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Gamer, Girlfriend Take Relationship To Next Level After Super Mario Proposal

May 30, 2016   //   by Administrator   //   News from US  //  Comments Off on Gamer, Girlfriend Take Relationship To Next Level After Super Mario Proposal

Pam Edwards was playing the video game next to her boyfriend, Shane Birkinbine. Little did she know, Birkinbine had redesigned the level so the bricks spelled out “Will you marry me?”

Merrick Garland Tells Grads At His Former High School: Focus On Helping Others

May 30, 2016   //   by Administrator   //   News from US  //  Comments Off on Merrick Garland Tells Grads At His Former High School: Focus On Helping Others

The Supreme Court nominee reminded students that Harry Potter’s pal Hermione rejected a career in law to “do some good in the world.” He said, “Instead of taking a selfie, turn the camera around.”

Anti-Islamic State Forces Launch Attack In Effort To Retake Fallujah

May 30, 2016   //   by Administrator   //   World News  //  Comments Off on Anti-Islamic State Forces Launch Attack In Effort To Retake Fallujah

Forces fighting against the Islamic State have launched an offensive to retake Fallujah.

NPR’s Alison Meuse reports that international aid groups have seen hundreds of civilians fleeing, but they represent only a fraction of those still trapped in the city.

Alison filed this report for our Newscast unit:

“Lieutenant General Abdel Wahab al-Saadi—who heads Fallujah operations—tells NPR by phone his forces are now on the southern edge of the city. The drive to enter Fallujah began at dawn, with air support from the U.S.-led coalition. In northern Iraq, U.S.-backed Kurdish forces are pushing to get closer to Mosul.

“Mosul and Fallujah are the last bastions of the Islamic State in Iraq.

“The Norwegian Refugee Council meanwhile warns tens of thousands of civilians remain trapped in Fallujah. Some 3,000 have managed to escape since the offensive began. But the council says it may not have enough drinking water for all of those displaced.”

As the New York Times‘ Tim Arango explained on Morning Edition, Fallujah has been fought over for more than a decade. The current siege is being driven by militias, Arango said, who have started by clearing the agricultural outskirts of the city. This has been underway since December.

The siege, Arango said, has increased worries about the humanitarian situation inside the city.

“The refugee agencies say they have registered one single family from the center of the city that has been able to escape,” Arango said. “In the center of the city, all the words that we get, is that ISIS will not let them leave and so they are terrified of leaving for being shot at by ISIS.”

Kidnapped Mexican Footballer Is Safe, Following Government Rescue

May 30, 2016   //   by Administrator   //   World News  //  Comments Off on Kidnapped Mexican Footballer Is Safe, Following Government Rescue

A kidnapped Mexican soccer player was rescued overnight after local and federal Mexican authorities launched a huge operation to secure his return.

Alan Pulido, who plays for the Greek soccer club Olympiakos, appeared before cameras in the early hours of Monday wearing a shorts and a tank top and with his right hand bandaged.

“What’s most important is that he is here with us,” Tamaulipas Gov. Egidio Torre Cantú told reporters.

When asked how he was doing, Pulido said, “Very good. Thank God.”

According to Univision News, Pulido was kidnapped on Saturday after he left a party. Following the news, local and federal Mexican authorities launched huge operative that ended late Sunday.

The AP adds:

“[Pulido] made his professional debut with the club Tigres of Monterrey, Mexico, but after four seasons there signed a 2014 contract with Olympiakos. He since has been embroiled in a legal dispute with Tigres over whether his Mexican contract remains valid.

“National team coach Carlos Osorio recently said Pulido has the quality to be in his Copa America squad but was omitted because of his contract troubles. He had scored three goals in earlier call-ups for Mexico. He scored five goals in limited action for Olympiakos last season.”

Manhattanhenge Brightens This Memorial Day Weekend

May 29, 2016   //   by Administrator   //   News from US  //  Comments Off on Manhattanhenge Brightens This Memorial Day Weekend

Manhattanhenge is the name for the solar phenomena that occurs this weekend in New York City when the setting sun perfectly aligns with the numbered streets running east and west on the city’s grid.

Pennsylvania Debates Statutes Of Limitations For Child Sex Abuse Crimes

May 29, 2016   //   by Administrator   //   News from US  //  Comments Off on Pennsylvania Debates Statutes Of Limitations For Child Sex Abuse Crimes

State Rep. Mark Rozzi tells NPR’s Rachel Martin about why he’s supporting new Pennsylvania legislation that would eliminate the state’s criminal statutes of limitations on child sex abuse crimes.

‘Dormant Butt Syndrome’ Can Be A Pain In The Knee, Hip And Back

May 29, 2016   //   by Administrator   //   World News  //  Comments Off on ‘Dormant Butt Syndrome’ Can Be A Pain In The Knee, Hip And Back

Do you have knee, back or hip pain? You could be suffering from “dormant butt syndrome.” That’s just another way to describe weak glute muscles. [Editor’s note: The word “bitchy” is heard at 1:42.]

Libertarian Party Set To Pick Its Presidential Candidate

May 29, 2016   //   by Administrator   //   World News  //  Comments Off on Libertarian Party Set To Pick Its Presidential Candidate

Delegates listen to speeches in the main hall at the National Libertarian Party Convention, Friday, May 27, 2016, in Orlando, Fla.i

Delegates listen to speeches in the main hall at the National Libertarian Party Convention, Friday, May 27, 2016, in Orlando, Fla.

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Delegates listen to speeches in the main hall at the National Libertarian Party Convention, Friday, May 27, 2016, in Orlando, Fla.

Delegates listen to speeches in the main hall at the National Libertarian Party Convention, Friday, May 27, 2016, in Orlando, Fla.

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More than 1,000 Libertarians from around the country have converged on a hotel in Orlando, Fla., for a long weekend of politicking, strategizing, and seminars with titles like “How to Abolish Government in Three Easy Steps.”

They’ll also choose their nominee for president on Sunday. Five men are competing to be the Libertarian standard-bearer, including a software tycoon, a magazine editor, and the former Republican governor of New Mexico.

“Libertarian conventions are always exciting,” says Carla Howell, the party’s political director. “But the excitement this weekend is beyond anything I’ve ever seen, by far.”

Howell thinks that’s partly because more Americans are coming around to the party’s long-held agenda, which includes legalizing marijuana, curbing government surveillance, and limiting U.S. military involvement in the Middle East.

“There is no question to those of us who do retail politics, who talk to voters, they want what Libertarians have been advocating for a long time,” Howell says.

Libertarians acknowledge there’s another reason their party’s getting a closer look: deep dissatisfaction with the likely Republican and Democratic nominees. A Wall Street Journal/NBC poll found 47 percent of Americans are willing to consider a third-party candidate this year.

Denise Cranford understands that. The Ackerman, Miss., delegate has been active in Libertarian politics for years, but this is the first time she’s attended the national convention.

“Trump is disgustingly crude. Hillary, please. Don’t make me go there,” Cranford says. “Even if I wanted to go Republican, their belief in, ‘I want to take over and tell you what to do.’ Democrats want to take over and take my money. It’s got to stop.”

There’s a lively competition for the top spot on the Libertarian ticket. The five finalists spent more than two hours Saturday night debating their plans to roll back government in blunt and often colorful terms.

Some of the liveliest exchanges were between Austin Petersen, editor of The Libertarian Republic magazine, and former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson. Petersen tended to take more purist positions, while Johnson’s views were often tempered with a dose of governing practicality.

On same-sex marriage, for example, Petersen advocated what he called “total separation of marriage and state.”

Johnson said he felt the same way at first, but there were complications.

“It turns out that there are hundreds if not thousands of laws that actually contain the word marriage that would have to be amended,” Johnson said. So he endorsed government recognition of same-sex marriage instead.

Some of the biggest applause lines last night belonged to neither Johnson nor Petersen but to anesthesiologist Marc Feldman.

“I don’t need any kind of marriage license,” Feldman said. “I don’t need a marijuana grower’s permit. I have a Constitution. What I need is a government that honors it and doesn’t ask for licenses or permits and certificates for things that are none of the government’s business.”

Anti-virus software pioneer John McAfee and publisher and podcaster Darryl Perry are also vying for the Libertarian nomination.

Unlike the major party conventions later this summer where the nominees will likely be known well in advance, there’s no telling who will come out on top of Sunday’s Libertarian vote.

Mississippi delegate Denise Cranford isn’t worried, though. She’ll be happy with whoever is chosen.

“If we could just put one in the presidency and the rest of them in Cabinets we’d be awesome,” Cranford says. “I’d love to see all those positions filled by Libertarians who want to take over the government and leave you alone.”

Obama Makes Historic Visit To Hiroshima

May 28, 2016   //   by Administrator   //   News from US  //  Comments Off on Obama Makes Historic Visit To Hiroshima

President Obama is the first sitting U.S. president to visit the city since American warplanes bombed it in WWII. The president did not apologize, but some Japanese still found solace in his remarks.

Verizon, Labor Unions Conclude Strike With Tentative 4-Year Contract Deal

May 28, 2016   //   by Administrator   //   News from US  //  Comments Off on Verizon, Labor Unions Conclude Strike With Tentative 4-Year Contract Deal

After weeks of intense dispute, Verizon and its unions have reached an “agreement in principle.” Labor Secretary Thomas Perez mediated the talks, and expects the 40,000 workers to be back next week.

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