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  • Ex-sanctions czar bashes Obama administration's 'weak' response to Russian interference news

    Dan Fried, the former State Department diplomat who oversaw sanctions policy, told the "Skullduggery" podcast that he was “extremely” frustrated when the Obama administration issued “weak” and “frankly inadequate” sanctions against Russia for interfering in the 2016 presidential election.

    Fri, 20 Apr 2018 08:29:44 -0400
  • 2 Florida Deputies Shot Dead While Eating At Chinese Restaurant news

    Two deputies were killed when a man shot at them through a window while they

    Thu, 19 Apr 2018 23:23:44 -0400
  • Photos of the week: 4/13 - 4/20 news

    The matriarch of the Bush family Barbara Bush died this week at the age of 92.

    Fri, 20 Apr 2018 15:56:23 -0400
  • Two Florida sheriff's deputies ambushed at restaurant news

    Authorities in Florida are looking for answers after two sheriff's deputies were shot through the window of a restaurant. ABC News' Diane Macedo reports.

    Fri, 20 Apr 2018 06:32:47 -0400
  • Natalie Portman Backs Out Of Israel Award Over 'Recent Events' news

    Actress Natalie Portman has pulled out of accepting a prestigious award in

    Fri, 20 Apr 2018 06:49:31 -0400
  • Caravan migrants hop freight train in Mexico heading north news

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — The remnants of a caravan of Central American migrants that drew angry tweets from President Donald Trump hopped on the roofs of a freight train Thursday heading for northern Mexico.

    Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:59:53 -0400
  • Dog feared to have cancer had actually eaten four teddy bears... but vet didn't realise until midway through operation news

    A dog feared to cancer had actually eaten four teddy bears, but the vet did not realise until halfway through the operation. Eight-year-old St Bernard Maisy was taken for a CT scan after she was taken ill, which showed a mass on her spleen and an unusually full stomach, seemingly showing she had not digested her food properly. Her owner, Jane Dickinson, from Dewsbury in West Yorkshire, feared the worst as she took her pet to Paragon Veterinary Referrals in Wakefield. It would not be unusual for Maisy, an elderly dog, to have cancer at her advanced age. However, vet surgeon Nick Blackburn ruled out any fatal disease when he carried out the operation to remove Maisy’s spleen and found her stomach was full of soft toys. Maisy is now reportedly 'loving life' Credit:  Paragon Vet Referrals / He said : "It's fair to say this was not something we were expecting to find! We all know certain dogs enjoy chewing things they shouldn't but managing to devour four full teddy bears is quite a feat. "I know Jane was worried about Maisy as she is quite old for a St Bernard, so we were naturally delighted the operation was such a success and we were able to return a happy, healthy dog to the Dickinsons.” Her owner said she had never seen the gentle giant chewing or eating toys, but that now the operation has been completed Maisy is “loving life”. An x-ray showing the teddy bears within the stomach. Credit: Paragon Vet Referrals / Ms Dickinson explained: "When Maisy went in I did think 'is she coming out?' but she is loving life now - it's like she's got her youth back. "The toys weren't even hers! She will steal the chihuahuas' toys and play with them but I've never seen her trying to chew them. Her eating habits had been completely normal. "I didn't even recognise one of the toys - my brother also keeps chihuahuas and it turns out it belonged to his dog." Maisy has since made a full recovery from her operation and a histology report has shown no signs of cancer.

    Fri, 20 Apr 2018 10:17:15 -0400
  • Kangaroo Dies After Visitors At Chinese Zoo Hurl Rocks To Force Her To Jump news

    One kangaroo was killed and another injured at a zoo in southeast China after

    Fri, 20 Apr 2018 18:55:37 -0400
  • Assad steps up efforts to crush last besieged enclaves news

    By Angus McDowall and Suleiman Al-Khalidi BEIRUT/AMMAN (Reuters) - The Syrian government stepped up its efforts on Thursday to retake the opposition's last besieged enclaves, as rebels prepared to withdraw from one and a newspaper reported an ultimatum against another. President Bashar al-Assad scored a major victory this month by retaking eastern Ghouta, the biggest rebel stronghold near Damascus, putting his forces in by far their strongest position since the early months of the seven-year-old civil war. The United States, Britain and France launched a volley of air strikes on Saturday against three Syrian targets in retaliation for a suspected chemical weapons strike during the Ghouta assault.

    Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:18:01 -0400
  • Ted Cruz shrugs off past feud and lauds Trump in Time essay news

    Ted Cruz wrote an essay for Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People of 2018” issue, praising President Trump, who the Texas senator once described as a "bully," "narcissist" and "serial philanderer."

    Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:29:20 -0400
  • Gun Violence Prevents Florida School District From Staging Walkouts Against Gun Violence news

    Just as students around the country were preparing another walkout against gun

    Fri, 20 Apr 2018 15:12:45 -0400
  • All over the world! Couple capture their global dip-kisses at landmark locations

    Rob and Joli Switzer go on a minimum of four international holidays per year to ensure that they get their unique dip-kiss photograph.

    Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:04:48 -0400
  • Prince Charles Voted Next Commonwealth Leader After Queen's Endorsement news

    UPDATE: April 20: Commonwealth leaders voted Friday to formally make Prince

    Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:28:48 -0400
  • The Latest: 83-year-old Alabama mail-bomb killer is executed news

    ATMORE, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on the scheduled execution of (all times local):

    Thu, 19 Apr 2018 21:55:49 -0400
  • 2 Service Members Disciplined Over Hand Puppet Used in Oath Ceremony news

    A colonel and a master sergeant were disciplined for using a hand puppet during a re-enlistment ceremony.

    Fri, 20 Apr 2018 15:36:11 -0400
  • Passengers On Deadly Southwest Flight Receive $5,000 Checks news

    At least some passengers aboard a deadly Southwest Airlines flight have

    Fri, 20 Apr 2018 08:30:06 -0400
  • Netanyahu says at least six states considering moving embassies to Jerusalem news

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday that "at least half a dozen" countries were considering moving their embassies to Jerusalem following the U.S. decision to do so. U.S. President Donald Trump announced in December that the United States recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, infuriating even Washington’s Arab allies and dismaying Palestinians who want the eastern part of the city as their capital. The U.S. Embassy is due to relocate to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv on May 14, the date on which Israel declared its independence in 1948.

    Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:59:48 -0400
  • Michael Cohen Withdraws Steele Dossier Lawsuits Against BuzzFeed, Fusion GPS news

    President Donald Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen withdrew lawsuits

    Thu, 19 Apr 2018 19:51:09 -0400
  • Students protest gun violence nationwide on Columbine anniversary

    Thousands of students walked out of classes across the United States on Friday, marking the 19th anniversary of the massacre at Columbine High School with a show of unity aimed at pressuring politicians to enact tighter gun restrictions.

    Fri, 20 Apr 2018 11:29:14 -0400
  • Iran president criticises violence by morality police news

    Iran's President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday appeared to criticise the morality police after a video emerged of a violent encounter with a woman accused of breaching the country's strict dress code. "Some say the way to promote virtue and prohibit vice is... by going to the street and grabbing people by the neck," said Rouhani in a wide-ranging speech to government officials carried on state television. On Thursday, mobile footage went viral on Iranian social media showing a female member of the morality police violently beating a woman whose headscarf was not sufficiently covering her hair.

    Sat, 21 Apr 2018 06:21:28 -0400
  • Black Men Arrested At Starbucks Said They Were There For 2 Minutes Before 911 Call news

    The two black men arrested at a Starbucks in Philadelphia last week while

    Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:17:42 -0400
  • Puerto Rico governor urges cancellation of private company contract after massive blackout news

    Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said Wednesday's islandwide blackout, caused by an excavator next to a power transmission line in the south part of the island, was “unacceptable.”

    Thu, 19 Apr 2018 10:23:21 -0400
  • Judge rejects Missouri governor's bid to dismiss criminal case news

    A St. Louis judge on Thursday dealt Missouri Governor Eric Greitens another legal setback in the sex scandal embroiling his office, refusing to dismiss a criminal invasion of privacy charge stemming from an admitted extramarital affair. The decision by Judge Rex Burlison paved the way for the single-count felony case against Greitens, a Republican under mounting pressure from both parties to resign, to proceed to trial even as he comes under scrutiny for unrelated accusations of computer tampering. Greitens' lawyers last week sought to throw out the privacy case on grounds of prosecutor misconduct, saying St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner, a Democrat, had tried to conceal video evidence supporting the governor and his assertions that the affair was entirely consensual.

    Thu, 19 Apr 2018 19:17:22 -0400
  • The Latest: Student: Confederate flag theft sparked protests news

    AUBURN, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on Confederate flag demonstrations outside of a Michigan high school (all times local):

    Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:11:18 -0400
  • These Were The Most Popular Baby Names In The 1920s news

    Thanks to the Social Security Administration, Americans can see which baby

    Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:29:56 -0400
  • Trump asked about special counsel Robert Mueller news

    During a joint press conference with the Prime Minister of Japan, President Trump was asked about special counsel Robert Mueller

    Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:18:33 -0400
  • Trump Blasts California Over Troops Who Won't Focus On Immigration Enforcement news

    WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump attacked California on Thursday for doing

    Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:09:56 -0400
  • ‘I’ve never seen protests like this’: Former Columbine principal says Parkland students are leading an unprecedented gun control effort news

    Nineteen years after two teenage gunmen shocked the US by entering Columbine High School and killing 13 people, the former principal who helped guide his students through the aftermath of that massacre says he sees signs of hope that something might have finally, if improbably, shifted.

    Fri, 20 Apr 2018 09:56:00 -0400
  • 'Civility, grace': What Washington could learn from Barbara Bush news

    In an era of hyper-partisan feuding and noxious personal attacks, the life and lengthy marriage of former first lady Barbara Bush serve as poignant reminders in power-obsessed Washington that decency and grace can win out. Bush's death Tuesday at age 92 triggered an outpouring of affection for the snowy-haired matriarch of one of America's storied political dynasties. Smart, tough and quick-witted, Bush had a no-frills style, a focus on family, and a willingness to engage across the political aisle that endeared her to millions.

    Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:53:31 -0400
  • 'Smallville' Actress Allison Mack Is Charged With Sex Trafficking news

    Actress Allison Mack was charged with sex trafficking on Friday in connection

    Fri, 20 Apr 2018 19:37:16 -0400
  • The Funniest Tweets From Parents This Week news

    Kids may say the darndest things, but parents tweet about them in the funniest

    Fri, 20 Apr 2018 11:09:26 -0400
  • German Supreme Court rules ad blockers legal, in defeat for Springer

    KARLSRUHE/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany's Supreme Court on Thursday threw out a case brought by Axel Springer seeking to ban a popular application that blocks online advertising, in a landmark ruling that deals a blow to the publishing industry. The court found in favor of Adblock Plus, an app marketed by a firm called Eyeo that has been downloaded more than 100 million times by users around the world seeking protection from unwanted or intrusive online advertising. "We are excited that Germany's highest court upheld the right every internet citizen possesses to block unwanted advertising online," Adblock Plus said after the verdict.

    Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:07:46 -0400
  • Attacker in Berlin skullcap case turns himself in to police

    BERLIN (AP) — A 19-year-old Syrian asylum-seeker turned himself in to police Thursday after his violent attack on a man wearing a Jewish skullcap in Berlin caused outrage across Germany.

    Thu, 19 Apr 2018 10:16:16 -0400
  • A-Rod's Alleged Nephew Kidnapped Over Lamborghini Sale Gone Wrong news

    Don't go around claiming to be a celebrity's relative.

    Fri, 20 Apr 2018 19:46:41 -0400
  • 'Flamboyant' jihadi linked to 9/11 terror cell captured by Kurdish forces in Syria news

    A Syrian-German jihadist linked to the 9/11 attacks on the United States has been captured in Syria by US-backed forces, the Pentagon said on Thursday. Mohammad Haydar Zammar, who has been accused of recruiting some of the 9/11 Al-Qaeda hijackers, was captured over a month ago by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a Kurdish-led militia backed by the US. News of his capture was first reported on Wednesday by the Kurdish group. The Pentagon had said it was looking into the reports before confirming Zammar’s arrest. "We can confirm that Mohammad Haydar Zammar, a Syrian-born German national, was captured more than a month ago by SDF partners as part of their ongoing operations to defeat ISIS inside Syria," Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon said, using an alternate name for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). "We are working with our SDF partners to obtain additional details," Pahon said. The 9/11 Commission report into the attacks in Washington and New York that led to the deaths of almost 3,000 people described Zammar as an “outspoken, flamboyant Islamist” who “had fought in Afghanistan and relished any opportunity to extol the virtues of violent jihad.” According to the report, Zammar took credit for influencing people linked to the attacks including Mohammed Atta, who hijacked an American Airlines plane and flew it into the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Zammar had come into contact with Atta and others linked to the attacks while living in Hamburg, in 1997, the report says. Seven foiled UK terror plots Zammar was detained in Morocco in December 2001 in an operation involving CIA agents, and was handed over to the Syrian authorities two weeks later. He was subsequently sentenced to 12 years in prison in 2007 for belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood. He was reportedly freed from prison in 2014 in a prison swap organised with Islamist group Ahrar al-Sham. The SDF, which has been a key western ally in the fight against Isil, has detained several high-profile foreign members of Isil as the jihadist group’s grip on Syria has collapsed. They are currently holding two alleged members of the notorious Isil torture cell known as ‘the Beatles.’ El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexandra Kotey were captured by the group in February. The two are accused of being involved in the execution and torture of hostages. US officials believe there are hundreds of foreign fighters and thousands of Syrian Isil militants in SDF custody.

    Fri, 20 Apr 2018 11:59:30 -0400
  • 10 Of The Best Beauty Buys From Sephora's VIB Spring Sale news

    It's probably the only time of the year when spending too much money on beauty

    Fri, 20 Apr 2018 17:23:13 -0400
  • Democrats sue Russia, Trump campaign for alleged 2016 election conspiracy news

    The Democratic Party sued the Russian government, U.S. President Donald Trump's campaign and WikiLeaks on Friday, charging that they carried out a wide-ranging conspiracy to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election. In its federal lawsuit in Manhattan, the Democratic National Committee said that top officials in Trump's campaign conspired with the Russian government and its military spy agency to hurt Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and tilt the election to Trump by hacking Democratic Party computers.

    Fri, 20 Apr 2018 19:13:24 -0400
  • Lockheed Martin Wants to Merge an F-22 and F-35 Into 1 Fighter for Japan. It Won't Happen. news

    The most likely scenario is that the F-22/F-35 hybrid will remain in the realm of fantasy. Lockheed Martin Wants to Merge an F-22 and F-35 Into 1 Fighter for Japan. Reuters is reporting that Lockheed Martin is pitching an F-22 and F-35 combination to Japan to meet Tokyo’s requirement for a next-generation air superiority fighter.

    Fri, 20 Apr 2018 20:09:00 -0400
  • The Best Cookie Recipes To Bake This Weekend news

    Baking for others is a delicious form of altruism that's been proven to boost

    Fri, 20 Apr 2018 05:46:06 -0400
  • Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on possible nuclear deal pullout news

    Margaret Brennan sat down with Iran's top diplomat for an interview to air Sunday on "Face the Nation"

    Fri, 20 Apr 2018 18:09:38 -0400
  • Cynthia Nixon Would 'Rather Be The Good Nixon Than The Bad Cuomo' news

    New York gubernatorial challenger Cynthia Nixon took a swipe at incumbent Gov.

    Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:54:00 -0400
  • Indonesian fishermen rescue Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar news

    BIREUEN, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian fishermen rescued 76 Rohingya Muslims stranded off the coast of Aceh on Friday, authorities said, in the latest attempt by members of the persecuted ethnic group to flee Myanmar by sea.

    Fri, 20 Apr 2018 21:45:49 -0400
  • No bail for alleged East Coast leader of violent MS-13 gang news

    NEW YORK (AP) — The alleged East Coast crime boss of the notorious street gang MS-13 was ordered held without bail on Thursday at his first court appearance on Long Island, where prosecutors accuse him of having a hand in a wave of violence.

    Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:26:47 -0400
  • China says had 'professional' encounter with Australian warships in South China Sea

    By Philip Wen and Sonali Paul BEIJING/MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Chinese and Australian naval vessels had an "encounter" in the South China Sea this week, and China acted professionally and lawfully, its defense ministry said, rejecting reports China challenged Australian warships. The Australian Defence Department confirmed three ships had recently traveled to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam but declined to comment on "operational details related to ships transiting the South China Sea". The Australian Broadcasting Corp cited one official saying the exchanges with the Chinese navy were polite but "robust".

    Fri, 20 Apr 2018 04:26:25 -0400
  • 2020 Ford Escape Spied Wearing Its Production Body news

    Underneath all that camouflage there's an enticing new SUV.

    Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:34:42 -0400
  • Marco Rubio Had An Odd Explanation For Changing His Position On A Trump Nominee news

    WASHINGTON ― Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) offered a curious explanation for his

    Thu, 19 Apr 2018 18:36:29 -0400
  • Shooting at Florida high school injures 1 student

    Panic and fear gripped another Florida school Friday when a gunman opened fire, wounding one student before being taken into custody on a day planned for a national classroom walkout to protest gun violence, authorities said.

    Fri, 20 Apr 2018 14:51:13 -0400
  • Royal wedding procession route 2018 - map and timetable to help you follow the special day news

    As they say their vows in front of the watching world, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will have a lifetime of Royal tours ahead of them as a married couple. And it seems they will waste no time getting started. Kensington Palace announced in February that the newlyweds will undertake a tour of Windsor as their first trip as man and wife, to greet well-wishers who are expected to turn out from all over the world to see them. Here's everything you need to know about how to watch it and where to stand. Why will there be a procession? Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will undertake a carriage ride through Windsor straight after the St George’s Chapel ceremony and before their reception.  The journey is designed to allow members of the public to see the newlyweds in person while they are still dressed in their finery, in what is likely to be one of the most photographed occasions of the year. Such a display of ceremonial prowess has been used by kings and queens for centuries to celebrate as much as it has been used to impress their subjects and foreign powers. Be that with gun salutes, marching guards, or golden carriages.  The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during their wedding carriage procession in 2011 Credit: Matt Cardy/AP There is no doubt that this royal wedding will pack a punch, just like Queen Victoria's marriage to Albert which featured a 21-gun salute as she embarked on her carriage procession at St Jame's Palace.   But it was not until King George VI's marriage to Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon in 1923 that royal weddings became public affairs; they were married to great fanfare in order to lift the spirits of the nation after World War One (and royal weddings have been lavish events ever since). What time will the procession begin? At 1pm, immediately after the service, Prince Harry and Ms Markle will leave Windsor Castle by carriage. They will be driven along Castle Hill, the High Street and into Windsor town centre before returning along the beautiful, tree-lined Long Walk for their reception. Meanwhile, guests from the congregation will wait for the happy couple in St George's Hall, to celebrate the first of the day's two receptions. Map of the route Wedding route Where is best to stand?  The Long Walk To see the newlyweds up close, the best positions will be on the 2.64 mile stretch that rolls from Snow Hill to the gates of Windsor Castle. This is known as the 'Long Walk'.  The length of this section will allow thousands of spectators to catch a glimpse of Harry and Meghan in the final minutes of the procession.  There will be events on the Long Walk  throughout the day, with live screens showing footage from the ceremony.   Snow Hill On the hilltop above the procession route, the eagle-eyed can find a sweeping aerial view of the carriage ride. Snow Hill will offer fantastic views of the final moments and will be a popular picnic spot on the day, so get there early to reserve a spot. According to legend, King Henry VIII sat on Snow Hill to wait for news of the execution of his second wife, Queen Anne Boleyn. A precedent that has fortunately not been followed since.  Prince Edward and his bride Sophie Rhys-Jones pass the crowd inside the grounds of Windsor Castle in an open carriage in 1999 Credit: PA The town centre Royal fans can also mingle with the residents of Windsor as the carriage passes through the streets of the town centre. Although you should probably arrive at the crack of dawn if you're after a front-row High Street viewing spot - it's bound to get busy. With Windsor dressed in bunting and ceremonial decorations – and bursting with local street entertainment – the town will provide a feast for the eyes. Expect big screens showing live footage of the wedding; plus an array of food stalls and general facilities will be available at both the Long Walk and Alexandra Gardens. Spectators can also line the entirety of the procession route, on Castle Hill, High Street, Sheet Street, Kings Road, Albert Road and the Long Walk. The council has advised that visitors should not bring tents, but foldable chairs and umbrellas are fine.   Further information about spectator locations will be published on the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Council website.  What about parking?  Motorists can make use of the 6,000 designated parking spaces available at the Review Ground, Windsor, which is located to the south of Windsor Castle and the town centre.   Parking tickets must be booked in advance for a price of £30. These are being allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis; with wedding invitations being sent to more than 2,000 members of the public and many more expected to watch the ceremony on the town's live screens, it's a good idea get these sooner rather than later. Though the official car park is next to the Long Walk, motorists will have to make the 25 minute stroll to the nearest spectator spots.   Head out in good time, and remember that the car park at the Review Ground, Windsor Great Park, opens at 4am and closes at 10pm.  Royal wedding | Read more How will local roads be affected?  To accommodate the large number of attendees at Windsor's public events over the weekend, there will also be a series of road closures on Friday May 18 and Saturday May 19, affecting the procession route and surrounding roads. During this time Windsor residents will be able to leave the road closure area, but only emergency services vehicles can enter. Access to the car park on the Long Walk will not affected by the road closures in place, at any time.  Road closures beyond the procession route will take effect from 6am on Saturday May 19; these include Maidenhead Road, Clarence Road, Alma Road, St Leonards Road, Frances Road, Barry Avenue, and Datchet Road.  Local authorities suggest that you check this live map of road closures to check what time the roads reopen from Saturday evening onwards.  What are my options by train? Rail operators will be running a bumper service on Saturday May 19 to help everyone get in and out of the celebrations at Windsor, which is expected to be one of the largest one-day events ever held on the local rail network.   Both Great Western and South Western will be doubling the number of trains to 6,000, with trains running up to four times an hour from London Waterloo and Slough. These services will also benefit from extra carriages to keep up with the expected demand, given that some of the 100,000 expected visitors will arrive by public transport.  Windsor is served by two train stations that are within minutes of the town centre and Windsor Castle, making the railway a reliable option for getting to the Royal wedding celebrations: Windsor and Eton Central and Windsor and Eton Riverside. Queuing systems are likely to be in place at London Waterloo, Slough, Staines, and Windsor, whilst 'park and walk' and 'park and glide' bus services will help people get into town. Great Western Railway services connect Windsor and Eton station to South Wales and the West of England, as well as Reading and Oxford. The journey from Reading or Oxford takes around 30 - 50 minutes and 50 - 75 minutes respectively, with a change required at Slough.  Cardiff and Swansea are around two and a half hours away from Windsor, requiring changes at Reading and then Slough.  London is connected to Windsor via the direct Waterloo to Windsor and Eton Riverside service, which takes one hour. Travellers have been advised not to take the London Paddington - Slough route, in order to ease rail congestion around Windsor.  From the Midlands, take a Cross Country service from Birmingham New Street to Reading, and then change at Slough for the Eton Riverside station. This takes around two and a half hours. Train services from the North require changes at London terminals. Almost five hours of train travel await any royal super-fans making their way from Newcastle.   Because it is such a huge event, it is wise to make travel plans ahead of time – so make ticket bookings and travel arrangements well before the big day.  Up to date advice on the best routes and how to pre-book your tickets, can be found at: for Great Western Railway here and South Western Railway here Royal wedding: the best hotels for celebrating Prince Harry's and Meghan Markle's big day Staying in Windsor Hotels, B&Bs and guesthouses will be bursting at the seams, so expect no empty hotel rooms in town for the duration of the royal wedding weekend.  Royal fans had only a few hours to book the local accommodation offerings before rooms ran out after the announcement that Windsor would play host for the big day. Many residents and visitors will no doubt find a solution via room sharing service AirBnb, with the average price of a room around Windsor currently standing at £321 for Friday night and £286 for the Saturday night. Such prices look like a bargain, with some of the most expensive hotel rooms in Windsor going for up to £10,000.  Alternative locations with more 'last-minute' availability include Heathrow, Bracknell and Weybridge.  The council also suggests that anyone wanting help to find accommodation can contact the Royal Windsor Information Centre on 01753 743907 or by emailing: windsor.accommodation@rbwm. Other royal wedding processions The monarchy has embarked on grand processions from coronations, marriages, funerals and other state occasions since the 15th century. Each year, a carriage procession carries the Queen to the State Opening of Parliament and the races at Ascot, although royal weddings and coronations are arguably the grandest occasions.    The last royal couple to undertake a carriage procession in Windsor was Prince Edward and Sophie Rhys-Jones – now the Earl and Countess of Wessex – after their wedding in St George's Chapel in 1999. Prince Edward and Sophie Rhys-Jones pictured in their carriage after their wedding in 1999 Credit: EPA It was the biggest occasion in the Berkshire town since since the funeral of King George VI in 1952. More recently, the newly-wed Duke and Duchess of Cambridge travelled through Westminster in a 1902 State Landau after their 2011 wedding, waving at thousands of well-wishers who had packed the streets to catch a glimpse of the happy couple.  It's possible Harry and Meghan could use the same carriage. Steeped in history, the carriage was specifically built for King Edward VII in 1902 and is usually used by the Queen to meet foreign heads of state when they arrive on state visits to Britain. The Prince and Princess of Wales used it to travel back from St Paul’s Cathedral after their 1981 royal wedding, as did the Duke and Duchess of York in 1986. It was also used by the Queen during her Silver Wedding anniversary celebrations in 1972 and in her Silver and Diamond Jubilees in 1977 and 2012.

    Fri, 20 Apr 2018 06:23:34 -0400
  • Ex-FBI No. 2 alerted then-FBI chief Comey of plans to talk to press: lawyer news

    By Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe sent emails to then-Director James Comey alerting him he planned to push back against negative news coverage related to his oversight of probes into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a lawyer for McCabe said on Friday. In an interview with reporters, Michael Bromwich said the emails could help clear McCabe of allegations by the Justice Department's internal watchdog that McCabe "lacked candor" with Comey by misleading him into thinking McCabe did not authorize disclosures to a newspaper to combat articles about his wife's political campaign and his role in overseeing an investigation into the Clinton Foundation.

    Fri, 20 Apr 2018 12:04:39 -0400
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