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McConnell won't say if Trump is qualified for presidency
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wouldn't answer questions Sunday about whether Donald Trump is qualified for the presidency, saying he'll "leave that to the American people to decide."
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A sharp spike in racist incidents reported after the Brexit vote
After Thursday's referendum on a "Brexit," a wave of racist incidents have been reported to British police and documented in widely shared social media posts. Through the weekend, #Postrefracism has been trending, and its contents provide a disheartening view of how Britain's vote to leave the European Union may be emboldening those who harbor virulent racist sentiments.
Police in west London were investigating what they called a "racially motivated" attack against the Polish Social and Cultural Association. Poles make up the largest foreign-born population in the United Kingdom. The organization's building was apparently defaced with graffiti that said, "Go home."
What it might take to protect the world's biggest naval base from rising seas
When US Secretary of State John Kerry wanted to push his country to take the lead on climate change, it was no accident that he chose to give a speech in Norfolk, Virginia.
Norfolk Naval Station is the biggest naval installation in the world. But, Kerry said last November, “the land it is built on is literally sinking.”
That was just weeks before the big United Nations climate change conference in Paris, and Kerry was framing climate change as a national security issue.
“By fueling extreme weather events, undermining our military readiness, exacerbating conflicts around the world — climate change is a threat to the security of the United States,” Kerry said.
Norfolk is the home port for the cruisers, destroyers and battleships of the Atlantic Fleet.
Rollercoaster crash: Ten people hurt at M&D's theme park
Eight children and two adults have been injured after a rollercoaster derailed and crashed at a theme park in North Lanarkshire in Scotland.
Police said the injured were all being treated at local hospitals.
Six ambulances and six fire engines were at the M&D's park near Strathclyde Park, Motherwell, after being called at 15:37. It was evacuated shortly after.
One adult and one child are in stable condition and three children are expected to be allowed home later.
The incident involved the Tsunami ride, which can travel at up to 40mph. One eyewitness said "people were trapped upside down on the ride" following the crash.
Police Scotland revised down the number of injured from its initial estimate of 11 and confirmed there were nine passengers on the ride at the time.
LAKE ISABELLA, Calif. — As crews searched Saturday for more wildfire victims, officials said scorching heat predicted for the next week will likely help fuel the deadly Erskine Fire and complicate efforts to control the blaze.
Two people are confirmed dead in the 35,000-acre wildfire that began Thursday night, and officials say they fear they may find more victims in the tangled mess left behind by the inferno. The two people who died were apparently overcome by smoke as they fled their home. The fire called an “ugly monster” by one firefighter consumed about 150 homes across the area, many of them quick-to-burn mobile homes and trailers reduced to little more than melted aluminum.
A string of Labour shadow cabinet members have quit, with more walkouts expected, in protest at Jeremy Corbyn's leadership over the EU referendum.
Lord Falconer, Heidi Alexander, Lucy Powell and Ian Murray are among those to have quit the party's top team.
It comes after shadow foreign secretary Hilary Benn was sacked after he told Mr Corbyn he had lost confidence in him.
Mr Corbyn, who faces a no confidence vote over a "lacklustre" EU campaign, "won't be resigning", a spokesman said.
The spokesman said Mr Corbyn "is the democratically elected leader of the Labour Party".
Shadow chancellor John McDonnell and shadow cabinet members Andy Burnham, Diane Abbott and Emily Thornberry have given Mr Corbyn their support despite the resignations.
Deputy Labour leader Tom Watson has said he is "deeply disappointed" that Mr Benn had been sacked and "equally saddened" by the shadow cabinet resignations.
He said his focus was to "hold the Labour Party together in very turbulent times" and that he would meet Mr Corbyn on Monday to discuss the "way forward".
Sex, suicide and failure to report: How Oakland police scandal unfolded
Oakland, California (CNN) — Four police chiefs in 10 days. 28 police officers with allegations involving a prostitute. Five police departments ensnared in controversy. Two suicides. And one teenage girl. This is the volatile mix that has led to a sexual misconduct scandal of epic proportions in and around Oakland, California. If that weren't enough, it all happened while the Oakland Police Department was already under the watch of a federal monitor and compliance director. And the scandal all began to unravel because of the words of a dead man. An officer's suicide, a secret revealed
Oakland police officers showed up at the home of one of their own on September 25, 2015. Officer Brendan O'Brien's mother called them. She came to check on her son at his Oakland apartment and arrived to a gruesome scene. Her son was stretched out on the couch, his mouth open, his body too still to be alive, according to the coroner's report. Investigators found him with gun still "on his right hand", and a bullet through his mouth.
‘Brexit’: Explaining Britain’s Vote on European Union Membership
Update: Britain has voted to exit the European Union. It is a historic decision sure to reshape the nation’s place in the world. For more about the fallout, The Times prepared an updated explainer of the basics.
Britain held a referendum on Thursday on whether to leave the European Union, a process often referred to as “Brexit.”
What is Britain deciding? The referendum question will ask voters whether the country should “remain a member of the European Union” or “leave the European Union.”
The reasons for and against Those who favor leaving argue that the European Union has changed enormously over the last four decades with regard to the size and the reach of its bureaucracy, diminishing British influence and sovereignty.
West Virginia Flooding: At Least 24 Dead as Federal Disaster Declared
Hundreds of people stranded by floods have been rescued in West Virginia, with the death toll now standing at 23, officials say.
Rescue work continues and authorities fear more victims may be found as they search through the debris.
Federal officials have declared it a major disaster, triggering aid for the three most affected counties, the state governor says.
The floods are the worst in a century in some areas.
State Governor Earl Ray Tomblin said the federal help included medical support and housing to Kanawha, Greenbrier and Nicholas counties.
Officials were still assessing the damage in other areas and additional requests for aid could follow, he added.
West Virginia received a quarter of its annual rainfall in a single day, the US National Weather Service said.
A storm system dumped up to 10 inches (250mm) of rain on parts of the state, causing rivers and streams to overflow.
More than 100 homes were destroyed, some of them torn from their foundations and carried away, and an estimated 32,000 residences were still without power.
Teams removed people from upper-floor windows, tops of trees and cars.
Mogadishu, Somalia (CNN)Gunmen stormed a hotel in the Somali capital of Mogadishu on Saturday after detonating a car filled with explosives at the hotel gate -- an attack that has left at least 15 people dead and 25 others injured, police said.
Following the car explosion, someone blew themselves up inside the Naso Hablod hotel as gunmen stormed the building, Somali police Capt. Aden Dahir said. Police responded and engaged in a gunbattle with the suspects for several hours, Dahir said.
The Islamist militant group Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack on its main broadcaster, Radio Andalus.
Most of those killed and injured were civilians who were passersby and customers of nearby shops and a gas station, police said.
The hotel is frequented by Somali government officials, lawmakers and security officers, Dahir said.
Video on Twitter showed an ambulance, sirens blaring, speeding away from scene amid the sound of gunfire.
The attack comes three weeks after suspected Al-Shabaab gunmen set off an explosion and stormed another popular Mogadishu hotel, killing at least 13 people, according to security officials. Three attackers were also killed.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel sought on Saturday to temper pressure from Paris, Brussels and her own government to force Britain into negotiating a quick divorce from the EU, despite warnings that hesitation will let populism take hold.
Eurosceptics in other member states applauded Britons' decision to leave the European Union in a referendum that sent shockwaves around the world, with far-right demands for a similar vote in Slovakia underlining the risk of a domino effect.
With the referendum decision finally made on Thursday and Prime Minister David Cameron having announced his resignation, European politicians and institutions felt free to shower demands on Britain over its future outside the world's largest trading bloc.
The European Central Bank said Britain's financial industry, which employs 2.2 million people, would lose the right to serve clients in the EU unless the country signed up to its single market - anathema to "Leave" campaigners, who are set to lead the next government in London.
Almost alone in continental Europe, Merkel tried to slow the rush to get Britain out of the EU door. Europe's most powerful leader made clear she would not press Cameron after he indicated Britain would not seek formal exit negotiations until October at least.
"Quite honestly, it should not take ages, that is true, but I would not fight now for a short time frame," Merkel told a news conference.
genuinely elected government but many here are wondering if the so-called "Wukan experiment" is about to die.
If it does it won't be without a fight.
Thousands of villagers have been taking to the streets every day in a brazen challenge to the authorities.
At the time of writing there has not yet been an attempt to smash these demonstrations but special police are moving into the area by the busload.
The Guangdong Government has been urging us to leave.
There are really only two possibilities.
One: They think that without media coverage some of the steam will come out of the protests, allowing the nearby city government to come up with some sort of negotiated settlement.
Two: With no international media to observe and record, the riot police can be sent in to bring Wukan under control the hard way.
We asked government official Chen Jiasheng, if we left, how likely it would be for this second option to occur and he told the BBC: "As head of the Guangdong provincial press office I can guarantee you that your fantasy will never happen."
A Bronx man who served 20 years in prison for a murder that more than a dozen alibi witnesses say he could not have committed threw a wrench Friday into plans to dismiss the case against him.
Richard Rosario, over the objections of prosecutors, asked the court not to drop the charges until a full investigation could be done that exonerates him.
"It's clear that I'm innocent," he said. "I've been in prison for 20 years saying that I'm innocent. I've been transparent and forthcoming with information to prove my innocence. And it seems that the NYPD and the DA's office position is that the truth doesn't matter."
"The public should know the truth," he said.
The stunned judge asked Rosario if he was sure this is what he wanted.
The children heard the gunfire, but didn’t see the fatal encounter that left their mother dead, police said.
Their 63-year-old grandmother, Elizabeth Wall, had taken the boys outside Thursday in Georgia and put them in a truck, according to Cobb County Police Sgt. Dana Pierce.
Then, Wall “goes right back inside, and shoots and kills their mom,” Pierce told The Post.
Police say Wall fatally shot her 35-year-old daughter-in-law, Jenna, who was reportedly in the midst of divorcing Wall’s son.
The timeline of events is still being determined, Pierce said.
But at some point on Thursday, Wall called her son, who showed up at the Powder Spring, Ga., home “within moments” of the shooting.
“She is inside the house still with the weapon, and at some point in a conversation between him and his mother, she puts the weapon down,” Pierce said. “And then he calls police; he calls 911 at that point.”
China weather: Tornado and hail kill scores in Jiangsu
A tornado and hailstorm have killed at least 98 people and injured nearly 800 in the east Chinese province of Jiangsu, according to state media.
Accompanied by torrential rain, the tornado struck the outskirts of the city of Yancheng on Thursday afternoon.
Counties on the city's outskirts saw winds of up to 125km/h (78 mph).
The search for survivors in debris has now been completed with a clean-up under way, the head of the provincial fire corps told state media.
President Xi Jinping had ordered "all-out rescue efforts" after what the Xinhua news agency said was one of the worst disasters ever to hit Jiangsu.
It was also the worst tornado to hit China in half a century, it said.
The damage from the tornado has been significant. There were buckled pylons and cables coiled up by the side of the road on the way to Xintu village.
Russia governor arrested over '€400,000 bribe'
Russian investigators have arrested a regional governor, saying they caught him red-handed taking a €400,000 (£325,000; $444,500) bribe.
Kirov region governor Nikita Belykh was held in a Moscow restaurant.
Investigators posted a picture which purports to show the governor of the central region at a table with cash from a bribe.
Mr Belykh has been a Kremlin critic, but the investigators say there is no political subtext to the case.
On Friday, the Russian investigative committee (SKR) published a photograph on its website, saying it showed Mr Belykh and piles of 100-euro notes laid out before him.
After enduring weeks of self-inflicted wounds, the speech was Trump's most professional political address since he became the presumptive nominee in early May. It seemed to fuse his volatile, off-the-cuff political style with a more traditional brand of political discourse that puts reasoned arguments before voters as they make their choice for President.
Father: Warriors fan thrown from upper deck after NBA Finals
A Golden State Warriors fan who was thrown or fell from the upper deck during a brawl after Game 7 of the NBA Finals remained hospitalized in critical condition Wednesday, CBS San Francisco station KPIX-TV reports.
Southern California resident and father of two Salvador Bimbo underwent surgery on Wednesday for the injuries he suffered from his fall on Father's Day, according to his family.
Brexit… a simple decision by the voters of the UK
Bribery caught on tape is the only prof that sticks
NBA CHAMPS 2016
The Viciousness with which Trump unleashes
his attacks sears into the consciousness of the average citizen,
Weaknesses of any type will be identified and exposed…,
flawed history of any type will be focused on and exploited…,
any character trait issues will be magnified as a concern that will cause confusion in those who would choose to have a dislike for a person. However, if the opponent is a person of extensive history of flaws, to include “lying, theft, or greed”,
Trump is the type of candidate that will exploit those weaknesses to an extent that, even those who find the candidate “worthy”,
would question “valid” facts and points of one’s history.
Hillary Clinton & Bill Clinton has a trove of flawed acts and actions over the past 40 years…, all of which, provides an extensive array of perspectives for Trump to take in his attacks.
The Clinton’s are their own worst enemy in this instance, and it is their past that will be so focused on by this human pit bull that, even if Hillary is elected…
she will walk into the office severely wounded, to the extent that, even she will question her qualifications,
because the world will know them all as being “FACTS”.
This will be a bumpy ride for the Clintons.
Finally, They Stand For Right As Elected Officials
have failed all American Citizens with their collective lack of honorable representation of the Citizens of this great nation.
We have allowed “dereliction of duty”, to permeate the halls of the house, and we have done absolutely nothing about it…,
yet we keep electing the same failed representatives over, and over, again. I’d call that “our fault”, and we continue to deserve all the piss poor representation that we have received from all the sit in the house of representatives.
However, someone has decided that “enough is enough”, and that individual has a history of taking a stance against flawed people, and flawed systems, by standing beside, and marching with MLK himself, in the 1960s.
America is no longer what it was 50 years ago demographically, and those who continue to hold on to the past, must be removed as soon as possible.
An old fashion sit in is a decent start.
We need citizens to go to the house and sit in with those few who represent all of us.
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