Poland’s President Duda vetoes judicial reforms after protests

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Candlelit protests have taken place for several nights in a row in dozens of Polish cities Polish President Andrzej Duda has announced he is vetoing a controversial law to replace Supreme Court judges with government nominees. Three key judicial reforms have been passed by Poland’s parliament, prompting days of demonstrations across the country. Before they became law, they required approval by the president. The changes have also set Poland’s right-wing government on a collision course with the European Union. The European Commission had threatened to impose sanctions this week if the reforms were not scrapped.
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Congress eyes space to counter Kim Jong Un in North Korea

The day national security planners feared and anticipated arrived this month when Kim Jong Un’s regime successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile theoretically capable of hitting Alaska. But with the North’s threat looming larger than ever, the high ground for U.S. ICBM defenses might not be ground at all. Space-based missile defense has caused political scuffles and faced skepticism in the halls of Washington since the Reagan administration’s ill-fated Strategic Defense Initiative, more infamously known as Star Wars. Now, the concept is getting new life as North Korea’s fast-paced pursuit of nuclear ICBMs has spurred talk of more missile defense
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Can Sports Sink Lower Than Mayweather-McGregor?

Conor McGregor. Photo: Mike Stobe/Getty Images When you sign up for life as a sports fan, you are knowingly introducing darkness and moral complication into your life: To look clearly at the world of sports is to want to look away. Greedy owners jacking up ticket prices at billion-dollar concrete monstrosities they conned taxpayers into buying for them. Athletes beating their girlfriends and being punished with multiyear guaranteed contracts worth millions. Television deals bringing in so much money teams have no incentive to cater to fans who have cheered for them for generations. Toxic masculinity leading to regressive social politics
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Jordanian killed, Israeli wounded at Israeli embassy in Amman

AMMAN, Jordan — A Jordanian man was shot to death and an Israeli man was wounded in a violent incident at the Israeli embassy in Amman on Sunday evening, a security official and a news site linked to Jordan’s military reported.  The Hala Akhbar site said the violent incident also included a stabbing. It said the Israeli man was in an “unstable” condition and that the Jordanian died after suffering critical gunshot injuries. A security official confirmed a Jordanian had been killed and an Israeli wounded, but would not provide further details. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he
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From ‘Avengers’ to ‘Captain Marvel’

‘Thor: Ragnarok’ stars Chris Hemsworth (from left), Tom Hiddleston, Mark Ruffalo and Cate Blanchett greet the Comic-Con crowd.(Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez, Getty Images for Disney) SAN DIEGO — Saturday is no joke on Comic-Con’s biggest stage: Hall H saw Steven Spielberg, Harrison Ford, the Justice League and even the fan-favorite Stranger Things kids, but still the day was ruled by the jam-packed Marvel Studios panel. Here are five ways Marvel knocked out the competition: Ant-Man added to its sizable cast. Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly return as the two leads in Ant-Man and the Wasp (in theaters July 6, 2018), which has boosted
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Scott Blumstein wins 2017 World Series of Poker main event, $8.15 million purse

LAS VEGAS — Scott Blumstein closed out a dominant three-day performance by winning the 2017 World Series of Poker main event early Sunday, taking home $8.15 million and the WSOP bracelet in the process. Other than a brief spell on the first day of final-table action Thursday, the 25-year-old from Brigantine, New Jersey, held onto the chip lead from beginning to end. “I’m really happy with how I played tonight,” Blumstein said. “Really happy with the result, really happy with the deuce, because I was playing good, but I’m pretty tired of poker at this point, honestly. To have to
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Bodies found in trailer in San Antonio

Eight people, including two children, were found dead Sunday morning inside a tractor-trailer in the parking lot of a Walmart store in San Antonio, according to reports. Fox News confirmed the death total from the city’s fire department. The driver of the rig, who was not identified, has been taken into custody, authorities said. A total of 38 people had been inside the trailer, authorities said, with 20 people found in a “serious” medical condition, including dehydration. Further details were not immediately available. Investigators from the U.S. Department of Homeland security were involved in the case.  KENS5 in San Antonio
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Why Is Marvel the Only Studio Still Doing Comic-Con’s Hall H Right?

Day after day, panel after panel the news out of San Diego Comic-Con’s famed Hall H was the same. The cast of your favorite shows and movies arrived, charmingly shared some behind-the-scenes anecdotes, vaguely answered audience questions, dropped a trailer or two that immediately appeared online, and called it a day. This was true of Justice League, Westworld, Game of Thrones, Stranger Things, The Walking Dead, and more. All but three major movie studios skipped the convention altogether and even with major comic book film projects on the horizon like four (or more) new X-Men movies and just as many
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Trump: USS Ford is ‘100,000-ton message to the world’

NORFOLK, Va. — With praise and a blessing for the military, President Donald Trump helped hand over the USS Gerald R. Ford to the Navy on Saturday and said the state-of-the-art aircraft carrier will send a “100,000-ton message to the world” about America’s military might when it is ultimately deployed. U.S. allies will rest easy, Trump said, but America’s enemies will “shake with fear” when they see the Ford cutting across the horizon. The president, who is commander in chief of the U.S. armed forces, likened the $12.9 billion warship to “an incredible work of art” and boasted about the
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McCain’s primary rival urges him to step aside after diagnosis — and suggests she could replace him

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). (J. Scott Applewhite/AP) A day after news came out about Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) brain cancer diagnosis, his one-time political opponent urged the ailing senator to think about his political future sooner rather than later — and expressed interest in the possibility of her taking over his Senate seat. “I hope Sen. McCain is going to look long and hard at this, that his family and his advisers are going to look at this, and they’re going to advise him to step away as quickly as possible, so that the business of the country and the business of Arizona being represented
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