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POLL-Support for abortion rights grows as some U.S. states curb access: Reuters/Ipsos poll

POLL-Support for abortion rights grows as some U.S. states curb access: Reuters/Ipsos pollAmericans have become more supportive of abortion rights over the past year, even as a wave of Republican-controlled state governments have imposed new restrictions, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Sunday. The poll found that 58% of American adults said abortion should be legal in most or all cases, up from 50% who said that in a similar poll that ran in July 2018. While support broke down along partisan lines, passions were higher among registered Democrats, with 81% saying abortion should be legal in most or all cases, while 55% of registered Republicans said it should be illegal in most or all cases.




POSTED MAY 26, 2019 7:00 AM

Jayme Closs kidnapping: Jake Patterson jailed for life for killing girl’s parents and keeping her prisoner

Jayme Closs kidnapping: Jake Patterson jailed for life for killing girl’s parents and keeping her prisonerThe kidnapper of 13 year-old Jayme Closs has been jailed for life after she told the judge she wanted him “locked up forever” for murdering her parents and keeping her prisoner for 88 days.Jake Patterson, 21, targeted the teenager after spotting her getting on a school bus in a rural area of Wisconsin while he was driving to work at a cheese factory.After two aborted attempts to kidnap her, he dressed up in black clothing, armed himself with his father’s shotgun and drove to her home in Barron in the early hours of 15 October.Her shot her father James Closs through a window in the front door, blasted the lock and entered the house. After finding the bathroom locked he broke down the door and discovered Jayme and her mother clinging to each other in the bathtub.Patterson tied Jayme up with tape and shot Denise Closs in the head as she sat next to her daughter. He then dragged Jayme through her father’s blood and put her in the truck of his car before driving to his remote cabin about 60 miles away in Gordon, Douglas County.Patterson kept her captive under a bed and hit her with a curtain rod, Wright said. “He kept her in constant fear, threatening her, telling her things would get worse,” said district attorney Brian Wright.Jayme’s disappearance mystified authorities until she finally escaped on 10 January while Patterson was away. She flagged down a neighbour and Patterson was arrested by police minutes later as he returned to the cabin. The killer pleaded guilty last month to two counts of intentional homicide and one count of kidnapping.Jayme did not appear at the sentencing but her statement was read out in court by a family attorney.“He thought that he could own me but he was wrong. I was smarter,” the statement said. “I was brave and he was not. ... He thought he could make me like him, but he was wrong.“For 88 days he tried to steal me and he didn’t care who he hurt or who he killed to do that. He should be locked up forever.” Judge James Babler called Patterson the “embodiment of evil” before sentencing him to consecutive life sentences without the possibility of release on the homicide charges. He also ordered Patterson to serve 25 years in prison and 15 years of extended supervision on the kidnapping count. “There’s no doubt in my mind you’re one of the most dangerous men to ever walk on this planet,” Babler said. Offered a chance to speak, Patterson offered an apology: ”I would die,” he said. “I would do absolutely anything ... to bring them back. I don’t care about me. I’m just so sorry. That’s all.” In statements written while in prison, the killer said he had succumbed to fantasies about keeping a young girl and torturing and controlling her.He started looking for an opportunity to kidnap someone, even deciding he might want to take multiple girls and kill multiple families.After seeing Jayme, he decided then that “she was the girl he was going to take.” Patterson’s attorneys, Richard Jones and Charles Glynn, told the judge that Patterson was isolated and that he overreacted to loneliness. The killer was also ordered to register as a sex offender.Jayme’s aunt, Jennifer Smith, said after the sentencing that this was an important step in helping Jayme to move forward.She said the family believes the outcome will give Jayme some “much needed peace of mind".Additional reporting by Associated Press




POSTED MAY 25, 2019 8:46 AM

US hiker found after two weeks lost in Hawaii forest

US hiker found after two weeks lost in Hawaii forestAmanda Eller, 35, was rescued Friday beside a creek bed at the bottom of a ravine in a national forest on Maui after a helicopter spotted her. "The last 17 days of my life have been the toughest days of my life and it's been a really significant spiritual journey," Eller said from her hospital bed in a tearful video posted Saturday on the "Find Amanda" Facebook page created after her disappearance on May 8. Eller, who also works as a physical therapist, has been in the hospital since her rescue.




POSTED MAY 25, 2019 9:44 PM

U.S. Sends 1,500 Troops to Mideast After Blaming Attacks on Iran

U.S. Sends 1,500 Troops to Mideast After Blaming Attacks on IranThe U.S. will bolster forces in the region by about 1,500 troops, though Trump and the Pentagon said that the deployment is for defensive purposes with a focus on missile defense, surveillance and keeping open shipping lanes in the Persian Gulf. “We’re going to be sending a relatively small number of troops to the Middle East,” Trump said as he departed the White House on Friday for Japan.




POSTED MAY 24, 2019 4:08 PM

Man lights cigarette on Spirit Airlines flight in startling viral footage

Man lights cigarette on Spirit Airlines flight in startling viral footageWild footage from a Spirit Airlines flight to Minneapolis, Minnesota, shows apassenger who began smoking mid-flight, breaking one of the cardinal rules ofair travel




POSTED MAY 24, 2019 12:15 PM

Utah climber, 4 others die on Mount Everest

Utah climber, 4 others die on Mount EverestKATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — An American climber who fulfilled his dream of climbing the highest mountains on each of the seven continents died of probable altitude sickness on the way down from Mount Everest, mountaineering officials said.




POSTED MAY 24, 2019 9:43 PM

Eating Way Too Much Rice Almost Doomed Japan's Imperial Navy

Eating Way Too Much Rice Almost Doomed Japan's Imperial NavyAfter the war, the Emergency Beriberi Investigative Committee investigated the disease’s devastation of Japanese ranks. Worried about the composition of the committee and fully aware of Takaki’s success, the emperor stepped in. “The army’s beriberi problem can be effectively prevented if the army provides a staple of barley and rice,” the emperor stated.In August 1882 in Incheon Bay near Seoul, four Japanese warships were locked in a tense stand-off with two Chinese warships that had brought troops to quell a revolt on the Korean peninsula.On paper, the Japanese flotilla outnumbered the Chinese, but the hulls of the Japanese ships hid a deadly secret. Less than half of their crews could man their stations.The Korean peninsula erupted into conflict on July 23. A soldiers’ protest against ill treatment, unpaid wages and poor provisions turned into widespread mutiny. Ousted from power, the former regent of the king set the mutineers upon the government—and against the Japanese advisers working to modernize the Korean army.




POSTED MAY 26, 2019 12:30 AM

The U.S. Just Upped the Ante on Julian Assange's Extradition With Espionage Charges

The U.S. Just Upped the Ante on Julian Assange's Extradition With Espionage ChargesBy indicting WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange with 18 charges under the Espionage Act the U.S. has considerably raised the stakes in competing extradition claims.




POSTED MAY 24, 2019 11:43 AM

Trump says not disturbed that North Korea has 'fired off some small weapons'

Trump says not disturbed that North Korea has 'fired off some small weapons'"North Korea fired off some small weapons, which disturbed some of my people, and others, but not me. Trump is currently in Japan on a state visit. The president, who left his second summit with Kim earlier this year in Vietnam without a peace deal, has put enormous value in their personal relationship, despite actions by North Korea that others consider provocative.




POSTED MAY 25, 2019 7:17 PM

Photos of the 2020 Mercedes-AMG GLB45 Prototype

Photos of the 2020 Mercedes-AMG GLB45 Prototype




POSTED MAY 24, 2019 11:26 AM

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