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Earthquake in southern China kills 11 people, injures 122

Earthquake in southern China kills 11 people, injures 122A strong earthquake that hit Sichuan province in southern China late Monday night killed 11 people and injured 122, the local government said. The Yibin city government posted the casualty toll on its social media accounts Tuesday morning. Xinhua news agency said rescue efforts were underway in the stricken area.



Israel launches 'Trump Heights' on Golan, but construction may lag

Israel launches 'Trump Heights' on Golan, but construction may lagIsrael approved in principle on Sunday a new community named after U.S. President Donald Trump on a contested frontier zone with Syria - but construction looked likely to lag given Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's political stumbles. The "Trump Heights" project is intended to cement ties after Trump broke with other world powers to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the plateau in March. At a special cabinet session in Beruchim, a sparse clutch of homes just 12 km (7.5 miles) from the Golan Heights armistice line with Syria, Netanyahu unveiled a sign labeled "Trump Heights" in English and Hebrew.



Daring maneuver brings NASA’s orbiter closer to an asteroid than ever before

Daring maneuver brings NASA’s orbiter closer to an asteroid than ever beforeNASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has been orbiting the space rock known as Bennu since the start of the year. It caught up with the asteroid in late December of 2018 and successfully inserted itself into orbit around the object around New Year's day. There have been several "firsts" along the way, but its latest maneuver is the most daring yet, and it allowed the spacecraft to break yet another record.A recent tweak to its orbit has brought the probe to an orbit of just 680 meters, or around 2,230 feet from the asteroid's surface. This is now the closest that any manmade spacecraft has orbited any planetary body.It's a stellar achievement for NASA, but it's worth noting that the previous record was actually already held by the OSIRIS-REx probe. What NASA did was break its own record and set itself even farther ahead from any competition to come in the future.This new orbit, which the research team calls the Orbital B phase, will give scientists a better understanding of the asteroid's surface and hopefully allow NASA to choose a suitable location where the probe can briefly snag a sample of its material.Actually pulling off such a daring maneuver will be incredibly risky, and nobody is quite sure if the spacecraft can make it happen. This is due in large part to the incredibly messy surface of Bennu, which surprised scientists when they got their first close look. The asteroid's surface is littered with debris ranging from tiny pebbles to massive boulders, and the spacecraft's handlers now have to find the safest place on the rock from which to gather a sample.Assuming it pulls off the sample grab, the probe will then leave Bennu and return to Earth with the sample material stowed safely for scientists on Earth to examine.



Rock blasts cause quake near China-North Korea border

Rock blasts cause quake near China-North Korea borderTwo explosions detonated to crush rocks in northeast China caused a small earthquake near the North Korean border on Monday, local authorities said. The explosions were set off by Jilin Longye Blasting Company due to the "manufacturing needs" of the rock-crushing facility, said the Hunchun city government through its official Twitter-like Weibo. Earthquakes at the border can raise alarm due to nuclear tests in North Korea that have caused tremors in China in the past.



Unruly passenger hits flight attendant, then pukes during Delta flight to Paris

Unruly passenger hits flight attendant, then pukes during Delta flight to ParisA federal complaint says a man struck a flight attendant in the throat and then threw up during a Delta flight to Paris.



AOC: ‘Hyde Amendment Is about Income Inequality’ Not Abortion

AOC: ‘Hyde Amendment Is about Income Inequality’ Not AbortionRepresentative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) on Sunday praised former vice president Joe Biden for his recently announced opposition to the Hyde amendment and said that her own opposition to the prohibition on the direct federal funding of abortion is rooted in her concern about income inequality.“I’m encourage by the fact that he is now against the Hyde Amendment,” Ocasio-Cortez told ABC’s Jonathan Karl when asked about Biden’s recent reversal on the issue.Ocasio-Cortez, who launched a petition over the weekend to build public support for the amendment's repeal, went on to explain that the direct federal funding of abortion is necessary to protect the abortion rights of incarcerated pregnant women.“Reproductive health care for incarcerated women should be guaranteed as it is with all women in the United States, so I think it really depends,” said the freshman New York lawmaker. More from her remarks:> And that’s really what the Hyde amendment is really about. The Hyde amendment isn’t about abortion per se. The Hyde amendment is truly about equality of healthcare and healthcare access for low income women and women of color and women that get caught in our mass incarceration system. And so the Hyde amendment is about income inequality and it’s about women’s healthcare in a system of income inequality. So I think that we need to repeal it.After maintaining support for the Hyde amendment throughout his decades-long career in politics, Biden reversed himself last month in response to pressure from abortion-advocacy groups.“If I believe health care is a right, as I do, I can no longer support an amendment that makes that right dependent on someone's ZIP code,” Biden said at a Democratic National Committee gala in Atlanta, citing the restrictive abortion bills recently passed in a number of southern states as the impetus for his reversal.Biden's high-profile reversal on the Hyde amendment prompted an outpouring of public statements from his 2020 Democratic primary opponents about the need to repeal the amendment, which has been added as a rider to federal spending bills in the decades since the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision.



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WRAPUP 3-Trump leaves "question mark" over use of force to protect Gulf oil

WRAPUP 3-Trump leaves "question mark" over use of force to protect Gulf oilGENEVA/DUBAI, June 18 (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said he was prepared to take military action to stop Tehran having a nuclear bomb but left open whether he would sanction the use of force to protect Gulf oil supplies. Fears of a confrontation between Iran and the United States have mounted since Washington blamed long-time foe Iran for Thursday's attacks on two oil tankers near the strategic Strait of Hormuz shipping lane.



Exclusive: Pompeo blocks inclusion of Saudis on U.S. child soldiers list - sources

Exclusive: Pompeo blocks inclusion of Saudis on U.S. child soldiers list - sourcesSecretary of State Mike Pompeo has blocked the inclusion of Saudi Arabia on a U.S. list of countries that recruit child soldiers, dismissing his experts' findings that a Saudi-led coalition has been using under-age fighters in Yemen’s civil war, according to four people familiar with the matter. The decision, which came after a fierce internal debate, could prompt new accusations by human rights advocates and some lawmakers that U.S. President Donald Trump's administration is prioritizing security and economic interests in relations with oil-rich Saudi Arabia, a major U.S. ally and arms customer.



Police: Man faked heart attack while accomplice robbed store

Police: Man faked heart attack while accomplice robbed storePolice say a man faked a heart attack in a Massachusetts convenience store while his accomplice hopped over the counter to steal money from the register. Malden police on Facebook say they responded to the store Sunday afternoon on reports of a theft. Witnesses told police one "faked a heart attack" while the other grabbed the cash.



UPDATE 1-Netanyahu welcomes Bahrain meeting, Israeli ex-general to attend

UPDATE 1-Netanyahu welcomes Bahrain meeting, Israeli ex-general to attendPrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised on Tuesday a U.S.-led conference on the Palestinian economy in Bahrain, and a source said a former Israeli general would be among the participants. Netanyahu, echoing remarks on Sunday by his foreign minister, said Israelis would take part in the June 25-26 gathering, but did not identify them. The White House decided against including the Israeli government in the June 25-26 event in Manama after the Palestinians boycotted it, making do instead with inviting a small Israeli business delegation.



Soccer-Kashima and Guangzhou earn slender first-leg leads

Soccer-Kashima and Guangzhou earn slender first-leg leadsChampions Kashima Antlers and two-time winners Guangzhou Evergrande will take slim leads into the second leg of their Asian Champions League last-16 clashes with Sanfrecce Hiroshima and Shandong Luneng respectively after wins on Tuesday evening. Kashima had a solitary first-half goal from Brazilian forward Serginho to thank for their win over fellow J-League side Hiroshima, who played out the final four minutes with 10 men after Sho Inagaki was sent off for a second bookable offence. Guangzhou, meanwhile, edged an all-Chinese Super League affair at Tianhe Stadium when Yang Liyu's low cross was deflected past Wang Dalei to give Fabio Cannavaro's side a 2-1 win over Shandong.



EXCLUSIVE-Pompeo blocks inclusion of Saudis on U.S. child soldiers list-sources

EXCLUSIVE-Pompeo blocks inclusion of Saudis on U.S. child soldiers list-sourcesSecretary of State Mike Pompeo has blocked the inclusion of Saudi Arabia on a U.S. list of countries that recruit child soldiers, dismissing his experts' findings that a Saudi-led coalition has been using under-age fighters in Yemen’s civil war, according to four people familiar with the matter. The decision, which came after a fierce internal debate, could prompt new accusations by human rights advocates and some lawmakers that U.S. President Donald Trump's administration is prioritizing security and economic interests in relations with oil-rich Saudi Arabia, a major U.S. ally and arms customer.



Survivors of northeast Congo ethnic attacks recall harrowing scenes

Survivors of northeast Congo ethnic attacks recall harrowing scenes"Some people were burned alive inside the houses," Nzale said from a camp for displaced persons more than a dozen kilometres away. The resurgent violence in Ituri province, long a flashpoint for ethnic tensions in Democratic Republic of Congo's volatile east, has killed at least 161 people since last week and forced more than 300,000 people to flee their homes, according to local officials and the United Nations. After that conflict ended, Iturians experienced a decade of relative respite from ethnic violence, even as local militias continued to battle government forces and prey on the local population.



'Baby' found dead near park turns out to be realistic doll

'Baby' found dead near park turns out to be realistic dollPolice say what appeared to be a dead infant found outside a park in New York City turned out to be a realistic-looking doll. A runner spotted what she thought was a baby shortly before 8 a.m. Tuesday in a grassy area outside Crocheron Park in the Bayside neighborhood of Queens and called 911.



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In the struggle between the Senate majority leader and the House, the immovable object may finally have met an irresistible force
House Democrats turn to a series of bills meant to fight foreign interference. They may be tough for McConnell to decry as partisan overreach.
McConnell: Jon Stewart is 'all bent out of shape' over 9/11 fund
CNN's Chris Cuomo chastises Congress and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for playing politics over funding healthcare for 9/11 first responders, saying they have repeatedly needed to be shamed into doing the right thing.
Amazon slams Ocasio-Cortez for comment
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez criticized Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos for being a billionaire while his company pays its warehouse workers "starvation wages." Amazon says Ocasio-Cortez is "just wrong."
Spotlight on Elaine Chao after public appearances with family
Ethics experts are raising concerns about whether Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao used her office to help her family's business. CNN's Drew Griffin investigates.
US to send more troops to the Middle East
The US will send 1,000 additional US forces and more military resources to the Middle East amid tensions with Iran, the Pentagon announced Monday.
Erin Burnett: This is why US allies don't trust Mike Pompeo
CNN's Erin Burnett breaks down President Donald Trump's decision to send 1,000 additional US forces and more military resources to the Middle East amid tensions with Iran.
Joe Biden says he's raised close to $20 million
Joe Biden revealed Monday that his campaign may have raised nearly $20 million since the former vice president entered the 2020 race -- a figure that would surpass the amount raised by any of the Democratic presidential candidates
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'The Accident Of Color' Looks At The Failure Of Reconstruction
Daniel Brook has written a book that goes a long way to injecting thoughtfulness into popular notions of the history of race and racism in America, but doesn't delve far enough into class conflict.
U.S. Schools Underreport How Often Students Are Restrained Or Secluded, Watchdog Says
Districts are supposed to tell the government how often students are held or detained. But a new report says those numbers are so inaccurate, there's no way of knowing the prevalence of these methods.
Miami Officer Acquitted Of Attempted Manslaughter In Shooting Of Caregiver
Jonathan Aledda testified that he did not intend to shoot Charles Kinsey, a caregiver for an autistic man who the officer says he mistakenly thought was armed.
Apple's Scary Buying Power And The Woman Who Named It
Celebrating the legacy of Joan Robinson, the British economic theorist who named a powerful — and increasingly worried about — force in the economy.
Going 'Zero Carbon' Is All The Rage. But Will It Slow Climate Change?
Cities, states, businesses and electric utilities are setting ambitious goals to cut greenhouse gas emissions. But it's not clear exactly how they'll do that or whether it will actually work.
50 Years Later: Burning Cuyahoga River Called Poster Child For Clean Water Act
Cleveland wasn't the first city to have a river burn, but it was the first to get widespread attention. That 1969 blaze helped spur environmental regulations.
Whale Watchers Accused Of Loving Endangered Orcas To Death
The question of whether boat-based watching tours are really harmless has become more urgent in Washington state, where Southern Resident killer whales have been declining since the 1990s.
Heavily Armed Gunman Shot Dead Outside Federal Courthouse In Dallas
Authorities identified the gunman as a 22-year-old Army veteran. Police have not released a motive for the shooting in which no one else was injured.
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"Nobody Died at Sandy Hook" publisher apologizes to dad of murdered boy - CBS News
"Nobody Died at Sandy Hook" publisher apologizes to dad of murdered boy  CBS News

The father of a victim of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre has won a defamation lawsuit against the authors of a book that claimed the shooting ...

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Women's sex toy maker sues New York City subway, calls ad ban sexist
A new lawsuit asks why New York City's subway accepts advertisements depicting erectile dysfunction, bare buttocks, inflatable plastic breasts, "Kyng"-sized condoms and cactuses shaped like phalluses, but is refusing ads for women
Trump says U.S. agency will begin removing millions of illegal immigrants
President Donald Trump said on Monday that U.S. authorities would begin next week removing millions of immigrants who are in the United States illegally.
Factbox: Trump's immigration enforcement lags behind Obama's first term in office
President Donald Trump said on Monday that U.S. authorities next week would begin removing "millions" of immigrants living illegally in the United States, without giving more details.
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Gulf crisis: US sends more troops amid tanker tension with Iran
The US has blamed Iran for attacks on two oil tankers in the region, claims Iran calls "unfounded".
Panic amid Toronto Raptors victory parade gunfire
Four people are injured in shooting as the Toronto Raptors celebrate their first NBA title.
Stonewall: A riot that changed millions of lives
On a hot New York night 50 years ago, a police raid on a gay bar reshaped millions of American lives.
Why are US tourists dying in Dominican Republic?
The FBI is helping local authorities with toxicology tests after at least eight holidaymakers died.
John Cusack: Actor apologises for anti-Semitic tweet
The actor said he "mistakenly" shared the image, believing it related to an Israeli hospital bombing.
What does this hat mean to Americans?
The signature red hat made famous by President Trump has divided Americans on what it represents.
Gay Hell: US town re-named to protest LGBT flag ban
The YouTuber is making a stand against Donald Trump's ban on US embassies flying the pride flag.
Harvard rescinds admission for Parkland student 'over racist slurs'
The conservative student says the university revoked his offer for racist remarks he made when he was 16.
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