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California’s Thomas Fire keeps burning

High winds and dry conditions continue to hamper efforts to contain California’s massive Thomas Fire, with few signs of improvement heading into the weekend.

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'Mad Dog' sends heartfelt tweet to Mike Francesa

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“30 years speaks for itself.”

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Broncos placing Siemian on IR after TNF injury

Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian will miss the remainder of the season after injuring his shoulder in Thursday’s win over the Colts. …read more

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Man dies after attacking Israeli troops with a knife in deadly clashes over Trump's Jerusalem decision

Israeli troops shot dead four Palestinians and wounded 150 others with live fire on Friday, medical officials said, as protests over US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital entered a second week. Most of the casualties were on the Gaza Strip border, where thousands of Palestinians gathered to hurl rocks at Israeli soldiers beyond the fortified fence. Medics said two protesters, one of them wheelchair-bound, were killed and 150 wounded. In the occupied West Bank, another area where Palestinians are seeking statehood along with adjacent East Jerusalem, medics said two protesters were killed and 10 wounded by Israeli gunfire. One of the dead was a man who Israeli police troopers said was shot after he stabbed a member of their unit. Reuters witnesses said the Palestinian held a knife and wore what looked like a bomb belt. A Palestinian medic who helped evacuate the man for treatment said the belt was fake. Palestinians — and the wider Arab and Muslim world — were incensed at Trump’s December 6 announcement, which reversed decades of U.S. policy reticence on Jerusalem, a city where both Israel and the Palestinians want sovereignty. Mohammed Aqal, 29, stabbed a border police officer at a checkpoint in the occupied West Bank while wearing what appeared to be a suicide vest, before being shot three times by police Credit: GORAN TOMASEVIC/ REUTERS Israeli border policemen stand away after shooting Aqal Credit: GORAN TOMASEVIC/REUTERS Aqal later died, according to health authorities Credit: GORAN TOMASEVIC/ REUTERS Washington’s European allies and Russia have also voiced worries about Trump’s decision. Gaza’s dominant Hamas Islamists, which reject coexistence with Israel, called last week for a new Palestinian uprising, but any such mass-mobilisation has yet to be seen in the West Bank or East Jerusalem. There have been …read more

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Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to marry on May 19

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Prince Harry and his American fiancĂ©e, Meghan Markle, will marry on Saturday May 19, his office Kensington Palace said on Friday.

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Google Home Max: Google's max effort pays off in powerful smart speaker

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Google’s pricey new smart speaker tunes sound with machine learning.

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Rep. Blake Farenthold won’t seek re-election

Rep. Blake Farenthold, who’s under fire for accusations of sexual harassment, is not planning to run for re-election, a Republican source familiar with situation told CNN on Thursday.

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Steelers look to ‘group effort’ to contain Gronk

Pittsburgh Steelers defense looks to ‘group effort’ to contain New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski. …read more

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Republican Senator Lee undecided on tax bill, seeks child credit changes: aide

U.S. Republican Senator Mike Lee has not decided whether to support a Republican tax bill and wants changes to the child tax credit, an aide to the lawmaker said on Thursday. Both Lee and Republican Senator Marco Rubio want more of the proposed child tax credit to be refundable, Conn Carroll, Lee’s communications director said, adding Lee is “undecided on the tax bill as currently written.” The sweeping tax bill needs a simple majority to pass in the Senate, in which Republicans hold 52 of the 100 seats and no Democrats are expected to support it.

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World’s steepest funicular railway to open in Switzerland

ZURICH (Reuters) – Swiss technology is due to hit new heights on Friday when the world’s steepest funicular line opens at one of its Alpine resorts.

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