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Trump's decision to allow plastic bottle sales in national parks slammed
Trump's decision to allow plastic bottle sales in national parks slammed

Grand Canyon national park: selling bottled water will be allowed there again. The Trump administration's decision to reverse a ban on the sale of plastic water bottles in some of America's most famous national parks, such as the Grand Canyon shows "the corporate agenda is king and people and the environment are left behind", campaigners have said. The comments come after the administration ended a policy that allowed parks to ban the sale of plastic bottled water in an effort to curb pollution.

People Need to Calm Down About Their Pets and the Solar Eclipse
People Need to Calm Down About Their Pets and the Solar Eclipse

Do your cat and dog need glasses? We asked an expert.

Deadly rocket fire hits near Damascus trade fair
Deadly rocket fire hits near Damascus trade fair

Six people were reported dead on Sunday when a rocket hit near an international trade fair in Syria's capital Damascus being held for the first time in five years. The Damascus International Fair was once the leading event on Syria's economic calendar but had not been held since shortly after the outbreak of the country's war in March 2011.

Fallen forensics: Judges routinely allow disavowed science
Fallen forensics: Judges routinely allow disavowed science

BOSTON (AP) - Two hairs that looked like the victim's; some dirt on a truck like that taken from the crime scene; a pattern on the bumper that resembled a design on the victim's popular brand of jeans. The case against Steven Barnes in the rape and murder of a 16-year-old girl seemed circumstantial, at best.

The most expensive British car in history: 1956 Aston Martin DBR1 sells for record-breaking £17.5m
The most expensive British car in history: 1956 Aston Martin DBR1 sells for record-breaking £17.5m

A classic car raced by Sir Stirling Moss and described as the "most important Aston Martin ever produced" became the most valuable British-made car ever when it sold for $22.5m (£17.5m) at the annual auction at Monterey Car Week on Friday. The 1956 Aston Martin DBR1, is the firm's equivalent to the Ferrari 250 GTO and Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR and just five were built between 1956 and 1958. This one sold is chassis number one - a purpose-built model developed by racing design chief, Ted Cutting. DBR1/1 was designed to win at Le Mans, but while it failed to take the chequered flag in the 24-hour race, a later model did. Credit: South West News Service It is the first of a series...

How Long Will the Total Solar Eclipse Last?
How Long Will the Total Solar Eclipse Last?

Americans in some states will only witness seconds of it

Philippine Church head urges end to drug killings
Philippine Church head urges end to drug killings

The head of the Philippines' powerful Catholic Church called Sunday for an end to the "waste of human lives" following a brutal week in President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war in which a 17-year-old boy was among dozens killed. On Sunday, the highest-ranking Church official in the predominantly Catholic nation expressed concern about the increase in the number of deaths. "We knock on the consciences of those who kill even the helpless, especially those who cover their faces with bonnets, to stop wasting human lives," Manila Cardinal Luis Tagle said in a statement read in Sunday Masses in the capital.

Nigeria
Nigeria's ailing president returns after 3 months away

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari returned to the country Saturday after more than three months in London for medical treatment but the government gave no details on what has been ailing him.

An Oregon Wildfire is Blazing in the Eclipse's Path of Totality
An Oregon Wildfire is Blazing in the Eclipse's Path of Totality

About 600 residents in the area were already evacuated

Solar Eclipse To Cost US Nearly $700M In Lost Productivity
Solar Eclipse To Cost US Nearly $700M In Lost Productivity

Research says the time loss could be a good way to boost company morale.

Moroccan asylum seeker
Moroccan asylum seeker 'targeted women' in Finland terror stabbing

Finnish police said Saturday that a Moroccan asylum seeker deliberately targeted women in a stabbing spree that left two dead and is being investigated as the country's first terror attack. Police shot and wounded the knife-wielding suspect, detaining him minutes after Friday's rampage at a busy market square in Turku, southwestern Finland. Finland raised its emergency readiness after the attack, increasing security at airports and train stations and putting more officers on the streets.

Spain hunts suspect over Barcelona carnage
Spain hunts suspect over Barcelona carnage

Spanish police on Saturday hunted for a Moroccan man suspected to have carried out one of two terror attacks that killed 14 people, injured 120 more and and plunged the country into shock and grief. Interior Minister Juan Ignacio Zoido said the cell behind the carnage in the holiday cities of Barcelona and Cambrils had been "dismantled," although local authorities took a more cautious tone. Police said they had cast a dragnet for 22-year-old Younes Abouyaaqoub.

Trump struggles with presidential duties as uniter-in-chief
Trump struggles with presidential duties as uniter-in-chief

WASHINGTON (AP) - For Susan Bro, mother of the woman killed at a rally organized by white supremacists, the president of the United States can offer no healing words.

Barcelona attack: Terror cell 'completely dismantled' amid search for man suspected of driving van
Barcelona attack: Terror cell 'completely dismantled' amid search for man suspected of driving van

Moussa Oukabir confirmed shot dead in Cambrils ​Cambrils shoot out ' was like a horror movie'  Who are the victims? British boy, seven, among the missing Who are the suspects in the Spanish terror attacks? Everything we know about first attack on Spain in 13 years Spanish officials confirmed on Saturday at midday that the terror cell responsible for the attack in Barcelona and Cambrils was "completely dismantled". It is believed there is still an international manhunt for the man believed to be the driver of the van which rammed into pedestrians. A huge search was underway across Europe last night for at least one jihadist feared to be still at large after plotting the...

The Manual Car Is About More Than Shifting Gears
The Manual Car Is About More Than Shifting Gears

Why you should care about turn signals.

The storm around America's statues isn't about history. It's about whiteness | Eddie S Glaude, Jr
The storm around America's statues isn't about history. It's about whiteness | Eddie S Glaude, Jr

Confederate statues are part of a politics that trades on white fears and cultural wars that scapegoat black and brown people. During his infamous press conference this Tuesday, as he vehemently defended his claim that both sides were to blame for the violence in Charlottesville, Donald Trump declared "many of these people were there to protest the taking down of the statue of Robert E Lee. "Not all of those people were white supremacists," he said.

How Tough Mudder and its 'adult obstacle courses' became a £100m business
How Tough Mudder and its 'adult obstacle courses' became a £100m business

One Sunday morning, Will Dean informed his girlfriend Katie: "I am going to electrocute thousands of people." Unfazed, she continued reading her newspaper. But the Sheffield-born founder of Tough Mudder - the now-globally successful obstacle course series which comes to Gloucestershire's Badminton Estate this weekend - was devilishly serious. "I started calling engineering companies, saying: 'Hello, we're Tough Mudder, we want to shock people with electricity,'" explains Dean, 36, who launched his first "weekend obstacle course for adults" in Allentown, Pennsylvania, in May 2010, after studying a MBA at Harvard Business School. "You'd get a pause and then the line would go dead. People...

Judge refuses to end Roman Polanski sex assault case
Judge refuses to end Roman Polanski sex assault case

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles judge on Friday denied the impassioned plea of Roman Polanski's victim to end a four-decade-old sexual assault case against the fugitive director.

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Trump's evangelical advisers sticking with him amid fallout

NEW YORK (AP) - One of President Donald Trump's most steadfast constituencies has been standing by him amid his defense of a white nationalist rally in Virginia, even as business leaders, artists and Republicans turn away.

Boston free speech rally organisers say they fear far-Right groups could repeat violence of Charlottesville
Boston free speech rally organisers say they fear far-Right groups could repeat violence of Charlottesville

Organisers of a free speech rally in Boston on Saturday are warning far-Right groups to stay away amid growing fears of a repeat of the violent clashes that led to the death of a protester in Virginia last weekend. The national director of the Ku Klux Klan has said members are expected to turn out for the event, due to start on Boston common at midday. And police, already preparing for the presence of thousands of counter-protesters, said they were stepping up their vigilance in the wake of Thursday's terrorist attack in Barcelona. The result is a city preparing for the worst. John Medlar, of Boston Free Speech which is organising the rally, said he was as shocked and horrified as anyone...

Boy With Heart Transplant Collapses and Dies on His First Day of School
Boy With Heart Transplant Collapses and Dies on His First Day of School

13-year-old Peyton West's family thought he would be healthy after he got his transplant in March.

White House lawyer Cobb predicts quick end to Mueller probe
White House lawyer Cobb predicts quick end to Mueller probe

The White House lawyer brought in to deal with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election said he believed the focus of the probe was "narrow" and the aspects related to President Donald Trump should be completed before the end of the year. The lawyer, Ty Cobb, who joined the White House staff on July 31, made the comments in interviews with Reuters on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Uber
Uber's ousted CEO calls investor lawsuit unfounded

Uber's ousted chief executive and company founder Travis Kalanick is asking for the dismissal of an investor lawsuit against him, calling it part of a personal attack aimed at sidelining him. A response Thursday to a lawsuit filed last week by early Uber investor Benchmark Capital said the litigation was part of a "shameful" effort to remove Kalanick from any role at the ridesharing giant. The Benchmark lawsuit filed in a Delaware court accused Kalanick of fraud, breach of contract and of plotting to manipulate the board of directors to allow him to return as CEO following his resignation in June.

Search area expands for Army helicopter missing off Hawaii
Search area expands for Army helicopter missing off Hawaii

HONOLULU (AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard said Thursday it was now searching up to 50 miles (80 kilometers) off Hawaii for five soldiers missing after their Black Hawk helicopter crashed during nighttime training.

Wisconsin Assembly passes $3 billion for Foxconn
Wisconsin Assembly passes $3 billion for Foxconn

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The Wisconsin Assembly approved a $3 billion tax break Thursday with bipartisan support for Taiwan-based Foxconn Technology Group to build a massive display panel factory in the state, a project President Donald Trump touted as a transformational win for the U.S. economy.

Far-Right Views Have Consequences On Campus
Far-Right Views Have Consequences On Campus

A student of Mexican heritage can't find an audience for his views at Boston Universtiy.

U.S., Japan step up defense cooperation to counter North Korea
U.S., Japan step up defense cooperation to counter North Korea

By Yeganeh Torbati WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and Japan will step up their defense cooperation to deal with the threat from nuclear-armed North Korea as tensions in East Asia remain high, officials from the two allies said on Thursday. "For this threat of North Korea, at this meeting we agreed to increase the pressure and to strengthen the alliance capability," Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said after talks with senior U.S. officials in Washington. U.S. fears about North Korea's missile and nuclear bomb programs have grown in recent weeks.

Republican senator says Trump yet to demonstrate needed stability
Republican senator says Trump yet to demonstrate needed stability

Senator Bob Corker, unleashing one of the most pointed attacks from a Republican official on President Donald Trump, said on Thursday the president had not yet shown the "stability and competence" the United States needs, nor an understanding of the nation's character. "The president has not yet been able to demonstrate the stability, nor some of the competence, that he needs to demonstrate in order to be successful," Corker, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations, told reporters after an event in Tennessee.

BMW Concept Z4: Presaging the Next Bimmer Roadster (and the New Toyota Supra)
BMW Concept Z4: Presaging the Next Bimmer Roadster (and the New Toyota Supra)

BMW's reborn sports car takes shape.

U.S. House Democratic leader Pelosi calls for Confederate statue removal
U.S. House Democratic leader Pelosi calls for Confederate statue removal

U.S. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday joined calls for the immediate removal of Confederate statues from the U.S. Capitol, shortly after President Donald Trump expressed regret over statues and monuments being removed in some cities. "There is no room for celebrating the violent bigotry of the men of the Confederacy in the hallowed halls of the United States Capitol or in places of honor across the country," Pelosi said in a statement. A spokesman for Republican U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan said it was up to U.S. states to determine which statues were displayed on their behalf in the Capitol building.

Why a few drops of water make whisky taste better
Why a few drops of water make whisky taste better

Ignore the snobs, because most experts agree: a few drops of water enhance the taste of whiskies, from well-rounded blends to peat bombs redolent of smoke, tobacco and leather. The smoky flavour typical of whiskies made on the Scottish island of Islay, for example, can be traced to a group of flavour-packed molecules known as phenols, and to one in particular called guaiacol. Laboratory simulations revealed that adding a splash of H2O makes guaiacol rise to "the air-liquid interface," Bjorn Karlsson and Ran Friedman of Linnaeus University in Kalmar, Sweden reported in the journal Scientific Reports.

Mexico
Mexico's prickly pear cactus: energy source of the future?

The prickly pear cactus is such a powerful symbol in Mexico that they put it smack in the middle of the national flag. Now scientists have come up with a new use for the bright green plant: producing renewable energy. Instantly recognizable with its jumble of spiny discs -- its bright red fruit protruding like fat fingers from each one -- the prickly pear cactus is farmed on a massive scale in Mexico.

Steve Bannon Gives Bizarre Interview Amid Departure Rumors
Steve Bannon Gives Bizarre Interview Amid Departure Rumors

White House chief strategist Steve Bannon gave a strange interview with a progressive publication amid rumors that he's on the outs with President Donald Trump.

Republicans on Charlottesville: who's with Trump and who's against him?
Republicans on Charlottesville: who's with Trump and who's against him?

The Republican party was left reeling after the president defended those who took part in a white supremacist rally. Donald Trump has faced fierce criticism for appearing to draw a moral equivalence between neo-Nazis and those were protested against them. The Republican party is reeling after Donald Trump defended people who took part in a far-right rally with white supremacists and neo-Nazis.

PayPal Shuts Down Access For Richard Spencer, Other Right-Wing Extremists
PayPal Shuts Down Access For Richard Spencer, Other Right-Wing Extremists

PayPal says it will cut off its services to hate groups and other users collecting donations to promote violence and racial intolerance in the wake of Saturday's deadly clashes at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Teacher Accused Of Punching Neo-Nazi Says Standing Up To Fascism Isn't A Crime
Teacher Accused Of Punching Neo-Nazi Says Standing Up To Fascism Isn't A Crime

A middle school teacher in Berkeley, California, accused of punching a neo-Nazi during a 2016 protest is arguing that standing up to fascism is not a crime.

Scholars say Trump went afoul in lumping Lee with founders
Scholars say Trump went afoul in lumping Lee with founders

Both were great generals. Both Virginians. Both came from slave-owning plantation families.

Families wait in rain to ID lost loved ones in Sierra Leone
Families wait in rain to ID lost loved ones in Sierra Leone

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) - Hawa Stevens spoke through tears of the 28 family members she lost after surging mudslides and floodwaters swept through Sierra Leone's capital, killing hundreds and leaving hundreds more missing.

The price of eclipse glasses have more than tripled on Amazon over the last 2 weeks
The price of eclipse glasses have more than tripled on Amazon over the last 2 weeks

If you're trying to be frugal and find a cheap deal on a pair of glasses for the solar eclipse, good luck. The price of the protective glasses continues to soar, even among concerns over sales of potentially useless glasses.  On Amazon, which seems to be the marketplace of choice for eclipse shoppers, prices for glasses have more than tripled over the last two weeks for the website's most popular protective glasses, according to Wikibuy.  Wikibuy, which tracks prices through its Google Chrome extension and through a real time price tracker on its website, shared data with Mashable on the pricing of the 4-Pack Premium ISO and CE Certified Lunt Solar Kid Size Eclipse Viewing...

Impeach Trump Trends on Twitter After Nazi Comments
Impeach Trump Trends on Twitter After Nazi Comments

The hashtag began trending after Trump said those who opposed Nazis in Charlottesville were the same as white supremacists.

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Donald 'I'm smart for not paying taxes' Trump accuses Amazon of skirting taxes

Amazon is the largest web-based retailer on the planet, raking in billions of dollars every year and employing over 340,000 workers. When you're that big - and the president of the United States likes to go on early-morning Twitter rants before his handlers can distract him - there's a good chance you're going to be mentioned once or twice. That's what happened this morning, as Donald Trump slammed Amazon for what he perceives as damage to the US job market.  "Amazon is doing great damage to tax paying retailers," Trump alleged. "Towns, cities, and states throughout the U.S. are being hurt - many jobs being lost!" Donald Trump - yes, the same Donald Trump who...

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Here's Where You Can See Every Total Solar Eclipse for the Next 50 Years

Check out where and when the next total solar eclipses will take place

Philippines
Philippines' Duterte praises police killings of 32, urges more

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday urged police to kill dozens of drug suspects every day, as he praised officers who shot dead 32 people this week in "shock and awe" raids. Duterte's incendiary comments came as he acknowledged major problems in his drug war, which has claimed thousands of lives, admitting he could not win it as quickly as promised and lamenting a corrupt police force. In one of the deadliest operations of the war, police reported killing 32 people in raids on Monday on suspected drug traffickers in Bulacan province, which neighbours the capital of Manila.

Philippines Sees the Bloodiest Night of Duterte's Drug War With 32 Killed in Raids
Philippines Sees the Bloodiest Night of Duterte's Drug War With 32 Killed in Raids

32 people were killed in a series of drug raids

Israel builds underground wall after Gaza tunnel trauma
Israel builds underground wall after Gaza tunnel trauma

KIBBUTZ NIRIM, Israel (AP) - Israel is pressing ahead with construction of an underground barrier along the border with the Gaza Strip in an ambitious project meant to halt the threat of attack tunnels built by the Hamas militant group.

18 Excellent Gifts For Bicycle Enthusiasts
18 Excellent Gifts For Bicycle Enthusiasts

Man beaten at protest says police were indifferent to attack
Man beaten at protest says police were indifferent to attack

McLEAN, Va. (AP) - A Virginia man says police failed to come to his aid as he was beaten by white supremacists during Saturday's violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, that led to three deaths.

This One-of-10 Callaway Speedster Is for Sale
This One-of-10 Callaway Speedster Is for Sale

With the bodykit from the 254-mph Sledgehammer and that turqoise interior, we're not sure this car could get any more '80s.

Why North Korea Walked Back Its Threat on Guam

North Korea's apparent walk back of its threat to fire missiles near the U.S. territory of Guam could mean military tensions with the United States have been diminished-or at least postponed.

Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe's first lady accused of assault in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG (AP) - The wife of Zimbabwe's president has been accused of assaulting a young woman at an upscale hotel in South Africa, though she did not show up for court Tuesday as police had indicated.

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