Day: July 6, 2017

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Floyd Mayweather will knock UFC's Conor McGregor out, boxing promoter Bob Arum says


Hall of fame boxing promoter Bob Arum is predicting that Floyd Mayweather will knock out UFC star Conor McGregor when they square off in Las Vegas on August 26th.

“Mayweather is a defensive fighter who doesn’t throw a lot of punches, he just defends himself, he’s an extremely great athlete, but I think Mayweather is going to show his [superiority] and he’s going to knock McGregor out,” Arum said during an appearance on FOX Business.

Arum promoted the fight named the “mixed martial arts championship of the world” in 1976, where boxing champion Muhammad Ali and wrestling great Antonio Inoki, went fifteen rounds. In Arum’s opinion, “it was a disaster.”

“There were no rules—Inoki would flop on his behind as soon as the bell rang,” he said adding that Ali agreed to the fight “for the money.”

Despite this, he could not say whether it’s comparable to Mayweather versus McGregor.

“I don’t really like to talk badly about somebody else’s fight, but I can talk about my fight. Ali and Inoki, it was a disgrace,” he said.

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Arum also discussed Manny Pacquiao’s stunning loss to Australia’s Jeff Horn, which was broadcast live on ESPN Saturday evening. He said “the best is yet to come.”

“Boxing has been shown virtually completely in the United States on premium television whether it’s HBO or Showtime—and that by its very nature gives boxing a very limited audience. Now with ESPN coming on board boxing will be shown to the public on a basis that everybody can see it. There will be appropriate build up for the event. There will be talk about it on Sportscenter after the event—it will be packaged by ESPN the way they package SEC football,” he said.

When asked about a rematch, Arum said: “That’s going to be up to Manny. Manny has a lot of duties as a senator in the Philippines. He has to train while he goes to senate sessions. Unlike some of our senators, he has never missed a session of the Philippine Senate… If he can balance his senatorial duties with preparing for a boxing match, sure there’ll be a rematch.”



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Iran illegally seeking weapons tech from German firms, according to report


Iran is targeting German companies in its bid to advance its missile program, in possible violation of an international agreement, and at least on occasion with the aid of a Chinese company, according to a damning recent report from a German intelligence agency.

The 181-page report, published last month and released Tuesday by officials from the heavily industrialized southern German state of Baden-Württemberg, warned that Iran is actively seeking “products and scientific know-how for the field of developing weapons of mass destruction as well missile technology.” The Islamic Republic is targeting German companies through various fronts, according to the report.

“[Iran is seeking] products and scientific know-how for the field of developing weapons of mass destruction as well missile technology.”

– German intel report

In one case, Iran allegedly worked through a Chinese front company to seek “complex metal-producing machines” from a German engineering firm. German intelligence officials blocked the sale when they told the engineering firm the merchandise was slated to be unlawfully routed to Iran.

“This case shows that so-called indirect deliveries across third countries is still Iran’s procurement strategy,” wrote the intelligence officials.

Another report, released this week by Germany’s Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV), found the deal brokered by the Obama administration to limit Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons resulted in little or no decrease in the Islamic Republic’s efforts to gain technology for missiles capable of carrying warheads. But it noted that the agreement was aimed at restricting nuclear technology, not missile technology.

“The amount of evidence found for attempts to acquire proliferation-sensitive material for missile technology/the missile program, which is not covered by the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, remained about the same,” the report said.

The U.S. and other world powers — including France, China, Russia and the United Kingdom — reached an agreement with Iran in July 2015, the so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), to restrict Tehran’s nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.

Benjamin Weinthal reports on human rights in the Middle East and is a fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. Follow him on Twitter @BenWeinthal



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Alaska couple committed suicide by plane, investigators say


After a couple was killed when their plane crashed into a snow-covered mountain in Alaska, their adult children found a silver lining. Cecilia Matter, 63, was suffering from cancer and didn’t have much longer to live, they told KYUK at the time of the crash in December.

It would have been devastating, they added, for her 62-year-old husband to live without her. After all, the couple was “inseparable.” Their father, it seems, felt the same way.

A final accident report released by the National Transportation Safety Board lists the probable cause of the crash as “the pilot’s intentional flight of the airplane into terrain in an act of suicide,” which resulted in the death of Cecilia Matter by manslaughter, reports the Alaska Dispatch News.

The report notes private pilot Mark Matter was at the controls of his 1949 Piper PA-11 airplane when it crashed on Marvel Dome, 40 miles south of their home in Aniak, not far from its intended destination near the couple’s gold mine, on Dec. 15, 2016.

There were “clear skies” at the time of the crash and no evidence of mechanical issues was found during a study of the wreckage, the report adds.

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Casket dumped on sidewalk by funeral home employee


The mysterious small coffin found on a North Philadelphia sidewalk Monday night that contained some embalmed remains came from a funeral home in South Jersey.

That’s according to Philadelphia Police Capt. Malachi Jones, who would not name the funeral home nor the town.

He did say a funeral home employee dumped the small white casket on the 3000 block of W. Clearfield Street, which passers-by found the on the sidewalk across from Mount Vernon Cemetery shortly after 9 p.m.

Jones said it’s believed a three or four-month-old child was to have their funeral last Thursday and was buried.

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However, before the funeral, the latch on the casket broke so the funeral home transferred the body to another casket and forgot about the organs in the first casket.

FOX 29 News has reported the lid appeared to be pried open because the screws were freshly loosened, inside was a plastic bag with internal organ tissue, and police called the Medical Examiner’s Office.

Apparently, the funeral proceeded.

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Los Angeles police hunt for kidnapping suspect caught on camera forcing woman into van


Authorities in Los Angeles are searching for a man who is suspected of kidnapping a woman Wednesday by forcing her into a minivan in an incident that was caught on camera. 

Video released Thursday by the Los Angeles Police Department shows the victim talking with a heavy-set man near a parked Chrysler minivan, possibly a Town and Country, around 12:30 p.m. on El Cajon Street in Sylmar, FOX 11 reported. 

The woman is then seen in the video trying to walk away, but the male then follows her. He is then seen opening the sliding door of the van as he continues to talk to her.  

“The male grabs her by the hair and forcibly throws her inside the van,” police said in a statement. “She tries to escape, but he pushes her back inside the van.”

The man then gets into the driver’s seat of the van and drives off with the woman still inside. 

Los Angeles Police said the female victim “appears to be Hispanic, with long black hair, around 25 to 35 years old.” The male suspect is described as “about 250 pounds, and around 30 to 35 years old,” and was wearing a baseball cap that is turned backwards. 

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“It appears as if the suspect and the victim know each other,” police said, adding the motive for the kidnapping has yet to be determined. 

Anyone with information about the kidnapping is urged to call the LAPD’s Mission Station at (818) 838-9800. After-hours and weekend calls should be directed to (877) LAPD-24-7 and anonymous tips can be submitted through Crime Stoppers by calling (800) 222-TIPS.

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Ingredient for better eggs


If you don’t know this trick for the greatest fried eggs, let us help you crack the code: Carefully basting your whites with oil from the pan ensures that they set all the way through as the edges crackle and crisp away, and the yolk is left gloriously runny.

But what if we told you there was an even better way? Same method, more flavor. Nick Korbee, chef at Egg Shop in New York City and author of the restaurant’s bestselling new cookbook, bastes his fried eggs in compound butter. Here’s how.

They are, in his words, an “elegant accessory” to your basic breakfast. The best part is that you can make the butter ahead of the game, stock it in your fridge (it lasts about two weeks or can freeze for longer), and use it when you want to seem thoroughly impressive but lack the time or energy or ingredients to make elaborate flatbreads. Here are a couple of his favorite combinations, though there are more in the book (goji açai butter! mocha bacon butter! hot pickle butter!!!). The world is your compound butter.

The Egg Shop’s signature Herb Butter “will not get you stopped by the police at the airport,” Korbee writes. Ha! It’s their take on a beurre Maître d’Hôtel (AKA fancy French compound butter).

Grate 2 garlic cloves, zest 1 lemon, finely chop 1 shallot and add those to a bowl with room temperature butter. Then finely chop the leaves from 1 bunch of flat-leaf parsley and enough basil to get you ¼ of a cup. Throw those in, too, along with a pinch of salt, and mix with a rubber spatula until combined.

For tomato-caper butter, melt 2 tablespoons of your butter to sauté 2 marinated canned white anchovies and ¼ cup of brine-packed capers (not salt-packed). You want the anchovies to start to brown and the capers to become fragrant. Add a scant ½ cup of tomato paste and cook over a low heat for about 15 minutes. Take the mixture off the heat and let it cool. Pour it over the rest of your room-temperature butter, along with 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar and mix until combined.

The method for basting: Melt a pat of butter in the pan over medium heat (the butter should not “sputter out of control,” writes Korbee — that would mean the pan’s too hot) and then crack the egg on top. Once the bottom is firm enough that it slides around with ease, add a second knob of butter. As that melts, getting all fizzy and nutty and delicious, carefully tilt the pan so the butter pools at the edge and you can easily scoop some with your spoon to drizzle over the whites. Repeat until no goopy parts remain and finish with a bit of sea salt.

You can use these compound butters in other dishes, too. Korbee puts the goji acai flavor on french toast, the tomato-caper flavor on a pecorino tartine, and the hot pickle butter as the outside of his grilled cheese. I plan on employing the herb butter the next time I make steak and I think it’s safe to say I will not be disappointed.



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‘Pyramid’ spotted on Mars?


Mysterious ‘dome’ and ‘pyramid’ structures have been spotted on the surface of Mars, according to alien hunters.

The purported anomalies on the surface of Mars were featured on the ArtAlienTV YouTube channel after they were spotted by a researcher scanning the surface of Mars with the Google Earth tool.

“We have a clear 50 foot dome or sphere in a Mars Crater with large pipes coming out of it on the left. Also a triangular pyramid shaped structure about 500 feet away from it that is 120 ft wide,” explains ArtAlienTV in a post accompanying the video. “These features look artificial in nature and are clearly visible on Google Mars with no enhancements.”

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The area where the ‘dome’ and ‘pyramid’ are located between Mars’ Oyama Crater and Mawrth Vallis, a valley on the planet that has been identified as a possible landing site for the joint European Space Agency/Roscosmos ExoMars rover mission in 2020.

In the video ArtAlienTV says that many of the potential domes found on Mars have turned out to be sand dunes.

Features on the Red Planet’s surface continue to be a source of fascination. Alien hunters, for example, recently claimed that a mysterious ‘stone circle’ has been spotted on the surface of Mars.

NASA’S CURIOSITY ROVER SPOTS PURPLE ROCKS ON MARS

Earlier this year, it was also claimed that an image taken by NASA’s Mars Curiosity Rover shows an ancient tree stump on the surface of the Red Planet.

In 2015, UFO hunters said they had identified a mysterious woman-like shape in a picture taken by the Curiosity Rover.



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CITY OF LEAKS Loose lips endangering nation, new report says


The Trump administration is facing an “alarming” and “unprecedented” cascade of media leaks that pose a potential danger to national security, according to a Senate report released Thursday. 

The Republican-authored report, which estimated the administration has dealt with roughly one leak per day, was sent to Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The authors urged law enforcement officials to step up their investigation of leaks exposing potentially sensitive information. 

“To ensure the security of our country’s most sensitive information, federal law enforcement officials ought to thoroughly investigate leaks of potentially sensitive information flowing at an alarming rate,” the report’s executive summary said. It was compiled by Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Ron Johnson, R-Wis., along with the committee’s majority staff.

The 24-page report, titled “State Secrets: How an Avalanche of Media Leaks is Harming National Security,” cited an “unprecedented wave” of “potentially damaging” leaks.

The authors examined media leaks stretching from President Trump’s inauguration on Jan. 20 to May 25, the president’s 126th day in office. According to the report, in that time period, the Trump administration faced one leak a day involving information potentially damaging to national security under the standards laid out in an executive order signed by then-President Barack Obama in 2009.

“Articles published by a range of national news organizations between January 20 and May 25, 2017 included at least 125 stories with leaked information potentially damaging to national security,” the summary said, noting that the leaks are “potential violations of federal law, punishable by jail time.”

The report states that the leaks flowed about “seven times faster” under the Trump administration than during the first 126 days of both Obama’s and George W. Bush’s presidency.

“It is also apparent that the arguments often used to justify leaks are at odds with the Trump administration—that leakers are bringing to light potential illegality, unwise policies, or concerns about the President’s temperament—have no legal basis,” the report found.

The report said 78 of the leaks concerned the probe into Russian election meddling and potential collusion with the Trump campaign in the 2016 presidential election, revealing intelligence community intercepts, FBI interviews and intelligence, grand jury subpoenas, and “the workings of a secret surveillance court.”

The committee’s report noted that “no single law governs unauthorized disclosures,” but cited potential violations of the Espionage Act, which are punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

In a letter to Sessions attached to the report, Johnson said it is the “responsibility of the Justice Department” to decide whether the leaks justify criminal prosecution.

“By necessity, this examination was not comprehensive, and it required some judgement calls on which leaks constituted potential damage to national security,” Johnson wrote, noting that “if anything” the report analysis only presents a “conservative estimate” of the volume of leaks. 

Brooke Singman is a Reporter for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter at @brookefoxnews.



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CBS: It's not our fault


CBS is fighting back after losing two of its stars.

Asian-American actors Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park recently announced they cut ties with their hit show “Hawaii 5-0” after seven seasons, suggesting the reason for their departure was because they weren’t being paid as much as their fellow actors who are Caucasian. 

CBS fired back Wednesday telling Fox News, “We did not want to lose them and tried very hard to keep them with offers for large and significant salary increases.”

The network added, “While we could not reach an agreement, we part ways with tremendous respect for their talents on screen, as well as their roles as ambassadors for the show off screen, and with hopes to work with them again in the near future.”

The network’s statement comes after Kim shared on Facebook he had made himself “available to come back [but] CBS and I weren’t able to agree to terms on a new contract, so I made the difficult choice not to continue.”

He added, “As an Asian-American actor, I know firsthand how difficult it is to find opportunities at all, let alone play a well-developed, three-dimensional character like Chin Ho.”

You can find Sasha Savitsky on Twitter @SashaFB.



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DOOMED BRIDE Video shows fatal chopper ride en route to wedding


Newly released video showed the inside of a helicopter that crashed outside Sao Paulo, Brazil, while taking a bride-to-be to her wedding.

The helicopter was also carrying her brother, a photographer that was six months pregnant, and the pilot. All four were killed. The bride, Rosemere do Nascimento Silva, reportedly wanted to surprise the groom and the estimated 300 guests with her entrance.

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The helicopter crashed nearly a mile away from the site of the reception, the Daily Record reported. The video of the May 2016 crash has just emerged on Brazilian media.

The helicopter apparently hit bad weather. Police and air crash investigators were looking into reports that it might have hit a tree amid poor visibility with rain, fog, and clouds.

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The pastor reportedly gave the drim news to the groom, Udirley Damasceno, at the altar. The man was said to go into total shock.

Eight fire engines rushed to the scene of the crash, but rescuers could not save any of the four victims in time.



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