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Commander of elite U.S. Air Force demonstration squadron removed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The head of the U.S. Air Force’s Thunderbirds, an elite military demonstration squadron, was removed because of a loss of confidence in his leadership, the military said on Wednesday. The Air Force said Lieutenant Colonel Jason Heard had led the team well, but there was a loss of “confidence in his leadership and risk management style.” In a separate statement, Major Ray Geoffroy, a spokesman for the Thunderbirds, said Heard had not been removed because of a recent crash. A recent investigation found that a June crashRead More

U.S. nuclear general says would resist ‘illegal’ Trump strike order: CBS

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The top U.S. nuclear commander was quoted as saying on Saturday that he would resist President Donald Trump if he ordered an “illegal” launch of nuclear weapons. U.S. Air Force General John Hyten, Commander of U.S. Strategic Command, arrives to testify before a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., April 4, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas CBS News said Air Force General John Hyten, commander of the U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM), told an audience at the Halifax International Security Forum in Nova Scotia, CanadaRead More

Out for votes: Battle over rights inspires more U.S. transgender candidates

(Reuters) – Virginia Democrat Danica Roem has been called a man by conservative opponents attacking her views on LGBT rights as she campaigns to become the United States’ only transgender state legislator. Danica Roem, Democratic candidate for Virginia House of Delegates 13th District, is pictured in Gainesville, Virginia, U.S. on December 30, 2016. Courtesy Friends of Danica Roem/Handout via REUTERS Roem does not shy away from her gender identity. In one campaign ad, she applies makeup at a bathroom mirror and takes hormone pills. But rather than focus on theRead More

Uber files appeal to overturn London license loss

LONDON (Reuters) – Uber submitted a court appeal on Friday to overturn a decision by London’s transport regulator stripping the taxi app of its operating license in one of its most important foreign markets. Transport for London (TfL) shocked the Silicon Valley firm last month by deeming it unfit to run a taxi service and refusing to renew its license, citing its approach to reporting serious criminal offences and background checks on drivers. “While we have today filed our appeal so that Londoners can continue using our app, we hopeRead More

What life is like now for formerly conjoined twin sisters after separation surgery

Like many toddlers, Eva and Erika Sandoval spent their third birthday party playing with friends and family, laughing and eating cake — a Princess Sofia cake from the Disney TV series, “Sophia the First,” for Eva and a Woody from “Toy Story” cake for Erika. The twin girls each had their own party outfits — Eva was dressed as Princess Sophia, Erika was dressed as Woody. But for their parents, Aida and Art Sandoval, this was more than just their daughters’ birthday. It was a miracle. Watch the full storyRead More

Gundlach: Equity investors to see change in dynamic with QE reversal

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Investors in equities and risk assets should brace themselves for the end of quantitative easing, given the high correlation it has to high stock and junk bond prices, Jeffrey Gundlach, chief executive at DoubleLine Capital, warned Tuesday. Equity and risk-asset investors are “unfortunately about to see the first change in dynamic in years” with the end of QE, Gundlach said on a webcast. In September, the Federal Reserve is expected to begin to reverse quantitative easing, QE. Interest payments and principal from maturing securities will noRead More

White House deals with fallout from Steve Bannon interview Video

Transcript for White House deals with fallout from Steve Bannon interview Robin, as you know president trump and his team have been focusing on the federal response and dealing with friendly fire from former chief strategist Steve Bannon. In his first interview since leaving the white house he took on the president’s decision to fire FBI director James Comey and our senior white house correspondent Cecilia Vega is in Washington with the details. Good morning, Cecilia. Reporter: George, good morning to you. He is calling that the worst mistake inRead More

Miley Cyrus, Beyonce join Harvey storm relief effort

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Pop star Miley Cyrus and Oscar-winning actors Sandra Bullock and Leonardo DiCaprio pledged funds to help victims of storm Harvey, while Beyonce on Thursday said she was sending a team to her Houston, Texas hometown to help with relief efforts. A donation drive organized by Houston Texans NFL star J.J. Watt had reached $10 million in pledges from celebrities and ordinary people by Thursday, and singer Solange Knowles, Beyonce’s sister, announced benefit concerts in Boston and New York for September and October. A tearful Cyrus, 24,Read More

Cycling: Former Olympic champion Sanchez fails doping test – world news headlines from reuters

BARCELONA (Reuters) – Spain’s former Olympic champion Samuel Sanchez has been suspended with immediate effect after testing positive for banned growth hormones, cycling’s governing body said on Thursday. Sanchez, 39, won the 2008 Olympic road race in Beijing and five individual stages in the Vuelta a Espana between 2005 and 2007 as well as an individual stage on the 2011 Tour de France. He will now miss this year’s Vuelta, which begins on Saturday in Nimes, France. The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) said in a statement on its website thatRead More