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UN Security Council 'Strongly Condemns' NK Missile Test
- September 02, 2017

Japan is seeking a land-based version of the Aegis ballistic missile defense system, operational by 2023, as a new layer of defense to help counter North Korea's missile advances. Any new test worries Washington and its allies because it presumably puts North Korea a step closer to its goal of an arsenal of nuclear missiles that can reliably target the United States. (more...)
Congress handed $5.95 bn bill for Harvey response, recovery Congress handed $5.95 bn bill for Harvey response, recovery
- September 02, 2017

The Trumps are set to go back to Texas on Saturday. If the bill handed to the Congress is approved, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will reportedly receive $5.5 billion for its disaster relief operations. A senior administration official has said that the Trump administration believes the requested amount will be more than enough to support hurricane recovery efforts until the end of the year. (more...)
Trump declares National Day of Prayer for Harvey victims Trump declares National Day of Prayer for Harvey victims
- September 02, 2017

President Donald Trump has now requested that almost $6 billion be made available for the Harvey recovery process. President Donald Trump's top economic aide Gary Cohn said Friday his relationship with his boss is "great" following a report that the president is unhappy with his criticism of how Trump responded to violence at a white-nationalist rally in Virginia. (more...)
SC to hear Bofors pay off case today SC to hear Bofors pay off case today
- September 02, 2017

The order came on an interim application filed by Agarwal seeking early hearing and adjudication of the appeal filed against the Delhi high court order in the Rs64 crore scam case. The HC had quashed all charges against the Hinduja brothers and castigated the CBI for the manner in which it had handled the case and the accompanying media hype. (more...)
Korean court sentences S. Korean reporters, newspaper chairmen to death: KCNA
- September 02, 2017

Pyongyang's official Korean Central News Agency carried a state court statement expressing anger over the descriptions of North Korean lives as increasingly capitalist. The North said the Chosun Ilbo and the Dong-A Ilbo made "all kinds of abusive languages blindly" in reporting on the book. One reporter and one executive from each newspaper stands accused by the North, whose state media quotes the court as saying, "The execution will be carried out at any moment at any place". (more...)
Hurricane Harvey's homeless pets being sent across U.S. for new homes Hurricane Harvey's homeless pets being sent across U.S. for new homes
- September 02, 2017

Hundreds of pets displaced by the floodwaters have been rescued and housed until they can be reunited with their owners. The ASPCA is assisting the Galveston County Animal Resource Center with the transport and relocation of approximately 120 homeless animals from Galveston County to shelters in Austin and Dallas, as well as assisting with the transport of approximately 100 animals who were evacuated with their families from the Beaumont, Texas area to a shelter in Alexandria, La. (more...)
USA says diplomats in Cuba hit by another sonic assault last month USA says diplomats in Cuba hit by another sonic assault last month
- September 02, 2017

But US officials made no public complaint until just last month when US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned that Cuba must help investigate and prevent further attacks. Canadian officials have been actively working with USA and Cuban authorities to ascertain the cause. The American Foreign Service Association, in describing the damage to diplomats' health, said it had met with or spoken to 10 diplomats affected, but did not specify how numerous 10 had been diagnosed with hearing loss or ... (more...)
Colombia's FARC rebels reborn as legal party Colombia's FARC rebels reborn as legal party
- September 02, 2017

The name controversially retains the same acronym and the revolutionary spirit of the communist guerrilla group, which fought a bloody 52-year campaign against the state before signing a peace deal last year. Others are sceptical about turning around a toxic name associated with a conflict in which more than 200,000 people were killed and millions displaced. (more...)
Military successfully tests intercept of ballistic missile Military successfully tests intercept of ballistic missile
- September 02, 2017

North Korea on Tuesday flew a potentially nuclear-capable Hwasong-12 intermediate range missile over northern Japan and later called it a "meaningful prelude" to containing the USA territory of Guam. "We absolutely do not tolerate the nuclear and missile development by North Korea". 'This trip to Japan at this time give me a particular opportunity to sit down with Prime Minister Abe and talk to him about this issue, ' she added. (more...)
United States readies for North Korea Battle - Tests Missile Defence System United States readies for North Korea Battle - Tests Missile Defence System
- September 02, 2017

Mrs May said: "When we leave the European Union, there's obviously a number of trade deals that the EU has with other countries and we are looking at the possibility of those being able to be brought over into trade deals with the United Kingdom". (more...)
Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew: praying for creation Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew: praying for creation
- September 02, 2017

Echoing remarks Pope Francis made August 30 when the pontiff announced he and the patriarch were issuing a joint message , the text included a plea to world leaders. This is important because "our human dignity and welfare are deeply connected to our care for the whole of creation". The future of the planet is under threat from humanity's "insatiable desire" to manipulate the world's limited resources, Pope Francis and the leader of Eastern Orthodox Christianity have said. (more...)
Gas Prices in DC Area Expected to Surge This Weekend Gas Prices in DC Area Expected to Surge This Weekend
- September 02, 2017

Last week, it was $2.31. The highest average price in the county is found in Caledonia at $2.53, up 9 cents from a week ago. Prices were up 8 cents in Dansville, to $2.44; Geneseo, $2.48; Leicester, $2.49 and Mount Morris, $2.50. Gasoline and oil prices continued to diverge on Wednesday, as Tropical Storm Harvey dumped more rain along the Gulf Coast and forced the full shutdown of the nation's largest refinery. (more...)
Brush Fire Prompts Closure of 210 Freeway in Sun Valley Area Brush Fire Prompts Closure of 210 Freeway in Sun Valley Area
- September 02, 2017

A wildfire burns next to the 210 Freeway in the Tujunga area on September 1, 2017. The blaze was initially estimated at an acre or less, but a wind shift at about 2 p.m. The National Weather Service said a thunderstorm "popped up" in the fire area about 3 p.m. "Look for chaotic winds to occur around the fire", the weather service's Oxnard office said on Twitter . (more...)
Britain's May says Beijing should increase pressure on N. Korea Britain's May says Beijing should increase pressure on N. Korea
- September 02, 2017

Pyongyang's latest midrange ballistic missile, the Hwasong-12, flew over Japan before dropping in the Pacific Ocean. Sirens sent people scattering for shelter. The two leaders are expected to discuss the possibility of further sanctions on North Korea, Ms May's office said. Meanwhile, US bombers and stealth jet fighters took part in a joint live-fire drill over South Korea on Thursday. (more...)
Texas Governor Accepts Aid from Mexico for Hurricane Victims
- September 02, 2017

There's so many displaced people and animals down there. We may find ourselves asking how we can help out. "It's one more way to help the victims of this tragedy". In the instance of Texas , there were some citizens stocking up on survival items and evacuating just before the storm, but for the most part the state and it's residents seemed to be caught entirely off guard. (more...)
Detroit Tigers trade OF Justin Upton
- September 02, 2017

And with the Twins dealing with a hamate injury to outfielder Byron Buxton , who has helped propel them to second-half relevance and the wild card spot they have a tenuous hold on, now is the time for the Angels to upgrade. Still, it's an obvious need for the Angels. Long, a third-round draft pick out of Texas A&M in 2015, has spent most of this season with the Mobile BayBears, the Angels' Double-A affiliate in Alabama. (more...)
As Officials Attempt To Protect Dams, More Houston Neighborhoods Deal With Flooding As Officials Attempt To Protect Dams, More Houston Neighborhoods Deal With Flooding
- September 02, 2017

They also said the Barker Reservoir is approaching its peak level of 104 feet. Officials insist that the hair-raising label has more to do with the breathtaking consequences of any major dam failure upstream of the country's fourth-largest city than the actual likelihood of such a breach. (more...)
Pounding the Pavement on Shares of TransDigm Group Incorporated (NYSE:TDG)
- September 02, 2017

The stock increased 2.42% or $6.15 on August 31, reaching $260.66. About 6.68M shares traded. Taking a look at TransDigm Group Incorporated (NYSE:TDG)'s valuation level, we can focus on several ratios. Meiji Yasuda Asset Management Limited invested 0.21% of its portfolio in TransDigm Group Incorporated (NYSE:TDG). Since March 13, 2017, it had 1 buy, and 1 insider sale for $22.86 million activity. (more...)
Texting and Driving Ban Starts Today Texting and Driving Ban Starts Today
- September 02, 2017

A new law that bans texting while driving goes into effect Friday across the state of Texas. "We are hopeful this new law will help save lives and reduce injuries". For those under 18 years of age, Texas law already bans all cellphone use while driving, including hands-free, except in the case of emergencies. The ban covers texting only, not other Internet use such as map applications. (more...)
Christie Can't Get Over Sandy, Blasts Cruz for 'Playing Politics'
- September 02, 2017

This is certainly the "pot calling the kettle black". Chris Christie (R) on Wednesday, as he doubled down on his defense for opposing a 2013 relief package to aid victims of Superstorm Sandy . "We have a compilation of tools that include boats, motors, dry suits, rescue equipment for collapsed structures, rope equipment for confined spaces, and a large compilation of Haz-Mat equipment and tools", said the Fire Department's Jack Flatley who leads the team. (more...)
Mexico girds for possibility of world without NAFTA Mexico girds for possibility of world without NAFTA
- September 02, 2017

It predicts that a new NAFTA deal could create new trade barriers that would lower sales and income tax revenue for both MI and the most populous region in the state. "No one sits down to trade talks without a plan B", Guajardo said. Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto travels to China this weekend for talks about trade and investment, while Mexican negotiators were due to take part in trade talks with South American nations, Australia and New Zealand on Tuesday. (more...)
Spain to reduce number of North Korean diplomats in Madrid
- September 02, 2017

The situation, Le Drian said, is "extremely serious". "The nuclear and ballistic programs of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea undermine the nuclear non-proliferation regime and create a serious threat to peace in the region and for global security", Spanish authorities argued. (more...)
Mueller reportedly has draft Trump letter explaining Comey firing
- September 02, 2017

The earlier letter could serve as key evidence to Mueller's team, which is now investigating whether Trump fired Comey to impede the FBI investigation into his campaign associates' ties to Russian Federation. The letter, details of which were revealed in subsequent days, focused on Comey's handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server. (more...)
Speaker Ryan 'does not agree' with Trump's pardon of Arpaio Speaker Ryan 'does not agree' with Trump's pardon of Arpaio
- September 02, 2017

Arpaio didn't submit a pardon application through the Office of the Pardon Attorney. He told The Associated Press he was thankful for the pardon. Arpaio admitted to inadvertently disobeying the court order but said his behaviour did not meet a criminal standard. (more...)
Yellow Lobster Shellfishly Steals Spotlight At New England Aquarium Yellow Lobster Shellfishly Steals Spotlight At New England Aquarium
- September 02, 2017

The American lobster ( Homarus americanus ) was generously donated by Patriot Seafoods of Salem . The rainbow of lobsters includes blue, orange and calico-colored ones, and a very odd Halloween-colored lobster that is half orange and half black. (more...)
Charlottesville Changed My Mind on Removing Confederate Monuments Charlottesville Changed My Mind on Removing Confederate Monuments
- September 02, 2017

So, I looked into it, and I now understand that the statues certainly are symbols of a particular southern heritage, and it is for this very reason that they should be taken down from their public locations. ("I don't need pictures to remember pain", is Wood's summation.) He also debunked the idea that the average Confederate memorabilia buff isn't motivated by racial animus, aided by the on-camera rant of one Russell Walker , whose interview after losing a lawsuit to restore the ... (more...)
Polls: a growing number of Americans don't like Trump's conduct Polls: a growing number of Americans don't like Trump's conduct
- September 01, 2017

The poll's finding that 55 percent of voters disapprove of the job he is doing roughly coincides with the percentage of voters who say he is ripping the country apart, does not respect minorities and mishandled Charlottesville. Trump's core campaign message was about white grievance, as he sought to convince mostly working-class voters that their livelihood, their status and their cultural dominance were stolen from them by foreigners, "globalists", elites and those who won't say "Merry ... (more...)
White House vows quick action on Harvey White House vows quick action on Harvey
- September 01, 2017

The response doesn't seem to affect the Trump team, as the president has continued to wear his hat in different colors throughout his week while he weighed in on the destruction of Hurricane Harvey. As it stands now, the request for the down payment emergency aid is not tied to any proposal to increase the federal debt limit, the sources said. So far, more than 325,000 people have registered for disaster assistance, with $57 million ($71m AUD) having been paid to victims. (more...)
DUI crackdown through Labor Day; checkpoints begin Thursday DUI crackdown through Labor Day; checkpoints begin Thursday
- September 01, 2017

So far, 2017 is also one of Virginia's deadliest years for traffic fatalities. McAuliffe emphasized that those who drive drunk will be caught and prosecuted. Terry McAuliffe's office. "This statewide, highway and public safety effort is important as to-date this year, Virginia has, unfortunately, experienced almost 50 more traffic fatalities than this same time last year". (more...)
Ex-Archbishop of Westminster Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor dies Ex-Archbishop of Westminster Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor dies
- September 01, 2017

He was ordained bishop of the diocese of Arundel and Brighton in 1977, at which point he became chairman of numerous committees and other Church bodies. Speaking to the BBC, Cardinal Nichols said that his lasting memory of Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor would be his "laughter and of his joy in life, music, and sport, and in company and in having a good chat". (more...)

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