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France removes toxic tyres from failed reef project

Image copyright AFP Image caption The tyres were sunk in the 1980s but are being removed again in stages Teams of divers are painstakingly lifting an artificial reef made of tens of thousands of old car tyres from the seafloor south of France, after it was found to spread pollution from toxic chemicals. The operation is costing well over a million euros ($1.1m; £898,000) and is part-funded by the tyre manufacturer Michelin as well as the French state. The divers are supported by a boat with lifting equipment. Fish had been avoiding the area. Local fishing association leader Denis Genovese told AFP news agency that some types of fish swam around the collection of tyres, while “no species really got used to it”. Once upon a time it was seen as a double solution – a way to g...

US tells Iran to ‘look in the mirror’ after Ahvaz attack

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe moment gunmen open fire on an Iranian military parade The US ambassador to the UN has urged Iran to “look in the mirror” for the causes of an attack on a military parade that killed 25 on Saturday. Nikki Haley said Iranian President Hassan Rouhani had “oppressed his people for a long time”. She was responding to Mr Rouhani’s fierce criticism of the US, in which he blamed it for enabling the attack. Two separate groups have claimed they carried out the shooting, but neither has provided evidence. Four gunmen opened fire at Revolutionary Guard troops in the south-western city of Ahvaz on Saturday, killing 25 people including soldiers and civilians watching a commemorative parade. One of the victims wa...

NBC/WSJ poll: Dems hold advantage in Nov. elections

Click to expand Replay Video SETTINGS OFF HD HQ SD LO UP NEXT WASHINGTON — Six weeks before the 2018 midterm elections, Democrats hold a 12-point lead in congressional preference among registered voters, with nearly six-in-ten saying they’d like to see significant change in the direction President Donald Trump has been leading the country, according to a new national NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. The results suggest a political environment where Democrats have the clear advantage in their pursuit to win back control of Congress in November. “Americans are hitting the brake in a midterm, and trying to send the signal that they’re not satisfied,” said Republican pollster Bill McInturff, who conducted the survey with Democratic pollsters at Hart Research Associate...

Giffords PAC features hypothetical texts during lockdown in ad

[embedded content] A new ad targeting Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.) for his gun-friendly policies features a hypothetical text conversation between a mother and child during a school lock down. The ad was released by a PAC run by former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.). According to Politico, the PAC intends to spend almost $1.5 million on TV and digital ads against the vulnerable congressman. Democrats are optimistic about their chances in November against Coffman, who is facing Jason Crow in Colorado’s 6th district. Cook Political Report rates the race as a “toss up.” The ad warns viewers that the pro-gun National Rifle Association supports Coffman and has given more money to him than any other member of Colorado’s congressional delegation. The ad mainly features a...

Bill Cosby Sentencing Reveals Generational Divide Over His Legacy

Keon McGuire has no real attachment to Bill Cosby or his landmark show. As a black man, he’s aware of the sitcom’s place in pop culture, but he was barely in elementary school when The Cosby Show went off the air. Years later, he mostly tuned Cosby out after a widely panned speech to the NAACP in 2004, when the star ranted about black mothers, clothing choices and language. “That for me was kind of an emotional — I won’t say reckoning — but it made me reposition how I felt about Bill Cosby as this figure within the larger representation of black leadership,” said McGuire, a 32-year-old education professor at Arizona State University. McGuire’s mindset reflects a broader generational divide over Cosby, who is scheduled to be sentenced Monday in a Philadelphia courtroom for drugg...

Sources: Steelers taking Bell trade offers

2:08 PM ET PITTSBURGH — Le’Veon Bell is still out of business, so the Pittsburgh Steelers are open for business. Pittsburgh is now listening to trade offers for the All-Pro running back while he remains away from the team with an unsigned franchise tag, league sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. When Bell didn’t show for Week 1, sources said the Steelers planned to stand pat with no plans to rescind his $14.5 million tag or trade him. Bell wants a new contract and is unhappy with being tagged for the second straight year, so he has stayed in South Florida as the Steelers began the season 0-1-1. Bell forfeits $852,941 per week — or one-seventeenth of the total tag number — each week he fails to show up, and it’s become clear Bell has no intention of ...

Kavanaugh accuser, Senate panel agree to more details: Thursday hearing will be open

The California professor who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her has reached agreement with the Senate Judiciary Committee on some details of her upcoming testimony, including that she will testify at 10 a.m. Thursday in an open hearing. Christine Blasey Ford’s attorneys issued a statement Sunday after achieving what they described as “important progress on our call this morning with Senate Judiciary Committee staff members.” “Despite actual threats to her safety and her life, Dr. Ford believes it is important for senators to hear directly from her about the sexual assault committed against her,” the lawyers’ statement reads.

Michelle Obama Officiates Wedding

Michelle Obama I Do Weddings Too!!! 9/23/2018 6:56 AM PDT EXCLUSIVE Michelle Obama is about to launch her stadium tour which should rival any rock band, but she has a much more intimate side hustle … officiating weddings. The former First Lady did the honors Saturday in Chicago for Stephanie Rivkin and Joel Sircus. The bride’s pop is the Deputy Mayor of Chicago and, as you know, Michelle has deep roots in Chi-Town. BTW … not that it’s relevant, but both the bride and groom graduated cum laude from Yale. Michelle will hit 10 U.S. cities for her stadium tour to launch the sale of her memoir, “Becoming.” The price of admission is crazy … it starts at $30 with the top price of $3k for a pre-show meet-and-greet.  .

Serena Williams Dances on ‘Lip Sync Battle’

Serena Williams I’m Shakin’ Off a Bad Month … On ‘Lip Sync Battle’ 9/23/2018 7:19 AM PDT Serena Williams dropped it low during a taping for an upcoming episode of “Lip Sync Battle.” The tennis star shakes and grooves to Beyonce‘s hit single, “Sorry,” off her Lemonade album. In case you didn’t know … Serena was also in the music video for “Sorry.” Serena Williams is coming off a tough month after losing to Naomi Osaka at the US Open … a match laced in controversy after Serena was docked a game after getting into it with the ump. Then an Australian paper, The Herald Sun, published a racist cartoon of Serena. Interesting song choice … Serena could be telling us how she feels about the whole US Open...

Comcast Outbids Fox in Auction Battle for Sky

Comcast has submitted the higher bid for European pay TV giant Sky in a three-round auction showdown with 21st Century Fox, with an offer worth $22.60 per-share, or £17.28 per share, which values Sky at $38.8 billion, or £29.7 billion. Comcast on Saturday as expected prevailed over Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox, which has Walt Disney as a de facto backer, in the battle for the European pay TV giant Sky following a dramatic one-day auction. Fox/Disney offered a final $20.50, or £15.67 per-share offer. Fox has long owned a 39 percent stake in the company, with both suitors not submitting final Sky bids or dropping out of the acquisition hunt by a Saturday, Sept. 22 deadline, triggering the auction. When the gavel finally fell early evening London time, Comcast had won with its all-...

Nikki Haley: US ‘not looking to do regime change anywhere’

© ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, said Sunday that despite increased tension with Iran, the United States was not seeking regime change there or anywhere else. “The United States is not looking to do regime change in Iran,” Haley said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “We’re not looking to do regime change anywhere.” Haley’s comments came as rhetoric between the two nations has grown increasingly heated, and as the Trump administration has made overt focus on Iran a cornerstone of its foreign policy, including President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear agreement and to reimpose sanctions on its economy. Trump is due to chair a UN Security Counci...