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 2 yrs | Velociraptor cousin with feathers and complex bird-like wings discovered in China

              A new species of dinosaur - a close cousin of the Velociraptor which was made famous by the 'Jurassic Park' films - has been discovered in China with a well-preserved set of bird-like wings, the University of Edinburgh has announced. "The movies have it wrong - this is what Velociraptor would have looked like too," said Dr Steve Brusatte, co-author of the study. Although larger feathered dinosaurs have been identified before, the new dinosaur, named Zhenyuanlong suni, has unusually complex wings made up of quill pen-like feathers. [photos, statements attached]   



 2 yrs | Caitlyn Jenner accepts Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2015 ESPYS

              Caitlyn Jenner, 65, formerly known as Bruce, accepted the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYS Wednesday night in Los Angeles, California. Jenner is the 1976 Olympic men's decathlon champion and decided to come out as transgender earlier this year following her ABC 20/20 interview with Diane Sawyer. "This transition has been harder on me than anything I could imagine," she said. "It's about all of us accepting one another." Jenner's children and family, including her mother, were also at the ceremony for support.   

  Los Angeles, CA        3 UPDATES



 2 yrs | Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush breaks neck bone in fall, condition stable - spokesman

              Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush has broken a bone in his neck during a fall at his home in Maine, his spokesman Jim McGarth says. The accident occurred earlier today in Kennebunkport, after which the former president, who is 91, was taken to a hospital in Portland, Maine. "His condition is stable - he is fine," McGarth said, adding that the former president will be in a neck brace.   

  Kennebunkport, ME        6 UPDATES


 2 yrs | Canadian police secure sites in Vancouver after threat

              Canadian police have responded to a number of sites in Vancouver after a threat was made against a City employee, says police spokesman Randy Fincham. "The City and the police have taken the unusual steps of securing a number works yards and job sites. The police do not believe that there is a risk to the general public at this time," he said in an emailed statement. Among the sites where police have responded to is City Hall and the National Works Yard. [statement attached]   

  Vancouver, Canada     



 2 yrs | Greek parliament approves reforms bill demanded by eurozone

              The Greek parliament has overwhelmingly voted in favor of tough economic measures demanded by international creditors, paving the way for Greece to access an €86 billion bailout, though further talks and reforms will be needed. A total of 299 members of parliament cast their vote; 229 of whom voted Yes, 64 who voted No, and six who abstained. The new legislation includes measures such as tax increases and an increase in the retirement age. Energy minister Panagiotis Lafazanis and former finance minister Yanis Varoufakis were among those who voted against the bill.   

  Greece        78 UPDATES


 2 yrs | Obama speaks by phone with Putin to discuss Iran deal

              U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin have spoken by phone to discuss the recent nuclear deal with Iran, and both leaders committed to remain in close coordination as the deal is operationalized, according to the White House. The leaders also "expressed a desire to work together on reducing regional tensions, particularly in Syria." The Kremlin has not yet provided its readout of the call. [White House readout attached]   

  Iran        97 UPDATES


 2 yrs | Two Cleveland police supervisors disciplined over hiring of officer who shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice

              Two Cleveland police supervisors have been disciplined for failing to adequately supervise a background investigation before the department hired Timothy Loehmann, who later shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice, WEWS-TV reports. Lt. Gail Bindel and Sgt. Edwin Santiago were found guilty in a police department disciplinary hearing after they failed to pick up on the fact that Loehmann had been found unfit for duty by another police department and had a handgun performance that was judged to be poor. Bindel was given a 2-day suspension and Santiago received a written reprimand.   

  Cleveland, OH        2 UPDATES


 2 yrs | REPLAY: Watch Greek parliament debate bailout deal ahead of vote

              The Greek parliament debated on a €86 billion reforms bill demanded by international creditors to keep the country in the eurozone.   

  Greece        78 UPDATES


 2 yrs | Toyota recalls 625,000 Prius v hybrid minivans to fix software glitch

              Toyota Motor Corporation says it will recall about 625,000 Prius v minivans, known in some markets as the Prius alpha and Prius+, over a software glitch that could shut down the hybrid system while the car is being driven. Models affected were produced between May 2010 and November 2014, the automaker said in a statement. [statement attached]   

  California        1 UPDATES



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