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White House press secretary Sean Spicer resigned on Friday amid changes to President Trump’s communications shop. The news of Spicer’s resignation was first reported by the New York Times. A White House staffer subsequently confirmed it to Yahoo News.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday told Germany it cannot scare Ankara with threats, in an escalating row over a wave of arrests that prompted Berlin to step up warnings to German tourists and investors. "They (Germany) cannot scare us with these threats, they should know this," Erdogan said in a speech in Istanbul. "You (Germany) do not have the power to smear Turkey... or the power to scare us," he added.
OJ Simpson last night shed tears of joy as he was granted parole by a panel in Nevada, having served almost nine years for armed robbery. Simpson, 70, struggled to compose himself as the four-person panel delivered their verdict, before looking up to smile at his daughter Arnelle and friend Bruce Fromong – who both spoke to defend the fallen sports star.
A Venezuelan diplomat to the United Nations is calling on President Nicolas Maduro to resign immediately. Isaias Medina said in an interview with The Associated Press Thursday that he decided to break with the government and resign shortly after a wave of political unrest began in early April. Medina says he could no longer tolerate the "incoherent" actions of a government advocating for human rights and violating them at the same time.
A great white shark got dangerously close to a pair of paddle boarders while they swam in the ocean. Francesca Nash and her friend Rose Lebow paddled past the shore break when the shark arrived. Nash said she started recording as the shark moved between them.
A 6.7-magnitude undersea quake hit the Greek holiday island of Kos and the Turkish resort of Bodrum on Friday, killing two people and injuring hundreds in areas abuzz with nightlife. The epicenter of the quake was about 10 kilometers (six miles) south of Bodrum, a magnet for holidaymakers, and 16 kilometers east of Kos, the US Geological Survey said. “(There was) this loud rumbling noise and we all ran out… my four friends fell to the ground due to the place shaking so much,” 18-year-old Briton Harriet Longley told AFP from Kos.
By Richard Cowan and David Schwartz WASHINGTON/PHOENIX, Ariz. (Reuters) - U.S. Senator John McCain promised on Thursday he would return rapidly to Washington despite his newly diagnosed brain cancer, flashing the fighting spirit that has defined him since he was held in captivity as a Navy pilot during the Vietnam War. McCain, a veteran senator and former Republican presidential candidate known as a strong and sometimes fiercely independent voice on defense and security issues, was found to have an aggressive form of brain tumor, glioblastoma, after surgery last week for a blood clot above his left eye. The news, issued by his office late on Wednesday, drew a wave of support from across the political spectrum, and raised questions about how long McCain would be absent from the Senate, where Republicans have a narrow majority and are eager to notch up some legislative successes for President Donald Trump.
A Florida man was arrested this week after cops say he stabbed a dog for always taking his girlfriend's side in arguments. The Lee County Sheriff’s Office said Mike Lado, 26, came home drunk Wednesday morning before getting into an argument with his live-in girlfriend. According to the police report, Lado went into the kitchen and retrieved a knife then stabbed the dog twice as it approached him.
An African-American New York Times reporter is being criticized for his essay about the potentially racist challenges he faces from white women while navigating the city's sidewalks, notes The Hill. In the piece, Greg Howard, writes about his thoughtful approach as a pedestrian in New York then says, "In seven years of living and walking here, I've found that most people walk courteously — but that white women, at least when I'm in their path, do not." RELATED: Notable black civil rights activists He adds that "sometimes they're buried in their phones.
The White House’s newly appointed communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, apologized Friday for his past statements about President Trump. Scaramucci even repeatedly proclaimed, “I love the president” during a surprise White House press briefing in his new role. “One of the biggest mistakes that I made because I was an inexperienced person in the world of politics,” Scaramucci when asked about his criticism of Trump during the campaign.
Forensics experts exhumed Salvador Dali's remains from a tomb in his Spanish hometown on Thursday, nearly three decades after his death, in order to test a fortune teller's claims that she is the only daughter of the surrealist. Working behind closed doors, they removed a slab weighing more than a tonne which covers the tomb of the artist at the Dali Theatre-Museum in Figueras in northeastern Spain where he was born. "The biological specimens have been taken from Salvador Dali’s remains," Catalonia’s High Court of Justice said in a statement around 11:50 pm (2150 GMT).
The two children — a sister and brother — came to the Untied States from Korea in 2010, according to a statement released by Queens County District Attorney. After a few years, the couple forced both children to work jobs outside their home and turn over all money they made, even though the kids’ parents were sending money to cover their expenses. Park also regularly hit the children, slapped them and kicked them, according to the DA.
James left North Korea this year with smuggled currency, stamps and a poster of “the great leader,” Kim Il Sung, that he bought on the black market. Months later, James’s fellow American, Otto Warmbier, died after suffering from a mysterious brain injury while in detention in North Korea, accused of stealing a propaganda poster from a hotel. The US State Department has long recommended against travel to North Korea, but Warmbier’s death prompted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to authorize his department to block Americans from traveling to the country.
The Federal Trade Commission is looking into claims made by a nonprofit that accuse Amazon of misleading customers about price bargains, a source close to the investigation told Reuters. The probe is reportedly part of the FTC’s review of Amazon’s recent $13.7 billion deal to buy Whole Foods. The complaint was brought up by the nonprofit Consumer Watchdog, which looked at 1,000 products listed on Amazon last month.
German luxury carmaker Audi, a Volkswagen subsidiary, issued a voluntary recall of up to 850,000 diesel vehicles Friday, saying it would help reduce engine emissions. "Audi aims to maintain the future viability of diesel engines for its customers and to make a contribution towards improving air quality," the Bavaria-based manufacturer said in a statement. Vehicles with affected engines would receive a free software upgrade that "will further improve their emissions in real driving conditions beyond the current legal requirements," Audi added.
The crew of the USS Fitzgerald was likely at fault in the warship's collision with a Philippine cargo ship in June and had not been paying attention to their surroundings, according to initial findings in an investigation, a U.S. defense official told Reuters on Friday. Multiple U.S. and Japanese investigations are under way into how the USS Fitzgerald, a guided missile destroyer, and the much larger ACX Crystal container ship collided in clear weather south of Tokyo Bay in the early hours of June 17. The collision tore a gash below the Fitzgerald's waterline, killing seven sailors in what was the greatest loss of life on a U.S. Navy vessel since the USS Cole was bombed in Yemen's Aden harbor in 2000.
Chinese warships will join Vladimir Putin’s navy in the Baltic Sea on Friday ahead of war games which are being watched closely by Western powers. The drills, which are a sign of both the growing reach of the Chinese military and closer strategic ties between Moscow and Beijing, kick off a busy summer of drills by Russia in eastern Europe which have raised alarm in Washington. China’s most advanced guided-missile destroyers are expected to arrive in the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad on Friday before taking to the seas with a Russian flotilla on Monday for exercises that will run until July 31.
A 25 year old Michigan man has been sentenced to life in prison , after confessing to stabbing his step daughter and burning her body.
Ashley Parker, reporter for The Washington Post, talks with Rachel Maddow about new reporting that Donald Trump is trying to undercut Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation and is asking advisers about pardoning himself, aides and family
A Texas police dispatcher enlisted the help of one of his co-workers when he proposed to his girlfriend during a traffic stop she won't soon forget. Amanda Radican was in tears when Grapevine Police Officer Chad Hale pulled her over on July 7 and commanded her to step out of the car.
The only thing you’ll need to worry about melting is your ice cream. Whenever it’s not summer, I spend my days thinking about summer: The sun! The beach getaways! The glasses of rosé on the porch! It’s the time of year when life seems a little more care
Florida police said a group of teenagers filmed the dying moments of a disabled man last week, with the teens cursing, laughing at and mocking the man as he drowned in a fenced-off pond. Jamel Dunn, 32, drowned in a retention pond on July 9, and his body wasn't recovered until July 14. Shortly after, a friend of Dunn's found a video of the incident online and sent the footage to authorities in Brevard County.
North Korea’s human rights violations are more gruesome and astounding than previously thought, a new report revealed. Three hundred and seventy-five defectors from the country detailed mass graves, public executions and other crimes against humanity in a report released Wednesday by Seoul-based human rights organization the Transitional Justice Working Group (TJWG). The interviewees said North Korea frequently carried out public executions on school grounds and river banks for the smallest of crimes, like stealing rice or distributing South Korean media.
Every former director of the Congressional Budget Office has signed a letter urging Congress to “respect” the agency, which has released estimates that millions of people would lose insurance under the Republican health care plan. “Relying on CBO’s estimates in the legislative process has served the Congress — and the American people — very well during the past four decades,” the letter concludes. The missive comes as Republican leaders in the White House and Congress have criticized CBO for its scoring of the healthcare options the GOP is considering.
By Cate Cadell and Adam Jourdan BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China has outlined plans to become a world-leader in artificial intelligence by 2025, laying down a challenge to U.S. dominance in the sector amid heightened international tensions over military applications of the technology. China released a national AI development plan late on Thursday, aiming to grow the country's core AI industries to over 150 billion yuan ($22.15 billion) by 2020 and 400 billion yuan ($59.07 billion) by 2025, the State Council said. With this major push into AI, China is looking to rival U.S. market leaders such as Alphabet Inc's Google and Microsoft Corp, as it is keen not to be left behind in a technology that is increasingly key from smart cars to energy.