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Man accused of throwing 5-year-old boy over Mall of America balcony was 'looking for someone to kill'

Man accused of throwing 5-year-old boy over Mall of America balcony was 'looking for someone to kill'The boy was standing outside of the Rainforest Cafe restaurant at the mall with his mom when a stranger threw him to a nearly 40-foot fall.




POSTED APRIL 16, 2019 9:56 AM

'Yellow vest' Libya protesters say France backs Tripoli assault

'Yellow vest' Libya protesters say France backs Tripoli assaultDozens of "yellow vest" protesters rallied Tuesday in the Libyan capital to denounce what they said was France's support for military strongman Khalifa Haftar who has launched an offensive on Tripoli. The demonstrators donned yellow vests in a nod to the jackets worn by anti-government protesters who have been rallying across France since November. "France must stop backing the rebel Haftar," read one sign held up by the demonstrators gathered in central Tripoli's Algiers Square.




POSTED APRIL 16, 2019 10:47 AM

Ocasio-Cortez backs boycott of New York Post over cover attacking Ilhan Omar

Ocasio-Cortez backs boycott of New York Post over cover attacking Ilhan OmarThe freshman Democrat voices her support for a boycott of one of her hometown newspapers.




POSTED APRIL 16, 2019 5:48 PM

66 minutes: The frantic race to save Notre Dame

66 minutes: The frantic race to save Notre DamePARIS (AP) — Fueled by a lattice of centuries-old timbers, the fire moved hungrily across Notre Dame's rooftop toward the cathedral's iconic spire. It belched yellow smoke, spitting out gritty particles of wood, stone, lead and iron and wanted more. Far below, their vision obscured by fumes and tears, firefighters, priests and municipal workers passed treasures hand-to-hand, hoping the speed of desperation could outrun the flames.




POSTED APRIL 17, 2019 3:34 PM

2020 Toyota Highlander Preview

2020 Toyota Highlander PreviewnullAll-New 2020 Toyota Highlander Is Sleek and Efficient Toyota took the wraps off its all-new, fourth-generation Highlander SUV, right before its public reveal at the New York International Auto S...




POSTED APRIL 17, 2019 12:01 AM

Trump’s Politically Tricky Yemen Veto

Trump’s Politically Tricky Yemen VetoYemen is a small and impoverished outpost on the Arabian peninsula.Its relative geopolitical insignificance inspires a series of tu quoque arguments surrounding the Saudi-U.S. coalition’s activities in the country. If the country matters so little, why should foreign policy realists expend significant political capital—as they have—trying to stop said activities? But by the same token, if Yemen matters so little, why should Washington allow itself to be led by the nose by its junior partners in Riyadh and Abu Dhabi?The reality is that Yemen is a metapolitical battle, which was renewed again Tuesday night by President Donald Trump’s veto of a congressional rebuke of his administration. The White House’s position was inherited from the Obama team. Chances are good—with a United States mired in debt, and populist forces galore unleashed in recent elections—that a debate (primacy vs. restraint) will define a generation of foreign policy thinking, as Stephen Wertheim pointed out recently in the New York Times. Yemen is part of that story.




POSTED APRIL 17, 2019 1:15 PM

1 dog killed, another injured in snake attack at Laurel Canyon dog park

1 dog killed, another injured in snake attack at Laurel Canyon dog parkRattlesnake season is just beginning and dog owners in Laurel Canyon are already on the lookout after two dogs suffered snake bites, one of which was deadly.




POSTED APRIL 17, 2019 9:19 PM

View Photos of the Refreshed 2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC63 SUV and Coupe

View Photos of the Refreshed 2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC63 SUV and Coupe




POSTED APRIL 16, 2019 4:45 PM

Baby T rex goes on sale on eBay, sparking paleontologists' outcry

Baby T rex goes on sale on eBay, sparking paleontologists' outcryIt could be yours for just $2.95m but the sale has drawn criticism from the scientific communityA Tyrannosaurus rex. The fossil is potentially the only such one in existence. Photograph: Jacobs Stock Photography Ltd/Getty ImagesYou wouldn’t normally associate the world of dutiful natural history preservation with sporadic bursts of all-caps letters and exclamation points – or at least not until last month, when the fossil of an infant Tyrannosaurus rex, potentially the only in existence, went on sale on eBay for the “buy it now” price of $2.95m.The listing reads: “Most Likely the Only BABY T-Rex in the World! It has a 15 FOOT long Body and a 21” SKULL with Serrated Teeth! This Rex was very a very dangerous meat eater. It’s a RARE opportunity indeed to ever see a baby REX…”The skeleton, estimated to be 68m years old, was first discovered in 2013, on private land in Montana. It became the property of the man who discovered it, Alan Detrich, a professional fossil hunter. In 2017, Detrich lent the fossil to the University of Kansas Natural History Museum, where it was still on display when Detrich made the surprise decision to put it up for auction.Analysis of the skeleton may help to settle a major debate in palaeontology over whether small Tyrannosaurs from North America are infants or should have the separate classification of Nanotyrannus. Such research may now be impossible with the fossil likely to end up in a private collection.The Society of Vertebrate Palaeontology (SVP) has criticised both Detrich, who will be taking an important specimen outside the reach of scientific study, and the university, for helping to inflate the price of the fossil, acting as a shop window for professional buyers.In an open letter published last week, SVP’s members said that it was regrettable that the fossil was exhibited before it could be studied. “That action, which brought the fossil to the attention of hundreds or thousands of visitors, potentially enhanced its commercial value,” they wrote. “Museums seldom have the budget for purchase of increasingly expensive privately collected specimens.”The University of Kansas has subsequently said they were unaware of Detrich’s plans to put the skeleton up for auction. In a statement the museum’s director, Leonard Krishtalka, said the exhibit has now been removed and returned to Detrich, and they have asked for any association with the museum to be removed from the listing.So far no one has expressed interest in paying the asking price, although there is the option to make an offer, and the item has more than 100 people “watching” it. Any museums hoping they might be able to shell out for a quick study and then send it back will be disappointed – Detrich has specified a no returns policy.




POSTED APRIL 16, 2019 4:00 PM

Peru's ex-president Garcia kills himself to avoid arrest in Odebrecht probe

Peru's ex-president Garcia kills himself to avoid arrest in Odebrecht probeGarcia, a towering and charismatic figure who played a central role in Peruvian politics for more than three decades, died in a hospital at age 69 after shooting himself at his house in Lima when police arrived with a warrant for his arrest. Garcia's death shocked the Andean country that had watched his transition from a fiery leftist who was elected president at age 36 to a free-market crusader who won a second term in 2006. A pugnacious politician considered one of Latin America's best orators, Garcia had long been dogged by graft allegations that he brushed off as baseless political smears.




POSTED APRIL 17, 2019 7:02 PM

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