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US Energy Secretary takes 22-minute prank call from "Ukrainian Prime Minister"


According to the report, Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexei Stolyarov have engaged in similar prank calls with U.S. Sen. In the phone call, the pranksters asked if Ukraine could get a cut-rate deal on USA coal exports. They pranksters even pitched Perry on a new biofuel they said was made of pig manure and alcohol. "Secretary Perry is the latest target of two Russian pranksters ", Shaylyn Hynes, a spokeswoman for the Energy Department, told Bloomberg in an email. Read More »

Australian Inflation Muted in 2Q


Offering a small glimmer of hope for those who want inflation to pick up - which includes the Reserve Bank and the federal government - so-called non-tradables prices rose 0.4 per cent in the quarter. Capurso adds that should the governor want to curb recent Australian dollar strength, the speech will provide an opportunity to hose down growing speculation that the RBA may deliver a rate hike before year-end. Read More »

Cobras hidden in potato-chip cans lead to arrest


The same package being sent through the U.S. Postal Service also contained three albino Chinese soft-shelled turtles. Federal agents also searched Franco's phone and found that he exchanged messages with an individual in Asia about shipping turtles and snakes between Hong Kong and the United States, prosecutors said. Read More »

Spyder Tamil Rights Sold For A Bomb


The movie is being planned for 27th September Release as Dussehra Special. The makers of SPYder have chose to release an action packed teaser on August 9th coinciding with Mahesh Babu's birthday. Directed by AR Murugadoss, Spyder featuring the handsome hunk Mahesh Babu in lead role is one of the most awaited films in South. There's a good blend of the global look with Indian localization. Read More »

Backstreet Boys, Florida Georgia Line will sing each other's hits on CMT


FGL's Tyler Hubbard issued a statement to The Associated Press about teaming up with the boy band whose music he listened to during his childhood. The special comes on the heels of strong growth for CMT , which just notched its highest-rated fiscal 3rd quarter since 2014 with 14% year-over-year growth among Adults 18-49. Read More »

Louisiana's US senators support start of health care debate


Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia , said they would not vote for a repeal without an alternative health care plan or cuts to Medicaid. The Senate could then pass an amendment to substitute the House bill with a Senate bill such as the Better Care Reconciliation Act . Read More »

Duke of Edinburgh's final public engagement revealed


PRINCE Philip will formally retire next week with a salute to the Royal Marines. The Duke will also meet veterans and cadets. The challenge, which raises funds and awareness for the Royal Marines Charity, sees royal marines from around the country running 16.64 miles each day for 100 days, totalling a distance of 1664 miles. Read More »

Johnson tries to reassure allies on Brexit


On Tuesday in Wellington, Johnson said the people who voted for Brexit weren't hostile to immigrants, they just wanted to feel that the British government had a handle on migration. He said New Zealand was near the front of the queue for a trade deal with Britain once the latter left the EU. The overall message from Johnson was that individuals and businesses in New Zealand will be no worse off after the United Kingdom leaves the European Union. Read More »

Foxconn to produce display panels in Wisconsin


All signs indicate the company is zeroing in on Racine County. Local officials have been tight lipped after many closed-session meetings regarding unspecified development. There might not be an imminent deal to bring the giant to Wisconsin, however. Democrats who are in the minority in the Legislature have been kept in the dark, said two members of the budget-writing committee. Read More »

Pharmacologists Ask US Supreme Court To Block Ohio Execution


Supreme Court. In 2014, OH executed convicted murderer Dennis McGuire in what was described by a witness as 26 minutes of extreme suffering. That botched execution was a case of " apparent extreme suffering "-McGuire took 26 minutes to die, snorting and gasping for air". Read More »

Rainbow-toting LGBTQ fighters are battling ISIS in Syria

If the jihadi group loses Raqqa, it would signal the end of the group's control of major population centers, with Deir Ezzor in eastern Syria the only city remaining in its control after the fall of Mosul in northern Iraq earlier this month. Read More »

Indigenous Musician Dr G. Yunupingu Dies, Aged 46


Dr. Yunupingu passed away overnight at the Royal Darwin Hospital , and is survived by his daughter Jasmine. "His debut album cemented him as the Australian voice of a generation, hitting triple platinum in Australia, silver in the United Kingdom and charting in multiple other countries across the globe", the statement said. Read More »

Jerusalem crisis could have 'catastrophic costs — United Nations envoy


It followed the killing on 14 July of two Israeli policemen by Israeli-Arab gunmen, who police say had hidden their weapons on the hilltop site known to Jews as the Temple Mount and Muslims as Haram al-Sharif. The guard opened fire after he was attacked with a screwdriver, killing his attacker and another bystander. An acrimonious session of Jordan's parliament was cut short after lawmakers walked out in protest over the government's handling of a deadly shooting at the Israeli Embassy in ... Read More »

Blizzard Shuts Down Another Fan-Run Legacy World Of Warcraft Server


According to the coder that was responsible for the project, there was a knock at the door and when he answered, a cease and desist letter was presented from a firm representing Blizzard, asking for the server to be shut down immediately. "As you can appreciate, your activity causes serious and irreparable injury to the value and integrity of our client's products and intellectual property". Read More »

Girl Scouts Getting with the Times, Offering New Badges


The new merit badges promote science, technology, engineering, math and outdoor skills in young girls to begin their education into male-dominated industries early. "A lot of girls haven't made that shift from using technology to, 'You can actually be a programmer, '" she told the Associated Press , adding that, "That you're the one who can make that coding. Read More »

HP unveils two new Pavilion all-in-one PCs starting at $750


Other amenities include dual front-firing speakers tuned by Bang & Olufsen complete with fabric overlay and a privacy-minded webcam that physically tucks away when not in use. HP also highlighted that the AiO displays are built to last-the die-cast aluminum and metal stand includes a hinge tilt that is tested for the equivalent of three times a day for nine years. Read More »

Turkey's Erdogan: Israel Will Suffer Most From Har HaBayis Dispute


During the closed meeting, Mladenov urged council members to use their influence with Israel and the Palestinians to encourage them to de-escalate tensions and to preserve access for worshippers. It said the Israeli fired toward the teen, wounding him, and also struck the landlord who was standing nearby. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said security coordination between his forces and Israeli troops in the West Bank would remain on hold until Israel has restored the situation at the ... Read More »

Senior diplomat Abdul Basit takes early retirement


Basit was set to retire from the ministry of foreign affairs in April 2018. According to media reports, Basit had apprehensions for giving preference to a junior officer over senior officials by the government. Basit, who joined the Foreign Service of Pakistan in 1982, was widely expected to become the foreign secretary, but was passed over by Tehmina Janjua who was junior to him. Read More »

Mariner East 2 cited for violations


This ruling comes after a water surge and a drilling mishap both happened during work on the Sunoco Mariner 2 pipeline in Delaware County last week. Separately, ETP's $4.2 billion Rover natural gas pipeline faces sanctions for environmental violations in OH and a federal ban on new horizontal directional drilling activity that has delayed the anticipated start up of the project's first phase to the late summer from July. Read More »

Trump tweets about pardons, Sessions, leaks

Trump , who defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton in last year's presidential election but continues to use her as a foil, questioned why Sessions and special counsel Robert Mueller were not investigating former FBI Director James Comey or Clinton, for her email practices as secretary of state. Read More »

L'annonce de la baisse des APL passe mal


Ce lundi, sur BFMTV , Christophe Castaner, le porte-parole du gouvernement, évoquait une lettre de cadrage que le Premier ministre Valls a adressée à sa ministre du Logement l'été dernier. "Ce gouvernement a décidé que, dès 2018, ce sont 2 milliards de moins que paieront les grandes fortunes, puisque désormais elle paieront l'ISF sur les seules fortunes immobilières. Read More »

Florida teen wins $26K a year for life with $1 scratch-off


Instead of taking a lump sum payment, she chose to receive yearly payments of $26,000 for the rest of her life. The winnings are guaranteed to be paid out for at least the next 20 years, officials said. She claimed a top prize from the new $500 A WEEK FOR LIFE Scratch-Off game! Ruz bought her winning ticket from the Publix grocery store at 400 E. Central Boulevard near Lake Eola. Read More »

Israel Dismantles Metal Detectors from Key Jerusalem Shrine

Earlier Tuesday, Israel's security Cabinet said it would replace the metal detectors with "advanced technologies", reportedly cameras that can detect hidden objects, but said this could take up to six months. They have refused to enter the compound in protest and have prayed in the streets outside instead. As part of intensifying diplomatic efforts, President Donald Trump's Mideast envoy, Jason Greenblatt, met with Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Monday. Read More »