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American professor detained by Israel in West Bank scuffle

Top Stories - Sat, 09/15/2018 - 11:47

JERUSALEM (AP) — An American law professor was detained by Israeli police for allegedly trying to block Israeli troops in a West Bank village slated for demolition, his Israeli lawyer said Saturday.


Deluged by Hurricane Matthew, rural town waits for Florence

Top Stories - Sat, 09/15/2018 - 11:44

LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) — She takes a break from hauling rugs and family heirlooms into the attic to look out the front door and watch it rain and rain and rain some more.


These Photos Show The Devastation Caused By Hurricane Florence

Top Stories - Sat, 09/15/2018 - 08:20

The destruction caused by Hurricane Florence on the Carolinas is laid bare in


Why Counting The Number Of Dead After A Hurricane — Or Any Disaster — Matters

Top Stories - Sat, 09/15/2018 - 08:00

President Donald Trump's Thursday tweet denying the new official death toll


Germany's Seehofer still optimistic about migrant deal with Italy

Top Stories - Sat, 09/15/2018 - 07:38

German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer on Saturday said he remained optimistic about completing a deal on migrants with Italy despite pushback from Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini. Salvini on Friday denied having reached a deal to take back migrants who had already applied for asylum in Italy, saying he wanted more concessions from Berlin. Seehofer had announced on Thursday that he had secured an accord with Italy over the issue in line with similar deals negotiated with Greece and Spain.


Florence's deluge testing South Carolina infrastructure

Top Stories - Sat, 09/15/2018 - 07:03

The torrential rains from Florence will test South Carolina's infrastructure, which failed under historic flooding in 2015.


Bad decisions: Judging the iPhone sight unseen

Macworld - Sat, 09/15/2018 - 07:00

Siri, what is the dumbest kind of poll?

Siri responds that the dumbest kind of poll is one about buying intentions for a device that hasn’t been revealed yet. Also, there are several near you. Would you like directions to the one on De Anza Boulevard?

The day before Apple’s iPhone reveal this week, USA Today sagely told us “Consumers in no rush to upgrade to latest Apple iPhone, poll finds.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Nick.)

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Russia holds naval drills in Sea of Japan

Top Stories - Sat, 09/15/2018 - 06:06

Russian troops taking part in the country's largest-ever war games on Saturday held drills in the Sea of Japan, despite Tokyo's concerns about a Russian military buildup in the area. The exercises were part of the Vostok-18, or East-18, war games that kicked off in eastern Russia on September 11 and will run until Monday. Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu has described the week-long operation, which involves nearly 300,000 soldiers, 36,000 vehicles, 1,000 planes and 80 warships, as Russia's biggest-ever war games.


Moon faces toughest challenge yet in 3rd summit with Kim

Top Stories - Sat, 09/15/2018 - 06:02

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The first inter-Korean summit of 2018, a sunny spectacle in late April, reduced war fears on the peninsula. The second, an emergency one in May, helped ensure a historic meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump came off.


What to Do With a 529 Plan If Your Kid Doesn't Go to College

Top Stories - Sat, 09/15/2018 - 06:01

You’ve been saving for years in a 529 plan, which lets you fund your child's college costs tax-free. But what happens if your kid doesn’t go to college? Will you face a steep tax bill?  Not to wo...


Residents rescued along with dog from Hurricane Florence flood waters

Top Stories - Sat, 09/15/2018 - 04:51

The Category 1 storm forced evacuations and rescues in River Bend, North Carolina.


NASA counts down to launch of laser study of ice sheets

Top Stories - Sat, 09/15/2018 - 01:27

NASA counted down Saturday to the launch of its $1 billion ICESat-2 mission, using advanced lasers to uncover the true depth of the melting of Earth's ice sheets. The mission will inform sea level rise forecasts and is "exceptionally important for science," according to Richard Slonaker, ICESat-2 program executive at NASA. The half-ton satellite should reveal unprecedented detail about the current thickness of ice at the vulnerable polar regions as the climate warms.


Trump Fumes Over Puerto Rico Toll As Death Count Rises For Hurricane Florence

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

As Tropical Storm Florence thrashed through the East Coast on Friday,


'The water kept rising': Residents overwhelmed by flooding

Top Stories - Sat, 09/15/2018 - 00:28

NEW BERN, N.C. (AP) — An ominous tweet appeared on a historic North Carolina community's Twitter feed about 2 a.m. Friday.


Archbishop of Washington prostrates himself at mass for abuse victims

Top Stories - Sat, 09/15/2018 - 00:15

Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the archbishop of Washington who was blamed for not doing enough to deal with pedophile priests in Pennsylvania, prostrated himself Friday in a sign of repentance at a mass dedicated to victims of abuse. "Our prayers are for those who were assaulted by serious abuse of the clergy and the further indignity of an inadequate response," said Wuerl, who has said he plans to travel to Rome in the near future to meet with Pope Francis to discuss his resignation. This action on my part is an essential aspect of the healing so that this archdiocesan Church we all love can move forward," he wrote in a letter to the priests of Washington.


Hungary's Orban comes out fighting after EU setback

Top Stories - Fri, 09/14/2018 - 22:47

The European Parliament's threat to unleash sanctions against Hungary over democracy concerns was a stunning political blow against Prime Minister Viktor Orban, but his dominance at home means defeat can still be spun as a win. A resolution passed in Strasbourg Wednesday ruled that the Hungarian government posed a "systemic threat" to the EU's founding values of democracy and the rule of law. The vote, backed by Manuel Weber, the head of the European People's Party -- the grouping Orban's Fidesz party also belongs to -- could in theory lead to Budapest being stripped of its EU voting rights.


The Latest: Downtown march protests man's police shooting

Top Stories - Fri, 09/14/2018 - 22:41

DALLAS (AP) — The Latest on a deadly shooting in Dallas involving an off-duty police officer (all times local):


Officers who killed gunman in Cincinnati hailed as heroes

Top Stories - Fri, 09/14/2018 - 17:46

CINCINNATI (AP) — A prosecutor on Friday praised the Cincinnati police officers who killed a gunman at a downtown office building as heroes, saying they probably saved countless lives.


SpaceX To Announce Name Of World's First Space Tourist

Top Stories - Fri, 09/14/2018 - 16:17

It's one small announcement for SpaceX, one potentially giant leap for space


Where to buy the iPhone Xs and Xs Max

Macworld - Fri, 09/14/2018 - 16:00

Gone are the days where the iPhone was only available directly from Apple or from AT&T. Today, it’s carried by all major carriers and big retailers, and many of them want to entice you to buy with them by offering special deals. Of course, you can always buy from Apple directly, either in-store or online.

If you haven’t yet put in your order for an iPhone Xs or Xs Max, here’s a summary of some of the deals and promotions offered by different retailers to help you make up your mind. For each, we’ll tell you about any current special deals, when you should consider buying there, and when you shouldn’t.

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