Gallup: Record low 24% believe Bible is literal word of God

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Published on: June 30, 2017

Fewer than 1 in 4 Americans believe the Bible is “the actual word of God, and is to be taken literally, word for word” — a low in 40 years of Gallup surveys.

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Published on: June 29, 2017

As humans, we fancy ourselves to be big thinkers, and at some point, we learned to do that too well. I’m positive we’re the only ones who, at least, waste it on such trivialities. Everything is a conundrum. We dissect every minuscule instant that we live through, and now here I am, dissecting that dissection. Overthinking is something that can ruin somebody, it confounds me how much I let slip through my fingers, things I recognize to be things I could have had, just because of some strange thought process that my head tripped into.www. youtube.com I missed out on so many experiences, I let go of so many people, and the worst part was that I absolutely needn’t have.

Thailand Warns Facebook After Video Seems to Show King in Crop Top

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Published on: June 26, 2017

The government was demanding the removal of dozens of pages that it said had illegally insulted the monarchy a few weeks after the video was widely shared online.

GOP Health Bill Penalizes Patients Who Let Insurance Lapse

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Published on: June 22, 2017

In some states, a break in health coverage of more than 63 days would let insurers charge premiums of any price for a year ? putting health insurance out of reach for many sick people, analysts say.

Report: FAU coach Lane Kiffin offers scholarship to 7th-grader

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Published on: June 20, 2017

First-year Florida Atlantic coach Lane Kiffin is looking to the future, as he offered a scholarship to a seventh-grader multiple media outlets reported Monday.

The Papers: Labour tax plans and Ian Brady’s death

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Published on: June 18, 2017

The launch of Labour’s manifesto is the lead in several papers, while the death of the Moors murderer also makes it on to the front pages.

Iraqi Forces Push To Defeat ISIS In Mosul Before Holy Month Of Ramadan

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Published on: June 16, 2017

Iraqi forces battled to retake districts of western Mosul still under self-proclaimed Islamic State control on Monday, in an attempt to seize victory before the holy month of Ramadan.

After seven months of fighting, militants have been dislodged from all but a few areas of Mosul. Islamic State is expected to make a last stand around the Old City?s Grand al-Nuri Mosque, where the Islamist group?s black flag has been flying since June 2014.

Backed by U.S.-led coalition air strikes and advisers, Iraqi forces have made rapid gains since opening a new front in the northwest of Mosul earlier this month, closing in on the Old City.

Outnumbered, militants have retaliated with suicide car bombs and snipers embedded among the hundreds of thousands of civilians trapped in west Mosul. Many local people have been killed by militants or heavy bombardments.

?If we advance this quickly we can finish it in days,? First Lieutenant Nawfal al-Dhari told Reuters at a house turned into a temporary base in the western Islah al-Ziraie district, retaken by Iraqi forces three days ago.

?These are their dying breaths. They are completely surrounded.?

He said the momentum was with Iraq?s elite Counter Terrorism Service (CTS), the U.S.-trained special forces who have led the campaign to retake the country?s second city, despite continued resistance from Islamic State fighters.

?If you trap a cat in a room, it will scratch,? he said.

Retaking the mosque, where Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in 2014 declared a ?caliphate? spanning swathes of Syria and Iraq, would be both a symbolic and strategic victory.

Military commanders and intelligence officials say they aim to take control of al-Nuri mosque before Ramadan starts at the end of this month so they can declare the battle won, even if the militants continue to hold out in pockets.

They said the number of Islamic State militants still fighting was shrinking, and they were increasingly disorganized and short of arms, ammunition and equipment following months of siege.

 

DEATH TRAP

?Daesh are losing the ability to fight back. It?s obvious they are blundering. We want to make the Old City a closed death casket for Daesh,? an Iraqi army intelligence colonel said, using an Arabic term for Islamic State.

?Yes there will be remnants of Daesh inside the Old City, but it will be as easy as hunting rabbits to take them down.?

The warren of densely packed houses and alleys, with Roman, Ottoman and Persian traces, has proved a complex battleground for Iraqi troops against a skilled enemy willing to use civilians as shields.

Iraqi forces have tried to open up several fronts in an attempt to split Islamic State militants, who have had two years to prepare their defenses.

U.S.-backed air strikes in the tightly-packed neighborhoods have been made more difficult, government forces say, by their efforts to avoid civilian casualties.

The Iraqi government said last week the number of people fleeing Mosul had more than doubled to about 10,000 a day.

?Our advance on a vast front has stunned the enemy and, God willing, we will achieve victory before Ramadan and announce the liberation of Mosul and people of Mosul from the dirtiness of Daesh,? Lieutenant General Othman al-Ghanmi, chief of staff, said in a video distributed by the Defence Ministry.

He was speaking on a visit to the front lines in western Mosul. Ramadan is expected to start on May 27.

?The more they are besieged the harder they fight. They have nowhere to go,? soldier Faris Sallal said in the Islah al-Ziraie district, which echoed with intermittent gunfire and the occasional boom of artillery.

Flies swarmed over the charred remains of an Islamic State militant lying near a motorbike. In the garage of a house on the same street was an armor-plated car rigged with a suicide bomb.

In the nearby Ureibi district, partly controlled by Iraqi forces, a Reuters reporter saw the bloodied corpse of an Islamic State sniper in a children?s room on the upper floor of a house.

Iraqi forces, now using the house as an outpost, said the sniper had been targeting advancing Iraqi troops.

Colonel Mohammed al-Taie of the Operation Command in the surrounding Nineveh province said Iraqi forces were advancing rapidly north of Mosul.

?Our intelligence conclusions based on insider sources and drone surveillance indicate undisputedly that Daesh fighters are less organized now and lack the resources to keep fighting,? he said.

 

(Writing by Sylvia Westall and Patrick Markey; editing by Andrew Roche)

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Secret Republican Senate Talks Are Shaping Health Care Legislation

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Published on: June 14, 2017

A group of 13 Republican senators is leading the negotiations to craft a new bill to repeal and replace most of the Affordable Care Act. Senators plan to vote by the August recess.

Cincinnati Bengals’ Joe Mixon invited to NFLPA’s Rookie Premiere event

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Published on: June 12, 2017

Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon is among the 40 players who will attend the NFLPA’s Rookie Premiere event this week.

Prowling cougar caught on camera near Oregon elementary school

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Published on: June 11, 2017

Authorities in Oregon are warning residents to be on the lookout for a cougar caught on camera by a resident near an elementary school.

France’s Macron appoints Philippe as prime minister

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Published on: June 8, 2017

Newly inaugurated French President Emmanuel Macron appointed Edouard Philippe as prime minister Monday.

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Published on: June 8, 2017

Safe driving is something everyone should practice. To drive safe, you need to be a defensive driver What does it cost for permanent makeup in Minnesota?. Paying attention to your surrounding will help.

Monday’s Morning Email: What The Global Cyberattack Could Mean For You

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Published on: June 6, 2017

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POST-CYBERATTACK, MONDAY COULD BE ROUGH ?U.S. and European officials scrambled to catch the culprits behind a massive ransomware worm that caused damage across the globe over the weekend, stopping car factories, hospitals, shops and schools, as Microsoft pinned blame on governments for not disclosing more software vulnerabilities.? Here?s a look into what it takes to catch a cybercriminal and what to do if you?ve been attacked. [Reuters]

CALLS FOR A SPECIAL PROSECUTOR CONTINUE Former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara weighed in, while Sen. Chuck Schumer laid out his criteria for the next FBI director over the weekend. This piece on how ?political chaos in Washington is a return on investment for Moscow? is worth a read. And Howard Fineman argues President Donald Trump thinks he can defeat the Russia probe. [HuffPost]

NORTH KOREA?S LATEST MISSILE TEST DIDN?T LAND THAT FAR FROM RUSSIA The ballistic missile ended up in the sea about 60 miles south of the Vladivostok region. North Korea hailed the test as a success, saying it was a ??medium long-range? ballistic rocket that can carry a heavy nuclear warhead.? [Reuters]

FORMER EMPLOYEES: TRUMP TAPED CONVERSATIONS ?Trump had one or more recording devices that he used to tape phone calls from his office, the three people said. All are former high-level employees who worked for Mr. Trump over a span of three decades. They said they saw devices in use recording phone calls.? And lawmakers on both sides of the aisle agree that if Trump did record his conversations with former FBI Director James Comey, the tapes need to be turned over. [WSJ | Paywall]

CALLISTA GINGRICH REPORTEDLY SET TO BECOME AMBASSADOR TO THE VATICAN The post is expected to be announced before Trump?s visit to the Vatican May 24. [HuffPost]

TRUMP BOASTED ABOUT HELPING ONE AMERICAN RETURN FROM EGYPT. WHAT ABOUT THE REST? Families of three American citizens held in Egypt say it?s been radio silence from the White House. [HuffPost]

COULD EXTINCTION RISKS BE UNDERESTIMATED Due to the ?systematic overestimation? of the size of the habitat where animals can thrive? [HuffPost]

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FAMILY SAYS THEY WERE BOOTED FROM A JETBLUE FLIGHT OVER CAKE After being asked to move it from an overhead bin reserved for emergency equipment. [HuffPost]

?THE PAINFUL TRUTH ABOUT TEETH? ?As the distance between rich and poor grows in the United States, few consequences are so overlooked as the humiliating divide in dental care. High-end cosmetic dentistry is soaring, and better-off Americans spend well over $1 billion each year just to make their teeth a few shades whiter.? [WaPo]

SPICEY RETURNED And it was everything you wanted ?SNL? to be. [HuffPost]

THE CONTINUOUS DECLINE OF NETWORK TV In five charts. [Vulture]

THIS DINOSAUR MUMMY Is giving us all the ?Jurassic Park? vibes. [HuffPost]

IF YOU DIDN?T SPEND YOUR WEEKEND BINGING ?MASTER OF NONE? SEASON 2 You should have. Take it from us. [HuffPost]

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Isdal woman: Norway’s mystery death case reopened 46 years on

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Published on: June 4, 2017

How the mysterious case of a woman’s death in Norway led to a trail of fake identities and dead ends.

The processed food revolution’s hidden cost

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Published on: June 2, 2017

The industrialisation of food production has saved us time – but we are paying the price in other ways.

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