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Democratic Senator Franken faces pressure to resign, announcement looms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrat Al Franken faced intense pressure from members of his own party on Wednesday to resign from the U.S. Senate over accusations of sexual misconduct. Minnesota Public Radio reported Franken would resign on Thursday. Franken’s office said in an email that no final decision had been made and that the senator was still discussing the issue with his family. After accusations began surfacing three weeks ago, Franken said he would remain in office and work to regain the trust of voters in Minnesota, the state he represents.Read More

Meet the ‘Last Chance U’ adviser who gave troubled football players a second chance – Sharing #ABC #News Feed

Just hours before the big game, the football players at Madison Heights High School in Michigan were laser-focused on their new coach. But Brittany Wanger doesn’t coach football, she helps young men win in the game of life. The 39-year-old single mother boasts having helped turn a dozen of her former students into NFL players as a former academic adviser at East Mississippi Community College in remote Scooba, Mississippi. Players who don’t make the cut at elite programs, because of bad grades, criminal records and other issues, attend the schoolRead More

Death toll from Somalia bomb attacks tops 300

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – More than 300 people died after twin bomb explosions in Mogadishu, an official said on Monday, as locals packed hospitals in search of friends and relatives caught up in Somalia’s deadliest attack in a decade. The death toll has steadily risen since Saturday, when the blasts – for which no organization had claimed responsibility by Monday morning – struck at two busy junctions in the heart of the city. “We have confirmed 300 people died in the blast. The death toll will still be higher because someRead More

Iranians fear economic hardship, but united against Trump

ANKARA (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s hardened stance towards Iran evoked a mixture of indifference and national pride among Iranians on Saturday but many were concerned about economic hardship should a multinational nuclear deal unravel. In a major shift in U.S. foreign policy, Trump said on Friday he might ultimately terminate the 2015 agreement that lifted sanctions in return for Tehran rolling back technologies with nuclear bomb-making potential. [nL2N1MO0DH] “Who the hell is Trump to threaten Iran and Iranians? Of course we don’t want economic hardship, but it doesRead More

Energy secretary took charter flight day before Price resigned

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry took a chartered jet to Ohio last week, according to an airport management company, the day before fellow Cabinet member Tom Price resigned over his use of private charter flights for government business. Perry took the private plane from Hazleton Regional Airport in Pennsylvania to the Greater Portsmouth Regional Airport in southern Ohio on Sept. 28, PMH Aviation, the company that runs the Portsmouth airport, said on Wednesday. The purpose of his trip was to visit a uranium facility in Piketon,Read More

TomTom to offer EV recharging maps in Europe, N. America

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Dutch map-making company TomTom NV is introducing a live service to help drivers locate and pay for electric car-battery charging stations, an application built off its core automotive navigation business. At a news conference at the Frankfurt auto show on Tuesday, the company unveiled its TomTom EV Service, which it plans to offer to auto makers to build into forthcoming navigation systems for electric vehicles starting in Europe and North America. The service connects TomTom car navigation systems to information on the availability of charging points fromRead More

Hunger Games actor Donald Sutherland to get lifetime Oscar

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Donald Sutherland, the star of “MASH,” “The Hunger Games” and more than 140 other movies, is to get a lifetime achievement Oscar, along with Belgian director Agnes Varda, Oscar organizers said on Wednesday. Sutherland and Varda will be joined by African-American indie film director Charles Burnett and cinematographer Owen Roizman in receiving honorary Oscars at a ceremony in Los Angeles in November, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said in statement. Academy president John Bailey said the honorees reflect ”the breadth of international, independentRead More

AP defends itself after EPA attacks ‘misleading’ report on Superfund sites

The Associated Press is defending itself after the Environmental Protection Agency called its reporting on so-called Superfund sites in Texas into question over the weekend, criticizing one journalist for “reporting from the comfort of Washington.” Hurricane Harvey has damaged or flooded at least 13 sites identified by EPA as contaminated by possibly dangerous materials, raising concerns that the materials could spread and pose a danger to public health. Local and federal EPA officials have been on the ground working to test and help restore the water supply after the storm.Read More

Harvey claims second fatality, threatens catastrophic floods

ROCKPORT, Texas (Reuters) – A second person was killed on Saturday as Harvey, the most powerful storm to hit Texas in more than 50 years, roared inland, knocking out power to more than 200,000 people and threatening catastrophic flooding. The second fatality was an elderly woman who was killed as she drove through flooded streets on Houston’s west side on Saturday night, a Houston police officer said. “It appeared that her vehicle went into high water and she drowned as a result,” said Sergeant Colin Howard of the Houston policeRead More

Paris revels in tourism surge, but cautious after Barcelona

PARIS (Reuters) – Paris is on track to welcome more tourists this year than ever before after a bumper first half, a senior official said, though some would-be visitors might think again after the Barcelona attack. The Paris region registered 16.4 million arrivals in the six months to June, its tourist board said on Tuesday. That was the most in any first half of the year since current records began in 2008, confirming a strong recovery from a lull that followed Islamist attacks in the French capital in November 2015Read More