2019-07-20

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From Al Jazeera, Associated Press, BBC News, Reuters, The Globe and Mail, New York Times, and Wired

Ex-Marine, professor, MLB draft pick among high court clerks – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — A former Marine who deployed twice to Afghanistan. A patent law professor. A woman who’s blind. Two Rhodes scholars.They’re among the lawyers starting work this summer as…

Florida’s ‘pill mills’ were a gateway to the opioid crisis – (Associated Press)
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida survives on tourism, but a decade ago thousands of visitors made frequent trips to the state not to visit its theme parks or beaches. Instead, they came for…

Iran guards post video of troops rappelling onto British-flagged tanker – (Reuters)
Iran’s Revolutionary Guards posted a video online on Saturday showing speedboats pulling up alongside the detained British-flagged tanker Stena Impero and troops wearing ski masks and carrying machine guns rappelling to its deck from a helicopter.

At Detention Camps and Shelters, Art Helps Migrant Youths Find Their Voices – (The New York Times)
Works by confined children show hopefulness in the face of stress, and may help in the healing.

Iran says its seizure of British ship a ‘reciprocal’ move – (Associated Press)
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s seizure of a British oil tanker was a response to Britain’s role in impounding an Iranian supertanker first, senior officials said Saturday, as newly released video of…

Nation celebrates 50th anniversary of 1st lunar footsteps – (Associated Press)
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A moonstruck nation celebrated the 50th anniversary of humanity’s first footsteps on another world Saturday, gathering in record heat at races and other festivities to…

‘I don’t have words’: Boss of torched Japan animation studio mourns bright, young staff – (Reuters)
Many victims of an arson attack on a Japanese animation studio were young with bright futures, some joining only in April, the shaken company president said on Saturday, as the death toll climbed to 34.

‘Boris blimp’ takes to the London skies in pro-EU protest – (Reuters)
Opponents of Britain’s exit from the EU hoisted a “Boris blimp” portraying the UK’s likely next prime minister as a crying child as they demonstrated outside parliament on Saturday.

Co-stars say Huffman remorseful for role in college case – (Associated Press)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Felicity Huffman’s co-stars in a new Netflix movie say they found her remorseful about her role in a college admissions scandal.Actress Angela Bassett said Huffman…

Famed architect Cesar Pelli dies at 92 – (Associated Press)
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Famed Argentine-American architect Cesar Pelli, known for designing some of the world’s tallest and most iconic buildings, has died. He was 92.Anibal Bellomio, a…

In border city, asylum seekers forced to wait band together – (Associated Press)
SAN LUIS RIO COLORADO, Mexico (AP) — A small group of asylum seekers sit under a canopy on the side of a road leading into the United States, chatting to pass the time as a blazing desert sun…

UK warship tried to prevent Iran from stopping tanker: Revolutionary Guards – (Reuters)
A British warship escorting the detained UK-flagged tanker Stena Impero tried to prevent Iran’s Revolutionary Guards from stopping the ship, Brigadier General Ramezan Sharif, a Guards spokesman, said on Saturday, according to the Fars news agency.

Owners of seized tanker preparing formal request to visit crew in Iran – (Reuters)
Stena Bulk, the Swedish-based owners of the UK-flagged tanker detained by Iran, said on Saturday they were preparing a formal request to visit its 23 crew members.

‘Fake news’: BBC reporter heckled in Hong Kong – (BBC News)
Stephen McDonell was reporting live from a pro-China rally, ahead of more pro-democracy protests in the city.

U.S. State Dept says concerned by reports of Chinese interference in South China Sea – (Reuters)
The U.S. State Department said on Saturday it is concerned by reports of China’s interference with oil and gas activities in the South China Sea, including Vietnam’s long-standing exploration and production activities.

César Pelli, Designer of Iconic Buildings Around the World, Dies at 92 – (The New York Times)
Mr. Pelli, whose many distinctive projects include the Petronas Twin Towers in Malaysia, tried to reconcile modernism with his interest in shape, texture and the architecture of the past.

U.S. rapper A$AP Rocky to remain in Swedish custody, Trump plans to intervene – (Reuters)
Swedish prosecutors on Friday extended American rapper A$AP Rocky’s detention by six days amid their ongoing investigation into a street fight in Stockholm as U.S. President Donald Trump said he planned to call Sweden’s prime minister about the case.

Trump says Swedish prime minister assures him U.S. rapper A$AP Rocky will be treated fairly – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted on Saturday that Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven has assured him that American citizen and rapper A$AP Rocky will be treated fairly.

Detained British-flagged tanker must go through legal process: Iran foreign minister – (Reuters)
The detained British-flagged tanker Stena Impero must go through a legal process because it violated maritime regulations, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told British Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt in a phone call on Saturday, the Iranian news age…

Trump offers to guarantee A$AP Rocky’s bail in Sweden – (Associated Press)
BERLIN (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump said he spoke with Sweden’s prime minister Saturday about jailed rapper A$AP Rocky and “offered to personally vouch for his bail.”Trump tweeted…

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From various sources

Wallabies Vs South Africa Live: updates, scores, blog, Rugby Championship 2019, Ellis Park, 56-year drought Israel Folau – (News.com.au)
Welcome to news.com.au’s live coverage of the Wallabies Vs South Africa at Ellis Park.

Qatari delivers more cash to Gaza as part of truce understandings – (The Jerusalem Post)
Haniyeh: We’ll accept Palestinian state on ’67 borders, but without recognizing Israel.

Russian boxer Maksim Dadashev undergoes brain surgery after devastating loss: reports – (Fox News)
Russian boxer Maksim Dadashev had part of his skull removed during a 2-hour long brain surgery following a devastating loss Friday night to Puerto Rico’s Subriel Matias, reports say.

Why Dennis Oland was found not guilty of murder at his retrial | CBC News – (CBC News)
Unlike the jury that convicted Dennis Oland at his first murder trial in 2015, the judge who found him not guilty at his retrial Friday in the death of his father had to give reasons for his verdict.

Officials seize $5 million in gold bars at Heathrow Airport, reportedly from drug cartel – (Fox News)
Someone was certainly going for the gold.

Recent Match Report – England Women vs Australia Women Only Test 2019 | ESPNcricinfo.com – (ESPN Cric Info)
Read the detailed Reports & Articles of England Women vs Australia Women Only Test 2019, Australia Women tour of England 2019 only on ESPNcricinfo.com

Andrew McCarthy: ‘The squad’ vs. Trump – Progressive left still hasn’t figured out how to beat the president – (Fox News)
The president can be very entertaining, but I don’t pay much attention to political rallies, including his famously raucous ones.

Let’s talk about peeing in space – (Hacker News)

Ex-Marine, professor, MLB draft pick among high court clerks – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — A former Marine who deployed twice to Afghanistan. A patent law professor. A woman who’s blind. Two Rhodes scholars.They’re among the lawyers starting work this summer as…

Original Content podcast: We’re not on the same page about ‘Frankenstein’s Monster’s Monster, Frankenstein’ – (TechCrunch)
Just to get this out of the way: “Frankenstein’s Monster’s Monster, Frankenstein” is a great title. In fact, it’s probably the best thing about the new comedy special on Netflix . That’s not a complaint about the special itself, which stars David Harbour (a.k…

New trailers: It Chapter 2, The King’s Man, Top Gun: Maverick, and more – (The Verge)
Watch this week’s best new trailers from Comic-Con, Netflix, HBO, Warner Bros, and more. I’m sorry, but yes, I included Cats.

Insta model avoids jail after scamming thousands – (News.com.au)
Instagram model Hannah Valentine has avoided jail after netting around $10,000 selling fake concert tickets on Gumtree and Facebook.

Saturday Sessions: Iron & Wine and Calexico perform “Father Mountain” – (CBS News)
In 2005, Calexico’s Joey Burns and John Convertino and Iron & Wine’s Sam Beam got together to record the EP “In the Reins.” Over the years, the groups stayed in touch and collaborated on various projects – then, they decided to go into the studio once again. …

Florida’s ‘pill mills’ were a gateway to the opioid crisis – (Associated Press)
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida survives on tourism, but a decade ago thousands of visitors made frequent trips to the state not to visit its theme parks or beaches. Instead, they came for…

Crew to make six-hour flight to International Space Station on Apollo 11 anniversary – (CBS News)
The Soyuz spacecraft is scheduled to make a six-hour flight to the International Space Station on Saturday

Iran guards post video of troops rappelling onto British-flagged tanker – (Reuters)
Iran’s Revolutionary Guards posted a video online on Saturday showing speedboats pulling up alongside the detained British-flagged tanker Stena Impero and troops wearing ski masks and carrying machine guns rappelling to its deck from a helicopter.

Heckled BBC reporter dismisses fake news claim – (Google News (UK))
Stephen McDonell was reporting live from a pro-China rally, ahead of more pro-democracy protests in the city.

Couple shot dead along Alaska Highway remembered as ‘bright and beautiful souls’ | CBC News – (CBC News)
Australian police have confirmed that a young man found dead with a young woman along the Alaska Highway earlier this week is the son of a senior New South Wales officer.

At Detention Camps and Shelters, Art Helps Migrant Youths Find Their Voices – (The New York Times)
Works by confined children show hopefulness in the face of stress, and may help in the healing.

Iran says its seizure of British ship a ‘reciprocal’ move – (Associated Press)
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s seizure of a British oil tanker was a response to Britain’s role in impounding an Iranian supertanker first, senior officials said Saturday, as newly released video of…

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All about Trump

Andrew McCarthy: ‘The squad’ vs. Trump – Progressive left still hasn’t figured out how to beat the president – (Fox News)
The president can be very entertaining, but I don’t pay much attention to political rallies, including his famously raucous ones.

U.S.–Turkey ties slide further amid advanced weapons impasse – (Axios)
Future relations may hinge on strongman diplomacy between Trump and Erdogan.

Trump offers to vouch for A$AP Rocky’s bail in Sweden – (CBS News)
The platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated artist has been in custody since early this month over an alleged fight

‘Send her back’ chant at Donald Trump’s rally moves race to center of 2020 contest. What does that mean for Democrats? – (USA Today)
Democrats united against Donald Trump’s racist tweets. But under the surface, the party is wrestling with divisions over how to address race.

The God of Love had a really bad week – (CNN)
Diana Butler Bass writes that America’s white churches are roiled by political division. Although pro-Trump evangelicals are a solid majority, the divides in other white Christian groups are fairly even. White Christianity right now is a dumpster of discord; …

How higher turnout could help Trump in 2020 – (Axios)
Increased “turnout could widen the gap between the Electoral College and the popular vote.”

Michelle Obama weighs in on ‘send her back’ feud – (News.com.au)
Former US first lady Michelle Obama has apparently taken a shot at US President Donald Trump amid his escalating feud with four ethnic minority Democratic politicians known as “The Squad.”

How Trump’s 2020 reelection strategy could work — but probably won’t – (Google News)
A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds that President Donald Trump’s approval rating among voters nationwide is 45%. His disapproval rating is 52%. This makes for a net approval (approval – disapproval) of -7 points.

Donald Trump ‘blames Sadiq Khan’ for Metropolitan Police Twitter hack – (Google News (UK))
Donald Trump ‘blames Sadiq Khan’ for Metropolitan Police Twitter hack  Evening Standard Donald Trump calls Sadiq Khan ‘incompetent’ after hackers target Metropolitan Police website  The Telegraph Sadiq Khan’s lawyer wife is paid via low-tax ‘personal servic…

U.S. Troops Are Going Back to Saudi Arabia – (The American Conservative)
For a president who is supposedly “retreating” from the region and the world, Trump keeps adding to the numbers of U.S. military personnel deployed abroad much more often than he subtracts.

“Send her back”: Trump reverses course and backs supporters who chanted racist remarks – (CBS News)
“As you know, those are incredible people, those are incredible patriots,” Mr. Trump said Friday

U.S. rapper A$AP Rocky to remain in Swedish custody, Trump plans to intervene – (Reuters)
Swedish prosecutors on Friday extended American rapper A$AP Rocky’s detention by six days amid their ongoing investigation into a street fight in Stockholm as U.S. President Donald Trump said he planned to call Sweden’s prime minister about the case.

Trump says Swedish prime minister assures him U.S. rapper A$AP Rocky will be treated fairly – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted on Saturday that Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven has assured him that American citizen and rapper A$AP Rocky will be treated fairly.

Trump offers to guarantee A$AP Rocky’s bail in Sweden – (Associated Press)
BERLIN (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump said he spoke with Sweden’s prime minister Saturday about jailed rapper A$AP Rocky and “offered to personally vouch for his bail.”Trump tweeted…

‘Liberal paper straws don’t work’: Trump campaign starts selling plastic drinking straws – (USA Today)
“Liberal paper straws don’t work,” says the description of the drinking straws on Trump’s campaign website. The straws sell for $15 for a 10-pack.

Biden blames Trump for racist remark by 7-year-old son of Biden event organizer – (Google News)
Joe Biden said children are beginning to make racist remarks because of President Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric toward immigrants and minority lawmakers.

Trump team uses stock photo models in reelection ads – CNN Video – (CNN)
CNN’s Jeanne Moos examines the Trump reelection campaign’s use of stock photo models and foreign locations, rather than interviewing President Donald Trump supporters in the US.

Trump telling aides to look at potential spending cuts if he wins reelection: report | TheHill – (The Hill)
President Trump is reportedly telling aides to prepare for significant budget cuts should he win…

Trump’s “go back” remark: In workplace, it might be illegal – (Associated Press)
NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump’s suggestion that four activist Democratic congresswomen of color “go back” to countries “from which they came” has excited some in his political base. Yet…

Trump Says if You Don’t Love America, Leave it. Newsflash: He’s Been Bashing the U.S. for Years. – (Vice News)
“If you’re not happy in the U.S., if you’re complaining all the time, very simply, you can leave. You can leave right now.”

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