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Militants trapped in Raqqa center but Syrian Kurd commander sees long battle

By John Davison RAQQA, Syria (Reuters) - U.S.-backed forces now have Islamic State fighters surrounded in central Raqqa, a Syrian Kurdish commander said, but he predicted that driving the militants out could take up to four months. "We've cleared about half of Old Raqqa ... and we're advancing on all axes," said Haval Gabar, the 25-year-old commander from the Kurdish YPG militia who is directing … [Read more...]

Israel warns Hamas not to try to foil its anti-tunnel Gaza wall

By Dan Williams JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel warned Gaza's Hamas rulers on Thursday not to try to foil its construction of a border wall designed to stop tunnels between the two sides. Hamas accused Israel of belligerence. The unusually detailed Israeli threat followed a rocket launch on Tuesday which caused no damage in Israel and went unclaimed by Gazan groups. … [Read more...]

Man, 77, Arrested For Raping Woman, 20, Who Posted Assault on Snapchat: Cops

A 77-year-old man has been arrested on charges he raped a 20-year-old woman, who posted the assault on Snapchat, police said. … [Read more...]

The Nissan Leaf Will Cost $5K Less Than Tesla's Model 3

The 2018 Nissan Leak will cost $5,000 less than Tesla's Model 3. Here's how the two cars compare. … [Read more...]

Scientists finally give the biggest dinosaur that ever lived a name

There's a new king of the dinosaurs. Researchers working with bones found half a decade ago in Argentina have finally classified and named the new species that is thought to have been the largest of all the mighty reptiles. It's called Patagotitan mayorum, and it was so incredibly huge that it would have made even fearsome carnivores like the Tyrannosaurus rex look downright tiny by … [Read more...]

Crocodile rock: ancient beast named after Motörhead band's Lemmy

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A ferocious sea-going crocodile that menaced coastal waters about 164 million years ago during the Jurassic Period has been given a name honoring the similarly ferocious heavy-metal rocker Lemmy, the late front man for the British band Motörhead. Scientists said on Wednesday they have named the 19-foot-long (5.8 meters) reptile Lemmysuchus, meaning "Lemmy's … [Read more...]

'Son of Sam' killer was arrested 40 years ago this week

NEW YORK (AP) — For a year, David Berkowitz terrorized New York. … [Read more...]

Fox & Friends & Trump: North Korea crisis puts cozy relationship in spotlight

The crisis in relations between the US and North Korea has put Donald Trump’s symbiotic relationship with his favorite morning TV show, Fox & Friends, firmly back in the spotlight. As rhetoric over nuclear war suddenly ramped up between the US president and North Korea’s dictator, Kim Jong-un, on Tuesday night and the US media began intense coverage stretching into Wednesday, Trump and the Fox … [Read more...]

Fact-Checking Trump’s Nuclear Arsenal Claims

Trump said he’s revamped the nuclear arsenal, but former President Barack Obama started that process years ago. … [Read more...]

North Korea Releases Canadian Pastor on 'Sick Bail'

Hyeon Soo Lim was serving a life sentence … [Read more...]

Car attack on soldiers in Paris suburb

A car rammed into a group of soldiers in a Parisian suburb on Wednesday, injuring six before speeding off in what officials identified as a suspected terrorist attack. … [Read more...]

The Republican Party Has a Big Problem: Insurgent Candidates

Establishment-aligned Republicans may end up spending millions to protect incumbents against insurgent challengers … [Read more...]

Trump warns 'fire and fury' if North Korea threatens U.S., Pyongyang weighs Guam strike

By James Oliphant and Ben Blanchard BEDMINSTER, N.J./BEIJING (Reuters) - President Donald Trump warned North Korea on Tuesday it would face "fire and fury" if it threatens the United States, prompting the nuclear-armed nation to say it was considering firing missiles at Guam, a U.S.-held Pacific island. As tensions escalated, Pyongyang said it was "carefully examining" a plan to strike Guam, … [Read more...]

Kia, Genesis, Porsche dominate J.D. Power's 2017 Initial Quality Study. (Fiat, not so much.)

Kia has done it again: for a second year in a row, the South Korean brand has come out on top of J.D. Power's Initial Quality Study. The Initial Quality Study is a great one for new-car buyers to watch. Unlike Power's equally well-known Dependability Study, which evaluates new cars based on the number of problems they have over several years, the Initial Quality Study rates vehicles … [Read more...]

Canadian sniper breaks world record for longest confirmed kill shot in history

A Canadian sniper in Iraq has broken the world record for the longest confirmed kill shot in history. A member of the elite Special Forces unit, Joint Task Force 2, who has not been named, killed an Isis insurgent from 3,450 metres (2.1 miles) away. The shot broke the previous record, held by Craig Harrison, a member of the British armed forces, by almost 1000 metres. … [Read more...]

Russia Cancels Talks With US Over Ukraine Issue

Russia on Wednesday cancelled a meeting planned between its officials and the U.S. after America announced an expansion of sanctions against Russian individuals. … [Read more...]

Exploding whipped cream dispenser kills fitness blogger

An Instagram star and well-known fitness blogger has died in a freak accident after a pressurised cannister used for dispensing whipped cream exploded, hitting her in the chest, her family has said. Rebecca Burger, who had a large following on the social media site, where she posted regular pictures of herself promoting fitness products, was killed in eastern France in what the family said was a … [Read more...]

Former Texas Nurse Genene Jones Accused Of Killing Infants, Charged Again

Genene Jones is suspected of killing more than a dozen infants in the pediatric intensive care unit at San Antonio’s charity hospital where she worked during the early 1980s. … [Read more...]