Does the NRA still have power? The pro-gun group is in uncharted territory after latest mass shootings

Washington (CNN)The pressure is on the National Rifle Association from typically friendly corners — President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress — after last week’s deadly mass shootings in Ohio and Texas. But now, the NRA’s tight-knit circle is broken. Its top lobbyist, Christopher Cox, has departed. Oliver North, its well-known president and public face, has been pushed out. The NRA’s chief ad man, Angus McQueen, died last month. LaPierre, the NRA’s combative CEO, has just emerged from an attempted coup and finds himself mired in legal battles with Ackerman. This leaves LaPierre and the NRA in uncharted territory. El Paso and Dayton present them with a crucial test, and many observers — in Congress, among the NRA’s membership and …

Little Mix singer Jade Thirlwall says she almost died from anorexia

Jade Thirlwall of Little Mix revealed she nearly died after battling anorexia. She recovered with the aid of doctors before auditioning for “The X Factor” in 2011. (Getty) “It was my own thing that I could do to myself and nobody knew about it. “I obviously became very small and my ribs were sticking out. I was very gaunt and I used to wear a lot of baggy clothes to hide that. “In my head, I felt so down and depressed about everything that was going on in my life, I really just wanted to sort of waste away. ARIANA GRANDE SLAMS PIERS MORGAN OVER COMMENTS ABOUT LITTLE MIX’S PARTIAL NUDITY “I got in a really horrible state. The turning …

Exclusive: White House rebuffed attempts by DHS to make combating domestic terrorism a higher priority

Washington (CNN)White House officials rebuffed efforts by their colleagues at the Department of Homeland Security for more than a year to make combating domestic terror threats, such as those from white supremacists, a greater priority as specifically spelled out in the National Counterterrorism Strategy, current and former senior administration officials as well as other sources close to the Trump administration tell CNN. The document mentions that domestic terrorism is on the rise, but the subject is only briefly addressed, all the more stark given that FBI Director Christopher Wray’s July testimony that there have been almost as many domestic terror arrests in the first three quarters of the fiscal year — about 100 — as there have been arrests connected …

House Homeland Security Chair Lashes ICE Boss For Children Left Abandoned By Raids

Immigration and Customs Enforcement for leaving an “ “I write to express my outrage,” Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) wrote to ICE chief “At a time when this country is grieving due to two domestic terrorist shootings, your agency has instead seemingly deliberately disregarded its own long-standing guidelines and carried out another form of family separation,” wrote Thompson, referring to the mass shootings last Saturday in El Paso, Texas. The suspected gunman in the Texas attack told Thompson also William Barr and acting Homeland Security Secretary Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and Rep. Thompson accused Albence of creating “chaos” and “More than 24 hours after the operation had concluded, ICE had still not contacted Mississippi’s Department of Child Protection Services,” Thompson added. “This left …

Ambulance crew shortage expected for third night

The service had appealed for staff to come to work at the weekend because of difficulties filling rotas. “We are doing everything we can to provide as high a level of cover as we can,” said Dr Ruddell. “We are going to prioritise those calls which have the most critical need. “Unfortunately, those people who have a less critical need are the ones who wait longer, and we apologise for that.” Related Topics NI Health UK ambulance services Northern Ireland Ambulance Service Original Article : HERE ;

Transfer deadline day: Whatsapp messages, spinning plates and a ‘Catch-22’

(CNN)It’s the day the dollars are splashed, headlines are made nerves are frayed, and football fans flock to their club’s stadium to surround television reporters in the desperate bid to catch a glimpse of a new superstar signing. As the clock ticked down on Thursday the likes of Juventus star Paulo Dybala and Barcelona playmaker Philippe Coutinho are both being linked with a move to Tottenham, while Christian Eriksen is reportedly seeking a transfer away from the north London club with Spain his favored destination. Then there’s Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku, reportedly destined for a new adventure with Italian giant Inter Milan. And don’t forget Brazilian superstar Neymar at Paris Saint-Germain and Gareth Bale at Real Madrid whose futures remain …

Angelina Jolie Shares Intimate Details About Raising ‘Strong’ Daughters In Moving Essay

Angelina Jolie is opening up about raising her daughters to “develop their minds” instead of focusing on their appearances in a moving essay about women unfairly maligned in history. latest issue of Elle magazine, reminding them that it’s what’s on the inside that counts. “There is nothing more attractive — you might even say enchanting — than a woman with an independent will and her own opinions,” she continued.  The actress also mentions her sons, writing that she “could not be prouder” of “the men they are becoming, the way they respect their sisters and are respected by them.” “Women who rebel against what is considered normal by society—even unintentionally—have been labeled as unnatural, weird, wicked, and dangerous,” she writes. “Wicked …

Kashmir: New violence feared in old flashpoint, as Indian ruling party pushes long-held agenda

New Delhi (CNN)Hindu nationalists in India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have long dreamed of stripping Indian-controlled Kashmir — named Jammu and Kashmir state — of its decades-old special status. The “abrogation of Article 370” was also mentioned in the BJP election manifesto, released in April ahead of India’s general elections. It was part of a promise “to overcome all obstacles that come in the way of development and provide adequate financial resources to all regions of the state.” A long-held goal On Monday, Modi’s government finally moved to revoke Article 370, in what analysts say is part of a Hindu nationalist agenda. Pakistan, which also claims Kashmir, described the move as illegal. It is not clear what happens next, …

Common blue butterfly makes a comeback

Extinct butterfly back in England Rare butterflies thrive at former quarry How do you take a butterfly’s temperature? The common blue butterfly is not typically found in gardens, preferring unimproved grassland such as woodland clearings, heathland and even sand dunes The top of the male’s wings are bright blue and unmarked, while females have orange crescents and dark spots near the edge of their wings – that vary from purple to dark brown – and a tinge of blue near their bodies. Related Topics Wildlife Environment Nature Butterflies Insects Original Article : HERE ;

Chinese companies halt purchases of US agricultural products

Beijing (CNN Business)Chinese companies have halted purchases of US agricultural products, marking the latest escalation of the trade war between the United States and China. China’s Commerce Ministry called the new tariffs a “serious violation of the consensus reached by the two countries’ leaders in Osaka.” At the June G20 meeting in Osaka, American and Chinese officials had agreed to a cease-fire in the trade war.

UK to join US-led taskforce in Gulf

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWhy does the Strait of Hormuz matter? The Royal Navy will join a US-led taskforce to protect merchant ships travelling in the Gulf. The move comes amid growing tensions between the two western powers and Iran over the shipping route in the Strait of Hormuz. Iranian forces seized British-flagged vessel Stena Impero last month, while the US has tightened sanctions on Iran. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the new maritime taskforce would give “reassurance for shipping”. But it goes against plans laid out by his predecessor, Jeremy Hunt, for a European-led mission in the area. Image copyright MoD Image caption HMS Montrose, centre, escorts the British-flagged Stena Important (front) and Sea Ploeg …

How ‘BH90210’ paid tribute to Luke Perry

(CNN)Luke Perry might be gone, but he was far from forgotten in the premiere of Fox’s “BH90210.” “We knew we had to acknowledge and pay tribute to him (because) obviously it was a very painful loss for us; everyone knew him and we wanted to do it in as respectful a way as possible,” Chris Alberghini, one of the series’ executive producers, said on Wednesday during the show’s Television Critics Association press day. He said various tributes were discussed among the cast but they ultimately “found a way (to do it) that felt commemorative.” Costar Jennie Garth confirmed that Perry was approached about the reboot before his death and she said he was “fully in support of it.” However, the …

‘Something needs to be done’: A conversation about guns and race in America

(CNN)On Tuesday afternoon, Liliana Bustos, a 27-year-old waitress in El Paso, Texas, brought her 2-year-old son to see the growing memorial outside the Walmart commemorating the 22 people killed in the mass shooting there on Saturday. Andre Ortiz and his fiancée Caysee Brown frequent Dayton’s Oregon entertainment district where the shooting took place. Ortiz, 34, and Brown, 36, knew one of the victims, Lola Oglesby. “It feels a little different to even leave the house these days,” said Brown. “It just doesn’t feel like you can go anywhere. Can’t go to Walmart. Can’t go to church. Can’t go to a movie theater without the fear of something happening or something going wrong.” Ortiz said he’s had to talk with the …

GOP Rep. Will Hurd Is Retiring, Leaving Texas Seat Within Democrats’ Reach

nearly lost his Texas seat to a Democratic challenger last year, Hurd, who’s served in the House since 2015, said he wants to focus on addressing issues like relations with China, poverty in Central America and the rise of artificial intelligence from the private sector. Hurd’s departure leaves the House without a single black Republican.  pledged to vote for Trump in next year’s election. Gina Ortiz Jones, an Air Force veteran and career civil servant in Texas’ 23rd Congressional District. Jones ― who Democrats have high hopes of flipping the district. It was on the party’s “Red to Blue” list of high-priority districts during the 2018 election, when Jones lost by just 926 votes. “Democrats will win this seat and if …

Posing with octopus on face sends Washington woman to hospital

Jamie Bisceglia of Fox Island, Wash., was sent to the hospital after posing for a photo with an octopus on her face last Friday. (Jamie Bisceglia) KEY TO UNDERSTANDING ALIENS MIGHT BE UNLOCKED BY OCTOPUS’ TENTACLES She also asked the men to take a photo of her with the sea creature, intending to enter the snap in the derby’s photography contest: “It’s soft, it’s squishy, it doesn’t feel like it can hurt you — I put it on my face.” And at first, that wasn’t so bad. “The tentacles were squirming in my ear, my nose, it was just playing with me on my face,” she said. Jamie Bisceglia described the pain of the octopus bite as “intense,” adding that the bleeding lasted for …