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World War II-era boat emerges from shrinking Lake Mead

A sunken boat dating back to World War II is the latest object to emerge from a shrinking reservoir that straddles Nevada and Arizona.The Higgins landing craft that has long been 185 feet (56 meters) below the surface is now nearly halfway out of the water at Lake Mead.The boat lies less than a mile from Lake Mead Marina and Hemingway Harbor.It was used to survey the Colorado River decades ago, sold to the marina and then sunk, according to dive tours company Las Vegas Scuba.Higgins Industries in New Orleans built several thousand landing craft between 1942 and 1945,...
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Thousands protest migrant deaths at Spain-Morocco border

Thousands of people in several Spanish cities Friday protested the deaths of at least 23 migrants last week at the frontier between the Spanish enclave of Melilla in Africa and Morocco, amid growing calls for an independent, cross-border investigation.The demonstrations are being held under the moniker “Las Vidas Negras Importan” in Spanish or “Black Lives Matter” in English. The deaths occurred on June 24 during repeated attempts by sub-Saharan migrants and asylum seekers to scale the border fence separating both territories. A sit-in protest to honor the victims was also expected in Rabat, the capital of Morocco.In Madrid, demonstrators...
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Cameron Norrie cruises into Wimbledon fourth round with victory over Steve Johnson

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Brennan Johnson signs new four-deal with Nottingham Forest

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South Dakota's Noem applies for 2023 Rushmore fireworks

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem on Friday said she has applied for permission to hold a fireworks show at Mount Rushmore to celebrate Independence Day 2023, persisting even though the National Park Service has denied her requests for the past two years.In 2020, a fireworks display, featuring a fiery speech from former President Donald Trump, was held at the monument after a decadelong hiatus. The Park Service has cited environmental concerns and objections from Native American tribes in denying subsequent permit applications.A federal judge last year rebuffed the Republican governor's lawsuit that sought to force the Park Service to...
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Chris Pincher: Whip withdrawn from Tory MP as investigation launched into sexual misconduct complaint

Boris Johnson was embroiled in yet another sleaze scandal on Friday after it emerged he had appointed Tory MP Christopher Pincher to a key government role despite being aware of doubts over Mr Pincher’s conduct.The Tamworth MP was stripped of the Conservative whip after a formal complaint about his alleged drunken groping of two men in a private members’ club earlier this week.But Tory MPs were furious that the prime minister waited almost 24 hours before suspending Mr Pincher from the party, with one backbencher describing attempts to draw a line under the matter as “farcical”.The whip was finally...
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Katie Boulter and Liam Broady out to keep British run going at Wimbledon

Katie Boulter and Liam Broady will try to emulate Cameron Norrie and Heather Watson by reaching the fourth round of Wimbledon on Saturday.For once British tennis is not relying on a few stars, with the understudies shining on the big stage despite early exits for Andy Murray and Emma Raducanu.Norrie and Watson both reached the last 16 at a grand slam for the first time on Friday having repeatedly knocked at the door, with 30-year-old Watson delighted to beat Kaja Juvan 7-6 (6) 6-2 while Norrie was clinical in a 6-4 6-1 6-0 victory over Steve Johnson.If either Boulter or...
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Scott Mills to replace Steve Wright on BBC Radio 2 afternoon show in schedule shake-up

BBC Radio 2 DJ Steve Wright’s weekday afternoon show has been axed after more than 20 years.The 67-year-old presenter will continue on Sunday mornings but told listeners the station’s boss wanted to do "something different" with his mid-afternoon slot.He will be replaced by Scott Mills, who currently hosts afternoons on Radio 1, in a shake-up of the daytime schedule.Sara Cox's drivetime show will be extended by an hour and start at 4pm.As a result of the shake-up, Mills will leave Radio 1, which has been his home since 1998, and will also no longer present his Saturday morning show on...
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Vera Wang celebrates 73rd birthday in pink outfit and matching pink hair: ‘Cakes and karaoke’

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Delaware auditor dodges felony charges, guilty of misconduct

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You’ve got to applaud – Paul Collingwood hails ‘world-class’ Rishabh Pant knock

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Jeff Bezos’ $500m superyacht stuck after firm decides against dismantling historic bridge, says report

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