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US camp raid suspect trained children for school shootings: prosecutors

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 18:55

A man arrested in a raid on a squalid compound in New Mexico was training children living there to carry out school shootings, prosecutors said Wednesday. Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, 40, was arrested along with four other people on Friday at the desert compound in Amalia, New Mexico, and has been charged with 11 counts of child abuse. Eleven children aged one to 15 were found living on the compound in filthy conditions, prosecutors said, and Wahhaj is under investigation for the death of a 12th child -- possibly his son -- whose body was discovered on the property.

BMW 3 Series GT Could Disappear In 2020

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 18:31

It may become a 4 Series model.

Midterm Mania No. 1: Why Democrats and Republicans should worry about the Ohio results

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 18:09

Everything you need to know this week about Election 2018

Senator: Russia has 'penetrated' Florida counties ahead of midterms

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 17:54

Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., said that Russian "bad actors" may try to alter his state's voter registration rolls in the upcoming midterms.

The Latest: Manafort prosecutors expect to rest case Friday

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 17:42

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — The Latest on Paul Manafort's trial (all times local):

California just had its hottest month on record, and that means more wildfires

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 17:34

It should come as no surprise that California is burning.  On Wednesday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported that July was California's hottest month since record keeping began in 1895. Those scorching temperatures withered the land, creating profoundly parched forests primed to catch fire with just a spark.  SEE ALSO: Engineering Earth's climate might quell global warming, but it could come with a cost Major wildfires are propelled by weather, notably strong winds, but they're also enhanced by overall rising global temperatures due to human-caused climate change, say scientists. This is a particularly stark reality in California, where even in early July, fire scientists noted that the state's vegetation reached near-record dryness.  On Monday, the Mendocino Complex Fire became the largest blaze in state history, easily outpacing the Thomas Fire, which broke the record just this past winter.  Just in: #California had its warmest July on record, as hot, dry weather fueled multiple #wildfires across the state. — NOAA Satellites (@NOAASatellites) August 8, 2018 Nearly the entire Golden State experienced either record heat or temperatures "much above average" in July, said NOAA.  However, California wasn't alone in experiencing scorching temperatures and multiple heat waves.  Most of the West was abnormally warm, and in the contiguous U.S., May through July temperatures were also the warmest on record, eclipsing the previous record set in 1934. Image: noaaAs climate and environmental scientists are quick to point out, individual temperature records are not too meaningful — it's the long-term trends that matter.  And California's summer heat is certainly a continuation of accelerating warming trends in both the U.S. and around the globe.   Heat waves and longer warming spells will certainly happen, regardless of what the climate is doing, as big blobs of warm air can settle over areas, like California or Europe, for extended periods of time.  But the climate is simply warmer that it was a half century ago, giving hot temperatures an extra boost — which can mean vast swathes of land are turned to fire-ready tinder.   #HolyFire appears to be picking up significantly, making a run to the north, along eastern side of the ridge leading up to Santiago Peak. Current view from HPWREN's camera #CAwx #OrangeCounty #Riverside #SanDiego — NWS San Diego (@NWSSanDiego) August 8, 2018 Yet another heat wave continues this week in portions of California, like Los Angeles. As might be expected, this doesn't bode well for the already dry vegetation in the region. Southern California's Holly Fire is now actively growing near suburban neighborhoods. Relieving rains aren't expected in much of the state for months.  California, like recently scorched Greece, experiences the dry, warm summers defined by the Mediterranean climate. Historically, fires happen during this time of year.  But now — just like heat waves around the world — they're getting worse. And the consequences are plainly visible.  WATCH: This "horror" was spotted off the coast of the Carolinas

Author Lee Strobel Backs Women Accusing Megachurch Pastor Of Sexual Misconduct

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 16:49

A popular evangelical Christian author has chimed in to support several women

VW Tanoak Pickup Truck "Carefully" Being Considered For The U.S.

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 16:35

The U.S. loves its domestic pickup trucks.

Crews gain ground on monster California wildfire

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 15:35

By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Crews battling the largest wildfire in California's history took advantage of milder overnight temperatures to gain considerable ground in containing the blaze on Wednesday, a day after officials said it would take until September to snuff it out. The Mendocino Complex fire, which has scorched an area of northern California almost the size of Los Angeles, was 47 percent contained on Wednesday morning, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said, up from 34 percent a day earlier. Overnight temperatures for Wednesday and Thursday should drop to a low of 64 degrees Fahrenheit (18 Celsius) but highs were forecast to hit 98 degrees (37 Celsius) on Wednesday and 99 degrees on Thursday, said Jennifer Guenehner of the National Weather Service.

Oil tumbles on slowing Chinese demand, U.S.-China trade spat

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 15:24

By Stephanie Kelly NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oil prices slid about 3 percent on Wednesday as a trade dispute between the United States and China escalated further and after Chinese import data showed a slowdown in energy demand. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures fell $2.23 to settle at $66.94 a barrel, a 3.22 percent loss. China is slapping additional tariffs of 25 percent on $16 billion worth of U.S. imports, from fuel and steel products to autos and medical equipment.

Orca mother grieving for dead calf inspires push to save dying pods

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 15:18

Headlines on mother who carried baby for days fuel concern over Seattle population that is stressed and starving A baby orca whale being pushed by her mother after being born on 24 July. The new orca died soon after. Photograph: David Ellifrit/AP

Missing child found dead at squalid New Mexico hideout

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 13:16

Police in New Mexico have found the remains of a young boy buried inside a remote desert encampment, where 11 starving children were discovered last week. The body has not yet been formally identified, but is believed to be that of four-year-old Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj, whose mother reported him as abducted by his father, Siraj Wahhaj, in December. Wahhaj, 39, is due to appear in court in New Mexico on Wednesday charged with child abuse, in connection with the 11 filthy and hungry children. His two sisters, Subhannah, 35, and Hujrah, 38, were charged alongside him, as was Subjannah’s husband Lucas Morten. Wahhaj’s wife Jany Leveille, 38, was also facing charges of child abuse and expected to appear before the judge. The saga began in December, when Wahhaj told the boy’s mother he was taking their severely disabled child, who suffered from seizures and was unable to walk, to the park. Siraj Wahhaj, arrested on Friday by police in New Mexico He never returned to their home in Georgia, and the boy’s mother reported it to the police, saying Wahhaj intended to perform an “exorcism” on his son because Abdul-Ghani was “possessed by the Devil.” She later said that was a mistranslation, and Wahhaj merely intended to pray for their son. New Mexico authorities had long suspected the father and son might be at the compound after learning about the abduction in May, said Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe. Family members told The Telegraph that Wahhaj owned land there. But there was not enough evidence for a search warrant, and surveillance of the property did not identify the pair there. That changed on Thursday, when they received a note from a child inside the compound, saying they were starving and thirsty. After a day-long standoff with Wahhaj and Morten, both of whom were heavily armed, the police entered the compound on Friday and rescued the children, arresting all five adults. Interviewed by police, at least two of the children said the toddler, Abdul-Ghani, was at the compound in poor health and died there. They said “Uncle Lucas,” believed to be Lucas Morten, washed the child's dead body twice, then buried him in a tunnel on the compound. "I had no probable cause to go onto this property,” said Sheriff Hogrefe. “In hindsight I wish there was. But we would not have been there lawfully.”

What Trump doesn’t understand about trade and tariffs

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 13:05

Yahoo Finance columnist Rick Newman takes issue with the president’s economic prescriptions on trade.

25 Tweets We Definitely Don't Need To Explain To Married People

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 12:55

Once you've been married long enough, you'll start to notice the same themes

'Crazy Rich Asians' Locations You Can Visit In Real Life

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 12:06

This has been the summer of Crazy Rich Asians. Everyone seems to be reading

Man who mistakenly knocked on New York car window because he thought it was his Uber dies after driver gets out and punches him

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 10:25

A Florida man has died after being punched by a driver whose car window he knocked because he mistakenly thought the vehicle was his Uber. Sandor Szabo, 35, was visiting New York City for a wedding from his home in Boca Raton, Florida. Mr Szabo had reportedly knocked on a number of car windows in Long Island City, a neighbourhood in the Queens borough, at 1am on Sunday, to see which was his Uber ride.

'Stateless' Thai cave boys and coach granted citizenship

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 10:18

Three boys from a soccer team who were rescued from a flooded cave in northern Thailand last month were granted Thai citizenship on Wednesday, authorities said. Ekapol and 12 boys had gone to explore the Tham Luang caves in Chiang Rai province on June 23, when a rainy-season downpour flooded the cave system and trapped them underground. Three of the boys and Ekapol were considered stateless, even though they were born in Thailand, until local authorities checked their qualifications, including birth certificates, and approved their requests for Thai citizenship.

Sharice Davids Will Get A Chance To Be One Of The First Native American Women In Congress

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 10:10

Sharice Davids, a former MMA fighter and White House fellow, won the

Van used by rock icons Aerosmith in '70s found in the woods

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 08:28

CHESTERFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Long before Aerosmith filled stadiums with tens of thousands of fans, the band traveled New England in a tiny van playing to smaller crowds.