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Six EU nations agree to take 356 Ocean Viking migrants

  • government: The French government said it would take in 150 of those aboard.
  • rescue: Thank you, Mama," the youngsters rescued said, kissing MSF nurse Mary Jo, who has taken care of them.
  • perilous: Rescue charities have been scathing about the lack of coordination and solidarity among EU member states in dealing with migration standoffs over the past years, with tens of thousands making the perilous trip across the Mediterranean.
  • ordeal: We are relieved this long ordeal for the 356 people we have on board is finally over.
  • excruciate: Was it necessary to impose two weeks of excruciating wait for rescued people to be disembarked ?" said Jay Berger, MSF's project coordinator onboard the Ocean Viking.

Russia rocket accident likely had two explosions, Norway monitor says

  • involve: Russia's state nuclear agency, Rosatom, said on Aug. 10 the accident involved " isotope power sources " but did not give further details.
  • fuel: She added that this likely came from the rocket's fuel.
  • explosion: We registered two explosions, of which the last one coincided in time with the reported increase in radiatio n," Norsar Chief Executive Anne Stroemmen Lycke told Reuters.
  • explosion: Russia rocket accident likely had two explosions, Norway monitor says.
  • incident: The aftermath of the incident does not carry any threat," the governor, Igor Orlov, told the Interfax news agency.

The Latest: Baltic protest inspires Hong Kong human chain

  • deride: China has derided Canada by saying that only those with " ulterior motives" should fear for their safety when traveling in the country.
  • ulterior: China has derided Canada by saying that only those with " ulterior motives" should fear for their safety when traveling in the country.
  • advisory: Canada also updated its advisory to warn travelers that their digital devices may be checked at customs points between mainland China and Hong Kong, which has seen more than two months of pro-democracy demonstrations.
  • customs: Canada also updated its advisory to warn travelers that their digital devices may be checked at customs points between mainland China and Hong Kong, which has seen more than two months of pro-democracy demonstrations.
  • extradite: The legislation would have allowed suspects to be extradited to the mainland to face trial.

UPDATE 4-Syrian army takes towns in northwest that rebels held for years

  • exodus: Government forces have pounded the south of Idlib province and nearby Hama from the air and the ground this week, prompting a new civilian exodus.
  • uproot: Many of the 500,000 people uprooted by the latest fighting in the northwest have fled towards the Turkish border.
  • desert: A live broadcast from Kfar Z ita, which insurgents had controlled since 2012, showed deserted streets lined with buildings pockmarked by shellfire.

More than 6,100 flights delayed across the US over thunderstorms in the Northeast

  • severe: M eanwhile, strong to severe storms w/ damaging winds and heavy rain likely in North Carolina and southern Virginia.
  • delay: Southwest had the most disruption, with 124 flights cancelled and 775 delayed.
  • tonight: We are experiencing some delays for flights to and from the Northeast tonight due to weather in the region," Southwest spokesperson Dan Landson said in a statement to USA TODAY Thursday.
  • advisory: The National Weather Service posted the following advisory on its website:.
  • delay: More than 6,100 flights delayed across the US over thunderstorms in the Northeast.

The former editor-in-chief of Vanity Fair is said to have found a dead cat's head outside his ho...

  • financier: NPR has delved into why the disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein wasn't covered extensively by the press until recently.
  • intimidation: It found instances in which he was said to have used his wealth and intimidation tactics to shut down media stories that delved into the allegations of sexual misconduct against him.
  • bullet: As Vanity Fair reporters pursued stories related to allegations against Epstein over the years, the former contributing editor said, Carter received a single bullet on his home's doorstep and found a severed cat's head in his front yard.
  • financier: A new report by NPR investigated ways in which the disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein was said to have used his wealth and intimidation tactics to shut down media stories that discussed the allegations of sexual misconduct against him.
  • intimidation: A new report by NPR investigated ways in which the disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein was said to have used his wealth and intimidation tactics to shut down media stories that discussed the allegations of sexual misconduct against him.

Want an assault weapons ban? Don't couple it with a mandatory gun buyback.

  • swallow: In the real world, a federal ban on these military-style rifles would be a tough enough pill for Congress to swallow, given what would almost certainly be feverish opposition by the NRA, gun-makers and many gun owners.
  • weapon: This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Want an assault weapons ban?
  • ban: This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Want an assault weapons ban?
  • ban: A better proposal would mirror the assault weapons ban of 1994, which outlawed the manufacture, sale and possession of these military-style rifles from the date of the bill's enactment.
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We should welcome deep digs into 1619. Slavery and white supremacy shaped today's America.

  • indignation: A number of conservatives have responded with indignation to this approach.
  • secession: The goal of the war was not primarily to free black slaves but to block Southern secession and the expansion of slavery into the Western territories.
  • futile: Their rebellion against the U.S. government initiated the bloodiest conflict in American history, causing 620,000 deaths in an ultimately futile effort to preserve and expand a cruel and immoral institution.

New images from asteroid probe offer clues on planet formation

  • orbit: The German-French Mobile Asteroid Surface Scout (MASCOT) hitched a ride on Japan's Hayabusa2 spaceship, touching down on the 900-meter (3,000 feet) wide asteroid, whose orbit lies mostly between Earth and Mars, on October 3, 2018.
  • gravity: Ryugu's gravity is 66,500 times weaker than Earth's, and the forward motion of wheels would have launched MASCOT back into space.
  • forward: Ryugu's gravity is 66,500 times weaker than Earth's, and the forward motion of wheels would have launched MASCOT back into space.
  • smooth: In addition to taking temperature readings and other measurements, MASCOT reeled off a series of pictures showing the asteroid is covered with rocks and boulders that fall into one of two categories: dark and rough with crumbly surfaces that resemble cauliflowers, or bright and smooth.
  • collide: Ryugu may be the " child" of two parent bodies that collided, broke up, and then came back together through gra vity, the researchers say.

McConnell Warns Democrats against ‘Radical’ Plan to Snuff Out Legislative Filibuster

  • filibuster: The legislative filibuster is directly downstream from our founding tradition.
  • tradition: The legislative filibuster is directly downstream from our founding tradition.
  • legislative: The legislative filibuster is directly downstream from our founding tradition.
  • minority: Senate minority leader Charles Schumer and Senator Elizabeth Warren, who is polling second in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, have both expressed support for eliminating the filibuster rule.
  • nomination: Senate minority leader Charles Schumer and Senator Elizabeth Warren, who is polling second in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, have both expressed support for eliminating the filibuster rule.

Jeffrey Epstein: At least eight jail officials knew he was not to be left alone in cell

  • overhaul: The death has prompted investigations and a leadership overhaul at the Bureau of Prisons, the federal agency that runs the jail.
  • bureau: Union officials have said such a suicide was inevitable, given long-term short-staffing at the MCC and throughout the bureau, a situation that has led to employees working extensive overtime.
  • lenient: In 2008, he pleaded guilty in Florida to state charges based on similar conduct, as part of an agreement with federal prosecutors that has been widely criticised as too lenient.

The NRA's Wayne LaPierre: Washington's all-powerful gun man

  • scandalous: Washington (AFP)- After a surge in mass shootings and reports of scandalous spending on his own luxury needs, Wayne LaPierre's time as Washington's preeminent power-broker appeared to be up.
  • melt: After two shocking massacres at the beginning of August, Trump initially promised tougher gun controls, a pledge which quickly melted away after he spoke on the phone Tuesday with LaPierre.
  • potent: In that time he has turned it from a hunting and shooting hobbyists' club into a potent conservative power broker focused on Americans ' ability to buy whatever gun they want, when they want, and to carry them openly.
  • fidelity: The NRA ranks politicians on their fidelity to Second Amendment principles, spends heavily in advertising to support favored candidates, and organizes voters when elections come around.
  • attest: Moderate Republicans are forced to move to the right, and some Democrats find themselves having to attest fealty to the Second Amendment.

Trump ranted for 35 minutes in 89-degree heat, calling the prime minister of Denmark 'nasty,'...

  • rant: Trump ranted for 35 minutes in 89-degree heat, calling the prime minister of Denmark 'nasty, ' repeating his claim that Jewish voters are 'disloyal ,' and saying it 'isn't my trade war'.
  • rant: President Donald Trump ranted about trade with China, the prime minister of Denmark, and Jewish voters being " disloyal" in a freewheeling 35-minute session with reporters.
  • rant: President Donald Trump on Wednesday ranted about trade with China, the prime minister of Denmark, and Jewish voters being " disloyal," among other topics, in a freewheeling 35-minute session with reporters before departing for Kentucky.
  • affront: Trump interpreted the prime minister's response to be an affront to the US, saying, " I know Denmark well.

Argentina minister defends peso amid default risk

  • potential: Fitch said it also" raises the potential for a sharper deterioration in economic growth ".
  • depreciation: Debt ratings agency Fitch said the peso's recent depreciation " suggests a real risk of default ".
  • debt: Debt ratings agency Fitch said the peso's recent depreciation " suggests a real risk of default ".
  • default: Debt ratings agency Fitch said the peso's recent depreciation " suggests a real risk of default ".
  • loan: Default occurs when the original terms of a loan are not met and can lead to anything from a delayed interest payment to a much more serious failure to repay the debt.

A Michigan Court Case Shows the Right of Armed Self-Defense Is Broader Than You Might Think

  • brandish: It was improperly instructed on the law, and the trial court placed too high a burden on Ra to justify her decision to brandish her weapon.
  • brandish: Under this reasoning, a person could brandish a weapon only when she has the legal right to fire the weapon.
  • brandish: Under this reasoning, a person can brandish a weapon to prevent the imminent use of force from escalating to a threat of imminent death.

Former Massachusetts police union president used dues as 'personal piggy bank,' feds say

  • reimbursement: He resigned last September amid an FBI investigation into possible illegal reimbursement of political donations made by union members.
  • embezzle: Feds said Pullman used the union's bank account like his" own personal piggy bank," embezzling funds to pay for romantic gifts and a trip to Miami with an unnamed woman with whom he was allegedly having an affair.
  • wire: Pullman, 57, and Anne Lynch, 68, a prominent state lobbyist, are charged with federal conspiracy, wire fraud and obstruction.
  • defraud: In 2014 and 2015, Pullman and Lynch worked to defraud two unnamed companies seeking to receive contracts from the state, according to prosecutors.
  • embroil: The Massachusetts State Police department has been embroiled in a scandal about overtime pay that led to charges against seven former and current troopers.

Ivanka Trump had to move out of her office in the White House because the ceiling might be contamina...

  • mineral: Asbestos fibers are completely harmless when hidden by walls, ceilings, and paint, but the mineral is toxic to humans when the fibers are released into the air.
  • steam: Last July, when a steam pipe exploded on Fifth Avenue in New York City, spewing muck, steam, and asphalt into the air, the incident generated similar fears of asbestos contamination.
  • pipe: Last July, when a steam pipe exploded on Fifth Avenue in New York City, spewing muck, steam, and asphalt into the air, the incident generated similar fears of asbestos contamination.
  • steam: Last July, when a steam pipe exploded on Fifth Avenue in New York City, spewing muck, steam, and asphalt into the air, the incident generated similar fears of asbestos contamination.
  • mineral: Mined in different white, blue, brown and green shades, asbestos is a naturally-occurring silicate mineral that is composed of long, thin crystals, which can kind of look like a fibrous blanket.

Mexico judge approves recreational cocaine for two users

  • original: The ruling will only come into effect if a panel of judges side with the original decision.
  • claimant: The court said it would allow both claimants to " possess, transport and use cocaine" but not sell it, according to Mexico United Against Crime ( MUCD).
  • block: A Cofepris official told the AFP news agency that it had taken steps to block the court order, which was handed down in May.
  • approve: If they do approve the ruling, it will only apply to the two people who brought the cases, whose identities were withheld.
  • approve: Mexico judge approves recreational cocaine for two users- BBC News.

'A page out of Trump's book': After blocked visit, Tlaib gets emotional as Omar blasts I...

  • humanize: All I can do as my Sitty's granddaughter, as the granddaughter of a woman who lives in occupied territory, is to elevate her voice by exposing the truth the only way I know how," she said," by humanizing the pain of oppression.
  • predicate: Omar said the aid Israel receives from the U.S. every year " is predicated on their being an important ally in the region and the only democracy in the Middle East," she said.
  • rein: She also urged fellow members of Congress to pick up the reins for her and Tlaib and inquire for themselves about what was happening in Israeli-occupied territory.
  • inquire: She also urged fellow members of Congress to pick up the reins for her and Tlaib and inquire for themselves about what was happening in Israeli-occupied territory.
  • humiliate: Visiting my grandmother under these oppressive conditions meant to humiliate me would break my grandmother's heart," Tlaib said in a statement.

Brazil fires prompt 'prayers' for Amazon rainforest

  • resident: Sao Paulo resident Gianvitor Dias told the BBC what it was like in the city during the smoke-filled blackout on Monday afternoon.
  • blackout: Sao Paulo resident Gianvitor Dias told the BBC what it was like in the city during the smoke-filled blackout on Monday afternoon.
  • smear: The president responded by saying the data " doesn't relate to the reality" and accused them of smearing the country's reputation abroad.
  • celebrate: In a post that's been liked 17,000 times, Twitter user William Barros highlighted how the world had celebrated Brazil's natural environment at the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympic Games, only to see it burning to the ground today.
  • reputation: The president responded by saying the data " doesn't relate to the reality" and accused them of smearing the country's reputation abroad.

Why 500 million bees have died in Brazil in three months

  • harm: Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Pesticides are sprayed in agriculture around the world and can harm insects such as bees.
  • vegetable: These include fruits and vegetables such as avocados, broccoli and cherries.
  • insect: Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Pesticides are sprayed in agriculture around the world and can harm insects such as bees.
  • reliant: The country uses pesticides because its economy is so reliant on agriculture.
  • insect: Some researchers say wildlife-friendly farming and gardening- such as creating patches of wild plants and weeds to encourage pollinating insects- can have a positive impact.

UPDATE 1-Philippines' Duterte warns of 'unfriendly' greeting for uninvited warships

  • passive: The warning comes as Duterte faces critics at home who accuse him of being passive over Chinese provocations in exchange for business ties with Beijing, though promised investments have been slow in coming.
  • provocation: The warning comes as Duterte faces critics at home who accuse him of being passive over Chinese provocations in exchange for business ties with Beijing, though promised investments have been slow in coming.
  • archipelago: Duterte's frustration over multiple sightings this year of Chinese warships moving within the country's 12-mile territorial sea, at various locations in the archipelago, was relayed on Tuesday by his spokesman Salvador Panelo.
  • clearance: All foreign vessels passing our territorial waters must notify and get clearance from the proper government authority well in advance of the actual passag e," Panelo said in a statement, quoting Duterte.
  • disdain: The same polls show growing disdain for China over its conduct in the South China Sea and concerns among some Filipinos over an influx of Chinese online gaming workers under Duterte.

Claims: Migrant children molested in U.S.-funded foster care

  • fondle: The legal claims, a recent federal court filing and HHS documents released by Congress earlier this year allege that children have suffered serious emotional trauma after being physically harmed or fondled by other children while in foster care.
  • unconscionable: The people making these policies intended this level of suffering, and that's what's unconscionable," said John Escamilla, who is representing the man's wife and two children.
  • meritorious: The most important take away is these claims are viable, and courts will entertain them, and the Department of Homeland Security views them as meritorious; they don't settle cases unless they think there's liability they're exposed to.

Puerto Rico had three governors in a week. Now what?

  • normalcy: The demonstrations have tapered off, but it may be a while before political normalcy returns.
  • invalid: Vazquez took the oath of office after the Puerto Rican Supreme Court ruled that Pedro Pierluisi's swearing in on Aug. 2 was invalid.
  • worse: Puerto Rico remains immersed in a 13-year recession, made all the worse by the considerable brain drain from the estimated 500,000 residents who have left in the last decade.

2 victims in Dayton hit by police bullets; shooter had drugs in system

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  • superficial: A second victim sustained a " superficial" gunshot wound from police, Harshbarger said.
  • warrant: Until he is separated from his firepower, lethal force is warranted.

Netanyahu bars Democrat congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib from entering Israel

  • affront: Ms Omar released a statement comparing the ban to Mr Trump's ban on people from Muslim-majority countries entering the US. " It is an affront that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, under pressure from President Trump, would deny entry to representatives of the US government," she said.
  • strident: In contrast to the nearly 70 freshmen members of Congress who just recently completed, or who are currently pursuing, a balanced visit to Israel that includes meetings with both Israeli and Palestinian leaders, the Tlaib/O mar Delegation has limited its exposure to tours organized by the most strident of BDS activists," he said.
  • veer: However, both have also been accused of veering into anti-Semitism while criticising Israel.

Brazil torture victim's testimony triggers landmark case

  • clandestine: More than 400 people were killed or disappeared during Brazil's military rule and Ms Romeu's detailed account of her months in captivity at the clandestine prison dubbed " House of Death" were key in bringing information about the military's excesses to light.
  • clandestine: The building was a clandestine jail used to hide and torture left-wing activists.
  • clandestine: Ms Romeu managed to get out of the clandestine centre alive by pretending to have been " turned" by her captors, agreeing to their demand that she spy on her fellow left-wing activists.
  • spy: Ms Romeu managed to get out of the clandestine centre alive by pretending to have been " turned" by her captors, agreeing to their demand that she spy on her fellow left-wing activists.
  • clandestine: Her family took her to hospital, knowing that she would be arrested and formally charged but rightly assumed that she would be safer in a state prison than if her military captors took her back to a clandestine torture centre.

American unions have been decimated. No wonder inequality is booming

  • stagnate: All this helps explain why wages have stagnated for decades, income inequality has soared and corporations and billionaire donors have undue sway over our politics, policymaking and political appointments.
  • undue: All this helps explain why wages have stagnated for decades, income inequality has soared and corporations and billionaire donors have undue sway over our politics, policymaking and political appointments.
  • bite: If companies egregiously violate labor laws by firing the workers spearheading a union drive, then corporate executives should also face penalties with real bite, such as large personal fines.
  • reinstate: There also needs to be swifter and surer means to reinstate union supporters who are improperly fired during organizing drives.

Do we need to worry about banana blight?

  • disease: However, Prof Kema is not so optimistic about controlling the spread of the disease.
  • fungus: A strain of the Fusarium fungus, which causes so-called Panama disease in banana plants, was detected in Colombia.
  • fungus: While the fungus is not harmful to humans, it has the potential to eventually wipe out Cavendish bananas, according to experts..
  • fungus: The Cavendish was brought in as a monoculture crop after Fusarium fungus all but wiped out the world's previous favourite dessert banana, the Gros Michel, in the 1950s.
  • fungus: Banana giant Fyffes, which says TR4 has not had an impact on its plantations, says the risk from the fungus is " manageable", but that only stringent bio-security practices will slow its spread.

‘Why I don't want to own the land my business is built on’

  • sand: The only sounds are from myriad birds that swoop and dive overhead and the crash of the Atlantic Ocean from beyond the sand dunes close by.
  • island: They want to surround the whole island along the coast with hotels, and big houses and stuff, so we'll be enclosed in the village," Desouza says.
  • development: On Barbuda there are a smattering of small hotels and guest houses, and some eco-style developments like Asha Frank's.
  • foundation: In her early 20s, she is a teacher at the secondary school where Mussington is head, and has her own plot prepped to start building the foundations of a house.
  • village: They want to surround the whole island along the coast with hotels, and big houses and stuff, so we'll be enclosed in the village," Desouza says.

Colombia murders: Anger as indigenous leaders are buried

  • dissident: They were the latest indigenous activists to be targeted among a resurgence of violence by dissident rebel groups and paramilitaries.
  • adorn: Members of the indigenous guard are not armed but carry a staff adorned with the red and green colours of the Nasa group.
  • dissident: Colombian Interior Minister Nancy Gutierrez said a dissident group of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia ( Farc) was behind the attack.
  • extortion: Not all the Farc rebels agreed with their leadership's strategy though and some broke away to continue fighting the state and engaging in criminal activities, such as drug trafficking and extortion.
  • dissident: As the dissident rebels try to expand the territory they control they increasingly clash with the indigenous guard protecting it.

Here’s my plan for Democrats to beat Donald Trump: Try having fewer plans

  • generalize: The 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana, spent much time on the trail introducing himself to voters while generalizing about issues.
  • plethora: This year's plethora of plans is due in part to the number of Democrats seeking the nomination, coupled with the fact that all 24 of them agree on the broad strokes of progressiveness.
  • vacuous: Rather than getting bogged down with plans, Trump went for slick slogans: " Build the wall," " lock her up" and, of course, the most vacuous of all," Make America Great Again.
  • oratory: The campaign thus far has been heavy on plans but thin on uplifting oratory.

The Latest: Hong Kong airport to restart flights Tuesday

  • dissident: Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei says the crackdown on demonstrations in Hong Kong has become more brutal since U.S. President Donald Trump characterized them as " riots" and an issue between Hong Kong and China.
  • disciplinary: The chief executive of Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific Airways says there will be " disciplinary consequences" for employees involved in " illegal protests," as the airline joins a slate of businesses that have appeased and apologized to China in recent days over political flaps.
  • slate: The chief executive of Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific Airways says there will be " disciplinary consequences" for employees involved in " illegal protests," as the airline joins a slate of businesses that have appeased and apologized to China in recent days over political flaps.
  • appease: The chief executive of Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific Airways says there will be " disciplinary consequences" for employees involved in " illegal protests," as the airline joins a slate of businesses that have appeased and apologized to China in recent days over political flaps.
  • apologize: The chief executive of Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific Airways says there will be " disciplinary consequences" for employees involved in " illegal protests," as the airline joins a slate of businesses that have appeased and apologized to China in recent days over political flaps.

CORRECTED-Indian authorities lock down Kashmir's major city on Eid holiday

  • spill: Hundreds of people shouting anti-India slogans spilled on to the streets following prayers in the neighbourhood of Soura, the site of a big demonstration on Friday, but authorities largely sealed off the area and kept the protest localised.
  • hover: The voices of protesters chanting anti-India and pro-Pakistan slogans grew louder as the sound of helicopters swelled overhead, among at least three of the aircraft that hovered over Srinagar to keep vigil.
  • sporadic: Eyewitnesses reported sporadic incidents of stone pelting of security forces on Sunday and Monday morning.
  • insignificant: There have been some isolated incidents of stone-pelting," the Home Ministry said in a statement, but added they were of an " insignificant level ".
  • mischievous: In Srinagar, keeping in view the possibility of terrorists, militants and mischievous elements trying to disturb public order and peace, reasonable restrictions were imposed on large gatherings in sensitive areas," the ministry added.

Saudi rallies around exiled Yemen leader after UAE-backed separatists seize Aden

  • exile: Saudi rallies around exiled Yemen leader after UAE-backed separatists seize Aden.
  • exile: ADEN, Aug 12 (Reuters)- Saudi Arabia threw its weight behind Yemen's exiled president, as UAE-backed southern separatists who took over the port of Aden held strong against Riyadh's calls to vacate government sites.
  • vacate: ADEN, Aug 12 (Reuters)- Saudi Arabia threw its weight behind Yemen's exiled president, as UAE-backed southern separatists who took over the port of Aden held strong against Riyadh's calls to vacate government sites.
  • populous: An alliance of Sunni Arab states led by Riyadh has fractured after more than four years fighting on behalf of an ousted Yemeni government against the Iran-aligned, Shi 'ite-led Houthi movement that controls the capital and most populous areas.
  • exile: Riyadh made clear it still backs the government, led by exiled President Abd -Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who has mainly lived in Saudi Arabia since fleeing Yemen's capital in 2014.

Typhoon Lekima death toll rises to 44 in eastern China

  • smash: Beijing (AFP)- A monster storm that smashed its way up the eastern China coast and forced more than a million residents to flee has killed 44 people, state media said Monday.
  • submerge: Footage on state broadcaster CCTV showed fields and streets flooded by muddy water, submerged vehicles, scattered debris and trees blown over as strong winds and rain from Typhoon Lekima pounded cities along the seaboard.
  • rope: Rescue workers were shown on CCTV using boats and rope pulleys to carry out stranded residents over the weekend.

A growing number of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates are calling Trump a ‘white supremacist.’...

  • dam: Several Democratic presidential candidates had already labeled President Donald Trump as a racist prior to last week, but the dam broke after the El Paso shooting.
  • dam: Many of the candidates had already labeled Trump as a racist prior to last week, but the dam broke after the El Paso shooting.
  • galvanize: We're in new territory here in terms of how a sitting president and presidential candidates have used race in explicit ways to polarize and galvanize," Ramakrishnan says.
  • infest: Last month, Trump targeted four congresswomen in a series of racist tweets, telling them to " go back" and" help fix the totally broken and crime infested " countries" from which they came.
  • disaffected: Democratic strategists are also betting on disaffected GOP suburban voters uneasy with Trump's racial attacks and frustrated with government inaction after mass shootings in Ohio and Texas being the key to ousting Trump from the White House next year.

How to Save Money When Buying Replacement Tires

  • disposal: Other freebies mentioned by members included tire mounting, tire disposal, and a road-hazard warra nty.
  • wet: Start shopping for tires by identifying models that deliver on the safety-related attributes that mean the most to you, such as wet braking grip, winter traction, and resistance to hydroplaning ( when water gets between the tire and the road).
  • reputable: Then focus on getting a good deal from a reputable dealer.

Chagabi Etacore: The leader killed by contact with the outside world

  • hover: Chagabi Etacore was a young child in 1986 when he heard a helicopter hovering over his home in Paraguay's Chaco forest.
  • servitude: At the mission, Chagabi and his tribe lived for years in unpaid servitude and were exposed to diseases to which they had no immunity.
  • anthropology: Chagabi's goal was a world in which human rights were respected," said Lucas Bessire, an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Oklahoma, who has spent extensive time living with the Ayoreo and worked closely with Chagabi.
  • translator: As a teacher, health worker, film-maker, deforestation activist, political negotiator, translator and father of three, Chagabi achieved much in his short life.
  • disappearing: Since Mennonite farmers first invaded the Chaco in the 1940s, it has become one of the world's fastest disappearing forests.

Epstein’s Victims Say He Cheated Them in Death, Vow Justice

  • coerce: Dozens of women claim that Epstein lured them to his Palm Beach, Florida, mansion, where he coerced them into sex, paid them, and asked them to bring him other girls.
  • grave: Epstein may now carry to his grave some secrets of his sordid conduct, the escapades of his wealthy friends, and the mysteries of his financial dealings.
  • barring: Lawyers said that victims may pursue civil lawsuits against the estate of Ep stein, a process that could take years and run up against laws barring claims that are too old.
  • conspirator: Epstein entered a controversial non-prosecution agreement more than a decade ago with U.S. prosecutors, which barred federal charges in the Southern District of Florida against him and four named conspirators.

Against Universal Background Checks

  • assent: If that is the case, the Senate should listen carefully to the proposals on offer, and then politely decline to assent.
  • instant: At present, the federal government mandates that an instant background check be run prior to the completion of all commercial and interstate firearms transactions.
  • superintend: None of those powers permit it to superintend private firearms transactions that take place between two residents of a single state.
  • dissemble: Apologists for the idea like to dissemble on this question by insisting that the records would be kept by third parties or that they would be decentralized.
  • discernible: As they have in the past, Americans should resist this development robustly, for the history of gun registries in America is the history of private citizens handing over great gobs of information to the government for no discernible reward.

UPDATE 2-Jeffrey Epstein accuser links powerful men to financier -civil court filing

  • deposition: The claim by Virginia Giuffre came in a deposition that was included among roughly 2,000 pages of documents related to her defamation lawsuit against Ghislaine Maxwell, the associate whom Giuffre has said helped Epstein procure girls for sex.
  • defamation: The claim by Virginia Giuffre came in a deposition that was included among roughly 2,000 pages of documents related to her defamation lawsuit against Ghislaine Maxwell, the associate whom Giuffre has said helped Epstein procure girls for sex.
  • procure: The claim by Virginia Giuffre came in a deposition that was included among roughly 2,000 pages of documents related to her defamation lawsuit against Ghislaine Maxwell, the associate whom Giuffre has said helped Epstein procure girls for sex.
  • deposition: The Giuffre deposition and the other documents were released after a federal appeals court in Manhattan rejected Maxwell's bid to keep them under seal.
  • deposition: Giuffre claimed in a May 3, 2016, deposition that Maxwell directed her to have sex with people including former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, former U.S. Senator George Mitchell, modeling agent Jean Luc Brunel and financier Glenn Dubin.

Man leads police on chase from Missouri to Tennessee after stealing car full of kittens

  • chase: Man leads police on chase from Missouri to Tennessee after stealing car full of kittens.
  • chase: The sprawling chase began when 19-year-old James A. Pitts allegedly stole a white BMW with seven kittens inside from a rest area in Lee's Summit, Mo.
  • chase: There was also an unidentified woman with Pitts when he stole the car but she was reportedly dropped off at some point during the chase.
  • stray: In other recent feline-related crime, a 79-year-old woman was sentenced to jail in July for feeding stray cats.

Rise in snakebites across US linked to climate crisis and sprawling suburbs

  • bite: The increase in bites is on track to break records in North Carolina, Georgia and Texas where copperhead rattlesnakes are the dominant species, with a total of 2,118 bites, an increase of 83 over the previous year, the newspaper said.
  • bite: The increase in bites is on track to break records in North Carolina, Georgia and Texas where copperhead rattlesnakes are the dominant species, with a total of 2,118 bites, an increase of 83 over the previous year, the newspaper said.
  • cure: Related: Scientists pursue universal snakebite cure using HIV antibody techniques.
  • bite: According to a 2016 study of pediatric snakebites, about 1,300 bites are reported involving minors each year, though that is a fraction of the estimated total number of snakebites, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates at 7,000-8,000.
  • bite: Experts noted that the majority of bites are occurring in fast-growing suburbs of cities like Raleigh, Atlanta and Dallas, suggesting that newcomers unaccustomed to living in the south are disturbing snakes living in what was once forest or farmland.

Turkish assault on Kurdish-held Syria averted after agreement with US on 'safezone'

  • sever: They also wanted the US to sever ties with the group, which had been its main frontline partner against the Islamic State ( Isil).
  • juggle: The demand put the US in a difficult position, forcing it to juggle the interests of anti-Isil coalition partner, the YPG, and Nato ally Turkey.
  • assuage: Kurdish officials in Syria did not immediately comment on the proposal, but it will likely assuage fears of an imminent unilateral assa ult.

China warns Hong Kong facing biggest crisis since handover

  • seminar: Zhang Xiaoming was speaking to Hong Kong residents attending a seminar in the mainland city of Shenzhen just across the border from the Asian financial hub that has been wracked by daily protests against the administration of Chief Executive Carrie Lam.
  • advisory: Those protests are getting increasingly violent and having " an increasingly broad impact on society," Zhang told the 500 attendees, who included members of the Hong Kong and central government legislative and advisory bodies.
  • encroach: However, many Hong Kong residents feel Beijing has been increasingly encroaching on their freedoms.
  • perish: We would like to make it clear to the very small group of unscrupulous and violent criminals and the dirty forces behind them: Those who play with fire will perish by it," said Yang Guang, spokesman for the Chinese Cabinet's Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office.

Trump, Republican party sue over California tax return law

  • forego: Without a serious Republican competitor, Trump would likely be able to forego the state's primary and still win the nomination.
  • crusade: The Trump campaign, meanwhile, argued in its suit that Democrats are " on a crusade to obtain the President's federal tax returns in the hopes of finding something they can use to harm him politically.
  • depress: Republicans also say keeping Trump off the ballot could depress voter turnout in the primary, hurting Republicans in other races down ticket, such as for the state Legislature.

Did Dayton gunman target his own sister? Idea 'defies believability,' police chief says

  • limp: Shops, bars and restaurants were reopening in Dayton's trendy Oregon District on Monday as the proud Ohio city limped toward normalcy one day after a horrific shooting rampage that left nine people dead, dozens injured and the motive unknown.
  • normalcy: Shops, bars and restaurants were reopening in Dayton's trendy Oregon District on Monday as the proud Ohio city limped toward normalcy one day after a horrific shooting rampage that left nine people dead, dozens injured and the motive unknown.
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  • decry: Patrick Crusius, the man charged in that rampage, had posted a detailed, racist manifesto online decrying an " invasion" of immigrants.
  • decry: Critics have questioned whether Trump's anti-immigrant rhetoric spurred the shooter to action in El Paso, given the detailed manifesto officials linked to Crusius that mirrored much of the language Trump has used decrying a possible " invasion" from immigrants.

US mass shootings: How Mexico's newspapers saw the El Paso massacre

  • incendiary: In editorials and commentaries, several leading Mexican media outlets and pundits squarely blamed US President Donald Trump's incendiary rhetoric against undocumented migrants and in particular Mexi cans.
  • flinch: Mexican media commentators did not flinch from identifying the US leader as a propagator of anti-migrant, and anti-Mexican, feelings.
  • nuance: An editorial in Mexican left-wing daily La Jornada had already described the El Paso killings as a " massacre with Trumpist nuances ".
  • cheer: A cartoon published by La Jornada shows an image of Mr Trump, hands crossed, looking mournful about the " Massacre in El Paso ", while behind him a clearly identifiable shadow of the US president claps and cheers.

Protesters, police play cat-and-mouse game across Hong Kong

  • protracted: While past nights of protest have ended in protracted standoffs between demonstrators and riot police, rally participants this time took a different tack.
  • tack: While past nights of protest have ended in protracted standoffs between demonstrators and riot police, rally participants this time took a different tack.
  • dissolution: Protesters ' five major demands include the release of arrested demonstrators, an independent investigation into alleged police abuse and the dissolution of the current legislature, which is only partially composed of lawmakers who were directly elected.
  • converge: After police began to clear the area, protesters converged on the other rally on Hong Kong Island, where demonstrators were already putting on gas masks and handing out Pocari Sweat, a Japanese sports drink favored by the movement.
  • conceal: Even when tear gas is not employed, many protesters wear masks and balaclavas to conceal their identities.