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Shaquem Griffin Becomes First One-Handed Player Selected In NFL Draft

Top Stories - Sat, 04/28/2018 - 17:06

Shaquem Griffin is the first one-handed player to be picked in the NFL draft.


Deal reached in Arizona after teachers' walkout; Colorado teachers also walk out

Top Stories - Sat, 04/28/2018 - 16:49

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced a deal with state legislative leaders Friday to raise teachers’ pay 20 percent by 2020, as educators stayed away from classrooms a second straight day in a spreading revolt over salaries and school funding. In a joint statement with Arizona Senate President Steve Yarbrough and House Speaker J.D. Mesnard, Ducey said the deal would also restore funding for schools that were cut in the last recession. The funds would be “flexible dollars for superintendents to use for support staff pay increases, update antiquated curriculum and improve school infrastructure – without raising taxes,” the statement said.


Trump Claims He Wants To Help Dreamers. Time To Put Up Or Shut Up.

Top Stories - Sat, 04/28/2018 - 16:29

The Trump administration was dealt yet another blow to its un-American


Tens of thousands protest in Spain over gang rape acquittal

Top Stories - Sat, 04/28/2018 - 15:24

Tens of thousands of Spaniards took to the streets of Pamplona on Saturday to protest against the acquittal of five men accused of gang raping an 18-year-old woman at the city's bull-running festival. Demonstrators have filled streets across the country since the court ruling on Thursday, leading Spain's conservative government to say it will consider changing rape laws. The men were acquitted of sexual assault, which includes rape, and sentenced to nine years for the lesser offence of sexual abuse.


Southwest Airlines sued after woman claims post-traumatic stress disorder following fatal engine explosion

Top Stories - Sat, 04/28/2018 - 14:41

A passenger on a Southwest Airlines flight that made an emergency landing after an engine burst apart is suing the company, saying she has been suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder sparked by the carriers’ alleged negligence. Lilia Chavez was sitting three rows behind the window that was shattered by shrapnel from the exploding engine. Ms Chavez, a California native, has argued in her federally filed lawsuit that she has been suffering from PTSD, depression and other personal injuries since the fateful flight.


Africa’s democratic 'laggards' must listen to calls for change - Liberia’s Johnson Sirleaf

Top Stories - Sat, 04/28/2018 - 14:30

By Clement Uwiringiyimana KIGALI (Reuters) - African leaders resisting "democratic transformation" must heed their citizens' calls for change, former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said on Saturday after receiving an award aimed at promoting good leadership on the continent. Without naming specific countries or leaders, she referred to "laggard" countries in the region of one billion people who are "not meeting democratic transformation". "Their own citizens are making the call for change and I don't think they can continue to resist or deny that call for change," Johnson Sirleaf told Reuters after accepting the award in Rwanda's capital Kigali.


Trump on Russian 'informant': Putin wants to make U.S. more chaotic

Top Stories - Sat, 04/28/2018 - 14:02

Trump says Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, claiming to be an "informant" is only doing so because Putin wants to make the United States more chaotic.


Arizona police officer shot by carjacking suspect dies

Top Stories - Sat, 04/28/2018 - 13:30

NOGALES, Ariz. (AP) — A police officer in the Arizona border city of Nogales was killed after he tried to stop a carjacking suspect.


Special celebration for longtime Pittsburgh Pirates usher’s 100th birthday

Top Stories - Sat, 04/28/2018 - 12:06

Phil Coyne is beloved in the Steel City, serving the Pittsburgh Pirates for 82 years as an usher. The team and his fans honored Coyne for his 100th birthday with a celebration at the ballpark he loves.


Ford shifts focus, discontinues most passenger cars

Top Stories - Sat, 04/28/2018 - 12:02

Ford announced this week that it’s phasing out production for most of its traditional cars, excluding the Mustang and a new Focus crossover, in favor of larger vehicles.


Police Nab cop-killer Suspect After four-day Manhunt in Maine

Top Stories - Sat, 04/28/2018 - 11:56

Police caught 29-year-old John Williams, the man authorities say killed Corporal Eugene Cole on Wednesday, after four days on the run.


North Korea’s ‘Complete Denuclearization’ pledge raises questions after summit

Top Stories - Sat, 04/28/2018 - 11:53

The leaders of North Korea and South Korea committed to the idea of a nuclear-free region in Friday’s historic summit, but U.S. officials want proof that Kim Jong Un will get rid of his weapons.


Joy Reid Says She Doesn't 'Believe' She Wrote Anti-LGBTQ Posts

Top Stories - Sat, 04/28/2018 - 11:05

MSNBC's Joy Reid said she doesn't "believe" she wrote the anti-LGBTQ


'Golden State Killer' suspect appears in court after 40 year manhunt

Top Stories - Sat, 04/28/2018 - 10:40

A former policeman accused of being the “Golden State killer” has made his first court appearance, 30 years after the decade-long series of attacks. Joseph James DeAngelo, 72, appeared before a judge in an orange prison jumpsuit, handcuffed to a wheelchair. He was formally arraigned on two murder charges dating back to 1978, and prosecutors said they expect more charges. DeAngelo is a suspect in 11 other murders and 51 rapes committed across California between 1976 and 1986. The father of three adult daughters was arrested on Tuesday at his home in Citrus Heights, a Sacramento suburb, after a 40-year manhunt. Joseph James DeAngelo, in court on Friday DeAngelo spoke only briefly in court to confirm he had a lawyer. He did not enter a plea, and was denied bail. Scott Jones, Sacramento county sheriff, said DeAngelo is on suicide watch in the psychiatric ward of the county jail. If convicted, he could face the death penalty. It emerged on Friday that police last year believed they had found the killer in an Oregon nursing home, after they used information from a genealogy website.  An Oregon police officer working at the request of California investigators persuaded a judge to order a 73-year-old man in an Oregon City nursing home to provide a DNA sample. It is not clear if officers collected the sample and ran further tests, but it was not the man arrested this week outside Sacramento in one of the state's most notorious string of serial rapes and killings. The case of mistaken identity was discovered as authorities hailed the novel use of DNA technology. Crime scene DNA from DeAngelo was matched with genetic material stored in an online database, GEDmatch, by a distant relative. Police waited for him to discard items and then swabbed the objects for DNA, which proved a conclusive match to the evidence that had been preserved more than 30 years. An FBI photo showing a home ransacked in the 1970s or 80s by the wanted man Curtis Rogers, who co-founded GEDmatch, said law enforcement's use of the site raised privacy concerns. Police did not require a warrant, and Mr Rogers was unaware that his site had been used. "This was done without our knowledge, and it's been overwhelming," he said. DNA was just coming into use as a criminal investigative tool in 1986 when the predator also known as the East Area Rapist apparently ended his decade-long wave of attacks. As a former police officer, DeAngelo probably would have known about the new method, experts said. Police at the time suspected they were chasing a fellow policeman or armed services member because he was so methodical and meticulous, said Wendell Phillips, a former Sacramento deputy involved in the hunt. All those involved in the search were asked to take DNA tests. "Obviously, you didn't want the East Area Rapist on the team," said Mr Phillips. "That turned out to be a pretty good concern."


NKorea's Media Broadcast Of Inter-Korean Summit

Top Stories - Sat, 04/28/2018 - 10:05

North Korea's state media broadcast pictures from the historic inter-Korean summit late Saturday. (April 27)


World’s biggest active geyser erupts at Yellowstone National Park for third time in weeks

Top Stories - Sat, 04/28/2018 - 09:50

Steamboat Geyser, in Yellowstone National Park, erupted at around 6.30am local time on Friday morning, geologists said. The eruption is the latest event in a rare period of activity at the geyser this year, following similar water discharges on March 15 and April 19 this year. Before this year, Steamboat had not erupted since September 2014.


'My gladiator lay down his shield': Toddler Alfie Evans dies in Britain

Top Stories - Sat, 04/28/2018 - 09:07

Alfie Evans, the 23-month-old British toddler whose grave illness drew international attention, died early on Saturday, his family said. Alfie had a rare, degenerative disease and had been in a semi-vegetative state for more than a year. After a series of court cases, doctors at Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool removed his life support on Monday, against his parents wishes.


Rep. Gohmert reacts to recovered Strzok-Page text messages

Top Stories - Sat, 04/28/2018 - 08:27

Recovered FBI text messages were delivered to congressional committees; House Judiciary Committee member Rep. Louie Gohmert reacts on 'Fox & Friends.'


Tesla owner who turned on car's autopilot then sat in passenger seat while travelling on the M1 banned from driving

Top Stories - Sat, 04/28/2018 - 08:03

A man who switched on his car's autopilot before moving to the passenger seat while travelling along a motorway has been banned from driving for 18 months. Bhavesh Patel, aged 39, of Alfreton Road, Nottingham, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving at St Albans Crown Court on Friday, April 20. The court heard that at 7.40pm on May 21, 2017, Patel was driving his white Tesla S 60 along the northbound carriageway of the M1, between junctions 8 and 9 near Hemel Hempstead. While the £70,000 car was in motion, he chose to switch on the supercar's autopilot function before moving across to the passenger seat and leaving the steering wheel and foot controls completely unmanned. A witness noticed Patel, who had owned the car for a maximum of five months at the time of the incident, sat in the passenger seat of the vehicle. Tesla founder Elon Musk Credit: Joe Skipper/Reuters No one could be seen in the driver's seat and Patel appeared to have his hands behind his head. The witness, who was a passenger in another car, filmed Patel as the car drove past. Witness accounts stated that traffic was heavy due to congestion and it has been estimated that the vehicle was travelling at approximately 40mph at the time. Footage of the incident was first posted on social media before it was reported to police and a Notice of Intended Prosecution was then sent to Patel in the post. He was later interviewed by officers at Stevenage Police Station, where he admitted that he knew what he had done was 'silly', but that the car was capable of something 'amazing' and that he was just the 'unlucky one who got caught'. As part of the investigation, officers obtained a statement from a Tesla engineer who described autopilot as a 'suite of driver assistance features'. Tesla Model 3 puff They stated that these are hands-on features intended to provide assistance to a 'fully-attentive driver'. Traffic-Aware Cruise Control (TACC) assists with acceleration and deceleration of the vehicle whilst Autosteer provides assistance with steering of the vehicle. Further literature provided by Tesla states that drivers should 'never depend on TACC to adequately slow down model S, always watch the road in front of you and be prepared to take corrective action at all times. Failure to do so can result in serious injury or death'. Investigating officer PC Kirk Caldicutt, from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Road Policing Unit, said: "What Patel did was grossly irresponsible and could have easily ended in tragedy. He not only endangered his own life but the lives of other innocent people using the motorway on that day. History of Tesla "This case should serve as an example to all drivers who have access to autopilot controls and have thought about attempting something similar. I want to stress that they are in no way a substitute for a competent motorist in the driving seat who can react appropriately to the road ahead. "I hope Patel uses his disqualification period to reflect on why he chose to make such a reckless decision on that day." In addition to his 18-month disqualification, Patel was given 100 hours unpaid work, ordered to carry out 10 days rehabilitation and pay £1,800 in costs to the Crown Prosecution Service.


China's Xi, India's Modi seek new relationship after summit

Top Stories - Sat, 04/28/2018 - 06:40

By Sue-Lin Wong WUHAN, China (Reuters) - The leaders of China and India agreed to open a new chapter in their relationship on Saturday after an informal summit, just months after a dispute over a stretch of their high-altitude Himalayan border rekindled fears of war. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi spent around 24 hours in the central Chinese city of Wuhan for meetings with President Xi Jinping, an ice-breaking trip both hoped would allow candour and nurture trust. "President Xi stressed that the issues between China and India are of a limited, temporary nature but the relationship between the two countries is extensive and ongoing," Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou told reporters in Wuhan.


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