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Federal judge finally approves settlement offering fix on millions of Remington rifles

A federal judge Tuesday approved a landmark settlement offering to fix the trigger mechanism on millions of Remington Arms Co.’s bolt-action rifles, ending years of litigation on a weapon that critics say has caused injuries and deaths by firing without the trigger being pulled. U.S. District Judge Ortrie Smith of Kansas City said he’s disappointed Read More…

EPA’s environmental justice head resigns

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency program aimed at protecting minority populations from pollution has resigned. Mustafa Ali, who has worked at the EPA for 24 years, is leaving as the Trump administration is proposing to completely defund environmental justice efforts at the EPA. Ali submitted a resignation letter Wednesday to EPA Administrator Scott Read More…

Aetna CEO: Obamacare markets are in a ‘death spiral’

Obamacare is in a “death spiral,” the influential CEO of Aetna, Mark Bertolini, declared Wednesday morning. Bertolini’s doomsday prophesy: More insurers will pull out of the government-run marketplaces in the coming weeks and many areas will have no insurers to provide Affordable Care Act coverage in 2018. From Politico

Lawyer’s comments raise prospect of federal investigation for Fox News’ parent company

Federal prosecutors may be investigating Fox News Channel’s parent company for not reporting settlements related to sexual harassment cases to the Securities and Exchange Commission, an attorney representing a former Fox News host said in open court on Wednesday. The lawyer, Judd Burstein, said that he had received a federal grand jury subpoena from the Read More…

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Basic Education Dept website hacked

The Department says sensitive information is not kept on the website.(SABC) The Basic Education Department says its website has been compromised but there have been no other security breaches. The Department’s website was hacked by a group calling itself  ‘Team System DZ’ which posted a message that incites hatred and violence as well as gruesome Read More…

Slain DA councillor remembered

Xolile Gwangxu was gunned down a week ago outside the Philippi East community hall.(Phumzile Van Damme) Family of the murdered City of Cape Town Democratic Alliance (DA) councillor, Xolile Gwangxu says he was a pillar of strength for the family. Members of his family were among hundreds of mourners who commemorated his life in the Read More…

Raonic better prepared for Wimbledon title charge

Tennis – Aspall Tennis Classic, London, Britain – June 28, 2017 Canada’s Milos Raonic in action during his match against France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge June 29, 2017 (Reuters) – Wimbledon 2016 runner-up Milos Raonic believes he is a better player than last year and will hope to build some confidence at Read More…

Republican senators grow weary of Trump's…

After meeting with Donald Trump this week, a Republican senator told the New York Times the president “did not have a grasp of some basic elements” of the GOP’s health care plan. This followed a Weekly Standard report, which said “several” Senate Republicans who’ve spoken to Trump found he had “little apparent understanding of the Read More…

Edelstein: No to an Iranian presence on the fences

Knesset Speaker Yuli-Yoel Edselstein told Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Thursday, “The good relations between Moscow and Washington are essential to the peace of the world and certainly to the State of Israel,” according to Maariv. Expressing concern about the leakage of fire from Syrian territory into Israel, the Likud Member of Knesset said, “The Read More…

Britain seeking Northern Ireland political deal as soon as possible

Prime Minister, Theresa May, waits to greet Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) Leader Arlene Foster, in Downing Street, in central London, Britain June 26, 2017. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth June 29, 2017 BELFAST (Reuters) – A number of issues remain outstanding between Northern Irish politicians ahead of a deadline to restore a power-sharing executive, Britain’s Northern Ireland minister Read More…

Playmate talks temptations

Kendra Wilkinson celebrated her eight-year anniversary with husband Hank Baskett on Tuesday, but the former Playboy Playmate admitted staying faithful hasn’t always been easy. “At the end of the day, the downside of being married is the temptation all around,” she told In Touch. “You know, the sexual temptations. I am not going to lie Read More…

Trace: My time with Trump

Country star Trace Adkins will celebrate the red, white and blue this Fourth of July in Washington, D.C., performing as part of “A Capitol Fourth,” PBS’ all-star music and fireworks extravaganza celebrating the U.S.A.’s 241st birthday. In keeping with the patriotic theme of the day, the “Something’s Going On” singer will perform his new single Read More…

Model's body transformation

Good news for anyone who hates the treadmill. Weightlifting might be the key to getting the body of your dreams, as an Australian bikini model just proved with her Instagram transformation post. Karina Irby, owner of Moana Bikini and the blogger behind Bikini Body Burn, recently shared her four-year fitness journey on social media and Read More…

Adele hints she's quitting

Adele hinted she plans to stop touring. The pop superstar suggested Wednesday her current tour for Grammy-winning album “25” will be her last. The 29-year-old included a signed, handwritten note in the program for her Wednesday night show at Wembley Stadium in London stating, “I don’t know if I’ll ever tour again and so I Read More…

‘Jersey’ star: I’ve changed

Jenni “JWoww” Farley is dealing with a completely different situation these days — motherhood. The 31-year-old, who previously chronicled her hard-partying adventures with a side of gym, tan, laundry on MTV’s “Jersey Shore” has a new life these days. In 2015 she tied the knot with longtime beau Roger Mathews. The couple welcomed a baby Read More…

SI model reveals struggle

Kate Bock has garnered fame as a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model, but the 24-year-old Canadian pinup admitted to having insecurities over her looks. “You can always see in another girl something that you wish you had, and I even find it funny: I have model friends and I’ll see them in a certain way, and Read More…

Mars Rover gets super smart

The Curiosity Mars Rover is now smart enough to pick its own targets for exploration, according to a new study. The secret to Curiosity’s better brain was a software update sent from the ground in October 2015, called the Autonomous Exploration for Gathering Increased Science (AEGIS). This was the first time artificial intelligence had been Read More…

This body part went viral

Have you noticed this new trend on your news feed recently? Instagrammers are posting photos of their “hip dips,” the slight inward curve just below each hip bone. Instead of bashing this part of their anatomy, these real women are embracing it the way body-positive bloggers and many celebs also celebrate their cellulite, stretch marks, bulges, and other so-called physical flaws. RELATED: THESE ARE THE FRUITS AND VEGETABLES YOU Read More…

Whole Foods farmers speak out

Since Amazon announced plans to buy Whole Foods last week, headlines have been rampant with speculation over how the two companies plan to work together. “If we’re talking about getting organic into more consumer’s hands, we know that there is a desire behind younger shoppers to buy organic foods,” says Darren Seifer, a food industry Read More…

This animal stumped Darwin

An animal whose pedigree stumped even Charles Darwin has at long last found its place in the tree of life. A study released Tuesday in Nature Communications concludes that the Macrauchenia patachonica, or the “long-necked llama,” is part of a sister group of the Perissodactyla placental order, which includes horses and rhinos. The two groups Read More…

Star regrets topless pic

NEW YORK –  TLC star Paola Mayfield has learned her lesson. The Colombian-born reality star and her conservative Oklahoma-based husband Russ Mayfield clashed over Paola’s topless photo shoot on the last season of “90 Day Fiance.” But now Paola said she is focusing on her career as a fitness model and trainer, a career move Read More…

Why you shouldn't take photos

Think twice before posting pics of your beachside cocktail or sightseeing trip in Europe — because no one gives a crap. In fact, a new study found that 73 percent of people think it’s downright obnoxious when others plaster social media with their vacation photos, according to travel insurer Aviva. The majority of the 2,000 people Read More…

Star: Jen hooked up with fans

Scott Wolf and Neve Campbell reminisced about their time on “Party of Five” and they were all too willing to share some secrets from the set during Tuesday’s “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen.” The teen drama aired from 1994 until 2000. The on-screen siblings insisted that while they never hooked up off-camera, Wolf Read More…

China pledges continued assistance to Philippines

China’s foreign minister has told his Philippine counterpart that Beijing is ready to provide more aid to the Southeast Asian country as ties between the former antagonists improve. The relationship has increasingly overshadowed the Philippines‘ longstanding ties with the United States. Beijing this week donated emergency aid, sniper rifles and other weaponry to help the Read More…

ANC shuts door on stalwarts

The ANC intends to proceed with the planned consultative conference scheduled as part of the extended national policy conference later this month even without the party’s disgruntled stalwarts and veterans. The governing party’s secretary-general, Gwede Mantashe, told City Press this week that the extended national policy conference, including a consultative conference, will go on as Read More…

Water boiling required in Elyakim and Ein Haemek

The Ministry of Health has announced the need to boil water for drinking, preparing food, brushing teeth and preparing medicines, until further notice in the communities of Elyakim and Ein HaEmek in the Megiddo Council region, after abnormal results were received in testing for contaminants. The ministry said the use of various filters or household purification methods Read More…

'Don't appeal, let Olmert be'

MK Ofer Shelah, chairman of the Yesh Atid faction, called on the State Attorney’s Office not to appeal the decision to release Ehud Olmert. “Ehud Olmert broke the law, was convicted, and sat in prison. According to the same law, the Parole Board decided to shorten his sentence by a third. From the behavior of Read More…

Court: Police can keep confiscated Olmert documents

A Petach Tikva Magistrates Court judge has accepted the State Prosecutor’s Office’s request and decided that the police won’t return the documents that they confiscated from Ehud Olmert. The sensitive security documents were discovered following a visit by an attorney to the cell where Olmert is serving a sentence on a corruption conviction from the Read More…

Ex-Israeli PM granted early release from prison

The parole board of Israel’s Prison Service has granted former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert early release from prison. Prison Service spokesman Assaf Librati says the board on Thursday granted Olmert’s request to reduce a third of his 27-month incarceration sentence. Barring unforeseen developments, he will be freed on Sunday, July 2. Olmert was convicted in Read More…

Missouri farmer cleared in 1997 sex case by DNA

A Missouri farmer who spent nearly two decades in mental hospitals after entering a disputed plea in the 1997 sexual assault of a teenager has been cleared of the crime after genetic evidence was re-tested and excluded him as a suspect. The top prosecutor in southwestern Missouri’s Jasper County dropped the case against 58-year-old Mike Read More…