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  • Vatican Feels 'Shame And Sorrow' Over Abuse By Pennsylvania Priests, Spokesman Says news

    As Catholics in the U.S. grapple with fallout from a grand jury's shocking

    Thu, 16 Aug 2018 17:00:26 -0400
  • Wisconsin flipped for Trump. Minnesota nearly did. What do their primaries predict for the midterms? news

    The results of Tuesday’s primaries in Minnesota and Wisconsin were the latest in a series of revealing soundings from the region — tremors on the electoral Richter scale that help delineate the underlying forces shaping American politics.

    Wed, 15 Aug 2018 18:42:32 -0400
  • Unite The Right Organizer Jason Kessler Gets Yelled At By Dad: 'Get Out Of My Room!' news

    The "master race" strikes again.

    Wed, 15 Aug 2018 14:31:08 -0400
  • 10 pieces to pack if you're planning a trip within your trip under $50 news

    From cross-country road trips to intercontinental excursions, it’s not out of

    Wed, 15 Aug 2018 06:01:00 -0400
  • Why did the Genoa bridge collapse - and how thousands of other structures in Italy are at risk news

    Italian prosecutors are opening an investigation into the Genoa bridge collapse, as questions swirled over what caused the structure to crumble.  At least 38 people died when a 650-foot portion of the Morandi motorway bridge in northern Italy disintegrated on Tuesday. The 51-year-old structure, designed by celebrated Italian engineer Riccardo Morandi, has been beset with problems since its construction in the 1960s, leading to expensive maintenance and drawing fierce criticism from engineering experts. Possible mafia connections have been raised. Dave Parker, Technical Editor Emeritus of New Civil Engineer told Radio 4's Today programme that the quality of the materials could have been affected by mafia involvement in the construction industry.  "According to urban myths, the mafia had a very big finger in the pie of the concrete industry back then, charging full price and putting less cement in," he said.  Genoa motorway bridge collapses Concerns have also been raised about the integrity of other structures built following the Second World War, with one engineering body saying tens of thousands of bridges and viaducts in Italy could be at risk. Giuseppe Conte, the Prime Minister, said "all infrastructure" across the country needed to be double-checked. "We must not allow another tragedy like this to happen again," he added. Danilo Toninelli, the Transport Minister,  said the collapse was "unacceptable" and that if negligence played a role "whoever made a mistake must pay." Built between 1963 and 1967, the bridge had a maximum span of 718 feet, a total length of 0.7 miles, and concrete piers - vertical structures buttressing the arches of a bridge - that reach 295 feet in height. 'Structural doubts' over design The technology of pre-stressed reinforced concrete used in the construction was the hallmark of its designer, Mr Morandi, who died in 1989. Dubbed patent "Morandi M5", he had used the technology for other works, including a wing of the Verona Arena in 1953. This technique also characterises another, even longer and just as problematic Morandi bridge: the 5.4 mile long General Rafael Urdaneta Bridge that spans the bay of Maracaibo, Venezuela, and was completed in 1962. It partially collapsed in 1964 after being hit by an oil tanker and was rebuilt.  The Morandi bridge in Genoa had always presented "structural doubts", according to an article published by specialist engineering website "", which called it "a tragedy waiting to happen". Antonio Brencich, a professor of reinforced concrete construction at the University of Genoa, echoed those concerns.  "It was affected by extremely serious corrosion problems linked to the technology that was used (in construction). Morandi wanted to use a technology that he had patented that was no longer used afterwards and that showed itself to be a failure," Professor Brencich told Radio Capitale. Professor Brencich has long been a critic of the bridge. Two years ago, he told "" that the bridge's construction went over budget and poor calculations over concrete viscosity led to an uneven road surface which wasn’t fully corrected until the 1980s. Safety work had been commissioned Mr Toninelli said the company that has the concession to operate that section of highway said its maintenance on the bridge was up to date and no work was being done at the time of the collapse. But he added that they were about to launch a 20 million euro (£17.8 million) bidding process for significant safety work on the bridge. "There has not been sufficient maintenance and checks, and safety work for many bridges and viaducts and bridges in Italy constructed - almost all - during the 1960s," he said. The tender provided for a strengthening of the bridge’s pier cables, including those of pier nine, the one that collapsed on Tuesday. Notwithstanding the importance of a road that sees 25 million vehicles pass along it every year, the demolition of the bridge was being studied as far back as 2009. Bridges such as the Morandi viaduct should have a lifespan of at least a century, "" reported, but the structure had been the subject of major maintenance work in the years after its completion, in particular to repair cracks and combat degradation of the concrete. In the early 2000s the suspension cables put in place in the 1980s and 1990s were replaced. "Fifty years ago, we had unlimited confidence in reinforced concrete, we thought it was eternal, but now we know that it only lasted a few decades," Diego Zoppi, former president of the Genoa branch of the order of architects, told reporters on Tuesday. Rescue teams work among the rubble of the collapsed Morando highway bridge in Genoa Credit: AP Mr Zoppi warned that it was impossible to say similar tragedies would not happen again without serious work on infrastructure built after the Second World War. "The Italy built in the 1950s and 1960s is in urgent need of renovation. The risk of collapses is underestimated, the works built at that time are coming to an age when they are at risk." 'Tens of thousands need to be replaced' The Italian CNR civil engineering society said structures as old as the Morandi Bridge had exceeded their lifespan. It called for a "Marshall Plan" to repair or replace tens of thousands of bridges and viaducts built in the 1950s and 1960s. Updating and reinforcing the bridges would be more expensive than destroying and rebuilding them with technology that could last a century. They cited previous accidents: a bridge that fell in April 2017 in the northern province of Cuneo, crushing a carabinieri police car after the officers and driver had barely managed to get away in time; and an overpass that in the northern city of Lecco that collapsed under exceptional weight, crushing a car and killing the driver. A truck is seen at the collapsed Morandi Bridge site in the port city of Genoa, Italy  Credit: Reuters Experts also said it was possible the thunderstorm could have contributed to the collapse after witnesses said it was struck by lightning shortly before it crumbled. "As this reinforced and pre-stressed concrete bridge has been there for 50 years it is possible that corrosion of tendons or reinforcement may be a contributory factor," said Ian Firth, former president of The Institution of Structural Engineers. He called the bridge "an unusual design." "The fact that there was reported to be a storm at the time may or may not be particularly relevant.” Mehdi Kashani, an associate professor in structural mechanics at the University of Southampton, said maintenance issues and pressure from "dynamic loads," such as traffic and wind, could have resulted in "fatigue damage in bridge components."

    Wed, 15 Aug 2018 04:16:34 -0400
  • Florida Declares State Of Emergency As Red Tide Spreads news

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) declared a state of emergency on Monday as a

    Wed, 15 Aug 2018 05:41:21 -0400
  • National Guard deploys thousands of soldiers to California news

    National Guard soldiers are supporting response efforts, providing unique military capabilities to contain the fires.

    Wed, 15 Aug 2018 17:33:50 -0400
  • Colorado Police Searching for 'Endangered Missing' Pregnant Mom and 2 Daughters news

    "I'm just hoping right now that she's somewhere safe," her husband said

    Wed, 15 Aug 2018 10:51:03 -0400
  • Classics for sale: 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 news

    The Ford Mustang Boss 429 was the ultimate pony car of its era. Designed to compete in NASCAR, this Grabber Blue example is up for auction

    Wed, 15 Aug 2018 10:51:16 -0400
  • Masterpiece Cakeshop Owner Sues Colorado After Refusing To Bake Trans Woman's Cake news

    Months after winning a Supreme Court case over his refusal to make a wedding

    Wed, 15 Aug 2018 15:10:32 -0400
  • Egypt finalizing details of long-term Hamas-Israel truce: source news

    Egypt is finalizing details of a long-term truce deal between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip, an Egyptian security source said on Thursday, amid easing tensions on the border of the enclave where some two million Palestinians live. Cairo has brokered an interim truce that has allowed commercial goods into Gaza ahead of the Muslim Eid al-Adha feast which starts next week. "We are putting the final touches to the terms of the truce that will be signed by all sides, and we expect to announce the terms next week if Fatah helps us to do so," the source said, referring to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's mainstream party which dominates the occupied West Bank.

    Thu, 16 Aug 2018 14:16:20 -0400
  • Sean Spicer Tries Roasting Andrew Cuomo And Gets Burned By Twitter Users news

    Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer thought he had a clear shot to

    Wed, 15 Aug 2018 19:41:32 -0400
  • Taiwan cafe chain that irked Beijing vanishes from food platforms news

    A Taiwan coffee chain that faces pressure in China after serving the island's president has disappeared from Chinese meal-ordering platforms, as Beijing warned it would oppose any businesses that support Taiwanese independence. 85C Bakery Cafe found itself in the crosshairs of China's campaign to isolate Taiwan following a visit to one of its stores in Los Angeles this week by Tsai Ing-wen, the president of self-ruled Taiwan, which China claims as its own.

    Thu, 16 Aug 2018 04:59:52 -0400
  • Subaru Ascent Owners Will Get New Cars in Recall news

    Subaru replaces nearly 300 cars that have compromised frames.

    Wed, 15 Aug 2018 14:23:00 -0400
  • Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's trial in Alexandria, Va.

    Closing arguments were expected Wednesday in the trial of Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman accused of tax evasion and bank fraud.

    Wed, 15 Aug 2018 08:00:58 -0400
  • Ohio Secretary Of State Condemns False Claims About Voter Fraud news

    Ohio's secretary of state subtly condemned the right-wing websites, including

    Wed, 15 Aug 2018 07:11:24 -0400
  • Rising sea levels threatens coastal cities with more tsunamis, scientists warn news

    Tsunamis will become more common and more ferocious with global warming, scientists have warned after a study found that global sea level rises will increase the risk of coastal cities being wiped out. Smaller earthquakes that currently pose no serious tsunami threat could unleash waves capable of inundating coastal cities, researchers found in a study focusing on the city of Macau in China. Currently it is considered safe from tsunamis, despite lying within a major earthquake zone. At today's sea level, it would take a very powerful earthquake tipping past magnitude 8.8 to cause widespread tsunami flooding in Macau. But a half-metre rise in sea level - predicted to occur in the region by 2060 - could more than double the chances of a huge tsunami swamping the territory, according to the research. A three-foot sea level rise, expected by 2100, would increase the risk up to 4.7 times. The source of the earthquake danger is the Manila Trench, a massive crack in the floor of the South China Sea formed by the collision of two tectonic plates. It has generated numerous earthquakes, though none larger than magnitude 7.8 since the 1560s. A modest rise in sea levels would greatly amplify the tsunami threat from smaller earthquakes, the computer simulation study showed. Cities most prone to natural disaster Lead researcher Dr Robert Weiss, from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) in the US, said: "Our research shows that sea-level rise can significantly increase the tsunami hazard, which means that smaller tsunamis in the future can have the same adverse impacts as big tsunamis would today. "The South China Sea is an excellent starting point for such a study because it is an ocean with rapid sea-level rise and also the location of many mega cities with significant worldwide consequences if impacted." The team's findings are reported in the journal Science Advances.

    Thu, 16 Aug 2018 01:00:00 -0400
  • Russia's S-500: How Putin Could Kill Air Force F-22s and B-2 Stealth Bombers? news

    Russia’s fearsome new S-500 air and missile defense system has apparently entered production—and is setting new records for missile engagement range.

    Thu, 16 Aug 2018 09:02:00 -0400
  • Baltimore Police Officer Filmed Punching Man Is Charged With Felony Assault news

    Two days after resigning from the Baltimore Police Department, a police

    Wed, 15 Aug 2018 07:02:10 -0400
  • Satanic Temple's Baphomet Raises Hell Over Religious Freedom In Arkansas news

    Members and supporters of the Satanic Temple wheeled a statue of winged, goat-

    Thu, 16 Aug 2018 21:24:12 -0400
  • Vice President Mike Pence Prays With Mollie Tibbetts' Family During Visit to Iowa news

    The missing college student hasn't been seen since July 18.

    Thu, 16 Aug 2018 11:35:12 -0400
  • Rights groups condemn Kabul school blast as outrage grows news

    Rights groups Thursday condemned a suicide blast inside a school that killed dozens of students in Kabul a day earlier, as outrage over the attack grew while tearful families buried loved ones in the war-weary Afghan capital. The attack was just one of the most shocking in a blood-soaked week across Afghanistan that has left security forces and civilians reeling. Two gunmen attacked an intelligence training centre in Kabul Thursday, firing on security forces for several hours before they were killed, police spokesman Hashmat Stanikzai said, adding that there were no other casualties.

    Thu, 16 Aug 2018 14:24:25 -0400
  • Couple whose caravan wheel sparked California wildfire told ‘it’s not your fault’ news

    A couple whose caravan accident started one of the largest wildfires in California history have been told by local residents told:: “It's not your fault”. Authorities have not identified the owners of the mobile home vehicle, but that has not stopped the community affected by the Carr wildfire to send an outpouring of support in Facebook posts, letters, and cards. The trailer experienced a flat tyre on 23 July near Redding, California, and the steel rim of the wheel scraped against the asphalt, creating the spark which ignited dry brush near the side of the road.

    Wed, 15 Aug 2018 14:37:34 -0400
  • Jury in Manafort trial asks U.S. judge about 'reasonable doubt' news

    The case is the first to go to trial stemming from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 U.S. election, although the charges largely predate Manafort's five months working on Trump's campaign, including three as chairman. Before wrapping up their work for the day, the jurors asked U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis their first questions, including the definition of "reasonable doubt." In a criminal case the jury must find a defendant guilty "beyond a reasonable doubt." "The government is not required to prove beyond all possible doubt," Ellis said, responding to a note from the jury with the questions. Ellis added that reasonable doubt was "doubt based on reason." The other questions delved into details of the case.

    Thu, 16 Aug 2018 19:54:10 -0400
  • Republicans Plan To Run Close To Trump. A New Poll Shows Why That’s A Bad Idea. news

    Republicans have made clear they plan to run close to President Donald Trump

    Wed, 15 Aug 2018 08:31:22 -0400
  • Judge threatened over granting bail for suspects in New Mexico compound case news

    The courthouse was locked down after a backlash against the judge's decision culminated in threats.

    Wed, 15 Aug 2018 14:06:00 -0400
  • Sea-through: Amazing underwater gallery captures transparent 'aliens' of the deep

    Impressive images of these alien-like creatures were captured underwater — photographer Cai Songda is a keen diver and did not miss the chance to snap pictures of the unique “aliens.” Cai, who is from Manila, Philippines, went on several diving trips this year and ended up with this beautiful collection of sea creatures, most of them in the area of Anilao.Cai loves blackwater diving and photography; he uses special lighting to illuminate his photos, as they are all taken in deep, dark waters. ...

    Wed, 15 Aug 2018 09:54:15 -0400
  • Stranded Parrot 'Turns Air Blue' Cursing Out Firefighter During Rescue Attempt news

    Jessie the parrot was decidedly unimpressed when a firefighter came to rescue

    Wed, 15 Aug 2018 06:13:13 -0400
  • NYU To Cover Tuition For All Medical Students news

    New York University will pay for the tuition of all its medical students, the

    Thu, 16 Aug 2018 14:15:24 -0400
  • Italy hunts for blame in bridge collapse that killed 39 news

    GENOA, Italy (AP) — As more bodies were pulled Wednesday from a mountain of jagged concrete and twisted steel left by a highway bridge collapse that killed 39, prosecutors focused on possible design flaws and past maintenance of the heavily used span, and politicians squabbled over blame.

    Wed, 15 Aug 2018 21:14:58 -0400
  • Nigerian soldiers protest as Boko Haram attacks surge news

    Disillusioned and exhausted, Nigerian troops battling a surge in Boko Haram jihadist attacks have reached breaking point, protesting less than six months before presidential polls. The Nigerian army dismissed it as a "misunderstanding", but on Sunday hundreds of soldiers protested in the airport of Maiduguri, the capital of restive northeast Borno state, for several hours, shooting into the air and disrupting flights. "We should not have been here for more than a year but this is our fourth year and still they are asking us to move to Marte," one of the protesting soldiers told AFP on condition of anonymity.

    Wed, 15 Aug 2018 09:41:53 -0400
  • Lightning storms mass over California, Oregon as wildfires blaze news

    The clouds carried little rain and offered little chance of a break from the bone-dry conditions plaguing the region, the National Weather Service said. Elsewhere, crews made slow but steady progress against wildfires including one, called the Mendocino Complex, which has become largest in California's history and killed one firefighter from Utah on Monday. Emergency crews had managed to set up containment lines around almost two thirds the fire which has raged through the southern end of the Mendocino National Forest, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) said.

    Wed, 15 Aug 2018 05:45:01 -0400
  • Arizona Teen Defends Father Accused of Fatally Beating Man Who Tried Entering Her Bathroom Stall news

    elvin Harris is being held on suspicion of second-degree murder.

    Thu, 16 Aug 2018 13:20:06 -0400
  • Criticized For Racism, Trump Goes After Black Former National Security Adviser news

    WASHINGTON ― As President Donald Trump's White House struggled with

    Wed, 15 Aug 2018 19:10:45 -0400
  • No injuries reported after 2 planes collide at Chicago O'Hare Airport news

    Two planes collided on the ground at Chicago O’Hare Airport on Wednesday.

    Wed, 15 Aug 2018 19:10:47 -0400
  • Relative: Family of 7 on vacation died in Oregon collision news

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A family of seven, including five young children, died on a remote Oregon road in a head-on collision on their way to an end-of-summer vacation in Las Vegas, a family member said Wednesday.

    Wed, 15 Aug 2018 16:43:30 -0400
  • 12 Ways Teachers Save Money on Back-to-School Shopping

    Let's be honest, who knows better than them?From Woman's Day

    Wed, 15 Aug 2018 17:31:00 -0400
  • There's A Perfect Word For People Who Say 'I'm Not Racist, But...' news

    There's a new form of 'splaining in town.

    Wed, 15 Aug 2018 04:51:50 -0400
  • Pope Francis expresses 'shame and sorrow' over Pennsylvania paedophile priest scandal news

    Pope Francis has expressed "shame and sorrow" over the latest paedophile priest scandal and vowed to "root out this tragic horror". The Vatican said Francis was "on the side" of victims following recent revelations that 301 "predator priests" operated in the US state of Pennsylvania over the last seven decades, in many cases having their crimes covered up by the Church. In a statement the Vatican said: "Victims should know that the pope is on their side. Those who have suffered are his priority, and the Church wants to listen to them, to root out this tragic horror that destroys the lives of the innocent. "There are two words that can express the feelings faced with these horrible crimes: shame and sorrow." Francis had faced mounting criticism in the United States for remaining silent for two days after the 884-page report into the Pennsylvania scandal was released on Tuesday. A sweeping grand jury report uncovered credible allegations against more than 300 priests and identified more than 1000 victims Credit: AFP On Wednesday a Vatican official had said there was "no comment". The report identified around 1,000 victims and indicated there may be thousands more. In its statement the Vatican said: "The Holy Father understands well how much these crimes can shake the faith and the spirit of believers." Only two of the Pennsylvania priests were charged as a result of the investigation, due to the state's statute of limitations running out, but the Vatican said abusers must still be held accountable. It said: "The Church must learn hard lessons from its past, and there should be accountability for both abusers and those who permitted abuse to occur." Profile | Pope Francis More than 100 of the priests are dead, and many others have already retired or been dismissed. The catalogue of crimes included one case in which five sisters from the same family were abused by the same priest. Another clergyman accused of abuse was given a reference by his diocese to get a job driving a train at Walt Disney World. According to the report priests "weaponised faith" by telling children the abuse would mean they went to Heaven, and that they would "go to Hell" if they told anyone what had happened.

    Thu, 16 Aug 2018 16:53:24 -0400
  • Bad News: ISIS Has Just As Many Fighters In Iraq And Syria As It Did 4 Years Ago news

    “Taken at face value, the U.S. government is saying ISIS has the same number of fighters in Iraq and Syria today as when the [coalition] bombing campaign began,” Foundation for Defense of Democracies senior fellow Thomas Joscelyn told Voice of America.

    Wed, 15 Aug 2018 11:23:00 -0400
  • In first, transgender woman wins Democratic nomination for Vermont governor news

    "I think Vermont is a beacon of hope for the rest of the country," Hallquist said during an interview with Reuters. "This is what I call expanding our moral compass and that is what I think it represents." The contest comes at a time of uncertainty for transgender rights, which expanded under the administration of Democratic President Barack Obama. Transgender candidates are hoping to build on the breakthrough year of 2017, when at least 10 won office across the country at levels ranging from state legislator to zoning (town planning) board - the most ever recorded.

    Wed, 15 Aug 2018 00:10:28 -0400
  • 'Twelve Apostles' help migrants cross Mexico news

    In a few minutes, hundreds of undocumented migrants chasing the American dream will ride by atop the train as it passes through her village, Cordoba, crossing the eastern state of Veracruz on its way to the United States. Then one day "The Beast" ground to a halt in Cordoba, and the men jumped to the ground and begged her for help.

    Wed, 15 Aug 2018 01:48:36 -0400
  • Kellyanne Conway tries to criticize her husband anonymously, but it backfires news

    Kellyanne Conway, President Trump’s chief counselor, found a unique way to let her husband know how she feels about his public bashing of her boss.

    Thu, 16 Aug 2018 09:15:16 -0400
  • Republicans Are Using An Unprecedented Partisan Vetting Process To Rush Brett Kavanaugh’s Confirmation news

    WASHINGTON ― Republicans are circumventing the normal vetting process for

    Thu, 16 Aug 2018 15:54:39 -0400
  • Facebook is ‘a surveillance system,’ sci-fi author Cory Doctorow says news

    The novelist reflects on the way that the social media platform spies on its customers.

    Wed, 15 Aug 2018 05:00:28 -0400
  • The Latest: Manafort jury deliberations to begin Thursday news

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — The Latest on the trial of onetime Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort (all times local):

    Wed, 15 Aug 2018 18:39:10 -0400
  • 11 Things That Surprisingly Don't Affect Your Credit Score news

    With so many rules to follow and myths to debunk, credit scores can be pretty

    Wed, 15 Aug 2018 12:59:42 -0400
  • Colorado Mom Shanann Watts Allegedly Killed by Husband Chris Watts Gushed About Him Online news

    Chris Watts reportedly confessed to killing his wife and two children.

    Thu, 16 Aug 2018 13:11:36 -0400
  • Bear wanders into a liquor store in Connecticut news

    A bear has been caught on camera as it took a stroll into a Connecticut off-licence. The mid-sized creature lumbered across a car park in the town of Bristol on August 13, getting close enough to the entrance of Crazy Bruce's Liquors to trigger a sensor that automatically opened an outer door. "Fortunately we had some quick responding employees who locked the doors," the management for the shop commented on Twitter.

    Wed, 15 Aug 2018 08:46:32 -0400
  • Pentagon says China military 'likely training for strikes' on U.S. targets news

    The assessment, which comes at a time of heightened U.S.-China tensions over trade, was contained in an annual report that highlighted China's efforts to increase its global influence, with defense spending that the Pentagon estimates exceeded $190 billion in 2017. "Over the last three years, the PLA has rapidly expanded its overwater bomber operating areas, gaining experience in critical maritime regions and likely training for strikes against U.S. and allied targets," the report said, using an acronym for China's People's Liberation Army. The report comes as China and the United States plan to hold trade talks, offering hope they might resolve an escalating tariff conflict that threatens to degenerate into an all-out trade war.

    Thu, 16 Aug 2018 19:00:04 -0400
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