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  • Wisconsin flipped for Trump. Minnesota nearly did. What do their primaries predict for the midterms?

    Wisconsin flipped for Trump. Minnesota nearly did. What do their primaries predict for the midterms?The results of Tuesday’s primaries in Minnesota and Wisconsin were the latest in a series of revealing soundings from the region — tremors on the electoral Richter scale that help delineate the underlying forces shaping American politics.


  • Stranded Parrot 'Turns Air Blue' Cursing Out Firefighter During Rescue Attempt

    Stranded Parrot 'Turns Air Blue' Cursing Out Firefighter During Rescue AttemptJessie the parrot was decidedly unimpressed when a firefighter came to rescue


  • These Are The Chilling Stories Of Abuse Covered Up By The Catholic Church

    These Are The Chilling Stories Of Abuse Covered Up By The Catholic ChurchFor decades, stories about clerical sexual abuse committed by Pennsylvania


  • 10 pieces to pack if you're planning a trip within your trip under $50

    10 pieces to pack if you're planning a trip within your trip under $50From cross-country road trips to intercontinental excursions, it’s not out of


  • Unite The Right Organizer Jason Kessler Gets Yelled At By Dad: 'Get Out Of My Room!'

    Unite The Right Organizer Jason Kessler Gets Yelled At By Dad: 'Get Out Of My Room!'The "master race" strikes again.


  • Why did the Genoa bridge collapse - and how thousands of other structures in Italy are at risk

    Why did the Genoa bridge collapse - and how thousands of other structures in Italy are at riskItalian prosecutors are opening an investigation into the Genoa bridge collapse, as questions swirled over what caused the structure to crumble.  At least 38 people died when a 650-foot portion of the Morandi motorway bridge in northern Italy disintegrated on Tuesday. The 51-year-old structure, designed by celebrated Italian engineer Riccardo Morandi, has been beset with problems since its construction in the 1960s, leading to expensive maintenance and drawing fierce criticism from engineering experts. Possible mafia connections have been raised. Dave Parker, Technical Editor Emeritus of New Civil Engineer told Radio 4's Today programme that the quality of the materials could have been affected by mafia involvement in the construction industry.  "According to urban myths, the mafia had a very big finger in the pie of the concrete industry back then, charging full price and putting less cement in," he said.  Genoa motorway bridge collapses Concerns have also been raised about the integrity of other structures built following the Second World War, with one engineering body saying tens of thousands of bridges and viaducts in Italy could be at risk. Giuseppe Conte, the Prime Minister, said "all infrastructure" across the country needed to be double-checked. "We must not allow another tragedy like this to happen again," he added. Danilo Toninelli, the Transport Minister,  said the collapse was "unacceptable" and that if negligence played a role "whoever made a mistake must pay." Built between 1963 and 1967, the bridge had a maximum span of 718 feet, a total length of 0.7 miles, and concrete piers - vertical structures buttressing the arches of a bridge - that reach 295 feet in height. 'Structural doubts' over design The technology of pre-stressed reinforced concrete used in the construction was the hallmark of its designer, Mr Morandi, who died in 1989. Dubbed patent "Morandi M5", he had used the technology for other works, including a wing of the Verona Arena in 1953. This technique also characterises another, even longer and just as problematic Morandi bridge: the 5.4 mile long General Rafael Urdaneta Bridge that spans the bay of Maracaibo, Venezuela, and was completed in 1962. It partially collapsed in 1964 after being hit by an oil tanker and was rebuilt.  The Morandi bridge in Genoa had always presented "structural doubts", according to an article published by specialist engineering website "Ingegneri.info", which called it "a tragedy waiting to happen". Antonio Brencich, a professor of reinforced concrete construction at the University of Genoa, echoed those concerns.  "It was affected by extremely serious corrosion problems linked to the technology that was used (in construction). Morandi wanted to use a technology that he had patented that was no longer used afterwards and that showed itself to be a failure," Professor Brencich told Radio Capitale. Professor Brencich has long been a critic of the bridge. Two years ago, he told "Ingegneri.info" that the bridge's construction went over budget and poor calculations over concrete viscosity led to an uneven road surface which wasn’t fully corrected until the 1980s. Safety work had been commissioned Mr Toninelli said the company that has the concession to operate that section of highway said its maintenance on the bridge was up to date and no work was being done at the time of the collapse. But he added that they were about to launch a 20 million euro (£17.8 million) bidding process for significant safety work on the bridge. "There has not been sufficient maintenance and checks, and safety work for many bridges and viaducts and bridges in Italy constructed - almost all - during the 1960s," he said. The tender provided for a strengthening of the bridge’s pier cables, including those of pier nine, the one that collapsed on Tuesday. Notwithstanding the importance of a road that sees 25 million vehicles pass along it every year, the demolition of the bridge was being studied as far back as 2009. Bridges such as the Morandi viaduct should have a lifespan of at least a century, "Ingegneri.info" reported, but the structure had been the subject of major maintenance work in the years after its completion, in particular to repair cracks and combat degradation of the concrete. In the early 2000s the suspension cables put in place in the 1980s and 1990s were replaced. "Fifty years ago, we had unlimited confidence in reinforced concrete, we thought it was eternal, but now we know that it only lasted a few decades," Diego Zoppi, former president of the Genoa branch of the order of architects, told reporters on Tuesday. Rescue teams work among the rubble of the collapsed Morando highway bridge in Genoa Credit: AP Mr Zoppi warned that it was impossible to say similar tragedies would not happen again without serious work on infrastructure built after the Second World War. "The Italy built in the 1950s and 1960s is in urgent need of renovation. The risk of collapses is underestimated, the works built at that time are coming to an age when they are at risk." 'Tens of thousands need to be replaced' The Italian CNR civil engineering society said structures as old as the Morandi Bridge had exceeded their lifespan. It called for a "Marshall Plan" to repair or replace tens of thousands of bridges and viaducts built in the 1950s and 1960s. Updating and reinforcing the bridges would be more expensive than destroying and rebuilding them with technology that could last a century. They cited previous accidents: a bridge that fell in April 2017 in the northern province of Cuneo, crushing a carabinieri police car after the officers and driver had barely managed to get away in time; and an overpass that in the northern city of Lecco that collapsed under exceptional weight, crushing a car and killing the driver. A truck is seen at the collapsed Morandi Bridge site in the port city of Genoa, Italy  Credit: Reuters Experts also said it was possible the thunderstorm could have contributed to the collapse after witnesses said it was struck by lightning shortly before it crumbled. "As this reinforced and pre-stressed concrete bridge has been there for 50 years it is possible that corrosion of tendons or reinforcement may be a contributory factor," said Ian Firth, former president of The Institution of Structural Engineers. He called the bridge "an unusual design." "The fact that there was reported to be a storm at the time may or may not be particularly relevant.” Mehdi Kashani, an associate professor in structural mechanics at the University of Southampton, said maintenance issues and pressure from "dynamic loads," such as traffic and wind, could have resulted in "fatigue damage in bridge components."


  • Google employees sign protest letter over China search engine: NYT

    Google employees sign protest letter over China search engine: NYTHundreds of Google employees have signed a protest letter over the company's reported work on a censor-friendly search engine to get back into China, The New York Times said Thursday. The employees are demanding more transparency so they can understand the moral implications of their work, said the Times, which obtained a copy of the letter. Employee anger flared with a report earlier this month in The Intercept that Google is secretly building a search engine that will filter content banned in China and thus meet Beijing's tough censorship rules.


  • Russia's S-500: How Putin Could Kill Air Force F-22s and B-2 Stealth Bombers?

    Russia's S-500: How Putin Could Kill Air Force F-22s and B-2 Stealth Bombers?Russia’s fearsome new S-500 air and missile defense system has apparently entered production—and is setting new records for missile engagement range.


  • Xiamen Air passenger jet skids off runway in Manila, no casualties

    Xiamen Air passenger jet skids off runway in Manila, no casualtiesA passenger plane operated by China's Xiamen Air veered off a rain-soaked runway after landing at Manila's main airport, disrupting flight schedules on Friday due to a temporary runway closure, officials said. All 157 passengers and eight crew aboard the Boeing 737-800 were unharmed, according to the airline and airport authorities in the Philippines' capital. Images of the plane operated by Xiamen Air, a subsidiary of China Southern Airlines, showed it next to an airport perimeter fence with the left wing touching the ground.


  • Vice President Mike Pence Prays With Mollie Tibbetts' Family During Visit to Iowa

    Vice President Mike Pence Prays With Mollie Tibbetts' Family During Visit to IowaThe missing college student hasn't been seen since July 18.


  • Florida Declares State Of Emergency As Red Tide Spreads

    Florida Declares State Of Emergency As Red Tide SpreadsFlorida Gov. Rick Scott (R) declared a state of emergency on Monday as a


  • Masterpiece Cakeshop Owner Sues Colorado After Refusing To Bake Trans Woman's Cake

    Masterpiece Cakeshop Owner Sues Colorado After Refusing To Bake Trans Woman's CakeMonths after winning a Supreme Court case over his refusal to make a wedding


  • Asylum Seekers Say Illegal Crossings Were Their Only Option

    Asylum Seekers Say Illegal Crossings Were Their Only OptionAsylum-seekers start on the path to an illegal crossing long before they actually reach the banks of the Rio Grande.


  • Satanic Temple's Baphomet Raises Hell Over Religious Freedom In Arkansas

    Satanic Temple's Baphomet Raises Hell Over Religious Freedom In ArkansasMembers and supporters of the Satanic Temple wheeled a statue of winged, goat-


  • National Guard deploys thousands of soldiers to California

    National Guard deploys thousands of soldiers to CaliforniaNational Guard soldiers are supporting response efforts, providing unique military capabilities to contain the fires.


  • Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's trial in Alexandria, Va.

    Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's trial in Alexandria, Va.Closing arguments were expected Wednesday in the trial of Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman accused of tax evasion and bank fraud.


  • Israel reopens Gaza crossing as truce talks progress

    Israel reopens Gaza crossing as truce talks progressIsrael reopened its only goods crossing with the Gaza Strip on Wednesday after closing it to most deliveries on July 9 over months of border tensions, as relative calm returned and truce talks progressed. An Israeli official said on condition of anonymity that an initial set of "understandings" had been reached with the help of Egypt and United Nations officials, leading to calm over the last several days and the opening of the crossing. Humanitarian issues in the blockaded Gaza Strip and the return of the soldiers can be addressed if calm is maintained, the official said, adding that if not, Israel would return to "aggressive" military action.


  • Rising sea levels threatens coastal cities with more tsunamis, scientists warn

    Rising sea levels threatens coastal cities with more tsunamis, scientists warnTsunamis will become more common and more ferocious with global warming, scientists have warned after a study found that global sea level rises will increase the risk of coastal cities being wiped out. Smaller earthquakes that currently pose no serious tsunami threat could unleash waves capable of inundating coastal cities, researchers found in a study focusing on the city of Macau in China. Currently it is considered safe from tsunamis, despite lying within a major earthquake zone. At today's sea level, it would take a very powerful earthquake tipping past magnitude 8.8 to cause widespread tsunami flooding in Macau. But a half-metre rise in sea level - predicted to occur in the region by 2060 - could more than double the chances of a huge tsunami swamping the territory, according to the research. A three-foot sea level rise, expected by 2100, would increase the risk up to 4.7 times. The source of the earthquake danger is the Manila Trench, a massive crack in the floor of the South China Sea formed by the collision of two tectonic plates. It has generated numerous earthquakes, though none larger than magnitude 7.8 since the 1560s. A modest rise in sea levels would greatly amplify the tsunami threat from smaller earthquakes, the computer simulation study showed. Cities most prone to natural disaster Lead researcher Dr Robert Weiss, from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) in the US, said: "Our research shows that sea-level rise can significantly increase the tsunami hazard, which means that smaller tsunamis in the future can have the same adverse impacts as big tsunamis would today. "The South China Sea is an excellent starting point for such a study because it is an ocean with rapid sea-level rise and also the location of many mega cities with significant worldwide consequences if impacted." The team's findings are reported in the journal Science Advances.


  • US, Mexico announce new strategies on cartels

    US, Mexico announce new strategies on cartelsCHICAGO (AP) — U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration officials unveiled some additional strategies in combating Mexican drug cartels Wednesday in Chicago alongside members of the Mexican government, military and federal police, who said one priority was to capture the leader of the increasingly powerful Jalisco New Generation Cartel.


  • Sean Spicer Tries Roasting Andrew Cuomo And Gets Burned By Twitter Users

    Sean Spicer Tries Roasting Andrew Cuomo And Gets Burned By Twitter UsersFormer White House press secretary Sean Spicer thought he had a clear shot to


  • Couple whose caravan wheel sparked California wildfire told ‘it’s not your fault’

    Couple whose caravan wheel sparked California wildfire told ‘it’s not your fault’A couple whose caravan accident started one of the largest wildfires in California history have been told by local residents told:: “It's not your fault”. Authorities have not identified the owners of the mobile home vehicle, but that has not stopped the community affected by the Carr wildfire to send an outpouring of support in Facebook posts, letters, and cards. The trailer experienced a flat tyre on 23 July near Redding, California, and the steel rim of the wheel scraped against the asphalt, creating the spark which ignited dry brush near the side of the road.


  • Republicans Are Using An Unprecedented Partisan Vetting Process To Rush Brett Kavanaugh’s Confirmation

    Republicans Are Using An Unprecedented Partisan Vetting Process To Rush Brett Kavanaugh’s ConfirmationWASHINGTON ― Republicans are circumventing the normal vetting process for


  • Baltimore Police Officer Filmed Punching Man Is Charged With Felony Assault

    Baltimore Police Officer Filmed Punching Man Is Charged With Felony AssaultTwo days after resigning from the Baltimore Police Department, a police


  • Genoa bridge collapse a disaster 'waiting to happen'

    Genoa bridge collapse a disaster 'waiting to happen'Genoa's Morandi motorway bridge, a 200-metre (650-foot) portion of which collapsed on Tuesday killing dozens of people, has been riddled with structural problems since its construction in the 1960s, which has led to expensive maintenance and severe criticism from engineering experts. The technology of pre-stressed reinforced concrete used in the construction was the hallmark of its designer, the celebrated Italian engineer Riccardo Morandi, who died in 1989. Dubbed patent "Morandi M5", he had used the technology for other works, including a wing of the Verona Arena in 1953.


  • Qatar's emir heads to Turkey for talks with Erdogan

    Qatar's emir heads to Turkey for talks with ErdoganQatar's emir headed to Turkey on Wednesday for talks with President Tayyip Erdogan who is dealing with a collapse of the lira currency and deteriorating relations with the United States. Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and Erdogan are expected to discuss "means of strengthening the existing strategic cooperation between the two countries in various fields", the state news agency QNA reported. Turkey and Qatar have traditionally maintained good ties and Ankara stood by Doha after Saudi Arabia and other Arab states severed diplomatic, trade and travel ties with Qatar last year, accusing it of financing terrorism, a charge Doha denies.


  • Bad News: ISIS Has Just As Many Fighters In Iraq And Syria As It Did 4 Years Ago

    Bad News: ISIS Has Just As Many Fighters In Iraq And Syria As It Did 4 Years Ago“Taken at face value, the U.S. government is saying ISIS has the same number of fighters in Iraq and Syria today as when the [coalition] bombing campaign began,” Foundation for Defense of Democracies senior fellow Thomas Joscelyn told Voice of America.


  • Florida governor declares state of emergency to combat worst red tide in over 10 years

    Florida governor declares state of emergency to combat worst red tide in over 10 yearsFlorida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for the ongoing toxic red tide bloom. The algae bloom is largely responsible for the deaths of tons of marine life on the state’s west coast.


  • Relative: Family of 7 on vacation died in Oregon collision

    Relative: Family of 7 on vacation died in Oregon collisionPORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A family of seven, including five young children, died on a remote Oregon road in a head-on collision on their way to an end-of-summer vacation in Las Vegas, a family member said Wednesday.


  • Hundreds Of Newspapers Are Challenging Trump's Attacks: 'We Are Not The Enemy’

    Hundreds Of Newspapers Are Challenging Trump's Attacks: 'We Are Not The Enemy’Hundreds of U.S. newspapers are banding together this week to fight back


  • Daily Digit: This aircraft is five times faster than the speed of sound.

    Daily Digit: This aircraft is five times faster than the speed of sound.Daily Digit is the story behind the numbers that make our world work. Today we’re looking at the world’s first hypersonic aircraft. The China Academy of Aerospace Dynamics says it has tested an aircraft with a top speed of 4,564 mph. That’s almost six times the speed of sound, and would make the Starry Sky-2 China’s first hypersonic aircraft. While the technology is still very much in the experimental stages, Boeing is planning a hypersonic future for passenger aircraft. Someday, flights from New York to London could take as little as two hours. Don’t miss your flight!


  • Sea-through: Amazing underwater gallery captures transparent 'aliens' of the deep

    Sea-through: Amazing underwater gallery captures transparent 'aliens' of the deepImpressive images of these alien-like creatures were captured underwater — photographer Cai Songda is a keen diver and did not miss the chance to snap pictures of the unique “aliens.” Cai, who is from Manila, Philippines, went on several diving trips this year and ended up with this beautiful collection of sea creatures, most of them in the area of Anilao.Cai loves blackwater diving and photography; he uses special lighting to illuminate his photos, as they are all taken in deep, dark waters. ...


  • Police Arrest Man Believed to Be Connected to 46 Overdoses in a Connecticut Park

    Police Arrest Man Believed to Be Connected to 46 Overdoses in a Connecticut ParkNo deaths were reported from the overdoses, which are believed to be related to "K2" synthetic marijuana


  • There's A Perfect Word For People Who Say 'I'm Not Racist, But...'

    There's A Perfect Word For People Who Say 'I'm Not Racist, But...'There's a new form of 'splaining in town.


  • US judge receives death threats in child abuse case

    US judge receives death threats in child abuse caseA US judge has received death threats after granting bail to five suspects in a case involving nearly a dozen allegedly malnourished children found at a remote compound in New Mexico. Judge Sarah Backus granted the three men and two women -- described by authorities as Muslim extremists -- bail on Monday on grounds that prosecutors had failed to present clear and convincing evidence that they posed a threat. Prosecutors say the suspects in the case had trained some of the children -- aged between one and 15 -- to use weapons and carry out school shootings.


  • Egypt finalizing details of long-term Hamas-Israel truce: source

    Egypt finalizing details of long-term Hamas-Israel truce: sourceEgypt is finalizing details of a long-term truce deal between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip, an Egyptian security source said on Thursday, amid easing tensions on the border of the enclave where some two million Palestinians live. Cairo has brokered an interim truce that has allowed commercial goods into Gaza ahead of the Muslim Eid al-Adha feast which starts next week. "We are putting the final touches to the terms of the truce that will be signed by all sides, and we expect to announce the terms next week if Fatah helps us to do so," the source said, referring to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's mainstream party which dominates the occupied West Bank.


  • 11 Things That Surprisingly Don't Affect Your Credit Score

    11 Things That Surprisingly Don't Affect Your Credit ScoreWith so many rules to follow and myths to debunk, credit scores can be pretty


  • Was a great white shark to blame for Cape Cod attack?

    Was a great white shark to blame for Cape Cod attack?TRURO, Mass. (AP) — On a windswept dune overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, hastily erected signs warned Cape Cod beachgoers to stay out of the water on Thursday, a day after a New York man became the first person to be attacked by a shark off the coast of Massachusetts since 2012.


  • Obama Photographer Rips Donald Trump Over Omarosa 'Dog' Insult

    Obama Photographer Rips Donald Trump Over Omarosa 'Dog' InsultFormer White House photographer Pete Souza added his voice to the outrage


  • No injuries reported after 2 planes collide at Chicago O'Hare Airport

    No injuries reported after 2 planes collide at Chicago O'Hare AirportTwo planes collided on the ground at Chicago O’Hare Airport on Wednesday.


  • Bayer starts Monsanto integration as stock suffers

    Bayer starts Monsanto integration as stock suffersGerman chemicals and pharmaceuticals giant Bayer said Thursday that it would begin integrating seeds and pesticides maker Monsanto after a mega-merger, but its stock price was battered by the US firm's legal woes. Two months after the $63 billion deal -- the biggest ever foreign takeover by a German company -- Bayer completed the sale of a final tranche of crop science businesses worth 5.9 billion euros ($6.7 billion) to rival BASF under concessions imposed by cartel watchdogs. With competition authorities' conditions met, "the integration of Monsanto into the Bayer Group can begin," the Leverkusen-based company said in a statement.


  • At least 76 overdose on synthetic marijuana in 24-hours at US park

    At least 76 overdose on synthetic marijuana in 24-hours at US parkA man has been arrested after more than 76 people overdosed in 24 hours after taking synthetic marijuana suspected of being laced with fentanyl – an opioid. The first overdoses were reported at Connecticut’s New Haven Green, a park close to Yale University, late on Tuesday night.


  • Ohio Secretary Of State Condemns False Claims About Voter Fraud

    Ohio Secretary Of State Condemns False Claims About Voter FraudOhio's secretary of state subtly condemned the right-wing websites, including


  • Georgia woman facing 'longest sentence' for leaking to media

    Georgia woman facing 'longest sentence' for leaking to mediaSAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia woman who mailed a secret U.S. report to a news organization faces the "longest sentence" ever behind bars for a federal crime involving leaks to the news media, prosecutors said in a court filing.


  • Heroic Father Suffers Severe Injuries While Trying to Save Son From Balcony Fall

    Heroic Father Suffers Severe Injuries While Trying to Save Son From Balcony FallThe father and son both fell over the railing.


  • Senate Republicans weigh in on Brennan security revocation

    Senate Republicans weigh in on Brennan security revocationMost defended Trump, blamed former CIA director's rhetoric for losing his clearance.


  • Taiwan company bows to China after boycott threat

    Taiwan company bows to China after boycott threatA Taiwanese coffee chain has become the latest business to bow to pressure from Beijing after Chinese web users threatened a boycott over a visit to one of its stores by the island's president. Tsai Ing-wen stopped off at a Los Angeles branch of the 85C Bakery Cafe this week during a US stopover in which she became the first Taiwanese leader to give a public speech on American soil in 15 years. Taiwan is a self-ruled democracy that considers itself a sovereign state but has never declared formal independence.


  • U.S. Secretary of State names Brian Hook special envoy for Iran

    U.S. Secretary of State names Brian Hook special envoy for IranThe move came as the Trump administration prepared to increase economic pressure on Iran by restoring sanctions to force Tehran to end its nuclear weapons program and support for militant groups in the Middle East. Hook will lead a newly established Iran Action Group to coordinate the State Department's pressure campaign on Iran, Pompeo told a news conference. Hook, who has pushed for tough action against Iran, has been leading the department's talks with allies in Europe and Asia to persuade them to support U.S. sanctions and cut off Iran's oil supplies as of November.


  • The 84 Most Delish Lasagnas

    The 84 Most Delish Lasagnas


  • Twitter Haphazardly Enforces Its Rules. That’s Great For Alex Jones and Infowars.

    Twitter Haphazardly Enforces Its Rules. That’s Great For Alex Jones and Infowars.Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has faced a barrage of criticism for his company's


  • How People With Type 2 Diabetes Can Lower Their Risk of Health Problems

    How People With Type 2 Diabetes Can Lower Their Risk of Health ProblemsThese five risk factors are key