I joked about racism and caused a student to drop my class

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What it’s like to live with a white witch

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The Mossad’s big failure: How Israel tried to catch ‘Angel of Death’ Mengele

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US formally requests UN vote Monday on North Korea

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Nauseating trash heaps in India spark citizen cleanup drives

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Deal with Trump, GOP retirements have Dems riding higher

Deal with Trump, GOP retirements have Dems riding higherWASHINGTON (AP) — Relegated for months to playing defense, congressional Democrats are rising again. They've been revitalized by the deal their leaders cut with President Donald Trump this week and by a trickle of GOP retirements that have boosted their hopes of capturing House control next year.


U.S. Navy moving aircraft carrier for Hurricane Irma relief

U.S. Navy moving aircraft carrier for Hurricane Irma reliefThe U.S. Navy said on Friday that it was moving the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln and other ships into position to provide humanitarian relief from Hurricane Irma if needed. The Abraham Lincoln, along with the amphibious assault ship Iwo Jima and transport dock ship New York, have left Norfolk, Virginia and are making their way south while trying to avoid the hurricane, U.S. officials said. In total, the four ships have three CH-53E Marine heavy lift helicopters, 10 MH-60S and 14 MH-60R Navy medium life helicopters.


US military readies for Hurricane Irma

US military readies for Hurricane IrmaThe US military was mobilizing thousands of troops and deploying several large ships Friday to aid with evacuations and humanitarian relief from Hurricane Irma, as the Air Force removed scores of planes from the region. The governors of Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands and Florida have together activated nearly 14,000 National Guard personnel to support search-and-rescue missions and evacuations, a Pentagon statement read.


Florida gun owners encouraged to 'shoot the storm' and fire their guns at Hurricane Irma

Florida gun owners encouraged to 'shoot the storm' and fire their guns at Hurricane IrmaA Florida man who suggested shooting guns at Hurricane Irma out of "stress and boredom" has found that his idea has captured peoples' imaginations – with over 46,000 signing up to join in. Hurricane Irma is due to hit Florida on Saturday, and the state is currently experiencing the largest ever mass evacuation due to a hurricane in American history. But Ryon Edwards, 22, came up with a novel way of amusing himself during the storm: firing bullets into it. He started a Facebook "event", and as of Friday evening 46,000 people say they are interested. "A combination of stress and boredom made me start the event," he told the BBC. "The response is a complete and total surprise to me. "I never envisioned this event becoming some kind of crazy idea larger than myself. It has become something a little out of my control." The "Shoot at Irma" page Graphics suggesting how to shoot at a hurricane have sprung up online, with the suggestion that if you fire correctly the bullet might not come back and kill you. Since Mr Edwards came up with his "masterplan", other similar Facebook pages have been created  – including one suggesting using flame throwers to scare away the storm. "It's time we took a stand against this bully!" reads the event description. "This is our home, nobody drives us out of our own territory. "Join me in this fight as we shoot flames at Hurricane Irma and dissipate her on the spot."