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New Zealand PM 'utterly' disagrees with Trump tweets

New Zealand PM 'utterly' disagrees with Trump tweetsNew Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Tuesday joined international condemnation of US President Donald Trump's xenophobic tweets about progressive Democrat congresswomen. Ardern, the charismatic young leader who has been hailed as "the anti-Trump" by US media, said she proudly celebrated her country's diversity. "Usually I don't get into other people's politics, but it will be clear to most people that I completely and utterly disagree with him," Ardern told Radio New Zealand.




POSTED JULY 15, 2019 8:15 PM

1 dead, 15 hurt in California home gas explosion

1 dead, 15 hurt in California home gas explosionA natural gas explosion destroyed a Southern California home, killed a gas company worker and injured more than a dozen other people Monday, authorities said. Firefighters and Southern California Gas Co. workers went to the home after a report that a contractor had damaged a gas line. Firefighters arrived about an hour before the blast, which occurred shortly after noon.




POSTED JULY 15, 2019 10:27 PM

Louisiana officials warn of snakes and other creatures fighting to escape Hurricane Barry floodwaters

Louisiana officials warn of snakes and other creatures fighting to escape Hurricane Barry floodwatersHurricane Barry made landfall Saturday morning in Louisiana. It has since weakened back to a tropical storm, but heavy rains will continue.




POSTED JULY 14, 2019 9:22 PM

Landmarks renamed: dispute over Yosemite trademarks resolved

Landmarks renamed: dispute over Yosemite trademarks resolvedMany of the landmarks around Yosemite National Park will soon get their historic names back.




POSTED JULY 15, 2019 2:08 PM

Northern California town of Paradise lost 90% of its population after Camp Fire, data shows

Northern California town of Paradise lost 90% of its population after Camp Fire, data showsThe town of Paradise has lost over 90% of its population since the Camp Fire last year, according to data California released Thursday.




POSTED JULY 14, 2019 12:55 PM

JetBlue flight evacuated at Newark Airport after suicide vest photo AirDropped to passenger iPhones

JetBlue flight evacuated at Newark Airport after suicide vest photo AirDropped to passenger iPhonesA plane was evacuated after someone sent a photograph of a suicide vest to passengers and flight attendants on board.The unknown sender used Apple’s AirDrop feature, which allows users to easily and anonymously transfer files to other iOS devices using Bluetooth.Authorities say the Florida-bound plane was about to take off from Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey when the image was widely shared on board.A member of the crew on JetBlue flight 573 alerted the captain, who informed authorities at about 7.45am on Saturday.The plane returned to the gate and the 150 people on board were asked to leave the aircraft, and their luggage was re-screened and examined by police bomb-sniffing K-9 dogs.“We pull up to the gate and then we pull away and the captain comes on and says there's been a security threat,” Thomas Desmond told NBC News.“It was nervous when you see Port Authority police officers coming onto your plane and you just have no idea what's going on.”The culprit was likely one of those on board, as AirDrop only works with those in close proximity to the sender. However, they were not traced.JetBlue said the additional security screening was carried out due to “an abundance of caution.”The flight eventually departed just before 11.30am, with no knock-on effects to other flights departing or arriving at Newark.




POSTED JULY 14, 2019 9:32 AM

Prosecco Grapes, Kiwi Pops, and More Easy Fruit Desserts

Prosecco Grapes, Kiwi Pops, and More Easy Fruit Desserts




POSTED JULY 15, 2019 5:31 PM

Boy slips through Heathrow security to board British Airways flight to Los Angeles

Boy slips through Heathrow security to board British Airways flight to Los AngelesPolice at Heathrow Airport are investigating how a 12-year-old boy slipped through security and managed to board a British Airways flight to Los Angeles without a ticket or boarding pass. The unaccompanied child, who had no travel documents, mingled with passengers getting on the flight and was only spotted when cabin crew asked to see his boarding pass in order to direct him to his seat. The mystery youngster, who is thought to be Dutch, was not travelling with his parents, and refused to cooperate with cabin crew when he was challenged. Fellow passengers said he refused to leave the aircraft and was eventually removed by police officers who boarded to assist aircrew. As a result of the security lapse, the aircraft had to be cleared and all the passengers were forced to undergo a second security check, delaying the flight by more than four hours. The mystery youngster, who is thought to be Dutch, was not travelling with his parents, and refused to cooperate with cabin crew when he was challenged Credit: AP Photo/Alastair Grant Detectives were working to establish where the boy was originally from and how he had managed to pass through strict security cordons, without being spotted. One theory is that he was a transit passenger who had arrived at Heathrow with a ticket to an onward destination, but had then attempted to see if he how far he could get with our being challenged as part of an elaborate dare. The lapse also raises concerns over the effectiveness of security checks at Britain’s busiest airport, although a spokesman for British Airways insisted the boy had been through the same controls as all other passengers. The spokesman said: “We have apologised to our customers for the delay to their flight after an issue during boarding.   “The safety and security of our customers and crew is always our top priority and everyone who had boarded the aircraft had been subject to security checks.  “We conducted additional precautionary screening as soon as this issue came to light and we are assisting the police with their enquiries.” Rachel Richardson, who was heading to Los Angeles on a business trip, described chaotic scenes as airline staff tried to deal with the situation. She said: “The boy would not speak to the cabin crew and they were asking if anybody spoke Dutch. He would not help them understand where his bags were so the whole aircraft had to be cleared which meant we were almost more than four hours delayed taking off. It was very frustrating.” A spokesman for Scotland Yard said: “A 12-year-old boy boarded a BA flight from Heathrow to Los Angeles at around 17:15hrs on 14 July.   “He was identified by cabin crew during pre-flight check. He did not have a ticket or any travel documents.   "The boy was an unaccompanied minor. He is not a UK national. As a security precaution, passenger de-planed following a discussion between police and the captain.   “The child is believed to have arrived at Heathrow as a transit passenger.” A Heathrow spokesperson said: “We are working with our police colleagues and British Airways to understand how an unauthorised passenger boarded the incorrect aircraft. The individual did not represent a security risk and, purely as a precaution, the aircraft in question was re-screened and has since departed. We apologise for the disruption and will continue working closely with the authorities and our airline partners to keep the airport safe.”




POSTED JULY 14, 2019 6:09 PM

Jeffrey Epstein Reveals His Fortune Includes $56 Million in Cash

Jeffrey Epstein Reveals His Fortune Includes $56 Million in CashJane Rosenberg/ReutersA summary of Jeffrey Epstein’s assets made public on Monday shows he has $56 million in cash, with another $500 million divided between property and investments.The bare-bones accounting estimates his homes in the U.S. Virgin Islands, one of them on his private island, are worth $85 million.The financier also listed an $8.6 million Paris apartment, a $12 million Palm Beach estate, a $17 million New Mexico ranch, and his Manhattan mansion—which he says is worth $55 million but prosecutors say is worth $77 million.Epstein put $194 million under the heading of “hedge funds and private equity” and another $112 million under “equities.” The only other category was unidentified “fixed income” at $14 million.Jeffrey Epstein’s Zorro ranch in New Mexico.ReutersIt’s not clear if the total of $559 million includes the “piles of cash” or diamonds that prosecutors say they found in a locked safe after they raided the Manhattan mansion—where Epstein allegedly abused underage girls.U.S. District Judge Richard Berman said in court Monday that the one-page summary, submitted as part of a request for bail, was insufficient for him to make a decision.Prosecutors argued in court and in filings that Epstein’s “vast” fortune means he has the means to flee if he is released from a federal lockup to await trial.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.




POSTED JULY 15, 2019 8:06 PM

Trump doubled down in his attacks on 4 Democratic congresswomen of color, calling their actions 'horrible' and 'disgusting'

Trump doubled down in his attacks on 4 Democratic congresswomen of color, calling their actions 'horrible' and 'disgusting'President Donald Trump is not backing down after earlier telling the mostly US-born lawmakers to "go back" to the countries they came from.




POSTED JULY 15, 2019 8:13 AM

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