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As lava oozes, Hawaii officials say rest of island is open

As lava oozes, Hawaii officials say rest of island is openVOLCANO, Hawaii (AP) — Warnings that Hawaii's Kilauea volcano could shoot boulders and ash out of its summit crater are prompting people to rethink their plans to visit the Big Island.



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Who will be the next governor of California? And why it matters to the rest of the country

Who will be the next governor of California? And why it matters to the rest of the countryDemocrat Gavin Newsom is likely to be the next governor of California. But there’s a primary to get through first, and the outcome of that could have significant consequences for the rest of the country.



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Who will be the next governor of California? And why it matters to the rest of the country

Who will be the next governor of California? And why it matters to the rest of the countryDemocrat Gavin Newsom is likely to be the next governor of California. But there’s a primary to get through first, and the outcome of that could have significant consequences for the rest of the country.



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The Rest Of The World Showed Up To March For Our Lives

The Rest Of The World Showed Up To March For Our LivesAs the March For Our Lives protests took over cities across America, allies



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The Rest Of The World Showed Up To March For Our Lives

The Rest Of The World Showed Up To March For Our LivesAs the March For Our Lives protests took over cities across America, allies



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Donald Trump among mourners as 'America's pastor' Billy Graham is laid to rest

Donald Trump among mourners as 'America's pastor' Billy Graham is laid to restThe late Reverend Billy Graham, spearhead of an evangelical Christian movement that touched millions worldwide and who provided spiritual counsel to several US presidents, returned for good to his North Carolina home on Friday. President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence attended the 90-minute funeral along with some 2,000 mourners who gathered to say goodbye to the man who became known as "America's pastor". The ceremony took place at the Billy Graham Library on the family's property in Charlotte, under a broad white tent that harkens back to the "canvas cathedral" in 1949 that helped propel Graham to prominence. "My father's greatest longing has been granted. He's in the presence of God," said son Franklin Graham, one of several relatives to speak. Mr Trump, who attended with First Lady Melania Trump, did not address the gathering, but he sang along to hymns including "To God Be The Glory". President Donald Trump and the first lady attend a funeral service for Billy Graham Credit: AP He was the only one of six living presidents to attend the ceremony, although all of them issued statements honoring the late reverend. As the funeral began, Graham's casket – a simple but elegant plywood pine coffin crafted by inmates at a Louisiana prison – was carried by pallbearers through the library's cross-shaped glass entryway and out to the tent, which was buffeted by strong winds. Graham, who preached in person to more than 200 million people in 85 countries over a decades-long career, and millions more through the power of television, died last week at age 99, leaving a Christian evangelist movement without its best known champion of modern times. puff: billy graham obit Graham was bestowed the rare tribute of laying in honour for two days this week in the US Capitol's Rotunda, where Trump praised him as "an ambassador for Christ who reminded the world of the power of prayer and the gift of God's grace." The onetime backwoods minister was to be buried in the late afternoon at the foot of a cross-shaped brick walkway in the library's prayer garden, next to his late wife Ruth, who died in 2007. More than 100 international dignitaries paid tribute to Graham in Charlotte, including Billy Kim, a Korean pastor and friend who served as Graham's translator in South Korea. Mr Kim said he offered thanks on behalf of Christians worldwide. "Thank you for bringing your salvation message to our part of the world," he said. Graham, with his energetic – some would say aggressive – speaking style, made a robust impact in Asia, and particularly in South Korea, where he held his largest ever "crusade". Some 1.1 million people attended the event's final service, in Seoul in 1973, according to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. The casket carrying the body of Rev Billy Graham is carried to his funeral service at the Billy Graham Library  Credit: Getty Images But he also made inroads in places like Germany, preaching to tens of thousands in Berlin in the 1960s at the height of the Cold War. Graham offered spiritual guidance and friendship to 13 presidents, several of whom prayed with the minister at the White House. His daughter Anne Graham Lotz said her father's death would be as significant as his decades of ministry. "I believe this is a shot across the bow from heaven," she said of Graham's passing. "And I believe God is saying, 'Wake up church. Wake up world. Wake up Anne. Jesus is coming.'"



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Reeva Steenkamp Can ‘Rest In Peace' After Oscar Pistorius’ Sentence Doubled, Her Family Says

Reeva Steenkamp Can ‘Rest In Peace' After Oscar Pistorius’ Sentence Doubled, Her Family SaysReeva Steenkamp’s family said she “can now rest in peace” after a South African court on Friday more than doubled Olympian and Paralympian Oscar Pistorius’ sentence for killing her.



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'How do I spend the rest of my life without my daughter?'

'How do I spend the rest of my life without my daughter?'URBANA, Ill. (AP) — For more than four months, Ronggao Zhang has walked to his missing daughter's apartment almost every day. At first, he stood outside, hoping she would show up one afternoon. But even after he was told she'd been kidnapped and was presumed dead, he's continued his routine.



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Europe is getting its first underwater restaurant and the rest of the world should take note

Europe is getting its first underwater restaurant and the rest of the world should take noteMove over Seaworld, there's a new attraction in town and you can eat there. A Norwegian architecture firm, Snøhetta, is building Europe's first underwater restaurant called Under, and it hopefully won't be the last.  SEE ALSO: Amazon just added a new feature that could mean big things for restaurants Image: snohetta website Image: snohetta websiteAccording to Snøhetta's website, the restaurant will have three levels: wardrobe area, champagne bar, and the dinning room. The restaurant will also function as a research center for marine life.  Wanna eat dinner surrounded by marine life? We do, too. The restaurant will stand five meters deep (about 16 feet) below sea level and will serve seafood from lobster to truffles. Where's the sign up sheet?  Image: snohetta websiteThe lead architect Rune Grasdal told
CNN the benefits of the project and what guests can expect: "One of the benefits of this building is how it links nature and land, and how you can come safe from the land and in a very dramatic way go down through this concrete tube to the nature at sea level, and experience what normally is not experienced." While the restaurant won't be open until 2019, we'll just have to settle for the ones on land.  WATCH: Baby manatees take to the sky for rehabilitation



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Liu Xiaobo laid to rest at private funeral 'under the eyes of Chinese secret police'

Liu Xiaobo laid to rest at private funeral 'under the eyes of Chinese secret police'The body of Liu Xiaobo, the Nobel laureate who died after years of imprisonment in China, was cremated Saturday after a private ceremony attended by his family and several men believed to be Chinese secret police.  Liu's remains were incinerated "in accordance with the will of his family members and local customs" in the northeastern city of Shenyang, said Zhang Qingyang, an official from the municipal office. His ashes were later scattered in the sea.  Officials released photos showing his wife, the poet Liu Xia, with her brother, and two of Liu Xiaobo's brothers in front of the body, which was covered with white petals and surrounded by flowers at a funeral home. Zhang also said "friends" were at the ceremony, but an Amnesty International researcher said he did not recognise any of the row of non-family members in the official photo and people close to the Liu couple identified at least one "state security police officer" among them. The dissident's wife Liu Xia, centre, scattered his ashes into the sea Credit: EPA/SHENYANG MUNCIPAL INFORMATION OFFICE Chinese dissident artist critic Ai Weiwei, who lives in Berlin tweeted a photo of the funeral and called the display "disgusting" and a "violation" of the deceased. China's government faced a global backlash for denying the democracy advocate's wish to be treated abroad. After his death, the United States and European Union called on Beijing to free Liu Xia, who has been under house arrest since 2010, and let her leave the country. "As far as I know, Liu Xia is in a free condition," Zhang said, though it was unclear whether she was released as he did not answer questions about her whereabouts. Authorities have severely restricted Liu Xia's contact with the outside world and Jared Genser, a US lawyer who represented the Nobel Peace Prize winner, said she has been held "incommunicado" since her husband's death. "The most preposterous thing is that even during his cremation and funeral he still was not free. And now it's been passed on to his wife, who will continue to lead on that same freedom-less existence," Hu Jia, a Beijing-based activist and family friend, told AFP. China is facing pressure to allow Liu Xia, the dissident's wife, to travel abroad. Credit: Shenyang Municipal Information Office via AP Liu was jailed in 2008 after co-writing a petition calling for democratic reforms. The veteran of the 1989 Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests was sentenced to 11 years in prison for "subversion" a year later. He died of multiple organ failure at a Shenyang hospital on Thursday at age 61, more than a month after he was transferred from prison due to late-stage liver cancer. At his funeral, Mozart's Requiem was played and Liu Xia "fixed her eyes on him a long time, mumbling to say farewell," Zhang said, adding that she was "in very low spirits". "She has just lost her husband, so she is currently emotionally grieving," Zhang said. "It's best for her not to receive too much outside interference during this period after Liu Xiaobo has died," he said. Zhang said authorities would release information about where Liu Xiaobo's ashes will be taken "at an appropriate time". A portrait of late Chinese Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo is displayed outside the Chinese liaison office in Hong Kong Credit: (AP Photo/Vincent Yu) Genser said Liu Xia has been held for seven years even though she has never been charged with any crime. "The world needs to mobilise to rescue her – and fast," he said in a statement. Another family friend and activist, Ye Du, also cast doubt that she was released: "Liu Xia has never been free. There's no doubt about that." The foreign ministry lashed out at the international criticism on Friday, saying it lodged official protests with the United States, Germany, France and the United Nations human rights office. The foreign ministry said giving Liu the Nobel Peace Prize was "blasphemy" while state-run media has called him a "convicted criminal". "His influence has breached the fundamental moral principle of Chinese patriotism and posed a challenge to China's stability and national security," the nationalist Global Times tabloid said in an editorial. "This is why the Chinese society opposes and despises him." Meanwhile, a prominent Chinese anti-corruption activist was freed on Saturday after serving four years in prison. Xu Zhiyong, 44, is a legal scholar and a member of the the New Citizens Movement, a loose network whose members held peaceful protests in Beijing and other cities.



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