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Racist calls mock Florida's black Democratic candidate

Top Stories - Sat, 09/01/2018 - 16:18

Racist phone calls mocking Florida's black Democratic gubernatorial nominee appear to be from a white supremacist podcast that has also taken credit for inflammatory robocalls in Iowa and California.

Two US citizens hurt in Dutch 'terrorist' knife attack

Top Stories - Sat, 09/01/2018 - 15:15

A knive-wielding man stabbed two bystanders at Amsterdam's main station before he was shot and wounded by police.

Palestinian refugees angry and dismayed at U.S. for halting funds to U.N. agency

Top Stories - Sat, 09/01/2018 - 15:09

The U.S. announcement on Friday that it will no longer support the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) has deepened a cash crisis at the agency, and heightened tensions with the Palestinian leadership. Most are descendants of the roughly 700,000 Palestinians who were driven out of their homes or fled the fighting in the 1948 war that led to Israel's creation.

Queen officially unveils new Highland Games pavilion at annual Braemar Gathering

Top Stories - Sat, 09/01/2018 - 14:07

The Queen has officially unveiled a new Highland Games pavilion at the annual Braemar Gathering. She joined 15,000 visitors at the event, which is held each year a short distance from the royals' summer retreat on the Balmoral estate. The Aberdeenshire town has hosted the event for 203 years and this year marked the 170th anniversary of Royal Family links. The Queen, wearing a striking jade-green dress suit, was joined by the Duke of Rothesay as well as the Princess Royal and her husband Sir Timothy Laurence at the Princess Royal and Duke of Fife Memorial Park. The Queen and Princess Anne were both presented with floral posies which they carried throughout their hour-long visit. Before leaving, the Queen and the Duke of Rothesay officially unveiled the newly-built Highland Games Pavilion, which will open to the public next year and will showcase the history of the Highland Games, not just in Braemar but across the world. The Queen and Princess Anne were both presented with floral posies  Credit: Andrew Parsons / i-Images  The £2.5 million heritage centre is named after the Duke of Rothesay and was partly funded and driven by the Prince's Foundation as well as numerous local donors. Leading the tour of the new property, David Geddes, president of Braemar Royal Highland Society, said he hopes the exhibition will become a draw for people from across the globe. He said: "Even members of the committee didn't know of the existence of many of the items that now feature in the exhibition. "It was nice to go through all the donated pieces - some of the finds have created a bit of a stir in the village." The Queen, wearing a striking jade-green dress suit, was joined by Prince Charles Credit: Andrew Parsons / i-Images  Exhibits include items from Highland Games and Gatherings, such as medals and trophies, and partner The Scottish Tartans Authority will also contribute to the collection. The facility also provides a new headquarters for the Braemar Royal Highland Society, and is expected to open to the public early in 2019. A competitor takes part in the Putting the Heavy Stone competition at the Braemar Gathering Credit: Andrew Parsons / i-Images  Marking its centenary, the RAF chose the Gathering as one of its main RAF100 events - a C130 Hercules from RAF Brize Norton performed a fly-by to the delight of the crowds. The Queen is the current, and longest serving, patron of the Braemar Royal Highland Society. Scottish Dancing at the Braemar Gathering Games Credit:  Andrew Parsons / i-Images Having first attended with her parents and grandparents at the age of seven in 1933, she has only missed the Gathering four times since taking the throne in 1952. The day includes competitions in events including tossing the caber, hammer throwing and tug of war, as well as performances of pipe bands and Highland dancers.

Palestinians condemn US ending funding for UN refugee agency

Top Stories - Sat, 09/01/2018 - 13:37

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Palestinians on Saturday condemned the U.S. decision to end its decades of funding for the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees, calling it an attack on the Palestinian people and accusing the Trump administration of trying to remove sensitive core issues from the negotiating table as it says it is preparing a Mideast peace initiative.

EU urges US to reconsider 'regrettable' decision on UN Palestinian agency

Top Stories - Sat, 09/01/2018 - 12:25

The European Union on Saturday urged the United States to reconsider "its regrettable decision" to halt funding for the United Nations relief and works agency for Palestinian refugees. The EU stressed the importance of continued international support for UNWRA which runs schools for hundreds of Palestinian children across the Palestinian territories, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria. "The regrettable decision of the US to no longer be part of this international and multilateral effort leaves a substantial gap," a spokesperson for the EU's diplomatic service said in a statement.

What California's Net Neutrality Victory Means for the Rest of the Country

Top Stories - Sat, 09/01/2018 - 12:06

The FCC's deeply unpopular decision gets a Golden State rejoinder.

8 of the best laptop backpacks, based on customer reviews

Top Stories - Sat, 09/01/2018 - 11:30

Although it may not seem like such a daunting task at first, finding the right laptop backpack can be really overwhelming. There are tons of different factors to consider, like what you'll be using it for (work? school? travel?), the size of the laptop sleeve, how functional or comfortable it is, and how much stuff you'll be able to cram inside. And let's not forget about price. Because let's be honest, some of us aren't willing to drop more than $100 on a backpack.  SEE ALSO: 7 of the best laptops for students heading back to school Choosing a backpack is a really personal task — it depends entirely on your specific needs. To make your life easier, we scoured through dozens of reviews from real customers in order to put together a list of top-runners, then outlined the things you need to know in order to make the best decision. Whether you're looking for a simple, basic option to get you from Point A to Point B, or a heavy-duty backpack with all the bells and whistles, we've got the best pack to fit your needs.

Meghan McCain's emotional eulogy at John McCain's funeral: 'The passing of American greatness'

Top Stories - Sat, 09/01/2018 - 11:19

Meghan McCain eulogized her father's death as "the passing of American greatness," directing her message squarely at President Donald Trump.

Woman attacks bus with hammer, then drives into man in horrific road rage video

Top Stories - Sat, 09/01/2018 - 11:01

A woman has been filmed smashing a bus window with a hammer before hitting a man with her car.

Jimmy McCain reading poem

Top Stories - Sat, 09/01/2018 - 10:45

Son of Sen. John McCain reading "The Requiem."

Apple iPhone 8 Logic Board Replacement Program FAQ: Everything you need to know

Macworld - Sat, 09/01/2018 - 10:38

While the rest of the internet was busy dissecting the iPhone event invitation and digesting the unprecedented leaked official renders, Apple quietly launched a new repair program for the soon-to-be-outdated iPhone 8. Apple has apparently determined that “a very small percentage of iPhone 8 devices contain logic boards with a manufacturing defect.” Here’s everything you need to know about getting your phone fixed:

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What To Watch On Netflix That’s New This Week

Top Stories - Sat, 09/01/2018 - 10:20

Streamline recommends "Marvel's Iron Fist" as the thing to watch on Netflix

Two US citizens stabbed in possible terror attack at Amsterdam station

Top Stories - Sat, 09/01/2018 - 07:35

Two bystanders who were seriously injured in a knife attack at Amsterdam's Central Station are US citizens, the US ambassador said Saturday. "We are aware that both victims were US citizens and have been in touch with them and their families," Pete Hoekstra said in a statement. Police shot and wounded a 19-year-old Afghan man with a German residency permit. He stabbed the two people at the Dutch capital's busy station in the city centre on Friday. "We are seriously taking into account that there was a terrorist motive," Amsterdam police spokesman Frans Zuiderhoek told AFP. Earlier witnesses described scenes of panic as gunshots rang out and thousands of commuters and tourists were evacuated from the rail terminus shortly after midday on Friday.  "A man in the west side tunnel of Amsterdam Central Station stabbed two other people and directly after that he was shot by the police," another police spokesman Rob van der Veen said, adding terrorism was not being ruled out by investigators. Security official stands guard outside Amsterdam's main railway station. Credit: Remko De Waal/AFP "The two people are very badly injured, and they were brought to the hospital," he said. "We are looking at all scenarios, also the worst scenario, which is terrorism." One witness said he saw a young man "stumble" into his flower shop at the station with a bleeding wound to his hand. "Shortly afterwards I heard some shots and I know something has gone badly wrong," Richard Snelders told the ANP news agency. A while later he saw another man lying on the ground nearby, he said. "The first thing that comes up in your mind is that it's a terror attack. After all, you are at Amsterdam Central Station. There was a lot of panic," Snelders said. Police quickly arrived at the scene with video images showing police ordering the suspect in English to "stay down" after he had been shot. Images posted on social media showed security guards ushering passengers towards exits and paramedics arriving at the scene with stretchers. Police spokesman Zuiderhoek said the knifeman's condition was not life-threatening, but that he had been shot in the lower body. "At this moment he is under police custody in hospital. He is being questioned about his motive," Zuiderhoek added. Profile | Geert Wilders Dutch police were also in close contact with their German counterparts in regards to the suspect's background, he added. Two platforms at the station - located in the Dutch capital's historic canal-ringed city centre - had been evacuated and closed off to passengers, police said, and were reopened for rail traffic two hours later. A special police department opened a routine probe into why police shot the man. The Netherlands has so far been spared from the slew of terror attacks which have rocked its closest European neighbours in the past few years. But amid a number of scares and reports that people linked to some of those attacks may have crossed briefly into the country, top Dutch security and intelligence officials have stressed that the threat level is substantial. Police declined to speculate on the reasons for Friday's incident, but the Afghan Taliban in a statement Thursday called for attacks on Dutch troops following plans by Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders to stage a Prophet Mohammed cartoon competition in the Dutch parliament. Wilders, who received several death threats has since cancelled the competition which has angered Muslims and sparked protests, saying he wanted to "avoid the risk of making people victims of Islamist violence". Around 250,000 people travel through Central Station every day, according to statistics provided by the Amsterdam.info travel guide.  

Save Apple, win big prizes: Trying to understand Apple’s plan

Macworld - Sat, 09/01/2018 - 07:00

A great way to perpetually criticize Apple, it turns out, is to perpetually misunderstand the company’s business tactics. That way as the company blithely goes about making more and more money, you can complain that they’re doing it all wrong forever.

Writing for the Forbes contributor network and Monkeytown-Bananaville Board of Tourism, Ewan Spence says — and here the Macalope is legally required to advise you to swallow any liquids in your mouth before reading further as he and Macworld are not legally liable for any screen or keyboard damage incurred by uncontrollable spit-takes — the “iPhone X Plus Mission To Save Apple Will Fail.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Peter, Nick, Chris, Michael and Daniel.)

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China evacuates 127,000 people as heavy rains lash Guangdong: Xinhua

Top Stories - Sat, 09/01/2018 - 06:18

China has evacuated 127,000 people in the southern province of Guangdong due to heavy rains, the official Xinhua news agency said Saturday, citing local authorities. Rains affecting more than 1.2 million residents across 27 counties in eastern Guangdong have left two people dead and two missing, and have caused more than 1 billion yuan ($146 million) worth of damage, including to 44,700 hectares of farmland, Xinhua said. China is forced to evacuate hundreds of thousands of residents of flood-prone regions every summer.

Blast strikes north Syria town

Top Stories - Sat, 09/01/2018 - 06:10

A blast killed at least one person in a region of north Syria controlled by Turkey-backed Syrian rebel groups, a witness and a war monitor said on Saturday. The explosion in Azaz was caused by a car bomb, said the war monitor, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, and hit a sit-in to demand new elections to the local council, the witness said. The Observatory said one person was killed and others injured.

Russia's Lavrov says U.S. sanctions counter-productive: TASS

Top Stories - Sat, 09/01/2018 - 06:06

U.S. sanctions against Russia are counter-productive but Moscow is ready for dialogue once the U.S. side is ready for talks with mutual respect, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Saturday, TASS state news agency reported. "Not for the first time we highlight that the permanent buildup of sanctions pressure without any facts that would justify such sanctions is counter-productive and push relations into an impasse," Lavrov said. "Once our partners are ready to talk on the basis of mutual respect and considering (mutual) interests, we are always ready for such dialogue," he said.

6 Products on Deep Discount in September

Top Stories - Sat, 09/01/2018 - 06:00

Shopping for back-to-school may still be on your mind, but there are great deals on many other items this month as well. September is a good time to buy washing machines, dryers, dishwashers, and...

How to Stain Your Deck Like a Pro

Top Stories - Sat, 09/01/2018 - 06:00

As we head into Labor Day you’ll see sales and rebates for wood stains. The three-day weekend gives you time to stain your deck, and conditions are ideal as the weather cools and humidity drops. ...


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