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108 U.S. F-35s Won't Be Combat-Capable

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 06:54

108 U.S. F-35s Won't Be Combat-CapableThe new F-35 program executive officer, U.S. Navy vice admiral Mat Winter, said his office is exploring the option of leaving 108 aircraft in their current state because the funds to upgrade them to the fully combat-capable configuration would threaten the Air Force’s plans to ramp up production in the coming years. Without being retrofitted, these aircraft would become “concurrency orphans” — airplanes left behind in the acquisition cycle after the services purchased them in haste before finishing the development process. If they are left in their current state, nearly 200 F-35s might permanently remain unready for combat because the Pentagon would rather buy new aircraft than upgrade the ones the American people have already paid for.


Wildfires burn out of control in Portugal and Spain

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 06:46

Wildfires burn out of control in Portugal and SpainWildfires in Portugal killed at least 27 people, injured dozens more and left others missing in the country’s second such tragedy in four months, officials said Monday. In neighboring Spain, four deaths were reported. The fatalities in Portugal occurred in densely forested parts of central and northern part of the country after blazes broke out in “exceptional” weather circumstances, Civil Protection Agency spokeswoman Patricia Gaspar said.


Woman who escaped Las Vegas shooting left helpless watching her home burn down

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 06:18

Woman who escaped Las Vegas shooting left helpless watching her home burn down“Last Sunday, I was running from bullets,” Michella Flores told a television channel. Ms Flores, 51, had been outside the perimeter of the Route 91 Harvest festival in Las Vegas, watching the country music performers from outside the fence, when Stephen Paddock opened fire, killing 58 people and injuring more than 500. Ms Flores, who has worked as a firefighter and paramedic before taking up her current job as a part-time flight attendant and customer service representative at Kaiser Air in Santa Rosa, told KTVU she returned to California and headed to her parents’ home.


Toddler Drowns in Grease Pit at Ice Cream Shop

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 06:12

Toddler Drowns in Grease Pit at Ice Cream ShopA family in Alabama mourns the loss of a 3-year-old girl after she tragically died at an ice cream shop. Susana Victoria Perez (@susana_vp) has more.


Monday's Morning Email: Inside Trump's Moves With Obamacare To 'Blow That Thing Up'

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 05:03

 Inside Trump's Moves With Obamacare To 'Blow That Thing Up'TOP STORIES (And want to get The Morning Email each weekday?


Passengers Slam 'Hysterical' Airline Crew for Panicking When Plane Suddenly Drops 20,000 Feet

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 05:02

Passengers Slam 'Hysterical' Airline Crew for Panicking When Plane Suddenly Drops 20,000 Feet"We were more worried because of how panicked they were"


2018 Harley-Davidson Street Bob – First Ride

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 05:00

2018 Harley-Davidson Street Bob – First Ride2018 Harley-Davidson Street Bob – First Ride Bare-essentials big twin may be best of the bunch “Llibertat ,” is a word moto-journalists became pretty familiar with during last month’s Harley-Davidson press ride in Catalunya. The English version of the word –


Kevin James Explains Why 'Kevin Can Wait' Killed Off His Wife

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 04:35

Kevin James Explains Why 'Kevin Can Wait' Killed Off His WifeKevin James said his sitcom “Kevin Can Wait” killed off his on-screen wife after last season because “we were literally just running out of ideas.”


Ruins of Jerusalem hall shed light on Roman-era gatherings

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 04:27

Ruins of Jerusalem hall shed light on Roman-era gatheringsA small, half-built and roofed amphitheatre from 2nd-century Jerusalem has been unearthed during excavations below Judaism's Western Wall, the first such Roman-era find in the city, Israeli archaeologists said on Monday. The 200-seat carved stone structure was found underneath a passageway leading to the raised esplanade where an ancient Jewish temple stood until it was razed by the Romans as they put down a rebellion in 70 AD. Unlike larger, open-air Roman auditoriums, the amphitheatre was likely meant to be an odeon, for musical performances, or a city council meeting hall known as a bouleuterion, the Israel Antiquites Authority said.


Rotary could return in both sports car and extended-range EV, says Mazda exec

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 03:30

Rotary could return in both sports car and extended-range EV, says Mazda execMazda is committed to the rotary, though whether the unique engine design is used to directly power a sports car or serve as a range-extender for an electric car remains to be seen. Mazda has hinted at both options in recent years but so far has tended to flip-flop between the two. Now, though, a senior Mazda executive has hinted that both options could be on the table.


Madrid set to impose direct rule on Catalonia as independence deadline passes

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 03:11

Madrid set to impose direct rule on Catalonia as independence deadline passesThe Spanish government has warned Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont he faces his final chance to relinquish independence within three days or it would trigger Article 155, the so-called 'nuclear option' which would override Catalonia's autonomy. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy had set a deadline of 10am local time yesterday for Mr Puigdemont to clarify whether or not the autonomous region had made a unilateral declaration of independence last week. The Catalan president responded with a four-page letter that did not directly answer the question but instead stressed a mandate for independence and called for urgent dialogue.   The Spanish government had made clear that anything less than a “No” would set in motion Article 155, a never-used constitutional tool allowing it to effectively suspend autonomous powers and rule directly from Madrid.  Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has a set a deadline for overriding Catalonia's autonomy. Credit: Lavandeira jr/EFE  That is now set to be applied on Friday, if Mr Puigdemont does not reverse his position during a further three-day grace period. The Spanish deputy prime minister, Maria Soraya Saenz de Santamaria, said the government interpreted his response as a confirmation that declaration had indeed been declared. Demanding Mr Puigdemont retract this by Thursday at 10am, she insisted it was "in his hands to avoid the next steps". Mr Puigdemont, who had been under heavy pressure from independence hardliners to confirm an abrupt split from Spain, had called for an urgent meeting with Mr Rajoy in his letter. He said the banned independence referendum had returned a mandate for an independent state but insisted the regional government’s priority was a negotiated solution, eyeing a two-month period for dialogue. Carles Puidgemont delivering a speech at the Fossar de la Pederera Credit: Ivan Alvarado/Reuters Mr Rajoy responded with a letter of his own, in which he told Mr Puigdemont he still had a chance to respond in a "clear and simple way” to Madrid’s request. If he did not do so, he “will be the only one responsible for the application of the constitution,” he said.  Alfonso Dastis, the Spanish foreign minister, said “the most radical influences had prevailed” in Mr Puigdemont’s decision. But the Catalan president’s letter did not go far enough to satisfy the CUP, the hard Left partner that is crucial to the Catalan government’s parliamentary majority, which is now pushing for a clear affirmation of independence on Thursday.  “The CUP would have sent a very different letter,” said parliamentarian Mireia Boya. Further adding to tensions yesterday, the Catalan police chief and the leaders of two major pro-independence groups appeared in court in Madrid to face allegations of sedition. The Spanish attorney general asked the judge to remand Major Josep Lluis Trapero in custody, with judicial sources quoted by La Vanguardia citing fears he could continue to give orders to the Catalan force to subvert Madrid's clampdown. Major Josep Lluis Trapero leaves Audiencia Nacional Court in Madrid Credit: Kiko Huesca/EFE The judge did not agree to the attorney-general's request to take Major Josep Lluis Trapero into custody, but imposed the conditions he surrender his passport and report to a court every 15 days. The same conditions were imposed on another Catalan police official.


Philippines: Last leaders of IS-tied siege killed in Marawi

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 00:04

 Last leaders of IS-tied siege killed in MarawiMANILA, Philippines (AP) — The last two surviving leaders of a deadly siege in the southern Philippines, including a top Asian terror suspect, were killed Monday in a push by thousands of troops to retake the last pocket of Marawi city still held by pro-Islamic State militants, top security officials said.


#MeToo: Alyssa Milano's Call For Sexual Abuse Victims To Come Forward Goes Viral

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 22:01

#MeToo: Alyssa Milano's Call For Sexual Abuse Victims To Come Forward Goes Viral#MeToo quickly became the top trending Twitter hashtag Sunday night as women spoke up to show the world just how common sexual harassment and sexual assault are.


Death Match: America's Stealth Zumwalt Destroyer vs. Russia's Big Battlecruiser

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 17:43

 America's Stealth Zumwalt Destroyer vs. Russia's Big BattlecruiserZumwalt, unable to get close enough to target with guns and Kirov, unable to use its radar-guided weapons, both break off to fight another day. After more than a decade of supporting land wars in the Middle East and Central Asia, the U.S. Navy is reinvesting in the core mission of sinking ships. The U.S. Navy is expanding this capability but at the same time introducing a new class of ship, the guided missile destroyer USS Zumwalt, designed primarily to support land warfare.


The F-22 Is the World's Most Lethal Stealth Fighter (And Its About to Get Better)

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 17:13

The F-22 Is the World's Most Lethal Stealth Fighter (And Its About to Get Better)Like the F-35, the latest F-22s have radar (Synthetic Aperture Radar) and data-links (F-22 has LINK 16), radar warning receivers and targeting technologies. Also, Air Force officials have told Scout Warrior that, by 2019, the service will begin upgrading F-22 functionality for the AIM-120D and AIM-9X Air-to-Air missiles as well as enhanced Air-to-Surface target location capabilities. The F-22 currently carries the AIM-9X Block 1 and the current upgrade will enable carriage of AIM-9X Block 2.


Man Captures Photo of 'Ghost' in Famous 'Haunted' Hotel: 'I Was in Shock'

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 12:01

 'I Was in Shock'He said they didn't notice what they'd taken a photo of until later.


'Final phase' of battle for Raqa as civilians flee under deal

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 11:21

'Final phase' of battle for Raqa as civilians flee under dealUS-backed forces announced Sunday the "final phase" of the battle to retake Syria's Raqa, after the city was evacuated except for foreign Islamic State group fighters and their families. More than 3,000 civilians fled Raqa on Saturday night under an evacuation deal that left just a few hundred foreign IS fighters and some of their relatives in the handful of positions they still hold in their one-time Syrian stronghold. Commanders said the way was now clear for a final assault by the Syrian Democratic Forces, a Kurdish-Arab militia alliance that broke into Raqa in June and has since captured 90 percent of the city.


The heartwarming moment a family discovers their dog survived a deadly California wildfire

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 10:54

The heartwarming moment a family discovers their dog survived a deadly California wildfireA family was elated to discover that their Bernese Mountain Dog, Izzy, somehow managed to survive the wildfires that have ravaged areas of California.  Jack Weaver and his brother-in-law Patrick Widen hiked miles to Weaver's mother's home in Santa Rosa earlier this week. Despite being turned away by police, the men managed to make their way to the property for an important mission.  SEE ALSO: Striking images reveal wineries devastated by wildfires Although most valuables had been destroyed in the wildfire that ripped through the city, the men returned to the burned down home to retrieve the body of the family dog, which was presumed dead, the Associated Press reports. But when the men arrived on the scene, Izzy was there waiting for them to return, tail wagging as they approached.  "The anticipation is killing me," Jack can be heard saying in a clip, later uploaded to Facebook by Beckyjean Widen, Jack's sister. The men start to desperately call for Izzy, clapping and whistling. Finally, one of the men spots the dog, and the two immediately break down. "Izzy's here! Izzy! Izzy, come here, baby!" Jack says as the very good dog happily approaches. According to the post from Beckyjean Widen, her parents were forced to evacuate in the middle of the night, and in all the chaos, Izzy ran away. Their mother, Kathy Weaver, was obviously upset they were forced to leave the family dog. "They lost everything, but my mom was most devastated about leaving Izzy," Beckjean wrote. "She went from being devastated about losing her home to the being the happiest person I've ever seen. I couldn't get home fast enough. She was really, really happy ... She's still shaken up by the whole thing, but she's in much better spirits now that Izzy is at our house," Jack told the Associated Press.  A vet check revealed that 9-year-old Izzy was unharmed in the fire, which is miraculous considering the destruction the fires have caused.  The Tubbs fire burned over 35,000 acres in Santa Rose, and is only 60 percent contained as of Sunday, according to California firefighters. Overall, the multiple fires that started first on Oct. 8 are responsible for the deaths of at least 40 people, making it the deadliest wildfire outbreak in the state's history. WATCH: This acne cake will make you want to throw up... or grab a plate


Trump Ally Says President Cut Off Obamacare Payments To Destroy Health Law

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 10:41

Trump Ally Says President Cut Off Obamacare Payments To Destroy Health LawPresident Donald Trump ended payments to health insurance companies serving the poorest Obamacare customers in order to deliberately destroy the health care law, former chief White House strategist Steve Bannon said.


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