• Trump ‘suggested firing nuclear weapons at hurricanes to stop them hitting US’, report claims
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    The Independent

    Trump ‘suggested firing nuclear weapons at hurricanes to stop them hitting US’, report claims

    Donald Trump suggested firing nuclear weapons into hurricanes to prevent them hitting the US, reports in Washington claim. The president is said to have raised the idea of bombing hurricanes with senior Homeland Security and national security officials on numerous occasions, dating back as far as 2017. Why don't we nuke them?” one source told US news website Axios the president had asked during a hurricane briefing at the White House.

  • Bolivia president does about-face and will now accept aid to put out wildfires
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    Reuters

    Bolivia president does about-face and will now accept aid to put out wildfires

    Bolivian President Evo Morales did an about-face on Sunday and said he was now open to international aid to fight the blazes that have engulfed rural villages and doubled in size since Thursday. Morales is also suspending his campaign for re-election for at least a week, just two months from election day, to focus on the wildfires. The blazes burn unabated across vast swaths of hilly tropical forest and savannah near Bolivia's border with Paraguay and Brazil.

  • UK Hong Kong consulate worker Simon Cheng freed after detention in mainland China
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    The Telegraph

    UK Hong Kong consulate worker Simon Cheng freed after detention in mainland China

    A British consulate employee in Hong Kong has been freed by China after being detained for 15 days on the mainland amid rising tensions between the former British colony and Beijing. Simon Cheng, 28, a trade and investment officer at the Hong Kong consulate's Scottish Development International section, went missing on August 8 on his way back from a work trip in Shenzhen, a neighbouring Chinese city. It was not until after the UK expressed “extreme concern” about his disappearance that China's foreign ministry broke its silence, confirming Mr Cheng had been detained without releasing further details.

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    A Georgia attorney thought a man hit his Mercedes with a golf ball. He ran him over and killed him, DA says

    An Atlanta attorney was indicted for killing a man who may have hit his Mercedes Benz with a golf ball, the district attorney's office said. Bryan Schmitt, 48, was indicted by a grand jury on charges of murder, felony murder and aggravated assault in the death of 60-year-old Hamid Jahangard, Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard, Jr. announced Friday. Schmitt allegedly hit Jahangard, a prominent real estate investor, in the driveway of a rental property owned by the victim. "Jahangard was struck by the vehicle and died two days later of blunt force trauma injuries to the head," the district attorney said in a release.

  • Journalist killed in Mexico
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    AFP

    Journalist killed in Mexico

    The head of a Mexican news website was found stabbed to death in the center of the country, authorities said Saturday, the 10th such killing this year. The body of Nevith Condes Jaramillo "was found Saturday morning... showing injuries from a sharp object," the state prosecutor said in a statement. Condes Jaramillo, 42, was the head of a local news site in Tejupilco and was also an announcer on a community radio station.

  • Montana is back among states without state-funded preschool
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    Associated Press

    Montana is back among states without state-funded preschool

    Montana enters the upcoming school year back among the handful of states without publicly funded preschool, and the unions and education groups that are otherwise staunch allies of Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock are a big reason why his fledgling pre-kindergarten program fizzled. The state briefly broke from those ranks with a 2017 budget item that provided funding for preschool programs through 10 school districts and seven private providers. Bullock, who is now running for the Democratic nomination for president, touted it as a major win for one of his top priorities of his final term: early childhood education.

  • Iceland Held Talks With U.S. Ambassador Over Pence Visit
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    Bloomberg

    Iceland Held Talks With U.S. Ambassador Over Pence Visit

    Iceland' prime minister is open to a meeting with Vice President Mike Pence during his trip to the Nordic island, should the visit be extended. The option was discussed during a pre-scheduled meeting on Friday between Katrin Jakobsdottir and ambassador Jeffrey Gunter, a government spokesman told Bloomberg. Jakobsdottir, a left-of-center feminist and LGBT advocate, is due to attend a conference by Nordic trade union leaders in Sweden on Sept.

  • Exclusive: Iran says it will not negotiate missile work, wants to export more oil
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    Reuters

    Exclusive: Iran says it will not negotiate missile work, wants to export more oil

    Iran wants to export a minimum of 700,000 barrels per day of its oil and ideally up to 1.5 million bpd if the West wants to negotiate with Tehran to save a 2015 nuclear deal, two Iranian officials and one diplomat told Reuters on Sunday. "As a goodwill gesture and a step toward creating space for negotiations, we have responded to France's proposal. We want to export 700,000 bpd of oil and get paid in cash ...

  • Trump Administration Asks Supreme Court to Legalize Workplace Discrimination Against Gay Employees
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    Time

    Trump Administration Asks Supreme Court to Legalize Workplace Discrimination Against Gay Employees

    With an amicus brief filed on Friday, the Trump administration is asking the Supreme Court to essentially legalize anti-gay discrimination in the workplace. The brief, from Solicitor General Noel Francisco, argues federal prohibitions on employer discrimination do not extend to protect individuals from being fired or otherwise disenfranchised in the workplace because of their sexual orientation. The Justice Department's arguments pertain to the employment protections offered by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which are being argued in two Supreme Court cases involving gay workers in October.

  • 2 women accused of shoplifting strollers and accidentally leaving their baby behind
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    KTRK – Houston

    2 women accused of shoplifting strollers and accidentally leaving their baby behind

    Two women were arrested for allegedly shoplifting baby strollers and accidentally leaving their own baby behind as they tried to get away.

  • Lindsey Graham warns Trump not to pull all U.S. forces out of Afghanistan
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    Politico

    Lindsey Graham warns Trump not to pull all U.S. forces out of Afghanistan

    Sen. Lindsey Graham warned President Donald Trump on Sunday not to reduce U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan below 8,600, arguing that maintaining a military presence there is key to defending the American homeland. Asked by CBS host Margaret Brennan how many U.S. troops should remain in Afghanistan, Graham said: “The number is gonna be around 8,600. Graham also said he's planning legislation that would require the secretaries of Defense and State to certify to Congress that reducing troop levels below 8,600 would not create an additional national security risk for the homeland.

  • Bat poo no longer blights church and interrupts service, as worshippers rejoice over new scheme
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    The Telegraph

    Bat poo no longer blights church and interrupts service, as worshippers rejoice over new scheme

    This has meant that instead of praying or enjoying the 1,000-year-old church building, parishioners have been slipping on its floors, art and furniture has been covered in sheeting and volunteer wardens have spent hours scouring pews and floors of bat excrement. Following a pioneering new scheme, entitled the Bats in Churches project, work has been done to fill the gaps in the ceiling to prevent faeces and urine soaking through without harming the animals. All Saints Church was one of the first to benefit from £3.8million of Heritage Lottery Funds to reduce the impact of bats on the buildings across the UK.

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    Doubling down on racist comments, council candidate says she opposes interracial marriage

    MARYSVILLE, Mich. Marysville City Council candidate Jean Cramer said she doesn't have any plans to back out of the race despite coming under fire for racist comments she made at an election forum Thursday night. Mayor Dan Damman and other local leaders, however, have called for her withdrawal.

  • Muslim man left in coma after Thai army interrogation dies
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    AFP

    Muslim man left in coma after Thai army interrogation dies

    A Muslim man left in a coma after being interrogated at a notorious Thai detention centre died Sunday, as pressure mounts on the army to release further findings of a probe into the case. Abdulloh Esormusor, a suspected rebel from the country's restive south died early Sunday morning, more than a month after he was taken to the Inkayuth military camp, his cousin Mohammatrahmat Mamu told AFP. Inkayuth is the Thai army's biggest detention centre in the south, where suspects are taken for interrogation and held under emergency laws and where rights groups have documented torture.

  • Revered as a saint by online extremists, how Christchurch shooter inspired copycat terrorists around the world
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    The Independent

    Revered as a saint by online extremists, how Christchurch shooter inspired copycat terrorists around the world

    The shooting was the first deadly attack linked to the massacres at two mosques in Christchurch – but not the last. On 3 August, a man who declared himself a “supporter of the Christchurch shooter and his manifesto” murdered 22 people in El Paso. And a week later, a gunman who hailed Tarrant as a “saint” launched a failed attack on a mosque in Norway.

  • Attorneys: Charges expected in Florida nursing home deaths
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    Associated Press

    Attorneys: Charges expected in Florida nursing home deaths

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Defense attorneys said Sunday that arrests are expected shortly in the case of a Florida nursing home where 12 patients died after its air conditioning power went out amid sweltering heat following Hurricane Irma in 2017. Lawrence Hashish told The Associated Press his client is one of three nurses, in addition to an administrator, expecting to be charged in connection with the deaths after Hurricane Irma, which blew through Florida on Sept. 10 of that year. The storm knocked out a transformer linking the main air-conditioning unit to the power grid at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, sending temperatures soaring .

  • Psychologist approved Jeffrey Epstein's removal from suicide watch
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    Reuters

    Psychologist approved Jeffrey Epstein's removal from suicide watch

    A psychologist at the federal detention center in New York City where financier Jeffrey Epstein was jailed on sex-trafficking charges had approved his removal from suicide watch before he killed himself, the U.S. Justice Department said on Friday. The disclosure came in a letter dated on Thursday from Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd and addressed to the leaders of the Judiciary Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, seeking details about the circumstances surrounding Epstein's death earlier this month. Epstein, who was 66, was found dead Aug. 10 in his cell inside a segregated housing unit of the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in Lower Manhattan.

  • ‘Safe Haven’ Israel Became Hot Money Bait for Central Bank Chief
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    Bloomberg

    ‘Safe Haven’ Israel Became Hot Money Bait for Central Bank Chief

    Israel's economic transformation has turned it into an “emerging markets safe haven” that continued to absorb money from abroad despite maintaining near-zero interest rates, according to central bank Governor Amir Yaron. The inflows in recent years were a reflection of “the structural change in the fundamentals of the Israeli economy,” including the county's declining debt burden and current-account surpluses, Yaron said in a speech at the annual retreat for central bankers from around the world in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, “In spite of having kept rates very low, Israel faced capital inflows following the U.S. rate hikes,” Yaron said in prepared remarks.

  • NJ Cop Sent to Psychiatric Ward After Wife’s Slaying Will Finally Face Judge
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    The Daily Beast

    NJ Cop Sent to Psychiatric Ward After Wife’s Slaying Will Finally Face Judge

    Before the hearing was scheduled, prosecutors had insisted Formisano was not getting special treatment because he is a police officer. If this defendant was a house painter or a businessman on Wall Street in the same circumstances, it would have been handled in the same way,” a spokesman for the Morris County Prosecutor's Office told The Daily Beast earlier in the week. At the time of the shooting, Solaro-Formisano and the Newark lieutenant were in the process of getting a divorce.

  • Top aides say Trump still determined to hike China tariffs
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    Politico

    Top aides say Trump still determined to hike China tariffs

    President Donald Trump is not backing away from recently announced plans to raise tariffs on Chinese goods, despite indicating earlier Sunday he was having second thoughts, top administration aides said. "The president is determined to have fair and reciprocal trade with China," Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on "Fox News Sunday." "This morning's comments weren't meant to back that off. White House chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow underscored that point on CNN's "State of the Union," suggesting Trump had misheard a question from a reporter about the trade war with China.

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    Reuters

    UPDATE 3-Israel hits Iranian force in Syria to stop 'killer drones' - military

    Israeli aircraft on Saturday struck Iranian forces near Damascus that had been planning to launch "killer drones" at targets in Israel, an Israeli military spokesman said. "The strike targeted Iranian Quds Force operatives and Shiite militias which were preparing to advance attack plans targeting sites in Israel from within Syria over the last number of days," the military said in a statement. The elite Quds Force is the overseas arm of Iran's Revolutionary Guards (IRGC).

  • OCSD deputy dies 6 years after collapsing during training, never regaining consciousness
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    KABC – Los Angeles

    OCSD deputy dies 6 years after collapsing during training, never regaining consciousness

    An Orange County deputy died six years after collapsing and losing consciousness, officials said.

  • A man was training to get a gun permit. The instructor accidentally shot him, police say
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    USA TODAY

    A man was training to get a gun permit. The instructor accidentally shot him, police say

    A Riverside, California man attending a firearms training class to get his concealed weapons permit was accidentally shot by a Riverside County Sheriff's Department trainer, the department told The Desert Sun. On Aug. 10, the man, identified only as a civilian, was participating in a course at the Ben Clark Training Center's gun range in Riverside. According to a department news release issued in response to questions from The Desert Sun, gun range staff inspect students' firearms during the course and students are instructed to unload their guns.

  • Britain sends another warship to Gulf
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    AFP

    Britain sends another warship to Gulf

    A third British warship is heading to the Gulf, the Royal Navy announced Saturday, amid heightened tensions in the region. Britain has already sent the HMS Kent to cover for frigate HMS Montrose while it undergoes maintenance in nearby Bahrain, and is now redirecting the Type 45 destroyer HMS Defender from its mission to the Pacific. "Wherever the red ensign flies around the world, the UK stands by to protect freedom of navigation whenever is it tested," said Defence Secretary Ben Wallace.

  • Oregon defends past nonunanimous jury verdicts to high court
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    Associated Press

    Oregon defends past nonunanimous jury verdicts to high court

    Oregon's criminal justice system would be "overwhelmed" if the U.S. Supreme Court rules in an upcoming case that nonunanimous jury verdicts are unconstitutional, the state's attorney general has told the court. Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said in an amicus brief on Friday that if the U.S. Supreme Court finds nonunanimous juries unconstitutional, it could invalidate hundreds or even thousands of convictions in Oregon. Oregon is the only state in America allowing 11-1 or 10-2 jury verdicts in criminal trials, except first-degree murder convictions.