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Mike Pence: West Point grads should expect to see combat

Mike Pence: West Point grads should expect to see combatWEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence told the most diverse graduating class in the history of the U.S. Military Academy on Saturday that the world is "a dangerous place" and they should expect to see combat.

POSTED MAY 26, 2019 11:35 AM

Modi meets mum, 95, after Indian election landslide

Modi meets mum, 95, after Indian election landslideIndian Prime Minister Narendra Modi dropped in on Sunday on his 95-year-old mother after his election landslide, a day ahead of a victory rally in the Hindu holy city of Varanasi. Modi, 68, told his 47.6 million Twitter followers that he wanted to "seek blessings" from his mother Hiraba Modi in his home state of Gujarat in western India after his massive win. "The coming five years are going to be unprecedented for India as well as the world.

POSTED MAY 26, 2019 12:46 PM

'Here we go again': Judge blocks Mississippi abortion ban

'Here we go again': Judge blocks Mississippi abortion banJACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday temporarily blocked a Mississippi law that would ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, at about six weeks of pregnancy.

POSTED MAY 24, 2019 7:33 PM

Eating Way Too Much Rice Almost Doomed Japan's Imperial Navy

Eating Way Too Much Rice Almost Doomed Japan's Imperial NavyAfter the war, the Emergency Beriberi Investigative Committee investigated the disease’s devastation of Japanese ranks. Worried about the composition of the committee and fully aware of Takaki’s success, the emperor stepped in. “The army’s beriberi problem can be effectively prevented if the army provides a staple of barley and rice,” the emperor stated.In August 1882 in Incheon Bay near Seoul, four Japanese warships were locked in a tense stand-off with two Chinese warships that had brought troops to quell a revolt on the Korean peninsula.On paper, the Japanese flotilla outnumbered the Chinese, but the hulls of the Japanese ships hid a deadly secret. Less than half of their crews could man their stations.The Korean peninsula erupted into conflict on July 23. A soldiers’ protest against ill treatment, unpaid wages and poor provisions turned into widespread mutiny. Ousted from power, the former regent of the king set the mutineers upon the government—and against the Japanese advisers working to modernize the Korean army.

POSTED MAY 26, 2019 12:30 AM

Trump slams coverage of Pelosi clash

Trump slams coverage of Pelosi clashAfter he walks out of meeting with Democrats.

POSTED MAY 26, 2019 12:46 AM

AD PRO's 20 Favorite Furnishings from ICFF

AD PRO's 20 Favorite Furnishings from ICFF

POSTED MAY 25, 2019 4:19 PM

RPT-Hong Kong protestors demand China be held to account for 1989 Tiananmen crackdown

RPT-Hong Kong protestors demand China be held to account for 1989 Tiananmen crackdownThousands of protesters marched through central Hong Kong on Sunday as part of annual demonstrations demanding that China be held accountable for its democracy crackdown in and around Tiananmen Square three decades ago. Human rights groups and witnesses say that hundreds, perhaps thousands, died in the bloodshed as Chinese tanks rolled into Tiananmen Square and soldiers fired on student-led democracy protesters, beginning on the night of June 3, 1989. The Tiananmen crackdown is a taboo subject in China and authorities have refused to accept full accountability or release the death toll.

POSTED MAY 26, 2019 8:08 AM

Jayme Closs kidnapping: Jake Patterson jailed for life for killing girl’s parents and keeping her prisoner

Jayme Closs kidnapping: Jake Patterson jailed for life for killing girl’s parents and keeping her prisonerThe kidnapper of 13 year-old Jayme Closs has been jailed for life after she told the judge she wanted him “locked up forever” for murdering her parents and keeping her prisoner for 88 days.Jake Patterson, 21, targeted the teenager after spotting her getting on a school bus in a rural area of Wisconsin while he was driving to work at a cheese factory.After two aborted attempts to kidnap her, he dressed up in black clothing, armed himself with his father’s shotgun and drove to her home in Barron in the early hours of 15 October.Her shot her father James Closs through a window in the front door, blasted the lock and entered the house. After finding the bathroom locked he broke down the door and discovered Jayme and her mother clinging to each other in the bathtub.Patterson tied Jayme up with tape and shot Denise Closs in the head as she sat next to her daughter. He then dragged Jayme through her father’s blood and put her in the truck of his car before driving to his remote cabin about 60 miles away in Gordon, Douglas County.Patterson kept her captive under a bed and hit her with a curtain rod, Wright said. “He kept her in constant fear, threatening her, telling her things would get worse,” said district attorney Brian Wright.Jayme’s disappearance mystified authorities until she finally escaped on 10 January while Patterson was away. She flagged down a neighbour and Patterson was arrested by police minutes later as he returned to the cabin. The killer pleaded guilty last month to two counts of intentional homicide and one count of kidnapping.Jayme did not appear at the sentencing but her statement was read out in court by a family attorney.“He thought that he could own me but he was wrong. I was smarter,” the statement said. “I was brave and he was not. ... He thought he could make me like him, but he was wrong.“For 88 days he tried to steal me and he didn’t care who he hurt or who he killed to do that. He should be locked up forever.” Judge James Babler called Patterson the “embodiment of evil” before sentencing him to consecutive life sentences without the possibility of release on the homicide charges. He also ordered Patterson to serve 25 years in prison and 15 years of extended supervision on the kidnapping count. “There’s no doubt in my mind you’re one of the most dangerous men to ever walk on this planet,” Babler said. Offered a chance to speak, Patterson offered an apology: ”I would die,” he said. “I would do absolutely anything ... to bring them back. I don’t care about me. I’m just so sorry. That’s all.” In statements written while in prison, the killer said he had succumbed to fantasies about keeping a young girl and torturing and controlling her.He started looking for an opportunity to kidnap someone, even deciding he might want to take multiple girls and kill multiple families.After seeing Jayme, he decided then that “she was the girl he was going to take.” Patterson’s attorneys, Richard Jones and Charles Glynn, told the judge that Patterson was isolated and that he overreacted to loneliness. The killer was also ordered to register as a sex offender.Jayme’s aunt, Jennifer Smith, said after the sentencing that this was an important step in helping Jayme to move forward.She said the family believes the outcome will give Jayme some “much needed peace of mind".Additional reporting by Associated Press

POSTED MAY 25, 2019 8:46 AM

The Glock 36: A Really Big Gun in a Small Package

The Glock 36: A Really Big Gun in a Small PackageUntil recently, the most common compact .45 caliber handgun was of a type known as the Officer’s model. A derivative of the 1911A1 Government, in 2011 it was finally superseded by an even lighter pistol—the Glock 36. Chambered in .45 ACP and following the same winning formula as previous Glocks, the model 36 could be the best compact single stack .45 on the market today.The 1911 .45 caliber pistol, designed by John Moses Browning, was one of the most successful pistols of all time. Adopted by the U.S. Armed Forces in time for World War I, it served on through World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam, and the waning years of the Cold War. The slab-sided, all-steel pistol was large, heavy, and imposing, but it was also durable and could last for decades. Colt’s Manufacturing subsequently developed and released a smaller and lighter version, the Colt Commander, but it failed to gain traction to replace the original 1911A1.

POSTED MAY 24, 2019 11:00 PM

Sarah Huckabee Sanders says Trump agrees with Kim Jong Un that Joe Biden is "Low IQ"

Sarah Huckabee Sanders says Trump agrees with Kim Jong Un that Joe Biden is "Low IQ"When asked whether it was appropriate to agree with a "murderous authoritarian dictator," Sarah Sanders said that Trump didn't need help in assessing Biden.

POSTED MAY 26, 2019 5:20 PM

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