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NRC inspecting TVA's Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant after diver detects elevated radiation

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 20:26

NRC inspecting TVA's Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant after diver detects elevated radiation | 16 Nov 2018 | The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has launched a special investigation at one of TVA's nuclear power plants after a high dose of radiation was detected in a body of water at the plant site. A diver received a dose alarm during underwater work recently at TVA's Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant in Alabama, according to a NRC report of the incident. When the diver approached the equipment pit wall near the pool used to hold used nuclear fuel at the Unit 1 reactor, an electronic dose rate alarm sounded, indicating elevated levels of radiation.

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Judge blocks Trump administration from refusing asylum to immigrants who cross southern border illegally

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 20:07

Judge blocks Trump administration from refusing asylum to immigrants who cross southern border illegally | 20 Nov 2018 | Donald Trump's administration has been blocked from refusing asylum to immigrants who cross the US-Mexico border illegally, after a federal judge issued a temporary restraining order. The order had been requested by two US civil rights groups, which launch legal action after the president announced restrictions intended to stop caravans of Central Americans from entering the country. His ban, proposed to remain in place for three months, would potentially make it harder for thousands of people who enter the US to avoid deportation.

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Bomb blast at religious scholar gathering in Afghanistan kills at least 50

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 19:33

Bomb blast at religious scholar gathering in Afghanistan kills at least 50 | 20 Nov 2018 | A suicide bomber who targeted a gathering of religious scholars in Kabul has killed at least 50 people and wounded another 80, authorities say. The scholars had met inside a wedding hall to celebrate Prophet Mohammed's birthday, interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish said. The total of 50 dead and 80 wounded is reported by the Reuters news agency, quoting three government sources, while other reports put the death toll at 43.

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Germany fully halts arms exports to Riyadh and hits 18 Saudis with travel bans over Khashoggi

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 19:14

Germany fully halts arms exports to Riyadh and hits 18 Saudis with travel bans over Khashoggi | 19 Nov 2018 | Germany has imposed travel bans on 18 Saudis suspected of involvement in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi last month, after its economic ministry confirmed all the arms deals with Riyadh have been fully canceled. The country's foreign ministry announced that the sanctions were imposed in coordination with France and Britain. The 18 individuals will be banned from entering all 26 Schengen Area countries. None have been named due to German privacy law, but the list more than likely includes some of the same individuals sanctioned by the US government last week.

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US closes busiest Mexico border crossing for several hours

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 19:09

US closes busiest Mexico border crossing for several hours | 19 Nov 2018 | The United States closed off northbound traffic for several hours at the busiest border crossing with Mexico to install new security barriers on Monday, a day after hundreds of Tijuana residents protested against the presence of thousands of Central American migrants. The U.S. also closed one of two pedestrian crossings at the San Ysidro crossing in a move apparently aimed at preventing any mass rush of migrants across the border.

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Trump pledges to end foreign aid to Pakistan and Afghanistan over bin Laden inaction

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 19:01

Trump pledges to end foreign aid to Pakistan and Afghanistan over bin Laden inaction | 19 Nov 2018 | President Trump has promised to cut aid to countries like Pakistan and Afghanistan that "do nothing for us," and has accused Pakistan of sheltering Osama bin Laden since 9/11. "Of course we should have captured Osama Bin Laden long before we did. I pointed him out in my book just BEFORE the attack on the World Trade Center," Trump tweeted on Monday, seemingly hinting that he knew bin Laden was bad news before 9/11. "President Clinton famously missed his shot. We paid Pakistan Billions of Dollars & they never told us he was living there. Fools!"

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Senate Democrats sue to block Whitaker from serving as attorney general

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 18:52

Senate Democrats sue to block Whitaker from serving as attorney general | 18 Nov 2018 | Senate Democrats filed a lawsuit Monday challenging President Trump's decision to name Matthew Whitaker acting attorney general. The lawsuit brought by Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia marks the latest challenge in what's been a flurry of litigation fighting the interim appointment. The Democrats -- all member of the Senate Judiciary Committee -- argue in the 17-page complaint that Whitaker's appointment violated the appointments clause of the constitution, which requires principal federal officers be appointed only with the Senate's advice and consent.

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Bill Nelson concedes Florida Senate race to Rick Scott after manual recount

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 06:10

Bill Nelson concedes Florida Senate race to Rick Scott after manual recount | 18 Nov 2018 | Florida’s long-time Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson conceded to Republican challenger Gov. Rick Scott Sunday, drawing the hotly contested race to represent the Sunshine State to a close after 12 days of legal wrangling. According to the Florida Secretary of State's office, Scott led Nelson by approximately 10,000 votes after the state's 67 counties completed machine and manual recounts...Election Day results showed Nelson trailing Scott by more than 56,000 votes.

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Army's secret plans to put troops on the streets to deal with potential chaos in the wake of a 'No Deal' Brexit

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 06:06

Army's secret plans to put troops on the streets to deal with potential chaos in the wake of a 'No Deal' Brexit --Military drawn up plans on how Operation Temperer can help amid Brexit chaos --Plans for troops include delivery of medicines to hospitals across the country | 18 Nov 2018 | The army has been drawing up secret plans to put troops on the streets to help with potential chaos in the wake of a no-deal Brexit. Plans have been drawn up by the military for Operation Temperer, who usually help police on the streets in the threat of terrorism, in the event of a no-Brexit scenario. Contingency plans involve how the military could help keep public order amid such as the delivery and stockpiling of medicines to hospitals across the country, according to The Times. Chief of Defence Staff General Sir Nick Carter said the army would 'stand ready to help' in the event of a 'No Deal'.

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Report says 1 in 3 US drone-strike deaths in Yemen are civilians, including children

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 05:45

Report says 1 in 3 US drone-strike deaths in Yemen are civilians, including children --Estimates by AP show that a third of those killed so far in 2018, or some 30 people, were not members of the terrorist group. | 18 Nov 2018 | Bombings by the Saudi-led coalition may have devastated Yemen, but the country faces another deadly threat in the sky - US drones. A third of those killed by them in 2018 were civilians, including children, according to a report. "We live in fear. Drones don't leave the sky," said one farmer, describing the day that two of his relatives were killed in a US drone strike. His is one of several testimonies recorded in a new report by Associated Press documenting the rising civilian death toll caused by the US drone war 'against' Al-Qaeda's Yemeni franchise.

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Georgia certifies elections results in bitterly fought governor's race

Sun, 11/18/2018 - 07:17

Georgia certifies elections results in bitterly fought governor's race | 17 Nov 2018 | The acting Secretary of State in Georgia announced Saturday that the certified the results of Nov. 6 general election were certified, confirming Republican Brian Kemp's victory in the hotly-contested governor's race against Democrat Stacey Abrams. The Atlanta-Journal Constitution reported Kemp led Abrams by 54,723 votes in the race, giving him a margin of victory of 1.4 percentage points. Georgia Secretary of State Robyn Crittenden's announcement comes a day after after Abrams ended her campaign in the race, saying she saw "no legal path forward" against Kemp.

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Leading Democrat warns gun owners: 'The government has nukes'

Sun, 11/18/2018 - 06:50

Leading Democrat warns gun owners: 'The government has nukes' | 16 Nov 2018 | In a Twitter debate about the buy-back of assault weapons Friday, Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., boasted about the U.S. government having nuclear weapons at its disposal if gun owners went to war against their own country. It began when a Twitter user claimed Swalwell would spark a war by trying to force gun owners to get rid of assault weapons. Swalwell responded by noting that the government has nuclear weapons. "So basically @RepSwalwell wants a war," Joe Biggs tweeted in response to Swalwell proposing a ban on "military-style semiautomatic assault weapons" and forcing owners to sell their weapons or face prosecution. "Because that's what you would get," he continued. "You're outta your fucking mind if you think I'll give up my rights and give the gov all the power." Swalwell responded: "And it would be a short war my friend. The government has nukes. Too many of them. But they're legit. I'm sure if we talked we could find common ground to protect our families and communities."

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Death toll from Camp Fire rises to 76 as searchers find five more remains

Sun, 11/18/2018 - 05:47

Death toll from Camp Fire rises to 76 as searchers find five more remains | 17 Nov 2018 | The task is painstaking and painful. A searcher is given the name of someone who is unaccounted for and an address. A team heads over to the property, more than likely one where every evidence of life has been wiped out by flames... Five more sets of remains were found Saturday, Butte County Sheriff and Coroner Kory Honea said. There are now at least 76 dead from the Camp Fire, which has obliterated more structures and lives than any previous fire in California. Almost all of the town of Paradise is gone.

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After a bumpy day of 2,040 missing ballots, troubled Broward recount put on ice until the morning

Sun, 11/18/2018 - 05:07

After a bumpy day of 2,040 missing ballots, troubled Broward recount put on ice until the morning | 17 Nov 2018 | Broward County's ballot recount hit yet another snag Saturday with 2,040 ballots lost or misplaced. The county's eternally beleaguered Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes said they either misplaced, misfiled or mixed in with another stack. "There would be nowhere else for them to be,” Snipes said. “The ballots are in the building. The ballots are in the building." With a noon Sunday deadline looming, the three-person Canvassing Board was nonplussed and uncertain what to do.

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More than 1,000 people unaccounted for in California wildfires

Sun, 11/18/2018 - 00:51

More than 1,000 people unaccounted for in California wildfires | 17 Nov 2018 | The death toll from the "Camp Fire" in Northern California has increased to 71 while authorities try to locate 1,011 people who are unaccounted for. The blaze is now 55 percent contained after consuming more than 148,000 acres. In Southern California, just outside of Los Angeles, the Woolsey Fire is 82 percent contained after burning 98,362 acres. Dense smoke from the fires has smothering parts of the state with what has been described as "the dirtiest air in the world."

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Trump visits California as wildfire death toll rises

Sun, 11/18/2018 - 00:39

Trump visits California as wildfire death toll rises | 17 Nov 2018 | President Trump left Washington, D.C., Saturday morning for California after the death toll from the Camp Fire climbed to 71 and the number of people unaccounted for jumped to more than 1,000. Mr. Trump is first visiting Northern California, where the destructive Camp Fire is raging. Gov. Jerry Brown and Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom, both Democrats, met Mr. Trump as he landed in California to tour the areas affected by the blaze. Mr. Trump toured destroyed homes in Paradise, joined by Paradise Mayor Jody Jones, FEMA administrator Brock Long, Brown and Newsom.

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Gillum officially concedes in Florida gubernatorial race

Sun, 11/18/2018 - 00:28

Gillum officially concedes in Florida gubernatorial race | 17 Nov 2018 | Democrat Andrew Gillum officially conceded to Republican former Rep. Ron DeSantis in Florida’s gubernatorial race as a recount of votes showed a margin Gillum was unlikely to close. Gillum had initially conceded to DeSantis last week, but revoked that statement after further vote counts showed DeSantis's lead narrowing. The Tallahassee mayor thanked all of his supporters for their work and vowed to continue to advocate for causes he championed.

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Cal, Stanford postpone 'Big Game' as smoke shrouds Bay Area

Sat, 11/17/2018 - 05:30

Cal, Stanford postpone 'Big Game' as smoke shrouds Bay Area | 16 Nov 2018 | The "Big Game" between Cal and Stanford has been postponed to Dec. 1 as air quality around the Bay Area continues to deteriorate due to smoke from the Camp Fire. The rescheduled game will kick off at noon local time in Berkeley...The Air Quality Index on Thursday afternoon in Berkeley surpassed 200 -- into the "very unhealthy" range.

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Abrams ends Georgia governor bid, says she'll file lawsuit

Sat, 11/17/2018 - 04:47

Abrams ends Georgia governor bid, says she'll file lawsuit | 16 Nov 2018 | Democrat Stacey Abrams ended 10 days of post-election drama in Georgia’s closely watched and even more closely contested race for governor Friday, acknowledging Republican Brian Kemp as the victor while defiantly refusing to concede to the man she blamed for "gross mismanagement"of a bitterly fought election. The speech Abrams delivered at her campaign headquarters Friday evening marked the close of the 44-year-old attorney and former lawmaker's unsuccessful attempt to make history as America’s first black woman governor.

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Fury over rare white lion being auctioned off 'to be shot by trophy hunters'

Sat, 11/17/2018 - 01:49

Fury over rare white lion being auctioned off 'to be shot by trophy hunters' --The majestic animal, named Mufasa, is at the heart of a legal battle in South Africa as campaigners desperately bid to save his life. --There are said to be less than 300 white lions like Mufasa in the world, with just 13 still living in the wild. | 16 Nov 2018 | A rare white lion is set to be auctioned off to be shot by trophy hunters - in spite of a huge worldwide campaign to save him. The majestic animal, named Mufasa, was confiscated three years ago when he was a cub, along with another baby lion called Soraya. Animal lovers want to move him to a sanctuary, but authorities in South Africa have instead announced he will be sold at auction...to be bought by a hunting company and then shot. More than 200,000 people have signed a petition calling for the decision to be reversed. [Sign NOW! Auction off the trophy hunters for the lion's fate, instead.]

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