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Obama cancels meeting with Philippine president following obscene warning

Obama will not meet with Philippine presidentPresident Barack Obama will no longer meet with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, the White House announced Monday, after Duterte's expletive-filled rant directed at the commander-in-chief raised eyebrows worldwide.

“President Obama will not be holding a bilateral meeting with President Duterte of the Philippines this afternoon,” National Security Council spokesperson Ned Price said in a statement.

Duterte had warned Obama not to ask him about the more than 2,000 extrajudicial killings reported in his country Monday, threatening: “Son of a bitch, I will swear at you in that forum.”



Tuskegee Airman Dabney Montgomery dies at age 93

Tusegee Airman Dabney Montgomery dies at 93Dabney Montgomery, who served with the all-black Tuskegee Airmen in the second world war and marched with Martin Luther King Jr in the civil rights movement of the 1960s, has died. He was 93.

Montgomery’s goddaughter, Marlene Patton, said he died of natural causes on Saturday morning at a Manhattan hospice care facility. He had lived in Harlem until he entered the facility last Sunday night.


FBI offers $50,000 reward for capture of escaped polygamous sect leader

Lyle jeffs escapes The Federal Bureau of Investigation on Monday offered a $50,000 reward for information leading to the capture of a Utah-based polygamous faith leader who escaped from home confinement ahead of his trial over food stamp fraud.

Lyle Jeffs, 56, fled confinement in Salt Lake City sometime over the weekend of June 18 - 19 and an arrest warrant was issued by a federal judge that Sunday afternoon, authorities said.


Chicago homicides hit 20-year high as gun violence spikes

Chicago Hits 20 year highChicago recorded its deadliest month in two decades in August, part of a sharp rise in gun violence in the nation's third-largest city this year.

Chicago police said Thursday that 90 people were killed last month, a 66 percent increase over August 2015. There were 472 shooting victims — an average of more than 15 people per day.


SpaceX rocket explodes during Cape Canaveral test fire

SpaceX explosionA Falcon 9 rocket belonging to tech billionaire Elon Musk's SpaceX aerospace firm has exploded during a routine test firing at Cape Canaveral in Florida, shaking buildings and sending a thick cloud of black smoke into the air.

There were no reports of injuries in the explosion just after 9 am (1400 GMT) on Thursday

SpaceX said in a statement that an "anomaly" during the static fire test resulted in the loss of the rocket and the Israeli communications satellite that it had been due to carry into space on Saturday.


Tropical Storm Hermine causing widespread flooding across Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay floodingIt’s official: the curious system meteorologists have been tracking since last week has finally strengthened into Tropical Storm Hermine.

Around 11 a.m. this morning, the National Weather Service’s hurricane hunter plane flew back into Tropical Depression Nine — and collected the data needed to name the system previously called Invest 99L and Tropical Depression Nine.


Obama commutes 111 more sentences to set new monthly record

Obama commutes 111 more in August 2016As part of his "second chance" initiative, President Barack Obama on Tuesday commuted the prison sentences of more than 100 nonviolent drug offenders, setting a new monthly record.

Obama announced the commutations of 111 more individuals, bringing the August total to 325. Thirty-five of those who were granted relief Tuesday had been serving life sentences."

We must remember that these are individuals -- sons, daughters, parents, and in many cases, grandparents -- who have taken steps toward rehabilitation and who have earned their second chance," the White House said in a statement. "They are individuals who received unduly harsh sentences under outdated laws for committing largely nonviolent drug crimes."



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