• Lynchburg flood: College Lake Dam failure - emergency evacuations
Lynchburg flood: College Lake Dam failure - emergency evacuations

County officials reported the dam's "imminent failure" at around 9:30pm on Thursday. The fear is that heavy rain could cause the water on Blackwater Creek to rise 17 feet in mere minutes. "About 200yards down that hill is a dam, behind that dam is a reservoir, College Lake". Turner Perrow, a member of the Lynchburg City Council who is also a ci...

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  • Trump calls Manafort prosecution 'a hoax,' says Sessions should stop Mueller investigation
Trump calls Manafort prosecution 'a hoax,' says Sessions should stop Mueller investigation

Technically the Attorney General, Jeff Sessions , can't fire Mueller as he has recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation. Trump has accused Mueller of having unspecified conflicts of interest and said yesterday on Twitter that Attorney General Jeff Sessions should " stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now".

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  • Man taunting bison at Yellowstone Park caught on video
Man taunting bison at Yellowstone Park caught on video

Yellowstone officials say the man's actions were "reckless, dangerous, and illegal". In the span of just under a minute, the gentleman can be seen nearly daring the bison to charge him, which it appeared to do. "People who ignore these rules are risking their lives and threatening the park experience for everyone else", said park superintendent Dan...

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  • Catholic Church Changes Doctrine To Oppose Death Penalty
Catholic Church Changes Doctrine To Oppose Death Penalty

Pope Francis has changed the teachings of the Catholic faith to officially oppose the death penalty in all circumstances, the Vatican has said . In March 2015 letter to the president of the International Commission Against the Death Penalty , he said that, "today capital punishment is unacceptable, however serious the condemned's crime ma...

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  • France bans smartphone usage in schools as promised by President Emmanuel Macron
France bans smartphone usage in schools as promised by President Emmanuel Macron

The new law provides exceptions for smartphones being used for educational purposes under teacher supervision. It's unclear exactly how schools will enforce the new restrictions as students will still be allowed to bring devices with them to school, they just can't use them at any time during the school day.

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  • Daesh claims attack on Afghan midwife centre
Daesh claims attack on Afghan midwife centre

In the western province of Farah on Tuesday the bomb which hit the bus killed at least 11 people and wounded 31. The attack was carried out when a meeting was under way at the Refugee Directorate between officials from the institution and partner and donor organizations.

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  • Family of missing U.S. student crowdfund for her return: ‘She’s out there’
Family of missing U.S. student crowdfund for her return: ‘She’s out there’

Tibbetts' parents are adamant that their daughter is still alive, and have started raising money to fund a reward for her safe return home. In an unusual move, she even said the kidnapper could claim the reward money after setting Tibbetts free.

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  • Trump praises Italy's immigration policies at meeting with Conte
Trump praises Italy's immigration policies at meeting with Conte

The visit will begin with a one-on-one meeting followed by more extensive bilateral discussions, the White House said. Trump said Monday at a news conference with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte that the sanctions would not change despite the Russians' request.

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  • German mathematician Peter Scholze wins 'Nobel of mathematics'
German mathematician Peter Scholze wins 'Nobel of mathematics'

He began his undergraduate degree in mathematics and physics at the University of Western Australia when he was just 13. The three other mathematicians honored that day were Alessio Figalli, Peter Scholze and Akshay Venkatesh . NSF also funded work by two additional mathematicians honored at the ICM ceremony today: Constantinos Daskalakis, vic...

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  • Brett Kavanaugh Hits Hurdle On Road To Supreme Court
Brett Kavanaugh Hits Hurdle On Road To Supreme Court

Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, that they would not be able to deliver roughly 600,000 of the requested documents until late October , days before the midterms. Chris Coons , D-Del., said at a hearing Wednesday. Republicans could hold confirmation hearings before receiving all the documents, but a final vote on Kavanaugh may have to wait.

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  • Trump, Conte express alignment on immigration at White House
Trump, Conte express alignment on immigration at White House

The visit will begin with a one-on-one meeting followed by more extensive bilateral discussions, the White House said. The Italian government, pushed by controversial Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, has launched a firm migration control policy to close the country's ports to humanitarian organizations that are attempting to save lives among i...

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  • Approach to NRC is weak, says Cong. MP
Approach to NRC is weak, says Cong. MP

The head of Bengali department at the Cotton State University, Prasanta Chakraborty, said the names of his two elder brothers have been included in the final draft but those of their wives and children are missing. Hundreds of thousands of people fled to India from Bangladesh during its 1971 war of independence from Pakistan. A large number of wo...

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  • German firms now HIT by Trump's tariffs on £200BN of China goods
German firms now HIT by Trump's tariffs on £200BN of China goods

Reuters said the escalation could be announced as soon as Wednesday . General Electric ( GE.N ) estimated the new tariffs on its imports from China could raise its costs by $300 million to $400 million overall, before steps to lessen the impact while General Motors Co ( GM.N ), Ford Motor Co (F.N) and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV ( FCHA.MI ) ...

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  • What started the Carr fire in California? Where is Carr?
What started the Carr fire in California? Where is Carr?

More than 13,000 firefighters are battling fires with the help of crews from as far away as Florida. Watch an aerial video of the California fires . The fast-moving wildfire has already charred 140 square miles, and it's still only 24 percent contained. Firefighters were extremely busy Tuesday in that wildland-urban interface as the fire race...

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  • South African white lobby group calls ANC land plan…
South African white lobby group calls ANC land plan…

Analysts say the ANC wants to appeal to poorer black voters, the core of the ANC's support, ahead of elections next year. "Accordingly, the ANC will, through the parliamentary process, finalise a proposed amendment to the constitution that outlines more clearly the conditions under which expropriation of land without compensation can be effected"...

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  • MH370: Malaysia air chief resigns following new findings
MH370: Malaysia air chief resigns following new findings

Although Loke described the report as final and full, Kok Soo Chon , head of the Malaysian International Civil Aviation Organization's Annex 13 Safety Investigation Team, said the report is not conclusive as it only deals with the safety investigation and any subsequent recommendations, according to Xinhua reports.

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  • President Trump threatens shutdown as Congress works towards a deal
President Trump threatens shutdown as Congress works towards a deal

We're the laughingstock of the world. "They don't agree on doing it before", Trump told Limbaugh in an interview after calling to congratulate him for 30 years on the air. He was responding to an earlier tweet from Trump addressing one of his favorite bugbears, security along the 3,000-km border between the two countries.

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  • Trump receives new letter from Kim Jong Un
Trump receives new letter from Kim Jong Un

One dog tag from a U.S. Army soldier was among the recovered equipment, and officials said the soldier's family has been notified. "Everything we saw was consistent with these remains, indeed, being from the Korean War, and consistent with these remains being good candidates to be missing Americans from the Korean War", said Byrd.

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  • White House officials: Russian election meddling is happening again
White House officials: Russian election meddling is happening again

But while all five offered tough talk on Russia's meddling they offered few specifics on how it was being combated by their respective agencies. 'Our focus here today is simply to tell the American people we acknowledge the threat. Some have suggested that the prosecution of Manafort is going forward because Special Counsel Robert Muelle...

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  • Judge Has Armed Robber's Mouth Taped Shut In 'Humiliating' Court Appearance
Judge Has Armed Robber's Mouth Taped Shut In 'Humiliating' Court Appearance

Frustrated with the situation, the judge eventually ordered that Williams have his mouth taped shut . A second piece of tape was required soon after to prevent Williams from complaining about the gag. His trial, which began late previous year, hit a snag when he snipped off his ankle bracelet and fled to Nebraska. "I will say knowing Mr. Willi...

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