US refining: hell from high water


Everyone remembers hurricane Katrina, today a byword for US natural disasters. Fewer will recall Ike in 2008, which remains the worst hurricane to hit Texas in living memory. It may not hold that position long. The devastation wreaked this week by Harvey may yet make it the costliest ever for the Lone Star state in terms of lives and damage. ...

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Can Trump get ‘very rapid action’ from Congress on emergency funding for Texas?


Last week, Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas causing catastrophic flooding and forcing thousands to leave their homes. Dozens have lost their lives. President Trump initially responded with tweets about the storm, focusing on the unprecedented levels of rain and commending the efforts of emergency response personnel. Trump promised federal assistance for Texas in a news conference Monday, adding that he ...

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Flavor Flav Sues Chuck D and Public Enemy Producer for Missing Royalties


Flavor Flav Chuck D’s the Enemy Now … Where are My Royalties?! 8/30/2017 1:52 PM PDT EXCLUSIVE Flavor Flav‘s still fighting the powers that be, even when those powers include fellow founding Public Enemy member Chuck D … according to a new suit that rocks the legendary group. In docs, obtained by TMZ, Flav says he and Chuck have a long-standing agreement to ...

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Sky taxis


Image copyright RTA/Volocopter Image caption Dubai says it will begin a five-year test period of the Volocopter later in 2017 Tech companies are competing to develop the first viable passenger-carrying sky taxis, whether manned or pilotless, but how soon could these clever copters really be whizzing over our cities? And would you trust one? Dubai is racing to be the ...

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Mother Abandons Islam After God Heals Daughter, Is Beaten by Muslim Husband


When Sophia Nakisaala accepted Christ earlier this month, little did she realize the consequences she would face for leaving Islam. On August 7th, the 35-year-old former Muslim from Uganda, accepted Christ when a street preacher prayed for her daughter’s healing. Nakisaala was taking her ill 5-year-old daughter to an area hospital when she stopped to listen to the evangelist share ...

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Vedanta names temporary chief to replace departing Tom Albanese


Vedanta Resources has appointed an interim chief executive to replace Tom Albanese, as the miner continues to seek a replacement five months after it announced he would step down. The London-listed company controlled by Indian tycoon Anil Agarwal said Kuldip Kaura would stand in from September 1, but he will not serve as a director on the board. “Vedanta’s search ...

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Mexico offers hurricane help; No decision on whether to accept it


President Trump receives a briefing Tuesday on Harvey relief efforts with Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (right) at the Texas Department of Public Safety Emergency Operations Center in Austin. (Carlos Barria/Reuters) Mexico has offered assistance in the massive disaster response in next-door Texas, the State Department said late Tuesday, but there has been no decision on whether to accept the ...

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Justin Bieber's Swollen Balls Triggers Hospital Lawsuit


Justin Bieber Swollen Balls Triggers Hospital Lawsuit 8/29/2017 7:33 AM PDT EXCLUSIVE Justin Bieber went to the ER back in May fearing a soccer injury had caused one of his testicles to twist, and that triggered a nasty legal claim between the hospital and a fired employee. Justin made an emergency run to Northwell Health in Long Island New York, ...

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China web users debate new rules on online identity


Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The new rules could require identity cards to be scanned online Chinese social media users have been debating new rules requiring internet platforms to verify a user’s true identity before letting them post online content. The new rules were issued on 25 August by the Cyberspace Administration of China. They will take effect on ...

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Vatican Swiss Guard: ISIS Attack 'Only a Matter of Time'


The head of the Vatican’s Swiss Guard expects an ISIS terror attack on Rome and Vatican City, but says, “We are prepared.”     The ‘Pontifical Swiss Guard’ is the de facto military of Vatican City and consists of men who have completed military training in the Swiss army.  It is responsible for the safety of the Pope and the ...

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