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Fukushima Radiation Becomes Latest Japan-South Korea Sore Point
Fukushima Radiation Becomes Latest Japan-South Korea Sore Point

(Bloomberg) -- Radiation from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is becoming the latest source of tension between Japan and South Korea, potentially undercutting Tokyo's effort to promote the 2020 Olympics.In recent days, South Korean officials have summoned a Japanese diplomat to express concern about a planned release of treated radioactive water into the ocean by Tepco, the plant's owner. They're also pushing for independent radiation checks at Olympic venues and proposing a separate cafeteria for their athletes, citing concerns about contaminated food.The radiation dispute is threatening to prolong tensions between the two U.S. allies, who have spent much of the summer trading...

Missing firefighter
Missing firefighter's tackle bag found floating off Florida coast

The family of missing Florida firefighter Brian McCluney believes the discovery of his tackle bag is a bread crumb left behind by the pair; Phil Keating reports on the search in Florida.

Woman Taking Over a Subway for Her Glamorous Selfie Photoshoot Is the Latest Example of Knowing One
Woman Taking Over a Subway for Her Glamorous Selfie Photoshoot Is the Latest Example of Knowing One's Worth

A hero and an icon

Hong Kong officers arrested for beating man in hospital
Hong Kong officers arrested for beating man in hospital

Two Hong Kong police officers were arrested Tuesday after a video emerged of them beating an older man on a hospital trolly, heaping further pressure on a force already facing accusations of brutality. The footage, recorded in late June, shows two uniformed officers assaulting the man with batons and holding a cloth over his mouth. "It is clear that the actions committed by the police officers concerned are unlawful," said police spokesman John Tse, adding that police viewed the video for the first time on Tuesday.

China plans to make Shenzhen a
China plans to make Shenzhen a 'better place' than Hong Kong

China's government has unveiled plans to boost the mainland city of Shenzhen and make it into what state media called a "better place" than neighbouring Hong Kong, following another huge pro-democracy rally in the semi-autonomous financial hub. Weeks of rallies, demonstrations, and occupations have plunged Hong Kong into crisis -- which Beijing is now framing as an opportunity for Shenzhen's development. On Monday, state-run media outlined a set of guidelines released by the central Chinese government that aims to turn Shenzhen into a pilot area of "socialism with Chinese characteristics".

Plans detailed for first U.S. mission to land on moon since Apollo

The first American spacecraft expected to land on the moon in nearly 50 years will be a robotic moon lander built by closely held Astrobotic Technology Inc and launched in two years by United Launch Alliance's Vulcan rocket, the companies told Reuters on Monday. Astrobotic was one of nine companies chosen in November to compete for $2.6 billion to develop small space vehicles and other technology for 20 missions to explore the lunar surface over the next decade. Pittsburgh-based Astrobotic picked Vulcan, being developed by a joint venture of Boeing Co and Lockheed Martin Corp , to launch its Peregrine lander from Florida's Cape Canaveral in summer 2021.

Putin tells Macron: Russia does not want protests like you have

Russian President Vladimir Putin told his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on Monday that Moscow did not want protests like the yellow vest ones that have convulsed France, but that peaceful demonstrations were fine. Putin was speaking at Macron's summer residence in southern France ahead of talks on a range of subjects between the two leaders. In his first comments on six weeks of protests in Moscow over the exclusion of some opposition candidates from an election in the Russian capital next month, Putin told reporters that protesters had to respect the law.

Lawsuit filed against administrator who drew on boy
Lawsuit filed against administrator who drew on boy's head for violating dress code

A federal civil rights lawsuit was filed after a administrator in Texas drew on a 7th grader's head, stating his haircut violated dress code.

Nearly 100 People Have Reported Lung Diseases That May Be Linked to Vaping, and the CDC Is Getting Involved
Nearly 100 People Have Reported Lung Diseases That May Be Linked to Vaping, and the CDC Is Getting Involved

There are almost 100 cases so far this summer

School workers who used Sharpie to color in black teen
School workers who used Sharpie to color in black teen's hair in Texas are being sued

A federal civil rights lawsuit was filed on Sunday against a Texas school district and three officials after they took disciplinary action for a student's haircut, court documents say.

US power waning in Pacific, warns top Australian think tank
US power waning in Pacific, warns top Australian think tank

The United States no longer has military primacy in the Pacific and could struggle to defend allies against China, a top Australian think tank has warned. A hard-hitting report from the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney released on Monday said the US military is an "atrophying force" that is "dangerously overstretched" and "ill-prepared" for a confrontation with China. If correct, the assessment has far-reaching implications for US allies like Australia, Taiwan and Japan who depend on American security guarantees.

Suspected online dope-dealer back in Israel after extradition
Suspected online dope-dealer back in Israel after extradition

A man accused of operating a large drug-dealing ring on a popular messaging app appeared in an Israeli court Sunday after his extradition from Ukraine, where he had previously sought to escape. Amos Dov Silver, an Israeli-American, was taken to court in Rishon Lezion near Tel Aviv after his arrival from Ukraine, police said. Authorities in Ukraine said Saturday they had captured Silver a day after he escaped from the airport while he was being extradited.

Shell workers in Pennsylvania say they were told to either attend a recent Trump event, or not get paid
Shell workers in Pennsylvania say they were told to either attend a recent Trump event, or not get paid

Workers at a new Shell plant in Pennsylvania were told they had to attend a speech by President Donald Trump in order to get paid.

Sen. Markey faces 2 challengers; now some pushing for a 3rd
Sen. Markey faces 2 challengers; now some pushing for a 3rd

Some Massachusetts voters see Sen. Edward Markey as potentially vulnerable to a primary challenge, and one group is even trying to persuade U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy to run for his seat. Markey, a Democrat, has represented Massachusetts in Congress for decades - first in the House before winning John Kerry's former Senate seat in 2013 - but the state saw an incumbent lose just last year as Democrats elected more women and minorities. Ayanna Pressley defeated longtime incumbent U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano in the Democratic primary and went on to become Massachusetts' first black woman elected to the U.S. House.

Donald Trump is touting voter ID laws as an issue in the 2020 election. Here
Donald Trump is touting voter ID laws as an issue in the 2020 election. Here's why.

As Donald Trump ramps up his reelection for 2020 he is resurfacing a controversial gripe held over from 2016: That voter fraud cost him support.

She wanted a late-night hookup, but he fell asleep. So she burned his house down, police say
She wanted a late-night hookup, but he fell asleep. So she burned his house down, police say

Police accuse Taija Russell, 29, of sending a series of angry texts, then buying lighter fluid, matches and a lighter at a nearby gas station.

Israel intercepts Gaza rocket after weeks of calm
Israel intercepts Gaza rocket after weeks of calm

Palestinians in the Gaza Strip fired a rocket at southern Israel on Friday night in what the army said was the first such attack in over a month. A military statement said the projectile was intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defence system, after air raid sirens sounded in the southern town of Sderot and its surroundings. Earlier, the Palestinian health ministry said in a statement that 32 Palestinians were wounded by Israeli live fire along the Gaza border fence as part of weekly protests there.

View Photos of the Bentley EXP 100 GT at Pebble Beach
View Photos of the Bentley EXP 100 GT at Pebble Beach

PA couple faked pregnancy, birth and death of baby for gifts, donations: Documents
PA couple faked pregnancy, birth and death of baby for gifts, donations: Documents

The couple allegedly lied about the pregnancy, birth and death of their son and then fraudulently accepted gifts and money during the fake tragedy, authorities said.

El Paso Mayor Says President Trump Called Him a RINO During Visit to Comfort Shooting Victims
El Paso Mayor Says President Trump Called Him a RINO During Visit to Comfort Shooting Victims

RINO--Republican in Name Only--has become a derisive term for Trump supporters

1981 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Pro Touring Boasts Show Quality
1981 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Pro Touring Boasts Show Quality

It's custom-built with low mileage and ready to win some trophies. Volo Auto Museum is excited to announce this incredibly stunning 1981 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Pro Touring for your consideration. With only 270 miles clocked since its custom pro-touring build and $95,000 invested, this is a great value. The car is currently up for sale at a price of $42,995, and you can make an offer right here. An extensive amount of work, heart, and soul was put into this car with precise attention to detail. Every single part of the Z28 was removed from the vehicle during the pro-touring build. Even at first glance, you know that this is a show car. But it doesn't just boast a mean face, this car handles...

Exclusive: China-owned oil tanker changes name in apparent effort to evade U.S. sanctions

SINGAPORE/KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - While in the Indian Ocean heading toward the Strait of Malacca, the very large crude carrier (VLCC) Pacific Bravo went dark on June 5, shutting off the transponder that signals its position and direction to other ships, ship-tracking data showed. A VLCC typically transports about 2 million barrels of oil, worth about $120 million at current prices. On July 18, the transponder of the VLCC Latin Venture was activated offshore Port Dickson, Malaysia, in the Strait of Malacca, about 1,500 km (940 miles) from where the Pacific Bravo had last been signaling its position.

Trump vows to revive
Trump vows to revive 'Pocahontas' attack against Warren

Warren has largely rebounded from the controversy of her heritage claims, but Trump vows to pounce anew.

5 people shot in Philadelphia
5 people shot in Philadelphia's Logan section, police say

Philadelphia police are investigating a shooting that left at least five people shot in the city's Logan section on Thursday afternoon.

Students caught in visa sting at fake university may sue U.S., court rules

A federal appeals court said foreign-born students may sue the U.S. government over claims it wrongfully canceled their visas, following a sting where it set up a fake university to entrap corrupt visa brokers. The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia revived a proposed class action on behalf of more than 500 students who said they were deprived of due process when the government revoked their lawful immigration status after ensnaring them in the sting. Writing for a three-judge panel, Circuit Judge Theodore McKee also faulted the government's "flip-flop" over whether the students, including many from China and India, who thought they had "enrolled" at the fictitious...

GOP candidate drops out of congressional race after calling himself a
GOP candidate drops out of congressional race after calling himself a 'white nationalist'

"I said I was a proud white nationalist," he in a video announcing his exit from the congressional race while wearing a red Trump hat.

Fourth suspect indicted in murder-for-hire at fake gender-reveal party in Ohio
Fourth suspect indicted in murder-for-hire at fake gender-reveal party in Ohio

Vandell Slade, 30, has been charged with murder and attempted murder, according to court documents. There is a warrant out for his arrest.

The Latest: Memorial for victims of El Paso shooting begins
The Latest: Memorial for victims of El Paso shooting begins

A memorial for the people killed in a mass shooting in El Paso is under way. Thousands of people attended the event at a baseball stadium in downtown El Paso that featured 22 luminarias, one light for each of the victims. Addressing the crowd, El Paso Mayor Dee Margo said: "Hate will never overcome our love.

Ask the Captain: Why would an airline fly a plane with just one passenger?
Ask the Captain: Why would an airline fly a plane with just one passenger?

While it may seem silly to fly a nearly-empty plane, airlines do it anyway because the flight needs to be somewhere the next day or to move cargo.

Officials blame
Officials blame 'political rhetoric and misinformation' after shots fired at San Antonio ICE office

An ICE spokesman said that "political rhetoric and misinformation" from politicians, media outlets, and activists were to blame for the shooting.

View Photos of the 2020 Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet
View Photos of the 2020 Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet

'Sorry for the inconvenience': Hong Kong protesters apologized to furious passengers after the city's airport was paralyzed for a second day

Hong Kong protesters used carts to block departure gates, sending a message to the government and drawing attention to alleged police brutality.

West tells Kosovo and Serbia to return to negotiating table

Four European countries and the United States urged Kosovo and Serbia on Tuesday to re-launch their dialogue on normalizing ties in order to advance their bid for EU membership. The EU-sponsored dialogues between Belgrade and Pristina was halted last Novermber when Kosovo introduced a 100 percent tax on goods produced in Serbia, pledging to remove it only when Belgrade recognizes Kosovo as a sovereign state. "The status quo prevents progress on Kosovo's and Serbia's path toward the European Union (EU) and is simply not sustainable," said the so-called Quint group of the United States, Italy, France, Germany and Britain.

United Airlines passenger accused of placing camera in first-class bathroom
United Airlines passenger accused of placing camera in first-class bathroom

The FBI has accused a man of placing a camera in the first-class bathroom of a United Airlines flight earlier this year from San Diego to Houston.

Ramaphosa Gets Interdict in South African Campaign Funding Probe

(Bloomberg) -- South African President Cyril Ramaphosa secured another victory in his protracted battle with the nation's graft ombudsman when the High Court granted him an interdict suspending her directive to parliament to censure him for failing to declare a campaign donation.Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane said Ramaphosa misled lawmakers about a donation to his successful 2017 campaign to win control of the ruling party and instructed them to take action against him for violating the constitution and the executive ethics code. The president has challenged the finding in court, saying he didn't know about the 500,000-rand ($32,450) payment, inadvertently failed to disclose it and...

Trump adviser Bolton: U.S. would enthusiastically support a UK choice for no-deal Brexit
Trump adviser Bolton: U.S. would enthusiastically support a UK choice for no-deal Brexit

The United States would enthusiastically support a no-deal Brexit if that is what the British government decided to do, U.S. national security adviser John Bolton said on Monday during a visit to London aimed at reassuring Britain over UK-U.S. ties. Bolton told British Prime Minister Boris Johnson that President Donald Trump wants to see a successful British exit from the European Union on Oct. 31 and that Washington will be ready to work fast on a U.S.-UK free trade agreement.

UAE plays down Saudi rift after separatists take Yemeni city
UAE plays down Saudi rift after separatists take Yemeni city

The United Arab Emirates on Monday downplayed a rift with ally Saudi Arabia over Yemen after separatists it backs took control of Aden that was the base of the Saudi-backed government. The Sunni Muslim coalition led by Riyadh has fractured after more than four years fighting for the internationally recognized Hadi government against the Iran-aligned Houthi movement.

Some labor unions split with Biden on 'Medicare for All'

Labor leaders dispute candidates' claims that single-payer will leave their members worse off.

Spanish charity rejects Malta offer to take some migrants, not others
Spanish charity rejects Malta offer to take some migrants, not others

The Maltese government said Saturday it would take in 39 migrants just plucked from the Mediterranean but refused entry to 121 others aboard the same rescue vessel for more than a week. As a result, Spain's Proactiva Open Arms ONG decided not to disembark any migrants in Malta. Valletta issued a statement saying it could transfer the 39 migrants rescued late Friday since they were in Malta's rescue zone and the operation had been coordinated.

Alan Dershowitz: Unsealed Email and Manuscript Show Epstein Accuser Lied About Sex With Me
Alan Dershowitz: Unsealed Email and Manuscript Show Epstein Accuser Lied About Sex With Me

John Lamparski/GettyLawyer Alan Dershowitz claims an email buried in a mountain of just-unsealed court documents proves that one of Jeffrey Epstein's accusers lied when she said she was farmed out for sex with him as a teenager."I've been waiting for these emails to come out for months and they conclusively prove my innocence," Dershowitz told The Daily Beast on Friday, adding that he is now asking federal prosecutors to investigate the accuser's high-profile legal team.Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who claims Epstein made her a sex slave when she was just 16 years old, has also alleged that she was loaned out for sex with Dershowitz-saying in a 2016 deposition that she had once performed...

Unsealed flight logs show that Donald Trump was on Epstein
Unsealed flight logs show that Donald Trump was on Epstein's private jet in 1997

The flight logs list Trump alongside Glenn and Eva Dubin, a billionaire couple whose relationship with Epstein has recently come under scrutiny.

Pakistan court remands opposition leader to custody on graft charges
Pakistan court remands opposition leader to custody on graft charges

Some supporters of Pakistan's largest opposition party threw punches on Friday in clashes with police as a top leader, Maryam Nawaz, was remanded to custody on corruption charges filed by a national anti-graft agency. Maryam, daughter of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and a scion of the family that dominated politics for three decades, was arrested over fraud accusations at a sugar mill her family runs, one of several cases it says are politically motivated. "I knew that it would be a tough situation for me to launch a political struggle but I will not budge," Maryam told reporters shortly before she appeared in court in the city of Lahore, to be denied bail and remanded until...

Eliminate the Mortgage Interest Deduction
Eliminate the Mortgage Interest Deduction

(Bloomberg Opinion) -- Economists have long hated the mortgage interest deduction, but U.S. politicians have long considered it untouchable. Then, in 2017 - after much wrangling and over the objections of several suburban members of Congress - Republicans capped the deduction as part of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act.Now there is some new evidence on the effects of that law - and the case for entirely eliminating the mortgage interest deduction just got a little stronger. Not only would its elimination free up revenue for other priorities and simplify the tax code, it is unlikely to have a negative effect on homeowners.After 1986, when Congress eliminated the deductibility of interest on...

Trevor Noah Drags Equinox Owner for Ignoring Trump
Trevor Noah Drags Equinox Owner for Ignoring Trump's Racism

Comedy CentralAs Trevor Noah explained on Thursday night's Daily Show, "historically, rich people have hosted fundraisers for political candidates" without garnering much attention. But that was before President Donald Trump.This week, after the news broke that Stephen Ross, the billionaire owner of the high-end gyms Equinox and SoulCycle, was hosting a high-dollar fundraiser for Trump, a celebrity-fueled boycott movement started to grow. Noah zeroed in the statement Ross released defending his support for Trump. "But I'll be honest," the host said, "I think it only made things worse." David Chang Begs Momofuku Backer Stephen Ross to Cancel Trump Fundraiser"I have known Donald Trump for...

Top opponent suspends campaign to unseat Afghan president
Top opponent suspends campaign to unseat Afghan president

An Afghan politician once seen as a top contender to stop President Ashraf Ghani winning a second term suspended his campaign on Thursday amid worsening violence and problems on his team. Hanif Atmar, the former national security advisor to Ghani, had hoped to beat his former boss in elections set for September 28. Official campaign season started July 28 but was immediately beset by deadly violence, when Ghani's running mate Amrullah Saleh was targeted in an attack in Kabul that killed at least 20 people.

Russian military base blast kills two, causes radiation spike
Russian military base blast kills two, causes radiation spike

Two people died in an explosion at a military base in the Russian far north Thursday that caused a brief spike in radiation, the second accident to hit the country's facilities in a week. An explosion occurred during testing of a liquid propellant jet engine at the base near the Arctic, causing equipment to catch fire, the defence ministry said. "As a result of the accident, six defence ministry employees and a developer were injured.

Damascus rejects Turkey-US plan, Kurds give guarded welcome
Damascus rejects Turkey-US plan, Kurds give guarded welcome

Damascus said Thursday it strongly rejects a proposed US-Turkish buffer zone for northern Syria, blaming the "aggressive" project on Syria's Kurds, who gave the proposal a guarded welcome. Turkish and US officials agreed on Wednesday to establish a joint operations centre to oversee the creation of a safe zone to manage tensions between Ankara and US-backed Kurdish forces in Syria. No details were provided on the size or nature of the safe zone, but the deal appeared to provide some breathing room after Turkey had threatened an imminent attack on the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), which control a large swathe of northern Syria.

El Paso shooting: Trump to visit, protest rally planned
El Paso shooting: Trump to visit, protest rally planned

El Paso opened a grief center on Tuesday to help people cope with last weekend's mass shooting at a Walmart in which 22 people were killed.

'We Are Being Eaten From Within.' Why America Is Losing the Battle Against White Nationalist Terrorism

For decades, U.S. officials ignored the growing threat of domestic extremism. That may finally be changing

Gaez: Democrats are trying to relitigate Kavanaugh confirmation after failing with Mueller hearing
Gaez: Democrats are trying to relitigate Kavanaugh confirmation after failing with Mueller hearing

Nadler demands Kavanaugh emails from Bush White House; Fox News correspondent-at-large Geraldo Rivera and Rep. Matt Gaetz react.

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