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Tlaib: 'I'm not going nowhere, not until I impeach' TrumpSpeaking in Detroit Monday, Tlaib, a member of a Democratic "Squad" of four progressive congresswomen targeted by Trump also said: "You are all the Squad, trust me. If you support equity, you support justice, you are one of us."


7/22/2019 4:41:38 PM

Mother: Family will sue cruise company over toddler's deathThere are "a million things" the cruise company could have done to prevent the death of an 18-month-old Indiana girl who fell to her death from an open window on a cruise ship in Puerto Rico, the toddler's mother said in an interview broadcast Monday. Michael Winkleman, the family's attorney, has challenged a Puerto Rico police report that says Chloe Wiegand's grandfather dropped the toddler out of a window July 7th when the Freedom of the Seas was docked in Puerto Rico.


7/22/2019 2:52:14 PM

Sarah Huckabee Sanders shows up to govs shindig as Arkansas rumors swirlSanders is seen as a possible 2022 Arkansas gubernatorial candidate.


7/22/2019 12:10:29 PM

After 110 years, a North Dakota bridge yields to a load of beansThe 56-foot wooden bridge over the Goose River collapsed on Monday as the driver of a tractor trailer truck tried to haul a load of dried beans over it, the Grand Forks County Sheriff's Office said in a statement. While the cab of the 2005 Peterbilt truck made it to the other side, pictures posted online by the sheriff's office showed the trailer "hung up" on the west side of the now V-shaped bridge that had bottomed out in the shallow river about 30 miles southwest of Grand Forks.


7/23/2019 7:56:31 AM

U.S. Navy Identifies Missing Sailor Who Reportedly Went Overboard from Aircraft CarrierThe Navy has identified the missing sailor from the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln as Aviation Electronics Technician 2nd Class Slayton Saldana, who was assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 5, with Carrier Air Wing 7.Saldana has been listed as Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown since July 17. He was reported overboard while the Lincoln was in the Arabian Sea. Search and rescue efforts ended on July 19.He joined the Navy in April 2015 and joined his current squadron in September 2018, according to his official Navy biography. He was promoted to petty officer second class in February.Navy officials have not yet released any information about how Saldana went overboard.His fiancé Lexi Posey posted on Facebook on Monday that the day marked the couple's 38-month anniversary.They had planned to get married in April."Since I'm traveling back to the States and 'traveling back in time' due to time zones, today, our anniversary, will be a very long day," Posey wrote in a message to Saldana. "But I wish I could travel back in time to the start of our relationship over 3 years ago and constantly reassure you how much I have loved you and appreciate all the little things that you did for me."This first appeared in Task and Purpose here.


7/22/2019 7:31:00 AM

Diver Has Epic Nose-to-Nose Encounter with One of the Most Elusive Sharks Lurking in the Deep SeaYou may have heard of megalodon, the massive prehistoric shark, but what about the bluntnose sixgill? This enormous, ancient shark was lurking in the deep long before its extinct cousin -- and still exists today at the bottom of the ocean. It's rarely seen even by scientists. But on a recent submarine dive shark expert Gavin Naylor caught amazing footage of one on camera cozying up to his research vessel, seeming to almost flirt and play with the vessel."I'm literally nose to nose with this animal," Naylor, who does research at the Florida Museum of Natural History, told Live Science, referring to his trip in a submersible.Bluntnose sixgills are the oldest living shark lineage, said Dean Grubbs, a deep-sea ecologist at the Florida Museum of Natural History. Although Grubbs wasn't on board the submarine that night, the dive was part of his ongoing research on the behavior and biology of these sharks. [Photos: Orcas Are Chowing Down on Great-White-Shark Organs]"This is like studying dinosaurs," Grubbs told Live Science.In fact, the sixgill predates most dinosaurs -- the species has been around for roughly 200 million years. Some scientists even believe they may have survived the largest mass extinction event, the Permian-Triassic, which killed 96% of sea life.Diver comes nose-to-nose with a huge six gill shark. OceanXThe 16-foot-long (4.9 meters) female sixgill was spotted about 3,250 feet (1,000 m) beneath the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, just off the Cape of Eleuthera in the Bahamas. She appeared to show off for Naylor, opening her massive mouth ("big enough to swim into," Grubbs said) and blinking huge blue eyes. She seemed curious about the submarine, Naylor said, nudging it with her nose."She was quite gentle," Naylor added.That is, until she started tearing into the bait that was attached to the sub, shaking the entire vessel."They seem really slow and really graceful," Lee Frey, a deep-sea engineer who was piloting the submarine at the time, told Live Science, "but then, boy, when they go after a meal, they are just really powerful."Naylor's dive was the fourth attempt during a mission to track down and tag a sixgill shark in its deep-sea environment -- a tricky feat from the submarine.Tagging a sixgill shark in its natural environment poses an unusual challenge because they live so deep in the ocean -- between 2,500 and 3,500 feet (800-1,100 m) below the surface. In the past, researchers had pulled sharks to the surface to tag them. But that method didn't always paint a clear picture of shark behavior -- after surfacing, the tagged sharks would act erratically. So the researchers equipped a vessel with a dart gun that could shoot tags at the sharks. If they succeeded, they would be the first team of scientists to successfully tag an animal from a submarine.When Naylor saw this particular sixgill, it became clear that she was far too close to the research vessel to tag with a dart gun. But he wasn't about to miss a great camera shot. Luckily, a better opportunity to tag a shark arose later that night, when he spotted a male sixgill at perfect range; he pointed and shot.The tag, which will track the shark's movement, will help Grubbs' team better understand the behavior of these seldom-studied prehistoric creatures.The dive was part of an OceanX mission, an organization that conducts ocean research, sometimes alongside institutions. * 7 Unanswered Questions About Sharks * In Photos: Baby Sharks Show Off Amazing Ability * Photos: Great White Shark Mysteriously Washes Up on a California BeachOriginally published on Live Science.


7/22/2019 9:33:00 AM

Venezuela jet 'aggressively shadows' US aircraft over Caribbean SeaA Venezuelan fighter jet harassed a US Navy surveillance plane over international waters, the US Southern Command (Southcom) has revealed.The Russian-made Venezuelan jet took off from an airfield 200 miles east of Caracas on Friday, according to information released by Southcom. It approached the US Navy EP-3 Aries II over the Caribbean Sea.“Venezuela SU-30 Flanker ‘aggressively shadowed’ a US EP-3 aircraft at an unsafe distance July 19, jeopardising the crew and aircraft,” Southcom said in tweets on Sunday. “The EP-3 was performing a multi-nationally recognised and approved mission in international airspace over Caribbean Sea.”“This action demonstrates Russia’s irresponsible military support to Maduro's illegitimate regime and underscores Maduro’s recklessness and irresponsible behaviour,” the tweets continued, “which undermines international rule of law and efforts to counter illicit trafficking.” SOUTHCOM said in a statement that it determined the Russian-made jet had acted inappropriately after reviewing video documentation, which was shared publicly.“The U.S. routinely conducts multi-nationally recognised and approved detection and monitoring missions in the region to ensure the safety and security of our citizens and those of our partners,” the statement said.The Southern Command’s tweets refer to Russia’s backing of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro’s amid US-imposed sanctions, as the US and other countries support Juan Guaidó, the country’s opposition leader. In response to the US announcement, Vladimir Padrino, the Defence Minister of Venezuela, said the encounter occurred after an EP-3 with radio-electronic reconnaissance capabilities and anti-submarine warfare capabilities was "intercepted" within Venezuela's Exclusive Economic Zone, according to Reuters. He added that there have been dozens of similar “incursions."


7/22/2019 9:37:36 AM

More than 36 Syrian civilians killed in Idlib 'by Russian and Assad regime strikes'Dozens of civilians, including at least five children, have been killed in recent days as Russia and the Assad regime stepped up their assault on the rebel-held province of Idlib.  At least 59 civilians were killed in strikes on Monday, according to the UN, in one of the most intensive days of bombardment since the regime offensive began three months ago.  The bloodiest airstrikes fell on the market town of Maaret al-Numan, where around 40 people died, including eight women and five children, the UN said.  The explosions tore through vegetable stalls and buried civilians in rubble, leaving frantic rescue workers to dig out the bodies of men, women, and children.  “The nightmare in Idleb is getting worse,” Mark Cutts, the UN’s deputy humanitarian coordinator for Syria. “Many of the victims were women and children, some of them suffering the most horrific injuries.” A member of the Syrian civil defence, known as the White Helmets, rests atop an excavator after participating in a search for victims under the rubble of buildings Credit: ABDULAZIZ KETAZ/AFP/Getty Images The airstrike on Maaret al-Numan was carried out by a Russian warplane, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Russia denied responsibility, saying its aircraft were “not carrying out any missions in this part of Syria”. Assad regime forces, backed by Shia militias and Russian airpower, have been fighting since April to seize control of Idlib, the last Syrian province still in rebel hands.  But Syrian troops have so far made relatively little progress against rebel fighters, who are led by the al-Qaeda linked jihadist group Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS).  Around 3 million civilians have sought shelter in Idlib, many after fleeing from other parts of Syria. The UN has warned of a major humanitarian catastrophe if Assad’s troops launch an all-out assault on the province. A member of the Syrian civil defence, known as the White Helmets, helps an injured Syrian child after pulling him out from under the rubble  Credit: OMAR HAJ KADOUR/AFP/Getty Images Meanwhile, at least six people were injured in southern Turkey by a rocket fired from Syria.  The Turkish defence ministry said the rocket was fired from Kurdish-controlled territory in northeast Syria and said Turkey struck seven targets in the area in retaliation.  Western-backed Kurdish forces, known as the People’s Protection Units (YPG), control parts of northeast Syria. Turkey considers them to be part of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) terrorist group.


7/23/2019 1:51:10 AM

Drug kingpin 'El Chapo' appeals life sentenceFallen Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, once one of the world's most powerful and notorious criminals, has appealed his life sentence, court documents published on Monday showed. Guzman, the 62-year-old former co-leader of Mexico's feared Sinaloa drug cartel, was convicted in February of smuggling hundreds of tons of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana into the United States. A symbolic 30 years was also added to the sentence and he was also ordered to pay $12.6 billion in forfeiture -- a sum based on a conservative estimate of revenues from his cartel's sales in the United States.


7/22/2019 1:04:55 PM

Miss Michigan stripped of title over 'offensive' social media postsKathy Zhu received an email Thursday dismissing her as a Miss World America pageant participant and revoking her Miss Michigan World America title.


7/21/2019 1:53:55 PM

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