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Donald Trump Jr. Fundraiser Forced to Move After Restaurant Denies Service
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2018-09-19    983 views
A fundraiser headlined by President Donald Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., and Jr.'s girlfriend, former Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle, has been canceled by the venue, according to reports, with organizers now searching for a different place.

The fundraiser is scheduled for Bozeman, Montana, on Sept. 25, for Republican Senate nominee Matt Rosendale, who is attempting to oust Sen. Jon Tester, a two-term incumbent.

Rosendale's campaign announced the event early Sept. 18, but the venue management later in the day announced it wouldn't host the event.

It was originally scheduled for Midtown Tavern, a restaurant on North Seventh Avenue.

'Politically Neutral'
Jeff Wilcox, a manager at the restaurant, said that there was a miscommunication and that the restaurant doesn't want to take a side in the Senate race.

“We definitely don’t want to take political sides. That’s never our intention,” Wilcox told the Bozeman Daily Chronicle. “That’s just not who we are. We just try to stay politically neutral. We’re a restaurant.”

Shane Scanlon, a Rosendale spokesman, told the Chronicle that more than 200 people reserved tickets for the event and that the campaign is searching for a different venue after Midtown canceled on them.

In the original announcement, Rosendale said he was excited to welcome Trump Jr. and Guilfoyle to Montana, according to KMMS.

“This race is a top priority for the Trump administration and it’s an honor to have them join us on the campaign trail," he said. "President Trump is now counting on all of us to win this race so we can help him advance his agenda.”

Campaigning
President Trump campaigned for Rosendale in Montana at a rally about two weeks ago, and earlier this year visited Montana to campaign for Rep. Greg Gianforte.

Trump is a critic of Tester, who circulated a list of anonymous, unproven allegations against Dr. Ronny Jackson after the form physician to both Presidents Barack Obama and Trump was nominated by Trump to lead the Veteran Affairs Department.

“[Tester] will never drain the swamp because he happens to live in the swamp," he said during the Sept. 6 rally.

Trump won Montana in the 2016 presidential election.

According to a schedule obtained by the Wall Street Journal, Trump Jr. and Guilfoyle plan to travel to Minnesota, North Dakota, Nevada, and Texas in addition to Montana in the coming weeks.

They're scheduled to fundraise for the Minnesota Republican party in Minneapolis on Sept. 24 before fundraising for Rep. Kevin Kramer, a North Dakota Senate nominee, that night; to fundraise for Rosendale in Montana on Sept. 25; to fundraise for Republican House candidate Danny Tarkanian in Las Vegas on Sept. 26; and campaign for Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas on Oct. 3.
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Julie Chen Absent From 'The Talk' Premiere After Leslie Moonves' Resignation
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2018-09-18    816 views
The TV personality did not appear on Monday's season nine premiere as she is "taking a few days off," but her co-hosts still talked about the departure of their former boss.

Credit: The Hollywood Reporter
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Suspect in Iowa golfer slaying appears in court
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2018-09-18    392 views
AMES, IOWA—A homeless man attacked and killed a top amateur golfer from Spain who was playing a round alone near her university campus in central Iowa, leaving her body in a pond on the course, police said on Sept. 18.

Collin Daniel Richards, 22, has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Celia Barquin Arozamena, a student at Iowa State University. He was ordered jailed on Sept. 18, on a $5 million, cash-only bond.

Barquin was found morning at Coldwater Golf Links in Ames, about 30 miles north of Des Moines on Sept. 17. Police were called to the course around 10:20 a.m. to investigate a possible missing female after golfers found a golf bag with no one around it.

Officers found Barquin's body some distance from the bag, with several stab wounds to her upper torso, head, and neck, according to the criminal complaint filed on Sept. 18.

"It's still very troubling for something like this to happen in broad daylight in a community that is as safe as Ames is," Ames police Cmdr. Geoff Huff said at a news conference on Sept. 18.

It is the second fatal stabbing of a female student in Iowa in recent months. An illegal alien from Mexico is charged in the July 18 kidnapping and stabbing of University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts, who vanished while out for a run in the small town of Brooklyn.

Barquin, the 2018 Big 12 champion and Iowa State Female Athlete of the year, had no known prior relationship with Richards, Huff said.

Richards, who faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison if convicted, reported in a financial affidavit that he has no job. Paul Rounds, a public defender assigned to represent him, filed paperwork asserting his right to not speak to investigators. Rounds declined to comment.

A police dog tracked Barquin's scent to a homeless encampment along a creek near the golf course, where Richards had been living in a tent, the complaint said. Officers found Richards with several fresh scratches on his face consistent with fighting, and a deep laceration in his left hand that he tried to conceal, it said.

An acquaintance of Richards told investigators that the suspect had said in recent days that he had "an urge to rape and kill a woman," the complaint said. A second acquaintance told police that Richards arrived at his home on Sept. 17, appearing "disheveled and covered in blood, sand and water." He bathed and left with his clothes in a backpack.

Investigators later recovered two pairs of shorts with blood stains and a knife that Richards allegedly gave to two other people after the slaying, the complaint said. Those two individuals were driving Richards out of town after the slaying, but he asked them to drop him off near the camp so he could get his tent. Officers later encountered and arrested him.

The university said Barquin, a native of Puente San Miguel, Spain, was finishing her civil engineering degree this semester after exhausting her eligibility at Iowa State in 2017-2018. Iowa State President Wendy Wintersteen said in a statement on Twitter that she was "deeply saddened" by Barquin's death.

She was one of the most accomplished players in Cyclone golf history. In April, she became the second women's golfer at Iowa State to earn medalist honors at a conference tournament when claiming the 2018 Big 12 Championship. She did it with a three-shot victory.

Barquin, who was ranked No. 69 nationally by Golfweek, ended her career as a Cyclone with a fourth-straight NCAA Regional appearance and earned All-Big 12 Team honors for the third time—the second player in Iowa State's history to do so.

She was the third Cyclone women's golfer to compete in the U.S. Women's Open Championship, the university said. The team announced on Sept. 18, it was pulling out of the East & West Match Play in Ann Arbor, Michigan, to be with friends and family and to grieve their loss.

Head women's golf coach Christie Martens said in a release that Barquin was a well-loved "outstanding representative of our school."

"We will never forget her competitive drive to be the best and her passion for life," Martens s
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NC Dam in Danger of Overflowing, Evacuations Ordered
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2018-09-17    109 views
The town manager of Hope Mills warned residents that Hope Mills Lake's water levels are rising quickly, and the dam won't hold if they receive a "catastrophic rain," The Fayetteville Observer reported.

On Sept. 15, Town Manager Melissa P. Adams advised those living along the lake that they should temporarily move elsewhere if they can.

"We strongly feel that action by you now is warranted,” Adams stated. “We suggest that if you have the ability to seek shelter elsewhere you should do so.”

The people who should pay attention to the warning in particular are those who live near the lake—Main Street to Parkton Road and River Road, and anyone downstream.

Adams wanted to reiterate that there was nothing wrong with the dam, only that its capacity to handle water is limited.

“The dam is not going to hold back catastrophic floodwaters,” she said. “That doesn’t mean the dam has failed. It hasn’t failed.”

A returning resident that was visiting Hope Mills said the water levels increased more quickly during Hurricane Matthew when there was no dam,  The Fayetteville Observer reported.

On Sept. 16, Mayor Jackie Warner felt relieved after the rain had stopped at 4 p.m. as the water levels in the dam stopped rising, for now.

“Right now things are pretty stable,” Warner said. “Right now things are holding. The rains have stopped right now, so we’re in a good place.”

Warner had made a 7:30 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew for businesses and hopes they will follow it. People shopped along Main Street on Sept. 16, a street nearby the dam.

Since a lot of dining places and restaurants have closed down, people have flooded the drive-through services.

Some local residents stopped by the dam to record videos and take photos of the fast moving water.

Although everything is currently stable, Warner fears that “some people don’t see the danger.”

Residents went as far as fishing at the lake, which the dam is connected to, before the police turned them away and others wanted to put a small boat in the lake.

Adams said that the normal water level for the dam is 8 feet, but on Sept. 15 it increased to 10 feet.

Warner said that town officials will monitor the dam and hopes that it won't overflow.
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Aerial footage shows flooded Carolina Beach, North Carolina
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2018-09-17    2K views
Aerial footage recorded on Monday shows the impact of Hurricane Florence on Carolina Beach in Hanover County, North Carolina.

According to the city's website, a state of emergency is in effect, and the town is observing a mandatory curfew from 8pm - 6am until further notice.

The town says crews are working to restore water and sewer services, but water must be boiled for consumption.

About 467,000 customers were without power service in North Carolina, including in the Wilmington area, which is surrounded by floodwaters and has been cut off.

With Wilmington cut off from the rest of North Carolina by still-rising floodwaters from Florence, officials plan to airlift food and water to a city of nearly 120,000 people as rescuers elsewhere pull inland residents from homes threatened by swollen rivers.

The spreading disaster claimed additional lives Sunday, with at least 17 people confirmed dead, and the nation's top emergency official said other states were in the path this week.
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Mac Miller In Memoriam | Billboard
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2018-09-10    172 views
Mac Miller has died at the age of 26, Billboard has confirmed. TMZ reports Miller died of an apparent overdose. The Pittsburgh rapper, singer and producer was reportedly found dead in his San Fernando Valley home on Friday (Sept. 7) afternoon.
Credit: Billboard
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Monica Lewinsky walks out of Jerusalem interview after Clinton question
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2018-09-04    2K views
JERUSALEM—Monica Lewinsky said on Sept. 4, that she stormed offstage at a Jerusalem speaking event on Sept. 3, because of an interviewer’s “off limits” question about former President Bill Clinton.

The former White House intern, who is now an anti-bullying activist, said via Twitter that there were agreed-upon parameters regarding the topics of her televised conversation Monday night with a well-known Israeli news anchor.

The interview came after a conference speech she gave about the perils of the internet.

Lewinsky called Yonit Levi’s first question about her relationship with Clinton a “blatant disregard for our agreement.”

Levi, the main anchor of Israel’s top-rated evening newscast, asked Lewinsky if she still expected a personal apology from Clinton over the fallout of the scandal of their affair 20 years ago. Lewinsky responded: “I’m so sorry. I’m not going to be able to do this.” She then put down her microphone and walked offstage.
Wildlife Officials Drop Fish Into Lake From Plane
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2018-08-31    0 views
The Utah division of wildlife resources released this video to show how it stocks its high mountain lakes!


Officials say this method of releasing them from the plane is actually safer than doing it on the ground.


By air there's a survival rate between 95 and 99 percent.


Also....Transporting the fish by ground apparently takes longer and is more stressful on the fish.


Officials say they stock the lakes to provide fishing opportunities for the public.
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Sheriff Searching for Illegal Dumping Duo at Ohio Wildlife Preserve
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2018-08-30    2K views
Authorities in Ohio are looking for two people captured on surveillance video illegally dumping trash at a wildlife preserve area.

Video posted by the Hocking County Sheriff's Office shows a pair of unidentified individuals heaving televisions, tires, and various other items from the back of a pickup truck and into the greenery.

Both the Hocking County Sheriff's Office and the Ohio Division of Wildlife have reached out to the public with a request to help identify the man and woman seen in the footage.

The woman, wearing a purple top and jean cut-offs, can be seen in the video flinging hubcaps into the bushes.

Meanwhile, a bearded man wearing a sleeveless shirt and what appears to be a baseball cap can be seen pushing heavy items from the back of the truck and onto the grass below.

The sheriff's office says the incident took place in July off Sand Run Road, in the vicinity of the Sunday Creek State Wildlife Area.

"If you have information on the identity of the two individuals, please contact the Hocking County Sheriff's Office at 740-385-2131 or by sending us a message," said the sheriff's office on Facebook.
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Uber Driver Shooting:911 Call From Shooter
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2018-08-30    40 views
911:


Tell us exactly what happened.


Caller:


Unknown white man approximately 30 years of age. He ran me off-road jumped out of the vehicle I couldn't get away. He came towards me shouting he's got a pistol, reached for his waistband. I fired one shot from my pistol. He dropped a cellphone, I kicked it awayI didn't realize it was a cell phone at first. He has a single gunshot to the chest 40 caliber


911:


Ok, I have help on the way, ok, stay on the line


Caller:


I'm applying pressure to the wound - he is ...breathing.


911: Ok, where is the gun shot?


Caller:


Square on the chest.


911: Okay. How old is he?


Caller:


Approx Thirty years of age.


911:


Is he awake?


Caller:


He is not responsive, faint pulse in chest... He's bleeding. Shallow


911:


Is there any serious bleeding?


911: Very shallow


911: No is there serious bleeding?


Caller:


I'm holding pressure..single sht wound in chest


911:


Is it spirting or pouring?


Caller:


I have low light .. No, just pooled.
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Florida Sheriff Backs Uber Driver Who Shot and Killed Man Threatening Him
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2018-08-30    8K views
A Florida sheriff said the case of an Uber driver who shot a man who was trying to run him off the road is "a classic stand your ground case."

That's what Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said at a news conference on Wednesday, August 29, speaking of the shooting on early Tuesday.

Robert Westlake, 38, was driving the vehicle as an Uber driver. Judd said Jason Boek, 34, thought that his estranged girlfriend was inside of Westlake's car and was aggressively tailing Westlake.

Video Shows Threat, Shooting
A dashcam video posted to Youtube by the sheriff shows Boek driving erratically and attempting to run Westlake off a central Florida road.

Once both vehicles were stopped, Boek got out of a large pickup truck and threatened to shoot the driver, according to the sheriff.

"You know I got a pistol?" Boek told Westlake, approaching Westlake's car while holding his cell phone like a gun, reported NBC. "You want me to[expletive] shoot you?"

Unknown to Boek, the Uber driver was a concealed weapon permit holder and a recent police academy graduate.

The sheriff said Westlake then fired one shot, striking Boek. The Uber driver called 911 and attempted to revive Boek but he died shortly thereafter.

"He came towards me, shouting he's got a pistol reached toward his waistband," Westlake said on the 911 call, which was made public by the sheriff. "I fired one shot from my pistol. He dropped his cell phone I kicked it away, I didn't realize it was a cell phone at first."

Mistake
Authorities said Westlake has cooperated with police. Westlake did not know Boek, nor did the passenger. According to authorities, the passenger, who had been drinking, was escorted into the Uber by Boek’s on-and-off-again girlfriend.

Boek apparently mistakenly believed his estranged girlfriend was in the vehicle, Judd said. Boek threatened to assault both the passenger and the driver, according to text messages released by police.

"The boyfriend is explosive. He's stalking his girlfriend, he's angry with her and he tells her 'I'm going to F [sic] up the Uber driver'" Judd said.

Boek had an extensive criminal history, according to a news release issued by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. He was on probation until June of 2021 for a 2016 felony battery charge. Police found a glass pipe containing methamphetamine residue inside the truck driven by Boek before the shooting.

Stand Your Ground
The "Stand Your Ground" law was enacted by the Florida Legislature in 2005.

"In its simplest form, the statute provides that a person is justified in the use of deadly force and has no duty to retreat," according to one law firm.

The conditions are that the person standing their ground reasonably believes such force is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or to another person, and that "the person acts under and according to the circumstances set forth in Section 776.013 (presuming a reasonable belief as to the necessity of force in the context of ‘dwellings,’ residences, or vehicles)."

"This is a justifiable homicide all day long. You have the right to protect yourself," Sheriff Judd said. "This is a classic 'stand your ground' case."

“At the end of the day, the message is clear,” he added. “Don’t mess with the Uber driver.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Credit: Polk Sheriff via Storyful
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At least 10 killed in Mashhad boiler room gas explosion
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2018-08-25    172 views
TEHRAN, IRAN
Iranian media are reporting that a water heater has exploded in Mashhad in the country's north, causing a building to collapse and killing 10 people.

Five others were injured and hospitalized in the Saturday incident, according to the reports, which did not elaborate. It was one the most deadly such incidents in Iran.

Many Iranians use gas-consuming storage water heaters and similar cases in the past have been blamed on gas leakages from the heaters and a disregard for safety measures.

Saturday's report from the YJC.ir news website says the explosion happened early in Mashhad, some 900 kilometers, or 550 miles, northeast of the capital Tehran.
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Soviet tank topples over after military parade in Russia
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2018-08-24    178 views
Soviet tank T-34 toppled over while trying to mount a transport trailer on Thursday (August 23) in Russia's Kursk.

The incident was filmed by an onlooker who was attending a military parade to commemorate 75th anniversary of the World War Two Battle of Kursk. No injuries were reported.

One of the episodes of long-lasting Battle of Kursk included the largest tank fight in human history - Battle of Prokhorovka.

The T-34 tank was the Red Army's most versatile tank and became a symbol of Soviet victory in World War Two.
New Video Shows Chaos at Florida School Shooting
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2018-08-23    957 views
Newly released surveillance video at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School gives fresh insight into the chaos the day gunman Nikolas Cruz killed 17 people.

The video shows scenes from outside the school on the day of the Feb. 14 incident, in which 14 students and three staff members died during the first three minutes of the shooting rampage.

The Broward Sheriff's Office released the videos on Wednesday, Aug. 22, mere hours after a Florida Supreme Court rejected the Broward school board’s request to block it. Calls to suppress the footage were based on the argument that its publication could undermine the school system’s security plan, according to CNN.
Mollie Tibbetts death suspect in court
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2018-08-22    6K views
Suspect in Mollie Tibbetts' murder appeared in court on August 22, 2018.
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Shanann's Dad Thanks Community-Keep Praying update
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2018-08-20    2K views
Shanan Watt's father/Frank Rzucek: We would like to thank everyone in the Frederick Police Department and all the agencies involved for working so hard to find my daughter, granddaughters, and ?Nico?. Thank you everyone for coming out to the candlelight vigil and saying all your prayers. They are greatly appreciated. And keep the prayers coming for our family. Thank you very much.
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Shanann's Dad Thanks Community-Keep Praying
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2018-08-20    0 views
Shanan Watt's father/Frank Rzucek: We would like to thank everyone in the Frederick Police Department and all the agencies involved for working so hard to find my daughter, granddaughters, and ?Nico?. Thank you everyone for coming out to the candlelight vigil and saying all your prayers. They are greatly appreciated. And keep the prayers coming for our family. Thank you very much.
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Chris Watts Charged-Charges Read
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2018-08-20    596 views
Michael Rourke/District Attorney: Three counts of murder in the first degree after deliberation. One count naming Shanann Watts. One count naming Bella. One count naming Celeste. Each of those as a class one felony. We also filed two counts of first degree murder of a child under the age of 12 by a person in a position of trust. Obviously you can tell based upon the elements of those in the description that those counts named Bella and Celeste as victims. Those are both also class one felonies. We filed one count of unlawful tampering, excuse me, unlawful termination of a pregnancy in the first degree which is a class 2 felony as a result of Shanann being pregnant at the time of her death. We filed three counts of tampering with a deceased human body each of which is a class 3 felony. Each of which count obviously names Shanann, Bella and Celeste as victims.
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Asia Argento Reportedly Abused, Paid Off 17-Year-Old
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2018-08-20    636 views
Actress Asia Argento reportedly paid off a 17-year-old actor after having consensual sex with him in a California hotel room in 2013.

According to documents sent to the New York Times, the 42-year-old actress had an encounter with 17-year-old actor and musician Jimmy Bennett at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Marina del Rey, California. Argento was 37 at the time.

Based on a letter of intent to sue sent to Argento’s lawyers by Bennet’s lawyer in November 2017, the young man sought $3.5 million for the intentional infliction of emotional distress, lost wages, assault and battery. The age of consent in California is 18 years of age.

The pair had known each other for a decade at the time. Bennett played Argento’s son in the 2004 film The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things, when Bennett was 7-years old.

The documents claim that Argento paid the actor #380,000 as per an agreement reached between Bennett and Argento’s lawyer, Carrie Goldberg, in April, 2018

Niether Argento, her lawyers, not Bennet would consent to an interview. Bennet’s lawyer, Gordon K. Sattro, emailed the Times saying “In the coming days Jimmy will continue doing what he has been doing over the past months and years, focusing on his music.”

Video Credit: Hollywood Reporter
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Miss America: Leadership Bullied, Manipulated, Silenced Me
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2018-08-17    23 views
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.—The reigning Miss America says she has been bullied, manipulated and silenced by the pageant's current leadership, including Gretchen Carlson.

In a letter sent Friday to former Miss Americas, Cara Mund says she decided to speak out despite the risk of punishment.

Her letter is reminiscent of the movie "Mean Girls," in which characters Gretchen and Regina bully the heroine and make her life miserable. That's what happened to her in real life, Mund wrote. Gretchen Carlson is chairwoman of the Miss America Organization; Regina Hopper is its CEO.

Her letter exponentially increased the turmoil surrounding the pageant three weeks before the next Miss America is to be crowned in Atlantic City.

"Let me be blunt: I strongly believe that my voice is not heard nor wanted by our current leadership; nor do they have any interest in knowing who I am and how my experiences relate to positioning the organization for the future," Mund wrote. "Our chair and CEO have systematically silenced me, reduced me, marginalized me, and essentially erased me in my role as Miss America in subtle and not-so-subtle ways on a daily basis. After a while, the patterns have clearly emerged, and the sheer accumulation of the disrespect, passive-aggressive behavior, belittlement, and outright exclusion has taken a serious toll."

Bullied and Manipulated

Mund said she's been left out of interviews, not invited to meetings and called the wrong name. When she obliquely hinted at trouble with pageant leadership in an interview earlier this month with The Press of Atlantic City, Mund said she was swiftly punished by having her televised farewell speech cut to 30 seconds, and was told a dress she had been approved to wear in the traditional "show us your shoes" parade cannot be worn.

This year's competition will not include swimsuits, and pageant officials from at least 19 states have called for the current leadership to resign.

There was no immediate response from The Miss America Organization or from Carlson and CEO Regina Hopper, who were singled out in Mund's letter.

"Right away, the new leadership delivered an important message: There will be only one Miss America at a time, and she isn't me," Mund wrote.

Mund, who was Miss North Dakota and won the crown on a platform of increasing the number of women elected to political office, said she was treated better by the previous Miss America leadership that was forced from power after sending emails ridiculing the appearance, intellect and sex lives of former Miss Americas.

She cites examples of mistreatment including being excluded from the nationally televised announcement that swimsuits were being eliminated—even though she was with Carlson at the TV studio where it was made. She says pageant handlers ridiculed her clothing choices and chided her for wearing the same outfits too often. When she reached out to former Miss Americas to see if they had been treated similarly, "I was reprimanded by Regina who told me that problems and concerns had to be kept 'in the family.' "
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South Korea Government Bans Uninspected BMW Vehicles
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2018-08-15    0 views
South Korea is banning some 20,000 BMW vehicles, as public fears rise over engine fires in the vehicles.

A series of 27 engines inside the German vehicles have gone up in flames between January and July this year.

BMW says it has found the root cause of the fires, and its Korea unit apologized last week.

The company said in a statement that the fires stem from an Exhaust-Gas-Recirculation (EGR) module malfunction. The malfunction “may, in rare cases, cause fires in some BMW diesel vehicles,” it stated.

“Part of this EGR module is the EGR cooler. In some cases, small quantities of the glycol coolant can escape and build up in the EGR module. When combined with carbon and oil sediments, this deposit can become combustible. With the high temperatures of the exhaust gases in this unit, these deposits can ignite. In rare cases, this may cause melting of the intake manifold and in extreme cases a fire may result.”

The company announced a planned recall of 106,317 diesel vehicles beginning next week, including its 520d model, reported Yonhap.

The German carmaker had not been able to complete inspection of 27,246 of the models as of midnight Aug. 13, South Korean officials said.

“With concerns over additional engine fires in BMW cars increasing, the central government has requested regional authorities issue an order to suspend the operation of uninspected BMW vehicles starting Wednesday, together with an order to put them under safety checks,” Transport Minister Kim Hyun-mee said in a publicly broadcast press conference.

“I am asking owners of the BMW cars subject to the recall to actively cooperate to prevent bigger accidents, despite your inconvenience.”

The South Korean government said they’re running their own separate probe into the defects, and owners hit by the ban must be off the road once a notice arrives in the mail. They can only drive the vehicles for the purpose of inspections.

In the European market, the malfunction affected the BMW 3 Series, 4 Series, 5 Series, 6 Series, X3, X4, X5, and X6 vehicles with 4-cylinder diesel engines (production from April 2015 until September 2016) and 6-cylinder diesel engines (production from July 2012 until June 2015).

South Korea is a relatively small auto market, but it sees major sales for premium cars.

BMW is the second-most popular foreign brand of vehicle to Mercedes in the country and has seen its sales in 2017 more than double from five years ago.

Audi Volkswagen and Mercedes-Benz are expected to gain market shares in South Korea due to concerns over the fires.
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Youths Set Fire to Cars in Violence Across Southwest Sweden
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2018-08-14    12 views
STOCKHOLM—As many as 100 cars have been burned in southwest Sweden in what both police and witnesses have described as a coordinated operation.

Most of the cars were torched in two different suburbs of Gothenburg on Monday, Aug. 13, but a group of youths also set fire to cars, tires, and pallets, and blocked passages and threw rocks at the police in the city of Trollhättan further north. There were also minor incidents in other southwestern cities.

So far, two young men have been arrested and a third person is wanted by the police, Dan Windt of the South Gothenburg police told Swedish Television (SVT). Three minors who participated at the Trollhättan incident have also been identified.

The motives are as yet unclear. The summer has been relatively calm so far, with no major incidents that required police intervention. Previous similar attacks have often been a response to police action against local gang activity.

“We cannot link tonight’s events to any specific action. Neither can we link the events to any particular gang. At first glance, it seems like a number of individuals decided to intentionally burn the cars of locals,” South Gothenburg police wrote on their Facebook page.

The most serious incident happened at Frölunda torg in the southern part of Gothenburg. Several people filmed and photographed a small group of masked individuals who systematically burned cars at a shopping mall parking lot. They also set off firecrackers.

“I saw three or four black-clad guys. One of them threw a Molotov cocktail at a car, which lit up instantly. Then I heard a loud bang,” an eyewitness told Göteborgstidningen.

Car torchings have become a fairly common phenomenon in Sweden, particularly in certain crime-plagued suburbs of major cities, but Monday’s attacks were an extreme event.

“[We] cannot rule out that there is a connection between these incidents,” South Gothenburg police wrote on their Facebook page. Several police spokespeople and politicians have also noted the apparent coordination, but it is unclear which of the different incidents might be coordinated, how, and to what end.

The apparent coordination, and the fact that the attacks come amidst a heated and bitter election campaign, sparked online speculation about political provocations or even some kind of “false flag” operation. Theories ranging from neo-Nazis to Russian provocateurs have been aired, but police spokesperson Ulla Brehm told SVT that they currently don’t believe the attacks were organized by anyone other than local youths.

Burning cars in suburbs with high crime rates and a high migrant population have become something of a symbol of Sweden’s immigration-related problems. Immigration and crime are high-profile issues in the upcoming general election on Sept. 9.

Swedish prime minister Stefan Löfven condemned the “thuggish behavior” of the perpetrators at a press conference on Tuesday, Aug. 14 and promised a tough government response. In an interview with Swedish Radio he said, “My question to these people is: What the hell are you doing? … You’re ruining things for yourselves, your parents, the whole area, and your neighbors.”
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Residents of Paris Neighborhoods Voice Outrage Over Very Public Eco-Friendly Urinals
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2018-08-14    23 views
Paris: the Eiffel Tower, historic streets, tourists and now bright red street urinals.

It was meant to be Paris' environmentally-friendly solution to a problem plaguing many cities.

But this new style of street urinal has residents of one upmarket district well … pissed.

The bright red 'Uritrottoir' - a French contraction of urinal and sidewalk - is being trailed across Paris.

It's the city council's response to the scourge of public peeing.

The device, essentially a planter with an opening in the front and a floral display on top, contains straw which transforms into compost for later use in parks and gardens.

But Ile Saint-Louis locals and tourists alike say the receptacle, with no stall around it of any kind, could blight the ultra-chic neighborhood.

SPANISH TOURIST AND PUBLICIST, ANTONIO, SAYING:

"I have some doubts about the fact that it's not very private. And also I don't know how they are going to solve the issue of the smell."

(SOUNDBITE) (French) 28-YEAR-OLD DEVELOPMENT MANAGER AT A PRODUCTION COMPANY, MOUNIA, SAYING:

"It is definitely a desirable and historic neighbourhood but seeing people urinating right in front of your door is not the nicest thing."

The local council, under pressure to remove the Uritrottoir, told French media Tuesday (August 14) that the suitability of this particular location would be reviewed in September.
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First Lady Melania Trump’s Parents Are Now US Citizens
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2018-08-10    154 views
First Lady Melania Trump’s parents were sworn in as U.S. citizens on Aug. 9.

Viktor and Amalija Knavs, both in their 70s, took the citizenship oath in New York City, their lawyer confirmed. The couple had been living in the U.S. as permanent residents. Viktor, 74, previously worked as a car dealer, while his wife Amalija, 73, worked in a textile factory.

“They have travailed a wonderful journey, like most have, millions have in getting citizenship and waiting the requisite period of time,” the couple’s lawyer Michael Wildes told reporters.

“The application, the process, the interview is no different than anybody else’s other than security arrangements to facilitate today.”

The couple was escorted from the ceremony at a Manhattan federal building by Homeland Security police.

There was speculation about the couple applying for citizenship in May after being seen at a building which houses offices for federal immigration officials with their immigration lawyer.

The First Lady was not present at her parents’ citizenship ceremony. Her spokesperson, Stephanie Grisham, declined to comment, saying Viktor and Amalija “are not part of the administration and deserve privacy.”

The Knavses raised Melania, who was named Melanija at birth, in the rural industrial town of Sevnica while Slovenia was under Communist rule.
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Elon Musk considers taking Tesla private in tweet, shares rise
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2018-08-07    0 views
Elon Musk is considering taking Tesla private, the electric car maker's chief executive tweeted on Tuesday (August 7).

"Am considering taking Tesla private at $420. Funding secured," Musk said.

At $420 per share, a deal would represent a 22.8 percent premium to Tesla's closing price on Monday (August 6), making it one of the biggest go-private deals with a price tag of about $72 billion.

Tesla's shares were up 6.5 percent at $363.46. The company had a market value of $58 billion as of Monday's close. Musk owns nearly 20 percent of the company.

Separately, Financial Times reported on Tuesday Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund, overseen by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has built an undisclosed stake of between 3 and 5 percent stake in Tesla.
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3 Moms Arrested After 11 Children Found in ‘Filthy’ New Mexico Compound
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2018-08-06    1K views
The three mothers of the 11 malnourished children found living in a filthy New Mexico compound were arrested and charged along with two men described as heavily armed” Muslim “extremists” after authorities raided the property in search of a 4-year-old boy.

Five people, including three mothers, were charged with child abuse after officials rescued 11 children from a makeshift compound in New Mexico, according to local officials.

Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe, in an Aug. 4 statement, said that officials found the “occupants were most likely heavily armed and considered extremist of the Muslim belief.” The children, who were aged 1 to 15, looked like “third-world-country refugees” and had only “dirty rags for clothing,” said Hogrefe.

Three women who are believed to be the mothers of the 11 children were arrested. They were identified as Jany Leveille, 35; Hujrah Wahhaj, 38; and Subhannah Wahhaj, 35.

“I believed this would most likely be the path that we would take and stand by my original decision to bring charges after CYFD investigators had an opportunity to conduct their independent investigation, which included interviews and obtaining information such as health and medical needs of the children from the three mothers,” said Hogrefe on Aug. 6.

Two males, Siraj Wahhaj and Lucas Morton, were also arrested in connection with the incident.

No Food, Water, Shoes
The sheriff said that only a few potatoes and a box of rice were found in the “filthy” compound. Officials described it as a travel trailer buried in the dirt, covered in plastic, and ringed with tires. There was no plumbing or electricity on-site.

The people in the compound had “no shoes, personal hygiene, and basically dirty rags for clothing,” Hogrefe said.

“We all gave the kids our water and what snacks we had–it was the saddest living conditions and poverty I have seen,” he continued.

The search of the property took place as part of a search for 4-year-old Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj, who vanished last year. His mother reported him missing after Siraj Wahhaj took the child to a park in Clayton County, Georgia, and did not return home, according to The Albuquerque Journal.

The boy wasn’t located at the New Mexico compound.

Hogrefe said the move to search the facility came after a Georgia investigator forwarded a message to him in which someone at the compound told another person that people there were starving and needed water.

“The message sent to a third party simply said in part, ‘We are starving and need food and water,’” Hogrefe said. “I absolutely knew that we couldn’t wait on another agency to step up and we had to go check this out as soon as possible.”

Wahhaj, meanwhile, was armed with an “AR-15 rifle, five loaded 30-round magazines, and four loaded pistols, including one in his pocket” when police arrived, according to Hogrefe.

Credit: CNN
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The First Ever Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom Inspires Hope
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2018-07-31    12 views
The freedom of belief was at the center of the United States’ founding. It’s at the center of the U.S. constitution. And the Trump administration has put it as a top priority in its foreign policy agenda.

[[Mike Pompeo, State Department ZaSecretary]]
“The United States advances religious freedom in our foreign policy because it is not exclusively an American right. It is a God-given universal right bestowed on all of mankind.”

In an effort to promote that right, the State Department held its first Ministerial on Religious Freedom July 24 to 26 in Washington, D.C.

[[Mike Pence, US Vice President]]: [[7:55-8:06]]
“As President Trump has said on many occasions, the United States of America is a “nation of faith,” and religious freedom is a top priority of this administration.”

[[Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of State]]:
“When religious freedom flourishes, a country flourishes.”

Representatives from over 80 countries attended the event, including victims of religious persecution who shared their stories.

Marziyeh Amirizadeh [[11:27-
“We spent 259 days in Evin prison, one of the most notorious prisons in Iran.”

[[Monir Khanjani, Niece of[Jamaloddin Khanjani]] [6:03--6:12]]
“We would hear regularly of arrests, executions, and looting of Baha’i homes and businesses.”

Maryam Rostampour [[16:23--16:26]]
“All the Iranians are experiencing different forms of persecution and suffering.”

It wasn’t just Iran that was highlighted though. The governments of Russia, Iraq, Nicaragua, Sudan, Turkey, North Korea, and particularly China were held up as violators of religious freedom.

[[Mike Pence, U.S Vice President]] [[14:50 -14:56]]
“For nearly 70 years, the Tibetan people have been brutally repressed by the Chinese government.”

[[Frank Wolf, Retired U.S. Representative]] [[55:06-55:17]]
“Falun Gong are facing severe persecution and there are actually reports of organ harvesting where they kill him and they take your organs for sale.”

[[Mike Pence, U.S Vice President]] [[15:32--15:42]]
“Sadly, as we speak as well, Beijing is holding hundreds of thousands, and possibly millions, of Uyghur Muslims in so-called “re-education camps.”

[[Frank Wolf, Retired U.S. Representative]] [55:43-55:51]]
“For me as a follower of Jesus scripture gives little choice but to respond to the oppression.”

Regarding Turkey, news of a positive development came out on the last day of the ministerial.

[[Sam Brownbeck, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom]]
[[00:17--00:28]]
“Well, you’re already having an impact it appears. Reuters is reporting that an American Pastor who has been detained in Turkey for nearly 2 years has been put out on house arrest.”

Secretary Pompeo said that the U.S. is in conversation with Turkey to bring Pastor Andrew Brunson home.

[[Mike Pence, U.S. Vice President]]
“If Turkey does not take immediate action to free this innocent man of faith and send him home to America, the United States will impose significant sanctions on Turkey until Pastor Andrew Brunson is free.”

Day one of the Ministerial was about learning how to tap into government and private sector resources. On day two, participants shared stories, advice, and expertise. And day 3 was about identifying barriers to religious freedom and how to overcome them.

USAID Administrator Mark Green said that by merely holding such an event, it spreads hope to those persecuted for their faith around the world.

[[Mark Green, USAID Administrator]] [[36:25-36:32]]
“Of course, hope is insufficient if it is unaccompanied by action.”

There were several concrete actions the U.S. will take announced at the ministerial.

[[Mike Pence, US Secretary of State]]
“It’s my privilege as vice president to announce today that the United States of America will establish the Genocide Recovery and Persecution Response Program, effective today. Under this new program, the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development will closely partner with local faith and community leaders to rapidly deliver aid to persecuted communities, beginning with
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EU Slaps Sanctions on Six Russian Firms Over Crimea Bridge-Update
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2018-07-31    3 views
The European Union has imposed asset freezes on six Russian firms for their involvement in the construction of a new road-and-rail bridge linking Russia to the annexed Crimean Peninsula, which the bloc says is illegal.

Russia seized Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 after Ukraine's pro-Russian president was toppled in an uprising. The West condemned the seizure as an illegal annexation and retaliated against Moscow with sanctions.

After the annexation, the Kremlin ordered the building of a $3.6 billion bridge to link the peninsula to Russia.

The bridge, part of which was unveiled by Russian President Vladimir Putin in May, has drawn strong rebuke from the EU, which calls it a further violation of Ukraine's sovereignty.
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EU's Moscovici says trade differences persist after G20 talks
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2018-07-22    0 views
European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs Pierre Moscovici said on Sunday (July 22) that differences of position on trade tensions remained after talks among G20 finance ministers in Argentina but the meeting was not tense.

Moscovici said that global trade tensions were high and threatened to escalate further, placing the multilateral system under significant pressure. He said, however, that the economic impact had been limited so far.

"The meeting has not been tense and we were in mutual listening mode and I hope that this is the beginning of something," Moscovici said. "But still the positions are not similar."

Also during the meetings, finance ministers and central bankers from the world's largest economies meeting in Argentina said heightened trade and geopolitical tensions pose an increased risk to global growth and have called for greater dialogue, according to a draft communique from the meeting.

The draft reviewed by Reuters, which is still subject to possible revisions, also noted that emerging market economies are better prepared to adjust to external shocks but they still face challenges from market volatility and reversals of capital flows.
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Syrian "White Helmets" evacuated to Jordan
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2018-07-22    4 views
A group of Syrian 'White Helmet' rescue workers has been evacuated to Jordan.

They're among 800 people the Kingdom is allowing in temporarily before they're settled in Western countries.

Israeli officials said they helped facilitate the mission because there was a "immediate threat to their lives and families."

Damascus forces are advancing against rebels in southwest Syria, and the White Helmets work to save civilians in rebel-held areas.

On Saturday, Israeli security forces closed down roads in the occupied Golan Heights on the Syrian border, ahead of the operation.

A spokesperson for the Jordanian Kingdom said it had allowed the UN to arrange the entry for the Syrian refugees.

He added that Britain, Germany and Canada had agreed to resettle them within three months.

The White Helmets are credited with saving thousands of lives and were nominated for the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize.
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Pompeo Warns Countries Against Abandoning North Korea Sanctions-Update
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2018-07-21    0 views
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said today that while the United States is committed to maintaining sanctions on North Korea until it dismantles its nuclear arsenal, some countries have broken agreed-upon sanctions by providing petroleum to the rogue regime above and beyond what is allowed.

Speaking in New York on Friday, he briefed the U.N. Security Council on his trip to North Korea earlier this month. He also met with South Korea’s ambassador to the U.N. and Japan’s foreign minister at the South Korean Mission to the U.N.

At a joint press briefing with U.S. ambassador to the U.N., Nikki Hayley, Pompeo said that they will continue to press other countries to uphold the sanctions until North Korea makes good on its promises.

“We must also crack down on other forms of sanctions evasion, including the smuggling of coal by sea, smuggling by overland borders, and the presence of North Korean guest workers in certain countries,” he said. “North Korean cyber thefts and other criminal activities are also generating significant revenues for the regime, and they must be stopped.”

The United States tried to stop further shipments of refined petroleum products to North Korea, but the measure was blocked by Russia and China, which are also U.N. Security Council members, Hayley said.

“For China and Russia to block it, what are they telling us?” she said. “Are they telling us that they want to continue supplying this oil?”

Neither she nor Pompeo named the countries accused of skirting the sanctions, but Hayley did say they have images of illegal ship-to-ship transfers of refined petroleum, the primary way North Korea is getting around the sanctions, Pompeo said.

“These transfers happened at least 89 times in the first five months of this year and they continue to occur. The United States reminds every U.N. member-state of its responsibility to stop illegal ship-to-ship transfers, and we urge them to step up their enforcement efforts as well,” he said.

In February, the U.S. government released an advisory that listed 27 businesses it said were involved in illegally supplying oil to North Korea, mostly through ship-to-ship transfers. The countries where those ships were either flagged, registered, or caught are North Korea, China, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, the Marshall Islands, Tanzania, Panama, and Comoros.

Citing a China-based source, South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo reported on Thursday that China has nearly doubled its exports of crude oil to North Korea since North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visited there in June.

That report follows remarks by President Trump, who said that China may be loosening its border in respect to North Korea, bringing fears in the international community that China could be giving North Korea a lifeline that would scuttle international efforts at denuclearization.

“China must continue to be strong & tight on the Border of North Korea until a deal is made,” he tweeted in May. “The word is that recently the Border has become much more porous and more has been filtering in.”

After Pompeo’s visit to North Korea earlier this month, an unnamed official with the foreign ministry was quoted by state-run KCNA as saying that the United States was using “gangster-like” tactics to get North Korea to stop its nuclear program, adding that the United States’ attitude was “extremely troubling.”

Pomeo has repeatedly brushed off those remarks, and Trump has suggested they may have been instigated by China, which is smarting from tariffs the U.S. recently imposed on Chinese goods.
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New Law in Baltimore Bars Sodas From Kids' Menus
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2018-07-21    0 views
Restaurants in Baltimore are now officially barred from including sodas and other sugary drinks on kids' menus, according to a city ordinance that went into effect Wednesday.

Baltimore is now the biggest U.S. city and the first on the East Coast to pass this kind of measure, said Shawn McIntosh, director of the Sugar Free Kids Maryland advocacy group. Seven California cities and Lafayette, Colorado, have enacted similar ordinances, according to health officials.

Milk, 100 percent fruit juices, water, and flavored or sparkling water without added sweeteners must now be the default beverages for kids' meals at Baltimore eateries. Mayor Catherine Pugh signed the legislation earlier this year.

The ordinance is intended to stop youngsters' overconsumption of sugary drinks, perceived as a key factor in high rates of chronic diseases such as diabetes.

"Taking out empty calories from sugary drinks is a powerful lifestyle change we can make to help our children to get and stay healthy. This law will help families make the healthy choice the easy choice," Baltimore Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen said in a statement.

One in four Baltimore children currently down at least one soda each day, according to Sugar Free Kids Maryland. And the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that one in three school-aged kids in the city is obese.

Baltimore restaurants that don't comply with the ordinance will be faced with a $100 penalty, McIntosh said. She said eateries "have hopefully gotten on board" already and changed their printed menus for kids, but they're not expected to have fully made that switch by Wednesday.

"They have to at least put a sticker on, have signage. Their online menus have to be changed because that's an easy fix. So they're not expecting them to print all new menus by today," she said.

Youngsters can still drink soda at city restaurants if an accompanying adult orders it for them.

The "Healthy Beverages for Children's Meals" ordinance was opposed by the Restaurant Association of Maryland. In a Wednesday email, association vice president Melvin Thompson said "public policy that interferes with the minutiae of restaurant operations exacerbates the business challenges already facing city restaurants."
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Pompeo Warns Countries Against Abandoning North Korea Sanctions
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2018-07-21    2 views
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said today that while the United States is committed to maintaining sanctions on North Korea until it dismantles its nuclear arsenal, some countries have broken agreed-upon sanctions by providing petroleum to the rogue regime above and beyond what is allowed.

Speaking in New York on Friday, he briefed the U.N. Security Council on his trip to North Korea earlier this month. He also met with South Korea’s ambassador to the U.N. and Japan’s foreign minister at the South Korean Mission to the U.N.

At a joint press briefing with U.S. ambassador to the U.N., Nikki Hayley, Pompeo said that they will continue to press other countries to uphold the sanctions until North Korea makes good on its promises.

“We must also crack down on other forms of sanctions evasion, including the smuggling of coal by sea, smuggling by overland borders, and the presence of North Korean guest workers in certain countries,” he said. “North Korean cyber thefts and other criminal activities are also generating significant revenues for the regime, and they must be stopped.”

The United States tried to stop further shipments of refined petroleum products to North Korea, but the measure was blocked by Russia and China, which are also U.N. Security Council members, Hayley said.

“For China and Russia to block it, what are they telling us?” she said. “Are they telling us that they want to continue supplying this oil?”

Neither she nor Pompeo named the countries accused of skirting the sanctions, but Hayley did say they have images of illegal ship-to-ship transfers of refined petroleum, the primary way North Korea is getting around the sanctions, Pompeo said.

“These transfers happened at least 89 times in the first five months of this year and they continue to occur. The United States reminds every U.N. member-state of its responsibility to stop illegal ship-to-ship transfers, and we urge them to step up their enforcement efforts as well,” he said.

In February, the U.S. government released an advisory that listed 27 businesses it said were involved in illegally supplying oil to North Korea, mostly through ship-to-ship transfers. The countries where those ships were either flagged, registered, or caught are North Korea, China, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, the Marshall Islands, Tanzania, Panama, and Comoros.

Citing a China-based source, South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo reported on Thursday that China has nearly doubled its exports of crude oil to North Korea since North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visited there in June.

That report follows remarks by President Trump, who said that China may be loosening its border in respect to North Korea, bringing fears in the international community that China could be giving North Korea a lifeline that would scuttle international efforts at denuclearization.

“China must continue to be strong & tight on the Border of North Korea until a deal is made,” he tweeted in May. “The word is that recently the Border has become much more porous and more has been filtering in.”

After Pompeo’s visit to North Korea earlier this month, an unnamed official with the foreign ministry was quoted by state-run KCNA as saying that the United States was using “gangster-like” tactics to get North Korea to stop its nuclear program, adding that the United States’ attitude was “extremely troubling.”

Pomeo has repeatedly brushed off those remarks, and Trump has suggested they may have been instigated by China, which is smarting from tariffs the U.S. recently imposed on Chinese goods.
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US left UN Human Rights Council
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2018-07-20    42 views
"We are withdrawing from the UN Human Rights Council, an organization that is not worthy of its name." -- Nikki Haley, US Ambassador to the UN
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Seventeen dead after Missouri tourist boat sinks in storm
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2018-07-20    10K views
Divers on Friday pulled the last four bodies from the wreckage of a "duck boat" that sank in a storm in a Missouri lake, killing 17 people in one of the deadliest U.S. tourist incidents in recent years.

The World War Two-style amphibious vehicle was filled with 31 passengers including children when a microburst storm hit Table Rock Lake outside the tourist city of Branson, Missouri, on Thursday. A video of the incident showed it battered by waves.

Wendy Doucey, an office manager at the Stone County sheriff's office, said that divers had recovered the four bodies from the sunken duck boat. The vehicle was 80 feet under water.

"It's important that we find out for sure what events did occur," Governor Michael Parson said at a Friday morning news conference. "Today it's just still early."

The incident began around 7 p.m. on Thursday after thunderstorms rolled through the area, when two duck boats were out on the lake, officials said. Both headed back to shore but only one made it.

"From what I understand there was life jackets in the duck," Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader told the press conference. He declined to answer questions about whether passengers on the duck had been wearing them at the time.

The National Transportation Safety Board and U.S. Coast Guard are investigating, officials said. Rader noted that the boat's captain survived the sinking but the driver did not.

Officials did not comment on the identities or ages of the other people who drowned.
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Seventeen dead after Missouri tourist boat sinks in storm
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2018-07-20    8K views
Divers on Friday pulled the last four bodies from the wreckage of a "duck boat" that sank in a storm in a Missouri lake, killing 17 people in one of the deadliest U.S. tourist incidents in recent years.

The World War Two-style amphibious vehicle was filled with 31 passengers including children when a microburst storm hit Table Rock Lake outside the tourist city of Branson, Missouri, on Thursday. A video of the incident showed it battered by waves.

Wendy Doucey, an office manager at the Stone County sheriff's office, said that divers had recovered the four bodies from the sunken duck boat. The vehicle was 80 feet (24 m) under water.

"It's important that we find out for sure what events did occur," Governor Michael Parson said at a Friday morning news conference. "Today it's just still early."

The incident began around 7 p.m. (0000 GMT) on Thursday after thunderstorms rolled through the area, when two duck boats were out on the lake, officials said. Both headed back to shore but only one made it.

"From what I understand there was life jackets in the duck," Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader told the press conference. He declined to answer questions about whether passengers on the duck had been wearing them at the time.

The National Transportation Safety Board and U.S. Coast Guard are investigating, officials said. Rader noted that the boat's captain survived the sinking but the driver did not.

Officials did not comment on the identities or ages of the other people who drowned.

Credit: AP, Storyful
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Tornadoes in Iowa leave trail of destruction
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2018-07-20    0 views
A slew of tornadoes hit Iowa towns on Thursday (July 19), injuring at least 17 people, according to local news reports.

Video obtained by Reuters showed the tornadoes as they formed near Pella and Marshalltown. Marshalltown, a city of 27,000 people about 50 miles (80 km) from Iowa's state capital Des Moines, was one of the hardest hit.

Videos from residents also showed the aftermath of a tornado at a local HVAC plant in Marshalltown.

Tornadoes also hit nearby Bondurant, where a tornado damaged several homes and caused a gas leak, according to local authorities.
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At Least 14 Injured After Suspected Knife Attack on German Bus
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2018-07-20    2 views
BERLIN—At least 14 people were wounded, two of them seriously, in a suspected knife attack on a bus in the northern German city of Luebeck on Friday, the local Luebecker Nachrichten newspaper reported, adding that the attacker had been arrested by the police.

Police spokesman Dierk Duerbook told Bild newspaper nobody was killed in the attack. An area surrounding a bus stop in the Luebeck neighborhood of Kuecknitz had been sealed off.

"One of the victims had just given up his place to an older woman, when the attacker stabbed him in the chest," Luebecker Nachrichten quoted a witness as saying.

"He is said to be in his mid-30s and is in police custody," the newspaper reported.

Earlier, police in the state of Schleswig-Holstein, where Luebeck is located, tweeted that there was a major police deployment under way in the city.

"We are examining the situation and will give more information later," the tweet said.

Luebeck police were not immediately available for comment.

By Thomas Escritt
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Olympic figure skating medalist Denis Ten killed
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2018-07-20    80 views
ALMATY, Kazakhstan—Denis Ten, an Olympic bronze medalist figure skater, was stabbed to death on Thursday in his native Kazakhstan.

Police in Almaty said Ten, 25, was knifed during a struggle with two men he had caught trying to steal the mirrors on his car. Police have opened a murder investigation.

The International Skating Union (ISU), the sport’s global governing body, said it was “deeply saddened” by the death of Ten who won bronze at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

Ten finished 11th at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and four years later in Sochi became the first skater from Kazakhstan to win an Olympic medal.

He was then dogged by injury, but competed this year at the Pyeongchang Olympics where he was cheered by local fans because of his Korean roots.

He finished 27th at those Games, after having only been able to train at low intensity in the run-up.

Kazakhstan’s Sports and Culture Minister Arystanbek Mukhamediuly called Ten’s death an irreplaceable loss for the country.

“This is terrible and unjust,” he was quoted as saying by RIA news agency. “It is huge grief for his parents, tears for everyone who knew Denis. They all loved him so much and respected him.”

Figure skaters around the world mourned his death.

Spain’s Javier Fernandez, who won bronze in Pyeongchang but finished fourth in Sochi, published a picture of himself and Ten on Twitter and wrote “rest in peace.”

“Unbelievable. He was so young and full of life,” former Canadian pairs skater Meagan Duhamel tweeted.
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