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Fewer US teens smoking, doing drugs ... and drinking milk

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 19:04

NEW YORK (AP) — Fewer U.S. teens are smoking, having sex and doing drugs these days. Oh, and they're drinking less milk, too.


'But my emails': Hillary Clinton takes a swipe at Comey after IG report

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 18:49

The former Democratic presidential candidate issues a stinging tweet over the release of a report that looked into the FBI's handing of an investigation into her use of a private email server.


The Latest: Advocates: ICE not giving immigrant enough time

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 17:59

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Latest on the planned deportation of a Connecticut man with renal failure (all times local):


New book details the inside story of Obama's birth certificate and the birth of fake news

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 17:09

A new book by a former senior adviser to Barack Obama gives an account of the behind-the-scenes the drama surrounding the release of the president’s birth certificate — and the response to the so-called birther movement championed by Donald Trump.


Turtle Gives Finger To Louisiana Police

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 17:06

COVINGTON, La. ― A fisherman here made a bizarre discovery when he found what


A Look Inside Casa Padre, a Converted Walmart Now Home to Nearly 1,500 Immigrant Children

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 16:42

Video provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday offered a glimpse at life inside Casa Padre, a former Walmart along the Mexican border that has been home to nearly 1,500 immigrant children for more than a year.


Boris Becker declares he is an African diplomat to bring 'bankruptcy farce' to an end

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 15:47

Boris Becker has declared he is a diplomat for a small African country, as he attacked "unnaccountable bankers and bureaucrats" who are chasing him for money. The three times Wimbledon tennis champion was declared bankrupt last summer and earlier this year launched an appeal to find his missing trophies to try to pay off £54million-worth of debts. Now his lawyers have told the High Court that he quietly became a “sporting, cultural and humanitarian affairs” attaché for the Central African Republic on April 27 this year. The German is due to be one of the BBC's commentators when the Wimbledon tennis championships start in a fortnight's time. A defiant Becker said he was “immensely proud” of his new role – and attacked the “bunch of anonymous and unaccountable bankers and bureaucrats” who are chasing him for money.  He said he had "asserted diplomatic immunity as I am in fact bound to do, in order to bring this farce to an end, so that I can start to rebuild my life". According to the 1961 Vienna Convention, this means that he cannot be subject to legal process in the courts of any country for so long as he remains a recognised diplomatic agent.  Boris, Wimbledon champion at 17, is now being chased for huge debts He now cannot be sued for the cash without the consent of the Central African Republic, while legal claims can only be served on him through diplomatic channels. Any legal action would also require the agreement of Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson as well as the Central African Republic’s foreign minister. Becker’s decision to become a diplomat could mean that none of the money he is expected to receive for commentating for the BBC at Wimbledon will go to his creditors. Experts said that anyone could become a foreign diplomat in this way if invited to do so by the country, and assert diplomatic immunity. Becker said in a statement: “A bunch of anonymous and unaccountable bankers and bureaucrats pushed me into a completely unnecessary declaration of bankruptcy, which has inflicted a whole heap of damage on me, both commercially and professionally, and on those close to me.  “I have now asserted diplomatic immunity as I am in fact bound to do, in order to bring this farce to an end, so that I can start to rebuild my life.  “Once this gravy train for the suits has been stopped in its tracks, my lawyers will turn to the question of compensation.  “I will be coming after the people who forced this process through to hold them publicly accountable for their actions.” Becker said he was “immensely proud of my appointment at the Sports and Culture Attache for the Central African Republic.  “Sport is incredibly important in Africa and is fast becoming a universal language, a form of social diplomacy and a leveler between people from vastly different and unequal social backgrounds around the world.  “My diplomatic role in the Central African Republic allows me to give something meaningful back to sports supporters in one of the poorest parts of the world.  “There is no reason why a role of this kind should be treated any differently to an appointment as a military or a trade attache, which everyone recognises as attracting diplomatic immunity.” Becker has hired Ben Emmerson QC, a leading human rights lawyer who has acted in the past for Wikileaks Julian Assange, to handle his claim for diplomatic immunity. Trials and triumphs | Boris Becker Mr Emmerson is a former United Nations Special Rapporteur and currently sits as a judge on several U.N. International Tribunals.  In May Becker split from his wife of nine years. The German former tennis star and Dutch model Lilly, 41, took what "wasn't an easy decision", their lawyer said, having this year revealed the strain his financial problems were having on their marriage. The BBC did not comment. A spokesman for one of his creditors Arbuthnot, Latham & Co declined to comment. Becker won his first Wimbledon title, aged 17, in 1985. Two more Wimbledon titles followed in 1986 and 1989, as well a US Open in 1989 and the Australian Open in 1991 and 1996. During bankruptcy proceedings in London last June, John Briggs, Mr Becker's lawyer, told the court: "He is not a sophisticated individual when it comes to finances." His bankruptcy followed a run of bad luck, including £20million in divorce and paternity settlements to his first wife, Barbara, and Angela Ermakova, a Russian model, and a two-year suspended sentence for tax evasion. There were also claims in Germany's Spiegel magazine that Becker may have lost his £100million fortune in part because of questionable investments in the Nigerian oil industry. Becker did not comment on these claims at the time. Experts told the Telegraph that anyone could become a foreign diplomat in this way if invited to do so by the country, and assert diplomatic immunity.


They Fought Over The Last Obamacare Lawsuit, But They Agree This One Is Nonsense

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 14:56

Five scholars who argued with each other over past legal challenges to the


Column: Putin gets luck of the draw at World Cup opener

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 14:28

MOSCOW (AP) — When Yuri Gazinsky headed in the first goal of the 2018 World Cup, giving host Russia early joy in what developed into a 5-0 thumping of Saudi Arabia, Russian President Vladimir Putin leaned across to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman with his hand outstretched.


People Are Selling Elon Musk's Flamethrowers On eBay for Thousands

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 14:25

People Are Selling Elon Musk's Flamethrowers On eBay for Thousands


Indonesian students fast, and study, during Ramadan

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 13:55

For students at one of Indonesia's oldest Islamic boarding schools, the holy month of Ramadan doesn't only mean fasting from dawn till dusk. It also means intensive study of the Koran.


YouTube Stars Shamed by Internet Trolls Over Size of Engagement Ring

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 13:20

Among messages of congratulations were comments that mocked the ring presented to Jen Phanomrat by her fiance, Leo Samanamud.


'Melting Away' —  Climate change and Greenland's Inuits

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 12:59

Over the past five years, photographer Ciril Jazbec has documented the changing lives of the Inuit people in Greenland, the world’s largest island, which is covered by the world’s largest and fastest-melting ice sheet.  This fact, together with the darkening of its surface, mean the changes in Greenland will affect the entire planet and its species, the majority of the scientists have come to agree. Jazbec’s long-term project, Melting Away, is about a people at the forefront of climate change, who have an ancient knowledge of hunting and are in search of ways to survive a collapsing ecosystem. Qaanaaq and Siorapaluk, the world’s northernmost settlements of roughly 700 Inuits, continues its traditional ways despite several alarming climate, environmental and cultural threats.


Bombshell IG report finds Comey ‘insubordinate,’ but unbiased

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 11:36

In a report released on Thursday, the Justice Department’s Inspector General said the FBI was, “extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information."


Arizona Lawmaker: Immigration A 'Threat' Because 'There Aren't Enough White Kids'

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 11:20

An Arizona state lawmaker faces backlash after claiming immigration represents


Bode Miller's Daughter Wandered Off and Fell Into Swimming Pool in Matter of Moments, Authorities Say

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 11:20

19-month-old Emeline was not in the pool long when she was discovered Saturday.


Target Apologizes For Father's Day 'Baby Daddy' Cards

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 11:17

Target apologized and pulled a Father's Day card off its shelves after it drew


Italy and France try to patch up migrant row, draw papal rebuke

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 11:13

By Steve Scherer and Massimiliano Di Giorgio ROME (Reuters) - Italy and France tried to patch up a row over immigration on Thursday as Pope Francis urged politicians everywhere to work together on helping refugees and respect their dignity. Italy summoned France's envoy on Wednesday and demanded an apology from President Emmanuel Macron, who had said Rome's move to block a migrant rescue ship from its ports was an act of "cynicism and irresponsibility". Macron, in a phone call late on Wednesday with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, said he did not mean to offend "Italy and the Italian people", according to a statement.


DOJ Watchdog Finds James Comey Broke FBI Rules In Clinton Case, Report Says

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 11:08

WASHINGTON ― The Justice Department's internal watchdog has concluded that


Mom killed in front of her 3 young children during carjacking: 'I'm sorry. I think I'm about to die'

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 10:57

A Missouri mother was shot dead in front of her three young children during a


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