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Greenpeace boards ship in bid to halt delivery of UK-bound VW diesel cars

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - 7 hours 18 min ago

By Costas Pitas LONDON (Reuters) - Greenpeace activists boarded a ship arriving in Britain on Thursday to stop the delivery of more than 1,000 Volkswagen cars from Germany while others sought to immobilize vehicles at a port in anti-diesel protests. VW admitted cheating diesel emissions tests in 2015, triggering political and consumer pressure that has caused a slump in sales of diesel cars in major markets, with governments announcing plans to ban vehicles powered by conventional combustion engines. Greenpeace said its volunteers had boarded the ship in the Thames Estuary in an attempt to stop it unloading at the port of Sheerness in the southeast of England.

Breathtaking shots of king penguins marching in golden sunrise

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - 8 hours 29 min ago

Wildlife photographer Wim van den Heever, 45, visited the Falkland Islands this year to shoot pictures and scout the area for future tours. Wim’s breathtaking images show a small group of king penguins before they head out to sea at sunrise. Wim said: “The sunrise created beautiful vibrant colors and amazing reflections.

In Alaska town packed with cabs, bootleggers give you a ride

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - 9 hours 31 min ago

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A far-flung Alaska town is known for having streets that are among the most taxi-congested in the U.S. in proportion to the small number of people who call it home.

10 Things to Know for Today

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - 9 hours 58 min ago

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

Student's Twitter Plea For Free Birthday Drinks Quickly Spirals Out Of Control

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - 10 hours 51 min ago

A student in northern England appealed to strangers over Twitter to send free birthday drinks for his friend on Wednesday afternoon.

Turkey, Iran and Iraq warn of 'counter-measures' against Kurd vote

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - 13 hours 34 min ago

Turkey, Iran and Iraq on Thursday urged Iraq's Kurdistan region to abandon a planned referendum on independence, threatening unspecified "counter-measures" if it goes ahead with the vote. The foreign ministers of Turkey, Iran and Iraq held a rare trilateral meeting Wednesday in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, days ahead of the non-binding September 25 referendum. Ankara and Tehran fear independence for the Kurds of northern Iraq would embolden their own Kurdish minorities, and Baghdad has bitterly opposed the plebiscite.

During Trump's Campaign, Paul Manafort Offered to Privately Brief a Russian Billionaire Friend of Pu

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - 15 hours 59 min ago

In the middle of Donald Trump's presidential run, then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort said he was willing to provide "private briefings" about the campaign to a Russian billionaire the U.S. government considers close to Vladimir Putin.

George W. Bush's Ethics Chief: This 'May Be What Puts An End To This White House'

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - September 20, 2017 - 10:35pm

If it turns out it was to block the Russia investigation, that would be obstruction, Painter said on MSNBC on Wednesday. “The president once again has the right to fire the FBI director,” Painter said on MSNBC.

Virginian Charters Jet To Rescue 300 Pets Stranded On Virgin Islands After Irma

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - September 20, 2017 - 10:25pm

When Hurricane Maria took aim at the U.S. Virgin Islands last week, Sali Gear knew she had to move fast. Gear, the co-founder of Virginia Beach’s Island Dog Rescue, grew up in the islands. To make this happen, Gear initially aimed to fly 20 animals to the continental U.S. every day for one week, according to The Virginian-Pilot.

Hillary Clinton opens up about Vladimir Putin and his apparent habit of ‘manspreading’

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - September 20, 2017 - 7:40pm

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton may think that Russia interfered in the 2016 election, but it's not the only way in which she thinks Russian President Vladimir Putin oversteps his bounds The former secretary of state opened up about her relationship with Putin during an appearance on "Late Show with Stephen Colbert"  on Tuesday, and detailed the leader’s apparent fondness for "manspreading."

New fight in California water wars: How to update old system

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - September 20, 2017 - 7:03pm

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — In California's long-raging water wars, pitting north against south and farmer against city dweller, the one thing everybody agreed on Wednesday was that the outdated method of shipping water throughout the most populous state needs a serious upgrade.

Captain: Oklahoma City man killed by police was deaf

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - September 20, 2017 - 6:44pm

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City police officers who opened fire on a man in front of his home as he approached them holding a metal pipe didn't hear witnesses yelling that he was deaf, a department official said Wednesday.

Russia's Just Tested Its New ICBM Armed with "Experimental Warheads"

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - September 20, 2017 - 6:12pm

Russia’s strategic missile forces have conducted a successful training launch of a RS-24 Yars road-mobile intercontinental ballistic missile. “A test launch of a Yoshkar-Ola missile division RS-24 Yars solid-fuel intercontinental ballistic missile, equipped with a detachable warhead, arrived at the designated area on the Kura test range on the Kamchatka Peninsula at the state-owned Plesetsk Test Space Cosmodrome,” the Russian Defense Ministry told the TASS news agency.

Bipartisan health care fix dies in Senate

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - September 20, 2017 - 5:59pm

The Senate’s rejection of bipartisan health bill is a dispiriting moment for world’s greatest deliberative body.

Lawrence O'Donnell Lost His Mind Over A Malfunctioning Earpiece

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - September 20, 2017 - 4:47pm

On Wednesday, Mediaite published a full eight minutes of outtakes from the MSNBC host’s Aug. 29 broadcast of “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell.” Apparently O’Donnell’s earpiece was acting up that night, a malfunction he repeatedly sounded off about between segments. This has been updated with O’Donnell’s comments on Twitter.

Trump Uses RNC Funds To Pay For His Russia Defense -- Thanks To Hillary Clinton's Lawyer

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - September 20, 2017 - 4:43pm

WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump, a billionaire, is reportedly using money raised by the Republican National Committee to cover legal fees associated with the Department of Justice investigation into his 2016 presidential campaign. Trump has used over $230,000 in money raised by the RNC for his own legal defense, according to Reuters. The president is currently under investigation for potential illegal coordination with Russia ― which is alleged to have hacked the Democratic National Committee and intervened in the election to defeat Hillary Clinton ― and for possible obstruction of justice when he fired James Comey, the former FBI director, in May.

Tom Cruise Partially Blamed for Plane Crash That Killed Two People on Set of American Made

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - September 20, 2017 - 4:21pm

The families of two men who died following a September 2015 plane crash on the set of American Made claim Tom Cruise is partially to blame for the fatal accident

Scenes From Hurricane Maria's Destruction Across the Caribbean

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - September 20, 2017 - 4:16pm

Hurricane Maria has killed at least nine and has left Puerto Rico entirely without power

GE to sell corporate jets in cost-cutting move

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - September 20, 2017 - 3:51pm

General Electric plans to sell its corporate jets in a cost-cutting move amid sluggish activity in key industrial divisions, a spokesperson said Wednesday. "As we have said, we are executing on a plan to take out $2 billion in cost by the end of 2018," the GE spokesperson told AFP. The company plans to sell the fleet, the spokesperson said.