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A very late night on NBC for gymnastics fans

Friday's opening ceremony averaged 26.49 million viewers, 34.8 percent less than the record 40.65 million average from 2012. NBC will air gymnastics coverage beginning at 8:00 p.m. Yet Katie Ledecky won gold in that freestyle race, and thanks to the Olympic schedule-makers, Phelps' butterfly competition followed so quickly there was no time to go overboard. Read More »

Neighborhood Watch Vigilante May Face Death Penalty For "Warning Shot" Killing

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Kouren Thomas' family hired Justin Bamberg, a SC attorney who has represented families in high-profile cases. The victim was taken to Wake County Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. In court, Copley was told that if found guilty, he could face the death penalty. "Koury doesn't like guns ― he wouldn't even go paintballing", she said. Read More »

Katherine Grainger Is Britain's Most Successful Female Olympian

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Thornley, 28, a former barmaid who came through the UK Sport Sporting Giants identification programme just eight years ago, fell into the water the first time she tried to row. "You look at very extreme personalities and extreme behavior". "It's hard for me not to feel responsible in that Kat is the defending champion and I don't feel as if I've been able to fully back her up and help her get that title again". Read More »

Germany: Raids Target 3 Suspected IS Supporters; No Arrests

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The interior minister will propose a raft of new security measures on Thursday, including speedier deportations and waiving doctor-patient confidentiality in some cases, German media reported. The state interior ministry of Rhineland Palatinate, where Mutterstadt is located, confirmed a terror arrest had been made but not say whether they were a member of Isis. Read More »

Blasts kill six people, wound 54 in SE Turkey

Earlier, four soldiers were killed in a PKK attack near the border with Iraq. The attack in Kiziltepe was caused by a roadside bomb that went off as a police bus was passing by. A PKK commander warned at the weekend of fresh attacks, saying police "will not be able to live as comfortably as they did in the past in cities". More than 40,000 people have been killed since the PKK began activities in 1984. Read More »

Russian newspapers cover Erdogan-Putin talks

However, he said if the West "loses" Turkey it will be because of its own mistakes, not Ankara's good ties with Russia , China or the Islamic world. The Turkish president gave few details despite the fact that his country is a key member of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and therefore that transparency should be the order of the day. Read More »

Former aide: Christie 'flat out lied' about Bridgegate

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But he lied", Renna texted. It's the strongest suggestion to date in the unfolding three-year saga that knowledge of the lane closure not only reached the top levels of Christie's office, but was widely held among his senior campaign and gubernatorial staff. Read More »

Vietnam fortifies its islands with rocket launchers in South China Sea

China has been expediting the construction of its military strongholds in the South China Sea and the Spratlys in particular, over the past year. The recent satellite photographs published by Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) shows the construction of the hangars on three reclaimed islands where Beijing has built military bases. Read More »

Delta struggles through third day of computer problems

Instead, lingering delays are due to difficulties getting the airline and its employees back on schedule following widespread disruption. He said other Georgia Power customers were not affected because it was an issue with Delta equipment. While the power loss was brief, the various systems needed to fluidly operate the airline's global network have struggled to return to full speed or functionality, wrote Gil West, Delta's chief operating officer, in a blog post. Read More »

UN's Yemen envoy announces one-month recess for peace talks

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He said that the negotiations were not a failure and that they would resume in a month at an undisclosed location. Ahmed is the second United Nations envoy to try to broker peace talks between the Houthis and other factions in Yemen since full-scale war erupted in March 2015. Read More »

Bombing at hospital in Pakistani city of Quetta kills at least 42

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Earnest says the U.S.is committed to continuing its counterterrorism partnership with Pakistan and remains resolute in joining with the people of Pakistan in confronting terrorism there and across the region. The bombing was the latest and deadliest attack against lawyers in Pakistan, who are seen by some militants as an extension of the government. He said lawyers across the country will observe three days of mourning and will stay away from court appointments to express solidarity with those ... Read More »

Facebook hates ad blockers so much it now blocks them

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The advertising industry says ad-blocking software costs billions of dollars a year in lost revenue and violates an implicit social compact: people agree to be targeted by ads to consume free content and services. Facebook can, at least in theory, short-circuit this approach by creating its own custom advertising that would embed ads in the same format it uses for stories. Read More »

Paul Ryan asked about Packers, not primary, in Wisconsin

Conservative figures Sarah Palin and Ann Coulter have offered Nehlen their support, with Coulter stumping for him in Wisconsin. Ryan answered a handful of questions from employees at A&E Tools. As chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Ryan wrote and supported the measure that gave President Obama the ability to negotiate the deal. Read More »

Human Rights Activist Ends The World's Longest Hunger Strike

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North-East Forum for International Solidarity (NEFIS) has called upon the masses to take up the struggle against the draconian Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA). However she may have been disappointed that, besides some curious onlookers, there were no supporters. From there she was whisked away to an undisclosed place. Read More »

Putin and Erdogan meet to mend ties after jet downing rift

Speaking after his meeting with Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan, Putin said that Russia's views on Syria have not always coincided with those of Turkey but the two states agreed to talk further and seek solutions. The dispute also resulted in joint energy projects, such as Turkstream gas pipeline across the Black Sea and the Akkuyu nuclear plant in Turkey, stalling out of the gate. Read More »

Modi breaks silence over growing unrest in Indian-controlled Kashmir

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi's remarks on Kashmir today drew a mixed response with opposition parties terming it as "belated" and betraying lack of understanding of the present turmoil, while BJP's alliance partner PDP voiced hope it would mark a fresh beginning in addressing the issues faced by the troubled state. Read More »

70 killed in Quetta hospital blast, Army Chief orders nationwide combing ops

Afridi said most of the dead were lawyers who had gathered after Kasi's body was brought to the hospital. A faction of the Pakistani Taliban, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, claimed responsibility for the blast and target killing of the lawyer, with a spokesman vowing more attacks "until the imposition of an Islamic system in Pakistan". Read More »

Clinton extends lead over Trump to 8 percentage points

The Phoenix-based OH Predictive Insights poll shows Hillary Clinton with a slight lead over Donald Trump in a state that has gone Democratic once in the last six presidential contests. Some supporters hope Pence will counterbalance Trump's more provocative remarks. In a case of dueling endorsements, Trump refused to back Paul Ryan in his primary race saying, "I'm not quite there yet". Read More »

[ August 8, 2016 ] Bishop Edward Daly passes away aged 82 Irish News

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Bishop Edward Daly has passed away at the age of 82. The book was opened by Mayor of Londonderry Alderman Hilary McClintock to allow people to pay their respects to Dr Daly. An initial inquiry outraged Northern Ireland's Catholic community with a finding that the victims could have been armed. "Bishop Edward was a revered pastor and speaker whose words touched, and actions sustained, many people in Derry and across Ireland". Read More »

Smriti Irani Adopts Common Folk Lifestyle, Proves This Pic

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Smriti Irani, who was recently all over social media for wearing handloom, has once again caught the frenzy of the Twitterati. Naturally, the deed got social media showering her with praises. Most ministers, especially the ones who are comparatively more famous than others, are less likely to travel without their security personnel for various concerns. Read More »

McCain still backing Trump, despite dustups with Republicans

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Among those on the team are John Paulson, a hedge fund billionaire; Dan Kowalski, a former staffer on the Senate Budget Committee; and Steven Mnuchin, a NY investor who is Trump's national finance chairman. Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin, the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, said Trump's "reckless, dangerous" remarks make clear Trump is unfit to be president. Read More »

Jared Leto's Joker was inspired by David Bowie

Starring Will Smith, Jared Leto and Margot Robbie as a band of deadly criminals recruited to execute risky black-ops missions, the film has an average critical score of 4.7 out of 10 on the reviews aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes . Now a list of 22 rumored Suicide Squad cuts has hit Reddit . They are assembled for a retrieval job which is a suicide mission and therefore become the suicide squad . Read More »

Rio Olympics 2016: Ireland's Paddy Barnes in shock defeat

The Spanish fighter consistently found a home for his counter-left throughout, and though Barnes nicked the middle round, both the opening and closing rounds went to the Spaniard, as the Holy Family club man was unceremoniously eliminated - likely prompting his move to the professional ranks. Read More »

Pope Urges Faithful to 'Open Doors' to Their Hearts

Earlier in the day, the Pope visited Sr Faustina's Chapel in the city of Kraków in southern Poland , where he met with the sanctuary's nuns. The 28-year-old said he told them it was "important to be ourselves in these times, these crucial moments". Read More »

Lincecum designated for assignment by Angels

An injury-riddled starting rotation put the Los Angeles Angels in the market for starting pitching early this season, and they brought in two-time Cy Young Award victor Tim Lincecum after he a promising workout where he showed he was full recovered from hip surgery. Read More »

Jim Furyk Fires 27 on Front Nine at Travelers

He parred the 17th and played the 18th in regulation, two-putting for par from 27 feet, to become the history-maker. Furyk had previously held the joint-record with a 12-under par round of 59, earned at the BMW Championship in IL three years ago. Read More »

S.Korea vs Germany men's tournament ends with Three Three tie

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Davie Selke fired Germany back into the lead on the hour mark but Korea equalised just two minutes later through Son, who is set miss the start of the Premier League season in order to take part in Rio. In a tough Group C that has been blown wide open by Mexico's draw with Germany on Thursday, both these sides will be in strong contention for one of the top two qualifying placings. Read More »