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Trump complains Republicans ‘never’ tout their health care bill
Wed, 19 Jul 2017 10:06:15 -0400
Hours before meeting with GOP senators at the White House, the president made a last-ditch Twitter pitch to save their effort to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Minneapolis police officer has yet to talk to investigators
Wed, 19 Jul 2017 18:11:17 -0400
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Four days after a Minneapolis police officer fatally shot a woman who had called 911 to report a possible rape, the officer has yet to talk with investigators, and his attorney has given no indication he ever will.

California wildfire explodes in size as blazes scorch U.S. West
Wed, 19 Jul 2017 19:45:14 -0400
By Stephen Lam MARIPOSA, Calif. (Reuters) - A wildfire that has forced thousands of Californians to flee their homes exploded in size on Wednesday, threatening a picturesque gold rush town outside Yosemite National Park as dozens of blazes scorched the U.S. West. More than 2,000 firefighters have contained just 7 percent of the Detwiler Fire, which is approaching the town of Mariposa and tiny communities in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, the Cal Fire state agency said on its website. The blaze has mushroomed to 46,000 acres (18,000 hectares), an increase of about 20,000 acres (8,094 hectares) compared with the day before, and is threatening some 1,500 structures.

Royal Navy scrambles to shadow Chinese warships in English Channel as they head to Baltics for first war games with Russia 
Wed, 19 Jul 2017 04:42:50 -0400
The Royal Navy scrambled a warship to shadow a Chinese flotilla as it steamed through the English Channel en route to meet Russian vessels for manoeuvres in the Baltic Sea. The trio of Chinese warships passed through the Strait of Dover under the watch of the HMS Richmond, a Type 23 frigate, at the weekend. They then headed across the North Sea, where they were spotted being escorted by Dutch vessels earlier this week ahead of manoeuvres with Vladimir Putin’s navy which begin on Friday. China’s state-run Global Times newspaper said on Tuesday that the 052D, the country’s “most advanced guided-missile destroyer”, was taking part in the week-long joint drills. The Chinese warships later headed through Dutch waters on their way to the Baltic Credit:  Rob Verkerk  The ship “is equipped with phased array radar and a vertical launching system”, the newspaper said. Russian media say ten ships will take part in the first phase of the exercise, joined by more than 10 aircraft and helicopters. Route of Chinese warships The drills mark the first occasion that Chinese warships have ever carried out manoeuvres in the strategically important Baltic Sea.  The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy had just completed exercises in the Mediterranean, another show of strength from Beijing as it rapidly expands its military reach across the globe. The drills with Russia mark the first occasion that Chinese warships have ever carried out manoeuvres in the strategically important Baltic Sea Credit: Rob Verkerk  Professor Ni Lexiong, a Shanghai-based military expert, told The Telegraph the Baltic Sea drills were aimed at Nato, but were being carried out in response to drills that were recently staged by the US, India and Japan in the Indian Ocean, which were directed towards China. “China and Russia have pledged to enhance their strategic relationship by regularly staging military drills,” said Prof Ni, director of the Shanghai University of Political Science and Law’s Sea Power and Defence Policy Research Institute. “China also has its own plans,” he added. “Which is to show the world that it is a major naval power.” A Chinese naval fleet held a military exercise with the Russian navy in St Petersburg and Kaliningrad last month. The two countries have held joint drills every year since 2012, and military officials in China said this year’s manoeuvres will focus on “joint rescue efforts and protecting cargo vessels”. China and Russia both have veto powers on the UN Security Council, and regularly vote together on major issues such as the crisis in Syria. This position often puts them at odds with the United States and Western Europe.

'He Is My Strength.' Meghan McCain Pens Emotional Tribute After Her Dad's Cancer Diagnosis
Wed, 19 Jul 2017 21:08:54 -0400
"Like any daughter, I cannot and do not wish to be in a world without him"

Al Gore: There's Still Time To Solve Climate Change Crisis
Wed, 19 Jul 2017 18:02:52 -0400
Vice President Al Gore thinks there's still time to stop some of the catastrophes climate change might cause.

Small plane makes emergency landing on Long Island highway
Thu, 20 Jul 2017 00:03:51 -0400
A Cessna plane pilot is being praised for his successful emergency landing on a Long Island highway that included flying under an overpass.

Police body cam footage 'shows officer planting drugs'
Wed, 19 Jul 2017 11:22:00 -0400
Video from Baltimore Police Department body cameras shows an officer tampering with evidence in a case that sent a man to jail for more than five months, reports have claimed. The Baltimore Sun’s Justin Fenton recently shared a 90-second video showing what appears to be three Baltimore Police officers standing on a street corner. Baltimore Police Department body cameras record and preserve footage from the last 30 seconds before they are activated, according to the department's body-worn camera policy.

Unilever first half profits soar 22.4 percent
Thu, 20 Jul 2017 03:44:32 -0400
Food and consumer products giant Unilever said on Thursday profits soared in the first half of 2017, raking in 3.3 billion euros after the Anglo-Dutch firm spurned a takeover bid by US rival Kraft Heinz. The 22.4 percent hike in the first six months compared to the same period last year showed "a substantial step-up in profitability despite the persisting volatile global trading environment," chief executive Paul Polman said. "The transformation of Unilever into a more resilient, more competitive and more profitable business is accelerating," he added in a statement.

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Wed, 19 Jul 2017 13:01:40 -0400

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