolm Turnbull, Australia’s prime minister, signalled he could resign on Friday following bitter infighting that has split the ruling Liberal party and left the nation facing yet another leadership change. As the party’s brutal civil war continued and thirteen ministers resigned, Mr Turnbull, a former investment banker and self-made millionaire, said he would resign if a majority of Liberal MPs demanded another leadership vote. On Thursday, Mr Trunbull's opponents were one signature away from securing the vote, which they hoped would take place at midday local time on Friday (3am GMT). The new vote follows a challenge by Peter Dutton, a hardliner who lost in a 48-35 secret ballot of MPs earlier this week. Stubbornly refusing to resign despite a collapse of support, Mr Turnbull blamed a group of rebel right-wing MPs and some media commentators for encouraging this week’s putsch. “Australians will be rightly appalled by what they're witnessing in their nation's Parliament today and in the course of this week,” he said. “The reality is that a minority in the party room, supported by others outside the Parliament, have sought to bully, intimidate others into making this change of leadership that they're seeking. It’s been described by many people… as a form of madness.” Australia's Finance Minister Mathias Cormann (L), Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (C) and Treasurer Scott Morrison attend a press conference after the embattled leader narrowly survived a move to unseat him on Tuesday Credit:  MARK GRAHAM/AFP Mr Dutton, a former policeman who has signalled a tougher approach on immigration and law and order, was expected to battle for the leadership against two more moderate candidates: foreign minister Julie Bishop and  Scott Morrison, the treasurer, a position equivalent to Chancellor of the Exchequer. Opinion polls show Ms Bishop, who would be only the second female prime minister, is the most publicly popular of the three possible leadership contenders, followed by Mr Morrison. Public support for Mr Dutton as the party’s leader was between 3 and 11 per cent. In extraordinary scenes in Canberra on Thursday, the ruling Liberal-National Coalition adjourned parliament’s lower house to try to resolve its leadership chaos. Labor leader Bill Shorten told the chamber: “Australia no longer has a functioning government". "This is the ultimate admission of surrender, of a bankrupt government, of a failed government,” he said. Mr Turnbull’s downfall follows a long run of dismal opinion polls as well as enduring concerns among the party’s right-wing MPs that he is too progressive. Since becoming leader, the former Rhodes Scholar  has shed many of his progressive views on issues such as climate change, the republic and same-sex marriage but this has not allayed the suspicions of his opponents.  Many have not forgiven him for toppling former leader Tony Abbott, a staunch conservative and monarchist, in 2015. Mr Abbott, also a former Rhodes Scholar, remains a backbencher and has repeatedly criticised Mr Turnbull’s leadership. “The culture of leaking and de-stabilising started when I was prime minister,” Mr Abbott told Radio 2GB. “Once a culture of plotting takes hold, people who are beneficiaries becomes victims." Profile | Malcolm Turnbull No Australian leader has served a full term since John Howard after the 2004 election. Since then, every prime minister – Labor’s Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard, and Mr Abbott, a Liberal – has been dumped by their party.  Mr Turnbull’s troubles this week followed his plan to introduce a national target to cut carbon emissions. The policy angered conservatives, who plotted an insurrection even after Mr Turnbull dumped the plan. Mr Turnbull on Thursday demanded that any MPs who want a ballot must publicly sign a petition, effectively seeking to shame those seeking to topple another prime minister.  “These are momentous times and it’s important that people are accountable for what they’re doing,”  he said. Mr Turnbull said he will not stay on as an MP following a ballot, a move that could deprive the Coalition of its one-seat parliamentary majority. This may result in an early general election. Mr Turnbull also raised questions over whether Mr Dutton is eligible to be an MP because his family’s childcare business has received government funding.  Australia’s Solicitor-General was asked to rule by Friday on whether Mr Dutton is barred by the constitution. If he is, the right-wing MPs who fomented this rebellion will be without a leader.

Sears Holdings Corp (SHLD) Stock Marches Toward a Delisting

Thu, 08/23/2018 - 12:00

Sears Holdings Corp (Nasdaq: SHLD) announced on Thursday that it will be making yet another round of store closings as it continues its uphill battle to demonstrate a path to long-term viability. Unfortunately, the plan for a leaner, more efficient Sears hasn't worked up to this point, and analysts see little reason to suspect closing more stores will change Sears' fate. After announcing 100 store closures in January and another 100 closures in May, Sears said on Thursday that it will close 46 additional Sears and Kmart stores in November.

Time magazine releases its first list of top 100 places in the world

Thu, 08/23/2018 - 11:33

In the top places to visit category, Tianjin Binhai Library in Tianjin, China made the cut for its gleamingly white, terraced design that elevates the humble public lending library into an architectural marvel and travel destination.

Hurricane Lane churns toward Hawaii as a Category 4 storm

Thu, 08/23/2018 - 11:31

Hawaii declares a state of emergency, all public schools ordered to be closed, and residents told to shelter in place.

Witnesses Watched Woman Being Attacked by Alligator in Horror, 911 Call Reveals

Thu, 08/23/2018 - 11:23

Cassandra Cline, 45, was walking her dog when she encountered the gator near the 13th hole on the Sea Pines Plantation community golf course in Hilton Head on Monday.