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Largest wildfire on record in California finally contained

Largest wildfire on record in California finally containedVENTURA, Calif. (AP) — The largest wildfire on record in California was declared contained on Friday, days after mud on the coastal mountain slopes it scorched crashed down on homes during a storm, killing at least 18 people.



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YouTube Finally Punishes Logan Paul For Wildly Insensitive Suicide Video

YouTube Finally Punishes Logan Paul For Wildly Insensitive Suicide VideoYouTube is punishing its star vlogger Logan Paul five days after he posted, and later deleted, a disturbing video that featured the body of an apparent suicide victim in Japan’s Aokigahara forest.



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After a Two-Year Silence, North and South Korea Are Finally Talking. Here's What to Expect

After a Two-Year Silence, North and South Korea Are Finally Talking. Here's What to ExpectThe Olympics may provide an avenue for resurrecting dialogue



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First World War submarine lost with 35 British and Allied crew on board is finally found – ending 103-year mystery

First World War submarine lost with 35 British and Allied crew on board is finally found - ending 103-year mysteryThe wreck of the first allied vessel lost in the First World War has been discovered 103 years after it vanished off the coast of Papua New Guinea following a search that has finally ended Australia’s oldest naval mystery. HMAS AE1, Australia’s first submarine, which had 35 British, Australian and New Zealand crew members aboard, disappeared near the Duke of York Islands during a patrol for German warships on September 14, 1914.  The submarine, which had only been in service for seven months, was captained by Lieutenant Commander Thomas Besant, a 30-year-old British officer who had been seconded from the Royal Navy. Despite at least twelve search operations over the decades, no trace of the vessel was found. But the wreck was finally found more than 1,000 feet underwater after an underwater survey captured an image of the vessel during a search involving the government and private backers.  Following the survey, searchers aboard the Furgro Equato dropped an underwater camera to the seabed to confirm that the vessel was AE1. The team of maritime surveyors, marine archaeologists and naval historians scoured the search area with a multi-beam echo sounder and side-scan technology in an underwater drone Credit:  REUTERS "Australia's oldest naval mystery has been solved," said Marise Payne, Australia’s defence minister. “The boat and her crew, who've been on eternal patrol since 1914 … have now been found. I truly trust that this discovery will bring peace of mind to the descendants of the families of the crew who lost their lives.” The cause of the sinking has not been confirmed but it is believed to be related to a technical failure during a practice dive. Peter Briggs, a retired rear admiral who led the search, said the loss was probably  due to a sudden “diving accident”, noting that the fin guardrails were stowed and the upper conning tower hatch appeared to be shut. He told The Australian newspaper that the submarine appeared to suffer a “high energy event” – possibly due to an explosion involving one of its torpedoes or a high pressure air cylinder – which may have occurred after it began to sink but caused it to quickly flood and accelerate towards the seabed. The search led by Find AE1 Limited, and was funded by the Royal Australian Navy and the Silentworld Foundation, with assistance from the Submarine Institute of Australia Credit:  REUTERS “When the end came for the men of AE1 it would have been very fast, they may well have not known what hit them,” said rear admiral Briggs, president of the Submarine Institute of Australia. “The submarine appears to have struck the bottom with sufficient force to dislodge the fin from its footing, forcing it to hinge forward on its leading edge, impacting the casing.” The location of the wreck has been kept secret to prevent salvage attempts. Timeline | Submarine accidents Following the discovery, the crew aboard the search vessel held a memorial for the dead officers and sailors. Australian and Papua New Guinean officials will consider ways to preserve the site and establish a lasting memorial. Rear Admiral Briggs said the discovery “opens the next chapter: learning exactly what happened to it”. “It will be quite a detective puzzle,” he added.



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What did they say? Roy Moore camp finally speaks

What did they say? Roy Moore camp finally speaksBIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — With barely an hour's notice, the Roy Moore campaign announced it would hold a news conference Wednesday afternoon.



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Calls for Lenin's body to finally be buried ahead of 100th anniversary of Bolshevik revolution 

Calls for Lenin's body to finally be buried ahead of 100th anniversary of Bolshevik revolution A debate over whether to bury Vladimir Lenin, whose embalmed body remains on display on Red Square, has risen again and even led to a stabbing ahead of the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik revolution. The ruling party has tried to play down Tuesday's centennial as the antithesis of Vladimir Putin's tenets of stability and traditional values. But in a newspaper interview on Wednesday calling for the anniversary to be observed without “confrontation”, Valentina Matviyenko, the speaker of the upper house of parliament, was asked about removing Lenin from his glass sarcophagus in the mausoleum next to the Kremlin. She suggested a referendum could decide the long-standing issue.  Ramzan Kadyrov, the strongman leader of Russia's Chechnya republic and an outspoken Muslim believer, responded on social media that Mr Putin should decide, adding that it was “not right that a coffin with a dead person is standing in the heart of Russia”.  Lenin's mausoleum is located next to the Kremlin walls in downtown Moscow. Credit: Vladimir Smirnov/TASS via Getty Images Other politicians soon chimed in. Natalya Poklonskaya, an MP with the ruling United Russia party and the leader of a crusade against a recent film about Tsar Nicholas II's affair with a ballerina, said the continuing display of the communist's cadaver was “inhumane”. Ksenia Sobchak, a liberal socialite and journalist who has announced she will run in March's presidential election, promised to bury him if she won.  But a final farewell to the revolutionary, who was revered as the embodiment of Soviet ideology even after Joseph Stalin's personality cult was denounced and abandoned, would anger the Communist Party, the largest minority in parliament. Party boss Gennady Zyuganov, who laid flowers at the mausoleum with an international delegation on Sunday, argued that since Lenin's late niece had supported his display, burying him would in fact be “unnatural and blasphemous”.  Ramzan Kadyrov, head of Chechnya, reignited the debate over Lenin this week. Credit: Mikhail Metzel/TASS via Getty Images It would also mean the closure of the “Lenin lab,” the purpose-built Moscow institute responsible for preserving him which has also embalmed other leaders like Ho Chi Minh and Kim Jong-il. Although Lenin's pale head and hands are all that's visible beneath his dark suit, the lab's secretive group of specialists reportedly continue to work full-time preserving every aspect of his corpse, from the flexibility of his knees to the hair attachment on his chest. A state tender revealed that some £140,000 was spent on maintaining Lenin in 2016. Given the array of dyes and mixtures applied, what's on display is “closer to a wholly constructed representation of Lenin’s dead body than to the original, once living man,” according to Alexei Yurchak, a University of California Berkeley professor who is writing a book about his preservation. A Communist Party supporter carries a portrait of Lenin during a memorial ceremony on Red Square in 2016. Credit: Kirril Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images Nonetheless, the body remains an important symbol and the object of passionate debate. On Thursday last week, two drinking buddies in a town in southwestern Russia got into such a furious argument about whether to bury Lenin that one stabbed the other with a kitchen knife, local media reported.  A survey by VTsIOM, a state-owned pollster, earlier this year found that 63 percent of Russians favoured burying Lenin, but only a third thought it should be done in the near future.   Mr Putin, who has tended to dodge the issue since he came to power nearly two decades ago, has avoided entering the latest debate about what to do with Lenin. The presidential administration said on Thursday it was “not a topic on the Kremlin agenda”, and Moscow authorities have refused to allow an opposition rally next week demanding the corpse's removal. Proposed legislation to bury Lenin stalled in April after the government spoke out against it. A Russian Orthodox Church spokesman said while he should have been buried in 1991, now was not the time to “reopen old wounds”. A museum near Odessa has collected Lenin monuments dismantled under Ukraine's decommunisation law. Credit: Sergei Supinsky/AFP Photo/Getty Images According to analyst Masha Lipman, Mr Putin is unlikely to take a stance on the issue before the election, especially given the mass dismantling of Lenin statues by the pro-Western government in Ukraine.  “It's impossible to say Lenin is bad and we don't want the glorification of this cult that goes back to the Soviet days, because that's what the Ukrainians are doing,” she said.



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Mysterious void in Great Pyramid of Giza could finally reveal how pyramids were built

Mysterious void in Great Pyramid of Giza could finally reveal how pyramids were builtA mysterious void has been discovered in the Great Pyramid of Giza and Egyptologists believe it could finally shed light on how the ancient tombs were constructed. The enigmatic gap, which is around 100ft long is situated directly above the Grand Gallery, an elaborate access route which cuts through the pyramid. It was found using a state-of-the-art scanning process called ‘muography’ which picks up tiny cosmic particles known as muons. The Great Pyramid of Giza Muons lose energy and eventually decay when they move through matter, so if large numbers are picked by a detector it means a hole must exist, which has allowed them to pass through unimpeded. Today a team of scientists from France and Japan announced that months of scanning had shown a clear void in the pyramid, and they are hoping to drill a small hole and release a tiny flying drone to video the chasm. Pyramid void Expedition leader Mehdi Tayoubi, president of the Heritage Innovation Preservation Institute, Paris, said: "We were very surprised to see a big anomaly. We were expecting to detect the King’s chamber and grand gallery but we were surprised to find a big void and we think what we have is very important. “What we are sure if it is there, and it is impressive, It is the same height as the Statue of the Liberty. “It could be a second grand gallery, it could be a chamber. We are working with archaeologists to compare it to other chambers, The void is there, it’s very big.  It was not expected by any kind of theory. “We are thinking about sending in a very innovative robot that can get through a small hole.” The team carrying out 'muography' in the Queen's Chamber  Credit: Philippe BOURSEILLER The Great Pyramid of Giza which was built for Khufu, or Cheops, the second pharaoh of the 4th dynasty who reigned between 2589 to 2566BC. His tomb is 456ft high and 755ft wide, the largest pyramid ever built, and one of the Seven Wonders of The Ancient World. However experts are divided about how the Ancient Egyptians moved the massive stones into place, some of which weigh 80 tonnes, and which came from Aswan, more than 500 miles away. Some theories suggest elaborate cranes and pulleys, wooden rail tracks, spiral outer ramps, or even floatation chambers. The new void is 230 feet from ground level and scans suggest it may be sloped at a similar angle to the Grand Gallery below. Khufu's pyramid is more than 4,000 years old  Dr Kate Spence, Senior Lecturer in Archaeology and Egyptology at the University of Cambridge, said the incline could be the key to the purpose of the chasm, and help solve the mystery of how the Egyptians got their huge stones inside. “This finding is very exciting, but not because it is some kind of secret chamber,” she said. “I think it is an inclined ramp that was used to transport huge blocks into the centre of the pyramid and then sealed off by the builders. The orientation leads up to the huge granite roof struts at the top of the relieving chamber. “Although that might not sound as exciting as a secret burial chamber, in fact, this would be the first evidence of the use of a ramp inside, which gives us a really important insight into how those huge bricks were put into position and how pyramids were constructed.” A muon telescope set up outside the pyramid  Credit: Philippe BOURSEILLER Professor Hany Helal, of the University of Cairo, said the orientation resembles a corridor that was found hidden behind the North Face. “It’s too early to go and conclude what is this void. Was it deliberately hidden away? This structure is not accessible. This void was hidden since the construction of the pyramid. “We needed to have this new technique. A new, innovative robot that can fly, maybe "While there is currently no information about the role of this void, these findings show how modern particle physics can shed new light on the world's archaeological heritage." Jean-Baptiste Mouret of ISIR in France, said the team would be releasing details next week of a small flying robot which could fit into an inch wide hole to explore the void. Any drilling into the pyramid would require permission from the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities. Once the mystery of the void is solved, archaeologists hope to use similar technology to locate the burial place of the queen Nefertiti, the wife of King Akhenaten. Some Egyptologists think she could be buried in a secret chamber in Tutankhamun's tomb. The research was published in the journal Nature.



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Gold Star Family Promised $25,000 By Trump Finally Receives Check In The Mail

Gold Star Family Promised $  25,000 By Trump Finally Receives Check In The MailThe family of a U.S. Army corporal killed in Afghanistan has finally received a check from Donald Trump, months after the president promised to give the soldier’s grieving father $ 25,000 in a phone call.



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North Korea's 'Hotel of Doom' May Finally Be Opening After Decades of Delay

North Korea's 'Hotel of Doom' May Finally Be Opening After Decades of DelayOfficially known as the Ryugyong Hotel, the project has been plagued by delays since 1987



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Stephen Colbert Finally Changes Jerry Seinfeld's Mind On Bill Cosby

Stephen Colbert Finally Changes Jerry Seinfeld's Mind On Bill CosbyPlenty of words have been spent trying to reconcile Bill Cosby the wholesome entertainer and Bill Cosby the alleged sexual predator.



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