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Appeals court gives new life to Sarah Palin’s defamation lawsuit against New York Times

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Sarah Palin’s defamation lawsuit against The New York Times over an editorial that linked her political action committee to the shooting of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., has been revived, after a lower court judge previously had dismissed it.

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Tuesday that Judge Jed Rakoff of the Southern District of New York strayed from procedural norms before tossing out Palin’s libel complaint in August 2017. Rakoff held a hearing to learn more facts about the case before ruling on the Times’ motion to dismiss, when such decisions typically rely solely on what is alleged in court documents.

PALIN SUIT AGAINST NY TIMES SPOTLIGHTS A FLOOD OF MEDIA MISTAKES

“We find that the district court erred in relying on facts outside the pleadings to dismiss the complaint,” Second Circuit Judge John M. Walker Jr. wrote.

The former vice presidential candidate sued the Times for libel after a June 2017 editorial about the shooting of GOP Rep. Steve Scalise and others mentioned a map put out years earlier by SarahPAC that had crosshairs over different Democratic congressional districts. While the map had been used in reference to ObamaCare, the editorial connected it to Jared Loughner’s 2011 shooting of Giffords, whose district was among the ones identified in the map.

The editorial said that the SarahPAC map had Giffords and other Democrats under crosshairs (though the targets were over their districts). In discussing the Scalise shooting, the Times said, “Though there’s no sign of incitement as direct as in the Giffords attack, liberals should of course hold themselves to the same standard of decency that they ask of the right.”

“No evidence ever emerged to establish that link; in fact, the criminal investigation of Loughner indicated that his animosity toward Representative Giffords had arisen before SarahPAC published the map,” Walker noted Tuesday.

The Times published a correction after receiving backlash for the editorial, noting that there was no link between the map and the shooting.

Rakoff had originally held the hearing in question in order to learn whether there was enough support for Palin’s claim that the editorial was published with “actual malice” – knowledge that a statement is false or reckless disregard for whether it is true – which is the standard for public figures to bring defamation claims.

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Rakoff brought in the author of the editorial, James Bennet, who answered questions about his knowledge that the Times had previously published articles that said there was no link between the map and the shooting. Bennet said he was unaware at the time he wrote the editorial.

The information Rakoff learned from the hearing was enough for him to dismiss Palin’s claim with prejudice, meaning she was not permitted to file an amended complaint.

The Second Circuit ruled that this was improper as it ran “headlong” into the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.

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A Times spokesperson told The Associated Press that the newspaper is disappointed and will vigorously fight the lawsuit.

The Second Circuit sent the case back down to the Southern District of New York, ordering it to move forward with discovery.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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North Carolina store robbed by armed man in Halloween mask holding balloons

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A man wearing a vampire Halloween mask and clutching balloons in one hand and a gun in the other reportedly held upNorth Carolina discount store during the weekend.

The masked man entered the Dollar General store in Etowah, about 27 miles south of Asheville, on Sunday morning, the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office wrote on Facebook.

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The suspect held several white balloons in one hand and used his other hand to point a silver revolver at the cashier as he demanded money, police said.

The cashier turned over an undisclosed amount of money to the “masked bandit,” who then ordered all employees to get on the ground behind the sales counter, police said. He left the store and ditched the vampire mask and balloons behind the building.

The suspect made off with his loot in what police describe as “an older model” Chevrolet or GMC van from the late 1980s or early 90s. The vehicle is blue and covered in swaths of rust, police said.

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Besides the mask, the man was wearing a blue and white flannel shirt, blue jeans, grey gloves and a camouflage cap, police said.

The sheriff’s office has asked anyone with information on the suspect’s identity to contact detectives at 828-694-2757.

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F-35C may get massive firepower boost

As the F-35C becomes officially deemed “operational” and “ready for war,” the Navy is adding weapons, sensors and software to the aircraft to expand its attack envelope — and may even increase the F-35’s ability to carry up to 6 air-to-air weapons in its internal weapons bay.

Such a configuration, which would increase the stealth fighter’s internal weapons load by two missiles, has been designed and implemented by F-35-maker Lockheed Martin — as an offering for the Air Force and Navy to consider.

“Lockheed Martin has matured design concepts to integrate 6 air-to-air missiles within the internal weapons bays of the F-35A and F-35C variants,” Lockheed Martin spokesman Michael Friedman told Warrior in a written statement a few months ago.

While making a point to emphasize that any decision to increase the weapons capacity of the F-35 would of course need to come from the military services themselves, Lockheed engineers say the new “internally carried” firepower would massive increase attack options — all while preserving the stealth configuration of the aircraft.

“While no 4th generation aircraft has the ability to carry weapons internally, 5th generation aircraft like the F-35 can carry weapons both internally and externally, giving pilots and mission planners unique operational flexibility,” Friedman added.

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An F-35C Lightning II carrier variant, assigned to the Salty Dogs of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23, flies above the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Wyatt L. Anthony)

ARMY REFINES WAR GAMES FOR MULTI-DOMAIN COMBAT

Lockheed Test Pilot Tony “Brick” Wilson recently said that the new program, called “Side Kick,” may slightly increase aircraft weight but not degrade performance. Overall, speaking at a Lockheed event, Wilson explained that the Side Kick initiative will bring an ability for the F-35 to carry six air-to-air weapons in its internal bay — as opposed to four.

Officials with the Pentagon’s F-35 Joint Program Office tell Warrior they are of course aware of these Lockheed innovations, but naturally do not comment on specific vendor offerings.

At the same time, F-35 developers across the services do consistently talk about expanding the weapons envelope for the F-35 as it surges forward with ongoing modernization. Pentagon F-35 developers have outlined a continuous development modernization strategy aimed at sustaining the F-35s advantages until 2070.

Adding weapons to the F-35 introduces several significant variables, the first and most apparent of which is …. it simply gives the aircraft more “shots” to hit an enemy target in the air. An extra air-to-air missile could mean the difference between success or failure, life or death, in any kind of combat engagement.

A perhaps lesser recognized element of this lies in the upcoming prospect of aerial refueling. If the now-in-development Navy MQ-25 Stingray aerial refueler enables an F-35 to nearly double its range, this allows for the possibility of longer missions, more dwell time and an opportunity to pursue a broader range of targets should new intelligence information emerge. New targets, particularly in a combat scenario wherein an F-35 faced multiple opponents in one engagement, will emerge quickly. More weapons can simply mean more mission kills for an F-35 being attacked by multiple enemy aircraft; the fighter could use long-range sensors to detect enemies and remain engaged in an attack for a longer period of time in combat without having to return for new ammunition. In short, several extra weapons could massively expand the attack envelope for F-35s, should it fly longer missions. Finally, not only would a reconfigured internal weapons bay preserve the fighter’s stealthy exterior, but it also frees up space for the integration of new weapons systems as they may emerge. The larger weapons capacity could not only carry more AIM-9xs, AIM-120Ds and other known weapons but also potentially be complemented by yet-to-exist weapons possibly bringing new technologies.

SOLDIERS USE AI TO FIRE PRECISION GRENADES

Preserving Stealth With Internal Weapons

By integrating the new weapons rack into the “internal weapons bay,” the effort uses engineering to align with key parameters regarding the construction of stealth aircraft. Stealth, engineers explain, needs to be “designed-in” to an aircraft. While an F-35 can place weapons on pylons, they naturally present contours much more detectable to enemy radar. Internal weapons, however, designed to align with an overall stealth design, represent an indispensable element of stealth engineering. As such, stealth construction expands well beyond internal weapons bays to include internal antennas, sensors, fuel tanks and engines. All of this represents efforts to ensure the aircraft does not generate as much of a detectable “return signal” to enemy radar.

Interestingly, internal weapons bays were cited in a 2010 Lockheed Martin Aeronautics paper called “F-35 Weapons System Overview.” The document cites internal weapons bays as an essential aspect of the overall stealth design, which also includes “Low-Observable Seams, Curved Divertless Inlets and Aircraft Edge Alignment.” Simply put, the absence of hard edges, spikes or sharply integrated vertical structures makes it much harder for enemy radar pings to “bounce off” an aircraft and send back an electromagnetic rendering.

F-35C Weapons

The F-35C arsenal already includes GBU-32 and GBU-12 air-dropped bombs, AIM-120 and AIM-9x air-to-air missiles and a 25mm cannon. In the future, the F-35C will have an ability to drop a Small Diameter Bomb II – a high-tech weapon called Stormbreaker able to track and destroy moving targets from great distances using a tri-mode seeker.The SDB II uses millimeter wave, laser and infrared guidance technology and has now been tested on an F-35, Raytheon developers have explained. New weapons, such as the SDB II, are being added through incremental software “drops” engineered for the F-35. Each new drop, or Block, expands the aircraft’s avionics, sensors and weapons capability. Block III is now operational and the Air Force is working on a Block IV software drop; this is the step which will enable the F-35 to fire the SBD II.

While the software drops are, by design, implemented in increments, the Air Force is making a decided push to accelerate software upgrades for the platform. The rationale, as articulated by Air Force Acquisition Executive William Roper, is to leverage fast-emerging technological advancements in a continuous, fast-paced fashion — so as not to be restricted to previously determined “increments” often years apart. In fact, at one point during a discussion with reporters about the combat impact of software upgrades generating near-term results, Roper referred to the quick integration or “cycling” of new software upgrades will likely determine “who wins the next war.””

HOW AI CHANGES ATTACK MISSIONS FOR US FIGHTER JETS AND BOMBERS

With a broad wingspan, reinforced landing gear, ruggedized structures and durable coatings, the Navy’s F-35C is engineered for harsh shipboard conditions. Its avionics equip the pilot with real-time, spherical access to battlespace information. Being engineered for a carrier, the F-35C’s 51-foot wingspan is larger than the Air Force’s F-35A and Marine Corps’ F-35B short take-off-and-landing variants. It can fire two AIM-120 air-to-air missiles and two 2,000-pound Joint Direct Attack Munitions. The F-35C can reach speeds up to Mach 1.6 and travel more than 1,200 nautical miles, according to Navy information. Several tests and assessments have also ensured pilots could properly use night-combat enabled Helmet Mounted Displays designed to provide more fidelity in “low-light” conditions such as those with little or no moonlight, Pentagon officials tell Warrior.

“For more permissive airspace, the F-35 can carry more than 18,000 pounds of total ordnance internally and externally,” Friedman added.

The emergence of a carrier-launched stealth fighter is intended to give the Navy more combat attack flexibility and an improved ability to fight sophisticated enemy air defenses from a sea-based carrier. Such an ability can allow a maneuvering carrier to hold targets at risk from closer proximity if land-bases are far from the combat vicinity.

The F-35C is also engineered with a new technology called Delta Flight Path which helps pilot land on a carrier deck more easily, Pentagon F-35 developers say. Test pilots, such as Wilson, have credited the F-35C’s Delta Flight Path technology with significantly reducing pilot workload during the approach to the carrier, increasing safety margins during carrier approaches and reducing touchdown dispersion. Having a more streamlined and efficient work load can, among other things, free up pilots for pressing missions such as attack operations.

Assessments of the F-35C have also included efforts to refine a precision-landing technology called Joint Precision Approach & Landing Systems, or JPALs. JPALS works with the GPS satellite navigation system to provide accurate, reliable and high-integrity guidance for fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, Navy statements said. Navy information has described JPALS as a system featuring anti-jam protection to ensure mission continuity in hostile environments. “JPALS is a differential GPS that will provide an adverse weather precision approach and landing capability,” a Navy statement said.

In a previously released document described as the “Naval Aviation Vision,” the F-35C is described as being engineered with reinforced landing gear and durable coatings to allow the F-35C to withstand harsh shipboard conditions while delivering a lethal combination of fighter capabilities to the fleet

Carrier landing is never easy as pilots must account for the wind-speed, atmospheric conditions and speed of the ship. Interestly, Lockheed Test Pilot Tony “Brick” Wilson spoke with Warrior several years ago when he was a Navy test pilot with the F-35C program. During this interview, Wilson detailed a number of significant elements of flying a carrier-launched F-35C. Wilson explained to Warrior Maven in previous interviews that pilots follow a yellow light on the flight deck of the ship called the Fresnel Lens to help the trajectory of the approach, called their glide slope.

By 2025, the Navy’s aircraft carrier-based air wings will consist of a mix of F-35C, F/A-18E/F Super Hornets, EA-18G Growlers electronic attack aircraft, E-2D Hawkeye battle management and control aircraft, MH-60R/S helicopters and Carrier Onboard Delivery logistics aircraft such as the Navy Osprey tiltrotor aircraft variant.

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F-35C may get massive firepower boost

As the F-35C becomes officially deemed “operational” and “ready for war,” the Navy is adding weapons, sensors and software to the aircraft to expand its attack envelope — and may even increase the F-35’s ability to carry up to 6 air-to-air weapons in its internal weapons bay.

Such a configuration, which would increase the stealth fighter’s internal weapons load by two missiles, has been designed and implemented by F-35-maker Lockheed Martin — as an offering for the Air Force and Navy to consider.

“Lockheed Martin has matured design concepts to integrate 6 air-to-air missiles within the internal weapons bays of the F-35A and F-35C variants,” Lockheed Martin spokesman Michael Friedman told Warrior in a written statement a few months ago.

While making a point to emphasize that any decision to increase the weapons capacity of the F-35 would of course need to come from the military services themselves, Lockheed engineers say the new “internally carried” firepower would massive increase attack options — all while preserving the stealth configuration of the aircraft.

“While no 4th generation aircraft has the ability to carry weapons internally, 5th generation aircraft like the F-35 can carry weapons both internally and externally, giving pilots and mission planners unique operational flexibility,” Friedman added.

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An F-35C Lightning II carrier variant, assigned to the Salty Dogs of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23, flies above the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Wyatt L. Anthony)

ARMY REFINES WAR GAMES FOR MULTI-DOMAIN COMBAT

Lockheed Test Pilot Tony “Brick” Wilson recently said that the new program, called “Side Kick,” may slightly increase aircraft weight but not degrade performance. Overall, speaking at a Lockheed event, Wilson explained that the Side Kick initiative will bring an ability for the F-35 to carry six air-to-air weapons in its internal bay — as opposed to four.

Officials with the Pentagon’s F-35 Joint Program Office tell Warrior they are of course aware of these Lockheed innovations, but naturally do not comment on specific vendor offerings.

At the same time, F-35 developers across the services do consistently talk about expanding the weapons envelope for the F-35 as it surges forward with ongoing modernization. Pentagon F-35 developers have outlined a continuous development modernization strategy aimed at sustaining the F-35s advantages until 2070.

Adding weapons to the F-35 introduces several significant variables, the first and most apparent of which is …. it simply gives the aircraft more “shots” to hit an enemy target in the air. An extra air-to-air missile could mean the difference between success or failure, life or death, in any kind of combat engagement.

A perhaps lesser recognized element of this lies in the upcoming prospect of aerial refueling. If the now-in-development Navy MQ-25 Stingray aerial refueler enables an F-35 to nearly double its range, this allows for the possibility of longer missions, more dwell time and an opportunity to pursue a broader range of targets should new intelligence information emerge. New targets, particularly in a combat scenario wherein an F-35 faced multiple opponents in one engagement, will emerge quickly. More weapons can simply mean more mission kills for an F-35 being attacked by multiple enemy aircraft; the fighter could use long-range sensors to detect enemies and remain engaged in an attack for a longer period of time in combat without having to return for new ammunition. In short, several extra weapons could massively expand the attack envelope for F-35s, should it fly longer missions. Finally, not only would a reconfigured internal weapons bay preserve the fighter’s stealthy exterior, but it also frees up space for the integration of new weapons systems as they may emerge. The larger weapons capacity could not only carry more AIM-9xs, AIM-120Ds and other known weapons but also potentially be complemented by yet-to-exist weapons possibly bringing new technologies.

SOLDIERS USE AI TO FIRE PRECISION GRENADES

Preserving Stealth With Internal Weapons

By integrating the new weapons rack into the “internal weapons bay,” the effort uses engineering to align with key parameters regarding the construction of stealth aircraft. Stealth, engineers explain, needs to be “designed-in” to an aircraft. While an F-35 can place weapons on pylons, they naturally present contours much more detectable to enemy radar. Internal weapons, however, designed to align with an overall stealth design, represent an indispensable element of stealth engineering. As such, stealth construction expands well beyond internal weapons bays to include internal antennas, sensors, fuel tanks and engines. All of this represents efforts to ensure the aircraft does not generate as much of a detectable “return signal” to enemy radar.

Interestingly, internal weapons bays were cited in a 2010 Lockheed Martin Aeronautics paper called “F-35 Weapons System Overview.” The document cites internal weapons bays as an essential aspect of the overall stealth design, which also includes “Low-Observable Seams, Curved Divertless Inlets and Aircraft Edge Alignment.” Simply put, the absence of hard edges, spikes or sharply integrated vertical structures makes it much harder for enemy radar pings to “bounce off” an aircraft and send back an electromagnetic rendering.

F-35C Weapons

The F-35C arsenal already includes GBU-32 and GBU-12 air-dropped bombs, AIM-120 and AIM-9x air-to-air missiles and a 25mm cannon. In the future, the F-35C will have an ability to drop a Small Diameter Bomb II – a high-tech weapon called Stormbreaker able to track and destroy moving targets from great distances using a tri-mode seeker.The SDB II uses millimeter wave, laser and infrared guidance technology and has now been tested on an F-35, Raytheon developers have explained. New weapons, such as the SDB II, are being added through incremental software “drops” engineered for the F-35. Each new drop, or Block, expands the aircraft’s avionics, sensors and weapons capability. Block III is now operational and the Air Force is working on a Block IV software drop; this is the step which will enable the F-35 to fire the SBD II.

While the software drops are, by design, implemented in increments, the Air Force is making a decided push to accelerate software upgrades for the platform. The rationale, as articulated by Air Force Acquisition Executive William Roper, is to leverage fast-emerging technological advancements in a continuous, fast-paced fashion — so as not to be restricted to previously determined “increments” often years apart. In fact, at one point during a discussion with reporters about the combat impact of software upgrades generating near-term results, Roper referred to the quick integration or “cycling” of new software upgrades will likely determine “who wins the next war.””

HOW AI CHANGES ATTACK MISSIONS FOR US FIGHTER JETS AND BOMBERS

With a broad wingspan, reinforced landing gear, ruggedized structures and durable coatings, the Navy’s F-35C is engineered for harsh shipboard conditions. Its avionics equip the pilot with real-time, spherical access to battlespace information. Being engineered for a carrier, the F-35C’s 51-foot wingspan is larger than the Air Force’s F-35A and Marine Corps’ F-35B short take-off-and-landing variants. It can fire two AIM-120 air-to-air missiles and two 2,000-pound Joint Direct Attack Munitions. The F-35C can reach speeds up to Mach 1.6 and travel more than 1,200 nautical miles, according to Navy information. Several tests and assessments have also ensured pilots could properly use night-combat enabled Helmet Mounted Displays designed to provide more fidelity in “low-light” conditions such as those with little or no moonlight, Pentagon officials tell Warrior.

“For more permissive airspace, the F-35 can carry more than 18,000 pounds of total ordnance internally and externally,” Friedman added.

The emergence of a carrier-launched stealth fighter is intended to give the Navy more combat attack flexibility and an improved ability to fight sophisticated enemy air defenses from a sea-based carrier. Such an ability can allow a maneuvering carrier to hold targets at risk from closer proximity if land-bases are far from the combat vicinity.

The F-35C is also engineered with a new technology called Delta Flight Path which helps pilot land on a carrier deck more easily, Pentagon F-35 developers say. Test pilots, such as Wilson, have credited the F-35C’s Delta Flight Path technology with significantly reducing pilot workload during the approach to the carrier, increasing safety margins during carrier approaches and reducing touchdown dispersion. Having a more streamlined and efficient work load can, among other things, free up pilots for pressing missions such as attack operations.

Assessments of the F-35C have also included efforts to refine a precision-landing technology called Joint Precision Approach & Landing Systems, or JPALs. JPALS works with the GPS satellite navigation system to provide accurate, reliable and high-integrity guidance for fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, Navy statements said. Navy information has described JPALS as a system featuring anti-jam protection to ensure mission continuity in hostile environments. “JPALS is a differential GPS that will provide an adverse weather precision approach and landing capability,” a Navy statement said.

In a previously released document described as the “Naval Aviation Vision,” the F-35C is described as being engineered with reinforced landing gear and durable coatings to allow the F-35C to withstand harsh shipboard conditions while delivering a lethal combination of fighter capabilities to the fleet

Carrier landing is never easy as pilots must account for the wind-speed, atmospheric conditions and speed of the ship. Interestly, Lockheed Test Pilot Tony “Brick” Wilson spoke with Warrior several years ago when he was a Navy test pilot with the F-35C program. During this interview, Wilson detailed a number of significant elements of flying a carrier-launched F-35C. Wilson explained to Warrior Maven in previous interviews that pilots follow a yellow light on the flight deck of the ship called the Fresnel Lens to help the trajectory of the approach, called their glide slope.

By 2025, the Navy’s aircraft carrier-based air wings will consist of a mix of F-35C, F/A-18E/F Super Hornets, EA-18G Growlers electronic attack aircraft, E-2D Hawkeye battle management and control aircraft, MH-60R/S helicopters and Carrier Onboard Delivery logistics aircraft such as the Navy Osprey tiltrotor aircraft variant.

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Kris Osborn, Managing Editor of WARRIORMAVEN (CLICK HERE) can be reached at krisosborn.ko@gmail.com

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Video shows 3-year-old boy’s terrifying fall into manhole in China

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A 3-year-old’s curiosity led him to a frightening plunge.

Footage taken last week in Zunyi, China, shows a boy inspecting a broken manhole cover on a sidewalk before taking a step over it – and then plunging into the depths below.

The boy’s parents, who were steps away from the child the entire time, are then seen rushing to his aid.

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His father first attempts to climb down into the manhole. But he then decides to go in headfirst and manages to pull the boy to safety.

The child is said to be in stable condition following the fall.

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Fiona Kolbinger, 24, becomes first female cyclist to win grueling Transcontinental Race

Cancer researcher Fiona Kolbinger became the first woman to win the Transcontinental Race (TCR) on Tuesday, cycling a grueling 2,485 miles (4,000km) across Europe in her first-ever bike race.

The 24-year-old German began the ultra-endurance race on July 27 in Bulgaria, and traveled through several other countries before crossing the finish line 10 days, two hours and 48 minutes later in Brest, France. Kolbinger, one of 40 female cyclists in the competition, outpaced 225 male competitors.

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“I am so, so, surprised to win,” the rookie TCR cyclist told competition officials after the race. “When I was coming into the race I thought that maybe I could go for the women’s podium, but I never thought I could win the whole race.”

Although this was her first cycling competition, Kolbinger believes she never reached the limit of her endurance as she withstood the scorching heat and freezing rain.

“I think I could have gone harder,” she said. “I could have slept less.”

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The Transcontinental Race was founded in 2013 by ultra-distance cyclist Mike Hall, according to the Transcontinental’s website.

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Kolbinger was one of 265 competitors in the ultra-endurance bicycle race through Europe. (DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images)

Competitors must be self-supportive, planning, researching and navigating their own course, which can include routes through Austria, Bulgaria, Bosnia, Croatia, France, Italy, Kosovo, Serbia, Slovenia and Switzerland. The cyclists must also choose when and where they rest.

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Depending on the route chosen, cyclists will encounter varied terrain and climbs up weaving mountain passes, such as traveling at an altitude of 8,000 feet through the Timmelsjoch in the South Tyrol between Italy and Austria.

While Kolbinger appeared not to break a sweat, she admitted the biggest struggle came during the final push, saying: “Last night was too long, too dark and too grim.”

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Fiona Kolbinger, 24, becomes first female cyclist to win grueling Transcontinental Race

Cancer researcher Fiona Kolbinger became the first woman to win the Transcontinental Race (TCR) on Tuesday, cycling a grueling 2,485 miles (4,000km) across Europe in her first-ever bike race.

The 24-year-old German began the ultra-endurance race on July 27 in Bulgaria, and traveled through several other countries before crossing the finish line 10 days, two hours and 48 minutes later in Brest, France. Kolbinger, one of 40 female cyclists in the competition, outpaced 225 male competitors.

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“I am so, so, surprised to win,” the rookie TCR cyclist told competition officials after the race. “When I was coming into the race I thought that maybe I could go for the women’s podium, but I never thought I could win the whole race.”

Although this was her first cycling competition, Kolbinger believes she never reached the limit of her endurance as she withstood the scorching heat and freezing rain.

“I think I could have gone harder,” she said. “I could have slept less.”

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The Transcontinental Race was founded in 2013 by ultra-distance cyclist Mike Hall, according to the Transcontinental’s website.

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Kolbinger was one of 265 competitors in the ultra-endurance bicycle race through Europe. (DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images)

Competitors must be self-supportive, planning, researching and navigating their own course, which can include routes through Austria, Bulgaria, Bosnia, Croatia, France, Italy, Kosovo, Serbia, Slovenia and Switzerland. The cyclists must also choose when and where they rest.

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Depending on the route chosen, cyclists will encounter varied terrain and climbs up weaving mountain passes, such as traveling at an altitude of 8,000 feet through the Timmelsjoch in the South Tyrol between Italy and Austria.

While Kolbinger appeared not to break a sweat, she admitted the biggest struggle came during the final push, saying: “Last night was too long, too dark and too grim.”

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Coca-Cola responds to critics of Hungarian ad campaign celebrating LGBTQI community, same-sex couples

Coca-Cola has responded to backlash over its latest ad campaign in Hungary, which has generated criticism, and even threats of a boycott, from some of the country’s conservative groups.

The campaign, called “Equal Love,” depicts images of same-sex couples sharing a zero-sugar Coca-Cola, along with a hashtag reading “Love Is Love,” and the phrase, “zero sugar, zero prejudice” in Hungarian.

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The campaign was also meant to coincide with 2019’s Sziget music and art festival in Budapest, the theme of which is “Love Revolution,” according to Bloomberg.

In the days since the campaign’s debut, Hungarian politician István Boldog, a member of the ruling Fidesz party, called for a boycott of Coca-Cola products until the campaign materials were removed from the country, The Independent reported.

A petition from a pro-life group, to get the billboards removed from Budapest, specifically, has also gathered over 32,000 signatures online, per Bloomberg.

Pro-Fidesz websites have expressed similar complaints, the outlet added.

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The campaign, called “Equal Love,” depicts images of same-sex couples sharing a zero-sugar Coca-Cola, along with a hashtag reading “Love Is Love,” and the phrase, “zero sugar, zero prejudice” in Hungarian. (Coca-Cola)

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Coca-Cola, meanwhile, appears to have no intention of removing or replacing the marketing materials, saying the campaign reflects the company’s position.

“The Coca-Cola Company strives for diversity, inclusion and equality in our business, and we support these rights in society as well.  As a long-standing supporter of the LGBTQI community, we believe everyone has the right to love the person they choose,” the company wrote in a statement obtained by Fox News.

“The campaign currently running in Hungary reflects these values.”

Some of Coke’s supporters have since praised the company’s campaign on the brand’s Facebook page.

“I’ve never loved Coca Cola more!!” one woman wrote.

“Thanks Coke,” another said. “It’s about time people wake up, after all it is 2019!”

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Some commenters, on the other hand, appeared to disagree with Coke’s sentiments.

“And this is the moment I move to Pepsi,” one commented.

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UK woman develops sepsis from blister on heel, claims she ‘could have lost her leg’

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A UK woman claims she developed sepsis — and could have lost her leg —  after a blister formed on her heel from a pair of second-hand sandals.

Gemma Downey, of West Sussex, England, walked to a local train station last week while wearing a pair of platform sandals she purchased from a thrift shop. Shortly after, the 23-year-old claims she developed a  “strange colored” blister on her heel.

“It started off as my shoes rubbing on the back of my foot, it sort of broke the skin, like a cut,” Downey said, according to the Daily Mail. “’At some point, it looked like it was forming a tiny blister.”

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Downey said she works as a model. (Caters News Agency) 

“’I started noticing I couldn’t walk properly and was limping and was in pain a lot more than normal. My foot had swollen right up and [the swelling] was traveling around my ankle area, and the pain was absolutely awful,” she added. “I just dropped to the floor in agony, it was getting more and more swollen.”

Not long after, the young woman’s symptoms worsened — she claims she began to vomit and had trouble breathing.

“I had pains all over my body, I had chest pain and trouble breathing, I knew something was seriously wrong. I went to a doctors’ appointment and he said my heart rate was sky high, my blood pressure was really, really low, [and] my temperature was high,” Downey continued.

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The shoes the model said caused her blister. (Caters News Agency)

“My skin had started getting blue and that’s point the blister got a lot bigger,” she added.

Downey claims the doctor she saw then told her to go to the hospital, as she was likely experiencing sepsis — or what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says is  “the body’s extreme response to an infection.”

Though a person’s body “normally releases chemicals into the bloodstream to fight an infection,” per the Mayo Clinic, sepsis occurs when “the body’s response to these chemicals are out of balance, triggering changes that can damage multiple organ systems.” Signs include a high heart rate, and fever or shivering, according to the CDC. Symptoms can include shortness of breath, extreme pain, and sweaty skin.

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The 23-year-old developed sepsis after a blister formed on her heel, she said. (Caters News Agency)

Downey, who works as a model, was hospitalized for two days to clear the infection. Doctors aren’t sure what triggered the sepsis, per the Daily Mail.

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“I was told I was showing early stages of sepsis but thankfully I was able to get treatment before it could escalate to anything further,” she said. “I know it can be fatal. The doctors told me I was lucky I had acted on it and went to check it out because it could have been more serious.”

For the next few months, Downey is limited to backless shoes — such as flip flops — while her injury heals.

“I couldn’t believe something so insignificant could cause so much damage,” she added.

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Man throws fridge down hill to mock recycling, Spanish police order him to bring it back up

A man who tossed a refrigerator down a hillside in Spain in an effort to mock recycling was reportedly fined — and ordered to bring it back up.

Spain’s Guardia Civil posted video of the incident to Twitter on July 31. Officials identified the man — who joked that he was “recycling” when he threw the appliance — from the vehicle license plate captured in the footage, according to The Local.

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In another video, the man is seen throwing a washing machine down the same area.

Investigators traced the fridge to a company in the Almeria region, and he was terminated from the company. He was also reportedly ordered to pay a more than $50,000 fine.

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The man was also ordered to drag the refrigerator back up the ravine he threw it down — of which Guardia Civil also posted video.

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