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Correction: Venezuela-Jailed American-Improbable Release

Sun, 05/27/2018 - 15:19

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story May 26 about the release of an American jailed in Venezuela, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the U.S. government had imposed sanctions on Venezuelan first lady Cilia Flores. It has not.

Commemorating veterans over Memorial Day weekend

Sun, 05/27/2018 - 14:10

On Memorial Day weekend, towns and cities across the United States and around the world, commemorate veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces and the sacrifices they have made.

Exxon pulls offshore workers; Shell, Chevron cut output due to Alberto

Sun, 05/27/2018 - 14:07

Exxon Mobil Corp evacuated non-essential workers from the Lena production platform in the Gulf of Mexico ahead of Subtropical Storm Alberto, the company said on Sunday. Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Chevron Corp shut production on platforms in the eastern Gulf of Mexico due to Alberto and evacuated workers from those sites, the companies said. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Alberto was transitioning to a tropical cyclone as its circulation became more focused around a central core located 135 miles (220 km) west of Tampa, Florida, with 50 mile per hour winds (85 kph).

The Parkland students stopped a huge corporation from donating to the NRA

Sun, 05/27/2018 - 13:48

The Parkland students are continuing to advocate for gun control, one issue at a time, and their efforts are creating real change. The latest proof of that is Publix, a supermarket chain found based in the southeastern United States. After boycotts and protests on Friday, the grocery store has publicly announced it will stop making political contributions, including those for Florida gubernatorial candidate and proudly vocal "NRA sellout" Adam Putnam. It's all thanks to Parkland'sDavid Hogg and his peers, who spearheaded a protest against the chain with a successful "die-in" at one of the store's locations.  SEE ALSO: Parkland activists had breakfast with the Waffle House hero and they were all thrilled "Anyone who supports an NRA sellout is an NRA sellout," Hogg tweeted on Tuesday in his call to arms to boycott Publix.  Anyone who supports an NRA sellout is an NRA sellout. That is why I am calling on everyone to stop shopping at Publix until they pull their endorsement of Putnam publicly. Publix is supporting the inaction after pulse, strozier, Douglas, liberty city. Don’t support an NRA sellout — David Hogg (@davidhogg111) May 23, 2018 Just a few days later on May 25, students — in partnership with an organization birthed out of the Parkland shooting, Change The Ref — led the protests in Coral Springs, Florida inside and outside the store, with chalk outlines in the parking lot to commemorate the lives lost during the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.  Early this morning @davidhogg111 teamed up with @ChangeTheRef to create an art instillation outside of @publix in protest of the corporation and their support of Adam Putnam. 17 chalk outlines in multiple parking spots were drawn and wrapped in caution tape. #msd #neveragain — Emilee McGovern (@EmileeRose) May 25, 2018 Inside, people staged a "die-in," lying on the floor of two local Publix stores on Friday. Additionally, Hogg put out a call for 12-minute die-in's to occur in various locations that afternoon as well.  Together we can do anything. Together the young people will win by choosing love. — David Hogg (@davidhogg111) May 26, 2018 Guac’s parents Manuel and Patricia lied down together at “die in “ protest to Publix’s contributions to pro-NRA Adam Putnam’s campaign #ChangeTheRef #MarchForOurLives #parklandstrong — Change the Ref (@ChangeTheRef) May 25, 2018 The action worked, and Publix released a statement announcing that its donations to political candidates would cease.  "We regret that our contributions have led to a divide in our community," the statement read, according to Tampa Bay Times. "We did not intend to put our associates and the customers they serve in the middle of a political debate. At the same time, we remain committed to maintaining a welcoming shopping experience for our customers. We would never knowingly disappoint our customers or the communities we serve." The corporation and its leaders have donated $670,000 to Putnam specifically over three years, as reported by Tampa Bay Times. Hogg is also asking Publix to donate $1 million to the Stoneman Douglas Victims fund, though it's not clear if that's going to happen. I call on @Publix to donate double the money they gave to Putman to the Stoneman Douglas Victims fund, $1,000,000. And never support an A rated NRA politician again. — David Hogg (@davidhogg111) May 24, 2018 WATCH: These celebs brought their star power to March for Our Lives

High school valedictorian addresses grads through bullhorn following speech ban

Sun, 05/27/2018 - 13:31

Christian Bales gave his graduation speech through a bullhorn outside the commencement venue after his school ruled his address too political to be given from the stage.

Under scrutiny, Weinstein prosecutor has a case to prove

Sun, 05/27/2018 - 12:42

NEW YORK (AP) — At least in the court of public opinion, the prosecutor leading a rape case against Harvey Weinstein may have more to prove than the charges alone.

Spain saves over 500 migrants at sea

Sun, 05/27/2018 - 12:33

Spain's maritime rescue service said Sunday it had rescued 532 migrants who were attempting the perilous crossing of the Mediterranean Sea from north Africa this weekend. Rescue boats intercepted 239 migrants travelling in eight small boats off Spain's southern coast on Sunday, a day after 293 migrants were pulled from nine vessels. Three of the boats sank on Sunday right after the migrants were plucked from them due to their "poor state", the maritime service said in a Twitter message.

London introduces contactless payments for buskers

Sun, 05/27/2018 - 12:07

London is introducing a contactless payment scheme for buskers in what organisers said would be a world first, Mayor Sadiq Khan said on Sunday as he unveiled a partnership with tech company iZettle. Under the "Busk in London" programme, street musicians in the British capital will be able to accept non-cash payments with contactless cards, wearable technology and chip and pin.

Summer in the city — New York City's parks in 1978

Sun, 05/27/2018 - 12:07

An exhibit of 65 images from 1978 offers a colorful glimpse into the history of New York City's parks.

Nicki Minaj Has Relationship Advice For You: 'Queen, Know Your Worth'

Sun, 05/27/2018 - 11:51

Sit down, because Nicki Minaj has a lot to tell you about relationships and

Palestinian president could leave hospital soon: source

Sun, 05/27/2018 - 11:47

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas could leave hospital soon after a week of treatment for pneumonia, a source close to him said on Sunday. The hospital director however said no date had been set for his discharge. A Palestinian official and a medical source earlier said Abbas could be released from hospital on Sunday afternoon.

Alberto, first named storm of the season, threatens Gulf Coast

Sun, 05/27/2018 - 11:39

Residents along the Gulf Coast are preparing for Alberto, which is expected to dump up to a foot of rain across parts of Florida, Alabama and Mississippi. All three states have declared states of emergency.

Thousands square off in Berlin far-right rally and counter demos

Sun, 05/27/2018 - 11:25

Thousands of demonstrators for and against the far-right faced off in mass rival rallies in Berlin on Sunday, where calls of "We are the people" were countered with "Go away, Nazis" and techno beats. Police, who were out in force to keep the groups apart, said the march organised by the anti-immigrant, anti-Islam Alternative for Germany (AfD) drew over 5,000 supporters while the counter-demonstrators numbered more than 25,000. The rallies passed off largely peacefully, although Berlin police said on Twitter that they had to use pepper spray to stop "demonstrators from trying to break down barriers" at one square.

BMW i8 Roadster First Edition Handover Event Had 18 Cars

Sun, 05/27/2018 - 10:00

The first 18 out of 200 hybrid roadsters roll out of Munich.

Russia forces among dozens dead in IS east Syria attacks

Sun, 05/27/2018 - 09:43

Russian fighters were among dozens of pro-government forces killed in eastern Syria this week in a deadly wave of attacks by Islamic State group jihadists, Moscow and a monitor said Sunday. After the collapse of its so-called "caliphate" last year, IS now only holds tiny pockets of Syria, mainly in the vast desert stretching to its eastern border. The deadliest was on Wednesday, when IS targeted a group of Syrian and allied Russian fighters near the town of Mayadeen in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor.

Russia says 4 of its soldiers have been killed in Syria

Sun, 05/27/2018 - 09:00

MOSCOW (AP) — A clash with "terrorists" in eastern Syria killed four Russian soldiers and wounded others, the Russian Defense Ministry said Sunday.

Palestinian President Abbas hospital stay extended

Sun, 05/27/2018 - 08:39

By Ali Sawafta RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who officials said is being treated for a lung infection, will remain in hospital for an eighth day on Sunday. The 82-year-old leader had been expected to be released from hospital in the occupied West Bank on Sunday, but this was postponed, Abbas' office said in a text message to journalists. Abbas, who is a heavy smoker, was admitted on May 20 for what doctors had initially said were medical tests following ear surgery.

Photo Dispatch: Death of the American motorcycle - and the search for next generation of riders

Sun, 05/27/2018 - 07:01

As baby-boomers get older the US motorcycle industry is desperate to capture the younger demographic, or see its own death. The median age of motorcycle owners has increased from 32 to 47 since 1990, according to the Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC), and Harley-Davidson, America’s biggest motorcycle manufacturer, announced in March that it will close its Kansas City plant, laying off more than 800 people by the end of 2019.  What was once the baby-boomer symbol of freedom and rebellion has become the mascot of the weekend warrior. Wealthy suburbanites in ‘ride to live, live to ride’ t-shirts are still loyal to the brand associated with Easy Rider and Marlon Brando’s The Wild One. But the boomers are now in their sixties and seventies and their most recently purchased bike may possibly be their last. A man tries on a t-Shirt in the gift shop of the Harley-Davidson's vehicle and powertrain operations plant in Kansas City Credit: Neville Elder for The Telegraph Desperate to capture the younger demographic, Harley-Davidson has launched initiatives such as the "Find Your Freedom", a paid internship seeking young people willing to spend their summers riding around on motorcycles and chronicling the experience on social media. The company is also planning to win over environmentally conscious millennials with an electric motorcycle which it plans to launch in 2019. Harley Davidson's vehicle and powertrain operations plant in Kansas City Credit: Neville Elder for The Telegraph The figures provided by MIC are a reflection of new motorcycle sales. Someone looking to buy their first ride will be looking at a minimum of  $7,000 (£5,000) for the most basic Harley-Davidson model. However, vintage motorcycle can be bought for as little as $1,000, and some work and modifications can turn it from a ride to work to an extension of the rider’s personality. Spencer Bink and Mike Ashpaugh photographed with the chopper they're building in Ashpaugh's garage Credit: Neville Elder for The Telegraph In home garages all around Kansas City the skeletons of abandoned Harley’s - Shovelheads and Panheads - are being resurrected, but it’s community hubs like Blip Roasters and co-op workshops, Hickory Union Moto (HUM), in the old warehouse district of West Bottoms, that have sprung up organically to help a new generation climb on to motorcycles for the first time. Chris Taylor, 33, with his Harley Davidson 2018 Road Glide outside Blip Roasters, West Bottoms,  Missouri Credit: Neville Elder for The Telegraph Cousins Spencer Bink, who works at Harley-Davidson, and Mike Ashpaugh, a lorry driver by profession, are building a chopper from old parts in Ashpaugh's garage. "Younger guys are buying old bikes, they're not built to be comfortable, old bikes are cool," he told The Telegraph. "You kinda want to make it your own, it's fun to work on bikes yourself, everything's like a bird nest of wiring on the new bikes with their computers and that," said Bink. "I bought my first bike for $800, rode it around found out I liked it. New bikes are inaccessible if you're trying to decide if want to ride a bike - you can't exactly go to Enterprise and check out if you want to ride. Old bikes have more style," Tom Pulliam, an architectural intern, said referring to the rent-a-car business. Ricky Reyes in Anchor Moto, a workshop which specialises in bike repairs and custom builds, in West Bottoms Credit: Neville Elder for The Telegraph Jesse Clay, a 34-year-old engineer believes Harley priced themselves out of the market. "They used to be designed as a working man's bike that anyone could afford. I don't like having a payment on a bike. That's the reason I build bikes - I like to own my motorcycle." Jesse Clay, 34, with his 1985 BMW K100RT at HUM Credit:  Neville Elder for The Telegraph As Harley-Davidson prepare to pack up and leave Kansas City, Missouri, you don’t have to look far to see motorcycling is as popular as ever. Until 1991, West Bottoms’ stockyards and cattle markets, was the centre of the cattle trade in the mid-west. The area, plagued by flooding, fell into disuse. Now mostly empty, warehouses have been converted into antique shops and mechanics’ workshops. Stephanie Hartman, 29, with her 2007 Harley-Davidson Buell Blast outside Blip, a cafe which doubles as a bike shop Credit: Neville Elder for The Telegraph Blip Roasters sits above the abandoned loading lock of one such warehouse. The buildings’ exterior still wears the original brickwork, and large retro-fitted windows look out onto the rough, unpaved empty lots with a patchwork of puddles and bricks. Inside, a hipster Brooklyn coffee shop and a mid-western community centre for bikers blend into one. Racks of motorcycle gear and helmets, rebuilt motorcycles, restored by local ‘builders’ sit alongside comfortable couches, where patrons can watch repeats of the latest Motorcycle Grand Prix race. ‘Sunday Church’ is a weekly meet-up of Motorcyclists at Blip. People gather and exchange tips about building and repairing bikes, many of them classic Harleys from the 80’s and 90’s but also Japanese and European motorcycles. Ian Davis, Blip Roasters owner, makes coffee with Meghan, a barista at the West Bottoms cafe Credit: Neville Elder for The Telegraph "Blip is a good example of how motorcycle culture has changed", owner Ian Davis said. "All I remember was biker bars, and we might not want to get drunk in a smelly bar, now there's new places to hang out." "We started out just as a coffee roasters and I’d used to leave my first bike - a 1976 [Honda] CB50 - up on the dock," the 32-year-old said. People chat and work in Blip Roasters in Kansas City, Missouri Credit: Neville Elder for The Telegraph "People would come by and ask about the bike, and people started dropping by on other motorcycles to say hi. Gradually it became a thing, to hang out on Sundays, drink coffee and talk about bikes. "We open at 8am and usually by 9:30pm there are 10 or 20 bikes parked out front, then it’s just a free for all! Hundreds of people sometimes. Men, women, young or old on [new and old] Harleys, Hondas, Ducatis, even mopeds.” Motorcycles parked outside Blip Roasters Credit: Neville Elder for The Telegraph Just around the corner, in an old fire station, Hickory Union Moto (HUM) provides space and education for people new to the motorcycle world. In the big empty room that once housed fire engines and their crews, motorcycles sit in various states of repair. Some stripped down to their bare bones, some looking like Mad Max bikes, with distressed petrol tanks, and hand stitched seats. A rebuilt Harley Davidson engine in Ricky Reyes's workshop Credit: Neville Elder for The Telegraph John Iiames, 36, an architect and a partner at HUM says his love of old bikes came from frustration of living in a condo: John Iiames is one of the partners at HUM Credit: Neville Elder for The Telegraph “I was living in downtown Kansas City, with nowhere to work on a bike. There’s not the same sense of ownership with a new bike as there is with getting an old bike from the seventies and bringing it back to life, and not have a $300 payment on it every month.” As Harley Davidson prepare to pack up and leave Kansas City, Missouri, you don’t have to look far to see motorcycling is as popular as ever and ironically, it’s the Baby Boomers’ discarded machines that’s kick-starting a new generation of bikers and gear heads. For Millennials, riding motorcycles is cool again.  

Freed from a Venezuela jail, US couple arrive back home

Sun, 05/27/2018 - 05:08

An American couple who spent nearly two years in a Venezuelan jail received a heroes' welcome at the White House as they returned home Saturday after Caracas freed them in a bid to spur dialogue with Washington. "Very glad that Josh Holt is now back home with his family where he has always belonged. Sanctions continue until democracy returns to Venezuela," Vice President Mike Pence wrote on Twitter.

Imran Khan eyes victory as Pakistan announces elections on July 25

Sun, 05/27/2018 - 04:33

Pakistani cricket star-turned-politician Imran Khan's party vowed Sunday to oust the country's "corrupt" rulers, as the nuclear-armed state announced it will hold general elections on July 25. The poll will bring to a head political tensions that have been building since former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was ousted by the Supreme Court on corruption charges and later barred from politics for life. Khan is hoping to achieve a years-long dream of leading the country as its prime minister, and his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party is the main challenger to the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), which was headed by Sharif until his ban.