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Highlights of the 2019 SEMA Show in Las Vegas
Highlights of the 2019 SEMA Show in Las Vegas

One person found dead and 100 homes destroyed in Australian bushfires
One person found dead and 100 homes destroyed in Australian bushfires

One person has been found dead and at least 100 homes have been destroyed as bushfires rage across eastern Australia, authorities said on Saturday. The New South Wales Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) said early on Saturday that firefighters had discovered the remains of a person in a vehicle and two other people remained unaccounted for. NSW RFS commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) that more dangerous fire conditions could be expected on Saturday.

Wisconsin Guard whistleblower says he's being discharged

A Wisconsin National Guard sergeant said Friday that his superiors have decided to discharge him from the service and deny him retirement benefits in retaliation for complaining about sexual misconduct in his unit. Wisconsin Air National Guard Master Sgt. Jay Ellis' complaints about sexual assault and sexual harassment within the 115th Fighter Wing last year sparked two federal investigations. "I just think it's funny how there is so much in the national news right now about whistleblowers, but no one seems to give two (expletives) about my situation," Ellis said in an email to The Associated Press.

A white restaurant manager was sentenced to 10 years for enslaving and beating a black man

A white restaurant manager in South Carolina was sentenced to 10 years in prison for enslaving and torturing an African American cook

People puzzled by peculiar texts, and no one can say why
People puzzled by peculiar texts, and no one can say why

If you woke up Thursday to a weird text that seemed totally out of place, you aren't alone. Stephanie Bovee, a 28-year-old from Portland, woke up at 5 a.m. to a text from her sister that said just "omg." She immediately thought something had happened to her newborn nephew at the hospital. It was three hours before she learned that everything was fine and the text was an odd anomaly.

AT&T to pay $60 million in settlement for slowing cellphone data on unlimited plans
AT&T to pay $60 million in settlement for slowing cellphone data on unlimited plans

AT&T will pay $60 million to resolve U.S. allegations it misled millions of smartphone customers by charging them for "unlimited" data plans that reduced data speeds if they used too much, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) said on Tuesday. As part of the settlement of the 2014 complaint, AT&T is also prohibited from making any representation about the speed or amount of its mobile data without also disclosing any material restrictions on the data. AT&T issued a brief statement acknowledging that it had reached a settlement with the FTC.

Democrats claim victory over Trump-backed Kentucky governor, seize Virginia legislature
Democrats claim victory over Trump-backed Kentucky governor, seize Virginia legislature

The outcomes of Tuesday's elections in four states, including Mississippi and New Jersey, could offer clues to how next year's presidential election could unfold, when Trump will aim for a second four-year term. In Kentucky, Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear, whose father, Steve, was the state's last Democratic governor, scored a narrow victory over Governor Matt Bevin despite an election-eve rally headlined by Trump.

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Let's Call 'Religious Freedom' by Its Real Name: Poisonous, Anti-LGBTQ Bigotry

Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg via GettyReligious zealots don't think LGBTQ people should be able to get married. They don't think they should be able to have, adopt, or foster children. And they really don't like the presence of laws enshrining the equality of LGBTQ people, or laws that afford them equal treatment when it comes to leading their lives as fellow American citizens, like becoming foster and adoptive parents.Hence, on Friday, the explosion of another homophobic stun grenade by the anti-LGBTQ Trump administration.LGBT Alarm as President Trump Signs 'Religious Liberty' Executive OrderThe Department of Health and Human Services announced that it was introducing new federal rules that...

Trump looking to sell lease rights to Washington hotel: WSJ
Trump looking to sell lease rights to Washington hotel: WSJ

The Trump Organization is considering selling the lease rights to the luxury hotel it operates in Washington, The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. Eric Trump, executive vice president of the Trump Organization and one of President Donald Trump's sons, told the newspaper the company has hired real-estate firm JLL to market the Trump International Hotel. The newspaper said one of the reasons the company is considering the sale is criticism that the Trump Organization is violating ethics laws by profiting from the hotel.

Connecticut College Students Charged With Violating State Law Prohibiting
Connecticut College Students Charged With Violating State Law Prohibiting 'Ridicule' after Using Racial Slur

University of Connecticut students Jarred Karal and Ryan Mucaj were arrested by campus police Monday night and charged with violating a Connecticut hate crime statute for using a racial slur in an incident captured on video.One night earlier this month, Karal and Mucaj - both described by police as white - walked with another individual through the parking lot of a student apartment complex playing "a game in which they yelled vulgar words," according to the incident report. Police allege that the two switched to saying "n*****" when they reached the parking lot, which was loud enough for two people inside to hear.The two were charged under a Connecticut State law that criminalizes...

Chris the sheep, famous for breaking world record for heaviest wool, has died

Chris the sheep, who was rescued in 2015, set the record for the world's heaviest fleece sheared from a sheep, carrying 90 pounds of wool at the time.

Croatia Gets Green Light to Join EU
Croatia Gets Green Light to Join EU's Visa-Free Schengen Zone

(Bloomberg) -- Six years after Croatia joined the European Union, the Balkan nation is getting a green light from the European Commission to join the bloc's passport-free Schengen area.Croatia has continued to fulfill all of Schengen criteria, the Commission said in a statement in Brussels on Tuesday. The European Council would still need to sign off on Croatia's accession. It's the latest country to join the EU."I commend Croatia for its efforts and perseverance to meet all the necessary conditions to join Schengen," President Jean-Claude Juncker said in a statement. "This is why I trust the member states will take the right steps for Croatia to become a full Schengen member soon."Fellow...

Man in MAGA hat arrested after allegedly attacking protesters with bear repellent at anti-Donald Trump rally
Man in MAGA hat arrested after allegedly attacking protesters with bear repellent at anti-Donald Trump rally

A video posted online shows a man wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat circling the crowd and then unleashing a torrent of spray from a canister.

Steeda-Tuned 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt Packs 775 HP
Steeda-Tuned 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt Packs 775 HP

The $97,000 price tag might be a steal for this car!Shortly after Ford launched the 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt, Steeda announced plans for a tuned version of this car to pay homage to Steve McQueen: the limited-production Steve McQueen Edition. Steeda only built 300 of these tuned Mustangs for the 2019 model year, and this particular 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt Steve McQueen Edition, no. 31 of 300, is up for sale through Imperial Motorcars listed for $97,000. Included in that price is the base price of the 2019 Mustang Bullitt that starts at $46,595, and that doesn't event factor in any options. This car is at least equipped with the available Recaro racing bucket seats, but this was...

Howling winds to threaten travel disruptions over north-central US
Howling winds to threaten travel disruptions over north-central US

A strengthening storm responsible for severe weather and tornadoes in the South will produce an expanding area of strong winds from the northern and central Plains to the Midwest into Tuesday night. This image, taken on Monday morning, Oct. 21, 2019, over the north-central United States shows a classic comma shape in the cloud cover indicative of a powerful storm. (NOAA/GOES-East) The large storm - more typical of November - is unleashing drenching rain, thunderstorms, snow and cold air, and it will produce a high wind zone reaching 900 miles over the north-central United States.Stiff east to southeasterly breezes were already present over the central and western Great Lakes region...

Putin steps up drive for clout in Africa with broadside against West
Putin steps up drive for clout in Africa with broadside against West

President Vladimir Putin stepped up Russia's push for influence in Africa days before he hosts a summit with African leaders, saying on Monday that Moscow could offer help without strings attached unlike what he cast as the exploitative West. The Kremlin has said it expects 47 African leaders to converge on the Black Sea city of Sochi for the Oct. 23-24 event, Moscow's first Russia-Africa summit and part of an ambitious push for influence and business in Africa. For Moscow, the prize is greater political influence on a continent with 54 United Nations member states, sprawling mineral wealth, and potentially lucrative markets for Russian-manufactured weapons.

Joe Biden reportedly had a 'contentious' confrontation with Univision's Jorge Ramos after the last debate

Former Vice President Joe Biden apparently took the last debate beyond the stage -- and beyond his fellow candidates.During September's Democratic primary debate, Univision's Jorge Ramos went after Biden for the Obama agenda he's constantly praising, specifically its deportation of 3 million migrants. Biden was visibly unhappy with the question, and apparently confronted Ramos about it after the debate in a "contentious" discussion, Yahoo News reports.Biden has unapologetically campaigned by promising he'd effectively provide a third term for former President Barack Obama. But that's come back to bite him in Democratic debates as first former Housing Urban and Development...

Rudy Giuliani and John Bolton are feuding with metaphorical explosives

Rudy Giuliani is hitting back at former National Security Adviser John Bolton with his own explosive comparison.Fiona Hill, President Trump's former top Russia adviser, testified Monday that Bolton expressed concern about Giuliani's effort to get Ukraine to investigate Democrats by comparing him to a "hand grenade who's going to blow everybody up," The New York Times reports.An angry Giuliani fired back Tuesday with a real "I know you are, but what am I" type of response, comparing Bolton himself to an explosive."I'm very disappointed that his bitterness drives him to attack a friend falsely," Giuliani said of Bolton, NBC News reports. "It's really...

Turkey may be
Turkey may be 'responsible' for executions of Kurds in Syria: UN

The UN warned Tuesday that reported summary executions of civilians in northeastern Syria carried out by pro-Turkish fighters could amount to a "war crime" and that Ankara could be "deemed responsible". The Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces said over the weekend that at least nine civilians were "executed" as part of Turkey's incursion into northeastern Syria, which began nearly a week ago. Among them was 35-year-old Hevrin Khalaf, the secretary-general of the Future Syria Party, who according to the forces was taken out of her car and killed by Turkish-allied Syrian fighters.

Trump claims a victory in China trade war, but US farmers want details
Trump claims a victory in China trade war, but US farmers want details

Saying China has promised to buy up to $50 billion in US agricultural products, President Donald Trump is encouraging American farmers to prepare for a major influx of business. "Over what timeframe will the $50 billion of agricultural purchases -- an amount that is double our peak annual farm exports to China -- take place?" he asked in a statement on Friday.

Deutsche Bank reportedly hired unqualified relatives of Beijing's political elite in a bid to win over China

Deutsche Bank has been under a lot of scrutiny recently, mostly due to its role as the primary lender to President Trump. But it turns out the bank also has a questionable history in China, The New York Times, along with German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung, reports.Beginning nearly two decades ago, Deutsche Bank, while seeking to make inroads in China, conducted a campaign that involved enriching Beijing's elite in exchange for contracts. This included some lavish gifts for the country's former president and premier and millions of dollars paid to Chinese consultants. It also meant that the bank reportedly hired more than 100 relatives of the country's political elite, even if they were...

Iran alleges foreign government behind
Iran alleges foreign government behind 'treacherous' ship attack

Iran said Monday a foreign government was behind what it alleges was a "treacherous" attack on a tanker off Saudi Arabia last week, as it released pictures of its damaged hull. Tehran says the Iranian-flagged Sabiti oil tanker was hit by two separate explosions off the Red Sea port of Jeddah on Friday. It is the first Iranian ship to have been targeted since a spate of attacks on vessels in the Gulf that Washington blamed on Tehran.

2 teens killed, 1 injured in fiery New York car crash
2 teens killed, 1 injured in fiery New York car crash

A car crash in Pearl River, New York, sent a vehicle over an overpass onto train tracks, where it burst into flames.

US trio win Nobel Economics Prize for work on poverty
US trio win Nobel Economics Prize for work on poverty

A trio of Americans on Monday won the Nobel Economics Prize for their work in the fight against poverty, including Esther Duflo, the youngest-ever economics laureate and only the second woman to win the prize. Duflo -- a 46-year-old French-American professor who has served as an advisor to ex-US president Barack Obama -- shared the Nobel with her husband, Indian-born Abhijit Banerjee of the US, and American Michael Kremer "for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty," the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said. "This year's laureates have introduced a new approach to obtaining reliable answers about the best ways to fight global poverty," the jury said.

Harry Dunn
Harry Dunn's parents give tearful account of finding dying son to US TV

Parents of teenager killed in road accident say they will only meet US diplomat's wife if she commits to UK returnHarry Dunn's parents Charlotte Charles, left, and Tim Dunn, right, with their spokesman Radd Seiger, who has urged Anne Sacoolas to present herself to UK police. Photograph: Peter Summers/Getty ImagesThe parents of Harry Dunn have given their first US TV interview, recounting the death of their son in a road accident as part of a campaign to pressure a US diplomat's wife involved in the collision to return to the UK and face police questioning.Anne Sacoolas, 42, left the UK shortly after the collision between Dunn's motorbike and a car outside RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire...

French Fry Clash Heads to WTO as EU Gets Salty With Bogota

(Bloomberg) -- Terms of Trade is a daily newsletter that untangles a world embroiled in trade wars. Sign up here. The European Union will launch a dispute at the World Trade Organization against Colombia in response to the tariffs the South American country imposed on imports of frozen French fries from Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany.EU trade chief Cecilia Malmstrom on Monday said the duties were "completely unjustified and they are harming European companies."The latest action adds a new, if much smaller dispute, to the list of trade conflicts being dealt with in the EU, including a spat with the U.S. over aircraft subsidies that could lead to levies being imposed on $7.5 billion...

Police are
Police are 'deadnaming' transgender murder victims - here's what that means, and why it makes tracking crimes so much more difficult

Deadnaming victims - or referring to a victim by their birth name rather than their chosen name - makes it difficult to know the actual number of transgender murder victims.

Libyan conflict leaves rubbish mounds smoldering in Tripoli
Libyan conflict leaves rubbish mounds smoldering in Tripoli's streets

Mabrouk Ahmed says he has to keep watch into the night to stop people dumping their rubbish on the wide street that runs in front of his home in the south of Libya's capital, Tripoli. The build-up of rubbish, which residents say reached unprecedented levels in recent weeks before easing slightly, reflects the steady decline of public services in a city cut off from its hinterland - and largest landfill site - by a six-month-old military offensive. Since eastern-based forces led by Khalifa Haftar launched a campaign to capture Tripoli in early April, it has become impossible to access the city's main landfill site in Sidi al-Sayih, about 50 kms (31 miles) south of the center.


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