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  • Miss America taps women for leadership spots

    May 17, 2018 2:31 PM 9

    The scandal began when the Huffington Post published leaked emails showing pageant officials ridiculing past Miss Americas, including crass and sometimes vulgar comments about them. The emails included one that used a vulgar term for female genitalia to refer to past Miss America winners, one that wished that a particular former Miss America had died and others

  • British Airways staffing Saturdays flight to Toronto with Harrys and Meg(h)ans to celebrate royal wedding

    May 17, 2018 1:17 PM 10

    The party favours don’t stop there. Lemon and elderflower Victoria sponges, the exact same flavour as Harry and Meghan’s wedding cake, will be handed out to all passengers departing Heathrow airport Saturday. Any passengers leaving from Terminal 5 who are also named Harry, Meghan or Megan (and their travel companions) will be able to use the airline’s

  • Veteran Sherpa guide scales Everest for record 22nd time

    May 16, 2018 1:58 PM 11

    Kami Rita first scaled Everest at age 24, and has made the trip almost every year since then. He has also climbed many of the region’s other high peaks, including K-2, Cho-Oyu, Manaslu and Lhotse. In the autumn, he guides clients to smaller peaks in Nepal. Apa, a 58-year-old guide who uses only one name, retired in 2011 and moved to Utah. Phurba Tashi

  • Yanny or Laurel? Audio clip spurs social media debate

    May 16, 2018 12:44 PM 13

    That’s the question as a short audio clip has sparked a social media debate about whether the word is “yanny” or “laurel.” How one hears it is similar to how people viewed a dress on the Internet three years ago. The debate began on Reddit and expanded throughout social media. Ellen DeGeneres tweeted everything at her show stopped to see what people

  • Chlorine likely used in Syrian town of Saraqeb, watchdog says

    May 16, 2018 12:02 PM 12

    THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS—The international chemical weapons watchdog said Wednesday that chlorine was likely used as a weapon in the Syrian town of Saraqeb in early February, the latest report of poison gas being unleashed in Syria’s civil war. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) released details of a report into the chlorine

  • U.S. hits head of Iran’s central bank with terror sanctions

    May 15, 2018 11:49 PM 11

    WASHINGTON—The United States designated the head of Iran’s central bank as a terrorist on Tuesday and barred anyone around the world from doing business with him, escalating financial pressure on Iran in the wake of U.S. President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the nuclear deal. Valiollah Seif, the governor of the Iranian central bank, was named a “specially

  • ​North Korea suspends talks with South

    May 15, 2018 7:27 PM 11

    Last-minute about-face blamed on U.S.-South Korean military exercises North Korea said on Wednesday it had no choice but to suspend high-level talks with South Korea scheduled for later in the day because of U.S.-South Korean military exercises that went against the trend of warming North-South ties. The meeting was to focus on plans to implement a declaration

  • Donald Trump made 80 false claims in the last three weeks

    May 14, 2018 7:59 PM 9

    U.S. President Donald Trump’s serial dishonesty continues. He’s now up to 1,566 false claims for his presidency. WASHINGTON—Eighteen false claims to a rally in Michigan. Ten false claims in an interview with Fox and Friends. Nine false claims at a rally in Indiana, eight at a tax reform event in Ohio. Six more in a speech to the National Rifle Association

  • U.S. military dispatches Marines to guard embassies due to heightened security threats

    May 14, 2018 6:30 PM 9

    The move took place after the Trump administration formalized Monday its controversial decision to move the Israeli embassy to Jerusalem. WASHNIGTON—The U.S. military has dispatched additional Marines to guard U.S. embassies abroad after the Trump administration formalized Monday its controversial decision to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem

  • More evacuations in Hawaii as new volcanic fissure sends lava exploding into air

    May 14, 2018 3:27 PM 10

    The new fissure was discovered Sunday morning as residents await a possible major eruption. Nearby resident Richard Schott, 34, watched from a police checkpoint as the eruption churned just over a ridgeline and behind some trees. “I’ve actually seen rocks fly over the tree line and I can feel it in my body,” Schott said. “It’s like a nuclear reaction