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Agency could keep Three Mile Island nuclear debris in Idaho

Top Stories - Mon, 09/16/2019 - 18:52

The partially melted reactor core from the worst nuclear accident in U.S. history could remain in Idaho for another 20 years if regulators finalize a license extension sought by the U.S. Energy Department, officials said Monday. The core from Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania partially melted in 1979, an event that changed the way Americans view nuclear technology. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has determined there would be no significant impact from extending the license to store the core at the 890-square-mile (2,305-square-kilometer) site that includes Idaho National Laboratory.


Elon Musk claims 'pedo guy' tweet did not suggest British diver was paedophile

Top Stories - Mon, 09/16/2019 - 18:18

Elon Musk has claimed a tweet in which he labelled a British diver “pedo guy” was not meant to suggest he was a paedophile.The Tesla founder insisted the remark was a “common insult,” according to a US court filing lodged in response to a defamation lawsuit.


'A war zone': Propane explosion kills firefighter, injures 8 others, levels building in Maine

Top Stories - Mon, 09/16/2019 - 18:12

A firefighter was killed and eight others were injured when a powerful propane explosion destroyed a new building Monday in Farmington, Maine.


Netanyahu's Dangerous Accusations of Anti-Semitism Against HBO Show 'Our Boys'

Top Stories - Mon, 09/16/2019 - 18:06

Israel's Prime Minister turned on HBO show 'Our Boys' in his hunt for enemies. That's bad for real efforts against anti-Semitism.


Wisconsin man accused of making THC cartridges charged

Top Stories - Mon, 09/16/2019 - 17:55

A Wisconsin man suspected of running an illegal operation to manufacture vaping cartridges flew to California last month to get THC oil in bulk to fill thousands of cartridges to sell, prosecutors said Monday in charging documents. Authorities in Kenosha, Wisconsin, arrested 20-year-old Tyler Huffhines on Sept. 5 after parents tipped off police when they saw their teenage son with one of the cartridges. Prosecutors say Huffhines employed 10 people to fill the cartridges with THC oil at a condo he rented with a stolen identity.


Trump says U.S. does not need Middle East oil, but cargoes keep coming

Top Stories - Mon, 09/16/2019 - 17:42

Amid a flurry of Twitter posts on Monday morning, U.S. President Donald Trump turned to the weekend attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities and assured his audience the United States had become such a big producer it no longer needed oil from the Middle East https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1173560246863876096. U.S. government data tells a different story: The technology-driven U.S. drilling boom that started more than a decade ago has made the United States a massive producer, but imports of crude oil and petroleum products from the Gulf region last year still flowed in abundantly https://www.eia.gov/dnav/pet/hist/LeafHandler.ashx?n=PET&s=MTTIMUSPG1&f=M. Iran has rejected U.S. charges it was to blame for the attacks, which damaged the world's biggest crude-processing plant in Saudi Arabia and triggered the largest jump in crude prices in decades.


Conservative group known for hardball tactics leads charge in Kavanaugh defense

Top Stories - Mon, 09/16/2019 - 17:08

A conservative group that has aided the confirmation of President Trump’s judicial nominees is now leading the GOP's charge against the most recent allegation of sexual assault against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.


On vote eve, Netanyahu vows total West Bank settlement annex

Top Stories - Mon, 09/16/2019 - 16:59

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed Monday to annex "all the settlements" in the West Bank, including an enclave deep in the heart of the largest Palestinian city, in a last-ditch move that appeared aimed at shoring up nationalist support the day before a do-over election. Locked in a razor tight race and with legal woes hanging over him, Netanyahu is fighting for his political survival. "I intend to extend sovereignty on all the settlements and the (settlement) blocs," including "sites that have security importance or are important to Israel's heritage," Netanyahu said in an interview with Israeli Army Radio, part of an eleventh-hour media blitz.


Qatar announces new residency scheme for investors

Top Stories - Mon, 09/16/2019 - 15:50

Qatar announced Monday it will grant residency to foreign investors for the first time, state media reported, the latest in a series of measures designed to diversify the economy. Foreigners investing an unspecified level of "non-Qatari capital" in the economy will be eligible for renewable five-year residency permits, the state-run Qatar News Agency reported. Real estate developers active in Qatar's property market will also be eligible for the scheme, under the new law.


Dutch court to hear case against Israel's Gantz

Top Stories - Mon, 09/16/2019 - 15:47

A Dutch court will consider on Tuesday a request to hear a civil suit seeking damages from former Israeli armed forces chief Benny Gantz, who is standing against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a parliamentary election. The hearing on admissibility will be held in a Dutch district court as voting gets under way in Israel. The case has been brought by a Dutch national of Palestinian descent using Dutch universal jurisdiction laws.


California Bans State-Sponsored Travel to Iowa over Refusal to Provide Medicaid Coverage for Gender-Reassignment Surgeries

Top Stories - Mon, 09/16/2019 - 15:25

California added an eleventh state to its travel blacklist on Friday, banning state-sponsored travel to Iowa over that state's refusal to cover gender-transition surgeries under its Medicaid program.California attorney general Xavier Becerra announced the decision to add Iowa to the travel-ban list, which takes effect October 4 and means public employees and college students will not be able to travel to Iowa on the taxpayer's dime.In May, Iowa governor Kim Reynolds signed a law blocking Medicaid from paying for gender-reassignment surgeries despite the state Supreme Court's ruling earlier this year in favor of charging taxpayers for the procedures. Gender identity is a protected characteristic under Iowa's Civil Rights Act."The Iowa Legislature has reversed course on what was settled law under the Iowa Civil Rights Act, repealing protections for those seeking gender-affirming healthcare," Becerra said in a statement. "California has taken an unambiguous stand against discrimination and government actions that would enable it."California's travel blacklist stems from a 2016 law allowing the Golden State to ban state travel to other U.S. states that roll back protections for LGBT citizens. Texas, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Mississippi, and Kentucky are also on the list.


Boy Scout leader sang naked in front of kids, and organization failed to investigate: Lawsuit

Top Stories - Mon, 09/16/2019 - 15:03

A Boy Scout leader who was accused of singing naked in front of several young boys was not investigated by his troop despite multiple complaints.


Apple Arcade FAQ: Games, price, compatibility, and everything else you need to know

Macworld - Mon, 09/16/2019 - 14:32

Apple’s new Apple Arcade subscription-based gaming service is finally almost ready to launch. It’s basically Apple’s way of helping customers sort through the chaff in the App Store, as the highly curated service will feature premium games that are untainted by in-app purchases and ads. If it works as well as it sounds, it could elevate the perception of mobile gaming in general.

Many questions remain, but fortunately we already have plenty of answers. Here’s everything we know about Apple Arcade so far.

Updated 09/16/19: Some users with the iOS 13 or iOS 13.1 beta have access to Apple Arcade now, a few days ahead of its official launch. There are 53 games available; we have updated the list in this article.

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Spain won't extradite Venezuela's ex-spymaster to US

Top Stories - Mon, 09/16/2019 - 13:31

Spain's National Court on Monday rejected the extradition to the United States of a former Venezuelan military spy chief accused of drug smuggling and other charges. The court released retired Maj. Gen. Hugo Carvajal, who denies the charges and says that they were politically motivated. María Dolores Argüelles, a lawyer for Carvajal, said she had no immediate details of the ruling beyond that a release order had been issued for the retired general.


Judge's stern barks at dogfighting defendants prompt appeals

Top Stories - Mon, 09/16/2019 - 13:24

The judge didn't mince words when it came time to sentence five North Carolina men in an illegal dogfighting operation that involved more than 150 pit bulls. "Either the dogs have to be eliminated from the world or the people who fight the dogs or both, but there needs to be an intervention by the law and it's going to start here," U.S. District Judge Terrence Boyle said. The men are now using the judge's words to appeal their sentences, arguing that he should have taken himself off the case because of his "deep-seated antagonism" toward people who engage in dogfighting and the pit bull breed itself.


Obama’s team lines up to defend Andrew McCabe in court

Top Stories - Mon, 09/16/2019 - 13:24

Obama-era national security leaders would testify on behalf of McCabe should he face trial over allegations that he misled officials about leaks to the media.


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IS leader calls on fighters to free detained comrades

Top Stories - Mon, 09/16/2019 - 13:23

The leader of the Islamic State group released a new alleged audio recording Monday calling on members of the extremist group to do all they can to free IS detainees and women held in jails and camps. The purported audio by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, in which he also said that his group is carrying out attacks in different countries, was his first public statement since April, when the shadowy leader appeared in a video for the first time in five years. With a $25 million U.S. bounty on his head, al-Baghdadi is the world's most wanted man, responsible for steering his chillingly violent organization into mass slaughter of opponents and directing and inspiring terror attacks across continents and in the heart of Europe.


US News & World Report ranks America's 'best' colleges. But, is there really a way to know?

Top Stories - Mon, 09/16/2019 - 13:07

U.S. News and World Report compiles a prolific set of annual college rankings. Many in higher education think they do more harm than good.


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