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ABC's Matt Dowd defends accusers: 'Let's presume she's telling the truth'

ABC's Matt Dowd defends accusers: 'Let's presume she's telling the truth'ABC News chief political analyst Matthew Dowd delivered an impassioned defense of accusers in sexual assault cases.




POSTED SEPTEMBER 23, 2018 1:04 PM

Interstate Left Covered In Fish After Hurricane Florence Floodwaters Recede

Interstate Left Covered In Fish After Hurricane Florence Floodwaters RecedeFirefighters in North Carolina put their hoses to a different use over the




POSTED SEPTEMBER 23, 2018 4:42 PM

Pope honours victims of Holocaust, Soviet terror in Lithuania

Pope honours victims of Holocaust, Soviet terror in LithuaniaPope Francis on Sunday paid homage to Holocaust victims who perished in the Vilnius ghetto, 75 years to the day after the Nazis liquidated it, and remembered those who risked and lost their lives to challenge the Soviet regime in Lithuania. Pre-war Lithuania was home to a thriving Jewish community of more than 200,000 people known as "Litvaks", with its capital Vilnius a hub of learning known as the "Jerusalem of the North".




POSTED SEPTEMBER 23, 2018 1:03 PM

FCC Hiding Evidence Of Suspected Russian Role In Ending Net Neutrality: Lawsuit

FCC Hiding Evidence Of Suspected Russian Role In Ending Net Neutrality: LawsuitThe Federal Communications Commission has obstinately hidden information




POSTED SEPTEMBER 23, 2018 4:02 AM

Japan's Hayabusa2 successfully deploys two rovers on the surface of an asteroid

Japan's Hayabusa2 successfully deploys two rovers on the surface of an asteroidIt's just like the movie Armageddon, but without the apocalypse scenario. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has reason to celebrate after successfully deploying a pair of robots on the surface of an asteroid. The mission, which played out on Friday, aims to gather photos and data from the asteroid called Ryugu. SEE ALSO: Astronaut captures photos of ominous-looking Hurricane Florence from space The mission's success — marking the end of a four-year journey — was confirmed in a tweet on Saturday from JAXA's account for the Hayabusa2 asteroid explorer. We are sorry we have kept you waiting! MINERVA-II1 consists of two rovers, 1a & 1b. Both rovers are confirmed to have landed on the surface of Ryugu. They are in good condition and have transmitted photos & data. We also confirmed they are moving on the surface. #asteroidlanding — HAYABUSA2@JAXA (@haya2e_jaxa) September 22, 2018 A flood of imagery followed as the two hopping rovers — yes, they get around by hopping — set about their important task.  This is a picture from MINERVA-II1. The color photo was captured by Rover-1A on September 21 around 13:08 JST, immediately after separation from the spacecraft. Hayabusa2 is top and Ryugu's surface is below. The image is blurred because the rover is spinning. #asteroidlanding pic.twitter.com/CeeI5ZjgmM — HAYABUSA2@JAXA (@haya2e_jaxa) September 22, 2018 Photo taken by Rover-1B on Sept 21 at ~13:07 JST. It was captured just after separation from the spacecraft. Ryugu's surface is in the lower right. The misty top left region is due to the reflection of sunlight. 1B seems to rotate slowly after separation, minimising image blur. pic.twitter.com/P71gsC9VNI — HAYABUSA2@JAXA (@haya2e_jaxa) September 22, 2018 This dynamic photo was captured by Rover-1A on September 22 at around 11:44 JST. It was taken on Ryugu's surface during a hop. The left-half is the surface of Ryugu, while the white region on the right is due to sunlight. (Hayabusa2 Project) pic.twitter.com/IQLsFd4gJu — HAYABUSA2@JAXA (@haya2e_jaxa) September 22, 2018 You can keep up with the status of Hayabusa2's mission on JAXA's English-language website right here. There's also a post from JAXA discussing the mission here. As JAXA notes, MINERVA-II1 "is the world’s first rover (mobile exploration robot) to land on the surface of an asteroid. This is also the first time for autonomous movement and picture capture on an asteroid surface." WATCH: Elon Musk just unveiled images of SpaceX's ship that he hopes will be key to bringing people to Mars




POSTED SEPTEMBER 23, 2018 2:24 PM

Turkey orders 61 soldiers detained for suspected Gulen links: media

Turkey orders 61 soldiers detained for suspected Gulen links: mediaTurkish authorities ordered the arrest of 61 soldiers from the navy and land forces, including senior officers, for suspected links to a U.S.-based cleric who Ankara says orchestrated a 2016 failed coup, state media said on Monday. Eighteen of those ordered detained were on active duty, Anadolu news agency said, adding the suspects included 13 majors and 12 captains from the land forces and 24 first lieutenants from the navy. Authorities have carried out regular sweeps against alleged members of cleric Fethullah Gulen's network since the coup attempt of July 2016, in which 250 people were killed.




POSTED SEPTEMBER 24, 2018 4:17 AM

Iran holds mass funerals for victims of military parade attack

Iran holds mass funerals for victims of military parade attackTens of thousands of Iranians took to the streets on Monday for the funerals of those killed in the weekend’s attack on a military parade amid conflicting claims over who was responsible for the shooting.  Mourners lined the streets of the southwestern city of Ahvaz to pay respects to the 25 people gunned down on Saturday when four armed men opened fire on a military ceremony to commemorate the Iran-Iraq war.     Among those buried was Mohammad Taha Eghdami, a four-year-old boy, who was the youngest victim of the attack. Eight members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard were also killed in one of the worst attacks suffered by Iran in years. All four gunmen were killed. The Islamic State (Isil) has claimed responsibility for the shooting but so has an Arab separatist group within Iran, known as the Ahvaz National Resistance.  Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader, said on Monday that the attack was carried out by terrorists paid by Saudi Arabia and the UAE, Iran's regional rivals.  "This cowardly act was done by people who the Americans come to help when they are trapped in Syria and Iraq, and are paid by Saudi Arabia and the UAE," the ayatollah said.  Isil's official news agency, Amaq, released a video purporting to show three of the four gunmen shortly before the attack.  The three men filmed the video in a car using a mobile phone. They appeared to be disguised in Revolutionary Guard uniforms to allow them to infiltrate the parade ground.  فيديو لـ 3 من منفذي هجوم مدينة #الأحواز جنوب #إيران أمس عراقي جزراوي إيراني pic.twitter.com/6YjenF2FxL— عطاء أحمد (@3ataaAh) September 23, 2018 One of the men, speaking in Farsi, vowed to carry out "merciless killings" against the Revolutionary Guard. "With Allah's will, there will be merciless killings against the enemies of Allah among the Guards and others," he said.  The other two men spoke in Arabic about carrying out jihad. None of the three men made any specific reference to being members of Isil or any other group in the video. It was not clear from their accents where the men were from.  Brigadier General Abolfazl Shekarchi, a spokesman for the Iranian military, said Saturday that Isil was not behind the attack and instead blamed Israel and the US.  Other Iranian officials have also blamed foreign powers for the attack.  Saturday's attack shook Iran Credit: AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi In 2017, Isil launched a brazen attack on the Iranian parliament and other sites in Tehran. Eighteen people were killed in the attack. Iran and its Shia militia allies have been deeply involved in the fight against Isil in both Iraq and Syria.  Ahvaz is in the western province of Khuzestan, which neighbours Iraq, and has struggled with Arab separatist movements which want to declare independence from Iran. Iran summoned the ambassadors of Britain, Denmark, and the Netherlands after the attack and accused them of harbouring Arab separatists in their countries.  Iranian officials were furious after a London-based, Farsi-language television channel, known as "Iran International" broadcast an interview with a spokesman for the separatist militants immediately after the attack.  Iran's embassy said it planned to complain to Ofcom, the UK broadcasting regulator, about the channel.  




POSTED SEPTEMBER 24, 2018 11:31 AM

James Woods attacks Twitter for locking his account over retweet of hoax anti-Democrat meme

James Woods attacks Twitter for locking his account over retweet of hoax anti-Democrat memeActor James Woods has attacked Twitter after the social media giant locked him out of his account. The Casino and Salvador star was told by the company he had violated the platform’s rules with a tweet sent in July. The post in question featured a hoax meme claiming to come from the Democrats and encouraged men not to vote in the midterm elections.




POSTED SEPTEMBER 24, 2018 3:30 AM

3D gun advocate accused of sex with minor is jailed in US

3D gun advocate accused of sex with minor is jailed in USAUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The owner of a Texas company that sells plans to make untraceable 3-D printed guns was back in the U.S. Sunday after being arrested in Taiwan, where police say he flew after learning he was being investigated for allegedly having sex with an underage girl.




POSTED SEPTEMBER 23, 2018 11:23 PM

Kavanaugh Tells Senate He Won't Withdraw Nomination Over Sexual Assault Allegations

Kavanaugh Tells Senate He Won't Withdraw Nomination Over Sexual Assault AllegationsBrett Kavanaugh said that he "will not be intimidated into withdrawing" his




POSTED SEPTEMBER 24, 2018 3:11 PM

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