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  • Trump stands by remarks on Charlottesville: 'George Washington was a slave owner'
     

    Trump stands by remarks on Charlottesville: 'George Washington was a slave owner'Trump had a heated debate with reporters over the violence that took place in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend and said there was "blame on both sides."


  • Could Trump's Comments Lead To a GOP Presidential Primary?
     

    Could Trump's Comments Lead To a GOP Presidential Primary?Trump's media availability drew intense criticism from the right. Former GOP Rep. David Jolly says today may be the start of a primary movement to replace Trump. He joins O'Donnell and Jarvis DeBerry to discuss Trump's long pattern of bigoted behavior.


  • More arrests made in toppling of Confederate statue
     

    More arrests made in toppling of Confederate statueRALEIGH, N.C. (AP) ? More protesters were arrested Wednesday for participating in a demonstration that toppled a Confederate statue in North Carolina, and more monuments were vandalized as well.


  • Nigeria suicide bombers kill 28, wound 82
     

    Nigeria suicide bombers kill 28, wound 82Three women suicide bombers blew themselves up at the entrance to a camp for displaced people in northeast Nigeria on Tuesday, killing 28 people and wounding 82, local sources said. The attack -- the latest in a string of assaults in the troubled region -- took place in the town of Mandarari, 25 kilometres (15 miles) from Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, said Baba Kura, a member of a vigilante force set up to fight jihadists. "Three female bombers triggered their explosive outside of the IDP (internally displaced persons) camp... killing 28 people and wounding 82 others," Kura said.


  • U.S. court rules Arkansas can block Planned Parenthood funding
     

    U.S. court rules Arkansas can block Planned Parenthood fundingA U.S. appeals court on Wednesday reversed a ruling that prevented Arkansas from cutting off Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood following the release of controversial videos secretly recorded by an anti-abortion group. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis reversed a ruling forbidding Arkansas from carrying through with Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson's directive to suspend Medicaid reimbursements to a Planned Parenthood affiliate.


  • Scientists solve mystery of ?Frankenstein dinosaur?
     

    Scientists solve mystery of ?Frankenstein dinosaur?

    A dinosaur that puzzled researchers thanks to the incredibly puzzling design of its body finally has its place in history thanks to a team of scientists from Cambridge and the Natural History Museum in London. The Chilesaurus, which has been nicknamed the "Frankenstein dinosaur" due to it appearing as though it were patched together from other, unrelated dinosaur species, has now been labeled a transitional species that helps to bridge the gap between herbivorous dinosaurs and the more iconic meat-eaters like the Tyrannosaurus rex. 

    After its fossils were initially discovered, Chilesaurus was thought to be a part of the Theropod group of dinos ? which includes the T. rex? due to its advanced digestive system. Those creatures, which are considered "lizard-hipped," were carnivores, but the Chilesaurus didn't appear to be particularly well-suited for consuming meat.

    After extensive examination of the fossils, the researchers are now declaring that Chilesaurus was in fact a plant eater. As it turns out, the puzzling creature is actually a member of the group called Ornithischia ? meaning "bird-hipped" ? dinosaurs that also includes recognizable herbivores like the Stegosaurus and Triceratops. The team believes Chilesaurus was a essentially a stepping stone between the two groups, acting as a branching-off point.

    "Before this, there were no transitional specimens ? we didn't know what order these characteristics evolved in," Matthew Baron, Cambridge Ph.D. student and contributing author of the study, said of the research. "This shows that in bird-hipped dinosaurs, the gut evolved first, and the jaws evolved later ? it fills the gap quite nicely."


  • Has Natalee Holloway's Body Been Found? Remains Reportedly Discovered in Search for Missing Teen
     

    Has Natalee Holloway's Body Been Found? Remains Reportedly Discovered in Search for Missing TeenThe Alabama teen vanished during a school trip in 2005.


  • Seaworld: Another killer whale dies after suffering from a bacterial infection for 10 years
     

    Seaworld: Another killer whale dies after suffering from a bacterial infection for 10 years"Despite their best efforts, her health and appetite significantly declined over the past several days despite continually tailored treatments,? SeaWorld said in a statement. There are now 10 orcas in the San Diego theme park, including five males and five females.


  • Trump appears to accidentally share Twitter dis
     

    Trump appears to accidentally share Twitter disThe Twitter user who called President Trump a fascist and frequently shares anti-Trump sentiment, joked Tuesday that the president ?agrees with him.?


  • Why Barack Obama is Our Most Viral President
     

    Why Barack Obama is Our Most Viral PresidentBarack Obama's post Charlottesville tweet just broke the record for number of likes. How did Obama crack the social media code?


  • Man beaten at protest says police were indifferent to attack
     

    Man beaten at protest says police were indifferent to attackMcLEAN, Va. (AP) ? A Virginia man says police failed to come to his aid as he was beaten by white supremacists during Saturday's violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, that led to three deaths.


  • Modi says India will fight foreign threats
     

    Modi says India will fight foreign threatsIndia is strong enough to defend its borders against any threat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in an Independence Day speech as the nation faces a frontier showdown with China and aggravated tensions with Pakistan. "Security is our top priority," Modi told thousands packed into the landmark Red Fort in New Delhi on Tuesday as India marked the 70th anniversary of the end of British colonial rule. "Be it the sea or the borders, cyber or space -- in all spheres, India is capable and we are strong enough to overcome those who try to act against our country," the Hindu nationalist leader declared.


  • White Supremacist In Charlottesville Wearing 82nd Airborne Hat Gets Called Out... By 82nd Airborne
     

    White Supremacist In Charlottesville Wearing 82nd Airborne Hat Gets Called Out... By 82nd AirborneThe 82nd Airborne Division fought several campaigns against Nazi Germany during World War II.


  • Swiss Hotel Apologizes for Singling Out Jews in Signs
     

    Swiss Hotel Apologizes for Singling Out Jews in SignsThe hotel defended its signs requiring only Jews to shower before using the pool facilities.


  • Dizzying artwork video uses oil, paint, and soap to create otherworldly movement
     

    Dizzying artwork video uses oil, paint, and soap to create otherworldly movementThese dizzying images use oil, soap and paint to create movements that feel otherworldly, and seem to psychedelically burst from their surroundings.


  • How To Wash Radioactive Material From Your Body After A Nuclear Blast
     

    How To Wash Radioactive Material From Your Body After A Nuclear BlastAccording to certain guidelines, hair conditioner could bind radioactive material to your hair after exposure.


  • Objects spotted near suspected MH370 crash site - Australia
     

    Objects spotted near suspected MH370 crash site - AustraliaSeveral "probably man-made" objects were floating near the suspected crash site of MH370 just weeks after it vanished, Australian researchers revealed Wednesday, more than six months after the hunt for the doomed jet was called off. A massive underwater search for the Malaysia Airlines plane, which disappeared in March 2014 with 239 people on board, ended in January after no trace of the aircraft was found in a 120,000 square kilometre (46,000 square mile) zone in the remote southern Indian Ocean off Australia's west coast. On Wednesday, two new studies said photos taken by French military satellites two weeks after the plane's disappearance, but not released to the public, showed at least 70 identifiable objects floating close to the so-called "northern area".


  • Top Military Leaders Who Advise President Trump Speak Out Against Racism
     

    Top Military Leaders Who Advise President Trump Speak Out Against Racism"No place for racial hatred or extremism"


  • Alabama woman found after almost a month wandering lost in the woods
     

    Alabama woman found after almost a month wandering lost in the woodsA woman in Alabama has been reunited with her family after being lost in the woods for a month, sheltering among the trees and surviving on mushrooms and berries. Lisa Theris, 25, was found on Saturday afternoon after she finally reached a road, and managed to signal to a motorist for help. She had lost 50lbs and was covered in scratches and insect bites, but was not severely harmed. "I've been doing this now going on 15 years and I've never seen anything like it,? said Chad Faulkner, of the Bullock county sheriff?s office.  ?Her will to live is incredible. I hate to classify it as a miracle, but it's a miracle." Lisa Theris Miss Theris had set off into the woods near Midland with two men, who broke into a hunting lodge in Midway. She told her family that she did not want to be part of the robbery, and so ran away from the pair. On July 23 her family reported her missing.  The two men, Manley Davis, 31, and Randall Oswald, 36, were arrested and charged following the theft of $40,000 (£31,100) worth of goods, including four-wheel drive cars and chainsaws. ?She's not familiar with this area and apparently on the night she ran, she went into the woods at night and got lost,? said Raymond Rodgers, sheriff of Bullock county.  Miss Theris told police that she drank water from the streams and tried to walk to safety, but ended up disorientated and walking in circles. ?We didn't ask her too many questions,? said Mr Rodgers. ?We want to make sure her health is good so we got her on to the hospital. We did not interrogate her at that time.?  Mr Faulkner said they expect to have more details about Miss Theris?s movements in the coming days. Elizabeth Theris, her sister, said the missing woman was now back at home in Louisville, Alabama. Lisa Theris's legs, covered in scratches and bites ?She is severely weakened, she is in pain, she is emaciated,? she said.  ?There is not an inch of her that has not been affected. ?We are lucky that she is alive, she is so strong and has made it through so much.? Her brother, Will, said that she was ?standing strong and full of jokes as ever.?  He added: ?The next few weeks will be rough, but she is handling it all like a trooper.?


  • Charlottesville: Black protester Deandre Harris ?beaten with metal poles? by white supremacists
     

    Charlottesville: Black protester Deandre Harris ?beaten with metal poles? by white supremacistsMore than $118,000 (£91,700) has been raised for an African American man who was brutally beaten by a group of white supremacists in a horrific attack in Charlottesville. Shocking pictures and footage were captured of Deandre Harris being chased by a gang of white men before he was savagely beaten with what appear to be poles at the protests in Virginia this weekend, leaving him needing hospital treatment. The 20-year-old was left covered in blood with a broken wrist and needing eight staples for his head wounds when the attack happened in a parking garage near Charlottesville police station.


  • Protesters topple Confederate statue in North Carolina
     

    Protesters topple Confederate statue in North CarolinaDURHAM, N.C. (AP) ? Protesters in North Carolina toppled a nearly century-old statue of a Confederate soldier Monday at a rally against racism.


  • Student, 18, Arrested After Allegedly Threatening Teacher's Life On Facebook: Cops
     

    Student, 18, Arrested After Allegedly Threatening Teacher's Life On Facebook: CopsDesiree Zio is charged with making written threats to kill or do bodily harm.


  • KKK Members Convicted In Plot To Kill Black Inmate While Working As Prison Guards
     

    KKK Members Convicted In Plot To Kill Black Inmate While Working As Prison GuardsTwo former Florida prison guards who were members of the Ku Klux Klan have been convicted of plotting to murder a black inmate after his release.


  • Saudi Arabia Shows How it Would Shoot Down Qatari Plane
     

    Saudi Arabia Shows How it Would Shoot Down Qatari PlaneSaudi Arabia and allies Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates have accused Qatar of funding terrorist groups abroad.


  • Scary video shows a bear charging a dog in Alaska
     

    Scary video shows a bear charging a dog in AlaskaA mama black bear was caught on camera charging a Siberian husky at a campground in Alaska.  The recently released clip, from a campground in Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, shows a bear and her three cubs approaching a trailer from the woods on July 5. When the bear spots the dog it delivers a bluff charge, and the bear and husky get into a brief fight off camera. A woman can then be heard yelling at the bear, which returns to its cubs and runs away.  Tom Henderson, who uploaded the video earlier this month, said in an email that his wife is the person heard yelling in the clip. Fortunately, the dog was unharmed in the scuffle, despite its screams. Henderson also said that bear sightings are not uncommon in the camp, though they have not had a problem like this before. Unfortunate interactions between humans and wildlife are unfortunately common in the area. In June a man was mauled after brown bear with a sow got defensive.  Mashable has reached out to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game for additional information.


  • Trump praises N.Korean leader's decision not to fire missiles towards Guam
     

    Trump praises N.Korean leader's decision not to fire missiles towards GuamBy Ben Blanchard and Tim Kelly BEIJING/TOKYO (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday praised North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for a "wise" decision not to fire missiles towards the U.S. territory of Guam, which has eased escalating tension between the two countries. Reclusive North Korea has made no secret of its plan to develop a missile capable of firing a nuclear warhead at the United States to counter what it perceives as constant U.S. threats of invasion. Trump warned North Korea last week it would face "fire and fury" if it threatened the United States, prompting North Korea to say it was considering plans to fire missiles towards the Pacific island of Guam.


  • New tower fuels concerns over changing face of San Francisco
     

    New tower fuels concerns over changing face of San FranciscoSAN FRANCISCO (AP) ? More than 60 stories above the ground, construction workers climb makeshift stairs and cross narrow steel planks to put the finishing touches on Salesforce Tower, now San Francisco's tallest building.


  • Charlottesville: Man pictured using homemade flame thrower on white supremacists speaks out
     

    Charlottesville: Man pictured using homemade flame thrower on white supremacists speaks outA care worker who fought off white supremacist attackers in Charlottesville with an improvised flame thrower said he had set out for a peaceful protest against ?Nazis who took over my town?. Corey Long had joined the hundreds of demonstrators in the Virginia city who turned out to heckle at radicals including Ku Klux Klan members who were marching in an ultra right-wing rally. Another extremist later lunged at Mr Long with a confederate flag and he fought back with a spray can he said he found on the ground, putting a lighter to the nozzle and turning it into a weapon.


  • The Nevada Highway Patrol retires its last Ford Crown Vic
     

    The Nevada Highway Patrol retires its last Ford Crown VicStarting in 1978, Ford began cranking out cars on its full-size rear-wheel-drive platform, and it didn't stop doing so until 2011. Over the course of that run, the most prolifically produced machine was undoubtedly the Ford Crown Victoria. It was the go-to vehicle for taxi fleets and police departments, but it's since been replaced.


  • 59 Crazy Creative Things To Make With Cauliflower
     

    59 Crazy Creative Things To Make With Cauliflower


  • Florida Stripper Kills Partner, Stabs Him In Eyes And Shoves Wood In Throat
     

    Florida Stripper Kills Partner, Stabs Him In Eyes And Shoves Wood In ThroatA Key West, Florida, man died Tuesday after an alleged attack in his home by his stripper partner.


  • Grace Mugabe claims diplomatic immunity in S.Africa assault case
     

    Grace Mugabe claims diplomatic immunity in S.Africa assault caseZimbabwe's first lady Grace Mugabe has claimed diplomatic immunity after being accused of assaulting a 20-year-old model, South African police said Wednesday, in an incident that could test cross-border relations. The 52-year-old wife of President Robert Mugabe is accused of attacking Gabriella Engels on Sunday evening at a Johannesburg hotel where the first lady's two sons were staying. Engels has registered a police case alleging assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, saying she suffered deep cuts to her forehead and the back of her head.


  • Dear Ivanka: It's Time To Decide Which Side Of History You're Going To Stand On
     

    Dear Ivanka: It's Time To Decide Which Side Of History You're Going To Stand OnI know you?ve probably got a lot on your plate right now but we really need to talk about your father and what a shit show this week has been.


  • 'It still fits': Engagement ring missing for more than a decade turns up on garden carrot
     

    'It still fits': Engagement ring missing for more than a decade turns up on garden carrotA woman who was resigned to never seeing her beautiful engagement ring ever again - and had bought a smaller one as a replacement - was shocked when her daughter-in-law found it on a carrot. The family had harvested some carrots from their farm in Alberta, Canada, for dinner, and one had grown around the engagement ring, which was then pulled from the ground. Mary Grams, 84, had lost her beloved ring in 2004 while she was in the garden, and thought she would never see it again. "I recognized it right away," she said. Mary Grams, 84, got her missing ring back when her daughter-in-law found it while harvesting carrots on the family farm in Alberta, Canada. Credit:  CBC News She thinks she lost it while pulling a large weed from the garden. "We looked high and low on our hands and knees," she told CBC news.  "We couldn't find it. I thought for sure either they rototilled it or something happened to it." Mrs Grams has had the ring since 1951, a year before she married her husband, Norman.  Mary, 84, says she didn't know if they were kidding or not, but when her granddaughter brought the carrot over - she knew: "It's mine!" #yegpic.twitter.com/Ft7IMUeSMR? Sarah Kraus Global (@SarahNKraus) August 15, 2017 The ring was found by her daughter-in-law, Colleen Daley. "I knew it had to belong to either grandma or my mother-in-law," she said, "because no other women have lived on that farm. "I asked my husband if he recognized the ring. And he said yeah. His mother had lost her engagement ring years ago in the garden and never found it again. And it turned up on this carrot." A few weeks after losing her engagement ring, Mary bought herself this one, much smaller, to replace it. #Camrosepic.twitter.com/sg9WN4y1Pb? Sarah Kraus Global (@SarahNKraus) August 15, 2017  Mrs Grams said she is pleased the ring was found. "I'm going to wear it because it still fits," she said.


  • Rebels say they shoot down Syrian military jet, army confirms crash
     

    Rebels say they shoot down Syrian military jet, army confirms crashThe Syrian military said on Tuesday that one of its jets crashed in southern Syria, state television reported, hours after Western-backed rebels said they had shot it down and captured the pilot. State-owned Ikhbariya television quoted a Syrian army source as saying an investigation was under way to determine what caused the crash. Rebels released photos of a pilot they identified as Major Ali al Hilwa, with bruises on his face, and the wreckage of a jet they said was a Russian-built MiG brought down by anti-aircraft guns.


  • The Latest: Pence promotes US trade with Latin America
     

    The Latest: Pence promotes US trade with Latin AmericaSANTIAGO, Chile (AP) ? The Latest on Vice President Mike Pence's trip to Latin America (all times local):


  • Can You Be Fired for Being a Racist?
     

    Can You Be Fired for Being a Racist?It depends on where you work


  • Tesla Model 3 Fans Have Found a Secret Way to Save $1,500
     

    Tesla Model 3 Fans Have Found a Secret Way to Save $1,500Don't get all the options just yet!


  • Maryland judge denies DC sniper Malvo's bid for new sentence
     

    Maryland judge denies DC sniper Malvo's bid for new sentenceLee Boyd Malvo, who as a teenager participated in the sniper attacks that killed 10 people and terrorized the Washington region, will not get a new sentence in Maryland, a judge said in a ruling released Wednesday.


  • The O.J. Bronco was for sale on "Pawn Stars," but didn't sell
     

    The O.J. Bronco was for sale on "Pawn Stars," but didn't sellThe second Bronco was the white one that Al Cowlings used to drive O.J. on that dramatic slow-speed highway chase. Originally owned by Cowlings, the Bronco was sold to O.J.'s manager Mike Gilbert. Now Gilbert is ready to part with the Bronco and he wants to see if the "Pawn Stars" will pony up his asking price.


  • US will 'know how to face' anti-Semitism: Israel president
     

    US will 'know how to face' anti-Semitism: Israel presidentIsraeli President Reuven Rivlin expressed shock Wednesday over anti-Semitism at a recent US white supremacist rally, but said American leaders would succeed in dealing with "this difficult challenge". Rivlin wrote to the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations to convey his "support and solidarity for the American Jewish community" after the unrest in Charlottesville. "The very idea that in our time we would see a Nazi flag -- perhaps the most vicious symbol of anti-Semitism -- paraded in the streets of the world's greatest democracy, and Israel's most cherished and greatest ally, is almost beyond belief," he said.


  • Mom Tracks Pregnancy With Hilarious Letter Board Messages
     

    Mom Tracks Pregnancy With Hilarious Letter Board MessagesVorderstrasse posts photos on Instagram of herself and sometimes her partner alongside a letter board that sums up what she?s thinking. While pregnant with her now 2-week-old, Hazel, Vorderstrasse posed with the board at different stages of her pregnancy, touching on everything from swollen feet to food cravings to her incessant need to pee.


  • At least seven dead in suspected gang attack at Guatemala hospital
     

    At least seven dead in suspected gang attack at Guatemala hospitalAt least seven people were killed and 12 others injured on Wednesday after suspected gang members attacked a hospital in the capital in a bid to free a jailed associate who went there under police supervision for a checkup, officials said. "Anderson Daniel Cabrera, a gang member from the Mara Salvatrucha, was coming for a medical review," police spokesman Jorge Aguilar said, adding the suspected gang members "are suspected of wanting to rescue him." Police arrested five of seven suspected gang members who were armed with assault rifles when they attacked Guatemala City's Roosevelt Hospital, although Cabrera escaped, Aguilar told reporters.


  • Donald Trump praises North Korea's Kim Jong-un for 'wise' decision on Guam
     

    Donald Trump praises North Korea's Kim Jong-un for 'wise' decision on GuamU.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday praised North Korean leader Kim Jong-un for a "wise" decision not to fire missiles towards the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, which has eased escalating tension between the two countries. Reclusive North Korea has made no secret of its plan to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of hitting the United States to counter what it perceives as constant U.S. threats of invasion. Trump warned North Korea last week it would face "fire and fury" if it threatened the United States, prompting North Korea to say it was considering plans to fire missiles toward Guam. But North Korean media reported on Tuesday that Kim had delayed the decision while he waited to see what the United States did next. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits the Command of the Strategic Force of the Korean People's Army (KPA) in an unknown location in North Korea Credit: Reuters "Kim Jong-un of North Korea made a very wise and well reasoned decision," Trump wrote on Twitter. "The alternative would have been both catastrophic and unacceptable!" North Korea's threat to fire into the sea near Guam had prompted Trump to say earlier that the U.S. military was "locked and loaded" if North Korea acted unwisely. North Korea has long ignored warnings from the West and from its lone major ally, China, to halt its nuclear and missile tests which it conducts in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Wednesday it was time to "dial down rhetoric and dial up diplomacy" on North Korea and that he had told Russia, Japan, the United States, China and North and South Korea that he was available to help broker talks. North Korea nuclear grid "My good offices are always available ? and I conveyed this message yesterday to the representatives of the six-party talks," Guterres told reporters. "The solution to this crisis must be political. The potential consequences of military action are too horrific to even contemplate." The United States has been hoping China can press the North to rein in its weapons programs, something the top U.S. general reiterated in talks in Beijing this week. Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford told Fang Fenghui, chief of the Joint Staff Department of the People's Liberation Army, that North Korea's weapons programs threatened the entire international community, including China. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is seen being applauded at a performance in Pyongyang, in footage released on Tuesday Credit: AP "He emphasised that the U.S. and China have the same goal - a denuclearised Korean peninsula achieved through peaceful means ... North Korean actions threaten the economic and military security of China," a U.S. military spokesman said in a statement. "In the interest of regional stability, he said the U.S. views with growing urgency the need for China to increase pressure on the North Korean regime," the spokesman said. 'SOLIDARITY AND RESOLVE' China has repeatedly called for all sides to exercise restraint and remain calm, and while it has signed up for tough U.N. sanctions on North Korea, it says the key to a resolution lies in Washington and Pyongyang talking to each other, rather than expecting China to do all the work. German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said while everyone was concerned about the situation, Chinese pressure on North Korea had made him more upbeat. Map: Guam in relation to North Korea "Since yesterday we are a bit more optimistic; I think that above all Chinese pressure contributed to the statements from North Korea about definitely putting aside these ideas of firing a missile," Gabriel said in Berlin. He said he had spoken with his counterparts in China, the United States and South Korea in recent days. "All options" are on the table with regards to North Korea, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence told reporters in Chile on Wednesday. He called on Latin American nations to break ties with Pyongyang. Japan conducted air manoeuvers with U.S. bombers southwest of the Korean peninsula on Wednesday involving two U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers flying from Andersen Air Force Base on Guam and two Japanese F-15 jet fighters, Japan's Air Self Defence Force said in a news release. "These training flights with Japan demonstrate the solidarity and resolve we share with our allies to preserve peace and security in the Indo-Asia-Pacific," the U.S. Air Force said. The U.S. aircraft have flown several sorties in East Asia in recent weeks. In addition to air drills with Japanese fighters, the bombers have also exercised with South Korean aircraft. North Korea regards the U.S. exercises with South Korea and Japan as preparations for invasion. The exercises also upset China, which says they do nothing to ease tension.


  • A Ferrari-Powered Toyota 86 Is a Wacky Street Car
     

    A Ferrari-Powered Toyota 86 Is a Wacky Street CarWe're not sure how drift star Ryan Tuerck got this car registered, but we're glad he did.


  • Confederate monuments removed in wake of Charlottesville violence
     

    Confederate monuments removed in wake of Charlottesville violenceA Confederate monument is toppled in Durham, N.C., others are vandalized as municipal leaders in cities across the U.S. said they would step up efforts to pull such monuments from public spaces.


  • T-Mobile just took a huge step towards beating Verizon once and for all
     

    T-Mobile just took a huge step towards beating Verizon once and for all

    This April, T-Mobile spent $8 billion on new low-band spectrum to improve its wireless network. As of right now, that network is online. A "cluster site" in Cheyenne, Wyoming, is the first place in the country to be lit up with T-Mobile's 600MHz LTE network.

    Neville Ray, T-Mobile's Chief Technology Officer, described the rollout as a "massive milestone" for T-Mobile, and one that should "materially close" T-Mobile's existing coverage gap with Verizon "by the end of the year."

    To call it a "massive milestone" is really an understatement. Normally, rolling out new spectrum takes years. Verizon, for example, bought 700MHz spectrum from the FCC in a similar auction in 2008, and didn't turn the network on until 2010. Ray said that "the FCC only granted the licenses in June, so to have the network online by August...is much faster than anyone expected."

    600MHz spectrum is going to be a big deal for T-Mobile as it should finally fix the network's coverage problems. Cell networks operate across dozens of different "bands," and broadly speaking, the lower the frequency, the better the coverage. Lower-frequency radio waves travel further and penetrate objects better, which in the real world means superior coverage in rural areas and inside buildings -- everywhere that Verizon's network, thanks to a wealth of low-band spectrum, currently excels.

    The site in Wyoming that's live today is the first of many that should go live by the end of the year. The map above (from a FCC filing) shows where T-Mobile is planning on building out coverage to in 2017, and that includes 600MHz sites in Wyoming, Northwest Oregon, West Texas, Southwest Kansas, the Oklahoma panhandle, Western North Dakota, Maine, Coastal North Carolina, Central Pennsylvania, Central Virginia and Eastern Washington.

    Rolling out 600MHz is particularly challenging because in most cases, there are TV stations using the spectrum right now. Those stations are moving to different frequencies, and T-Mobile is paying out of its own pocket to accelerate the process.

    Unfortunately, all that doesn't mean that T-Mobile's customers are going to have fantastic service overnight. 600MHz isn't a frequency that's been used for LTE anywhere in the world before, so no current devices support it. Ray confirmed that "Samsung and LG will have phones in stores by the end of the year" that support 600MHz, and also said that "as T-Mobile gets more partners and devices, there will be a tidal wave of [600MHz compatible devices] in 2018." He also stressed that T-Mobile is putting" as much, if not more effort into devices than the network," but "the network has to come first."

    In other words: it's an exciting time to be a T-Mobile customer.

    Everywhere that T-Mobile's 600MHz network will reach within a few years

     

    600MHz isn't the only place that T-Mobile is working to improve its network, either. Right now, T-Mobile is deploying thousands of small cell sites across the US, all of which are compatible with License Assisted Access (LAA), a technology that uses Wi-Fi spectrum to achieve crazy-fast speeds. That will help with network congestion in places like airports and shopping malls, where thousands of devices can be trying to download a Snapchat at once.

    Ray also mentioned one piece of news to BGR that bodes well for the future: all the 600MHz radios that T-Mobile is deploying right now should be compatible with the 5G standard when it's finalized next year. T-Mobile has already committed to having a nationwide 5G network by the end of the decade, and this is is going to be a big part of it. When the 5G standards are finalized, T-Mobile shouldn't have to change anything on the cell towers to convert its 600MHz LTE network to 5G.

    The bottom line is simple. Right now -- depending on which benchmark you look at -- T-Mobile is equal or better than Verizon and AT&T on download speed, but a little behind in coverage. The record-speed 600Mhz deployment will close that coverage gap, and then some. At the same time, T-Mobile is building out much of the infrastructure that will power 5G in the coming years, all while also deploying advanced LTE tech that can deliver gigabit speeds right now. Verizon and AT&T are officially on notice.