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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.

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.

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.

Donald
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.

North Korea
North Korea's Kim holds off on Guam missile plan; Seoul says will prevent war

By Christine Kim and Idrees Ali SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea's leader has delayed a decision on firing missiles towards Guam while he waits to see what the United States does next, the North's state media said on Tuesday, as South Korea's president said Seoul would seek to prevent war by all means. Signs of an easing in tension on the Korean peninsula helped stock markets rally for a second day running even as the United States and South Korea prepared for more joint military drills and experts warned North Korea could still go ahead with its provocative plan.

Who is George Papadopoulos, the Trump Campaign Adviser?
Who is George Papadopoulos, the Trump Campaign Adviser?

George Papadopoulos, a young foreign policy adviser to Trump's campaign, suggested the candidate meet with Russian leaders, The Washington Post reported on Monday evening. 

Wedding Crashers Who Left Polaroid Photo and Note Reveal They Were on Their First Date
Wedding Crashers Who Left Polaroid Photo and Note Reveal They Were on Their First Date

"I didn't think he was going to go through with it," college student Carly Wolfson said about her date, Ritchie Barry.

How Trump Galvanized Hate That Led to Charlottesville
How Trump Galvanized Hate That Led to Charlottesville

The culture of white supremacy in the U.S. has a long history.

American solar eclipse 2017: What is an eclipse, how can you watch it and what will the weather be?
American solar eclipse 2017: What is an eclipse, how can you watch it and what will the weather be?

On Monday, August 21 the sun, moon and Earth will line up in an act of cosmic serendipity that will turn day into night across the 2,680-mile width of the United States. It will be the first time that has happened in nearly a century, and never will a total solar eclipse be so heavily viewed and studied. From Oregon in the west, to South Carolina in the east, there will be festivals and flamboyant eclipse viewing parties. And of course, traffic gridlock, an social media explosion, and general chaos As one astronomer put it: "This will be the most photographed, most shared, most tweeted event in human history." How unusual an event is this? Full solar eclipses, when the moon...

Toyota
Toyota's latest transmission patent is similar to '60s Saab technology

The manual transmission faces an uncertain future. Increasing emissions standards, future safety technology, and dwindling take rates could spell its demise. Roadshow discovered the Toyota patent for a "Controller for vehicle and control method for vehicle." Translation: the technology allows for the engine to return to idle while coasting in a car equipped with a manual transmission.

Trump team asks Justices to scuttle immigration cases
Trump team asks Justices to scuttle immigration cases

The Trump Administration, insisting that the presidential order limiting entry to the U.S. of foreign nationals from Mideast nations "is not a so-called 'Muslim ban,'" has urged the Supreme Court to throw out without a decision two major cases pursued by challengers to the restrictions.

Car rams into crowd as US far-right rally erupts in violence
Car rams into crowd as US far-right rally erupts in violence

Charlottesville (United States) (AFP) - A picturesque Virginia city erupted in violence Saturday as white nationalist demonstrators and counter-protesters clashed, with a car plowing into a group of people and President Donald Trump urging Americans to "condemn all that hate stands for."

Kindhearted Firefighter Adopts Dog He Helped Save From Fire: 'It's Great For Titus'
Kindhearted Firefighter Adopts Dog He Helped Save From Fire: 'It's Great For Titus'

The puppy is recovering well.

Charlottesville: one dead after car rams counter-protesters at far-right gathering
Charlottesville: one dead after car rams counter-protesters at far-right gathering

Rescue workers assist people who were injured when a car drove through a group people at the rally. A car ran into a group of people in Charlottesville, Virginia, where there have been violent clashes between far-right nationalists and counter-protesters. The mayor of Charlottesville, Mike Signer, said on Twitter that there had been a fatality, and urged people to go home.

Trump
Trump's Venezuela comments pose challenges for Pence

WASHINGTON (AP) - It's a role Mike Pence has come to know well.

What Does A Solar Eclipse Look Like?
What Does A Solar Eclipse Look Like?

Here's what you can expect to see during the 2017 total solar eclipse.

White supremacists carry torches and chant Nazi slogans at rally in Virginia
White supremacists carry torches and chant Nazi slogans at rally in Virginia

Hundreds of white supremacists carrying burning torches and chanting Nazi-era slogans rallied in Virginia on Friday night before violently clashing with counter-protesters.  The brawl at the University of Virginia came ahead of a much larger rally planned for Saturday, when thousands are expected for what monitors described as the "largest hate-gathering of its kind in decades in the US".  The "alt-Right" demonstrators gathered late on Friday and chanted "blood and soil" and "one people, one nation, end immigration" as they carried burning torches through the university campus. #Charlottesville 9:56pm �� CHANTS: "One people, one nation, end immigration" & "blood...

Kenyan girl shot dead as post-election anger boils
Kenyan girl shot dead as post-election anger boils

By Humphrey Malalo NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya's main monitoring group backed the official result of this week's ballot on Saturday as opposition anger at the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta erupted in the western city of Kisumu and slums ringing the capital, leading to two deaths. In Nairobi, a young girl was shot dead by police firing "sporadic shots" at protesters in Mathare, a witness said. The run-down neighbourhood is loyal to opposition leader Raila Odinga, whose party has rejected the results of Tuesday's vote as a "charade".

What North Korea's Nukes Can And Can't Do (Yet)
What North Korea's Nukes Can And Can't Do (Yet)

Here is what we know and what we don't about the power of North Korea's warheads, the range of their missiles and their ability to traverse space.

Japan deploys missile defence over N. Korea threat to Guam
Japan deploys missile defence over N. Korea threat to Guam

Japan deployed its Patriot missile defence system on Saturday after North Korea threatened to fire ballistic missiles over the country towards the US Pacific territory of Guam, local officials and reports said. Regional tensions are mounting as Washington and Pyongyang ratchet up their war of words, with President Donald Trump warning Pyongyang would "truly regret" any hostile action against the US. Japan has in the past vowed to shoot down North Korean missiles or rockets that threaten to hit its territory.

The big loser during the eclipse? Solar power.
The big loser during the eclipse? Solar power.

When the total solar eclipse hits on Aug. 21, it's going to be quite the party. The problem? Solar panels need the sun to generate electricity.  With the sun dimmed, solar energy sources will be affected. More than 100 million solar panels are expected to be affected, which will drop output by 20 percent - or the equivalent of all the energy the city of San Francisco uses in a week.  SEE ALSO: 20 questions you're too embarrassed to ask about the solar eclipse Previous eclipses like the one that blotted out Europe in 2015 can give us a heads up on how much solar power will plummet. In Germany, which leads the world in solar power usage, output dropped from 14 gigawatts (GW) to 7...

As Trump vacations in NJ, West Wing turned upside down
As Trump vacations in NJ, West Wing turned upside down

The West Wing is where it all happens at the White House -- historic decisions, power struggles, meetings with foreign leaders. The West Wing, which was made even more famous by the award-winning television series of the same name, is home to the Oval Office and the Situation Room, where the president and his top aides meet in a crisis. It also houses the offices of the president's closest advisors, the White House press corps and the briefing room.

13 Blueberry Cakes To Eat All Day Long
13 Blueberry Cakes To Eat All Day Long

Man who killed girlfriend's daughter gets up to 40 years

EASTON, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania man was sentenced Friday to up to 40 years in prison for his role in the death of his girlfriend's 17-month-old daughter, and the judge told him he wished he could give more time in prison.

The Latest: Migrant sea arrivals up sharply in Spain in 2017
The Latest: Migrant sea arrivals up sharply in Spain in 2017

BERLIN (AP) - The Latest on Europe's response to the large number of refugees and migrants trying to reach the continent (all times local):

More Syrians returning home, still outnumbered by fresh displacements: U.N.

More than 600,000 Syrians returned to their homes in the first seven months of this year, nearly as many as in all of 2016, but they are still outnumbered by those freshly displaced, the U.N. migration agency said on Friday. "The returns are not confirmed as voluntary, safe or sustainable," IOM spokeswoman Olivia Headon told a briefing. Most of the 602,759 Syrians who returned to their homes between January and July had been uprooted within their war-torn homeland, with the other 16 percent returning from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq, Headon said.

Man gets life for killing 2 who stopped to help him on road
Man gets life for killing 2 who stopped to help him on road

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A judge sentenced a 20-year-old man to life in prison Thursday for killing a couple who stopped to help him alongside a road on Montana's Crow Indian Reservation.

Wedding Crasher Couple Blends In at Nuptials Before Leaving Note and 'Buck for Luck'
Wedding Crasher Couple Blends In at Nuptials Before Leaving Note and 'Buck for Luck'

The bride and groom didn't even know their reception had been crashed until the next day, when they opened a note from the crashers.

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