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Orange County Man and Two Children Gone Missing While Rafting
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2018-08-18    120 views
A simulated volcanic eruption and fireworks lit up
the Jakarta sky on Aug. 18 for the Asian games.

Indonesia rolled out the red carpet for the elite
athletes during the opening ceremony.

The North and South Korean athletes marched
together under a common flag of the peninsula

around a huge model of a volcano, and
3,600 performers danced in various costumes.

The enthusiastic crowd and the millions watching
around the continent enjoyed the scene on TV.

Some 13,000 athletes from 45 national Olympic
committees will compete in the Asian Games.

40 sports and 67 disciplines with new events
from bridge to roller skating are scheduled.
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Indonesia welcomes Asia with explosive opening ceremony
celeste.li
2018-08-18    28 views
A simulated volcanic eruption and fireworks lit up
the Jakarta sky on Aug. 18 for the Asian games.

Indonesia rolled out the red carpet for the elite
athletes during the opening ceremony.

The North and South Korean athletes marched
together under a common flag of the peninsula

around a huge model of a volcano, and
3,600 performers danced in various costumes.

The enthusiastic crowd and the millions watching
around the continent enjoyed the scene on TV.

Some 13,000 athletes from 45 national Olympic
committees will compete in the Asian Games.

40 sports and 67 disciplines with new events
from bridge to roller skating are scheduled.
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Babysitter of slain family speaks out---Officials investigate cause of death for Colorado mom, kids
celeste.li
2018-08-18    10K views
A Colorado man allegedly killed wife and kids.

Their babysitter Lauren Naumann speaks out.
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Heatwave Reveals Lost Archaeological Sites Across Britain
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2018-08-16    139 views
All images and gif should be credited: Copyright Historic England
Please use music with a feeling of “suspense”


[image of fifth photo Scropton_Derbyshire_34042_070.jpg]
The scorching weather in England
has revealed hidden treasures.

[zoom into fifth photo down, Scropton_Derbyshire_34042_070.jpg --- maybe use highlight (but not a red circle)]
Look closely.

This is a Bronze Age burial mound.

[1st photo]
Here are 2 Neolithic cursus monuments.
The oldest monument type in the country.

[blur gif, 12th image down, as background to question]
So how does archaeology form cropmarks?

[now use gif without blur]
A small Iron Age settlement (c. 800 BC – 43 AD)

The same site in the Roman period (43 AD – 410 AD)

The structures have left cropmarks.

An excavation trench reveals
the nature of the cropmarks.

[show various images of cropmarks]
Several hundred cropmarks have revealed
themselves this summer due to the dry weather.
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Reality TV star Lyric Mchenry dies
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2018-08-16    0 views
Lyric McHenry, a reality TV star, died on Aug. 14.

Reports say she was pregnant and found dead

on a sidewalk in the Bronx, New York City.


Reports said she was found in her pajamas.
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Heatwave Reveals Lost Archaeological Sites Across Britain
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2018-08-16    0 views
All images and gif should be credited: Copyright Historic England
Please use music with a feeling of “suspense”


[image of fifth photo Scropton_Derbyshire_34042_070.jpg]
The scorching weather in England
has revealed hidden treasures.

[zoom into fifth photo down, Scropton_Derbyshire_34042_070.jpg --- maybe use highlight (but not a red circle)]
Look closely.

This is a Bronze Age burial mound.

[1st photo]
Here are 2 Neolithic cursus monuments.
The oldest monument type in the country.

[blur gif, 12th image down, as background to question]
So how does archaeology form cropmarks?

[now use gif without blur]
A small Iron Age settlement (c. 800 BC – 43 AD)

The same site in the Roman period (43 AD – 410 AD)

The structures have left cropmarks.

An excavation trench reveals
the nature of the cropmarks.

[show various images of cropmarks]
Several hundred cropmarks have revealed
themselves this summer due to the dry weather.
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Gunman Shoots Several People in a Pennsylvania Walmart
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2018-08-15    2K views
A man opened fire in the checkout line of a Pennsylvania Walmart, shooting three people, and then fought with police before being arrested.

Surveillance video from the Walmart in the Cedarbrook Plaza Shopping Center shows a man identified as Keenan Jones, 30, and a female companion waiting in line to check out around 6 p.m. on Aug. 14.

The video seems to show Jones take a pistol concealed in his companion’s waistband.

Jones shot a customer ahead of him in line, striking him in the leg.

He then fled toward the front of the store, continuing to fire his weapon at customers and store employees all of whom were fleeing.
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Chilean Navy frees trapped whale
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2018-08-15    243 views
In heartwarming news, a trapped whale was rescued by Chile in the seas of the Chilean Patagonia region this week thanks to a coordinated effort.

The whale was stuck in fishing net, leading Chile's Maritime Authority to call on fishermen to remove the nets after the rescue.

A convoy led by the Alacalufe General Service boat made the three-plus hour trip off the coast at Puerto Williams to arrive at the site where the whale was trapped.
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Heatwave Reveals Lost Archaeological Sites Across Britain
celeste.li
2018-08-15    106 views
All images and gif should be credited: Copyright Historic England
Please use music with a feeling of “suspense”


[image of fifth photo Scropton_Derbyshire_34042_070.jpg]
The scorching weather in England
has revealed hidden treasures.

[zoom into fifth photo down, Scropton_Derbyshire_34042_070.jpg --- maybe use highlight (but not a red circle)]
Look closely.

This is a Bronze Age burial mound.

[1st photo]
Here are 2 Neolithic cursus monuments.
The oldest monument type in the country.

[blur gif, 12th image down, as background to question]
So how does archaeology form cropmarks?

[now use gif without blur]
A small Iron Age settlement (c. 800 BC – 43 AD)

The same site in the Roman period (43 AD – 410 AD)

The structures have left cropmarks.

An excavation trench reveals
the nature of the cropmarks.

[show various images of cropmarks]
Several hundred cropmarks have revealed
themselves this summer due to the dry weather.
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Divers continue to search for 12-year-old girl
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2018-08-15    96 views
Recovery efforts for the body of a missing
12-year-old girl in San Diego continue.

[make sure you have timestamp on this frame with this text]:
Teams were out for a third day looking for
the remains of the missing girl, Leia.

Leia fell overboard in the San Vicente
Reservoir in Lakeside, over the weekend.

[Lt. Rich Stropky/San Diego Lifeguards]:
No end in sight, except that
we want to find Leia today.

Thirty-six divers from multiple agencies
are assisting in the search.

A spokesman for the agency was getting
visibly emotional as he talked about their efforts.

[Lt. Rich Stropky/San Diego Lifeguards]:
It's... it hits home...
way too close"


They are using helicopters, search dogs, and
advanced underwater technology to look for Leia.

[Lt. Rich Stropky/San Diego Lifeguards]:
"We do have some areas that we're putting
a lot of divers in and retracing some steps
to be very thorough with this search."
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Elliot Robinson
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2018-08-14    0 views
Elliot Robinson turned 8 years old on July 26.

For most kids, the highlight of their birthday is ripping the wrapping paper off of their gifts, and eating their weight in birthday cake.

Elliot keeps a far more special tradition.

For as long as Nate and Stephanie Robinson can remember, their son has wanted to be a police officer.

That’s why he pays the Duchesne County Sheriff’s Office in Utah a visit every year on his big day.

“He really just wanted to share his birthday with them, and one way the police department said we could do that was to bring treats.”

The officers at the sheriff’s office have come to expect his annual visit, and they look forward to it as much as he does.

“It’s pretty special what he does. We have brought people in and given them a birthday cake, or to see what law enforcement does,"

"or to come and visit us. But really, Elliot is the only one that brings us stuff. It’s pretty cool."

He doesn’t hesitate to say, when asked, why he admires his local police officers.

“[I like] how they protect towns and communities and schools,” Elliot said. “They’re my heroes.”

Elliot’s annual trip to the sheriff’s office isn’t showing any signs of stopping. The family is planning on returning on his birthday next year.

“It’s a tradition now. It’s a must,” Stephanie said.

Elliot wants to be a police officer when he grows up, something his parents are keen to encourage.

He’ll hear no objections from the sheriff’s office either.

In the meantime, officers at the Duchesne County Sheriff’s Office can count on sweet treats at work at least once a year.

For Elliot and the rest of the Robinson family, it’s a small token of gratitude for the officer’s hard work.

“We truly appreciate our men and women in blue and thank God for keeping them safe,” Stephanie said.
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France--Paris residents peeved at very public eco-friendly urinals
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2018-08-14    0 views
A new set of eco-friendly but completely exposed urinals deployed on the streets of Paris are provoking uproar from locals.

One of the bright red "urinoirs" installed on the Ile Saint-Louis, not far from Notre Dame cathedral and overlooking tourist boats passing on the Seine, has caused particular indignation.

Locals have written to the town hall to demand its removal and are planning a petition.

"This model is not attractive at all and where it has been set up is not appropriate at all," 50-year-old Paris resident Moubi said.

The urinal is on a pavement a few metres from the door of a well-known townhouse the Hotel de Lauzun where 19th-century French poet Charles Baudelaire lived.

Neighbours also fear that the urinal, around 20 meters (22 yards) from a primary school, could become a target for exhibitonists.

The designer of the "Uritrottoir" -- a combination of the French words for urinal and pavement -- said it offered an "eco solution to public peeing". The device is essentially a box with an opening in the front and a floral display on top, containing straw which transforms into compost for use in parks and gardens.

But Ile Saint-Louis locals said the receptacle, with no stall around it of any kind, could blight their ultra-chic neighbourhood.

"Seeing people urinating right in front of your door is not the nicest thing," 28-year-old Paris resident Mounia said.

Local mayor Ariel Weil insisted the devices were necessary, however. Paris authorities have rolled out four of the stand-up loos in spots where public peeing has been a problem, and a fifth is planned.
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Paris residents peeved at very public eco-friendly urinals
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2018-08-13    0 views
A new set of eco-friendly but completely exposed urinals deployed on the streets of Paris are provoking uproar from locals.

One of the bright red "urinoirs" installed on the Ile Saint-Louis, not far from Notre Dame cathedral and overlooking tourist boats passing on the Seine, has caused particular indignation.

Locals have written to the town hall to demand its removal and are planning a petition.

"This model is not attractive at all and where it has been set up is not appropriate at all," 50-year-old Paris resident Moubi said.

The urinal is on a pavement a few metres from the door of a well-known townhouse the Hotel de Lauzun where 19th-century French poet Charles Baudelaire lived.

Neighbours also fear that the urinal, around 20 meters (22 yards) from a primary school, could become a target for exhibitonists.

The designer of the "Uritrottoir" -- a combination of the French words for urinal and pavement -- said it offered an "eco solution to public peeing". The device is essentially a box with an opening in the front and a floral display on top, containing straw which transforms into compost for use in parks and gardens.

But Ile Saint-Louis locals said the receptacle, with no stall around it of any kind, could blight their ultra-chic neighbourhood.

"Seeing people urinating right in front of your door is not the nicest thing," 28-year-old Paris resident Mounia said.

Local mayor Ariel Weil insisted the devices were necessary, however. Paris authorities have rolled out four of the stand-up loos in spots where public peeing has been a problem, and a fifth is planned.
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Depressed in bed for days, her husband's messages were touchingly beautiful
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2018-08-13    2 views
In June 2017, Sarah Loucks of Merced, California, was having a normal day at home doing dishes.

Then she suddenly stopped.

“My emotions turned to black, every ounce of energy escaped and where my soul had been was a vacant void.”

Loucks was having a depressive episode, but there was absolutely no trigger.

These episodes—which come in all different forms—stem from her bipolar disorder.

Some episodes only last a few hours, but others last a few months.

As she stood there, she knew her then 4-year-old son was expecting lunch.

But she felt herself deflating like a balloon pricked by a needle.

It wouldn’t be long before she was incapacitated completely.

Loucks usually hides her depression from her three children,

so she took them to her parents’ house where they could be taken care of for a few hours.

When she returned home, she felt her pain getting worse and went to the couch,

calling her husband, Michael Mayfield, for help—while he was at work.

When Mayfield came home, he found his wife in the that she had called from, seemingly unable to get up.

Loucks didn’t greet him; she merely walked away from the couch and climbed into her bed where she stayed for hours.

She was fighting a war within her own mind.

She kept insulting and belittling herself, attacking her own weaknesses, feeling pathetic.

As this was happening, Mayfield took care of the kids.

He helped them with homework, cooked dinner, played games, and watched TV with them.

Mayfield made sure not to leave her out completely, though.

“I would check on Sarah every so often; she would not even poke her head out of the covers,” Mayfield said.

“This hurt me to see her like this.”

Loucks stayed in the same spot for days, not getting up to change her clothes or brush her teeth—even using the toilet was rare.

Instead her days were spent listening to that same internal argument play out over and over again.

Eventually though, she worked up the energy to get up,

and what she saw when she got into the hallway made her feel so special.

It was around 6 in the morning when Loucks decided to get up for a cup of water.

As she walked out, she saw tiny yellow squares all over the walls.

They were sticky notes, and each one had a special message written specifically for her.

There were several, all with different encouraging messages like “You are wanted,” “You are not a burden,” and “I love you.”

Reading these loving messages, Loucks began to cry and when Mayfield stepped into the hallway,

revealing that this was something he had planned, she became even more emotional.

According to Mayfield, the idea behind the sticky notes came from a video he had seen a few days prior to his wife’s depressive episode.

The video was a list of things to say to someone struggling with depression—but her husband wanted to take it one step further.

The as had a profound impact.

Loucks ended up saving 20 of her favorite notes and taping them to a wall next to her,

so they would be the first things she saw both when she woke up and went to bed.

“I did not expect the reaction she had; I just thought it was something nice to do and these are things she needed to hear,” Mayfield said.

Those sticky notes are still on Loucks’s wall over a year later, and serve as an inspiration for her to keep going.
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Audio from stolen plane reveals final moments before deadly crash
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2018-08-11    1K views
Audio recordings of a conversation between an air traffic controller and an airline worker that stole an empty plane from Seattle's airport shed light on the final moments before the stolen plane crashed on a remote island near Seattle on Friday (August 10).

An Horizon Air ground service agent took the controls of a Bombardier Q400 turboprop airplane in a maintenance area at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport at about 8 p.m. local time Friday (0300GMT) and took off, embarking on flight over Seattle before crashing about an one hour later on Ketron Island in Puget Sound.

The 29-year-old man, who has not been identified, was suicidal and appeared to have acted alone, the Pierce County Sheriff's Department said on Twitter, adding the employee was probably killed in the crash.

Federal authorities were searching on Saturday (August 11) for what drove the airline worker to steal the empty airplane and spark a security scare that saw U.S. fighter jets scrambled.

There was no indication that the incident was an act of terror and no passengers were aboard the plane, the FBI said in a series of tweets.
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Amish man puts new spin on ride-sharing with Amish Uber
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2018-08-11    525 views
An Amish man has started an "Amish Uber"
with a horse and carriage.

Timothy Hochstedler started giving people
rides in his horse and buggy in Colon, Mich.

[Timothy Hochstedler , Amish Uber driver]

"Uber is a cool thing, every single year something new comes
in and Uber is hot right now, so we have the Amish Uber.
We can deliver people to their front doorsteps.”

He charges just $5 a ride.

People who want a ride, though, must flag
down Hochstedler as he's driving by.

Riders said they enjoyed themselves, taking in
the scenery while getting to their destinations.

[Becky Phelps, Amish Uber rider]

"I don't think there's Uber down here, so it's pretty cool.
It gives people that option that can't drive or
don't want to drive or shouldn't drive.”
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This Lady’s Tale Of Recovery Will Inspire You
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2018-08-11    0 views
Barbara was a lupus patient for over 10 years. Due to being constantly sick, fatigued, and pained, Barbara was barely able to work in her 20’s, and eventually filed for disability. Suicide occurred to her many times.

To deal with the depression, Barbara started seeing a psychologist, but was soon diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis as well.

“I began to think that my life was soon coming to an end… I just really wanted to understand why I was here. What’s the purpose of my life? Why did I get sick?”

On February 6, 2000, she found a pamphlet at her local library. It was the turning point of her life. The three Chinese characters on the pamphlet would change her. They are the principles of a Chinese spiritual movement known as Falun Dafa.

As soon as she started reading Zhuan Falun, the main text of Falun Dafa, she suddenly understood why everything happened to her and found inner peace.

She didn’t expect her illness to be healed, but it happened. After Barbara started practicing the Falun Dafa exercises, within 3 months her body felt light and comfortable, and she was able to do anything she wanted.

Barbara was miraculously healed without medication. She saw her internist and rheumatologist, and they confirmed that her body was completely normal.

“Honestly, the best thing wasn’t finally being physically able to get a job, or being able to sleep normally again, or even having the capability of doing simple things like stand in line at the grocery store without hurting. The most amazing part was truly how I felt inside.”
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What is Brexit?
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2018-08-10    0 views
What is Brexit anyway?

The UK has voted to leave the European Union

Something no country has ever done before

It’s the biggest and most complicated task since World War II

But just what exactly is Brexit?

And is it over yet?

The answers are … complicated.

The Brexit referendum vote was close

52% of Brits voted to leave the EU — the “Leavers”

48% voted to remain — the “Remainers”

It has divided the nation

And there’s a lot left to decide before the deadline of March 29, 2019

The negotiations between the UK and the EU have been fierce

There’s the money

The UK will have to pay a “divorce bill” of £30-£40 billion

Plus there are the rights of 3.7 million EU citizens in the UK and the 800 thousand UK citizens in the EU to take care of

And the small matters of
Customs arrangements
Trade terms
Security
and Northern Ireland border arrangements

Complicating all this is that 16 of the 27 national leaders in the European Council need to agree on the deal

The EU doesn’t want the UK to have the benefits of membership without the costs

If it does, the deal risks undermining the EU’s existence

And some believe we need the EU to be strong to resist the influence of authoritarian countries like China

Brexit isn’t just a matter of being in or out of the EU

It’s about the future relationship with the EU—and that creates a sliding scale

… from soft to hard

The closer it is to status quo, the “softer” the Brexit

A “hard Brexit” would mean much more independence, and also more barriers to trade

If no deal is reached, then trade would be under World Trade Organization rules

Leaving with no deal is also called “crashing out”’ of the EU—the ultimate “hard Brexit”

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Explosion near Bologna, Italy airport injures dozens
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2018-08-06    190 views
An explosion killed at least two people and injured dozens more near the Italian city of Bologna in an incident that caused a bridge to partially collapse.

Italian police told the ANSA news agency on Aug. 6 that 14 people were seriously injured in the explosion, which was caused by a vehicle carrying flammable materials. The incident, which took place near the Bologna Airport, injured at least 50 people in all, but other media outlets reported that as many as 60 or 70 people were hurt.

Video footage and photos posted on social media showed a massive explosion, fireball, and smoke.

Italian police posted a video showing the damage done to the bridge after the blast, showing a crater in the road.
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Ministerial-religious-freedom
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2018-08-01    3 views
The freedom of belief was at the center of the United States’ founding. It’s at the center of the U.S. constitution. And the Trump administration has put it as a top priority in its foreign policy agenda.

[[Mike Pompeo, State Department Secretary]]
“The United States advances religious freedom in our foreign policy because it is not exclusively an American right. It is a God-given universal right bestowed on all of mankind.”

In an effort to promote that right, the State Department held its first Ministerial on Religious Freedom July 24 to 26 in Washington, D.C.

[[Mike Pence, US Vice President]]: [[7:55-8:06]]
“As President Trump has said on many occasions, the United States of America is a “nation of faith,” and religious freedom is a top priority of this administration.”

[[Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of State]]:
“When religious freedom flourishes, a country flourishes.”

Representatives from over 80 countries attended the event, including victims of religious persecution who shared their stories.

Marziyeh Amirizadeh [[11:27-
“We spent 259 days in Evin prison, one of the most notorious prisons in Iran.”

[[Monir Khanjani, Niece of[Jamaloddin Khanjani]] [6:03--6:12]]
“We would hear regularly of arrests, executions, and looting of Baha’i homes and businesses.”

Maryam Rostampour [[16:23--16:26]]
“All the Iranians are experiencing different forms of persecution and suffering.”

It wasn’t just Iran that was highlighted though. The governments of Russia, Iraq, Nicaragua, Sudan, Turkey, North Korea, and particularly China were held up as violators of religious freedom.

[[Mike Pence, U.S Vice President]] [[14:50 -14:56]]
“For nearly 70 years, the Tibetan people have been brutally repressed by the Chinese government.”

[[Frank Wolf, Retired U.S. Representative]] [[55:06-55:17]]
“Falun Gong are facing severe persecution and there are actually reports of organ harvesting where they kill him and they take your organs for sale.”

[[Mike Pence, U.S Vice President]] [[15:32--15:42]]
“Sadly, as we speak as well, Beijing is holding hundreds of thousands, and possibly millions, of Uyghur Muslims in so-called “re-education camps.”

[[Frank Wolf, Retired U.S. Representative]] [55:43-55:51]]
“For me as a follower of Jesus scripture gives little choice but to respond to the oppression.”

Regarding Turkey, news of a positive development came out on the last day of the ministerial.

[[Sam Brownbeck, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom]]
[[00:17--00:28]]
“Well, you’re already having an impact it appears. Reuters is reporting that an American Pastor who has been detained in Turkey for nearly 2 years has been put out on house arrest.”

Secretary Pompeo said that the U.S. is in conversation with Turkey to bring Pastor Andrew Brunson home.

[[Mike Pence, U.S. Vice President]]
“If Turkey does not take immediate action to free this innocent man of faith and send him home to America, the United States will impose significant sanctions on Turkey until Pastor Andrew Brunson is free.”

Day one of the Ministerial was about learning how to tap into government and private sector resources. On day two, participants shared stories, advice, and expertise. And day 3 was about identifying barriers to religious freedom and how to overcome them.

USAID Administrator Mark Green said that by merely holding such an event, it spreads hope to those persecuted for their faith around the world.

[[Mark Green, USAID Administrator]] [[36:25-36:32]]
“Of course, hope is insufficient if it is unaccompanied by action.”

There were several concrete actions the U.S. will take announced at the ministerial.

[[Mike Pence, US Secretary of State]]
“It’s my privilege as vice president to announce today that the United States of America will establish the Genocide Recovery and Persecution Response Program, effective today. Under this new program, the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development will closely partner with local faith and community leaders to rapidly deliver aid to persecuted communities, beginning with Ir
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Pence and Pompeo Say Religious Liberty Top US Priority
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2018-08-01    4 views
The freedom of belief was at the center of the United States’ founding. It’s at the center of the U.S. constitution. And the Trump administration has put it as a top priority in its foreign policy agenda.

[[Mike Pompeo, State Department Secretary]]
“The United States advances religious freedom in our foreign policy because it is not exclusively an American right. It is a God-given universal right bestowed on all of mankind.”

In an effort to promote that right, the State Department held its first Ministerial on Religious Freedom July 24 to 26 in Washington, D.C.

[[Mike Pence, US Vice President]]: [[7:55-8:06]]
“As President Trump has said on many occasions, the United States of America is a “nation of faith,” and religious freedom is a top priority of this administration.”

[[Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of State]]:
“When religious freedom flourishes, a country flourishes.”

Representatives from over 80 countries attended the event, including victims of religious persecution who shared their stories.

Marziyeh Amirizadeh [[11:27-
“We spent 259 days in Evin prison, one of the most notorious prisons in Iran.”

[[Monir Khanjani, Niece of[Jamaloddin Khanjani]] [6:03--6:12]]
“We would hear regularly of arrests, executions, and looting of Baha’i homes and businesses.”

Maryam Rostampour [[16:23--16:26]]
“All the Iranians are experiencing different forms of persecution and suffering.”

It wasn’t just Iran that was highlighted though. The governments of Russia, Iraq, Nicaragua, Sudan, Turkey, North Korea, and particularly China were held up as violators of religious freedom.

[[Mike Pence, U.S Vice President]] [[14:50 -14:56]]
“For nearly 70 years, the Tibetan people have been brutally repressed by the Chinese government.”

[[Frank Wolf, Retired U.S. Representative]] [[55:06-55:17]]
“Falun Gong are facing severe persecution and there are actually reports of organ harvesting where they kill him and they take your organs for sale.”

[[Mike Pence, U.S Vice President]] [[15:32--15:42]]
“Sadly, as we speak as well, Beijing is holding hundreds of thousands, and possibly millions, of Uyghur Muslims in so-called “re-education camps.”

[[Frank Wolf, Retired U.S. Representative]] [55:43-55:51]]
“For me as a follower of Jesus scripture gives little choice but to respond to the oppression.”

Regarding Turkey, news of a positive development came out on the last day of the ministerial.

[[Sam Brownbeck, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom]]
[[00:17--00:28]]
“Well, you’re already having an impact it appears. Reuters is reporting that an American Pastor who has been detained in Turkey for nearly 2 years has been put out on house arrest.”

Secretary Pompeo said that the U.S. is in conversation with Turkey to bring Pastor Andrew Brunson home.

[[Mike Pence, U.S. Vice President]]
“If Turkey does not take immediate action to free this innocent man of faith and send him home to America, the United States will impose significant sanctions on Turkey until Pastor Andrew Brunson is free.”

Day one of the Ministerial was about learning how to tap into government and private sector resources. On day two, participants shared stories, advice, and expertise. And day 3 was about identifying barriers to religious freedom and how to overcome them.

USAID Administrator Mark Green said that by merely holding such an event, it spreads hope to those persecuted for their faith around the world.

[[Mark Green, USAID Administrator]] [[36:25-36:32]]
“Of course, hope is insufficient if it is unaccompanied by action.”

There were several concrete actions the U.S. will take announced at the ministerial.

[[Mike Pence, US Secretary of State]]
“It’s my privilege as vice president to announce today that the United States of America will establish the Genocide Recovery and Persecution Response Program, effective today. Under this new program, the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development will closely partner with local faith and community leaders to rapidly deliver aid to persecuted communities, beginning with Ir
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Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange Dared to Leave Ecuadorean Embassy by UK Minister
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2018-07-21    2 views
A top U.K. official has dared WikiLeaks founder
Julian Assange to leave the Ecuadorian Embassy.

“He is free to walk out of the doors of the
Ecuadorian Embassy anytime he wishes.”

Assange has been living in the
London Embassy for over six years,

In fear of being extradited to the
United States over possible charges.

The warrant that was filed for Assange's arrest,
is still valid, according to British authorities.

[Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt]

“This is a country that respects rule of law, you are innocent until proven
guilty. Serious charges have been laid against him and we want him to
face justice for those charges but we are a country of due process.
At any time he wants to he is free to walk out onto the street of
Knightsbride and the British police will have a warm welcome for him.”

A charge in the United Kingdom for failing to turn
up to a court hearing was filed against Assange.

Assange, an Australian, was visited by
Australian officials for the first time in June.

Australia said it was providing consular assistance.

A source said that Ecuador and Britain are in
high-level talks to remove Assange from the embassy.

Lenin Moreno, the new Ecuadorian president is
scheduled to visit the United Kingdom this month.


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Bush's former doctor fatally shot while biking near hospital
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2018-07-21    21 views
A cardiologist who once treated former President George H.W. Bush was fatally shot by a fellow bicyclist Friday while riding through a Houston medical complex, and police were trying to determine if the shooting was random or a targeted act.
The shooting happened around 9 a.m. as Dr. Mark Hausknecht was going northbound through the Texas Medical Center, said Houston Police Executive Assistant Chief Troy Finner.
"The suspect was on a bicycle as well. Rode past the doctor, turned and fired two shots. The doctor immediately went down," Finner said.
Hausknecht, 65, hit at least once, was taken to a nearby hospital, where he died.
Hausknecht was going in to work at Houston Methodist Hospital when he was shot, the hospital's CEO said in an email to staff.
The area where the shooting took place is part of a 1,345-acre complex of hospitals and medical institutions, including the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and is busy with traffic and pedestrians during the day.
Authorities late Friday continued searching for the suspect, who was wearing a gray warmup jacket, khaki shorts and a tan baseball cap.
Hausknecht treated Bush in February 2000 for an irregular heartbeat after the ex-president complained about lightheadedness while visiting Florida.
The cardiologist appeared with Bush at a news conference after his treatment.
Bush on Friday offered his condolences to Hausknecht's family.
"Mark was a fantastic cardiologist and a good man," Bush said in a statement. "I will always be grateful for his exceptional, compassionate care."
Hausknecht had been in medical practice for almost 40 years and specialized in cardiovascular disease, said Marc Boom, president and CEO of Houston Methodist Hospital.
Hausknecht was part of the hospital's medical staff as well as its DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center.
"His patients appreciated his kind bedside manner and the extra time he took to answer their questions and fully explain their condition and treatment," Boom said in an email to employees on Friday. "Our employees who worked with him said patients were so proud to call him their doctor."

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Bush's former doctor fatally shot while biking near hospital
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2018-07-21    0 views
A cardiologist who once treated former President George H.W. Bush was fatally shot by a fellow bicyclist Friday while riding through a Houston medical complex, and police were trying to determine if the shooting was random or a targeted act.
The shooting happened around 9 a.m. as Dr. Mark Hausknecht was going northbound through the Texas Medical Center, said Houston Police Executive Assistant Chief Troy Finner.
"The suspect was on a bicycle as well. Rode past the doctor, turned and fired two shots. The doctor immediately went down," Finner said.
Hausknecht, 65, hit at least once, was taken to a nearby hospital, where he died.
Hausknecht was going in to work at Houston Methodist Hospital when he was shot, the hospital's CEO said in an email to staff.
The area where the shooting took place is part of a 1,345-acre complex of hospitals and medical institutions, including the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and is busy with traffic and pedestrians during the day.
Authorities late Friday continued searching for the suspect, who was wearing a gray warmup jacket, khaki shorts and a tan baseball cap.
Hausknecht treated Bush in February 2000 for an irregular heartbeat after the ex-president complained about lightheadedness while visiting Florida.
The cardiologist appeared with Bush at a news conference after his treatment.
Bush on Friday offered his condolences to Hausknecht's family.
"Mark was a fantastic cardiologist and a good man," Bush said in a statement. "I will always be grateful for his exceptional, compassionate care."
Hausknecht had been in medical practice for almost 40 years and specialized in cardiovascular disease, said Marc Boom, president and CEO of Houston Methodist Hospital.
Hausknecht was part of the hospital's medical staff as well as its DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center.
"His patients appreciated his kind bedside manner and the extra time he took to answer their questions and fully explain their condition and treatment," Boom said in an email to employees on Friday. "Our employees who worked with him said patients were so proud to call him their doctor."

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Why is Falun Gong persecuted?
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2018-07-21    3K views
Why is Falun Gong persecuted?
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Brexit Negotiations Explained
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2018-07-16    2 views
The referendum vote left the nation divided  

52% of Brits voted to leave the EU — the “Leavers”
48% voted to remain — the “Remainers”

However, only 1/3 of lawmakers voted to leave

Even Prime Minister Theresa May was a Remainer until she was voted into office with a mandate to enact Brexit

Experts describe Brexit as the biggest and most complicated undertaking since WWII

Here’s why Brexit isn’t over yet

1. THE DIVORCE
After 43 years of marriage, the UK is leaving the EU
But before they can go their separate ways … comes the divorce settlement
There’s the money
The UK is expected to pay a “divorce bill” of £30-£40 billion
to cover outstanding bills and the like

There’s the kids (around 4.5 million of them)
The two parties need to agree on
the rights of 3.7 million EU citizens in the UK
and the 800 thousand UK citizens in the EU

Then there are the odds and ends to tidy up

Customs arrangements
Trade terms
Security
Northern Ireland border arrangements

Even then, many issues will need to be resolved after the deal
And course, the parties still have to live as neighbours no matter what

They get 2 years to agree.
The clock has been ticking since March 29, 2017, when the UK triggered Article 50.
So once the lawyers have hashed it out, the two just need to sign and that’s it, right?
No. This is where the divorce analogy falls apart

16 of the 27 national leaders in the European Council (representing over 65 percent of the EU population) need to agree on the deal
And a majority of the 751 members of the European Parliament also needs to sign the paperwork

And if they don't agree?
An extension can be granted to negotiations—but only if all 27 member states agree

And if they don’t all agree?
We’ll get to that later

2. LEAVING THE CLUB

“I don’t want to belong to any club that will accept people like me as a member.”
— Groucho Marx
No one wants to belong to a club that offers the same benefits to non-members as members

The EU will try to ensure the UK doesn’t get the benefits of membership without the costs
If it does, the deal risks undermining the EU’s existence  
Membership means signing up to the four freedoms
Plus there are certain opt-ins like using the Euro and joining the Schengen open border zone
No one has ever left the club before
With business interests, regulations, and trade entwined among member states, experts warn it could take a decade to disentangle


3. HAVING YOUR CAKE
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson famously said the UK would be able to “have its cake and eat it” in negotiating a new deal with the EU
“Brexit cake” has become a joke among EU leaders who insist the UK cannot come out with a better deal than it started with
The EU’s negotiation mantra is that “nothing is agreed until everything is agreed”
How far the EU might go in allowing a compromise is unknown


4. BREXIT SOFT OR HARD?
Brexit isn’t just a matter of being in or out of the EU
It’s about the future relationship with the EU—and that creates a sliding scale
… from soft to hard
The closer it is to status quo, the ‘softer’ the Brexit
The Norway model, for example, might be seen as a soft Brexit.
Norway is not a member of the EU so it cannot vote on EU laws and regulations
But it has access to the EU’s single market, allowing free trade
A ‘hard Brexit’ would mean much more independence, and also more barriers to trade

5. THE CLIFF EDGE

Negotiations are hurtling towards the deadline of March 29, 2019.
But if a deal isn’t in place, what happens?
If no deal is reached, then trade defaults to World Trade Organisation rules
Leaving with no deal is also called “crashing out” of the EU—the ultimate “hard Brexit”
Businesses are worried about a “Cliff Edge” scenario—the UK leaving the EU without new regulatory frameworks in place, or with too little time for them to adjust supply chains



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Nancy Sinatra, first wife of star Frank Sinatra dies at 101
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2018-07-14    3K views
Nancy Sinatra, Frank Sinatra’s first wife, died on July 13.
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She was 101 years old.

Nancy and Frank Sinatra were married for 12 years.

They had three children.

The couple divorced in 1951.

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Ryanair flight loses cabin pressure, 33 hospitalized: German police
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2018-07-14    378 views
Ryanair cabin crew are set to strike in four countries in late July, including in two of its largest markets, threatening to disrupt Europe's biggest low-cost airline at the height of the holiday season.

Cabin crew in Italy and Spain are set to join colleagues in Belgium and Portugal for a one-day strike on July 25, five trade unions told a news conference on Thursday (July 5). Crew in Spain, Portugal and Belgium will strike for a second day on July 26.

A representative for Spanish cabin crew union SITCPLA, Monique Duthiers, described the legal situation of Ryanair's employees as "limbo", saying that the Irish airline was choosing which labour law to apply to its 8,000 cabin crew based on its best interests while refusing to engage in dialogue with unions by accepting their chosen representatives.

She said she expected 4,000 cabin crew to participate, a number that would imply significant participation outside of the four countries directly affected.

Pilots and cabin crew at Ryanair began to organise following a wave of cancellations at the airline in the second half of last year, and in December the airline gave in to growing pressure and recognised trade unions for the first time in its 32-year history.
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Huge iceberg drifts close to Greenland village, causing fears of tsunami
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2018-07-14    620 views
COPENHAGEN—An iceberg the size of a hill has drifted close to a tiny village on the western coast of Greenland, causing fear that it could swamp the settlement with a tsunami if it calves.

The iceberg towers over houses on a promontory in the village of Innaarsuit but it is grounded and has not moved overnight, local media KNR reported.

A danger zone close to the coast has been evacuated and people have been moved further up a steep slope where the settlement lies, a Greenland police spokesman told Reuters.

Last summer, four people died after waves swamped a settlement in northwestern Greenland.

By Stine Jacobsen
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GOLDEN STATE KILLER SUSPECT IN COURT
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2018-07-14    28 views
VICTIMS OF THE EAST AREA RAPIST HAVE WAITED MORE THAN 40 YEARS FOR THIS DAY.

REPORTER says: "What are you feeling right now?"
CARSON-SANDLER says: "Anxious. Angry."

MEDIA CLOGGED THE HALLWAY JUST OUTSIDE THE COURTROOM, WHERE EAST AREA RAPIST SUSPECT JOSEPH DEANGELO MADE ANOTHER COURT APPEARANCE.
THE DEFENSE FILED A MOTION TO BAR MEDIA FROM COVERING TODAY'S COURT PROCEEDINGS.
BUT THE JUDGE OVERRULED THAT REQUEST, SAYING HE BELIEVES THE "PUBLIC DOES HAVE THE RIGHT TO KNOW," AND THAT DEANGELO "WON'T BE PREJUDICED BY THE PROCEEDINGS."
THE D-A IS IN THE PROCESS OF PROVIDING DISCOVERY TO DEFENSE AND REQUESTED PROCEEDINGS TO CONTINUE TO SEPTEMBER 5TH.

CARSON-SANDLER says: "I didn't get to see him full faced."
REPORTER says: "You leaned over."
CARSON-SANDLER says: "I did. I wanted to see his face but I saw by the side. It's just so surreal. I'm just so blessed that he's behind bars."

DEBBI DOMINGO'S MOTHER AND HER MOM'S BOYFRIEND WERE KILLED BY THE EAST AREA RAPIST.
SHE SAYS SHE'S ALWAYS BELIEVED HE WOULD BE BROUGHT TO JUSTICE ONE DAY, FOR TAKING HER MOTHER AWAY.

REPORTER says: "Any thoughts of your mom?"
DOMINGO says: "Oh, I always think of my mom. I've got my mom and Greg on my T-shirt. I don't know if ya'll want to get a shot of that. But they're always with me, you know? They're always with me."
REPORTER says: "You're heart musta been beating fast when they opened that door."
DOMINGO says: "You know, not so much. I trust that God has his perfect timing going. This is exactly the way it's supposed to be."

MARGARET WARDLOW IS THE EAST AREA RAPIST'S YOUNGEST VICTIM, JUST 13 AT THE TIME.
SEEING HIM FOR THE FIRST TIME AFTER 41 YEARS WASN'T EASY FOR HER.

WARDLOW says: "It's just intense. I don't know how else to explain it. I really thought I was really tough and strong but it's kinda scary."

WARDLOW says: "But everybody has to survive after that and it's... so difficult."
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Wildfire Suspect Arrested, Likely Illegal Immigrant
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2018-07-01    61 views
Smoke Billows as Upper Mailbox Fire Grows to 400 Acres

Pre-evacuation notices were issued in the area of Redvale, Colorado, as the Upper Mailbox Fire grew to roughly 400 acres on June 15, NBC 11 News reported.

Additional reconnaissance flights were planned for Saturday, June 16, to provide officials with a better estimate of total acreage and fire perimeter, SW Colorado Fire Tweeted.
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Wildfire Suspect Arrested, Likely Illegal Immigrant
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2018-07-01    0 views
Bone-dry conditions and scorching temperatures hampered firefighters Thursday as they battled two wildfires in Colorado - one that has burned structures in the southern part of the state and another that has forced evacuations near Rocky Mountain National Park.

About 350 homes have been evacuated east of Fort Garland in southern Colorado since a wildfire erupted there Wednesday. The blaze has blackened about 6 square miles (15 square kilometers) and has destroyed some structures, but fire managers are not sure how many.

Many of the evacuations were ordered in Forbes Park, a housing development started by multimillionaire Malcolm Forbes in the 1970s and which is now owned by its homeowners' association.

Firefighters have not been able to dig any containment lines around the blaze, which is burning in a heavily forested area.
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Mother Credits Gas Station Workers with Saving Baby`s Life
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2018-07-01    0 views
A 15-month-old baby suddenly had a seizure

Two gas station employees rushed to help

And saved the baby's life
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Mother Originally Denied Treatment Coverage by Insurance Company Beats Cancer
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2018-07-01    0 views
A mother was denied cancer treatment by her insurance company

A few months later, she miraculously beat the cancer
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Mother Credits Gas Station Workers with Saving Baby`s Life
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2018-07-01    88 views
THE SCORCHING HOT TEMPS--MAKE THE WATER A GOOD PLACE TO BE...

THIEME says: "We were trying to have a good day at the beach, and go to the lake and have some fun. It was way too hot to stay at home."

ALEXANDRIA THIEME SAYS IT WAS A GREAT DAY...TIL HER 15-MONTH-OLD SON GOT A LITTLE CRANKY ON THE WAY HOME.

THIEME says: "At that time is when his temperature started rising and so we stopped at Casey`s so I could get some cold drinks for everybody."

A FRIEND STAYED IN THE AIR CONDITIONED CAR WITH BABY XAVIER..WHILE SHE RAN INSIDE.
BUT AS SHE WAS CHECKING OUT...HER FRIEND AUSTIN CAME RUNNING INTO THE STORE WITH XAVIER...WHO WAS ACTIVELY HAVING A SEIZURE.

THIEME says: "He was shaking and he wouldn`t look at me and he couldn`t talk to me. It was the scariest moment of my life."

AS SHE PANICKED--NOT KNOWING WHAT TO DO...TWO CASEY'S EMPLOYEES RUSHED TO HELP.

JONES says: "It was my mommy instincts. I just pictured, God forbid, it was one of my kids or just any human being, you need to jump in and do what you can when you can."

INCREDIBLY--ERICA'S CO-WORKER TAYLOR SWANGURIM HAS A SEIZURE DISORDER..AND TOGETHER, THE TWO WOMEN KNEW *EXACTLY WHAT TO DO TO HELP.

THIEME says: "She`s like, 'You need to lay him down on his side. She said, 'Go get him a cold wash cloth and ice pack to put on his head so we can lower his temperature.' And it kind of stopped."

XAVIER WENT TO THE HOSPTIAL BY AMBULANCE.
DOCTORS THINK THE BABY HAD A VIRUS, LEADING TO HIS AFTERNOON FEVER..PUT INTO OVERDRIVE BY THE HEAT OF THE SUN, CAUSING A SEIZURE.
MOM ALEXANDRIA--HOPES IT'S A ONCE IN A LIFETIME EXPERIENCE..AND IS THANKFUL TWO GUARDIAN ANGELS CAME TO HER BABY'S RESCUE--HELPING SAVE HIS LIFE.

THIEME says: "Heroic. They were my heroes that day."

JONES says: "I wouldn't call myself a hero, just an ordinary person that would hope that God forbid, me or my child or any other human being were in the same situation, someone would come to our rescue and help us."
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Anonymous person buys $1M worth of remaining toys at Raleigh Toys 'R' Us
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2018-07-01    0 views
Toys “R” Us shuts down for good

An anonymous person buys $1 million of remaining toys

And donates them to local children
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Woman kicked off plane for not turning her phone on airplane mode
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2018-06-29    0 views
A woman got into argument with a flight attendant over her phone

She was then kicked off the plane

Others who got involved were also removed
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70-Year-Old Woman in Critical Condition After Being Struck by Lightning
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2018-06-29    0 views
A 70-year-old woman stood under a tree during a storm

She was struck by lightning

Now she's in a coma
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3 Babies among 100 dead off Libya
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2018-06-29    10 views
More than 100 migrants may have drowned off Libya's western coast after their boat capsized.

The coastguard said it had brought back to shore more than 300 migrants from other boats.

Libya’s western coast is one of the main departure points for thousands of migrants.

They try to reach Europe by sea, fleeing wars and poverty.

Increasing numbers are intercepted by Libya's EU-backed coastguard, and returned to Libya.
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