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Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani Praises Taliban Ceasefire in Eid Holiday Address

Top Stories - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 04:53

Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Friday touted a three-day cease-fire with the Taliban in an address to the nation heralding the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Fitr.


Boy Killed, His Brother and Mom in Critical Condition After Denver Shooting

Top Stories - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 02:57

One boy died and his brother and mom were in critical condition Thursday following a shooting in a suburban Denver parking lot, according to police.


Disgraced comedian Cosby changes lawyer ahead of sentencing

Top Stories - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 22:35

Disgraced US comedian Bill Cosby, who was convicted of sexual assault in April, has changed his lawyer ahead of his sentencing, a spokesman said Thursday. "Mr. Cosby has replaced his legal team with Attorney Joseph P. Green Jr (Philadelphia)," a spokesman for Cosby said, without offering further details. Green will replace Tom Mesereau, who has represented numerous celebrities and was Cosby's lawyer for his second trial which resulted in his conviction on three counts of sexual assault on April 26.


Black hole eats and destroys hapless star which wandered too close

Top Stories - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 22:32

Beware of the hungry black hole. Astronomers tracked a supermassive black hole, 20 million times larger than the sun, which ate up and destroyed a star that came too close. SEE ALSO: Three baby planets hanging around a star discovered by astronomers Located nearly 150 million light years away from Earth, scientists theorise the star swirled around the black hole, emitting intense x-rays and visible light, as a jet of material spat out at a quarter of the speed of light. Such an occurrence, called a tidal disruption event (TDE), has been rarely spotted. But scientists think they happen more often. In the case of this stellar death, astronomers used radio and infrared telescopes, such as New Mexico's Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA), to keep an eye on the event which happened in a pair of colliding galaxies called Arp 299. "Never before have we been able to directly observe the formation and evolution of a jet from one of these events," Miguel Perez-Torres, from the Astrophysical Institute of Andalusia and who published a report in the journal Science, said in a statement online. Artist's rendering of a tidal disruption event (TDE) that happens when a star passes fatally close to a supermassive black hole, which reacts by launching a relativistic jet. It zooms out of the central region of its host galaxy, Arp299B, which is undergoing a merging process with Arp299A (the galaxy to the left).Image: Sophia Dagnello, NRAO/AUI/NSF; NASA, STScIPerez-Torrez and Seppo Mattila, of the University of Turku in Finland, got their first indication something was going on in January 2005. Astronomers noticed a bright burst near Arp 299, and kept track of the occurrence over a decade, which revealed a jet of electromagnetic waves going in one direction from the black hole. A black hole is an area of space which has such strong gravitational pull that nothing can escape from it, including light. Although most galaxies have black holes, they're not necessarily out there actively eating everything up. Mattila said the discovery might just be the "tip of the iceberg" for TDEs, with the potential for more discoveries ahead. "By looking for these events with infrared and radio telescopes, we may be able to discover many more, and learn from them," he added. WATCH: These trees have lived for 2,500 years. Now they're suddenly dying


Donkeys stolen, skinned in Africa to feed Chinese demand

Top Stories - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 22:16

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Dawn was just beginning to break when Joseph Kamonjo Kariuki woke to find his donkeys missing. The villager searched the bush frantically for the animals he depends on to deliver water for a living, but they were nowhere to be found.


Parts of Yemen missiles fired at Saudi Arabia were Iranian-made: UN report

Top Stories - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 21:50

Some components from five missiles fired at Saudi Arabia by Yemen's Huthi rebels were manufactured in Iran but UN officials are unable to determine when they were sent to Yemen, according to a confidential UN report seen by AFP on Thursday. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the Security Council in the 14-page report that debris from the missiles fired since July 2017 "share key design features with a known type of missile manufactured" by Iran. The report, sent to the council on Tuesday, added that "some component parts of the debris were manufactured in the Islamic Republic of Iran" but it remained unclear whether the transfer was in violation of UN restrictions.


Arizona Officers Seen Beating and Mocking Hospitalized Suspect on Video

Top Stories - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 21:46

Suspect Jose Luis Conde said doctors had to sew part of his ear back on


Hundreds Protest In Cities Across U.S. Against Trump's Immigrant Family Separations

Top Stories - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 21:22

Hundreds protested across the country on Thursday against the Trump


White House Says Trump Would Sign House GOP's Immigration 'Compromise' After All

Top Stories - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 20:47

President Donald Trump threw House Republicans' immigration compromise into


Hillary Clinton Needed Only 3 Words To Respond To James Comey Report

Top Stories - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 20:23

Hillary Clinton could have written a book on former FBI Director James Comey


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

Top Stories - 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

Top Stories - 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.


Best power banks of 2018: The top USB portable chargers for your phone

Macworld - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 18:45
These USB battery packs from Anker, Mophie, Xiaomi, and others will keep your Android or Apple phone charged while you're on the go.

The Latest: Advocates: ICE not giving immigrant enough time

Top Stories - 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):


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Macworld - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 17:59

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

Top Stories - 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

Top Stories - 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

Top Stories - 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

Top Stories - 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

Top Stories - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 14:56

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


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