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William, Harry remember devastating last call with mother

LONDON — It was a typical phone call between two boys playing and their mother, who was on vacation in France. It was brief – the boys wanted to get back to playing with their cousins, not spend time on the phone chatting.  The brevity of that 1997 call troubles Prince William and Prince Harry to this day – for their mother, Princess Diana, would die in a car crash that night. “Harry and I were in a desperate rush to say goodbye, you know ‘see you later’… If I’d…

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Races Are Reversed in a Police Killing, and Again a Family Asks: Why?

The events of the next few minutes will be anatomized and argued over and, maybe, at some point, contested in court. But this much is established: As the squad car she had summoned slid down the alley, Justine Damond went up to the police officers inside, one of whom, for reasons still unknown, fired his gun, hit her in the abdomen and killed her. Even to Americans now used to dissecting police shootings, the circumstances were an odd jolt: a black Somali-American cop, firing at a white Australian woman among…

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Trump speaks at commissioning of new aircraft carrier

President Trump officially commissioned the U.S. Navy’s newest and largest aircraft carrier, the USS Gerald R. Ford, in Norfolk, Virginia, on Saturday, applauding the military’s strength. “When it comes to battle, we don’t want a fair fight. We demand victory and we will have total victory, believe me,” Mr. Trump said of the powerful aircraft carrier.  “American steel and American hands have constructed a 100,000-ton message to the world,” he added. “America’s might is second to none.” President Trump (C) is welcomed aboard the USS Gerald R. Ford in Norfolk,…

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Kermit and friends find a new home in NYC exhibit celebrating Jim Henson

In a 1979 interview with “60 Minutes,” Jim Henson, along with his iconic Kermit the Frog puppet, said, “Kermit is more outgoing than I am, certainly. I’m more laid back.” To which Kermit replied, “I can say things that he can’t.” But before “The Muppet Show” and “Sesame Street” changed American culture, Henson was just a young puppeteer and experimental filmmaker.   Now, the full story of the late Muppet master’s nearly 40-year career is being told at a new exhibit in the Museum of the Moving Image in New…

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Trump accuses New York Times of foiling plot to kill ISIS leader

President Donald Trump in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., July 18, 2017.  Saul Loeb / AFP/Getty Images President Trump weighed in on a number of hot-button topics in a string of tweets Saturday morning, the day after naming a new White House communications director and accepting the resignation of press secretary Sean Spicer. The president took aim at some familiar targets: the “Amazon Washington Post,” leaks, Hillary Clinton, “Special Council” Robert Mueller and others.  But one missive in particular left observers scratching their heads. In…

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Trump Says He Has ‘Complete Power’ to Pardon

“A new INTELLIGENCE LEAK from the Amazon Washington Post, this time against A.G. Jeff Sessions,” Mr. Trump wrote. “These illegal leaks, like Comey’s, must stop!” The president was equating the report in The Post, which is owned by Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, to a decision by James B. Comey, the F.B.I. director he fired, to leak contents of a memo he wrote describing a conversation he had with Mr. Trump. Mr. Comey has said the memo was unclassified and therefore not illegal to disclose. The tweet about The…

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Trilobites: The Rhythms That Make Elephant Seals Run or Fight

And knowing the ranks comes down to identifying, learning and remembering particular characteristics of individual calls, the French-American team of researchers found in its latest study. “At the very beginning of our elephant seal studies, we thought that males maybe sent information about their physical ability to fight,” said Nicolas Mathevon, a biologist at the University of Lyon/Saint-Etienne in France, who helped lead the study. But “the main call is like a fingerprint” that reveals a seal’s individual identity, not its strength. At Año Nuevo State Park in Pescadero, Calif.,…

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Philippine Congress Approves Extension of Martial Law in Besieged Region

He said that with the congressional debate settled, the authorities could now focus on bringing back “public safety and law and order in the whole of Mindanao.” But critics say Mr. Duterte does not need military powers to defeat the militants. And analysts say he appears to be using the Marawi crisis as an excuse to impose authoritarian rule in the Philippines, one of Asia’s most freewheeling democracies, which in 1986 toppled the two-decade rule of the strongman Ferdinand Marcos. “Extending martial law can unmask the Duterte government’s real political…

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