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America's poor becoming more destitute under Trump: U.N. expert

Top Stories - Sat, 06/02/2018 - 19:10

Poverty in the United States is extensive and deepening under the Trump administration whose policies seem aimed at removing the safety net from millions of poor people, while rewarding the rich, a U.N. human rights investigator has found. Philip Alston, U.N. special rapporteur on extreme poverty, called on U.S. authorities to provide solid social protection and address underlying problems, rather than "punishing and imprisoning the poor". In a report, Alston said that as welfare benefits and access to health insurance were being slashed, President Donald Trump's tax reform awarded "financial windfalls" to the mega-rich and large companies, further increasing inequality.

Officials: Ex-Baptist leader mishandled separate rape claims

Top Stories - Sat, 06/02/2018 - 18:56

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The president of a leading Baptist seminary in Texas was dismissed because of his response to two rape allegations made years apart by students, according to officials at the Fort Worth-based school.

Israel strikes Hamas sites in Gaza after militants fire rockets

Top Stories - Sat, 06/02/2018 - 18:44

JERUSALEM/GAZA (Reuters) - Gaza militants fired rockets at Israel on Saturday drawing retaliatory Israeli air strikes on Hamas sites, the Israeli military said, a few days after the area's most intense fighting in years. At least four projectiles were fired from Gaza at Israel, the military said in a statement, adding that three were intercepted and one fell short. None of Gaza's militant groups claimed responsibility for the rocket fire.

Two climbers die after falling from El Capitan

Top Stories - Sat, 06/02/2018 - 16:47

Two climbers died this morning after falling from El Capitan. Yosemite National Park officials have confirmed that two climbers fell while climbing the Freeblast Route, on El Capitan inside Yosemite National Park this morning at 8:15 A.M.

Twitter's Favorite Things About The 1990s Gives Us Goosebumps

Top Stories - Sat, 06/02/2018 - 16:21

There was something fun and simple about the 1990s. The internet was barely a

Gavin Newsom Is Helping His Republican Rival. Now Other Democrats Are Crying Foul.

Top Stories - Sat, 06/02/2018 - 15:52

Gavin Newsom is doing something odd.

Danes seek to limit male circumcision to those 18 and over

Top Stories - Sat, 06/02/2018 - 14:51

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — A Danish group says petition seeking to set a minimum age of 18 for non-medical male circumcision in the country has gathered the required 50,000 signatures to send the proposal to Parliament for debate later this year.

Syria FM: Iran has no combat forces, bases in the country

Top Stories - Sat, 06/02/2018 - 13:49

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria's foreign minister said Saturday Iranian military advisers are embedded with Syrian troops but Tehran has no combat forces or fixed bases in the country.

Why Is CNN Giving Steve Bannon A 60-Minute Infomercial?

Top Stories - Sat, 06/02/2018 - 13:38

When Fareed Zakaria announced via Twitter on Thursday night, "CNN Exclusive -

Ford SVT Mustang Cobra vs. Pontiac GTO

Top Stories - Sat, 06/02/2018 - 13:30

One carries on muscle-car tradition, the other seeks to redefine it.

Pope to meet 5 abused Chilean priests

Top Stories - Sat, 06/02/2018 - 12:27

Pope Francis will on Saturday meet five Chilean priests who were sexually abused by another priest, Fernando Karadima, in an effort to heal their wounds and those of the church, the Vatican said. In a letter to Chileans issued last week, the pope had voiced his "shame" that the Catholic church had failed "to listen and react in time" to allegations of sexual abuse by Chilean clergy. Several members of the Chilean church hierarchy are accused by victims of ignoring and covering up child abuse by Karadima during the 1980s and 1990s.

$4 verdict shocks family of man fatally shot by police

Top Stories - Sat, 06/02/2018 - 11:49

The family of Gregory Hill, who was killed in 2014 after two Florida sheriff’s deputies responded to a noise complaint at his home, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the sheriff’s office. The jury awarded his family $4.

Woman drives onto Maine little league field, killing one

Top Stories - Sat, 06/02/2018 - 11:47

Cell phone video shows a car swerving onto the field during a Little League game, then hitting and killing a man. The driver left the scene and was arrested at her home, now charged with manslaughter.

China 'intimidating' neighbours with South China Sea military build up, US secretary of defense says

Top Stories - Sat, 06/02/2018 - 11:20

China is expanding its military presence in the South China Sea in order to intimidate and coerce its neighbours, the US’s most senior defence official has claimed. “China’s policy in the South China Sea stands in stark contrast to the openness that our strategy promotes, it calls into question China’s broader goals,” said James Mattis, the US defence secretary.

'Sherlock' star Cumberbatch praised for tackling muggers

Top Stories - Sat, 06/02/2018 - 11:05

LONDON (AP) — The food-delivery firm Deliveroo thanked Benedict Cumberbatch on Saturday after a newspaper reported that the "Sherlock" star had fought off muggers who were attacking one of its cyclists.

Uber driver arrested after passenger shot dead in US

Top Stories - Sat, 06/02/2018 - 10:39

Police in the US city of Denver have arrested an Uber driver for first-degree murder in the shooting death of his passenger. Local media, citing the medical examiner's office, identified the victim as Hyun Kim, 45. A witness called police shortly before 3:00 am Friday from Interstate 25, a highway in the Colorado city, to report that "an Uber driver... said his ride tried to attack him and the driver shot him," an officer stated in a court document.

Al Shabaab fighters seize town in central Somalia - residents

Top Stories - Sat, 06/02/2018 - 08:49

By Feisal Omar and Abdi Sheikh MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Somalia's militant Islamist group al Shabaab has retaken a small town in the centre of the country after it was abandoned by government troops, residents said on Saturday. "Al Shabaab attacked from various sides. After one hour of fighting, the government forces left and al Shabaab seized control," Hussein Nur, a local elder, told Reuters by phone.

Israeli military says to probe killing of Gaza nurse

Top Stories - Sat, 06/02/2018 - 08:48

By Maayan Lubell and Nidal al-Mughrabi JERUSALEM/GAZA (Reuters) - The Israeli military said on Saturday it was investigating the apparent killing by its troops of a Palestinian nurse on Friday during protests along the Gaza border. Health officials and witnesses said Israeli forces shot dead 21-year-old Razan al-Najar, a volunteer medic, as she ran toward the border fence, east of the south Gaza city of Khan Younis, in a bid to reach a casualty. The Israeli military said Palestinian militants had attacked its troops along the border with gunfire and a grenade.

Five dead as E coli outbreak spreads across the US in contaminated lettuce

Top Stories - Sat, 06/02/2018 - 08:12

Five people have died due to an E coli outbreak across the United States, thought to be spread by romaine lettuce. The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed 197 cases of the deadly disease across 35 states, making it the largest E coli outbreak since 2006, when 200 people were affected. Although the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says there is no single grower or distributor to be blamed for the outbreak, and is still investigating, Arizona’s Yuma growing region is thought to be the source of the contaminated lettuce.


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