Disgruntled Venezuelan state workers seek ways to join opposition vote

CARACAS/PUNTO FIJO, Venezuela (Reuters) – Some are traveling across town to cast their ballot. One has asked a cousin volunteering at a poll station to let him jump the queue. And another plans to dress up as a woman to vote. Venezuela’s state workers are cooking up creative ways to participate in Sunday’s opposition plebiscite without being spotted by colleagues or Socialist Party members, which could compromise their jobs in Venezuela’s vengeful political climate. The opposition is holding an unofficial vote to let Venezuelans have their say about unpopular President Nicolas Maduro’s plan to elect a new legislative body with
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Disney announces new Marvel attraction in Anaheim and the name of its Star Wars land

With demand continuing to grow for Disney parks and movies, the entertainment giant announced plans to add new attractions throughout its parks, including a new Marvel superhero expansion in Anaheim. During its fan exposition, D23 in Anaheim, Disney officials on Saturday revealed upcoming amusements at theme parks Walt Disney World, Epcot Center and Disney Hollywood Studios. Construction has been continuing for months on a new Star Wars land, but the name was first revealed at the expo: Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. The $1-billion project will include two attractions, a ride that lets guests fly the iconic spaceship the Millennium Falcon
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Trump: Stock market rising ‘despite the Russian hoax story!’

President Trump sought to downplay recent revelations surrounding the Russia probe on Saturday, saying the stock market was rising despite the “hoax story.” “Stock Market hit another all-time high yesterday – despite the Russian hoax story! Also, jobs numbers are starting to look very good!” the president tweeted. Stock Market hit another all-time high yesterday – despite the Russian hoax story! Also, jobs numbers are starting to look very good! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 15, 2017 “Stock Market at new all-time high! Working on new trade deals that will be great for U.S. and its workers!” he said. 
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Sinkhole stops growing after swallowing 2 Florida homes

Last Updated Jul 15, 2017 1:04 PM EDT LAND O’ LAKES, Fla. — A sinkhole that swallowed two homes and a boat has stopped growing, and officials said they would monitor it over the weekend before determining when cleanup can begin. The hole has been stagnant since Friday afternoon, said Kevin Guthrie, Pasco County’s assistant administrator for public safety. He confirmed that the hole, which is 250 feet wide and 50 feet deep, is the largest in three decades in the county, which has a history of sinkholes. “Our hearts and thoughts go out to everyone in this community,” Pasco
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Williams, Muguruza on court for Wimbledon final

The Latest: Williams, Muguruza on court for Wimbledon final Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about The Latest: Williams, Muguruza on court for Wimbledon final Venus Williams and Garbine Muguruza are on court for their warmups before the women’s final at Wimbledon Post to Facebook Try Another Audio CAPTCHA Image CAPTCHA Help {# #} CancelSend Sent! A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. AP Published 8:05 a.m. ET July 15, 2017 | Updated 9:07 a.m. ET July 15, 2017
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ISIS Leader in Afghanistan Is Killed by Drone, Pentagon Says

WASHINGTON — The leader of the Islamic State’s branch in Afghanistan, Abu Sayed, was killed by a U.S. drone strike this week, the Pentagon said Friday. The strike, on Tuesday, targeted the militants’ headquarters in Kunar province, Afghanistan. Advertisement Other members of the group were also killed in the operation, the Pentagon said in a statement, which asserted that the attack would “significantly disrupt the terror group’s plans to expand its presence in Afghanistan.” The Islamic State, however, has proved its resilience by replacing its leaders soon after they are killed. Get Today’s Headlines in your inbox: The day’s top
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Several dead in Hawaii high-rise apartment fire

HONOLULU — At least three people died in a fire that broke out on the 26th floor of a Honolulu high-rise Friday and hundreds fled as smoke billowed from the upper floors of the giant apartment complex.  The blaze at the Marco Polo apartments started on the 26th floor and spread to at least the 28th floor and several units, said Honolulu Fire Department spokesman Capt. David Jenkins. He said the number of fatalities could change. The three dead were found on the 26th floor, said Fire Chief Manuel Neves. Neves said the Marco Polo complex does not have fire
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Insurers warn Cruz provision will ‘skyrocket’ premiums for sick people

The two leading health insurer trade groups sent a strongly-worded letter Friday expressing opposition to a controversial conservative provision included in the latest GOP ObamaCare replacement bill. America’s Health Insurance Plans and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association warned that the provision from Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzInsurers warn Cruz provision will ‘skyrocket’ premiums for sick people Pence pitches governors on ObamaCare repeal bill Health groups: Revised GOP health bill not an improvement MORE (R-Texas) would mean “premiums will skyrocket for people with preexisting conditions” and “millions of more individuals will become uninsured.” The letter expresses opposition to a provision, included
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2 homes, 1 boat swallowed by growing sinkhole in Florida

A sinkhole that started out the size of a small swimming pool and continued to grow in Florida swallowed a boat, destroyed two homes and prompted officials to evacuate residents from about a dozen homes Friday. Dramatic video showed the home in Land O’ Lakes, north of Tampa in Pasco County, collapsing into the hole Friday morning. It quickly engulfed one home and a boat and then consumed about 80 percent of another home, said Kevin Guthrie, Pasco County’s assistant county administrator for public safety. By Friday afternoon, the hole stretched up to 250 feet (76 meters) wide and 50
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Russian American lobbyist was present at Trump Jr.’s meeting with Kremlin-connected lawyer

A Russian American lobbyist, who served in the Russian military in the past, said Friday that he was in the room for a June 2016 meeting between President Trump’s oldest son and a Kremlin-connected attorney. The presence of Rinat Akhmetshin, adds to the number of people in attendance at the Trump Tower gathering that emerged this week as the clearest evidence so far of interactions between Trump campaign officials and Russia. In an interview with the Washington Post, Akhmetshin said he participated in the session with several others. His role in the meeting was first reported by NBC News and
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