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America Wants Its Robot Warrior XQ-58A Valkyrie To Fight Alongside The F-35

November 13, 2019 - 2:00pm

Drones will improve pilots' ability to locate targets.

NTSB: Coast Guard ignored duck boat safety proposals

November 13, 2019 - 1:48pm

Federal transportation safety investigators criticized the U.S. Coast Guard Wednesday for ignoring suggestions over nearly two decades to improve tourist duck boats, changes they say might have prevented last year's Missouri accident that killed 17 people. The National Transportation Safety Board released a “Safety Recommendation Report” on the July 2018 accident, when a Ride the Ducks of Branson boat known as Stretch Duck 7 sank during a severe storm. Former World War II amphibious vehicles known as duck boats operate around the country as tour boats.

The U.S. Navy canceled a routine Black Sea operation after Trump complained that it was hostile to Russia

November 13, 2019 - 12:01pm

Christopher Anderson, an aide to Kurt Volker, former special envoy to Ukraine, testified that the White House canceled a Navy freedom-of-navigation operation in the Black Sea after President Trump complained to then-national security adviser John Bolton about a CNN report that framed the operation as a counter to Russia, Politico reported.

UF students threaten impeachment for Trump Jr.’s visit

November 13, 2019 - 11:47am

The student body president of the University of Florida is facing an impeachment threat for spending $50,000 in student fees to bring Trump’s eldest son and his girlfriend to campus. Members of the university’s student senate filed a resolution on Tuesday to impeach Student Body President Michael Murphy for malfeasance and abuse of power. The resolution accuses Murphy of spending mandatory student fees to push his own political beliefs when he brought Donald Trump Jr., and his girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle, to speak on campus last month.

China's huge mysterious extinct ape 'Giganto' was an orangutan cousin

November 13, 2019 - 11:00am

Genetic material extracted from a 1.9 million-year-old fossil tooth from southern China shows that the world's largest-known ape - an extinct creature dubbed "Giganto" that once inhabited Southeast Asia - was an oversized cousin of today's orangutans. The findings, announced on Wednesday, shed light on a species, called Gigantopithecus blacki, that has been shrouded in mystery because its fossil remains are so sparse - just a collection of teeth and remnants of several lower jaws. By some estimates, Gigantopithecus reached up to 10 feet (3 meters) tall, making it not only the largest-known ape but the biggest primate, the mammalian group that includes lemurs, monkeys, apes and humans.

Delhi smog hits 'emergency' levels as Britain's Prince Charles visits

November 13, 2019 - 10:43am

New Delhi has been choked on and off for weeks, as industrial and traffic pollution -- combined with smoke from crop stubble burning -- cast a toxic pall over the metropolis. With the government facing new criticism over steps taken to counter the pollution, Prince Charles visited the Indian Meteorology Department as part of his two-day visit to India.

Death row inmate to be executed for killing convenience store worker

November 13, 2019 - 10:35am

Prison officials in Georgia are preparing to execute a man who was convicted of shooting dead a convenience store worker 25 years ago. Ray Jefferson Cromartie, 52, is scheduled to die by lethal injection at 7 p.m. ET at Jackson’s Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison for the killing of Richard Slysz.

An Air India flight was delayed nearly 12 hours after a stowaway rat was spotted in the cabin

November 13, 2019 - 9:30am

"The rat was located and trapped. Then the aircraft was fumigated," a representative from Air India said, according to Indian local media.

U.S. Justice Ginsburg misses oral arguments with illness

November 13, 2019 - 8:35am

Liberal U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who has faced various health scares over the past year, missed oral arguments in court on Wednesday due to illness. In August, Ginsburg underwent radiation therapy for pancreatic cancer. If Ginsburg, one of four liberal justices on the nine-member Supreme Court, were unable to continue serving, Republican President Donald Trump could replace her with a conservative, further shifting the court to the right.

Apple’s New AirPods Pro Are Already on Sale at Amazon

November 13, 2019 - 8:32am

But be quick—this deal won’t last long.

Ethiopia to Charge Dozens Over Coordinated Killings of Officials

November 13, 2019 - 8:22am

(Bloomberg) -- Ethiopian authorities will charge dozens of people over the coordinated killings of state officials in June that Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed labeled a coup attempt.The planned prosecutions mark the conclusion of a four-month investigation into the most serious attack on Ethiopia’s leadership since military rule ended in 1987. Many of those who face charges were members of “the government structure,“ Attorney General Berhanu Tsegaye said Wednesday on the ruling-party linked Fana Broadcasting Corp.Berhanu’s office will charge 45 people in the northern city of Bahir Dar, capital of the Amhara region, and 13 in the federal capital Addis Ababa over the June killings, he said.Assailants killed the head of the army, the president of the Amhara region and at least four other state officials in the assaults on June 22.The bodyguard of slain former army Chief of Staff Se’are Mekonnen, Colonel Tigabu Mesafint, received orders from retired Brigadier-General Aseminew Tsige to kill Se’are in Addis Ababa after killings of officials in Bahir Dar, according to Berhanu. Aseminew was killed in a firefight with government forces in Amhara in June, while Tigabu was apprehended.To contact the reporter on this story: Nizar Manek in Nairobi at nmanek2@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Gordon Bell at, Paul Richardson, Hilton ShoneFor more articles like this, please visit us at©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

German air force rejects delivery of two Airbus planes

November 13, 2019 - 8:08am

Germany's air force said Wednesday it had refused delivery of two Airbus A400M transport planes over technical faults, saying bolts holding the propellers on some already operational aircraft were loose. Repeated technical problems have dogged the A400M programme, a turboprop transport aircraft developed jointly for Belgium, Britain, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Spain and Turkey.

Sweden detains Iranian on suspicion of murder in Iran in 1988

November 13, 2019 - 8:07am

A 58-year-old Iranian citizen has been arrested in Sweden on suspicion of murder in Iran in 1988, prosecutors said on Wednesday, and national news agency TT said the case involved killings of political prisoners. Human rights groups say the Islamic Republic executed thousands of political detainees in the late 1980s.

Steve Bannon says Democrats' strategy to impeach Trump is 'brilliant'

November 13, 2019 - 7:50am

Far-right political strategist Steve Bannon has called the tactics deployed by Democrats to impeach his former boss and remove him from office “quite brilliant.”

Atlanta college student Alexis Crawford was choked to death, dumped in park, police say

November 13, 2019 - 7:18am

Authorities say Alexis Crawford and her roommate Jordyn Jones had a physical altercation and Jones' boyfriend intervened and choked Crawford to death.

The US is being hit by a frigid, early cold snap that has killed at least 6 people and could break 100 temperature records

November 13, 2019 - 4:50am

The National Weather Service said the unseasonal cold air, which spread from Kansas to Minnesota to Kentucky to New York, has brought an early winter.

'Blossom everywhere': Hong Kong protesters evolve tactics

November 13, 2019 - 3:47am

From "be water" to "blossom everywhere", Hong Kong's black-clad pro-democracy protesters' tactics have evolved this week in their bid to overwhelm police by creating flashpoints in as many areas as possible. The campaign of massive disruption has seen small groups of protesters emerge all across the city of 7.5 million people from Monday to block intersections, vandalise shops, clash with police and damage the vital train network. "We must blossom everywhere to divert the police force," read an anonymous post on Wednesday morning on an internet message board popular with protesters, echoing other calls online.

‘Watchmen’ brings 1921 Tulsa massacre to the fore: Three questions

November 13, 2019 - 3:31am

The massacre in Tulsa, Oklahoma, was largely forgotten, even by those living in the state. But as many as 300 black people died.