America, Tim Kaine has heard your dad jokes, and he thinks they’re funny. The Virginia senator made his campaign debut last weekend at a Miami rally where Hillary Clinton officially named him as her running mate. Based on the stream of jokes that flooded Twitter Wednesday night, one of the biggest takeaways from Kaine’s DNC speech was that Clinton’s running mate is really just a sweet suburban dad.
The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said prosecutors could pursue charges that Menendez accepted campaign donations and gifts, including a stay in a Caribbean villa and private jet flights from a wealthy friend, Florida ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen, in exchange for using his office to lobby on his behalf. "Members of Congress are not to be 'super-citizens' immune from criminal liability," Circuit Judge Thomas Ambro wrote for a three-judge panel of the Philadelphia-based appeals court.
About two dozen Chinese relatives of passengers aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 on Friday staged a small protest outside China's Foreign Ministry calling on governments to continue searching for the plane. China, Australia and Malaysia announced last week that the more than two-year-long hunt for the missing flight would be suspended once the current search area in the Indian Ocean has been completely scoured, something expected by the end of the year. The debris, which was found on Pemba Island off the coast of Tanzania, was analyzed by experts at the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, which is heading up the search for the plane in a remote stretch of ocean far off Australia's west coast.
By Michael Fiala CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA, Calif. (Reuters) - A deadly blaze near California's Big Sur coast could widen to more than five times its current size and has destroyed some 60 homes, threatened hundreds of others and spurred mass evacuations, authorities said on Saturday. The so-called Soberanes Fire, which started on July 22 and is burning just south of the oceanside town of Carmel-by-the-Sea, has roared through nearly 32,000 acres (13,000 hectares) of drought-parched chaparral, grass and timber in the Los Padres National Forest. The blaze is estimated to have a final size of 170,000 acres (265 square miles), according to California Interagency Incident Management Team 1, which is comprised of federal, state and local authorities.
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North Korea says the United States has effectively declared war after US officials placed its leader Kim Jong Un on a list of sanctioned individuals who have committed human rights abuses. Han Song Ryol, the North Korean Foreign Ministry’s director-general of the US affairs department, added in an interview with the Associated Press that if planned joint US-South Korea war games south of the Demilitarized Zone went ahead next month, it would likely result in a vicious showdown for which the United States would be responsible. Recommended: Kim 101: How well do you know North Korea's leaders?
The old Sandy Hook Elementary School was demolished in 2013 after a crazed gunman fatally shot 20 children and six educators in December 2010 in just five minutes before killing himself. The new Sandy Hook School, which will feature heavy-duty windows and sophisticated video surveillance, was built with a $50 million grant from the state of Connecticut in the small leafy town of Newtown, two and a half hours by car northeast of New York City. "Despite its birth from a horrible tragedy, Sandy Hook School will be a place full of laughter, love, and learning," Newtown First Selectman Pat Llodra said.
Well, this is the autopsy report of Mary Vail. Reporter: Investigative reporter jerry Mitchell has been dredging up a secret that folks here in Lake Charles have been whispering about for half a century. Ruled by the coroner an accidental death, but now it's all being reeled up through the depths of time into the daylight.
The cross-breeding of the English Bulldog is required to ensure its survival amid growing health problems, scientists have said. The U.S. researchers have said that the Olde English Bulldogge, a related breed from America, is likely a candidate. The English Bulldog breed, which is also known as the British Bulldog, has cultural association with the United Kingdom, but has also been adopted worldwide.
Perched on a forested hillside in the distant outskirts of Istanbul, the town of Ballica seems a world removed from the bloodshed of a failed military coup that killed hundreds of people in Turkey just two weeks ago. Four days ago, a soldier who fought to overthrow the country’s elected government was buried here, the first to be interred in the rocky, barren enclosure. Since the coup on the night of July 15, Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has moved swiftly to memorialize the bravery of anti-coup protesters, planning public monuments and rechristening Istanbul’s Bosphorus Bridge — where scores of unarmed protesters were killed by rebel soldiers — as the “July 15th Martyrs’ Bridge.” The cemetery, built on the orders of Istanbul Mayor Kadir Topbas, has proved a controversial add-on to the list of post-coup public works.
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton cast herself as a steady leader at a “moment of reckoning” for America on Thursday night, contrasting her character with what she described as the dangerous and volatile Donald Trump. In the biggest speech of her quarter century in politics, Clinton accepted the nomination for the Nov. 8 election with a promise to make the United States a country that works for everyone.
A Dallas meteorogist has resigned after writing a racially insensitive Facebook post bashing the Democratic National Convention. Bob Goosmann was a weatherman at KRLD when he posted about the DNC speeches by the so-called "Mothers of the Movement," such as Eric Garner's mother, on Wednesday. The DNC parading the mothers of slain thugs around on their stage has me furious," read the post, which has since disappeared.
Genetically modified wheat not approved for sale or commercial production in the United States has been found growing in a field in Washington state, agriculture officials said Friday, posing a possible risk to trade with countries concerned about engineered food. The Food and Drug Administration says genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, are safe and little scientific concern exists about the safety of those on the market. On Friday, President Barack Obama signed into law a bill that will require labeling of genetically modified ingredients for the first time.
The epicenter of the quake, initially reported as a magnitude 7.6, was located 31 miles north of the island of Pagan, part of the sparsely populated Northern Mariana Islands volcanic archipelago. "Based on the depth of the earthquake a tsunami is not expected," the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.
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Courts dealt setbacks on Friday to Republican efforts in three states to restrict voting, blocking a North Carolina law requiring photo identification, loosening a similar measure in Wisconsin and halting strict citizenship requirements in Kansas. The rulings came as the 2016 election moves into its final phase, with Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton locked in a high-stakes presidential race and control of the U.S. Senate possibly hanging in the balance. North Carolina is one of about a dozen swing states in the presidential race, while Wisconsin has voted Democratic in recent presidential elections and Kansas has been solidly Republican.
International Airlines Group, owner of BA and Iberia, lowered its annual earnings forecast on Friday following the recent Brexit vote. The group, which also owns Ireland's Aer Lingus and Spain's Iberia, predicted that operating profit would see "low double-digit percentage growth" in 2016. "In the lead up to the vote we witnessed softer than expected trading, principally with UK corporates,” said IAG chief executive Willie Walsh on a conference call.
Last night, Ford sent out a whole batch of letters to prospective buyers of the 2017 GT. The folks at Ford GT Forum started uploading screenshots of their letters last night. Congratulations! You've been selected for the opportunity to purchase a new Ford GT!
Some employers are on board with this, with nearly a third saying they strongly support their employees continuing on the job after age 65, according to a Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies and Harris Poll survey of 1,022 business executives and 4,550 workers at for-profit companies that employ 10 or more workers. Here's how employers say they perceive workers age 50 and older. Many older workers have spent decades in their industry.
By Arshad Mohammed and Suleiman Al-Khalidi WASHINGTON/BEIRUT (Reuters) - The United States is trying to determine whether a Russian plan for a humanitarian operation in Syria is sincere, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday, adding that if it proves a "ruse" it could ruin cooperation between Moscow and Washington. The 250,000 civilians trapped for weeks inside the besieged rebel-held sector of Aleppo have so far stayed away from "safe corridors" that Moscow and Damascus promised for those trying to escape the most important opposition stronghold in the country.
On the night Hillary Clinton made history by accepting the Democratic Party’s nomination for the presidency, the world wasn’t just watching at home passively as it had in past elections, but speaking out and reacting in real time over social media. Data from Instagram, Twitter and other services also indicate which moments from the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia resonated with the American people. For instance, the picture that Clinton shared of herself and President Obama embracing after he delivered an impassioned speech in support of her candidacy Wednesday night became the most-liked Instagram photo (146,000) from any candidate in this presidential race.
The lead prosecutors in the cases against police officers for the death of Freddie Gray said Thursday that Baltimore police had mishandled the case. “There was sufficient evidence for a rational juror to convict,” Michael Schatzow, deputy chief state’s attorney, told reporters Thursday, the New York Times reports. Schtazow and Janice Bledsoe, a deputy state’s attorney, said the Baltimore police failed to deliver search warrants for the officers’ personal cellphones and said that a detective assigned to the case was sabotaging it, according to the New York Times, which was an accusation that had been made in court.
Pope Francis' visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau on Friday included an encounter with 25 Christian Poles who rescued Jews during the Holocaust — a powerfully symbolic meeting that Poland's chief rabbi played a key role in orchestrating. Rabbi Michael Schudrich, a native of New York City whose grandparents all immigrated from Poland, had long hoped to see such a meeting in Poland between a pope and some of the remaining Poles who risked their lives during World War II to help and protect Jews. Yad Vashem in Israel has recognized 6,620 Polish gentiles who sheltered Jews among the so-called "Righteous Among the Nations." Today fewer than 240 in Poland are still alive.
It could be the end of an era for one of aviation's most iconic airplanes, with Boeing hinting at the end of the production line for its double-decker 747 aircraft. In a post-earnings call with analysts this week, Boeing said “it's reasonably possible” that production could halt altogether if sales continue to plummet.
Screens displaying flight information and the public address system at Vietnam's two major airports were hacked with derogatory messages against Vietnam and the Philippines in their territorial row against China in the South China Sea. After the hacking Friday evening, authorities switched off the screens and the sound systems at Hanoi's Noi Bai airport and the Tan Son Nhat airport in southern Ho Chi Minh City, the online VnExpress said.
Australia will adjust its latitude and longitude, a government science body says, to put the vast country into alignment with global navigation satellite systems. The nation's coordinates are currently out by more than a metre, Geoscience Australia says, and the discrepancy could cause major headaches for possible new technologies such as driverless cars which require precise location data. "We have to adjust our lines of latitude and longitude... so that the satellite navigation systems that we all use on our smartphones these days can align with all the digital map information," Geoscience's Dan Jaksa told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation this week.
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