Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign is slamming an Associated Press report that more than half the people outside government that she met with while she was secretary of state donated to the Clinton Foundation. “It cherry-picked a limited subset of Secretary Clinton’s schedule to give a distorted portrayal of how often she crossed paths with individuals connected to charitable donations to the Clinton Foundation,” Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallon said in a statement on Tuesday.
Sadly, that's exactly what happened to upstart airship Hybrid Air Vehicles, when its massive Airlander 10 aircraft crashed into the ground Wednesday in England. The Airlander 10, or as the Brits prefer to call it, the "Flying Bum," was successfully airborne for 100 minutes before it attempt to land at its base at Cardington airfield in Bedfordshire, England. In a statement, Hybrid Air Vehicles said it would be investigating why and how the incident took place.
David Becker, 18, a former three-sport athlete from East Longmeadow High School in western Massachusetts, escaped jail time even though prosecutors recommended a two-year sentence. Becker admitted in court last week to sexually assaulting two 18-year-old women as they slept after a party, and an initial charge of rape was amended to indecent assault and battery, according to court records. Becker also agreed to undergo treatment and evaluation as a sex offender and submit to drug and alcohol screenings for two years.
An international charity on Wednesday removed 15 animals from a Gaza Strip zoo, freeing them from stifling conditions in what it called “the worst zoo in the world” and hoping to grant them a better life abroad. Most of the animals are destined for an animal sanctuary in Jordan while the tiger is headed to a refuge in South Africa. The animals’ removal effectively closed the long-troubled zoo.
A conservative politician from a rich family and a rural Marxist guerrilla are the lead players in Colombia's peace process, which has now produced a final deal to end five decades of conflict. Here are short profiles of President Juan Manuel Santos and FARC rebel leader "Timochenko", former foes now on the verge of ending a conflict that has claimed more than 260,000 lives. Santos, 65, spearheaded a major offensive against the FARC as defense minister from 2006 to 2009.
"We had every type of politician on," said Bill Geddie, former longtime executive producer of "The View." If I had to pick one song to describe "The view," it's" let's give them something to talk about".
Of all the rumors bouncing around the automotive world, perhaps none is quite as perennial as the story that Mazda will resurrect the rotary-powered sports car from the grave. According to the report, which comes to us from Japanese website Holiday Auto by way of Autoblog, the new RX-9 will be powered by a 1.6-liter twin-rotor Wankel engine assisted by a turbocharger. The report also states that Mazda engineers are shooting for a curb weight of 1,300 kilograms—a hair less than 2,900 pounds, in imperial units.
Radford’s account, which was compellingly retold by Ray Fisman and Tim Sullivan in their recent book The Inner Lives of Markets, explains that, in the absence of paper money, prisoners had to pick another currency to enable their transactions: cigarettes. “A ration of margarine might be bought for seven cigarettes, the equivalent, for instance, of one and a half chocolate bars, and so on,” Fisman and Sullivan write. Be they in wartime Bavaria or modern-day America, a surprising number of prisoners have lived in systems whose internal economies have centered on tobacco.
More than 60 years after a World War II-era aircraft carrier sunk to the bottom of the sea, the word "Independence" could still be made out on its surface. By exploring the wreck with robotic subs, scientists are getting their first look at this decades-old ship, which was a target during atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll in the Pacific in the 1940s. The exploration is already revealing secrets: Scientists operating the underwater robot discovered a fighter plane within the sunken aircraft carrier that, according to records, should not have been there.
Donald Trump suggested Tuesday that he is open to "softening" laws dealing with immigrants in the country illegally, the latest sign that the Republican presidential nominee is considering easing the hardline stance he has taken since the beginning of his campaign. Trump, taping a town hall in Austin, Texas, for Fox News, was asked by moderator Sean Hannity if he would change current statutes to accommodate law-abiding citizens or longtime residents who have raised children in the United States. "There certainly can be a softening because we're not looking to hurt people," Trump answered.
The Colorado Rockies are huge, and so are the grilles on Ford's new line of Super Duty trucks. After spending two days with a range of different Super Duty trucks—spanning the heavy-pickup canon from two-door work truck to crew-cabbed dual rear wheel rigs capable of towing more than 30,000 pounds—it was difficult not to walk away from the display with a feeling that Ford knows what it's doing when it comes to trucks. Ford has already sold more than 460,000 F-Series trucks this year.
One hotel that collapsed in the small town of Amatrice probably had about 70 guests, and only seven bodies had so far been recovered, said the mayor of the town that was one of the worst hit by the quake. The last major earthquake to hit the country struck the central city of L'Aquila in 2009, killing more than 300 people.
"Striking gold" is mainly a term to express when someone gets really lucky nowadays, but by golly, someone has actually done it. A 145-ounce gold nugget has been reportedly found in Victoria, Australia by a real life prospector and could be worth more than A$250,000 ($190,710) when it goes to auction. The anonymous prospector initially found a nine ounce tennis ball-shaped gold nugget two feet deep, returning the next day to see if there was more, according to a statement from metal detector manufacturer, Minelab.
The Turkish operation inside Syrian territory is aimed not just against jihadists but also Kurdish militia and should permanently put an end to problems on the border, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday. "From 4:00 am (0100 GMT) our forces began an operation against the Daesh (IS) and PYD (Kurdish Democratic Union Party) terror groups that threaten our country in northern Syria," Erdogan said in a speech in Ankara. Turkey considers the PYD and its People's Protection Units (YPG) militia to be terror groups bent on carving out an autonomous region in Syria, although they are key allies of the United States in the fight against IS.
With the possible exceptions of maple syrup and ice hockey, nothing symbolizes Canada quite like “mounties,” the police officers who patrol on horseback Canada’s rugged frontiers and historically wore scarlet tunics, riding boots, and flat-brimmed campaign hats. Now, some of those mounties will also be allowed to wear hijabs, in line with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s efforts to welcome people of different faiths into government service. “This is intended to better reflect the diversity in our communities and encourage more Muslim women to consider the Royal Canadian Mounted Police as a career option,” a spokesman for Canada’s public safety minister told the news wire service Agence France-Presse.
The Evening Rush is your daily roundup of auto, gear, and lifestyle news, all in one place. German tuner GeigerCars has tuned a Dodge Viper ACR to a ridiculous 765hp. Expect to pay an additional $48,000 to upgrade your Viper ACR from insanity to frothing madness.
A Minnesota mom is furious after she says she and her young son were surrounded by multiple police officers and TSA agents all because her son has a pacemaker. Ali Bergstrom and her 9-year-old son Chille were boarding a flight in Phoenix to fly back home to Wyoming Saturday when she says they were surrounded by TSA agents. The youngster, who wants to be a pilot, is an avid traveler and usually asks for an alternative screening at TSA.
Attorneys for victims and family members in a deadly 2014 landslide in Washington have accused state lawyers of orchestrating a fraud by deleting emails between expert witnesses for the state. In a motion filed Tuesday, the attorneys say the state has spent over $3 million in taxpayer dollars developing the opinions of its seven-person expert team, The Seattle Times reported (http://goo.gl/2klWte ). A total of 43 people were killed in the March 22, 2014, slide in Oso, about 60 miles northeast of Seattle.
By Idrees Ali WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Four of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) vessels "harassed" a U.S. warship on Tuesday near the Strait of Hormuz, a U.S. defense official said, amid Washington's concerns about Iran's posture in the Gulf and in the Syrian civil war. The official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said on Wednesday that two of the Iranian vessels came within 300 yards of the USS Nitze in an incident that was "unsafe and unprofessional." The vessels harassed the destroyer by "conducting a high speed intercept and closing within a short distance of Nitze, despite repeated warnings," the official said.
Soon you’ll be able to drive that Tesla Model X or Model S faster for a longer period of time, as the electric carmaker’s CEO Elon Musk has announced the company is developing two new versions of the vehicles. Musk unveiled the plans for the revamped Model S and X during a press conference on Tuesday afternoon, claiming the carmaker would now be the producer of the third fastest accelerating car ever made. The vehicle will come equipped with a 100 kilowatt-per-hour battery and a 315 mile charge, making it the first to go beyond a 300-mile charge, according to Tesla.
An Alabama sheriff says the suspect in the slaughter of five adults was armed with an ax as he attacked them in their sleep, using the weapon to strike one of his first victims in a reclining chair and then moving through the house to assault the others. Mobile County Sheriff Sam Cochran says Derrick Dearman overpowered the victims in the ax attacks, and then used guns from inside the house to shoot them. Court records state that an ax and gun were used to kill each victim in Saturday's rampage in the south Alabama town of Citronelle.
In the heart of North Dakota's prairie lands, tribal leaders and their allies are squaring off against a Texas pipeline builder and the federal government. Over a thousands protesters have gathered during the past two weeks in a grassy camp near the town of Cannon Ball to physically block construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline in the area. On Wednesday, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia will hear the tribe's lawsuit, which claims a federal agency violated multiple statutes for protecting clean water and culturally significant sites by issuing permits to Energy Transfer Partners, the pipeline's builder.
North Korea's test-firing of a missile from a submarine towards Japan is "deeply troubling" and undermines stability on the Korean peninsula, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday. The UN Security Council scheduled urgent consultations on the latest test-firing, at the request of the United States and Japan. North Korea is barred under UN resolutions from any use of ballistic-missile technology, but Pyongyang has carried out several launches following its fourth nuclear test in January.
CHICAGO/MIAMI (Reuters) - Florida Governor Rick Scott said on Wednesday the federal government had so far not delivered all the Zika antibody tests and laboratory support he had requested as the state battles the spread of the virus. On Wednesday, the Florida Department of Health reported a second non-travel related case of Zika in Palm Beach County, bringing the state's total to 43. Health officials warned pregnant women last week not to travel to Miami Beach after Florida confirmed the mosquito-borne Zika virus was active there, becoming the second area in Miami to be affected after Wynwood.
No greater gift exists than the gift of love — especially the love of a hunky firefighter. Ivena "Ivy" Smailes celebrated her 105th birthday last Wednesday like the queen she is. Smailes had previously asked workers at the Addison Court Care Home in Crawcrook, England, to bring her a pack of "hunky firefighters" for her birthday.