stephen jay gould

(september 10, 1941-may 20,2002)
  • Robert Costa Talks About the Chances For the Republican Tax Bill

    Robert Costa Talks About the Chances For the Republican Tax BillPOST GAME: Robert Costa and Ali Vitali discuss the odds for the GOP's tax bill, and the impact of allegations of sexual assault on the Republican party.


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  • Man Accidentally Shoots Self, Wife During Gun Safety Discussion

    Man Accidentally Shoots Self, Wife During Gun Safety DiscussionA Tennessee man accidentally shot himself and his wife Thursday during a discussion at their church about gun safety concerns.


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  • Healthcare Mandate or Not, Blunt Says Tax Bill Will 'Pass the Senate'

    Healthcare Mandate or Not, Blunt Says Tax Bill Will 'Pass the Senate'In an exclusive interview with Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri (R), Andrea Mitchell asks about the odds that the Senate will pass the tax bill, now that healthcare has been added to the discussion.


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  • Russian investigative journalist: Snowden is 'a sort of ghost'

    Russian investigative journalist: Snowden is 'a sort of ghost'Russian investigative journalist Andrei Soldatov discusses how Snowden has not been seen in Russia during his exile.


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  • Hidden Camera Shows Dying WWII Veteran's Gasps For Help Were Ignored

    Hidden Camera Shows Dying WWII Veteran's Gasps For Help Were IgnoredA World War II veteran’s last breaths were among nurses who were secretly filmed laughing and failing to adequately perform CPR or call for help in a timely fashion, a disturbing video shows.


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  • A U.S. Warship Just Collided With a Tugboat in Japanese Waters

    A U.S. Warship Just Collided With a Tugboat in Japanese WatersIt's the fifth crash this year for the Navy's 7th Fleet


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  • The FAA Can't Stop People From Throwing Live Turkeys Out Of Planes

    The FAA Can't Stop People From Throwing Live Turkeys Out Of PlanesThe Federal Aviation Administration has found no violations with an infamous Arkansas event that involves dropping live turkeys from a plane ― but that may be because no one ever thought they’d need a rule about that.


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  • Moore critic: Alabama Senate race a battle for nation's soul

    Moore critic: Alabama Senate race a battle for nation's soulBIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A leading figure among religious liberals says the candidacy of Republican Roy Moore for U.S. Senate is a struggle for the "soul of the nation."


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  • Americans aged 18-34 most likely to oppose assault weapons ban, poll finds

    Americans aged 18-34 most likely to oppose assault weapons ban, poll findsThe previous national federal ban on assault weapons lapsed more than a decade ago, and Congress has not renewed it. Resistance to a ban on military-style assault weapons is strongest among millennials, according to a new Quinnipiac poll released this week. It’s a finding that experts said might be driven by the popularity of first-person shooter video games such as Call of Duty and the increasing prominence of military-style guns in the consumer market.


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  • Alt-right free speech event in Boston met with counterprotest

    Alt-right free speech event in Boston met with counterprotestA few dozen free speech advocates rallied peacefully Saturday on Boston Common but just like last summer's event, they were outnumbered by counterprotesters.


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  • Thousands March On National Mall To Demand Puerto Rico Disaster Relief

    Thousands March On National Mall To Demand Puerto Rico Disaster ReliefThousands gathered Sunday on the National Mall in Washington to demand the federal government increase its commitment to disaster relief on hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico.


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  • Arizona Republican senator calls GOP 'toast' on open mic

    Arizona Republican senator calls GOP 'toast' on open micSen. Jeff Flake, a frequent opponent of President Trump, was caught on a live mic saying the GOP was "toast" if it became the party of Trump and Roy Moore.


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  • Syria troops, allies retake most of last IS-held town: monitor

    Syria troops, allies retake most of last IS-held town: monitorSyrian troops and allied fighters advanced Saturday to capture most of Albu Kamal, a monitor said, in a tug-of-war over the Islamic State group's last urban stronghold in the country. The town in Syria's oil-rich Deir Ezzor province has changed hands several times, with government troops announcing its capture but losing it to a blistering IS counter-attack a week ago. Syria's army and Lebanese, Iranian and Iraqi loyalists re-entered Albu Kamal two days ago and by Saturday had taken most of it from IS, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.


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  • Family Sues After Death of Boy, 5, Who Was Crushed at Rotating Restaurant

    Family Sues After Death of Boy, 5, Who Was Crushed at Rotating RestaurantHe died shortly after at the hospital.


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  • Republican congressman Greg Gianforte ‘misled authorities’ on assault against reporter

    Republican congressman Greg Gianforte ‘misled authorities’ on assault against reporterGreg Gianforte told an officer that Guardian newspaper reporter Ben Jacobs had grabbed him by the wrist and pulled him to the floor of his campaign office after “interrogating” him, according to notes from a Gallatin County sheriff’s officer who interviewed the politician after the incident unfolded. “He grabbed my wrist, he spun and we ended up on the floor ... so he pulled me down on top of him,” the sergeant quoted the politician as saying.


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  • Video Shows New Yorkers Rushing To Free People Trapped Under Scaffolding

    Video Shows New Yorkers Rushing To Free People Trapped Under ScaffoldingDozens of New Yorkers jumped into action after a scaffolding collapse in lower Manhattan Sunday morning left several people trapped, but fortunately with only minor injuries.


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  • Border agent dies after being injured in Texas

    Border agent dies after being injured in TexasVAN HORN, Texas (AP) — Authorities are searching Texas' Big Bend area for potential suspects and witnesses after a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent was fatally injured responding to activity there.


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  • Russia Nixes Billionaire Plan to Turn the Tu-160 Bomber into the Ultimate Passenger Jet

    Russia Nixes Billionaire Plan to Turn the Tu-160 Bomber into the Ultimate Passenger JetRich businessmen around the world want Russia to turn its Tupolev-160 strategic bomber into a private jet. A senior Tupolev executive claims that the aircraft manufacturer has turned down many requests to civilianize its Tu-160 (NATO codename Blackjack), a long-range strategic bomber that resembles America's B-1 Lancer, and its TU-22M3 Backfire bomber.


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  • Three Major Alabama Newspapers Urge Voters To 'Reject' Roy Moore

    Three Major Alabama Newspapers Urge Voters To 'Reject' Roy MooreThree of Alabama’s largest newspapers owned by the same company on Sunday urged voters to “stand for decency” and “reject” Alabama Republican Roy Moore in the state’s Dec. 12 Senate special election.


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  • Sri Lanka arrests 19 after Buddhist-Muslim violence; four injured

    Sri Lanka arrests 19 after Buddhist-Muslim violence; four injuredBy Shihar Aneez COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lankan police arrested 19 people after a clash between "extremists" from the majority Buddhist and minority Muslim communities in which four people were injured, a spokesman said on Saturday. Tension has been growing between the two communities this year, with some hardline Buddhist groups accusing Muslims of forcing people to convert to Islam and vandalizing Buddhist archaeological sites. Some Buddhists nationalists have also protested against the presence in Sri Lanka of asylum seekers from mostly Buddhist Myanmar's persecuted Rohingya Muslim minority.


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  • Jeff Sessions Yuks It Up Over Russians In Speech To Lawyers

    Jeff Sessions Yuks It Up Over Russians In Speech To LawyersAttorney General Jeff Sessions had lawyers rolling in the aisles with a surprising string of Russian quips at the start of a speech he gave Friday.


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  • Bull gores Argentine tourist to death in India: police

    Bull gores Argentine tourist to death in India: policeAn Argentine man holidaying in India has been gored to death by a bull in the popular tourist city of Jaipur, police said Sunday. The 29-year-old was walking along a street near Jaipur's main market on Saturday afternoon when he was attacked and seriously injured by the animal. The Argentine embassy had been informed of his death, The Press Trust of India reporred.


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  • M7 earthquake triggers tsunami warnings for New Caledonia and Vanuatu

    M7 earthquake triggers tsunami warnings for New Caledonia and VanuatuAn undersea earthquake of magnitude 7.0 struck in the South Pacific on Monday, sending small tsunami waves towards New Caledonia and Vanuatu. The quake, initially reported as magnitude 7.3, struck 51 miles east of the Loyalty Islands and was the second major tremor in the same area in less than 24 hours and the third in the past month. Monday's quake struck at 9.43 am local time (2243 Sunday GMT) at a shallow depth of six miles, east of the remote Loyalty Islands, the United States Geological Survey said. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said small tsunami waves were observed in New Caledonia and Vanuatu, but later said the danger had largely passed. Waves may have reached up to one metre (three feet) above the high tide level in parts of New Caledonia and smaller in Vanuatu, the PTWC said. "Minor sea level fluctuations...may continue over the next few hours," a statement from the agency said. "Government agencies responsible for threatened coastal areas should take action to inform and instruct any coastal populations populations at risk," the PTWC said in an alert. Nervous residents reported feeling several tremors throughout the night before the quake hit. "Parked cars were shaking and everyone went outside," one official from Mare in the Loyalty Islands told AFP. "I thought I was going to faint, I was very afraid and I rushed out of my building," said a resident of central Noumea. A Tsunami threat is forecasted to hit the Southern islands and parts of Central islands. Waves of 0.30 meters to 0.5 meters are likely to hit the coastlines of TAFEA, SHEFA and MALAMPA and possibly SANMA provinces. People from these provinces should take precautionary measures.— Dan McGarry (@dailypostdan) November 20, 2017 Wayan Rigault, communications manager at Hotel Nengone Village on the island of Mare, said there was no immediate damage, but guests were on alert for a formal evacuation warning. "We are a little bit scared, we have had an earthquake last night and today it was quite a big one," he said.  Vanuatu's National Disaster Management Office advised people in southern provinces to evacuate coastal areas for higher ground. New Caledonia's civil security agency said it was still compiling data, and was not planning to evacuate immediately. Authorities in Australia and New Zealand said there were no tsunami threats to either of those countries. 


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  • The Day Domestic Violence Came To Church

    The Day Domestic Violence Came To ChurchOn a Saturday night in 2014, 18-year-old Danielle Shields sent a friend a series of panicked texts.


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  • Freeport evacuating Indonesian mine worker families after shootings

    Freeport evacuating Indonesian mine worker families after shootingsU.S. miner Freeport-McMoRan Inc is evacuating spouses and children of workers from its giant Indonesian copper mine after a string of shootings in the area raised security concerns. The move follows efforts by Indonesian authorities on Friday to evacuate villages near Freeport’s Grasberg mine in the eastern province of Papua that authorities said had been occupied by armed separatists. Freeport has asked family and household members of its employees to prepare over the weekend for a temporary relocation from the mining town of Tembagapura, about 10 km (6.2 miles) from Grasberg, company sources said.


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  • Argentina says signals detected, likely from missing submarine

    Argentina says signals detected, likely from missing submarineHopes that 44 crew members of a missing Argentine navy submarine may be found alive rose after the defense ministry said the vessel likely tried to communicate via satellite on Saturday as an international search mission was underway in the stormy South Atlantic.


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  • The Latest: France sees 'negative' foreign sways in Lebanon

    The Latest: France sees 'negative' foreign sways in LebanonPARIS (AP) — The Latest on developments surrounding Lebanon's crisis with Saudi Arabia in the wake of Prime Minister Saad Hariri's resignation (all times local):


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  • Democrats Select Candidate To Replace GOP Congressman Who Resigned Over Abortion

    Democrats Select Candidate To Replace GOP Congressman Who Resigned Over AbortionDemocrats on Sunday picked Conor Lamb to run for the congressional seat vacated by former Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.), who resigned last month after it was revealed that he’d urged a woman he was having an affair with to have an abortion.


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  • Don't Be That Person Who Wastes Absurd Amounts Of Food On Thanksgiving

    Don't Be That Person Who Wastes Absurd Amounts Of Food On ThanksgivingIt’s time to put together your festive Thanksgiving menu ― but this year, try to  cook up a way to make sure that most of it actually gets eaten.


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  • Trump Tears Into Jeff Flake On Twitter After Senator Says GOP Is 'Toast'

    Trump Tears Into Jeff Flake On Twitter After Senator Says GOP Is 'Toast'Donald Trump lashed out at Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Arizona) after he was heard over a hot mic saying the Republican Party would be “toast” if it stuck with Trump and Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore.


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  • World Toilet Day

    World Toilet DayWorld Toilet Day is about inspiring action to tackle the global sanitation crisis. Today, 4.5 billion people live without a household toilet that safely disposes of their waste.


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  • US serviceman arrested for fatal road accident in Okinawa

    US serviceman arrested for fatal road accident in OkinawaA US Marine who tested positive for excess alcohol was arrested in Japan's southern island of Okinawa on Sunday after an elderly local man was killed in a road accident, police said. The 20-year-old was held for alleged negligent driving resulting in death, said Kazuhiko Miyagi, a road traffic officer with Okinawa police. The US Marine Corps confirmed the accident in a statement, expressing "sincere condolences" to the family of the dead man and promising full cooperation with the investigation.


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  • Turkey prosecutors open probe of former, acting US attorneys

    Turkey prosecutors open probe of former, acting US attorneysISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish prosecutors launched an investigation Saturday of two United States prosecutors involved in putting a Turkish-Iranian businessman on trial for allegedly violating U.S. sanctions against Iran, according to Turkey's official news agency.


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  • Lee Harvey Oswald's killer Jack Ruby told FBI informant to 'watch the fireworks' hours before JFK's assasination

    Lee Harvey Oswald's killer Jack Ruby told FBI informant to 'watch the fireworks' hours before JFK's assasinationJack Ruby told an FBI informant to “watch the fireworks” on the day President John F Kennedy was assassinated, the latest release of JFK files reveals. Ruby, who went on to shoot and mortally wound Lee Harvey Oswald two days later, made the comments hours before the President was killed in Dallas, Texas. Although the President was assassinated on 22 November 1963, the interaction between Ruby and the FBI informant, identified as Bob Vanderslice, was not officially relayed to the FBI until March 1977.


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  • Hunter mutilated in bear attack has face rebuilt in pioneering surgery 

    Hunter mutilated in bear attack has face rebuilt in pioneering surgery A hunter left disfigured from a near-fatal bear attack has had his face rebuilt after undergoing months of surgeries. Lee Brooke’s nose and moustache were “ripped off” his face during the grizzly attack during a hunting trip in Wyoming in October last year. The 60-year-old told FOX 31 he came across an elk he had shot the day before on his excursion, but quickly realised a bear had already claimed the kill. He turned to leave when the bear suddenly attacked, knocking him unconscious. When he woke he found the aggressive animal standing over him. Mr Brooke recalled the shock of seeing his “nose and moustache laid out on the ground”, adding: “Now I knew what was wrong with my face.” He underwent months of surgeries  Credit: FOX31 Denver (KDVR-TV) He explained: “I felt her sniffing my cheek. I felt her whiskers. “I should’ve bled to death right there. I should’ve at least drowned on my blood.” With blood in his eyes blurring his vision, he managed to reach for a steak knife in his pocket, later joking: “I don’t know that I would have been brave enough to stab her if I could see her. “I had to lean in to stab her in the head. So I was [that] close to her nose.” He spent around an hour alone in the woods before help arrived, recalling: “I said ‘Lord I could do with a little help about now!’” His brother-in-law, George Neal, eventually found him and remembered seeing Lee’s torn-off nose and upper lip on the ground. He grabbed the body parts and stuffed them in Lee's pocket before calling 911. He said the bear “ripped his face right off”. A wild bear (not pictured) attacked him in Wyoming Credit: AP Mr Brooke underwent months of reconstructive surgery at the Swedish Medical Center’s Burn and Reconstructive Unit in Colorado. Dr Benson Pulikkottil and Dr Lily Daniali removed a fibula and a flap of skin from his leg, then used the bone and skin to rebuild his face. Doctors will eventually reconstruct his nose, possibly even using a part of his own nose they managed to preserve. “They were so confident and compassionate and communicated really well back and forth,” said Mr Brooke. “Everybody was phenomenal. They built me up and never let me down. They’re the best of the best.” Woman’s yoga session interrupted by bear licking her neck  


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  • German parties regroup for last-ditch coalition push

    German parties regroup for last-ditch coalition pushGermany's three would-be coalition partners went deep into overtime in talks on Saturday as they sought enough common ground in climate and migration policy to form a government and stave off the prospect of a repeat election. Incumbent chancellor Angela Merkel's only realistic hope of securing a fourth term after suffering losses in September's election is an awkward three-way conservative-liberal-Green alliance. The biggest sticking points are climate change, where the Greens want emissions cuts that the other parties see as economically ruinous, and immigration, where Merkel's arch-conservative allies in Bavaria insist on stricter rules.


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  • Progressive Community Organizer Prevails in New Orleans Mayoral Race

    Progressive Community Organizer Prevails in New Orleans Mayoral RaceA progressive community organizer was elected mayor of New Orleans on Saturday, becoming the first female leader of the Big Easy in its nearly 300-year history.


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  • Kim Davis Denied This Gay Man A Marriage License, And Now He May Run Against Her

    Kim Davis Denied This Gay Man A Marriage License, And Now He May Run Against HerKim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk whose steadfast opposition to same-sex marriage made her a darling of Christian conservatives, may draw a re-election opponent next year that again puts her in the national spotlight.


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  • Sean Hannity Gets Brutally Rejected By Attorney For Moore Accuser

    Sean Hannity Gets Brutally Rejected By Attorney For Moore AccuserSean Hannity just got a rejection letter for the ages.


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  • Argentina says it may have received signals from missing sub

    Argentina says it may have received signals from missing subBUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina's Navy detected seven brief satellite calls Saturday that officials believe may have come from a submarine with 44 crew members that hadn't been heard from in three days.


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  • Crush near Morocco's Essaouira kills at least 15 women

    Crush near Morocco's Essaouira kills at least 15 womenAt least 15 women were killed and five injured Sunday in a crush as food aid was distributed near the coastal tourist town of Essaouira in western Morocco, authorities and witnesses said. A witness told AFP that hundreds of women had gathered at a village marketplace for a distribution of flour organised annually by a prominent benefactor from the region who lives in the commercial capital, Casablanca. "The local authorities on the spot were overwhelmed.


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  • Shootings by officers, other Kansas cases cloaked in secrecy

    Shootings by officers, other Kansas cases cloaked in secrecyTOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Some Kansas police departments do not identify officers involved in fatal shootings, and body camera footage from the incidents may never become public. Records in unsolved criminal cases can remain closed indefinitely, even to victims' families.


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  • How North Korea's Rockets (Not Missiles) Could Be a Game Changer in a War

    How North Korea's Rockets (Not Missiles) Could Be a Game Changer in a WarNorth Korea’s whirlwind of strategic ballistic missile testing has captured the world’s attention. While alarming, Pyongyang has also made considerable progress on the tactical rocket front, developing precision-guided rockets that can strike targets miles a hundred or more miles south of the demilitarized zone. The Korean People’s Army (KPA) made a considerable investment in field artillery after the Korean War of 1950–53.


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  • Putin seeks reflected glory of Russian tsars as he unveils statue in Crimea

    Putin seeks reflected glory of Russian tsars as he unveils statue in CrimeaVladimir Putin has unveiled a giant statue of Alexander III in Crimea with a speech drawing parallels between the rule of the conservative tsar and his own 18 years in power.   The decision to commemorate the quiet reign of Alexander III, who was the brother-in-law of Britain's Queen Alexandra, comes after the Kremlin ignored the 100th anniversary of the Russian revolution this month.  An announcer on Saturday praised the “ruler who brought peace, glory, development and stability” as Mr Putin stood at attention and an honour guard pulled back an ochre covering from the looming bronze statue, which depicts the burly, bearded emperor sitting with his hands on a sword.  Officials have frequently stressed the “stability” that Mr Putin's presidency brought after the chaotic 1990s.  Mr Putin discusses a bronze relief of Alexander III's ostensible achievements, some of which did not actually occur during the emperor's reign, Internet users pointed out.  Credit: Alexei Druzhinin/TASS via Getty Images The president is also feted for his aggressive foreign policy, including the annexation of Crimea in 2014, which he alluded to in a speech. Mr Putin said that while Alexander III was often called the “peacemaker” because he waged no large-scale wars while leading the empire from 1881-1894, he “gave Russia 13 years of peace not by yielding but by a fair and unwavering firmness”. He added that the emperor had modernised the military and begun construction of the Trans-Siberian railway.  The monument bears a saying popularly attributed to Alexander III and often quoted by Mr Putin: “Russia has only two allies, her army and fleet”.  A work removes an etching mistakenly showing a Nazi weapon on the monument to Mikhail Kalashnikov unveiled in Moscow in September. Credit: Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty Images But Internet users were quick to mock a bronze relief of the emperor's alleged achievements. It shows the Tretyakov gallery and the historical museum in Moscow, which were founded years before Alexander III took the throne, as well as novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky, who was already dead. The inaccuracies echoed a mistake in a monument to rifle-maker Mikhail Kalashnikov unveiled in Moscow in September: An etching showed the schematics of the StG 44 rifle used by the Nazis.   


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  • Trump halts decision to allow elephant trophy imports after uproar

    Trump halts decision to allow elephant trophy imports after uproarBy David Shepardson and Eric Beech WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said in a tweet on Friday he is putting a decision to allow imports of elephant trophies on hold after a torrent of criticism from conservation advocates and across social media. Trump's reversal came hours after his administration released a rule on Friday to allow hunters who kill elephants in Zimbabwe to bring their trophies back to the United States, which had been banned by the Obama administration. "Put big game trophy decision on hold until such time as I review all conservation facts.


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  • Animal Welfare Groups Slam Proposal To Speed Up Poultry Plant Lines

    Animal Welfare Groups Slam Proposal To Speed Up Poultry Plant LinesAnimal welfare advocates are joining worker rights and food safety groups in opposition to a poultry industry proposal to speed up portions of processing lines at chicken plants.


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  • David Cassidy Has Been Hospitalized with Organ Failure

    David Cassidy Has Been Hospitalized with Organ FailureDavid Cassidy has been hospitalized and is currently in critical condition


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  • Justin Trudeau Will Formally Apologize For Canada's Past LGBTQ Persecution

    Justin Trudeau Will Formally Apologize For Canada's Past LGBTQ PersecutionCanadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Sunday that his government will offer a formal apology for its past discrimination against LGBTQ citizens.


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  • Stephen Colbert Expertly Spoofs Sean Hannity’s Hillary Clinton Flow Chart

    Stephen Colbert Expertly Spoofs Sean Hannity’s Hillary Clinton Flow Chart“Late Show” host Stephen Colbert can’t get enough of Fox News host Sean Hannity’s flowchart skills.


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  • Pope denounces 'indifference' on first 'World Day for the Poor'

    Pope denounces 'indifference' on first 'World Day for the Poor'Pope Francis called on Sunday to fight indifference to poverty on what has been dubbed the first "World Day for the Poor" by the Catholic Church. Celebrating the event in Rome at a mass attended by about 7,000 poor people at St. Peter's Basilica, the Pope urged people not to ignore poverty by believing that "it's not my business, it's the fault of society". To mark the day, Francis had lunch with about 1,500 destitute people inside the immense Paul VI Hall, which adjoins the Vatican Basilica and usually hosts papal audiences and conferences, while another 2,500 were fed elsewhere.


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