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China satellite heralds first mission to dark side of Moon
China satellite heralds first mission to dark side of Moon

China launched on Monday a relay satellite that will allow a rover to communicate with the Earth from the far side of the Moon during an unprecedented mission later this year. The Queqiao ("Magpie Bridge") satellite was blasted into space from the southwestern Xichang launch centre in the pre-dawn hours, according to the China National Space Administration. The satellite split from its carrier, a Long March-4C rocket, after 25 minutes and unfolded its solar panels and communication antennas, as it headed towards its destination, the CNSA said.

Hawaii lava evacuees grow weary as uncertainty drags on
Hawaii lava evacuees grow weary as uncertainty drags on

PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) - Ed Arends grabbed what he could in the night and fled his 5-acre property, lava oozing from a crack in his neighborhood on Hawaii's Big Island.

What next for newlyweds Prince Harry and Meghan Markle? Titles, honeymoon, where they will live and more
What next for newlyweds Prince Harry and Meghan Markle? Titles, honeymoon, where they will live and more

Now that rings have been exchanged and bells have rung throughout the nation for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the attention upon the newest royal newlyweds turns to their next steps as a couple. After months of anticipation following the announcement of their engagement - plus the wedding plans that followed - the Prince and Ms Markle have captured the hearts of many thousands around the world.   Royal fans will be eager to watch the couple as they both grow into their newly defined roles and royal duties.  Here is everything we know so far about the next steps of Britain's newest royal duo:  Where will they live? The Prince and Ms Markle will live in Nottingham...

'We are shocked and confused': Family of alleged Santa Fe High School shooter issues statement

The family of the suspect involved in the Santa Fe High School shooting is speaking out.

Two North Koreans defect to South: Yonhap
Two North Koreans defect to South: Yonhap

Two North Koreans defected to the South across the Yellow Sea on Saturday, a South Korean news report said, citing a government source. "A small boat was spotted in waters off the north of Baengnyeong Island" near the inter-Korean border, the source told Yonhap news agency. One of the men was initially identified as a soldier due to a misunderstanding and the government later corrected its statement to say they were both civilians, Yonhap said.

Georgia Teen Behind Yanny/Laurel Debate Reveals What the Word Really Is
Georgia Teen Behind Yanny/Laurel Debate Reveals What the Word Really Is

She was a Yanny.

Hannity: Another stinging setback for the special counsel
Hannity: Another stinging setback for the special counsel

It's obvious why Robert Mueller won't try to indict President Trump: He doesn't have a legal leg to stand on.

Signs of bomb found at site of deadly California explosion
Signs of bomb found at site of deadly California explosion

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. (AP) - A deadly explosion that ripped through a Southern California day spa was a crime, investigators said Wednesday as they identified the owner as the likely victim and looked into whether she was targeted and why. 

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Glover's wife blames attack on mother-in-law in 911 call

The wife of former U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover made the first call to 911 and claimed she was attacked by her mother-in-law, according to a tape of the call released Wednesday that provided another bizarre twist in the wife's arrest on a domestic violence charge.

Thomas Markle admits staging photos with paparazzi
Thomas Markle admits staging photos with paparazzi

Kensington Palace prepares for the royal wedding this Saturday amid Markle family drama.

One year in, Mueller probe is circling the White House
One year in, Mueller probe is circling the White House

One year into his investigation of links between the Trump campaign and Russia, special counsel Robert Mueller has snared several top lieutenants of the president. The president has called the inquiry by Mueller's staff of top-notch investigators and lawyers a "$10,000,000 Witch Hunt," repeatedly proclaiming his innocence and denying any collusion between Team Trump and Moscow. Since his appointment on May 17, 2017, Mueller -- a veteran prosecutor and former FBI director -- has not said a word about his work.

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Here's How To Become Kris Jenner's Assistant, According To Kris Jenner

On an episode of "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" that aired in January this

Longtime Trump Lawyer Slams Giuliani As 'Polarizing Figure' Who Shouldn't Deal With Mueller
Longtime Trump Lawyer Slams Giuliani As 'Polarizing Figure' Who Shouldn't Deal With Mueller

Jay Goldberg, the attorney who represented President Donald Trump for almost

Trucker Putin opens Russia bridge link with annexed Crimea
Trucker Putin opens Russia bridge link with annexed Crimea

By Gleb Stolyarov THE KERCH STRAIT (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin, driving a truck, unveiled the auto section of a new road-and-rail bridge linking Russia to the annexed Crimean peninsula on Tuesday, defying Ukraine which said the move showed cynical disregard for international law. Putin, at the wheel of an orange heavy KAMAZ dump-truck, drove 19 km (12 miles) across the bridge from the Kerch Strait. Some Russians are calling it "Putin's bridge", designed to link Crimea into Russia's transport network.

North Korea threatens to scrap Trump summit over military drills
North Korea threatens to scrap Trump summit over military drills

Donald Trump's historic meeting with Kim Jong-un was thrown into uncertainty last night as North Korea warned it could be cancelled over US military exercises.  The North's Korean Central News Agency[KCNA] unexpectedly announced talks with South Korea had been postponed just hours before they were due to start because of the military drills.  America was also warned that "careful deliberations" would need to take place over whether to go ahead with Mr Trump's planned meeting with Kim.  The reaction was to the 'Max Thunder' joint military exercises from America and South Korea that reportedly involve 100 war planes including B-52 bombers and F-15K jets.  The news blindsided the US...

Meghan Markle: The American actress joining the British royal family this weekend
Meghan Markle: The American actress joining the British royal family this weekend

If she were auditioning for the role of a lifetime, it would seem she has won the part. Meghan Markle, the actress, yoga-lover and now fiancée of Prince Harry, has stepped into the warm embrace of the Royal Family, crossing the Atlantic last year to start a new life. Her life will be made even better this coming weekend when the Royal wedding kicks off and the stunning actress receives a new royal title, in front of millions expected to watch from around the world.  The November engagement announcement was not exactly a surprise, after weeks of breathless speculation and rumours. Nor is Ms Markle an unknown entity. A refreshingly far cry from the sheltered aristocratic ingénues lined up...

Ina Rogers, California Mom of 11, Addresses Abuse Allegations: 'I Am an Amazing Mother'
Ina Rogers, California Mom of 11, Addresses Abuse Allegations: 'I Am an Amazing Mother'

Ina Rogers says she and her husband are innocent.

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Gap 'terribly sorry' over T-shirt China map without Taiwan

US clothing retailer Gap has apologised to China over a T-shirt with a map showing the mainland but omitting Taiwan, becoming the latest foreign firm to run afoul of Beijing's policy on the self-ruling island. China, which considers Taiwan a rebel province awaiting reunification, has taken airlines, hotels and other companies to task in recent months for listing the island as a separate country on their websites. The Gap shirt, which was sold in overseas markets, features a map of China, but Taiwan does not appear to the southeast of the country, according to a photo of the company's online store posted on the Twitter account of the official People's Daily newspaper.

Coroner: Detained suspect in Louisiana died of asphyxiation
Coroner: Detained suspect in Louisiana died of asphyxiation

GRETNA, La. (AP) - A black suspect who tussled with white deputies as they detained him in a suburb of New Orleans last week died of asphyxiation and there was evidence of pressure on his neck, a coroner said Monday.

The Latest: US deploys more Marines to Mideast embassies
The Latest: US deploys more Marines to Mideast embassies

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem (all times local):

Off-duty Florida deputy saves baby
Off-duty Florida deputy saves baby's life

Caught on camera: A K9 deputy in Marion County, Florida saves a baby's life after he was flagged down in his patrol car and handed the unresponsive infant. Jillian Kitchener reports.

The Latest: Hawaii asks for US help with volcano disaster
The Latest: Hawaii asks for US help with volcano disaster

PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) - The Latest on a Hawaii volcano eruption (all times local):

Michael Avenatti Warns Michael Cohen: I Still Have More Documents To Release
Michael Avenatti Warns Michael Cohen: I Still Have More Documents To Release

Michael Avenatti has a warning for Michael Cohen, the embattled personal

Oklahoma man convicted in 5 killings awaits sentencing
Oklahoma man convicted in 5 killings awaits sentencing

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - A 19-year-old Oklahoma man convicted in the fatal stabbings of five family members could learn Friday whether a jury thinks he should spend the rest of his life behind bars.

Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady Have Dropped the Price of Their Sky-High Madison Square Park Apartment
Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady Have Dropped the Price of Their Sky-High Madison Square Park Apartment

The picturesque couple originally listed the 48th-floor, 3,310-square-foot apartment for $17.25 million and have dropped the price to $13.95 million

Devin Nunes Gets Meeting On Secret Russia Probe Source After Threatening DOJ
Devin Nunes Gets Meeting On Secret Russia Probe Source After Threatening DOJ

WASHINGTON ― Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), a prominent defender of President

Owner Of Silver Mustang Eaten By Lava Speaks, Battery Was Dead
Owner Of Silver Mustang Eaten By Lava Speaks, Battery Was Dead

He also left behind a junk truck.

Families tell EPA chief of deaths linked to paint stripper
Families tell EPA chief of deaths linked to paint stripper

WASHINGTON (AP) - Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt has met with families of two men whose deaths were linked to a toxic compound in a widely sold paint stripper, weeks after lawmakers pressed him about an Obama-era rule that would limit sales to consumers.

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Venezuela's Maduro says will win in 'economic war' post-election

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro said on Wednesday he intended to defeat the "oligarchs" responsible for the country's crisis and that he would win the "economic war" they are waging against the once-wealthy country should he be re-elected next week. Despite millions suffering food and medicine shortages, Maduro is expected to win in next week's vote due to widespread abstention. "If you hand me victory on May 20, I swear I will end the economic war," said Maduro in front of hundreds of people who attended a Socialist Party event in the center of the country.

In W.Va., Blankenship defiant as Trump tweets against him
In W.Va., Blankenship defiant as Trump tweets against him

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A defiant Don Blankenship fired back Monday after President Donald Trump urged West Virginia voters to support opponents of the former coal executive - and former convict - in the Republican U.S. Senate primary.

Takata Airbag Recall: Feds Urge Owners to Stop Driving Certain Ford and Mazda Pickups
Takata Airbag Recall: Feds Urge Owners to Stop Driving Certain Ford and Mazda Pickups

Federal regulators are sounding the alarm again-and louder-for owners of 2006 Ford Ranger and Mazda B-Series pickups that contain dangerously defective Takata airbag inflators to stop driving the...

Putin sworn in for fourth term as Russian president
Putin sworn in for fourth term as Russian president

Vladimir Putin was sworn in as Russia's president for a fourth term on Monday, extending his almost two-decade rule by another six years at a time of high tension with his Western rivals. The 65-year-old, in power since 1999, is on course to become the longest-serving Russian leader since Joseph Stalin after his victory in March elections. Putin won nearly 77 percent of the vote in polls in which his most vocal opponent, Alexei Navalny, was banned from running.

Putin takes delivery of his new presidential limo
Putin takes delivery of his new presidential limo

In March, Russian President Vladimir Putin was once again elected President of his nation, and he took the oath of office on Monday. With that title came a swanky new set of wheels that Putin used for his ride to his inauguration ceremony at the Kremlin. The Russian Central Scientific Research Automobile and Automobile Engines Institute (NAMI) early this decade commanded a consortium of automakers to produce Putin's new presidential limo under the title Project Kortezh.

Irish campaigners in abortion referendum vie for online impact
Irish campaigners in abortion referendum vie for online impact

Leading Irish actors have urged voters in a video posted online Sunday to legalise abortion in the country, as campaigning intensifies ahead of a referendum later this month on the issue. The black-and-white video features an ensemble of screen stars voicing their opposition to laws making abortion illegal in Ireland unless there is a real and substantial risk to the life of the mother. "In Ireland today", begins "Game of Thrones" actor Liam Cunningham, "if the woman sitting next to you is pregnant" continues local TV star Peter McDonald, "she does not have full rights over her own body" adds Owen McDonnell, famous for playing a fictional police sergeant on Irish TV.

Toddler eaten by leopard in Uganda national park
Toddler eaten by leopard in Uganda national park

Ugandan authorities were on Monday hunting for a leopard that snatched and ate the three-year-old son of a female ranger working in the popular Queen Elizabeth National Park. Wildlife authority spokesman Bashir Hangi said the child had followed the nanny outdoors.

PM May defies expectations in England local elections
PM May defies expectations in England local elections

British Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative Party fared better than expected in local elections in England, results on Friday showed, in her first test at the polls since losing her parliamentary majority last year. The centre-right party held on to key London councils despite a big push by the Labour main opposition, which failed to live up to its own hype. The ruling party also scored highly in areas that voted in favour of Brexit in the 2016 referendum, while losing some ground in more pro-EU heartlands.

Louisiana bill seeks to loosen gun laws at schools
Louisiana bill seeks to loosen gun laws at schools

A 59-to-36 vote in the the Louisiana House of Representatives on Wednesday advanced a proposed change in the state's gun laws. The bill would allow people with a conceal carry permit to bring guns onto school and university campuses statewide. HB 620 is authored by Rep. Blake Miguez, R-Erath.

Otto Warmbier
Otto Warmbier's mom now speaking out to embarrass NKorea

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - Her voice cracking with emotion, the mother of college student Otto Warmbier who was sent home from North Korea in a coma and died soon after said Thursday her family will keep speaking out about the country's human rights violations to "rub their noses" in what they did and embarrass Kim Jong Un's government.

'Golden State Killer' suspect once planned to kill ex-police chief who fired him

The former California police chief who fired suspected "Golden State Killer" Joseph DeAngelo said investigators told him DeAngelo had once planned to kill him.

China
China's senior diplomat meets North Korea foreign minister: ministry

SEOUL/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's state councillor Wang Yi met North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho in Pyongyang on Wednesday to discuss bilateral ties and issues regarding the Korean peninsula, North Korean state news agency KCNA and China's foreign ministry said. China's foreign ministry said in a statement published on its website late on Wednesday Wang congratulated the leaders of the North and the South for their successful recent meeting.

1st death reported in romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak
1st death reported in romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak

NEW YORK (AP) - The first death has been reported in a national food poisoning outbreak linked to romaine lettuce.

Military cargo plane crashes in Georgia, killing at least 5
Military cargo plane crashes in Georgia, killing at least 5

A military cargo plane on a training mission crashed Wednesday along a road near a Georgia airport, killing at least five National Guard members from Puerto Rico, authorities said. Black smoke rose into the sky from a section of the plane that appeared to have crashed into a median on the road. Capt. Jeff Bezore, of the Georgia Air National Guard's 165th Air Wing, said he couldn't say how many people in total were on the plane, which crashed Wednesday around 11:30 a.m.

Southwest flight makes unplanned landing with broken window
Southwest flight makes unplanned landing with broken window

A Southwest Airlines flight made an unplanned landing Wednesday in Cleveland, after a window in the plane broke during the flight. Southwest Flight 957 was traveling from Chicago to Newark, New Jersey, and made a safe landing at Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport. Passengers have tweeted photos of the broken window, which may have been in the emergency exit door.

GOP candidate calls McConnell
GOP candidate calls McConnell 'cocaine Mitch' in ad

McConnell-linked group spent over $1.3 million on ads targeting West Virginia Senate candidate Don Blankenship; Peter Doocy reports from Morgantown, West Virginia.

The Latest: Israeli claims on Iran divide US, allies
The Latest: Israeli claims on Iran divide US, allies

JERUSALEM (AP) - The Latest on the Israel's allegations that Iran concealed a nuclear weapons program before signing a deal with world powers in 2015 (all times local):

Donald Trump 'can take Nobel prize' for summit with Kim Jong-un, says South Korean president
Donald Trump 'can take Nobel prize' for summit with Kim Jong-un, says South Korean president

Donald Trump can have the Nobel Peace Prize for last week's historic Korean summit with Kim Jong-un, South Korean president Moon Jae-in said on Monday, as he played down his own prospects of winning.  "President Trump can take the Nobel prize. All we need to take is peace," Mr Moon said. Friday's summit between Mr Moon and Kim has been hailed as a major step towards easing tension on the flashpoint peninsula and setting the mood for Kim's upcoming face-to-face encounter with the US president. It was the third summit between the two Koreas following meetings between Kim's late father Kim Jong Il and late South Korean presidents Kim Dae-Jung and Roh Moo-Hyun,...

Actress Molly Ringwald thanks Southwest Airlines with tweet for making emergency landing for her father
Actress Molly Ringwald thanks Southwest Airlines with tweet for making emergency landing for her father

Actress Molly Ringwald publicly thanked Southwest Airlines on Twitter for saving her father's life.

Emmanuel Macron turns to Iran to propose widening nuclear deal as Trump wavers
Emmanuel Macron turns to Iran to propose widening nuclear deal as Trump wavers

Emmanuel Macron and President Hassan Rouhani of Iran on Sunday night agreed to work together to preserver the Iran nuclear deal, in a marked signal to the US.  Less than a week after the French president implored the White House to stick with the agreement during a state visit to the Washington, Mr Macron suggested that the deal could be widened. In what appears to be the latest attempt to prevent Donald Trump scrapping the agreement, the Elysee Palace said Mr Macron proposed in an hour-long phone call with Tehran that discussions should close loop holes in the deal, which have angered the US president. The Elysee said that Mr Macron raised "three additional, indispensable...

Thousands march to demand justice as Nicaragua protest toll hits 43
Thousands march to demand justice as Nicaragua protest toll hits 43

Thousands of Nicaraguans marched peacefully through the capital Managua on Saturday in a mass demonstration to demand justice following the violent suppression of a wave of protests that left 43 people dead. During the rally, which was called by the Catholic church, Managua's bishop issued a deadline of one month to see if there was a serious intention to achieve change through a national dialogue aimed at resolving issues that triggered the country's worst unrest in 11 years. The rally took place just hours after university students at the forefront of anti-government unrest issued conditions for talks with the government of embattled President Daniel Ortega.

Palestinian congress to convene as Abbas seeks to strengthen hand
Palestinian congress to convene as Abbas seeks to strengthen hand

The parliament of the Palestine Liberation Organisation convenes for the first time in decades Monday, as ageing President Mahmud Abbas seeks to strengthen his hand ahead of the US embassy move to Jerusalem. Analysts said the three-day meeting of the Palestinian National Council (PNC) in the West Bank city of Ramallah is unlikely to produce major policy shifts, but it will elect the 18 members of the PLO's executive committee that effectively forms Abbas's cabinet. More than 100 of the 740-member body will be absent, including dozens allied to Islamists Hamas -- the largest Palestinian party behind Abbas's Fatah -- who have signed a letter opposing the meeting.

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