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Comey, Trump trade shots ahead of long-awaited interview, book release

Video James Comey’s criticisms of Trump get personal President Trump hit back at the former FBI director on Twitter; the ‘Generation Hexed’ panel weighs in on ‘Your World.’ The same day that the fired FBI Director James Comey was set to appear in a long-awaited TV interview, he engaged in a back-and-forth slugfest with President Trump Sunday on Twitter. Plugging his new book, “A Higher Loyalty,” Comey seemed to take a thinly veiled shot at Trump. “My book is about ethical leadership & draws on stories from my life & lessons I…

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Jeremy Corbyn calls Syria airstrikes legally questionable

PM should have sought parliamentary approval before taking military action, says Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has described airstrikes on Syria as legally questionable and accused Theresa May of trailing after Donald Trump in an attack that could escalate the conflict. The Labour leader was responding to the news that the Theresa May: Syria strikes ‘right and legal’ option video Labour has opposed a military strike on Syria since the chemical weapons attack on Douma. On Thursday, Corbyn urged May to remember the lessons of intelligence failures in the buildup to…

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Flesh-eating ulcer spreading rapidly in Australia

Buruli ulcer cases surging and now at epidemic proportions in parts of Victoria, researchers say A severe tissue-destroying ulcer once rare in Australia is rapidly spreading and is now at epidemic proportions in regions of Victoria, prompting infectious diseases experts to call for urgent research into how it is contracted and spread. In an article published in the Medical Journal of Australia (MJA) on Monday, authors led by associate professor Daniel OBrien from Barwon Health said incidents of Buruli ulcer were on the rise but researchers were baffled as to…

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Coachella is no more. After Beyonc’s 2018 set, it is officially ‘Beychella’

Image: Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Coachella  “I took some time to live my life, but don’t think I’m just his little wife.” Beyoncé is back. After bailing on her headlining spot at 2017’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival due to her pregnancy, Queen Bey finally had her moment. It was a big one for Coachella too: She was the first woman of color to headline the festival. SEE ALSO: Here’s why Jay-Z thinks the Trump administration is ‘a great thing’ In a two-hour Saturday night set filled with surprises,…

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Starbucks CEO calls arrest of two black men at Philadelphia store ‘reprehensible’

(CNN)Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson responded to public outcry over the arrest of two black men on Saturday from a Philadelphia branch of the coffee shop, calling the incident “reprehensible.” Dear Starbucks Partners and Customers: By now, you may be aware of a disheartening situation in one of our Philadelphia-area stores this past Thursday, that led to a reprehensible outcome. I’m writing this evening to convey three things: First, to once again express our deepest apologies to the two men who were arrested with a goal of doing whatever we can…

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Paul Ryan Brushes Off Criticism That He Enabled Trump

WASHINGTON ― House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) attempted in an interview airing Sunday to frame his legacy on his own terms, brushing off the criticism that he facilitated President Donald Trump’s makeover of the Republican Party. The speaker announced last week that he plans to retire at the end of his term to spend more time with his family. Ryan is finishing his career in Congress under Trump, a man he repeatedly criticized during the 2016 presidential  campaign for racially charged, derogatory and vulgar statements and proposals but .  …

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Calgary doctor, entrepreneur scores finalist spot in international innovation competitor – CBC.ca

CBC.ca Calgary doctor, entrepreneur scores finalist spot in international invention rivalry CBC.ca A Calgary physician and entrepreneur is a finalist in a prestigious U.K. invention forum, for her business idea that helps prevent damage to the feet of people with diabetes. aDr. Breanne Everett is a top 12 finalist in the Pitch @Palace Commonwealth …

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‘Full Metal Jacket’ actor R. Lee Ermey dies at age 74

Statement from R. Lee Ermey’s long time manager, Bill Rogin: It is with deep sadness that I regret to inform you all that R. Lee Ermey (“The Gunny”) passed away this morning from complications of pneumonia. He will be greatly missed by all of us. Semper Fi, Gunny. Godspeed. pic.twitter.com/vf4O78JKmb — R. Lee Ermey (@RLeeErmey) April 15, 2018 “He will be greatly missed by all of us,” Rogin wrote. “Semper Fi, Gunny. Godspeed.” A Kansas native, Ermey enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1961 at age 17. He served for…

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Inside Nokias Super-Fun Feature-Phone Nostalgia Trip

Let’s all agree that this has not been a year of feel-good stories in tech. Whether it’s Facebook privacy or YouTube algorithms, the headlines out of Silicon Valley have been a dismal parade of lapses and letdowns. So let’s take a moment to appreciate the one thread development everyone can get behind: Nokia’s perfect throwback party. You may not know the Nokia 3310 or 8110 by name, but you’d recognize them in a heartbeat. They’re two of the phones that made Nokia the dominant cell phone seller of the oughts,…

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20 Animals Being Total Jerks

via: Reddit Cat, what did this bowl of food ever do to you?! Also, where is that cat leaping down from? The ceiling?! Advertisement via: Reddit Siblings, am I right? This dog is looking at his owner like, “Help me,” and all this person did was snap a photo. Shame. Advertisement via: Reddit In case it’s a little bit unclear, this is a picture of a dolphin splashing an innocent bird standing at the edge of the shore. Why, dolphin, why?! Advertisement via: Reddit For tiny little creatures, hamsters sure do…

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Strikes against Syrian regime bolster locals’ hopes that U.S. will stay for long haul

The streets are filled with markets and motorcycles, women and men roam freely through the bazaars, and people sip tea along the sidewalks. After weeks of questions and concerns from locals over the U.S commitment to the region — concerns fueled by President Trump’s recent statement that would soon be pulled —  many see the U.S strikes against the authoritarian regime as a hopeful sign: Not only is America willing to take the lead against blatant violations putting civilians in dire peril, it is here to stay. While much of…

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