stephen jay gould

(september 10, 1941-may 20,2002)
  • Investigators Probing Michael Cohen For $20 Million In Bank Fraud: NYT

    Investigators Probing Michael Cohen For $20 Million In Bank Fraud: NYTInvestigators probing President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer Michael


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  • Pope vows no more cover ups on sexual abuse in letter to Catholics

    Pope vows no more cover ups on sexual abuse in letter to CatholicsPope Francis, facing sexual abuse crises in several countries, wrote an unprecedented letter to all Catholics on Monday, asking each one of them to help root out "this culture of death" and vowing there would be no more cover ups. In a highly personal letter addressed to "the people of God," Church language for all members, the pope appeared to be launching an appeal for all Catholics to face the crisis together and not let it tear the Church apart. The Catholic Church in the United States, Chile, Australia, and Ireland - where the pope is making a two-day visit this weekend - are reeling from crises involving sexual abuse of minors.


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  • Families Separated Since Korean War Reunite In North Korea

    Families Separated Since Korean War Reunite In North KoreaFamilies divided during the Korean War tearfully reunited for the first time


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  • The Latest: Latest earthquake on Indonesian island kills 2

    The Latest: Latest earthquake on Indonesian island kills 2JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The Latest on earthquakes that have struck Indonesia's Lombok island (all times local):


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  • PepsiCo taps healthier drinks market with SodaStream deal

    PepsiCo taps healthier drinks market with SodaStream dealPepsiCo said Monday it was buying Israeli company SodaStream for $3.2 billion as the US beverage giant contends with falling demand for sugar-laden soft drinks among health-conscious consumers. SodaStream makes machines that carbonate home tap water, and both PepsiCo and its arch-rival Coca-Cola have been diversifying away from their mainstay fizzy drinks in part to counter the onset of anti-obesity sugar taxes around the world. The acquisition also is a pitch to consumers concerned about mounting waste from soda cans and plastics in landfills around the world, since SodaStream employs reusable bottles.


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  • Boyfriend Of Missing Phoenix Teen Kiera Bergman Arrested

    Boyfriend Of Missing Phoenix Teen Kiera Bergman ArrestedThe on-again, off-again boyfriend of Kiera Bergman, a missing Arizona


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  • Cossacks and flowers as Putin dances at Austrian minister's wedding

    Cossacks and flowers as Putin dances at Austrian minister's weddingRussian President Vladimir Putin danced arm-in-arm with Austria's Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl at her wedding on Saturday, after receiving an invitation that opposition critics said undermined the West's stance against Moscow. Photographs showed Kneissl, 53, smiling in a long white and cream "dirndl" dress and talking to Putin as they danced in a vineyard in southern Styria province, the venue of her wedding to entrepreneur Wolfgang Meilinger. Putin - who made a toast in German at the wedding, according to the Kremlin - was pictured listening to her intently.


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  • Shots fired at US embassy in Turkey amid escalating row between Nato allies

    Shots fired at US embassy in Turkey amid escalating row between Nato alliesSeveral gunshots were fired at the US embassy in Ankara from a vehicle on Monday, amid rising tensions between Turkey and Washington.  An unidentified assailant or assailants fired six bullets at an embassy security gate from a passing white vehicle around 5.30am local time, three bullets hitting an iron door and a window, the Ankara governor's office said in a statement. The early morning attack coincided with a deepening row between the two countries over the trial of a US pastor in Turkey. The embassy is closed this week for a public holiday to mark the Islamic Eid al-Adha festival. The attack on the embassy in the Turkish capital was a clear attempt to "create chaos", the spokesman for President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday, condemning the early morning drive-by attack. Six bullets were fired at the US embassy in Ankara from a passing car Credit:  AP/Burhan Ozbilici David Gainer, the embassy spokesman said: "We can confirm a security incident took place at the US embassy early this morning. "We have no reports of any injuries and we are investigating the details. We thank the Turkish National Police for their rapid response." Video footage from broadcaster Haberturk showed police teams inspecting one of the entrances to the embassy and apparent damage caused by a gunshot could be seen in one window. President Erdogan greets the crowd during a symposium at the ATO Congresium Hall in Ankara, Turkey on August 14th It said empty cartridges were found at the scene. President Tayyip Erdogan's spokesman condemned the attack on Twitter and said the incident is being investigated. "This is a clear attempt to create chaos," spokesman Ibarahim Kalin said. "Turkey is a safe country and all foreign missions are under the guarantee of the laws." The US Embassy in Ankara and the consulate in Istanbul have in the past been the targets of attacks by militants and have faced numerous security threats.


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  • Sightings, satellites help track mysterious ocean giant

    Sightings, satellites help track mysterious ocean giantThe sight of a basking shark's brooding silhouette gliding through the waters off western France is more than just a rare treat for sailors -- it is a boon for scientists trying to trace its secretive migrations across the globe. It may be the world's second largest fish, growing to more than 10 metres (35 feet), but the basking shark, or Cetorhinus maximus, is an enigma for scientists eager to help preserve the plankton-eating giant after centuries of overfishing. Hunted voraciously for its massive fin -- highly prized for sharks' fin soup in China -- as well as its oily liver and meat, global populations of basking shark declined precipitously during the 20th century.


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  • Beautiful shots of diver swimming near sunken ships emerge

    Beautiful shots of diver swimming near sunken ships emergeA series of beautiful shots of divers swimming near sunken ships have emerged. Alex Voyer, 39, was sailing around the Caribbean on a 60-foot boat when he stopped for a dive. The images show  amazing shipwrecks as free divers explore the seabed. Alex, a photographer and free diver, said: “With my girlfriend, Marianne Aventurier, we are sailing all summer around the Caribbean to learn more about sailing.” (Caters News)


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  • Backlash against Trump grows as almost 200 former US intelligence officials sign letter over Brennan security revocation

    Backlash against Trump grows as almost 200 former US intelligence officials sign letter over Brennan security revocationNearly 200 former US officials have signed a statement protesting Donald Trump’s removal of former CIA director John Brennan’s security clearance, as the backlash against the president from intelligence agencies grows. Opposition came from both sides of the political divide, taking in former officials who had worked for both Democrats and Republicans. Mr Trump revoked security clearance for Mr Brennan on 15 August and the 62-year-old former official, who served under both former presidents George W Bush and Barack Obama, said he was considering legal action against Mr Trump.


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  • Customers Rally After Yelp Reviewer Calls Cafe's Gay Pride Flag 'Disgusting'

    Customers Rally After Yelp Reviewer Calls Cafe's Gay Pride Flag 'Disgusting'An anti-gay review on Yelp that called a restaurant in Dorchester,


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  • New database documents Irish clergy linked to sex abuse

    New database documents Irish clergy linked to sex abuseDUBLIN (AP) — An international research group launched a database Monday of Irish clergy convicted or credibly accused of sexually abusing children in hopes of pressing Pope Francis to disclose the names of all the priests and brothers deemed guilty by the church.


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  • The Taliban Have Taken at Least 100 People Hostage in Northern Afghanistan, Officials Say

    The Taliban Have Taken at Least 100 People Hostage in Northern Afghanistan, Officials SayWomen and children were among those seized during an ambush in the country's north


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  • Ariana Grande Brought To Tears While Discussing Anxiety, Manchester Bombing

    Ariana Grande Brought To Tears While Discussing Anxiety, Manchester BombingAriana Grande broke down in tears Friday during a radio interview that touched


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  • Focus shifts to rescues as rain abates in India's flood-hit Kerala

    Focus shifts to rescues as rain abates in India's flood-hit KeralaIncessant downpours since Aug. 8 have caused the worst floods in a century in the southwestern state, and close to 200 people have perished in the rising waters and landslides. The India Meteorological Department forecast heavy rainfall in only one or two parts of Kerala on Sunday and withdrew a red alert in several districts. A Reuters photographer on a naval helicopter said water levels had receded in villages around the city of Kochi.


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  • Father, son drive through flames to escape forest fire

    Father, son drive through flames to escape forest fireJustin Bilton and his 70-year-old father barely escaped as the Howe Ridge Fire closed in on them in West Glacier, Montana.


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  • Genoa toll hits 43 as search for answers ramps up

    Genoa toll hits 43 as search for answers ramps upItaly is searching for answers on Sunday after paying its respects to the dozens killed by a collapsed bridge in Genoa, as the country's new government continues to battle the underfire motorway company that manages. "The bodies of the final three missing people were found overnight," Italy's fire service said on Twitter Sunday. The findings mean that all those reported missing after Tuesday's tragedy have now been accounted for, although rescuers are continuing to comb the wreckage.


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  • Brazil sends troops to Venezuela border after residents drive out migrants from improvised camps

    Brazil sends troops to Venezuela border after residents drive out migrants from improvised campsBrazil will send troops to its border with Venezuela on Monday after residents of the Brazilian border town of Pacaraima drove out Venezuelan immigrants from their improvised camps, amid growing regional tensions. Tens of thousands of Venezuelans have crossed the border into Brazil over the past three years as they seek to escape the economic, political and social crisis gripping their country. The latest show of tensions began early Saturday, hours after a local merchant was robbed and severely beaten in an incident blamed on Venezuelan suspects, in Pacaraima, where an estimated 1,000 immigrants are living on the streets. Dozens of locals then attacked the two main immigrant makeshift camps and burned their belongings, leading Venezuelans to cross the border back into their home country. Shots were fired, stores were shuttered and debris littered the streets. As the Venezuelan refugee crisis spirals out of control, neighbors are abruptly closing their doors. Ecuador and Peru are tightening entry requirements. And in Brazil yesterday, a mob chased Venezuelan refugees back across the border and then destroyed their camp. pic.twitter.com/dtr9MiDrLt— Hannah Dreier (@hannahdreier) August 19, 2018 "It was terrible, they burned the tents and everything that was inside," said Carol Marcano, a Venezuelan who works in Boa Vista and was on the border returning from Venezuela. "There were shots, they burned rubber tires." Marcano said that some Venezuelans reacted to the attack by destroying a car with Brazilian license plates. She and her companions were among many who took refuge at checkpoints on the Venezuelan side of the border. Three Brazilians were hurt in the clashes, a spokesman for military police said. No information was immediately available on the state of the Venezuelans involved. A Venezuelan man, whose eye is infected with conjunctivitis, holds his son at the Pacaraima border control Credit: REUTERS/Nacho Doce The merchant who was attacked "is known, he is a neighbor, and there was indignation when it was learned that he had been robbed," a local told AFP on condition of anonymity. "People began to expel Venezuelans who were in the center of the city, forcing them to return to their country." Roraima state Governor Suely Campos made a plea to temporarily close the border and asked Brazilia to send security reinforcements to "face the increase in crime" she links to Venezuelans in the region. In turn, the public security ministry vowed to send a contingent of 60 troops due to arrive Monday to join teams in the area.


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  • Trump officials sued over killer whales’ plummeting population crisis

    Trump officials sued over killer whales’ plummeting population crisisEnvironmental campaigners are suing the Trump administration for allegedly failing to protect the ocean habitat of a species of critically endangered killer whale. The Centre for Biological Diversity has filed a lawsuit against the National Marine Fisheries Service, arguing it has left the last remaining southern resident killer whales at risk. The population of the imperilled orca species off the US west coast is at its lowest in more than 30 years, numbering just 75.


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  • 40+ Thanksgiving Appetizers That Will Wow Your Guests

    40+ Thanksgiving Appetizers That Will Wow Your Guests


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  • Another trial looms for ex-Trump campaign chairman Manafort

    Another trial looms for ex-Trump campaign chairman ManafortALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — As jurors weigh Paul Manafort's fate in a sprawling financial fraud case, the former Trump campaign chairman still has another trial looming in the nation's capital — and prosecutors there have a whole new set of charges and a huge volume of evidence.


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  • Lockheed Martin's #WorldPhotoDay Tweet Backfires

    Lockheed Martin's #WorldPhotoDay Tweet BackfiresLockheed Martin wanted to turn World Photo Day into a publicity stunt, but


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  • The Afghan President Has Called for a Cease-Fire With the Taliban During Eid al-Adha

    The Afghan President Has Called for a Cease-Fire With the Taliban During Eid al-AdhaThe Taliban did not immediately respond to the announcement


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  • Turkey lifts travel ban on German journalist

    Turkey lifts travel ban on German journalistTurkey has reversed its decision to ban a German journalist from leaving the country while she awaits trial on charges of being a member of a terrorist organization, the journalist said on her Twitter account on Monday. Mesale Tolu confirmed on her Twitter account German media reports that the travel ban Turkish authorities imposed since she was released from prison in December after eight months in detention had been suspended. "As a result of my lawyer's application, my ban on traveling abroad has been lifted," Tolu wrote on her Twitter account in Turkish.


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  • Muslim pilgrims climb Mount Arafat for peak of hajj

    Muslim pilgrims climb Mount Arafat for peak of hajjMuslim pilgrims on Monday began ascending Mount Arafat for the climax of the annual hajj which brings together more than two million people from around the world. A sea of worshippers scaled the rocky hill southeast of the holy city of Mecca for a day of prayers and reflection where Muslims believe Prophet Mohammed delivered his final sermon. The ritual begins in earnest on Tuesday as Muslims observe the first day of Eid al-Adha, or Feast of Sacrifice, which marks the end of the hajj.


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  • Powerful magnitude 8.2 earthquakes strikes near Fiji, no tsunami triggered

    Powerful magnitude 8.2 earthquakes strikes near Fiji, no tsunami triggeredA powerful 8.2 magnitude earthquake struck the Pacific Ocean near the islands of Fiji and Tonga on Sunday local time.


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  • Elon Musk Responds to Arianna Huffington’s Criticism of Tesla Work Culture

    Elon Musk Responds to Arianna Huffington’s Criticism of Tesla Work CultureThe dude needs a nap.


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  • Angel mom slams media coverage of illegal immigrants

    Angel mom slams media coverage of illegal immigrantsMary Ann Mendoza, whose son was murdered by an illegal immigrant, says victims' stories are being silenced by the press to support their anti-ICE agenda.


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  • ConocoPhillips says PDVSA agreed to pay $2 bn to settle dispute

    ConocoPhillips says PDVSA agreed to pay $2 bn to settle disputeVenezuela has agreed to pay a $2 billion settlement to US oil giant ConocoPhillips, to stop the seizure of the South American nation's assets, the American firm announced Monday. PDVSA, the state oil company once the crown jewel of Venezuela's now imploding economy, will make initial payments of $500 million over the next 90 days, ConocoPhillips said in a statement. In return, ConocoPhillips said it agreed to halt the seizure of PDVSA's oil and assets in the Caribbean -- which it took over after Caracas failed to honor an April 25 ruling by an international arbitrator.


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  • Police: 1 dead after woman opens fire at Texas warehouse

    Police: 1 dead after woman opens fire at Texas warehouseMISSOURI CITY, Texas (AP) — A female employee opened fire at a Houston-area food distribution center early Monday, killing a company manager and wounding another worker, police said.


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  • Mick Mulvaney Suggests Military Parade Canceled For Reasons Besides Money

    Mick Mulvaney Suggests Military Parade Canceled For Reasons Besides MoneyWhite House budget director Mick Mulvaney said Sunday that cost wasn't the


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  • U.S. forces to stay in Iraq as long as needed - spokesman

    U.S. forces to stay in Iraq as long as needed - spokesman"We'll keep troops there as long as we think they're needed ... The main reason, after ISIS (Islamic State) is defeated militarily, is the stabilization efforts and we still need to be there for that, so that's one of the reasons we'll maintain a presence," Colonel Sean Ryan told a news conference in Abu Dhabi. The number of American soldiers could go down however, depending on when other forces from the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation deploy to help train the Iraqi army, he said, adding that about 5,200 U.S. troops are currently based in Iraq. NATO defence ministers agreed in February to a bigger "train-and-advise" mission in Iraq after a U.S. call for the alliance to help stabilise the country after three years of war against Islamic State.


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  • Barack Obama Shares Five of the Best Books He Read This Summer

    Barack Obama Shares Five of the Best Books He Read This SummerLooking for something to read? Former President Obama has a few suggestions


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  • Switzerland mourns 'visionary and friend' Kofi Annan

    Switzerland mourns 'visionary and friend' Kofi AnnanAs tributes flooded in from around the world Sunday for former UN chief Kofi Annan, Switzerland mourned a "visionary" who helped bolster his adopted home's position as an international diplomatic hub. In Switzerland, where he settled after completing his second term, Annan is meanwhile widely remembered for his many deep friendships and for his contributions to securing the status of the country and especially of Geneva as a centre for world diplomacy. "Kofi Annan was a visionary and a great friend of Switzerland," Swiss President Alain Berset tweeted out shortly after the announcement Saturday.


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  • British woman rescued 10 hours after falling off cruise ship near Pula, Croatia

    British woman rescued 10 hours after falling off cruise ship near Pula, CroatiaA British woman has been rescued after falling from a cruise ship off the coast of Pula, Croatia and spending 10 hours in the Adriatic Sea at night, Croatia's coast guard said Sunday.


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  • Man killed on Long Island is New York's first lightning death since 2016

    Man killed on Long Island is New York's first lightning death since 2016A man was struck and killed by lightning in Kings Park on Long Island, New York, on Saturday evening.


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  • Please stop calling us Mormons, says world's leading Mormon

    Please stop calling us Mormons, says world's leading Mormon“The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints” doesn’t exactly roll of the tongue, which is probably why both followers of the church and the general public have tended to refer to the religion as Mormonism, after the group’s most holy text, the Book of Mormon. Russell M Nelson, president of the church and the world’s most senior member, says this cannot go on. In a statement released on Friday, he demanded that only the church’s full name be used from now on.


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  • 15 of the Coolest Obscure Cars You Can Buy

    15 of the Coolest Obscure Cars You Can Buy


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  • ICE Says Man Detained While Driving Pregnant Wife to Hospital is Wanted for Murder in Mexico

    ICE Says Man Detained While Driving Pregnant Wife to Hospital is Wanted for Murder in MexicoJoel Arrona-Lara was arrested for being undocumented while en route to his wife's c-section.


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  • Steve Bannon says GOP must rally behind Trump to survive

    Steve Bannon says GOP must rally behind Trump to surviveWASHINGTON (AP) — Steve Bannon has a dire warning for Republicans.


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  • Venezuela cuts five zeros from currency as economic plan sows confusion

    Venezuela cuts five zeros from currency as economic plan sows confusionCARACAS/VALENCIA, Venezuela (Reuters) - Venezuela on Monday slashed five zeros from prices as part of a broad economic plan that President Nicolas Maduro says will tame hyperinflation but critics call another raft of failed socialist policies that will push the chaotic country deeper into crisis. Streets were quiet and shops were closed due to a national holiday that Maduro decreed for the first day of the new pricing plan for the stricken economy, which the International Monetary Fund has estimated will have 1 million percent inflation by year end. The price change comes with a 3,000 percent minimum wage hike, tax increases meant to shore up state coffers and a plan to peg salaries, prices and the country's exchange rate to the petro, an elusive state-backed cryptocurrency.


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  • No One Lost the South China Sea (And No One Will)

    No One Lost the South China Sea (And No One Will)America's excessive involvement in the South China Sea has forced China to deploy more defensive equipment in the area. What happens now?


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  • Europe must 'pay price' to save nuclear deal: Iran FM

    Europe must 'pay price' to save nuclear deal: Iran FMIran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Sunday that Europe had not yet shown it was willing to "pay the price" of defying Washington in order to save the nuclear deal. Zarif said European governments had put forward proposals to maintain oil and banking ties with Iran after the second phase of US sanctions return in November. "Although they have moved forward, we believe that Europe is not yet ready to pay the price (of truly defying the US)," Zarif said.


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  • Palestinians sort through 8 years of mail held by Israel

    Palestinians sort through 8 years of mail held by IsraelJERICHO, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian postal workers in the West Bank are sifting through eight years' worth of undelivered mail held by Israel.


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  • America's Waterways Have a Huge Problem With Contact Lenses

    America's Waterways Have a Huge Problem With Contact LensesAll those tiny discs add up.


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  • UK parliament attack suspect charged with attempted murder

    UK parliament attack suspect charged with attempted murderA man accused of crashing his car into the security barriers surrounding Britain's Houses of Parliament was charged Saturday with attempted murder, police said. Salih Khater, 29, a Sudanese-born British national living in Birmingham, central England, will appear in custody at Westminster Magistrates Court in London on Monday, police said.


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  • 2019 Ford Shelby GT debuts at 2018 Woodward Dream Cruise

    2019 Ford Shelby GT debuts at 2018 Woodward Dream CruiseVisitors to the 2018 Woodward Dream Cruise on Saturday were treated to the debut of the latest offering from Shelby American: the 2019 Ford Shelby GT. Available as a coupe or convertible, the car is based on the 460-horsepower Mustang GT but sports a 5.0-liter V-8 matching the 480 hp of the Mustang Bullitt, with the extra punch courtesy of a Borla exhaust kit. Interestingly, Shelby is also offering a Shelby GT-H styling pack inspired by the actual 2007 Shelby GT-H, a car Shelby says was the inspiration for the first Shelby GT also launched for 2007.


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  • Exclusive: Saudi PIF in talks to invest in aspiring Tesla rival Lucid - sources

    Exclusive: Saudi PIF in talks to invest in aspiring Tesla rival Lucid - sourcesThe talks between privately-held Lucid Motors and PIF underscore the latter's appetite to invest in electric car makers to diversify the oil-rich Middle Eastern kingdom's investment portfolio. A deal with Lucid Motors would also be more in line with PIF's limited resources, given that, despite its $250 billion in assets, PIF has already made substantial commitments to other technology companies or investments, including a $45-billion agreement to invest in a giant technology fund led by Japan's SoftBank Group Corp. PIF and Lucid Motors have drawn up a term sheet under which PIF could invest more than $1 billion in Lucid Motors and obtain majority ownership, the sources said.


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  • Donald Trump accuses Robert Mueller of trying to influence 2018 midterm elections

    Donald Trump accuses Robert Mueller of trying to influence 2018 midterm electionsDonald Trump has once again lashed out at Robert Mueller, accusing the special counsel of attempting to influence the 2018 midterm elections. The president attacked the head of the federal probe into Russian election meddling and possible collusion in a strongly worded – and misspelled – tweet storm on Monday morning. “Disgraced and discredited Bob Mueller and his whole group of Angry Democrat Thugs spent over 30 hours with the White House Councel [sic], only with my approval, for purposes of transparency,” he wrote, acknowledging recent reports that White House lawyer Don McGahn has cooperated with investigators across a series of interviews.


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