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The Ugly Coded Critique of Chick-Fil-A's Christianity

The fast-food chain's "infiltration" of New York City ignores the truth about religion in America. It also reveals an ugly narrow-mindedness.<p>The New Yorker has been taking it on the chin lately for its essay about Chick-fil-A’s “infiltration” of New York City. Although most of the piece is about …

Faith

North Korea drops withdrawal of US forces as condition of denuclearization, Moon says

<b>(CNN) —</b> North Korea has dropped its long-held demand that the United States withdraw forces from South Korea in exchange for denuclearization, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Thursday.<p>The United States has about 28,000 troops stationed in South Korea, a presence that has long irked North …

North Korea

Trump hires Giuliani, two other attorneys amid mounting legal turmoil over Russia

Former New York mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani and two other former federal prosecutors joined President Trump’s legal team Thursday following weeks of turbulence and struggles to find attorneys who would agree to represent the president in the ongoing federal probe into Russian election …

Donald Trump

Delta plane makes emergency landing in Atlanta

FAA officials say the Airbus A333 returned to Hartsfield-Jackson Airport shortly after takeoff when smoke was spotted billowing from an engine.<p>A Delta Air Lines plane made an emergency landing Wednesday at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport shortly after takeoff when smoke was …

Airplanes

If North Korea Talks Are Not Fruitful, ‘I Will Respectfully Leave,’ Trump Says

PALM BEACH, Fla. — President Trump declared on Wednesday that he would scrap a planned summit meeting with North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, or even walk out of the session while it was underway, if his diplomatic overture was not heading toward success.<p>Mr. Trump continued to express optimism — …

North Korea

Body found floating in ocean is Ciera Hart, whose mother drove her family off a cliff, officials say

A <b></b>body recently found floating near a Northern California cliff where a family’s SUV plunged 100 feet into the ocean has been identified as 12-year-old Ciera Hart, authorities said Tuesday.<p>Ciera<b>,</b> the youngest member of her family<b>,</b> was one of three children who remained missing after Jennifer Hart, …

Crime

Scientists stumbled upon a plastic-eating bacterium—then accidentally made it stronger

Hungry, hungry enzymes.<p>The natural world is rapidly becoming a giant pile of plastic waste. There are literally six—<i>six!</i>—ungodly large garbage patches swelling in the ocean. Even areas as far removed from us as the Arctic are not safe. We’re slowly suffocating a lot of natural ecologies with our …

Pollution

One machine to rule them all: A ‘Master Algorithm’ may emerge sooner than you think

It’s excusable if you didn’t notice it when a scientist named Daniel J. Buehrer, a retired professor from the National Chung Cheng University in Taiwan, published a white paper earlier this month proposing a new class of math that could lead to the birth of machine consciousness. Keeping up with …

Artificial Intelligence

CIA Director Mike Pompeo secretly met with North Korea's Kim Jong Un

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> CIA Director Mike Pompeo visited North Korea more than two weeks ago for a secret meeting with leader Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang, sources confirmed to CNN.<p>Pompeo, who is US President Donald Trump's nominee for Secretary of State, didn't take any officials from the White House or …

North Korea

In Cuba, the Castro era ends this week as Raúl steps down as ruler

Through the Space Age, the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Internet era, Cubans held one constant: A Castro ruled the nation.<p>That is about to change.<p>Raúl Castro, 86, is expected to step aside as Cuba’s president this week, ending the epochal run of two brothers who sent shock waves through …

Cuba

Koreas expected to announce end of 68-year war

North and South Korea are discussing plans to make a stunning announcement at their leaders’ summit next week – a permanent end to the 68-year state …

North Korea

China vows to defend 'rights' after US bans sales to ZTE for seven years

ZTE had failed to take promised remedial actions after conspiring to illegally ship US goods to Iran. The US reacted to that failure by slapping a …

China

After Detailing Russian Hack, White House Cyber 'Czar' Announces Departure

<b>Updated at 6:55 a.m. ET</b><p>The Trump administration's cybersecurity coordinator, Rob Joyce, said Monday that he will leave his post — an announcement that comes just a week after the exit of his boss, Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert.<p>The announcement of the departure of Joyce — who is acting …

Cybersecurity

Japan Just Found a Huge Rare-Earth Mineral Deposit That Can Supply The World For Centuries

This could change the global economy.<p>Researchers have found a deposit of rare-earth minerals off the coast of Japan that could supply the world for …

Rare Earth

David Buckel, prominent New York LGBT lawyer, dies after setting himself on fire

A prominent gay rights lawyer and environmental advocate has burned himself to death in New York on Saturday, reportedly using fossil fuel in a protest against ecological destruction.<p>The charred remains of 60-year-old David Buckel were found by passers-by in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. Police said he …

New Jersey

Navy Vessels, B-1s Obliterate 3 Syrian Targets in Strike

Some 105 weapons were employed against three Syrian chemical weapons targets in a Friday night strike in response to a deadly April 7 chemical attack …

Military

Syria Strike Puts Lockheed Martin's Stealthy New Missile to Test

The joint U.S., French and U.K. missile barrage on Syria this week included the battlefield debut of a stealthy new Lockheed Martin Corp. …

Military

Will Syria's Assad get the message? Ask Russia and Iran, say former US officials

Former top US officials are uncertain whether the Syria strikes will achieve their intended goal to deter Assad regime's using of chemical weapons. …

Middle East

The US Navy basically admitted that the Littoral Combat Ship looks like a massive failure

After 16 years and billions of dollars, the Navy may have finally acknowledged that its Littoral Combat Ship program looks like a miserable failure.<p>The service "may not" deploy any of the dozen small surface combatants this year despite officials' previous plans to deploy several to join the 7th …

Military

Trump told Israel to stop criticizing Poland’s controversial ‘Holocaust law’

The Trump administration has asked the Isreali government to curb its criticism of a Polish law that would punish citizens who speak out against …

Israel

Syria: Chemical attack in Douma was staged with help of secret services, claims Russia's foreign minister

A suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria believed to have killed 75 people was staged with the help of foreign secret services, Russia's foreign …

Middle East

Donald Trump's threats clear Syrian regime warplanes from the skies

Syrian regime warplanes have carried out barely any raids since Donald Trump threatened strikes, as Bashar al-Assad’s forces scramble to move weapons and equipment away from sites they fear will be hit by US missiles.<p>Civilians in rebel-held areas and monitoring groups said that the skies had been …

Middle East

Ocean's Vital Gulf Stream System Weakest In 1,600 Years, Scientists Find

A key current in the planet’s ocean circulatory system, including the Atlantic’s Gulf Stream, is the weakest in at least 1,600 years ― a decline that could worsen the effects of climate change, according to new research.<p>Two studies published in the journal Nature this week say the global system of …

Global Warming

Officer won't face charges in Kansas swatting death

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Wichita police officer who shot and killed a man last year while responding to what turned out to be a prank call will not face charges, the district attorney's office announced.<p>The shooting death of Andrew Finch, 28, in December 2017 drew national attention after a California man was …

U.S. Federal Courts

Turkey's Erdogan says tumbling lira not a concern | Reuters.com

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan struck back at international investors on Thursday, saying that no one could bring the country to heel by using exchange rates. As Kate King reports, he says the precipitous fall in the lira currency, is a conspiracy from outside.<p>▲ Hide Transcript<p>▶ View …

Forex

This Is the Marine President Trump Wants to Be the First Female African-American General

President Donald Trump has nominated the first African-American woman for promotion to general.<p>Marine Corps Col. Lorna M. Mahlock will be promoted to …

U.S. Marines

Putin unlikely to let a US strike in Syria go unanswered

MOSCOW (AP) — Faced with the threat of a U.S. strike on Syria, Russian President Vladimir Putin has a dilemma: allow U.S. missiles to hit Moscow's ally without a response or risk a military clash with the United States.<p>If driven into a corner by a U.S. attack, Putin will be unlikely to sit back. …

Russia

The Trump administration just gave the first official confirmation that the US military killed 'hundreds' of Russians in a lopsided fight in Syria

Mike Pompeo, the head of President Donald Trump's CIA and his nominee for secretary of state, just confirmed that the US killed hundreds of Russians in an intense battle in Syria in February.<p>Asked about what steps Pompeo would take as secretary of state to hold Russia accountable for its …

Middle East

Billy 'King of Kong' Mitchell's 'Donkey Kong' scores were a lie

It's over. Billy Mitchell (above, left), the "King of Kong," has had his long-contested <i>Donkey Kong</i> high scores stripped from the Twin Galaxies leaderboards and the organization has notified <i>Guinness World Records</i> of its decision. More than that, all of his records have been removed from the forums …

Retrogaming

Macron: Assad regime used chemical weapons on Syria's Douma

France has proof that Syria's Assad regime used chemical weapons, "at least chlorine," says its president, Emmanuel Macron. He said he and US …

Middle East