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Biden Leads Pack of Democratic Hopefuls on Beat-Trump Factor
News ImageElizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, and Pete Buttigieg are among the candidates that likely Democratic voters are at least considering in 18 states that will shape the initial 2020 fight, the poll shows. The CBS News/YouGov poll shows Biden had support of 31% of Democratic primary voters with three U.S. senators next: Warren of Massachusetts at 17%, Sanders of Vermont at 16%, and Harris of California at 10%.
Sun, 16 Jun 2019 09:02:20 -0400
Israel PM's wife asks court to approve plea bargain over 'fund misuse'
News ImageThe wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked a Jerusalem court Sunday to approve a plea bargain convicting her of fraudulently using state funds for meals, an AFP reporter said. Under the charges in an amended indictment, Sara Netanyahu would plead guilty to exploiting the mistake of another person and pay a fine along with compensation, but graft charges against her would be dropped. In a small room at the Jerusalem magistrates' court, packed with journalists, Netanyahu told the judge she was aware of the charges.
Sun, 16 Jun 2019 04:36:57 -0400
Young bear was fed by humans and had many 'fans.' Officials say they had to kill it
News ImageA young black bear was shot and killed by Oregon officials after becoming so habituated to humansthat people reportedly took selfies with it.
Sun, 16 Jun 2019 17:13:55 -0400
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Sun, 16 Jun 2019 18:01:00 -0400
Planned Parenthood builds Ala. clinic despite abortion law
News ImagePlanned Parenthood is building the stage for another possible fight over abortion in Alabama: a large women's clinic that's under construction despite the state's passage of a near-total ban on abortions. Located beside an interstate highway in downtown Birmingham, the 10,000-square-foot structure is now nothing but a steel frame and roof. Abortion critics vow to oppose the opening, but a spokeswoman for the women's health organization said neither the new law nor opponents were a factor in the project.
Sat, 15 Jun 2019 09:24:53 -0400
Damaged Japanese tanker arrives at UAE anchorage
News ImageA Japanese tanker, attacked in the Gulf in an incident that sparked a new standoff between Washington and Tehran, "arrived safely" Sunday at an anchorage off the UAE, its management said. The Kokuka Courageous was carrying highly flammable methanol through the Gulf of Oman on Thursday when it and the Norwegian-operated Front Altair were rocked by explosions. The US and Saudi Arabia have accused Iran of responsibility.
Sun, 16 Jun 2019 03:39:46 -0400
Hong Kong leader delays unpopular extradition bill; activists want more
News ImageMoving to restore calm, apparently with Beijings backing, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam said Saturday she was putting on hold an extradition bill that sparked the citys biggest public protests in years.
Sat, 15 Jun 2019 07:20:00 -0400
Taking aim at Johnson, British PM hopefuls make their Brexit case
News ImageSeveral hopefuls vying to replace British Prime Minister Theresa May turned their fire on favorite Boris Johnson on Sunday, questioning his pledge to leave the European Union by the end of October no matter what. With former London mayor and foreign minister Johnson keeping a low profile, the other candidates have targeted the air waves to present their cases to lead the governing Conservative Party.
Sun, 16 Jun 2019 07:48:56 -0400
Jon Stewart Shames Mitch McConnell for Failing 9/11 First Responders on Fox News Sunday
News ImageWe dont want to be here, Jon Stewart told the handful of lawmakers who showed up to watch him plea for an extension of the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund last week. The former host of The Daily Show likely didnt want to be on Fox News Sunday this Fathers Day either, but there he was making his case to Chris Wallace.Given the subject matter, it was an understandably serious interview. However, there was one fleeting moment of levity when Wallace noted that even if the Democratic-led House passes the full bill extending health care funding through the lives of the 9/11 first responders, then it will have to go to the Senate. Making a fearful expression, Stewart exclaimed, The Senate! Samantha Bee Reveals She Was Never in Contention to Replace Jon Stewart on The Daily Show: It Was AwfulThe comedian smiled as Wallace deduced that the certain someone Stewart criticized in his congressional testimony was Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Have you had problems with Senator McConnell? the Fox host asked. Yes, Stewart replied. I mean, not me personally, but in terms of getting the 9/11 bills passed, Mitch McConnell has been the white whale of this since 2010. He said its the cynicism displayed by Washington that causes him to get so emotional about this particular issue. They asked Mitch McConnell about the testimony after it was done, Stewart continued, and he said, GoshI think he used the word goshGosh, we havent looked at that in a while but we will look at it and Im sure well deal with it as compassionately as we have in the past. But I want to make it clear that this has never been dealt with compassionately by Senator McConnell, he said. He has always held out until the very last minute and only then, under intense lobbying and public shaming has he even deigned to move on it. Noting that the 9/11 first responder funding is not a Republican-Democrat issue, Stewart added later, Not all Republicans oppose this, but everyone who has opposed it is a Republican. And its unacceptable. He ultimately resisted the urge to do his impression of McConnell as a turtle. Jon Stewart Rips Congress During House Hearing on 9/11 Victims Fund, Gets Standing OvationRead more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
Sun, 16 Jun 2019 13:50:34 -0400
Donald Trump says he will not fire Kellyanne Conway over repeated violations of ethics laws
News ImageDonald Trump has said he will not fire White House counsellor Kellyanne Conway, despite a US government oversight agency saying she should be dismissed for engaging in banned political activity while in office.Ms Conway has violated the Hatch Act on numerous occasions, according to the independent Office of Special Counsel (OSC).The act bans federal employees from engaging in political activity in the course of their work. The OSC said failure to punish her violations will send a message to other federal employees they need not abide by the acts rules and restrictions.The repeated violations cited by the OSC relate to several comments made by Ms Conway during the 2017 Alabama special Senate election. The US Office of Special Counsel said Ms Conway had violated the act by disparaging Democratic presidential candidates while speaking in her official capacity during television interviews and on social media.In the election, Democratic candidate Doug Jones defeated Republican candidate Roy Moore by a 21,924 votes a 1.7 per cent margin. Mr Jones is the first Democrat to win a US Senate seat in Alabama since 1992.Speaking to Fox News on Friday about the OSCs recommendation Ms Conway should be fired, Mr Trump said: Well I got briefed on it yesterday, and it looks to me like theyre trying to take away her right of free speech, and thats just not fair.He added: No, Im not going to fire her, Ms Conway was "a terrific person" and "tremendous spokeswoman," he said. "Shes been loyal, shes just a great person.Mr Trump said Ms Conways remarks had merely been the result of her being asked questions by interviewers during the election.You ask a person a question, and every time youre supposed to say, I cant answer, I cant answer? Mr Trump said. Shes got to have the right of responding to questions.In the OSCs statement about its judgement of Ms Conways behaviour, it said: Her actions thus erode the principal foundation of our democratic system the rule of law.The agency also detailed an episode in which Ms Conway appeared to knowingly choose to disregard the restrictions of the Hatch Act.According to the OSC, she said: If youre trying to silence me through the Hatch Act, its not going to work, and let me know when the jail sentence starts.The president is the only figure with the power to heed the official advice and fire the White House counsellor.
Sat, 15 Jun 2019 07:12:07 -0400
How the AH-64 Apache Became the Ultimate Attack Helicopter
News ImageEarly in the morning of January 17, 1991, eight sleek helicopters bristling with missiles swooped low over the sands of the An Nafud desert in as they soared towards the border separating Saudi Arabia from Iraq.At 2:30 a.m., the choppers fanned out and set to work in teams of two.Rocket motors flashed as Hellfire missiles streaked towards two Iraqi radars powerful enough to potentially pick up the faint signature of a stealth plane.Minutes after the radars had been reduced to rubble, Nighthawk stealth jets soared through the twenty-mile-wide radar gap, headed for Baghdad. But the Armys Apache attack helicopter aviators they had struck first to kick down the door for the Nighthawks.Nearly three decades later, the Apaches status as the worlds premier attack helicopter remains largely unchallenged, and the type continues to see extensive action in the Middle East and in demand in countries as diverse as the UK, Egypt, India and Taiwan. Undeniably, the threats faced by the $35 million armored attack helicopter, which can pack as many as sixteen tank-busting missiles under its stub wings.
Sat, 15 Jun 2019 06:00:00 -0400
Indiana man arrested for hitting Delta flight attendant on Paris flight, causing diversion
News ImageA federal complaint says a man struck a flight attendant in the throat during a flight from Indianapolis International Airport to Paris.
Fri, 14 Jun 2019 21:33:44 -0400
Sara Netanyahu: Israeli premier's scandal-plagued wife
News ImageSara Netanyahu the wife of Israel's prime minister, who was convicted Sunday of misusing public funds, has long been the target -- with her husband -- of corruption and mismanagement allegations. Recordings of her screaming at cleaning staff in the prime minister's official Jerusalem residence reached the press, causing waves of contempt but also concern for her emotional health.
Sat, 15 Jun 2019 20:54:52 -0400
Mexico vows to help Central American migrants amid crackdown
News ImageMexican President Andrs Manuel Lpez Obradorsaid Saturday his country must help Central Americans fleeing poverty and violence, even as it increases security and revisions to deter migrants from passing through Mexico on route to the U.S. Mexico plans to deploy 6,000 National Guard troops by Tuesday to its southern border with Guatemala to slow the arrival of migrants and The Associated Press saw Mexican soldiers with black National Guard armbands stationed just north of the Guatemalan border on Saturday. A checkpoint near Ciudad Cuauhtemoc in southern Chiapas state was manned by nearly 10 soldiers with black armbands together with federal police and immigration officers.
Sun, 16 Jun 2019 00:16:38 -0400
Father's Day 2019: Paganism, roses and how the campaign to celebrate dads was won
News ImageFather's Day, the official calendar date to honour our wonderful dads and celebrate fatherhood, is here. Recognised eachJune, the daysees children around the world present their dads with cards and gifts as a thank you for all they do. But when did the first observance ofFather's Day take placeand who helped establish the annual celebration of paternal figures? From the history behind the celebration, to the more recent commercialisation, here is everything you need to know about Father's Day. When is Father's Day 2019? Fathers Day is held every year on the third Sunday of June; this yearFathers Day fallson Sunday, June 16in the UK. Typically, fathers are showered with cards and presents on Fathers Day, with some families celebratingtogether by going on days out. Younger children also tend to make handmade gifts for their fathers at school and extracurricular clubs, includingdrawings, paintings or cards. As society and family structures have changed, some people now celebrate their stepfathers on Fathers Day. In recent yearsthere have been calls for a Stepfather's Day, however no such day has been officially discussed or introduced. Father's Day falls on June 16 this year Credit: E+ The history of Father's Day The first events in recognition of fatherhoodtook place in the US and followed Anna Jarvis' first celebration ofMother's Day in 1908, as well as theearlier observations of Mothering Sunday in the UK. Grace Golden Clayton, from Fairmont, West Virginia, was the woman behind the first event to celebrate fathers in 1908. Just over a year prior to this event, the Monongah Mining Disaster took place in December 1907, with the explosion killing 361 men. Of these fatalities, 250 were fathers. In honour of the one thousand children who lost their fathers, Clayton encouraged her pastor, Rev. Robert Thomas Webb, to hold a service at the Williams Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church South. Clayton missed her own father terribly, after he passed away in 1896, so she chose to honour the lives loston July 5, 1908, the closest date to his birthday. While Clayton was responsible for the first recognition of fatherhood and the paternal bond, her work didn't directly encourage the creation of Father's Day. The memorial service was never promoted outside the town of Fairmont and the service was overshadowed by the significant Independence Day celebrations held a day beforehand. Yet the idea was also picked up on in the following year, whenSonora Smart Dodd started her quest to honour fathers in the same way as mothers. Dodd, born in Arkansas in 1882, was one of six children and at the age of seven, she moved toWashington with her family. When she was 16 years old, her mother, Ellen Victoria Cheek Smart, died after givingbirth to her sixth child, leaving her father, William Jackson Smart, a farmer and Civil War veteran, as a single parent. After listening to a Mother's Day sermon at theCentral Methodist Episcopal Church in 1909, Dodd felt thatfathers deserved equal recognition.With the local YMCA and the Ministerial Association of Spokane,Dodd began a campaign to have the day officially recognised. The first such 'Fathers Day'was held at the YMCA in Spokane on June 19, 1910, with a number of towns and cities across America later following suit. Support for Fathers Day quickly increased throughout the US and in1924President Calvin Coolidge pressured state governments to mark the celebration. President Lyndon Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honouring fathers in 1966, making the third Sunday in June Fathers Day. Six years laterPresident Richard Nixon signed it into law, establishing the day as a national holiday though in the UK it does not enjoy this status. The move came after a campaign by a number of public figures, includingSenator Margaret Chase Smith, who in 1957 wrote to Congress: Either we honour both our parents, mother and father, or let us desist from honouring either one. But to single out just one of our two parents and omit the other is the most grievous insult imaginable. Dodd's message later spread to other countries across the globe and it is thought that Britain began celebrating Father's Day after World War II. Today, the celebration of fathers has become an important commercial event for high street shops and online retailers, with promotions for the best gifts and cards appearing in the build up to the day each year. Fathers Day around the world While in the UK fathers can expect, at best,breakfast in bed andhandmade card and, at worst, the day to be completely ignored, elsewhere the festival is done a little differently. In Germany, Fathers Day is called Vatertag with it also being referred to as Mnnertag, which means mens day. The celebration falls on the Thursday 40 days after Easter. In certain regions it is traditional for groups of men to go into the woods with a wagon of beer, wines and meats. Heavy drinking is common and, according to official statistics, traffic-related accidents spike on this day. In Australia, Fathers Day falls on the first Sunday of September, which is their first Sunday of Spring, while in Croatia, they observe Roman Catholic tradition and celebrate fathers on March 19, Saint Josephs Day. In China, Fathers Day used to be celebrated onAugust 8 as the Chinese for eight is ba, while a colloquial word for father is ba-ba so the eighth day of the eighth month sounds similar to daddy. The day has since been moved to the third Sunday of June, in line with the UK and US. In France, the day was introduced in 1949 for commercial reasonsby lighter manufacturerFlaminaire. Inspired by the US' day of celebration,they created a new advert with the slogan 'Nos papas nous l'ont dit, pour la fte des pres, ils dsirent tous un Flaminaire'('Our fathers told us, for father's day, they all want a Flaminaire').Three years later an official decree was made to recognise the day. Most countries celebrate Fathers Day on the third Sunday in June including the UK, USA, Mexico, Ireland, France, Greece, China and Japan. Howevernot all countries celebrate it then. In Brazil, Fathers Day falls on the second Sunday of August and this day was chosen in honour of Saint Joachim, the patron saint of fathers.According to Catholic, Anglican and Orthodox traditions, Joachim was the father of Mary, the mother of Jesus. The ultimate films on fatherhood Father's Day tales and traditions Some paganssuggest that Father's Day is closely linked to the Pagan Sun worship, because the sun is thought to be the father of the universe and the celebration of dads falls closely to the summer solstice. Roses are the official flower of Father's Day, with people previously wearing themto church on this date. While this tradition is rarely seen today, sons and daughters used to wear either a red rosein admiration ofa living fatheror a white rosein memory of a deceased father. Sonora Smart Dodd, the founder of Father's Day, selected this flower and it is said that during the early celebrations, shehanded out roses to home-bound fathers, whileon a horse-drawn carriage ride around the city. Father's Day gifts and presents From cutesy cards, socks andtiesto luxurious watches andfantasticcar experiences, Britons present their paternal figures with an array of unique gifts on Father's Day. But,demand for the perfect Father's Day present has led to the increasing commercialisation of the day, withretailers competingto offer the best gifts andconsumers heading to their high street shops and online retailers. According to MuchNeeded, Father's Day is a popular shopping day in both the UK and US, with 75 per cent of men expected to celebrate the occasion this year. While Britons and Americans spend a significant amount on Father's Day each year, on average it only accounts forhalf the spending around Mother's Day. Is it Father's Day, Fathers' Day or Fathers Day? Ah, the age old question. The answer? Many say Father's Day is the correct version. Mother's Day (which has the apostrophe before the 's') set the precedent while Father's Day was still gaining popularity.Anna Jarvis trademarked the term 'Mother's Day' with the apostrophe before the 's' in 1912, saying the word should 'be a singular possessive, for each family to honour its own mother, not a plural possessive commemorating all mothers in the world'. President Woodrow Wilson used this spelling when he formalised Mother'sDay in 1914; this means the correct version of the word is spelled with the apostrophe before the 's'. Father's Day has followed suit, with cards on both sides of the pond including the apostrophe in the same place.
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