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  • France provides first weapons to Lebanon for Islamic State fight

    The first French weapons from a $3 billion Saudi-funded programme will arrive in Lebanon on Monday as allies seek to bolster the country's defences against the Islamic State group and other jihadists pressing along its Syrian border. Anti-tank guided missiles are set to arrive at an air force base in Beirut, overseen by French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and his Lebanese counterpart, Samir Mokbel. France is expected to deliver 250 combat and transport vehicles, seven Cougar helicopters, three small corvette warships and a range of surveillance and communications equipment over four years as part of the $3 billion (2.8 billion-euro) modernisation programme. It is being entirely funded by Saudi Arabia, which is keen to see Lebanon's army defend its borders against jihadist groups, particularly the Islamic State group and Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Nusra, instead of leaving the job to Hezbollah militants, who are backed by its regional rival, Iran.

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  • Jones throws 2 TDs, wins challenge at Ohio State spring game

    Already a statewide celebrity after guiding Ohio State to three postseason wins and the national championship last season, Cardale Jones made the most of his very first collegiate start at home. The senior-to-be completed 19 of 42 passes for 304 yards and two touchdowns to Corey Smith to lead the Gray to a 17-14 win over the Scarlet before a national spring-game record crowd of 99,391 at Ohio Stadium. ''It was pretty fun,'' Jones said. ''I hope I can carry it over to the fall.'' Jones also won a halftime quarterback challenge.

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  • Ohio woman's search for birth mother leads to co-worker

    YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — A 38-year-old woman's quest to find her birth mother ended in a surprising place — the company where she works.

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  • No Warp Drive for NASA: But Here's the Next-Best Thing

    America's space agency doles out millions of dollars for cutting-edge space tech.

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  • 'Diaper Don' Switches Price Tags To Steal Thou$ands

    Hiney heist!A Brooklyn, New York man allegedly switched price tags and used the self-checkout station at a Stop & Shop to steal thousands of dollars worth of diapers, police say. Kevin Hargrove was arrested Thursday after police say he made regular trips to multiple locations of the supermarket and swapped diaper price tags for 99-cent...

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  • Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens Costumes and Props

    Lots of secrets and details were revealed at Star Wars Celebration.

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  • Hundreds Attend Minnesota Girl`s Birthday Party After Her Classmates Decline Invitation

    Hundreds of people attended the birthday party of a 10-year-old Minnesota girl after none of her classmates accepted the invitation. WCCO reports on Saturday, April 18, 2015.

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  • Will Working Out Twice A Day Actually Help You Lose More Weight?

    An expert weighs in on the “Is more better?” debate

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  • Russell Wilson says Tom O’Brien “kinda kicked me out of NC State”

    The drama between Russell Wilson and former NC State head coach Tom O’Brien is pretty much ancient history at this point, but that did not prevent Wilson from dropping the suggestion he was forced out at NC State. “You know, he was my head coach, you know, NC State,” Wilson said when asked about his…

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  • Aussie PM downs beer in a few seconds, sparking debate

    Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott was caught on video downing a beer in a few seconds at a Sydney pub, prompting comparisons to another drink-chugging former leader and sparking a debate on social media. The video, reportedly recorded on Saturday night, showed the leader knocking back a glass of Australia's Victoria Bitter in about six seconds as a large crowd surrounding him yelled "scull" repeatedly. "Scull" is a slang term for drinking a glass of beer in one go. Abbott was "proud as punch" when he grabbed a beer and "drank from head-to-toe the entire schooner (glass), dribbling little bits on his shirt", Simon Carrodus, an Australian Football Rules coach for the University of Technology, Sydney told the Australian Women's Weekly magazine.

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  • Wildfire near Southern California dam threatens 300 homes

    CORONA, Calif. (AP) — An out-of-control wildfire that broke out in a forested basin near a Southern California dam triggered the evacuation of about 300 homes late Saturday, authorities said.

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  • Thousands in Germany protest against Europe-U.S. trade deal

    By Noah Barkin BERLIN (Reuters) - Thousands of people marched in Berlin, Munich and other German cities on Saturday in protest against a planned free trade deal between Europe and the United States that they fear will erode food, labor and environmental standards. Opposition to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is particularly high in Germany, in part due to rising anti-American sentiment linked to revelations of U.S. spying and fears of digital domination by firms like Google. A recent YouGov poll showed that 43 percent of Germans believe TTIP would be bad for the country, compared to 26 percent who see it as positive. The level of resistance has taken Chancellor Angela Merkel's government and German industry by surprise, and they are now scrambling to reverse the tide and save a deal which proponents say could add $100 billion in annual economic output on both sides of the Atlantic.

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  • Source: ESPN Reporter Britt McHenry Provoked by Towing Company Employee

    There's two sides to every story... and while ESPN's Britt McHenry might not be able to talk about her now viral Easter Sunday towing experience thanks to a week-long suspension, another source is speaking up. McHenry was suspended for a week after surveillance video of her berating a towing company employee went public, but a source tells ET that the women in the video also provoked the Washington D.C.-based sports reporter during the April 5 incident. In the video, McHenry is seen making comments about the woman's weight and other employees' lack of education. "Do you feel good about your job?" she asks at one point. "So I could be a college dropout and do the same thing? Why, 'cause I have a brain and you don't?" PHOTOS: 8 Celeb Feuds That Just Won't Die However, according to a source, the Advanced Towing employee was "rude, dismissive and taunting," and the tape released is "highly edited" to show only McHenry in an unflattering light. For example, her dig to "lose some weight, baby girl" was allegedly a response to the employee telling her to "fix your roots." McHenry did tweet about the incident on April 6, writing in a now-deleted post, "Just got towed after eating dinner at an establishment in Arlington. How corrupt is Advanced Towing?" Advanced Towing Company, LLC currently has an F rating from the Better Business Bureau and there have been 40 complaints to the BBB about the company in the last three years. The company also made negative headlines earlier this month, when an Arlington father said his car -- with his two children inside -- were nearly towed away during a recent trip to a local CVS when an Advanced Towing driver didn't see the children initially. Still, the source says McHenry suggested that she go back to Arlington and offer an apology directly to the employee, Gina Michelle, on April 7, but was advised not to by ESPN, as it be better to not engage. The source also claims Advance Towing has been "shopping the tape around," and even approached ESPN before the video went viral. The towing company responded to that clam in a statement released to ET: Parking enforcement is contentious by nature. At the same time, neither Gina, our lot clerk, nor our company, have any interest in seeing Britt McHenry suspended or terminated as a result of her comments. Ms. McHenry is our neighbor, and, as she said, to paraphrase, made remarks that were out of line.  She is human and errors in judgement can be made in the heat of the moment. Gina is a single mother of 3 children who works a difficult job to provide her family. Gina holds no ill will toward Ms. McHenry. As a small business, we saw no benefit to releasing the video, except to highlight personal attacks employees in jobs like towing, public parking enforcement and others sometimes encounter. The video was not licensed or sold to anyone. For her part, McHenry apologized for her actions on Thursday on Twitter. "In an intense and stressful moment, I allowed my emotions to get the best of me and said some insulting and regrettable things," she tweeted. "As frustrated as I was, I should always choose to be respectful and take the high road. I am so sorry for my actions and will learn from this mistake." In an intense and stressful moment, I allowed my emotions to get the best of me and said some insulting and (cont) http://t.co/Wx37XF2QtM— Britt McHenry (@BrittMcHenry) April 16, 2015 NEWS: ESPN Reporter Britt McHenry Suspended Watch the video below to see Michael Phelps and more top athletes pose naked for ESPN's "Naked" issue.

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  • OPEC Says US Oil Boom Will End This Year

    A confident OPEC stated that demand for its oil is likely to increase in 2015. Additionally, it believes that U.S production will decrease, starting this fall

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  • Steve Harvey Loses His Cool on ‘Family Feud’ on ‘This Week in Game Shows’

    Steve Harvey is one cool cucumber … usually. But on Family Feud, one team sent him over the edge. Also on “This Week in Game Shows,” it was “Couples Week” on The Price Is Right, where happy unions of all sorts assembled to compete for prizes. And on Let’s Make a Deal, see which costume made co-host Jonathan Magnum exclaim to Wayne Brady, “You’re gonna get sued.”

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  • Box Office: 'Furious 7' cruises past 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2' to win Friday again

    "Furious 7" remained at no. 1 with another $8.3 million as "Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2" took in $7.3 million and "Unfriended" earned $6.8 million.

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  • Why Hillary Clinton's foundation problem isn't going away

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    The Clinton Foundation is destined to be at the center of the fight for the presidency in 2016. "The foundation needs to continue to exist because it provides a valuable service to third-world countries," said Rep. G. K. Butterfield (D-NC). The foundation rakes in money from wealthy individuals, corporations, and even foreign countries, many of which have business before a federal government that Hillary Clinton wants to run. "They try to pretend they're something they're not," said one Republican aide on Capitol Hill, who accused Hillary Clinton of engaging in "faux populism" in her early days on the campaign trail.

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  • Bee all you can bee. Washington highway closed by overturned truck loaded with bees (14 photos)

    A semitruck carrying millions of honeybees overturned on a highway north of Seattle early Friday, scattering hives and sending white-suited beekeepers scrambling to save as many insects as they could. The truck had just merged onto Interstate 5 around 3:30 a.m. when it tipped on its side, dumping its load of 448 hives, or about 13.7 million bees, Washington State Patrol Trooper Travis Shearer said. The driver, a 36-year-old man from Idaho, was not hurt. The company that owns the insects, Belleville Honey and Beekeeping Supply of Burlington, sent beekeepers to recover as many as possible, and bees covered their protective suits as they worked. The bees became more active as the sun rose and the weather warmed, and firefighters had to spray a layer of foam on some of the boxes, killing the insects for safety. Many of the hives were still along the highway more than seven hours after the accident, when a front-end loader began scooping them up and dumping them into a dump truck, Shearer said. The majority of the hives had been crushed. "I'm sure they'll take that somewhere and try to save as many as they can, but they can do that someplace safer, away from the I-5 corridor," he said. The bees were being transported from Sunnyside, in central Washington, to a blueberry farm in Lynden, a city near the Canadian border about 100 miles north of Seattle, Shearer said. First responders and reporters alike swatted at the bees as they tried to do their jobs. "I think everybody there got stung," Shearer said. Seattle television station KIRO posted a video compilation of its on-scene reporter swatting the insects as he reported on the accident. Shearer urged drivers to keep their windows up and to "#beesafe when traveling through that area," as he wrote on Twitter. A man who answered the phone at the beekeeping company said he couldn't immediately answer any questions related to the accident. (AP) Find more news-related pictures in our photo galleries and follow us on Tumblr!

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