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  • U.S. Citizens Say They Were Detained By Border Patrol Agent For ‘Speaking Spanish’

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    Two U.S. citizens said they were detained last week by a Border Patrol agent

    Mon, 21 May 2018 06:18:24 -0400
  • Gay Man Says Pope Francis Told Him, ‘God Made You Like That And Loves You Like That'

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    In what's been characterized as the most progressive remarks ever uttered by a

    Mon, 21 May 2018 11:41:05 -0400
  • Trump: 'Real Americans' Should Get 'Tough' On Russia Probe

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    President Donald Trump attacked the credibility of special counsel Robert

    Sun, 20 May 2018 11:59:01 -0400
  • Prince Harry and Meghan Markle celebrate with private reception after wedding

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    After their widely-viewed wedding ceremony, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry took off in a 1960s-era Jaguar for a private reception with just 200 invited guests.

    Sun, 20 May 2018 11:57:58 -0400
  • Palestinian publicly sets himself on fire in Gaza

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A 20-year-old Palestinian is in critical condition Sunday after publicly setting himself on fire but his motives remain unclear with family believing he was despairing over Gaza's dire living conditions and Hamas, the Islamic militant group that rules the territory, alleging personal problems.

    Sun, 20 May 2018 14:56:05 -0400
  • One of the first victims of Texas school shooting rejected the suspect before the attack, mother claims

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    The mother of a student killed in a school shooting in Texas said her daughter had rejected the advances of suspected killer Dimitrios Pagourtzis, for four months prior to the attack. Mother Sadie Rodriguez told the Los Angeles Times in private messages that her daughter had embarrassed the 17-year-old suspect in class by finally standing up to him, after putting up with his “aggressive” advances for months. Multiple reports said the shooter focused on the art class where Shana had been, and many said he was taunting victims.

    Sun, 20 May 2018 10:07:00 -0400
  • Cougar Kills Mountain Biker In Washington State, Injures Companion

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    A cougar attacked two mountain-bikers in Washington state Saturday morning,

    Sun, 20 May 2018 00:28:18 -0400
  • Iraqi cleric Sadr meets pro-Iran Amiri after election win

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    By Raya Jalabi BAGHDAD, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, whose political bloc was declared the winner of Iraq's parliamentary election, met Hadi al-Amiri, leader of a pro-Iran bloc, on Sunday in what Sadr portrayed as part of an inclusive discussion about government formation. During the meeting, the political rivals discussed the results of the 2018 parliamentary elections, according to a statement from Sadr's office. "The process of government formation must be a national decision and importantly, must include the participation of all the winning blocs," the statement said.

    Sun, 20 May 2018 16:18:33 -0400
  • 'Alien' asteroid discovered orbiting the wrong way near Jupiter 

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    An "alien" asteroid from another star system has been discovered sharing Jupiter's orbit.  Through a telescope the asteroid look like every other in the solar system save for one crucial difference - it is travelling in the wrong direction. It is the first time an interstellar space rock has been found to be permanently residing in the solar system.  Earlier this year, a tumbling cigar-shaped object named 'Oumuamua', hit the headlines after flying into earth's galactic backyard, but it merely passed through and out again. But the new 1.8 mile wide rock - code-named 2015 BZ509 - appears to be a long-term resident, according to a study in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. The first clue that it was not a native of the solar system came from its "retrograde" orbit of the sun, the opposite the direction of travel taken by all the planets and almost every other object in our system. Scientists have concluded it survived by orbiting the sun exactly in step with Jupiter, but in the opposite direction Credit: NASA / ESA Dr Fathi Namouni, from the Cote d'Azur Observatory in France, lead author of the study, said: "How the asteroid came to move in this way while sharing Jupiter's orbit has until now been a mystery. "If 2015 BZ509 were a native of our system, it should have had the same original direction as all of the other planets and asteroids, inherited from the cloud of gas and dust that formed them." Scientists have concluded it survived by orbiting the sun exactly in step with Jupiter, but in the opposite direction. Co-author Dr Helena Morais, from the Estadual Paulista University in Brazil, said: "The close proximity of the stars, aided by the gravitational forces of the planets, help these systems attract, remove, and capture asteroids from one another." Computer simulations suggest that the asteroid made the jump to our solar system 4.5 billion years ago when the sun was part of a tightly packed star cluster. “That was completely unexpected...it means it is an alien to the solar system,” said Dr Namouni. Since asteroids and comets carry organic chemicals and water, the discovery could shed light on the origins of life on Earth, the scientists believe.

    Mon, 21 May 2018 14:30:31 -0400
  • 30 Big-Batch Summer Cocktail Recipes

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    Mon, 21 May 2018 17:04:00 -0400
  • Mario Batali Under Criminal Investigation For Sexual Misconduct: NYPD

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    Mario Batali, the world-famous chef and restaurateur who has been accused by

    Sun, 20 May 2018 19:00:01 -0400
  • Beijing denies 'militarisation' of South China Sea

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    Beijing hit back Monday at allegations it was "militarising" the South China Sea after landing bombers at an airbase in the contested waters, accusing Washington instead of raising tensions with its own military footprint. China on Friday for the first time landed several combat aircraft -- including the long-range, nuclear strike-capable H-6K -- at an island airfield in the sea, triggering international concern. The move prompted immediate criticism from the US, with a Pentagon spokesman condemning China's "continued militarisation of disputed features in the South China Sea".

    Mon, 21 May 2018 09:43:51 -0400
  • The Louvre was the most-visited museum in the world in 2017: report

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    While growth among the top 20 museums was relatively flat (0.2 percent growth worldwide between 2016 and 2017), authors note the exceptional performances of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, which saw an impressive 25 percent spike in visitors in 2017, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, which also saw a 23 percent growth over the previous year. The report was published jointly by the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) and engineering firm AECOM.

    Mon, 21 May 2018 06:17:02 -0400
  • Exclusive sneak peek of the 'Roseanne' season finale

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    As the gang sorts through old Halloween costumes, Roseanne Conner plays a mischievous prank on her granddaughter.

    Sun, 20 May 2018 20:43:24 -0400
  • Bush at Maine summer home alone for first time in 73 years

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    KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (AP) — His home on the rocky coast is former President George H.W. Bush's happy place, chock full of sea-sprayed memories of boating, golfing, family and friends.

    Mon, 21 May 2018 09:19:57 -0400
  • David Hogg Calls On Media To Stop Naming Santa Fe School Shooter

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    Gun control advocate David Hogg called on the press to stop using the name and

    Sun, 20 May 2018 18:20:47 -0400
  • Trump’s Top Economic Adviser Says Amazon Threats Are ‘Not In My Lane’

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    President Donald Trump's top economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, says it's not his

    Sun, 20 May 2018 12:18:24 -0400
  • Man dies after falling into baggage level at San Francisco airport

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    “At approximately 8:45am PDT, a male, aged approximately late 50s/early 60s, fell from the mezzanine level in Terminal 3 down to the baggage claim level”, airport spokesman Doug Yakel said in an email. San Francisco International Airport is a busy transit hub, with some 55 million travellers passing through over the course of last year.

    Mon, 21 May 2018 13:56:00 -0400
  • The Latest: Hawaii lava flow may cross highway within hours

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    VOLCANO, Hawaii (AP) — The Latest on the eruption of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano (all times local):

    Sat, 19 May 2018 21:54:58 -0400
  • Hounded by graft probe, fearing safety Malaysia's Najib seeks protection

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    By Fathin Ungku KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia's former prime minister Najib Razak fears for his safety and has asked for police protection, his spokesman said on Sunday, a day after the ex-leader complained over the conduct of police searching properties for evidence of corruption. Having ruled Malaysia for nearly 10 years, Najib and his wife, Rosmah Mansor, have been barred from leaving the country after his coalition's surprise defeat in an election on May 9. Najib has consistently denied all allegations of wrongdoing, but his image hasn't been helped by his wife's reputation for lavish spending.

    Sun, 20 May 2018 05:40:18 -0400
  • Hillary Clinton To Endorse Andrew Cuomo's Re-Election

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    Hillary Clinton is expected to hit the campaign trail this week to endorse New

    Mon, 21 May 2018 10:14:19 -0400
  • Cougar kills mountain biker and wounds another in Washington state

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    Two friends on a morning mountain bike ride 30 miles (48 kilometres) east of Seattle were attacked by a cougar, killing one of the men and leaving the second hospitalised. The cougar was later found up a tree near the dead man's body, where agents for the state's Fish and Wildlife police shot and killed it hours after the Saturday attack, the Seattle Times reported. The names of neither man were immediately released. The 31-year-old survivor said he and his friend were mountain biking in the Lake Hancock forest area at about 11am when they realised they were being chased by the big cat. "So they stopped and they made a lot of noise, said Capt. Alan Myers of the state department of Fish and Wildlife, ''which is exactly what we counsel people to do. "The two victims then took a minute and were catching their breath about this amazing, incredibly scary event that just occurred and suddenly the victim (the survivor) was attacked again by this cougar.  "It latched onto his head. He said he had his whole entire head in the jaws of this animal and was being shaken around very, very horribly."  Here’s a photo of the cougar that attacked two men on a mountain bike ride near North Bend today. One man died. Another man is at Harborview Medical Center tonight @komonews#komonews#Cougarattackpic.twitter.com/gVQSLL3CwB— Tammy Mutasa (@TammyKOMO) May 20, 2018 The second victim turned and started to run away, and the cougar went after him and killed the 32-year-old. The injured man rode for about 2 miles (3.2 kilometres) before getting mobile coverage and calling emergency services. Patient status update: The 31-year-old male who arrived at Harborview this afternoon as a result of a mountain lion attack near North Bend is being treated in the Emergency Dept. He is currently awake and alert and in serious condition.— Harborview Seattle (@harborviewmc) May 19, 2018  Sgt. Ryan Abbott said when rescuers arrived it took them about 30 minutes to locate the second victim, who was dead with the cougar standing on top of him. "The deputies shot at him and spooked him, and he ran off," he said. It took several hours before authorities found the cougar up a tree 45 to 182 metres away and killed it. While the cougar was being hunted, rescuers had to wait to retrieve the dead man's body. Rich Beausoleil, the state's bear and cougar specialist, said it was only the second fatality in the state in the last 94 years. "But it's one too many," he said. Cougars, also known as mountain lions and pumas, are a protected species, the Times reported. Each year, the state allows 250 cougars to be hunted and killed in 50 designated zones. 

    Sun, 20 May 2018 09:03:19 -0400
  • Deadly Texas school shooting gunman 'confused,' his lawyers say

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    The gunman accused of killing 10 people and wounding 13 at a Texas high school last week was in a state of mental confusion, his attorneys said Monday, as schools beefed up security for students returning to classrooms. At least two of those wounded in Friday's mass shooting at Santa Fe High School were still hospitalized, including school police officer John Barnes, who remained in critical condition, said the University of Texas Medical Branch. A statewide moment of silence was held in the morning to remember the eight students and two teachers killed.

    Mon, 21 May 2018 16:29:12 -0400
  • Iran says Europe's support for nuclear deal not enough

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    By Alissa de Carbonnel TEHRAN (Reuters) - The European Union is not doing enough to preserve the benefits for Iran from the 2015 international nuclear pact following the withdrawal of the United States, Iran's foreign minister told the EU's energy chief on Sunday. Miguel Arias Canete, European Commissioner for energy and climate, said Tehran wanted the 28-nation bloc to act fast to preserve its oil trade with Iran, and to consider making direct euro-denominated payments for Iranian oil to Iran’s central bank, bypassing the U.S. financial system.

    Sun, 20 May 2018 15:22:14 -0400
  • This Convicted Murderer Admits He's a Rapist. But Says Police Should Apologize for Calling Him a Serial Killer

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    And now he's demanding an apology from police

    Mon, 21 May 2018 10:53:41 -0400
  • 20 Quick and Tasty Grilled Chicken Recipes

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    Mon, 21 May 2018 16:00:00 -0400
  • Democrats Plan Big Anti-Corruption Theme For Midterms

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    Democrats are planning to make Washington corruption a central focus of their

    Mon, 21 May 2018 15:04:57 -0400
  • After his son died in crash, dad takes girlfriend to prom

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    MERCERSBURG, Pa. (AP) — It was supposed to be Carter Brown putting on the corsage and doing funny poses in photos with his date for senior prom.

    Mon, 21 May 2018 18:03:21 -0400
  • Man charged with deliberately killing his two daughters after driving car into North Carolina restaurant

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    Witnesses and police said a driver rammed his vehicle into the Surf and Turf Lodge restaurant in the town of Bessemer City around noon local time on Sunday. An officer arrived to the scene to find a car “completely in the building”, Bessemer City police chief Thomas Ellis told reporters. The driver was arrested at the scene, Mr Ellis said, and was later identified as Roger Self.

    Sun, 20 May 2018 18:12:00 -0400
  • Royal wedding guests moved to tears by Prince Charles speech about his 'darling old Harry'

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    Follow Sunday's live updates on the day after the royal wedding ceremony and reception here The Prince of Wales described how emotional he felt watching his youngest son, whom he still remembers so clearly as a baby, marrying the love of his life. As he addressed 600 guests gathered at the reception St George’s Hall, there was barely a dry eye as he spoke so warmly about his "darling old Harry" and the man he had grown into. The Prince described how moving it was, at this point in his life, to watch his little boy move on. A little boy, whom he had winded so often as a baby and whom, he joked, might still have a bit of wind today. Guests described how warmly he welcomed Meghan Markle and her mother, Doria Ragland, to Windsor and into his family. Frequently, throughout the course of the reception, he was spotted with his arm around Mrs Ragland. Prince Harry, looking like "the cat that got the cream,” then gave a heartfelt, "off the cuff" speech in which he made it clear he was the happiest man in the world. Our picture editors' 22 favourite images of the Royal wedding He too, was effusive about how beautiful his new wife looked, and prompted laughs as he reminded the guests where they were and told them not to be too raucous and disturb the neighbours when they left the castle. He raised hearty guffaws as he promised that the Americans would not steal the swords. Veronica German, who runs the charity Dolen Cymru Wales Lesotho Link, said: "He couldn't get very far as every time he said 'my wife' everyone cheered and he had to go back to the beginning. It was very funny."  As he finished his speech, Prince Harry jokingly asked whether anyone present could play the piano before introducing Sir Elton John, who belted out hits including Tiny Dancer, which he dedicated to Ms Markle, Your Song and Circle of Life. Johnny Hornby, chairman of Prince Harry's Sentebale charity, said: “It was a really warm atmosphere, the speeches were funny and touching. “Prince Charles was clearly really moved for this moment, for Harry. “The laughs turned it into a bit of a party atmosphere. Then Elton John started playing, it was great fun. There was a lot of tradition but also a lot of modernity.” Peter Fernhead, co-founder of African Parks, said the reception was “remarkable” and topped an incredible day. The most stylish guests from Prince Harry's wedding to Meghan Markle “We all gathered while they were having their pictures done,” he said. “When Harry and Meghan came in they stood on the podium and Prince William introduced them. “Prince Charles made a really gracious speech, it was really calming and amazingly endearing. He’s got a wonderfully dry sense of humour. “Prince Harry thanked everyone for coming, particularly those who had travelled so far. He was completely charming about Meghan, they are so clearly in love. We all had a tear in our eye." Guests then mingled as they tucked into bite sized slices of a magnificent lemon and elderflower sponge cake. Designed by London-based American baker Claire Ptak, it contained elderflower syrup made at the Queen’s residence in Sandringham using the estate’s own elderflower trees. The three tiers, which were transported individually from Buckingham Palace to Windsor Castle, were decorated with Swiss meringue buttercream and 150 fresh flowers including peonies and roses, were arranged in a non-traditional way. The wedding cake features elderflower syrup made at The Queens residence in Sandringham Credit: AFP Guests were also served a selection of seasonal canapés including Scottish langoustines wrapped in smoked salmon with citrus crème fraiche, grilled asparagus wrapped in Cumbrian ham, heritage tomato and basil tartare with balsamic pearls and croquettes of confit windsor lamb. The selection of bowl food included free range chicken with morel mushrooms and young leeks, pea and mint risotto with pea shoots, truffle oil and parmesan crisps and ten hour slow roasted Windsor pork belly with apple compote and crackling. A kiss as they leave St George's Chapel as husband and wife Credit: PA For those with a sweet tooth, there were champagne and pistachio macaroons, orange crème brûlée tartlets and miniature rhubarb crumble tartlets. The food was washed down with Pol Roger Brut Réserve Non Vintage Champagne, and a selection of wines.  Ms Markle was due to make a speech at the evening reception at Frogmore House. Sir Elton John's performance Sir Elton John has performed at the lunchtime reception for guests celebrating the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Prince Harry asked Sir Elton to perform at the reception which was hosted by Her Majesty The Queen at St George's Hall, Windsor Castle. One guest told The Telegraph the pop icon sang Circle of Life - made famous by the 1994 Disney film The Lion King - and Tiny Dancer. Sir Elton performed for the newly married couple in recognition of the close connection he has with Prince Harry and his family. The music legend's relationship to the monarchy stretches back decades, and he famously re-recorded Candle in the Wind in tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales.  Sir Elton John waves as he leaves St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle  Credit: Chris Jackson/PA Kensington Palace said: "Sir Elton John has performed at the lunchtime reception for guests celebrating the wedding of Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle. "Prince Harry asked Sir Elton to perform at the reception which was hosted by Her Majesty The Queen at St George's Hall, Windsor Castle. "Sir Elton performed for the newly married couple in recognition of the close connection he has with Prince Harry and his family." Sir Elton sang at the funeral service for Harry's mother, Diana, Princess of Wales. A Candle in the Wind was originally recorded by Elton John as a tribute to Marilyn Monroe and was released on his 1974 Goodbye Yellow Brick Road album.  But he re-recorded the song in 1997 following the death of his close friend Princess Diana and Sir Elton's one and only live performance of the song was at her funeral in September of that year.  It was released as a single a week later and went on to sell around 33 million copies worldwide - making it the second bestselling record of all time behind Bing Crosby's White Christmas.  All proceeds from the single sales were donated to the Diana, Princess of Wales memorial fund.  The menu Her Majesty The Queen gave a Lunchtime Reception at St George's Hall in Windsor Castle for around 600 guests drawn from the Wedding Service congregation. Guests were served a selection of canapés, including: Scottish Langoustines wrapped in Smoked Salmon with Citrus Crème Fraiche Grilled English Asparagus wrapped in Cumbrian Ham Garden Pea Panna Cotta with Quail Eggs and Lemon Verbena Heritage Tomato and Basil Tartare with Balsamic Pearls Poached Free Range Chicken bound in a Lightly Spiced Yoghurt with Roasted Apricot Croquette of Confit Windsor Lamb, Roasted Vegetables and Shallot Jam Warm Asparagus Spears with Mozzarella and Sun-Blush Tomatoes Guests were also served a selection of bowl food, including: Fricassee of Free Range Chicken with Morel Mushrooms and Young Leeks Pea and Mint Risotto with Pea Shoots, Truffle Oil and Parmesan Crisps Ten Hour Slow Roasted Windsor Pork Belly with Apple Compote and Crackling Sweet canapés were also served, including: Champagne and Pistachio Macaroons Orange Crème Brûlée Tartlets Miniature Rhubarb Crumble Tartlets Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding reception guests were served classic dishes made from seasonal British produce - much from the Queen's own estates. The sweet and savoury canapes were made to be consumed in two bites, while the bowl dishes could be eaten standing up. Harry and his bride-to-be have tasted and selected their wedding reception menu, which were created by staff from the royal kitchens at Windsor Castle over the previous days. Royal chef Mark Flanagan at the royal kitchen at Windsor Castle Credit: David Parker/Daily Mail/PA Wire Royal chef Mark Flanagan led the team who put the finishing touches to the canapes and bowl dishes being served during the afternoon event, hosted by the Queen in the castle's St George's Hall. Mr Flanagan said beforehand: "The day of the wedding has fallen very kindly for us. All the British vegetables are just coming into season... and that's been a point of focus for us. "We know the couple wanted us to make sure we used all of the local seasonal produce as much as possible throughout their menu, and this recent good weather is really helping us to achieve that. "(For) all their decisions, we purely made suggestions and the couple. They've tasted everything, they've been involved in every detail." The head chef would not discuss the dishes in detail but produce like asparagus, peas and tomatoes are in season - providing a wealth of options for the culinary expert who has worked for some of the world's best chefs, like Michel and Albert Roux and Raymond Blanc. In a bid to keep as many ingredients as possible British and local, Mr Flanagan's team sourced them from the Home Counties and lands associated with the Queen like Windsor. He said: "We are using produce off Her Majesty's estates and that features very much." Royal wedding day pictures: Best photos from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's ceremony and reception He added: "We've really just been trying to let the ingredients stand proud within the dishes. There's no experimentation on Saturday whatsoever, tried and tested and predominantly classics." Preparations for the reception began earlier in the week leading up to the reception and, after trials and tests, all the 30 kitchen staff working on Saturday knew in great detail the job ahead of them. Over the past week they had been washing and peeling vegetables, and getting other produce ready so that there would be the minimum amount of cooking and maximum amount of presentation time on the big day. The wedding dinner was staged at Frogmore House by the Prince of Wales, with different caterers responsible for the private event for 200 guests. The royal chef said he and his team started preparing for the wedding before the couple requested their services. Royal Palaces head chef Mark Flanagan and Pastry chef Selwyn Stoby Credit: David Parker - WPA Pool/Getty Images Mr Flanagan said: "Once the wedding announcement was made, we started to work on some ideas, about what we would do if we were asked to be involved, so we were able to get into the trial situation early in March." Harry and Meghan have visited Windsor Castle to sample the menu suggestions in the castle's Great Kitchen. It dates from the reign of the 14th century monarch Edward III and is believed to be the oldest working kitchen in the country, having served more than 30 monarchs, including the Queen. Mr Flanagan said: "This is the great kitchen of Windsor Castle, an absolute pleasure to work in surrounded by the most amazing battery of copper (pots)." He added that working to prepare dishes for the royal nuptials created a sense of pride for himself and his staff: "All weddings are great celebrations and it is an honour for all of our team to have some small part to play in that celebration." Cutest pictures of Prince George, Princess Charlotte and more young royals at the wedding The receptions at St George's Hall and Frogmore House While Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were touring Windsor, guests from the congregation waited for the happy couple in St George's Hall to celebrate the first of the day's two receptions. This was hosted by the Queen, took place during the afternoon and was attended by all guests who were invited to the service. Invitations were posted to 600 lucky guests; the guest list was restricted to those who have a direct relationship with the couple, both because St George’s Chapel is relatively small and because the prince is not in the direct line of succession. Some members of the public received an invitation to wait in the grounds outside the chapel to watch the bride and groom and their wedding guests arrive and leave. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in the grounds of Frogmore House Credit:  REUTERS From 7pm, a select 200 close friends attended an after party hosted by the Prince of Wales at Frogmore House, Windsor. Half a mile away from Windsor Castle, the 17th century Grade I country house is owned by the Crown Estate and is part of the Frogmore Estate on the ground of the Home Park. Prince Harry and Ms Markle's engagement photos were taken in the grounds of Frogmore House. The images were taken by photographer Alexi Lubomirski, who has also been chosen to take the photographs on the wedding day.  Lubomirski, the British-born son of Peruvian-English mother and a Polish-French father, also happens to be a Prince himself: his full title is His Serene Highness Prince Alexi Lubomirski. Members of the Royal family, Ms Markle's family and intimate friends of both the newlyweds were at the evening reception – although Princess Charlotte and Prince George had no doubt  been put to bed after their big day in the limelight. Royal wedding | Read more The cake Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's wedding cake was split into three pieces and each placed upon a golden throne. The three tiers, which were transported individually from Buckingham Palace to Windsor Castle, were decorated with Swiss meringue buttercream and 150 fresh flowers including peonies and roses, were arranged in a non-traditional way. Claire Ptak, who made the culinary centrepiece for the couple's big day, had said days before the wedding that the layered lemon and elderflower cake - in three parts of varying sizes - would be presented in a non-traditional way. She said: "You'll have to wait and see on the day. It's an installation of the way that we're putting it out. It's the last thing that we'll reveal. It's a non-traditional layout," Ms Ptak said earlier this week. "It's a slight shift from tradition." The chef, who owns the small, trendy Violet Bakery in east London, had been working with her team of six bakers full time for five days in the large kitchens of Buckingham Palace. She described the flavour of the cake as being a balance of sweet and tart, combined with "ethereal" elderflower. Claire Ptak puts the finishing touches to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's cake Credit:  Hannah McKay The cake, which was decorated on the outside with a white, elderflower swiss meringue buttercream, was made of layered lemon sponge, drizzled with an elderflower syrup to a recipe specially created for the couple. The layers were sandwiched with buttercream and lemon curd. Some 200 Amalfi lemons were used in the recipe, as well as 10 bottles of Sandringham Elderflower Cordial made using elderflower from the Queen's Sandringham estate, 20kgs of butter, 20 kgs of flour, 20kgs of sugar and 500 organic eggs from Suffolk. Ms Ptak said: "It's a lemon sponge – a special sponge that I developed just for the couple, and we drizzle the layers with elderflower cordial from the Sandringham estate so it's really lovely and as local as you can get. "We have a lemon curd made from Amalfi lemons which to me have the most delicious flavour, and then we've got elderflower swiss meringue buttercream." Claire Ptak puts finishing touches on the cake Credit: Hannah McKay She added: "The buttercream is sweet and the lemon curd is very tart so you get a very lovely thing happening when you take a bite, which is to get all of these flavours and sensations perfectly balanced." Ms Ptak, who is American like Ms Markle, said: "The elderflower is so quintessentially British to me as a Californian. It's a kind of an ethereal, floral flavour which I think is very special, especially for a wedding." Slices of the cake were served to the 600 guests at the lunchtime reception in St George's Hall after the ceremony. Three types of Meghan's favourite flowers, peonies - Madame Claude, Bowl of Cream, and the aptly titled Duchess - in shades of white and cream decorated the cakes, along with four different white and cream roses - Patience, Purity, Jeanne Moreau and Princess Miyuki. The flowers were removed before guests tucked in to the cake, but the slices were served with edible rose petals. Ms Ptak added:"There's a few logistics of serving so many people at the same time. But it's been a great process." Claire Ptak carries part of the cake out of the oven Credit: REUTERS/Hannah McKay/Pool  She said Harry and Meghan loved the lemon and elderflower cake after trying a number of different samples. "They loved it. They tried quite a collection. What they said to me is that they really loved the idea of the seasonality and the freshness." Ms Ptak did not make a back-up cake in case of a disaster, saying: "It's cake. It can't go that wrong. We have enough cake and we don't want to be wasteful. Anything that is left over, we were going to donate to charity." The chef had to call in some of her former workers to have enough staff to work on the cake and keep her bakery open. The most stylish guests from Prince Harry's wedding to Meghan Markle ​

    Mon, 21 May 2018 01:00:25 -0400
  • California Man Wins Lottery 4 times in 6 Months For More Than $6 Million

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    He said he doesn't know what caused his lucky streak.

    Sun, 20 May 2018 11:13:40 -0400
  • One-fingered Japanese climber dies on eighth attempt at Everest

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    A celebrated Japanese climber who lost all but one finger to frostbite on Everest has died on his eighth attempt to reach the summit, officials said Monday. Nobukazu Kuriki had fallen ill and was descending when his team lost contact with him. The 35-year-old is the third climber this month to perish on the world's highest peak.

    Mon, 21 May 2018 05:27:38 -0400
  • Russia Is Reaping the Benefits of Israel's Actions in Syria

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    For Putin, the path to consolidating his Syrian achievements may lie in an agreement with Israel that further solidifies Russia’s status. Russian president Vladimir Putin further cemented his position atop the Syrian power pyramid as a result of Israel’s massive air campaign that targeted Iran’s positions and Assad’s air defenses.

    Sun, 20 May 2018 19:39:00 -0400
  • Redlands bar worker, off-duty deputy disarm man with AR-15

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    A bar worker and an off-duty deputy stopped what could have been a major tragedy by disarming a man with an AR-15 in Redlands.

    Mon, 21 May 2018 14:44:13 -0400
  • Police response to Texas school shooting remains unclear

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    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Santa Fe High School had conducted active shooter drills, armed police officers patrolled the hallways and students went through a scare in February after a false report of a campus gunman.

    Sun, 20 May 2018 20:46:48 -0400
  • Trump to Demand Justice Department Review Whether FBI Infiltrated 2016 Campaign

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    Trump has been promoting a theory.

    Sun, 20 May 2018 14:58:42 -0400
  • US criticizes China's militarization of disputed waters

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    BEIJING (AP) — The Pentagon criticized what it called China's "continued militarization" of island outposts in the disputed South China Sea, where the Chinese air force landed long-range bombers for the first time, putting entire Southeast Asia within their range.

    Sat, 19 May 2018 20:47:06 -0400
  • British woman jailed in Tehran back in court on new charge

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    Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British-Iranian woman jailed in Tehran for two years, has appeared in court to face a new charge, her husband said on Monday. Zaghari-Ratcliffe was summoned to a court in Tehran on Saturday, according to a statement from Richard Ratcliffe, who runs the Free Nazanin campaign group. On Sunday, she was allowed to speak to the British ambassador to Tehran, Rob Macaire.

    Mon, 21 May 2018 06:21:42 -0400
  • First baby in 12 years for remote Brazilian island where births are banned

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    A remote Brazilian island welcomed its first baby in 12 years after a local woman broke the rule against giving birth there. The baby girl born on the Atlantic outpost of Fernando de Noronha on Saturday came as a surprise to everyone - including the parents. "The mother, who does not want to be identified, went into labor at home," the island's administration said in a statement carried by O Globo newspaper. "The family says it wasn't aware of the pregnancy." Tiny Fernando de Noronha - an archipelago famous for its wildlife preserve and with a population of just over 3,000 - doesn't authorize births because there's no maternity ward, O Globo reported. Expectant mothers are told to travel to the mainland, where the nearest big city is Natal, 227 miles (365 km) across the ocean. The unidentified mother in Saturday's birth has another child who was born on the mainland, but told O Globo that this time she "didn't feel anything" during her pregnancy. "On Friday night I had pains and when I went to the bathroom I saw something coming down between my legs. That's when the child's father came and picked it up. "It was a baby, a girl. I was dumbstruck."

    Mon, 21 May 2018 09:44:08 -0400
  • 2019 Subaru Ascent Aims to Climb Atop the 3-Row Midsized-SUV Segment

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    Subaru has sprung back into the three-row SUV battlefield with a fully competitive model that offers a good engine and comfortable ride, but its merely average third row and lackluster handling h...

    Mon, 21 May 2018 09:00:52 -0400
  • Mark Webber Drives Porsche Mission E On Test Track

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    The test run reminded the former champion of another Porsche.

    Sun, 20 May 2018 16:00:02 -0400
  • IS begins quitting last pocket of Syria's capital

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    Islamic State group fighters began evacuating their final stronghold in southern Damascus on Sunday, a monitor said, bringing Syria's government closer than ever to flushing out the last threat to the capital. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has used a combination of military pressure and evacuation deals in recent months to recapture territory around the capital from his armed opponents. Last month, troops and allied Palestinian militia launched a fierce offensive to oust IS from a cluster of districts in southern Damascus, including the Palestinian camp of Yarmuk.

    Sun, 20 May 2018 09:32:14 -0400
  • 25 Must-Buys from Food52's Rare Two-Day Sale

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    Mon, 21 May 2018 14:48:57 -0400
  • Jake Gyllenhaal Set To Star As Villain In 'Spider-Man' Sequel

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    Despite not being named Chris, actor Jake Gyllenhaal is a famous white guy

    Mon, 21 May 2018 15:28:06 -0400
  • Cougar That Killed Mountain Biker Was 'Emaciated'

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    Authorities say the cougar that killed one mountain biker and injured a second Saturday in Washington state was severely underweight.

    Mon, 21 May 2018 10:33:56 -0400
  • US relations under Trump dominate Mexico presidential debate

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    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's turbulent relationship with the U.S. government under President Donald Trump dominated the country's second presidential debate Sunday.

    Mon, 21 May 2018 01:18:44 -0400
  • China's powerful new vice president to visit Russia, Belarus

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    China's powerful new vice president, Wang Qishan, will visit Russia and Belarus starting this week, China's foreign ministry said on Monday, his first overseas trip since being appointed in March. Wang, 69, a key ally of President Xi Jinping and China's one-time top graft buster, should have retired last year during a leadership reshuffle of the ruling Communist Party, but Xi has kept him on to add extra heft to Chinese diplomacy.

    Mon, 21 May 2018 06:20:55 -0400
  • Orbital ATK Rocket Launches With Fresh Supplies for International Space Station

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    The 7,400-pound shipment — a third of it research — should reach the orbiting lab Thursday

    Mon, 21 May 2018 07:16:43 -0400
  • Adolf Hitler really is dead: scientific study debunks conspiracy theories that he escaped to South America

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    A peer-reviewed study in an academic journal has proved what you might have assumed you already knew: Adolf Hitler is dead and has been since he killed himself in his bunker in April 1945. Hitler has been “spotted” emerging from a German U-boat in Argentina with Eva Braun in 1945, surrounded by adoring fugitive Nazis in 1950s Columbia, and approaching the end of his days in the 1980s as a happy nonagenarian with a younger Brazilian girlfriend. The analysis published in the peer-reviewed European Journal of Internal Medicine suggests that in this instance the Russians were telling the truth: Hitler killed himself, SS soldiers burnt his body, Soviet troops found the charred remains, and the jawbone ended up in Moscow.

    Sun, 20 May 2018 11:36:00 -0400
  • 2021 Jaguar XK Reportedly Planned As Four-Seater F-Type

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    The 2+2 sports car is expected to be based on the next-generation F-Type due in 2019.

    Mon, 21 May 2018 05:26:54 -0400
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