U.S.-backed Syria force closes in on ISIS-held city

Monday June 06, 2016 – U.S.-backed Syrian fighters have surrounded the Islamic State-held city of Manbij from three sides as they press a major new offensive against the jihadists near the Turkish border, a spokesman for the fighters said on Monday. But in a sign of the difficulty world powers have faced in building a coalition to take on the ...

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Shark sightings prompt closure of two California beaches

Monday June 06, 2016 – A two-mile stretch of Orange County shoreline remains closed after several large sharks were spotted. A sheriff’s helicopter crew saw the sharks off Sunset Beach in the city of Huntington Beach on Sunday afternoon. The sharks were estimated to be at least 8 feet long and 150 yards from shore. The Huntington Beach Fire Department ...

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Trump asked to tone it down with Latino comments

Monday June 06, 2016 – Top Republican officials and donors are increasingly worried about the threat Donald Trump’s attack on a judge’s Mexican heritage could pose to their party’s chances in November — and about the GOP’s ability to win Latino votes for many elections to come. Trump is under fire for repeatedly accusing U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who ...

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Muhammad Ali, ‘The Greatest of All Time’, Dead at 74

  Muhammad Ali, the silver-tongued boxer and civil rights champion who famously proclaimed himself “The Greatest” and then spent a lifetime living up to the billing, is dead. Ali died Friday at a Phoenix-area hospital, where he had spent the past few days being treated for respiratory complications, a family spokesman confirmed to NBC News. He was 74. “After a ...

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Uber and Lyft join efforts to deliver for Wal-Mart

Wal-Mart has enlisted ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft to help it battle rising grocery competitor Amazon.com Inc. The two San Francisco firms will partner with Wal-Mart to get last-mile grocery deliveries to customers as part of a test program starting in two weeks. Uber will deliver for Wal-Mart in Phoenix, while Lyft will do the same in Denver. The two firms generally ...

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Military says at least 11 troops infected with Zika virus this past year

At least 11 U.S. troops have been infected with the Zika virus since January, nearly all of whom traveled to countries where the mosquito-born illness is prevalent, a Pentagon health report published Friday disclosed. In addition, four dependents of service members — which can include spouses and children — and two military retirees contracted the illness, according to the report. It underscored the risks to military personnel ...

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