• How Trump could lose the popular vote again – and hold the White House
    Politics
    The Guardian

    How Trump could lose the popular vote again – and hold the White House

    In Washington this week, Hillary Clinton summed up her bid for the White House in 2016. You can win the popular vote. Clinton beat Donald Trump in the popular vote by nearly 3 million ballots yet lost the electoral college – the body of people who represent states and actually get to choose the president – by 304 votes to 227.

  • History buff finds ships that sank in 1878 in Lake Michigan
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    Associated Press

    History buff finds ships that sank in 1878 in Lake Michigan

    A diver and maritime history buff has found two schooners that collided and sank into the cold depths of northern Lake Michigan more than 140 years ago. Bernie Hellstrom, of Boyne City, Michigan, said he was looking for shipwrecks about 10 years ago when a depth sounder on his boat noted a large obstruction about 200 feet (60 meters) down on the lake bottom near Beaver Island. "I've made hundreds of trips to Beaver Island and every trip I go out the sounder is on," he told The Associated Press on Friday.

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    The Independent

    Mike Pence takes eight-vehicle motorcade across island where cars have been banned for a century

    For more than a century, motorised vehicles have been banned from Mackinac Island in Michigan - giving the former Revolutionary War battle site a unique charm and turning it into a tourist haven. The ban is so strictly enforced that when President Gerald Ford visited in 1975, he and first lady Betty Ford travelled by horse-drawn carriage. Mr Pence was on the island to speak at the Michigan Republican Party's leadership conference, the first ever sitting vice president to address it in its 60-year history.

  • The Amex Business Platinum perks are so good it makes me want to start my own company
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    BGR News

    The Amex Business Platinum perks are so good it makes me want to start my own company

    BGR has partnered with The Points Guy for our coverage of credit card products. How are these brand new Hilton Amex offers even profitable for the companies at this point? One of our favorite rewards credit cards for ordinary consumers is The Platinum Card® from American Express, which combines a big up-front welcome offer of 60,000 points (after using the card to spend $5,000 in your first three months) with a ton of luxe perks.

  • Israel Could Not Survive Hamas' Missiles Without The Iron Dome
    World
    The National Interest

    Israel Could Not Survive Hamas' Missiles Without The Iron Dome

    Key point: Israeli missile defense technology is cutting edge. On July 15th, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) announced it was deploying more Iron Dome missile defense systems near Tel Aviv and other parts of southern Israel. The Iron Dome is Israel's most effective defense system against short-range projectiles.

  • Surprising Facts You Didn't Know About Rhinos
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    Popular Mechanics

    Surprising Facts You Didn't Know About Rhinos

    Do you know how much dung one rhino produces a day? From Popular Mechanics

  • DHS contradicts Candace Owens on same day she testifies before Congress about white nationalism
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    USA TODAY

    DHS contradicts Candace Owens on same day she testifies before Congress about white nationalism

    On the same day that the Department of Homeland Security added violent white supremacist extremism to its list of terror threats for the first time since the agency's creation after the 9/11 attacks, a controversial African American conservative commentator told Congress that “white nationalism is not a problem that is harming” communities of color in America. Candace Owens, who has previously dismissed white nationalism and has said Hitler was “OK” until he “had dreams outside of Germany”, downplayed the threat of white supremacy at Friday's hearing during her testimony before the House Oversight Joint Subcommittee Owens told lawmakers that "based on the hierarchy of what's impacting minori...

  • Rohingya 'bandit' couple killed in Bangladesh gunfight
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    AFP

    Rohingya 'bandit' couple killed in Bangladesh gunfight

    A Rohingya couple was shot dead during a gunfight in a border town camp hours after they were detained by Bangladesh police, officials said Sunday, the latest killings amid growing tensions between the refugees and authorities. Police in Teknaf town said the refugee couple -- Dil Mohammad, 32, and his 26-year-old wife Jaheda Begum -- were members of a Rohingya "bandit group". Authorities claim the gang killed a local ruling party official, Omar Faruk, in a refugee settlement in southeastern Bangladesh last month.

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    Reuters

    Iran says it will pursue aggressor even after limited attack - TV

    Iran will pursue any aggressor, even it carries out a limited attack, and seek to destroy it, the head of the elite Revolutionary Guards said on Saturday, after attacks on Saudi oil sites which Riyadh and U.S officials blamed on Tehran. "Be careful, a limited aggression will not remain limited. We are after punishment and we will continue until the full destruction of any aggressor," he head of the Guards, Major General Hossein Salami, said in remarks broadcast on state TV.

  • Egypt's hardline president el-Sissi faces calls to quit in rare protests
    World
    The Telegraph

    Egypt's hardline president el-Sissi faces calls to quit in rare protests

    Rare anti-government protests broke out in Egypt over the weekend calling on President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to step down -  in the first major protests against his rule since he took power in 2014. In the capital, Cairo, dozens of protesters gathered on Friday night near Tahrir Square, the epicenter of the 2011 pro-democracy uprising that toppled longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak. The Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights said security forces reportedly rounded up at least four dozen people in Cairo and elsewhere in the country in a move that was condemned by Human Rights Watch.

  • World leaders feel the heat in upcoming climate summit
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    Associated Press

    World leaders feel the heat in upcoming climate summit

    Only those with new, specific and bold plans can command the podium and the ever-warming world's attention, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said. As if to underscore the seriousness of the problem, the U.N.'s World Meteorological Organization released a science report Sunday showing that in the last several years, warming, sea level rise and carbon pollution have all accelerated. Brazil's, Poland's and Saudi Arabia's proposals for dealing with climate change fell short, so they're not on Monday's summit schedule.

  • Chasten Buttigieg goes from opening act to fundraising star
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    Politico

    Chasten Buttigieg goes from opening act to fundraising star

    Chasten Buttigieg has gone viral on social media and supported his husband on the presidential campaign trail. Chasten is slated to be the sole headline draw for several Pete for America fundraisers over the next month, starting with an event in Chicago this week. In October, Chasten will swing through New York City for another fundraiser, followed by a trip overseas to raise money from Americans living in London on Oct. 22, according to event invitations obtained by POLITICO.

  • Bill Maher Makes the Case for Joe Biden: He Is ‘Mildly Embarrassing’ But Not ‘Insane’ Like Trump
    Politics
    The Daily Beast

    Bill Maher Makes the Case for Joe Biden: He Is ‘Mildly Embarrassing’ But Not ‘Insane’ Like Trump

    HBO's Bill Maher ended his Friday night broadcast of Real Time by taking aim at Republicans and conservative pundits who defend President Donald Trump regardless of what he says and does, introducing a new concept: Catch-23. Playing a montage of Trump's most bizarre moments at his campaign rallies, the HBO star snarked that Republicans somehow came to the conclusion that this was “how a president behaves” before pointing out that conservatives were correct to say liberals haven't gotten over Trump.

  • Could a Tax on Stock Trades Pay Off the Nation’s Student Debt?
    Business
    The National Interest

    Could a Tax on Stock Trades Pay Off the Nation’s Student Debt?

    If several of the Democratic candidates for president have their way, student debt will be a thing of the past – at least for current student loan borrowers. Sen. Bernie Sanders has proposed ambitious legislation that would cancel all student loan debt. Sen. Elizabeth Warren's plan would pay up to US$50,000 in loans for borrowers making less than $100,000, and a reduced amount for those making between $100,000 and $250,000.

  • 105 people injured as a pair of strong earthquakes rattle Albania
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    AccuWeather

    105 people injured as a pair of strong earthquakes rattle Albania

    Cars were crushed by bricks falling from buildings in Albania's capital Tirana, as the country was struck by a pair of strong earthquakes on Saturday. According to the Ministry of Health, at least 68 people were injured, but some reports say there are as many as 105 people injured. It also damaged about 600 homes and temporarily cut power and water facilities in Tirana and Durres.

  • Woman convicted in texting suicide case denied parole
    U.S.
    Yahoo News Video

    Woman convicted in texting suicide case denied parole

    The Massachusetts woman convicted of encouraging her boyfriend to kill himself via text messages has been denied early release.

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    USA TODAY

    Florida school resource officer who arrested two kids, ages 6 and 8, is under investigation

    Authorities are investigating after an Orlando school resource officer arrested two elementary school students ages 6 and 8 on misdemeanor charges. Officer Dennis Turner is facing an internal investigation because he failed to follow department policy that requires officers to obtain approval from a watch commander before arresting minors  younger than 12, Chief Orlando Rolon said in a statement.  Turner's duties have been suspended pending the outcome of the investigation. "The Orlando Police Department has a policy that addresses the arrest of a minor and our initial finding shows the policy was not followed," Rolon said.

  • Stacks of cash shown at trial of Sudan's toppled leader Bashir
    World
    Reuters

    Stacks of cash shown at trial of Sudan's toppled leader Bashir

    Stacks of cash piled high were shown as evidence on Saturday against ousted Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir at his trial on charges of possessing illicit foreign currency and corruption. Millions of euros and Sudanese pounds were found at Bashir's residence in April after he was overthrown and detained by the military following months of demonstrations against his rule. The court heard four defense witnesses on Saturday, including Abubakr Awad, who was minister of state for the presidency until Bashir's fall, before it was adjourned until next Saturday.

  • Damascus says second drone downed in 48 hours over south Syria
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    AFP

    Damascus says second drone downed in 48 hours over south Syria

    A drone was shot down on Saturday in Quneitra province in southern Syria, the second such incident in 48 hours, state media said. Authorities "dismantled a drone" after it was shot down on the edge of Jabal al-Sheikh in the Quneitra countryside, southwest of Damascus, state news agency SANA reported. The Israeli army's Arabic-language spokesman said the drone did not come from his country and was likely Iranian.

  • The Latest: 5 tourists still critical after deadly bus crash
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    Associated Press

    The Latest: 5 tourists still critical after deadly bus crash

    Five people remain in critical condition after a bus crash that killed four Chinese tourists and injured dozens more near a national park in Utah. Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Nick Street said Friday evening that the bus originated in Southern California, and the tourists on board were natives of mainland China. Authorities are investigating what caused the bus to careen into a guard rail Friday morning on highway winding through otherworldly spires of red rock near Bryce Canyon National Park in southern Utah.

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    The Telegraph

    US military apologises for threat to blow up millennials if they stormed Area 51

    The US military has apologised for threatening to deploy a stealth bomber on millennials who had been planning to “storm” the Area 51 test base in the Nevada desert. Thousands had been expected after a student created a Facebook page in June called “Storm Area 51, They Can't Stop All of Us”. On Friday, fearing a mass invasion, the Defence Visual Information Distribution Service (DVIDS) - the US military PR arm - posted a picture of service personnel standing by a B-2 stealth bomber alongside the caption: "The last thing #Millennials will see if they attempt the #area51raid today".

  • Elizabeth Warren overtakes Joe Biden in new Iowa poll
    Politics
    The Guardian

    Elizabeth Warren overtakes Joe Biden in new Iowa poll

    The survey carried out by the Des Moines Register, Mediacom and CNN puts the Massachusetts senator at 22% with likely caucus-goers, to the former vice-president's 20%. Vermont senator Bernie Sanders placed third, with 11%, ahead of South Bend, Indiana, mayor Pete Buttigieg on 9% and California senator Kamala Harris on 6%.

  • In 1988, Iran and America Went to War at Sea
    World
    The National Interest

    In 1988, Iran and America Went to War at Sea

    The orders from the Joint Chiefs of Staff were clear: the Iranian frigate Sabalan must die. On April 14, 1988, the frigate USS Samuel B. Roberts had run into an Iranian mine while attempting to extricate herself from a minefield. The blast tore open a 21-foot long hole in her hull and wounded ten sailors.

  • Heavy rain, locally severe storms to soak the central US through Sunday night
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    AccuWeather

    Heavy rain, locally severe storms to soak the central US through Sunday night

    Tropical moisture streaming into the central Plains from the tropical systems in the East Pacific Ocean will help to fuel locally severe thunderstorms and flooding downpours across the region into Sunday night. Drenching rain developed across the Dakotas and northern Minnesota Friday evening and continued into Saturday morning as a storm system began to strengthen over the region. Residents woke up to flooded roadways as over five inches of rain fell in Grand Forks, North Dakota, Friday night.

  • Chinese journalists will have to pass a government test on Marxism and President Xi Jinping to be granted press passes
    World
    Business Insider

    Chinese journalists will have to pass a government test on Marxism and President Xi Jinping to be granted press passes

    Starting next month, China's Communist Party will require more than 10,000 journalists and editors to take tests on President Xi Jinping and Marxism before they can get updated press passes. The South China Morning Post reports that, via a notice sent out in August from the country's media oversight office in China's propaganda department, the tests will be conducted through an app. The app was created to educate Chinese citizens on the president's political philosophy, and it aggregates favorable articles, news clips, and documentaries.