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Thailand is in hot pursuit of a cagey crocodile that has made unwelcome appearances off the beaches of resort island Phuket only to slip through the clutches of local authorities. Thawee Thongcha, the mayor of Karon town on the west coast of Phuket, told AFP Monday they had come very close to success. Thailand's pristine beaches draw millions of tourists a year and Phuket in the southwest is one of the most popular destinations.
Harsh drought conditions in parts of the American West are pushing wild horses to the brink and spurring extreme measures to protect them. For what they say is the first time, volunteer groups in Arizona and Colorado are hauling thousands of gallons of water and truckloads of food to remote grazing grounds where springs have run dry and vegetation has disappeared. Federal land managers also have begun emergency roundups in desert areas of Utah and Nevada.
The Israeli military in coordination with its U.S. and European allies evacuated hundreds of Syrian rescue workers known as the White Helmets from near its volatile frontier with Syria, in a complex and first-of-a-kind operation. The evacuees, who were hemmed in from one side by advancing hostile Syrian troops and from another by militants affiliated with the Islamic State group, were transported to Jordan, from where they are expected to be resettled in Europe and Canada in the coming weeks. Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said Sunday that 422 White Helmets volunteers were evacuated, instead of the initial 800 cleared for the operation.
Najib Danish, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry, said the blast occurred near Kabul International Airport shortly after the convoy of the controversial vice president had just left the airport. Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum, a former Uzbek warlord, and his entourage were unharmed, said Danish. In a statement from the presidential palace, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani strongly condemned the attack.
Landmines continue to represent a terrible plague on the world, maiming or killing an estimated 15,000 to 20,000 people every year. "We had this problem of how to process wet, sticky soil," he told Digital Trends. "One area we were working with had these plastic anti-personnel mines, which are very difficult to find with a metal detector.
Invertebrate, soft-bodied creatures like jellyfish and octopus take up seven percent of the world's biomass (that's more than 100 times the biomass of humans). Engineers and marine biologists have finally designed a nifty, 3D-printed, 12-sided origami-inspired trap that can fold around squids and octopuses without damaging them. "We approach these animals as if they are works of art," said David Gruber, a biologist at City University of New York who helped design RAD.
As we continue to prioritize the health of our lungs, herbal vaporizers have sprung onto the scene as a new way to get your fix without inhaling carcinogen-laden smoke. While tabletop vaporizers have long dominated this market, handheld vaporizers continue to get smaller, lighter, and more powerful. For 2018, we've now had the opportunity to put several new herbal vaporizers through our rigorous testing program, and new entrants are giving market leaders like the Pax and Firefly a run for their money.
The New York Times reported that the documents involving former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page were released to the Times and several other media organizations that had filed Freedom of Information Act lawsuits to obtain them. The FBI later posted the documents to its FOIA website online. The materials include an October 2016 application to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to wiretap Page as well as several renewal applications, the Times reported.
Trump is reimposing sanctions on Iran, which ships most of its oil through the Strait of Hormuz, in an effort to squelch the country's oil sales. Hormuz, a shipping chokepoint at the mouth of the Gulf, is a conduit for tankers carrying about 30 percent of all seaborne-traded crude oil and other liquids.
"I'm going to be tweeting about this in the days to come, but if any of you work for an airline please direct message me because these families will need vouchers and discounted tickets to be reunited over these thousands of miles," she told a crowd cheering her Saturday in Central Park when she took the stage as part of a star-studded summer festival of conversation, music and food. Clinton also took on this week's burning topic: Republican President Donald Trump's encounter with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, amid special counsel Robert Mueller's warning that Russian intelligence services have active "interference operations" in U.S. politics. "It's really distressing and...
Police chased the vehicle and exchanged gunfire with the man, who crashed into a pole outside the Trader Joe's in the city's Silver Lake section and ran inside. Frightened customers and workers dove for cover as police bullets fired at the suspect shattered the store's glass doors. Heavily armed officers in riot gear stood along the side of the store and used mirrors to look inside as hostage negotiators tried to coax the man into freeing his 40 to 50 hostages and surrendering.
The main reason behind cobalt's current popularity is its use in electric-vehicle (EV) battery technology. Cobalt only naturally occurs in compounds with other metals, namely nickel and copper, and roughly 60% of cobalt on the market comes from the Democratic Republic of Congo. In fact, Applied is calling cobalt the most significant new material to come to semiconductor manufacturing in the past 20 years, since the 1997 introduction of copper interconnects.
The Tampa Bay Times reports that Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri made the announcement Friday about 47-year-old Michael Drejka. Authorities say that Drejka confronted McGlockton's girlfriend about parking in a handicapped space without a permit. Gualtieri said that McGlockton slammed Drejka to the ground, who then pulled out his gun and shot McGlockton in the chest.
A huge wave hit, scattering passengers on the vessel known as a duck boat into Table Rock Lake near Branson, Coleman said, recounting the ordeal from a hospital bed. "I said, 'Jesus please keep me, just keep me so I can get to my children,'" Coleman told television station KOLR.
Scientists have finally decided to open the mysterious, 2,000 year old, massive black sarcophagus discovered in Alexandria, Egypt, which the Internet has been speculating wildly about. It turns out, the sarcophagus held the remains of three skeletons, as well lots of reddish, ancient sewage water. LiveScience reports that scientists are just starting their analysis of the skeletons.
In a telephone conversation with U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, the top Russian diplomat said the charges against Butina were fabricated and called for her prompt release, according to a Foreign Ministry statement. Butina was ordered jailed in the U.S. on July 19 until her trial on charges she conspired to establish a back channel between Russians and American politicians.
The shooting happened around 9 a.m. as Dr. Mark Hausknecht was going northbound through the Texas Medical Center, said Houston Police Executive Assistant Chief Troy Finner. Hausknecht, 65, hit at least once, was taken to a nearby hospital, where he died. Hausknecht was going in to work at Houston Methodist Hospital when he was shot, the hospital's CEO said in an email to staff.
For the second time this summer, a federal judge acknowledged that oil companies are unquestionably responsible for the greenhouse gases amassing in the atmosphere, warming the planet and causing seas to rise. On Thursday, Keenan tossed out New York City's lawsuit against Chevron, ExxonMobil, and other oil giants, explaining that "the immense and complicated problem of global warming" requires a global solution - involving Congress and the president - because courts aren't equipped to solve such a world-encompassing problem. In the short-term, this could appear as two telling victories for oil companies, who have no interest in being liable for past, current, and future damages inflicted...
A fire that claimed the life of one firefighter and injured two others near California's Yosemite national park has almost doubled in size in three days, authorities said Friday. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) said the so-called Ferguson fire had spread to an area of 22,892 acres (92.6 square kilometers), and is so far only 7 percent contained. More than 2,700 people are tackling the blaze, which started a week ago in the Sierra Nevada forest.
The fatal Missouri duck boat incident that left 17 people dead is the latest to fuel questions about whether the popular tourist attractions are safe. Officials said they still don't know whether boat operators had checked storm warnings and whether passengers were wearing life vests when their boat capsized during a heavy storm that hit Branson, Missouri on Thursday. While concerns over the safety of duck boats are not new, the Missouri incident reignited conversations about the dangers posed by the vehicles.
The discovery was recently published in Science Advances, the peer-reviewed journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Based in the discovery, researchers now believe that snakes may have made the move to forested environments from their coastal and underwater habitats earlier than previously thought. Michael Caldwell, a paleontologist and one of the study's co-authors, says that the discovery refines our current understanding of early snakes.
Prince Charles, heir to the throne of Great Britain, has revealed why he kept in touch with a bishop for more than two decades after the clergyman admitted to sexually abusing a young man. The Prince of Wales said he believed former Bishop Peter Ball's explanation that Ball had only been caught in an "indiscretion," according to the prince's statement to a child sex abuse inquiry. Charles continued exchanging letters with Ball until 2015, when he was convicted of sexually abusing 18 young men.
A 3-year-old Houston boy died on Thursday after being left in a daycare van for more than three and a half hours in 113-degree heat, police in Texas said. According to the Harris County Constable's Office, 28 students from the Discovering Me Academy were taken by bus to a park in northwest Houston for a field trip Thursday, then returned to the day care sometime between 2:30 and 3 p.m. The boy's body was discovered still in the van only after his father came to pick him up at 6:30 p.m., investigators said. Constable Alan Rosen called the death "tragic" and implored parents and caregivers to remember to check their vehicles when transporting children, suggesting guardians place their...
Central Iowa was the scene of a "sudden" tornado outbreak on Thursday, resulting in some breathtaking videos and photos capturing the terror of multiple funnels that spun through the state. SEE ALSO: This super clear video of a nearly perfect tornado is stunning The town of Bondurant, just
Leave it to Stephen Colbert to make his best attempt at an intervention speech urging President Trump to let go of his post as the U.S. head of state. The Late Show host, who has been on a roll lately with his political satire, tried out the cinematic version of a staged intervention for his studio audience on Thursday night, presenting a monologue that cut to the heart of his feelings. "Sir, you're here because we love our country very much and you are in it," Colbert joked in the faux intervention statement, addressing Trump.
Fifteen days after Turkey's parliamentary and presidential elections, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an appointed a new government under radically enhanced executive powers granted by the constitution. Most notably, Erdo?an sacrificed the former deputy prime minister and ex-Merrill Lynch chief economist Mehmet ?im?ek in favour of his inexperienced son-in-law Berat Albayrak as finance and treasury minister to manage the fragile economy. Whether he has the competence to placate jittery financial markets and foreign investors is debatable.
For years, government regulators and academic researchers have been at an impasse over the safety of bisphenol A, or BPA, a chemical used to make some plastics. Academic researchers have repeatedly found that BPA and other hormone-disrupting chemicals, which can contaminate foods and drinks, may contribute to problems such as early puberty, obesity, diabetes, developmental delays and even cancer. Now, the first round of results are out from a six-year study meant to clear up confusion over BPA's potential health harms, and they appear at least partially to support academic researchers' long-standing concerns that exposure to even small amounts of the chemical can cause adverse changes...
With confusion still swirling around what the two men discussed behind closed doors in Helsinki earlier this week, Ambassador Anatoly Antonov said it's important to "deal with the results" of their first summit before jumping too fast into a new one.
A court in communist Vietnam on Friday ordered the release and deportation of American student Will Nguyen, who was detained last month during an anti-China protest. Nguyen, a 32 year-old Houston native, was charged with "causing public disorder" at protests on June 10 in Ho Chi Minh City. The charged carried a potential penalty of up to seven years in prison, but the attorney general recommended to judges that Nguyen be deported back to the U.S. since it was the first time he committed a wrongdoing in the country, according to an Amnesty International source present at the hearing.
Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader said five people remain missing and seven others were hospitalized after a Ride the Ducks boat sank on Table Rock Lake in Branson. Two adults were in critical condition and the others were treated for minor injuries, Brandei Clifton said. Rader said the stormy weather was believed to be the cause of the capsizing.
According to a warrant filed in Boatwright's case, the car driven by XXXTentacion, whose real name was Jahseh Onfroy, was blocked by a dark-colored SUV as it was exiting the Riva Motor Sports motorcycle shop. Two masked men got out of the SUV with a gun intending to rob XXXTentacion, who had a Louis Vitton bag containing $50,000 in cash, police said.
Two officials familiar with the plans said Thursday that the U.S., Britain and Canada are spearheading the evacuation that would transport members of the White Helmets group to transit camps in neighboring countries. The officials, and a member of the White Helmets who is due to be evacuated from Quneitra province, said the operation appears to be imminent as the Syrian army continues to gain ground in its latest offensive. The White Helmets, who have enjoyed backing from the U.S. and other Western nations for years, are likely to be targeted by Syrian forces as they retake control of the southwest, according to the officials.
Administration officials said the new rules would advance conservation by simplifying and improving how the landmark Endangered Species Act is used. "These rules will be very protective," said U.S. Interior Department Deputy Secretary David Bernhardt, adding that the changes would reduce the "conflict and uncertainty" associated with many protected species. The proposals drew immediate condemnation from Democrats and some wildlife advocates.
Hardest hit appeared to be Marshalltown , a city of 27,000 people about 50 miles (80 kilometers) northeast of Des Moines, where brick walls collapsed in the streets, roofs were blown off buildings and the cupola of the historic courthousetumbled 175 feet (53 meters) to the ground. UnityPoint Health hospital in Marshalltown was damaged, spokeswoman Amy Varcoe said. The Marshalltown hospital's emergency room remained open to treat patients injured in the storm, Varcoe said.
Speaking Thursday at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein also said the Justice Department will notify the U.S. public when it identifies efforts by foreign government to target U.S. politics. Rosenstein unveiled a report identifying the major cyber threats that the U.S. faces.
Known as "Dr. Bumbum" - Brazilian slang for backside, Furtado was arrested at an office complex in Rio de Janeiro's Barra de Tijuca neighborhood. Police also arrested his mother, Maria de Fatima Barros, who worked with him. Police said Furtado performed the buttock enhancement procedure on bank manager Lilian Calixto at his Rio home Saturday.
A salmonella outbreak connected to raw turkey has affected 90 people in 26 states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday. At least 40 people have been hospitalized due to the Salmonella outbreak, according to the CDC. It is unclear where the Salmonella outbreak is coming from, and the CDC said it is still looking into which supplier or type of raw turkey product is linked to the outbreak.
The US administration of President Donald Trump on Thursday proposed sweeping changes to the 45-year-old Endangered Species Act which would roll back protections for threatened animals, sparking alarm by environmentalists. The 1973 federal law is considered the gold standard for global environmental protection, and is credited with saving dozens of key species from extinction, including bald eagles, manatees, humpback whales and American alligators. One proposed change, announced by the Interior and Commerce Departments, would remove a sentence that aims to separate economic impacts from decisions about animal protection.
The targets, who it didn't identify, were "all people who because of their positions might have been interesting from an espionage standpoint, as well as an election disruption standpoint," Tom Burt, Microsoft's corporate vice president for customer security and trust, said at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado on Thursday. A Facebook Inc. executive on the same panel at the Aspen conference said that in April, the company removed a few hundred pages on the service controlled by the St. Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency, which has been indicted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller for an alleged social media campaign aimed at interfering in the 2016 U.S. election.
Neanderthal man knew how to make a fire by striking stone to create sparks, researchers said Thursday after analysing several tools found at sites in France dating from 50,000 years ago. It was already known that Neanderthals used fire but it was mostly thought to have occurred by natural causes such as lightning or volcanic eruptions, although perhaps they did know techniques for creating a flame. "We present here the first direct artefactual evidence for regular, systematic fire production by Neanderthals," they wrote in the study.
Stunning images of Hawaii's erupting Kilauea volcano have captivated people around the world. The risks posed by the volcano came into sharp focus this week when lava flowing into the ocean triggered an explosion that sent a hot rock the size of a basketball crashing through a tour boat's roof. Diane Ley, Hawaii County's director of research and development, said she's been working on setting up a lava viewing site for nearly two months, consulting with federal scientists and the county's civil defense administrator.
By Ahmed Salem ALEXANDRIA, Egypt (Reuters) - Egyptian archaeologists on Thursday dashed local hopes that a newly discovered ancient sarcophagus might contain the remains of Alexander the Great, finding instead the mummies of what appeared to be a family of three. Workmen inadvertently unearthed the approximately 2,000-year-old black granite sealed sarcophagus this month during the construction of an apartment building in the historic Mediterranean port city of Alexandria. The 30-ton coffin is the largest yet found in Alexandria, prompting a swirl of theories in local and international media that it may be the resting place of the ancient Greek ruler who in 331 BC founded the city that...
With its head and snout covered in bony armor shaped like cones and pyramids, a spiky tank-like dinosaur unearthed in southern Utah was not just another pretty face. Scientists on Thursday announced the discovery of fossils of a dinosaur named Akainacephalus johnsoni that lived 76 million years ago during the Cretaceous Period. It was a member of a dinosaur group called ankylosaurs, among the most heavily armored animals ever on Earth - and for good reason, considering the predators around at the time.
By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With its head and snout covered in bony armor shaped like cones and pyramids, a spiky tank-like dinosaur unearthed in southern Utah was not just another pretty face. Scientists on Thursday announced the discovery of fossils of a dinosaur named Akainacephalus johnsoni that lived 76 million years ago during the Cretaceous Period. It was a member of a dinosaur group called ankylosaurs, among the most heavily armored animals ever on Earth - and for good reason, considering the predators around at the time.
Cleanup from the first continued with no letup Thursday, as Trump belatedly decided Putin's "incredible offer" of shared U.S.-Russia investigations was no good after all. A White House meeting would be a dramatic extension of legitimacy to the Russian leader, who has long been isolated by the West for activities in Ukraine, Syria and beyond and is believed to have interfered in the 2016 presidential election that sent Trump to the presidency. No Russian leader has visited the White House in nearly a decade.
Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer both acknowledged that Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election and denied any collusion from President Donald Trump and his campaign during an appearance on NBC's Today show Thursday. "I think it's very important to be clear that Russia meddled in our election and there's no evidence of collusion," Spicer told anchor Savannah Guthrie. When asked by Guthrie whether Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation is a "witch hunt," as Trump has repeatedly called it, Spicer said he has "seen no evidence that it is," before doubling down on his denial of collusion.
(WASHINGTON) - The White House and the State Department are at odds over Russian President Vladimir Putin's offer to allow the U.S. access to Russians accused of election meddling in return for interviews of Americans accused by the Kremlin of unspecified
Two children were bitten in the leg in the waters off New York's Fire Island on Wednesday in possible shark attacks, prompting beach closings, authorities said. Suffolk County police said they were investigating the separate incidents, which occurred less than 5 miles (8 kilometers) apart at Sailors Haven and Atlantique beaches. A 13-year-old boy was bitten while on a boogie board at Atlantique beach and was treated at a hospital, according to Town of Islip spokeswoman Caroline Smith.
A woman charged with carrying out a years-long conspiracy to work covertly in the United Stated as a Russian agent was ordered to remain jailed by a federal magistrate judge ahead of her trial after prosecutors insisted she was a flight risk in a salacious 29-page court filing. It was the latest twist in the case of Mariia Buttina, a 29-year-old recent graduate of American University, who prosecutors say lived a double life by using sex and a love of guns to infiltrate American political organizations, like the National Rifle Association, in order to advance Moscow's agenda. The court filing, which presented new details on the case that was first made public on Monday, alleged Butina...
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who traveled to Pyongyang this month to press the North Koreans further, said Wednesday the return could begin "in the next couple of weeks." But it could take months or years to positively identify the bones as those of specific American servicemen. Although Trump said eight days later that the repatriation had happened, it had not.